Friends (The Easybeats album)

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Friends
The Easybeats - Friends.png
Studio album by The Easybeats
Released November 1969 (1969-11)
Recorded August 1969
Studio
Genre Rock and roll[1]
Length 38:01
Label Polydor
Producer
  • Harry Vanda
  • George Young
  • Ray Singer ("St. Louis")
The Easybeats chronology
The Best of The Easybeats Volume 2
(1969)
Friends
(1969)
The Shame Just Drained
(1977)
Singles from Friends
  1. "St. Louis" / "Can't Find Love"
    Released: 27 June 1969
  2. "I Love Marie" / "Gonna Make It"
    Released: 30 October 1969
  3. "Who Are My Friends" / "Rock and Roll Boogie"
    Released: 17 April 1970
  4. "Rock and Roll Boogie" / "Woman You're On My Mind"
    Released: May 1970

Friends is the 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 released Polydor of band as they broke up before its release.

History & Production[edit]

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".[2] 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.[2] 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.

Release[edit]

The album was released in late 1969. 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"). It 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.[3] 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.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Harry Vanda and George Young under the pseudonym Brian Russell.[2]

Original track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "St. Louis"     3:13
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
5. "Holding On"     3:40
6. "I Love Marie"     2:38
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
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[edit]

Personnel[edit]

The Easybeats
Production team
  • Harry Vanda - producer
  • George Young - producer
  • Ray Singer - producer for "St. Louis"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c Tait, John (2010). Vanda & Young: Inside Australia's Hit Factory. Australia: University of New South Wales Press. ISBN 978-1-74223-217-1. 
  3. ^ "Rare Earth Label". Rareearthworld.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 

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