Friday, April 30, 2021

The New Nadir & Me and The Others - Uncovered

 

(Groundbreaking split LP including 5 killer previously unreleased 1967 Freakbeat/RnB/Garage studio tracks by the legendary New Nadir featuring Ed Carter from San Francisco, California on lead guitar and vocals (pre The Beach Boys); Gary Thain from Christchurch, New Zealand on bass (pre Keef Hartley, and Uriah Heep); plus Peter Dawkins also from Christchurch, New Zealand on drums (the greatest record producer from down under). The New Nadir have played some celebrated clubs in London such as the Speakeasy where they gigged a few times with Jimi Hendrix, who was supposed to produce their first record for the UK Polydor label, however after Ed Carter had received the offer to join The Beach Boys, the band split and nothing was ever released. The five tracks by The New Nadir on this LP were recorded on Monday, August 28th 1967, at a professional Swiss recording studio near Zurich, and capture them in great mood at their fantastic first recordings. The songs range from top Freakbeat/Garage masterpieces (TOMORROW, as well as I NEED HER NOW), thru unique eastern influenced Freakbeat tracks with raga riffs (BLACK SNOW), and onto the pop-art sound of PEOPLE ARE CHANGING, and the rambling RnB/Freakbeat/Garage guitar instrumental WALKING. The LP is highlighted by the monster previously unreleased Freakbeat track LOVE IS NOT A GAME, which was recorded by the pre-New Nadir outfit Me And The Others in November 1966, at Regent Sound Studios in London. This could easily hail as one of the greatest Freakbeat tracks which was ever produced in the UK. Me And The Others were a mid 60s beat/RnB/Freakbeat band from Christchurch, New Zealand featuring Peter Dawkins on drums, and vocals (ex The Strangers); Dave Chapman on guitar, Gary Thain on bass (ex The Secrets, and The Strangers), as well as Paul Muggleston on lead vocals, guitar, and organ (ex The Secrets, The Dynamics, Atlantics, etc.). The LP is rounded out by 5 choice never before released live tracks from a Me And The Others gig i





The New Nadir have played some celebrated clubs in London such as the Speakeasy where they gigged a few times with Jimi Hendrix, who was supposed to produce their first record for the UK Polydor label, however after Ed Carter had received the offer to join The Beach Boys, the band split and nothing was ever released.


The five tracks by The New Nadir on this LP were recorded on Monday, August 28th 1967, at a professional Swiss recording studio near Zurich, and capture them in great mood at their fantastic first recordings. The songs range from top mod/freakbeat/garage masterpieces (TOMORROW, as well as I NEED HER NOW), thru unique eastern influenced freakbeat tracks with raga riffs (BLACK SNOW), and onto the pop-art sound of PEOPLE ARE CHANGING, and the rambling rnb/freakbeat/garage guitar instrumental WALKING.


The LP is highlighted by the monster previously unreleased freakbeat track LOVE IS NOT A GAME, which was recorded by the pre-New Nadir outfit Me And The Others in November 1966, at Regent Sound Studios in London. This could easily hail as one of the greatest freakbeat tracks which was ever produced in the UK.


Me And The Others were a mid 60s beat/rnb/freakbeat band from Christchurch, New Zealand featuring Peter Dawkins on drums, and vocals (ex The Strangers); Dave Chapman on guitar, Gary Thain on bass (ex The Secrets, and The Strangers), as well as Paul Muggleston on lead vocals, guitar, and organ (ex The Secrets, The Dynamics, Atlantics, etc.). The LP is rounded out by 5 choice never before released live tracks from a Me And The Others gig in Germany that was recorded in January 1967: The amazing Graham Bond Organisation type of guitar - organ instrumental COMING HOME BABY, plus fantastic kiwi modbeat/garage/freakbeat versions of YOU BETTER RUN, HOLD ON I’M COMING, and CAN’T TURN YOU LOOSE, as well as the killer beat/rnb/punk original track EVEN GREEN ONES.




1. Gary Thain played with his brother Arthur in the fabulous early 60s beat / garage band The Strangers with whom he released three excellent 45s between the years 1963 to 1965. Gary’s 2nd band The Secrets was nominated with the Loxene Golden Disc award for IT’S YOU (the Searchers-like top-deck of the killer garage track YOU’RE WRONG) in 1965.


After the breakup of The Secrets in 1966, Gary Thain and Paul Muggleston (also from The Secrets) teamed up with Peter Dawkins and Dave Chapman to tour Europe with Peter’s band Me And The Others.


After the breakup of Me And The Others, Gary, and Peter went on to form the legendary freakbeat/rnb/garage trio The New Nadir with Ed Carter from California on vocals, and guitar. The rest is history. Ed Carter then joined The Beach Boys, and Gary went on to play with Champion Jack Dupree, Keef Hartley and Uriah Heep.


2. Ed Carter became the lead guitarist and bass player of The Beach Boys in 1968, with whom he still plays with today.


3. Peter Dawkins has produced no less than 20 number one hit records, and over 50 gold and platinum albums during his producing career.


4. Ed Carter began in 1963 to play guitar and bass with The Shufflers, a surf and rhythm and blues band from southern California featuring Mike Kowalski on drums, and Bruce Johnston on keyboards and guitar. In 1965 Johnston joined The Beach Boys to replace Brian Wilson at concerts. Three years later, in 1968, Carter and Kowalski became permanent members of The Beach Boys too.


5. Jimi Hendrix was going to produce the first record of The New Nadir for the UK Polydor label, however after Ed Carter received the offer to join The Beach Boys, The New Nadir split and nothing was ever released.


6. Jimi Hendrix shared the stage with The New Nadir several times during 1967 – 1968, and he jammed with them at the Speakeasy!


7. LOVE IS NOT A GAME was never released, only because Me And The Others had no time to record a flipside for it, as they had to leave for some gigs in Germany, where they finally broke up in February of 1967.


8. The five songs by The New Nadir are all top notch 1967 freakbeat originals, written by Ed Carter, Gary Thain, and Peter Dawkins.



9. The New Nadir tracks have a killer analogue sound quality as they were cut DIRECTLY from the original master tapes!


10. The New Nadir tracks were all recorded as part of a package promotion deal which was put together by the famous Swiss 60s music magazine Pop, and the small Swiss Eurex Records label. The recording session was held at a professional Swiss recording studio that was located near Zurich.


11. The New Nadir tracks on this LP were never released because the band didn’t want to end up on a small Swiss record label. They wanted their first record to be produced by Jimi Hendrix for Polydor Records in the UK.


12. The LP comes with extensive liner notes written by Peter Dawkins and Dave Chapman.


13. The LP cover shots of Me And The Others were taken in London for Brian Epstein’s agency.



SIDE 1:



1. THE NEW NADIR - People Are Changing

2. THE NEW NADIR - I Need Her Now

3. THE NEW NADIR - Walking

4. THE NEW NADIR - Tomorrow

5. THE NEW NADIR - Black Snow


SIDE 2:




1. ME AND THE OTHERS - Love Is Not A Game

2. ME AND THE OTHERS - Even Green Ones

3. ME AND THE OTHERS - Coming Home Baby

4. ME AND THE OTHERS - You Better Run

5. ME AND THE OTHERS - Hold On I’m Coming

6. ME AND THE OTHERS - Can’t Turn You Loose


INFO from : 


http://garagepunkinc.blogspot.com/2009/06/me-and-others-new-nadir-by-peter.html

http://garagepunkinc.blogspot.com/2011/09/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Uncovered-VINYL-New-Nadir/dp/B004QOEWHS


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