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• In the early 1960s, prior to Beatlemania, JESS CONRAD was considered a Golden Boy of Pop. Dubbed by the NME as “The Face of ‘61”, he came to prominence via TV shows like Wham!, Boy Meets Girls, Thank Your Lucky Stars and Ready, Steady, Go!

• As an actor, Jess appeared in over 28 films, including The Boys and Konga, and enjoyed a prolific recording career, notching up British hits between 1960-62 with ‘Cherry Pie’ (No.39), ‘Mystery Girl’ (No.18) and ‘Pretty Jenny’ (No. 50).

• This long overdue double CD collates most of Jess’s recorded output from 1960 to the noughties, including his work with the legendary Joe Meek (‘Hurt Me’, ‘It Can Happen To You’), a rare South African only release (‘Little Bit Of Loveliness’), and later recordings made for both Columbia Records (written and produced by Charles Blackwell, Mitch Murray and Les Reed) and President (with Cy Payne and Ivor Raymonde arranging and producing).

• Also included is a one-off single as Men (with Dave Dee and Troy Dante) and previously unreleased takes from a private collection, including a favourite recording by Jess of Moon Mullican’s ‘Seven Nights To Rock’ (from 2016).

• The accompanying booklet is packed with detailed sleeve notes and nostalgic pictures, which complement this unique set and pays tribute to an artist who wove himself into the very fabric of pre-Beatles Pop Britain.

• Some of Jess’s records are now deemed worthy of cult status, such as ‘This Pullover’. Such was his success on Kenny Everett’s ‘World’s Worst Records’ (based on his highly rated Capital Radio programme) that three of Jess’s recordings made the resulting compilation album in 1978 (‘This Pullover’, ‘Why Am I Living’ and ‘Cherry Pie’). And some of Jess’s singles are collector’s items: most notably ‘Pussy Cat’, which has caught the ears of Mod/Beat collectors and has been seen on sale for up to £150.

DISC ONE

  1. CHERRY PIE
  2. THERE’S GONNA BE A DAY
  3. OUT OF LUCK
  4. UNLESS YOU MEAN IT
  5. MYSTERY GIRL
  6. THE BIG WHITE HOUSE
  7. THIS PULLOVER
  8. WHY AM I LIVING
  9. I SEE YOU
  10. OH! YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL
  11. EVERY BREATH I TAKE
  12. WALK AWAY
  13. HEY LITTLE GIRL
  14. TWIST MY WRIST
  15. PRETTY JENNY
  16. YOU CAN DO IT IF YOU TRY
  17. IT’S ABOUT TIME (7” Version)
  18. AS YOU LIKE IT
  19. SWIMMING IN TEARS *
  20. DIDN’T WANT YOU TO *
  21. YOU CAN KISS ME IF YOU LIKE *
  22. THAT’S MY WEAKNESS NOW
  23. YOU TOO
  24. RAG DOLL
  25. (I WANNA) LOVE MY LIFE AWAY
  26. LITTLE SHIP
  27. AN ANGEL CRIES
  28. JUST THE TWO OF US
  29. MAYBE YOU’LL BE THERE
  30. IT TEARS ME ALL TO PIECES
  31. IT’S ABOUT TIME (EP Version)
  32. I DON’T CARE (WHAT PEOPLE SAY)
  33. ONE OF THESE DAYS
  34. DOWN TOWN TONIGHT

 

* PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED DEMOS

DISC TWO

  1. TAKE YOUR TIME
  2. I KNOW YOU
  3. PUSSYCAT
  4. TEMPTED
  5. THINGS I’D LIKE TO SAY
  6. DON’T TURN ‘ROUND
  7. HURT ME
  8. IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU
  9. A LITTLE BIT OF LOVELINESS
  10. TIN PAN ALLEY RAG
  11. THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE
  12. SEE THE TINKER RIDE
  13. A CONSPIRACY OF CARDS *
  14. CRYSTAL BALL DREAM
  15. PUSSY CAT
  16. HERE SHE COMES AGAIN
  17. MY IDEA
  18. DON’T LOCK ME UP *
  19. THESE ARE NOT MY PEOPLE – Men
  20. BE-BOP-A-LULA
  21. FIRST THING MONDAY MORNING
  22. WITHOUT A WORRY IN THE WORLD
  23. DIZZY MISS LIZZIE
  24. GIVE ME A STAR
  25. SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY
  26. LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS
  27. HEY LITTLE GIRL (Promotional Film Version) *
  28. JOHNNY B. GOODE–CAROL–LITTLE QUEENIE MEDLEY
  29. SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK *

* PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED

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DISC ONE

  1. CHERRY PIE

  2. THERE'S GONNA BE A DAY

  3. OUT OF LUCK

  4. UNLESS YOU MEAN IT

  5. MYSTERY GIRL

  6. THE BIG WHITE HOUSE

  7. THIS PULLOVER

  8. WHY AM I LIVING

  9. I SEE YOU

  10. OH! YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL

  11. EVERY BREATH I TAKE

  12. WALK AWAY

  13. HEY LITTLE GIRL

  14. TWIST MY WRIST

  15. PRETTY JENNY

  16. YOU CAN DO IT IF YOU TRY

  17. IT'S ABOUT TIME (7” Version)

  18. AS YOU LIKE IT

  19. SWIMMING IN TEARS *

  20. DIDN'T WANT YOU TO *

  21. YOU CAN KISS ME IF YOU LIKE *

  22. THAT'S MY WEAKNESS NOW

  23. YOU TOO

  24. RAG DOLL

  25. (I WANNA) LOVE MY LIFE AWAY

  26. LITTLE SHIP

  27. AN ANGEL CRIES

  28. JUST THE TWO OF US

  29. MAYBE YOU'LL BE THERE

  30. IT TEARS ME ALL TO PIECES

  31. IT’S ABOUT TIME (EP Version)

  32. I DON'T CARE (WHAT PEOPLE SAY)

  33. ONE OF THESE DAYS

  34. DOWN TOWN TONIGHT


 

* PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED DEMOS

DISC TWO

  1. TAKE YOUR TIME

  2. I KNOW YOU

  3. PUSSYCAT

  4. TEMPTED

  5. THINGS I'D LIKE TO SAY

  6. DON'T TURN 'ROUND

  7. HURT ME

  8. IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU

  9. A LITTLE BIT OF LOVELINESS

  10. TIN PAN ALLEY RAG

  11. THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE

  12. SEE THE TINKER RIDE

  13. A CONSPIRACY OF CARDS *

  14. CRYSTAL BALL DREAM

  15. PUSSY CAT

  16. HERE SHE COMES AGAIN

  17. MY IDEA

  18. DON'T LOCK ME UP *

  19. THESE ARE NOT MY PEOPLE - Men

  20. BE-BOP-A-LULA

  21. FIRST THING MONDAY MORNING

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