Saturday, January 3, 2009

New CD: There Stands The Door- The Best Of We Five

Some exciting things are on the horizon for 2009. Perhaps topping the list is the first new album of material from the original 1965-1967 group since Make Someone Happy was released four decades ago!

A British company, Ace Records is preparing to issue a CD called There Stands the Door – the Best of We Five on the Big Beat label. It was produced by Alec Palao and utilizes recordings that were in the vaults at Universal (they bought A&M), as well as material still owned by Frank Werber (former We Five and Kingston Trio manager) that was made available when Frank passed away. In addition to the title song, You Were On My Mind, Let’s Get Together, and some of other things you would expect to find, it will include several songs that were never released, and some songs the group recorded with alternate versions, or with mixes what were not previously released. The 22 tracks will also include about ten minutes of soft drink spots we recorded, and two songs from the Return Of We Five album that was also originally released on A&M.

For those who have wondered over the years if the original group did any other recordings, here is your chance to find out. It is scheduled for release in late February and we'll get it on the website as soon as delivery can be arranged.

Happy New Year!!



maybo said...

That's great news, Jerry! I can't wait to give it a listen.

And thanks for the photos you've posted, both old and new.

Here's hoping you all had a wonderful holiday season from someone who has enjoyed your music through the years!

Sarge said...

The We Five! What a great group. Where did they go? I first heard them at college, they were in concert and I have loved them ever since. It was at Plattsburgh State College, in Plattsburgh, NY, in 1965 or 1966. I have a cd, but it is bad, so I do need to get a new one. So they have a new one out?

maybo said...

I see that the new CD is now listed for pre-order on Amazon. Counting the days... :)

Haman said...

I remember discovering We Five while making out with my girl in a car parked at the end of a San Francisco airpot runway. Today I play the two cds I've found so far quite frequently. They're magical.

maybo said...

Many thanks We Five members, new and old, for helping to make this collection a reality. The selections are superb and the 16-page insert of photos, features and the "We Five story" make it just that much better. It must have been bittersweet for Jerry, Bob, Pete and Beverly to share their memories -- both good and bad -- but it helps answer questions about why such a talented group fell short of the stardom it was seemingly destined to have.

There's some darned fine music on these previously unreleased tracks, the familiar favourites are all there and adding the soft drink takes/medley is a nice touch and fun to listen to.

Many thanks to one and all...