Thursday, 8 June 2017
The Applejacks - Tell Me When 1964 - 1965 (1990 Deram Records)
The tune had been recorded by the Beatles in January, 1962, at their unsuccessful audition for Decca (this version is now available on the Beatles' Anthology 1), and like much of the Beatles' early rejects, was in a more lightweight mode than the Lennon-McCartney tunes they chose to enshrine on record. The Applejacks' version, featuring (as many of their tracks did) a rinky-dink piano, was nonetheless inferior to the Beatles' old demo, but did make it to number 20 in the British charts. Oddly, considering the American hunger for almost anything by the Lennon-McCartney songwriting team in mid-1964, it did nothing in the States. The Applejacks wrote very little of their own material, filling their recorded repertoire with tunes supplied by British popsmiths such as Geoff Stephens and Peter Dello (later in Honeybus), as well as hackneyed covers of American '50s rock standards.
These guys tried a more tamed commercial way to pop fame.
Frank Flac p1 & Flac p2 - mp3@320