Monday, March 23, 2020

The Shake Spears 1965 - 1968



This Rhodesian outfit - who were living in Belgium in the early sixties - recorded some amazing beat & rock singles. Both Belgian rock archives ' Rock over Belgium' and ' Witlof from Belgium' have rather good discographies on the band's recordings, including solo recordings of Brian and Gene Latter. Apart from the discographies the Shake Spears only earn a brief mention once or twice in both publications. On top of that, their one and only LP was originally released in...The Netherlands ! Other Dutch connections were a couple of TV shows in Belgium where the 'Spears' were playing together with Cuby & the Blizzards of which they were much impressed by the guitar sound. In 1968, when the band was playing the most popular club in Brussels, 'Les Cousins', the singer from another Dutch beat group, The Shoes, joined them on stage for a few numbers. Well, reason enough to take a look in to the band's "live" line-up:

•Chris Kritzinger - Keyboard, guitar & vocals
•Perry Jordaan - Guitar & vocals
•Johnny Kreuger - Drums & vocals
•Calvin Coleman - Bass
•Alan Escombe-Wolhuter - Bass
•Gene Latter - Vocals
•Ron Patton - Saxophone

Some of the members of this line-up originated from the ranks of the Bulawayo band, the PHANTOMS.
The Shake Spears arrived in Belgium in December 1964 from Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). Before that happened they were successful in their own country, playing as the Dynamics. In 1963 they established their own night club 'The Club Dynamique", which quickly became the favourite haunt of television and theatrical personalities. At this time fans, friends and well-wishers advised the group that the rest of the world was entitled to an opportunity to enjoy their musical skills, too.
After the Shake Spears disbanded, Escombe and Stone formed the prog rock group Fynn McCool.






01 - The Shake Spear
02 - Summertime (#1)
03 - Give It To Me (#1)
04 - What Happened
05 - Lucifer
06 - The Saint
07 - I'll Go Crazy
08 - Don't Play Funny Games
09 - Stop Playing That Song
10 - Summertime Blues
11 - Brussels Bound
12 - Johnny B. Goode
13 - Summernight Dreams
14 - Shake It Over (#1)
15 - Do That Again
16 - Summertime (#2)
17 - Shake It Over (#2)
18 - Cry For Your Loving
19 - Garden of Eden
20 - Nossi Dan
21 - I Can’t Tell
22 - I Know
23 - Candle
24 - Jerk
25 - Mah-Pah (#1)
26 - How Does She Look
27 - Treasure Of A Woman's Love
28 - Burning My Fingers
29 - Something to Believe In
30 - Cara-Lin
31 - Time
32 - Mah-Pah (#2)
33 - Our Life
34 - Poinciana
35 - Do-Dum-Dum
36 - Give It To Me (#2)

Jancy said

2 comments:

  1. Super ! Merci bien !
    Grtz
    José

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  2. I had no idea this band was not from Belgium but rather Rhodesia. Wow! I've heard a few songs on some comps like "Sixties Belgian Beat" and I'm looking forward to hearing these other tracks. Thanks so much!

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