Monthly Archives: April 2012

Monday, 30 April 2012

Psychedelic Intermission 2


 

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Monday, 30 April 2012

The Shamrocks: Cadillac / A Mountain Of Silver (1965)


 
this is a 45 by a swedish group named the shamrocks – there have been several groups with that name in the 1960s, i know of at least on other from the UK and there must be many more.
so these guys hit off with a cover of vince taylors “brand new cadillac”, which is quite nice. but this song is fantastic, almost no matter who covers it! this version however is squeaky, basic garage rock overlapping with simple 60s beat – a little treat for you guys.
the flipside is rather a filler, but ok. “a mountain of silver” is a cute love song with some harp playing in it, not exciting but still a good listen.
i wasnt sure if i should give this record three or four stars, more three and a half, but i chose three stars and you must check out yourself which rating you think is appropriate :-)

interesting links:
shamrocks discography on swedishbeat
the shamrocks on rateyourmusic
the shamrocks on last.fm

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Monday, 30 April 2012

The Scorpions: Some Other Guy / Just One Look (1964)


 
no, this is not the german beat- and -krautrock and whatever band, this is a british mid-sixties beat group from manchester. the quality of the rips is not that great, but so was the original quality of the takes.

first of all theres a cover of the classic “some other guy” by songwriter duo jerry leiber and mike stoller – which also used to be part of the beatles early repertoire. fine garage stuff, although rather mediocre than outstanding.
the b-side, “just one look”, is a sweet mid-60s pop number not that brilliant either, but still a nice listen. i rated this record 4 stars all in all, because its not too bad and will please you fans of the original sixties! the groups other recordings are better (more garagy), so i will try to obtain some more vinyls of theirs in the future.

interesting links:
the scorpions bio and discography on manchesterbeat
the scorpions on rateyourmusic
the scorpions on last.fm

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

50 Years Ago Today


 
Stu is quite the iconic figure in the Beatles community and is famous for being a member of the greatest rock band in the world. This makes it quite a hardship to understand what a special person he must’ve been. The stories tell how John Lennon always admired him, seeing in him the creativity that them as artsts must’ve been a bond. When I look at his early paintings I can see the same ambition that led him jump on the bandwagon, offering him adventure unknowns musings and whatnot there, in Hamburg.

double exposure, astrids work
When the pretty boy stood on stages of those rotten environments, he was barely able to handle his instrument but took the task nevertheless, probably out of love for John and open to new experiences.

Love found it’s new ways and soon he was to meet a German photographer lady, which made him abandon (or even, liberate him from) his band, giving both the band and himself the chance of self-realisation and well.. making it. He got accepted at the Hamburg art school and the band released “My Bonnie”. Shortly after this, he passed.

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Monday, 9 April 2012

VA: Rock Sessions Volume 11


 
alright folks, here we go with another compilation volume. it starts with a classic deep purple track, ‘hush’ in the initial version by mark I. and as purples first lineup started with a lot of cover songs, this too is a cover version, the original song was written by joe south and recorded by billy joe royal the year before deep purple did it. again, what astonishes me here is the deep and rich voice of purples first vocalist rod evans, wow that guy could sing… enjoy!
track number 4 is my favourite by the electric prunes. a little less well known than ‘i had too much to dream last night’ this song is a bit more raunchy, and somehow more garagy also. lets see if you dig it as much as i do – go get em, little olive!
a bit farther down the tracklist theres a brilliant number by (ex pigeons) vanilla fudge (going on cactus / beck, bogart & appice): ‘where is my mind’. i always wondered what that song would sound like on acid, its pretty brain-draining already without drugs! disturbing, distorted – this sounds pretty freaked out and i hope you …

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Sunday, 1 April 2012

Psychedelic Intermission 1


 

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