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Looking Back: 80 Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets

Looking Back: 80 Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets




Ask many listeners to define mod rock, and they'll refer to bands like the Who, the Creation, and numerous others from the U.K. that merged guitar-driven pop
ock with edgy elements like distortion and outrage that anticipated aspects of psychedelia. Some of that's on this three-CD compilation, but in truth, the mod scene also encompassed soul, R&B-rock, reggae, jazzy R&B-pop-go-go music, and other bits and pieces. All of those styles are reflected on this ambitious anthology, which deliberately emphasizes the more obscure mid- to-late-'60s records falling under this umbrella. There are a few big names (though none as big as, say, the Who or Small Faces) here, and some fairly well-known second-line British Invasion bands (the Mojos, the Sorrows, John's Children, the post-Stevie Winwood Spencer Davis Group). But most of these acts had limited or no commercial success, and you'd be hard-pressed to find many collectors who already had most of this in their collections, even though some of these cuts have come out on specialist reissues. As a trawl through off-the-beaten path material from or related to the mod/freakbeat scene (the U.K. version, with a few Australian tracks thrown in), it's well packaged, with detailed liner notes and a few previously unissued cuts. At the same time, this doesn't make for one of the better overall mod compilations, either as a starter anthology or for specialists dedicated to digging deeper. The selections are representative of points among the mod spectrum, yet for the most part rather average in quality, explaining to some degree why they have seldom or never been anthologized. It's also true that the standouts tend to be some of the cuts that have already done the rounds to deserved acclaim for years, like the Syndicats' tremendous rave-up "Crawdaddy Simone," and the early sides by John's Children (who, for all the derision directed at their supposed marginal talents, had a better eye for catchy songs than most of the competition here). A few rarities by big names aren't as exciting as you might hope, like the two early R&B-oriented Arthur Brown songs (credited to the Arthur Brown Set) from a French movie soundtrack, or the tracks from late in the Sorrows' career. Is that too harsh? Probably, considering the compilers deliberately set out to provide stuff that would be relatively or wholly unfamiliar, and certainly succeeded in doing so. Depending on your taste, you'll probably find at least a few tracks that are nuggets in quality as well as rarity, strong contenders being the Quiet Five's nervous Merseybeat ("Tomorrow I'll Be Gone"); the Others' cover of Bo Diddley's "Oh Yeah!" (which could have been an inspiration for the Shadows of Knight's version); soulman J.J. Jackson's "Come See Me" (which he co-wrote and was more famously recorded as a Pretty Things single); the Alan Brown Set's "Jou de Massacre (The Killing Game)," another refugee from a French soundtrack (which zanily alternates between jazzy freakbeat and rather smooth soul balladeering); and Ray Singer's weirdly brooding "What's Done Has Been Done," which merges mod with Tom Jones and spy movie music. And it seems like almost everywhere you turn, there are obscure appearances by artists who became famous in other contexts, like Steve Howe in the In Crowd; T.S. McPhee in John Lee's Groundhogs; Lemmy in the Rockin' Vickers; Bon Scott in the Valentines (on a cover of Soft Machine's "Love Makes Sweet Music"), and future Deep Purple members Roger Glover and Ian Gillan in Episode Six.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2017
Label: Cherry Red
UPC: 5013929551923
catalogNumber: 946808
Rank: 59457


Disc 1

  1. Looking Back
  2. Don't Tell Me
  3. It's Not True
  4. Crawdaddy Simone
  5. On the Waterfront
  6. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
  7. Watcha' Gonna Do (When Your Baby Leaves You)
  8. Things She Says
  9. I Don't Need Your Kind
  10. Show Me Around
  11. Out My Light
  12. Gamma Goochie
  13. Ah Oop
  14. Bond Street P.M.
  15. Bongo Jerk
  16. Oh Yeah!
  17. My Good Friend Mary Jane
  18. Mary Mary
  19. Daddy Long Legs
  20. Please Go
  21. The Friendly Undertaker
  22. Can Your Monkey Do the Dog
  23. Done Me Wrong
  24. Tomorrow I'll Be Gone
  25. Broken Truth
  26. Call Me Girl
  27. Daddy Rolling Stone

Disc 2

  1. Hip Huggin' Mini
  2. Looky, Looky
  3. Come See Me
  4. Baby You Know What You're Doing
  5. Gonna Live Again
  6. You Can't Be Serious
  7. Last Night
  8. Ace of Clubs
  9. (Just Like) Romeo & Juliet
  10. I'll Be Doggone
  11. Can't Make It Without You Baby
  12. La La La Lies
  13. Workout
  14. Every Little Thing
  15. Take Away
  16. Tramp
  17. Too Much of a Woman
  18. Motown Feeling
  19. I Close My Eyes
  20. Yes I Do
  21. Kangaroo
  22. Over You Baby
  23. Stop! Wait a Minute
  24. We Got a Good Thing Going
  25. Love Makes Sweet Music
  26. Ypotron
  27. But She's Mine

Disc 3

  1. Hush
  2. Crying All Night
  3. Until My Baby Comes Home
  4. White Collar Worker
  5. Baby Love
  6. Just What You Want, Just What You'll Get
  7. I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
  8. No Good Without You
  9. Thirteen Women
  10. It's a Crime
  11. Hold On
  12. Jeu De Massacre
  13. Which Way
  14. Little Miss Blue
  15. Gone, Gone, Gone
  16. Sweet Motion
  17. Take It Easy
  18. Micky
  19. I'll Be Satisfied
  20. Reviewing the Situation
  21. Pawnbroker, Pawnbroker
  22. Sweet and Tender Romance
  23. Climb That Tree
  24. Step Out of Line
  25. What's Done Has Been Done
  26. Jak D'or

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Ram John Holder   Composer
Laurel Aitken   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Bobby Hart   Composer
Barbara Ruskin   Composer
Topham   Composer
Armstead   Composer
Boardman   Composer
Sugar Simone   Composer
Fryers   Composer
Langley   Composer
Harness   Composer
McCracklin   Composer
Townson   Composer
Fidenco   Composer
Hardin   Composer
Harrell   Composer
Gorman   Composer
Middlebrooks   Composer
McDaniel   Composer
Downing   Composer
Truelove   Composer
Tokenam Aw   Composer

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