PHANTOMS, METEORITES, MOONSHOTS & DEVIL HERDS - ROCK HISTORY RSK - CD

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Finally another release from the superb, Rock History set up.

 

 Welcome to the fourth Volume in our ongoing survey of BRIT-POP INSTROS in the immediate pre-Beatles era. As we have already learned, the ‘Golden Age’ of UK Instros occurred between the mid/late 50s and theearly 60s, peaking in 1961 & 62 following The Shadows’ breakthrough. Indeed, over half the sidesherein emanate from 1962. Like its predecessors, this compilation covers an array of Instro styles...however, a warning; you won’t find many hit records here, as they’re featured either on those earliervolumes, or elsewhere on other RHGB compilations (there are around thirty in the series - check thewebsite for details).Ultimately, this compilation is a treasure trove of obscurities, surprises, and collectors’ rarities.

Long ago, before things started to get Twangy, Britain’s leading instrumentalists usually either honked,parped, or plinked. Dance bands filled the airwaves, and it was wall-to-wall waltzes and foxtrots.Turgidity ruled. The arrival of R&R and Skiffle livened things up, and so gradually - not to mentionbelatedly - Britain’s teenagers were dragged into the post-WWII era. There were precious few SkiffleInstros of any note released, and those that were tended to stray on the side of ‘quaint’. A case in pointbeing Bob Cort’s (rather too Jazzy) ‘Bouncing Around’, featuring Ken Sykora on guitar. Elsewhere, AlexisKorner’s Breakdown Group were, in truth, a Blues band learning their trade, as ‘Roundhouse Stomp’,from their legendary 10” LP Blues From The Roundhouse, clearly indicates. Nonetheless, it shows offCyril Davies’ harmonica licks, which would be heard to even better effect on ‘Country Line Special’,several years hence.

But of course it was R&R which ultimately laid down the new ground rules, at which point Instromaniasteadily began to gather pace. The UK’s (highly unlikely) first guitar hero was Bert Weedon, a manalready in his late 30s who’d been playing since the late 40s. Initially, he was the go-to axeman for R&Rsessions, and he played on plenty of early UK R&R hits; instrumentally, he can be found here on KenMackintosh’s bouncy ‘Squatty’ and his own ‘Teenage Guitar’. Bert was soon joined by similarly experienced guitarists like Ernie Shear (featured here on Ozzie Warlock & The Wizards’ jaunty ‘Wow!’),Johnny “The Gash” Gray (c.f. his cover of David Hill’s ‘Big Guitar’) and Dennis Newey (who appears onThe Sleepwalkers’ vibrant ‘Golden Mile’ and his own ‘Yea Yea’).

The game-changer was Jack Good’s Oh Boy!, which launched in September ’58. Their ‘house band’,Lord Rockingham’s XI, were a highly influential outfit who, in addition to backing the guests on theshow, cut their own hit records. Moreover, a couple of bandmembers also cut ‘solo’ records - check outorganist Cherry Wainer’s cheesy ‘Iced Coffee’, which also featured guitarist Eric Ford.

CD 1

1. John Barry & His Orch • The Menace

2. The Tony Hatch Orch • Devil’s Herd

3. The XL5 • Caviare

4. Brian Fahey & His Orch • At The Sign Of The Swingin’ Cymbals

5. The Krew Kats • Trambone (alt take, stereo)

6. The Shadows • Big Boy

7. The Hunters • I Beg Of You

8. The Eagles • The Lonely Bull

9. The Spotnicks • Moonshot

10. The Fentones • Gringo

11. The Outlaws • Smoke Signals

12. Joe Brown • English Country Garden

13. The Thunderbolts • Feeling In The Mood

14. Rhet Stoller • Night Theme

15. The Checkmates • Ram Bunk Shush

16. Johnnie (The Gash) Gray • Big Guitar

17. The Cougars • Red Square

18. Kenny Clayton • String Gloves

19. Cyril Davies & His Rhythm & Blues All Stars • Country Line Special

 

20. The Nashville Five • Bag’s Groove

21. Cherry Wainer • Iced Coffee

22. Sounds Incorporated • Sounds Like Locomotion

23. Bob Miller & The Millermen • That’s It

24. Ken Mackintosh & His Orch • Squatty

25. The Innocents • Grazina

26. Bert Weedon • Teenage Guitar

27. The Sunsets • Savoy Club Stomp

28. Ravens Rock Group • Career Girl

29. The Sleepwalkers • Golden Mile

30. Brian Bentley & The Bachelors • Caramba

31. Jim Gunner & The Echoes • Footloose

32. Unknown • The Phantom Hussar

33. The Rapiers • Phantom Stage

34. The Phantoms • The Phantoma

35. The Tornados • Ridin’ The Wind (US version)

 

CD 2

1. The Sneaky Petes • The Savage (part 1)

2. The Sunsets • Mountain King

3. The Nu-Notes • Cherokee War Dance

4. The Eldorados • Fleetwood

5. The Nocturnes • Raw-Hide

6. The Outlaws • Barbeque

7. The Shadows • Tales Of A Raggy Tramline

8. The Spotnicks • Dark Eyes

9. The Alan Moor Four • Hava Nagila

10. Fifty Fingers-Five Guitars • Night Train

11. The Tornados • The Breeze And I

12. The Federals • Boot Hill

13. Peter Jay & Jaywalkers • Jaywalker

14. The Space Travellers • Meteorite

15. Lord Rockingham’s XI • Newcastle Twist

16. The Flee-Rekkers • Bitter Rice

17. Charles Blackwell & his Orch • Supercar

18. Ozzie Warlock & The Wizards • Wow!

19. The Buccaneers • Hearts Of Stone

20. The John Barry Seven • Skid Row

21. The Diamonds • Chasey-Chasey

22. The Pete Chester Group • Forest Fire

23. David Ede & The Go Man Go Men • Bootnik

24. Michael Hill • Beatnik Boogie

25. Dennis Newey • Yea Yea

26. Judd Proctor • The Turk

27. The Jaguars • The Beat

28. The Jeff Rowena Group • Ambush

29. The Ted Taylor Four • Surf Rider

30. The Werlwinds • Dig Deep

31. The Boys • Jumpin’

32. The Rustlers • A Matter Of Who

33.Wee Willie Harris • Got A Match?

34. Bob Cort Skiffle • Bouncing Around

35. The Alexis Korner Breakdown Group  featuring Cyril Davies • Roundhouse Stomp

 

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