Sunday, July 15, 2012

Badfinger - Magic Christian Music (1970 uk, psych pop rock, 2010 remaster and expanded)

1. Come And Get It (Paul McCartney) - 2:23
2. Crimson Ship (Pete Ham, Tom Evans) - 3:43
3. Dear Angie (Ron Griffiths) - 2:41
4. Fisherman (Tom Evans) - 2:26
5. Midnight Sun (Pete Ham) - 2:47
6. Beautiful and Blue (Tom Evans) - 2:41
7. Rock of All Ages (Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Mike Gibbins) - 3:18
8. Carry On Till Tomorrow (Pete Ham, Tom Evans) - 4:49
9. I'm In Love (Pete Ham) - 2:28
10.Walk Out In The Rain (Pete Ham) - 3:28
11.Angelique (Tom Evans) - 2:28
12.Knocking Down Our Home (Pete Ham) - 3:41
13.Give It a Try (Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Mike Gibbins, Ron Griffiths) - 2:32
14.Maybe Tomorrow (Tom Evans) - 3:01
15.And Her Daddy's A Millionaire (previously unreleased alternate version) (Pete Ham, Tom Evans) - 2:26
16.Mrs. Jones (remix) (Pete Ham) - 2:20
17.Sali Bloo (previously unreleased mono mix) (Pete Ham) - 2:46
18.See-Saw Granpa (previously unissued mono mix) (Pete Ham) - 3:34
19.I've Been Waiting (previously unreleased unedited remix) (Pete Ham) - 5:58

*Pete Ham - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
*Tom Evans - Guitar, Vocals, Bass  
*Ron Griffiths - Bass, Vocals
*Mike Gibbins - Drums, Vocals
*Paul McCartney – Piano, Percussion 
*Nicky Hopkins – Piano 
*Bill Collins – Piano 

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The Remains - The Remains (1966 us, stunning fuzzed-up garage roots 'n' roll, 2007 extra tracks remaster)

 Most 1960s garage rock obsessives collect singles rather than albums for a good reason: While plenty of snarling teenagers could come up with two decent songs at a stretch, a precious few seemed able to brainstorm a dozen tunes without reaching to the bottom of the barrel or resorting to covers of other people's hits. 

But there were exceptions to this rule, among them the Sonics, the Litter, and, especially, the Remains, who never enjoyed much success on the national charts but were fabled heroes in their home town of Boston. the Remains' 1966 album for Epic is a classic, packed with great songs from singer/guitarist Barry Tashian, bassist Vern Miller, and pianist Bill Briggs, and boasting exciting, fiery performances, and if the full firepower of their legendary live shows didn't always come through on tape, even the album's weakest moments made clear the Remains were tougher, smarter, and tighter than the vast majority of their competition. 

The Remains is mid-'60s American rock & roll at it's best, and you don't have to own any paisley clothing to enjoy it. [When Epic/Legacy reissued the album in 1991 (with the band's name augmented to Barry and the Remains), they added a handful of non-LP singles and unreleased tracks and gave the album a crisp digital remix, and against all odds, Epic actually improved a masterpiece. 

If the old analog version sounds harder and dirtier (a good thing for garage rock), the CD allows you to hear more of the details, and nearly every one of the 21 cuts on board is killer stuff (their cover of Don Covay's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" shows them beating the Rolling Stones at their own game, and after you've heard "Don't Look Back," you'll always wonder why it wasn't a Top Ten hit)
by Mark Deming 
1. Heart (Georges Aber, Tony Hatch) - 2:36
2. Lonely Week-End (Charlie Rich) - 3:22
3. Don't Look Back (Billy Vera) - 2:38
4. Why Do I Cry (Barry Tashian) - 2:48
5. Diddy Wah Diddy (Ellas McDaniel, Willie Dixon) - 2:31
6. You Got A Hard Time Coming (Barry Tashian, Vern Miller) - 2:05
7. Once Before (Vern Miller, Chip Damiani) - 2:06
8. Thank You (Barry Tashian) - 3:13
9. Time Of Day (Barry Tashian) - 2:15
10.Say You're Sorry (Bill Briggs) - 2:16 
11.Mercy, Mercy (1966) (Don Covay) - 2:35
12.I Can't Get Away From You (Single A-side,1965) (Vern Miller) - 2:32
13.But I Ain't Got You (Single B-side,1965) (Vern Miller) - 2:07
14.Me Right Now (Single B-side,1966) (Barry Tashian) - 2:25
15.My Babe (Single B-side,1965) (Willie Dixon) - 2:05
16.I'm Talking About You (1965) (Chuck Berry) - 2:08
17.Ain't That Her (1965) (Barry Tashian) - 2:07
18.Baby, I Believe In You (1965) (Barry Tashian) - 2:32
19.When I Want To Know (1965) (Barry Tashian) - 2:07
20.All Good Things (1965) (Vern Miller) - 2:13
Tracks 1-10 Original album (Stereo) 1966
Bonus Tracks 11-20

The Remains
*Billy Briggs - Electric Piano, Vocals
*Chip Damiani - Drums, Vocals
*Vern Miller - Bass, Vocals
*N.D. Smart II - Drums, Vocals
*Barry Tashian - Guitar,Vocals

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