Demo Recordings 1964 – 1966

“The Lonley Surfer”

In the early days of The Easybeats – it was just Stevie Wright, Harry Vanda, Dick Diamonde and John Gamage.  During this time, the band would mostly play songs from The Starfighters (Harry Vanda’s former group back home in Holland) play-list with some covers by The Shadows and The Hollies thrown in.  After saving up enough money, they managed to record an original song that Stevie had written.  In a small recording studio in Pitt Street, Sydney, they cut an acetate recording of “The Lonley Surfer”.  According to the Stevie Wright biography Hard Road, the lyrics went:

“When I walk along the sand,
I got no one to hold my hand.
My hair is blonde, my skin is brown,
But the girls wont have me around.”

It is unknown how many discs were made of this recording or if it still survives today.  Nothing has ever surfaced either officially or unofficially.

The 2UW Demos

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Signing with J. Albert & Sons. January 1965. (Top Left to Right) Dick Diamonde, George Young, Harry Vanda, Stevie Wright, Snowy Fleet. (Bottom Left to Right) Mike Vaughn, Ted Albert.

Cashing in on the booming teenage music market, Ted Albert (the 27 year old who joined the family owned music publishing company J. Albert & Son in the mid-1950’s), formed Albert Productions as the company’s artist and repertoire department in 1964. Manager of The Easybeats, Mike Vaughn was a mutual friend of Ted’s. Eager to show his band to Albert, he convinced him to let the group audition for his new company. Seeing the potential in the young band, it was just a few days later that they were signed to Albert Productions.

At the time, Albert Productions lacked any professional recording facilities. However, J. Albert & Son owned and operated the Sydney radio station 2UW. This included; the old radio theatre in George Street, Sydney which was no longer used for broadcast but for used for auditions, rehearsals and demo recordings.

The 2UW Theatre while it was still operating. Date: Unknown

Before The Easybeats began work on their first single, Ted had the band run through the current repertoire of material. This was in the hope that an original song would be the first single (to which J. Albert & Son Publishing would have the rights). A make shift recording studio was set up in the 2UW theatre space with the control room being the old ticket booth. According to music historian Glenn A. Baker, The Easybeats recorded approximately 40 songs for these demos. Of these demos – only five of these songs have been released to the public on the Raven Records E.P. Mean Old Lovin’, while others have appeared on the bootleg album Steady On. It has also been said that their first single “For My Woman” was recorded during these sessions at the 2UW Theatre. However the rough quality of the demos recordings on the E.P. and Steady On are at odds with the much superior audio quality of “For My Woman” and its B-Side “Say That You’re Mine”.

Songwriting Demos

During the band’s Australian Years, Stevie Wright and George Young would continually write new material for both themselves and other Australian artists. These would commonly be written and recorded either at the Young family home’s living room piano or during rehearsals at 2UW theatre with the band.

But in one case; a song written for singer Johnny Young, “Step Back”, was written and demoed in the band’s hotel room.  This came about after an appearance The Easybeats made on  TVW-7 Perth’s teen music show ‘Club Seventeen’, which was hosted by Johnny Young.  Johnny plucked up the courage to ask George if he could have a song written for him. Young told Johnny that he’d been working on a song but the lyrics were still incomplete. He told Johnny to come around the hotel room the next day when he might have something for him.

Martin Clarke, head of Clarion Records: “Johnny came down to the studio in a mad rush, a million miles an hour saying “The Easybeats are here and they are going to write a song for us!”. They were staying in the hotel at the other end of Hay Street. So I gave him a tape machine to record the song in their hotel room”.

An over-enthusiastic Johnny knocked on the hotel room door at 7am the next morning. The door opened to reveal half a dozen naked girls. Clearly no further work on the song had occurred on the song, but a drowsy Stevie went off to his favourite room for writing lyrics. A short time later he came out of the toilet with verses to ‘Step Back’ written on a notepad, after which he went back to bed.

That original demo recorded in the hotel room with George, Stevie, Harry and Johnny survived and was released in 2003 on the UK compilation The Clarion Call.

The  song was released officially in 1966 d as a double A-side with ‘Cara-lyn’ and went to #1 in Sydney and Adelaide.

Another demo for a song Johnny Young written by Wright, Young and Harry Vanda was “Good Evening Girl”.  The has yet to surface either officially or unofficially.  However Johnny Young’s version was released as a B-Side to his single “Lady” in 1967.

Demo Recordings Officially Released

Released on the Mean Old Lovin’ EP
  • Mean Old Lovin’
  • I’m Happy
  • Hey Babe
  • I Don’t Agree
  • Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
Released on the The Clarion Call compilation
  • Step Back (with Johnny Young)

Demo Recordings Released on Unofficial Bootlegs

  • Steady On
  • Mama
  • I Know Something (That You Don’t Know)
  • Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
  • Every Night (also known as “Nothing Happens”)
  • Woe Is Me
  • I Believe In You
  • I Can Still See The Sun

Demo Recordings logged in the Albert Productions vaults, but still unreleased in any format

These titles were published by Glenn A. Baker in BOMP Magazine, 1978.

  • Away With The Wind
  • Lindy
  • You Talk To Much
  • What Do You Want, Babe (demo)
  • Shout Your House Down (often listed as “Shut Your House Down”)
  • Anytime
  • Her
  • Not In Here With You
  • Crowded City
  • Need a Little Bit of Lovin’
  • Insight
  • Good Evening Girl
  • Skinny Minnie
  • Hold Me
  • Oh No No No
  • Going Out of My Mind (demo)
  • Yes, You Did
  • Nothing In Particular
  • Farewell
  • Paradise
  • So Many Things
  • Memories
  • Everything You Got Babe (the demo for “You Got It Off Me”)
  • Some Other Guy’s Gonna See My Baby

Easybeats Manager Mike Vaughan Passes Away at Age 78.

Some sad news.  The Easybeats Manager Mike Vaughan, passed away yesterday (8th September 2015), in Yonkers, New York, from a massive stroke.Mike2

Vaughan, a young real estate agent from Sydney, first spotted The Easybeats at the famous Beatle Village nightclub (one of Sydney’s first discotheques).  Even during their early days, he saw the potential in the group and was instrumental in getting them their recording contract with Albert Productions in 1965.  That year, the band’s popularity exploded in Australia when the single “She’s So Fine” was released.  The press, comparing the mania to the Beatles popularity, called it “Easyfever”.

In 1966, he traveled to the U.S. to secure The Easybeats a U.S. recording deal.  After meeting with nearly every label in the business, he eventually succeed by landing a deal with United Artists Records.  This led to Mike and the group moving to England where The Easybeats would record their international hit song “Friday On My Mind”.   He continued to book shows and even co-producing for the group as they toured the U.S., Europe and Australia between 1966 and 1969.

Mike in 1966. Being interviewed on the Coca-Cola Special.
Mike Vaughan in 1966. Being interviewed on the Coca-Cola Special.

In 1969, he married the former Jaine Anne Higson and, after the group broke -up in November of that year, relocated to New York City.  Shortly after his move to New York, he would own and operate two restaurants.  In recent years; he would found a successful company that sells satellite TV systems to bars and restaurants for televising sporting events.

Mike had two children, Lainie and her brother Chad.  Jaine Vaughan passed away from cancer last year.  He will be missed.

Mike (centre right) in the control room at EMI Studios in Sydney. During an Easybeats recording session.

The Easybeats [a.k.a The Coca-Cola Special] (1966).

The Easybeats [a.k.a The Coca-Cola Special] (1966).

Broadcast Date: 8th October, 1966 at 6.30pm (ATV-7 Sydney), 19th November 1966 at 5.50pm (ADS-7 Adelaide)
Taping: July 1966 at the ATN-7 Studios in Sydney.
Station: ATN7, Syndey, Australia.
Survival Status: Survived but currently unreleased officially.  The mimed performance of “Sorry” is used by Albert Productions as a promo video as well as footage in the Friday On My Mind:The Story of The Easybeats
Songs performed: “Wedding Ring”, “I’ll Make You Happy”, “I Can See”, “We’re Doing Fine” (performed by Janice Slater), “Sorry”, “Easy As Can Be”, “Someday, Somewhere”, “In My Book”, “Raining In My Heart (performed by Tony Worsley), “Knocking On Wood” (performed by Tony Worsley), “Come And See Her”, “Come And See Her” (Coke Jingle Version), “Women”, “Too Much”, “If You Don’t Think” (performed by Janice Slater),  “Coke Jingle (Make Life Swing)”, “For My Woman”, “A Very Special Man”, “She’s So Fine”.


If you every needed to show somebody the effect Easyfever had on mid 1960’s Australia, then you would only need to show them their Australian “farewell” television special. Although completely mimed, the bands energy is absolutely electrifying as the storm through their set list in front of a studio audience of screaming teenagers complete with go-go dancers and pop idol Billy Thorpe to compère.

Special guests of the program included Janice Slater performing her then current release ‘We’re Doin’ Fine’ with it’s flip side ‘If You Don’t Think’ and Tony Worsley with ‘Raining in My Heart’ and ‘Knocking On Wood’ (released that month on Sunshine).

Coca-Cola sponsored the program and the product placement is so blatant, that you would think it was satire. Thorpe holds a coke bottle facing camera while introducing the band. The Easybeats perform two “Coke Jingles” (the second with some awkwardly scripted opening banter from Stevie). It really shows the a unique period in rock history; there were no cries from fans of “selling out” it’s just what artists did.

The closing credits show us the hysteria of the band boarding their QANTAS jet to the mother land. Next stop – London and Abbey Road Studios.

Coke Special (2)
Promotion for the special in TV Week, South Australia (Nov 19, 1966).

Currently, the special is still unreleased in its entirety.  The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia does have a 16mm kinescope of the program in its archive.  This print has been used in various documentaries on the group and the performance of “Sorry” was used be Albert Productions as a promotional video.

Easy Come, Easy Go (completed 1967 but re-edited and released in 2012)

Easy Come Easy Go

Broadcast Date: NOT BROADCAST
Filmed: 1967, various locations in the U.K. and Australia (1966).
Station: ABC2, Australia.
Survival Status: the complete original 16mm colour negative is believed to be destroyed.  A 16mm Black and White copy partly survived.  Two sequences were damaged during film processing.  Some of the work print was rediscovered in 2009.  This would be re-edited into a new 33 minute cut of the film.
Songs performed: “Maybe It’s Because I’m an Easybeat”, “Heaven and Hell” (rehearsal, recording and finished song), “Wedding Ring”, “Loch Lomond”, “Who’ll Be The One”, “Saturday Night”, “Friday On My Mind”.
Availability: Released on DVD in Australia – 2nd September 2015.

George Young during the “Heaven and Hell” sessions. Captured on the film Easy Come, Easy Go.

With The Easybeats abroad, Australia’s national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, commissioned a television documentary on the group which would be screened later that year. Young film-maker Peter Clifton was given the task of documenting the groups efforts in the mother country. The main focus of the film would be the writing and recording of the group’s next single – the mini-epic: ‘Heaven and Hell’. The footage captured is a fascinating look into the behind the scenes of the group in the recording studio mixed with various fantasy sequences and interviews married with Stevie Wright’s narration.

Sadly the finished project was not to be and the film would be burdened with problems after it’s initial completion. The ABC took issue with the films original title: Between Heaven and Hell, so Clifton re-titled it after one of his favourite poems by Brian Patten; Somewhere Between Heaven and Woolworths. This didn’t fare with the ABC either as they felt that title was too close to the Woolworths company and in breach of their anti-advertisement policy. In the end, the ABC suggested the film be re-titled Easy Come Easy Go (in despite of an Elvis Presley film of the same title was released the same year). Clifton agreed with the change and sent the negatives back to Australia to be processed as Black and White print for Australian television. But fate would have its way – and a error in the lab would destroy two entire sequences of the 1 hour documentary, dramatically reducing its running time. The ABC were not impressed, nor at this stage enthused to screen a shorter feature so in the end they cancelled the entire project.

The band performing “Saturday Night” in Easy Come, Easy Go.

What remained of that black and white print, went missing very soon after.  In 1969 Clifton would re-edit the colour footage of the band performing “Friday On Mind” with other scenes from the film, into a concert film In The Summertime…The Beat Goes On.  This film road-showed across Australia until 1970.    An unnamed Alberts employee has claimed that Easy Come, Easy Go was screened in the outer Sydney suburb of Wallacia in 1970, however it is more likely that it was the sequence from In The Summertime…The Beat Goes On.  According to Clifton, his partner and producer Peter Ryan “threw out all the film components while I was in London and have never been found.”.  Sequences from In The Summertime…The Beat Goes On were later reused in Clifton concert film Popcorn.  The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, where the 16mm print of the original 1967 version of Easy Come, Easy Go is kept, lists a 16mm colour film reel that goes for 3 minutes.  At this stage, the content of that reel is unknown.

An article about In The Summertime... The Beat Goes On (1969). This early concert film by Peter Clifton feature the colour footage from Easy Come, Easy Go. Go-Set magazine. January 15, 1969.
An article about In The Summertime… The Beat Goes On (1969). This early concert film by Peter Clifton feature the colour footage from Easy Come, Easy Go.
Go-Set magazine. January 15, 1969. Click image to enlarge.


For years the film was lost until, it was found by an act of chance.  In September 2009, cult-movie distributors Oddball Film+Video held a screening of rare rock films in San Francisco titled:Friday on My Mind: Beat Group and British Invasion on Film. Part of the program was a 16mm print of the lost documentary. As luck would have it – around the same time author John Tait was researching his book on the Vanda and Young songwriting team (which would be released in 2010 as Vanda & Young: Inside Australia’s Hit Factory). Tait’s research partner, Mike Griffiths, discovered the festival by coincidence, when researching information on Easybeats cover songs for Tait’s book.   Oddball Film+Video’s festival came up in one of his Google searches.  Knowing how valuable the film was, Griffiths contacted Peter Clifton and Oddball about retrieving the lost film. How the film made it to the U.S. is still remains a mystery. The 16mm print was returned to Clifton back in Australia for a restoration by the National Film and Sound Archive. The completed film (with the title Easy Come, Easy Go) was finally screened at the Sydney Film Festival in 2012.

The film has made two other appearances since it’s 2012 screening. One at the St. Kilda Film Festival and the other with a performance of the bio-play Stevie: The Life and Music of Stevie Wright & The Easybeats.  It was eventually released on DVD on 2nd September 2015 through Australian DVD label, Umbrella Entertainment (region free as well!).

The DVD release.
The 2015 DVD release.

Easy Come, Easy Go finally coming to DVD.


A few Australian online retails are already advertising the release of The Easybeats long lost movie, Easy Come, Easy Go by Australian rock music director Peter Clifton.

“Its all gone quiet – the Easybeats have left Australia for England to take on The Beatles and The Rolling Stones… Easy Come Easy Go with The Easybeats captures one of Australia’s most celebrated music sensations as they boldly venture abroad in 1967 to record Heaven and Hell at the famous Olympic Studios in London. Director Peter Clifton (Led Zeppelin:The Song Remains The Same) pieces together a playful fly-on-the-wall film detailing the band during their triumphant heyday. Following George Young, Dick Diamonde, Harry Vanda, Snowy Fleet and Stevie Wright around in their VW Kombi Van, they not only perform and discuss their hit tunes, but let off some steam with a hand of poker, a round of golf, a kick of the soccer ball and a jaunt in the North Sea on Pirate Radio. With guest appearances from engineer Glyn Johns, manager Mike Vaughan and featuring many of their classics: Wedding Ring, Shes So Fine, Saturday Night, Wholl Be The One, Heaven and Hell, Friday On My Mind and a Scottish themed Loch Lomond, Easy Come Easy Go with The Easybeats is an upbeat rocknroll road trip. In Whats On The Flipside filmmakers Peter Clifton and Chris McCullough take on the 60s cultural phenomenon of music through renowned Sydney radio disc jockey of the time Ward Pally Austin. Featuring interviews and on-the-job footage, as Austin spins vinyl and spends time with international sensation The Rolling Stones on their 1966 Aussie tour, as well as The Searchers, local legend Normie Rowe and promoter Harry M. Miller, Whats On The Flipside is a fascinating and rare insight into the Australian music scene during the 1960s.”

Arcoding to the sites; the DVD will be released through Umbrella Entertainment on 2nd September 2015.

R.I.P. Tony Cahill 1941 – 2014

Tony Cahill.  Filming a program with The Easybeats at CBN8 Studios.    October 26th, 1969.  Photograph by Stephen Fleay.
Tony Cahill. Filming a program with The Easybeats at CBN8 Studios. October 26th, 1969. Photograph by Stephen Fleay.

On August 13th, Tony Cahill passed away at his home in Sydney.

Tony first rose to fame as the drummer for the The Purple Hearts. Their single “Early In The Morning” brought the band national attention. It was his reputation has a formidable jazz drummer that put him forward as a permanent replacement for Snowy Fleet in 1967. After the group disbanded in 1969, he traded his drum kit for bass guitar with Python Lee Jackson and Frankie Reid and the Powerhouse.

In later years, he move to Venice in California and still played around in local clubs. He died peacefully at home with his cousin Paul and family.

Tony Cahill with The Purple Hearts.
Tony with The Easybeats.  The Vigil album cover photo shoot - mid 1968.
Cahill (rear right) with The Easybeats. The Vigil album cover photo shoot – mid 1968.
Tony Cahill recording with Python Lee Jackson.
Tony Cahill on bass.  Recording with Python Lee Jackson.

Sydney Morning Herald Obituary:

A Brand New 5 Disc Box Set Celebrating Albert Productions Coming August 15th.


A new 5 CD box set celebrating the 5 decades of Albert Productions will be released this coming August.  Good Times: Celebrating 50 Years of Albert Productions features 102 Tracks form the Australian labels extensive back catalogue including songs by The Easybeats, Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs, The Missing Links, Stevie Wright, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, The Angels and  Flash And The Pan. Also included is an never before released early take of The Easybeats first national hit “She’s So Fine” and a cover of The Rolling Stones song “Street Fighting Man” by Rose Tattoo.  Below is the official press statement from Albert Music.




First time released digitally *

First time released CD #

Never been released ^

DISC 1 – Shakin’ All Over

1. Mashed Potato (single Version) – Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs
2. Sick & Tired – Billy Thorpe and The Azetcs
3. She’s So Fine – The Easybeats
4. We 2 Should Live – The Missing Links *
5. Shakin’ All Over – The Missing Links
6. Women (Make You Feel Alright) – The Easybeats
7. Black – The Throb
8. Over The Rainbow (single version) – Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs *#
9. I Told The Brook (single version) – Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs *
10. Sweet And Tender Romance – Bobby & Laurie
11. The Fortune Teller – The Throb
12. Kansas City – The Missing Links
13. Sorry – The Easybeats
14. Hitch Hiker – Bobby & Laurie
15. Try To Remember – New World *
16. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You – The Imagination *#
17. Julia – Ted Mulry
18. Love Is a Beautiful Song – Dave Mills
19. Working My Way Back To You – Bobbi Marchini
20. Falling In Love Again – Ted Mulry
21. Pasadena – John Paul Young
22. You’re All Woman – Ted Mulry
23. St Louis – The Easybeats
24. Friday On My Mind – The Easybeats
25. Good Times – The Easybeats

DISC 2  – (Let There Be Rock)

1. Evie (Let Your Hair Hang Down) – Stevie Wright
2. Evie (Evie) – Stevie Wright
3. Evie (I’m Losing You) – Stevie Wright
4. It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) – AC/DC
5. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again – The Angels
6. Bad Boy For Love – Rose Tattoo
7. Never Gonna Die – Choirboys
8. We Are The Kids – Dallimore *#
9. Need Your Love (radio edit) – Ray Arnott *#
10. Let There Be Rock – AC/DC
11. Comin’ Down – The Angels
12. Shadow Boxer – The Angels
13. Who Made Who – AC/DC
14. Dirty Hearts – Dallas Crane
15. It Goes Off – Skybombers
16. The Time I Found My Feet – Knievel
17. Trans Ending – Seabellies
18. Curiosity – Dallas Crane
19. We Can’t Be Beaten – Rose Tattoo
20. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

DISC 3 – Ain’t it Nice

1. Can’t Stop Myself From Loving You  – William Shakespeare
2. Jump In My Car – Ted Mulry Gang
3. Down Among The Dead Men – Flash and The Pan
4. Excuse Me – Alison MacCallum
5. Yesterday’s Hero – John Paul Young
6. My Little Angel – William Shakespeare
7. Darktown Strutters Ball – Ted Mulry Gang
8. Hey St Peter – Flash and The Pan
9. Standing In The Rain – John Paul Young
10. Jamaica Rum – Ted Mulry Gang
11. Walking In The Rain – Doc Neeson #
12. Spend The Night – Cheetah
13. Time After Time – Mark Williams & Tara Morice
14. In The Dark – Shelley Harland
15. Ain’t It Nice – Ted Mulry
16. Love Is In The Air – John Paul Young
17. Honey Dip – (radio version) – Daniel Amalm
18. Search My Heaven – Aleesha Rome
19. Show No Mercy – Mark Williams

DISC 4 – Open That Door

1. Lazy River – Harry Vanda and George Young *
2. Been And Gone – Cool Bananas *
3. Survival’s A Song (Lazybones) – Graham Lowndes *#
4. Blue Sunny Sky Day – Wendy Grose *#
5. The Girl On The Five Dollar Note – The Prodigal Sons *#
6. Brumby Jack – Alex Hood *
7. How About A Beer For The Horse – Sandshoe Willie & The Worn Out Soul Band *#
8. Love Don’t Make A Fool Out Of Me – Unit 4 + 2 *
9. Care For Kids – The Kids *#
10. You Drive Me Crazy – John Paul Young *
11. Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White – The Magnetics *#
12. Flaming Heart (radio edit) – Ray Arnott *
13. Working For The Man – BAD *
14. Picture Show Man – John Meillon and John Ewart *#
15. The Warrior – Johnny Dick *#
16. Day Is Done – Wayne Jury
17. Mundane – Valve
18. Snow Queen – Rose Tattoo
19. Planned Obsolescence – The Angels *#
20. Open That Door – The Angels
21. Street Fighting Man – Rose Tattoo *#^

DISC 5 – BONUS DISC: My Kind of Music

1. She’s So Fine (live) – Melbourne Awards Show – The Easybeats *
2. My Kind Of Music (live) – Stevie Wright *
3. Crazy  (live) – Ted Mulry Gang *#
4. Darktown Strutters Ball (live) – Festival Hall Melbourne – Ted Mulry Gang *#
5. She’s Got Balls (live) – Bondi Lifesavers – AC/DC
6. Who Rings The Bell (live) – The Elizabethan Theatre, Sydney – The Angels
7. Going Home (live) – The Angels
8. Bad Boy For Love – (Live 1979) – Rose Tattoo *#
9. Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw – (Live 1979) – Rose Tattoo *#
10. Dirty Hearts (live) – Hordern Pavillion 2004 – Dallas Crane
11. Tonight! (There’s a Party Going Down) (live) – Annandale – Dallas Crane
12. Comin’ Down (live) – The Angels
13. Shoot To Thrill (Live at River Plate ) – AC/DC
14. Evie (Let Your Hair Hang Down) (live) – Sydney Opera House Forecourt – Stevie Wright *#
15. Evie (Evie) (live) – Sydney Opera House Forecourt – Stevie Wright *#
16. Evie (I’m Losing You) (live) – Sydney Opera House Forefront  – Stevie Wright *#
17. She’s So Fine (Take 2) – The Easybeats *#^

Alberts Vinyl Reissues Now Available

The Alberts 180 gram vinyl reissues released on this year’s Record Store Day Australia (April 19 2014), are now available for sale.  It has been rumored that the pressings are limited to 500.  According to the press release:

“Each album has been remastered by Don Bartley from the original analogue tapes onto new vinyl masters, using vintage and retooled analogue studio gear”.

The albums from the original Albert Production catalouge reissued are: the 1967 Australian/New Zealand compilation album The Best of The Easybeats + Pretty Girl, Stevie Wright’s debut solo album Hard Road (1974), the Vanda and Young produced self-titled Rose Tattoo (1978) and The Angels’ Face to Face (1978).

The Best of The Easybeats 2014 ReissueStevie Wright Hard Road ReissueRose Tattoo Reissue. The Angels Face To Face Reissue