fredag 24 juni 2016

THE LOLLIPOPS/DO YOU KNOW...THE LOLLIPOPS KALP 1016 (-65) MONO SWEDEN

Danish pop/rock group founded 1960 by two guitar playing siblings - Jörgen Lundgreen (1951-2003), his brother Torben (1950-) and their cousin, drummer Poul Pedersen (1948-2002). They got a contract with Swedish Karusell label 1963 and scored a Scandinavian hit with their second single - the 1964 "Do You Know (How Much I Love You)". This debute album was recorded later same year and due to the boys low age you could expect a large part cover versions played by studio musicians, but to my knowledge all cuts were written and performed by the band with just a few additions from guests. I visited an outdoor concert with them 1965 and was amazed by the tight performance and wild stage show. While jumping, screaming and crawling around on the stage floor they somehow managed to sound good and very together at the same time. So there's no doubt they could play and though this has a softer angle I get about the same feeling from these studio recordings as hearing them in the open. Songs very much influenced by Beatles and early sixties UK or US pop - blending rock, r&b and ballads - simple, melodic with a borderline garage atmosphere. Even if I mostly keep it for the ambience and memories there should be enough here to also satisfy many other collectors of early sixties music. The clash between up-tempo pop/rock and the young brittle voices, the fresh untainted arrangements and direct audio - all together very catchy. Favorite tracks - "Do You Know", "I Want Her Back" and "Two Chips And One Fish". As far as I know this Swedish was the only original release. Withdrawn after a year or so and replaced with a budget issue having same tracking, but totally different sleeve design (I'll get back to that later). All cuts can be found on the 2-CD collection "The Complete Lollipops 1963-67" (Rock-In-Beat-Records RB 216). First press had label as shown here, thick unflexible vinyl and laminated fold/out cover. (SCÄ*) (ÖGÄ*) (CCÖ*)

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