A HISTORY OF GARAGE & FRAT BANDS IN MEMPHIS 1960-1975 Vol.1 & 2

 

”A History of Garage and Frat Bands in Memphis, 1960-75 is a Memphis garage rock compilation that was released in conjunction with the book ‘Playing for a Piece of the Door’, by Ron Hall. The book is a candid history and discography of over one hundred garage rock bands who recorded at least one record in Memphis between1960-1975.”

Hmmm… More appropriate title would be ‘History of Garage and Soul Bands in Memphis’ as approximately 30% of the stuff are R&B tunes [especially on vol.2]. It’s a pretty interesting collection of some fine rare 60’s recordings transferred directly from original vinyls [not master trax], so the sound is bit raw & grainy here and there but anyway cool [I’ve fixed some cliks & crackles]. Some of the bands could be heard on other comps as Flash & The Casuals on ”Uptight, Tonight” comp, Danny Bunk And The Invaders on ”Hang It Out To Dry!”, The Escapades and The Breakers on ”Pebbles”, The Scepters on ”Everywhere Chainsaw Sound” etc. but some tunes can be find only here as The Coachmen ”Possibility”,  great Sci-Fi instrumental ”The Mysterians” by Jimmy Tarbutton And The Memphis Sound or rare garage gem Los Angeles Smog Division ”Blue Green” with ”borrowed” Pretty Things ”LSD” riff. Ok, check my favs below ‘n’ Dig!!!

 

 

 

Holidays In Serbia: Instrummentón En La Cuadra Vol.5 [60’s Sci-Fi, Psych, Exotica, Garage, Lounge Instros]

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Holla amigos! What time it is? Summertime’s here and It’s right time for another ”Instrummentón En La Cuadra” comp. It’s so cool I wish it was made by me but the truth is it was made by my dear Spanish friend Jose from fabulous Tommentonenlacuadra blogspot. You surely know that he’s a big fan and connoisseur of 60’s garage rock, mod, beat and psych but he also digs real cool instrumental stuff. This is one of the most interesting instro collections I’ve heard recently, as it gathers various genres in one place and it’s function like a soundtrack for some lost 60’s flick. Here you got Sci-fi, Exotica, Psych, R&B, Lounge, Surf, Garage & Soundtrack instumental tunes mostly by some less known artists and groups. I’ve put some of my favorites below, so check it out! Hey hombre, olé dig!!!

 

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RUMBLE ROCK vol.1-3 [60’s Rare R-billy/Garage Rockers]

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Ultra Low-Fi Rockers! Wild guitar actions! Insane-Kickin’ Ass Rockers!

Well alright! Here’s a vinyl comp. series of some sloppy, dirty, drunken, undisciplined 60s rockers [mostly uncomped]. Here you gotta deal with some rare, obscure R-billy, C.Berry influenced R’n’R , few mid 60s garage & R&B rockers and instrumentals. It’s kinda like now legendary ”Greasy Rock’n’Roll” comp. series. Below are some of my favs you can check out. Now ya know what a fuss is all about. It’s about RUMBLE !!!

 

 

 

DEAN CARTER vs STUD COLE [60’s Garage/Psychobilly/Blues]

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”Dean Carter was a true oddity of ’60s rock. He was a singer-guitarist with the heart and much of the sound of a ’50s rockabilly wildman, yet he recorded music that updated that rockabilly spirit with ’60s garage rock and dashes of soul, and even a bit of psychedelia here and there. Carter didn’t put out a whole lot of records in the ’60s, and those he did put out were heard by few. Yet one of those singles in particular, 1967’s “Jailhouse Rock”/”Rebel Woman” (on the small Milky Way label), is highly valued by ’60s garage collectors, even if its rockabilly influence made it a little anachronistic. Carter also did a good deal of unreleased sessions of considerable quality, whether he was playing relatively straight rockabilly or his freakier hybrid of rockabilly with late-’60s sounds. Much material from those sessions came to light on the fine Big Beat 2002 CD release Call of the Wild.

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Carter was born Arlie Neaville and began playing rockabilly in the late ’50s in Champaign, IL, where he remained based for much of the ’60s. He recorded for the Ping label in 1961 under his real name, on the more established Fraternity label in 1962 as Arlie Nevil, and then for Limelight as Dean Carter in 1964. That same year, he and Arlie Miller, a member of his band the Lucky Ones, started a home studio in Danville, IL to record both Carter and other musicians. The pair also ran the small Milky Way label, which released product by Carter and others. At times the sessions got pretty strange even by garage rock standards, with ukulele, accordion, dobro, and clarinet all heard in addition to the usual crunchy guitars on his outrageous cover of Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock.”

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Carter went to the West Coast for a while in the late ’60s, recording a couple of singles in Washington State with Gene Vincent guitarist Jerry Merritt, for Merritt’s Tell International label. He returned to the Midwest at the end of the decade to resume recording with Miller, and went back to billing himself as Arlie Neaville on record. In the early ’70s, he went into gospel music, where he’s remained ever since.” [allmusic]

 

Stud Cole

”He’s been described as “Jack Starr meets Johnny Kidd”, “a lysergic Conway Twitty” and “Elvis fronting the ’66 Yardbirds” but mere words can’t truly describe the unique sounds of the late, great Stud Cole!”

””The late, great Stud Cole’s 1968 promo only LP (only 100 copies made in 1968) with five bonus cuts gives Los Angeles’ ultimate loner icon a fitting tribute as his memory is perceived in the digital age. Starting off with the title track, Cole’s Burn Baby Burn sounds timeless, a welcomed escape from the modern glut of over produced, emotion-deprived recordings. Cole’s fusion of 60’s rock and gritty country still sounds years ahead of its time, his seductive singing style alluring, its tough boy approach fitting for the rock and country he creates.” [Alex Steininger]

”Lounge flavored garage, with rock-a-billy influences, Elvis-like vocals, and fuzz guitar, all over blues/psych mat’l. This is one unusual album, originally issued as a demo only in 1968. The artist’s real name was Pat Tirone, and he was a bartender from L.A.”

 

 

What to say about those two wyldmen weirdos of Rock’n’Roll? It’s a double dose of 60’s garage, r-billy/blues/psych lunacy and mayhem the way it shoulda be… or what? Anyways, I’ve already have posted these real cool cats, two wacko garage surfadelic favs and I do it again. If you like acts as Hasil Adkins and The Cramps this is for you. And yeah, check this one too – Kookie Cook [a friend of Dean Carter] Burn Baby Burn!

 

 

THE SURFARIS – Surfers Rule/Gone With The Wave/Wipe Out! The Best Of [60’s Surf/Hot Rod/Garage]

 

”The Surfaris were an American surf rock band formed in Glendora, California in 1962. They are best known for two songs that hit the charts in the Los Angeles area, and nationally by May 1963: “Surfer Joe” and “Wipe Out”, which were the A-side and B-side of the same 45 rpm single.A-254867-1446475420-7579.jpeg
Wilson’s energetic drum solo made “Wipe Out” one of the best-remembered instrumental songs of the period. “Wipe Out” is also remembered particularly for its introduction. Before the music starts, Berryhill’s dad broke a board (imitating a breaking surf board) near the mic, followed by a maniacal laugh and the words “Wipe Out” spoken by band manager Dale Smallin. “Wipe Out” was written in the studio by the four original members (Berryhill, Connolly, Fuller, & Wilson). It was initially issued on the tiny DFS label (#11/12) in January, 1963. It was reissued on the tiny Princess label (#50) in February, 1963. It was picked up by Dot (45-16479) in April, 1963, and later reissued as Dot 45-144 in April, 1965. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.
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The band released a series of records, with two other singles, “Surfer Joe” (written and sung by Wilson) and “Point Panic” (another group-composed instrumental), having an impact on the charts. Point Panic is a renowned surfing venue in Hawaii after which the song was named.
The original 1963 membership remained intact until August 1965 when Connolly departed before their Japanese tour. Ken Forssi replaced him on bass for the tour. Fuller resigned after the tour and the band folded in early 1966.” [wiki]

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Ha ha ha ha ha, wipe out!.” Classic stuff, everybody knows [remember legendary chasing scene from “The Wanderers”?] but The Surfaris ain’t just ”one hit wanders”. They recorded several fine lps and 45’s and this here are three collections of their 60’s stuff from classic dragin’ & surfin’ tunes [cool instros as Scatter Shield, Murphy The Surfie, Point Panic, Waikiki Run, Burnin’ Rubber, Beat 65, Big Surge, Surf Scene, Dune Buggy, Scratch] to garage, pop & folk rock [especially ’77 comp. ”Gone With The Wave” with many interesting covers]. ”Wipe Out! The Best Of” comes with 6 bonus trax added by Mr.Eliminator, so you better watch out! Go Go Go For Louie’s Place! Dig !!!

 

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THE KEYMEN vs THE KEYMEN [’60s Garage/Surf vs ’50s R&B/Lounge]

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Actually not [likely] the same band but there’s always a bit of mistery. The Keymen [Originally known as The Fabulous Keymen] were 60’s garage/surf combo from Las Cruces, New Mexico and here they are featured with solid unreleased ’65 set of surf instros, cool ’67 garage single ”What Am I To Do” and some so so/lame frat rock, blue-eyed soul covers.

The ‘other’ Keymen were ’50s rock instrumental group who had one small hit with “Gazackstahagen” in 1958. suported by Dick Clark. Their album is fun all-instro sax driven R&B/Lounge slab with covers of hit tunes in seductive Las Vegas Grind style. Go Keymen Go !!!

 

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THE FLAMETHROWERS – Intensity! [Raw 1960 Detroit Instrumentals]

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Well… Before The Stooges there were Flamethrowers! This double 7″er features four 1960 crude & rude instrumentals influenced by Link Wray. This stuff somehow reminds me on Hasil Adkins tunes as “Reagan Blues” without vocals. Shame there’s no full lp with such delightful instro sounds to set yer ass in flames. Flamethrowers for presidents! Oh Detroit, so much to answer for… Anyways, you got Intensity alright! Dig !!!

 

SAND SURFIN’ (Border Town Rock N’ Roll 1964-67)

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“Down in the wastelands of New Mexico,
where there’s a definite lack of H2o
The kids get their kicks on this barren land,
when they go surfing on pure white sand
Sand Surfing Sand Surfing”
[The Four Dimensions]

 

Cool collection 60’s garage & surf rock rarities from El Paso, Texas. 1964-67 set equally divided between surf stomps and garage monsters including rarities from the Suemi, goldust and Frog Death labels! Let’s go Sand Surfin’!!!

 

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THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR – Never To Be Forgotten [3CD/1964-66]

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Real nice 3Cd complete of all Booby’s Mustang recordings with cool booklet story and pics. CD 1 & 2 contains both 65/66 studio albums with bunch of unreleased stuff and great sound [essential 40 trax!], while CD 3 has “Live at PJ’s”. This is my final post in Bobby Fuller series so you better look out !!!

 

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THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR – I Fought the Law [1966] Vinyl Rip !!!

Bobby Fuller Four

 

Here’s Bobby Fuller hit album and one of the real classic rock’n’roll lp’s from 60’s. Almost all tunes are garage pop/rock winners, produced by legendary Bob Keane from surfin’ Del-Fi Records. Ripped from heavy Mustang Vinyl in Surfadelic Ultra Binaural Sound by Mr.Eliminator himself, this slab’s a must, don’t miss it. C’mon let’s rock’n’roll with The Bobby Fuller 4 !!!

 

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