Barry Ryan - Singles As & Bs (1968-1972)
"Aussitôt demandé, aussitôt fait". In other words, one of you asked today for a re-up of Barry Ryan stuff, here the first one, the singles A's & B's. One of my main pride in creating this blog, is to have made contempory again songs and artists who were doomed to stay forgotten for eternity, or, worse, only known for one hit. It's the case with Barry Ryan who, with his brother Paul, deserves to be remembered since he offered a fantastic bunch of great tunes, orchestrations and upon all, performed with a wonderful voice. Catch it here
Here is finally the (almost complete) chronological compilation of all the singles released by Barry Ryan between 1968 and 1972. It's 13 singles, not all commercially successful (you can find all the charts positions here, beware, it's in German) but honestly all at least interesting and pleasant to hear and several of them total masterpieces. Is missing "Lay Down", the B-side of "We Did It Together", a single I don't have and too expensive for me to get at the time. If I get it in the future I'll repost this compilation and add it. Missing also the singles sung in German. I'll post them later maybe but they seem quite out of place here. So the collection is only 25 songs long. The sound quality of this compilation is quite uneven since I ripped some songs (not many actually) from my 7" vinyls and I'm not a master to make them totally CD-rip sounding MP3s. But nothing too terrible. Among the masterpieces, there are of course "Eloïse", "The Colour Of My Life", "The Hunt", "Kitsch", "Red Man", "It Is Written" (the later in streaming) but some other less known songs here will be stunning surprises to your ears I guess, and you'll probably wonder why Paul Ryan (all songs are not from him but most of the 16 first are) is not considered one of the most brilliant songwriter of the last century. And listen to "Magical Spiel" to know where Queen has taken its style from. In 4 years, it's quite an achivement I think. Some last rarities to be posted here. It'll be singles published in 1974 and 1975 alone or under the Paul and Barry Ryan names. I hope this help to make the Ryan's music present in today's world. We need it (at least I).