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Album No. 1 CD


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  • Audio CD (3 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B001G4CXKO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Magazine Woman
2. The Sun Shines
3. Doctor Doctor
4. I Can't Stand To Lose You
5. Market Tavern
6. Spooky
7. Take A Look
8. The View
9. If You Don't Come Back
10. Thoughts Of An Old Man
11. Francis
12. I Promise To Love You
13. Whatever Happened To Happy
14. Come In You'll Get Pneumonia
15. Cutie Morning Moon - Gary Walker, The Carnabeats
16. Gary's Theme - Gary Walker, The Carnabeats

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Formed by the drummer from The Walker Brothers, this band made music which was a world away from the balladry of hits like 'Make It Easy On Yourself'. As the WB were popular in Japan, The Rain's only album was released there, but not in the UK. Walker (Gary Leeds) brought in Joey Molland on guitar, which helped lend a Beatlesque feel to some of the tracks (Molland would join Beatles' proteges Badfinger in time for their first hit). The fine opening track, 'Magazine Woman', shows that The Jam weren't the first band to lift the bass riff from 'Taxman'. Moreover, some tracks, such as 'The Sun Shines' are straight pop featuring piano or harpsichord that also suggest a 'Revolver' influence.

Elsewhere, however, the bottom end of the music is hard, often brutal rock, embellished with distortion, phasing and feedback. This is at its most extreme and effective on 'If You Don't Come Back', apparently a Drifters song, though you wouldn't guess from The Rain's version. This approach is more reminiscent of The Who at their most belligerent and The Creation. 'Album Number One' should appeal to anyone interested in so-called 'psych-pop' of the late 1960s.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mulwharchar TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Aug 2009
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I was never sure what Gary Leeds did in The Walker Brothers, and assumed he was a kind of Andrew Ridgeley with drums, but on the strength of this solo LP, he must have been quietly seething in the shadow of Scott and John for years. 'Album No 1' is definitely the sound of someone with something to prove, and for that Leeds chose the furthest thing he could in 1967 from the Walkers' symphonic pop: cranked-up, full-on freakbeat. He formed The Rain from a nucleus of Liverpool musicians, most notably future Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland, and they lived together in the best Monkees style whilst preparing their assault on the world. Unfortunately the world had moved on by the time the LP was ready, and despite being a minor classic of the genre, it sank without trace in the UK and that was the end of the band. Nevertheless their cover of the Classics IV's 'Spooky' was proverbially 'big in Japan', and this led to Gary Leeds recording a single with Japanese garage band The Carnabeats, also included here as a postscript. Little of The Rain's stuff has previously appeared on compilations so fans of UK freakbeat and psychedelia will find plenty to enjoy on this LP.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ojvin on 24 Feb 2011
Format: Audio CD
A surpriseling good album with not only Gary Walker from original Walker Brothers but also not least to forget Joey Molland of the legendary british group "Badfinger"
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