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Queens' English

by The Malibooz

14 new songs in the classic '60's British Invasion style with guest artists from the original British Invasion like Spencer Davis,The Hollies' Tony Hicks, Chad & Jeremy,Andrew Loog Oldham,The Quarrymen,The Ventures' Nokie Edwards & members of The Shadows
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1. Hey Love
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2. London Underground
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3. Just A Little Bit
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4. A Bit of Awright
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5. Factory Girl
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8. Do
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9. Dit Dididit
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10. Good Tonight
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11. Diamond Ring
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12. She Comes Around
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13. So Bad
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Malibooz are proud to announce their latest release,
“QUEENS’ ENGLISH”,
a collection of new tunes all in the ‘60’s British Invasion style. What makes this album really special is the inclusion of many original ‘60’s British Invasion artists including;
Spencer Davis
Andrew Loog Oldham
Tony Hicks (The Hollies)
Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde
Colin Hanton, Ron Davis & Len Barry (The Quarrymen)
Peter Jameson
Richard Moore (The Troggs)
John Farrar
Mark Griffiths (The Shadows)
Nokie Edwards (The Ventures)
David Carr (The Fortunes, The Ventures)
Ian Whitcomb
The tunes feature the authentic British vocal and guitar sound and there is even an instrumental, a salute to The Shadows, called “Venture into the Shadows” with guest artists from The Ventures and The Shadows.

Additionally, the album cover was taken by legendary British photographer, Gered Mankowitz; best known for his album cover work with The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. As a final touch the tracks were all mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

In 1965 The Malibooz did a TV performance from the RCA Pavillion at the New York State World’s Fair in Queens’, New York. In 2004 the boys celebrated The Malibooz’ 40th anniversary with a show at the Cavern in Liverpool and idea for this album was born. So here it is, featuring original members John Zambetti and Walter Egan, the boys from Queens, NY, performing new British Invasion-style songs; QUEENS’ ENGLISH!

P.S. We were going to call it, “SERF MUSIC” but we realized the effort would be feudal.

Contact: KUBRO GROUP/ David Carr (kenilworth@hotmail.com)www.malibooz.net

BEHIND THE MAKING OF
QUEENS’ ENGLISH
By
The Malibooz
(A romp through each track by John Zambetti)
HEY LOVE
This one is all Searchers with a Beatles’ NOWHERE MAN influenced electric 12-string guitar solo from Johnny Z thrown in for good measure.

LONDON UNDERGROUND
The obvious double-meaning tune stems from Walter’s ramblings around London on return from the band’s Cavern appearance in Liverpool; dealing with music business and personal disappointments no different now then back in the day.
The layered 12 and 6-string acoustics with mandocello and tambourine evokes HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY-period Beatles. In an attempt to find a suitable wind instrument sound, Johnny Z pulled out his i-phone ocarina APP and laid down a haunting riff. After all, The Troggs used an ocarina in WILD THING, so it must an authentic Brit sound!
Andrew Loog Oldham completes the song with his Dickens-esque reading of the chorus; like the ghost of debauched RnR-past lurking in the tunnels of the tube.

JUST A LITTLE BIT
Buddy Holly meets The Hollies. All the elements are here; from the lush Hollies vocals to the attaché case Buddy Holly used for a drum on PEGGY SUE and the celeste from EVERYDAY. The Hollies’ own Tony Hicks adds his distinctive vocal touch to ensure authenticity. A little more of the American influence comes through at the end with the key change, staccato guitar breakdown reminiscent of Tommy James & the Shondells’, I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW.

A BIT OF AWRIGHT
Spencer Davis sets the tone with his blues harp on this tongue-in-cheek romp through the London sights with your favorite “poshest bird”. Ian Whitcomb adds a YELLOW SUBMARINE touch with his megaphone-style reading.

FACTORY GIRL
Although bearing no resemblance to either the Donovan or Rolling Stones FACTORY GIRL, it is vintage Rolling Stones with a touch of Rod-era Faces but sung in Manchester. Skiffle legends, The Quarrymen provide the choruses with scouser-edged authenticity. Johnny Z brings in some Brian Jones blues harp and Johnny Z, jr some Jeff Beck lead guitar.

FREE
A personal one from Walter. Johnny Z throws in some riffs from SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK AND ROLL STAR and TIRED OF WAITING; which pretty much spells out what happened

BITTER GREY
Take a dose of LADY JANE/PLAY WITH FIRE-era Stones and mix it with The Left Banke (probably the most Britishy of the American ‘60’s groups) and add a drum riff from The New Colony Six (another Yankee cum Brit outfit). Johnny Z’s harpsichord and reading set the tone and Peter Jameson’s acoustic 12-string drives it along. Two young musicians from the Royal Academy of Music, Virginia Rockwell and Daniel McCallum, on violin and oboe complete the portrait.
DO
Pure Yardbirds; but as sung by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. Ian Whicomb adds some Jerry Lee Lewis piano and Walter ends it with a STROLL ON/TRAIN KEPT A ROLLIN’ riff and a Cousin Brucie yelp to send you back to 1964 WABC-AM

DIT DIDIDIT
The Dave Clark 5 meets Manfred Mann on this one. Starting off with the Troggs’ Richard Moore blasting on the WILD THING ocarina.

GOOD TONIGHT
Chad & Jeremy add their distinctive harmonies to this song of turnabout; where it’s the lady who just wants a one-night stand. The Fortunes’ David Carr adds his distinctive touch on the piano lead.

SHE COMES AROUND
The Byrds meet The Pretty Things and Faces with a touch of Roy Orbison drum beat.

DIAMOND RING
The Animals as sung by the Leon Russell-led Shindogs. Vintage Keith Richards Stones’ rhythm guitar leads to the obvious homage to the classic Alan Price HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN organ solo which then sets the stage for Johnny Z’s, Jeff Beck Yardbirds’ MISTER YOU’RE A BETTER MAN THAN I influenced guitar solo. Whew! My blisters have blisters!

SO BAD
Starting out with The Troggs’ Richard Moore doing the opening guitar pull reminiscent of WILD THING the band launches into a Swingin’ Bluejeans influenced Hippy Hippy shake style riff, adds some Mike Smith organ and ends up with the requisite 60’s-era frenetic screaming

VENTURE INTO THE SHADOWS
When putting together the concept for this album I wanted to pay tribute to The Shadows, who are probably responsible for the majority of the British players picking up an electric guitar. (The Ventures had the same effect on American players.)

Original Ventures’ guitarist Nokie Edwards lays down the lead line with The Shadows’
Mark Griffith and John Farrar right beside him with harmony and counterpoint. The Ventures’ keyboardist David Carr completes the picture. This appears to be the first time players from both bands have been on the same tune; truly a legendary recording.
As a final touch, the album was mastered at Abbey Road Studios and the cover photo taken by legendary British photographer, Gered Mankowitz.

©2010 John Zambetti

The Malibooz celebrated their 40th band anniversary in 2004 by performing at our old high school in NYC and then going to Liverpool for a performance at The Cavern Club and at BBC Merseyside. I decided we should do our 1964 set list (which I still have). On first perusal I noticed that it was laden not only with Brit Invasion tunes of the day, but several Brit inspired originals. And why not? We were big fans of the genre, having caught most of the British bands live when they first hit New York. I saw The Beatles at Forest Hills Stadium (a year before Shea Stadium, The Rolling Stones first show at Carnegie Hall (pre-SATISFACTIO; it was half filled), multiple Dave Clark 5 concerts as well as the ever astounding, Murray the K Brooklyn Fox shows that featured huge laundry lists of diversified acts that included The Kinks, The Zombies, The Searchers, The Fortunes, etc.

When The Malibooz finally got around to recording our first full LP for Rhino in 1981 we concentrated on our surf roots and laid down many of the tunes we had written in the ‘60’s; but they were only the surf tunes. It seemed a shame that these other early originals wouldn’t see the light of day.

Thus, the idea for this album was born. The flip-side of our 1965 single GOIN TO MALIBU was the Walter Egan penned Brit inspired THAT’S A LIE. We had performed it at our TV performance at the 1965 NY World’s Fair (located in Queens, New York!). That’s when the show’s host made the remark, “You boys play everything from surf music to the English sound, what’s the difference”. Yes, indeed, what was the difference? Well I made short work of that in my reply, but the reality is 40 years later we still hadn’t realized those tunes.

On July 4th 2008 Donovan was visiting L.A. and stopped by my house. He hadn’t seen my new studio and when he did he immediately said, “We should record something together here”. That was all I needed, we’d do our long overdue Brit Invasion album and have some of the original “invaders” join us.

I contacted a record executive friend who had many contacts with ‘60’s musicians. I told him about my planned project and asked if he would set up some introductions for me. His response was, “What’s in it for them?” It had never occurred to me that my fellow ‘60’s musicians would not be as enthusiastic as I was and just do it for the fun of it. Sometimes being naïve about the impossibility of the project you’re about to embark on is the most crucial factor in securing its success!

While in the midst of writing tunes for the project I received a call from Billy Stern. Billy is an old friend who recently became a board member of GUITARS IN THE CLASSROOM. Billy invited me to a GITC fundraiser that featured The Quarrymen. The show was hosted by Sirius Satellite Radio’s Chris Carter from BREAKFAST WITH THE BEATLES. My brother, Teddy, is a producer with Sirius and I figured with the combination of Teddy and Billy I’d get to meet The Q-men. It worked and I invited them to dinner in Malibu the next day. They had a full schedule, which was growing by the minute, but they really wanted to see Malibu beach (and my guitar pool).

After dinner, I invited them to see my studio. I can already set it up with the song I wanted them to sing on. I made the proposition and they gladly complied. Their friendly demeanor and thick scouser accents transformed the song and took it right back to 1964. Later on, Len Garry told me he couldn’t believe that Colin had sung on the tune. He and Rod had been trying to get him to sing for years, but he never would. Len surmised that Colin felt obliged after the ride to the beach in my ’41 Ford Woodie and my wife Joan’s great dinner. Furthermore, he confirmed that this was Colin’s first recorded vocal performance. Remember, Colin was in the original Beatles’ lineup and drummed on their primitive demo. His drumming is on the Beatles’ Anthology album. Now I was off and running!

With The Quarrymen on board, I contacted Rhino Records founder Harold Bronson. I had met Ian Whitcomb at Harold’s home and was hoping he’d remind Ian of that and set the stage for Ian to participate. An email went out and Ian happily complied. His period “megaphone” vocals worked great on A BIT OF AWRIGHT.

I also knew that Harold knew Spencer Davis and hoped he’d do the same. I had met Spencer several times in the distant past and Walter had been on a bill with him in Nashville not so long ago. Harold gave me his number. It turned out that Spencer had been a great friend of our late drummer, Bruce Gary. He was happy to participate as a tribute to Bruce and he also arranged for me to see him in concert at the Wiltern Theatre. The Zombies and The Yardbirds were also on the bill.

Guitar Center’s Ray Scheer is a friend from the classic car world and also owns Favored Nations Records; The Yardbirds record label. In the late ‘60’s our band had been on the bill with ex-Yardbird Keith Relf’s band Renaissance and, although none of the other ex-Yardbird/Renaissance musicians were in the current lineup, I felt there was enough of a connection to get a conversation going.

Ray set up the email connection and I began a dialogue with Jim McCarty the original Yardbird’s drummer. I got to spend some time with him backstage at the Wiltern concert. Jim was into participating but their hectic schedule didn’t allow for it.

A few weeks later Spencer was able to come up to the studio. As he was driving into town, he called and said, “Guess who I brought with me?”. It was Peter Jameson! I had last seen Peter in 1970 when Walter and my college band, Sageworth, opened for Spencer & Peter at the Cellar Door in Washington, DC. It was amazing! After some preliminary catching up, Spencer laid down a killer harp part on A BIT OF AWRIGHT and Peter an acoustic 12-string on BITTER GREY. Then we were off to a local Italian café for a long lunch.

Next I contacted Gered Mankowitz. Gered is the legendary British photographer (His photographs are displayed in England’s National Portrait Gallery) who is well known for his work with Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones (covers for OUT OF OUR HEADS, BETWEEN THE BUTTONS, GOT LIVE IF YOU WANT IT,etc.) as well as many other artists including Traffic, Marianne Faithful, The Yardbirds and Chad & Jeremy.

I’d met Gered through original Malibooz’ member, Chris Murray. Chris owns the Govinda Gallery in Washington, DC and represents Gered’s photography in America. I’d visited Gered several times in London and he had stayed with us on a recent trip to LA. In fact, Gered had photographed my son, Johnny and me when we recorded at Abbey Road Studio #2 in 2001. Amazingly, because Gered primarily worked with the Rolling Stones’ (he has photographed several of their early album covers), he had never photographed inside Abbey Road! Gered was up for shooting our album cover!

A few weeks later original Rolling Stones producer/manager Andrew Loog Oldham came by the house during an LA visit. I had met ALO many years ago when he produced an album for REPAIRS; a band that included Walter’s cousin on guitar. Andrew now had a show on Sirius and I had run into him again several years ago in Malibu and New York. I played him some of the demos I had recorded for the album. He agreed to participate and did a great reading, in his inimitable style, on LONDON UNDERGROUND.


In the past, I have retained the KubRo Group media/PR company. The Kubro Group consists of the legendary Harvey Kubernik and David Carr. David had straddled both sides of the RnR ocean by playing with both The Fortunes (on both of their smashes, HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN and YOU’VE GOT YOUR TROUBLES, I’VE GOT MINE) and The Ventures. He would be perfect for the project and he agreed to help.

John Farrar is a neighbor of mine. He is mostly known for writing the music for GREASE and writing/producing mega-hits for Olivia Newton-John, BUT back in the day he did a stint on guitar with The Shadows. When I met John a few years back he was amazed that I knew that. Combined with a mutual interest in tennis, we became friends.

If I was to properly honor the British Invasion, I had to acknowledge their instro roots (I had already covered skiffle with The Quarrymen). What if I had a tune with both The Shadows and The Ventures? VENTURE INTO THE SHADOWS was born.

With John Farrar on board I wanted to try to get one of the original Ventures involved. In the meantime through guitarist/author Robb Lawrence (who incidentally was the photographer for the picture sleeve of our Malibooz’ Columbia single in 1980) I attempted to reach Nokie Edwards. Unfortunately, Nokie’s wanderings had left Robb with non-current contact info. On a whim, I decided to try Nokie’s website. Sure enough, Judy Edwards replied and a date was set for me to record Nokie at his Yuma, AZ home.

In 1983 my brother, Teddy, had played drums for Chad & Jeremy on a British Invasion redux tour. Also Jeremy was a great friend of Gered’s. I had Gered set the stage and I sent Chad an mp3 of GOOD TONIGHT. He dug it, felt is was reminiscent of SUMMER SONG and would be perfect for them. I told the scholarly Chad that The Malibooz had preformed SUMMER SONG at our high school elocution contest (after all, players play!). That’s all he needed to hear; Chad & Jeremy were in.

In the meantime, old British buddy, Roger Swallow came by to add some percussion. In England, Roger had been on Rutland Weekend Television ( where the original Rutles parody was created). He also played drums for Ian Mathews’ Southern Comfort, Al Stewart and a host of other British outfits. Roger, Walter and I had played in the Magneto Band together in the mid ‘70’s and we’d always remained close. Roger now spends his time between businesses in London and LA. He offered to corral Shadows’ bassist Mark Griffiths for the project as well as participate himself. Mark added some great guitar parts to VENTURE INTO THE SHADOWS.

I called the band together and we began recording. We were finishing up recording LONDON UNDERGROUND ( It has a bit of a HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY vibe to it) and we thought it would be nice to have pan flute type sound in it as an homage. After trying several patches I remembered that I had an ocarina application on my I-phone. Ocarina would be perfect. After all, The Troggs had used one on WILD THING. I fired it up and it sounded great. Shortly thereafter a friend gave me The Troggs’ Richard Moore’s number. Richard came by to add the WILD THING guitar pull to SO BAD. I told him the ocarina story and he said, “The WILD THING ocarina…I have it right here!” To my amazement he pulled the ocarina out of his backpack. It was immediately added to DIT DIDIDIT.

One of The Malibooz’ favorite groups is The Hollies. In fact, we performed LOOK THROUGH ANY WINDOW for the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour (we lost out to a roller skating accordionist!). I contacted The Hollies manager Jimmy Smith. I sent him the demo of JUST A LITTLE BIT to see if Tony Hicks might get involved. I had written JUST A LITTLE BIT as kind of Buddy Holly meets The Hollies (On the track I even included the celeste from EVERYDAY and the attaché case drumming from PEGGY SUE matched with a Hollies-style vocal arrangement). It seemed perfect to me. Promptly, Jimmy emailed back that Tony would be happy to replace the guitar, bass and drum tracks. No man, we want that voice!! Oh you want him to sing! Tony did a fantastic job on JUST A LITTLE BIT and really gave it an authentic sound. It takes me right back every time I hear it.

The Searchers are another fave of ours. I had met Frank Allen back when Teddy did the 1983 British Invasion tour and I contacted him. It turns out that The Searchers are touring more than ever and they didn’t have a break to participate. I told Frank about my idea to do a little homage to the first Searcher’s LP. The one where they had the “Meet The Searchers” grid that included the boys’ weights; in stone! I wanted to do it right and couldn’t find my original LP. Frank got on it and within a few days emailed me a photo of the “grid”. Our take on it is part of the QUEENS’ ENGLISH CD package.

As we were finishing up the mixes I got together with Jeffrey Foskett. He was performing nearby as Brian Wilson’s musical director. I gave Jeffrey a copy of the mixes. He called me the next morning to say he really dug them. I told him we were mastering at Abbey Road Studios. I knew he had done the TV show, LIVE FROM ABBEY ROAD with Brian and I wondered if he had any connections there. We had been trying to get Tony Hicks’ son, Paul involved but I was reluctant to ask Tony. Jeffrey couldn’t believe it. Paul Hicks was a good friend of his; but he never knew he was Tony Hicks son! Paul had engineered the Beatles’ Rock Band sessions and worked closely with producer Giles Martin. Needless to say, he was highly sought after. Jeffrey contacted him and Paul agreed to help.

So that’s how QUEENS’ ENGLISH came to be. In the end, no one ever asked me, “What’s in it for them?” Instead, the passion and enthusiasm that made the British Invasion of the 1960’s immortal is still very much alive. Over the past 40+ years we’ve all traveled different paths, but in the end we all love the music just as much now as we did then.

©2010 John Zambetti




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Frank Fielder

Excellent music!
The Malbooz worked long and hard on this one, and it shows. The first thing that is noteworthy is that every song on this CD is an original work. Yet each song captures the sounds and feel of the sixtys British invasion. I'm also impressed with the number of big names from that era that came together to help make Queens' English a reality. I strongly urge anyone likes, or wants to find out if they do like British 60's style music to buy this CD, and read John Zambetti's romp through each track to see just who helped with what. John also explains the songs from that era that inspired each of his new songs on the CD.
I'm not surprised that this CD already has 3 of its songs in the top 5 on CDbaby's British invasion chart. Every song on this CD has the makings of a hit single. You will not be disappointed so buy or download this CD today!
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Dan Miller

“One if by land, Two if by sea, and Three if by CD” -- The British are coming…ag
From the New York State Fair in 1965 to Abbey Road today, and from “Hey Love” to “Venture Into The Shadows”, John, Walter and the boys from The Malibooz have done it again with classic British Invasion music. This CD will rock you to the 60’s and back again. If you are a fan of the Malibooz, “Queens’ English” is not to be missed. There’s good reason why “Hey Love”, “Just a Little Bit” and “Venture Into The Shadows” all made the top 5 CD Baby list the week “Queens’ English” was released. Give a listen…It’s "A Bit of Awright!"
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