Various ‘Unearthed Merseybeat Vol 2 The Golden Age 1961 – 1966’ CD/DL-027
Released: November 2004, CD-Download
The story of Merseybeat continues, focusing on its golden years from the early to mid 1960’s. These were the days when the sound of Merseybeat ruled the world, dominating the charts with hits on both sides of the Atlantic when anyone with a lovable Scouse accent could do no wrong. Some of the bands featured on this album became household names, whilst others completely disappeared – what they all have in common is that they all played an important part in popular music as we know it today. Most were influenced by the Rock ‘n’ Roll music of the mid to late 1950’s America. Many bands here are covering Rock ‘n’ Roll standards i.e Gerry and The Pacemakers ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’, and The Four Just Men ‘La Bamba’ . Other bands were inspired by Country Music which has always been popular in the North West of England i.e Denny Seyton and The Sabres ‘Big River’ ( In 1970 John Lennon said ‘ I heard country and western before I heard rock ‘n’ roll ). Some musicians took these influences and were inspired to write their own songs ( such as Jimmy Campbell of The Kirkbys and Gerry Marsden ). All these rarities have never been released.Liverpool has always been a City awash with musical talent and we can’t underestimate the influences of these Merseybeat pioneers.
1. The Kirkbys -‘ Penny in My Pocket ’: Masterpiece.1966.
2. Denny Seyton and The Sabres – ‘ Karen ’: Written by a window dresser named Bob Pryde. 1963.
3. Gerry and The Pacemakers – ‘ Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On ’: Recorded in a Church Hall in Crosby . 1961
4. The Four Justmen – ‘ Friday Night ’: Went on to become the psychedelic band Wimple Winch Circa 1964.
5. The Swinging Blue Jeans – ‘ 40 Miles of Bad Road ’ Live at The Mardi Gras : 1961
6. The Merseybeats – ‘ All I Have To Do Is Dream ’: One of their first Practice Sessions. 1962.
7. The Delmonts – ‘ Before You Accuse Me’ ’: This band went on to Hamburg were they met Freddie Starr who became their lead singer. They backed him for over 10 years. 1962.
8. The Newtowns – ‘ Please Stay ’ : The Band took it’s name from the TV Programme Z Cars. Circa 1965/66.
9. The Bo- Weevils – ‘ Keep your Hands Off Her ’ Handed in to Radio Merseyside a few years ago. Nothing is known about this band Circa 1965.
10. The Four Just Men – ‘La Bamba’ Mexican Merseybeat Circa 1964.
11. The Pathfinders – ‘ I’m Ashamed of You Baby ’ Recorded in a theatre one afternoon and features a melodica. 1962.
12. Denny Seyton and The Sabres- ‘ Big River ’: Johnny Cash Rockabilly classic. 1963.
13. Rory Storm and The Hurricanes – ‘ Lend Me Your Comb ’: A Rarity by the great Rory Storm post Ringo. 1965.
14. The Swinging Blue Jeans – ‘ Walk Don’t Run ’ : Live at The Mardi Gras- Cover of The Ventures hit. 1961.
15. The Cordes – ‘ Clarabella ’ : Little is known about this band except they had great Gibson guitars. Circa 1963.
16. Gerry and The Pacemakers -‘ Why Oh Why ’ : 1961.
17. Earl Preston and The TT’s featuring Cy Tucker on Lead Vocals – ‘ Bony Moronie’ : Energetic recording with rasping vocals. 1963.
18. The Merseybeats – ‘ So How Come (No One Loves Me ) ’: Their first living room practice session showing they had it from the start. 1962.
19. The Kirkbys – ‘ Bless You ’: Another classic song written by the legendary Jimmy Campbell. 1966.
20. The Newtowns – ‘ Over The Rainbow ’: This masterpiece ushers in a new era. Circa 1965/66
- ‘A sizable cache of sonic jewels-an essential second raid of the merseybeat vaults’ Tim Peacock, Whisperin and Hollerin, Dec. 2004
- ‘Fascinating’ MOJO, Jan 2005
- ‘It’s rare to come across a compilation on which every track is undeniably great’ Terry Banks, The Big Takeover, June 2005
- ‘The Viper boys gone done it again. Fascinating’ Mike Barnes, 4 Star review, Record Collector, March 2005