21 February, 2015

FLOWER BOMB SONGS #11




so you want to be a rock 'n roll star

GREGORY DEE & the AVANTIES - The Grind
GREGORY DEE & the AVANTIES - The Slide
LIVERPOOL SET - Seventeen Tears To the End
KORDS - Boris The Spider
PETER, PAUL & MARY - I Dig Rock and Roll Music
RON DANTE - How Do You Know
SHADOWS OF KNIGHT - Gloria '69
BEACON STREET UNION - South End Incident
PURPLE UNDERGROUND - Count Back
LORDS - Death Bells At Dawn

14 February, 2015

SIMON & GARFUNKEL - BLESSED



SIMON & GARFUNKEL - "Sounds Of Silence" (CBS BPG 62690) January 1966

Quite possibly my most played album since discovering it in my mid teens. Recently I set about securing MONO releases of this and their next album "Parsley, Sage Rosemary & Thyme"

The songs were mostly recorded during April - June 1965 but the album took an age (by sixties standards) to get a release, eventually coming out at the start of January '66.
Check out "Blessed" also recorded and released as a single by The Tremeloes.

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit...
Blessed is the lamb, whose blood flows...
Blessed are the sat upon, spat upon, ratted on...
Oh Lord, why have you forsaken me?"





THE BYRDS - CAPTAIN SOUL


THE BYRDS - "Fifth Dimension" (Columbia CL 2549) July 1966

The Byrds' first instrumental emerged during a break between  recording sessions when they were riffing on Lee Dorsey's "Get Out Of My Life Woman" 

recorded: 18th May, 1966




 

13 February, 2015

THE BYRDS - THOUGHTS AND WORDS


THE BYRDS - "Younger Than Yesterday" (Columbia CL 2642) February 1967

"Thoughts And Words" is arguably Chris Hillman's finest solo composition and I would even say that (in my opinion) it is a sonic art masterpiece. The melody and harmonies are wondrous then there are those interludes of eerie sitar-like sounds of backwards guitars. Sublime.

recorded: 6th December 1966







10 February, 2015

BERT JANSCH - TINKER'S BLUES



BERT JANSCH - "It Don't Bother Me" (Transatlantic Records 132) December 1965

"Tinker's Blues"
Tinker is a pussy cat, who strides through our flat and amuses himself by being rescued by firemen from the topmost chimney of the house.

Recorded at Pye Studios, London (April 1965)





09 February, 2015

SIMON & GARFUNKEL - PATTERNS



SIMON & GARFUNKEL - "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" (CBS 62860) October 1966

Almost before the public knew whether Simon and Garfunkel was a comedy act, a law firm, or a partnership in the garment industry, the two young musicians bearing those names were becoming the fastest rising popular vocal duo in the land. The last year has seen two of their LPs and four of their singles sell an amazing total of five million copies. Even more unusual is that these records are saying something, in lyrics and in music, and that the start of their popular acceptance came through the use of an electronic gimmick.

Paul Simon: "Pop music has become the most exciting area of all music today. Pop music is catching up with film as the leading medium in which to make some comment about the world for a large audience, just as film caught up with literature."

(back cover album liners)




08 February, 2015

SIMON & GARFUNKEL - THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE



SIMON & GARFUNKEL - "Wednesday Morning, 3AM" (CBS 63370) October 1964

"The Sounds Of Silence" is a major work. We were looking for a song on a larger scale, but this was more than either of us expected. Paul had the theme and the melody set in November, but three months of frustrating attempts were necessary before the song "burst forth". On February 19, 1964, the song practically wrote itself.

It's theme is man's inability to communicate with man. The author sees the extent of communication as it is on only it's most superficial and 'commercial' level (of which the "neon sign" is representative). There is no serious understanding because there is no serious communication - "people talking without speaking - hearing without listening"

No one dares take the risk of reaching out ("take my arms that I might reach you") to disturb the sound of silence. The poet's attempts are equally futile ("but my words like silent raindrops fell within the wells of silence")

The ending is an enigma. I find my own meaning in it, but like most good works, it is best interpreted by each person individually. The words tell us that when meaningful communication fails, the only sound is silence.

(Art Garfunkel - words taken from the back cover of the album)





SIMON & GARFUNKEL - The Sounds Of Silence (stereo)

01 February, 2015

FLOWER BOMB SONGS #10





Mid 60s British Beat currently letting my mynd submit to it's power.

KINGPINS - Diamond Girl
TONY JACKSON & the VIBRATIONS - Watch Your Step
FIRST GEAR - Leave My Kitten Alone
REVOLUTION - Shades Of Blue
BOYS - It Ain't Fair
KINKS - Something Better Beginning
BEATMEN - Now The Sun Has Gone
BRAND - Zulu Stomp
CLIQUE - She Ain't No Good
SEARCHERS - Magic Potion
KINGPINS - For Your Love

31 January, 2015

THE FALCONS - PHONE ME



RETURN OF THE AMPHETAMINE GENERATION - Various (Dig The Fuzz DIG 032LP) 1998

I've spent the last couple of days spinning this vinyl compilation album from the late 90s on Dig The Fuzz.

"Return Of The Amphetamine Generation" is a mid 1960s collection of the odd obscure B-Side but mostly previously unreleased recordings from one of a kind acetates and private pressings..... including unknown groups called The Uprooted, Themselves, James King & the Farinas, The Falcons, The Nomads, Those Fadin' Colours, The In-Sect (plus more)

Well worth getting a hold of. Quality release with plenty of informative notes and a few group pix.

The group I'll focus on from this disc are The Falcons. Sadly little is known about the group behind the unreleased "Phone Me." The Ilford Sound label, based in Essex was in operation between 1964 - 1965 and recorded acetates by several other beat groups including Dave Anthony & the Classics and The Integrals.   


26 January, 2015

RON DANTE - HOW DO YOU KNOW



RON DANTE - 'Let Me Bring You Up' /'How Do You Know' (RCA Victor 49.683) July 1970

This is a recent purchase of a two sided bubblegum blast by The Archies singer Ron Dante. I wrote about one of his earlier 45s a few months back, check out the archives.

These songs were part of his long player "Ron Dante Brings You Up" and they're here on a stereo single to promote his solo album. "Let Me Bring You Up" is a commercial pop song with the necessary bubblegum trimmings but the flip "How Do You Know" is something of a long lost delight.

Listen out for the organ bursts and hand-claps in combination with a bouncy rhythmic beat. It could almost be late 1967 again but it's not. Sadly, it's now 1970 and bubblegum is starting to sound like yesterday's news as the heavy rock style and progressive blues start to hold sway.

Both songs were written by the Jeff Barry and Andy Kim songwriting partnership. They wrote the hits for The Archies including "Sugar Sugar" but couldn't repeat the magic with Ron Dante, at least chart wise.



RON DANTE - How Do You Know

19 January, 2015

FRANK KINSEL - GAMER


FRANK KINSEL - 'At Home' (Epic BN 26492) 1969

Here's an interesting album of folk blues with a tinge of country all played superbly by Frank Kinsel and various other famed musicians including Bill Wolfe (6 string guitar) Kevin Kelley (drums) Red Rhodes (steel guitar) and Wolfgang Melz (bass guitar).

My taster for the album is the loner vibration blues of "Gamer." This long player rarely turns up and not a great deal of information about it has ever surfaced. An obscure release on Epic.

"There I was in the middle of the grey on beige fifties and my older brother was diggin' Etta James singing 'Roll With Me Henry' (Dance With Me Henry was the successful mass media cop out). There was some kind of a beginning for me in music as an expression, feeling, or movement at that time. It was the only way out.... or in. It was either tan shoes and a clean smile or a beer and a '50 Merc.

Rhythm and Blues groups were a way of life and every party had a basement group composed of four or five guys who could carry on the most.


Detroit, I remember you. Expressways turned to freeways and time went by. Michigan, you looked very pretty when it snowed or when the sun set on your lakes. I sang songs for a while there: some were about you and some were about me, then I moved west.

California and San Francisco were like a new energy force that I hadn't felt before, so I stayed and wrote and sang and experienced and experienced some more and came up with ideas to record. So I moved to the south into a somewhat populated city (plug for my new album) named Los Angeles.

This is a rather short summary of where I have been for awhile. If it seems incomplete, fill it in with your own life. Have a good day."
(Frank Kinsel) 



 

18 January, 2015

THE KINGPINS - DIAMOND GIRL


THE KINGPINS - 'For Sale' (Tenth Planet TP016)

Tenth Planet seemed to come up with the undiscovered goods on a regular basis during the 90s and it was one of those labels that gained respect from vinyl collectors with their handsome releases in gatefold sleeves with choice unseen photos and rare music (mostly from acetates) in sparkling sound quality.

The Kingpins "For Sale" was one of their earliest releases from 1995 and was limited to 600 copies. They're long gone now but the collection may show up on eBay now and again, but with a premium price of course.

I want to concentrate on The Kingpins 1965 recordings. There were two. The ravin' "Diamond Girl" and a potent version of "For Your Love." But the album also covers their unreleased songs from 1966 through to 1969 when they experienced line-up changes and group names to Those Fadin' Colours and The Orange Seaweed.

The Kingpins formed in 1964 in the small town of Adlington, part of the borough of Croydon. The ages of the members ranged from 14 to 17 years old. In other words they were a schoolboy combo.
The line-up consisted of:

Ray Neale (rhythm guitar / vocals)
Keith Neale (bass)
Tony Martin (lead vocals)
Glyn Stephens (lead guitar)
Jimmy Barnard (drums)

By mid 1965, The Kingpins had progressed enough to enter a local beat group competition. One of the contest's adjudicators was Ronald Jones, owner of R.G. Jones recording studio and Oak custom label in Morden. He agreed free recording time for the top three acts. The Kingpins finished third.

The entered R.G. Studio on 31/05/65 to cut "Diamond Girl" and "For Your Love" which were pressed up as an acetate. "Diamond Girl" was written by Tony Martin and is a hard driving beat number turning positively freak. In my opinion an absolute classic beat punk raver '65 style.

"You're My Girl" is one of the great lost tracks of the 60s. Only ever released on an acetate, it features the vocals of a 17 year old Ray Neale. It's quite amazing, and when you think he's playing lead guitar and wrote it as well, it kinda blows you away. The flip side features Tony Martin on vocals and is also a great bit of song crafting. Ray's brother Keith was also in the band and played bass.

I knew Ray as a friend since 1977 when I happened upon his band 'Ramrod' one Sunday dinner time in a Croydon pub. A great guy who I spent many happy hours drinking and smoking to an almost Olympic standard. Alas the fags got him in the end, and he died in 2012. They say you're never dead as long as someone alive remembers you. I'm not being sentimental, but the stuff the Kingpins recorded on Oak will still be talked about when we're all dust. They're magnificent. (rollinrecords-shop)


      

17 January, 2015

THE BYRDS - THE WORLD TURNS ALL AROUND HER



THE BYRDS - Turn! Turn! Turn! (Columbia CL 2454) December 1965

Well, here it is. And about time, too.
Didn't our old grannies wag their wise and withered heads and tell us that good things are worth waiting for?

This album was as long in the making as a President. But, as Jim McGuinn trusted it would, everything's worked out all right. Personally, I think it's a beautiful piece of work, and maybe The Byrds were right to linger over it.After all, a great album is to the 1960s what a piece of sculpture was to the Middle Ages. Isn't it?

The Byrds think it should be, and I agree with them because I agree with them on most things. So do The Beatles, by the way. Two of the Fab Four came to the recording sessions at Columbia's Hollywood studios when they could have been sprawling beside their Bel Air pool gazing at Joan Baez. Some choice.

Anyway, down from the hills rode George and Paul because they'd liked The Byrds' "Mr Tambourine Man," and they know that a record like that doesn't happen by accident, ("Ho," John had said, "The Byrds have something." and the others nodded.) So there they were, At Columbia - bachelor Beatle two-some, denims and fringes and so much experience, heads bent up to pick up the sound-subtleties of the Los Angeles Byrds, whom The Beatles publicly named as their fave rave American group.

(notes by Derek Taylor, Press and Public Relations Officer for The Byrds)





THE BYRDS - The World Turns All Around Her

11 January, 2015

FLOWER BOMB SONGS #09




a mix of twelve songs currently dominating my turntable:
Remastered from my vinyl records uploaded as MONO MP3's in 320 kbit sound resolution.
Downloadable. As usual, all cuts taken from my 45s

MAGICIANS - An Invitation To Cry
SPIRIT - I Got A Line On You
PURPLE UNDERGROUND - Soon
SURFARIS - I'm A Hog For You
BERNIE SCHWARTZ - Something's Wrong
LORDS - Light Rain
VEJTABLES - Mansion Of Tears
OSHUN - Rattle Of Life
ORACLE - Don't Say No
VISITORS - Is It Them Or Me?
MONKEES - Forget That Girl
DAVID CLAYTON THOMAS - Walk That Walk

05 January, 2015

THE MONKEES - FORGET THAT GIRL



THE MONKEES - 'Alternate Title' / 'Forget That Girl' (RCA Victor 1604) June 1967

"Forget That Girl" is an overlooked Monkees song recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood on the 7th and 8th March 1967. The recording line-up consisted of Mike Nesmith (12 string guitar), Peter Tork (electric piano), Davy Jones (vocals and maracas) and Micky Dolenz (drums).

This beautiful jangling ballad was written by Chip Douglas who had become the Monkees producer at this point in time.
"Douglas Farthing Hatlelid" is his made up name. Although "Forget That Girl" never appeared on a 45 in America it was part of the "Headquarters" album.

Thankfully, "Forget That Girl" did get a single release in Britain during June 1967, it can be found on the B-Side of "Alternate Title." The song featured in the Monkees episode "One Man Shy" during August 1967. 
 

01 January, 2015

THE SERPENT POWER - OPEN HOUSE



THE SERPENT POWER - 'Serpent Power' (Vanguard 79252) July 1967

Here's an interesting West Coast album to track down, it won't be that difficult if you're not fussy about only owning originals as it's been repressed many times over the years. The Serpent Power hailed from the San Francisco hippie scene and centred around Tina & David Meltzer.

All the songs are originals written by David Meltzer and display a confident band who's music reminds me of a cross between The Jefferson Airplane and Country Joe & the Fish. Check out "Open House" which is a quite lovely laid back hippie gem with some really excellent acid guitar play.

Billboard December 1967


 

30 December, 2014

MARSHMALLOW WAY - C'MON KITTY KITTY (LET'S GO TO THE CITY)



MARSHMALLOW WAY - 'Marshmallow Way' (United Artists UAS 6708) 1969

Here's an album I've had for years and it's been filed away all that time just waiting until I get my act together to burn it to digital, make a YouTube upload and do some research. First off, the album is a bubblegum joy from start to finish, each and every song is a worthwhile sweet toothed bouncer with most of them having 'bubblegum hit' written all over them. Only, Marshmallow Way had no hits and after this album and a single they vanished without trace, never to be seen, spoken or heard of ever again.

It appears that Billy Carl and Reid Whitelaw were behind the outfit, they wrote, arranged and produced every song and the 'band' in the picture on the album cover were just 'cogs in the wheel'. The sound of the material is quite sophisticated for bubblegum with exotic instrumentation and percussion with heavy use of vibraphone, marimbas, congas and 12 string guitar.

Checking the credits on the back of the album sleeve reveals that Jim Calvert, Norman Marzano, Paul Naumann and Ken Laguna were musical coordinators. They all have a bubblegum history and worked with The Music Explosion, 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Lemon Pipers, Ohio Express, The Beeds plus many others.



THORINSHIELD - ONE GIRL



THORINSHIELD - "Thorinshield" (Philips PHS 600-251) September 1967

Thorinshield were from Los Angeles with a line-up of James Smith (guitar), Bobby Ray (bass) and Terry Hand (drums). I don't know if Thorinshield ever ventured out of the studio to perform gigs and I've never seen their name mentioned on the numerous gig posters and adverts that I've seen over the years.

What I do know is that Bob Ray worked on Donovan's recordings from 1966 and released a 45 as Bob & Kit on HBR Records. Then in 1969 came a solo album on Soul City titled "Initiation Of A Mystic". Read about that release on my blog here.

Terry Hand was a member of The Everpresent Fullness.

Back to the Thorinshield album on Philips. If you dig sunshine pop with a heavy Beatles influence and orchestration then you're gonna dig the album a whole lot. It's all quite mellow with a late night drift away vibe throughout. The songs are not particularly commercial or pop chart friendly with instant hooks and such like. They're all slow burners and not unlike the work being carried out at the same time by Curt Boettcher on albums by Sagittarius and the Millennium.

A couple of singles were released from the long-player. I'll probably get around to reviewing those at some point in time. I'll end this write-up with my favourite "One Girl" which sounds Byrds like with stinging guitar and backwards tapes.




THE CYCLE MATES - THEME FROM CYCLE SAVAGES



THE CYCLE SAVAGES - Original Soundtrack (AIR ST-A-1033) 1970

They're the ungrateful, the uninhibited, the undisciplined and the never-challenged! Their power - the grinding roar of their cycles and the stench of burning rubber in their wake as this breed of savages journeys from area to area searching for trouble.

Their cry is "Rev up and ride" - in short, it's their warning to beware! This wild group of the 70s is known around the country as the CYCLE SAVAGES. They steal women, initiate them into their pack, and then sell them on the black market of crime.

What does "the chopper", as it is often referred to, represent to this segment of today's youth? Is it merely an inexpensive mode of transportation, or is it a means to some sort of common identity?
The motorcycle is a symbol of individuality, independence and freedom. Jerry Styner's original musical score, composed specially for "Cycle Savages", genuinely expresses the feeling behind the story - the uncertainty of today's youth in their search for identity, power and an unknown future. (album liners)




26 December, 2014

THE FAMILY - SAN FRANCISCO WAITS



THE FAMILY - 'San Francisco Waits' / 'Without You' (U.S.A. Records 894) January 1968

It's believed that The Family were from Chicago and if this is accurate they have certainly got the West Coast flower psych sound down to perfection with "San Francisco Waits". This was actually their second and last single release, an earlier 45 on U.S.A. Records came out during September 1967, "Face The Autumn" / "So Much To Remember".

"San Francisco Waits" was written, produced and arranged by Bobby Whiteside. I've research him but have drawn a complete blank. Hopefully, someone knows more information that can be shared here.

"San Francisco Waits" has been compiled a couple of times over the years, first on Mindrocker #02 then again on Soft Sounds #02.

24 December, 2014

FLOWER BOMB SONGS #08




a mix of eleven 45s currently adding colours to my mynd:

CHRISTOPHER & the CHAPS - They Just Don't Care
DAYBREAKERS - Psychedelic Siren
DANNY & the COUNTS - Ode To The Wind
RAVES - Mother Nature
RAVES - Think Of Your Love
SUNSHINE TROLLEY - Cover Me Babe
JIMMY CURTISS - Psychedelic Situation Dee Jay & the Runn
EVIL I - Love Conquers All
ESKO AFFAIR - Morning Dull Fires
FABULOUS PACK - Wide Trackin'
FAMILY - San Francisco Waits
DEE JAY & the RUNNAWAYS - He's Not Your Friend

22 December, 2014

THE CRYSTAL BALL - TRANS-LOVE AIRWAYS (FAT ANGEL)



THE CRYSTAL BALL - 'Trans-Love Airways (Fat Angel)' / 'You're A Big Girl Now' (Smash S-2092) May 1967

I've had this single by The Crystal Ball for many years and I've noticed that the sales price has nudged up to the $30 - $50 bracket recently. Maybe it's become one of those trendy European mod spins or something?

I somehow doubt very much that The Crystal Ball were an active group. They were probably a studio creation of producers Roger Karshner, Richard Troops and Joel Cory. Whatever they were I'm pleased that they recorded a wonderful version of "Fat Angel" by Donovan. It's such a tripped out take, well produced with a pounding sound. I love the drums on this and the deep throbbing bass.

The other side "You're A Big Girl Now" (credited to Troops & Cory) is a bouncy pop song and perhaps a little more commercial than "Fat Angel" that no doubt sank without trace.

Roger Karshner also produced the weird and wonderful psychedelic album by The National Gallery.

Billboard - May 1967

21 December, 2014

DAVE & THE CUSTOMS - I ASK YOU WHY



DAVE & THE CUSTOMS - 'I Ask You Why' / 'He Was A Friend Of Mine' (DAC Records 503) 1966

According to 'Teenbeat Mayhem', Dave & the Customs hailed from Pomona, CA. The group were surf based initially and their earlier single on DAC Records "Shortnin' Bread" / "Ali Baba" is considered an underground surf classic. As far as I know, this earlier 45 was released sometime during 1964. It's quite rare and has sold a couple of times recently for over $250.

Step forward a couple of years and Dave & the Customs have resurfaced as a folk-rock group with longer hair, 12 string guitars and Jim McGuinn style glasses. The Byrds were obviously a huge influence on them and a version on "He Was A Friend Of Mine" was recorded and can be found on the flip of this record.

A local TV Show performance from 1966 has survived and can be found on YouTube showing Dave & the Customs performing "He Was A Friend Of Mine", an amazing find and well worth watching.

"I Ask You Why" is a loner folk-rock jangler written by the Zdunich brothers. This song surfaced on the early 90s compilation "From The New World". As you can see the label of my copy has been defaced with "Marko + David" which I've worked out is Mark & David Zdunich, so perhaps one of them did this to the label. More importantly is the scribble "recorded June 1966" which accurately dates the disc. Several websites have this single recorded as a 1965 release.  

Dave & the Customs circa 1964 - from 'Surfguitar101.com'





20 December, 2014

THE DAYBREAKERS - PSYCHEDELIC SIREN


THE DAYBREAKERS - 'Psychedelic Siren' / 'Afterthoughts' (Dial 45-4066) December 1967

Over the years "Psychedelic Siren" has become something of a cult classic and has appeared on numerous compilations but sadly this single on Dial is the only record The Daybreakers released during their short existence.

I have an album's worth of Daybreakers recordings including demo cuts from 1967/68 but none of the match the pounding punkadelic attack of "Psychedelic Siren" or the majestic 12 string folk punk of the flip "Afterthoughts"

Here's what was written about both songs within the liners of the "History Of Eastern Iowa Rock - Volume One" released on Unlimited Productions back in 1985.

"Psychedelic Siren" was released by Atlantic on their subsidiary label Dial and was produced by Buddy Killen. In the Summer of '67, The Daybreakers from Muscatine, Iowa managed to arrange a recording session at Columbia Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Country Western singer Jack Barlow, a Muscatine native, asked his producer Buddy Killen to produce our session as a favour.

"Afterthoughts" received more play than the A-Side from KSTT Radio, Devonport, where the two sided hit clung to the Top 40 chart for over three months. Denny Maxwell and Mike Bridges are playing twelve string electric guitars which at times gives the illusion of an orchestra. The instrumental breaks are highlighted by Buddy Busch's characteristically forceful yet precise drumming. 

At the close of the session Killen signed them to recording and songwriting contracts and picked up the tab.   


19 December, 2014

CHRISTOPHER & THE CHAPS - THEY JUST DON'T CARE



CHRISTOPHER & THE CHAPS - 'They Just Don't Care' / 'It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding' (Fontana F-1530) November 1965

Here's a collectable 45 for folk-rock lovers and Left Banke fans. Christopher & the Chaps hailed from Long Island, NY and included in their ranks Michael Lookofsky a.k.a. Michael Brown who later became a member of The Left Banke.

"They Just Don't Care" is a gritty protest song in the folk-rock tradition of '65. It was compiled on "From The New World" on the short lived 'Strange Things' label. I wrote about this compilation some time ago as it's one of my favourites.

The other side has a vibrant rendition of the Bob Dylan tune "It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding" 

   

17 December, 2014

THE RAVES - EVERYTHING'S FIRE



THE RAVES - 'Everything's Fire' / 'Sing Children Sing' (Smash S-2162) April 1968

This was the third and last single by The Raves after which they disappeared. Hopefully someone who knows the details about this combo will get in touch with information as they really were a hot band and unjustly ignored by probably everyone outside New York.

I've read elsewhere that they were regulars at the famous Cafe Wha? and Keith's backing group. He had a big hit with "98.6". David Jimenez from The Raves was definitely involved and played guitar and co-wrote several songs on the album "The Adventures Of Keith"

Getting back to this disc then! "Everything's Fire" is a terrific blast of heavy mod beat and has a very English sound. It's perhaps the rarest Raves 45 to find and may prove difficult to locate. The white label promo had 'Everything's Fire' on both sides (mono / stereo) but my stock copy has the soulish 'Sing Children Sing' on the flip.

16 December, 2014

THE RAVES - THINK OF YOUR LOVE



THE RAVES - 'Don't Chop Down My Tree' / 'Think Of Your Love' (Smash S-2105) July 1967

By their second release The Raves were if anything even more commercial sounding. Can't believe these two records were not big hits. I'd call this punk bubblegum. Way better than that watered down poppy stuff that followed in 1968/69....
'Think Of Your Love' is genius.

14 December, 2014

THE RAVES - MOTHER NATURE



THE RAVES - 'Mother Nature' / 'Mister Man' (Smash S-2088) April 1967

The Raves hailed from Brooklyn, New York and released three 45s on Smash. All are great garage pop classics with a slight bubblegum sound. Their debut 45 'Mother Nature' is a pounding fast paced fuzzy popper with eastern promise. The flip 'Mister Man' treads similar ground. Both sides are insanely catchy and would have obviously sounded cool coming out of those small 60s radios because they are very well produced and mastered loud.

The producer for The Raves was Ron Haffkine. He was also producer for another New York band The Gurus. He also produced and managed Dr Hook & the Medicine Show. They of course became simply Dr Hook by the start of the 70s.





The Raves photos downloaded from "Cafe Wha" Facebook page


DICK DODD - TWENTY FOUR HOURS OF LONELINESS



DICK DODD - "First Evolution Of" (Sparton Records ST 5142) October 1968

I bought this album by Dick Dodd back in March 2002 for $40 played it a couple of times then more or less ignored it as it wasn't the kind of sound I wanted to hear. Things change of course and I've now got a less blinkered view of most things, especially music.

So, I decided to get the album off the shelf and digitize it to CDR. As far as I know Dick Dodd's solo work has never been released on CD. There is scope for such a retrospective as the ex Standells lead singer and drummer released three singles as well as this studio album.

Most of the material is late 60s rock tinged with soul. It has a polished commercial sound and would have been chart friendly but it seems that no one was listening as none of the singles or this album sold in any quantity.

The songs were co-written by Buddy Bowie (Buie)  & Ed Cobb but there are covers of "Lonely Weekends" by Charlie Rich and "Tell The Truth" by Ray Charles. My pick from the album is the driving soul rock of "Twenty Four Hours Of Loneliness."

Special mention too for the bizarre album illustration showing Dick Dodd standing between what looks like two fetuses, with the Earth far off in background space..... perhaps showing his "First Evolution"

singles:
"Fanny" / "Don't Be Ashamed To Call My Name"
"Little Sister" / "Lonely Weekends"
"Guilty" / Requiem 820"