This album is a collaboration between Hugh Hopper of The Soft Machine and Kramer. Robert Wyatt is featured on "Free Will And Testament." A Remark Hugh Made was produced and engineered by Kramer. This album is recommended for fans of The Soft Machine and Kramer. Although this album was recorded long after the peak creative period of The Soft Machine, all artists on this CD demonstrate that they were not past their prime in 1994.
The CDs in See for Miles' The EP Collection series are odd hybrids that don't often quite function as either greatest-hits collections (though they usually have quite a few hits) or rarities anthologies (since they include too many hits). Billy J. Kramer's entry into the series is no exception. All 25 of the tracks were used on EP releases from the mid-'60s, and they do include all half-dozen of his major chart hits, as well as his Lennon-McCartney B-side covers of "I'll Be on My Way" and "I'll Call Your Name."…
For a brief two year period between 1963 and 1965, Billy J. Kramer with his backing group The Dakotas was one of the most popular recording names on the UK pop scene, scoring no less than six major hit singles plus a Top 20 album, and consolidating this success both here and overseas with several major tours, appearances on the top television shows of the day, and winning a Melody Maker pop award in 1963 for Best Newcomer of the Year.
With the emergence of the psychedelic era during the late 60s, the path was cleared for other hard rockin' bands and American Blues legends to gain worldwide exposure. Arguably the finest to emerge from the other various music scenes across the U.S. include The Beach Boys, The Byrds and Chicago who achieved massive worldwide success. Featuring many of Rock's finest and most enduring survivors.
Seven years in the making, Kramer has conjured what just might be his greatest CD ever—a brilliant tribute to the Jewish composers who made the legendary Brill Building in Times Square one of the centers of popular music songwriting for decades. From Bacharach to Carole King, Neil Diamond, Leiber and Stoller and Doc Pomus, these are the songs that made performers into superstars. Deeply personal yet wholly universal, Kramer captures all the poignancy and humor of these timeless classics. Welcome to The Brill Building!