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Their name may have made them sound more like rock’n’roll revivalists, but during the late Sixties and early Seventies, Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts were one of the most highly regarded of the grassroots British country blues bands.

• Led by virtuoso guitarist Graham Hine, and featuring pianist and occasional vocalist John Lewis (subsequently better known as eccentric popster Jona Lewie), the Bretts – as they were known to their coterie of admirers – regularly backed visiting American bluesmen as well as being a popular live act in their own right.

• After two fine albums for the Sonet label, they scored an unexpected hit single with Lewie’s jaunty ‘Sea Side Shuffle’, which, credited to alter-ego Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs, reached the No. 2 spot in the summer of 1972.

• Lewis/Lewie then left, recording as a solo act for Sonet before joining Stiff, while his former band continued without him, issuing a third album and sundry stand-alone singles before gradually scaling down operations.

• This anthology includes everything that the Bretts, the Terrys and Jona recorded for Sonet (including 1993 CD “Boogie Street”, financed by Sonet UK’s later incarnation Habana Music), confirming that the bands had few equals in the Thames Delta country blues stakes, while Jona was an individual talent long before his late Seventies association with the Stiff label.

• Containing all the band’s albums, single releases, studio outtakes and live recordings as well as Jona Lewie’s pre-Stiff releases, The Sonet Anthology comprises six CDs housed in a clamshell box, with a 36 page booklet that tells the band’s story with the aid of Graham Hine, Jona Lewie and Sonet UK boss Rod Buckle.

TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE

BRETT MARVIN AND
THE THUNDERBOLTS

1. DUST ME BROOM
2. TOO MANY HOT DOGS
3. HAVEN’T ANY HAY
4. WALKING BLUES
5. EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND
6. SHAVE ’EM DRY
7. DROP DOWN MAMA
8. CALCUTTA GOT BEGGAR
9. DON’T START ME TALKING
10. CINCINNATI CREAM
11. HIGHWAY 61
12. HAIRY
13. BYE BYE BABY
BONUS TRACKS
14. SHAVE ’EM DRY (SINGLE EDIT)
15. STANDING ON THE PLATFORM

1-13 The album Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts, Sonet SNTF 616, 5/70
14 French-only single edit, Barclay 061 388, 1970
15 Single, Sonet SON 2011, 1970

DISC TWO

12 INCHES OF

1. TAKE YOUR MONEY
2. I’M COMING
3. SOUTHBOUND LANE
4. LOVE IN JEST
5. THOUGHTS ON YOU
6. I’M READY
7. MILK COW BLUES
8. COUNTY JAIL
9. LITTLE RED CABOOSE
10. COME ON IN MY KITCHEN
11. GOIN’ BACK
BONUS TRACK
12. COMING BACK

1-11 The album 12 Inches Of…, Sonet SNTF 619, 5/71
12 Single, Sonet SON 2015, 1970 (alternative version of ‘I’m Coming’)

DISC THREE

TEN LEGGED FRIEND

1. THUNDERBOLT RAG
2. BANK HOLIDAY
3. BYE BYE BABY
4. WRONG MAN
5. BAY ROLLER
6. DRINKING SONG
7. SHE WALKED RIGHT OUT OF THE BLUE
8. YOU GOT ME ON THE HOOK
9. DOO-DAH-DOO-DAH
10. THE CLOWN
11. MAKE IT TO THE WOODS
12. BOYS IN THE BAND
BONUS TRACKS
13. THUNDERBOLT RAG (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)
14. CARIBBEAN ZOB-ROCK
15. BLOW ME DOWN
16. HAWAIIAN HONEYMOON
17. IF YOU NEED SOMEBODY CALL ON ME

1-12 The album Ten Legged Friend,
Sonet SNTF 651, 11/73
13-14 Single, Sonet SON 2038, 3/74
15 Single, Sonet SON 2053, 4/75
16-17 Single, Sonet SON 2062, 8/75

DISC FOUR

RARE THUNDERBOLTS

1. ROLL AND TUMBLE
2. SHORT WOOGIE
3. NERVOUS
4. WALKING BLUES
5. DON’T START ME TALKING
6. CINCINNATI UNDERWORLD WOMAN
7. MILK COW BLUES
8. COME ON IN MY KITCHEN
9. LITTLE RED CABOOSE
10. TAKE YOUR MONEY AND GO DOWN THE ROAD
11. I’M READY
12. HOT WEATHER
13. TOO MANY HOT DOGS (a.k.a. CHICKEN A LA BLUES)
14. WALKING BLUES
15. MAKE IT TO THE WOODS
16. SPOONFUL
17. PHONOGRAPH BLUES
BONUS TRACKS
18. Brian Matthew trailer
19. Brian Matthew intro
20. GOIN’ BACK
21. TOO MANY HOT DOGS

1-17 The album Rare Thunderbolts, 1999 (live and studio recordings 1970-1989)
18-21 BBC radio session, May 1970, from Top of the Pops transcription disc 291

DISC FIVE

BOOGIE STREET

1. CROSSROADS
2. NO WORRIES
3. BE READY WHEN HE COMES
4. HURRY UP TRAIN
5. HOW MANY MORE YEARS
6. YOU’RE GONNA NEED SOMEBODY BY YOUR SIDE
7. LITTLE RED ROOSTER
8. BIG CITY BEAT
9. FREE AGAIN
10. PHONOGRAPH BLUES
11. GREEDY WOMAN
12. DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
13. LOST LOVER BLUES
14. TOUGH TIMES
15. A CHANGE IS BOUND TO COME
16. BIG CITY BEAT (remix)
BONUS TRACKS
17. KING BEE
18. HURRY UP TRAIN
19. MISS YOU
20. DUST ME BROOM

1-16 The CD Boogie Street, Habana
HABCD 201, 1993
17-20 EP, Sun House Records EJSP
9586, 1981

DISC SIX

ALIAS JONIE LEWIE

1. SEA SIDE SHUFFLE
2. BALL AND CHAIN
3. ON A SATURDAY NIGHT
4. GOING ROUND THE WORLD
5. SHE LEFT I DIED
6. TOO SELF-CENTRED
7. PIGGY BACK SUE
8. PAPA DON’T GO
9. THE SWAN
10. CUSTER’S LAST STAND
11. HALLELUJAH EUROPE
(PARTS 1 and 2)
12. COME AWAY (BATE O PE)
13. CHERRY RING
14. ROCKING YOBS
15. AFTER WE SWUN

1-2 Single, Sonet SON 2027, 7/71 (both
sides also on compilation LP AKA
Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs,
Sonet SNTF 630, 1972)
3-4 Single, UK UK 21, 11/72
5-6 Single, UK UKR 39, 5/73
7-8 Jona Lewie single,
Sonet SON 2048, 1974
9-10 Jona Lewie single,
Sonet SON 2056, 10/75
11 Jona Lewie single,
Sonet SON 2081, 7/76
12-13 Jona Lewie single,
Sonet SON 2115, 1977
14-15 Jona Lewie single,
Sonet SON 2117, 1977

(Most tracks available on the album Gatecrasher (aka Alias Jona Lewie),
Sonet SNTF 794, 1979)

DISC ONE

BRETT MARVIN AND
THE THUNDERBOLTS

1. DUST ME BROOM
2. TOO MANY HOT DOGS
3. HAVEN’T ANY HAY
4. WALKING BLUES
5. EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND
6. SHAVE ’EM DRY
7. DROP DOWN MAMA
8. CALCUTTA GOT BEGGAR
9. DON’T START ME TALKING
10. CINCINNATI CREAM
11. HIGHWAY 61
12. HAIRY
13. BYE BYE BABY
BONUS TRACKS
14. SHAVE ’EM DRY (SINGLE EDIT)
15. STANDING ON THE PLATFORM


1-13 The album Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts, Sonet SNTF 616, 5/70
14 French-only single edit, Barclay 061 388, 1970
15 Single, Sonet SON 2011, 1970

DISC TWO

12 INCHES OF


1. TAKE YOUR MONEY
2. I’M COMING
3. SOUTHBOUND LANE
4. LOVE IN JEST
5. THOUGHTS ON YOU
6. I’M READY
7. MILK COW BLUES
8. COUNTY JAIL
9. LITTLE RED CABOOSE
10. COME ON IN MY KITCHEN
11. GOIN’ BACK
BONUS TRACK
12. COMING BACK

1-11 The album 12 Inches Of…, Sonet SNTF 619, 5/71
12 Single, Sonet SON 2015, 1970 (alternative version of ‘I’m Coming’)

DISC THREE

TEN LEGGED FRIEND


1. THUNDERBOLT RAG
2. BANK HOLIDAY
3. BYE BYE BABY
4. WRONG MAN
5. BAY ROLLER
6. DRINKING SONG
7. SHE WALKED RIGHT OUT OF THE BLUE
8. YOU GOT ME ON THE HOOK
9. DOO-DAH-DOO-DAH
10. THE CLOWN
11. MAKE IT TO THE WOODS
12. BOYS IN THE BAND
BONUS TRACKS
13. THUNDERBOLT RAG (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)
14. CARIBBEAN ZOB-ROCK
15. BLOW ME DOWN
16. HAWAIIAN HONEYMOON
17. IF YOU NEED SOMEBODY CALL ON ME

1-12 The album Ten Legged Friend,
Sonet SNTF 651, 11/73
13-14 Single, Sonet SON 2038, 3/74
15 Single, Sonet SON 2053, 4/75
16-17 Single, Sonet SON 2062, 8/75

DISC FOUR

RARE THUNDERBOLTS

1. ROLL AND TUMBLE
2. SHORT WOOGIE
3. NERVOUS
4. WALKING BLUES
5. DON’T START ME TALKING
6. CINCINNATI UNDERWORLD WOMAN
7. MILK COW BLUES
8. COME ON IN MY KITCHEN
9. LITTLE RED CABOOSE
10. TAKE YOUR MONEY AND GO DOWN THE ROAD
11. I’M READY
12. HOT WEATHER
13. TOO MANY HOT DOGS (a.k.a. CHICKEN A LA BLUES)
14. WALKING BLUES
15. MAKE IT TO THE WOODS
16. SPOONFUL
17. PHONOGRAPH BLUES
BONUS TRACKS
18. Brian Matthew trailer
19. Brian Matthew intro
20. GOIN’ BACK
21. TOO MANY HOT DOGS




1-17 The album Rare Thunderbolts, 1999 (live and studio recordings 1970-1989)
18-21 BBC radio session, May 1970, from Top of the Pops transcription disc 291

DISC FIVE

BOOGIE STREET

1. CROSSROADS
2. NO WORRIES
3. BE READY WHEN HE COMES
4. HURRY UP TRAIN
5. HOW MANY MORE YEARS
6. YOU’RE GONNA NEED SOMEBODY BY YOUR SIDE
7. LITTLE RED ROOSTER
8. BIG CITY BEAT
9. FREE AGAIN
10. PHONOGRAPH BLUES
11. GREEDY WOMAN
12. DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
13. LOST LOVER BLUES
14. TOUGH TIMES
15. A CHANGE IS BOUND TO COME
16. BIG CITY BEAT (remix)
BONUS TRACKS
17. KING BEE
18. HURRY UP TRAIN
19. MISS YOU
20. DUST ME BROOM

1-16 The CD Boogie Street, Habana
HABCD 201, 1993
17-20 EP, Sun House Records EJSP
9586, 1981

DISC SIX

ALIAS JONIE LEWIE

1. SEA SIDE SHUFFLE
2. BALL AND CHAIN
3. ON A SATURDAY NIGHT
4. GOING ROUND THE WORLD
5. SHE LEFT I DIED
6. TOO SELF-CENTRED
7. PIGGY BACK SUE
8. PAPA DON’T GO
9. THE SWAN
10. CUSTER’S LAST STAND
11. HALLELUJAH EUROPE
(PARTS 1 and 2)
12. COME AWAY (BATE O PE)
13. CHERRY RING
14. ROCKING YOBS
15. AFTER WE SWUN

1-2 Single, Sonet SON 2027, 7/71 (both
sides also on compilation LP AKA
Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs,
Sonet SNTF 630, 1972)
3-4 Single, UK UK 21, 11/72
5-6 Single, UK UKR 39, 5/73
7-8 Jona Lewie single,
Sonet SON 2048, 1974
9-10 Jona Lewie single,
Sonet SON 2056, 10/75
11 Jona Lewie single,
Sonet SON 2081, 7/76
12-13 Jona Lewie single,
Sonet SON 2115, 1977
14-15 Jona Lewie single,
Sonet SON 2117, 1977

(Most tracks available on the album Gatecrasher (aka Alias Jona Lewie),
Sonet SNTF 794, 1979)