Monthly Archives: August 2010

Sunday, 29 August 2010

The Tremeloes: Even The Bad Times Are Good / Jenny’s Alright (1967)


 
heres a cute little 45 by the tremeloes (without brian poole). the a-side, ‘even the bad times are good’, is a cheery party tune, typical lovely 60s pop music (if the silly “la la la” chorus doesnt annoy you). nevertheless i quite like this song and i would rate it somewhere between four and five stars.
the b-side is not really bad, but not very interesting either. i had to copy a track from a sampler here, because the record would jump after about a minute and was impossible to make it play any further because the grooves were completely damaged at a certain spot so the needle would loose grip every round. what a drag. the song, however, is not that good that it would make me sad to have the b-side damaged (three stars at best).
but please listen yourself and tell me what you think!

interesting links:
a fansite
the tremeloes on rateyourmusic
the tremeloes on last.fm

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Sunday, 29 August 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 42 of 44


 
in todays issue of the bravo starschnitt i offer you ringos hand – not for marriage, but for printing and cutting out – only two pieces to go!
the backpage is the same game as (the time before) last time – make up set and cassette recorder… well, as dan said before: id rather take both of them!

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Sunday, 29 August 2010

VA: Rock Sessions Volume 8


 
to get some variety into this blog again, heres another volume of the ‘rock sessions’ series. starting off with a mad percussion firework by deep purple in their first lineup, this is an issue packed with sweet treats from great bands and tasty obscurities.
track number 3 is a driving little rocker from humble pies (seen in the background of the cover art) ’69 debut album, following a just as fantastic classic number by cream, n.s.u.
a couple of tracks later, theres my very favourite live number by the five-live-yardbirds, which they played 1966 for the BBC – ‘over under sideways down’. a haunting track full of energy that will get you going, and at least singing along, for sure!
just as haunting, but far more heavy is track number 10. sounding a lot more like humble pie already, this track though was still recorded by the small faces in their original lineup with steve marriott giving a rough and ready vocal performace, of the kind that lead to him being suggested as the singer for the supergroup-to-be led zeppelin. marriott declined and formed humble pie the same year.
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Saturday, 28 August 2010

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


 
this is a kind of re-up, but not really. i posted this record before, but without cover art. i have an original english pressing, with a company sleeve, and now i also have a german pressing – with original picture cover! if anyone has ever tried to collect original covers of episode six records, he will know how terribly rare and expensive they are. both records play in exactly the same quality, so if you downloaded the other rip before you will not notice that its a new rip i post here.
now for those who missed the first post, heres what i wrote about this record before on 20th february:

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 …

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 41 of 44


 
sorry again for the delay, heres part 41 of the beatles starschnitt. blue eskimo coat on the front page, more and more completing ringo!
the back page shows gregory peck as prof. david pollock in the film ‘arabesque’ that was released in fall 1966, just when this issue of the bravo mag came out.
only three pieces to go, yeah yeah yeah!

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

St. Louis Union: Girl / Respect (1966)


 
another british group (a six-piece), but this time a really obscure one. st. louis unions entire work comprises three 45s released in 1966, and this is one of them. their most famous song was a pretty cool cover of bob segers ‘east side story’. here, on their debut record, we also have two cover songs, the a-side is lennon/mccartneys ‘girl’ from rubber soul, the b-side a rendition of otis reddings ‘respect’. both nice but not outstanding (im still looking for that east side story record!), give it a try and tell me what you think. sorry, no cover art this time.

interesting links:
biography on manchesterbeat
st. louis union on rateyourmusic
st. louis union on last.fm

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates: A Shot of Rhythm and Blues / I Can Tell (1962)


 
a real classic from englands early 60s rock&roll-beat; scene, heres a marvelous cover of ‘a shot of rhythm and blues’ (first released the year before by arthur alexander) by legendary johnny kidd (born frederick alfred heath) and his pirates, who died at the young age of 30 in a car crash. although during the groups early days he had gained quite a reputation, he didnt become a devotionally worhsipped rock-myth like eddie cochran or buddy holly – and, well, just imagine going out on the street today and asking people about him. who will remember that it was him who wrote the famous song ‘shakin all over’?
among collectors and followers of the british rock&roll; scene though his work is still highly acclaimed. but by the time the fatal accident happened, the heydays of shakin all over and such were long gone and kidd was trying for a comeback. the lineup of his pirates now changed a lot, and especially the job of the bassist was vacant. many applied for it, among them the future bassist of the belgian beat group the shake spears, and the future bassist of a group that would start as ’roundabout’ – …

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Champion Jack Dupree: Blues From The Gutter (1959)


 
today id like to proudly present to you my newest arrival, an original first pressing of champrion jack duprees debut album: ‘blues from the gutter’, released in 1959 as atlantic 8019. i say proudly present, because this isnt only a really fine blues record, it is also nearly perfectly preserved copy concerning its age of over fifty years. theres virtually no noise, no cracks and pops on the digital copy i made of it – as it says on the rear cover, high fidelity!
dupree – who got his nickname “champion” when boxing to make a living when he couldnt live on music alone – was a famous blues pianist and would habe been a hundred years old in july, but as his birth date is uncertain we cant be sure about that of course. just in the pre-WW II barrelhouse style that dupree came up with, this album mainly contains slow blues tracks. my personal favourite is ‘nasty boogie’ because it a little more driving.
but perhaps most interesting about this album are the liner notes, which give us a little insight into duprees extraordinary life – and the drug references in his music.

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 40 of 44


 
sorry for the delay, but here finally is part 40 of the bravo beatles starschnitt. the front page again is not very exciting this time, but the back page again is and example of the humble state in which female emancipation somehow still was at the time. here again we have readers contest in which girls could win a make-up set – and boys could win a cassette recorder (!!!), which of course in 1966 was about a million times more valuable for any teen than make-up or similar products. well at least id have preferred to be a boy if i had won this contest!

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Episode Six: I Can See Through You / When I Fall In Love (1967)


 
concerning the time of its release, ‘here there and everywhere’ would have been more appropriate to post now, as it was released on just this day 44 years ago (19th august 1966 – ian gillans 21st birthday). but due to the order in which i bought the records this ones the one thats left at the moment (episode six records are quite rare to get and also rather expensive (and of those with original picture cover one can only dream – thus of course this cover is taken from the web, i could only scan the bare record for you).
however, ‘i can see through you’, is perhaps the most beautiful song written by roger glover. bright, colorful beat music in the vein of mid-to-late 60s british psych-pop with gorgeous male-female vocal harmonies and of course gillans soft, clear voice – still “unspoilt” by hard rock and heavy metal (cigarettes and alcohol included). the song contains a rather harsh instrumental bridge that i find a little annoying, but the cute flute sequence that follows it opening another (extended) chorus outweighs it all. what can i say, this song simply makes me feel good. go and try it …

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Sweet Child in Time, You’re 65


 
who was born on the 19th august? in 1943 it was william howard ashton, better known as billy j kramer, and in 1945 on this day a guy named ian gillan was born – and, yes, thats his real name.
born to a glaswegian father and an english mother, in his teens ian first wanted to be a film star at any cost. like elvis had done it, he tried to enter the film business through music business. his first professional band were the javelins, whom he joined in 1962 and left two years later.

at the age of twenty he joined the first group that actually recorded and released records, episode six. ian shared keyboard and vocal duties with the groups female singer sheila carter, and on 21st january 1966 he appeared on ‘put yourself in may place’ / ‘thats all i want’ – together with a musician who would accompany him throughout large parts of his musical career: roger glover (who also wrote the b-side of that 45, and most of the other episode six songs). episode six released nine singles in total, and plans for an album were aborted …

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Monday, 9 August 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 39 of 44


 
its time for our weekly beatles jigsaw-piece! the backpage this time offers a short opening paragraph of an article about bruce johnston joining the beach boys (he replaced brian wilson in april 1965). the rest of the article is missing – but at least were coming closer to completing our giant bealtes puzzle!

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Monday, 9 August 2010

Q65: Sexy Legs / There Was A Day (1970)


 
its quite a while ago now that i posted some nederbeat here, right? so here we go with another record by my favourite dutch rockers q65. although this still is “neder” it is not really beat anymore, neither id call it garage rock.
the a-side is a solid, driving blues rock number, that gets a lot of its drive from bielers rough vocals like from the first garage recordings four years ago. a tough number, five stars worth!
the flipside, ‘there was a day’, is much more sophisticated. a slow, pensive ballad about changes in life and the challenges of marriage – that become easy with the supporting power of love: “and i like it, because my wife, is very good for me.” very beautiful, and of course also five stars worth. dig it!

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Finally got ’round to listening to this. The a side is a good blues-rocker for sure, but it’s the b-side I find so striking — rock-n’rollers celebrating marriage while acknowledging it’s difficulty! Rather unusual! The first minute is very much English …

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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Yesterday My Life Was Filled With Rain


 Bobby Hebb

26th July 1938 – 3rd August 2010
hebbs most famous song, sunny, was written in 1963, after john f kennedy was assassinated and hebbs brother was killed in a knife fight shortly after. hebb was devastasted by these tragedies and wrote ‘sunny’ “just to think of happier times”. the song was released three years later and became especially popular when hebb toured with the beatles in 1966. knowing now that he has just passed away, i think this is just the song to cheer us up again now:

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Sunday, 1 August 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 38 of 44


 
as promised, heres the additional starschnitt issue for the one that was missing during my stay at the festival. this time the front page is equally boring, and on the back page we have a lovely picture of romy schneider from the ’66 movie ‘chimney no. 4’.
have fun cutting out the stuff and adding it to your lifesize beatles poster!

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