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Moody blues at tha casino

Can anyone remember hearing a track being played by the moody blues called gypsy, at Wigan casino back in the day. I've asked all the djs concerned with the casino but no one seems to have heard it. Thanks

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Cant remember that one myself,only the Gypsy track by Ellen & Shondells but theres many stuff thats clear in my mind from the Casino that nobody else ever remembers..probably coz most were blocked 👍

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Yep Ellen and the Shandells on Lasalle, also released as Dry Well.

Dx

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yeah remember Searling playing it.,but that Moody blues tracks an head scratcher 🤔

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Yep I deffo heard it, ah well have to put this one down to a jolly good night ha ha 🤣 

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1 hour ago, DaveNPete said:

Yep Ellen and the Shandells on Lasalle, also released as Dry Well.

Dx

Just occurred to me, I remembered it was a cover - and look at the writer - J Hayward.
 

 

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4 hours ago, Stephen Houghton said:

Can anyone remember hearing a track being played by the moody blues called gypsy, at Wigan casino back in the day. I've asked all the djs concerned with the casino but no one seems to have heard it. Thanks

 

Not my cup of tea....but I did / do like Johnny Jones and the king casuals..

Ed

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Brilliant rock, particularly the Moody Blues version. Never soul in a million years, but got me jumping about, must admit. 

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Dry Well is a Moody Blues cover as said before. And it's brilliant I have to say.

Ellen & Shandells (aka Dry Well) is a sort of illegal re-release. The band didn't know about it at all.

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On 14/10/2018 at 20:47, wiggyflat said:

 

 

19 minutes ago, Benji said:

Dry Well is a Moody Blues cover as said before. And it's brilliant I have to say.

Ellen & Shandells (aka Dry Well) is a sort of illegal re-release. The band didn't know about it at all.

That's from my YouTube channel. Some years ago, and because of the upload, I was contacted by a member of Dry Well. I still have a record of the discussion, the essence of which I stated alongside my comments in the upload. That says...

Fantastic stormer of a track seen here on the original Lauren release and recorded late 1968 or early possibly 69. The La Salle release came out much later - in 1971 according to record dealer John Manship - and the release of which was completely unknown to a band member of Dry Well. That band member also states that there was no group called Ellen and the Shandels. In fact, Dry Well formed after the Shandells broke up and Ellen was never a part of that group. Psychedelic soul, garage, what ever you want to call it, it's a fantastic and utterly original take on the Justin Hayward/Moody Blues song.

I shared the information with John Manship, and he's subsequently acknowledged when auctioning a copy that Lauren is the first and original release. Given the back story from a band member, it does appear the later release was not done with the sanction of the group and thus is a "bootleg". That in turn, considering it was seemingly released several years after, might explain its own obscurity, and the incorrect thought that its rarity means it was the original issue. 

That's incorrect. The Lauren release is the genuine, real deal.

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