John Fred & His Playboy Band

The History of John Fred and the Playboys

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Eclectic 26-song assortment of pop/rock/soul/R&B. Highlights are his 1964 cover of John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen," which stands up to the best early British R&B; the odd, moody "Agnes English" and "Sun City," which shows a strong Animals influence, and of course "Judy In Disguise." A 1958 track that he cut as a teenager recalls a frat-rock Frankie Ford with its low-wattage emulation of the New Orleans sound. Unfortunately there are little in the way of liner notes here, but the grooves prove Fred to be a versatile stylist with much greater depth than the usual one-shot.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:47
2 2:11
3 2:25
4 2:57
5 2:06
6 2:55
7 2:02
8 2:20
9 2:05
10 4:36
11 2:01
12 2:44
13 2:45
14 2:21
15 3:03
16 2:10
17 2:51
18 2:21
19 2:17
20 2:54
21 2:14
22 3:13
23 1:53
24
3:18
25 2:40
26 4:45
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