A brace of demo tracks by The Poets, some recorded in early 1964, such as ‘Loving This One’, and the primal-sounding savage R&B raver ‘Miss Queen Bee’, plus a couple of rare acetate-only recordings from 1965, including the astounding ballad ‘I’ll Keep My Pride’, and the should’ve been, why wasn’t it a single recordings of two atypical Poets originals, the truly sublime, ever so slightly Byrdsy- sounding ‘Love Is Fading Away’ and the unusual yet totally mesmerising ‘It’s So Different Now’ have subsequently been released on the CD ‘The Poets – Scotland’s No. 1 Group’, issued on the American independent label DynoVox, thru Distortions.
The Pathfinders track ‘Pumpkin Lantern’ first surfaced on Dig The Fuzz’s ‘Incredible Sound Show Stories’ series of LPs -Volume 10 – ‘A Hidden Secret Garden Found’.‘Pumpkin Lantern’ was to surface again, intact with it’s excellent counterpart ‘To Love Somebody’. This appeared on the ‘Alphabeat’ compilation LP/CD, as issued on the Topsounds label.
Distortions have also recently issued a cool very limited fan-club only two disc set, this includes the previously-issued Scotland’s No 1 Group CD, plus extras such as a slower ‘Now We’re Thru’-esque number called ‘Try Me Again’ recently unearthed on acetate, plus it has a dvd that includes long-thought lost colour cine-film of the group performing at the town hall in Airdrie, near Glasgow, in 1965. Although the original film didn’t include any sound, this has now been dubbed with a short, live snippet of the group taken from around the same time-frame. Also included are the likes of George Gallacher and The Pathfinders recording of ‘Dawn’, the film of The Poets lip-synching to ‘Now We’re Thru’ that has been up on You Tube for some time, courtesy of Hans Kesteloo’s magnificent ‘Beyond The Beat Generation’ web space, and some very rare footage of some lucky Poets fans meeting the group. This was filmed in 1965 at former rhythm guitarist Tony Myles’ house.