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An exceedingly early Gary Brooker record

Michael Davis's collection ... and an astonishing find


In early August 2019 ‘Beyond the Pale’ was intrigued to receive a message from Michael Davis who, as ‘Mick’ Davis, knew The Paramounts well from his days at the Shades in Southend during 1962/3/4.

He wrote that, as a Paramounts fan, he possessed ‘every 45 plus demos where relevant, EPs (UK and France), LP (1) and CD of The Paramounts / Liquorice John Death released across the world. My greatest achievement (near impossible) is obtaining a mint!! copy of Hiedra Venenosa (Poison Ivy) / Me Siento Bien (I Feel Good All Over) released on the Ariel record label in Argentina in 1964 – the Holy Grail to me – it took a while but someone in Buenos Aires came up trumps!

I have another copy of the Parlophone Australia release of Blue Ribbons on its way. One of the UK EPs is signed. I have two sets of autographs from two gigs – Wallington Big Beat Sessions, 31 March 1964 and the other, also 1964, from Launceston in Cornwall. I also have one acetate of Bad Blood. I’ve let others go where I should have pursued them!

Amazing stuff, of course. But most intriguingly, he also told us, ‘Some time ago I bought a Gary Brooker demo disc, Title: Verse I. Weirdly (to me), it appears on an album entitled Rare Mod Volume 3.  I bought Verse 1 from recordsale & musicberlin in May 2017. It was listed exactly as '7'': Gary Brooker, Verse 1: S/SIDED ACETATE'.

And it can be heard by clicking here.

The acetate was obviously copied at some time for it to have been included on ‘Rare Mod Volume 3’, which was released in January 2010 by Acid Jazz Records, Bethnal Green Road, London. On the sleeve it says 'Copyright: (P) 2010 Acid Jazz Records (C) 2010 Acid Jazz Records Limited. I wonder from whom they obtained the rights?'

Like any fan would, Michael wondered if the BtP team could ‘throw some light on this recording – what was its purpose?’

So we asked Gary Brooker, to whom we’re most grateful for this speedy response:

 

‘Dear Roland,

I vaguely remember this, and it is certainly me.

Probably 1967; I was sometimes asked, often by George Martin, to come up with an idea for a TV show that was looking for a theme tune.

An interesting bass line and progressive bridge, the main tune meant to be ‘catchy’.

Needless to say none of my efforts were ever used and it’s amazing that this should appear.

With the Dick James label it was probably done at his studios in central London and could pre-date AWSoP.

That’s the best I can do.

Cheers,

Gary B

Thanks, Gary!


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