English Freakbeat, Volume 2

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English Freakbeat, Volume 2
English-Freakbeat-Vol-2-cover.jpg
Compilation album
Released1989 (LP)
1996 (CD)
RecordedMid-1960s
GenreBeat, freakbeat
LabelAIP
chronology
English Freakbeat, Volume 1
(1988)
English Freakbeat, Volume 2
(1989)
English Freakbeat, Volume 3
(1989)

English Freakbeat, Volume 2 is a compilation album in the English Freakbeat series, featuring recordings that were released decades earlier, in the mid-1960s.

Release data[edit]

The album was released as an LP in 1989 by AIP Records (as #AIP-10047) and as a CD in 1996 (as #AIP-CD-1047).

Vinyl-Only tracks and CD bonus tracks[edit]

The English Freakbeat LPs and CDs have most tracks in common, although not always in the same order, and some of the LP tracks were not included on the CDs. Also, the CD bonus tracks are not always at the end of the album. Thus, for clarity, we have shown tracks for both editions of the album, with vinyl-only tracks and CD bonus tracks indicated.

Notes on the tracks[edit]

The following information is taken mostly from the CD liner notes. Glenn Athens & the Trojans – the leader is also known as Glen Athens – were from Surrey and won the local Beat Trophy in 1964; they were named by Mirabel Magazine as the top "semi-pro" band for two straight years. This track is taken from a 1965 EP on Spot Records.

The song by The Sessions was written by Miki Dallon (who was featured as a solo artist on English Freakbeat, Volume 1) and was evidently released only in America.

The original incarnation of Mickey Finn as Mickey Finn & the Blue Men in 1964-65 (see English Freakbeat, Volume 4) included a young Jimmy Page. Both sides of their final single are included, from late 1967.

The Kubas/the Koobas had early connections with the Beatles; they had not only toured with the legendary band but were also managed by Brian Epstein. Also, they made an appearance in the film Ferry Cross the Mersey. These two previously un-reissued tracks are from the flip side of their first single as the Kubas and from a later release as the Koobas.

"Messin' with the Man" by the Beat Merchants is the "B" side of their first single; the "A" side is on English Freakbeat, Volume 1. Their second single, "So Fine" was paired with a song by Freddie and the Dreamers in its American issue.

Reportedly, the Wolf Pack is actually the Animals recording under a pseudonym for a soundtrack album called The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood. Released on ABC-Paramount Records, the song may only have been issued in the U.S.

Members of The Syndicats include Steve Howe – a future member of Tomorrow and then Yes – who was the lead guitarist for this track. Their classic "Crawdaddy Simone" can be found on English Freakbeat, Volume 4.

At one time, the Soul Agents reputedly included Rod Stewart and John Anthony, who later managed Genesis and other bands. Also, three members of this band later joined the Loot, who are featured on English Freakbeat, Volume 1. These two tracks are from their rare third single.

The history of the Irish band the Wheels – rivals of Van Morrison's early band Them – is recounted in the original liner notes of the landmark Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968, but only in regard to their connections with the Shadows of Knight, who covered several of their songs. "Don't You Know" is the "B" side of their version of Gloria – the band claimed that Morrison wrote it for them! – while "Road Block" is from the flip side of the second single. Another song by the Wheels can be found on English Freakbeat, Volume 4.

The estimable Joe Meek produced both singles by the Blueberries; "Little Baby" is their first release. Jimmy Page is rumored to have played on this session, but this is denied by the band; their own guitarist Mike Stubbs later joined the Syndicats.

The curious "7 Pounds of Potatoes" – which "come between me and my love", claim the lyrics – is a surprising number from the Dakotas. Although best known for backing Billy J. Kramer (see English Freakbeat, Volume 5) on several more pop-oriented recordings in the British Invasion era, the Dakotas made several hit records in their own right, notably "Cruel Sea" from 1963, which was renamed "Cruel Surf" for its U.S. release and was later covered by the Ventures.

The Limeys released six typical Mersey-oriented singles over the 1964 to 1966 period; "Cara-Lin", originally recorded by the Strangeloves is from their final single.

The Lancasters is one of several English artists that were "discovered" by Kim Fowley in the 1963-1965 period. This is yet another track in the English Freakbeat series that was released only in the U.S., in December 1964. Among the bandmembers are Ritchie Blackmore, one of the co-founders of Deep Purple. "Satan's Holiday" is actually the venerable "Hall of the Mountain King".

Track listing[edit]

LP[edit]

Side 1:

  1. Glen Athens & the Trojans: "Let Me Show You" — rel. 1965
  2. The Sessions: "Let Me In" — rel. 1965
  3. Mickey Finn: "Garden of My Mind" — rel. 1967
  4. The Kubas: "I Love Her"
  5. The Beat Merchants: "So Fine" — rel. 1965
  6. Wolfpack: "We're Gonna Howl"
  7. The Syndicats: "Howlin' for My Baby" (Howlin' Wolf)

Side 2:

  1. The Soul Agents: "Gospel Train"
  2. The Soul Agents: "Let's Make it Pretty Easy" (John Lee Hooker), vinyl-only track
  3. The Muleskinners: "Back Door Man" — rel. 1965
  4. The Wheels: "Don't You Know"
  5. The Blueberries: "Please Don't Let Me Know" — rel. 1966
  6. The Beat Merchants: "Messin' with the Man" — rel. 1964
  7. The Dakotas: "7 Pounds of Potatoes" — rel. 1967

CD[edit]

  1. Glenn Athens & the Trojans: "Let Me Show You" — rel. 1965
  2. The Sessions: "Let Me In" — rel. 1965
  3. Mickey Finn: "Garden of My Mind" — rel. 1967
  4. Mickey Finn: "Time to Start Loving You" — rel. 1967, CD bonus track
  5. The Kubas: "I Love Her"
  6. The Koobas: "Face", CD bonus track
  7. The Beat Merchants: "So Fine" — rel. 1965
  8. The Beat Merchants: "Messin' with the Man" — rel. 1964
  9. The Wolf Pack: "We're Gonna Howl"
  10. The Syndicats: "Howlin' for My Baby" (Howlin' Wolf)
  11. The Soul Agents: "Gospel Train"
  12. The Soul Agents: "I Just Wanna Make Love to You", CD bonus track
  13. The Muleskinners: "Back Door Man" (Howlin' Wolf) — rel. 1965
  14. The Muleskinners: "Missed Your Lovin'", CD bonus track
  15. The Wheels: "Don't You Know" — rel. 1965
  16. The Wheels: "Road Block" — rel. 1965
  17. The Blueberries: "Please Don't Let Me Know" — rel. 1966
  18. The Blueberries: "It's Gonna Work out Fine" — rel. 1966, CD bonus track
  19. The Blue Rondos: "Little Baby", CD bonus track
  20. The Dakotas: "7 Pounds of Potatoes" — rel. 1967
  21. The Limeys: "Cara-Lin" — rel. 1966, CD bonus track
  22. The Lancasters: "Earthshaker" — rel. 1964, CD bonus track
  23. The Lancasters: "Satan's Holiday" — rel. 1964, CD bonus track