Them – The Angry Young Them (1965)

Artist Credit
Peter Bardens Keyboards
Bert Berns Composer
Wes Farrell Composer
Billy Harrison Guitar
Alan Henderson Bass
John Lee Hooker Composer
Van Morrison Composer, Harmonica, Vocals
Stan Ross Engineer
Ray Ruff Producer
John Starks Drums

Decca’s willingness to release a full-length Them album was conditioned upon the breakthrough success of the band’s third single, “Here Comes the Night.” It was not, however, the practice in Britain at the time to put hit singles on albums, so this 14-track LP does not include that song. It does, however, contain six songs written by lead vocalist Van Morrison, including the immortal “Gloria” and “Mystic Eyes,” which became a chart single in the U.S., plus some well-played R&B covers. Because of an annotation on the back of the LP, this album is sometimes referred to as The Angry Young Them, although its official title is Them.

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