Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Chad And Jeremy - Before And After (1965 uk, orchestrated folk with wondrous harmonies, 2002 remaster)

No one did lush, orchestral pop better than Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde. And very few traveled as far in their musical careers as did Chad & Jeremy. From their early hitmaking days as British Invasion moptop troubadours (and pinup dreamboats for teenage girls), to the complexity of their latter work, an eye-opening, deftly orchestrated, wonderful blend of psychedelia and dayglo pop, their work gained critical plaudits from all corners of the world. 

The first Columbia sessions. We were still in the grip of the record making machine. We had no idea that the day would eventually come when you could record in your house if you felt like it. Back then it was the big Columbia studios, run by strict union rules and costing $285. an hour!  (deducted from your royalties of course - the old company store shell game.)
The flip-flopping between folk music, ballads and rock 'n roll is still apparent here. I remember feeling frustrated because I wanted to arrange everything. Our producer, Lor Crane ran a pretty tight ship and he wasn't about to let that happen. To be fair, our touring commitments made it difficult anyway, so we surrendered to the system and went along for the ride.

In retrospect, I like "Tell Me Baby". It pointed in a direction that perhaps we should have taken sooner. "Say It Isn't True" was written for Freddy and the Dreamers. Why we did it I'll never know!
Jeremy was only happy doing stuff like "Evil-Hearted Me". This would later prove to be our undoing when it came to "Teenage Failure", but more about that later!
by Chad Stuart
1. Before And After (Van McCoy) - 2:37
2. Why Should I Care - 2:43
3. For Lovin' Me (Gordon Lightfoot) - 2:13
4. I'm In Love Again - 2:33
5. Little Does She Know (Chad Stuart, Russell Alquist) - 2:52
6. Tell Me Baby - 3:12
7. What Do You Want With Me - 2:53
8. Say It Isn't True (Chad Stuart, Russell Alquist) - 1:58
9. Fare Thee Well - 2:08
10.Evil-Hearted Me (Josh White, C. White) - 2:11
11.Can't Get Used To Losing You (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman) - 1:59
12.Pennies (Chet Powers) - 2:46
13.Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell) - 2:30
14.Sometimes (Rod Argent) - 2:03
15.Fare Thee Well - 2:40
16.Adesso Si (Sergio Endrigo) - 2:29
17.Nessuno Piu Di Me (Gianni Marchetti, Ettore Stratta) - 2:46
18.What Do You Want With Me - 2:55
19.Evil-Hearted Me (Josh White, C. White) - 2:14
20.Before And After (Van McCoy) - 2:46
21.The Cruel War (Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey) - 3:11
22.I Can't Talk To You (Bobby Lind) - 2:47
All songs by Chad Stuart, Jeremy Clyde except where indicated
Bonus Tracks 12-21
Tracks 21-22 as Chad and Jill Stuart

*Chad Stuart - Vocals, Guitar, Arranger, Conductor
*Jeremy Clyde - Vocals, Guitar

1967  Chad And Jeremy - Of Cabbages And Kings (2006 japan bonus tracks remaster) 
1968  Chad And Jeremy - Three In The Attic (2013 edition) 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Chad And Jeremy - Distant Shores (1966 uk, swirly baroque pop, 2000 bonus tracks remaster)

Musical styles were changing and threatening to leave Chad & Jeremy's light, pleasant folk-rock-cum-British beat pop style behind. Amazingly, in the midst of this tectonic shift in the musical landscape, they managed to put together the strongest of their Columbia albums, which isn't saying too much, but for those who care to start with their best effort, this is it. 

Distant Shores catches the duo belatedly evolving out of their old folk-style and light pop sound, with denser production and some better songs to work with. It wasn't an abrupt break from their past, however, as evidenced by the title track, a beautiful and more complex sequel to "A Summer Song," authored by producer James William Guercio (and sporting a string, horn, and reed accompaniment that sounds like it was lifted straight from the embellishment to Gerry & the Pacemakers' "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying"); it might not have stood out on a Beatles album of the era, but for these two, the overall sound was a step forward, at least in ambition (and it was their final Top 40 hit). And with Guercio calling the production shots, they manage to turn Bobby Goldsboro's "When Your Love Has Gone" into a faux Burt Bacharach number that adds up to slightly more than the sum of its parts, as does the album closer, "Don't Make Me Do It," the latter one of three originals by the duo on this record.

Their version of Jonathan King's "Everyone's Gone to the Moon" benefits from the pair's harmonies, but otherwise adds little significant beyond a very busy percussion part behind them. Of the other two originals, "You Are She" stands out as a glittering piece of Baroque pop, with enough use of the harpsichord to rival the Left Banke.

On the other hand, "The Way You Look Tonight," "Early Mornin' Rain," and "Homeward Bound" (done in an arrangement identical to Simon & Garfunkel's) didn't depart at all from the duo's prior sound, suggesting that even Guercio found his limits in extending their range. Despite these caveats, and the fact that they still had their feet in several different musical camps, there are more high points to this record than anything else that Chad & Jeremy issued in their waning two years. Distant Shores had "transitional" written all over it, although it wasn't clear what Chad & Jeremy were making a transition to.
by Bruce Eder
1.Distant Shores (James William Guercio) - 2:44
2.Ain't It Nice (Jimmy "Guitar" Smith) - 3:07
3.When Your Love Has Gone (Bobby Goldsboro) - 2:38
4.Homeward Bound (Paul Simon) - 2:33
5.The Way You Look Tonight (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) - 2:33
6.Morning - 2:49
7.You Are She - 2:36
8.Everyone's Gone To The Moon (Jonathan King) - 2:29
9.I Won't Cry (James William Guercio) - 2:05
10.Early Mornin' Rain (Gordon Lightfoot) - 3:41
11.Don't Make Me Do It - 2:39
12.Last Night (Jeremy Clyde) - 2:05
13.Teenage Failure (Jeremy Clyde) - 3:05
14.Anytime - 2:10
15.Your Mama's Out Of Town (Chad Stuart, Russell Alquist) - 2:06
16.You've Got Your Troubles (I've Got Mine) (Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway) - 2:54
17.Wonderful Land (Instrumental) (Jerry Lordan) - 2:43
18.Sticks And Stones (Henry Glover, Henry Glover) - 1:47
19.Sixpence (Traditional) - 2:45
20.Love Is Strange (Ethel Smith, Mickey Baker, Sylvia Robinson) - 2:40
21.If You Need Somebody (W. Irwin) - 2:39
22.When Your Love Has Gone (Early Version) (Bobby Goldsboro) - 2:35
23.Distant Shores (French Version) (James William Guercio) - 2:44
24.You Are She (French Version) - 2:33
All songs by Chad Stuart, Jeremy Clyde except where stated
Bonus Tracks 12-24

*Chad Stuart - Vocals, Guitar, Arranger, Conductor
*Jeremy Clyde - Vocals, Guitar

1967  Chad And Jeremy - Of Cabbages And Kings (2006 japan bonus tracks remaster) 
1968  Chad And Jeremy - Three In The Attic (2013 edition) 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Amazing Rhythm Aces - Full House Aces High (1981 us, delicate country bluesy soft rock)

 Original relased in 1981 as a double LP, this live set by The Amazing Rhythm Aces contains recordings made in 1979 in California and Alabama. Aces' are in excellent condition playing some great tunes,  many of them even better from the studio versions. Sweet melodies sometimes melancholic haunted, sometimes nostalgic, with excellent guitar passages, sweet piano and brass sections. Just what I needed on this Sunday morning...  My only objection is the dedication about the ...King of Cowboys

1. The End Is Not In Sight (The Cowboy Tune) - 4:30
2. Anything You Want (Russell Smith, James H. Brown Jr.) - 4:53
3. Who's Crying Now? - 4:10
4. Just Between You And Me And The Wall (You're A Fool) - 6:01
5. Lipstick Traces (Naomi Neville) - 4:42
6. Dancing The Night Away (Russell Smith, James H. Brown Jr.) - 5:33
7. Amazing Grace (Used To Be Her Favorite Song) - 4:01
8. These Dreams Of Losing (Russell Smith, James H. Brown Jr.) - 4:55
9. I Pity The Mother And Father (When The Kids Move Away). 2:57
10.King Of The Cowboys (Russell Smith, James H. Brown Jr.) - 6:23
11.Third Rate Romance - 4:14
12.My Tears Still Flow - 4:14
13.The "Ella B" - 4:42
14.I'll Be Gone - 3:25
15.Who Will The Next Fool Be (Charlie Rich) - 3:28
16.I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil) (James Moore) -  2:42
All songs by Russell Smith unless as else indicated
Live recordings at
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco,CA,May 22,1979
Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles,CA,May 24, 1979
Roxy Theatre, San Diego,CA,May 26, 1979
Brothers' Music Hall, Birmingham,AL,Aug.5,1979

The Amazing Rhythm Aces
*Duncan Cameron - Vocals, Guitar, Steel Guitar
*Jeff Davis - Electric, Double Upright Bass, Vocals 
*Billy Earheart - Keyboards, Organ, Piano
*James Hooker - Vocals, Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Organ
*Butch McDade - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
*Russell Smith - Guitars, Harmonica, Vocals
*John McEuen - Banjo, Mandolin
The Rhino Horns
*Brian Savage - Saxophone
*Al Garth - Saxophone, Fiddle

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Unicorn - Laughing Up Your Sleeve (1973-74 us, marvelous folk country soft prog rock, 2018 remaster)

Back during the early-to-mid-‘70s, England’s Unicorn was plowing a similar country rock-styled vein as pub-rockers like Brinsley Schwarz, but their American West Coast musical leanings were tempered by the inherently British folk-rock sound of primary songwriter and guitarist Ken Baker. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour became a huge Unicorn supporter, picking up on them after the 1971 release of their debut album, Uphill All the Way, and subsequently producing three wonderful albums and opening more than a few doors for them in the industry. With a trio of fine albums to tour under, and an indelible connection to (then) world-beaters Pink Floyd, Unicorn pulled down opening slots with ‘70s-era heavyweights like Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, and the Doobie Brothers.

Still, none of those Gilmour-produced records – 1974’s elegant Blue Pine Trees, 1976’s more rock-oriented Too Many Crooks, and 1977’s band swansong, One More Tomorrow – performed very well commercially in spite of their overall creativity and excellence and the band would break up. Still, those albums garnered new fans through the years and were ripe for rediscovery when U.K. archival label Esoteric Recordings reissued all three titles in 2017, expanded with bonus tracks and fresh liner notes.

Just when Unicorn fans thought that there would be no more unheard music from the band comes news from Omnivore Recordings that on October 5th, 2018 the label will release the Unicorn compilation album Laughing Up Your Sleeve. The 20-track collection will be released in CD, vinyl, and digital formats and features previously-unreleased demos by the band recorded in Gilmour’s home studio circa 1973-74, with the Floyd guitarist adding his tasty pedal steel guitar to the band’s “Sleep Song.” 

Laughing Up Your Sleeve also includes never-before-seen and recently rediscovered photos of the band that document their working in the studio with Gilmour and performing live onstage in London. Liner notes go into detail about the band’s history and the finding of these long-lost recordings with new interviews with Gilmour and original band members. The album was produced by the band’s Pat Martin from the restored original multi-track tapes and are said to feature remarkable sound quality (not surprising, as the band’s sophomore effort, Blue Pine Trees, is as sonically gorgeous an album as you’ll ever hear).

David Gilmour, quoted in the album’s new liner notes, says “one could say that Unicorn didn’t want success quite enough, or that they just weren’t prepared to compromise their music to better fit into the competitive world of popular music. Their music still gives me great pleasure.” The band’s unique blend of American influences like the Band and Crosby, Stills & Nash and homegrown favorites like Ray Davies and Syd Barrett resulted in some incredible, timeless music that is ripe for rediscovery here in the 21st century.
by Rev. Keith A. Gordon  Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Unicorn released three exquisite albums in the mid-’70s with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd in the producer’s chair. The albums and the band found a wide audience elusive, even though the band opened for many heavyweights in the day (including Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Dr. Hook), played with Kate Bush on her first proper demo recordings that landed her a deal with EMI, and were even covered by their producer, David Gilmour, on his first self-titled solo album, released in 1978.

Laughing Up Your Sleeve attempts to correct what may have been a matter of wrong time, wrong place for a band whose music overflows with beautiful melodies, lush arrangements and perfect harmonies. The CD/LP/Digital release compiles twenty previously unreleased demos, recorded in Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour’s home studio in 1973–74, with Gilmour adding pedal steel guitar to “Sleep Song.”

Unicorn’s music owes as much to rustic Americana acts such as The Band, The Byrds, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, as it does to the lyrical themes of English tradition and whimsy relayed by the likes of Ray Davies and even Syd Barrett.
Although musically inspired by American acts (mostly folk and country rock), theirs is a very British sound which, unfortunately, was out of step for the time in which it was released, at least in England from where they rarely strayed.

Laughing Up Your Sleeve contains many never-before-seen, recently discovered photos of the band, including pictures of the band in the studio with Gilmour and on stage in London. In addition, extensive liner notes detail the band’s story, how these demos were found and new interviews with David Gilmour and key band members. These demos, recorded on multi-track tapes, have been lovingly restored and beautifully mixed and mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound in New Jersey with input from Pat Martin from Unicorn. The sound quality is simply stunning.

It’s hard to imagine this music managed to remain under the radar for so long, but true artists, Unicorn never played “the game” the music industry requires in order to achieve commercial success. We are fortunate then, that this music was preserved so we can give it its just reward now.
1. Sleep Song - 4:51
2. I Saw You - 4:09
3. Ooh! Mother - 3:29
4. The Farmer - 3:32
5. Autumn Wine (Kevin Smith, Roy St. John, Steve Waters) - 2:27
6. Take It Easy - 2:46
7. Electric Night - 4:59
8. All Night Long - 3:33
9. Just Wanna Hold You - 5:00
10.The Ballad Of John And Julie - 5:18
11.Disco Dancer - 3:33
12.Weekend - 4:14
13.Blue Pine Trees - 3:09
14.Bogtrotter - 5:24
15.Ferry Boat - 6:01
16.Kevin Barry (Traditional Lyrics,  Ken Baker) - 3:18
17.Holland - 3:28
18.Nightingale Crescent - 3:33
19.Drinking All Night (Kevin Smith, Roy St. John, Steve Waters) - 3:06
20.So Far Away - 3:22
All songs by Ken Baker except where stated
Bonus Tracks 12-20

1974  Unicorn - Blue Pine Trees (2006 Japan and 2017 remaster and expanded)
1976  Unicorn - Too Many Crooks (2006 Japan remaster)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

NRBQ - High Noon A 50 Year Retrospective (1966-2016 us, career-spanning 5 disc boxed set, produced and compiled to celebrate 50 years, 2016 remaster)

Once you’ve steeped yourself in the music and sensibility of NRBQ, it makes total sense that a sprawling career retrospective should start in the future, even as it recaps the band’s history. Track one of Disc One of High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective is from a forthcoming album and time travels through the cosmos to a utopia fashioned in words and music by the late Sun Ra. “Love in Outer Space” is a perfect opener for this five-CD box set: it kaleidoscopes through many of NRBQ’s signature sounds; it’s goofy, sweet, and entirely sui generis; it’s played in a characteristically loose but tight style by the latest lineup, which boasts only one—but the essential—founding member, keyboardist/singer Terry Adams; and it builds upon Adams’ answer to a question posed in 1969 about his musical inspirations, “The Sun: Sun Records and Sun Ra.”

The influence of jazz’s legendarily whimsical master of the “interstellar low ways” is evident in the new anthology, both in the presence of “Rocket Number 9,” a tune Ra gave to Adams early on, and in NRBQ’s playful tendency to sidestep from swinging, shuffling, and four-on-the-floor rhythmic precision into brief, shambling breakdowns of improvised chaos. Other jazz influences crop up in the set as well: interpretations of Claude Thornhill’s “Snowfall,” Andy Razaf and Paul Denniker’s “S’posin’,” Moondog’s “Paris,” and Thelonious Monk’s “Ruby, My Dear.”

Equally paramount is the impact of that other Sun, the studio and label that Sam Phillips established in the early 1950s, from which erupted the blues, R&B, rockabilly, and rock ’n’ roll of B.B. King, Junior Parker, Jackie Brenston, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and others. The Q’s rendition of Cash’s “Get Rhythm” is here on Disc Three, which also includes Stuart Hamblen’s “This Old House” and a live version of Big Joe Turner’s “Honey Hush.” The relatively few covers among High Noon’s 106 tracks (notable highlights include Eddie Cochran’s “C’mon Everybody,” Jimmie Lloyd’s “Rocket in My Pocket,” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Getting to Know You”) are wonderful, but they also underscore the way Adams and his songwriting band mates through the years (Steve Ferguson, Joey Spampinato, Al Anderson, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough) seamlessly integrated the foundational influences and idioms into their own classically structured, catchy, and ultimately timeless tunes.

The timeless factor, owing in part to Adams’ perpetual youthfulness and unselfconscious wackiness, is embodied in such songs as “Green Lights,” “Ridin’ in My Car,” “RC Cola and a Moon Pie,” “Me and the Boys,” “Rain at the Drive-In,” “I Want You Bad,” “Little Floater,” and “If I Don’t Have You.” It accounts for the consistent Q identity across five decades of music making with a shifting lineup, and it made it possible to organize these five CDs, packaged in a simple, cardboard fold-out folio with a straightforward booklet of photos and notes, in the loosest of narrative structures. The first disc, Everybody Say Yeah! (2005–2016), contains the most recent material, and the subsequent discs roughly encapsulate eras in the band’s history: Ain’t It All Right (1966–1970), Do You Feel It? (1971–1978), Me and the Boys (1977–1990), and Puddin’ Truck (1989–2004). Some fans, with good reason, favor the Al Anderson period (with Spampinato on bass and Tom Ardolino on drums) that spans Discs Two and Three, and features Big Al’s terse, blazing, idiosyncratic guitar solos, memorable compositions, and sweet, reedy vocals. Others, loyalists from the start, hold unshakable affection for the earlier times with guitarist Ferguson, when a rehearsal band from Kentucky developed spontaneously into the New Rhythm and Blues Quintet and eventually migrated to the Northeast, often adding the Whole Wheat Horns (anchored by Terry Adams’ trombone-playing brother Donn). And a strong case can be made for the bands of the past 27 years, when all the experience of previous decades coalesced beautifully and the recorded sound improved dramatically.

Then, now, and at every point in between, NRBQ has simply been a great rock ’n’ roll band—singing about girls, cars, and parties; privileging charm, innocence, and madcap humor over rebellion and darkness; and negotiating sometimes silly or saccharine pop sentiments, thundering backbeats, wild solos (piano, clavinet, guitar, sax), and Spike Jones-like accents with equal aplomb. Other bands with overlapping values and sounds have had more success and celebrity, but for 50 years, Adams and his crews have endured and endeared with peerless persistence, subsuming and transcending subgenres (from jump blues and rockabilly to pub rock and power pop), all for the love and joy of music.
by Derk Richardson, Mar 15th, 2017
Disc 1 Everybody Say Yeah! 2005-2016
1. Love in Outer Space (Sun Ra) - 3:43
2. Never Cop Out (Terry Adams) - 4:22
3. Waitin' on My Sweetie Pie (Scott Ligon) - 2:54
4. Ruby, My Dear (Thelonious Monk) - 3:59
5. I'd Like to Know (Jim Hoke) - 2:05
6. Boozoo and Leona (Terry Adams) - 5:25
7. I'm Alone (Terry Adams) - 3:02
8. Can't Wait to Kiss You (Casey McDonough) - 1:48
9. Everybody Say Yeah! (Terry Adams) - 2:12
10.In Every Dream (Terry Adams) - 2:33
11.Here I Am (Terry Adams, Scott Ligon) - 2:31
12.The Animal Life (Scott Ligon) - 4:39
13.Getting to Know You (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) - 2:04
14.Talk (Terry Adams) - 2:20
15.Snowfall (Claude Thornhill) - 4:45
16.Keep This Love Goin' (Terry Adams, Pete Donnelly, Scott Ligon) - 3:44
17.Fightin' Back (Casey McDonough) - 3:31
18.Let Go (Terry Adams, Pete Donnelly) - 4:15
19.Dutchess County Jail (Traditional) - 2:41
Tracks 2, 6, 15, 18 Live Recordings
Disc 2 Ain't It All Right 1966-1970
1. Ain't It All Right (Terry Adams, Steve Ferguson) - 2:22
2. Rocket Number 9 (Sun Ra) - 2:08
3. Tina (Joey Spampinato) - 1:22
4. I Say Gooday Goodnite (Steve Ferguson) - 1:29
5. Down in My Heart (Traditional) - 2:33
6. Have You Heard (Terry Adams) - 1:42
7. Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard (Terry Adams) - 1:38
8. Get on the Right Track Baby (Ray Charles, Joe Turner) - 2:21
9. You Move So Fast (Terry Adams) - 1:21
10.Flat Foot Flewzy (Steve Ferguson) - 4:43
11.You Got Me Goin' (James Dale Spence) - 2:33
12.On the Farm (Terry Adams) - 2:32
13.You Can't Hide (Joey Spampinato) - 1:53
14.Step Aside (Steve Ferguson) - 1:22
15.Benellie (Steve Ferguson) - 1:27
16.I Feel Good (John Lee Hooker) - 2:43
17.Fergie's Prayer (Steve Ferguson) - 2:37
18.C'mon Everybody (Jerry Capehart, Eddie Cochran) - 3:06
19.Stomp (Steve Ferguson) - 1:58
20.Stay with We (Terry Adams) - 3:50
21.Heartbreaker (Ahmet Nugetre) - 4:24
22.The Waiting Song (Steve Ferguson) - 2:32
23.We Are Brothers (Traditional) - 1:03
Tracks 8, 9, 14, 16, 13 Live Recordings
Disc 3 Do You Feel It 1971-78
1. That's Neat, That's Nice (Terry Adams) - 3:11
2. Green Lights (Terry Adams, Joey Spampinato) - 3:00
3. Help Me Somebody (Al Anderson) - 3:52
4. Only You (Joey Spampinato) - 2:46
5. This Old House (Stuart Hamblen) - 2:51
6. Ridin' in My Car (Al Anderson) - 2:53
7. Things to You (Terry Adams) - 3:27
8. Do You Feel It? (Terry Adams) - 2:49
9. Howard Johnson's Got His Ho-Jo Workin' (Terry Adams) - 3:21
10.Electric Train (Terry Adams) - 1:07
11.Magnet (Terry Adams, Joey Spampinato) - 3:31
12.Honey Hush (Joe Turner) - 3:05
13.Get That Gasoline Blues (Terry Adams, Charlie Craig) - 2:55
14.It's Not Too Late (Terry Adams) - 3:39
15.It Feels Good (Terry Adams) - 2:35
16.Still in School (Joey Spampinato) - 2:26
17.Be My Woman Tonight (Al Anderson) - 2:39
18.RC Cola and a Moon Pie (Terry Adams) - 3:37
19.Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) - 3:00
20.You and I and George (Red Kelly) - 2:04
21.It's Not So Hard (Joey Spampinato) - 2:45
Tracks 12, 20 Live Recordings
Tracks 13, 18 single Versions
Disc 4 Me And The Boys 1977-1990
1. Captain Lou (Terry Adams, Al Anderson) - 2:31
2. Me and the Boys (Terry Adams) - 3:30
3. Talk to Me (Terry Adams) - 2:42
4. I Love Her, She Loves Me (Joey Spampinato) - 2:31
5. Smackaroo (Instrumental) (Terry Adams) - 2:04
6. This Love Is True (Terry Adams, Jake Jacobs, Joey Spampinato) - 2:46
7. Feel You Around Me (Al Anderson) - 3:31
8. Crazy Like a Fox (Al Anderson) - 4:01
9. Rain at the Drive-In (Terry Adams) - 3:11
10.S'posin' (Paul Denniker, Andy Razaf) - 4:09
11.Wacky Tobacky (Terry Adams, Keith Spring) - 2:44
12.The One and Only (Terry Adams, Joey Spampinato) - 3:43
13.How Can I Make You Love Me (Joey Spampinato) - 2:52
14.I Got a Rocket in My Pocket (Jimmie Logsdon, Vic McAlpin) - 4:34
15.Boy's Life (Al Anderson) - 2:57
16.Never Take the Place of You (Al Anderson) - 3:24
17.Want You to Feel Good Too (Terry Adams) - 3:39
18.I Want You Bad (Terry Adams, Phil Crandon) - 2:33
19.She Got the House (Terry Adams, The Wailer) - 5:04
20.12 Bar Blues (Jack Butwell) - 2:49
21.My Girlfriend's Pretty (Terry Adams) - 2:46
22.Christmas Wish (Joey Spampinato) - 2:51
Tracks 8, 10, 14, 19 Live Recordings
Disc 5 Puddin' Truck 1989-2004
1. Little Floater (Terry Adams) - 3:08
2. Sail on Sail On (Joey Spampinato) - 3:11
3. Next Stop Brattleboro (Terry Adams) - 2:44
4. What You Mean to Me (Terry Adams, Joey Spampinato) - 3:17
5. If I Don't Have You (Stephanie Davis, Joey Spampinato) - 2:12
6. One Big Parking Lot (Terry Adams) - 3:54
7. Love Came to Me (Joey Spampinato) - 3:07
8. Dummy (Terry Adams, Joey Spampinato) - 3:11
9. Terry Got a Muffin (Terry Adams) - 2:17
10.It's St. Patrick's Day (Joey Spampinato) - 2:37
11.21-50 to Headquarters (Terry Adams) - 1:27
12.Do the Primal Thing (Terry Adams) - 2:10
13.Goodbye (Joey Spampinato) - 3:09
14.Puddin' Truck (Terry Adams) - 3:16
15.Ain't No Horse (Terry Adams) - 3:49
16.Blame It on the World (Joey Spampinato) - 3:04
17.Imaginary Radio (Terry Adams) - 2:39
18.Always Safety First (Joey Spampinato) - 2:50
19.Advice for Teenagers (Terry Adams, Joey Spampinato) - 3:08
20.Paris (Louis Hardin) - 3:15
21.See You Soon (Terry Adams) - 1:57
Track 20  Live Recording

*Terry Adams - Clavinet, Harmonica, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals
*Scott Ligon - Guitar, Organ, Vocals
*Casey McDonough - Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
*John Perrin - Drums
*Pete Donnelly - Bass, Vocals
*Conrad Choucroun - Drums
*Bobby Lloyd Hicks - Drums
*Steve Ferguson - Guitar, Vocals
*Frank Gadler - Cowbell, Percussion, Vocals
*Tom Staley - Drums, Vocals
*Ken Sheehan - Rhythm Guitar
*Al Anderson - Guitar, Vocals
*Tom Ardolino - Drums, Vocals
*Johnny Spampinato - Guitar, Vocals
*Klem Klimek - Harmonica
*Jim Hoke - Flute, Harmonica, Alto, Tenor Saxophones
*Pete Toigo - Bass
*Quentin Sharpenstein - Bass
*Danny Thompson - Flute
*P.J. O'Connell - Vocals
*Norm DeMoura - Vocals
*Donn Adams - Trombone, Vocals
*Lou Albano - Vocals
*King Curtis - Tenor Saxophone
*Charlie Craig - Drums
*Brian Darby - Drums
*Lee Tiger - Guitar
*Keith Spring - Bells, Tenor Saxophone
*Roswell Rudd - Trombone
*Kami Lyle - Trumpet
*John Sebastian - Autoharp
*T-Bone Wolk - Accordion, Banjo

Monday, April 5, 2021

Roger Nichols And The Small Circle Of Friends - Roger Nichols And The Small Circle Of Friends (1964-68 us, soft pop, a smattering of rock, heavy dose of easy listening with great vocal blend, 2005 remaster and xpanded)

It’s 1967.  You record a debut album for an upstart record label.  It doesn’t sell in fantastic numbers when first issued, but it gains a very strong following.  The logical thing to do is to record a follow-up.  This is exactly what Roger Nichols has done–he has recorded a follow-up to his excellent and highly-regarded Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends album on A&M, called Full Circle…

Roger Nichols’ catalog as a recording artist is woefully small, especially given how there is such a loyal following of fans for his original A&M album, long considered a prime example of sunny, California pop.  As a composer, though, Nichols’ compositions have appeared on many other artists’ albums.  Teamed up with lyricist Paul Williams, Nichols was half of the creative duo that created classics such as “Let Me Be The One,” “I Kept On Loving You,” and a song that nearly everyone knows: “We’ve Only Just Begun.”  He has written other memorable tunes with other lyricists.  After a lengthy hiatus spanning decades, the “Circle” is back!

Full Circle, recorded in 2007 but re-released in 2008, reassembles the the original trio of Nichols, Murray McLeod and Melinda McLeod Patterson (Murray’s sister).  The minute your laser hits the first track, “Talk It Over In The Morning,” and the trio of vocalists breezes its way out of your speakers, it’s like an instant wave of familiarity.  Those silky smooth harmonies haven’t lost a thing in 40 years!  It’s like those middle 38 years never happened.

The album is a pleasant surprise.  The five bonus tracks aren’t really essential, as they are demo versions of the main body of twelve tracks that comprise the newer recordings.  But those twelve tracks are gold.  The shuffling leadoff track, “Talk It Over In The Morning,” was recorded by Anne Murray many years ago and may be familiar to many music fans. The next track should have you break into an instant smile: “The Drifter”, a bonus track on the Complete Small Circle of Friends CD and long-lost A&M single, is given an update, and aside from some modern production hints, it’s like 1967 all over again.

Two pleasant surprises are songs from the Carpenters songbook, both co-written with Paul Williams.  “Let Me Be The One” is given a silky three-part vocal treatment here, as is the album staple “I Kept On Loving You”.  The Nichols-penned “Out In The Country,” a Three Dog Night track, is given the SCOF treatment as well.  Chuck Findley and the Toto rhythm section lend their talents to the instrumental track “The Winner”.

And on that note I, too, declare this album a winner.  Those great harmonies are back, many of the tracks are familiar, and the others are hidden gems as well.  Highly recommended if you like sunny “California pop” and, especially, if you want to hear the long-awaited follow-up to this group’s first album.  Enjoy!
Rudy's Corner, February 27, 2010
1. Don't Take Your Time (Roger Nichols, Tony Asher) - 2:29
2. With A Little Help From My Friends (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 2:48
3. Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) - 2:45
4. I Can See Only You (Roger Nichols, Smokey Roberds, Stuart Margolin) - 2:55
5. Snow Queen (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 3:24
6. Love So Fine (Roger Nichols, Tony Asher) - 2:01
7. Kinda Wasted Without You (Jerry Riopelle, Smokey Roberds, Murray MacLeod) - 2:23
8. Just Beyond Your Smile (Roger Nichols, Tony Asher) - 2:18
9. I'll Be Back (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 2:35
10.Cocoanut Grove (John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky) - 2:34
11.Didn't Want To Have To Do It (John Sebastian) - 2:37
12.Can I Go (Roger Nichols, Tony Asher) - 2:11
13.Our Day Will Come (Bob Hilliard, Mort Garson) - 2:24
14.Love Song, Love Song (Doug Tibbles, Larry Marks) - 2:03
15.Just Beyond Your Smile (Mono 45) (Roger Nichols, Tony Asher) - 2:20
16.I'll Be Back (Mono 45) (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 2:42
17.Let's Ride (Paul Williams, Roger Nichols) - 2:53
18.The Drifter (Paul Williams, Roger Nichols) - 2:31
19.Trust (Paul Williams, Roger Nichols) - 2:25
20.St. Bernie The Sno-Dog (Gian Cassarino) - 2:30
Bonus Tracks 13-20
Tracks 13-16 as Roger Nichols Trio

*Melinda MacLeod - Vocal Harmony, Vocals
*Murray MacLeod - Guitar
*Roger Nichols - Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals 

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Chris Bell - Looking Forward The Roots Of Big Star (1969-71 us, rough energy, fractured guitar heroics, and splendid lead vocals, 2017 remaster)

Perhaps 2017 will finally right the cosmic wrong that keeps Chris Bell a cult figure, relegating his memory to being “the guy that left after Big Star’s first record” or as a lesser-heralded member of “the 27 club”. Before the year is out, the first comprehensive biography of his life, Rich Tupica’s There Was a Light: The Cosmic History of Big Star Founder Chris Bell, will be released. We’re also told to expect a comprehensive, six-LP box set, The Complete Chris Bell, which alleges to make good on the promise of its title.

Omnivore Records offers a stunning first salvo in the re-appraisal of Bell’s work with Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star. Though it will be filed as such for practical purposes, this is not a “Chris Bell” record in the traditional sense of an artist-in-charge and at the front-and-center of things. It could even be argued that there is no such thing in Bell’s case, for this talented and tragic artist did not release a full-length collection of his own music during his lifetime. The highly regarded I Am the Cosmos collection released in 1992 by Rykodisc made available Bell’s post-Big Star recordings, which had failed to find a sympathetic record label before his death in a car accident in 1978. 

Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star collects material from when Bell was working at Ardent Studios between 1969 and 1971, leading up to the months immediately before Big Star’s formation. The album is credited as “featuring” Bell with a list of collaborators. Both Andy Hummel and Jody Stephens, Bell’s colleagues along with Alex Chilton in Big Star, appear among the many collectives credited here. Other significant contributors include Tom Eubanks, Terry Manning, Alan Palmore, and Steve Rhea, who also contribute to the excellent oral history in the liner notes. This loose group of musicians hanging around during the off-hours of the studio recorded under an assortment of names including the Wallabys, Icewater, and Rock City. That last group’s recordings were previously released by Manning’s own Lucky Seven Records in 2003 and comprise 11 of the tracks here.

Bell appears throughout these tracks as a trusted collaborator and guiding force. Only two of the cuts are credited solely to him, while he shares composition duties on another seven. He sings lead vocals on only four of the tracks and doesn’t even appear on “The Wind Will Cry for Me”. It is his defining guitar work and support vocals that form the most consistent thread throughout the collection and point the way to what will become the Big Star sound. In the group of musicians hanging around Ardent, Bell found a collection of kindred spirits, fellow pop-rebels who looked to England for inspiration while finding themselves growing up at ground-zero of Southern soul. They found joy not in grooving smoothly but rather lurching spastically.

The influence of the British mod and psychedelic music flows through these cuts in a way that distinguishes them from the sounds that Bell would develop with Chilton in Big Star, but the twisted pop sheen is already forming. Palmore’s “Feeling High” shows a clear Beatles influence, while Bell’s own “Psychedelic Stuff” evokes the Pretty Things, and “A Chance to Live” could be a lost track by the Move. Bell’s singing on the version of “My Life Is Right” first recorded with Rock City sounds more confident here, even, than on the version he recorded with Big Star. And the guitar tone on the collection’s opener “Think It’s Time to Say Goodbye” evokes “In the Street” from #1 Record. 

Bell’s collaborators demonstrate themselves a talented bunch. There was something in the water or amidst the smoke floating in the air at Ardent Studios during the decade’s turn into the ‘70s. Eubanks, in particular, proves himself a versatile vocalist equally comfortable with a hard rocker’s rasp or a lazy psychedelic croon. Manning’s keyboards and synthesizers color the songs in a way that differentiates them from Big Star, offering more psychedelic flourishes, as in the backward masking on Bell’s “Looking Forward” or the pseudo-mandolin in “The Wind Will Cry For Me”, and his “Sunday Organ” is a standout instrumental contribution. 

Listening to Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star it becomes apparent that, without Chris Bell, there would have been no Big Star. The anthology makes it plain that Bell was one of the great collaborators in rock and roll history and adds further emphasis to just how cruelly the fates have treated him. Compiler Alec Palao makes all the right decisions in his selection and sequencing of these songs, presenting as complete a portrait of an artist still in formation as is possible, offering all sides of Bell: singer, songwriter, lead guitarist, accompanist, and, ultimately, catalyst. 
Pop Matters, 30 June 2017 
1. Rock City - Think It's Time To Say Goodbye (Thomas Dean Eubanks) - 3:56
2. Icewater - All I See Is You (Chris Bell, Steve Rhea) - 3:33
3. Rock City - My Life Is Right (Chris Bell, Thomas Dean Eubanks) - 3:06
4. The Wallabies - Feeling High (Alan Palmore) - 3:21
5. Icewater - Looking Forward (Chris Bell) - 3:39
6. Rock City - The Wind Will Cry For Me (Thomas Dean Eubanks) - 3:07
7. Chris Bell - Psychedelic Stuff (Chris Bell) - 2:48
8. The Wallabies - The Reason (Alan Palmore) - 2:33
9. Rock City - I Lost A Love (Thomas Dean Eubanks) - 3:16
10.Icewater - A Chance To Live - 2:07
11.Rock City - The Answer (Thomas Dean Eubanks) - 3:34
12.Rock City - Lovely Lady (Thomas Dean Eubanks) - 3:09
13.Icewater - Sunshine (Steve Rhea) - 1:40
14.Rock City - Introduction (Chris Bell, Jody Stephens, Terry Manning, Thomas Dean Eubanks) - 1:50
15.Rock City - Sunday Organ (Terry Manning) - 3:16
16.Rock City - The Preacher (Chris Bell, Thomas Dean Eubanks) - 3:41
17.Rock City - Shine On Me (Thomas Dean Eubanks) - 2:33
18.Rock City - Try Again (Chris Bell, Alex Chilton) - 3:37
19.Icewater - Germany - 3:34
20.Icewater - Oh My Sou (Alex Chilton) - 3:20
21.Icewater - All I See Is You (Chris Bell, Steve Rhea) - 3:21
22.The Wallabies - Feeling High (Alan Palmore) - 4:50

*Chris Bell - Guitar, Vocals
*Terry Manning - Piano, Organ, Ardotron, Moog Iiic, Backing Vocals
*Thomas Dean Eubanks - Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
*Jody Stephens - Drums
*Steve Rhea - Drums
*Alan Palmore - Vocals 
*Bobby Maxwell - Guitar
*Alex Majors - Bass
*Glen Wilson - Drums

1972-76  Chris Bell - I'm The Cosmos (two disc set) 
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1968-75  Big Star - Keep An Eye On The Sky (2009 four discs box set)

Saturday, April 3, 2021

NRBQ - NRBQ (1969 us, tossing bits and pieces of genres into the blender and then rocking it up good, 2018 remaster)

Fifty years later, NRBQ’s eponymous debut remains a remarkable feat even now. A stunningly ambitious blend of styles and sounds, it comes across as an amazingly adventurous, exploratory mix tape that was far beyond any kind of expectation in 1969 and remains so even now. A remarkable record for the time — and all times really NRBQ can still b e viewed as a dazzling achievement, an example of complete creative control taken to its most unexpected extremes.

Never before re-released, the wait was well worth it. The band seamlessly shift from one genre to another, segueing effortlessly from a loose and limber take on Eddie Cochran’s “C’mon Everybody” to the avante garde expressionism of Sun Ra and Carla Bley (as represented by “Rocket 9 and “Ida,” respectively). That’s only the beginning, as the group veer from an otherwise orthodox version of Bruce Chanel’s classic “Hey! Baby” to the abnormally indescribable closer, “Stay With Me.”

Despite this eclectic overreach, the group take their task in stride. Recorded all in one take, they opt for spontaneity and it shows. NRBQ is indeed a bold statement, one that makes any attempt at categorization wholly superfluous.  With the releases of last year’s Happy Talk EP and the sprawling five disc retrospective High Noon it’s clear that legacy continues.
by Lee Zimmerman
1. C'mon Everybody (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart) - 3:06
2. Rocket #9 (Sun Ra) - 3:05
3. Kentucky Slop Song (Terry Adams) - 5:45
4. Ida (Carla Bley, Terry Adams) - 1:56
5. C'mon If You're Comin' (Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry) - 2:34
6. You Can't Hide (Joey Spampinato) - 1:56
7. I Didn't Know Myself (Steve Ferguson) - 2:17
8. Stomp (Steve Ferguson) - 2:00
9. Fergie's Prayer (Steve Ferguson) - 2:38
10.Mama Get Down Those Rock And Roll Shoes (Terry Adams) - 2:37
11.Hymn Number 5 (Terry Adams) - 1:09
12.Hey! Baby (Bruce Channel, Margaret Cobb) - 3:23
13.Liza Jane (Traditional) - 1:02
14.Stay With We (Terry Adams) - 3:52

*Joseph Spampinato - Bass, Vocals
*Terry Adams - Keyboard, Harmonica, , Vocals 
*Frank Gadler - Vocals, Auxilliary Percussion 
*Steve Ferguson - Guitar, Vocals 
*Tom Staley - Drums
*Donn Adams - Trombone, Percussion

Friday, April 2, 2021

Violence Fog And Jerusalem - SWF Sessions Volume Six (1971 germany, fascinating prog blues rock with echoes of west coast, 2001 remaster)

Violence Fog  founded in 1969 by members of local bands from the Baden-Baden area. After just a few rehearsals, the band was able to perform for bigger audience. In addition to their own compositions, their repertoire also included “Brother were are you” (Remo Four) and “Paint it black” (Rolling Stones). The band had a lot of fans who followd them  to their performances in southwest Germany, in youth centers and music clubs.

They also played on premieres and screenings of music films such as Easy Rider, Woodstock, Alice’s Restaurant and Let it be. There the band achieved a special effect with their elaborate Psychedelic-Light-Show projected onto the cinema screen. In mid-1970, the group had achieved national recognition. They decided to apply to the SWF to participate in this production series on the research promising groups.
This specific event took place on April 23, 1971 and the group recorded the songs in the radio's studio U 1 in Baden-Baden. Although the SWF recordings gave the band another boost and motivation, they broke up a few weeks later for professional reasons. Despite intensive research, no other publishable titles of this great band could be found.
Guitarist Enno Dernov and drummer Herbert Brandmeier left to play at Jud’s Gallery (SWF Sessions Vol. 1), but Enno Dernov decided to leave the group a few months before they started recording with the SWF. He joined Brainstorm and took over the bass on their second LP. The twin brothers Karl-Heinz and Wolfgang Höfer switched to folk music.

Jerusalem formed around 1969/1970 when Matthias Stein and Richard Ress left the group Intoxication and Hungry Love with Günther Rüffel, Wolfgang Hilgert and Bernd Lewandowski broke up. The 5 musicians, 16-20 year old schoolchildren or trainees, had already known each other as an integral part of the young music scene in and around Landau / Pfalz and wanted to set up something of their own because they tired of covering popular bands. 

The highly motivated young musicians managed to perform  their own compositions and soon were the main attraction of the Landau music scene. In addition to the skillful interaction of the two guitarists (Matthias Stein and Günther Rüffel), the fact that JERUSALEM played with 2 bassists (Richard Reß and Wolfgang Hilgert) was particularly noticeable.

The band's music, committed to the progressive zeitgeist of the time, was an expression of the creative potential of each individual member and was enthusiastically received by the fans. On the occasion of various appearances along with well-known bands such as Ihre Kinder and Frumpy as the opening act. As part of a tour with Frumpy, JERUSALEM not only played in southwest and southern Germany, but also in Austria and Switzerland. JERUSALEM also performed with Fashion Pink (SWF-Sessions Vol.3), Roland Schaeffer's band. Roland Schaeffer was hired by the SWF as a producer for the youth group competition. JERUSALEM applied to the SWF and on June 4th, 1971 they recorded these titles in the radio's studio. All titles were broadcast on SWF 3's Pop-Shop program. Unfortunately, the band could not benefit from the further increase of their popularity.

A few months after the SWF recordings, guitarist and singer Matthias Stein died in a tragic motorcycle accident. Richard Ress, long-time friend of Matthias Stein's, was so shocked that he stopped his music activities and withdrew. These events marked the end of JERUSALEM. Despite intensive research, no further titles - unfortunately also no photos - of the band couldn't be found. The remaining musicians joined other local groups. Günther Rüffel currently plays in a cover band in his spare time. Bernd Lewandowski works as a freelance musician.
by Manfred Steinheuer, March 2001
1. New one - 05:00
2. Rolii Zink - 06:40
3. Brother where are you (Tony Ashton) - 07:15
4. Leisure - 04:25
5. Town child baby - 06:35
6. Metamorphosis (Wolfgang Hilgert, Matthias Stein) - 13:30
7. Moon's new way (Wolfgang Bauer, Günther Rüffel) - 06:00
8. Rainy day (Matthias Stein) - 12:10
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5 written by Enno Dernov, Herbert Brandmeier, Hilmar Beine, Karl-Heinz Höfer, Wolfgang Höfer
Tracks 1-5 by Violence Fog
Tracks 6-8 by Jerusalem 

Violence Fog
*Enno Dernov - Guitar
*Herbert Brandmeier - Drums 
*Hilmar Beine - Bass
*Karl-Heinz Höfer - Guitar, Flute, Vocals
*Wolfgang Höfer - Vocals, Flute

*Günther Rüffel - Guitar
*Matthias Stein - Guitar, Vocals
*Wolfgang Hilgert - Bass
*Bernd Lewandowski - Drums
*Richard Ress - Bass

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Various Artists - The Electric Asylum Volume 6 Rare British Acid Freakrock (1971-76 uk, multicolored tunes, 2014 release)

Somewhere in between the psychedelic dream and the three-day week lies the curious remains of a bygone age. Electric Asylum 6 unveils an unforgiving world of melodic absurdity with psychotic, at times erotic, and neurotic sounds to arouse the senses one more time. Rocksteady Trojan stalwarts get into their platform boots as Marsha Hunt and her 22 turn the senses inside-out with a venomous rocker for Vertigo. An intrepid Time Lord prescribes a dose of infectious electronica rivaled only by a neurotic blast of Rococo before Buster break into the nearest Moog retailer, triumphant. Prizes go to the first one to spot the leprechaun! Includes a 16-page booklet with comprehensive liner notes and rare color photographs.
Artists - Tracks - Composer
1. The Pioneers - Honey Bee (Anna Crooks, Sidney Crooks) - 4:19
2. Danta - Mau Mau (Kenny George, Val McDonald, Vernon Cummings) - 3:23
3. Bambi - Lady Of Lies (Carol Barratt, Karl Jenkins) - 3:07
4. Smoke - Shagalagalu (Geoff Gill) - 3:20
5. John Pertwee - Who Is The Doctor (David MacIver, Ron Grainer) - 2:20
6. Marsha Hunt's 22 - Medusa (Hugh Burns, Marsha Hunt) - 3:30
7. Frog - Living Dead (John Cameron) - 2:16
8. The Barron Knights - Turning My Back On You (Peter Langford) - 2:41
9. Colin Young - You're No Good (Colin Young) - 3:49
10.JSD Band - Cuckoo (Traditional) - 3:50
11.Jeff Smith - Going To A Party (Jeff Smith) - 2:10
12.Rococo - Ultrastar (Geoff Ward, Roy Shipston) - 2:40
13.Jigsaw - And I Like You (Clive Scott, Des Dyer) - 2:49
14.Buster - Ring Around (Adrian Baker, Roy Morgan) - 2:30
15.The Dawn Chorus - Little Green Men (Gerry Morris) - 2:30
16.C Starr - Bad Boy (Barry Stoller) - 2:58
17.Winston - Mona (Barry Green, Lynsey De Paul) - 2:59
18.Chris Garret And Sweet Poison - Family Man (Chris Garrett) - 2:57
19.Memories - Lay It On Me (Daire Doyle, Mick Swan) - 3:16
20.Henry Turtle - Come Over Here (Henry Turtle) - 2:49

The Electric Asylum series
1970-74  Volume One
1969-73  Volume Two
1970-74  Volume Three
1970-75  Volume Four
1969-75 Volume Five 
other Past and Present compilations
60-70's  Floor Filler Killers / New Directions Vol. 3
60-70's  Mind Expanders Vol.2
1967-74  Psych Bites Vol.1
1968-74  Psych Bites Vol.2
1969-73  Up All Night

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Haboob - Haboob (1971 us, freaky acid funky psych proto prog, 2009 remaster)

Mysterious one-off project, co-led by 3 US expatriots living in Munich, Germany: Keyboardist Jimmy Jackson, drummer George Green and Guitarist William Powell. Major point of interest for most progressive and psychedelic rockfans is Haboobs very significant connection with Amon Düül II. Bandleader Jimmy Jackson plays organ on Amon Düüls Albums "Dance of The Lemmings" and "Wolf City". He also played organ on many LPs of Embryo (Embryos Rache, Steig aus, Rock Session) and has further numerous studio credits (for example: Doldinger's Passport, Tangerine Dream "Electronic Meditation"). On Haboob Jackson effects-laden organ and mellotron (here called "choir-organ) are quite prominent. LP is comprised of a free improvisation, a very Hendrix-inspired Blues and some pretty straight forward funk-rock pieces. The end result is a collaboration between Amon Düül II and early Funkedelic. The music has a lot of appeal and those who are interested in a fusion of Euro-psychedelic rock with hints of funk should definitely seek this one out.
1. Israfil - 9:45
2. Blues For Willi Pee - 3:52
3. Sooloo - 5:11
4. Morning Prayer - 5:11
5. Keep On Pushing - 4:42
6. Soldier Boy (Florence Green, Florenz Dixon) - 3:44
7. Time To Be - 3:46
All compositions by James Jackson except where stated.

*George Green - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
*Jimmy Jackson - Organs, Piano, Vocals
*William Powell - Guitar, Vocals

Monday, March 29, 2021

Heads Hands And Feet - Heads Hands And Feet (1971 uk, remarkable classic rock with blues and country tinges)

Following the dissolution of Poet & the One Man Band, Albert Lee (guitar), Pete Gavin (drums), Tony Colton (vocals), and Ray Smith (guitar) got together with Chas Hodges (bass, violin, vocals) and Mike O'Neill (keyboards) to form the country-influenced Heads, Hands & Feet and recorded a double album that had a great deal in common with the work of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Grateful Dead at that time. Their self-titled debut album, populated with guests from the folk and singer/songwriter scenes, was released as a double record in the U.S., but only as a single album in Europe. The record was very well regarded, with Lee's guitar work garnering attention.

Keyboardist O'Neill departed soon after the album's release, and the band proceeded to move away from country influences and toward rock. Band split before the 1973 release of Old Soldiers Never Die, which marked the group's move to Atlantic Records. Albert Lee moved on to found the Albert Lee Band with Pete Gavin and Chas Hodges, and eventually joined Eric Clapton's band. Chas Hodges later formed the duo Chas & Dave with Dave Peacock. 
by Steven McDonald
1. I'm in Need of Your Help (Pat Donaldson, Raymond Barry Smith, Tony Colton) - 1:51
2. Send Me a Wire - 3:56
3. Look at the World It's Changing/You Because You Know Me - 8:43
4. Green Liquor - 5:48
5. Country Boy (Tony Colton, Albert Lee, Raymond Barry Smith) - 5:34
6. Tryin' to Put Me On - 3:23
7. I Wish You Knew Me - 4:29
8. Devil's Elbow - 5:04
9. Pete Might Spook the Horses (Raymond Barry Smith, Tony Colton, Pete Gavin) - 5:20
10.Everybody's Hustlin'/Hang Me, Dang Me (Tony Colton, Raymond Barry Smith, Chas Hodges) - 8:11
11.Delaware - 4:58
12.The More You Get, the More You Want (Tony Colton, Pete Gavin, Chas Hodges, Albert Lee, Mike O'Neill) - 6:56
13.Song for Suzie - 7:11
14.Tirabad - 3:33
15.Little Bit Lonely - 2:22  
All songs by Raymond Barry Smith, Tony Colton except where noted

Heads Hands And Feet
*Tony Colton  - Vocals
*Raymond Barry Smith - Guitar, Vocals
*Mike O'Neill  - Keyboards, Organ, Piano
*Albert Lee  - Guitar, Dobro, Vibes, Moog Synthesizer, Vocals
*Pete Gavin  - Drums, Percussion, Vibes Vocals
*Chas Hodges  - Bass, Banjo, Fiddle, Vocals
*Ray Osborne  - Vocals 
*Elton Dean  - Alto Saxophone
*Jerry Donahue  - Vocals

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Sequoiah - Sequoiah (1976 us, wonderful folk country rock, 2009 korean remaster)

After a stint in the Army, a college degree, and an Air Force tour, singer/guitarist Tom Mobley kicked around the Indiana music scene playing in the band Shiloh Morning, and working in the duo Pleasant Street, before joining Sequoiah with brothers Bill and Bob Johnson.   

Signed by Moe Whittemore's 700 West label, the trio debuted with 1976's cleverly titled "Sequoiah". Produced by Whittemore, the album featured a combination of band originals and covers by the likes of Gordon Lightfoot ('Brave Mountaineers') and Jerry Jeff Walker ('Bo Jangles'). All three members handled vocals with Mobley having the best voice of the three. Musically the album found the trio offering up a pleasant mixture of country-rock numbers and more country oriented numbers. Imagine a mixture of Asleep At the Wheel, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Poco, and you'd be in the right aural neighborhood. 

The results were never less than professional, but with the possible exception of the ballad 'Trail of Tears' and 'When You Are Old' nothing here was particularly original, or inspirational. Too be totally honest, were it not for the connection with 700 West, there's a good chance this set would have disappeared without a trace.

'Memories (of a Man and a Woman)' is a pretty, acoustic country-tinged ballad. Nothing particularly original or special, the song's high came in the form of a nice acoustic guitar and some brief harmony vocals. Mobley's 'When You Are Old' is easily one of the best tunes. A pretty country-rock ballad, the tune had a gleaming melody and a nice Mobley vocal - yeah, the lyric was a bit on the sweet side, but it was still a nice performance. 

Another album highlight, coutesy of some electtic guitar and producer Whittemore's synthesizers, Mobley's 'We're Al Friends' was the song came the closest to copping a rock attitude. Nice tunePretty acoustic country tune that showcased the trio's sweet harmony vocals and got an extra star for Bill Johnson's unexpected blazing electric guitar solo.  

'Trail of Tears' is a beautiful song. Built on a bed of shimmering acoustic guitars and again showcasing their crystalline voices, this was a wonderful performance. 

The band seemingly only recorded this one album before calling it quits. Mobley relocated to Florida and has remained active in music, recording a series of ten solo albums. 
1. Memories (Of A Man And Woman) (Bob Johnson) - 3:36
2. I Can'T Make It Any Better (Bill Johnson) - 4:00
3. Bo Jangles (Jerry Jeff Walker) - 6:03
4. When You Are Old (Tom Mobley) - 4:33
5. Brave Mountaineers (Gordon Lightfoot) - 3:26
6. We're All Friends (Tom Mobley) - 3:13
7. The Sun Shines For You (Bob Johnson) - 4:23
8. Now She's Gone (Bill Johnson) - 3:28
9. Trail Of Tears (Bob Johnson) - 5:18
10. Jambalaya (Hank Williams) - 3:09

*Tom Mobley - Vocals, 12 String Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica
*Bill Johnson - Vocals, Pedal Steel Guitar, 6 String Acoustic Lead Guitar, Lead Electric Guitar
*Bob Johnson - Vocals, All Percussion, High String Acoustic Guitar, Bass
*The Committee - String Arrangements
*Moe Whittemore - Synthesizer, Piano
*David Whittemore - Child's Voice
*Bob Liederbach - Fiddle
*Bill Cullum - Trust And Friendship
*Bagwell Cauterfield - Banjo

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Various Artsists - Fab Gear The British Beat Explosion And Its Aftershocks (1963-67 uk, beat soul and harmony bleed into psychedelia, six pack disc 2018 release)


“Yesterday’s Gone”: the song by folk-pop duo Chad and Jeremy opens the first of the six discs comprising Cherry Red and RPM’s new box set Fab Gear: The British Beat Explosion and Its Aftershocks 1961967.  It’s a most appropriate opener, as yesterday really was gone for an entire generation of artists swiftly rendered obsolete by the emergence of The Beatles.  As the box eloquently explains, the Fab Four “in name, song, band structure, image, defined this new Beat music…Until 1967, when The Beatles reinvented pop again with Sgt. Pepper’s, Beat music – in the broadest sense – was the basic template for aspiring young (mainly male) teenagers forming a band.”  This CD box collects 180 tracks chronicling this fertile period in British (and by extension) global music history, with an emphasis on new-to-CD cuts and the catalogue of Pye Records.  Why Pye?  Castle Music’s Beat Beat Beat series dug into the Pye vaults but was aborted before its intended conclusion; this box picks up where that series left off.  The sixth disc here is even more collector-oriented, focusing on tracks that initially weren’t released.

As expected for such a large collection, there’s a blend of the famous and the not-so-famous.  In the former category are lesser-known tracks from household names like The Kinks, David Bowie (with his early band The Lower Third), The Moody Blues, and The Searchers.  Among the latter type are little-known bands whose personnel would become future members of Yes, Fleetwood Mac, Manfred Mann, Traffic, The Move, and Deep Purple, just to name a few.  There are plenty of “A-ha!” moments and fascinating discoveries across these six discs.  Connections abound between artists, bands, songwriters, and producers on this potpourri of Beat subgenres including rock-and-roll, pop, RAndB, folk, and soul.  The chronological approach works well, allowing listeners to trace the development of production styles as well as the growing confidence of bandmates to write their own songs rather than tap established songwriters.

Though The Beatles are naturally absent from this survey, there are Fab connections, such as Marilyn Powell’s groovy, spirited cover of “All My Loving,” one of the first Beatle covers by a female artist; The Tremeloes’ bright take on “Good Day Sunshine;” and The Hi-Fi’s “Baby’s in Black.”  Though The Kinks do appear on Fab Gear with “Who’ll Be the Next in Line,” the band is also represented via numerous covers including one from The Doc Thomas Group.  Their RAndB-meets-country cover of “Just Can’t Go to Sleep” features none other than a pre-Mott the Hoople Ian Hunter.  Ray Davies’ songs were so popular, and so evocative of their period, that this set also features interpretations from the Davies songbook by The Fingers (“I Go to Sleep”), The Thoughts (“All Night Stand”), Gates of Eden (“Too Much on My Mind”), The Attraction (“Party Line”), and Five’s Company (“Session Man”).

America happily adopted the British sound in the 1960s, but Britain enjoyed a cultural exchange too as American RAndB and pop inspired countless U.K. artists.  America’s answer to Denmark Street, The Brill Building, is represented by tunes here like Billie Davis’ “That Boy John” (penned by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry), Felders Orioles’ “Down Home Girl” (Jerry Leiber and Artie Butler), The Alan Price Set’s “Any Day Now” (Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard), The Syndicats’ “On the Horizon” (Leiber and Mike Stoller), and The Knack’s “Take Your Love” (Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil).  “Love Potion No. 9” was a particular Brill-born favorite.  The tale of Madame Rue and her amour-inducing concoction is heard here in versions by Tony Jackson with The Vibrations, as well as The Baskervilles, though the U.S. hit by Liverpool’s The Searchers is absent.

Not too far from the Brill Building, Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe were plying their song trade for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, among others.  The duo’s “She Lied” got the beat ballad treatment from The Buckinghams (of London, not the U.S. group of “Don’t You Care” and “Kind of a Drag” fame).  The California sound crossed oceans, too, as evidenced by Tony Rivers And The Castaways’ credible take on The Beach Boys’ driving “Girl Don’t Tell Me.”  The Spectrum made David Gates’ Monkees hit “Saturday’s Child” their own, and The Montanas went freakbeat on “That’s When Happiness Began” from the California-by-way-of-Massachusetts songwriting team The Addrisi Brothers.  Some of The Montanas’ most enduring A-sides were penned, in part, by Pye’s songwriter-producer-arranger-AAndR man Tony Hatch.  His compositions are among the most egregious omissions on this box, although that’s perhaps because his output is so well-represented elsewhere on CD.  (Hatch’s behind-the-scenes influence is felt here, however.)  Other top-tier U.K. writers are here, though, including Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, John Carter and Ken Lewis, and even the future Sir Tim Rice.

For those wishing to dig deeper, a number of the artists here have had full anthologies released on Cherry Red including The Bo Street Runners (“Bo Street Runner”), The Mike Cotton Sound (“Round and Round”), The Artwoods (“If I Ever Get My Hands on You”), Philip Goodhand-Tait and The Stormsville Shakers (“I’m Gonna Put Some Hurt on You”), The Spectrum (“Saturday’s Child”), and Katch 22 (“Makin’ My Mind Up’).

Fab Gear is a beautifully-designed set.  It’s packaged in the style of a hardcover book, with each disc slotted in a page of its own.  A 5page, full-color booklet of liner notes from Nick Warburton and Bruce Welsh is worth the price of admission, with track-by-track annotations filling in the blanks on many of the artists who’ve fallen through the cracks over the years.  It’s also copiously illustrated with records, sleeves, and artist photos.  Simon Murphy has remastered, and the sound is strong throughout.

A treasure trove of enjoyable pop, Fab Gear is a testament to the endurance of the beat boom, not to mention its direct antecedents in rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues.  Yeah, yeah, yeah!
by Joe Marchese, June 26, 2018
Artists - Tracks - Composer
Disc 1
1. Chad Stuart And Jeremy Clyde - Yesterday's Gone (Wendy Kidd, Chad Stuart) - 2:31
2. Carter-Lewis And The Southerners - Somebody Told My Girl (Kenneth Hawker, John Shakespeare) - 2:39
3. The Nomads - My Whole Life Through (Stuart Slater) - 2:57
4. Billie Davis - That Boy John (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich) - 2:31
5. Marilyn Powell - All My Loving (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 2:23
6. The Regents - Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry) - 2:17
7. A Band Of Angels - Me (Mickey Baker, Mike D'Abo) - 2:03
8. Ray Singer - Tell Me Now (Ray Singer) - 2:44
9. Mickey Finn And The Blue Men - Reelin' And A Rockin' (Chuck Berry) - 2:22
10.Le Group 5 - Baby What You Want Me To Do (Jimmy Reed) - 4:09
11.The Bo Street Runners - Bo Street Runner (John Dominic) - 2:11
12.Mike Sarne And The Leroys - Love Me Please (Kenny Lynch, Mike Sarne, Clive Westlake) - 2:36
13.The Moody Blues - Lose Your Money (But Don't Lose Your Mind) (Denny Laine, Michael Pinder) - 1:58
14.The Mike Cotton Sound - Round And Round (The Mike Cotton Sound) - 2:36
15.The Others - I'm Taking Her Home (Ian McLintock, Paul Stewart) - 2:17
16.The Artwoods - If I Ever Get My Hands On You (Kenneth Hawker, John Shakespeare) - 2:03
17.Mal Ryder And The Spirits - Your Friend (Marty Wilde) - 2:38
18.Jimmy Royal And The Hawks - I'm Leaving You (T. Delaney, P. Delaney, B. Delaney) - 2:07
19.The Wild Oats - You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover (Willie Dixon) - 2:27
20.Four And One - Don't Lie To Me (Chuck Berry) - 1:53
21.Tommy Bruce And The Bruisers - Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker) - 2:42
22.Grant Tracy - Never Let It Be Said (Roger Cook) - 2:05
23.Angelina - Wishing My Life Away (Del Murray) - 2:10
24.Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers - What's Easy For Two Is Hard For One (Smokey Robinson) - 2:46
25.Migil 5 - Seven Lonely Days (Kim Brown, Alden Shuman, Earl Shuman) - 2:26
26.The Wackers - You're Forgetting (Vaughan, Clark) - 2:09
27.Twinkle - Ain't Nobody Home But Me (Ronnie Scott) - 2:46
28.The Clique - She Ain't No Good (Robert Rowbottom) - 2:20
29.The Hi-Fis - Baby's In Black (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 2:23
30.The Sheffields - Plenty of Love (Brian Alexander) - 2:22
31.Four Just Men - Don't Come Any Closer (Demetrius Christopholus) - 2:17
32.Robb Storme And The Whispers - Love Is Strange (Mickey Baker, Ellas McDaniel, Sylvia Robinson) - 2:39
Disc 2
1. Tony Jackson And The Vibrations - Love Potion No. 9 (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) - 2:05
2. The Midnights - Only Two Can Play (Paul 'Mitch' Mitchell, Rick Robbins) - 2:04
3. Bobby Rio And The Revelles - Don't Break My Heart And Run Away (Joe Meek, Jimmy O'Neill) - 2:26
4. The Beatmen - Please Believe (Bill Moseley) - 1:45
5. The Blue Aces Showband - You Don't Believe (Phelan Kane) - 2:10
6. The Chapters - Dance Little Lady (M.Novac, M.Jordan) - 2:45
7. The First Impressions - Looking For Her (Peter Watkinson) - 2:02
8. The Kinks - Who'll Be The Next In Line (Ray Davies) - 2:02
9. The Limeys - Don't Cry (My Love) (Raymond Benoit, Greg Dempsey) - 2:22
10.The Pros And Cons - Whirlybird (Part One) (Joe Fenegan) - 2:49
11.Carl Wayne And The Vikings - This Is Love (Danny King) - 1:58
12.The Epics - My Little Girl (Stuart Tann) - 2:30
13.The Lemmings - My Little Girl (Del Murray) - 2:49
14.The Monotones - Somethings Hurtin' Me (Brian Alexander, Peter Stanley) - 2:31
15.The Rockin' Berries - Follow Me (Kenneth Hawker, John Schroeder) - 2:09
16.The Couriers - Take Away (Harry Middlebrooks) - 2:21
17.Dickie Rock, Miami And Strings - Rock And Roll Music (Chuck Berry) - 2:32
18.The Buckinghams - She Lied (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio) - 2:08
19.The Eccentrics - Fe Fi Fo Fum (Spiro) - 2:36
20.The Riot Squad - Not A Great Talker (Anthony Chalk, Gordon Roberts, Raymond Smith) - 2:05
21.Buddy Britten And The Regents - She's A Mover (Doug Sahm) - 2:13
22.Charles Dickens - In The City (B. Potter, G. Dee) - 2:06
23.The Cops ’N Robbers - Just Keep Right On (Raymond Smith) - 2:10
24.The Untamed - I'll Go Crazy (Kim Brown) - 2:13
25.The Quiet Five - Honeysuckle Rose (Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) - 2:10
26.Felder's Orioles () - Down Home Girl (Artie Butler, Jerry Leiber) - 4:00
27.Paddy, Klaus And Gibson - I Wanna Know (Françoise Dorin, Guy Mardel) - 2:16
28.The Legends - I've Found Her (Peter Watkinson) - 2:27
29.The Searchers - He's Got No Love (Chris Curtis, Mike Pender) - 2:36
30.Mike Hurst - Show Me Around (R. Blackwell) - 2:06
31.Major Rowley - Do It The Right Way (John Rowlands, Jason, Burr) - 1:59
32.Kenny Bernard And The Wranglers - You Gotta Give (Tarrus Riley) - 2:28
33.Mal And The Primitives - Pretty Little Face (John E. Soul) - 2:09
Disc 3
1. The Sorrows - Take A Heart (Miki Dallon) - 3:16
2. The Imp-Acts - If I Were The Only One (Lloyd Courtney, Ray Frewin, Howard Morgan, Michael Oldroyd) - 2:08
3. The Alan Price Set - Any Day Now (Burt Bacharach, Bob Hilliard) - 2:58
4. The Washington DC's - Have You Seen My Baby (Robin Shaw) - 2:02
5. The New Faces - Never Gonna Love Again (Tony Mahoney, Barry Pettican) - 2:47
6. Ronnie Jones - I'm So Clean (Norman Oliver) - 2:42
7. Russ Loader With The Ladybirds - Count The Stars (Mark Wirtz) - 3:32
8. The In Crowd - You're On Your Own (Keith Hopkins) - 2:19
9. The Syndicats - On The Horizon (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) - 2:50
10.The Alan Bown Set - I'm The One (Curtis Mayfield) - 2:14
11.The Chosen Few - Today, Tonight And Tomorrow (Alan Hull) - 2:40
12.The Hellions - Think It Over (Jim Capaldi, Gordon Jackson, Dave Mason, David Meredith) - 2:04
13.The Lancastrians - I Can't Stand The Pain (Terry Benson, John Fleury) - 2:46
14.The Nightshift - That's My Story (Tim Rice) - 2:13
15.The Truth - Come On Home (Jeff Cooper) - 2:26
16.The Tornados - Stingray (Barry Gray) - 2:53
17.The Action - Land Of One Thousand Dances (Chris Kenner) - 2:51
18.The Chantelles - Gonna Give Him Some Love (Alan Tew, Derek Thompson) - 2:38
19.Brian Diamond And The Cutters - Bone Idol (Brian Diamond) - 2:39
20.The Carnaby - My Love Will Stay (Steve Miners) - 2:34
21.The MeddyEvils - Find Somebody To Love (Danny Barbour) - 2:52
22.The Slade Brothers - Don't Be Gone Too Long (Jack Klaeysen) - 2:17
23.The Ugly's - A Friend (Steve Gibbons, Jimmy O'Neill) - 2:14
24.David And Jonathan - Laughing Fit To Cry (Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway) - 2:16
25.The Kirkbys - She'll Get No Loving That Way (Jimmy Campbell) - 2:09
26.The Tomcats - Pena, Penita, Pena (Ruiz Alba, Ruiz Narvaez) - 2:58
27.Shades Of Blue - Where Did All The Good Times Go (John Cassidie) - 2:20
28.Earl Preston's Realms - Nobody But You (Earl Preston, Tony Priestley) - 2:06
29.Michael Allen - I Can't Stand It (Smokey McAllister) - 2:53
30.The Richmond Group - That's Alright (Justin Tubb) - 3:16
Disc 4
1. David Bowie With The Lower Third - And I Say To Myself (David Bowie) - 2:30
2. The Undertakers - Throw Your Love Away Girl (Jackie Lomax) - 2:34
3. Arthur Brown With The Diamonds - You Don't Know (Tim Lee) - 3:35
4. Episode Six - That's All I Want (Roger Glover) - 2:32
5. The Time - Take A Bit Of Notice (Danny Barbour) - 1:59
6. Tony Rivers And The Castaways - Girl Don't Tell Me (Brian Wilson) - 2:44
7. The Boomerangs - Upgraded (Jon Ledingham) - 2:06
8. The Rocking Vickers - Stay By Me (Robin Shaw) - 2:30
9. The Deputies - Given Half A Chance (Pierre Tubbs) - 2:04
10.The Clockwork Oranges - After Tonight (Emma Chelotti, Giuseppe Russo) - 2:22
11.Tony Colton - Have You Lost Your Mind (Tony Colton, Raymond Smith) - 3:36
12.Luvin' Kind - It's A Cruel World (Kevin Hearn) - 2:20
13.The Bats - People Like You (Tony O'Brien) - 2:25
14.The People - I'm With You (Perry Ford, Tony Hiller) - 2:05
15.Phillip Goodhand-Tait And The Stormsville Shakers - I'm Gonna Put Some Hurt On You (Raymond Lewis) - 2:13
16.The Bluechips - I Know A Boy (Hill) - 2:46
17.The Moonlighters - We'll See It Through (Chris Arnold, David Lee Martin, Geoff Morrow) - 2:51
18.The Spartans - Lies (Pete Townshend) - 2:24
19.The Fingers - I Go To Sleep (Ray Davies) - 2:33
20.Chris Curtis - Aggravation (Tommy Roe) - 1:59
21.The Ivy League - One Day (John Carter, Perry Ford, Ken Lewis) - 2:06
22.The Cymbaline - Top Girl (The Cymbaline) - 2:41
23.The Jeeps - The Music Goes Round (Pierre Tubbs) - 2:20
24.Paul's Troubles - You'll Find Out (Geoff Simpson) - 2:28
25.The Bystanders - Have I Offended The Girl (Ronnie Scott, Marty Wilde) - 2:33
26.The Chevlons - It's My Problem (Derek Creigan) - 2:33
27.The Debonaires - A Love Of Our Own (Aiden Magennis, Shay O'Donoghue) - 2:37
28.The Majority - Simplified (Robert Long, Peter Mizen, Ian Sutherland, Barry Wigley) - 2:56
29.The Ministry Of Sound - Back Seat Driver (John Carter, Mickey Keen, Robin Shaw) - 2:26
30.The Appalachians - Look Away (Mike Hurst) - 2:28
31.Hayes* And Wadey - What Does She Want? (Michelle Grainger, Tony Hayes, Steve Wadey) - 2:37
Disc 5
1. The Tremeloes - Good Day Sunshine (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 1:58
2. Tuesday's Children - High And Drifting (Phil Cordell) - 2:42
3. The Rogers - Little Girl (Jimmy Henshaw) - 2:12
4. Marmalade - It's All Leading Up To Saturday Night (Geoff Stevens) - 2:20
5. Mick And Malcolm - Little Venice (Clive Westlake) - 2:15
6. The Kytes - I'll Give You A Better Love (Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway) - 2:32
7. Hat And Tie - California Jazz Club U.S.A. (Campbell Lyons, Chris Thomas) - 2:06
8. The Renegades - Walking Down The Street (Kim Brown, Denis Gibson, Graham Johnson, Ian Mallett) - 1:50
9. The Thoughts - All Night Stand (Ray Davies) - 2:28
10.Gates Of Eden - Too Much On My Mind (Ray Davies) - 2:26
11.Sounds Around - Sad Subject (John Pantry) - 1:57
12.The Knack - Take Your Love (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) - 2:29
13.The Montanas - That's When Happiness Began (Dick Addrisi, Don Addrisi) - 2:12
14.Gnomes Of Zurich - Please Mr. Sun (Sid Frank, Ray Getzov) - 2:27
15.The Attraction - Party Line (Ray Davies) - 2:21
16.Five's Company - Session Man (Ray Davies) - 2:34
17.The Doc Thomas Group - I Just Can't Go To Sleep (Ray Davies) - 2:32
18.The Spectres - Hurdy Gurdy Man (Pat Barlow, Alan Lancaster) - 3:18
19.Steve Hammond - The World Is Wrapped Around My Neck (Steve Hammond) - 3:17
20.The Factotums - I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) - 2:29
21.The Symbols - Canadian Sunset (Eddie Heywood) - 3:08
22.The Secrets - Such A Pity (Clifford T. Ward) - 2:06
23.Marcus Tro - We Can Make It Baby (Graham Reynolds) - 1:55
24.The Athenians - Steppin' Out (Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere) - 2:58
25.The Peenuts - The World's Been Good To Me (Tony Cox, Douglas Macrae-Brown) - 2:40
26.The Exceptions - Girl Trouble (Alan "Bugsy" Eastwood) - 2:19
27.The Spectrum - Saturday's Child (David Gates) - 2:31
28.Bobby Johnson And The Atoms - Do It Again A Little Slower (Wayne Carson) - 2:22
29.Katch 22 - Makin' My Mind Up (Jack Dalton, Gary Montgomery) - 2:34
Disc 6
1. Five's A Crowd - I’m Not Ready For You (Buzz Cason, Paul Hampton) - 2:01
2. The Cherokees - Poison Ivy (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) - 2:33
3. The Web - I'll Try - 2:09
4. The Changing Times - Louie Louie (Richard Berry) - 3:00
5. The Second Thoughts - Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson II) - 3:01
6. Count Downe And The Zero's - Always On My Mind (Michael Hartz, Peter Senior) - 1:45
7. The Baskervilles - Love Potion No. 9 (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) - 1:58
8. The Mighty Atoms - Wanderin’ Eye (Stuart Hobday) - 2:38
9. Five Steps Beyond - Heartbreak Love Or Paradise (Roger Winward) - 2:14
10.The Silence - Down Down (Andy Ellison) - 3:00
11.Herbie's People - So Fine (Jim Gribble) - 2:50
12.The Connoisseurs - Make Up Your Mind (Kent) - 3:01
13.The Gremlins - One More Chance (Chris Andrews, Chris Jennings) - 2:27
14.Barney J Barnes And The Intro - It Must Be Love (Perry, Peter Wood) - 2:28
15.Glenda Collins - Run To Me (Unknown) - 2:27
16.The Uprooted - You’re Not There (Ashley-Brown, John Chuter, Denis Gibson, Raymond Smith) - 2:35
17.The Fadin' Colours - You’re No Use (Geoffrey Coppin) - 2:47
18.The Brood - You’re Just Another Girl (Jeff Peters, Ewan Stephens) - 2:27
19.The Flies - Just Won’t Do (Ian Baldwin, Da Costa, Robin Hunt) - 2:00
20.The Trendbender Band - I Can’t Stand The Pain (Barry Brewery) - 2:40
21.Jeff Curtis And The Flames - Everybody Loves A Lover (Richard Adler, Robert Allen) - 2:23
22.Earl Preston And The T.T.'s - Betty Jean (Chuck Berry) - 2:37
23.The Mike Stuart Span - Follow Me (Kenny Lynch, Mort Shuman) - 2:29
24.Outer Limits - Any Day Now (Jeff Christie) - 3:37
25.The Cordes - Carabella (Frank Pingatore) - 3:08
26.The Newtowns - Tomorrow (The Newtowns) - 2:51
27.The Bo-Weevils - I’m A Lover Not A Fighter (J.D. Miller) - 3:03
28.The Xit - Time Will Tell On You (Geoff Simpson) - 2:12
29.Mike Forde And The Fortunes - Sweet Little Rhythm And Blues (Chuck Berry) - 2:25
30.Rory Storm And The Hurricanes - Lend Me Your Comb (Kay Twomey, Ben Weisman, Fred Wise) - 1:49