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Looking Back: 80 Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rpm
  • ASIN: B005Q9F7NA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,361 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Spencer Davis Group - Looking Back
2. The Arthur Brown Set - Don't Tell Me
3. The Untamed - It's Not True
4. The Syndicats - Crawdaddy Simone
5. The Bats - On The Waterfront
6. John Lee's Groundhogs - I'll Never Fall In Love Again
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Disc: 2
1. Soul Purpose - Hip Huggin' Mini
2. The Brothers Grimm - Looky, Looky
3. J.J. Jackson - Come See Me
4. The Arthur Brown Set - Baby You Know What You're Doing
5. Lloyd Alexander Real Estate - Gonna Live Again
6. The Mirage - You Can't Be Serious
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Disc: 3
1. Kris Ife - Hush
2. Watson T. Brown & Explosive - Crying All Night
3. Stu James & The Mojos - Until My Baby Comes Home
4. The Ministry Of Sound - White Collar Worker
5. Katch 22 - Baby Love
6. John's Children - Just What You Want, Just What You'll Get
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Product Description

 A mammoth eighty-track compendium of the finest (mostly) British Mod sounds of the 60s, housed in a Clambox with a 48-page booklet.

 Looking Back boasts a smattering of previously unissued gems from the likes of A Wild Uncertainty, Tony Rivers & The Castaways, The Thoughts, The Trekkas and The Knave.

 Many tracks are new to CD, including nuggets from the Lloyd Alexander Real Estate (who later became Audience), and soul obscurities from Maynell Wilson, Hoagy Benson and Watson T. Brown & Explosive.

 Looking Back is compiled and annotated by Paul Weller biographer and long-time Mod observer John Reed and designed by Andy Morten (Shindig magazine, Rev-Ola).

 Many of the rarities here are drawn from cult British labels such as Planet, Ember and Chapter One. Other obscurities were only issued abroad (The Sorrows, The Alan Bown Set). Many of the artists, such as Arthur Brown and The Groundhogs, went on to enjoy huge success. The Valentines, for example, were fronted by a pre-AC/DC Bon Scott!

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modernist Triumverate! 28 Dec 2011
By Angular
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RPM's built a great reputation over the years for unveiling the nooks and crannies of Britpop 60s history, from label overviews (Beacon, Strike, etc.) to great single-artist packages. But this might be the first time they've attempted such an ambitious package? Over three CDs, Looking Back tries to document the British beat/mod explosion in its various guises via 80s tracks. The packaging is exemplory, from myriad photos to reasonably accurate and informative liner notes. The front cover artwork is refreshing, too - not the usual Twiggy or scooter shots but something which somehow captures the excitement of soul clubs back in the mid-1960s.

But two questions hover over such compilations. The first is the M-word. Isn't Mod just being used as a sales tool? Mod music wasn't British, right? It was American soul, blues and R&B or maybe Jamaican ska and rocksteady. Well, the purists can argue amongst themselves. At least Looking Back qualifies its contents with the terms Freakbeat and Swinging London - two genres which aren't that specific. If we give the compilers the benefit of the doubt on the Mod term, we then notice that Looking Back seems to be loosely themed. Disc 1 concentrates on the Beat and R&B material, centring on its boom in 1963-1964. Horn sections, for the most part, arrive on Disc 2 - so this is soul, albeit mostly of the blue-eyed variety (although there are more black vocalists here than meets the eye). Disc 3 seems to reflect Mod's diaspora, with various styles across the late 60s. The kind of tunes, then, which get played on the Mod scene today.

The second question for any such compendium is to what extent this is merely recycled fare, i.e. you've already got everything elsewhere. Well, Looking Back does boast a lot of stuff we've all heard before (e.g.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This "Looking Back" compilation for me is one of the better compilations of sixties sounds from 2011 - Like the old Past & Present comps, there is a mixture of tracks you will know & love, and then there are those tracks that are new to even the most diehard fans of this music scene. There are new tracks on this comp that i have never heard before!!

If you are like me and your vinyl buying days are long gone, this CD is an absolute must. Unfortunately like the previous review I do have a number of the tracks on other Cds , The Ember Record Label series / Ministry Of Sound / The Untamed / Mulberry Bush / The Syndicats (It Was Paul "Smiler" - Rare Mod compiler who introduced me to this track during the eighties) / Strike Records etc... so for me a number of tracks i already own (even a copy of the previously uncomped "Lloyd Alexander Real Estate" on a vinyl '45, but it is the anticipation of those tracks i dont yet have, or havent heard before, or know about but have not got yet, which is more about where this comp fits into anyones collection.

There are many new tracks to me on this comp that I love, and the quality is outstanding. The 35 page booklet with each single details and pictures is also well published.

My Favourite tracks :- (excluding the tracks i already have which are also excellent) "The InCrowd - Stop Wait a minute" recently found this on YouTube and sounds like Shake, The Knave - Ace OF Clubs (if you like The Quik then this is a must buy), The Alan Bown Set - Jeu De Massacre (Unlike the Alan Bown you normally get on Comps - this is frantic stuff), Hardin & York - Little Miss Blue (Spencer Davis reincarnate!!), The Birds - No Good Without You (An Australian band of the same name covering the UK Birds songs!), The Trekkas.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London nuggets 18 Jan 2012
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Its not entirely clear whether this is anything to do with the other nuggets collections, or not, but if our a fan of Nuggets, Los Angeles Nuggets etc then you won't be disappointed. Not quite as good as the earlier Nuggests complications - here is a couple of ropey ones and perhaps one or two many cover versions, button the whole it's a great little collection. Imagine a London Soho underground club in the middle of the Sixties and this might have been what it who us have soy need like! A must for Freakbeat Freaks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars And still they come 4 July 2012
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
First time round for many of these failed singles to be issued on CD and this triple set fills in many of the gaps.
And yet there's still the odd one missing-Tony Shevelle & the Shevetons' If I Could Conquer The World (which used to be played on Radio Caroline a lot) and Sandra Browne's Knock On Any Door-the greatest song Burt Bacharach never wrote.Cherry Red is the right label to reissue them so a 2nd volume would be welcome
The info for the Renegades'Thirteen Women should have added that this song was the B side of Bill Haley's Comets' Rock Around The Clock which was a cover of the Dickie Thompson original
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