22 November, 2014


VAL STOECKLEIN - 'Grey Life' (Dot DLP 25904) December 1968

Gene Clark has been mentioned several times on my Facebook wall recently and it got me thinking about the album "Grey Life" by Val Stoecklein from 1968.

Val was the 'leader' and singer, songwriter and guitarist in the brilliant Kansas folk-rock group, The Blue Things. When they broke up in 1967 Val signed a solo deal with Dot Records and "Grey Life" was the fruits of his labour.

It's full of loner type introspection, with eleven sorrowful acoustic songs accompanied by orchestral arrangements, and very much like Gene's solo music. "Possibility I Was Wrong" is a stand out and a huge fave of mine....

*** Produced by Ray Ruff and recorded at Gold Star studios in Hollywood. ***

"Look around your room where it's so dark and cold, you won't find me..." The grey mists were beginning to clear away from Val Stoecklein's life again as the new year came in. He phoned from Kansas to his Texas friend who was now putting together records in Los Angeles.

He was ready to write songs again. Just like he had in 1964 when he left Kansas State University to record and travel with his group, The Blue Things. The group broke up then there was a love that broke up very badly so Val drifted out of Kansas to work the Oklahoma oil fields and ride cowboy in Wyoming.

"Passing through the Oklahoma, Summertime, harvest crew, Dollar hotel rooms and smokin' roll-your owns..."

Too much time had been lost in the greyness for Val to wait out his tapes in the mail. He came west of Utah for the first time, hitchhiking with his 12 string guitar. The Texas friend was jammed up in the recording studio for four days and Val's songs sat there in a tape on his desk while Val examined the walls of his motel room and very slowly watched his money go down to forty cents.

"No hard words were said the time we parted friends. We should have thought a little more about the baby then. I'd like to see him now....before the train pulls out of town."

This record was made less than two weeks later. Do yourself a favour and find a quiet room the first time that you listen to the beauty of this music Val Stoecklein  made from real pieces of his life before it went grey - till these songs brought back his rainbow.

(back cover sleeve notes - Nat Freedland)

21 November, 2014


THE BLOX - 'Say Those Magic Words' / The Way I'm Gonna Be' (Solar Records 235) June 1967

This 45 has been overlooked since the sixties and as far as I know "Say Those Magic Words" has never been compiled. So who were The Blox? Very little has ever been written about them and it's doubtful that any members have ever been located. All I know is that they hailed from Houston, Texas and released two singles on Solar Records.

"Say Those Magic Words" is a fast paced jangle beat number, the tempo on the version by The Blox is sharper than the first version by English R&B group The Birds, from September 1966 and by The McCoys released August 1967. In my opinion The Blox version is the superior take.

The flip "The Way I'm Gonna Be" is surf pop with a very catchy and commercial beat. This turned up on the CD comp "Wyld Sydes #1"

Solar Records also released The Blox second single "Hangin' Out" during September 1966. This is much more famous and has been on numerous compilations, the first of which was probably "Texas Flashbacks #3" The label also released notable 45s by The Penthouse Five and Sounds Unlimited.


14 November, 2014


THE SEARCH - 'Climate' / 'Mr Custer' (In-Sound 404) 1967

I've been meaning to write about The Search for years but somehow kept getting side tracked but today is the day for some Search action. According to several sources they hailed from San Diego, California but apart from that, information is at a premium.

"Climate" is an organ dominated garage swinger with a tempo shifting beat, quite fascinating and ultimately rewarding after several plays. It was written by Jim and Paul Mannino who were likely brothers. It was compiled on "Highs In The Mid Sixties - Volume 3" back in the early 80s

The other side is a reworking of the novelty tune "Mr Custer" originally released by Larry Verne in 1960. Find it on "Fuzz, Flaykes & Shakes - Volume 2"

The Search also released another single in June 1967 on Era Records but this record is not as interesting to me but still worth seeking out. "Too Young" / "Everybody's Searchin" have not troubled the compilers.


13 November, 2014


MARK IV - 'Hollow Woman' / 'Better Than That' (Columbia 4-43911) November 1966

Columbia Records seemingly released hundreds of beautiful one off 45s by teen garage groups who had their shot at fame only to find that no one cared and their brief moment in the sun had burned away to embers.

Mark IV are one such group. According to "Teenbeat Mayhem" they hailed from New Canaan, Connecticut and this was their only release. "Hollow Woman" is one of my favourite garage rockers and let's be honest here, it's basically a clever rewrite of The Zombies 1964 single "Woman" I'm not sure how J. Johannessen got away with it but then again who would have heard the record anyway?
"Hollow Woman" can be found on 'Mindrocker Volume 7'

The other side "Better Than That" is a charming British Invasion influenced beat number with jangle and as far as I know remains uncompiled.

12 November, 2014


GENE PITNEY - 'Animal Crackers' / 'Don't Mean To Be A Preacher' (Musicor MU-1235) February 1967

A few weeks ago I posted an entry on my blog focusing on the songs of Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon. They were both in NYC group The Magicians, then when their teenage group disbanded found themselves hot property by writing hit records for The Turtles.

A record I mentioned, but didn't have at the time was "Animal Crackers" by Gene Pitney. I've since obtained a copy of the record and I'm giving it some publicity today. I don't have any other Gene Pitney record in my collection but I am aware of his hit records, none of which sounded as far-out as this one under my spotlight.

I'd say this was 'psych-tinged' and most definitely not a commercial sound. Gene perhaps took a risk with this recording to release it as a single. It didn't feature on any studio album at the time and wasn't released in Britain.

It didn't fare very well at all and did not break into the Billboard top 100 in America. What a shame, as this tune is wonderful.

vintage promotional advert February 1967


11 November, 2014


JERRY & JEFF - 'Voodoo Medicine Man' / 'Sweet Charity' (Super K SK-7) 1969

This garage bubblegum pounder by Jerry & Jeff a.k.a. Jerry Kasenetz and Jeffrey Katz has become a very sought after disc and regularly sells in the $150 - $200 range and is perhaps the best 45 on the short lived Super K label.

"Voodoo Medicine Man" has got a wonderful Seeds like sound throughout and I'd imagine Sky Saxon would have enjoyed singing this one if he'd had ever heard it, which is doubtful. The compact organ dominates, add into the mix macabre vocals, some primitive drum action and a raunchy guitar.... what a sound they create.... this is an ALL action, hard driving bubblegum assault.

The other side "Sweet Charity" is a calming pop psych nugget which has never troubled the compilers.

09 November, 2014


This episode of "Flower Bomb Songs" is dedicated to my beloved cat "Flower" who died on the 6th November 2014. She succumbed to liver disease at the age of 15 years old. All of the records used to produce this 12 song treat were remastered during the last couple of weeks of her life.

Most of them are new additions to my collection and are still on my desk to scan the labels and conduct some research. They have been uploaded as MONO MP3's in 320 kbit sound resolution. Normally I only upload in 192 kbit but this is a special "Flower Bomb Songs" for a special little female cat.... R.I.P Flower a.k.a. "Big's"

BOBBY DARIN - Lady Fingers
GENE PITNEY - Animal Crackers (In Cellophane Boxes)
OTHERS - Oh Yeah
MARK IV - Hollow Woman
SEAN & the BRANDYWINES - Co'dine
F.B.I. - What Am I To Do
JERRY & JEFF - Voodoo Medicine Man
LOOT - She's A Winner
MINDBENDERS - Uncle Joe, The Ice Cream Man
GREAT UNCLE FRED - I'm In Love With An Ex Beauty Queen

08 November, 2014

R.I.P. - FLOWER a.k.a. "BIG'S"

photo taken Spring 2009

Sadness fills my world because my beloved female cat "Flower" died at 6.00pm on Thursday, 6th November. She was diagnosed with liver disease back in July and had been on liver support medication ever since, taking 3 tablets a day.

Sadly she succumbed to her illness on Thursday and died on my bed after falling into a coma and dying a couple of hours later. She wasn't in any pain and I'm so glad she died in the comfort of her own home while being stroked right until her demise.

She was 15 years old......Farewell my dear friend.

02 November, 2014


THE F.B.I. - 'Day-Time Nite-Time' / 'What Am I To Do' (Gemini G-500 / G-501) May 1967

I enjoy trying to solve the mysteries behind obscure mid sixties groups and the records they left behind, after all, this is what my site "Flower Bomb Songs" is all about. Under my scrutiny at this moment in time is a combo called The F.B.I. a.k.a. Four Boys Inc.

Just who were they? and where did they come from? This is my quest, my aim is to find out the accurate details because a complete lack of information exists online and the few scraps of data in a couple of music guides I have, give a conflicting picture.

It seems that The F.B.I. released "Day-Time Night-Time" / "What Am I To Do" on Gemini during May 1967 (according to Teenbeat Mayhem). Both songs were written by Dennis Tracy and both songs are simply wonderful examples of folk jangle, a genre of music that is my absolute favourite.

"Day-Time Nite-Time" owes a lot to The Byrds "Eight Miles High" but this pastiche is no mere imitation. The beautiful jangle is frantic and earnestly flows throughout, the backbeat is simple and rhythmic with organ bursts, all culminating in a genius recording.
The other side "What Am I To Do" is one of the most delicate jangle ballads I've ever heard, the guitar rings out it's gorgeous chime and the spoken mid section is sublime and elevates the song to pure pop perfection.

The record label indicates a Universal City, California address and raises yet another question. Was that the location of The Four Boys Inc or the address of the Gemini record label?

For whatever reason, the single was repressed with exact label details apart from the name of the group which was given as The Band Of Wynand. According to an online source the re-release occurred during October 1967.

"Day-Time Nite-Time" has been compiled on "Fuzz, Flaykes & Shakes - Volume 1", their liner notes suggest that the Band Of Wynand hailed from Los Angeles. More recently both songs from this 45 appeared on a CD only release "The Cicadelic 60s - Volume 3" - I don't have this so can't compare the music but they may be demo versions according to "Fuzz, Acid & Flowers"

I have a 45 by His Majesty's Coachmen and I've always wondered if they were they same group as the Band Of Wynand. Both songs on this disc "I Don't Want To See You" / "Where Are You Bound" are written by Dennis Tracy and are both folk janglers. The record was even released on the Gemini label and both 'groups' share the same Producer, Dick Shepp.
According to 'Teenbeat Mayhem' His Majesty's Coachmen hailed from Santa Barbara, CA.
ARSA has this song charting for one week in Santa Barbara (KIST) in August 1966. Teenbeat Mayhem lists the release as August 1967? meaning that the F.B.I. record is perhaps May 1966.

I did some research on Dick Shepp and he was given production status on a record released by Joey Martin on Imperial Records. "Joey's Prayer" / "Joey's Letter" was released December 1967.

01 November, 2014


THE MUSIC COMBINATION - 'Mechanical People' / 'Bambi' (American Music Makers AMM-0012) 196?

The Music Combination were an obscure pop rock group from Pennsylvania, perhaps the outfit may be pin-pointed to Pittsburgh. I don't know for sure. What I do know, however, is that they released three singles on American Music Makers, with "Mechanical People" / "Bambi" being their debut disc.

Both sides are pop fare with brass with just a hint of psych, the latter being the strange studio FX added by Producer Lou Guarino

In late 1962 Lou Guarino formed World Artist Records, anticipating  the British invasion, he conducted a talent search trip which yielded and launched the careers of “Chad & Jeremy” and “Christine Quate” among others. Their hits included “A Summer Song”, “Willow Weep For Me”, “Yesterdays Gone”, “Tell Me Mama” and “In The Middle Of The Floor” on the World Artist label.  

Unfortunately the brilliant career of Christine Quate was cut short due to an automobile accident.  Although intended for Chad & Jeremy, Lou Guarino withheld the release of “A Very Good Year” due to production interference by the duo and he offered it to Frank Sinatra, which he accepted graciously. World Artist continued its success with “Joe Sherman, his Orchestra & Chorus”, “Reparata & The Delrons”, “Phillis Hyman”, “Shavells” and a host of artists from around the world. Reparata's charted hits included “Tommy”, “Whenever a Teenager Cries”, “Captain Of My Ship” and “Shoes”. 

The Joe Sherman Orchestra & Chorus releases included motion picture theme songs, such as: “Mad Mad World”, “The Seventh Dawn” and the American Canadian hit “Toys In The Attic” from the Dean Martin motion picture of the same name. Among many of the hits on Lou Guarino's three nationally acclaimed labels “A Mumbling Word” by The Stereos became a highly sought international collector item.... information from here


27 October, 2014


THE ROONEY BROTHERS - 'Geordie' / 'Just A Friend' (Columbia 4-44393) December 1967

The Rooney Brothers were fronted by Mickey Rooney JR, the eldest son of actor Mickey Rooney and fair dues to him as he was involved with this excellent single, both sides featuring an interesting jangle sound.

"Geordie" is a little known psych tinged folk rocker clearly with a huge Byrds influence which is  evident on this olde English traditional folk song. The flip "Just A Friend" is also worthy and features a wonderful jangling guitar break.

25 October, 2014


RONNIE DANTE - 'Janie Janie' / 'I'll Give You Things' (Columbia 4-43862) November 1966

Well how about that! I've been after this 45 for years and have had it in my eBay searches to get an email when a copy is put up for sale, but NOTHING in all that time....

Then, yesterday I looked on a UK dealers auction list because he was selling something else I was interested in and he had a copy of "Janie Janie" with a starting price of 99 pence!
He listed it as "Ron Dante" - I was searching for "Ronnie Dante" all that time. It appears that a few letters make all the difference on eBay...

Anyway, I charmed the record to EXPO67 Headquarters for a measly 99 pence...."Janie Janie" is a quite brilliant bubblegum psych tune with an eastern vibration. The song was co-written by songwriting team Gene Allan & Ron Dante and Produced by Neil Levenson.

Despite having a catchy and commercial sound the record got nowhere fast and as such is a difficult disc to locate. Perhaps the timing wasn't right for the record because I think this would have been a SMASH had it been released in mid '68 when bubblegum was at it's height of popularity.

After the demise of the release Ron Dante would write almost an albums worth of songs for The Eighth Day and even further down the line would become singer / songwriter for cartoon band The Archies

RONNIE DANTE - Janie Janie


THE NEW SOUND SPECTRUM - 'Summer Girl' / 'Love's No Crime' (Take 6 Inc 1003) September 1967

This 45 is a recent purchase and despite spending an hour researching the record I have come up with absolutely nothing. Who were The New Sound Spectrum? and where did they come from in USA?

I did find out that the record was probably released sometime in September or perhaps even October 1967 as it is listed as a "Kacy Contender" on a Sept '67 radio sheet from KACY 1520 Oxnard, California.
Given that the release is on Take 6 records and with a mention on the Oxnard radio survey leads me to believe that The New Sound Spectrum hailed from somewhere in California.

Both sides are lovely sunshine pop with perhaps the strongest being the A-Side "Summer Girl". This has a gorgeous melody and harmonies. The white label promo was titled "Summer Girl (Now That Summer's Over)" with the group name The "New" Sound Spectrum.

Both sides have never been compiled.

23 October, 2014


THE RENAISSANCE - 'Mary Jane (Get Off The Devil's Merry-Go-Round)' / 'Daytime Lovers' (Cameo Parkway P-146) April 1967

Here's a kool 45 by The Renaissance from April 1967. "Mary Jane (Get Off The Devil's Merry-Go-Round)" has obvious drug connotations as "Mary Jane" was a slang word for Marijuana.
The song was co-written by Mark Barkan who wrote many of the songs used in the Banana Splits TV Show.

Production by Claus Ogerman who also worked with The Marshmellow Highway and The Gates Of Eden. 

THE RENAISSANCE - Mary Jane (Get Off The Devil's Merry-Go-Round)

21 October, 2014


THE LANCASTRIANS - 'We'll Sing In The Sunshine' / 'Was She Tall' (Pye 7N. 15732) November 1964

Here's a merseybeat rockin' 45 by the LANCASTRIANS who are believed to have been from the Cheshire area, according to "The Tapestry Of Delights" The record was released November 1964.

"Was She Tall" was the flip and features lead guitar by Jimmy Page. The top side "We'll Sing In The Sunshine" is decent pop that struggled to #44 in the Charts. Both sides were produced by Shel Talmy.


20 October, 2014


This weekend I had a MAGICIANS freak-out .... not only the fabulous sounds of this NYC combo but the songs written by members Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon..... this is an all too brief update of my findings.

The MAGICIANS first single was "An Invitation To Cry" / "Rain Don't Fall On Me No More" on Columbia November 1965. Some copies came housed in a picture sleeve.

They came from the folk-rock scene in Greenwich Village and were regulars at "The Night Owl". According to the liners of the Sundazed CD, the Magicians took their name from the Lovin' Spoonful song "Do You Believe In Magic"

Both sides are GREATNESS but as with most of the worthy 45s released in the 60s it got no where fast and failed to chart, although they remained a popular group in New York....

"An Invitation To Cry" was comped on the Nuggets box but the folk rockin' "Rain Don't Fall On Me No More" has not been compiled and is not on YT either.

THE MAGICIANS - 'Lady Fingers'/'Double Good Feeling' (Columbia 4-44061) 1967

One of THEE very best psych tinged folk rock records was 'Lady Fingers' recorded in January 1967 and released as their final single on Columbia (after it flopped The Magicians were dropped by the label).

Written by Magicians Alan Gordon and Garry Bonner 'Lady Fingers' is an absolute jewel complete with complex and sublime harmonies.

BOBBY DARIN cut a version of the Magicians "Lady Fingers" on his "Inside Out" album from 1967..... complete with a baroque psych feel and sitar.... kool one!

THE GOSPEL - 'Redeemer' / 'I Won't Be Sad Again' (Vanguard Apostolic VRS 35084) 1968

This 45 is a product of the late 60s religious vibe that seemed to be rubbing off on a whole load of rock musicians and hippies to varying degrees.

The music on both sides of the disc is way-out. 'Redeemer' is a hippie psych gem kind of loosely based on The Yardbirds tune 'Tune Into Earth' with that strange Gregorian(esque) vocal delivery.
The flip 'I Won't Be Sad' sounds much more in the traditional folk format with banjo and fiddle but the hippie laid back approach gives it a late 60s feel.

Both songs were written and produced by ex Magicians bass guitarist John Townley.
To my knowledge The Gospel have not been compiled before. Curiously both songs were included on an album by The Family Of Apostolic and is perhaps the same outfit.

Both sides of this Gospel 45 are on the Family Of Apostolic self-titled double LP (Vanguard VSD 79301/2). Another 45 from their LP was 'Saigon Girls' / 'Water Music' (Vanguard Apostolic VRS 35081) - it was credited to The Family on the labels ...

Another version of "Lady Fingers" was recorded by a group called Barracuda.. This 45 on RCA was released November 1968.

The plug side "The Dance At St. Francis" was also written by ex Magicians Gordon & Bonner and was actually a small hit in some regions of USA.

This 45 was actually post-Gandalf. The album was recorded for Capitol at least a year prior to the release. Barracuda was their next project.

A teenbeat group called The E Types recorded a Gordon - Bonner song called "Put The Clock Back On The Wall"... They hailed from Salinas, CA. This 45 was released March 1967.
This trippy pop swinger was compiled on Nuggets #04 then chosen for the Nuggets box set that came out in the late 90s on Rhino.

It's such a shame that The MAGICIANS didn't hang around long enough to release an album or for that matter record their own songs in '67 with the group....

Here's another Gordon - Bonner song "She'd Rather Be With Me"
The Turtles had a huge hit with this one in 1967.
This is a pic of the British release on London Records, released in June

Another TURTLES hit penned by Bonner - Gordon was "Happy Together" from Feb 1967....one of the greatest 60s pop songs ever written... terrific.

"You Know What I Mean" from July 1967 is yet another Gordon - Bonner composition recorded perfectly by the classy TURTLES.

Another obscure song was recorded by Gene Pitney.... check out "Animal Crackers (In Cellophane Boxes)" Gene was hitchin' a ryde with some psych here.

13 October, 2014


SIMON SCOTT with the LEROYS - 'Move It Baby' / 'What Kind Of Woman' (Parlophone R 5164) July 1964

This hard driving beat disc is a recent purchase, I had never even heard it until last month when someone recommended it to me. I have spent some time diggin' on the internet and found an informative page about Simon Scott here.

Simon Scott was Managed by future Bee Gees boss Robert Stigwood and it seems that the latter had big hopes for his star find. Simon had the looks, voice and a forceful beat backing group in The LeRoys to succeed and their first single "Move It Baby" was a terrific debut. It reached the Top #40 in the British Charts but deserved to go so much higher.

Their next 45 "My Baby's Got Soul" flopped badly and Simon Scott drifted back into obscurity.

12 October, 2014


ADAM FAITH WITH THE ROULETTES - 'It's Alright' / 'I Just Don't Know' (Amy 913) October 1964

"It's Alright" was released in Britain during May 1964 as the B-Side to "I Love Being In Love With You" which went Top 40. However, the song was given A-Side status in USA when it was released in October '64 with "I Just Don't Know" on Amy Records.

"It's Alright" is a powerful beat rocker with an uptempo beat, harmonica and a killer lead guitar break. Adam Faith was not known for this kind of sound so this jewel was a complete departure from his usual pop songs and ballads, most definitely a 45 for beat fans to seek out.

ADAM FAITH - It's Alright

JOHNNY KENDALL & the HERALDS - 'Girl' / 'You Tell Me Why' (Milk Cow M00H-005) 2014

This re-issue single on Milk Cow Records is perhaps my re-issue of 2014. They have done a superb job recreating the thick picture sleeve, the sound quality is top drawer and they also include a promotional postcard showing Johnny Kendall & the Heralds on stage.

The combo hailed from Amsterdam and came to my attention via Pebbles #25 when I first heard their savage '66 beat hustler "Girl". This is killer Kinks style beat with harmonies and way out lead guitar solo. The other side of this reissue gives a time and a place for their Beau Brummels cover "You Tell Me Why"



THE FOUR PENNIES - 'No Sad Songs For Me' / 'Cats' (Philips BF 1519) October 1966

The Four Pennies were a popular beat group from Blackburn, Lancashire who had a #01 single in Britain with "Juliet" during 1964. Most of their material was ballads so they're not gonna appear that often on 'Flower Bomb Songs' unless they really have a driving beat number or a psych tinged pop nugget to offer.

Look no further than "Cats" on the flip of "No Sad Songs For Me" from October 1966. This rather eerie and strange tune was hidden away on the wrong side of the disc so probably never got heard much back then as the single flopped and the Four Pennies called it quits.
Curiously "Cats" has never featured on any Four Pennies retrospective CD collection.

05 October, 2014


I love finding strange records that have been lost in the mists of tyme... Here's one by GLYNT JOHNS with "Lady Jane" from 1966

It was probably only released in a handful of European countries at the time, it never saw action in Britain.

Glynt (or Glyn) Johns was the Rolling Stones engineer then of course became the producer for Led Zeppelin plus many others....

"Lady Jane" has a heavy use of sitar and is possibly even more 'baroque' than the Rolling Stones version.. a rare TV clip has survived...

I've heard that Paul Revere has died..... The Raiders were virtually unheard of here in Britain, they didn't have one hit record despite being ultra popular in America.
Some groups just didn't seem to "cross over" the pond... maybe their fate was sealed due to their cheesy outfits and stage dances (like the ones spotted during this TV performance in 1966).....

I reckon they were one of those groups best heard and not SCENE....
Anyway, "The Great Airplane Strike" from Sept 1966 is a hard driving Rolling Stones inspired recording with FUZZ..... co-written by the deceased Paul Revere....

Tyme for something nice and sleazy..... 1978 sleaze...

"An Angel Came From Outside
Had No Halo Had No Father
With A Coat Of Many Colours
He Spoke Of Brothers Many
Wine And Women Song A Plenty
He Began To Write A Chapter
In History....Nice 'N' Sleazy"

I got three new records this morning including this really great SONNY & CHER Spanish EP from 1966.....this has four of their folk-rockin' tunes compiled, including a version of "Leave Me Be" originally written and recorded by The Zombies...

It's all good though.... love the sleeve too. Cher looks great. I think she's probably in my "top five" fave rave 60s girls..

One of my hipster friends reminded me that Eddie Cochran was born today (3rd October) way back in 1938. He didn't live for very long though and died in a road accident, aged just 21.

Here's a scan of a re-issue of his small hit from 1958 "C'mon Everybody" - this is perhaps my favourite song of Eddie's..... probably because I heard my Dad play it so many times when I was a kid..... the song has become subconsciously lodged in my mynd....

Fran├žoise Hardy French EP from 1965 - I doubt I've seen a better image than this on a record sleeve....

My 45 rpm of the day is this one by THE LEATHER BOY - 'Jersey Thursday'/'Black Friday' (Parkway P-125) December 1966

'Jersey Thursday' is a psychedelic infused baroque masterpiece with acid dripping from the grooves. The production is quite outstanding, Milan adds to the eeriness with his unique vocal delivery. This is one of those amazing songs that remain undiscovered for many years, in this case decades, before it's light shines brightly.

'Jersey Thursday' is a Donovan penned composition by the way, but Milan takes the song to another level....a psychedelic level.

27 September, 2014

$300 FINE

This compilation from July 2006 is probably the most enjoyable set I've ever pieced together. On a now defunct 'Garage Forum' someone came up with the great idea of making a garage comp from their 45s bought between April - June 2006.

Those who entered the task had three months to come up with a decent set of records to compile but no one could spend more than $300. This was quite a stiff budget but it meant looking around and finding good deals and cheap 45s.

From memory I think I was just within budget, spending about $290 on the records on this comp. I chose to call my set $300 Fine which is obviously a nod to The Litter LP titled $100 Fine. Just my way of sticking with the garage theme. I also used a rather cool picture of The Wailers from 1966 to adorn my sleeve.


21 September, 2014


EMIL RICHARDS AND THE FACTORY - 'No Place I'd Rather Be' / 'Do Biddely' (UNI 55027) August 1967

Another addition to my far-out psychedelic 45 record collection is this one by Emil Richards & The Factory on UNI. For some reason this single was not compiled on the Lowell George & the Factory collection released by Edsel in the early 90s.

The acid tinged Eastern sounding folk of "No Place I'd Rather Be" is pure L.A. Sunset Strip '67 style. I've always loved this kinda sound so was chuffed to find a copy of this rare single.

Check it out on "Soft Sounds For Gentle People #04'

Shame that the flip "Do Biddley" is a waste of time and effort, being a dreadful instrumental. Instead, UNI should have just gone for a stereo version of "No Place I'd Rather Be" on the other side.

Gray Newell: The flip side is mainly a showcase for Emil Richards' xylophone virtuosity - he'd release two albums for UNI in 67, a collection of covers, plus the more interesting "Stones" LP, twelve bizarre instrumentals based on the theme of birth stones. I expect UNI were just getting their money's worth. 

The xylophone on 'No Place I'd Rather Be" gives it somewhat of a unique sound. 'Do Biddley' and 'When I was a Apple', the flip of the other Factory 45 for UNI, both got left off the Factory CD as neither were credited to Lowell George.



THE WHETHER BUREAU - 'Why Can't You And I' / 'White And Frosty' (Laurie LR 3431) February 1968

I bought this 45 a couple of months ago and it's only now that I've had some spare time to research The Whether Bureau and upload "Why Can't You And I" to my YouTube Channel.

Not a great deal has been written about the group, although both sides of this disc have been compiled. "Why Can't You And I" can be found on 'Fading Yellow #06' whilst "White And Frosty" surfaced on 'Mindrocker #10' back in the 80s.

It is believed that The Whether Bureau came from New York, this was their only 45. Perhaps they were a studio group put together by successful Producer Bobby Susser, who was also a member of his own group Think.

"Why Can't You And I" is a fabulous psychedelic nugget with a complex arrangement, prodding organ bursts and guitars that sound like sitars. It's all perfectly hypnotic. The other side "White And Frosty" offers a more Doorsian sound and this one reminds me of the kinda bag Beacon Street Union and The Ultimate Spinach were creating.

20 September, 2014


THE ROMAN REBELLION - 'Every Groovy Day' / 'The Weather's Getting Bold' (RCA Victor 47-9443) February 1968

Here's a fairly obscure combo that I know nothing about apart from what has been written in "Fuzz, Acid & Flowers" where the suggested location of The Roman Rebellion is Rochester, New York. Two names have also been confirmed as Thomas Alessandro and Rosario Rizzo who are credited as songwriters on both cuts of this single.

"Every Groovy Day" is a summery flower pop tune with some pleasant bah bah bah background vocals. It's a lyte psycher that begs for repeated plays. The flip "The Weather's Getting Bold" is similar in structure.

Find "Every Groovy Day" on Misty Lane's compilation of the same name!

14 September, 2014


I'm still on my sombre weekend Nick Drake trip and worried about my friend in NY who had a stroke yesterday.... "Clothes Of Sand" sees Nick on one of his Donovan inspired moments!

free your mynd and energize...

I can't believe no one has uploaded "The Magpie" to YouTube - one of my fave sombre Donovan songs.

In my total disgust for humanoids every where in the world today (apart from about 10 people e.g. my homies).... I've changed my profile pic in support of "The Laird"

JASON CREST don't get mentioned much probably cos no one cares but I'm gonna put that right with the mellotron and flute soaked psychedelia of "A Place In The Sun" from mid 1969.

"Black Mass" on the flip is perhaps their most famous cut but I've always like this loner jewel much more.... it takes my mynd to a stranger dimension.... Jason Crest were from Tonbridge in Kent...

OMG - I'm in one of my introspective loner moods today, all started cos I played "When I Was Young" by Eric Burdon & the Animals first thing this morning....

I love it when I become morose and melancholic. I don't mean to come across all lugubrious, no way man, I never feel like the world is tryin' to get me down.... I'm just a loner by nature and I wouldn't have it any other way...

time to play Nick Drake...

There is nothing I like doin' better than cuddling my little Biba and wallowing in nostalgia....and this AWESOME 1967 song by Eric Burdon & the Animals gets me every time as it's essentially Eric reminiscing about his boyhood / teenage years in Newcastle.

I often get myself deep in thought about the old days too, as I'm sure a lot of people do.... nostalgia and yearning for the past is an important part of my day!

"My faith was so much stronger then
I believed in fellow men
I was really so much older then
When I was young"


My 45 rpm of the day is this obscure record by the Cat's Meow, a group of teenagers from Staten Island, NY.

Check out the YouTube aCTion and you'll soon dig "La La Lu" a melodic bubblegum pop song with a very catchy chorus and '66 period Beatlesesque guitar runs.

I tracked down the lead guitarist back in 2009 and he gave me the low down on his teen group.

My 45 rpm of the day is "96 Tears", a mid '66 punk swinger by Question Mark & the Mysterians. The beat is very hypnotic and so to is the organ sound. Only a complete and utter square wouldn't dig this tune man!

"Too many teardrops
For one heart to be crying
Too many teardrops
For one heart to carry on."

I almost didn't make it with my 45 rpm choice of the day cos I've been busy watching a documentary called "The Psychedelic Era" ....

But now I'm ready to blast your mynd with an obscurity by Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich in the form of "Shame", a freaky 1966 mod beat hustler hidden away on the B-Side of "Save Me"..

"Shame" was written by the group. Don't know why they relied on so much outside material when their own songs are so far out.



Cranked this one real LOUD when I got in today from work.

Wow man, "Some Velvet Morning" is such a strange and ethereal piece of weirdness.... sometimes music is hard to categorize and this NANCY SINATRA & LEE HAZLEWOOD is certainly one of those moments of genius that could only have come from destination "psychedelia 1967."

the film from an NBC TV Special is compelling too.

I quickly caught on to Traffic sometime in 1981/82, when as a school kid, I was wanting to expand my mynd with 60s psychedelia. I bought a cheap four song re-issue EP from the late 70s at my local Woolworths and I was HOOKED...

That re-issue EP showcased "Paper Sun", "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush" "Hole In My Shoe" and "No Face, No Name, No Number"

How could a tyrned-on teenage mynd NOT submit to that kind of sonic delight? Wow man, just too much...

So, today I'm making their 1967 sitar / flute acid drenched "Paper Sun" my 45 rpm of the day....... long live TRAFFIC.... someone has unearthed a vintage promo film of "Paper Sun" - check it out below and become 'strange' just like me!

Nancy Sinatra hijacks an iconic London double decker bus for a photo opportunity and Reprise Records use it for the album cover of her "Nancy In London" release in 1966.

So, I'm gonna have a Nancy song of the day once again. "Summer Wine" also features vocals from Lee Hazelwood as an added bonus.... GREATNESS!

vague vibe of "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) by the Electric Prunes....

My 45 rpm of the day is "In The First Place" by The REMO FOUR.
the single was never released back in the 60s and was only used as part of the soundtrack on tripped-out English 60s flick "Wonderwall"

Thankfully the song was released on Pilar in limited quantity when "Wonderwall" got a release on DVD. This was back in 1998 and the vinyl single is now impossible to find, probably because of the Beatles link.

George Harrison produced the music and possibly played on it too. The recordings took place at Abbey Road Studios in mid 1967 at around the same time that the Beatles were making their film "Magical Mystery Tour"

check out this brooding psych gem which positively oozes George Harrison. Similar sounding to "Blue Jay Way"...

My 45 rpm of choice today is this "The Graveyard Theme" by the GRAVEYARD FIVE

I've just bought a re-issue of this MONSTROUS 1968 fuzz tormentor. Original copies are virtually none existent, maybe a handful survive and copies sell for several THOUSAND dollars.

Have a listen to this cranium smasher, crank up the volume and feed your mynd with some reverbed guitars and FUZZ....... remember, that the late 60s weren't all about love and white doves, dig a little deeper and you'll find the good stuff that no one knows about....

I can unwind with 70s punk..... my 45 r.p.m. of the day is The DAMNED "Neat Neat Neat" from February 1977..... original copy - total mayhem..

Every time it rains and I see people scurrying about using their umbrellas to keep dry I always think of a 1967 song called "Umbrella" by The SMOKE...... I'm pretty much a weird one-off (you no doubt realize this) so much so I often wonder what people are 'thinking' about as they hide their heads away.

these psych heads were hugely influenced by Sgt Pepper era Beatles on this cut....

I've just sparked up a Goloka Patchouli incense stick and it's giving off it's wondrous and exotic fragrance. You would have thought then that my 45 r.p.m. of the day would inspire me to post a mind blowing piece of psychedelic reverie.....

It hasn't..... all I want to do is play 60s mod and freakbeat rockers.
How about "Sorry" by The EASYBEATS, their dynamic 1966 mod hustler....this slab of vinyl genius arrived in the post yesterday, all the way from New Zealand......... and now it's resting in it's rightful place @ EXPO67 headquarters.

The single was only released down under, maybe only Australia and NZ so it's not exactly growing on trees in England and beyond....