Done Me Wrong: Ember Beat, Vol. 2 (1965-1966)

Done Me Wrong: Ember Beat, Vol. 2 (1965-1966)

     
 

Fantastic Voyage's series of reissues collecting highlights from the catalog of Ember Records continues with this disc. Ember was one of Great Britain's most successful independent record labels in the 1960s and '70s, and while they were cautious at first about dipping their toes into rock & roll, in time they warmed to the sound and the material here is noticeably… See more details below

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Fantastic Voyage's series of reissues collecting highlights from the catalog of Ember Records continues with this disc. Ember was one of Great Britain's most successful independent record labels in the 1960s and '70s, and while they were cautious at first about dipping their toes into rock & roll, in time they warmed to the sound and the material here is noticeably more lively than that appears on Tell Me: Ember Beat, Vol. 1. You won't find any manic rave-ups in the manner of the Pretty Things or the Yardbirds, but while this is polished beat music, the tempos are faster and the music tighter than the earlier set, and John Barry's eccentric easy listening material doesn't make the cut this time. Chad & Jeremy are easily the best known act on Done Me Wrong: Ember Beat, Vol. 2 (as they were on Vol. 1), as their five tunes find them in more sophisticated and pop-friendly surroundings than the mellower sounds of their earliest singles (though their wistful harmonies are still up front), while the Washington DC's are represented by three tunes from an album Ember put together to capitalize on an early Dave Clark Five single in their catalog (while the DC5 got billing over the Washington DC's on the sleeve, the former act was represented by just two songs!). The Midnights show plenty of high spirits on their selections (especially "Show Me Around"), the Couriers deliver tight rock & roll with a strong R&B edge (especially on the lead-off number "Done Me Wrong") and Earl Preston's Realms sound solid on the (obviously fake) live cover of "Daddy Rollin' Stone." And while Ember's attempts to corner the market on Irish Beat in the wake of Them's international success weren't commercially successful, the numbers from Belfast acts the Alleykatz, the Bats, Just Five, the Luvin' Kind, and the People are strong, nervy stuff that will please those looking for somewhat harder stuff. With the exception of one tune by the Couriers (noted in the booklet), the source tapes sound good and the audio is quite good for the period, while Lorne Murdoch contributes informative liner notes; folks with an interest in the less well-traveled avenues of British rock of the '60s would do well to give this album a listen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2009
Label:
Fantastic Voyage
UPC:
5055311000237
catalogNumber:
23
Rank:
363339

Tracks

  1. Done Me Wrong  -  Couriers
  2. Take Away  -  Couriers
  3. The Truth Often Hurts the Heart
  4. From a Window
  5. Little One  -  Washington D.C.'s
  6. Since I Lost You
  7. Tell Her I Lied  - Grant Tracy
  8. Never Let It Be Said  - Grant Tracy
  9. What Do You Want with Me?
  10. Show Me Around
  11. Only Two Can Play
  12. Have You Seen My Baby?  -  Washington D.C.'s
  13. Return to Me  -  Washington D.C.'s
  14. A Man Needs Love  -  Brothers Grimmmm
  15. Daddy Rolling Stone
  16. No Other Baby
  17. My How the Time Goes By
  18. The Friendly Undertaker
  19. On the Waterfront  -  Bats
  20. Well Don't That Beat Them All  -  People!
  21. Well...All Right  -  People!
  22. It's a Cruel World
  23. Done Me Wrong  -  Couriers
  24. Take Away  -  Couriers

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Buddy Holly   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Jerry Allison   Composer
Jeremy Clyde   Composer
Joe Mauldin   Composer
Chad Stuart   Composer
Steve Duboff   Composer
Lorne Murdoch   Liner Notes
George Fischoff   Composer
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Dickie Bishop   Composer
Kevin Hearn   Composer
Neil Levenson   Composer
Russell Alquist   Composer
Ronald Blackwell   Composer
Tony Powers   Composer
Clive Metcalfe   Composer
Harry Middlebrooks   Composer
James Nesbitt   Composer
Daniel Di Minno   Composer
Anthony Clark   Composer
Keith Noble   Composer

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