• charlatans (u s) The Limit of the Marvelous (180g coloured vinyl LP, £18.95)

    label: big beat

    With the 50th anniversary of the American band the Charlatans debut in summer 2015, Big Beat are celebrating with this carefully conceived deluxe vinyl edition of the original line-up's best recordings, The Limit Of The Marvelous.  The iconic quintet are widely acknowledged with kickstarting the San Francisco 1960s renaissance. The Charlatans presented a blend of Americana-infused popular styles, encompassing country, swing, bluegrass, 50s rocknroll and olde English folk. The bands image radiated class that few of their hirsute, tie-dyed peers matched.  The Limit Of The Marvelous distils the best cuts from Big Beats essential Amazing Charlatans CD to approximate the long-player the group should have issued at their peak in 1966. It juxtaposes idiosyncratic folk-rock Codine Blues and Alabama Bound with dustbowl-dry originals from the pen of guitarist/drummer Dan Hicks, including the first recording of his signature number How Can I Miss You When You Wont Go Away.  Housed in a Globe Propaganda-approved sleeve complete with copious illustrations of this most photogenic of outfits, The Limit Of The Marvelous is a fitting reminder in their anniversary year of the continuing magic of the Charlatans. SIDE ONE: 1. ALABAMA BOUND 2. 32-20 3. WE'RE NOT ON THE SAME TRIP 4. EAST VIRGINIA BLUES 5. HOW CAN I MISS YOU WHEN YOU WONT GO AWAY? 6. I SAW HER 7. I ALWAYS WANTED A GIRL LIKE YOU SIDE TWO: 1. CODINE BLUES 2. WALKIN' 3. I GOT MINE 4. STEPPIN' IN SOCIETY 5. BY HOOK OR BY CROOK 6. DEVIL'S GOT MY MAN 7. JACK OF DIAMONDS 8. THE SHADOW KNOWS

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