Sunday, January 05, 2020

The Sorrows - Take A Heart / Plus

One of the most overlooked bands of the British Invasion, the Sorrows offered a tough brand of R&B-infused rock that recalled the Pretty Things (though not as R&B-oriented) and the Kinks (though not as pop-oriented). Their biggest British hit, "Take a Heart," stopped just outside the U.K. Top 20; several other fine mid-'60s singles met with either slim or a total lack of success. With the rich, gritty vocals of Don Fardon, taut raunchy guitars, and good material (both self-penned and from outside writers), they rank as one of the better British bands of their era, and certainly among the very best never to achieve success of any kind in the U.S. After their sole LP (also titled Take a Heart), they issued a couple of singles with psychedelic and Dylanesque overtones, and had somehow relocated to Italy in the late '60s, where they played out their string with material in a much more progressive (and less distinctive) vein. Don Fardon had a Top 20 hit in America with a pre-Raiders version of "Indian Reservation" in 1968.

Initial line-up
Philip (Pip) Whitcher - (born 1943, Coventry) - lead guitar and vocals.
Don Fardon - (born Donald Arthur Maughn, 19 August 1940, Coventry) - vocals
Philip (Phil) Packham - (born 13 June 1945, Bidford-on-Avon, near Stratford, Warwickshire) - bass guitar
Terry Juckes - (born 27 August 1943, Broadway, Worcestershire ) - rhythm guitar - vocals
Bruce Finlay - (born 20 September 1944, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) - drums

After 1966
Philip (Pip) Whitcher - rhythm guitar and vocals
Wesley 'Wez' Price - bass - (born 19 July 1945, Coventry, Warwickshire)
Roger (Rog) Lomas - lead Guitar (born Roger David Lomas, 8 October 1948, Keresley Hospital, Coventry, Warwickshire). 1966 - 1967
Bruce Finlay - drums
Chuck Fryers - Guitar, vocals. (born Alan Paul Fryers, 24 May 1945, Bognor Regis, West Sussex). 1967 -1969
Geoff Prior - Bass. 1967 -
Chris Smith - lead vocals Hammond organ

The Sorrows ‎– Take A Heart 7'' (1965)

The Sorrows - Take A Heart & Singles

Best known for their haunting mid-60's freakbeat classic, 'Take A Heart', The Sorrows were legendary. This 2-CD pays tribute to their awesome reputation, with all their singles, foreign language rarities, previously unissued tracks and a bonus disc featuring the rare 'Take A Heart' album in stereo.
A reissue of their mid-'60s album, with eight bonus tracks, including the fine non-LP singles by the original lineup and foreign-language versions of some tunes. One of the best obscure British Invasion records.
DISC 1 : The Singles
1. I Don't Wanna Be Free 2. Come With Me 3. Baby 4. Teenage Letter 5. Take a Heart 6. We Should Get Along Fine 7. You've Got What I Want 8. No, No, No, No9. Let the Live Live 10. Don't Sing No Sad Songs for Me11. Let Me In 12. How Love Used to Be 13. Pink Purple Yellow Red 14. My Gal 15. Gonna Find a Cave *16. I Take What I Want *17. Baby All the Time *18. Baby ***19. Nimm Mein Herz (Take a Heart in German)20. Sei War Mein Girl (We Should Get Along Fine in German)21. Mi Si Spezza II Cuore (Take a Heart in Italian) 22. Vivi (Baby in Italian) 23. Verde, Rosso, Giallo, Blu (Pink, Purple, Yellow, Red in Italian) 24. No, No, No, No (in Italian)25. Zabadak 26. La Liberta Costa Cara (How Love Used to Be in Italian) 27. Hooky **28. You're Still Mine **29. Armchair King **30. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes **
* (unreleased at the time)
** (previously unissued)
*** (previously unissued '66 version)
DISC 2 : The A Heart - album 1965
. Baby 2. No, No, No, No 3. Take a Heart 4. She's Got the Action 5. How Love Used to Be 6. Teenage Letter 7. I Don't Wanna Be Free 8. Don't Sing No Sad Songs for Me9. Cara-Lin 10. We Should Get Along Fine 11. Come With Me 12. Let Me In

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