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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THE ELECTRIC PRUNES – Long Day’s Flight

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This 18 trax comp is probably one of the best Prunes collectons out there, a pretty good introduction to these US 60’s garage/psych icons. As with other Edsel records comps here you got real cool selection of ‘original group’ stuff, best songs from their first two albums and couple of non lp singles cuts. As you know The Electric Prunes are stars from legendary Nuggets and proud owners of one of the alltime best psych singles ”I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)”. There are other cool fuzz-fueled garage tunes as their next ’67 single Get Me To The World On Time/ Are You Lovin’ Me More (But Enjoy It Less), Bangles , killer fuzzters from their 2nd lp “Underground” – Dr. Do-Good, Hideaway, The Great Banana Hoax, Long Day’s Fight and non lp singles trax as Ain’t It Hard and You Never Had It Better. In 60’s garage rock Panteon they stand next to Chocolate Watch Band, The Standells, The Seeds, Music Machine or 13th Floor Elevators. So, light on your lava lamps ‘n’ Dig!!!

 

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NUGGETS (Sire Records 1976. 2LP Stereo) Vinyl Rip!

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This is ’76. Sire rec. reissue of the Lenny Kaye’s legendary garage rock compilation but with different cover art. You’re familiar with 4CDs Rhino box set where 1st disc is like original ’72 Nuggets, but the sound is pretty different as Rhino discs are mono remasters [with brickwalled sound] while Sire and Elektra used stereo and mono masters. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. Check it out!

 

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MIND BLOWERS / PSYCHOTIC MOOSE & THE SOUL SEARCHERS (Wild 60’S Punk Classics)

 

Originally released as LPs back in 1982/83., these two comps gather some real cool 60’s US garage-punk/psych tunes by The Hangmen, Bram Rigg Set, Invasion, Royal Aircoach, The Falcons [influenced by The Seeds “Tripmaker”], The Bluethings, H.M. Subjects, Ed Wool & The Nomads, ‘early’ The Doors, The Undecided, The Liverpool Set [killer ” Seventeen Tears To The End”], The Tropics [ace ”As Time’s Gone”],  The Olivers, The Id, The Bump, The Guilloteens, great garage folk-rock ”Days Of My Years” by The Traveling Salesmen, The Spikedrivers, 49th Paralell … Some of these song were over-comped over the years  so you could be very familiar with them but some ain’t, so you gotta dig anyways. Check some fuzzed-out favs below ‘n’ gid!!!

 

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13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS – Fire in My Bones / Elevator Tracks

 

 

These two unofficial vinyl collections issued in ’85/’87 on Texas Archive rec. were the first sources for unissued early recordings by Roky and crew. Both records have one studio side with early 1966 recordings [later known as ”The Contact Sessions”] and the other live side from ‘The Sump N’ Else Tv Show’ and ‘La Maison Ballroom’. You can hear great unissued stuff as ”I Don’t Ever Want To Come Down”, ”Make That Girl Your Own”, ”You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore”, ‘Fire In My Bones”, alternate versions of tunes from their legendary debut, live rumble and Intereview with Tommy Hal by Ron Chapman [“Who is it that is doing the ‘doo ga doo ga doo’ Is that you?”]. I know you know but… once again the 13th Floor Elevators!!!

[Special thanx to JPstooges for vinyl rip]

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TEEN TRASH FROM PSYCHEDELIC TOKYO 66-69 Vol.1-3 [Monster A Go-Go!/Big Lizard Stomp!/Slitherama!]

 

”Under the influence of The Beatles, the Group Sounds movement swept Japan in the mid-1960s. This esteemed compilation exceedingly difficult to find since its original release in 1990, gathers the wildest tracks in the genre, spanning surf rock, fuzzed-up R&B, and even psychedelia. It’s sure to thrill fans of the further reaches of garage rock.”

Don’t know what could it be, effects of radiations or somethin’ but Japanese rockers really know how to took things to the extreme. If I tell you that these three ‘Godzilla’ volumes of 60’s ‘banzai garage’ contain more fuzz than you ate hot meals or noodles in yer whole life then ya know what I’m talkin’ bout. Here you got the most savage ‘Brit invasion’ influenced sound with acts like The Golden Cups [check out Surfadelic collection!], The Mops, The Beavers, The Spiders, The Carnabeats, D’Swooners, The Jaguars… predecessors to modern Jap garage punk bands as The Teengenerate or Guitar Wolf. Most stuff are fuzzed-out covers of classics by Bo Doddley, C. Berry, Wilson Pickett, Hendrix, Yardbirds, Animals… Yo kiddos! Check out some favs below and 掘る !!!

 

 

THE LEMON DROPS – Crystal Pure! [60’s Garage/Psych]

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”Anyone who likes the Leaves, the Seeds et al will love the early cuts by this band, a hard-luck Chicago outfit who couldn’t turn a local wave of popular enthusiasm into something bigger, despite some good songs. Their later stuff was more self-consciously psychedelic, but it’s still very well done, with superb playing and harmonies. The Lemon Drops were Jeff Brand (bass), Bobby Lunack (rhythm guitar), Gary Weiss (drums), Eddie Weiss (rhythm guitar), and Danny Smola (vocals), who began rehearsing in the Weiss home when they were between 14 and 17 years old. With lead guitarist Ricky Erickson in tow and later an official member, they cut their first record, “I Live In the Springtime,” for Rembrandt, a local label co-owned by one of the Weisses’ elder siblings. “I Live in the Springtime” got an enthusiastic reception locally, and was played as far away as New York. The bandmembers became celebrities among the local kids when they were thrown out of school for their long hair. By that time, they were on their second single, the angry anti-Vietnam rocker “It Happens Everyday,” and soon after had a new lead singer, Dick Sidman. The band slipped easily into the psychedelic blossoming of the Summer of Love, adding more overt flower-power references to their mix of sounds. It looked as though RCA was interested in the group, but a mix-up prevented the tapes for their third single, “Sometime Ago”/”Theatre of Your Eyes,” from getting to the company in New York on time. A potential contract with Uni Records came to nothing, and their third single, as well as a dozen tracks cut live in the Weiss home in January of 1968, went unheard. A few more songs were cut on behalf of Buena Vista Records, but the death of the label head scotched the deal, and a potential contract with Alden Records fell apart, along with the group, following an acid party at the owner’s Los Angeles mansion in the summer of 1969.” [Bruce Eder]

Chicago 60’s teen garage band ‘famed’ for their sole ’67 single “I Live in the Springtime”  you could hear on Pebbles and Nuggets comps. Aside from that, the other stuff on this collection are unissued 60’s recordings + some bonus cuts. Their music could be best described as fuzzed-out flower power psych this side of The Seeds or The Electric Prunes. All in all 17 trax with upgraded sound quality. It’s Crustal Pure! allright. Don’t miss it!

 

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HOUSTON HALLUCINATIONS / The Houston Post: NOWSOUNDS GROOVE-IN [60’s Garage/Psych]

 

 

More 60’s garage/psych from Texas. ”Houston Hallucinations” is a fuzzed-out collection of ’66-’68 unreleased stuff by Houston bands as Euphoria [known for their ’69 lp ”A Gift From Euphoria”], Pastels, Coastliners, Countdown 5, Ninth Street Bridge, Iguanas… It’s more psych-garage than ”Nowsounds Groove-In” comp. that also features cuts by The Countdown 5 and The Coastliners too and same Fever Tree ”Radio Commercial”. Also there are tunes by other popular rock bands in the Houston area at that time as A-440 [famed for Torture” from Acid Visions and Mindrocker comps], Thursday’s Children, The Surf Knights, The Moving Sidewalks, The Six Pents, The Dimensions… Iggy would say – Houston Is Hot Tonight, alright! Dig!!!

 

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THE CHOSEN FEW 1&2 [60’s Garage Punk]

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”Both volumes of the original vinyl on one fantastic cd. An absolutely stunning selection of original US garage punk from the golden age. All rough-edged teen snarl. No crappy hippie-isms, no noodling guitar solos, no saxophones and no bare-chested macho hollering… just primo teen fuzz and scuzz. This is the cd to get if you can’t afford the original vinyl albums. Yes – the cd sleeve is a bit boring looking – but the best things in life are often hidden away like this. You do get good sleeve notes in the booklet and the sound quality is great.”

From the first wave of US garage/psych comps of early 80’s these two are among the best, full of top-notch killer 60’s punkers. Many of these tunes gained a cult status among garage fans and you could heard some on other comps and reissues as Teenage Shutdown, Back From The Grave, PEBBLES, Highs In The Mid Sixties…  And remember, fuzz is a way of life. Sound check by Mr. Eliminator. Dig!!!

 

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