Saturday, February 9, 2013

In Dan’s Garage…#83

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   Any of you guys ever have to hide while you’re wife/girlfriend/significant other is hosting a baby or wedding shower???? Well friends that’s what is going on this very minute here at Dan’s Garage central. A horde of women are invading my home to play kooky games and “shower” my daughter-in- law, who will be giving birth in a month or so, with fabulous gifts. The upside to all of this is that I get to munch on some tasty leftovers and I’m left entirely alone for about 3 hours which gives me ample time to write this blog.

    Hey you folks in the northeast! Look outside lately? Yup that’s about two feet of snow that’s turned my neighborhood (and probably yours) into a breathtaking winter wonderland. Don’t worry though, spring is right around the corner and I’ve got a hunch this is the last biggie of the year.

   On the beer front, you may remember me waxing poetic about our local brewery Genesee. Well, they’ve come out with this limited edition “Heritage Collection” of brews that were popular way back when. Included is old standby 12 Horse Ale, Genny “Red”, which was produced in the 90s and is an excellent full bodied lager very similar to Yuengling which is very popular in these parts, and my favorite, “Fyfe & Drum” which is a nice crisp clean lager.

   The best part is that you can get a 12 pack around here for $5.99. You can’t get a six pack of cruddy ol’ Budweiser for that cheap. If you see ‘em, buy ‘em up. They won’t last forever and you will certainly like them a lot.

   Alrighty then, enough jabber about beer, snow and babies, let’s get to volume #83…..
Dick Dale & The Deltones – Peppermint Man / Surf Beat (1962)Dick Dale
”The King of The Surf Guitar”. Dick vocalizes on the A side of this and the flip is typical Dick Dale instrumental genius.
Tren-Dells – I’ll Be There / Everyday (1964)trndells
A Louisville, KY group that takes Ray Price’s country classic and turns it into a British Invasion tune that sounds a bit like Gerry & The Pacemakers. The flip is a great rendition of Buddy Holly’s “Everyday”
Don Hudson & The Royal Kings – Funny What You Do / Holding Hands (1964)donhudson
Not much is known about the greasers who grace the cover of this volume, except that they had at least one other 45 on the same label and they indeed were from Fort Worth, TX. Excellent guitar work on the A side. B side is a do-woppish ballad.
Ian & The Zodiacs – Good Morning Little Schoolgirl / Message To Martha (1965)ianzodiac
This second level Liverpool group recorded a handful of 45s and a few LPs which consisted mostly of cover versions. I think, if I’m not mistaken, that they were more popular in Germany and made a few appearances on the fantastic “Beat Club” show.
James Boys – Bad Reputation / Sometimes You Walk In The Sunshine (1966)jamesboys
The James boys were a duo which consisted of Donny Marchand and Harry Giosaso and had  one other 45 on Columbia as far as I know (which ain’t much).
Melinda & The Misfits – Sweet Love / My Kind Of Man (1966)melinda
Melinda and her Misfits hailed from Kansas City, Mo and produced this nice piece of garage/pop with some very cool girl group vocals.
Senders – Chintz And Rubies / Whats Your Sisters Name (1966)senders
This one’s a real head scratcher. All I know is that it’s on the same label as The Nightcrawlers’ “Basket Of Flowers” which might indicate they were from somewhere in beautiful sunny Florida.
Spats – Gonna Tell Ya All About It baby / Billy, The Blue Grasshopper (1966)spatz
A case of defective labeling led to this 45 having “Billy” printed on both sides. “Gonna Tell Ya” though, is about as tough and menacing as garage gets, kind of like “Knock, Knock” by the Humane Society with some cool harp and a fast break in-between.
Electric Prunes – I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) / Luvin’ (1966)proons
OK. I know this is considered “common” by collector standards, but it is a classic. So I present it to you in all it’s monophonic 45 RPM glory.
Changin’ Times – All In The Mind Of A Young Girl / Aladdin (1966)changintimes
Artie Kornfield and Steve Duboff  were the masterminds behind this excellent garage/folk/pop group. They also had a 45 on Mercury as The Sterlings.
London & The Bridges – City I Was Born In / Tell It To The Preacher (1966)londonbidge
A group from Great Neck, NY that had a few 45s, this one their best, in my opinion. You can read more about them HERE.
Maddening Crowd – As Long As I’m With You (1968)maddeningcrowd
Parrot Records’ catalog numbers are so confusing, but I did nail a 1968 date on this one. This was co-written by an Albany, GA musician named Herb Ryals and it’s a slow moving song that reminds me somewhat of “Whiter Shade Of Pale” with some very soulful horn work that doesn’t really muck it up.
Elfstone – Louisiana Teardrops / Beat The Clock (1968)elfstone
Another Michael Lloyd / Kim Fowley collaboration and the results are a somewhat heavy Hammond Organ drenched A side and a lighter more psychedelic affair on the B side.
M.C.² – S.S.T. / My Mind Goes High (1967)mc2
Dreamy folk/psyche from L.A. with some outstanding vocals.
Free – Decision For Lost Soul Blue / What Makes You (1968)thefree
Not to be confused with the heavy British blues rockers, this bunch were from Detroit, MI and left us with this fabulous piece of psychedelic garage. Dig the crazy fuzz out guitar solo!


  1. As always- looking forward to the latest installment.
    Thanks in advance!

  2. Thanks Dan, glad the snowpocalypse didn't negatively impact the production of your compilations;)
    Those beers sound pretty good. I like Yuenglings. I would get it from time to time when I lived in Virginia, but now that I live in Oregon it's pretty impossible to come by; and no native Oregonian has ever even heard of it.

    Thanks once again

  3. I really dig the Psych and Sunshine pop Rare cuts! Thank you for the Gems! Doug

  4. a good chunk, about 66%, of this comp was new to me. first time ever hearing. thanks for sharing

  5. Yuengling bought the old Schlitz/Stroh's brewery here in Tampa and now Yuengling is a very affordable brew in the Tampa Bay area too. They brew a lovely porter. Of course, we have many micro's that brew real beer and ale too (lol). Back in the early 80's one of the "second" jobs I had was hauling beer out of Genny for a distributor in New Bedford, Mass. The trailers would be loaded when I got there but the barrels went on last with big chunks of dry ice thrown in around them. A few times the barrelhouse wasn't ready for loading on a Sunday and I got to walk a couple miles up to the old ballpark and take in a Red Wings game while I waited. Were the trailers a couple cases short by the time they got back down to Buzzard's Bay? You betcha. Dick Dale: a lot of people don't know he grew up in Massachusetts. He lived in Quincy, Natick and Whitman - which is where I went to high school in the later 60's. Lennie Baker of Sha Na Na is from Whitman as is Steve Smith, the drummer for Journey way back when. Lennie played in a band called The Pilgrims (1 single on Plymouth Records). The Pilgrims were the house band at The Surf Ballroom at Nantasket Beach in the early 60's (later the Rockin' Ramrods were in the mid-60's). One of the earliest "surf" type records, from winter 1960, is Madness by the Rhythm Rockers, another Mass. with that and Dick Dale's roots please don't think that "surf" is strictly southern California. It's a nice day here in Florida and I'm going for a bike ride on a trail that goes through the Phillies training complex. Going to stop and watch for awhile and on the way back stop for happy hour at Peggy O'Neils in old downtown Palm Harbor and have a few Genny Cream Ales and drink a toast to Dan's Garage. Stay warm!

  6. Always hear something new in the Garage. Thanks Dan! From another Mike that's North of Tampa.

  7. pacific nw is inundated with microbreweries, even nano size breweries, like out of peoples garages. seems every week the pubs have a new set of beers i haven't heard of before. portland has become a drunkards meccah. even if you're on a budget because the streets are practically flooded with pbr too

  8. hi dan
    just discovered your marvelous blog
    I'm sure you are overworked and under appreciated, but I
    hope you can relink many of the previous posts
    was particularly attracted to number 75, but stopped looking at the past archive after that as it is frustrating to read of all those great unavailable titles
    great stuff
    thanx for sharing the ones I just collected
    looking forward to some good listening

    as an aside on the topic of beers
    I once lived in brussels belgium (where there is the most per capita breweries to population members) across the street from a notforprofit bar whose license contract was to sample every belgian beer every year, so every time you went in you didn't know what would be on tap, but it was always interesting (even if a bit too strong... many belgian beers are rather high in alcohol content and not for drinking as a casual beverage... my preference as I love the taste of a nice cold pilsner



    1. Thanks for joining in on the fun. Sorry I haven't gotten to the task of completeing all the "re-ups" on the posts that have been yanked, but it's such a time consuming process. I think some are still active but you have to fish around. I'm looking for a way for to distribute the files in a way where one has acces to All of them in one location. That might cost me some $$$ but if I can do it a nominal cost, it'll be worth it.
      Living in Brussels must have been a treat. I've never been there, but I 'd love to sample some of that "good stuff" that they serve up there. I've had a few Belgian beers (Stella Artois notwithstanding) that knocked my socks off, but they're so expensive I can't drink them even on a semi-regular basis. I'm a big IPA fan, but must admit that when the weather gets hot, a nice cold pilsener is the way to go.Glad you found me, and please, stop by often.
      Cheers to you as well, Dan

    2. hi dan
      good to know you might reup some of the unavailable titles.
      hope it doesn't be expensive.. am hoping to hear number 75 as it contains some things I am particularly interested in (early tripsichord and other psych)
      I too have collected many garage/psych comps back in the 80's and after, but never saw some of those titles. I have some 45s but as a bottom feeder (due to economic reasons) I often don't find the killer stuff
      I did poke around your site since posting and found a bunch more of your comps are still up
      haven't had time to listen to everything I collected from you yet, but look forward to it.
      thanx again
      as to belgian beers being quite strong...
      INDEED! some are 12 points (like a strong wine but with effervescence)
      many of the monestary beers are killer (westmael, trappist etc.) and then there is always busch which is cheap for the street people but massively strong
      I for one like the maes pils and jupiler as they are quite mild (around 5) and so reasonably priced as there is basically no tax on alchohol there
      I still get to return about once a year or two as I have many friends there since the 80s
      last time I was in brussels, a pint of pils in a bar was about 2.5 dollars so you can see how they keep the cafe society flourishing
      and then there is the morte subit (sublime death) the bar where jaques brel always hung is still to this day a brewer of many fruity beers like lambics, all incredibly strong (and packing a major hangover after)

  9. Wow! I have been through your entire blog (over about a year!) and I can't thank you enough for the great music. I've commented elsewhere regarding bands from Cincy and Florida, and a lot of friends from those far reaches have really enjoyed these blasts! I am a devout subscriber from here on out. Good luck too with your re-up efforts. Thanks again for sharing your incredible collection.

  10. Can't thank you enough for all this great music, just brilliant