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MERCY, MERCY, PERCY: BLACK ROCK PIONEERS IN BRITAIN
In 1950s Britain, black pop and rock artists were a rarity, and the Press habitually referred to their ethnicity in a manner that would not be tolerated today.
Rock 'n' roll was born in the USA on the evolutionary line from negro spirituals, through rhythm and blues. It was not until the form was well established that white artists such as Elvis Presley jumped on the train.
In Britain, meanwhile, the biggest “ethnic minority” crowd-puller of all, with a TV audience of up to 18 million and a number 1 album, was an easy-listening choir of white men wearing black make-up: the Black and White Minstrels.
This collection represents a little-documented byway of rock, travelled almost exclusively by immigrant or visiting artists, such as the Deep River Boys and Davy Jones. Band leader Ray Ellington might be considered by some to be a surprise inclusion, but his rock 'n' roll pedigree is clear.
The dynamic and hugely entertaining sounds played no small part in driving forward a musical revolution in Britain.
Mercy, Mercy, Percy £7.99
PEA019 DAVE VAN RONK: BLUESMASTER
Bluesmaster celebrates the early work of the acclaimed blues and folk singer, guitarist, songwriter and teacher Dave Van Ronk, who died in February 2002 at the age of 65.
Tracks 1-14 make available on CD Van Ronk’s first recordings, dating from his 1959 debut album Dave Van Ronk Sings Ballads, Blues And A Spiritual, and the bonus tracks are selected from his 1961 album, Dave Van Ronk Sings.
When the young Bob Dylan arrived in New York, Van Ronk took him under his wing.
Van Ronk continued performing and teaching until almost the end of his life.
He was heavily influenced by the blues masters, recording his own version of classics by Blind Lemon Jefferson and other pioneers.
PEA020 TOM RUSH: THE UNICORN SESSIONS
This album marks the 50th anniversary of the debut release by the gifted folk musician, Tom Rush.
While a student at Harvard University, 21-year-old Rush was already drawing crowds to Boston venues.
His guitar virtuosity and imaginative treatment of folk and blues standards attracted unreserved critical acclaim.
Rush’s appearances at the Unicorn on two dates — February 16 and March 19, 1962 — were recorded live and issued on the singer's own label on cassette tape, then vinyl, in that year.
Thus was born a recording and performance career that has spanned the decades into the 21st Century.
The 12-track set comprises traditional songs, from old familiars like The Old 97 and Ramblin’ On My Mind, to Woody Guthrie’s classics Pretty Boy Floyd and Talking Dust Bowl Blues.
Tom Rush: The Unicorn Sessions £9.99
DON LANG: FRANTIC ROCK
Despite weekly TV exposure on the ground-breaking BBC programme 6-5 Special, Don Lang achieved only one chart hit, a number 5 with Witch Doctor in 1958.
However, this talented singer-musician has long been critically saluted as a rock pioneer, who produced a succession of high quality singles in the late 1950s.
With his group the Frantic Five, he was known for firing off lyrics at 300 words a minute.
He followed Jack Good from the BBC to ITV to become a
mainstay of the powerhouse rock show Oh Boy!
Peaksoft have collected 31 of Lang's key 50s singles tracks for this brilliant collection. It’s rock ‘n’ roll at its frantic best.
DUANE EDDY: COMPLETE UK HITS 1958-62
We've put together the compilation CD that has never previously been available for purchase: his 20 1958-62 UK A-sides, in order, from Rebel Rouser to Guitar Man, together with 13 of the very best B-sides .
This is the definitive record of the years when twang was definitely the thang.
BILLY FURY: THE LOST ALBUM
Lost Album :
:Unchain My Heart, Get Ready, That’s All Right Mama, It’s No Good, That’s Right, That’s Me, Green Eyed American Actress, Getting Sentimental Over You, Wedding Bells, Life is What You Make It, All My Time, Going Round The Bend (Of My Mind), Forget Him. Bonus tracks: Communication, Bring It Back, Sheila (alt), River And The Sun, God Created Woman, Heartbeat, Our Love Has Gone, My Whole World Seems to Be Tumblin’ Down, Reach Out For Your Loving Touch, My Baby Left Me, Right Or Wrong, Suzanne In The Mirror (alt)
BRITAIN'S COMPLETE NME NUMBER 1s
the *New Musical Express
introduced its UK singles chart in 1952, a music revolution was
the first time, the disc was recognised as the most important element in
the music industry, and the coveted number 1 spot became the aim of
every pop music artist, from crooners to rockers, and from big bands to
people in their thousands bought their weekly copy of the NME, and tuned
in their trannies to hear the latest chart on Radio Luxembourg’s
Sunday show. The NME’s
enterprise and foresight had transformed the music scene.
Peaksoft first double-CD volume of original recordings celebrates that achievement, featuring every number 1 from the first chart in 1952, to the end of 1956 – a total of 52 mega-hits.
SONGS TO CHANGE THE WORLD
1 H Bomb’s Thunder, Creeping Bentgrass. 2 Atom And Evil, Golden Gate Quartet. 3 We Shall Overcome, The Young Jewish Folksingers. 4 No More Auction Block For Me, Paul Robeson. 5 I’ll Overcome Someday, Mississippi Bracey. 6 Strange Fruit, Billie Holiday. 7 Oh Freedom, Hope Foye and Pete Seeger. 8 What Did I Do (To Be So Black And Blue), Louis Armstrong. 9 A Nation Once Again, John McCormack. 10 Zog Nit Keymol (Never Say That You Have Reached The Final Road), Betty Segal. 11 Two Enemies, Polish veterans. 12 Brother Can You Spare A Dime, Bing Crosby. 13 How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live, Blind Alfred Reed. 14 This Land Is Your Land, Woody Guthrie. 15 The Manchester Rambler, Ewan MacColl. 16 If I Had A Hammer, The Weavers. 17 I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die, Cablestones. 18 Dirty Old Town, Creeping Bentgrass. 19 We Shall Not Be Moved, Johnny Storme. 20 Which Side Are You On, Almanac Singers. 21 The Peat-Bog Soldiers, Paul Robeson. 22 Kkosa Sikelel’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa), Black Diamonds. 23 The Eve Of Destruction, The Shy. 24 Yare Dabestani (My Classmate), Fereydoun Feroughi. We Don’t Want Your War, Jynkz.
LARRY PARNES EXTRAVAGANZA
the austere years of the 1950s gave way to the Swinging 60s, Larry
Parnes was transforming the pop music scene.
RIVERS, Can’t You Hear My Heart, 2 BILLY FURY, Gonna Type A Letter, 3
DUFFY POWER, Dream Lover
BILLY FURY: THE ROAD TO PARADISE
OUT OF STOCK - FUTURE RE-RELEASE UNLIKELY
The Road To Paradise charts Billy Fury's rise to becoming the most consistent hit-maker of the 1960s.
From the demos recorded in a Liverpool studio, through his early singles and the ground-breaking The Sound Of Fury LP, this album provides an impressive collection of Billy's early years recordings.
Also included among the 37 tracks are radio and television appearances, including an exclusive TV track that was unearthed only in 2010.
The illustrated 8-page booklet sets the scene for this super collection.
and The Sound Of Fury: 1
Maybe Tomorrow 2 Gonna Type A Letter 3 Margo 4 Don’t Knock Upon
My Door 5 Angel Face 6 Time Has Come 7 My Christmas Prayer 8 The Last
Kiss 9 Collette 10 Baby How I Cried 11 That’s Love 12 You Don’t
Know 13 A Wondrous Place 14 All Right, Goodbye 15 A Thousand
Stars 16 Push Push 17 My Advice 18 Phone Call 19 Turn My Back On You 20
Don’t Say It’s Over 21 Since You’ve Been Gone 22 It’s You I Need Radio
This unique 29-track CD brings together for the first time both sides of all of Billy Fury's 11 Parlophone singles, plus seven brilliant bonus songs from the era.
Eight of these tracks have never before been available on CD.
Tracks are: 1 Hurtin' Is Loving, 2 Things Are Changing, 3 Loving You, 4 I'll Go Along With It, 5 Suzanne In The Mirror, 6 It Just Don't Matter Now, 7 Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt, 8 Baby Do You Love Me, 9 Silly Boy Blue, 10 One Minute Woman, 11 Phone Box, 12 Any Morning Now, 13 Lady, 14 Certain Things, 15 I Call For My Rose, 16 Bye Bye, 17 All The Way To The USA, 18 Do My Best For You, 19 Why Are You Leaving, 20 Old Sweet Roll, 21 Paradise Alley, 22 Well Alright, 23 Sheila, 24 Maybe Baby, 25 I'm Gonna Love You Too, 26 In My Room, 27 Lazy Life, 28 Your Words, 29 Lyanna.
BLOOD BROTHERS: THE COMPLETE DICKIE PRIDE with BONUS TRACKS
At last - a professionally-produced album of the complete recordings of Dickie Pride, one of the most tragic figures of British 50s/60s pop, who was wowing TV audiences on Oh Boy! within weeks of his discovery singing in a pub.
This CD features all 24 of the Sheik of Shake's tracks, from his first single, Slippin' 'n' Slidin' in 1959, through his classic 1961 LP, to his final single, as a member of The Guv'ners, in 1963.
Joe Brown and others who performed with Dickie were unanimous that his talent was unique - yet he never had a hit record, and he died at the age of only 27.
NOW INCLUDES other lost gems from the estate of Billy Fury's former manager, Larry Parnes. PLUS a never-issued single by Tony Damond (lead singer of Billy's backing group, The Gamblers) PLUS Johnny Storme's recreation of the lost Billy Fury track Love Don't Let Me Down, with words by Geoff Howlett and the original Gamblers backing track.
This super, unique CD is a snip at just £9.99.
Super 9-track charity CD, raising funds for Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight, and the Heart Fund at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, in memory of Pauline Swindells
Christmas Day Again.
Four brilliant original Frankie Connor songs performed by Billy Fury's brother, the former Joe Meek recording artist Jason Eddie (Albie Wycherley). Tracks are: I Never Met Colette, Believe In Love, Helpless, I Know I've Got A Heart. Albie at his very best. A real collector's item and highly recommended.
Written by music journalist Spencer Leigh, Wondrous Face has many, many photographs and illustrations, and is the result of much original research.
This is THE FIRST AND STILL THE ONLY biography of Billy published in book form.
HALFWAY TO PARADISE: The story of Britpop 1955-1962.Top music writer Spencer Leigh interviewed more than 150 performers for Halfway To Paradise, the story of British popular music from the birth of rock 'n' roll to the advent of The Beatles.
The contributors include Acker Bilk, Lonnie Donegan, Adam Faith, Rolf Harris, Ronnie Hilton, Anthony Newley, Hank Marvin, Cliff Richard, Tommy Steele, Frankie Vaughan and Marty Wilde.
146 pages. £9.99
THINGS DO GO WRONG. The day by day story of Eddie Cochran's final UK tour in 1960, leading to his tragic death. 140 well illustrated pages. Foreword by Bobby Vee. Brilliant read. £9.99.
ON THE STYLE
The biography of the pioneering king of skiffle, the late Lonnie Donegan - 160 pages.
Written by the accomplished music journalist Spencer Leigh, Puttin' On The Style has many, photographs and illustrations, and is the result of much original research.
WITHOUT YOU tribute CD
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DEAD MAN'S CAVE
A brand-new reprint of Conon Fraser's classic adventure novel, set in the 1950s.
Dead Man's Cave was originally written for a teenage audience, but as with all great young people's books, it's a winner with all ages.
Peaksoft have lovingly recreated this epic adventure, long unavailable even on the second-hand market - surviving copies of the original are well-guarded.
Produced with Conon Fraser's enthusiastic support, the new edition has the full original text and illustrations, for which permission was granted by the family of the late Will Nickless (of Eagle fame).
There is a new foreword by Conon Fraser, as well as the tale of the 20-year process that led to the 21st Century re-issue of Dead Man's Cave. £7.99
|CAR TAX DISC HOLDERS
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"Billy Fury – always number 1" car sticker in blue and gold. 25cm * 5cm, with two pictures. £1.75
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