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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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Friday, 25 November 2011

Cilla Black: Anyone Who Had A Heart / Just For You (1964)


 
here we have another cute girl pop number, this time from the other side of the big pond. cilla black was born priscilla white in liverpool 1943, and was the first (and only) female musician to sign a contract with the beatles’ manager brian epstein. funny enough she picked up ‘black’ as her stage name after the editor of the local music newspaper ‘mersey beat’ wrote about her with that name by mistake. ‘anyone who had a heart’ was her first #1 hit and her big breakthrough, after her first single ‘love of the loved’ (a lennon/mccartney song) only made it to #35 in the UK. it is a sweet and touching ballad about unreturned love, which becomes even more touching by cillas incredibly rich and powerful voice. when you first listen to this, the first impression that hits you might not even be the beauty of the song itself but rather the overwhelming realisation of ‘wow that girl can SING!’. cillas marvelous vocals are accompanied by some orchestration and a background choir, which makes the whole arrangement more sweet and soulful. awww, this is another number i just cant stop listening to! the b-side, however, is far …

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Monday, 25 October 2010

The Moody Blues: The Magnificent Moodies (1965)


 
alright folks, all the pictures have been uploaded successfully, so here we go with the next record. i bought this record as a primary issue (first pressing), but as it turned out it is a re-pressing (wine red decca label, thus must be post 1970). however, this at least provides us a perfect crystal clear sound quality on this beautiful mono LP.
i dont think i have to introduce the group a lot, as virtually EVERYONE knows nights in white satin – but here we have the moodys debut record, still recorded with their first singer denny laine (later replaced by justin hayward, who sang their famous no 1 hit). so you can expect typical british invasion, mid-60s pop beat stuff, with some nice r&b; influences.
i must admit that i like the a-side much better than the b-side, although it contains mostly cover songs while the b-side has all the original denny laine / mike pinder songs on it.
however, on the a-side we have beautiful, grooving renditions of james browns ill go crazy and i dont mind (with mike pinder on vocals), chris kenners something you got and of course the moodys break-trough …

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Gary Walker: You Don’t Love Me / Get It Right (1966)


 
heres the first of the two solo 45 by walker brother gary (leeds), after i posted ‘twinkie-lee’ quite some time ago.
i must admit that this is not my favourite record, which is obvious as i only rated it three stars. the a-side is a slow, sloppy garage rocker which sounds a little boring to me, as nothing really happens throughout the whole song. the same applies to the b-side, but ‘get it right’ to me sounds even annoying – perhaps like if youd cross the monks with the fabulous wailers or something like that.
well, as i already said, i dont really like this record (cover art btw is taken from the web as my copy came without sleeve) and i only posted it for the sake of completeness, but perhaps you can take some pleasure in it.
if youre new to this blog id strongly recommend to download Twinkie-Lee / She Makes Me Feel Better aswell, as its a hell of an improvement compared to this (debut) release.

interesting links:
gary walker & the rain: album no. 1 on garden of delights
gary walker on rateyourmusic
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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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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

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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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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Sunday, 21 February 2010

The Tremeloes: (Call Me) Number One / Instant Whip (1969)


 
yes, these were the tremeloes formerly known as brian poole and the tremeloes, just without brian poole who had departed in 1966, and with chip hawkes replacing alan howard on bass. alan blakley was their guitarist at the time.
coming to this record again, this is the very icing on the cake for this week: full five stars rating, this ones a blast! first, the a-side is a cheery beat-pop tune with nice percussion and a lovely acoustic guitar instrumental bridge some times in between. the only thing which is pretty annyoing about this song is the occasional squeaky trumpet solo thrown in, which is just as gentle to ones ears as scraping your nails on a blackboard. but apart from that, i really like this song.
but “like” is by far not enough to say what i think about the flipside, ‘instant whip’ – a five minutes instrumental blast that will burst your ears if not your whole brain! unlike the sweet tasty treat mentioned in the title, it is coming down on your acoustic nerves like a real ‘whip’, and instantly – if you like to read the title that way. again the track …

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Saturday, 20 February 2010

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


 
another oddity after my twist-lp: 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 floyd who didnt appear for playing), but never scored any major hits, just minor goodies like i can see through you (which surprisingly is no beatles cover but a self-penned number). due to that theyre mainly known to deep purple fans and collectors, otherwise rather remain a british beat obscurity. with their music they covered up various styles and genres popular at the time, from beat to pop to psychedelic.
here we hear their pop-side: please enjoy gillans beautiful, sophisitcated vocals on the lennon-mccartney cover a-side, here there and everywhere. especially if songs like fireball, bloodsucker or other rock numbers from that period are coming up your mind, youll be more …

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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Rob Hoeke’s R&B Group: Jolita / Jolita (Instrumental) (1968)


 
another 45 by dutch boogie woogie hero rob hoeke and his r&b; group, the flipside being an instrumental version of the a-side, a tribute to manfred mann (though i must admit that ive never heard this song by mann before, i must look out for it).
jolita is a nice and sweet pop song, but the female backing vocals can get on ones nerves after a while, thus i prefer the instrumental version. what is even nicer about this 45 is the lovely fold-out psychedelic paper sleeve of which i made scans from the in- and outside. the text on the inside unfortunately is in dutch, so i dont understand a word, otherwise id have typed it here of course (if someone could translate this for me, id be just grateful!).
the song itself is credited to manfred mann and mike hugg, thats why theres a picture of mann on the inside and his name on the outside. now this is whats so clever about the cover design: on the front it says “manfred mann” in big letters and “manfred mann played by rob hoeke r&b; group” underneath. if you turn the record around, you have …

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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Rob Hoeke’s R&B Group: Try To Realize / It Won’t Be Long (1968)


 
heres something very special for you: the greatest r&b; pianist of holland and beyond, rob hoeke and his r&b; group. theyre truely one of my favourite dutch acts and their sound is like they just had invented the boogie woogie. maybe their most famous, and i must admit also one of their very best songs is margio, a 66 a-side, of which i will trying to get hold someday, but until now i only got of their 45s, and heres the first of them.
i had some problems ripping the a-side, at least it sounds very weird, but i made sure that there was nothing wrong with my turntable so perhaps it was recorded that way. try to realize is a psychy pop number, rather untypical for the usual hoeke style. well, its not outstanding but ok, so it gets 3 out of 5 stars from me.
the b-side sounds a little scratchy im afraid, but at least we got some genuine rhythm & blues here. it wont be long in fact is a cooled-down slow blues based on hoekes groovy piano playing, well worth hearing. as i see it this one rather should have been …

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Saturday, 9 January 2010

Gary Walker: Twinkie-Lee / She Makes Me Feel Better (1966)


 
this is not going to be a series on walker brothers solo efforts, but as i wanted to post this one anyway (because gary is my favourite walker brother, musically) and as it is related to the previous post, heres a fine solo 45 by walker brother gary leeds.
the a-side is a sax-driven beat number that id even call a little reminiscent of some certain well known belgian beat group with rhodesian roots (a series on them is to come soon). a more obvious similarity is the saxophone melody that appears almost exactly that way in champion jack duprees barrelhouse woman a year later (1967), but i think its a bit far fetched to draw connections here. The b-side is a more typical garage song with the sound of mid sixties american high school bands; not too bad, but i still prefer the a-side. as i got this one without the original cover youll only get a picture taken from the net here.
gary walker later also released an entire lp (in 1968) with a backing band called the rain, simply entitled album no. 1 – fantastic mellow and obscure british psychedelia. definitely one of …

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