BLUE CHEER – Louder Than God! The Best Of [Vinyl Rip!]

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“Punks before you were a punk.”
“Hell’s Angels with instruments instead of motorcycles.”
“The band that played so loud they turned the air into cottage cheese.”

 

One of The hardest rockin’ US bands from the 60’s next to MC5, The Stooges or The Litter. First time I heard of Blue Cheer in an late 80’s interview with Mudhoney when they spoke about their influeces, garage rock, the Sonics and stuff. Later on I realised that Mudhoney are “the modern day Blue Cheer” [they stole almost everything from them].

Blue Cheer was blues based, hard rock/psych band influenced by The Cream and Hedrix, famous for their cover of “Summertime Blues”, predecessors to heavy metal and grunge. This lp collection issued in 1986. on Rhino Records [in the line of cool Rhino ”best of” comps of 60’s garage bands as The Standells, The Music Machine, Nazz, Bobby Fuller Four, Love, etc] gathers tunes from Blue Cheer’s first four albums, mostly from their legendary ’68 LPs ‘Vincebus Eruptum” and “Outside inside”. Personally, I’m not into HM but hey, this band is louder than god! Dig!!!

 

“Critics hated them, my parents hated them,
my girlfriend hated them, and even Hendrix hated them.”

 

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DAVIE ALLAN & THE ARROWS – Devil’s Rumble [Anthology ’64 -’68]

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“For the latter half of the ’60s, Davie Allan and the Arrows were the kings of teen exploitation film soundtracks, recording a score of them for A.I.P. and other independent studios. The core of that work revolved around Allan’s manic, buzz-saw fuzz guitar (typified by The Wild Angels’ “Blues’ Theme,” a national hit), which was to the ’60s biker genre what Morricone was to the spaghetti Western. This treasure trove of Allen’s decades-unavailable recordings for Mike Curb (his high school choir-mate turned producer and record-biz mini-mogul) mark the first time most of the collection’s 40 rare tracks have been anthologized for CD. Allen has long been one of instrumental rock’s most unsung heroes, a pioneer of nascent garage punk and tripped-out psychedelia who shrewdly informed the primitive crunch of Link Wray with a savory taste for Mancini’s melodicism, taking the unlikely, electric mélange on the often downright experimental flights of multitracked six-string aggression chronicled here. Culling single sides and album cuts, this collection charts the Arrows’ explosion from early, SoCal surf-rooted innocence into the wildly inventive sultans of the sonic psych-out that powered Devil’s Angels, Born Losers, Wild in the Streets, and the other cult ’60s soundtracks that form the bulk of this collection.” [Jerry McCulley]

 

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“This music never fails to conjure up images of Hell’s Angels, or 60s exploitation flicks, and there is a reason to that. Most of this music was written for exploitation film soundtracks, primarilly those by Roger Corman. As good as those biker films are, the best part of them is by far the music.”
“Davie Allan & The Arrows recorded the most frenzied instrumentals the world has ever heard! Allan’s fuzzed-out guitar was an audio compass pointing towards freedom, sex, danger and violence, his trashy fretboard riffs exploding behind flickering celluloid images of cycle runs, biker fights, drug freakouts and rubber-burnin’ hot rods.”
As you should know by now, Davie Allan is a king of fuzzed-out psychedelic surf. This 40 trax comp. is a collecton of singles, soundtracks & albums cuts, great overview of Davie Allan & The Arrows 60’s work. They were one of the masters of instrumental rock next to Link Wray, Dick Dale or The Ventures.  This is one of my favorite comps ever, A MUST for Surfadelic fans and others!

 

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THE ACTION – Action Speak Louder Than… [1968/1985] ViNyL RiP !!!

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The Action were UK 60’s mod band that played soul-influenced pop music. You’re already familliar with their mid-60’s tunes featured on Edsel comp. ”The Ultimate Action”.  This here is their mini LP issued by Dojo records in 1985. with unissued tunes from 1968. before they became Mighty Baby. From my money,  these are their most superior recordings. If you like Open Mind, The Attack and stuff this is fer ya. Ace mod/pop/psych in Surfadelic <360> action sound! Dig!!!

 

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THE MUSIC MACHINE – Best Of [Vinyl rip!]

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There are other Music Machine compilations available but this is still one of the best. Issued in ’84 on Rhino Records, this is an excellent comp for L.A. blackgloved 60’s punkers, comprised almost entirely of single versions, plus 4 unreleased tracks. All the tunes are powerful originals written by Sean Bonniwell and crew as killer psych/punk ”Talk Talk”, ”The People In Me”, ”Double Yellow Line”, ”The Eagle Never Hunts The Fly”, ”Mother Nature-Father Earth”, ”Love Me Again”, ”Dark White”… MM is top ten 60’s garage band and one of my alltime favorites. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. Welome to the ‘dark world’ of The Music Machine!

 

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AN OVERDOSE OF HEAVY PSYCH [60’s Garage/Psych]

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“AN OVERDOSE OF HEAVY PSYCH showcases over-the-top, fuzzed-out masterpieces. Excessive guitars, wild effects and tripped-out lyrics all produce magical and imaginative music from this by-gone era.”

“What sets this apart from the many other similar ’60s garage-psych releases is the extremeness of the music. Tracks collected here feature grungier guitars, slower or varied tempos and darker and more ominous atmosphere than earlier punk singles…and more fuzz and heavier feedback (even the occasional oscillator). These tracks were typically cut later than many of the other garage-band compilation series, and influences are second generation bands like Steppenwolf, Blue Cheer, Love, and the Stooges. While poppier sounds are eschewed on these sides, according to the liner notes these heavier slabs are the flip sides of lighter material. If the ballads on garage comps are the ones you skip over, by all means pick up a copy of this collection…you won’t be disappointed. An extra bonus are six caveman-stomping cuts by the Boneheaded 31 Flavors, originally from two low-budget psych-sploitation albums on the Crown label.”(AMG)

Probably one of the best garage/psych comps that feature mostly late 60’s fuzzed-out killer tunes by Orange Wedge, Quiet Jungle, 20th Century Zoo, Powered By Love, Crystal Rain, Glass Sun, Graf Zeppelin, Blu-Erebus, Boston Tea Party… Many alltime favs, killer fuzz all over the place…  There are more fuzz than you ate hot meals. Don’t miss it! Dig!!!

 

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THE MAGIC CARPET RIDE [60’s Garage/Psych]

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This is one of those cool rare 80’s comps of obcure US garage & psychedelic trax that have sparked interest in 60’s underground rock. Only well known groups here are The Monks and The Third Bardo, while others are rather unknown acts split between classic mid 60’s garage like The Jerms ”Bald Headed Woman”, The American Four ”Lucy Baines”, The Satan’s Breed ”Laugh Myself To The Grave”, Rocky & The Riddlers ”Flash And Crash” [can be heard on ‘Back from the grave’], Ray Hummell III [The Jujus] ”Fine Day” Neighb’rhood Children ”Up Down Turn Around World” and great fuzzed-out psychedelics, The Hooterville Trolley ”No Silver Bird”, Preston ”This World Is Closing In On Me”, Harry Hellings & The Radials ”Tale Of A Crystal Ship”, First Crow To The Moon ”The Sun Lights Up The Shadows” … Real COOL stuff, don’t miss it!

 

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CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & His Magic Band – Strictly Personal [Vinyl Rip!]

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“I May Be Hungry But I Sure Ain’t Weird”

 

One of the RYM reviews:

“Listening to this album is like being in prison and walking down that dark corridor that leads to the execution room, and each track brings you closer to the door. Something’s not quite compos mentis here. Anything bad I could say about the music, and the vocals, would be an understatement.”

Hehe, whatcha say? But, what did you expect from good ol’ Cap, some crooner stuff or somethin’? Peoples, peoples, peoples, ya must be prepared for these kinda albums. I mean really! This is weird shit, raw psychedelizied blues weirdness, like Howlin’ Wolf on acid. Don howls and screams as crazy racoon, from the deep of his sinful soul. Those who are familiar with “Trout Mask” or “Mirror Man” know but others who aren’t… well… Anyways, there’s always a first time for everything.

 

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Now on the specification. This is Captain Beefheart 2nd lp with His Magic Band released in 1968., produced by Bob Krasnow. Beefheart wasn’t satisfied with results to say the least.

“After Safe as Milk, the Captain wanted to go full kozmo-blues and intended a double album called It Comes to You in a Plain Brown Wrapper, with the 1967-material that was partly issued in 1971 as Mirror Man and later more comprehensively reconstructed on 1995’s The Mirror Man Sessions. But while the debut Safe as Milk was weird yet very much in touch with already established forms of fusing rhythm&blues, rock and psychedelia, the Brown Wrapper recordings were lengthy 15 to 30 minute-prog-monsters drawing from the most extreme sides of delta blues on the one hand and space rock psychedelia on the other hand – without using any of the psychedelic sound gimmicks, it was really just delta blues rock taken to its outer limits. Needless to say, no label would publish this at the time.

 

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“This is were the Strictly Personal story starts: Producer Bob Krasnow looked at the material, told the band to record shorter versions and tinkered with the usual psychedelia-clichés to align it with Hendrix or the 13th Floor Elevators – you know, acceptably „far out“ stuff. What we ended up with on Beefheart’s second official album is experimental blues compositions with a lot (but not too much) of psychedelic phasing, unfocussed song structures somewhere between tight r&b and rural bluesy jamming – and it is all so audibly manipulated in post-production that Krasnow got a lot of flak for it (critics included Beefheart himself). And, as history continued to show, Beefheart was always worst when someone tried to make him more appealing to the masses.”

Bought this UK ’71 edition [different cover art] sometimes in the 90’s and it grew on me since. Just want to say, I like it more than “Trout Mask” and “Mirror Man”, now you know. Ahcid <360> vinyl rip by Surfadelic.

Alright, Gimme Dat Harp Boy! Now Go Home & Get Your Fuckin’ Shinebox! Dig!!!

 

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THE YARDBIRDS – Roger The Engineer (Mono/Stereo Vinyl Rip!!!)

 

 

Roger the Engineer (originally released in the UK as Yardbirds and in the US, Germany, France and Italy as Over Under Sideways Down) is a classic 1966. studio lp by the Yardbirds. These are Edsel records ’83 reissues with different collor cover art and different trackslists as Mono issue (blue cover) has two more cuts, ”Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”/”Psycho Daisies” from ’66 single. There are significant differences between mixes like in “Hot House of Omagararshid” (Beck’s lead guitar differs noticeably between the two mixes) or “He’s Always There” (Longer fadeout and extended vocals at the end of the mono version). This is their best lp, one of the top 60′ rock albums. You got killer stuff like Over, Under, Sideways, Down, Rack My Mind, He’s Always There, Turn Into Earth, What Do You Want… Edsel did a real good job with the sound [they used original E.M.I. masters]. In this case MONO version is my favorite. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. Check it out!

 

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Surfadelic Presents ~ PURPLE SHADOWS ~ [60’s Garage/Psych]

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In the wake of my recent Nuggets vinyl post comes this Nuggets-like Surfadelic comp. with different tunes by many bands which are present on the original collection. So, this is kinda allstar US 60’s garage team plus some lesser known acts. Emphasis is on late 60’s more psych/garage stuff with purple haze effects 🙂  Do you remember ”Dark Shadows” series with Barnabas Collins ? Well… these are Purple Shadows, alright! Dig!!!

 

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THE SEEDS – The Seeds / Web Of Sound / Fallin’ Off The Edge [Stereo Vinyl Rip!]

 

 

Legendary L.A. 60’s flower punkers fronted by notorious ‘tripmaker’ Sky ‘Sunlight’ Saxon were one of the seminal garage punk bands, pioneers of early psychedelia.

 

 

Their 1966. debut lp contains hit singles ”Can’t Seem To Make You Mine” and ”Pushin’ Too Hard” plus other cool garage rockers as fuzzed-out monster Evil Hoodoo, No Escape, Try To Understand, Nobody Spoil My Fun… A classic r&b, stonesy proto-punk.

 

 

Next up was ’66 ”A Web Of Sound”, one of the early garage-psych albums [as the Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators or The Deep – Psychedelic Moods]. Another classic slab, real fabulous cover art [by Sky Saxon] and flower fuzz tunes as Mr. Farmer, Pictures and Designs, Tripmaker, Just Let Go and 14:30 minutes of Sky’s ‘flower tour de force’ Up in Her Room. One of my favorite 60’s punk lps, a must have!

 

 

In 1977. Crescendo rec. issued this compilation of singles b-sides and rarities with cool trax as The Wind Blows Your Hair, The Other Place, She’s Wrong, Chocolate River… plus superfine Surfadelic bonus: Satisfy You, Out Of The Question… and full version of 900 Million People Daily (All Making Love), nice add to those first two albums.

Now peoples, these are my favorite Seeds stuff. Vinyl rip by Mr.Eliminator [himself!]. Enjoy!!!

The Seeds in STEREO!

 

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