The Easybeats were Australia's contribution to the British Invasion of the mid-1960s. With the assistance of producer Shel Talmy (The Who, The Kinks), the Easybeats scored their first U.K. hit in 1966 with "Friday On My Mind" - a song which later hit the Top 20 in the United States. After calling it quits in 1969, bandmembers Harry Vanda and George Young dedicated themselves to producing and songwriting, and helped launch AC/DC (which included Young's brothers Angus and Malcolm). This two-fer includes their 1967 single, "Heaven and Hell," which was banned by the BBC.
2 LPs on 1 CD: FRIDAY ON MY MIND (1967)/FALLING OFF THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (1968).
The Easybeats: Little Stevie Wright (vocals); Harry Vanda, George Young (guitar); Dick Diamonde (bass): Snowy Fleet (drums).
Producers: Shel Talmy, The Easybeats, Mike Vaughan.
Originally released on United Artists (6588) & United Artists (6667). Includes liner notes Al Fichera.
Personnel: Harry Vanda (guitar); Dick Diamonde (bass guitar); Snowy Fleet (drums).
Liner Note Author: Al Fichera.
This Collectables two-fer reissue from the Australian Easybeats -- "Friday on My Mind" from 1967 and the follow-up, Falling off the Edge of the World -- is perfunctory but not recommended. Of course, their one hit, "Friday on My Mind," is included with 24 similar pop tracks, but it doesn't include any of their superior pre-1967 material. Since the group was essentially a one-hit wonder, there aren't many lost classics scattered throughout the disc. The Very Best of the Easybeats, released in 2003 on Varese, contains earlier material and is the better purchase. ~ Al Campbell