28 June, 2016

HERMAN'S HERMITS - DANDY



HERMAN'S HERMITS - "Dandy" / "No Milk Today" (Columbia CH 3098) October 1966

I collect vintage 60s music magazines and they're full of Herman's Hermits pictures and articles, so no doubt they were a group young teenagers (probably girls) doted upon. Much of their music is appealing in a sixties pop kind of way but they did delve a little deeper and recorded psychedelia and some choice cover versions.

"Dandy" is a Kinks klassic and no group can come close to surpassing their songs but full marks to Herman's Hermits for recording this charming little song which in lyrical content is pure English. What else would you expect from Ray Davies in the mid to late sixties?

"Dandy" was never released as a single in Britain but it was in several other countries including America where it went Top 5. My copy is the Dutch release which came housed in a picture sleeve.
The other side "No Milk Today" written by Graham Gouldman was a single in it's own right in Britain and reached #7.

"Dandy" was also released as a single in 1966 by The Rockin' Vickers who were Lemmy's beat group before he joined psychedelic rockers Sam Gopal.



PAUL & BARRY RYAN - I MADE HER THAT WAY



PAUL & BARRY RYAN - "Two Of A Kind" (Decca LK 4878) 1967

Paul and Barry Ryan are among the most talked about people in show business. Everyone knows they are a pair of fun loving swingers. Their exploits invariably attract attention. Somewhat removed from the world of hairy groups , their determination to establish their own vogue has made them trend-setters.

The Ryan's entered the music business with a handicap - things were good for them to start with. Theirs was a home with everything they wanted, so it's not a rags to riches story with them. Now they are richer as a result of their ventures into pop music.  They live on their own in a luxurious apartment poised at the top of a block in South Kensington. They stand on their own four feet and pay their own way.

The success story of Paul and Barry Ryan, therefore, is a different one. They know how to enjoy the wealth they are acquiring for themselves; how to enjoy themselves to the full when they are working and when they are playing.

But the swingers are singers too. And this, their first album, showcases twin vocal talents that will surprise a lot of people. Paul and Barry did not find it difficult to cause a sensation with their stage appearances and the cynics could say that this had something to do with their instant fame. However, these handful of songs must prove to be one and all that the Ryan's justify their high placing on pop ladder of success.

Dedicated to their music they spend hours perfecting each track and the results prove a genuine understanding of their work. They have come a long way since they made their first British stage appearance at a ballroom in Crawley. Tours, a major pantomime, concert appearances all over the world. Into a short space of time they have crammed a lot of show business experience. It shows in the way they handle this album.

As we said, the swingers are singers too.



THE BUFFOONS - MY WORLD FELL DOWN



THE BUFFOONS - "My World Fell Down" / "Tomorrow Is Another Day" (Imperial IH 744) September 1967

Despite their horrendous name The Buffoons were actually no real life buffoons and if their version of "My World Fell Down" is anything to go by, could actually sing perfect harmonies.

The Netherlands were never noted for producing harmony groups so I was more that intrigued when I saw this disc for sale on a list a month ago. I was buying other records but decided to add a few cheapies to my order, this being one of those cheapies.

"My World Fell Down" was originally recorded by The Ivy League then again by Sagittarius in America. The Buffoons version is every bit as good as those other two. Digging a little deeper I've noted that they released numerous singles and a couple of albums in Holland. Maybe their recordings from 1967 - 1969 are worth tracking down.

Both sides of this disc were produced by David Paramor who worked with Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, The Gods and The Nocturnes. Perhaps The Buffoons traveled to London for the sessions.

line-up:
Maarten Assink (drums)
Gerard van Tongeren (guitar)
Hylke ter Heide (vocals)
Eilert van Tongeren (lead guitar)
Bob Luiten (bass)
Bjinse de Groot (vocals)

  

26 June, 2016

THE DILLONS - SIMPLE WAY OF LIVING




THE DILLONS - "Simple Way Of Living" / "Night Winds" (Impression 101) September 1965

Not a lot is known about The Dillons but in my educated view I suspect that they were from California. TV footage of them does exist and is on YouTube, here they perform "Simple Way Of Living" on the "Shivaree" music show. Interestingly, they are a rather square looking duo. I was expecting a four piece folk-rock group in Sunset Strip threads with bowl haircuts.

Perhaps they were a studio concoction to cash in on the Los Angeles folk-rock sound, even adopting a group name similar to 'Dylan'. Whatever The Dillons intentions "Simple Way Of Living" is a knock-out tune and deserves wider recognition.

The song was written and produced by Dorsey Burnette who captures the 'sound' of the times perfectly. If 12 string merseybeat folk janglers are your bag you're sure gonna dig "Simple Way Of Living." The other side "Night Winds" sounds like it's from another era, it's OK but not really my scene.


According to an online source The Dillons performed two songs on "Shivaree", the other cut was "Great Shakin' Fever" which may have been recorded but was presumably was left in the can when this single went to nowheresville because after their one stab at fame The Dillons were no more.

Other noteworthy singles on the Impression label include those by The Tangents, The Dirty Shames and Lonnie & the Legends.


TWICE AS MUCH - WHY CAN'T THEY ALL GO AND LEAVE ME ALONE



TWICE AS MUCH - "Crystal Ball" / "Why Can't They All Go And Leave Me Alone" (Columbia C 23512) August 1967

Twice As Much were English songwriting duo David Skinner and Andrew Rose who were signed to Immediate Records by Andrew "Loog" Oldham after impressing him at an audition. Their first single, a Rolling Stones song,  "Sittin' On A Fence" became a decent sized hit in Britain during mid 1966 but the singles that followed didn't really do much.

"Crystal Ball" was their final single as a duo and as you can see came housed in a fab picture sleeve in Germany on the Columbia label. It was August 1967 by the time it was released over there. The B-Side "Why Can't They All Go And Leave Me Alone" is the highlight. A dramatic and intense piece of orchestral rock tinged with psychedelia and made memorable by the duo's perfect harmonies.

It's interesting to note that Twice As Much wrote songs for other Immediate artists including Chris Farlowe, P.P. Arnold and Del Shannon. During the 70s David Skinner played keyboards for Roxy Music.


25 June, 2016

ST. LOUIS UNION - ENGLISH TEA



ST. LOUIS UNION - "English Tea" (alternative version) 1966

St. Louis Union were a short lived mod group from the mid '60s. They had a hit with a tame version of The Beatles ballad "Girl", however, on another level is their fab (mostly) instrumental "English Tea" housed to the brim with soulful vocals, way-out hammond with lashings of fuzz..... killer!
 
This version was never released but St Louis Union performed it on 1966 British film "The Ghost Goes Gear" and contains much more fuzz guitar. The single version, on the back of April 1966 single "Behind The Door" uses saxophone.

Find it on "Mod Meeting" Volume 1



21 June, 2016

PETER JAY & THE JAYWALKERS - BEFORE THE BEGINNING



PETER JAY & the JAYWALKERS - 'Before The Beginning' / 'Solitaire' (Piccadilly 7N.35259) August 1965

 I'm still in a killer instrumental mode and 'Before The Beginning' by Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers is where it's at....such a fabulous backbeat that hints at the happenin' beat sound which would become a whole lot more freakier in 1966.

They were quite a popular 60s instrumental group with many of their singles produced by Joe Meek. A recent CD on Cherry Red showcases their many singles. ‘Big Boy’ Pete Miller was a member of the Jaywalkers.

This 45 on Piccadilly is a valuable collector’s items among the mod fraternity.




17 June, 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

12 June, 2016

PAUL MESSIS - A MATTER OF OPINION



PAUL MESSIS - "A Matter Of Opinion" (State Records THSLP-005) April 2013

As the modern world wakes, eager to check the latest technology for their next hit of adoration, Paul Messis delivers reality right under their noses!

What with the "NOW" generation drowning in their own apathy...like this, like that...liking a Paul Messis record isn't as lazy as staring at the blue screen, pushing a button and letting everyone know you mindlessly think something is good! Paul's take on music and indeed life itself, although seemingly complex, is in fact quite simple...let the reality prevail.

Don't be a slave to connectivity if the prize is the empty feeling sensed from screen-bound isolation...Paul writes and records real songs, from the heart of that which drives him, whist understanding there is a real world out there...way beyond the virtual one of today's illusion!

Case closed.

Marty Ratcliffe

Combine loner folk-rock with mordant punk and you get Paul Messis "Case Closed" - this came out on the ever reliable State Records three years ago. Check out his incisive trip into the world of 1965/66 folk jangle with "A Matter Of Opinion"









RONNIE BURNS - COALMAN



RONNIE BURNS - "Coalman" / "All The Kings Horses" (Spin EK-1578) January 1967

Turntable spin of the day is this fab pop 45 by Australian Ronnie Burns. "Coalman" was written by the Gibb brothers (Bee Gees) and I've read that they provided backing vocals on this early 1967 Beatles inspired beat. According to the liners on the Raven release "Five by Four" "Coalman" and his next hit "Exit Stage Right" were actually Bee Gees tracks with Barry's voice taken off.  The originals can be found on the "Birth Of Brilliance" album from the early 70s.
 
Ronnie Burns turns in a great vocal performance, just right for the sound which reminds me of "Revolver' period Beatles psychedelia.... should have made the ending last longer Ronnie, would have made a better trip...




11 June, 2016

THE BYSTANDERS - RENAISSANCE FAIR



THE BYSTANDERS - "Renaissance Fair" (Top Sounds TSLP 003) 2007

"Shapes & Sounds" is a premier series of compilations unearthing rare radio broadcasts from the late 1960s to early 1970s. Few if any of these unique performances have been heard in public since their original transmission making these comps a must have for psychedelic connoisseurs.

I recently wrote about The Bystanders when covering their single "Pattern People" and here they are again, this time from a radio broadcast. It's certainly an obscurity and one in particular for Byrds fans. This is their version of "Renaissance Fair" recorded for the David Symonds Show on 6th May 1968.

Remember that this is a radio recording and was never given the full studio treatment and released as a single. It's only available on "Shapes & Sounds" Volume 2 (Top Sounds).


 

08 June, 2016

THE SCOTT BEDFORD FOUR - YOU TURNED YOUR BACK ON ME



THE SCOTT BEDFORD FOUR - "You Turned Your Back On Me" / "Manhattan Angel" (Congress CG-247) August 1965

I've had this great record for several years but somehow never got around to posting it on my blog and doing some research. That all changed the other day when I was in one of my many boxes filing away my Seeds 45.... I flicked onto this disc by The Scott Bedford Four.

Incredibly, "You Turned Your Back On Me" has only appeared on one compilation, that being "Kicks And Chicks" on Eleventh Hour way back in 1990. That in itself is not the easiest album to locate and never was, even back in the day.

According to 'Teenbeat Mayhem' The Scott Bedford Four hailed from Northampton, PA. Prior to recording for their first label Joy Records they had been known as The Corvairs.
Today's disc under spotlight is their only release on Congress so I'll just concentrate on this one.

"You Turned Your Back On Me" is a scintillating beat pounder with a tough approach and aided by ringing 12 string guitars, cool background vocals, a fierce lead break with an ace harmonica burst. This song simply jumps outta my speakers, it's mastered so loud. The disc was a 'Chart Spotlight' in Billboard during August 1965 but no success became of this fabulous slab of vinyl.

I hadn't realised this until today but The Scott Bedford Four left Congress after this release and signed to Philips, changing their name to The Elusives then released "You Won't Find Better Than Me" / "Lost Love" in September 1966.


05 June, 2016

THE SEEDS - THE WIND BLOWS YOUR HAIR



THE SEEDS - "The Wind Blows Your Hair" / "Six Dreams" (GNP Crescendo 398) October 1967

The Seeds are no strangers to my music blog and various singles have been written about over the years. This week I was fortunate enough to find a copy of their 1967 flop "The Wind Blows Your Hair" which has eluded me for years. It rarely turns up for sale so when it does you gotta strike fast.

A full and descriptive post about this particular Seeds classic was posted on http://www.skysaxonseeds.com/

"The Wind Blows Your Hair" is a scintillating and spooky 1967 psychedelic non-album single by The Seeds, and it is the best song they achieved.

"The Wind Blows Your Hair" achieves its odd and unsettling feel by mixing upbeat lyrics about a wedding celebration with a snaky, descending keyboard riff (and Sky Saxon's provocative vocals) that gives the merry tale a darker and queasier aspect. This is partially explained by the fact that it's original lyrics were also dark — a sneering put-down in the vein of 1965-era Dylan, with "Prince Satan" in a starring role.

Recording of the song was attempted four separate times by The Seeds. The first was during a January 1966 session, and the other three times were during 1967. For the latter two sessions, "The Wind Blows Your Hair" had its lyrics re-written (from Satan to wedding), and the sessions were booked specifically to record this song as a single.

Three separate recordings have been released officially: the original GNP Crescendo single from October 1967 (with the wedding lyrics), and two of the Satan versions — the January 1966 run-through and a mid-1967 take (in both mono and stereo mixes).

The recording history of "The Wind Blows Your Hair"

The song was first recorded in January 1966 at a session in which The Seeds also recorded both sides to the "Try To Understand" b/w "The Other Place" single. This version has a sparser and slower arrangement, though the basic structure is already present. It is a remarkable recording for January 1966, convincingly psychedelic and audaciously eerie. And there's the prominent appearance of "Crown Satan, Prince Satan again!" (This "version 1" is available on the Big Beat 2013 expanded CD reissue of A Web Of Sound as a bonus track.)

On May 12, 1967, during sessions for Future, The Seeds revived "The Wind Blows Your Hair", at a faster tempo and with more ambitious instrumentation, but with the original Satan lyrics. Sky Saxon double-tracked his vocals. There was only one take, first released in 1977 on the Fallin' Off The Edge rarities LP (misleadingly titled "The Wind Blows Your Hair (reprise)" with a mono mix released for the first time in 2013 on the Big Beat expanded reissue of Future, identified as "version 2".

The May 1967 take of "The Wind Blows Your Hair" was considered and then rejected for the Future album, but after the album's release, The Seeds entered the studio twice more in mid-1967 for two more attempts at the song. Sky rewrote the lyrics, but the music remained mostly the same. The take that was deemed best was released in October 1967, with the head spinning "Six Dreams" from Future as it's B-side: one of the most satisfyingly psychedelic singles ever released.

It is this most-famous version of "The Wind Blows Your Hair" that can be found most readily on several different compilations, as well as the original GNP vinyl single.



THE BYSTANDERS - PATTERN PEOPLE



THE BYSTANDERS - "Pattern People" / "Green Grass" (Piccadilly 7N.35399) August 1967

The Bystanders hailed from Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales who managed to hang around long enough in the sixties to release several singles mostly all based around their tight harmonies and heavily influenced by The Beach Boys and The Four Seasons.

My particular pick is their fifth single "Pattern People", released during the Summer of 1967. This song was plucked from The Fifth Dimension's album "Up Up And Away" album. The Bystanders version switches the lush harmonizing chorus to the beginning and adds a recorder hook. It was an ideal Summer sound for '67 but it somehow swerved the Charts.

Another fab song which was never released at the time was "Royal Blue Summer Sunshine Day" written by Ronnie Scott (not the famous jazzman as stated on wikipedia). The version I've included below was an unused mix of their fourth single adding trumpet overdubs.





02 June, 2016

THE LORDS - DON'T MINCE MATTER



THE LORDS - "Don't Mince Matter" / "No One Knows" (Columbia C23278) August 1966

This is the first time for The Lords on my blog and it's all about their Troggs effected beat pounder "Don't Mince Matter". I've got no idea what they mean by the song title, perhaps it's been lost in translation or something as they're singing in English on this .

The Lords were from Dusseldorf, Germany and were part of the very popular Beat Scene attracting loads of British Beat and R&B groups to that Country during the early to mid 1960s. The Lords formed in 1959 for instance and their first single was a cover of "Shakin' All Over" by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. As you can see from the record sleeve they all had very odd moptop hairstyles.

TV footage of their Beat-Club performances exist and are on YouTube demonstrating that The Lords were one of Germany's premier groups.




01 June, 2016

THE WEST COAST POP ART EXPERIMENTAL BAND - SMELL OF INCENSE



THE WEST COAST POP ART EXPERIMENTAL BAND - "Smell Of Incense" / "Unfree Child" (Reprise 0776) October 1968

The enigmatic and mysterious West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band were still no nearer a hit record at the end of 1968 despite releasing several previous singles on Reprise. These singles were incredibly uncommercial though and didn't really stand much of a chance. I can't see how the kids would have rushed out to buy "1906" or "Help, I'm A Rock".

Perhaps their most chart worthy and commercial single they released was the psychedelic "Smell Of Incense" with it's irresistible chorus and strong instrumentation. The 45 version was more than half the length of the album cut. It's been basically cut to bits and remixed to get it radio worthy and under three minutes.

Southwest F.O.B. had a huge regional hit with a cover of "Smell Of Incense" and it even hit the Top 60 in the US National Chart.


31 May, 2016

THE PLASTIC BLUES BAND - ONE WEEK AGO TODAY



THE PLASTIC BLUES BAND - "One Week Ago Today" / "A Thing You Gotta Face" (Busy-B Zap 9) May 1968

Not a great deal of information is available or has been written online about The Plastic Blues Band and I would certainly like to know more about them. If hippie blues is your particular bag of candy look no further than this group.

As far as I can gather they were a power trio from New Orleans releasing three obscure and hard to find singles on Busy-B which also released 45s by The Gaunga Dyns, Peabody and The Leather Pages. As a matter of fact a compilation of Busy-B material would be make an ideal release.

"One Week Ago Today" b/w "A Thing You Gotta Face" was The Plastic Blues Band's second single, both sides are laid back hippie swamp blues. The flip hints at a Lovin' Spoonful sound.
They recorded at Cosimo's Studios for Jeb Banashak and I'm wondering if there are more than the six songs they released. Who knows, unreleased Busy-B recordings may be in the can and sitting on a shelf somewhere.

line-up:
Jay Wolfe (vocals / guitar)
Johnny Behr (drums)
Ralph Richoux (bass)

discography:
"Country Food" / "Gone" (Zap 8) January 1968
"One Week Ago Today" / "A Thing You Gotta Face" (Zap 9) May 1968
"You're Gonna Get Burned" / "Dead Seed" (Zap 13) 1969

"Gone" and "Dead Seed" were compiled on LP "Florida Punk From the 60s" (Eva Records) mid 1980s. Both cuts also appeared on the Eva CD "Sixties Archives - Volume 4" from 1991









27 May, 2016

THE KNACK - IT'S LOVE BABY (24 HOURS A DAY)



THE KNACK - "It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)" / "Time, Time, Time" (Decca F 12278) November 1965

This particular Knack were from Ilford near London and were on the scene for a couple of years during the mid sixties. They released several records on Decca and Piccadilly but never broke through in the Charts despite having strong commercial offerings, including this beat raver on Decca.

"It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)" is classy uptempo beat music. According to their wikipedia page The Knack were great live and had a strong mod following, it's got to be said that "It's Love Baby" has a certain Who-like quality about it (but without the distortion and feedback)
Production by Troggs associate Larry Page.

The B-Side "Time Time Time" is also essential which delivers a strident moody beat jangler. This song was first recorded by The Clique, another Larry Page produced combo.

When organist Tim Mycroft departed the Gurvitz brothers, Paul and Adrian along with drummer Louis Farrell continued but with a name change to The Gun pursuing a heavier rock direction.


22 May, 2016

BOYCE & HART - P.O. BOX 9847



BOYCE & HART - "Alice Long (You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend)" / "P.O. Box 9847" (A&M210 033) August 1968

Today's piece of ACE paisley pop is Boyce & Hart's recording of "P.O. Box 9847" which was released as the B-Side of "Alice Long" back in the Summer of 1968. Listen out for some fab 'Revolver' era guitar licks.

The Monkees also recorded this gem for their album "The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees" Micky Dolenz handles lead vocals...
Greatness...

Flip magazine - January 1968




21 May, 2016

THE STARFIRES - I NEVER LOVED HER



THE STARFIRES - "I Never Loved Her" / "Linda" (G.I. Records 4001) May 1965

Here's a legendary record among 60s garage enthusiasts, The Starfires from Los Angeles with their intense and downright vicious tune "I Never Loved Her". This side scored a maximum "10" in 'Teenbeat Mayhem' confirming it one of the true greats of the genre.

Original copies sell for over $1,000 nowadays and so are obviously outta the range of most collectors. However, I own a great sounding white label bootleg. My advice is to catch 'em while you can. The original copies have gold labels with red writing and no doubt sound even better than this bootleg. It's believed only 25 copies or less exist!

With it's pounding bass, snarling vocals, screams, snotty attitude and teen angst "I Never Loved Her" will live long in your memory.


18 May, 2016

PETER & the WOLVES - LITTLE GIRL LOST & FOUND



PETER & the WOLVES - "Little Girl Lost & Found" / "Is Me" (MGM 61169) October 1967

This is an obscure 1967 pop syke single by John Pantry's group Peter & The Wolves. "Little Girl Lost And Found" was first released by US group The Garden Club during April 1967 on A&M Records.
For those who have no idea who John Pantry is, well he wrote two of the classics recorded by The Factory - "Path Through The Forest" and "Try A Little Sunshine", supplying lead vocals for the latter.



14 May, 2016

THE BRAIN - NOBODY KNOWS THE GAME



THE BRAIN - "Nobody Knows The Game" (Tenth Planet TP-052) 2001

The core of "Syde Tryps #7" is provided by a handful of previously unreleased 1967 tracks from The Brain, who were of course responsible for one of the more manic 45s of the psychedelic era with the May 1967 single, "Kick The Donkey" / "Nightmares In Red". The group had previously been known as Trendsetters Ltd, though a December 1966 single for Page One "Boyfriends And Girlfriends" / "Shot On Sight" had appeared under the truncated name of The Trend.

"Nobody Knows The Game" is about as commercial sounding as The Brain ever got and could have easily been released as a single A-Side but sadly remained in the can until Tenth Planet called for this compilation.

The Brain were Michael Giles (drums, vocals) his brother Peter Giles (bass, vocals), Alan Azern (piano, vocals) and Michael Blakesley (trombone, vocals).




12 May, 2016

DEREK - CINNAMON



DEREK - "Cinnamon" / "This Is My Story" (Bang B-558) August 1968

Derek were a short-lived 'studio' group consisting of Johnny Cymbal and sundry musicians. This was their first record and when it became a hit Bang Records wanted a touring group to cash in and promote the record. A detailed history of Johnny Cymbal can be found at a wikipedia page.

"Cinnamon" is a bouncy piece of bubblegum pop, very catchy with hit potential. It sailed up the Charts in America but got no where fast in Britain. I'd never heard of Derek before buying this record on a whim last month. Tommy Roe also recorded "Cinnamon" but did not release it on a single keeping it for an album track.

discography:
"Cinnamon" / "This Is My Story" (Bang B-558) August 1968
"Back Door Man" / "Sell Your Soul" (Bang B-566) February 1969
"Inside Outside" / "Sell Your Soul" (Bang B-571) August 1969

Mike Rashkow, Ellie Greenwich, Johnny Cymbal - 1966

 

11 May, 2016

THEM - IT'S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE



THEM - "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" / "Good Or Bad" (Decca 6.11225) January 1974

Turntable spin today is a cover of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" by Them from 1966. This 45 was never released in Britain at the time. I believe it came out in Germany during 1974, hence the fonts they've used on the cover which are more Glam Rock than Folk Rock.

According to a Them fan, the song was used in German film "Die Rocker" [The Rocker] so the label issued it on a single and it went to number 1. As a consequence Them reformed in Germany and recorded a new album "Shut Your Mouth" which became their final album. They then went touring but due to problems with management and personal conflicts Them disbanded once again. 


10 May, 2016

THE DAVE CLARK FIVE - CONCENTRATION BABY



THE DAVE CLARK FIVE - "Everybody Knows" / "Concentration Baby" (Columbia DB 8286) October 1967

I watched a terrific Dave Clark Five documentary recently on BBC4 and didn't realize just how big and popular they became in America. Most of their early beat singles are appealing but they did tend to get bogged down with limp love ballads as the sixties progressed. 

Fortunately some of their more adventurous gems can be found on the B-Sides of singles such as the soul tinged fuzz 'n tambourine rocker "Concentration Baby" from 1967....they didn't even bother to mention this one on the documentary I watched which concentrated on the hits but none of their obscurities or ventures into psychedelia.


 

THE ROLLING STONES - 2000 LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME



THE ROLLING STONES - "2000 Light Years From Home" / "She's A Rainbow" (Decca 79.016) 1967

Today's happenin' blast of 1967 British psychedelia is this mellotron infused acid creation "2,000 Light Years From Home" by the STONES. The lyrics were supposedly written by Mick while he was eating bowls of porridge inside Brixton Prison following his conviction for drug charges in June '67.

The equally brilliant psych ballad "She's A Rainbow" on the other side, making this 45 a vinyl slab of nirvana.

"Have you seen her all in gold,

Like a queen in days of old?
She shoots colours all around
like a sunset going down.
Have you seen a lady fairer?"
 


This is my French copy. It was never released in Britain!


 

09 May, 2016

THE FLOWER POT MEN - YOU CAN NEVER BE WRONG



THE FLOWER POT MEN - "You Can Never Be Wrong" / "Man Without A Woman" (Deram DM-183) April 1968

This is the second time out for The Flowerpot Men on my blog, they last surfaced way back in July 2008 with their Byrdsian drone "Blow Away." Eight years later they're back again with their third single and flop "You Can Never Be Wrong."

I'm not sure how this absolutely gorgeous psychedelic tinged harmony pop song failed to sell. Perhaps the vocal arrangements were just too complex for the casual buyer to comprehend. It's also a song that rarely shows up on Flowerpot Men compilations and was again ignored when RPM released a CD of their obscurities back in 2000, although the liners do have a picture of a Dutch advert for the single published in "Mini-Maat Music" magazine/trade paper.

I have other Flowerpot Men singles and I'll try not to leave their next outing so long next time!
By the way, the main stays of The Flowerpot Men were John Carter and Ken Lewis. They also wrote 'Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James' for Manfred Mann, 'Sunshine Girl' for Herman's Hermits and perhaps more famously 'My World Fell Down' recorded by Sagittarius.


08 May, 2016

MIKI DALLON - I'M GONNA FIND A CAVE


MIKI DALLON - "Cheat and Lie" / I'm Gonna Find A Cave" (Strike JH 306) January 1966

It has taken me a couple of years to find this original Miki Dallon single on Strike but I managed just that back in April. Both sides are fabulous mod beat with forceful bass runs, riffs a plenty and brass.
Just prior to this record Miki Dallon fronted The Sessions (probably a studio group) who released "Let Me In" / "Bouncing Bass" on the American Fontana label. This was late 1965.

Miki was also producer for gritty R&B group The Sorrows who covered several of his songs including "Let Me In" and "Take A Heart" They even recorded a version of "I'm Gonna Find A Cave" but it remained in the can for decades.

"I'm Gonna Find A Cave" was also recorded by Charlie Starr, Billy Lee Riley, Jimmy Powell & the Dimensions and The Banana Splits.






30 April, 2016

THE CHOCOLATE WATCH BAND - THE SOUND OF THE SUMMER



THE CHOCOLATE WATCH BAND - "The Sound Of The Summer" / "The Only One In Sight" (Decca F 12649) August 1967

Today's turntable spin is an obscure Bee Gees styled harmony pop record from August 1967. More than likely copied their name from the American Chocolate Watch Band. The (UK version) were a duo featuring teenagers Jack Oliver and Gary Osborne and all of their publicity shots that I've seen show them dressed in fine Dandy threads.

A good source of information can be found via Jack Oliver's own website.



 
from 45cat - Germany


Dave Aguilar, lead singer with American garage psych group The Chocolate Watch Band recently left this message on my YouTube Channel.

"
This IS NOT THE REAL Chocolate Watchband...these are posers ripping off the name....Don't be fooled-don't bother listening to this garbage........"