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Yes It Is Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered

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Remastered reissue of 1970 power-pop classic includes six bonus tracks, 'Biggest Gossip In Town' (45 version), 'You Say' (B-side), 'Julian The Hooligan' (45 version), 'Stayed Out Last Night' (45 version), 'Frankie Joe' (non-LP single), & 'Lonely Norman' (non-LP single). Rev-Ola. 2004.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Biggest Gossip In Town
  2. Oh, Carol I'm So Sad
  3. You're Spending All My Money
  4. Baby Walk Out With Your Darlin' Man
  5. Don't You Ever Think I Cry
  6. Yes It Is
  7. Stayed Out Late Last Night
  8. Delicate Situation
  9. Son, Son
  10. Golden Opportunity
  11. I'm Trying To Forget You
  12. Julian The Hooligan
  13. Biggest Gossip In Town (45 Version) (Bonus Track)
  14. You Say (Non Album B-Side) (Bonus Track)
  15. Julian The Hooligan (45 Version) (Bonus Track)
  16. Stayed Out Late Last Night (45 Version) (Bonus Track)
  17. Frankie Joe (Non Album Single) (Bonus Track)
  18. Lonely Norman (Non Album Single) (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 31, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • ASIN: B00020QX90
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Bomp's Greg Shaw spun off the Voxx subsidiary, his first single was a reissue of this British group's outstanding 1971 single, "Biggest Gossip in Town." It was just the kick in the head many of us needed to reappraise something Shaw had declared the greatest power-pop song of all time. While perhaps hyperbolic, the claim wasn't completely unfounded, as the tune flawlessly evokes '60s girlgroup (Shirelles), pop jangle (Neil Sedaka, Manfred Mann) and bubblegum (Archies).

Rockin' Horse deftly squeezed themselves into a second wave of British Invasion bands that had roots in the original Mersey Beat (band members Billy Kinsley and Tony Crane had played in The Merseys, and Jimmy Campbell had played in numerous Liverpool bands), but had also been schooled by the '60s folk revival (Campbell was a staple on the British scene) and latter-day psychedelic sounds. The result is heavily influenced by both the early and later works of the Beatles (and disciples such as Badfinger and the Beau Brummels), inventively crossing sharply introspective and tremendously sad lyrics with the bright rock sounds of the '60s.

Rev-Ola's deluxe reissue augments the original album's dozen tracks with four original mono 45 mixes and a pair of non-LP sides. Extensive liner notes and a song-by-song discussion with Billy Kinsley round out a full package (all that's missing are the Radio One sessions described in the liners!). Note that the original Hipgnosis-designed cover (of mirrored horse heads) has been replaced with a photo of the band; the original cover is shown inside the booklet in miniature.

This is a record firmly rooted in the optimistic melodies of the '60s, but with a forward look to the singer-songwriter introspection of the '70s.
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If you could see me right now, you'd see me jumping up and down screaming

I can't believe I didn't know this came out on CD. In the early 1970's I

discovered Jimmy Campbell and fell madly in love with his voice and his

pathos. His sense of humor, his spirit, his intelligence and originality sparked my imagination like no other singer/songwriter at the time. I have been trying to get my Jimmy Campbell collection on CD for the longest time and I would be thrilled if the other three solo lps "Half-Baked", "Jimmy Campbell" and "Son of Anastasia" were to come out as well.

I have to take credit for getting the "Biggest Gossip In Town" out on Greg Shaw's Voxx label. I knew it was perfect for Voxx and I was right.

If you haven't ever heard these lp's scour the bins at flea markets until you find them. I loved them all so much I bought back-up copies and still keep a record player in the house JUST so I can play them.

Anyway, Rockin' Horse was the Merseybeat incarnation of Jimmy Campbell.

Billy Kinsley (from the Merseybeats).

The songs are wonderful, a sweet reminder of everything that was good about Liverpool in the 60's.

IF you love this kind of music buy this immediately...as I said I am

soooooooooooooooooooo excited I'm dancing around the house, and I almost never do that anymore.

On a personal note: Jimmy-if you read this or anyone you know reads it, I still love you madly and miss you and I would pay ANYTHING to get a copy of "New Girl Writing Me Letters From the Bronx."
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"Biggest Gossip in Town" is accurately named as one of the greatest power pop songs of all time. It's the best song on this album, but if you already have it from some other CD, don't bother with the rest of this disc. Nothing else here is remotely as good as "Gossip." In fact, "Gossip" sounds like it was recorded by another group altogether, perhaps because (as the liner notes reveal) it was the very last song recorded in the sessions for this album. While "Gossip" is bursting with girl-group and Mersey-beat energy, the other songs on the album are weak-to-crudely written and produced. They are decorated with some late-Beatles production and arrangement mannerisms, but these can't disguise the lameness of the songs. I'm sorry to have to report this, because I certainly had high hopes for this CD. The "Liverpool Echo" CD, which Amazon's machinery is pairing up with Rockin' Horse, is a much better (if not 100% successful) example of early 70s Beatle-influenced rock. Neither of these CDs comes close to inspired work of the Poppees (1970s) and Spongetones (1980s-2000s) in the area of Beatles-esque pop.
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