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February 17, 2012 / rockroots

Reform – One For All


Reform were from Limerick, where they were founded by lead guitarist/vocalist Willie Browne originally as a four-piece. Browne’s first professional group had been The Berwyn Showband in 1966 alongside two of his brothers, and by 1967 he was a member of The Colours Showband with drummer/vocalist Don O’Connor and bassist Noel Casey. This trio were then joined by rhythm guitarist/vocalist Joe Mulcahy, and as The Reform they built a following in Limerick before appearing on music show Like Now on RTE television in 1969. By the early ’70s Casey had left the band and Mulcahy switched to bass.

In 1973 Reform returned to RTE, where I’m Gonna Get You was voted number 1 original song on the TV show Spin Off, resulting in a recording contract with the CBS/Young Blood International label. The song was quickly released as their debut single, produced by Billy Brown of The Freshmen and backed by Story Of My Life, and entered the national charts. One For The Boys / Salt Away – songs about roadies and Galway respectively – followed in 1974. These early sides were generally a heavy-ish kind of glam rock sound, and stand up pretty well today. The band then spent a few years in limbo before returning to CBS in 1977 for a string of pop singles. In 1978, they entered the competition to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest with You Gotta Get Up – written by principle songwriter Don O’Connor and based on the Irving Berlin show tune Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning – but had to settle for a number 3 hit in the Irish charts.

Reform’s debut album One For All finally appeared in 1979. It included many covers as well as new versions of the band’s earliest singles. At times the LP verged on nostalgic pastiche (especially the two “Rock ‘N’ Roll” songs and Chuck Berry’s School Days), but the band showed off their vocal harmonies to good effect on Lord Of The Manor and It’s For You. The revisited single tracks did little to improve on the originals, the one exception being I’m Gonna Get You, which became punchier and more urgent. Overall, the album is not a great testament to a band that were very popular in the south-west for many years, and had they cut an album a few years earlier it probably could have aged much better. The live music scene by this time was shrinking due to the introduction of discos, and after a couple of further singles for CBS and Little Black Records, Reform played their last gig in August 1984 before splitting.


One For All (192 kbps):

  1. Old-Time Rock ‘N’ Roll
  2. Shotgun Wedding
  3. Lord Of The Manor
  4. Tail Of The Dog
  5. School Days
  6. It’s For You
  7. One For The Boys
  8. Back To The Wall
  9. You Gotta Get Up
  10. Rock ‘N’ Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life)
  11. One For All
  12. I’m Gonna Get You

Bonus single tracks:

  • I’m Gonna Get You
  • Back To The Wall
  • One For The Boys
  • Salt Away
  • You Gotta Get Up
  • Brainwashed


Irish Rock Discography: Reform

Irish Reform

Irish Showbands & Beat-Group Archive: Reform



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  1. Efstathiou Stathis / Dec 8 2012 19:53


    Thank you for this great music, but this link has expired.

    can you please repost this LP?

    Also the links for “The Brandy Of The Damned” Vols. I, III, IV, VI, X, XI & XII are dead. Are you able also to repost them?

    Best Regards
    Efstathiou Stathis

    • rockroots / Dec 9 2012 16:54

      Hi Efstathiou, I’m not sure what the problem is, I’ve checked the links and they all seem to be working ok for me. Are you getting through to Mediafire or is it being blocked? If anyone else is having problems please let me know and I can repost, or find another way of sharing. Thanks.

  2. Efstathiou stathis / Dec 9 2012 17:24


    In all files says

    “Permission Denied.

    This file has been identified as a copyright protected work and cannot be distributed using MediaFire”

    Thanks again

    Efstathiou Stathis

    • rockroots / Dec 9 2012 21:19

      Oh, ok. That could be a problem then.
      Thanks for pointing it out.


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