THE ROLLING STONES IN U.S.A. – DISC – 13TH JUNE 1964

THE ROLLING STONES IN U.S.A. – DISC – 13TH JUNE 1964 – Stones roll through the U.S.A.

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THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS SCORCHING UP THE CHARTS – DISC – 18TH JANUARY 1964

THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS SCORCHING UP THE CHARTS – DISC – 18TH JANUARY 1964 – And it’s all happened in three weeks!

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THE SEARCHERS CAN RELAX NOW THAT ‘NEEDLES’ HAS HIT THE THIRTY – DISC – 18TH JANUARY 1964

THE SEARCHERS CAN RELAX NOW THAT ‘NEEDLES’ HAS HIT THE THIRTY – DISC – 18TH JANUARY 1964 – “Needles and Pins,” their first stab at putting R&B on a single, has made the charts with an impact

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MANFRED MANN STRIVE FOR NEW R&B SOUND – DISC – 25TH JANUARY 1964

MANFRED MANN STRIVE FOR NEW R&B SOUND – DISC – 25TH JANUARY 1964 – Inside the caff five pairs of Manfred Mann eyes and ears are focussed on the telly

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THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS TOAST TOP SPOT!- DISC – 25TH JANUARY 1964

THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS TOAST TOP SPOT – DISC – 25TH JANUARY 1964 – New sound wanted for Blue Jeans’ next disc

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DDDBM&T – IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE

DDDBM&T – IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE . . . (Fontana TL 5388) December 1966 This is an ideal album to play when you’re not really wanting anything too complex to invade your head space, something for background noise when you’re plotting something evil e.g. world domination.

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DAVE BERRY – PICTURE ME GONE

DAVE BERRY – “Picture Me Gone” / “Ann” (Decca F 12513) November 1966 – I’m very cross about this. I know it’s not Dave Berry’s fault but I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a ham-fisted backing for a long time – and that girl chorus! SOMEONE must have been joking.

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THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP – GIMME SOME LOVING

THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP – “Gimme Some Loving” / “Blues In F” (Fontana TF 762) October 1966 – Not, at first hearing, the most catchy of Spen’s releases, but it makes up for that by sheer persistence and drive. great organ break by Stevie who is also in excellently exciting vocal form.

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THE BEACH BOYS – GOOD VIBRATIONS

THE BEACH BOYS – “Good Vibrations” / “Wendy” (Capitol CL 15475) October 1966 – The Beach Boy “Good Vibrations” – What can you say about a work of art other than stating that it is? This record is a shattering experience. It is long, and split, like a classical piece, into separate movements. It is Brian Wilson’s reply to anybody who thinks of pop music as something flippant and thoughtless.

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THE ANIMALS – IT’S MY LIFE

THE ANIMALS – “It’s My Life” / “I’m Going To Change The World” (Columbia DB 7741) October 1965 – The Animals “It’s My Life” – Written by Messrs. Atkins and d’Errico this has the Animals in an absolutely furious and aggressive mood. Reminds me of their last one except it doesn’t have such an immediate impact. I don’t like the intro too much and they seem to have concocted a strange new guitar sound.

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