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"Although the Downliners Sect were among the first of Britain’s rhythm & blues groups and managed to release three albums and a multitude of fine singles during the 1960:s, they never got the kind of success they deserved. Nor did they get any respect."
Mike Stax:  from his book The Downliners Sect Story

A Multitude of Music

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Formed in 1963 from the remnants of a Twickenham group called The Downliners. The Sect were the resident band at Eel Pie Island for part of 1964 and were signed to Columbia that summer. Despite a healthy number of singles, three albums and a ep they never managed the transition from the clubs to the charts. Part of their problems may have been their lack of original material and their image both musically, and in their physical appearance. A band which has existed as long as the Downliners Sect, a band which has been so faithful to their musical roots, a band which has never compromised or sold out to musical trends and still after all these years have the energy and feeling for their music-a band like that deserves both success and respect.

the original line-up:

Don Craine - guitar/autoharp/vocals

Keith Grant - bass guitar/vocals

Terry Gibson - lead guitar

Ray Sone/Pip Harvey - harmonica

Johnny Sutton - drums

The Cost of Living (single) 1966[click for larger]
Columbia DB 8008 1966

This Downliners Sect single
appeared in the autumn of 1966.
"The Cost of Living" was a
Graham Gouldman composition
that featured
Craine's and Grant's
vocals over a backing track of
session players.

a page at the
British Beat Boom website

an essay by
Mike Stax.
author of the book
The Downliners Sect Story.

rare vinyl from the
Intoxica Record Shop
in London, UK

Cadillac/Roll Over Beethoven. a Japanese single

[click for larger image]

LP's

The Sect 1964
Columbia 33SX 1658. 1964

The Country Sect 1965 [click for larger image]
Columbia 33SX 1745 1965

The Rock Sects In. 1966 [click for larger image]
Columbia 33SX 6028. 1966

Bad Storm Coming/Lonely and Blue1965
the hard to find sixth single

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Singles

Jun '64

Baby What's Wrong/Be A Sect Maniac

Columbia DB 7300

 

Sep '64

Little Egypt/Sect Appeal

Columbia DB 7347

 

Nov '64

Find Out What's Happening/Insecticide

Columbia DB 7415

 

??? '65

Wreck Of The Old '97/Leader Of The Sect

Columbia DB 7509

 

Jun '65

I Got Mine/Waiting In Heaven Somewhere

Columbia DB 7597

 

Oct '65

Bad Storm Coming/Lonely And Blue

Columbia DB 7712

 

Jan '66

All Night Worker/He Was A Square

Columbia DB 7817

 

Jun '66

Glendora/I'll Find Out

Columbia DB 7939

 

Sep '66

The Cost Of Living/Everything I've Got To Give

Columbia DB 8008

EP
1965
 
Sect Sing Sick Songs
I Want My Baby Back/Leader Of The Sect/
Midnight Hour/She's Dead.
 
Columbia Records SEG 8438

LP's
 
1964: The Sect
Hurt By Love/One Ugly Child/Lonely And Blue/
Our Little Rendezvous/Guitar Boogie/
Too Much Monkey Business/Sect Appeal/
Baby What's On Your Mind?/Cops and Robbers
Easy Rider/Bloodhound/Bright Lights/
I Wanna Put A Tiger In Your Tank/
Be a Sect Maniac.
 
Columbia 33SX 1658

1965: The Country Sect
If I Could Just Go Back/Rocks In My Bed/
Ballad Of The Hounds/Little Play Soldiers/
Hard Travellin'/Wait For The Light To Shine/
I Got Mine/Waiting In Heaven/Above and Beyond/
Bad Storm Coming/Midnight Special/Wolverton Mountain
 
Columbia 33SX 1745

April 1966: The Rock Sects In
Hang On Sloopy/Fortune Teller/Hey Hey Hey Hey/
Everything I've Got To Give/Outside/I'm Hooked On You/
Don't Lie To Me/May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose/
He Was A Square/I'm Looking For A Woman/
Rock Sect's In Again/Brand New Cadillac
 
Columbia 33SX 6028
 

the essential downliners sect

Singles - A's & B's - Cadillac/Roll Over Beethoven/Beautiful Delilah/Shame, Shame, Shame/Green Onions/Nursery Rhymes/Baby What's Wrong/Be A Sect Maniac/Little Egypt/Sect Appeal/Find Out What's Happening/Insecticide/Wreck Of The Old '97/Leader Of The Sect/I Want My Baby Back/Midnight Hour/Now She's Dead/I Got Mine/Waiting In Heaven Somewhere/Bad Storm Coming/Lonely And Blue/All Night Worker/He Was A Square/Glendora/I'll Find Out/Cost Of Living/Everything I've Got To Give/I Can't Get Away From You/Roses
 
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