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Firebeats, Inc: Expanded Edition - Firebeats, Inc

Firebeats, Inc: Expanded Edition
•    Norway’s Firebeats, Inc. issued one album in the Sixties. Yet their rough-edged music is now recognised as amongst the world’s greatest. As one of the world’s most collectible exponents of ‘freakbeat’, original copies of 1966’s Firebeats, Inc. album now sell for $1000.

•    This first-ever legal reissue of their fantastic album is a belated opportunity to revel in one of Norway’s greats – one of the world’s greats. Twenty years before a-ha put Norway on the musical map, Firebeats, Inc. tried their damndest to do so. With an in-house songwriting powerhouse Yngve Bjerke, they were built for success. Yet opportunities to be heard beyond Norway’s borders were limited. A rarity for the era, Firebeats, Inc. was all original compositions.

•    RPM International’s expanded edition of Firebeats, Inc. adds their non-album singles and an outtake from the album sessions – collecting their complete 1964-1968 recordings.  

•    With liner notes by Norwegian music expert Jon Vidar Bergan, this is the final word on Firebeats. Inc.. Bergan is the editor and co-author Norsk Pop & Rock Leksikon, the definitive encyclopedia of Norwegian popular music.

•    This, RPM International’s initial journey to Norway, follows the label’s recent first Icelandic release: Poppsaga: Iceland’s Pop Scene 1972–1977. With Denmark, Finland and Sweden already covered, RPM International is the authoritative home for the greatest music from Scandinavia’s past.

•    This CD is released 21st April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

1.    FUNNY THINGS
2.    I NEVER KNEW THE SUN COULD SHINE SO BRIGHTLY AT NIGHT
3.    GOODBYE TO THIS WORLD
4.    CRYING
5.    I DIDN'T KNOW
6.    ALONE AGAIN
7.    DON´T BELIEVE THEM
8.    I CAN´T FIND NOBODY
9.    TRYING TO MAKE YOU SEE
10.  MORE AND MORE EACH DAY
11.  THIS RAIN
12.  BABY, GO ON HOME
13.  IT'S NO MATTER HOW I TRY
14.  THE GIRL THAT I DEPEND ON
15.  DON'T THROW STONES
16.  WHY HAVE I THAT FEELING
17.  LET ME TELL YOU
18.  LITTLE GIRL
19.  HEMMELIG AGENT
20.  VI SKAL IKKE KLAGE
21.  OH, CAROL
22.  BE MY BABY
23.  JACK THE RIPPER
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Imagine coming off the back of a defunct group, with no hits, but who have admittedly just released one of the best pop psych singles in the UK ever, and being thrown into George Martins Air Studios on a publishing/production deal and told there you are boys "make an album".

A slight license with the factual there but essentially this is what happened to Martin Briley and Brian Engel .In 1969, late of Mandrake Paddle Steamer and their classic 'Strange Walking Man', these late teens art students were given access to Air Studios and budgets for orchestras plus musicians to come up with hit singles. What they actually came up with was an almost concept album that exhibited all that had influenced them to that point, and let loose their humour and imagination. Sadly with the exception of one single ('Pale Green Vauxhall Driving Man') released under the name Prowler, a couple of years after the event, the recordings lay on the shelf, and are released for the first time now.

Briley played with GreAenslade and then as session guitarist with the Hunter Ronson band, Meatloaf and Ellen Foley. Three solo albums and a US top 40 hit 'Salt In My Tears' followed. He continues as a songwriter for international artists and backing vocalist.

 
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Hello Everyone - Popsike Sparks From Denmark Street 1968-70
•    Between 1968 and 1970, some of the finest, most obscure British psychedelic pop singles of the era escaped on the Spark label, the newly-inaugurated recording arm of long-established publishers Southern Music.  

•    Recorded in the basement studio of the company’s Denmark Street premises, these tracks often featured the same cabal of musicians and songwriters, leading to a homogenous in-house style that perfectly encapsulates the late 1960s British pop-psych studio sound.  

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TRACK LISTING

1.    HELLO EVERYONE - Sir Ching I
2.    ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE  STAIRS - Timothy Blue
3.    SMOKEY BLUE’S AWAY - A New Generation
4.    THE LAUGHING MAN - John Carter & Russ Alquist
5.    BABY COME BACK TO ME - Simon De Lacy
6.    THE WALL - The Fruit Machine
7.    HEARTBREAKER - The Baby
8.    CHERRYWOOD GREEN - Just William
9.    YOU’RE STILL MINE - The Eggy
10.    POLICE IS HERE - A New Generation
11.    FOLLOW ME - The Fruit Machine
12.    SHE WON’T SEE THE LIGHT - Timothy Blue
13.    HOUSE FOR SALE - Val McKenna
14.    SADIE & HER MAGIC MR GALAHAD - The New Generation
15.    MIDSUMMER DREAMING - John Carter & Russ Alquist
16.    HOOKY - The Eggy
17.    WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN - Eartha Kitt
18.    MICHAEL BLUES – The Baby
19.    HIAWATHA MINI HA HA LOVE - Sir Ching I
20.    THE OLD IRON BELL - Gene Latter
21.    CUDDLY TOY - The Fruit Machine
22.    MR C - A New Generation
23.    THE DEVIL RIDES OUT - Icarus
24.    GIVE A HAND TO THE CLOWN - Carlew Choir
25.    DIGGER - The New Generation
26.    I’M ALONE TODAY - The Fruit Machine
27.    HURDY GURDY MAN - Eartha Kitt



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North Star
Curved Air features original members SONJA KRISTINA and FLORIAN PILKINGTON-MIKSA with classic era guitarist KIRBY GREGORY.  They are joined by violinist Paul Sax, keyboardist Robert Norton and bass player Chris Harris.

NORTH STAR is the band’s first album featuring new studio material since 1976 !

The full length CD features a mixture of re-recordings, cover songs and seven new original songs, all housed in a lavish digi-pack.  

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(CRVE 001) A lavish digi-pack featuring a full live CD and bonus DVD (NTSC) with a music video and EPK.

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Spark Of Love (Expanded Edition)
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This 2014 SoulMusic Records reissue also includes US R&B hit singles, ‘You Got Me Running’ and ‘Midnight Girl.’



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Tymes Up (Expanded Edition)

Philadelphia-based group The Tymes - who first came to prominence in 1963 with the timeless classic ‘So Much In Love’ – ended a six-year dry spell as chartmakers in 1974 with ‘You Little Trustmaker’ (a Top 20 hit in the US and UK), marking the beginning of a new period of success for the famed vocal harmony team.  
 
Following the success  of their first RCA album (entitled Trustmaker which included the UK chart topper, ‘Ms. Grace’), the group – consisting of original members Al Berry,  George Williams and Norman Burnett along with Donald Banks, Wade Davis and Jerry Ferguson) –cut TYMES UP with longtime mentor, manager, producer and songwriter Billy Jackson at the helm.  

Recorded at famed Sigma Sound studios in both New York and Philadelphia, the sessions for TYMES UP included such renowned personnel as arranger Richie Rome, conductor Don Renaldo (with the TSOP horns and strings) and top players, drummer Bernard Purdie and guitarist Cornell Dupree.  Ace remix producer Tom Moulton mixed the entire project and TYMES UP became a Top 40 R&B LP.

Primary hit single from the LP was ‘It’s Cool’ (which reached No. 3 on the US R&B charts), penned by the team of Chuck Jackson & Marvin Yancy (at the time, producing consistent hits with Natalie Cole); other singles included ‘Only Your Love’ and ‘To The Max(imum),’ both Top 3 Billboard-charted Disco Singles. 

This 2014 expanded edition marks the first CD reissue of the LP worldwide, includes two single edits and liner notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring with quotes from songwriter (and future recording artist) Fonzi Thornton.



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