The Piccadilly Story

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Most Americans are probably unfamiliar with Piccadilly Records, an offshoot of the British Pye Records label, launched in April of 1961. Over the six years of its existence, however, Piccadilly became an outlet for many of the label's British beat releases, as well as its imprint for soul records especially Northern soul and psychedelic experiments, totaling some 400 singles and 300 LPs. Additionally, the label actively solicited independently produced masters, thus becoming an outlet for some of the more cutting-edge pop of the period. This two-CD set offers 52 songs that profile some of the better acts ever to appear on the label, ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Most Americans are probably unfamiliar with Piccadilly Records, an offshoot of the British Pye Records label, launched in April of 1961. Over the six years of its existence, however, Piccadilly became an outlet for many of the label's British beat releases, as well as its imprint for soul records especially Northern soul and psychedelic experiments, totaling some 400 singles and 300 LPs. Additionally, the label actively solicited independently produced masters, thus becoming an outlet for some of the more cutting-edge pop of the period. This two-CD set offers 52 songs that profile some of the better acts ever to appear on the label, delineating the development of British pop
ock -- it starts off as very British, with Joe Brown & the Bruvvers doing a cheerful Cockney novelty tune called "Crazy Mixed Up Kid." The first of Emile Ford's two solo charting singles, "Half of My Heart," represents the pop
ock crooning of the period, and "Theme From Z Cars" a popular television show, which hit number eight in England, represents the label's first major hit. Davy Jones not the guy from the Monkees, or David Bowie, an American soul singer residing on the other side of the Atlantic, gave Piccadilly its first great rock & roll single, "Don't Come Crying to Me," which is followed here by Joe Brown's classic "Picture of You" and the Del Shannon-like "The River's Run Dry," by Vince Hill. There's some solid early-'60s style rock & roll scattered throughout the first disc: the early Dave Clark Five single "I Knew It All the Time," which offers a sound that anticipates "Catch Us if You Can," with an uncharacteristic girl chorus the only unfamiliar element; Jackie Lynton's "All of Me," featuring the debut of a young lead guitarist named Albert Lee; the Buddy Holly-style "Long Gone Baby" by Buddy Britten & the Regents, which was good enough to get Britten an audition for Holly's producer, Norman Petty. And then there's the improbably named Cuddly Dudley, whose loping "Ferryboat Ride" is an amazing cool, laid-back piece of rock & roll balladry. The Kestrels and Elaine & Derek add little to music history with their covers of American hits, though the former group's experience obviously helped members Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway later known together as David & Jonathan gain a foothold in the business. Their presence, along with that of Vince Eager's cover of Conway Twitty's "Heavenly" and Simone Jackson's rendition superb though it is of "Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya" originated by the Ribbons, illustrates the bind that even the best British labels of the period were in -- their biggest sellers and most memorable records were covers of hits that had originated in America, usually done in a style approximating the original. Even when the artist did something different, such as Donna Douglas' "He's So Near," it was frequently ignored. The Liverpool sound came to Pye Records in the guise of the Searchers, while Piccadilly got such acts as Tommy Quickly and Jeannie & the Big Guys, whose "Tip of My Tongue" and "Don't Lie to Me," respectively, were enjoyable if not overly memorable Mersey-style stompers; Robb Storme & the Whispers' "To Know Her Is to Love Her" was memorable, with its solid backbeat and heavy rhythm guitars, but somehow it never charted and hasn't been heard very much until now; similarly, Linda Doll & the Sundowners' "He Don't Want Your Love Anymore" is a record that should have stormed into the U.K. Top Ten, yet never did anything -- it and the rest of the prime tracks on this set more than justify the purchase, just to discover them. Piccadilly was ahead of the British Invasion curve with its release of "Sally Go Round the Roses," even if it wasn't their recording, by the Remo 4, that turned that song into a standard. The label did have one release that became downright ubiquitous on this side of the Atlantic, in the form of "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" by Sounds Orchestral, arranged by John Schroeder, which reached the Top 20 on the charts of virtually every industrialized nation in the world. Everything on the second disc is either a variant on American pop
ock, such as Barbara Ann's British Invasion-style adaptation of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," with its heavy rhythm guitar and drums, or Mark Peters & the Silhouettes doing a piece of Brit-beat balladry in "Don't Cry for Me" and the Wackers' Billy Fury-like "The Girl Who Wanted Fame." It's all very listenable, even enlightening material, mostly R&B-focused stuff by artists such as Joe Meek alumnus Bobby Rio, Keith & Billie, and Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band, interspersed with a few impressive girl group entries, such as "Why Don't I Run Away From You" by Antoinette who deserved to chart and some inventive rock & roll, most notably "Ain't That Peculiar" from the Loving Kind, featuring Noel Redding on lead guitar. Ironically, amid all of this excellent work, the label was running out of time as music was shifting around it throughout 1966 -- those R&B-style numbers and Clinton Ford's Elvis Presley-like "Run to the Door" marked the tail end of the label's three-year run of success. They didn't go down without a fight, however, as demonstrated by Timebox's gorgeous "I'll Always Love You" and Traffic Jam's "Almost but Not Quite," which bring up the rear in fine style. The set is well mastered, with crisp, punchy sound throughout and extensive annotation on each artist and track.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Sbme Castle Us
  • UPC: 060768122826
  • Catalog Number: 81228

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crazy Mixed Up Kid - Joe Brown & the Bruvvers (2:02)
  2. 2 Half of My Heart (2:42)
  3. 3 There, I've Said It Again - Al Saxon and His Orchestra (2:33)
  4. 4 Honest I Do - Danny Storm (2:05)
  5. 5 Theme From Z Cars - Johnny Keating (2:11)
  6. 6 Don't Come Crying to Me (2:06)
  7. 7 A Picture of You - Joe Brown & the Bruvvers (2:21)
  8. 8 The River's Run Dry (2:19)
  9. 9 I Knew It All the Time - Mike Smith (2:23)
  10. 10 It Might as Well Rain Until September - The DeLaine Sisters (2:05)
  11. 11 All of Me (3:20)
  12. 12 Long Gone Baby - Buddy Britten & The Regents (2:16)
  13. 13 The Ferryboat Ride - Cuddly Duddly (2:19)
  14. 14 Walk Right In (2:13)
  15. 15 Hey Paula - Elaine & Derek (2:20)
  16. 16 Hevenly (3:10)
  17. 17 Let's Make a Habit of This - The Guv'ners (2:02)
  18. 18 Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya (2:26)
  19. 19 He's So Near (2:14)
  20. 20 Tip of My Tongue (2:08)
  21. 21 Don't Lie to Me (2:18)
  22. 22 To Know Her Is to Love Her - Robb Storme & The Whispers (2:12)
  23. 23 He Don't Want Your Love Anymore - Linda Doll & the Sundowners (2:05)
  24. 24 Is It True - Tony D. & the Shakeouts (2:00)
  25. 25 Sally Go Round the Roses - Remo 4 (2:25)
  26. 26 Where Did Our Love Go (2:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cast Your Fate to the Wind (3:14)
  2. 2 Don't Cry for Me - Mark Peters & the Silhouettes (2:35)
  3. 3 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Barbara Ann (3:13)
  4. 4 The Girl Who Wanted Fame - The Wackers (3:20)
  5. 5 Baby Do It (2:11)
  6. 6 Lonely Room - Mal Ryder (2:03)
  7. 7 Poor Man's Son (2:42)
  8. 8 She's About a Mover - Buddy Britten & The Regents (2:12)
  9. 9 Tossin' and Turnin' - The Ivy League (2:27)
  10. 10 Take a Heart - The Sorrows (3:16)
  11. 11 Leave My Baby Alone - Britt (2:53)
  12. 12 Leave It to Me (3:29)
  13. 13 That's My Life - Freddie Lennon (3:00)
  14. 14 Why Don't I Run Away From You - Antoinette (2:43)
  15. 15 Ask the Lonely (2:38)
  16. 16 I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) - Felder's Orioles (2:26)
  17. 17 You Don't Know Like I Know - Keith & Billie (2:22)
  18. 18 Dear Mrs. Applebee (2:15)
  19. 19 Ain't That Peculiar - Loving Kind (3:13)
  20. 20 Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) - Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band (2:21)
  21. 21 Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud - Jimmy James (3:14)
  22. 22 It Keeps Rainin' - Keith Powell & the Valets (2:36)
  23. 23 Run to the Door - Clinton Ford (2:39)
  24. 24 98.6 (3:21)
  25. 25 I'll Always Love You - Timebox (2:59)
  26. 26 Almost But Not Quite There - Traffic Jam (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Keating Conductor, Accompaniment
Ivor Raymonde Accompaniment
Ken Woodman Accompaniment
Alan Tew Accompaniment
Johnny Pearson Accompaniment
The John Schroeder Orchestra Accompaniment
Les Reed Accompaniment
Anthony King Accompaniment
Technical Credits
Chick Willis Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Doug Sahm Composer
Chuck Willis Composer
Chris White Composer
Johnny Keating Arranger
Richard Rodgers Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Smith Composer
Ritchie Adams Composer
Chris Arnold Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Terry Kennedy Producer
David Martin Composer
Geoff Morrow Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
David Porter Composer
Abner Spector Composer
Alden Shuman Composer
Roger Dopson Liner Notes
George Fischoff Composer
Ray Hildebrand Composer
Johnny Pearson Producer
The John Schroeder Orchestra Producer, Liner Notes
Carter-Lewis Composer
Jon Storey Artwork
Robert Guidry Composer
John Carter Composer
Zell Sanders Composer
Tony Powers Composer
Perry Ford Composer
Malou Rene Composer
Lona Spector Composer
Warren Moore Composer
Hildebrand Composer
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