Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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Category: Immediate Records

"My Love Has Gone"
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Del Shannon’s ‘Lost’ 1967 Album

Billy Nicholls, staff writer for Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate Records, would pen three songs for Del Shannon‘s album, Home & Away, 11 tracks that were recorded in February of 1967 at London’s Olympic Studio but shelved until the release of 1978’s … And the Music Plays On, an LP released

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“God Only Knows”: Italian A-Side

Rob Chapman – in his review of the 6-CD box set Immediate Singles Collection for the June, 2000 edition of Mojo – takes issue with with the choice of tracks regarding American vocalist, Pat Cole “P.P.” Arnold (who kicked off her solo singing career in mid-60s UK), demanding to know “where is her ecstatic version of [Brian

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"Now We're Thru'"
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The Poets: Not Actual 12-Strings

The ringing, echo-drenched electric 12-string guitars on the debut single by Scottish rockers, The Poets, are such a striking sound for 1964 and yet a strangely familiar one:  might it be possible that the band later reincarnated as Brian Jonestown Massacre? “Now We’re Thru’”     The Poets     1964 [play at strong

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"Baja"
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Rare 1965 Jimmy Page B-Side

No doubt about it:  Jimmy Page, given his role as composer, arranger, and producer, dominates this B-side by a group you’ve never heard of (i.e., recording career = exactly one 45).  This song, I am now discovering, is virtually unknown to American fans of Page’s work, as it has mainly

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"Recess"
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The Musical Equivalent of Recess

Amen Corner is one group who has managed to capture the joy of unstructured play time at school — that midday break known as “Recess“: “Recess”     Amen Corner      1969 This song has particular meaning for this PTA parent who heads up a Recess Committee to improve the quality of the

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"Think"
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“Think”: Squeezing Soul From a Stone

I had assumed lots of people were already familiar with Chris Farlowe‘s kicking mod soul version of Jagger & Richard’s “Think” – but viewership numbers on YouTube tell otherwise: “Think” wisely enjoyed release in India, Finland, France, Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, and Sweden, as well as its native UK, where

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"Mary Anne"
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“Mary Anne”: UK Countrypolitan

Legendary producer/engineer, Glyn Johns (The Who, Faces, Belly, Joe Satriani) gets behind the mic to sing this tuneful slice of British-flavored countrypolitan, “Mary Anne“: Produced, arranged and conducted by – not Johns – but rather, Tony Meehan, drummer of premier UK instrumental outfit, The Shadows, and released in 1965 on

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