Four Matadors

A Man's Gotta Stand Still / Fast Cars And Money

Columbia : DB 7806

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  • Artist: Four Matadors
  • A Side: A Man's Gotta Stand Still
  • B Side: Fast Cars And Money
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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From Hinckley in Leicestershire this was the 4 man bands only 45 and their only encounter with Joe Meek.

Less than a year before Joe Meek's legendary rage filled breakdown, when he shot his landlady before turning the gun on himself. Meek started his own company to replace the RGM Sound. This new production adventure MEEKSVILLE SOUND financed by Toy importer Major Wilfred Alonzo Banks who had already helped with the RGM Sound & the short-lived Triumph label.

Here is the very RARE 1966 stock copy of this total miss for the company, seldom if ever seen in this form. Joe Meek chose an unrecorded Brill Building creation from those prolific New York lyricists Buddy Kaye & Phil Springer. Meek transformed the song into a harmony 60's beat group guitar driven mid-tempo. With Meek injecting some inventive guitar riffs running throughout the background. As the Four Matadors sang out a Mersey styled melody (The Matadors had already gained themselves a reputation as "The Midland's Beatles). Apparently though, to the group's displeasure Joe Meek speeded up the vocal track, making their own voices unrecognizable. Disappointed that the producer had messed around with the integrity of their sound.

Meek did however not fiddle about too much with the superior b-side. A song written by the Matadors themselves, Dave Finlay (bass guitar, organ, vocals), Dave Colkin (bass, vocals), Neil Tyson (Guitar) and Harry Heppingstall (drums). It is by far the more interesting choice, as the flipside gives up a much edgier authentic groove, played out with strong lyrics and sung by voices recorded at the correct speed.

Historically important 45, unicorn rare in this form and the only 45 this Fab 4 ever had released.

Condition is stunning...

Condition Report

a stunning copy, two perfect labels, 4 prong centre intact, near mint vinyl. all house in its birth-sleeve

A Side

  • Title: A Man's Gotta Stand Still

    B Side

  • Title: Fast Cars And Money
  • Year: 1966
  • City: United Kingdom