FLAMIN’ GROOVIES – Groovies’ Greatest Grooves

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“Groovies’ Greatest Grooves is a 1989 compilation album by U.S. rock band the Flamin’ Groovies, originally released by Sire Records. The tracks were selected by Rolling Stone Senior Writer Michael Goldberg and freelance rock critic Michael Snyder, who also co-wrote the liner notes. Goldberg and Snyder wanted to emphasize the Groovies’ original material, and so 18 of the album’s 24 songs are Groovies originals. It also collected tracks from throughout the group’s career, and showcased their versatility and changing styles throughout the years. Having said that, it draws heavily from their three Sire Records albums, with 20 of the 24 songs from those records. (The exceptions are “Teenage Head”, from the 1971 album of the same name, the two 1972 UA singles “Slow Death” and “Tallahassee Lassie”, compiled on A Bucket of Brains, and the 1981 Gold Star Studios recording of “River Deep, Mountain High”.)” wiki

Listen up folks! If ya ain’t got any of Groovies’ three Sire rec. albums by now you just ain’t livin’.  This fine comp gathers songs mostly from their “power pop” period with Chris Wilson. 24 trax + 9 bonus cuts added for a good measure is a real cool deal, allright! Dig!!!

 

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JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS – Vive Le Revolution!!

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”Never the most prolific studio visitor, the late New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders plied his brand of bent-string dementia where it shone brightest: live, and in your face, with no premium on timing, or tuning. Such carping about those factors is wasted on Thunders fans, who cared more about their hero’s screw-you persona, than whatever physical condition he brought to each performance. This album drives that object lesson home once more, being culled from the Heartbreakers’ 1977 tour promoting their ill-fated L.A.M.F. album, which saw powerhouse drummer Jerry Nolan quit over its mixing. The set list is the same that’ll appear on future live releases, but the performance is vicious enough to overlook such considerations. All the standbys are here, including “Chinese Rocks,” one of the most graphic snapshots of heroin addiction ever written, as well as the English putdown “London Boys,” and Thunders’ laconic self-assessment “Born to Lose.” Heartbreakers fans also get an obscure, unissued original in the Bo Diddley-style swagger of “Baby Talk,” the obscure A-side “One Track Mind,” and “Take a Chance With Me,” so the recycling isn’t as shameless as the track listing seems. Second guitarist Walter Lure and bassist Billy Rath provide their usual bullish support. Former Clash refugee Terry Chimes isn’t nearly as flashy as Nolan, but keeps the beat rolling with a damaged panache. As always, Thunders’ vocals and guitar waver all over the place, but his cut ‘n’ thrust bluster gets over on sheer persistence. What frequently sounded stilted on vinyl suddenly makes sense onstage, where the band could unleash its feral fury without worrying about recording levels. For Thunders, the attitude mattered most of all, and there’s plenty for Heartbreakers fans to absorb here. You’ll either like this release or hate it…but, in punk rock, that’s often a compliment.” ~ Ralph Heibutzki, All Music Guide

Great live set recorded at Paris Bataclan in 1977.

 

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JOHNNY THUNDERS – M.I.A. (Surfadelic Collection)

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Here’s brand new Surfadelic collection dedicated to one of my alltime guitar heroes J.T. As ya know there are loads of Johnny’s collections out there, some are great, some are weak so I decided to gather his rare & lesser know studio recordings and demos from 1979, 1982 & 1990 from various sources and put ’em in one place just fer your listening pleasure. Most of these songs never found a place on the proper studio album which is shame. Some of the tunes feature colaborations with acts as The Chesterfield Kings, Jerry Nolan and Wayne Kramer and the Gang War. Who Do Voodoo, Countdown Love, Help The Homeless, Hey Thanks, King Of The Gypsies… Cool stuff indeed. Don’t miss it, dig!!!

 

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JOHNNY THUNDERS – So Alonesome [1978. Unreleased studio recordings]

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Between January and June 1978 Johnny enrolled producer Steve Lillywhite and recorded a wealth of material which contributed to his first solo album ‘So Alone’. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the album Johnny self proclaimed as the best album he ever made, Remarquable Records is releasing a special companion to add further insight to that creative period and showcase a bedevilled artist supported by an unrepeatable cast of friends and musicians which allowed Johnny more time and more control in the studio than he ever had in his truncated life. Consisting of previously unreleased studio recordings ‘So Alonesome’ is an essential sibling to ‘So Alone’. Featured msuicians include Steve Jones & Paul Cook (Sex Pistols); Peter Perrett & Mike Kellie (The Only Ones); Paul Gray & Steve Nicol (Eddie & The Hot Rods); Walter Lure & Billy Rath (Heartbreakers); Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy); Steve Marriott (Small Faces/Humble Pie); John ‘Irish’ Earle (Thin Lizzy); Chris Wood (Traffic); Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders) & Patti Palladin (Snatch).

Pressed on 180 gram limited edition vinyl, these are alternate mixes of legendary ’78. “So Alone” LP with pretty superior sound to orginal mixes. THIS IS A MUST !!! Vinyl Rip, Dig!!!

 

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JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS – Down To Kill

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Yooo punkerz! It’s pretty hot these days and it’s gonna be hotter with this set of The Hearbreakers ’76 demos & live recordings. You’re already familiar with the L.A.M.F. ‘never ending story’, so disc 1 ‘Raw & Rare’ brings you Staten Island unreleased studio recordings of some of your favorite Heartbreakers tunes and rare stuff featuring Walter Lure and Richard Hell. Disc 2 contains the complete remixed “Speakeasy” live recordings. The Speakeasy show was recorded while L.A.M.F. was being recorded (March 1977) and really captures the Heartbreakers at their peak. This stuff is essential for every Thunders/Heartbreakers fan. So punks… say… dig!!!

 

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R@M0#E$ – 1st / Leave Home [Vinyl Rip!]

 

A re-post of first two albums ripped from original vinyl [1st] and real cool UK ’87 reissue of ”Leave Home” on Mau Mau Records [division of Demon Records]. Well, I’ve recently found a rip of 180gr Rhino reissue from 2011. and it sounds pretty lame and shitty, so I decided to post it with my old rip for you to compare. And remember:  180g DOESN’T MEAN GOOD SOUND QUALITY ! Also, you can compare difference between ”It’s Alive” [80s German reissue] and  [Audio Fidelity] 2009. reissue. I think it’s better option to go for some 80’s reissues than for nowadays hipsters vinyl. You must choose brothers and sisters, you must choose. And yeah, by the way ”Leave Home” is on the Top10 list of my alltime favorite rock’n’roll records, next to New York Dolls, Stooges, Sonics, MC5, T.Rex, Flamin’ Groovies, The Clash etc… Supercool <360> Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. Check it out!

 

 

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BO DIDDLEY : Drive by – Tales From The Funk Dimension 1970-1973

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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]

 

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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]

 

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BETTY DAVIS – This Is It!

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“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.”

 

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”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!”

 

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”The funkiest funk you’ll ever hear!”

 

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