Thursday, 5 December 2013

Rare Mod 5

The Rare Mod series grows from strength to strength with another splash of previously unreleased and uber- hard- to- get sixties nuggets. The latest compilation, RM5, boasts twenty swinging rarities, including soul legend Sharon Tandy singing under an alias, a demo version of a freak-beat favourite, a track rumoured to be ‘the king of soul’, plus two tracks, from two bands, containing two members who would eventually form one of the greatest seventies Glam bands ever – The Sweet.

Tracks as follows:

1. The Top Six – I’m A Man
A fantastic version of the Spencer Davis Group classic recorded in 1967.
2. The Montanas – Hey Diddle Diddle (Demo)   
A demo version of the brilliant MCA 45, a little faster with a less cluttered gtr and fewer vocal ad-libs.
3. Debrah Aire – Don’t Be Proud   
Sharon Tandy singing top Northern under an alias in 1966. 
4. Tommy Bishop – Sugar Man
A previously unreleased groover from 1966.
5. The Unknown Mod Band – My Generation     
Mysterious, and compared to The Who's original, brilliantly bad.
6. Train Train – Tony Colton      
A great demo by the writter of a song made famous by Zoot Money and Big Roll Band.
7. Geno WashingtonRock Me Baby
A stonking version of Lil’ Son Jackson’s blues classic  recorded in 1968. 
8. TJ Assembly – Something
Catchy beat pop from another mysterious acytate.
9. The Troop -  You’ll Call My Name 
Featuring Brian Connolly from The Sweet on vocals. 
10. The March Hare – With My Eyes Closed
Featuring Stu Leathwood, the lead singer with The Koobas, a demo version of a track that was issued in 1968.
11. Phaethon’s Brethren – I Put A Spell On You 
This brilliant version of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ classic survived on an Emidisc acetate.
12. The Dynamite Orchestra  – Sh’Mon Part 2                
Legend has it that Mr Dynamite is none other than the fabulous Mr. James Brown. 
13. The Disturbance – Green Tamborine
A great version of the Lemon Piper’s bubblegum classic. 
14. Jimmy James & The VagabondsPrivate Number    
Top recording of the Stax classic from 1968.
15. The Unknown Mod – She Is Better
More mysterious sixties pop.
16. All Night Workers – Look At Granny Run Run     
This lot featured on Rare Mod 4, another nice track.
17. The Army – Sugar  
The Army are best known as the group that spawned future Sweet bass player/singer Steve Priest. 
18. Easy Virtue – Bye Bye Honey  
Bubblegum pop.
19. Four Steps Beyond  - Keep Your Hands Off My Baby.
More bubblegum pop.
20. Jeff Curtis And The Flames – Route 66.
Rocking version of the Chuck Berry tune.

Another very strong compilation from Acid Jazz Records, for collectors, dancers and the groovy set.

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