MARY JANE [1968. Soundtrack w/ Davie Allan & The Arrows]

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This isn’t one of those 60’s biker flicks soundtracks but nevertheless it’s cool and includes involvement of Davie Allan & The Arrows as session musicians. You can hear ’em on fine rumblin’ tunes as The Fun Zone, Pursuit or Bay City Boys [known as ”Grogs Hog” from ”Cycle-Delic Sounds Of” LP]. Movie is a drama about teacher trying to break up a local drug ring who is framed and arrested for possession of marijuana, featuring teen idol Fabian. ”Fabian plays a high school art teacher who is framed and busted while trying to convince the school principal that grass isn’t such a bad thing. Diane McBain plays a fellow teacher who has her own problems to deal with. The rebellious students are about as threatening as a teenage root beer bust.” Album produced by Mike Curb and Lawrence Brown, Mary Jane music score by Mike Curb and Lawrence Brown. Duophonic vinyl rip, Dig!!!

 

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THE LEMON DIPS – Who’s Gonna Buy? [1969. UK Psych]

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”Psychedelic rock beat library music composed by Johnny Hawksworth and Peter Reno, played by The Lemon Dips in vocal and instrumental versions featuring heavy drums, electric guitar and organ.”

”Recorded by an anonymous studio band, musically 1969’s “Who’s Gonna Buy?” was a major curiosity. The album was divided into a side featuring six vocal performances and a side with seven instrumentals. Five of the side two instrumentals were apparently the same songs without the vocal tracks. Missing in action from the instrumental side was ‘I Am the Man’- though there were two ‘new’ tracks – ‘Wild Types’ and ‘Leather People’. Assuming J. Hawksworth and P. Reno were the main members (they were given writing credits for all 14 selections), the album offered up a wonderful selection of garage rock and psych moves. Tracks such as ‘I Am the Man’, ‘Who’s Gonna Buy?’ and ‘Unpack Your Bags’ offered up great tunes, excellent snarling vocals, all punched up with tons of feedback guitar and walls of keyboards. Always loved the brief descriptions that accompanied each track, e.g. ”Winter Song’ was described as a ‘strongly melodic lament’.”

 

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Labeled under “library music” this rare psych Lp is pretty cool surprise to the fans and connoisseurs of UK psych. Three of the tracks were used in the soundtrack to the forgotten film “The Haunted House of Horror” (released as “The Dark” in the States). Vinyl rip. Who’s Gonna… Dig!!!

 

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NEAL FORD & THE FANATICS [US 60’s Garage]

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”The top band in Houston, Texas of the mid-1960s was Neal Ford & The Fanatics, a tight and professional outfit responsible for some of the best garage sounds from the region. Led by Ford and featuring talented writer-members Lanier Greig, Jon Pereles and Johnny Stringfellow, the Fanatics ruled the roost in the city at clubs including the Catacombs. Once they signed to Nashville indie Hickory in late 1966 they seemed destined for national stardom. Despite regional hits, the group never achieved the visibility they deserved, but many of their records are now coveted by 60s rock collectors.

Good Men is a long-overdue survey of Neal Ford & The Fanatics’ best moments in the studio, and runs the gamut from expertly-produced and performed commercial pop and folk-rock to freaky psychedelic experiment and the gnarliest of 60s punk. It features several of the Fanatics’ popular singles for Hickory and cuts from their lone album for the label, as well as fantastic earlier sides released on the Houston indies Gina and Tantara. Well over half of this anthology has never appeared on compact disc before, and there are several unissued titles that add immeasurably to the group’s reputation.”

Real fine but somehow overlooked Texas 60’s garage/pop band kinda like garage version of UK The Zombies but with their own kink. From ’65-’68 they recorded many 45’s and an LP in 1967. Some of their best tunes [I Will Not Be Lonely,  Good Men (Are Hard To Find), Shame On You] were featured on several garage comps as Born Bad, Highs In The Mid Sixties, Acid Visions, Mayhem & Psychosis, Psychedelic States, Garage Beat ’66… but there are more cool stuff you can find on this great sounding comp. Check ‘it out!

 

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MORE FUZZ FROM DOWN UNDER [Oz 60’s Garage/Psych]

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Well, here’s 2nd part of 60’s DownUnder story with 3cds more. After first three killer packages of Oz savage 60’s punk in my previous post [dug ’em up already aint ya!?!] here you gonna get more of [mostly] the same treat on 4th disc of the set, while discs 5 & 6 are full of mostly real cool ’67-’69 Oz fuzz/wah psych dementia. There are cool covers of Small Faces ”Sorry, She’s Mine”, Beatles ‘‘Paperback Writer”, and great psychedelizied version of classic ”Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” Some of the stuff you could already find on fine Oz garage/psych comps as ”Datura Dreamtime”, ”A Forest Of Gold Top” or ”A Day In My Mind’s Mind” etc. Shame they didn’t include [so I did it!] great garage trax as ”Thump’‘ by The Union or Machine Gun Kelly’s Rejects ”I’m Going Back” instead of few duds but nobody’s perfect [except me] alright!  Two lame psych/pop cuts are missing but who cares. Finally, after all, I can say that this 6cd box has real great selection of tunes with crystal clear sound, so it deserves your attention or investment of your hard earned money.  Check some favs down below ‘n’ Dig!!!

 

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THE SUNSETS – The Hot Generation [’66/’67 Oz Garage/Surf]

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The Sunsets were 60’s garage band from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, formed in 1965. from surf crew The Four Strangers and later in ’67. evolved in Tamam Shud, cult psychedelic/progressive group.

”The Sunsets travelled to Sydney to perform regular gigs at various venues: Surf City, the Star Club and the Sunset discotheque. In October 1965 they released a single, “Bye Bye Goodbye”, on the Leedon label and followed with “When I Found You” in March of the following year. They issued three singles on Festival, “A Life in the Sun Theme”, “Love’s Face” and “The Hot Generation” in as well as an EP, A Life in the Sun in 1967. Their tracks were used for two surf films, A Life in the Sun (1966) and The Hot Generation (1967), both directed by Paul Witzig. Late that year Peter Barron replaced Connell on bass guitar and the group, now based in Sydney, changed their name to Tamam Shud.” [wiki]

 

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This is Surfadelic tribute collection of The Sunsets 45’s as well as The Four Strangers recordings. You already knew them from various comps as Ugly Things, Hot Generation, Board Boogie, Of Hopes & Dreams & Tombstonesor, Before Birdmen Flew and blah blah blah. So! It’s Garage-Surf ok?, Dig!!!

01 The Hot Generation [1967]
02 When I Found You [1966]
03 Animal [unreleased 1967]
04 I Want Love [1967]
05 Uptight, Out Of Sight [unreleased 1967]
06 Theme From ”a Life In The Sun” [1967]
07 Sunsets – Windansea [1967]
08 Don’t Get Around Much Anymore [1966]
09 The Hot Generation (Soundtrack Version) [1967]
10 The 4 Strangers – Sad And Lonely [1965]
11 The 4 Strangers – The Rip [1964]
12 The 4 Strangers – Pearl Diver [1964]

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FUZZ FROM DOWN UNDER [Australia & New Zeland 60’s Punk]

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This here is a brand new 6cd collection of rumblin ‘n’ tumblin’ down under 60’s punk/beat/psych. You should be familiar with Oz/Nz garage comps as Ugly Things, Wild Things, Devil’s Children or Before Birdmen Flew series, so there are many names and tunes you could hear already, but anyways the first three cd’s which I present here are MUST have for 60’s punk fans and others. I give you 75 trax of FUZZ overkill [with BLAZING SOUND FIDELITY] raw R&B punk savagery  from Down Under loosers as The Smoke, The Atlantics, The Pleazers, The Blue Beats, The Challenge, Billy Adams, Wild Cherries, Tom Thumb, Throb, The 5, The La De Das, Masters Apprentices, Black Diamonds, Derek’s Accent, The Elois, The In-Sect, The Creatures… Killer stuff, Dig!!!

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For more Australian 60’s garage check this too:

Big Beat Cellar Scene
Hot Generation!
Ugly Things Vol.1
Down Under Nuggets

 

BLUE-EYED GARAGE [60’s Garage Rock/Soul]

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”I’m sitting on the bottom of the soul, yeah…
My pocket’s filled with nothing but a hole, yeah…”
[Sean Bonniwell]

More garage rock action at Surfadelic. This time ya gotta deal with r&b/soul flavored garage tunes mostly by US and few Canuck 60’s groups. As you know many white boys & gals were inspired by r&b/soul stuff back then [Mods ya know] so this cool rare Blue-Eyed Garage collection brings to you dance floor garage/soul dancin’ rarities. Some of these groups are better known from comps as Pebbles, Highs In The Mid Sixties or Acid Visions like The Beckett Quintet, Bocky & The Visions, The Vagrants, The Palace Guards while others ain’t. Anyways, here you have some fine stompin’ covers of Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed and Bunker Hill, and many great original tunes by The Reactors, The Charles, The Secrets, The Kidds, The Ruins, The Mods, The Pied Pipers, Ricky & The Lexingtons… Lotsa Vox & Farfisa organ sounds ‘n’ rhythms. There are couple of bonus trax by your fav 60’s garage bands in soul style just for a good measure. Do That Thing, Dig!!!

 

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Surfadelic Presents: XCEDRIN HEADACHE DANCE PARTY !!! [60’s Punk]

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Yep! Heard you missed it so here’s a brand new Surfadelic 60’s punk comp. Why it’s entitled ”Xcedrin Headache Dance Party”?!? It’s ’cause it was inspired by famous Mouse & The Boys ’68. garage/psych killer tune ”Xcedrin Headache #69” and because it will give you real good buzzing rockin’ headache for sure. Consisting mostly of US 60’s garage punkers [except for few killer Euro bands as Sound Of Imker from Netherlands or The Outsiders from Sweden] with emphasis on PUNK. Ohh Yeahhh! As you know there are too many lame, half assed, popie-hippie-dippie, shitty-evergreen-nostalgia, wanna be 60’s garage comps nowadays, it’s kinda overkill. So this Surfadelic collection is here to bring back the good old days of dangerous, un-safe, demented garage sounds [and livin’ :-)] of groups as The Rogues, The Velvet Illusions, The Bush, The Coastliners, S.J. & The Crossroads, The Savages, Brand X, The Other Half, The Esquires, The Sons Of Barbee Doll … [whatta name]. This comp. is especially recommended to those individuals who are on the brink of nervous breakdown, this stuff will push ’em over the edge. You may faint but you’ll never forget…  Check out some favs down there and remember, FUZZ never lies. Dig!!!

 

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VINCE TAYLOR – Jet Black Leather Machine [50s/60s R-Billy]

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”Who was Vince Taylor? For one, he was the inspiration behind David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. He also wrote one of the great Rock songs of all time, “Brand New Cadillac” (most famously covered by The Clash off their 1979 opus, London Calling). Granted, stylistically he owed a huge debt to his heroes, Elvis Presely, Gene Vincent & Eddie Cochran. And while not the most original Rocker on the scene, he did trademark the black leather suit before any of them. Of course, at the height of his popularity, just as he was about to break through, he notoriously “lost it” onstage. Apparently, the acid he allegedly scored off of Bob Dylan was part of the reason he wrapped a towel around his head, proclaimed himself Jesus Christ & preached to the crowd before trashing his band’s gear Who-style.”

 

 

”All that said, in terms of the material there aren’t alot of originals like “Brand New Cadilliac”. In fact, a case could be argued that the likes of Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran & Gene Vincent laid down the definitive versions of many of the songs herein. What sets Vince Taylor apart however is not the material he covered, but how he did it. In terms of intensity, attack & edge, this is some of the most ferocious Rockbilly around. We’ve all heard “Long Tall Sally” a thousand times, but not with this kind of abandon.

The French praised him for his feral wildness onstage & listening to the likes of “Cadillac”, “Jet Black Leather Machine” & “Since My Baby Left Me”, it was no myth. Other standouts include a stellar “Jezebel” & “Hi Heeled Sneakers”. Also noteworthy is the eerie, “Endless Sleep” .

As for “Cold White & Beautiful”, granted singing an upbeat song about your baby shooting herself is not going to be a guaranteed hit, but the jauntiness of this rare B-side is likely to send a chill up your spine. As will no doubt, Taylor’s performances throughout.” [LEPER MESSIAH]

 

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MAMIE VAN DOREN – The Girl Who Invented Rock’n’Roll [Titillating 50’s/60’s R’n’R]

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”Mamie Van Doren is an American actress, model, singer and sex symbol who is known for being one of the first actresses to recreate the look of Marilyn Monroe. Van Doren is perhaps best remembered for the rock ‘n’ roll, juvenile delinquency, exploitation movie Untamed Youth (1957), and other films of this calibre.

Van Doren went to star in several bad girl movies that later became cult films. She also appeared in some of the first movies to feature rock ‘n’ roll music and became identified with this rebellious style, and made some rock records.

Some of Van Doren’s more noteworthy movies include Teacher’s Pet (1958) at Paramount Pictures, Born Reckless (1958) at Warner Brothers, High School Confidential (1958) and The Beat Generation (1959), the latter two at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. But Van Doren was just as well known for her provocative roles. She was in prison for Girls Town (1959), which provoked censors with a shower scene where audiences could see Van Doren’s naked back. As Eve in The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960) she wore only fig leaves, and in other films, like The Beautiful Legs of Sabrina (1959), Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) and Vice Raid (1960) audiences were clued in as to the nature of the films from the titles.” [wiki]

 

 

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Don’t know if she invented R’n’R but this Rhino rec. collection of Mamie’s 1957-67 recordings is a real cool mix of rockers, ballads, exotica and calypso with tittyshakin’ flavor. First tunes I’ve heard were from ’64 single ”The Bikini With No Top On The Top/So What Else Is New” with Mamie and another 60’s bombshell June Wilkinson, great summer beach fun exploatation [my fav]. Other cool stuff is ’67 ”The Boy’s Catchers Theme” and colaboration with rock legend Eddie Cochran in ”The Beat Generation”, ”Ooh Ba La Baby!”, ”Rollin’ Stone”, ”Salamander” and ”Go Go Calypso!”. Say… Mmmm Mamie!

 

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