BARRY ALLEN – Lovedrops [1966. Canuck Garage/Pop]

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”Barry Allen was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and started his musical career as guitarist/backing vocalist in Wes Dakus And The Rebels. While recording with Dakus in New Mexico in 1964, producer Norman Petty liked Allen backing vocals so much he convinced Allen to cut some tunes for a single, this resulted in the release in 1964. of a 45 entitled Over My Shoulder / Flame Of Love on Quality (Dot 16635 in the U.S.). By 1965 Allen had signed a solo deal with Capitol Records U.S. and released his first single for Canadian Capitol entitled Easy Come, Easy Go / Hot Sunshine which was followed by three more Canadian Capitol singles starting with Never You Mind / It’s All Right With Me Now, A Penny, A Teardrop / Love Me Again and Hurry Santa Hurry, all from 1965. -Barry Allen won a Juno Award in 1965 for “Most Promising Male Vocalist” and proved himself in 1966 with Love Drops…”

You could hear Barry on a few garage-pop trax in my previous post with Wes Dakus And The Rebels, and now here’s his second album [first is ”Goin’ Places”] from ’66. This pretty rare slab is somehow solid mix of pop [even baroque pop as ”I Won’t Be There” or ”Stumble And Fall”], folk rock and garage that reminds me on The Beau Brummels style. Lp consist half of originals [mostly penned by Stu Mitchell] and half of fine covers of “Codine”, “My Little Red Book”, Dave Clark Five,  The Mindbenders and Bobby Fuller Four. This vinyl rip ”package” comes with few bonus trax from his first lp and singles. Not so blistering greatness but kinda interesting if you’re into 60’s fetishism. Oh! Canaduh! Dig!!!

 

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The Best Of The GIRL GROUPS [Vinyl Rip!]

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“Is she really going out with him?
“Well, there she is, Let’s ask her”
“Betty, is that Jimmy’s ring you’re wearing?”
“Gee, it must be great riding with him”
“Is he picking you up after school today?”
“By the way, where did you meet him?…”

[The Shangri-Las ”Leader Of The Pack”]

This Rhino ’87 vinyl collection is one of my favs ’cause it’s a great introduction in 60’s girl groups sounds and has such ace stuff as Shangri-Las ”Leader Of The Pack”, ”Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand)” & ”Give Him A Great Big Kiss”, Dixie Cups ”Chapel Of Love” & ”People Say”, Chiffons ”One Fine Day”, Shirelles ”Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, ”Baby It’s You”… You could hear many of these classic tunes in some fine movies as ”Goodfellas”, ”Full Metal Jacket”, ”True Romance”, The Wanderers, ”Quadrophenia” etc. Well, if you’re in romantic mood and wanna feel the real 60’s atmosphere don’t go no further… Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. ”When I say I’m in love, you best believe I’m in love, L-U-V!” Dig!!!

”Well, what color are his eyes?
I don’t know, he’s always wearing shades
Is he tall?
Well, I’ve got to look up
Yeah? well I hear he’s bad
Hmm, he’s good-bad, but he’s not evil
Tell me more, tell me more”

 

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We’re THE BANANA SPLITS / Here Come THE BEAGLES [60’s Bubblegum]

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“THE BANANA SPLITS” and “THE BEAGLES” were both 1960s’ TV icons,which established their history in Saturday Morning TV.”

”The Beagles were a pair of animated canines known as Stringer and Tubby (Stringer was the tall one playing the guitar, Tubby handled acoustic bass).  Together with their manager Scotty, each episode would find the pair bungle their way through some comedic scenario which saw them learn a valuable lesson along the way which would then be encapsulated in a song.

Released on Columbia’s budget Harmony label, 1967’s “Here Come the Beagles” may have been marketed as a kids album, but offered up a great mixture of Beatlesque pop, folk-rock and even more radio-friendly bubblegum sounds.  Credited to W. Buck Biggers, Treadwell Covington, J. Harris and Chet Stovers (Biggers and Stovers were apparently responsible for writing the cartoon scripts), material such as the title track ‘Looking For the Beagles’, ‘Sharing Wishes’ and ‘I’d Join The Foreign Legion’ offered up an irresistible blend of strong melodies and great harmony vocals (love to know who these guys were) which should have stormed up the charts.  While virtually any of the ten tracks would have made a dandy single, personal favorites included the organ powered ‘Indian Love Dance’ and the rockin’ ‘Humpty Dumpty’.”

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”The core of this 31-song disc is the entirety of the group’s sole ’68 album, We’re the Banana Splits. For all its good-natured, well-produced late-’60s pop, it is too sweet and happy in one dose, like having a banana split for appetizer, lunch, and dessert. Still, those songs do include the well-remembered hit “The Tra La La Song,” plus some surprisingly raving garage- soul-pop with “I’m Gonna Find a Cave” and the Wilson Pickett-like “Doin’ the Banana.” The more bubblegummy happy-go-lucky numbers and ballads are harder to bear, but obviously the session cats playing on these tried harder than they had to, putting sitar on the lightly psychedelic “In New Orleans” and Baroque harpsichord on the uncharacteristically moody “Wait Til Tomorrow.” The CD also adds eight non-LP bonus tracks, including more typically bouncy lightweight kiddie pop/rock and a boisterous alternate version of “The Tra La La Song,” but also the rather fetching ballad “Pretty Painted Carousel,” which sounds a bit like early Peter & Gordon. Actually the best part of the package, though, are the ten tracks from the rare 1967 LP by fellow kiddie TV group the Beagles, who are actually not bad mid-’60s pop/rockers with a Beatles-Merseybeat influence to the songs and harmonies, though the production bears strong American soul and pop influences.” [allmusic]

 

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Garage pop rock for 60s kids and others. Brought to you by the kind request, Dig!!!

 

 

 

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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DAVID MARKS & THE MARKSMEN [60’s Surf/Beat/|Pop]

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”David Marks is best known as one of the founding members of the Beach Boys, remaining with them from February 1962 to October 1963. He played rhythm guitar and sang back-up vocals on the band’s first four albums (Surfin’ Safari, Surfin’ USA, Surfer Girl and Little Deuce Coupe) and in over 100 concerts, touring the United States, from Hawaii to New York, and appearing on their first string of national TV appearances. While his time in the band may have been relatively short, Marks contribution to the band’s seminal sound is significant.

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David went on to record solo material with his band, the Marksmen, on both A&M and Warner Brothers records. Additionally, two of his Thousand Oaks psych pop bands, the Moon and the Colours, still enjoy a large cult following among the era’s collectors and music aficionados.”

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Ok surfers, this here is a fine collection of ”ex Beach Boy” David Marks ’63-’65 recordings with The Marksmen. You could hear surf instros ”The Sheriff Of Noddingham” and ”Travellin‘ on Lost Legends Of The Surf Guitar Vol.2 or hot rod Kustom Kar Show, cover ofLet’s Dance”, but most stuff is pretty rare and Unreleased. You gotta deal with mix of surf, beat and pop tunes, hybrid of South Bay Surf and early British Invasion influences like cool tunes ”I Wanna Cry’‘ or ”Don’t Cry For Me”. Well, don’t cry but… Dig !!!

 

 

THE HONDELLS – 4CD Collection !!!

 

“The Hondells were a west coast surf/hot rod band in the early 60’s that had songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and appeared in several movies like “Beach Blanket Bingo” and “Beach Party”.
The band toured throughout the United States with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars and played with a USO tour in Vietnam. They released several albums and singles on the Mercury label under the name of The Hondells. The main members of the band also played on and released songs as “The Weird-Oh’s” and “The Super Stocks”.
The band members were Richard “Ritchie” Burns, Wayne Edwards, Randy Thomas, Dennis McCarthy, Al Ferguson, Les Weiser and “King of The Fuzz” Davie Allan. Most of their material was produced by Gary Usher.”

Ugh! It’s gonna be a bit of overkill but for you ‘hard core’ fans of surf & hot rod Hondells style it’s never enough. I’ve already posted their classic ’64/’65 slabs [several times] and an collection, but these 4cd’s cover everything The Hondells crew recorded in the 60’s. Here you got albums, singles, alternate versions, commercials, rarities, their recordings as THE SUNSETS, THE FOUR SPEEDS, THE COMPETITORS, THE GHOULS [lp posted on old blog], THE SUPER STOCKS, THE GO-GO’S , with LLOYD THAXTON and GARY USHER. Everything you wanna know about your favorite Honda bikers is here, so c’mon… You’re Gonna Ride With The Hondells !!!

 

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 !!!

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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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THE TOP TEN ALLSTARS – Surfin’ 66

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This is one of those goofy but somehow interesting trendy exploatation lps from 60’s. British cover band Top Ten Allstars [also known as The Summer Set] recorded it ”live” at the Top Ten Beat club in Hamburg [lp sounds as studio recordings but who knows ?!?]. Half tunes are sang by Isabel Bond, Glasgow-born singer who recorded in Germany for Decca label. All the stuff are cover versions of 60’s pop and surf hits. Get Around ‘n’ dig!

 

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THE LITTLE BOY BLUES & LINDY BLASKEY AND THE LAVELS – Chicago 60’s Punk vs New Mexico 60’s Pop

Due to popular demand here’s re-up of Eva records collection of singles by two 60’s garage groups. THE LITTLE BOY BLUES from Chicago started with couple of folk rock tunes but soon switched to Garage/Blues treatment of Willy Dixon/Muddy Waters standards, Donovan and YEAH! great fuzzed-out cover of 60’s punk classic “I Can Only Give You Everything” [Pebbles vol.2]. They scored an album ”In the Woodland of Weir” in ’68. but for my money their best recordings are these four 7″-ers from ’65-’67.

Inanothercorner we got fun, upbeat Garage/Pop crew from New Mexico, fronted by Lindy Blaskey [aka Lindy Blaschke]. 

“While they never broke big on the national charts, Lindy Blaskey and his band the Lavells were one of the most popular bands in the Southwest during the mid-’60s garage rock explosion. The band’s frantic and dance-friendly rock made them the kings of the Albuquerque, NM, teen scene, and their popularity extended across the state. Blaskey sang and played rhythm guitar with the group, while Steve Maase played lead guitar, Art Flores handled keyboards, Carl Silva was on harmonica, Danny Valdez held down the bass, and Chuck Buckley was the drummer. Blaskey also released the band’s recordings through his own record label, and their 1966 single “You Ain’t Tuff” has surfaced on a number of anthologies of rare and classic garage rock sides.” [Mark Deming]

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