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Ridin' the Wind: The Anthology
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Album: Ridin' the Wind: The Anthology
# Song Title   Time
1)    Love & Fury
2)    Popeye Twist
3)    Telstar
4)    Jungle Fever
5)    Globetrotter
6)    Locomotion With Me
7)    Ridin the Wind
8)    Breeze and I
9)    Robot
10)    Life on Venus
11)    All the Stars in the Sky
12)    Swinging Beefeater
13)    Ice Cream Man
14)    Theme From Scales of Justice
15)    Dragonfly
16)    Hymn For Teenagers
17)    Joystick
18)    Hot Pot
19)    Monte Carlo
20)    Blue Blue Beat
21)    Exodus
22)    Blackpool Rock
23)    Granada
24)    Ragunboneman
25)    Early Bird
26)    Stompin Thru the Rye
27)    Stingray
28)    Aqua Marina
29)    Pop Art Goes Mozart
30)    Too Much Love to Hear
31)    Is That a Ship I Hear?
32)    Do You Come Here Often
33)    Ridin the Wind
34)    Dreaming on a Cloud
35)    Red Roses and a Sky of Blue
36)    Earthy
37)    Chasing Moonbeams
38)    Theme From a Summer Place
39)    Ready Teddy
40)    My Babe
41)    Blue Moon of Kentucky
42)    Long Tall Sally
43)    Indian Brave
44)    Flycatcher
45)    Dreams Do Come True
46)    Lullaby For Gulia
47)    Oosta Monger
48)    Lonely Paradise
49)    Chattanooga Choo Choo
50)    Rip It Up
51)    Alan's Tune
52)    Cootenanny
53)    Night Rider
54)    Lullaby of the Stars
55)    Shakedown
56)    Lawrence of Arabia
57)    Do You Come Here Often (Alternate Take)
58)    No More You and Me
59)    Joe's Tune
60)    Party Spirit
61)    Song of the Sun God
62)    Telstar (Live)
63)    Exodus (Live)
64)    Czardas (Live)
 

Album: Ridin' the Wind: The Anthology
# Song Title   Time
1)    Love & Fury
2)    Popeye Twist
3)    Telstar
4)    Jungle Fever
5)    Globetrotter
6)    Locomotion With Me
7)    Ridin the Wind
8)    Breeze and I
9)    Robot
10)    Life on Venus
11)    All the Stars in the Sky
12)    Swinging Beefeater
13)    Ice Cream Man
14)    Theme From Scales of Justice
15)    Dragonfly
16)    Hymn For Teenagers
17)    Joystick
18)    Hot Pot
19)    Monte Carlo
20)    Blue Blue Beat
21)    Exodus
22)    Blackpool Rock
23)    Granada
24)    Ragunboneman
25)    Early Bird
26)    Stompin Thru the Rye
27)    Stingray
28)    Aqua Marina
29)    Pop Art Goes Mozart
30)    Too Much Love to Hear
31)    Is That a Ship I Hear?
32)    Do You Come Here Often
33)    Ridin the Wind
34)    Dreaming on a Cloud
35)    Red Roses and a Sky of Blue
36)    Earthy
37)    Chasing Moonbeams
38)    Theme From a Summer Place
39)    Ready Teddy
40)    My Babe
41)    Blue Moon of Kentucky
42)    Long Tall Sally
43)    Indian Brave
44)    Flycatcher
45)    Dreams Do Come True
46)    Lullaby For Gulia
47)    Oosta Monger
48)    Lonely Paradise
49)    Chattanooga Choo Choo
50)    Rip It Up
51)    Alan's Tune
52)    Cootenanny
53)    Night Rider
54)    Lullaby of the Stars
55)    Shakedown
56)    Lawrence of Arabia
57)    Do You Come Here Often (Alternate Take)
58)    No More You and Me
59)    Joe's Tune
60)    Party Spirit
61)    Song of the Sun God
62)    Telstar (Live)
63)    Exodus (Live)
64)    Czardas (Live)
 
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  • Includes liner notes by Alan Taylor.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • This magnificent anthology currently serves humanity both as a tribute to record producer Joe Meek and as the unparalleled definitive history of the British pop/rock group known as the Tornados. Famous for their recording of Meek's peculiarly unforgettable space age instrumental that was inspired by and named after Telstar (the U.S.A.'s belated answer to the Soviet Union's Sputnik), the group was initially formed by Meek as a nameless backup band for a series of now nearly forgotten pop singers. The cardinal participants were bass guitarist Heinz Burt, lead guitarist Alan Caddy, rhythm guitarist George Bellamy, drummer Clem Cattini, and Roger LaVern, an electric organist who could also rattle away at an upright piano. On "Love and Fury," Norman Hale is heard playing the clavioline; that instrument's haunting tonalities would be immortalized when in July 1962 LaVern played it on "Telstar." Most of this group's recordings are instrumental; although the ten vocal tracks are intriguing tidbits ("Ragunboneman," "Too Much in Love to Hear," "Ready Teddy," "My Babe," "Long Tall Sally," "Rip It Up," "Fortune Teller," "No More You and Me," "Alright," and a swell version of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky"), most humans still turn to the Tornados for dependably entertaining and pleasantly disorienting instrumentals. Fun items include "Popeye Twist"; a rockin' number called "Earthy"; a superbly improbable version of "Chattanooga Choo Choo"; live performances of "Telstar," "Exodus," and "Czardas"; and "Do You Come Here Often?," which has a melody largely based on "I'm an Old Cowhand" and a contrived conversation between two men at a gay bar. The peppy "Costa Monger" has whistling and a shout at the end of it that brand this tune as Joe Meek's answer to producer Noel Walker's robust creation, Whistling Jack Smith. Everything the Tornados ever recorded appears to have been compiled here: that means their one LP, all of their singles and EPs, and 11 rare, previously unreleased tracks. The enclosed documentation, disclosing nearly all that is known about this group and its producer, is in the form of a glossy, folded double-sided "poster," although a more conventional CD booklet would have been more durable and easier to reference. The lingering influence of the Tornados is detectable throughout Western Civilization, including the recorded legacies of electronic space age pop pioneers Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, adventure puppet animation king Barry Gray, and even Frank Zappa in his early squinky "Studio Z" surf mode. Like it says on the CD packaging: Joe Meek Lives. ~ arwulf arwulf
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