Wednesday, June 8, 2011

V.A. - Beat At Abbey Road (1963-1965)


As a collection of mid-'60s EMI British beat tracks, this 28-song CD is above average, touching on several superb tracks that have been ignored by similar Rhino and See For Miles releases ... 


... Naturally, there are no Beatles cuts on here, but the disc opens conservatively enough with a Cilla Black version of an orphaned Lennon/McCartney song, "Love of the Loved," and then steps into slightly less familiar territory with the Fourmost's rendition of the pair's "I'm in Love." From there, it gets a lot more interesting. The Dakotas (sans Billy J. Kramer) show themselves to be a first-rate, hard-rocking instrumental outfit on "The Cruel Sea," which showcases original lead guitarist Mike Maxfield. Jimmy Page's lead guitar is the focal point of a killer cover of "Roll Over Beethoven" by Birmingham's Pat Wayne & the Beachcombers, who eventually evolved into Keith Powell & the Valets, who left behind the sweetly sung ballad "The Answer Is No" (also featured here). Among the other fair-to-middling finds here is the Toggery Five's "I'd Much Rather Be With the Boys," a surprisingly lyrical piece of pop fluff by Andrew Loog Oldham and Keith Richards. Manfred Mann's seldom-heard "Tired of Trying, Bored With Lying, Scared of Dying" is one of the fiercer rock & roll numbers left behind by this most musically articulate of British beat bands, with a raucous performance all around (especially by soon-to-depart guitarist Mike Vickers). Beryl Marsden represents the fairer sex on this compilation with a lung-searing performance of "Break-A-Way" that's one of the most exciting records of its period. Her future Shotgun Express stablemate Rod Stewart closes this jewel of a disc with "The Day Will Come," an oddball 1965 single whose majestic orchestral backing suggests that evidently someone was thinking of Stewart as a potential rival to Tom Jones. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi 


01 - Cilla Black - Love Of The Loved 02:04 (27 september, 1963)
02 - Fourmost - I'm In Love 02:11 (15 november, 1963)
03 - Dakotas - The Cruel Sea 02:16 (5 july, 1963)
04 - Freddie & The Dreamers - If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody 02:02 (26 april, 1963)
05 - Pat Wayne & The Beachcombers - Roll Over Beethoven 02:59 (6 december, 1963)
06 - Keith Powell & The Valets - The Answer Is No 02:29 (20 september, 1963)
07 - Mike Sheridan & The Nightriders - Please Mr. Postman 02:33 (6 december, 1963)
08 - Tony Rivers & The Castaways - Shake, Shake, Shake 01:55 (18 october, 1963)
09 - Manfred Mann - 5-4-3-2-1 01:59 (10 january, 1964)
10 - Roulettes - Bad Time 02:39 (6 march, 1964)
11 - Hollies - Come On Back 02:14 (11 september, 1964)
12 - Swinging Blue Jeans - You're No Good 02:18 (29 may, 1964)
13 - Naturals - I Should Have Known Better 02:12 (31 july, 1964)
14 - Bobby Shafto - She's My Girl 02:02 (24 april, 1964)
15 - Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas - When You Walked In The Room 02:49 (21 september, 1964)
16 - Whirlwinds - Look At Me 01:56 (22 may, 1964)
17 - Paramounts - I'm The One Who Loves You 02:09 (10 july, 1964)
18 - Four Just Men (aka Just Four Men) - Things Will Never Be The Same 01:50 (27 november, 1964)
19 - Mike Sheridan & The Nightriders - What A Sweet Things That Was 02:31 (19 june, 1964)
20 - Gerry & The Pacemakers - I'll Wait For You 02:12 (5 march, 1965)
21 - Black Nights - I Gotta Woman 01:59 (1 january, 1965)
22 - Toggery Five - I'd Much Rather Be With The Boys 02:33 (26 february, 1965)
23 - Paramounts - Blue Ribbons 02:24 (23 april, 1965)
24 - Manfred Mann - Tired Of Trying, Bored With Lying, Scared Of Dying 02:53 (19 november, 1965)
25 - Dean Ford & The Gaylords - The Name Game 02:22 (18 june, 1965)
26 - Martin Raynor & The Secrets - Candy To Me 02:11 (7 may, 1965)
27 - Beryl Marsden - Break-A-Way 02:44 (10 december, 1965)
28 - Rod Stewart - The Day Will Come 02:46 (19 november, 1965)



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