July 18, 2013 · Posted in News  

Lft to Rt: Al, Joe, Jim

“CLASSIC INNOCENTS” RELEASE DATE AUGUST 20,2013-CD AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM SEARCH “THE INNOCENTS ON ACE RECORDS”. OR GO TO ACERECORDS.COM-
NOW ALSO AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOADS ON CDBABY.COM

****ACE RECORDS PRE ORDER WRITEUP FOR OUR NEW CD – “CLASSIC INNOCENTS”****
THE INNOCENTS, A HARMONY TRIO FROM SUN VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, SCORED FOUR QUICK HITS – TWICE IN THEIR OWN RIGHT WITH “HONEST I DO” AND “GEE WHIZ”, AND TWICE WITH KATHY YOUNG (“A THOUSAND STARS” AND “HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLUES”) – ON THE MYSTERIOUS INDIGO LABEL IN LOS ANGELES. FOLLOWING ITS COLLAPSE IN 1962, THE COOL TRIO WENT ON TO RECORD EQUALLY STRONG MATERIAL FOR REPRISE, DECCA AND WARNER BROS., ALL OF WHICH IS HEARD HERE, TOGETHER WITH PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED MASTERS FROM THE SAME PERIOD IN STUNNING STEREO. NONE OF THIS – EVEN THE TUNES ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON 45s BACK IN THE 60s – HAS EVER APPEARED ON CD BEFORE. BETTER STILL, THE CACHE OF UNISSUED WARNER BROS. AND REPRISE MATERIAL IS WORTH THE PRICE OF THE CD ALONE. ALSO INCLUDED ARE TWO VERSIONS OF THE INNOCENTS SUPERB ROGUE 45, “TICK TOCK”. A COUPLE OF THE GUYS LATER MOONLIGHTED AS THE SUGAR BEATS ON AN A&M SINGLE, AND THAT’S HERE TOO.

“CLASSIC INNOCENTS” SERVES AS A COMPANION VOLUME TO ACE’S PREVIOUS “THE COMPLETE INDIGO RECORDINGS”, TO THIS DAY, A POPULAR CATALOGUE ITEM. THE NEW CD CONTAINS A SUBSTANTIAL (8000 WORD) NARRATIVE DESCRIBING THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE THREE ALL-AMERICAN BOYS, INTERLACED WITH RARE PERSONAL MEMORABILIA FROM SURVIVING MEMBERS JIM WEST AND AL CANDELARIA. THE MASTERING, AS YOU’D EXPECT, IS STATE-OF-THE-ART.

(IF YOU ARE WONDERING WHY A COUPLE OF THE TUNES, “HONEST I DO” AND “IN THE BEGINNING”, APPEAR ON BOTH CDs, THAT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE QUITE DIFFERENT VERSIONS. THE EARLIER CD INADVERTENTLY FEATURED AN OUTTAKE OF “HONEST I DO” MISSING THE BASS AND BRUSHES HEARD ON THE ACTUAL 45. THIS CD INCLUDES THE CORRECT INDIGO SINGLE MASTER. SIMILARLY, “IN THE BEGINNING” IS THE CORRECT 45 VERSION NOT THE SUBSTANTIALLY DIFFERENT TAKE HEARD ON “THE COMPLETE INDIGO RECORDINGS”.)

LEAD TENOR WEST WAS A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL VOCALIST, EASILY THE EQUAL OF BETTER KNOW CONTEMPORARIES, AND ONE WHO WAS ABLE TO TRANSCEND TIME AND FASHION – HE LATER FRONTED A ROCK BAND WHO RECORDED FOR ATLANTIC IN THE 70s. AMONG SOME SOLO DEMOS HE RECORDED, WE FOUND “TIME AIN’T BEEN WASTIN”, A GEM OF A SONG AND PERFORMANCE THAT BEGGED INCLUSION. JUST BEFORE INDIGO FOLDED IN 1962, JIM WEST RECORDED A RARE SOLO SINGLE FOR THE LABEL AS BOBBY JAMES AND THAT TOO HAS BEEN INCLUDED, NEATLY SQUARING THE CIRCLE BY MAKING THE INNOCENTS ENTIRE RECORDED OUTPUT AVAILABLE ON ACE.

BY ROB FINNIS-ACE RECORDS

    
June 21, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized  

THE INNOCENTS APPEARED AT THE BEACON THEATRE IN NYC ON 6/15/13 FOR THE BEACON’S YEARLY FATHER’S DAY SHOW
“THE ULTIMATE DOOWOP SHOW” FEATURING DOOWOP GROUPS WITH ALL ORIGINAL LEAD SINGERS. WE PERFORMED TWO OF OUR HITS AND REUNITED WITH KATHY YOUNG ON BACKGROUND HARMONIES FOR THE HITS WE HAD WITH HER. OUR FRIEND (ALSO
AN ORIGINAL MEMBER OF OUR CAR CLUB–THE INNOCENTS) JOE CAMPBELL, HAS JOINED US DOING DARRON’S MELODY PART.
JOE WORKED WITH US IN THE EARLY 1960′S ON OUR ALBUM. HE IS A GREAT ADDITION TO THE SOUND!

    
April 18, 2012 · Posted in News  

TO LISTEN TO OUR MUSIC, GO TO THE DISCOGRAPHY PAGE AND CLICK ON HIGHLIGHTED TITLES-

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TO VISIT THE DEDICATED SITE FOR JIM WEST AND HIS MUSIC AFTER THE INNOCENTS- GO TO WWW.JIMWESTSINGS.COM

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NOW AVAILABLE ! OUR ORIGINAL LP ALBUM, “INNOCENTLY YOURS”, JUST AS IT WAS WHEN FIRST RELEASED IN 1961. TO DOWNLOAD MP3 ON CDBABY–CLICK ON ALBUM COVER FOR LINK.

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WE THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR MUSIC OVER THE YEARS!!

Jim West and Al Candelaria