St John and the Crew
I am a huge fan of vintage comps (i.e those released in the 60s) as they are a fantastic way to find unusual/unknown tracks, or things that are otherwise only available of very expensive 45s.
A while back I grabbed the Dutch comp ‘All Together Now’ released on the Turnette label in 1968.
The record is a collection of 45s released in the Netherlands on labels like Park, Whamm, and Ronnex labels by a variety of pop and beat groups/artists.
Today’s tracks by St John and the Crew were originally released on the group’s sole Whamm 45 in 1966/67.
The group, Jan Stam, Klaas Benschot, Nico Veenman, Theo Daatselaar, and Ton Vosmeer hailed from Utrecht.
‘I’m a Man’ is a very groovy, fuzzed out bit of Nederbeat/garage that sounds (accents aside) like a US garage 45.
The flip ‘You Belong To Me’ is the highlight. A fantastic, moody beat ballad it ought to be much better known.
Botht tracks were reissued in the 80s on the Nederbeat comps ‘Flight To Lowlands Paradise’ and ‘Highlights In the Lowlands’.
I hope you dig the tracks, and I’ll see you all next week.
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