THE FAVOURITE SONS [60’s R&B/Freakbeat]

Favourite Sons - That Driving Beat (1)


Following my previous post, here’s a group you can hear on vol.2 of ”Hen’s Theet” comp. This Mod Freakbeat combo was formed in 1965, Hatfield UK, out of The Juniors and Hi-Numbers their previous incarnations [later on they evolved in well known pop/psych band The Gods]. They issued only one 7” That Driving Beat / Walkin’ Walkin’ Walkin’ on Mercury in ’66, so majority of the stuff in this collection are unissued. Here you got some cool covers of R&B classics as Leaving Here, Lucille or Fortune Teller, done in Fav Sons style. In their heydays they shared stage with The Birds, The Artwoods and The Who, well… you got the picture. First I Look At The Purse :-)) Check ’em out, Gid !!!

Complete story of The Favourite Sons you can read here


Favourite Sons - That Driving Beat





Quel Organ!

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“30 cm de Plaisirs French Organ Jerks”

Real COOL French 60’s Mod/Lounge/Funky/Instro compilation with some movies excerpts between the trax [reminds pretty much on legendary “Wavy Gravy” concept]. Hammond organs & fuzz guits dominated sexy dance tunes. And just to explain the pic: Miss “Pretty Baby” is on the left, Mr.E is on the right. C’ex!

01. Christian Gaubert – Autoroute Du Sud
02. George Feeling – Pulsation
03. Francis Lopez – La Honte De La Famille
04. Roger Pierre Et Jean Marc Thibault – Boof!
05. Les Sparks – Palladium
06. Stephane Varegues Et Georges Van Parys – Le Salon De The
07. The Heathen Blues – Up In The Air
08. Les Guitares Du Dimanche – Sur Une Nappe De Restaurant
09. Mickey Nicholas – Free State
10. George Delerue – Carnaby Street
11. Louis Marischal – Tu Me Tapes Sur Les Nerfs
12. Michel Polnareff & Annie Girardot – La Femme Aux Faux-Cils
13. Francois De Roubaix – I Want To Suggest
14. Philippe Nicaud – C’ex

LOOKING BACK [60’s Mod/Freakbeat]

305b0-lookingback80mod1fAsk many listeners to define mod rock, and they’ll refer to bands like the Who, the Creation, and numerous others from the U.K. that merged guitar-driven pop/rock with edgy elements like distortion and outrage that anticipated aspects of psychedelia. Some of that’s on this 3-CD compilation, but in truth, the mod scene also encompassed soul, R&B-rock, reggae, jazzy R&B-pop-go-go music, and other bits and pieces. All of those styles are reflected on this ambitious anthology, which deliberately emphasizes the more obscure mid- to-late-’60s records falling under this umbrella. There are a few big names (though none as big as, say, the Who or Small Faces) here, and some fairly well-known second-line British Invasion bands (the Mojos, the Sorrows, John’s Children, the post-Stevie Winwood Spencer Davis Group). But most of these acts had limited or no commercial success, and you’d be hard-pressed to find many collectors who already had most of this in their collections, even though some of these cuts have come out on specialist reissues. As a trawl through off-the-beaten path material from or related to the mod/freakbeat scene (the U.K. version, with a few Australian tracks thrown in), it’s well packaged, with detailed liner notes and a few previously unissued cuts.At the same time, this doesn’t make for one of the better overall mod compilations, either as a starter anthology or for specialists dedicated to digging deeper. The selections are representative of points among the mod spectrum, yet for the most part rather average in quality, explaining to some degree why they have seldom or never been anthologized. It’s also true that the standouts tend to be some of the cuts that have already done the rounds to deserved acclaim for years, like the Syndicats’ tremendous rave-up “Crawdaddy Simone,” and the early sides by John’s Children (who, for all the derision directed at their supposed marginal talents, had a better eye for catchy songs than most of the competition here). 

ce4ec-lookingback80mod3A few rarities by big names aren’t as exciting as you might hope, like the two early R&B-oriented Arthur Brown songs (credited to the Arthur Brown Set) from a French movie soundtrack, or the tracks from late in the Sorrows’ career. Is that too harsh? Probably, considering the compilers deliberately set out to provide stuff that would be relatively or wholly unfamiliar, and certainly succeeded in doing so. Depending on your taste, you’ll probably find at least a few tracks that are nuggets in quality as well as rarity, strong contenders being the Quiet Five’s nervous Merseybeat (“Tomorrow I’ll Be Gone”); the Others’ cover of Bo Diddley’s “Oh Yeah!” (which could have been an inspiration for the Shadows of Knight’s version); soulman J.J. Jackson’s “Come See Me” (which he co-wrote and was more famously recorded as a Pretty Things single); the Alan Brown Set’s “Jou de Massacre (The Killing Game),” another refugee from a French soundtrack (which zanily alternates between jazzy freakbeat and rather smooth soul balladeering); and Ray Singer’s weirdly brooding “What’s Done Has Been Done,” which merges mod with Tom Jones and spy movie music. And it seems like almost everywhere you turn, there are obscure appearances by artists who became famous in other contexts, like Steve Howe in the In Crowd; T.S. McPhee in John Lee’s Groundhogs; Lemmy in the Rockin’ Vickers; Bon Scott in the Valentines (on a cover of Soft Machine’s “Love Makes Sweet Music”), and future Deep Purple members Roger Glover and Ian Gillan in Episode Six. [Richie Unterberger] 

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MOD OVERDOSE in three acts. Dig!!!  Disc1/Disc2/Disc3

IT’S HAPPENING Vol.1,2,3 [Forgotten Dancer Treasures]

Interesting mix of some rare late 60’s/early 70’s Mod, Soul, Funk, Bubblegum, Lounge dance tunes. There are more volumes in this fun vinyl only series but I got only these. Well, IT’S what’s HAPPENING!!!
01. Rick Mcphail – Introduction
02. Paul Revere & The Raiders – It’s Happening
03. Ernie Garrett – Eleanor Rigby
04. Cliff Nobles – The Horse
05. Luther Ingram – I Spy (For The F.B.I.)
06. Roland Kirk – Making Love After Hours
07. Georgie Fame – Seventh Son
08. The Nirvana Sitar & String Group – The Letter
09. Jonathan King – Let It All Hang Out
10. Jack Mcduff – Wade In The Water
11. Oscar Brown Jr. – The Snake
12. The Capitols – Tired Running From You
13. Chubby Checker – (At The) Discotheque
14. Jacques Dutronc – A La Queue Les Yvelines
15. Unknown Artist – Harter Tag (Bonus Track)


01. Rick McPhail – Introduction
02. Eddie Carlton – Things Are Getting A Little Tougher
03. Trax 4 – Coming Home Baby
04. The Shadows Of Knight – Run Run Billy Porter
05. Mose Allison – I’m Not Talking
06. Lonnie Satin – Soul Bossa Nova
07. Knut Kiesewetter – Stop Stop Stop
08. James & Bobby Purify – I Take What I Want
09. Brian Bennet – Sunny Afternoon
10. Alexander Stone – Man In The Suitcase
11. Bobby More – Hey Mr. DJ
12. The Cavaliers – Hold To My Baby
13. Bob Seger & The Last Heard – East Side Story
14. HET – Keije Nagan
15. Unknown Artist – Bonus Track
01. The Impressions – The Young Mods Forgotten Story
02. Chuck Jackson – I Only Get This Feeling
03. The Village Callers – I Don’t Need No Doctor
04. Billy Hawks – Let Me Love You Before You Go
05. The Redcaps – Talkin’ Bout You
06. Little Esther Phillips – Cherry Wine
07. Jackie Wilson – Light My Fire
08. New Dawn – Slave Of Desire
09. The Zombies – Summertime
10. Pucho – Cantaloop Island
11. Billy Larkin – Hold On I’m Coming
12. Roy Hamilton – You Shook Me Up
13. Shirley Ellis – Sugar Let’s Shing-A-Ling
14. Unknown Artist – Bonus Track

NEW DIRECTIONS – A Collection Of Blue-Eyed British Soul 1964-1969

COOL! Collection of rare UK 60’s Mod/Soul tunes inspired by Motown/Atlantic style R&B. Fav trax: 
Dave Anthony’s Moods – New Directions
Keith Powell & Billie Davis – When You Move You
The Loose Ends – That’s It
Jeff Elroy & The Blues Boys – Honey Machine
The Ray King Soul Band – I’m A Man
Ivan’s Meads – A Little Sympathy
Kevin ‘king’ Lear – Count Me Out
Bluesology – Mr. Frantic
Bobby Patrick Big Six – Monkey Time
Gary Walker – Get It Right
Are you for a Little Bit O’ Blue Eyed Soul!?! Dig!

THE CREATION – How Does It Feel To Feel + THE MARK FOUR [1964-1968]

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THE CREATION were one of the best and the most important UK Mod groups from 60’s. Produced by legendary Shel Talmy [The Who, The Kinks] their sound was similar to those of The Who but with their own brand of Pop/Psych kink. Their debut ’67 album ‘We Are Paintermen’ was only released in Germany, Holland and Scandinavia. Pete Townshend was so impressed with the innovate guitar style of guitar slinger Eddie Phillips he asked him to join the Who as a second guitarist. You can hear his violin bow solo on Painter Man before Jimmy Page did the same. Edsel records comp.”How Does It Feel To Feel” is the best collection of Creation recordings from ’66-’68. THE MARK FOUR, pre-Creation group is presented here with Eva records ’80 collection of singles ’64-’66. A MUST for Mods all over the world. Biff Bang Pow!


Creation                                Mark lV