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Johnny Kidd: So What?! - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.7 (CD)

1-CD with 36-page booklet, 34 tracks. Total playing time approx. 70 min.

  • Bear Family Records® continues its CD-series of recordings by benchmark British rockers with an album dedicated to Johnny Kidd & The Pirates.
  • Johnny Kidd died in 1966, but along with his group The Pirates he is still considered one of the greats of British beat.
  • Unlike some European counterparts, he avoided imitating Elvis and instead cultivated a natural style of his own.
  • Also unusual for his time: alone or working with others, he wrote many original songs, including the epochal hit Shakin' All Over. 
  • Johnny Kidd and his band inspired a host of later British rock groups and artists.
  • Expanded project compared to the insert CD of the 10inch vinyl LP dedicated to Johnny Kidd, 'Please, Don't Touch!' (BAF14021), including eleven early live BBC recordings.
  • Extensive liner notes by Ashley Woods in the full-color illustrated booklet and carefully edited recordings.

Johnny Kidd passed away in 1966 but along with his group The Pirates he is still remembered as one of the all-time greats of British beat. 

Singing in his natural accent rather than an Elvis-influenced drawl marked him out as something different among British rockers of the time but he also wrote or co-wrote many of his early sides including the stone-cold classic Shakin' All Over. 

Wilko Johnson, The Who, The Hollies and Tom Jones have all cited Kidd and his Pirates as a musical influence, and was David Bowie's 1974 space pirate look a nod to one of his early musical heroes? 

Certainly, the band's theatrical stage act replete with 30 ft x 20 ft UV pirate galleon backdrop, pistols, cutlasses and pirate costumes would have appealed to the young David Jones on the several occasions he crossed paths with Kidd between 1963 and 1966. 

Of course the props and presentation would have been meaningless without quality music to back it up, and while they usually didn’t see the chart action they deserved, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates released a series of powerful and interesting 45’s between 1959 and 1966.

This compilation highlights Kidd’s work with the original seven-piece Pirates line-up, the ‘Mark 2’ Pirates responsible for Shakin’ All Over and the equally celebrated ‘Mark 4’ Green, Spence, Farley combo. 

Both sides of Kidd’s excellent 1962 solo single (Hurry On Back To Love b/w I Want That) are included, and with the added bonus of six early BBC Radio performances, this set provides a superb introduction to one of the truly legendary and influential British beat groups of the pre-Beatles era. 

In Volume 7 of Bear Family Records®' ongoing series, the Brits are rocking, restless and shakin' all over.

Get it now or prepare to walk the plank!

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  • Album titlle: So What?! - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.7 (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

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  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
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  • EAN: 4000127176387

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Kidd, Johnny - So What?! - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.7 (CD) CD 1
01 Feelin' Johnny Kidd
02 So What Johnny Kidd
03 Linda Lu Johnny Kidd
04 I Can Tell Johnny Kidd
05 Longin' Lips Johnny Kidd
06 I Want That Johnny Kidd
07 A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues Johnny Kidd
08 Weep No More, My Baby Johnny Kidd
09 Shakin' All Over Johnny Kidd
10 Restless Johnny Kidd
11 Growl Johnny Kidd
12 Hurry On Back To Love Johnny Kidd
13 Let's Talk About Us Johnny Kidd
14 Please Don't Touch Johnny Kidd
15 Big Blon' Baby Johnny Kidd
16 You Got What It Takes Johnny Kidd
17 Please Don't Bring Me Down Johnny Kidd
18 Yes Sir, That's My Baby Johnny Kidd
19 Magic Of Love Johnny Kidd
20 If You Were The Only Girl In The World Johnny Kidd
21 That's All You Gotta Do Johnny Kidd
22 My Babe Johnny Kidd
23 Growl Johnny Kidd
24 I Go Ape (vocal: Tom Brown) Johnny Kidd
25 Brian Matthew Talks To Johnny Johnny Kidd
26 Restless Johnny Kidd
27 Setarip Johnny Kidd
28 Never Mind (vocal: Mike West) Johnny Kidd
29 Please Don't Touch Johnny Kidd
30 Brian Matthew Talks To Johnny Johnny Kidd
31 Weep No More, My Baby Johnny Kidd
32 Brian Matthew Talks To Johnny Johnny Kidd
33 If You Were The Only Girl In The World Johnny Kidd
34 Shakin' All Over Johnny Kidd
Johnny Kidd and the Pirates Johnny Kidd and the Pirates began their professional recording... more
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Johnny Kidd and the Pirates

Johnny Kidd and the Pirates began their professional recording career in April 1959. Prior to this, the group had originally been gigging under the name of The Mike West Group and more recently, Fred, Mike and Tom Show. The Fred in that moniker was Fred Heath, a 23-year-old from Willesden who had joined The Mike West Group after his own outfit, The Fabulous Freddie Heath Band folded. Heath had started out playing solo in pubs and clubs before meeting a fellow skiffle enthusiast, Frank Rouledge. In late 1956, the two decided to form a comedy skiffle group and after recruiting Clive Lazell (washboard, drums), Johnny 'Fruit' Gordon and Brian Donalon, The Five Nutters were born. The group did fairly well on the local live circuit, sometimes going out as Fred and The Frantic Four or Bats Heath and The Vampires. They recorded a demo disc that survives (available from Jason Lazell via moochinabout.com) before splitting up around Autumn 1957.

Heath subsequently met agent / musician Don Toy and the two formed The Fabulous Freddie Heath Band whose main gig was a residency at Toy's Krazy Kurzon Klub. Promotor Guy Robinson saw the group and was impressed enough with Fred to pay for singing lessons and encourage his songwriting. When The Fabulous Freddie Heath Band folded, Robinson took Heath along to one of the club nights he ran at Wandsworth Town Hall. The resident group at these shows was The Mike West Group and Robinson asked if his client could sing a number with the band. After a quick pre-show rehearsal, Heath sang If You Were The Only Girl In The World and was immediately taken on as the group's third singer. Mike West's group included West and Tom Brown on vocals, Alan Caddy on lead guitar, Tony Doherty on rhythm guitar, Ken McKay on drums and possibly some other unidentified individuals. The core line-up eventually settled as those five (West, Brown, Caddy, Doherty, McKay) plus Fred and his old pal from The Nutters and Fabulous band, Johnny 'Fruit' Gordon who took over bass guitar duties.


A good idea of what their early stage sets sounded like can be heard on the surviving tape of their June 27th 1959 BBC Radio appearance on Saturday Club which is due for release from pristine tapes in the near future. After opening with two Kidd vocals, the group returns with two Mike West performances, a Pirates instrumental (Setarip), a third Kidd vocal and then two from Tom Brown before finishing their nine-song session with Please Don't Touch.


Two of the songs from that broadcast are Fred Heath originals and it was Heath's songwriting (and voice) that had led to EMI A&R assistant Peter Sullivan auditioning the band for HMV. Fred had made some demos of half a dozen of his songs at Regent Sound in late 1958 or early 1959. It's unclear whether he was backed by The Mike West Group or accompanied himself on guitar but the acetates of the demos reached B.F. Wood Publishing who snapped up at least one of the songs, Please Don't Touch, which was subsequently recorded by The Bachelors for Parlophone. The Bachelors were an Everly Brothers-style duo (unrelated to Charmaine hit-sters The Bachelors) and their rendition of Please Don't Touch is well worth hearing. After listening to Heath's demos, Peter Sullivan made enquiries about hearing Heath and the group in person. Sullivan later recalled going to Fred's house and listened to him playing some of his songs. Suitably impressed, Sullivan arranged for a test session at EMI Studios (aka Abbey Road) where the group attempted versions of Please Don't Touch and (as it was then titled) Growlin'. While both tracks were later re-recorded, the booking form for the session reads to be recorded by Fred Heath with InstrumentalAccompanimenr.


This has been crossed out with the amended artist name reading Johnny Kidd and The Pirates. Peter confirmed that he and his wife, Joy, had come up with the name. It was quite the vogue for beat groups to be named in the Cliff Richard and the Drifters, Marty Wilde and the Wildcats style and after coming up with Captain Kidd, the Pirates soon followed with 'Johnny Kidd' replacing the `Captain' at the helm. At this point, it's worth mentioning that only Fred was actually signed to HMV and collected any royalties. The other musicians merely collected a session fee, a situation that persisted until the final Johnny Kidd and the Pirates release in 1966. Sullivan recalled Johnny Kidd and the Pirates to Abbey Road on 18th April 1959 where Please Don't Touch and the re-titled Growl were re-recorded and pressed for release in May....

 

 

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Tracklist
Kidd, Johnny - So What?! - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.7 (CD) CD 1
01 Feelin'
02 So What
03 Linda Lu
04 I Can Tell
05 Longin' Lips
06 I Want That
07 A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues
08 Weep No More, My Baby
09 Shakin' All Over
10 Restless
11 Growl
12 Hurry On Back To Love
13 Let's Talk About Us
14 Please Don't Touch
15 Big Blon' Baby
16 You Got What It Takes
17 Please Don't Bring Me Down
18 Yes Sir, That's My Baby
19 Magic Of Love
20 If You Were The Only Girl In The World
21 That's All You Gotta Do
22 My Babe
23 Growl
24 I Go Ape (vocal: Tom Brown)
25 Brian Matthew Talks To Johnny
26 Restless
27 Setarip
28 Never Mind (vocal: Mike West)
29 Please Don't Touch
30 Brian Matthew Talks To Johnny
31 Weep No More, My Baby
32 Brian Matthew Talks To Johnny
33 If You Were The Only Girl In The World
34 Shakin' All Over