The Left Banke Official


June 28, 2011

THE LEFT BANKE
Annotation by Harry Young

WALK AWAY RENEE
PRETTY BALLERINA
Smash album SRS 67088 / MGS 27088
Billboard Review February 25, 1967
Variety Review April 26, 1967
Sundazed
CD SC 6276 (28:35)
LP 5375

SIDE 1
2-39159 Pretty Ballerina
~ Smash single S-2074
Billboard Review December 17, 1966
Variety Review December 21, 1966
2-39290 She May Call You Up Tonight
~ Smash single S-2097
Billboard And Cash Box Reviews
June 10, 1967
2-39291 Barterers And Their Wives
~ Smash single S-2097 B
2-39292 I've Got Something On My Mind
~ Smash single S-2119 B
2-39293 Let Go Of You Girl
2-39294 Evening Gown

SIDE 2
2-38559 Walk Away Renee
~ Smash single S-2041
Billboard Review June 18, 1966
2-39295 What Do You Know
2-39296 Shadows Breaking Over My Head
2-38560 I Haven't Got The Nerve
~ Smash single S-2041 B
2-39160 Lazy Day
~ Smash single S-2074 B

THE LEFT BANKE TOO
Smash album SRS 67113
Billboard Review February 1, 1969
Billboard New Album Release
February 8, 1969
Record World Review
February 15, 1969
Billboard December 28, 1968 p 58:
THE LEFT BANKE TOO
One of 37 LPs "released by Mercury Record Corp last week."
Sundazed
CD SC 6277 (31:22)
LP 5376

SIDE 1
2-42781 Goodbye Holly
~ Smash single S-2198
Billboard Review December 14, 1968
2-42718 There's Gonna Be A Storm
~ Smash single S-2226
Released June / July 1969
2-42719 Sing Little Bird, Sing
~ Smash single S-2198 B
2-42717 Nice To See You
~ Smash single S-2226 B
2-42716 Give The Man A Hand
~ Smash single S-2209 B

SIDE 2:
2-42782 Bryant Hotel
~ Smash single S-2209
Cash Box Review March 8, 1969
E-40284 Desiree
~ Smash single S-2119
Billboard Review September 23, 1967
Variety Review September 27, 1967
2-41671 Dark Is The Bark
~ Smash single S-2165
Billboard Review June 1, 1968
2-42829 In The Morning Light
2-41672 My Friend Today
~ Smash single S-2165 B


THE LEFT BANKE

There's Gonna Be A Storm:
The Complete Recordings
1966-1969
(Mercury CD 848 095-2) 75:06
Compilation Produced by Bill Inglot
dPub May 5, 1992
dReg October 22, 1992
Billboard Review July 4, 1992
Goldmine Review November 27, 1992


LP1 in Original Sequence:
03, 04, 06,
05, 07, 09,
01, 08, 11,
02, 10

LP2 in Original Sequence:
19, 24, 17,
23, 22, 21,
14, 15, 20,
16

Non-LP:
25, 26,
12, 13,
18


THE LEFT BANKE
SMASH SESSIONS
by Harry Young

Prod Harry Lookofsky,
[Steve Jerome & Bill Jerome] For World United Productions
Arr John Abbott
2-38559 Walk Away Renee
Mike Lookofsky (Mike Brown, pseud.), Anthony (Tony) Sansone & Robert (Bob) Calilli
© Robert J. Calilli March 23, 1966
© Twin Tone June 14, 1966
2-38560 I Haven't Got The Nerve
Carmelo Esteban Martin Caro (a.k.a. Steve Martin), Justo George Fabian Cameron, Jr. (a.k.a. George Cameron)
© Twin Tone May 24, 1966
~ Smash single S-2041
Billboard Review June 18, 1966
Entered Billboard August 27, 1966

Prod Harry Lookofsky,
[Steve Jerome & Bill Jerome] for World United Productions
Arr John Abbott
2-39159 Pretty Ballerina
(Mike Brown)
© Twin Tone September 1, 1966
2-39160 Lazy Day (Martin-Brown)
© Twin Tone September 1, 1966
~ Smash single S-2074
Recorded November 17, 1966
Billboard Review December 17, 1966
Variety Review December 21, 1966
Entered Billboard December 31, 1966

Prod Harry Lookofsky
2-39290 She May Call You Up Tonight
(Brown-Martin)
© Lazy Day December 15, 1966
2-39291 Barterers And Their Wives
(Feher-Brown)
© Lazy Day December 15, 1966
~ Smash single S-2097
Billboard And Cash Box Reviews June 10, 1967

Prod Harry Lookofsky,
[Steve Jerome & Bill Jerome] for World United Productions
2-39292 I've Got Something On My Mind
(Brown-Martin-Cameron)
© as (I've Got) Something On My Mind by Twin Tone December 15, 1966
~ Smash single S-2119 B

Prod Harry Lookofsky
2-39293 Let Go Of You Girl
(Brown-Martin-Cameron)
© ?
2-39294 Evening Gown
(Feher-Brown)
© as Her Evening Gown by Lazy Day December 15, 1966
2-39295 What Do You Know
(Feher-Brown)
© Lazy Day December 15, 1966
2-39296 Shadows Breaking Over My Head
(Martin-Brown)
© Lazy Day December 15, 1966
2-39297 Shadows Breaking Over My Head (UNRELEASED Short Version)

WALK AWAY RENEE / PRETTY BALLERINA
Smash album SRS 67088 / MGS 27088:
Billboard Review February 25, 1967
Variety Review April 26, 1967

Prod Harry Lookofsky
1-39930 Ivy, Ivy
(Feher-Brown)
© ?
1-39931 And Suddenly
(Sommer-Brown)
© Lazy Day April 4, 1967
~ Smash single S-2089
Recorded March 28, 1967
Billboard Review April 22, 1967
Variety Review April 26, 1967
Entered Billboard May 6, 1967

Prod Harry Lookofsky
Master # Unknown
Men Are Building Sand
(Sommer-Brown)
© Lazy Day April 4, 1967
Recorded by The Left Banke March (?) 1967
Recorded by [The] Montage April 24, 1968
~ Laurie LP SP 2049
Variety Review June 25, 1969
Billboard Review June 28, 1969

Jake Martin
(Feher-Brown)
© Lazy Day April 4, 1967

I Shall Call Her Mary
(Feher-Brown)
© Minuet September 22, 1967
Recorded by [The] Montage February 17, 1968
An Audience With Priscilla Gray
(Feher-Brown)
© Minuet September 22, 1967
Recorded by [The] Montage February 17, 1968
~ Laurie single LR 3438

Prod Mike Brown
Arr. John Abbott
E-40284 Desiree
(Brown-Feher)
© Minuet September 22, 1967
~ Smash single S-2119
Billboard Review September 23, 1967
Variety Review September 27, 1967
Entered Billboard October 28, 1967

Prod Michael Brown
And The Left Banke
Arr. John Abbott
2-42829 In The Morning Light
(Feher-Brown)
© Minuet September 22, 1967
Master # Assigned November 13, 1968

Prod Arthur Schroeck & Gene Radice
Arr. Arthur Schroeck
2-41671 Dark Is The Bark 3:23
(Cameron-Finn-Martin)
© as Dark Is The Bark (Of A Tree) by Purple Flower February 28, 1968
2-41672 My Friend Today
(Finn)
© Purple Flower February 28, 1968
~ Smash single S-2165
Recorded March 1, 1968
Billboard Review June 1, 1968

Dark Is the Bark /
Dark Is The Bark
Promotional Copy
~ Smash single S-2165

Prod & Arr Paul Leka
2-42716 Give The Man A Hand 2:31
(Marvin Walter Potocki)
© Rubott BMI
~ Smash single S-2209 B
Cash Box Review March 8, 1969

Prod & Arr Paul Leka
2-42717 Nice To See You
(Finn)
© ?
2-42718 Thereís Gonna Be A Storm
(Finn)
© ?
~ Smash single S-2226

Smash singles
S-2217 Billboard Review April 26, 1969
S-2219 & 2221 Cash Box Reviews May 24, 1969
S-2222 Billboard review May 3, 1969
S-2225 Cash box Review June 21, 1969
S-2226 THE LEFT BANKE
S-2227 Cash Box Review July 12, 1969
S-2230 Billboard Review June 21, 1969
S-2233 Billboard Review July 5, 1969

Prod & Arr Paul Leka
2-42719 Sing Little Bird, Sing
(Feher)
© ?
2-42781 Goodbye Holly
(Feher)
© Feher, BMI
~ Smash single S-2198
Billboard Review December 14, 1968

Prod & Arr Paul Leka
2-42782 Bryant Hotel 3:22
(Feher)
© Tom Feher Music, BMI
~ Smash single S-2209
Cash Box Review March 8, 1969


THE LEFT BANKE TOO
~ Smash album SRS 67113
Billboard Review
February 1, 1969
Billboard New Album Release
February 8, 1969
Record World Review
February 15, 1969

SIDE 1
(All Prod & Arr Paul Leka for Heather Prod):
2-42781 Goodbye Holly
(No space between Tracks)
2-42718 There's Gonna Be A Storm
(Reverb effect on fade-out)
2-42719 Sing Little Bird, Sing
(No space between Tracks)
2-42717 Nice To See You
2-42716 Give The Man A Hand
(Scratched record effect on run-out)

SIDE 2:
Produced & Arranged by Paul Leka for Heather Prod
2-42782 Bryant Hotel
Produced by Mike Brown
Arranged by John Abbott
E-40284 Desiree
(Electronically Simulated Stereo)
Produced by Arthur Schroeck And Gene Radice
Arranged by Arthur Schroeck
2-41671 Dark Is The Bark
Produced by Mike Brown And The Left Banke
Arranged by John Abbott
2-42829 In The Morning Light
(Backwards tape effects)
Prod Arthur Schroeck And Gene Radice
Arranged by Arthur Schroeck
2-41672 My Friend Today


Produced And Arranged by Thomas Kaye (pseud. of Thomas Jefferson Kontos)
2-44144 Myrah
(Martin)
© Rubott Management May 16, 1969
2-44145 Pedestal
(Thomas Kaye-Martin Kupersmith)
© New Life & Back Porch September 18, 1969
~ Smash single S-2243
2-44146 Foggy Waterfall (Thomas Kaye)
© April 10, 1972
Tape Box: October 21, 1969

Smash Singles
S-2237 Billboard Review September 13, 1969, Cash Box Review September 20, 1969
S-2240 Billboard And Cash Box Reviews August 30, 1969
S-2242 Cash Box Review October 4, 1969
S-2243 THE LEFT BANKE Myrah
S-2244 Billboard and Cash Box Reviews September 20, 1969
S-2246 Billboard Review September 27, 1969, Cash Box Review October 4, 1969
S-2249 Cash Box Review October 25, 1969
S-2253 Billboard Review November 15, 1969

Produced And Arranged by Thomas Kaye
2-44289 Salt Of The Earth
(Jagger-Richards)
© November 12, 1968
Rolling Stones' Beggars Banquet LP Billboard Review December 7, 1968
UNRELEASED


THE LEFT BANKE:
Things Go Better
Hertz Rent A Car
Toni Hair Spray
All Three © Lazy Day 1967
~ Winfield Records 7" 45 RPM EP
Picture Sleeve
Same Three Commercials On Both Sides


Produced by Michael Brown
For White Shoes Music, Inc.
Steve Martin
BUD 5451 Two By Two
(I'm Losing You)
(Michael Brown)
© Kama Sutra / Apricot BMI
BUD 5452 Love Songs In The Night
(Michael Brown)
© Kama Sutra / Apricot BMI
~ Buddah single BDA 219
Released March 11, 1971

ULTRA VIOLET'S
HOT PARTS
THE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM
~ Kama Sutra album KSBS 2054
Billboard Mention March 18, 1972

SIDE 1
Steve Martin
Courtesy Buddah Records
Two By Two
(Michael Brown)
© Apricot BMI
Love Songs In The Night
(Michael Brown)
© Apricot BMI

SIDE 2
Montage
Courtesy Laurie Records
Tinsel And Ivy
(Michael Brown - Tom Feher)
© Minuet BMI
My Love
(Michael Brown - Tom Feher)
© Minuet BMI


Sundazed CD SC 6172
Released October 9, 2001
~ Laurie album SLP 2049
~ Bam-Caruso KIRI 055 (1986)
Session Information
Courtesy Bob Hyde
01. I Shall Call Her Mary
© Minuet September 22, 1967
Recorded February 17, 1968
~ Laurie single LR 3438
02. She's Alone
Recorded October 30, 1968
03. Grand Pianist
Recorded 1968
04. Men Are Building Sand
Recorded April 24, 1968
05. Desiree
Recorded August 2, 1968
06. The Song Is Love
Recorded August 2, 1968
07. Tinsel And Ivy
Recorded April 24, 1968
~ Laurie single LR 3453
08. An Audience With Miss Priscilla Gray
© Minuet September 22, 1967
Recorded February 17, 1968
~ Laurie single LR 3438
09. My Love
Rec 1968
10. Wake Up, Jimmy (Something's Happening Outside)
Recorded April 24, 1968
~ Laurie single LR 3453
11.The Mirror*
Recorded August 2, 1968
12. Thor And Or (Instrumental)*
Recorded August 2, 1968
13. The Song Is Love (Instrumental)*
Recorded August 2, 1968
14. Desiree (instrumental)*
Recorded August 2, 1968
*Previously Unreleased


Goldmine #573,
July 12, 2002

MONTAGE
(Sundazed CD SC 6172)
Reviewed by Geof O'Keefe

It's difficult to determine what Montage's actual existence was before or after this album. Unfortunately, the album gives frustratingly little indication, as neither Brown nor any of the four members were interviewed for this release's liner notes. Instead, Sundazed makes heavy use of a current interview with one of Brown's two frequent songwriting partners, Tom Feher (the other being Bert Sommer, who died in 1990). Now a music teacher in the L.A. area and known as Tom Fair, he offers up little in the way of actual info, indicating he didn't know the band well nor did he partake in the actual album sessions (aside from cowriting some material with Brown).

On some facts, he 'believes' they might be the case; others he 'thinks' this could have happened, and about Brown's relationship with Montage, he speculates. Even in regards as to how a solo-composed Feher composition wound up on the album (the only non-Brown track), Fair canít quite recall. This is not to disparage Fair and he is to be commended for participating, but surely Sundazed could have located at least one member or prodded Brown to say something current. It only says he doesn't regard the project as one of his favorites and then quotes him from a May 6, 1988 Goldmine interview by contributor Dawn Eden.


THE LEFT BANKE TOO
German Line LMCD 9.51167 (31:19) 1992


THE LEFT BANKE TOO
Japan Mercury CD PHCR-4236 (31:25)
Released 1996-11-5


THE HISTORY OF THE LEFT BANKE
Rhino RNLP / RNC 123, 1985
Compilation Produced by
Richard Foos, Harold Bronson,
Bob Hyde
Discography by Bob Hyde

SIDE 1
Walk Away Renee
Pretty Ballerina
She May Call You Up Tonight
Ivy, Ivy
Desiree
Goodbye Holly
Foggy Waterfall

SIDE 2
Steve Martin:
Love Songs In The Night
Two By Two
The Left Banke:
Myrah
Pedestal
And Suddenly
Stories:
I'm Coming Home
Brother Louie


AND SUDDENLY IT'S
THE LEFT BANKE
Bam-Caruso LP KIRI 021, 1983

SIDE 1
There's Gonna Be A Storm
Desiree
Myrah
Shadows Breaking Over My Head
Sing Little Bird Sing
I Haven't Got The Nerve
Goodbye Holly

SIDE 2
Dark Is The Bark
I've Got Something On My Mind
Pretty Ballerina
In The Morning Light
She May Call You Up Tonight
My Friend Today
Barterers And Their Wives
Pedestal


Bam-Caruso EP NRIC 022
Walk Away Renee
Evening Gown
Bryant Hotel
Nice To See You


AND FINALLY...
THE LEFT BANKE
Bam-Caruso KIRI 021 CD (70:07) 1988

All Tracks Stereo except 03, 04, 17, 24 Mono

01. Walk Away Renee 2:45
02. There's Gonna Be A Storm 3:24
03. Desiree 3:25 Intro 0:41
04. Myrah 3:22
05. Shadows Breaking Over My Head 2:36
06. Let Go Of You Girl 2:56
07. Sing Little Bird Sing 3:11
08. I Haven't Got The Nerve 2:15
09. Goodbye Holly 2:59
10. Dark Is The Bark 3:34
11. I've Got Something On My Mind 2:50
12. Pretty Ballerina 2:38
13. In The Morning Light 2:52
14. She May Call You Up Tonight 2:19
15. My Friend Today 3:03
16. Barterers And Their Wives 2:55
17. Pedestal 3:51
18. Evening Gown 1:45
19. Lazy Day 2:24
20. What Do You Know 2:59
21. Bryant Hotel 3:27
22. Nice To See You 2:43
23. Give The Man A Hand 2:34
24. Ivy Ivy 3:08


Christopher And The Chaps

Arranged by John Abbott, 1965
1-36918 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
1-36919 They Just Don't Care
1-36980 It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding
~ (Two Versions Of) Fontana single 1530

Christopher And The Chaps

Arranged by Ron Frangipane, August 1969
1-44204 Good Times Are Comin'
1-44205 You Turn My Whole World Around
~ Fontana single 1668


STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
~ Relix RRLP-2021 © 1986
VOICES CALLING
~ Bam-Caruso KIRI 045
01-04 And 07-10 Reg April 17, 1978
01. Hold On Tight
02. Heartbreaker
03. Lorraine
04. You Say
05. 8409-S-B And One Day
© October 18, 1978
~ Camerica single CS-005
06. 8408-S-A Queen of Paradise
(Shade Smith)
© November 14, 1978
~ Camerica single CS-005
07. Only My Opinion
08. Strangers On A Train
09. I Can Fly
10. Yesterday's Love

Bam-Caruso LP sequence:
08, 02, 03, 10, 01, 05, 04, 09, 07, 06


AND SUDDENLY
Cherry People
Heritage single 801 SS
Billboard Review June 1, 1968
BB ad September 7, 1968

Cherry People LP
w/ And Suddenly
Heritage HTS 35,000
Billboard Review June 29, 1968


CLOUD ELEVEN
CD Released July 13, 1999
Track 07: "Look Of Sky," Rick Gallego's tribute to the Left Banke's Michael Brown -- born Michael Lookofsky -- in fact, the lyrics are cobbled together from titles and snatches of Left Banke songs.

CLOUD ELEVEN was the first full-length release on DF2K (Del-Fi 2000), an imprint run by young pop-fiend mavericks on the staff of a legendary and often-infamous indie label from the Sixties - Del-Fi Records.


LOU CHRISTIE & THE TAMMYS:
EGYPTIAN SHUMBA:
THE SINGLES AND RARE
RECORDINGS 1962-1964
RPM CD 330