Monday, January 28, 2019

Out Now: The Pop Genius Of Mickie Most


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Details from Ace Records:

Making hits seemed all too easy for legendary producer Mickie Most who attributed his success to his extraordinary ability to spot a hit tune, combined with unbridled common sense. American record companies sat up and took notice and, with his career in the ascendancy, Most extended his run of hits on both sides of the Atlantic with artists such as Donovan, Brenda Lee, Lulu and Jeff Beck. He turned down the chance to produce the Monkees, Elvis and Barbra Streisand because it clashed with his scheduling. Here then is a hand-picked representation of the man's best or most significant work. Incidentally, both 'I Love Rock'n'Roll' and 'Living Next Door To Alice' are the original flop versions of songs that went onto become huge hits for Joan Jett and Smokey, respectively. The CD comes in a deluxe package with rigid slipcase and a separate memorabilia-laden 72-page booklet with in-depth notes by Rob Finnis. 

Tracks:

1. Motorbikin' - Chris Spedding

  2. Tobacco Road - Nashville Teens
  3. The House of the Rising Sun - the Animals
  4. Hi-Ho Silver Lining - Jeff Beck
  5. Journey - Duncan Browne
  6. Brother Louie - Hot Chocolate
  7. Is It True - Brenda Lee
  8. Sunshine Superman (Single Version) - Donovan
  9. Dance with the Devil - Cozy Powell
  10. No Milk Today - Herman's Hermits
  11. Walking - C.C.S
  12. Little Games - the Yardbirds
  13. Gin House - Paul Williams & the Big Roll Band
  14. The Boat That I Row - Lulu
  15. Jailhouse Rock - Jeff Beck Group (Feat. Rod Stewart)
  16. 48 Crash - Suzi Quatro
  17. Living Next Door to Alice - New World
  18. I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Arrows
  19. Mellow Yellow - Donovan
  20. Days of My Life - the Seekers Feat. Judith Durham
  21. Bread and Butter - Barry St. John
  22. Flight 2 - Angelo and Eighteen
  23. To Sir with Love - Lulu
  24. Some Girls - Racey
  25. Kids in America - Kim Wilde

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