THE FAVOURITE SONS [60’s R&B/Freakbeat]

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Following my previous post, here’s a group you can hear on vol.2 of ”Hen’s Theet” comp. This Mod Freakbeat combo was formed in 1965, Hatfield UK, out of The Juniors and Hi-Numbers their previous incarnations [later on they evolved in well known pop/psych band The Gods]. They issued only one 7” That Driving Beat / Walkin’ Walkin’ Walkin’ on Mercury in ’66, so majority of the stuff in this collection are unissued. Here you got some cool covers of R&B classics as Leaving Here, Lucille or Fortune Teller, done in Fav Sons style. In their heydays they shared stage with The Birds, The Artwoods and The Who, well… you got the picture. First I Look At The Purse :-)) Check ’em out, Gid !!!

Complete story of The Favourite Sons you can read here

 

Favourite Sons - That Driving Beat

 

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HEN’S TEETH Vol.1-3 [Rare 60’s UK Freakbeat/Psych]

 

Interesting 90’s comp. series of some obscure UK 60’s groups singles and acetates. Styles ranged from beat, mod to garage frekbeat and psych. If you like comps as The Perfumed Garden, Rubble, Purple Heart Surgery, Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks and such, than this is fer ya. Say… 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!

 

 

The Betterdays vs The Clique [UK 60’s Freakbeat/R&B]

Betterdays Howlin-1 Betterdays Howlin-2 R-1819703-1307177628Already have posted this stuff on my old site but now it’s back by popular demand! These two elpees were issued in ’95/’96 by Dig The Fuzz records. Both groups cut only couple of 7”s back in ’64/’65 and shared the stages with acts as Pretty Things, Downliners Sect, The Action, Poets, Bo Street Runners… So you now what to expect: Wyld UK R&B/Beat!!! Sound optimization by Mr.Eliminator. Dig The Fuzz!!!

VISIONS OF THE PAST vol.1-4 [German & UK 60’s Freakbeat/Psych]

Early 90’s comp. series of mostly German & UK 60’s & early 70’s garage, freakbeat, mod & psych.

Volumes 1 & 4 are focused on obscure German Psych/Freakbeat with couple of trax from Belgium & Netherlands. Featuring in vol.1 – Dom, Ooze, Sub, Klan, United Five, Petards Rackers, Untouchables… vol.4 –  The Safaris, The Desperates, Mersey Kings, Dischas, Phantom Brothers, The Sad Sack Set, The Ricketts, Vanguards, Kenny, The Freed, The Jailbirds, The Chosen Few, The Subjects… Pretty RARE & GREAT stuff!

Volumes 2 & 3 consist of mostly cool UK Mod/Freakbeat/Psych, among obscures featuring some well known 60’s undergrond acts as Big Boy Pete, Mickey Finn, Accent, Arthur Brown, The End, Sharon Tandy & Fleur De Lys… Dig!!!

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LOOKING BACK [60’s Mod/Freakbeat]

305b0-lookingback80mod1fAsk many listeners to define mod rock, and they’ll refer to bands like the Who, the Creation, and numerous others from the U.K. that merged guitar-driven pop/rock with edgy elements like distortion and outrage that anticipated aspects of psychedelia. Some of that’s on this 3-CD compilation, but in truth, the mod scene also encompassed soul, R&B-rock, reggae, jazzy R&B-pop-go-go music, and other bits and pieces. All of those styles are reflected on this ambitious anthology, which deliberately emphasizes the more obscure mid- to-late-’60s records falling under this umbrella. There are a few big names (though none as big as, say, the Who or Small Faces) here, and some fairly well-known second-line British Invasion bands (the Mojos, the Sorrows, John’s Children, the post-Stevie Winwood Spencer Davis Group). But most of these acts had limited or no commercial success, and you’d be hard-pressed to find many collectors who already had most of this in their collections, even though some of these cuts have come out on specialist reissues. As a trawl through off-the-beaten path material from or related to the mod/freakbeat scene (the U.K. version, with a few Australian tracks thrown in), it’s well packaged, with detailed liner notes and a few previously unissued cuts.At the same time, this doesn’t make for one of the better overall mod compilations, either as a starter anthology or for specialists dedicated to digging deeper. The selections are representative of points among the mod spectrum, yet for the most part rather average in quality, explaining to some degree why they have seldom or never been anthologized. It’s also true that the standouts tend to be some of the cuts that have already done the rounds to deserved acclaim for years, like the Syndicats’ tremendous rave-up “Crawdaddy Simone,” and the early sides by John’s Children (who, for all the derision directed at their supposed marginal talents, had a better eye for catchy songs than most of the competition here). 

ce4ec-lookingback80mod3A few rarities by big names aren’t as exciting as you might hope, like the two early R&B-oriented Arthur Brown songs (credited to the Arthur Brown Set) from a French movie soundtrack, or the tracks from late in the Sorrows’ career. Is that too harsh? Probably, considering the compilers deliberately set out to provide stuff that would be relatively or wholly unfamiliar, and certainly succeeded in doing so. Depending on your taste, you’ll probably find at least a few tracks that are nuggets in quality as well as rarity, strong contenders being the Quiet Five’s nervous Merseybeat (“Tomorrow I’ll Be Gone”); the Others’ cover of Bo Diddley’s “Oh Yeah!” (which could have been an inspiration for the Shadows of Knight’s version); soulman J.J. Jackson’s “Come See Me” (which he co-wrote and was more famously recorded as a Pretty Things single); the Alan Brown Set’s “Jou de Massacre (The Killing Game),” another refugee from a French soundtrack (which zanily alternates between jazzy freakbeat and rather smooth soul balladeering); and Ray Singer’s weirdly brooding “What’s Done Has Been Done,” which merges mod with Tom Jones and spy movie music. And it seems like almost everywhere you turn, there are obscure appearances by artists who became famous in other contexts, like Steve Howe in the In Crowd; T.S. McPhee in John Lee’s Groundhogs; Lemmy in the Rockin’ Vickers; Bon Scott in the Valentines (on a cover of Soft Machine’s “Love Makes Sweet Music”), and future Deep Purple members Roger Glover and Ian Gillan in Episode Six. [Richie Unterberger] 

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MOD OVERDOSE in three acts. Dig!!!  Disc1/Disc2/Disc3

BO STREET RUNNERS + SOUL AGENTS – I just want… [1964 – 1966]

The Bo Street Runners were a mid-60s British R&B/Beat band who issued a string of now-collectable 45s and a privately-pressed £100-rated EP on R.G. Jones’ Oak label.
The band’s place in the history books was secured by the future careers of drummer Mick Fleetwood and second vocalist Mike Patto.
You could heard Soul Agents, Bo St.Runners & Chicago Line [Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop/Jump Back ’66 7″] as they landed on cool comps like Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks, Rubble, Maximum R ‘n’ B… Now, this here is complete collection of EP’s & singles by these real fine UK Garage/R&B/Mod groups. If you dig stuff like Downliners Sect, Pretty Things or The Artwoods , this is just fer you.
…And I Do Just What I Want, Dig!!!
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WIMPLE WINCH – Atmospheres [1965-68]

British Freakbeat/Pop/Psych group famous for their ’66/’67 tunes Save My Soul, Atmospheres and Rumble On Mersey Square South that were included in numerous comps as Chocolate Soup for Diabetics, Rubble, Maximum Freakbeat, Nuggets II… This unofficial Surfadelic collection includes pre Wimple Winch ’65 beat band The Four Just Men. Save Your Soul, Dig!
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