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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THE MILKSHAKES – 20 Rock & Roll Hits Of The 50’s & 60’s [1984. Garage/Beat] Vinyl Rip!

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For goodness sake, I got the hippy hippy shakes…

 

”On 20 Rock & Roll Hits of the 50s & 60s, Thee Milkshakes attempt to inject new life into some old chestnuts and succeed, to a point. Billy Childish and Mickey Hampshire both shred things up vocally and their guitars growl and sting in all the right places, while the lo-fi recording gives the set an authentic feel full of vim and vigor. Their choice of songs to cover is both happily inspired (the Shirelles’ “Boys,” Link Wray’s “Comanche,” Eddie Cochran’s “Something Else,” Chan Romero’s “Hippy Hippy Shake”) and sadly pedestrian (Chuck Berry’s “Carol,” and “Sweet Little Sixteen,” Barrett Strong’s “Money,” Little Richard’s “Rip It Up”).” [allmusic]

When in the mood for some wyld garage beat action I pick this among 100’s of Billy Childish slabs. This is one of my favorite all-covers lps and my fav Milkshakes album too. It brings back memories on those early Hamburg days of The Beatles wyld R’n’R rumble. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. For goodness sake, Dig!!!

 

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B-E-A-T-F-R-E-A-K ! Vol.5-8 [Rare 60’s UK Mod/Beat]

 

More volumes of this solid comp. series of obscure UK 60’s freakbeat/mod/pop. As with previous vols, some cool stuff mixed with some so-so and lame tunes, the choice is yours. This is not the original rip but trax have been gathered from other sources. Anyways, sound quality is pretty fine so check ’em out!

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B-E-A-T-F-R-E-A-K ! Vol.1-4 [Rare 60’s UK Mod/Beat]

 

On the wave of freakbeat craze at Surfadelic, here comes new comp.series of some obscure & rare UK 60’s mod/beat. Some of the songs could be heard on other collections but some are available only here. Well, everything seems nice at first glance, the package is cool, the sound is great but the problem is that many of the tunes are 2nd class, so after so many 60’s freakbeat comps this is kinda like ”scrap the bottom of the barrel”. Anyways, there are enough fine stuff for you ”hardcore freakbeat fans” as every volume has 20 trax with the crisp clear sound and lotsa fuzz. Come on and enjoy your wyld 60’s fantasy dream, Dig !!!

[A message for sunnyboy66 from youtube: Hey dude, don’t put it immediately on YT, let it live for a while ok ?!?]

 

THE DEEJAYS – Surfadelic Collection [UK 60’s Freakbeat]

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The Deejays were London beat group very popular in Sweden (thanks to Roland Ferneborg manager of The Spotnicks) where they recorded most of their singles and two LPs for Polydor and Hep House records from 1963-68. They played many R&B/Beat covers as I’m A Hog For You Baby, Dimples, Farmer John, I Just Can’t Go To Sleep, Long Tall Shorty, I Can Tell, In The Midnight Hour, Tobacco Road, Gloria, Summertime Blues… but also some fine originals as raw freakbeat tunes Blackeyed Woman, You Must Be Joking, Not That Girl, What’ Cha Tryin’ To Do, Strong Love, Time And Time Again, Incrowd Hangout or cool psychedelics like flexi single Inside My Mind or Stripped Dreams from their ’67 LP ”Haze

I’m in the mood for some Freak-Beat lately, so I made a collection of this UK group’s 60’s recordings, singles & lp trax, trying to avoid their pop flavored stuff in favor of their more hard-edge R&B/Beat tunes. I’ve made a Surfadelic choice of material so it must be rockin’n’rollin’ alright! Dig !!!

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DAVID MARKS & THE MARKSMEN [60’s Surf/Beat/|Pop]

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”David Marks is best known as one of the founding members of the Beach Boys, remaining with them from February 1962 to October 1963. He played rhythm guitar and sang back-up vocals on the band’s first four albums (Surfin’ Safari, Surfin’ USA, Surfer Girl and Little Deuce Coupe) and in over 100 concerts, touring the United States, from Hawaii to New York, and appearing on their first string of national TV appearances. While his time in the band may have been relatively short, Marks contribution to the band’s seminal sound is significant.

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David went on to record solo material with his band, the Marksmen, on both A&M and Warner Brothers records. Additionally, two of his Thousand Oaks psych pop bands, the Moon and the Colours, still enjoy a large cult following among the era’s collectors and music aficionados.”

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Ok surfers, this here is a fine collection of ”ex Beach Boy” David Marks ’63-’65 recordings with The Marksmen. You could hear surf instros ”The Sheriff Of Noddingham” and ”Travellin‘ on Lost Legends Of The Surf Guitar Vol.2 or hot rod Kustom Kar Show, cover ofLet’s Dance”, but most stuff is pretty rare and Unreleased. You gotta deal with mix of surf, beat and pop tunes, hybrid of South Bay Surf and early British Invasion influences like cool tunes ”I Wanna Cry’‘ or ”Don’t Cry For Me”. Well, don’t cry but… Dig !!!

 

 

ELECTRICK LOOSERS vol. 1-3 [Prae-Kraut 60’s Frekbeat/Psych]

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Achtung Baby! This here is a real cool 3cd edition of the ‘Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium’ lp’s compilation of mostly German 60’s garage/beat/psych groups [there are few UK, Swiss, Austrian and Sweden bands], and probably some of you are already familiar with the stuff but WTF. I can’t always come with somethin’ nobody knows 🙂 So here’s a deal… You better dig alright!

 

 

Wildberry !!! SHAKE !!! All Night

!!! BEAT REVIVAL EXPLOSION !!!
Two of the most interesting beat revival groups in last 10 years. The Outta Sites from L.A. with members of Los Straitjackets [Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague and Pete Curry] sound like mid 60’s Garage/Beat attraction “British Invasion” style. Their 2013. debut slab features cool retro-beat originals and covers of “One Track Mind”, “Jezebel”, “Just A Litte Bit”, “What a Girl Can’t Do,”…
In the other corner are MerseyBeat gang from Norway, influenced by famous bands like THE SHADOWS, THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS, SHANE FENTON & THE FENTONES, BILLY J. KRAMER & THE DAKOTAS. This is their 2005 debut + some 7″ EP added for a good measure. If you adore THE KAISERS, THE RAPIERS and stuff, ya know… Dig!
!!! SHAKE Baby SHAKE !!!
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THE NEATBEATS – Neat-At-Best [2004]

Collection of 45’s by these Japanese Garage/Beat attraction from Osaka. Their adoration for The Beatles Hamburg-era Rock’n’Roll Beat is quiteobvious and infectious. Maybe you won’t understand their lyrics but you’ll feel that crazy kamikaze beat for sure.
So punks… if you dig stuff like The Kaisers or The Milkshakes then ya know whatcha gonna do. Be prepared for The Japanese R’n’R Attack! 汚れたを掘る!

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LORD ROCHESTER vs THE KING NORMALS

The King Normals, Trashy R-billy/Beat UK band formed in early 1990, the name deriving from a phrase used in The Dave Clark Five Film ”Catch Us If You Can” Joe liked the name as the phrase in the film, refered to Squares. The line-up consisted of Heath Murphy guitar and lead vocals, Joe Blanchet guitar and backing vocals, Tony Ames guitar, Mark “Soap” Chambers” bass guitar and backing vocals, Stuart “Peck” Perry drums. Here are their four 7″EPs recorded from 1994-1999 for Hillsdale Records.
In the other corner we have Lord Rochester “Scotland’s best sounding and best looking rock and roll show” with their roots stucked in 50’s as well, influenced by R&B/R’n’R of Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry. 
 

Well now, it looks like it’s… Two For The Price Of One, Dig!