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Rock n' Roll has permeated all aspects of British life over the last 70 years. And it wasn't just the American artists that caught the attention of the record buying public, there was the home- grown talent as well, such as Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, Billy Fury and even The Beatles who all tried to emulate their American heroes. Bristol four-piece band The Cobras were no exception, coming from a generation that had been weaned on the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, a style of music that was more identifiable with their parent's teenage years than their own. Formed in the early 1960's, the Cobras through hard work and perseverance reached a level of musicianship that enabled them to credibly cover many of the hits of the day as well as performing their own material. Luckily for us they had the foresight to record for posterity many of their practise sessions, live performances, and very limited self-financed studio time. Listening to the 14 tracks contained on this CD some 50 years later, is a real treat. Compositions from household names such as Chuck Berry, Gene Pitney, Bruce Welch, Little Richard, Duane Eddy and Lee Hazelwood sound as good today as they did when they were first performed all those years ago. And it wasn't just Rock n' Roll that The Cobras could turn their hand too, the Hazelwood/Eddy composition 3.30 Blues really hits the mark, but it's the self-penned tunes that really show what might had been had the Cobras landed that elusive recording deal. Their superb composition ""Ghoulash"" could easily have been included on any Shadows album or film soundtrack of the day.

Presented in a vinyl replica, greyboard-backed, front laminated ‘flipback’ sleeve (emulating a 1965-era LP release) with a vinyl style black CD and sleevenote insert.
Comes with a faithful reproduction of an April 1965 edition of Western Scene; a Bristol-based music paper, copies of which are now extremely hard to find.

The forthcoming single A side "Ghoulash" c/w "Hanging ten" was played on your local radio station Forest FM last Wednesday by DJ Steve Stack on his 8 - 10 pm rock'n'roll show. Bristol DJ Leon Oddsocks who is issuing the single on his Sock-It Records label has very close ties with Steve so we are expecting more radio promo. The single will contain an insert with details of the band and will also have details of the CD.

1. Too Much Monkey Business (Berry) Rec 1965   Vocal 
2. Jenny Jenny (Penniman, Johnson) Rec 1965  Vocal 
3. (Chuck) Berried (Mitchell) Rec 1975  
4. Hanging Ten (Mitchell, Gane) Rec 1965
5. Theme For Young Lovers (Welch) Rec 1962
6. Memphis (Berry) Rec 1962
7. Sidewinder (Gane) Rec 1962
8. Hello Mary-Lou (Pitney) Rec 1975 Vocal 
9. Saturday Nite At The Duckpond (Tchaikovsky) Rec 1962
10. Tiger By The Tail (Owens, Howard) Rec 1975 Vocal 
11. Johnny B Goode (Live) (Berry) Rec 1964 Vocal 
12. Night Of The Vampire (Leport) Rec 1962
13. 3.30 Blues (Eddy, Hazlewood) Rec 1965
14. Ghoulash (Mitchell, Gane) Rec 1965

The Cobras
Vocal & rhythm guitar: Ian Gane
Bass guitar & backing vocals: Peter Relton
Lead Guitar: Paul Mitchell (and Woodbines – a cheap cigarette)
Drums: John Williams

released June 29, 2018

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