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Noosha Fox on the cover of the album Blue Hotel

BLUE HOTEL

Released by Cherry Red label (CDMRED272), Blue Hotel contains the original tracks plus one bonus track. The tracks are S S S Single Bed,  Livin' Out My Fantasies, Dejenina, Blue Hotel, Almond Eyes, Magic Machine, My Old Man's Away, Moustaches On The Moon, Under Your Own Umbrella, Friendship Rose, Make It Like It Used To Be, Pain And Pleasure (bonus)

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Tails of Illusion album cover from the band Fox, which starred lead singer Noosha Fox

TAILS OF ILLUSION

The Tails of Illusion album by the band Fox was released in November 2004 on the Cherry Red label (CDMRED 263). It contains the original tracks plus two bonus tracks. According to Kenny Young's liner notes, much of the original material on Tails of Illusion was inspired by a visit to the Indonesian island of Bali. The two bonus tracks were recorded in the early 1990's and feature Noosha. So these two tracks may be some of the most recent Noosha material available.

Yuli Yuli / Survival / Strange Ships / For Whatever It's Worth / Little Brown Box / Minor Therapy / Lily Sing / Kupu Kupu / Howja / Me Without You / Just One More Night (bonus) / 2 Rude 4 Words (bonus)

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Noosha and the band Fox on the cover of the album Fox

FOX

The Original Fox album by the band Fox has been released in October 2002 on the Cherry Red label (CDMRED 222). It contains the original tracks plus four bonus tracks.

Love Letters / Imagine Me, Imagine You / The Juggler / Patient Tigers / Only You Can / The More / Spirit / He's Got Magic / Pisces' Babies / Love Ship / Red Letter Day / Out Of My Body (bonus) / If I Point At The Moon (bonus) / Georgina Bailey (bonus) / Pretty Boy (bonus)

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To my ears, the tracks on this album have an analogue warmth to them, that the equivalent tracks on the CD 'the very best of Fox' lacked.


 

I also noticed that the CD, THE VERY BEST OF FOX (mentioned in more detail below on this page) is sometimes available via amazon.co.uk from other 3rd party sellers

Noosha Fox on the cover of the album - the very best of Fox

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At the time of first writing (10th October 1997) this, there was virtually no mention of the 1970s band, Fox, or of their uniquely voiced singer Noosha Fox, that I could find on the Internet. At that time they also seemed to have had no direct coverage by Record Collector magazine. They did however get a mention in Record Collector (No 188, April 1995, page 19) in an article titled 'Queen Collaborations'. It appears that Roger Taylor of 'Queen' added backing vocals to the track 'Survival' on Fox's 'Tails of Illusion' album. Queen were in the same studio recording 'Opera'.

Although they had at least a couple of hit singles 'Single Bed', 'Only You Can' and 'Imagine me, Imagine you', I didn't start buying their records until I saw the album 'Fox' at a reduced price in Woolworths in Swindon, circa 1977. My favourite track on this LP is 'Patient Tigers'. It wasn't until the 1980s that I discovered they had also released two other albums 'Tails of Illusion' and 'Blue Hotel'. I obtained both these albums, second hand, through the small ads of Record Collector. Blue Hotel became my favourite.

Apart from Noosha's stunningly unique voice, I liked the imaginatively styled tunes and Vocoder type effects. Some of the backing vocals in 'SSSingle Bed' and the introduction passages into 'Only You Can' & 'Strange Ships', being great examples of Fox strangeness.

I never saw the band, except on television. I had heard that Noosha had gone on to release a single 'Georgina Bailey'.

From about 1988 0n, I searched for their material on CD, but found nothing. Nothing that is until June 1997, when I discovered a budget price CD 'Only you can' in the HMV shop in Oxford Street, London, during my only visit to the UK in more than two years. It appears to have been issued in 1996 by 'Wise Buy' (WB 866702). Many of the tracks were new to me, but it was great to hear Noosha's voice again, without the pops and crackles with which my vinyl LPs are now afflicted. With 16 tracks the CD was great value for money at UK pounds 4.99.

The tracks are:-

  • If you don't want my peaches don't shake my tree

  • Georgina Bailey

  • Model in a Leotard

  • I want to be alone

  • Electro people

  • Dancing with an alien

  • Strange ships *

  • Red letter day *

  • Yuli Yuli *

  • He's got magic *

  • Imagine me, Imagine you *

  • Only you can *

  • Teyo

  • Temple of love

  • Torn between two worlds

  • Captain of your ship

Those tracks marked * appeared on one of the original LPs.

A Fox fan sent me the following additional information (December 29th 1997):-

[One record you may or may not know about is a rather nice disco-ish solo single from 1979 called 'The Heat is On' b/w 'Some Enchanted Evening' on Chrysalis CHS 12 2337 (12"). Unlike 'Georgina Bailey', It was produced by David Mackay, and Noosha wrote the B-side.]

In April 1998 I was made aware of another CD 'The very best of Fox'. This CD contains material taken from the albums 'Fox' and 'Blue Hotel', plus the single 'Georgina Bailey'. Last time I checked (Nov 2003) it was available from amazon.co.uk

Noosha Fox on the back cover of the album - the very best of Fox

Fox were:

Noosha ( Vocals )

Kenny Young ( Guitars, Percussion and Vocals ) *

Herbie Armstrong ( Guitars and Vocals )

Pete Solley ( Keyboards )

Jim Gannon ( Lead Guitar )

Gary Taylor ( Bass Guitar )

Jim Frank ( Drums and Percussion )

* Kenny Young also wrote and produced most of the songs

 

FOX Singles

"Only You Can"was b/w "Out of My Body"

"Imagine Me..." b/w "If I Point at the Moon"

"He's Got Magic" b/w "The Love Ship" (? note the cover image below shows the B side as "The Juggler")

"Strange Ships" b/w "Little Brown Box"

"S-s-single Bed" b/w "Silk Milk"

"My Old Man's Away" b/w "Magic Machine" (Are You Sure? - See note at bottom of page))

"Georgina Bailey" b/w "Pretty Boy"

( the list above was kindly supplied by Shaun Butcher )

The band Fox with lead singer Noosha on the cover of the recording Strange Ships

 

Fox Singles Chart Positions

René van Dam kindly supplied the following chart position information:-

Hereby the chart positions of Fox and Noosha Fox in the United Kingdom

(UK), West-Germany (BRD), Netherlands (NL), Belgium (B) and the United

States of America (USA).

15/02/1975 means 15th of February 1975 (date/month/year).

 

Only you can

UK: 15/02/1975 11 weeks 3 highest position (golden record)

BRD: 24/03/1975 26 weeks 2 highest position (18 weeks in top 10; #8

year’s end list)

NL: 29/03/1975 tip

USA: 23/08/1975 8 weeks 53 highest position

(no chart success in Belgium)

Noosha Fox on the cover of the recording Only You Can

From Germany

Noosha Fox on Dutch cover of the single Only You Can

From Netherlands

Noosha Fox on Spanish cover of the single Only You Can

From Spain

 

Imagine me, imagine you

UK: 10/05/1975 8 weeks 15 highest position

BRD: 23/06/1975 14 weeks 7 highest position (4 weeks in top 10)

(no chart success in Netherlands, Belgium or USA)

The band Fox with lead singer Noosha on the cover of the recording Imagine Me, Imagine You

 

He’s got magic

BRD: 27/10/1975 3 weeks 48 highest position

(no chart success in United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium or USA)

The band Fox with lead singer Noosha on the cover of the recording He's Got magic

 

S-s-s-single bed:

UK: 10/04/1976 10 weeks 4 highest position (golden record)

NL: 12/06/1976 7 weeks 10 highest position

B: 10/07/1976 1 week 19 highest position

(no chart success in Germany (BRD) and the United States)

The band Fox with lead singer Noosha on the cover of the recording Single Bed

Fox Albums Chart Positions

Fox

UK: 17/05/1975 8 weeks 7 highest position

(I can only say (because of no data for other countries): no chart

success in Netherlands)

 

Noosha Fox Singles Chart Positions

Georgina Bailey

UK: 12/11/1977 6 weeks 31 highest position

(no chart success in Belgium, Germany (BRD), Netherlands and the USA)

Noosha Fox on the cover of the record of the songs Georgina Bailey and Pretty Boy


 I would like to provide another charts appearance, which is missing on your list:

Germany : Fox (lp), entry 15.05.75, peak position 47, 4 weeks on charts (Top 50 lp charts)  

cheers, Demski


'Only you can' in the Swiss single charts:

First entry June 6, 1975
Highest position 1
Number of weeks in charts 13

regards, Juerg


A little more info you seem to be missing:-

Noosha also had a single "More Than Molecules" on Earlobe records (ELB-S-101) in 1981, b side "Odd Peculiar Strange" was written by Noosha.

Two bits of Chart info . In Ireland 6/3/75 Only You Can, number 3, 7 wks and 13/5/76 SSSSingle Bed, number 4, 5wks

Best wishes

Stewart Welsh

Noosha Fox on the cover of the recording More Than Molecules


Here is an an extended play (EP) record, which I found on ebay, which has four tracks and which was released in Brazil. The tracks are Love Letters, The Juggler, Only You Can and Spirit.

Noosha Fox on the cover of the Brazilian Fox EP Love Letters


Another ebay find. This one from Italy - I bet there is an interesting story behind this cover. I would love to know what it is! Please email me if you know.

Discoteque Special of Fox from Italy with what looks like some transvestites on the cover


I started this page October 1997, because at that time I could find no other pages devoted to Fox on the internet. Since then I was pleased to see other Fox pages appearing, but then they started disappearing again, so I have had to remove the links.

Thanks to the many people who have written to me with information, I think I have now heard most of the material released by Fox & Noosha. Apart from what is available on the albums, three other tracks I really like are 'Skin Tight', 'Hot as Sun' and 'The Heat is On' (which was also released by Agnetha of Abba). I just love the way 'tropical', rolls off Noosha's tongue.

Noosha Fox on the cover of the recording Skin Tight

Thanks to Stephen Frize who has drawn my attention to a track which features both Noosha and Agnetha performing 'The Heat is On' - some research suggest that this was a put together as a fan mix by a person calling himself Carlybabes.

During the year 2002, I was in a pub (The Witches Tavern), in Bangkok, Thailand, and heard what I was sure was Noosha, singing on the pub's juke box. A question to the waitress revealed that it was actually Macy Gray singing 'I Try'.

Are You Sure? - Thanks to Marsh for the following feedback on 15 December 2006 - "I saw your page on Fox. I'm puzzled, as your listing for the B Side of 'My Old Man's Away' is 'Magic Machine'.  I have my original copy which I bought at the time on original GTO, and the B Side is a song called 'Are You Sure' and is probably Fox's best record ever (second to 'Imagine Me')  If they'd have released this as the A Side they'd have been back in the Charts with another massive hit on their hands! "

Noosha Fox on the cover of the recording My Old Man's Away

Noosha was originally Susan Traynor, who prior to Fox sung with the band Wooden Horse. The number one question that everyone who emails me asks is, "Where is Noosha now?". The Fox seems to have evaded the pack!

E-mail me at tonym@singnet.com.sg

 

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