• 'almost' blues In the Midnight Hour (3-track 7", £9.50)

    "The ‘Almost’ Blues" was formed by Al Peters and Mike Haralambos in Huyton, a Merseyside town just east of Liverpool, quickly becoming an R&B act of influence and repute. Rather than ape the repertoire of other local acts of the early 60s, such as The Beatles or Gerry & the Pacemakers, the group offered a tougher and more purist Blues style which appealed to young Mods and the discerning art-school crowds. These previously unreleased recordings are belting interpretations of Wilson Pickett, James Brown and Chuck Jackson sides, and feature the soulful vocals of Colin Areety, who went onto a solo career on Deram in the 70s. The addition of Colin’s vocals gave the group the sound they were looking for, making them one of the earliest multi-racial groups in Liverpool. Recorded at EMI‘s storied Studio 2 on 1st November 1965 by A&R Producer, Bob Barratt, the group nailed these tracks in single takes without any need for overdubs. Note that on the last chorus of their reading of James Brown’s pivotal smash, Colin actually sings: “Papa’s got a brand new handbag,’ adding a twist of typical Scouse humour. TRACKLIST A. In The Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett) B1. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag (James Brown) B2. Who’s Gonna Pick Up The Pieces

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