Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Easybeats - 1969 - Friends

The Easybeats 

01. St. Louis (03:14)
02. Friends (03:43)
03. Watching The World Go By (02:37)
04. Can't Find Love (03:29)
05. Holding On (03:40)
06. I Love Marie (02:39)
07. Rock and Roll Boogie (02:30)
08. Tell Your Mother (05:24)
09. The Train Song (03:32)
10. What Becomes Of You My Love (03:19)
11. Woman You're On My Mind (04:35)

12. Peculiar Hole In The Sky (Single A-Side) (02:59)
13. Gonna Make It (Instrumental) - (Single B-Side) (03:17)
14. H.P. Man (Single B-Side) (02:44)
15. Down To The Last 500 (from ''Best of the Easybeats Vol.2'' LP) (02:40)
16. My Old Man's A Groovy Old Man (from ''Best of the Easybeats Vol.2'' LP) (02:24)
17. Such A Lovely Day (from ''Best of the Easybeats Vol.2'' LP) (03:14)
18. Who Are My Friends (Completely different version of ''Friends'' from UK album) (03:14)
19. Look Out I'm On The Way Down (Demo from Central Sound studio) (02:36)
20. Little Red Bucket (Demo from Central Sound studio) (02:45)
21. Remember Sam (Alternate Mix from the Shel Talmy tapes) (02:37)
22. Pretty Girl (Alternate Mix from the Shel Talmy tapes) (02:32)

Stevie Wright – vocals
Harry Vanda – vocals, lead guitar
George Young – vocals, rhythm guitar
Dick Diamonde – bass guitar
Tony Cahill – drums
Steve Marriott – vocals on "Good Times"
George Alexander – vocals on "Come In You'll Get Pneumonia"

Originally released in 1969, Friends, The Easybeats' last album, was a curiously half-baked and deflated affair, despite some interesting moments. The Australian group's trademark peppiness gave way to a world-weary tone, perhaps as a result of their roller-coaster ride through near-Beatles-like fame in their native land and limited success elsewhere. Apparently much of this collection was actually half-finished demos, which accounts for the fairly sparse feel on several tracks. The least successful songs are the forced rock & roll boogies, with overwrought vocals from lead singer Stevie Wright. The more pensive tracks, like the title tune, have an oddly compelling, hollow feel of resignation bordering on gloom that starkly contrasts with their more well-known mid-'60s material. The Harry Vanda/George Young songwriting team wrote all of the album's songs, including the group's final single, "St. Louis."

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