The Best of Vol 2

First released
9th October 1969 (Australia)

Recording Details

“Peculiar Hole In the Sky” recorded March/April 1968 at Pye Studio, London.

“My Old Man’s A Groovy Old Man” recorded early-mid 1967 at Olympic Studios, London.

“Good Times” and “Land of Make Believe” recorded June – August 1967 at Olympic Studios, London.

“H. P. Man”, “Such A Lovely Day”, “Down To the Last 500” recorded late 1967/mid 1968 at Central Sound Studio, London.

“Heaven and Hell” recorded mid 1967 at Olympic Studios, London.

“Come In You’ll Get Pneumonia” recorded  October/November 1967 at Pye Studios, London.

“Do You Have A Soul” recorded early 1967 at  Olympic Recording Studios, London.

“Lay Me Down and Die”, ” recorded 1968, London.

Original 1969 track-listing
Side A

  1. Peculiar Hole In the Sky (Vanda/Young)
  2. H. P. Man (Vanda/Young)
  3. My Old Man’s A Groovy Old Man (Vanda/Young)
  4. Such A Lovely Day (Vanda/Young)
  5. Good Times (Vanda/Young)
  6. Down To the Last 500 (Vanda/Young)

Side B

  1. Hello How Are You (Vanda/Young)
  2. Heaven and Hell (Vanda/Young)
  3. Come In You’ll Get Pneumonia (Cahill/Vanda/Young)
  4. Lay Me Down and Die [instrumental single version] (Vanda/Young)
  5. Do You Have A Soul (Vanda/Young)
  6. Land of Make Believe (Vanda/Young)

The final Easybeats album released (during the group’s lifetime) by their original label. Volume 2, unlike its predecessor, was half a “best of” package and half unreleased demos and outakes from the past two years in London. Of the unreleased songs; the scrapped 2nd album outtake ‘My Old Man’s A Groovy Old Man’ (which was later covered by The Valentines) and the Central Sound demos ‘Such A Lovely Day’ and ‘Down To The Last 500’ (both covered by the Australian band R. Black and the Rocking V’s). The rest of the album was made up of most of their past Albert Productions singles from 1967-1969. Missing from the compilation were the singles ‘Who’ll Be The One’ and ‘The Music Goes Round My Head’ and the Australian B-sides ‘Falling of The Edge of The World’ and ‘See Line Woman’.

Reception

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A review of the album in Go-Set (see above) was mixed. While they said the second side offered “some of the very best of The Easybeats”, side A was criticized its use of demo discs.

1975 Reissue

best of v 2 1975

In 1975, years after the group disband, the album was reissued with the first best-of album (The Best of The Easybeats + Pretty Girl re-titled The Best of The Easybeats Volume 1 Featuring Stevie Wright) via the budget Drum label. Both albums featured the same artwork, however the Drum Volume 2 substituted the more established mixes and recordings of ‘Hello How Are You’, ‘Lay Me Down and Die’ and ‘Land of Make Believe’ with alternate versions. It is not clear how or why this is the case. Ironically it means the more common budget version contains the “exclusive” versions that the original 1969 Parlophone LP doesn’t. The Drum versions of ‘Hello How Are You’ and ‘Lay Me Down and Die’ would be used again for the 1982 compilation The Absolute Anthology.

1975 reissue

Side A

  1. Peculiar Hole In the Sky (Vanda/Young)
  2. H. P. Man (Vanda/Young)
  3. My Old Man’s A Groovy Old Man (Vanda/Young)
  4. Such A Lovely Day (Vanda/Young)
  5. Good Times (Vanda/Young)
  6. Down To the Last 500 (Vanda/Young)

Side B

  1. Hello How Are You [Early “psychedelic” version] (Vanda/Young)
  2. Heaven and Hell (Vanda/Young)
  3. Come In You’ll Get Pneumonia (Cahill/Vanda/Young)
  4. Lay Me Down and Die [vocal version] (Vanda/Young)
  5. Do You Have A Soul (Vanda/Young)
  6. Land of Make Believe [alternate mix] (Vanda/Young)

Released Versions

Australia

Parlophone
LP’s
1969 –PMCO 7555

Drum
LP’s
1975 – BALP 10264

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