LIVERPOOL ECHO – s/t [1973]

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”Power pop has never sounded so powerful! When former Mandrake Paddlesteamer mainstays Brian Engel and Martin Briley convened as Liverpool Echo in 1973, the Beatles had been in the grave for just three years, and the world still desperately wanted them back — so desperately that, with a band name borrowed bodily from an old Merseybeat-era newspaper, what could any record company do, but lift a “Fabs”-headlined copy of the paper for an album cover? But “Beatles Come Home So Quietly” really wasn’t the most appropriate banner for an LP jacket, all the more so since, once you hit the vinyl, the spirit of the “Moptops” hung so heavily over the music that it screamed out for attention. Of course, it was true that any early-’70s band that was capable of melding melody with studio-borne creativity would inevitably be tarred “the new Beatles” (as Badfinger and 10cc would readily testify); it is also true that all such comparisons were then hopelessly devalued by the arrival of the Rutles. But still Liverpool Echo have an uncanny grasp of the Merseybeat sound circa 1963 and 64, spliced with a healthy hint of the Hollies, and that was more than enough to raise high hopes for the album. Unfortunately, hope was all that the record label (Spark) could do. They certainly had no promotion or distribution muscle to speak of, and both band and LP sank within seconds, to lie forgotten until Revola revived it (with excellent Mark A Johnston liner notes) in 2005.” [Dave Thompson]

Beatlesque ”Hard days’ night” era style power pop/beat. Dig!!!

 

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BARRACUDAS – Through The Mysts Of Time [Surf-Punk/Power Pop]

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”This London-based Anglo-American band was formed in 1979 and scored a U.K. chart hit in 1980 with the neo-surf song “Summer Fun.” Their punkish attitude comes from a red-hot, enthusiastic amateurism. The band melded together the sounds of pop surfers like Jan & Dean with hip urban post-garage rockers like Flamin’ Groovies and song-oriented ’60s ensembles like the Byrds. The result of this formula is infectious, unexpected, and raw. This collection comprises demos, outtakes, and alternate versions from the same era as the Drop Out and Meantime LPs.”

“Rougher and rawer than this old English power pop quartet’s otherwise fun singles and LPs, this 71-minute, 25-track collection of earlier demos, outtakes, and other rarities replaces such works as 1981’s Drop Out and 1983’s Mean Time as the definitive statement on a truly underrated ’60s-infested band. The Barracudas were looking back in the midst of a punk revolution — covering Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Little Red Book” just like Love or the Standells — and succeeding just the same, probably because, like the unrelated but not totally dissimilar mod revival bands of the time, they brought a purely modern crunch and crackle to the thick guitars underneath the songs about girls. This is boy/girl punkish pop before it became an ’80s/’90s staple”[Jack Rabid]

 

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THE ROOTS OF POWERPOP! [1979-1981]

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This compilation chronicles the style that happened right after punk rock, when some of the bands learned how to play their instruments a little better and started borrowing melodies and harmonies from old ’60s pop records. This marriage of melody and energy spawned a couple years’ worth of exciting music and a lot of it happened on Bomp during the years 1979-1981.

Fine overview of late 70’s US power pop scene supported by famous Bomp! records, including bands like The Romantics, The Real Kids, The Flamin’ Groovies, Shoes, 20/20, The Nerves, The Zeros, The Last, The Plimsouls and some lesser known acts as M&Ms, Mystery Machine, Nashville Rumblers or Wombats. Dig The Pop!

 

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POWERPEARLS Vol.1-10 [70’s/80’s Worldwide New Wave/Power Pop/Punk Rarities]

 

Ten volumes unofficial lp collection series of mostly rare late 70’s/ early 80’s mod, pop, punk and new wave from all over the globe. Some fine power pop stuff mixed with some rather lame tunes. You can find well known acts as The Only Ones. The Records, The Barracudas, Plimsouls, Shoes, Stiv Bators, Rich Kids … Quality varies from part to part with vol. 10 being the weakest one. Anyways, there are enough cool shit to dig alright?! Dig!

 

FLAMIN’ GROOVIES – Now [1978/2005 DBK]

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”While it took a long and torturous five years for the Flamin’ Groovies to find their way back to an American record deal with Shake Some Action, a year and a half later the band had a follow-up ready, and while 1978’s Flamin’ Groovies Now isn’t quite as cohesive as the album that preceded it, in many respects the band sounds at once tighter and more relaxed, with some time on the road firming up the rhythm section while giving the songs a bit more room to swing (which wasn’t one of the strong suits of the British Invasion bands that provided their aural template). The band lost guitarist James Ferrell during the post-Shake Some Action tour, but former Charlatans picker Mike Wilhelm proved to be a more than simpatico replacement on these sessions, and while leader Cyril Jordan didn’t come up with another new song as transcendent as “Shake Some Action,” “All I Wanted” comes pretty close. But it’s significant that most of the songs on Flamin’ Groovies Now are covers, and while all of them are played with love, enthusiasm, and the right period flair (especially the Beatles’ “There’s a Place,” Paul Revere & the Raiders’ “Ups and Downs,” and “Move It,” an early U.K. hit for Cliff Richard), they give the album a feeling of being padded, and just because covering the Rolling Stones rarity “Blue Turns to Grey” was a good idea didn’t mean the Flamin’ Groovies had any business tackling “Paint It Black.” All in all, Flamin’ Groovies Now is a terrific-sounding record that captures a fine band when it was in great form.” [Mark Deming]

 

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”After their power pop masterpiece Shake Some Action (1976), the Groovies did actually release two equally great albums, Now (1978) and Jumpin’ in the Night (1979) both in the same winning style as Action: Brit invasion, early rock’n’roll and Byrds jangle, done with enough attitude to compete with current punk scene.”

”This 1978 Sire album, produced by Dave Edmunds, put the Groovies back on the map as the band won fervent praise on both sides of the Atlantic. They apply their fiery British Invasion-inspired sound to the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black ; the Byrds’ Feel a Whole Lot Better ; the Beatles’ There’s a Place , and a bunch of original tunes.”

 

UK version of Lp with different tracks listing

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As you probably know, there are different versions of this Lp but don’t worry, everything’s here. 15 trax with some personal favs: Between the Lines, Take Me Back, Good Laugh Mun, Yeah My Baby, All I Wanted. Now… Dig!!!

 

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THE BLACK AND WHITES – st [2008. Power Pop/Punk]

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The Black And Whites were created as a home recording project by Talbot Adams in New Orleans, LA in the late 1990’s. The project flourished as a band in Oxford, MS in the Mid 2000’s. They play Ramones/Devil Dogs, 70s/90s influenced garage-pop-punk with passion and energy. After three excellent 45s they released their sole Lp on Douchemaster Records. Fun tunes ’bout good girls, bad girls, multiple girls, bad expectations, broken hearts… Some said it was one of the best record to come out in 2008. Here you got it + 4 bonus singles trax. In Black & White, Dig!!!

 

 

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NERVOUS EATERS – Hot Steel And Acid / Eaterville #1 [70s/80s Punk]

 

The Nervous Eaters, one of Boston’s first punk/new wave bands, debuted in early 1977 with Steve Cataldo on vocals and guitar, Robb Skeen on bass, and Jeff Wilkinson on drums. Along with DMZ and The Real Kids, they were considered among the scene’s “punkier” bands. In the description of Allmusic’s Joe Viglione, they were the “Rolling Stones of Boston…hard-rocking, riff-blasting, tongue-in-cheek” By 1978, they were one of the most popular acts in the city. 

 

 

In ’76 they recoded their classic punk singles “Loretta” and “Just Head” for Rat Records. You could hear ’em on punk comps as Killed By Death or Feel Lucky Punk.

The band briefly reunited in 1986. to record ”Hot Steel And Acid”, cool punk mini Lp. ”Eaterville” compilation brings together rare stuff recorded between 1973 and 1975!- from studio sessions and demos along with their official Rat singles. Raw mix of Stones/Stooges rockin’ styles. Driving To New York, Dig!!!

 

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JOHN DU CANN – The World’s Not Big Enough [1977. Glam/Power Pop]

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”The World’s Not Big Enough is the only solo album by John Du Cann, who was best known as guitarist and vocalist with Atomic Rooster and Hard Stuff in the 1970s. The album was recorded in 1977, but remained unreleased until 1992.”

”John Du Cann joined Atomic Rooster in 1970 after fronting The Attack, a now-legendary freakbeat band, and Andromeda, a heavy rock group. He was with Rooster for the hit singles “Tomorrow Night” and “Devil’s Answer”.  Du Cann subsequently joined Bullet  (with Rooster drummer Paul Hammond) and signed to Purple Records (they subsequently changed their name to Hard Stuff). He later played in Thin Lizzy (as a replacement for Gary Moore) until, in 1977, he recorded his first “solo” album.

For various reasons, this LP was shelved and it is only now getting its first official release. At this time, John was part of the same management stable as Status Quo and he enlisted the help of Francis Rossi, who produced and played on the album.  Also featured are keyboard player Andy Bown (ex-The Herd) and Angel Air stalwart John McCoy on bass (Gillan, Mammoth).

This CD release of “The World Is Not Big Enough” features an impressive collection of demos, singles and outtakes.”

”…three-minute punk-ish pop ditties that could just as easily been blaring out of speakers contemporaneous to anything by The Cars, Blondie or Cheap Trick. “Power Pop” …and much better than the rest, I think. Atomic Rooster fans…know that this is going to be great rock and roll but they would have never guessed at the form it would have taken. Status Quo fans will want to snap it up for the contributions from both Andy Bown and Francis Rossi. Everybody else, don’t be a dummy and get this thing as soon as you can!” Music America, (July 1999)

 

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MYSTERY ACTION (Boss Martians) – Here’s To Another Year [2000]

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“Seattle’s Evan Foster just keeps getting BETTER as he goes. 5 BOSS MARTIANS albums down (with another on the way) and he finds time to start a 2nd band dedicated to the late 60’s to supplement all that early-60’s surf & hot rod stuff. WOW! I played this almost NON-STOP for a month after getting it! Hard-driving 60s-style ROCK & ROLL with tons of Hammond Organ work and even some horn sections tossed in for good measure make this an exciting package. And your eyes will be knocked out by the HOT electric PINK they used in the packaging. Anyone who digs Philly’s MONDO TOPLESS absolutely NEEDS a copy of this! A fab cover of the Sam Cooke song “Shake” rounds out a collection of powerful originals. DON’T wait! Get it NOW!”

Hey Hey! Yeah Yeah! A REAL COOL  but overlooked transition album for Boss Martians. Here they try new, harder rockin’ sound [which was later fully developed on ”Making The  Rounds” and ”The Set-Up”] influenced by 60’s Mod of Small Faces and 70’s power pop/punk sound of Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick, Ramones and MC5. Great stuff: Conspiracy, Trade Publication, He’ll Be Around [later re-recorded for ”The Set-Up”], Shake, Ten Years Time, Some Kids Will Riot, I Believe… Dig!!!

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