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PICKETTYWITCH/POLLY BROWNE/SWEET DREAMS – THE ANTHOLOGY 1969-1976 (2CD)
This 52 track compilation covers the complete recordings made by Pickettywitch, Polly Browne’s solo album and her Sweet Dreams collaboration with Tony Jackson. Best remembered for the January 1970 top 5 hit ‘That Same Old Feeling’ and for those with long memories the follow up ‘Its Like A Sad Old Kinda Movie’ Polly and Co made some breezy sunshine pop. At this distance 46 years on (where did the time go!) listening to this compilation the Pickettywitch material, apart from the aforementioned hits is not particularly memorable to be fair, its all a little too samey, although the album did sell well at the time. However Polly’s solo album is far more satisfying with some nice takes on ‘To Love Somebody’, ‘The Composer’ and especially ‘Amoureuse’ which Polly recorded months before Kiki Dee but didn’t release til after Kiki had hit with it. Her voice given more free rein from the confines of PW has a breathy quality very reminiscent of the great Dionne Warwick which is very appealing.
The last half of disc 2 is devoted to Sweet Dreams. Polly teamed up with Tony Jackson ex Skatalite and lead singer of Gullivers People, co-incidentally there has been recent discussion of GP elsewhere on SMART, Abba had yet to release their ‘Honey Honey’ track in the UK, Polly seeing its potential was quick to record it and was rewarded with a return to the charts with a Top Ten hit. I actually prefer this version much as I admire Abba. Although not included on this comp she also recorded ‘Up Up In A Puff Of Smoke’ on the same day as HH, which was also to become a hit, a good day in the studio for our Polly. The combination of Polly and Tony’s vocals blend very well and a nice surprise for me is the inclusion of their version of ‘I Just Want To Stay Here’ the Gerry Goffin/Carole King song made famous by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme and a guilty favourite for this old reviewer! So in conclusion overall a good package, excellent sleevenotes and great sound quality. Now if RPM would be kind enough to do the same with PYE labelmates The Paper Doll’s i’d be a happy bunny!
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Til next time…………. Colin
supplied by Lol Cooksey
Lol Cooksey, Terry Corder, Gary Broughton, Dick Parkhouse.
Yvonne Cleland… That’s TC!
Phil Gill… I know two of the Fokkers.
Phil Thornton… so do I ….
Tim Moose Bruce… saw them on the pier. they were support act for Budgie 1981 or 1982
Will Cornell… Can’t read the other bass drumhead…if it says “Mutha” I’m afraid he’s either set them up backwards or he got his gear mixed up with that belonging to a hardcore hiphop/rap act……
Tony Court-holmes… lol with hair
Linda Day… I was in same class at school as Terence Corder.
Mick O’Dowd… He became a teacher I believe Linda
Stephen Winterbottom… I was in a couple of bands with Gary back in the day and I’ve been trying to track him down and get in contact… Anyone know if he is still in the Bexhill/Hastings area?
If anyone has contact info for him it would be awesome!!
Alan Esdaile… Happy to pass on any information to Steve.
ticket and poster supplied by Mick Mepham
Terry Pack…. was too young (14) to have gone to the Pier to see Stackridge in 1972. I went to a lot of gigs between 73 and 76 before I went pro, after which I almost never went again for many years, being too busy playing myself. I really enjoyed the gigs on the pier, often enjoying the support bands more than the headline acts.
Phil Gill of Stallion….At the De La Warr I remember playing bass and 12 string at that gig – we had an idea for a Genesis type song and if Mike Rutherford could do it, then… It was also one of the last gigs Stallion played with Tony Bridger on guitar. I was also present at the Stackridge pier gig and remember it as big fun.
Terry Pack.…That was one of the first times, if not the very first time, that I heard you play, in that case, I suspect, although I might have heard you on a gig or two in Hastings before that. As you know, I can’t remember very much about the distant past! I don’t actually remember the De La Warr gig, I just recall going to it and enjoying it. That was a good period for music in Bexhill, usually a bit of desert for gigs that weren’t Centre Page.
Michael Mepham…. still have one of the Stackridge dustbin lids. They were for the song Let There Be Lids (dustbin ones) Hurrah!
John Wilde….Yep I performed with Stallion this night.
Martin Waghorne… Great night @ the De La Warr. Can’t believe it was only £1:00.
supplied by Harry Randall
John Petrie lead guitar, Phil Booth vocals, Roger Messier bass, Harry Randall rhythm guitar and Archie Pelham on drums.
Yvonne Cleland… Aaaah – Battle dances. Those were the days!
Jacqueline Marsh… Yea, we did a few gigs out there and I went there earlier this year for a meeting, and so many memories came flooding back. This was one of the first places my mum and dad ever saw me performing with the Debs and my mum said, Jacqueline, your a different person when your up on the stage, never forgotten it, bless her.
Harry Randall… John was using a Selmer Zodiac,Roger the good old treble and bass and me Harry a certain triangular Watkins I’d give my right arm to own now I then moved onto a Selmer Thunderbird thirty the one with those brass legs that got caught on everything when wheeling it about!
poster supplied by Mick Mepham, ad supplied by Sarah Harvey
The Executives from Brighton. supplied by Mick O’Dowd
Alan Esdaile…. Mick O’Dowd promotion
Mick O’Dowd… Headlights were a brilliant band and I had already promoted them at The Caves( Those were the days!) and was so impressed that I put them on my first Pier Gig. Does anybody have any info or pics of them? I thought they could have gone on to greater things as did another of my promotions, Smeggy & The Cheesey Bits who morphed into King Kurt!
James Sadia… One pound!! blinkin extortion!
Chris Boorman… Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated!
Mick O’Dowd… I know how to rip-’em-off James!
Gavin Martin… Executives- not the Roy Carr (untaggable) band?
Tony Davis says…. Hi everybody on SMART. I’me looking for a disco and dj for a private party in Surrey on 22 October 2016. Is anybody interested and if so how much would you charge please.
Happy to pass on any messages to Tony.
Tony Davis… I think someone sent me a message in response to this post but I seem to have lost it. Can you message again please
all photos supplied by Peter Horton
Peter Horton… Photo 1 shows us playing at The Swedish Students Party at Glyne Hall ,Sackville Road, Bexhill-On-Sea. Left to Right:- Ian Rolls ( Manager ), Chris Burt ( Base Guitar ), Ted Barnes ( Vocals ) & Pete Horton ( Rhythm Guitar ). Photo 2 shows the same evening:- Left To Right:- Chris Burt ( Base Guitar ), Ted Barnes ( Vocals ), Pete Horton – (Rhythm ) & Bob Laurie ( Lead Guitar ). Photo 3 shows the same evening:- Ian McGilvray (Drums ). Photo 4 shows our play list for that evening 25th June, 1966 at The Glyne Hall, Sackville Road, Bexhill-On-Sea. Photo 5 shows three of us at our practice at a garage in Peartree Lane, Little Common, Bexhill-On-Sea:- Left To Right:- Chris Burt ( Base Guitar ), Bob Laurie ( Lead Guitar ) and Pete Horton ( Rhythm Guitar.
Geoff Peckham… Thanks for these, Peter. I never saw the band, but was mates with Ted Barnes’ younger brother, Steve. Through him I met Bob Laurie and another brilliant Blues guitarist, Patrick Gaffney. I played bass in some jams at the Barnes residency around ’67, ’68 and that’s where I fell in love with the Blues.
Ian McGilvray… Love the jacket the Drummer is wearing !
Robert Searle… Why do people. play in front of the drummer . You’re right Mac ,what a great jacket ,you must have got hot wearing that.
Mick O’Dowd… Well Robert Searle haven’t you already realise that the drummer likes sitting at the back ‘cos that is where they’ve always been!
Geoff Peckham… A great set list. Only wish I could have heard them playing it. Bob Laurie was a great guitarist but was uncomfortable with public performance. He taught me one or two things about Blues guitar when I was about 15 including the use of the 9th chord.
Gaynor Duke… Ted Barnes is my brother in law and is still singing and plays good guitar now.
Alan Esdaile… Hi Gaynor Duke, please pass on the photos to Ted Barnes and it would be good to get some comments from him and other photos if he has any. Thanks.
Ted Barnes (Via Gaynor Duke)… The Swedish Student gig took place on his 17th birthday, he had seen the photos before but the set list triggered memories!
Chris Burt… Well done Pete. Different Times! I played BASS guitar – probably not very well!
Peter Fairless… Nice playlist!