Like one of our friends reviewing below says, none of these tracks appeared on tacky 60's Mod / psych compilations; and thank goodness. No, these precious tracks were hidden away in some murky tape vault, until someone found out they were one of Ronnie Wood's early bands and decided to release them. Well, in doing so they did a darned good job, and it looks as if they also went as far as finding Ronnie and / or other previous band members as the tracks are about 50/50 released as singles and unreleased acetates / early backing tracks. But you have to hand it to whoever compiled this, and no pun is intended, but they left no Stone unturned in finding EVERYTHING The Birds probably ever recorded.
Yes, they did an excellent job, but didn't include absolutely EVERYTHING, but perhaps this may have been down to boring stuff like getting a licence to include the track (?) or whatever, but there is just the one, that we know of, missing. Presently, this track titled 'That's All I Need You For' can be found on You Tube in a search for The Birds. The band appeared, in their UK Mod / R 'n' B countenance, in the 1966 film titled 'The Deadly Bees' and it's well worth a look. It is a pity it's not included here for whatever reason, as it would then have completed the all-round excellence of this album.
On this CD, though, for a very reasonable price we have, much as I hinted at earlier, 8 tracks which were the A or B sides of The Birds' singles, and the balance, all of excellent quality may I add, of demo's, acetates, unissued stereo mixes and previously unissued material.
And if you're into The Who, (there are 2 versions of their 'Run, Run, Run' track from 'A Quick One' on here), The Creation, The Action or any of the other UK Mod / R 'n' B bands from the 60's, then you will thoroughly enjoy this fabulous CD which, incidentally, (or mine is anyway), in a cardboard slip-cover.
For Ronny Wood fans this is a must, and if you didn't know, Lemmy from Motorhead was / is a big fan of The Birds in their day, so much so, track 3 here, which is the Holland / Dozier / Holland song 'Leaving Here,' became taken onward by Lemmy into the Motorhead live set for a great many years into their history, such was his love for the track.
For Bournemouth-based readers, The Birds played, I believe, Mr Smiths on Poole Hill in the mid-60's; their one and only visit to the town.
But yes, this CD is a absolute MUST for fans of the Mod era and / or Mr Ronnie Wood, it's well researched, well presented and the whole thing is just knockout!