UVB10042 Liverpool Five – Tokio International


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In 1964 the Rik GunnellAgency (Georgie Fame,Zoot Money, ChrisFarlowe etc.) were looking for aband to play on the continent,doing the usual two-week engagementsin sleazy clubs and bars allover Germany, Holland, Austriaand Switzerland. They found theSTEVE LAINE COMBO, whichcomprised of Steve Laine (voc),Kenny Cox (g), Ron Henley (org),Dave Burgess (b) and Jimmy May(dr). Burgess was formerly in theCarlisle- based RAMRODS, wholater evolved into the early line-upof the V.I.P. s (pre-SPOOKYTOOTH). While playing in Colognethey were asked by a German promoterto audition for some gigs inJapan, as he was in search for agroup to present the UK at theOlympic Games in 1964. Theyreally got the gig (after a namechange to THE 5 LIVERPOOLS)and beside playing in stadiums infront of several thousand people,they also made some recordings inTokyo, but nothing ever appeared.Instead, on their return toGermany, they made the LP, whichyou now can listen to again via thissilver disc, as the original pressingon CBS is a much sought-afteritem, fetching high prizes on thecollector s scene.The album only got a release inGermany (a single was also takenfrom it) but didn t sell much quantities.Still, while other bands stayedon the continent for some years,making a good living over here,only to find their style out-of-dateon their return to England, the 5LIVERPOOLS got an invitation togo to the States. Of course, theyagreed to come and until their splitin 1968 they released two greatLP s (as THE LIVERPOOL FIVE) andseveral singles on RCA, most of itavailable from ROCK-IN-BEAT!
Syd Kreft
  1. RIT IT UP (Marascalgo/Blackwell)
  2. TOKIO (Twardy/Lilibert)
  3. MEMPHIS TENNESSEE (Chuck Berra/Lilibert/Montague)
  4. SKINNY MINNY (Haley/Keefer/Gabler/Catra)
  5. NEEDLES AND PINS (Bono/Nitzsche/Montague)
  6. GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY (Blackwell/Marascalgo)
  7. BOOM BOOM (Hooker)
  8. CAN I GET A WITNESS (Holland/Holland/Dozier)
  9. LET THE SUN-SHINE IN (Randazzo/Barberis/Weinstein)
10. MICKEY S MONKEY (Holland/Dozier)
11. EVERYTHING S ALLRIGHT (Staveley/James/Karlson/Crouch/Konrad)
12. POISON IVY (Leiber/Stoller)



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