Downliners Sect

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Downliners Sect were a British 1960s group with an R&B style similar to The Yardbirds or Rolling Stones, formed by rhythm guitarist/vocalist Mick O'Donnell with drummer Johnny Sutton when their group the Downliners disbanded after a disastrous French tour.

Arthur Evans, originally a drummer, joined the band and became bass guitarist/vocalist, whilst an earlier lead guitarist was replaced by Terry Gibson (AKA Terry Clemson) from an Orpington band called The Hoods. O'Donnell and Evans decided to change their performing names to Don Craine and Keith Grant (2) respectively, although they retained their real names in writing/arranging credits.

The band's first studio recordings in 1963 were "Cadillac" & "Roll Over Beethoven", but were not released until much later. The first Downliners Sect release was a self-financed EP of 400 copies, titled "Nite In Gt. Newport Street" - recorded live in the street's club Studio 51, run by Vi Highland & Pat Mayhew, later to become the Ken Colyer Club. It was here that the band met and took on Ray Sone as harmonica player.

They signed a deal with Columbia in 1964, recording "Baby What's Wrong" and the album "The Sect". Their EP had gained attention on Swedish pirate radio and a single, "Little Egypt", reached No 2 in the Swedish charts in April, 1965 - at the same time Sone was replaced by Pip Harvey. Harvey left before the band recorded the album "The Rock Sect's In" and a single "The Cost Of Living", after which Gibson & Sutton quit the band. One notable session musician & arranger in four of their albums was John Paul Jones.

In 1967 Craine and Grant formed a new line-up and continued as Don Craine's New Downliners Sect. (Including Bob Taylor, Matthew Fisher, Kevin Flanagan, Barry Cooper). Craine & Cooper departed in 1967 and Grant took over the band to record Swedish releases on Garageland Records, back under the name Downliners Sect. After many lineup changes, the band continues to play together.
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Albums

33MSX 1658 Downliners Sect - The Sect album art Downliners Sect The Sect (Album) Columbia 33MSX 1658 New Zealand 1964 Sell This Version
33MSX 1745 Downliners Sect - The Country Sect album art Downliners Sect The Country Sect (Album) Columbia 33MSX 1745 New Zealand 1965 Sell This Version
SX 6028 Downliners Sect - The Rock Sect's In album art Downliners Sect The Rock Sect's In (Album) Columbia SX 6028 Denmark 1966 Sell This Version
Sky 301 Downliners Sect - Showbiz album art The Downliners Sect* Showbiz (Album) Sky Records Sky 301 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
BC86003 Downliners Sect - Live album art Downliners Sect Live (Album) Beat City Records BC86003 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
456780 Downliners Sect - Savage Return album art The Downliners Sect* Savage Return (Album) Promised Land 456780 UK 1991 Sell This Version
AD69 Downliners Sect - A Light Went Out In New York album art Matthew Fisher And The Downliners Sect Matthew Fisher And The Downliners Sect - A Light Went Out In New York(CD, Album) Pigmy Productions AD69 1993 Sell This Version
MB23897 Downliners Sect - Dangerous Ground album art Downliners Sect Dangerous Ground (Album) Birch (2) MB23897 UK 1998 Sell This Version
INT 1001 Downliners Sect - Chinese Whispers album art Downliners Sect Chinese Whispers(CD, Album) Intersection Productions INT 1001 UK 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DB 7300 Downliners Sect - Baby What's Wrong / Be A Sect Maniac! album art Downliners Sect Baby What's Wrong / Be A Sect Maniac! (Single) Columbia DB 7300 UK 1964 Sell This Version
DB 7415 Downliners Sect - Find Out What's Happening album art Downliners Sect Find Out What's Happening Columbia DB 7415 UK 1964 Sell This Version
DS 2252 Downliners Sect - Little Egypt album art Downliners Sect Little Egypt (Single) Columbia DS 2252 Sweden 1964 Sell This Version
DNZ.10404 Downliners Sect - Little Egypt album art Downliners Sect Little Egypt (Single) Columbia DNZ.10404 New Zealand 1964 Sell This Version
RBCSP 001 Downliners Sect - At Nite In Gt. Newport Street album art Downliners Sect At Nite In Gt. Newport Street (EP) Contrast Sound Productions RBCSP 001 UK 1964 Sell This Version
DB 7712 Downliners Sect - Bad Storm Coming album art Downliners Sect Bad Storm Coming (Single) Columbia DB 7712 Norway 1965 Sell This Version
DB 7509 Downliners Sect - Wreck Of The Old 97 album art Downliners Sect Wreck Of The Old 97 (Single) Columbia DB 7509 Sweden 1965 Sell This Version
SEG 8438 Downliners Sect - The Sect Sing Sick Songs album art Downliners Sect The Sect Sing Sick Songs (EP) Columbia SEG 8438 UK 1965 Sell This Version
DB 7597 Downliners Sect - I Got Mine album art Downliners Sect I Got Mine (Single) Columbia DB 7597 Sweden 1965 Sell This Version
SEGS 135 Downliners Sect - Bloodhound album art The Downliners Sect* Bloodhound(7", EP) Columbia SEGS 135 Sweden 1965 Sell This Version
DB 7939 Downliners Sect - Glendora album art Downliners Sect Glendora (Single) Columbia DB 7939 Sweden 1966 Sell This Version
DB 7817 Downliners Sect - All Night Worker album art Downliners Sect All Night Worker Columbia DB 7817 UK 1966 Sell This Version
45-DYC 1298 Downliners Sect - The Cost Of Living album art The Downliners Sect* The Cost Of Living (Single) Columbia 45-DYC 1298 Finland 1966 Sell This Version
DS 2294 Downliners Sect - Outside album art Downliners Sect Outside(7", Single) Columbia DS 2294 Sweden 1966 Sell This Version
DS 2336 Downliners Sect - Why Don't You Smile Now  album art Downliners Sect Why Don't You Smile Now (7", Single) Columbia DS 2336 Sweden 1967 Sell This Version
RAW 10 Downliners Sect - Showbiz album art Downliners Sect Showbiz (Single, Maxi) Raw Records (2) RAW 10 UK 1977 Sell This Version