Monthly Archives: May 2010

Monday, 31 May 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 28 of 44


 
so here finally is part 28 of the beatles starschnitt (some of you seemed to be a little unpatient, but please remember i do have a private live aswell… and have a little more confidence in me that i wont forget you ;-). nothing very interesting on the front page this time, but for our german readers theres some cute fun on the back page. everyone who has read the bravo magazine will remember those pages on which questions of teenage readers about the first love, the first kiss, and so on, are answered by the mags columnists (which compared to the bawdy stuff they print today is more than ridiculously innocent of course). and heres a full load of that cute, innocent stuff that brings back so much sweet memories… the advice the columnist is giving here is to wait with the first kiss until both boy and girl feel ready for it. aaawww, remember those days? wont you tell me, where have all the good times gone…

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Monday, 31 May 2010

The Equals: Softly, Softly / Lonely Rita (1968)


 
heres a little gem by a one-hit-wonder group mainly famous for their singular succes ‘baby come back’ – the equals. funny enough the group were discovered by gene latter, the singer of the british/rhodesian pop group the shake spears – a group that you will be hearing a lot about when i start my series on them this summer.
the a-side, ‘softly, softly’ does sound much like the style of their aforementioned hit, a driving pop number that should not be missed, although it is not that outstanding that it could change your life.
now about the b-side, which the gem i was talking about. ‘lonely rita’ (has nothing to do with the beatles ‘lovely rita’, although it is sometimes missspelled that way), is a late-60s psych-pop monster with a haunting chorus that will dig itself deeply into your ears. marvelous!!! as for me, i had known only one of their albums before (‘unequalled’ from 1967, which contains ‘baby come back’), which didnt appeal much to me, so i was more than just surprised when i first heard unexpected, awesome number – lonely rita come inside, have a cup of tea and sit by my …

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Monday, 31 May 2010

Chicago: I’m A Man Part 1 / I’m A Man Part 2 (1969)


 
to continue from the spencer davis group, heres a cover of one of their most famous songs, ‘im a man’ – not to be confused with the song written by bo diddley with the same title: the bo diddley one is the one with “im a man, i spell M-A-N” and this one is “im a man, yes i am and i cant help but love you so”. just to reduce confusion!
chicago were a rock group from the city with the same name, and their version of this song is much slower and longer than the original, but in a way also a little boring. but this is also due to the poor sound quality (scratchy vinyl, sorry) we have here, so it is not really possible to fully enjoy this record. but just take it as an example of what different stuff can be made out of one and the same song.

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

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Monday, 31 May 2010

The Spencer Davis Group: After Tea / Moonshine (1968)


 
heres a cover of ‘we will be there after tea’ by the spencer davis group with steve winwood. the song was originally released by a dutch group called after tea the year before and several cover versions exist, but this is perhaps the most popular one. in their version, the spencer davis group added some slightly-psychedelic sitar instrumentation, but otherwise stuck rather closely to the original. theres another version of this song by the german group the rattles, in which they added a flute instead of a sitar. all in all this is one of my very favourite songs, in all three versions. it is cute mid- to late-sixties popsike, sure to put you in a good mood.
the b-side, ‘moonshine’ (which is also a term for illicitly-distilled liquor, but in this case i think they perhaps really mean the light of the moon), is a self-penned number taking the group back to their r&b; roots. a groovy, driving number that surely deserves five stars aswell. all in all, this is a fantastic record and i hope you like it as much as i do. sorry for the cover art looking a little awkward, but that blue …

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Sunday, 30 May 2010

Ricky Nelson: Ricky Nelson, Volume 3: “Unchained Melody” (1958)


 
heres a lovely ep by 50s rockabilly singer and actor ricky nelson (or rick nelson, as he was called), remembered for his good looks and a great cover version of gershwins ‘summertime’, that was to inspire deep purple for their hard rock piece ‘black night’ many years later. he would have been 70 on may 8, hadnt he died in a plane crash at the young age of 45. there are several theories about this accident, one says that he and his musicians were heating cocaine on silver foil with a firelighter, which ignited petrol fumes inside the plane and made it explode. well, this again shows how lethal drugs are.
now about this record: consisting of cover material only, on the a-side we have a nice cover of ‘unchained melody’, made famous by the righteous brothers seven years later, and a cover of ‘ill walk alone’, not too bad either. i like the flipside better though, as here we have cover of ‘there goes my baby’ and ‘poor little fool’, both favourite nelson numbers of mine and definitely both worth five out of five stars. this ep is sort of a compilation, but as it was …

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Sunday, 30 May 2010

John Lennon: Randolf’s Party (In His Own Write, 1964)


 time for some weird poetry again. i am sorry for being so quiet these days concerning the blog, but some things just didnt work out easily for me and im having a difficult time. but what could fit better into such a mood than a satirical, anarchical poem by dear john, who will be thirty years gone this year. though this poem is related to christmas and you – depending on where you live – might be enjoying a beautiful summertime right now, i thought i might post it because it might appeal to anyone feeling sad or lonely right now, or just to make one think; because, as always, johns poetry isnt only black humoured and disturbing, but has a deeper meaning behind it. in this poem it is the lesson that one has to learn, that your friends might not always be who you think they are. it is about false illusions, self-deception for the sake of ones own peace of mind and the loneliness of individuals left behind by society. those who lack knowledge of human nature, but are naive and idealistic about the ‘good in men’. i wont go on speculating if john wrote this in …

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Monday, 24 May 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 27 of 44


 
sorry for the delay (im still fighting the flu), but heres the next part of our starschnitt puzzle, this time showing beatle ringos fuzzy eskimo sleeve. the first part of the last beatle!
the back page again is a prize winning competition, this time with the mosst ridiculous task one can imagine – name the four beatles! wow, a really hard one…

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now today also is a special day, as its the 69th birthday of robert allen zimmermann, one of the most influential singer/songwriters ever, and, to draw a connection to this post, the one guy who first introduced the beatles to drugs. in 1964, when beatlemania spilled over the big pond, dylan met the beatles and shared some stuff with them, as it was usual in the music business. and he thought the fab four were already used to this because he had misheard a line of ‘i wanna hold your hand’. instead of the three words ending the line “its such a feeling that my love, i can …

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Sunday, 16 May 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 26 of 44


 
hey friends, this is a special post today. its not only the fresh young face of a 23 year old paul maccartney, this part is completing the second one of four beatles in total – so in a way this ‘really’ is half of the poster now.
im afraid there will be no new records this time, as i had been ill in bed the last two days and will stay there for today aswell, i didnt have any time to make new vinyl rips or cover scans for you. please be patient, some new rockin stuff will be here next week.

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some additional information:
new link for good ol’

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

John Walker: If I Promise / I See Love In You (1967)


 
after posting john walkers debut lp, heres one of his early 45s, still from walker brothers times. the a-side, ‘if i promise (to be a good boy)’, is a cheery little pop numer typical for the mid-60s, and definitely the better side of this single. the flipside, ‘i see love in you’, is more or less a typical walker brothers song and thus quite trashy and simply tooooo sweet with all the string arrangements (doesnt fit the electric guitar in the background – not a bit), and so on…
welly well, the problem is the same as with the last 45 i posted, i cant decide between giving three or four stars. but as the b-side of this record is really not my cup of tea, and the a-side is nice but not outstanding, i think three should be fine. if you think not, than id be gratefull for some critical feedback!

interesting links:
other walker brothers stuff and their solo stuff, including johns second lp this is john walker
john walker on rateyourmusic
john walker on last.fm

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

The Hollies: Gasoline Alley Bred / Dandelion Wine (1970)


 
a late 45 by british beat legends the hollies. not as good as their 60s efforts, and neither as cool as their 70s hits (think of ‘long cool woman in a black dress’ for instance) – but still not bad, as the group itself simply is a great one.
the a-side was written for them by the famous songwriter duo cook-greenaway, and to me its the better track of this release. its a slow, folk-tinged pop song with hollies-typical vocal harmonies – just lovely.
dandelion wine too is a slow pop song, but its rather boring and the harp playing is more annoying than charming. the song pulls down my rating for this 45 a bit – the a-side is better than only three stars, but for some reason i did not copy any three-and-a-half stars images.
anyhow, enjoy this nice little 45 and of course the lovely cover photo!

interesting links:
official bandsite
the hollies on rateyourmusic
the hollies on last.fm

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 24 & 25 of 44


 
a double issue this time, with two parts of paul maccartney, one showing his hand and the other showing his shoulder.
the backpage shows famous german crooner udo jürgens, in a part of some competition. the task is to form the title of his most famous song “siebzehn jahr, blondes haar” (“seventeen and blonde hair”) out of matches. wanna give it a try?

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some additional information:
the highly recommended music blog

Oldish Psych & Prog

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Sunday, 2 May 2010

A Book Review: The Heebie-Jeebies At CBGB’s


 
this post is not directly related to music, but rather music history or the cultural development of music if you like. id like to give a recommendation for a very interesting book that i read a while ago which i think is a good read for anyone interested in the cultural evolution that followed the revolution of the mid to late 1960s in the underground scenes, and/or jewish culture and art.
of course this books title seems a bit strange in the context of this non-punk blog, and a secret history of jewish punk by steven lee beeber in fact is a book about punk, and in fact i dont even like punk (with a few exceptions of course, otherwise i wouldnt have read this book either i guess). but also it not about punk itself, it is about the roots of punk music – which lay in the 1960s, as i said before. as i am still no punk fan, the fact that this genre also had its roots in jewish culture was completely new to me and raised the great curiosity in me that made me read this book. and it was more than worthwhile …

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Sunday, 2 May 2010

Sir Henry & His Butlers: Camp / Pretty Style (1967)


 
sir henry and his butlers were a danish pop group who were active from the mid- to late sixties. their most remembered song perhaps is their debut single ‘lets go’, but if you search for records to buy, this is what you get mostly: ‘camp’ / ‘pretty style’.
the a-side is a slow, silly, and perhaps (after a while) annoying instrumental, sounding like a sort of circus music; but if youre in the mood for silly things it is nice and woth a laugh. ‘pretty style’ also is slow, but its more psychedelic, with some sitar accompaniment, monk-chant like backing vocals, sloping stoned instrumentation that in the second half of the song bursts out into a distorted, psychy wall of sound.

interesting links:
the complete sir henry and his butlers at wingsofdream
sir henry and his butlers on rateyourmusic
sir henry and his butlers on last.fm

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Sunday, 2 May 2010

The Cousins: Bouddha / Kana Kapila (1961)


 
well, this surely is none of my favourite records, but in a way it is so trashy that it is incredibly funny again. the cousins were a belgian rock n twist / surf / instrumental group who released a couple of records in the early sixties.
‘bouddha’ is the better track on this 45, its a cool surf style instrumental with interesting percussion and a sharp lead guitar. the b-side, ‘kana kapila’, however is a bit annoying due to the persistent nonsense vocals sounding either like played backwards or recorded under the influence of certain substances. i dont think that this is a real language at all, as the cousins did that on several other records too (‘kili watch’ for instance) and it does sound more like funny yadda yadda.
i bought the record without cover sleeve, so the picture above is taken from the internet.

interesting links:
complete discography
the cousins on rateyourmusic
the cousins on last.fm

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Saturday, 1 May 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 23 of 44


 
as usual, heres another little part of the big beatles puzzle the german bravo mag issued in 1965/66. nothing spectacular this time, its just a part of johns hand. next week well have a double issue again, as parts 24 and 25 were printed together – showing what? more hands!

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