A Picture Of You - Great British Record Labels: Piccadilly A Picture Of You - Great British Record Labels: Piccadilly : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
As the next stage in Pye's expansion programme in April 1961, they launched the evocative black and red Piccadilly label, with its yellow logo, having initially been conceived as an outlet for third party licensing. However, although Piccadilly would in time go on to register big hits and build a reputation for their vast, quirky array of artists and repertoire, they got off to a surprisingly slow start. But over the ensuing months Piccadilly's output gradually picked up, their releases covering a variety of musical genres among a plethora of mainstream Pop hopefuls. Joe Brown finally cracked it big in the Summer of '62 with the chart-topping 'A Picture Of You', written by two of his Bruvvers, John Beveridge and Pete Oakman, when it reached No.1 in every published chart.
Part Code:  RHGB44
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Angela Jones - Great British Record Labels: Triumph Angela Jones - Great British Record Labels: Triumph : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
Of the record companies featured in RHGB's "Great British Record Labels" series, TRIUMPH were by far the smallest, and most shortlived. Active for merely ten months, they released just fourteen singles and an EP, registering one major Top 10 hit and a couple of lower chart entries. Yet they remain perhaps the most interesting and collectable British record label of the era, due to their catalytic role in the career of indie producer Robert George 'Joe' Meek, the man whose initials famously prefixed their catalogue numbers. Ironically, of course, Meek didn't produce all the label's output, as his involvement with Triumph only lasted around six months. But when he left, he took with him the bulk of their artists plus the master tapes of a plethora of unissued recordings which had been destined for the label, the knock-on effect of which was to create an almost mythical "what might have been" aura around Triumph, which has continued to expand over the ensuing decades. This unique compilation brings these recordings together for the very first time. Disc One features the singles released during 1960, plus extracts from the I Hear A New World EP, introduced by Meek himself; Disc Two comprises sides originally recorded for Triumph, but ultimately either left on the shelf or issued on other labels, further down the line (NB: it is not possible to tell the Triumph story in detail here due to restrictions of space; for a fuller history, including release information, please visit our website: www.RockHistory.co.uk)

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Part Code:  RHGB49
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Bouffants, Beehives & Backcombing - Early Brit Girls Vol. 1 Bouffants, Beehives & Backcombing - Early Brit Girls Vol. 1 : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
Although the arrival of the archetypical 60s 'dolly bird' was still a couple of years away, by the turn of the decade a whole 'new look' Brit Girl was emerging; a slim, wan, wide-eyed young gazelle, the polar opposite of the overtly glam, well-upholstered, tightly-corseted, over made-up filly of the 50s. This fine compilation traces the rise of UK ladies from the R&R era to the early 60s, and heralds the newly emergent Brit Girl sound.
Part Code:  RHGB25
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Calypsos, Boogies, Rockers, Ballads & Bluebeat - Rise Of Black Music In Britain Calypsos, Boogies, Rockers, Ballads & Bluebeat - Rise Of Black Music In Britain : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
In 1948, the Empire Windrush famously docked at Tilbury, carrying 493 passengers from Jamaica and Trinidad (plus, by all accounts, one stowaway!).' Pathe News were among the media gathered there to meet them, and a remarkable piece of newsreel footage survives in which the freshly disembarked King Of Calypso, Lord Kitchener, serenades everyone with impromptu version of 'London Belongs To Me'.' And although this by no means marked the birth of black music in the UK (it wasn't even the first boat-load of migrants from the West Indies - a smaller vessel, the Almazora, had delivered some 200 Jamaican passengers to Southampton six months earlier), the symbolic landing of the Windrush is very much seen as a rallying point for much of what would follow, socially, artistically and musically. At that time a handful of black performers were already carving out successful careers in the UK, albeit, all following rather different musical paths.' The suave, urbane Ray Ellington (real name, Henry Pitts Brown - his father was a black American Music Hall comedian/entertainer, his mother an orthodox Russian Jew) had drummed and sung in Harry Roy's band, both before and after WWII, eventually forming his own band circa 1948.' Although essentially a jazz musician he was heavily influenced by Louis Jordan - hence his cover of 'Let The Good Times Roll' - and his was the first British band to feature the stripped-down guitar/bass/piano/drums format, which would in due course form the bedrock of Rock & Roll.'
Part Code:  RHGB29
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Chicago Calling - The Roots Of The British Blues / R&B Boom Chicago Calling - The Roots Of The British Blues / R&B Boom : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
Received wisdom would have us believe that British Blues began in 1962, when Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies opened the celebrated Ealing Club. But things are never quite as straightforward as 'received wisdom' would have us think and the roots of British R&B/Blues do, of course, go back a decade earlier. Moreover, although the opening of said club was an important milestone, it wasn't the first Blues club that Cyril and Alexis had opened together... and rather more to the point, whilst it has become 'de rigueur' to embrace messrs Korner and Davies as the joint Godfathers of the genre, the pivotal figure in the growth of UK Blues was actually Chris Barber, a man whose role and importance is often overlooked, but the man who brought in the first Blues artists and in who's wake Cyril and Alexis flourished.
Part Code:  RHGB41
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Come Outside - Great British Record Labels: Parlophone Come Outside - Great British Record Labels: Parlophone : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
Like several of the labels in the old EMI group, Parlophone Records has a long, convoluted history, incorporating various twists, turns and takeovers. In 1950, George Martin joined Parlophone, an appointment which proved to be the defining moment in the label's history. By the early/mid 50s they were releasing increasingly more spoken word and novelty recordings, and were also building up a roster of new young Jazz musicians and former dance band 'Pop' singers But hit records were few and far between. Initially, Parlophone made a few attempts to hop aboard either the Skiffle or R&R bandwagons. By the end of the decade R&R had noticeably softened, as strings were added, a style personified by Adam Faith who gave Parlophone their very first UK No.1 in December '59 with 'What Do You Want'. They did well with Trad Jazz, registering a handful of hits with the chart-topping Temperance Seven and of course no essay about Parlophone would be complete without at least a passing nod to The Beatles who changed absolutely everything.
Part Code:  RHGB43
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Don't Knock Upon My Door - Six Dozen Great British 'B' Sides Don't Knock Upon My Door - Six Dozen Great British 'B' Sides : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
Back in the late 50s, my pocket money wouldn't stretch to records so I had to try and blag what I could from sundry uncles, aunts and cousins. The trouble was, their unwanted oldies were invariably either cracked old Embassy 78s or ancient, pre-R&R crooners/dancebands/novelty items, so my embryonic 'record collection' was crap! A few years later, when I started earning money of my own (eleven-and-six a week - my first paper round!), I began to hang around local junk shops, where you could pick up old 45s for a couple of bob each. And this was where my obsession with B-sides began. Back then, I couldn't afford to waste money on records which didn't have two good sides... consequently, once I'd begun collecting seriously, I had a rack of 'special' 45s whose flips I preferred to their designated top decks. Some of these I'm delighted to share with you on this compilation, which presents a generous six dozen of the finest British Killer B's issued between 1957 and 1962.
Part Code:  RHGB48
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory.co.uk
Format:  2CD


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Freight Trains, Last Trains And Rock Island Lines - The History Of Skiffle Freight Trains, Last Trains And Rock Island Lines - The History Of Skiffle : VARIOUS ARTISTS : CD
The UK's teenagers embraced Skiffle with almost indecent enthusiasm. So much so that within just weeks, virtually every club, hall and coffee bar in the country was presenting Skiffle groups, and sales of scrubbing boards were soaring! An almost exclusively British phenomenon, Skiffle had its roots in three distinct strands of Americana - Delta Blues, Folk and New Orleans Jazz.
Part Code:  RHGB23
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  CD


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Hank, Bruce, Bert, Joe, Big Jim & More - The UK Instro Scene 1956-61 Hank, Bruce, Bert, Joe, Big Jim & More - The UK Instro Scene 1956-61 : VARIOUS ARTISTS : CD
Instrumental music had, of course, always been hugely popular, long before the arrival of Rock'n'Roll - by the mid-50s, as ballroom dancing gave way to jiving, more strident, beatier instrumental styles began to emerge. American hits of the era were of course routinely covered, so we had anglo-fied versions of numbers like 'Honky Tonk', 'Raunchy', 'Tequila' and 'Cerveza', care of George Chisholm & Bert Weedon, Ken Mackintosh, Johnny 'The Gash' Gray & Ken Jones, and Cherry Wainer respectively. We even managed to squeeze out a few home-grown goodies, most notably Lord Rockingham's XI's 'Fried Onions' and the chart-topping 'Hoots Mon'.
Part Code:  RHGB21
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  CD


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Helen, Dusty, Susan, Carol & More - Early Brit Girls Vol. 2 Helen, Dusty, Susan, Carol & More - Early Brit Girls Vol. 2 : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
Like its predecessor, (RHGB 25), this compilation traces the rise of UK ladies from the R&R era to the early 60s, and heralds the newly emergent Brit Girl sound that was evolving at the dawn of the Beat era. As we have learned, although the arrival of the archetypical 60s 'dolly bird' was still a couple of years away, by the turn of that decade a whole 'new look' Brit Girl was emerging; a slim, wan, wide-eyed young gazelle, the polar opposite of the fiercely glam, tightly-corseted, frilly-petticoated, carefully-coiffed, severely made-up filly of the 1950s, who'd ruled the roost. During the 60s, even the 'old guard' underwent serious makeovers, with the result that establishment figures like Alma Cogan, The Beverley Sisters, Petula Clark, Marion Ryan and Shirley Bassey began to look younger than their mothers for the first time in their lives.
Part Code:  RHGB31
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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John, Paul, George, Dave, Brian, Tony & More - The Birth Of British Beat Boom John, Paul, George, Dave, Brian, Tony & More - The Birth Of British Beat Boom : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
Received wisdom would have us believe that The '60s began in Liverpool in 1963, commensurate with the arrival of The Beatles and the ensuant British Beat/R&B Boom; well a great many other groups and singers had been paying their not inconsiderable dues in the years immedi¬ately preceding 1963. This compilation presents 65 tracks which anticipated and/ or helped shape the Beat Boom, and includes a number of the names who would go on to achieve enormous mid-60s successes.
Part Code:  RHGB24
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Johnny Remember Me - Great British Record Labels: Top Rank Johnny Remember Me - Great British Record Labels: Top Rank : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
In hindsight, the shortlived TOP RANK label would appear to have been a magnificent folly, perpetrated by the mighty Rank Organisation. Launched in 1959, at their peak they were pumping out a vast amount of material, clocking up hits with both licensed-in US repertoire and UK artists, The man whose initials prefixed the label's catalogue numbers was one Joseph Arthur Rank, a wealthy, Yorkshire-born industrialist whose family's lucrative flour-milling empire funded his subsequent business ventures. In those days, the UK record industry was an extremely formal, regulated affair, and cut-price product was frowned upon; moreover, Rank's initial pressing arrangement with Philips meant that they would have to comply with the UK's existing resale price maintenance framework and distribution protocols but they proceeded to take liberties with many of the industry's unwritten rules (the first UK record company to issue mainstream Pop LPs at budget price, they would be rewarded with a No.1 album in February 1960, The Explosive Freddy Cannon).
Part Code:  RHGB46
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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