DOWNLINERS SECT – Dangerous Ground [1998]

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The Downliners Sect were the ragged, rocking real deal, blasting out of England in 1964 on an early British wave that took their contemporaries the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Kinks, and the Pretty Things to rock and roll heights and history. But unlike their friends, the Sect stayed true to their rhythm and blues roots and the grungy glory of the two and a half minute record. Cool tracks like “Baby What’s Wrong” and “Little Egypt” gave them stardom in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway and an enduring cult
status everywhere else. Half a century later, they’re still true to those roots and still fronted by founding members Don Craine and Keith Grant. The Sect survives, and SteadyBoy is thrilled to bring this album of tracks that only saw limited release in the nineties.

Dangerous Ground presents the band true to the spirit of American blues-based rock and roll with a British twist, sounding like early Rolling Stones, had they never abandoned the raw sound of their first several albums. Speaking of the Stones, Ronnie Wood’s brother Art Wood painted the inspired Dangerous Ground cover. Blues rock gets no more authentic, no more psychedelic, no more
unrepentant than the Downliners Sect. [Rush Evan, SteadyBoy Records]

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The Sect returns! But in order to venture forward they had to, first, go back. This, the first-ever US release of a Sect studio album, was actually recorded and released in Europe back in 1998, utilizing the same lineup that performed, to date, their only two live concert appearances in America, in 2001 AND 2004, respectively. I was at both shows, and they killed! Harmonica player Paul Martin left the band a few years ago, and, sadly, drummer Alan Brooks left this world recently. The band is still killin’ ’em on the homefront, and who knows? Maybe we’ll still have our chance to see them again Back in The U.S.A. (Uh-huh , EE – VUN!). Not surprisingly, the fiery Rhythm ‘n’ Blues sound of days gone by is all still there, from the Bo Diddley beatin’ rhythm section to the warm, bluesy tone of the slide guitar. Apart from a nod to their Skiffle roots, “Working on The Railroad,” this is an otherwise all-originals collection, and their songwriting skills are as strong as ever. There’s been another studio LP, not yet available in the states, but this is easily their best studio effort since “Showbiz,” the band’s comeback album and call to arms, not against, but with, the pub and punk rock bands they inspired. “Dangerous Ground” is just a great album, whether you’re already a fan, or whether you only know them through Billy Childish, who picked up much of his sound, dress sense and Snagglepuss phraseology from the Sect, or if you’ve never heard ’em at all but know the blues don’t have to be a drag, and Rock ‘n’ Roll does’nt need to sag. Their work here is fun. My work here is done. Exit, stage right!(GUEST REVIEW BY JOHN BATTLES)

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The Sect strikes again! This time with their best slab since 60’s freakbeat classics. Raw garagey Rhythm’n’Blues mixed with pub rock, reminds me on DR.Feelgood early stuff but it’s kinda… Dangerous! Fav tunes: Keep On Rocking, Escape From Hong Kong, Dangerous Ground, Little Queenie (C. Berry), I Just Want To Make Love To You (W.Dixon), Daemon Lover,Midnight ShiftDig !!!

 

SHORTY LONG – Here Comes The Judge [1968]

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“Alabama singer, musician and composer Shorty Long relocated to Detroit, after touring with The Ink Spots. He was signed to Harvey Fuqua’s Tri-Phi label, where he released three singles that did not chart. When Fuqua sold his business to Berry Gordy, Long became a Motown artist. More singles followed with little success on the subsidiary label Soul, starting in 1964 with “Devil in the Blue Dress”, which Mitch Ryder covered and turned into a huge hit. Long had to wait until 1968 for a change of luck, when his funky composition “Here Comes the Judge” went to the Top 10. Motown rush-released an album, with all the singles and new songs. The following year, after recording his second album (which he also produced, a privilege that only Smokey Robinson had at Motown, by then), Long died in a boating accident on the Detroit river.”

Now! Here’s pretty fine slice of sweet 60’s R&B/Soul music for your sweet summer vacation. Vinyl Rip! Ain’t no justice? Here comes Mr.Eliminator, Dig!!!

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The Betterdays vs The Clique [UK 60’s Freakbeat/R&B]

Betterdays Howlin-1 Betterdays Howlin-2 R-1819703-1307177628Already have posted this stuff on my old site but now it’s back by popular demand! These two elpees were issued in ’95/’96 by Dig The Fuzz records. Both groups cut only couple of 7”s back in ’64/’65 and shared the stages with acts as Pretty Things, Downliners Sect, The Action, Poets, Bo Street Runners… So you now what to expect: Wyld UK R&B/Beat!!! Sound optimization by Mr.Eliminator. Dig The Fuzz!!!

Spoonful R&B/Exotica vol.1-8

Enjoy amazing and danceable tunes from the late 50s and early 60s – a handful of popcorn dancefloor smashes, a few grinding tittyshakers, awesome rhythm & blues – most of them with an exotic twist! 12 trax on each volume. Only on Surfadelic, Dig!

[Warning! : Katanga LP volume is different than CD version I’ve posted before]

Chop Chop Gibble Gobble1 Kan-Gu-Wa Katanga! SadabaAhbe Casabe Boom-A-LayChug-A-Lug

MO’ MAMBOS & TITTYSHAKERS!

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Ohhhh baby!!! With Katanga! Another potent mixture of sweet Popcorn, wild Tittyshakers, hip Exotica (non-Muzak-style )and Rhythm & Blues Mambo-style! This is finger snappin’, toe tappin’, hip jigglin’, booty shakin’ madness of the highest order! This is one greasy, sweat soaked, sexy dance party! Move to the groove, baby!!!

01. Lecuona Cuban Boys – Tabu 
02. The Altecs – Gorilla Hunt 
03. Johnny McBee – Nothing But Love 
04. The Finger Cymbals – Prowl 
05. Eddie Baxter – Fortune Cookie Pt. 1 
06. Artie Barsamin & His Orchestra – Nene Aman 
07. Bill Haley & The Comets – Hawk
08. Billy Ball – African Surprise 
09. The Nomads – Icky Poo 
10. The Dootones – Ay Si Si (Mambo) 
11. Lord Creator – Big Bamboo
12. Kai Winding – Comin’ Home Baby 
13. George Allan – Come On Home
14. Otis Blackwell – Let The Daddy Hold You 
15. The Sheiks – Bagdad Rock 
16. Ray Smith – Makes Me Feel Good
17. The Valiants – Serpents & Spiders
18. Vernon Green & The Medaillions – A Lover’s Prayer
19. Johnny Wells – Lonely Moon
20. Jerry Reed – Rockin’ In Bagdad 
21. Little Willie John – Katanga 
22. Bob Ridgeley – She Was A Mau Mau 
23. Sil Austin – Hey Eula 
24. The Calvanes – Anna Macora 
25. Gene Summers – Taboo
26. Big Maybelle – Going Home Baby
27. Buddy Ace – True Love Money Can’t Buy
28. Ronnie Hawkins – Hey Boba Lu 
29. The Invictas – Samoa 
30. Piney Brown – Cream In My Coffee (Sugar In My Tea) 
31. Gabriel And The Angels – Hey 
32. Sounds Incorporated – Taboo 

KATANGA!

JOOK BLOCK BUSTERS vol.1&2

100% Bona-Fide Rhythm & Blues!

Collection of hot 50’s/60’s R&B rockers in these two volumes issued in 1986. Here you gotta dance to the beat of Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, H-Bomb Ferguson, Kid Thomas, J.J. Jackson, Dr.Ross, Jerry McCain, Andre Williams, Rosco Gordon, The 5 Royales, Cal Green and others. Wyld bunch of real fine black Rock’n’Roll/R&B stompers! Dig!

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