”A History of Garage and Frat Bands in Memphis, 1960-75 is a Memphis garage rock compilation that was released in conjunction with the book ‘Playing for a Piece of the Door’, by Ron Hall. The book is a candid history and discography of over one hundred garage rock bands who recorded at least one record in Memphis between1960-1975.”
Hmmm… More appropriate title would be ‘History of Garage and Soul Bands in Memphis’ as approximately 30% of the stuff are R&B tunes [especially on vol.2]. It’s a pretty interesting collection of some fine rare 60’s recordings transferred directly from original vinyls [not master trax], so the sound is bit raw & grainy here and there but anyway cool [I’ve fixed some cliks & crackles]. Some of the bands could be heard on other comps as Flash & The Casuals on ”Uptight, Tonight” comp, Danny Bunk And The Invaders on ”Hang It Out To Dry!”, The Escapades and The Breakers on ”Pebbles”, The Scepters on ”Everywhere Chainsaw Sound” etc. but some tunes can be find only here as The Coachmen ”Possibility”, great Sci-Fi instrumental ”The Mysterians” by Jimmy Tarbutton And The Memphis Sound or rare garage gem Los Angeles Smog Division ”Blue Green” with ”borrowed” Pretty Things ”LSD” riff. Ok, check my favs below ‘n’ Dig!!!
Holla amigos! What time it is? Summertime’s here and It’s right time for another ”Instrummentón En La Cuadra” comp. It’s so cool I wish it was made by me but the truth is it was made by my dear Spanish friend Jose from fabulous Tommentonenlacuadra blogspot. You surely know that he’s a big fan and connoisseur of 60’s garage rock, mod, beat and psych but he also digs real cool instrumental stuff. This is one of the most interesting instro collections I’ve heard recently, as it gathers various genres in one place and it’s function like a soundtrack for some lost 60’s flick. Here you got Sci-fi, Exotica, Psych, R&B, Lounge, Surf, Garage & Soundtrack instumental tunes mostly by some less known artists and groups. I’ve put some of my favorites below, so check it out! Hey hombre, olé dig!!!
”Surf Rock band from Orange County, California that formed around 1960. Originally called The Surfaris, they changed their name after another band called The Surfaris had a big hit with Wipeout.”
Between October 1962 and through January 1963, they recorded in the studio of producer Tony Hilder a number of songs written by Larry Weed, such as “Moment of Truth” and “Delano Soul Beat” that were released on Hilder’s own Impact label, as part of a surf music compilation album titled Shake, Shout and Soul. These tracks subsequently appeared on various compilation albums, such as Wheels, The World of Surfin’, Surf’s Up at Banzai Pipeline and others.
After some months, the band again went into the studio with Hilder producing and recorded a number of tracks intended to be released on the Impact label, as their first full-length LP. Two of the tracks, “Bombora” and “Surfari” were leased to Del-Fi Records, which sent them out as a single. But the record, even though it started selling well in the state had to be pulled from the stores because of a lawsuit.
The Original Surfaris, in their various incarnations, were “one of the most highly regarded” and “creative” surf groups of the 1960s, but also remained at the time “one of the most obscure” ones. Critics described their music as featuring “reverb galore, swaggering sax and a tough surf sound”, while their best tracks were praised for their “spooky reverb guitar lines and Latin-influenced minor melodies that were hallmarks of much of the best instrumental surf music. Another surf music group from Los Angeles named themselves The Bomboras inspired by the instrumental track. The Original Surfaris allegedly never received any money for the tracks they recorded with Tony Hilder, since they had signed all their publishing rights away for one dollar per song.” [wiki]
Surfaris or not Surfaris, that is the question !?! These guys are ‘Originals’ ok! ”Bombora!” Lp shoulda be their debut surf album in ’63 but the project was shelved in the wake of the legal action involving the other Surfaris. The ’65 ”Wheels” album is kinda mystery, ’cause it sounds kinda dated [must be it was recorded earlier] and maybe only opener “Delano Soul Beat” is actually by the Original Surfaris. Anyways, here you got almost all the stuff recorded by the band, so check ’em out!
Ultra Low-Fi Rockers! Wild guitar actions! Insane-Kickin’ Ass Rockers!
Well alright! Here’s a vinyl comp. series of some sloppy, dirty, drunken, undisciplined 60s rockers [mostly uncomped]. Here you gotta deal with some rare, obscure R-billy, C.Berry influenced R’n’R , few mid 60s garage & R&B rockers and instrumentals. It’s kinda like now legendary ”Greasy Rock’n’Roll” comp. series. Below are some of my favs you can check out. Now ya know what a fuss is all about. It’s about RUMBLE !!!
”A high-octane mix of and charging hot rod instrumentals, this album laps the competition! Led By Bruce Johnston, The Kustom Kings include The Wrecking Crew’s finest, including Steve Douglas, Glen Campbell, Tommy Tedesco, and Hal Blaine!”
VROOOM!!! After a short break here we go again with a hot rod rumble at Surfadelic. This here is one of the finest slabs in genre [from my point of view], with songs and instros mostly penned by Bruce Johnston/Steve Douglas tandem, graced by cool production with buzzing fuzz sound. Fav tunes: [instros] Fireball, Tuck And Roll, Asphalt Eater, [Vocals] Super Fine 39, Stick Six, In My 40 Ford, cool cover of Rip Chords’ Hey Little Cobra. But there’s a catch, I have two different vinyl rips, one is probably from original 60’s vinyl while other is from reissue. You gotta choose brothers & sistas or dig ’em both. ”Go fast, don’t be last, win the race first place, remember you’re a fastest car around…”
[special thanx to my friend Juan for vinyl rip 2]
Hey folks! You know Bo. Hey Bo Diddley and stuff… This here is a 20 min. ’66 B&W promo documentary directed by Gary Sherman on Bo’s rumble, Duches, studio session [”We’re Gonna Get Married”], live gigs [”Hey Go Go”], records pressing and special appearance of legendary DJ Tom “Big Daddy” Donahue. I’ve recently uploaded it on YT just fer ya, so better check it out while it’s up. I think you need mo’ BO!
”The Birth Of Surf Volume 3 is essentially a journey back to the glory days of the surf rock instrumentals. There’s twenty-six tracks from familiar faces and new names. Among the familiar faces is the founding father of the surf rock instrumental, Dick Dale. Joining Dick Dale and His Del-Tones are The Rip Tides, The Rumblers, The Sentinals, The Baymen, The Torquetts, The Rondells, Marrell’s Marauders and The Surfaris. That’s just a tantalising taste of The Birth Of Surf Volume 3. It was lovingly compiled by Alan Taylor and Dave Burke of Pipeline Magazine.
For anyone looking for an introduction to the surf rock instrumental, then The Birth Of Surf series is the perfect starting point. Along with the the first two instalments in The Birth Of Surf series, The Birth Of Surf Volume 3 is the perfect primer to the surf rock instrumental.”more at [DereksMusicBlog]
COOL surfin’ stuff all the way. Surf’s Up! Dig !!!
Are you for more hot instrumental rockin’ action? This here is a Real COOL vinyl comp. series of raw 50s/60’s R’n’R & surf instros. Mostly little known groups but pretty wyld. Well, some of the tunes you could hear on other comps but who cares, ya gotta hear ’em again [and learn well] alright? Gid!
… And again, surfin’ & draggin’ double feature on Surfadelic. Two fine collection of 60’s instros and vocal tunes from Downey and Garpax labels.
”It Came from The Beach” compilation gets together all the surf and rocking instrumentals recorded at the Downey Studios or for Downey Records in the early 60s. Most were released on small indie boutique labels, if not on the Downey imprint itself. It comes with some prev. unreleased stuff as well as many tunes you could already heard on ”Surf Legends And Rumors” comp. but from different masters.
The other collection is based on the ‘Beach Party‘ album Gary Paxton released in 1964 on GSP plus many additional tracks from the archive. Contains half instros/half vocal [mostly surfin’ girl groups] and some previously unreleased tunes from the vaults of Gary Paxton’s Garpax Records. Some real cool stuff mixed with some so so, but pretty solid anyways. Let’s go to the beach!
”Meet TOM & JERRY – no, not the cartoon cat & mouse, but two widely respected Country session guitarists.
TOM TOMLINSON had worked on the Louisiana Hayride in the early 50s and carved out a reputation as a hot session guitarist, before joining Johnny Horton’s band – he played on all Horton’s hits.
JERRY KENNEDY had been a successful 13-year old Rockabilly singer, ‘Jerry Glenn’, before also joining the Louisiana Hayride house band, eventually becoming a Nashville ‘A’ Team regular at the age of just seventeen.
They teamed up in early 60’s to record four instrumental albums for Mercury Records. The albums entitled “Tom & Jerry”, cover all genres of music, also included Hank Garland, Boots Randolph, Bob Moore, and Harold Bradley.
Jerry Kennedy Orchestra participate to the complete sessions recording for Johnny Hallyday in 1962. Kennedy was one of the session musicians used by Bob Dylan in recording his classic album, Blonde On Blonde in 1966.
This ’63 surf styled lp among instros has some girls singing tunes as well known Lee Hazlewood ”Surfin’ Hootenanny”[also recorded by Al Casey]. – As requested
”Best known for their hits as the Rip Chords, the vocal duo of Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher collaborated on countless hot-rod and surf records during the mid-1960s, working under a seemingly endless variety of studio guises. While Johnston was already a well-known West Coast session player, Melcher (the son of Doris Day) had released a series of singles under the name Terry Day before being named Columbia Records’ youngest-ever staff producer; he brought Johnston to the company to release 1963’s ”Surfin’ Round the World”, and the pair soon began collaborating regularly. As the Rip Chords, they scored their biggest hit with 1964’s “Hey Little Cobra; ” a series of singles credited to Bruce and Terry followed before the duo went their separate ways, with Johnston joining the Beach Boys and Melcher enjoying even greater success as a producer.” [allmusic]