THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: BRITISH LEGENDS

June 29, 2010 – 4:11 am

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VARIOUS
Immediate Records Vault Tapes [no label, 2CD]

Rarities and outtakes.

As some of you know, in the early to mid-1990s, I did some compact disc box set compiling in London. My compiling and compilation consulting via mail continued for the remainder of the 1990s. I did some projects for a label which held the non-UK rights to the recordings of “Immediate Records”, the label founded by original Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham and publicist Tony Calder.

In 1999, I received seven DAT tapes [for evaluation] dubbed from newly-discovered two-track mixdown tapes, and some of these tapes contained unreleased material. At the same time, the reissue label that found these tapes also acquired 98 reels of “Immediate Records” Olympic Studios multitrack tapes and, sadly, more than a decade later, nothing has been done with them.

It now appears that the label that I obtained the DATs from no longer exists, at least not in the form that I once knew, though their logo and existing catalogue continues on in the hands of a licensee. Out of fairness to the music industry, in 2009, through an intermediary, I supplied CD-Rs of the material to the label which has the UK-only rights to the “Immediate” catalogue, though the word that came back to me is that that label didn’t find anything that was useful to them. So, with that knowledge, I am now letting you hear this material. - Philip Cohen

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Green Circles - Small Faces (sung in Italian) (5.2MB)
Track 102. (If You Think You’re) Groovy - P.P. Arnold (backing track) (5.9MB)
Track 103. Miles Road - Eric Clapton/Jimmy Page (true stereo mix) (6.2MB)
The Eric Clapton/Jimmy Page recording is a previously unheard stereo mix; the only recording from Immediate’s various artists Blues Anthology albums for which a stereo mix has ever been found. Clapton and Page recorded two similar home-recorded blues instrumentals. One received Page-produced bass, drums and harmonica overdubs, and one was released as is. American and British vinyl releases differ as to which recording is “Miles Road” and which is “Draggin’ My Tail”.
Track 104. Connection - The Animals (backing track) (5.0MB)
Track 105. Sylvie - The Hill (Mix 2) (6.9MB)
“The Hill” released a single only in the U.S.A, but these recordings present “Fourth Annual Convention” in stereo for the first time, and an assortment of versions of the A-side “Sylvie”, including the first-ever stereo mix of the released take. “The Hill” were Chris Farlowe’s onstage backing group, but by mistake, tape boxes mistakenly credited the recordings to Farlowe’s previous backing group, “The Thunderbirds”.
Track 106. Sylvie - The Hill (Take 3) (6.4MB)
Track 107. Fourth Annual Convention - The Hill (stereo mix) (8.8MB)
Track 108. Sylvie - The Hill (Take 1 - excerpt) (3.4MB)
Track 109. Sylvie - The Hill (Take 7) (7.1MB)
Track 110. Halfway - Artist Unknown (4.7MB)
I was initially told that “Halfway” was by “The Thunderbirds”, though later information from the label who supplied these recordings credits the recording to Duffy Power, though not being familiar with Duffy Power’s recordings, I can’t verify this.
Track 111. I Want to Be Friendly With You - Billy Nichols (3.7MB)
Track 112. Would You Believe - Billy Nichols (alternate vocals) (5.1MB)
Track 113. It Brings Me Down - Billy Nichols (mono mix) (8.9MB)
Track 114. On The Bombsite - Duncan Browne (demo) (5.2MB)
Track 115. Give Me, Take You - Duncan Browne (demo) (3.3MB)
Track 116. I Was, You Weren’t - Duncan Browne (demo) (9.1MB)
Track 117. The Cherry Blossom Fool - Duncan Browne (demo) (5.6MB)
Track 118. Ninepence of Walking - Duncan Browne (demo) (6.9MB)
Track 119. The Death of Neil - Duncan Browne (demo) (7.7MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Lindyloo - Warm Sounds (incomplete first mix; cuts off at end) (4.2MB)
Warm Sounds later re-recorded “Lindyloo” for the DERAM label under the title “Nite is a-Comin’.” The “Immediate” version is unreleased, and “Someone” was likely the intended B-side.
Track 202. Lindyloo - Warm Sounds (complete mix) (7.9MB)
Track 203. Someone - Warm Sounds (5.3MB)
Track 204. Title Unknown - Marianne Faithful (backing track) (7.8MB)
Track 205. Here & Now - Lorell (Duncan Browne & Davy Morgan) (complete version) (5.5MB)
When I first got these tapes, I made a one-CD compilation for my own enjoyment, and copied it for a few friends. Unfortunately, I pushed the pause button before the end of Lorell’s “Here & Now”, then put the song’s coda at the end of the CD as a “reprise”, never envisioning that people would copy this compilation for record companies, who then released the song incomplete. The slight pause before the coda is not actually silent, and the two pieces that record companies had could not be pieced together to get the complete recording. Now, you have it complete.
Track 206. Handbags and Gladrags - Chris Farlowe (alternate vocal) (7.4MB)
Track 207. Little Miss Understood - Rod Stewart (alternate mix) (6.8MB)
Track 208. Green Circles - Small Faces (U.S.A. mix from tape) (5.4MB)
This compilation marks the first time (since the original U.S.A. “There Are But Four Small Faces” LP) that “Green Circles” (U.S.A. Mix) has been taken from tape. When I compiled the four-CD set “Small Faces - The Immediate Years”, I had to dub the recording from vinyl. Years later, a tape source was found and is proudly presented here.
Track 209. Scientists - Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra (13.8MB)
Track 210. A Whiter Shade of Pale - Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra (Mix 1) (7.2MB)
The Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra tracks are likely unused recordings from the sessions for the “Gullivers Travels” concept album on Immediate Records’ subsidiary label “Instant Records”.
Track 211. A Whiter Shade of Pale - Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra (Mix 2) (3.1MB)
Track 212. Early Bird - John Williams (5.4MB)
John Williams is not the film soundtrack composer, but rather a singer/guitarist/songwriter who recorded a Jimmy Page-produced album for EMI/Columbia in the 1960s.
Track 213. Another Winter, Another Spring - John Williams (false start and take) (5.3MB)
Track 214. The Coldest Night of the Year- Twice as Much (backing track; Mix 1) (6.9MB)
Track 215. The Coldest Night of the Year - Twice as Much (backing track; Mix 2) (6.6MB)

  1. 22 Responses to “THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: BRITISH LEGENDS”

  2. Thanks Phil! Duncan Browne is another of my all time favorite musicians that none of my American friends had heard before I played his tunes for them.

    By Namoosedog on Jun 29, 2010

  3. Phil. why don’t you put these on lossless trading sights?

    By bill on Jun 30, 2010

  4. I’ve got to admit, that this is the only trading site that I visit. I’m capable of dealing with sites offering FLAC(by using a downloadable program to convert to WAV), but bit torrent/file sharing software & uploading is something that I’m not equiped for and/or don’t understand. There’s no one that I know in my neighborhood that has a computer, so whatever knowledge I’ve picked up was done on my own.

    By Philip Cohen on Jun 30, 2010

  5. phil, why don’t you … Sit Back, Have a decent glass of red, and bask in my gratitude for this batch of tracks. :)

    they’re great, MUCH appreciated.

    By tony on Jun 30, 2010

  6. I agree, one day it would be great to have these lossless, but hells bells, anything unreleased from this era is to be welcomed with open arms in whatever format! What an amazing selection (esp. The Warm Sounds tracks - never knew they existed!)
    Thank you for your well-reasoned generosity, Philip!

    By EK on Jun 30, 2010

  7. This one must be a treat! I still have 2 compilations of Immediate artists.
    Thanks!

    By Serge zéni on Jun 30, 2010

  8. To EK,

    Though Warm Sounds only released one single through “Immediate”, the label that I received these recordings from has 11 songs by the group on multitrack. The multitracks would enable them to create stereo versions of these two tracks & the one released “Immediate” single……and then there’s 7 other unreleased tracks. If the company that holds the multitrack tapes actually cared, a “Warm Sounds” “album” could be assembled.

    By Philip Cohen on Jun 30, 2010

  9. Great collection, Philip. The Marianne Faithfull backing track is for “Is This What I Get For Loving You.” Looking forward to hearing more from you soon!

    By Justin on Jun 30, 2010

  10. To Justin,

    These are all of the unreleased songs, mixes & versions in the set of DAT’s. The other stuff on the DAT’s was all released material.

    By Philip Cohen on Jun 30, 2010

  11. Phil:

    I just want to thank you. This is another nice jewel from your vault you share with us, the fans.

    Thanks again,

    Alberto.

    And thank you, BigOMag too, for making it available too!

    By Alberto on Jul 1, 2010

  12. Great tracks! What a welcome surprise!
    Thank you Phil!

    By tony lauber on Jul 1, 2010

  13. Fantastic gift,thanks a lot!

    By riccardo on Jul 1, 2010

  14. Wow! Thanks for making this material available, I admit I wish there was more Small Faces recordings. I had heard they recorded a version of the Ronettes “Be my baby”, it appears to be lost, I believe it was a run thru and not a finished version.

    Thanks again….keep up the great work!!

    By RWIKOW on Jul 2, 2010

  15. There are few Small Faces tracks amongst the multitracks held by the label that was the source of this material, and most of those are released tracks that have already been remixed by previous labels that held the multitracks. It IS possible that the one unreleased song from the “Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake” sessions is amongst the multitracks, but if Kenney Jones is correct, the song is only an unfinished backing track. Incidentally, Kenney Jones & Ian McLagan have stated that several “Small Faces” instrumentals released by the Repertoire label(”The Pig Trotters”, “The War of The World”, “Take My Time”) are NOT by “Small Faces”. I wouldn’t doubt them:they were there!

    By Philip Cohen on Jul 2, 2010

  16. Sometimes I’m amazed at what appears on this website. And these tracks are a good companion to the “Immediate Singles Collection” - a marvellous 4CD set.
    Really pleased to obtain the Duncan Browne demos. “On the Bomsite” appears on the reissued “Give Me Take You” CD I think. And I could listen to album version of “The Death Of Neil” all day long!! The guy was so under-rated in the UK.

    One of the Immediate acts missing here is “The Nice.” Now if you could provide any tracks from them then that would be superb!

    A massive thanks for these tracks Philip.

    By Michael on Jul 2, 2010

  17. The label that I obtained these recordings from doesn’t have any unreleased material by “The Nice”. All of the unreleased material by “The Nice” is held by(and has, in recent years been released by) Sanctuary Music and EMI. Get The Sanctuary Music 3-CD set “The Nice-Here Come The Nice:The Immediate Anthology” & the EMI reissues of the “Charisma” catalogue(expanded reissues of “Five Bridges”, :Elegy”, “Autumn 67 to Spring 68″ & the previously unreleased 2-CD set “Fillmore East 1969″).
    Note the Fillmore concerts summarised on the EMI 2-CD set are entirely different than the Fillmore concert recordings heard on the 3rd Immediate album. The EMI release is from concerts recorded some months after the “Immediate” Fillmore recordings.
    It was once stated(by Andrew Loog Oldham) that (”Nice” manager) Tony Stratton-Smith launched the Charisma label with “Stolen Immediate Recordings”. That is undoubtedly true. The tracks on “Autumn 67 to Spring 68″ were all alternate takes or mixes recorded by the early 4-piece “Nice” line-up(with guitarist Davy O’List) recorded at the time of the first “Immediate” album.

    By Philip Cohen on Jul 2, 2010

  18. Cheers!

    By Brian on Jul 7, 2010

  19. Just for info - and purely for the Small Faces - there has been more material unearthed since the Immediate boxset was issued, including multitracks, session masters, alternate takes and unreleased material, all from various sources, including Charly Records, the record company that prepared the boxset. They just didn’t know where to look!

    Most of the multitrack tapes were left in Olympic Studios for years since the original recording sessions in the 60’s. They were disposed of when the studio stupidly threw everything out. Some of the multitracks we have now were salvaged from the refuse skips but many tapes are still missing or were destroyed.

    Just to point out a few things, there’s never been any mixes prepared from the multitrack reels held by the record company, one or two exceptions aside - they really didn’t know what they had. Many of the tapes were incorrectly labelled or filed away uncatalogued. All have now been recovered and we’re making some interesting discoveries… In fact, many of the tapes were never mixed for release as they’re all sessions, alternate takes, rehearsals, etc.

    As to masters tapes dubbed from vinyl - there was a lot of that going on! Tapes marked “masters” were anything but so many of the CD’s issued over the years worldwide contain material dubbed from a vinyl LP.

    Thankfully, we’ve recovered a complete set of unplayed original Immediate 1/4 inch master tapes, the only surviving masters we’ve been able to find over the last 5 years.

    There’s lots of very good things coming and there’ll be news posted to the official Small Faces website - http://www.thesmallfaces.com - plus the fansites (including John Hellier’s excellent Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Launderette fanzine) very soon.

    All the best - Rob Caiger
    Small Faces Remaster Series Producer

    By Rob Caiger on Jul 19, 2010

  20. Love what i’m hearing about the Small Faces material. I saw a Rarities disc from Japan a while back but it was too expensive for me and I wasn’t sure about the material and if it was legit.

    This set is a welcome addition to my collection and a big thanks to Phil & BigO for making it available.

    By Matt on Aug 20, 2010

  21. This is a great companion to the various Immediate collections like Singles A’s and B’s.

    The Animals’ ‘Connection’ track link (104) is broken.

    I was going to comment on the Faithfull backing track, but another fan spotted it.
    Thanks for all this, Phil.

    By Dano on Dec 19, 2014

  22. Thank you so very much for not only this one but for all you do.

    By aybsee on Oct 22, 2015

  23. I second aybsee’s comment. This is quite enjoyable!

    By ScarRad on Oct 23, 2015

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