14 September, 2014

CURRENTLY MY SCENE!


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.

DIG IT!

 





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....
 

19 August, 2014

BRITISH BEAT 1960 - 1965 (mix 1)


I'm active on Facebook and a month ago started a British Beat group to devote some of my time and energy in the years from 1960 to 1965. It will be thee place to come to read about the vinyl records and ephemera left behind by Instrumental, Rock 'n Roll, R&B and British Beat combo's during that particular period.

I wanted to explore these forgotten but worthy local scene stars that may or may not have hit the big time. I just thought that there was a place on Facebook for like minded souls as no other group existed to focus on the period 1960 - 1965.

As a matter of fact I was gonna keep the period to 1962 - 1964 but then widened the possibilities somewhat mainly because I wanted to plug loads of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates items...

Anyway, every so often I'll compile a mix of songs that have been highlighted on my British Beat Facebook Group. This is my first mix of BEAT BEAT BEAT.....

Feel free to come and join my group if this particular period in British music history hits your inner beat eye. It's where it's at! Loads of records and ephemera posted that I simply don't have time to write about here.

01 ZEPHYRS - WONDER WHAT I'M GONNA DO
02 FAIRIES - ANY TIME AT ALL
03 SWINGING BLUE JEANS - SHAKING FEELING
04 DAVE CLARK FIVE - OLD SOL
05 HOLLIES - TO YOU MY LOVE
06 BERN ELLIOTT & THE FENMEN - MONEY
07 KENNY BERNARD & THE WRANGLERS - THE TRACKER
08 SCREAMING LORD SUTCH - I'M A HOG FOR YOU
09 JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES - SHAKIN' ALL OVER
10 JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES - RESTLESS
11 SEARCHERS - THIS FEELING INSIDE
12 MARAUDERS - THAT'S WHAT I WANT
13 SEARCHERS - LOVE POTION NUMBER NINE
14 HUSTLERS - GIMME WHAT I WANT
15 DUFFY POWER - I DON'T CARE
16 CLIFF RICHARD - I'M AFRAID TO GO HOME
17 JUDD PROCTOR - IT'S BLUESY
18 HEINZ - JUST LIKE EDDIE
19 SHANE FENTON & THE FENTONES - IT'S GONNA TAKE MAGIC
20 FENTONES - THE BREEZE AND I

Link to mix is only available via my Facebook Group "British Beat 1960 - 1965"

British Beat 1960 - 1965

22 July, 2014

THE BEAT MERCHANTS - BRITISH BEAT GROUPS 1963 - 1964



"THE BEAT MERCHANTS" - British Beat 1963 - 1964 (United Artists UDM 101/2) 1976

I digitized this double vinyl compilation at the weekend. What a great album of rare and obscure songs. This is probably one of the first UK 60s beat / R&B comps and may have been in response to the double "Nuggets" album that did a similar job for American garage and psych combo's.

This set was compiled and procuced by Andrew Lauder. Sound quality is superb and from the master tapes. Special thanks is given to "Rock On" in Camden Town, London.

On this double LP are the likes of The Zephyrs, The Escorts, The Paramounts, The Soul Agents, The Sheffields, The Beat Merchants, The Others, The Downliners Sect, Mickey Finn & the Blue Men, The Redcaps, The Roulettes, Keith Powell & the Valets, Earl Preston & the TT's, The Pirates.... plus many more.

I'll feature twelve songs from this on my next 'Flower Bomb Songs' podcast. I may even do a double feature as the music sounds so GREAT!




The Beat Scene in November 1964 talk of a "Beat Slump" - little did they know what was around the corner in 1965...... fuzztoned guitars ......










 

18 July, 2014

FLOWER BOMB SONGS - PODCAST #05







A selection of twelve tracks that I've digitally remastered from six albums recently bought at
Chester-le-Street market from a local record dealer... all original UK MONO pressings.
This show includes: The Rolling Stones, Barry McGuire, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Kinks, Donovan and The Electric Prunes.

01 ROLLING STONES - 'Take It Or Leave It' (Decca LK 4786) 1966
02 ROLLING STONES - 'Think' (Decca LK 4786) 1966
03 BARRY McGUIRE - 'You Never Had It So Good' (RCA Victor RD-7751) 1965
04 BARRY McGUIRE - 'Ain't No Way I'm Gonna Change My Mind' (RCA Victor RD-7751) 1965
05 KINKS - 'Ring The Bells' (Pye 18131) 1965
06 KINKS - 'You Can't Win' (Pye 18131) 1965
07 PAUL REVERE & the RAIDERS - 'There's Always Tomorrow' (CBS 62797) 1966
08 PAUL REVERE & the RAIDERS - 'Louie, Go Home' (CBS 62797) 1966
09 DONOVAN - 'Guinevere' (Pye 18181) 1967
10 DONOVAN - 'Three Kingfishers' (Pye 18181) 1967
11 ELECTRIC PRUNES - 'Bangles' (Reprise RLP 6248) 1967
12 ELECTRIC PRUNES - 'Onie' (Reprise RLP 6248) 1967

I spent a pleasant hour last Saturday at Chester-le-Street market diggin' for vinyl and spent £150 on six vintage albums. Most of the records were in at least EX+ condition.
Kinks £50 Electric Prunes £50 Donovan £15 Barry McGuire £15 Paul Revere & the Raiders £10 The Rolling Stones £10




















 

15 July, 2014

JET HARRIS - MY LADY



JET HARRIS - 'My Lady' / 'You Don't Live Twice' (Fontana 267 735 TF) July 1967

This is a purchase from earlier this month, a rare and hard to find 45 by Jet Harris. This is the Dutch release in pic sleeve. I like how the art department have used a vintage record review as their design for the cover.

'My Lady' was written by Reg Presley of The Troggs and it's 100% based on their killer sound. Jet Harris was the original bass player in The Shadows but formed a duo with fellow ex Shadows drummer Tony Meehan in the early 60s.
The flip 'You Don't Live Twice' is decent pop music and uncompiled as fae as I know.

Jet Harris & Tony Meehan had a few hits in Britain during the beat era but disbanded when their popularity waned. This record was Jet's solo comeback single but it went to 'nowheresville'....

Should have been monstrous but it's still virtually unknown.... check it out on FBS podcast #04

14 July, 2014

THE COUNTDOWN 5 - ELEVATOR



THE COUNTDOWN 5 - 'Elevator' / 'Time To Spare' (Toucan Records TC-1) September 1967

Obscure release by The Countdown 5, an outfit from Galveston, TX on a rather charming lookin' label. 'Elevator' is fuzztoned garage pop, reminds me of some of those Five American records.

There next 45 'Uncle Kirby (From Brazil)' is perhaps their most well known song appearing on several compilations. The latter single came housed in a smart picture sleeve.


09 July, 2014

FLOWER BOMB SONGS - PODCAST #04





A collection of sights and sounds from the 60s...this show includes: 

The Losers, The Dennisons, The Abandoned, Los Shains, P.F. Sloan, Kama-del-Sutra,
The Countdown 5, Manfred Mann, Gene Vincent, Jet Harris and Rick Nelson.







08 July, 2014

THE ROULETTES - BAD TIME



THE ROULETTES - 'Bad Time' / 'Can You Go' (Parlophone R 5110) March 1964

Second time out for The Roulettes on my site. I wrote about 'Junk' a few years ago, check the archives. So now it's time to continue with "Bad Time" from March '64... Yeah it's a 50 year old beat record..... cool.


It's been covered a few times. I heard the song first on an "Ugly Things" comp by The D-Coys.
 
The Roulettes are better known as being Adam Faith's backing band but recorded and released records in their own right during the mid 60s. Despite having a great beat sound with ringing guitars and pounding drums.....sadly NO hits followed so they've been lost in obscurity.


*** both sides of this 45 played on 'Flower Bomb Songs Podcast #03' ***



06 July, 2014

THE BEST THINGS - YOU MAY SEE ME CRY



THE BEST THINGS - 'Chicks Are For Kids' / 'You May See Me Cry' (United Artists UA 50027) May 1966

This combo were from Mankato, MN and recorded under the name of The Madhatters releasing a couple of 45s on the local label Cardinal. For some reason this United Artists record is a re-release of a Madhatters single that came out months previously during February 1966 but with a name change to The Best Things.

'Chicks Are For Kids' is perhaps their best known song but make an effort to hear the sombre teenage testament of 'You May See Me Cry' on the flip with it's beautiful snaking guitar runs by former Gestures member Dale Menten. Indeed, the latter wrote and played guitar on both sides of this disc.

Dale Menten left The Gestures in 1965 and proceeded to play with several local groups over the next few years including The Only Ones, The Madhatters / Best Things, The Escapades, The Serophic Street Sounds and Blackwood Apology. He also did a lot of arranging and A&R work for numerous bands including T.C. Atlantic, The Boys Next Door, Danny's Reasons, The Puddle, The Shambles, The Soul Seakers, The Nickel Revolution and C.A. Quintet.  

05 July, 2014

THE BLACK AND BLUES - COME TO ME



THE BLACK AND BLUES - 'Come To Me' / 'Bye Bye Baby' (United Artists UA 50245) November 1967

Here's a new addition to my collection rec'd last week, the first single by Anderson, IL group The Black and Blues. I've seen this for years on dealer lists but never got around to securing a copy.

They started life as The Chalets but decided on a name change to The Black and Blues sometime in '67. A one-off record deal with United Artists followed with their music produced by the in demand Paul Leka who worked on the The Lemon Pipers hits.

Both songs are group originals with perhaps 'Come To Me' the best, at least I dig it the most. It's hard and fuzzy with a perfect '67 trippy raga guitar sound. Pure 'Flower Bomb Songs' material, that's why I played it on my latest podcast. On the other side is 'Bye Bye Baby', a Bo Diddley inspired shaker.

Both sides were compiled in the mid 80s on the Eva released 'Finest Hours Of U.S. Punk' and further Black and Blues reading material, including a picture of the band can be found on the highly recommended blog ''60 Indiana Band Szene'

04 July, 2014

BIG BROTHER - E.S.P.



BIG BROTHER - 'E.S.P.' / 'Brother, Where Are You' (All-American 5718) July 1970

Over the next few days I'll write about some of my recent additions to my 45 collection, most of which feature in my latest 'Flower Bomb Songs' podcast #03... so check it out for some killer and obscure tunes.

When Santa Barbara, CA combo Giant Crab's contract with UNI expired Ernie Orosco changed some members of his band and renamed the new outfit Big Brother and signed to All-American Records. Ernie Joseph's name was added to the label.....as Big Brother featuring Ernie Joseph.

Their first single featured 'E.S.P.', which was a song also recorded by The Giant Crab and released as their final single during September 1969. This record was backed with 'Hot Line Conversation'. 
Big Brother's version was remixed with additional phasing, the original intro and cold ending were not used for this new and heavier version. The backing vocals are also lower in the mix.

Shindig #28 has a feature on Ernie Joseph and is well worth the read.  

01 July, 2014

FLOWER BOMB SONGS - PODCAST #03




A collection of sights and sounds from the 60s...this show includes:

The Beach Boys, The Shadows, The Roulettes, The Front Line, The Possums, The Black and Blues, The Best Things, The Canoise, The Easybeats and Big Brother.

(all cuts taken from original MONO records)