Brothers and Sisters Records present Yesterday Was Yesterday, a compilation of re-mastered demos and studio recordings by the 60’s UK band known variously as, The Planets / Barry Lee Show / The Performin’ Lees. It is the first official re-issue of their music, and includes tracks that were produced in Abbey Road Studios with legendary producer Norman Smith (Pink Floyd).

The tracks on this compilation span the period between 1963-1969 before the band became The Brothers Lees, a musical-comedy act, with which they featured regularly on British television throughout the 70’s and 80’s. All the songs are original compositions by band members Roger Reynolds and Tony Dyball. The songs that the band produced in Abbey Road Studios, which have more orchestral arrangements, were originally released as singles on Columbia Records and Parlophone Records. Other songs on the compilation show the influence of their touring days as The Planets, when the band were playing covers by The Beatles, The Kinks, The Hollies and such like.

All the recordings were re-mastered from either 45/RPM vinyl or acetate discs, which were a type of phonograph record used for direct-to-disc recording with the band performing live. As much undue hiss and noise was removed from the recordings without affecting the original sound, but you will still hear a few crackles and pops that give away the origins of these recordings!

What shines through on the music the band made, is the melodic songwriting, superb vocal harmonies, swinging rhythm section, peak 60’s pop production and lyrics that capture an era of innocence yet with significant cultural change in the air.

Watch a short TV produced documentary about the band here:

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