"V.I.P." - The great B-side to their first single from 1966
The band started of as The Emeralds in the mid-sixies. They released three singles during 1963-65. The group changed their name to Wishful Thinking in 1966 with the line-up Roy Daniels on vocals, Terry New on lead guitar, Roger Charles on bass and Brian Allen on drums.
A new lineup Kevin Scott replacing Daniels and John Franklin replacing Terry New is to be heard on the album "Live Vol: 1". This album and all singles by Wishful Thinking were produced by Decca 'A & R' man and former Shadow Tony Meehan.
During a tour through Denmark in 1967 they supported PINK FLOYD on their gig in Århus on September 10th.
In 1969 bass-player Roger Charles was replaced by Tony Collier 1969. This was the lineup which recorded the album "Hiroshima" in 1970 with producer Lou Reizner at Chappell Recording Studios, London. It was released in the UK in 1971 on B&C Records, the original distributor of "The Famous CHARISMA Label. In Germany it was released on Global Records, which are still the copyright holders of most of WISHFUL THINKING's late songs.
By 1971 Brian Allen had left and a drummer called Pete Ridley joined. Also in 1971 Tony Collier left the band and a friend of his, Ray Davis, took over from him for a few months, but the band split-up shortly after.In 1972 B&C Records released two singles with the band.
Roy Daniels: Born 22.04.1943. Vocals.
Terry New: Born 29.06.1946. Lead guitar.
Roger Charles:Born 23.12.1946. Bass. Charles had played the bass since he was twelve. He got an invitation from the Searchers becoming member of their band. Unfortunately he was in Spain at the time and not to be reached, so that chance got lost.
Brian Allen: Born 18.06.1941. Drums.
Kevin Scott: Born March, 30th 1950. Vocals. Replaced singer Roy Daniels. His real name is Kevin Finn, but Scott was a stage name that goes back to the early sixties when he was with Kevin Scott and the Kinsmen and Time.
John Franklin: Born 1950. Lead guitarist Joined in 1967 when Terry New left.
Tracks: 1. Step By Step / 2. Big Girls Don't Cry / 3. Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow / 4. Turning Around / 5. Hang Around Girl / 6. California Girls / 7. Reach Out / 8. Walk Away Renee / 9. Happy Together / 10. Is She A Woman Now? / 11. Que Sera Sera / 12. Peanuts / 13. The Exudos Song / 14. Cherry Cherry
Rating : 8
Tracks: 1. Hiroshima /2. This Time Tomorrow / 3. She Belongs To The Night / 4. Mary Goodbye / 5. Ever Since I Can Remember / 6. We're Gonna Change All This / 7. Now / 8. United States Of Europe '79 / 9. I Wrote A Song / 10. 1984 / 11. Goodbye Lover
Rating : 8
3. Live Vol. 2 - 2002: DK: private release on 2-CD-R
Tracks: 1. A Girl In The Park / 2. On The Top Of The World / 3. Someday / 4. Count To Ten / 5. If You Don't Want My Love / 6. Lost And Down / 7. That's The Time Together / 8. Vegetables / 9. That's What Love Is Made Of / 10. Somebody's Taken Maria Away / 11. Baby You'll Be On My Way / 12. Local Dust In The Future / 13. Something Else/ Summertime Blues / 14. For What It's Worth / 15. Good Thing / 16. A Wonderfull One / 17. Mr. Dyingly Sad / 18. My Girl In The Month Of May / 19. Cherry Cherry // 1. Hush / 2. I Want You Girl / 3. A Big Noise From Winnetka / 4. Bouree / 5. Money Honey / 6. Peanuts / 7. Sunshine Girl / 8. Trying To Get To You / 9. Morning Dew / 10. The Exodus Song
Tracks: 1. The Kerry Dancers / 2. Little White Lies / 3. Don't Listen To Your Friends / 4. Say You're Mine / 5. King Lonely The Blue / 6. Someone Else's Fool / 7. Turning Round / 8. V.I.P. / 9. Step By Step / 10. Looking Around / 11. Count To Ten / 12. Hang Around Girl / 13. Cherry, Cherry / 14. Peanuts / 15. Meet The Sun / 16. Easier Said Than Loving You / 17. Alone / 18. Vegetables / 19. It's So Easy / 20. I Want You Girl / 21. Wonderful Day / 22. Hush / 23. Personality / 24. Top Of The World / 25. If You Don't Want My Love / 26. Walk Away Renee / 27. We Can Sing Together / 28. We're Back In Britain
Rating : 8
Original albums as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - August 4 - 2006
My Suggestion For a 80 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation More tracks may be added later:
1. VIP ( Flett ) EP 1967
2. Count to Ten ( Flett/Fletcher) Single 1967
3. Hang Around Girl (Flett, Fletcher) EP 1966
4. Cherry, Cherry (Diamond) Single 1967
5. Walk Away Renée (Martin) Outtake 1968
6. Step By Step (Flett, Hill) Single 1966
7. Turning Round (Flett, Hill) Single 1966
8. We Can Swing Together (Hull) Outtake 1969
9. Meet the Sun (Flett, Fletcher) Single 1967
10. Looking Around (Flett, Hill) Single 1966
11. Hush (South) Outtake 1968
12. We're Back in Britain (Wishful Thinking) Outtake 1970
13. Vegetables (Wilson) Single 1968
14. Easier Said than Loving You Baby (Wishful Thinking) Single 1967
15. I Want You Girl ( Charles, Bailey, Potter) Single 1967
16. Top of the World (Wishful Thinking) Outtake 1968
17. Clear White Light (Hull) Hiroshima
18. Hiroshima (Morgan) Hiroshima