RAY BROWN & THE WHISPERS

Hits & More 1965-1968 RVCD-350

Drawn together on one action-packed single CD, Raven presents the very best of RAY BROWN AND THE WHISPERS. Hits & More 1965-1968 contains all the group’s hit singles (As & Bs) plus key album tracks and a rare EP cut, everything that the Whispers fan – indeed every aficionado of Australia’s rich heritage of 1960s rock and pop recordings – would want. There was a time circa 1965-1966 that Brown and the Whispers were one of the hottest groups at the forefront of the local music scene. Alongside Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, the Easybeats and Normie Rowe, the group performed regularly in front of thousands of excitable teenagers who danced wildly to the sounds and energy provided by these new pop heroes. It was inevitable that the clean-cut and personable Brown would stand as the equal of Normie and Stevie Wright as a pin-up sensation.

Over a frantic period of two years, Brown and the Whispers issued four excellent albums, seven hits singles and eight EPs. Indeed, their remarkable run of four Top 5 hits in a row – including three #1s in ‘20 Miles’, ‘Pride’ and ‘Fool, Fool, Fool’ – in hometown Sydney during 1965 alone proved to be a milestone in local pop music history. Other highlights include the gritty garage rockers ‘(Ain’t It) Strange’ and ‘That’s Evil, the moody ‘Too Late to Come Home’ (with the Bee Gees on backing vocals), the chiming ‘Go to Him’, laden with electric 12-sting guitar, and tremendous covers of soul staples ‘In the Midnight Hour’ and ‘Respect’. When Brown parted company from the group at the end of 1966, he continued the hit run as a solo artist with covers of the Four Tops’ ‘The Same Old Song’ and the Who’s mod classic ‘Ivor the Engine Driver’. They’re all here... and More! With superb quality audio, 29 tracks and colour booklet with detailed notes.

TRACK LISTING
1. 20 MILES
2. DEVOTED TO YOU
3. PRIDE
4. SAY IT AGAIN
5. SHAKIN’ ALL OVER
6. FOOL, FOOL, FOOL
7. GO TO HIM
8. HE’LL NEVER LOVE YOU LIKE I DO
9. DIMPLES
10. HANDS OFF
11. THAT’S EVIL
12. AWAY FROM YOU
13. SUMMERTIME
14. SOMEBODY TO LOVE
15. IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR
16. NOW IS THE TIME
17. JUST A LITTLE BIT
18. LOVELY LADIES
19. NEIGHBOUR, NEIGHBOUR
20. TENNESSEE WALTZ SONG (Tennessee Waltz)
21. WOMAN
22. STICKS AND STONES
23. (Ain’t It) STRANGE
24. I CAN’T GET ENOUGH
25. TOO LATE TO COME HOME
26. RESPECT
27. THE SAME OLD SONG
28. IVOR THE ENGINE DRIVER
29. THAT’S IT – I QUIT – I’M MOVIN’ ON

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