Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Joe Meek & The Blue Men|
Work In Progress - The Triumph Sessions
Genres: Rock, Classic Rock
2 LP set pressed on 180 gram vinyl. These sessions feature 27 music files, outtakes, demos and B-sides from the vaults of his own Triumph label (1959-1960) for an intensely pleasant retrospective of an absolute yet controv... more »
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2 LP set pressed on 180 gram vinyl. These sessions feature 27 music files, outtakes, demos and B-sides from the vaults of his own Triumph label (1959-1960) for an intensely pleasant retrospective of an absolute yet controversial genius. RPM. 2005.
For completists only
Randall E. Adams | Los Angeles, CA United States | 01/29/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The music on this CD consists of demos, a few unfinished masters and a very few finished but unreleased (or only released in limited markets) masters all from around the 1959-60 era. Unless you are a hard-core Meek fan, there is nothing on this disc that will interest you.The best tracks are the seven audition/demo tracks by the West Five and the eight audition/demo tracks by the Flee Rekkers. In the case of the West Five, Meek recorded relatively few official releases by this quite good pre-Beatles British rock band. Their demo here is a great document of a largely forgotten scene. In the case of the Flee Rekkers, the official releases are much better sounding. The two Chick Lewis tracks are potentially great but they are unfinished and they sound like it. John Leyton's "Three Cute Chicks" is unbearably precious. Ricky Wayne's "Hot Chick a 'Roo" was bad in its official release version and the demo is no better. Yolanda's "With This Kiss" was terrible in its official version; the demo is even worse. Indeed it sounds like she cannot sing. Eve Boswell's "Bridge of Avignon" is corny but absolutely great--it was only released in Italy. Lee Sutton was an "adult" lounge singer. I think you had to see him in person to get any of the charm. Joe Meek's own "da-dee-da" vocal demos are incredible. The man was totally tone-deaf and it is excrutiating to hear him here. This is probably the most essential thing for any Meek freak. You have to hear his awful warbling to believe it.I am saddened by the removal from circulation of some of the CDs of music by Meek's artists. I cannot understand why this disc is still available unless it's taking this long to sell off the original production."
From the horses mouth
Son of Doug | London, England | 01/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Joe Meek was a cool customer he dressed in black (always), in what we term 'mod' style which is a suit, a white shirt with a white collar and a tie. Black Winkle Picker shoes which to the layman have a heavily pointed toe.
He never used bad language (never swore) and the recordings that were made were done in a Queensway studio that was used after hours, and all traces of use were wiped after the sessions had finished.
Recordings were also made at his private residence in the Holloway Road in North London. This is when he first introduced us (West Five) to Stereo, this took the part of the band standing and listening to the sound of a train coming from the left hand wall and going to the right hand wall.
As you may have gathered I was an original member of the West Five and various other groups that Joe Meek invented. I was the bass player, Doug Collins and am now in my dotage and still living near to London, other surviving members of the group include Dave Golding, and Roger Fiola who was an american serviceman (if he reads this it would be great to hear from him).
To anybody who buys and enjoys this recording understand this these recordings were done with primitive equipment and an very innovative producer. Enjoy!