Southwest Records are proud to present this new album by Billy Nicholls: A collection of a few old songs; revisited and re-recorded, plus some new compositions.
‘A Secret Game’ lyrics were inspired by part of a Ghazal ‘Be Not Grieved’ written by the Persian poet Hafiz and translated by Meher Baba.
‘Without Your Love’ first appeared on the ‘White Horse’ album; before being a huge hit for Roger Daltrey; who sang this song for the soundtrack of the film ‘McVicar’. This new version has vocals by Billy, recorded by his son Morgan on analogue tape at Olympic Studio in Barnes. Ironically, this was where he recorded many of his earlier works ‘Would You Believe’ and ‘Love Songs’.
‘Everloving Arms’ another track revisited, was originally recorded for the ‘White Horse’ album in Los Angeles in 1976.
‘Brief Encounter’ was inspired by the last few moments of the 1940’s film of the same name; written from the standpoint of the husband.
‘Waiting for a Friend’ is a new recording of another track; which was especially written for the ‘McVicar ‘film and originally sung by Roger Daltrey.
‘Amy’ as it says in the song, was written for Billy’s baby daughter a long time ago. The song was recently recorded live by his son Morgan in his Studio and filmed by his other son Will. The video presented to Amy at her wedding to fellow musician Louis Matthews in December 2014, can be viewed here on the website front page.
A Secret Game’s cover is the concept of Billy’s son Will.
The Front Cover image has been taken from a painting by Dudley Edwards; a long time family friend who was part of the Binder, Edwards & Vaughan team of artists producing psychedelic art in the 60’s.
Dudley also produced the Artwork for the cover of the album: ‘Love Songs’.The Back cover includes an image from a Chinese Dream stone purchased from an antique shop in Kensington.
Buy A Secret Game and listen to a couple of tracks from the album in the shop here.
Exciting news today with the New Album now titled 'A Secret Game' being Mastered by Jon Astley at 'Close to the Edge'. The final tracks have been recorded with the help of Morgan Nicholls at his home studio and Will of Will Nicholls Films producing Images for the cover & artwork.
See a video of Billy playing and singing 'AMY' one of the tracks on the New Album below.
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The WHO at Porchester Hall on 2nd September 2014 for TEEN CANCER AMERICA ( The USA version of TEENAGE CANCER TRUST here in the UK ). A Live Show relayed worldwide. Great Gig. Check it out on YouTube.
Chris Evans and his controversial channel4 TGF Friday Night Show on 12th June 2015 with Roger Daltrey and Liam Gallagher
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‘Would You Believe’ LP for £8000
Title : Billy Nicholls (with The Small Faces) - Would You Believe
Label & year : Original Immediate IMCP009 LP , Stereo 1968 UNRELEASED UK 1st Press!!!
Matrix's : Side A : IMCP 009 - 1C - 2 , Side B : IMCP 009 - 2C (IMSP - 009 - 2Y crossed out) with 1 G stampers on each side!!!
THIS IS IT!!!!! THIS IS IT!!!!!!!!!! WITHOUT QUESTION, THE VERY RAREST PSYCHEDELIC ALBUM OF ALL TIME!!!
AND NOT ONLY THAT, THE ACTUAL RECORD HAS ONLY EVER BEEN PLAYED TWO OR THREE TIMES AT THE VERY MOST!!! SURELY THE VERY BEST EXAMPLE OF THIS VINYL LEFT IN EXISTENCE!!!
There's a reason why this LP is the most valuable psych album of all time, and it's not just because a tiny handful were ever made, it's because it's stunningly awesome!!! It's an absolute tragedy that this never got released, as it would DEFINITELY be hailed now as a solid gold true 60's classic right up there with Pet Sounds, Blonde On Blonde, Electric Ladyland, Forever Changes, Beggars Banquet, Sgt Pepper, Wheels Of Fire e.t.c, but unfortunately hardly anyone's ever heard it!!! Let me take this opportunity to tell you a little about this monumental LP...
A young 17 year old Billy Nichols managed to track down George Harrison's house, knocked on his door and handed him a demo of his songs to pass on to Dick James (one of the main 60's song publishers). Somehow the demo got lost, so as an apology, the young Billy was invited to record a new demo in a swanky studio with Caleb Quaye (one of the very finest 60's session players, some of you psych heads may also know him from his awesome forgotten classic "Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad") on hand to help. Meanwhile across London, Stones manager and entrepreneur chancer Andrew Loog Oldham was looking for songwriters for his new Immediate label, got his grubby mitts on the demo, liked what he heard, and got Billy on board!!!
A little along the line after being blown away by Pet Sounds, Oldham decided to promote Billy from staff songwriter to the next Brian Wilson!!! (not too much to ask!!!) Apparently Oldham pumped a million pounds into this record, and it shows - magnificent lush production, beautiful string arrangements, all the magic potions a human body can take (notice the curious initials to London Social Degree?), The Small Faces as the house band, the FINEST London session players including Arthur Greenslade, Nicky Hopkins (the unseen 5th member of every band, he played on EVERYTHING!!! The Who, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, even some US bands too like Jefferson Airplane...pretty much any british 60's LP with piano or harpsichord on would be wired up to this guy!!!), and John Paul Jones (who went on to enjoy mild success in a little known band called Led Zeppelin).
Once recording was completed, Oldham had found he had blown all his money on the orchestra and didn't have any left to release it!!! Absolutely UNBELIEVABLE!!! I suppose cash-flow is the biggest killer of businesses, but man, he really ought to have seen this coming!!!
So, that's the story of this LP. It's remarkable that it even exists at all!!! I suppose it barely does – 100 (some believe only 50) finished copies were pressed up to be sent to british DJ's and journalists for review purposes, and that was it!!! I would be seriously MASSIVELY surprised if even a fifth of them have survived. Well, this one has (and OUTRAGEOUSLY well too)!!! If you're fortunate enough to own an original and unfortunate enough to find your house on fire, be sure that this (after the family, of course!) be the first thing you rescue!!! Make no mistake, we are dealing with history here!!!
This will be the ONLY chance you will EVER have of owning this truly PHENOMENAL record!!! Played two or three times at the very most!!! Would You Believe it!!! Don't miss out on this magnificent masterpiece, it will most likely be worth more than your house one day!!!
Tracklisting : Would You Believe, Come Again, Life Is Short, Feeling Easy, Daytime Girl, Daytime Girl (Coda), London Social Degree, Portobello Road, Question Mark, Being Happy, Girl From New York, and It Brings Me Down.
Trivia : Steve Marriott went for the solo at the end of Girl From New York so hard, he actually snapped the neck off his favourite guitar!!! I guess it was worth it though, for it's the best solo i've ever heard him play!!!
About : UNBELIEVABLY Rare Original 1968 UK 1st Press!!! This OUTRAGEOUSLY RARE LP initially sold literally NOTHING (being unreleased, it unfortunately never got the chance to) and had a MINISCULE run of 100 (or 50, no one quite knows for sure) finished copies, and is UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND, especially in this condition!!! An absolute classic LP, one of the best from the 60's!!! An astonishing album that really DESERVES to be the centrepiece of EVERY serious 60's psych record collection!!! Don't miss out on this PHENOMENALLY RARE LP!!! If you like good music and owning a priceless piece of history, bid now!!!
The LP :
Classic UK 1st Press "KT" lilac Immediate labels!!! Both sides are AMAZING with NO real signs of age, NO stickers, and NO tears whatsoever!!! Just has a small "A" stamped on the A side, and an absolute MINISCULE amount of ultra light spindle marks which suggests that this has been played only two or three times at the very most!!! OUTRAGEOUS for a 45 year old record!!! Both must grade overall at least as Excellent++++!!!
Record : Visual -
Spectacular Original UK 1962 1st Press Vinyl!!! Nice bright, clean and shiny as if it was just pressed!!! Fantastic jet black mirror like surfaces, it looks ASTONISHING with NO nasty marks, NO scuffs, NO scratches, NO fingerprints, and NO groovewear whatsoever!!! The only possible blemishes off TRUE perfection are literally just one or two IMPOSSIBLY light wispy sleeve traces (only visible in the very strongest of lights) from where it has sat or been removed from it's cover over the years!!! Of course, these ridiculously light blemishes doesn't interfere with play AT ALL!!! UNBELIEVABLE for a record of this age and rarity!!! Nearly AS NEW!!! (and I bet many new records don't even come close to looking as amazing as this!!!) Must grade overall visually as Near Mint!!! (graded STRICTLY to the UK RRPG standards, not overgraded AT ALL!!! Customer satisfaction is of 100% importance to me) SURELY THE VERY BEST LEFT IN EXISTENCE!!!
Record : Audio -
Thankfully, it plays AMAZINGLY with fantastic mono blast and clarity!!! It really sounds incredible with NO hops, pops, distortion, sticks, or clicks!!! Only like ALL records has the MEREST TOUCH of low level static in few and far between places such as on the run in grooves, but that's about it!!! It really is basically THE SOUND OF A MINT RECORD!!! The music is TRULY crystal clear - It really does play with a CD-like near 100% black silence, but with that bass, clarity, depth and warmth you can only get from UK 1st Press vinyl!!! EVEN the quiet sections!!! Absolutely ESSENTIAL!!! UNHEARD OF for a record of this age and rarity!!! Must grade overall audiably at least as Mint minus!!! (graded STRICTLY to the UK RRPG standards, not trashed or overgraded AT ALL!!! Customer satisfaction is of 100% importance to me)
Original 1968 UK 1st press Immediate "Upton" unlaminated sleeve complete with original white "patents applied for" inner!!! IMPOSSIBLE to find this sleeve in anything approaching a good condition - surely most will be spent, torn, worn, and stained due to age sheer rarity of this particular LP!!! This one is NOT, and looks FANTASTIC, especially considering the nature of this fragile sleeve!!! NO staining, NO graffiti, NO writing, and still ULTRA strong and solid after all these years!!! Only has a few signs of ageing such as a very small amount of ultra light creases, a touch of a record imprint, a surface tear to the top right of the front where a sticker has been removed, some whitening to parts of the spine and seams from where it has sat on the shelf over the years and minor signs of a split beginning to form at the centre (no daylight when viewed from the inside, and the majority of the text is readable), only some mild age dulling to the still bright unlaminated back and just two minor surface tears (one above the Wo of Would, and one above the second L of Nicholls (absolutely NO stains, grubbiness, graffiti OR writing whatsoever!!!), some denting to the four corners which ALL vintage LP's have, and POSSIBLY (just to be sure!!!) one or two other minor signs of age here and there, though nothing that really stands out to note at all!!! And that's truly about it!!! All the negatives I can possibly find!!! This is still a BRILLIANT sleeve, and a TRUE rarity to find one as awesome as this - most have been virtually destroyed or are just about being held together, but not this one!!! It sits flat and true, vibrant, and beautifully presentable!!! It remains strong, solid and unspoilt, and even the spine remains strong, solid, and mostly readable too!!! Must grade overall as Very Good minus!!! (graded STRICTLY to the UK RRPG standards, not trashed or overgraded AT ALL!!! Customer satisfaction is of 100% importance to me)
Summary : An utterly FANTASTIC example (the vinyl itself is UNBEATABLE) of this IMPOSSIBLY, PHENOMENALLY, UNBELIEVABLY RARE classic masterpiece unreleased UK Stereo 1968 1st Press Immediate LP!!! You simply can't find this in ANY condition, so to find one as truly MAGNIFICENT AS THIS? UNHEARD OF!!! A TRUE, TRUE ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY - YOU WILL NEVER GET THE CHANCE AGAIN, so don't miss out on this chance to own a true piece of 60's music history!!!
If you want to hear this Classic Album; recently auctioned on Ebay, visit the website sop where you can pick up a CD copy mastered for Southwest Records in 1998.
28th March: Singing with Roger Daltrey and Guests for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall. It's always good to do something for this worthy charity.
Nice new logo from Jamie Hewlett.
Happy to be a part of the Biggest Gig of the Year, on Sunday 12th August: Singing with the Who at The Closing of the Olympics Ceremony alongside Roger, Pete, Simon, Zak, Chris Stainton plus Morgan on Bass. What a night!