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Johnny Kidd and the Pirates had a string of UK hits between 1959 and 1964. Shaking all over (a UK number one hit) and I'll never get over you (a top five hit) were their only major hits but they also made the charts with Please don't touch, You got what it takes (a cover of the Brook Benton and Dinah Washington classic), Restless, Linda Lu, Shot of rhythm and blues, Hungry for love and Always and ever. These hits make up the first nine tracks, so if you just want to play the hits, it's quite simple.
The remainder of the collection contains a selection of covers of American songs that are ideally suited to the group's style including Oh boy (Buddy Holly), Whole lotta woman (Marvin Rainwater), a rocking version of Your cheating heart (Hank Williams), I know (Barbara George) and many others.
In the early sixties, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates were among the best rock'n'roll groups that Britain had to offer - perhaps even the best of the lot. This collection of their best music is a fitting reminder of their brilliance.
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on 30 March 2001
Well, he didn't have 25 hits, just a couple really. But when his first great one "Shakin' all over" was heard on radio, it was like "Hey, this is something else!". Johnny Kidd invented modern rock with this one and paved the way for other great rock songs like, say, "You really got me". In 1960 this song was awesome, and it still sounds fresh today. Another one, "I'll never get over you", made the U.K. top ten in 1963 but after that he was history. And still is today. He's up there in the Hall of fame with other greats from the period (like Gene Vincent) who didn't succumb to sweet teenie boppin. If you want to have the classic pre-Beatles U.K. rock album, buy this one! You won't be disappointed.
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on 19 December 2001
in the early 1960's when the americans ruled the charts,fred heath ( johnny Kidd ) and his backing group the pirates ( latre to become the tornados) bucked the trend and got to no.1 with shaking all over 1960. They had been int eh charts previousley in 1959 with please dont touch which i think is the best track on the cd , the 1st 9 tracks all charted for johhny kidd and are the best tracks on the cd , always & Never and the shot of rhythm and Blues only got into the 40'2 but are good tracks , these are all original tracks by the artist no remixes and if you like late 50's & early 60,s you'll enjoy this cd by johnny kidd.
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on 26 February 2014
This is somewhat nostalgic for me as Shakin' All Over was the first Pop 45 I ever bought. I bought this CD to get a good MONO version of I Can Tell which is probably ranks alongside Shakin' and I'll Never.. as some of the greatest British Rock'n Roll tracks.There is also a good rockabilly cover of Oh Boy and Your'e Cheating Heart.
I also saw Johnny perform "I'll never get over you" live at a B.B.C radio recording of "On The Scene .As has been said not quite 25 hits but excellent value when you compare with the plethora of "Yo Slap Bitch and the Backwards Baseball Cap Headbangers efforts.
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on 11 March 2016
As expected ,great music from a most underrated British Rock 'n Roll band . As I am in my 70s it brings back memories of a great era , sadly gone forever.Johnnie Kidd came at the end of the great middle to late 1950s and this superb CD is worth every penny.
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on 29 May 2014
From the early days of British rock and roll Johnny Kidd and the Pirates were a first class group who never realised what importance they had. It has been great getting back to grips with these recordings. Whenever I play it I am unable to resist singing along. A little dated now. Technically things have leaped ahead. If they had still been around I'm sure they would have kept up to modern trends.
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on 2 February 2006
Good,but could have been better.Only one take of Shakin',come on.
Inlay notes limited.
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on 18 August 2010
went for a bit of nostalgia, was not dissapointed enjoyed all tracks good mix of tunes, did not realiize what songs he had done, easy listening rocky bluesy country
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on 17 April 2012
This was bought, used from Amazon, it arrived within the promised date. I was surprised at the number of tracks they recorded. A slow walk along memory lane.
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on 20 March 2013
Excellent British bands Johhny kidd and the Pirates.Nostalgia is compiled on this cd album.very much recommended album of 60s music at its best!;-)
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