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The Paramounts - Abbey Road Decade 1963-1970

The Paramounts -  Abbey Road Decade 1963-1970



For about 15 years, the excellent Edsel Records compilation Whiter Shades of R&B was seemingly the definitive Paramounts anthology, collecting as it did all 12 sides from their six singles, a French EP track, and three previously unissued cuts. It was supplanted, however, by this 28-track anthology in 1998, which includes all 16 songs from the Edsel album and more.

The most noteworthy additions are six more unissued mid-'60s tracks, five of which are more of the kind of R&B/rock/soul covers that occupied most of their repertoire, while the other is a stringless version of one of their singles, "Blue Ribbons." Those five other outtakes are about as good as their previously officially issued tracks, but point up the chief drawback that kept the Paramounts from making a commercial or artistic impact: an absence of original songs, though they were an above average group at interpreting American material. That difficulty would be solved with striking speed and creativity when the Paramounts evolved into Procol Harum, but you don't hear much of what's to come here, other than in Gary Brooker's soulful vocals and their adventurous stab at Charles Mingus' "Freedom." Closing the CD are six more previously unreleased tracks that, alas, aren't actually the Paramounts; instead they're from a 1970 Procol Harum session of oldies covers the group did for kicks, with a lineup similar to the Paramounts days (although Chris Copping and not Diz Derrick is on bass). Like many such sessions, they fall into the category of something that was probably fun for the bandmembers to get out of their system, but not all that exciting to listen to, though it's done with workmanlike enthusiasm. In any case, all six of the tracks, and seven others from the same session, were soon issued on the CD Ain't Nothin' to Get Excited About, where they were credited to the group pseudonym Liquorice John Death.

1. The Paramounts - Poison Ivy (2:08)

2. The Paramounts - I Feel Good All Over (2:11)

3. The Paramounts - Bad Blood (2:04)

4. The Paramounts - Chills And Fever (2:22)

5. The Paramounts - Little Bitty Pretty One (2:15)

6. The Paramounts - A Certain Girl (2:12)

7. The Paramounts - Stupidity (2:02)

8. The Paramounts - It Won't Be Long (2:03)

9. The Paramounts - Pride And Joy (2:15)

10. The Paramounts - Do I (2:04)

11. The Paramounts - I'm The One Who Loves You (2:09)

12. The Paramounts - Hey Little Girl (2:10)

13. The Paramounts - You've Got What I Want (1:57)

14. The Paramounts - Turn On Your Lovelight (2:22)

15. The Paramounts - Blue Ribbons (early mix - no strings) (2:23)

16. The Paramounts - Blue Ribbons (2:25)

17. The Paramounts - Cuttin' In (2:44)

18. The Paramounts - Baby I'm Yours (2:23)

19. The Paramounts - Don't Ya Like My Love (2:16)

20. The Paramounts - Draw Me Closer (1:57)

21. The Paramounts - You Never Had It So Good (2:53)

22. The Paramounts - Freedom (3:26)

23. The Paramounts - Kansas City (1970 session) (3:44)

24. The Paramounts - Breathless (1970 session) (3:04)

25. The Paramounts - Brand New Cadillac (1970 session) (1:40)

26. The Paramounts - Matchbox (1970 session) (2:33)

27. 27-Shopping For Clothes (1970 session)

28. 28-The Girl Can't Help It (1970 session)

The Paramounts -  Abbey Road Decade 1963-1970

The Escorts - From The Blue Angel

The Escorts - From The Blue Angel



Terry Sylvester - guitar/vocals (born January 8th 1947, Liverpool)
John Kincade - guitar/vocals
Mike Gregory - bass guitar
Kenny Goodlass/Pete Clarke - drums
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A distinctly lower-echelon Merseybeat band, the Escorts' commercial impact was slight indeed. Only one of their six singles made the British Top 50, and at number 49 at that. They covered "Dizzy Miss Lizzie" before the Beatles, and the single made some noise in Texas, but besides that they were unheard beyond their Liverpool hometown. Their 45s were pleasant, moderately catchy, and featured close harmonies, but were basically unmemorable. The Escorts lacked a distinctive sound and wrote virtually none of their own material (many of their A-sides were tame covers of U.S. rock and R&B hits; many of their B-sides were shallow Merseybeat numbers written by their manager). After a lineup change in 1966, the group recorded their sixth single with Paul McCartney on tambourine, showing a much more pronounced soul feel. Guitarist Terry Sylvester left the Escorts near the end of their recording career to join the Swinging Blue Jeans, and eventually replaced Graham Nash in the Hollies in the late '60s.
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1 Dizzy Miss Lizzy 2:11 2 All I Want Is You 1:49 3 The One to Cry 1:55 4 Tell Me Baby 2:16 5 I Don't Want to Go on Without You 2:23 6 Don't Forget to Write 2:21 7 C'mon Home Baby 2:05 8 You'll Get No Lovin' That Way 1:57 9 Let It Be Me 2:19 10 Mad Mad World 2:05 11 From Head to Toe 2:32 12 Night Time 2:53
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The only Escorts LP, this compiles both sides of their six 1964-66 singles. It's lovingly packaged, complete with a four-page history of the group, but one has to wonder whether the effort was really necessary for such a slight band.
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Ringo Starr arranged for The Escorts to have a residency at the Blue Angel Club, Liverpool, in 1962. The following year they entered a talent competition, the judges, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, voted them the top group out of the eighty who entered. The prize included a television appearance and a recording contract with Decca. It later transpired Decca said the prize was only a recording test and didn’t take an option on the group. They made their recording debut on the Fontana label recording ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy’ /‘All I Want Is You’ but it failed to make the charts. The groups second release, ‘The One To Cry’/‘Tell Me Baby’ reached No.49 in the charts. The third release, a version of the Drifters, ‘I Don’t Want To Go On Without You’/‘Don’t Forget To Write’ , was also covered some days later by the Birmingham group The Moody Blues and it was their version which entered the charts. Terry Sylvester left the group and joined the Swinging Blue Jeans eventually moving to the The Hollies, replacing Graham Nash. In 1965, The Escorts released a forth record ‘C’mon Home Baby’/ You’ll Get No Lovin That Way’. Two more records where released in 1966 ‘Let It Be Me’ / ‘Mad Mad World’ and ‘From Head To Toe’ (Paul McCartney played tambourine) / ‘Night Time’ this release also failed to make the charts. The group broke up some time later.

The Escorts - From The Blue Angel


The Mojo Men - Sit Down (@320)

 

The Mojo Men - Sit Down (@320)

The Mojo Men - Sit Down

Sit Down...It's the Mojo Men Review by Richie Unterberger.

An 18-song compilation of material from their 1966-68 hitch with Reprise, combining several singles with five tracks from an unreleased album. This fully documents the second phase of the band, when they added drummer Jan Errico and changed from a second rate garage band into a better (but not fully first-rate) pop/folk-rock group. This isn't half bad for the genre, but you can see why they never really distinguished themselves from the San Francisco crowd. It's way too pop to be associated with the Haight-Ashbury scene, a little too weird to be compared to, say, the Association (with the occasional sudden blasts of psychedelic fuzz guitar and baroque production), not as accomplished as the Mamas & the Papas, and gussied up with too many conventional pop string arrangements. Van Dyke Parks arranged a few of the singles, including their lone hit, "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" (which is here). Most of the material was written by Errico and bassist Jim Alaimo, and although it's a pleasantly worthwhile archival collection, it's not a major find.

Tracklist:


The Mojo Men - Sit Down (@320)


Tony Rivers & The Castaways - Birth Of Harmonies [Japanese Release] (@320)

 

Tony Rivers & The Castaways - Birth Of Harmonies [Japanese Release] (@320)

Tony Rivers & The Castaways - Birth Of Harmonies

Tracklist:

1                           Shake Shake Shake

2                           Row Row Row

3                           I Love The Way You Walk

4                           I Love You

5                           Life's To Short

6                           Don't Ever Tell Me

7                           She

8                           'Til We Get Home

9                           Come Back Baby

10                         What To Do

11                         Girl Don't Tell Me

12                         Salt Lake City

13                         God Only Knows

14                         Charade

15                         I Can Guarantee You Love

16                         Pantomime

17                         The Grass Will Sing For You

18                         Summer Dreaming

19                         Mr. Sun

20                         Graduation Day

21                         Eine Kleiner Miser Musik

22                         Can't Make It Without You Baby

23                         Baby What You Want Me To Do

24                         Come On And Love Me Too

25                         Pretend

26                         Love You Baby

27                         Windy

Tony Rivers - The Tony Rivers Collection Volume 3. Harmony Soul (@320)

 

Tony Rivers - The Tony Rivers Collection Volume 3. Harmony Soul (@320)

Tony Rivers - The Tony Rivers Collection Volume 3. Harmony Soul

Tony Rivers Collection, Vol. 3: Harmony Soul Review by Richie Unterberger.

The third and weakest volume in RPM's series of Tony Rivers anthologies is devoted to projects that he was involved with in the 1970s. About half of the 24 tracks are credited to the artist himself; the others spotlight groups that he worked with, including Summer Wine, Harmony Grass, Magic Bus, Indiana, Highly Likely, Shine, Hollywood Freeway, and the Brian Bennett Band. There are no recording or release dates given for the songs (half of which were previously unissued), other than that they were done between 1970 and 1977; since RPM is usually pretty good about this stuff, one presumes that the exact information was not available. Rivers' forte was as a high Beach Boys-styled singer and vocal arranger, and the first section of the CD -- which, again one presumes, are from the earliest part of the 1970-1977 period -- betray his Beach Boys obsession, often sounding like slicker, more mainstream variations of the Beach Boys' own vintage harmony sound. Ever wonder what the Lovin' Spoonful's "She's Still a Mystery" might have sounded like in the hands of the Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys, for instance? You couldn't possibly get a better illustration than Summer Wine's version. These outings (a couple of which -- "Do You Wanna Dance" and "Why Do Fools in Love" -- are actually based on the Beach Boys' covers of these oldies, not the original renditions) might be on the smooth side even for Beach Boys devotees, but as early-'70s mainstream pop goes, they're fairly pleasant and interesting. You couldn't say that of the material on the last half or so of the disc, almost exclusively written and performed by Rivers himself, and mostly unreleased at the time. These are pro forma lush, very mainstream -- right of center, really -- mid- to late-'70s pop with adult contemporary soul overtones. Not that it's necessarily that much less imaginative than the Beach Boys derivations that open the set, but it's hardly going out on a limb to note that the classic Beach Boys discography is a far better model for imitation than the late-'70s Bee Gees, the mid-'70s Main Ingredient, and the like. Emblematic of one of pop music's least durable eras, it's tough to listen to that portion of the disc without falling into a grouchy torpor. For that reason this anthology could only be recommended to very few collectors, even the ones that enjoy the '60s sunshine pop essays by Rivers on the previous two RPM volumes of his work. As for the cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody" that concludes the program, taken from an album in the Top of the Pops series of close replications of chart hits by session musicians -- what's the point?

Tracklist:

1            Tony Rivers - And Your Dream Comes True

2            Harmony Grass - It Takes a Lot of Loving

3            Summer Wine - Do You Wanna Dance

4            Summer Wine - Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

5            Magic Bus - Finders Keepers

6            Indiana - My Mum

7            Brian Bennett - The Girls Back Home

8            Summer Wine - She's Still a Mystery

9            Highly Likely - For the Music

10          Tony Rivers - Whatever Happened to You

11          Tony Rivers - Well, Well, Well

12          Tony Rivers - Getting the Feeling

13          Tony Rivers - (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone

14          Shine - I Wonder If Anything (Lasts All Time)

15          Tony Rivers - My Love's Getting Stronger

16          Hollywood Freeway - You're the Song (That I Can't Stop Singing)

17          Tony Rivers - Hey Kids

18          Tony Rivers - Never Lose Never Win

19          Tony Rivers - Here I Go Again

20          Tony Rivers - Who Put the Love

21          Tony Rivers - I'm Gonna Steal Your Heart

22          Tony Rivers - No Don't Stop the Rain

23          Tony Rivers - Everything You Do Is Magic

24          Tony Rivers Group - Bohemian Rhapsody

Chad & Jeremy - The Ark 1968 (@320)

 

Chad & Jeremy - The Ark 1968 (@320)

Chad & Jeremy - The Ark

The Ark Review by William Ruhlmann.

While The Ark contained nothing quite as elaborate as "The Progress Suite" that had taken up one whole side of Of Cabbages and Kings, it was another psychedelic mishmash of styles -- Indian one minute, musichall the next -- of a kind so many popular performers had been indulging in at the time in hopes of making the next Sgt. Pepper. The difference was that most of Chad & Jeremy's peers had gotten it out of their systems the year before. But C&J were upper-class types who took naturally to the pretensions of the form -- they thought they were making Art. Their listeners thought differently: The Ark missed the charts, and Chad & Jeremy broke up.

Tracklist:

1. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Emancipation Of Mr. X

2. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Sunstroke

3. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Ark

4. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Raven

5. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Imagination

6. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Painted Dayglow Smile

7. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Pipe Dream

8. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Transatlantic Trauma 1966

9. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Sidewalk Requiem Los Angeles June 5th and 6th

10. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Pantheostic Study For Guitar And Large Bird

11. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Paxton Quigley's Had The Course

12. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - You Need Feet (You Need Hands)

13. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Song Of The Love Child (Tobey's Song)

14. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Letter To A London Girl

15. Chad Stuart/Jeremy Clyde - Pipe Dream

Marty Wilde - Marty. A Lifetime In Music 1957-2019. (@320)

 

Marty Wilde - Marty. A Lifetime In Music 1957-2019. (@320)

Marty Wilde - Marty. A Lifetime In Music 1957-2019.

• One of the first generation of British rock’n’roll stars, Marty Wilde celebrates his 80th birthday (April 15th) with a UK tour and this very personal quartet of discs from across a musical career which spans over six decades.

• During the late 1950s, Marty was one of the biggest UK pop stars, with a string of Top 10 hits for Philips Records, on which he was often backed by The Wildcats: ‘Endless Sleep’ (No. 4), ‘Donna’ (No. 3), ‘A Teenager In Love’ (No. 2), ‘Sea Of Love’ (No. 3) and ‘Bad Boy’ (No. 7).

• As the Sixties dawned, Marty continued to enjoy chart success while evolving his sound away from American rock’n’roll: ‘Johnny Rocco’ (No. 30), ‘The Fight’ (No. 47), ‘Little Girl’ (No. 16), ‘Rubber Ball’ (No. 9), ‘Hide And Seek’ (No. 47), ‘Tomorrow’s Clown’ (No. 33), ‘Jezebel’ (No. 19) and ‘Ever Since You Said Goodbye’. In the mid-60s, he also recorded as folk-pop trio The Wilde Three with wife Joyce (ex-Vernons Girls) and future Moody Blue star Justin Hayward.

• During the late 1960s, Marty became a hit songwriter for other artists, penning originals for The Casuals (‘Jesamine’), Status Quo (‘Ice In The Sun’) and Lulu (‘I’m A Tiger’). While his own career continued apace throughout the 1970s, Marty was also heavily involved with the launch of daughter Kim’s career in the early 1980s. In recent years, Marty has fronted one of Britain’s most respected rock’n’roll bands.

• ‘MARTY’ is a unique celebration of Marty’s long and illustrious career. While Discs One and Two are devoted to all of his early A’s and B’s (including the aforementioned hits), Disc Three unveils a hitherto unissued Radio Luxembourg performance from 1959 while Disc Four boasts a whole CD’s worth of previously unheard demo recordings handpicked from Marty’s own archive.

• Beautifully presented with remastered sound, detailed sleeve-notes and a booklet awash with images from across the years, MARTY perfectly commemorates the musical legacy of one of Britain’s most enduring talents who was awarded an MBE for his achievements.

Tracklist:

DISC 1: MARTY WILDE AND HIS WILDCATS - SINGLES A’S AND B’S

1. HONEYCOMB

2. WILD CAT

3. LOVE BUG CRAWL

4. AFRAID OF LOVE

5. OH OH, I’M FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN

6. SING, BOY, SING

7. ENDLESS SLEEP

8. HER HAIR WAS YELLOW

9. MY LUCKY LOVE

10. MISERY’S CHILD

MARTY WILDE – SINGLES A’S AND B’S

11. THE FIRE OF LOVE

12. NO-ONE KNOWS

13. DONNA

14. LOVE-A LOVE-A LOVE-A

15. A TEENAGER IN LOVE

16. DANNY

17. SEA OF LOVE

18. TEENAGE TEARS

19. BAD BOY

20. IT'S BEEN NICE

21. JOHNNY ROCCO

22. MY HEART AND I

23. THE FIGHT (STEREO)

24. JOHNNY AT THE CROSSROADS (STEREO)

25. I WANNA BE LOVED BY YOU (STEREO)

26. ANGRY

27. LITTLE GIRL

28. YOUR SEVENTEENTH SPRING (STEREO)

29. MY BABY IS GONE (STOP THIS WORLD)

30. AMAPOLA (STEREO)

31. AUTUMN LEAVES (STEREO)

32. RUBBER BALL

33. LIKE MAKIN' LOVE

34. WHEN DOES IT GET TO BE LOVE

35. YOUR LOVING TOUCH

36. JETSTREAM

 

DISC 2: MARTY WILDE - SINGLES A’S AND B’S

 

1. HIDE AND SEEK

2. CRAZY DREAMS

3. TOMORROW'S CLOWN

4. THE HELLIONS

5. COME RUNNING

6. EV’RYONE

7. JEZEBEL

8. DON'T RUN AWAY

9. EVER SINCE YOU SAID GOODBYE

10. SEND ME THE PILLOW YOU DREAM ON

11. HONESTLY SINCERE

12. ONE LAST KISS

13. A LOT OF LIVIN' TO DO

14. LONELY AVENUE

15. BRAND NEW LOVE

16. SAVE YOUR LOVE FOR ME

17. BLESS MY BROKEN HEART

18. WHEN DAY IS DONE

19. I CAN'T HELP THE WAY THAT I FEEL

20. KISS ME (as Marty Wilde & The Wildcats)

21. MY, WHAT A WOMAN (as Marty Wilde & The Wildcats)

22. NOBODY BUT YOU (DEMO)

23. MONEY (LIVE TV PERFORMANCE)

THE WILDE THREE – SINGLES A’S AND B’S

24. SINCE YOU'VE GONE (as The Wilde Three)

25. JUST AS LONG (as The Wilde Three)

26. I CRIED (as The Wilde Three)

27. WELL WHO'S THAT (as The Wilde Three)

BONUS TRACKS

28. BORN TO ROCK AND ROLL (LIVE)

29. MOVE IT (with Brian Bennett, Hank Marvin & Bruce Welch) (LIVE)

30. MILK COW BLUES (with Albert Lee & His Band) (LIVE)

31. THE PRICE OF LOVE (with Kim & Roxanne Wilde) (LIVE)

32. I AM AN ASTRONAUT

33. LULLABY (RE-RECORDING)

 

DISC 3: RADIO LUXEMBOURG (1959)

 

1. MY BABE

2. BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY

3. A TEENAGER IN LOVE

4. GO GO GO (MOVE ON DOWN THE LINE)

5. MY HAPPINESS

6. I FORGOT TO REMEMBER

7. I’M IN LOVE AGAIN

8. FEVER

9. MY BABY LEFT ME

10. TROUBLE

11. INSTRUMENTAL

12. DANNY

13. HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU

14. BLUE SUEDE SHOES

15. HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

16. I NEED YOUR LOVE TONIGHT

17. I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING

18. RIP IT UP

19. DONNA

20. OH BOY

21. MEAN WOMAN BLUES

BONUS TRACKS

22. CATERPILLAR (as Cold Fly)

23. YESTERDAY STARTED FOR JUDY (as Cold Fly)

24. ALL NIGHT GIRL

25. SHE'S A MOVER

26. I LOVE YOU

27. IN DREAMS

28. HARD TO FIND, EASY TO LOSE

29. SEA OF HEARTBREAK

30. DON'T WANNA BE THE ONE

31. ONE SUCH AS I (DEMO)

 

Tracks 1-21, 31 previously unissued

 

DISC 4: PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED DEMO RECORDINGS

 

1. THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS

2. FEEL IN THE MOOD

3. SLAP BANG

4. A LAY-ABOUT’S LAMENT

5. WASN'T IT A HANDSOME PUNCH-UP

6. POLARIS

7. YOUR KIND OF LOVE

8. IS IT TRUE

9. MY, WHAT A WOMAN

10. SINCE YOU'VE GONE (as The Wilde Three)

11. JUST AS LONG (as The Wilde Three)

12. I JUST WANNA DANCE (as The Wilde Three)

13. HARMONICA

14. THE BEGINNING OF THE END

15. DADDY WHAT'LL HAPPEN TO ME

16. ALL I CAN SAY IS GOODBYE

17. JESAMINE

18. ELIZABETH DREAMS

19. THROUGH MY TELESCOPE

20. RIFLES AND FIREWATER

21. IT'S SO UNREAL

22. IT DIDN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY

23. SANTA MARIE

24. HALFWAY TO WHERE

25. SUNNY ST LOUIS

26. A PLACE IN MY HEART

27. SHEY SHEY

28. LEAPING ABOUT

29. JUNGLE JIM

30. TRY

31. I'M A MOVER

32. IT'S A HANG UP WORLD (by Marty & Joyce Wilde)

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Various Artists - Teenage Memories Volume 1 (@320)

 

Various Artists - Teenage Memories Volume 1 (@320)

Various Artists - Teenage Memories Volume 1

Tracklist:

1. Gene Thomas - Playing Those Old Records

2. Judy Thomas - Don't Feel Like The Lone Ranger

3. Ronny Douglas - The Big Walk

4. Ron Murphy - Hollow Man

5. Jay - How Sweet It Is

6. Kaye Stevens - You

7. Chuck Sedacca - Busy

8. Pepe La Staza - She's My Date

9. Magid Triplets - Stop The Wedding

10. Mary Sneed - When I Was 15

11. Dore Alpert - Tell It To The Birds

12. Billy Van - There Goes That Sound Again

13. Rick Randell - Debbie

14. Bobby Pedrick - If Mary Only Knew

15. The Playmates - I'll Never Get Over You

16. John Andrea - Cathy Can I Take You Home

17. Dickey Lee - Me And My Teardrops

18. Nancy Thomas - I Want More

19. Jimmy Borges - The Earth Stood Still

20. Danny Evans - The Truth About Ruth

21. Tobin Matthews - Don't Make Faces

22. Deane Hawley - I Know She'll Be There

23. Anita Gordon - Tommy

24. Kenny Karen - Sixteen Years Ago Tonight

25. Barry Gordon - The World Is Mine

26. Jerry Channing - Little Girl In A Magazine Ah

27. Georgia Gibbs - You Can Never Get Away From Me

28. Nat Gales - You'll Never Ever Get Away From Me

29. The Five Kings - Light Bulb

30. The Clinger Sisters - Shoop Shoop De Doop Rama Lama Ding Dong Yeah Yeah Ye

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Steve Lawrence - Walking Proud - The Teen Pop Sides (@320)

 

Steve Lawrence - Walking Proud - The Teen Pop Sides (@320)

Steve Lawrence - Walking Proud - The Teen Pop Sides

Teensville proudly unveils a 33 track CD featuring the teen and pop recordings of Steve Lawrence. Steve has been a recording artist for five decades but this is the first time that all his teen and pop titles from the golden years of 1959 to 1966 are together on one CD.

The hits are here - and they don’t come any better than “Pretty Blue Eyes”, “Footsteps” and “Go Away Little Girl” – but fans and collectors are going to enjoy finding such lesser known songs as “Put Away Your Teardrops” and “I’m Making The Same Mistakes Again”. 12 of the tracks are in stereo.

The songs are drawn from three different labels, ABC Paramount, United Artists and Columbia. Steve had Top-10 hits on all three labels. We also feature the big hit duets – such as “I Want To Stay Here” - that Steve recorded with his wife and partner, Eydie Gorme.

To round out this collection, we have added seven tracks from Eydie’s Columbia days, starting with her Top-10 hit from 1963, “Blame It On The Bossa Nova”. A fantastic 16 page color booklet, includes chart placings, pictures, label scans and a commentary from the diehard collectors at Teensville.

If you’re a fan of Steve and Eydie or you love top quality “Brill Building” sounds with the best in production values, this set is for you!

The best ever package of the 60's hits and rarities -

ALL DIGITALLY REMASTERED!

Tracklist:

1. Walking Proud

2. (I Don't Care) Only Love Me

3. Loving Is a Way of Living

4. Pretty Blue Eyes

5. Footsteps

6. Why Why Why

7. Going Steady

8. Come Back Silly Girl

9. Girls, Girls, Girls

10. Little Boy Blue

11. Hansel and Gretel (Hold Back the Dyke)

12. Tears from Heaven

13. Portrait of My Love

14. The Lady Wants to Twist

15. House Without Windows

16. Go Away Little Girl

17. Don't Be Afraid, Little Darlin'

18. Poor Little Rich Girl

19. I Want to Stay Here

20. I Can't Stop Talking About You

21. Everybody Knows

22. Yet... I Know (Et Pourtant)

23. Put Away Your Teardrops

24. Last Night I Made a Little Girl Cry

25. The Weekend

26. I'm Making the Same Mistakes Again

27. Blame It On the Bossa Nova

28. Don't Try to Fight It, Baby

29. Everybody Go Home

30. I Want You to Meet My Baby

31. I Can't Get Over (The Bossa Nova)

32. Just Dance On By

33. Where Are You Now

Various Artists - The Northwest Battle Of The Bands. Volume 3. I'm Walkin' Babe! (@320)

 

Various Artists - The Northwest Battle Of The Bands. Volume 3. I'm Walkin' Babe! (@320)

Various Artists - The Northwest Battle Of The Bands. Volume 3. I'm Walkin' Babe!

Northwest Battle of the Bands, Vol. 3: I'm Walkin' Babe! [Sundazed] Review by Richie Unterberger.

Judging by how many CD collections have dug into the holdings of '60s Northwest rock producer Jerry Dennon, one might think that those are nearly as valuable as, say, the Chess records catalog. They're not, but this 25-track anthology of 1964-68 Northwest rock is okay, exhibiting the expected strengths and weaknesses of the genre. The strengths are an unrelenting brazen youthful energy. The weaknesses are a lack of superb melodic invention, or of great stylistic originality. It's been pointed out in other reviews, but nonetheless has to be restated, that the bands often leaned heavily on derivative R&B-derived rhythms and riffs, which crops up on some of these tracks, though not as many as on some other Northwest comps. The harder-edged sounds of the British Invasion are also an influential force on many of the songs, whether it's traces of the hard-nosed organ-led sound of Them and the Animals, the raveups of the Yardbirds, the subtler keyboard melodics and harmonies of the Zombies, or the general attitude of the Rolling Stones; some of the more ferocious aspects of fellow Northwesterners Paul Revere & the Raiders sneak in too. Still, the songs generally fall between killer and filler, being respectably forceful and listenable, but not incredibly memorable. You probably won't recognize any of the groups, with the exceptions of the Sonics, whose undeniably classic but at this point overanthologized "Psycho" is here, and perhaps Don & the Goodtimes (represented by a cover of the Sonics' "The Witch"). Of the more unknown offerings, the Ceptors' 1967 single "I Can't Make It" is about the best, with its alternation of anguished garage soul-pop with Yardbirds-influenced hyper-fast instrumental breaks. Also pretty good, and pretty curious, is the minor-keyed organ-paced 1966 driver by Tyme's Children, which was co-written by a pre-Blood, Sweat and Tears David Clayton-Thomas. Half a dozen of the tracks were previously unissued.

Tracklist:

1. The Sonics - Psycho

2. Thee Unusuals - I'm Walkin' Babe

3. The Heirs - Don't You Love Me

4. The Live Five - Yes You're Mine

5. The Galaxies - Along Comes the Man

6. The Express - You Gotta Understand

7. The Bumps - It's All Over Now Baby Blue

8. The Sonics - I’m Going Home

9. The Rockin' Souls - Oh Yeh!

10. The Hi-Fives - Goin' Away

11. The Beachcombers - The Wheely

12. The Live Five - Shake a Tail Feather

13. The Raymarks - Dr. Feelgood

14. Rocky & His Friends - Riot City

15. The Heirs - Think of Love

16. The Ceptors - I Can't Make It (Without Her)

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18. Don & The Goodtimes - The Witch

19. The Express - Long Green

20. The Raymarks - Feelin' No Good

21. The Feelies - Louie, Louie

22. Tyme's Children - Take Me Back

23. Little John and the Monks - Black Winds

24. The Raymarks - Walking Down the Street

25. The Brave New World- The Train Kept a Rollin'

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