Friday, February 23, 2018

The Paramounts ‎– Whiter Shades Of R&B


16-song compilation hunts down every last scrap recorded by the band: both sides of their six singles, a cut released only on a French EP, and three previously unreleased tracks. The group professed dislike of the pop numbers thrust upon them by their record company in 1965, but Jackie DeShannon's "Blue Ribbons" and P.F. Sloan's "You Never Had It So Good" are actually among the more memorable tunes. It also includes a surprisingly interesting 1966 version of Charles Mingus' "Freedom" (unreleased until this reissue). A modestly enjoyable collection of mostly historical significance.

                                         http://www.procolharum.com/parahist.htm



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