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Planet Mod (Brit Soul, R&Band Freakbeat from the Shel Talmy Vaults) (Big Beat)

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RELEASED: 26th April 2018

If only for his stewardship of the Who, Kinks and Creation, American Shel Talmy is revered as the producer responsible for distilling the cathartic, kinetic sound of mod rock to disc. Yet within his mid-60s production catalogue lie many other fabulous examples of a genre that wields considerable influence to this day, while remaining very much a way of life for those already converted.

“Planet Mod” assembles two dozen examples of Talmy’s work in the field, all drawn from a fresh excavation of his rarely tapped, thoroughly ear-opening tape vault. Many, such as the Thoughts, Wild Uncertainty and Tribe were recorded for his short-lived Planet label, while the Trackers and Pros & Cons and others were independent productions Talmy farmed out to major labels.

The playlist balances black US acts John Lee Hooker, Ray Gates and Screaming Jay Hawkins with the homegrown club R&B of the Soul Brothers, Groundhogs and mod heroes the Untamed. There’s rare early compositions from Bowie (Kenny Miller’s ‘Take My Tip’) and Bill Wyman (the Preachers’ ‘Goodbye Girl’), while the beans are spilled on mysterious outfits the Total and the Corduroys.

Complete with copious notes and illustrations drawn from the Talmy files, “Planet Mod” is a fitting tribute to the American who injected some much-needed muscle into British rock in its glory days.

Compilation and note by Alec Palao.


Tracklisting:

VINYL LP

SIDE ONE

  1. DADDY LONGLEGS (ALTERNATE VERSION) - The Untamed
  2. TAKE MY TIP (ALTERNATE TAKE) - Kenny Miller
  3. CALL ME GIRL - The Thoughts
  4. STONE CRAZY - Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  5. I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN - John Lee’s Groundhogs
  6. MAI LEE - John Lee Hooker

SIDE TWO

  1. UNTO US (DEMO VERSION ) - The New Breed
  2. HAVE YOU EVER HAD THE BLUES (ALTERNATE TAKE) - Ray Gates
  3. WHY DO YOU STAND IN MY WAY - The Pros & Cons
  4. DON’T LET IT BE - The Tribe
  5. TOO MUCH OF A WOMAN - The Corduroys
  6. I’M LEAVING - The Untamed

SIDE THREE

  1. SEARCHING - The Soul Brothers
  2. GOODBYE GIRL - The Preachers
  3. OVER YOU BABY - John Lee’s Groundhogs
  4. THE SKIP (ALTERNATE VERSION) - Goldie & The Gingerbreads
  5. LIFE’S TOO GOOD TO WASTE - Tony Christie & The Trackers
  6. I’M GOING OUT TONIGHT - The Untamed

SIDE FOUR

  1. THE GAMMA GOOCHIE - The Tribe
  2. PRETTY GIRL - The Thoughts
  3. MARY ANN - The Pros & Cons
  4. THINK - The Total
  5. BROKEN TRUTH - A Wild Uncertainty
  6. GOODBYE SO LONG - The Soul Brothers

       All tracks Mono

CD

  1.  DADDY LONGLEGS (ALTERNATE VERSION) - The Untamed
  2. UNTO US (DEMO VERSION ) - The New Breed
  3. SEARCHING - The Soul Brothers
  4. MAI LEE - John Lee Hooker
  5. CALL ME GIRL - The Thoughts
  6. TAKE MY TIP (ALTERNATE TAKE) - Kenny Miller
  7. I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN - John Lee’s Groundhogs
  8. DON’T LET IT BE - The Tribe
  9. WHY DO YOU STAND IN MY WAY - The Pros & Cons
  10. HAVE YOU EVER HAD THE BLUES (ALTERNATE TAKE) - Ray Gates
  11. I’M LEAVING - The Untamed
  12. TOO MUCH OF A WOMAN - The Corduroys
  13. GOODBYE GIRL - The Preachers
  14. THE SKIP (ALTERNATE VERSION) - Goldie & The Gingerbreads
  15. PRETTY GIRL - The Thoughts
  16. STONE CRAZY - Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  17. OVER YOU BABY - John Lee’s Groundhogs
  18. LIFE’S TOO GOOD TO WASTE - Tony Christie & The Trackers
  19. THE GAMMA GOOCHIE - The Tribe
  20. BROKEN TRUTH - A Wild Uncertainty
  21. MARY ANN - The Pros & Cons
  22. THINK - The Total
  23. I’M GOING OUT TONIGHT - The Untamed
  24. GOODBYE SO LONG - The Soul Brothers