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5.0 out of 5 stars Decca signed Tremeloes instead of the Beatles
On New Year's Day, 1962, the Tremeloes auditioned for a recording contract immediately after the Beatles (then with Pete Best - later to be replaced by Ringo Starr). The man who had to choose only one signed the Tremeloes, although he eventually redeemed himself by signing the Rolling Stones to Decca on a recommendation from George Harrison. It is easy to laugh at the...
Published on 29 Oct. 2004 by Peter Durward Harris

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3.0 out of 5 stars If you can't beat 'em..........
While Brian Poole & the Tremeloes are hardly essential to British Beat of the 60s they will nevertheless go down in history as the group Decca signed instead of the Beatles and before the Liverpudlians had cut their first Parlophone single they'd made 2 singles and an album of covers-the first of which was Twist little Sister-perhaps their greatest disc compared to the...
Published on 22 Nov. 2006 by Richard


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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decca signed Tremeloes instead of the Beatles, 29 Oct. 2004
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Very Best of Brian Poole & the Tremeloes (Audio CD)
On New Year's Day, 1962, the Tremeloes auditioned for a recording contract immediately after the Beatles (then with Pete Best - later to be replaced by Ringo Starr). The man who had to choose only one signed the Tremeloes, although he eventually redeemed himself by signing the Rolling Stones to Decca on a recommendation from George Harrison. It is easy to laugh at the decision with hindsight, but the Tremeloes were a more experienced group and had a regular slot on BBC radio, therefore were known to many more people than the Beatles. Furthermore, the Tremeloes were based in London where the record company was located, so this also counted against the Beatles.
The Tremeloes were originally formed by a group of teenagers in 1958 with Brian Poole as their lead singer. Following their signing to Decca, the record company insisted that they put Brian's name up front, so they became Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. They found plenty of work, having non-charting singles of their own as well as backing other recording artists. Among these were the Vernon girls, who had minor UK hits with covers of Lover please (Clyde McPhatter) and Locomotion (Little Eva) - it was Locomotion that featured the Tremeloes.
Their first chart entry (a UK top five hit) was Twist and shout, a cover of an early Isley Brothers song that they'd recorded after hearing it on the Beatles' debut album. They followed it with Do you love me, a cover of a Contours song, which topped the UK charts for three weeks, knocking She loves you (Beatles) off the top - temporarily. The latter record returned to the top a couple of months later. The Dave Clark Five also covered Do you love me, but their version (their debut single) only made number 30 in the UK, though it did much better for them in America.
Brian Poole and the Tremeloes continued to succeed on the UK charts with covers of American songs including Candy man (number six) and Someone someone (number two), the latter being their only American hit, peaking at 97 on Billboard.
As the UK hits dried up, tensions within the group caused a split. Because Brian had been the focus of the group, it was generally assumed that he would go on to succeed as a solo singer while the group would fade into obscurity. Much to everybody's surprise, the reverse happened. Brian failed to establish himself as a solo act, eventually quitting the music business although he made periodic returns on the sixties revival circuit. The Tremeloes, with further line-up changes, re-emerged as a very different group in 1967. In that new form and on a different record label, they became much more successful and much more famous, but those recordings are to be found separately.
This compilation will interest Tremeloes fans wishing to trace the early history of the group and will also interest Brits who actually remember the hits. Beyond that, it will appeal to sixties collectors who enjoy the blend of pop, rock'n'roll and R+B that Brian Poole and the Tremeloes were noted for.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't forget these guys! they really knew how to rock, 19 Aug. 2003
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Martin Glover (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Very Best of Brian Poole & the Tremeloes (Audio CD)
The version of 'Twist and Shout', for example, is just ace. the tempo was just a tad faster than the version on E.P. The Beatles released at the time (which for some reason knocked this off the charts)and the guitar riff running through it stands out a lot more with a great twangy sound. Other great guitar sounds can be heard on 'I can dance'and the screaming intro to 'Candy Man'. Ricky West was one of the best guitar players of those days and well ahead of the game. This band always managed to sound just that bit more dynamic and 'happening' than a lot of others at the time, even in the studio. Lead vocals: full of character and terrific backing vocal harmonies too: listen for example to 'Someone, Someone', a Goffin and King classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'MANY SIXTIES MEMORIES HARBOURED ON-BOARD', 3 Nov. 2014
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Very Best of Brian Poole & the Tremeloes (Audio CD)
Remarkably as an earlier reviewer mentioned 'Decca' signed up 'Brian Poole' and The Tremeloes' in
preference to 'The Beatles' ....History has some weird facts ?
The group from East-London formed back in 1958 as a Beat/Rock group heavily influenced by 'Buddy
Holly' which back then would be an obvious path to take, chart-wise as was the case with many groups
back then first charted during the Group/Mersey pop revolution of the early sixties with their version of
'Twist And Shout' (Chart '4' 1963) this was followed by the groups only number one in the same year
'Do You Love Me' a low-entry followed the same year 'I Can Dance' (Chart '31') the following year they
achieved a further two Top-Ten entries with - 'Candy Man' (Chart '6') and 'Someone Someone' (Chart '2')
the group did have two further entries the same year with 'Twelve Steps To Love' which just missed out
on a Top 30 slot then the groups version of the classic track 'Three Bells' which peaked at number '17'
The groups only further chart entry was with 'I Want Candy' which charted in the TOP 30.
'Brian Poole' left the group to pursue a unsuccessful solo career in 1966, 'The Tremeloes' changing
record labels in 1967 went on to have a string of hits without 'Brian Poole'
At the request of the 'Animals' who were about to do a 40th Anniversary Tour the 'Tremeloes' reformed
in 2004 and are still performing to this day.
(All the Brian Poole and the Tremeloes hits are on-board this release)
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD, 12 Mar. 2014
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Quick arrival. Well packed. Good value for money. Very happy to be able to get sixtees music. I love all forms of music
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Beatles but still worth it., 3 Nov. 2013
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The band Decca signed in preference to the fab 4. What a mistaka to maka! However there are a few good tracks on this cd, but a bit of rubbish too. All in all though, for the money this has been a good buy and production is excellent. If you're a 60's geek like me, then it has to be bought for completion purposes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best of Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, 4 Dec. 2013
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Great to be able to get the Sixties Stars hits and other songs on CD's all original recordings at a good price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars still as good as I remembered them, 27 Oct. 2014
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Had not heard them for years; still as good as I remembered them.Excellent CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Happy memories, 13 April 2015
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Bought to replace some old scratchy vinyls - great stuff if like the group
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift, 5 Jan. 2015
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Bought as a gift for someone. They were very pleased with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 April 2015
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my teen days near had all there singles
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