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Various - Planet Mod

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If only for his stewardship of the Who, Kinks and Creation, American Shel Talmy is revered as the producer responsible for distilling the cathartic, kinetic sound of mod rock to disc. Yet within his mid-60s production catalogue lie many other fabulous examples of a genre that wields considerable influence to this day, while remaining very much a way of life for those already converted. 'Planet Mod' assembles two dozen examples of Talmy's work in the field, all drawn from a fresh excavation of his rarely tapped, thoroughly ear-opening tape vault. Many, such as the Thoughts, Wild Uncertainty and Tribe were recorded for his short-lived Planet label, while the Trackers and Pros & Cons and others were independent productions Talmy farmed out to major labels. The playlist balances black US acts John Lee Hooker, Ray Gates and Screaming Jay Hawkins with the homegrown club R&B of the Soul Brothers, Groundhogs and mod heroes the Untamed. There's rare early compositions from Bowie (Kenny Miller's 'Take My Tip') and Bill Wyman (the Preachers' 'Goodbye Girl'), while the beans are spilled on mysterious outfits the Total and the Corduroys. Complete with copious notes and illustrations drawn from the Talmy files, 'Planet Mod' is a fitting tribute to the American who injected some much-needed muscle into British rock in its glory days. Compilation and note by Alec Palao. 180g transparent red vinyl - double LP in heavy duty gatefold jacket.

Side A:
Daddy Long Legs (Alternate version) - The Untamed
Take My Tip (Alternate take) - Kenny Miller
Call Me Girl - The Thoughts
Stone Crazy - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
I'll Never Fall In Love Again - John Lee's Groundhogs
Mai Lee - John Lee Hooker

Side B:
Unto Us (Demo version) - The New Breed
Have You Ever Had The Blues (Alternate take) - Ray Gates
Why Do You Stand In My Way - The Pros And Cons
Don't Let It Be - The Tribe
Too Much Of A Woman - The Corduroys
I'm Leaving - The Untamed

Side C:
Searching - The Soul Brothers
Goodbye Girl - The Preachers
Over You Baby - John Lee's Groundhogs
The Skip (Alternate version) - Goldie & The Gingerbreads
Life's Too Good To Waste - Tony Christie & The Trackers
I'm Going Out Tonight - The Untamed

Side D:
The Gamma Goochie - The Tribe
Pretty Girl - The Thoughts
Mary Ann - The Pros And Cons
Think - The Total
Broken Truth - A Wild Uncertainty
Goodbye So Long - The Soul Brothers