A lot of these early seventies singles I feel are neglected/passed on mainly because of the date they were released by the sixties purists but the sound on a lot of these records could easily pass off as the late sixties. The Newmens on both of their singles are a few years behind the times and sound like the Byrds before they went country. Some great vocal harmonies and interesting sound effects adding colour to the ultra melodic vibes. I'm always on the lookout for nuggets like these!
|Anyone got a photo of The Newmens?|
Here is the only bit of decent info I can find on the Newmens, taken from the liner notes of the Fairy Tales Can Come True vol.3 compilation...
The Newmen (why Parlophone added an ‘s’ I’m not sure) were a popular showband from Antrim in Northern Ireland. Our track was written by Barry Woods, a former member of the Belfast band Clubsound, who were previously named The Monarchs. Back then they included a pre-Them Van Morrison on sax. Anyway, Woods joined the Newmen in the early seventies, and then moved on to a prog/pop band called Chips. However, recently he was back playing with Clubsound, who, as of 2005, had a weekly residency at a hotel in Ballymena!