British Soul pioneers formed in 1973, Kokomo originally consisted of four vocalists: Dyan Birch, Frank Collins, Paddie McHugh and Tony O’Malley (also on keys) – all from ’60s pop sensations ‘Arrival’. Alan Spenner (bass) and Neil Hubbard (guitar) were recruited from Joe Cocker’s ‘Grease Band’; Mel Collins (sax) from King Crimson, and percussionist Jody Linscott (who went on to tour with The Who, Elton John, Dave Gilmour and more), Terry Stannard (drums) and Jim Mullen (guitar) completed the 10-piece line-up.
This line up recorded a full studio session in 1975 ahead of signing with CBS later the same year. Recorded as live the group are really reaching out, unconstrained by Producers or label A&R, it was a good reflection of how the band came across on stage. The session remained unreleased until 2004 when it finally surfaced for a limited time on CD. APM acquired the recordings in 2021. A vinyl LP is planned for later in the year, as well as a digital release.
Kokomo went on to become a well respected soul funk band releasing three albums through CBS and being recruited by Bob Dylan to back him on his album Desire. They continue to tour to this day, sometimes teaming up with fellow brit-soul pioneers The Average White Band. http://www.kokomo.band