BRIAN AUGER - The Mod Years 1965 - 1969 (2011)
The twenty-one tracks on this compilation of odds and ends from the '60s don't show up on Auger's regular 1960s albums (both with and without Julie Driscoll). As the title infers, Auger's early recordings were in a more straight-ahead R&B-rock vein than the jazzier and experimental ones he branched into on his albums, although you can certainly hear a good deal of Jimmy Smith-style playing on these cuts. The disc starts off with half a dozen 1967-68 items that are most likely from non-LP singles credited to Driscoll, Auger, and the Trinity (the liner notes are resolutely unhelpful in this respect), with Julie Driscoll singing on all but one. These are probably the most interesting, progressive elements on the compilation, including covers of Bob Dylan's "This Wheel's on Fire" and "I Am a Lonesome Hobo," David Ackles' "Road to Cairo," and a strong moody original by bassist David Ambrose, "As She Knows" (on which Auger takes vocals). The next five tracks have the most mysterious origins of any of the music on the album, being cut sometime between June 1965 and April 1967, and sounding like good demo showcases for Auger's forceful soul-jazz organ (particularly on the covers of "Green Onions" and Jimmy McGriff's "Kiko"). When he sings as well, the results are less impressive. Wrapping matters up are the nine tracks recorded in the mid-1960s by the Steampacket (with Driscoll, Long John Baldry, and Rod Stewart sharing vocals). Competent, but not remarkable, blue-eyed British soul, the Steampacket material has been floating around on various reissue packages for decades. Devoted Augerites will thus most likely be interested in the other songs, which tie up some of the most pop-oriented outings of his career and are generally pretty fair, though not outstanding.
Cult rock hero Auger's complete singles, B-sides & rare tracks from 1965-69, with and without his group The Trinity and Julie Driscoll. 21 tracks, all digitally remastered.
TRACKS: 01. I Am A Lonesome Hobo 02. This Wheel's On Fire 03. Road To Cairo 04. Shadows Of You 05. Save Me - Part 1 & 2 06. As She Knows 07. Tiger 08. Kiko 09. Fool Killer 10. Let's Do It Tonight 11. Green Onions 65 12. Oh Baby Won't You Come Back Home To Croydon; Where Everybody Beedle An' Bo's 13. Back At The Chicken Shack 14. The In Crowd 15. Baby Take Me 16. Can Get A Witness 17. Baby Baby 18. Holy Smoke 19. Cry Me A River 20. Oh Baby, Don't You Do It 21. Lord Remember Me
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