30 December, 2013


MORTIMER - 'Dedicated Music Man'/'To Understand Someone (Philips BF 1664) May 1968

This group were from New York but recorded all of their material in London during the early part of 1968, maybe the location they used rubbed off on Mortimer as they sound very English indeed.

'Dedicated Music Man' is an out and out classic psych pop tune with memorable bass runs that remind me of Paul McCartney's, classy vocal harmonies and a melody to match. Don't know why this wasn't huge in '68 but it wasn't, and Mortimer would reflect on what could have been.

My UK copy is quite rare and doesn't show up too often, the USA release (March 1968) came housed in a picture cover. Most of these copies used 'Dedicated Music Man' on both sides with a mono and stereo mix. The UK release has 'To Understand Someone', another fine pop nugget but without the immediacy of 'Music Man'.

Prior to recording as Mortimer the group released a 45 as Pinnochio and the Puppets. I reviewed this disc on 'Flower Bomb Songs here.
And before the latter, they were known as The Teddy Boys and released several fine singles, non of which have appeared on my blog yet but I intend to change that soon.

Both sides of this disc remain uncompiled.



SURDY GREEBUS - 'Nothing New Under The Sun'/'The Red Room' (Josie 45-983) 1967

I've had this strange sounding record for several years and did a little research at the time of purchase but found nothing. It appeared that Surdy Greebus would remain a mystery. However, earlier this month I took the record out of the box and remastered both sides then checked the internet hoping that some information had surfaced since my last search.

Sure enough the Buckeyebeat website have unearthed their story, indicating that Surdy Greebus were quite popular in their home area of Cincinnati but virtual unknowns outside of their usual confines apart from the odd gig in Louisville, KY.

'Nothing New Under The Sun', written by Eugene Katona (ex Them - not the Northern Ireland group) is perhaps the safer song and was chosen as the 'plug side' although I don't think it sounds that commercial. It's a folky mix of pop and psych but not really any particular bag, they generate quite a unique sound for 1967.

The flip, 'The Red Room' is very weird with strange rhythms and backwards guitar. I've got no idea what the song is about but it must mean something. Think of The Lovin' Spoonful mixing it up with the strangeness of Frank Zappa and you might get the idea.

I recently made contact with Surdy Greebus member Eugene Katona and I asked him about his time in the group.

"I was there with Stu Levy, Seymour Duncan, West Davis Tom Hogeback and Paulla Zalla.  You are correct. We were very popular and like a bright flame we burned out quickly. The band lasted just over a year. 

Seymour went to California and started Seymour Duncan Guitar Pickups Inc. Stu finished Medical School with his then girl friend and future wife Chris and they both moved to Portland Oregon and worked for Kaiser Permanente. West and Tom went to Alaska and managed Resorts and went fishing  (caught huge Halibut) and hunting etc., Paula remarried and works with her church helping those in need. West now has moved near Albany New York and resides with Celeste Plowden, a lovely gal, and he still makes music and just released a CD called "Life Like Parts", which is very good.

Seymour Duncan, of course, played lead guitar & other guitar parts. Stu Levy played Rhythm Guitar. Tom Hogeback played Bass. West Davis played drums and I played 12 string Guitar and assorted other instruments. We also had an electric harpsichord and Paula played that along with another guy. 

Every one sang and we often had 4 & 5 part harmonies such as on "No where man" and "And your bird can sing". Stu Levy sang all Jimi Hendrix songs. West Davis sang The Left Bank songs "Just Walk Away Rene" & "Pretty Ballerina" West had a beautiful, high tonal, voice. We often had acapella rehearsals in hallways & bathrooms, anywhere with a bit of echo or reverb, to make sure our harmonies were perfect and people who happened by while we were rehearsing in acapella were amazed at what they heard and that is partly how our following grew. You might want to post the flip side "The Red Room" just to demonstrate the psychotically weird side of the band. We had no fear whatsoever."

I found some Surdy Greebus gig adverts from the University of Cincinnati.

These adverts are from a late 1967 edition of the University's weekly newspaper.

27 December, 2013


THE NOVA LOCAL - 'Nova 1' (MCA MUPS 377) 1969

The Nova Local have featured on 'Flower Bomb Songs' before when I reviewed their debut single 'If You Only Had The Time'. For the purpose of having everything about The Noval Local in one place on my blog I've copied that entry from February 2011 with this posting.

I was recently delighted to acquire an original copy of The Noval Local. I've bought this a few times over the years on dubious bootleg vinyl and CD but there's NOTHING as good as a vintage copy on vinyl.

The copy I managed to find, at a reasonable price, is the rare UK release on MCA. This stereo album was released sometime in 1969 in Britain, which is a little strange as The Noval Local had long since disbanded the previous year.

'Nova 1' was first released in USA on Decca during April 1968 and appears to have missed out on any attention at the time, which is a shame as the material is first rate, varied and interesting. The original songs are really strong psychedelic contenders including the lysergic and West Coast sounding opener '$5 A Ticket' which kicks the album off in fine style. The listener expects it's gonna be one long trip.

Another winning original song is the very Lovin' Spoonful(esque) 'A Visit From It, The King' this then leads into some brilliant tripped out psych with versions of 'Tobacco Road', 'Hitch Hike' and 'Morning Dew'. These three songs alone are worth buying the album for.
Dig the seriously far-out psych leads on 'Morning Dew' especially. Actually, I've decided that The Nova Local sound more like a '67 English psych group than American. Maybe that's why their album got a belated release in England.  

The orchestrated and dreamy 'Forgotten Man' was compiled in the late 80s on 'Baubles Volume 1' and is probably where I first heard anything by The Nova Local. Other songs to receive the compilation treatment include the non-album 'Games', which was the flip of 'If You Only Had The Time', 'Other Girls', another non-album flip side, is avaiable on 'Wyld Sydes Volume 5'.


other information:

Randy Winburn (rhythm guitar / vocals)
Joe Mendyk (lead guitar)
Cam Schinhan (organ)
Jim Opton (bass)
Bill LeVasseur (drums)

Phil Lambeth (guitar)
B.B. Saunders and Elliot Mazer (producers)

From Buffalo Billycan,
"This band were students at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Their album, which was recorded in New York in December 1966, is definitely worth investigating and is a minor collectable. Its very Anglophile sound garner
ed it a U.K. release, although the band had split by April 1967.

Bassist Jim Opton told U-Spaces:- 

"We were a band that was making a pretty good living playing fraternity parties around the campus, and a few cellar clubs in Chapel Hill. My fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha, was sponsoring a charity concert for our scholarship fund, and we decided to go for broke that year and book a big name. 

We contacted William Morris Agency in New York, and booked Chad and Jeremy. We needed an opening act, so I booked my own band... got us real cheap. The deal was that Rob Heller, who was with the Morris Agency would come and hear us play. He signed us immedately after the concert. A week later he hooked us up with Elliot Mazer, who became our producer. Elliot also worked as a song peddler for E.B. Marks Music, who published the music. We got a recording contract with Decca, I don't know how, but Rob put that deal together with Elliot, and the next thing I know, we are in the studio with all kinds of famous people that had us in awe for the first 35 seconds or so. I do know that somebody thought we were kind of special, because the studio was absolutely closed to visitors while we were there, and we were not allowed to take home raw tape to play for anyone. 

We did a lot of things that were pretty advanced for our time. Listen carefully to Morning Dew for example. The strange vocal effects were done by feeding the vocals through a Leslie Tone Cabinet from a Hammond B3. Also, the bass lead is the first bass feedback lead I think I can remember in a rock song. I blew up the amp doing it!! Cost me $750 (a LOT of money I didn't have in 1966)!! But, it was a hell of a lick. The album was essentially recorded by five of us: Randy, Bill, Joe, Cam and me. Phil had departed for law school. I believe he is alive and well, and practicing law in Charlotte, N.C."

"Actually, there is one little piece or two of rock and roll history that goes with that album. It was the first ever recorded using the very new, and relatively unknown, Dolby NR System. It took up a good size room at the time. The engineer for the album, Fred Catero, was also the engineer for Simon and Garfunkel." (thanks to Paul Jacob Boller)

THE NOVA LOCAL - 'If You Only Had The Time'/'Games' (Decca 32138) May 1967

Decca Records had a lot of faith in teenage group The Nova Local offering them an album deal and taking out a full page colour advert in Billboard trade magazine in May 1967. A couple of singles were also released, 'If You Only Had The Time' is on the long player but the flip 'Games' is not.

By all accounts the group formed at Chapel Hill College in North Caroline and quickly established themselves on the local circuit but outside of NC they were virtually unknown.

'If You Only Had The Time' is a delightful pop psych tune written and sung by Randy Winburn who now goes by the name Rand Winburn.

Billboard advert May 1967

THE NOVA LOCAL - 'John Knight's Body'/'Other Girls' (Decca 32194) September 1967

The second and last Nova Local single paired 'John Knight's Body' with the garage pop of  'Other Girls'. Both songs were written and sung by Randy Winburn.
'John Knight's Body' is quite a weird little pop song with it's jaunty rhythm in stark contrast with dark lyrics about someone being framed for a murder he did not commit and pondering his life in a prison cell while waiting on death row for execution. Heavy shit for a pop record.


21 December, 2013



I had no idea about this classic psychedelic bubblegum combo until recently being turned on to their super sonic sounds. Fronted by a cool bunch of hippie chimps in all of their far out threads.

Checking the songwriter credits on the label surprised me somewhat as every nugget was written and probably sung by Steve Hoffman who people may recognise as the leader of The Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band.

Meet the band:

Lance Link: Our hero and Secret A.P.E. is the group's lead guitarist. He's a native of California and lives in a ranch house in Tarzana. Lance is a Scorpio, and is four feet tall in his stocking feet (he spent two years as a pre-med student and is violently against vivisection.)

Mata Hairi: Lance's co-agent, is the group's sex symbol. She's a Virgo, weighs 48 pounds and is three feet two inches tall. She lives in a Beverly Hills Estate formally owned by Johnny Weismuller. Her ambition is to own a cloth coat - she hates fur.

Sweetwater Gibbons: is the creative genius of the group, playing all keyboard instruments. He's just under three feet tall and, with his wide grin, flashing teeth, and floppy ears, he stands out in any crowd. He majored in Zoology in college and inherited his musical talent from his father who was an organ grinder.

Bananas Marmoset: is the drummer and hails from Thousand Oaks, California. He's the oldest of nine children - all of who look alike. He digs listening to groovy music and his faves are Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf and the ever popular Thelonius Monk. He's afraid of heights and hates haircuts.

20 December, 2013


THE LEAVES - 'Girl From The East'/'Get Out Of My Life Woman' (Mira Records 231) September 1966

According to 'Teenbeat Mayhem' the song 'Girl From The East' was used on three different 45s by The Leaves.

It first appeared on (Mira 222) as the flip of 'Hey Joe', then was used as the flip of 'Too Many People' (Mira 227) and finally on (Mira 231) possibly having A-Side status on this disc backed by a version of Lee Dorsey's 'Get Out Of My Life Woman'.

This is one of my recent additions and I was delighted to obtain it for the folk-rock winner 'Girl From The East' which has some pleasant backing harmonies.

The original version written and recorded by Bobby Jameson is a much slower stripped down interlude with plaintive jangle and soul searching vocals. Both GREAT!

19 December, 2013


THE CHYLDS - 'I Want More (Lovin)'/'Hay Girl' (Giant Records 101) May 1967

Here's a super 60s teenbeat double sider on Giant Records. The Chylds were from Canton, OH and were very popular in their area. So much so that a huge label like Warner Bros were impressed enough to sign them up and release this disc on their label in July '67.

Both sides really MOVE with an R'N'B/soul crunch, seemingly very much influenced by Paul Revere & the Raiders with a coolsville Mysterians organ buzz.

18 December, 2013


THE GESTURES - 'Run, Run, Run'/'It Seems To Me' (Stateside SS 379) January 1964

Mankato, Minnesota, was home to the four teenagers who made up The Gestures. Originally known as The Jesters, they changed their name rather suddenly - record presses actually halted to make adjustment after the unexpected discovery that another group of Jesters already existed.

'Run, Run, Run' combines soaring Mersey-ish harmonies with surfish reverbed guitar licks and an energetic, fast driving delivery. Released October 1964 by the Minneapolis based Soma label, it was a huge regional hit. Nationally it hit Billboard's Top 50, but Soma was a small operation, unable to keep up with the demand and give the record the destribution it deserved.

The Gestures released only one more single before going their separate ways. (liners from Nuggets Box)

The scan shown is my British release on Stateside which came out during January 1965 and is quite a difficult 45 to find.

15 December, 2013


THE LAST FIVE - 'Kicking You'/'Weatherman' (Wand 1122) May 1966

Here's an interesting Brit Invasion style beat record by The Last Five, a combo from Hartford, Connecticut. As far as I know this was their one and only release.

Checking ARSA for details, it's confirmed that the single was a top 40 hit in Hartford so I'm surprised that no other releases happened for them. Perhaps unreleased recorded material exists somewhere?

Both sides of this disc were written by Bill Matychak who went on to form a late 60s outfit called Buffalongo. They were the originators of the often covered song 'Dancing In The Moonlight.'


THE FIELDS - 'Bide My Time'/'Take You Home' (UNI 55106) February 1969

Heavy psychedelic rock by The Fields, a group based in Los Angeles.

'Bide My Time' has the languid, bluesy late 60s guitar style of that tyme with a more laid back stoner on the flip.

The mono single version of 'Bide My Time' is much shorter by at least a minute than the album version, clocking in at 3:16.
Prior to releasing records as The Fields they were called W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band, then simply ESB.

The Fields recordings were produced by Bill Rinehart of The Merry-Go-Round.

Patrick Burke (bass)
Richard Fortunato (guitar)
Steve Lagana (drums) 


THE TIFFANY SHADE - 'Would You Take My Mind Out For A Walk'/'One Good Reason' (Mainstream Records 677) December 1967

Psychedelic rock group from Cleveland, Ohio...who've recently had some exposure in Ugly Things #26 and four of their songs were compiled on 'All Kinds Of Highs' CD, including the fabulous 'Would You Take My Mind Out For A Walk'.

For an in-depth appreciation of The Tiffany Shade go to their website here.

14 December, 2013


THE LONDON KNIGHTS - 'Go To Him'/'Dum Diddlee Dee' (Mike Records MK-4200) 1966

A certain amount of mystery surrounds this disc with some on-line sources suggesting that The London Knights were a group from Los Angeles. The latter information was probably taken from the liners of the CD release 'Hot Generation' that came out on Big Beat.

'Go To Him' was co-written by American songwriter Artie Wayne who had arrived in Britain from the States sometime in 1965 to compose songs for various labels. He was joined by Bess Coleman, who was working as a songwriter as well as being one of The Beatles' press Officers.

It is believed that a beat group called The Foursights from Leicester recorded 'Go To Him' for EMI but it was never released in Britain and somehow made it's way to USA and was released on Mike Records under the name of The London Knights.

'Go To Him' is an atmospheric minor-key masterpiece with chiming guitars and eerie background harmonies. Lyrically it's about betrayal. It's simply superb, and reminds me of the finer moments of The Searchers and early Poets. It was first compiled back in the mid 80s on Cicadelic Volume 5 "1966 Revisited", then a few years ago on 'Fading Yellow Volume 11"

The song was also recorded by other groups back in '66. From Australia, Ray Brown & the Whispers, who's version can be found on the previously mentioned 'Hot Generation' CD and The Tymes Children, a garage combo from Salem,OR.

The flip 'Dum Diddlee Dee' is a huge let down and not really worth mentioning in the same breath as the classic jangle pop of 'Go To Him'.

08 December, 2013


THE DENNISONS - 'Walking The Dog'/'You Don't Know What Love Is' (Decca F.11880) April 1964

For every beat group that broke through nationally there were hundreds that didn't. The Dennisons, from Liverpool were one such combo that had the talent, the image but not the luck or push to go to the next level.

Maybe they should have picked the storming merseybeat of 'You Don't Know What Love Is' as the A-Side here instead of the Rufus Thomas cover 'Walking The Dog'...shame that the former was lost in action on the flip.

Ben E King wrote 'You Don't Know What Love Is' and the story goes that he gave the song to The Dennisons to record after being impressed by them during the gigs they shared.

The drummer became an actor and starred in a British soap opera called 'Emmerdale'
All members of The Dennisons have died. Now that's weird.

DAVIE JONES & THE KING BEES - 'Liza Jane'/'Louie, Louie Go Home' (Decca F 13807) Sept 1978

This is a re-issue of the first ever record that David Bowie appeared on with his group Davie Jones & the King Bees. The original 45 came out on Vocalion and was released in June 1964.
Original copies are valued in the current Record Collector price guide at £1600. The re-issue is obviously not as expensive but still hard to find and is valued at about £30.

'Liza Jane' is a decent R'N'B romp with some bite but did not sell very well leading to the group being swiftly dropped from the label. The flip 'Louie, Louie Go Home' is a cover of a Paul Revere & the Raiders tune.

THE COMMANCHES - 'Missed Your Lovin'/'Tomorrow' (Hickory Records 45-1264) February 1964

The Commanches released this record in Britain on Pye 7N 25609 in February 1964 and it somehow managed to get a release in America on Hickory.

By '64 The Beatles had conquered our old colony and Hickory Records must have been keen on some of that merseybeat action because they also released singles by The Overlanders.

The A-Side 'Tomorrow' is very much tepid merseybeat, the singer has a crooning style similar to Elvis. Quite boring stuff actually.
The best side is 'Missed Your Lovin' and was obviously lost on the flip. This is classy beat angst with a couple of killer lead quitar breaks....

The Commanches had previously backed singer Bobby Allen on a 1964 Fontana single titled 'Half As Much As You'/'So In Love With You' but stepped out on their own with this 45.
Curiously 'Missed Your Lovin' was written by Bobby Allen.


THE BOYS - 'It Ain't Fair'/'I Want You' (PYE 7N.15726) 1964

I recently bought this sought after record by The Boys, although I usually don't bother with records in only VG- condition I made an exception with this 45 for two reasons. The first one being that it's quite rare and secondly, soon after the release of this record The Boys changed their name to The Action and would eventually become the mod gods of London.

Both sides are neat 60s beat, the kind of sound that was dominating the charts in 1964. It was recorded then released a couple of months after The Boys returned from Hanover, Germany. They had been there playing a local club for six hours each night, six days a week for several months.

Once back in England they recorded two Reg King originals both produced by Kenny Lynch. The record came and went without any chart action but it did give them enough of a buzz to become the support band for The Who at The Marquee during 1965.

For a long time it was believed that Pete Watson, on guitar, did not perform on these recordings and joined the band when they became known as The Action, however it has been confirmed within the recent Action book "In The Lap Of The Mods" that he did partake in the sessions.....This means the line-up on this disc was:

Reg King (vocals)
Alan King (lead guitar)
Pete Watson (rhythm guitar)
Mike Evans
Roger Powell (drums)

DAVE BERRY - 'My Baby Left Me'/'Hoochie Coochie Man' (Decca F.11803) January 1964

The next Dave Berry release was this wonderful double sided power pack of R&B but after the difficulties his backing band The Cruisers had in the studio last time out, Producer Mike Smith decided to employ session men. So among the musicians used were a young Jimmy Page and Big Jim Sullivan.

'My Baby Left Me' is the song popularised by Elvis but here Dave Berry adds some of the English beat magic that was everywhere in Britain during 1964 to update the tune into a beat killer. Listen out for a steller guitar break from Page that leaves the listener wanting more.

The flip 'Hoochie Coochie Man' was also pretty good and it's a single well worth tracking down. Despite the obvious improvement on the debut 45 'Memphis Tennesse', this one fared less well in the charts reaching a disappointing #37.

DAVE BERRY - 'The Crying Game'/'Don't Gimme No Lip Child' (Decca F.11937) July 1964

The top side 'The Crying Game' was a huge hit for Dave Berry, reaching #5 in Britain. It's an introspective beat ballad written by Geoff Stephens, who managed Donovan at the time. Not a tune though for Berry to enthral the audience with his 'human sloth' moves.

'Don't Gimme No Lip Child' is a tough sounding R&B swinger with killer harmonica throughout which was contributed by Jimmy Page, as was the electrifying guitar. It's a shame Dave Berry didn't record more hard hitting beat instead of the orchestral ballads that would litter his catalogue in the years to follow.

DAVE BERRY - 'Dave Berry' EP (Decca DFE 8601) November 1964

It was a busy time for Dave Berry at the end of 1964 with a debut album and this first four song EP released during November. The latter had two exclusive tracks not on the album with readings of Jack Scott's 'Me-O-My-O' and Fats Dominoe's 'If You Need Me.'

'Me-O-My-O' is a bluesy outing with some wailing harp and is my favourite track from the EP. All songs are worthy though and Berry was certainly on top of his game during this period.

 THE BEATLES - 'Long Tall Sally' EP (Parlophone GEP 8913) June 1964

Total greatness - The Beatles rockin' '64 style with cover versions of 'Long Tall Sally', 'Slow Down' and 'Matchbox' done in their 'merseybeat' style.

The other song on the EP is a John Lennon original..'I Call Your Name' was a song he gave to Billy J Kramer before The Beatles recorded it...

It says on the back cover...."A new release by John, Paul, George and Ringo is more than just a disc....it is a national event!"

Man, how good is Ringo's drumming in 'Slow Down'? Speshly at the end when he does this mad left-right-cymbal roll!!! GEEEZER@!!!!!!!!!

Genius EP! I don't say it lightly but their version of Sally I think stands up to Little Richard's. That second guitar solo break just explodes!

The Beatles were also a MUSIC machine! Yes, the early Stones and Pretties records were wilder per se, and anyone who knows me knows how much I love those records, but there's a power in the Beatles' music, they were SO GOOD!! Listen to their version of Money, John's lead vocal, but also Paul and George's backing vocals... it's just really powerful.  

THE BEATLES - 'A Hard Day's Night' EP (Parlophone GEP 8920) November 1964

All four songs on the EP were selected from the full-length album that was released in July 1964 and they're split evenly between wistful ballads and driving rockers.

I'll pick out Paul McCartney's romantic ballad 'And I Love Her' as my particular favourite here . It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London over three days in February '64 then mixed in stereo and mono in June.

check out the footage from 'A Hard Day's Night'....ACE!


THE BEATLES - 'Can't Buy Me Love'/'You Can't Do That' (Parlophone R 5114) March 1964

Two sided 45 of merseybeat rockers released on The Beatles American label, Capitol Records.

'Can't Buy Me Love' was written by Paul McCartney and recorded during January 1964 at EMI Studio in Paris.
'You Can't Do That' was written by John Lennon and is seemingly about his jealousy towards a girl.

THE BEATLES - 'I Feel Fine'/'She's A Woman' (Parlophone R 5200) November 1964

'I Feel Fine' has one of the all time classic beat riffs and is possibly one of the first times feedback was recorded on vinyl.

THE BEATLES - 'A Hard Day's Night'/'Things We Said Today' (Parlophone R 5160) July 1964

NME review July 1964

Here it is, at last: the long awaited title song from The Beatles' film 'A Hard Day's Night'. I'm sure every NME reader already has a copy on order, so you don't need me to advise you to buy it.

But just go through the motions, let me tell you that it's a bouncy finger-snapper, with a pounding beat and catchy melody. The spotlight is on John, though Paul joins him in one or two passages, and there's an intricate guitar solo by George. Plus the group's usual distinctive, wistful feel.

***I dig the beat flip 'Things We Said Today' written by Paul McCartney during May 1964 while he and then girlfriend Jane Asher were on holiday in the Caribbean...****


06 December, 2013


THE STAINED GLASS - 'A Scene In Between' (Big Beat) 2013

This CD collection of obscure cuts by The Stained Glass is out on Big Beat now!.. Got my copy earlier this week and it's a winner.

There are plenty of previously unreleased songs by this San Francisco group including 6 tracks by The Trolls (pre Stained Glass). 
The last live cut is excellent...'2010 South Michigan Avenue'...the group get into a psychedelic rock groove...
If you're into psych tinged baroque pop then this CD will be your bag! I've read that only 1500 copies were made so you'll have to act quick.

04 December, 2013


THE ROGUES - 'Wanted: Dead Or Alive'/'One Day' (Living Legend LL-723) December 1965

My mission in life is to collect as many mid 60s folk-janglers as possible because this particular genre of 'garage' is without doubt my favourite and has been since first discovering The Byrds way back in the mysts of tyme circa 1982.

Here's a 45 I picked up recently......The Rogues......

Both sides are great but the most famous is 'Wanted: Dead Or Alive' which is heavily based on 'Hey Joe'...and is simply folk-rock heaven...this was before the formation of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band...

03 December, 2013


THE TROPICS - 'As Time's Gone' (Guerssen Records 120) November 2013

At Last!! a vinyl best of collection by Tampa Bay/St Petersburg teenbeat sensations THE TROPICS. I've been waiting decades for someone to do this and much praise goes to Spanish label Guerssen Records for making this happen.

Many thanks to Alex Carretero for sending me a copy...these guys at Guerssen work fast and put together quality re-issues. 

Choice thick card sleeve design, colours and fonts used. The REAL deal....black and white mono throughout = coolsville....heavy vinyl...what more do you want? just BUY a copy and impress your square friends.

Fabulous cuts throughout with some fine previously unreleased tracks including folk janglers 'Laughing Again' and 'The Prism'...these two are killer and very much in the same vein as 'For A Long Time' and 'Black Jacket Woman.'

Congrats on a SPLENDID release...

read more about this record on Guerssen's website.. Go here

01 December, 2013


NEAL FORD & THE FANATICS 'Good Men' CD on Big Beat

This is a highly recommended CD release by Neal Ford & the Fanatics, a group from Houston, Texas. I've already got their singles and the studio album on Hickory Records but there's even a load of unreleased recordings for me to dig...

There are seven previously unreleased cuts from the 1966/67 period when they were one of the hottest combo's in their locale, including five number 1 records on the local Houston charts.

These long lost and previously unreleased recording are all KILLER and are easily on a par with the more familiar songs, including the brilliant 'The Seasons' and a fuzz fueled original version of 'Every Night A New Surprise' (instro) written by original keyboardist Steve Ames. Amazing that these two tracks remained in 'the can'...

'Every Night A New Surprise' was later recorded and released by The Moving Sidewalks...