Friday, November 26, 2021

The Mindbenders - BBC Sessions (1966-1968)

I'll be explaining more what I'm doing in a different post soon, but I'm going through a phase where I'm posting as many BBC sessions as I can, even if it's from musical artists I'm not a big fan of. BBC sessions need to be better known in general, especially when there's no official album for a given artist. And now that I'm using the audio editing programs Spleeter and X-Minus to wipe the BBC DJ talking from the music in a better way than ever before, I feel even more of a need to post these sessions.

I'm happy to say that I'm not the only person working on improving BBC sessions lately. My musical friend Lilpanda feels the same way I do, and has also learned how to use the X-Minus program. This particular album is almost entirely his effort. Most importantly, he wiped the DJ vocals. I merely added the info to the mp3 tags and balanced the volume levels from song to song.

Lilpanda turned me onto the Mindbenders. I knew there was a British group called Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders that had the big international hit "The Game of Love" in 1965. I also knew Fontana split from the band in 1966 (for a solo career that quickly fizzled out), and the Mindbenders had a big international hit of their own later in 1966, "A Groovy Kind of Love." But after that, their popularity declined, and they broke up in 1968.

Here's the Wikipedia entry on them:

The Mindbenders - Wikipedia

Beyond that, I didn't know much, and I hadn't heard their music beyond a hit or two. However, I was intrigued when I found out that allmusic.com is very high on them. Here's what their write-up on the band says after discussing their "A Groovy Kind of Love" hit:

"Had the group only succeeded in locating a decent follow-up, they might well have developed into one of the finest British bands of the late '60s. Instead, a series of disastrous choices of 45s condemned them to the ranks of rank also-rans, and it is only later that the sheer quality of their other work -- material hitherto lost on two Mindbenders LPs -- had been re-evaluated sufficiently to let listeners state that here was one of the greatest of all Britain's post-beat bands."

What also intrigued me is the band's connection to the 1970s group 10cc. After Wayne Fontana left, the band's lead vocalist and main songwriter was Eric Stewart. He would later be one of the lead vocalists and songwriters in 10cc. And when one of the other three members of the band left in early 1968, the replacement was expert songwriter Graham Gouldman, who would be one of the other lead vocalists and songwriters in 10cc. Unfortunately, the record company wasn't very interested in Stewart's songwriting, so most of the songs they did were covers. And Gouldman joined too late to have much of an impact, although "Schoolgirl" and "Uncle Joe the Ice Cream Man" were written by him. (He probably plays on the last five songs here.)

If you enjoy British pop from the 1960s like the Hollies and the Move, you should enjoy this. I wish they would have done more originals and fewer covers of very well known songs, but you can't have everything. 

Thirteen of the 22 songs here have "[Edit]" in their titles. Those are the ones where Lilpanda wiped the BBC DJ talking while keeping the underlying music. 

All of the songs are officially unreleased. Many of the songs here were not released by the band in studio versions, such as "Ride Your Pony," "We Can Work It Out," "Rock Me Baby," "Omaha," and "My White Bicycle." to name just a few.

This album is 55 minutes long.

01 A Groovy Kind of Love (Mindbenders)
02 Love Is Good [Edit] (Mindbenders)
03 Don't Cry No More [Edit] (Mindbenders)
04 The Way You Do the Things You Do [Edit] (Mindbenders)
05 Can't Live with You, Can't Live without You (Mindbenders)
06 All Night Worker [Edit] (Mindbenders)
07 Seventh Son (Mindbenders)
08 Ashes to Ashes (Mindbenders)
09 Ride Your Pony [Edit] (Mindbenders)
10 Cool Jerk [Edit] (Mindbenders)
11 I Want Her She Wants Me (Mindbenders)
12 Homework [Edit] (Mindbenders)
13 The Morning After [Edit] (Mindbenders)
14 We'll Talk about It Tomorrow (Mindbenders)
15 The Letter [Edit] (Mindbenders)
16 We Can Work It Out (Mindbenders)
17 Rock Me Baby [Edit] (Mindbenders)
18 Blessed Are the Lonely (Mindbenders)
19 Hold On Baby (Mindbenders)
20 Omaha [Edit] (Mindbenders)
21 Uncle Joe the Ice Cream Man [Edit] (Mindbenders)
22 My White Bicycle [Edit] (Mindbenders)

https://www62.zippyshare.com/v/6bIxjQoB/file.html

The photo used for the cover art is from 1967, before Graham Gouldman joined the group.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Paul, thanks for your great work. However, I'm not sure if you're aware that your compilation is basically the Mindbenders album "Live On Air 66-68". Just a different running order. The original album includes all the DJs talk, which I personally prefer. But this is just my humble opinion. Rock on. Willi

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    1. That album you speak of isn't a legit album. It's one of those grey area albums that popped up in Europe due to the copyright law there. The artists get no money from it whatsoever.

      If you look at other albums that record company has put out, it includes stuff by the likes of the Beatles and Stones that would never be officially authorized to this company in a million years:

      https://www.discogs.com/label/1329842-London-Calling-2

      As for the DJ talk, we'll have to agree to disagree on that. That drives me crazy.

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  2. Nice one, I don't know that BBC album you guys above speak of. But I was pleasant surprised by Omaha (which by accident I just heard from Slade who did this one quite regular live). Good addition to my collection, thx

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