Tuesday, 28 December 2010

THE NEAT CHANGE FAMILY TREE - SHOWS LIST

This story is the work of Bruno Ceriotti. Help in putting this together has been provided by Tony Bacon, Nick Warburton, Redditch Indicator, to whom I'm most grateful. 


THE NEAT CHANGE #1 (OCT 1966 - 1967)
1) Stephen Smith bass
2) John Lumley Saville keyboards
3) Brian Sprackling lead guitar
4) James Arthur 'Jimmy' Edwards vocals, rhythm guitar
5) Bob Chandler drums


October 18, 1966: Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, UK with Lee Dorsey, DJ John Dimble

November 1, 1966: Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, UK with The Action, DJ John Dimble

November 22, 1966: Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, UK with Tom Jones and The Squires, The Question, DJ John Dimble (cancelled)

November 26, 1966: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK "Audition"

November 29, 1966: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Manfred Mann
The Neat Change filling in (uncredited) for The Longboatmen (billed on the Marquee programme).

December 10, 1966: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Herd

December 24, 1966: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Herd

December 31, 1966: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Bunch

January 7, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Robert Hirst and The Big Taste

January 14, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Ultimate

January 21, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Bunch

February 4, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Mirage

February 11, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Robert Hirst and The Big Taste

February 18, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Love Affair

February 25, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Robert Hirst and The Big Taste

March 2, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Bunch

March 10, 1967: Top Rank, Cardiff, Wales with The Who, The Herd, The Rubber Band, Ronnie Keene & His Music

March 14, 1967: The Place, Hanley, Staffordshire, UK with The Summer Set 

March 31, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Children

May 8, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Five Proud Walkers

May 22, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Nite People

June 22, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Timebox


THE NEAT CHANGE #2 (1967 - ca. MAY 18, 1968)
1) Stephen Smith
2) John Lumley Saville
3) Brian Sprackling
4) Jimmy Edwards
5) Ian McLean drums


October 14, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Iveys

October 21, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Open Mind

October 28, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Third Eye

November 4, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Open Mind

November 11, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with John Morgan Blues Band

November 18, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Sensory Armada

November 25, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Herbal Mixture

December 2, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK

December 9, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Mabel Greer's Toyshop 

December 16, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Herbal Mixture

December 23, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Open Mind

December 30, 1967: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Mud

January 13, 1968: Impsella Club, Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire, UK with Ray King Soul Band 

January 25, 1968: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Iveys

February 5 1968: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Studio Six

February 19, 1968: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Open Mind

May 13, 1968: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Exception


THE NEAT CHANGE #3 (ca. MAY 19, 1968 - JUL 15, 1968)
1) Stephen Smith
2) John Lumley Saville
3) Jimmy Edwards
4) Ian McLean
5) Peter William Brockbanks lead guitar


June 8, 1968: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Timebox

July 6, 1968: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Gun

July 13, 1968: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Iveys


THE NEAT CHANGE #4 (JUL 16, 1968 - AUG 1?, 1968)
1) Stephen Smith
2) John Lumley Saville
3) Jimmy Edwards
4) Ian McLean


July 20, 1968: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Groop

July 27, 1968: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Open Mind

August 3, 1968: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK

August 10, 1968: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with The Boots

August 17, 1968: Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho, central London, UK with Yes!
The Neat Change were advertised on the Marquee programme but supposedly the band broke up few days earlier and they were replaced by Joe Cocker and The Grease Band tonight.

5 comments:

  1. Great days, great bands and great music. The sixties would not have been as good without the efforts of John Gee and Jack Barry who were passionate about and who ran The Marquee Club.

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  2. Steve Smith the bass player was even more of a soul fanatic than me and somehow unearthed Have More Time as the B side of Time Stopped which definitely passed me by.

    Explosive live versions of Have More Time and First I Look At The Purse and Baby I've Got it
    were some of the standout tracks in their live repertoire.

    In my opinion the best mod covers band (bar The Action obviously) of the 60s especially because Steve sought out the more obscure tracks and steered clear of the predictable Motown and Memphis material others were covering.

    "The Change"as documented here (and in "London Live" by Tony Bacon) had a 1967/68 residency at The Marquee and played forty gigs there which speaks for itself. I was there myself for at least 25 of those gigs and they played once at The Flamingo in Wardour Street and at Salesian College Battersea in 1968. I know they played other gigs outside London but probably the only person who could now confirm is Brian Spackling who I got to know a little bit after they split up. I also got to know Jimmy Edwards for a while also but sadly he passed away quite a few years ago.
    I have never across anyone else who remembers them but even with the mists of time and perhaps through rose coloured glasses they were brilliant

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  3. very few white skinhead styled bands then bar Ambrosia Slade,The Jook,and this lot.

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  4. I remember them. I was the drummer after Bob Chandler left until they split. ian.mclean@planning-leads.info. Happy to chat about "the good old days" there is lots to tell - all good.

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    1. I'd like to talk about the band with you Ian! I will asap!

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