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Fast Buck were a popular classic rock band who made just one album – a self-titled effort for Jet Records in 1976. Amazingly, despite selling 40,000 copies at the time, the LP has never been reissued on CD, until now, and includes the LP’s sole single ‘Sometime Man’! The band revolved around the talents of guitarist and songwriter Ed Hamilton, who kept the band going long after they had parted company with Jet and founded their own recording studio.

In due course, Ed developed his songwriting skills, penning ‘Night Games’, which was duly picked up by Graham Bonnet to become a massive Top 10 UK hit in 1981. Fast Buck’s original rendition is included on this definitive 4-CD compendium, which boasts a raft of previously unissued tracks, alongside their one-off single backing ex-Rockpile star Billy Bremner, ‘Endless Sleep’ b/w ‘Mona-Lott’.

Bonnet also recorded Fast Buck’s song ‘I’m A Lover’, penned by the band’s guitarist Andy Locke and bassist Dave Kerr-Clemenson (again, the original Fast Buck rendition appears here). Another of Ed’s songs, ‘Lovin’ On Borrowed Time’, was featured in the soundtrack to the Sylvester Stallone movie Cobra, as performed by Gladys Knight & Bill Medley. Two very different performances of this song can be heard on this 4-CD box set.

Disc 4 is devoted to live recordings by Fast Buck, a reflection of their reputation as a must-see band for those “in the know”, either headlining smaller venues or supporting The Pretty Things, Kevin Ayers, Widowmaker, Stray and ultimately ELO. Ed Hamilton and the rest of the band also worked closely with Status Quo’s Bob Young (Fast Buck sang harmony backing vocals on Bob’s In Quo Country album), Mick Moody and a host of other names who were active on the mid-80s rock scene.

The package also includes sleeve-notes by Ed Hamilton, together with images of the band through the years, and details of the many musicians who played with Fast Buck across all these various sessions.

DISC ONE

THE ALBUM

1. UNDERSTANDING IS THE WORD
2. I’VE GOT TO BE STRONG
3. ROCK AND ROLL STAR
4. ROCKIN’ CHAIR RIDE
5. UNDER IT ALL
6. THE MIRROR
7. PRACTICALLY 5TH AVENUE
8. HARD ON THE BOULEVARD
9. SOMETIME MAN
10. COME TO THE COUNTRY
BONUS TRACKS
11. MOVIE MADNESS
12. DON’T ROLL THE DICE
13. THE ANCIENT MARINER
14. ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN
15. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
16. GYPSY LADY
17. I’M A LOVER
18. NIGHT GAMES (Edited Version)
19. STANDING ON BROKEN GLASS

DISC TWO

STUDIO RECORDINGS

1. THE BALLAD OF JESSE JAMES
2. STAYIN’ ON HERE
3. LOVIN’ ON BORROWED TIME (Country Version)
4. OH LORD MAKE MY LAST GIG IN NASHVILLE
TENNESSEE
5. SAD EYED LADY
6. AFTER THE NIGHT HAS GONE
7. NEW YORK CITY
8. MYSTERY TRAIN
9. THE BALLAD OF WILLIAM MURDOCH
10. LONG HARD ROAD
11. THE TRAVELLIN’ GAME
12. ROUTE 66 (Fast Buck Studios Test Track)
13. ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN (Demo)
14. SOMETIME MAN – VERSION 1 (Mono Demo)
15. UNDERSTANDING IS THE WORD (Mono Demo)
16. ENDLESS SLEEP -Billy Bremner & Fast Buck
17. MONA-LOTT – Billy Bremner & Fast Buck
18. NEW YORK CITY (Demo)
19. I WANNA MAKE OUT WITH YOU
20. THE ANCIENT MARINER (Demo)
21. HI-HO SILVER LINING

DISC THREE

STUDIO RECORDINGS

1. LOST WEEKEND
2. STAGEDOOR JENNY
3. I’M GOIN’ HOME
4. LEATHER LADY
5. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (Demo)
6. LOVE ON THE RUN
7. MY GIRL
8. ALL OUT OF FAVOUR
9. NEW YORK CITY (Out-take)
10. SAD EYED LADY (Out-take)
11. FREELANCE
12. CAUGHT IN A CROSSFIRE
13. SOMETIME MAN (Re-mix)
14. MYSTERY TRAIN (Out-Take)
15. LOVING ON BORROWED TIME (Ballad Version)
16. LADY RIDER (Demo)
17. I’M JUST CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE
18. IF YOU LIKE THE BLUES
19. NIGHT GAMES (Full Length Version)
20. MAKE ME FLY – VERSION 1 (Demo)
21. SOMETIME MAN (Demo)
22. MAKE ME FLY – VERSION 2 (Demo)

DISC FOUR

LIVE RECORDINGS

LIVE AT HEMEL HEMPSTEAD PAVILION
1. PRACTICALLY 5TH AVENUE
2. ROCK AND ROLL STAR
3. THE MIRROR
4. HARD ON THE BOULEVARD
5. UNDER IT ALL
6. STEAMROLLER BLUES
7. COME TO THE COUNTRY
8. MOSES
9. ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN
10. BOTTLE OF RED WINE (Excerpt)
ASSORTED LIVE TRACKS FROM
THE RED LION BRENTFORD
11. FOOL FOR YOU BABY
12. I’VE GOT TO BE STRONG
13. UNDER IT ALL
14. GRAPHIC-ED
15. TEQUILA LADY
16. GOIN’ DOWN TO BRIGHTON
17. M4
18. RADIO HALLAM INTERVIEW

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DISC ONE

THE ALBUM

1. UNDERSTANDING IS THE WORD
2. I'VE GOT TO BE STRONG
3. ROCK AND ROLL STAR
4. ROCKIN' CHAIR RIDE
5. UNDER IT ALL
6. THE MIRROR
7. PRACTICALLY 5TH AVENUE
8. HARD ON THE BOULEVARD
9. SOMETIME MAN
10. COME TO THE COUNTRY
BONUS TRACKS
11. MOVIE MADNESS
12. DON'T ROLL THE DICE
13. THE ANCIENT MARINER
14. ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN
15. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
16. GYPSY LADY
17. I'M A LOVER
18. NIGHT GAMES (Edited Version)
19. STANDING ON BROKEN GLASS

DISC TWO

STUDIO RECORDINGS

1. THE BALLAD OF JESSE JAMES
2. STAYIN’ ON HERE
3. LOVIN’ ON BORROWED TIME (Country Version)
4. OH LORD MAKE MY LAST GIG IN NASHVILLE
TENNESSEE
5. SAD EYED LADY
6. AFTER THE NIGHT HAS GONE
7. NEW YORK CITY
8. MYSTERY TRAIN
9. THE BALLAD OF WILLIAM MURDOCH
10. LONG HARD ROAD
11. THE TRAVELLIN’ GAME
12. ROUTE 66 (Fast Buck Studios Test Track)
13. ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN (Demo)
14. SOMETIME MAN – VERSION 1 (Mono Demo)
15. UNDERSTANDING IS THE WORD (Mono Demo)
16. ENDLESS SLEEP -Billy Bremner & Fast Buck
17. MONA-LOTT - Billy Bremner & Fast Buck
18. NEW YORK CITY (Demo)
19. I WANNA MAKE OUT WITH YOU
20. THE ANCIENT MARINER (Demo)
21. HI-HO SILVER LINING

DISC THREE

STUDIO RECORDINGS

1. LOST WEEKEND
2. STAGEDOOR JENNY
3. I’M GOIN’ HOME
4. LEATHER LADY
5. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (Demo)
6. LOVE ON THE RUN
7. MY GIRL
8. ALL OUT OF FAVOUR
9. NEW YORK CITY (Out-take)
10. SAD EYED LADY (Out-take)
11. FREELANCE
12. CAUGHT IN A CROSSFIRE
13. SOMETIME MAN (Re-mix)
14. MYSTERY TRAIN (Out-Take)
15. LOVING ON BORROWED TIME (Ballad Version)
16. LADY RIDER (Demo)
17. I’M JUST CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE
18. IF YOU LIKE THE BLUES
19. NIGHT GAMES (Full Length Version)
20. MAKE ME FLY – VERSION 1 (Demo)
21. SOMETIME MAN (Demo)
22. MAKE ME FLY – VERSION 2 (Demo)

DISC FOUR

LIVE RECORDINGS

LIVE AT HEMEL HEMPSTEAD PAVILION
1. PRACTICALLY 5TH AVENUE
2. ROCK AND ROLL STAR
3. THE MIRROR
4. HARD ON THE BOULEVARD
5. UNDER IT ALL
6. STEAMROLLER BLUES
7. COME TO THE COUNTRY
8. MOSES
9. ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN
10. BOTTLE OF RED WINE (Excerpt)
ASSORTED LIVE TRACKS FROM
THE RED LION BRENTFORD
11. FOOL FOR YOU BABY
12. I’VE GOT TO BE STRONG
13. UNDER IT ALL
14. GRAPHIC-ED
15. TEQUILA LADY
16. GOIN’ DOWN TO BRIGHTON
17. M4
18. RADIO HALLAM INTERVIEW

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