A collection of Sixties underground Rhythm and Blues, Psych and Soul.
Every once in a while a compilation comes along that re-defines the genre. - Nuggets and Pebbles spring to mind; classic collections crafted with care.
Cut from the same cloth is Rare Mod.
Last year, Acid Jazz released a recently discovered and previously unheard EP from Steve Marriot’s pre-Small Faces outfit – The Moments. The record spent a couple of months in the indie top ten (peaking at number 4). The label’s psyche guru, Richard Searle began a quest to unearth more super rare and unreleased material from the glory days of the mid sixties Mod scene.
I am pleased to report that he was successful. The end result is titled simply Rare Mod and features some of the finest unheard gems: tracks that were never released at the time, demos and obscure 45’s that were pulled within days of release.
From obscure British soul (Truly Smith) though r n b (The Shots, The Doc Thomas Group), early psyche (The Attack, The Silence) to out-and-out mod classics (Steve Marriott’s Mo-ments, The Shapes Of Things) – all the genres and styles are represented and many of the musicians involved went on to massive success in later years.
With mod enjoying its highest profile in a generation, from Weller and Oasis to The Last Shadow Puppets and Twisted Wheel, this album showcases a whole host of brilliant, un-discovered anthems for old hands and new converts alike
Compiled by Richard Searle
Sleevenotes by Lois ‘Mojo’ Wilson
Reviews confirmed in Mojo, Record Collector, Uncut, Q and Scootering as well as all the specialist press, fanzines and websites
1. You Know He Did - The Attack
2. Keep A Hold Of What You Got Now Baby - The Shots
3. This Is The First Time - Truly Smith
4. Back In Your Life Again - The Love Affair
5. Striving - The Shapes Of Things
6. Down Down - The Silence
7. That Driving Beat - The Favourite Sons
8. Money Money - Steve Marriott & The Moments
9. I'll Be Doggone - Doc Thomas Group
10. So Bad - Steve Howe
11. Takin' Time Off - Truly Smith
12. Walk Right Out - The Shots
13. You Must Believe In Me - The Shapes Of Things
14. Cold On Me - The Silence
15. Can't Get None Of Your Lovin' Baby - Unknown Band
16. Feel Like Flying - The Attack
17. Good Morning Blues - Steve Marriott & The Moments
18. Satisfaction Guaranteed - The Love Affair
19. Rescue Me - Doc Thomas Group
Mod is entering it’s 60th birthday and is once again growing as a cultural force – a new generation has discovered this most quintessential of British cultures.
Acid Jazz are celebrating with the next installment of their highly successful RARE MOD compilation series.
The east London indie has combed the attics and wardrobes of hundreds of original musi-cians and collected an amazingly broad cross-section of previously unreleased material. Acetates, demos and bona-fide unreleased songs combine on a hard hitting and commer-cially successful release.
Volume one was released earlier this year to much acclaim and was described as a genu-ine rival to both Nuggets and Pebbles. Volume two is a step up in class and rarity.
From obscure British soul (The Donnie Elbert Band and Mac Kissoon) though R n B (C Jam Blues, Parker’s Mood and The Gass Company), early psyche (The Nocturnes, The Amboy Dukes, The Summer Set) to out-and-out mod classics (The Fleur de Lys and The Richard Kent Style) – all the genres and styles are represented and many of the musicians involved went on to massive success in later years.
With mod enjoying its highest profile in a generation, from Weller and Oasis to The Last Shadow Puppets and Twisted Wheel, this album showcases a whole host of brilliant, un-discovered anthems for old hands and new converts alike.
Compiled by and with sleeve notes from Paul “Smiler” Anderson and Damian Jones.