THE BONNIWELL MUSIC MACHINE [Cult 60’s Garage/Psych]

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”The moment was there
Electrochemicals were filling the air
The pastured substance of emotional glue
Was at its best a faded blue…”
[Astrologically Incompatible]

”The Bonniwell Music Machine is the second and final album by the American garage rock band, The Music Machine, recorded under the renamed moniker, The Bonniwell Music Machine, and released on Warner Bros. Records, on February 10, 1968. As with their debut LP, the album again saw the band blending garage and psychedelic rock influences, albeit with a greater emphasis on psychedelia than on their previous album release. Prior to completing its recording, all of the group’s original members, except for its creative force, Sean Bonniwell, departed, though they would still appear on some of the album’s tracks. The album was preceded by two singles, “Double Yellow Line” and “The Eagle Never Hunts the Fly”, released 1967. respectively, but both releases were also commercially unsuccessful.” [wiki]

 

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”The eagle never hunts the fly
Listen and I’ll tell you why
He lives on the bottom of the sky
And that’s why and that’s why”

This is one of those Surfadelic favs already have been posted several times, but now it’s a vinyl rip from an unofficial release from early 90’s. Your favourite ”Talk Talk, Black-gloved Gang” teamed up with producer Brian Ross for another 60s  psych-punk masterpiece. Recorded on 8 channels, at time a state of art, this album have pretty high tech standards up there with The Beach Boys or The Beatles slabs. It’s an ingenious mix of garage-psych/soul influenced rockers and ballads, with fuzzed-out killer stuff as ”Bottom Of The Soul”, “The Eagle Never Hunts the Fly”, “Absolutely Positively”, “Double Yellow Line”, “I’ve Loved You”, “Me, Myself, And I”… Just one look at the cool cover pic and you know… ”so mechanical… so machine-like. Sort of a music machine. Very much like Sean Bonniwell’s Music Machine”. This is one of the top 60’s garage/psych records, a real Surfadelic favorite. And remember… Don’t cross, the double yellow line… Dig !!!

 

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AUSTIN LANDING vol.1&2 [Texas 60’s Garage/Psych]

These are late 80s limited edition LP comps with some ace 60’s ‘Lone Star State’ garage punk/psych as Lost & Found, Bubble Puppy, Spades, 13th Floor Elevators, Red Crayola, The Chayns, Roy Head, Clique, Remaining Few, The Twilighters, The Stereo Shoestring… Check out some favs down there ‘n’ Dig!!!

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THE CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND – The Best Of [Cult 60’s Garage Punk/Psych]

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“The first official Chocolate Watchband anthology was a triumph of sorts, although it also has some flaws that are unusual for a Rhino Records release — the most obvious of which to real fans of the band is that it over-reaches. Purists may not care for the way the producers have freely mixed the recordings (mostly singles) featuring only the actual Watchband (i.e., David Aguilar, Mark Loomis, Sean Tolby, Bill Flores, Gary Andrijasevich), album sides with extra, overdubbed instruments and redubbed vocals (by sessionman Don Bennett), and sides that (good though they are) were not the Watchband at all, regardless of how they were labeled — and all without full explanation. On the other hand, as a collection encompassing the totality of recordings issued by (or as being by) “the Chocolate Watchband,” this is unquestionably the best one going. “Let’s Talk About Girls,” which also opened their original debut album, opens this CD, and it’s a loud, defiant garage-punk masterpiece — “Sweet Young Thing,” “No Way Out” represent some peak moments for the official, classic Watchband; and then we jump to “Expo 2000” and “In the Past,” good tracks (especially the latter) that aren’t the Watchband at all, but the work of studio musicians. After that, it’s back to the “real” Watchband for “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” and “Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-In),” which arguably mark the group’s high point as a recording act. “Don’t Need Your Lovin'” and “Sitting There Standing” from the soundtrack Riot on Sunset Strip are also here, along with “I Ain’t No Miracle Worker” off of Inner Mystique and the solid B-side “Gone and Passes By,” plus the then-previously unissued “Milk Cow Blues,” all tying up some loose-ends on the original band’s history — the trippy, gently orchestrated “She Weaves a Tender Trap” captures their experiment in a softer vein at the outset of the psychedelic era, and “Uncle Morris” represents the final official incarnation of the group and the album One Step Beyond, with its more folk-y slant. All of that would have been enough, and a good place to end this disc, but the makers have also included some more non-Watchband material off of No Way Out and Inner Mystique, which is filler here just as much as it was on those albums. Insofar as it brought out many lost tracks and rarities, and also its sound quality, this CD was welcomed at the time, but has been supplanted by the three early-’90s Sundazed Records’ expanded reissues of the group’s three original albums. As a single-CD compendium, however, that represents almost all that was best about the Watchband” [Bruce Eder]

 

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Cool collection [issued as 14 trax Lp in ’83.] of this San Jose, Ca. top ten 60’s punkers stuff + bonus = 20 trax of wyld garage rock action. Classic original stuff as ‘Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love In)’, ‘No Way Out’, ‘Gone And Passes By’, ‘Sweet Young Thing’, ‘Don’t Need Your Lovin’, ‘Misty Lane’, great garage/psych instros ‘Expo 2000‘, ‘Dark Side Of The Mushroom’, Voyage Of The Trieste’ and  cool covers of The Grodes ‘Let’s Talk About Girls’, Dylan ‘Baby Blue’, The Kinks ‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else‘, The Brogues ‘I Ain’t No Miracle Worker’ and We The People ‘In The Past’. Ya know, there’s No Way Out… Dig!!!

 

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EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW… [60’s Garage/Psych Instros]

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Hmmm… You certenly know something ’bout 60’s instros but this Arf! collection gathered some real wyld & weird sides. That means fuzzz, feedback, backmasking, acid and other psychedelic effects to warp your mind. Comparing to ”Buzz Buzz Buzzzzzz” instro comps, this one is more on psych/lounge side ’67-’69 stuff. Anyways there are some ’66 ”b-sides” as feedback drenched Oxford Circle”Mind Destruction”, Vaqueros ”69”, Dantes ‘’80-06”, The Executioners ”I Want The Rain”… Question Mark [& Mysterians] ”Hang In” is actually instro cover of The Squires “Going All The Way” but my favorite trax are The Mussies ”12 O’clock, July” a great garage-fuzz rip-off the Link Wray’s ”Jack the Ripper”, fuzzed-out ”Ballot Bachs” by The Shades, psychedelizied Pinocchio & His Puppets ”Fusion”, The American Dream ”Tioga”, Front Office ”Wow” it’s really Wah-Wah alright! Then  Hal Blaine ”Love In (December)”, The Arrows [Davie Allan] ‘‘Make Love Not War” and three cuts from ”Astro-Sounds: From Beyond the Year 2000” Lp by 101 Strings.

All trax were transferred from original records and rare 45’s so I have to do some cleaning that means… Sound check by Mr.Eliminator [himself] = Real Cool. Dig!!!

 

CALIFORNIA POPPY PICKERS – Sounds Of ’69 / THE PROJECTION COMPANY – Give Me Some Lovin’ [1968]

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The California Poppy Pickers were one of several relatively anonymous studio projects assembled by Alshire label head Al Sherman to record budget-priced copycat LPs of ’60’s pop hits. Virtually all of the groups in question — Fats and the Chessmen, Los Norte Americanos, and the Bakersfield Five, among them — were helmed by producer and songwriter Gary Paxton, best-known for composing the novelty smash “The Monster Mash.” In 1965, Paxton founded his own Hollywood recording studio, assembling a session crew and the group released three 1969 LPs — Sounds of ’69, Hair/Aquarius, and Today’s Chart Busters comprised primarily of covers and thinly-veiled rewrites. [Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide]

 

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‘Sounds of ’69’ is solid exploito album with some cool fuzz instros as Bun Buster, Happy Organ, Do Ya, Do Ya and Wipe Out ’69 [included in Surfadelic “The Hell Surfers” soundtrack] and unfortunately few lame shitty vocal tunes as horrible cover of Blowin’ In The Wind and Why Don’t We Do It In The Road.

 

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The Projection Company lp is another 60’s exploatation slab that includes involvement of famous studio musician Jerry Cole and his crew. Some songs featured on this album are alternate versions of tracks found on his project “The inner sound of the ID” originally recorded for RCA records [Boil The Kettle, Wild Times, Don’t Think Twice]. Here you got some fine psych/lounge  instrumental trax as Kimeaa, Our Man Hendrix, Tune Out Of Place, What Else

 

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UNITED STATES OF EXISTENCE [80s Garage/Psych Revival]

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”Psych ’80’s band from Baltimore, MD. collection looks to be the band’s only-ever released effort ‘Introducing’ with a handful of extra tracks tagged on. Tunes that I got the most out of were “Makin’ My Scene” (should’ve been a major hit), “Bad Roads At Midnight”, the well-played “Welcome Tomorrow, “Goodbye Today”, “Volunteer Fireman”, “In Classic Play” and a couple of tracks that remind me of The Seeds “Shadows Of Rainbows” and “Return To The Psychedelic”. Couldn’t help but to notice that this CD has a must-experience psych / pop feel to it. Should draw in fans of the Left Banke, John’s Children, Chesterfield Kings, Marshmallow Overcoat and possibly Plasticland. An off-the-radar band that’s definitely, worth checking out.”

”Collection of the titles they wrote from 78 to 87, including the Bam Caruso LP, wich was already a collection, and the sampler titles from ”Battle of the garage”, ”Rebel kind” and ”Dimensions of sound”. Plus an unreleased title and an unreleased track by the progressive band they tried to be before they made their coming out.
The sound is great, unique, a little reminiscing of Plasticland who had the same obsessions: 6O’s psychedelia and krautrock.”

”Amazing vintage psyche pop vibe with this album. Turn on the lava lamp and sit back. Non-stop cool.”

You can hear all the cool 60’s garage/psych vibes of The Seeds, Electric Prunes, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Castaways… Check ’em out!!!

 

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TRAVELER’S AID – Corduroy Roads / LITE STORM – Warning [Rare 70s Garage/Psych]

 

Two rare, early 70s US garage/psych slabs somehow simmilar in style. While Travelers Aid sole lp has more like raw rural rock, DIY garage sound [1970. private press 100 copies only], Lite Storm ’72 debut lp is kinda more cycedelic with male/female vocals [featuring Kali Bahlu], reminds me on raw, unpolished Music Emporium. ”This album was recorded prior to their coming under the “guidance” (read spell) of of an eastern religious guru [Sai Baba], who totally transformed their direction and sound for the remainder of their output”.Storm’s most accessible track ”Hanana” could be heard on Lycergic Soap and  Turds On A Bum Ride comps. Usually I’m not so keen on this kinda stuff [70’s hippie dippy shit] but there’s Wah Wah/fuzz guitar sound that appeals to me [some ”Bonehead Crunchers” vibe]. Originals of these lp’s change hands for lotsa $$$ nowdays, so… Check ’em out down there, Dig!

 

 

THE UNDERGROUND – Psychedelic Visions [1967. Garage/Psych]

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”Here’s a classic ’67 US exploitation garage-psych album that will blow your mind! Get ready for some acid-drenched, fuzzed-out renditions of Count Five’s ”Psychotic Reaction” The Blues Magoos’ ‘(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet’, The Isley Brothers’ ‘Shout’, John D. Loudermilk’s ‘Tobacco Road’ and Bobby Bland’s ‘Turn Of Your Love Light’, plus five original tracks. ‘Psychedelic Visions’ is an essential title for anyone who enjoys the far-out exploito LP’s by a.o. T. Swift & Electric Bag, The Deep and Firebirds, or Germans à la Hell Preachers Inc. and Bokaj Retsiem!”

”Rare, sought after exploitation album from 1967 showcasing the garage-turns-to-psychedelia sound of the era. Fuzz and acid, no need for flowers – but bring them along if you feel like it!”

Interesting garage slab by mystery band with killer versions of Count Five’s ”Psychotic Reaction”, classicTobacco Road” and five instrumental tunes of which ”Psychotic Vibrations” should be a cover of “Susie Q”, “Psychedelic Visions” version of traditional “Greensleeves” and “The Warper” a rendition of a blues classic “St James Infirmary”. Vinyl rip, Dig!!!

 

 

SERGE GAINSBOURG – Les Années Psychédéliques: 1966-1971

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”All the freaky, funky Serge Gainsbourg you could ever want — served up in a single set! The package pulls together some of the grooviest tracks by Serge from a host of late 60s and early 70s albums — including some of his super-rare French soundtrack work — from movies that include Le Pacha, Anna, Ce Sacre Grand-Pere, Cannabis, and Manon 70! The double-length set is overflowing with great grooves — tracks done with that subtly funky style that Serge cooked up with arrangers Michel Colombier and Jean-Claude Vannier, all topped with that breathy, nearly-spoken style that made Gainsbourg so great back in the day. A few of the most break-heavy cuts are even presented with special bonus beats”. [Dusty Groove]

”This collection stands as the definitive survey of Gainsbourg�s psychedelic years, featuring all collabs with Jean-Claude Vannier and Michel Colombier. Taking its music from rare vinyl and master tapes and utilizing tasteful restoration and remastering, with bonus beats to boot.” Funky french psychedelic, Dig!!!

 

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TEENAGE REBELLION [1967. Soundtrack w/ Davie Allan & The Arrows]

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”Today’s teenagers are up to no good…”

“Across the country, every Friday and Saturday night, they gather in the temples to perform ceremonial dances to a rhythm that seems to reach back in time. It’s called the beat.”

”A quickie documentary, originally paired on a drive-in double bill with “Mondo Mod,” claims to provide the lowdown on crazy teenage goings-on around the globe. We are shown glimpses of the Los Angeles Sunset Strip teen riots, The Paris student revolt, and the English mods and rockers running wild in Brighton. Things soon wind down to such critical issues of the day as go-go dancing, striped hip huggers, bikers, and surfing, all of which are seen to have worldwide popularity.”

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Another ‘colaboration’ of Davie Allan and Mike Curb on this interesting lp with some funny spoken word stuff by Burt Topper on prostitution, drugs, young homosexuals and cool tunes as title track, The Young World [aka ”Fuzz Theme”], ”The French Kiss” [aka ”Diana’s Theme”] or ”Make Love Not War” [version of ”Action On The Street”]. Vinyl rip in Mono & Stereo. Dig!!

 

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