Last up-date Sept 2010
(Archived news 1999-2006)
"It was 40 years ago today"
"Those were the days"
Sept 29 2010
The best interview I have ever read with Mary,
New Mary Hopkin & Morgan Visconti CD released end of October
"You Look Familiar"
- People Say
- Heaven Knows
- The Earth Turns
- Time Of Your Life
- Eve's Revenge
- Dog Eat Dog
- Walk Like Me
Jessie's new CD now available
"I Am Not" by Jessica Lee Morgan (ft. Mary Hopkin)
August 5th 2010
The dazzling range of music originally issued by Apple Records between 1968 and 1973, which is now the subject of an unprecedented multi-album worldwide campaign starting October 26th -- including remastered CDs (with bonus material revealed for the first time below) and Apple's first digital downloads -- will now be augmented by two additional titles: 'Come and Get It: The Best Of Apple Records,' the first commercially issued multi-artist compilation in the label's history; and 'The Radha Krishna Temple,' the self-titled album of devotional music produced by George Harrison.
As Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music prepare for the upcoming 17 album CD and digital download release, it is a reminder that the introduction of an artist on The Beatles' record label was avidly followed by fans across the universe -- then and now. Each of the albums has been digitally remastered at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London by the same dedicated team of engineers behind The Beatles' recent remastered catalogue releases of 2009
COME AND GET IT: THE BEST OF APPLE RECORDS
Includes Those Were The Days / Goodgye
POST CARD (1969) by Mary Hopkin
Mary Hopkin's debut is a treasury of popular song. Produced by Paul McCartney and featuring numbers from Donovan, Harry Nilsson and, in rare songwriting mode, George Martin; plus classics from the Gershwins and Irving Berlin. Mary's pure, folk-inspired vocals make for a beguiling, dreamy album. Although not included on the original UK LP, Mary's global smash hit 'Those Were The Days' is now the staple track on Post Card.
This Remastered CD includes four Bonus Tracks, three of which were produced by Paul McCartney, and one by Geoff Emerick. One of these is previously unreleased -- a cancelled Mary Hopkin single from 1969
- 'Turn Turn Turn' / 1968 B-side to 'Those Were The Days'
- 'Goodbye' / Mary's second hit single, written by Paul McCartney
- 'Sparrow' / 1969 B-side to 'Goodbye', written by Gallagher & Lyle then signed to Apple Publishing
- 'Fields Of St. Etienne' / previously unreleased version of this Gallagher & Lyle song, the cancelled single, Apple 16.
Four further tracks will be available exclusively as Digital Downloads, each produced by Paul McCartney: foreign language vocal versions of 'Those Were The Days'. Two of these have never before been available in digital format (CD or download):
- 'Le Temps Des Fleurs' / 'Those Were The Days' in French (first time on digital)
- 'An Jenem Tag' / 'Those Were The Days' in German (first time on digital)
- 'Quelli Erano Giorni' / 'Those Were The Days' in Italian
- 'Que Tiempo Feliz' / 'Those Were The Days' in Spanish
EARTH SONG / OCEAN SONG (1971) by Mary Hopkin
Issued in 1971, this is Mary Hopkin's coming-of-age collection, packed with socially-conscious, lyrically-aware anthems from the cream of the era's folk protagonists: Ralph McTell, Gallagher & Lyle, Tom Paxton, Cat Stevens, Harvey Andrews and the relatively unknown Liz Thorsen who wrote the collection's title songs, 'Earth Song' and 'Ocean Song'. Mary defines her art on this album, co-ordinated by legendary producer and Mary's husband-to-be at the time, Tony Visconti.
This Remastered CD includes three Bonus Tracks, all produced by Tony Visconti:
- 'Kew Gardens' / 1971 B-side to 'Let My Name Be Sorrow'
- 'When I Am Old One Day' / from the Earth Song / Ocean Song sessions
- 'Let My Name Be Sorrow' / Mary's penultimate single for Apple Records, issued in 1971
Three further tracks will be available exclusively as Digital Downloads, each produced by Tony Visconti and two of which are being made available digitally (on CD or as downloads) for the first time:
- 'Quand Je Te Regarde Vivre' / 'Let My Name Be Sorrow' sung in French (first time on digital)
- 'Watashi O Kanashimi To Yonde' / 'Let My Name Be Sorrow' sung in Japanese (first time on digital)
- 'Jefferson' / original 1971 B-side to 'Water, Paper And Clay', Mary's last single for Apple Records
March 13th 2010
DEBBIE CLARKE "SINGER" AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FROM 15TH MARCH from Amazon and itunes and many other download sites.
Debbie is covering two of Mary's songs which are unheard unless you were at Mary's concert in Largs Scotland in 1999
1. Painting by numbers.
2. Fairweather Friends'
Debbie Clarke-Singer was born just outside Monmouth, South Wales. She began singing from the early age of nine and comes from a musical background.She was a finalist in the MOCSA Young Welsh Singer Of The Year Competition in 2006 and won a variety of other awards.
She studied music formally at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2008, Debbie recorded a series of acoustic tracks that were played on BBC Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday Show with Aled Jones including a playing on Christmas day.It was from hearing these tracks that legendary record producer Tony Visconti agreed to work with her. After Tony Visconti listened to Debbies initial acoustic tracks for half a year, he finally found a way to work with her.
Visconti asked his daughter Jessica Morgan to record Debbie's vocals in her studio in Cardiff. Two of the tracks recorded were written by Welsh singing star Mary Hopkin, aswell as the song Bird On A Wire written by Leonard Cohen. The sessions were chaired and produced by Tony in his studio in New York City, where he built the backing tracks around Debbie's voice.
"Bird On A Wire" features some excellant guitar work by Morgan Visconti which was recorded in his studio in Manhattan and this inadvertantly turned out to be a Hopkin/Visconti team effort.Debbie has just been featured on BBC Radio ilter:none!important;}
Jan 15th 2010
Those were the Days for Heather and Mary
Although their careers may have taken them in different directions, old friends Heather Jones and Mary Hopkin are now working together. Karen Price discovers how, even when they lost touch, they still shared the same influences
IN a small studio in Cardiff, two women are reunited decades after attending singing lessons together. While one of them went on to enjoy a music career in Wales, the other became an overnight sensation after winning a nationwide TV competition and was soon attracting attention from pop legends like Paul McCartney, Donovan and George Martin.
Although they went down different musical routes, the paths of Heather Jones and Opportunity Knocks winner Mary Hopkin have now crossed once more and they are working together on a special project.
Mary, who shuns the limelight these days, has been recording new songs at daughter Jessicas music studio, Space, which is based in the Welsh capital.
One of the tracks has been translated into Welsh, and Heather will perform it on TV this weekend. She hopes its the start of a new partnership between them.
The collaboration began after Jessica called Heather out of the blue about a year ago.
She said she ran a studio with her husband and asked if I would like to go along and perform a little concert for them to record to their website, says Heather, who still lives in her native Cardiff.
At the end of the conversation she said I might know her mother. When I went to the studio she said she had a surprise for me.
She opened a door and Mary was sitting at a computer. She got up and embraced me and we sat and talked for an hour about the old days.
The pair had first met during the late 60s when they both took singing lessons at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
She was a very shy girl and very sweet, Heather recalls.
I have kept diaries since 1956 and I wrote the day we met: Met a sweet girl called Mary.
We were probably about 17 or 18. She was very pretty. She was a bit taller than me. We were both slight and were wearing the same smock dresses.
Mary and I were both interested in the same music Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.
We had similar upbringings and we both learned to play the guitar.
And it wasnt long after we met that she was put onto Opportunity Knocks.
Mary, who is from Pontardawe, near Swansea, went on to win the TV talent show in 1968 and she became one of the first artists to record on the Beatles Apple record label.
Her debut single, Those Were The Days, produced by Paul McCartney, was released in the UK in August of that year.
It topped the chart and went on to reach No 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100.
Six months later, she released her debut album, Postcard, also produced by McCartney.
It included covers of three songs from Donovan, who also played on the album, and a song each from George Martin and Harry Nilsson.
She represented the UK in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest with Knock Knock, Whos There? a song she has since admitted to disliking and though shes not enjoyed chart success since the 70s, Mary has continued to record.
She recently revealed that shes happier today as shes releasing the music that reflects her.
And she says that she prefers performing private gigs over the internet from her daughters studio because she doesnt have to look at an audience.
Mary and Heather who herself had success in the 70s with her own BBC Wales series and appearances on Welsh language programmes like Ryan a Ronnie didnt keep in touch after their singing lessons.
Heather often saw her former friend on TV, but she didnt wish they could swap places.
Since the 1960s, Marys gone one way and Ive gone the other, says Heather.
At the time, I was perhaps a little envious of her success, but shes had to battle to protect her privacy over the years, while Ive had 40 years singing Welsh songs and living my own life.
I didnt think about going to England myself, as everything was happening in Wales for me. I had a great career with none of the restrictions of having an agent or manager. I dont think Id have coped with that.
I didnt like being told what to do and I dont think Mary did either really. From what she says now, she was misdirected in some ways.
I was able to write my own songs and play the guitar, whereas they tried to make her into a pop star rather than a folk artist.
She told me that I was probably having a better time than she had, and I didnt have the constraints of being famous.
After reuniting, Mary asked Heather if she would record one of her new English language songs in Welsh.
Ironically, Mary was born into a Welsh-speaking family while Heather is a Welsh-learner.
Welsh poet and singer-songwriter Geraint Jarman translated one of the tracks, Fan hyn mae serch yn byw.
It was recorded at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff last summer.
And the song will be performed on S4Cs Noson Lawen tomorrow by Heathers band Grug, which features her daughter Lisa Jarman, Siān Jones and Sioned Mair.
Heather would now love to see more of Marys new songs translated in Welsh so that she can perform them too.
We hope that Geraint Jarman can translate more of Marys songs and we can release then them with Marys permission, she says.
Her songs are very lyrical and they suit my voice.
Ive heard many times that people think our voices are similar.
She would also love to include the tracks on Grugs new album.
Heather says she was impressed with Marys new tracks as soon as she heard them.
I thought that they were lovely and I felt that her voice hadnt changed at all over the years.
Our singing teacher would be so proud of her.
Heather Jones will be performing Mary Hopkins song on Noson Lawen on S4C tomorrow at 8.25pm
September 8th 2009
Thanks to 'Mike Evans' for this information 'Back to Bach' is at long last to be re-released.
Due out on 26/10/09 via 'Voiceprint Music'
Back To Bach was originally released in `1992 although has been unavailable for some time now making this release all the more desirable. The album features re workings of Bach's fuges by Julian Colbeck and Jonathan Cohen with contributions from Mary Hopkin, Steve Hackett (Genesis) and John Keeble (Spandau Ballet).
July 7th 2009
This Welsh language programme
Cofio - Cofio gyda Heather Jones
includes a lovely film of Mary on there from the 1960's Heather mentions she has had some of Mary's songs translated into Welsh and will be releasing them on CD If you right click on the screen icon next to the clock and click on cycle captions you will have sub titles in English Enjoy it is a great little programme
Bye for now Pat
May 23rd 2009
Some lovely new pictures and new tracks uploaded on Mary's MYSPACE PAGE and also on her FACEBOOK page
May 20th 2009
'Now and Then' Mary's new CD release date May 25th 2009; order via Mary Hopkin Music
Now And Then comprises 14 gems recorded between 1970 and 1988 and follows the release of Valentine in May 2007 and Recollections in January this year, both also collections from the archives. Valentine saw 12 previously unreleased tracks, including three of Marys own compositions while Recollections featured two of Marys own, Another Day and Whos the One? with a cluster of other fabulous songs. Both albums were produced by her then husband Tony Visconti.
Now And Then, features a Mary original as well as songs from other legendary names including Bert Jansch, Tom Paxton, Jim Croce, John Kongos and Patti Hill. Some of the tracks have been brought bang up to date with the use of modern technology - notwithstanding being classics such as Happy Birthday.
Mary has been doing lots of radio interviews go here to listen to some of them
Mary Hopkin Music
April 5th 2009
News From Mary's MYSPACE site
Thought I'd check in as it's been a while. I hope you're all doing well. Mary has done her bit making the last of the archives as good as they can be for release on the next album. It's just up to me now to get all the bits and bobs done so you can buy it! It'll be called 'Now and Then' and we think every track's a winner!
That's it for the "archives", those dusty boxes in the attic. There may be some more that we can find on them, but never fear, there's not only other tapes, DATs and CDs around but new songs coming all the time from Mary's head.
She is unstoppable!
I'm also arranging some digital distribution which means that Mary's music will be available on iTunes and other download stores.
To those of you who heard about a boxed set - apologies, we have decided to keep it for next year. By then, we'll have found loads of goodies that we can include that will make it extra special rather than just special! Again, Mary's imagination has been whetted and she's got all sorts of great ideas that we know you'll love.
Thank you so much for all your support and love. It really does make all the hard work worthwhile!
Best wishes to you all from us all!
March 26th 2006
Some great news
The BBC is releasing Series 5 of The Morecambe and Wise Show at the beginning of May. Episode 5 features Mary singing Jefferson. (First time available on DVD.)
My thanks to Dave Hawthorne for this info..
March 5th 2009
Message taken from Mary's facebook page
Hi Mary fans!
Thanks so much for joining us here on Facebook We're still also to be found on MYSPACE and MARY HOPKIN MUSIC
Mary is locked away working on the last of the archives, and we'll be getting that out into the fresh air in May. We're going to put them all together in a boxed set with an extra treat for you too!
Thanks for listening to my efforts on the radio too. There'll be more to come there too.
February 3rd 2009
Another interview with links to some videos
January 31st 2009
CALLING ALL ANGELS
Brian and Cathryn's long awaited new album is available for download in its entirety at a mere 79p per track, or £6.99 in total for all eleven tracks, from Amazon
This includes the beautiful Mary and Cathryn duet "rejected lover" The CD is not yet available, but if you can't wait click here on Amazon
The album was originally going to be called "Surrender", but it is now called "Calling All Angels". A beautiful and extremely artistic cover too, as you'll see if you go to Amazon.
January 29th 2009
First of all a new Facebook page has been set up come and join and get lots of updates from Mary Hopkin Music
Also Jessica has been busy of late and has been giving a few radio interviews promoting "Recollections"one interview you can listen to (it has a playback feature) is here on City Radio click on Thursday's Dean Sullivan show and fast forward to 02.23 for Jessie's interview.
Also have you all had a chance to hear Mary's duet with Cathryn Craig on youtube?
It was recorded at Space Studios (the home of MHM) and it is wonderful here is the link "Rejected Lover Live"
January 14th 2009
Happy New Year to you all!
Hope you all had lovely Christmases.
We've been busy here trying to make waves for Mary all over the world, and news is dripping in that she is being heard here and there. We'd like to enlist your help to tell us where she is spotted:
1. On the radio - please tell us what song was played, on what station and when
2. On the web - a link if you can
3. In the press - what magazine or paper, and when.
4. Anywhere else!
You can post them on this Myspace page, message us or email email@example.com
We'll be sure to let you know when there are more releases!
Thanks so much, as ever, for your support!
Take care all!
Jaunuary 8th 2009
Exciting message from Brian Willoughby below, if you have not yet heard the wonderful "Alice's Song" have a listen... it is beautiful.
Hi everyone, "Alice's Song" will be a "Sunday Spotlight" this Sunday (11th.) on Aled Jones' show on Radio 2.
His producer said that information about us, would be posted on the Good Morning Sunday website...
The song is available for download from the 10th., on...
- iTunes U.S.
- iTunes Australia/N.Z.
- iTunes Canada
- iTunes UK/European Union
- iTunes Japan
- Amazon MP3
- Amie Street
January 2nd 2009
Some new links for Mary information
Mary now has a FACEBOOK page some great pictures on there lots of new friends as well
See also Judy Totton publicity agent there is a great new biography on there click on current promotions.
A few other important sites
Mary Hopkin Music
Mary Hopkin Myspace
December 18th 2008
Great newspaper article in the "Western Mail" ( Welsh Newspaper ) today
Singer Mary Hopkin issues new album
Dec 18 2008 by Robin Turner Western Mail
December 15th 2008
Thanks to a good friend of the site Dave Hughes for pointing this out... I had failed to point out to friends that there is a CD for sale on quite a few sites called "Portrait of Mary Hopkin" (easy to spot she is pictured playing the guitar left handed) it is in fact the Sundance CD badly reproduced in flimsy packaging.
This great CD is easily available via ANGEL AIR with some great pictures of Mary and the two Mike's and it includes a very comprehensive history of the band in the CD booklet ..
November 29th 2008
"Recollections" and "Christmas Songs" arrived this morning I have played it about half a dozen times and it gets better with each play ... Email me and let me know whats your favourite song I honestly cannot pick one yet...
November 28th 2008
maryhopkin.net seems to be working ok now
November 23rd 2008
Having real problems with my Dot Net account - so advising everyone to use this http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pat.richmonds/newmhfs.htm
until its sorted...
Everyone looking forward to the CD, should be just a few days now!
November 7th 2008
RECOLLECTIONS + A wonderful Christmas surprise now availalbe via MHM
Wait until you seet the track list, just wait.... WOW
November 4th 2008
New book available by C M Hopkin "Sensualist" (Carole Hopkin) who is of course Mary's sister. For more information and how to order your autographed copy go here to C.M. Hopkin
October 31 2008
News from Mary Hopkin Music
Recollections to come...
Scary News! The new album, 'Recollections', is now at the pressing plant and features 11 previously unheard tracks sung by Mary.
Mary Hopkin continues to explore her archives, dust off some long-forgotten recordings and sends them out to air and to see the light of day in a new album of old songs. Following the release of 'Valentine' in May 2007, featuring a collection from the archives, 'Recollections', due out in mid-November, is a further 11 gems recorded between 1970 and 1986. 'Valentine' saw 12 previously unreleased tracks from the same stash, including three of Mary's own compositions. 'Recollections' features two of Mary's own, 'Another Day' and 'Who's the One?' with a cluster of other fabulous songs.
"There were about 30 hefty 2-inch tapes weighing heavily on my mind, and also on my bedroom ceiling," recalls Mary. "They had been gathering dust in my loft for many years, and one morning, I woke up to an ominous creaking sound, as a huge crack appeared in the ceiling. So, with some prodding from my daughter, Jessica, we decided to release them from their dusty boxes before the ceiling fell in."
Mary Hopkin shot to fame in 1968 with 'Those Were the Days', recorded on the Beatles' Apple label. 'Live at the Royal Festival Hall 1972', the first release on MHM, is a recording of her "farewell" concert, which marked her retirement from the public eye to concentrate on her family. She has since recorded various projects and guest appearances on albums. She has appeared on work produced by her then husband Tony Visconti - most notably on 'Sound and Vision' by David Bowie. The songs that feature on Valentine and Recollections were produced by Tony during this period.
Some other legendary names appear on the album Blue Weaver (Amen Corner) on piano, Dave Mattacks (Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention) and Gerry Conway (Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull) on Drums, and Bruce Lynch (Cat Stevens, Richard Thompson) on bass.
The original recordings have now been digitally remixed and remastered at Space Studios in Cardiff, where Mary bases her recording work and record label, Mary Hopkin Music. MHM distributes only on the internet at www.maryhopkin.com
October 25th 2008
Great news from Mary's Myspace Page please visit and leave Jessie a message!
"Something's gotta go - more of those boxes in the attic. Please stand by, Mary fans, for more music very very soon!
Stuck for a Christmas gift? I think I have something here that might interest you...
Thank you for all your loyalty and patience"
Great news so fingers crossed its going to be a "Very Mary Christmas" yet again...
August 16th 2008
Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby have a new album coming soon possibly September, the CD is titled "Surrender"
Included is the track "The Rejected Lover" a stunning duet featuring Mary Hopkin and Cathryn
August 16th 2008
I do not know how many of us use YouTube but I absolutely love it.
I have started putting some of Mary's songs on there so if your interested in taking a look here is my home page address and you can click from there .... http://www.youtube.com/user/richpat
I hope you like them I have tried to put as many new photos as I can on there and uploaded some songs that many of you have possibly not heard ... I have had lots of requests for "Oasis" and "Sundance" videos but because of copyright etc I am not sure I can use them.
Kate's tribute to Mary Hopkin Kate Corrigan, the former Ermington schoolgirl, is performing a tribute to 60s singer Mary Hopkin at the Troubadour, London, on Thursday 18 September The mezzo soprano is a former member of the Madrigirls who performed at many festivals in the UK and internationally. She has since gone solo and is performing her tribute to one of Britain's most appealing and reclusive artists of the early 1960's. The tribute to Mary is a celebration of the career of this young Welsh folk singer. Twiggy, the 1960s fashion icon, having seen her performance on Opportunity Knocks recommended her to Paul McCartney and Mary became one of the first artists to record on the Beatle's Apple label. Mary went on to represent Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest and has worked with the likes of McCartney, Donovan, Bob Johnson and Pete Knight of Steeleye Span, and Vangelis. With Kate Corrigan, audiences can expect a nostalgic trip down memory lane, with the rich vocal talents of one of the UK's rapidly emerging artists. The Troubadour is the last 50s coffee house in Earls Court. The venue has a proud history as a low temperature centre of courtesy, peace and artistic energy. Tickets for the show, which starts at 8pm and ends at 10pm, are priced at just £10 and are available from www.wegottickets.co.uk. For more information about Kate, visit www.kate-corrigan.com.
News from Mary Hopkin Music Official Mary Hopkin Music Website
Good Morning Mary fans! Thank you for all your kind birthday wishes for Mary. I'm reliably informed that she spent it with a cup of tea in the garden. Sorry there's no birthday release this year, and yes, you're all incredibly patient! But Mary has been working hard and there are some treats in the pipeline. If they don't appear by autumn I will lock her in Space Studios until it's done. So lots of love to you all around the world, and we will let you know when there's news to report! Remember all is available from www.maryhopkin.com, and we're now taking credit cards at the studio so when the banking monkeys have sorted out the technicalities we'll be changing from PayPal to credit cards on the site. All the best Mary's monkey at MHM
April 4th 2007
MHM launches the New Official Mary Hopkin Music Website
Welcome to Mary Hopkin's Official Website. This site is run by Mary Hopkin Music, which was set up to release Mary's own music on her own terms. Mary's wish to remain out of the public eye is well documented, but that doesn't mean her music should be hidden
And "just for us" on Mary's birthday the 3rd may WE get a present, 3 new songs ...
'Valentine', a new release from the archives which includes three of Mary's own songs. Released on 3rd May and available from this site.
March 28th 2007
I have been waiting for this for a long time... Got both shows on audio tape, but only a bad version of 1 on video, now at last we get to see Mary on the Tom Jones shows... Mysapce have a great page set up in anticipation of the release below is a snippet from Tom Jones dot com (amazon have a good deal and you can pre-order)
Great News!! Finally!!
For years fans have been hankering for a release of Tom's original TV show, This Is Tom Jones. As many of you know, this great show was filmed in both Los Angeles and London from 1969-1971 and was considered the pinnacle of the variety show genre. It's with great pleasure we can announce the release of the first of a series of DVDs, exclusively from Time Life, that contain the great design, sets, music and performances from Tom and his many guests on This Is Tom Jones.
The first set of 3 discs, subtitled 'Rock 'N Roll Legends', features Tom singing some of his biggest hits, along with classic performances by The Who, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Moody Blues and many more. In addition, you'll get over an hour of extras, including a fresh new interview with Tom as he spins some stories about his experiences on the show.
These shows are full of great music and tv moments. You'll see the fabulous style of the times in its original form, and witness music, dance and production numbers that were the cutting edge of the era. The film is of very high viewing quality its a real time-capsule of the range of entertainment at the time. At last Tom in all his glory, fantastic guests what enormous fun to watch!
Time Life will launch the DVDs by direct-response TV in the US on May 21, and the 3-DVD set will be out at retail on June 5th. Watch this space for more info soon!
A new release this week of the film Kidnapped on DVD has some nice little extras for us Mary Hopkin fans. The first is in the original film trailor. There are various clips put together and the normal voice overs. There is the loving kiss between hero and heroine and Mary starts to sing 'For All My Days' suddenly her name and song title is emblazzened across the screen in gold writing.
The second gem is in the end credits. Mary sings the whole song. Instead of the normal fade out, her voice can be heard in un-interrupted strength. The picture turns to a black screen and the song continues to the end with new finger picking on the guitar to the final strum. This has never been heard on the original album or the CD release from a few years back.
The film itself is in wide screen and is a crisp image with deep colours. For the Michael Caine fans, there are three extra interviews from various Russel Harty shows. There is also a short featurette from 1971 but the focus is mainly on the young actor as a fresh new hero to the screens. It is out on the NETWORK label number 7952588 and can be found in most stores or can be ordered on www.networkdvd.co.uk
It first started out in 2001 in New York as a review, then came to London for another review where it had dialogue added to it.
This year Philip George and David Lowenstein re vamped it. The plot is very much a 'Mama Mia' experience where songs tell the story for 90 mins.
It tells the story of five young women as they come of age during the liberating days of the 1960's that made London, England swing.
All of the hits are from the UK pop charts of the time and are mostly from the female pop stars, Mary Hopkin, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, Petula etc.
NOW THE BEST BIT there is a website for this show.
After the very eyecatching musical intro;
Click on the timeline and go to 1968. There is a picture of Jane Fonda. Click on it and it peels away like a magazine ... keep clicking and Mary will appear!!!!
Then click on multimeadia, first click on videos. then click 'Shout Promo' you will see the cast perform a few bars of "those were the days".