The Latest Arrivals In My Collection:
|The most rare and hard to find coversong "It's A Secret" After I found the book "Beyond The Summertime" , written by Derek Wadeson and John van der Kiste, I started to collect the coversongs as listed in the book. Beside that I found a lot more coversongs, In the meantime I collected more as 225 (fysical) different coversongs, but untill today I never found the 7" single from "It's A Secret" recorded by "Baba Barafu & The Emvees" "It's A Secret" was first released as coversong in 1976 on the low budget, South Africa, label MvN on the LP "Springbok Hits Of The Week Vol.31 (Studio Artists) with cat. nr: MVN 3497, this one I just added to my collection. The LP was also released in Rhodesia as: "Rhodesia's Hits Of The Week Volume 15" with cat. nr: MVN 3497(R) Note: South African label which appeared in 1970 following Teal's acquisition of the "Manley van Niekerk" brand of studios and record plant the year before. In 1977 a 7" single was taken from this LP and released by World Records Co. Kenya, with cat. nr. KORS 1047 On the A-Side "Daddy Cool" and the B-side "It's A Secret" Artists on the single: Baba Barafu & The Emvees. The most rare and hard to find 7" single. The only copy I know from this single is in hands from John van der Kiste, lucky John.
|Ray Dorset, Colin Earl, Joe Rush, John Godfrey, Paul King Side A Northcote Arms, Keep Your Hands Off Her, There's A Man Going Round Taking Names, Ella Speed, Take Me Back, Bottle Up And Go, O'Reilly, That Old Dust Storm Side B Shorty George, We Shall Be Free, Out Skirts Of Town, The Sun Is Shining, You Got Me Dizzy, Give Me Love, Hey Rosalyn
|Forgotten, Lost and Found Advanced Promotion Acetate - PYE 1971 Rare acetate of what appears to be an embryonic version of "You Don't Have To Be In The Army" or possibly an early compilation. I found this one on an auction site, as the seller said: obtainded from a band member's collection, I can only guess who that is. It's one of the most interesting (and expensive) items I ever found. Raw recordings, I guess just before mastering, of what we can call "The Army Sessions" Three songs: Shorty George, You Got Me Dizzy and Out Skirts Of Town, were shelved until the 2-CD set "Gonna Bop 'till I Drop" was released in 2007, and never appeard elswhere on vinyl. The hitherto unknown song "Bottle Up And Go" was also shelved but never released, it was only regularly played by the band at live gigs in 1971. Most of us, including myself, have never heard the song before, I got already goosebumps when the postman handed me the package and when I first heard "Bottle Up And Go", or what Alan Taylor said: I'm like a kid at Christmas. Until Alan told me the name of the song it was called "Unknown" This is what John van der Kiste wrote about this acetate: Just hazarding a guess about this compilation and the track listing, could it be that this was the original running order but: Mungo Jerry and PYE records had thought about releasing a 15-track album at first of better value for money, but then decided too many tracks per side would reduce the sound quality ? The "bonus" tracks that didn't appear on "You Don't Have To Ben In The Army" were thought a bit too simular to the others, hence the addition and substitution of the more different sounding Pigeon Stew, On A Sunday and Simple Thimgs, plus "You Don't Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War" itselfs as an incentive to buyers who hadn't bought the single ? This is what Alan Taylor wrote about it: "What a fantastic find, especially with the inclusion of the un-released, 'Bottle Up & Go'. I always wondered if the band ever recorded it and now we know that they did. It was a track they played regularly at gigs at the time and Ray Dorset did record it at a later date, notably on his 'No Frills' CD." An acetate is not pressed for regular play, the quality of the pressing is low and fragile and already cracks quite a bid, (no wonder for an acetate of this age), I converted the whole lp to digital so I don't have to play it over and over when I want to listen to it. A lot of tracks on the record, and because it's a acetate not made for regular playing, the surface and grooves are very fragile, also because the age and treaded badly over the years the record sounds horrible, a lot of clicks and pops and other noises nearly drowns out the music. After I made the record digital I used two different software programs to reduce the noises. First I used: "Steinberg Clean/Plus Software" to reduce the most of the heavy clicks and pops, after that I used "DePopper version 4" for the rest of the noises and other clicks and pops, now it sounds much better with just a little noises as usual what you can expect from a record of this age.
The latest news
There's a new 7" vinyl single in the pipeline,
"Alright, Alright, Alright" 2023 backed with a brand new song
"Five Hundred Miles"
Both tracks MONO recorded.
Here's what Ray wrote about it:
I want to let you know that as it's 50 years since "Alright,
Alright, Alright" entered the music charts,
I decided to make available a recording of the song containing
the missing verse that I was asked to omit in 1973.
I have arranged for a very limited number of 7 inch vinyl records
of the song, in mono, to be manufactured,
and below there is a YouTube link to a video which contains a
stereo version of the recording.
!2" Maxi Single
Click on the Image for more info
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- 22 May - 2020
Welcome to my Ray
Dorset & Mungo Jerry collection,
or as Derek Wadeson said, "
Rob's Mungo Jerry Museum" and maybe he's right, because I'm
sure I have the biggest Ray Dorset & Mungo Jerry collection ever.
" With a little help from my friends" I collected all
kind of items from all over the world from Argentina to Zimbabwe and
all countries in between. Not only records but also posters, promo
cards, magazines, memorabilia and a lot more,
The main chapter on
the site is ofcourse the albums, or as we in Holland say: "Music Carriers"
This collection contains
aprox 11.000 tracks
divided over more as1200 different albums including the cover songs.
My proud is a
official Gold Record Award from Astor Autralia.
Beside Ray Dorset
& Mungo Jerry official releases I also found Illigal releases,
mostly from Russia and the eastern bloc
but also from the far east.
It's always nice to
find a bargain but it's not always possible, the cheapest album I bought
is a beautiful cd package from Russia for € 0.01 and the most
expensive one is a 7" cover single from Greece "In The Summertime"
sung by "Bloid Manson" for.... no I'm not gonna tell.....
The most beautiful
(7" 45rpm) sleeves I found in Japan, France and Germany, some
countries released company or white sleeves only, strange enough the
UK, the home country of Mungo Jerry, didn't released the 7" 45rpm
singles in a picture sleeve, except (as far I know) " In The Summertime / Mungo
Jerry and the Brothers Grimm" 1987, " Dancin' In The
Street" 1979 the last single " In The Summertime Dance
Rave Medley" 1991.
Do I have
everything !? ... no that's not possible and I don't need everything
for any price, some items are too expensive for what it is, once I saw
a "one side 12" picture disc" for € 230 and a copy
from the Japan lp " Back To The Mungo Jug" including the
signatures from the whole band for € 455... I still collect but it's
no need to get it always for a bargain and certainly
not for sky high prices, by the way...Some albums (I know they
exist) I never found, for example "In The Summertime"
released as 7" single with picture sleeve from Madagascar, and
"In The Summertime" should be released as 7" single on
the Dutch "Philips" label, I also never found the cover
version from "Baba Barafu & The Emvees
- Daddy Cool" backed with "It's A Secret" (as mention
in the book Beyond The summertime: 1977 World Record CO-KORS 1047) but I
keep looking, any suggestions to find are welcome and
also donations are always
I have the whole
album collection classified in, one of the best, music database
software: Music Collector.
You can also find
reviews from the gigs I visited, illustrated with a lot of photos,
including the gigs I visited from the (in Germany based) Mungo Jerry
Bluesband, the Mungo Jerry Bluesband was for the first time live on
stage at the 2001 "Umsonst & Draussen Festival" in
Vlotho-Germany where "Open Up Live" was recorded, I'm proud
to say " I was there" ...
On request I also
put the lyrics section back, it's far from complete but if anyone can
help me to update the list, don't hasitate to send me an email. I have
a lot of lyrics from Ray and the rest I collect from music sheets /
books / record sleeves,
Thanks to Alan Tailor
for the transcriptions for example O'Reilly and The Man Behind The
I can tell a lot about Ray
Dorset & Mungo Jerry, but there are two websites that can do much
First, the official Mungo
Jerry " Touch The Sky" website: www.mungojerry.com
Here you can find all current information: gig
list, youtube channel, bookings, twitter. shop, etc. etc.
Second, the official Mungo Jerry " Magic"
Here you can find all facts, information and
stories from the past 'till now, a wonderful job done by Alan Taylor
and Derek Wadeson.
Both websites give you all you wanna know and all
information you need about Ray Dorset & Mungo Jerry.
Jerry released in 1970 the first 7"
"extended player" with picture
sleeve in the world.
Jerry released in 1970 the first 3D album sleeve in the world including a 3D
Jerry released in 2001 the first Multi Media CDsingle on the market,
including tracks to play on your CD player, MP3 files including
software to run it, a printout poster, video clips and a lot more...
Jerry had the fastest selling single ever, and a Sony award for the best
summer hit ever made.
Jerry is on the third place of best-selling physical singles of
the world with 30 million copies sold. First place is for "White
Christmas" from Bing Crosby (50 million) second place is
for "Candle In The Wind" from (Sir) Elton John (33 million)
Jerry had in 1971 also one of the longest song titles, a nightmare for
some DJ's :
Don't Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War