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VA - Looking Back - Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets (2014)

13-12-2014, 17:21
Soul | Funk

VA - Looking Back - Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets (2014)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Looking Back - Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: RPM Records
Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B
Quality: Mp3, 320 kbps
Total Time: 01:17:19
Total Size: 185 Mb
WebSite: itunes


"01. The Spencer Davis Group - Looking Back
02. The Arthur Brown Set - Don't Tell Me
03. The Rockin' Vickers - I Don't Need Your Kind
04. Laurel Aitken - Bongo Jerk
05. The Others - Oh Yeah!
06. Ray Hoff & The Offbeats - My Good Friend Mary Jane
07. The Soul Purpose - Hip Huggin' Mini
08. The Arthur Brown Set - Baby You Know What You're Doing
09. The Mirage - You Can't Be Serious
10. Laurel Aitken & The Soulmen - Last Night
11. The Knave - Ace Of Clubs
12. Glen Ingram - I'll Be Doggone
13. Mike Stuart Span - Workout
14. The Spencer Davis Group - Every Little Thing
15. Ram John Holder - Yes I Do
16. The Valentines - Love Makes Sweet Music
17. The Sorrows - Ypotron
18. John's Children - But She's Mine
19. John's Children - Just What You Want, Just What You'll Get
20. The Flies - I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
21. The Birds - No Good Without You
22. The Alan Bown Set - Jeu De Massacre (The Killing Game)
23. The Sorrows - Which Way
24. Hardin & York - Little Miss Blue
25. The Picadilly Line - Gone, Gone, Gone
26. Sugar Simone - Take It Easy
27. Val Mckenna - I'll Be Satisfied
28. Jacki Bond - Reviewing The Situation"

"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/rock 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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poul   User offline   13 December 2014 19:28

альбом должен быть на 3 дисках... itunes..халтурщики..выпустили обрезанный альбом

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