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"



 

13 December, 2014

THE SUNSHINE TROLLEY - COVER ME BABE


THE SUNSHINE TROLLEY - 'Cover Me Babe' / 'It's Gotta Be Real' (Trump 2890) August 1970

Here's a recent addition to my collection and it's a record that I've needed for some time after hearing "Cover Me Babe" on one of those 'Fading Yellow' compilations. I'm not sure who The Sunshine Trolley were, they may have been a studio creation, if they were a proper group I'd guess at California State location but the Trump label indicates that the music was recorded in Memphis, so who knows!

"Cover Me Babe" was written by Fred Karlin & Randy Newman and performed by Bread.
Their version can be found on the "Cover Me Babe" film soundtrack released October 1970.

The Sunshine Trolley version got a 'special merit spotlight' in Billboard during August 1970 and why not.... because it's simply superb sunshine pop with mind melting harmonies and a melody that suggests late 60s but had a release of mid 1970.




Billboard August 1970




02 December, 2014

FLOWER BOMB SONGS #07




a short mix of twelve songs currently dominating my turntable:

GLASS FAMILY - House Of Glass
KINGS VERSES - Lights
NEW SOUND SPECTRUM - Summer Girl
RONNIE DANTE - Janie Janie
RENAISSANCE - Mary Jane
ROCKIT - Amblin
ROONEY BROTHERS - Geordie
SCANDAL - There's Reasons Why
SEARCH - Climate
SEEDS - Satisfy You
7th COURT - One Eyed Witch
SHADOWS OF KNIGHT - From Way Out To Way Under

22 November, 2014

VAL STOECKLEIN - POSSIBILITY I WAS WRONG



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 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


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.



 
THE SEARCH - CLIMATE

13 November, 2014

MARK IV - HOLLOW WOMAN


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 (IN CELLOPHANE BOXES)



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



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

FLOWER BOMB SONGS #06




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
NANCY SINATRA - So Long, Babe
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
CLASSMATES - Pay Day

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



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


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



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



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


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)



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 - WAS SHE TALL



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.


THE LANCASTRIANS - Was She Tall

20 October, 2014

A LOOK AT THE MAGICIANS AND THE SONGS OF GARRY BONNER AND ALAN GORDON



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



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



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"