Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Barron Knights Discography (5x CD Set)


 

The Barron Knights are a British humorous pop rock group, originally formed in 1959 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, as the Knights of the Round Table, England, in 1960. Members are Duke D'Mond (born Richard Palmer, February 25, 1945, Dunstable, Bedfordshire; vocals, guitar), Peter "P'nut" Langford (born April 10, 1943, Durham; vocals, guitar), Butch Baker (born Leslie John Baker, July 16, 1941, Amersham, Buckinghamshire; vocals, guitar), "Barron" Anthony Osmond (b. June 15, 1940, Abingdon, Berkshire; vocals, bass), and Dave Ballinger (b. January 17, 1941, Slough, Buckinghamshire; drums). They started out as a straight music group, then gained success doing parodies of the Merseybeat groups of the early '60s and never looked back, continuing to make fun of successive musical trends. Their first major hit was "Call Up the Groups" (number three, 1964), and they made the U.K. charts with a total of 13 singles through 1983, including "Pop! Go the Workers" (number five, 1965), "Merry Gentle Pops" (number nine, 1965), "Live in Trouble" (number seven, 1977), and "A Taste of Aggro" (number three, 1978). Their only U.S. chart entry came in 1979 with "The Topical Song," a parody of Supertramp's "The Logical Song."

They started out as a straight pop group, and spent a couple of years touring and playing in English dance halls before making their way to Hamburg, Germany. Bill Wyman, later of the Rolling Stones, has written that the Barron Knights were the first group he saw with an electric bass, at a performance in Aylesbury in July 1961, inspiring him to take up the instrument. In 1963, at the invitation of Brian Epstein, they were one of the support acts on The Beatles' Christmas shows at the Finsbury Park Astoria in London, and later became one of the few acts to tour with both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Their debut single was "Let's Face It" / "Never Miss Chris" released in 1962 by Fontana Records (H.368).. They also made their debut on BBC Television in this year performing on the children's programme Let's Go! 

For studio recordings they often brought in additional session musicians as required, including in 1968 a then unknown Reg Dwight.

They first came to fame in 1964 with the number "Call Up the Groups" (Parts 1 and 2). It overcame copyright restrictions and parodied a number of the leading pop groups of the time including the Searchers, Freddie and the Dreamers, the Dave Clark Five, the Bachelors, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles. The song imagined the various artists singing about being conscripted, or "called up" into the British Army, although actual conscription had ended in 1960. The single climbed to number 3 in the UK Singles Chart. As an example, the song "Bits and Pieces" by The Dave Clark Five was parodied as "Boots and Blisters". They then followed this parody theme with two more hit singles "Pop Go the Workers" (1965) and "Merry Gentle Pops" (1966), while continuing to work the cabaret circuit, as they do internationally to this day.

In 1967, the group released the single "Lazy Fat People", a satirical song written by Pete Townshend of The Who. In 1974 they toured South Africa with Petula Clark. By 1977 CBS Records had signed the group, bringing a resurgence in popularity, with "Live in Trouble" reaching number 7 in the UK Singles Chart. It was their first hit for over nine years. "Angelo" was just one song parodied on "Live in Trouble". Their 1978 release "A Taste of Aggro", which parodied "Rivers of Babylon", "Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs" and "The Smurf Song", became the group's biggest hit with sales of over one million, reaching number 3 in the UK chart.

They achieved four other UK hit singles in the 1960s and 1970s but their only US Billboard Hot 100 charted single, "The Topical Song", was another comedic parody written by the American poet Robert Spring White. Based upon Supertramp's "The Logical Song", White, who also took the 1980 American Song Festival award in the folk category for "Where Does The River Go", confined his humorous lyric compositions to the Barron Knights.

The group also produced Christmas specials on Channel 4 Television in 1983 and 1984 which continued to be repeated throughout the decade, a mix of sketches and songs with a comedy backbone for which the group brought in comedy writer Barry Faulkner (Grumbleweeds, Tom O'Connor, Week Ending, Russ Abbot's Madhouse) to write sketches and links. In 1986, they sang a parody of the Jimmy Dean song "Big Bad John", called "Big Bad Bond". It was a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Australian entrepreneur Alan Bond and his involvement in Australia's victory in the 1983 America's Cup. The single was released by WEA, and had "The Loan Arranger" on the B-side, both taken from their album California Girls.

As of 2013, the group continued to perform for a worldwide audience, with a line-up featuring only Pete Langford from the original band members. Founding member, Barron Antony, retired on 5 October 1985, and fellow founding member Butch Baker retired in January 2007, and was replaced by Len Crawley.[8] The Barron Knights' original lead singer, Duke D'Mond, died on 9 April 2009.

Original band member details

Barron Antony (born Antony Michael John Osmond, 15 June 1934, RAF Abingdon, Abingdon, Berkshire, England) – bassist, vocalist

Peter 'Peanut' Langford (born 10 April 1943, Durham, England) – guitar, keyboards, vocalist

Duke D'Mond (born Richard Edward Palmer, 25 February 1943, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, died 9 April 2009, Oxford) – vocalist

Butch Baker (born Leslie John Baker, 16 July 1941, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England) – lead guitarist, vocalist

Dave Ballinger (born David Alan Ballinger, 17 January 1939, Slough, Buckinghamshire, England) – drummer

CD 1

California Girls (Rerecorded) 2:39

D.I.Y. Man (Rerecorded) 2:31

Air Hostess Song (Rerecorded) 1:45

All Through The Night (Rerecorded) 2:25

Street Rhymes (Rerecorded) 3:15

Churchill Rap (Rerecorded) 3:19

Chosen Classics (Rerecorded) 6:05

Wally Song (Hi Ho Silver Lining) (Rerecorded) 3:12

Loan Arranger (Rerecorded) 2:21

Superglue (Can't Get Used To Losing You) (Rerecorded) 0:59

Sister Josephine (Rerecorded) 3:10

Then He Kicked Me (Rerecorded) 2:17

Nellie The Courier (Rerecorded) 2:43

Money For Nothing (Rerecorded) 1:12

Stick To Selling Onions (Rerecorded) 2:53

Club Erotica (Rerecorded) 3:31

Franskie (Rerecorded) 0:52

Don't Let The Germans Pinch Your Sun Beds (Rerecorded) 3:38

Little Darling (Rerecorded) 2:21

Gas Board Bill (Rerecorded) 2:44

I'm Anti Biotics (Rerecorded) 2:27

Big Bad Bond (Rerecorded) 3:06

Ozone Friendly (Rerecorded) 2:41

How 'Bout Us (Rerecorded) 3:25

Green Knickers (Rerecorded) 2:31

A Cold In My Nose (Rerecorded) 3:21

All Shook Up (Rerecorded) 1:56

Mr Bronski Meets Mr Evans (Rerecorded) 3:42

CD 2



Tracklist


1 Cilla Black's Hat

2 Can Can

3 The Chapel Lead Is Missing

4 Battle Of Agincourt

5 Sunday Shopping

6 Call Up The Groups ('92)

7 Call Up The Groups ('64)

8 Pop Go The Workers

9 Merry Gentle Pops

10 Under New Management

11 An Olympic Record

12 Traces

13 I've Got You Under My Skin

14 Come To The Dance


CD 3



Tracklist

California Girls (Rerecorded) 2:39

D.I.Y. Man (Rerecorded) 2:31

Mr Bronski Meets Mr Evans (Rerecorded) 3:42

Air Hostess Song (Rerecorded) 1:45

All Through The Night (Rerecorded) 2:25

Street Rhymes (Rerecorded) 3:15

Churchill Rap (Rerecorded) 3:19

Chosen Classics (Rerecorded) 6:05

Wally Song (Hi Ho Silver Lining) (Rerecorded) 3:12

Loan Arranger (Rerecorded) 2:21

Superglue (Can't Get Used To Losing You) (Rerecorded) 0:59

Sister Josephine (Rerecorded) 3:10

Then He Kicked Me (Rerecorded) 2:17

Nellie The Courier (Rerecorded) 2:43

Money For Nothing (Rerecorded) 1:12

Stick To Selling Onions (Rerecorded) 2:53

Club Erotica (Rerecorded) 3:31

Franskie (Rerecorded) 0:52

Don't Let The Germans Pinch Your Sun Beds (Rerecorded) 3:38

Little Darling (Rerecorded) 2:21

Gas Board Bill (Rerecorded) 2:44

I'm Anti Biotics (Rerecorded) 2:27

Big Bad Bond (Rerecorded) 3:06

Ozone Friendly (Rerecorded) 2:41

How 'Bout Us (Rerecorded) 3:25

Green Knickers (Rerecorded) 2:31

A Cold In My Nose (Rerecorded) 3:21

All Shook Up (Rerecorded) 1:56

CD 4




TRACKS

1.
The Masochistic And Sadistic Hospital Song

2.
Space Invaders

3.
Churchhill Rap

4.
Sister Josephin

5.
Cold In My Nose

6.
Three Fingered Picker

7.
Gobbledegook
8.
Spaghetti Betty

9.
Chosen Classics

10.
Danny's Song

11.
California Girls

12.
Gas Board Bill

13.
Mr Bronski Meets Mr Evans

CD 5



Originals

How 'Bout Us (Original) 3:24

An Olympic Record | Lazy Sunday | I Pretend | Delilah | Cinderella Rockerfella | Dream A Little Dream Of Me | Here Comes The Judge (Original) 8:26

I've Got You Under My Skin (Original) 3:28

Sunday Shopping (Original) 3:12

Merry Gentle Pops | Merry Gentle Pops | Catch The Wind | (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction | Look Through Any Window | Tossing And Turning | Goodbyee (Original) 5:03

Can Can (Original) 2:18

Traces (Original) 2:37

The Chapel Lead Is Missing (Original) 3:22

Cilla Black's Hat (Original) 3:02

Under New Management | With A Girl Like You | Mama | Lovers Of The World United | Daydream | God Only Knows | They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha-Haaa! (Original) 6:07

Green Knickers (Original) 2:32

Pop Go The Workers | Little Red Rooster | I Wouldn't Trade You For The World | Girl Don't Come | Walk Tall | Love Me Do (Original) 5:03

A Cold In My Nose (Original) 3:20

Call Up The Groups '64 | Needles And Pins | You Were Made For Me | I Wanna Be Your Man | Diane | Bits And Pieces | Twist And Shout (Original) 5:52

The Battle Of Agincourt (Original) 3:54

All Shook Up (Original)

Enjoy

And Ty To Ossieguy For These Comps.

"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"

And "Go On! Have a Laugh!"


CD 1 🎅

CD 2 🎅

CD 3 🎅

CD 4 🎅

CD 5 🎅

14 comments:

  1. Really would like to get this from you, but megaupload breaks down every time, due to the large size of this file. Could you please re-up it using "Mediafire"? THANX!

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  2. Hello many thanks for the Barron Knights CDs!!That s great!!Missing on the market is an CD with the early singles of the group: A and B sides 1962 Let s face it 1963 Jo Ann 1964 House of Johann strauss and some more many greetings Thomas

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  4. Не могу скачать почти сутки! google chrome все время сбрасывает до 20 mb, а Mozilla скачает 600Mb и останавливается и пишетЮ что большие размеров нужен google chrome!!!

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    1. Попробуй ещё. На Megу это правда не похож... Я качаю Лисой,Хромом - одно и тож. Ну, не получится перезалью...

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  5. TIMMY - Use the JDownloader, for krajstsejk!

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  6. Once its downloaded I got a RAR file and a TBKD.RAR.Part file. Right click this file and open with WINRAR and there you have the 5 albums.

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  7. Пока не могу скачать, google chrome скачал до 212 mb и дальше не идет.

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  8. Ok I Have Broken The File Down to 5 Individual Files on mediafire Enjoy

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  9. Hi. Wonderful share, thank you! I'm also looking for the albums 'Night Gallery', 'Teaching the world to laugh', 'Jesta Giggle', 'Twisting the knight away' and 'Knights of laughter' if anyone has them? Cheers and a happy christmas to all!

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  10. Delighted to find this download!
    "I don't want to go to work / On me bike in the rain"
    is one of my earliest memories.

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  11. Thank you for this great download

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