State of Micky & Tommy - The State of Mickey & Tommy

State of Micky & Tommy - The State of Mickey & Tommy
Release Date:
August 26, 2008
Album:
The State of Mickey & Tommy
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It's not well known, but long before he joined Foreigner -- and even before he was in Spooky Tooth -- Mick Jones made quite a few records with Tommy Brown, the pair working in France for much of the period. This French CD collects 24 tracks in which they were involved between 1965 and 1971, encompassing recordings billed to several different monikers, including the State of Mickey & Tommy, the Blackburds, Nimrod, the J&B, and Thomas F. Browne. It may be that the singles they released as the State of Mickey & Tommy, obscure as those 45s are, are the best known of the lot, especially "With Love from One to Five," which has shown up on a few relatively high-profile U.

K. psychedelia compilations. That does happen to be one of the better numbers, but generally this CD has fair, though not exceptional, music that reflects the British mod, pop/rock, and psychedelic trends of the time with occasional hints of French and Continental influences. "With Love from One to Five" is typical if classy 1967 orchestrated psychedelic pop; "Nobody Knows Where You've Been" strongly recalls the arrangements on Sgt. Pepper's cuts like "Within You, Without You"; and "Frisco Bay" is nice dainty, dreamy pop with beatific Summer of Love lyrics and the lightest hints of raga-rock. All of those songs were found on singles credited to the State of Mickey & Tommy; the ones billed to the Blackburds are more like soul-flavored British mod rock that could serve as incidental film music, while Nimrod's 1969 single "The Bird" (previously included on several collector-oriented comps of rare British psychedelia) is a fairly strong relic bridging psychedelia with early progressive rock. The best track, however, is the relatively unheralded 1966 single "There She Goes" by the J&B, a quite haunting, dramatic song that's a bit like a mini-soundtrack to a story of Swinging London heartbreak. As a whole, this will hardly qualify Jones and Brown as lost masters of mid- to late-'60s British rock, but there's pleasant period music of the genre to be heard, virtually all of it from extremely rare recordings (including soundtracks).

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
With Love from 1 to 5State of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Sunday's LeavingState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
I Know What I Would DoState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Quelqu'un Qui Part (Someone Like You)State of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Frisco BayState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Julian WaitesState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Nobody Knows Where You've BeenState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Good Time MusicState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
If I Could Be SureState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
AliceState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Promenade dans La Forêt du BrabantState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Absolument Hyde ParkState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Get out of My Life WomanState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Don't Go HomeState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
The In CrowdState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Don't Need NobodyState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
The BirdState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Don't Let It Get the Best of YouState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
There She GoesState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Wow ! Wow! Wow!State of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Never at AlState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Then You Got EverythingState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Bonus Track : Gentle SarahState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones
Carry My LoadState of Micky & Tommy feat: Mick Jones

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