Sunday, August 12, 2018

VA - Beat, Beat, Beat ~ Volume 3: Mop Top Pop (2002)


Pop, Rock, Beat | Mp3 320 kbps | 2 CD | 316 Mb

The third entry (subtitled "Mop Top Pop") in this retrospective series of chronological reissues of Pye Records' releases covers the tail-end of the first wave of the British Invasion, from April through July of 1964. Interspersed with promising outfits like the Kinks and the label's one hugely successful act, the Searchers, are more great records by the likes of the Chants and the Trends, who never got the recognition they deserved, and a lot of acts that undeservedly barely made it out of the starting gate, most notably Shane & the Shane Gang, whose bluesy "Whistle Stop" is almost worth the price of admission. It's amazing to see performers like Johnny Sandon (best known in America as a footnote in the Searchers' history) still pushing their work at this relatively late date (and good work it was, too, albeit not really in a Brit beat style), and Beatles footnotes like Jimmy Nicol doing solid soul instrumentals -- "Husky" at least got recorded and pushed heavily on release, probably by virtue of the press Nicol received subbing for Ringo Starr early in 1964, but it was too different from the Beatles' sound to make the leap out of jukeboxes and onto the radio or the sales charts. As with the other parts of this series, the sound is phenomenally good, and the annotation is more thorough than one could ever ask for.

CD 1
1. The Searchers - Don't Throw Your Love Away (2:17)
2. The Searchers - I Pretend I'm With You (1:59)
3. Rod & Carolyn - Talk To Me (2:39)
4. Me & Them - Show You Mean It Too (1:51)
5. Me & Them - Everything I Do Is Wrong (2:01)
6. Gregory Phillips - Don't Bother Me (2:40)
7. Gregory Phillips - Make Sure That You're Mine (2:12)
8. The Puppets - Baby Don't Cry (2:00)
9. The Hi-Fi's - Will You Or Won't You (1:58)
10. The Hi-Fi's - She's The One (2:02)
11. The Kinks - You Still Want Me (1:59)
12. The Kinks - You Do Something To Me (2:25)
13. The Monotones (UK) - It's Great (2:10)
14. The Monotones (UK) - Anymore (1:59)
15. The Ghost Squad - Never Again (2:26)
16. The Ghost Squad - You Can't Fool Me (2:10)
17. Vandyke & The Bambis - Doin' The Mod (2:56)
18. Vandyke & The Bambis - All I Want Is You (2:40)
19. Butch Moore - I Missed You (2:14)
20. Tommy Quickly - You Might As Well Forget Him (2:42)
21. Tommy Quickly - It's As Simple As That (1:57)
22. The Wedgewoods - September In The Rain (2:16)
23. The Wedgewoods - Gone, Gone Away (1:49)
24. The Chants (UK) - Then I'll Be Home (1:53)
25. The Chants (UK) - She's Mine (2:16)
26. The Trends - You're A Wonderful One (2:38)
27. The Trends - The Way You Do The Things You Do (2:41)
28. The Migil 5 - Near You (2:44)
29. The Migil 5 - Don't Wanna Go On Shaking (2:17)
30. Lance Harve & The Kingpins - He's Telling You Lies (1:44)

CD 2
1. Lance Harvey & The Kingpins - How Do You Fix A Broken Heart (1:49)
2. The Greenbeats - Please Don't Tell (2:05)
3. The Greenbeats - Just You Wait And See (1:31)
4. The Eagles (UK) - Write Me A Letter (1:54)
5. The Eagles (UK) - Wishin' And Hopin' (1:57)
6. Julie Grant - I Only Care About You (2:24)
7. Donna Douglas - Blue Star (1:49)
8. Daryl Quist - When She Comes To You (1:58)
9. The Beatmen - Can't Sit Down (2:19)
10. The Beatmen - Cone On Pretty Baby (2:23)
11. The Remo Four - Sally Go Round The Roses (2:24)
12. The Remo Four - I Know A Girl (2:30)
13. The Soul Agents - I Just Wanna Make Love To You (2:27)
14. The Soul Agents - Mean Woman Blues (2:59)
15. Shane & The Shane Gang - Whistle Stop (2:43)
16. Shane & The Shane Gang - Who Wrote That Song (1:57)
17. Jimmy Powell & The Five Dimensions - That's Alright (2:13)
18. Jimmy Powell & The Five Dimensions - I'm Looking For A Woman (2:20)
19. Johnny Sandon & The Remo Four - Donna Means Heartbreak (2:17)
20. Johnny Sandon & The Remo Four - Some Kinda Wonderful (2:15)
21. Jimmy Nicol - Husky (2:26)
22. Jimmy Nicol - Don't Come Back (2:40)
23. The Searchers - Someday We're Gonna Love Again (1:59)
24. The Searchers - No One Else Could Love You (2:14)
25. The Blue Aces - Land Of Love (2:25)
26. Jason Ford & The Bulldogs - Nobody Knows (2:03)
27. Jason Ford & The Bulldogs - Am I The One (2:14)
28. Joe Brown & The Bruvvers - Don't (2:05)
29. The Kinks - You Really Got Me (2:14)
30. The Kinks - It's Alright (2:38)


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