Rare Mod Vol 4

Eddie Piller and the team at Acid Jazz bring us volume 4 in the ‘Rare Mod’ series, and what a corker it is. Compiled by Damian Jones and Richard Searle, this CD features 16 slabs of Underground Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, Psych & Soul.

Starting with a storming version of ‘Big Bird’, this recording comes from Dog Soul, a band made up by members of The Artwoods, The Kinks and Dog Soldier and has a great horn section. Next up is the excellent ‘Tell Daddy’ by the All Night Workers, a Mod Soul outfit from West London very much in the vein of the Alan Bown Set.

The legendary Gary Farr & The T-Bones then give us ‘Together Forever’, a track recorded in late 1966 and intended to be their fourth single – unfortunately they split up and the song remained unreleased. The Unknown Mod Girl gives a great performance of Mel Torme’s ‘Coming Home Baby’ before The Mountain Men’s ‘Too Many People Around’ – the sole A-side from this band from South Wales. Syd’s Crowd, a band from 1966/67 of which very little is known, contribute ‘Times Are Good Babe’ and ‘Road Runner’ to this compilation, both of which are really good.

Of the many highlights of this collection is the inclusion of a long lost recordings from bands like The Perfumed Garden from Liverpool who performed many times at the legendary Cavern Club Liverpool. Cover Girl a song they originally recorded in 1968 at Cam studios Liverpool then rejected, has now been resurrected for posterity and included in this collection of gems. Others include The Artwoods – one of my favourite bands. ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, the R ‘n’ B classic which was Art Wood’s favourite track, was recorded in 1964, although it is not known if it was intended as an A-side or for a radio session. Either way, it’s worth the admission price alone. The best track on the entire album, in my opinion, is the Hammond saturated ‘Hey Gyp’ from The Unknown Mod Band – that’s right, Acid Jazz really have no idea who recorded this track.

With further contributions from Row Boat, The Wild Ones, Virgin Sleep and Tomorrow’s Children this collection is right up my street – mid to late 60s sounding Mod bands playing hard edged R ‘n’ B and Soul with a bit of a Freakbeat vibe thrown in for good measure. Well worth checking out.

Rare Mod Vol 4

Tracklist:

1. Dog Soul – Big Bird (3:09)

2. The All Night Workers – Tell Daddy (2:47)

3. Gary Farr & The T-Bones – Together Forever (2:41)

4. The Unknown Mod Girl – Coming Home Baby (2:43)

5. The Mountain Men – Too Many People Around (2:58)

6. Syd’s Crowd – Times Are Good Babe (2:54)

7. Row Boat – Me And My Baby (2:21)

8. The Artwoods – Hoochie Coochie Man (3:28)

9. Syd’s Crowd – Road Runner (2:37)

10. The Unknown Mod Band – Hey Gyp (3:48)

11. The All Night Workers – Rock Is Here To Stay (2:53)

12. Perfumed Garden – Cover Girl (4:09)

13. The Wild Ones – The Thinking Kind (2:39)

14. Virgin Sleep – Arthur (2:21)

15. Row Boat – I Watch From Afar (3:51)

16. Tomorrow’s Children – LSD (2:02)

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The Cavern After Hours Book

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Nostalgia-filled account of life behind the scenes of Liverpool’s legendary Merseybeat venue through the eyes of one man and the many bands he played in, in pursuit of fame and fortune.Cavern After Hours Book Cover

The 1960s boasts a veritable cavalcade of great musicians who are as celebrated in the twenty-first century as they were in their mid-century hey-day. But for every super group who enjoyed international success, such as The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers who called The Cavern their home, there are countless bands who have been forgotten in the mists of time, but who had its audiences enraptured forty even fifty years ago.

Cavern After Hours is the story of one such young hopeful, the bands he played in, the songs they performed and it reveals why the most famous nightclub in the world really was so special; the heartbeat of a generation. The story of these “epic fails” as the author describes them is, without a doubt, worth telling too, and in this affectionate and amusing look-back at the lives and loves of a motley crew of working class boys on the make in Liverpool, they are finally rewarded with their moment in the spotlight once more.

Barry Cohen’s charming musical memoir is a wonderful read, especially for those who were equally inspired by all that the Merseybeat scene had to offer a post-war teenager. As well as evoking the unique sound of the era, Barry explores the social and cultural change that swept Britain at the time, along with delightful anecdotes and astute observations. Barry marvels at the fact that his Hebrew teacher was no stuffy old academic; he was lead guitarist with early 60’s Liverpool group The Tabs!

Cavern After Hours loaded with many rare pictures is an insightful and nostalgic read, Cavern After Hours is the quintessential sixties story of following your heart.

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THE ABSTRACTS – A 1960’s LIVERPOOL GROUP THAT TIME ALMOST FORGOT! (BLACK & WHITE EDITION)

Author: Complied by – Dave McClure. Contributors: Various VelocePress – Producer

DESCRIPTION: 148 pages, 162 black & white illustrations, size 8.5 x 11 inches. Originally published with numerous color images (ISBN 9781588501615) this documentary was well received as representative of a true to life snapshot of one of the many ‘other’ Merseybeat groups of the sixties. A number of requests for a less expensive version ultimately resulted in the publication of this black and white edition.

While the Beatles are by far the most famous Liverpool group of the era, they did not create the ‘Mersey Sound’, it created them. Unfortunately, it’s sad that a great era of musical history will only be documented for future generations by the multitude of books that have been written about them. Liverpool in the 60’s was a wondrous place, it was alive with music and the sheer number of local musicians and the depth of the talent pool was mind numbing.

Depending on your method of research, you will find that there were between 750 to 950 Liverpool based groups performing at any one time during the early to mid 1960’s. So here’s a story of one of the not-so-famous groups that’s part of that total. While their story will always be overshadowed by those that made the ‘big time’, it is an honest and down to earth tale and a fairly typical representation of the many hundreds of other groups that created the ‘Mersey Sound’ and the real Merseybeat era.

“The 1960′s were a time of change and uncertainty. In 1961 the Berlin wall was built, in 1962 the Cuban Missile Crisis erupted, in 1963 JFK was assassinated, and on February 7, 1964 the Beatles arrived in New York to be welcomed by 10,000 screaming fans and music, as the world knew it, would never be the same again.

While the Beatles are by far the most famous Liverpool group of the era, they did not create the ‘Mersey Sound’, it created them. Unfortunately, it’s sad that a great era of musical history will only be documented for future generations by the multitude of books that have been written about them. Liverpool in the 60′s was a wondrous place, it was alive with music and the sheer number of local musicians and the depth of the talent pool was mind numbing. Depending on your method of research, you will find that there were between 750 to 950 Liverpool based groups performing at any one time during the early to mid 1960′s.

So here’s a story of one of the not-so-famous groups that’s part of that total. While their story will always be overshadowed by those that made the ‘big time,’ it is an honest and down to earth tale and a fairly typical representation of the many hundreds of other groups that created the ‘Mersey Sound’ and the real Merseybeat era.”

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LANKY BEAT – A LANKYPEDIA OF BANDS FROM YESTERDAY – TODAY..

Putting the English County of Lancashire on the world’s rock ‘n roll map..
The ancient County Palatine of Lancashire or Lankyland is located between two of the most famous landmark rock ‘n roll musical cities in the UK.. Liverpool and Manchester.
A small geographical area in the UK where a major and most vitally important role was played by hundreds of rock ‘n roll bands in the most iconic and glorious popular musical era of all time: The late 1950′s, the early 1960′s.. and well beyond…..

Lanky Beat Archived for Posterity. This book is a lasting dedication to all the many contributors and supporters of Lanky Beat website www.lankybeat.com and the Lankykats rock’n rollers who made it all happen.

-Bill Hart December 2011

Lankykats have a brand new CD featuring 23 tracks from bands and performers who regularly appear at the two Thursday meetings each month in Standish in the heart of Lancashire.

LANKYKATS DO DVD

! NEW – NEW – NEW !
‘Rolling Back The Years..’
Produced by Julie Gilligan
Videos by Eric Johnson

15 Video tracks from Lankykat Bands..

£7.49 + UK P+P £2.49
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bill@lankybeat.com
08450 94 87 95

Circle Flur de lyse

By Damian Jones and Paul Smiler Anderson The Fleur De Lys Circles
The strange story of Fluer De Lys Britains forgotten soul band.

Circles – The Strange Story Of The Fleur De Lys, Britain’s Forgotten Soul Band.
Following on from the number one bestselling biography of the Small Faces by Paolo Hewitt, this time, as a companion to the forthcoming FLEUR DE LYS EP (the Two Sides of The Fleur de Lys) the label shines a light on one of the legendary and perhaps most unsung mod bands of the 1960′s.
Originally from Southampton, the book charts the group’s journey from humble beginnings to becoming the first British band signed to Atlantic Records – who used them as an English version of Booker T and the MG’s – forever backing hits and touring legends but never quite having their career handled properly.

Hits with Sharon Tandy as well as their astronomic version of The Who’s
‘Circles’ and their own psyche masterpiece ‘Mud In Your Eye’ (both of which sell for well over £600) have earned The Fleur de Lys their rightful place in the mod pantheon.

Authors Paul Anderson and Damian Jones have interviewed every surviving member and tell a fascinating story of sublime talent, missed chances and mismanaged business opportunities. Names like Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Aretha Franklin and The Who weave in and out of the story and the result is a must for 60s fans, soulboy and mods as well as anyone with an interest in youth culture.
“This is a brilliant, compelling and must-have book.” – Ian Shirley (Record Collector)
“Well researched and compellingly told story of Southampton soul turned freakbeat combo.” –Lois Wilson (MOJO)
“Fleur de Lys are one of the last great High Sixties secrets: a terrific, tough Mod/Soul band with psych overtones. Through plentiful interviews, this thoroughly-researched book tells their complex story.” – Jon Savage
“Wow, what a turn up! Circles is an exhaustively researched account of the complex history of this hugely undervalued Brit soul/freakbeat combo. No self-respecting mod or music freak should be without it.” – Andy Morten (Shindig)