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Although the Flee-Rekkers recorded enough material to comprise an album (now found on the CD compilation Green Jeans), while they were active, they only issued tracks in the 45 or EP format. The Fabulous Flee-Rekkers was their sole EP, issued in May 1961. While the group is obscure to everyone but rabid fans of early-'60s instrumental rock fans and Joe Meek (who produced the group), it's actually pretty respectable and hard rocking stuff. There are obvious echoes of American instrumental groups like Johnny & the Hurricanes (who also used a saxophone) and, more distantly, the Fireballs. But it proves there was some reasonably tough instrumental rock being laid down in Britain at a time when that territory had yet to achieve international prominence in the rock scene. Too, the production is more straightforward, and the performances earthier, than they were for many typical Joe Meek discs of the time, which were often garnished with production trickery and gimmickry. The original EP is rare, but a facsimile (with original artwork and liner notes) is available as one of the dozen CD-EPs in the box set Joe Meek: The EP Collection.

Biography

Formed: 1960

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

The Flee-Rekkers (also sometimes spelled Flee-Rakkers) were an instrumental outfit formed in England at the end of the 1950s. According to most accounts, they were originally known as the Ramblers or the Statesiders before taking their more familiar name, which came from their leader, Dutch-descended tenor saxophonist Peter Fleerackers. The group was originally a semi-pro outfit that, in addition to Fleerakkers, included Dave Cameron on lead guitar, Alan Monger (rhythm guitar, baritone sax), Elmy...
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