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Various Artists: The London American Label, Year by Year: 1966

Track List

>Five O' Clock World - The Vogues (mono)
>Love's Made a Fool of You - The Bobby Fuller Four (mono)
>Cast Your Fate to the Wind - Shelby Flint (mono)
>Open the Door to Your Heart - Darrell Banks (mono)
>Come on In - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (mono)
>Don't Touch Me - Jeannie Seeley/Jeannie Seely (mono)
>Crazy Like a Fox - Link Cromwell (mono)
>Pain Gets a Little Deeper, The - Darrow Fletcher (mono)
>I'll Keep It with Mine - Judy Collins (mono)
>Rains Came, The - The Sir Douglas Quintet (mono)
>She Blew a Good Thing - The American Poets (mono)
>Mister Bang Bang Man - Little Hank/Roy Head (mono)
>Bird-Doggin' - Gene Vincent (mono)
>Teenager's Prayer - Joe Simon (mono)
>Hand Jive - The Strangeloves (mono)
>White Cliffs of Dover, The - The Righteous Brothers (mono)
>Cherish - The Association (mono)
>You Left the Water Running - Barbara Lynn (mono)
>United - The Intruders (mono)
>Ever See a Diver Kiss His Wife While the Bubbles Bounce About Above the Water? - Ray Stevens/Shirley Ellis (mono)
>Party People - Little Hank/Ray Stevens (mono)
>I Can Hear Music - Shirley Ellis/The Ronettes (mono)
>Yo Burn Me Up and Down - The Critters/We the People (mono)
>Mr. Dieingly Sad - The Critters/We the People (mono)
>7 and 7 Is - Love/The Ronettes (mono)
>I'm a Nut - Leroy Pullins/Love (mono)
>To Make a Big Man Cry - Leroy Pullins/Roy Head (mono)
>River Deep, Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner/Ike Turner/Tina Turner (mono)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Tony Rounce.

London was fully swinging by 1966, but that's not something you'd learn from The London American Label, Year by Year: 1966. Ace's ongoing history of the London American Label captures 28 songs recorded in America and picked up by London for distribution in the U .K. In 1966, the label cast its net quite wide, pulling in the hit folk-pop single "Five O'Clock World" from the Vogues, the dreamy sunshine pop number one of the Association's "Cherish," and the legendary flop of Ike & Tina Turner's "River Deep-Mountain High," along with a bunch of dynamite soul, a bit of rock & roll, and some of the fledgling progressive rock on Elektra. That label gives Butterfield Blues Band's "Come On In," Judy Collins' Dylan cover "I'll Keep It with Mine," and Love's rampaging "7 and 7 Is," which are nice contrasts to the Tex-Mex stomp of Sir Douglas Quintet's "The Rains Came," the trash of the Strangeloves' "Hand Jive," We the People's snarling garage sneer "You Burn Me Up and Down," and Leroy Pullins' Roger Miller rip-off "I'm a Nut." All this suggests just how wild, weird, and wonderful the American pop and rock scene was in 1966, and the best thing about this is that London didn't plan to be so far-reaching: 1966 is a snapshot of a label trying to make a buck and they captured a lot of terrific, silly, and memorable music as they did so. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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