The Birds were one of the hard-luck outfits in the annals of '60s British rock. By reputation, they were one of the top r&b-based outfits in England during the mid-1960's, with a sound as hard and appealing as the Who, the Yardbirds or the Small Faces. In contrast to a lot of other acts that never charted a hit, the Birds are remembered slightly by some serious fans, and are mentioned in several history books-but for entirely the wrong reasons. The Birds are remembered for A) the fact that Ron Wood got his start in the band before moving on to bigger things with the Faces and the Rolling Stones and B) that they shared a name, albeit spelled differently, with an American band of considerable prominence. ... Read More...
Collectors' Guide to Rare British Birds (1964 – 1966)
18-track compilation of all the singles, the first demos, unreleased recordings, alternate versions & backing tracks by '60s outfit featuring Ron Wood & The Creation's Kim Gardner. Includes Wood's first recordings! Comes packaged in a standard jewel case within a full color slipcase. The full title is 'The Collector's Guide To Rare British Birds'. Universal.
1. You're on my Mind 2. You Don't Love Me 3. Leaving Here 4. Next in Line 5. No Good Without You 6. How Can It Be? 7. You're on my Mind (Demo) 8. You Don't Love Me (Demo) 9. Say Those Magic Words 10. Daddy Daddy 11. Run Run Run 12. Good Times 13. Say Those Magic Words [Alternate Version] 14. Daddy Daddy [Alternate Version] 15. La Poupee Qui Fait Non 16. Run Run Run [Alternate Version] 17. Daddy Daddy [Backing Track] 18. Granny Rides Agian
This is an astonishingly lively and exciting collection, coming from a band that scarcely sold any records in their own time and are known today for their name and their lineup, but not their music. The stuff here is as crunchy and grinding as the early Who material, and if the band's own songwriting isn't as distinctive, the style of the performing is more appealing. The songs range from some hot Ron Wood originals ("You're on My Mind," "Next in Line," "That's All I Need") to covers of obscure Motown songs and Pete Townshend material. Think of the Kinks from "Long Tall Sally," the Yardbirds from "A Certain Girl," or the Who from "The Good's Gone" and that's the dominant sound here — curiously, their cover of Townshend's "Run Run Run" starts out as though it's going to turn into "My Generation." Ali MacKenzie sounded like a punkier Roger Daltrey, and Ron Wood's playing was a delightful compendium of rhythm fills and angular blues licks that must've been devastating on-stage. There's also an unlisted bonus track on the CD — at the risk of spoiling the surprise, it's their number from the 1966 horror film The Deadly Bees, which seems not to have survived as a formal, free-standing studio master.