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Larry's Rebels (A Study In Black)/ The Rebels (Madrigal)

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For the first time on CD and from the original long lost master tapes, Larry’s Rebels 1967 album ‘A Study In Black’ and The Rebels 1969 album ‘Madrigal’ on the one disc.

Frenzy Music's latest classic Kiwi album reissue is a cracker. Larry's Rebels deserved their late 60s pop success, and A Study In Black is typical of its era – a grab-bag of polite covers, from In the Midnight Hour to Skye Boat Song.

But there's a mature, moody feeling in the original numbers Speak My Mind, Stormy Winds and the bluesy workout Flying Scotsman (plus the classic single Let's Think Of Something), and Painter Man's fuzzbox finish hints at the wild boys behind the clean-cut image.

After frontman Larry Morris went solo, the others carried on briefly as the Rebels with new singer Glynn Mason, and 1969's Madrigal has a slicker street soul sound, with covers ranging from the Beatles to Ray Charles and early Bee Gees – though the originals aren't as good, especially the dippy-hippy Little Fairy Michael.

Best tracks: Let's Think Of Something, To Love Somebody.


★★★★/★★★½

  • Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.

Two classic albums from a band who had a major impact on the NZ Sixties music scene on one CD.

In 1967 the group released their first album A Study in Black, which included the Top Ten single ‘Painter Man’ (which was subsequently banned by NZBC radio stations for being a ribald record in bad taste). The tracks for this album were mostly stage favourites, but included five originals – among them ‘Let’s Think of Something’ which went on the win that year’s Silver Scroll.

The band was unravelling, however, and in 1968 Larry Morris left, and the remaining members reverted to calling themselves The Rebels with Glyn Mason taking over on vocals. They then had a number one hit with ‘My Son John’ and released the album ‘Madrigal’. They broke up in 1970.

Track Listing:

DISC 1:
  1. Midnight Hour
  2. What Now My Love
  3. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
  4. Stormy Winds
  5. Flying Scotsman
  6. Shakin’ up Some Soul
  7. Painter Man
  8. Skye Boat Song
  9. Saturday’s Child
  10. Let’s Think of Something
  11. Dancing in the Street
  12. Speak My Mind
  13. Inside Looking Out
  14. Situation Vacant
DISC 2:
  1. Forget It, I Got It
  2. Good Day Sunshine
  3. My Son John
  4. To Love Somebody
  5. Ticket to Ride Pt 1
  6. Ticket to Ride Pt 2
  7. Passing You By
  8. Little Fairy Michael
  9. You Don’t Love Me
  10. Georgia on My Mind
  11. There Goes My Used to Be
  12. Rhubarb