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Genius. Joe Meek was a genius If you’ve not seen ‘Telstar’ then do yourself a favour and watch it. If for nothing else to find out what kind of lunatic Joe Meek was. You owe it to yourself if you’re a fan of music, though it’s a tragic story so don’t go in expecting ‘On The Buses’ or something.
Anyway, Joe himself didn’t make loads of music but the sounds he did conjure up were pure electronic genius (try and pick up a copy of ‘I Hear A New World’ if you can). This new comp album features the other side of Joe’s work, his production skills. There's a lot of his earlier work here, such as his first big production hit ‘Johnny Remember Me’ by the Leytons which is a spicy piece of 50s pop. Unarguably the most famous track on here is ‘Telstar’ by the Tornados, which won Meek an Ivor Novello award in 1950something. It’s an unbridled work of genius. It’s crazed electronic surf skiffle pop and I’ve never met a human being who doesn’t like it. A rare feat!
‘Jungle Fever’ by The Tornados is also a genius number with a swampy weird electronic vibe and some amazingly catchy guitar work with one of the best choruses I’ve heard in ages. It’s irresistibly good and most definitely cheeky! My obsession continues!
9/10 Ian Sephton Customer review, 15th November 2013
Imagine a time before Bob Moog's synths, in fact any synthesisers, when all you have is tape machines & a very fertile imagination. Inanimate objects are plucked, stroked, dropped, hit and recorded on to magnetic tape.
The tapes are looped, then speeded up, slowed down, played backwards, spliced together using a razor blade and Sellotape and the end product is something never heard before. Add drums, bass, guitar and singer and you have a collection of the most amazing & memorable recordings in 1960's pop music. There were many failures but some great successes to be found here.
From his home studio at 304 Holloway Road, this intense and troubled genius was responsible for the production of many hits for other popular artists of the day, like Acker Bilk, as well as hits of his own songs with an array of talent and session musicians including Richie Blackmore and Chas Hodges of Chas & Dave fame - now there's a supergroup !!
So take a leap in to the past and explore the amazing mind of Robert George "Joe" Meek, you won't be sorry!
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