Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rocking Vickers - The Complete Collection (1995)

A competently energetic but relatively faceless British mid-'60s band, the Rockin' Vickers are mostly remembered today because the guitarist for the bulk of their recording career was Ian Willis, who would eventually gain international fame as Lemmy with Hawkwind and Motцrhead. The Blackpool band were still Lemmy-less when they made their debut in 1964 with a supremely raunchy version of Neil Sedaka's "I Go Ape," which was anthologized in the '70s on Hard-Up Heroes, the British equivalent of Nuggets. They'd only record three other singles, all of which had Lemmy aboard on guitar. Although capable of generating respectably raunchy, modish heat, they had nothing ... Read More...

01 - I Go Ape
02 - Someone Like Me
03 - Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart
04 - Stella
05 - It's Alright
06 - Stay By Me
07 - Dandy Davis
08 - I Don't Need Your Kind
09 - Baby Never Say Goodbye
10 - I Just Stand There
11 - Say Mama
12 - Shake Rattle & Roll
13 - What's The Matter Jane
14 - Little Rosy
A very competent group with mod, Merseybeat, and R&B leanings, the Rockin' Vickers never came close to carving a sound of their own. Combined with their lack of original material, that condemned them to trivia-question status in the very competitive days of the British Invasion. Complete: Its Alright! has both sides of all four of their 1964-1966 singles, plus six previously unreleased tracks; the crazed primitive guitar solo on "I Go Ape" is the undoubted highlight. 


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