Rollermania - The Anthology Box set, Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
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The band sold an estimated 150 million albums in the 1970 s and had a string of hits around the world including Shang-A-Lang, Bye Bye Baby, Saturday Night and I Only Wanna Be With You The classic line up of the band was Alan Longmuir (bass), Derek Longmuir (drums), Les McKeown (vocals), Stuart `Woody Wood (guitar) and Eric Faulkner (guitar). Both Les and Eric continue to tour with different line ups of the Bay City Rollers The band were originally called The Saxons and hailed from Edinburgh in Scotland. They changed their name to sound more American after throwing a dart at a map of the USA where it landed near Bay City in Michigan. The band would later change its name to The Rollers with Duncan Faure taking over singing duties. The band had their own TV series in the UK called Shang-A-Lang. The content consisted of Rollers singing their own songs, musical guests of the day, a roll back section looking at musical history, dancers called Him And Us and musical talent from Big Jim Sullivan. They also had a similar show in the USA called The Bay City Rollers (originally called The Krofft Superstar Hour!) The band were managed by Tam Paton, the son of a potato merchant. It was his idea to present the band as sweet boys next door who preferred milk to alcohol. He also banned them from having girlfriends. The band could all play their own instruments with many of their most popular songs written by Eric Faulkner and Stuart `Woody Wood
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Forgetting the argument of musical talent (or lack of!) - the Rollers always polarised opinion from undying love and devotion to complete and utter cr@p - and loads in between. I assume interest for this set would be from folk interested in the era/music involved, i.e. glam/pop/bubblegum/teen etc. What sets this apart is some of the rarities and little-heard stuff rarely released or difficult to find. Every Rollers compilation - and there are many have Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-lang etc on them, but how many have Manana, We Can Make Music, and BOTH versions of Keep on Dancing (Both Nobby & Les's) - yep, none of 'em!
81 tracks (I think) and the 4 discs catalogue the Rollers output and career very well. Disc 1 has all the early/original recordings from their very first single (1971) Top 10 Keep on Dancing. Follow up singles Manana and we Can Make Music (neither a hit) were until now very difficult to find. Saturday Night - another failed UK single which as everyone knows became their US chart topper, even though it "failed" here in the UK. Lots of B sides from their early hits and most of the debut album Rolling.
Disc 2 Adequately covers the period in the UK known as "Rollermania" - The 12 months or so of tartan mayhem! - all the culprits are there from Bye Bye Baby (6 weeks #1)covering next 2 albums and singles/B sides again (Once Upon a Star & Wouldn't you like)
Disc 3 reflects the Rollers' US/Australia/Japan/world domination (briefly!Read more ›
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Loads of tracks A and B sides for their hits a must for all us girls of the 70'sPublished on 28 July 2014 by Dottie2