Label: Angel Air Records - SJPCD078 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Power Pop
The Records were an English power pop band formed in They are best remembered for the hit single and cult favourite "Starry Eyes". The Records formed out of the ashes of the Kursaal Flyersa pub rock group featuring drummer Will Birch. InJohn Wicks joined the band as a rhythm guitarist, and he and Birch quickly started writing songs together, Wicks as composer, Birch as lyricist.
The Kursaal Flyers dissolved three months after Wicks joined, but he and Birch continued to write songs together with the hopes of starting a new four-piece group with Birch on drums and Wicks on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.
Birch soon came up with a name for the formative band: The Records. The group's line-up initially included bassist Phil Brown and lead guitarist Brian Alterman, whose guitar riffs have been compared to that of the Byrds. Alterman played on two early demos that were later included on the album Paying for the Summer of Lovebefore joining another band.
Alterman was replaced by Huw Gower in Like Birch and Wicks, Gower and Brown were music veterans: Gower had played with a band called the Ratbites from Hell and Brown had been the bass player for the Janets. The Records opened the shows with a set of their own. The songwriting duo also penned "Hearts in Her Eyes" for the Searcherswho made an Vivaldi* - The Four Seasons / Violin Concerto Op.3,6 / Double Concerto Op.
3,8 comeback with their power pop oriented album The Searchers in Based on their demos later released as Paying for the Summer of Lovethe band was signed to Virgin Records in Their debut single, "Starry Eyes", was released in the UK that December and has since become their best-known song and an oft-covered power pop standard.
Allmusic called it "a near-perfect song that defined British power pop in the '70s". The album was released in the US in July as The Records with different song sequencing and with the original single version of "Starry Eyes" replacing Lange's re-recording that appeared on the UK edition.
The album was sufficiently well received to peak on the Billboard chart at No. Gower also produced the bonus four track disc of cover tunes included in the album release, which also received FM airplay, notably the version of Spirit 's "", which was strong enough to become short-listed by Virgin as the second single off the album.
That was the pinnacle of their success. Returning to the UK, Will Birch engaged the services of producer Craig Leon to record two new songs and to remix two tracks from Shades in Bed for a possible single release.
Huw Gower acted as co-producer. Their collaboration In My Defence - Tobias Sammets Avantasia - Lost In Space (Part 2) to the successful album Live It Up.
The album was not a hit, and did not yield any successful singles, Teenarama - The Records - Paying For The Summer Of Love record company support for the band dried up during the Crashes tour. The trio Avalanche - Leonard Cohen - Los Angeles 1993 into a quintet with guitarist Dave Whelan and lead singer Chris Gent.
Previously, most of the songs had been sung by Wicks, but with other members frequently taking lead vocals for individual songs. Birch has since declared that the decision to recruit a lead singer was made "perhaps unwisely". Like its predecessor, the album was not a hit. Birch turned to tour managing, running 'Rock Tours', a sightseeing London Bus venture, producing and writing. Both recordings received great press, but were not enough to outweigh unresolved past issues within the core membership, which effectively killed any possibility of restarting the group.
Wicks relocated to the US in and was writing, recording and performing both solo and with a new incarnation of the band up until Brown succumbed to an undisclosed degenerative illness on February 2, From Wikipedia, Teenarama - The Records - Paying For The Summer Of Love free encyclopedia.
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