The Untamed

Gimme Gimme: Singles and Unreleased Rarities 1965-1966

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Both sides of all four of the singles the Untamed recorded for producer Shel Talmy, as well as no less than a dozen unreleased singles and some 1966 jingles they did for Radio London, comprise this exemplary overview of this minor but talented mod band's work. Indeed, the only flaw is the absence of their 1964 Decca debut single, "So Long"/"Just Wait" (available on the obscure various-artists anthology Untamed and Innocent). The Untamed occupied an unusual niche in the mid-'60s British mod rock scene: jazzy, but not quite as jazzy as Georgie Fame, but certainly not as much straight-ahead rock as the Who or the Small Faces. They executed this unusual balancing act well on most of their singles, and the unreleased material is of a surprisingly high standard, whether originals in the same mold as the singles ("I'm Miserable") or covers of more explicitly jazz and pop tunes ("Evening," "Young Girl of Sixteen"). A real find is the sullen "Kids Take Over," which according to the track listings was written by Pete Townshend, though the Who never released a version of it; oddly, the detailed liner notes make no mention of how the Untamed came to record it. Collectors note: The version of their 1966 single "Daddy Longlegs" here is the one with brass; the one without brass that also came out on a 1966 single is on RPM's Best of Planet Records various-artists anthology.

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