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How Britain Got The Blues Vol 4 (How Mods Got The Blues)
[Britain CD]

England. 1960. A new decade has dawned, but parents are breathing a sigh of relief as normality is restored. Only a few years ago, teenage menace had arrived on the back of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley. Cinemas were smashed, and juvenile delinquency soared, but now the flames of a rock n roll revolution have been quelled. Buddy Holly is dead. Elvis has been tamed by the army and is singing ballads. Chuck Berry is in jail. Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard have gone showbiz. Record sales are starting to fall as teenagers grow bored. Small cliques, usually art student types, are demanding something more exclusive. Skiffle comes and goes, replaced by trad jazz, then folk. The music scene seems tame in comparison to the late 50 s and something pretty spectacular is needed. In 1962, four working class lads from Liverpool blow things wide open. Playing a mixture of rock n roll and R&B, they give British youth something to think about. Ian Sammy Samwell is first to play Love Me Do. Sammy is spinning discs at the Lyceum in London with a playlist of mainly imported American R&B. He is soon joined behind the decks by Jeff Dexter and between them they turn the Lyceum on the Strand into the first bona fide club for the emerging mod scene. Here are some of those seminal records lovingly collected, together with notes by Smiler Anderson.

This product was added to our catalogue on Friday 22 November, 2013.


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