On The Brink

Playing tracks by

Sounds Incorporated, GARY LANE, MIKE HURST, THREE BELLS, BARBARA RUSKIN and more.

This time I’ve gone back to the 60’s singles; some unknown, some very well known. The first half is all UK label stuff and the second half are US releases. Some overlap of course. We start with a couple of very obscure popcorn tracks from 61 and 63 respectively, then there’s a flurry of excellent mid-60’s beat 45’s, the Dodos track is a previously unknown (to me) version of Jon Gunn on Deram, The Youth is an obscure Claire Francis production, and the Barry Hopkins is an ultra-obscure pop-Northern dancer from 1970. The UK section ends with a phenomenal Hammond instrumental from the Soul Agents. Pick of the US stuff are Jackie Burns old Stafford cover up (actually from a UK MGM copy), the fabulous Jan Bradley, Len Barry’s brilliant version of The Shirelles classic and the truly moving Manhattans original of The Uniques big reggae hit Out Of Love. I sneaked the Samantha Jones UK only release in at the end , no apologies for repeating this beauty!

 

Pete Smith

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