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Halcyon Days ~ 60s Mod, R&B, Brit Soul & Freakbeat Nuggets: 3CD Clamshell Boxset

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  • Strawberry is a new Cherry Red imprint. Picking up where the mighty RPM Records have left off, Strawberry will shine a light on collectible 60s and 70s recordings, from themed compilations to single artist anthologies and occasional album reissues.
  • Halcyon Days is inspired by RPM’S bespoke compilations Looking Back, Keep Lookin’ and Night Comes Down. It charts the development of mod friendly beat music across three CDs from the jazzy R&B of Chris Farlowe, Duffy Power with Graham Bond and Zoot Money that opens disc one through horn laden Brit soul from Jimmy James, Geno Washington and The Richard Kent Style, ska from Mickey Finn & The Blue Men, girl group pop from The Chantelles and fuzz drenched freakbeat from The Pretty Things and The Worrying Kynde. On disc three the influence of psychedelia becomes apparent on offerings by Jason Crest, July and Dantalian’s Chariot.
  • Bands featured include The Animals, The Yardbirds, The Kinks, The Pretty Things, The Creation, The Action, The Artwoods, John’s Children, The Spencer Davis Group, Brian Auger & The Trinity and The Fleur De Lys.
  • There are early singles from future super stars David Bowie and Rod Stewart plus early recordings from Jimmy Page with Mickey Finn & The Blue Men and alongside Jeff Beck in The Yardbirds, Steve Howe in The In Crowd, Greg Lake in The Shame and Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker in The Graham Bond Quartet. Mick Fleetwood drums for The Bo Street Runners, future Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore backs Heinz, his Purple bandmate Jon Lord is organist in The Artwoods, Rolling Stone Bill Wyman produces The End and Denny Laine later to join Paul McCartney in Wings sings with The Moody Blues.
  • Producer Mike Hurst opens his archives allowing us to include freakbeat nuggets from The Australian Playboys, The Human Instinct, The Favourite Sons, Double Feature and The Oscar Bicycle plus orchestrated pop gems from the soulful Truly Smith, psychedelic The Alan Bown!, Swedish mods The Tages and dramatic singing twins Paul & Barry Ryan.
  • First time on CD rarities include British R&B, soul and mod beat tracks from The Athenians, The Fingers, The Candy Dates, Barney J. Barnes & The Intro, Kevin ‘King’ Lear, Dorian Gray, Barry St. John, Ray French, Laris McLennon and Sleepy plus there are previously unissued recordings by The SW4, The Union and The Trendbender Band.
  • Includes a booklet with track by track annotation, crammed full of rare pictures including gig posters, sheet music and band photos.


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    2. Buzz With The Fuzz Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds
    3. What'd I Say - Duffy Power With The Graham Bond Quartet
    4. Big Time Operator Zoot Moneys Big Roll Band
    5. Dont Bring Me Down The Animals
    6. Shake - Rod Stewart
    7. Little Bitty Pretty One Ronnie Jones
    8. I Feel Alright Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
    9. Just A Little Misunderstanding The Richard Kent Style
    10. Number One - The Stormsville Shakers
    11. See Saw - The Union
    12. Harlem Shuffle The Mike Cotton Sound
    13. I Cant Stand It The Athenians
    14. All I Need - Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
    15. Ive Been Weeping And Crying Laurel Aitken
    16. Try Me - Laris McLennon
    17. Well I Do - The Candy Dates
    18. The SW4
    19. I Love The Way You Walk Tony Rivers & The Castaways
    20. Look Away - The Fingers
    21. Hush Your Mouth Mickey Finn & The Blue Men
    22. Everytime I Do Rupert & The Red Devils
    23. Looking For My Baby (Ska Beat Version) - Laurel Aitken
    24. Can't Stand The Pain Barney J. Barnes & The Intro
    25. Watermelon Man The Mark Wirtz Orchestra & Chorus
    26. Baby Never Say Goodbye The Bo Street Runners
    27. (You Got) The Power Of Love Kevin 'King' Lear
    28. Gonna Get Burned The Chantelles
    29. Gotta Brand New Man - Barry St. John
    30. Stupidity - The Trendbender Band
    31. Biff, Bang, Pow The Creation
    32. Shes Got Everything(Mono Single Mix) The Kinks
    33. Do Anything You Say David Bowie
    34. I Take What I Want The Artwoods
    35. Buzz The Jerk The Pretty Things
    36. Bo Street Runner (Single Version) - The Bo Street Runners
    37. Stroll On - The Yardbirds
    38. Waltz For A Pig The Graham Bond Organisation (A.K.A. The Who Orchestra)
    39. Tiger - Brian Auger & The Trinity
    40. Mr. Pearly - Kevin 'King' Lear
    41. Get Goin' Baby - Dorian Gray
    42. Leavin Here - The Favourite Sons
    43. Come On Go (Demo) Force Four
    44. Gloria's Dream (Single Mix) Belfast Gypsies
    45. Remember Thomas À Becket Johns Children
    46. Why The End
    47. Gimme Little Sign Rainbow Ffolly
    48. No Problem - Phillip Goodhand-Tait & The Stormsville Shakers
    49. Makin' My Mind Up Katch 22
    50. Come On Baby Double Feature
    51. He Can Win The Moody Blues
    52. Am I Glad To See You The In Crowd
    53. Diggin For Gold David John & The Mood
    54. Im Not A Bad Guy - Heinz
    55. Got The Blame - The Worrying Kynde
    56. You've Got Something Pauls Troubles
    57. Walking Down A Backstreet  Dorian Gray
    58. Gun Me Down Ray French
    59. Shes Dangerous The Secrets
    60. Green Door (Mono Single Mix) - Wynder K. Frog
    61. Halcyon Days The Tages
    62. Look At The View The Action
    63. One Girl City - Fleur De Lys
    64. I'm A Man The Web
    65. Moonshine (Stereo) The Spencer Davis Group
    66. Mrs. Bailey's Barbecue And Grill - Sleepy
    67. Hold On Jason Crest
    68. Baby Get Your Head Screwed On - Double Feature
    69. The Room Revolves Around Me - The Oscar Bicycle
    70. Dreams Dont Bother Me The Shame
    71. Technicolour Dream (Mono Single Mix) The Alan Bown!
    72. This Is The First Time Truly Smith
    73. Keep It Out Of Sight Paul & Barry Ryan
    74. Your Way To Tell Me - Plastic Penny
    75. The Stamping Machine (Demo) - July
    76. Sad - The Australian Playboys
    77. Pink Dawn - The Human Instinct
    78. Baby You're Not To Blame Plastic Penny
    79. Fool From Upper Eden Andy Ellison
    80. 53 Summer Street - Turquoise
    81. Yes - Grapefruit
    82. Fourpenny Bus Ride Dantalians Chariot
    83. Doctor Rock (Single Mix) - Apple
    84. People! Let's Freak Out (Single Mix) - The Freaks Of Nature(alias Belfast Gypsies)
    85. Engine 4444 Quiet Melon
    86. Picture Of Her The Spencer Davis Group
    87. I'm Coming 'Round (To Her Way Of Thinking) Kris Ife
    88. Rest Cure The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

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