Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Peddlers - The Fantastic Peddlers (1968 UK)

The Peddlers formed in Manchester in April 1964, as a trio of Trevor Morais (born Trevor Gladstone Emanuel Morais, 10 October 1944, Liverpool), Tab Martin (born Alan Raymond Brearey, 24 December 1944, Newcastle upon Tyne), Roy Phillips (born Roy Godfrey Phillips, 5 May 1941, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset). Morais, the drummer, had previously played with Faron's Flamingoes and Rory Storm and the Hurricanes (who had struggled to replace Ringo Starr after he had left to join The Beatles). Martin, the bassist, noted for his peculiar style of playing a Gibson EB-2 bass guitar in an upright position as though it were a string bass. Phillips, on vocals and keyboards, had been in The Saints, The Tornados, and also The Soundtracks. In 1966, the group began a residency at Annies Room in London also playing the Scotch of St James and The Pickwick where the group's first album Live at the Pickwick, including an introduction by Pete Murray, was recorded. The trio released six singles and EP on the Philips record label before joining CBS in 1967. Their cover of "Let the Sunshine In" (1965) charted on the UK Singles Chart. In 1968 they released the album "Freewheelers", consisting of standards arranged by Keith Mansfield. The follow-up, 1968's "Three in a Cell", included a version of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever", from the 1965 musical of the same name, which was later sampled for its bass and Hammond organ riff. The third and final CBS album, "Birthday", followed in 1969, and brought the band two UK Top 40 singles in "Girlie", and "Birth" which reached No. 17. Following "Birthday", the Peddlers returned to Philips, where they released "Georgia on My Mind" in 1971 and "Suite London" (1972). On Philips they released "Three for All" in 1970 including "Tell the World Were Not In", "Working Again", "My Funny Valentine" and "Love for Sale". Trevor Morais left the trio during an Australian tour in 1972, and was replaced on drums by New Zealander Paul Johnston. The Peddlers disbanded in 1976. The anthology "How Cool Is Cool... The Complete CBS Recordings" was released by CBS in 2002.
"The Fantastic Peddlers" is the only UK compilation album released (so far) and features singles and EP tracks fom 1964 to 1967 and presents stereo mixes of mono recordings.


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