Saturday, November 14, 2009

Rhino's Rock Explosion: The British Invasion in Photos 1962-1967

Herman's Hermits
The Pretty Things
The Creation
Marianne Faithful
Sandie Shaw
Peter and Gordon

The Who
The Yardbirds
The Zombies

In the late '80s, Rhino Records began releasing a series of 9 CDs that provided a comprehensive overview of the British Invasion (Unfortunately, due to licensing issues, The Beatles could only be represented by "Ain't She Sweet," while The Stones and Who are not represented at all). Mastered by Bill Inglot, the discs boasted some of the best-sounding sources and rare mono versions of the era's singles. Because of these factors, the discs are highly sought after by collectors and fans. Rhino also included bands that were lesser known on this side of the pond, including The Pretty Things, Tomorrow, The Action and The Creation.

All 9 discs were released in boxed set format, accompanied by a book entitled Rock Explosion: The British Invasion in Photos 1962 - 1967, from which these scans were created. Although the boxed set commands exorbitant prices, individual volumes can sometimes be found used for reasonable prices. If you don't have the set, I highly recommend seeking each volume out! The photos in the book are quite nice as well. (Thanks to Jeff for the book!)

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