TOBY TWIRL-Harry Faversham/Back In Time U.K. Decca F 12728 1968
Decca and Deram benefited from having at their beck and call the services of two incredibly gifted A&R men/producers in the shape of Liverpool's Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington, late of Lee Curtis and The All Stars and The Pete Best Four (they will also go down in history for writing/producing and arranging all the Deram material for the U.K. based South Carolina soul trio The Flirtations). One of their crown jewels in my opinion is this happy/poppy two sider debut by Newcastle-Upon-Tyne's Toby Twirl, named after a 1950's children's book character who happened to be a pig. The band were comprised, as some sources state, from the ashes of The Shades Of Blue. They would go on to cut a total of three brilliant psych/pop 45's for Decca. They were: David Holland (vocals), Barry Sewell (organ), Nick Thorburn (guitar), Stuart Sommerville (bass) and John Reed (drums).
The fact that the band were responsible for three stunning 45's would lead one to believe that there would be a Toby Twirl compilation out there, but none exists as of yet. It is even more criminal that neither side of this 45 graced any volumes of either the "Rubble" or "Great British Psychedelic Trip" compilation series (which leaned heavily, esp. in the case of the latter, on Decca releases). Go figure!
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