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The Fivepenny Piece Discography

The Fivepenny Piece Collection
The Fivepenny Piece

EMI Gold 3629292

Release Date: 1st May 2006

This was the first truly new The Fivepenny Piece CD released by EMI since the early 1990s. The Fivepenny Piece Collection is a compilation album, and contains many favourite tracks as well as a few rarities not previously issued on CD. Old familiar favourites like Ee By Gum and Big Jim are there, but so are the bouncy Hang The Flag Out Mrs Jones, which the group sang on and won Granada TV's New Faces back in 1969; the beautiful love song Look Into My Eyes; and the old Lancashire music hall song The Ashton Mashers - all on CD for the very first time. For more information, see the EMI press release.

Fans will recognise the sleeve as the same as the 1973 album Songs We Like To Sing.

  1. Hang The Flag Out Mrs Jones
  2. The Ashton Mashers
  3. The Passing Of Today
  4. Hear All, See All, Say Nowt
  5. Mi Gronny / Brown Photographs
  6. Spanish Holidays
  7. King Cotton
  8. Paddle Your Own Canoe
  9. Miss Nightingale
  10. The Diddlers Three
  11. Mountain Climber
  12. Wish You Were Here
  13. Look Into My Eyes
  14. Fred Fannakapan
  15. Brown Photographs
  16. Big Jim
  17. Winter Sun
  18. Old Tom The Weaver
  19. Saturday Cowboys (interpolating The Magnificent Seven)
  20. Ee By Gum
  21. Watercolour Morning
  22. Weight Watchers
  23. Old England / Brown Photographs

The Fivepenny Piece Collection is no longer available direct from the band - however Amazon do have limited stock of the The Fivepenny Piece Collection on CD for sale, and it is also available as MP3 Download from Amazon and iTunes.

The Fivepenny Piece CD cover

EMI Press Release (2006)

"Lancashire’s legendary band The Fivepenny Piece have a new album out, featuring many of their best loved songs from their 1970s EMI albums, including many previously unissued on CD.

One of the best known groups in the country during the 1970s, they had their own BBC TV series, made 13 albums and several singles for EMI, and reached the Top 10 with their album King Cotton.

The group was formed in the late 1960s by brother and sister John Meeks (guitar and vocals) and Lynda Meeks (vocals); brothers George Radcliffe (bass) and Colin Radcliffe (guitar); and Eddie Crotty (guitar and vocals). They all hailed from the Stalybridge and Ashton-under-Lyne area of south-east Lancashire, and many of their songs reflected their roots, with its hardships and humour in equal measure. But their music wasn’t all about Lancashire by any means, as this collection shows.

The group’s repertoire was mostly self-penned, with John and Colin forming one of the great unsung songwriting partnerships of all time. Eddie Crotty’s contribution - mainly in the Lancashire idiom - shouldn’t be overlooked, and Colin’s superb bass-playing and Lynda’s fabulous voice all take credit for the group’s appeal, which spread far outside their native county: in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand - even in Yorkshire!"

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