There’s always been the talk of a Kentuckys LP to have been planned in 1966, after the mad “The Old Hangman Is Dead” single, but it did not materialize. Yet the band was recorded on stage in Munich in a club, most probably the Rumba Bar, on Goethestraße in 1965. It’s obviously the repertoire of a Punk-styled Beat band.
The recordings don’t hold any surprises …it’s genuine Garage Rock, yet it lacks original compositions equal to “Stupid Generation” and “The Old Hangman Is Dead”. Some people said they had it in them, but as you know, bands that worked from 7 o’clock to 1 o’clock in the morning, even longer hours on weekends, for month after month after month, didn’t have the leisure and the discipline to come up with original material. There was enough pressure on them to rehearse new songs to be added to their repertoire to keep the customers satisfied. And the punters were satisfied. Songs like “You Better Move On” or “Skinny Minnie” must have been performed a million times on German pub and club stages.
Those monthly treadmills in Germany ruined a lot of bands’ prospects. Here some of the covers receive real outstanding interpretations and are stretched beyond their original length. And… there’s an early group composition as the icing on the cake.
This is the “real” Kentuckys’ line-up with Bernd “Rocky” Zindars on drums, Peter Paul Frohn, lead guitar, Manfred Weiler, rhythm guitar, Bernd Weiler, organ, and Peter Zadina on bass.
Somebody stupid added applause to the tape, so occasionally destroying the intro or the outro …I know who did it. But these are from the tape with the highest quality.
If you are interested in seeing the Kentuckys playing live, their performance on “Beat Beat Beat” is on YouTube. These are the links:
The Kentuckys live on TV – Introduction by Malcolm Ronald “Mal” Sondock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtNwUgHxoTc
Kentuckys live on TV – 5$ And A Saturday Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5QO6P_uiRw
The Kentuckys live on TV – The Old Hangman Is Dead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugz2jtkKkws
The Kentuckys live on TV – Hi-Heel Sneakers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnSotv2qnC8
The Kentuckys live on TV – Uncle Willy:bhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKKgXAKZ_wU
01 THE KENTUCKYS – Beautiful Delilah (demo)
02 THE KENTUCKYS – Every Day (group composition) (demo)
03 THE KENTUCKYS – Bad Bad Baby [Dr Feelgood] (demo)
04 THE KENTUCKYS – Little Red Rooster (demo)
05 THE KENTUCKYS – She’s A Woman (demo)
06 THE KENTUCKYS – Cadillac (demo)
07 THE KENTUCKYS – If You Need Me (demo)
08 THE KENTUCKYS – Needles And Pins (demo)
09 THE KENTUCKYS – Stupidity (demo)
10 THE KENTUCKYS – Red River Rock (demo)