A songwriters' vehicle that took to middle-of-the-road ahead of its time but came to a halt prematurely.
There's been a lot of pseudo bands created by auteurs who were too busy to get on the road with songs they cherished too much to give to other artists. But the team called AMMO and comprising Chris Arnold, David Martin and Geoff Morrow managed to do the trick once Billy Fury, Cliff Richard and Frank Ifield had taken some of their confections into the UK charts, and formed BUTTERSCOTCH. Their first single, "Don't You Know", charted as well, so a writing of such a quality dictated a whole album, the sole LP by the group as it turned out, reissued now in all its sweet glory.
But there's more to the title: taking their acronym game further, AMMO set a task of writing songs whose titles would begin with the first letter of the band's name - and add their hit to the end of it. It works, even though the record starts with a mellifluous parting ballad "Bye For Now", Martin's honeyed voice riding an acoustic guitar and orchestral wave until the tempo surges. A bit cheesy, sure, but memorably pleasant, just what the public loves, and who can resist the caressing strings and harpsichord of instrumental joke "Theme For A Theme", so serious in its waltz flow or the delicate grace and "moo's" of "Cows"? And if cuts like "End Of My Nose", with all its gentle rocking, or "Office Girl" sound dated now, in 1970 they hit the point other ensembles, like ABBA, would reach only half a decade later, but "Constant Reminder" is a perfect, if straight-faced pop song, while "Reasons" boogies down as if Roy Orbison engaged Chuck Berry for a jam.
Here, the original album is augmented by a brace of singles, the last of which, 1974's vaudevillian "Sunday Won't Be Sunday Anymore", put an end to this nice project but not to the AMMO partnership who by that time had another vehicle, RESCUE CO NO. 1, with other musicians doing their songs - but that's another story, whereas BUTTERSCOTCH's LP still stands as a testament to the trio's tuneful wit.