The Beat Scene

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
These 25 tracks have been culled from a host of mid-'60s artists on the U.K.-based Decca Records label as part of their critically and enthusiastically lauded "Decca Originals" series. Each thematic entry gathers hard-to-locate tunes by a variety of lesser-known acts. The Beat Scene 1998 concentrates on groups stylistically akin to the early- to mid- '60s British Invasion beat bands. However, unlike the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, or any of their other internationally renowned contemporaries, many of the acts featured here had comparatively nominal, if any, success outside of Europe. In the case of the Poets -- whose longing rocker "I Love Her Still" is found on this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
These 25 tracks have been culled from a host of mid-'60s artists on the U.K.-based Decca Records label as part of their critically and enthusiastically lauded "Decca Originals" series. Each thematic entry gathers hard-to-locate tunes by a variety of lesser-known acts. The Beat Scene 1998 concentrates on groups stylistically akin to the early- to mid- '60s British Invasion beat bands. However, unlike the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, or any of their other internationally renowned contemporaries, many of the acts featured here had comparatively nominal, if any, success outside of Europe. In the case of the Poets -- whose longing rocker "I Love Her Still" is found on this volume -- they created music broad enough in scope to have covered the freakbeat and psychedelic subgenres as well. Almost by definition, one of the more obvious components of the Beat Scene is the hearty backbeat that drives the Game's "Gonna Get Me Someone," the Mockingbirds' "One by One," and Joe Cocker's seminal remake of the Fab Four's "I'll Cry Instead." The latter is a fascinating glimpse into Cocker's primordial sound, blending the essence of American rockabilly with a hint of skiffle tucked into the rhythm. Another notable name is Lulu, who takes the Luvvers through the Mick Jagger/Keith Richard composition "Surprise Surprise." Although pop music fans might remember the name Pete Best as the pre-Ringo Starr percussionist for the Beatles, he lends his name to a combo covering Eddie Hodges' "I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door," a one-off single circa 1964. Other Beat-era trademarks include compact arrangements, as displayed by the tight syncopation heard on Rick & Sandy's "Lost My Girl," the Warriors' "Don't Make Me Blue," and the Beat Chics' lively "Now I Know." A direct contrast is the Andrew Oldham Orchestra's faux Wall of Sound rendition of "Da Doo Run Run," with uncredited vocals from Mick Jagger. Parties interested in this edition should check out the other erstwhile installments: Mod Scene 1998 and Mod Scene, Vol. 2, Psychedelic Scene 1998, Rock N' Roll Scene 1998, and Blues Scene 1999.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2008
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 042284479929
  • Catalog Number: 844799

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Love Her Still - The Poets (1:46)
  2. 2 Gonna Get Me Someone - Game (2:47)
  3. 3 Each & Every Day - Thee (2:12)
  4. 4 (Walking Thru' The) Sleepy City (2:09)
  5. 5 It's Gonna Happen Soon - Shel Naylor (2:01)
  6. 6 I'll Cry Instead - Joe Cocker (1:44)
  7. 7 Third Time Lucky - The Beat Boys (1:45)
  8. 8 Hurt Me If You Will - The Mark Four (2:56)
  9. 9 Really Gonna Shake - Sandra Barry & the Boys (2:00)
  10. 10 Surprise Surprise - Lulu (2:21)
  11. 11 Everything's Alright - The Mojos (2:21)
  12. 12 Now I Know - The Beat Chics (2:16)
  13. 13 I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door - Pete Best (2:05)
  14. 14 Don't Make Me Blue - The Warriors (2:05)
  15. 15 That's What I Want - The Marauders (2:21)
  16. 16 Once in a While - The Brooks (2:35)
  17. 17 Lost My Girl - Rick & Sandy (3:06)
  18. 18 I Was Only Playing Games - Unit 4+2 (2:43)
  19. 19 Did You Want to Run Away - Tierneys Fugitives (2:20)
  20. 20 One by One - Mockingbirds (2:24)
  21. 21 Itty Bitty Pieces - The Rockin' Berries (2:08)
  22. 22 Who'll Be the Next in Line - The Knack (2:00)
  23. 23 Keep on Dancing - Brian Poole & the Tremeloes (1:58)
  24. 24 Heart of Stone - The High Numbers (2:21)
  25. 25 Da Doo Ron Ron - The Andrew Oldham Orchestra (2:23)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Mick Jagger Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Nickey Crouch Composer
Keith Karlson Composer
John Konrad Composer
Rudy Clark Composer
Dorian Wathen Executive Producer
Sid Wayne Composer
The Game Composer
John Reed Liner Notes
Crouch Composer
Karlson Composer
Moeller Composer
Greenaway Composer
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