The latest compilation, RM5 boasts twenty swinging rarities, including soul legend Sharon Tandy singing under an alias, a demo version of a freak-beat favourite, a track rumoured to be ‘the king of soul’, plus two tracks from two bands, containing two members who would eventually form one of the greatest seventies Glam bands ever – The Sweet:
The Montanas – Hey Diddle Diddle (Demo)
The Montanas formed in 1962 in Dudley and quickly established themselves as a top local beat group. In 1965 they secured a deal with Pye records and over the next four years issued a run of brilliant 45s including Roundabout, Top Hat and their magnum opus That’s When Happiness Begins, which will no doubt be familiar to all. Their contract with Pye had expired so they began recording new material in the hope of securing a new deal, which lead to MCA issuing the brilliant Hey Diddle Diddle as a 45, but featured here for the first time is the glorious demo version.
Debrah Aire – Don’t Be Proud
The mysterious Miss Debrah Aire was in fact the legendary Sharon Tandy recording under a pseudonym. Polydor records issued a version of Exodus - This Land is Mine by her under this name in 1966 but the follow up, that we feature here, was shelved and only recently rediscovered on white label test pressing.
The Troop - You’ll Call My Name
The Troop were from Harefield, Middlesex, and notable for the fact that their lead singer was future frontman with The Sweet, Brian Connolly. This was taken from what is thought to be the only surviving acetate.
The Dynamite Orchestra – Sh’Mon Part 2
Legend has it that Mr Dynamite is none other than the fabulous Mr. James Brown. It was in fact an American group called The British Walkers from Washington D.C. It was issued in the UK, on Guy Steven’s Sue Record label, and it has gone on to achieve legendary status on the mod scene.
The Army – Sugar
The Army are best known as the group that spawned future Sweet bass player/singer Steve Priest. In 1967 they cut two tracks that were never released including this cover of the Joe Tex hit Sugar.