Beverley on a groovy Euro pic sleeve (that I do not own…)
Listen/Download – Beverley – Where The Good Times Are
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I hope everyone is digging the most recent edition of the Iron Leg Radio Show. It will of course be placed in the archive where you can pull down the ones and zeros at your leisure, whenever you feel like stuffing something groovy in your ears.
Speaking of something groovy, let’s sit down and check out ‘Where the Good Times Are’ by Beverley.
This is one of those cases where it pays to keep your eyes and ears peeled, and hanging around (personally and virtually) the right people pays off.
Earlier this year, my man Derek See (he of Derek’s Daily 45), who I have never met in person but have interacted with on the interwebs, and who is a record cat who I hold in high esteem, posted this very record. It good and blew my mind and got wedged in the nooks and crannies of my fevered brain where it stayed until a short while later when another one of my record pals included it on a sale list which is where I got the copy you see before you today.
Now, if you are a fan of the storied Deram label, home to much groovy psychedelic and freakbeaty music, you will be pleased to find out (though you may very well already know) that Beverley’s ‘Where the Good Times Are’ (in actuality the much better b-side of a tune called ‘Happy New Year’) was the very first 45 issued on the label.
It is – in many ways – the perfect storm of a record.
First and foremost, it’s another in a long line of ‘swing on by this groovy scene’ records in which the listener is invited to fall by the coolest place around, of which there were many in the 60s (and later, of course). Kind of like Petula Clark’s ‘I Know a Place’ but 100 times cooler.
Second, the record, which scores a perfect 100 points on the Grogan Freakbeat Scale (which I just invented) is a tornado of fuzzed out pop goodness, with pounding piano by Nicky Hopkins and crazed guitar by none other than James Patrick Page, who was taking a short respite from trying to conjure Beelzebub to lay down some crazed sounds on this very 45.
Beverley (nee Kutner) was a veritable pop scene satellite of her time, ricocheting all over the world, appearing on the cover of Bert Jansch’s 1965 album ‘It Don’t Bother Me’, recording this 45 (and one more for Deram), meeting up with Paul Simon during his sojourn in the UK and coming to New York where she put in a cameo appearance on one of my all-time fave Simon and Garfunkel records ‘Fakin’ It’ (it is she who speaks the ‘Good Morning Mr Leitch’ line in the song), after which she returned to the UK and in 1969 became Mrs John Martyn (yes, the UK folk god) with whom she recorded several albums.
She has also had her own career as a solo and a side-person, but no matter how much she did, she never (at least in my opinion), ever did anything as cool as ‘Where the Good Times Are’.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back next week.