An original copy is very hard to find and very expensive, so this the (second?) best offer to obtain the unbelievable music of Billy Nicholls: 'Would You Believe'.
Initially pressed as Immediate IMCP009 in 1968, this release on Tenth Planet TP042 is from 1998, issued under lisence from Castle Communications. Pressed in a limited edition, handnumbered 669/1000.
'Would You Believe' is recorded late 1967/ early 1968 and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham with Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane ( Small Faces).
Musical contributions from among others: Ian MacLagan, Nicky Hopkins, John Paul Jones and Kenney Jones.
The media is hardly played and clean: NM or M-, the sleeve has a small cornerbumb: VG+.
The insert is NM.
Genre: Rock, Blues, Pop
Style: Psychedelic Rock
Billy's first album, produced by Andrew Oldham and featuring The Small Faces.
This highly sought-after album only achieved an initial promotional run of 100 copies before Immediate Records ran into difficulty.
Over the years this album has come to achieve worldwide cult status amongst the 60s Beatles/Beach Boys aficionados.
"Would You Believe" is incredible. Imagine the Psychedelic sounds of The Small Faces meeting The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds," and that equals Billy Nicholls. I don't have that much information on Nicholls, but I believe he is sort of like Speedy Keen of Thunderclap Newman, who was a pal of Pete Townshend and helped out in the studio here and there. Billy did the same thing for The Who in the 70s and afterward. This comes to mind perhaps Pete hires people more talented than him!
The Small Faces helped out with the production and arrangement for the song "Would You Believe," and it clearly has their sound, but Nicholls' talent doesn't disappear in the mix whatsoever. This album is full of brilliant British musicians of its time, with great arrangements by John Paul Jones and Arthur Greenslade, who even worked with Serge Gainsbourg. My favorite cut here is "Girl From New York," which is the perfect combination of power pop melody with heavy 60s guitar groove that is total Mod-tastic. The album comes from the sensibility of British Mod-era music as it went into the late 60s. This album is the perfect sound and example of what was happening at that time, especially in London.
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- Billy Nicholls
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- Would You Believe
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- Deluxe edition, Limited edition, LP's
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- Release year (youngest)
- Excellent (EX)
- insert, Limited & numbered edition, Original inner sleeve
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- Tenth Planet
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