DEL SHANNON - UK SINGLES 1966




DEL SHANNON - 'I Can't Believe My Ears'/'I Wish I Wasn't Me Tonight' (Stateside SS-494) March 1966

Two sides of completely dated early 60s pop. It was 1966 and this kind of fluff had little chance of being a hit. Back in '62 Del's fans would have lapped this kind of sound up, but not now.

'I Wish I Wasn't Me Tonight' is slightly more interesting with it's opening 'Tired Of Waiting For You' guitar rip-off. Even Del Shannon hated this record and admitted that it was a necessary evil to get him out of his contract with Amy Records.

He owed them a single but didn't want to use any of his own creations so recorded a couple of cover versions.



DEL SHANNON - 'The Big Hurt'/'I Got It Bad' (Liberty LIB-55866) April 1966


Free from Amy Records, Del Shannon signed to Liberty Records. He had the opportunity to sign for a new indie label called Colgems but decided he needed a big label to get his music back in the charts. He would still work with his friend Tommy Boyce though and indeed cut one of his songs 'She' in November '66.

'The Big Hurt' deserved to be a big hit record with it's huge production sound by Snuff Garrett & Leon Russell and the eerie 'phazing' effect only available on the mono take.

The flip 'I Got It Bad'...a Shannon original sees him once again in ballad mode but with the required updated '66 sound.

Both sides recorded at RCA Studios, Hollywood, February 1966.



 DEL SHANNON - 'For A Little While'/'Hey! Little Star' (Liberty LIB 55889) June 1966

Shannon goes all folk-pop with the excelent 'For A Little While' notable for a stunning vocal performance, he even manages to mimic the gruff vocals of Barry McGuire on a couple of occasions during his song....one for the kids on the Sunset Strip but they weren't listening.

The flip 'Hey! Little Girl' is dated pop and would appeal to his long time fans. Both sides recorded at RCA Studios, Hollywood and another Snuff Garrett production.

 

DEL SHANNON - 'Under My Thumb'/'She Was Mine' (Liberty F-5590) August 1966

One of the best Rolling Stones cover versions of 'Under My Thumb' you're likely to hear with Del's vocals a match for anyone's. It's a tough remake that faithfully keeps to the original sound, instrumentation laid down by the top Hollywood session players.

Production on both sides credited to Del Shannon and arranged by George Tipton who is perhaps better known for his work with Harry Nilsson. He went onto arrange the all time classic 'Everybody's Talkin.'

Not sure of the reason but 'Under My Thumb' was not released as a single in Britain.


Cashbox advert for 'Under My Thumb' August 1966..
 
 

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  1. DEL SHANNON IS PROBABLY THE MOST UNDERRATED ROCK ARTIST OF ALL TIME. HE IS THE FATHER OF THE BRITISH INVASION SOUND, FIRST INTRODUCED IN HIS 1962 HIT "LITTLE TOWN FLIRT." HIS VERSIONS OF ROLLING STONES SONGS UNDER MY THUMB AND OUT OF TIME ARE FAR SUPERIOR TO THE ORIGINALS. EVEN MORE TO THE POINT, ONLY MARVIN GAYE HAD A BETTER SINGING VOICE. ORBISON IS THE GOLD STANDARD BUT IT IS EASY TO TELL HIS VOICE. LISTEN TO SOME OF DEL'S MORE DIVERSE WORK LIKE HIS FURTHER ADVENTURES OF CHARLES WESTOVER LP OR HOME AND AWAY. NOT ONLY WOULD YOU NOT KNOW IT WAS DEL SHANNON SINGING, YOU PROBABLY WOULDN'T EVEN KNOW IT WAS THE SAME ARTIST ON EVERY TRACK. GREAT SINGER, GREAT SONGWRITER AND BRILLIANT MUSICIAN.

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  2. I can't believe my eyes! Del hating "I can't believe my ears"! It's probably my favourite song of his. Being dated for the year it was released doesn't make it bad - just "Out of time (did Del ever record that - it was ideal for a great Shannon treatment!)

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