Please Don't Touch! The 1959-1962 Recordings

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
When the first wave of rock & roll hit Great Britain in the mid-'50s, kids went wild for it just as they did in the United States, but it was a while before the U.K. began producing top-shelf rock acts that could hold their own against the American originators. Early British rock was dominated by gimmicky acts like Billy Fury, Vince Eager, and Duffy Power, but while Johnny Kidd & the Pirates inarguably had a gimmick -- Kidd wore an eye patch on-stage and he and his band all wore pirate getups -- they also sounded tougher and grittier than their peers, and with 1960's "Shakin' All Over," they wrote and recorded one of the first undeniably great U.K. rock tunes. Kidd ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
When the first wave of rock & roll hit Great Britain in the mid-'50s, kids went wild for it just as they did in the United States, but it was a while before the U.K. began producing top-shelf rock acts that could hold their own against the American originators. Early British rock was dominated by gimmicky acts like Billy Fury, Vince Eager, and Duffy Power, but while Johnny Kidd & the Pirates inarguably had a gimmick -- Kidd wore an eye patch on-stage and he and his band all wore pirate getups -- they also sounded tougher and grittier than their peers, and with 1960's "Shakin' All Over," they wrote and recorded one of the first undeniably great U.K. rock tunes. Kidd had a good voice, but what was more important was his willingness to push the attitude factor a bit on numbers like "Shakin' All Over," "Please Don't Touch," "Growl," and "Feelin'," where he sounded less like a teen-oriented crooner and more like a genuine rock & roll shouter. Kidd didn't get much of a chance to cash in on the British Invasion, which could have given him a career in the States before he died in an auto accident in 1966, but he remained a potent influence in England, and Please Don't Touch! The 1959-1962 Recordings collects 25 of his most memorable sides from his peak period. Not every tune here is a rocker -- "Steady Date" and "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" are treacly teen mush, and while Kidd tries hard with "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," the song sounds silly the harder they try to rock it up. But Kidd was, along with Billy Fury, one of the U.K.'s first authoritative rock & roll vocalists, and his band was tight and fiery, delivering the goods with style and swagger on most of these tracks. (A latter-day version of the Pirates cut some ferocious, rockin' R&B albums in the '70s.) At a time when most U.K. rock was watered-down stuff, Johnny Kidd was delivering the real thing (or something very close to it), and Please Don't Touch! shows he and his Pirates were a rockin' outfit by anyone's standards.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/17/2013
  • Label: Hoo Doo Records
  • EAN: 8436542014892
  • Catalog Number: 4201489
  • Sales rank: 152,851

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Kidd & the Pirates Primary Artist
Johnny Kidd Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Alan Caddy Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Group Member
Clem Cattini Drums, Group Member
Frank Farley Drums, Group Member
Mick Green Electric Guitar, Group Member
Brian Gregg Bass, Group Member
Joe Moretti Electric Guitar, Group Member
Johnny Patto Guitar, Group Member
Johnny Spence Bass, Group Member
Thunderclap Jones Piano, Group Member
Ivor Raymodek Conductor, Choir Conductor
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Johnny Kidd Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Peter DeAngelis Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Walter J. Ridley Producer
Ben Weisman Composer
Robert Marcucci Composer
Clive Westlake Composer
John Hyman Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Michael Crocker Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Steve Walker Liner Notes
E. Lewis Composer
G. Robinson Composer
R. Roberts Composer
S. Thompson Composer
M. Wilkin Composer
Gwen Gordy Fuqua Composer
Roger Garfunki Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
James Garro Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Santi Comelles Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Dave Mathis Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Steve Baird Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
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