The Easybeats

The Easybeats were an Australian rock band that released five albums between 1965 and 1969 and scored national hits with “Sorry,” “She’s So Fine,” “Wedding Ring,” and “Heaven and Hell.” Abroad, they charted with “St. Louis” and the sixties anthem “Friday On My Mind.” The creative team of Harry Vanda and George Young went into production work and later ran the studio-based art-pop project Flash and the Pan.

Members: Stevie Wright (vocals), Harry Vanda (guitar), George Young (guitar), Dick Diamonde [Dingeman van der Sluys] (bass), Gordon “Snowy” Fleet (drums, 1964-67), Tony Cahill (drums, 1967-69)


Background

The Easybeats formed in Sydney in 1964 when guitarists Harry Vanda and George Young teamed with singer Stevie Wright, bassist Dick Diamonde, and drummer Gordon Fleet. All hailed from UK–European families housed at the Villawood Migrant Centre, a community for post-war migrants.

Vanda (b. Johannes Hendrikus Jacob van den Berg, March 22, 1946) hailed from Voorburg, Netherlands. His first band was The Starfighters, a Hague-based act. In 1963, he moved with his family to Australia.

Young (b. George Redburn Young, November 6, 1946) hailed from Glasgow. Amid Scotland’s ‘big freeze’ of 1962–63, where snow levels reached eight feet, he fled to Australia with fifteen family members, including two younger brothers (Angus and Malcolm) and two older married siblings and their families. (One older brother, Alex, stayed in the UK and later fronted the pop-psych band Grapefruit.)

Wright (b. Stephen Carlton Wright, December 20, 1947) hailed from Leeds, England, and moved with his family to Australia at age nine. In 1963–4, he briefly fronted The Outlaws and Chris Langdon & the Langdells, both surf-inspired backyard bands.

Diamonde (b. Dingeman Adriaan Henry van der Sluijs, December 28, 1947) hailed from Hilversum, Netherlands. When he was four, his family migrated to Australia, where he was raised a Jehovah’s Witness.

Fleet (b. August 16, 1945) came from Liverpool, England, the launching ground of The Beatles, who swept Australia in mid-1964 and inspired The Easybeats and numerous local competitors, including the Bee Gees, Masters Apprentices, Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, Steve & the Board, and The Twilights.

The Easybeats played their first shows in late 1964 at Beatle Village, a basement club in Sydney’s Darlinghurst neighborhood. Mike Vaughan, a local music entrepreneur, took them under his managerial wing and secured them a contract with Albert Productions, an independent publishing company that helped them land a deal with EMI Parlophone, their label for fourteen singles.


1965


First Three Singles

In Mar 1965, The Easybeats debuted with “For My Woman,” a Wright–Young original backed with “Say That You’re Mine,” a Vanda–Young number.

A. “For My Woman” (3:04) is a Pretty Things-inspired R&B–rocker.
B. “Say That You’re Mine” ()

The Easybeats recorded the single at Sydney’s 2UW Theatre, where soundman Ted Albert produced both sides for Albert Productions. “For My Woman” peaked at No. 46 in Sydney and No. 16 in Melbourne, where it gained airplay after their second single. Later, when Australia unified its national chart, historian Paul Kent estimated its peak at No. 33 on the Kent Music Report (KMR).

On May 27, 1965, The Easybeats released their breakthrough single “She’s So Fine,” an uptempo Wright–Young rocker backed with “The Old Oak Tree,” a group-written number.

A. “She’s So Fine” (2:08)
B. “The Old Oak Tree” ()

“She’s So Fine” charted nationwide (KMR No. 3) and established The Easybeats as a top-tier Australian rock act.  In October, Parlophone placed both sides on the four-song EP She’s So Fine, which also contains their prior single.

In August 1965, The Easybeats released their third single: “Wedding Ring,” a Wright–Young song backed with “Me or You,” a Vanda–Young number.

A. “Wedding Ring” (2:03)
B. “Me or You” ()

“Wedding Ring” consolidated The Easybeats chart presence (KMR No 6). In 1979, Australian new wavers The Sports covered “Wedding Ring” on their four-song EP O.K, U.K!


Easy

The Easybeats released their debut album, Easy, on September 23, 1965, on Parlophone. It features their summer hit “She’s So Fine” and seven new Wright–Young songs, including “I’m a Madman” and “Ya Can’t Do That.”

Easy also features individual contributions by Harry Vanda (“I Wonder,” “Easy Beat”) and George Young (“She Said Alright,” “Cry Cry Cry,” “You’ll Come Back Again”). Vanda co-wrote “I’m Gonna Tell Everybody” with drummer Snowy Fleet.

A1. “It’s So Easy” (2:11) In 1966, a cover by Filipino beatsters Danny Diaz & The Checkmates appeared on Hong Kong’s Diamond label (b/w their version of “She’s So Fine”).
A2. “I’m a Madman” (2:52)
A3. “I Wonder” (1:50)
A4. “She Said Alright” (2:15)
A5. “I’m Gonna Tell Everybody” (2:04)
A6. “Hey Girl” (2:10)
A7. “She’s So Fine” (2:08)

B1. “You Got It Off Me” (2:28)
B2. “Cry Cry Cry” (2:02)
B3. “A Letter” (1:39)
B4. “Easy Beat” (2:39)
B5. “You’ll Come Back Again” (2:39)
B6. “Girl on My Mind” (3:04)
B7. “Ya Can’t Do That” (2:28)

Easy reached No. 4 on the Australian Albums Chart.


Autumn ’65 Singles

On November 4, 1965, The Easybeats released “Sad and Lonely and Blue” backed with “Easy as Can Be,” both Wright–Young originals produced by Ted Albert.

A. “Sad and Lonely and Blue” (2:10)
B. “Easy as Can Be” ()

The somber “Sad and Lonely and Blue” aroused modest enthusiasm (KMR No. 21). Both sides reappeared (along with the “Wedding Ring” single) on the February 1966 EP Easy As Can Be.

In December 1965, The Easybeats released their fifth single: “Women (Make You Feel Alright)” backed with “In My Book,” both Wright–Young numbers.

A. “Women (Make You Feel Alright)” (2:34)
B. “In My Book” ()

“Women (Make You Feel Alright)” was the Easybeats’ second national Top 5 hit (KMR No. 4). In the United States, it appeared as their debut single in April 1966 on Ascot Records, a subsidiary of United Artists.


1966

By 1966, the Wright–Young partnership supplied material for other artists, including Johnny Young (no relation) & Kompany, who scored a Go-Set No. 1 with “Step Back,” a short number (1:40) released as a double-a-side with the Strangeloves cover “Cara Lyn.”

Meanwhile, Auckland mods the Soul Agents covered The Easybeats’ “For My Woman” as the b-side to their 1966 Viscount single “If You and I Could Be as Two,” a Van Morrison song originated by Them.


It’s 2 Easy

The Easybeats released their second album, It’s 2 Easy, on March 24, 1966, on Parlophone. It features twelve Wright–Young songs, including both sides of their recent single (“Women,” “In My Book”) and the two preceding a-sides (“Wedding Ring” “Sad and Lonely and Blue”), plus both sides of their subsequent single (“Come and See Her,” “I Can See”).

Side B contains the Snowy Fleet contribution “What About Our Love” and the Vanda–Young number “Then I’ll Tell You Goodbye.”

A1. “Let Me Be” (2:09)
A2. “You Are the Light” (1:56)
A3. “Women (Make You Feel Alright)” (2:37)
A4. “Come and See Her” (2:43)
A5. “I’ll Find Somebody to Take Your Place” (3:04)
A6. “Someway, Somewhere” (2:22)
A7. “Easy as Can Be” (2:34)

B1. “I Can See” (2:14)
B2. “Sad and Lonely and Blue” (2:17)
B3. “Somethin’ Wrong” (2:18)
B4. “In My Book” (3:10)
B5. “What About Our Love” (1:56)
B6. “Then I’ll Tell You Goodbye” (2:35)
B7. “Wedding Ring” (2:03)

Parlophone lifted “Come and See Her” as the album’s fourth a-side (b/w “I Can See”). It became their fourth big national hit (KMR No. 3). In mid-July, United Artists issued “Come and See Her” as the first UK Easybeats single (b/w “Make You Feel Alright (Women)”).

It’s 2 Easy reached No. 3 on the Australian Albums Chart.


Easyfever

In August 1966, The Easybeats released Easyfever, an EP with three Wright–Young exclusives and one track (“Too Much”) joint-written with Harry Vanda. The title refers to Easybeat fan hysteria (“Easyfever,” their equivalent to Beatlemania).

A1. “Too Much”
A2. “I’ll Make You Happy (Just Like Your Mama Wants)”
B1. “A Very Special Man”
B2. “Tryin’ So Hard”

Easyfever topped the Australian Singles Chart. Its release coincided with The Easybeats’ departure for the UK.

Kiwi rockers Larry’s Rebels covered “I’ll Make You Happy” as the b-side to their November 1967 Impact single “Dream Time.” In 1983, Sydney new wavers The Divinyls revived “I’ll Make You Happy” as the opening track on their debut album Desperate.

Before their voyage to London, The Easybeats taped a farewell special (aka The Coca-Cola Special) for the Seven Network, which aired the special on ATV-7 Sydney (October 8) and ADS-7 Adelaide (November 19).>


Volume 3

The Easybeats released their third album, Volume 3, on November 3, 1966, on Parlophone. It features twelve Wright–Young originals, including both sides of their seventh single (“Sorry,” “Funny Feelin”’). Side B contains Fleet’s contribution, “Today.”

A1. “Sorry” (2:38)
A2. “Funny Feelin'” (2:25)
A3. “Say You Want Me” (2:32)
A4. “You Said That” (2:38)
A5. “Goin’ Out of My Mind” (2:38)
A6. “Not In Love With You” (2:04)

B1. “Promised Things” (2:27)
B2. “The Last Day of May” (1:59)
B3. “Today” (2:16)
B4. “My My My” (2:06)
B5. “Dance of the Lovers” (2:58)
B6. “What Do You Want Babe” (2:26)
B7. “Can’t You Leave Her” (1:59)

“Sorry” appeared three weeks ahead of the album (b/w “Funny Feelin”’). It became their first national No. 1 on the Go-Set Chart, the newly established Australian national chart tabulated by Go-Set magazine.

Volume 3 reached No. 7 on the Australian Albums Chart.

Goin’ Out of My Mind Peter Nelson and The Castaways 1966

Sorry The Three O’Clock 1982


“Friday On My Mind”

In the autumn of 1966, The Easybeats delivered their signature songs: “Friday On My Mind,” a hyperactive Vanda–Young rocker backed with “Made My Bed: Gonna Lie In It,” an intense Young number.

A. “Friday On My Mind” (2:47) is a weekend-hope anthem that chronicles the drudgery of the working week (verses) and anticipates the carefree joys of the upcoming weekend (chorus).
B. “Made My Bed: Gonna Lie In It” (2:20)

The Easybeats recorded “Friday On My Mind” at IBC Studios in London with American producer Shel Talmy, who also produced 1965–66 singles by The Kinks, The Who, Manfred Mann, The Creation, The Manish Boys, The Thoughts, The Untamed, and The Zephyrs.

United Artists assigned Talmy to The Easybeats to polish their sound for the UK market. They first arrived with their Australian producer, Ted Albert, whose production on a proposed single (“Baby, I’m Coming” / “Mandy”) was deemed too rough by English label execs. (The two rejected songs appeared respectively on the posthumous comps The Shame Just Drained and Son of Easyfever.)

“Friday On My Mind” first appeared on October 14 in the UK, where its swift ascent prompted UA to issue the single across Western Europe by late November. The song went Top 10 in the UK (No. 6) and Germany (No. 10) and reached No. 1 in the Netherlands. It also charted in Ireland (No. 13), Austria and Finland (both No. 16).

The Easybeats mimed “Friday On My Mind” on the November 24 broadcast of the BBC music program Top of the Pops, which also featured in-studios by The Animals (“Help Me Girl”), Small Faces (“My Mind’s Eye”), Spencer Davis Group (“Gimme Some Loving”), and Paul & Barry Ryan (“Missy Missy”).> In Germany, they mimed it for the December 12 edition of the Radio Bremen show Beat-Club.> The latter clip has since became an evergreen of sixties video shows (the TotP footage is lost).

Meanwhile, Parlophone issued the single on November 17 in Australia, where “Friday On My Mind” became the second straight Easybeats No. 1 on the Go-Set chart. In New Zealand, the single appeared in March 1967 and peaked at No. 2 on the Listener chart.

In December 1966, UA issued “Friday On My Mind” in Canada (No. 13) and the United States, where a 1967 repress of the single reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of May 20.

“Friday On My Mind” established the Vanda–Young songwriting partnership. Harry Vanda — a Dutchman with limited English at the band’s outset — developed a more sophisticated grasp on the language. This allowed him to write lyrics that were more profound (and sometimes convoluted) than Wright’s lyrics on the earlier Easybeats singles.

Friday on My Mind The Dukes November 14, 1966
Friday on My Mind Tages November 1966

Friday on My Mind Peter Doyle August 13, 1976
Friday on My Mind Threshold [GB1] 1976
Friday on My Mind London [GB] 1977
Friday on My Mind Kursaal Flyers 1977
Friday on My Mind Straight Shooter 1978 Unverified
Friday on My Mind Chilly 1979


1967

During this period, the band was filmed by Australian director Peter Clifton for a proposed documentary for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Filmed under the title Between Heaven and Hell (which was later changed to Easy Come, Easy Go), the documentary was lost for nearly 42 years. It was restored, reedited and shown at film festivals in 2012.[4]


“Who’ll Be the One”

On March 17, 1967, The Easybeats released their third UA single: “Who’ll Be the One” backed with “Saturday Night,” both Vanda–Young numbers produced by Shel Talmy.

A. “Who’ll Be the One” ()
B. “Saturday Night” ()

In April, Parlophone issued the single in Australia with a different Vanda–Young b-side, “Do You Have a Soul.”

B. “Do You Have a Soul”

“Who’ll Be the One” reached No. 12 on the Go-Set chart.

toured Europe in support of The Rolling Stones.


Good Friday

The Easybeats released their fourth album, Good Friday, in May 1967 on United Artists. It features both sides of their last two singles (including “Do You Have a Soul”) and four new Vanda–Young originals: “You Me, We Love,” “Pretty Girl,” “Happy is the Man,” and “Remember Sam.”

Good Friday also includes covers of Ike & Tina Turner (“River Deep, Mountain High”), Elvis Presley (“Hound Dog”), and Nina Simone (“Hound Dog”).

UA issued Good Friday in the UK, France, and Germany. In the US and Canada, UA issued Friday On My Mind, an equivalent album with a different track order and the earlier “Make You Feel Alright (Women)” in lieu of the Presley cover. Due to contractual issues, the album didn’t appear in the Easybeats’ native Australia.

A1. “River Deep, Mountain High” (3:57) is one of the earliest covers of the May 1966 Ike and Tina single; co-written by producer Phil Spector with Brill Building songwriters Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. Covers proliferated over the next year by numerous acts, including Deep Purple, Eric Burdon’s New Animals, Annisette & Dandy Swingers, Harry Nilsson, and the Kiwi acts Allison Durbin and The Chicks.
A2. “Do You Have a Soul” (3:38)
A3. “Saturday Night” (3:24)
A4. “You Me, We Love” (3:22)
A5. “Pretty Girl” (2:16)
A6. “Friday on My Mind” (2:42)

B1. “Happy is the Man” (2:41)
B2. “Hound Dog” (3:17) is a song by the Brill Building team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; first recorded in 1953 by Willie Mae Thornton and popularized in 1956 by Elvis Presley.
B3. “Who’ll Be the One” (2:36)
B4. “Made My Bed: Gonna Lie in It” (2:07)
B5. “Remember Sam” (2:32)
B6. “See Line Woman” (3:14) is an American folk traditional; first recorded in 1939 by song researcher Herbert Halpert and revived in 1964 by Nina Simone.

Aside from the album’s hit, sessions took place in March 1967 at London’s Olympic Studios with Shel Talmy, whose work on Good Friday directly preceded Something Else by The Kinks.

That same month, they returned to Australia for a nationwide tour. After the tour, drummer Snowy Fleet decided to quit the band. unhappy at the amount of time he had to spend away from his wife and young children. Returning to the UK without a drummer


“Heaven and Hell”

On June 22, 1967, The Easybeats released their tenth single: the standalone Vanda–Young original “Heaven and Hell” backed with the Good Friday album track “Pretty Girl.”

A. “Heaven and Hell” (2:38)

Olympic soundman Glyn John (who engineered “Friday” and the Small Faces’ recent “Itchycoo Park”) produced “Heaven and Hell” amid 1967 singles by Chris Farlowe, The Fortunes, Le Fleur De Lys, and Tangerine Peel.

session drummer, Freddie Smith – a Glaswegian who had played with George Young’s older brother Alex (stage name George Alexander) in Bobby Patrick & The Big Six.

“Heaven and Hell” reached No. 14 on the Go-Set chart. In the US, an edited version (which replaces the line “discovering someone else in your bed” with “discovering that your love has gone dead”) cracked the Billboard and Cashbox charts.


“Falling Off the Edge of the World”

On September 5, 1967, The Easybeats released the ballad “Falling Off the Edge of the World (Seeing You With Him),” an anguished cry to an estranged, roaming spouse.

A. “Falling Off the Edge of the World”

The Easybeats recorded “Falling Off the Edge of the World” in New York City at A&M Studios, where they co-produced the song with manager Mike Vaughan.

UA issued “Falling Off the Edge of the World” in North American and (in November) Germany and the Netherlands; all backed with the Good Friday track “Remember Sam.” Parlophone issued the single in New Zealand but not Australia.

The Easybeats cut a second version of “Falling Off the Edge of the World” that appeared as the b-side to their March 1968 single “Hello, How Are You.”


“Come In You’ll Get Pneumonia”

On December 14, 1967,  The Easybeats released “The Music Goes ‘Round My Head,” a brassy upbeat singalong backed with “Come In You’ll Get Pneumonia,” a poignant ballad that Vanda and Young joint-wrote with their new drummer, Tony Cahill.

A. “The Music Goes ‘Round My Head”
B. “Come In You’ll Get Pneumonia”

The Easybeats recorded both sides at Pye Studios in London, where they co-produced the single for Albert Productions with Vaughan.

Cahill joined soon before the sessions after the band auditioned numerous drummers. He hailed from The Purple Hearts, a Brisbane R&B–garage band that cut multiple singles on Sunshine Records with guitarist Lobby Loyde.

In 1988, The Saints charted with a cover of “The Music Goes ‘Round My Head,” recorded for the soundtrack to the Australian comedy Young Einstein starring Yahoo Serious.


1968


“Hello, How Are You”

On March 8, 1968, The Easybeats released their twelfth single: “Hello, How Are You,” a string-laden MOR ballad backed with “Falling Off the Edge of the World,” re-recorded with arranger Bill Shepherd.

A. “Hello, How Are You”
B. “Falling Off the Edge of the World”

The Easybeats recorded “Hello, How Are You” at Pye, London, with Mike Vaughan. In the UK, the single reached No. 20 on the NME chart. UA issued the single in eleven territories, including Argentina and India. In Australia, where the band’s newfound softness faced mixed response from fans, “Hello, How Are You” reached No. 26 on Go-Set.

Hello, How Are You Gary Walker January 3, 1975


Vigil

The Easybeats released their fifth album, Vigil, on June 28, 1968, in the UK on United Artists. It features the four sides of their two recent singles and seven new Vanda–Young originals, including the opening rocker “Good Times” and the ensuing single “Land of Make Believe.”

Vigil also contains covers of The Chamber Brothers (“I Can’t Stand It”), Frankie Valli (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”), and Ray Charles (“Hit the Road Jack”).

A1. “Good Times” (3:23)
A2. “What in the World” (2:18)
A3. “Falling Off the Edge of the World” (3:00)
A4. “The Music Goes ‘Round My Head” (2:51)
A5. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (3:35) Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio 
A6. “Sha La La” (3:11)
A7. “Come In You’ll Get Pneumonia” (3:46)

B1. “See Saw” (2:39)
B2. “Land of Make Believe” (3:13)
B3. “Fancy Seeing You Here” (2:36)
B4. “Hello, How Are You” (3:20)
B5. “Hit the Road Jack” (2:57) Percy Mayfield 
B6. “We All Live Happily Together” (4:05)
B7. “I Can’t Stand It” (2:57) Lester Chambers

The Easybeats co-produced Vigil with Mike Vaughan between late 1967 and the spring of 1968 at three London studios (EMI, Pye, Olympic). The album sprung from the wreckage of Good Times, their planned late-1967 followup to Good Friday. When contractual disputes between UA and Albert Productions forced the cancellation of that album, they salvaged two songs (“Good Times,” “Land of Make Believe”) and recorded the two ballad singles and eight additional tracks. Meanwhile, Vanda and Young submitted “Good Times” to Welsh soul-rockers Amen Corner, whose version appears as a deep cut on their April 1968 debut album Round Amen Corner.

Of the nine vaulted Good Times songs, five tracks appear on the 1977 compilation The Shame Just Drained and two further songs (“Where Did You Go Last Night,” “My Old Man’s a Groovy Old Man”) appear respectively on the comps Son of Easyfever and Best of The Easybeats – Volume 2. Two tracks (“I Know It,” “Bad News”) remain lost. The title Vigil refers to the “vigil” for the lost Good Times album.

On July 5, UA lifted “Land of Make Believe” as a single (b/w “We All Live Happily”). Two weeks later, Parlophone issued the song in Oceania (b/w “Good Times”). “Land of Make Believe” reached No. 22 on Go-Set.

“Good Times,” in turn, became a UK a-side on September 13, backed with the new Vanda–Young instrumental “Lay Me Down and Die.”

B. “Lay Me Down and Die” (3:00)

In Australia, Parlophone issued Vigil in October 1968 as a twelve-song album that drops the three covers and adds the Easybeats demo “Bring a Little Lovin’,”a Vanda–Young composition first recorded by Spanish beatsters Los Bravos, whose 1967 version reached No. 22 in Canada. (Bravos also cut a 1968 version of the missing Good Times song “We’ll Make it Together.”)

A6. “Bring a Little Lovin'”

On November 14, Parlophone issued “Lay Me Down and Die” as a standalone Australian a-side; backed with the Good Friday track “See Line Woman.”

In the United States, UA released the equivalent album Falling Off the Edge of the World, a twelve-track album that follows the UK Vigil tracklist with two omissions (A6, B6). FOtEorW features unique psychedelic cover art with the Vigil cover duplicated on the back.


1969

In early 1969, The Easybeats left United Artists and severed ties with Albert Productions and manager Mike Vaughan. They signed with Poludor (UK, Australia, Canada) and linked with Ray Singer, an earstwhile vocalist and Nirvana Ensemble guitarist who produced recent titles by Tim Hollier, Peter Sarstedt, and Circus.


“St. Louis”

On June 27, 1969, The Easybeats released “St. Louis,” a driving blues-rocker backed with “Can’t Find Love.”

A. “St. Louis” (3:12)
B. “Can’t Find Love

“St. Louis” reached No. 21 in Australia and gained North American airplay that pushed it to No. 57 in Canada and No. 72 on the US Cashbox chart. Stateside copies appeared on Rare Earth, a division of Motown. In 1970, Nic Simper’s post-Deep Purple outfit Warhorse cut a hard-rock version.

St. Louis John Paul Young 1975

In September 1969, The Easybeats released their second Polydor single: “I Love Marie” backed with “Gonna Make It,” both credited to ‘Russell,’ a pseudonym for the Vanda–Young partnership.

A. “I Love Marie
B. “Gonna Make It

“I Love Marie” only appeared in Australia, where its release got hampered by competing output from their former label.


The Best of The Easybeats Volume 2

In October 1969, Albert Productions issued The Best of The Easybeats Volume 2, a mix of pre-released and vaulted songs from the 1967–68 timeframe. It includes four songs from Vigil (“Good Times,” “Hello, How Are You,” “Come In You’ll Get Pneumonia,” “Land of Make Believe”), two non-album single sides (“Heaven and Hell,” “Lay Me Down and Die”, and one-track from Good Friday (“Do You Have a Soul?”).

Side A contains five unearthed Vanda–Young songs, including demoes intended for The Valentines (“Peculiar Hole in the Sky,” “My Old Man’s a Groovy Old Man”) and Rev Black & the Rockin’ Vickers (“Such a Lovely Day,” “Down to the Last 500”).

A1. “Peculiar Hole In the Sky” (3:02) first appeared as an August 1968 Parlophone a-side by The Valentines, an early band of Scottish-born singer Bon Scott.
A2. “H.P. Man” (2:44)
A3. “My Old Man’s a Groovy Old Man” (2:24) stems from the scrapped Good Times album; first heard as a February 1969 Valentines b-side.
A4. “Such a Lovely Day” (3:16) first appeared as a July 1968 Sunshine Records b-side by Wollongong beatsters Rev Black & the Rockin’ Vickers.
A6. “Down to the Last 500” (2:41) first appeared as a February 1968 Rockin’ Vickers a-side.

Parlophone preceded The Best with “Peculiar Hole In the Sky,” released as a single in Australia and New Zealand (b/w “H.P. Man”).


1970

To continue their work as songwriters for hire, Vanda and Young took over a flat on Moscow Road in Bayswater in London which had previously been used as a jingle studio for pirate radio stations. With modifications, it became a 4-track home studio and Vanda and Young began producing demos, working mostly on their own. As with their Central Sound records, they played most of the instruments on their recordings with the other Easybeats members occasionally contributing.

In October 1969 the band made a valedictory TV appearance in the ATN-7 Easybeats Special (which was broadcast after the tour on 2 November). After their performance at Caesar’s Place Disco, Sydney, on 25 October, a wedding was held for Diamonde and actress Charlene Collins. The following day, the Easybeats travelled to Orange, New South Wales. There they made a television appearance at the CBN-8 television studios and performed a show at the Amoco Centre in Orange city centre. However, the show was interrupted by hostile audience members and was cancelled after only 20 minutes. This was The Easybeats’ final performance. After the tour, the band went their separate ways.

Vanda & Young returned to the UK and continued their writing and performing partnership. They recorded tracks under various names: Paintbox “Get Ready For Love” (1970), Tramp “Vietnam Rose” (1970) and Eddie Avana “Children” (1970) all on Youngblood Records;[3][4][15] Moondance “Lazy River” (1970, A&M Records – which peaked at number 42 in Australia, their only charting single[16])


Friends

The Easybeats’ sixth and final studio album, Friends, appeared in February 1970 on Polydor. It features their two prior Polydor a-sides (plus “Can’t Find Love”) and eight new Vanda–Young originals, including “Watching the World (Go By)” and “The Train Song.”

Polydor issued Friends with the same cover in Australia and the UK. They released two versions of the title-track: the Young-sung “Friends” (Aus copies) and the retitled Vanda-sung “Who Are My Friends” (UK). An equivalent ten-song album titled Holding On appeared in Germany (Karussell) and Canada (Polydor), ironically without the track “Holding On.”

A1. “St. Louis” (3:13)
A2. “Friends” (3:43)
A3. “Watching the World (Go By)” (2:36)
A4. “Can’t Find Love” (3:29)
A5. “Holding On” (3:40)
A6. “I Love Marie” (2:38)

B1. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Boogie” (2:30)
B2. “Tell Your Mother” (5:22)
B3. “The Train Song” (3:31)
B4. “What Becomes of You My Love” (3:18)
B5. “Woman You’re on My Mind” (4:34)

The title track (and its UK equivalent) became the final Easybeats single in their respective markets (b/w “Rock and Roll Boogie”).


The Shame Just Drained


Discography:

  • Easy (1965)
  • It’s 2 Easy (1966)
  • Volume 3 (1966)
  • Good Friday (1967)
  • Vigil [aka Falling Off The Edge of the World] (1968)
  • Friends (1969)

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