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The Bunch: Rock On

The Bunch: Rock On (Island ILPS 9189)

Rock On
The Bunch

Island ILPS 9189 (LP, UK, April 1972)

with Let There Be Drums

Island WI 4002 (flexi single, UK, April 1972)

The Bunch: Let There Be Drums (Island WI 4002)
The Bunch: Rock On (A&M SP4354)

Rock On
The Bunch

A&M SP4354 (LP, USA, 1972)
King Records ICL 29 (LP, Japan, June 1972)
Carthage Records CGLP 4424 (LP, Canada, 1986)

The Bunch: Rock On (Carthage CGLP 4424)
The Bunch: Rock On (Fledg'ling FLED 3042)

Fledg'ling FLED 3042 (CD /w bonus tracks, UK, September 21, 2003)
Talking Elephant TECD227 (CD w/ bonus tracks, UK, August 19, 2013)

The Loco-Motion / Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller
The Bunch

Island 12 292 AT (single, Germany, 1972)

The Bunch: The Loco-Motion (Island 12 292 AT, Germany)
The Bunch: When Will I Be Loved (Island 12 292 AT, Netherlands)

When Will I Be Loved? / Willie and the Hand Jive
The Bunch

Island WIP 6130 (single, UK, 1972)
Island 12 106 AT (single, Netherlands / Germany, 1972)

The Bunch: When Will I Be Loved (Island 12 292 AT, Germany)
The Bunch: When Will I Be Loved (Festival IK 4661)

Island/Festival IK 4661 (single, New Zealand, 1972)

Recorded at The Manor, January 1972;
Produced by Trevor Lucas

The Bunch was an ad hoc collection of “Fairport family” members who gathered together to record this collection of rock'n'roll songs. Apparently the reason behind the recording was to test the newly-opened Manor Studios. Sandy was listed as being “Britain's first lady of song, if you don't count Dorothy Squires.”

Musicians

Sandy Denny of The Bunch Sandy Denny, vocals [2, 6-7, 9, 12], backing vocals [3-5, 10-11, 16];
Linda Peters, vocals [4, 9, 16], backing vocals [2-7, 10-11];
Richard Thompson, vocals [1, 7-8, 11, 15], backing vocals [2-7], lead guitar [1], guitar [2-16];
Pat Donaldson, bass [1-16], backing vocals [2-7, 15];
Trevor Lucas, vocals [3, 14], acoustic guitar [6], 12-string guitar [9];
Ashley Hutchings, vocals [10];
Gerry Conway, drums [1-2, 4-9, 11-16];
Dave Mattacks (listed as “Maddox”), drums [2-4, 10, 16], congas [7, 12];
Ian Whiteman, piano [2-4, 7, 9-10, 12, 14-16];
Tony Cox, piano [11];
Dundee Horns, brass (Roger Bell, alto saxophone [1], baritone saxophone [2-4], saxophone [7, 10-11, 13-16]; piano [8]; Mollie, saxophone [1]; Mike Rosen, trumpet [1, 7, 11])

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Crazy Arms [Ralph Mooney, Chuck Seals] (2.49)
  2. That'll Be the Day [Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty] (2.02)
  3. Don't Be Cruel [Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley] (3.05)
  4. The Loco-Motion [Gerry Goffin, Carole King] (3.01)
  5. My Girl in the Month of May [Dion DiMucci] (2.13)
  6. Love's Made a Fool of You [Buddy Holly, Bob Montgomery] (3.25)
  1. Willie and the Hand Jive [Johnny Otis] (3.38)
  2. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) [Hank Williams] (3.25)
  3. When Will I Be Loved? [Phil and Don Everly] (3.11)
  4. Nadine [Chuck Berry] (3.20)
  5. Sweet Little Rock'n'Roller [Chuck Berry] (3.51)
  6. Learning the Game [Buddy Holly] (2.09)

Initial copies of the LP contained an additional flexi single with:

  1. Let There Be Drums [Sandy Nelson] (2.18)

The Fledg'ling and Talking Elephant CD reissues include this too and have three more bonus tracks:

  1. Twenty Flight Rock [Eddie Cochran, Ned Fairchild] (2.24)
  2. High School Confidential [Jerry Lee Lewis, Ron Hargrave] (2.39)
  3. La Bamba [Trad. arr. Richie Valens] (3.21)

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Arie Euwijk for the picture of the New Zealand When Will I Be Loved? single.