THE RAMBLERS – Ramblin’ Back To The Grave [1987. Killer 60’s Garage Revival !!!]

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”Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now. As I slooshied, I knew such lovely pictures!”

Listen up folks and listen well ! This here is a garage rock revival HIT record done by a band from Orange, France and it’s their sole lp. Why they are not better known or should I ask why they are criminally unknown is beyond me. This slab rocks from start to finish with unstoppable attack of organ ‘n’ fuzz drivin’ garage beat that will have ya on yer knees beggin’ for mo’. Killer stuff all over the place with cool covers of Velvet Underground ”White Light/White Heat”, 13th Floor Elevators ”Fire Engine”, and great originals. This is top 60’s garage revival record up there with the best of genre. Don’t miss it! Let’s get ready to ramble!!!

[Special thanx to my friend Fred from France for this extreme pleasure]

 

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THE VIBES – What’s Inside [1985] + EPs (Psychobilly/Garage Revival )

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Formed in Essex, UK, this garage-billy John Peel favs managed to realese several singles and an lp in ’84/’85. This is not ”slap bass boring dickhead boom boom billy” as some of you could expect, but pretty interesting kick ass 60’s garage influenced rockabilly with it’s own kink. You can hear cool covers of some of you favorite Pebbles/Nuggets etc. garage tunes as ”No Friend Of Mine”, ”Ain’t It Hard”, ”Judgement Day”, ”Double Decker Bus”, ”Mini Skirt Blues”, ”Im In Pittsburgh (And It’s Rain’in)”… as well as fine originals with touch of early The Cramps as ”Hasil Adkins In My Head”, ”The Underestimated Man”, Footsteps” [xerox of ”Don’t eat the stuff off the sidewalk”] or great rockers as ”Inside Out (See All)”, ”Ballad Of J.D.” and garage psychedelics ”Hear Noises”, ”Loosing My Mind, ”Something Ain’t”. By 1986 they evolved into The Purple Things but that’s another chapter. Now dig this!!!

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THE SPOONS [90’s Garage Rock Revival]

 

Complete re-post of this Croatian garage rockers discography. Formed in late 80’s in Pula, they started with their own brand of 60’s garage punk rock and gained somethin’ of a cult status. Influenced by such garage acts as Lyres, Fuzztones, Dead Moon, The Stooges, The Seeds, The Sonics they just can’t do wrong. Their ‘classic’ first two albums [my favs] ’91. ”Voxin” and ’94. ”Web Of Fuzz” featured all great original tunes [unlike most of 60’s garage revival acts].

 

On ”Strychnine”, collection of unissued ’93/’94 stuff, you got cool covers of some of their favorite garage tunes originally performed by The Sonics, Moving Sidewalks, Litter, Love, Human Beinz, 13th Floor Elevators etc. With new line-up they recorded their 3rd album ”Supervoxin” in ’95. The sound gets more sophisticated here but it feels as somethin’ of their previous magic and edge were lost. Anyway here you got some fine originals like You Better Run, Kicks, Solar Machine and Mysterious Way. Also, as there are few covers of 60’s garage classics like L.S.D., Strychnine and Love’s legendary instro Emotions.

 

Again reformed In 1999. they issued their final album ”Here Are The Spoons” they are back to primal garage sound of The Kinks, Pretty Things, The Wailers, with cool tunes as ”Motorvation”, ”Bell Above Us”, ”Gotta Get My Fee” and fine covers of ”Rainin’ In My Heart” and ”Dirty Robber”. ”Take The World As It Comes” is very first garage recording ’88 session issued as Lp in 2002, with the originalline-up [Brunetto Subiotto on vocals]. This is pre-debut Lp stuff, almost all covers of classic garage tunes. So now, check this stuff below, it’s a must for fans of 60’s garage revival and others. Dig!!!

 

FLAMIN’ GROOVIES – Singles / Demo / Live / Bootlegs [70’s Mega Pack]

 

 

 

Ugh! Gorgeousness and Gorgeousity! An overkill of Groovie’s stuff. As you know Flamin’ Groovies were one of those high octane rock’n’roll groups of 60’s and 70’s same caliber as MC5, The Stooges or New York Dolls, so they deserve special Surfadelic treatment. Here we have some their 70’s singles, rare recordings and live stuff issued during several decades in various variations.

‘Slow Death’‘ – Trying to collect the Flamin’ Groovies can make you crazy. There are so many releases outside of their handful of official releases that it is hard to know which of the bootlegs, live shows, and demos you should get. Well, you definitely need this one. It focuses on the years after original wildman singer Roy Loney left the group and before the legendary Shake Some Action LP was released (October 1971 to July 1973, to be precise). The first six songs are self-recorded demos from 1971 and have been released a few times before, most notably as Grease on the Dog Meat label, but this is the first issue authorized by the band.”

”In Person!!!” – Live KSAN-FM broadcast from the closing of the Fillmore in San Francisco 1971. Great live garage sound! I Can’t Explain / Sweet Little Rock n’ Roller / Have You Seen My Baby / Road House / Doctor Boogie / Slow Death / Shakin’ All Over / Teenage Head / Louie Louie / Walkin’ The Dog / I’m A Man / Headin’ For The Texas Border.

 

 

 

”Sixteen Tunes: The Goldstar Tapes + More” – Same stuff as ”Grease: The Complete Skydog Singles Collection” Or “the great lost Groovies album,” filling some holes in the group’s discography. 16 Tunes combines the contents of the EPs Grease, Supergrease, and The Gold Star Sessions on one disc. The sound is raw, due to the fact that much of the material was outtakes and demos, and because Skydog never had ideal sources. Still, these are the Groovies in their prime years, and their energy and enthusiasm compensate for a multitude of technical flaws.

”I’ll Have A… Bucket Of Brains” The original 1972 Rockfield recordings Produced by Dave Edmunds. A personnel re-formation took place prior to the Flamin’ Groovies relocation to England, where the Rockfield sessions were held in August of 1972. The lineup now featured Chris Wilson (vocals , guitar) and James Ferrell (guitar), who replaced Roy Loney and Tim Lynch . Dave Edmunds immediately took to the Groovies, especially Jordan and Wilson’s power pop masterpiece “Shake Some Action.” In fact, Edmunds’ enthusiasm would almost immediately instigate Jordan’s equally inspired “You Tore Me Down,” which was written and recorded on the spot. Just as impressive are the cover versions of Frankie Lee Sims’ “Married Woman,” “Get a Shot of Rhythm & Blues,” and “Little Queenie.”

 

 

”Home To Roost” – Very rare Groovies LP collection of singles ’72-’75, studio recordings taken from various sources, plus several rehearsals recorded in San Francisco in 1971. 1. I Can’t Explain 2. Little Queenie 3. Married Woman 4. Get A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues 5. Talahassee Lassie 6. You Tore Me Down 7. Him Or Me 8. Jumpin’ Jack Flash 9. Blues From Phillys 10. Let Me Rock 11. Dog Meat 12. Sweet Little Rock ‘N’ Roller 13. Slow Death

Live At The Roxy L.A. 1976. & Live In San Francisco 1979. – Solid quality Bootlegs.

 

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THE PRIME MOVERS – Sins Of The Fourfathers [1989] + Live At The Town And Country Club ’89

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 ”The Prisoners split in 1986 after four albums and the sadly inevitable music-industry-induced agony, but the Day / Crockford partnership didn’t stay dormant for long. After a stint as drummer for the Mighty Caesars with Chatham’s very own Renaissance man Billy Childish, Graham Day was re-joined by his old partner in 1989, along with ex-Daggerman Wolf Howard on drums, and formed the Prime Movers. Allan and Wolf had been part of the original line-up of the James Taylor Quartet (formed after the Prisoners split), but were now free agents. The Prime Movers recorded the raw and unpolished ‘Sins of the Fourfathers’ as a three piece, and were soon joined by Fay Hallam (ex Makin’ Time) on organ.”
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‘Sins of the Fourfathers’ took only two days to record & mix, and consequently is almost live, hard-hitting and without compromise, incorporating years of hard slog around seedy nightclubs to the relative glamoure of the Hammersmith Palais and Edinburgh Playhouse”

 

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Graham Day’s The Prime Movers were a continuation of story that have started with The Prisoners, this time with more psychedelic influences. ‘Sins of the Fourfathers’ is a killer garage slab, maybe one of the best in Mr.Day’s arsenal [for my money one of the best in ’80s garage revival movement]. Merging of 60’s freakbeat/mod influences, Hendrix guitar style & wah wah pedal swirl with punk energy proved as a winning combination. All tunes are originals except the cover of Hendrix’s ”Freedom”. You’re gonna listen to this record 6 times a day, OK ?!?

 

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Live At The Town And Country Club [1989-07-23] is soundboard recording with real cool sound and participation of Fay Hallam on keys. Say… Dig !!!

 

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THE SURF TRIO – Almost Summer (1986) New Vinyl Rip!!!

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Almost perfect ’86 debut slab [on Voxx records] for these Portland, Oregon surf punkers. You should have know them from various garage/surf revival comps as Locked in to Surf, Takin’ Out the Trash, Mondo Drive-In, Hot Rods To Hell… I personally heard ’em first on a real cool Bomp rec. collection From L.A. With Love [posted on my old blog] with their Ramonesoid hit single Fun In The Summertime.

Their dynamic mix of 60’s inspired garage/surf revival instros & vocals and 70’s punk, influenced by such acts as Link Wray, The Ventures, Beach Boys & Ramones, will appeal to fans of The Barracudas, The Untamed Youth or early Boss Martians. Fav trax: She’s Too Good, Pete’s Mood [great instro], Monster Beach, Can’t Stand This Love, Goodbye [cool 60’s cover], Fun In The Summertime and Yeah! Almost Summer.

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Now check this out! This is new found vinyl rip [not mine!] of this ’80s garage/surf revival classic already have been posted on Surfadelic. Don’t know why is so hard to find faultless, straight, correct rip of this great record, but for now this is the best you can meet on the web. Sound fixing & cleaning executed by mighty Mr.Eliminator himself in … visual sound Stereo. Dig !!!

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QUESTION MARK & THE MYSTERIANS – More Action

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Already have posted this on my old blog, so this is a re-post 🙂 ’99 comeback album for ? & The Mysterians and it’s great. Although most tunes are re-recordings of their classic 60’s stuff , they’re done in cool neo 60’s fashion [not with goofy ‘modern’ sound], so don’t worry. There are also great covers of Lyres [Don’t Give It Up Now], It’s All Meat [Feel It], Suicide [Cheree] and Stones [Satisfaction]. Don’t miss it. Dig !!!

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MYSTERY ACTION (Boss Martians) – Here’s To Another Year [2000]

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“Seattle’s Evan Foster just keeps getting BETTER as he goes. 5 BOSS MARTIANS albums down (with another on the way) and he finds time to start a 2nd band dedicated to the late 60’s to supplement all that early-60’s surf & hot rod stuff. WOW! I played this almost NON-STOP for a month after getting it! Hard-driving 60s-style ROCK & ROLL with tons of Hammond Organ work and even some horn sections tossed in for good measure make this an exciting package. And your eyes will be knocked out by the HOT electric PINK they used in the packaging. Anyone who digs Philly’s MONDO TOPLESS absolutely NEEDS a copy of this! A fab cover of the Sam Cooke song “Shake” rounds out a collection of powerful originals. DON’T wait! Get it NOW!”

Hey Hey! Yeah Yeah! A REAL COOL  but overlooked transition album for Boss Martians. Here they try new, harder rockin’ sound [which was later fully developed on ”Making The  Rounds” and ”The Set-Up”] influenced by 60’s Mod of Small Faces and 70’s power pop/punk sound of Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick, Ramones and MC5. Great stuff: Conspiracy, Trade Publication, He’ll Be Around [later re-recorded for ”The Set-Up”], Shake, Ten Years Time, Some Kids Will Riot, I Believe… Dig!!!

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