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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

Jacques Dutronc: La Publicité (1967)

resuming the series on french artists that i once started (yes i admit it is not very coherent), heres a (imho) marvelous ep by french singer jacques dutronc (husband of francoise hardy by the way).
the style of his music ranges from 60s pop, rock to garage rock or yeye as french 60s music is often called, and – unlike michel polnareff for instance – exclusively sung in french. the title track is a swinging little number with a lot of drive, followed by a slow beautiful ballad somewhat more into the vein of chanson, with amazing soft vocals. again i am sorry that i cant tell you a lot about the lyrics, if youre curious just google the title and look for a translation (the better if you speak french yourself ;-).
the flipside starts with a song that id call the weakest on this record, but, as this is a fine record, even the weakest song is a good one. well, my favourite track on this ep, and i must say also my favourite dutronc song over all, is the last one: hippie hippie hourrah. this time i also looked up the lyrics, and …

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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!

additional info on this record and reviews from readers

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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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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Monday, 31 May 2010

Chicago: I’m A Man Part 1 / I’m A Man Part 2 (1969)

to continue from the spencer davis group, heres a cover of one of their most famous songs, ‘im a man’ – not to be confused with the song written by bo diddley with the same title: the bo diddley one is the one with “im a man, i spell M-A-N” and this one is “im a man, yes i am and i cant help but love you so”. just to reduce confusion!
chicago were a rock group from the city with the same name, and their version of this song is much slower and longer than the original, but in a way also a little boring. but this is also due to the poor sound quality (scratchy vinyl, sorry) we have here, so it is not really possible to fully enjoy this record. but just take it as an example of what different stuff can be made out of one and the same song.

interesting links:
official website
chicago on rateyourmusic
chicago on last.fm

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Monday, 31 May 2010

The Spencer Davis Group: After Tea / Moonshine (1968)

heres a cover of ‘we will be there after tea’ by the spencer davis group with steve winwood. the song was originally released by a dutch group called after tea the year before and several cover versions exist, but this is perhaps the most popular one. in their version, the spencer davis group added some slightly-psychedelic sitar instrumentation, but otherwise stuck rather closely to the original. theres another version of this song by the german group the rattles, in which they added a flute instead of a sitar. all in all this is one of my very favourite songs, in all three versions. it is cute mid- to late-sixties popsike, sure to put you in a good mood.
the b-side, ‘moonshine’ (which is also a term for illicitly-distilled liquor, but in this case i think they perhaps really mean the light of the moon), is a self-penned number taking the group back to their r&b; roots. a groovy, driving number that surely deserves five stars aswell. all in all, this is a fantastic record and i hope you like it as much as i do. sorry for the cover art looking a little awkward, but that blue …

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

The Hollies: Gasoline Alley Bred / Dandelion Wine (1970)

a late 45 by british beat legends the hollies. not as good as their 60s efforts, and neither as cool as their 70s hits (think of ‘long cool woman in a black dress’ for instance) – but still not bad, as the group itself simply is a great one.
the a-side was written for them by the famous songwriter duo cook-greenaway, and to me its the better track of this release. its a slow, folk-tinged pop song with hollies-typical vocal harmonies – just lovely.
dandelion wine too is a slow pop song, but its rather boring and the harp playing is more annoying than charming. the song pulls down my rating for this 45 a bit – the a-side is better than only three stars, but for some reason i did not copy any three-and-a-half stars images.
anyhow, enjoy this nice little 45 and of course the lovely cover photo!

interesting links:
official bandsite
the hollies on rateyourmusic
the hollies on last.fm

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Sunday, 2 May 2010

Sir Henry & His Butlers: Camp / Pretty Style (1967)

sir henry and his butlers were a danish pop group who were active from the mid- to late sixties. their most remembered song perhaps is their debut single ‘lets go’, but if you search for records to buy, this is what you get mostly: ‘camp’ / ‘pretty style’.
the a-side is a slow, silly, and perhaps (after a while) annoying instrumental, sounding like a sort of circus music; but if youre in the mood for silly things it is nice and woth a laugh. ‘pretty style’ also is slow, but its more psychedelic, with some sitar accompaniment, monk-chant like backing vocals, sloping stoned instrumentation that in the second half of the song bursts out into a distorted, psychy wall of sound.

interesting links:
the complete sir henry and his butlers at wingsofdream
sir henry and his butlers on rateyourmusic
sir henry and his butlers on last.fm

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Friday, 16 April 2010

Deep Purple: Sitar (Bootleg, circa 1970)

as i promised, heres some really heavy duty hard rock stuff to complete my tribute to ritchie blackmores birthday before honoring another great rock star tomorrow.
the date this double lp bootleg was recorded is unknown, but as it is a mk II recording it must have been between 1970 and 1972, more likely around 1970, as it features two numbers from the usual mk I set that the famous gillan/glover lineup also included in their early sets. the entire first record is filled with an amazing extended version of ‘mandrake root’ (misspelled ‘mandrake road’ on the records labels). the second record starts off with another mk I cut, ‘wring that neck’ – a hell of a live number, you simply have to digg this! the b-side of the second lp features a medley of ‘black night’ and ‘paint it black’, also a real killer.

interesting links:
todopurple (deep purple rarities blog)
the deep purple appreciation society

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Monday, 5 April 2010

The Flamin’ Groovies: Supersnazz (1969)

well this is a bit late for easter now, but heres the biiig surprise that i had announced before – and it also is something that i always wanted to post here, because it is one of the most brilliant albums of all time.
most of the tracks were written by the groups lead vocalist roy loney, but the few covers we have on this record are fantastic aswell. the flamin groovies are mostly famous for their 1976 hit ‘shake some action’ (co-produced by dave edmunds), but this was wayyyyy after this masterpiece here came out – and totally different music, as the aforementioned loney left the group in 1971 and was repleaced by chris wilson, who lead the group to the height of their success five years later but changing their style completely.
however, a real mixed-bag of styles, this is one of the 10 essential albums that id take with me on a robinson-crusoe island if i had to decide something like that. i was lucky to grab a perfectly preserved, original copy at ebay (printed in holland though), so you can enjoy a sheer marvelous sound quality here! now lets get down to …

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

At Last the 1958 Rock and Roll Show: I Can’t Drive / Working On The Railroad (1968)

extremely recommended!!! this fantastic piece of bluesy, boogie-beat rock & roll (whatever) is the special highlight for tonight. before getting down to business, a few infos on the band first: the most famous member of this short lived combo (this 45 being their one and only release) is ian hunter (patterson) on bass, whod later gain world fame with his band mott the hoople. other members were freddie ‘fingers’ lee (piano/vocals – who already had recorded i cant drive three years before), miller anderson (guitar) and pete philips (drums). another contribution came from british pop-psych legends grapefruit who provided the driving backing vocals and jimmy duncan (nems) was the producer. later they changed their name to charlie woolfe and recorded a second 45.
the long and weird name which the group took derives from a satirical tv show on itv at the time, at last the 1948 show, featuring future monty python members graham chapman and john cleese with guest appearances of eric idle.
now about this great rock&roll; show:
i cant drive is a speedy tongue-in-cheek late 60s rock n roller you wont be able to resist, especially the groovy boogie-woogie piano work and …

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

Dust: Stone Woman / Loose Goose (1971)

now this one usually should be really off my taste, but surprisingly this fantastic 45 by us hardrockers dust is one of my very favourites (their other work is good aswell, but these two tracks are the over-all highlight). maybe the most notable fact about this (to a certain extend) fairly obscure group is that their drummer was teenage (15 year old) marc bell, who later became the drummer of the punk-of-the-first-hour group the ramones and named himself marky ramone, and is featured on this recording aswell.
im sorry the vinyl is a little damaged, which is mainly to be noticed during the innocent whistling at the beginning of stone woman. but as the song instantly bursts out into a matchless rock inferno with some great drum beats and a fine guitar theme, it can fairly be heard then. stone woman is a powerful early 70s rock number that you should definitely not miss!
the b-side is even more frantic and somehow tongue-in-cheek. a speeeeeedy instrumental with fast drums and fantastic fast guitar work, very looooose! if that doesnt get you moving and flipping around, then you must be sedated somehow…
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Sunday, 7 March 2010

Golden Earring: Back Home / This Is The Time Of The Year (1970)

to continue my mini series of dutch psych-prog of last week, please now enjoy a fantastic 45 by the most famous dutch rockers ever! no, radar love was NOT their best song, to me it is one of their most boring songs at all. before having the aforementioned hit, golden earring did some pretty fine harder and less hard rock numbers, always regognizable with the flute playing which was somehow characteristic for several dutch rock and garage bands. this records is a single release from their self-titled album from 1970, which also is my personal favourite.
the a-side, back home, is one of those harder numbers, similar to les variations or early slade, but very far from later glam rock. a perfect example for how a flute and hard rock fit together, and a great early 70s rock number in general, definitely a must-hear.
this is the time of the year is the 45s flipside and much calmer, but basically following the same style. it is a nice example for the earrings skill for soft slightly melancholic rock ballads. all in all this single gets full five out of five stars in my rating, it is …

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Sunday, 28 February 2010

After Tea: A Little Bit Today, A Little Bit Tomorrow / Blues Ride (1969)

the last dutch nugget for tonight, heres a killer 45 by late 60s after tea. the a-side is a quite elaborated number that alternates between almost sinister psychedelic guitar licks and somewhat more popish vocals. not 100%, but still a very good song.
the b-side, however knocks it all off. a slow, killing blues number that continues that “sinister” feeling that i described the a-sides guitar theme with. a six minutes psychedelic blues blaster, this stuff is well worth checking out, as it comes very close to the style of brainbox and such likes, definitely far away from lemon coloured honey tree and showing the bands developement away from beat and sunshine pop toward some harder and more progressive sounds.
so much for now, you may expect slightly less posts from now on as my holidays are over and my studies start again, so free time is limited now, as is my time for working on this blog. please come and visit the site despite that, i will not be gone completely! see you next weekend with some mixed-bag stuff…

interesting links:
after tea on myspace
after tea on …

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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Brainbox: Down Man / Summertime / Dark Rose (1969)

in addition to the epic album posted here before, heres a three-track-ep by dutch brain-busters brainbox (dont be confused by the “maxi single” writing on the cover, this is a 7″ ep). the most important track here, as it is the only non-lp track, is down man, the opening number. it is slow, it is intense and its just haunting, sure one of their best songs ever. the guitar work in this track is just how id define psychedelic – unworldly, surreal and seemingly levitiating it flows into your mind like a gentle, uplifting (acoustic) trip. the singers high and desperately screaming vocals add some emotional effect to this amazing composition.
i see i am drifting away in high praises, but please do listen to it and enjoy it yourself. i wont discuss the other two tracks, because as the vinyl showed some weird behavior while playing those (because the whole in the middle of the record wasnt punched corretly it would lurch around on the turntable producing an awful yowling sound – i just wonder why the first track played without any problem). for this reason i took the other two tracks from the rip of …

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