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    Main » 2010 » March » 13 » the Flies ~ 2002 ~ Complete Collection 1965-1968
    the Flies ~ 2002 ~ Complete Collection 1965-1968

    genre: beat, psych

    country: uk

    quality : lossless  (flac, cue, log, scans)

    time: 58'19" size: 112 mb
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    Although the Flies are primarily remembered for their punkish rendition of "(I'm Not) Your Steppin' Stone" -- covered from Paul Revere & the Raiders' version -- the vast majority of the U.K. quartet's other material is much more pop-oriented and less aggressive. Complete Collection: 1965-1968 (2002) features 22 tracks from the virtually unknown Brit rockers. The East London band had evolved from The Rebs to the In-Sect and issued a long-player under the latter moniker in 1965. The following year saw two more name changes (the Decadent Streak and No Flies on Us BUT...) and a few personnel adjustments before being signed by Decca Records based upon their double-sided demo disc of "(I'm Not) Your Steppin' Stone" b/w "Just Won't Do." (Incidentally, both demos are included on this collection.) The label convinced the band to shorten their name to simply the Flies and, in October 1966, re-recorded "Steppin' Stone" as well as the mid-tempo love song "Talk to Me" for the respective A and B sides of their debut single. With a great industry buzz beginning to surround the Flies, they were picked up as a live support act, doing gigs with the Who, the Moody Blues, the Move, and Traffic; they even opened for the Jimi Hendrix Experience in February 1967 at the Roundhouse in London. The follow-up 45 also included two strong cuts. The backbeat heavy rocker "House of Love" as well as the lightweight take on the pop standard "It Had to Be You" -- which made the band sound more like Sopwith Camel or the New Vaudeville Band than the acid-laced garage rockers associated with their earlier sides. The Flies eventually landed as the core lineup began to splinter by the end of 1967. John Hunt (drums/vocals) issued a solo single under the guise of Alexander Bell -- which featured a session guitarist named Jimmy Page. Their "theme" (if you will), "Alexander Bell Believes," is an odd bit of Baroque pseudo-peacenik psychedelia, with a decidedly Kinks-influenced mod sound. In addition to the previously mentioned platters, this CD also includes a few pre-Flies pieces, such as the In-Sect covers of Chuck Berry's "Reelin' & Rockin'," the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," and a demo of the Kinks' "Tired of Waiting for You," among others. ~ Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide


    (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) (2:40)

    The Magic Train (2:22)

    House of Love (Charlie Jones) (2:17)

    Turning Back the Page (3:47)

    Gently as You Feel (2:39)

    Talk to Me (1:55)

    Tired of Waiting for You (Ray Davies) (2:26)

    Just Won't Do (1:59)

    (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone [Demo Version] (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) (3:05)

    The Magic Train (2:52)

    Alexander Bell Believes (3:08)

    A Hymn With Love (3:12)

    Sincerely Yours (2:43)

    Where (3:43)

    There Ain't No Woman (1:56)

    Winter Afternoon (2:45)

    It Had to Be You (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn Flies) (2:22)

    The Dancer (2:57)

    Reelin' and Rockin' (Chuck Berry) (2:23)

    Ticket to Ride (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) (2:58)

    There Ain't No Woman (1:56)

    Winter Afternoon [Demo Version] (2:06)


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