The Sorrows - You've Got What I Want: 1965-1967

Coventry's The Sorrows barely register a footnote in the history of the 1960s British beat boom, but to fans of the genre they are remembered for several fine singles and the fact they prospered long enough to record a now collectable album - a treat denied many of their contemporaries.

Theirs is a familiar period story. Picked up by the Pye subsidiary Piccadilly towards the end of 1964, a couple of flop singles (including one written by Mort 'Viva Las Vegas' Shuman) looked to kill their career before it had even properly begun. They were saved by the brooding 'Take A Heart', all throbbing bass and moody production which peaked at number 21 and, although a cover itself, inspired several more versions, including one by the 'N Betweens - a band best known for including members of a pre-fame Slade.

The follow-up, 'You've Got What I Want' was even better, a barely controlled runaway train of frantic percussion and pent-up frustration that even major league stars like the Stones could barely match. Strangely, it failed to chart although the band were given the opportunity to issue a full length disc on the back of their modicum of success. Sadly it too flopped, despite some solid material (including the Bob Dylan-baiting 'Don't Sing No Sad Songs For Me') and the band decanted to Italy where they eked out a living in the clubs and bars to local audiences still hungry for a British invasion of a different sort.

Grapefruit's new Sorrows collection rounds up everything the average fan of minor league 60s r'n'b/beat could ever want, with David Wells' sleeve notes (complete with period photographs and memorabilia) providing a comprehensive overview of their career. Despite the fact there there were better bands even at this level - The Eyes, The Primitives - this is still an essential purchase for students of the genre.

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