TRAVELER’S AID – Corduroy Roads / LITE STORM – Warning [Rare 70s Garage/Psych]

 

Two rare, early 70s US garage/psych slabs somehow simmilar in style. While Travelers Aid sole lp has more like raw rural rock, DIY garage sound [1970. private press 100 copies only], Lite Storm ’72 debut lp is kinda more cycedelic with male/female vocals [featuring Kali Bahlu], reminds me on raw, unpolished Music Emporium. ”This album was recorded prior to their coming under the “guidance” (read spell) of of an eastern religious guru [Sai Baba], who totally transformed their direction and sound for the remainder of their output”.Storm’s most accessible track ”Hanana” could be heard on Lycergic Soap and  Turds On A Bum Ride comps. Usually I’m not so keen on this kinda stuff [70’s hippie dippy shit] but there’s Wah Wah/fuzz guitar sound that appeals to me [some ”Bonehead Crunchers” vibe]. Originals of these lp’s change hands for lotsa $$$ nowdays, so… Check ’em out down there, Dig!

 

 

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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 UNDERGROUND – Psychedelic Visions [1967. Garage/Psych]

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”Here’s a classic ’67 US exploitation garage-psych album that will blow your mind! Get ready for some acid-drenched, fuzzed-out renditions of Count Five’s ”Psychotic Reaction” The Blues Magoos’ ‘(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet’, The Isley Brothers’ ‘Shout’, John D. Loudermilk’s ‘Tobacco Road’ and Bobby Bland’s ‘Turn Of Your Love Light’, plus five original tracks. ‘Psychedelic Visions’ is an essential title for anyone who enjoys the far-out exploito LP’s by a.o. T. Swift & Electric Bag, The Deep and Firebirds, or Germans à la Hell Preachers Inc. and Bokaj Retsiem!”

”Rare, sought after exploitation album from 1967 showcasing the garage-turns-to-psychedelia sound of the era. Fuzz and acid, no need for flowers – but bring them along if you feel like it!”

Interesting garage slab by mystery band with killer versions of Count Five’s ”Psychotic Reaction”, classicTobacco Road” and five instrumental tunes of which ”Psychotic Vibrations” should be a cover of “Susie Q”, “Psychedelic Visions” version of traditional “Greensleeves” and “The Warper” a rendition of a blues classic “St James Infirmary”. Vinyl rip, Dig!!!

 

 

THE HELLCATS / BORN LOSERS [1967. Soundtracks w/ Davie Allan & The Arrows]

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Both on Tower Records, Capitol’s sub-label ‘notorious’ for 60’s biker flick soundtracks as “The Wild Angels”, “Devil’s Angels”, ”Angels From Hell” and other rockin’ teenage rebellion exploitation stuff as ”Riot On The Sunset Strip”, ”Wild In The Streets”, ”The Trip”, “Psych-Out”, “Mondo Hollywood”, “Dr. Goldfoot & the Girl Bombs”… Again we got Davie Allan & The Arrows ridin’ the fuzz on few trax like ”Hellcats” or ”The Angry Mob” and under the name The Sidewalk Sounds on tunes as ”The Loser’s Bar” and ”The Born Loser’s Theme”. There’s an interesting appearance of mysterious band Davy Jones & The Dolphins doin’ some garage pop tunes on The Hellcats lp. Duophonic vinyl rips. Dig!!!

 

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TEENAGE REBELLION [1967. Soundtrack w/ Davie Allan & The Arrows]

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”Today’s teenagers are up to no good…”

“Across the country, every Friday and Saturday night, they gather in the temples to perform ceremonial dances to a rhythm that seems to reach back in time. It’s called the beat.”

”A quickie documentary, originally paired on a drive-in double bill with “Mondo Mod,” claims to provide the lowdown on crazy teenage goings-on around the globe. We are shown glimpses of the Los Angeles Sunset Strip teen riots, The Paris student revolt, and the English mods and rockers running wild in Brighton. Things soon wind down to such critical issues of the day as go-go dancing, striped hip huggers, bikers, and surfing, all of which are seen to have worldwide popularity.”

TEENAGE REBELLION usually played under the title MONDO TEENO

Another ‘colaboration’ of Davie Allan and Mike Curb on this interesting lp with some funny spoken word stuff by Burt Topper on prostitution, drugs, young homosexuals and cool tunes as title track, The Young World [aka ”Fuzz Theme”], ”The French Kiss” [aka ”Diana’s Theme”] or ”Make Love Not War” [version of ”Action On The Street”]. Vinyl rip in Mono & Stereo. Dig!!

 

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NEAL FORD & THE FANATICS [US 60’s Garage]

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”The top band in Houston, Texas of the mid-1960s was Neal Ford & The Fanatics, a tight and professional outfit responsible for some of the best garage sounds from the region. Led by Ford and featuring talented writer-members Lanier Greig, Jon Pereles and Johnny Stringfellow, the Fanatics ruled the roost in the city at clubs including the Catacombs. Once they signed to Nashville indie Hickory in late 1966 they seemed destined for national stardom. Despite regional hits, the group never achieved the visibility they deserved, but many of their records are now coveted by 60s rock collectors.

Good Men is a long-overdue survey of Neal Ford & The Fanatics’ best moments in the studio, and runs the gamut from expertly-produced and performed commercial pop and folk-rock to freaky psychedelic experiment and the gnarliest of 60s punk. It features several of the Fanatics’ popular singles for Hickory and cuts from their lone album for the label, as well as fantastic earlier sides released on the Houston indies Gina and Tantara. Well over half of this anthology has never appeared on compact disc before, and there are several unissued titles that add immeasurably to the group’s reputation.”

Real fine but somehow overlooked Texas 60’s garage/pop band kinda like garage version of UK The Zombies but with their own kink. From ’65-’68 they recorded many 45’s and an LP in 1967. Some of their best tunes [I Will Not Be Lonely,  Good Men (Are Hard To Find), Shame On You] were featured on several garage comps as Born Bad, Highs In The Mid Sixties, Acid Visions, Mayhem & Psychosis, Psychedelic States, Garage Beat ’66… but there are more cool stuff you can find on this great sounding comp. Check ‘it out!

 

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MORE FUZZ FROM DOWN UNDER [Oz 60’s Garage/Psych]

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Well, here’s 2nd part of 60’s DownUnder story with 3cds more. After first three killer packages of Oz savage 60’s punk in my previous post [dug ’em up already aint ya!?!] here you gonna get more of [mostly] the same treat on 4th disc of the set, while discs 5 & 6 are full of mostly real cool ’67-’69 Oz fuzz/wah psych dementia. There are cool covers of Small Faces ”Sorry, She’s Mine”, Beatles ‘‘Paperback Writer”, and great psychedelizied version of classic ”Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” Some of the stuff you could already find on fine Oz garage/psych comps as ”Datura Dreamtime”, ”A Forest Of Gold Top” or ”A Day In My Mind’s Mind” etc. Shame they didn’t include [so I did it!] great garage trax as ”Thump’‘ by The Union or Machine Gun Kelly’s Rejects ”I’m Going Back” instead of few duds but nobody’s perfect [except me] alright!  Two lame psych/pop cuts are missing but who cares. Finally, after all, I can say that this 6cd box has real great selection of tunes with crystal clear sound, so it deserves your attention or investment of your hard earned money.  Check some favs down below ‘n’ Dig!!!

 

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THE SUNSETS – The Hot Generation [’66/’67 Oz Garage/Surf]

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The Sunsets were 60’s garage band from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, formed in 1965. from surf crew The Four Strangers and later in ’67. evolved in Tamam Shud, cult psychedelic/progressive group.

”The Sunsets travelled to Sydney to perform regular gigs at various venues: Surf City, the Star Club and the Sunset discotheque. In October 1965 they released a single, “Bye Bye Goodbye”, on the Leedon label and followed with “When I Found You” in March of the following year. They issued three singles on Festival, “A Life in the Sun Theme”, “Love’s Face” and “The Hot Generation” in as well as an EP, A Life in the Sun in 1967. Their tracks were used for two surf films, A Life in the Sun (1966) and The Hot Generation (1967), both directed by Paul Witzig. Late that year Peter Barron replaced Connell on bass guitar and the group, now based in Sydney, changed their name to Tamam Shud.” [wiki]

 

The Sunsets A Life In The Sun

 

This is Surfadelic tribute collection of The Sunsets 45’s as well as The Four Strangers recordings. You already knew them from various comps as Ugly Things, Hot Generation, Board Boogie, Of Hopes & Dreams & Tombstonesor, Before Birdmen Flew and blah blah blah. So! It’s Garage-Surf ok?, Dig!!!

01 The Hot Generation [1967]
02 When I Found You [1966]
03 Animal [unreleased 1967]
04 I Want Love [1967]
05 Uptight, Out Of Sight [unreleased 1967]
06 Theme From ”a Life In The Sun” [1967]
07 Sunsets – Windansea [1967]
08 Don’t Get Around Much Anymore [1966]
09 The Hot Generation (Soundtrack Version) [1967]
10 The 4 Strangers – Sad And Lonely [1965]
11 The 4 Strangers – The Rip [1964]
12 The 4 Strangers – Pearl Diver [1964]

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FUZZ FROM DOWN UNDER [Australia & New Zeland 60’s Punk]

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This here is a brand new 6cd collection of rumblin ‘n’ tumblin’ down under 60’s punk/beat/psych. You should be familiar with Oz/Nz garage comps as Ugly Things, Wild Things, Devil’s Children or Before Birdmen Flew series, so there are many names and tunes you could hear already, but anyways the first three cd’s which I present here are MUST have for 60’s punk fans and others. I give you 75 trax of FUZZ overkill [with BLAZING SOUND FIDELITY] raw R&B punk savagery  from Down Under loosers as The Smoke, The Atlantics, The Pleazers, The Blue Beats, The Challenge, Billy Adams, Wild Cherries, Tom Thumb, Throb, The 5, The La De Das, Masters Apprentices, Black Diamonds, Derek’s Accent, The Elois, The In-Sect, The Creatures… Killer stuff, Dig!!!

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For more Australian 60’s garage check this too:

Big Beat Cellar Scene
Hot Generation!
Ugly Things Vol.1
Down Under Nuggets

 

BLUE-EYED GARAGE [60’s Garage Rock/Soul]

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”I’m sitting on the bottom of the soul, yeah…
My pocket’s filled with nothing but a hole, yeah…”
[Sean Bonniwell]

More garage rock action at Surfadelic. This time ya gotta deal with r&b/soul flavored garage tunes mostly by US and few Canuck 60’s groups. As you know many white boys & gals were inspired by r&b/soul stuff back then [Mods ya know] so this cool rare Blue-Eyed Garage collection brings to you dance floor garage/soul dancin’ rarities. Some of these groups are better known from comps as Pebbles, Highs In The Mid Sixties or Acid Visions like The Beckett Quintet, Bocky & The Visions, The Vagrants, The Palace Guards while others ain’t. Anyways, here you have some fine stompin’ covers of Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed and Bunker Hill, and many great original tunes by The Reactors, The Charles, The Secrets, The Kidds, The Ruins, The Mods, The Pied Pipers, Ricky & The Lexingtons… Lotsa Vox & Farfisa organ sounds ‘n’ rhythms. There are couple of bonus trax by your fav 60’s garage bands in soul style just for a good measure. Do That Thing, Dig!!!

 

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