That Driving Beat
In 1965 Mike Hurst had quickly established a reputation for himself as an independent producer and he took The Favourite Sons to Pye Studios in the centre of London. In little more than an afternoon, they had recorded both the band’s R & B/soul covers and a couple of Mike’s own compositions, making a total 12 tracks in all.
Mike was euphoric and felt that the band had something distinctly Mod and British in their recorded output and he quickly placed a single with Mercury ‘That Drivin’ Beat’ b/w ‘Walkin’ Walkin” which now changes hands at £60 per copy!
Sadly, within weeks Mike became focused on his new discovery Cat Stevens and there was little time for his earlier protégées, they quickly drifted into obscurity.
This album is released for the first time on CD and is a glowing testament to this energetic young band. Informative liner notes by Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills
Lead Singer Brian Redmond – Drummer Brian Glascock – Bass John Glascock – Lead Guitar Jerry Fealey
...the band were obviously at home with their music, despite their apparent youth...Their versions of 'Can't Judge A Book' and 'That Driving Beat' are fine examples of their craft...As a snapshot in time this is an enjoyable - if rather short - album.
Feedback (July 2003)
Even though most of their recorded output consisted of the (more-or-less) usual soul/r’n’b covers, some of the versions delivered by this producer Mike Hurst-conducted ’65 mod combo, happen to be among the best ones around... Most of this half-hour listening is actually best described by the title tune’s lyrics going “listen to the music and when you hear the beat, you can strike the scene and you just gotta move your feet, baby let your hair down and move me all around, cuz when you hear that driving beat you know you gotta go!” ... and in the end, you’ll be left with no other choice but to go indeed!
Goran Obradovic / POPISM radio show; Serbia & Montenegro (May 2005)