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Album No.1 [Import]

Gary Walker & the Rain, Gary BrainAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000LZ55TA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Magazine Woman
2. Sun Shines
3. Doctor Doctor
4. I CaníT Stand To Lose You
5. Market Tavern
6. Spooky
7. Take A Look
8. View
9. If You DoníT Come Back
10. Thoughts Of An Old Man
11. Francis
12. I Promise To Love You
13. Whatever Happened To Happy

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Japanese Limited Edition Issue of the Album Classic in a Deluxe, Miniaturized LP Sleeve Replica of the Original Vinyl Album Artwork.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Long lost Psychedelic/Freakbeat/Pop masterpiece August 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Finally a legitimate release has appeared for this superb album. As unlikely as it may seem, The Walker Bros.' drummer Gary (who actually brought the group together) initiated a solo career that, as the excellent liner notes contained herein state, was every bit as notable as Scott Walker's, even if it was short-lived. Judging from the music here, it is a shame the band only lasted for one album and a pair of singles. The music is on a par with the best psychedelic and pop music of the time period. It was only due to record company indifference in the UK that prevented the band from going further. As The Walker Brothers were huge in Japan, Gary travelled there with his new band and the album was released in that country, but as the two singles the band did (both covers, and rather uninspired compared to the first-rate album tracks) flopped in the UK, the album wasn't released in England. What a shame, as one listen will blow your mind. Only a muddy-sounding bootleg of this album has appeared prior to this, but the sound here is crystal-clear and gorgeous, rendering the boot absolutely unnecessary. For lovers of psych/freakbeat, late 60s UK pop, "Album No. 1" by Gary Walker and The Rain (featuring Paul Crane from The Cryin' Shames of "Please Stay" fame and Joey Molland, future Badfinger guitarist) is a must-have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Third Walker Brother April 15, 2007
By wrbtu
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD because I'm a big Walker Bros. fan, & this is Gary Walker's group. I wasn't expecting much, just a chance for Gary to do something without the help of Scott & John, the two great Walkers vocalists. Gary never drummed for the Walkers (for contactual reasons, although he was previously a member of the Standells), so I was surprised to find a solid R&R album, with a few psychedelic songs on it. They even do a Gary Walker cover version, & do it better than he did solo (due to the superior vocals here). Good fuzz guitar too, & one of the better songs sounds quite a bit in the mold of The Amboy Dukes in their prime! Definitely a CD I will keep listening to, for the quality of the music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gary Walker & The Rain - 'Album No. 1' (Mercury) October 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1968, as this was the British Invasion band's only record. Better than what I had expected. Tracks that make this CD a keeper are "Magazine Woman" (has a good beat and a cool psychedelic vibe to it), "Sun Shines", their cover of the Classics IV's "Spooky" (band gives a nice touch to this gem), "If You Don't Come Back" and the sort of Byrds-like "Whatever Happened To Happy". Couldn't locate much info online about the band, but I do know they featured guitarist - future Badfinger member Joey Moland. Recommended for fans of the Herd, Kinks, early Who and John's Children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Walker & the Rain January 10, 2009
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Gary Walker & The Rain
Gary Walker & the Rain comprised ex Masterminds Joey Molland, ex Universals bassist John Lawson, rhythm guitar Mike Williams and Paul Crane previously with the Cryan Shames who co-wrote the freakbeat "If You Don't Come Back", oodling in crescendo feedback. Gary Walker & the Rain put out their debut "Spooky", previously an original hit for Classic IV. Further tracks like "View", the Badfinger template "Thoughts Of An Old Man" and "The Market Tavern" hit the charts in Japan, while covers included Bonnie Dobson's "Morning Dew" and Tim Hardin's "If I Were A Carpenter". Slowly Joey Molland's buzz guitar infiltrated Crane's repertoire namely "Francis", a dampening effect on the solitary electric harpsichord of "I Promise To Love You" or "The Sun Shines". The demise of the Rain had everything to do with the gifted Joey Molland who had written superb psychedelic material like the dazzling "Magazine Woman" and "Take A Look". Joey's was predictably hi-jacked by Badfinger while Lawson defected to Lace, a group that evolved from Honeybus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of 60's music July 2, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Brilliant LP, the Japanese version here is a lovely piece of artwork/packaging. I did have the standard Euro version but found out it was a bootleg with resultant crap audio quality.... it is hard not to be duped into a bootleg as many sellers are selling the unofficial version as if it were the official release. The sound quality on this Japanese version is stunning. Very happy to finally listen to this as it should be listened too.
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