Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Weeds – (aka The Lollipop Shoppe) - The Weeds



Με «γκαραζιές» ξεκινά η μέρα για να ξυπνάνε κάπου κάπου λίγο τα αίματα. Το γκρουπ αν και άλλαξε όνομα από The Weeds σε Lollipop Shoppe (ουσιαστικά το όνομα τους το άλλαξε ένας μάνατζερ, δεν χρησιμοποιούσε το νέο όνομα. Προτιμούσε το The Weeds ή το The Wild Wild Weeds. Με αυτή την «έκδοση» τους ακούμε εδώ που περιέχει την κομματάρα It’s You Time που ηχογραφήθηκε ως The Weeds και είναι ένα πραγματικά άχαστο garage. Ορισμός/
Η φωτό που βλέπεται παρακάτω με το βινύλιο, είναι από την έκδοση της Big Beat Records (WIK 36) που κυκλοφόρησε το 1985, η οποία όμως δεν περιέχει το σινγκλάκι. Περιέχει όμως το Through My Window που δεν συμπεριλαμβάνεται στο cd.

Personnel:
BOB ATKINS bs A
ED BOWEN gtr A
RON BUZZELL gtr A
FRED COLE vcls A
CARL FORTINA accordian A
JOHN THE GREEK keyb'ds A
TIM ROCKSON drms A

ALBUM:
1(A) JUST COLOUR (Uni 73019) 1968
NB: (1) was reissued legitmately in 1985 and has also been counterfeited on CD (Flash ) 199?.

45s:
1 You Must Be A Witch/Don't Close The Door On Me (UNI 55050) 1967
2 Someone I Know/Through My Window (Shamley 44005) 1969

Orginally from Las Vegas, where they were known as The Weeds they migrated to Portland, Oregon and changed their name when The Seeds' manager Lord Tim took them on. Cole's vocals are very distinctive and your reaction to the album will largely be determined by how you respond to them. The opening cut You Must Be A Witch is reminiscent of Love at their most frantic. Other strong tracks on the album are the slower sensitive punk ballad Underground Railroad, Don't Close The Door On Me and the more commercial Its Only A Reflection. The album has been repressed, and pirated on CD.
They also had two tracks featured on the Angels From Hell soundtrack LP (Tower 5128) - Mr. Madison Avenue and Who's It Gonna Be. The non-LP Shamley 45 is a disappointing 'downer'.
Band leader Fred Cole later formed seventies band Zipper. He remains active on the music scene with the highly regarded cult act Dead Moon.
Compilation appearances have included: You Must Be A Witch on Nuggets Box (4-CD), Nuggets, Vol. 12 (LP), Psychedelic Visions (CD), Pebbles, Vol. 8 (LP), Baubles - Down To Middle Earth (LP), Excerpts From Nuggets (CD), Garage Monsters (LP) and We Have Come For Your Children; Mr. Madison Avenue on Turds On A Bum Ride Vol. 1 & 2 (Dble CD) and Turds On A Bum Ride, Vol. 2 (Dble LP); Who's It Gonna Be on Turds On A Bum Ride Vol. 4 (CD); and both Mr. Maison Avenue and Who's It Gonna Be on Filling The Gap (4-LP).

Tracks:
1. It’s Your Time
2. Little Girl
3. You Must Be A Witch
4. Underground Railroad
5. Baby Don´t Go
6. Who'll Read The Will
7. It´s Only A Reflection
8. Don´t Look Back
9. Don´t Close The Door On Me
10. It Ain´t How Long
11. It´s Makin' It
12. I'm Gonna Be There
13. You Don´t Give Me No More
14. Sin
15. Mr.Madison Avenue
16. Who’s It Gonna Be
17. Stop
18. No Good News

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Tim Buckley - Goodbye and Hello (1967)


Είμαι βέβαιος πως δεν υπάρχει άνθρωπος που να ανακατεύεται με τα 60’s και να μην έχει ακούσει τον συγκεκριμένο δίσκο. Είναι επίσης αδύνατον να μην του αρέσει αφού κατά την ταπεινή μου άποψη πρόκειται για μία από της μεγαλύτερες δημιουργίες της δεκαετίας του 60. Δεν πρωτοτυπώ βέβαια με το ανέβασμά του δίσκου ωστόσο πάντα πρέπει να κρατάμε στο προσκήνιο μερικές αξίες. Συγκλονιστικό Lp από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος από το οποίο τολμώ να διαλέξω (τι να πρωτοδιαλέξω δηλαδή) το αγαπημένο μου Pleasant Street αλλά και το Knight-Errant. Δεν νομίζω ότι χωράνε άλλες κουβέντες για τον διαχρονικό και αδικοχαμένο Tim Buckley του οποίου δυστυχώς την ίδια κατάληξη είχε και ο εξαιρετικά ταλαντούχος γιος του. Πάντως σε κάποιο άλλο δίσκο του που θα ανεβάσω, θα είμαι βιογραφικά πιο αναλυτικός για τον Tim Buckley.

Tracks:
1. No Man Can Find The War
2. Carnival Song
3. Pleasant Street
4. Hallucinations
5. I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain
6. Once I Was
7. Phantasmagoria In Two
8. Knight-Errant
9. Goodbye And Hello
10. Morning Glory

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Byrds – The Essential Byrds

Χωρίς νόημα οι οποιαδήποτε συστάσεις , παρατηρήσεις ή σχόλια για τους Byrds. Η συλλογή αυτή που κυκλοφόρησε το 2006 αποτελεί ένα χαρακτηριστικότατο δείγμα του αστείρευτου ταλέντου τους. Σαφώς και η ουσία βρίσκεται για μένα βασικά στο πρώτο cd.

Disc one
"Mr. Tambourine Man" (Bob Dylan) – 2:31
"I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better" (Gene Clark) – 2:32
"All I Really Want to Do" (Bob Dylan) – 2:04
"Chimes of Freedom" (Bob Dylan) – 3:51
"Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)" (Book of Ecclesiastes/Pete Seeger)– 3:51
"She Don't Care About Time" (single version) (Gene Clark) – 2:30
"It Won't Be Wrong" (Gerst/Roger McGuinn) – 1:59
"Set You Free This Time" (Gene Clark) – 2:50
"He Was a Friend of Mine" (add. lyrics Roger McGuinn) – 2:31
"Eight Miles High" (Gene Clark/David Crosby/Roger McGuinn) – 3:36
"5D (Fifth Dimension)" (Roger McGuinn) – 2:34
"Mr. Spaceman" (Roger McGuinn) – 2:10
"So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" (Chris Hillman/Roger McGuinn) – 2:06
"Have You Seen Her Face" (Chris Hillman) – 2:41
"Renaissance Fair" (David Crosby/Roger McGuinn) – 1:52
"My Back Pages" (Bob Dylan) – 3:08

Disc two
"Lady Friend" (David Crosby) – 2:31
"Old John Robertson (single version)" (Chris Hillman/Roger McGuinn) – 1:54
"Goin' Back" (Gerry Goffin/Carole King) – 3:27
"Natural Harmony" (Chris Hillman) – 2:12
"Wasn't Born to Follow" (Gerry Goffin/Carole King) – 2:03
"You Ain't Going Nowhere" (Bob Dylan) – 2:35
"Hickory Wind" (Gram Parsons/B. Buchanan) – 3:32
"This Wheel's on Fire" (Bob Dylan/Rick Danko) – 4:45
"Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man" (Roger McGuinn/Gram Parsons) – 3:54
"Ballad of Easy Rider" (Roger McGuinn) – 2:04
"Jesus Is Just Alright" (A. Reynolds) – 2:10
"Lover of the Bayou (live)" (Roger McGuinn/Jacques Levy) – 3:40
"Chestnut Mare" (Roger McGuinn/Jacques Levy) – 5:08
"Glory, Glory" (A. Reynolds) – 4:01
"I Wanna Grow up to Be a Politician" (Roger McGuinn/Jacques Levy) – 2:02
"Tiffany Queen" (Roger McGuinn) – 2:41
"Farther Along" (trad. arr. Clarence White) – 2:57
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Peppermint Trolley Company - The Peppermint Trolley Co (1968)


Με ένα γκρουπ της Αμερικάνικης psych/pop καταπιάνομαι σήμερα το οποίο μπορεί να μην εντυπωσίασε, αλλά άφησε και αυτό το στίγμα του. Εμένα πάντως μου είναι ευχάριστοι στην ακοή.

Αναζητώντας πληροφορίες για το γκρουπ βρήκα στο garagehangover, mp3 την πρότερης κατάστασής τους που ήταν ως The Mark V, ως The Mark Five, ως The Intercoms αλλά και ως C-Minors. Για να μην υπάρχει σύγχυση να πω πως σε αυτά τα γκρουπ υπήρχαν κοινά μέλη, που αργότερα συμμετείχαν στους The Peppermint Trolley Co. Το ψάξιμο έφερε επίσης ως mp3 και το σινγκλάκι τους. Εκτιμώ πως αξίζει να μαζέψετε όλα όσα έχουν σχέση με αυτό το γκρουπ που για μένα πρέπει να μείνει στην ιστορία για το κομμάτι Reflections, όταν αργότερα «ωρίμασαν». Τα μάζεψα όλα στο αρχείο που ανέβασα ώστε να έχετε μία ολοκληρωμένη εικόνα. Αξίζει βέβαια να δείτε και το βιντεάκι http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUV508WEJgI&feature=related να σχηματίσετε μία εικόνα τους διότι αξίζει το κόπο.

Personnel:

CASEY CUNNINGHAM gtr, flute A
DANNY FARAGHER keyb'ds A
JIMMIE FARAGHER bs, gtr, sax A
GREG TORNQUIST drms A

ALBUM:
1(A) PEPPERMINT TROLLEY CO. (Acta 38007) 1968

45s:
1 Lollipop Train/Bored To Tears (Variant 752) 1966
2 She's The Kind Of Girl/Little Miss Sunshine (Acta 807) 1967
3 It's A Lazy Summer Day/Blue Eyes (Acta 809) 1967
4 Baby You Come Rolling Across My Mind/Nine O'Clock Business Man (Acta 815) 1968 59
5 Trust/I Remember Long Ago (Acta 829) 1968 -
6 Beautiful Sun/I've Got To Be Going (Acta 831) 1968
7 Memphis City Letter/Last Thing On My Mind (Acta 834) 1969
8 Spinnin' n Whirlin' Around/New York City (Acta 835) 1969
NB: (4) also issued in U.K. on Dot 110. A Portuguese EP with picture sleeve also exists:- Trust / Sunrise / I Remember Long Ago / I've Got To Be Going (Dot EP-44-3) 1969

From Redlands, California The Peppermint Trolley Co. later evolved into Bones and later The Faragher Brothers. The above album is full of bright and breezy pop tunes. It's nothing special, but a pleasant record. Some of their 45s are apparently far superior, and in particular Nine O'Clock Business Man is a great slice of psych/pop.
The Faragher brothers had previously been in The Mark Five.
Compilation appearances include: Baby You Come Rollin' Across My Mind on From The New World (LP); 9 O'Clock Business Man on Garagelands, Vol. 1 (LP), Garagelands, Vol. 1 & 2 (CD) and Incredible Sound Show Stories Vol. 6 (LP);
(Vernon Joynson / Max Waller / Stephane Rebeschini)

Tracks:
1. I've Got to Be Going
2. Baby You Come Rollin' Across My Mind
3. I Remember Long Ago
4. Put Your Burden Down
5. Reflections
6. Beautiful Sun
7. Trust
8. Sunrise
9. Free
10. Pat's Song
11. Fatal Fallacy

Single
Peppermint Trolley Company - Lollipop Train
Peppermint Trolley Company - Bored to Tears

The Mark Five

Personnel:
-Brad Madson (piano)-Steve Hauser (sax, clarinet, flute, vocals)

-Dick Owens (drums)
-Danny Faragher (trombone, harmonica, vocals)
-Jimmy Faragher (bass, guitar, vocals)
-Dave Kelliher (aka Dave Roberts) (trumpet, guitar, vocals)

45:
1 I'm Through With You/I'Il Keep On Trying (Impression 102) 1965

Jangley beat-Invasion sounds backed by mid-tempo beat with the odd horn intrusion. From San Bernardino, California, and featuring the Faragher brothers, who went on to form The Peppermint Trolley Co.
(Max Waller)

Tracks:
1. I'm Through With You
2. I'Il Keep On Trying

The Mark V

Tracks:
1. Wampum (Universal Studios demo)
2. I'm Through with You (Locy demo)

The C-Minors

Tracks:
1. Just a Little Feelin'2. Don't Go

The Intercoms

Tracks:
1. Unabridged, Unadulterated, Unextraordinary, Ordinary, Mediocre Unoriginality Blues
2. Please Try and Understand

Monday, May 26, 2008

It's A Beautiful Day - Choice Quality Stuff (1971)



Αυτός είναι ο τρίτος δίσκος των It's A Beautiful Day (έχω ήδη ανεβάσει τον 2ο) ο οποίος διαφέρει αρκετά από τους προηγούμενος. Καταρχήν είναι σε μία περίοδο όπου στο γκρουπ μπαινοβγαίνει κόσμος ενώ υπάρχει και μία στροφή σε πιο rock ήχους. Ο δίσκος επίσης χωρίζεται ουσιαστικά σε δύο μέρη. Στην πρώτη πλευρά, την rock, υπό τον τίτλο Choice Quality Stuff και στην δεύτερη όπου το ύφος είναι πιο ήρεμο σαν αυτό δηλαδή που ξέραμε στις δύο πρώτες δουλειές τους. Για να είμαι όσο μπορώ αντικειμενικός θα αναφέρω πως αυτός ο δίσκος κατά την άποψή μου σημαίνει και την μουσική κατηφόρα των It's A Beautiful Day. Η κοπιά που βλέπεται είναι του 1971, Ολλανδικής προέλευσης, με αυτή την σήμανση στο οπισθόφυλλο, που για να είμαι ειλικρινής δεν έχω ψάξει να δω αν ίσχυσε.

Personnel:
DAVID LaFLAMME flute, violin A B C D
LINDA LaFLAMME keyb'ds A
VAL FUENTES drms A B C D E
PATTIE SANTOS vcls A B C D E
HAL WAGENET gtr, vcls A B C
MICHAEL HOLMAN hrmnca, vcls, bs A B C
FRED WEBB vcls, horns, keyb'ds B C D E
TOM FOWLER bs C D
BILL GREGORY gtr C D E
GREG BLOCK violin E
BUD COCKRELL bs, vcls E
DAVID JENKINS ld gtr
JOHN NICHOLAS bs

ALBUMS:
1(A) IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY (Columbia 9768) 1969 47
2(B) MARRYING MAIDEN (Columbia 1058) 1970 28
3(C) CHOICE QUALITY STUFF (CBS 30734) 1971 130
4(D) LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL (Columbia 31338) 1972 144
5(E) TODAY (Columbia 32181) 1973 114
6(A) 1001 NIGHTS (Columbia 32660) 1974
7(-) IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY (San Francisco Sound SFS 11790) 1985
NB: (1)-(6) were issued on CBS in the UK. (1) to (3) also issued in France by CBS. (6) is a reissue of (1). (1) has been reissued on vinyl and CD. (2) has been reissued on vinyl (San Francisco Sound) 197? and CD (San Francisco Sound SFS 04800). TRC have released (3) and (4) on CD, together with a Greatest Hits disc.

45s:
1 Bulgaria/Aquarian Dream (San Francisco Sound 7) 1968
2 White Bird/Girl With No Eyes (San Francisco Sound) 1969
3 White Bird/Wasted Union Blues (Columbia 44928) 1969 118
4 Soapstone Mountain/Good Lovin' (Columbia 45152) 1970 -
5 Anytime/Apples And Oranges (Columbia 45536) 1972 -

One of the leading second-generation San Francisco bands, this group's music was dominated by the excellent violin playing of classically-tutored La Flamme, who also produced their records. Their debut album made an enormous impact and contained the stand out song White Bird. This was one of the classic albums of the era and the twin vocals of La Flamme and Pattie Santos blended together beautifully on tracks like White Bird, Hot Summer Day and Girl With No Eyes. Side Two is dominated by the sleepy, drug-influenced Bulgaria and the Eastern-influenced Bombay Calling, it is slightly marred, however, by a rather tedious drum solo on the final track Time Is.
Linda La Flamme then left the band and Fred Webb was also introduced on keyboards for follow-up Marrying Maiden. Jerry Garcia guested on this record, too, playing banjo and pedal steel guitar. Although inferior to their debut effort, this album contained some fine tracks too, Don And Dewey and Hoedown were effective instrumentals, whilst the laid-back back harmonies of the first LP were in evidence on The Dolphins, Essence of Now, Let A Woman Flow and Do You Remember The Sun?. However, the follow-up Choice Quality Stuff marked a clear downward turn. The laid-back mysticism of their earlier songs had been replaced by a rather unimaginative 'good time' sound. The album had its moments, however - The Grand Camel Suite was a competent instrumental - but it was enormously disappointing. The follow-up live album was unable to reverse this trend and further personnel changes reduced the band to a mere shadow of its former self, as did subsequent albums.
It's A Beautiful Day reformed for a performance at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco on November 29th 1997. The line-up consisted of original members David LaFlamme, Mitch Holman, Val Fuentes and Hal Wagenet, plus long-time vocalist Linda Baker LaFlamme and new keyboardist Larry Blachshere.
Two tracks, Bulgaria and Aquarian Dream appeared on the Fifth Annual Pipe Dream, which was very rare prior to its reissue a few years back. More recently, Matthew Katz's Then And Now, Vol. 1 includes Girl With No Eyes, The Dolphins and a 1980 tribute to John Lennon entitled John. Then And Now, Vol. 2 also contains Aquarian Dream and Wasted Union Blues; and Turds On A Bum Ride Vol. 5 (CD) includes Aquarian Dream.
Bill Gregory had earlier played in New Orleans band Nectar.
(Vernon Joynson/Patrick Brown)

Tracks:
1. Creed of Love
2. Bye Bye Baby
3. The Grand Camel Suite
4. No World For Glad
5. Lady Love
6. Words
7. lace Of Dreams
8. Oranges & Apples
9. Anytime
10. Bitter Wine
11. Misery Loves Company

Phoenix Opens Its Eyes - First Mars picture


This image, one of the first captured by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, shows the vast plains of the northern polar region of Mars. The flat landscape is strewn with tiny pebbles and shows polygonal cracking, a pattern seen widely in Martian high latitudes and also observed in permafrost terrains on Earth. The polygonal cracking is believed to have resulted from seasonal freezing and thawing of surface ice. Phoenix touched down on the Red Planet at 4:53 p.m. Pacific Time (7:53 Eastern Time), May 25, 2008, in an arctic region called Vastitas Borealis, at 68 degrees north latitude, 234 degrees east longitude. This is an approximate-color image taken shortly after landing by the spacecraft's Surface Stereo Imager, inferred from two color filters, a violet, 450-nanometer filter and an infrared, 750-nanometer filter.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hearts and Flowers - Of Horses, Kids And Forgotten Women (1968)


Και στο δεύτερο δίσκο τους οι Hearts and Flowers κινήθηκαν στους ίδιους ρυθμούς όπως και με τον πρώτο. Δηλαδή σε μία folk και country κατάσταση γενικά ανεκτή και αποδεκτή. Ξεχωρίζω από τα κομμάτια του δίσκου το Extra, Extra-Rock & Roll Gypsies.

Personnel:
RICK CUNHA vcls A
DAVE DAWSON gtr, vcls A B C
LARRY MURRAY gtr, vcls A B C
TERRY PAUL B
DAN WOODY B
BERNIE LEADON gtr C

ALBUMS:
1(A) NOW IS THE TIME FOR HEARTS AND FLOWERS (Capitol ST-2762) 1967
2(C) OF HORSES, KIDS AND FORGOTTEN WOMEN (Capitol ST-2868) 1968
NB: (1) and (2) reissued by Bam Caruso in 1986.

45s:
1 Please/The View From Ward 3 (Capitol P-5897) 1967
2 She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune/Tin Angel (Capitol P-2167) 1968
3 Road To Nowhere/Rock And Roll Gypsies (Capitol P-5829) 19??

Hearts and Flowers were one of the most eclectic groups on the Southern California folk-rock scene in the '60s, skewing more to the folk side of the equation and often adding flourishes of psychedelia and, most importantly, bluegrass and country music. The group was founded by guitarist Larry Murray, a Georgia native who had come to California in the late '50s and played with a bluegrass group called the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers. At various points, the Barkers' membership included Chris Hillman and Bernie Leadon, and they recorded a rare album for Crown in 1962 before breaking up. Murray went on to play in several other bands, including another one with Hillman called the Green Grass Group, before forming Hearts and Flowers with vocalist/guitarist Dave Dawson and vocalist Rick Cunha, who had worked together as a folk duo in Hawaii. The trio played the Los Angeles club scene, sometimes by themselves, sometimes with a rhythm section, and eventually landed a deal with Capitol. Their debut album, Now Is the Time for Hearts and Flowers, was released in 1967 and echoed work by the Byrds, the Stone Poneys, and the Dillards. Its eclectic originals and wide-ranging taste in covers meant that it didn't sell very well, however, and at Capitol's urging, the group underwent an overhaul, adding Terry Paul and Dan Woody to flesh out their live sound, though both left before the group completed its second album. So too did Cunha, who was replaced on guitar by Leadon. The group's sophomore effort, Of Horses, Kids and Forgotten Women, was released in 1968 and featured more elements of pop and psychedelia than their debut, in spite of the fact that the band had taken to playing folk-rock arrangements of country tunes almost exclusively at their live shows. Of Horses didn't sell either, and the group disbanded not long afterward. Murray and Cunha both went on to release solo country-rock albums. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

Tracks:
1 Highway in the Wind
2 Second-Hand Sundown Queen
3 She Sang Rymns Out of Tune
4 Ode to a Tin Angel
5 When I Was a Cowboy
6 Legend of Ol' Tenbrookes
7 Colour Your Daytime
8 Two Little Boys
9 Extra, Extra-Rock 'n' Roll Gypsies

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Yardbirds – Roger The Engineer (1966)



Μάλλον δεν έχει νόημα να σχολιάσω κάτι για αυτό το γκρουπ και αυτό τον δίσκο. Ιεροσυλία θα κάνω παρά καλό. Να πω μόνο ότι στην πατρίδα μας ο δίσκος της Edsel κυκλοφόρησε νομίζω το 1983, σε δύο εκδόσεις. Ως μονοφωνικός όπου το εξώφυλλο είχε μπλε χρώμα και ως στερεοφωνικός με κίτρινο. Το εσώφυλλο αντίστοιχα και στις δύο περιπτώσεις ήταν ίδιο, περιέχοντας αρκετές πληροφορίες για το γκρουπ.

Σε Αμερική, Γερμανία και Γαλλία ο δίσκος κυκλοφόρησε τότε με τον τίτλο Over Under Sideways Down περιέχοντας 10 κομμάτια (χωρίς τα Rack My Mind και Nazz Are Blue). Ο δίσκος πάντως επίσημα κυκλοφόρησε ως The Yardbirds. Λόγω του καρτούν που παριστάνει τον audio engineer Roger Cameron, μεταλλάχτηκε ο τίτλος του δίσκου.

Personnel:
Keith Relf – lead vocals (except "The Nazz Are Blue"), harmonica
Jeff Beck – lead guitar, bass (on "Over, Under, Sideways, Down"), lead vocals (on "The Nazz Are Blue")
Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar
Paul Samwell-Smith – bass, vocals
Jim McCarty – drums, percussion, vocals

Tracks:
1 Lost Woman (3:16)
2 Over, Under, Sideways, Down (2:24)
3 Nazz Are Blue (3:04)
4 I Can't Make Your Way ( (2:26)
5 Rack My Mind (3:15)
6 Farewell (1:29)
7 Hot House of Omagarashid (2:39)
8 Jeff's Boogie (2:25)
9 He's Always There (2:15)
10 Turn into Earth (Stereo) (3:06)
11 What Do You Want (Stereo) (3:22)
12 Ever Since the World Began (Stereo) (2:09)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Stone the Crows - Stone the Crows (1969)


Μία επιλογή από την Βρετανική σκηνή του blues-rock/R'n'B (αλλά και soul θα συμπλήρωνα) με αυτό το Σκωτσέζικο γκρουπ που κάθε άλλο παρά Σκωτσέζοι μοιάζουν κατά την γνώμη μου. Επέλεξαν πάντως για όνομα (αρχικά όπως λέει και το Αγγλικό κείμενο ήταν ως The Power αλλά μεσολάβησε για την αλλαγή ο μάνατζερ των Zeppelin) ένα ιδιωματισμό που χρησιμοποιούν στην πατρίδα τους αντίστοιχο με το To Hell with It. Όλα βαίνουν «ομαλά» στο άκουσμα μέχρι που ακούγεται η φωνή της Maggie Bell όπου προς στιγμήν μπερδεύεσαι αφού νομίζεις πως ακούς την αείμνηστη Janis Joplin (οι απαίδευτοι θα είναι βέβαιοι πως είναι η Janis). Αυτή η φωνή είναι κατά την γνώμη μου το στοιχείο που χαρακτηρίζει το γκουπ και του δίνει τον ξεχωριστό ήχο. Μία συνέχεια των Holding Company θα έλεγα με πολύ όμως αυθαιρεσία στον χαρακτηρισμό μου. Πάντως ακούστε και το Fool on the Hill και προσπαθήστε να θυμηθείτε μία άλλη φωνή. Στην ιδιοσυγκρασία μου ταιριάζει το Blind Man που θεωρώ και καλύτερο του δίσκου. Η επίσκεψη τους στην Αμερική απέφερε το τεράστιο χρονικά I Saw America το οποίο επίσης είναι αξιόλογο.

Personnel:
COLIN ALLEN drms A B C
MAGGIE BELL vcls A B C
JIM DEWAR bs A
LES HARVEY gtr A B C
JOHN McGINNIS keyb'ds A
RONNIE LEAHY keyb'ds B C
STEVE THOMPSON drms B
JIMMY McCULLOCH gtr C

ALBUMS:
1(A) STONE THE CROWS (Polydor 2425 017) 1969 SC -
2(A) ODE TO JOHN LAW (Polydor 2425 042) 1970 SC -
2(B) TEENAGE LICKS (Polydor 2425 071) 1971 SC -
3(C) 'ONTINUOUS PERFORMANCE (Polydor 2391 043) 1972 33
4(-) STONE THE CROWS (Comp.) (Polydor 2482 279) 1976 -
NB: (5) was reissued on Thunderbolt (THBL 070) 1989, also on CD (CDTB 070). (1) reissued on CD (Repertoire REP 4626 WY) 1997, (2) on (Repertoire REP 4624 WY) 1997, (3) on (Repertoire REP 4625 WY) 1997 and (4) on (Repertoire REP 4627 WY) 1997, with new liner notes by veteran journalist Chris Welch.

45s:
1 Mad Dogs And Englishmen/Sad Mary (Polydor 2066 060) 1971
2 Good Time Girl/On The Highway (Polydor 2058 301) 1972

This Scottish group set out playing blues/heavy rock and were originally known as The Power. They were 'discovered' by Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant whilst gigging at clubs and air bases in Europe. He renamed them Stone The Crows and they signed a record deal with Polydor. The original line-up cut two tight soul-based albums. Les Harvey was a fine guitarist and Maggie Bell's raucous vocals gave them a winning blend. Both albums are well worth checking out but didn't get the critical acclaim they deserved, a factor clearly instrumental in the departure of Jim Dewar and John McGinnis in February 1971. Leahy and Thompson came in as replacements. Thompson had previously played in John Mayall's band as had Colin Allen.

The Teenage Licks album made a greater impression than their previous efforts and with Maggie Bell widely acclaimed as Britain's Top Girl Singer in 1972 things really seemed to be heading upwards for the band until Les Harvey was tragically killed on stage by a 'live' microphone during a gig at Swansea University. Jimmy McCulloch (ex-Thunderclap Newman) was drafted in as a replacement and their next album 'Ontinuous Performance was completed by this new line-up. Sadly commercial success continued to elude them and they eventually called it a day during 1973. Maggie Bell launched a solo career but never achieved the success her talent suggested. Jimmy McCulloch joined Joe Soap and later Wings. Stone The Crows can also be heard playing Raining In Your Hearts and Sad Mary on Polydor's 1971 compilation Bombers and Fool On The Hill on Rock Party, which appeared the same year.

Tracks:
1. Touch of Your Loving Hand - 6:01
2. Raining in Your Heart – 5:06
3. Blind Man – 5:09
4. Fool on the Hill – 4:07
5. I Saw America – 18:21

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Orient Express - Orient Express (1969)




Άντε και ένα πειρατή γιατί μου λείψανε. Όπως το γνωστό τραίνο, έτσι και αυτοί ταξιδεύουν από Ανατολή σε Δύση, με ήχους που λόγω γεωγραφικής θέσης μας είναι γενικά οικείοι. Αναμφίβολα το Fruit of the desert είναι το κορυφαίο τους κομμάτι, το οποίο βάζω τακτικά στο μπαράκι, ελπίζοντας πως κάποια στιγμή θα σηκωθεί καμία κοπελιά να χορέψει.

Personnel:
GUY DURIS sitar, electric oud, vcls A
BRUNO GIET electric minitar, vcls A
FARSHID GOLESORKHI electric melodica, dumbek, tympani, vcls A

ALBUM:
1(A) ORIENT EXPRESS (Mainstream S/6117) 1969
NB: (1) counterfeited on vinyl in the late eighties and on CD (Head 2796) 199?.

Originally from Europe this band moved to the States. Guy Duris was actually born on the Left Bank and later met Golesorkhi, who had been decorated by the Shah of Iran for his drumming and was interested in applying Eastern rhythms to Western music, in Iran. They met Bruno Giet, a Belgian pilot and guitarist, in Paris while travelling around Europe. Soon the three members headed for America and settled in New York's East Village initially but ended up in California where their album was recorded. It's powerful Eastern-influenced psychedelia similar to Kaleidoscope.

Particularly fine examples of their marriage of Eastern and Western music are Train To Bombay and For A Moment. This album is highly recommended. They did not release any singles on Mainstream.
This act should not be confused with Liz Damon's Orient Express, who were from Hawaii and played cabaret music. They issued one album Liz Damon And The Orient Express (Anthem) 1970, and at least three singles: Loneliness Remembers/Quiet Sound (Anthem 51005) 1970, All In All/Walking Backwards Down The Road (Anthem 51006) 1970, and 1900 Yesterday/You're Falling In Love (White Whale ).
Fuzz Acid & Flowers

Tracks:
01.Fruit of the dessert
02.Dance for me
03.Layla
04.Bird of India
05.Train to Bombat
06.Caravan of silk
07.Azaar
08.For a moment
09.Impulse(42 Drums)
10.A little star
11.Cobra fever

The Association - The Association's Greatest Hits (1968)


Μία συλλογή που πραγματικά μου αρέσει πάρα πολύ. Καταπληκτικά και πανέμορφα κομμάτια από τους Association τα οποία ακούω εδώ και πολλά χρόνια. Εξαιρετικές μελωδίες, μελωδικότατα φωνητικά, πανέμορφους στίχους (ευτυχώς υπάρχουν στο ένθετο του cd) από αυτό το γκρουπ που ξεκίνησε στο Λος Άντζελες το 1965.
Δεν βρίσκω το παραμικρό ψεγάδι. Τους θεωρώ σαν ένα από τα κορυφαία pop συγκροτήματα που έβγαλε η δεκαετία. Κομμάτια σαν το Never My Love ή το No Fair at All. Άριστα δέκα με τόνο.

Beyond representing the best in '60s California pop, the Association blazed trails in album production and the folk-psychedelia genre. With the guidance of L.A. producers Bones Howe, Curt Boetticher, and Jerry Yester, the band deftly mixed airy harmonies, unobtrusive rhythm tracks, and subtle "Age of Aquarius" accents from harpsichords, Farfisa organs, fuzz-box guitars, trumpets, and bongos -- at times, the sophisticated blend was held together by L.A. session players. And while the group successfully expanded their harmonic horizons on "Requiem for the Masses," they also went a bit beyond their strengths with Jefferson Airplane-esque rockers like "Six Man Band." Luckily, the majority of this hits collection focuses on the band's dreamy combination of polished folk, limber vocal arrangements, and wide-screen instrumental backdrops. The summery program also includes chart-toppers like "Windy," "Cherish," "Along Comes Mary," and "Never My Love," along with progressive pop-and-harmony tracks like "No Fair at All," "Everything That Touches You," and "Time for Livin'." A great introduction to the band's prime work from the latter half of the '60s. ~ Stephen Cook,
All Music Guide

Tracks:

1. The Time It Is Today 2:20
2. Everything That Touches You 3:22
3. Like Always 3:08
4. Never My Love 3:13
5. Requiem For The Masses 4:07
6. Along Comes Mary 2:51
7. Enter The Young 2:46
8. No Fair At All 2:37
9. Time For Livin' 2:49
10. We Love 2:27
11. Cherish 3:27
12. Windy 2:55
13. Six Man Band 2:12

The Leaves – Hey Joe (1966)



Υπό το συνεχόμενο καθεστώς πίεσης χρόνου, ξεκλέβω λίγο για να ανεβάσω ένα δισκάκι που δεν θυμάμαι πότε αγόρασα. Ήταν μαζεμένα αυτής της εταιρείας (IMPACT RECORDS) με λευκό βινύλιο αφού και μερικά ακόμα. Το αντικείμενο μας είναι η πρώτη δουλειά των Καλιφορνέζων Leaves που κινείται βασικά στο garage. Εδώ υπάρχει η επιτυχία τους, το Hey Joe, το οποίο ως γνωστόν μόνο εγώ δεν έχω τραγουδήσει ακόμα (έχω καιρό πάντως). Δεν τρελάθηκα με τους Leaves και σωστά νομίζω ο δίσκος δεν είχε εμπορική επιτυχία, άσχετα αν το σινγκλάκι με την διασκευή σάρωσε και έφτασε τότε στο νούμερο 5 στην Αμερική.

Personnel:
JIMMY KERN drms A
JIM PONS bs A B C D
ROBERT LEE REINER gtr A B C
BILL RHINEHART gtr A B
JOHN BECK sax, hrmnca, vcls B C D
TOM RAY drms B C D
BOBBY ARLIN gtr C D

ALBUMS:
1(A) HEY JOE (Surrey ) 1966 127
2(C) ALL THE GOOD THAT'S HAPPENING (Capitol ST2638) 1967
NB: (1) also issued on Mira (3005), also issued in France (Festival FLOX 525) 1966. (1) and (2) reissued on CD by One Way, with the reissue of (1) including five extra bonus tracks. (2) was counterfeited during the eighties. There's also a French CD release Leaves-1966 which includes some of their best known songs as well as previously unreleased and live material.

45s:
1 Too Many People/Love Minus Zero (Mira 202) 1965
2 Hey Joe/Be With You (Mira 207) 1965
3 You'd Better Move On/A Different Story (Mira 213) 1966
4 Be With You/Funny Little World (Mira 220) 1966
5 Hey Joe/Girl From The East (Mira 222) 1966 -
6 Hey Joe/Funny Little World (Mira 222) 1966 31
7 Too Many People/Love Minus Zero (Mira 227) 1966
8 Get Out Of My Life Girl/Girl From The East (Mira 231) 1966
9 Lemon Princess/Twilight Sanctuary (Capitol 5799) 1967
NB: There's also a reissue 45 Hey Joe / Girl From The East (Lost Nite LN 314) 197? and a French single with a group picture sleeve: Too Many People/Girl From The East (Festival SPX 143) 1966.

Beatlemania influenced Jim Pons to put together a band called The Rockwells, in 1964, whilst at San Fernando State College (California), using the $1,000 he was awarded following an automobile lawsuit. The original line-up soon set about performing classics like Louie, Louie and Twist And Shout at frat parties. The band's quest for self-improvement soon led them to add John Beck and replace Jimmy Kern with Tom Ray.
The band's break came when they got a residency at Ciro's in L.A. They then chose a new name The Leaves and had posters designed with pictures of themselves and a marijuana leaf saying 'The Leaves Are Happening'. Pat Boone heard them playing at the club one night and signed them for his Penthouse Production Company. Through this The Leaves were first signed to Mira and released their debut single Too Many People/Love Minus Zero. The 'A' side was a hit in Los Angeles.
The Leaves were the first band to release Hey Joe as a single. They made two previous recordings of Hey Joe before the third fuzztone version, which reached No. 31 in the U.S. charts. By now, Bobby Arlin had replaced Bill Rhinehart on guitar. The Leaves had now won a residency at the Whisky A Go Go in L.A., where they topped the bill, which on occasions included The Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service. In 1965 when they appeared at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, The Rolling Stones opened for them!
However, their follow-up single Get Out Of My Life Woman was less successful. 1966 saw Robert Lee Reiner become an acid casualty and he left the band. They continued as a quartet, but they lacked the fullness of sound necessary to make them click.
Then they signed for Capitol to produce a second album, augmented by studio musicians and strings. It contained some of their best material including Lemon Princess and Twilight Sanctuary, (issued on their last single), but it did not sell and Pons left during its recording to join The Turtles. Pons later did work with Frank Zappa. Beck and Arlin went on to produce a song called Dead Time Bummer Blues which was never released. Arlin later formed the power-trio, The Hook.
Compilation appearances have included: Hey Joe on Mayhem & Psychosis, Vol. 2 (LP), Nuggets From Nuggets (CD), Nuggets - Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (Dble LP), Nuggets, Vol. 1 (LP), Excerpts From Nuggets (CD), Garage Monsters (LP), Tough Rock and Wild Thing; Love Minus Zero on Mindrocker, Vol. 5 (LP); Hey Joe and Too Many People on Nuggets Box (4-CD); Too Many People on Nuggets, Vol. 2 (LP); and Lemon Princess on Psychedelic Perceptions (CD).
(Vernon Joynson/Stephane Rebeschini)


Tracks:
1. Dr. Stone
2. Just a Memory
3. Get Out of My Life Woman
4. Girl from the East
5. He Was a Friend of Mine
6. Hey Joe
7. Words
8. Back on the Avenue
9. War of Distortion
10. Tobacco Road
11. Goodbye My Love
12. Too Many People

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Jacks - Vacant World (1968)



Και αφού ξεκινήσαμε Γαλλικά ας τελειώσουμε Ιαπωνικά. Οι The Jacks θεωρήθηκαν ένα πετυχημένο ψυχεδελικό συγκρότημα στην πατρίδα τους, με καλύτερο δίσκο τους τον πρώτο που βλέπουμε. Προσωπικά δεν έχω ακούσει και κανένα από τους υπόλοιπους που έβγαλαν για να μπορώ να κρίνω. Εκτιμώ ότι είχαν ταλέντο διότι μουσικά είναι σε πολύ καλό επίπεδο ωστόσο εμένα η γλώσσα με ξενίζει αρκετά. Αν κάποιοι «ειδικοί» λένε ότι η Ελληνική γλώσσα δεν ταιριάζει με το ροκ (διαφωνώ κάθετα διότι δεν είναι δυνατόν η πιο εύηχη γλώσσα του κόσμου να μην ταιριάζει), τι θα λέγανε για τα Γιαπωνέζικα?

The Jacks were a 1960s Japanese psychedelic rock group who released their most well known studio album Vacant World (or 'No Sekai' in Japanese) in 1968. The Jacks, originally known as Nightingale, began their career in 1966 as a folk trio. After jazz drummer Takasuke Kida joined the group they headed into a new musical direction. Though internationally obscure, the group was successful in Japan. Vacant World, which yielded the hit single 'Marianne', is widely seen as one of the most important Japanese rock albums of the era. The song 'Vacant World' (or 'Karappo no Sekai' in Japanese) was famously banned from Japanese airwaves due to lyrical content. The Jacks' musical legacy has carried on in Japan despite the fact that their career was quite short, disbanding shortly after the release of their second studio album Super Session (or 'No Kiseki' in Japanese).

Vacant World ('No Sekai' in Japanese) released in 1968, is the first album released by the 1960s Japanese rock band the Jacks. It is generally seen as a high mark for the band and an early classic amongst the 1960s & 1970s Japanese psychedelic rock movement that followed. During the late '60s, the album enjoyed success within Japan. It is currently in print by Toshiba/EMI and available internationally by import only.

Personnel:
Yoshio Hayakawa – vocals, rhythm guitar
Haruo Mizuhashi – lead guitar, vocals
Hitoshi Tanino – Fender bass, upright bass
Takasuke Kida – drums, flute, vibraphone

Tracks:
1. "Marianne" - 5:20
2. "Stop the Clock" - 4:16
3. "Vacant World" - 4:57
4. "In the Broken Mirror" - 3:23
5. "Gloomy Flower" - 3:20
6. "Love Generation" - 3:36
7. "Hara-Manji" - 2:29
8. "Where?" - 3:10
9. "Love" - 4:23
10. "500 Miles from the Sky" - 3:02
http://www.shareonall.com/The_Jacks_-_Vacant_World_ksbw_rar.htm

Zoo - Zoo (1969)

Στο μπαράκι μου δίνεται η δυνατότητα να κάνω διάφορες γνωριμίες με κόσμο που έρχεται και ενίοτε θέλει μεταξύ άλλων να αλλάξει απόψεις για την μουσική. Η περίοδος του Πάσχα εδώ στο νησί είναι τουριστική που θα πει πως πολύς κόσμος από διάφορα μέρη της Ελλάδας έρχεται για τον χαμό που γίνεται στο Βροντάδο με τις ρουκέτες. Κάπως έτσι με προσέγγισε ένας κύριος στο bar, όπου μετά από μία ενδιαφέρουσα κουβέντα έβγαλε από την τσάντα του λίγα cd (όχι εταιρείας, από τα οποία δεν ήξερα ούτε ένα γκρουπ) μεταξύ των οποίων υπήρχε και αυτό που βλέπεται από το οποίο μου ζήτησε να παίξω το «Βluezoo». Του έκανα βέβαια το χατίρι, άκουσα και εγώ το κομμάτι, μου άρεσε, δανείστηκα το cd, το αντέγραψα και ορίστε.

Το περιεχόμενο του cd είναι μία Psych funk κατάσταση, με περιεχόμενο που πάει και στο Blues αλλά και στην jazz. Από Γαλλική σκηνή δεν ξέρω πολλά πράματα, εκείνο όμως που ξέρω είναι ότι στη Γαλλία είναι αρκετά ψαγμένοι με το Blues, κάτι που έμαθα τη περίοδο που σύχναζα στο bar Blues (στην Πανόρμου).

Λίγες πληροφορίες για το γκρουπ που βρήκα λένε ότι ξεκίνησαν το 1969 να παίζουν σε διάφορα μπαράκια στην Γαλλία και ιδίως σε κάποιο ονόματι «Club MED», το οποίο μάζευε διάφορους μουσικούς που είχαν αναζητήσεις. Από ένα κράμα διαφόρων σχημάτων σχηματίστηκαν οι «Question», οι οποίοι άρχισαν να παίζουν στην Ελβετία. Κάποιος τους άκουσε οπότε το συμβόλαιο ήρθε, στις 16 Απριλίου το 69 μπήκαν στο στούντιο και δύο μέρες αργότερα είχαν τον πρώτο τους δίσκο έτοιμο. Συγνώμη για το Γαλλικό κείμενο αλλά αν βάλω τι βγαίνει από τα «μεταφραστήρια» θα γελάνε μαζί μας.

Ils sont alors neuf à tourner, sous le nom de « QUESTION », dans les clubs parisiens, en Suisse, période qu’ils mettent à profit pour se constituer un répertoire particulier, coloré par les multi-instrumentistes constituant l’orchestre, solidement assis sur une base rythmique très jazzy. Bernard de BOSSON & Philippe RAULT, producteur chez RIVIERA, label de Mme BARCLAY, les signent et le groupe rentre en studio le 16 avril. Après deux jours, la mise en boite des 8 premiers morceaux , et son changement de nom pour ZOO, patronyme gagné à la sueur de leurs fronts et surtout à l’ambiance dans le studio, l’on posera les bandes … sur une étagère ! Celles-ci sûrement, tel le bon vin ne demandaient qu’a mûrir.
Ce contretemps, lors de la sortie de l’album, fera paraître le groupe comme une copie de la vague américaine des CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY (CTA, pour les intimes), ou BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS (Phrase célèbre de Winston CHURCHILL, & BST pour les mêmes intimes !). Cet album est excellent et contient de petites perles, telles « MAMMOUTH » ou « IF YOU LOOSE YOUR WOMAN » . Le chant profond et rauque de Joël DAYDE fait merveille sur ces titres inspirés.Comme il faut bien manger, le groupe accompagne en tournée le chanteur David-Alexandre WINTER, futur papa d’une Ophélie, mais ceci est une autre histoire.Cette même année, en Novembre à lieu le festival d’AMOUGIES ou il côtoieront pour les étrangers PINK FLOYD, COLLOSSEUM, NICE, EAST OF EDEN, Franck ZAPPA, et pour l’hexagonal ALAN JACK CIVILISATION, MARTIN CIRCUS & GONG. La prestation ne sera malheureusement pas appréciée par un public venu pour des musiques plus planantes & moins musclées. Tony CANAL quitte alors le groupe pour rejoindre….Joe DASSIN. Remplacé temporairement par Robert GUIEZEN, celui-ci quittera le groupe, après 3 mois de service, qui se passera dorénavant de trompettiste

Personnel:
André (Orgue & claviers),
Christian DEVAUX (Batterie),
Joël DAYDE (Chant),
Daniel CARLET(Saxo ténor, violon),
Michel HERVE(basse),
Pierre « Pierrot » FANEN (Guitare),
Michel RIPOCHE (Saxo ténor, violon, trombone),
Tony CANAL (trompette),

ALBUMS:
1. ΖOO (Riviera 521 118 ©1969, CD Riviera 543 835 – 2) 1969
2. I SHALL BE FREE (Riviera 521 147) 1970
3. HARD TIMES, GODD TIMES (Riviera 521 2001) 1971

45s:
1. Memphis train/Rhythm and boss (Riviera 121 275) 1969
2. Fungus/Valse suisse (Riviera 121 296) 1970
3. City Breakdown/Plaistow place (Riviera 121 315) 1970
4. Hard times, good times/ Tupamaros (Riviera 121.361 L) 1970
5. Being good to me/ The land of Finistaire (Riviera 121.385 L)
6. What am I to be/ Four strings (Riviera 121.403 L) 1972
7. Life is living/ Stiggy Poo (Riviera 121.436 L) 1972

Tracks:
1. Yew you loose your woman (J. Daydé/M. Bonnecarrere Adapt. Carol Martin-Sperry)
2. Ramses (Mr. Bonnecarrere)
3. Bluezoo (P. Fanen)
4. Rhythm and boss (Mr. Bonnecarrere)
5. Memphis train (R. Thomas - B. Rice - W. Sparks)
6. Saturday evening in Carnouet (J. - P. Goux/Mr. Bonnecarrere)
7. Drive sour You has hardware bargain (B. Crutcher/Allen Jones)
8. Mammoth (Mr. Bonnecarrere)
http://www.shareonall.com/Zoo_Zoo_drds_rar.htm

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Hen's Teeth - Vol. 3 Catherine On The Wheel


Ένας φίλος του blog ζήτησε αν υπάρχει και κάτι άλλο από την σειρά Hen's Teeth. Ανεβάζω το Vol. 3 το οποίο αξιολογώ ως πάρα πολύ καλό. Συγκριτικα αυτή η συλλογή ίσως είναι ανώτερη και από το vol. 1.Περιέχει πραγματικά διαμάντια όπως για παράδειγμα το κομμάτι των The Smoke - Utterly Simple ή αυτό των Now η ακόμα και αυτό των Factory.

Tracks:
1. The Anteeeks - I Don't Want You
2. Kippington Lodge - I Can See Her Face
3. The Fire - Man In The Teapot
4. Mandrake - Len
5. The Glass Menagerie - Somebody To Love
6. Now - Marcia
7. The Smoke - Utterly Simple
8. The Orange Machine - Dr. Crippen's Waiting Room
9. The Barrier - Dawn Breaks Through
10. Ron Grainer Orchestra - Boy Meets Girl
11. Factory - Castle On A Hill
12. Jigsaw - Seven Fishes
13. Team Dokus - 60 Million Megaton Sunset
14. Tales Of Justine - Sitting On A Blunestone
15. The Difference - Sweet Sounds Everywhere
16. Nimrod - Don't Let It Get The Best Of You
17. The Blue Effect - Sun Is So Bright
18. The Scene - Scenes (From Another World)
19. White Trash - Illusions
20. unknown - Out Of My Mind (Over You)
21. The Flames - Mod Trad
22. The Nashville Teens - I'm A Lonely One
23. The Mirage - I See The Rain
24. The Matadors - Don't Bother Me
25. Strange Brew - Mr. Paradise
26. George Bean - Floatin'
27. The Majority - Time Machine Man

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Great British Psychedelic Trip, Vol. 1- 1966-1969



Βρήκα λίγο παραπάνω χρόνο να ασχοληθώ σήμερα χωρίς να με «τρέχουν», οπότε ακόμα μία καλή συλλογή έχουμε εδώ με Βρετανικό περιεχόμενο που κυκλοφόρησε στην πατρίδα μας πριν 20 χρόνια από την See For Miles Records. Η μία από τις τρεις και ενώ είχαν προηγηθεί άλλες 4 σε βινύλια τις οποίες δεν είχα δει ποτέ. Βρήκα και αγόρασα και το Volume 2 το οποίο δεν μου άρεσε όπως το 1. Το Volume 2 είναι ουσιαστικά το βινύλιο του The British Psychedelic Trip, Vol.4 1965-1970 με κάποια bonus tracks.
Συνιστώ να κατεβάσετε το Volume 1, αφού κατά την άποψή μου είναι μία πολύ καλή συλλογή που αξίζει έστω και να ακούσετε.

Even though these artists might not have made an impact equal to that of The Who, The Small Faces or Love and the 13th Floor Elevators, they certainly were kindred spirits in a sonic sense. While there is nary a dud amongst the 26 tracks on this compilation, there are a few most exceptional works worthy of revisitation. Most notably are the Californians cover of Warren Zevon's "Follow Me" -- which he recorded with Tule Livingston under the guise of Lyme & Cybelle. This rendering is an inspired harpsichord-driven and tambourine tapping masterpiece and would have been the ultimate vehicle for The Monkees. "Red Sky At Night" -- not to be confused with a similarly titled song by the Fixx -- is among the heavier pieces on this volume. With the noir aura of King Crimson and ravaged fretwork reminiscent of Black Sabbath, The Accents unleash a track that pre-dates heavy metal by nearly two years.

There are also a few early appearances from artists who would later go on to more notable things. If the song title "Baked Jam Roll In Your Eye" sounds extraordinary enough to have been a Rutles parody, the reality is that the band Timebox was a seminal stomping ground for both Pete "Ollie" Halsall(bass) and John Halsey (drums) -- who co-wrote the track. Despite the absurd name, this up-tempo performance contains a Halsey-led rhythm akin to something Dave Clark might have been able to pull off. The track "Shades Of Orange" was co-composed by Rolling Stone Bill Wyman during the brief period that he managed The End -- a project taken on at the urging of Stones producer Glyn Johns. Indeed, the song sounds steeped in the Stones Their Satanic Majesties Request, because, according to Dinnes Cruickshank's fascinating liner notes essay, it was worked up as the band was preparing that album. It has also appeared on numerous bootlegs as a ‘lost' Rolling Stones piece. Tragically, The Great British Psychedelic Trip series has been out of print since the mid ‘90s. A scouring of used CD bins has been known to produce copies, presumably picked over by consumers looking for top shelf and well-known artists.
(Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide)

Tracks:
1. Tuquoise - "Tales of Flossie Fillett" (3:10)
2. Timebox - "Baked Jam Roll in Your Eye" (3:22)
3. Poets - "In Your Tower" (2:33)
4. 23rd Turnoff - "Leave Me Here" (2:55)
5. World of Oz - "The Muffin Man" (2:32)
6. Ice - "Anniversary" (2:08)
7. End - "Shades of Orange" (2:39)
8. Ice - "Ice Man" (2:56)
9. Paul & Ritchie & the Cryin' Shames - "Come on Back" (2:36)
10. Tintern Abbey - "Vacuum Cleaner" (3:07)
11. Virgin Sleep - "Love" (2:27)
12. Turqoise - "Saynia" (2:56)
13. Toby Twirl - "Romeo and Juliet" (2:56)
14. Amazing Friendly Apple - "Magician" (3:25)
15. Tintern Abbey - "Beeside" (3:25)
16. Flies - "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (2:39)
17. Accent - "Red Sky at Night" (3:15)
18. Human Instinct - "Renaissance Fair" (2:24)
19. Cuppat - "Miss Pinkerton" (2:37)
20. Toby Twirl - "Toffee Apple Sunday" (2:10)
21. Cherry Smash - "Green Plant" (3:10)
22. Californians - "Follow Me" (3:00)
23. Outer Limits - "Just One More Chance" (3:02)
24. Les Sauterelles - "Heavenly Club" (2:32)
25. Keith Shields - "Deep Inside Your Mind" (2:10)
26. Al Stewart - "The Elf" (2:30)
http://www.shareonall.com/Great_British_Psychedelic_Trip_Vol._1-_1966-1969_kdxd_rar.htm

Hen's Teeth - Vol. 1 Rare Psychedelicacies From The Golden Age


Μετά την πρώτη περίοδο της «πειρατίας» δίσκων που κυκλοφόρησε στην χώρα μας, αν θυμάμαι καλά από το 84-85 και μετά, έως το 88, άρχισε το cd για να μας αδειάσει εντελώς βέβαια από τις τσέπες ότι μας άφησαν οι προηγούμενοι. Κλασικά Lp τα αγοράσαμε και cd για να μην τα χαλάσουμε, εκτός βέβαια των όσων άρχισαν να βγαίνουν και δεν είχαμε. Άρχισαν βέβαια και οι κάθε λογής συλλογές, όπου για τους «πεινασμένους» ήταν μία μοναδική ευκαιρία να μαζέψουν σε ένα cd διάφορα άγνωστα γκρουπς και να ακούσουν. Οφείλω να ομολογήσω πως αρκετές από αυτές ήταν για τα δικά μου γούστα σαβούρα. Οπότε η λύση ήταν κανένα «κονέ» στο συνοικιακό δισκάδικο, έτσι ώστε να να ακούμε πριν αγοράσουμε. Βέβαια από ντροπή και μόνο αρκετές φορές αγοράσαμε «πατάτες» για να έχουμε το θάρρος να μην αγοράσουμε τίποτα την επόμενη. Ευτυχώς όμως που μερικές φορές πέσαμε σε εκπληκτικές συλλογές όπως αυτή.

Ενόψει λοιπόν έχουμε την πρώτη από τις τρεις συλλογές που κυκλοφόρησε το 1995με τον γενικότερο τίτλο ως Hen's Teeth. Ομολογώ πως αν το είχα σε δίσκο θα είχε αχρηστευτεί προ πολλού, από τις αναρίθμητες φορές που έχω ακούσει αυτή την συλλογή. Την θεωρώ από τις καλύτερες που έχουν βγει. Δυστυχώς οι πληροφορίες στο cd είναι ελάχιστες για τα γκρουπς. Ελάχιστα λόγια και η δισκογραφία υπάρχει μόνο σε αυτά τα άγνωστα στο σύνολό τους συγκροτήματα. Αν ήθελα να βαθμολογήσω αυτή την συλλογή με άριστα το δέκα θα της έβαζα έντεκα!!!
Ένα μόνο παράπονο έχω. Όσοι έχετε το cd βάλτε το στο pc και παρατηρήστε τι τραγούδια γράφει πως περιέχει.

Δυσκολεύομε να ξεχωρίσω κάποιο κομμάτι με πάσα ειλικρίνεια. Θα αναφέρω μόνο το Moving in a Circle που ακούω αυτή την στιγμή και είναι πανέμορφο αλλά και το Getting Old των Svensk που για μένα πλέον θα είναι «επίκαιρο».

Tracks:
1. The David - "Light of Your Mind" (2:49)
2. Matadors - "Get Down from the Tree" (3:25)
3. Alan Avon and the Toy Shop - "A Night to Remember" (4:31)
4. Svensk - "Getting Old" (2:07)
5. Junior's Eyes - "The Black Snake" (2:37)
6. Enough's Enough - "Please Remember" (2:08)
7. State of Mycky and Tommy - "I Know What I Would Do" (3:07)
8. Bluejeans - "Sandfly" (3:11)
9. Giorgio and Marco's Men - "Baby I Need You" (2:54)
10. Hifi's - "Tread Softly for the Sleepers" (2:08)
11. Gibsons - "City Life" (2:59)
12. Kinetic - "Suddenly Tomorrow" (4:48)
13. Glass Opening - "Does It Really Matter?" (3:00)
14. Freedom - "Trying to Get a Glimpse of You" (2:28)
15. Edwick Rumbold - "Boggle Woggle" (2:40)
16. Wheels of Time - "1984" (2:20)
17. Virgin Sleep - "Halliford House" (2:38)
18. Mandrake - "Sunlight Glide" (2:38)
19. Executives - "Moving in a Circle" (2:33)
20. John Carter & Russ Alquist - "The Laughing Man" (3:23)
21. Favorite Sons - "Walking Walking Walking" (2:06)
22. Tangerine Peel - "Trapped" (2:23)
23. Motivation - "Little Man" (2:59)
24. Tickle - "Good Evening" (2:36)
25. Enough's Enough - "Look Around You Baby" (2:29)
26. Kirbys - "It's a Crime" (2:16)
http://www.shareonall.com/Hens_Teeth_Vol._2_ewpt_rar.htm

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Hearts and Flowers - Now Is The Time For (1967)


Όπως έχω γράψει και άλλες φορές, οι Ελληνικές εταιρείες δίσκων πριν από 20 χρόνια, παρατηρώντας το σκηνικό που γινόταν με τις παράνομες ανατυπώσεις, ξέθαβαν ότι τυχών είχαν στα δικαιώματα τους και το ανατύπωναν για να είναι μες τη μόδα. Κάπως έτσι εμφανίστηκε από το πουθενά και ο δίσκος των Hearts and Flowers που βλέπεται στην φωτογραφία. Βέβαια επειδή ήξεραν ότι απευθύνονται σε άρρωστους δεν έδιναν καμία απολύτως σημασία σε διάφορα πράγματα. Όποιος για παράδειγμα έχει το δίσκο ας δει με προσοχή το οπισθόφυλλο και ας μου πει τι παρατηρεί.

Εδώ λοιπόν έχουμε ένα κράμα Αμερικάνικης folk και country διανθισμένο με αρκετές μελωδικές στιγμές, που συνθέτουν ένα πολύ ευχάριστο δίσκο. Ομολογώ πως τον άκουγα για χρόνια κυρίως όταν ήθελα ηρεμία. Θα ξεχωρίσω το πανέμορφο Road To Nowhere αλλά θα ακούσουμε και μία πραγματικά όμορφη εκτέλεση του Please, των αξεπέραστων και αγαπημένων μου Kaleidoscope (USA) που θα πρέπει σύντομα να βρω χρόνο να ανεβάσω.

Personnel:
RICK CUNHA vcls A
DAVE DAWSON gtr, vcls A B C
LARRY MURRAY gtr, vcls A B C
TERRY PAUL B
DAN WOODY B
BERNIE LEADON gtr C

ALBUMS:
1(A) NOW IS THE TIME FOR HEARTS AND FLOWERS (Capitol ST-2762) 1967
2(C) OF HORSES, KIDS AND FORGOTTEN WOMEN (Capitol ST-2868) 1968
NB: (1) and (2) reissued by Bam Caruso in 1986.

45s:
1 Please/The View From Ward 3 (Capitol P-5897) 1967
2 She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune/Tin Angel (Capitol P-2167) 1968
3 Road To Nowhere/Rock And Roll Gypsies (Capitol P-5829) 19??

An excellent and still underrated group from Los Angeles, Hearts and Flowers produced two albums mixing folk rock with Californian harmonies and country folk.
Born in Weycross, Georgia, Larry Murray moved to Los Angeles in the late fifties and joined the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers, one of the several Bluegrass groups playing the Southern California circuit. The personnel of the Barkers fluctuated and included future Byrd Chris Hillman, Kenny Wertz and Bernie Leadon. The group disbanded in 1962 after releasing an album for the Crown label, Bluegrass Favorites, which is now extremely rare.

Murray temporarily retired from the music scene, became a TV actor and worked at the Troubadour Club in L.A.. In 1965 he met a folk/rock duo formed of David Dawson and Rick Cunha and they started working together and playing live without a drummer. They secured a deal with Capitol and their first album was released in June 1967. Masterfully produced by Nick Venet (Fred Neil, Stone Poneys, Euphoria, Mad River), Now Is The Time For Hearts And Flowers is a real gem. The choice of material is outstanding, with excellent covers of Tim Hardin's Reason To Believe, Hoyt Axton's 10,000 Sunsets, Carole King's Road To Nowhere and Donovan's Try For The Sun, plus two songs of contemporary groups: Please, the Kaleidoscope song and Rock And Roll Gypsies by Gypsy Trips. Their original songs were penned by Murray, Cunha and Marty Cooper. The vocals are brilliant and Venet added some good production tricks, with some effects, violin and electric bass.
The sales were unfortunately extremely poor and Capitol decided to give them a push: two new members, Terry Paul and Dan Woody, were drafted to reinforce their live impact and a promotion campaign began at the end of 1967; with limited results.

Murray and Dawson started working on their second album. Cunha, Paul and Woody left and Bernie Leadon arrived. Of Horses, Kids and Forgotten Woman was released in July 1968 and got the same results as the first album: critical acclaim but low sales. It notably contains She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune, a song originally recorded (but not released) by Jesse Lee Kincaid with the Rising Sons.
Due to their lack of success, the group disbanded and their records sank into obscurity before being rediscovered in the mid-eighties by Bam Caruso.
Larry Murray went on to record a good country folk/rock album, Sweet Country Suite (Verve Forecast FTS 3090) 1969, with backing by Swampwater, Paul Parrish, JD Souther and two Nitty Gritty members, Fadden and McEuen). He also worked with Kris Kristofferson and Jessi Colter in the early seventies. Rick Cunha would later work with Linda Ronstadt, have a career as a songwriter and sesion man and also released two decent country rock albums: Cunha Songs (GRC GA 5004) 1973, with Dave Dawson and Moving Pictures (CBS ) 1977.
Compilation appearances include: Rock 'N' Roll Gypsies on Nuggets, Vol. 10 (LP) and Rock A Delics (LP).
(Stephane Rebeschini/George Gimarc)

Tracks:
1. Now Is The Time
2. Save Some Time
3. Try For The Sun
4. Rain Rain
5. The View From Ward Three
6. Rock & Rock Gypsies
7. Reason To Believe
8. Please
9. 1-2-3 Rhyme In Carnivore Thyme
10. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive
11. Road To Nowhere
12. 10000 Sunsets

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat (1968)


Εδώ έχουμε το δεύτερο δημιούργημα των Velvet Underground και τελευταίο όμως όσον αφορά την συμμετοχή του John Cale. O Lou Reed εκφράζει απόλυτα την μουσική διαφορετικότητα του με ότι άλλο υπήρχε το 60. Πρωτοπόρος σε διάφορα πράγματα μάλλον θα πρέπει από αυτό τον δίσκο να του αποδοθεί ο όρος περί sex, drugs and rock’n roll αρκεί βέβαια να προσέξει κανείς τις αναφορές στους στίχους του. Μέσα στις πειραματικές αναζητήσεις του σε διάφορα κομμάτια στο δίσκο, θα σταθώ στο "Here She Comes Now" που μου αρέσει ιδιαίτερα. Στους αγαπημένους Velvet Underground θα επανέλθω.

After the disappointing sales of The Velvet Underground's first album, The Velvet Underground and Nico, the band's relationship with Andy Warhol weakened. The Velvets toured most of late 1967. Many of their live performances featured noisy improvisations that would become key elements in White Light/White Heat. The band eventually fired Andy Warhol and Nico, and went on to record their second album with a new producer. The album was recorded in just two days, and with a noticeably different style than The Velvet Underground and Nico. It briefly appeared on the Billboard Top 200, only managing to reach the 199th position. Despite its poor sales, the distorted, feedback-driven, and roughly recorded sound on White Light/White Heat has since become a large influence on punk and experimental rock. It ranks at #159 at Rate Your Music's Top Albums of All Time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 292 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It has also gained a cult following among many fans of the album.

Nearly every song on the album contains some sort of experimental or avant-garde quality. "The Gift", for example, contains a recital of a short story and a loud instrumental rock song playing simultaneously in two separate stereo channels. "I Heard Her Call My Name" is notable for its distorted guitar solos and prominent use of feedback. The album is also memorable for Lou Reed's lyrics, which often focus on themes of drug use and sexual absurdity, including the song "Lady Godiva's Operation", about a drag queen's botched lobotomy, and the title track "White Light/White Heat", which glorifies the use of amphetamine.

The albums' last track is "Sister Ray" on which Reed tells a tale of absolute debauchery, while the band plays an improvised 17 minute jam around 3 chords verging between glam/punk and pure minimalist drone rock. The album cover to White Light/White Heat is a faint image of a tattoo of a skull. The subtle picture of the tattooed arm was photographed, enlarged and distorted by Billy Name, one of Andy Warhol's "Factory" members. It is difficult to distinguish the tattoo, as the image is black, printed on a slightly lighter black background. There also exists a unique MGM UK cover made from the late 70's to the early 80's featuring a white background and abstract toy soldiers.
(Wikipedia)

Personnel
Lou Reed - vocals, guitar, piano
John Cale - vocals, electric viola, organ, bass guitar
Sterling Morrison - vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Maureen Tucker - percussion

Tracks:
1. "White Light/White Heat" (Reed) – 2:47
2. "The Gift" (Reed, Morrison, Cale, Tucker) – 8:18
3. "Lady Godiva's Operation" (Reed) – 4:56
4. "Here She Comes Now" (Reed, Morrison, Cale) – 2:04
5. "I Heard Her Call My Name" (Reed) – 4:38
6. "Sister Ray" (Reed, Morrison, Cale, Tucker) – 17:27

http://www.shareonall.com/The_Velvet_Underground_-_White_LightWhite_Heat_vhum_rar.htm

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Children – Rebirth (1968)


Και για να μην ξεχνιόμαστε βέβαια ας ανεβάσω και ένα «πειρατή» made 7+7 με τιμή που βλέπω στο αυτοκόλλητο 3370 δρχ. Θα θυμίσω οτι οι κούτες στο 7+7 άνοιγαν βασικά την Κυριακή γύρω στις 10. Οι άρρωστοι σαν εμένα είχαν βέβαια κατέβει με την τσίμπλα στο ματι Μοναστηράκι από νωρίς για καφέ στην πλατεία Αββυσινίας αλλά και για περατζάδα στα κάθε λογής περίεργα αντικείμενα που ήταν προς πώληση.

Όσον αφορά το γκρουπ, όπως θα διαβάσετε παρακάτω ήταν η ένωση δύο άλλων γκρουπ. Ομολογώ ότι δεν περίμενα τόση ηρεμία για γκρουπ από το Τέξας. Το ότι ήταν βέβαια από το Τέξας το έμαθα αργότερα. Ελάχιστες έως ανύπαρκτες οι πληροφορίες στο οπισθόφυλλο περιείχαν εικόνες με τα μέλη του γκρουπ αλλά και φωτό με ορχήστρα από βιολιά. Θα ξεχωρίσω το κομμάτι Beautiful που είναι όνομα και πράμα (μακράν για την αισθητική μου το καλύτερο κομμάτι) αλλά και το I'll Be Your Sunshine που δικαιολογεί απόλυτα την φωτό με τα βιολιά.

Personnel:
LOUIS CABAZA keyb'ds, bs, vibes A B C
CHRIS HOLZHAUS gtr A B C
STEPHEN PERRON vcls A B C
ANDREW SZUCH Jnr drms A
BENNY TRIEBER A
MIKE MARECHAL B
CASSELL WEBB bs, vcls C
KENNY CORDAY

ALBUM:
1(C) REBIRTH (Cinema 0001) 1968
NB: Also released by Atco (SD-33-271) 1968 in a regular cover. The Cinema issue had a fold-out sleeve.

45s:
1 Picture Me/Enough Of What I Need (Laramie 666) 1967
2 Maypole/I'll Be Your Sunshine (Atco 6633) 1968
3 Pills/Once More (Cinema 025) 1970
4 From The Very Start/Such A Fine Night (Ode 66005) 1970 105
5 Hand Of A Lady/Fire Ring (Ode 66013) 1971

One of the more commercial acts to come from San Antonio, Texas in the 1960s, Perron, Cabaza, Szuch, Trieber and Holzhaus had all previously been with The Mind's Eye. It had been speculated that Bill Ash (ex-The Stoics) had been in The Children as a version of The Stoics Enough Of What I Need appeared on the flip of The Children's first single. Chris Holzhaus has, however, told us that he played on all The Children's recordings, and that Bill Ash had only been an early member of The Mind's Eye.
Mike Marechal replaced Trieber after Trieber was killed in a drag boat accident at McQueeney Lake outside San Antonio Texas in '68.

Their second 45 was taken from their album - a collection of pleasant pop and psychedelia produced by Lelan Rodgers. There may also have been a test pressing for an LP on Ode. Cassell Webb was later in Saddlesore and went on to production work and a solo career. She is now based in the UK. Perron also enjoyed a brief solo career but sadly committed suicide, whilst Holzhaus went on to Eastwood Review.
There's also a CD with Thursdays Children entitled Stoned Sixties. It was released on Collectables (COL-CD-0600).

Compilation appearances include: Francene on '69 Love-In (CD); and Enough Of What I Need on Highs In The Mid Sixties, Vol. 23 (LP) and Acid Visions - The Complete Collection Vol. 1 (3-CD).
The Children's cover of Ian Whitcomb's This Sporting Life on Boulders, Vol. 5 and Ya Gotta Have Moxie, Vol. 1 (Dble CD) is by a different L.A. band.
Chris Holzhaus has a website at: http://www.chrisholzhaus.com/
(Max Waller)

Tracks:
1. Daybreak
2. Maypole
3. Don't Ever Lose It
4. Beautiful
5. Sitting On A Flower
6. I'll Be Your Sunshine
7. Military School
8. I Got Involved
9. Pictorial
10. Dreaming Slave

Tales of Justine - Petals From A Sunflower (1997, recorded 1967-68)


Τμήμα της Βρετανικής ψυχεδέλιας αποτελούν οι Tales of Justine οι οποίοι κατάφεραν εκείνα τα χρόνια να βγάλουν μόνο ένα σινγκλάκι. Η Tenth Planet (TP 034) αποφάσισε και καλά έκανε, να εκδώσει τις ανέκδοτες δουλειές του γκρουπ σε ένα Lp που βγήκε το 1997. Στο Αγγλικό κείμενο υπάρχου αρκετές πληροφορίες που δικαιολογούν το ύφος των κομματιών τους. Ο δίσκος έχει διπλό εξώφυλλο και περιέχει αναρίθμητες πληροφορίες για την μπάντα που προέρχονται από τον David Daltrey. Το να κυκλοφορείς και να ηχογραφείς στους χώρους όπου υπήρχαν τα μεγαθήρια που αναφέρονται παρακάτω κάτι σημαίνει.

Personnel:
DAVID DALTREY vcls, gtrs, bs, piano, mellotron, sitar, celeste A B
BRUCE HURFORD drms A
PAUL MYERSON organs, bs, celeste A B
PAUL LOCKE drms B

ALBUM:
1(A) PETALS FROM A SUNFLOWER (Tenth Planet TP 034) 1997
NB: (1) documents the band's story and comes with label owner David Wells' usual extensive liner notes.

45:
1 Albert/Monday Morning (some PS) (HMV POP 1614) 1967

The roots of this band lay in an outfit called The Court Jesters, who were formed in the wake of the British beat boom by a group of friends at Mount Grace School in Potter's Bar, Hertfordshire. By the end of 1966, they were galvanised by the new drug inspired sounds from the States and, after various personnel changes, changed their name to Tales Of Justine. Now one of the first wave of authentic English psychedelic groups they became a regular attraction at Happening 44 and The Electric Garden, which later became The Middle Earth Club. One of their managers, Martin Wilcox drew them to EMI employee Tim Rice's attention (at that point he was an A&R man, trainee record producer and Norrie Paramor's assistant) and he arranged for them to record at EMI's Abbey Road studios. Prior to this, they made an impromptu appearance on stage at the International Love-in at Alexandria Palace (which was pretty much a repeat of the Fourteen Hour Technicolour Dream, which had taken place at the same venue three months earlier), when Pink Floyd's set ended prematurely as Syd Barrett was barely functioning. Three days later they entered EMI's studios for a recording test. They put down five cuts: the inconsequential lightweight pop Albert (A Pet Sunflower), three more idiosyncratic numbers Sunday School, Music To Watch Us By and Obselete Incident with suitably surreal lyrical observations, but it's the organ-driven Evil Woman which really catches the ears. They returned again, about a fortnight after the original session to re-record a faster, slightly less languid version of Albert backed by the far superior Monday Morning, which came with a David Daltrey sitar solo and a superb arrangement. Bizarrely, it became the penultimate pop release on EMI's decidedly unhip HMV label.

In the weeks following the recording Bruce Hurford had to leave the band and was later tragically killed in a road accident. He was replaced by Paul Locke. They recorded an acetate of Sitting On A Blunstone, a delightful slice of psychedelic pop with a guitar solo from David Daltrey as a publishing demo at the offices of Southern Music. John Peel played it on his Top Gear show but incredibly EMI refused to give what was the band's magnum opus an official release. By now, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber were hard at work on "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" and persuaded David Daltrey to take lead part on the disc and show. This increasing attention on Daltrey distanced him from the rest of the group, although they returned to Abbey Road on 12th December 1968 to record four more appealing flower-pop songs - Aurora, Morpheus, Pathway and Something Special - which EMI unfortunately decided were too idiosyncratic for mass public consumption, the omens were not good. Further sessions were held, but EMI's unwillingness to release any further material eventually led to the group's demise.
Daltrey went on to record some singer-songwriter demos and later formed a band called Carillion, who played a Byrds-influenced brand of rock and supported David Bowie on his Ziggy Stardust tour. Daltrey departed when no record contract was forthcoming and Carillion later evolved into Starry Eyed and Laughing.
All of Tales Of Justine's studio recordings can now be heard on Petals From A Sunflower which is recommended listening if you like flower-pop.
Compilation appearances have included: Sitting On A Bluestone on Psychedelia, Vol. 4 (LP) and Hen's Teeth, Vol. 3 (CD); Monday Morning on Psychedelia At Abbey Road (CD).
(Vernon Joynson/David Wells/Hazel Latif)


Tracks:
1. Albert (A pet sunflower) (1967)
2. Monday morning (1967)
3. Sunday school (1967)
4. Evil woman (1967)
5. Obsolete incident (1967)
6. Music to watch us by (1967)
7. Sitting on a blunestone (1968)
8. So happy (1968)
9. Morpheus (1968)
10. Aurora (1968)
11. Something special (1968)
12. Pathway (1968)
13. Saturn (1969)
14. Jupiter (1968)
15. So much love to give you (1968)

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Donovan - Mellow Yellow (1967)



Μετά από καιρό ακόμα μία δουλειά του Σκωτσέζου Donovan, η 4η που κυκλοφόρησε το 1967 στην Αμερική. Ως γνήσιος Σκωτσέζος προτιμούσε να κυκλοφορεί τους δίσκους του στην Αμερική προκειμένου να πληρώνει λιγότερους φόρους. Σε αυτό το Lp έχουμε ένα από τα λεγόμενα κλασικά κομμάτια του Donovan, το Mellow Yellow και γενικά ο δίσκος κινείται απόλυτα στο ακόμα γνωστό ύφος.

Δεν ξέρω αν έχετε πετύχει ποτέ 45αρι του Donovan αλλά όσο και αν ενδεχομένως φαίνεται παράξενο, είχε κυκλοφορήσει και στην πατρίδα μας. Το συγκεκριμένο περιέχει τις δύο μεγάλες επιτυχίες από το δίσκο. Το Mellow Yellow και το Sunny South Kensington. Το αγόρασα πριν πολλά χρόνια χωρίς να μπορώ να βρω πληροφορίες για το πότε τυπώθηκε. Εκτιμώ από κάποιες συγκρίσεις στο νούμερο (5-9909) με άλλα σινγκλάκια ότι είναι από τότε Να συμπληρώσω επίσης ότι το πολύ καλό Writer in the Sun το έγραψε στην πατρίδα μας όπου το 1966 είχε έρθει για διακοπές. Τι κάνει αυτός ο ήλιος.

Tracks:
"Mellow Yellow" – 3:47
"Writer in the Sun" – 4:33
"Sand and Foam" – 3:19
"The Observation" – 2:23
"Bleak City Woman" – 2:24
"House of Jansch" – 2:43
"Young Girl Blues" – 3:45
"Museum" – 2:54
"Hampstead Incident" – 4:41
"Sunny South Kensington" – 3:48

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Trashmen - Surfin Bird / King Of The Surf (1964)


Βρέθηκε λίγος χρόνος για να σκαλίσω μερικά 45αρια τα οποία ενίοτε βάζω και ακούω. Αυτό εδώ το «κληρονόμησα» από την μητέρα μου, η οποία όπως μου έλεγε τα χρόνια εκείνα της δεκαετίας του 60 ο κόσμος διασκέδαζε στα club, και με τέτοια τραγούδια. Υπήρχε χορός, κέφι και πολύ περισσότερη αθωότητα από ότι σήμερα. Τότε υπήρχε ο καβαλιέρος με την ντάμα του, που έκαναν ατέλειωτες ώρες πρόβα στο σπίτι ώστε στο club να κάνουν τις χορευτικές τους φιγούρες.

Όπως σήμερα δηλαδή που η μουσική σου τρυπά τα αυτιά, με συνέπεια να είναι αδύνατον να ακούσεις τον διπλανό σου, με τον οποίο είσαι στοιβαγμένος σα σαρδέλα, με ένα ποτήρι στο χέρι προσπαθώντας να μην στο χύσουνε.

Όσον αφορά το σιγκλάκι αυτό, στην πατρίδα μας κυκλοφόρησε το 1963 ή το 64. Τα κομμάτια που έκαναν πάταγο κυκλοφορούσαν σχεδόν αμέσως και εδώ. Πρόκειται για δύο πανέμορφα κομμάτια εκ των οποίων το Surfin Bird σας είναι μάλλον γνωστό. Εξίσου όμως πανέμορφο είναι και το King Of The Surf, που από τον τίτλο καταλαβαίνετε ότι παραπέμπει σε ύφος, μουσική και στίχους στα καλοκαιράκια με τα surf.

Personnel:
TONY ANDREASON
BOB REED
STEVE WAHRER
DAL WINSLOW

Tracks:
1. Surfin Bird
2. King Of The Surf

Art of Lovin - Art of Lovin (1968)


Ευχάριστο σε γενικές γραμμές το μοναδικό άλμπουμ των Art of Lovin χωρίς όμως να είναι και κάτι το εξαιρετικό. Υπάρχουν όμορφα γυναικεία φωνητικά σε ανάλαφρα pop και sunshine κομμάτια, το άκουσμα των οποίων μας είναι γενικά σύνηθες από πολλά άλλα γκρουπ. Θα ξεχωρίσω το Take a ride, το Paul’s circus, το First time και το Daily prayer.

Personnel:
PAUL APPLEBAUM ld gtr A
JOHNNY LANK bs A
BARRY TATELMAN sax A
GAIL WINNICK vcls A
SANDY WINSLOW perc A

ALBUM:
1(A) ART OF LOVIN' (Mainstream S/6113) 1968 R1
NB: (1) counterfeited on CD 1997. Also counterfeited as a 2-on-1 CD with the Velvet Night album.

45:
1 You've Got The Power/Good Times (Mainstream 687) 1968

A Massachussefts outfit whose album is full of interesting and quite imaginative pop/folk-rock, obscure enough to have been reissued. Apart from a cover of Tim Hardin's Hang On To A Dream, all the songs were penned by Paul Applebaum. It's certainly worth hearing.

Tracks:
01.Paul’s circus
02.What the young mind say
03.You’ve got the power
04.Take a ride
05.Good time
06.Daily prayer
07.First time
08.And I have seen them all
09.You’ll walk away
10.(How can we hang on to a dream)
11.State of mind

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Oxfords – Flying Up Through The Sky (1970)


Μία γενικά πιο ανάλαφρη κατάσταση για σήμερα με ένα γκρουπάκι που μουσικά κινήθηκε σε ήρεμες διαδρομές. Δηλαδή pop, sunshine, μία και μόνη garage απόχρωση αλλά και λίγο folk είναι το περιεχόμενο αυτής της ουσιαστικά συλλογής, η οποία μουσικά σοβαρεύει όσο πλησιάζουμε prow στο τέλος της, περιέχοντας ακούσματα που μπορούμε να πούμε πως φέρνουν κάτι από Blues και jazz. Ακούστε για παράδειγμα το πρώτο κομμάτι και μετά το τελευταίο για να νοιώσετε την διαφορά. Σύμφωνα με όσα βλέπετε αμέσως μετά, από το γκρουπ πέρασε κόσμος και κοσμάκης μέχρι να αποφασίσουν να μπουν σε στούντιο για να ηχογραφήσουν το Lp τους. Σε όσους αρέσει η sunshine pop θα βρουν ενδιαφέροντα κομμάτια (ιδίως τα δύο πρώτα).

Personnel:
JIM GUEST drms A B C D E
CHRIS HUBBS gtr A
JIM McNICOL bs A
STEVE McNICOL lead gtr A
DANNY MARSHALL gtr B
JAY PETACH keyb'ds, ld gtr B C D E F G H I
BILL TULLIS ld vcls, gtr B C D E
BILL TURNER bs B
RAY BARRICKMAN bs, vcls C
RONNIE BROOKS gtr, bs C D
GARY JOHNSON bs E
DILL ASHER bs F
JILL DEMARCO gtr, vcls F G H I
DONNIE HALE drms F
LARRY HOLT bs G H
PAUL HOERNI drms G H
JERRY CANTER gtr H
BOBBIE JONES drms I
QUENTIN SHARPENSTEIN bs I
TONY WILLIAMSON lead gtr I
(KEITH SPRING F)
NB: Line-ups:- 'A' - 1965, 'B' 1965-6, 'C' 1966, 'D' 1966-7, 'E' 1967-8, 'F' 1968-9, 'G' 1969-71, 'H' 1971-2, 'I' 1972.

ALBUM:
1(F/G) FLYING UP THROUGH THE SKY (Union Jac LH 6497) 1970
NB: (1) reissued on CD with additional tracks (Gear Fab GF-168) 2001.

45s:
1(C) Time And Place/Always Something There To Remind Me (Our Bag 103) Dec. 1966
2(C) Time And Place/Always Something There To Remind Me (Mala 550) Jan. 1967
3(D) Sunflower Sun/Chicago Woman (Mala 563) June 1967
4(F) My World/Sung At Harvest Time (Union Jac 5632/3) Feb. 1969
5(G) Come On Back To Beer / Your Own Way (Paula 331) June 1970

This Louisville, Kentucky band's album is now beginning to interest some collectors. Bright 'n' breezy pop very much in the same mould as Orange Coloured Sky is on the Side One menu. Side two isn't quite as good but is more experimental. Young Girl's Lament is the stand-out cut on this side with powerful female vocals and fuzz guitar; Come On 'Round is marred by a tedious drum solo and Good Night sounds gospel-influenced. Worth a spin if you come across a copy. Originally formed in 1964 by Jim Guest, the band became very popular and influential on the Louisville scene, where they were the first group to adopt the British sound and look. In 1965 a rift developed between Guest and the rest of the band. Being friends with another local band The Spectres (Jay Petach, Bill Tullis, Bill Turner, Danny Marshall and drummer Glenn Howerton) the problem was resolved by trading drummers. The Spectres joined Guest in The Oxfords whilst Howerton teamed up the ex-Oxfords to form The Rugbys (their preferred stage attire being rugby shirts). Over the next couple of years The Oxfords released a couple of 45s including the superb fuzz-punker Time And Place. In 1968 Guest left; Jay Petach took the reins and built a new group which included Jill DeMarco, lead singer from girl group The Hearby.

This line-up set about recording an LP though it wasn't released until 1970 when, despite label offers, the band chose to put it out with a showcase 45 on their own label. They also released a 45 on Paula featured the Zappa-inspired Come On Back To Beer which hit the No. 1 spot in Louisville. In 1971 Petach composed a musical called 'Grease' which was performed by The Oxfords in Louisville, Atlanta and Kansas. The following year he got involved in studio engineering. The Oxfords appeared to be going nowhere fast so they finally called it a day in the Summer of 1972. In 1997, The Oxfords had a "reunion" gig in Louisville for a charity function. Jill DeMarco:- "After 25 years of not playing together, we actually did pretty well! Everyone looked much the same as they did way back when, believe it or not - full sets of hair and no potbellies. Only the acne was gone!"

"Today, Jay Petach is still in the music business as a producer in a studio in Cincinnatti, Ohio. He has made numerous commercials over the years and has even released an all-instrumental CD of songs played on the ocarina! (He was the multi-talented member of the group). Larry Holt sadly suffered a severe back injury and was out of commission for awhile, but he is back to playing bass around Louisville, Paul Hoerni continues to play drums around Louisville and works for UPS, whilst I'm the only one who hasn't stayed in music to any great degree. I moved to Chicago in 1973 and did some recording, music copyrighting, and jazz studies for six years.

Then moved to Seattle in 1979 and played solo gigs up through the mid-eighties, but it was not lucrative enough to survive. So, I found full-time work as a Technical Writer for the U.S. government (Federal Aviation Administration), and have been working at it ever since. I'm still in Seattle and do sing in the shower!"
The Gear Fab retrospective CD gathers together the complete album and all 45 tracks with several unreleased cuts from 1969 to 1972.
Compilation appearances have included: Time And Place on Sixties Rebellion Vol. 16 (LP & CD), Victims Of Circumstance, Vol. 2 (LP) and Victims Of Circumstance, Vol. 2 (CD).

(Max Waller / Lary Dowell with thanks to Jill DeMarco)

Tracks:

My World (3:18)
Lighter Than Air (2:50)
Sung at Harvest Time (3:47)
Two Poems by E.E. Cummings (4:37)
Flying Up Through the Sky (3:00)
Come on 'Round (5:00)
Young Girl's Lament (2:38)
Trix Rabbit (3:10)
(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me (2:58)
Time and Place (2:20)
Sun Flower Sun (2:08)
Chicago Woman (2:48)
Come on Back to Beer (2:37)
Your Own Way (2:43)
The City (2:45)
Flute Thing (2:08)
Cuttin' You Loose (3:12)
Sweet Lover Man (2:38)
Those Winds (3:09)
Tornado Baby (5:59)

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