- Artist: A Band Of Angels
- A Side: Invitation
- B Side: Cheat And Lie
- Label: Piccadilly
- Format: 45s
Enjoying some Music Paper plugs (Melody Maker), surprisingly it received a swift deletion from the Pye catalog. Then quickly rising up to become, a hugely popular a Twisted Wheel, King Mojo, Flamingo, Tiles etc. taking on MOD anthem status, thus bootlegged on the Selecta-Disc's Greenlight label.
A British production that encapsulates everything MOD, everything embryonic Northern Soul underlining the investigative nature of the British youth culture of the mid-60’s. When Soul music was a driving need to hear and dance to. With allnite club DJ’s feeding that hunger with new discoveries to play on a weekly basis.
An inspired Mike D’Abo wrote this “Brit-Soul” dancer when MOD was at it’s zenith, the allniter scene bubbling over with enthusiasm and amphetamine. Constantly seeking the next new Soul sound, those pirate Radio shows, record stores, market stalls, junk shops were constantly combed for turntable possibilities.
Mike D’Abo’s 6 man gathering were talented copyists, who had previous hooked into the “Merseybeat” Sound with varying degrees of aggression. When Soul became the new “Club-Cool”; gifted producer, arranger and soul fan Johnny Harris was the perfect man to create it.
Inspired by Tony Clarke’s big club spin of the time “The Entertainer”. Harris set about crafting a brass driven mid-tempo stroller. Aimed directly at the mood-of-the-day and consequently crossing over into the burgeoning allniter scene. Whether it was pulled from a deleted cut-out box find or an inspired purchase from those Friday new release sheets after a pirate radio play. I cannot say., but what is certain is that it didn’t take long for this 45 to rise up as a Twisted Wheel, King Mojo favourite. So much so it was bootlegged in 1968 to meet demand. On “Greenlight” Records with the Soul Sisters - Good Time Tonight - on the flip.
Thus this 45 is the only authentic way to own, the equally inspiring MOD dancer and the first release of Miki Dallon’s “Cheat And Lie”. Which Miki would himself release on Strike 306 just two months later..
Two top-drawer British born Club-Soul recordings, exemplifying that Golden-age of MOD in 1966.
BTW The Greenlight label name, was conceived by one of John Bratton's of Selecta-Disc buddies, who after leaving a Soul Club in Nottingham, with his vision and mind impaired by "amphetamine" the street-lighting seemed to be surround by a green halo as he looked up at the night sky. The idea of Greenlight was born, in competition to "Soul Sounds", as one of the first British bootleg labels feeding the MOD/Northern Soul scene.
Condition Reporttwo clean labels, strong gloss on vinyl, revealing only soft sleeve storage hairlines when angled in the light, both sides play beautifully clean (listen), still housed in birth-sleeve.
- Title: Invitation
- Title: Cheat And Lie
- Year: 4th February 1966
- City: United Kingdom