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Friday, March 22, 2013

The Clefs Of Lavender Hill - Stop! Get A Ticket (1965-68 us, pleasant garage beat with sunny rays, 2010 Wounded Bird edition)

Best remembered for their folk-rock cult classic "Stop! Get a Ticket," the Clefs of Lavender Hill were led by singers/guitarists Travis and Coventry Fairchild, in reality Brooklyn-born brother and sister Joseph and Lorraine Ximenes. 

Settling in Miami in 1966, the siblings recruited bassist Bill Moss and his brother drummer Fred, late of the local band the Twilights (noted for their lone single, 1965's "She's There"), and soon issued their first Clefs of Lavender Hill single, the Thames label release "First Tell Me Why." However, Miami radio instead seized on the B-side, "Stop! Get a Ticket," given the song's irresistible Merseybeat-inspired approach. 

The record proved so popular across South Florida that it was licensed for national release by the Date label, surging as high as number 80 on the Billboard Top 100. The follow-up, "One More Time," rose to number 114 in the autumn, and the Clefs closed out 1966 with one more single, "It Won't Be Long." The record failed to chart, however, as did its successor, 1967's "Gimme One Good Reason" -- a full-length album was completed, but Date chose to cut its losses, shelving the LP and dropping the Clefs from its roster. 

The Moss brothers soon exited, and the Travis and Coventry continued on with bassist Frank Milone and drummer Steve Zaricki before dissolving in 1968. "Stop! Get a Ticket" was later included on 1998's Nuggets box set. The album finally saw the light of day when the tracks from it, along with the group's lone single, were released by Wounded Bird in 2010 under the title Stop! Get a Ticket. 
by Jason Ankeny

1. New Orleans (Frank Guida, Joseph Royster) - 2:29
2. You Don't Notice (T. Fairchild) - 2:32
3. Sunshine Superman (Donovan Leitch) - 2:59
4. Play With Fire (M. Jagger, K. Richards, C. Watts, B. Jones, B. Wyman) - 2:21
5. So I'll Try (Travis Fairchild) - 2:14
6. It Won't Be Long (J. Lennon, P. McCartney) 2:02
7. One More Time (T. Fairchild) - 2:36
8. Bang Bang (Sonny Bono) - 2:53
9. Will You Go Away (T. Fairchild) - 3:15
10.First Tell Me Why (T. Fairchild, Coventry Fairchild) - 2:15
11.Stop! Get a Ticket (T. Fairchild, C. Fairchild) - 2:22
12.Gimme One Good Reason Gimme One Good Reason (T. Fairchild) - 2:07
13.Oh, Say My Love (with Travis & Coventry) (T. Fairchild) - 2:54
14.Stop! Get a Ticket (Mono Single Version) (T. Fairchild, C. Fairchild) - 2:25
15.Stop! Get a Ticket (Stereo Single Version) (T. Fairchild, C. Fairchild) - 2:27

The Clefs of Lavender Hill
*Joseph Ximenes (Travis Fairchild) - Vocals, Guitar
*Lorraine Ximenes (Coventry Fairchild) - Vocals, Guitar
*Bill Moss - Bass (1966-67)
*Fred Moss - Drums (1966-67)
*Frank Milone - Bass (1967-68) (As Travis & Coventry)
*Steve Zaricki - Drums (1967-68) (As Travis & Coventry)


Gyro1966 said...

thanks for this, and at 320! I'm the only person on earth that can't split flac files, so I really appreciate it.

Jim_Spyropoulos said...

Freakin excellent band and disc :) 10 out of 10

Solidboy said...

Thanks Marios for this great disc. A version of sunshine superman and bang bang is the beauty of this record.

sfdoomed said...

Wow, an entire album's worth of tracks! I'm only familiar with the track "One More Time" from Psych States: Florida and "Get a Ticket" from Nuggets. Both are fantastic, so definitely looking forward to hearing the rest.

Thanks as always!

Esmenard Victor said...

I had some fun gathering from across all the comps I get from the internet all the songs from their singles, and then they arrive all, along with unissued album :)

Thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Many thanks fot the Clefs. I remember that time very well. I even danced with Lorraine once. They started playing her song on WQAM, that was the radio station we all listened to... On Fridays or Saturday evenings back then we had little dance parties at friends homes.... and that's how I met her. She had a very nice smile and was very sociable. We were around 15 years old. I was hoping to get to see a photo of what she looks like now, but no luck. Thanks again.

sitarswami said...

Thanks for this. Wonderful stereo sound, but too bad the single mono mixes were not included.