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5.0 out of 5 stars Sixties group including Eric Stewart
Formed in Manchester in 1963, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders had several hits together and separately. Their first two hits together (Hello Josephine, Stop look and listen) made only a limited impact but they followed them with a cover of Um um um um um (Major Lance), which made the UK top five. Next came Game of love, which made number two in the UK and also became a...
Published on 3 Mar 2005 by Peter Durward Harris

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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, I can't see it
OK, 'Pamela Pamela' is charming and tuneful, and great to hear again as it never gets on 60's compilations or oldies radio. 'Groovy kind of Love' is an immortal classic - not even a Phil collins cover can dim its memory. 'UmUmUm' is a great slice of blue-eyed soul, beautifully executed and timeless. The other big number 'Game of Love' sounds pretty lame these days -...
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sixties group including Eric Stewart, 3 Mar 2005
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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Formed in Manchester in 1963, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders had several hits together and separately. Their first two hits together (Hello Josephine, Stop look and listen) made only a limited impact but they followed them with a cover of Um um um um um (Major Lance), which made the UK top five. Next came Game of love, which made number two in the UK and also became a major international hit. The follow-up (Just a little too late) only just made the UK top twenty while the one after that (She needs love) was only a minor hit. After that, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders went their separate ways.
Wayne Fontana had four UK hits of his own (It was easier to hurt her, Come on home, Goodbye bluebird, Pamela Pamela) but none of them made the UK top ten although Pamela Pamela (written by Graham Gouldman, who eventually helped form 10cc) only just missed while Come on home also made the top twenty. You may recognize It was easier to hurt her - Dusty Springfield recorded it as It was easier to hurt him.
The Mindbenders (who included Eric Stewart, another founder member of 10cc) also had four hits of their own, but one of them was a major international hit. That hit (A groovy kind of love) was originally offered to Lesley Gore (famous for It's my party) but although Lesley was keen to record the song, her management blocked the plan, saying it didn't quite fit her image. So the Mindbenders were allowed to record the song, which made number two in the UK. Their three other UK hits included a cover of The letter (Box tops) as well as Ashes to ashes (a top twenty hit) and Can't live with you can't live without you.
This excellent compilation includes all the aforementioned hits plus six other great songs. If you enjoy British pop music of the mid-sixties, you might find this collection worth listening to.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wayne`s stage act bends the mind, 29 May 2007
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Mr. A. Craddock "T.C." (Middleton Manchester u.k.) - See all my reviews
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The mancunian group that were thrown together at an audition basically because some members didn`t turn up. With hindsight Wayne and the boys including Eric Stewart [ later to have massive success with 10 cc] left a legacy of great songs. Major Lances classic Um, um, um, um,um um The game of love, Groovy kind of love and Waynes solo gem Pamela Pamela written of course by Graham Gouldman. [ also to feature in 10cc] All these songs are included and more besides, such as B-side of Pamela ` Something keeps calling me back a popular song on the northern soul circuit. The group became part of the British invasion that conquered America where they topped the bill. They split as Wayne and the Mindbenders following a disagreement on stage when Wayne walked off. Wayne can be seen regularly on 60`s revival shows where his mixture of songs and comical stories is great entertainment. This album is a real treat for genuine 60`s fans,
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars walk down memory lane, 18 Oct 2001
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Nice collection of a long-forgotten group. Their smash in the U.S. was "Game of love" and in Scandinavia (and the U.K.) they hit with a remake of Major Lance's "Um x 6". But where's Fontana's great rendition of "Gina", a huge hit in the Latin world (and the most popular record in Brazil in 1967)? Otherwise this collection is quite adequate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars um um um um, 14 Dec 2013
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all the hits are here and one wonders why they never made more together, that that's the way with groups and singers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars atlas, 11 Mar 2011
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Now this one really takes me back. I saw a medley sixties show a few years ago and Wayne Fontana was the star; a great listen. Oh, and dont forget Wayne Fontanta and the Mindbenders featured a future big star on guitar. Bet you cant remember...well, Eric Stewart 10CC.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE VERY BEST OF WAYNE FONTANA & THE MINDBENDERS, 22 Sep 2010
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I always loved this group back in the 60s and have been meaning to buy a record for a while, and I was not disappointed. It brings back so many memories of being a lot younger. I have seen Wayne Fontana in a couple of 60s concerts and although at first did not recognise him he was hilarious and the old magic was still there. Glad now I bought the CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best of Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, 5 May 2010
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The Very Best of Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders is a great collection of all the hits, near misses and B sides recorded by this leading 60s Manchester band. If you're old enough, like me, this is a nostalgic trip down memory lane, and if you were born later, this is what you missed! A superb CD, and at a bargain price.
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The customer who purchased this product was very pleased with it and has been enjoying it alot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars oldies are the best., 4 Jun 2009
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great cd,brings back some good memories.could listen to it all day,if my boss would let me.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, I can't see it, 21 Sep 2008
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OK, 'Pamela Pamela' is charming and tuneful, and great to hear again as it never gets on 60's compilations or oldies radio. 'Groovy kind of Love' is an immortal classic - not even a Phil collins cover can dim its memory. 'UmUmUm' is a great slice of blue-eyed soul, beautifully executed and timeless. The other big number 'Game of Love' sounds pretty lame these days - plodding and annoying. As for the rest - low quality typical mid-60s album and B-side filler. Half-hearted pop and weak attempts to cop a novelty hit (a la 'Grocer Jack', but rubbish). In the old days, we would have said 'buy the singles' and forget the rest.
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