Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bread - On the Waters (1970)

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Bread was one of the most popular pop groups of the early '70s, earning a string of well-crafted, melodic soft rock singles, all of which were written by keyboardist/vocalist David Gates. A session musician and producer, Gates met in 1968 guitarist/vocalist James Griffin, who had already released a solo album called Summer Holiday. Griffin hired Gates to produce a new album, and the pair soon became a group, adding guitarist/vocalist Robb Royer from the band Pleasure Fair, who Gates had produced early in its career. The trio soon signed with Elektra Records, becoming one of the label's first pop bands. Naming themselves Bread, the group released its self-titled ... Read More...

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01-Why Do You Keep Me Waiting02-Make It With You03-Blue Satin Pillow04-Look What You've Done05-I Am That I Am06-Been Too Long On The Road07-I Want You With Me08-Coming Apart09-Easy Love10-In The Afterglow11-Call On Me12-The Other Side Of Life

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Bread broke big with their second album, thanks to David Gates' sentimental soft pop classic, "Make It With You" — the song that set the standard for sensitive mellow pop ballads for the '70s and for years to come. Its pull is strong, but it's a bit misleading, since the group hardly just turns out a series of these lovely, luxurious pop tunes throughout the record. In fact, with the considerable assistance of Robb Royer and James Griffin, the group actually rocks it harder than Crosby Stills & Nash (if not CSNY, true enough), and they continue to show that the diversity and range of material they demonstrated on their debut was no fluke. If anything, "Make It With You" doesn't set the pace for the rest of the record, since even the softer moments, such as "Look What You've Done," isn't as lushly mellow as that — there is more coloring through the guitars, and the songwriting has more edge and melody than that. Of course, this is hardly a hard rock record, but it's a first-class Californian pop record, one that is as blissful as a sunset when it lays back, and as incandescent as a day at the beach when the tempo is sprightly.
(allmusic.com)

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AIR SUPPLAY - Greatest Hits (1988) Australia

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With their heavily orchestrated, sweet ballads, the Australian soft rock group Air Supply became a staple of early-'80s radio, scoring a string of seven straight Top Five singles. Air Supply, for most intents and purposes, was the duo of vocalists Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell; other members came through the group over the years, yet they only functioned as backing musicians and added little to the group's sound. Hitchcock and Russell met while performing in a Sydney, Australia, production of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1976. The two singers formed a partnership and with the addition of four supporting musicians — keyboardist Frank Esler-Smith, guitarist David Moyse, bassist David Green... Read More...

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01. Lost In Love02. Even The Nights Are Better03. The One That You Love04. Every woman In The World05. Chances06. Making Love Out Of Nothing At All07. All Out Of Love08. Here I Am09. Sweet Dreams

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Joe Walsh - The Smoker You Drink ,The Player You Get

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From his early hits with the James Gang through to his tenure with the Eagles — as well as a successful solo career — Joe Walsh remained one of the most colorful characters in rock & roll, lending his distinctively reedy vocals, off-the-wall lyrics, and expansive guitar leads to a series of AOR staples including "Funk #49," "Rocky Mountain Way," and "Life's Been Good." Born November 20, 1947 in Wichita, KS, Walsh initially studied the oboe and clarinet, later playing bass in local bands the G-Clefs and the Nomads; while attending Kent State University, he finally picked up the guitar, fronting the collegiate combo the Measles from 1965 to 1969. He then joined the Cleveland-based hard rock trio ... Read More...

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1-Rocky Mountain Way2-Book Ends3-Wolf4-Midnight Moodies5-Happy Ways6-Meadows7-Dreams8-Days gone by9-Daydream ( Prayer )


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The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get, Walsh's second solo studio album, continues the heavy and light rock mix of tracks found on his previous release Barnstorm. Indeed, the opening two tracks bear this out. The first, perhaps Joe Walsh's most recognized track, "Rocky Mountain Way", comes replete with overly distorted guitars and the obligatory solo. The next song, "Bookends", is a tuneful ode to happy memories. Walsh's ability to swing wildly from one end of the rock scale to the other is unparalleled and makes for an album to suit many tastes. Joe Vitale(drums, flute, backing vocals, keyboards, and synthesisers – a talented man) and Kenny Passarelli (bass and backing vocals) are once again employed, and once again prove themselves adept at handling Walsh's various styles. The album sees an addition to the backing band in the form of Rocke Grace on keyboards and vocals. The legendary Bill Szymczyk works along with Walsh to handle the production, and takes care of the mixing. Szymczyk s work on this area is as always astounding. The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get features some of the most remembered Joe Walsh tracks, but it's not just these that made the album the success it was. Each of the nine tracks is a song to be proud of. This is a superb album by anyone's standards.

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Stars - Land Of Fortune (1979) Australia

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Stars - Land Of Fortune (1979) Australia
Adelaide/Melbourne 1975-1979


01 - Land Of Fortune02 - Redneck Boogie03 - Gold Fever04 - Last Of The Riverboats05 - Innocent Bystanders06 - Wasted Words07 - In And Out Of Love08 - Good Times09 - I'm Ready10 - Never Coming Back
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The Stars second album is closer to the Stars live sound than Paradise. More rock and less country this is a cohesive and well presented album. Lyrically it paints many pictures of past and contemporary Australian life with tracks such as Gold Fever, Land of Fortune, Redneck Boogie, and the Last of The Riverboats. It is also notable that while Andy Durant composes the majority of songs, Mal Eastick kicks in with the excellent title track and the rocker Gold Fever, demonstrating the depth of songwriting talent the band possessed. Also included is a cover of Willie Dixons I’m Ready containing a pretty full on lead guitar workout.
If you liked Paradise then I can recommend this album to you. After 27+ years I think that Land of Fortune has aged better than Paradise. Fine music from a fine band.
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Young Flowers-(19681969) Denmark

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Young Flowers - Blomsterpistolen (1968) + No.2 (1969) Rare important group that was a musical pioneer of the late 60?s when Danish rock became more and more ambitious. This power rock trio (Peer Frost: guitar, Peter Ingemann: bass, Ken Gudman: drums) presents blues-based psychedelic rock coloured with the hippie atmosphere of that time.
Their first album Blomsterpistolen [The Flower Pistol] begins with crazy sound Overture that evolves into Take Warning where the musicians (and especially Frost) show their superior talent. Most of the compositions were used for a series of three TV programs for teenagers presenting the story of aliens that landed on the Earth and whose weapon were guns shooting flowers. Two compositions are sung in Danish. There is a cover version of Bob Dylan?s Down Along The Cove and B.B. King?s You Upset Me Baby. The musicians often reach out for the poetry of Walt Whitman - on Blomsterpistolen there are 3 compositions with lyrics from this American poet.
Tracklist:
Blomsterpistolen1. Ouverture / Take warning, stk.1 2. The moment life appeared, stk.2 3. 25 ore 4. Oppe i tr?et, stk.3 5. To you, stk.4 6. Down along the cove, stk.5 7. April '68 (instr.)
No. 2 8. You upset me baby 9. And who but I should be 10. Calypso 11. Won't you take my place in the queue 12. Slow down driver 13. The daybreak 14. Kragerne vender (instr.)
Their second album №2 was recorded with Niels Skousen (guitar) who later cooperated with Ingemann on several albums. It presents similar excellent music, a bit heavier, mainly due to frequent guitar jamming. The last track Kragerne Vender is a freeform jam session with Maxwells and Steen Cla?sson from Burnin? Red Ivanhoe. In 1969 the group composed three compositions for Jens J?rgen Thorsens movie "Quiet Days In Clichy" - Behind The Golden Sun, Menilmontant and Party Beat. The last one you can find on Sonet/Polygram CD reissue.
The musicians remained very active, Frost played in Rainbow Band/Midnight Sun and Savage Rose; Gudman in e.g. Culpeper?s Orchard, Mo-I-Rana, Savage Rose. Ingemann played with Skousen in Musikpatruljen also as a duo and guest musician. He played in No Name (album F?delandssange - 1972), Dream City, as a session musician with folk-rock singer Sebastian.
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HARMONY GRASS - THIS IS US (1969)

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Biography by Bruce Eder
A late-'60s band that anticipated Prelude's highly commercial harmony vocals, Harmony Grass evolved out of Tony Rivers & the Castaways. They were signed to RCA a year after being formed in Essex, and scored aTop 30 British hit with "Move in a Little Closer Baby." They were unable to repeat this success, despite which they still got one LP released (This Is Us) on RCA (U.K.). They were good enough to rate supporting act status at the Marquee Club in London, but by 1970, the group had broken up. Lead guitarist Tony Ferguson and bassist Kenny Rowe went on to join Capability Brown in 1973, appearing on the album Voice (1973) for Charisma Records, while Tony Rivers sang on albums by ex-Searcher Brian Bennett, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, and Roger Daltrey.
1 Move in a Little Closer Baby Capitanelli, O'Connor 2:43 2 My Little Girl Rivers 3:18 3 What a Groovy Day Rivers 3:32 4 I've Seen to Dream Rivers 3:15 5 (It Ain't Necessarily) Byrd Avenue Smith 2:00 6 Chattanooga Choo Choo Gordon, Warren 2:22 7 Good Thing Capitanelli, O'Connor 2:42 8 Mrs Richie Rivers, Rowe 3:45 9 Summer Dreaming Rivers 2:17 10 I Think of You Rivers, Thompson 2:13 11 Ballad of Michael Rivers 2:36 12 Tom Dooley Traditional 2:20 13 What Do You Do When Love Dies Ubonsky, Weiss 2:48 14 Let My Tears Flow [*] Rivers 3:15 15 You and I [*] Rivers 4:13 16 Summer Dreaming [*] Rivers 2:04 17 Walk on By [*] Bacharach, David 2:04
Review by Richie Unterberger
Harmony Grass' sole LP has a few songs from their late-1960s singles (including "Move in a Little Closer," their only British hit), and it's also filled out by a few Tony Rivers originals and an assortment of covers. This odd, occasionally impressive and sometimes saccharine mix of pop/rock casts the group among the few British exponents of sunshine pop. Sometimes the airplane-commercial harmonies and cheeriness is vacuous. On the other hand, Rivers proves himself a competent emulator of the Beach Boys' most upbeat material on "Summer Dreaming" and "My Little Girl," as well as the Pet Sounds era on "I've Seen to Dream." On yet another hand, with "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "Tom Dooley," and the weird "(It Ain't Necessarily) Byrd Avenue," the group sounds like a college glee club, here to entertain for your social function, backed by extremely competent studio musicianship. On "Ballad of Michael," Rivers grapples with somewhat more serious lyrical themes in a tale of a philandering bachelor, but the song also finds him trying to squeeze too many words into too little space. All of the pieces included here, as well as some non-LP single sides and three 1968 tracks by Tony Rivers & the Castaways, are on RPM's
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The Saxons & Le group 5 - Meet The Saxons & En direct de Liverpool

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The Saxons & Le group 5 - Meet The Saxons & En direct de Liverpool

Regrettably I dont have information about The Saxons

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Group 5



No more than a footnote in the history of British bands, Group 5 was a quartet of Londoners who managed to cut an entire album for the French Barclay label during the British beat boom-thus making them the Gallic equivalent of any number of British acts (including "The You Know Who Group") that only got their work recorded in the USA because they were British.The funny thing is, Anthony Stephen Judd (b. Jan. 30, 1943, guitar, keyboards), Tony Atkins (b. Jun. 8, 1947, guitar), Brian Norman (Sep. 9, 1941, drums), and Colin John Fortey (Jun. 19, 1942, guitar) were pretty good at rock 'n roll and blues, based on the evidence of their one album. Their sound, though a bit ragged, was a lot like the Beatles when they covered Motown ("Please Mr. ... Read More...

En direct de Liverpool

Pretty hot post-Beatls British beat album-the band plays okay, especially the lead guitarist, even if the drumming is a little lightweight. Recorded at the 20 Club in Liverpool on April 7, 1964, with Bobbie Graham calling the shots as producer-a mix of Motown covers, hard rock 'n roll (Jerry Lee Lewis and Bo Diddley influences especially), and blues, with Willie Dixon represented.

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1. The Saxons - I'm A Hog For You not rated 2:11 2. The Saxons - If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody not rated 2:23 3. The Saxons - Bye Bye Johnny not rated 1:51 4. The Saxons - Little Children not rated 2:30 5. The Saxons - Where Have All The Flowers Gone not rated 2:58 6. The Saxons - Blueberry Hill not rated 1:46 7. The Saxons - I'm Gonna Tell Everybody not rated 2:04 8. The Saxons - Better Run Away not rated 2:01 9. The Saxons - I'm In Love Again not rated 1:29 10. The Saxons - A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues not rated 1:55 11. The Saxons - Won't You Say You Really Love Me not rated 1:45 12. The Saxons - My Baby Left Me not rated 2:18 13. The Saxons - Needles And Pins not rated 2:05 14. The Saxons - I Saw Her Standing There not rated 2:46 15. Le Group 5 - Roll Over Beethoven not rated 3:04 16. Le Group 5 - Bye Bye Birdie not rated 2:47 17. Le Group 5 - Please, Mr Postman not rated 2:23 18. Le Group 5 - You Really Got A Hold On Me not rated 2:39 19. Le Group 5 - What's That not rated 2:47 20. Le Group 5 - Sweet Little Sixteen not rated 2:45 21. Le Group 5 - Whole Lotta Shakiing Goin' On not rated 3:14 22. Le Group 5 - Hide And Seek not rated 4:08 23. Le Group 5 - My Babe not rated 2:26 24. Le Group 5 - Dancin' In The Streets not rated 2:29 25. Le Group 5 - Shopping Around not rated 2:35 26. Le Group 5 - Lover Please not rated 3:01

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We The People - Mirror Of Our Minds (1964-67)

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One of the most versatile mid-'60s garage groups — indeed, they were for the most part too accomplished and pop-savvy to truly merit the garage band tag — We the People had some big hits in Florida, but never broke out nationally, despite releases on the large RCA and Challenge labels. Veterans of Orlando garage combos the Trademarks, the Offbeets, and the Nonchalants all found their way into We the People, which made their first single for the local Hotline label, "My Brother the Man," in early 1966. "My Brother the Man" was a smoking, almost-crazed, hard garage-punk number, a path the band continued to follow on their early Challenge singles "Mirror of Your Mind" and "You Burn Me Up and Down."Grinding guitar chords, organ, aggressive vocals, and crazed guitar distortion (particularly on the swooping noises and feedback that introduce "You Burn Me Up and Down") were their initial trademarks. Yet at the same time they could throw in gentler and more lyrically and melodically subtle originals, like the beautiful, tremolo-laden ballad "(You Are) the Color of Love," on the B-side of "Mirror of Your Mind." Unusual for a garage band, they boasted two prolific and talented songwriters in Tommy Talton and Wayne Proctor. Proctor was the more interesting of the pair, penning one of the great raga-rock tunes (the gutsy "In the Past," covered by the Chocolate Watch Band), the baroque-psychedelic "St. John's Shop," and "(You Are) the Color of Love." All had uncommonly elusive, vague, but evocative lyrics for a young regional band of the time; Proctor even wrote a love song to a nun ("Love Wears Black (None)"), although that wasn't issued until more than 30 years later.We the People had a good share of chart success in Florida, but suffered a major setback when Proctor left the band in early 1967. The music recorded subsequent to his departure had its moments: the nasty "When I Arrive" made its way onto a Pebbles compilation, and "The Day She Dies," although written by Talton, recalled Proctor's work with its harmonic pop, melodic base and odd lyrical slant. Some of the last numbers they cut in the studio were derivative soul-rock tunes, though, and Talton's departure at the end of the 1960s, as well as the expiration of their recording deal, sealed the death of the group, although they continued for a bit longer. As part of the Southern-rock group Cowboy, Talton was the only We the People member with a visible music career after the 1960s.
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WE THE PEOPLE - Mirror Of Our Minds (1964-67) - ( 1998 CD Sundazed )(http://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Our-Minds-We-People/dp/B000007ON3)
Review by Cub Koda Florida's We the People were among the many very versatile bands that proliferated in that state during the mid-1960s. Rising from the ashes of groups like the Offbeets, the Trademarks and the Nonchalants, We the People could play everything from raw beat material to feedback rave-ups to harmony ballads with consummate ease. This two-CD, 40-track collection brings together the band's entire history from the early 45s by the aforementioned combos to the entire We the People recorded legacy, including unissued tracks, demos and alternate takes. Highlights include "My Brother, the Man," "(You Are) The Color of Love," "He Doesn't Go About It Right," "Follow Me Back to Louisville" and raw demos of "I Wanna Do It," "You Like Me, You Love Me" and "Boy, She Just Don't Feel It." With a booklet chock-full of great liners and photos galore, this is the definitive look at a cult group that fans of '60s rock & roll will go nuts over.
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Disc 1:1. Everything'll Be Alright - (previously unreleased, with The Trademarks)2. Drivin' Me Out Of My Mind - (previously unreleased, with The Offbeets)3. My Brother, The Man - (version 1)4. Mirror Of Your Mind5. Color Of Love, (You Are) The6. She Does Everything For Me - (previously unreleased)7. He Doesn't Go About It Right8. You Burn Me Up And Down9. Nothing Like A Vision - (previously unreleased, demo)10. Proceed With Caution11. By The Rule12. Look At The Girls - (previously unreleased, version 1)13. Love Is A Beautiful Thing14. Double Trouble - (previously unreleased, with The Nonchalants)15. Don't Say You Love Me Too - (with The Trademarks)16. St. John's Shop - (version 1)17. Love Wears Black (None) - (previously unreleased, version 1)18. Beginning Of The End19. Day She Dies, The20. There's Gonna Be A Storm - (previously unreleased)
Disc 2:1. When I Arrive2. No, No Boys - (previously unreleased)3. In The Past4. Alfred, What Kind Of Man Are You5. Boy, She Just Don't Feel It - (previously unreleased, demo)6. Declaration Of Independence7. Look At The Girls - (previously unreleased, version 2)8. Follow Me Back To Louisville9. Lovin' Son Of A Gun10. St. John's Shop - (version 2)11. Half Of Wednesday12. Fluorescent Hearts13. I Wanna Do It - (previously unreleased, with The Nonchalants)14. She Lied - (with The Offbeets)15. Ain't Gonna Find Nobody (Better Than You)16. My Brother, The Man - (version 2)17. Free Information18. You Like Me, You Love Me - (previously unreleased, demo)19. Too Much Noise20. Love Wears Black (None) - (previously unreleased, version 2)
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The Roulettes - Stakes and Chips (1963-66) - 1992

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An underrated British quartet made up of John Rogan (bass), Russ Ballard (lead guitar), Peter Thorpe (rhythm guitar), and Bob Henrit (drums), the Roulettes featured future Argent alumnus Russ Ballard on lead guitar. They were originally formed as a backing band for vocalist Adam Faith, who enjoyed a massively successful light rock & roll career in the early '60s in England. Beginning in 1963 with the start of the rock & roll explosion coming out of Liverpool, the group was somewhat reorganized, and their and Faith's work together became much more assertive; the result was Faith's last big hit, "The First Time," in August of 1963.The group began recording on their own for EMI in late 1963 and revealed themselves as an above-average group, fully competitive on a musical level with acts like the Searchers and the Hollies. Their records, though fewer in number, display many of the same virtues found on the better-known work of the Beatles and the Searchers, including soaring harmonies behind strong lead vocals, crisp guitar playing, and a good ear for memorable hooks. Ballard and Henrit also appeared on "Concrete and Clay," a major hit for the acoustic rock outfit Unit Four Plus Two, but the Roulettes' own records stubbornly failed to make the charts. By 1965, they'd split with Adam Faith, but the concentration on their own careers didn't change the inexplicably lackluster performance of their records.The group soldiered on through 1967 without any chart success, playing shows on the European continent, where any good British rock band could still earn a decent living. Finally, Ballard and Henrit joined Unit Four Plus Two, while Thorpe and Rogan left the music business. Following the breakup of Unit Four Plus Two in 1968, Ballard and Henrit hooked up with Rod Argent and Chris White, late of the Zombies, and formed Argent, a quartet that, for a brief time in the early 1970s, enjoyed some of the chart success that had eluded the Roulettes throughout their history.(AllMusic)
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1. Bad Time - The Roulettes, Andrews 2. What You Gonna Do? - The Roulettes, Ballard 3. Settle Down - The Roulettes, Settle, Mike 4. Taste of Honey - The Roulettes, Scott, Bobby 5. Find Out the Truth - The Roulettes, Thorpe 6. I'll Remember Tonight - The Roulettes, Andrews, Chris [Wri 7. You Don't Love Me - The Roulettes, Andrews, Chris [Wri 8. Stubborn Kind of Fellow - The Roulettes, Gaye, Marvin 9. I Hope He Breaks Your Heart - The Roulettes, Sedaka, Neil 10. I Can't Think of Anyone Else - The Roulettes, Thorpe 11. Shake - The Roulettes, Cooke, Sam 12. Soon You'll Be Leaving Me - The Roulettes, Andrews 13. Me Body - The Roulettes, Ballard 14. This Little Girl - The Roulettes, Holland [2] 15. Can You Go? - The Roulettes, Andrews 16. Tell Tale Tit - The Roulettes, Adams 17. The Long Cigarette - The Roulettes, Parker [1] 18. Junk - The Roulettes, Roulettes [1] 19. Jackpot - The Roulettes, Roulettes [1] 20. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - The Roulettes, Roulettes [1] 21. Tracks of My Tears - The Roulettes, Robinson, Smokey 22. I Can't Stop - The Roulettes, Lindsey, Steve


The Remains - Movin' On (2002)

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The Remains - Movin' On (2002)
The first album in 35 years for one of the finest overlooked American bands of the mid-'60s, featuring the original line-up. The original band members from 1964 came together to record an album of all new material. The Remains reunited and rockin' again!!
Reviewby Joe ViglioneAs authentic a dozen tunes any fan of the Remains could hope for find a niche in the digital grooves of Movin' On, Barry Tashian's distinctive voice picking up where he left off on the group's last full album, which was, ah...1966? Almost 40 years in between releases sure beats the two years it took Sly Stone to get a new disc out during his heyday! But it's worth the wait as Vern Miller, Bill Briggs, Chip Damiani, and Tashian deliver the goods. "You Never Told Me" and "Over You" could easily slip into the Eagles' repertoire, which is the dilemma for hardcore Remains fans who always wanted their heroes to sustain that launch that culminated in a tour with the Beatles and Bobby Hebb. And God knows the Eagles needed some real competition. "A Man's Best Friend Is His Automobile" showed up on Barry & Holly Tashian's 2002 release At Home and gets the Remains treatment here. Holly Tashian contributes backing vocals to the album, the group also augmented by Daniel Tashian on vocals, percussion, and B-3 as well as Angelo on backing vocals, percussion, and a co-write on "Don't Tell Me the Truth." Speaking of which, for those who loved "Don't Look Back," the 45 rpm that ended up on the original Nuggets before getting tagged onto the first Remains disc, opening track "Don't Tell Me the Truth" will satisfy their needs. "Listen to Me" is lots of fun as is the album closer, "Time Keeps Movin' On," resplendent in sounds toward the end of the tune that would make Lothar & the Hand People proud, but the standout and potential hit is "Hard to Find (So Easy to Lose)." "The Power of Love" and "Ramona" both add to the legend, but it's "Hard to Love" that could open up this band to a larger and well-deserved audience. As the Zombies tour, sometimes with Pete Best's collection of early Beatles music, the addition of Barry & the Remains would make a potent trio of artists from an era whose popularity will remain perpetual. TheRemains.com is how to find this music if you can't locate it in the usual places.
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1 Don't Tell Me the Truth 2 The Power of Love 3 A Man's Best Friend Is His Automobile 4 You Never Told Me Why 5 Hard to Find (So Easy to Lose)6 Trust in Me7 Listen to Me 8 Big Ol' Dynaflow 9 You 10 Over You 11 Ramona 12 Time Keeps Movin' On
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Tony Sheridan - Vagabon (2002)

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With his 1961 recording of "My Bonnie," Tony Sheridan forever secured rock & roll immortality; while the song was certainly a respectable hit during its heyday, its place in music history is instead assured as the first studio session to feature the Beatles. Anthony Sheridan McGinnity was born in Norwich, England on May 21, 1940; he formed his first band, the Saints, at the age of 15 before relocating to London a few years later. In 1959, he joined Vince Taylor and the Playboys, one of the most popular of the many British groups which rose to fame on the decadent Hamburg, Germany club scene; over time, the band evolved into a new unit called the Beat Brothers, originally featuring Sheridan on vocals and guitar backed by guitarists ... Read More...
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Tony Sheridan - Vagabon (2002)
Tony Sheridan`s album "VAGABOND" has been released in July 2002. The compositions range from rock, r`n`b, country, to delightful ballads and critical songs (lyrics & music by TS).А collection largely of his own material, but also including a new cover version of "Skinny Minnie", a song he had years earlier recorded for his first album.
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01. : Ev'rybody's Sleeping02. : Sinking03. : Won't Do It Again04. : Indochina05. : Summer Rainbow06. : Maine And Back Again07. : Four Day Working Week 08. : When I Was Young09. : Someone10. : Believe In Love Tonight 11. : Beautiful12. : Fool For A Woman13. : Skinny Minnie (bonus track)
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Think - Variety(1974)

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This album makes for great and somewhat sophisticated psychedelic nutrition for those hungry heavy heads with a predisposed preference for multi-colored musical edification. Don't get the wrong idea though, this is NOT just some over rated, useless & busy cerebral background filler of an album. Neither is it one of those that has every possible Far East Indian string & percussion gizmo being played all at once. However, it is an amazing and somewhat if not completely, unique Heavy German Prog/Psych classic like no other.
The group Think were comprised of Hungarian, German & Czechoslovakian musicianship. The end result of their amazing collaborative recording was to be completely unpredictable in a comparative sense. For me the results liken themselves to the very best US West Coast Psychedelic influenced Progressive Rock my ears have ever heard. Imagine an instrumentally diverse Rock & Folk version of Captain Beyond crossed with the group Bread. All the while being saturated with a very real lysergic aptitude.
Now, with one ear's foot just outside your armchair bound spacecraft's door, you are at least partly in a nearby musical universe! This album from start to finish is masterful to say the very least and represents one of the most fateful of musical assemblages ever. The group sadly only existed while the music was being recorded and is in fact shrouded in mystery as few acknowledged details exist. The musicians themselves were in part touring Germany within a Hungarian Orchestra troop when they were apparently struck with a streak of repressed rebellion and decided to defect. After talking with the label owner of the German based record label "Menga", the wandering musicians hooked up with another musician or two and proceeded to render their only known official release. This is a MUST for fans of the genre, and CD & LP reissues do in fact exist.
Line-up :
Rodrigo Ramor - vocals, percussion
Frank Voigt - flute, effects
Gerd Pohl - guitars, vocals
Ricky Ramor - bass
Fried Wordehoff - drums, percussion
Kajo Sandrik - violin, viola, piano, organ, percussion, effects
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01. Variety02. Watercorps03. Drops04. Draw Conclusions From...05. Last Door06. More Drops (Bonus)07. All That I remember (Bonus)
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Rare Amber - Rare Amber (1969)

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Rare Amber formed in 1968 when two blues musicians from Bristol, Gwyn Mathias (guitar) and Chris Whiting (drums) moved to London and formed the band with Del Watkins (guitar) and John Dover (bass). After several singers the album was recorded with Roger Cairns on vocals, and Chris Whiting had been replaced on drums by Keith Whiting (no relation). The group disbanded in early 1969, "Rare Amber" released an album of the same name. In the same year the band also released a single Malfunction Of The Engine/Blind Love.
The music is a successful blend of originals and covers of compositions by blues kings like Otis Spann and B.B. King. It is made up of progressive heavy blues rock typical of the time, a psychedelic blues monster, although more psych than blues.
This edition also contains their only single as bonus tracks.
Line-up :

Gwyn Mathias - guitar

Del Watkins - guitar

John Dover - bass

Roger Cairns - vocals

Keith Whiting - drums
Track List :

01. Malfunction Of The Engine02. You Ain't Made Yet03. It Hurts Me Too04. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss05. Night Life06. Custom Blues07. Popcorn Man08. Heartbreaker09. Solution10. Amber Blues11. Blues Never Die12. Malfunction On The Engine (Bonus Single)13. Blind Love (Bonus Single)

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It's A Beautiful Day - Today(1973)

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It's a Beautiful Day - TodayThis is the one from 1973 without David LaFlamme. As a result of differing opinions regarding drugs, management and a penchant for a heavier sound, David departed to make other music - more of a reggae feel. Bud and Pattie went forth with tunes written by Bud's wife and so it went.

Songs on this album are:
1. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby 2. Child 3. Down on the Bayou 4. Watching You 5. Mississippi Delta 6. Ridin' Thumb 7. Time 8. Lie to Me 9. Burning Low 10. Creator
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Pacific Sound - Forget Your Dream !(1971)

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Tripped out bluesy-krautrock band from Switzerland. Relatively unknown due to his short career, this quartet recorded one album called "Forget your dream" (1971) for stoned-propulsive-sulfurous compositions, including heavy-psych guitars, crazy Hammond organs. This obscurity has been recently published with bonus tracks on "Long Hair".

Chris Meyer (vocals)
Mark Treuthardt (guitar, bass)
Diego Lecci (drums)
Roger Page (organ, piano)

1 Forget Your Dream 2:272 Erotic Blues 8:003 Drive My Car 2:354 Thick Fog 2:345 Gily Gily 2:266 Ceremony for a Dead 5:227 If Your Soul Is Uncultivated 3:378 Gates of Hell 5:45
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9 The Drug Just Told Me 2:5110 The Green Eyed Girl 2:4411 Ballad to Jimi 2:00
In the mid-‘60s, the British invasion reached sleepy old Switzerland and overtook the local music scene there. Many bands were formed at schools and youth clubs that wanted to imitate their heroes. Without any rhythm and blues or rock'n'roll roots of their own it was difficult for young musicians to develop originality. Most of the bands were playing cover versions of their idols’ international hits providing them not only with acclaim but also lots of gigs at local dances.

This was the also the case with Val-De-Travers in the French speaking Swiss canton of Neuchatel. Thus began the story of Pacific Sound. Four friends, Chris Meyer (vocals), Mark Treuthardt (guitar, bass), Diego Lecci (drums) and Roger Page (keyboards) were practising there for their next gig at the Ballroom in their birthplace of Motiers. Yves Dubois, a friend and fan of the band, was urging the band to "stop playing ballrooms, start writing your own songs, form a pop band!!" The band decided he was right as they were fed up with playing covers of international hits and began to work on their own ideas. Yves started to look after the band's organisational matters and became a sort of a manager. On Roger's suggestion, the band called themselves Pacific Sound and within a few months began to take shape with a set of almost all original compositions. After playing gigs in their own region the band gained confidence and played nearby France. The next step on the ladder of success was to release a record. Yves invited Rare Records (from La-Chaux-De-Fonds) producer J. P. Louvin to a gig. Louvin was impressed and offered the band to record a single for his label. At the end of 1970, the band recorded "The Drug Just Told Me" and "The Green Eyed Girl" at the Stephan Sulke Studio in Biel. The single was a success. Pacific Sound were on a roll and a couple of weeks later they went back to the same studio and producer to record "Ballad To Jimi" and "Thick Fog" for release next year on Splendid Records. Fans and critics applauded the single, the band's originality and creativity was praised. The single won the first prize at the 1971 European Pop Jury in Cannes and was Pacific Sound's breakthrough. It was also released in 18 countries on 8 different labels including Decca, Phillips, CBS and RCA.
Following the release of the prize-winning single "Ballad To Jimi", the popularity of the band increased dramatically and they were showered with gig offers. The band toured successfully throughout Switzerland. Louvin suggested the band record an LP. Early in 1972, they went back to the Sulke Studio and recorded 7 new songs which, in addition to "Thick Fog", made up the LP "Forget Your Dream!", which was released in 1972 on Splendid Records. The LP was well received and a European tour was arranged with gigs in Belgium, England, Holland, Germany and France. The band needed to upgrade their equipment for larger gigs, so Roger took out a bank loan, but just as the tour was about to start, the rest of the band, including manager Yves, left Roger in the lurch. Louvin suggested to Roger to look for replacement musicians and a new line-up was created. However, it never recaptured the old Pacific Sound spirit. The new line-up didn't gel musically and Roger was left with his debts which were paid with the money made on the tour. And that is the end of a wonderful story. Nowadays Roger lives in a small village near Neuchatel and is a professional musician.
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T.I.M.E.)-T.I.M.E. & Smooth ball (1968-69 )

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T.I.M.E. (Trust in Men Everywhere)
A competent quasi-psychedelic band from the Los Angeles area. They evolved out of Hardtimes which had included Byrom and Richardson. The opening track to their debut album, Tripping Into Sunshine, starts with a typical psychedelic introduction, although the remainder of Side One is comprised of rather mundane rock material. However, the standard improves on Side Two, particularly with I Really Love You and the closing track Take Me Along. Three of their 45 tracks are taken from this album.
The two opening tracks on their second LP released as LBS 83232 in the UK, were featured on the Gutbucket sampler helping to give the band international exposure, which they failed to exploit. Their blues influence is evident on tracks like Lazy Day Blues, while See Me As I Am, Trust In Men Everywhere and Flowers are examples of their attempts to get to grips with the predominant psychedelic influences of the time. The group made considerable use of phasing techniques, Their second album was the better of the two. The 'A' side to the second 45 is not on the album - it's a catchy pop-rock ditty with some tasty guitar.
Both Byrom and St. Nicholas later played with Steppenwolf and in 1973 Couchois and Byrom formed Ratchell.
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LARRY BYROM gtr (Futuro miembro de Steppenwolf)

BILL RICHARDSON gtr

STEVE RUMPH drms

NICK ST NICHOLAS bs (Sparrows y Futuro miembro de Steppenwolf)

RICHARD TEPP bs

TIME's only two albums -- 1968's T.I.M.E. and 1969's Smooth Ball -- were reissued on a single CD by See For Miles in 1996. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
Audio CD (January 1, 1996) Original Release Date: 1968
T.I.M.E. : 1. Tripping into Sunshie 2. Label It Love 3. Finders Keepers 4. Love You, Cherish You 5. Make It Alright 6. Let the Colors Keep On 7. You Changed It All 8. I Really Love You 9. Make Love to You 10. I Can't Find It 11. What Can It Be 12. Take Me Along
SMOOTH BALL:13. Preparation G 14. Leavin' My Home 15. See Me as I Am 16. I Think You'd Cry 17. I'll Write a Song 18. Lazy Day Blues 19. Do You Feel It 20. Flowers 21. Morning Come 22. Trust in Men Everywhere
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The Freeborne - Peak Impressions (1967)

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One of the few straight rock records ever issued on the mostly-folk Monitor Records label -- a great 60s outing from Freeborne, a group with a sound that's as tripped-out as you might expect from the cover! Instrumentation is heavy on organ and guitars, both acoustic and electric, but there's also some cool percussion too -- and interesting use of recorders, in a way that comes across with an ocarina-like charm! Vocals are somewhat soft, but have a dark undercurrent -- and there's a really great folk-into-psyche sort of feel to the whole thing. Titles include "Images", "Land Of Diana", "But I Must Return To Frenzy", "Inside People", "Yellow Sky", "Peak Impressions & Thoughts", and "Visions Of My Own". (Special limited CD -- pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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1.Images2.Land Of Diana3.Visions Of My Own4.Sadly Acknowledged5.Peak Impressions & Thoughts 6.Yellow Sky7.Hurtin' Kind Of Woman8.Inside People9.A New Song For Orestes10 But I Must Return To Frenzy11.Images - (Mono 45 version)12.Land Of Diana - (Stereo mix #2)13.Incidental Musi

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This is probably the album that has the least in common (other than blatant drugginess) with the other Bosstown bands of the late 60s. The heavy use of keyboards, martial drums, and dreamy, almost hidden soundscape is unique. It’s not heavy, but it’s not mellow either. The best songs on it sneak up on you. In fact, an initial reaction might be to remember the wacky instrumental freakout in the closing “But I Must Return To Frenzy” but nothing more. Hey, it’s not often you hear a band of the era that makes better use of a trumpet than a lead guitar. And in the long run, once everything sinks in, some of the album isn’t all that successful. But like the little girl with the curl, when it’s good it’s very, very good.
The album opens with a catchy two-keyboard song intro, leading into the verse of Images,” which is perhaps the most instantly likeable song. A dreamy melody gives way to some discordant piano soloing and a trumpet solo, before returning with another verse. Though the album gets weirder and more experimental as it goes along, the listener immediately knows what he or she is in for here. The jazzy chord progression to the next song, “Land Of Diana,” is turned upside down by heavy reverb and dreamy backing vocals. A brief organ solo is followed by a scream and an equally brief guitar freakout, one of the few noticeable guitar moments on the whole album. The song eventually moves from some freaky echo to some old-style jazz scatting, followed by otherworldly reverbed “ah” vocals and a tad more keyboard weirdness. This is truly unique stuff.
“Visions Of My Own” follows, coupling some quiet acoustic guitar with an incessant recorder riff. The pace continues to be slow, the lyrics dreamy and quasi-intellectual, the melodies irresistible, once their odd sensibility grow on you. A brief anti-war statement follows, disrupting the pace a little, though it has a nice, sparse arrangement. Side one ends with the album’s masterpiece, “Peak Impressions & Thoughts,” a song with an absolutely relentless beat and chord progression, mind-melting lyrics and keyboards that build in intensity until they’re all over your room.
Side two is kind of a let-down, by comparison. It’s not bad, and the songs are still full of ideas, but they’re not as unique or memorable as what preceded them, as they mine blues, jazz, gospel and garage rock and repeat themselves a bit. The long instrumental section that comes near the album’s close goes in and out of focus, and though these guys often write like jazz musicians, they don’t have that kind of chops. Of course, I lose interest a few minutes into the Velvet Underground’s “European Son,” too, so take my dismissal of this song in that light. Like all of the other choices for this session (except The Smoke), the Freeborne get definite points because they just plain don’t sound like anybody else. And side one is a completely solid listen.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Syndicate Of Sound - Little Girl (1966)

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Formed in San Jose, CA, in 1964, the Syndicate of Sound were one of the premier garage bands and forerunners of psychedelic rock, establishing a national following based on one massive 1966 hit, "Little Girl." Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Don Baskin, guitarist/keyboardist John Sharkey, lead guitarist Jim Sawyers, bassist Bob Gonzalez, and drummer John Duckworth, the predecessors to the Syndicate of Sound were groups called the Pharoahs and Lenny Lee and the Knightmen. After recording an unsuccessful single for the Scarlet label, on January 9, 1966, Syndicate of Sound recorded "Little Girl" at a studio in San Francisco for Hush Records; it became a regional hit in California after San Jose ... Read More...

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1 Big Boss Man Dixon, Smith 2:54 2 Almost Grown Berry 2:11 3 So Alone Sharkey 3:04 4 Dream Baby Walker 2:37 5 Rumors Sharkey 2:06 6 Little Girl Baskin, Gonzalez 2:27 7 That Kind of Man Baskin 2:17 8 I'm Alive Ballard 2:20 9 You Sharkey 2:44 10 Lookin' for the Good Times Sharkey 2:24 11 The Witch Roslie 2:30 12 Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? Austin, Jordan 2:20 13 The Upper Hand [*] Baskin, Gonzalez 2:14 14 Mary [*] Baskin 2:32 15 Keep It Up [*] Baskin 2:44 16 Good Time Music [*] Baskin, Gonzalez

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The teen-band pride of San Jose, CA, the Syndicate of Sound scaled the heights of the rock & roll world for a very brief moment in the summer of 1966 with their Top Ten hit "Little Girl." With a catchy, jangly electric 12-string riff, a solid beat, a macho teen vocal, and a chord progression heavily influenced by "Hey Joe," the tune perfectly mirrored the sound of the times and was a can't-miss hit, a British sound played with American garage enthusiasm. But their success ride was short; within a year or two, their ranks were decimated from the draft, touring exhaustion, and the musically changing times. This reissue serves as their lasting legacy, combining the original 12-song album with four bonus tracks. Kicking off with a pair of souped-up R&B covers, the album casts a pretty wide net, with half of the tunes penned by various bandmembers. Of these, ballads sit alongside rockers like "Lookin' for the Good Times (The Robot)" and "Rumors" (complete with Yardbirds-style fuzz guitar rave-up in the middle), while the Kinks-style "That Kind of Man" is an imaginative British-sound knockoff. The outside material, however, is where the band shows their true chameleon-like strength. Covers of the Hollies' "I'm Alive," Louis Jordan's "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" (via Buster Brown's version), the Sonics' "The Witch," and Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby" show a band that could either play a song "just like the record" or bring their own twist to the proceedings. The four CD bonus tracks likewise demonstrate that the group had no shortage of original material, but unfortunately nothing compiled here has the hit sound of "Little Girl," an easy explanation as to why the group ended up with one-hit wonder status

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The Superfine Dandelion - Superfine Dandelion (1967)

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One of several second-to-third-division West Coast (or nearly West Coast) '60s bands on the Mainstream label, the Superfine Dandelion made one middling album in 1967 that mixed San Francisco psychedelic, folk-rock, pop, and jug band influences. They were formed in Phoenix in early 1967 by singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter Mike McFadden. McFadden had been in local garage band the Mile Ends, who had released a good punky Rolling Stones-y single, "Bottle Up and Go," in 1966; bassist Ed Black, who had been in the Mile Ends in their final days, was also in the Superfine Dandelion. Their self-titled LP had a good deal of sub-Jefferson Airplane... Read More...

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1. Candy Man Neil, Ross 2:51 2. Bottle Up and Go McFadden 2:16 3. I Can Never Say Arthur, May, Taylor 3:07 4. Bring 'Em on In Morrison 3:035. Ferris Wheel McFadden 2:436. People in the Street Black, Carver, Collins ... 3:32 7. Crazy Town (Move on Little Children) Collins, Musil 3:078. My Place McFadden, Musil 2:149. Day and Night McFadden, Musil 2:4910. Shameful Lady McFadden, Musil 2:4311. Janie's Tomb McFadden, Musil 2:5512. It's Raining Collins, Musil 3:0513. Don't Try to Call Me McFadden, Musil 2:5614. The Other Sidewalk Collins, Musil 3:0515. What's the Hurry? McFadden, Musil 2:5016. Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head [#] Black, Carver, Collins ... 2:46 17. Ferris Wheel McFadden 2:3818. The Other Sidewalk [Acoustic Version] Collins, Musil 6:39

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Superfine Dandelion drew from a lot of fine inspirations on their sole album: Jefferson Airplane, the Lovin' Spoonful, and Buffalo Springfield foremost among them. Good taste, however, does not guarantee a good record. Superfine Dandelion isn't lousy; it's just average and unmemorable. It seems as though they did their share of listening to the early Jefferson Airplane, judging from the extremely Airplane-like vocal interplay and minor chord structure of "People in the Street" and "Crazy Town." "My Place," on the other hand, has something of the country-flavored buoyancy of the Lovin' Spoonful and Buffalo Springfield, while the cheeriest cuts have the sunny folk-pop/rock feel of, say, some of the L.A. folk-rock issued by the Dunhill label ("Don't Try to Call Me" recalls P.F. Sloan) or the Monkees. Then "Janie's Tomb" and "It's Raining" have a jokey jug band vibe, like a cross between the Charlatans and the Lovin' Spoonl These are lot of references to cram into one review, and also an indication that there wasn't much originality to Superfine Dandelion's sound. That wouldn't matter so much if the songs were outstanding, but they're just so-so.

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The Fifth Order -BONFIRE! The return of

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Their 1966 garage classic Goin' Too Far b w Walkin' Away was a tremendous regional success at the time becoming the biggest selling seven-incher from Columbus Ohio. Their second local hit A Thousand Devils (Are Chasin' Me) b w Today I Got A Letter was picked up by Laurie for national release. These two records have long been recognized as sterling examples of Ohio's vibrant mid-60s garage rock scene. Break-A-Way now presents the first ever collection by this famous Ohio 60's teenband incl their two 45's an incredible great third single release collectors were not aware of and a cache of unreleased recordings. While the ten track vinyl LP incl. the band's six single sides plus four unreleased studio recordings of exceptional quality the CD release comes with the same tracks adding three more bonus cuts incl. two organ based demos of Walkin Away and I Was A Fool plus a six minute 1967 TV appearance by the boys presenting a medley of Hit The Road Jack SixteenTons. The vinyl version comes with a fantastic detailed insert incl loads of cool pics and the band's history told by former members Jim Hilditch
BONFIRE! The Return Of The Fifth Order (1966-67)
CD's contains the 10 tracks from the vinyl format + 3 BONUS cuts, including two organ based demos of 'Walkin' Away' and 'I Was A Fool', plus a 6-minute 1967 TV appearance by the boys presenting a medley of 'Hit The Road Jack'/'Sixteen Tons'.
1.Goin Too Far
2.Walkin Away
3.A Thousand Devils Are Chasing Me
4.Today I Got A Letter
5.I Was A Fool
6.The Moment I Saw You
7.Today I Got A Letter (Alternate Version)
8.Bon Fire
9.Follow Like The Wind
10.Little Black Egg
11.Walkin' Away-Demo Version
12.I Was A Fool-Demo Version
13.Medley: Hit The Road Jack/Sixteen

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THE MIRAGE - Tomorrow Never Knows

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Tomorrow Never Knows - The Pop Sike World of the Mirage: Singles & Lost Sessions


Although an unauthorized Mirage CD compilation (You Can't Be Serious) combining some of their singles with unreleased material made its appearance around 2000, this official anthology is preferable for its better sound quality and thorough liner notes. Tomorrow Never Knows — The Pop Sike World of the Mirage: Singles & Lost Sessions is still not a complete document of the group, featuring just six of the tracks that appeared on their eight singles (some of which were issued under different names than the Mirage), though it does offer a whopping 17 unreleased cuts, some of which didn't show up on You Can't Be Serious. As a band obviously inspired by the Beatles, the Hollies, and to a lesser degree by the Who and the Kinks, the Mirage were more convincing emulators than most, though they still weren't as original or as inspiring as their role models. The best comparison might be to the Hollies as they were moving from British Invasion pop to psychedelia-influenced pop — there's more ambition at work here than the average British Invasion group, but it's not nearly as far out or cutting edge as the Beatles and the Who were by the late '60s. If you're looking for comparisons, some of them are in-your-face; "You Can't Be Serious" can't fail to bring to mind "Nowhere Man"-era Beatles with a dash of the Hollies. Meanwhile, the demo of "Lazy Man" is a rip-off of "Rain"; although it was rearranged so that the similarity was far more subtle by the time it had been re-recorded for a 1967 single, the rearrangement in turn borrowed heavily from the Who circa "Happy Jack." There's also their brave interpretation of "Tomorrow Never Knows" for a 1966 single, and while that track has its novelty value as a cover of a Lennon-McCartney tune rarely done by other artists, its far more basic rock arrangement can in no way stand up to the brilliant psychedelic original. The Mirage's strongest suit was probably their slightly spooky, almost churchy story-songs, like "The Wedding of Ramona Blair" (the most famous of their official 45s among '60s collectors) and "Mrs. Buzby." These are strong enough to make this release of some interest to those who treasure that time when British Invasion pop/rock, mod, and psychedelia crossed to some extent, though the Mirage were more competent executors of those trends than innovators.
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1 Tomorrow Never Knows Lennon, Lennon, McCartney ... 2:36 2 You Can't Be Serious Hynes 1:59 3 Gone to Your Head Hynes 2:05 4 I Want Love Glynn, Hynes, Hynes 2:24 5 Hold on Hynes 2:22 6 Can You Hear Me Hynes, Murray 2:58 7 One More Time Glynn, Hynes, Hynes 1:59 8 That I Know Hynes 2:18 9 The Wedding of Ramona Blair Hynes, Hynes 2:14 10 Lazy Man Hynes 2:23 11 Ebaneezer Beaver Hynes 2:22 12 Mrs Busby Hynes 2:33 13 I See the Rain Hynes, Hynes 2:06 14 Lonely Highway Glynn 2:44 15 Hello Enid Hynes, Hynes 2:12 16 Is Anybody Home Hynes 2:43 17 What Do I Care Hynes, Hynes 2:11 18 How's Your Pa Duncan, Longstaff 2:59 19 Lazy Man [Unissued Alternate Version] Hynes, Hynes 3:01 20 See My World Hynes 2:52 21 Katherine [Unissued Acoustic Demo] Hynes, Hynes 2:07 22 Ebaneezer Beaver [Unissued Acoustic Demo] Hynes 2:02 23 Go Away [Acoustic] Clarke, Hicks, Hynes, Nash

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Merrell Fankhauser & H.M.S. Bounty - Things (1967)

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After cutting some fine folk-rock and psychedelia on ultra-rare records with his group the Exiles, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Merrell Fankhauser moved to Los Angeles, retitled his backing group H.M.S. Bounty, and recorded a fine, if obscure, slice of pop-psychedelia in 1968, Things. The diverse offerings on the group's sole LP recalled such fellow Californian heavyweights as the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Moby Grape, and even Captain Beefheart. They weren't quite in the same league as those legends, but the album has a light and enigmatic air all its own, and is well worth investigation by fans of late-'60s West Coast psychedelia. The group evolved into the interesting mystical avant-garde/blues/progressive rock group Mu in the early '70s.
Personnel:
MERRELL FANKHAUSER - guitar, vocalsBILL DODD - guitarJACK JORDAN (aka JACK METZ) - bassLARRY MEYERS – percussion
01.Things (Goin' Round In My Mind)02.Girl (I'm Waiting For You)03.What Does She See In You04.Lost In The City05.Your Painted Lives06.Drivin' Sideways07.In A Minute Not Too Soon08.A Visit With Ashiya09.The Big Gray Sky10.Rich Man's Fable11.Ice Cube Island12.Madame Silky13.I'm Flying Home*14.Everybody's Talkin'*15.Tampa Run*
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The Honeybus - At Their Best

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The story of Honeybus is almost a cautionary tale. Considering that most have never heard of them, it's amazing to ponder that they came very close, in the eyes of the critics, to being Decca Records' answer to the Rubber Soul-era Beatles. The harmonies were there, along with some catchy, hook-laden songs and usually tastefully overdubbed brass and violins. The pop sensibilities of Honeybus' main resident composers, Pete Dello and Ray Cane, were astonishingly close in quality and content to those of Paul McCartney and the softer sides of John Lennon of that same era. What's more, the critics loved their records. Yet, somehow, Honeybus never got it right; they never had the right single out at the proper time, and only once in their history did they connect with the public for a major hit, in early 1968 they hit the spot with 'I Can't Let Maggie Go'. Their best known lineup consisted of Pete Dello (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Ray Cane (vocals, bass, keyboards), Colin Hare (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Pete Kircher (drums, vocals), with Dello and Cane writing most of their songs.
'Honeybus at their best' is 25-song compilation containing The Honeybus Story as well as all of the singles, including 'I Can't Let Maggie Go,' and lots of rare takes. Strangely enough, 'Maggie' doesn't hold up as that good a song next to some of the rest, and many of Ray Cane's numbers actually come off as more memorable than many of Dello's songs. The group's 1969 recordings, featuring Kelly's guitar in lieu of an excess of overdubbed instruments, are generally the strongest body of work here. Hare's 'Would You Believe,' a country-style number (making him the group's 'Ringo Starr') also comes off as a refreshing change of pace. Some of the songs suffer from a degree of sameness, but most of the music contains enough surprises to make it interesting.

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1 Story2 Black Mourning Band 3 Scarlet 4 Fresher Than the Sweetness in 5 He Was Columbus 6 Ceilings No. 1 8 7 Under the Silent Tree 9 She's Out There Hare 10 She Said Yes 11 I Remember Caroline 12 How Long 13 Ceilings No. 2 14 Delighted to See You 15 The Breaking up Scene 16 (Do I Figure) In Your Life 17 Throw My Love Away 18 Girl of Independent Means 19 The Right to Choose 20 Julie in My Heart Dello 21 I Can't Let Maggie Go 22 She Sold Blackpool Rock 23 She Sold Blackpool Rock [French Version] 24 Would You Believe 25 Tender Are the Ashes 26 How Long [Single Version]

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The Peep Show - Maze (1967-1968)

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This obscure London-based four-piece group is best rememberedfor Mazy, a dreamy, rather haunting slice of flower power.Apparently, their 45s were jointly produced by Peter Meadon,who'd helped mould The Who in their early days as The HighNumbers, and Norman Jopling, who worked at 'Record Mirror'.Your Servent, Steven was also recorded by The Blues Magoos.
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01 - Your Servant Stephen02 - Maze03 - Big Giant Man04 - Lost My Lover05 - Lovey Dovey Feeling06 - Silver Queen Of The Screen07 - When You're Getting Tired08 - Rum Sensation09 - Called And Chosen10 - Esprit De Corps11 - The Hovercraft Song12 - Goodbye Child13 - Morning14 - Do Not Wait For Better Times15 - Maze # 216 - My Friends And I
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The Zipps - Be Stoned! Dig Zipps

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Dutch freakbeat band the Zipps formed in Dordrecht, the Netherlands in the fall of 1965. Lead guitarist Peter Nuyten and drummer John Noce Santoro previously teamed in the Moving Strings, who issued a pair of singles on the Delta label before dissolving, while singer/guitarist Philip Elzerman and vocalist Jan Bek came to the Zipps lineup from the Beat Town Skifflers, and bassist Theo Verschoor tenured in the Twilights. Bek quit the Zipps prior to the release of their debut single, "Roll the Cotton Down," issued in early 1966 on the Op-Art label; after signing to the Relax label, the group issued two more singles that ... Read More...

The Zipps
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The Smoke - ...It's Smoke Time (1967) UK

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More than any other band, the Smoke epitomized the groove of Swinging London — which was especially ironic when one considers that, at the height of their success, they sold more records in Europe than England. Their sound fell somewhere between mod and the Beatles — their instrumental attack was somewhat Who/Small Faces-like, yet they delighted in cheerful vocals and infectious harmonies and melodies. Only slightly popular on their home turf, and unknown in the U.S., their biggest success was in Germany (oddly enough, for such a British-sounding group). The band hailed from York, where bassist Zeke Lund and lead guitarist Mal Luker began playing together in a band called Tony Adams & the Viceroys, whose lineup eventually ... Read More...
Personel:
Mick Rowley - vocals
Mal Luker - guitar
Zeke Lund - bass
Geoff Gill - drums
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Tracks:
1. My Friend Jack2. Waterfall3. You Can't Catch Me4. High in a Room5. Wake Up Cherylina6. Don't Lead Me On7. We Can Take It8. If the Weather's Sunny9. I Wanna Make It with You10. It's Getting Closer11. It's Just Your Way of Lovin'12. I Would If I Could But I Can't
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The Smoke The Smoke - (1968) USA

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The Smoke was a one-off studio group created by producer/musician Michael Lloyd. Lloyd was previously in an early lineup of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. The Smoke dedicated this obscure release to Stuart Sutcliffe and the band cannot help but pay homage to their obsessions, the Beatles and the Beach Boys. There are no duff tracks on this soft pop masterpiece which was housed in a beautiful white jacket that recalled the Beatles Yellow Submarine album artwork.

Personnel:
Michael Lloyd - vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, horn and string arrangements
Stan Ayeroff - guitars
Steve Baim - drums

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1. Cowboys And Indians2. Looking Thru The Mirror3. Self-Analysis4. Gold Is The Colour Of Thought5. The Hobbit Symphony6. The Daisy Intermission7. Fogbound8. Song Thru Perception9. Philosophy10. Umbrella11. Ritual Gypsy Music Opus 112. October Country13. Odyssey
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THE GANTS - ROAD RUNNER ! (THE BEST OF)

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One of the relatively few garage bands from the Deep South to make a national impression in the mid-'60s, the Gants hit the Top 50 in 1965 with their cover of "Roadrunner." Liberty Records then preceded to bleed the band dry by issuing three cover-heavy albums and five more singles in the next year and a half. They deserved better, because lead singer and guitarist Sid Herring was a performer and songwriter of some talent. Too Beatlesque to be considered a garage band in the usual mold, their original material approximated elements of the Fab Four's sound circa 1965 with a blend of mid-tempo acoustic and electric guitars, close harmonies, and a slight country feel. Herring himself sounded like Lennon, and he wasn't above reworking melodic phrases from "In My Life" and "From Me to You." The strong material tended to be dwarfed by their rushed, cover-heavy albums, and the group never had another hit after "Roadrunner."
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1. Roadrunner - The Gants, Diddley, Bo 2. My Baby Don't Care - The Gants, Herring, Sid 3. Smoke Rings (You Can't Blow) - The Gants, Herring, Sid 4. Little Boy Sad - The Gants, Walker, Wayne 5. Gloria - The Gants, Morrison, Van 6. I Don't Want to See Her Again - The Gants, Herring, Sid 7. Stormy Weather - The Gants, Arlen, Harold 8. Never Go Right - The Gants, Herring, Sid 9. Six Days in May - The Gants, Herring, Sid 10. I Wonder - The Gants, Herring, Sid 11. Crackin' Up - The Gants, Diddley, Bo 12. Summertime Blues - The Gants, Capehart, Jerry 13. Try Too Hard - The Gants, Clark, Dave [Drums] 14. I Want Your Lovin' - The Gants, Bohling 15. Spoonful of Sugar - The Gants, Herring, Sid 16. Dance Last Night - The Gants, Upton, R. 17. Somebody Please - The Gants, Herring, Sid 18. Oh Yeah - The Gants, McDaniel, E. 19. I'm a Snake - The Gants, Herring, Sid 20. Greener Days - The Gants, Gates, Dave
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Christie - For All Mankind (1971)

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Leeds-born Jeff Christie (b. 1946) entered music by way of a skiffle band that eventually moved into rock & roll, taking the name the Outer Limits. They eventually cut a pair of singles, before breaking up, and Jeff Christie decided to try a career as a songwriter. His demo tape made its way to Tremeloes' guitarist Alan Blakely, and happened to be heard by his brother, drummer Mike Blakely, formerly of the Epics and the Acid Gallery. Both were impressed enough with Christie's songs to arrange a recording session in London where the Tremeloes participated as Christie's backing band — none of the sides from that session saw the light of day, but inspired by ... Read More...

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1. Magic Highway - Christie, Elmes, Vic

2. Man of Many Faces

3. Picture Painter

4. Martian King

5. For All Mankind

6. Peace Lovin' Man

7. My Baby's Gone

8. Country Sam - Christie, Elmes, Vic

9. I Believe in You

10. If Only

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BONUS


David Bowie - Early On (1964-1966)



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The definite early Bowie collection, with five previously unreleased 1965 demo's. This CD is also released on vinyl, without 'Liza Jane', 'Louie Louie Go Home' and 'Good Morning Girl'.
All songs written by David Bowie (aka David Jones), except Liza Jane by Leslie Conn, Louie, Louie Go Home by Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay, and I Pity The Fool by Deadric Malone.
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MusiciansA. Davie Jones with the King Bees (Nov '63 - Aug '64)Davie Jones: vocals, tenor & alto saxRoger Bluck: lead guitarGeorge Underwood: rhythm guitar, harmonica, vocalsDave Howard: bassBob Allen: drumsB. The Manish Boys (Aug '64 - Apr '65)Davie Jones: vocals, tenor & alto saxJohnny Flux: lead guitarJohn Watson: bass, rhythm guitar, vocalsMick White: drumsBob Solly: organPaul Rodriguez: tenor sax, trumpet, bassWoolf Byrne: baritone sax, harmonicaJimmy Page: guitar solo on I Pity The FoolC. Davy JonesDavy Jones: vocals, acoustic guitarD. Davy Jones/David Bowie with The Lower Third (Mar '65 - Jan '66)Davy Jones/David Bowie: vocals, tenor & alto saxDennis Taylor: lead guitarGraham Rivens: bassPhil Lancaster: drumsNicky Hopkins (on some sessions): pianoE. David Bowie with The Buzz (Feb '66 - Dec '66)David Bowie: vocalsJohn Hutchinson: lead guitarDerek Fearnley: bassJohn Eager: drumsDerek Boyes: organF.Davy Jones: vocals, acoustic guitarSession musicians unknown
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Biography1947 to 1967: Early yearsDavid Robert Jones was born in Brixton, London, to a father from Tadcaster in Yorkshire and a mother from an Irish family; Bowie's parents were married shortly after his birth. When he was six years old, his family moved from Brixton to Bromley in Kent, where he attended the Bromley Technical High School.When Bowie was fifteen years old, his friend George Underwood, wearing a ring on his finger, punched him in the left eye during a fight over a girl. Bowie was forced to stay out of school for eight months so that doctors could conduct operations to repair his potentially-blinded eye. Doctors could not fully repair the damage, leaving his pupil permanently dilated. As a result of the injury, Bowie has faulty depth perception. Bowie has stated that although he can see with his injured eye, his colour vision was mostly lost and a brownish tone is constantly present. The colour of the irises is still the same blue, but since the pupil of the injured eye is wide open, the colour of that eye is commonly mistaken to be different Despite the fight, Underwood and Bowie remained good friends, and Underwood went on to do the artwork for Bowie's earlier albums ... Read more
For many years these songs were hidden in a file cabinet. Long gone from Bowie's ever shifting memory, and lost forever from his fans. Luckily, they were finally discovered and released. Early On is nicely packaged and deserves a five star rating. "Liza Jane" sang by Bowie (then Jones) and backed up by The Kingbees. "Liza Jane" is a great song, and though many believe sounds too much like The Rolling Stones, I believe these songs were the foundation of what Bowie's music is all about today. .. Read more
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1.Liza Jane - (bonus track, with Davie Jones & The Kingbees)2.Louie, Louie Go Home - (bonus track, with Davie Jones & The Kingbees)3.I Pity The Fool - (with The Manish Boys)4.Take My Tip - (with The Manish Boys)5.That's Where My Heart Is - (with David Jones)6.I Want My Baby Back - (with David Jones)7.Bars Of The County Jail - (with David Jones)8.You've Got A Habit Of Leaving - (with Davy Jones)9.Baby Loves That Way - (with Davy Jones)10.I'll Follow You - (with David Jones)11.Glad I've Got Nobody - (with David Jones)12.Can't Help Thinking About Me13.And I Say To Myself14.Do Anything You Say15.Good Morning Girl - (bonus track)16.I Dig Everything17.I'm Not Losing Sleep
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Cliff Richard & The Shadows - Finders Keepers (1966)

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Finders Keepers is very much the forgotten film in Cliff Richard's '60s catalog, a strangely strained tale that revolved around Cliff Richard & the Shadows' discovery of a lost atom bomb off the coast of Spain — and an excuse, therefore, for our hero to wrap his tonsils one more time around a clutch of Latin-themed ballads. Lame as it all sounds, however, Finders Keepers is, in fact, one of Richard's stronger mid-'60s albums, with the hit "Time Drags By" just one of several genuinely memorable moments — the Shadows' instrumental "My Way," the title track, and a lovely rendering of "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" are all powerful numbers, while another Shadows showcase, a medley of the album's main themes, works as well on record as it does in the film. Of course, the whole package can't hold a candle to the effervescent joy of earlier Richard soundtracks, but it's as enjoyable as it ought to be and, should history ever come to reappraise the team's '60s soundtrack work, Finders Keepers could itself be found again.

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01-Finders Keepers02-Time Drags By03-Washerwoman04-La La La Song05-My Way06-Oh Senorita07-Spanish Music & Fiesta (The Shadows)08-This Day09-Paella10-Medley (Finders Keepers-My Way-Paella-Fiesta)11-Run To The Door12-Where Did The Summer Go13-Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
Extra tracks14-Oh Senorita (Extended Version)15-Visions (A-side)16-What Would I Do (Non-album B-side)17-In The Country (A-side)

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The Dukes Of Hamburg - Some Folks

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The Dukes of Hamburg are an all-star Garage rock/R&B review from San Francisco who claim to be from Hamburg, Germany. They do high energy, extremely listenable danceable 60's standards, and have truly become cult favorites on the West Coast and in Europe, where they have toured frequently. Lead singer Russell Quan is a bona-fide garage rock legend, he co-founded The Mummies and is a current/former member of the Phantom Surfers, Bobbyteens, Count Backwurds and The Flakes, just to name a few. New guitarist Chris Imlay was a founding member of the Hi-Fives, who did 3 records for Lookout! This is the first Dukes Of Hamburg recording released on compact disc, talk about retro!
The Dukes of Hamburg - Some Folks
Reviewby Stewart Mason,
Not since The Mummies has a garage rock revival group come up with a good costuming gimmick like the Dukes of Hamburg's Round Table shtick. (Really, the Hives and their natty little matching suits and ties? Oh, please.) Unsurprisingly, the Dukes of Hamburg are led by ex-Mummies guitarist Russell Quan, and 2002's Some Folks has all the snotty charm of the Mummies' best work, with the additional fillip of Quan's classic garage rock voice. Like seemingly thousands of American teenagers of the '60s, Quan seems to be deliberately aping the vocal inflections of the young Mick Jagger, making him an aging Asian guy from San Francisco imitating a young suburban American kid imitating a young suburban English kid imitating a middle-aged black man from the south side of Chicago. Clearly, new rules of "authenticity" apply here. What's most interesting about the album's collection of covers is that the 14 tracks venture far afield from the garage rock canon: Instead of "Pushin' Too Hard" and "Louie Louie," Quan and crew essay oddball fare like "Greensleeves," "Old MacDonald," and the Lonnie Donegan skiffle tune "Mercy, Mercy," all of them given a Kingsmen-like frat party punch. Surprisingly enough, the combination works; the old Harold Arlen/Yip Harburg standard "Green Eyed Woman" sounds just right next to the umpteenth version of "Hey Joe." Some Folks is probably strictly for garage rock fans, but it's pretty swell.
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Listening to the Dukes of Hamburg you can imagine them as the support act for the Beatles in 1963. The sound has that raw agression of early Rolling Stones.Truly wonderful! not since the Stairs released "Mexican R&B" has anyone managed to recreate the rocking sounds of the early Sixties.
The Dukes of Hamburg includes a veteran of the Mummies, the infamous garage band. The Dukes have that sixties garage sound down pat, and carry on the Mummies tradition of outrageous covers, such as Greensleaves, John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom, and Old MacDonald. This cd is just a heck of a lot of fun. If you are into garage rock, you definitely need this. (Amazon.com)
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1. Greensleeves 2. Mercy, Mercy 3. Women 4. Little By Little 5. Monkey, Monkey 6. Empty Heart 7. Far Far Away 8. Boom Boom 9. Green Eyed Woman 10. Old MacDonald 11. Off the Hook 12. No No No No 13. Slow Down 14. Hey Joe
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