CD Duration: 68.10 / Year: 2011
Classic pop songs played on the Wersi Helios (with bass and drums from a Yamaha Tyros 2).
Shattered Glass / It’s A Sin
In The Country / Foot Tapper
Beautiful Sunday / Eye Level
Perhaps Perhaps, Perhaps / Can’t Get Used To Losing You
Call Me / Rubber Bullets / So Long
December 1963 (Oh, What A Night) / Heart Of Glass / I’m In The Mood For Dancing
I Just Can’t Help Believing / Suspicious Minds
My First, My Last, My Everything / Hold On Tight / Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Hold Me Close / Can’t Smile Without You
Do That To Me One More Time / If
It’s Not Unusual / Concrete and Clay
Love Grows / Band Of Gold / Get It On
My Sweet Rosalie / The Mood I’m In / Beautiful Lover
Sunshine Girl / Cecilia
The Legend Of Xanadu / Xanadu
Here Comes The Sun 4
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.