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The British Are Coming, Volume 1

1 rating: 4.0
2001 audio CD release

Though there seems to be an ever-expanding number of British Invasion compilations, The British Are Coming, Vol. 1 manages to be one of the most fun and eclectic collections of the style. While the album features two of the Kinks' biggest hits, "You … see full wiki

1 review about The British Are Coming, Volume 1

Would have been much better with 5 or 6 more tunes!

  • Mar 22, 2009
While this is really not a bad compilation you cannot help but feel a bit cheated when you realize that there are only 51 minutes of music on this disc.  Otherwise, "The British Are Coming Vol.1" does not disappoint. It is a real nice mix of Top 10 Singles, some long lost 45's and a handful of largely unfamiliar songs that did not chart in the U.S. but were pretty big hits in the UK.  Among the Top Ten singles you'll enjoy are The Kinks with "You Really Got Me", the huge 1969 hit "Baby, Now That I've Found You" from the Foundations and the #1 instrumental hit "Telstar" by The Tornados.  Also included are nicely remastered versions of "Reflections of My Life" by Marmalade as well as one of the best pop records of the entire 1960's "Here Comes My Baby" by the Tremeloes.  In the category of lost 45's it was fun to hear the wild and weird "Pictures of Matchstick Men" by The Status Quo for the first time in quite a while and the Alan Price Set's version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins "I Put A Spell On You".  Although this disc did make a brief appearance on the U.S. pop charts I had never seen the record before and for that matter I had never even heard it.  Nice tune.  Rounding out this collection are a couple of hits that were big winners on the British charts including a knockoff of the Tokens "He's In Town" by a group called the Rockin' Berries and an interesting effort from The Sorrows entitled "Take A Heart".  Perhaps the most fascinating track on the disc is an early effort from one David Bowie. "I Dig Everyone" just might be the most pop sounding track I have ever heard the man sing. 
"The British Are Coming Vol 1" also includes a nicely done 12 page booklet.  The remastering job is more than adequate.  As I mentioned earlier it is really disappointing that another half dozen tunes could not have been included.  For those who would like to hear more of this stuff Sanctuary is offering a more complete 3 disc set that is available from Amazon and other online vendors.  But for most "The British Are Coming, Volume. 1" should be more than adequate.  This collection is lots of fun and as such I am happy to recommend it.
Kinks Donovan The Tremeloes David Bowie

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