THE DAVE BRIDGE TRIO – Surfin’ Down Under [1963]

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“The Dave Bridge Trio were an Australian group that got their start when the lead guitarist of the Joy Boys quit to form his own band. This is their only album.

‘Surfin’ Down Under’ is a moody track that features an unidentified pipe-like percussion instrument that starts the album out in a drowsy low-fi vibe. ‘Bondi Stomp’ picks the tempo up quite a bit and is a great little rocker full of guitar slides. ‘Cat Bay’ is another fast rocker with tremendous amounts of reverb while ‘Gold Coast stomp’ boasts some excellent low string picking. ‘Cottesloe Stomp’ has some interesting banter between guitars and ‘Rainbow Bay’ again falls into low-fi mood music. One of the best more interesting tracks on the album, ‘Ridin’ the Bower’ falls into Les Paul territory. ‘Boomer Beach’ features the drummer. ‘The Tide’ has some ghostly backing female vocals though doesn’t exactly fall comfortably into the surf umbrella. The oddly-titled ‘Winkiepop’ has a nice bass line while Bridge’s guitar twangs up high on the fret board. Years before the Disney film, ‘Moana’ feels more like a jam session than an actual song. A bass heavy ‘Gallows’ closes the album on a strong note.

Extremely chill, extremely relaxed; the Dave Bridge Trio’s Surfin’ Down Under is a breath of fresh air from the continent in the Pacific ocean. Never re-released on CD r cassette, original copies often fetch upwards of $300 so if you are able locate a copy, grab it quick!” [Surfroute101]

Sydney based 60’s Instrumental band sole LP + singles trax and live. Rare stuff indeed. Just fer ya surfin’ cats! don’t miss it, Dig!!!

 

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SCRATCH MY BACK – New Rubble Vol.5 [UK 60’s Girls Garage/Mod/Beat]

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UK 60’s girls in garage-mod-beat action! This is for my money the best volume in the New Rubble series. Loadsa cool stuff like fuzzed-out ”Scratch My Back” by Jan Panter, The Martells ”Time To Say Goodbye”, Glenda Collins ”Thou Shalt Not Steal”, cover of Hollies tune ”You Know He Did” by Mary Mccarthy, cool take on The Sorrows ”Baby” by Tracy Rogers… Girls 60’s FUN FUZZ & HAMMOND, Check some favs down there ‘n’ dig!!!

 

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BIG BOY PETE – Return To Catatonia [1967-69 Pop/Psych]

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“Funny what acid can do to you…”

“This is the third of four collections of previously unreleased material by this U.K. space cadet. Funny what acid can do to you. In this case it was kind of like the elixir that transformed Jekyll into Hyde (an observation taken directly from the liner notes to this LP). Pete Miller was previously known for his contributions on guitar to a couple of relatively undistinguished British pop groups from the early ’60s. After a brief solo career under sober conditions, he discover acid about the middle of the decade, which promptly transformed him into his alter ego: Big Boy Pete. This new and mentally unshackled artist, with the aid of his own in-home studio, went about recording some truly odd, strange, weird, and any other adjective along these lines you can think of – some recorded while the artist was actually tripping. “
“Return to Catatonia has some truly trippy material. A couple of songs are obviously influenced by other artists like the Kinks and the Beatles. It also relies heavely on studio effects…”

The further PSYCHEDELIC adventures of Pete Miller, Uk’s best kept secret of the 60’s! Following the ‘Homage To Catatonia’, this release ransacks BIG BOY PETE’s 1967-1969 vaults to present another 14 tracks of previously UNAVAILABLE homegrown PSYCHEDELIA.

 

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PETE MILLER (Big Boy Pete) – Summerland / Homage To Catatonia [1966-69 Pop/Psych]

 

“Big Boy Pete was some kind of weirdo by the name of Pete Miller who recorded loads of early psych pop songs in his own crash pad studio. Apparently, he was a songwriter that would record demos and then sell them to other bands. These two sets are all examples of this. Ranging from straight 60’s beat, to a bit of pop and popsike this lp’s goes a long way to showing that Mr. Miller had alot of songwriting talent. There are a few tracks that stand out from the pack but the overall feeling one gets when listening to this is that it’s all very good. The production is pretty good too considering they were done as demos. Overall, a good album, and though a compilation of all of his “pop” tracks it feels more like a whole.”

You could hear his tune “Cold Turkey” on Chocolate Soup for Diabetics vol.2 and Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks vol.4. ”Summerland” is first and probably the best collection of his recordings issued by Tenth Planet rec. ”Homage To Catatonia” is pretty fine & weird too. Check it out!!!

 

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Surfadelic Presents – Death Race On The Zombie Highway! [Hot Rod/Surf Instros]

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It’s been a while, but hey!… here comes a brand new kick ass Surfadelic mutha f***in’ compilation you’ve been waiting for. A groundbreaking 2 phase collection of modern surfin’ & draggin’ instro stuff from 80’s, 90’s and 00’s, alright! Ya gotta deal with some well known garage surf acts as Satan’s Pilgrims, Huevos Rancheros, The Bomboras, Los Straitjackets, Boss Martians, Bambi Molesters, The Untamed Youth, Davie Allan, Phantom Surfers, Surf Trio, Link Wray, The Fathoms… and other interesting ace loosers. 40 trax of Surfadelic instro action just fer you garage zombies out there. It’s fast, it’s furious, it’s deadly! Don’t miss this, dig!!!

 

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JESSE HECTOR – Gorilla Garage / HAMMERSMITH GORILLAS – Gorilla Got Me (UK 70’s Glam-Protopunk)

 

The Godfather of Garage Rock. A stalwart of the rock scene who began in 1959, became a scenester in the mid 60’s, an urban legend in the mid and late 70’s… and an icon ever since whose influence abounds. With a unique look and image, sideburns that can kill, Jesse Hector is an icon and a rock legend. 
This compilation, the first ever to tell the full story of Jesse Hector, pulls the best recorded evidence together. A stripped down band set up, often live in the studio, no frills, plenty of menace, high energy, a rock’n’roll sensibility underpinning everything. Where Jack White has drawn on Blues for the bedrock to the White Stripes material, Jesse Hector drew on Rock ‘n’Roll. It is no coincidence that both acts produced some of their best work at Toe Rag studios, the first three on this compilation being recorded and produced by Liam Watson.
Other producers have also got great results from Jesse; Chiswick’s Roger Armstrong producing the punk era classic ‘Gatecrasher’ and the later Jesse Hector & The Sound recordings, Larry Page producing the equally classic version of ‘You Really Got Me’. The latter graces the recent compilation “Glitterbest” and is often played on the radio by the likes of DJ Mark Lamarr. *The album is timeless, like it’s a brand new album, even though the recordings span 1972-1988, they bear a consistent sound and performance. Even the bonus track on the end – Jesse’s first recording in 1959 – doesn’t sound out of place! 
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KICK ASS compilation-overview of this 70’s UK cult Garage/Punk/Glam rocker career, gathered his recordings with different groups as The Gatecrashers, The Sound, Hammersmith Gorillas, Helter Skelter, Crushed Butler and Jesse Hector Rock’n’Roll Trio. EXPLOSIVE mix of MC5, Stooges, Glam Rock & Garage JESSE HECTOR style
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The Hammersmith Gorillas or Gorillas as they were also known, were formed in 1974 and lasted until 1981. Based around the creative talents of Jesse Hector, who was no stranger to the music scene, the band made a reputation for itself in the early days before and during the punk revolution. Jesse Hector had been involved in the music scene since the age of 15. He had played guitar in the mid-’60s cult band The Clique (not to be confused with the U.S. band of the same name) then fronted some politically incorrect bands by the names of Helter Skelter and Crushed Butler in the late ’60s. In 1971, Hector got together with Alan Butler (bass) and Gary Anderson (drums) and took the name of a pro-Castro activist group and the band, The Hammersmith Gorillas were born. 
 
The band recorded a wild, pumped-up version of the Kinks'”You Really Got Me,” as their first single for Larry Page’s Penny Farthing label, and it immediately captured the attention of a young generation yearning for a new style of music. The sheer energy and attitude behind the single won it immediate recognition among the young people, but it failed to impress the radio programmers, so it didn’t receive the airplay it deserved. After the failure of Page’s label, the band signed to the fledgling Chiswick indie label and recorded further singles.
By 1976, the punk movement began to rear its ugly head and The Hammersmith Gorillas were right in the midst of the movement. Along with their friends in the Damned, Eddie & the Hot Rods, and more, the Gorillas, as they were then known, went to France to play in the legendary Mont de Marsan Punk Festival. After the Festival, punk took the world by storm and many bands popped up vowing to change the world. In 1978, the Gorillas recorded their debut (and only) album titled “Message to the World” for Raw records. The band rode the wave of the punk movement, and in 1981, bandmember Alan Butler died a tragic death and the band broke up. 
Nearly a decade later, in 1991, Hector returned to the music business and formed the Sound. “Gorilla Got Me” compiles 22 tracks from the careers of The Hammersmith Gorillas and the Gorillas. This set contains singles and selected album tracks originally released between 1974-1978, and a number of previously unreleased live tracks. Although the Gorillas will never make the rock & roll hall of fame the band’s contribution to the ’70s music scene is worthy of documentation. The set also contains detailed liner notes, a history of the band, a discography, and rare photos. A fitting tribute to one of the forgotten innovators of the punk movement. [Allmusic]
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