Looking Back: 80 Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Ask many listeners to define mod rock, and they'll refer to bands like the Who, the Creation, and numerous others from the U.K. that merged guitar-driven pop
ock with edgy elements like distortion and outrage that anticipated aspects of psychedelia. Some of that's on this three-CD compilation, but in truth, the mod scene also encompassed soul, R&B-rock, reggae, jazzy R&B-pop-go-go music, and other bits and pieces. All of those styles are reflected on this ambitious anthology, which deliberately emphasizes the more obscure mid- to-late-'60s records falling under this umbrella. There are a few big names though none as big as, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Ask many listeners to define mod rock, and they'll refer to bands like the Who, the Creation, and numerous others from the U.K. that merged guitar-driven pop
ock with edgy elements like distortion and outrage that anticipated aspects of psychedelia. Some of that's on this three-CD compilation, but in truth, the mod scene also encompassed soul, R&B-rock, reggae, jazzy R&B-pop-go-go music, and other bits and pieces. All of those styles are reflected on this ambitious anthology, which deliberately emphasizes the more obscure mid- to-late-'60s records falling under this umbrella. There are a few big names though none as big as, say, the Who or Small Faces here, and some fairly well-known second-line British Invasion bands the Mojos, the Sorrows, John's Children, the post-Stevie Winwood Spencer Davis Group. But most of these acts had limited or no commercial success, and you'd be hard-pressed to find many collectors who already had most of this in their collections, even though some of these cuts have come out on specialist reissues. As a trawl through off-the-beaten path material from or related to the mod/freakbeat scene the U.K. version, with a few Australian tracks thrown in, it's well packaged, with detailed liner notes and a few previously unissued cuts. At the same time, this doesn't make for one of the better overall mod compilations, either as a starter anthology or for specialists dedicated to digging deeper. The selections are representative of points among the mod spectrum, yet for the most part rather average in quality, explaining to some degree why they have seldom or never been anthologized. It's also true that the standouts tend to be some of the cuts that have already done the rounds to deserved acclaim for years, like the Syndicats' tremendous rave-up "Crawdaddy Simone," and the early sides by John's Children who, for all the derision directed at their supposed marginal talents, had a better eye for catchy songs than most of the competition here. A few rarities by big names aren't as exciting as you might hope, like the two early R&B-oriented Arthur Brown songs credited to the Arthur Brown Set from a French movie soundtrack, or the tracks from late in the Sorrows' career. Is that too harsh? Probably, considering the compilers deliberately set out to provide stuff that would be relatively or wholly unfamiliar, and certainly succeeded in doing so. Depending on your taste, you'll probably find at least a few tracks that are nuggets in quality as well as rarity, strong contenders being the Quiet Five's nervous Merseybeat "Tomorrow I'll Be Gone"; the Others' cover of Bo Diddley's "Oh Yeah!" which could have been an inspiration for the Shadows of Knight's version; soulman J.J. Jackson's "Come See Me" which he co-wrote and was more famously recorded as a Pretty Things single; the Alan Brown Set's "Jou de Massacre The Killing Game," another refugee from a French soundtrack which zanily alternates between jazzy freakbeat and rather smooth soul balladeering; and Ray Singer's weirdly brooding "What's Done Has Been Done," which merges mod with Tom Jones and spy movie music. And it seems like almost everywhere you turn, there are obscure appearances by artists who became famous in other contexts, like Steve Howe in the In Crowd; T.S. McPhee in John Lee's Groundhogs; Lemmy in the Rockin' Vickers; Bon Scott in the Valentines on a cover of Soft Machine's "Love Makes Sweet Music", and future Deep Purple members Roger Glover and Ian Gillan in Episode Six.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/2011
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929551923
  • Catalog Number: 2955192
  • Sales rank: 49,001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Looking Back - The Spencer Davis Group (3:48)
  2. 2 Don't Tell Me - The Arthur Brown Set (2:29)
  3. 3 It's Not True - The Untamed (2:26)
  4. 4 Crawdaddy Simone - The Syndicats (3:16)
  5. 5 On the Waterfront - The Bats (2:08)
  6. 6 I'll Never Fall In Love Again - John Lee's Groundhogs (2:12)
  7. 7 Watcha' Gonna Do (When Your Baby Leaves You) - Lloyd Alexander Real Estate (2:57)
  8. 8 Things She Says - The In Crowd (1:48)
  9. 9 I Don't Need Your Kind - Lindsay Muir's Untamed (2:31)
  10. 10 Show Me Around - The Midnights (2:38)
  11. 11 Out My Light - The Other Side (2:40)
  12. 12 Gamma Goochie - The Other Side (2:56)
  13. 13 Ah Oop - The Tribe (3:06)
  14. 14 Bond Street P.M. - Mood Mosaic (2:16)
  15. 15 Bongo Jerk - Mood Mosaic (2:18)
  16. 16 Oh Yeah! - The Others (2:50)
  17. 17 My Good Friend Mary Jane - Ray Hoff & the Offbeats (2:17)
  18. 18 Mary Mary - Ray Hoff & the Offbeats (2:34)
  19. 19 Daddy Long Legs - Lindsay Muir's Untamed (2:47)
  20. 20 Please Go - Trekkas (2:31)
  21. 21 The Friendly Undertaker - The Alleykatz (3:08)
  22. 22 Can Your Monkey Do the Dog - The Bruisers (2:20)
  23. 23 Done Me Wrong - The Couriers (2:12)
  24. 24 Tomorrow I'll Be Gone - The Quiet Five (2:00)
  25. 25 Broken Truth - Wild Uncertainty (2:09)
  26. 26 Call Me Girl - Thoughts (2:31)
  27. 27 Daddy Rolling Stone - Earl Preston's Realms (2:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hip Huggin' Mini - Soul Purpose (2:15)
  2. 2 Looky, Looky - Brothers Grimm (2:23)
  3. 3 Come See Me - J.J. Jackson (2:56)
  4. 4 Baby You Know What You're Doing - The Arthur Brown Set (1:51)
  5. 5 Gonna Live Again - Lloyd Alexander Real Estate (2:33)
  6. 6 You Can't Be Serious - The Mirage (1:59)
  7. 7 Last Night (3:20)
  8. 8 Ace of Clubs - The Knaves (1:52)
  9. 9 (Just Like) Romeo & Juliet - Fadin' Colours (2:20)
  10. 10 I'll Be Doggone - Glen Ingram (2:34)
  11. 11 Can't Make It Without You Baby - Tony Rivers & the Castaways (1:57)
  12. 12 La La La Lies - Wild Uncertainty (2:19)
  13. 13 Workout - The Mike Stuart Span (3:04)
  14. 14 Every Little Thing - The Spencer Davis Group (2:49)
  15. 15 Take Away - The Couriers (2:21)
  16. 16 Tramp - Bobby Johnson & The Atoms (3:20)
  17. 17 Too Much of a Woman - The Corduroys (1:45)
  18. 18 Motown Feeling - Maynell Wilson (3:32)
  19. 19 I Close My Eyes - Watson T. Browne & The Explosive (2:45)
  20. 20 Yes I Do - Ram John Holder (3:04)
  21. 21 Kangaroo - Hoagy Benson (2:35)
  22. 22 Over You Baby - John Lee's Groundhogs (2:24)
  23. 23 Stop! Wait a Minute - The In Crowd (2:08)
  24. 24 We Got a Good Thing Going - Trekkas (2:32)
  25. 25 Love Makes Sweet Music - The Valentines (2:18)
  26. 26 Ypotron - The Sorrows (3:41)
  27. 27 But She's Mine - John's Children (1:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hush - Kris Ife (2:28)
  2. 2 Crying All Night - Watson T. Browne & The Explosive (2:28)
  3. 3 Until My Baby Comes Home - Stu James & The Mojos (3:20)
  4. 4 White Collar Worker - The Ministry of Sound (3:20)
  5. 5 Baby Love (2:06)
  6. 6 Just What You Want, Just What You'll Get - John's Children (2:59)
  7. 7 I'm Not Your Stepping Stone - The Flies (3:06)
  8. 8 No Good Without You - The Birds (2:40)
  9. 9 Thirteen Women - The Renegades (3:27)
  10. 10 It's a Crime - The Kirkbys (2:14)
  11. 11 Hold On - The Mirage (2:20)
  12. 12 Jeu De Massacre - The Alan Bown Set (4:18)
  13. 13 Which Way - The Sorrows (2:36)
  14. 14 Little Miss Blue - Hardin & York (3:55)
  15. 15 Gone, Gone, Gone - Picadilly Line (2:18)
  16. 16 Sweet Motion - The Salon Band (3:45)
  17. 17 Take It Easy - Sugar Simone (3:06)
  18. 18 Micky - Twinkle (2:26)
  19. 19 I'll Be Satisfied - Val McKenna (2:28)
  20. 20 Reviewing the Situation - Jacki Bond (2:54)
  21. 21 Pawnbroker, Pawnbroker - Barbara Ruskin (2:13)
  22. 22 Sweet and Tender Romance - McKinleys (2:07)
  23. 23 Climb That Tree - The She Trinity (3:32)
  24. 24 Step Out of Line - Explosive (3:05)
  25. 25 What's Done Has Been Done - The Fenmen (3:04)
  26. 26 Jak D'or - Episode Six (3:15)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Ram John Holder Composer
Laurel Aitken Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Tommy Boyce Composer
Bobby Hart Composer
Barbara Ruskin Composer
Topham Composer
Armstead Composer
Boardman Composer
Sugar Simone Composer
Simon Murphy Mastering
The Fryers Composer
Langley Composer
Harness Composer
McCracklin Composer
Townson Composer
Fidenco Composer
Hardin Composer
Harrell Composer
Gorman Composer
Middlebrooks Composer
McDaniel Composer
Downing Composer
Truelove Composer
Tokenam Aw Composer
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