February 2020








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The Long Drop by Glenda Collins is now available on Itunes as a download single.

It was co produced by Russell C. Brennan and the best record producer of all time Joe Meek (from Beyond the Grave).

Russell acquired the last backing track Joe ever produced which is very rare. (song written by Meek fan club member and someone signed to Joe in his last days, Tony Kaye plus some new lyrics by Russell).

Joe never got to produce a vocal so that’s where Russell came in. Glenda is the bridge that made it perfect as she was a Joe Meek artist as most Meek fans know with many great releases in the 60s. But Russell has produced her in recent years.(a recently outstanding version of Ray Davies theme from Budgie (Nobody’s Fool) on The CD album ‘Cult Themes Forever‘ has reawakened interest in Glenda and she is even thinking about some concerts. She has a very distinctive voice unlike all the singers around today who mostly all sound the same.

Below link to itunes release (it’s at Amazon as well) A very limited CD is available with 5 new additional tracks including an instrumental of Joe’s backing track. (54 copies only : half already sold)
For details of how to get this drop a line to futurelegend2000@yahoo.co.uk


A new compilation album including The Tornados’ “No More You And Me” (featuring you, unreleased at time of the recording), titled “A Slight Disturbance In My Mind – The British Proto-Psychedelic Sounds of 1966”, Various Artists, 3CD Boxset… is due from Grapefruit\Cherry Red in January 2020.


I am delighted to announce that since August I have been working with Mark Stratford and Michael Robson on a 3-CD box set of Honeycombs recordings. Have I The Right? / THE COMPLETE 60s ALBUMS & SINGLES (RPM QRPMBX548) is coming out 24 January 2020. With a plethora of rare and unreleased items, it will comprise a trio of discs in individual wallets housed in a clam shell box which also includes a profusely illustrated 24-page booklet with notes written by myself. Out of the total of 78 tracks of which 7 make the transfer from vinyl to their worldwide CD debut including the rare Japanese Christmas single, 8 have never before been released and 16 others appear in the UK for the very first time – plus the original mono version of “All Systems Go!” finally on CD in this country. Rob Bradford’s review will be appearing in the February 2020 issue of Thunderbolt; and with next year being the 60th anniversary of Joe Meek moving to 304 Holloway Road, this long-awaited collection is making a timely appearance for RGM60.

Disc 1: The Honeycombs album, UK singles June 1964 – July 1965 plus “I Can’t Stop” (US 45 version), German single “Hab’ Ich Das Recht?” / “Du Sollst Nicht Traurig Sein”, live radio session “That’s The Way” / “Colour Slide”, full-length backing track of “Hab’ Ich Das Recht?” (“Have I The Right?”).

Disc 2: All Systems Go! album, UK singles November 1965 – September 1966, “Somewhere Along The Way”, “I Can Tell (Something’s Up)” (unreleased version), “Tell Me Baby”.

Disc 3: [Messages from Denny, Allan, John and Peter leading into…] In Tokyo (live) album, “Goldfinger”, Japanese singles “Santa Claus Is Backin’ To Town” / “Silent Night, Holy Night” and “Hurricane” / “Music Train”, “Time”, “White Sands From The Ocean”; Martin Murray solo single “I Know What I Want” / “Goodbye My Baby”; Denny D’ell solo singles “It Breaks My Heart” / “Better Use Your Head” and “A Woman Called Sorrow” / “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes”.

Mark has now given me the go-ahead to post details ahead of them appearing on the Cherry Red website, where in due course you can pre-order the item – but, of course, will also be available from Amazon and other retailers.



The new Joe Meek tribute album is complete. This should be in stock early October.

Genuine, grade A stars such as Chas Hodges and John Leyton re-recordings sit alongside current bands such as The Strays, Henry & The Bleeders and many more.




triumphsmeekandwild THE TRIUMPHS – MEEK AND WILD

CD 24 Tracks with 12-page booklet

1. Meeksville 2. Telstar 3. Runaway 4. Husky Team 5. North Wind 6. Eye Of The Storm 7. Wild Wind 8. M25 9. Green Jeans 10. All Shook Up 11. Wipeout 12. Here Come The Good Times 13. He’ll Only Hurt You 14. Loneliness 15. Sunday Date 16. Dreaming Of You 17. Heart Of A Teenage Girl 18. Teardrops Fall Like Rain 19. Big Jim 20. The Coalman’s Lament 21. Night Of The Vampire 22. Jack The Ripper 23. Little Sister (Live) 24. Have I The Right (Live) This is The Triumphs’ tribute to the work of famed record producer Joe Meek. Joe recorded many styles of music and ‘Meek and Wild’ offers a ‘jukebox’ full of great sounds, both vocal (15 tracks) and instrumental.(9 tracks).

In addition to popular chart toppers like Telstar and Have I The Right, the spotlight also falls on rarities such as Ray Dexter’s The Coalman’s Lament and, from the Tea Chest tapes, Geoff Goddard’s Here Come The Good Times. There are five original tracks, all inspired by the work of Joe Meek.

The Triumphs (Rob Bradford, Trev Faull, Ken Ledran and Ray Liffen) have as their special guest Dave Kaye, who recorded with Joe Meek. One of Dave’s tracks is He’ll Only Hurt You, a powerful ballad which he recorded with Joe, but which was never released at that time. Now you can hear it in a brand new arrangement with Dave backed by The Triumphs.

The album’s 12-page booklet includes descriptions of all the tracks and pictures of the band with many of the original Joe Meek artists that they have had the privilege of working with, including Clem Cattini, Dave Kaye, Malcolm Lenny (The Packabeats), Ray Dexter, Bobby Rio and Danny Rivers.

UK £9.99 including postage and packing Europe £12.50 including postage and packing Americas, Africa, Asia £13.50 including postage and packing Australia, New Zealand £13.80 including postage and packing

Go to The Triumphs web site to purchase securely through logo_paypal_212x56

Now also available on-line at Bim Bam Records and Leo’s Den

Other methods of payment:

Pay by cheque (drawn on UK bank) made payable to ‘R. Liffen’ and sent to 24 Dalmeny Road, Carshalton, SM5 4PP U.K Pay manually Paypal to rayliffen@compuserve.com

The album is also available as a digital download at many outlets including

I Tunes UK          I Tunes US               Amazon.com         Amazon.co.uk            Google Play and also Spotify


All our Newsletters are still available as back issues and they have now been reduced to 10p (plus postage) – the same price as digital copies. Special rates available if you buy in bulk. There is a lot of information in these – especially the early ones edited by John Repsch and he used to answer letters in these too. Contact us if you are interested in back issues.