Sunday, February 22, 2009

Keith West- Excerpts From...Group and Sessions (1965-1974)

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Granted, this 24-track anthology will appeal almost exclusively to those with very deep British '60s/psychedelic collections, gathering bits and pieces from every stage of his career. It's also true that the best work West did is not actually on here, but on the eponymous (and only) album by Tomorrow, which is still easily available on CD. As a supplement to that Tomorrow album, though, this is pretty good, including rare 1965 singles by his pre-Tomorrow groups, Four + 1 and the In Crowd (respectable if a bit generic mod/R&B); a couple of previously unreleased BBC Tomorrow airshots of songs from their album ("Three Jolly Little Dwarfs" and "Revolution"), presented in somewhat harder-rocking versions sans elaborate studio production; the "Teenage Opera" and "Sam" singles; a rare 1968 single; and some unreleased cuts from the late '60s and early '70s, which show him drifting from psychedelia into a more singer/songwriter direction. Especially noteworthy are two unreleased recordings that Tomorrow wrote and recorded for Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow Up; Tomorrow were apparently considered for the cameo rock band role that eventually went to the Yardbirds. Interesting odds'n'sods from an interesting career.


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1. Time Is on My Side - Keith West, 2. Don't Lie to Me - Keith West, 3. That's How Strong My Love Is - Keith West, 4. Things She Says - Keith West, 5. You're on Your Own - Keith West, Hopkins, Keith 6. I Don't Mind - Keith West, Brown, James [1] 7. Am I Glad to See You - Keith West, West, Keith 8. Blow Up - Keith West, West, Keith 9. Three Jolly Little Dwarfs - Keith West, Burgess, Ken 10. Revolution - Keith West, Howe, Steve 11. Excerpt from "A Teenage Opera" - Keith West, Hopkins 12. Sam - Keith West, Philwit & Pegasus 13. Shy Boy - Keith West, Burgess, Ken 14. Colonel Brown - Keith West, Burgess, Ken 15. On a Saturday - Keith West, West, Keith 16. The Kid Was a Killer - Keith West, West, Keith 17. The Visit - Keith West, West, Keith 18. She - Keith West, West, Keith 19. A Little Understanding - Keith West, 20. Power and the Glory - Keith West, 21. West Country - Keith West, 22. Riding for a Fall - Keith West, 23. Having Someone - Keith West,


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This 23 track Keith West compilation covers his recording career from 1965 to 1974, through early bands like "Four + 1" and "The In Crowd" , his short period of stardom as singer with Tomorrow and his world wide solo hit "Grocer Jack" from the never finished teenage opera and some solo recordings after the break-up of Tomorrow. --NEXT


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