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Overflowing with a whopping 56 songs from Australia-based ‘60s mod band the Easybeats, The Definitive Anthology makes good on its title, save for some jingles they recorded for Coca-Cola®. Sequenced non-chronologically, the psychedelic “Friday On My Mind” opens with a plodding guitar trill as frontman Stevie Wright comes in singing like a young Roger Daltrey. The tune was poised to be a hit, but back in 1967 American radio stations banned the song for containing references to the afterlife, while the lyrics “Hell is finding someone else in your bed” kept it off the BBC. The following “Good Times” rocks with the unmistakably soulful rasp of the Small Faces’ Steve Marriott making a guest appearance in the catchy choruses. If the Merseybeat-inspired “Pretty Girl” sounds more British than Australian, that’s because Stevie Wright and drummer Gordon Henry Fleet were both from England. The second half of the anthology gathers more of the band’s British Invasion-sounding songs like the mod dance-club favorite “Sorry” (which was covered by the Three O’ Clock in 1982) and the poppy “Amanda Storey.”

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I had to get this put on itunes from another site called last fm. i cant beleve this great band wasent already here! my fav song is friday on my mind.


Finally The Easybeats original 60's Aussie LP's w/bonus cuts and this great introduction compilation are available from iTunes , all original recordings. No dodgy re-recordings, karoke backing tracks or the usual 60's iTunes rip offs. Huzzah for The Easybeats!

Without these guys, we wouldn't have AC/DC!!!

George Young helped form and produce Ac/dc by helping out his then-unknown little brothers, Angus and Malcolm, with fellow Easybeat Harry Vanda. George and Harry would help get early Ac/dc shows and stuff like that and would later manage the band. If the Easybeats never existed, Ac/dc would be a very small local band performing Highway to Hell and Thunderstruck at small local festivals. Audio proof that it's a long way to the top if you wanna rock n roll!


Formed: 1964 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australi

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '80s

The Easybeats occupy a unique place in the pantheon of 1960s British rock acts. For starters, they were Australian, except that they really weren't -- they met in Sydney alright, and being based in Australia with the talent they had gave them a leg-up over any of the local competition. But lead singer Stevie Wright originally came from England (although he'd been in Australia for some years), and bassist Dick Diamonde hailed from the Netherlands, as did guitarist Harry Vanda, while the others, guitarists...
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