Big Jim Sullivan
Big Jim Dylan
|Nine tracks from my collection||
Best Songs |
(definitely BJS playing lead guitar)
(not certain BJS playing on the record)
The folk revival that started in the mid 1950s had an impact on the UK popular culture in the 1960s.
For example when Bob Dylan met the Beatles they started to write "folk type"songs and naturally the Rolling Stones followed suit.
For UK television viewers the folk movement meant the Springfields, Val Doonican, Mary Hopkin and the Seekers.
The true folk acts did not use the services of session musicians.
This was because they were good musicians and did not regard themselves to be part of the business.
Included in this list were Fairport Convention and Pentangle.
Track 1 is the Springfieids and "Island Of Dreams".
It entered the UK charts on 13 Dec 1962 reaching number 5.
It remained in the charts for six months.
One of the group's members was Mike Hurst who became a record producer and he subsequently hired BJS on several notable occasions.
The first time Marianne heard "As Tears Go By" was when she listened to the demo with Mick Jagger singing and BJS playing guitar.
The single entered the chart on 13 August 1964 and it peaked at number 9.
The Seekers follow up to their number 1 hit "I'll Never Find Another You" was
"A World Of Our Own".
The follow up reached number 3 after entering the charts on 15 April 1965.
BJS played on both records and the second of these is Track 3.
Donovan's follow up to "Catch The Wind" was "Colours".
For contractual reasons these 2 tracks had to be remade and BJS featured on the superior versions.
"Colours" which reached number 4 is Track 4.
It entered the UK charts on 3 June 1965.
BJS played on The Bachelors' "Sound Of Silence", Val Doonican's "Elusive Butterfly"and The Overlanders' "Michelle".
All massive UK hits.
Track 5 is Marianne Faithfull and a
selection of tracks from the 1965 album "North Country Maid".
Jimmy Page and BJS are equally excellent.
"Wild Mountain Thyme" contains a very impressive sitar.
("Bells Of Freedom" was part written by BJS)
An equally impressive selection could have been made from Mary Hopkin's or Val Doonican's back catalogue.
Next is Chris Farlowe and "April Was The Month".
This track is in the folk style which was unusual for this singer.
BJS played on all of Chris's major records.
Track 7 is Scott Walker and Tim Hardin's "Black Sheep Boy" taken from the number 1 album "Scott 2".
BJS together with Alan Parker (composer of "News At Ten" and "Coast") were a
permanent feature of The Walker Brothers' records.
Track 8 is Sandie Shaw and "Scarborough Fair".
The song was taken from the 1968 album "Supplement".
Last track is The Tremeloes and Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released".
This minor hit was released at the end of 1968.
I don't own the copyright to the MP3s. I will remove any of them if the copyright owner objects.