CURIOSITY SHOPPE - 'Baby I Need You' / 'So Sad' (Deram DM 220) November 1968
I bought a re-issue or bootleg of this the other day. It was offered for sale years ago then disappeared. I had it in my eBay search engine for years hoping that it would be re-listed, then suddenly it reappeared as a BIN for £7.
It sounds killer, really heavy vinyl too, labels are perfect....lovely solid centre. If it's a bootleg it has been made with extreme care and attention to detail.
So what about the group? Curiosity Shoppe were a five piece, no-hit wonder from Liverpool and only released one single. According to the CD liners of Deram's 'Psychedelic Scene', Curiosity Shoppe played The Cavern and had a loyal following but were virtually unknown outside of Merseyside.
"Baby I Need You" is a hammond organ driven pounder that builds to a rave-up ending and is similar to Deep Purple's take on "Hush"...intense.
The flip 'So Sad' is non comp, which is very strange as it's also a winner. The sound is a slow blues burner with hammond and soulful vocals.
Over the years 'Baby I Need You' has been compiled on Broken Dreams #1, Rubble #14 and The Psychedelic Scene. Hardly anything has been written about them. The only ephemera I have where Curiosity Shoppe are highlighted is in the early 90s fanzine '117', issue #3.
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