EP CHOICE – From The Rare Mod EP Collection

EP Choice - From The Rare Mod EP Collection

 

Interesting collection of rare and demo recordings by 60’s mod acts as Steve Marriott’s Moments, The Fleur De Lys, The Mule Skinners, The Richard Kent Style, Sharon Tandy , The Clique… It’s a mix of garage, r&b, mod & soul tunes. I’ve added bonus The Afex ”She’s Got The Time” E.P. for a good measure. Check some favs below, Dig!!!

 

 

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JOHN’S CHILDREN – A Midsummer Night’s Scene [60’s Mod/Psych]

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John’s Children were a 1960s pop art/mod rock band from Leatherhead, England that briefly featured future T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan. John’s Children were known for their outrageous live performances and were booted off a tour with The Who in Germany in 1967 when they upstaged the headliners. Their 1967 single “Desdemona”, a Bolan composition, was banned by the BBC because of the controversial lyric, “Lift up your skirt and fly.” Their US record label delayed the release of their album, Orgasm for four years from its recording date due to objections from Daughters of the American Revolution.

 

 

John’s Children played at The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream concert at the Alexandra Palace in London on 29 April 1967. Bolan left in June 1967, after only four months with the band, following disagreements with the way Napier-Bell was producing the band’s next single, “A Midsummer Night’s Scene“. The single was never released, but in its place the B-side of “Desdemona“, “Remember Thomas à Becket” was re-recorded with new lyrics and released as “Come and Play with Me in the Garden”. Bolan went on to form folk duo Tyrannosaurus Rex

John’s Children were active for less than two years and were not very successful commercially, having released only six singles and one album, but they had a big influence on punk rock and are seen by some as the precursors of glam rock.” [wiki]

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A re-post of my fav anarcho-mod rockers managed by Yardbirds manager Simon Napier-Bell. This is a Bam-Caruso ’88 collection of their ’66/’67 singles plus Andy Ellison solo 45 “It’s Been a Long Time/Arthur Green“. They have been featured on many freakbeat/psych comps over decades so you sure heard songs as Desdemona, Jagged Time Lapse, Remember Thomas À Becket, Go-Go Girl, Midsummer Night’s Scene… On But She’s Mine you can hear Jeff Beck ‎ guitar rumble, real cool ain’t it! I’ve added one bonus track, ”Let Me Know” from their ‘live’ album ”Orgasm”, so you could hear where The Clash got idea for ”Should I Stay or Should I Go”. Smashed Blocked !!!

 

 

B-E-A-T-F-R-E-A-K ! Vol.1-4 [Rare 60’s UK Mod/Beat]

 

On the wave of freakbeat craze at Surfadelic, here comes new comp.series of some obscure & rare UK 60’s mod/beat. Some of the songs could be heard on other collections but some are available only here. Well, everything seems nice at first glance, the package is cool, the sound is great but the problem is that many of the tunes are 2nd class, so after so many 60’s freakbeat comps this is kinda like ”scrap the bottom of the barrel”. Anyways, there are enough fine stuff for you ”hardcore freakbeat fans” as every volume has 20 trax with the crisp clear sound and lotsa fuzz. Come on and enjoy your wyld 60’s fantasy dream, Dig !!!

[A message for sunnyboy66 from youtube: Hey dude, don’t put it immediately on YT, let it live for a while ok ?!?]

 

LARRY’S REBELS – Feelin’ Good! [NZ 60’s Freakbeat/Mod/Pop]

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Auckland’s 60’s garage/pop band very popular in Australia and New Zealand where they scored several nationally charting singles. They were heavily influenced by ‘British Invasion’ groups as Small Faces, The Who, Yardbirds, Animals, Creation… They issued an album [unfortunately not so hot] ”A Study In Black” in ’67 and a bunch of singles.

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Larry’s Rebels were somethin’ like ‘NZ Paul Revere and the Raiders’ [even covered their song ”Mo’reen”], merging pop tunes with ‘hard edge’ freakbeat/garage sound. Most of their stuff are covers but pretty cool as energetic renditions of ”Painter Man” [The Creation], ”What’cha Gonna Do About It” [Small Faces], ”I’ll Make You Happy” [The Easybeats], ”Inside Looking Out” [The Animals], ”It’s Not True” [The Who], great Yardbirds influenced cover of J.Burnette ”Train kept a rollin’” called ”Flying Scotsman” and hit single ”I Feel Good” [Allen Toussaint/Benny Spellman]. Also there are some fine originals as mod mover ”Shakin’ Up Some Soul”, freakbeat groovers ”Coloured Flowers” and ”Passing You By” [as The Rebels, without Larry].

This here is a vinyl rip of fine Australian ’83 collection of their singles from 1965-1969. Everything you ever need from Larry’s Rebels. Feel Good… Dig !!!

[You can visit audioculture.co.nz for more nice pics and stories on band]

 

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

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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

 

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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!!!
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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)
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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
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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
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