What TV celebrity recorded this cult ’60s Mod/Psych 7″ single?

Just landed at eil Towers is this highly sought after (and really rather good) cult Mod/Psych 7″ vinyl by Paul Nicholas. Those of a certain age will remember him starring in the West End productions of musicals ‘Hair’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, others will recall his turn as perma-permed ‘loveable rogue’ Vince Pinner from the ’80s ‘will they/won’t they’ comedy drama ‘Just Good Friends’…..or perhaps much more recently as Gavin Sullivan in Eastenders – yes that Paul Nicholas!

“Come on Pen…”

Turns out Nicholas has quite the musical back story, as far back as 1960 he was spotted by Screaming Lord Sutch (a bit of a player in the ’60s music scene), before being signed by Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood. Mid-’60s releases were released under the name ‘Oscar’ with songs written for him by none other than Pete Townshend and a certain David Bowie!

The 1970 7″ single ‘Freedom Train’ is all about the B-Side ‘Run Shaker Life’, discovered by the more discerning DJ as four minutes of super-charged dancefloor action, here’s the info on the single…..

PAUL NICHOLAS Freedom City / Run Shaker Life (Mega-rare 1970 UK 7″ vinyl single with intact 3-prong centre, die cut company sleeve. Yes, this is the SAME artist that would go onto release a string of pop/reggae lite singles in the mid-’70s and then star in ‘Just Good Friends’ and more recently ‘Eastenders’ – please prepare to cast your prejudices aside! The title track is a huge piano led ballad with rousing chorus which could easily be an outtake from the musicals ‘Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar’ [not surprising as Nicholas had lead roles in both]. However, it’s the B-Side where the real action is; a cult favourite on the mod and psych scenes, recent years have seen it described as ‘freakbeat’ – whatever you call it, it’s four minutes of supremely funky psych with Nicholas’s sonorous vocals lending it an other-worldy edge – the percussion breakdown mid-way through is pretty damn hot too!! Condition-wise there are some visible scuffs/hairlines and the vinyl is graded VG, play-testing [boy it’s been play-tested!] reveals no great loss in fidelity – it’s a stone-cold classic, a bona-fide cult fave and the first copy we’ve ever had – NICE!) Full sales info here
Now have a listen…


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