Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mike Reoch & The Tremors - Complete

THE TREMORS came from Scotland to Hamburg and stayed in Germany from `64 to `72. They were great on stage, but their records - an LP for Elite Special and two singles for Metronome and Fontana - are best forgotten. The Tremors´ best documented work has been spread over three LP- compilations released by Polydor in´64 and ´65. On "Beat City" we´ve found an arrangement of Jimmy Reed´s "Shame, Shame, Shame" that´s remarkably different from the better known, tough R&B-versions by The Rattles and The Shamrocks. Bandleader Mike Reoch managed to keep the group together and changed the name to Light Of Darkness in `70. The group´s eponymous album for Philips (1970) nowadays is regarded as a Krautrock classic.
 Mike Reoch & The Tremors : rare beat lp 
Mike Reoch, along with school friend Byron Grant, journeyed from Brechin to Germany with their band in the 1960's, where they have remained, living in Hamburg since 1964. 
Some locals may recall Mike's father used to own the grocers shop where the Victoria and Albert Bar now stands in Montrose Street, and Byron's mother was the owner of the Savoy in Market Street. 
"We came to Germany as musicians with a band called 'The Original Tremors' which was half Aberdonian and half Brechin," said Mike. 
"We made an LP in Hamburg in 1971 under a different band name and wrote the songs ourselves. Just a little while ago we received notification from a music publishing company that two of our songs have appeared in a German movie which was released recently." 
The film Requiem premiered to great acclaim at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival, as well as garnering ten nominations for the German Film Awards, or Lola's. 
"We found out the leading lady in the movie, Sandra Muller, won Best Actress at the German Film Festival," added Mike. 
The fact-based story is about an emotionally troubled young women who undergoes an exorcism after seeking help from a Catholic priest. 
After debuting in Berlin, Requiem looks set to generate plenty of theatrical, television and video interest in Europe. 
After 42 years the band is still going strong all be it with some line-up changes. 
"The two Aberdonians left the band in 1966," continued Mike.
"Now the members are Byron on lead guitar, myself on bass guitar, John Law of Bellshill guitar/lead singer and Manfred Bebert, a German national, on drums. 
"We still call our band The Tremors but the addition being John Law thus we're now John Law and the Tremors." 
Due to this recent good fortune Mike has also been making headlines in Germany. 
"Since 1999 I have been driving a taxi in Hamburg as we can't make a living from the band any more, all of us being over 60," he continued. 
"One day, after chatting to someone in the cab, I received a phone call asking for an interview with a German national paper, the article was titled, The comeback of a taxi driver!"

For further information on the band check out their website
Mike Reoch & The Tremors - Die Tremors beaten an Elite 246  

01 - Mockinґ Bird Hill
02 - Deep Purple
03 - I Could Have Danced All Night
04 - You Are My Sunshine
05 - Always
06 - For You
07 - Once In A While
08 - Too Young
09 - Walking My Baby Back Home
10 - When My Dreamboat Comes Home
11 - Sentimental Journey
12 - Summertime
13 - Caravan

V.A. Lp's Polydor
14 - Zip A Dee Doo Dah
15 - Shame Shame
16 - Good Golly Miss Molly
17 - What Would I Do
18 - I Saw Her Standing There
19 - Hello
20 - Sit Right Down And Cry

45' Metronome
21 - Sing La-La
22 - Little Liza Jane

45' Fontana
23 - Ring-A-Ding-Dong
24 - It's So Good
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