Tell Me: Ember Beat Vol. 1 (1962-64)

Tell Me: Ember Beat Vol. 1 (1962-64)

     
 

Opening their doors in 1960, Ember Records were one of the first independent labels in the U.K. to become a frequent presence on the charts, presenting a mix of local talent and material licensed from American labels that kept the company in business for close to 20 years. Tell Me: Ember Beat Vol. 1 (1962-1964) is a collection devoted to some of the label'sSee more details below

Overview

Opening their doors in 1960, Ember Records were one of the first independent labels in the U.K. to become a frequent presence on the charts, presenting a mix of local talent and material licensed from American labels that kept the company in business for close to 20 years. Tell Me: Ember Beat Vol. 1 (1962-1964) is a collection devoted to some of the label's more memorable pop and rock efforts of the early '60s. While this was the period in which the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were rewriting the rules of British rock, Ember's approach was more conservative, and to American ears, the most familiar material will be six tracks from Chad & Jeremy (including an unreleased stereo version of "Yesterday's Gone"), whose easygoing blend of pop and folk was actually more popular in the United States than it was at home. For fans of curious novelty material, the big draw will be six tunes by the John Barry Seven; "Zulu Stamp"'s appropriation of African themes with a heavy layer of studio gloss sets the standard for Barry's material here, which is entertaining and well-crafted if overly gimmicky. (Barry was also Ember's A&R chief for a while, and his touch can be spotted in some of the arrangements for other acts.) Most of the other groups featured here, such as Count Downe & the Zeros, Carter Lewis & the Southerners, and A Band of Angels fall into the less remarkable ranks of British beat acts who offered an energetic and well-scrubbed approximation of early American rock & roll without the authentic grit and passion that would make the major British Invasion acts a world-wide draw. But for fans of such things, the singles collected here are well-produced and upbeat, and the mastering for this compilation sounds excellent, while Lorne Murdoch's liner notes are breezy and informative; connoisseurs of the early years of British rock will be well served by this disc.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/21/2009
Label:
Fantastic Voyage
UPC:
5055311000145
catalogNumber:
14

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Tracks

  1. Savoy Club Stomp  -  Sunsets
  2. Tell Me  -  Carter-Lewis & The Southerners
  3. My Broken Heart  -  Carter-Lewis & The Southerners
  4. Mountain King  -  Sunsets
  5. Yesterday's Gone  - Chad Stuard
  6. Zulu Stamp  -  John Barry Seven
  7. Monkey Feathers  -  John Barry Seven
  8. Like I Love You Today  - Chad Stuard
  9. Don't Shed a Tear  -  Count Downe & the Zeros
  10. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine  -  Washington D.C.'s
  11. Where Did You Go?  -  Washington D.C.'s
  12. High Grass  -  John Barry Seven
  13. Big Shield  -  John Barry Seven
  14. Me  -  Band of Angels
  15. Not True as Yet  -  Band of Angels
  16. A Summer Song  - Chad Stuard
  17. It's Gotta Be  - Ray Singer
  18. Hey, Who?  - Ray Singer
  19. Gonna Make a Woman  -  Band of Angels
  20. She'll Never Be You  -  Band of Angels
  21. If She Was Mine  - Chad Stuard
  22. Now and Forever  - Chad Stuard
  23. Tell Me  - Marcus Tro
  24. Monkey Feathers  -  John Barry Seven
  25. Yesterday's Gone [Alternat  - Chad Stuard

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Edvard Grieg   Composer
Neil Sedaka   Composer
Bobby Goldsboro   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
John Carter   Composer
Pete Dello   Composer
Mike Hurst   Composer
John Barry   Composer
John Baker   Composer
Buddy Buie   Composer
Paul Campbell   Arranger
Tony Colton   Composer
Michael d'Abo   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Chad Stuart   Composer
Lorne Murdoch   Liner Notes
David Stuart   Composer
Carl Simmons   Composer
Russell Alquist   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Keith Richard   Composer
Ken Lewis   Composer
Ken Lewis   Composer
Wendy Kidd   Composer
Clive Metcalfe   Composer
John Baker   Composer
Joel Newman   Arranger
Martin Dean   Composer
Mike D'Abo   Composer
Keith Noble   Composer
Geoffrey Goddard   Composer
Michael Hartz   Composer

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