Monthly Archives: February 2010

Sunday, 28 February 2010

After Tea: A Little Bit Today, A Little Bit Tomorrow / Blues Ride (1969)


 
the last dutch nugget for tonight, heres a killer 45 by late 60s after tea. the a-side is a quite elaborated number that alternates between almost sinister psychedelic guitar licks and somewhat more popish vocals. not 100%, but still a very good song.
the b-side, however knocks it all off. a slow, killing blues number that continues that “sinister” feeling that i described the a-sides guitar theme with. a six minutes psychedelic blues blaster, this stuff is well worth checking out, as it comes very close to the style of brainbox and such likes, definitely far away from lemon coloured honey tree and showing the bands developement away from beat and sunshine pop toward some harder and more progressive sounds.
so much for now, you may expect slightly less posts from now on as my holidays are over and my studies start again, so free time is limited now, as is my time for working on this blog. please come and visit the site despite that, i will not be gone completely! see you next weekend with some mixed-bag stuff…

interesting links:
after tea on myspace
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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Brainbox: Down Man / Summertime / Dark Rose (1969)


 
in addition to the epic album posted here before, heres a three-track-ep by dutch brain-busters brainbox (dont be confused by the “maxi single” writing on the cover, this is a 7″ ep). the most important track here, as it is the only non-lp track, is down man, the opening number. it is slow, it is intense and its just haunting, sure one of their best songs ever. the guitar work in this track is just how id define psychedelic – unworldly, surreal and seemingly levitiating it flows into your mind like a gentle, uplifting (acoustic) trip. the singers high and desperately screaming vocals add some emotional effect to this amazing composition.
i see i am drifting away in high praises, but please do listen to it and enjoy it yourself. i wont discuss the other two tracks, because as the vinyl showed some weird behavior while playing those (because the whole in the middle of the record wasnt punched corretly it would lurch around on the turntable producing an awful yowling sound – i just wonder why the first track played without any problem). for this reason i took the other two tracks from the rip of …

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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Brainbox: Brainbox (1969)


 
i have announced this quite a few times, but finally here it is – and certainly one of my personal favourite albums, so i hope you will appreciate it as much as i do. i may proudly present you one of the finest pieces of vintage dutch psych, the lone and selftitled album by brainbox, the group that made jan akkerman famous. as i already said this is a hell of an album and this rip is especially gorgeous as the vinyl has virtually no scratches at all and you can enjoy a very clean and fantastic sound.
brainbox are mainly remembered for their cover of george gershwins summertime, included on this lp as ‘summertime (from “porgy and bess”)’, that appears on many psych compilations nowadays. there are countless cover versions of that song, almost every band has played it and mostly also recorded it. brainbox version (which you can also find on the TFR jukebox) is slow, organ driven and has a deep and capturing atmosphere – a real masterpiece that you should not miss! another really fantastic track on this album is the opening number, dark rose. more vivid than summertime and almost ferocious it …

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Saturday, 27 February 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 12 of 44


 
heres this weeks post on my beatles starschnitt series. nothing spectacular, just a piece of pauls hand and an article on sean connery as james bond on the back page.
welly well, there will be more interesting things soon, the only hint ill give you right now is that its gonna be dutch.
however, have fun completing your life-size beatles poster!
click here for the other parts posted so far.

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Thursday, 25 February 2010

George Harrison: Wonderwall Music (Soundtrack – German Pressing) (1968)


 
as today is the 25th february once again, heres something in honour of george harrison, who would have turned 67 today. we all know he sadly passed away on the 29th november 2001, aged just 58 – but for now lets remember one of the most charismatic and coolest beatles and indulge in this interesting and somewhat obscure solo effort. in fact this lp is not obscure at all, as it already has been rereleased on cd and can be found lots of times on music blogs around the web, but it is rather unknown outside the circle of die-hard beatles fans. wonderwall music was the soundtrack to a film called wonderwall, and it also was the first solo record of a beatle during the lifetime of the band. i wont say too much about the album now, as theres plenty of info on this record on the web (just try google if you want to know more), and i dont want just to copy what others already said.
the reason i posted this lp anyway are, again, the high resolution cover scans, AND – and this is why i specially noted in the headline that it …

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Sunday, 21 February 2010

The Tremeloes: (Call Me) Number One / Instant Whip (1969)


 
yes, these were the tremeloes formerly known as brian poole and the tremeloes, just without brian poole who had departed in 1966, and with chip hawkes replacing alan howard on bass. alan blakley was their guitarist at the time.
coming to this record again, this is the very icing on the cake for this week: full five stars rating, this ones a blast! first, the a-side is a cheery beat-pop tune with nice percussion and a lovely acoustic guitar instrumental bridge some times in between. the only thing which is pretty annyoing about this song is the occasional squeaky trumpet solo thrown in, which is just as gentle to ones ears as scraping your nails on a blackboard. but apart from that, i really like this song.
but “like” is by far not enough to say what i think about the flipside, ‘instant whip’ – a five minutes instrumental blast that will burst your ears if not your whole brain! unlike the sweet tasty treat mentioned in the title, it is coming down on your acoustic nerves like a real ‘whip’, and instantly – if you like to read the title that way. again the track …

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Sunday, 21 February 2010

Paul Jones: Thinkin’ Ain’t For Me / Softly (1967)


 
continuing from the previous post, here we also have a solo release by the singer of a successful group, who lost most of his fame when departing from it. paul jones had been the singer of the all too well known group manfred mann until being replaced by mike dabo in 1966 (although they both strangely look quite alike – and i did mix them up first – it was mike who was with the band at their high times, he is the guy who sang the unforgettable mighty quinn for instance). some side-facts in between: before that, jones had briefly been vocalist with alexis korners blues (!) incorporated, just as young mick jagger had been – but to be honest, i could imagine mick a hundred times more easily being with that group than jones. anyway, at the same time that jones left mann, or rather simultaneously, manfred manns bass player jack bruce left to form cream with eric clapton, and ginger baker, with whom he had played in the graham bond organization before joining the manfreds. jack bruce was replaced by the (far not as famous as he deserved) german bass player klaus voormann, best known …

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Sunday, 21 February 2010

Robin Gibb: One Million Years / Weekend (1969)


 
to serve you some sweet pop ballads once more, here we go with a late 60s solo effort of twin-bee gee robin gibb which was his second non-bee gees release. as you can see with my rating above, i dont really like this 45, in fact i didnt even buy it. it was part of a collection that i “inherited” from my cousin, who gave me all his hard rock, prog rock, kraut rock etc records, ranging from wishbone ash to deep purple and camel – so you can guess how surprised if not shocked i was when i found this record when flipping through the singles he gave me! anyhow, i dont know if this is a rarity or not, or if there are bee gees fans around who will appreciate it – i still thought it was worth posting it, because although it is quite trashy, this trashyness has some kind of appeal that might make you like it in some ironic way; so do i think at least.
now about the music: the a-side with the epic title (ill wait for you for) one million years is the weaker part of this record, a …

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Saturday, 20 February 2010

Episode Six: Here, There And Everywhere / Mighty Morris Ten (1966)


 
another oddity after my twist-lp: have you ever heard ian gillan, singer of hard rocking deep purple, sing a sweet melodic beatles cover? well, heres your chance! from 1965 right until joining purples second incarnation in summer 1969, episode six was the group that gillan and his mate roger glover (who also was a founding member) were part of, as lead singer and bass player respectively. they only relased a couple of singles and played a few times at the bbc (once filling in for pink floyd who didnt appear for playing), but never scored any major hits, just minor goodies like i can see through you (which surprisingly is no beatles cover but a self-penned number). due to that theyre mainly known to deep purple fans and collectors, otherwise rather remain a british beat obscurity. with their music they covered up various styles and genres popular at the time, from beat to pop to psychedelic.
here we hear their pop-side: please enjoy gillans beautiful, sophisitcated vocals on the lennon-mccartney cover a-side, here there and everywhere. especially if songs like fireball, bloodsucker or other rock numbers from that period are coming up your mind, youll be more …

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Saturday, 20 February 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 11 of 44


 
here you are, paulys beatle-boots. no specialities about the back page this time, just another part of that competition in which young boys could win a motor scooter. next time you will get pauls hand and a part of his sleeve… but i promise, there will be more “spectacular” parts of the fab four soon, like collars, faces, fingers, eskimo-sleeves and so on. but till then, be patient. despite that, a quarter of the whole poster is already there!
click here for the other parts posted so far.

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Friday, 19 February 2010

Fats & The Chessmen: Come On Everybody – Let’s Do The Twist (1964)


 
something very different here: 50s twist and respective instrumentals revived in the mid-sixties. first of all: NO, this is NOT fats domino. fats and the chessmen were a kind of coverband, deriving from the american 101 strings orchestra. these belonged to a group of labels (miller records, and in germany somerset and europa) that produced records in any vein popular at a time, from waltz to beat to psych. musicians in those groups and orchestra constantly changed while the name 101 strings remained over 10-15 years, in which millions of records were sold. this record is a german copy from the somerset label. thanks a lot to jancy for giving me some info about this odd record!
now about this lp: whats so interesting about it is that it doesnt even sound like fats domino, not the least. the real fats wasnt even involved in twist, and this lp rather sounds like a chubby checker spoof instead. as it was just intended as some cheap dance music produced to bring some money, it isnt too sophisticated anyway, but it has its highlights – these are mainly the instrumental tracks because the vocals arent any good, imho. we …

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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Wings of Dream is back!

 
great news! the long lost blog of dimitrich and his co-blogger jancy is back with a new adress:

allmusic-wingsofdream.blogspot

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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Yeah: Twenty Flight Rock celebrates its 1,000th visitor!


 
hurray, two weeks after the counter on this blog has been installed, we welcome our 1,000th visitor!
many thanks to pablo and sakalli for making my site more popular, and thanks to all my readers who have been posting comments here, so i could see that my efforts here were not in vain.
looking forward to welcome many more readers here in the future and of course also to see you again!

keep a rockin,
sarah

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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Georgie Fame: The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde / Beware Of The Dog (1967)


 
lovely little 45 by british r&b; singer georgie fame, born clive powell 66 years ago, his most famous backing band being the blue flames. the a-side (sorry a little scratchy) is a story-telling song about the robbery carrier of the infamous couple mentioned in the songs title (which isnt actually a ballad in the traditional sense, just like that of john and yoko). this, aswell as the appropriate cover picture, one rather reminds me of the early 70s movie the sting, starring young robert redford as a brilliantly clever trickster in the 1920s (a must-see btw). the cover is printed on some sort of brown packing paper so it was a difficult task to make the scan look like the original.
the flipside, an instrumental titled beware of the dog, continues the musical style of the a-side, just a little groovier with some auger-reminiscent organ play, accompanied by some brass instrumentation. all in all a solid rhythm and blues number that increases my rating for this record massively.

interesting links:
a fanblog – great!
georgie fame on rateyourmusic
georgie fame on last.fm

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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Q65: I Despise You / Ann (1966)


 
this is the third release of my beloved dutch garage rockers, but it is also one of their weakest ones, i must admit. especially the a-side is very primitive (in a boring sense), repetitive and the instrumental parts have a wall-of-sound character. the whole song doesnt offer many surprises, but nevertheless shows the groups humble beginning very well.
the b-side, ann, however is quite far off the usual q65-style. a soft and slow love ballad with some moody harp playing. not really “garagy”, but nice – 60s pop, so to speak. all in all this 45 has more historical than musical value, but perhaps you like it better than i – so check it out!

interesting links:
q65 official website
q65 on rateyourmusic
q65 on last.fm

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