Assorted Creams

released January 1997

1. Fanclub Requiem
2. Down In Your Dreams
3. Sleepin' In My Caravan
4. It Doesn't Matter
5. Spindizzy
6. Any Wonder How
7. Can't Get What You Want
8. Little Picture Story Book
9. Katie Said So
10. Cherrytime
11. Rainin' Like Soft Fun
12. Hello Emptiness
13. Think I'm Gonna Get You (Oh Dwight)
14. Apple Green Slice Cut (Tamra Tamla)
15. Through Your Veins


The first release from Darryl Mather (Someloves), Ken Stringfellow (Posies, Big Star Mark 2, REM touring band), producer Mitch Easter, Anthony Bautovich (Lonely Hearts), Bill Gibson (The Eastern Dark, Bernie Hayes Quartet) and Peter Kelly (drums). Includes the Down In Your Dreams (hac79) single.

Down In Your Dreams

released January 1998

1. Down In Your Dreams
2. All Wrapped Up
3. Telegram For Cindy
4. Jet's Gone
5. Step On The Gas

DELETED. Track 1 taken from the Assorted Creams LP (Hac 67). All other tracks previously unreleased except Track 5 appeared on the Antfarm compilation Cop It Sweet (Ant002).

Any Way You Want It

released January 2000

1. Any Way You Want It
2. Sleepin' 99
3. A Dream Of Butterflies (lo siento)
4. Annie Run Run Run (the guitar solo mix)


A taster from the album Humblin' (Across America), Any Way You Want It was recorded at the famous Ardent Studio in Memphis. Any Way You Want It (Hac 89) includes 3 non-LP b-sides (Sleepin' 99, A Dream Of Butterflies, Annie Run Run Run - alternate mix).

Any Way You Want It is the first single to be taken from the second Orange Humble Band album, Humblin' (Across America). Lead by an amazing vocal performance from Ken Stringfellow, Any Way You Want It is yet another pop gem to come from the pen of Darryl Mather and is truly an uplifting song. Of the other songs, Sleepin' 99 is an alternative version of Sleeping In My Caravan, which was originally released on the band's first album, Assorted Creams. Tinged with a Tijuana styled brass section, A Dream Of Butterflies (lo siento) is a really lovely and appropriately laid back acoustic tune about flying down to Mexico and experiencing cheap food, Tequila and broken truths. The last song, Annie, Run Run Run starts off with some Byrdsian harmonies and develops into great pop song that is again dominated by Ken Stringfellow. While Annie Run Run Run could have easily been the lead single, it's the title track that is the stand out song on this EP. Rating: 4.5/5 - Pop On Top review

Humblin' (Across America)

released January 2001

1. Vineyard Blues
2. What's Your Crime
3. On Our Way Back Home
4. Any Way You Want It
5. One Hour's Lonely Play
A Southern American Small Music Revue -
6. Better Just Fake It
7. Listen Up!
8. Annie Run Run Run
9. The Ballad Of Gospel Sam
10. Can You Imagine
11. Freewheelin'
12. Skyway Believin'
13. Crescent City Ball Park Theme
14. The Way She Moves
15. Come Try This



Arriving some three years after their debut album release, Assorted Creams, which had already taken almost three years to come to fruition, Humblin (Across America) only took a relatively brisk eighteen months gestation from recording to release. And frankly I hope that's the absolute longest I have to wait for the next instalment.

The core line-up of the band, principal songwriter Darryl Mather (ex-Lime Spiders and Someloves), fellow Australian Anthony Bautovich (Coronet Blue), Mitch Easter (ex-Lets Active and renowned producer of, amongst others, Pavement and early REM) and finally Ken Stringfellow (Posies and a bewildering number of other frequently simultaneously active projects) survives intact from their debut album.

Mostly recorded at the celebrated Ardent Recording Studios in Memphis, a host of legendary southern musical figures have been enlisted in support. Occupying the drum stool throughout is Jody Stephens (ex-Big Star, Golden Smog), no doubt feeling at home as all three classic Big Star albums were recorded here. Jim Dickinson guests on piano on the album's pensive opener, Vineyard Blues, whilst Spooner Oldham, half of one of the classic songwriting partnerships with Dan Penn, plays organ and piano on several other tracks. Featuring, as on Assorted Creams, a blend of power pop, rock and country, Humblin (Across America) has the added ingredient this time of more than a little southern soul, several tracks, What's Your Crime and the single Any Way You Want It amongst them, wonderfully enhanced by bold brass arrangements.

Ken Stringfellow handles all vocals throughout and has quite simply never sounded better than he does here, exuding emotion with strength, depth and clarity. Apparently he was quite impressed with the results himself, so much so in fact that he purchased the microphone used on the recordings.

Featuring stunning arrangements, wonderful chord changes, to die for tunes, ringing guitars (Mitch Easter in fine form), fluid pedal steel lines and a horn section to boot, this album really has the lot. Thirteen songs and two short instrumentals encompassing the euphoria of Annie Run Run Run, the introspection of Can You Imagine and the pristine pop of Freewheelin', Humblin (Across America) emphatically hits the paydirt strongly hinted at by its predecessor Assorted Creams. Recorded by a genuinely stellar line-up of musicians and enriched by the location of the recording and its musical heritage, The Orange Humble Band have crafted such a wonderful album that perhaps the core members of this part-time band ought to strongly reconsider their musical priorities. A classic. - (Geraint Jones January 2001)

The Orange Humble Band: Humblin' (Across America)
Reading the names on the sleeve of this lovingly crafted collection of soulful pop-rock is like reading a map of the genre (Memphis Division). Australian Darryl Mather pursued his love for melodic rock in his late 80s band The Someloves, and from there his journey has taken him to one of the sources of his inspiration in Memphis.

This is the OHB's second album, with a line-up including Mitch Easter (producer of some of REM's early classics and The Someloves and member of Let's Active), singer Ken Stringfellow of The Posies and drummer Jody Stephens of 70s power-pop legends Big Star. Most of the album was completed at the Ardent Studios in Memphis, where Stephens had worked on those seminal albums with Big Star almost 30 years ago. Of course, the antecedents of this music go back even further than that, via The Byrds and Badfinger to the richly varied melodies of The Beatles of Rubber Soul and Revolver.

But the point about Humblin' (Across America) is that this is not just some fan's reconstruction but the real thing. The opening cut, Vineyard Blues, is a killer, with Stringfellow's vocals recalling Donovan at his finest. And it doesn't let up from there, whether it is soulful and brassy on the soaring What's Your Crime, jangling power-pop on Skyway Believin' or just the hint of country-rock on Better Just Fake It. Mather contributes the lyrics and guitarists Easter and Anthony Bautovich co-write the music with him, but it is Stringfellow who really makes the album soar. It might be his best-ever vocal performance. Certainly, Stringfellow was so impressed with the results he bought the microphone from Ardent to take home to his studio. - (Noel Mengel, Courier Mail, Brisbane February 2001)

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