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25 Feb 2017

Gary Walker & The Rain “Album no 1"1968 UK mega rare Psych Pop Rock Garage Beat that was only released in Japan in Philips label the rare of the rarest..!

Gary Walker & The Rain “Album no 1"1968 UK mega rare Psych Pop Rock Garage Beat  that was only released in Japan in Philips label  the rare of the rarest..!
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1968 album, previously only released in Japan. Gary Walker was the drummer in the legendary Walker Brothers and this is was debut, and only, solo album. The least-likely-to Walker Brother cut this hard-hitting, Who-inspired, Pop Psych album with an excellent, hand-picked band and is purportedly the first to ever be recorded in '3D'. His band, The Rain, featured future Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland. This is the first time it has been officially out on CD, and includes the extremely rare single 'Gary's Theme' as a bonus. Universal. 2009............

"If You Don't Come Back" is an absolute MONSTER heavy psych track, hiding away on this super-rare psych pop/rock album. The rest of the tracks range from iffy (30%) to good (40%) to excellent (30%).

Worth finding for psych pop fans, and seriously worth finding for heavy psych rugrats like myself who're always looking for some random track that doesn't really sound like the rest of the album on account of how preposterously heavy it is............

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.....ByFredric A. Cooper.........

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.............ByF. N. Noone............

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.......ByMike Reed.......

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.........By S. Kelly...............

The Rain’s reign was brief, but they left behind a genuine “lost” album which has only recently seen the light of day outside Japan and which will come as a pleasant surprise to aficionados of Brit psych.

Gary Leeds was only ever a third wheel to the Walker Brothers, a non-singing drummer thumping the tubs on live dates and TV appearances and providing a further piece of eye candy for the photo shoots. However, such was the impact of the Walkers in Europe and Japan that, when the trio folded, Gary was easily convinced by conniving manager Maurice King to put together a new band in England on the basis of his kudos as a former Walker. He was fortunate enough to recruit two capable Merseybeat veterans, Joey Molland (vocal, lead gtr) and Paul “Charlie” Crane (vocal, keys, gtr), plus reliable London bassist John Lawson.

Allegedly Molland’s interview ran thus. Leeds: “You look like Paul McCartney. Can you sing like him?” Molland: “Yes”. L: “Can you play guitar like Eric Clapton?” M: “Yes”. L: “You’re in.” Serendipitously, he really could do both, besides proving an adept songwriter. Lawson got the job on the basis of his Gene Clark-like good looks and his orange jacket and purple loons; such are the vagaries of rock showbiz. Unashamedly cashing in on Leeds’s celebrity, the outfit would be known as Gary Walker and the Rain.

The band’s recording career kicked off with a passable cover of “Spooky” that failed to show in the UK or America but sold well in Japan, where the Walkers had belatedly achieved godlike status. On the basis of this UK Polydor permitted them to record an album, but then inexplicably refused to release it. Only in Japan, where the band’s local label, Philips, was crying out for further product, did it hit the shelves; its title there was Album No. 1, which follows a Japanese penchant for such unambiguous nomenclature whilst appearing pretty humdrum to Western sensibilities.

On the ensuing tour of Japan the band were mobbed by teenage girls, with the lion’s share of the attention going to the drum-stool god rather than to the talented but unknown front line. Sadly, Beat Era heroes were less in vogue in the UK by 1968; the gigs dried up, two subsequent single releases tanked, and the band called it a day just a year after coming together. Molland went on to be a cornerstone of Badfinger, while Crane became a noted music publisher. Leeds enjoyed a brief renaissance when the Walkers reunited in the mid-70s.

The album itself proves gratifyingly to be a distinctive pop-psych set falling somewhere between a pre-Tommy Who, an un-flanged early Status Quo and a nascent Badfinger. The slightly hazy production was by ex-Four Pennies bassist Fritz Fryer, who enlisted much inventive studio trickery to enhance the uncompromisingly basic eight-track recording facilities. The leadoff track “Magazine Woman” sets out the stall, with choppy rhythm, stun-gun lead guitar, delightful rough-edged harmonies and “Taxman” rip-off bassline.

The ensuing tracks move from late Merseybeat through freakbeat to proto-metal, some played straight, others psychedelically treated. Notable are “Thoughts Of An Old Man”, distinctly Pepper-ish musically and lyrically; “Francis”, a crunchy, stereo-tastic garage rocker chronicling the adventures of an elderly philanderer; and a totally wigged-out cover of Lieber and Stoller’s venerable “If You Don’t Come Back” in best Jeff Beck Band style with thudding backing and shards of barely controlled guitar feedback. The original album closes with two ballads: the harpsichord-driven pop-baroque “I Promise To Love You” and the gentle countrified acoustic “Whatever Happened to Happy”.

The album finally hit the Western World as a CD in 2009, boosted by the band’s sole post-album track and both sides of a single recorded earlier by Gary with some Japanese musicians styled the Carnabeats. The B-side of this is unselfconsciously wet-yourself hilarious. Why? I ain’t telling; you’ll have to get the album to find out.
by Len Liechti...........

Ex Walker Brother's member Gary, tunes on in to the Psych era with this ULTRA rare, Japanese only Lp (....recently reissued on vinyl**) which mostly is pleasant, decent Psych Pop but not too distinctive....with the exception of the lead in track "Magazine Woman", a killer 60's psych track with some truly awesome fuzz guitar work, and which lyric wise keeps good company alongside The Who's "Pictures Of Lily" in the popular "ode to masturbation" sub-category of 60's rock.

Band member, Joey Molland, later joined "Badfinger"...............

Suprised I'm the first to write a review of this great album. This is a true lost classic of the British Psychedelic era. When I first listened to it I wasnt very impressed, but trying it againabit later, I was floored. Most of the tracks are amazing, some of the highlights incude Market Tavern, and the mind blowing track The View. Thier cover of Spooky is almost as energetic and great as Classics IV's version. Orignally released only in Japan, getting an original of this LP is next to impossible, but reissues on vinyl and CD are pretty much easy to find, well worth exploring!! .........

Review: Gary Walker & The Rain Album No. 1 is a classic album from the late '60s period of Jimi Hendrix inspired psychedelic rock and pop music.

The lead-off track, Magazine Woman, features Joey Molland on lead vocals and distorted lead guitar and Paul Crane on piano. John Lawson's bass guitar is prominent in the mix here, as well as during most of the album. The song is similar in style to The Who's Armenia City In The Sky from their "Who Sell Out" LP from late 1967. As a lead-off track for the album, it is rather weak musically and goes on way too long (nearly five minutes). It's hard to imagine how this got released as a single in Japan.

The second track, The Sun Shines, is a pretty straightforward song with a bouncy beat that doesn't use any musical gimmicks. This track falls under the Power Pop category. It features most of the group singing together, and has no lead guitar or solo. Joey Molland plays rhythm guitar throughout the entire track.

Doctor, Doctor, the album's third track, features an interesting bass line from John Lawson. This song may also be inspired by The Who; a track of the same title written by John Entwistle was released in 1967 as the B-side to The Who's Picture Of Lily. Paul Crane sings lead for most of the track.

The 4th track on the CD, I Can't Stand To Lose You, was originally released as the B-side of the Rain's first single, Spooky. It is one of the most commercial sounding tracks on the album, and many critics believe it should have been the A-side, especially in the U.K. where Spooky was a commercial flop on the Pop charts. I Can't Stand To Lose You features Paul Crane's piano playing as the main instrument and has no lead guitar part. Gary Walker's drum fills keep the song's driving beat going without a break.

Market Tavern is the story of all the actual people who frequented the pub at 144 York Way as narrated in song by Paul Crane. A phasing effect is used sporadically throughout the track, sometimes applied to the cymbals and sometimes to the entire recording. Joey's guitar licks, played occasionally during the song, are played straight, without any distortion or effects.

Track 6 is the first of three cover versions on the album. Spooky was recorded as the first single and was an American hit at the beginning of 1968 (also peaking at #3) on the Imperial label by the Jacksonville, Florida pop band, Classics IV. It has now become a perennial Halloween classic. Gary Walker & The Rain's version is a straight copy of the hit version featuring Paul Crane's smooth lead vocals, making this into a #3 song in Japan. To faithfully reproduce the original version of the song, this song required a rhythm/lead guitar line-up, rather than piano/lead guitar, and of course, added on top of all of this is the "spooky" keyboard part. In place of the original sax solo is Joey Molland's fairly simple guitar solo. In my opinion, this version is superior because of the overall better sound & vocals, despite the missing saxophone.

The next track, Take A Look, is another Joey Molland composition. This is one of the highlights of the entire album, with its catchy guitar hook and group harmonizing. It's just a shame that this is also the shortest track. The instrumentation here features a second guitar again instead of the piano.

The View, a Gary/Joey collaboration, is another album highlight, with another excellent Crane lead vocal and some tasty guitar licks from Joey. This song documents the scene where a man is contemplating suicide from a 13th floor ledge of a building. The instrumentation here sounds the same as the previous track.

Track 9 is my favorite on the album. If You Don't Come Back is a psychedelic, Jimi Hendrix inspired cover of The Drifters recording of this little known Leiber & Stoller composition, which was originally issued on the "Under The Boardwalk" LP in 1964. John Lawson does an amazing job singing this in the same style as The Drifters, and Joey Molland expands the length of the original song by jamming with the band for several minutes, making generous use of controlled guitar feedback [The original song had no solo and was only 2:39]. The song also allows Gary to demonstrate his drumming abilities.

Track 10 is another narrative type song like The View and another Gary/Joey collaboration, this time sung by Joey. The lyrics tell the tale of a sad old man's life. Unfortunately, Thoughts Of An Old Man is one of the weakest and most uninteresting tracks musically by Gary Walker & The Rain. The piano is featured here again, in place of a second guitar.

Francis, track 11 on the LP, is a group composition. The song really rocks out, with Joey playing his best Eric Clapton guitar licks, and is probably the best song that the group self-penned. It's hard to believe that this ended up on the B-side to their final release in January of 1969, Come In, You'll Get Pneumonia, which was a huge flop in the U.K. Francis is a "Can't Buy Me Love" type song about a rich womanizer who can't get himself a wife.

The following track is the lightest sounding of the entire LP and borders on Bubblegum music, probably the most extreme change in styles you're ever going to hear from one track to the next on any album. Paul Crane's, I Promise To Love You, features harpischord as the main instrument and a rhythm track of piano and acoustic guitar.

Finally, the end of the album brings us to the third cover version on the album, Gary Bonner & Alan Gordon's composition, What Ever Happened To Happy? Bonner & Gordon are well known for writing The Turtle's biggest hit, Happy Together. Two versions of this song were issued early in 1968, one by female singer, Jackie DeShannon and the other by San Francisco group, the Mojo Men. Being a more "Folkie" type of song, this track features acoustic guitar, finger snaps, and hand claps.

Overall, Gary Walker & The Rain Album No. 1 is a very diverse album as far as musical styles, and probably has at least one song that appeals to everyone, whether you like straight rock, psychedelic rock, power pop, light pop, or folk.

Bonus Review: Come In, You'll Get Pneumonia, the last song recorded and issued by Gary Walker & The Rain is a non-LP single released in January of 1969. It was a single written & released by the Australian group, The Easybeats, who are most well known for their hit single, Friday On My Mind. The Rain's version is pretty much an exact copy of the arrangement that The Easybeats used with almost the exact same orchestral parts. This song failed as a single for Gary Walker & The Rain, as it's not a very commercial song, being more of a novelty song than the standard pop music fare.
Tom Brennan, May, 2007.................

Gary Walker And The Rain
*Gary Walker - Drums, Vocals
*Paul Crane - Lead Vocals, Guitar
*Joey Molland - Guitar, Vocals
*John Lawson - Bass

A1 Magazine Woman
A2 The Sun Shines
A3 Doctor Doctor
A4 I Can’t Stand To Lose You
A5 Market Tavern
A6 Spooky
B1 Take A Look
B2 The View
B3 If You Don’t Come Back
B4 Thoughts Of An Old Man
B5 Francis
B6 I Promise To Love You
B7 Whatever Happened To Happy

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