Recognising the ex-Backbeats and being suitably convinced by their performance, Dave offered to record Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth. With Edmunds promising to get the Sunsets signed to his current label Parlophonethis effectively put an end to the band's association with Rip It Up - Shakin Stevens & The Sunsets* - Rockin & Shakin / Im No J.D.
(CD) Peel. Although a much more successful foray into the studio than the Dandelion tapes, the sessions were not without their problems. Remembering Rockin' Louie as a frontman from the Backbeat days, Dave Edmunds insisted Louie sang lead vocals on several of the tracks, much to Shaky's annoyance.
Although it was, at the time, an unfamiliar song to Edmunds, he was inspired to record his own version later that same year.
The album received some positive reviews, particularly for the authenticity of Edmunds' production which was full of 50s style slapback echo. The Sunsets' fortunes began to deteriorate further when Dave Edmunds' Rip It Up - Shakin Stevens & The Sunsets* - Rockin & Shakin / Im No J.D.
(CD) version of "I Hear You Knocking" was released as a single and began storming up the charts. However, as soon as the record had reached number one in the UK and was on its way to selling five million copies, the EMI label claimed a breach of contract.
The resulting backlash saw Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets removed from the Parlophone roster. Following the Parlophone disappointment, the band experienced a few personnel changes. After a drunken episode which saw him smash a full bottle of whisky over Shaky's head, bassist Steven Percy was asked to leave the Sunsets.
Their replacements were bass player George Chick, who offered an exciting visual element with his wild stage performance, and Bristolian rock and roll pianist Mike 'Ace' Skudder, who was also no slouch when it came to entertaining an audience.
Marchand promised the Sunsets that, with his connections in the music business, he could get them a contract with CBS Records. Halfway through the sessions, Carl Petersen left and the album was completed with the ace Welsh rock and roll guitarist Mickey Gee. Although he remained with the Sunsets to play a few gigs after the sessions had finished, his stay with the band was short lived. However, Mickey Gee was to perform a major role in Shakin' Stevens' success of the early 80s, adding his distinctive lead guitar to many of Shaky's biggest hit records.
Early inthe band were offered the chance to record another album with Donny Marchand for the budget label Contour, a subsidiary of Polydor. The Sunsets were reluctant to agree at first having yet to receive royalties from Marchand for I'm No J. The Sunsets were disappointed with the results and yet again the record, named Rockin' And Shakin'failed to sell.
Despite their lack of chart success, Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets were still a popular live act enjoying regular and well attended gigs across the UK. Their reputation as a live act soon spread to Europe and the group embarked on a tour of Sweden in August By this point, the line-up had changed again with Ian Lawrence replacing Blackmore on guitar and Tony Britnall previously with the Fortunes and Jigsaw becoming the new sax player.
Britnall was another showman to complement George Chick and Ace Skudder, not to mention the actual frontman Shakin' Stevens.
The Sunsets had now grown into a formidable live act which was being lapped up by the Europeans who, unlike British audiences, had yet to tire of rock and roll music. A meeting in the autumn of with a Dutchman named Cyril Van Der Hemel convinced Paul Barrett that Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets should forget about the unprofitable one-off record deals in Britain and should instead concentrate on the much more lucrative live circuit on the European continent.
Van Der Hemel ran a production company named Tulip which focused on promoting British acts who had failed in their homeland. He promised the Sunsets professionally run tours in the Netherlands and other parts of Europe and a Dutch record contract which the band might actually be able to make some money out of. The Sunsets were considered successful enough in the Netherlands for them to be placed above Argent on the bill at that August's Emmen Festival, much to the disgust of the progressive rock giants who were something of a big deal in the UK at the time.
The album and "Honey Honey" single were eventually licensed to the Emerald Gem label for release in the UK but, perhaps predictably, both sunk without trace. It would be well over two years before Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets were to release anymore records in Britain. Not that the Sunsets were short of gigs in the UK. One notable appearance around this time was at the 21st birthday party for Kenneth Tynan 's daughter at the Young Vic theatre in London.
Amongst the star studded crowd were Peter Sellers and Liza Minnelli as well as the Irish novelist Edna O'Brien who apparently took a keen interest in Shakin' Stevens, inviting him back to her Chelsea flat. The happily married Shaky only agreed on the proviso that he could bring the rest of the band with him. Early saw yet more upheavals in the band's line-up as both Ian Lawrence and George Chick left the group to be replaced by Mike Lloyd Jones and Malcolm Priest on lead guitar and bass respectively.
The irrepressible Tony Britnall also decided it was time to move on and chose to remain in the Netherlands, where he later become involved in the team behind the Stars on 45 phenomenon of the early 80s.
Thanks in part to a prominent TV appearance, the single still credited to Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets actually managed to reach the Dutch Top Later duringthe Sunsets took advantage of a friend's offer to knock up some demos in his Dutch recording studio. Ironically, these rough recordings, including versions of "Tiger", "Silver Wings" and "Sugaree", were later licensed to numerous labels throughout the s and would end up as probably the most widely distributed of all the music made by Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets.
With Dureco requesting a new LP from the Sunsets, found Paul Barrett attempting to create a concept album exploring the relationship between the gangsters of the s with the 'outlaw' music created by the rock Rip It Up - Shakin Stevens & The Sunsets* - Rockin & Shakin / Im No J.D. (CD) roll stars of the s.
Taking his lead from the notorious bank robber John DilingerBarrett named the album Manhattan Melodrama a reference to the film Dillinger watched shortly before he was shot dead.
However, yet again, the band felt they were not given the time to create the record they wanted and, once producer Schell Shelvekins had spent months overdubbing synthesizers and remixing the album to his satisfaction, Rip It Up - Shakin Stevens & The Sunsets* - Rockin & Shakin / Im No J.D.
(CD), the Sunsets had just about disowned the project. When the record was finally released later in only in the Netherlandseven the sleeve failed to gain the band's appreciation: "I wouldn't have packaged potatoes in that cover", complained Paul Barrett.
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I bought this album because I had to had it in my collection, because its a fine album. Its not excellent, but its okay to listen. I would recommend this album if you like old rock: like Elvis, The Beatles and such. But if you are the kind of girl or guy who likes techno, electronica, I would not have bought Rip It Up - Shakin Stevens & The Sunsets* - Rockin & Shakin / Im No J.D. (CD) album. Its a good album no doubt about it.
See all reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get free delivery with Amazon Prime. When the Denims broke up, Barratt formed a new group named the Rebels. Paul Barrett reluctantly went to see the Rebels after a recommendation early in Although unimpressed with the band, Barrett saw something in their young singer.
He offered to manage Michael Barratt on the condition that he left the Rebels and, secondly, find a new stage name, Rip It Up - Shakin Stevens & The Sunsets* - Rockin & Shakin / Im No J.D. (CD). Barratt agreed, left the Rebels and renamed himself Shakin' Stevens. Barrett would manage Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets untileven appearing on stage with them as a vocalist.
When Shaky began rehearsals for Elvis! This worked okay until one night at the Rock Garden, London when the audience became disappointed by the non-appearance of Shakin' Stevens and nearly rioted. The venue's management used this to negotiate a rebate from Paul Barrett, a suggestion which nearly ended in a violent confrontation. The Sunsets persisted for a few more years with Barrett arranging tours of the Netherlands and Ireland as well as many one night gigs in the UK.
Barrett negotiated Rockin' Louie's recording of an album titled 'It Will Stand' for Charly records that became a minor seller in European markets and a minor hit in the Southern US states. When Louie finally left the Sunsets and reformed the Backbeats, Barrett decided the time had arrived to sever his association with the Sunsets. Several years later the Sunsets started performing again with original members, but with no further association with Barrett.
Stevens signed a new management deal with Freya Miller in and went on to national and international success. Barrett became embroiled in litigation for twenty years over unpaid royalties from several albums that had been written and produced under his guidance, but later rereleased to commercial success. The prosecution claimed that the former band members were due a share of royalties which Shaky and his management had received from the reissue of the album A Legend in the early s.
Shaky was willing to call a truce after that court case, Paul Barrett was still angry about the non-payment of royalties from the I'm No J. Barrett reissued both albums on a single CD in under the uncompromising title of How To Be Awarded Two Gold Records And Not Be Paid A Penny in Royaltiescomplete with sleeve notes issuing a challenge to both Sony and Universal who now officially own the rights to the two records to sue him if they believed their rights had been breached.
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