LIVERPOOL ECHO – s/t [1973]

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”Power pop has never sounded so powerful! When former Mandrake Paddlesteamer mainstays Brian Engel and Martin Briley convened as Liverpool Echo in 1973, the Beatles had been in the grave for just three years, and the world still desperately wanted them back — so desperately that, with a band name borrowed bodily from an old Merseybeat-era newspaper, what could any record company do, but lift a “Fabs”-headlined copy of the paper for an album cover? But “Beatles Come Home So Quietly” really wasn’t the most appropriate banner for an LP jacket, all the more so since, once you hit the vinyl, the spirit of the “Moptops” hung so heavily over the music that it screamed out for attention. Of course, it was true that any early-’70s band that was capable of melding melody with studio-borne creativity would inevitably be tarred “the new Beatles” (as Badfinger and 10cc would readily testify); it is also true that all such comparisons were then hopelessly devalued by the arrival of the Rutles. But still Liverpool Echo have an uncanny grasp of the Merseybeat sound circa 1963 and 64, spliced with a healthy hint of the Hollies, and that was more than enough to raise high hopes for the album. Unfortunately, hope was all that the record label (Spark) could do. They certainly had no promotion or distribution muscle to speak of, and both band and LP sank within seconds, to lie forgotten until Revola revived it (with excellent Mark A Johnston liner notes) in 2005.” [Dave Thompson]

Beatlesque ”Hard days’ night” era style power pop/beat. Dig!!!

 

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BARRACUDAS – Through The Mysts Of Time [Surf-Punk/Power Pop]

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”This London-based Anglo-American band was formed in 1979 and scored a U.K. chart hit in 1980 with the neo-surf song “Summer Fun.” Their punkish attitude comes from a red-hot, enthusiastic amateurism. The band melded together the sounds of pop surfers like Jan & Dean with hip urban post-garage rockers like Flamin’ Groovies and song-oriented ’60s ensembles like the Byrds. The result of this formula is infectious, unexpected, and raw. This collection comprises demos, outtakes, and alternate versions from the same era as the Drop Out and Meantime LPs.”

“Rougher and rawer than this old English power pop quartet’s otherwise fun singles and LPs, this 71-minute, 25-track collection of earlier demos, outtakes, and other rarities replaces such works as 1981’s Drop Out and 1983’s Mean Time as the definitive statement on a truly underrated ’60s-infested band. The Barracudas were looking back in the midst of a punk revolution — covering Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Little Red Book” just like Love or the Standells — and succeeding just the same, probably because, like the unrelated but not totally dissimilar mod revival bands of the time, they brought a purely modern crunch and crackle to the thick guitars underneath the songs about girls. This is boy/girl punkish pop before it became an ’80s/’90s staple”[Jack Rabid]

 

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THE ROOTS OF POWERPOP! [1979-1981]

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This compilation chronicles the style that happened right after punk rock, when some of the bands learned how to play their instruments a little better and started borrowing melodies and harmonies from old ’60s pop records. This marriage of melody and energy spawned a couple years’ worth of exciting music and a lot of it happened on Bomp during the years 1979-1981.

Fine overview of late 70’s US power pop scene supported by famous Bomp! records, including bands like The Romantics, The Real Kids, The Flamin’ Groovies, Shoes, 20/20, The Nerves, The Zeros, The Last, The Plimsouls and some lesser known acts as M&Ms, Mystery Machine, Nashville Rumblers or Wombats. Dig The Pop!

 

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BUZZCOCKS – Beating Hearts / Small Songs With Big Hearts [Live! 1978/79]

 

And now the real punk classics! Legendary Manchester pop punkers 70’s live action issued on two double LP sets by Get Back records. ‘Beating Hearts’ recorded live at Apollo theatre, Manchester in ’78 and ‘Small Songs With Big Hearts’ from London Rainbow theatre ’79. Almost feel like I’m Sixteen Againalright, Dig!!!

 

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JOHNNY CARROLL – Texabilly [1978]

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“This 18-track collection brings together Johnny Carroll’s entire output for collector Ronny Weiser’s Rollin’ Rock label, recorded between 1974 and 1977. Chronologically beginning with the tribute tip of the hat on “Gene Vincent Rock” from 1974 (although it’s not sequenced that way on the disc), featuring original Fabulous Thunderbirds drummer Mike Buck, the bulk of this disc comprises the entire 1997 Texabilly album. This minor classic of the idiom was cut in Weiser’s living room in one marathon 27-hour session and featured fellow Texan rocker Ray Campi on slappin’ string bass. Carroll’s voice is full of the same sore-throated hollering power that he possessed in his 1950s prime, and his guitar work is funky in tone and simplistic in derivation. The big surprise is the preponderance of original material, most of it coming from Carroll’s pen, with “Who’s to Say,” “Is It Easy to Be Easy,” “Her Throbbing Lips,” and “Whatcha Gonna Do?” being particular standouts. The 1970s were barren years for the original rockers, and the rockabilly revival hadn’t built up a full head of steam yet, but these recordings helped to show that there was still plenty of energy left in the genre and one of its original practitioners.” [Cub Koda]

More rockabilly action at Surfadelic. By the way, did you know that ‘People In Texas Like To Dance’, well they do alright! Dig!!!

 

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POWERPEARLS Vol.1-10 [70’s/80’s Worldwide New Wave/Power Pop/Punk Rarities]

 

Ten volumes unofficial lp collection series of mostly rare late 70’s/ early 80’s mod, pop, punk and new wave from all over the globe. Some fine power pop stuff mixed with some rather lame tunes. You can find well known acts as The Only Ones. The Records, The Barracudas, Plimsouls, Shoes, Stiv Bators, Rich Kids … Quality varies from part to part with vol. 10 being the weakest one. Anyways, there are enough cool shit to dig alright?! Dig!

 

SYLVAIN SYLVAIN – … In Teenage News [1977/78]

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”Ex-New York Doll Sylvain Sylvain attempted to launch a new band during the late ’70s, the Criminals, for which the guitarist cooked up quite a few rockers in the same mold as his former band. While the material went unnoticed by many at the time, by the early 2000s these tunes were popping up on compilations left and right — including 2000’s …In Teenage News. Featuring much of the same material as Sylvain’s Bowery Butterflies set, there are quite a few standouts here, including the title track, which was performed live by the Dolls just before their 1975 split, as well as the Stonesy album-opening “Kids Are Back,” the upbeat “14th Street,” and the low-key “Deeper and Deeper.” While he never topped his former band, Sylvain did pen subsequent tunes that would have fit right at home in the Dolls’ repertoire.” [Greg Prato]

Rockabilly-punk-glam NY Dolls style. Say… Dig!!!

 

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IT’S HAPPENING Vol.1-13 [60’s Mod/R&B/Soul]

 

Here’s complete lp comp. series with cool mix of of some rare late 60’s/early 70’s Mod, Soul, Funk, R&B, Lounge dance tunes. It’s kinda mod overdose… Well, IT’S what’s HAPPENING alright, Dig!!!

[Special message for sunnyboy66 – Take it easy man ok?!]

HELLO – The Glam Singles Collection [1972-77]

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”Superb comprehensive 24 track round up of Glam legends Hello! The album includes the top ten hits “Tell Him” and “New York Groove” signed to bell records in 1974 this foursome from North London had success with a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Carol”, this led to a top 10 UK hit with a version of the Exciters/Billie Davis “Tell Him” and to being named “brightest hope for 1975” in a disc reader poll. It was in this year that they had their biggest success with “New York Groove” which remains the song most people associate with hello, to this day.”

Back to thee good ole days of catchy tunes and glittering grooves. Hello is one of those forgotten 70’s rockin’ gems in vein of Garry Glitter, Sweet or 10cc. So clap your hands, stomp your feet ‘n’ Dig!!!

 

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