THE WATERLOO SUNSET STORY
Waterloo Sunset was a small indie label from the 80's well known to fans of Mod music. Cult Mod artist Eleanor Rigby’s original releases came out on the Waterloo Sunset Label and not only has she become very collectable but so has the label which released mainly vinyl format at a time when vinyl records were rapidly being supplanted by CD. Many people at that time did not have the facility to play CDs at home, however they did have cassette players and turntables. At that time vinyl was still used on the majority of disco turntables and much of the DJs skill was in the selection of the right grooves on the records to combine the sounds and beats to keep the audience dancing and engaged. The label remained faithful to both fans and professionals who liked to have and to hold vinyl and who preferred the warmer sound of vinyl over the more clinical sound of the compact disc.
Waterloo Sunsets total output was six 7” singles, three vinyl LPs and one cassette album. We have now combined the best of these tracks with further unreleased material and mixes to create this album.
What makes this album particularly worthwhile is (a) it contains a value for money 22 tracks (b) it contains an exclusive unreleased Eleanor Rigby track - the acoustic version of the title track of her album Censorship and (c) a rare live track of Where Have All The Good Times Gone, a 12” full version of See my Friend & an alternative sleaze mix of her single Last Night In Soho. This album was made especially for fans of the label and of Eleanor. It really is a must buy.
The only two other 7” singles that were released on the Waterloo Sunset label were Make Up Your Mind by The Reaction and The Honeydripper by A Beatboy. These are very collectable and sought after. This album is the best way to hear these tracks as the 7” singles are very hard to get hold of.
Another singer took Eleanor's place for concerts when Eleanor fell ill one time. This line up of the Eleanor Rigby band changed their name to the ‘Psychomatics’. They recorded tracks on Waterloo Sunset Records that were ultimately never released (due to difficulties unrelated to the band) - but they were so good we couldn't leave them off this album. Check out their versions of Teenage Sex, Gotta Move and 1995.
Finally the 12 page CD booklet contains exclusive rare photos, the interesting story of the label and a collectors price guide. With The Best of Eleanor Rigby Vol. 1 and singles sold out this is the only CD that you can get the singles on (excluding You Only Live Twice which is not included on this album. It was released on Future Legend later).
This album is not available as a download so at just £4.99 in the UK and £7.99 (including P&P) anywhere in the world you really can't go wrong.