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Box Of Pin-Ups: The British Sounds Of 1965

    The latest installment in Grapefruit's acclaimed series of 3-CD, four-hour celebrations of a specific calendar year in British pop history. 1965 saw the beat/R&B revolution of the previous two years twisted into new, more ambitious shapes as British pop reached a shattering crescendo of sound, with feedback, fuzzboxes and (in Graham Bond's case) the Mellotron adding to the sonic mix. The year was a dizzying melange of visceral Pretty Things/Kinks/Small Faces garage band raunch, blue-eyed club soul (courtesy of mod-favored groups like The Action), Searchers-derived jingle-jangle folk-rock and Zombies/Poets-style minor chord introspection.

    The latest installment in Grapefruit’s acclaimed series of 3-CD, four-hour celebrations of a specific calendar year in British pop history. 1965 saw the beat/R&B revolution of the previous two years twisted into new, more ambitious shapes as British pop reached a shattering crescendo of sound, with feedback, fuzzboxes and (in Graham Bond’s case) the Mellotron adding to the sonic mix. The year was a dizzying melange of visceral Pretty Things/Kinks/Small Faces garage band raunch, blue-eyed club soul (courtesy of mod-favored groups like The Action), Searchers-derived jingle-jangle folk-rock and Zombies/Poets-style minor chord introspection.

    While ‘A Slight Disturbance In My Mind’ examined the proto-psychedelic sounds of 1966, Grapefruit now reverses into 1965 with ‘Box Of Pin-Ups’, named after David Bailey’s epoch-defining publication chronicling the nascent Swinging London scene.

    Boasting 92 tracks, ‘Box Of Pin-Ups’ takes in the market leaders as well as the year’s hard-up heroes and nowhere men. Established Top Ten acts like Manfred Mann, The Hollies and The Yardbirds are joined by cult names and such glorious one-shot unknowns as Glenn Athens & The Trojans and Irish band The Spectres, both now legally included on CD for the first time.

    Presented in a striking clamshell box that houses a 48-page booklet crammed with rare facts and photos, ‘Box Of Pin-Ups’ also includes formative efforts from young hopefuls Elton John, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Marc Bolan, all of whom would eventually shake off their status as minor players on the mid-60s London club scene to become pin-ups in their own right.

    Track Listing:

    DISC ONE:
    1 MIDNIGHT TO SIX MAN – The Pretty Things
    2 WHAT’CHA GONNA DO ABOUT IT (alternative version) – Small Faces
    3 I’M ROWED OUT – The Eyes
    4 HEART OF STONE – The Hi-Numbers
    5 HEY GYP (DIG THE SLOWNESS) – Donovan
    6 SURPRISE SURPRISE – Lulu & The Luvers
    7 THE FACTS OF LIFE – The Spectres
    8 GLORIA – The Wheels
    9 I WANT CANDY – Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
    10 THAT’S THE WAY IT’S GOT TO BE – The Poets
    11 UNTO US – The New Breed 12 NEXT IN LINE – The Birds
    13 TIRED OF TRYING, BORED WITH LYING, SCARED OF DYING – Manfred Mann
    14 THIS STRANGE EFFECT – Dave Berry
    15 COME BACK BABY – Bluesology
    16 WHY DOES IT GO ON – Rod Stewart
    17 FOOL KILLER – The Brian Auger Trinity
    18 EV’RYBODY’S TALKING ‘BOUT MY BABY – The Beatstalkers
    19 GOTTA KEEP ON MOVING BABY – The Game
    20 KEEP A HOLD OF WHAT YOU GOT – The Shots
    21 SOME THINGS JUST STICK IN YOUR MIND – Vashti
    22 I’LL BE DOGGONE – The Searchers
    23 ‘COS MY BABY’S GONE – The Kirkbys
    24 DAY TRIPPER (live) – The Baskervilles
    25 DONE ME WRONG – The Couriers
    26 KEEP ME COVERED – The Frays
    27 LONG BLACK TRAIN – Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated (featuring Duffy Power)
    28 LET ME SHOW YOU HOW – Glenn Athens & The Trojans
    29 I’M LEAVING – The Mark Four
    30 CRAWDADDY SIMONE – The Syndicats

    DISC TWO:
    1 EVIL HEARTED YOU – The Yardbirds
    2 NO, NO, NO, NO – The Sorrows
    3 SHE AIN’T NO GOOD – The Clique
    4 LAND OF ONE THOUSAND DANCES – The Action
    5 I CAN’T GET ANY JOY – The End
    6 BAD TOUGH LUCK GIRL (live) – The Iveys 7 PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE – The Hollies
    8 I STAND ACCUSED – The Merseybeats 9 LOVE POTION NO.
    9 – Tony Jackson & The Vibrations
    10 TOO MANY THINGS – The Afex
    11 YOU GOT WHAT I WANT – Boys Blue
    12 SHE JUST SATISFIES – Jimmy Page
    13 SHE KNOWS WHAT TO DO – The Artwoods
    14 NEIGHBOUR NEIGHBOUR – The Graham Bond Organisation
    15 MERCY MERCY – The Athenians
    16 LEADER OF THE SECT – Downliners Sect
    17 ZING! WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART – Rev. Black & The Rocking Vickers
    18 HEY LITTLE GIRL – The Chasers
    19 THE ‘IN’ CROWD – First Gear
    20 LONG LIVE LOVE – Phillip Goodhand- Tait & The Stormsville Shakers
    21 I’LL GO CRAZY – Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band
    22 THE SPORTING LIFE – Mickey Finn
    23 GET OUT OF MY WAY – Bo Street Runners
    24 THE WIZARD – Marc Bolan
    25 IT’S JUST YOU – The Uprooted
    26 DIAMOND GIRL – The Kingpins
    27 MY LITTLE GIRL – The Lemmings
    28 IT’S ALRIGHT – The Ugly’s
    29 THAT’S MY STORY – The Nightshift
    30 DON’T LIE TO ME – Four + One
    31 AND MY BABY’S GONE – The Moody Blues
    32 REELIN’ AND ROCKIN’ – The In-Sect
    33 THERE YOU GO! – Thee

    DISC THREE:
    1 IT’S MY LIFE – The Animals
    2 JUMP AND DANCE – The Carnaby
    3 BRING IT TO JEROME – David John & The Mood
    4 GET A BUZZ – The Pretty Things
    5 YOU SAID – The Primitives
    6 THE LONG CIGARETTE – The Roulettes
    7 WHY MUST THEY CRITICISE – George Bean
    8 TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE – John Bryant
    9 WHERE IS MY GIRL? – Robb Storme & The Whispers
    10 TELL HER NO – The Zombies
    11 BABY MINE – Five Steps Beyond
    12 I’VE GOT A WAY OF MY OWN – The Hollies
    13 SHE’S ABOUT A MOVER – James Royal & The Hawks
    14 WHAT YOU GOT – The Eccentrics
    15 YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN – The In Crowd
    16 I FOUND OUT – The Cops ‘N Robbers
    17 I WISH YOU WOULD (live) – The Yardbirds
    18 COPS AND ROBBERS – The Richmond Group
    19 FORGIVE ME IF I’M WRONG – The Silence
    20 YOU DON’T KNOW – Arthur Brown with The Diamonds
    21 WAIT FOR ME – Les Fleur De Lys
    22 I’LL GIVE YOU LOVE – Miki Dallon
    23 FANNIE MAE – The Wild Oats
    24 PLENTY OF LOVE – The Sheffields
    25 HONEY WHAT’S WRONG – The Betterdays
    26 STUPIDITY – Guy Darrell
    27 AND TEARS FELL – The Clayton Squares
    28 GET OFF OF MY CLOUD – The Tomcats
    29 WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD TIMES GONE – The Kinks

    Tony M.