Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New ACE CD by THE INNOCENTS - Skip Battin Connection

The Innocents, a harmony trio from Sun Valley, California, scored four quick hits – twice in their own right with ‘Honest I Do’ and ‘Gee Whiz’, and twice with Kathy Young (‘A Thousand Stars’ and ‘Happy Birthday Blues’) – on the mysterious Indigo label of Los Angeles. Following its collapse in 1962, the cool trio went on to record equally strong material for Reprise, Decca and Warner Brothers, all of which is heard on this new compilation CD, together with previously unissued masters from the same period in stunning stereo. None of this – even the tunes originally released on 45s back in the 60s - has ever appeared on CD before. Better still, the cache of unissued Warner Brothers and Reprise material is worth the price of the CD alone. Also included are two versions of the Innocents’ superb rogue 45, ‘Tick Tock’. A couple of the guys later moonlighted as the Sugar Beats on an A&M single, and that’s here too.

When they left Indigo, to get out of contract, they had the lead singer Jim West sing two songs for release. Skip Battin arranged and produced him using the name Bobby James: "5000 Tears" and Memories Linger On". Both songs are included in this new ACE CD "Classic Innocents".

You can get more info and order your copy here:

This info and more details were sent to us by lead singer Jim West. Many thanks to him.

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