Monday, July 27, 2009

Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers - Cliff Bennett & Got To Get You Into Our Life (1965&1967)

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Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers was the first London band to be signed by The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein. Their innovative brass sound introduced British youth to soul music. Within three months of Epstein's management, the band had their first UK hit single with “One Way Love” and a tour of Germany with The Beatles. They were the first British band to be signed to the Motown label.
Cliff crowned his success with The Rebel Rousers in 1966 with a song written exclusively for him by Lennon & McCartney - "Got To Get You Into My Life" which reached No. 3 in the UK charts, creating a unique British soul sound. Their other hits include: "Back In The USSR", "One Way Love" and "I'll Take You Home"
The Rebel Rousers, named after a Duane Eddy number, were initially born in the mid 50's by Cliff Bennett and various friends performing skiffle numbers and Rock & Roll covers wherever they could find space to rehearse. By the turn of the decade the band had stabilized to its first professional line up of Cliff Bennett, Mick King, Frank Allen, Sid Phillips and Ricky Winters. It was during this time that they were discovered by legendary producer Joe Meek who took them into his studio and recorded such great songs as "Poor Joe" amongst others.
Whilst the Joe Meek era produced no hits it did get the band noticed enough to secure tours of the Hamburg clubs in Germany and it was here that Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers were spotted and signed up by The Beatles Manager Brian Epstein.
With the demise of the Rebel Rousers in 1969 Cliff formed 'Toe Fat' who recorded two albums before Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake left to form Uriah Heep
Over recent years Cliff has found a new generation of fans enjoying his soulful music once again and has toured with The Manfreds, Alan Price, Georgie Fame, Chip Hawkes, The Animals, Zoot Money, Dave Dee and Colin Blunstone. He has also gained a new lease of life in Denmark where he is currently a regular on the tour circuit.
In 2007 we see Cliff teaming up with the official new Amen Corner where they have put together their The Best of Psychedelic and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Tour featuring a two hour non-stop show with the very best in 60’s Psychedelic Pop & British 60’s R’n’B. (directmusicman.com)

The Official Website of Cliff Bennett

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Cliff Bennett & Got To Get You Into Our Life
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Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers (1965) - Review by Bruce Eder

If Cliff Bennett's debut album could've come out a year sooner than it did, it just might've pushed Bennett and his band the Rebel Rousers to the front rank of British Invasion acts, and maybe just a few steps from the top rank of British beat artists at home — it's that good. more

Got To Get You Into Our Life (1967) - Review by Bruce Eder

The third album by Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers followed the tried-and-true formula of its two predecessors, with superior results. Bennett's cover of the Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life" was a popular single in its own right, and with that number as the jumo-off point for the long-player, the group produced a superb album around it, filled with nothing but highlights — Bennett was in top form covering Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett numbers, as well as one fine original ("Baby Each Day"), and this record contained some of the best blue-eyed soul coming out of England at the time. Indeed, his renditions of "Barefootin'" and "Ain't Love Good Ain't Love Proud" hold up as well in 2007 as they did in 1967. Sad to say, Got To Get You Into Our Life was also the swan song for the Rebel Rousers, who subsequently parted company with Bennett

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1. I Can't Stand It 2. Sweet And Lovely 3. Make Yourself At Home 4. You've Really Got A Hold On Me 5. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby 6. Sha La La 7. One Way Love 8. Steal Your Heart Away 9. It's All Right 10. Beautiful Dreamer 11. Mercy Mercy 12. Talking About My Baby 13. The Pick-Up 14. It's A Wonder 15. Ain't Love Good Ain't Love Proud 16. 634-5789 17. Roadrunner 18. Baby Each Day 19. Got To Get You Into My Life 20. Barefootin' 21. See Saw 22. I'm Not Tired 23. Stop Her On Sight 24. You Don't Know Like I Know 25. C C Rider Blues

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