VA – You Heard Them Here First (Rock’s Icons Before They Were Famous) (2009)

Posted by Green on October 25, 2020
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Everyone has to start somewhere, even famous rock stars. Not many of them achieved stardom with their first record. That’s the theme of “You Heard Them Here First”, a collection of two-dozen cuts by big name acts, all recorded before anyone knew them from Adam.

Take Arthur Lee, wigged-out lynchpin of the band Love, who in his early dues-paying days briefly fronted an obscure instrumental combo. The MGs were a big noise in Memphis, but few folk in Los Angeles got to hear the L.A.G.s. Now’s your chance. Or Marty Balin, who, long before Jefferson Airplane took off, tried his hand at teen idol-dom, seemingly unaware the world already had a Gene Pitney, a Ricky Nelson and a Bobby Vee. Who knew?

Everyone knows the Righteous Brothers, but not many are familiar with Bill Medley’s previous group the Paramours, blue-eyed Coasters clones extraordinaire. Motown kyboshed the Mynah Byrds’ chances of stardom by cancelling the release of their single; no one knew who Neil Young and Rick James were at the time. Young’s later back-up band Crazy Horse recorded in earlier guises too, amongst them the Rockets, while the Beefeaters osmosed into the Byrds, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal started out in an unknown group named the Rising Sons and Gram Parsons cut his teeth in the International Submarine Band. Bob Dylan knew a good thing when he heard it and he heard it in Levon & the Hawks, who teamed up with him and changed their name to the Band. The Pigeons found few takers until they slowed things down and re-launched themselves as Vanilla Fudge. Hear all these bands here.


01. Davie Jones with the King Bees – Liza Jane
02. Lewis Reed – Your Love
03. Joe Cocker – I’ll Cry Instead
04. The Mynah Birds – It’s My Time
05. Cherilyn – Dream Baby
06. Danny Lee – Stop Calling Me Baby
07. Levon & The Hawks – The Stones I Throw
08. The Beefeaters – Please Let Me Love You
09. Michael Blessing – The New Recruit
10. The Herd – I Can Fly
11. The Pigeons – In The Midnight Hour
12. J.J. Cale – Outside Lookin’ In
13. The Paramours – Prison Break
14. Marty Balin – You Made Me Fall
15. Arthur Lee & The L.A.G.’s – Rumble-Still-Skins
16. Lyme & Cybelle – Follow Me
17. Link Cromwell – Crazy Like A Fox
18. Bo-Pete – Groovy Little Suzie
19. Mark Robinson – Can’t Let Her See Me Cry
20. Flip Sloan – Little Girl In The Cabin
21. The Internation Submarine Band – Truck Driving Man
22. The Rockets – Hole In My Pocket
23. The Rising Sons – Candy Man
24. Long John Baldry & The Hoochie Coochie Men – Up Above My Head I Hear Music In the Air

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