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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BERT WEEDON [50’s & 60’s Instrumentals]

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“Herbert Maurice William ‘Bert’ Weedon was an English guitarist whose style of playing was popular and influential during the 1950s and 1960s. He was the first British guitarist to have a hit record in the UK Singles Chart, in 1959, and his best-selling tutorial guides, Play in a Day, were a major influence on many leading British musicians, such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Dave Davies, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page.

He joined the BBC Show Band directed by Cyril Stapleton in the 1950s, when he began to be featured as a soloist. He also worked as a session musician on many early British rock and roll and other records for artists such as Adam Faith, Billy Fury and Tommy Steele and worked as an accompanist to visiting American singers such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Nat King Cole. It is estimated that he performed on over 5,000 BBC radio broadcasts. He was also seen regularly on British television in the 1950s, including some of the most popular children’s television programmes. In 1959 he was asked by Top Rank Records to make a record as a solo guitarist. He became the first British guitarist in the UK Singles Chart, with “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” in 1959.

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His playing style focused on both rhythm and melody, and was itself influenced by the jazz guitarists of the 1950s, notably Les Paul. Weedon placed a lot of emphasis on control of tone, and wanted to make the guitar the star of his music. The style became best known through the music of the Shadows, especially Hank Marvin” [wiki]

All instro best of collection of this guitar “Big head”. Some real cool rockin’ stuff mixed with some out-dated dud and so so tunes, so the choice is yours. My favs: BIG BEAT BOOGIE, SORRY ROBBIE, GINCHY, RED GUITAR, TWELVE STRING SHUFFLE, GIN MILL GUITAR,  KICK OFF, TOKYO MELODY, SOUTH OF THE BORDER, CHARLIE BOY, STRANGER THAN FICTION,  BLACK JACKETS… Dig!

Surfadelic Presents – MICHIGAN RUMBLE ! [’50s & ’60s R’n’R]

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Woah Dad! What we got here? Another super ultra rockin’n’rollin’ Surfadelic comp. And I can tell you it’s pretty big fat ”project” cause I have to select some 93 trax for three volumes of 50’s & 60’s Michigan rock’n’roll rumble. As you know I’ve recently have posted some obcure Michigan rockers as intro for this big collection of some rare, unissued and underground stuff. Here you gotta deal mostly with raw R-Billy, Rock’n’Roll, Instrumentals and few 60’s garage cuts. Some of this tunes already can be heard on various comps but some not, so if you are curious to know what is all about, don’t miss it. It’s Michigan Rumble ok! Dig !!!

 

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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 !!!

 

THE REG GUEST SYNDICATE – Underworld (1966)

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Welcome to the underworld a go-go! Here’s sole ’66 lp by this UK band lead by British pianist, arranger and music director Reg Guest, also known as Earl Guest. The album feature cool covers of well known 60’s spy & crime movie themes from James Bond, Man From U.N.C.L.E, The Avengers, The Saint… Great tunes as Underworld [stylish “Green Onions” ripoff] and Guys, Guns, Girls & Danger can be heard on instro lounge comps as “Instro Hipsters A Go-Go” or “Get Smarter”. Well, as this is a real fine stuff, here you got Stereo & Mono version [mono has more trax! and interesting bonus stuff of Earl Guest and Nashville Five], so ya gotta dig both alright! Dig!!!

 

 

 

JIMMIE HASKELL – John Severson Presents Sunset Surf [1963]

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Surf’s Up! Here’s an interesting and rare surfin’/lounge elpee by Jimmie Haskell, a prolific American composer and arranger for a variety of popular singers and motion pictures, famed for his Experimental/Space Age Pop lp “Count Down!” [”Blast Offinstrumental can be heard on some Lux & Ivy/The Cramps favs collections]. He teamed up with Glen Campbell on guitar, surfer, painter and photographer John Severson and producer Nick Venet for this easy surfin’ listening slab for long hot summer days [& nights]. Take it easy’n’Dig !!!

 

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THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR – Instrumental Album [’61/’64 Recordings]

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An 80’s all-instro comp of Bobby’s ’64 recordings [and some ’61 with The Venturas and Jerry Bright And The Embers], live and unreleased. Some real cool surfin’ tunes as The Chase, Stringer, Our Favourite Martian, The Corrido Twist or rockin’ The 1.000 Pound Bee and interesting take on High Noon Rumble by The Venturas. Check it out !!!

 

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THE DAYTONAS – Parabolica [1996]

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Double Bubble surfin’ slab by these Swedish band. I think this is one and only 2xLp surf  album in history so it’s kinda curiosity. It contains half instro and half vocal tunes, so it’s pretty complex surfin’ project 🙂 [somethin’ like ‘Exile on main street’ or ‘London Calling’ for surf genre lol ]. Anyways check it out, Dig !!!