Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Would You Believe ... Billy Nicholls

Would You Believe   ... Billy Nicholls

Would You Believe is an album by Billy Nicholls recorded in 1968.
Billy Nicholls was originally hired by Andrew Loog Oldham as a staff writer for Oldham's Immediate Records. Oldham was so entranced by the Beach Boys' 1966 album, Pet Sounds that he enlisted songwriter Billy Nicholls to record a British response, which became this largely forgotten album. The Small Faces' Steve Marriott can be heard very prominently on "Would You Believe?", despite Oldham's attempts to drown them out with heavy orchestration. Oldham wanted this to be the British Pet Sounds but financial difficulties with the label caused it to be shelved (it only achieved an initial promotional run of 100 copies, as Immediate IMCP009) before it ever hit the streets.
In 1998 Nicholls released it on his own label Southwest Records, and on 29 Max 2006 it was eventually released by Castle Communications (CMQDD1358).

[edit] Original Track listing

All tracks composed by Billy Nicholls; except where indicated
  1. "Would You Believe?" (Jeremy Paul) - 2:41
  2. "Come Again" - 2:34
  3. "Life Is Short" - 3:07
  4. "Feeling Easy" - 3:12
  5. "Daytime Girl" - 2:14
  6. "Daytime Girl (Coda)" - 1:36
  7. "London Social Degree" - 2:20
  8. "Portobello Road" - 2:05
  9. "Question Mark" - 2:26
  10. "Being Happy" - 2:28
  11. "Girl From New York" - 3:16
  12. "It Brings Me Down" - 4:39
Billy Nicholls' song 'Cut and Come Again' sung by Del Shannon

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