Coming Up: "A Snapshot in Time: Society, Scandal and the First Stirrings of Modernism 1960-1963"

Out Oct. 7 from Ace Records. Available for $12.59 from Import CDs


Back in September 1962, the only Beatles records in the shops saw them backing Tony Sheridan on a goosed-up version of My Bonnie, Their debut single Love Me Do would be released in October 1962 and the seismic change they brought to music worldwide would occur once the band achieved light speed in 1963. There was, however, before Beatlemania a thriving music culture that dropped anchor in a number of ports. Proto pop charts might be dominated by the likes of Cliff and his Shadows, crooners and sweet looking pop idols who brushed their teeth but R&B was gently finding its way into record racks either through imports or a growing number of home grown cover versions. The Motown sound was taking root in Detroit, America and already filtering into the UK on poor selling 7” singles on London and Fontana.

The twist might be considered an old dance but in political circles no one twisted in the wind harder than John Profumo undone in 1961 for a triangular relationship where the other two parties were Christine Keeler and a Russian spy.  Politicians and the establishment lived by the dictum of do what I say rather than what I do. Until they got caught with their pants down. This was a situation Patrick McGoohan in Danger Man always avoided although after 1963 part of James Bond's appeal on the big screen was his ability to drop his pants and bed Russian spies.

To say that before the Beatles, before the Stones, before the Who, before the blues explosion there was no good music being recorded in the UK is untrue. There was plenty of great records put out in 1960, 1961 and 1962. You simply had to find the gems.

The problem with the Beatles, and the coverage of their music, was that it built a musical dam that formed a reservoir that covered previous audio hills that were submerged by time and history. Why care about Otillie Patterson singing the blues when you had Please Please Me? Why care about Chris Farlowe’s Air Travel when you had I Want To Hold Your Hand? Whereas 50 years later Beatles music is endlessly recycled, much of the music recorded between 1960 and 1963 remains ignored and submerged under water. But, as you will discover on A Snapshot in Time there were some cracking gems like the Blue Flames R&B swagger of Orange Street, Lynne Cornell’s Moanin’ and Sounds Inc Sounds Like Locomotion. Better still, they sound fresh and invigorating showing that the 60s swung earlier than everybody would have you believe.


  1. Sugar Baby Part 1 - Jimmy Powell
  2. Sugar Baby Part 2 - Jimmy Powell
  3. When You Walked Out - Alex Murray with The Tony Crombie Quartet
  4. Baby Please Don't Go - Ottilie Patterson accompanied by Sonny Boy Williamson
  5. Why Should We Not - Manfred Mann
  6. Chicago Calling - Cyril Davies & His Rhythm & Blues All Stars
  7. King Of Kings - Jimmy Cliff
  8. Air Travel - Chris Farlowe
  9. It Ain't Necessarily So (From "Porgy and Bess") - Duffy Power
  10. Sounds Like Locomotion - Sounds Inc.
  11. Dance Her By Me - Jimmy Powell
  12. Gurney Slade (from "The Strange World of Gurney Slade) - Max Harris & His Group
  13. Moanin' - Lynn Cornell
  14. Tom Hark - Jimmy Powell
  15. Christine - Miss X
  16. A New Kind of Lovin' - Eden Kane
  17. I'm Just A Baby - Louise Cordet
  18. Orange Street - The Blue Flames
  19. I'm Built For Comfort - Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated vocal Cyril Davies
  20. Angi (aka Anji) - Davy Graham
  21. Strawberry Fair - Anthony Newley
  22. Country Line Special - Cyril Davies & His Rhythm & Blues All Stars
  23. Wicked Woman - Don Lang & His Boulder Rollers
  24. Theme From Danger Man' - The Red Price Combo with Orchestra