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Mod Classics 1964-1966 [VINYL]

Georgie Fame Vinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (28 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bgp
  • ASIN: B003LFIP30
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. IT'S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD SHAKIN'
2. PAPA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG
3. EL BANDIDO
4. DAWN YAWN
5. GET ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
6. LOVEY DOVEY
7. SEE SAW
8. SOUL STOMP
9. THE WORLD IS ROUND
10. MONKEYING AROUND
11. SWEET THING
12. SOMETHING
13. POINT OF NO RETURN
14. LI'L DARLIN'
15. FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY
16. PREACH AND TEACH
17. PARCHMAN FARM
18. MOVE IT ON OVER
19. LAST NIGHT
20. MUSIC TALK
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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CD Description

* DOUBLE VINYL

* This is the first vinyl compilation of Georgie Fame's Columbia recordings since 1979's "Beat Classics" and is designed to complement that seminal work. While that went for the hits and the singles, "Mod Classics" goes for the dancefloor appeal of 24 tracks that mix jazz, rhythm and blues and soul.

* Georgie and his group, the Blue Flames, were the hippest outfit in mid-60s London. Their residency at Soho's Flamingo Club was a fixture for mods and American GIs, who danced all night to the sounds of black America and Georgie's interpretations of it. Georgie covered the hippest jazz cuts, the most obscure soul from Stax, Motown and Okeh and would also show his love of rhythm and blues with his take on numbers by Ray Charles and Sam Cooke.

* Cuts such as `El Bandido', `Last Night', `Sweet Thing' and `Outrage' are seminal mod club classics, while his album "Sound Venture" showed Georgie to be the hippest cat in town with a band featuring Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott and many of the hottest names of British jazz. The cut `Dawn Yawn', from that album, written by Georgie, is a masterpiece describing a trawl through Soho clubs and the melancholia of an early morning trip home.

* This compilation shows that there was more to Georgie Fame than the hits of `Yeh, Yeh!' and `Getaway' - this is the Georgie of the Flamingo All-Nighter, a man worshipped by the mods.

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2LP

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Fabulous compilation of B-sides, EP and Album tracks from Georgies most consistent period, his 1964-66 recordings for EMI/Columbia. Hardly anything on this disc has been available on CD in this country before and it makes an excellent companion to the venerable 20 Beat Classics set (although neither title includes the 1965 top 40 hit 'Like We Used To Be'-you'll have to buy an Australian import for that). This set concentrates on Georgies jazz/soul output, but there is still a whole host of great tracks that await reissue. The sleeve notes hint that BGP may issues a follow-up including Georgies ska recordings, and while that will undoubtedly be excellent, I'm still frustrated that Universal, who seem to hold the rights to these tracks now, can't just put out straightforward reissues of Georgies four Columbia LPs. Does anyone know if there's a genuine reason why they remain unavailable or is it just a lack of interest on the part of the label??
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Famester at his Finest... 23 April 2010
By Og Oggilby TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a very timely and thoroughly excellent Fame collection. If you wonder what his reputation is based upon, then look no further than this album. Sure, it has none of the hits, but it goes deeper into the earlier catalogue of Georgie's career, and does evoke memories of sweaty Soho 60's clubs. Georgie's impressive keyboard work and funky, down-home vocal approach is more than adequately showcased here, and, although as his career went on, he embraced (or was forced into) more MOR styles, he still applied a professionalism and craftsman approach that makes even that stuff never less than enjoyable. None of that gear here, though; this is R&B, Jazz, and Blues at it's least compromised and sounds irrepressibly fresh. There is absolutely no reason I can think of as to why you shouldn't snap up a copy NOW!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FAME ! .......AT LAST ! 24 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Thank goodness for BGP, someone at least had the sense to compile Georgies sixties "Mod" ouput. Theres loads of Fame fans out there and this is a welcome release as cd comps of Georgies work has been pretty limited since the 79 "Beat classics" and "Get away with..." from 95.
Drawing mainly on b-sides and his "Sweet things" and "Fame at last" lps ,plus a smattering of EP tracks this aims squarely at the Mod audience with classics such as "In-crowd" and "Last night" ,though theres a few omissions that frankly are unforgivable. Why no "All about my girl" from Fame at last ,certainly one of the most popular Jimmy McGriff covers ,and a bona fide "Mod classic" , or "Telegram". We could have done without "Funny how time slips away" , a country song ,albeit given a bluesy treatment here. And "Lil Darlin" a jazz cover .Just seems so out of place here. But I guess I'm just being picky. And where the heck is "Green Onions"??? Does'nt get much Mod-der than that track for goodness sake. Surely we could've lost the distincly un Mod Fats Domino cover to include it ?
Its good to get these track on cd ,but soundwise it does'nt do it for me either ,a digital remaster would've help as some songs sound dubbed from vinyl and a little dull. Theres Japanese cds out there well worth getting for sound and rarity value with loads of unreleased tracks but are hideously overpriced ,unless you can pick up the excellent 1998 "In-Crowd" boxset with its wonderfull tracklisting.
A worthwhile purchase ,just two songs that should'nt be on it ,please BGP !! Lets have a Volumne 2.....and compile "All about my girl" ,"Telegram" "Bend a little" ,"Orange St" and "Madness"..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars essential georgie fame 10 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was ecstatic at finally being able buy one of my all time faves by Georgie Fame, previously only available on the EP Rhythm and Blues at the Flamingo- bought new way back when and long lost along with all my vinyl. That track is Parchman Farm. Note that this is not the seven minute version which can be found on "Somebody Stole my Thunder", but a shorter one which features one of my favourite guitar solos. Both versions are classics and really bring out the atmosphere of a tight live set in a smoky club.

Anyway, this collection is a bit of a curate's egg- good in parts. I would have preferred to just download my favourite tracks, but as of penning this it has not been available to download.

I would also recommend Get on the Right Track Baby, See Saw, Point of no Return, and the Work Song, all of which I remember impressing me greatly during my Mod days.

The rest whilst, they probably do accurately represent the type of set which would have been popular among an audience with many US servicemen, do sound to me like competent if workmanlike covers of mainstream US pop. Nothing wrong with that, but not the Georgie Fame as I recalled his influence on me way back then.

It is worth buying for the five or six tracks which really showcase a great British R&B/Blues/Jazz talent who has never in my opinion been accorded the respect and acclaim he deserves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tight rythm and blues 8 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
tight punchy production of londons top jazz and soul musicians,covering up tempo covers of classic material,
top production of driving arrangements ,with georgie fame's great tone and phrasing.
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