Sunday, May 14, 2006

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
07 Kiko
08 Foolkiller
09 Let's Do It Tonight
10 Tiger
11 Come Back To Croydon
12 Own Up Lady Astor


Blogger Miss F said...


i got this from Tomada blogspot and searched for the oroginal uploader in blogsearch, thank g0odness i f0und you~~

I just waNNa say thanks for this fanTastic, amazing album...heard onLy 3 tracks so faR and my, aren't they fabuLous and ooZing with h0t rhytHms and sensuaLity.... inDeed the produCtion's a tad inteNse, even for an EXOTICA record, but someHow ends up JUST perfect- all th0se instrumeNts overLoad and clashing s0unds comPlements Ms.DriscoLL's powerfuL v0ice.

Thank you so0o00 much Benito.... this music is verY speciaL.

6:35 am, June 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's killed by RS by now...

7:34 pm, March 09, 2007  
Blogger A Dashing Blade said...

Nope, still up there. Big Brian Auger fan, ty for posting

6:33 am, March 31, 2007  

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