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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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Friday, 25 November 2011

Irma Thomas: Wish Someone Would Care / Break-A-Way (1964)

here is my first music post for a loooong time, and it is special in many other ways, too. first of all this a very big favourite of mine, and also it is the first example of girl pop that i ever posted on twenty flight rock. and telling you why i love this record so much, i will start with the b-side: i have heard this song thousands of times on the radio sung by tracy ullman (as you may know i was as unfortunate as to be born around that time, the late 20th century). i always wondered how i could like a song from the 80s that much, because except from the blues brothers (1980) i dont let anything from that decade touch my ears (im a weird kind of purist somehow). of course i wasnt surprised at all when i found out that miss ullman covered a 60s song and instantly looked for the record to add it to my collection. in fact its a pretty shame that ullmans version became so popular and this one slipped into obscurity so soon. irma thomas, the ‘soul queen of new orleans’, who is often associated with …

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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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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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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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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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Sunday, 25 July 2010

Los Bravos: Going Nowhere / Brand New Baby (1966)

well, as you can see above this 45 is not one of my favourites, but i think it always interesting to look beyond the ‘big numbers’ of one hit wonders – in this case its los bravos from madrid, who scored a US #4 and UK #2 hit with ‘black is black’ (we already had a cover of that one from johnny hallyday here: noir c’est noir), a song i guess most of you will be familiar with.
now this record sort of was hard for me to rate, because i couldnt really decide whether i should rate it with three or four stars. first of all, both sides are rather unspectacular early-60s pop numbers, sounding a little as if they were recorded one or two years earlier than they were; so, nothing outstanding (also compared to ‘black is black’). on the other hand, both songs are definitely not too bad, so its average, nice pop music typical for its time. apart from that it is quite interesting that those – spanish – guys dont have any accent like that to be heard, i thought, until i read that their lead singer actually was german.
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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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