The Kingsmen Up And Away

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The Kingsmen Up And Away
L-R Mike Mitchell, J.C. Rieck, Pete Borg, Lynn Easton, Dick Peterson
Studio album by The Kingsmen
Released 1966
Genre Garage rock
Length 37:46
Label Wand LP 675
Producer Paul Tannen, Mark Wildey
The Kingsmen chronology
The Kingsmen 15 Great Hits
(1966)
The Kingsmen Up And Away
(1966)
The Kingsmen Greatest Hits
(1966)
UK cover

The Kingsmen Up And Away is the sixth album by the rock band The Kingsmen, released in 1966.

Release and reception[edit]

The Kingsmen's sixth album represented a departure from previous efforts with new producers and a revamped line-up. Barry Curtis had been drafted and Norm Sundholm left to manage his Sunn amplifiers business. Their respective replacements were J.C. Rieck on keyboards with Kerry Magness (replaced in 1967 by Pete Borg) on bass. Also new to the team were producers Paul Tannen and Mark Wildey.

The track list features a combination of reliable pop and R&B standards mixed with songs written by group members. This was the first Kingsmen album not to make the Billboard LP chart [1]—an indication of the group's waning popularity as musical tastes changed in the mid-60s.

Both mono (WDM 675) and stereo (WDS 675) versions were released. UK release was on Wand WNS 6 with different cover. The album was reissued on CD by Sundazed and Bear Family in 1994 with bonus track "Killer Joe".

Track listing[edit]

  1. Trouble – 2:20 (A. Resnick-J. Levine)
  2. If I Needed Someone – 2:47 (G. Harrison)
  3. Grass Is Green – 2:18 (D. Peterson-M. Mitchell)
  4. Tossin' and Turnin' – 2:40 (R. Adams-M. Rene)
  5. Under My Thumb – 3:02 (Jagger/Richards)
  6. Wild Thing – 2:38 (Chip Taylor)
  7. (I Have Found) Another Girl – 2:18 (B. Curtis-D. Peterson)
  8. Daytime Shadows – 2:14 (L. Easton-P. Tannen-M. Wildey)
  9. Shake A Tail Feather – 2:13 (O. Hayes-Andre Williams-Verlie Rice)
  10. Children's Caretaker – 1:31 (Dick Peterson)
  11. Land Of A Thousand Dances – 2:47 (C. Kenner-Fats Domino)
  12. Mustang Sally – 2:25 (Bonny Rice)
  13. Little Sally Tease – 2:50 (Jim Valley)[2]
  14. Hush-a-Bye – 3:25 (D. Pomus-M. Shuman)
  15. Killer Joe† – 2:18 (Russell-Elgin-Medley)[3]

† CD bonus track.

Musicians and production[edit]

  • Lynn Easton: vocals, saxophone
  • Mike Mitchell: lead guitar, vocals
  • Dick Peterson: drums
  • J.C. Rieck: keyboards, vocals
  • Pete Borg: bass guitar
  • Producers: Paul Tannen & Mark Wildey
  • Liner notes: Mel Shayne (Manager)
  • Cover design: Burt Goldblatt
  • CD producer: Bob Irwin

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-117-9. 
  2. ^ LP label has additional text "Arr. by Gene Paige."
  3. ^ Previously released as a single on Wand 1115 and included on the 15 Great Hits LP.