Cool live clip of The Merseys doing Sorrow, broadcasted on French TV.
torsdag 18 augusti 2011
|THE MARK FOUR-Hurt Me If You Will/I'm Leaving Decca F12204 1965|
Before the mighty Creation, there was The Mark Four. The first four are, in my opinion, pretty lame but by the release of the third, things begin to happen. 'Hurt Me If You Will' is a pretty okay beat song, not bad but there's not very much things that happens, the song keeps it's slow rhythm all the way, a rave-up would not have been wrong. The great one on this 45 is the B-side, I'm Leaving. This has somewhat a Bo Diddley beat, great guitar plucking, a booming, fat bass, bouncing drums in the Sorrows-vein and stone cold vocals from Kenny Pickett. The group made one more great 45 on Fontana, 'Work All Day (Sleep All Night)/Going Down Fast before evolving into The Creation and the rest is history.
|From left: Kenny Pickett, Jack Jones, John Dalton,|
Mick 'Spud' Thompson and Eddie Phillips
Hurt Me If You Will
onsdag 17 augusti 2011
|St Louis Union Girl/Respect Decca F12318 1966|
So, here we have the St. Louis Union's debut single also on Decca from 1966, a cover of 'Girl'. It was also the Union's only chart success, as it got to #11 on the charts. However, even though it became a hit it is far from the group's best recording; i feel it is not a good representation of the group's real mega cool Mod image. The only highlight with this one is Tony Cassidy's nice vocal performance, which lifts the number a little higher. Much, much better is the flip, a cover of Otis Redding's 'Respect', which is a much better representation of the group's image. Cassidy's vocals is also on top, howling and fits great to the track.
Some people say that the Beatles' songs are like old heaters: they should have 'do not cover' written on them. And I agree to the half. There are many terrible Beatles covers out there, but also some terrific. Here's what I came up with...
|Joe Cocker-I'll Cry Instead/Precious Words Decca F11974 1964|
John Joe Cocker fronted Sheffield band Vance Arnold & The Avengers when he won an audition for a solo recording with Decca. This one, Cocker's first single from 1964 is a song written by messers Lennon & McCartney from the Beatles' LP 'A Hard Day's Night' from the same year. Personally, i think it is actually better than the original Beatles version; Cocker's voice fits much better to the song and i like the slightly faster rhythm. Also, we have some great guitar work which i've read is done by Big Jim Sullivan (the rest of the studio work is done by members of The Ivy League). The single flopped, but four years later Joe enjoyed international success with another Beatles cover, 'With A Little Help From My Friends'. On the B-side, mister J. Page plays guitar as he did with many Beat groups/artists before joining up with the Yardbirds in '66.
måndag 15 augusti 2011
|JULIEN COVEY & THE MACHINE-A Little Bit Hurt / Sweet Bacon|
A LITTLE BIT HURT
onsdag 3 augusti 2011
|ZOOT MONEY'S BIG ROLL BAND|
|DONOVAN AND MICKIE MOST|
|CHRIS 'ACE' KEFFORD, THE MOVE|
|STEVE MARRIOTT, SMALL FACES|
måndag 1 augusti 2011
Horrible debuts from otherwise great bands Part 1: Tages - 'Sleep Little Girl / Tell Me You're Mine'
|TAGES - 'Sleep Little Girl / Tell Me You're Mine' Platina 1964|
Sweden's very own Tages are best known for releasing one of the greatest '60s psych LP's not from Britain, 'Studio'. They also released a handful of great singles and another great LP, 'Contrast'. But everybody has to start somewhere. And in the start, Tages were five neat-looking geezeers with matching suits who... well, needed some more excersize. In about two years, they were a top class act. But by October '64, no. Just no.
|Tages shortly after the single's release in 1964. Göran (top|
right) (bass player and Mr. Real Crazy Apartment's
neighbour) seems to think about excactly what i think
of the single