THE GODFATHERS – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Live ’89) vinyl rip!

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“I been high and I been low
And I don’t know where to go…”

Attention all ya rockin’ kids!!! This is killer promo live LP issued in 1989. on Epic records. The Godfathers were at full speed on US tour promoting their 3rd album, so they came to Austin, Texas for a show where this live recordings were made. Don’t know how I missed this slab before but here it is now – GREAT sounding 9 trax vinyl rip of Godfathers killer live action. It’s short baby but it’s sweet. Say… Dig!!!

“I cut myself but I don’t bleed
‘Cause I don’t get what I need
Doesn’t matter what I say
Tomorrow’s still another day.”

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v.a. FROM L.A. WITH LOVE [Vinyl]

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This is one of my favorite compilation lp’s I bought in the early 90’s. It’s a collection of singles issued by famous BOMP records in 70’s & 80’s featuring classic Power Pop & Punk acts as Plimsouls, 20-20, Flamin’ Groovies, Shoes, Surf Trio, Barracudas, Stiv Bators, Jeff Dahl, DMZ, Sky Saxon & SS-20, Zeros and Iggy & The Stooges. The concept is: first side power pop, the other side – garage punk, just simple as that and pressed on blue translucent vinyl. Already have posted it on my old blog and here it comes again. Some KILLER STUFF indeed. Dig!!!

 

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THE PLIMSOULS – One Night In America / Beach Town Confidential

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”At a time when rock music was shifting gears, the Plimsouls threw British Invasion into the new wave mix and permanently altered the genre. Fun was the operative word, and bar bands everywhere joined the fray. But the Plimsouls were exceptional because they boasted the talents of singer/songwriter Peter Case.

The band formed in Los Angeles in 1978 and merged roots, retro and guitar rock with a ramshackle punk aesthetic. Case had already collaborated with Jack Lee and Paul Collins in the Nerves, who had some success in 1976 with the single “Hangin’ on the Telephone,” later recorded by Blondie. In 1978, Case met L.A. locals guitarist Eddie Munoz, drummer Lou Ramirez and bassist Dave Pahoa. After one EP, Zero Hour in 1980, and an album in 1981 that contained some stellar power-pop in songs like “Zero Hour” and “Hush, Hush,” it looked like the band were a new wave one-off until a single from the soundtrack to Valley Girl, “A Million Miles Away,” lifted them from new wave obscurity and cemented their reputation. The song remains a timeless classic. An album for Geffen, Everywhere At Once, followed in 1983 with a re-recorded version of the song, but ultimately, the liaison with the label was not a lasting one; the Plimsouls broke up shortly after its release. A testament to their strength as a live band was captured on One Night in America and released in 1988.” [Denise Sullivan]

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“LA’s short-lived but glorious run of The Plimsouls is documented by this loud and proud, high energy concert recording, made in 1981 and left in a bag in guitarist Eddie Munoz’s closet. It runs through 13 songs, mainly from the band’s Planet Records’ debut album, four covers and an early version of The Plimsoul’s signature “A Million Miles Away.”

“One Night In America” captures the band’s unique mix of progressive punk and power pop in a tight, sometimes messy, energetic performance. Featuring classic tunes such as ‘A Million Miles Away’ and ‘How Long Will It Take’, the band also included a few covers such as The Kinks’ ‘Come On Now’ and The Outsiders’ ‘Time Won’t Let Me’, here in all their raw, live glory.”

 

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“Beach Town Confidential” captures a stunning live performance by power-pop purveyors The Plimsouls at the band’s pinnacle, during the summer of 1983. Recorded at the now-defunct Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, Calif., the incendiary 17-song set finds the foursome charging through a particularly inspired set of hook-filled originals and some smartly-chosen covers.

Led by the passionately soulful vocals of Peter Case and the slashing, melodic guitar work of Eddie Munoz (complemented by a tight rhythm section in bassist Dave Pahoa and drummer Lou Ramirez), “Beach City Confidential” offers the best sound of any Plimsouls live recording that has surfaced to date. (It was produced and mixed by Case from the 24-track masters.) In addition, the set list provides a fine overview of the band’s best-known originals from their two full-length albums (including the alternative radio biggie “A Million Miles Away,” “Zero Hour,” “Now” and “Oldest Story in the World”), alongside some rarities (such as the smoldering surf instrumental “Hobo,” which was originally released as a B-side).

As powerful as the originals are here – and the readings of “Oldest Story in the World” and “How Long Will it Take” positively smolder – the band’s choice of covers is where Beach City Confidential really shines. Many of these have never appeared on any Plimsouls release until now; Moby Grape’s “Fall On You” and the Creation’s “Making Time” are particularly well-suited to the Plimsouls’ sound, and the band amps ‘em up a bit, throws ‘em into overdrive and makes them their own. Versions of the Everly Brothers’ “Price of Love” (with guest vocals by the Williams Brothers) and the Flamin’ Groovies’ “Jumpin’ in the Night” (with Keith Streng of the Fleshtones sitting in on guitar) are also quite fine, and showcase the Plimsouls’ love of ‘60s pop and classic power pop,respectively.” [Goldmine]

 

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JOHNNY THUNDERS – Belfast Rocks

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This is actually Johnny Thunders & Cosa Nostra (Johnny Thunders, Terry Chimes & Keith Yon) live set from Ireland 27. October 1984. 19 tracks, lots of humor & some surprisingly compassionate comments on the Irish Troubles.  Very good quality.  3 of the 19 tracks are different versions of Chinese Rock, leading one to believe that Thunders may have had ADD in addition to all of his other infamous maladies.

 

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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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THE CRAMPS – Live At Clutch Cargo’s 1982. [Bootleg Vinyl Rip!]

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… And when ya think you know it all you’re dead wrong baby.

Here’s somethin’ you couldn’t even dream of. Grrrreeat sounding bootleg of unreleased ’82 live show from Clutch Cargo’s Detroit, featuring Terry Graham of The Gun Club on drums.  The Cramps are on top of their game with psychotic interplanetary perfomance of infamous garage punk-a-billy underground hits as New Kind Of Kick, Goo Goo Muck, Potentate Of Love, You Got Good Taste, Five Years Ahead Of My Time, Zombie Dance, Mystery Plane, Sunglasses After Dark, Garbage Man, The Way I Walk… 18 trax of de Lux extravaganza. Hey baby say… Dig!!!

”I got somethin’ to say to you and you better listen
I’m’a tell ya how to be cool in one easy lesson…”

 

[Special thanx to JP STOOGES for this supercool vinyl rip!!!]

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Squire – Get Ready To Go! / Big Smashes [80’s Mod Revival]

 

Though they never received the recognition they deserved, Squire was undoubtedly one of the earliest and finest Mod Revival bands of the late 70s. Squire were able to transcend the limits of the genre with their high quality pop which drew equal parts from punk spirit and the 1960s.
Named because they rehearsed above a shop called Squires, this lot went to school with Paul Weller in Woking, Surrey and formed in Guildford not long after JAM as a covers band consisting of Enzo Esposito (vocals/bass), Steve Baker (guitar) and Ross Di’Landa (drums).
In June 1978, songwriter/guitarist Anthony Meynell joined just prior to a high profile gig opening for The Jam. The addition of Meynell changed the band’s focus to producing original material, and by 1979, they had released their first single for ROK Records, Get Ready to Go.

‘Get Ready’ focuses on the early work of the original lineup from their mod days. This release supplants Hits from 3000 Years Ago by picking the highlights (most of the album) and combining their first single, the brilliant “Get Ready Go,” with B-sides, previously unreleased material, a track from the Odd Bods, Mods and Sods compilation, and a track from a fan club release.

 

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Somewhere between the delicate power pop of Shoes and the classy British pop of mid-period Jam sits the wonderful world of Squire. No, not Billy “The Stroke” Squier. This is Squire, the groovy mod trio fronted by Anthony Meynell, one of pop music’s unsung heroes. Spanning the years 1980-1984, this exceptional compilation concentrates on the latter half of the band’s career, and contains almost their entire Get Smart album. By this point in the band’s career, Meynell had tired of the musical restrictions that the mod scene had thrust upon him. Adding more overdubs in the studio (including a horn section), Meynell created some of the brightest, most exhilarating, guitar-based pop music of the early ’80s. Sidestepping such influences as the Who and the Kinks, and embracing Lennon’s edge from the Beatles (“No Time Tomorrow”), and the bright, sunny vibe from the Monkees (“Standing In The Rain”), Squire did not create disposable pop, they created timeless pop. Many of these tracks could have been released in the mid-’60s or even in the early ’90s at the height of Brit-pop. “Every Trick In The Book Of Love,” “You’re the One,” “My Mind Goes Round In Circles,” “Girl On A Train,” “Stop That Girl,” and “Take A Look” are nothing less than perfect pop songs. When Meynell puts down his pen and records a cover version (including Shoes’ “Boys Don’t Lie” and Big Star’s “September Gurls”), the results are nothing less than Squire-like. Mod and power pop fans should keep their eyes peeled for this gem of a CDs. It’s worth the hype![Stephen SPAZ Schnee]

 

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R@M0#E$ – Pleasant Dreams [1981] / Subterranean Jungle [1983] ViNyL RiPs!!!

 
“I’m gonna brag about it
I’m not gonna stay in school
I’m gonna rob and steal
Gonna break every rule
I’m a time bomb, baby
Yeah, Yeah!”
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Another pair of my favorite Ramones slabs. “Pleasant Dreams” their 6th studio album produced by Graham Gouldman [member of 10CC, man who wrote “For Your Love”, “Heart Full Of Soul” and “Evil Hearted You” for The Yardbirds] is a 60’s influenced power pop gem with handfull of classics as ”We Want The Airwaves”, ”All’s Quiet On The Eastern Front”, ”The KKK Took My Baby Away”, ”Don’t Go”, ”You Sound Like You’re Sick”, ”She’s A Sensation”, ”7-11”, ”Sitting In My Room”… From my point of view one of their best, better than ”End Of The Centery”.  On ”Subterranean Jungle” their 7th Lp, Ramones turned back to their punk rock roots and sound from “Rocket To Russia” era. Interesting is that on this album Walter Lure played most of guitars so the style on some tunes as ‘Somebody Like Me” or ”Time Bomb” reminds on The Heartbreakers. Album feature fine covers of ”Little Bit O’ Soul” [The Music Explosion], ”Time Has Come Today” [The Chambers Brothers] and ”I Need Your Love”[The Boyfriends], plus killer originals as “Outsider”, ”Somebody Like Me”, “Psycho Therapy”, “Time Bomb”, “Everytime I Eat Vegetables…”. Vinyl rips by Mr.Eliminator, in <360> binaural Surfadelic sound!

“Sitting in my room
Record player on
Sitting in my room
Humming a sickening tune
Sitting in my room
Something to do soon”

 

LYRES vs THE FUZZTONES – Someone Who’ll Treat You [EP] / Bad News Travels Fast [EP] Vinyl Rips!!!

 

 

Two of the most famous 80’s garage revival bands in the battle of the garages. Mono Man vs Rudi Protrudi EPs fight. ”Someone Who’ll Treat You Right Now” is Lyres 4 trax ’85 EP on New Rose records with three great originals and cool cover of The Pete Best Combo ”(I’ll Try) Anyway”. ”Bad News” is ’86 a remake of The Fuzztones debut single plus three cover trax, two of which have landed on classic ”Lysergic Emanations” album. I know ya know but anyways… Check this out!

 

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THE REAL KIDS – No Place Fast [1981/82]/ Hit You Hard [1983]

 

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].