31 August, 2010

THE WHO - I CAN'T EXPLAIN


THE WHO - 'I Can't Explain'/'Bald Headed Woman' (Brunswick 05926) Jan 1965

I can't believe it's taken me three and a half years to make my first blog entry regarding London group The Who. Now that's a crime. So the first place to start will be with their debut 45 as The Who, they had a 1964 single as The High Numbers called 'Zoot Suit'.

Pete Townsend wrote 'I Can't Explain' when he was 18 years old and according to the man himself it was more or less based on The Kinks klassic 'All Day And All Of The Night'. That may be so but 'I Can't Explain' is a powerful introduction to Who music and the mod kids thought so to by buying plenty of copies to land the disc a Top 10 place in the charts.

Townsend has also admitted that Jimmy Page laid down rhythm guitar. Shel Talmy produced although his name credit is not on the label.


French EP

Denmark release


Germany release

BILLY FURY - BYE BYE


BILLY FURY - 'I Call For My Rose'/'Bye Bye' (Parlophone R 5788) July 1969

England's answer to Elvis Presley was probably Billy Fury and he enjoyed lots of rock 'n' roll hits pre Beatlemania. None of these songs are 'Flower Bomb Songs' material. However, in December 1966 Billy Fury signed to Parlophone and some of this material does fit my blog criteria.

Every Billy Fury Parlophone 45 is tough to score and they rarely turn up because each release bombed worse than the previous one. So this new CD release is essential if you want to listen to these rare and forgotten sides.

Have a listen to his self penned 'Bye Bye' which borrows heavily from hammond heavy groups like Spencer Davis Group and The Brian Auger Trinity. He's certainly got a great mod mover with this one.

BILLY FURY - Bye Bye

THE ESCORTS - DIZZY MISS LIZZY


THE ESCORTS - 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy'/'All I Want Is You' (Fontana TF 453) March 1964

The Escorts played at Liverpool's Cavern Club during the same period as their friends The Beatles. Indeed they beat their rivals at being the first mersey group to record Larry Williams' classic 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy'.

The Escorts version has a youthful teenbeat sound with a crisp backing. According to the liners of the long outta print Escorts retrospective on the Edsel label, band members Terry Sylvester and Mike Gregory dismiss the 45 citing the lack of production skills by Jack Baverstock.

Despite a tour with Gene Pitney, Billy J Kramer and Cilla Black to promote their debut record, The Escorts never charted in England. At least they had some sharp suits and boots and one of my favourite band logos from the 60s.

THE ESCORTS - Dizzy Miss Lizzy



30 August, 2010

THE EQUALS - THE SKIES ABOVE


THE EQUALS - 'I Get So Excited'/'The Skies Above' (President PT 180) January 1968

I wrote about another mod cruncher by The Equals a couple of years ago, you'll find that review in the archives   'I Can See But You Don't Know'.

'I Get So Excited' was a small hit of sorts in England (got to number 44) but it's the mod psych crossover of the flip 'The Skies Above' which is the real gem here by this London reggae/pop outfit led by Eddie Grant. He also wrote this killer.

Sadly, it's one of the hardest Equals discs to track down.
Here's a rare picture of The Equals that I've scanned from the 1970 Teenbeat Annual.



THE APPLEJACKS - BABY JANE



THE APPLEJACKS - 'Tell Me When'/'Baby Jane' (Decca F.11833) Feb 1964

So here we are, the first entry in my 'Made In Britain' series and it's the debut 45 by a beat group from Solihull in the West Midlands. I'm no big fan of The Applejacks and I've only got this one record in my collection. The music I've heard by them is very much at the 'square' end of things (ie) chirpy smiling faces, a bloke wearing national health specs, short hair and suits that a Bank Clerk would wear for work (or at least would in the 60s)......in other words too corporate and clean cut.

Their best ever recording is 'Baby Jane', the flip of this Top 10 single from February 1964. It was written by the Dello and Cane partnership who would eventually form their own group called Honeybus a few years down the line.

'Baby Jane' is tough sounding beat, it's just a shame that they didn't stick with this sound.

THE APPLEJACKS - Baby Jane


































29 August, 2010

MADE IN BRITAIN


From today, until the end of 2010 I'm gonna switch my attentions to the sights and sounds of Great Britain. Most of the music posted will be from the 60s of course, but not everything will be from that amazing era.

So crack open a can of Olde English cider, get your lass to make you a dinner of roast beef and yorkshire puddings or simply go to the local chippy for some fish and chips wrapped in yesterday's newspaper, then put on your best smoking jacket and stay tuned for music that put the 'Great' in Britain.

p.s. I won't be doing any of the above being a non drinkin', non smokin' vegetarian for the past 16 years...

28 August, 2010

THE CHESTERFIELD KINGS - YOU BETTER LOOK NOW

 THE CHESTERFIELD KINGS - 'You Better Look Now' (Mirror Records) 1982

One of the first and BEST garage revival groups of the 80s were The Chesterfield Kings. Their early singles and first two studio albums are where it's at and I can still remember my eyes lighting up when I happened upon 'Here Are The Chesterfield Kings' LP in a record store in Newcastle, England back in 1982. At last some kindred spirits wearing the same type of clothes as me, with long hair, tight jeans and cuban heels!

Anyway, to bring my Rogues exposé to a conclusion I'll post The Chesterfield Kings version of the classic 'You Better Look Now'.....The Kings really do the song justice with authentic 60s style production from Armand Schaubroek, jangling 12 string guitars and Greg Prevost's moody vocals.
File under E for essential...

THE CHESTERFIELD KINGS - You Better Look Now

THE ROGUES - SECONDARY MAN


THE ROGUES - 'Say You Love Me'/'Secondary Man' (Thunderbird Records 507) 1967

updated entry from March 2008

The Rogues hailed from Buffalo, New York and were the same Rogues that released the awesome folk punk jangler 'You Better Look Now' on Audition in 1966. Check it out on Teenage Shutdown Volume 5. The R'n'B rave up 'Train Kept A Rollin' can be heard on Teenage Shutdown Volume 14.

Back to this 45 on Thunderbird. Here The Rogues sound like a completely different band than on their earlier offering. The A-Side 'Say You Love Me' is a straight 60s pop song in the style of The Association. Their song 'Windy' comes to mind.
The excelent flip 'Secondary Man' is a magical slice of Beatlesesque 'Revolver' era psychedelia with stunning backwards tape effects.

THE ROGUES - Secondary Man



The Rogues issued a further single 'Should You Care'/'The Rest Of The Way' (Thunderbird Records 511) Thunderbird Records also released choice 45s by The Druids and William Penn Fyve.

comments:

* Just wanted to call your attention to the songwriterz "Calandra/Mallaber" on The Rogues single. Tom Calandra waz the bass player in another Buffalo band RAVEN, who cut a couple of singlez and an album for Columbia Recordz. A live album recorded at local club The Inferno also waz released on a small label Discovery Recordz by a former manager. Gary Mallaber waz the drummer in thiz same band and went on to major fame playing with Van Morrison (Moondance) and the Steve Miller Band among otherz. Tom Calandra (now deceased) waz a very close friend of mine and I know Gary also. Currently he iz drumming for the Chicago Bluez Reunion project with Harvey Mandel, etc. Thought I'd send you some trivia.

Best alwayz----

* Heard The Rogues in their 'club': Rogues Gallery. Think it was on or near Niagara Falls Blvd.

* The Rogues were the Best !!!
They could sound exactly like any of the bands whose songs they played, Beatles, Stones, R & B groups, etc.
When they did concerts back in the 1960's girls would scream as if it was the Beatles.
They released 3 "45's" but it seemed like the B sides were always the best, like Secondary Man and You Better look Now.
Michael Spriggs, the lead guitarist has had the best post-Rogues career playing with CW bands in Nashville, and is still an A-list session player.
http://michaelspriggs.com/
Love them still !!
Does anyone have any tapes of any of their live performances???

* Also, you mentioned Raven aka the Rising Sons with Tommy Calandra and Gary Malabar. The lead singer was Tony Galla, who is still singing and playing blues in Los Angeles, California.
He is still awesome.
I saw him recently and he did a great imitation of a duet that James Brown and Luciano Pavarotti did of It's a Man's world. Tony Galla sang both parts to perfection.. now that's talent.
check out him doing a 60's hit,
In Love...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMP5XgkK2PM

27 August, 2010

THE ROGUES - TRAIN KEPT A ROLLING


THE ROGUES - 'Train Kept A Rolling'/'You Better Look Now' (Audition Recording 6110) July 1966

Over the past week I've been focussing my attention on Buffalo, NY group The Rogues. They made quite a name for themselves locally with their British Invasion sounds and wild gigs at their own Club called 'The Rogues Gallery'. The English sound was mixed into a potent brew with the addition of jangle guitar.

Their debut single was a rockin' version of 'Train Kept A Rolling', no doubt a live favourite. The Rogues probably heard this rhythm and beat from The Yardbirds who released it on their studio album 'Having A Rave Up'..

More interesting for me is the super cool flip and band original 'You Better Look Now'. I first heard this magical folk 12 string jangler via The Chesterfield Kings back in the early 80s, who I may add did a sterling job with it.

THE ROGUES - Train Kept A Rolling

THE ROGUES - PICTURE GALLERY - PART SEVEN - SUNDRY ITEMS

THE ROGUES - Say You Love Me



Thanks once again to Diane Ruszczyk for preserving and sharing these fantastic images and ephemera of The Rogues.














THE ROGUES - PICTURE GALLERY - THE ROGUES AT SHEA'S THEATRE, BUFFALO 1967 - PART SIX


 The Rogues pictured at Shea's Theatre, Buffalo in March 1967

THE ROGUES - PICTURE GALLERY - PART FIVE




pictured is new guitarist, Glen Tate. He replaced army bound Dave Smith.

THE ROGUES - PICTURE GALLERY - PART FOUR

24 August, 2010

THE ROGUES - PICTURE GALLERY - PART ONE

A couple of months ago I was contacted by Diane Ruszczyk who was a huge Rogues fan during their tenure as Buffalo's Number One group. Fortunately she took several pics during that 1966/67 era and they will be shared on my blog.
The Rogues just happened to record 'You Better Look Now', one of the greatest folk punk janglers of all time:

THE ROGUES - You Better Look Now


The Rogues were:
Robert Radel (bass)
Gary Jaros (drums)
Michael Spriggs (lead guitar)
James Pierotti (lead singer)
Dave Smith (rhythm guitar)