I first heard of Ian & The Zodiacs from two of the Past & Present Compilations, with Tracks "No Money, No Honey" and "Come Along Girl", so when this album flashed up in my recomendations from Amazon, it went into my wish list, until last week i eventually bought it. No other recomendations to persuade me otherwise so I went for it.
And I am glad I did. All of the tracks from the sixties beat era and taken from their Star LP releases of the time, Star Club 7, Just Listen to Ian & the Zodiacs, and Locomotive!
The opening track alone is worth the money, a freakbeat version of Wade in the Water, a good start to the CD. Track 2 "As You Used To Do" is typical British Beat track,but still a good track, considering this band were one of the longest running bands in Liverpool at the time its a wonder why they get mised off most comps. Track 3 is an excellant version of Smokies "Going to a go go" and so the album continues to mix beat, R&B and soul for 26 songs.
The stand out tracks for me are the title track, Going To a Go Go, Why Cant It Be Me, Respect, The In Crowd and I Need You. There are a few beat ballads here but the good tracks outweigh those. This is a good selection of tracks, even some of the covers like "Any Day Now" or " Baby I Need Your Loving" which starts of with a bit of organ and you think oh this sounds good!! There are other tracks i have since found on the web which could have been included like "It Aint Neccasarily So" "See Saw" or the Clasic "Soulful Dress" or maybe their cover of "Cool Jerk".
Whether its Sixties Beat, Rhythm & Blues or Sixties general , then this is better than some of the options available from those genres. Well worth the money and very impressed with this purchase.
As with most of RPM ouputs the booklet is very informative and well presented. Five stars.