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Friday, August 2, 2013

The Twilights..first album from 1966...featuring Glenn Shorrock and Terry Britten

The Twilights were a rock-pop  group of the mid to late 1960s. Alongside their own career successes, The Twilights are also notable for the inclusion of vocalist Glenn Shorrock, who later fronted Axiom, Esperanto and Little River Band, and guitarist Terry Britten who went on to become an internationally successful songwriter and producer and pen major hits for artists such as Cliff Richard and Tina Turner.

Alongside The Easybeats and The Masters Apprentices, The Twilights are widely considered to be one of the most significant Australian rock groups of the 1960s. Highly popular with teenage audiences, they were renowned for their musical excellence and live prowess, as well as their on-stage humour, and they were held in high respect by fellow musicians. The group is also notable as one of the few major Australian rock bands of the period to retain the same personnel for virtually all of its career. Like most of their contemporaries, they began as a cover band, playing accomplished renditions of hits by popular overseas bands of the era such as The Beatles, The Who and The Small Faces, and their early hits in Australia were all cover versions. The Twilights were noted for being on top of current musical trends, and their early repertoire was regularly updated with the latest British and American rock hits, which were regularly sent to them on record and tape by family and friends in the UK. Later in their career guitarist Terry Britten began to write original material but the group did not last long enough for this to have a significant impact on their career.

This album is the first of only two studio albums they released in their time and has now become a collectors' item. They do some covers on the album including "Diddy Wa Daddy", "Satisfaction" and "You've Got Soul". Their biggest hit "Needle In A Haystack" is also a cover and was originally recorded by a Motown group "The Velvelettes".

I remember my sister having the LP but I didn't take much notice of it at the time. Now I'm sorry I didn't grab it!
  1. Sorry She's Mine
  2. La La La Lies
  3. It's Dark
  4. Diddy Wa Diddy
  5. Long Life
  6. Needle in a Haystack
  7. You've Got Soul 
  8. Yes I Will
  9. I'm Not Talking
  10. Let Me Go
  11. Lucky Man
  12. Satisfaction