CD Duration: 59.20 / Year: 2011
Classic pop songs played on the Wersi Helios (with bass and drums from a Yamaha Tyros 2).
Here Comes My Baby / Suddenly You Love Me
Halfway To Paradise / Cathys Clown
Come Back My Love / Boy From New York City
Freedom / Stop In The Name Of Love / Uptown Girl
Gonna Get Along Without You Now / If I Can’t Have You / When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman
I Want To Hold Your Hand / A Hard Day’s Night / She Loves You
Love Potion Number Nine / Shakin’ All Over / Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Red Balloon / Witch Queen Of New Orleans / Running Bear
Run For Home / Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Walking On The Moon / Ghost Town
When You Were Sweet Sixteen / The Sunshine Of Your Smile
Young Hearts Run Free / Rock The Boat
You’ve Got What It Takes / A Little Bit Of Soap / Three Steps To Heaven
The Days Of Pearly Spencer / I’ll Meet You At Midnight
Latest from John Kyffin
Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Review by Ian King
Along with John Kyffin’s last CD “Eye Society” (reviewed in the last issue) came the final three volumes of his popular “Here Comes The Sun” series (yes, we did get them a little out of sequence). These seven CDs mainly cover pop songs from the 1970s and 1980s, occasionally dipping into the decade (or two) either side. All volumes were produced between 2010 and 2013 and featured the Wersi Helios with bass and drums from a Yamaha Tyros 2, the only exception being volume seven which also features a Wersi Spectra. Most tracks contain two or three tunes, neatly shoe-horned together.
If you heard a track from any of these CDs on the radio (although it’s pretty rare you hear any organ music on the radio), you could be forgiven for thinking that you were listening to a Wersi LP made in the ‘heyday’ of the organ LP performed by one of the top organists with a slick backing band. The whole sound of this series does hark back to the sounds of the 70s.
The emphasis of this whole series is the Wersi, although the backing is excellent throughout, just take a listen to the opening track of volume two, “Disco Inferno / Love Train” to see what John is capable of in the backing department. All the tracks aren’t this funky, but it makes a great track to start with.
John obviously has a passion for good pop music and there is a great selection on all the CDs in this series.
Highlights include, (Volume two): “Disco Inferno / Love Train”, “I Want To Break Free / You Got It”, “Build Me Up Buttercup / Daydream Believer / Happy Together”, “Yesterday Once More / Goodbye To Love” and “Sugar Sugar / Rock Me Gently”. (Volume three): “Here Comes My Baby / Suddenly You Love Me”, “Gonna Get Along Without You Now / If I Can’t Have You / When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand / A Hard Day’s Night / She Loves You” and “Walking On The Moon / Ghost Town”. (Volume four): “In The Country / Foot Tapper”, “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night) / Heart Of Glass / I’m In The Mood For Dancing”, “Do That To Me One More Time / If”, “Love Grows / Band Of Gold / Get It On” and “The Legend Of Xanadu / Xanadu”.
We now have the complete back-catalogue of John’s CDs, so now is a great time to start (or complete) your collection. There are clips to all of his CDs on our website and he even produced a thirty-minute audio promo on our ORGAN1st Radio website at OrganRadio.com/kyffin. Alan Ashton is currently working on show number ONE-HUNDRED!
Review by Ian King from Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine.