What’s the best love song of all time?

Billy Ocean… Suddenly – Billy Ocean

Nikki Habson… The Lake House – This Never Happened Before

Mick Curtis… Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

Sue Bennett… I cant make you love me George Michael’s version is beautiful

Andy Ives… Princes version is great too

Malcolm Sharp… Michael Bolton, said i love but i lied, listen to the words properly

Mark Rodrigues… My Girl by The Temptations springs to mind. Not sure if it’s a love song though or tribute. Here, There & Everywhere by The Beatles otherwise.

Martin Curcher…… Not into love songs, but if I have to chose one it would have to be something like, Extreme – More than Words.

Stella Huggett… Move Closer by Phyllis Nelson and Nothing Going Stop Us by Starship – I know that’s 2 but couldn’t choose between them.

Eric Harmer… My ding a ling

Paul Crimin… lol. Chuck Berry’s only no: 1 in this country.

Chris Jolly… I’ve told you before… keep your Ding a Ling out of this Chuck!

Paul Crimin… Still – Lionel Richtea.

Roger Collier… O Caroline – Matching Mole

Francoise Pascal…Show and Tell by Al Wilson. Beautiful love song! Xxx

Dave Paul… Welcome Home by Walter Jackson

Jack Apps… I got three

Alan Pepper… Many by Stevie Wonder but My Cherie Amour is a classic

Les Harding (Centre Page)… I don’t believe in miracles – Colin Blunstone. Stunning song at the time

Clifford Rose… In my life – The Beatles

SMART SOUNDS by Colin Bell reviewing Sockin’ It To You by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels (3CD deluxe digipak)

SOCKIN’ IT TO YOU   Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels  (3CD deluxe digipak)
I am so pleased to receive this and bring it to you! Amongst some of the first promo singles I received in the second half of the 60’s was a single of ‘Jenny Take A Ride/C.C. Rider’ by then unknown to me band Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels. Its impact on me was immediate, the record was just bursting out of the speakers with an energy that crackled and fizzed like nothing i’d heard in a long time I became a fan there and then and played the record tirelessly at my mobile disco gigs, if you didn’t want to get up and dance to it you had no pulse! Now RPM Records have released this collection and what a collection it is. Five albums, single’s, non Lp sides and tracks making their CD debut here. All of this material was recorded between 1966 – 1969 for the Bob Crewe owned Dynovoice and New Voice Recordings labels. Bob Crewe as you may know was a prolific (and hugely successful) producer for amongst many others The Four Seasons, The Toy’s and Lou Christie. Mitch & the Wheels had been together for a few years at this point playing and paying their dues around the college/club circuit in the Detroit area, where they had earned a fine live reputation. Its fair to say when you mention Detroit your mind immediately turns to Motown who were producing so many hit singles and making stars of so many acts but if you were a rock orientated kid MR&TDW were THE band you were listening too. There was some crossover in that the band did cover Motown and James Brown, but in their own inimitable style. The next single that I loved was the mash up of Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly another slice of pure energy. Now that’s twice (without apology) i’ve used the word ‘energy’ because that is the pure essence of the band, seldom have I ever heard that caught on record in the way that Mitch & the boys managed to do, the nearest comparison I can think of, is those early Geno Washington ‘live’ albums. Mitch’s blue eyed soul vocal, wicked guitar licks and bursts of brass get into you on a visceral level, your head starts to nod, your feet to move and you just tend to smile..a lot! There are so many great tracks on this 65 track definitive overview its impossible to have a favourite or pick out the ‘best’ cuts because the standard is just so consistently high, whether its old standards/favourites like ‘Shake A Tail Feather’, ‘Come See About Me’ ‘Bring It On Home To Me’ ‘Walkin The Dog’or Bob Crewe originals like ‘Sock It To Me’ ‘Shakedown’ ‘I’d Rather Go To Jail’ and ‘Wild Child’ all are delivered in such a satisfying fashion. I’ve been fortunate enough to see Bruce Springsteen live on four occasions (arguably the greatest live performer) and on two occasions he’s played, what he likes to call, ‘The Detroit Medley’ his own tribute to MR&TDW who he holds in the highest esteem, I think that’s praise indeed and quite rightly so. For some inexplicable reason the band are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, when some lesser bands I could mention are, a travesty for sure and one which I hope Springsteen, and other high profile fans like Alice Cooper and Bob Seger apply pressure to put right. I have to add my own tribute in that ‘Little Latin Lupe Lu’ as written by the great Bill Medley and recorded by him and Bobby (Righteous Brothers) is covered and included on this set, and I never thought i’d say this, is bettered by Mitch and the boys, the highest praise I can give from me. Next week on Wednesday (26th) it’ll be Mitch’s birthday, he’ll be 75, and im pleased to say he’s still out there doing what he does best and long may that continue. Thank you RPM for issuing this package, the audio quality and liner notes impeccable as ever. I’ll leave you with this vid from 1966.,,,,,enjoy.

for more information go to https://www.cherryred.co.uk

Till next time……………………….. Colin

Mick O’Dowd… Highly underated band. Loved ’em!

Tony Burns and The Niteshades, Parkers Mood, Tony Jackson Group. Witch Doctor memories.

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all photos supplied by Martin Page.

photo 1 Tony Burns and The Niteshades. Left to right: Dennis Smith, organ; Martin Page, lead guitar; Tony Burns, vocals; Brian Ward, bass guitar; Ian Gilbert, drums; Ken Hollingsworth, rhythm guitar.

photo 2  Parkers Mood. Left to right: Ian (Bonky) Bellamy, vocals; George Jensen, bass; Martin Page, lead guitar; Ray Wells, drums; Dave Martin, Hammond Organ.

Martin Page…Tony Burns and The Niteshades played The Witch Doctor on Saturday 20th February 1965.  I did play at the Witch Doctor again on 27th August 1966 with a different band, Parkers Mood, were the support band. Three guys in Parker’s Mood (from left: 2, 4 & 5 played in the Tony Jackson Group at the Witch Doctor on 5th August 1967. I was later in The Gass Company and we had one record released in early ’68. Bill Hurd, the organist and songwriter went on to find fame with The Rubettes.

Anyone remember seeing Tony Burns and The Niteshades, Parkers Mood or The Tony Jackson Group at The Witch Doctor?

Clara Reulbach… Does anybody know Ian Bellamy?

 

Woodstock Film – Classic Cinema Hastings February 1971

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Andy Qunta… Fabulous!

Alan Esdaile… I wonder why they gave the film a ‘x’ certificate? I remember a bit of nudity and swearing but apart from that great music.

Jeanette Jones… I still remember the atmosphere in the cinema too, Like nothing l’d experienced before, Now l’d call it loving energy:-) Dancing in the walk ways, The X rating probably due to it’s anti war stance, l remember Country Joe and the Fish and it’s 123 what are we fighting for? etc, Think Joan Baez did a peace song too, What do others remember?

Patrick Lewis… Santana ‘Soul Sacrifice’.

Alan Esdaile… I remember singing along to Country Joe and the Fish Jeanette and I think we clapped and cheered when something good came on.

John Wilde… Thats when I learned best not to take LSD at a movie theatre.

Dave Nattress… An absolute Milestone in Rock Culture, as for me at least was the film, Easy Rider and The Isle of Wight Festivals and Bath (Shepton Mallet), 1970?

Jeanette Jones… Santana stole the show but l loved Janice and no one but Hendrix could have performed Star Spangled Banner with such irony and showmanship;-)

Pete Prescott… Avoid me more than ever ! I’m a Woodstock bore! I still have the triple album and the directors cut dvd plus a couple of books. I payed this album to death ! I saw the film in Erith when it first came out. Creams farewell concert was on first then Woodstock. I’ll never forget it ! Crosby Stills Nash and Young were big for me. I used to open the windows to my bedroom and wait for the neighbours to come home then play the “fish cheer” (what a plonker! ) I so wanted to be there. I was 13 and living in a small village in North Kent.

Glenn Piper… I remember the haze from all the ‘smoking’ that was going on in the cinema. I was in the balcony for this.

Tony Court-holmes… I was with you glen that day.

Glenn Piper… Yes, a good day all round. We must get together sometime soon Tony

Alan Esdaile… you could join us at the next SMART meeting on Friday 19th February 2016 at 3.30pm at The White Rock Hotel.

Jeanette Jones… Always a good place to meet too:-)

Andy Qunta…  I saw that couple from the cover being interviewed a few years ago. They’re still together!  I loved the movie, of course!

Alan King… Great managerial decisions of our time : Keef Harley Band’s manager ‘you’re not filming our boys without more money’ – ‘OK then we won’t film your boys’ – Miller Anderson’s recollection of Woodstock https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2vdsr0Msls

Angela Frances Gardner… I’ve still got my triple album cost me £7.50p.

The Culprits – Royal Standard 19th February 2006

The Culprits playing at the Royal Standard. (Martin Blackman, Kevin Hoad, Chris Barrett, Phil Gill) 19th February 2006

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Photo collage by Peter Millington

Alan Esdaile… Phil Gill with his happy face on! Martin seems to have got the hang of levitation.

Phil Gill….I’m guessing my happy face is because someone had just yelled “Can you do Mustang Sally?!!” in my ear for the fourth time that week

Martin Blackman….Blimey’ forget about this line up, must be time for a reunion! “Mustang Sally Denied”

Robert Searle… Now, come on Phil, you know it’s your favourite number

Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Shaft and Tzar – Hastings Pier 19th Feb 1972

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poster supplied by Andy Knight

Phil Gill… I was there.

Chris Giles… That’s one I went too. I do remember going to see AG&D

Nick Webb… Was i there ? let me know

Mick O’Dowd… Good band!. Remember seeing them on a young Channel 4 show called “Gas Tank” that was hosted by Rick Wakeman and was a live show rather than mimed but was very short lived. Does anyone else remember it?

Martin Round… They were class! I reckon in the 70s Andy Killick and I were at every gig and a few others we knew came along periodically.

Alan Esdaile… Don’t remember who Tzar were?

Chris Giles… I don’t either but usual frequented the bar before the top act

Andy Knight… Tony Barraclough? Not sure?

Sarah Fox… Resurrection Shuffle, One of my all time favourite tracks. 🎶 great to see them playing.

Eugene Hughes… What a great song. Another around at that time was Family In My Own Time.

Alan King… Tony Ashton was a good friend of mine, that man could drink for England (Scotland, Wales & Ireland all put together,,and more) it was he who gave the name to Derek & The Dominoes, he used to always refer to Clapton as Derek

Ray Bates… Tzar- Tony and Dave Barraclough, Brendan Bourne, Dick Wild and Trevor Cheney. Hastings Grammar School’s finest.

St Claire – Record & Show Shop of St Leonards 1964

Anyone remember this shop?

Pete Fisher… I don’t remember the shop, as I lived the other side of town, and went to the Disc Jockey, but I remember the prices, and how the 11d trick was used to make it look cheaper…

David Edwards… If you lived in Hastings you always shopped at Big Al’s the Disc Jockey.

Magma, Esperanto with Keith Christmas – Hastings Pier 8th March 1974

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poster supplied by Mick Mepham. photo source http://magmamusic.org

Signed poster supplied by Peter Houghton

Geoff Peckham….I was there that night. I was knocked out by Magma. They’d thrown away the rule book. The singer (Christian Vander?) even sang in his own made-up language. The perfect antidote to Eurotrash!

Terry Pack….I was at that one, too. Magma were amazing. I got to meet Keith Christmas during the 1980s. He lived in Kingston near Nick Magnus, with whom I used to write songs around that time.

John Wilde…. I was there also, Greatly impressed by Magma and the singing in tongues.

Mick Mepham….. They’re my favouritest band in the whole world! Saw them in ’73 supporting someone I can’t remember, then this one and loads subsequently. They’re still going and are utterly awesome (I don’t use that word lightly). The language Vander wrote is called Kobaiian and it suits the music well. The best drummer I’ve ever seen (apologies to all others) and some of the most intriguing music ever. They wipe me out whenever I see them, though I don’t think they play here anymore so I haven’t witnessed a gig for several years now. Have a look at their show at the Trianon in Paris on their 30th anniversary. Excellent! etc etc sorry …..babbling now. Esperanto were also a really good band and Keith Christmas too. Ahhhhh those were the days hahahahahahahha …..

John Wilde… Excellent gig. Wish I had this poster Mick.

Terry Huggins… Magma are still around aren’t they? Their last album, Félicité Thösz, was only released a couple of years ago.

Peter Fairless… Still putting out CDs, Terry

Mick Mepham… Magma were and still are my favourite band. Awe-inspiring live and good recorded. They’re still pretty big in Europe. Too “out-there” to be commercial but a great band. Hurrah!!John, I’ll send you a copy…..

Phil Thornton… another gig I was at ! – both bands were great !! – not that I understood it all, but I still knew it was great !

Tony Court-holmes… that is a very worrying photo.

Peter Houghton… That was a great night both bands played great set’s and I was introduced to the amazing Keith Christmas and i went out and brought his Brighter Day Album

Alan Esdaile… I remember seeing him live and the track Robin Head.

David Alan Roberts… Sadly, I declined to go to a Magma gig when at university: financial constraints forced me into selecting the gigs I could attend! Of course, friends of mine who attended the gig wouldn’t shut up about how good, goofy and original they were…to my chagrin. Circa 1974, this was. However, a few years earlier, I remember being totally spellbound by Keith Christmas’ acoustic guitar technique at the (fairly) well-known Les Cousins club in Soho. He was a solo performer at that time.

 

Who had one of this record racks for vinyl 7″ singles?

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Julie Findlay-jones… Me.

Christian Burton… I had one, I loved the ring it made when you run your finger along it

Dennis Torrance… I remember the record racks also seeing this has reminded me of the old jukebox’s the centre removed out of singles

Pete Prescott… Had one for albums as well !

Peter Bridger… Still have!

Tony Court-holmes… ask Andre

Jim Breeds… The worst thing ever invented for looking after your vinyl.

Peter Fairless… Not quite as bad as the Ronko Scratch-matic Cleaner, Jim.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KqhuKRLb4o

Kevin White… SCRATCH being the operative word!

Jim Breeds… The way he holds records with his fingers on the groove!!! 😱 Capital punishment isn’t a thing anymore is it? 🙁 And why throw popcorn at your LP? String him up!

Virginia Davis… The reason most of my vinyl covers are tatty !!

Peter Brazier… Yes! (Not the best of storage ideas lol

Peter Houghton… They were useless to use and often ruined the record sleeve

Derek Doyle…I maybe need one lol

Ricky Adelaide… Made one at school

Pat Burgess… Still have mine

Jeff Belton… I had 10 of them, because I had so many 7 inch singles.