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4.0 out of 5 stars The Rory Days
Discovered by the sister of the late singer Irene Caldwell on a reel to reel tape this is more important as a musical document than of some underrated singer who tried to sound like Cliff Richard sounding like Elvis.
The fact will always remain that because Ringo Starr was the drummer the Liverpool group known as Rory Storm & the Hurricanes will always have a degree...
Published on 23 Sep 2012 by Richard

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3.0 out of 5 stars plays or not plays Ringo?, this is the question
is Ringo Starr playing drums on this recording or not?:
Ringo denies he's the drummer on newly discovered Rory Storm tapes

According to Ringo, the tapes of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes that surfaced recently do not feature him on drums. In a statement issued through his publicist he denies that he was on the tapes, reported to have been recorded in 1960...
Published on 27 Sep 2012 by Raimon


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Rory Days, 23 Sep 2012
This review is from: Live At The Jive Hive (Audio CD)
Discovered by the sister of the late singer Irene Caldwell on a reel to reel tape this is more important as a musical document than of some underrated singer who tried to sound like Cliff Richard sounding like Elvis.
The fact will always remain that because Ringo Starr was the drummer the Liverpool group known as Rory Storm & the Hurricanes will always have a degree of fame in spite of less than 10 recorded tracks most of which were on a Various Artists LP called Merseybeat with a single one produced by Brian Epstein of a song from West Side Story.But imagine the chosen song had been Now Is The Hour which ends this session.It had been revived by Gene Vincent same as You'll Never Walk Alone and cut have easily hit (the song had first hit in the States by Gracie Fields in the late 40s)
Irene Caldwell was married for a time to one Bernard Jewry who became Shane Fenton and later Alvin Stardust
The name also meant that 2 lots of Hurricanes would play in Hamburg the others being former hitmakers Johnny & the Hurricanes.
And with the Hurricanes'version of Honey Don't here it would mean that Ringo Starr had played on it BEFORE the Beatles
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4.0 out of 5 stars What's the Story (Warning: Rory), 19 Sep 2012
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Forgetting the groups of which everyone has heard, for students of Merseybeat, the best things to be released in the past decade or so is the three CD series from Viper. Of those 60 tracks, just 17 were from the pre Klondike era (that is pre-1963) and many of those were poorly recorded on rather primitive home equipment. Unfortunately, as no-one had any reason to keep anything in those days the tapes were more often than not re-used, a fate that also befell anything that was recorded on stage, which is why there's next to nothing around from this period. Many thought the well had run dry until someone recently discovered something rather exciting; a complete 45 minute live show by Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.

Taped on 5th March 1960 at the Liverpool Hall (known as the Jive Hive), Crosby, 15 live songs, top and tailed by so-brief-you'll-miss-it stage announcements, are augmented by four home recordings. What makes this find historically important is twofold; this is the only known performance of a complete show by a Merseybeat artist before Christmas 1962 to have surfaced, and it's the earliest known recording to feature one Ringo Starr. This month (September) is also the 40th Anniversary of Rory Storm's death.

Due to the archaic nature of the recordings (one mic was taped to the singer's microphone; the other hung over the stage) the vocals are far more prominent and the backing does seem rather out of time. Despite the best efforts of everyone, including Rory trying to sound as American as possible even during song introductions and failing miserably, the audience doesn't appear too enthusiastic. The Hurricanes get their turn on two instrumentals and `Bye Bye Love', complete with stressed "baibee", all three of which has the drums overpowering the guitars. Those who think Liam Gallagher was the first to use a sneering style of singing, listen to `C'Mon Everybody' and you'll know. The closing announcement thanks the group but it sounds as if the audience is otherwise engaged.

Not blessed with the best voice, and he carries over his faux American twang to the four, undated but certainly committed to tape before June of that year, front room recordings, which is really annoying, Rory was probably a better showman than singer but don't dismiss this because of that. Listening to his between song patter, you know where comedian Freddie Starr got his influence for his own on-stage accented jabber. (Thinking about it, maybe that's not the best legacy to have left.) Alvin Stardust, who was his brother-in-law, was also motivated by Rory in his appearance. This CD, along with six studio recordings, is all there is from 'Mr Showmanship' and though it might not get removed from its case all that often, it is a part of history and for students of Merseybeat it's an essential purchase.

The 12-page inlay has some nice photos, not all unseen, and is a decent read and it makes you wonder what else might be out there languishing, forgotten, in a box in someone's loft.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important historical item, 13 Nov 2012
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D. H. Kerr "Mr Mersey" (New Jersey, USA) - See all my reviews
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For a performance recorded at a club, the sound is remarkably good. The CD is a valuable item for any Beatles fan because, of course, Ringo's playing drums. The CD sounds like the band is having fun, although the skill of the musicians is a bit basic. All in all for an historical piece this CD is worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what it USED to sound like, 28 Dec 2012
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Walk into any communion hall and club in the early 1960s on a Saturday night and you would hear groups sounding just like Rory Storm and the Hurricanes - fake American Elvis singing style, bum guitar notes, crashing drums, thumping bass. No finesse, just energetic, loud rock with the volume pumped up. This CD sounds exactly like those days. It's brilliant because it's so unpolished. A fab trip down memory lane, when groups played real music and didn't just pose for the cameras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rory Stormed, 24 Feb 2013
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Graham Mark Attwell "gray" (England) - See all my reviews
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I always wanted to hear what the beat groups of Liverpool sounded like before Beatlemania and this is a fair appraisal yes there are bum notes and out of tune guitars at times but this is excellent sound for 1960 and very raw and crisp music. Rory Storms vocals are better on some songs than others but nevertheless i would of liked to have seen them live judging by this CD!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live, 22 May 2013
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This recording has been a along time coming. Rory Storm was never the greatest singer in the world but this disc has all the excitement of actually being at the gig.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 22 April 2013
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I was present when this was recorded at the jive hive Crosby I wasa 18 year old rocker and a regular at St Luke's Crosby great days
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historic Rory storm, 17 Dec 2012
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What a find! At last some Rory Storm, rough and ready playing but fantastically alive performance Historically important for all you Liverpool beat fans. Get it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Echoes of merseybeat, 20 Nov 2012
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One of the original Merseybeat Group who were so influential in the birth of a worlwide phenomenal success called The Beatles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd, 3 Jan 2013
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A historic perfomance from a top 10 Liverpool band from the sixties. Great booklet with a lot of information. A 5 star cd
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