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  6th Jun 2012, 12:29 PM#1  QUOTE  REPORT  
YankeeDisc

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....a great list, thanks biffbampow for taking the trouble to post them, all in order of release as well. I shall be returning to this list again and again, as part of my education into the late Mr. Meek.

Edited by YankeeDisc on 6th Jun 2012, 12:30 PM

  6th Jun 2012, 12:53 PM#2  QUOTE  REPORT  
biffbampow

Hanging in my infant air...
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Thank you. You're very welcome. I tried to be as diverse as possible, spanning the whole 1959 to 1967 era and trying my best to place them into the context of the changing times.. Was great fun listening to them all again and I hope you will enjoy discovering some of the gems you may have overlooked.

Edited by biffbampow on 6th Jun 2012, 1:18 PM

  6th Jun 2012, 1:52 PM#3  QUOTE  REPORT  
deltic37

Im like a big fat spider with one thing on my mind
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A very good selection indeed and plently of useful info. Those who are fans of RGM will always have their own favourites, one I would have certainly added being the Blue Rondos 'Little Baby' to me one of the best pop songs of all time. Once again biffbampow thanks for the the list...


  7th Jun 2012, 5:11 AM#4  QUOTE  REPORT  
Strawberry_Lynn

Joined: Mar 2012
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How do I find this list?


  7th Jun 2012, 8:53 AM#5  QUOTE  REPORT  
deltic37

Im like a big fat spider with one thing on my mind
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Hi Strawberry-Lynn - Just click on the link at top of the page... :-)


  4th Nov 2012, 7:57 AM#6  QUOTE  REPORT  
Rich McLean

Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 6
Thanks for sharing this list. I came across it on a search for something else. Am now hooked to the site. Will make sure I post some images of Meek related stuff soon.
Glad to see there are other folks out there collecting similar stuff. I'm with deltic37 on the Blue Rondos 'Little Baby' an absolute classic.


  5th Nov 2012, 11:33 AM#7  QUOTE  REPORT  
sladesounds

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biff...
A great list and a great bit of info on each of the tracks.

:thumbsup:


  5th Nov 2012, 1:50 PM#8  QUOTE  REPORT  
Malice-Cooper

Joined: May 2009
Posts: 537
It says little is known of Judy Cannon. I always assumed she was the Australian singer ?

http://first-decade-of-rock.com/JudyCannon.htm


  5th Nov 2012, 2:20 PM#9  QUOTE  REPORT  
biffbampow

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Malice-Cooper wrote:
It says little is known of Judy Cannon. I always assumed she was the Australian singer ?

http://first-decade-of-rock.com/JudyCannon.htm

Thank you for this - that's a priceless find. Until now, I had no real idea about her apart from a reference in a sleeve note that she was Australian since the old sleeve note writers couldn't find much more info on her. There are quite a few Meek artistes for whom information is sparse and until now, Judy was one of them.

Thanks everybody for the comments and praise - glad you enjoy the list which indeed I tried to make as diverse and informative as possible. As with any kind of personal faves list, other Meek freaks would pick different songs and eras. "Little Baby" is usually in such lists... I don't dislike it but it's nothing spectacular to my ears either. "Please Stay" is another and it kinda pained me to admit in the list that it does nothing for me either though again, many Meek freaks herald it as being one of his very best later productions.

I do think that Meek's later years are generally ignored and shunned, often written off with sneers that he was "behind the times" so in some ways this list is my argument against that, highlighting he wasn't behind the times and that there is some great stuff lurking in there.

For those of you who might not have the funds required to buy all these 45's then I recommend several CD's to get some of these gems.

First port of call has to be the 2005 "Alchemist Of Pop" double CD - that's a really good selection of hits and highlights spanning the whole RGM era - it's very solid.

This page features a good list of compilations - for those of you getting started I recommend...

The Joe Meek Story: The Pye Years
Let's Go: Joe Meek's Girls
The Joe Meek Collection: Intergalactic Instro's
RGM Rarities, Vol. 2: The Beat Group Era

Between them a good diverse selection of singles tracks with a peppering of rarities. Add to these the 2 CD collections featuring all the John Leyton, Tornados, and Heinz recordings and you'll have a good amount of material to keep you busy plus of course the RPM Glenda Collins disc. After that, go for the rest. The 4 CD boxset from 2005 is great but only really for the diehard fans since it has a high proportion of unreleased material which are best appreciated once you're familiar with the main body of work.



  5th Nov 2012, 6:22 PM#10  QUOTE  REPORT  
Malice-Cooper

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With Judy Cannon I think it's one of those things you read about and assume everybody knew already !

The obscure bits are usually much better e.g.

Shade Joey (Brendon Claypole) was a Baptist minister in Frinton-On-sea in the mid 80s. He was originally from Braintree where my dad had a shop until 1992 and they knew each other well. Shade Joey and the Night Owls used to be a resident band in a downstairs bar there in the 60s. I got talking to him because I went into the music industry as a session musician in 1984 and he told me some stories !

I would put "Bluebirds over the mountain" in my top 10 RGMs too but then I'm biased towards it

Some great recommendations there for CD compilations. I started with the double CD Pye sets more than 20 years ago now. They're probably long deleted.




  5th Nov 2012, 8:12 PM#11  QUOTE  REPORT  
biffbampow

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Malice-Cooper wrote:
I would put "Bluebirds over the mountain" in my top 10 RGMs too but then I'm biased towards it

Some great recommendations there for CD compilations. I started with the double CD Pye sets more than 20 years ago now. They're probably long deleted.

Quite offbeat and quirky that Shade Joey disc for it's time! Intriguing to hear what became of him!

Indeed the Pye Years CD's are long out of print, which is a shame because that first double CD set was my first Meek CD and hugely enjoyable at that. The second volume I'd guess is harder to find... never saw many copies of that around.

I think one of the rarest CD's of all must be the first Glenda Collins one which was on Connoisseur Collection featuring just the Meek singles. The later RPM one is better since it takes in the earlier pre-Meek Decca singles and a batch of outtakes from the RGM archives.

Ultimately though, RGM is best heard from the original 45's but one needs a lot of cash and patience to get them all in that format!


  23rd Feb 2013, 5:54 AM#12  QUOTE  REPORT  
nobby s

Joined: Feb 2013
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Glenda Collins Thou Shalt Not Steal is a completely different song to the one recorded by Freddie and The Dreamers.The one that she recorded was a cover of the Dick and Deedee version penned by John D Loudermilk.Freddie's song was written by Scott and as previously mentioned is a totally different song.


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