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• Eden Kane – the stage name for Richard Graham Sarstedt – was a big star of that early 60s period now sometimes labelled ‘Pop Before The Beatles’. Eden is the older brother of musicians Peter and Clive Sarstedt.

• After a lone single for Pye, he hit the top spot with his first of many 45s for Decca, ‘Well I Ask You’, which now appropriately lends its name to the first-ever compilation of Eden’s entire recorded output. It was followed by three more Top 10 UK hits over the next year: ‘Get Lost’ (no. 10), ‘Forget Me Not’ (no. 3) and ‘I Don’t Know Why’ (no. 7).

• In due course, Eden made seven singles, three EPs and an album for Decca before switching to Fontana Records in 1963. Again, the relationship yielded an album and seven singles (alongside an EP) but while Eden’s music matured, he struggled to maintain the same level of chart success as before.

• In addition to all of Eden’s Pye, Decca and Fontana recordings, this new 2-CD set also boasts his rarest offerings which followed, from three elusive singles only available in Australia/New Zealand to an obscure Bell 45 from 1970. Thereafter, Eden reverted to his real name but reactivated the Eden Kane moniker for a one-off single in 1980.

• Many of the tracks are here as the first time on CD, also another rarity many in true stereo.

• Compiled and curated with the full cooperation of Eden Kane, Well I Ask You pays due respect to an artist who still tours to this day.

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DISC ONE:

1. YOU MAKE LOVE SO WELL

2. HOT CHOCOLATE CRAZY

3. WELL I ASK YOU

4. BEFORE I LOSE MY MIND

5. GET LOST

6. I'M TELLING YOU

7. FORGET ME NOT

8. A NEW KIND OF LOVIN'

9. I DON'T KNOW WHY

10. MUSIC FOR STRINGS

11. HOUSE TO LET

12. I TOLD YOU

13. SOUNDS FUNNY TO ME

14. SOMEONE WANTS TO KNOW

15. KISS ME QUICK

16. MY LITTLE SUE

17. ROMANCE *

18. SOMETHING TELLS ME *

19. ANOTHER SPRING *

20. MY TIME OF EVENING *

21. TEN OUT OF TEN *

22. THAT'S FOR ME *

23. TOMORROW NIGHT

24. I WON'T BELIEVE THEM

25. LIKE I LOVE YOU

26. COME BACK

27. BOYS CRY

28. DON'T COME CRYING TO ME


* stereo



DISC TWO

1. RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY

2. GUESS WHO IT IS?

3. HANGIN' AROUND

4. GONNA DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOU

5. IF YOU WANT THIS LOVE

6. HAVE I DONE SOMETHING WRONG?

7. GONNA SEND YOU BACK TO GEORGIA *

8. I KNOW A MAN *

9. STICKS AND STONES *

10. SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES *

11. SHOPPIN' AROUND *

12. I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) *

13. ON BROADWAY *

14. I SHOULD CARE *

15. CHARADE *

16. THE LAST LEAF *

17. MAGIC TOWN

18. THE WHOLE WORLD WAS CRYING (with The Dambeats)

19. GOTTA GET THROUGH TO YOU

20. A MILLION ANTS

21. MY WHOLE WORLD IS TUMBLING DOWN

22. IN THE DAY OF MY YOUTH

23. TIME, LOVE, HOPE, LIFE

24. IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYMORE

25. REASON TO BELIEVE

26. I PLAYED IT LIKE A FOOL

27. I THINK I DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN *

28. PULLING ME THRU THE BAD TIMES *


* stereo

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