British Beat A-GO-GO – Various Artists

Artist: Various
Genre: Rock, Pop
Title: British Beat A-Go-Go
Released: 1965
Label: Majorette Records (Montgomery Ward)
Musicians: Unknown

You may have noticed the stark info above on this LP, that’s because this is what I call one of those true mystery records. There is no information to be found officially.
This is technically not really a “various artists” record as the original artists of the songs are not present, this record is stranger. It is production studio renditions of popular songs among the young generation in the sixties.
All the songs are instrumental versions of the day and one in a way that one could go back and visualize that they could have been used as background music in stores such as Montgomery Ward and for all I know, that may have been exactly what was done.

This is a Montgomery Wards record! From the back of the album:
“Teens, you’ll like Wards….because Wards is really “with it”….has been for 90 years. We’re first with all the fads and fashions that make news…plus all the school and date clothes, sporting goods, (picked by a panel of top sports stars), beauty needs, dorm accessories you want.
The prices at Wards are sized to fit a teen’s budget, too. We buy BIG, and share the savings with you. Best of all, your satisfaction is guaranteed…no unhappy customers at Wards.
Join the smart teens who belong to our Wendy Ward program…choose Wards stylish, lab-tested brands…join the “in crowd”…stick with Wards!

British Beat A-Go-Go:
We’ve been invaded! It’s that swingin’, dynamic British sound, which is their version of “rock & Roll.” This album contains versions of some of the biggest British hits to come across the waves so far. They include songs made famous by such recording stars as: the Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, Peter & Gordon, and others.
What’s the big “secret” to the fantastic success of this “British Beat”??? We think it’s a combination of, “very danceable beat and a strong melody line.”
The instrumental versions of these hits clearly illustrate the exciting, captivating style of this music. So, let yourself go and have a ball with, “BRITISH BEAT A-GO-GO”!

I had  to laugh as I read this because to me it sounds like someone holding their nose as they write this and then trying to be cool.

Songs are:
A Ticket To Ride
How Do You Do It
Eight Days A Week
Wonderful World
Bits And Pieces
Doo Wah Diddy
A Hard Day’s Night
I’m Telling You Now
It’s Not Unusual
A World Without Love
Glad  All Over
Can’t Buy Me Love

Sonically, this record is better than I expected, but not real good. It seems the bottom end is a bit lacking, but otherwise not bad.

I wish I had a sample or two to share here, but could not find any.

SOUND: For effort

Neil Young – Freedom

Artist: Neil Young
Genere: Rock
Title: Freedom
Format: CD
Musicians:Neil Young – vocals; acoustic guitar; electric guitar; harmonica; piano, Chad Cromwell – drums, Rick “The Bass Player” Rosas – bass, Frank “Poncho” Sampedro – guitar, keyboards, mandolin, vocals, Ben Keith – alto saxophone; pedal steel guitar; keyboards, vocals, Additional personnel:Linda Ronstadt – vocals on 4, 6, Tony Marsico – bass on 10, Steve Lawrence – tenor saxophone on 2, 7, Larry Cragg – baritone saxophone on 2, 7, Claude Cailliet – trombone on 2, 7, John Fumo – trumpet on 2, 7, Tom Bray – trumpet on 2, 7
Producer: Neil Young & Niko Bolas
Recording Engineer:Niko Bolas
Mixing Engineer: Neil Youg & Niko Bolas
Digital Engineer: Tim Mulligan
Mastering Engineer: Doug Sax

Freedom is the eighteenth studio album by Canadian rock musician Neil Young. Freedom effectively relaunched Young’s career after a largely unsuccessful decade. After many arguments (and a lawsuit), Young left Geffen Records in 1988 and returned to his original label, Reprise, with This Note’s for You. Freedom, however, brought about a new, critical and commercially successful album. This album was released in the United States as an LP record and a CD in 1989. I have the CD version, I know, shame on me for having Neil Young on CD instead of vinyl. Well, I do have many of his LPs on vinyl and this CD is a bit of a standout to other CDs. It really was done well, somehow with the mastery of the great Doug Sax the sound retained much of its natural feel on the CD. Somebody did something right. Continue reading