Telstar: The Complete Tornados

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Fifty-five Tornados tracks on two CDs may be 53 more than most casual listeners need, but this double-disc set justifies itself in the listening. To most Americans, and even most Britons, the Tornados were one-hit wonders, responsible for "Telstar" and not much else, but as this set shows, they did come up with some cool sounds and tunes under the guidance of producer/manager Joe Meek. "Robot" is nearly as pretty a tune as "Telstar" it also charted in England at No. 17, and it sounds fresh, as something not nearly as widely heard for 36 years; "Life On Venus," the B-side, is a very close second, almost a "son of Telstar." "Ice Cream Man" was another British chart single, and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Fifty-five Tornados tracks on two CDs may be 53 more than most casual listeners need, but this double-disc set justifies itself in the listening. To most Americans, and even most Britons, the Tornados were one-hit wonders, responsible for "Telstar" and not much else, but as this set shows, they did come up with some cool sounds and tunes under the guidance of producer/manager Joe Meek. "Robot" is nearly as pretty a tune as "Telstar" it also charted in England at No. 17, and it sounds fresh, as something not nearly as widely heard for 36 years; "Life On Venus," the B-side, is a very close second, almost a "son of Telstar." "Ice Cream Man" was another British chart single, and offers the spectacle of Meek and the Tornados applying a Bo Diddley beat to their trademark sound. Other highlights include lots of television themes, both material for actual use on the air and the group's covers of such as material as "Stringray" and "Aqua Marina" from the sci-fi kids' show Stringray. The material extends right into 1964 and the band's attempts to compete in the area of vocal records, when it became clear that the public wasn't too interested in instrumental rock & roll anymore. The annotation includes a beautifully detailed essay by Chris Welch, with extensive interview material on drummer Clem Cattini the longest-tenured member of the Tornados and Cattini's recollections on each of the tracks here. In the end, there's more to the Tornados' sound and history than most of us knew, all revealed here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2002
  • Label: Repertoire
  • EAN: 4009910470824
  • Catalog Number: 4708

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love and Fury (2:40)
  2. 2 Popeye Twist (2:29)
  3. 3 Telstar (3:17)
  4. 4 Jungle Fever (2:16)
  5. 5 Globetrotter (2:41)
  6. 6 Locomotion With Me (2:06)
  7. 7 Robot (2:40)
  8. 8 Life on Venus (2:25)
  9. 9 The Ice Cream Man (1:51)
  10. 10 Theme (2:04)
  11. 11 Dragonfly (1:46)
  12. 12 Hymn for Teenagers (2:27)
  13. 13 Hot Pot (2:53)
  14. 14 Joystick (2:41)
  15. 15 Monte Carlo (2:59)
  16. 16 Blue, Blue, Blue Beat (2:57)
  17. 17 Exodus (3:07)
  18. 18 Blackpool Rock (2:44)
  19. 19 Granada (3:05)
  20. 20 Ragunboneman (2:16)
  21. 21 Early Bird (2:27)
  22. 22 Stompin' Through the Rye (2:02)
  23. 23 Stingray (2:52)
  24. 24 Aqua Marina (2:31)
  25. 25 Pop Art Goes Mozart (2:32)
  26. 26 Too Much in Love to Her (2:30)
  27. 27 Is That a Ship I Hear? (2:47)
  28. 28 Do You Come Here Often (3:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dreamin' on a Cloud (2:01)
  2. 2 Red Roses and a Sky of Blue (2:23)
  3. 3 Earthy (1:59)
  4. 4 Ridin' the Wind (2:58)
  5. 5 Chasing Moonbeams (1:40)
  6. 6 Theme (2:10)
  7. 7 Swinging Beefeater (2:11)
  8. 8 The Breeze and I (2:17)
  9. 9 Ready Teddy (2:07)
  10. 10 My Babe (2:20)
  11. 11 Blue Moon of Kentucky (2:08)
  12. 12 Long Tall Sally (1:56)
  13. 13 All the Stars in the Sky (2:22)
  14. 14 Indian Brave (2:41)
  15. 15 Flycatcher (3:01)
  16. 16 Dreams Do Come True (1:44)
  17. 17 Lullaby for Giulia (2:21)
  18. 18 Costa Monger (1:42)
  19. 19 Lonely Paradise (2:33)
  20. 20 Chattanooga Choo Choo (1:59)
  21. 21 Rip It Up (1:45)
  22. 22 Alan's Tune (2:43)
  23. 23 Cootenanny (1:55)
  24. 24 Night Rider (2:06)
  25. 25 Life on Venus (2:26)
  26. 26 Telstar (2:58)
  27. 27 Red Rocket (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Tornados Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
The Tornados Composer
Joe Meek Arranger, Composer
EROC Liner Notes, Remastering
Barry Gray Composer
Agustín Lara Composer
Gary Asquith Composer
Bumps Blackwell Composer
David Bellamy Composer
Clem Cattini Arranger, Composer
Ernest Gold Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Max Steiner Composer
Al Stillman Composer
J. Stone Composer
Harry Warren Composer
George Bellamy Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell Composer
Enotris Johnson Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Mack Discant Composer
Traditional Composer
Chris Welch Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some Songs Are Great, Some Are Horrible

    The original version of Telstar, with Joe Meek handling the Clavioline and vocals, and the Tornados providing the backing, is one of the musical wonders of all time. It's majestic. Having said that, songs on this CD by the 2nd version of the Tornados, like "Do you come here often?" and "Pop-Art goes Mozart" are truly nauseating. The former suggests a homosexual dialog between two men (Meek was gay), while a poppy organ plays a background theme (uugh). Get something cheaper Like "The Tornados play Telstar and other hits". It's half the price of "Complete". As long as you have Telstar, Life on Venus, and Early Bird, you're good to go. One other note: The Ventures do a version of Telstar that's much better than the original. It's cleaner, with a real organ and not the Clavioline.

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