Friday, 22 February 2013

The Values in the studio with Neol Davies

2-Tone legend Neol Davies drove down to South London yesterday to help out with the recording of a cover version of All Out To Get You. The track will appear on the compilation C.D: "Specialized 2: Beat Teenage Cancer". Neol (whose name is pronounced "Neal") was the brains behind The Selecter and he wrote all their much loved hits - On My Radio, Theme From The Selecter, Celebrate The Bullet, Too Much Pressure, and Three Minute Hero. Other bands and projects Mr Davies has been involved with over the years include "The Radio Beats" and "Selecter Instrumental" - his solo album "Future Swamp" featured collaborations with Horace Panter of The Specials and Ronnie Wood of The Stones. In 2012 he was one of the headliners of The London International Ska Festival. Anyone who has heard Neol's recent recordings such as "Dolla Fe Dolla" will agree he's still more than able to deliver the goods. The Selecter and The Beat go back a long way. Neol picked The Beat as The Selecter's support act and both bands appear in the film Dance Craze. The Beat's original version of "All Out To Get You" was a hit in 1981 and featured on their "Wha'ppen" L.P. Neol seemed only too happy to help The Values record a decent cover for "Specialized 2" which will hopefully raise lots of much needed cash for Teenage Cancer Research. The Values version of A.O.T.G.Y also features some amazing sax from Paul Speare. (The keyboard player of Ranking Roger's version of The Beat is Micky Billingham. In the early 80s Micky and Paul were both in Dexys Midnight Runners together.) The track features singing from Mikey Georgeson (pictured below clutching a guitar.) The track's producer Julian Wakeling has come up with a fantastic new arrangement of the song. I'm looking forward to see what kind of reaction it gets from Beat fans. Neol recorded three great guitar parts to the track and was then persuaded to add a bit of slide guitar to a track called "Rio" which The Values began work on last Summer with Neil Innes and Horace Panter. Meeting Neol was a real pleasure. All of The Values are really delighted he agreed to help us out the way he has.

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