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The Knickerbockers: Rockin' With The Knickerbockers (LP)

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Exploding from AM radio speakers everywhere in 1965, The Knickerbockers' 'Lies' is a certified '60s classic. Much has been made over its sonic similarity to the Beatles, particularly the Lennon-esque lead vocals. True, it is remarkable in that regard but what is often overlooked is just how GREAT the song is in its own right. Written by band members Beau Charles and Buddy Randell, it is a superbly crafted composition that could have been a hit for any number of artists. That the Knickerbockers' ferocious version sounds like it was ripped from the soundtrack to 'A Hard Day's Night' is just gravy. But great as it is, there is so much more to the band's story than their biggest hit.

Brothers John and Beau Charles, n' Cecchino, formed the band in Bergenfield, New Jersey in 1962. Bobby played bass, Beau played guitar and they both sang. They moved through various group personnel, eventually solidifying the lineup with vocalist/saxophonist Bobby Randell and drummer Jimmy Walker. Both of the new recruits already had recording experience, Randall with the Royal Teens ('Short Shorts') and Walker with The Castle Kings ('You Can Get Him Frankenstein'). Together, the quartet forged their sound as they filled the dance floors on the tough east coast club circuit. While playing the University Twist Palace in Albany, New York, they were spotted by producer and artist Jerry Fuller, who subsequently signed them to Challenge Records in Hollywood.

After recording two non-charting singles for the label, the group's third, 'Lies,' burst into the Top Twenty. Songwriters Keith and Linda Colley provided the follow-up single, 'One Track Mind,' a relentlessly upbeat song that stalled at #45. They tried again with another Colley track, 'High On Love,' piled high with stacked vocals and fuzz-fortified guitars, but it failed to chart. While the group was consistently making top-notch records, their label was struggling. 


 Without adequate distribution and promotional muscle to compete with bigger indies and the major labels, the Knickerbockers' records suffered diminishing returns despite their extremely high quality. Just listen to their vocal arrangement on 'I Can Do It Better.' Written by future '70s superstars Jimmy Seals and Dash Crofts, it was yet another single that begged comparisons to the top hit makers of the day. The group gamely carried on despite their lack of chart success, appearing in the film Out of Sight and making regular appearances on ABC's Where the Action Is.

Sadly, they soon encountered more hurdles. Jimmy Walker left the band in late 1967 to replace Bill Medley in the Righteous Brothers and Challenge Records went out of business soon thereafter. The group carried on for a while with replacement members but disbanded in 1972. Thankfully, Sundazed went straight to the original Challenge analog mono masters and compiled Rockin' With the Knickerbockers. This amazing album is a true celebration of one of the most criminally underrated groups of all time. Loaded with their best singles and album cuts, it 's Rockin' from beginning to end!

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  • Interpret: The Knickerbockers

  • Album titlle: Rockin' With The Knickerbockers (LP)

  • Year of publication 2002
  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label SUNDAZED

  • Price code VLP2
  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 0090771515414

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Knickerbockers, The - Rockin' With The Knickerbockers (LP) LP 1
01 Lies The Knickerbockers
02 Just One Girl The Knickerbockers
03 I Can Do It Better The Knickerbockers
04 She Said Goodbye The Knickerbockers
05 Stick With Me The Knickerbockers
06 Love Is A Bird The Knickerbockers
07 I Love The Knickerbockers
08 One Track Mind The Knickerbockers
09 I Must Be Doing Something Right The Knickerbockers
10 High On Love The Knickerbockers
11 They Ran For Their Lives The Knickerbockers
12 Rumors, Gossip, Words Untrue The Knickerbockers
13 My Feet Are Off The Ground The Knickerbockers
14 Give A Little Bit 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 - Rockin' With The Knickerbockers (LP) LP 1
01 Lies
02 Just One Girl
03 I Can Do It Better
04 She Said Goodbye
05 Stick With Me
06 Love Is A Bird
07 I Love
08 One Track Mind
09 I Must Be Doing Something Right
10 High On Love
11 They Ran For Their Lives
12 Rumors, Gossip, Words Untrue
13 My Feet Are Off The Ground
14 Give A Little Bit