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Main » 2006 » November » 25 » The Easybeats - 1967 - Friday On My Mind
The Easybeats - 1967 - Friday On My Mind

Track Listing :
1.Friday On My  Mind
2.River Deep,Mountain High
3.Do You Have A Soul
4.Saturday  Night
5.You Me,We Love
6.Pretty Girl
7.Happy Is The Man
8.Women (  Make You Feel Alright )
9.Who'll Be The One
10.Made My Bed,Gonna Lie In  It
11.Remember Sam
12.See Line Woman

The Easybeats  were a garage band in the 1960s from Australia. They formed in Sydney in late 1964 and split  at the end of 1969. They are widely regarded as the greatest Australian pop band  of the 60s and were the first Australian rock and roll act to score an  international pop hit with their classic 1966 single "Friday On My Mind"  (however the folk-pop group, the Seekers, had international hits in 1965). Their  manager was former Sydney real estate agent, Mike  Vaughan.

The band's line-up exemplifies the  influence of post-war migration on Australian society. All five founding members  were from families who had migrated to Australia from Europe; lead singer Stevie Wright was from London, rhytmic  guitarist George Young was from Glasgow,  lead guitarist Harry  Vanda and bassist Dick Diamonde  were from the Netherlands, and  drummer Gordon Henry Fleet, in Bootle,Liverpool,England.

Friday on My Mind, produced by Shel Talmy  and recorded in England, captures the Easybeats  at just about their peak, combining all of the best elements in the evolution of  their sound under one cover. The Easybeats were still one of the most energetic  outfits in rock music, with a raw, highly animated guitar attack, but they were  trying (and largely succeeding with) ever more complex vocal harmony parts and  some staccato guitar harmony as well that was pretty impressive, and at this  stage they were working with a brace of gorgeous Vanda/Young originals. The ubiquitous title track is in excellent company,  surrounded by an array of mid- to late-60's British rock treasures: a killer  garage punk rendition of "River Deep, Mountain High," with a superb performance  by Wright and what sounds almost like a sitar buried somewhere in the midst of  the crisp electric guitars; "Do You Have a Soul," with its abrupt tempo changes,  cascading choruses, chiming guitars, and hooks that seem to flow into each other  effortless; "Saturday Night," with more sitar-like sounds beneath the radiant  choruses and rhythm guitar hooks; the dramatic, angst-ridden "You Me, We Love,"  on which Vanda's guitar playing becomes as intense  as Wright 's wrenching vocal performance; "Pretty Girl," with its crunchy  rhythm guitar sound and catchy lyric hooks and choruses; and "Made My Bed Gonna  Lie in It," a punk anthem nearly as catchy and well-played as "I'm Not Like  Everybody Else." Not everything on this album is as successful as these cuts,  but it is all good listening, even the eerie, original album finale, "See Line  Woman." In fact, only the rendition of  Leiber and Stoller's  "Hound Dog" may be out of place, and even it works as a change of pace. The  label of "Australia's  Beatles" may have proved an overstatement to  some, but one can get a good look at its basis on this album — it's loaded with  actual and potential hit singles, yet it doesn't come off as lightweight in any  way.

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