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Rock & Roll Revival: Edsel Plans Massive Box for U.K. Act Showaddywaddy

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Showaddywaddy boxFans of classic rock and roll revival act Showaddywaddy have got quite the box set coming their way from Edsel in June. The Complete Studio Recordings 1973-1987 collects just about the band’s entire output, released or otherwise, in a 10-disc set.

The U.K. act rose to almost improbable fame in the mid-to-late ’70s by dressing up in 1950s-London fashion (known to the uninitiated as “Teddy Boy” subculture) and covering a host of old-time rock songs, from Buddy Holly (“Heartbeat”) and Eddie Cochran (“Three Steps to Heaven”) to The Marcels (“Blue Moon”) and Gerry Goffin/Barry Mann (“Who Put the Bomp in the Bomp-a-Bomp-a-Bomp”). If that sounds crazy to you, the revelation that the band had 10 Top 10 hits in England, including the chart-topper “Under the Moon of Love” must sound ludicrous. Showaddywaddy still tour across the U.K. (embarking on a 40th anniversary trek this year), with original members Romeo Challenger on drums and Rod Deas on bass leading the group. (The band is still managed by singer Dave Bartram, despite his stepping down as lead singer in 2011.)

The Complete Studio Recordings includes all eight of the band’s albums for Bell, Arista and RCA – all of which had been reissued and expanded by Cherry Red’s 7Ts label in recent years – and adds two extra discs: one of non-LP single sides, and one of unreleased demos and alternate mixes.

The box is available on June 17, and can be ordered after the jump.

The Complete Studio Recordings 1973-1987 (Edsel SHOBOX40 (U.K.), 2013)

Disc 1: Showaddywaddy (released as Bell S-248 (U.K.), 1974)

  1. Hey Rock ‘N’ Roll
  2. Bony Moronie
  3. Johnny Remember Me
  4. Temptation
  5. Rock ‘N’ Roll Lady
  6. King of the Jive
  7. The Party
  8. Cutie
  9. Rollercoaster
  10. Don’t Turn Your Back on Me Baby
  11. Windows
  12. Glory Women

Disc 2: Step Two (released as Bell S-256 (U.K.), 1975)

  1. Three Steps to Heaven
  2. If You Know What I Mean
  3. Sing On Louise
  4. Big Big Star
  5. Chain Gang
  6. Blue Jean Baby
  7. Three Stars/Rave On
  8. The Latest Craze
  9. Smiling Eyes
  10. Rocker Boots
  11. Sweet Music
  12. Everybody on Your Feet

Disc 3: Trocadero (released as Bell SYBEL 8003 (U.K.), 1976)

  1. Trocadero
  2. Lookin’ Back
  3. Paint Your Picture
  4. Say Mama
  5. Go Johnny Go
  6. Heavenly
  7. Rock and Roll Music
  8. Record
  9. Take Me in Your Arms
  10. Heartbeat
  11. Sweet and Innocent You
  12. The Young Indian Brave

Disc 4: Red Star (released as Arista SPARTY 1023 (U.K.), 1977)

  1. Dancin’ Party
  2. ’68 Teenage Queen
  3. You Got What It Takes
  4. Lucy Jane (Part 2)
  5. In Above Your Head
  6. Sweet Georgia
  7. Somethin’ Else
  8. (You’ve Got) Personality
  9. Feelin’
  10. Listen to Me
  11. When
  12. Maybe, Maybe, Maybe
  13. Swansong

Disc 5: Crepes & Drapes (released as Arista ARTV 3 (U.K.), 1979)

  1. Sweet Little Rock ‘N’ Roller
  2. Sea Cruise
  3. Just a Country Boy
  4. Lost
  5. That’s Rock & Roll
  6. Twist & Shout
  7. A Night At Daddy Gee’s
  8. Come On Let’s Go
  9. That’s Alright with Me
  10. I Appreciate the Job
  11. Win Your Heart
  12. Remember Then

Disc 6: Bright Lights (released as Arista SPART 1142 (U.K.), 1980)

  1. Why Do Lovers Break Each Others’ Hearts?
  2. Only Love
  3. Blue Moon
  4. I’ll Never Get Over You
  5. Wonderful Dream
  6. Doo Wah Diddy
  7. I Wanna Take You Home
  8. Cool Cool Cat
  9. Then Came You
  10. Teen Canteen
  11. It’s Only Make Believe
  12. Always and Ever

Disc 7: Good Times (released as Bell S-271 (U.K.), 1981)

  1. Multiplication
  2. Pretty Little One
  3. Alley Oop
  4. Footsteps
  5. Gypsy Rose Lee
  6. Good Timing
  7. Party Time
  8. Shake
  9. C’mon Everybody
  10. You Always Stand Me Up
  11. Weekend
  12. I Don’t Like Rock ‘N’ Roll No More
  13. Good Times

Disc 8: Living Legends (released as RCA LP 6069 (U.K.), 1983)

  1. Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp-a-Bomp-a-Bomp)
  2. It’s So Easy
  3. I Don’t Want to Dream Anymore
  4. Foolin’ Around with My Heart
  5. Things
  6. (You’re My) Soul and Inspiration
  7. Little Ole Wine Drinker Me
  8. Goody Goody
  9. Don’t Bring Me Down
  10. Sorry (I Ran All the Way)
  11. Mona Lisa
  12. Run for Your Life
  13. Hey Little Girl

Disc 9: Single Tracks

  1. You Will Lose Your Love Tomorrow (B-side to “Hey Rock ‘N’ Roll” – Bell 1357, 1974)
  2. I’m a Traveller (B-side to “Rock ‘N’ Roll Lady” – Bell 1374, 1974)
  3. Hey Mr. Christmas (single A-side – Bell 1384, 1974)
  4. Rock ‘N’ Roll Man (single B-side – Bell 1384, 1974)
  5. Lucy Jane (B-side to “Heartbeat – Bell 1450, 1975)
  6. Teenage Love Affair (B-side to “Trocadero” – Bell 1476, 1976)
  7. Under the Moon of Love (single A-side – Bell 1495, 1976)
  8. Superstar (B-side to “When” – Arista 91, 1977)
  9. Showboat (B-side to “You Got What It Takes” – Arista 126, 1977)
  10. One of These Days (B-side to “Dancin’ Party” – Arista 149, 1977)
  11. I Wonder Why (single A-side – Arista 178, 1978)
  12. Ever Lovin’ (single B-side – Arista 178, 1978)
  13. A Little Bit of Soap (single A-side – Arista 191, 1978)
  14. Pretty Little Angel Eyes (single A-side – Arista 222, 1978)
  15. I’m Yours (single B-side – Arista 222, 1978)
  16. Love for a Star (B-side to “Remember Then” – Arista 247, 1979)
  17. Five Minutes More (B-side to “Sweet Little Rock ‘N’ Roller” – Arista 278, 1979)
  18. Always & Ever (English/German Version) (single A-side – Arista 339, 1980)
  19. Cool Cool Cat (Original Mix) (single B-side – Arista 339, 1980)
  20. Really Going Out of My Mind (B-side to “Blue Moon” – Arista 379, 1980)
  21. You Are Love (B-side to “Doo Wah Diddy” – Arista 393, 1981)
  22. I Wish That I Could Undo All the Bad That I Have Done (B-side to “Multiplication” – Arista 416, 1981)
  23. Tribute (B-side to “Footsteps” – Bell 1499, 1981)
  24. Do It Again (B-side to “Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp-a-Bomp-a-Bomp)” – RCA 236, 1982)
  25. I Want You to Be My Girl (B-side to “Good Timing” – RCA 293, 1982)
  26. Why? (single A-side – Tiger Records SHOW-1, 1987)
  27. Out on the Town (single B-side – Tiger Records SHOW-1, 1987)

Disc 10: Rarities (previously unreleased)

  1. Heartbeat (Alternative 1975 Mix)
  2. When (1977 Instrumental)
  3. I Wonder Why (Alternative 1978 Mix)
  4. Pretty Little Angel Eyes (1978 Instrumental)
  5. Mona Lisa (1981 Utopia – Dave Bartram Vocals)
  6. Pretty Little One (1981 Utopia – Alternative Version)
  7. Under the Moon of Love (1986 Remix)
  8. Under the Moon of Love (Try Your Hand Version 1986)
  9. Holding Onto You (Dave Bartram 1987 Demo)
  10. A Woman’s Touch (Dave Bartram 1987 Demo)
  11. Nobody Is (Master Rock Alternative Version 1988)
  12. Old Habits Die Hard (Master Rock Alternative Version 1988)
  13. Teach You How to Rock and Roll (1993 Outtake)

Written by Mike Duquette

May 29, 2013 at 14:50

Posted in Box Sets, News, Reissues

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