Thursday, September 1, 2011

More U.K. Obscurities On U.S. Labels: Liverpool's Escorts

THE ESCORTS-Come On Home Baby/You'll Get No Loving That Way U.S. Fontana F1512 1965












The Escorts were one of those late era Liverpool bands who got signed in '64 when the whole Merseybeat bubble had just about burst and sadly missed the boat in the fame and top ten hits game.  They recorded six singles in '64-'66, none of which sadly made much impression.  They are most famous because their lead singer, Terry Sylvester, jumped ship to join the Swinging Blue Jeans to replace Ralph Ellis in 1966 before the Escorts final single which we discussed over at:

http://anorakthing.blogspot.com/2010/05/liverpools-last-gasp.html

Sylvester then moved on to The Hollies in January 1969 to replace Graham Nash, a post he held until 1981. This was The Escort's fourth release (seeing the light of day over the pond as Fontana TF 570 in May 1965). It was written by the Addrisi brothers (responsible for the rocking "That's When Happiness Began" and  The Association's smash "Never My Love", among others). "Come On Home Baby" is my favorite of all the Escorts tracks. It's driven along by future Hollie Sylvester's strong lead vocals and excellent harmonies.  It has a nice gritty little guitar solo as well.  The flip side, "You'll Get No Loving That Way" is a mid paced number that's actually quite decent and is slightly reminiscent of The Everly Brothers.

Both sides were compiled on The Escorts LP/CD anthology on Edsel "From The Blue Angel".

The Escorts in possibly the worst get ups next to the Merseybeats Henry VIII collars....














You can hear both tracks as well as the entire "From The Blue Angel" over at:

http://phrockblog11.blogspot.com/2009/04/escorts-from-blue-angel-1964-1966-uk.html

Or hear "Come On Home Baby":

http://youtu.be/BydmUq9cRco

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