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David Gates (The Early Years 1962-1967)

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  • Audio CD (18 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rare Rockin Records
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Popsicles And IciclesThe Murmaids 2:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hey, Little StarAnn-Margret 2:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Without YouMichael Landon 2:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Don't Let HimGloria Melbourne 2:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cryin' On My PillowDorothy Berry 2:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. PebblesDorsey Burnette 2:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Football Season's OverShelley Fabares 2:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ain't Gonna Cry No MoreGwen Stacey 2:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. My One And Only Jimmy BoyThe Girlfriends 2:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Luckiest Girl In TownPat Powdrill 2:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tears, RainFrankie Fanelli 2:210.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. If You Ever Need MeMargaret Mandolph 2:300.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. PlayboyThe Crickets 2:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Lost In WonderlandConnie Stevens 2:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. You Better Watch OutDorothy Berry 2:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Fool Of The YearJohnny Burnette 1:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Lonely GirlGwen Stacey 2:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Silly Little GirlMargaret Mandolph 1:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. I Think I'm Gonna CryGail Ganley 2:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Are You Putting Me OnJerry Modine 2:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Nothing Left To Do But CryMerry Clayton 2:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Tell HimSuzy Wallis 2:260.89  Buy MP3 
Listen23. The Prince Of My DreamsDotty & Kathy 2:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen24. The Brighter SideCarl Edwards 1:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Give Thanks To A FriendGwen Stacey 2:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Never Let Him GoJody Miller 2:520.89  Buy MP3 
Listen27. For My SakeThe Girlfriends 1:580.89  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Swingin' GatesThe Fencemen 2:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen29. No One Really Loves A ClownJohnny Crawford 2:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Standin' On The CornerDorothy Berry 1:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen31. How Do You Say GoodbyeJody Miller 2:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen32. You'll Be Needin' MeThe Lettermen 2:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen33. You'll Be Needin' Me (Original Demo)David Gates 2:130.89  Buy MP3 

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Rare Rockin Records highly anticipated Third volume in their much revered Songwriter Masters Series , DAVID GATES The Early Years 1962-1967. In this third installment, we present an icon of the Industry in David Gates as we take a musical journey back to his Pre-Bread days as a Songwriter. Prior to being a member of Bread with whom he enjoyed numerous Hot 100 hits in the early 70s, David Gates had a music career that stretched back to 1957. He was a very well respected session musician who quickly stepped up to be both an arranger and producer. A singer in his own right; he was also a prolific songwriter. For the first time, we are bringing together the best of these songs ( as a songwriter), 33 in fact, from the golden years of 1962 through 1967. They include many girl group and northern soul rarities. Most of these rare 60s gems make their CD debut. Although his 70s output yielded more hits - 13 with Bread and 7 as a solo artist, this does not diminish the quality of David Gates 60s songs, as the 33 tracks featured on this CD clearly demonstrate. This set is headlined by his biggest song of the 60s: the Murmaids Popsicles And Icicles and continues with the best and rarest of the songs David Gates wrote in the 60s, from 1962 - 1967, as performed by the Crickets, the Lettermen, Johnny Crawford, Ann-Margret, Shelley Fabares, Connie Stevens, Jody Miller, Merry Clayton and many more. Accompanied by a 32 page booklet, featuring liner notes for all tracks and a David Gates career perspective from noted rock historian, Brian Gari. Many rare pictures and label scans complete this one of a kind package. 33 tracks in total! 6 in stereo.

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  1. Popsicles And Icicles - MURMAIDS
  2. Hey, Little Star - ANN-MARGRET
  3. Without You - LANDON, Michael
  4. Don't Let Him - MELBOURNE, Gloria
  5. Cryin' On My Pillow - BERRY, Dorothy
  6. Pebbles - BURNETTE, Dorsey
  7. Football Season's Over - FABARES, Shelley
  8. Ain't Gonna Cry No More - STACEY, Gwen
  9. My One And Only Jimmy Boy - GIRLFRIENDS
  10. The Luckiest Girl In Town - POWDRILL, Pat
  11. Tears, Rain - FANELLI, Frankie
  12. If You Ever Need Me - MANDOLPH, Margaret
  13. Playboy - CRICKETS
  14. Lost In Wonderland - STEVENS, Connie
  15. You Better Watch Out - BERRY, Dorothy
  16. The Fool Of The Year - BURNETTE, Johnny
  17. Lonely Girl - STACEY, Gwen
  18. Silly Little Girl - MANDOLPH, Margaret
  19. I Think I'm Gonna Cry - GANLEY, Gail
  20. Are You Putting Me On - MODINE, Jerry
  21. Nothing Left To Do But Cry - CLAYTON, Merry
  22. Tell Him - WALLIS, Suzy
  23. The Prince Of My Dreams - DOTTY & KATHY
  24. The Brighter Side - EDWARDS, Carl
  25. Give Thanks To A Friend - STACEY, Gwen
  26. Never Let Him Go - MILLER, Jody
  27. For My Sake - GIRLFRIENDS
  28. Swingin' Gates - FENCEMEN
  29. No One Really Loves A Clown - CRAWFORD, Johnny
  30. Standin' On The Corner - BERRY, Dorothy
  31. How Do You Say Goodbye - MILLER, Jody
  32. You'll Be Needin' Me - LETTERMEN
  33. You'll BE Needin' Me (Original Demo) - GATES, David

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To the general 60's/70's music fan,the name David Gates simply means his hit group of the early 70's' Bread',but to devotees of the 60's Girl Group Sound,David Gates is one of the holy trio of 60's Girl Group Sound producers.alongside Phil Spector and Van McCoy-,responsible for some of the genre's jewels(The Girlfriend's thundering' My One&Only Jimmy Boy'-the Spector. imitation to end all Spector imitations to name just one)To Northern Soul fans, too he is a justly revered name,having been responsible for producing and/or writing such beloved Northern favourites as Margaret Mandolph's two treasures 'Something Beautiful' and 'If You Ever Need Me ' on his own great 'Planetary' label and Suzi Wallis' superlative 'Tell Him' on RCA.I've been waiting&hoping for a CD of David Gates' productions for years and now it's here.Many tracks are making their CD debut of course it's;so wonderful to have Margaret Mandolph's sublime rare beauty 'If You Ever Need Me' on CD at last and in great sound,but it's a little disappointing that the A side of Margaret's other 45' the equally,if not even more exquisite 'I Want To Make You Happy' isn't included-this track still hasn't made it to any CD I know of-I can understand not including her Northern classic 'Something Beautiful' as it has appeared on Northern Soul CD's but why not 'I Want To Make You Happy '? This is the one very slight complaint,though.Rare Rockin' Records should be eternally thanked for ,if nothing else,simply for putting Suzi Wallis' magnificent 'Tell Him'(not the Exciters song) on CD at last in fantastic sound;this is one of THE masterpieces of the Girl Group Sound,of 60's female Pop even,in my view; and David Gates once said he couldn't remember most of the records he produced in the 60's! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Compilation! 9 May 2013
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Just to make clear that this review is for the cd and not the MP3 edition. This is a great cd (73.03mins.) of David Gates early work from 1962 to 67 from 'Rare Rockin' Records'. It comes with a fantastic 32 page colour booklet that has a wealth of pics and label scans along with track by track information. Overall, the sound quality is good - with most tracks taken from the master tapes and some tracks from disc dubs (one or two have a little distortion and sound slightly shallow). Most tracks are in mono and 6 are in stereo (Tracks - 2,3,13,16,29 & 32 are Stereo). As for the quality of music, this never really dips below 7/10 - most are very good with more than a handful of excellent tracks like 'If you ever need me' by Margaret Mandolph, 'I think i'm gonna cry' by Gail Ganley and 'Tell him' by Suzy Wallis. There is no real filler, there's even an unreleased demo by David 'You'll be needin' me'. Great compilation, recommended. 4.5 stars would be more accurate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great songwriter 25 July 2013
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There are loads of great tracks on this indispensible compilation from Australia. Its high class and I there should be room for a volume two
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5.0 out of 5 stars How David Gates made a pile of dough 1 Jun 2013
By Richard
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Though Gates has been compared to Phil Spector he is many times more talented even if he DID copy the Wall Of Sound for the simple reason that he admitted just what he copied.Unlike Spector who never said anything other than how brilliant he was.
In spite of that his name was never known until the Bread years and even then it was about the time Telly Savalas topped the charts with a monologue of the Bread song If.
Gates has recorded under many different names including Del Ashley and as a duo with Leon Russell (as David & Lee on Garpax)while during the British Invasion he was the Manchesters
So here's the new Rare Rockin' Records latest release following 2 other songwriter collections in Burt Bacharach and Billy Meshell.It comes with a detailed booklet and covers the 5 year period 1962-67
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Never Let (This Compilation) Go"! 13 May 2013
By TheNoomz83 - Published on
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The joy of discovery is all over this exceptional compilation of David Gates-penned songs from 1962 to 1967. It's almost impossible to fathom the amount of good-to-great records made in the 1960s, and here come thirty-one more that I never heard until now, five decades later (!) for all but two of these. The ones I knew, unsurprisingly, were the two Billboard Hot 100 entries here: the one-massive-hit Murmaids' "Popsicles and Icicles," which reached #3 in early 1964 just before the Beatles landed on our shores; and the Phil Spector/Darlene Love soundalike "My One and Only Jimmy Boy" by the Girlfriends, which got to #49 at the same time the Murmaids were riding high (it was also the very week "I Want to Hold Your Hand" hit number one). Besides these two, only a pair of releases even saw action as B-sides of (Johnny Crawford and Connie Stevens) chart hits. Nearly everything on this CD, from a quality standpoint (Gates's songwriting, the production values and performances), had the potential to become hits, but timing is everything; and the arrival of those four "moptops" from Liverpool drastically altered the lay of the land, reducing pop radio airplay (the overwhelming launcher of hits) for U.S. artists. Gates could be accused of copycatism on some of these songs, as they were obviously being crafted to match the various genres that had been selling at the time. Besides the obvious Phil Spector influence on "My One and Only Jimmy Boy," Dorothy Berry's "You Better Watch Out" sounds eerily like it could have been a semi-cloned Betty Everett follow-up to "You're No Good." However, Gates is such an inherently strong melodist (his later Bread output attests to this) and is so adept at seemlessly matching his lyrics to his melodies that the large majority of his songs can easily stand on their own.

The first big revelation here for me was Gates's ability to come up with excellent songs for a number of young female R&B artists (Dorothy Berry, Pat Powdrill, Margaret Mandolph, Gwen Stacey, Merry Clayton), of whom only Merry Clayton was heard from again in a major way.

The second and even bigger revelation is that my favorite all-time David Gates song "Never Let Her Go," which he himself took to #29 in 1975, was originally released on Capitol Records ten years earlier as Jody Miller's "Never Let Him Go." Jody Miller became a favorite of mine in the '70s when she was scoring on the country charts. Her performance on this record is compelling and made even more moving by her beautifully controlled tight vibrato. If I had known this record existed in 1965 I would have ridden my bike at breakneck speed over to the local record shop to place my order.

Thank you, Rare Rockin' Records, for this fantastic CD and CD package, including a 32-page booklet with notes on every song and artist, along with photos and color galore. And thank you, David Gates, for being the brains and talent behind this highly enjoyable music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET BREAD FAN 28 Jun 2013
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Let's face it: during their heyday, Bread just weren't considered "cool" nor "hip." They were commercial, successful and made beautiful music. What could a card-carrying hippie like me (with shelves full of Hendrix, Clapton, Beck and Page; Beatles, Stones, Who and Kinks; Coltrane, Miles, Bird and Duke; Muddy, Wolf, B.B. and Albert King; Dylan, Baez, Joni and Donovan; Eagles, Ronstadt, Jackson and J.D.; James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Otis Redding) possibly hear in the music of a Top 40 band?

The answer was great songs, incredible voices and top notch playing. I just got hooked the moment I heard "Make It With You" and so became a "closet" Bread fan. Along with The Carpenters, the Kasenetz & Katz gang and few other secret favorites, my Bread records remained "hidden" amongst my collection: if someone spotted one, I'd simply claim it belonged to my little sister.

As an avid collector, though, I wanted to know more, figuring musicians and writers of this caliber couldn't have simply materialized out of nowhere. I went to see my musical mentor and buddy, Big Al, and asked what he knew about them. Of course, he knew everything about them! He proceeded to tell me that the main guy, David Gates, was a rockabilly out of Oklahoma who had risen to the top of the L.A. recording scene alongside Leon Russell, Glen Campbell and Chuck Blackwell, and had participated in about 200 sides as a composer, artist, producer, arranger, guitarist and bassist. He said, "Do you remember The Murmaids? That's David Gates!"

(He then told me that the "other" guy, Jimmy Griffin, had been a successful teen singer with Beach Boys/surf scene connections and had charted with one of the first Lennon-McCartney covers in the United States, "All My Loving." And not only that, he and his partner, Robb Royer, the third guy in the band, had written "For All we Know" for "Lovers and Other Strangers" and won an Academy Award! But that's another story...)

I was off and running, collecting as much as I could on everyone connected with the band as they progressed with the additions of Larry Knechtel and Mike Botts to round out a road-worthy touring lineup. And as time progressed, I was able to "prove" to everyone how both "cool" and "hip" David and the rest of the guys were by playing "Jo-Baby" by The Accents and The Avalanches stuff, etc. (Steely Dan? Oh, that's the drummer from Bread on that track...)

And over the years, I did pretty well, finding lots of gems out there with David's (and the others') names attached. In fact, I got to know Jimmy Griffin after my band opened for The Remingtons in the '90s and when I told him about my collection, he asked if I could assist him and his mom in putting together some of this early stuff. I put a package together of tapes and any vinyl doubles I had and when he received it, he called to say he was thrilled. He told me he'd mentioned the tapes to David and asked if I could put together another package for him which he'd forward. (Jimmy didn't want to give me David's address. As most people know, David is a super-private person, rarely giving interviews and prefers to remain out of the spotlight unless he's on the stage.) I stayed in touch with Jimmy, but never heard from David. I hope he got the tapes, but now, that's a moot point and now I'll actually get to the point of this review:

Rare Rockin' Records new David Gates compilation, "The Early Years 1962-1967," is a must-have for just about everyone. It has most of the sides I'd collected. It has sides I'd never heard. It has sides I'd never even heard of! The depth and breadth of his talents are fully represented in incredible fidelity. (Much work must have gone into finding masters or unplayed copies of the records to master from - the sound quality is great!) It's all here: soul, girl group, surf, country, pop - you name it. The hits and the better-known stuff are worth the purchase price alone for great mastering - it's like hearing some of them for the first time - but beyond that, there's many hundreds of dollars of rarities which most of us could never afford, even if we could find them.

The booklet is incredibly detailed and lavishly illustrated and, apparently, this might just be the tip of the iceberg - there's a photo array of another CD's worth of stuff not on this volume. Hopefully, there's a volume two in the works, but if not, it gives us all stuff to look for in the meantime now that we've gotten all this great stuff together in one neat package.

A great job by Rare Rockin' Records and a great testament to the multiple talents of the great David Gates.

- Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting collection 30 Dec 2013
By Bruce Butgereit - Published on
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Very nice mix of the talents of David Gates. I've always wondered why he never received as much credit for his writing, playing and producing talents. Even with other artists covering his work, the Gates' sound comes through.
4.0 out of 5 stars More David 25 Oct 2013
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I did not know of this deep writing background. Good education for us Bread/Gates fans. Worth adding to your collection if you collect David's work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius! 30 Aug 2013
By Sugar Town - Published on
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It's totally worth it for the Planetary singles, especially Margaret Mandolph and Dorothy Berry! Those records are pure genius. And the photo of David Gates as a high school cheerleader is cool too!
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