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Friday, February 10, 2012

(the) Hullaballoos - England's Newest Singing Sensations

Name: (the) Hullaballoos
Album: England's Newest Singing Sensations
Year: 1965
Style: Rock n' Roll, Skiffle
Similar Bands: Buddy Holly, Beatles, the Searchers, Gerry & The Pacemakers
"One Word" Review: sock-hop-rock-n'-rollsters
Based Out Of: Hull, England
Label: Roulette Records
England's Newest Singing Sensations - Cover & Record
England's Newest Singing Sensations - Back & Record

England's Newest Singing Sensations (1965)
  1. Beware 1:45
  2. I Couldn't Get Along Without You 2:20
  3. Did You Ever 1:57
  4. If You Don't Know Me By Now 2:24
  5. Can't You Tell 1:55
  6. Party Doll 2:07 /
  7. I'll Show You How 1:50
  8. Every Night 1:55
  9. Why Do Fools Fall in Love 2:16
  10. Wouldn't You Like to Know 2:25
  11. Who Do You Think You're Fooling 2:07
  12. I'm Gonna Love You Too 1:58
Album Rating (1-10): 7.5

Members & Other Bands:Andrew Woonton - Guitar, Vox (Ricky Knight and The Crusaders)
Harold Dunn - Drum, Vox (Ricky Knight and The Crusaders)
Geoffrey Mortimer - Bass, Vox (Ricky Knight and The Crusaders)
Ricky Knight (Ron Mitchell) - Vox, Guitar (Ricky Knight and The Crusaders, The Astronauts)
Hugo Peretti - Producer
Luigi Creatore - Producer

Unknown-ness: I’ve never heard of this band. But from the cover art, it would seem this is a bunch of 60’s Beatles-esq kids, with long blonde hair as their trademark. I’m imagining these wacky youngsters play rock and roll songs with short catchy melodies and a back beat tempo. And I’ll probably like it, unless it is too slow or vocalist-loungey, but I doubt that it is.

Album Review: “Beware” begins with a fun rock and roll dance beat that would bring the kids out to a sock hop floor. Harmonized vocals roll along like the Beatles. There are really only two sections to the song, the verse, and the bridge that functions as the chorus.
“I Couldn't Get Along Without You” is a little slower and more mysterious, with harmonized vocals with a bit of an echo that could pass as psychedelic.
“Did You Ever” feels like a rocking and rolling Buddy Holly song, down to the hiccupping style at the end of the verse. It also features a keyboard melody that reminds me of a prototype ? & The Mysterians song.
“If You Don't Know Me by Now” takes the sound back to a smooth Beatles style of melodic pop song. There are a couple of instances of the B.H. vocal hiccup, but it is not as herky-jerky.
“Can't You Tell” starts with an odd drum beat and surf guitar, and the song progresses past the two eccentricities, and smoothes itself out, too much, actually. It borders on the male vocalist style, rather than pop, with a little faster beat.
“Party Doll” sounds like a Buddy Holly again (minus the hiccup vocals), with the jittery nervous singing and fast driving bass and train-like drum tempo.

“I'll Show You How” is another mysterious song, deeper vocals, and it sounds like it is trying to set a sexy mood. There is a lot of echo on the lead guitar, giving it the feel of being sung in a basement.
“Every Night” is a straightforward Buddy Holly style song. This is like an answer to his song “Everyday” and it even uses a similar singing structure. The recording has echo and reverb, which gives it an embellished surf guitar sound.
“Why Do Fools Fall in Love” begins with an instrumental breakdown of “tell me why” then the song launches into a cute little pop song that is reminiscent of the early Beatles again.
“Wouldn't You Like to Know” is darker thanks to the mysterious bass. It is a nice set up, because as the verse asks the question, the chorus lifts the mystery, and the vocalist answers that “it’s because I love you” in a bold, excited fashion.
“Who Do You Think You're Fooling” has a nice back and forth melody, and it is sung, again, in the Holly style. It has a nice breakdown/chorus, which flows enjoyably back into the verse. It is a bare bones pop song that is perfect in its simplicity and repetitive rolling melodies.
“I'm Gonna Love You Too” is actually a Buddy Holly song. And it is a little faster than the previous song, but it oddly feels like it is just the previous song played backwards. It has all the same elements of verse and chorus flowing together smoothly.


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