Sunday, December 26, 2021

VA - Box of Pin-Ups, The British Sounds of 1965 (3 x CD's)



VA - Box of Pin-Ups, The British Sounds of 1965  (3 x CD's)

The latest installment in Grapefruit's acclaimed series of a specific calendar year in British pop history. 1965 saw the beat/R&B revolution of the previous two years twisted into new, more ambitious shapes as British pop reached a shattering crescendo of sound, with feedback, fuzzboxes and (in Graham Bond's case) the Mellotron adding to the sonic mix. The year was a dizzying melange of visceral Pretty Things/Kinks/Small Faces garage band raunch, blue-eyed club soul (courtesy of mod-favoured groups like The Action), Searchers-derived jingle-jangle folk-rock and Zombies/Poets-style minor chord introspection. While 'A Slight Disturbance In My Mind' examined the proto-psychedelic sounds of 1966, Grapefruit now reverses into 1965 with 'Box Of Pin-Ups', named after David Bailey's epoch-defining publication chronicling the nascent Swinging London scene. Boasting 92 tracks, 'Box Of Pin-Ups' takes in the market leaders as well as the year's hard-up heroes and nowhere men. Established Top Ten acts like Manfred Mann, The Hollies and The Yardbirds are joined by cult names and such glorious one-shot unknowns as Glenn Athens & The Trojans and Irish band The Spectres, both now legally included on CD for the first time. Presented in a striking clamshell box that houses a 48-page booklet crammed with rare facts and photos, 'Box Of Pin-Ups' also includes formative efforts from young hopefuls Elton John, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Marc Bolan, all of whom would eventually shake off their status as minor players on the mid-60's London club scene to become pin- ups in their own right.(Amazon)



Track lists


01 Pretty Things Midnight to Six Man 2:18

02 Small Faces What'cha Gonna Do About It 2:08

03 Eyes I'm Rowed Out 2:54

04 Hi-Numbers Heart of Stone 2:19

05 Donovan Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness) 3:08

06 Lulu & the Luvers Surprise Surprise 2:19

07 Spectres The Facts of Life 2:03

08 The Wheels Gloria 2:41

09 Brian Poole & the Tremeloes I Want Candy 2:24

10 Poets That's the Way It's Got to Be 2:33

11 New Breed Unto Us 2:29

12 Birds Next in Line 2:43

13 Manfred Mann Tired of Trying, Bored With Lying, Scared of Dying 2:40

14 Dave Berry This Strange Effect 2:27

15 Bluesology Come Back Baby 2:43

16 Rod Stewart Why Does it Go On 2:44

17 Brian Auger Trinity Fool Killer 2:12

18 Beatstalkers Ev'rybody's Talking 'bout My Baby 3:02

19 Game Gotta Keep on Moving Baby 2:39

20 Shots Keep a Hold on What You Got 2:04

21 Vashti Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind 2:16

22 Searchers I'll Be Doggone 2:53

23 Kirkbys 'cos My Baby Gone 2:12

24 Baskervilles Day Tripper (Live) 2:45

25 Couriers Done Me Wrong 2:10

26 Frays Keep Me Covered 2:33

27 Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated (Feat. Duffy Power) Long Black Train 2:59

28 Glenn Athens & the Trojans Let Me Show You How 4:24

29 Mark Four I'm Leaving 3:30

30 Syndicats Crawdaddy Simone 3:14


01 Yardbirds Evil Hearted You 2:25

02 Sorrows No No No No 2:34

03 Clique She Ain't No Good 2:20

04 Action Land of One Thousand Dances 2:51

05 End I Can't Get Any Joy 2:19

06 Iveys Bad Tough Luck Baby (Live) 2:19

07 Hollies Put Yourself in My Place 2:40

08 Merseybeats I Stand Accused 2:47

09 Tony Jackson With the Vibrators Love Potion No. 9 2:04

10 Afex Too Many Things 2:18

11 Boys Blue You Got What I Want 2:07

12 Jimmy Page She Just Satisfies 2:02

13 Artwoods She Knows What to Do 2:29

14 Graham Bond Organistion Neighbour Neighbour 2:39

15 Athenians Mercy, Mercy 2:22

16 Downliners Sect Leader of the Sect 2:02

17 Rev. Black and the Rocking Vickers Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart 2:10

18 Chasers Hey Little Girl 2:06

19 First Gear The 'in' Crowd 2:25

20 Phillip Goodhand-Tait & the Stormsville Shakers Long Live Love 2:31

21 Zoot Money's Big Roll Band I'll Go Crazy 3:43

22 Mickey Finn The Sporting Life 2:30

23 Bo Street Runners Get Out of My Way 2:43

24 Marc Bolan The Wizard 1:46

25 The Uprooted It's Just You 2:31

26 Kingpins Diamond Girl 2:34

27 Lemmings My Little Girl 2:49

28 Ugly's It's Alright 2:16

29 Nightshift That's My Story 2:12

30 Four + One Don't Lie to Me 1:52

31 Moody Blues And My Baby's Gone 2:21

32 In-Sect Reelin' and Rockin' 2:24

33 Thee There You Go! 1:44


01 Animals It's My Life 3:08

02 Carnaby Jump and Dance 2:37

03 David John & the Mood Bring it to Jerome 2:12

04 Pretty Things Get a Buzz 4:00

05 Primitives You Said 2:19

06 Roulettes The Long Cigarette 3:02

07 George Bean Why Must They Criticise 2:00

08 John Bryant Tell Me What You See 2:18

09 Robb Storme & the Whispers Where is My Girl? 2:34

10 Zombies Tell Her No 2:06

11 Five Steps Beyond Baby Mine 2:06

12 Hollies I've Got a Way of My Own 2:10

13 James Royal & the Hawks She's About a Mover 2:50

14 Eccentrics What You Got 2:58

15 In Crowd You're on Your Own 2:19

16 Cops 'n' Robbers I Found Out 2:11

17 Yardbirds I Wish You Would (Live) 3:21

18 Richmond Group Cops and Robbers 3:56

19 Silence Forgive Me If I'm Wrong 4:05

20 Arthur Brown With the Diamonds You Don't Know 3:36

21 Les Fleur De Lys Wait for Me 2:26

22 Miki Dallon I'll Give You Love 2:16

23 Wild Oats Fannie Mae 2:27

24 Sheffields Plenty of Love 2:22

25 Betterdays Honey What's Wrong 3:15

26 Guy Darrell Stupidity 2:13

27 Clayton Squares And Tears Fell 2:52

28 ToMcAts Get Off of My Cloud 3:03

29 Kinks Where Have All the Good Times Gone 2:51




  1. What such a wonderful bunch of tunes. There are too many great ones to pick just a few. Thanks for this great box of tunes

  2. "Where have all the good times gone"..........Indeed!

    1. Hi Stephen,
      Probably on the B-side to "Till the End of the Day," :)


  3. Thanks for this one Butterboy and thanks for sharing some great music thru the year, Happy New Year and let's hope it's a covid free year

    1. Hi Masters 6672,
      I hope you have enjoyed the music in 2021 . I hope 2022 can be as much fun.
      I don't know about Covid disappearing.... Still me should make the most of what is around us.