Monthly Archives: April 2010

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Michel Polnareff: Mes Regrets (1967)


 
keeping up with my series of french records, or rather series of records by michel polnareff, heres the chronologically next ep by one of my favourite french singers. mes regrets is not my favourite polnareff record, but could anyone (not you guys of course) resist this incredibly cute cover photo? it looks much better in reality than the scan that i made of it, but i hope you enjoy it anyway.
now about the music: this is a three-track ep only, and all three tracks are more or less long, slow and rather chanson- than pop-music. the title track is moody, with a lot of classical accompaniement, especially some beautiful string arrangements. perhaps i could say much more about it if i were able to understand the lyrics, but as i dont speak a word of french youll have to be satisfied with this short description. the second track on the a-side, miss blue jeans (sung in french despite the english title), is more pop-orientated than the other songs, and i gave it the highest rating on this record. the third track, dame dame, runs for four minutes and thus fills the entire b-side. this song is …

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Saturday, 24 April 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 22 of 44


 
heres the next part of our big beatles puzzle, and with this issue half of the entire starschnitt is completed. as usual, the frontpage itself is not very interesting as it just shows some part of johns eskimo sleeve, but this time theres something interesting on the backpage again. a lovely girl in a fancy dress? this lady is ann-margret, a famous actress and singer who sang for elvis on some of his records and even in an episode of the cartoon series the flinstones. but maybe most interesting is, that nine years after this bravo page was printed she starred in the whos rock opera tommy, as tommys mother, who, as you sure know, is an important figure in the movie.

click here for the other parts posted so far.

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Friday, 23 April 2010

Eddie Cochran: My Way / Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues (1963)


 
‘my way’ is one of the lesser known goodies by eddie cochran, as it appeared on posthumous releases only, this being the first one in 1963, three years after his death. a really nice piece of rockabilly in the typical cochran style, you sure should not miss this one out.
the b-side, ‘rock n roll blues’, is a more conventional late 50s number, nothing youd really associate with cochran at first. nevertheless, enjoy this little pearl in memoriam of one of rock n rolls greatest heroes!

interesting links:
eddie cochrans corner – fine collection of compilations!
eddie cochran on last.fm
eddie cochran on rateyourmusic

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Friday, 23 April 2010

Eddie Cochran: C’mon Everybody / Don’t Ever Let Me Go (1958)


 
as a little addition to my eddie cochran tribute on the anniversary of his passing last saturday, here are two 45s by the great rock&roll; idol.
this first one, ‘cmon everybody’ was eddies third hit single, the follow up to summertime blues, and was to be one of his most succesful and to this day best remembered songs. the single peaked at #35, still far higher than the following releases (#99 and #58).
i guess i dont have to say much about the a-side as it is so very popular and widely known. the b-side is a slow typical 50s style love song, not too bad but of course cmon everybody is the very highlight here.

interesting links:
remember eddie cochran
eddie cochran on last.fm
eddie cochran on rateyourmusic

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Tuesday, 20 April 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 21 of 44


 
obviously the last couple of days (or to be exact the past two weekends) had been so exciting that, being busy with all my birthday- anniversary- etc-posts, i totally forgot to post part 21 of the beatles starschnitt. thanks to one attentive reader who was so kind to remind me of that, here you go with the delayed issue. the backpage shows a part of a quiz about james bond movies (which cannot be solved without the next page that of course is missing). next time well have an important issue, as it will be part 22 of 44 – half of the entire poster!

click here for the other parts posted so far.

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Monday, 19 April 2010

The Ultimate Trash-Party!


 catching up with commenting on current events, here finally is my report on the concert of the trashmen in dusseldorf on saturday. i originally wanted to go to the concert held in cologne, three days before, but the friends i had invited to come with me said they could not come and so i decided to go to the dusseldorf show instead because it is nearer to where i live. in the end i was glad that i had made that decision, because the stone club in dusseldorf is a much nicer location than the sonic ballroom in cologne, to which i had already been last year. the place was larger and somewhat more decent, and before the show started they played the sonics as background music – how can you dislike a club where they play the sonics??

bob reed, robin reed (trashkid #1), tony andreason, dal winslow
a short introduction to the group: the trashmen were founded 1962 in minneapolis, minnesota, three of the four members coming from a group called jim thaxter and the travelers. the original lineup was steve wahrer on drums and (lead) vocals, tony andreason on lead guitar, bob reed …

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Saturday, 17 April 2010

Eddie Cochran: Singin’ To My Baby (HA-U2093) (1958)


 
after celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passing of buddy holly, ritchie valens and the big bopper last year, today is the day that, also 50 years ago, a musician who was very close to them passed away aswell. close to them, as a friend, as a just as highly acclaimed rock n roll star, and as a rock musician who was just as greatly influential on generations of artists up to now – who had to die much too young, just as the three. eddie cochran not only has a special place in music history, helping to make rock n roll and rockabilly what it eventually became, he has a special place in this blog, as of course the title ‘twenty flight rock’ is a tribute to one of my favourite 50s rock n rollers, if not the favourite one at all.

as eddie died so very young he did not produce many records during his lifetime, just about a dozen of 45s and a single lp – singin to my baby, released in late 1957. original pressings of course are extremely hard to track down and extremely expensive aswell, but i was very …

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Friday, 16 April 2010

Deep Purple: Sitar (Bootleg, circa 1970)


 
as i promised, heres some really heavy duty hard rock stuff to complete my tribute to ritchie blackmores birthday before honoring another great rock star tomorrow.
the date this double lp bootleg was recorded is unknown, but as it is a mk II recording it must have been between 1970 and 1972, more likely around 1970, as it features two numbers from the usual mk I set that the famous gillan/glover lineup also included in their early sets. the entire first record is filled with an amazing extended version of ‘mandrake root’ (misspelled ‘mandrake road’ on the records labels). the second record starts off with another mk I cut, ‘wring that neck’ – a hell of a live number, you simply have to digg this! the b-side of the second lp features a medley of ‘black night’ and ‘paint it black’, also a real killer.

interesting links:
todopurple (deep purple rarities blog)
the deep purple appreciation society

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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

My personal guitar hero: Happy birthday to Ritchie Blackmore


 
today again is a special date (lots of those this year…) as it is the 65th birthday of the one and only, the real man in black, and my favourite rock guitarist of all time: ritchie blackmore.
his most famous group of course was deep purple, of whom he was a founding member and also some sort of leading figure. after that (neglecting dp reunions) there was rainbow, a hell of a rock group also, putting his enormous skills right in the center of attention and giving him the (solo) fame that he deserved long before. but just like other guitar giants like jeff beck or jimmy page blackmore began working as a session musician as a teenager in the early sixties, and this he did quite well to say the least, and it is incredible on how many recordings of the time he can be heard – and often those are songs you would NEVER expect to be related to deep purple, sometimes of the kind that even i would despise (although i usually have a liking for pop-trash). those early session works were brought together and released on a two-disc set titled ‘getaway’ after an …

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Saturday, 10 April 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 20 of 44


 
to resume the beatles starschnitt after easter has passed, heres a nice one with beatle ringos boot.
click here for the other parts posted so far.
today is the 10th april, this is a sad date in the beatles history, as it is the day, in 1962, that their first bassist stuart sutcliffe died – at the age of just 21.
at that time he hadnt been in the group anymore and paul mccartney had taken over the job. but of course stu remained a close friend to the fab four, and he also had become the boyfriend of beatles associate and photographer astrid kirchherr. they had been engaged already when he passed away. we wont ever forget stu, as he really was the first ‘fifth beatle’ – before pete best left or brian epstein or george martin came into the picture, who are often mentioned in association with this term.

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Monday, 5 April 2010

The Flamin’ Groovies: Supersnazz (1969)


 
well this is a bit late for easter now, but heres the biiig surprise that i had announced before – and it also is something that i always wanted to post here, because it is one of the most brilliant albums of all time.
most of the tracks were written by the groups lead vocalist roy loney, but the few covers we have on this record are fantastic aswell. the flamin groovies are mostly famous for their 1976 hit ‘shake some action’ (co-produced by dave edmunds), but this was wayyyyy after this masterpiece here came out – and totally different music, as the aforementioned loney left the group in 1971 and was repleaced by chris wilson, who lead the group to the height of their success five years later but changing their style completely.
however, a real mixed-bag of styles, this is one of the 10 essential albums that id take with me on a robinson-crusoe island if i had to decide something like that. i was lucky to grab a perfectly preserved, original copy at ebay (printed in holland though), so you can enjoy a sheer marvelous sound quality here! now lets get down to …

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Sunday, 4 April 2010

Michel Polnareff: Ame Câline (1967)


 
im going through the eps by michel polnareff chronological now, and this is the next one after ‘ta ta ta’ which i posted first, confusingly (this actually was because it had been the first one i bought).
well, its hard to say if this record is just really bad or if its simply funny. the rather dreadful side however is the a-side, which contains the title track – a rather trashy ballad with painfully high vocals – and a very much toungue-in-cheek song about a ‘fat madame’ sung in english. i dont really know what to make of this track, a joke, social criticism or just making a mockery of obese females. this track is so silly and badly sung that its better to skip it anyway.
the b-side now is a lot better, starting of with le roi des fourmis, a lively pop number with good drum support. the last track, le saure pleureur, is cute pop song in the same vein with some lightweight flute and acoustic guitar play, and just like all the other songs it doesnt take itself too seriously.
following this release, well have the ep mes regrets next time …

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Sunday, 4 April 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 19 of 44


 
under my thumb… or rather under pauls thumb this is now. no april fools, heres part 19 out of 44 beatle puzzle bits the bravo mag published in 1965 and 66. next time well have a part of ringos boot – the first part of the last beatle already!
click here for the other parts posted so far.
but now lets see what easter presents i have in store for you…

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Saturday, 3 April 2010

Here Come the Nice!


 well folks, im more than happy to tell you that there are no less than 30 new song comments for the TFR jukebox! now that i found a useful way to spend my lunchbreak at work in writing this stuff, please enjoy the liner notes for:

81 Chicken Shack · Daugther Of The Hillside · 1971
82 Small Faces · Wham Bam, Thank You Mam · 1969
83 Deep Purple · Fools · 1971
84 Uriah Heep · Lady In Black · 1971
85 Ten Years After · Working On The Road · 1970
86 Wizard · Seance · 1971
87 Q65 · Crumblin’ · 1970
88 Deep Purple · Chasing Shadows · 1969
89 Led Zeppelin · Bring It On Home · 1969
90 Mott The Hoople · Ohio · 1969
91 The Alex Harvey Band · Hammer Song · 1969
92 Little Boy Blues · Cathedral · 1968
93 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band · Electricity · 1967
94 The Sparrow · Isn’t It Strange? · 1968
95 Krokodil · You’re Still A Part Of Me · 1969
96 …

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