Monday, June 29, 2009

Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas - The Best Of The Definitive Collection

The Dakotas were an established Manchester band who had originally backed a singer called Pete McLaine. They were recommended to Brian Epstein as a possible backing group to a new singer he had found called Billy J. Kramer. The unfortunate McLaine, who it is argued by some was a better singer than Kramer, formed a new group and went on to record- unsuccessfully.

Billy J. Kramer had been singing with a group called the 'Coasters' when he was approached by Epstein. Although Billy was keen to turn professional, the Coasters weren't so Epstein had to find new musicians to back his new good looking vocalist. The Coasters ultimately found a new singer called Chick Graham and they too managed to cut a couple of unsuccessful singles.
The new Kramer/ Dakotas team clocked up a string of chart hits based on 'spare' songs gleaned from Lennon & McCartney- a resource that Epstein had easy access to. Like many vocalists Kramer decided to turn solo when the hits began to fade. However this didn't help him return to favour and he was soon on the nostalgia circuit.
A strong collection that presents all of his best -- including a number of songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney -- in excellent sound.

01. Do You Want To Know A Secret?
02. I'll Be On My Way
03. Bad To Me
04. I Call Your Name
05. Pride (Is Such A Little Word)
06. I Know
07. Tell Me Girl
08. I'll Keep You Satisfied
09. I'm In Love
10. Little Children (Mono)
11. They Remind Me Of You (Mono)
12. From A Window
13. Second To None
14. Mad, Mad World
15. It's Gotta Last Forever
16. Don't You Do It No More
17. When You Ask About Love
18. Trains And Boats And Planes
19. That's The Way I Feel
20. That Ain't Good For Me
21. Neon City
22. I'll Be Doggone
23. We're Doing Fine
24. Take My Hand
25. You Make Me Feel Like Someone

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