PHANTOM GUITARS vol.1&2 [UK 60’s Twangin’ Instros]

 

”In the three year span between Rock & Roll and the full flush of Beat, guitar-led instrumental groups took control of the UK. In the wake of The Shadows and their magical brand of twanging melody, coffee bars, dancehalls and fairgrounds reverberated to the sound of Binson echo units and primitive Bigsby-esque tremolo arms…”

”The instrumental rock scene was a vitally important part of the rise of homegrown British rock, and if this deals in obscurities rather than hits, Phantom Guitars documents how pervasive this sound once was, and how many great pickers were making the rounds in the early ’60s.”
[Mark Deming]

Two Real COOL instrumental comps made by Nick Saloman of the Bevis Frond. If you dig The Shadows, Duane Eddy and Joe Meek style instros, this is fer ya.

 

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THEE MIDNITERS – In Thee Midnight Hour!!! [60’s Garage]

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And now!… Back to thee garage. Pounding East LA rock n’ roll! Original Whittier recordings of this legendary group’s mid sixties stompers, collected together in one mad set for the first time! NO BALLADS!! Killer after killer of loud, tense, massively attitudinal teenage howlers- prime cut slammers that ram the Stones into a hot, crowded bullpen wearing long red capes and little else! For the first time, the universe outside East LA can dig the majestic slam of THEE MIDNITERS! Instant party never had it so good!

”Indisputably the greatest Latino rock band of the ’60s, Thee Midniters took their inspiration from both the British Invasion sound of the Rolling Stones and the more traditional R&B that they were weaned on in their native Los Angeles. Hugely popular in East Los Angeles, the group, featuring both guitars and horns, had a local hit (and a small national one) with their storming version of “Land of a Thousand Dances” in 1965. Much of their repertoire featured driving, slightly punkish rock/R&B…” [allmusic]

 

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You could hear rippin’ ”Jump, Jive & Harmonize” and hilarious I Found A Peanut” on Teenage Shutdown! comps, ”Never Knew I Had It So Bad” on A Journey To Tyme, and now you can check out other cool originals as ‘‘Love Special Delivery”, ”Whittier Blvd.”, ”Welcome Home Darling”, ”Looking Out A Window” and fine covers as ”Everybody Needs Somebody” or ”Empty Heart”. Feel the Chicano Power!

 

 

 

WHAT IT IS! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves [1967-1977]

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”Too many reissue compilations are content to merely slice ‘n’ dice familiar catalog choices in not particularly original ways. But this four-disc, 91-track trove of obscure ’70s R&B and funk from Warner-distributed labels great and small argues there’s still treasure to be gleaned from studio vaults–a five-hour groove-fest that’s as interested in shaking booty as in opening ears. Even the genre’s groundbreaking usual suspects (Wilson Pickett, the Bar-Kays, Curtis Mayfield, Earth, Wind & Fire, et al) are represented by selections that aren’t immediately familiar, while Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin serves up a radically different, previously unreleased take of “Rock Steady.” Still other stars contribute their sonic touches to some of the lesser-known cuts, as witnessed by the patent trippiness of Sly Stone alter-egos 6ix and Stanga on “I’m Just Like You” and “Little Sister,” respectively; the stark, party-not-so-hearty contrast of the Mayfield-written-and-produced “Hard Times” by Baby Huey & Baby Sisters; and the Meters’ version of “Tampin’,” released under the moniker of the Rhine Oaks.

Sequenced in rough chronological order, it’s a savvy window into a musical evolution as well, with the rhythmic guitars, organ swells, and horn flourishes of traditional ’60s R&B giving way to sinewy synths and increasingly chunky bass lines as the decade grooves on. While savvy hip-hoppers will note that many of the rarities here have already been repurposed by shrewd mixers, it’s a revelation to hear them in their original form. A compelling deconstruction of an often clichéd and too-narrowly-defined genre, this is an anthology that showcases music that has influenced such contemporary artists as Tupac, the Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, and Kanye West, annotated by many of the original musicians who set the dance floor in motion.” — Jerry McCulley

 

 

”This is a pretty sick compilation. It’s funkin’ awesome. You will be funkin’ all night to it. Alright no more shtick. Get it, if you love funk.”

”I am 1% cooler for having listened to this.”

”Quite possibly the finest compendium of funk one could possibly lay their ears on. Takes a while to get through and digest, but is high on accessibility and nearly perfect in quality and diversity (big names as well as guys I’ve never heard of before). Mark this one as essential.”

 ”Pimpin, Simply pimpin.”
”Basically the Nuggets of R&B, except it consistently beats its mainstream competition.  If you’re into the style, this is essential.  A good number of these are instrumentals, but that’s not a bad thing.”
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Funky Surfadelic, Dig!!!

FUNKY FLEA vol.1 [Rare 60’s & 70’s Euro Lounge]

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Interesting non official, custom made compilation [by Space Debris] of rare 60’s & 70’s lounge, latino & funky grooves by Euro acts as Chakachas, Chicken Curry & His Pop Percussion Orchestra, 101 Strings, Chocolat’s, Nico Gomez, André Brasseur, Brasil Tropical Sound, Francis Lai, Jean-Claude Pelletier, The Chinese Fighters, The Manzanilla Sound… Sound check by Surfadelic. Cool & Sexy, Dig!

JOHN’S CHILDREN – A Midsummer Night’s Scene [60’s Mod/Psych]

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John’s Children were a 1960s pop art/mod rock band from Leatherhead, England that briefly featured future T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan. John’s Children were known for their outrageous live performances and were booted off a tour with The Who in Germany in 1967 when they upstaged the headliners. Their 1967 single “Desdemona”, a Bolan composition, was banned by the BBC because of the controversial lyric, “Lift up your skirt and fly.” Their US record label delayed the release of their album, Orgasm for four years from its recording date due to objections from Daughters of the American Revolution.

 

 

John’s Children played at The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream concert at the Alexandra Palace in London on 29 April 1967. Bolan left in June 1967, after only four months with the band, following disagreements with the way Napier-Bell was producing the band’s next single, “A Midsummer Night’s Scene“. The single was never released, but in its place the B-side of “Desdemona“, “Remember Thomas à Becket” was re-recorded with new lyrics and released as “Come and Play with Me in the Garden”. Bolan went on to form folk duo Tyrannosaurus Rex

John’s Children were active for less than two years and were not very successful commercially, having released only six singles and one album, but they had a big influence on punk rock and are seen by some as the precursors of glam rock.” [wiki]

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A re-post of my fav anarcho-mod rockers managed by Yardbirds manager Simon Napier-Bell. This is a Bam-Caruso ’88 collection of their ’66/’67 singles plus Andy Ellison solo 45 “It’s Been a Long Time/Arthur Green“. They have been featured on many freakbeat/psych comps over decades so you sure heard songs as Desdemona, Jagged Time Lapse, Remember Thomas À Becket, Go-Go Girl, Midsummer Night’s Scene… On But She’s Mine you can hear Jeff Beck ‎ guitar rumble, real cool ain’t it! I’ve added one bonus track, ”Let Me Know” from their ‘live’ album ”Orgasm”, so you could hear where The Clash got idea for ”Should I Stay or Should I Go”. Smashed Blocked !!!

 

 

ELECTRIC SUGARCUBE FLASHBACKS vol.3 & 4 [60’s Freakbeat/Psych]

 

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These two slabs are one of the best 80s compilations of UK 60’s underground, R&B, Freakbeat and Psych [next to ‘Chocolate Soup For Diabetics’, The Perfumed Garden and ‘Rubble’ comps]. Issued in ’89 LPs by AIP Records [known for ‘Highs in the mid 60’s’, ‘Pebbles’] as repacked versions of ‘Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks’ vols 1&2 from ’83, now with better genre sellection. Vol.3 is R&B/Freakbeat oriented collection featuring groups as The Wheels, Southern Sound, Brand, Chicago Line, Mickey Finn, Nix Nomads, The Beat Merchants, The Smoke… while Volume 4 contains [now a classic] Psych/Freakbeat of The Pandamonium, The Factory, Herbal Mixture, Skip Bifferty, Les Fleur De Lys, The French Revolution, Big Boy Pete… Many of these groups became ‘famous’ after such comps and had their own particular reissues.

For me this was a real cool entrance into fantastic world of British 60’s underground rock some 25 years ago. Even thought they omited many seminal UK freakbeat groups as The Eyes, The Sorrows, Action, John’s Children, The Birds, The Attack, and after so many years and zillions of simmilar comps, these two are still my favs [especially vol.4]. Vol.3 is a Vinyl rip while Vol.4 has enhanced sound from best possible sources. Try A Little Sunshine!

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THE FLEE-REKKERS – Joe Meek’s Fabulous Flee-Rekkers [60’s Instros]

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”The Flee-Rekkers were a sax-led unit with a full, aggressive sound. The spelling of their name was never consistent. The group was named after their leader, Peter Fleerackers, whose father was Dutch. On the Triumph pressings of their first single, this became “Flee-Rakkers”, which evolved into “Flee-Rekkers” when they moved to the Pye label. The Flee-Rekkers were probably the first instrumental group recorded by Joe Meek in his studio on Holloway Road and their first record, “Green Jeans” (an adaptation of Greensleeves) was released on Meek’s own, short-lived Triumph label. Acute problems arising from the inability to press sufficient copies and distribute them adequately meant that “Green Jeans” stalled at # 23 in the charts, where it had a 13-week run, from May until August 1960. When Triumph folded, the record was reissued by Top Rank, which also went into liquidation, before it was taken over by EMI. Notwithstanding this bad luck, the group went on to cut six collectable singles and an EP on Pye/Piccadilly, but they would not enter the charts again.”

 

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”Apart from Fleerackers, who played tenor sax, the group consisted of Dave Cameron (lead guitar), Alan Monger (rhythm guitar, occasionally baritone sax), Doug Henning (bass), Derek Skinner (drums, soon replaced by Mickey Waller) and a second tenor sax player, Elmy Durrant. Fleerackers liked the Johnny and the Hurricanes sound, whilst Cameron was a great Duane Eddy fan. These were the main influences of the group, though on some recordings they also remind me of the Piltdown Men, another group with twin saxes out front. Their material was a mix of original compositions, old folk tunes in the public domain and covers of little-known instrumentals, like “Stage To Cimarron” by Santo and Johnny. The Flees turned professional after being discovered in West London’s “Hive of Jive” Putney Ballroom. They toured Britain extensively during the period 1960-1963. By all accounts they were a wild live act. Joe Meek certainly managed to capture the group’s pulsating sound in his studio. As usual with his liberal use of echo, reverb, compression, distortion and other unusual effects, he was able to make the group sound even more full-blooded. “Fireball” was the Flee-Rekkers’ final single in 1963. The group broke up after a summer season at Blackpool in August 1963.” [This Is My Story]

Discography:

Triumph RGM 1008 – Green Jeans / You Are My Sunshine (4/60)
Top Rank JAR 431 – Green Jeans / You Are My Sunshine (8/60)
Pye N 15288 – Sunday Date / Shiftless Sam (9/60)
Pye N 15326 – Blue Tango / Bitter Rice (2/61)
Piccadilly N 35006 – Lone Rider / Miller Like Wow! (6/61)
Piccadilly N 35048 – Stage to Cimarron / Twistin’ the Chestnuts (5/62)
Piccadilly N 35081 – Sunburst / Black Buffalo (10/62)
Piccadilly N 35109 – Fireball / Fandango (2/63)
Pye NEP 24141 – The Fabulous Flee-Rekkers (5/61)
(Isle Of Capri / Brer Robert / Hangover / P.F.B.)
Pye Records ‎PYEP 2048 – X-L-5 (Fireball) (1963)

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Solid collection of 45’s by these Joe Meek’s instro rockers influenced by Duane Eddy, The Champs and stuff, recorded from 1960-63. Check-em out! Gid!!!

 

 

We’re THE BANANA SPLITS / Here Come THE BEAGLES [60’s Bubblegum]

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“THE BANANA SPLITS” and “THE BEAGLES” were both 1960s’ TV icons,which established their history in Saturday Morning TV.”

”The Beagles were a pair of animated canines known as Stringer and Tubby (Stringer was the tall one playing the guitar, Tubby handled acoustic bass).  Together with their manager Scotty, each episode would find the pair bungle their way through some comedic scenario which saw them learn a valuable lesson along the way which would then be encapsulated in a song.

Released on Columbia’s budget Harmony label, 1967’s “Here Come the Beagles” may have been marketed as a kids album, but offered up a great mixture of Beatlesque pop, folk-rock and even more radio-friendly bubblegum sounds.  Credited to W. Buck Biggers, Treadwell Covington, J. Harris and Chet Stovers (Biggers and Stovers were apparently responsible for writing the cartoon scripts), material such as the title track ‘Looking For the Beagles’, ‘Sharing Wishes’ and ‘I’d Join The Foreign Legion’ offered up an irresistible blend of strong melodies and great harmony vocals (love to know who these guys were) which should have stormed up the charts.  While virtually any of the ten tracks would have made a dandy single, personal favorites included the organ powered ‘Indian Love Dance’ and the rockin’ ‘Humpty Dumpty’.”

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”The core of this 31-song disc is the entirety of the group’s sole ’68 album, We’re the Banana Splits. For all its good-natured, well-produced late-’60s pop, it is too sweet and happy in one dose, like having a banana split for appetizer, lunch, and dessert. Still, those songs do include the well-remembered hit “The Tra La La Song,” plus some surprisingly raving garage- soul-pop with “I’m Gonna Find a Cave” and the Wilson Pickett-like “Doin’ the Banana.” The more bubblegummy happy-go-lucky numbers and ballads are harder to bear, but obviously the session cats playing on these tried harder than they had to, putting sitar on the lightly psychedelic “In New Orleans” and Baroque harpsichord on the uncharacteristically moody “Wait Til Tomorrow.” The CD also adds eight non-LP bonus tracks, including more typically bouncy lightweight kiddie pop/rock and a boisterous alternate version of “The Tra La La Song,” but also the rather fetching ballad “Pretty Painted Carousel,” which sounds a bit like early Peter & Gordon. Actually the best part of the package, though, are the ten tracks from the rare 1967 LP by fellow kiddie TV group the Beagles, who are actually not bad mid-’60s pop/rockers with a Beatles-Merseybeat influence to the songs and harmonies, though the production bears strong American soul and pop influences.” [allmusic]

 

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Garage pop rock for 60s kids and others. Brought to you by the kind request, Dig!!!

 

 

 

ALBERTO BALDAN – Alberto Baldan / TRUMAN THOMAS – Groovin’ [60’s Organ/Lounge Instros]

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Even more 60’s organ sounds at Surfadelic. Alberto Baldan is an italian musician and movie’s soundtrack composer and this is his rare ’64 debut slab. What you see on cover you’ll gonna get. Later on in 70’s he made some cool soundracks for exploatation flicks as ’74 ”L’amica Di Mia Madre” and ’76 ”Lingua d’Argento” but that’s another story.

Truman Thomas is American keyboardist who have collaborated with Jackie Wilson, Aretha Fanklin, Isley Brothers and King Curtis in 60’s and 70’s. This here is his sole ’67 lp with funky organ covers of R&B hits by Otis Redding, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett … Groovie… Dig!!!

 

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THE GEORGE KING ORGAN SOUNDS / THE JOE CORNEY MULTI-ORGAN SOUND [60′ Lounge/Mod Jazz]

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Cool rare organ-lounge/mod jazz lp on Studio one, UK library label, primarily consisting of music composed by German composers. Have no info on exact date of recording [supposed to be from 60’s] and know nothing about George King and Joe Corney, but album sounds fine enough for Surfadelic. You got ‘happy beat’, ‘swing waltz’, happy samba’, ‘medium beat’, ‘fox trot’, ‘fast swing’, ‘beat’ and ‘happy russian’ tempos, and tune entitled ”Gay Play” [don’t know what they mean, but it’s cool anyway]. Happy organ pop sounds in Super Panoramic Stereo, Dig !!!