Sunday, 16 July 2017
Brit Invasion R&B - The V.I.P's - The Complete V.I.P.s (2006 Repertoire 2 CD) Flac & mp3@320
Modern mathematics isn't quite capable of counting how many R&B bands existed in Great Britain during the 1960s, but like a significant number of them, the V.I.P.s were destined to win greater recognition after they called it quits than while they were together. The final version of the V.I.P.s evolved into Spooky Tooth, who enjoyed chart success in both Europe and the United States during their late-'60s/early-'70s heyday, while guitarist Luther Grosvenor became a member of Mott the Hoople after changing his name to Ariel Bender (he also received some less than flattering reviews from several young women in the documentary Groupies, but that's another story).
If the V.I.P.s aren't enough to make anyone forget the Yardbirds or the Pretty Things based on this material, they could certainly hold their own in a contest with most of their other contemporaries, and the segue from the frantic rocker "Rosemarie" into a jazzy take on "In the Wee Wee Hours" (here called "Late Night Blues") shows they had impressive versatility. Anyone with a taste for Anglo R&B from the classic era would do well to give this a spin.(allmusic)
Surely the V.I.P's were one of the stronger bands in this genre. They did inventive versions of the classics and they did very very good own songs. In the end the band evolved in Spooky Tooth with temporary success nearly worldwide. This Repertoire release fulfill all you like about these guys.
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