31 March, 2016

THE KNAVES - THE GIRL I THREW AWAY



THE KNAVES - "Leave Me Alone" / "The Girl I Threw Away" (Dunwich DN-147) January 1967

The first thing you'll notice about vintage Dunwich 45s is that they're mastered LOUD. This one is no exception, the sound literally bursts outta the speakers when the needle hits the vinyl. This is the reason I buy singles. Nothing can compare.

So what about The Knaves? They hailed from Chicago and released this fab two-sider on local label Glen Records in late 1966. The single was then picked up by Dunwich for a wider distribution. According to 'Teenbeat Mayhem' the Glen recording is a different mix to the one Dunwich released. Apparently it has louder backing vocals and harmonica on the R&B punker "Leave Me Alone." 

Sundazed unearthed unreleased tracks on their "Oh Yeah!" CD compilation from the early nineties, including a stereo mix of "The Girl I Threw Away." Also located on master tapes were "Tease Me" "Inside Out" "Your Stuff" and a stereo mix of "Leave Me Alone."
Another song "Away" was compiled on their Dunwich follow up CD "If You're Ready."

My pick is the strident folk jangler "The Girl I Threw Away" which simply shimmers in coolness. 

30 March, 2016

PAPER BLITZ TISSUE - BOY MEETS GIRL



PAPER BLITZ TISSUE - "Boy Meets Girl" / "Grey Man" (RCA Victor 1652) December 1967

Original copies sell for £400+ so this bootleg from years ago will suffice. Paper Blitz Tissue were part of London's psychedelic underground scene along with The Pink Floyd, Tomorrow, Soft Machine etc.... little is known about them.

"Boy Meets Girl" was written by Ron Grainer who was more accustomed to writing TV and Film theme tunes including "The Prisoner" "Man In A Suitcase" and "Steptoe and Son."
"Boy" is pulsating pop-art freakbeat loaded with heavy fuzz, searing lead guitar and hypnotic drum and bass action. The vocals are treated and happening. The other side "Grey Man" is also great starting off like a beat group from 1965 before exploding into Who like sound destruction.




NME advert promoting the single - December 1967

THE REVILLOS - HUNGRY FOR LOVE



THE REVILLOS - "Hungry For Love" / "Voodoo 2" (Dindisc DIN-Z 20) August 1980

I've just finished reading a book about Johnny Kidd and the author mentioned that New Wave group The Revillos recorded a version of "Hungry For Love." For those of you who don't know, the latter was released by Johnny Kidd & The Pirates during November 1963 and became a Top Twenty hit..

With this in mind I decided to track down a copy of The Revillos single and here it is!
The Revillos is a slightly more uptempo arrangement and includes a rather cheeky little 60s style guitar break. I love this version. Footage exists of the band performing "Hungry For Love" on a kid's TV Show. Seek it out on YouTube.










29 March, 2016

23RD TURNOFF - MICHAEL ANGELO



The 23RD TURNOFF - "Michael Angelo" / "Leave Me Here" (Deram DM-150) September 1967

The 23rd Turnoff were named after Junction 23 of the M6 Motorway which leads to Liverpool. Prior to renaming themselves The 23rd Turnoff they released singles as The Kirkby's. Check out their MODified merseybeat sound on "It's A Crime."

The dreamy and hypnotic "Michael Angelo" is in my top three songs of all time and the original vinyl release is a sought after artifact, expect to pay a decent sum of money for the pleasure of owning such a beautiful and melancholic record. It has obvious Beatles overtones with the use of organ drone and "Penny Lane" style trumpets which add to the song's haunting quality.

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Campbell made three solo albums after The 23rd Turnoff called it quits.






 

27 March, 2016

THE 'TAKERS - IF YOU DON'T COME BACK



THE 'TAKERS - "If You Don't Come Back" / "Think" (Pye 7N.15690) September 1964

In Britain, so many fabulous beat and R&B singles seem to have been released during September and October 1964 and here's another entry that I know of.

The Undertakers were one of Liverpool's premier beat groups who played the Cavern and then did the Germany trip like so many combos during that scene. They secured a residency at the famous Star-Club where they honed their beat skills and sound.

It's fair to say that The Undertakers never had any real success in Britain. They released four singles but none of them achieved Top 40 status. "If You Don't Come Back" was their fourth and final disc for Pye Records. For some reason their name was shortened to The 'Takers. I've read that this was at the request of Tony Hatch who felt that the name The Undertakers was a drawback!

Sadly, "If You Don't Come Back" failed to dent the Charts and The Undertakers disbanded. The song was written by successful songwriting team Leiber / Stoller and was first recorded and released by The Drifters in April 1963. Gary Walker & The Rain recorded a heavy psych version in 1968. Check it out on their Album No. 1.





The Undertakers get ready to zoom off.
Top hat and tails and a little merseybeat raunch.


Fabulous magazine

26 March, 2016

1960s MUSIC MAGAZINES & EPHEMERA


You might know that I've got a decent sized archive of vintage 60s music magazines. I've decided to create a 'page' (not a group) where I'll upload scans, reviews, photos, interviews and adverts. The reason for this is to keep everything in one place and not scattered about all over the place.

I won't 'add' anyone cos that's not my style so I'll send out the odd reminder every now and again.
"Like" the page for updates on your own timelines...

1960s MUSIC MAGAZINES & EPHEMERA

THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS - TIME HAS COME TODAY



THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS - "Time Has Come Today" / "Dinah" (Direction 58-3760) September 1968

This single by The Chambers Brothers proved to be a tricky little 45 to track down. I suppose this will be classed as psychedelic soul mainly because they were Afro-Americans and the producer added some echo FX.

Joe, Willie, Lester and George Chambers were all born and raised in the Southern state of Mississippi. 1961 found The Chambers Brothers in Los Angeles, where they performed as a folk/gospel quartet. In 1965 they added drummer Brian Keenan and headed for the rock and soul direction, recording three albums for Vault Records before inking with Columbia.

Teamed with David Rubinson (producer of Moby Grape) they scored a Top Ten hit with "Time Has Come Today."  The latter record has an intriguing past.

According to information on website 45cat "Time Has Come Today" was first released on Columbia 4-43816 during September 1966 and clocks in at 2:37. Some copies came in a picture sleeve. Maybe this was purely for Radio Stations only to test the market as it were.

Whatever the case, the single gained another release on Columbia 4-44414 during December 1967 which became the huge hit. The white label pressing has an edited version running at 3:05.

My UK copy on Direction was released during September 1968 and appears to be an edit of the album version which lasts over ten minutes.




Lester, George, Willie, Joe and Brian Keenan




I first heard "Time Has Come Today" via Nuggets #9



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Dutch release - image 45cat
    

24 March, 2016

SONNY & CHER - LOVE DON'T COME



SONNY & CHER - "Love Don't Come" (Atco-118) 1966

I can't resist Sonny & Cher EPs. This one is a 1966 French Atco pressing. By the way, hip Goddess dollybirds with long 60s hair wearing tight pants and white boots ain't ever gonna go outta style...

My pick goes to the folk-rock genius of "Love Don't Come," a song which was first recorded back in 1965. It was also chosen for the B-Side of "The Beat Goes On." 



23 March, 2016

THE MALES - KIDDIE A GO GO



THE MALES - "Kiddie A Go Go" (Fibra) November 1965

I'm not sure if this disc would be categorized as a novelty record. Perhaps it is, but who cares because I really dig it a lot and recently paid $50 for my copy.

The Males were a teen group from Chicago who were asked to provide backing for Pandora, a TV Presenter on pre-teen children's music and fun show "Kiddie A Go Go." They provide instrumentation on the other side for Pandora's spoken words. It is a different take and perhaps much wilder with killer farfisa organ and a happenin' guitar break.

I'll focus on The Males version without Pandora. Here the boys really kick it with their teen garage action. According to "Teenbeat Mayhem" the 45 was released November 1965, but the disc is given 1966 status in Ugly Things #14. It is believed that "The Hawk" who played organ for The Shadows Of Knight was a member of The Males.

"Kiddie A Go Go" was re-released in the mid 90s by Mike Stax. This came about when Mike interviewed the Kiddie A Go Go hosts who still had a box of original singles left so he made a deal. 100 were issue in a brand new picture sleeve.



21 March, 2016

MARIANNE FAITHFULL - FULL FATHOM FIVE



MARIANNE FAITHFULL - "Full Fathom Five" (Decca LK 4688) April 1965

In their endeavours to obtain universal recognition, many outstanding artistes have recorded material alien to the particular field in which they achieved their initial success.

In the case of Marianne Faithfull, circumstance has reversed this state of affairs. For her name initially girdled the globe on the wings of a folk-tinged ballad, "As Tears Go By" which was essentially 'pop' in concept.

However, the success of this song served a dual purpose, for it not only established Marianne as an invigorating new talent with something to say, but more important still, it enabled her to bring before her new-found public her own brand of folk-music.

Marianne would be the last to decry her unqualified success in the 'pop' stakes, but she has never made a secret of the fact that folk songs are the songs she loves to sing.

This album is a natural progression for her. It outlines her ability to create, and is a beautiful, and often moving example of how, through the medium of song, mere words can be transformed into a work of art. Most of all it signifies the extent of what Marianne Faithfull has done for the advancement of folk-music in this country. (Andy Wickham - back cover liners)





20 March, 2016

JULY - CRYING IS FOR WRITERS



JULY - "Crying Is For Writers" (Bam Caruso KIRI 097) 1987

This weekend's album of choice is "Dandelion Seeds" by July. Back in the mid to late eighties psychedelic re-issue label Bam Caruso had a terrific run with their "Rubble" compilations and ventures into re-releasing mindblowers from the 1960s.

This one by July from 1968 is one such release that really blew my mind back then. The Bam Caruso artifact also includes both sides of their second Major Minor single "The Way" / "Hello, Who's There?"

There is an abundance of information about July elsewhere but in brief, they were in their late teens and early twenties when they recorded this back in '68. Prior to becoming July they were quite a successful beat group called The Tomcats. Unknown in Britain (they came from Acton) but had a decent sized following in Spain.

My pick is not one of their most well known cuts like "My Clown" or "Dandelion Seeds" but a rather obscure psychedelic nugget called "Crying Is For Writers."



18 March, 2016

SKY PILOTS - PART TWO



Continuing my investigation into psychedelic 'sky' songs, this tyme with mostly American groups..




LOVE - ORANGE SKIES
MONKEES - CIRCLE SKY
FRATERNITY OF MAN - WISPY PAISLEY SKIES
PLASTIC CLOUD - BRIDGE UNDER THE SKY
LEGEND - THE SKY THAT IS BLUE
BRIAN MACLEAN - ORANGE SKIES
ERIC & THE CHESSMEN - BLUE SKIES
CHOSEN FEW - THE EARTH ABOVE THE SKY BELOW
HIGHER ELEVATION - SUMMER SKIES
FLOWER POWER - ORANGE SKIES
KIM FOWLEY - STRANGERS FROM THE SKY
FREEBORNE - YELLOW SKY


17 March, 2016

THE BLUEBEARDS - COME ON-A MY HOUSE



THE BLUEBEARDS - "Come On-A My House" / "I'm Home" (Date 2-1547) February 1967

It's exactly 9 years ago to the day that I started my music blog and what a trip it's been. To celebrate I've re-visited my first ever post and updated it with added information and a YouTube creation.

I dig this 45 by The Bluebeards. The top side 'Come On-A My House' is a fast paced psych mover with an 'Eastern' vibration. Not sure where the band originated from, so if anyone knows be sure to let me know. The song was written by Ross Bagdasarian (later to be known as David Seville of "Witch Doctor" and Chipmunks fame) and his cousin, playwright William Saroyan.

The flip 'I'm Home' is also cool but is more of a homage to the fab four. It kinda sounds like merseybeat but with the obvious updated sounds of '67...and it's a 'turned-on' swinger. Yeah! The writer credits for this song is E. Michaels.


"Come On-A My House" was recently compiled on "Sideburn Sounds" on Fuzzadelic. As far as I know "I'm Home" has not troubled the compilers.

16 March, 2016

MARTY WILDE - ALICE IN BLUE



MARTY WILDE - "Abergavenny" / "Alice In Blue" (Philips 326 882 BF) May 1968

Pre Merseybeat era rocker Marty Wilde with his obscure 1968 pure pop two-sider. The toy-town tune "Abergavenny" went to nowheresville in Britain although it did shift some units in Europe and was a small hit in America under the alias of Shannon on Heritage Records.

My pick though is the B-Side. "Alice In Blue" is a fab moody pop song with orchestration and rather great vocals from Marty. Simply wonderful. The Bystanders or at least ex members Deke Leonard and Micky Jones provided backing on "Abergavenny" and possibly "Alice In Blue" with arrangement by Peter Knight who worked with The Moody Blues on their album "Days Of Future Passed."


15 March, 2016

THE INEXPENSIVE HANDMADE LOOK - WHAT GOOD IS UP



THE INEXPENSIVE HANDMADE LOOK - "What Good Is Up" / "Ice Cream Man" (Brunswick 55334) July 1967

Here's a record I bought earlier this year but have just made some time to write about. First of all, what a name. Who on earth came up with something like The Inexpensive Handmade Look especially when they had previously released a couple of singles as the rather unimaginative The Counts IV. Quite a change eh?

I first became aware of the Yardbirds inspired pounder "What Good Is Up" via a bootleg vinyl compilation from the late eighties called "Psychedelic Disaster Whirl" and raved about it ever since. I didn't suffer any hesitation blues when a copy was up for sale on eBay. Pulled the trigger, it's all mine!

Sundazed released a Counts IV single back in 2005 containing two 'unreleased' gems by the band, recorded sometime in 1966. One was a cover version of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and a song marked on the demo audiodisc as "Discussion Of The Unorthodox Council" which is this Brunswick side... so the song WAS released but with a different title both for song and group name!

releases:
COUNTS IV - "Listen To Me" / "Lost Love" (JCP 1006) late 1964
COUNTS IV - "Spoonful" / "Where Are You" (Date 2-1526) September 1966
INEXPENSIVE HANDMADE LOOK - "What Good Is Up" / "Ice Cream Man" (Brunswick 55334) July 1967
COUNTS IV - "Discussion Of The Unorthodox Council" / "Spoonful" / "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (Sundazed SEP-179) 2005



13 March, 2016

DONOVAN - TANGERINE PUPPET



DONOVAN - "Tangerine Puppet" (Marble Arch MAL 795) May 1965

This is my second Donovan entry today and another re-issue on budget label Marble Arch. The latter released Donovan's debut album at the end of 1968. The original on Pye came out mid 1965.
Don was only eighteen years old when he recorded the songs for this album. He had help of course, from Brian Locking on bass guitar. Brian also played with The Shadows for a short while and a couple of years for Marty Wilde's backing group The Wildcats.

On drums was Skip Alan who would later become a member of The Pretty Things during their psychedelic period. Gypsy Dave joined in on kazzoo.

A really strong folk album, most of which was written by Donovan including the soothing acoustic instrumental "Tangerine Puppet" and his famous hit "Catch The Wind." There's also room for a fab folk blues version of "You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond."  

Donovan on the front cover of Beat Instrumental - August 1965



DONOVAN - THE SUMMER DAY REFLECTION SONG



DONOVAN - "The Summer Day Reflection Song" (Marble Arch MAL 867) October 1965

One of my very favourite artists of all time is Donovan and he would easily fit in my personal Top 10 all-time greats. Out of interest my list would include The Byrds, The Monkees, Beau Brummels, Del Shannon, Johnny Kidd, Everly Brothers, The Easybeats, Syd's Pink Floyd and The Beatles.

Anyway, back to Donovan. My copy of the album "Fairytale" is the early 1969 re-issue on budget label Marble Arch. Just dig the psychedelic sleeve, it's something else. Curiously, the label omitted two songs from the original album released in October 1965. There's no "Colours" or "The Little Tin Soldier."

My pick is the quite brilliant folk song "The Summer Day Reflection Song" which has 12 string contribution from Shawn Phillips. One of his most evocative creations.

"Cat's a-sleeping in the sun,
Eyes take heed the colours call.
Sunlight patterns touch the wall,
Red kerchiefs sail and fall,
Cat's a sleeping in the sun."

Jackie magazine - December 1965


12 March, 2016

IAN & THE ZODIACS - NO MONEY, NO HONEY



IAN & THE ZODIACS - "No Money, No Honey" / "Ride Your Pony" (Star-Club Records 148 548 STF) April 1966

Exactly fifty years ago Liverpool combo Ian & the Zodiacs were in Berlin recording this R&B fuzz pounder. For such a fabulous group it's bordering on ludicrous that they were virtual unknowns in Britain, except for Merseyside of course.

Much of their material was recorded and released in Germany and other parts of Europe. Some were decent sized hits, they often appeared on several pop shows promoting records. Nothing in Britain of course, it seems the teenagers here were snoozing.

"No Money, No Honey" is one of those tunes that melts away at your mind, fuzz action, caveman drum beat, great vocals. Should have been a smash. The other side is a powerful version of "Ride Your Pony."

 

09 March, 2016

SOUTHWEST F.O.B. - GREEN SKIES



SOUTHWEST F.O.B. - "Smell Of Incense" / "Green Skies" (Hip HIA-8002)  September 1968

The strangely named Southwest F.O.B. hailed from Dallas and were originally called The Playboys 5 then changed their name to The Chimeras. According to the liners of their Sundazed retrospective CD, recordings existed of The Chimeras but they have been lost or locked in the Estate of a Monument Records promoter when he died.

Sometime in 1966, The Chimeras changed their name to Theze Few and released a single on local label Black Knight. You've gotta check out their garage raver "Dynamite."
Theze Few enjoyed a decent sized following and opened for many big name groups visiting Dallas.

Because they found out that "Theze Few" had been registered as a business name they were 'forced' to change their moniker once again, this time settling on Southwest F.O.B.
Their first single as Southwest F.O.B. was on the small label GPC but "Smell Of Incense" was quickly picked up for a wider distribution on the Memphis based Stax off-shoot pop label Hip.

'Smell Of Incense' is this Dallas band's take on The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band original. It's a much shorter version and has a heavy organ sound. The arrangement is a lot more punchy.

My highlight is the progressive number and non album cut "Green Skies" on the flip, written by lead singer Dan Seals.


06 March, 2016

THE MOODY BLUES - VOICES IN THE SKY



THE MOODY BLUES - "Voices In The Sky" / "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" (Deram 17.014) June 1968

This wistful single by The Moody Blues is the latest introduction into my 'psychedelic sky' series of records. Both sides appeared later on their symphonic rock album "In Search Of The Lost Chord" but here they are in their edited mono mix.

"Voices In Thew Sky" written by their lead guitarist and singer Justin Hayward was recorded during March 1968 and on it's release in the Summer of 1968 proved to be a decent sized hit, eventually reaching #27 in the UK Chart.

"Bluebird, flying high
Tell me what you sing
If you could talk to me
What news would you bring
Of voices in the sky."




05 March, 2016

RABBIT MACKAY & THE SOMIS RHYTHM BAND - LANA MINUS LIFE



RABBIT MACKAY & THE SOMIS RHYTHM BAND - "Lana Minus Life" (UNI 73026) June 1968

I bought this album back in 2003, played it once, didn't dig it much mainly because I heard nothing like their earlier psych rocker single "Tendency To Be Free" so I filed it away on the shelf. I'd almost forgot about it but that was until Rabbit Mackay was mentioned on Facebook earlier this week.

Half an hour later I'm giving "Bug Cloth" a spin for the first time in over a decade and I'm now beginning to dig it from start to finish, even the couple of songs where there's use of a kazoo ain't too bad. The music is varied and interesting, blues and folk based with the occasional dalliance into a West Coast psych vibration perfectly demonstrated by my choice cut "Lana Minus Life."

"Lana Minus Life" gets into a laid back hippie groove and I start to drift away to Rabbit's 'spoken' vocals, then a snaking acid guitar break worms away in the background. Love the burst of harmonica as the song closes and ebbs away.






Billboard - June 1968

Billboard - June 1968
 

04 March, 2016

CHRIS FARLOWE & THE THUNDERBIRDS - PAPERMAN FLY IN THE SKY



CHRIS FARLOWE & THE THUNDERBIRDS - "The Last Goodbye" / "Paperman Fly In The Sky" (Immediate IM-066) April 1968

Chris Farlowe hit the big time in Britain during 1966 with the #1 hit "Out Of Time" but subsequent singles were only modest hits. It's worth checking out some of the obscure B-Sides, especially "Paperman Fly In The Sky" which is a pop psych delight.

Production by Manfred Mann vocalist Mike D'Abo.