Showing posts with label Ricky Wilde. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ricky Wilde. Show all posts

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Teen wave - Ricky Wilde

Through the years I've managed to acquire all the songs released by Ricky Wilde during the Seventies. All the songs, but not all the various pressings from around the world. And, so it appears now, not all versions.

Thanks to the indispensable Discogs-website I managed to find an American promotional copy of Ricky Wilde's 1974 release 'Teen wave'. It features two versions of the song: in mono and in stereo. A lot of people are almost hysterical about the differences between mono and stereo versions, especially for acts like The Beatles, so for a Wilde afficionado, this can be considered a sort of holy grail. And yes, there are some differences between the two versions, as you can hear below.

My collection: 7" single no. 5844
Found: Discogs.com, received July 12, 2017
Cost: $3
Tracks: 'Teen wave (mono)' / 'Teen wave (stereo)'

Listen to the mono version | Listen to the stereo version

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Do it again, a little bit slower - Ricky Wilde

Today Ricky Wilde celebrates his 50th birthday. A good occasion to present one of the singles from his teen years, when he recorded tracks with his father Marty Wilde, under the guidance of record boss Jonathan King.

'Do it again, a little bit slower' was originally recorded in 1967 by Jon & Robin. Several other versions of the song exist, but Ricky recorded his version in 1973. This sleeve comes from the Swedish version of the single; Sweden being the only country where Ricky's singles actually charted despite releases all over Europe. I spotted this copy two weeks ago just in time for this birthday; and I was happy since this is the last Ricky Wilde single I didn't have!

My collection: 7" single no. 5221
Found: Discogs.com, received November 1, 2011
Cost: 12 euro
Tracks: 'Do it again, a little bit slower' / 'Love around'

Saturday, 12 February 2011

I am an astronaut - Ricky Wilde

Released in 1972, Ricky Wilde (yep, Kim's brother) was just eleven years old when he sang 'I am an astronaut'. The single was not a hit all over Europe, but the single was released in several countries.

Attentive readers of this blog will have seen the previous entry about 'I am an astronaut' from two years ago, but this single is a recent acquisition: a Belgian pressing featuring a beautiful photo sleeve of a young Ricky. And so it merits a repost.

My collection: 7" single no. 5038
Found: Marktplaats.nl, received February 9, 2011
Cost: 5 euro
Tracks: 'I am an astronaut' / 'The Hertfordshire rock'

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

I wanna go to a disco - Ricky Wilde

Father Marty Wilde wrote and produced 'I wanna go to a disco' for his son Ricky Wilde. It was released as a single in 1974. Like the singles before this one, it didn't chart in the UK but it did achieve some success in Scandinavia.

These singles by Ricky Wilde are great collectors items, as he went on to become his sister's producer and songwriter, but never returned to the spotlights himself.

My collection: 7" single no. 3269
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, October 22, 2000
Cost: 5 guilders
Tracks: 'I wanna go to a disco' / 'Mrs. Malinski'

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Teen wave - Ricky Wilde

Ricky Wilde's career never really took off outside of Scandinavia - which is quite extraordinary for a British artist. Ricky only released six singles on the UK records label, before concluding that the life of a pop star wasn't something he wanted. The fact that he was teased in the school yard because of his musical aspirations probably didn't help either.

'Teen wave' was the last single release of Ricky, released in 1974. The song was written and produced by his father Marty Wilde and is the roughest of his singles, leaning heavily into the glam rock genre.

My collection: 7" single no. 2921
Found: Record fair, November 9, 1997
Cost: 5 guilders
Tracks: 'Teen wave' / 'Round and round'

Friday, 9 October 2009

Mrs. Malinski - Ricky Wilde

Ricky Wilde's short-lived music career consisted of six singles released on the UK label. 'Mrs. Malinski' was the fourth of this series, released in 1974. The song was written and produced by his father Marty Wilde. The B-side is called 'Cassette blues' and sounds rather like it was recorded on a cassette as well.

This single was the least successful of all Ricky Wilde singles, having not reached the charts in any country.

My collection: 7" single no. 3354
Found: eBay.co.uk, 2002
Cost: 5 pounds
Tracks: 'Mrs. Malinski' / 'Cassette blues'

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

April love - Ricky Wilde

After Ricky Wilde debuted in 1972 with 'I am an astronaut', his second single 'April love' was released in early 1973. The song was originally written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster and recorded in 1957 by Pat Boone. Young Ricky didn't reach the UK singles chart with this effort, and I have no further chart statistics for this single. (He reportedly did well in Scandinavia with some singles, but it's never been described which singles exactly).

I found this copy of the single, with a picture sleeve and made in the UK, on eBay, sold by a Danish person. The disc is in pretty fine condition, considering its age of 36 years. And yes, all of Ricky's singles have become a bit of a collector's item: they are rarely offered for sale and especially copies with a picture sleeve are very hard to find.

My collection: 7" single no. 4098
Found: eBay.com, received September 29, 2009
Cost: 9 euro
Tracks: 'April love' / 'Round and round'

Monday, 13 April 2009

I am an astronaut - Ricky Wilde

Before Kim Wilde hit it big in 1981 with 'Kids in America', starting a very successful career that still goes on to this day, father Marty Wilde tried to launch his son Ricky in the early Seventies as a child-star. The first single - as far as I know - was 1972's 'I am an astronaut', recorded when Ricky was just eleven years old. It is an extraordinary piece of work, because for all the childhood innocence in the vocals, the musical backing is quite impressive, almost psychedelic. Rumour has it that 12-year-old Kim is performing backing vocals on this track.

The single was not a big hit, although I understand Ricky had some hits in Scandinavia with this and/or other singles. This song was covered recently by Snow Patrol for a charity compilation album - and several Scandinavian covers by equally young singers do exist!

My collection: 7" single no. 3222
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, October 12, 2000
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'I am an astronaut' / 'The Hertfordshire rock'

Monday, 1 December 2008

Sensitive - Mick Karn

Having collected Kim Wilde records for more than a decade, it's not so strange that I started 'branching out'. The singles released by her brother Ricky were hard to come by, since they were all released in the seventies in rather small quantities. So the first Ricky Wilde record I found was 'Sensitive' by Mick Karn, which was produced and mixed by Ricky Wilde together with Mick Karn.

Karn made his name as part of the English group Japan, but he also made some solo records. 'Sensitive' was his first solo single, which didn't make the charts anywhere.
My collection: 7" single no. 2961
Found: Record fair, Netherlands, February 9, 1998
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Sensitive' / 'The sound of waves'
Download: here
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