Billy Nicholls - Would you believe? (1968)

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Billy Nicholls was originally hired by Andrew Loog Oldham as a staff writer for Oldham's Immediate Records. Oldham was so entranced by the Beach Boys' 1966 album, Pet Sounds that he enlisted songwriter Billy Nicholls to record a British response, which became this largely forgotten album. The Small Faces' Steve Marriott can be heard very prominently on "Would you believe", despite Oldham's attempts to drown them out with heavy orchestration. Oldham wanted this to be the British "Pet Sounds" but financial difficulties with the label caused it to be shelved (it only achieved an initial promotional run of 100 copies, as Immediate IMCP009) before it ever hit the streets.
1. Would You Believe?
2. Come Again
3. Life Is Short
4. Feeling Easy
5. Daytime Girl
6. Daytime Girl(Coda)
7. London Social Degree
8. Portebello Road
9. Question Mark
10. Being Happy
11. Girl From New York
12. It Brings Me Down
13. Would You Beleieve?(Mono Single Version)
14. Daytime Girl(Mono Single Version)
15. I want to be friendly with you (out-take)
16. Always on my mind
17. Would you believe (alt vocal)

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