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Gloria/ Baby, Please Don't Go by Them

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Label: Parrot 9727 Year: 1965
Factory sleeve included
Condition: M- $30.00
Gloria/ Baby, Please Don't GoYes, Rolling Stone magazine (#211) and Dave Marsh (#69) are spot-on in adding this great single to their respective "best of" lists. Overshadowed (in the U.S.) by its more famous A side, however, is another essential rocker that's one of the best versions of the traditional blues classic, "Baby, Please Don't Go." In the U.K., "Baby" was the hit, with "Gloria" clearly the B side.

In the States, "Baby" started out as the A side, and as early as January 1965 it was being mentioned as a "regional breakout" in Billboard magazine. However, the song never generated enough airplay and sales to register on the Billboard singles chart (though it did "bubble under" as high as #102 starting in March). Finally, in May, after radio programmers had determined that the "B" side had more potential, the sheer genius of "Gloria" managed to crack the Hot 100, reaching #93 for one short week. After the U.S. rock band Shadows of Knight released their cover of "Gloria" in March the following year, Parrot re-released Them's version, at which point "Gloria" was obviously the A side and climbed to #71.

According to Wikipedia, "Baby, Please Don't Go" wasn't written by Delta Bluesman Big Joe Williams (though that's who's credited on this 45), but he popularized it first, back in 1935. However, Williams' original acoustic blues bears no resemblance to what Van Morrison and his mates cooked up for the blistering version on this single. (I can't believe I just put in "Wooly Bully," which has the similar-sounding early garage/blues rocker "Ain't Gonna Move" on the B side. What you call serendipity!) It would take me more time than I have to determine who exactly came up with this arrangement of "Baby, Please Don't Go" first, because if you check out the song in iTunes you find it's been covered by everyone from Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker to Bob Dylan, the Amboy Dukes, Aerosmith and AC/DC. If the Muddy Waters version is one he recorded for Chess in the 1950s, I think that's probably where Van Morrison got his inspiration, but again, that's an "if" statement. Whatever, Them scored a clear 2-star (essential) recording with their rendition! (Wish I had time to make an mp3 snippet of the track... it's awesome!)

Note: This beautiful copy comes in a vintage Parrot Records factory sleeve. The labels have some storage wear, but the vinyl (styrene) looks almost untouched, and the audio sounds pristine Mint.

Condition Detail:Label: M-   |   Vinyl: M-   |   Audio: MWritten by: V. Morrison (A), Williams (B)Produced by: Bert BernsChart info: (B) 102p in March, (A) #71p in April 1966, #93p in May 1965Track time(s): A: 2:37 | B: 2:40Mix: Mono


If you like this kind of music, take a listen to . . .
  7 and 7 Is/ No. Fourteen by Love (M-), Elektra 45605, 1966: $30.00
   Hearts And Flowers/ Got To Touch Your Face by Public Company (M), RCA 0353, 1970: $125.00
   Hole In My Pocket/ Sittin' In Circles by Barry Goldberg (M), Buddah 59, 1968: $15.00
   I Can't Control Myself/ Gonna Make You by The Troggs (M-), Fontana 1557, 1966: $13.00
   I Can't Control Myself/ Gonna Make You by The Troggs (M-), Atco 6444, 1966: $18.00
   In The Time Of Our Lives/ It Must Be Love by Iron Butterfly (M-), Atco 6676, 1969: $16.00
   Instant Karma (We All Shine On) by John Lennon (M-), Apple 1818, 1970: $14.00
   Just A Little Bit/ Gypsy Ball by Blue Cheer (M-), Philips 40541, 1968: $15.00
  Laugh, Laugh/ Still In Love With You Baby by The Beau Brummels (M-), Autumn 8, 1965: $20.00
   Love You So Much/ Let Me Love You by The New Colony Six (M-), Sentar 1205, 1967: $24.00
   Oh Yeah/ Light Bulb Blues by The Shadows of Knight (M-), Dunwich 122, 1966: $25.00
  Psychotic Reaction/ They're Gonna Get You by The Count Five (M-), Double Shot 104, 1966: $18.00
   Technicolor Dreams/ Spicks And Specks by The Status Quo (M-), Cadet Concept 7010, 1968: $40.00
   The Early Singles, 1964-1968 by Marc Bolan (M), Earmark 42064, 2006: $55.00
   Who Do You Love/ Hey Girl by The Woolies (M-), Dunhill 4052, 1967: $40.00
   Who Do You Love/ Hey Girl by The Woolies (EX), Dunhill 4052, 1967: $15.00
  You, I/ Stay With Me by The Rugbys (M-), Amazon 1, 1969: $14.00
  You, I/ Stay With Me by The Rugbys (M-), Amazon 1, 1969: $15.00
   Your Time's Gonna Come/ Things Ain't The Same by The Innovation (M-), Amy 11032, 1968: $25.00
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