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!
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!!!
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!
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]
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]
“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.”
”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!”
”The funkiest funk you’ll ever hear!”
Collection of raw rockin’ n’ surfin’ instros on Mr. Manicotti label that gave you legendary ”Diggin’ Out” comp. and ”The Big Itch” series. Already have posted this before but here it is again with slightly better sound. Concussion!!!
You know Bo and Bo knows instros! This is a collection of 50’s and 60’s Bo’s instrumental tunes taken from albums and rare recordings comps. There’s a rhythm, there’s a blues and wyld Bo Diddley beat, alright! Dig!!!
Boston’s proto-punk/power pop rockers the Real Kids have been lionized as legendary through the years that have passed since their short, original run. The few studio recordings they released officially during their lifespan contain great, hook-ridden songs but don’t hint at the true ferocity that fans who caught them “back in the day” swear to. Luckily, Norton Records has blessed the world with Grown Up Wrong, and this incredible live document confirms that every bit of ancient hyperbole about the Kids was true. The tracks are culled from a live radio broadcast, unreleased soundboard tapes, and the band’s two tracks from the seminal Live at the Rat compilation; the Real Kids prove to be just as sweaty and explosive as rumored, far more visceral than their studio recordings ever suggested. For fans of high-velocity, no-nonsense rock & roll, this is the Real Kids record to start with. They may be a bit sloppy and over-amphetamined, but it’s exactly as they were meant to be heard, with full-tilt Rickenbacker riffing and energy that leaks out of the speakers and into the listener. The best cuts are aggressive, sneering put-downs to old girlfriends who, whether they realize it or not, screwed up by walking away; “Bad to Worse,” “Hit You Hard,” and the perfect breakup anthem, “All Kindsa Girls,” are all rousing pep talks for anyone who suffers from a broken heart. Also exceptional is a moving read of “Common at Noon,” a tough but mournful lament over lost love and the passage of time itself (“This ain’t my town/It ain’t like it used to be/When you were still hanging around”). Covers of Eddie Cochran, the Rolling Stones, and Mitch Ryder tunes are tributes to heroes at hypersonic speeds performed at a time when simply showing respect for the roots of rock was a rebellious act. The WCMF broadcast has the best fidelity and focus, though the audience reaction on the club cuts is infectious and enviable. The Real Kids might have burned out too fast, but the scorch can still be felt all these years later, and Grown Up Wrong will assure any true rocker of this remarkable band’s raw brilliance. ~ Fred Beldin
This really is a superb collection of live recordings from Boston’s legendary Real Kids. Straight ahead, high energy, no B.S. rock and roll in the fine tradition of the Ramones, Iggy, Dolls and the MC5 (as the MC mentions in his intro) with the melodic quality of the Beatles and Kinks thrown in for good measure. Do The Boob!
More ace power pop/punk by these Boston rockers. “No Place Fast” is actually “Outta Place” 1982.lp on Star Club records + “Taxi Boys” mini lp issued on Bomp rec in 1981. With slightly different lineup John Felice put out some pretty solid power popsters as ‘Can’t Talk To That Girl’, ‘No Place Fast’, ‘Senselass’, ‘ Outta Place’, ‘What’s It To You’, ‘ Bad To Worse’, ‘Everybody’s Girl’…
”Hit You Hard” is 1983. lp on New Rose records, featuring another version of ‘She’ and superfine slices of power pop like ‘Hit You Hard’, ‘Now You Know’, ‘Where I Wanna Be’, ‘Right When It’s Right’, ‘She’s A Mess’… produced by Andy Paley [of Paley Brothers].
American punk/power pop rock’n’roll band from Boston, Massachusetts formed as The Kids in 1972 by John Felice after he left The Modern Lovers. They played 50’s & 60’s/Groovies/ Stooges/ VU/ Dolls influenced raw garage pop punk. In 1977. Red Star Records issued The Real Kids classic debut slab with twelve raw rockin’ tunes, 9 originals as ‘All Kindsa Girls’, ‘Solid Gold (Thru And Thru)’,,’Better Be Good’, ‘She’s Alright’, ‘My Baby’s Book’, ‘Do The Boob’, ‘Raggae Raggae’… and fine covers of Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Huey “Piano” Smith songs. This here is a vinyl rip of their debut lp plus newly found rippin’ proto-punk 1974/’77 demo tapes of their first recordings. ‘Like their name, these guys were for real’. Dig!!!