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Beg, Borrow and Steal The Complete Cameo Recordings

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The tangled history of the Ohio Express is difficult to unwind, but the one constant in the band s chronology are the guiding hands of legendary bubblegum/garage producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeffrey Katz, whose Super K Productions were behind hits by everybody from the Shadows of Knight to the 1910 Fruitgum Company to the Music Explosion. With regard to the Ohio Express, their first hit ( Beg, Borrow and Steal ) was actually a song recorded by another band: the Rare Breed, who recorded it for Attack Records in 1966. The Cameo label then re-mixed and released the song, which went to #29 on the 1967 charts but they had no band to promote it, as the Rare Breed had left Super K Productions, never to record again! So, a Mansfield, Ohio band named Sir Timothy & the Royals was hired to tour and to lay down more tracks under the Ohio Express name, some with them and some with a house band fronted by Royals/Express vocalist Dale Powers, with two songs ( I Find I Think of You and the unreleased Life Is a Mystery ) written/co-written by none other than a young Joe Walsh! Now, for the first time, ABKCO and Real Gone Music have assembled ALL the tracks recorded by this legendary bubblegum band for the Cameo label, including the entire Beg, Borrow and Steal album, four single sides and two unreleased tracks. ABKCO s Grammy-winning engineer Teri Landi has lovingly compiled all 17 songs from the original analog tapes; Jim Allen provides the liner notes. A must for 60s bubblegum and garage fans!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Beg, Borrow and Steal
  2. And It s True
  3. Had to Be Me
  4. Let Go
  5. Soul Struttin
  6. Try It
  7. I Know We ll Be Together
  8. I Find I Think of You
  9. Stop and Take a Look Around
  10. Hard Times
  11. It s Too Groovy
  12. Beg, Borrow and Steal (Single Version)
  13. Maybe
  14. Try It
  15. Soul Struttin
  16. Roses Are Red
  17. Life Is a Mystery

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 29, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B00I4F0IBY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RNR Scrapbook on May 17, 2014
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There are a lot of myths surrounding the Ohio Express, one of the top bands of the late '60s bubblegum pop explosion. The overwhelming myth is that they only existed in the studio, faceless session cats churning out catchy songs for Joey Levine to add his nasally voice to. This CD reissue of the first Ohio Express LP on Cameo Records finally sets that myth straight.

The sound of an oncoming train segues into the LP title track, originally released on a single under the name of the Rare Breed. The Rare Breed are, in fact, a New York garage band called the Conquests. The Conquests, after recording another track or two for the Kasenetz & Katz production team, have split with the pop Svengalis, who now have no band to promote their surefire hit.

Enter Sir Timothy & The Royals, a band from Mansfield, Ohio, with a loyal following all over their home state. They are brought to Kasenetz and Katz's attention by the manager of another local group the Chosen Few, who have recently had some success as the Music Explosion. The Royals are drafted by the big city producers to promote the Rare Breed single, with the first order of business being to drop their former Anglophilic name in favor of the Ohio Express, a name meant to endear the band with the Midwest audience.

The newly christened Ohio Express went into a New York studio to cut some tracks for an album including the hit single. But they are not the only band to share the grooves with the former Royals. The lilting harmony pop of the LPs second song, "And It's True," is actually a product of the Measles, a Cleveland band featuring the guitar talents of a young future Eagle, Joe Walsh.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TJ Ohio on May 1, 2014
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Grew up in the sixties and The Ohio Express was a part of the music that brings back fond memories of my youth. I am a collector of music and being able to add this CD to my collection was great. Sound quality is good and the additional bonus of previously unreleased material enhances it even more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nosedrip007 on November 16, 2014
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I am so happy to have purchsed this. I used to have this on vinyl but I never had a clue until recently that the recording of the music was the work of several bands but interestingly my favorite song "And It's True" off the original album turned out to by by Joe Walsh with the Measles. Something I only learned at the time of this purchase only 2 weeks ago. I am also very delighted by the added bonus tracks also by the Measles. Mystery Of Life is a beautiful; folk rock gem with Joe Walsh singing lead and Maybe is a very nice instrumentel version of And Its True which I originally got from a home compiled 200 plus cd volumes called the Lost Jukebox series Basically it is a great cd with great sound qualiity but I would I say the greatest stand out track were by the Measles whose other songs I hope to see surface some day as they stayed together for 10 years though Walsh moved on very early in their existence. Also I hope the Yummy album is eventually reissued on cd as that album has some very interesting tracks.
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