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The Bystanders


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There are at least two 1960s bands with this name.

1) One of the few Welsh bands to release records on a fairly regular basis in the mid to late ’60s, the Bystanders are chiefly notable not for their own derivative music, but because they evolved into the Welsh progressive rock group Man. As the Bystanders, they managed to release eight singles in the U.K. between 1965 and 1968, competently plugging into Merseybeat, blue-eyed soul, and harmony pop trends without developing any clear vision of their own or landing any superb material. Slight psychedelic hues colored some of their final tracks, which pointed the way into more original and progressive directions that the group would embrace when it mutated into Man.

The Bystanders formed long before the dawn of Man in the South Wales town of Merthyr Tydfil in 1962. They made one Merseybeat-Four Seasons hybrid single for the independent Pylot label (in fact, it was the only record the company ever released) in 1965 before picking up a new manager, George Cooper, who had handled major British pre-Beatles rock singers Joe Brown and Marty Wilde. In 1966 they got a contract with Pye, who put out seven singles by the group over the next couple of years without breaking them as a significant seller.


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  • kluk_jako_buk

    I love these 60s bands...

    21 Feb 2014 Reply
  • TippinMyStuff

    crap crap crap

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • psycheceri

    A rather dismissive description for a talented group - they may not have broken much new ground but the singles that appear on the first two Ripples compilations show them to be as taalented as many groups who managed much higher chart positions

    18 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Aqueronte

    Good shit

    12 Jan 2009 Reply

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