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4 Mar 2017

The Chessmen 1964-66 Canada Garage Psych Rock,Beat

The Chessmen 1964-66  Canada Garage Psych Rock,Beat
The Chessmen formed in Vancouver B.C. in 1963 and first released an instrumental 45 of “Meadowlands” and “Mustang” on London Records. Their follow up single featured Terry Jacks on Vocals singing “The Way You Fell” and “She Comes By Night” which reached #4 on the local charts. Members Terry Jacks on Rhythm Guitar and Guy Sobell on Lead Guitar were joined by several different bassists and drummers during the band’s existance including members Bill Lockie, Al Wiertz, Miles Kingan, Larry Borisoff, Kenny Moore and Duris Maxwell. The Band travelled to Nashville in 1965 with a newly added member Bruce Peterson, who played electric ‘Chordovox’ accordion. In Nashville they recorded two singles for Mercury records before their break up in July 1966. 

This long awaited CD contains all of The Chessmen’s single fully re-mastered from the original master tapes under the supervision of Terry Jacks. Also included are bonus rockin’ tracks of the band playing live in 1966 and an unreleased track from their first recording session. Rich historic booklet contains never before seen photos of the band shot by award winning Vancouver photographer Franz Lindner (1999-2010) and the full story of The Chessmen from day one...............

Primarily remembered as Terry Jacks' first band, this Vancouver, B.C. ensemble cut four singles during their brief career (1963-66). Core members included Guy Sobell (lead guitarist and founder) and Bruce Peterson (electric accordion); with various drummers and bassists (e.g. Bill Lockie, Al Wiertz, Miles Kingan and Larry Borisoff) passing through the rhythm section's revolving door. Billing themselves as "The Modern Rock Quartet, " they began as frat-house instrumentalists but quickly progressed to mainstream pop. Their first 45, "Meadowlands" b/w "Mustang" (London 17334), was an inspired reworking of (of all things!) an old Russian folk song, and spotlighted Sobell's lightning-fast flat-picking. "The Way You Fell" b/w "She Comes By Night" (London 17340) debuted Jacks' soft, saccharine vocals and hit #2 locally. The A-side invokes the Grassroots or the Cascades, the flip is an odd grave-rock dirge. Still, both tracks demonstrate Jacks' growing talent as a songwriter (fortunate, for the band found his rhythm guitar work abysmal and had considered dumping him!). Despite U.S. airplay in Chicago and the Midwest, two further 45's met with general indifference, and in 1966, the Chessmen retired from the board. Jacks, briefly affiliating with the Poppy Family, later found fame as the author of the memorably maudlin, "Seasons In The Sun." The Chessmen's "Meadowlands" resurfaced on the History Of Vancouver Rock, Volume 1 (Vancouver Record Collectors' Association VRCA 003, 1987), and both sides of the group's second single appeared on the History Of Vancouver Rock, Volume 2 (Vancouver Record Collectors' Association VRCA 002, 1985) Stansted Montfichet................

A few strong songs make this worth getting... if you don;t overpay 10 de noviembre de 2016 
Por Dave from the States - Publicado en 
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The Way You Fell is a gem, despite the sometimes clumsy lyrics & a vocal stumble, plus For Runnin' Wild is a very good song- later covered by Jacks with the Poppy Family. A nice example of Canadian pop in the '60s... just don't expect too much. (Hot & cold, like the Guess Who's music of a slightly later period in the '60s)...............

1 Love Didn't Die 
2 For Running Wild 
3 The Way You Fell 
4 Meadowlands 
Written-By – Viktor Gusev*, Lev Knipper* 
5 You Lost Your Game 
6 What's Causing This Sensation 
7 She Comes By Night 
8 Mustang 
Written-By – Lordan*, Mould* 
9 When I'm Not There 
10 There's No Blood In Bone 
11 (Instrumental Break) 
12 Wild Thing 
Written-By – Chip Taylor 
13 You Lost Your Game (Early Band Track Demo)

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