THE TALISMEN – The Talismen’s Style [1965]

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UK 60’s freakbeat group with one of those records issued only in Italy. So, it’s more rare and expensive than it’s great but anyways has some solid stuff. Mostly fine cover version of Marvin Gay, Bo Diddley, Major Lance, Otis Blackwell, The Who, The Kinks and other classic tunes. Comes with 4 bonus trax. Check it out!

 

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Surfadelic Presents – GET THE PICTURE? [60’s Mod/Freakbeat]

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Hey man, I mean peoples, what is Freak-Beat? Is it a beat music for freaks?

… But wait, there’s more! More dynamite, more savagery, more killer sounds from the Mod 60’s. Wasn’t so sure if I was going to make another compilation with my freakbeat & mod favorites but it turned out there were enough of them for at least one more Surfadelic volume. Again, there are mostly UK bands with a little help from few garage rockers from Australia, Scandinavia, Canada…  60’s Mod rockers as The Who, Small Faces, The Artwoods, John’s Children, The Loot, The Birds, The Attack mixed with raw R&B/Beat punkers like The Pretty Things, The Sorrows, The King Bees, The Talismen, The Master’s Apprentices, Downliners Sect, The Ugly Ducklings, The Outsiders… Wow just WoooW!!! And yes, Freakbeat is a beat music with wicked, harder rocking sound and touches of early psych, that’s my definition. Don’t believe me?, well try it yourself. Get the picture? Dig!!!

 

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Surfadelic Presents – COLOURS OF MY MIND [60’s Mod/Psych]

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60’s Mod story continues in the new volume of ‘Surfadelic presents’ collection with title inspired by this 60’s chick body painting and song ”Colour Of My Mind” by my favorite mod/psych gang The Attack. Here I’ve managed to gather some of my alltime mod psychedelic tunes mostly by UK bands as The Action, John’s Children, The Creation, The Open Mind, The Smoke, The Electric Banana (Pretty Things), The Factory, The Longboatmen, you could find on legendary comps as Chocolate Soup for Diabetics, Rubble series or Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks and others. Also there are trax by classic acts as The Troggs, The Who or The Yardbirds and some lesser known losers. This stuff is more on psychedelic side of mod genre than on previous freakbeat collection. And yeah, attention! There’s one real cool tune not from the 60’s but by an modern band, so you could guess who it is and you can win my respect.  The cover model is famous 60’s boobastic chick Michelle Angelo. Take Her Any Time, Dig!

 

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Surfadelic Presents: Concentration Baby! (60’s Mod/Freakbeat)

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Whatcha say ’bout spiral cover art, ha? Do ya feel kinda dizzy miss Lizzy? Ok, here we go! This is brand new Surfadelic comp dedicated to 60’s Mod & Freakbeat rock action, as you could see already. I’ve borrowed the title from an real cool Dave Clark Five song, they won’t mind I quess. Here I’ve gathered some of my favorite tunes mostly by UK bands and few by others like Dutch, Scandinavian, German & Italian groups. There are couple of trax by unknown authors or bands, so maybe you can help to solve that mystery. All I can say is, it’s a 100% killer collection you have dreamed of. Non stop raw, fuzzed-out & sexy rockin’ action by yesterday’s savage youth. There are many 60’s comps out there but hey, this one is Surfadelic, alright! You gotta deserve it, you have to concentrate! Look at those spirals… you gotta dig!!!

 

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JAY-JAYS [1966] Vinyl Rip!

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“At the end of 1965, four members of The Hagues popular Jumping Jewels dumped their manager and struck out on their own as the Jay-Jays. With the name change came a new musical direction, a pent-up beat music sound inspired by the Beatles, the Who and, especially, the Kinks. Their first single, Bald Headed Woman, was a Top 10 smash. The Jay-Jays most impressive recordings were all released within the span of one tumultuous, action-packed year: 1966. Their self-titled album included such Dutch beat gems as Come Back If You Dare, I Keep Tryin, Today Im Gay and the fuzz-packed instrumental Cruncher. Every one of those jumping 66 jewels can be heard on this twelve-inch platter, remastered in dynamic mono sound, each sounding louder, more vibrant, and more crunch-filled than ever before.”

Vinyl rip of this 60’s garage/beat band from Holland fine ’66 LP. Already have posted their stuff before but hey, ya gotta git it anyway. Keep on tryin’, Dig!!!

 

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PEBBLES Vol. 6 (Revisited)

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This Pebbles volume is dedicated to raw 60’s Brit rhythm & blues rather than Mod as it’s stated on the cover. It features cool garage/r&b by The Fairies [Twink pre Pink Fairies band], The First Gear, The Betterdays, The Wild Ones, David John & The Mood, The Wheels, Bill & Will “Goin’ To The River” (later covered by The Gories), covers of Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed. One of my favs is “Singing The Blues” by Jason Eddie And The Centremen, a neurotically played tune produced by legendary Joe Meek! [apparently he added the wild guitar afterwards without the band knowing and they weren’t happy]. Last track on this comp is a pop tune by Bo & Peep and the band is mainly The Rolling Stones plus others that might have included Gene Pitney and Phil Spector.

As with other “Revisited” volumes the sound quality is quite improved with trax from the best possible sources. There is also cool bonus cut by Jimmy P. just for your listening pleasure, don’t miss it! Dig!!!

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THE OUTSIDERS – Thinking About Today, Their Complete Works

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Legendary 60’s Dutch garage beat band from Amsterdam influenced by raw r&b sounds of The Pretty Things and The Kinks. They recorded wyld bunch of 45’s and two albums, ’67. eponymous debut and famous psychedelic “CQ” LP in “68. All this and more you can find on this 2CD compilation “Thinking About Today”. Check out ace garage/R&B, folk punkers like You Mistreat Me, Sun’s Going Down, Felt Like I Wanted To Cry, I Love Her Still, I Always Will Lying All The Time, Keep On Trying, That’s Your Problem, Touch, What’s Wrong With You, Teach Me To Forget You, Filthy Rich, Don’t You Cry, Misfit, Zsarrahh, Happyville, Do You Feel Alright… Some of their songs were covered by several garage revival bands as Lyres, The Tell-Tale Hearts, The Morlock… The Outsiders were one of the best 60’s Euro freakbeat groups. Don’t miss this, dig!

 

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THE PRETTY THINGS – The Electric Banana Blows Your Mind + Defecting Grey / Talkin’ About The Good Times

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By the late ’67 The Pretty Things change their style from raw R&B freakbeat to psychedelia. In November 1967 they released “Defecting Grey” single produced by Norman”Piper”Smith, “An intense hallucinogenic roller coaster ride, with backwards sitars, fairground organs, pastoral trippiness and industrial strength corrosion fuzz blasts, all in the space of around 4 apocalyptic life-changing minutes. And the acid dazzled lyrics veer from playful to surreal to darkly disturbed without batting a heavily stoned eyelid.” This was followed three months later by a double A-side single, “Talking About the Good Times” / “Walking Through My Dreams” which marked the beginning of sessions for the S.F. Sorrow album. Released in December 1968.

“Blows Your Mind” is a compilation of recordings made for the De Wolfe sound library under the name The Electric Banana from 1967-1969. Here you can find some KILLER ace psych stuff as Eagle’s Son, Grey Skies, It’ll Never Be Me, Alexander, Love Dance & Sing, Blow Your Mind… If ya dig ”S.F. Sorrow” kinda psych then this is for you. Blow your mind !!!

 

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THE PRETTY THINGS – Vintage Years [Vinyl Rip!]

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This is 2LP set compilation of Pretty’s ’65/’66 recordings, issued on Sire records in 1976. Here you got all of their classic rhythm ‘n’ blues influenced garage beat stuff as Don’t Bring Me Down, Road Runner, Come See Me, Rainin’ In My Heart, Honey I Need, Rosalyn, Can’t Stand The Pain, Mama Keep Your Big Shut, Gonna Find A Substitute, Midnight To Six Man, Buzz The Jerk, L.S.D… Maybe you wonder why you should dig this comp. after so many others, well I’ll tell ya. It has kinda different aural mix then other Pretty Things editions, maybe the best Pretty’s mid 60’s sound quality I’ve ever heard. It’s not my vinyl rip but hey… you should dig it anyway!

 

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FREAKBEAT FREAKOUT!

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And “freakbeat” is what?

“For those of us who pushed our transistor radios to the limits in the 60’s, looking for stations playing British rock outside the boundaries of the top acts, this compilation will make life a lot easier. No more holding that small plastic box up in the air, turning it this way and that to catch signals from WLS Chicago and similar stations which introduced us to the lesser known UK groups of the day.
But, truth be known, we would have had a hard time hearing these tunes even on those rare radio programs. Not much of this material made it our way. And the term “freakbeat” was unknown to us, it was coined much later (in the 80’s by British journalist Phil Smee) to identify songs which were a little outside what stations might have been willing to carry. Album cuts, 45’s by one shot artists, etc. There are many gems in here that would cost you hundreds of dollars in the rare chance you could find them at all. For example, “Tell Her” the male gender version of the Exciters “Tell Him.” This is one of many fine compilations available on the subject, indeed, one of the better ones for the rarities. And, in itself, this compilation is getting pretty scarce as well.”

 

Pretty solid freakbeat comp. featuring killer mid 60’s stuff by The Blue Rondos, The Sorrows, Tony Jackson, The Clique, The Primitives, The Worrying Kynde, The Montanas, The Movement, The Troggs, The Truth, Simon Raven … Many of these trax could be heard on comps like ‘English Freakbeat’ and others but anyways… Jump And Dance, Dig!!!

 

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