ARTIST: The Equals
TITLE: The Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: I Get So Excited (#44 UK), Baby Come Back (#32 US, #1 UK), Laurel & Hardy (#35 UK), Softly, Softly (#48 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Police on My Back (It was covered by the Clash on Sandanista).
LINEUP: Eddy Grant, Derv Gordon, Lincoln Gordon, Pat Lloyd, John Hall
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: One of the first multi-racial pop acts in the UK gets a comprehensive retrospective of their early career.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: One hit in the US, and that hit barely scraped the Top 40. A few singles in the UK over the period of a few years. What makes the Equals special though is not the fact that they were multi-racial, but they were one of the first acts to add a Caribbean tinge to their music, especially in the vocals by Derv Gordon.
The music itself is typical British beat pop for the most part, with a lot of energy and hooks. Lincoln Gordon’s bass work is also pretty strong throughout the record, and adds another Caribbean touch at times.
In the States, they were soon forgotten. In the UK and Europe, they were a hot group for about four years, especially live thanks to “Baby Come Back” going gold, and you can tell why by listening to this collection.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Yes, it’s THAT Eddy Grant.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Derv and Lincoln Gordon are twins.
GRADE: B+: Enjoyable collection that is definitely of the time and place of late 60’s pop-rock in the UK, with some great forgotten (or never remembered) songs. Just a couple tracks were exiled out of 25.