THE SYMBOLS - THE BEST PART OF
PRESIDENT RECORDINGS 1966-68 plus bonus cuts
CLASSIC HARMONY POP FROM PRESIDENT'S HOMEGROWN HITMAKERS
Cat. No: PRCD 149
CD - £9.99
in the early 1960s prior to the Beat Boom explosion, The Symbols
honed their craft in the back waters of East London earning a
reputation as one of the region's best live draws. With
near-constant gigging and a knack for incorporating the catchiest
of US hits within their set, the boys - John Milton (vocals),
Mick Clarke (bass guitar), Shaun Corrigan (lead guitar) and Clive
Graham (drums - later Chas Wade) - caught the attention of the
newly-formed President label, which swiftly led to their covering
The Happenings' US smash See You In September in 1966.
Their 4th single introduced them to the UK charts, a version of the Four Seasons' earlier US hit, Bye Bye Baby and in so doing inadvertently laid down the blueprint for what would become the Bay City Rollers' No.1 some 8 years later. (The Best Part Of) Breaking Up heralded their only LP release and after releasing just one more single in 1968, the band's brief tenure with President was over.
This CD includes all of their President cuts plus previously unissued bonus tracks including the recently-discovered Four Seasons Medley plus the band's original demo of Silence Is Golden, later a chart-topper for The Tremeloes. This long-awaited reissue is required listening for all devotees of Harmony Pop. Story liner notes by David Wells.
|1. (The Best Part Of) Breaking Up||14. Schoolgirl|
|2. To Make You Smile Again||15. Canadian Sunset (inst.)|
|3. Canadian Sunset||Four Seasons medley: Walk Like A Man / Sherry / Big Girls Don't Cry*|
|4. Hideaway||17. I Live|
|5. Again||18. I Will See You There|
|6. Bye Bye Baby||19. Charade (demo)|
|7. See You In September||20. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore (demo)|
|8. The Gentle Art Of Loving||21. Look Over The Hill And Far Away (demo)*|
|9. The Things You Do To Me||22. Rainbow (demo)|
|10. You'd Better Get Used To Missing Her||23. Through A Long And Sleepless Night (demo)|
|11. Pretty City||24. There's No Room In Your World For Me (demo)*|
|12. A Lovely Way To Say Goodnight||25. Silence Is Golden (demo)*|
|13. Do I Love You||*Previously Unissued|
|President Records Ltd.
Unit 6 & 7,
11, Wyfold Road,