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I Walk the Lonely Night: 20 Obscure Gems from the British Beat Era
     

I Walk the Lonely Night: 20 Obscure Gems from the British Beat Era

 
This anthology, the first in a series curated by Nick Saloman of the Bevis Frond, collects 20 rare tunes from the British beat era. Anyone expecting potent stomp, tough R&B, or freakbeat is, however, pretty much out of luck -- for the most part, I Walk the Lonely Night is devoted to pop-oriented

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This anthology, the first in a series curated by Nick Saloman of the Bevis Frond, collects 20 rare tunes from the British beat era. Anyone expecting potent stomp, tough R&B, or freakbeat is, however, pretty much out of luck -- for the most part, I Walk the Lonely Night is devoted to pop-oriented sides, and the fact that all 20 songs are over in less than 46 minutes indicates that no one on board had the time to explore the outer reaches with much depth. There isn't an honestly bad record here, and a few are real gems -- the self-pitying "Poor Bachelor Boy" by Lee Bennett & the Sunliners; the Zephyrs' Rickenbacker-accented "She Laughed"; the driving "I Wonder Why" from the Wackers; the slightly bent guitar and vocal figures of Bobby Allen & the Comanches' "Half as Much as You"; and the title cut from Dave & the Diamonds, which stands a hair's breadth from swiping a riff from "I Want to Hold Your Hand." There's also one real oddity, Pete Best's cover of "Boys," doubtless recorded under the theory that if one Beatles drummer could do well with it, why not another? But for the most part, I Walk the Lonely Night is devoted to obscure but hardly memorable U.K. beat stuff that stays stuck in a moody midtempo far too often. While most of these selections appear to have been sourced from vinyl, the mastering is quite good and the liner notes are fine, so those with a passion for such stuff will be well served, but dabblers and beginners should explore elsewhere.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2007
Label:
Psychic Circle
UPC:
5051125700219
catalogNumber:
7002
Rank:
303054

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