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PEA027 DAVE SAMPSON / JIMMY CRAWFORD / LANCE FORTUNE - RARING TO ROCK
Three much-admired pioneers of British pop-rock figure in Peaksoft's 35-track release.
Despite coming under the wing of Cliff Richard and his producer, Norrie Paramor, Dave Sampson achieved only a minor hit with Sweet Dreams. With a voice that was reminiscent of the style of both Cliff and Rick Nelson, Dave had a sackful of talent, and produced a memorable set of recordings. This album offers the complete As and Bs and EP tracks from his recording career in the early 60s.
Dave remained a fans' favourite into the 21st Century, and his death in 2014 was much mourned.
Jimmy Crawford also had to be satisfied with a single venture, a cover of I Love How You Love Me, into the lower reaches of the charts, but he also produced a memorable set of recordings and continued to perform, fronting a succession of bands, for 50 years. This album presents the As of his six 60s singles, together with five of the Bs.
Of the featured trio, Lance Fortune had the greatest luck with the charts, peaking at number 9 with Be Mine. Lance is represented by all four of his single As, plus three Bs, and the rarely-found stereo version of Be Mine.
DAVE SAMPSON: 1 *Sweet Dreams 2 *Itís Lonesome 3 *See You Around 4 *If You Need Me 5 Why The Chicken 6 1999 7 *Easy To Dream 8 *Thatís All 9 Wide, Wide World 10 Since Sandy Moved Away 11 *Talkiní In My Sleep 12 *Goodbye Twelve, Hello Teens 13 *Little Girl Of Mine 14 *Walking To Heaven * with The Hunters
PEA026 TERRY DENE: ROCK REBEL
Terry Dene regarded himself as a frustrated free spirit, an untamed beast seeking liberation from the constraints of the Establishment.
But to the Press, which delighted in terrifying its readers with photographs of riotous teenagers ripping up cinema seats, and the possible imminence of rock Ďní roll anarchy in the streets, the caged tiger became more of a sacrificial lamb.
Finally, his record label turned their backs on him when he was called up for National Service and failed to cope with Army training under the incessant spotlight.
Peaksoft's new CD offers the complete As and Bs of Terry's Decca 11 singles and the two EPs, together with four tracks released later on minor labels before Britain's rock rebel disappeared from public view Ė emerging years later as a Christian evangelist.
1 A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation) 2 The Man In The Phone Booth 3 Start Moviní (In My Direction) 4 Green Corn 5 Teenage Dream 6 Come And Get It 7 Lucky Lucky Bobby 8 Baby, Sheís Gone
PEA025 THE UNFORGETTABLE BILLY FURY: FIVE CLASSIC ALBUMS
CD1 1 Thatís Love 2 My Advice 3 Phone Call 4 You Donít Know 5 Turn My Back On You 6 Donít Say Itís Over 7 Since Youíve Been Gone 8 Itís You I Need 9 All Right, Goodbye 10 Donít Leave Me This Way 11 Maybe Tomorrow 12 Gonna Type A Letter 13 Margo 14 Donít Knock Upon My Door 15 Time Has Come 16 Colette 17 Baby How I Cried 18 Angel Face 19 Last Kiss 20 Wondrous Place 21 Halfway To Paradise 22 Donít Worry 23 Youíre Having The Last Dance With Me 24 Push Push 25 Furyís Tune 26 Talkiní In My Sleep 27 Stick Around 28 A Thousand Stars 29 Cross My Heart 30 Cominí Up In The World 31 He Will Break Your Heart 32 Would You Stand By Me
Danny, who died on July 28 2016, never achieved the fame that his talent deserved, although fellow artists were among his biggest fans.
For the first time, all of his single releases, together with a track recorded for an LP, are assembled on CD, together with bonus live tracks.
Danny's career was championed by TV rock pioneer Jack Good, who featured him in two of his shows, while Joe Meek produced several singles, and Larry Parnes booked him on tours Ė despite the lack of a contract.
Can't You Hear My Heart has notes by Vince Eager, a member of the Parnes stable who toured with Danny and remained his close friend in the decades that followed.
The singles: Hawk, I Got, Can't You Hear My Heart, I'm Waiting For Tomorrow, Once Upon A Time, My Baby's Gone Away, We're Gonna Dance, Movin' In, There Will Never Be Anyone Else, I Don't Think You Know.
PEA022 BILLY FURY: THE MISSING YEARS & STUDIO MASTERS DOUBLE CD
This super double album features the first official CD release of the 1983 LP The Missing Years.
PEA014 BILLY FURY: THE LOST ALBUM
The Lost Album :
:Unchain My Heart, Get Ready, Thatís All Right Mama, Itís No Good, Thatís Right, Thatís Me, Green Eyed American Actress, Getting Sentimental Over You, Wedding Bells, Life is What You Make It, All My Time, Going Round The Bend (Of My Mind), Forget Him. Bonus tracks: Communication, Bring It Back, Sheila (alt), River And The Sun, God Created Woman, Heartbeat, Our Love Has Gone, My Whole World Seems to Be Tumbliní Down, Reach Out For Your Loving Touch, My Baby Left Me, Right Or Wrong, Suzanne In The Mirror (alt)
This unique 29-track CD brings together for the first time both sides of all of Billy Fury's 11 Parlophone singles, plus seven brilliant bonus songs from the era.
Eight of these tracks have never before been available on CD.
Tracks are: 1 Hurtin' Is Loving, 2 Things Are Changing, 3 Loving You, 4 I'll Go Along With It, 5 Suzanne In The Mirror, 6 It Just Don't Matter Now, 7 Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt, 8 Baby Do You Love Me, 9 Silly Boy Blue, 10 One Minute Woman, 11 Phone Box, 12 Any Morning Now, 13 Lady, 14 Certain Things, 15 I Call For My Rose, 16 Bye Bye, 17 All The Way To The USA, 18 Do My Best For You, 19 Why Are You Leaving, 20 Old Sweet Roll, 21 Paradise Alley, 22 Well Alright, 23 Sheila, 24 Maybe Baby, 25 I'm Gonna Love You Too, 26 In My Room, 27 Lazy Life, 28 Your Words, 29 Lyanna.
PEA024 THE CAPROCK CLASSICS
Over little more than two years in the late 1950s, mid-Texas country music label Caprock Records produced fewer than two dozen releases, but as a modern critic has observed: ďThere wasnít one bad track among them.Ē
Now Peaksoft has assembled the best of the label's output for its 29-track CD Caprock Classics (PEA023).
The label was set up by established artist Hank Harral as a vehicle for his own work, using the High Fidelity Studio in Big Sprig, Texas.
However, he soon provided an outlet for other talent, including young singer-songwriter Dixie Rogers, who is featured with six tracks on the album.
Other performers include Durwood Haddock, later to have a national country hit with Big Night At My House.
Notes are by Texas country musicologist Chuck Lawrence.
PEA020 BLOOD BROTHERS: THE COMPLETE DICKIE PRIDE with BILLY FURY (and other) BONUS TRACKS
At last - a professionally-produced album of the complete recordings of Dickie Pride, one of the most tragic figures of British 50s/60s pop, who was wowing TV audiences on Oh Boy! within weeks of his discovery singing in a pub.
This CD features all 24 of the Sheik of Shake's tracks, from his first single, Slippin' 'n' Slidin' in 1959, through his classic 1961 LP, to his final single, as a member of The Guv'ners, in 1963.
Joe Brown and others who performed with Dickie were unanimous that his talent was unique - yet he never had a hit record, and he died at the age of only 27.
Includes other lost gems from the estate of Billy Fury's former manager, Larry Parnes. plus a never-issued single by Tony Damond (lead singer of Billy's backing group, The Gamblers) plus Johnny Storme's recreation of the lost Billy Fury track Love Don't Let Me Down, with words by Geoff Howlett and the original Gamblers backing track.
This super, unique CD is a snip at just £9.99.
MERCY, MERCY, PERCY: BLACK ROCK PIONEERS IN BRITAIN
In 1950s Britain, black pop and rock artists were a rarity, and the Press habitually referred to their ethnicity in a manner that would not be tolerated today.
Rock 'n' roll was born in the USA on the evolutionary line from negro spirituals, through rhythm and blues. It was not until the form was well established that white artists such as Elvis Presley jumped on the train.
In Britain, meanwhile, the biggest ďethnic minorityĒ crowd-puller of all, with a TV audience of up to 18 million and a number 1 album, was an easy-listening choir of white men wearing black make-up: the Black and White Minstrels.
This collection represents a little-documented byway of rock, travelled almost exclusively by immigrant or visiting artists, such as the Deep River Boys and Davy Jones. Band leader Ray Ellington might be considered by some to be a surprise inclusion, but his rock 'n' roll pedigree is clear.
The dynamic and hugely entertaining sounds played no small part in driving forward a musical revolution in Britain.
Mercy, Mercy, Percy £9.99
DON LANG: FRANTIC ROCK
Despite weekly TV exposure on the ground-breaking BBC programme 6-5 Special, Don Lang achieved only one chart hit, a number 5 with Witch Doctor in 1958.
However, this talented singer-musician has long been critically saluted as a rock pioneer, who produced a succession of high quality singles in the late 1950s.
With his group the Frantic Five, he was known for firing off lyrics at 300 words a minute.
He followed Jack Good from the BBC to ITV to become a mainstay of the powerhouse rock show Oh Boy!
Peaksoft have collected 31 of Lang's key 50s singles tracks for this brilliant collection. Itís rock Ďní roll at its frantic best.
PEA011 LARRY PARNES EXTRAVAGANZA
As the austere years of the 1950s gave way to the Swinging 60s, Larry Parnes was transforming the pop music scene.
1 DANNY RIVERS, Canít You Hear My Heart, 2 BILLY FURY, Gonna Type A Letter, 3 DUFFY POWER, Dream Lover , 4 EDDIE COCHRAN, Three Steps To Heaven, 5 MARTY WILDE, Honeycomb, 6COLIN HICKS AND THE CABIN BOYS, Wild Eyes And Tender Lips, 7 BILLY FURY, Maybe Tomorrow, 8 DICKIE PRIDE, Slippiní Ďní Slidiní, 9 DANNY RIVERS, Hawk , 10 JOE BROWN, Comes The Day, 11 JOHNNY GENTLE, Wendy, 12 DUFFY POWER, Kissiní Time, 13 VINCE EAGER, Five Days, Five Days, 14 PETER WYNNE, Chapel Of Dreams, 15 JULIAN X, Sue Saturday, 16 NELSON KEENE, Teenage Troubles, 17 TERRY DENE, Baby Sheís Gone, 18 THE VISCOUNTS, Shortniní Bread, 19 LANCE FORTUNE, All On My Own, 20 JOE BROWN, People Gotta Talk, 21 MARTY WILDE, A Teenager In Love, 22 TOMMY STEELE, Rock With The Caveman, 23 NELSON KEENE, Image Of A Girl, 24 LANCE FORTUNE, Be Mine, 25 SALLY KELLY, Little Cutie, 26 TERRY DENE, Start Moviní, 27 TOMMY STEELE, Singing The Blues, 28 VINCE EAGER, This Should Go On Forever, 29 THE VISCOUNTS, Rockiní Little Angel, 30 PETER WYNNE, I Need You Close Again, BONUS TRACK 31 PETER SELLERS, So Little Time.
PEA008 COLIN PAUL: FIT FOR A KING (2016 Re-ISSUE)
Fans of contemporary British rock will need little introduction to Colin Paul, whose dynamic style and soulful performances have built an army of enthusiastic supporters.
There can be no greater tribute to his talent than his regular invitations to Memphis, Tennessee, where he is a favourite with the demanding fans at the annual Elvis Presley Week.
On this superb album, Colin presents an ambitious agenda of 25 compelling songs that he suggests Elvis could - and perhaps should - have recorded. They are truly songs Fit For A King.
Please see illustration (below) for song list.
Colin Paul: Fit For A King £8.99 --------------------------------------
DUANE EDDY: COMPLETE UK HITS 1958-62
We've put together the compilation CD that has never previously been available for purchase: his 20 1958-62 UK A-sides, in order, from Rebel Rouser to Guitar Man, together with 13 of the very best B-sides .
This is the definitive record of the years when twang was definitely the thang.
PEA019 DAVE VAN RONK: BLUESMASTER
Bluesmaster celebrates the early work of the acclaimed blues and folk singer, guitarist, songwriter and teacher Dave Van Ronk, who died in February 2002 at the age of 65.
Tracks 1-14 make available on CD Van Ronkís first recordings, dating from his 1959 debut album Dave Van Ronk Sings Ballads, Blues And A Spiritual, and the bonus tracks are selected from his 1961 album, Dave Van Ronk Sings.
When the young Bob Dylan arrived in New York, Van Ronk took him under his wing.
Van Ronk continued performing and teaching until almost the end of his life.
He was heavily influenced by the blues masters, recording his own version of classics by Blind Lemon Jefferson and other pioneers.
PEA020 TOM RUSH: THE UNICORN SESSIONS
This album marks the 50th anniversary of the debut release by the gifted folk musician, Tom Rush.
While a student at Harvard University, 21-year-old Rush was already drawing crowds to Boston venues.
His guitar virtuosity and imaginative treatment of folk and blues standards attracted unreserved critical acclaim.
Rushís appearances at the Unicorn on two dates ó February 16 and March 19, 1962 ó were recorded live and issued on the singer's own label on cassette tape, then vinyl, in that year.
Thus was born a recording and performance career that has spanned the decades into the 21st Century.
The 12-track set comprises traditional songs, from old familiars like The Old 97 and Rambliní On My Mind, to Woody Guthrieís classics Pretty Boy Floyd and Talking Dust Bowl Blues.
Tom Rush: The Unicorn Sessions £9.99
BRITAIN'S COMPLETE NME NUMBER 1s
When the *New Musical Express introduced its UK singles chart in 1952, a music revolution was launched.
For the first time, the disc was recognised as the most important element in the music industry, and the coveted number 1 spot became the aim of every pop music artist, from crooners to rockers, and from big bands to comics.
Young people in their thousands bought their weekly copy of the NME, and tuned in their trannies to hear the latest chart on Radio Luxembourgís Sunday show. The NMEís enterprise and foresight had transformed the music scene.
Peaksoft first double-CD volume of original recordings celebrates that achievement, featuring every number 1 from the first chart in 1952, to the end of 1956 Ė a total of 52 mega-hits.
SONGS TO CHANGE THE WORLD
1 H Bombís Thunder, Creeping Bentgrass. 2 Atom And Evil, Golden Gate Quartet. 3 We Shall Overcome, The Young Jewish Folksingers. 4 No More Auction Block For Me, Paul Robeson. 5 Iíll Overcome Someday, Mississippi Bracey. 6 Strange Fruit, Billie Holiday. 7 Oh Freedom, Hope Foye and Pete Seeger. 8 What Did I Do (To Be So Black And Blue), Louis Armstrong. 9 A Nation Once Again, John McCormack. 10 Zog Nit Keymol (Never Say That You Have Reached The Final Road), Betty Segal. 11 Two Enemies, Polish veterans. 12 Brother Can You Spare A Dime, Bing Crosby. 13 How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live, Blind Alfred Reed. 14 This Land Is Your Land, Woody Guthrie. 15 The Manchester Rambler, Ewan MacColl. 16 If I Had A Hammer, The Weavers. 17 I Feel Like Iím Fixiní To Die, Cablestones. 18 Dirty Old Town, Creeping Bentgrass. 19 We Shall Not Be Moved, Johnny Storme. 20 Which Side Are You On, Almanac Singers. 21 The Peat-Bog Soldiers, Paul Robeson. 22 Kkosa Sikelelí iAfrika (God Bless Africa), Black Diamonds. 23 The Eve Of Destruction, The Shy. 24 Yare Dabestani (My Classmate), Fereydoun Feroughi. We Donít Want Your War, Jynkz.
BILLY FURY: THE ROAD TO PARADISE
OUT OF STOCK - FUTURE RE-RELEASE UNLIKELY
The Road To Paradise charts Billy Fury's rise to becoming the most consistent hit-maker of the 1960s.
From the demos recorded in a Liverpool studio, through his early singles and the ground-breaking The Sound Of Fury LP, this album provides an impressive collection of Billy's early years recordings.
Also included among the 37 tracks are radio and television appearances, including an exclusive TV track that was unearthed only in 2010.
The illustrated 8-page booklet sets the scene for this super collection.
Singles and The Sound Of Fury: 1 Maybe Tomorrow 2 Gonna Type A Letter 3 Margo 4 Donít Knock Upon My Door 5 Angel Face 6 Time Has Come 7 My Christmas Prayer 8 The Last Kiss 9 Collette 10 Baby How I Cried 11 Thatís Love 12 You Donít Know 13 A Wondrous Place 14 All Right, Goodbye 15 A Thousand Stars 16 Push Push 17 My Advice 18 Phone Call 19 Turn My Back On You 20 Donít Say Itís Over 21 Since Youíve Been Gone 22 Itís You I Need Radio 23 Címon Everybody 24 Don't Knock Upon My Door 25 Mean Woman Blues 26 Maybe Tomorrow 27 Margo TV 28 Donít Knock Upon My Door 29 My Babe (with Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Joe Brown) Historic demo 30 Iím Left, Youíre Right, Sheís Gone 31 Baby 32 Paralyzed 33 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You 34 Playing For Keeps 35 Loveís AíCalliní TV special 36 Sketch 37 Thatís Love
Super 9-track charity CD, raising funds for Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight, and the Heart Fund at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, in memory of Pauline Swindells
Johnny Storme: Christmas Day Again.
Four brilliant original Frankie Connor songs performed by Billy Fury's brother, the former Joe Meek recording artist Jason Eddie (Albie Wycherley). Tracks are: I Never Met Colette, Believe In Love, Helpless, I Know I've Got A Heart. Albie at his very best. A real collector's item and highly recommended.
Includes FREE 22-track Billy Fury early years CD while stocks last.
Written by music journalist Spencer Leigh, Wondrous Face has many, many photographs and illustrations, and is the result of much original research.
This is THE FIRST AND STILL THE ONLY biography of Billy published in book form.
HALFWAY TO PARADISE: The story of Britpop 1955-1962.Top music writer Spencer Leigh interviewed more than 150 performers for Halfway To Paradise, the story of British popular music from the birth of rock 'n' roll to the advent of The Beatles.
The contributors include Acker Bilk, Lonnie Donegan, Adam Faith, Rolf Harris, Ronnie Hilton, Anthony Newley, Hank Marvin, Cliff Richard, Tommy Steele, Frankie Vaughan and Marty Wilde.
146 pages. £12.99
THINGS DO GO WRONG. The day by day story of Eddie Cochran's final UK tour in 1960, leading to his tragic death. 140 well illustrated pages. Foreword by Bobby Vee. Brilliant read. £12.99.
|PUTTIN' ON THE STYLE
The biography of the pioneering king of skiffle, the late Lonnie Donegan - 160 pages.
Written by the accomplished music journalist Spencer Leigh, Puttin' On The Style has many, photographs and illustrations, and is the result of much original research.
WITHOUT YOU tribute CD
available for digital download only.
|DEAD MAN'S CAVE
A brand-new reprint of Conon Fraser's classic adventure novel, set in the 1950s.
Dead Man's Cave was originally written for a teenage audience, but as with all great young people's books, it's a winner with all ages.
Peaksoft have lovingly recreated this epic adventure, long unavailable even on the second-hand market - surviving copies of the original are well-guarded.
Produced with Conon Fraser's enthusiastic support, the new edition has the full original text and illustrations, for which permission was granted by the family of the late Will Nickless (of Eagle fame).
There is a new foreword by Conon Fraser, as well as the tale of the 20-year process that led to the 21st Century re-issue of Dead Man's Cave. £7.99
|CAR TAX DISC HOLDERS
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"Billy Fury Ė always number 1" car sticker in blue and gold. 25cm * 5cm, with two pictures. £1.75
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