IRVING MARTIN PRODUCTIONS

Irving Martin? Perhaps not a name to set most 60s music fans blood racing, but it should! He is responsible for some of the best UK pop productions in a variety of styles; Pop-beat, Harmony Vocal and dramatic Spectorian Productions, to name just a few.
One reason for his name not being better known is....a lack of hits! The one Top Twenty charter, (Number 12, August 1973, 13 weeks in the top Forty) Guy Darrell's, "I've Been Hurt" was a hit on Santa Ponsa (PNS 4), but it had originally been released in 1966. Who knows what might have hapened if this had hit the charts then?

Listen To Me!My first encounter with the credit "Production: Irving Martin", came on a CBS demo, white label with the big orange "A". (I was later to find most of my 'Irvings' looked like this!) The record, still a firm favourite, was Dave Walton's "Every Window In The City".
Irving Martin's name meant nothing to me, but the songwriter credits "Kenny Young & Arthur Resnick" did, as well as remembering that Jack Nitzsche had produced this title with Jerry Cole. It seemed worth paying the 50p at Notting Hill Gate's "Record & Tape Exchange". Few investments have paid, such a rich reward!
The production is glorious, sounding as if it was recorded in an empty Royal Albert Hall. The music is HUGE, bass guitar, piano and tamborine accompany Dave's voice on the intro, then a short cavernous roll on the drums and the tempo increases, never losing control as the music continues to build. All the while, Dave's voice stays with the terrific lyrics, clearly heard. How the record manages to reach such a dramatic climax, I don't know, but it does! Surely one of the best and biggest Spector styled ballads this side of The Righteous Brothers. How about Nitzsche's original? Great, but Irving gets the gold star!

This was the start of actively looking for the Irving Martin production credit and, in most cases, I was not to be disappointed.

Thanks to Irving Martin for opening his archives and Phil Chapman, Toshinari Mitsutomo, Al Williamson, John Kioussis, Geoff Ashford, Pontus von Tell, 45 cat (a marvelous reference site for UK 45's) and Sixties Beat for additions to the discography, mp3s and label scans.

Martin Roberts(Updated 16/07/2016)


New

Selwyn & John - Bogey Man - CBS mp3 Ashford - And Buddy Played Peggy Sue - WBros mp3 Harlem Jonns Reshuffle - Everything Under The Sun - Fontana mp3 Lord Sutch - Black And Hairy - CBS mp3
Sweet Floral Albion said of this record "A super super Brit rarity! Amazing that a beauty of this quality remains almost totally unheard and unknown." Geoff Ashford, the writer as well as performer on this goodie contacted me with the label scan and mp3. Thanks Geoff, checkout his MySpace web site. A cover of the Bob Crewe & Gary Knight song, first recorded in 66' by The Ronettes but not released untill '76. From '69 an enjoyable brassy version. Lord Sutch didn't only make great records with Joe Meek. This Sutch written, Irving Martin production is one of his best. Play it with the lights out!

If I wondered if my admiration for Irving Martin's work was just a quirk in my make-up, I needn't have worried. I'm very pleased to be able to offer some first rate reviews written from the US side of the Atlantic by Jeffrey Glenn.

Irving Martin - Top Pop Picks by Jeffrey Glenn


The Sixties 45s

King Brothers
Everytime I See You
Remember When
CBS 202030
66
M
Tony Jackson
You're My Number One
Let Me Know
CBS 202039
66
M
Cheryl St. Clair
My Heart's Not In It
We Want Love
CBS 202041
66
I
The Compromise
You Will Think Of Me
Love Minus Zero
CBS 202050
66
M
Dave Walton
Love Ain't What It Used To Be
Tell Me A Lie
CBS 202057
66
?
Tony Jackson
Don't Ever Leave You Baby's Side
I'm The One She Really Thinks A Lot Of
CBS 202069
66
I
The County Set
Cold Winds
Taste love (And See)
CBS 202070
66
M
Frank D'Rone
My Girl At The Dance
My Own True Love (Tara's Theme)
CBS 202071
66
I
Eddie's Crowd
Baby Don't Look Down
Take It Easy Baby
CBS 202078
66
?
Patti McMains
There Is Beauty In The World
Go To Her
CBS 202079
66
M
Lord Sutch
The Cheat
Black And Hairy
CBS 202080
66
I
Guy Darrell
I've Been Hurt
Blessed
CBS 202082
66
M
Johnny Devlin
Hung On You
Prove It
CBS 202085
66
M
Mike Redway
One Day
Let Me Be The Someone
CBS 202092
66
?
Dave Walton
Every Window In The City
I've Left The Troubled Ground
CBS 202098
66
M
David Wigg
Life Is Complicated
Turning Round
CBS 202233
66
?
Gary Bell
Is This What I Get
To Keep You
CBS 202234
66
M
Marc Reid
For No One
Lonely City Blues
CBS 202244
66
?
We Talkies
I Wanna Walk In Your Sun
I Ordered You
CBS 202245
66
M
Guy Darrell
My Way Of Thinking
Big Louie
CBS 202296
66
M
Tony Jackson
Follow Me
Walk Walk Walk
CBS 202297
66
I
Johnny Devlin
My Strength; Heart Of Soul
I Can't Get You Of My Mind
CBS 202339
66
M
The Imagination
Guantanamera
You've Got Your Troubles
CBS 202354
66
?
Paul Craig
Midnight Girl
Autumn
CBS 202406
66
M
Tony Jackson
If There's Anything Else You Want
Come On And Stop
CBS 202408
66
I
Johnny Devlin
Tender Lovin' Care
Five O'clock World
CBS 202452
66
M
We Talkies
I've Got To Hold On
What Are You Waiting For
CBS 202457
66
I
Sheila White
Misfit (From the Film "The Ghost Goes Gear")
Switch Off The Night (From the Film "The Ghost Goes Gear")
CBS 202465
66
M
Steps Beyond
Not So Young Today
Meanwhile Back In My Heart
CBS 202490
67
M
Candlelight
That's What I Want
The Happy Days Of Summer
CBS 202507
66
I
Dave Walton
After You There Can Be Nothing
Can I Get It From You
CBS 202508
67
M
Guy Darrell
Hard Lovin
I've Never Had A love Like That
CBS 202510
66
M
Bobby Bennett
Just Say Goodbye
She Believes In Me
CBS 202511
66
M
Gnomes Of Zurich
Hang On Baby
Blues For My Baby
CBS 202556
67
I
Marc Reid
The Magic Book
My World Turns Around You
CBS 202581
67
M
Dennis D'ell
It Breaks My Heart In Two
Better Use Your Head
CBS 202605
67
I
Guy Darrell
Crystal Ball
Didn't I
CBS 202642
67
M
Romeo Z
Come Back Baby Come Back
Since My Baby Said Goodbye
CBS 202645
67
?
Gary Bell
Leave It To Me
Anyway That You Want Me
CBS 202646
67
M
The Californians
Golden Apples
Little Ship With A Red Sail
CBS 2663
67
M
Gnomes Of Zurich
High Hopes
Pretender
CBS 2694
67
I
Selwyn & John
Bogey Man
When God Gave Us Names
CBS 2708
67
-
Dave Walton
Lady
He'll Never Know
CBS 2709
67
M
Johnny Devlin
Hurtin'
You Gotta Tell Me
CBS 2751
67
M
The Cailfornians
Follow Me
What Love Can Do
Decca 12678
67
M
The Lemon Line
For Your Precious Love
You Made Me See The Light
Decca 12688
67
M
Martin's Magic Sounds
Mon Amour, Mon Amour
Midem Melody
Deram 141
67
M
Finders Keepers
Friday Kind Of Monday
On The Beach
Fontana 892
67
M
Sight And Sound
Ebenezer
Our Love (Is In The Pocket)
Fontana 927
67
M
The Californians
Sunday Will Never Be The Same
Can't Get You Out Of My Mind
Decca 12712
67
I
Finders Keepers
Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)
Without Her
Fontana 938
68
M
Harlem Jonns Reshuffle
You Are The One I Love
Good Lovin'
Fontana 970
68
?
The Cailfornians
Congratulations
What Is Happening Baby
Decca 12758
68
M
The Chamber Pop Ensemble
Walk Away Renee
59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy)
Decca 12789
68
?
The Cailfornians
Out In The Sun (Hey-O)
The Sound
Decca 12802
68
M
The London Balalaika Ensemble
Kalinka
Remember, Remember
Deram 203
68
?
Anvil Flutes & Capricorn Voices
April Showers
Jolie Gendarme
Deram 208
68
-
Monty Sunshine
Two Lovers
Hushabye Mountain
United Artists 2245
68
-
Bobby Bennett
All My Life Is You
To Give (The Reason I Live)
Columbia 8435
68
M
Sight And Sound
Alley, Alley
Little Jack Monday
Fontana 982
68
?
The Cailfornians
The Cooks Of Cake & Kindness
Mandy
Fontana 991
69
I
Harlem Jonns Reshuffle
Everything Under the Sun
Let Love Come Between Us
Fontana 1004
69
M
The Cailfornians
Sad Old Songs
Weep No More
Fontana 1052
69
I
The Cailfornians
You've Got Your Troubles
Early Morning Sun
Chapter One 112
69
I
Ian Green Revelation
Santa Maria
When You Love A Man
CBS 3997
69
I
Royalty
That Kind Of Girl
Will You Be Staying After Sunday
CBS 4181
69
I
Royalty
Let's Ride
I Need Your Love
CBS 4498
69
M
The CBS tracks below remain unreleased (unless noted)
Falling Leaves
Ten Feet Tall
CBS ?
66
I
The Sloopys
Take My Heart
CBS ?
67
?
Royalty
Your Heart's Not In Your Love
CBS ?
69
I
Tony Jackson
Is There Anything Else You Want (alt)
The Tony Jackson Group - Watch Your Step!
Castle CD 892
04

The Sixties LPs

Martin's Magic Sounds
Martin's Magic Sounds
Deram SML 1014
67
The Chamber Pop Ensemble
The Chamber Pop Ensemble
Decca 4933
68
Anvil Flutes & Capricorn Voices
Something New Is Coming
Deram SML 1026
68
The Liberty Studio Orchestra
Tricks With Hits
Liberty 83102E
68
Harlem Jonns Reshuffle
Harlem Jonns Reshuffle
Fontana TL 5509
69
The Albums below are all in Fontana's "Living Prescene" series.
The Baroque Brass
The Baroque Brass
Fontana 16250
68
Fontana Concert Orchestra
Portrait Of Bob Dylan
Fontana 16257
68
Pete Smith Orchestra
Neapolitan Nights
Fontana 16259
68
Cortez And His New Latin
Cortez And His New Latin
Fontana 16265
69
Pete Smith Orchestra
It's Very Hot For May...
Fontana ?
?

The Seventies 45's

Peter Franc
Song For Every Season
Woman Don't Try To Rearrange Me
Blue Mountain 1012
72
Peter Franc
I'll Move Along
Song For Every Season
Dawn 1033
73
Les Reed Orchestra
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Second Movement Of Fifth Symphony
Chapter One 186
73
Anne Marie David
Hey Papa
Tell Me Once Again
Epic 2297
74
Anne Marie David
Sing For Your Supper
Where Are You Going To My Love
Epic 2431
74
Les Reed Orchestra
Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
The Hawk
Bell 1342
74
Ashford
And Buddy Played Peggy Sue
Charmer
W. Bros 16495
74
Sandy Nelson
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
-
French UA 35647
74
Supergroove
2002
2002 Plus 2
Polydor 2058 576
75
Bremmer & Kane Band
I Made A Deal With The Sunshine
Claim To Fame
W. Bros 16538
75
Bremmer & Kane Band
Song For Two Ladies
From The Heart
W. Bros 16641
75
Frogmorton
White Swans
Uncivilized
Philips 6006506
76
The Saint Orchestra
Return Of The Saint Theme
Funko
Pye 46127
78
Grace Kennedy
Fever
I'm So Glad I Got 'Cha
DJM 10879
78
Monaco
God Only Knows
Earthy
Pinnacle Pin 64
78

The Seventies LPs

The London Sound 70 Orchestra and Chorus
The Best Songs of Our Lives
U.S. DECCA DEB 7-6
(5 LP Box set)
70
The London Sound 70 Orchestra and Chorus
The Sounds of Christmas
50 Great Songs of Christmas
U.S. DECCA DEB 7-7
(3 LP Box set)
70
The London Sound 70 Orchestra and Chorus
The Best Songs of Hollywood
U.S. DECCA DEB 7-8
(3 LP Box set)
71
The Sunset Festival Orchestra
Non-Stop Bacharach
Sunset 50263
71
The Sunset Festival Orchestra
Non-Stop Carole King
Sunset 50348
73
The Sunset Festival Orchestra
Non-Stop Neil Diamond
Sunset ?
?

If you have any records or information to add, please get in touch. irvingspages@martinruk.net.
Martin Roberts 2003-2017