Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich [Fontana]

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Although the success of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich was nominal in the States, they fared significantly better throughout Europe. Dave "Dee" Harman (guitar/vocals), Trevor "Dozy" Davies (bass), John "Beaky" Diamond (rhythm guitar), Michael "Mick" Wilson (drums), and Ian "Tich" Amey (lead guitar) were an instrumentally self-contained unit with a penchant for aggressive pop leanings that remained buoyant and catchy, while simultaneously flirting with the subterranean freakbeat and mod rock scenes as well. That distinction can be heard between the pulsating rhythms of "Hold Tight," "No More Love," and "We Got a Good Thing Goin'" -- recalling the unmistakable sound of the Dave Clark Five. "Frustration," "Hard to Love You," and "All I Want to Do" are among the standout rockers with a notably edgier sting and sonic punch. This is stylistically augmented by the equally moving balladry of "Here's a Heart" and the emotive midtempo "Something I Gotta Tell You." [Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich's recorded legacy is only partially represented by their LP, however. In many (if not most) cases, 7" single releases would boast considerably different mixes or tunes that were otherwise not available on the 12" platters. Enthusiasts of the band should take note of the 2003 reissue of First Album, as it boasts no less than a dozen bonus tracks consisting mostly of 45-only sides and alternate edits.]