Graham Reid Sep 25, 3 min read. In the second part of his autobiography 2Stoned, Andrew Loog Oldham — manager and sometime producer of the young Stones, founder of Immediate Records and more — wrote about the profound impact the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds had on him.
He had managed the Stones through the madness of those early years when they were being belted by the British media and the Establishment, and Oldham was still only 21 when he heard Pet Sounds in ' He first heard it was at his home with Paul McCartney while they shared joints and played the advance tape over and over. Both went away inspired, McCartney realised the Beatles had to up their game hence Sgt Pepper a year later and Oldham.
On his books at Immediate — alongside bands like the Small Faces — he had the young songwriter Billy Nicholls whom he set to work writing breezy songs which would become the '68 Nicholls album Would You Believe. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file.
Download as PDF Printable version. Add links. Its a classic along the lines that Clear Light from the one-ablum Clear Light is a classic I think its a little steep in price, but maybe they're trying to make up for lost time and lack of album sales.
This record might not have made Nicholls a superstar in even if his label, Immediate, hadn't pulled its release due to financial problems. Surely, though, many more people would now know of him and, more importantly, would have heard this fabulous music.
British psychedelia meets sunshine pop meets Brian Wilson's over-reaching ambition to create a masterpiece hardly anyone is aware of. Should you have even the vaguest interest in any of the genres listed above should buy this. You won't be disappointed. Everything was wonderful. Don't buy this CD based on any of that hype! Where are the hooks, the killer choruses? There aren't any. The vocals are often buried and very average. The lyrics aren't noteworthy.
Now there is an Anthology available The sound here is 60's pop all the way Disc 1 has the original 12 tracks plus the mono singles tracks 13 and 14, plus 3 more tracks on top of that, including an acoustic version of "Always on my Mind" - that's 17 tracks for disc 1. Then there's disc 2, a full CD in itself of demos and out-takes from '' There are 22 tracks on disc 2 alone and they are all excellent!!!
I actually listen to the 2nd disc more than the original album disc 1. The other editions seem to have only one disc. Needless to say, this is a brilliant album. The tune was also done by Pete Townsend but the Billy Nichols version is 2nd to none - he wrote it in fact. It is a truly sublime and I have not seen it available on any of his other CDs.
If you like Nichols, and Brit psych pop from this era, it's hard to find a more excellent introductory compilation than The London Look. Check that one out too. But I diverge. Only wanted to put in my 2-cents about Would You Beleive, a great album in its own right, and all the more so if you can get the 2-disc edition.
Disc 2 is stunning. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. I had been chasing this album for quite a few years and I must say that it is a terrific example of late 60's British pop music. Daytime Girl Coda.
London Social Degree. Portobello Road. Question Mark. Being Happy. Girl from New York. It Brings Me Down. Come Again Billy Nicholls. Life Is Short Billy Nicholls. Feeling Easy Billy Nicholls. Daytime Girl Billy Nicholls.
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