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Monday, 21 May 2012

R.I.P. Robin Gibb

 Robin Hugh Gibb

22nd December 1949 – 20th May 2012

what a sad thing to learn, although it was clearly obvious that this was to come soon. it scares me a little that robin was the same age as my own dad (who is still alive and well), with just two months difference.
this is my favourite bee gees song, and as you might have guessed, its not from the disco era :-) the vocals are so fantastic that even my old grandfather, who really disliked “the young people’s” pop music, is said to have liked this song. anyhow, enjoy:

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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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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Daydream Gone

 Davy Jones

30th December 1945 – 29th February 2012

i cant find any words right now… i read about it just a couple of minutes ago and im still crying. i will add some more and the obligatory youtube vid when it gets better. R.I.P. ;-(

[edit 25th march]
sorry guys that it almost took me a month to complete this post, but you can be sure that i did not forget it but simply did have no time to do it.
anyhow, i bought a whole bunch of new monkees 45s and LPs and some of them have already arrived as you can see in the “latest acquisitions” section.
so, yes, it was quite a shock when davy died in february. the monkees were a part of my childhood, and davy sort of was my crush when i was six or seven years old :-) so it was a bitter fall-back into reality when the news came – the sixties are over, we are not young anymore and lives definitely end at some point.
i guess i havent been so affected by the …

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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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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Yardbirds: I’m A Man / The Train Kept A-Rollin’ (1965)

here it comes: straightforward, wild rhythm & blues, just like straight from some young guys garage or basement. the yardbirds had been among my first favourite 60s bands, probably right after the beatles – and the introduction to that decade being more than just either beatles or stones (cause thats the picture you get if you grow up as much later as i did). so raunchy and down-to-earth, they incited my addiction to that mid 60s british r&b stuff – so lively and blistering!
these two songs however are just about my favourite yardbirds tracks, because they capture the early jeff beck-phase of the group in such a fantastic way. slightly leaving the blues roots and kicking off into a high-energy garage sound – oh what a blast! here we have a cover of bo diddleys classic ‘im a man’ – drenched with keith relfs edgy blues harp playing and driven forward by jim mccartys steady drum beat. still not losing the charakter that mr mcdaniel had given this song, it gets a real rejuvenating cure here by these young, energetic lads.
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Saturday, 7 May 2011

Velvett Fogg: Velvett Fogg (1969)

heres one of my VERY favourite albums, one that i wanted to post for a long time. the original vinyl was quite difficult to get, i was observing ebay auctions for a while and noticed that even canadian pressings of this (originally british) lp changed hands for some money. so i was pretty happy to get this original uk pressing for less than fifty quid.
if youve already heard of the group named velvett fogg than you do know the album too and maybe just stop reading here. if NOT, you MUST read on! so lets start with the track that makes this album so incredibly fantastic, the unbelievably awesome opening track ‘yellow cave woman’. seven-minute psychedelic brain eruption on the repetitive beats of doom, the organ from minds rock bottom. this song is such a blast, it still is too short and im sad every time its over. it may take several times listening to it until you like it, but dont give up, its awesome as hell. heres what fogg-songwriter keith law has to say about this great song:
I wrote this song and it’s guitar riff back in 1967. It was about a …

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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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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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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Grapefruit: C’Mon Marianne / Ain’t It Good (1968)

completely changing the subject, heres some lovely british psych-pop by one of my favourite groups: grapefruit – formerly known as ‘the grapefruit’ (named after yoko onos infamous book). their most famous song was ‘dear delilah’ (to follow soon, i didnt have time to rip it yet), and their debut album ‘around grapefruit’ is legendary, most of the material being written by the groups bassist george alexander, born alexander young (his brother george young being a founding member of the easybeats, brothers malcom and angus young being founding members of AC/DC). one of the two swettenham brothers, geoff (drums), later joined the mysterious but just as legendary 70s prog band fynn mccool.

the nice psychedelic cover art is more than obviously “stolen” from pink floyds ‘the piper at the gates of dawn’! but now about the music:
‘cmon marianne’ is a fast, driving and cheery song with a dynamic drum beat, fresh and lively brass accompaniment and sweet beatlish background vocals. perfect to lift up your mood when feeling down!
sorry for the noise on the b-side, this is the best that i could make out of the original rip. ‘aint it good’ (written …

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Thursday, 22 July 2010

Jeff Beck: Tallyman / Rock My Plimsoul (1967)

following the jeff beck concert report heres the second one of his two only solo singles between his time with the yardbirds and the jeff beck group. the special thing about this 45 and the other one (‘hi ho silver lining’ / ‘becks bolero’) is that beck is (rumored to be) singing the vocals himself for the first time. beck had been one of the highly acclaimed session guitarists in the mid 1960s, alongside jimmy page. if one of them doesnt play on a (any) record of this time, you can almost be sure the other one contributed to it. finally page had replaced beck as the lead guitarist of the famous group the yardbirds (who before beck had eric clapton on lead guitar), after a short while with both of them being in the group simultaneously. after leaving the yardbirds beck started the (perhaps) even more famous jeff beck group, with giants like rod stewart, ron wood, nicky hopkins, aynsley dunbar and others, and became very successful. he continues this success to this day with his solo carrier.
now about this record: the a-side is a very nice, typical mid 60s pop/rock number, that can be …

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Thursday, 24 June 2010

Colin Blunstone: Wonderful / Beginning (1973)

a lot musicians birthdays today! after ive missed out some birthdays last week (paul mccartney (68) on the 18th june, rod argent (65) on the 14th june) – mainly because i dont have any records by them that i could post – it even hard to catch up today, as on the 24th june three 60s heroes were born: first, arthur brown and jeff beck, who were born on the same day in 1944, and of course colin blunstone of the zombies, who became 65 today.
now about this record: although the a-side is written by zombies songwriters rod argent and chris white, and the b-side penned by blunstone himself, both sides do not sound like zombies songs at all (but keep in mind theres nine years between this record an the zombies initial hit ‘shes not there’) – but it is blunstones distinctive, clear voice that is at once recognizable and will inevitably remind one of those fresh, bright 60s pop songs. both ‘wonderful’ and ‘beginning’ are slow light-weight pop ballads, the first going right into the synth sound typical for the early-mid 70s. the b-side is a better though, so all in all this record …

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