The End

The End was an English pop-psych band from Surrey that released six 1965–68 singles on Philips, Sonoplay, and Sonet, followed by the 1969 album Introspection on Decca–London. Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman produced and managed the band, which masqueraded under the names Polos Opuestos and Timothy Grass. In late 1969, The End’s final lineup morphed into hard-rockers Tucky Buzzard, which issued five albums between 1970 and 1973.

Members: Dave Brown (bass, vocals), Nicky Graham (keyboards, vocals), Colin Giffin (guitar, lead vocals, 1965-68), Roger Groome (drums, 1965), Hugh Attwooll (drums, 1965-68), John Horton (saxophone, 1965-?), Gordon Smith (saxophone, 1966-67), Terry Taylor (guitar, 1967-70), Paul Francis (drums, 1968-70), Jimmy Henderson (vocals, 1968-70)


Background

The End formed in 1965 from the remnants of the early 1960s rock ‘n’ roll bands The Tuxedos and The Original Topics. Guitarist–singer Colin Griffin, bassist Dave Brown, and drummer Roger Groom originated in The Tuxedos, which backed singer Bobby Angelo. Keyboardist Nick Graham and saxophonist John Horton played in The Original Topics, the backing band of English teen idol Dickie Pride.

The Tuxedos morphed into The Innocents, which backed singer–actor Mike Berry. After a round of 1963–64 singles on Parlophone and His Master’s Voice, Griffin, Brown, and Groom left Berry and teamed with Graham and Horton in The End. They linked with Rolling Stones bassist Billy Wyman, who secured them an opening slot on a 1965 Stones tour.


Singles

22 Oct 1965 UK Philips
A: I Can’t Get Any Joy
B: Hey Little Girl

1966 Spain Sonaplay
A: You’d Better Believe Me, Baby
B: You Must Do Something

Mar 1967 Spain Sonaplay
A: Why
B: Yo-Yo

Spain Sonaplay
A: Morning Dew
B: New Orleans

Spain Sonaplay
A. “Loving, Sacred Loving” features harpsichord by Stones–Kinks sessionist Nicky Hopkins.
B: We’ve Got It Made

8 Mar 1968 UK Philips
A: Shades Of Orange
B: Loving, Sacred Loving

Polos Opuestos
A: En El Verano (In The Summertime)
B: Smartypants


Introspection

The End released their singular album, Introspection, in October 1969 on Decca (UK) and London Records (US).

1. “Dreamworld” (4:15)
2. “Under The Rainbow” (3:40)
3. “Shades Of Orange” (2:39)
4. “Bromley Common” (0:50)
5. “Cardboard Watch” (2:52)
6. “Introspection Pt. 1” (4:03)

7. “What Does It Feel Like” (3:05)
8. “Linen Draper” (0:14)
9. “Don’t Take Me” (3:23)
10. “Loving Sacred Loving” (3:04)
11. “She Said Yeah” (2:48)
12. “Jacobs Bladder” (0:54)
13. “Introspection Pt. 2” (2:44)

Bass Guitar, Vocals – Dave Brown
Drums – Hugh Attwooll
Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals – Colin Giffin
Guitar, Vocals – Terry Taylor
Organ, Piano, Vocals – Nick Graham

Producer – Bill Wyman
Tabla – Charlie Watts
Mixed By [Mixing Engineer] – Glyn Johns
Artwork [Sleeve Design] – John Horton
Written-By – Griffin* (tracks: A1, A2, A6, B1, B3, B7), Brown* (tracks: A1, A5, A6, B3, B7), Graham* (tracks: A1, A5, A6, B3, B7), Taylor* (tracks: A5, B1)


Discography:

  • Introspection (1969)

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