Monthly Archives: January 2010

Saturday, 30 January 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Parts 7 & 8 of 44


 
no, i will not enjoy a relaxed weekend without providing you with beatle-georges shoulder! it comes in two parts with an article about german crooner / singer roy black (trying to look fierce with a gun in his hand – not very convincing!) on the back page.
well thats it for now, ill be back soon with 45s by les variatons (again), q65 (again), georgie fame, golden earring, sir henry & his butlers, paul jones, and some french representatives like johnny halliday and michel polnareff. and besides that, i am already working on the already announced series on a belgian / african beat group and related solo works.
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Friday, 29 January 2010

The Seekers: Come The Day (1966)


 
the seekers were a short lived australian pop group mainly famous for their hit georgy girl, which is also included on this lp. the title track which is opening the album, come the day, is a nice and cheery pop song with judith durham on lead vocals (which is the case on most of the albums tracks), who had a really good voice, especially when accompanied by here male band mades in vocal harmonies. other highlights on the a-side are the covers of red rubber ball and well well well, while the b-side, apart from the unevitable georgy girl (which is… well, ok. but the seekers are far more than youd expect from just that song – at least this is the experience that i made when first listening to this record) features some more well-known covers like the bealtes yesterday, pete seegers (or perhaps i should rather say rather the byrds) turn turn turn and california dreaming, which just adds to the overall impression of this album being a down-under version of the mamas and the papas.
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Friday, 29 January 2010

Davy Jones: Davy Jones (1967)


 
yes, this is indeed THE davy jones, singer of the monkees. but as you can see above, i gave this album only three out of five stars, and this is even generously graded. compared to this record the monkees are something like evil, dirty hard rockers i guess. well, at least it is some sort of “cute”, as jones vocals are something between school-boy and comedy singer (not to forget about the definitely cute album cover – i guess if i was twelve or thirteen now, id definitely have a crush on him). highlights on this album are any old iron, which was perhaps the only success to emerge from it, a speedy little track, that even features some guitar work (i dont know by who), and the dylan cover it aint me babe. if you like soft pop ballads you might also enjoy tracks like theme for a new love or this bouquet. this album was definitely made for the younger teens at the time, especially because jones himself was only 21 when he recorded it (the record originally was released in 1965 (a year before he became a member of the monkees) as david jones on …

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Friday, 29 January 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 6 of 44


 
sorry for the delay of this part of the almost weekly bealtes series, but my studies kept me quite busy these days. this time we have a quite interesting back page: a french “mannequin” (thats called model today) named nicole meets the rolling stones! jesus, how i just wish i was her at that time… just see how they stare – and even sniff – at her, and how unabashed brian jones grabs the back of her knee. isnt that just what all girls were dreaming of? well, in case youre not female youll probably enjoy the front page a little more, as it brings you nearer to completing your lifesize bealtes-poster!
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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Rob Hoeke’s R&B Group: Jolita / Jolita (Instrumental) (1968)


 
another 45 by dutch boogie woogie hero rob hoeke and his r&b; group, the flipside being an instrumental version of the a-side, a tribute to manfred mann (though i must admit that ive never heard this song by mann before, i must look out for it).
jolita is a nice and sweet pop song, but the female backing vocals can get on ones nerves after a while, thus i prefer the instrumental version. what is even nicer about this 45 is the lovely fold-out psychedelic paper sleeve of which i made scans from the in- and outside. the text on the inside unfortunately is in dutch, so i dont understand a word, otherwise id have typed it here of course (if someone could translate this for me, id be just grateful!).
the song itself is credited to manfred mann and mike hugg, thats why theres a picture of mann on the inside and his name on the outside. now this is whats so clever about the cover design: on the front it says “manfred mann” in big letters and “manfred mann played by rob hoeke r&b; group” underneath. if you turn the record around, you have …

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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Rob Hoeke’s R&B Group: Try To Realize / It Won’t Be Long (1968)


 
heres something very special for you: the greatest r&b; pianist of holland and beyond, rob hoeke and his r&b; group. theyre truely one of my favourite dutch acts and their sound is like they just had invented the boogie woogie. maybe their most famous, and i must admit also one of their very best songs is margio, a 66 a-side, of which i will trying to get hold someday, but until now i only got of their 45s, and heres the first of them.
i had some problems ripping the a-side, at least it sounds very weird, but i made sure that there was nothing wrong with my turntable so perhaps it was recorded that way. try to realize is a psychy pop number, rather untypical for the usual hoeke style. well, its not outstanding but ok, so it gets 3 out of 5 stars from me.
the b-side sounds a little scratchy im afraid, but at least we got some genuine rhythm & blues here. it wont be long in fact is a cooled-down slow blues based on hoekes groovy piano playing, well worth hearing. as i see it this one rather should have been …

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Sunday, 17 January 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 5 of 44


 
time for our weekly beatles poster series: here we go with part 5 of the gigantic lifesize puzzle of the fab four. it features one of george harrisons feet and a lovely picture of francoise hardy. the text written next to it is not that interesting, so i wont translate it. it is mainly about her feeling best when looking and appearing naturally and the she doesnt like to wer make up – see, not very mind blowing. but perhaps youll make more use of the front page anyway. have fun cutting out georges boot!
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Saturday, 16 January 2010

VA: Rock Sessions Volume 2


 
as a kick-off for some nice posts for which ill hopefully have time tomorrow, heres volume 2 of my old mixed-genre overall-60s-70s comp. click here to go to the first volume.

this volume is mostly made up of popular tracks about which theres not a lot to be said anymore, so ill just name the few specialities on here. first there is track no 7 which is not that well-known, plynth by the jeff beck group, that included aside jeff beck rod stewart as the vocalist and nicky hopkins on keyboard/piano, aynsley dunbar on drums, and the lately somewhat disgraced ron wood. although it had even been an a-side in 1969 other numbers from their repertoire, like jailhouse rock or all shook up, gained a lot more attention – i at least first heard this track when i got the whole beck ola album and listened to it. i must mention some of the classic evergreens, too, these are for instance my friend jack by the smoke and rock me by steppenwolf. my friend jack is a hell of a fuzzed out uk psych monster, and a lot of you will be familiar with it, …

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Sunday, 10 January 2010

Another Birthday: Rod Stewart!


 
no more ‘when im 64’, rod stewart got 65 today. here in germany he would now be a retiree (theyre going to rase the retiring age to 67 now, so when my time finally comes i will probably retire at 80 or so…) – but could you really imagine him sitting down to rest in a rocking chair like an old man? well i couldnt! there is a very mean episode of south park in which he is shown just like that and its terrible. so lets stop thinking about age and all that stuff and lets celebrate rods birthday with having a look (or rather an ear?) at the beginnings of his great carrier.
as i am not a fan of the pop trash that he did from the 70s on, which they played on the radio the last couple of days in relation to his birthday, i made a little selection of recordings he made before he got famous at all. i do appreciate his work with the jeff beck group and the faces a lot, but as i assume that people coming to this blog will be familiar with these groups i ommitted them.
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Sunday, 10 January 2010

Wonderland: Poochy / Moscow (1968)


 
wonderland is one of those groups that consisted of great, superstar musicians but never achieved the fame you would expect from something like a supergroup. this single however meanwhile is highly appreciated among lovers of late 60s psych and was even featured in a movie (the german early-70s-hommage called sonnenallee, which is about youths life and the suppression of music culture in the GDR) – but few know who actually is responsible for this wicked track. even if you get to know it was released by a group called wonderland, what does that tell you? who were they – a mere one hit wonder from little ol’ germany? solving this mystery takes some more detailed research – surely no problem consulting the omniscient internet (though even wikipedia for once is no help here).

wonderland was a (rather) short lived project started by two ex members of the hamburg beat group the rattles (who were at a time considered “the german beatles” and would have an enourmous hit with the witch only two years later), achim reichel (head of the group, guitar), frank dostal (vocals on this b-side) and dicki tarrach, that also involved les humphries …

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Saturday, 9 January 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 4 of 44


 
of course i didnt forget this weeks issue of the beatles starschnitt, here you go with part 4, georges other sleeve. this time the back page probably is more interesting: it is teaser for a review of the help movie in the next mag including a really venturous photo of young sir paul mccartney (he wasnt even a sir yet back then, was he?) holding up a gun, oooh!! probably it should rather have been him replacing sean connery as james bond…
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Saturday, 9 January 2010

Gary Walker: Twinkie-Lee / She Makes Me Feel Better (1966)


 
this is not going to be a series on walker brothers solo efforts, but as i wanted to post this one anyway (because gary is my favourite walker brother, musically) and as it is related to the previous post, heres a fine solo 45 by walker brother gary leeds.
the a-side is a sax-driven beat number that id even call a little reminiscent of some certain well known belgian beat group with rhodesian roots (a series on them is to come soon). a more obvious similarity is the saxophone melody that appears almost exactly that way in champion jack duprees barrelhouse woman a year later (1967), but i think its a bit far fetched to draw connections here. The b-side is a more typical garage song with the sound of mid sixties american high school bands; not too bad, but i still prefer the a-side. as i got this one without the original cover youll only get a picture taken from the net here.
gary walker later also released an entire lp (in 1968) with a backing band called the rain, simply entitled album no. 1 – fantastic mellow and obscure british psychedelia. definitely one of …

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Saturday, 9 January 2010

John Walker: If You Go Away (1967)


 
as promised before, here we go with some rare stuff related to the walker brothers: this is the first solo lp by john walker (born john maus – “the walker brothers” actually just was a stage name as none of them really are related to each other), one of only two that he recorded in the 1960s (he would eventually go on releasing albums some thirty years later). i have searched for this record on the net for quite a while but never found it, so this is probably the first time it is postet on a music blog.
i must admit that this is not exactly my taste of music (thus i only gave it a three-star-rating), but for fans of light and slow pop ballads it might be of interest. to me this record only is interesting because it is something of a rarity (please correct me if im wrong here, i just know that from my internet research). unfortunately the record (which i bought used) is in a very bad condition, and a couple of tracks on the a-side are almost inaudible. my skills in remastering vinyl rips werent sufficient to do anything about …

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Friday, 8 January 2010

Happy Birthday to the King!


 although he too is one of the long-gone legends amongs the heroes of music history, passed away over thirty years ago, it still is a kind of celebration to think of the birthday of elvis presley, who would have been 75 today.

as i dont have any of his records that i could post here i will just say a couple of words. of course i am not a die-hard elvis fan (than this blog would probably be titled heartbreak hotel or whatever), but no one can deny his great influence on rock&roll; and the developement of music in general. he didnt only turn arthur crudups old and rather sedate blues number thats alright mama into a bodyshaking rocker, that became the basis for almost all covers of that song afterwards, he also was very important to a band that a lot people refer to as the biggest group that there ever was (even bigger than jesus perhaps). baby lets play house wasnt even his own song though, but the line “id rather see you dead little girl, than to be with another man” from this song reappears in lennons run for your life on …

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Sunday, 3 January 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 3 of 44


 
here we go: making up the very first post in 2010 the series on the beatles in the bravo mag continues with part 3, just scroll down if you still need the first two parts. same as before, you get the front and the back of the page this part of the poster was printed on. the resolution is 762dpi, which is 300dpcm because my stupid scanner software in fact uses dots per cm instead of dots per inch although it tells me it was scanning with 300dpi. nevertheless, the laptop i am using now (as i am still on vacation in the frosty north of scotland right now, i will be home next wednesday) is too weak to resize all those gigantic pictures we will just have to live with that – and besides that, if you just reduce the printing size and keep the resolution you will get a better quality than with just 300dpi. putting the pieces together will be no problem, as theyre all the same size, so if you print them in the same size they will fit together. the following parts will also have 762dpi (although its such an odd value), because …

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