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Old 11-11-2011, 18:12
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It is now being reported that EMI's recorded music division has been sold to Universal Music. Isn't it ironic that the three major british labels of the 1960s (EMI, Pye & Decca) are now controlled by the same company?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2...cquisition-emi

It seems the music publishing division is to be bought by Sony-BMG but is it really worth anything? After all, the market for sheet music must be pretty small these days?

Oh well, back to the music!
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Old 11-11-2011, 19:51
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anyone heard kim weston's take me in your arms?? absolute tune! and her performance on hulabaloo is ace! shame the vocals were off, they didnt play a track over it (if you watch it on youtube you'll understand why her voice sounds odd) it truly is cool. it charted, but poorly and its a motown classic. great feel.

http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqyeqdjbwPQ
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Old 11-11-2011, 21:33
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anyone heard kim weston's take me in your arms?? absolute tune! and her performance on hulabaloo is ace! shame the vocals were off, they didnt play a track over it (if you watch it on youtube you'll understand why her voice sounds odd) it truly is cool. it charted, but poorly and its a motown classic. great feel.

http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqyeqdjbwPQ
Yup!
Played it the other day there on The Motown Hour,
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Old 12-11-2011, 00:29
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In 1968 James Brown released a tribute album to his good friend, RnB singer Little Willie John who had died that year while in Washington State Penitentiary on a manslaughter charge.

Here's a couple of LWJ covers from that album; 'Thinking about Little Willie John... and a Few Nice Things', and one from the man himself.

James Brown - Heartbreak (1968)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZT0Lm6fxEs

James Brown - Talk To Me (1968)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkKkXe0WGjk

Little Willie John - I Need Someone (1966)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4l4rPG0od8

From the album 'Nineteen Sixty Six', recorded in that year while LWJ was out of jail on appeal, but not released until 2008.

Another sad story of another Might Have Been...
Good stuff, Randy. I like Little Willie John and JB does a great job with those two songs.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:11
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Barry McGuire - California Dreamin' (1966)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH7szheL6vc

This is actually the original version of this hit and features the exact same music and backing vocals track used by The Mamas & The Papas.

Barry McGuire - Eve Of Destruction (1965)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI5o8...eature=related

Probably not eligible for this thread really, given it was a monster hit (#1 US, #3 UK I believe), but it was banned by the BBC at the time and so is always worth a play.

Barry McGuire - What's Exactly The Matter With Me? (1965)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynC0PjJMl8E

The B-side to the above.
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Old 12-11-2011, 13:23
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Barry McGuire - California Dreamin' (1966)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH7szheL6vc

This is actually the original version of this hit and features the exact same music and backing vocals track used by The Mamas & The Papas.

Barry McGuire - Eve Of Destruction (1965)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI5o8...eature=related

Probably not eligible for this thread really, given it was a monster hit (#1 US, #3 UK I believe), but it was banned by the BBC at the time and so is always worth a play.

Barry McGuire - What's Exactly The Matter With Me? (1965)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynC0PjJMl8E

The B-side to the above.
Barry McGuire's Eve Of Destruction was a huge hit hit in 1965 and got to Number One in some charts, so is not really eligble for this thread.
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Old 13-11-2011, 13:47
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The above was the first ever post to this thread. It was posted on 27th May 2010. It is now 27th May 2011. Yes, the thread is one year old, which is fantastic news. Whatís more, the thread has almost 50,000 views, which is also fantastic news. I think the OP and everyone whoís contributed should all give themselves a bit pat on the back.

I donít believe anyone thought this thread would still be going strong a year later. I distinctly remember submitting a Christmassy track last July because I was convinced the thread wouldnít be around at Christmas! So delighted I was wrong.

I have certainly enjoyed contributing to this thread over the last twelve months, but I now feel that after a year my supply of good not too well known sixties tracks that are new to the thread has finally been exhausted. However, as posting to this thread has become almost an addiction, Iíve decided to carry on posting and to re-submit tracks in my next few posts. Essentially, in each of these posts, I will feature five of my favourite tracks from each page of the thread. Letís face it, they deserve to be heard again, not left to languish on those earlier pages.

Starting at the very beginning, here are five of my favourite tracks from Page 1 of the thread:-

The Left Banke - Walk Away Renee
Originally submitted by myself on 27th May 2010.

Les Fleur De Lys - Circles
Originally submitted by pmw_hewitt on 28th May 2010.

? and the Mysterians - 96 Tears
Originally submitted kimindex on 28th May 2010.

Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra - Some Velvet Morning
Originally submitted kimindex on 28th May 2010.

Nino Tempo and April Stevens - Deep Purple
Originally submitted by myself on 29th May 2010.
I posted the above on 27th May 2011, the first anniversary of the thread, and the post can be found near the bottom of Page 41. Periodically since then I've been doing a page by page review of the first year's worth of tracks submitted, selecting five tracks per page (not necessarily my five favourites, just a good eclectic mix) and re-submitting them to the thread.

I have now reached Page 41, which means that today's will be my final post of the review. Yes, it's taken me nearly half a year to review the previous years worth of posts (well I didn't expect to complete it overnight!), and I've thoroughly enjoyed doing it, but I must now return to the serious business of submitting tracks that are actually new to the thread. That may be easier said than done, but I'll certainly give it a go.

However, for now, let me say for the very last time ...

Continuing Vabosity's first anniversary review of the thread.

Here's my selection of five great tracks from Page 41 of the thread:-

Pat and the Californians - Be Billy
Originally submitted by Randy Gibbons on 13th May 2011.

Jordan Christopher and the Wild Ones - Wild Thing
Originally submitted by JohnnyForget on 20th May 2011.

Solomon Burke - Cry To Me
Originally submitted by Vabosity on 21st May 2011.

Don and Bob - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Originally submitted by Vabosity on 23rd May 2011.

Arthur Alexander - Where Have You Been (All Of My Life)
Originally submitted by Capablanca on 23rd May 2011.
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Old 13-11-2011, 14:08
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Walk Away Renee by The Truth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdnEDT5Vxzo

Tiny Goddess by Nirvana
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkVH_eB4ye4

Craise Finton Kirk by Johnny Young
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU6zlI_4Ups

Peace by Peter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsvSBGF4MQM

(Last one might be 70's!)
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Old 13-11-2011, 14:17
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A new one on me. I like it, not as much as the original by the Left Banke, but certainly a lot more than the UK hit version by the Four Tops.
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Old 14-11-2011, 00:12
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Thanks to Vabosity for his review of this thread so far .

A couple of obscure tracks

From 1967 The Strangers - Mary Mary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRxhI...eature=related

From 1966 Hangman - Bad Goodbye

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uohp0...eature=related
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Old 14-11-2011, 00:17
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Thanks to Vabosity for his review of this thread so far .
You're welcome Barney, and thanks for your contributions. Your name was cropping up quite a lot as the original submitter of many great tracks on most of my later posts of that review.

I only ever intended to do the first year, so someone else is very welcome to do Page 42 to the current page. You perhaps?
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Old 14-11-2011, 07:33
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Thanks to Vabosity for his review of this thread so far .

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Old 15-11-2011, 23:43
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This is my first post since completing my page by page review. It's now time for me to return to the important task of submitting Rare 60's Classics that are new to the thread.

So, in this post, do I have any new to the thread Rare 60's Classics? No, I'm afraid I don't, but I do have a handful of gems from the final year of the preceding decade.

Connie Francis - I'm Walkin' (1959)
Splendid cover of Fats Domino's 1957 classic.

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters - Teardrops On Your Letter (1959)
As a fan of fifties R'n'B I'm familiar with a fair amount of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters' material, but this track, which I absolutely love, is a very recent discovery. The B-side of Teardrops On Your Letter was a much more up tempo little ditty entitled The Twist. One year later a chap calling himself Chubby Checker covered that B-side, and the rest, as they say, is history.

You're So Fine - The Falcons (1959)
Fabulous doo-wop track. Sixties Soul legends Eddie Floyd and Wilson Pickett were members of the Falcons from 1955 to 1963 and from 1960 to 1963 respectively.

Phil Phillips - Sea Of Love (1959)
Original version of a song that was a very big hit in the UK for Marty Wilde.

The Isley Brothers - I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door (1959)
The Isley Brothers were always a great act, but I particularly like their lesser known early stuff. Subsequent cover versions give the impression that this song is very naff indeed, but the Isleys' original version is imho actually rather good. The original failed to chart both here and in the USA, but a fairly appalling cover version by teenage actor Eddie Hodges was a big American hit in 1961, while an even worse cover by Little Jimmy Osmond was a UK hit in 1974.
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Old 16-11-2011, 18:18
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Original recordings of songs that did in later versions..

A rare case of a British cover doing better than an American original, everyone knows the Swinging Blue Jeans version of this song.

Chan Romero - Hippy Hippy Shake

The songwriter thought producer Phil Spector had ruined the song; he was right and proved it when he made it a hit for The Isley Brothers

Top Notes - Twist and Shout

Original and imo best recording of this much covered song

The Journeymen - 500 miles [
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Old 18-11-2011, 09:16
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Pre Grateful Dead , The Warlocks - The Only Time Is Now

Has a Byrds feel to it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtGrWocftlc
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Old 19-11-2011, 08:28
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In my last post I did rare original versions of songs later popularised by covers so now for some rare 60's covers.

In my previous post I featured what was probably Phil Spector's worst production so here's a great cover of his best, River Deep Mountain High.

The Easybeats - River Deep Mountain High

Next two are 30's covers starting with a jazz standard by Cole Porter

Buddy Lucas - Begin The Beguine

With this cover of a depression era song The Artwoods changed their name to 'The St Valentine's Day Massacre'; perhaps not surprisingly then this was their last ever single.

The Artwoods - Brother can You Spare Me A Dime?
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Old 21-11-2011, 12:33
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You're So Fine - The Falcons (1959)
Fabulous doo-wop track. Sixties Soul legends Eddie Floyd and Wilson Pickett were members of the Falcons from 1955 to 1963 and from 1960 to 1963 respectively.
And talking of Eddie Floyd and Wilson Pickett ...

Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood (1967)
In 1979 Amii Stewart had a massive hit with a Disco version of this song, but the less said about that abomination the better! Some twelve years earlier, Eddie Floyd's original version, a true Soul classic, was a minor hit in the UK.

Wilson Pickett - Land of 1000 Dances (1966)
Like the previous track, a true Soul Classic that was a minor hit in the UK. Why were they only minor hits? In a way I don't mind, because it means I can submit them without breaking thread rules. However, it does annoy me that such great records were generally so under-appreciated in the UK back then.

Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally (1967)
Yet another true Soul classic, and yes, you've guessed it, yet another minor hit in the UK.
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Old 21-11-2011, 14:36
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And talking of Eddie Floyd and Wilson Pickett ...

Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood (1967)
In 1979 Amii Stewart had a massive hit with a Disco version of this song, but the less said about that abomination the better! Some twelve years earlier, Eddie Floyd's original version, a true Soul classic, was a minor hit in the UK.

Wilson Pickett - Land of 1000 Dances (1966)
Like the previous track, a true Soul Classic that was a minor hit in the UK. Why were they only minor hits? In a way I don't mind, because it means I can submit them without breaking thread rules. However, it does annoy me that such great records were generally so under-appreciated in the UK back then.

Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally (1967)
Yet another true Soul classic, and yes, you've guessed it, yet another minor hit in the UK.
strange isnt it...they qualify as 'rare' because they were minor hits...but are well known..
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Old 21-11-2011, 15:18
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strange isnt it...they qualify as 'rare' because they were minor hits...but are well known..
I think the passage of time has made a lot of iconic sixties music, that wasn't that successful first time round, well known today. By the same token, a lot of very big hits from the sixties have been virtually forgotten and the best example of this is probably Where Are You Now My Love by Jackie Trent, which was a Number One single in 1965, but didn't look at all out of place when it was featured on this thread.
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Old 22-11-2011, 13:23
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Original and imo best recording of this much covered song

The Journeymen - 500 miles [
I like that version, if I'm not mistaken that is Scott McKenzie on lead vocals.

Here are some more folk tunes I like:

Gordon Lightfoot - Early Morning Rain
I like many versions of this song - but I think this is the best.

Ian & Sylvia ~ Four Strong Winds
(I think Ian fancies himself as a bit of Elvis soundalike - great voice and song though).

Tom Rush - No Regrets
The man who wrote and recorded the original of the Walker Bros 70s comeback single.

Davy Graham - Maajun (A Taste of Tangier)
Great instrumental by the talented and influential guitarist.

Back to Scott McKenzie with his folksy 'b' side to SanFrancisco
Scott McKenzie - What's The Difference (Chapter 1)

Edit: How could I forget this gem:
Jackson C. Frank - Blues Run The Game
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Old 23-11-2011, 22:36
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I think the passage of time has made a lot of iconic sixties music, that wasn't that successful first time round, well known today. By the same token, a lot of very big hits from the sixties have been virtually forgotten and the best example of this is probably Where Are You Now My Love by Jackie Trent, which was a Number One single in 1965, but didn't look at all out of place when it was featured on this thread.
I mentioned Where Do You Go My Love? a year or so ago, and admitted to literally finding it a tearjerker! So a very clever and poignant emotional song.
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Old 28-11-2011, 12:52
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Three very different tracks from 1965.

Roy Head - Just A Little Bit (1965)
A perfect example of good blue eyed soul.

Ian Whitcomb - This Sporting Life (1965)
I can't really put my finger on why I like this one so much. It just has that certain je ne sais quoi that I find appealing.

P.J. Proby - That Means a Lot 1965
P.J. Proby with his version of a little known Lennon and McCartney composition. This was a very minor hit, which is probably the reason the song remains a little known Lennon and McCartney composition. I rather like it though.
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Old 28-11-2011, 14:19
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Get Me to the World On Time - The Electric Prunes (1967)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83hICamu9EY

I still have the single
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Old 28-11-2011, 19:36
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And talking of Eddie Floyd and Wilson Pickett ...

Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood (1967)
In 1979 Amii Stewart had a massive hit with a Disco version of this song, but the less said about that abomination the better! Some twelve years earlier, Eddie Floyd's original version, a true Soul classic, was a minor hit in the UK.

Wilson Pickett - Land of 1000 Dances (1966)
Like the previous track, a true Soul Classic that was a minor hit in the UK. Why were they only minor hits? In a way I don't mind, because it means I can submit them without breaking thread rules. However, it does annoy me that such great records were generally so under-appreciated in the UK back then.

Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally (1967)
Yet another true Soul classic, and yes, you've guessed it, yet another minor hit in the UK.
I remember all those very well.......although they might have been minor hits i think they all appeared on a compilation album in the late 60 called something like 'This Is Soul' which everybody had !...............
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Old 30-11-2011, 19:14
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Two versions of the same song, The original first.

Ann-Marget - I Just Don't Understand (1961)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oijZKVRxsG0

The Beatles - I Just Don't Understand (1963)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EeFTLD_iN0
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