Volume seven of our ongoing neverending compilation series of yet uncompiled UK 60s BEAT'EM-rarities featuring Slade and 10cc in Pampers, Greg Lake and Ritchie Blackmore in short shorts and other unusual suspects for your pleasure and pain.
01.:I Get So Lonely - Tanya Day & The Somebodies (German-only Polydor, 64)
02.:Hans' Knees - The Crescendoes (German-only Metronome, 65)
03.:Lonely - The Equals (EP "I Won't Be There", President, 68)
04.:Just Dropped In - Styvar Manor (Polydor, 70)
05.:5-4-3-2-1 - Ray Pilgrim & The Beatmen (Embassy, 64)
06.:One Heart - The Act (Columbia, 67)
07.:Kicks - The Measles (Columbia, 66)
08.:Pretty Thing - Stovepipe No. Four (Hungarian-only EP, 65)
09.:I Wish The Morning Would Never Come - The Fumscrew (EP, released in Singapore, 65)
10.:I Don't Want To Tell You Again - The Pickwicks (Decca, 64)
11.:Little Lady - The Etceteras (Oriole, 64)
12.:If You Don't Come Back - Kris Ryan & The Questions (Mercury, 64)
13.:I Don't Understand - The Brumbeats (Decca, 64)
14.:Why Can't It Happen To Me - The Wackers (Oriole, 64)
15.:The World Is Mine - The Rebounds (Fontana, 64)
16.:Be My Girl - John & Johnny (Decca, 63)
17.:After Tomorrow - The Cockneys (Philips, 64)
18.:Don't Go - The Symbols (Columbia, 65)
19.:Greensleeves - The Country Gentlemen (Decca, 63)
20.:She Was My Baby - The Shouts (React, 64)
21.:I Can't Get You Out Of My Mind - The Contrasts (Parlophone, 63)
22.:Speak Your Mind - The Lion Tamers (Polydor, 68)
23.:Bye Bye Baby - The Wild Oats (unreleased acetate, 65)
24.:Many Things From Your Window - The Transatlantics (Fontana, 65)
25.:Line Shooter - The Emotions (Polydor, 65)
26.:But Cry - The Robb Storme Group (Columbia, 66)
27.:You Can't Sit Down - The Hustlers (Mercury, 64)
28.:Only Two Can Play - The Midnights (Ember, 65)
29.:That's How It's Gonna Stay - The Mockingbirds (Columbia, 65)
30.:You Don't Believe Me - The In-Betweens (French-only EP, Barclay, 65)
31.:You Feel Right - The Rackets (German-only, Elite Special, 65)
32.:Rootin' Tootin' Baby - Casey Jones & The Governors (German-only, Golden 12, 65)
33.:Dreams Don't Bother Me - The Shame (MGM, 67)
34.:HIS-Jeans-Ad - The Troggs (1967)

According to Carlo Little, who drummed on this recording, Tanya Day from Walsall couldn't really sing, but had a strong stage presence, and got some cameos now and then with various touring groups. She even made it to a studio in 64 and recorded two cuts which were only released in Germany. For friends of trivia and/or history: it's Ritchie Blackmore on guitar.***
We talked about The Crescendoes already on vol.2. They only released vinyl in Germany (1 LP, 4 singles), and while "Hans' Knees" is a bit of a "knees up" novelty, it culminates in a remarkable guitar strangling assault.***
No need to introduce The Equals, but they had more to offer than the hit singles. "Lonely" was hidden on a UK EP and showed up again four years later as the flip of a German 45 with one of these funky disco efforts the band used to release in the 70s on the a-side.***
Styvar Manor most likely were a studio outfit who did a fine version of "Just Dropped In", the first hit of Kenny Rogers' First Edition.***Ray Pilgrim was the alias of one of the singers who supplied cheapo label Embassy with versions of the hits of the day. The Beatmen were not the band that recorded for Pye. "5-4-3-2-1" was the breakthrough for Manfred Mann, when the title was used as the signature tune for "Ready Steady Go".***
The Act from Essex had three 7"s on Columbia. The last, "Just A Little Bit", is best remembered, as both sides have been featured on two volumes of the "Rubble"-series. Here is the debut from '67.***
The Measles from Manchester even had four 45s on Columbia without denting the charts. "Kicks" is the third, and of course Paul Revere had the hit with it.***
Stovepipe No . 4 were a British band, who released a sought-after EP in, of all places, Hungary.***
The Fumscrew deserve a prize for the most awkward name of the decade, but probably it only was a spelling problem of a secretary at Philips, Singapore. I guess they either called themselves Fans Crew or Fun Screw. The EP is the only release of four British lads on service in Asia.***
The Pickwicks reportedly came from Coventry, and are most famous for the Jimmy Page involvement on their third and last single. This is the first, probably without Mr. Page, and when you look at the picture, you see that they really lived up to their name.***Here comes the other side of the only record by The Etceteras, a band from Singapore, who toured the UK in 64. (See also vol. 2)***
Kris Ryan & The Questions from the Manchester area had two singles and an EP on Mercury, before Kris went solo and released two more. "If You Don't Come Back" is another version of the often covered Drifters hit.***
Two different bands called The Brumbeats seemingly were active in Brumham, but only one recorded. This is the flip of "Cry Little Girl Cry" (See vol. 2)***Not much known about The Wackers from somewhere on Merseyside. Two of three 45s are well documented in various editions of the Pye/Piccadilly-catalogue reissue project, but the debut on Oriole wasn't yet available to my knowledge.***"Help Me", the a-side of the only record of The Rebounds from Essex, can be found on English Freakbeat vol. 1. Here's the less freaky flip.***Don't know whether John & Johnny were the same who recorded as Johnny & John. If so, they would be John Banks and Johnny Gustafson of The Merseybeats. A very rare UK major label 45, that can't be found in any of the definitve books and websites.***
The Cockneys again. This is the fourth and last of the tracks the band released on two 45s for Philips. Seems like we're through with them.(See vols. 1, 2 & 4)***
Looks like these Symbols indeed are the same who recorded sugary pop schlock like "The Best Part Of Breaking Up" for President some 12 months later. This is the flip of "One Fine Girl", the debut of the group from Essex, and it sounds quite promising.***
For Manchester's Country Gentlemen see volume 5. This is the other side of their only 7", and it's most interesting for German beat - or as we call it - Prae-Kraut-maniacs, cause for a long time we thought, that the rather brutal arrangement of "Greensleeves" was the idea of our very own Lords, who had a hit with it in 65. But they just followed The Gentlemen step by step.***
Nothing known about The Shouts (not to be confused with The Shots), who left us this Pat Meehan production on the tiny React label as the only sign of life.***
The Contrasts with two singles on Parlophone seem to have nothing to do with the soulband of the same name from the States, but that's all I can tell. "The Tapestry of Delight" says they came from Huddersfield, just to mix them up with the US-band on Monument in the discography.***
Equally obscure are The Lion Tamers. The flip of this sole record appeared on one of the Rubbles.***
The Wild Oats from Leiston are best known for an EP on Oak (see vol. 2) and an LP of live recordings on 10th Planet. But they recorded four more numbers, which only survived on acetates, and haven't been available yet to a wider audience. "Bye Bye Baby" was an R&B hit for Mary Wells. There's more in the can, stay tuned.***
Next are The Transatlantics from Essex with the plugside of their first Fontana 45 (see vol. 3). After listening to the group's output on King and Mercury, I guess they are indeed the same band. More of them soon.***
Chippenham was home for The Emotions, who put out this single on Polydor, before they changed name to West Point Supernatural and released another one for the Reaction label, but again the world didn't listen.***
Robb Storme from Birmingham was one of those early UK "rockers", who, due to the demands and limited horizon of record company big wigs, had to record rather tame imitations of US ersatz rockstars in the Fabian, Pat Booone, Bobby Darin etc. category from 1960 onwards for Decca and Pye. When he wasn't drowned in orchestra syrup, he was backed by The Whispers, and especially his first release for Columbia, "Where Is My Girl", is one I'm still searching for, as rumour has it, that it inspired Townshend to write "Substitute". For the last record under his name the band was called The Robb Storme Group, and "But Cry" is a fine harmony popsong with beatroots intact. A year later The Whispers re-envented themselves as Orange Bicycle.***We've already met The Hustlers from Sidcup, Kent on vol. 1. Here's their second 7", a fine rendition of The Dovells' hit, that smashes the better known version of The Beatmen to pieces. The third and last 45 can be found on "Infernal World vol. 1***
The Midnights came from Warwick, but that's all I know about this one-off on Ember.***
Manchester's Mockingbirds are famous for being the germ cell of 10cc, as Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley earned their first spurs in rock business in this band. This is the first of five singles for Columbia, Immediate and Decca, before they teamed up with Stewart and Creme in Hotlegs to storm the charts with "Neanderthal Man".***
The In-Betweens actually were Wolverhampton's N' Betweens, the band that found worldwide fame as Slade. In the UK they only had one 45, but as Kim Fowley-protegees they had two in the States, and a couple of recordings somehow found the way to France, where they had this wonderful tradition of releasing EPs in the 60s. "You Don't Believe Me" doesn't live up to the standards the Pretties set with this tune, but then again, who could?***
Next are the two most successful British 60s bands in Germany: (Jimmy &) The Rackets from London were Jimmy Duncombe's band, and came to Germany as backing band for Sonny Stewart, who, in spite of a 45 for Bellaphon, didn't make much impression on us krauts. They stayed here, and when the third 45, "Skinny Minnie", topped the charts in 64, they never looked back. 14 singles and an LP made sure that they didn't run out of work, but they didn't change much in style, and by 67 the band sounded dated, and no more records were made. Jimmy settled down in Switzerland and established the New Rackets on the club- and cabaret-curcuit.***
Casey Jones & The Governors were fronted by Liverpudlian Brian Casser, who used to be the Cass in Cass & The Casanovas before the casanovas decided that they could do without him and changed name to The Big Three. He went to London, where he formed Casey Jones & The Engineers (Slowhand Clapton was a member for a few weeks), but when the debut for Columbia ("One Way Ticket") flopped, he took a new line-up to Germany, called them The Governors and had a smash hit throughout the continent with "Don't Ha Ha", a fast version of Huey "Piano" Smith's "Don't You Just Know It". With 15 singles and two LPs he kept the small Golden 12 label alive alone until he changed toVogue in 67. Hits like "Candy Man", "Yockomo" and a version of "Jack The Ripper" to even scare Lord Sutch secured fame and fortune for Casey till the end of the decade, while the original Governors, who went seperate ways in late 67, were soon forgotten after three deserved flops as The Gaslight Union.***
The Shame was a short-lived London band with only one release. A rather expensive one, as Greg Lake was in the group before he had short stints with The Gods, The Shy Limbs and King Crimson. The admittedly better side of this historical artefact can be found on "New Rubble" vol. 6.
Compiled by thee Lolly Pope and carved in runes by WestFauster.

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Anonymous said...

yes!!!!great songs. congratulation by blog. Rafael Heinle/Brazil

Gummo said...

I don't know how you do it but this series actually gets better with every volume! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

So, remember your brilliant Bundespräsident Wulff and answer the following 400 questions truely:

- do you own all of these great singles ?
- where do you live exactly ?
- do you plan to go on vacation ?
- when ? how long ?
- if not, how long do you plan to attend the demo in Stuttgart on 9th of january ? will the pitbulls stay at home ?

If you refuse to answer properly you will be condemned to neverever be Bundespräsident and stay unhLolly Pope `til the rest of your life.
That of course includes treating the world with further installments of the TommyKnockers series until at least the end of time (= also bis Ende des Maja- Kalenders, wenn nicht sogar des Willy- Kalenders).


Anonymous said...

Confessions of an anti-christ - no, I do not own ALL of these records. But collecting and sharing rarities with other collectors since 1965 led to a massive archive on all kinds of media, including good old reel-to-reel tape machine and other ancient equipment. The net has made it a lot easier to swap files, and now you can participate. This is a labour of love, and will continue till I run out of material in december. After the end of the world this year, I will remake-remodel the planet together with my comrade God (aka Van Daale), and continue in a parallel universe with Prae-Kraut Vol.21. I'm living in a hole called Degerloch near the tower of Bebel. I never go on vacation, cause there's a party everywhere I go, and I hate parties. Especially green ones these days... Going to demonstrations is a bit dangerous. For the cops... Cause soon as I see one of these remote controlled brainless robotniks, I turn into a werepitbull and bite their asses. Like Novak said: "If you see a policeman, strike him down fast as you can." (This physical handicap was the reason for not accepting the job of the Bundespräsi-DENT. Just imagine me biting Prince Philip, cause I took him for a cop in his funny uniform.)But still I have a suspicion this Wuff-Wuff-guy screwed us all, and in fact is a werepoodle. Ego me absolvo. Urmel et Oimel. Yours, Lolly.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! What a great compilation & series!

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Gyro1966 said...

Here is this comp fully tagged via mediafire:


Anonymous said...

.. sorry for been late this time.. anyway, as usual, here's the booklet:


(tonight, I know what to do....)

unkerz said...

Like Everyone else said etc.
Thanks for the post.

michael vee said...

On Tanja Day: here's what Roger Dean says (http://www.kollektionist.net/Rogerdean/rogerdean_000002.htm)

"That is one bad blunder, at no time did Ritchie ever have anything to do with the Nu Notes, and most certainly not those specific tracks.
My solo on 'I get so lonely' does sound quite Blackmore... very upfront and no reverb. I expect someone's put 2 and 2 together and had a guess."

Also, it seems that the platter was issed in Germany as Tanya Day & the Nu-Notes whereas I've seen & the Somebodies on a Canadian pressing (on Allied).. the mistery remains.... at any rate, I agree Tanya can't sing but still delivers a kickass-track...

Anonymous said...

Grazie, Michele. Thanks Chris and Gyro. The Tanya Day 45 seems to evoke very various memories among the ones involved. But it's true that Blackmore never personally said that he had played on it, so it obviously was Roger Dean, who was credited in my other source as guitarist on the a-side. Anyway, it keeps the celebrity-factor just as high. But: click at the label pictured above and you'll see that it's the German release credited to T. Day "accompanied by The Somebodies". The real name of the band, Nu-Notes, obviously was never used. Great job with the booklet again, Monsignore. Informations on Robb Storme and on The Shouts are very much appreciated.(read above) Thanks, Chris, that's the way this project is planned to work. Lolly

Shawn said...

Thanks for another volume of this outstanding series! All of the hard work involved in putting this together is much appreciated.

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Anonymous said...

What a great series, thanks for the effort in putting these together



Anonymous said...

Wow! Cool series. Thanks for sharing. By the way, I may be wrong but "Fumscrew" is a Cockney take on "thumbscrew," a torture device. Fairly certain I read that somewhere, but don't bet the farm on it.