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(2013/Mr. Suit) 19 tracks Though he's been dead for nearly 50 years, Joe Meek remains one of the... more

Joe Meek: Portrait Of A Genius

(2013/Mr. Suit) 19 tracks

Though he's been dead for nearly 50 years, Joe Meek remains one of the most fascinating and influential figures in British pop music.

A brilliant and prolific producer and songwriter - despite his inability to either play an instrument or read music - Meek also happened to be an occultist, paranoiac, suicidal depressive and, to top it all off, a murderer.

Though only 37 at the time of his death Meek left a large body of work rivaled only by his equally inspired/insane competitor across the pond, Phil Spector .

This brand new collection on Mr. Suit bring 18 of Meek's finest early '60s pop productions back to life on vinyl, the format they were made for.

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Article properties: Joe Meek: Portrait Of A Genius

  • Interpret: Joe Meek

  • Album titlle: Portrait Of A Genius

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2013
  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Label Mr. Suit

  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 8592735001237

  • weight in Kg 0.25
Meek, Joe - Portrait Of A Genius LP 1
01 Johnny Remember Me John Leyton
02 My Baby Doll Mike Berry & The Outlaws
03 Girl Bride Geoff Goddard
04 Big Beat Drum The Crusaders
05 Good Golly Miss Molly Screaming Lord Sutch
06 Night Of The Vampire The Moontrekkers
07 Jungle Fever The Tornados
08 Can't You Hear My Heart Danny Rivers
09 You Got What I Like Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
10 Telstar 2 The Tornados
11 A Tribute To Buddy Holly Mike Berry
12 Heart Of Stone John Leyton
13 Hurtin' Inside Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
14 Stand Up Michael Cox
15 Cha Cha On The Moon Pat Reader
16 Mr Lovebug Ian Gregory
17 Dear One Tony Victor
18 Two Timing Baby Carter-Lewis & The Southerners
Joe Meek Meek came from Gloucester and did his National Service in the RAF as a radio... more
"Joe Meek"

Joe Meek

Meek came from Gloucester and did his National Service in the RAF as a radio technician in the early Fifties. In 1953, he came out and went to work as an engineer at the IBC studio, at that time one of only two independent studios in London. There he engineered records by Frankie Vaughan (`Green Door'), Denis Lotis, Lita Roza, Shirley Bassey, Anne Shelton, Harry Secombe and Petula Clark. In 1956, Meek went to work for Denis Preston at Lans-downe Studios, where he was engineer on several of Lonnie Donegan's early hits, including 'Cumberland Gap' and `Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O' as well as trad jazz records by Humphrey Lyttelton and Chris Barber. He also began dabbling in songwriting and in 1958 wrote Tommy Steele's Tut A Ring On Her Finger'.

Leaving Lansdowne in 1960, Meek built his own studio in a flat above a shop in Holloway, North London, equipping it with £3,000 worth of second-hand equipment. He called it RGM Sound and simultaneously activated his own label, Triumph, going against all odds at a time when British pop was monopolized by the three major labels.

A cover version of an American hit, 'Angela Jones' by Michael Cox, reached the Top Ten in June, 1960 but none of Triumph's other releases were successful and Meek discontinued the label in favour of tape-lease deals with the majors. He scored the following year with John Leyton's eerie, futuristic 'Johnny Remember Me' and 'Wild Wind', Mike Berry's poignant `Tribute to Buddy Holly' and several smaller hits by the Outlaws (with Richie Blackmore) who backed many of Meek's artists on record.

In 1962, a combination of Meek's session musicians recor-ded an instrumental he wrote titled `Te!star', under the name of the Tornados, which proved his biggest selling hit, reach-ing No. 1 in both Britain and America. In production terms, it still remains far ahead of contemporary records. The Tor-nados followed up with several slightly less successful records including 'Robot', 'Globetrotter' and 'Ice Cream Man' be-fore being swamped in the ensuing Merseybeat craze. Never-theless, Meek scored early in 1963 with Mike Berry's 'Don't You Think It's Time' and in 1964 with the Honeycomb's `Have I The Right', but found the going hard in the mid-Sixties.

He had no hits in 1966 and faced with increasing anxiety through personal problems, blew his brains out with a shotgun on February 3, 1967.

 

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