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  • Audio CD (27 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B00503TQE8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pipeline - The Chantays
2. I Don't Need You No More - The Rumblers
3. Ask The Stars - Jimmie Hombs With The Twinkle Tones & The Hollywood Rebels
4. Cinnamon Cinder (It's A Very Nice Dance) - The Pastel Six
5. Nellie - The Invictas
6. I Don't Need It - Lee Barry Aka Barry White
7. Smokey Places - The Slipped Discs
8. Dorothy - The Debonaires
9. In My Heart - E.S.P. Limited
10. That Kind Of Girl - Craig & Michael
11. Do It - Pat Powdrill
12. Jerk Baby Jerk - Carl Burnett & The Hustlers
13. Tv Guide - Jessie Hill
14. I've Got News For You - Little Johnny Taylor
15. Maid 'n Japan - The Nylons
16. Penetration - Ed Burkey
17. Troubles (Tk 23) - Sonny Patterson
18. Edge Of Nowhere - The Sunday Group
19. Hang It Out To Dry - Bud & Kathy
20. Freeway - The Last Word
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Product Description

* Ace have released several themed compilations of material from Tom Wenzel's California-based Downey Records: instrumentals, R&B, rock'n'garage and surf music. Many tracks from the Downey vaults do not fit any handy genre in this way, so Ace felt it was time to bring these together with some of the bigger hits creating a comprehensive overview, The Downey Story.

* Here is the first ever recording and solo outing of Barry White under the name Lee Barry. The track that has done so well over the years on the Northern scene, 'Do It' by Pat Powdrill makes a welcome appearance away from the Kent label. The same goes for Carl Burnett's 'Jerk Baby Jerk'.

* Also featured is some early doo wop, fresh to CD, plus the great Revels return with 'Comanche'. This made an appearance on the soundtrack to Pulp Fiction and is on the soundtrack of The Exiles, a grammy award-winning cult film recently revived and re-issued on DVD.

* There are also some previously unreleased gems, right next to huge hits like 'Pipeline'. Yes, that's here. For fans of obscure 60s psych Ace have found another unreleased track from The Last Word. And that is the last word, except to say that some of these Downey sides on original 45s are now getting hard to find and fetching high prices at auction, like Bud & Kathy's 'Hang It Out To Dry'.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Music Buff 1960's on 5 July 2011
Listening to this CD featuring 'Pipeline' by THE CHANTAYS and 'Comanche' by THE REVELS brings back nostalgic Memories. I can recall that Barry White was a struggling Artist in those days with Downey Records, he was very talented and was totally focused on making it in the Music Business. In fact all of the Artists and Producers in those days were hoping to make it big?

This CD comes with a very interesting Booklet with information and photo's of the 1960's Downey Artists.

The 1960's Music in the USA was very varied and great to listen to. There were a wide range of Genres and music styles to suit everyone. Bill Wenzel realised this and gave many Artists and Producers the chance to record their material from Instrumental's, Surf Music, Pop, Soul and R&B hence `LANDLOCKED - THE DOWNEY STORY reflects some of these different Genres.

In the mid 1960's there were over 100 new single 45 Vinyl Discs released every week in the USA. Unfortunately, for the struggling musicians it was very difficult for the Record Labels to get Radio Station Programme Directors to accept more than a few new records every week or so. Therefore, well known and established Artists such as Elvis, Roy Orbison, Burt Bacharach, and Motown Artists usually took preference over new comer releases unless they were exceptional or had a great hook.

Of course in the mid 1960's the British Invasion had hit the USA with THE BEATLES, ROLLING STONES, HERMAN and THE HERMITS and THE ANIMALS to mention a few. The Beatles dominated the Charts, sometimes with two or three songs on the top 100.

LANDLOCKED - THE DOWNEY STORY contains a few tracks I remember well and some I have never heard before. I still think PAT POWDRILL's version of `DO IT' is great.
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What I like about musical failure like this is that there was so much copying went on.The early days of Barry White for instance copied the Motown sounds of the day
For a label which had no more than 2 sizeable hits they lasted a long time and reading the booklet becomes a case of how much do you remember even an hour later?
This is the 5th of this series and tapes still turn up.
I especially liked the girl version of the Corsairs' 1961 hit Smoky Places which was a revival of the song which had already been on the top 10 and unless its an alternate take this must be the 3rd time round on Ace for the Pastel 6 hit which was actually on another label.No one though has ever identified the girl who adds the vocal aside even though she's in a photograph with the group taken inside the Cinnamon Cinder club.
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By boba 1977 on 15 Aug. 2011
The Downey Story CD is very interesting indeed. It covers quite a few of the Artists on the Downey Label with a mixed bag of Genres. The comprehensive Story Book inserted in the CD Case is a very interesting read with photos. of the Artists, which includes a young Barry White and a photo of Pat Powdrill with her producer, Nick Risi..

Like all CD's and LP's not all the songs are great or to the individuals taste.. However, this CD is worth buying as there are a few good tracks on it, especially the catchy `DO IT' by PAT POWDRILL which is my favourite track.

I believe that the original Downey 45 Vinyl of `DO IT' by PAT POWDRILL sells on EBay up to £200.00 British Pounds.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 July 2011
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(Before you read on this cd really deserves 3.5 stars). What an eclectic output, you will find various genres on this cd - Instrumentals, Surf, Doo Wop, Soul, Pop/garage. Hence, I found the cd interesting to listen to but hit and miss overall. To be fair, this cd is meant to be an overview a snapshot of the 'Downey' record label which it achieves very well. My favourite tracks are 'Do it' by Pat Powdrill, a great uptempo version of 'Smokey Places' by The Slipped Discs, an excellent pop tinged garage track 'That kind of girl' by Craig & Michael and an excellent unreleased track 'Dorothy' by the Debonaires. The booklet is 28 pages long and is very informative as you would expect from 'Ace'. Sound quality is fantastic to. I love buying music that I know little about, sure i'd heard of a couple of tracks on here before but why listen to the same old radio fodder? Buy this cd, it won't disappoint as there is some very good music on it to discover and cherish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
THE DOWNEY STORY - LANDLOCKED 12 July 2011
By Music Buff 1960's - Published on Amazon.com
Listening to this CD featuring 'Pipeline' by THE CHANTAYS and 'Comanche' by THE REVELS brings back nostalgic Memories. I can recall when Barry White was a struggling Artist when he started with Downey Records, he was very talented and was totally focused on making it in the Music Business. In fact all of the DOWNEY Artists and Producers in those days were hoping to make it big?

This CD comes with a very interesting Booklet which contains information and photo's of the 1960's Downey Artists.

The 1960's Music in the USA was very varied and great to listen to. There were a wide range of Genres and music styles to suit everyone. Bill Wenzel of Downey Records, realised this and gave many Artists and Producers the chance to record their material from Instrumental's, Surf Music, Pop, Soul and R&B hence `LANDLOCKED - THE DOWNEY STORY reflects some of these different Genres.

In the mid 1960's there were over 100 new single 45 Vinyl Discs released every week in the USA from American and overseas Artists. Unfortunately, for the struggling musicians it was very difficult for the Record Labels to get Radio Station Programme Directors to accept more than a few new records every week on their play lists. Therefore, well known and established Artists such as Elvis, Roy Orbison, Burt Bacharach, Motown Artists, Beatles, Rolling Stones and many others usually had preference over new Artist releases unless they were exceptional or had a great hook.

LANDLOCKED - THE DOWNEY STORY contains a few tracks I remember well and some I have never heard before.

I still think PAT POWDRILL's version of `DO IT' is great. PAT POWDRILL was a very young talented solo singer and a long performing IKETTE backing IKE and TINA TURNER.

In Fact, the Downey Story would make a great and interesting American Movie, exposing some great Artists and Music of the era.

Thanks for a nostalgic trip down memory lane; I really hope the CD gives a lot of enjoyment to everyone interested in 1960's American Music and Artists.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
THE DOWNEY STORY 15 Aug. 2011
By boba 1977 - Published on Amazon.com
The Downey Story CD is very interesting indeed. It covers quite a few of the Artists on the Downey Label with a mixed bag of Genres. The comprehensive Story Book inserted in the CD Case is a very interesting read with photos. of the Artists, which includes a young Barry White and a photo of Pat Powdrill with her producer, Nick Risi..

Like all CD's and LP's not all the songs are great or to the individuals taste.. However, this CD is worth buying as there are a few good tracks on it, especially the catchy `DO IT' by PAT POWDRILL which is my favourite track.

I believe that the original Downey 45 Vinyl of `DO IT' by PAT POWDRILL sells on EBay up to £200.00 British Pounds.
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