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Mike Furber & The Bowery Boys - Just A Poor Boy (1966)

Mike Furber & The Bowery Boys - Just A Poor Boy (1966)



The dozen tracks on obscure Australian rocker Mike Furber's 1967 LP were, as was often the case for the time, culled from a variety of sources, including two 1966 singles that saw some Australian regional chart action, "Just a Poor Boy" and "You Stole My Love." It's fair British Invasion-styled rock, though it doesn't stop with just imitating overseas trends, as most of the songs are themselves covers of British and American tunes. Some of the British ones covered, in fact, are quite obscure: "You Stole My Love" was first done (and handled much better, to be honest) by Graham Gouldman's mid-'60s band the Mockingbirds, while "Stop" was an early Moody Blues original. Furber was an okay but uneven singer, and in fact sounds rather horribly off-pitch on "Stop!" He also seemed to favor fairly tough R&B material that was actually a little too tough for his ordinary range, rather in the way British singers like Neil Christian and Dave Berry recorded some hard R&B that was a little at odds with their mild, pop-oriented voices. The moody, tuneful Merseybeat-ish beat ballad "You're Back Again" and the similar (but harder rocking) "Love Talk" are the standouts, both because they're not overly familiar songs and because they're more suited toward Furber's voice than the soul-R&B stuff. [While it's good to have a CD reissue of this rare album available, as packaging goes, this makes even the skimpiest bootleg look good. Not only are there no liner notes or original release labels or dates; there are not even any song titles listed. (There are, however, two photos, each of them printed three times in various places on the cover and inner sleeve.)
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Mike Furber & The Bowery Boys - Just A Poor Boy (1966)
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Mike Furber & The Bowery Boys - Just A Poor Boy (1966)
Mike Furber & The Bowery Boys - Just A Poor Boy (1966)


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Mike Furber and The Bowery Boys - Diddy Wah Diddy





The story of Mike Furber is one of a star that shone brightly but briefly, and a tale which ultimately had a tragic ending for the shy, sensitive and naive young man who was chewed up and spat out by the frantic sixties Aussie pop music scene.

Mike was born in London in 1948 and emigrated with his family to Brisbane at an early age. In mid-1965, at around age 16, he chanced to meet Paul Wade and Neville Peard on a suburban train journey, and got to discussing music and the fact that he was keen on singing. A friendship and alliance soon grew among the lads. Wade and Peard had already formed a garage band with Greg Walker and Robbie Van Delft that evolved into the Bowery Boys, and upon meeting Mike they invited him join as lead singer.

It must be stressed that in the beginning the band was definitely a single entity, The Bowery Boys, not "Mike Furber and ...". It was only after flamboyant impresario Ivan Dayman spotted Furber and offered the young outfit recording and performing opportunities with his burgeoning Sunshine empire, that attention became more firmly focussed on the lead singer. Dayman's intention was to establish Mike Furber as a pop idol in his own right along the lines of Normie Rowe, with whom Dayman had already achieved enormous national success.

Writer, collector and pop historian Dean Mittelhauser (on whose article in Australian Record Collector much of this profile is drawn) doesn't have much good to say about Ivan Dayman's involvement with Furber ("boy, could I tell you a few stories about him!") and hints that Dayman was planning to to edge the band out of the spotlight and groom Mike for solo stardom more or less from the outset and intending -- hence, the billing as Mike Furber & the Bowery Boys.

Mike had a limited vocal range but used his voice to maximum effect. Its deep timbre belied the cute and appealing "little boy lost" look portrayed in his promo photos. Here, certainly, was Dayman's future Rowe-style superstar in the making and, to paraphrase the old paradigm, "the little girls understood". Furber and band for a short time stormed national stages to a general response of screaming hysteria.

Beginning with the gritty and confident-sounding group-composed "Just A Poor Boy", the band achieved moderate chart success but attracted intent industry scrutiny. They followed up with a commanding cover of Graham Gouldman & the The Mockingbirds' "You Stole My Love" it sounds like the backing vocals on this one were provided by Sunshine labelmates Marcie Jones & the Cookies, though this assumption needs to be verified. A smart and tight single, nevertheless. Interestingly enough, this 45 was released concurrently on the Sunshine and Kommotion labels, territorially, although both issues had similar catalogue numbers and were, after all, pressed and distributed by parent company Festival.

The third Mike Furber single, his last with Bowery Boys backing, was a tough, punkish stormer called "That's When The Happiness Began". Mittelhauser cites it as every bit as good as companion versions from Grains Of Sand (US) and The Montanas (UK). Its oft-overlooked flip, "You", is a cool punk ballad, if you can imagine such a thing.

It was at this point (around August '66) that Furber and the Bowery Boys parted ways. Dean Mittelhauser to explain the unfortunate rift:

"A lot of the blame can be rested firmly at Mr Ivan Dayman's feet. He was already middle-aged and knew nothing about rock & roll. He continually pushed Furber while leaving the Bowery Boys out of television appearances and interstate tours. It's strange now to imagine, but we all think that Furber was a solo star and The Bowery Boys were a bunch of patsies who were just paid to back him. This of course is false, but it was exactly what Dayman wanted everybody to think. Well, he succeeded even though the guys from The Bowery Boys still thought of themselves as part of the whole box and dice and not just Mike Furber's backing band."

Although Mike released three solo singles during 1967, he seemed to have retreated into obscurity. Despite the patronage of Bee Gees supremo Barry Gibb ("Where Are You?", "Second Hand People"), all three discs stiffed on the charts. Another single, covering Skip James' "I'm So Glad" (done in similar style around this time by Cream) failed as well, and things weren't helped by further lacklustre outings like "If You Need Me". Musical backing for this brace of tracks was provided by Brisbane outfit The Escorts, who also backed singer and future Uptight! host Ross D. Wylie in his early career.

In October '67, Go-Set magazine plugged Furber's next single, "Bring Your Love Back Home" with the banner headline "Mike Furber Back On The Scene", and reported:

"There is no doubt that this is the best disc he has ever had. It could be the break he has been waiting for to put him right back on top."

Despite this valuable coverage, and extraordinarily extensive promotion -- not to mention the magnificence of the single itself -- it sank without a trace. This disappointment was possibly one prompter for the first of a series of nervous breakdowns that poor Mike was to suffer. There is still much to be discovered about the fortunes of the Sunshine organisation, but it is probable that Mike's career slump was brought about by the collapse of Sunshine in 1967. It is known that Sunshine's house producer Pat Aulton suffered serious consequences, since Pat had reportedly been made a director of the company without his knowledge, and as a result he had his car and furniture repossessed.

And indeed, Mike disappeared from public view for 18 months or so, only to emerge in 1969 with a fresh EMI Columbia deal. But was this to mean a form of settlement for Furber? Another mediocre chart performance with his EMI single debut, "There's No Love Left" was less than encouraging, but a further disappointment occurred with the follow-up single.

Specially composed for Mike by Harry Vanda and George Young (anticipating their hugely successful "Evie" in 1973) the innovative "I'm On Fire" / "Watch Me Burn" was an ambitious two-part suite spread across both sides of the 45. However it failed to ignite the imagination of punters and programmers alike and was apparently withdrawn soon after release.

Furthering his involvement with Albert Productions, in May 1970 Mike recorded two tracks for the company, "Helen Jane" and "Love Song" (the former written by Ted Mulry) but these were never released.

In June 1970 Furber undertook a national tour with The Sect and Doug Parkinson In Focus, as support acts to visiting Motown legends The Four Tops. Without much to really prompt him, Go-Set reporter Stephen MacLean bagged Mike's performance:

"Mike Furber should also be placed in the 'embarrassing' category. 'What happened?' he asked. 'The last time I played Festival Hall it was packed'. Mike was referring to the reasonably small audience. This was amusing in light of the fact that Mike's admirers wouldn't fill an out-house. He summed up his sincerity when he stripped down to a lace see-through shirt to sing 'I'm A Man' like that. Groovy, Mike".

From then on, the story of Furber's progress is a little clouded. We know that in the early seventies he did his stint of national service and this experience was apparently very traumatic for Mike. Yet after that, he returned to performing, and won good notices in the stage production of Godspell.

In 1973 Mike won a role in the rock musical Nuclear (written by Brian and Carole King from The Executives) but he was sacked from the production soon afterwards. It has been claimed that this plunged Mike into into a deep depression but his friend, bassist Bob Daisley, says that although Mike was disppointed by losing the role, he continued working, and that there was no indication that he planned to take his own life.

MIke died in mysterious cirucmstances on the 10 May 1973, aged only 25. It is alleged that he hanged himself in the garage of his Sydney house, but there have been persistent claims that Mike was murdered as a result of underworld entaglements. Dean Mittelhauser detailed some of these conspiracy theories. A recent Melbourne newspaper article commemorating Mike's 60th birthday reported that his family and friends (such as musician Bob Daisley) still believe that Mike was murdered, and refute claims that he killed himself.

 Mike Furber and The Bowery Boys - Diddy Wah Diddy
 (Festival / Spin D-26296)
The complete Mike Furber / Bowery Boys anthology, released as part of Festival's 50th anniversary reissue series




Pięciolinie - Szkolne wspomnienia. ( Nagrania archiwalne z 1964 roku)




Pięciolinie - Szkolne wspomnienia. Nagrania archiwalne z 1964 roku (2016 Kameleon KAMCD 40)
 Label:Kameleon Records (3) ‎– KAMCD 40
Format:CD, Album
Country:Poland
Released:2016

 Zespół wokalno-instrumentalny Stowarsi powstał w maju 1968 r. z inicjatywy Rady Zakładowej Stoczni Szczecińskiej im. Adolfa Warskiego. Pierwszy skład tworzyli: Krzysztof Ciesielczyk - gitara basowa; Marek Ruszczyński - gitara; Witold Kazimierz Dąbrowski - gitara, saksofon, lider; Leszek Łusiakowski - perkusja i Piotr Polański - śpiew. Pierwszy publiczny występ formacji odbył się jesienią z okazji Dnia Strażaka. W tym czasie grupa zyskała swoją nazwę - Stowarsi (od określenia Stocznia Warskiego).


 Pierwszy raz w historii zbiór nagrań legendarnej grupy Pięciolinie, która z czasem wyewoluowała w Czerwone Gitary. Obok kilku utworów wokalnych na płycie znajduje się sporo gitarowych nagrań, które z pewnością przypadną do gustu wielbicielom The Shadows.
Nagrania archiwalne, niezwykle starannie i pieczołowicie odrestaurowane z najlepiej zachowanych kopii. Bez nadmiernej kompresji i przesadnego odszumiania.
Edycja w rozkładanym card sleevie z rozkładanym insertem i specjalną kopertą na płytę.






We 4 - In Action (1966)

We 4 -  In Action (1966)




From Stockholm

Singles:
1965 Remember / Jane (Polydor, NH59706)
1966 You´re The One For Me / I Couldn’t Wait (Wrong title on track B “I Couldn’t Stay”, Nashville, NS847)
1966 You´re The One For Me / I Couldn’t Wait (Nashville, NS847)
1966 Oh Marie / Hey Girl (Nashville, NS850)

LP’s
1966 In Action (Nashville, NSLPS30-105)

Members:
Bengt Lindqvist – Guitar (Born) Christer Hedin – Guitar (Born) Hans Edler – Vocals, Guitar (Born Mars 23, 1945) Jan Högberg – Bass (Born) Olle Landsell – Drums (Born)

Television and film appearances:
Drop-In, SVT1, 1966? (TV)

We 4 -  In Action (1966)

01 - Nashville Oh Marie
02 - I Should Be Happy
03 - Don't Go Away
04 - There's A Girl In Town
05 - The House Of The Rising Sun
06 - Hey Pretty Girl
07 - You're The One For Me
08 - My Baby's Walkin' Around
09 - In The Rain
10 - Boards And Cars
11 - Hey Girl
12 - I Couldn't Wait

The Singles Collection

The Singles Collection

                              VA - The Immediate Singles Collection

The Singles Collection
                                                       

The Singles Collection

                                                        

The Singles Collection
                                                     

The Singles Collection
                                                   

The Singles Collection
                                                   
The Singles Collection
                                                                   
                                                              ***

Various - Beat in Germany 2 Parts




Part one :


[2:54] 1. The Starfighters - Starfighter´s Theme
[3:03] 2. The Shot Guns - Hello Josephine
[2:17] 3. Jimmy Fields - Cinderella Baby
[2:17] 4. Jimmy Fields - Shake Hands
[2:33] 5. Didi And His Abc-Boys - Ich Werde Nie Eine Andere Lieben
[2:45] 6. Fotoshow Scotty + The Silver - Strings
[2:56] 7. The Bats - Cheat Cheat
[2:23] 8. The Bats - Hey Baby
[2:50] 9. Frank Farian Und Die Schatten - Mr Pityful
[2:23] 10. Frank Farian Und Die Schatten - Yakety Yak
[2:05] 11. Johnny Hallyday - Lass Die Leute Doch Reden
[2:52] 12. Johnny Hallyday & Rattles - Monkey
[2:01] 13. Nipso - Baby Gehst Du Heute Mit Mir Shaken
[2:10] 14. The Shutters - Shakin 'all Over (Live)
[2:24] 15. The Shutters - Wooly Bully (Live)
[3:28] 16. Denny Seyton's Show-Group - Du Bist Meine Wahre Liebe
[1:36] 17. The Countdowns - I'm A Man
[2:03] 18. The Rollicks - Things Of Love
[2:38] 19. The German Blue Flames - Sha La La Lee
[2:22] 20. The Believers - Einst War Die Welt
[2:03] 21. The Believers - Er Offenbart Sich Ueberall
[1:56] 22. Kent Aston And The Sorcerers - Baby Lass Uns Tanzen Gehen
[1:43] 23. Kent Aston And The Sorcerers - I Love A Girl From Heidelberg
[3:09] 24. The Pick-Ups - Sunshine Superman
[1:41] 25. Deddi Driver's Group - Rock'n'roll, Round And Round Sue
[2:11] 26. The Spots - Cherries And


Part two :



[2:11] 1. Toni Cavanaugh Und Die Liverpool Triumphs - Im Talking About You
[4:14] 2. Toni Cavanaugh Und Die Liverpool Triumphs - Hully Gully
[2:19] 3. The Cousins - Wenn Du Susanne Liebst
[1:59] 4. Didi And His Abc - Boys-Allright
[2:01] 5. Didi And His Abc - Boys-Bye Bye Barbara
[1:58] 6. The Bats - Then I Got Everything
[2:11] 7. Die Bambis - Jyok-A-Mot-A-Hucke-Packe-Ju-Ju-Hand
[3:05] 8. Orchester Harry Diewald & Ronny Peller - Skinny Minny
[2:21] 9. Lord Heinz & The Young Ones - Farmer John (Live)
[2:01] 10. Mike Warner And His New Stars - Claudette
[2:29] 11. Mike Warner & New Stars - Someday Baby
[2:23] 12. The Somebodys - Sweet Nothins
[2:15] 13. The Somebodys - Tallahassie Lassie
[2:13] 14. The Red Cats - Balla Balla
[2:14] 15. Shake Hands (German Version ) - Siggi Klein
[2:11] 16. Benny - This Is The Time
[2:20] 17. Harry Thomas - Ich Stand Vor Deiner Tu¨r
[2:48] 18. The Men - Bend It
[2:30] 19. The Gad - Flys- I Am Dreaming Every Day
[2:37] 20. The Gad - Flys- No Sleep To Night Madame
[3:09] 21. The Blue Cats - Tin Soldier
[2:28] 22. The Four Giants - Come On Baby
[2:51] 23. The Four Giants - Reichtum Und Macht
[2:11] 24. The Rattles - Shot Gun
[2:30] 25. The Rattles - Soukie Soukie
[2:09] 26. The Lipsticks - Give It To Me Baby

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The Beatles (aka Beat Brothers) &Tony Sheridan - Meet The Beat

The Beatles (aka Beat Brothers) &Tony Sheridan - Meet The Beat


The Beatles (aka Beat Brothers) &Tony Sheridan - Meet The Beat

Guitar band formed in Liverpool, UK. Former line-up comprised Paul McCartney (guitar, vocals), John Lennon (guitar, vocals), George Harrison (guitar, vocals), Stuart Sutcliffe (bass) and Pete Best (drums).
Known as one of Tony Sheridan's backup bands in Hamburg, Germany and performers on his single "My Bonnie" and on his debut album with the same title.
In 1960 Stuart Sutcliffe left the band before they achieved their success and was replaced by Paul McCartney. In the spring of 1962, Sutcliffe died from a cerebral hemorrhage.
In 1962 the drummer Pete Best was replaced by Richard Starkey (aka Ringo Starr)

[2:07] 1. The Beatles (The Beat Brothers)&Tony Sheridan - Sweet Georgia Brown  (Liverpool)
[2:40] 2. The Beatles (The Beat Brothers)&Tony Sheridan - What'd I Say
[1:53] 3. The Beatles (The Beat Brothers)&Tony Sheridan - Lantern Hully Gully
[3:57] 4. The Beatles (The Beat Brothers)&Tony Sheridan - Nobody's Child
[2:35] 5. The Beatles (The Beat Brothers)&Tony Sheridan - Let's Dance
[2:43] 6. The Beatles (The Beat Brothers)&Tony Sheridan - Jambalaya
[2:55] 7. The Beatles (The Beat Brothers)&Tony Sheridan - Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby
[2:49] 8. The Beatles (The Beat Brothers)&Tony Sheridan - Madison Kid
[2:10] 9. The Beatles (The Beat Brothers)&Tony Sheridan - Nick Nack Hully Gully
[2:54] 10. The Beatles (The Beat Brothers)&Tony Sheridan - Top Ten Twist

Plus Big Bonus :

The Beatles (aka Beat Brothers) &Tony Sheridan - Meet The Beat

Link as allways :

VA - Beat Express

VA - Beat Express


Label: Op Art ‎– OA-MLP 003
Series: Beat Express
Format: Vinyl, 10", Mono, Compilation
Country: Netherlands
Released: 1999
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Volume 01 - Beat Express Brabant

. 01 Chums - She'll Marry Me
. 02 Sound Specials - I Wasn't Satisfied
. 03 Spec's - What's Going On With Me
. 04 Losers - Give Me Time
. 05 Counsellors - I'll Be Your Man
. 06 Comets - Big Boss Man
. 07 Phantoms - After Tomorrow
. 08 Heralds - I Wish I Was Strong
. 09 Spiders - I'm In Love Again!
. 10 4 Pk - Down And Out

Volume 02 - Beat Express Amsterdam Deel 1

. 01  Abc - He Pssst
. 02  The Whiskers - Shakin' All Over
. 03  Penny Wise - Silver Girl
. 04  The Marquees - Call My Name
. 05  Trix & The Paramounts - So In Love
. 06  De Maskers - Inside Looking Out
. 07  The Outsiders - Do You Feel Alright - Live
. 08  Met & Zonder - I Know
. 09  The Lords - Day After Day
. 10  Insect - Pitch Me Out
. 11  The Outsiders - I Don't Care (Live)
. 12  Midnatt Fyran - When You're Lonesome
. 13  Sharks & Me - Buses
. 14  The Outsiders - Happyville

Volume 03 - Beat Express Amsterdam Deel 2

. 01 Mokum Beat Five - Apologize
. 02 Insect - Be Good And Go
. 03 Triffits - Monkey Business
. 04 Triks & The Paramounts - Doe Maar Net Zoals Ik
. 05 Johnny & His Cellar Rockers - Why
. 06 Linda Van Dyck With Boo & The Booboos - Stengun
. 07 Sparklings - Now It's Your Turn To Cry
. 08 Hunters With Peggy March - Too Long Away
. 09 Double Dutch - Double Cross
. 10 Roek Williams & The Fighting Cats - You Walked Away
. 11 Outsiders - Thinking About Today

Volume 04 - Beat Express Kennemerland
 . 01 Selfkick - Gosh! I'm Your Woman, Not Your Wife!
. 02 Bintangs - Please Do Listen
. 03 Hangmen - Hey, Hey, We're The Hangmen
. 04 Clarks - Spanish Fly
. 05 Lazy Bones - I'm Driftin'
. 06 Flux - Come On Kakatoe
. 07 United Five - Go Go Mojo
. 08 Hamlets - It's Autumn
. 09 Black Knights - Little Girl
. 10 Rob Hoeke - Jolita
. 11 Lazy Bones - Big Boss Man
 Volume 05 - Beat Express Utrecht
 . 01 Mods - Baby Please Don't Go
. 02 Rhythms - Everytime
. 03 Don Mercedes & The Improvers - (Willie And The) Hand Jive
. 04 St. John & The Crew - I'm A Man
. 05 Mods - Don't Bring Me Down
. 06 Driftin' Five - Hard-Headed Baby
. 07 The Jets - Worker In The Night
. 08 The Rhythms - Go With Him
. 09 St. John & The Crew - You Belong To Me
. 10 Mods - Brown Paper Sack
. 11 Goldfingers - Poupee De Cire, Poupee De Son
. 12 Wo - W - Love Is Gone

Volume 06 - Beat Express Westland

. 01 Ripcords - Cry
. 02 Inn - Sect - Let Me Tell You About The Things I Need
. 03 Kwyet - No Time For Tears
. 04 Groovy's - That's My Trouble Now
. 05 Competitors - Long Tall Shorty
. 06 Groep Reza - From Home
. 07 Buddies - I Miss You
. 08 Inn - Sect - Walking In The Rain
. 09 Groep Reza - It's A Shame
. 10 Groovy's - Stop Get A Ticket

Volume 07 - Beat Express Limburg Deel 1

. 01 Flying Condors - Kom Van Dat Dak Af
. 02 Flying Condors - Chip Chip
. 03 Flying Condors - Bei Mi Bist Du Schon
. 04 Flying Condors - For Jeane
. 05 Rockin' Shadows - Any Time
. 06 Rockin' Shadows - The Night
. 07 Rolling Beats - Sweeter Than You
. 08 Rolling Beats - Don't Ask Me Why
. 09 Flashcall - Crying All Day
. 10 Flashcall - Prove It
. 11 Snakes Group - Growing Wiser
. 12 Snakes Group - This Is My Land

Volume 08 - Beat Express Limburg Deel 2

. 01 Entertainers - Little Girl
. 02 Entertainers - Down Home Girl
. 03 Entertainers - It's You
. 04 Entertainers - Crazy Miss Daisy
. 05 Entertainers - Searching
. 06 Entertainers - I'm Sorry Girl
. 07 Skope - Be Mine Again (Piango Con Me)
. 08 Skope - From
. 09 Skope - Stop Quarreling Now
. 10 Sharons - All Of The Time
. 11 Interpreters - Any Time

Volume 09 - Beat Express Zaandam

. 01 John Hatton & The Devotions - I'm Coming Home
. 02 John Hatton & The Devotions - It's A Lie
. 03 Coopers - Didn't I
. 04 Coopers - Not A Bit
. 05 Names & Faces - You're An Old Leaf
. 06 Names & Faces - Keep Smiling
. 07 Teckels - Iko Iko
. 08 Teckels - Save Our Souls
. 09 Coopers - Leave This Man Alone
. 10 John Hatton & The Devotions - I'm Gonna Stay
. 11 John Hatton & The Devotions - I Should Be Ashamed
. 12 John Hatton & The Devotions - To You My Love

Volume 10 - Beat Express Groningen

. 01 Nicky & The Shouts - Don't Be A Fool
. 02 Nicky & The Shouts - It's Time
. 03 Nicky & The Shouts - Tears Inside
. 04 Nicky & The Shouts - Guilty Man
. 05 Nicky & The Shouts - Think
. 06 Nicky & The Shouts - Every Time A New Surprise
. 07 Tykes - Double Crossin' Time
. 08 Tykes - Hey Girl
. 09 Tykes - Rosalee
. 10 Tykes - Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie
. 11 Tykes - Let's Dance
. 12 Tykes - Green Suzy

Volume 11 - Beat Express Overijssel

. 01 Gamblers - Dead. . .
. 02 Gamblers - Fighting And Crying
. 03 Gamblers - Sinner's Confession
. 04 Gamblers - Don't Worry 'bout Me
. 05 Humbugs - A Little Bit Time
. 06 Humbugs - Go On Home, Little Girl
. 07 White Comets - I Say Yeah!
. 08 Meklight Sisters - Tired Of Waiting
. 09 White Comets - Tell Me Baby Why
. 10 White Comets - Pretty Little Girl
. 11 Honest Men - Every Night And Day
. 12 Honest Men - But Tomorrow

Volume 12 - Beat Express Noordkop

. 01 Marks - Green Sleeves
. 02 Marks - Now She Cries
. 03 Marks - Out Of My Mind
. 04 Marks - High Heel Sneakers
. 05 Marks - I'll Never Do
. 06 Marks - Come On Baby
. 07 Peps - I Found Out
. 08 Peps - Foolish Day
. 09 Typhoons - One Lost Love
. 10 Typhoons - Why Should I Be Angry
. 11 Alleycats - You Went Away
. 12 Alleycats - All The Things

Volume 13 - Beat Express Den Haag

. 01 Group 1850 - Mother No Head (French)
. 02 Magic Strangers - I'm A Kingbee
. 03 The Shane - Lady Bountifull
. 04 The Key - I See Your Image
. 05 Chapter Ii - Seven Dimes
. 06 Mack - All My Hope Is Gone
. 07 The Scarlets - Now I Know
. 08 The Alligators - I'm On The Run
. 09 Jenny & The Rascals - That's A Man's Way
. 10 The Black Albino's - Shakin' All Over
. 11 The Timebreakers - Blue Turns To Grey
. 12 Q65 - You Are The Victor - Live
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The Hounds - The Lion sleeps tonight 1966-1968

The Hounds - The Lion sleeps tonight 1966-1968


The Hounds -- also sometimes referred to as "the Hound" -- were a Swedish rock band of the mid-'60s, organized in 1965 by 19-year-old guitarist and singer Henrik Salander and his friend, singer Jan Ahlén. The group -- whose other members included Lars Wallander (guitar), Jan Bråthe (bass/vocals), and Janne Önnerud (drums) -- had a decided orientation toward pop/rock, with an emphasis on harmony vocals and mainstream fare. Their first major hit was a sung version of "Exodus" in 1966, which reached number three in Sweden; they charted the following year with a cover of Brian Hyland's hit "Sealed with a Kiss" at number two, and hit the number one spot the same year with their version of the Tokens' hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." They later hit number six with their version of the Chad & Jeremy hit "A Summer Song," and closed out 1967 with a number four placement on "I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing." Their only chart record of 1968 was a number four hit for "The Gipsy Cried." But they also covered topical material such as Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'," and seemed to have had more strings to their bow than the soft pop of their singles. Additionally, they did record some excellent originals, mostly written or co-written by Salander. And they even brushed up against the pop side of freakbeat with a crunchy, guitar and brass-driven rendition of "Hi-Ho Silver Lining" that could have easily charted anywhere in the world.
Based on the recorded evidence, The Hounds were at least as solid a group as, say, the Hep Stars or the Hootenanny Singers. With their emphasis on covers, they were roughly Sweden's equivalent to the Marmalade or the Tremeloes. But they never pursued music as long as any of those other groups -- as it turned out, The Hounds' key creative member had other, bigger fish to fry. The quintet broke up in 1968 when Henrik Salander decided to pursue higher education full-time, a move that may have cost music some pleasant pop sounds, but otherwise seems to have benefited not only Sweden but the entire world. In the decades since, Salander has pursued a long career in international affairs as a respected diplomat, and among his other activities, he has headed the Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Office in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was the Secretary-General of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission. His interest in music didn't desert him, however -- he once delivered a report on nuclear proliferation to the United Nations sung to the Beatles tune "Yesterday." As for The Hounds, they reportedly have reunited on occasion for one-off performances.

The Hounds - The Lion Sleeps Tonight: Best of the Hounds
 1966-1968

(Stockholm Universal 2002)

The Hounds - The Lion sleeps tonight 1966-1968

Chances are that the Hounds (also referred to as "the Hound" in some accounts) are an unknown quantity to most listeners, except for those who spent time in Sweden in second half of the 1960s. Fact is, though, that they're well worth hearing as a light pop/rock outfit with some less often glimpsed, slightly heavier sides -- they even managed to dip a toe into what would later be called "freakbeat" near the end of their history. the Hounds never released an album, but they enjoyed enough charting singles in Sweden that this CD could qualify as a greatest-hits as well as a best-of collection, representing everything they ever succeeded with and other things that didn't sell as well (but arguably should have). From harmony vocal pop/rock ("Exodus," "Sealed with a Kiss") to folk-rock ("The Times They Are A-Changin'") to some solid originals and a little venture into psychedelic pop ("Hi-Ho Silver Lining"), they do well by the music and the listener across 18 songs. Among many other virtues, the bandmembers seem to have understood the notion of less being more, which makes their harmony-driven cover of Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" a lot more successful than, say, the Hollies' rendition. In all, this is an enjoyable if not earth-shattering or revelatory overview of a band with lots of talent, some ambition, and good to excellent results in its short three-year history.



 1. The lion sleeps tonight. 
 2. Sealed with a kiss. 
 3. The Gypsy cried. 
 4. Exodus. 
 5. I'll take you where the music's playin'. 
 6. A summer song. 
 7. Very last day. 
 8. Never try to catch the sun. 
 9. Old man in New York. 
10. The times they are a changin'.
11. I can't grow peaches on a cherry tree. 
12. If time stood still. 
13. A day in a life of a fool. 
14. What's he got that I ain't got. 
15. The office girl. 
16. Devoted to you. 
17. Please, hear my symphony. 
18. Hi-ho silver lining

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