THE SUNSETS – The Hot Generation [’66/’67 Oz Garage/Surf]

The Sunsets - The Hot Generation

 

The Sunsets were 60’s garage band from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, formed in 1965. from surf crew The Four Strangers and later in ’67. evolved in Tamam Shud, cult psychedelic/progressive group.

”The Sunsets travelled to Sydney to perform regular gigs at various venues: Surf City, the Star Club and the Sunset discotheque. In October 1965 they released a single, “Bye Bye Goodbye”, on the Leedon label and followed with “When I Found You” in March of the following year. They issued three singles on Festival, “A Life in the Sun Theme”, “Love’s Face” and “The Hot Generation” in as well as an EP, A Life in the Sun in 1967. Their tracks were used for two surf films, A Life in the Sun (1966) and The Hot Generation (1967), both directed by Paul Witzig. Late that year Peter Barron replaced Connell on bass guitar and the group, now based in Sydney, changed their name to Tamam Shud.” [wiki]

 

The Sunsets A Life In The Sun

 

This is Surfadelic tribute collection of The Sunsets 45’s as well as The Four Strangers recordings. You already knew them from various comps as Ugly Things, Hot Generation, Board Boogie, Of Hopes & Dreams & Tombstonesor, Before Birdmen Flew and blah blah blah. So! It’s Garage-Surf ok?, Dig!!!

01 The Hot Generation [1967]
02 When I Found You [1966]
03 Animal [unreleased 1967]
04 I Want Love [1967]
05 Uptight, Out Of Sight [unreleased 1967]
06 Theme From ”a Life In The Sun” [1967]
07 Sunsets – Windansea [1967]
08 Don’t Get Around Much Anymore [1966]
09 The Hot Generation (Soundtrack Version) [1967]
10 The 4 Strangers – Sad And Lonely [1965]
11 The 4 Strangers – The Rip [1964]
12 The 4 Strangers – Pearl Diver [1964]

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WES DAKUS & THE REBELS – Surfadelic Collection [Canuck 60’s Instro/Garage Rock]

Wes Dakus & The Rebels

 

”Wes Dakus was the band leader of “Club 93 Rebels”, Canada’s most influential and popular instrumental group of the 1960s.
Wes Dakus & The Club 93 Rebels formed in 1958 and often interchanged personnel with Edmonton’s Nomads. They were signed to Quality Records in 1960 and released “El Ringo” that year. Touring as the backing act for several other prominant artists, including Buddy Knox, which established the band as seasoned professionals allowing them to record material as Wes Dakus & The Rebels with famed producer Norman Petty (Roy Orbison, kd lang) starting in 1962. Later sessions in 1964 also produced recordings for Dakus himself and erstwhile member Barry Allen’s side project as a solo artist. There were also singles released under the name The Dundeeville Players featuring guitarist George Tomsco.
Club 93 Rebels included Barry Allen (guitar, Vocalss), Bob Clarke (guitar), Stu Mitchell (drums) and Dennis Paul (bass).
In 1965 ‘The Wes Dakus Album – With The Rebels’ was released on Capitol and spawned several singles including “Hobo” and “Come On Down”. In 1966 an album of additional tracks was issued on KAPP in the US as “Wes Dakus’s Rebels”. In Canada the album was not released but split into several individual singles as solo recordings for the band’s various members including Wes Dakus, Stu Mitchell, Barry Allen and Dennis Paul.
RPM Magazine voted Wes Dakus & The Rebels Canada’s “Top Instrumental Group” in 1964 and 1965.”

 

 

 

Collection of 1960-1968 singles and lp recordings by this Edmonton rockin’ crew. You could hear ’em on ”Forbidden City Dog Food” and other 60’s garage comps as ”Get Ready To Fly”, ”That’s Swift” or ”Early Canadian Rockers”. Here you got instrumental tunes, garage fuzz rockers and psych track as ”Acid”. All in all, 30 trax of Canaduh 60’s R’n’R ! Say… Dig!!!

 

PHANTOM GUITARS vol.1&2 [UK 60’s Twangin’ Instros]

 

”In the three year span between Rock & Roll and the full flush of Beat, guitar-led instrumental groups took control of the UK. In the wake of The Shadows and their magical brand of twanging melody, coffee bars, dancehalls and fairgrounds reverberated to the sound of Binson echo units and primitive Bigsby-esque tremolo arms…”

”The instrumental rock scene was a vitally important part of the rise of homegrown British rock, and if this deals in obscurities rather than hits, Phantom Guitars documents how pervasive this sound once was, and how many great pickers were making the rounds in the early ’60s.”
[Mark Deming]

Two Real COOL instrumental comps made by Nick Saloman of the Bevis Frond. If you dig The Shadows, Duane Eddy and Joe Meek style instros, this is fer ya.

 

THE FLEE-REKKERS – Joe Meek’s Fabulous Flee-Rekkers [60’s Instros]

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”The Flee-Rekkers were a sax-led unit with a full, aggressive sound. The spelling of their name was never consistent. The group was named after their leader, Peter Fleerackers, whose father was Dutch. On the Triumph pressings of their first single, this became “Flee-Rakkers”, which evolved into “Flee-Rekkers” when they moved to the Pye label. The Flee-Rekkers were probably the first instrumental group recorded by Joe Meek in his studio on Holloway Road and their first record, “Green Jeans” (an adaptation of Greensleeves) was released on Meek’s own, short-lived Triumph label. Acute problems arising from the inability to press sufficient copies and distribute them adequately meant that “Green Jeans” stalled at # 23 in the charts, where it had a 13-week run, from May until August 1960. When Triumph folded, the record was reissued by Top Rank, which also went into liquidation, before it was taken over by EMI. Notwithstanding this bad luck, the group went on to cut six collectable singles and an EP on Pye/Piccadilly, but they would not enter the charts again.”

 

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”Apart from Fleerackers, who played tenor sax, the group consisted of Dave Cameron (lead guitar), Alan Monger (rhythm guitar, occasionally baritone sax), Doug Henning (bass), Derek Skinner (drums, soon replaced by Mickey Waller) and a second tenor sax player, Elmy Durrant. Fleerackers liked the Johnny and the Hurricanes sound, whilst Cameron was a great Duane Eddy fan. These were the main influences of the group, though on some recordings they also remind me of the Piltdown Men, another group with twin saxes out front. Their material was a mix of original compositions, old folk tunes in the public domain and covers of little-known instrumentals, like “Stage To Cimarron” by Santo and Johnny. The Flees turned professional after being discovered in West London’s “Hive of Jive” Putney Ballroom. They toured Britain extensively during the period 1960-1963. By all accounts they were a wild live act. Joe Meek certainly managed to capture the group’s pulsating sound in his studio. As usual with his liberal use of echo, reverb, compression, distortion and other unusual effects, he was able to make the group sound even more full-blooded. “Fireball” was the Flee-Rekkers’ final single in 1963. The group broke up after a summer season at Blackpool in August 1963.” [This Is My Story]

Discography:

Triumph RGM 1008 – Green Jeans / You Are My Sunshine (4/60)
Top Rank JAR 431 – Green Jeans / You Are My Sunshine (8/60)
Pye N 15288 – Sunday Date / Shiftless Sam (9/60)
Pye N 15326 – Blue Tango / Bitter Rice (2/61)
Piccadilly N 35006 – Lone Rider / Miller Like Wow! (6/61)
Piccadilly N 35048 – Stage to Cimarron / Twistin’ the Chestnuts (5/62)
Piccadilly N 35081 – Sunburst / Black Buffalo (10/62)
Piccadilly N 35109 – Fireball / Fandango (2/63)
Pye NEP 24141 – The Fabulous Flee-Rekkers (5/61)
(Isle Of Capri / Brer Robert / Hangover / P.F.B.)
Pye Records ‎PYEP 2048 – X-L-5 (Fireball) (1963)

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Solid collection of 45’s by these Joe Meek’s instro rockers influenced by Duane Eddy, The Champs and stuff, recorded from 1960-63. Check-em out! Gid!!!

 

 

Holidays In Serbia: Instrummentón En La Cuadra Vol.5 [60’s Sci-Fi, Psych, Exotica, Garage, Lounge Instros]

Holidays in Serbia Vol. 5

 

Holla amigos! What time it is? Summertime’s here and It’s right time for another ”Instrummentón En La Cuadra” comp. It’s so cool I wish it was made by me but the truth is it was made by my dear Spanish friend Jose from fabulous Tommentonenlacuadra blogspot. You surely know that he’s a big fan and connoisseur of 60’s garage rock, mod, beat and psych but he also digs real cool instrumental stuff. This is one of the most interesting instro collections I’ve heard recently, as it gathers various genres in one place and it’s function like a soundtrack for some lost 60’s flick. Here you got Sci-fi, Exotica, Psych, R&B, Lounge, Surf, Garage & Soundtrack instumental tunes mostly by some less known artists and groups. I’ve put some of my favorites below, so check it out! Hey hombre, olé dig!!!

 

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THE ORIGINAL SURFARIS – Bombora!/Wheels + Singles [60’s Surf/Hot Rod Instros]

The Original Surfaris - Bombora!

 

”Surf Rock band from Orange County, California that formed around 1960. Originally called The Surfaris, they changed their name after another band called The Surfaris had a big hit with Wipeout.”

Between October 1962 and through January 1963, they recorded in the studio of producer Tony Hilder a number of songs written by Larry Weed, such as “Moment of Truth” and “Delano Soul Beat” that were released on Hilder’s own Impact label, as part of a surf music compilation album titled Shake, Shout and Soul. These tracks subsequently appeared on various compilation albums, such as Wheels, The World of Surfin’, Surf’s Up at Banzai Pipeline and others.

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After some months, the band again went into the studio with Hilder producing and recorded a number of tracks intended to be released on the Impact label, as their first full-length LP. Two of the tracks, “Bombora” and “Surfari” were leased to Del-Fi Records, which sent them out as a single. But the record, even though it started selling well in the state had to be pulled from the stores because of a lawsuit.

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The Original Surfaris, in their various incarnations, were “one of the most highly regarded” and “creative” surf groups of the 1960s, but also remained at the time “one of the most obscure” ones. Critics described their music as featuring “reverb galore, swaggering sax and a tough surf sound”, while their best tracks were praised for their “spooky reverb guitar lines and Latin-influenced minor melodies that were hallmarks of much of the best instrumental surf music. Another surf music group from Los Angeles named themselves The Bomboras inspired by the instrumental track. The Original Surfaris allegedly never received any money for the tracks they recorded with Tony Hilder, since they had signed all their publishing rights away for one dollar per song.” [wiki]

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Surfaris or not Surfaris, that is the question !?! These guys are ‘Originals’ ok! ”Bombora!” Lp shoulda be their debut surf album in ’63 but the project was shelved in the wake of the legal action involving the other Surfaris. The ’65 ”Wheels” album is kinda mystery, ’cause it sounds kinda dated [must be it was recorded earlier] and maybe only opener “Delano Soul Beat” is actually by the Original Surfaris. Anyways, here you got almost all the stuff recorded by the band, so check ’em out!

 

THE BIRTH OF SURF vol.3

The Birth Of Surf Volume 3

 

”The Birth Of Surf Volume 3 is essentially a journey back to the glory days of the surf rock instrumentals. There’s twenty-six tracks from familiar faces and new names. Among the familiar faces is the founding father of the surf rock instrumental, Dick Dale. Joining Dick Dale and His Del-Tones are The Rip Tides, The Rumblers, The Sentinals, The Baymen, The Torquetts, The Rondells, Marrell’s Marauders and The Surfaris. That’s just a tantalising taste of The Birth Of Surf Volume 3. It was lovingly compiled by Alan Taylor and Dave Burke of Pipeline Magazine.

For anyone looking for an introduction  to the surf rock instrumental, then The Birth Of Surf series is the perfect starting point. Along with the the first two instalments in The Birth Of Surf series, The Birth Of Surf Volume 3 is the perfect primer to the surf rock instrumental.”more at [DereksMusicBlog]

 

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COOL surfin’ stuff all the way. Surf’s Up! Dig !!!

 

HIGH SCHOOL RUMBLE vol.1-3 [Explosive 50’s/60’s Instrumentals]

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Are you for more hot instrumental rockin’ action? This here is a Real COOL vinyl comp. series of raw 50s/60’s R’n’R & surf instros. Mostly little known groups but pretty wyld. Well, some of the tunes you could hear on other comps but who cares, ya gotta hear ’em again [and learn well] alright? Gid!

 

 

It Came From The Beach/Beach Party Garpax [60’s Surf ‘n’ Drag]

 

… And again, surfin’ & draggin’ double feature on Surfadelic. Two fine collection of 60’s instros and vocal tunes from Downey and Garpax labels.

It Came from The Beach” compilation gets together all the surf and rocking instrumentals recorded at the Downey Studios or for Downey Records in the early 60s. Most were released on small indie boutique labels, if not on the Downey imprint itself. It comes with some prev. unreleased stuff as well as many tunes you could already heard on ”Surf Legends And Rumors” comp. but from different masters.

The other collection is based on the ‘Beach Party‘ album Gary Paxton released in 1964 on GSP plus many additional tracks from the archive. Contains half instros/half vocal [mostly surfin’ girl groups] and some previously unreleased tunes from the vaults of Gary Paxton’s Garpax Records. Some real cool stuff mixed with some so so, but pretty solid anyways. Let’s go to the beach!

 

 

 

TOM & JERRY vs BRUCE & TERRY [60’s Surf/Pop]

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”Meet TOM & JERRY – no, not the cartoon cat & mouse, but two widely respected Country session guitarists.
TOM TOMLINSON had worked on the Louisiana Hayride in the early 50s and carved out a reputation as a hot session guitarist, before joining Johnny Horton’s band – he played on all Horton’s hits.
JERRY KENNEDY had been a successful 13-year old Rockabilly singer, ‘Jerry Glenn’, before also joining the Louisiana Hayride house band, eventually becoming a Nashville ‘A’ Team regular at the age of just seventeen.
They teamed up in early 60’s to record four instrumental albums for Mercury Records. The albums entitled “Tom & Jerry”, cover all genres of music, also included Hank Garland, Boots Randolph, Bob Moore, and Harold Bradley.
Jerry Kennedy Orchestra participate to the complete sessions recording for Johnny Hallyday in 1962. Kennedy was one of the session musicians used by Bob Dylan in recording his classic album, Blonde On Blonde in 1966.

This ’63 surf styled lp among instros has some girls singing tunes as well known Lee Hazlewood ”Surfin’ Hootenanny”[also recorded by Al Casey]. – As requested

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”Best known for their hits as the Rip Chords, the vocal duo of Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher collaborated on countless hot-rod and surf records during the mid-1960s, working under a seemingly endless variety of studio guises. While Johnston was already a well-known West Coast session player, Melcher (the son of Doris Day) had released a series of singles under the name Terry Day before being named Columbia Records’ youngest-ever staff producer; he brought Johnston to the company to release 1963’s ”Surfin’ Round the World”, and the pair soon began collaborating regularly. As the Rip Chords, they scored their biggest hit with 1964’s “Hey Little Cobra; ” a series of singles credited to Bruce and Terry followed before the duo went their separate ways, with Johnston joining the Beach Boys and Melcher enjoying even greater success as a producer.” [allmusic]

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