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The Anteeeks

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45:
1 I Don't Want You/Ball And Chain (Philips BF 1471) 1966
 

They did have three e's in their name and this was their sole vinyl offering. The 'A' side was an organ-led mod-influenced stomper, written by Pete Dello of Honeybus fame. The flip was a cover of a song by Canadian band Great Scots.

Compilation appearances have included: I Don't Want You on Psychedelia, Vol. 3 (LP) and Hen's Teeth, Vol. 3 (CD); Ball and Chain on Beat It (3-CD).

(Vernon Joynson/Mike Warth)


Dave Anthony

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45:
1 Race With The Wind/Hide And Seek (Mercury MF 1031) 1968
 

Dave Anthony once played circa 1961 with Zoot Money in a Shadows-like band.


Dave Anthony's Moods

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Personnel:
JOHN DE VEREY drms A
BILL JACOBS bs A
ANDY KIRK trumpet A
TIM LARGE gtr A
GRAHAM LIVERMORE trumpet A
ROGER PEACOCK vcls A
 

45: (UK)
1 New Directions/Give It A Chance (Parlophone R 5438) 1966

45s: (Italian)
1 My Baby/Fading Away (Joker M 7000) 1967
2 A Whiter Shade Of Pale/Talking To The Rain (Joker M 7001) 1967
 

A beat group originally from Bournemouth, they were formed by Roger Peacock (ex-Cheynes/Mark Leeman Five). After relocating to Italy, they released a good hard beat 45, My Baby, and their second Italian only 45 was a cover of the Procol Harum classic.

Their line-up, also included Chris Dennis (b) (ex-Nomadi) and Robert Henry Kenneth MacMaels (keyb'ds) at some point.

After the band split, Peacock remained in Italy for a while.

The 1968 compilation Weekend In Musica (Ricordi ) also includes Jumbo (a Bee Gees cover) credited to Moods.

(Mike Warth/Fulvio Beretta/Cesare Rizzi/Gianpaolo Banelli)


Rey Anton

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45s:
1 Hey Good Looking/Mary Lou (Oriole CB 1771) 1962
2 Peppermint Man/Can't Say More Than That (Oriole CB 1811) 1963
3 You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover/It's Cold Outside (Parlophone R 5132) 1964
4 Heard It All Before/I Want You (Parlophone R 5172) 1964
5 Wishbone/Kingsway (Parlophone R 5245) 1965
6 Girl You Don't Know Me/Don't Treat Me Bad (Parlophone R 5274) 1965
7 Nothing Comes Easy/Breakout (Parlophone R 5310) 1965
8 Premeditation/Now That It's Over (Parlophone R 5350) 1966
9 Don't You Worry Boy/Hold It Babe (Parlophone R 5420) 1966
10 Things Get Better/Newsboy (Parlophone R 5487) 1966

NB: (2) with The Batons. (3) - (7) with The Peppermint Men. (8) - (10) with Pro Formula.  

Anton came from Bournemouth. After recording two beat 45s for Oriole he switched to Parlophone recording a series of 45s first with The Peppermint Men and then with The Pro Formula. His best effort is generally considered to be his version of the R&B number You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover, which can also be heard on English Freakbeat, Vol. 5 (CD).

Chris Burrows (later of Circus) played on the Things Get Better 45.


Anvil Flutes and Capricorn Voices

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ALBUM:
1 SOMETHING NEW IS COMING (Deram DML/SML 1026) 1968 SC
 

45:
1 April Showers/Jolie Gendarme (Deram DM 208) 1968
 

Put together by Irving Martin and Pete Smith this album consists of new arrangements of popular songs like Never My Love, April Showers, Jezamine, Step Inside Love and March Of The Siamese Children based around flutes and ethereal voices with extra tone colours of Spanish guitars, harp and percussion. The end result isn't at all convincing, making this definitely an album to avoid. The two 45 cuts are from the album and are similar in style.


The Apex Rhythm and Blues All Stars

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Personnel incl:
IAN HUNTER
 

EP:
1 APEX RHYTHM AND BLUES ALL STARS (John Lever Records) 1968 R3
 

Operating out of Northampton this band's main claim to fame was the inclusion of Ian Hunter who later found fame and fortune in Mott The Hoople. As you'd expect the EP is now extremely rare, sought-after and expensive. It featured four cuts:- Tall Girl, Reeling And Rocking, Down The Road Again and Sugar Shack.


Apostolic Intervention

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Personnel incl:
JERRY SHIRLEY drms A
 

45:
1 (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me?/Madame Garcia (Immediate IM 043) 1967
 

This band were originally called RAF when they were signed to Immediate. There's a strong Small Faces involvement in the project because Stevie Marriott and Ronnie Lane wrote and produced the 45. The group were great Small Faces fans. Like The Small Faces the band was also from London's East End. The 'A' side is a great mod-influenced stomper with some catchy drumming and effective organ backing. The 45 is very collectable.

Compilation appearances have included: (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me on Immediate Alternative (LP & CD), Immediate Single Collection, Vol. 1 (CD); Madame Garcia on Immediate Single Collection, Vol. 3 (CD); (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me and Madame Garcia on Immediate Single Anthology, Vol. 1 - Rarities (CD).


Apple

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Personnel:
DAVID BRASSINGTON drms A B
JEFFREY HARROD bs A B
ROB INGRAM gtr A B
DENIS REGAN vcls A B
CHARLIE BARBER piano B
 

ALBUM:
1(B) AN APPLE A DAY (Page One POLS 016) 1969 R5

NB: (1) reissued on CD (Repertoire REP 4366-WP) 1994 along with the original single mixes of their two UK 45s and on Essex (ESSEX 1001 CD) 1994.  

45s:
1 Let's Take A Trip Down The Rhine/Buffalo Billycan (Page One POF 101) 1968
2 Doctor Rock/The Otherside (Page One POF 110) 1968
3 Thank You Very Much/Your Heart Is Free Just Like The Wind (Smash S-2143) 1968

NB: (3) was only released in the US and Holland (Philips 320 269 BF). The 'A' side was a cover of Scaffold's hit.  

This is one of the most sought-after UK psychedelic albums. It's a fine amalgam of psychedelia and heavy R&B though not all the material is good. Their first two 45s are included and these four tracks are among its finer moments. The most psychedelic being The Otherside and Buffalo Billycan. The most commercial being Doctor Rock, a straight-ahead rocker, and Let's Take A Trip Down The Rhine. There are also a couple of good Yardbirds' covers - Rock Me Baby and Psycho Daisies - and a competent effort at the Lovin' Spoonful's Sporting Life. Not as inventive as the Open Mind LP, for example, but with just a couple of throwaway tracks, it does deserve to be up there as one of the gold nuggets of British psychedelia.

Compilation appearances have included: The Other Side and The Buffalo Billycan on The Best Of Rubble Collection, Vol. 6 (CD); The Otherside on Chocolate Soup (CD) and Chocolate Soup For Diabetics, Vol. 1 (LP); Buffalo Billy Can on Chocolate Soup For Diabetics, Vol. 2 (LP).


The Applejacks

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Personnel:
MARTIN BAGGOTT gtr A
PHIL CASH gtr A
MEGAN DAVIES bs A
GERRY FREEMAN drms A
DON GOULD keyb'ds A
AL JACKSON vcls A
 

ALBUM:
1(A) THE APPLEJACKS (Decca LK 4635) 1964 R2

NB: There's also a CD compilation, Tell Me When (Deram 820 968-2) 1990.  

45s:
1 Tell Me When/Baby Jane (Decca F 11833) 1964 7
2 Like Dreamers Do/Everybody Fall Down (Decca F 11916) 1964 20
3 Three Little Words/You're The One For Me (Decca F 11981) 1964 23
4 Chim Chim Chiree/It's Not A Game Anymore (Decca F 12050) 1965 -
5 It's Not A Game Anymore/Bye Bye Girl (Decca F 12106) 1965 -
6 I Go To Sleep/Make Up Or Break Up (Decca F 12216) 1965 -
7 I'm Through/We Gotta Get Together (Decca F 12301) 1965 -
8 You've Been Cheating/Love Was In My Eyes (CBS 202615) 1967 -

Reissue 45:
9 Tell Me When/(Flip by different artist) (Old Gold OG 9353) 1983 -

NB: (4) for export release only, but no-one's ever seen a copy!  

Hailed from Solihull in 1964 they were previously known as The Crestas and The Jaguars. They had the novelty appeal of a female bassist in Megan Davies but were essentially a whimpy pop group. Their best known recording was Tell Me When, which made the Top Ten. The follow-ups, Like Dreamers Do and Three Little Words were minor hits but their career after Tell Me When was a rapid slide down a slippery pole. Their album now changes hands for considerable sums - presumably because very few people bought it at the time.

The Tell Me When compilation consists of their rare album, both sides of their second 45, a 1964 flip side You're The One For Me and a 1965 'A' side, I Go To Sleep, a Ray Davies' composition.

They had one cut, Baby's In Black on Decca's 1964 compilation, Fourteen, Lord Taverners (LP). Retrospective compilation appearances have included: Like Dreamers Do on Pop Inside The '60s, Vol. 2 (CD), Sixties Lost & Found, Vol. 2 (LP), Songs Lennon And McCartney Gave Away (LP) and Sixties Explosion, Vol. 1 (CD).


Aquarian Age

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Personnel:
CLEM CATTINI drms A
NICKY HOPKINS piano A
TWINK (JOHN ALDER) multi-instrumental A
JOHN 'JUNIOR' WOOD bs A
 

45:
1 10,000 Words In A Cardboard Box/Good Wizard Meets Naughty Wizard (Parlophone R 5700) 1968
 

Twink, who later achieved some fame with The Pretty Things and Pink Fairies, was the brainchild behind this studio project, which was produced by Mark Wirtz. Indeed Wirtz later re-recorded it under another title Love And Occasional Rain on his Come Back And Shake Me album and Twink later re-recorded it for his Think Pink album. The 'A' side, 10,000 Words... is a superb slice of orchestrated free-form psychedelia, the flip, a novelty thow-away effort.

Compilation appearances include: 10,000 Words In A Cardboard Box on Psychedelia At Abbey Road (CD), Rubble, Vol. 3 - Nightmares In Wonderland (LP), Rubble, Vol. 2 (CD) and Illusions From The Crackling Void (LP).


Aquila

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Personnel:
RALPH DENYER vcls, gtr A
JAMES SMITH drms A
MARTIN WOODWARD organ A
(PHIL CHILDS bs, keyb'ds A)
(GEORGE LEE woodwind A)
 

ALBUM:
1(A) AQUILA (RCA SF 8126) 1970 R2
 

The album, which came in a gatefold sleeve, is now a minor collectable. Musically, it is progressive rock with slight jazz tinges, produced by Patrick Campbell-Lyons. All of the songs on their album were composed by Ralph Denyer, who had previously been with Blonde On Blonde. In the nineties he published some books about guitar playing.

George Lee was later in a touring line-up of Arrival.

(Vernon Joynson/Jim McMaster)

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