Thursday, July 29, 2010

V.A. - Beach Classics: All Original Recordings

The vast number of available surf collections makes it hard to settle on one solid introductory disc: From obscure albums on Del-Fi to the many current-day offerings peppered with updated classics, the fare is often more a connoisseur's paradise or some producer's askew marketing project than a proper mix for neophytes. Save for a cover photo that screams disaster, the 20-track Beach Classics has the right mix of classics and relative rarities to ensure a smooth first ride for those a bit wave shy. Besides some essential fare from both Dick Dale and the Beach Boys, this title also covers the garage end of things (the Trashmen), a bit of space-probe pysch (the Pyramids), and the aforementioned obscurities (the Hustlers, the Blazers). Certainly not the ultimate surf document, Beach Classics still will provide an ideal start to your surf music exploration. ~ Review by Stephen Cook

1. Bruce & Terry - Summer Means Fun

2. The Rivieras - California Sun

3. Dick Dale & The Del-Tones - Miserlou

4. The Hondells - Little Honda

5. The Hustlers - Inertia!

6. The Sunrays - I Live For The Sun

7. The Marketts - Balboa Blue

8. The Rip Chords - Hey, Little Cobra

9. The Blazers - Bangalore

10. Beach Boys - Surfin Safari (Candix version)

11. The Rumblers - Surf Rat

12. The Tradewinds - New York's A Lonely Town

13. The Chevell's - Riptide

14. The Trashmen - Surfin' Bird

15. The Frogmen - Underwater

16. Dick Dale & The Del-Tones - King Of The Surf Guitar

17. The Pyramids - Penetration

18. Ronny & The Daytonas - G.T.O.

19. Dick Dale & The Del-Tones - Let's Go Trippin'

20. Beach Boys - Surfer Girl (Candix version)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Mindbenders - With Woman In Mind (1967) + 11 bonus tracks

Remaining together following the departure of frontman Wayne Fontana, the Mindbenders got off to one of the most promising starts any band could enjoy, when their debut single "A Groovy Kind of Love" soared to number two in the U.K. and topped the chart in America. And had the group only succeeded in locating a decent follow-up, they might well have developed into one of the finest British bands of the late '60s.

Instead, a series of disastrous choices of 45s condemned them to the ranks of rank also-rans, and it is only later that the sheer quality of their other work — material hitherto lost on two Mindbenders LPs — had been re-evaluated sufficiently to let listeners state that here was one of the greatest of all Britain's post-beat bands. A Groovy Kind of Love album totally failed to capitalize on the success of its title track, floundering to a lowly number 92, while a second song by "Groovy" composers Carole Bayer and Toni Wine, "Ashes to Ashes," scarcely improved on that in the singles' listings. It made number 55, although Fontana did still try to capitalize on it, repressing the Groovy Kind of Love album with "Ashes to Ashes" replacing "Don't Cry No More." (Later in the year, "Ashes to Ashes" hit number 14 in Britain, but only after the vaguely Spector-ish "Can't Live With You (Can't Live Without You)" had struggled to break the Top 30. ~ READ MORE

В конце 1965 года Уэйн разругался с тремя своими друзьями, заявив, что начинает сольную карьеру. Случилось это так: посредине концерта Уэйн подошел к гитаристу Стюарту и сказал ему, указывая на зал: "Они все твои", после чего покинул сцену. The Mindbenders не растерялись и тут же выпустили сингл Groovy Kind Of Love, занявший второе место в хит-параде, а в 1966 сингл Ashes To Ashes, попавший в TOP-20. Как Уэйн ни старался, мгновенно повторить их успеха ему не удалось; впрочем, ему не удалось этого и потом (только сингл 1966 года Pamela, Pamela достиг 11-го места в хит-параде). В 1968 году группа The Mindbenders объявила о своем роспуске.

1. Mindbenders - To Be Or Not To Be (1:56)

2. Mindbenders - Honey And Wine (2:25)

3. Mindbenders - Schoolgirl (2:20)

4. Mindbenders - A Little Piece Of Leathers (3:00)

5. Mindbenders - Shotgun (3:06)

6. Mindbenders - I Want Her She Wants Me (2:19)

7. Mindbenders - Mystery Train (2:59)

8. Mindbenders - The Morning After (2:13)

9. Mindbenders - Homework (2:52)

10. Mindbenders - Airport People (3:07)

11. Mindbenders - Cool Jerk (3:11)

12. Mindbenders - Ashes To Ashes (2:26)


13. Mindbenders - School Girl (Single ersion) (2:06)

14. Mindbenders - Comming Back (2:51)

15. Mindbenders - Blessed Are The Lonely (2:59)

16. Mindbenders - Yellow Brick Road (3:00)

17. Mindbenders - Uncle Joe The Ice Cream Man (2:21)

18. Mindbenders - The Man Who Loved Trees (2:31)


19. Mindbenders - Don't Cry No More (2:39)

20. Mindbenders - Land Of 1000 Dances (1:43)

21. Mindbenders - In The Midnight Hour (1:17)

22. Mindbenders - See See Rider / Jenny Jenny (1:34)

23. Mindbenders - A Groovy Kind Of Love (1:57)
You have to sort of pity the Mindbenders — the group, which had seemed destined for success, had fared so poorly since "A Groovy Kind of Love" that their second LP, With Women in Mind, barely got heard, despite its being as strong as anything that the Kinks were putting out on LP in 1967. The album picks up where the group's first, self-titled album left off, comprised of generally bracing rock & roll with a soul edge and a sense of humor, as well as a solid layer of inventiveness. Ric Rothwell's highly ornamented drumming holds everything together, giving Eric Stewart and Bob Lang room to add their elegant flourishes and, in Stewart's case, moments of impressive flash, as well. They turn in a convincing R&B-laced rendition of the Goffin/King-composed "Honey and Wine," which is highlighted by killer vocals and a nicely understated guitar break, while "Schoolgirl," which got them banned by the BBC (over its allegedly lascivious tale of teen pregnancy), is an astonishingly catchy number that ought to have had enough hooks to get heard over here. And their cover of Donnie Elbert's "A Little Piece of Leather" is so beguiling with its jagged, angular, quasi-psychedelic guitar break around the catchy chorus that it's almost worth the price of the album by itself.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Johnny and His Cellar Rockers - The Complete Collection (1961-68) Holland

This double CD released by Dutch Rock & Pop Institute
 is actually a complete historic document on the early musical career of Jan Akkerman!

Ян Аккерман - выдающийся гитарист, композитор и аранжировщик, в 70-е - член крупной
голландской арт-группы FOCUS, автор великолепных сольных работ, участник ряда
интересных музыкальных проектов, концертирующий гитарист.
Ян Аккерман родился 24 декабря 1946 года в Амстердаме. Его отец неплохо играл на
гитаре, однако по-настоящему Ян пристрастился к музыке благодаря матери, которая
поощряла его желание освоить аккордеон. В возрасте 8 лет Ян все-таки решил отдать
предпочтение гитаре, уроки игры на которой он начал брать. При обучении в
амстердамском Музыкальном лицее Аккерман получал именную стипендию. В 12 лет со своей первой группой JOHNNY AND THE CELLAR ROCKERS (в которую одно время входил барабанщик Пьер Ван Дер Линден (Pierre Van Der Linden), будущий соратник Яна по другим группам).
Аккерман записал свой первый "сингл" – собственную версию джазового стандарта
"Exodus", а также некую "Melody In F Rock" (впоследствии ансамблем было сделано еще
несколько записей). Большое влияние на Яна оказал джаз и этническая музыка (включая
латино), а также английский рок (THE SHADOWS, THE BEATLES и др.) и творчество Фрэнка

The Complete Collection 1961-68

Johnny & his Cellar Rockers

Melody in F Rock
Hits in rock medley 1
Hits in rock medley 2
Blue tango
Una Aventura Mas
Close your eyes
Be-Bop A-Lula
I love you yes I do

Mr Tambourine man
It ain't me babe
You were on my mind
Bury me beneath the willow
The Russian spy and I
When I see Babette
I'm the king
The Consul of Sidney
Strange things appear
Blues in G
Lost money
Shovel man

Jan Akkerman
Bags groove
Revival of the cat
Mercy mercy mercy
On the green light
What'd I say
Slim Jenkin's place
Green onions
Ode to Billy Joe
Comin' home baby

Trea Dobbs met Johnny and his Cellar Rockers
Hi-Lilly, Hi-Lo
Altijd zal het zomer zijn

Karin Kent met Johnny and his Cellar Rockers
Als ik een jongen was
Loop nou niet weg

Aart Brouwer met Johnny and his Cellar Rockers
He pssst...!

The Blue Diamonds met Johnny and his Cellar Rockers
Show me the way to go home
Banana boat song

Wanda met Johnny and his Cellar Rockers
Shall we twist
Let's twist again

Peggy March met the Hunters
Too long away

The Hunters
Loving a woman is a waste of time

В конце 50-х юный гитарист участвовал также в THE FRIENDSHIP SEXTET, а в 60-е проявил
себя как лидер THE HUNTERS – группы, исполнявшей в основном кавер-версии, но
также прославившейся и собственной темой под забавным названием "Russian Spy And I"
(1966). Своего друга Пьера Ван Дер Линдена Аккерман в конце 60-х пригласил в
сформированный им хард-роковый BRAINBOX (а позже коллеги воссоединились в
"классическом" составе FOCUS). Соратником Аккермана по BRAINBOX был также
вокалист/автор текстов Каз Лукс (Kaz Lux). BRAINBOX в 1969 году выпустил одноименный
альбом на Parlophone Records. В том же году на голландском отделении "EMI" в 1969-м
Аккерман записал свой первый сольник "Talent For Sale", который, однако, прошел
малозамеченным (переиздан в 1973 под названием "Guitar For Sale" фирмой "Electrola").


Jan Burger
Cor Engelsma
Hans Kuyt
Pierre van der Linden
Jan Akkerman
Paul Hubert
Wilfred Arends
Sydney Wachtel
Ron Bijtelaar
Frank Smit

(Info,single covers taken from 

Thanks Bernardo

1961 SP Exodus/Melody in F Rock (NL Decca FM 264.399) (GE Fontana 266.273 FE)
1961 SP Hits In Rock Medley 1/Hits In Rock Medley 2 (NL Decca FM 264.400)*
[Non Je Ne Regrette Rien-Surrender-Tommy Uit Tennessee/Wheels-Pepe-Are You Sure]
1962 SP Blue Tango/Una Aventura Mas (NL Decca FM 264.478)*
1962 SP Namrekka/Bonzo (NL Decca 264.479)*
1962 EP Blue Tango (NL Decca FM V 63119)
1963 SP Close Your Eyes/Be-Bop-A-Lula (NL Decca AT 10049)
1964 SP I Love You Yes I Do/Why (NL Decca AT 10106)

"...In 1961 -- the year 15-year-old Jan Akkerman founded Johnny & his Cellar Rockers -- I was 14 years old. As a member of one of the many youth clubs Amsterdam counted, I was aloud to fix the stage every saturday night for the local bands who came to play. One of that early rock groups was Johnny & his Cellar Rockers. As a 'thank you' Jan gave me a copy of their first single witch I considered as one of my personal jewels for a long time. Besides Jan Akkerman and his 8-year-old brother Cocky, the band consisted of Pierre van der Linden on drums, later joined by Cor Engelsma (bass) and Jan Burgers (second guitarist).

The band started some months earlier. And because of their unbridled and loud enthusiasm during music practice, they were regularly banned to the cellar of the Akkerman family. The Cellar Rockers first played without a singer. They did not need one, for they played instrumental rock, a musical style that was very popular at the time. It was introduced in 1960 by the world-famous band The Shadows. The genre was eagerly picked up by young Dutch people and many Dutch musicians started copying it. With the talented Jan Akkerman as front man, the band soon became very popular in Amsterdam and its surroundings. They managed to get a record deal with Philips and released their first instrumental single "Exodus"/"Melody in F Rock" on Decca -- the one Akkerman gave me. "Blue Tango"/"Una Aventura Mas" were the first productions in 1962. Jan also started to play his own material with Johnny & his Cellar Rockers and two of his compositions, "Namrekka" (Akkerman in reverse) and "Bonzo", were released on vinyl. Both singles also appeared on an EP called "Blue Tango". Read on +/-

Pierre van der Linden was replaced in 1962 by Sydney Wachtel. The members of the band figured it was time for something new. Instrumental music decreased in popularity, so they decided to try out a new musical genre. The Beatles, who conquered the whole world with their music, were a great source of inspiration for many bands, including Jan and his crew. The song "All My Loving", written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, provided the basis for their next single, which finally got the title "Close your eyes". The B-side of that single was the rock classic "Be-Bop-A-Lula". These two songs proved that Johnny & his Cellar Rockers could handle vocal repertoire just as well. Many artists heard of the band's musical growth and as a result they were frequently asked to accompany various solo artists during studio recordings. In between collaborations, the band also recorded the single "I love you, yes I do"/"Why"..."

1965 SP Mr.Tambourine Man/It Ain't Me Babe (NL RCA Victor 47-9597)
1965 SP You Were On My Mind/Bury Me Beneath The Willow
            (NL RCA Victor 47-9599)
1966 SP Peggy March - Too Long Away (Jan Akkerman guitar)/Kilindini Docks
            (NL RCA Victor 47-9655)
1966 SP Russian Spy And I/Spring (NL RCA Victor 47-9656)
1966 SP Janosh/When I See Babette (NL RCA Victor 47-9657)
1967 SP I'm The King/The Consul Of Sidney (NL RCA Victor 47-9751)
1968 SP Lost Money/Shovel Man (NL Imperial IH 818)
1968 SP Strange Things Appear/Blues In G (NL Imperial IH 791)

"..In 1965 Jan Akkerman and his band decided to change their name to "Johnny and the Hunters", wich became simply "The Hunters" soon after. Paul Hubert replaced Jan Burgers on guitar, while Wilfred Arens was the new bassplayer. Wilfred on his turn was replaced by Ron Bijtelaar in 1966. Their first singles featured Rita Severijnse and Floor Klomp on vocals, but since "The Russian Spy and I", released in June 1966, they shared the vocals themselves. That single became a Top 40 hit in The Netherlands, as it reached #10. The next single "Janosh" wasn't very successful (#40) and not very good aether. But it was a logical follow-up to its predecessor, who became one of the milestones in Dutch pop history. After that single, Ron Bijtelaar was replaced by Frank Smit, before Ron finally returned to The Hunters, to play on their last single "Lost Money" in November 1968. The Hunters were, just like the "Cellar Rockers", also a backing group for several lead singers. For instance, they recorded a single with vocaliste Peggy March in 1966. Recently this photo from the recording session turned up. For more info about Jan Akkerman -- Holland's best guitar player ever:"

CD 1

1. Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Melody In F Rock (2:46)

2. Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Exodus (2:09)

3. Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Hits In Rock Medley 1; Non Je Ne Regrette Rien-Surrender-Tommy Uit Tennessee (2:52)

4. Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Hits In Rock Medley 2; Wheels-Pepe-Are You Sure (3:03)

5. Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Blue Tango (2:36)

6. Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Una Aventura Mas (2:35)

7. Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Namrekka (2:44)

8. Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Bonzo (2:51)

9. Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Close Your Eyes (2:12)

10. Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Be Bop A Lula (2:25)

11. Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - I Love You Yes I Do (3:11)

12. Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Why (2:17)

13. Hunters - Mr. Tambourine Man (2:03)

14. Hunters - It Ain't Me Babe (3:28)

15. Hunters - You Were On My Mind (2:40)

16. Hunters - Bury Me Beneath The Willow (2:31)

17. Hunters - Russian Spy And I (2:39)

18. Hunters - Spring (2:01)

19. Hunters - Janosh (2:50)

20. Hunters - When I See Babette (3:01)

21. Hunters - I'm The King (2:49)

22. Hunters - The Consul Of Sidney (2:13)

23. Hunters - Strange Things Appear (3:44)

24. Hunters - Blues In G (3:38)

25. Hunters - Lost Money (2:07)

26. Hunters - Shovel Man (2:56)

СD 2
1. Jan Akkerman - Bags Groove (2:43)

2. Jan Akkerman - Revival Of The Cats (2:55)

3. Jan Akkerman - Moonbeam (3:07)

4. Jan Akkerman - Mercy Mercy Mercy (3:26)

5. Jan Akkerman - On The Green Light (2:56)

6. Jan Akkerman - What'd I Say (2:38)

7. Jan Akkerman - Slim Jenkin's Place (3:23)

8. Jan Akkerman - Hineimatov (3:21)

9. Jan Akkerman - Green Onions (3:17)

10. Jan Akkerman - Ode To Billy Joe (5:32)

11. Jan Akkerman - Comin' Home Baby (2:24)

12. Trea Dobbs & Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Hi Lilly, Hi-Lo (3:15)

13. Trea Dobbs & Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Altijd Zal Het Zomer Zijn (2:40)

14. Karin Kent & Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Als Ik Een Jongen Was (1:52)

15. Karin Kent & Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Loop Nou Niet Weg (2:32)

16. Aart Brouwer & Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Vies (2:13)

17. Aart Brouwer & Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - He Psst... (2:30)

18. Blue Diamonds & Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Show Me The Way To Go Home (2:50)

19. Blue Diamonds & Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Banana Boat Song (2:50)

20. Wanda & Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Shall We Twist (1:53)

21. Wanda & Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Let's Twist Again (2:30)

22. Peggy March & Johnny & his Cellar Rockers - Too Long Away (2:19)

23. Hunters - Loving A Woman Is A Waste Of Time [Previously Unreleased] (1:58)

V.A. - That Driving Beat: UK Freakbeat Rarities vol.1-5

This five-CD box set brings them all together, presenting around 149 rarities from the 1963-1967 era, most of them British (a few items from Continental Europe are also thrown in). Pinpointing who this should be recommended to is tough, because any passionate collector of freakbeat is already going to have some to a lot (but almost certainly not all) of it. At the same time, it's likely too much for the novice, for whom single-volume comps with a higher percentage of killer cuts make far better initiations. But make no mistake: this certainly is good value if you like the style and don't have the majority of the contents, and not just for the sheer quantity of the material. Odd tracks like the Poets' "That's the Way It's Got to Be" and Him & the Others' "She's Got Eyes That Tell Lies" aside, there aren't that many absolute undisputed monsters of the genre here, most of it's at least decent, and good percentage of it is quite good. To name just a few songs, the Plebs' "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You," the Remo 4's "Sing Hallelujah," the Hi-Numbers' "Heart of Stone" (not to be confused with the High Numbers who became the Who), and the Mike Cotton Sound's "I Don't Wanna Know" are not only really good obscure British Invasion recordings, but not all that easy to find on other reissues.

On the other hand, a good number of selections are OK but nothing more, and there are too many covers of well-known songs, though even those do tend to be above average as those things rank. There are also a lot of songs that are frankly more Merseybeat than freakbeat, though really there's nothing wrong with that, unless you take the "freakbeat" label at face value and are expecting nothing but mod-psychedelia. If you approach this as an interesting survey of bands and songs that sort of floated between the major and minor leagues of mid-'60s British rock -- rather than a box set of similar size that that's going to be outstanding the whole way through, like Rhino's Nuggets extravaganzas -- it's certainly worth the investment. Though none of these songs were hits, it's astonishing how many records and bands had direct connections to bigger names, whether it's a cover of an altered version of the Who's "The Kids Are Alright" by the Rockin' Vickers (with a young Lemmy); obscurities produced by the Kinks' Dave Davies, Manfred Mann, and the Animals' Alan Price; no-hit groups including future members of Traffic, Manfred Mann, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, and Yes, and ex-members of the Hollies, the Walker Brothers, and the Pretty Things; and little-known productions by Shel Talmy and Joe Meek. (The Meek-produced efforts by Heinz ("I'm Not a Bad Guy") and the Outlaws ("Shake with Me") aren't hard to get elsewhere, but are both really tough British Invasion pop numbers..) And while the packaging isn't on the Nuggets scale, the track-by-track an ~ by Richie Unterberger


1. The Shots - Keep A Hold Of What You Got (2:08)
2. The Knack - She Ain't No Good (2:12)
3. Mal Ryder & The Spirits - Your Friends (2:37)
4. The Untamed - I'll Go Crazy (2:11)
5. The Worrying Kynde - Got The Flame (1:51)
6. Tony Knight & The Live Wires - I Feel So Blue (2:27)
7. The Mike Cotton Sound - I Don't Wanna Know (2:11)
8. The Llan - Realise (3:13)
9. The Eccentrics - What You Got (2:56)
10. Him & The Others - She's Got Eyes That Tell Lies (2:46)
11. The Plebs - Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You (1:52)
12. The In Crowd - Things She Says (1:45)
13. Screaming Lord Such & The Savages - The Train Kept-A-Rollin' (2:45)
14. Phase 4 - Think U'll Sit Down & Cry (2:32)
15. Ten Feet - Factory Worker (2:16)
16. The Koobas - You Better Make Up Your Mind (2:27)
17. The Mark Five - Baby What's Wrong (2:44)
18. The Attractions - She's A Girl (2:34)
19. The Primitives - How Do You Feel? (2:22)
20. The Remo 4 - Sing Hallelujah (3:39)
21. The Darwin's Theory - Hosanna (2:05)
22. The Favourite Sons - That Driving Beat (1:39)
23. The Mosquettes - Right String Baby, But The Wrong Yo-Yo (1:56)
24. The Hipster Image - Make Her Mine (2:16)
25. The Answers - It's Just A Fear (3:18)
26. The Cheynes - Respectable (1:54)
27.  The Poets - That's The Way It's Got To Be
28.  The Athenians - Louie Louie
29.  The Profile - Haven't That Got Better Things To Do
30.  The Souls Agents - Let's Make It Pretty Baby
31.  Tony's Defenders - Yes I Do
32.  The Meddy Evils - Ma's Place


1. The Deejays - In The Midnight Hour (3:19)
2. The Outlaws - Shake With Me (2:32)
3. The Cherokees - Dig A Little Deeper (2:34)
4. The Quakers - I'm Ready (2:44)
5. The Transatlantics - Louie Go Home (2:43)
6. The Shevells - Come On Home (2:34)
7. The Beat Buddies - Pins In My Heart (1:50)
8. The Jay-Jay's - Baldheaded Woman (2:35)
9. The Pack - Things That Bring Me Down (2:22)
10. The Regents - Bye Bye Johnny (2:15)
11. Brian Diamond & The Cutters - Shake, Shout And Go (2:24)
12. The Classmates - Pay Day (2:23)
13. The Whirlwinds - Baby Not Like Me (1:54)
14. The Zephyrs - She's Lost You (2:30)
15. T-Bones - How Many More Times (3:31)
16. The Loose Ends - I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore (2:10)
17. James Royal - Work Song (3:06)
18. The Hi Numbers - Heart Of Stone (2:19)
19. Carter-Lewis & The Southenders - Skinny Minnie (2:41)
20. The Mark Leeman 5 - Gather Up The Pieces (2:33)
21.  Gary Walker - She Makes Me Feel Better
22.  Haydock's Rockhouse - She Thinks
23.  The Sassenachs - That Don't Worry Me
24.  The Redcaps - Funny Things
25.  The Firing Squad - Bullmoose
26.  The Hellions - Think It Over
27.  The Slade Brothers - Peace In My Mind
28.  The Dukes - Try To Understand


1. The Jynx - How (2:15)
2. The Blues Council - Baby Don't Look Down (2:03)
3. The Knack - Time, Time, Time (2:45)
4. The Laurie Jay Combo - Just A Little Bit (2:06)
5. Four + One - Don't Lie To Me (1:52)
6. Tony Knight's Chessmen - Surfer Street (2:47)
7. The Scorpions - Just Like Me (2:13)
8. The Bad Boys - That's What I'll Do (2:44)
9. The Mark Four - Work All Day (Sleep All Night) (2:57)
10. The Bobby Patrick Big Six - Sweet Talk Me Baby (2:09)
11. The Snobs - Buckleshoe Stomp (2:14)
12. The Shots - She's A Liar (2:21)
13. The College Boys - I'm Gonna Cry (1:54)
14. The Preachers - Too Old In The Head (1:56)
15. The Trekkas - Please Go (2:26)
16. Wayne Gibson & The Dynamic Sounds - See You Later, Alligator (2:23)
17. The Muldoons - I'm Lost Without You (2:46)
18. The Rockin' Vickers - I Don't Need Your Kind (2:30)
19. The Puppets - Baby Don't Cry (2:01)
20. The Nocturns - Carryin' On (3:22)
21. The Roadhogs - My Generation (3:13)
22.  The Quakers - Down The Road Apiece
23.  Herbie's People - Sweet And Tender Romance
24.  Rey Anton & The Peppermint Men - Don't Treat Me Bad
25.  The Fenmen - I've Got Everything You Need, Babe
26.  A Band Of Angels - Me
27.  The Rats - Parchman Farm
28.  Kingsize Taylor - Somebody's Always Trying
29.  The Chances - Tell Me

These tracks:

Track 4: The Regents - Words
Track 9: Miki Dallon - Gonna Find A Cave

were listed on the rear of the cover vol.3
 but are not included on the respective CD.


1. Checkmates - It Ain't Right (1:57)
2. In Crowd - Stop Wait A Minute (2:06)
3. Paul's Troubles - You've Got Something (2:29)
4. Tony & Howard With The Dictators - Just In Case (2:51)
5. Sean Buckley & The Breadcrumbs - Everybody Knows (2:09)
6. Comanches - Missed Your Lovin' (2:22)
7. Gene Latter - Mother's Little Helper (2:41)
8. Rockin' Vickers - It's Alright (2:13)
9. Dennisons - You Don't Know What Love Is (1:59)
10. Bunch Of Fives - At The Station (2:07)
11. Mal Ryder & The Spirits - Slow Down (2:47)
12. Shevells - Oo Poo Pa Doo (2:26)
13. Jason Deane - Ain't Got No Love (2:45)
14. Shanes - I Don't Want Your Love (2:15)
15. Casual Four - I Can Tell (3:28)
16. Mike Rabin & The Demons - Head Over Heels (2:01)
17. Wayne Gibson & The Dynamics - Baby, Baby, Baby Pity Me (2:10)
18. Knack - It's Love, Baby (24 Hours A Day) (2:22)
19. Nicky James Movement - Stagger Lee (1:44)
20. Thoughts - Memory Of Your Love (2:07)
21. Rey Anton & The Pro-Form - Hold It, Babe (2:11)
22. Denny Seyton & The Sabres - Tricky Dickie (2:29)
23. Rats - I've Gotta See My Baby (2:23)
24. Valkyries - What's Your Name? (1:46)
25. meddyEVILS - Place Called Love (2:06)
26. Alex Harvey - Go Away Baby (2:25)
27.  Heinz - I'm Not A Bad Guy
28.  Brian Howard & The Silhouettes - Hooked
29.  Manchester Mob - Bony Maronie At The Hop
30.  Mark Leeman 5 - Going To Bluesville
31.  Thee - There You Go



1. Junco Partners - As Long As I Have You (2:26)
2. Rattles - Say All Right (2:28)
3. Hot Springs - All I know About Love (2:32)
4. The Elcort - Searchin' (4:00)
5. The Outsiders - Keep On Doing It (2:35)
6. Brian Diamond & The Cutters - Bone Idol (2:36)
7. The Revolution - Shades Of Blue (2:30)
8. Bo ST Runners - Get Out Of My Way (2:41)
9. Corduroys - Too Much Of A Woman (1:38)
10. Stovepipe No. 4 - My Babe (2:29)
11. Soul Agents - Seventh Son (2:41)
12. Zephyrs - Sweet Little Baby (2:39)
13. Mark 4 - Going Down Fast (2:35)
14. Jimmy Royal & The Hawks - I'm Leaving You (2:07)
15. Moquettes - You Came Along (2:14)
16. Midknights - Just For Me (2:17)
17. Dave Davani - Tossin' & Turnin' (2:32)
18. Mel Turner & The Mohicans - Doin' The Ton (2:12)
19. Boston Crabs - Alley Oop (3:14)
20. Pentad - Silver Dagger (2:34)
21. Banshees - I Got A Woman (3:03)
22. Mike Cotton Sound - I Get My Eyes On You (2:24)
23. Jimmy Powell & The 5 Dimensions - I'm Looking For A Woman (2:23)
24. Long & Short - Love Is A Funny Thing (2:52)
25. Gary Farr & The T-Bones - Don't Stop & Stare (2:32)
26. Selfkick - Gosh! I'm Your Woman Not Your Wife (2:19)
27.  Just Four Men - Don't Come Any Closer
28.  Hustlers - Shick Of Giving
29.  Outlaws - Keep A Knocking

These tracks:

Track 1: Christians Crusaders-Honey Hash

were listed on the rear of the cover vol.5
 but are not included on the respective CD.

Honeybus - Old Masters Hidden Treasures

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.

The best known line-up consisted of:

Pete Dello (born Peter Blumsom, 1942, Oxford, Oxfordshire) — (vocals, keyboards, guitar)
Ray Cane (born Raymond Byart, 1945, Hackney, East London) — (vocals, bass, keyboards)
Colin Hare (born Colin Nicholas Nicol, 4 June 1946, Combe, near Bath, Somerset) — (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Pete Kircher (born Peter Derek Kircher, 21 January 1945, Folkestone, Kent) — (drums, vocals)
Jim Kelly (born James Kelly, 19 December 1946, Dundee, Scotland - died 26 December 1995, Dundee, Scotland) — (lead guitar, vocals)
Lloyd Courtenay (born 20 December 1944, Wallasey) - drums

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. 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. Dello and Cane, songwriting partners and ex-members of various minor early-'60s rock bands, most notably Grant Tracy & the Sunsets, were the prime movers behind Honeybus. In 1966, they formed the Yum Yum Band with ex-Them drummer Terry Noon, which became popular in the London clubs and released five singles on the English Decca label. A collapsed lung put Dello out of action in early 1966, and it was during his recuperation that he began rethinking what the band and his music were about. He developed the notion of a new band that would become a canvas for him to work on as a songwriter -- they would avoid the clubs, working almost exclusively in the studio, recreating the sounds that he was hearing in his head. Those sounds mostly featured lush melodies and lyrics that suddenly blossomed with the upbeat radiance of flower power and the Summer of Love. It was a novel strategy, paralleling the approach to music-making by the Beatles in their post-concert period, and all the more daring for the fact that they were a new group, without the unique hitmaking history of the Liverpool quartet. Out of this came Honeybus, with Noon stepping aside to manage the group and being replaced by Mike Kircher. The group was one of the best studio bands of the period, reveling in the perfection that could be achieved through multi-tracking and overdubbing, and an approach that also mimicked the Beatles' breadth, playing with either admirable taste or reckless abandon, depending on the song. They were duly signed to England's Decca Records and assigned to the company's newly organized Deram label, which was intended to represent their new generation of pop/rock acts, oriented toward sunshine pop, psychedelic, and what was later designated "freakbeat" sounds. Their debut single, "Delighted to See You," which was cut with the help of Roulettes members Bob Henrit and Russ Ballard, sounded more like the Beatles than anything heard in British pop/rock since the Searchers had faded from view in early 1966. The B-side, "The Breaking Up Scene," could have been the work of the Jimi Hendrix Experience or the Creation. Actually, if anything, they sounded a great deal like the Bee Gees, who had just begun establishing themselves as something more than Beatles sound-alikes -- the difference was that the Bee Gees were a performing band as well as a top-notch studio outfit, fully capable of doing (and willing to do) most of their output on-stage. The critics were quick to praise the band and the record, but it never charted, and their second single was also unsuccessful. Then Honeybus hit with their third release, "I Can't Let Maggie Go," in March of 1968, which rode the British Top 50 for three months and peaked at number eight. One of the most fondly remembered examples of psychedelic pop/rock to come out of England in 1967, with a richly textured, reed-dominated arrangement (with a bassoon very prominent and a break played on oboes and clarinets) and a pleasant McCartney-esque lead vocal surrounded by gentle high harmonies, all wrapped up in a melody that wore well on repeated listening. The record should have made the group, but instead it shattered them.Pete Dello resigned during the single's chart run. He had been willing to play live on radio appearances and the occasional television or special concert showcase -- during which the group used a Mellotron to replace the overdubbed strings and other backing instruments on their songs -- but he couldn't accept the physical or emotional stresses of performing live on a regular basis, or the idea of touring America, which would have been the inevitable result of a British hit of that size. Perhaps a Brian Wilson/Beach Boys-type solution, with an on-stage replacement, might have worked, but instead Dello left, and with him went his songs.Jim Kelly came in on guitar and vocals, while Ray Cane, whose talents and instincts were a near-match for Dello's, took over most of the songwriting, and Honeybus proceeded to play regular concerts. The group never recovered the momentum they'd lost over "Maggie," however, despite a string of fine singles, beginning in September 1968 with "Girl of Independent Means" -- a McCartney-esque ballad authored by Cane -- and its cheerfully trippy B-side "How Long" (a Cane/Kircher/Hare composition), with its radiant choruses and mix of elegant acoustic guitars and neatly jagged electric lead. A third single followed in May of 1969, "She Sold Blackpool Rock" and its country-ish B-side, "Would You Believe." These records never charted, however, and by the end of 1969 the group had pretty well decided to call it quits once they finished the LP that they'd begun for Decca -- as it was, the world was shifting under the group, the music around them changing into something harder and louder. By mid-1969 it was all over. Kircher couldn't even stay to complete their LP, joining Engelbert Humperdinck's touring band instead, and the drums on fully half of the album were played by Lloyd Courteney and Bob Henrit. That album, The Honeybus Story, was released in late 1969, but without an active group to promote it, the record sank without a trace. The members did re-form to help promote it, thinking there might be some life yet left in the name and their work, but that brief spring 1970 revival was as far as their future seemed to go. This was a real pity, because it was a beautiful album, with the kind of ornate production and rich melodies that had become increasingly rare with the passing of the psychedelic era, and over the years won converts to their sound, even on the far side of the Atlantic (where it was never officially released). Colin Hare cut a highly melodic folk-rock-style solo album in 1971, entitled March Hare, and Dello released an even better record of his own entitled Into Your Ears, working once again with Ray Cane, who arranged the music. Soon after, Dello got the Honeybus lineup back together -- coming back to succeed his own replacement in the lineup, Jim Kelly -- to record a single on Bell Records' U.K. label. That single, "She Is the Female to My Soul," released in early 1972, was reminiscent of their 1960s' work, an ornately sung and arranged ballad, like Paul McCartney (or Pete Ham) in a romantic vein, a pleasant acoustic and lightly amplified electric guitar-driven piece with a break featuring a prominent reed part. It generated more positive press than sales, but the record did gain the attention of Warner Bros.' British division, and suddenly Honeybus had a recording contract with a major label. The resulting album, Recital, was completed in early 1973, by which time a change in A&R personnel at Warner Bros. had taken place -- the new regime, eager to put its own mark on the company's releases and having no investment in (or understanding of) Honeybus, elected not to release the album. At that point, Cane and Noon exited the group to form a duo called the Bo'flyers, who recorded for Pye. Dello kept working, sometimes under pseudonyms and later recut "I Can't Let Maggie Go" for use in a commercial that was so successful Decca reissued the original version at least twice during the 1970s -- meanwhile, Dello made several unsuccessful attempts at turning his song "I'm a Gambler" into a hit. By the 1980s, all of the members except for Kircher -- who joined Status Quo -- had left music. There were periodic reissues of the group's work, including a 1999 single-disc compilation from Repertoire, culminating in 2002 with She Flies Like a Bird: The Honeybus Story, from Castle Records, which included their complete Decca single and album sides, their Bell and Warner singles, cuts from Recital, and a brace of live BBC track

Original albums

1970 Story
1973 Recital (unreleased)
Posthumous compilation albums

1989 Honeybus At Their Best
1993 Old Masters, Hidden Treasures
1997 At Their Best
1999 The Honeybus Story
2002 She Flies Like A Bird : The Anthology (features previously unreleased songs such as "Big Ship")

1967 "Delighted To See You" (Dello) b/w "The Breaking Up Scene" (Dello) - Deram Records
1967 "(Do I Figure) In Your Life" (Dello) b/w "Throw My Love Away" (Cane) - Deram
1968 "I Can't Let Maggie Go" (Dello) b/w "Tender Are The Ashes" (Dello) - Deram
1968 "Girl Of Independent Means" (Cane) b/w "How Long" (Kircher-Cane-Hare) - Deram
1969 "She Sold Blackpool Rock" (Cane) b/w "Would You Believe" (Hare) - Deram
1969 "La Cicogna" (Italian version of "She Sold Blackpool Rock") b/w "Chi Sei Tu" (Italian version of "Ceilings No 2") - Decca
1972 "Story" (Cane) b/w "The Right To Choose" (Cane) - Deram (recorded in January 1970)
1972 "She Is The Female To My Soul" (Dello) b/w "For Where Have You Been" (Hare) - Bell Records
1973 "For You Baby" (Dello) b/w "Little Lovely One" (Dello) - WEA
1976 "I Can't Let Maggie Go" (Dello) b/w "Julie In My Heart" (Dello) - Decca Records reissue
1982 "I Can't Let Maggie Go" (Dello) / "Tender Are The Ashes" (Dello) - Further Decca reissue

Honeybus - Old Masters Hidden Treasures

01 - I Can't Let Maggie Go
02 - Texas Gold
03 - Hear Me Only
04 - Baroque'N Roll Star
05 - Madam, Chairman Of The Committee
06 - Jug Of Water
07 - Slow Rock
08 - Story
09 - Lute Girl
10 - Proof Enough
11 - Lovely Ladies 'N Things
12 - Cross Channel Ferry
13 - I Can't Say It But I Can Sing It
14 - Music
15 - Lovely Vanessa
16 - The Lady's Not For Burning
17 - Caterina
18 - Like Me Like You Used To Do
19 - Do I Still Figure In Your Life
20 - In My End Is My Beginning

21 - Julie in My Heart
22 - She Sold Blackpool Rock (Italien Vwersion)

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Trashmen - Bird Call! The Twin City Stomp Of The Trashmen (1961-1967)

A Minneapolis rock & roll band, they evolved from Jim Thaxter & the Travelers, recording one single under that name ("Sally Jo"/"Cyclone"). The group comprises Tony Andreason (lead guitar), Dan Winslow (guitar/ vocals), Bob Reed (bass), and Steve Wahrer (drums/vocals). Unfairly depicted as a novelty act, the Trashmen were in actuality a top-notch rock & roll combo, enormously popular on the teen club circuit, playing primarily surf music to a landlocked Minnesota audience. Drummer Steve Wahrer combined two songs by the Rivingtons ("The Bird's the Word" and "Pa Pa Ooh Mow Mow"), added freakish vocal effects and a pounding rhythm to the mix, and, by early 1964, the group was in the Top Ten nationwide with "Surfin' Bird." Though the group continued to release great follow-up singles and an excellent album, their moment in the sun had come and gone; they disbanded by late 1967/early 1968. They re-formed in the mid-'80s and continued to play locally until Wahrer's death. The Trashmen are revered by '60s collectors as one of the great American teen band combos of all time, their lone hit exemplifying wild, unabashed rock & roll at its most demented, bare-bones-basic, lone-E-chord finest. 
The Trashmen - Bird Call! The Twin City Stomp Of The Trashmen
 1961-1967 4CD Box-Set

CD 1

1. Trashmen - Cyclon (2:36)
2. Trashmen - Sally Jo (2:32)
3. Trashmen - Johnny B. Goode (2:45)
4. Trashmen - Malaguena (#1) (2:56)
5. Trashmen - Suzie Q (2:10)
6. Trashmen - Sweet Little Sixteen (3:01)
7. Trashmen - A Million Reasons (3:15)
8. Trashmen - Malaguena (#2) (2:31)
9. Trashmen - Guitar Boogie (1:38)
10. Trashmen - Surfin' Bird (2:24)
11. Trashmen - King of the Surf (2:31)
12. Trashmen - This Should Go on Forever (1:59)
13. Trashmen - Yellow Jacket (2:31)
14. Trashmen - Rumble (2:23)
15. Trashmen - Let's Go Trippin' (3:35)
16. Trashmen - My Woodie (1:56)
17. Trashmen - Bird Bath (2:38)
18. Trashmen - Tube City (3:23)
19. Trashmen - Farmer Louie (3:52)
20. Trashmen - Goofy Foot

CD 2

1. Trashmen2 - Church Key (2:45)
2. Trashmen2 - Raw-Hide (2:11)
3. Trashmen2 - Bird Dance Beat (2:11)
4. Trashmen2 - A-Bone (2:09)
5. Trashmen2 - Stick Shift (2:53)
6. Trashmen2 - Ghost Riders in the Sky (2:47)
7. Trashmen2 - Think It Over (2:06)
8. Trashmen2 - Be True to Your School (2:12)
9. Trashmen2 - Too Young (2:07)
10. Trashmen2 - Greensleeves (1:49)
11. Trashmen2 - Wild Cat Loose in Town (2:00)
12. Trashmen2 - Green Onions (2:25)
13. Trashmen2 - Walk, Don't Run (1:59)
14. Trashmen2 - We Belong Together (2:09)
15. Trashmen2 - True True Lovin' (2:02)
16. Trashmen2 - Roll Over Beethoven (2:23)
17. Trashmen2 - Congratulations (To Me) (3:20)
18. Trashmen2 - Hava Nagila (2:06)
19. Trashmen2 - Drive-In (1:51)
20. Trashmen2 - Walkin' the Dog (5:52)

CD 3 

1. Trashmen3 - Break Up (3:23)
2. Trashmen3 - Bad News (2:18)
3. Trashmen3 - On the Move (2:36)
4. Trashmen3 - New Generation (2:02)
5. Trashmen3 - Whoa Dad (2:48)
6. Trashmen3 - Peppermint Man (2:43)
7. Trashmen3 - Baja (2:12)
8. Trashmen3 - Long Tall Texan (2:39)
9. Trashmen3 - Blue Feeling (4:15)
10. Trashmen3 - Great Balls of Fire (3:00)
11. Trashmen3 - Lost Angel (2:52)
12. Trashmen3 - Bye Bye Johnny (4:25)
13. Trashmen3 - Slow Down (3:16)
14. Trashmen3 - Walkin' My Baby (2:29)
15. Trashmen3 - Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (2:32)
16. Trashmen3 - Hi-Heel Sneakers (4:42)
17. Trashmen3 - Summertime (4:19)
18. Trashmen3 - Long Tall Sally (4:29)
19. Trashmen3 - Real Live Doll (2:37)
20. Trashmen3 - Dancin' With Santa (2:31)

CD 4

2. Trashmen4 - Ubangi Stomp (2:28)
3. Trashmen4 - That I Love You (2:36)
4. Trashmen4 - Love's Made a Fool of You (2:10)
5. Trashmen4 - Same Lines (2:11)
6. Trashmen4 - Hanging on Me (2:32)
7. Trashmen4 - Pretty Country Girl (3:05)
8. Trashmen4 - Mind Your Own Business (2:17)
9. Trashmen4 - Talk About Love (2:03)
10. Trashmen4 - Gloria (3:42)
11. Trashmen4 - Tell Me How (2:23)
12. Trashmen4 - Bird Diddley Beat (2:09)
13. Trashmen4 - It Takes Two (2:22)
14. Trashmen4 - Heartbeat (1:46)
15. Trashmen4 - Well, All Right (2:15)
16. Trashmen4 - Talk About Love (#2) (2:07)
17. Trashmen4 - I'm Not Your Stepping Stone (2:39)
18. Trashmen4 - Breathless (2:58)
19. Trashmen4 - What'd I Say (4:34)
20. Trashmen4 - Money (6:03)

Over half of this collector's four-CD box set is previously unissued studio, demo, rehearsal, or live recordings. Nothing is duplicated in this material originally recorded from 1961-1967. The Trashmen are an amazing summary of contradictions when looked at from afar. In pictures, even live ones, they are four clean-cut chaps in suits. Their nationwide 1963 hit "Bird," the 1965 version of which is included here, is a deliriously silly, primitively noisy, and utterly infectious gem. It's like playing a Black Sabbath album and showing pictures of the Bee Gees and trying to get someone to believe they are one and the same. The Trashmen's arrangements are two guitars of clarion twang and garage crunch with harmony with lead vocals often moving from one member to another. While some of their covers are saccharine (for example, Buddy Holly's "Tell Me How"), they offer such glorious trash rock as the cartoonish analysis of Bo Diddley's signature sound in "Bird Diddley Beat." The Trashmen tap straight into a democratic and transforming American spirit that celebrates the Universal Goof, a sort of holy fool spreading pure joy through music. There you have the entertainment recipe of the Trashmen: surf, doo-wop, blues, and rock & roll motifs swirled together for either devastating hilarity or smooth, slow dancing ballads.
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