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Dream of The West (The Joe Meek Collection: Volume 1) Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Coronet
  • ASIN: B00AG6C83K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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The Outlaws was one of Joe Meek's house bands, who normally performing uncredited on numerous recordings. They made only one album 'Dream of The West' (released in 1961) with Joe Meek writing and producing all the tracks on this legendary album, under his pseudonym Robert Duke. As the album and the track titles suggest, it was a wild west inspired album, although more The Shadows' 'Apache' than country & western. This CD also features their 1961 singles with Mike Berry and also their uncredited No.1 hit 'Johnny Remember Me' with John Leyton and their non-album singles from the same year. TRACK LISTING 1. Dream Of The West 2. The Outlaws 3. Husky Team 4. Rodeo 5. Smoke Signals 6. Ambush 7. Barbecue 8. Spring Is Near 9. Indian Brave 10. Homeward Bound 11. Western Sunset 12. Tune For Short Cowboys BONUS TRACKS 13. Swingin' Low 14. Valley Of The Sioux 15. Crazy Drums 16. Johnny Remember Me (with John Leyton) 17. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (with Mike Berry) 18. My Baby Doll (with Mike Berry) 19. Tribute To Buddy Holly (with Mike Berry) 20. What's The Matter (with Mike Berry)

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THE OUTLAWS WERE THE HOUSE BAND AT JOE MEEK'S RECORDING SET-UP LOCATED AT LONDON'S 304 HOLLOWAY ROAD DURING THE EARLY 60s. THEY STARTED LIFE AS MANY UK GROUPS DID BY PERFORMING AT BUTLIN'S, VERY MUCH IN THE STYLE OF THE SUCCESSFUL SHADOWS, A SOUND WHICH INFLUENCED SO MANY OF THE GROUPS JUST STARTING OUT PRE THE BEATLES BOOM. KNOWN AS BILLY GREY AND THE STORMERS, THEY COMPRISED BILLY GREY, BILLY KUY, REG HAWKINS, BOBBY GRAHAM AND ONE CHAS HODGES (LATER OF CHAS AND DAVE FAME). THEY CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF MEEK AND BECAME THE TOURING, BACKING AND RECORDING BAND FOR DAVE BERRY AND JOHN LEYTON, AMONGST OTHERS. VOCAL TRACKS BY BOTH THESE GENTS APPEAR AS 'EXTRAS', BUT THE BULK ARE STRAIGHT JANGLY INSTRUMENTALS IN THE COWBOY/APACHE VEIN, THE TUNES ALL WRITTEN BY JOE MEEK UNDER THE PEN NAME OF ROBERT DUKE. THE FINISHED TAKES WERE ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON ALBUMS RELEASED IN LATE 1961. THE RECORDING QUALITY IS SOMEWHAT TINNY AND MUFFLED -- TYPICAL OF MEEK PRODUCTIONS WHEN VOCALS MIGHT BE PERFORMED ON THE STAIRS, WITH DRUMMERS OR LEAD GUITATISTS POSITIONED ELSEWHERE, EVEN IN THE BATHROOM, WITH MEEK ENGINEERING ELSEWHERE! THAT WAS MR.MEEK, THE QUIRKY INNOVATOR AND A TRUE PIONEER OF THE BRITISH 60s BEAT BOOM. BY 1962, THE GROUP HAD LARGELY DISBANDED -- BOBBY GRAHAM JOINED JOE BROWN'S BRUVVERS, AND KUY WAS FIRED BY MEEK FOR THINGS HE'D SAID IN THE NME -- HITMAKERS WERE ONLY BEING PAID THE BASIC MUSICIAN'S UNION FEE OF £7.10s. CHAS HODGES LATER ADMITTED THAT HE HAD A LOT OF RESPECT FOR MEEK AND ALWAYS GOT ON WITH HIM MUSICALLY. HE REMAINED UNDER HIS WING UNTIL HE BEGAN WORKING WITH DAVE PEACOCK -- HENCE CHAS AND DAVE. HERE'S TRUE POP HISTORY IN THE MAKING. THIS IS VOLUME 1, SO WHAT WILL VOL.2 HOLD IF IT EVER COMES OUT FROM CORONET RECORDS? TRUE NOSTALGIA AT ITS VERY BEST!
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If you are a fan of early '60s instrumental rock from Great Britain, the Shadows being the most popular example, you will want to pick up this album. If you are a fan of Joe Meek's production style, "Telstar" being one of the most popular examples, you will want to pick up this album. If you like campy cowboys and indians sound effects, you've also come to the right place. This 2012 version of "Dream of the West" contains 8 bonus tracks of some singles the Outlaws released as themselves and backing Mike Berry and John Leyton. This is pleasant mood music interpretations of Joe Meek's quirky tune ideas. If you want to hear the Johnny come lately southern country rock band from the US, also known as the Outlaws, you will most likely not be interested in this album.
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As a guitarist who only plays for fun now, as I'm a bit past playing in bands (who in Bath, Bristol area remembers Confused Issue or Airlane from '70's) I enjoy listening to most guitar instrumentals, and this is agreat addition to my collection.
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Joe Meek, What can you say a "National Treasure" one of a kind.
This was the Shadows era and if you like guitar instrumentals of the 60,s
this is for you Joe Meek style,and plenty of Cowboys &Indians thrown in.
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A teenager again. Right back there in the coffee bar bashing the juke-box. All the old tunes plus a few unknowns.
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A very good album from a often overlooked instrumental group.
A group that at one time had Chas Hodges and Ritchie Blackmore
as members
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I have always loved instrumentals from the Shadows to the Tornadoes - this cd of the outlaws is another great one for the collection
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super instrumental music from the 60s great cd that I constantly listen, just as good as the shadows
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