Ridin' the Wind: The Anthology

Ridin' the Wind: The Anthology

by The Tornados
     
 
This magnificent anthology currently serves humanity both as a tribute to record producer Joe Meek and as the unparalleled definitive history of the British pop
ock group known as the Tornados. Famous for their recording of Meek's peculiarly unforgettable space age instrumental that was inspired by and named after Telstar (the U.S.A.'s

Overview

This magnificent anthology currently serves humanity both as a tribute to record producer Joe Meek and as the unparalleled definitive history of the British pop
ock group known as the Tornados. Famous for their recording of Meek's peculiarly unforgettable space age instrumental that was inspired by and named after Telstar (the U.S.A.'s belated answer to the Soviet Union's Sputnik), the group was initially formed by Meek as a nameless backup band for a series of now nearly forgotten pop singers. The cardinal participants were bass guitarist Heinz Burt, lead guitarist Alan Caddy, rhythm guitarist George Bellamy, drummer Clem Cattini, and Roger LaVern, an electric organist who could also rattle away at an upright piano. On "Love and Fury," Norman Hale is heard playing the clavioline; that instrument's haunting tonalities would be immortalized when in July 1962 LaVern played it on "Telstar." Most of this group's recordings are instrumental; although the ten vocal tracks are intriguing tidbits ("Ragunboneman," "Too Much in Love to Hear," "Ready Teddy," "My Babe," "Long Tall Sally," "Rip It Up," "Fortune Teller," "No More You and Me," "Alright," and a swell version of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky"), most humans still turn to the Tornados for dependably entertaining and pleasantly disorienting instrumentals. Fun items include "Popeye Twist"; a rockin' number called "Earthy"; a superbly improbable version of "Chattanooga Choo Choo"; live performances of "Telstar," "Exodus," and "Czardas"; and "Do You Come Here Often?," which has a melody largely based on "I'm an Old Cowhand" and a contrived conversation between two men at a gay bar. The peppy "Costa Monger" has whistling and a shout at the end of it that brand this tune as Joe Meek's answer to producer Noel Walker's robust creation, Whistling Jack Smith. Everything the Tornados ever recorded appears to have been compiled here: that means their one LP, all of their singles and EPs, and 11 rare, previously unreleased tracks. The enclosed documentation, disclosing nearly all that is known about this group and its producer, is in the form of a glossy, folded double-sided "poster," although a more conventional CD booklet would have been more durable and easier to reference. The lingering influence of the Tornados is detectable throughout Western Civilization, including the recorded legacies of electronic space age pop pioneers Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, adventure puppet animation king Barry Gray, and even Frank Zappa in his early squinky "Studio Z" surf mode. Like it says on the CD packaging: Joe Meek Lives.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2002
Label:
Castle Music Uk
UPC:
5050159142828
catalogNumber:
428

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Love and Fury
  2. Popeye Twist
  3. Telstar
  4. Jungle Fever
  5. Globetrotter
  6. Locomotion With Me
  7. Ridin' the Wind
  8. The Breeze and I
  9. Robot
  10. Life on Venus
  11. The Ice Cream Man
  12. Theme from "The Scales of Justice"
  13. Dragonfly
  14. Hymn for Teenagers
  15. Joystick
  16. Hot Pot
  17. Monte Carlo
  18. Blue, Blue Beat
  19. Exodus
  20. Blackpool Rock
  21. Granada
  22. Ragunboneman
  23. Early Bird
  24. Stompin' Through the Rye
  25. Stingray
  26. Aqua Marina
  27. Pop Art Goes Mozart
  28. Too Much in Love to Hear
  29. Is That a Ship I Hear?
  30. Do You Come Here Often?

Disc 2

  1. Ridin' the Wind
  2. Dreaming on a Cloud
  3. Red Roses and a Sky of Blue
  4. Earthy
  5. All the Stars in the Sky
  6. Swinging Beefeater
  7. Chasing Moonbeams
  8. Theme from "A Summer Place"
  9. Ready Teddy
  10. My Babe
  11. Blue Moon of Kentucky
  12. Long Tall Sally
  13. Indian Brave
  14. Flycatcher
  15. Dreams Do Come True
  16. Lullaby for Gulia
  17. Costa Monger
  18. Lonely Paradise
  19. Chattanooga Choo Choo
  20. Rip It Up
  21. Alan's Tune
  22. Cootenanny
  23. Night Rider
  24. Lullaby of the Stars
  25. Shakedown
  26. Party Spirit
  27. Sidewalk Serenade
  28. Alright
  29. Fortune Teller
  30. Telstar
  31. Exodus
  32. Czardas
  33. Lawrence of Arabia
  34. No More You and Me

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