Two Faces of Fame/Third Face of Fame

Two Faces of Fame/Third Face of Fame

by Georgie Fame, John Lennon Georgie Fame
Two Faces of Fame/Third Face of Fame

Two Faces of Fame/Third Face of Fame

by Georgie Fame, John Lennon Georgie Fame




Georgie Fame is one of the most fascinating personalities and restless musicians ever to emerge from the British music scene of the early '60s, and continues his adventures in the 21st century -- most notably as a sideman with Van Morrison, who's lucky to have him. In any case, the BGO (Beat Goes On) label, which specializes in prime reissues, has done a wonder job here. While it's true that Fame's records have been reissued here and there since the dawn of CDs, most of what is available currently (2006) are compilations of his early- and mid-'60s hits. That's all well and good because the man released some real smokers. But it's not the same as being able to listen to the process, to be able to engage an entire album as it was assembled. And these two offerings, The Two Faces of Fame from 1967 and The Third Face of Fame from 1968, are fine examples. The former is named The Two Faces of Fame in that the first side was a live date with killer selections like his boss reads of "Greenback Dollar Bill," "River's Invitation," and "Bluesology." The second side, recorded in the studio, contains the stomping B-3 and horn-driven soul of "El Pussycat" and a couple of standards in Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen's "It Could Happen to You" and Rodgers & Hart's "Do It the Hard Way." The next album, The Third Face of Fame, contains Fame's only Stateside hit in his awesomely old-school vaudevillian "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde." Whereas Flatt & Scruggs were enjoying chart success -- again -- for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," on the opening tune here Fame covered the Peter Callander and Mitch Murray song that told the entire story. And with horns, an upright piano, and a hip little bassline, he did a hepcat update of the old nugget and it was a smash. Other tracks include "Bullets Laverne," "St. James Infirmary" (which digs deep into the blues), Lennon and McCartney's "When I'm Sixty-Four," and Donovan's "Mellow Yellow." This is a great grab-bag of prime Fame and a fine place to start.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2006
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261207081
catalogNumber: 708
Rank: 116050


  1. Greenback Dollar Bill
  2. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
  3. River's Invitation
  4. Bluesology
  5. Don't Try
  6. Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
  7. You're Driving Me Crazy
  8. C'est La Vie
  9. El Pussycat
  10. It Could Happen to You
  11. Do It the Hard Way
  12. The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde
  13. When I'm Sixty-Four
  14. Ask Me Nice
  15. Exactly Like You
  16. Someone to Watch Over Me
  17. Blue Prelude
  18. Bullets Laverne
  19. This Is Always
  20. Side by Side
  21. St. James Infirmary
  22. Mellow Yellow

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Georgie Fame   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Vocals
Tubby Hayes   Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
John McLaughlin   Rhythm
Derek Watkins   Trumpet
Kenny Wheeler   Trumpet
Gordon Beck   Piano,Rhythm
Tony Coe   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Phil Bates   Drums
Greg Bowen   Trumpet
Alan Branscombe   Alto Saxophone
Keith Christie   Trombone
Frank Clarke   Bass
Jeff Clyne   Bass
Condon   Trumpet
Art Ellefson   Saxophone
Bill Eyden   Drums,Rhythm
Hughie Flint   Drums
Arthur Greenslade   Piano
Ian Hamer   Trumpet
Derek Healey   Trumpet
Hayden Jackson   Drums
George Kish   Guitar
Harry Klein   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Dick Morrissey   Tenor Saxophone
Morris Platt   Trombone
Cyril Reubens   Saxophone
Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton   Trumpet
Derek Wadsworth   Trombone
Gib Wallace   Trombone
Tommy Whittle   Saxophone
Harry South   Conductor
Ronnie Seabrooke   Bass Guitar
Chris Frazer Smith   Trombone
Ronnie Scott's Quintet   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Tubby Hayes   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Peter Callander   Composer
Denny Cordell   Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Dave Siddle   Engineer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Derek Wadsworth   Arranger
Harry Warren   Composer
Nigel Hunter   Liner Notes
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Mike Smith   Producer
Harry South   Arranger
Ted Persons   Composer
Mack Wolfson   Composer
John Hays   Original Sleeve Design
Mitch Murray   Composer
Joe Primrose   Composer
Edward R. White   Composer

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