Let’s go back to the days when the music markets and the hit charts were dominated by the releases of Vinyl Singles (45rpm). Many times I considered the B-Side actually as good as the A-Side (Flipside) or even better . Of course a pure personal thus subjective valuation!
In those days a multitude of independent creative non share-holder driven record companies believed fully in their artist and in his talents not caring that much about the next days financial outcome of the « product ». Interesting times, good times, happy times! That's what this thread is all about - fantastic, hidden and underrated Vinyl Singles B-Sides brought to the daylight again to the passionate music lover!
I will customize the thread occasionally relying on my research material and on my private Vinyl Singles collection.
Thoughtful new thread Martin! I was excited about 45 singles and later cassette singles as a teen and young adult back in the 80s. I've been picking up vinyl lps and 45s for the last few years once I got me another multi-purpose stereo unit with a record player. It's a good idea to name some hidden gems B-sides the classic A-sides. I have a few of those in my mind to post later.
I thought of a 45 A-side that I originally posted on the power pop thread by an Ohio band whose members would later go on to form the Raspberries with local rival Eric Carmen. I like the dj and his style of setting the scene for how this 45 finally got into the crossears (made up word!) of radio and 45 collectors.
Both great B-sides!! I had forgotten that Happy Times was "only" a B-side -- I loved that 45 so much and played both sides nearly equally (and I REALLY love "The Letter," so that is high praise).
John, what was the A-side of "It's Cold Outside"? This is one of the few Choir tracks that I know and I'm curious to see if I ever knew the A-side. I'm afraid they got zero airplay in Indiana and it would be decades before I got to know their music.
The first single I ever owned was the incredible 1964 hit "She's Not There," the debut single by the Zombies.
Turn it over and what did you get? Another song just as worthy of being a hit record, "You Make Me Feel Good." (Although on my 45, as on the label shown in this YouTube video, it was printed as "You Make Me Feel So Good.")
I guess the Zombies figured that if they were going to push their way into the crowded British Pop market of 1964, they'd need a one-two punch! If they'd become a one-hit wonder, it would have seemed a shame to have used up this second great song, which DJs rarely if ever played. But with Rod Argent and Chris White as songwriters, the Zombies would not run out of amazing tracks for the next 4 years. When they finally disbanded in 1968, they went out on an incredible high note with the superb album "Odessey and Oracle." (Luckily, I'm going to see them perform that entire album live in a couple of months!)
Thank you John, I’m glad you like my new thread. You posted a real gem here: the Choir’s „It’s Cold Outside“! A nugget from the 60’s, a beautiful song with great harmonies, one can hear The Beatles and The Byrds influence. LOVE it! The Rasperries reunited a few years ago for a series of sold-out live performances. I wonder what Eric Carmen is up to nowadays? Look forward to your Vinyl Singles B-Sides related postings!
Holly, isn’t « Happy Times » one of the best B-Sides ever? I love The Zombies tune that you came up with - «You Make Me Feel Good» written by Chris White! Great song!