Mod groooves from swinging London
Don't let the cover scare you off!
Here's an outstanding collection of tracks that capture the swinging Mod groove of London in the mid sixties, re-released by Charly Records at some unspecified time, possibly the early eighties.
The recordings on Side A date from 1967 and feature the exquisite and powerful voice of Julie Driscoll with some heavy duty orchestral accompaniment. I know You Love Me Not (track 1) was arranged and conducted by Reg Guest and recorded on a simple 4-track (remarkable considering it's depth). The production (by Giorgio Gomelsky) is grandiose and melodramatic and I say that most enthusiastically!
Side B dates from 1964 and features Brian Auger playing some sizzling Hammond R&B grooves. The standout tracks to me are Tiger (complete with Hammond-simulated big cat noises) and Fool Killer, with the instrumental Kiko coming a close third. Auger really makes his keyboard fry!
While presented separately on this LP, Driscoll and Auger were partners at the time, both personally and musically. By all accounts they were at their best performing live...
Most of these tracks appeared on an earlier album also in my possession titled Jules/Brian — Julie Driscoll/Brian Auger and released on EMI's Music For Pleasure label.
Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger London 1964—1967 [192kbs]
01 I Know You Love Me Not
02 I Don't Want To Have To Do It
03 If You Should Ever Leave Me
04 Don't Do It No More
05 I Don't Know Where You Are
06 Shadows Of You
09 Let's Do It Tonight
11 Come Back To Croydon
12 Own Up Lady Astor