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7 mai 2015 4 07 /05 /mai /2015 10:29

 

"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me : for now hath time made me his numb'ring clock ; my thoughts are minutes."

 

The Shadows – My grandfather’s clock

The McCoys – Beat the clock

The E-Types – Put the clock back on the wall

Peppermint Trolley Co. – 9 o’clock business man

The Hassles – 4 o’clock in the morning

The Guess Who – Clock on the wall

Now – The hands on my clock stand still

Nomads – Three o’clock merrian webster time

Joe South – Clock up on the wall

Fapardokly – Mr. Clock

The Feminine Complex – Six o’clock in the morning

Kaleidoscope – Mr. Small, the watch repair man

Five Man Electrical Band – Didn’t know the time

The Camel Drivers – Sunday morning 6 o’clock

Every Mother’s Son – Dolls in the clock

Wendy & Bonnie – Five o’clock in the morning

Arthur Birkby - Cuckoo

 

 

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4 mai 2015 1 04 /05 /mai /2015 18:41

 

This is a homemade comp of 60's and early 70's popsike and folk rock beauties. All of the tracks are ripped from my private collection.
I don't own the copyrights to these songs, the sole purpose of this compilation is to share music.

 

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1. Elizabeth – Mary Anne (1968) Vanguard S/T LP

 

 

 

Philadelphia outfit who recorded one LP for the mythical Vanguard label. Though the record is a mixed bag, it is great throughout and features this lovely moody uptempo number.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Passing Clouds – Hawks and doves (1969) Pete LP “Hawks and doves”

 

 

 

Passing Clouds were a west coast outfit that released their lone album on the Los Angeles based Pete Records, and it’s a genuine unsung popsike masterpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Fragile Lime – Angie (1970) Warner Bros 45RPM

 

 

This Washington band had a relatively long career (1966-1975) though they never recorded an album. They did at least 4 singles, including this dreamy sunburnt beauty. They were at some time managed and produced by Don McKinney (Don & The Goodtimes).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Jamie & The Jury – This too shall pass (1967) Columbia 45RPM

 

 

 

Although they were produced by the likes of Terry Melcher and Larry Marks, little is known about this Long Beach band who recorded several singles for Columbia in the mid-60’s, including this weird bubblegummy beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Farquahr – Start Living (1970) Elektra S/T LP

 

 

 

Often described as a comedy act, this folk-rock band also had songs of the highest order, especially on their 2nd album which was produced by the great Jerry Ragovoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Marshall & Newell – Twenty Nine (1970) Belter 45RPM

 

 

 

Dave Marshall and Scott Newell were Detroit cats who recorded at least two singles at the end of the 60’s. This one’s their second and was only released in Europe on the Belter label. A great environmental song with an addictive melody and clever though discreet arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Hello People - Let's Go Hide In The Forest (1967) Philips 45RPM

 

 

Ecological songs, part two.Though their manager Lou Futterman probably ruined their live shows with mime make up and silliness, this band managed to deliver some great singles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. The Cuff Links – Early In The Morning (1969) Decca LP “Tracy”

 

 

They were a typically east coast bubblegum creation of songwriters Paul Vance and Lee Pocriss, supported by singer Ron Dante. They hitted big with “Tracy” and recorded a whole LP of mostly original compositions in 1969, of which we extract this delicate mid-tempo promenade reminiscent of “Everybody’s talking”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Rejoice! - Spring Flew In Today (1968) Dunhill S/T LP

 

 

Rejoice! was the alias of California folk singers Tom and Nancy Brown. They recorded this charming LP with Steve Barri as a producer, using star musicians like Hal Blaine and Larry Knechtel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Rose Garden - If My World Falls Through (1968) ATCO 45RPM


 


This was Rose Garden’s second and final single after their hit “Next plane to London”. This fine folk rock song is written by Kenny O’Dell (he delivers his own – cheesier- version on his “Beautiful people” LP).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Andy Pratt – Shiny Susie (1970) Polydor LP “Records Are Like Life”

 

 

Though he’s best known for his 70’s ouput and the hit “Avenging Annie”, I think this Harvard Chap’s 1st LP is his best. “Shiny Susie”, an epic and mischievous piece, is here to testify.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. Neal Ford & The Fanatics - I Have Thoughts Of You (1967) Hickory 45RPM

 

 

No introduction necessary for this marvellous Houston band. They were one of the grooviest mid-sixties rock’n’roll bands but they’re also responsible for this popsike masterpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Eastfield Meadows – Helpless Is A Feeling (1968) VMC 45RPM

 

 

File under : forgotten masterpiece. This L.A. based sextet recorded one great LP for the cult VMC label, strongly reminiscent of  the best moments of bands like Buffalo Springfield, The Association or Left Banke. They also recorded “Helpless is a feeling” as a single (b/w “Travelin’ salesman”) and did a last one (“Friends Of Unequal Parallel”) before disbanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Morning – Easy Keeper (1970) Vault S/T LP

 

 

This L.A. band was created by late 60’s Love members and recorded two wonderful country-rock LP’s, which had their share of sunshiney melodies and lush arrangements. This track is one of their first LP’s many highlights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. John Buck Wilkin - Faces And Places (1970) Liberty LP “In Search Of Food Clothing Shelter And Sex”

 

 

Wilkin used to be Ronny with the fabulous Daytonas and he cut a first solo effort in 1970. It’s a weird one in a “Cocaïne cowboy” kind of mood but this particular song written by one mysterious Jane Leichardt is a baroque pop beauty that wouldn’t sound out of place on Love’s “Forever changes”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. Michael Konstan - Great Train (1973) RCA S/T LP

 

 

NYC guy who used to play with the Quadrangle (“She’s too familiar now”) and did a lone solo single the same year (1966). It seems it took some years for him to record his solo effort. It was worth the wait, as it’s an excellent and mellow singer/songwriter album with a light pop sensibility, which explains its inclusion here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17. Saint Jacques – The young girl (Kathy’s song) (1970) GRT S/T LP

 

 

 

Palo Alto hippie trio who did a magnificent LP with jazzy tinges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18. West – Sad About The Times (1969) Epic LP “Bridges”

 

 

West was the brainchild of famed musician and songwriter Ron Cornelius and they did two great folk rock albums in the late 60’s. It appears all band members were credited for the songwriting and drummer Lloyd Perata wrote this smooth perfection of a song, which is graced by Cornelius’ stratospheric guitar licks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19. Thorinshield – Prelude To A Postlude (1968) Philips S/T LP

 

This L.A. trio included Bob Ray (of “Initiation of a mystic” fame) and recorded one LP in 1968, and it’s a terrific set of all-original baroque pop songs, though some strings were added without band members consent. We chose to include this moody beauty as a perfect ending song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20. Bonus track :  Passing Clouds – Clock upon the sky

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30 avril 2015 4 30 /04 /avril /2015 09:41

 

Tribute to the great aussie/dutch songwriter team, a frenzied selection from their golden age.

(All tracks by the Easybeats except where noted)

 

Friday on my mind

Then I’ll tell you goodbye

Remember Sam

Lisa

Los Bravos – Bring a little lovin’

Pretty girl

Peter

Mike Furber – Im’ on fire

I’m just trying

Heaven & Hell

Jennifer’s Friends – In the land of make believe

Johnny no-one

Lay me down and die

The Valentines – Peculiar hole in the sky

Paintbox – Get ready for love

Buster – Pasadena

Heavy Feather – Beautiful and black

See-line woman
 

 

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24 avril 2015 5 24 /04 /avril /2015 17:31

 

Selected works from the criminally underrated Gibb brothers mid-career.

(All songs by the Bee Gees except where noted)

 

I lay down and die

Portrait of Louise

Dogs

My life has been a song

Back home

Down the road

It’s just the way

You know it’s for you

My thing

South Dakota morning

I held a party

We All Together – Why

Truck – Broken chair

Tin Tin – I took a holiday

Israel

 

 

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9 avril 2015 4 09 /04 /avril /2015 15:16

 

A collection of lesser-knowns productions from Tom Wilson's vaults.

Beacon Street Union – Recitation

The Blues Project – I can’t keep from crying

Fratenity Of Man – In the morning

Harumi – Sugar in your tea

The Willows – Hurtin’ all over

Nick Ashford – When I feel the need

The Purpose – Give in

Marvin’s Circus – The second time

Fear Itself – For Suki

Ill Wind – People of the night

Road – Mushroom man

Central Nervous System – Sweet hot Lucy

Fire – One more heartache

Click Horning – Find it for yourself

Two Friends – Long way hard road
 

 

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4 avril 2015 6 04 /04 /avril /2015 09:31

 

Tribute to the great departed wunderkind.

The Left Banke – Pretty Ballerina

Christopher & The Chaps – They just don’t care

The Magic Plants - I know she’s waiting there

The Left Banke – Let go of you girl

The Blades Of Grass – Walk away Renee

The Left Banke – Hertz rent-a-car spot

The Left Banke – Desiree

Montage – Grand pianist

Cherry People – And suddenly

Montage – Tinsel and Ivy

Bert Sommer – Magic elixir

Stories – Words

Scott Trusty – I bred quarter horses

Stories – Winter scenes

The Beckies – Fran

Steve Martin – Love songs in the night

The Beckies – On the morning that she came

The Left Banke – She may call you up tonight

The Four Tops – Walk away Renee

 

 

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26 mars 2015 4 26 /03 /mars /2015 18:13

 

Jangling guitars and druggy harmonies !

 

Band Of Wynand – Day-time, nite-time

Kaleidoscope – Pulsating dream

Every Mother’s Son – Another day, another song

Circus Maximus – Oops I can dance

Spur – Time is now

The Fredric – Born in fire

The Contents Are – Recurring changes

The Mad Lads – Everything is blue

The Travel Agency – Time

The Rovin’ Kind – Right on time

The Cryan’ Shames – Sunshine psalm

The Now – Deja vu

The Elastik Band – Mixed emotions

Beauregard Ajax – Goodbye again

The Solid Ground – Sad now

Steve Ellis & The Starfires – Her face

The Spiders - Yves

 

 

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13 mars 2015 5 13 /03 /mars /2015 09:56

 

Premium slabs of early power balladry, before stadium-rock era ruined it all.

 

Raspberries – If you change your mind

Artful Dodger – It’s over

Bernie Schwartz – Where can I hide

Space Opera – Outlines

Twin Engine – Give my love chance

The Guess Who – Laughing

April Wine – I wouldn’t want to lose your love

James Gang – Midnight man

Big Star – The Ballad of El Goodoo

Prix – Girl

Hudson Brothers – So you are a star

The Jook – Do what you can

Lesley Duncan – My soul

Heart – Love me like music (I’ll be your song)

 

 

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7 mars 2015 6 07 /03 /mars /2015 09:16

 

Psych-tinged soul music with dark edges, with special host Jean-Pierre Paul Poire !

The Temptations – Take a look around

Darrow Fletcher – Dolly baby

Vision Sounds Of Memphis – Play the game

South Shore Commission – Shadows

The Trash Company – Come to me softly

C.C. Jones – Find yourself a new thing

Freeman Bros – Living in the life of love

Rufus Hunter – Clean with your dirty work

Isley Brothers – Feels like the world

Paul Kelly – Here come ole Jezebel

The Untouchables & Mark One Band – The dragster boy

Brothers United – Spoonful

The Shades Of Black Lightning – Yesterday’s dream

Allen Toussaint – Electricity

 

 

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19 février 2015 4 19 /02 /février /2015 18:26

 

Bands blending several male voices with a female singer, from sunshiney folk-rock to smooth soul !

 

The Yankee Dollar – Sanctuary

The Vejtables – The last thing on my mind

Ashes – Return home

The Deep Six – When morning breaks

The Rose Garden – Long time

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Giving up

Ruby & The Romantics – Young wings can fly

Brenda & The Tabulations – The touch of you

Linda & The Vistas – She went away

R.J. Fox – To be born again

MC Squared – Miss Abercrombie

Eternity’s Children – Your world

The Ballroom – It’s a sad world

Dave Mason & Cass Elliot – On and on

Flair & The Flat-Foots – Hey boy hey girl

Penny & The Quarters – You and me

Tan Geers – Let my heart and soul be free

Ruby & The Romantics – When you’re young and in love

 

 

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