THE YARDBIRDS – Roger The Engineer (Mono/Stereo Vinyl Rip!!!)

 

Roger the Engineer (originally released in the UK as Yardbirds and in the US, Germany, France and Italy as Over Under Sideways Down) is a classic 1966. studio lp by the Yardbirds. These are Edsel records ’83 reissues with different collor cover art and different trackslists as Mono issue (blue cover) has two more cuts, ”Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”/”Psycho Daisies” from ’66 single. This is their best lp, one of the top 60′ rock albums. You got killer stuff like Over, Under, Sideways, Down, Rack My Mind, He’s Always There, Turn Into Earth, What Do You Want… Edsel did a real good job with the sound [they used original E.M.I. masters]. In this case MONO version is my favorite. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. Check it out!

 

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FREAKBEAT FREAKOUT!

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And “freakbeat” is what?

“For those of us who pushed our transistor radios to the limits in the 60’s, looking for stations playing British rock outside the boundaries of the top acts, this compilation will make life a lot easier. No more holding that small plastic box up in the air, turning it this way and that to catch signals from WLS Chicago and similar stations which introduced us to the lesser known UK groups of the day.
But, truth be known, we would have had a hard time hearing these tunes even on those rare radio programs. Not much of this material made it our way. And the term “freakbeat” was unknown to us, it was coined much later (in the 80’s by British journalist Phil Smee) to identify songs which were a little outside what stations might have been willing to carry. Album cuts, 45’s by one shot artists, etc. There are many gems in here that would cost you hundreds of dollars in the rare chance you could find them at all. For example, “Tell Her” the male gender version of the Exciters “Tell Him.” This is one of many fine compilations available on the subject, indeed, one of the better ones for the rarities. And, in itself, this compilation is getting pretty scarce as well.”

 

Pretty solid freakbeat comp. featuring killer mid 60’s stuff by The Blue Rondos, The Sorrows, Tony Jackson, The Clique, The Primitives, The Worrying Kynde, The Montanas, The Movement, The Troggs, The Truth, Simon Raven … Many of these trax could be heard on comps like ‘English Freakbeat’ and others but anyways… Jump And Dance, Dig!!!

 

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Surfadelic Presents ~ PURPLE SHADOWS ~ [60’s Garage/Psych]

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In the wake of my recent Nuggets vinyl post comes this Nuggets-like Surfadelic comp. with different tunes by many bands which are present on the original collection. So, this is kinda allstar US 60’s garage team plus some lesser known acts. Emphasis is on late 60’s more psych/garage stuff with purple haze effects 🙂  Do you remember ”Dark Shadows” series with Barnabas Collins ? Well… these are Purple Shadows, alright! Dig!!!

 

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THE SEEDS – The Seeds / Web Of Sound / Fallin’ Off The Edge [Stereo Vinyl Rip!]

 

 

Legendary L.A. 60’s flower punkers fronted by notorious ‘tripmaker’ Sky ‘Sunlight’ Saxon were one of the seminal garage punk bands, pioneers of early psychedelia.

 

 

Their 1966. debut lp contains hit singles ”Can’t Seem To Make You Mine” and ”Pushin’ Too Hard” plus other cool garage rockers as fuzzed-out monster Evil Hoodoo, No Escape, Try To Understand, Nobody Spoil My Fun… A classic r&b, stonesy proto-punk.

 

 

Next up was ’66 ”A Web Of Sound”, one of the early garage-psych albums [as the Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators or The Deep – Psychedelic Moods]. Another classic slab, real fabulous cover art [by Sky Saxon] and flower fuzz tunes as Mr. Farmer, Pictures and Designs, Tripmaker, Just Let Go and 14:30 minutes of Sky’s ‘flower tour de force’ Up in Her Room. One of my favorite 60’s punk lps, a must have!

 

 

In 1977. Crescendo rec. issued this compilation of singles b-sides and rarities with cool trax as The Wind Blows Your Hair, The Other Place, She’s Wrong, Chocolate River… plus superfine Surfadelic bonus: Satisfy You, Out Of The Question… and full version of 900 Million People Daily (All Making Love), nice add to those first two albums.

Now peoples, these are my favorite Seeds stuff. Vinyl rip by Mr.Eliminator [himself!]. Enjoy!!!

The Seeds in STEREO!

 

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THE ELECTRIC PRUNES – Long Day’s Flight

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This 18 trax comp is probably one of the best Prunes collectons out there, a pretty good introduction to these US 60’s garage/psych icons. As with other Edsel records comps here you got real cool selection of ‘original group’ stuff, best songs from their first two albums and couple of non lp singles cuts. As you know The Electric Prunes are stars from legendary Nuggets and proud owners of one of the alltime best psych singles ”I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)”. There are other cool fuzz-fueled garage tunes as their next ’67 single Get Me To The World On Time/ Are You Lovin’ Me More (But Enjoy It Less), Bangles , killer fuzzters from their 2nd lp “Underground” – Dr. Do-Good, Hideaway, The Great Banana Hoax, Long Day’s Fight and non lp singles trax as Ain’t It Hard and You Never Had It Better. In 60’s garage rock Panteon they stand next to Chocolate Watch Band, The Standells, The Seeds, Music Machine or 13th Floor Elevators. So, light on your lava lamps ‘n’ Dig!!!

 

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NUGGETS (Sire Records 1976. 2LP Stereo) Vinyl Rip!

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This is ’76. Sire rec. reissue of the Lenny Kaye’s legendary garage rock compilation but with different cover art. You’re familiar with 4CDs Rhino box set where 1st disc is like original ’72 Nuggets, but the sound is pretty different as Rhino discs are mono remasters [with brickwalled sound] while Sire and Elektra used stereo and mono masters. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. Check it out!

 

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BO DIDDLEY : Drive by – Tales From The Funk Dimension 1970-1973

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Bo Diddley not only is one of the key architects of Rock & Roll, in my eyes he’s also one of the founding fathers of Funk. No one played a guitar that percussively as Bo did back in the ’50s.

This great CD – which also features fantastic liner notes and images of LP cover art – brings together some of the funkiest tracks Bo recorded between 1970 and 1973.

From the masterpiece ‘Black Gladiator’ (1970) come “Elephant Man”, “Black Soul”, “Funky Fly”, “I Don’t Like You” and “Shut Up Woman”.

From ‘Another Dimension’ (1971) – the ill-fated ‘covers’-album – come two Creedence Clearwater Revival updates, but it’s Bo’s self-written funk gems “Pollution” and “Go for Broke” that really put the swing in that LP.

Next up is Diddley’s best-loved funk album, ‘Where It All Began’ (1972). A non-stop, no-filler, all-killer album, it’s only due to time shortage that it isn’t available in its entirety here. The hilarious “Hey Jerome” is fantastic, with another highly infectious ‘ad lib’ from Bo, as is the hardrocking funk opus “Bo Diddley-Itis”. “Infatuation” is a nice, soulful ballad, while “Take It All Off” is more straight-up boogie funk.

From ‘Big Bad Bo’ (1973), Bo’s last album for Chess, come three more sweaty workouts: “Bite You”, “Hit or Miss” and the headbobbing, horn heavy “Stop the Pusher”.

This is GOLD. [soulmakossa]

 

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Black Soul!

Real COOL comp. of trax taken from Bo’s four funk albums released in the early 70’s. Although you can dig entire lp’s in the Bo Diddley section of this blog, this is superfine overview of his funky stuff. 

[And remember: Fuck! Richie Unterberger and his reviews]

 

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BETTY DAVIS – This Is It!

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“No I don’t wanna love you
Cause I know how you are
That’s why I’ve been staying away from you
That’s why I haven’t called you

Cause I know you could possess my body
I know you could make me scrawl
I know could have me shaking
I know you could have me climbing walls

That’s why I don’t wanna love you…”

”Some of the heaviest funk you’ll ever find in one tiny package all courtesy of the mighty Betty Davis! Betty’s work of the 70s is beyond compare fuzzed-out, tripped-up, drum-heavy funk that’s been the stuff of legend for years, and which is the kind of music you could play for just about anyone, and have them say “DANG, what the hell is that!?!” This tasty little set brings together best tracks from Betty’s 3 albums of the mid 70s, Betty Davis, Nasty Gal, and They Say I’m Different, done with a focus on the hardest-hitting tracks from each set, and put together with a real ear for the kind of tunes that still burn mightily after all these years.”

 

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”In the late ‘60’s and ‘70’s, Betty Davis strutted hard and fast – in her I. Miller shoes – through the exotic world of black rock and electric jazz. A talented, sexually assertive woman in the bigoted, male-dominated world of music, Betty gleefully recounted torrid, tempestuous tales over a funky beat, decades before the likes of Kelis, Macy Gray and Missy Elliot were doing it. Oh, and she also married Miles Davis. Go on, move it girl!”

 

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”The funkiest funk you’ll ever hear!”

 

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