The Downliners Sect

The Definitive Downliners Sect: Singles A's & B's

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Definitive, yes -- both sides of all eight of their Columbia singles, both sides of their one Pye single, their 1965 The Sect Sing Sick Songs EP, their ultra-rare self-released Nite at Gt. Newport Street EP from early 1964, and demos of "Cadillac" and "Roll over Beethoven" from 1963 and 1964, respectively. Twenty-nine songs in all, spanning 1963-1967, many of which didn't make it onto the three albums they released during this period. Good? No, not really. As performers the Sect didn't only verge on inept, they were at times downright careless, as if they couldn't be bothered to polish things a bit in the studio. As (infrequent) songwriters, their talent was nearly nonexistent. It's hard to believe anyone thought most of these sides had any commercial potential, either in the band or at the record label; the material is largely lackluster, and not even especially well chosen (a few of the songs on their first and third LPs would have been much better bets). Highlights are the Newport EP, which at least finds them playing things a bit straight and passionate, with a ramshackle version of "Green Onions" and a good cut of Bo Diddley's "Nursery Rhymes"; the 1965 single "Bad Storm Coming" is a fairly moody number. That's a pretty low return on a band that enjoys a vociferous following among some collectors, although they were really a pedestrian British R&B band with a propensity toward parched humor and odd novelty tunes that hasn't aged well.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:51
2 2:33
3 3:18
4
3:30
5 3:09
6 3:16
7
2:56
8
2:07
9 2:45
10
2:02
11
2:11
12
2:22
13 3:04
14
2:01
15
3:41
16
4:15
17
2:45
18
2:24
19
2:45
20
2:38
21 2:45
22 2:37
23
3:08
24
2:46
25
2:16
26
1:49
27
2:07
28
2:51
29
1:46
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