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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DOWNLINERS SECT – The Birth Of Suave [UK 60’s Raw Garage/R&B]

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Released on Wild Billy Childish‘s Hangman label in 1991., this collection of Downliners Sect‘s 60’s tunes was my very first contact with legendary ”Deerstalking” rockers. From wyld cover of Leiber & Stoller’s “Little Egypt” [The Coaster], ingenious fuzzed-out version of Perry Como’s ”Glendora” and definitive take on little known Lou Reed/John Cale pre Velvet song ”Why Don’t You Smile Now”, to killer originals Everything I’ve Got To Give,Outside, One Ugly Child, I’ll Find Out, He Was A Square, you’re gonna get a taste of C.Berry, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed influenced raw mid 60’s r&b. These guys beat the Stones and Pretty Things in their own game. 14 trax LP + 8 bonus trax goes to whopping 22 trax of ‘Deerstalking’ garage rock action. Baby, this is A MUST! Find Out What’s Happening, Dig!!!

 

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Surfadelic Presents: KILLER COVERS !!!

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Damn! Is that Lee Marvin point a gun at you? You’re in big trouble ’cause brand new Surfadelic comp is comin’ your way. This collection is dedicated [mostly] to the 60’s garage covers of famous hit and classic tunes of The Rolling Stones, Small Faces, Them, Yardbirds, Pretty Things, Hendrix, The Standells, Question Mark & the Mysterians, The Sonics, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Richard, Richard Berry, Eddie Floyd, Mose Allison…

Many of these songs are my all-time favs and ‘definitive versions’ like Downliners Sect rendition of ”I Wanna Put A Tiger In Your Tank” [Muddy Waters], The Roadrunners ”Lsd” [Pretty Things], legendary 60’s punkers Swamp Rats freak-out versions of ”Louie Louie” [Richard Berry] and ”Psycho” [The Sonics], The Hondells take on Jody Reynoldse ‘tenage tragedy’ song ”Endless Sleep”, The Litter legendary killer version of ”I’m A Man”,  Dutch 60’s punkerz The Tykes with frantic fuzzed-out cover of ”Let’s Dance” [Chris Montez], The Squires with one of the best versions of ”Gloria”, The Pupils over the top over-fuzzed (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Misunderstood ingenious take on ”I’m Not Talking”,  The Sonics great cover of ”Diddy Wah Diddy” [Bo Diddley] and even Tom ‘Welsh tiger’ Jones cover of Shocking Blue ”Venus”. There’s one real cute and funny kiddos Mexican singers cover of The Standells hit ”Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White” and cool Mexican version of ”96 tears” by Las Moskas. Alltogether, it’s a virtual double disc set with 40 trax, most of ’em real killers! You better… Dig!!!

 

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”Bought this gun from Mr.Eliminator”

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”Don’t Happy, Be Worry!”

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”Damn, I told you so!”

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THE BIRDS vs THE EYES [Killer 60’s Mod/Freakbeat]

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More freakbeat at Surfadelic. These two London garage gangs made some of the best examples of mid 60s mod/freakbeat sound. The Eyes with their ’65/’66 singles trax  When The Night Falls, I’m Rowed Out and You’re Too Much were more than equal rivals to The Who [even made parody with ”My Degeneration”]. The Birds, Ron Woods’ first group were R&B influenced hard rockin’ Mod band that recorded several singles for Decca records from ’64 to ’66, with You’re On My Mind, killer cover of Leaving Here, Next In Line, No Good Without You Baby, How Can It Be and final ’66 single Say Those Magic Words. In 1966, they did a cameo appearance in the horror film The Deadly Bees, performing their song “That’s All I Need you For”. Shame, neither of groups made an lp but you could hear ’em on various comps as The Perfumed Garden, Nuggets II, English Freakbeat etc. Say Those Magic Words… Dig!!!

 

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THE ATTACK – Magic In The Air [UK 60’s Freakbeat/Psych]

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Cool comp of this London mod/psych crew ’67/’68 recordings, including singles and some unreleased stuff. You could hear ’em on ”Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks”, ”Broken Dreams” or ”The Rubble Collection” collections. Best trax are killer freakbeat as Magic In The Air, Any More Than I Do, Colour Of My Mind, Feel Like Flying, Mr Pinnodmy’s Dilemma, Freedom For You, Strange House Interesting is Magic In The Air” riff reminds on Ramones ”Beat on the brat”. Anyways, fans of British 60’s freakbeat/psych and group like Open Mind, Les Fleur De Lys or The Action gonna like this. Check it out!

 

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SMALL FACES – Ultimate Collection

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”I want you to know that I love you baby
Want you to know that I care
I’m so happy when you’re round me but I’m
Sad when you’re not there
Sing the song now!”
(Whatcha Gonna Do About It?)

”English rock band from East London, founded in 1965 by Steve Marriott (lead vocals, guitar), Ronnie Lane (bass guitar), Kenny Jones (drums), and Jimmy Winston (keyboards). By 1966 Winston was replaced by keyboardist Ian McLagan.
Initially influenced by American rhythm & blues, the band is remembered as one of the most acclaimed and influential mod groups of the 1960s, with hit songs such as “Itchycoo Park”, “Lazy Sunday”, “All or Nothing”, “Tin Soldier”, and their concept album “Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake”. Eventually they evolved into one of the UK’s most successful psychedelic acts of the late 1960s before disbanding in early 1969 after Marriott’s departure. The three remaining members were joined by guitarist Ron Wood and lead vocalist Rod Stewart, both from the Jeff Beck Group, and the new line-up was renamed to Faces (3). The original Small Faces reunited in 1975 and remained active with further line-up changes until 1978.”

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”Crucially, this is the first compilation to draw on the entire Small Faces back catalogue. It’s all here, from the raw power of their early R’n’B releases, such as ”Watcha Gonna Do About It?” and ”Sha-la-la-la-lee” to their unique brand of late-Sixties Cockney psychedelia, typified by the sing-a-longa hits ”Itchicoo Park” and ”Lazy Sunday”. All fourteen singles are included, along with most of their B-sides, plus a stash of tracks from their albums From the Beginning (1966), Small Faces (1967), the classic Ogdens Nut Gone Flake (1968) and the posthumous round up of hits and misses, The Autumn Stone.

They helped invent what we now think of as the Swinging Sixties, and this double CD tells their story. The first CD, spanning the Decca years, emphasises what great songwriters Marriott and Lane were so early in their career. ”One Night Stand” and ”I Can’t Dance With You” are superior versions of the blue-eyed R’n’B that so many beat groups of the period were producing. The influence of the Small Faces on the pop to come is clear: ”E too D” has Steve Marriott rasping the blues like a young Robert Plant.

The band’s releases on Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label make up the second CD. Here are the classic late-Sixties singles, ”Here Comes the Nice”, ”Tin Soldier”, ”Itchycoo Park” and ”Lazy Sunday” (how ”The Universal” ever made it to seven-inch, though, is a mystery). The epic ”Afterglow (of Your Love)” is, perhaps, Marriott’s strongest vocal performance and ”The Autumn Stone” one of his most tender moments. His tongue is firmly in cheek on the music-hall knees-up ”Happydaystoytown”. Mustn’t grumble, though. ”Green Circles” and ”Up the Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire”, from Small Faces, are classic British psychedelia. ”Get Yourself Together” and ”Talk To You”, the flip to ”Here Comes the Nice”, are sound rockers with terrific hooks. If all you know is ”Itchycoo Park”, bunk off school with this collection. It’s all too beautiful…” [Rob Webb]

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There have been many Small Faces collections over the years. I‘ve already posted ”The Decca Anthology” and ”BBC Sessions” but this collection is probably the best Small Faces comp out there as most comprehensive overview of their entire Decca / Immediate years. 50 trax of 60’s mod brilliance. You can hear their echoes in MC5 [”E Too D”] or Led Zep [”You Need Loving”]. All Or Nothing, 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!

Link for other four volumes Beat!