Sunday, December 06, 2009

The Primitives - Mr. Heartache


The Primitives Story

The Primitives evolved in 1964 out of British beat boom hopefuls The Cornflakes (previously known as The Rising Sons), whose typically cheesy post-Beatles handle didn't prevent them building up a sizeable fan base on the Oxford live circuit. As the Cornflakes, they won the Plaza Cinema beat group contest in Northampton, a competition that proved to be of twofold importance in their embryonic career: the contest's first prize was a two-year contract with the Pye label, while Cyd Cipin, who ran the local Plaza, was so impressed by the group that, in conjunction with his brother Mayer and their associate Leslie Jaffa, he became their manager.

A namechange to The Primitives gave a more accurate indication of the group's brand of long- haired , Pretty Things-styled driving R&B under their new name, they signed to Pye in autumn 1964. At this juncture, The Primitives' line-up consisted of lead vocalist Jay Roberts (real name Jeffrey Farthing), Geoff Eaton (aka Geoff Tindall) on lead guitar, the curiously-named John E. Soul (rhythm guitar, harmonica), RogerJames (bass) and Mike Wilding (drums).

The debut Primitives single, an archetypal British R&B assault on Sonny Boy Williamson's 'Help Me' backed by the similarly earthy group original 'Let Them Tell', duly appeared through Pye in November 1964 (it was also released in America on the Parkway label, trivia buffs). With bands like The Yardbirds and The Animals attracting commercial attention, there was no reason why 'Help Me' shouldn't receive similar acclaim, though a slighthy earlier cover version from Essex-based R&B group The Rebounds probabhy didn't help The Primitives' chances. Whatever the reason,'Help Me' failed to click, as did the even more frenetic Eaton/Tindall composition 'You Said' (b/w 'How Do You Feel'), released a couple of months later in January 1965 and apparently boasting the input of super- sessioneer guitarist Jimmy Page.


01. Help Me
02. Let Them Tell
03. You Said
04. How Do You Feel
05. Oh Mary
06. I Don't Feel Myself
07. Mr. Heartache
08. Tears In My Eyes
09. Sookie Sookie
10. Every Minute Of Every Day
11. Gimme Some Loving
12. Johnny No
13. Mohair Sam
14. No Response
15. Cara Lin
16. Soul Finger/L'Incidente
17. Slow Down
18. Tell Your Frien
19. Lonely Room
20. Forget It


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