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Brumbeat: The Story Of The 60 Midlands Sound

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  • Audio CD (20 Feb. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Castle
  • ASIN: B0009HL0PS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,789 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There is of course no such thing as a Brumbeat Sound-the groups could have come from anywhere.While many Liverpool groups could be recognised by certain trademark sounds on Beatles,Gerry,Merseybeats and Swinging Blue Jeans records to name but 4-and Manchester was very close with groups like Pete McClaine & the Clan or even Freddie & the Dreamers-Birmingham was too far spread and too electic to be identified with a particular sound and hadn't the advantage of George Martin.If there was one it would have been anything Roy Wood was involved with but even this is outside of the period and Wood took the Beatles psychedelic stuff as a starting point for ELO.

Whats here is mainly a collection of things few will have heard of other than trainspotters and you only get a few of the hits.

The Moody Blues "Go now" though forever associated with them was actually a cover of an American song which a deejay in the States had drawn their attention to.The original was issued here after some sort of campaign by soul fans but fared no better than it had before.Sometimes you have to really admire this sort of cover version - the Moody Blues saved this song from total oblivion and even when Denny Laine was in Wings people thought he'd written it!

However the Rockin' Berries-who could have been from anywhere- even the States- kept to the pre Beatles tradition of straight covers of current American hits and they actually made a good job of the Tokens' He's in town.

Roy Wood though was the real Brum talent and visionary as the first hit by the Move-Night of fear-used as an intro a quote from Beethoven's 5th-something which would occur again with frequency in the 70s with the first incarnation of the Electric Light Orchestra.
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I bought this because I am involved in the Birmingham music scene, and I know some of the musicians on the album. I expected it to be a 'momento' and curiosity from the period (actually before my time - honest!!), but it stands alone as a great collection of 60's music. So many 60's compilations include tracks that you want to, and sometimes have to, skip, but this is one gem after another. There are a few 'big names' included, notably the first Spencer Davies group single, Moody Blues - Go Now, and contributions from the Move, but if anything, they pale in comparison to many of the other tracks. Great inclusions from an early Steve Gibbons, The Idle Race and the Nightriders, but really, it is a great collection of 60's music that anyone not involved in the midlands scene will unlikely have heard.
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For those of you like myself adored the 60s this compilation will satisfy the many who felt the Brumbeat deserved as much recognition as the Mersey era, go on you owe it to yourself to get a copy of this masterpiece.
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At the time most of these groups were doing their thing I had no idea there was a sound of Brum, they were merely groups doing the rounds, playing live music of the time, some of it very well, but the Baby Boomers get very nostalgic and this certainly appeals for that reason alone. The cover also is very much a Brummy scene. Goes well with the books "Brum Rocked" and "Brum Rocked On!" by Laurie Hornsby.
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