Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Bubblegum music!! Yes, I like it so much. It's the naked truth.
And this record is a gem. Arguably, one of the best bubblegum records ever. Period.
And, to my knowledge, never reissued (except for Sha-La Love You). Why?? Such a shame... and if you ever find a copy, they'll ask you for $200 or more.
(damn, my wife just saw me typing this and she wants me to sell it now.... NO, NEVER!!!)
Played by a bunch of chimps (well, the correct description is A.P.E.'s*), namely:
Lance Link - Guitar
Mata Hairi - Tambourine
Sweetwater Gibbons - Piano (you gotta love his style, btw)
Bananas Marmoset - Drums & Percusion
Extremely catchy, extremely fun, extremely good!!
From the original 1970-72 US TV series Lancelot Link Secret Chimp Hour. Surely familiar for guys in the US. And I bet they played many more songs than the ones on the Lp. Anyone? Sigh.
Anyhow, see for yourselves how groovy they were!
Most of the songs come from the courtesy of writer-singer-producer Steve Hoffman, with Steve Barri producing (hey, Sha-la Love You is an allegedly early demo for the Grass Roots!).
The lyrics may be a bit sexist sometimes, but hey, enjoy the music, have fun. I often play this record when I have to do the dishes late at night.... works wonders!
The chimps list a running order on the back of the Lp, but then they play as they wish when the needle hits the wax and do this one instead. It's a blast!
Sha-La Love You
Wild Dreams (Jelly Beans)
Rollin' In The Clover
* Agents To Prevent Evil
PLAY IT LOUD!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Well, here's a very obscure and good record. The Roulettes! The Adam Faith related band, I hear? No, not really. In fact, I've had a bad bad time trying to find information about these guys. It seemed they never existed! And why did they choose this name? Who knows... Well, let's go for a description of the music instead. You're in for beautiful genuine American power pop with a lot Phil Seymour influences, catchy and melodic songs, the word tonight in good measure (ahh, that's a good thing!)... and all the songs but one (track 8... shhhhh) are really worth it. Hey, I hear some Rubinoos sound in many of the songs too. Yes, I can really picture them playing many of the songs of this album. Shouldn't this be enough to grab this platter quick? I say yes! Come On! You're not likely to find this little treasure easily or good-priced, that's for sure.
Bart Bishop - Lead vocal, guitar, Vox organ, autoharp
Tom McMeekan - Lead guitar, backup vocal
Jim Lowry - Bass
Jeff Holman - Drums
Only Heaven Knows Hold Me Baby Don't Go Love Is Like A Telescope This Ain't The Way Come On Dynamite Livin's Lovin' You Turn Look Away Dream About Me
Friday, November 23, 2007
Ben, you rule!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Stillrock -according to the Lp- or Still Rock, depending on the scarce sources found in cyberspace, was a short-lived group whose only effort -most probably from 1969 even though some argue 1971- featured a very pleasant collection of tunes. You can hear double and three-part harmonies and singing, along with clever influences of the Everlys, the Beatles -btw, The Reach Of My Memory is, how to describe it... Freeasabirdian thirty years in advance? Oh, and a lot of Hollies (a lot), all within the boundaries of a beautiful Southern rock flavor. CSN&Y anyone? You get steel guitar parts, a couple of ballads with violins in the background, nice countrified mid tempos where you can even smell the grass, a correct rendition of Isaac Hayes' soulful When Something Is Wrong With My Baby, and even a shy attempt at light psych.
Well, it's still rock'n'roll to me...
Produced by Don Nix. That was enough for me to buy the LP with no previous listen (OK, the cover looked cool as well).
The LP cover insists on a "featuring Don Preston" tag and ignores the other fine musicians of the band. This seems to have pretty much been a Don-Don affair, but come on, you gotta give the other guys some well-deserved credit too:
Bobby Cochran (Guitars & Vocals)
Casey Van Beek (Bass & Vocals)
Bob Young (Drums & Vocals)
Don Preston ( Guitars & Vocals) -who appears through the courtesy of Mrs. Preston-
01 So Hard to Say Goodbye (Nix, Preston)
02 The Reach of My Memory (Preston)
03 Mighty Time (Nix)
04 Rolling in My Dreams (Nix)
05 Hiway Fever (Preston)
06 Waiting for the Door to Open (Preston)
07 Wedding Parade (Nix)
08 I Can Remember (Preston)
09 Lost City Child (Preston, Nix)
10 When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (Hayes, Porter)
11 She Was a Long Time Ago (Preston)
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Let's see, Mr. Werner has a myspace page (your music is great, Mr. Werner!!), and he uses the description found in the allmusic guide about this record, so I think it 's right to reproduce it here too:
David Werner's name doesn't roll off the tongue: he hasn't released an album since 1979, and only the most avid rock snob will have heard them -- because they're not in print anymore. Whizz Kid is a typically earnest debut that seemingly draws on its artist's record collection: Bowie and Mott the Hoople influences are present, and a little glam, too. (The original back cover shot of a heavily lipsticked Werner is priceless; he also calls his publishing company Sassy Brat Music!)
Werner takes a more measured tack than his flashier brethren, though Mark Doyle's and Max Kendrick's guitars can pounce and snarl with the best of them. Songs alternate between mid-tempo rockers and plaintive ballads like "The Lady in Waiting" and "It's Too Sad," which offers encouragement to a lonely person ("but you're no one's clown/'cause they're the ones that have to grow"). "One More Wild Guitar" opens the album decisively, casting its rocker-versus-fogeyish-parents lyric as a coming-of-age story -- a theme he further develops on "The Death of Me Yet" and the title track ("everything I try to say somehow comes out crazy"). The musicianship isn't flashy, but it's first-rate throughout (especially Doyle and Kendrick, who carry most of the load). Werner addresses his inner life on the winsome "Love Is Tragic" and "A Sleepless Night," in which a rebuffed lover plays for more time. As if to ensure he's not playing things too straight, Werner trots out another Bowie-esque touch -- "Plan 9," a one-minute, free-associative spoken-word piece. The public may not have known how to read him, but David Werner was a distinctive artist, which may have worked against him. His style's definitely an acquired taste, but you'll never forget it once you hear it. ~ Ralph Heibutzki, All Music Guide
All I can add is that you'll probably going to love this gem as soon as you listen to it. Not an acquired taste at all; pure greatness!
Produced by Bruce Somerfeld / David Werner.
Carefully and lovingly transferred to 320Kpbs for your enjoyment.
Now when I was a young boy
you know I swore when I grew old
that I'd never get enough of
all that crazy rock and roll.
While I'm working on the next vinyl treasure, let me tell you that The Nines are back! If you don't know this band, run don't walk and buy your copy of this great album. They wear a lot of healthy influences on their sleeves: Beatles, Queen, Left Banke, Kinks, cool disco... you name it! One of the best bands out there right now! Listen to samples here. The first song on this album is so Queenish, it's insane (good)!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
OK, so I wanted to start this blog with a bang, only to find that this mighty fine and obscure Lp was reissued in Japan last month. Ouuuchhh! It's a very limited reissue, so you'd better hurry (mine's on its way already). At any rate, since there are no samples on the Japanese website, let me give you the first two songs. Hope you like what you hear. Their music could be described as harmony pop this side of Aztec Two-Step or poppier Tir Na Nog, with early Gerry Rafferty asking for his money back in the meantime, really! Truth be said, they touch more bases than those ones, and that's what makes this record very special. Not boring at all!
On the back of the Lp you can read they were in a band called Harlan County long ago, so if it was long ago in 1972 already, go figure how long must have been now!
Gary Sulsh and Stu Leathwoon are the names who invite you to sample the delights of their menu as the cover of the Lp reads, and these are the fine tracks:
01 Harlan Fair (yes, the album is called Harlan Fare and the song Harlan Fair)
02 Man Of Many Faces
03 Hey Man
04 Rainbow Coloured Morning
05 Lemon City
06 Sweet White Dove
01 Long Long Line
02 Darlin' Jill
03 My Daddy Was A Movie Star
04 Good Lady Fair
06 Country Fever
All songs composed by Sulsh/Leathwood with some help by Barrie Guard.
Arranged & Produced By Barry Guard. - A Carnaby Recording.