Wednesday, September 3, 2008


The Phantoms was formed in the early 1960s as a skiffle-group called the Scramblers by three Cambridge-lads Kenneth 'Ken Levy' Leverington, Cliff Gentle and Dave Cooke. The drummer Robin Bailey was found from another local band the Red Caps, and the line-up was completed when the vocalist Johnny Culham joined them. Although the Phantoms was basicly an instrumental-group, strongly influenced by the Shadows, they also did some vocal-numbers.
For some reason, the Phantoms released only one single in their homeland (and probably one mysterious promotional-only LP). However in Scandinavia, the Cupol label (subsidiary of Palette Records) got intrested of the band, and asked them to back-up the Norwegian rock'n'roll hero Per-Elvis (Granberg) for his 14-days tour in Norway in 1963. Culham didn't participate, and soon after he had left the group for good, Levy replaced him as a lead vocalist and the groups' front man. At a time, their style changed more and more towards to straight rock'n'roll and r'n'b, recording for instance songs like "Honey Don't", "Baby Let's Play House", "Shakin' All Over", "Move It" etc. The Phantoms toured at least once in Finland, and several times in Sweden, where they finally settled down for years, enjoying of quite fruitful success at the local chart-lists
Album information: 30 Tracks (SW Beat) 1963-65One of the best beat group of the world.
1. Round n Round 2. Shakin All Over 3. Long-John Silver 4. Twilight Time 5. Move It 6. Ten Green Bottles 7. I Am Talkin Bout You 8. Missed Out 9. Johnny B. Goode10. One Heart For Me 11. Durango 12. I Wish (You Could See Me Now) 13. Baby Jean 14. Baby, Lets Play House 15. Windy And Warm 16. Reelin And Rockin 17. Misty 18. Sick And Tired 19. Sweet Little Sixteen 20. High Heel Sneakers 21. Ooie 22. You d Better Let Him Go 23. Honey Do Not 24. Gone, Gone Gone 25. Chasing Shadows26. I Am Taking My Baby Home27. It Is Only Make Belive28. Tell Laura I Love Her29. Smokey30. Chiming Bells


Formed in the early sixties in Weymouth, England, The Crescendoes toured extensively in the UK, often working as support band for groups such as The Searchers and The Swinging Blues Jeans, prior to leaving England for a ‘short’ tour of Europe. In Germany they were an immediate success, the ‘short’ tour was extended, and for the following years, throughout the mid-sixties, the band was based in Frankfurt. From there they toured widely, not only throughout Germany, but also in Scandinavia, France, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland. Rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the leading ‘Show Bands’, they were soon offered a recording contract with Metronome Records, and the release of their first single, Heidi Heidi Ho, became a surprise success. This was quickly followed by another record publication Little Egypt, and their first album was released in the mid-sixties to coincide with a television appearance on Music from Studio B with Chris Howland. More television shows followed with appearances on the legendary Beat Club and Drehschiebe, and at the height of their popularity they were regular guests on Beat-Club, a weekly radio show broadcast from Frankfurt, with Heinz Lukasz. The subject of numerous magazine and newspaper articles, The Crescendoes appeared at all the major venues in Germany, including special guest appearances at the legendary Star Club and Top Ten Club in Hamburg. They worked alongside many of the most popular recording stars of the swinging sixties, including Gilbert Becaud, Chris Andrews, Vivi Bach, Heidi Bruhl, and after an appearance with Tony Sheriden, when they backed him in cabaret, he asked if they would like to tour Germany with him as his backing group. However, their own busy schedule made this impossible as they were also in demand back home in England, where they regularly returned for tours of the major venues throughout England, Wales and Scotland.
Album information: (Very rare UK beat LP + bonus tracks)
1. Uncle Willy (J. Murray-E. Williams)2 .Little Egypt (Leiber-Stoller)3. Troue Love, Troue Love (Pomus-Shumann)4 .I (Who Have Nothing) (Donida-Leiber-Stoller)5 .Run Joe (Merrick-Willughby-Jordan)6. Chance Of A Lifetime (Ch. James)7. Minnie The Moocher (Calloway-Milis)8. It`s All Over (B. Russel-M. Leander)9. The Wedding (J.Prieto)10. Duke Of Earl ( Williams-Edwards-Dixon)11. You Are My Sunshine (J. Davis-Ch. Mitchell)12. Not For Me (B. Darin)13. Baby, I Need Your Love* (Chad James)14. Hans` Knees* 15. She Looks Just Like My Baby*

Wimple Winch - The Psychedelic Years


by Richie Unterberger
Despite the silly name and their near-total lack of commercial success, Wimple Winch was an interesting British '60s group, weaving soul, intricate harmonies, and unusual whimsical lyrics into their original material. Starting out as Just Four Men, the Liverpool-area outfit was initially just one of the dozens of Merseybeat groups riding the Beatles coattails, although they cut a couple of fair singles. Changing their name to Wimple Winch, they released three much more progressive singles that were popular locally, including the explosive raver "Save My Soul" and the dramatic story-song "Rumble on Mersey Square South." Arguably the most creative group to work from Liverpool after the Merseybeat boom dried up, they broke up in the late '60s, leaving a wealth of unreleased material. Much of that material, as well as their rare singles, eventually appeared on compilations of British Invasion and British psychedelic rarities in the '80s.

1. What's Been Done
2. I Really Love You
3. Save My Soul
4. Everybody's Worried 'Bout Tomorrow
5. Rumble On Mersey Square South
6. Typical British Workmanship
7. Atmospheres
8. Marmalade Hair
9. Coloured Glass
10. Lollipop Minds
11. Three Little Teddy Bears
12. You're A Big Girl Now
13. Bluebell Wood
14. Those Who Wait
15. Saggitarius
16. Last Hooray
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