The End

the-endFrom: Britain

The End are best remembered for their psychedelic-pop sound produced by Bill Wyman. The band never received the level of success they deserved, however, their 1969 album Introspection is now viewd as one of the best albums to come from the British psychelic era.

The End were formed in 1965 by Dave Brown and Colin Giffin, after the demise of the beat group the Innocents. Nicky Graham and John Horton were added to band, both of whom played in Dickie Pride’s backing band, the Original Topics. The lineup was completed with ex-Tuxedos drummer Roger Groom. After recording their alum, Wyman arranged for a tour with the Rolling Stones. The End also appeared with Spencer Davis on ITV television’s ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ playing “Hallelujah I Love Her So.” Following the tour, Groom quit the band. Hugh Atwooll was brought in as a replacement. Horton also quit the band around this time, but continued to help out on the band’s second single, “Shades of Orange.” Wyman brought in Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts on tabla for “Shades of Orange.” The song was recorded during the sessions for the Rolling Stones’ psychedelic foray, Their Satanic Majesties Request. “Shades of Orange” has become one of the most sought after psychedelic releases.

Following the release of “Shades of Orange,” Gordon Smith left the band and was replaced by Terry Taylor, formerly with Mode. At this time, the band left for Spain, where they released several singles domestically. Giffin and Attwooll left after recording the Introspection album, and Paul Francis was brought in as a replacement drummer. However, the writing was on the wall, and with the arrival of another ex-Mode member in Jim Henderson, the End morphed into the more progressive-sounding Tucky Buzzard.

Artist Info: Allmusic.com

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1968 single Decca F 22750
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  • Shades Of Orange

From the 1969 album Introspection
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  • Cardboard Watch
  • Don’t Take Me
  • Dreamworld
  • Introspection (Pt. 2)
  • Loving, Sacred Loving
  • Shades Of Orange
  • Under The Rainbow
  • What Does It Feel Like

From the 1997 compilation Retrospection
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  • Little Annie [Previously Unreleased]