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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Fortes Mentum ‎ “Saga Of A Wrinkled Man - Mr Partridge Passed Away Today” single 7" 1968 + “I Can’t Go On Loving You- Humdiggle We Love You” 1968 single 7" + “Gotta Go - Marrakesh ” 1969 single 7" + Pussy / Fortes Mentum ‎ “Pussy Plays Plus / Humdiggle We Love You” 2 × CD, Compilation 2009 UK Psych Rock,Power Pop


Fortes Mentum ‎ “Saga Of A Wrinkled Man - Mr Partridge Passed Away Today” single 7" 1968 + “I Can’t Go On Loving You- Humdiggle We Love You” 1968 single 7" + “Gotta Go - Marrakesh ” 1969 single 7" + Pussy / Fortes Mentum ‎ “Pussy Plays Plus / Humdiggle We Love You” 2 × CD, Compilation 2009  UK Psych Rock,Power Pop

full all singles on vk

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Fortes Mentum ‎ on youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_-DJCUDVs8&list=PLGkeRiGAYgau1t17AAc3BM0x36sdKeSxD

Fortes Mentum ‎ official website

http://www.fortesmentum.com/

Fortes Mentum ‎  on soundcloud ny Sir Henry

https://soundcloud.com/fortes-mentum

Fortes Mentum ‎ full all mp3`s

http://liefond.com/tune/2097178242.1325476981-fortes-mentum-we-built-the-sun



Danny Beckerman was a staff writer at Morgan Music in 1966 and wanted to get a band together to record his own material. 
He decided on talented London musicians Frank Bennett (3) on vocals, Ron Regan (2) on bass, Keith Giles (2) (ex Him & The Others) on drums, Alan Ward (4) on organ and Barry Clark on lead guitar. 
Originally Danny didn’t want to be part of the band but as they all got on well together the other guys persuaded him to join them 
They released three singles as Fortes Mentum. 
Despite a good following, the band never made any money although they performed all over London and the UK. 
In March 1969 they were offered a unique opportunity to work in Germany. Unfortunately Alan and Barry had very good ‘day jobs’ and they didn’t want to give them up. 
They were replaced by Rod Creasy on keyboards and Paul Coles on lead guitar. 
This line up worked the famous Top 10 Club in Hamburg and the K52 Club in Frankfurt. It was at the Starlight Ballroom later on that Frank and Danny had a falling out. Danny decided to pursue his career in songwriting and so left the band. Bob Flag (ex-Riot Squad) joined on saxophone and flute. 
After further lineup changes, Fortes Mentum disbanded around a year later due to lack of gigs…..



The Story of Fortes Mentum 
For years now I have listened to my old man prattle on about the great band he was with when he was only a baby of nineteen. 'We were Stars’ he cries into his cocoa when he reminisces about his pals (all in their sixties now too) and the wonderful time they had in the unforgettable, 'Swinging Sixties’ . Although they do say that if you remember it you weren’t there! I would need a cherry picker to get onto my four inch platform boots, I now suffer from hay fever, I drive a 'proper’ car and the hair had to go when 'afro combs’ disappeared off the shelves of Boots the Chemist! Anyway, he wore me down and I too became a boring old fart just like him, (Whatever happened to my skinny hot pants, my flower power, my Mini and my afro hair? Oh, sad is me…… The pants wouldn’t go over one cheek now! Eventually, around 2001 I Iooked up Fortes Mentum on the Internet and well, astonished is the only description I can think of (though after three Gin and Tonics I can do better). 
After forty years, Fortes Mentum, the great London band, have become a 'Psychedelic Pop’ cult band! And their old singles are changing hands for serious dosh! After a little bit of detective work we discovered that a former member of the band was living in Australia and was keeping Fortis Mentum alive by re-releasing the old records. The lovely Danny Beckerman, piano player with Fortes and later with popsike band 'Pussy’ was by now a world renowned musician and had moved to Australia from New York after 9/11. When we re-established contact with him he sadly informed us that he was suffering from terminal lung cancer. E mails passed between us and we promised to try and meet up somewhere but it never happened. Danny Beckerman, the founder of Fortes Mentum died in 2006 (more about Danny later) 
No one seemed to know an awful lot about Fortes Mentum and I decided as a gift to my stage struck hubby and to all his lovely friends from Fortus Mentum I would collate as much memorabilia as I could and put it out onto the web so that others can enjoy it too. Forgive my ramblings as I write but please enjoy the content. I will tell you all I can about the different 'Phases of Fortes’ (sounds like 'Sons of Sam’ !) and please let me know any stories or amendments you’d like to share. I ’ll show you what the lads are now doing, Most of them are still in the Entertainment business in one way or another, and hopefully I’ll get up to date photographs of them for you to laugh at. Now this is not an easy task.. Fortes Mentum are all over the world and by the time I get the latest photographs off them, (and add hair, and erase wrinkles) it may well be that we all are,by then, living on different planets! Did I hear you say, 'just like the sixties’? ….Maggie Regan….~ 


 Fortes Mentum and Pussy 

Fortes Mentum delivered and released three killer 45s in the late sixties including the great freakbeat 45 “She’s Got Eyes That Tell Lies” and “I Can’t Go On Loving You”. Band members Danny Beckerman & Barry Clark also formed the studio band Pussy while still being involved with Fortes Mentum. 
They conceived the idea for Pussy and started writing the first track “Come back June”. “After we finished this track Monty Babson and others at Morgan Studios gave us the go ahead to finish the Album.” states Barry Clark who then went on to find musicians to make up the rest of the band. 
Again during studio down time the record was slowly put together with G.E.A.B. being a studio jam. Pussy Plays is now regarded by many a record collector as one of the finest U.K. psychedelic LPs of it’s time with copies changing hands for large sums of money….Morgan Blue Town Records….~ 




Fortes Mentum Mark l Musicians 
Ron Regan (2) - Bass Player 
Frank Bennett (3) - Vocals 
Barry Clark - Lead Guitar 
Alan Ward (4) - Organist 
Keith Giles (2) - Drums /Vocals 
Danny Beckerman (Deceased 2006) - Piano/Song Writer 

Fortes Mentum Mark ll Musicians 
Ron Regan (2) - Bass Player 
Frank Bennett (3) - Vocals 
Keith Giles (2) - Drums /Vocals 
Rod Creasy (Deceased 2005) - Organ 
Bob Flag - (ex Riot Squad) - Sax/Flute/Song Writer 
Stuart Wicks - Organ 
Tony McGill - Lead Guitar 
Paul Coles - Lead Guitar (Germany only)




Fortes Mentum ‎ "Saga Of A Wrinkled Man - Mr Partridge Passed Away Today" single 7" 1968 UK

Tracklist 
Saga Of A Wrinkled Man 2:39 
Mr Partridge Passed Away Today 2:44 

Fortes Mentum ‎"I Can't Go On Loving You- Humdiggle We Love You" 1968 single 7"

Tracklist 
I Can't Go On Loving You 3:00 
Humdiggle We Love You 2:22 

Fortes Mentum ‎"Gotta Go - Marrakesh " 1969 single 7"

Tracklist 
Gotta Go 2:48 
Marrakesh 2:25 

Pussy  / Fortes Mentum ‎ "Pussy Plays Plus / Humdiggle We Love You" 2 × CD, Compilation 2009
Pussy Plays by Pussy has languished near the top of collectors’ wants lists for years; an artefact so obscure that many Pussy hounds can have had little idea of what to expect. Was it an under-the-counter 60s sex tape? 
Thankfully, no. Balanced like Blondin on the very fulcrum of psych and prog, Pussy were built upon the prodigious talents of Morgan Studio mainstay and Fortes Mentum keyboardist Danny Beckerman. Pussy Plays originally saw the wan light of a brief day in March 1969, and is a bracingly odd repository of Floydian spaciness, Chocolate Watchband clout and quivering Quatermass electronica. 
Beguiling strangeness abounds: We Built The Sun is a sepulchre of solemnity, but a cow evidently wanders into the loopy astral travelogue of Comets. Meanwhile, the bleak narrative of The Open Ground introduces the word “mushroid” to the lexicon of lysergica, while Tragedy In F Minor channels the weary anomie of Krzysztof Komeda. 
Morgan Blue Town’s expanded CD reissue appends Humdiggle We Love You by Fortes Mentum to the mix – an 18-track compilation of rarities from this most elusive of bands. Pussy Plays itself was also recently available on strictly limited 180gm vinyl as the first release in our RC Rare Vinyl series. Now sold out, you might want to try and catch the next in the series: Red Dirt’s Red Dirt....Record Collector....~ 

Tracklist 
CD 1 (Pussy Plays Plus) 

1. Come Back June 
2. All Of My Life 
3. We Built The Sun 
4. Comets 
5. Tragedy In F Minor 
6. The Open Ground 
7. Everybody's Song 
8. G.E.A.B. 
9. Come Back June (Bonus track performed as Fortes Mentum) 
10. We Bult The Sun (Bonus track performed as Fortes Mentum)

CD 2 (Fortes Memtum - Humdiggle We Love You) 

1. Saga Of A Wrinkled Man 
2. Mr. Partridge Passed Away Today 
3. I Can't Go On Loving You 
4. Humbdiggle We Love You 
5. Gotta Go 
6. Marrakesh 
7. Green Mello Hill (Unreleased version) 
8. Marrakesh (Alternative take) 
9. Gotta Go (Alternative take) 
10. Baby You Gotta Stay 
11. I Love Loving You 
12. I Can't Go On Loving You (Alternative take) 
13. I Can't Go On Loving You (Alternative take) 
14. The Man That Understands (Unreleased) 
15. I Maybe Napoleon (Unreleased) 
16. I Could Have Loved Her (Unreleased) 
17. Harry The Keeper (Unreleased) 
18. Green Mello Hill (Unreleased) 


















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