Rollers rehab started for me with the first edition of John Borack's "Shake Some Action". While acknowledging the more "production line pop" aspects that crept at the height of their popularity to feed the beast of Rollermania, Borack highlights some of the gems in their catalogue. If you're having a tour round Spotify then the album to try is 'The Essential Bay City Rollers'. Most of the compilations were created over here and miss the US only singles which is where the Power Pop heart of the band lies.
Record Collector interviewed McKeown at Christmas 2019 and were open mouthed at the idea of musical credibility coming the way of the Rollers. But with a pretty general reappraisal of the pop of the era well underway, why not? If some of the grosser missteps of Prog acan get a second chance why not the Bay City Rollers?
'The Essential Bay City Rollers' appears to be a digital only release but Amazon has the same album packaged as 'Rock N Rollers'. With the money making excesses of their manager Tam Paton in mind last night it was £4.99, today it's £8.70...
The Record Collector interview with Les McKeown is here.