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Not to be confused with the American band of a similar name (The Flying Machine, of James Taylor fame), Flying Machine was a British studio band formed by producer/songwriters Tony Macaulay (best known for his work with The Foundations) and Geoff Stevens, partly out of the remnants of Pinkerton's Assorted Colours (aka The Pinkertons), with guitarist Tony Newman on vocals, Steve Jones on lead guitar and vocals, Sam Kempe on vocals, Stewart Coleman on bass, and Paul Wilkinson on drums. The group's sound ranged from pop to light psychedelia, and they released a string of singles on Pye in 1969 and 1970, culminating with the album Down To Earth With The Flying Machine in 1970. All of their work was compiled on a two-CD set from Sequel called Flight Recorder in 1998. ~ Bruce Eder