30 September 2018

The Atlantics - Don't Say No/ Send Him To Me

Super obscure slice of 60s girl pop

Label: Windsor
Year of Release: 1964

Another puzzling record which poses as many questions as answers, I'm sorry to say. According to the Manchester Beat website, The Atlantics on this record formed in 1962 and hailed from Blackpool, consisting of Chris Riley on rhythm guitar, Michael Stephens on bass, Frank Blackburn on lead guitar, and Ronnie "Lee" Brambles on drums. Ordinarily I would have absolutely no reason to doubt the information of a well-run site, but there's one snag. There are clearly at least two women singing on this record, one of whom is taking the lead. Either this is not the same group after all, or they underwent a temporary and short-lived line-up change at the record label's behest, or for other unknown reasons.

Whatever the facts, this is actually a rather nice chunk of sixties girl group action, a little rough and ready in places - something which surely isn't helped by the mere "VG" quality of the copy I own - but swinging, beaty and punchy. It's also notable for the production involvement of Peter Stirling, later known as Daniel Boone, a member of the beat group The Bruisers and regular "Left and to the Back" guest.

The label is a curiosity too. Windsor Records took the place of the tiny British indie Aral in 1962, and like most independent labels of that era, it only issued a small clutch of 45s and LPs which attracted no airplay and sold zip all. Most of their releases are very difficult to find in the second hand marketplace as a result, even if they're not often costly when they do turn up.  

If anyone can shed any additional light on the above, you know who to call. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Totally unknown for me David

Thank you so much for the rarity

Greetings Albert