Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The Mersey Sound - Same (1964)

Rare and Hard To Find Vinyl Records
LP MERSEY SOUND same Fidelio ATL 4108 G/EX 8 Beatles cover versions
This is the first recording from The Renegades and great bit of Beatlesploitation (ok from the track-listing one might say a little bit of Pacemakers and Swingin'-Blue-Jeansploitation as well) came out on the Fidelio label in 1964, following up from other great rockin' records like "Oklahoma" by the "NY Revue Orchestra" and "Chopin: 4 Scherzi" by "August de Maurier".
Let's face it Fidelio knew that this young sound may not last but was worth plundering this once.
The Mersey Sound was actually a young Birmingham group by the name of The Renegades, who would later have reasonable success in Finland, though they leave no major freakbeat records of note, unlike other European success stories such as The Creation, The Birds and The Red Squares.
That said, what's great about records like this is that although the Fabs covers are well played versions of the originals, the band interprete soul standards like "Money" with great gusto and originality. Obviously the staple of a youth-club set that would get kids shakin, this is where the band seems most at home on this record.
The Mersey Sound (pre- Renegades) - Same (1964)
1 - Hippy Hippy Shake2 - She Loves You3 - What About Us4 - Love Me Do5 - Searchin'6 - I Wanna Be Your Man7 - Can't Buy Me Love8 - Poison Ivy9 - You Can't Do That10 - Money11 - It's All Right12 - Mashed Potatoes

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