Friday, 1 April 2011


Artist: Sharon Tandy & The Feur De Lys.  Titles: Stay With Me c/w Hold On.  Label: Atlantic.  Format: 7".  Country: UK.  Cat. No.: 584124.  Year: 1967.

Double header from Sharon Tandy backed by The Fleur De Lys is today's subject.  Released in 1967 on red label Atlantic (via Polydor) the A Side gives you a rather excellent version of the Jerry Ragovay penned "Stay With Me" - and what you get here is possibly the best reading of the song I've heard, and avoids overcooking things - which the Walker Brothers and original Lorraine Ellison version are guilty of.  The flip side is an absolute belter - and the song Sharon Tandy's probably best associated with - "Hold On".  It's absolutely cracking bit of Mod/Freakbeat/Psyche and features some amazing guitar work from Bryn Haworth - the song had previously been done by the Fleur De Lys under their other guise as Rupert's People - and issued as a single on EMI Columbia - DB 8226, and the difference in the lyrics on this version are mainly down to the band playing it from memory on the Sharon Tandy session. A mint copy of this is currently worth around the £50 mark.

The song was an european hit, and then reissued in the UK as the A Side on Atlantic 584219 in 1968 with the classic psyche/freakbeat Julie Driscol flavoured "Daughter Of The Sun" as the flip side.  This is another bit amazing stuff - again check out the Bryn Haworth guitar work.  Valuewise a mint copy of this will set you back around £100.

For further Sharon Tandy - your best bet is the Big Beat compiltation 'You Gotta Believe It's... Sharon Tandy' - which features all above mentioned tracks, and a lot more besides.  And which I seriously recommend checking out!