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Emergency 999 [Import]

Alan Bown Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Castle - Old Numbers
  • ASIN: B00006GOI4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,691,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. CAN'T LET HER GO
2. I'M THE ONE
3. BABY DON'T PUSH ME
4. EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE ALRIGHT
5. HEADLINE NEWS
6. MR. PLEASURE
7. EMERGENCY 999
8. SETTLE DOWN
9. GONNA FIX YOU GOOD (EVERYTIME YOU'RE BAD)
10. I REALLY, REALLY CARE
11. JEU DE MASSACURE (THE KILLING GAME) (PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED IN UK)
12. LOVE ME (PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED)
13. MR. JOB (PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED)
14. GONNA FIX YOU GOOD (EVERYTIME YOU'RE BAD) (DEMO VERSION)
15. IT'S GROWING (LIVE)
16. EMERGENCY 999 (LIVE)
17. I NEED YOU (LIVE)
18. SUNNY (LIVE)
19. HEADLINE NEWS (LIVE)
20. DOWN IN THE VALLEY (LIVE)
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting if for the live tracks 10 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a cd of two halves. The various studio tracks are pretty mixed. There is nothing too offensive but you can see why their singles releases never really sold back in the 1960s. Where this album takes off if with the live tracks which originally formed one side of the famous "London Swings" LP, the other being a performance by Jimmy James and the Vagabonds. The atmosphere of 60s London really comes through as the mixture of originals and blistering soul covers captures one of the leading bands of the mod movement in top form. If you already have the live stuff you'll probably buy this on the strength of it and end up a little disappointed. But if you don't have the live stuff, or if you don't want to wear out your copy of the original vinyl, then buy it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album - particularly the live cuts 27 Mar 2001
By spinner
Format:Audio CD
I was a regular at The Marquee clunb in Lodon's Wardour Street in the mid-60's and saw The Alan Bown Set there every week ( along with the Who, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds etc. ) I bought the Alan Bown version of 'Headline News' before the original by Edwin Starr - in fact I first heard many soul classics performed by this Band before going on to buy the originals. The Alan Bown Set were leaders on the Mod scene and highly accomplished musicians. This album is a great record of the period and their live cuts from the Marquee really capture the atmosphere of the period when London really did swing!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Alan Bown Set Sure Had Soul! 17 Jan 2001
Format:Audio CD
Almost thirty-five years ago I heared a relatively unknown London-based band called the Alan Bown Set perform a song titled "Headline News" on Radio Luxemburg. With it's opening chorus "Extra! Extra! Read all about it," its wonderful horns, and its funky rhythm, it was Mod with "a capital M." The song failed to make the charts, which is still hard to believe. Over the next thirty-five years I never heard the song again. But, I never forgot it either.
Here is that song, and plenty more like it. Before evolving into the mildly psychedelic group called just The Alan Bown, this original incarnation was a terrific dance band; a favorite at the clubs and halls of Swingin' London. Their interpretations of Motown, the Impressions, and other American masters of soul, were among the best mid-60s Britain had to offer. In many ways they were the equals of the Small Faces and the Who, but never achieved the success or the mystique of the other two bands.
This collection of ALL their Pye recordings from 1966-1967 is a wonderful piece of Mod nostalgia. I only regret that they were not as well recorded as some of their contemporaries, and alas for this reissue, their recordings were apparently not remixed. So, this pretty much sounds the way it did back when these tunes first appeared on 45. Also included is a live set, one side of the rare "London Swings: Live At the Marquee" LP (the other side was given over to their contemporaries Jimmy James & the Vagabonds). If you like the Mod sound, you'll definitely find this a treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album - particularly the live cuts 27 Mar 2001
By spinner
Format:Audio CD
I was a regular at The Marquee club in Lodon's Wardour Street in the mid-60's and saw The Alan Bown Set there every week ( along with the Who, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds etc. ) I bought the Alan Bown version of 'Headline News' before the original by Edwin Starr - in fact I first heard many soul classics performed by this Band before going on to buy the originals. The Alan Bown Set were leaders on the Mod scene and highly accomplished musicians. This album is a great record of the period and their live cuts from the Marquee really capture the atmosphere of the period when London really did swing!
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