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The band of course had a lot more where that came from, as did Young and Vanda in particular, who went on to become arguably the most influential Australian producer-songwriter duo of all time. In 2004 the pair, along with the band’s lead vocalist, Stevie Wright (Christian Byers), were the first songwriters to be inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame.
Shout! Factory's triple-disc set The British Beat: Best of the '60s was released in conjunction with the 2007 PBS documentary of the same name and, like the show, this compilation is targeted at a general audience, so collectors shouldn't be surprised that there's hardly anything unfamiliar here. Indeed, the strength of this 57-track set is that it serves up many of the basics of the British Invasion. Of course, it doesn't have such heavy-hitters as the Beatles , the Rolling Stones , and the Who -- they never show up on sets like this -- but this is a well-chosen, very entertaining set that draws a pretty accurate portrait of '60s British pop through cuts by the Kinks , the Zombies , Donovan , Manfred Mann , the Searchers , the Tornados , the Hollies , Peter & Gordon , Gerry & the Pacemakers , the Yardbirds , the Tremeloes , Spencer Davis Group , Petula Clark , Lulu , Small Faces , Sandie Shaw , the Troggs , Tom Jones , Dusty Springfield , the Walker Brothers , and the Easybeats (who technically may be Australian but they fit). No, this doesn't have every great British Invasion song, but it does have 57 of them and anybody looking to get a crash course in one of the greatest eras of pop music should certainly use this as a primer.
In the midst of this maelstrom, George uncovered an unfinished Easybeats track from 1968, inspired by the group's American tour supporting Gene Pitney (they had gone out with the Rolling Stones in Europe). Hey St. Peter , issued under the alias of Flash & the Pan, shot up the charts and gave George Young an opportunity to use his near spoken-voice vocals, which found favour in the new wave and dance club environment. This part-time group became a full-time European sensation, issuing a string of compelling albums and becoming more successful than the Easybeats had been in that part of the world. Standing in the Rain gave Grace Jones a hit that burst out of the dance floors of the continent (just as some of John Paul Young's hits did, such as Walking in the Rain ). When the Bay City Rollers had the word's teens in a state of frenzy one of the songs they were doing it with was Yesterday's Hero .
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