THE SHAKESPEARES - "Burning My Fingers" / "Something To Believe In" (RCA Victor 1695) May 1968

I've been wanting to add this disc to my collection for many years and I finally scored a copy last week, quite cheap too at £30 for something that looked virtually unplayed. There's hardly a mark on the labels either.

According to an in depth Shakespeares online article they hailed from Rhodesia and started off as a beat group called The Dynamics but made their way to Europe during 1965 for gigs, settling in Belgium. It was in Belgium that they signed to the Ronnex label and changed their name to The Shakespeares, perhaps for a more British sounding moniker.

"Burning My Fingers" was released in Belgium in June 1967 housed in a psychedelically charged cartoon picture sleeve. The music contained within certainly does it justice. "Burning My Fingers" is a stunning fuzztoned 'mod goes psych' sounding nugget and is simply superb.

It took some time for the single to make it's way to Britain eventually finding a release on RCA Victor almost a year later. The UK version is much more difficult to find than the European counterpart.

Johnny Kreuger, Martin Pigott, Alan Escombe, Kris Kritzinger,
Chris Stone, alias Sox © Jean Jieme