Went from covers to original material and never looked back.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Hollies – Live At Beat Club – May 28, 1966 – German TV
Taking a detour to the deep, dark past tonight with a live appearance by The Hollies, originally broadcast over German TV on May 28, 1966. One of those bands that set themselves apart from the initial British Invasion groups, their real distinction was their vocal harmonies – enhanced by the high registers of Graham Nash. When Nash went off to discover whole new vistas as a member of Crosby, Stills and Nash, something went missing from the magic ingredient of The Hollies. Although they were consistent hit-makers well into the 70s, it’s always their earlier material that reminds me what a great band they were.
Even at a little under 10 minutes, the band manages to pack enough in – but they could have done over an hour and it wouldn’t have dragged one bit.
A reminder of a great band during their formative days when 60s music was going through huge changes and everybody went along for the ride.
Magical mystery tour, indeed.
The Kinks – despite the squeaky clean exterior – the interior was mayhem.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 1964 -xx-xx Kinks in session – TOTP
Continuing the perennial favorites tonight with a session recorded by The Kinks for the BBC Top Of The Pops programe in December, 1964.
Always one of the more adventuresome and original of the initial British Invasion bands of the early 60s, The Kinks managed to weather all the changes in musical genres and still maintain a freshness.
But in 1964 they were something else, and their first big International hit, You Really Got Me just tore the place up.
Here it is in a live version, along with an interview, Cadillac and huge follow-up hit, All Day And All Of The Night.
Doesn’t really seem to age at all. But what do I know?
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Pretty Things – BBC Session – Nov. 27, 1967
One of those bands that hves been largely overlooked by the mainstream when it comes to talking about influential groups of the 60s. The Pretty Things were always considered just a little too “edgy” for the tastes of the conventional Pop world. As I said in an earlier post about them – had fate gone differently, The Pretty Things would have boasted the likes of Mick Jagger as vocalist, and their fortunes may have been considerably different. But that’s all speculation. The bottom line – The Pretty Things were a great band who have undergone changes over the years. Still together, but with a much different lineup, even from this 1967 incarnation of the band.
By 1967, The Pretty Things, like many bands who survived the first wave of the British Invasion, fell under the spell of Psychedelia. With a new label (EMI and the fledgling Harvest label) the band enlisted the talents of Norman Smith, who also produced the first efforts of Pink Floyd, and emerged with some memorable gems.
Tonight it’s a session the band recorded for The BBC on November 27, 1967 and it featured much of the fruit of the Norman Smith collaboration.
Here’s what’s on the player:
The Pretty Things In Session – BBC
November 27, 1967
1. Turn My Head
2. Defecting Grey
3. Walking Through My Dream
4. Balloon Burning
A far cry from the days of Midnight To Six Man and many years before the Silk Torpedo period. The Pretty Things were at that pivotal period when music was turned upside down one more time. And one more time they had something to say.
Really . . . turn this one up.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Nashville Teens – Tobacco Road – 1964
Just about every collector of Rock knows this track backwards and forwards and you’ve probably heard it at least a thousand times. But I remember hearing it for the first time when it came out and it’s stuck to me ever since. It’s just a great track by a band that was part of that enormous wave of talent known as The British Invasion of 1964. The Nashville Teens hit it huge with Tobacco Road, becoming a world-wide sensation early on. They had gotten great word of mouth as a live band, based on backing Jerry Lee Lewis during his UK tour in 1964.
But as the vagaries of Pop Music often work, they never really duplicated the intense popularity of their initial hit, and more or less faded from view as the 60’s wore on.
Like so many bands of the period, they were underrated and simply got lost in the shuffle. And where the fortunes of a hit record were dictated on how it placed on a chart limited to 40 other hopeful singles, there were very small windows of opportunity to be had.
So as a reminder of just how much of a miracle it is for any band to sustain their popularity over time, and to introduce those who aren’t familiar with this band, another entry in the vast catalog of worthy musicians who need a second hearing, here is Tobacco Road by The Nashville Teens.
The Kinks – In 1965 saw very public in-fighting.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Kinks In Session – Dec. 13, 1965
In what would wind up their last session at the BBC for two years, The Kinks cut three tracks on December 13, 1965.
Here’s what’s on the player tonight:
Kinks BBC Session
December 13, 1965
1. Well Respected Man
2. ‘Til The End Of The Day
3. Where Have All The Good Times Gone?
Dissension and very public squabbles brought a temporary halt to The Kinks as a group. Making matters worse was Ray Davies suffering a nervous breakdown, Dave Davies going briefly solo and Peter Quaife hospitalized from a serious car accident. It all spelled a serious setback for the band and rumors of their demise were taking on an air of fact.
But despite all that, The Kinks eventually regrouped and regained their popularity, with some of their most memorable material still ahead of them.
But in 1965 it was touch-and-go.
Scott Walker – an enigma, even then.
1. Click on the title – The Walker Bros. – Sweets For My Sweet – 1964
2. Click on the title – Walker Bros. – Zing, Went The Strings Of My Heart – 1964
Something unusual for The Roundtable tonight. Demo sessions recorded in Los Angeles in 1964 by the soon-to-become Walker Bros. One of those demo tracks did make it release (I Only Came To Dance With You), but the rest, it’s a bit fuzzy. These demo tapes wound up at Vee-Jay Records, who had been slowly changing their focus from strictly Blues and R&B to a more Pop-oriented label, having had the temporary distinction of releasing the first Beatles album in the U.S. and some of the first Beatles singles on the subsidiary Tollie label.
So it would seem a natural that Vee-Jay would be interested and the demo tapes were being offered on a license. Whatever happened, The Walker Brothers had a different set of fortunes awaiting them and these tapes were pretty much forgotten.
Tonight it’s two of those demo tracks, Sweets For My Sweet and the standard, Zing, Went The Strings Of My Heart, done in that inimitable Scott Walker fashion.
I was looking around to see if these demos had been issued in any form. At the moment, they don’t appear to be.
So something unusual, and pretty rare tonight from a group that went on to achieve worldwide popularity and to a founding member who has become an icon over the years.
It all had to start someplace.