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The Eagles (UK)

The Eagles -- not to be confused with the 1970s California band of that name -- started out in Bristol, England at the end of the '50s. Terry Clarke (lead guitar), Johnny Payne (rhythm guitar), Michael Brice (bass), and Rod Meacham (drums) were all students at Connaught Road School, and they took the group name from the Eagle House Youth Club, to which they all belonged. The quartet played local dances, parties, and bingo halls, often passing the hat to be paid. A pivotal moment came with their appearance at Royal Festival Hall in 1962, in the final round of the Rhythm Group of the Year competition. They were seen there by composer Ron Grainer, who liked what he heard and had a particular project in mind for them -- he had to write the score for a movie built around the Duke of Edinborough's anti-juvenile delinquency youth club project, entitled Some People. The movie was to be shot in Bristol, and already a local singer named Valerie Mountain had been selected for the soundtrack -- this band, from a youth club in Bristol, seemed perfect, both for the film and the score he envisioned.

No one was more astonished than the members themselves. And it only got better when Grainer got them a recording contract with Pye Records. An EP of the soundtrack to Some People reached number two and remained on those listings for 21 weeks. The band debut single, "Bristol Express" b/w "Johnny's Tune," was released in June of that year, and while it never charted, the reaction was promising. By the fall of that year, though they hadn't charted a single, the band suddenly found themselves the most visible instrumental group in England other than the Shadows. And prospects only got brighter in 1963, when they were on a package tour playing backup to Johnny Tillotson and Del Shannon, who was so impressed with them that he wanted the Eagles as his permanent backing band. Finally, in August of 1963, they got out their first LP, Smash Hits from the Eagles.

The group seemed headed for another good year in 1964, and then Ron Grainer, who had guided their careers and their music for two years, was literally struck blind. Although he survived and would continue to write excellent music, his career as their producer was ended. His loss proved crucial, and by the end of 1964, by which time Meacham had succumbed to an unrelated mental breakdown, the band had called it quits. The members went their separate ways, Payne and Brice returning to Bristol, while Terry Clarke continued to work in London, and later passed through the lineup of Pickettywitch before moving to America. The band's music was reissued on CD in the '90s, and since then has received attention from renewed interest in the movie Some People, which is now regarded as something of a '60s cultural artifact. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 1963 The Soundtrack

Disc 1

1. Hey Paula

2. Up On The Roof

3. Little Town Flirt

5. Go Away Little Girl

6. Trouble Is My Middle Name

7. Globetrotter

8. That's What Love Will Do

11. Count On Me

12. Say Wonderful Things

15. Chariot

16. Harvest Of Love

18. Shame, Shame, Shame

20. Hands Off, Stop Muckin' About

21. Hobbies

22. Only The Heartaches

24. Hello Stranger

25. Sweets For My Sweet

Disc 2

1. Twist And Shout

4. From Me To You

6. Summer Skies & Golden Sands

9. Wipeout

10. Christine

11. Some Other Guy

14. You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry

16. Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya

19. Hippy Hippy Shake

20. That Boy Of Mine

21. From Russia With Love

22. You're No Good

23. Money (That's What I Want)

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Track List: 1964 The Soundtrack

Disc 1

1. Needles And Pins

2. Surfin' Bird

4. All My Loving

5. Just A Little Bit

7. If You Love Me (Really Love Me)

8. Long Tall Sally

10. Suspicion

11. Every Day I Have To Cry

12. Housewives Choice

14. Hi Heel Sneakers

15. King Of Kings

17. World Without Love

19. The Shoop Shoop Song

20. The Way You Do The Things You Do

21. Don't Throw Your Love Away

22. I Wish You Would

23. Dimples

25. Chapel Of Love

Disc 2

1. You Really Got Me

3. Baby, What's Wrong?

4. Remember (Walking In The Sand)

5. Handy Man

6. Come To Me

7. Bye Bye Baby

9. When You Walk In The Room

10. He's In Town

11. (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me

13. Wild Side Of Life

16. And I Love Her

18. Leader Of The Pack

19. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

20. Downtown

21. Little Baby

22. I'm A Lover Not A Fighter

23. Girl Don't Come

24. Cast Your Fate To The Wind

25. Terry

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Track List: Mop Top Pop, Vol. 3

Disc 1

1. Don't Throw Your Love Away

2. I Pretend I'm With You

3. Talk To Me

4. Show You Mean It Too

5. Everything I Do Is Wrong

6. Don't Bother Me

7. Make Sure That You're Mine

8. Baby Don't Cry

9. Will You Or Won't You

11. You Still Want Me

12. You Do Something To Me

13. It's Great

14. Anymore

17. Doin' The Mod

18. All I Want Is You

19. I Missed You

20. You Might As Well Forget Him

21. It's As Simple As That

22. September In The Rain

23. Gone, Gone Away

26. You're A Wonderful One

27. The Way You Do The Things You Do

28. Near You

29. Don't Wanna Go On Shaking

30. He's Telling You Lies

Disc 2

1. How Do You Fix A Broken Heart

2. Please Don't Tell

3. Just You Wait And See

6. I Only Care About You

7. Blue Star

10. Come On Pretty Baby

11. Sally Go Round The Roses

12. I Know A Girl

13. I Just Wanna Make Love To You

14. Mean Woman Blues

23. Someday We're Gonna Love Again

24. No One Else Could Love You

25. Land Of Love

29. You Really Got Me

30. It's Alright

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The (American) Eagles, lol. Bird poop. No soul or originality at all. So what, they sold more of their mediocre hits--McDona l d s can make the same claim. These surf groups made people get up and dance. Especially those girls in the bikinis. :-) They didn't take themselves so seriously back then.
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eaglesnestst u d i o
To the dude about the shadows...

The Shadows are the tamest thing i have ever heard.

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simon7aus
@john54329 and The Shadows blow both The Ventures and The American group The Eagles away
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I like it
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sterrettbarb
Cool
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PIPELINE: It's as though none of you has heard the original version by The Chantays. Being the composers and originators of the gliss' (fdddddddd downward) sound incorporated , that turns it from just another 60's surf song to a memorable one, they did it with feeling and energy, rather than just being one more instrumental band playing the song.
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Great, How do I select Ches songs??
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f1junkie
regarding the two different Eagles, The Dude said it best
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mziafathy
more chili peppers
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nothing like comparing apples to oranges.
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Has some one out there remember a group called the Delfi's from Mass around the 60's
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you are right, Larry is nuts. Very nice, but The Ventures are better and the American Eagles blow this away. Number one selling album of all time (RIAA). Best of The Eagles.
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braves06
Larry is an imbecile
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better than the American Eagles
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j.adams000
coooool
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way too cool for school
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jimilives
Very groovy

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