Friends (The Easybeats album)
|Studio album by The Easybeats|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|The Easybeats chronology|
|Singles from Friends|
Friends is the sixth and final studio album by Australian rock band The Easybeats. It was released in late 1969 as part of the group's new recording contract with Polydor Records. It would be the only album Polydor released of the band as they broke up before its release.
History & Production
In 1969, the group parted ways with their international record company Albert Productions and their production company United Artists Records. After signing with Polydor Records, The Easybeats teamed up with producer Ray Singer for the single "St. Louis" and its B-side "I Can't Find Love". The single failed to chart in the UK, but reached #21 on the Go-Set Charts in their home country of Australia.
In August the band's key songwriters, Harry Vanda and George Young, took over a small recording studio located in an apartment in Moscow Road, London. The studio was previously used for recording jingles for pirate radio. The pair used the studios to record various demos for other artists, sometimes using other members of The Easybeats to contribute instrumentation and vocals. These demo recordings, along with the two songs recorded with Ray Singer were released by Polydor as Friends in the UK and Australia.
In February 1970 the album was listed on the new release schedule as being the group's final album. Between Australia and the UK there are two different versions of the song "Friends". On the Australian LP, the song is a faster paced version sung by George Young (titled "Friends") while in the U.K. it is a slower ballad sung by Harry Vanda titled "Who Are My Friends". Vanda's "Who Are My Friends" was released as a single in the UK and Australia (under the same title as George's "Friends"). The album was released in Europe and Canada as Holding On and was due for U.S. release under the title Easy Ridin' through Rare Earth Records. This release would be canceled.
It was reissued on vinyl in 1980 in Australia as part of the Rock Legends series. Repertoire Records released the album on compact disc twice (1992 and 2006). The band's Australian record company, Albert Productions, left the album out of their The Complete Easybeats box set.
Original track listing
|2.||"Friends" (sung by George Young on the Australian release and Harry Vanda on the UK version which is titled "Who Are My Friends")||3:43|
|3.||"Watching the World (Go By)"||2:36|
|4.||"Can't Find Love"||3:29|
|6.||"I Love Marie"||2:38|
|1.||"Rock 'n' Roll Boogie"||2:30|
|2.||"Tell Your Mother"||5:22|
|3.||"The Train Song"||3:31|
|4.||"What Becomes of You My Love"||3:18|
|5.||"Woman You're on My Mind"||4:34|
On the European release Holding On "What Becomes of You My Love" and "Woman You're on My Mind" are switched around.
Additional Repertoire bonus tracks
|1992 Repertoire Records CD reissue bonus tracks|
|16.||"Peculiar Hole In The Sky" (Australia only single)||03:00|
|17.||"Gonna Make It" (Instrumental. B-side to the "I Love Marie" single)||03:17|
|18.||"H.P. Man" (released on The Best of The Easybeats Vol. 2.)||02:44|
|19.||"Down To The Last 500" (released on The Best of The Easybeats Vol. 2.)||02:41|
|20.||"My Old Man's A Groovy Old Man" (released on The Best of The Easybeats Vol. 2.)||02:24|
|21.||"Such A Lovely Day" (released on The Best of The Easybeats Vol. 2.)||03:15|
|22.||"Who Are My Friends" (The Harry Vanda version of "Friends". Released on the U.K. release of Friends)||03:14|
|23.||"Look Out I'm On The Way Down" (The Harry Vanda version of "Friends". Released on the U.K. release of Friends)||02:36|
|24.||"Little Red Bucket" (Central Sound demo.)||02:46|
|25.||"Remember Sam (Alternative Mix)" (stereo remix)||02:38|
|26.||"Pretty Girl (Alternative Mix)" (stereo remix)||02:32|
- The Easybeats
- Stevie Wright - Lead Vocals on A1
- George Young - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums
- Harry Vanda - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums
- Dick Diamonde - Bass Guitar
- Tony Cahill - Drums, Percussion
- Production team
- Harry Vanda - producer
- George Young - producer
- Ray Singer - producer for "St. Louis" and "Can't find love"
- "New disco has three storeys". Herald-Sun. Melbourne, Australia. 22 February 1970.
- Unterberger, Richie. AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger at AllMusic
- Tait, John (2010). Vanda & Young: Inside Australia's Hit Factory. Australia: University of New South Wales Press. ISBN 978-1-74223-217-1.
- "Rare Earth Label". Rareearthworld.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2014-07-05. Retrieved 2014-06-30.