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August 2006 pt.1

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Mr. Flood's Party - 1969 - Mr. Flood's Party

Mr. Flood's Party

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Mr. Flood's Party
s/t (Cotillions)
[1969] Northern Travel/Déjà Vu/Advice/The Prince Of Darkness/Simon J. Stone//Stanley's Tea/The Liquid Invasion/Garden Of The Queen/The Mind Circus

Jay Hirsh
Michael Corbett
Freddy Toscano
Rick Mirage
Tom Castagnaro
Marcel Thompsen

I was surprised to find myself liking this album as much as I did. It's a great psych album from 1969 that is fairly difficult to find. It's found some following among psych collectors, but never really took off, perhaps because of the creepy old man on the cover and the questionable choice of the groups name "Mr. Flood's Party." It certainly doesn't scream excitement. Very heavily influenced by British bands like the Beatles, it's a great listen all the way through and well worth checking out.

Mr. Flood's Party

Our detectives suspect this is a Long Island band because of exhibit A, which we'll get to in a second. Mr. Flood's Party was on the Cotillion label. Members included Jay Hirsh, Michael Corbett, Rick Mirage, Tom Castagnora, Marcel Thompsen, and Freddy Toscano. This last name brings us to exhibit A, the back of an album by a band called Frogs For Everybody. Freddy Toscano's name and picture are clearly seen on this on this Long Island band's jacket leading us to believe that Mr. Flood's was also a bunch of Islanders. Both albums are on the country side; Frogs For Everybody more so.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

V.A. - The Thingies Have Arrived !!

V.A. - The Thingies Have Arrived !!

Tracks :
1. I'm Going Ahead - The Thingies
2. Mass Confusion - The Thingies
3. Rainy Sunday Moring - The Thingies
4. Merry-Go-Round of Life - The Thingies
5. It's a Long Way Down - The Thingies
6. English Eyes - The Thingies
7. Surfin T.R. - TR4
8. Peter Rabbit - TR4 Listen Listen
9. I'm Going Ahead [Early Take] - The Thingies
10. I Was Alone - Exotics
11. Hymn to Her - Exotics
12. Queen of Shadows - Exotics
13. Come With Me - Exotics
14. Fire Engine Red - Exotics
15. Morning Sun - Exotics
16. I Was Alone [Single] - Exotics
17. No More - The Morning Dew
18. Look at Me Now - The Morning Dew
19. Be a Friend - The Morning Dew
20. Go Away - The Morning Dew
21. Sycamore Dreamer [#] - The Morning Dew
22. Then Came the Light - The Morning Dew
23. Sing Out - The Morning Dew
24. This Sportin' Life - The Morning Dew
25. I Was Alone - Exotics Listen Listen
26. Morning Sun [Demo Version] - Exotics
27. Exotics Radio Ad for "Mitchell's Department Store" - Exotics
28. Exotic's Radio Ad for "Bill McKay Chevrolet" - Exotics
29. I'm Going Ahead [Early Take] - The Thingies


Thomas & Richard Frost - 1969 - Visualize

Thomas & Richard Frost - 1969 - Visualize

Thomas & Richard Frost were a talented duo who were involved in some of the most intriguing late 1960s rock groups coming out of California. I first heard them play in one of the best American mod-influenced groups called Powder in the mid-60s. They found little success, even after recording a handful of tracks at Gold Star studios, none of which actually came out at the time. Powder's music was finally unearthed and released on cd/vinyl in 1996 on Biff! Bang! Powder put out by Distortion Records.

After Powder fizzled and a short stint in Sonny & Cher's touring band, Thomas & Richard Frost tried their hand at the soft rock sound, inspired by how folk rock heroes like Donovan had gone twee pop. Between 1968 and 1970, they recorded a handful of singles for Imperial Records, and finally recording an album in 1969. Sadly, this album was also shelved. It wasn't until Joe Foster at Rev-Ola did some footwork in 2002, that the entire album Visualize was finally released for the very first time, as Thomas & Richard Frost would have released it.

Visualize is that amazing lost classic we always dream of finding. It combines the remnants of a dreamy folk rock sound, couple it with loungey horns and soft pop harmonies, and combine it all in a mesmerizing blend. Think Kim Fowley or Michael Lloyd, if they worked with Salt Water Taffy or Jan and Dean, and you get an idea of how Visualize sounds.

The exquisite psych pop opener of She's Got Love (once you get past the 30 second album introduction, Prelude), which was one of the singles released in 1969, is by far the best track here. Where Did Yesterday Go? is the kind of song I dream of finding, an early morning soft pop gem lost in a hazy shuffle. Both December Rain, April Laughter and The Word Is Love have shades of Donovan hovering over them. With Me My Love reminds of the pleasures of the Twinn Connexion's Turn Down Day. Where Are We? is a twee ballad that could be right off of the latest Belle and Sebastian album. If I Can't Be Your Lover is a bouncy sing-along Beatles-esque album closer (just watch for that outro!).

All of the bonus tracks (13-16) are superb additions, and all except Everyday Judy were released as singles. They all have a similar vibe to She's Got Love (the album's starting track, which was also released as a single) and rate amongst my favorite tracks on the disc. Hello Stranger is a super charged LA pop tune with great horns to emphasize the quirky rhythms. Fairy Tale Affair is an adrenalin inducing pop song, thanks to those harmonies. I love gummy tunes like Open Up Your Heart, this song reminds me of the Rock Flowers, because of the soaring strings and melody. Everyday Judy is a nice slow, soulful number and a great way to end the cd.

I don't know what we would do without people like Rev-Ola or Sundazed. People who keep unearthing these wonderful, lost pop gems. It's great to know that not only are there still lost pop gems not yet heard or re-discovered yet, but also that there are still people who appreciate great pop music.


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

V.A. - Highs in the Mid-Sixties vols 01-23

V.A. - Highs in the Mid-Sixties vols 01-23
(Archive International Productions, 1983-1986)

Highs In The Mid Sixties #1 [L.A. '65 - Teenage Rebellion] - LP

Side 1
1 The Avengers - Be A Cave Man (San Bernardino, CA, U.S.A.)
2 The Colony - All I Want (Ventura, CA, U.S.A.)
3 Sean & The Brandywines - She Ain't No Good (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
4 The Epics - Louie Come Home (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) *
5 Limey & The Yanks - Guaranteed Love (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
6 The Standells - Someday You'll Cry (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
7 The Spats - Tell Ya All About It, Baby (Garden Grove, CA, U.S.A.) *
8 The Grains Of Sand - That's When Happiness Began (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 Gypsy Trips - Ain't It Hard (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
2 The Rumors - Hold Me Now (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
3 Warden & His Fugitives - The World Ain't Changed (San Bernardino, CA, U.S.A.)
4 The Road Runners - Goodbye (Fresno, CA, U.S.A.)
5 The 4 Making Do - The Simple Life (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) **
(** indicates that the track only missing from this compilation)
6 The Answer - I'll Be In (Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.)
7 The Starfires - Linda (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
8 The Lyrics - They Can't Hurt Me (San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #2 [L.A. '66 - Riot On Sunset Strip] - LP

Side 1
1 Terry Randall - S.O.S. (U.S.A.)
2 People Of Sunset Strip - Sunset Symphony (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) *
3 The Sandals - Tell Us Dylan (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) *
4 The Chymes - He's Not There Anymore (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
5 The Bees - Trip To New Orleans (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
6 The Roosters - One Of These Days (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
7 Tangents - Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go? (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
8 Ken & The Fourth Dimension - Rovin' Heart (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) *

Side 2
1 W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band - I'm Not Your Stepping Stone (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
2 The Satans - Lines And Squares (Fullerton, CA, U.S.A.)
3 The Dirty Shames - I Don't Care (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
4 The No-Na-Mee's - Gotta Hold On (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
5 Opus 1 - Back Seat '38 Dodge (Long Beach, CA, U.S.A.) *
6 The Second Helping - Let Me In (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
7 The Grim Reepers - Two Souls (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
8 The Nite Walkers - High Class (Downey, CA, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #3 [L.A. '67 - Mondo Hollywood A Go-Go] - LP

Side 1
1 The Giant Sunflower - February Sunshine (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) *
2 Limey & The Yanks - Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
3 The Search - Climate (San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
4 Research 1-6-12 - I Don't Walk There No More (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
5 The Lyrics - Wake Up To My Voice (San Diego, CA, U.S.A.) *
6 Kim Fowley - The Canyon People (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) *
7 The Flower Children - Mini-Skirt Blues (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) *
8 Somebody's Children - I'm Going Back To New York City (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) *

Side 2
1 Hunger - Colors (Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
2 The Fantastic Zoo - Light Show (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
3 Time Of Your Life - Ode To A Bad Dream (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
4 The Human Expression - Everynight (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
5 Hamilton Streetcar - Invisible People (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) *
6 The Grains Of Sand - Golden Apples Of The Sun (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
7 The Painted Faces - I Think I'm Going Mad (Fort Myers, FL, U.S.A.) *
8 The Love Exchange - Swallow The Sun (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #4 [Chicago] - LP

Side 1
1 The Little Boy Blues - The Great Train Robbery (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)
2 The Omens - Searching (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)
3 The Shaprels - Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.) *
4 The Boyz - Come With Me (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)
5 The Misty Blues - I Feel No Pain (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)
6 Reasons Why - All I Really Need Is Love (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)
7 Buzzsaw - I Live In The Springtime (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)
8 The Todds - I Want Her Back (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 The Group, Inc. - Like A Woman (IN, U.S.A.)
2 The Foggy Notions - Take Me Back And Hold Me (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)
3 The Pattens - Say Ma, Ma (Wheaten, IL, U.S.A.)
4 The Malibus - La Da Da (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.) *
5 The Delights - Long Green (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)
6 The Untamed - Someday Baby (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)
7 Dalek/Engam: The Blackstones - Never Feel The Pain (Hammond, IN, U.S.A.)
8 The Warner Brothers - Please Mr. Sullivan (Peoria, IL, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #5 [Michigan] - LP

Side 1
1 The Mussies - 12 O'Clock, July (South Haven, MI, U.S.A.)
2 The Roadrunners - Roadrunner Baby (Jackson, MI, U.S.A.) *
3 The Unknown - Shake A Tail Feather (Detroit, MI, U.S.A.)
4 The Bossmen - I'm Ready (Flint, MI, U.S.A.) *
5 Underdogs - Surprise, Surprise (Detroit, MI, U.S.A.)
6 The Run-A-Rounds - I Couldn't Care Less (Owosso, MI, U.S.A.)
7 The Boss Five - You Cheat Too Much (Detroit, MI, U.S.A.)
8 The Rationals - Turn On (Detroit, MI, U.S.A.) *

Side 2
1 The Quest's - Shadows In The Night (Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
2 Peter & The Prophets - Don't Need Your Lovin' (Detroit, MI, U.S.A.)
3 The Jammers - You're Gonna Love Me Too (Dearborn, MI, U.S.A.)
4 Undecided? - I Never Forgot Her (Dearborn, MI, U.S.A.) *
5 The Rationals - Little Girls Cry (Detroit, MI, U.S.A.)
6 Legends - I'll Come Again (Holland, MI, U.S.A.)
7 The 4 Of Us - Baby Blue (Grosse Pointe, MI, U.S.A.)
8 The Blues Company - Experiment In Color (Bay City, MI, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #6 [Michigan Part Two] - LP

Side 1
1 The Yorkshires - And You're Mine (Detroit, MI, U.S.A.)
2 Underdogs - Friday At The Hideout (Detroit, MI, U.S.A.)
3 Jimmy Gilbert - Believe What I Say (MI, U.S.A.)
4 Jimmy Gilbert - So Together We'll Live (MI, U.S.A.) *
5 The 4 Of Us - I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better (Grosse Pointe, MI, U.S.A.)
6 The Masters Of Stonehouse - If You Treat Me Bad Again (MI, U.S.A.) *
7 Renegades V - Wine Wine Wine (Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
8 The Bossmen - Fever Of Love (Flint, MI, U.S.A.) *

Side 2
1 The Blues Company - Love Machine (Bay City, MI, U.S.A.)
2 The Blokes - All American Girl (MI, U.S.A.)
3 Underdogs - Don't Pretend (Detroit, MI, U.S.A.)
4 The Chosen Few - It Just Don't Rhyme (Muncie, IN, U.S.A.)
5 The Bed Of Roses - Hate (Bay City, MI, U.S.A.) *
6 The Chocolate Pickles - Hey You (MI, U.S.A.) *
7 The Pleasure Seekers - Never Thought You'd Leave Me (Detroit, MI, U.S.A.)
8 The Blues Company - She's Gone (Bay City, MI, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #7 [The Northwest] - LP

Side 1
1 Jack Bedient & The Chessmen - Double Whammy (Wenatchee, WA, U.S.A.)
2 The Jolly Green Giants - Busy Body (OR, U.S.A.)
3 H.B. & The Checkmates - Louise, Louise (Springfield, OR, U.S.A.)
4 The Wilde Knights - Just Like Me (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
5 The Chambermen - Louie Go Home (Spokane, WA, U.S.A.) *
6 Jack Eely & The Courtmen - Louie, Louie '66 (Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
7 The Squires - Don't You Just Know It (U.S.A.) *
8 Jack Bedient & The Chessmen - I Want You To Know (Wenatchee, WA, U.S.A.) *

Side 2
1 The Sires - Come To Me Baby (Eugene, OR, U.S.A.) *
2 The Lincolns - Come Along And Dream (Bonniville, Canada) *
3 The Express - Long Green (Oklahoma City, OK, U.S.A.)
4 The Pastels - Why Don't You Love Me (Pasco, WA, U.S.A.) *
5 The Night Walkers - Sticks & Stones (Longview, WA, U.S.A.)
6 Mr. Lucky & The Gamblers - Take A Look At Me (Newport, OR, U.S.A.)
7 The Bootmen - Ain't It The Truth Babe (Tacoma, WA, U.S.A.)
8 The Rock-N-Souls - Not Like You (Pasco, WA, U.S.A.) *


Highs In The Mid Sixties #8 [The South] - LP

Side 1
1 Ravin' Blue - Love (Nashville, TN, U.S.A.)
2 The Gaunga Dyns - Rebecca Rodifer (New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.)
3 The Midknights - Pain (Chattanooga, TN, U.S.A.)
4 The Fly-Bi-Nites - Found Love (Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.)
5 The Original Dukes - Ain't About To Lose My Cool (U.S.A.)
6 Skeptics - Turn It On (Bartlesville, OK, U.S.A.)
7 The Moxies - I'm Gonna Stay (Paducah, KY, U.S.A.)
8 The Rogues - I Don't Need You (Lafayette, LA, U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 The Hazzards - Hey Joe (Richmond, VA, U.S.A.)
2 The Vikings - Come On And Love Me (Birmingham, AL, U.S.A.)
3 The Surrealistic Pillar - I Like Girls (Lafayette, LA, U.S.A.)
4 The Rugbys - Walking The Streets Tonight (Louisville, KY, U.S.A.) *
5 The Sants - Leaving You, Baby (On The Midnight Train) (Paris, TN, U.S.A.)
6 Ravin' Blue - It's Not Real (Nashville, TN, U.S.A.)
7 The Guilloteens - Crying All Over My Time (Memphis, TN, U.S.A.) *
8 The Gaunga Dyns - No Ones Cares (New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #9 [Ohio] - LP

Side 1
1 The Deadlys - On The Road Again (Columbus, OH, U.S.A.)
2 The Gillian Row - Gloria (Dayton, OH, U.S.A.)
3 The Squires - Batmobile (Youngstown, OH, U.S.A.) *
4 The Denims - The Adler Sock (Queens, NY, U.S.A.)
5 Bocky & The Visions - The Spirit Of '64 (Cleveland, OH, U.S.A.)
6 The Statesmen - Stop And Get A Ticket (OH, U.S.A.) *
7 The Pied Pipers - Hey Joe (Youngstown, OH, U.S.A.) *
8 The Tree Stumps - Jennie Lee (Cleveland, OH, U.S.A.) *

Side 2
1 The Dagenites - I Don't Want To Try It Again (Oxon Hill, MD, U.S.A.)
2 The Chylds - Hay Girl (Canton, OH, U.S.A.)
3 The Choir - I'm Going Home (Cleveland, OH, U.S.A.)
4 The Outcasts - Loving You Sometimes (Ashland, KY, U.S.A.)
5 The Sound Barrier - Hey Hey (Salem, OH, U.S.A.)
6 The Dantes - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love (Columbus, OH, U.S.A.)
7 The Human Beinz - Evil Hearted You (Youngstown, OH, U.S.A.)
8 The Possums - Stepping Stone (Columbus, OH, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #10 [Wisconsin] - LP

Side 1
1 The Shag - Stop & Listen (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.)
2 The Wanderer's Rest - Anytime Anywhere (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.)
3 The Young Savages - The Invaders Are Coming (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)
4 The Faros - I'm Cryin' (Neenah, WI, U.S.A.) *
5 Lord Beverley Moss & The Mossmen - Please Please What's The Matter (Appleton, WI, U.S.A.) *
6 The Noblemen - Dirty Robber (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.) *
7 The Hinge - Come On Up (Appleton, WI, U.S.A.) *

Side 2
1 Jack & The Beanstalks - Don't Bug Me (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.)
2 Jack & The Beanstalks - So Many Times (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.)
3 The Trodden Path - Don't Follow Me (Mequon, WI, U.S.A.)
4 Joey Gee & The Come-Ons - She's Mean (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.)
5 The Deverons - On The Road Again (WI, U.S.A.)
6 The Love Society - You Know How I Feel (And Why) (Plymouth, WI, U.S.A.) *
7 The Rehabilitation Cruise - I Don't Care What They Say (WI, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #11 [Texas Part One] - LP

Side 1
1 Larry & The Blue Notes - In And Out (Fort Worth, TX, U.S.A.)
2 The Buccaneers - You Got What I Want (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.)
3 Kit & The Outlaws - Don't Tread On Me (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.)
4 The Chants - Hypnotized (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.)
5 The Visions - Route 66 (Mineral Wells, TX, U.S.A.)
6 The Esquires - Judgement Day (Irving, TX, U.S.A.)
7 The Four More - Problem Child (Kingsville, TX, U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 Terry & Tommy - It Ain't No Good To Love Anybody (TX, U.S.A.)
2 The By Fives - I Saw You Walking (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.)
3 Chaz & The Classics - Girl Of The 13th Hour (TX, U.S.A.)
4 The Staffs - Another Love (San Antonio, TX, U.S.A.)
5 Five Of A Kind - Never Again (Fort Worth, TX, U.S.A.)
6 Nobody's Children - Good Times (Irving, TX, U.S.A.)
7 The Bourbons - Of Old Approximately (San Antonio, TX, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #12 [Texas Part Two] - LP

Side 1
1 Tommy Jett - Groovy Little Trip (San Antonio, TX, U.S.A.)
2 The Derby-Hatville - Turn Into Earth (Lubbock, TX, U.S.A.)
3 The Mind's Eye - Help, I'm Lost! (San Antonio, TX, U.S.A.)
4 The New Roadrunners - Tired Of Living (TX, U.S.A.)
5 The Remaining Few - Painted Air (San Angelo, TX, U.S.A.)
6 The Stereo Shoestring - On The Road South (Corpus Christi, TX, U.S.A.)
7 Thursday's Children - Air Conditioned Man (Houston, TX, U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 The Buckle - I've Got Something On My Mind (Corpus Christi, TX, U.S.A.) *
2 The Brentwoods - Babe You Know (TX, U.S.A.) *
3 The Crabs - Chase Yourself (Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
4 The Trackers - You Are My World (New Braunfels, TX, U.S.A.)
5 The Soul Seekers - Good Revelations (Corpus Christi, TX, U.S.A.) *
6 The Y'Alls - Run For Your Life (Amarillo, TX, U.S.A.) *
7 Leo & The Prophets - Parking Meter (Austin, TX, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #13 [Texas Part Three] - LP

Side 1
1 The Chessmen - No More (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.)
2 The Briks - Foolish Baby (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.)
3 Robb London & The Rogues - Gloria (San Antonio, TX, U.S.A.) *
4 The Fanatics - I Will Not Be Lonely (Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
5 Venturie '5' - Good 'N' Bad (TX, U.S.A.)
6 Mustache Wax - I'm Gonna Get You (Bronx, NY, U.S.A.) *
7 The Bards - Alibis (Fort Worth, TX, U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 The Barons - Don't Burn It (Fort Worth, TX, U.S.A.)
2 Theze Few - Dynamite (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.) *
3 The Madison Revue - Another Man (San Antonio, TX, U.S.A.)
4 The Roots - Lost One (Greenville, SC, U.S.A.)
5 The Night Crawlers - Let's Move (Lubbock, TX, U.S.A.)
6 The Zone V - I Cannot Lie (Shickshinny, PA, U.S.A.)
7 The Moon-Dawgs - Baby As Time Goes By (New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.) *


Highs In The Mid Sixties #14 [The Northwest, Part Two: Out Of The Slime] - LP

Side 1
1 Lord Dent & His Invaders - Wolf Call *
2 The Night People - Istanbul (Parma, OH, U.S.A.) *
3 The Volk Brothers - Wash Don't Soak (Tacoma, WA, U.S.A.) *
4 The Raymarks - Louise (Bremerton, WA, U.S.A.)
5 J. Michael & The Bushmen - I Need Love (Corvallis, OR, U.S.A.)
6 The Statics - Tell Me The Truth (Seattle, WA, U.S.A.) *
7 The Talismen - She Was Good (Wenatchee, WA, U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 Sir Raleigh & The Cupons - Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day (Seattle, WA, U.S.A.)
2 Jack Bedient & The Chessmen - Rapunzel (Wenatchee, WA, U.S.A.) *
3 Tom Thumb & The Casuals - I Should Know (Seattle, WA, U.S.A.)
4 The Scotsmen - Tuff Enough (Ellensburg, WA, U.S.A.)
5 The Scotsmen - Sorry, Charlie (Ellensburg, WA, U.S.A.)
6 The Rooks - Bound To Lose (Tacoma, WA, U.S.A.) *
7 The Rooks - Gimme A Break (Tacoma, WA, U.S.A.) *


Highs In The Mid Sixties #15 [Wisconsin, Part 2] - LP

Side 1
1 The Baroques - There's Nothing Left To Do But Cry (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.)
2 The Shaprels - A Fool For Your Lies (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.) *
3 Gord's Horde - I Don't Care (Rhinelander, WI, U.S.A.) *
4 The Cannons - Days Go By (Madison, WI, U.S.A.)
5 Family - I Wanna Do It (WI, U.S.A.) *
6 The Wanderer's Rest - You'll Forget (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.)
7 The Challengers - The Challengers Take A Ride On The Jefferson Airplane (Waukesha, WI, U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 The Mustard Men - I Lost My Baby (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.) *
2 The Spacemen - Same Old Grind (Antigo, WI, U.S.A.) *
3 The Impalas - Spoonful (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.) *
4 The Mid-Knighters - Charlena (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.) *
5 Joey Gee & The Come-Ons - You Know - 'Til The End Of Time (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.)
6 The Fugitives - Come On And Clap (Madison, WI, U.S.A.)
7 The Medallions - Leave Me Alone (Oak Park, IL, U.S.A.) *
8 The Rehabilitation Cruise - Mini Skirts (WI, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #16 [The Northwest Part 3] - LP

Side 1
1 The Raymarks - Work Song (Bremerton, WA, U.S.A.)
2 Thee Unusuals - I'm Walkin' Babe (Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.)
3 Rocky & His Friends - Riot City (Seattle, WA, U.S.A.)
4 The Dominions - I Need Her (Eugene, OR, U.S.A.) *
5 The Bumps - Hey Girl (Seattle, WA, U.S.A.)
6 The Live Five - Move Over And Let Me Fly (Salem, OR, U.S.A.)
7 The Express - You Gotta Understand (Oklahoma City, OK, U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 The Navarros - Tomorrow Is Another Day (Ashland, OR, U.S.A.)
2 The Gentlemen Wild - You Gotta Leave (Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
3 Wheel Of Fortune - Before You Leave (Salem, OR, U.S.A.) *
4 Pembrook LTD - Sleepy John (Trail, Canada)
5 The City Zu - Too Much, Too Soon, Too Fast (Bellevue, WA, U.S.A.) *
6 The United Travel Service - Wind And Stone (Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
7 International Brick - You Should Be So High (Seattle, WA, U.S.A.) *


Highs In The Mid Sixties #17 [Texas Part. 4] - LP

Side 1
1 The Sparkles - The U.T. (Lubbock, TX, U.S.A.) *
2 S.J. & The Crossroads - Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Beaumont, TX, U.S.A.)
3 S.J. & The Crossroads - Darkest Hour (Beaumont, TX, U.S.A.) *
4 The Souncations - Exit (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.) *
5 The Visions - Humpty Dumpty (Mineral Wells, TX, U.S.A.)
6 The Spectrum - Bald Headed Woman (Houston, TX, U.S.A.) *
7 Gentlemen - Come On (If You Can) (U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 Kempy & The Guardians - Love For A Price (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.)
2 The Roks - Hey Joe (TX, U.S.A.)
3 The Lost Generation - They Tell Me (Baton Rouge, LA, U.S.A.) *
4 The Spades - We Sell Soul (Austin, TX, U.S.A.)
5 Neal Ford & The Fanatics - Bitter Bells (Houston, TX, U.S.A.) *
6 The Iguanas - Leaving You Baby (Baytown, TX, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #18 [Colorado] - LP

Side 1
1 The Astronauts - Come Along Baby (Boulder, CO, U.S.A.) *
2 The Soul - Have It All Your Way (Colorado Springs, CO, U.S.A.) *
3 The Trolls - I Don't Recall (Pueblo, CO, U.S.A.)
4 The Trolls - Stupid Girl (Pueblo, CO, U.S.A.)
5 The Poor - She's Got The Time (She's Got The Changes) (Denver, CO, U.S.A.)
6 The Soothsayers - I Don't Know (Greeley, CO, U.S.A.) *
7 The Moonrakers - I Don't Believe (Denver, CO, U.S.A.) *
8 Sur Royal Da Count & The Parliaments - Scream Mother Scream (U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 Our Gang - Careless Love (Colorado Springs, CO, U.S.A.) *
2 The Moonrakers - Baby Please Don't Go (Denver, CO, U.S.A.)
3 The Moonrakers - I'm All Right (Denver, CO, U.S.A.)
4 The Lidos - Since I Last Saw You (CO, U.S.A.)
5 The Rainy Daze - Fe Fi Fo Fum (Denver, CO, U.S.A.)
6 The Doppler Effect - God Is Alive In Argentina (U.S.A.)
7 Monocles - Psychedelic (That's Where It's At) (Greeley, CO, U.S.A.)
8 The Elopers - Music To Smoke Bananas By (Manitou Springs, CO, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #19 [Michigan Part 3] - LP

Side 1
1 The Tempests - Look Away (Elkart, IN, U.S.A.)
2 The Saharas - This Mornin' (MI, U.S.A.) *
3 The Decisions - Tears, Tears (Kalamazoo, MI, U.S.A.) *
4 The Royal Shandels - Be Careful With Your Carful (MI, U.S.A.) *
5 The JuJus - I'm Really Sorry (Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
6 The French Church - Without Crying (MI, U.S.A.) *
7 Oxford 5 - Gloria (Birmingham, MI, U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 The Iguanas - Again And Again (Detroit, MI, U.S.A.)
2 The Beaubiens - Times Passed (MI, U.S.A.)
3 The Bells Of Rhymny - She'll Be Back (MI, U.S.A.)
4 The Chessmen - You Can't Catch Me (Fort Wayne, IN, U.S.A.)
5 The French Church - Slapneck 1943 (MI, U.S.A.)
6 The Assortment - Bless Our Hippy Home (Lansing, MI, U.S.A.)
7 The Orange Wedge - From The Womb To The Tomb (Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #20 [L.A. Part 4] - LP

Side 1
1 Rain - E.S.P. (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
2 The Mugwumps - Bald Headed Woman (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) *
3 The Green Beans - Who Needs You (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
4 The Gigolos - She's My Baby (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
5 The Human Expression - Calm Me Down (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
6 The Rumblers - I Don't Need You No More (Norwalk, CA, U.S.A.) *
7 Aftermath - Gloria (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) *

Side 2
1 The Agents - Gotta Help Me (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
2 The Avengers - It's Hard To Hide (San Bernardino, CA, U.S.A.)
3 The Avengers - It's Hard To Hide (San Bernardino, CA, U.S.A.)
4 Bees - Forget Me Girl (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) *
5 The Dovers - The Third Eye (Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.A.)
6 The No-Na-Mee's - Just Wanna Be Myself (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.) *
7 The Last Word - Sleepy Hollow (Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)


Highs In The Mid Sixties #21 [Ohio Part 2] - LP

Side 1
1 The Backdoor Society - I'm The Kind (Avon Lake, OH, U.S.A.) *
2 The Unknown Kind - Who Cares (South Amherst, OH, U.S.A.) *
3 It's Them - Baby I Still Want Your Lovin' (Cincinnati, OH, U.S.A.) *
4 The Epics - White Collar House (Columbus, OH, U.S.A.)
5 The Endless - Prevailing Darkness (Springfield, OH, U.S.A.)
6 The Endless - Tomorrow's Song (Springfield, OH, U.S.A.)
7 The Beau Denturies - Straight Home (Akron, OH, U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 The Pictorian Skiffuls - In Awhile (Dayton, OH, U.S.A.)
2 Baron Thomas & The Blue Crystals - Tension (Bowling Green, OH, U.S.A.) *
3 The Panicks - Treat Me Right (Akron, OH, U.S.A.)
4 The Hazards - Tinted Green (Youngstown, OH, U.S.A.) *
5 The Wild Things - A.C.I.D. (Cleveland, OH, U.S.A.)
6 The Four O'clock Balloon - Dark Cobble Street (Columbus, OH, U.S.A.) *
7 Thee Young Generation - Paperback Minds (OH, U.S.A.) *


Highs In The Mid Sixties #22 [The South Part 2] - LP

Side 1
1 The Daze Of The Week - One Night Stand (Tacoma, WA, U.S.A.) *
2 The Dick Watson Five - Cold Clear World (NJ, U.S.A.)
3 The Nomads - Time Remains (U.S.A.)
4 Creatures, Inc. - Letters Of Love (Oxon Hill, MD, U.S.A.)
5 Evil Enc. Group - Hey You (Beckley, WV, U.S.A.)
6 Evil Enc. Group - The Point Is (Beckley, WV, U.S.A.)
7 The Flys - Reality Composition No. 1 (McLean, VA, U.S.A.)

Side 2
1 The Counts IV - Spoonful (NC, U.S.A.)
2 Jimmy & The Offbeats - Stronger Than Dirt (Baton Rouge, LA, U.S.A.) *
3 Jimmy & The Offbeats - I Ain't No Miracle Worker (Baton Rouge, LA, U.S.A.)
4 The Rondells - One More Chance (Louisville, KY, U.S.A.)
5 Rick & Ronnie - Don't Do Me This Way (Memphis, TN, U.S.A.)
6 The 5 - I'm No Good (Mobile, AL, U.S.A.)
7 The Countdowns - Cover Of Night (West Monroe, LA, U.S.A.) *


Highs In The Mid Sixties #23 [Texas Part 5] - LP

Side 1
1 The Wind - Don't Take Your Love Away (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.)
2 The Lost Generation - Let Me Out (Baton Rouge, LA, U.S.A.) *
3 Gaylon Ladd - Her Loving Way (Waco, TX, U.S.A.)
4 Kenny Wayne & The Kamotions - A Better Day's A Comin' (Texarkana, TX, U.S.A.) *
5 Larry Mack - Last Day Of The Dragon (Tyler, TX, U.S.A.)
6 Wilshire Express - Lose Your Money (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.) *
7 Jimmy C. & The Chelsea Five - Leave Me Alone (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.) *

Side 2
1 The Blox - Hangin' Out (Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
2 Gaylon Ladd - Repulsive Situation (Waco, TX, U.S.A.) *
3 Sterling Damon - Rejected (Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
4 The Shayds - Search The Sun (TX, U.S.A.) *
5 The Children - Enough Of What I Need (San Antonio, TX, U.S.A.)
6 Sweet Smoke - Morning Dew (Minot, ND, U.S.A.)


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vol.1 ~ vol.2 ~ vol.3 ~ vol.4 ~ vol.5 ~ vol.6 ~ vol.7 ~ vol.8

vol.9 ~ vol.10 ~ vol.11 ~ vol.12 ~ vol.13 ~ vol.14 ~ vol.15

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V.A. - WorldBeaters Vols 1-8

Can things get any crazier? As we scour the planet looking for the wildest and most obscure 60's punk on the planet we become more and more amazed at what we are uncovering.
From Italy, to Chile, Poland to Singapore the kids were going crazy over fuzzed out guitars, primitive drum beats and wild tambourines. It is with great pleasure that we give you the instalments of theworld beaters series.

As far as international 60s garage compilations go,
Get it before it's gone, these bands ALL rock like crazy - and there's even some groups here from PAPUA NEW GUNIEA - i don't get no more obscuro than that, freak fanz!!!
Submitted by elroy (Wallingford, CT, USA)

We are dealing with a very good collection of later 60’s beat, freakbeat, punk and 60’s psych from various places from all over theworld (Latin America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, the East). The compilation is well done also because the styles and songs fit well together.

An excellent approach to beat music from outside the Anglofile countries,is what this compilation is all about !

Vol. 1 @ 224

1 Hubb Kapp & The Wheels - I'm Happy Too (Invercargil, New Zealand)
2 The Divorced - I'm Gonna Leave You Satisfied (Sarpsborg, Norway)
3 Los Shain's - A Donde Fuiste (Lima, Peru) *
4 Los Buitres - Sensacion (Torremolinos, Spain)
5 The Out Cast - You've Gotta Call Me (Tokyo, Japan)
6 The Bentbeaks - Think (Adelaide, Australia)
7 The Dynamites - Lonely Baby (Basel, Switzerland)
8 The Roulettes - Tell Tale Tit (U.K.) *
9 Los Shakers - It's Not Bad (Montevideo, Uruguay) *
10 Los Salvajes - Al Capone (Barcelona, Spain) *
11 The Zipps - Roll The Cotton Down (Dordrecht, Holland)
12 Les Sinners - Nice Try (Montreal, Canada)
13 Isy & The Dynamics - Let Bygones Begone (Australia) *
14 Les Problemes - Passe Ton Chemin (Puteaux, France) *
15 The Teenagers - You Don't Love Me (Athens, Greece)
16 The Cocks - Sia Che Tornero (Turin, Italy)
17 Les Sauterelles - Janet (Zurich, Switzerland)
18 The Clique - Stop, Look And Listen (Perth, Australia)
19 The Golden Cups - This Bad Girl (Yokohama, Japan)
20 The Sevens - The Love Of A Bird (Basel, Switzerland)
21 Little Darlings - Easy To Cry (U.K.)
22 Los Brincos - Flamenco (Madrid, Spain) *
23 The La De Da's - Little Girl (Auckland, New Zealand)
24 Los Cheyenes - No Pierdas El Tiempo (Barcelona, Spain) *
25 The Loubogg - She Is Cool (Greece)
26 I Delfini Di Siena - L'ora Delta Verita (Siena, Italy)
27 The Lords - Don't Mince Matter (Berlin, Germany)

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Vol. 2 @ 256

1 The Tages - The One For You (Gothenburg, Sweden)
2 The Deakins - Look And Learn (Geelong, Australia)
3 The A-Cads - Hungry For Love (Johannesburg, South Africa) *
4 Los Brincos - Dance "The Pulga" (Madrid, Spain) *
5 The Boots - Jump Back (Berlin, Germany) *
6 Ciros - Un Tipo Come Te (Italy)
7 The Sevens - What Can I Do (Basel, Switzerland)
8 The Beatmen - The Enchanted Lie (Czechoslovakia)
9 The Bunnys - Taiyou Yaro (Tokyo, Japan)
10 The Rabbits - I'm Looking In The Universe (Rhodes, Greece)
11 Los Shakers - Only In Your Eyes (Montevideo, Uruguay) *
12 The Rhythms - Everytime (Utrecht, Holland)
13 Les Sauterelles - Springtime (Zurich, Switzerland) *
14 Los Cheyenes - Bla Bla Bla (Me Cansas) (Barcelona, Spain)
15 The Bintangs - Walkin' The Boogie (Beverwijk, Holland) *
16 The Slaves - Slaves Time (Vienna, Austria)
17 Paul & Johnny With The Blue Jets - I Like It (Belgium)
18 Bobby James & The Esquires - Don't You Do That (Adelaide, Australia) *
19 Los 5 Del Este - Look At This Boy (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)
20 The Golden Earrings - Lonely Everyday (The Hague, Holland)
21 The Tielman Brothers - Love So True (The Hague, Holland)
22 The Walflower Complextion - Sapphire (Bogota, Colombia) *
23 Los Shain's - Enfermedades (Lima, Peru) *
24 Les Problemes - Si C'est La Nuit (Puteaux, France)
25 I Sofisti - Non Verra (Italy)
26 The Tomcats - A Tu Vera (London, U.K.)
27 The Roulettes - Soon You'll Be Leaving Me (U.K.) *

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Vol. 3 @ 320

1 Cyclones - She's Mine All Mine (Singapore) *
2 I Tremendi - Together We're Strong (Florence, Italy)
3 Double Pairs - Foutez-moi La Paix (Canada) *
4 Los Vidrios Quebrados - Que Importa El Tiempo (Chile)
5 The Gentlemen - It Feels So Good (Geneva, Switzerland)
6 Terry Dean & The Nitebeats - If I Can (Auckland, New Zealand)
7 Alan Y Sus Bates - Pronto Un Doctor (Chile) *
8 The Bunnys - Burning, Burning (Tokyo, Japan)
9 Los Gatos Salvajes - Yo Soy El Mejor (Rosario, Argentina) *
10 The Entertainers - Little Girl (Heerlen, Holland)
11 The Gents Inc. - Gettin' The Blues (Germany)
12 The Honeycombs - Can't Get Through To You (London, U.K.) *
13 Jormas - The Locomotion (Finland)
14 Los Saicos - Cementerio (Lima, Peru) *
15 The Mystrys - Witch Girl (Melbourne, Australia)
16 Los Shakers - Diles (Montevideo, Uruguay) *
17 Profetas - A Donde Iras (Mexico) *
18 Polanie - Nie Wiem Sam (Lodz, Poland) *
19 The Robots - Soldier Beat (Germany)
20 Los 007 - Nunca Mas (Caracas, Venezuela) *
21 Bar Six - It's My Loving (Hong Kong)
22 The Blue Beats - She's Coming Home (Sydney, Australia)
23 Los Cheyenes - Devuelveme El Corazon (Barcelona, Spain) *
24 Cinqetti - Always Near Me (Italy) *
25 Jonah Ark - Things Will Change (New Zealand)
26 Bryan Davies - I Need Help (Help! Help!) (Sydney, Australia) *
27 Los Yorks - Solo Pido Amor (Lima, Peru) *

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Vol. 4 @ 320

1 The Galaxies - Right Now (Athens, Greece)
2 Los Shakers - Stop The Game (Montevideo, Uruguay) *
3 The Gentlemen - Scotch (Geneva, Switzerland)
4 Les Lutins - Pretty Girl (Montreal, Canada) *
5 I Nobil's - Lasciami Star (Italy)
6 The Knacks - Te Extranare (Buenos Aires, Argentina) *
7 Los Gatos Salvajes - Donde Vas (Rosario, Argentina)
8 Perkins - C'est Ca Le Monde (France)
9 Derek Lee With The Del-Fi's - What Can I Do (Australia) *
10 Polanie - Dlugo Sie Znamy (Lodz, Poland)
11 Renato Y Seus Blue Caps - Voce Nao Soube Amar (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) *
12 The Epics - Too Late (Sydney, Australia) *
13 Los Sirex - Cantemos (Barcelona, Spain) *
14 Danny Diaz & The Checkmates - She's So Fine (Hong Kong)
15 The Spies - What Kind Of Love (Greece) *
16 Los Beat 4 - Todo Terminado (Chile) *
17 Dragons - The Forest Of My Place (Greece)
18 The Somers - Yet (I Don't Forget You) (Toya, Japan)
19 Los Belmont - Brinquen (Mexico)
20 The Blizzards - Hab' Keine Lust Heut Aufzustehn (Stade, Germany)
21 4PK - Down And Out (Eindhoven, Holland)
22 The Cherokees - That's If You Want Me To (Melbourne, Australia)
23 Pharaohs - Don't You Know Little Girl (Canada) *
24 I 5 Gentlemen - Quel Che Ho Fatto (Italy)
25 Le Ombre D'Oro - Buio In Sospensione (Italy)
26 The Dynamos - You Make Me Go 'Oooh' (U.K.)
27 Kontinentals - I Want You To Know (Hong Kong)

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Vol. 5 @ HQ VBR

1 Secrets - You're Wrong (Christchurch, New Zealand)
2 Cyclones - Oh No, She Didn't Say (Singapore) *
3 The Stalemates - Easy As Can Be (Papua New Guinea) *
4 The Lords - Please Don't Bring Me Down (Berlin, Germany) *
5 Los Cheyenes - Valgame La Macarena (Barcelona, Spain) *
6 Les Tallmud - Avoir Raison (Quebec, Canada)
7 Los Claners - Pronto Te Arrepentiras (Venezuela) *
8 Profetas - Vivir En Paz (Mexico) *
9 Los Sicodelicos - I Am Feeling Down (Santiago, Chile)
10 The Speakers - Glendora (Bogota, Colombia)
11 Los Shakers - What A Love (Montevideo, Uruguay) *
12 Los Doltons - Santo (Lima, Peru)
13 The Slaves - You Are The Only One (Vienna, Austria)
14 The Somethings - Le Monde Infernal (France)
15 Les Sauterelles - Routine (Zurich, Switzerland)
16 Les Miserables - Chemises A Pois, Cravates A Fleurs (Montreal, Canada)
17 I Tremendi - If You Don't Come Around (Florence, Italy)
18 The Youngers - Hanashitakunai (Tokyo, Japan)
19 The Kopy Kats - Maryanne (Papua New Guinea) *
20 The Pogs - The Pogs' Theme (Sydney, Australia)
21 Zoe & The Stormies - Girl Of Ye Ye (Greece)
22 The Savages - He's A Man (Bermuda) *
23 Firebeats, Inc. - I Can't Find Nobody (Oslo, Norway)
24 The Friends - Empty Handed (Stockholm, Sweden)
25 The Downbeats - You Gotta Tell Me (Hong Kong)
26 Johnny Kendall & The Heralds - Fool (Amsterdam, Holland)
27 The Freebeats - Please Tell Me (Papua New Guinea) *

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Vol. 6 @ HQ VBR

1 The Freebeats - Midnight Mover (Papua New Guinea) *
2 Los Claners - Verguenza (Venezuela) *
3 M.P.D. Limited - Her Favourite Song (Melbourne, Australia) *
4 The Olympians - Go Man Go (Thessaloniki, Greece)
5 Steve & The Board - Margot (Sydney, Australia)
6 Les Lutins - Je Suis De Bois (Montreal, Canada)
7 The Strangers - I'd Never Be Blue (Christchurch, New Zealand) *
8 Los Chijuas - Estan Cambiando Los Colores De La Vida (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico) *
9 Mod East - Angelita (Hong Kong)
10 The Nightbirds - Quelli (Switzerland)
11 Les Boots - Laissez Briller Le Soleil (France)
12 unknown - Don't You Know *
13 The Knacks - Si, Quiero Vivir (Tema De Cronopios) (Buenos Aires, Argentina) *
14 Les Chevelles - Ton ombre me suit (Canada)
15 The Saints - Let Me Know (Athens, Greece)
16 Kontikis - I'll Make You Happy (Papua New Guinea) *
17 Les Loups Blancs - Je Sais Que Tu Mens (Montreal, Canada)
18 The Steadtfasts - Girl Be Steadfast (Germany)
19 Thunderbirds - Hey! Girl (Singapore) *
20 Los Shakers - For You, For Me (Montevideo, Uruguay) *
21 Brightness - But Why I Can't (Greece)
22 Les Asteks - Oui Je T'aime (Quebec, Canada)
23 Freddie Cook & The D-Men - I Just Can't Stop My Tears (Sydney, Australia) *
24 Los Yorks - No Puedo Amar (Lima, Peru) *
25 Los Rollings - No Tienes Mi Querer (Granada, Nicaragua)
26 Zoo - I Cry (Athens, Greece)
27 Os Baobas - Bye Bye My Darling (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

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Vol. 7 @ HQ VBR

1 Tony Worsley - How Can It Be (Brisbane, Australia)
2 Les Senders - Le cheveux longs (Vernon, France)
3 The Motions - I Want Someone To Love (The Hague, Holland)
4 Les Lutins - Petit Joe (Montreal, Canada)
5 Pacifics - Smile Again (Greece)
6 Gift Of Love - Take A Trip (Sydney, Australia)
7 The Playboys - Pourquoi (Greece)
8 Los Vidrios Quebrados - Ficciones (Chile)
9 The Chicks - Rebel Kind (New Zealand)
10 Los Cheyenes - He Perdido Este Juego (Barcelona, Spain) *
11 Telstars - Tu Sei Lontana (Florence, Italy)
12 The Rhythms - Go With Him (Utrecht, Holland)
13 Les Loups - Pour Tout Dire (Montreal, Canada)
14 Diplomats - You Didn't Want To Give Your Love (Australia) *
15 The Kopy Kats - Let Me Be (Papua New Guinea) *
16 The Knacks - Me Siento Mal Y Deprimido (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
17 Les Sparks - Rien n'a d'importance (Paris, France)
18 Mystics - I Want To Walk With You (Hong Kong)
19 Les Witackers - Un ami (France)
20 Bobby & Laurie - Not My Girl (Melbourne, Australia) *
21 Alex Fontaine - Tu N'es Pas Sincere (Quebec, Canada)
22 Spectros - Ven Que Estoy Hirviendo (Peru) *
23 I Titans - Non Vale Piu (Genoa, Italy)
24 Normand Frechette & Les Hou-Lops - J'Etudie Mon Grec (Montreal, Canada)
25 The Gremlins - Listen To Me (Auckland, New Zealand)
26 Los Yorks - Have Mercy (Lima, Peru)
27 The Forminx - Until The End (Greece)

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Vol. 8 @ HQ VBR

1 The Breakaways - All For One (New Plymouth, New Zealand) *
2 Cyclones - The Dew (Singapore) *
3 Steve & The Board - I Want (Sydney, Australia)
4 The Kopy Kats - Today (Papua New Guinea) *
5 The Roadrunners - LSD (Wellington, New Zealand)
6 Dragons - Because Of A Man (Greece)
7 Los Shain's - Un Profundo Sentimiento (Lima, Peru) *
8 Les Miserables - Vivre Avec Toi (Montreal, Canada)
9 Jason Deane - Ain't Got No Love (U.K.)
10 The Persons - John's Flight (Piraeus, Greece)
11 The Gremlins - But She's Gone (Auckland, New Zealand) *
12 The Gentlemen - You Never Try (Geneva, Switzerland)
13 The Birds - No Good Without You (Perth, Australia)
14 Noi Tre - Don't Lie To Me (Florence, Italy)
15 The Blizzards - Stranger In Town (Stade, Germany) *
16 The Executives - Wander Boy (Sydney, Australia)
17 Los Nivram - Sombras (Barcelona, Spain)
18 The Pleazers - Can't Pretend (Brisbane, Australia)
19 Los Yorks - Muy Facil (Lima, Peru) *
20 The Mascots - I Want To Live (Stockholm, Sweden)
21 Thursday's Child - I Want You Back (Germany)
22 Les Bowlers - Il est trop tard (Paris, France)
23 The Sunsets - Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Newcastle, Australia) *
24 Los Doltons - La Ventana (Lima, Peru)
25 The Twilights - Night Of Fear (Adelaide, Australia) *
26 Los Vidrios Quebrados - Una Manera De Vivir (Chile) *
27 Kontikis - Gloria (Papua New Guinea) *

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Les Baroques - 1966 - Les Baroques

LES BAROQUES - Same (1966, Whamm records )

Super rare 1966 Dutch R'n'B garage vinyl-album that sounds like classic '60's US garage punk with really great fuzz guitar and keyboard work. Driving powerful songs with a very cool attitude.

Also, there a some particularly groovy instrumentals.

In addition there are some r'n'b tunes with the moody psychedelic flavour.
Nice laminated sleeve front (not on the back) and excellent quality sound.

One of the greatest groovy Dutch albums that ever issued in 60's !

It's simply a marvellous album !!

Strongly Recommended !!


1.I Was Wrong (Gary O' Shannon-Peter Shot)
2.Real Love (Gary O' Shannon-Peter Shot)
3.Frankie's Blues (Frank Muyser)
4.Troubles (Ted Powder)
5.Too Long (Gary O' Shannon-Peter Shot)
6.O-O, Baby, Give Me That Show (Gary O' Shannon-Ted Powder)

1.My Destiny (Gary O' Shannon-Peter Shot)
2.Silky (Ann Derson-Gary O' Shannon)
3.Cascard (Rene Krijnen)
4.Why Did She Go (Gary O' Shannon-Peter Shot)
5.Too Shy To Say Hello (Gary O' Shannon-Peter Shot)
6.Girls enough (Gary O' Shannon-Peter Shot)

Recorded in 19 and 21 July 1966
Technicians : Gerard Beekers-Jan Audier
Prerecording Control: Ted Powder

Les Baroque's Story:

In 1959, this formation from Baarn had already been playing under the names: Modern Teenage Quartet and Hurricane Combo, but they remained unknown until 1965 that name is changed as Les Baroques.
The first single ''Silky'' flops.
With actions in the Netherlands and West-Duitsland the band works in the course of the year steadily for live a reputation.
In the winter of 1965/1966 directs Frans Ruhl the twenty minutes lasting Brake down film, with Les Baroques in the head role. The group plays among other things ''Such a Cad'', the single which ends up at the same time with the film.Already also the characteristic that Rob Out of the then still omnipotent veronica behind the prerecording buds zat has not worked, certainly to the prejudice of the success. ''Such a Cad'' has not yet disappeared from the top 40 if the continuator appears.
''I Know'' become the hit of Les Baroques.
After having recorded a handful of excellent singles, they appeared at the Grand Gala du Disque in 1966. Members at that time were:

Frank Muyser (Leader, Battle Jet Ear, Mouth Organ, Saxophone)
Rene Krijnen (Organ, Piano, Clavecimbel)
Robin 'oaks'Muyser (Bass)
Gerard Schoenmakers (Gary O'Shannon) (Vocals),
Hans van Embden (Solo guitar, Electric Balalaika),
Raymond Geytenbeek (Vocals,Drums).

In September 1966 singer Gerard Schoenaker (Gary o Shannon) must in military service.
In 1967, Ferdy Karmelk temporarily joined the group, playing guitar. Michel van Dijk (ex-Minds, Mads and James Mean) replaced Gerard, who started his own Gary O'Shannon Group.
Furthermore,in 1967,the first single of Les Baroques with Van Dijk, ''Working On a Tsjing-Tsjang'',only stands beginning 1967 only one week in the top 40 of the four singles which appear the remaining two years.

As from 1968 the later Herman Brood-guitarist Ferdy Karmelk determine hamper milk part of the band. If tests Krijen in May 1968 no longer come show up, Robin Muyser after the actions in Zermatt and Montreux go away and Raymond van Geytenbeek gets a good job as graphic designer it has been done with Les Baroques. With two other one band's members (John Dankmeyer and Bartter Lak) goes hamper milk briefly further under the band name Island.

The bezetting changes in this period continuously. Guitarist Hans van Emden plays during its last concerts rather behind curtains or beside the podium because he wants performance no longer in public. Publicly him cannot see for this reason during its solos. He loses its interest for headstock music and changes to end 1967 the band for the academy in Hilversum where he studies traditionally jet ear and lesson will give. Frank Muyser take over the role of Van Emden. To be game is such that during an action in Nieuwkoop in December its brother Robin puts him from the band. With that are Les Baroques manager also their lost and go it rapidly bergafwaarts with the band.
In 1969, after a considerable period of inactivity, the group was in imminent danger of breaking up.
Still for a few more months, it featured the line-up of:
Ferdy Karmelk (Guitar,ex-Tee Set)
Bart Terlaak (Drums, ex-Daddy's Act)
Jan Dankmeyer(Bass, ex-Flower and Nonesuch),
and also Michel, Rene and Frank.
When the group finally folded, remaining members Jan, Ferry and Bart changed the name to Island.


SINGLES: (Original Issues)
Silky/My lost love 1965,Europhon Records
Silky/A new life born 1965,Europhon Records

Such a cad/Summerbeach 1966,Europhon Records
I know/She's mine 1966,Whamm Records
I'll send you to the moon/Troubles 1966,Whamm Records
Working on a tsjing-tsjang/Dreammaker 1966,Whamm Records

Bottle party/Bread 1967,Whamm Records
Love is the sun/I dreamed my dreams away 1967,Whamm Records

Indication/When you're feeling good 1968,Whamm Records

Without feeling without mind/
Pardon me I think I'm falling 1968,Whamm Records

Such a cad/Silky/
Bottle party/I dreamed my dreams away 1972, EP

Without feeling without mind/Indication 1974

Albums: (Original Issues)
Les Baroques LP, 1966 Whamm Records
Barbarians With Love LP, 1967 Whamm Records

Vinyl ripped by Optical Sound in wma file

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Spiros Petroniou - Dim

Spiros Petroniou - Dim

"Roaming in the sounds of Mediterranean with a classic guitar" S.P.

01 Thought
02 Flying
03 Adventure
04 Dim
05 Xotiko
06 Joy Came
07 Medley
08 Utokitharo
09 Zeibekic
10 Flamencanatolic
11 Improvisation
12 Mysterio

This is the first self-release from Spiros Petroniou.
This album contains various music influences (basically Mediterranean music).
Most of the songs are played with a Classic Guitar
(you can find also some percussions).

get it here

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Darius - 1968 - Darius

For One More Time We Have To Republish A Sadly Announcement

Dear Friends,

I just wanted to let you know that my dear friend and brother
Robert J. Ott aka. DARIUS has passed away today on the 3rd of August 2006 at 1:15 am.
He had been suffering from cancer for quite some time now.
His wife Barbara and I will continue to complete his life's work, since there´s still
a huge musical legacy left by him for the world to discover.

Rest in peace Bobby, you will be deeply missed!

Miguel Rodriguez


So, honoris causa again,
would like to give you a chance to get and enjoy his 1st amazing psychedelic album of year 1968 !

DARIUS-Same (1968)

01 - Shades Of Blue
02 - Dawn
03 - Mist-Veiled Garden
04 - I´m The Man
05 - I Feel The Need To Carry On
06 - Dirty Funky Situation
07 - Blow My Mind
08 - Sweet Mama
09 - Ancient Path
10 - Hear What I Say
11 - Don´t You Get The Feeling (Bonus)
12 - A Woman Like You (Bonus)
13 - Peace & Love (Bonus)


Darius was based in Hollywood, California and was backed by Goldenrod andMike Deasy.
The album is all originals and the music very melodic with upfront vocals and a style veering towards progressivism. Particularly stunning are Mist-Veiled Garden and I Feel The Need To Carry On. Funk and blues influences are more evident on Side two of the album.

Producer Pat Glasser went on to work with Three Dog Night.

Darius went on to record a 45 for Metromedia as Bobby Joe Ott, Flint River Inn, but the company was bought out by Bell, and the track sank in the changeover.

He then returned to his home town of Cleveland, Ohio and under the name of Darius James played the club circuit.
In 1974 a bad automobile accident put his musical plans on hold and he spent the next six years having re-constructive surgery.
In 1980 he put a band called The Earthlings together and went back to Hollywood to play the Showcase Club Circuit and despite many recordings, no deal was forthcoming.
In 1990 Darius went back to Cleveland and met Barbara McFaul aka: Honeygirl. He then concentrated his efforts on recording and producing Honeygirl, also producing/directing three music videos with her.
In 2000 he started singing/writing and recording again along with Honeygirl and The Earthlings...

This album is another bunch of legendary US '60s psychsters !!

Strongly Recommended !!

PS: Have a nice trip, as well, lovely, Robert J.Ott (Darius)

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Opa-Loka on vacations.....
see you at 11 of September.

Arthur Lee & Love



Artur Lee was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Lee's manager, Mark Linn, sent out the following email just minutes ago:

"Arthur Lee died peacefully at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, a little after four in the afternoon Aug 3, 2006 with his wife Diane by his side. His death comes as a shock to me because Arthur had the uncanny ability to bounce back from everything, and leukemia was no exception. He was confident that he would be back on stage by the fall.

"When I visited with him recently, he was visibly moved by the stories and pictures from the NYC benefit concert. He was truly grateful for the outpouring of love from friends and fans all over the world since news of his illness became public. We watched the DVD of the great House of Blues concert from '03, and he told me how much he appreciated [backing band] Baby Lemonade's dedication to his music.

"Arthur always lived in the moment, and said what he thought when he thought it. I'll miss his phone calls, and his long voice messages, but most of all I'll miss Arthur playing Arthur's music."





Love - 1966 - Love

  1. My Little Red Book (B. Bacharach/H. David)
  2. Can't Explain (A. Lee/J. Echols/J. Fleckenstein)
  3. A Message to Pretty (A. Lee)
  4. My Flash on You (A. Lee)
  5. Softly to Me (B. Maclean)
  6. No Matter What You Do (A. Lee)
  7. Emotions (A. Lee/J. Echols)
  8. You I'll Be Following (A. Lee)
  9. Gazing (A. Lee)
  10. Hey Joe (D. Valenti)
  11. Signed D. C. (A. Lee)
  12. Coloured Balls Falling (A. Lee)
  13. Mushroom Clouds (A. Lee/J. Echols/K. Forssi/B. Maclean)
  14. And More (A. Lee/B. Maclean)
  • Arthur Lee: lead vocals, harmonica, percussion (drums on "Can't Explain", "No Matter What You Do", "Gazing" and "And More")
  • John Echols: lead guitar
  • Bryan MacLean: rhythm guitar, vocal (lead vocal on "Softly to Me" and "Hey Joe")
  • Ken Forssi: bass
  • Alban "Snoopy" Pfisterer: drums (except on "Can't Explain", "No Matter What You Do", "Gazing" and "And More")

Love - 1967 - Da Capo

  1. Stephanie Knows Who (mono mix) (A. Lee, 2:38)
  2. Orange Skies (mono mix) (B. MacLean, 2:54)
  3. ¡Que Vida! (mono mix) (A. Lee, 3:43)
  4. Seven & Seven Is (mono mix) (A. Lee, 2:26)
  5. The Castle (mono mix) (A. Lee, 3:05)
  6. She Comes in Colors (mono mix) (A. Lee, 2:47)
  7. Revelation (mono mix) (A. Lee/B. MacLean/J. Echols/K. Forssi, 19:02)
  8. Stephanie Knows Who (stereo mix) (A. Lee, 2:34)
  9. Orange Skies (stereo mix) (B. MacLean, 2:53)
  10. ¡Que Vida! (stereo mix) (A. Lee, 3:43)
  11. Seven & Seven Is (stereo mix) (A. Lee, 2:19)
  12. The Castle (stereo mix) (A. Lee, 3:03)
  13. She Comes in Colors (stereo mix) (A. Lee, 2:48)
  14. Revelation (stereo mix) (A. Lee/B. MacLean/J. Echols/K. Forssi, 19:04)
  15. Seven & Seven Is (*) (A. Lee, 3:13)
  • Arthur Lee: lead vocals, harmonica, guitar, percussion
  • Johnny Echols: lead guitar
  • Bryan MacLean: rhythm guitar, vocal
  • Ken Forssi: bass
  • Alban "Snoopy" Pfisterer: organ, harpsichord (drums on "Seven and Seven Is")
  • Michael Stuart: drums, percussion
  • Tjay Cantrelli: saxophone, flute, percussion

Love - 1967 - Forever Changes (Deluxe Edition)
part 1
part 2
  1. Alone Again Or (Maclean, – 3:16)
  2. A House Is Not a Motel (Lee, – 3:31)
  3. Andmoreagain (Lee, – 3:18)
  4. The Daily Planet (Lee, – 3:30)
  5. Old Man (Maclean, – 3:02)
  6. The Red Telephone (Lee, – 4:46)
  7. Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale (Lee, – 3:34)
  8. Live and Let Live (Lee, – 5:26)
  9. The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This (Lee, – 3:08)
  10. Bummer in the Summer (Lee, – 2:24)
  11. You Set the Scene (Lee, – 6:56)
  12. Hummingbirds (Lee, – 2:43)
  13. Wonder People (I Do Wonder) (Lee, – 3:27)
  14. Alone Again Or (alternate mix) (MacLean, – 2:55)
  15. You Set the Scene (alternate mix) (Lee, – 7:01)
  16. Your Mind And We Belong Together (tracking session highlights) (Lee, – 8:16)
  17. Your Mind And We Belong Together (Lee, – 4:28)
  18. Laughing Stock (Lee, – 2:33)
  • Arthur Lee: lead vocals, guitar, arranger
  • John Echols: lead guitar
  • Bryan MacLean: rhythm guitar, vocals, arranger (lead vocals on "Alone Again Or" and "Old Man")
  • Ken Forssi: bass
  • Michael Stuart: drums, percussion
  • with
  • Billy Strange: guitar on "Andmoreagain" and "The Daily Planet"
  • Don Randi: piano on "Andmoreagain" and "The Daily Planet"
  • Hal Blaine: drums on "Andmoreagain" and "The Daily Planet"
  • Carol Kaye: bass on "Andmoreagain" (presumably)
  • David Angel: arranger, orchestrations
  • Orchestra: Robert Barene, Arnold Belnick, James Getzoff, Marshall Sosson, Darrel Terwilliger (violins); Norman Botnick (viola); Jesse Ehrlich (cello); Chuck Berghofer (double bass); Bud Brisbois, Roy Caton, Ollie Mitchell (trumpets); Richard Leith (trombone)
NOTE: In this deluxe edition included extra bonus tracks,
but the most important is,
that included their 7th single
''Your Mind And You Will Belong Together / Laughing Stock
(1968, Elektra EK 45633 )

PERSONAL VIEW: This album is a classic masterpiece of the 60's and one of the greatest albums ever made !


posted by Opa-Loka and Optical Sound
reviewed by Optical Sound.

Tonton Macoute - 1971 - Tonton Macoute

Tonton Macoute - 1971 - Tonton Macoute

Tracks :
1. Just Like Stone (6:30)
2. Don't Make Me Cry (8:48)
3. Flying South In Winter (6:26)
4. Dreams (3:57)
5. You Make My Jelly Roll (7:58)
6. Natural High part 1 (6:55)
7. Natural High part 2 (3:53)

- Paul French / acoustic & elelectric pianos, organ, vibes, vocals
- Chris Gavin / bass, acoustic & electric guitars
- Dave Knowles / Alto & Tenor saxes, flute, clarinet, vocals
- Nigel Reveler / drums, percussion

A little-known band. Musically in the progressive-jazz genre, the album was released on RCA's now collectable Neon label. It's quite unusual and includes a number of woodwind solos. Despite being recorded under the supervision of Howard and Blaikley it's musically miles away from that duo's sixties pop format. Paul French went on to play in Voyager in the late seventies and early eighties.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Lang'syne - 1976 - Lang'syne

Lang'syne - 1976 - Lang'syne

Tracks :
1. Medina (8:29)
2. Morning (3:32)
3. Changing (6:46)
4. Cynghanedd (7:49)
5. A Very Sarcastic Song (6:43)
6. Carnivore (4:02)
7. Mignon (1:51)
8. Lady Mary (3:48*)

Edbert Froese - guitar, Keyboard, Vocals, Sitar, Psalter
Matthias Mertler - Guitar, Vocals, Percussion, Glockenspiel
Ulrich Nahle - Flute, Guitar, Vocals, Percussion

Lang'syne appear to be another one-album wonder as they released an interesting self titled folk album in 1976. Lang'syne sing in English and their brand of folk bares little resemblance to the earlier kraut-folk bands like Broselmaschine, Holderlin, and Witthuser and Westrupp. Throughout the album, there are small touches of a German and Eastern ethnic feel to the music, but for the most part their sound is a bit more Anglo influenced. Many of the lyrics and much of the music appear to have a dark, longing quality which results in the album sounding a bit mystical, and occasionally even Renaissance-style. The standout track is the instrumental 'Cynghanedd'. 'Cynghanedd' begins like an Eastern-influenced ballad, or "Melodie der Natur" as described in the CD sleeve. This track utilizes natural sound of birds and insects and ends with an interesting interplay of 'dueling'-guitar chord sequences. Another track worth mentioning is 'Medina' which has sporadic touches of Witthuser and Westrupp sprinkled throughout.

Highly Recommended!

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Dimentia 13 - 1985 - Dimentia 13

Dimentia 13 - 1985 - Dimentia 13
[MIRLP 116]

We Are
I Think I Should Know
Farmer Brown
Lysergic Mental Vibrations
I Am A Whale

Last In Line
Psilocybin Spot
The Lizard

Produced By Brad Warner
Engineered By Scott Godwin
Recorded At Island Studios, North Royalton, Ohio
Cover By Vince Rancid

"Syd Barrett acolytes from Ohio! This tasty goblet of swirling, bubbling psych slips down a treat. The heavily acid etched instrumental 'Lysergic Mental Vibrations' is am excellent contrast to the more whimsical joys of the opening 'We Are' and the aquatic lunacy of 'I Am A Whale.' Over on side two, 'Last In Line' is pretty flawless Chocolate Watchband respray job while 'Colors' employs backwards tape jiggery-pokery as an eerie voice creeps in and out of the mix having escaped from somewhere you probably don't want to know about. 'Psilocybin Spot' fulfills the same role as side one's 'Lysergic...' and is as effective. Finally, 'The Lizard' is an acoustic based trip into the mynd of the vocalist who is driven to bizarre flights of fantasy by a brief, and unexpected, FX bombardment. Sensibly, and probably to avoid the unwanted attentions of like minded space cadets, the band members remain anonymous and the murky photo on the sleeveadds to the mystery of this wickedly warped caboodle of crazed vignettes."

Analogy - 1972 - Analogy + pre Analogy single

Analogy - 1972 - Analogy

Dark Reflections (7:00)
Weeping May Endure (4:50)
Indian Mediation (4:10)
Tin's Song (1:40)
Analogy (9:45)
The Year's At The Spring (4:35)
Pan-Am Flight 249 (5:15)

Jutta Nienhaus - vocals
Hermann-Jürgen "Mops" Nienhaus – drums
Wolfgang Schoene – bass
Martin Thurn - guitars, flute and bongos
Nikola Pankoff - keyboards (mainly Hammond organ)

Analogy The Suite (Rec. 1980, Rel 1993 (Ohrwaschi) /2000 (Akarma)
25 Years Later (1996, Ohrwashi)

Analogy were a German group living in Italy in the late 60s that featured Jutta Nienhaus on vocals, Hermann-Jürgen "Mops" Nienhaus on drums, Wolfgang Schoene on bass, Martin Thurn on guitars, flute and bongos, and Nikola Pankoff on keyboards (mainly Hammond organ). Under this moniker, they really released only one album, the self-titled Analogy (1972), though in 1980 The Suite was released featuring Thurn and Jutta Nienhaus along with members of their subsequent band Earthbound – it was released on CD in 1993 by Germany's Ohrwaschi label (and later in a bootlegged 10" vinyl format by Akarma in 2000). Nienhaus and Thurn and original bassist Mauro Rattaggi gathered others together to record old and previously unreleased Analogy pieces as well as re-record pieces that had appeared on their first 7" singles for a CD called 25 Years Later that was released by Ohrwashi in 1996. The booklet of this 2002 reissue of Analogy from the Garden Of Delight's label details the band's history both before becoming Analogy, when they were known as The Joice (and later, due to a misprint Yoice), through to their post Analogy days. As usual, there are photographs, discography, as well as sleeve and label covers reproduced in the booklet. This is, according to GoD, the first legitimate CD release, as the history includes details on unauthorized and bootleg editions (e.g., Akarma), and was made from the master tapes.

Analogy's sound is thick and heavy in a psychedelic way rather than a hard rock way, with Schoene's bass tone very deep, matching the sometimes sultry vocals of Neinhaus. The instruments of focus, other than Nienhaus' voice, are the guitar of Thurn and Schoene's bass. Except when they are in a solo setting, Pankoff's organ is back in the mix, and yet very much present. Lyrically, the album is fairly sparse, and without a lot of reading between the lines, or, in the case of "Pan-Am Flight 249," some context, they don't seem to make a lot of sense. But they don't have to, as the ear is drawn to how Neinhaus sang, not what she sang.

The centerpiece of the album is the nearly 10 minute "Analogy" – the track from which the band took their name. It begins as a subtle atmospheric piece with just Pankoff's organ, but gradually fades in to become a full on rocker, bringing to mind The Who a bit. Of the core album's 7 tracks, this is the one that is, perhaps, the most proggy in nature, though it gets there by way of psychedelia. The watery organ work recalls Ray Manzarek's in tone a bit, as on The Doors' "Riders On The Storm." The Doors played extended, arty, pieces like this. In another passage, Thurn's initially delicate guitar lines recall Pink Floyd ("Us And Them" came to mind), before a sweet, but high-toned guitar takes the lead voice, playing in sad, melancholy notes.

They follow this up with the upbeat, energetic "The Year's At The Spring," which made think of something from the early days of Jefferson Airplane, though Neinhaus doesn't sound like Grace Slick exactly, I could easily see Slick singing this way stylistically. Again, it is a showcase for Thurn, Schoene and Pankoff, but mostly Thurn, as he plays a brassy toned solo, leaned into a distinctively Hammond organ solo from Pankoff. Haven't mentioned drummer Nienhaus much, but his performance is solid throughout, keeping everything moving along. Nienhaus's story has a tragic ending, as he committed suicide in 1984 while he was in the end stages of his fight against AIDS.

The other thought that came to me as I was listening to Analogy was anachronistic as I thought of The Red Masque during the dark, gloomy, and some times funereal, "Dark Reflections" as well during the equally dark and gloomy "Pan-Am Flight 249" -- whether this song is in response to some specific incident around the time, I don't know. I did "Google" it, but found only references to the track in the tracklisting of various reviews of this album. This comparison was not just in the vocals of Jutta Neinhaus, which are richly ethereal and lilting, but rather in the whole vibe of each piece.

Another of the album's highlights is "Weeping May Endure" which, aside from some brief lilting vocals from Nienhaus, is an instrumental with Thurn's guitars leading the way. Here, too, Pankoff's organ gets a moment in the spotlight.

Once you "get past" finding some of vocals "flower child" like -- but pleasant to the ear -- and so very much of the 70s, you realize that the band combined all their respective talents to create a solidly good album. Produced by Aldo Pagani, who permitted the band only two recording days (all he was willing to invest), the album seems far from hurried or rushed. It's easy to see why this gem in it's original vinyl version is a sought-after item, potentially fetching US$1500.

Bonus :

Yoice (pre-Analogy) - 1972 - Sold Out/God's Own Land [single]

16 Horsepower - Black Soul Choir (Video Clip)

16 Horsepower - Black Soul Choir
(Video Clip)

Lyrics :

Ain’t none ever seen the face of his foe no

He ain’t made of flesh & bone
He’s the one who sits up close beside you
An when he’s there you are alone

Every man is evil yes an every man is a liar
An unashamed with the wicked tongues sing
In the black soul choir

Yes an no man ever seen the face of my lord no
Not since he left his skin
He’s the one you keep cold on the outside girl
He’s at your door let him in

O I will forgive your wrongs
Yes I am abel
An for my own I feel great shame
I would offer up a brick to the back of your head boy

If I were cain

Poll (Greece) - 1971 - Anthrope (Human)

5. 2.000 LOGOI

Kostas Tournas (Guitar, Vocals)
Stavros Logaridis (Bass, Vocals)
Robert Williams (Guitar, Vocals)
Kostas Papaioanou (Drums)
[many guest artist and singers...]

Great Psychedelic Folk-Pop Album !!!

Στον απόηχο της «εποχής των λουλουδιών» και της γενιάς του Woodstock εμφανίσθηκε ένα από τα πιο αγαπημένα γκρουπ της δεκαετίας αυτής, οι POLL, που κατ’ εξοχήν προσπάθησαν να μεταφέρουν κάτι από τη χίπικη αισθητική στον ελλαδικό χώρο. Μετά το θαυμάσιο 1ο τους single του ‘71 «Άνθρωπε αγάπα/Ελα ήλιε μου» που συνάντησε προβλήματα με τη λογοκρισία της χούντας λόγω των στίχων του, κυκλοφορεί την ίδια χρονιά και το 1ο τους άλμπουμ «Άνθρωπε…» με εξώφυλλο ένα……..ταγάρι. Το LP είναι πέρα για πέρα εκπληκτικό. Όλα τα τραγούδια είναι υψηλού συνθετικού επιπέδου, ώστε δύσκολα μπορείς να ξεχωρίσεις κάποιο. Δεν μπορώ όμως να μην επισημάνω ιδιαιτέρως το «Στην πηγή μια κοπέλα», ένα μοναδικό κομμάτι, κατ’ εμέ το καλύτερο που έγραψαν ποτέ κι ένα απ’ τα καλύτερα που έβγαλε ποτέ η χώρα μας. Μετά από ένα 2ο single «Η γενιά μας/Αετοί» που αποτελεί και το μανιφέστο μιας ολόκληρης γενιάς βγάζουν το ‘72 το 2ο τους ομώνυμο LP πρωτοτυπώντας πάλι στο εξώφυλλο που περιείχε 12σέλιδο έγχρωμο βιβλίο κόμικ με ήρωες τα μέλη του γκρουπ. Κατώτερο από το πρώτο, παρ’ όλ’ αυτά όμως ένα πολύ καλό LP. Το ύφος των POLL ήταν το φολκ-ροκ. Το γκρουπ ολοκλήρωσε την παρουσία του μ’ ένα τελευταίο single «Μολυβιές φωτογραφίες/Όσες φορές». Βασικός πυρήνας του ήταν οι Κώστας Τουρνάς, Ρόμπερτ Γουίλλιαμς και Σταύρος Λογαρίδης. Για ένα διάστημα πέρασε απ’ τις τάξεις του ως τραγουδίστρια και η Δέσποινα Γλέζου. Πρώτος που ακολούθησε προσωπική καριέρα ήταν ο Τουρνάς. Από τα LP’s που έβγαλε καλύτερο ήταν τα «Απεραντα Χωραφια» (‘72), ένα δομικώς σύνθετο για την εποχή του concept άλμπουμ με επιρροές από προοδευτικό ροκ. Η υιοθέτηση αργότερα ενός πιο απλουστευμένου ύφους θα τον φέρει και πιο κοντά στην εμπορική επιτυχία. Απ’ τα επόμενα LP’s του σε ποπ-ροκ φόρμες πιο αξιόλογα ήταν τα «Αστρόνειρα» (’73), «Κυρίες και κύριοι» (‘74) και «Λευκά φτερά» (‘75). Ο Γουίλλιαμς έβγαλε μερικά LP’s σε soft ποπ-ροκ ύφος. Ο Λογαρίδης σχημάτισε τους ΑΚΡΙΤΑΣ που μετά από ένα single κυκλοφόρησαν το ‘73 και το μοναδικό τους ομώνυμο LP, ένα από τα κορυφαία στον ελλαδικό χώρο όλων των εποχών. Το άλμπουμ κινείται στο χώρο του προοδευτικού ροκ και χαρακτηρίζεται από τις συχνές αλλαγές θεμάτων. Ειδική μνεία πρέπει να γίνει για τα εξαιρετικά κιθαριστικά μέρη του guest Δήμου Παπαχρήστου, πρώην μέλους των ΕΞΑΔΑΚΤΥΛΟΣ. Πρωτοποριακό άλμπουμ και δισκάρα!!! Οι ΑΚΡΙΤΑΣ μπορούν να θεωρηθούν ως οι Έλληνες EMERSON, LAKE+PALMER. Μετά τη διάλυσή τους ο Λογαρίδης ακολούθησε σόλο καριέρα ηχογραφώντας το 1ο του ομώνυμο LP (‘78) και το «Σε άλλη γη» (‘80) σε προοδευτικό ροκ πιο εμπορικού ύφους από το παρελθόν.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Julian Jay Savarin - 1973 - Waiters of the Dance

John Dover – Bass
Nigel "Zed" Jenkins – Guitar
Jo Meek – Vocals
Roger Odell – Drums
Julian Jay Savarin – Keyboards

Waiters On The Dance (Birth RAB 2) 1973
(reissued on Five Hours Back (TOCK 002) in 1987)

Akarma AK 161, 2001

I Am You/Kizeesh (Lyntone LYN 3426) 197?
(issued as a Corgi Books sampler)

Julian Jay Savarin was the leader and main songwriter in Julian's Treatment. He wrote, directed, and played on the 1970 double concept album, ‘A Time Before This’. It is based on the book, ‘Lemmus, A Time Trilogy - Waiters On The Dance’, which Savarin wrote. A poet and writer, as well as a musician, he used his multi-talented focus to his advantage on many different projects.

Waiters On The Dance’, originally released in 1971 and re-released by Akarma Records in 2001, comes attractively packaged with the original artwork in the vinyl and CD formats.

A concept album with excellent music seems to be more ear catching than any other type of recording. When you know that there is a story behind the music, better yet an entire book, the entire picture begins to formulate in your mind’s eye. When you then take that formula and add powerful guitar riffs, grinding organ and Lady Jo Meek's (later with Catapilla) voice to tell the story and set it all in motion with feeling, you have all the elements for a successful musical endeavour that spells progressive rock. This LP is a classic that deserves an abundance of attention by those that appreciate what this captivating genre has always had to offer its devout listeners. I am like many of you; I had never heard of this album before and felt entirely blown away by its impact. I am sure you will be too, and then you will wonder why you had not heard of this sooner. As the saying goes… better late then never, get it now!

The books in Savarin's trilogy are:
Lemmus One: Waiters on the Dance,
Lemmus Two: Beyond the Outer Mirror
Lemmus Three: Archives of Haven, all in the sci-fi genre.

Effervescent Elephants (Italy) - 1987 - Something to Say

Effervescent Elephants (Italy) - 1987 - Something to Say


Tracks :
01 To The Morning Blue
02 Europes Blues
03 LSD
04 3 O'clock
05 Maize
06 Hey Mr. Paul Smith
07 Inian Side
08 Something To Say
09 All Tomorrows Parties

Band :
Ludovico Ellena- g, voc
Konrad Giolito - voc
Aldo Casciano - dr
Lorenzo Proverbio - keyb, voc
Sergio Monti - b, voc

The Effervescent Elephants are a strange Italian Barret-inspired group as the name suggests; nods are taken to Syd's guitar style (they do a cover of Interstellar Overdrive). The band has a nice laid-back vibe, sub-par vocals are treated with much reverb and down in the mix creating and sustaining a nice Italian "haze". If that sounds at all good to you, this comes
highly recommended.

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