Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ian & The Zodiacs - 45' & Rarities

1965 Just the Little Things / This Won't Happen to Me (as Ian Edward & The Zodiacs) 
1965 Take a Message to Martha (Kentucky Bluebird) / Spartacus (The Spartans) 
1966 Na Na Na Na / Any Day Now 
1966 No Money No Honey / Ride Your Pony 
1966 So Much in Love with You / All of Me 
1966 Wade in the Water / Come on Along, Girl  
1966 Why Can't it Be Me / Leave it to Me
Ian Edwards - guitar/vocals
Geoff Bethel - keyboards
Pete Wallace - lead guitar
Charlie Flynn - bass guitar/vocals
Cliff Roberts/Geoff Bamford/joe Walsh - drums

The Zodiacs were formed in 1958 as a trad-jazz band by members of a school orchestra in Crosby on Merseyside. They began playing rock 'n' roll with the addition of a vocalist, John Kennedy.

Edwards replaced Kennedy early in 1960 and they began playing more pop-oriented material. Bethel and Roberts both left in May '64 when the band decided to turn professional. They decided to continue without a pianist, and recruited new drummer Bamford from The Memphis Three. 

They went over to Germany where they enjoyed extraordinary popularity, spending their time touring and recording. Two of the albums they made in Germany consisted entirely of Beatles songs and were released under the name "The Koppycats".

Ian & The Zodiacs disbanded during the summer of '67, Edwards went on to play with The Fourmost and The Connoisseurs.

Ian and the Zodiacs had one of the longest histories of any band working in Liverpool, which makes their utter obscurity in that city even more of a puzzle, considering that they had a cool name and played r&b well enough to become stars in Germany. The band's roots go back to the Zodiacs, a trad-jazz (i.e. Dixieland) outfit formed in 1958 as a sextet that included future Fourmost drummer Dave Lovelady-they switched to rock 'n roll soon after. 

The original Zodiacs stayed intact thru the spring of 1960, when lead guitarist Pete Pimlett exited and Ian Edwards, late of the Deltones (who attended the same school as the Zodiacs) came aboard, along with Charlie Flynn...
Ian & The Zodiacs - 45'& Rarities

01 - Beechwood 4-5-7-8-8-9 (a)
02 - You Can't Think Again (b)
03 - Let's Turkey Trot
04 - It Ain't Necessarily So
05 - Secret Love
06 - Just The Little Things I Like (a)
07 - This Won't Happen To Me (b)
08 - Bitte komm wieder (a)
09 - All Of Me (b)
10 - All Of Me (b) version
11 - Leave It To Me (a)
12 - Why Can't It Be Me (b)
13 - Na-Na-Na-Na-Na (a)
14 - Any Day Now (b)

unreleased / version
15 - The Crying Game
16 - You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
17 - Clarabella
18 - Take A Message To Martha
19 - I'll Take You Home
20 - All Night Worker
21 - Send You Back To Georgia
22 - This Won't Happen To Me
23 - Out To Get You
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