JO JO ZEP & THE FALCONS
Security
(Otis Redding)
Australia 1976

Melbourne band led by Joe Camilleri with Camilleri and Wilbur Wilde on sax and Gary Young (ex-Daddy Cool) on drums. Later incarnations included Jane Clifton, vocals, and James Valentine, brass.

This recording, the band's first single, echoes the 1966 Thane Russal and Three arrangement.

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TONY SHEPP
Security
(Otis Redding)
Australia 1966

Performance of the Thane Russal arrangement on The Go!! Show, 11 July 1966. Tony Shepp released two singles on Kommotion
and Sunshine in 1966 (Security wasn't on either of them),
and that's all I know...

Version alert from Andrew at Antipodean Beat.

THANE RUSSAL AND THREE
Security
(Otis Redding)
UK 1966
Influential version
#7 Sydney #24 Melbourne #4 Brisbane #8 Perth

British CBS recording. Produced by Paul Raven - better known later as Gary Glitter - and Jeremy Banks (also Russal's manager). 45cat.com has a label shot. See Dave Thomson's biography of Gary Glitter at All Music Guide, which includes the Thane Russal sessions.

A driving, garage style arrangement of the Otis Redding song, this was popular in Australia but sank without trace in its country of origin. (For that reason, Glenn A. Baker included it on Volume 1 of his Hard To Get Hits anthologies.)

The identity of Thane Russal was a matter of speculation in Australia (some thought he might've been Mick Jagger) but Glenn A. Baker finally revealed that he was British singer Doug Gibbons (liner notes to Hard To Get Hits, Volume 1, 1991). Bruce Eder's biography of Thane Russal at All Music Guide gives a good summary of his career.

Gibbons, an associate of the Rolling Stones, was also connected with guitarist Jimmy Page. Doug Gibbons recorded the Jimmy Page-Jackie DeShannon song I Got My Tears To Remind Me for Decca in 1965, and in the same year Gibbons's band The Outsiders recorded two Page compositions for Decca, apparently with the participation of Page (see the Jimmy Page sessionography at The Best Of British Rock).

Lead guitar on Security was by Bob Johnson (later with Steeleye Span), with longtime Thane Russal-Doug Gibbons associate Mick Brill on bass. (Jimmy Page wasn't there: that's just a rumour.)

Doug Gibbons died in 2010 in Paris where he had lived for some time.

Listen: Thane Russal & Three - Security.mp3

Label shot at 45cat.com.

Thanks to Mick Brill for personnel details, and to Dave Overett for additional detail.

Image: New Musical Express, 4 March 1966, p.5. For detail of the small print see The Blog.

OTIS REDDING
Security
(Otis Redding)
USA 1964
Original version

Single on Volt label.

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Later versions:

THE SAINTS
Security
(Otis Redding)
UK 1978
Later version

Single from the album Prehistoric Sounds, recorded in London.

This follows the Otis Redding original rather than the rearranged Thane Russal version.

 

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