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(Big Beat) 22 tracks As overworked a phrase as `Beatlesque' is, it nonetheless fittingly... more

The Knickerbockers: A Rave Up With The Knickerbockers (CD)

(Big Beat) 22 tracks

As overworked a phrase as `Beatlesque' is, it nonetheless fittingly describes the sound of the Knickerbockers, one of the many American groups smitten by the English sound in the mid-60s. But it ought to be argued that rather than simply being Beatle imitators, the Knickerbockers were in fact the first great `powerpop' combo, in that they played concise, melodic rock with power.

 One listen to this compilation should convince even the most skeptical observer of that fact. The group made their name in the early part of their career with their ability to sound like other people, but once they hit their stride with the material presented here, the Knickerbockers came into their own as purveyors of classic (and timeless) 60s pop.

Brothers Beau and John Charles had been playing in bands together in their native New Jersey since the late 1950s. By the early 1960s they had teamed up with local hero Buddy Randell, previously a member of the Royal Teens (whose hit, 'Short Shorts', Randell had co-written). "We met Buddy through mutual friends" recalls Beau. "He was a lot more experienced than us, having been out on the road and everything." With Beau and John on lead guitar and bass respectively, and Randell as sax player and frontman, the Knickerbockers were born.

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  • Album titlle: A Rave Up With The Knickerbockers (CD)

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Knickerbockers, The - A Rave Up With The Knickerbockers (CD) CD 1
01 Lies (Are Breaking My Heart) The Knickerbockers
02 One Track Mind The Knickerbockers
03 I Can Do It Better The Knickerbockers
04 Just One Girl The Knickerbockers
05 I Must Be Doing Something Right The Knickerbockers
06 Chuck Berry Medley: a) Johnny B. Goode The Knickerbockers
07 b) Roll Over Beethoven The Knickerbockers
08 c) Sweet Little Sixteen The Knickerbockers
09 d) Johnny B. Goode The Knickerbockers
10 High On Love The Knickerbockers
11 Stick With Me The Knickerbockers
12 Love Is A Bird The Knickerbockers
13 I Love The Knickerbockers
14 They Ran For Their Lifes The Knickerbockers
15 My Feet Are Off The Ground The Knickerbockers
16 She Said Goodbye The Knickerbockers
17 You're Bad The Knickerbockers
18 What Does That Make You The Knickerbockers
19 Rumors, Gossip, Words Untrue The Knickerbockers
20 Comin' Generation The Knickerbockers
21 Can't You See I'm Tryin' The Knickerbockers
22 Sweet Green Fields The Knickerbockers
23 Give A Little Bit The Knickerbockers
24 Guaranteed Satisfaction The Knickerbockers
25 Little Children The Knickerbockers
The Knickerbockers formed in 1964 as the Castle Kings. The group — Buddy Randell from the Royal... more
"The Knickerbockers"

The Knickerbockers formed in 1964 as the Castle Kings. The group — Buddy Randell from the Royal Teens (he co-wrote 'Short Shorts'), vocals and saxophone; Jimmy Walker, drums and vocals; John Charles, bass; and his brother Beau, guitar — took their name from Knickerbocker Avenue in their hometown of Bergenfield, New Jersey. Discovered by Jerry Fuller, a moderately successful singer and very suc-cessful writer (`Travellin' Man', 'Young World', 'Over You' and 'Young Girl') and producer (Union Gap and Ricky Nelson), they were signed to Challenge in 1965. They soon showed their skills as mimics when their Beatles pastiche, `Lies' shot into the Top Twenty in the winter of 1965. Ful-ler's production of the Randell-B. Charles composition was perfect, sounding more like the Beatles than the Beatles. A follow-up, 'One Track Mind', made the Top Fifty in 1966 but then failure set in and the group disbanded. Jimmy Walker briefly 'replaced' Bill Medley in the Righteous Brothers before attempting a solo career on Columbia and Buddy Randell tried the same on Uni and then Paramount. Cutts Knight, of mixed black/Indian parentage, was born in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1945. He moved to New York in 1961 where his own records on a number of labels (Gulf, Shell, R.S.V.P.) have since been overshadowed by an asso-ciation with Jimi Hendrix. Jimit Knight's 'intimate bio-graphy' of Hendrix was published in 1974, but was not weil-received by critics or fans. Knight's best solo record was `That's Why' on Gulf, which bubbled under the Hot Hun-dred in 1961. Jimi Hendrix played and sang on tracks, by Curtis Knight and the Squires made in 1965 for R.S.V.P.

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Tracklist
Knickerbockers, The - A Rave Up With The Knickerbockers (CD) CD 1
01 Lies (Are Breaking My Heart)
02 One Track Mind
03 I Can Do It Better
04 Just One Girl
05 I Must Be Doing Something Right
06 Chuck Berry Medley: a) Johnny B. Goode
07 b) Roll Over Beethoven
08 c) Sweet Little Sixteen
09 d) Johnny B. Goode
10 High On Love
11 Stick With Me
12 Love Is A Bird
13 I Love
14 They Ran For Their Lifes
15 My Feet Are Off The Ground
16 She Said Goodbye
17 You're Bad
18 What Does That Make You
19 Rumors, Gossip, Words Untrue
20 Comin' Generation
21 Can't You See I'm Tryin'
22 Sweet Green Fields
23 Give A Little Bit
24 Guaranteed Satisfaction
25 Little Children