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Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

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BEAR FAMILY RECORDS



10" + CD

Released: 3rd Dec 2021

£26.99


The newest hit in Bear Family Records®’s 10inch vinyl series ‐ Brit Rocker Johnny Kidd.

 The album and the bonus CD contain Johnny Kidd's recordings from 1959 to 1962 with a focus on his earliest work with the first Pirates group, recordings made with the classic ‘Mark 2’ Pirates Brian Gregg, Alan Caddy and drum legend Clem Cattini!  The bonus CD includes cover versions of his songs but only the ones which were done on the European continent and the U.K. plus recordings of other bands where members of the Pirates were involved!  Along with Billy Fury, Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard, Kidd is one of the most important and influential musicians of the pre‐Beatles era in the UK.  His Shakin' All Over is among the very greatest, worldwide popular rock anthems known to any music enthusiast and was covered by countless bands and artists in the 1960s!  Bands like The Who and the Hollies refer to him and his backing band The Pirates as significant musical role models.  The set includes, in addition to the record and CD, a Johnny Kidd promotional postcard. Johnny Kidd and the Pirates were responsible for the 1960 number one hit, Shakin' All Over, a performance that is still regarded as one of the seminal recordings in British pop music history. That disc alone would justify their inclusion in Bear Family Records®'s 10inch vinyl JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES PLEASE, DON’T TOUCH! Release date: December 03, 2021 LABEL: Bear Family Records CATALOG #: BAF14021 FORMAT: 10” vinyl LP with booklet PRICE: £ 16.99 GENRE: ROCK’N’ROLL, BEAT BARCODE: 5397102140211 LP series but the group produced a string of excellent releases that unquestionably earn them a place alongside Cliff Richard, The Shadows and Billy Fury in the pantheon of pre‐ Beatle British popsters. Unlike his contemporaries, Kidd's exceptional voice showed no Presley influence and additionally he was responsible for writing or co‐writing much of his early work. As a live act, the group were trailblazers. Performing in front of a 20ft x 30ft uv galleon backdrop and dressed in full pirate regalia, Kidd's power trios influenced musicians nationwide ‐ The Who, The Hollies and Wilko Johnson are but three of the artists who openly acknowledge their debt to the pirate‐in‐chief. This compilation focuses on Kidd's earliest work with the first Pirates group, recordings made with the classic ‘Mark 2’ Pirates Brian Gregg, Alan Caddy and drum legend Clem Cattini.

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