Castle Pie
Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Instrumental Rock, Early British Pop/Rock, British Invasion

Album Review

The Beatles are almost universally cited as the band that launched the British Invasion on the American pop charts, but the truth is, another U.K. band managed to top the Billboard Hot 100 a little more than a year before the Fab Four broke through in the United States. The Tornados were a combo put together by Joe Meek, a British independent record producer with an eccentric streak and an ear for unusual sounds. While the Tornados were the backing group for some of Meek's studio sessions and became the road band for British rock icon Billy Fury, in 1962 Meek had them record an instrumental tune he'd written, with keyboard man Roger LaVern playing the melody on a cheap battery-powered organ called a Clavioline. Run through Meek's banks of homemade electronics, the recording had an unusual sound that stood out from other tunes on the radio, and "Telstar" became a massive international hit, and the first single from a U.K. rock band to go to number one in America. The Tornados never had another hit, but they made plenty more memorable recordings with Meek, and Telstar brings together 19 songs that show off the band's breezy style and Meek's strange but wonderful ways in the recording studio.
Mark Deming, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Telstar
  2. Love and Fury
  3. Jungle Fever
  4. Globetrotter
  5. The Ice Cream Man
  6. Hot Pot
  7. Exodus
  8. Early Bird
  9. Stompin' Through the Rye
  10. Aqua Marina
  11. Pop Art Goes Mozart
  12. Too Much in Love to Hear
  13. Do You Come Here Often
  14. Red Roses and Sky of Blue
  15. Earthly
  16. Swinging Beefeater
  17. My Baby
  18. Long Tall Sally
  19. Indian Brave