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Joe Meek, Telstar: Anthology, NOT3CD098

Joe Meek worked on some of Lonnie Donegan's skiffle hits. In 1960 he had a hit as the song writer of Angela Jones and in 1961 as the writer of Johnny Remember Me, a big hit for John Leyton. Joe Meek also wrote under the surname of Duke and many of his compositions are included. He had a successful association with singer Mike Berry. The Blue Men tracks are from the concept album I Hear a New World. There are 75 tracks and over 3 hours of distinctive sounds.
CD1 covers 1961 & 1962. CD2 covers 1962. CD3 covers 1959 to 1962. The sound transfers are great. Liner notes are by Not Now Music regular Michael Heatley. Attractive packaging and includes several black & white images of Joe Meek including some in a studio. All told an excellent collection of public domain recordings.
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on 17 June 2013
As an earlier reviewer pointed out this is not the best Joe Meek anthology, indeed the 3rd cd in this compilation is almost superfluous if you have bought the previous Not Now Music 'Joe Meek Story' compilation as I counted an overlap of 23 out of 25 tracks between the two. Look like someone was up against a deadline...
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on 7 October 2014
Very little is known know of this great producer who, created the "sounds of the 60s" this album contains some historic tracks now lost in time but which did so much and influenced many artists of today. A truly unique album a must of the music historian of British culture
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on 30 January 2016
For those of a certain age, in the UK anyway, the music of Joe Meek is part of our past. He was one of the truly great pop producers of the 1960s and knew how to give his productions a distinctive sound. Although there were more misses than hits. the hits were big – Telstar, Johnny Remember Me, Have I The Right were all number 1 hits and there were numerous other op 10 smashes.

This compilation has a few of the hits and lots of more obscure material which is none-the-less well worth listening to. Not all the names are familiar, but there are no duds here. If you like Joe Meek's hits then you will love every track. Sure it is of its time and won't appeal to all, but, as I said earlier, if you were there at the time, this is pure nostalgia and I love it!
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on 8 June 2013
This latest offering from Not Now Music is impressive but as suggested elsewhere is somewhat repetitive and contains no supporting information regarding the 75 tracks included. Irritatingly one side of the Digipak box has the title in bold print as Joe Meek Telsatr: Anthology. They cannot even spell correctly.

In my opinion the Sanctuary Records / Castle Music 2002 release "The Alchemist of Pop - Home Made Hits and Rarities 1959-1966" is the definitive showcase of Joe Meek's unique production work. It also contains extensive and full liner notes written by Jim Blake of the RGM Appreciation Society. Check that one out if you can.
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on 31 December 2013
Got it as a present for a big Joe Meek fan. He loves it!
If you're interested in music, this guy invented multi-track recording and listening to what he achieved so early on is amazing! He was a head of his time!!
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on 9 April 2015
Brilliant collection, incredible value. Three discs, 75 tracks in total, and you never find yourself having to skip any, they're all great and demonstrate the pure genius which was Joe Meek. Obviously Telstar is the one he'll always be known for, but there are so many great tracks and artists on this album.
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on 29 May 2015
A BARGAIN IF YOU DONT HAVE ANY JOE MEEK MUSIC IN YOUR COLLECTION A GOOD PLACE TO START
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on 11 June 2015
Great music. Great album. It's got a few 'B' sides as well.
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on 27 December 2015
Great value for money.Shame some records are on every cd
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