The Valentines were an Australian rock pop band active from 1966–1970, and boasted a twin lead vocal attack, very popular down under with a sound somewhere between The Rolling Stones and The Easybeats.
On lead vocals were Bon Scott, who later went on to great success as lead vocalist with AC/DC; and Vince Lovegrove, who subsequently became a successful music journalist and manager of the Divinyls.
They first recorded for Clarion Records in 1966 as The Spektors then changed their name to The Valentines in time for the first single release a coupling of Arthur Alexander’s ‘Everyday I Have To Cry’ and the Small Faces’ ‘I Can’t Dance With You’.
Their next release, issued in September 1967, was the unusual ‘She Said’, wherein The Easybeats provided Clarion with a rare composition. The Valentines later notably also covered the latters ‘Peculiar Hole In The Sky’ to great effect (it titled a CD on ACE of prime Australian Big Beat).
These Clarion recordings are a chance to hear the early days of Bon Scott in full voice, on classic material such as ‘Gloria’, on vinyl for the first time in some 25 years.
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