28 January, 2013

SUNDAY SERVANTS - WHO DO YOU LOVE


SUNDAY SERVANTS - 'Who Do You Love'/'I'm Puttin' You On' (World Pacific 77825) April 1966

The Sunday Servants were duo Skip Knape and David Teegarden but with this 45 had a great deal of input from J.J. Cale who did just about everything from production, arranging, engineering and coming up with the backwards guitar break on 'Who Do You Love.'

This often covered blues song has never sounded so hip but I doubt many people would have heard it outside Los Angeles. According to the liners of 'Aint It Hard' (Sundazed compilation) The Sunday Servants were not just a studio outfit but played some gigs around the City during 1966.


26 January, 2013

PETER & GORDON - MORNING'S CALLING


PETER & GORDON - 'Lady Godiva'/'Morning's Calling' (Columbia DB 8003) September 1966

I've not got any other Peter & Gordon record in my collection apart from this single from September 1966.
Peter & Gordon have always sounded way too wimpy for my tastes and their squaresville image didn't help either.

However, I was hipped to this 45 by Mole from The Higher State last year and I'm glad he waved their flag. The top side 'Lady Godiva' hit the top 20 in the UK but I'm far more interested in the hidden gem on the flip. 'Morning's Calling' is a wondeful folk-rock jangler, written by the duo themselves.

I'm wondering if I've missed out on any more of their recorded underground sounds.

Japan issue


Denmark issue



23 January, 2013

RAGA AND THE TALAS - MY GROUP AND ME


RAGA AND THE TALAS - 'My Group And Me'/'For Old Time's Sake' (World Pacific 77847) Sept 1966 

This folk-rock double sider was the work of Jackie deShannon, who wrote and produced both sides. It is believed that Raga and the Talas were a studio based outfit fronted by Jackie's brother Randy Myers.
I've no doubt also that they derived the group's name from the Ravi Shankar album titled 'Raga And Talas.' Ravi was a World Pacific label recording artist.

'My Group And Me' is catchy folk-rock with a driving beat and probably sold well in Los Angeles, the epicentre of 60s jangle. I think the flip 'For Old Times Sake' is just as entertaining. 



21 January, 2013

THE SANDELLS - OUT FRONT


THE SANDELLS - 'Out Front'/'Scrambler' (World Pacific X-405) March 1964 

The Sandells recorded several 45s for World Pacific but are probably better known for their folk rocker 'Tell Us Dylan' under the name The Sandals. However, this early 1964 single is a double sided instrumental swinger with sound effects.

Both sides feature loud motorbike revving before the group rip into some uptempo surf guitar style rockin' and remain uncompiled but I'm not too sure where these instros would fit. Certainly not on a garage comp.

Richard Bock is named on the label as producer. He was mainly known for producing West Coast jazz and indeed set up the Pacific Jazz label. Not sure what he would have made of The Sandells.






18 January, 2013

FLOWER BOMB SONGS - FACEBOOK PAGE


I've created a 'Flower Bomb Songs' Facebook page where I'll post about projects I'm working on, share group pix, label scans and other ephemera that I don't get around doing on my main blog.

Follow the link provided and if you "Like" the page you'll get all of the relevant updated etc.


13 January, 2013

MILAN - A RETROSPECTION 1964 - 1969


During the Summer of 2012 I decided to collect as many records by Milan a.k.a. The Leather Boy as I could find. I already had a fair number in my collection but decided to concentrate my efforts on the songs he wrote for other groups.

It took me about four months to track down obscure 45s by  The Chanters, The Doughboys, The Unclaimed, Ice Cream and The Downtown Collection. I also added a few released as World Of Milan.

Milan had his own style, even when other groups recorded his songs, I could detect Milan in the mix. He definately followed his own path of ideas and was unique.

I made six CDs and sent some contacts a copy. All I asked for was a small donation to cover my costs and the shipping etc.

Since I compiled this set, Milan has had his story told in the latest Ugly Things.
Maybe one day his work will be compiled professionally by a re-issue label, but until then here's a retrospection of Milan's work remastered direct from original vinyl and NOT sourced from crappy lo-fi sounding MP3s.

MILAN - A RETROSPECTION 1964 - 1969

11 January, 2013

NEW JERSEY FRAGMENTS - PART FIVE


Here's the fifth and final installment of 'New Jersey Fragments'.....as always, all cuts from original vinyl and remastered using my restoration knowledge of 15+ years and of course the incredible iZotope RXII programme that surely must be the best software in the World. Such an incredible programme.

MP3s in 320 kbps and in MONO. Best ever sound. 

NEW JERSEY FRAGMENTS - PART FIVE 

09 January, 2013

NEW JERSEY FRAGMENTS - PART FOUR



Part Four has coolsville 45 sides by The Galaxies IV, J.D. Rogues, The Sterlings, The Sidekicks, The Purple Avalanche and maybe best of all The Myddle Class. The latter were such a quality outfit who deserve some attention. Hopefully one day someone will release their singles on a 10" LP. Now that would be a fitting tribute.

I've checked my uploads to MediaFire and they have pointed out that 'I Happen To Love You' is copyrighted. I doubt whether The Sidekicks 'Not Now' or J.D. Rogues 'Why Did God Make Girls' will be downloadable as both are also showing a copyright.

NEW JERSEY FRAGMENTS - Part Four

07 January, 2013

NEW JERSEY FRAGMENTS - PART THREE


The only reason for doing my 'New Jersey Fragments' set was to pay homage to the old 80s compilation 'Attack Of The Jersey Teens'. This is my attempt to expand on that fabulous album with other 45s from those groups highlighted on it including The Loved Ones, Calliope and The What-Nots.

Probably due to lack of space on the LP format some great sides were left off, although the original compilers mentioned in their liners that the other Calliope single was awful. I don't think they were listening to it properly.

NEW JERSEY FRAGMENTS - PART 3

05 January, 2013

NEW JERSEY FRAGMENTS - PART TWO

Next up is Part Two of my killer collection of 'New Jersey Fragments'. Last month I made six sets and kept one myself. I then offered the 5CD set free to the first five takers. These all went the same same day to good homes.

All I asked for was payment to cover the cost of materials, ink and photography paper, the vinyl style CD discs used and shipping costs. The physical format is obviously better sound quality than compressed 320 kbps MP3s. Also, I've discovered that due to copyright laws some tracks are non-downloadable from MediaFire.

This is why I'll still make 5 CD copies of any compilation I create to offer to those who want one. When or if all copies are 'sold' I will then offer the comp as a download via MediaFire.

I've checked my upload for Part Two and have tested every MP3. They ALL download for me but be aware that MediaFire have listed The Driving Stupid's 'Horror Asparagus Stories' as copyrighted. This means that some folks may be unable to download this track.



03 January, 2013

NEW JERSEY FRAGMENTS - PART ONE


So I've decided to open an account with MediaFire and I've uploaded the MP3s in 320kbps.
Grab your chance to download this and create your own CD with the front and back covers.

All selections have been remastered from vinyl by myself using a quality set-up and of course the awesome iZotope RXII restoration software. 

At the moment I've only signed up for the free MediaFire storage and it only allows a maximum of 50 downloads per folder.
 
NEW JERSEY FRAGMENTS - PART ONE