THE KEYMEN vs THE KEYMEN [’60s Garage/Surf vs ’50s R&B/Lounge]

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Actually not [likely] the same band but there’s always a bit of mistery. The Keymen [Originally known as The Fabulous Keymen] were 60’s garage/surf combo from Las Cruces, New Mexico and here they are featured with solid unreleased ’65 set of surf instros, cool ’67 garage single ”What Am I To Do” and some so so/lame frat rock, blue-eyed soul covers.

The ‘other’ Keymen were ’50s rock instrumental group who had one small hit with “Gazackstahagen” in 1958. suported by Dick Clark. Their album is fun all-instro sax driven R&B/Lounge slab with covers of hit tunes in seductive Las Vegas Grind style. Go Keymen Go !!!

 

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SAND SURFIN’ (Border Town Rock N’ Roll 1964-67)

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“Down in the wastelands of New Mexico,
where there’s a definite lack of H2o
The kids get their kicks on this barren land,
when they go surfing on pure white sand
Sand Surfing Sand Surfing”
[The Four Dimensions]

 

Cool collection 60’s garage & surf rock rarities from El Paso, Texas. 1964-67 set equally divided between surf stomps and garage monsters including rarities from the Suemi, goldust and Frog Death labels! Let’s go Sand Surfin’!!!

 

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JIMMIE HASKELL – John Severson Presents Sunset Surf [1963]

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Surf’s Up! Here’s an interesting and rare surfin’/lounge elpee by Jimmie Haskell, a prolific American composer and arranger for a variety of popular singers and motion pictures, famed for his Experimental/Space Age Pop lp “Count Down!” [”Blast Offinstrumental can be heard on some Lux & Ivy/The Cramps favs collections]. He teamed up with Glen Campbell on guitar, surfer, painter and photographer John Severson and producer Nick Venet for this easy surfin’ listening slab for long hot summer days [& nights]. Take it easy’n’Dig !!!

 

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THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR – Instrumental Album [’61/’64 Recordings]

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An 80’s all-instro comp of Bobby’s ’64 recordings [and some ’61 with The Venturas and Jerry Bright And The Embers], live and unreleased. Some real cool surfin’ tunes as The Chase, Stringer, Our Favourite Martian, The Corrido Twist or rockin’ The 1.000 Pound Bee and interesting take on High Noon Rumble by The Venturas. Check it out !!!

 

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THE TOP TEN ALLSTARS – Surfin’ 66

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This is one of those goofy but somehow interesting trendy exploatation lps from 60’s. British cover band Top Ten Allstars [also known as The Summer Set] recorded it ”live” at the Top Ten Beat club in Hamburg [lp sounds as studio recordings but who knows ?!?]. Half tunes are sang by Isabel Bond, Glasgow-born singer who recorded in Germany for Decca label. All the stuff are cover versions of 60’s pop and surf hits. Get Around ‘n’ dig!

 

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BARON DAEMON & THE VAMPIRES

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”Not much is known about Baron Daemon & The Vampires. From 1962-1967, Daemon was a Horror Movie Host around Syracuse, NY. His single “Transylvania Twist” / “Ghost Guitars” from 1963 was the best selling local single of all time. Baron Daemon’s days hosting horror movies came to an end once parents started complaining that their children would not go to sleep until they saw him. He was then given an afternoon program so kids had a chance to see him. “Ghost Guitars” features the horror theme that was so true to Baron. This horrifying song has become extremely difficult to find, sold at an incredibly expensive price.” [http://psychedelicized.com]

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Yep boys & gals, it’s not Halloween… not yet, but this little 1963. 7” horror/novelty gem caught my ear. You could hear it on The Big Itch Vol.5 and Psychedelic Archaeology Vol.10. By the way, Baron Daemon resembles one of the neighbours from my early childhood [those spooky bushy eyebrows :-)]

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KFWB’s Battle Of The Surfing Bands [1963]

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KFWB was (and still is) a Los Angeles based radio station. This ’63 DEL-FI compilation lp features some popular r&b & surf instrumentals of that time by some well known acts as The Lively Ones, The Sentinals, The Impacts, Bruce Johnston, Dave Myers and others. Get it!

01 Bruce Johnston – Surf Party
02 The Lively Ones – Surf Battle [Goofy Foot]
03 The Sentinals – Vesuvius
04 Jim Waller And The Deltas – Surfin’ Tragedy
05 The Rhythm Kings – Soul Surfin’
06 Dave Myers And The Surftones – Driftin’
07 The Soul Kings – Get It
08 The Impacts – Tor-Chula
09 Dave Myers And The Surftones – White Water
10 The Challengers – Ramrod
11 The Biscaynes – Revellion
12 The Charades – Delano Soul Beat


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WAX, BOARD AND WOODIE !

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Subtitled “a collection of rare and unreleased surf and hot rod songs,” this 14-track compilation hits the intended target in a big way. Culling its contents primarily from the MCA/Dot Records vaults, one of the big tickets here is a bone-chilling unreleased moment when we hear the Surfaris attempting to take on the Rolling Stones with their swipe at “Route 66,” way cooler than it sounds. A couple of silly but great fun anyway P.F. Sloan sides, including a unreleased sloppy-as-hell song demo, compliment one-off instrumentals like “El Gato” by the Chandelles and “Tremble” by the Galaxies. And in true Dot Records tradition (the label that made their rep inflicting Pat Boone on an unsuspecting world) there’s even a “cover” version on here by a Milt Rogers of Dick Dale’s “Let’s Go Trippin'”!! Not the most essential set of tunes, but one hell of a fun compilation. [Cub Koda]

01. The Surfaris – Wax, Board And Woodie
02. The Chandelles – El Gato
03. The Blazers – The Masked Grandma
04. The King Pins – Door Banger
05. The Beachcombers – Lone Survivor
06. Willie & The Wheels – Skateboard Craze
07. The Rondels – On The Run
08. Milt Rogers – Let’s Go Trippin’
09. The Surfaris – (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
10. The Galaxies – Tremble
11. Kay Bell & The Tuffs – (The Original) Surfer’s Stomp
12. Johnny Cymbal – (Surfin’ At) Tia Juana
13. Kenny & The Fiends – Moon Shot
14. Phil Sloan & The Fantastic Baggys – Dragon Lady

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