Roots Of British Beat

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 17 Sep 2012

'Seriously seismic stuff!' SHINDIG!

'A worthy concept that could make you look with fresh eyes at some old faves.' VINTAGE ROCK

'Neat collection of half a century of classic tracks that were mangled by British beat groups in the ’60s' NOW DIG THIS

'The premise is good and the track selection offers an insight into the variety of music that excited British musicians about 50 years ago' RECORD COLLECTOR

CAT No: FVDD146UPC TEXT: 5055311001463

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50 American Records That Shaped The British InvasionIt’s well-documented that a seminal array of epoch-making American R&B, blues and rock ’n’ roll songs provided the inspirational well-spring for the UK’s major 1960s musical movements; from the Mersey Beat boom led by the Beatles to West London’s blues revolution as spearheaded by the Rolling Stones.

Roots Of British Beat’s immaculate selection gathers together 50 hugely-influential tunes reaped from the goldmine of nuggets on which these artists built their early sets and drew inspiration for later triumphs and milestones. Introduced by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Spencer Leigh, and compiled and annotated by Fantastic Voyage’s own Lorne Murdoch, the set’s two CD-shaped firecrackers uncork a gamut of songs covered by British and Irish bands during the Boom years between 1962-1966, most hits at the time, many going on to become staples of a wide variety of artists’ repertoires over the ensuing decades. Fantastic Voyage has approached this crucial area with its customary passion and knowledge, meaning well-known outings such as Little Richard’s ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’, John D. Loudermilk’s ‘Tobacco Road’, Barrett Strong’s ‘Money (That What I Want)’ and Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘The Red Rooster’ can rub shoulders with much-loved tracks which may raise an eyebrow in their original form; the Drifters’ ‘Sweets For My Sweets’ as swept to chart-topping glory by the Searchers in 1963. Memories may also be reawakened with unashamed nostalgic joy, as the Crickets’ yearning ‘Someone, Someone’ (as taken to the to the top in 1964 by Brian Poole & the Tremeloes) looms as a former B-side along with the same year’s future Stones hit ‘Not Fade Away’.

The set also boasts crucial blues boom missiles by the likes of Bo Diddley and Slim Harpo. Other names looming large on this inestimably-enjoyable collection include Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Larry Williams, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ben E. King, Arthur Alexander, Sam Cooke, Lee Dorsey, Mary Wells, Gene Vincent, Bobby Darin, Ray Charles, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, the Coasters, the Shirelles, the Clovers and the Isley Brothers, true to form joined by lesser-known figures including Chan Romero, Johnny Love and Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs. The repercussions of these tracks were seismic. To encounter them under the same roof is both euphoric and fascinating.



  1. Little Richard: Good Golly, Miss Molly
  2. Barrett Strong: Money (That's What I Want)
  3. Buddy Holly: True Love Ways
  4. The Coasters: Poison Ivy
  5. Roy Orbison: Candy Man
  6. Howlin' Wolf: The Red Rooster
  7. Chuck Berry: Reelin And Rocking
  8. Larry Williams: Slow Down
  9. The Shirelles: Boys
  10. The Crickets: Someone, Someone
  11. John D. Loudermilk: Tobacco Road
  12. Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put A Spell On You
  13. Fats Domino: My Girl Josephine
  14. Ray Charles: My Bonnie
  15. The Drifters: Please Stay
  16. Bo Diddley: I'm A Man
  17. Lee Dorsey: Ya Ya
  18. Prince La La: She Put The Hurt On Me
  19. Mary Wells: Bye Bye Baby
  20. Bobby Darin: I'll Be There
  21. Bobby Day: Rockin’ Robin
  22. The Coasters: Searchin'
  23. Don & Bob: Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl
  24. The Clovers: Love Potion No. 9
  25. Gene Vincent: You'll Never Walk Alone


  1. The Isley Brothers: Shout (Part 1)
  2. Gene Vincent: Ain't She Sweet
  3. Brenda Lee: Sweet Nothin's
  4. Bobby Day: Over And Over
  5. Slim Harpo: Don't Start Cryin' Now
  6. Ray Charles: What'd I Say
  7. The Coasters: (Ain't That) Just Like Me
  8. The Crickets: Not Fade Away
  9. Carl Perkins: Honey, Don’t!
  10. Hank Thompson: The Wild Side Of Life
  11. Elvis Presley: My Baby Left Me
  12. Fats Domino: No, No
  13. Ben E. King: Spanish Harlem
  14. LaVern Baker: Bumble Bee
  15. Chuck Berry: Memphis, Tennessee
  16. Chris Kenner: I Like It Like That, Part 1
  17. Gary U.S. Bonds: New Orleans
  18. Johnny Love: Chills And Fever
  19. The Rays: Silhouettes
  20. Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs: Stay
  21. Sam Cooke: Wonderful World
  22. The Drifters: Sweets For My Sweet
  23. Arthur Alexander: A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
  24. Chuck Berry: Bye Bye Johnny
  25. Chan Romero: The Hippy Hippy Shake