Yearly Archives: 2014

Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Shake Spears – Biography of a 1960s pop group

Chris Kritzinger, Alan Escombe, Brian Bastow and Johnny Kreuger, 1966 or 67
 I had started this project several years ago and I hadn’t worked on it for a long time – but now I am happy to publish this post, finally :-) It is about one of my favourite bands from the 1960s, one that is sometimes considered “obscure”, and there’s very little information about them on the internet. I wanted to change that, and I was lucky to have one of the original band members among my personal contacts. I first got in touch with Alan Escombe in 2009. We have exchanged many emails and messages, and he has become a close friend of mine. Great parts of the following text are based on our email conversations, and the rest is based on several different websites with bits and pieces of information on the Shake Spears and their records. The most important sources were memoire60-70.be, a great website managed by Jean Jième, the Shake Spears’ former manager, and rhodiemusic.com.
I want to thank Jean at this point for all the great work he put into that website, and for the photos in this post that are used by his courtesy.
I also want to thank Roland Pearsall, who proof-read …

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Saturday, 8 March 2014

My New HMV 101 Gramophone

P1070046
 
it was in early december that i decided to look for a gramophone on ebay again. i wanted to have one for a couple of years by then, but most of my money went into records instead. and of course, with gramophones, you have to be lucky to get one for a decent price and in a decent condition.
to my surprise, during my first quick search i found a black HMV 101 on ebay starting at £110. i gave it a try, and to my even greater surprise i was the only bidder and won it for the starting price on 15th dec 2013.

the little device arrived by mail a couple of days later and i couldnt have been happier – it was SO beautiful! such a classy design, and looking absolutely fabulous even after some 80 years. of course i had already bought some steel needles and wanted to listen to some of the 78s that i had been collecting all the time without being able to play them.
even the original key for the lock was included!
as it turned out, the gramophone hadnt been serviced in …

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Bachelor’s Thesis about Vinyl in the Digital Age

almost a year has passed since i got my bachelors degree, and finally the translation of the unabbreviated version of ‘Research of the Current Status of Vinyl Records in Context of the Internet’ is finished. that means i translated everything i had written for this paper in the first place …

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

VA: Rock Sessions Volume 15


 
this one and the two posts below are the last three volumes of a set of compilation CDs i made for a friend a couple of years ago. there are NO music downloads, i just wanted to post the covers i made for the CDs back then. i hope you like them :-)

click here to see the previous volumes.

tracklist:
Back in the U.S.S.R. ∙ The Beatles ∙ 1968 Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness) ∙ Belfast Gypsies ∙ 1967 Crawling Up a Hill (live) ∙ John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers ∙ 1964 I Ain’t Done Wrong (live) ∙ The Yardbirds ∙ 1965 Berry Rides Again ∙ Steppenwolf ∙ 1968 Our Home ∙ Bang ∙ 1971 I’m So Glad ∙ Cream ∙ 1966 Dark Side of the Mushroom ∙ Chocolate Watchband ∙ 1967 Spoonful ∙ Howlin’ Wolf ∙ 1968 Thorjon ∙ The Electric Prunes ∙ 1969 Blind ∙ Deep Purple ∙ 1969 White Room ∙ Cream ∙ 1968 Blues News ∙ Jesse Harper ∙ 1969 Let’s Work Together ∙ Canned Heat ∙ 1969 Bring It on Home ∙ Led Zeppelin ∙ 1969 Listen, Learn, Read on ∙ Deep Purple ∙ …

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

VA: Rock Sessions Volume 14


 
just a cover art i made some years ago for a friend, no download

click here to see the previous volumes.

tracklist:
I Am the Walrus ∙ The Beatles ∙ 1967 Mr. Universe ∙ Episode Six ∙ 1968 Silver Tongue ∙ Humble Pie ∙ 1969 Wasted Union Blues ∙ It’s a Beautiful Day ∙ 1969 Wring That Neck ∙ Deep Purple ∙ 1968 Silence of the Morning ∙ Glass Sun ∙ 1968 In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida ∙ Iron Butterfly ∙ 1968 Problems ∙ Red Dirt ∙ 1970 Castles Made of Sand ∙ The Jimi Hendrix Experience ∙ 1967 She Said, She Said ∙ The Beatles ∙ 1966 Hold on ∙ Les Fleurs De Lys ∙ 1969 Foggy Notion ∙ The Velvet Underground ∙ 1969 Are You Gonna Be There (at the Love-in) ∙ Chocolate Watchband ∙ 1967 Introspection Part One ∙ The End ∙ 1969 I’m Your Witch Doctor ∙ Them ∙ 1967 Barabajagal ∙ Donovan ∙ 1969 I Feel Free ∙ Cream ∙ 1966 Susie Q ∙ The Rolling Stones ∙ 1964 Do You Remember Walter? ∙ The Kinks ∙ 1968 Obviously 5 Believers ∙ Bob Dylan ∙ 1966

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

VA: Rock Sessions Volume 13


 
just a cover art i made some years ago for a friend, no download

click here to see the previous volumes.

tracklist:
Need You ∙ Lyd ∙ 1970 Purple ∙ Steve Morgen ∙ 1969 Dirty Old Man (at the Age of Sixteen) ∙ Them ∙ 1967 You Really Got Me ∙ The Kinks ∙ 1964 Shakin’ All Over ∙ The Swinging Blue Jeans ∙ 1964 Fortune Teller ∙ Thee Sixpence ∙ 1966 I’m a Loser ∙ The Beatles ∙ 1964 4th Time Around ∙ Bob Dylan ∙ 1966 Girl with No Eyes ∙ It’s a Beautiful Day ∙ 1969 Coming into Los Angeles (live) ∙ Arlo Guthrie ∙ 1969 Buttermilk Boy ∙ Humble Pie ∙ 1969 I’m Not Talking (live) ∙ The Yardbirds ∙ 1965 Glass Onion ∙ The Beatles ∙ 1968 Double Dare ∙ Lyd ∙ 1970 Anyone’s Daughter ∙ Deep Purple ∙ 1971 Throw Down a Line ∙ The Jeff Beck Group ∙ 1969 Whole Lotta Love ∙ Led Zeppelin ∙ 1969 Born Under a Bad Sign ∙ The Apple Pie Motherhood Band ∙ 1968 Angeline ∙ Genesis ∙ 1968 Crest of Wave ∙ Rory Gallagher ∙ 1972
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Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Music Machine: (Turn On) The Music Machine (US 1966)

The Music Machine - (Turn On) The Music Machine
 
Original Sound – OSR LPS 8875 (US)
one of my favourite garage rock-era albums of all time. i bought this lovely copy from an ebay seller in greece almost a year ago. not quite cheap but totally worthwhile. the cover has some faint ringwear, but thats all, otherwise both cover and record are near mint. just beautiful!

this is the stereo version of the first issue. the mono version is rarer and more sought-after, thus also more expensive. when the mono version of a record is generally valued higher than the stereo version, it is often the case that the stereo version is “fake” stereo (recorded in mono and then re-processed with sometimes disputable results) and these fake stereo recordings mostly do sound crappy.
however, in this case i do not regret my buying decision, i’d take the stereo version again and i recommend it to everyone who wants to buy an original copy of this album.
the sound is clear, crisp and powerful. a high quality recording transferred onto high quality vinyl. this one is definitely one of the best-sounding records from the mid 60s in my collection!

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Churls: The Churls (CAN 1968)

The Churls - The Churls
 
A&M – SP-4169 (US) promotional copy
a nice near mint copy i bought in december 2012. to be honest, this is one of the LPs i only bought because of a single track on it. the rest of the album is not bad, but doesnt kick ass as much as that one song, thus only 4 out of 5 stars for this LP.

this self-titled record of the churls is the first of two LPs the group recorded. they are from canada, but the albums were issued in the US only at the time (as far as i know), and you often find promotional copies (like this one). they obviously didnt hit the big fame, but their output is decent.

my favourite track is the third one on the second side, ‘time piece’. i added it as a youtube clip at the end of this post, and i assure you you wont be disappointed! its a heavy psych rocker i always like to put on compilations together with stuff like ultimate spinach or captain beefheart. the in my opinion second best song on the album is ‘gypsy …

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