Monday, September 18, 2017

In Dan's Garage...#125

   Holy Moly. You know how long I've been working on this post???? All summer. It's not that I'm lazy mind you, it's simply because I have such little spare time on my hands. I'm not complaining here, I mean, I prefer being busy, but as I approach my "golden years" (I turned 57 on August 27th), I'm contemplating retirement which would mean that every day would be a Saturday. That's as great a concept as Gary U.S. Bonds singing about a "Seven Day Weekend". I'm actually blowing off installing venetian blinds in my GARAGE to write this post. That may not go very well with my lovely wife "Red", but since I'm blowing off work for a couple of days I figure I'd finish this post and scratch it off my "to do" list. Besides, a bunch of guys are showing up in less than a half hour to re-seal my driveway which makes all outdoor work impossible, for today anyway. Home ownership is the BEST! (FYI Installed them while taking a breather from writing this! WOO HOO!!)

    Someone left a comment several weeks back wondering if I "ran out of records". Well it's quite the opposite. Here's a picture I took about that time when I was searching for an incredibly valuable 45 that I misplaced....
    This is just a small example of what I'm dealing with over here at Dan's Garage central. What you're looking at are all my boxes of "old" records. I went to an establishment here in downtown Rochester called "Bags Unlimited" (they specialize in materials for collectors) last week and bought ten more boxes and quickly filled them up with what I consider "new" stock. That's a LOT of records and I figure at this slow pace, I'll be writing this blog for the next thirty years. That doesn't include all the L.P.'s that I have, but since this blog is solely dedicated to the 45 RPM record, we'll disregard them. For now....

Which brings me to the subject of a format change. Because time is so precious these days, and because it literally takes me 8+ hours to make a post from start to finish, I was thinking of posting a 45 or two at a time with down-loadable links. This would make these posts more frequent, and they also would be more free-form as far as genres are concerned (I've obtained a lot of oddball shit that defies categorization over the past few years). Let me know what you think. In the meantime I'm trying to re-up all dead links and this will take LOTS of time so be patient.

    As usual I grabbed a fistful of 45's, ripped 'em, and now I'm passing them off to you, my friends and followers. If you've listened to the "Dan's Garage" radio show, you undoubtedly heard these tracks already, but if you haven't, I'm sure you'll enjoy these as much as I do!

Dee & The Yeomen - You Should Know It / Say Baby (Who Am I) (1963)
Dee & The Yeomen were fronted by Graham "Dee" Dunnet who was an Englishman who played alongside acts like The Beatles and Gerry & The Pacemakers when they were doing time in Hamburg. Fast forward to 1963 where Dee settled in Canada to become one of that country's most beloved acts in the early 60's. This is their first 45 a nice piece of beat/pop with a definite British Invasion flair to it.

2 Of Clubs - Heart / My First Heartbreak (1966)
The 2 of Clubs were from Cincinnati, OH and had a big regional hit with "Walk Tall Like A Man" in '66. This was actually their first 45, a great re-work of Petula Clark's "Heart", which actually rivals the Remains' version.

Blues Project - Back Door Man / Violets Of Dawn (1965)
 The Blues Project's first 45 finds them doing what they do best. A little bit of blues, and a little bit of folk-rock. Tommy Flanders sang lead on these tracks (I believe) and left the band soon thereafter.

Five Sounds - Loadin' Coal / Baby Please Don't Cry (1965)
All I can gather from investigating this bunch is that they were from Nova Scotia up in Canada and released two 45s on Epic, both outstanding garage rockers with excellent production.

Sheppards - Poor Man's Thing / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1966)
Certainly one of the best girl "put down" songs of all time. The Sheppards were from Detroit and released this one killer snotty 45. Even their version of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" kicks serious ass.

TR-4 - Never Too Young / Let It Be Known (1966)
The A side of this here 45 is a pretty routine frat/surf/teen/garage tune, not bad, but nothing that stands out either. These guys must've listened to a lot of Stones records before they hit the studio because the flip is an ace snotty slo-tempo garage punker heavily influenced by "Time Is On My Side".

Tropics - You Better Move / It's You I Miss (1966)
You all know that I generally don't deal with re-issues or boots on this blog. Not that I'm against them at all, it's just that they're too freakin' expensive (IMHO) and I prefer to search out originals if possible and when they fit my ever so tight budget, which these days is pretty rare given the scratch that's being thrown around for originals like this heavy hitter. Even though it came out on a major label, an original like this fetches well into three figures.

Steve Blood - The New Young American / I'm Off To See The World (1965) 
An interesting 45 by a studio group that mixes a bunch of social commentary with some pop culture thrown in for good measure.

Ballantraes - Action (Speaks Louder Than Words) / Baby Jane (1967)
Here's a band from the Tennessee area that released two different 45s, this one twice on different labels. Good blue eyed soul mixed with some garagey vocals make for a good mover.

Floyd & Jerry - Dusty / If You Want Me (1967)
The second last 45 this duo from Phoenix, AZ would release on Presta records. They had two more on Double Shot and then these two brothers went their separate ways before releasing one more 45 in 1981, but I'm not too sure what that one sounds like....

Peter's Pipers - Groovy Weekend / Helping You Out (1968)
Great garage/pop two sider from Pittsburgh, PA.

Jigsaw Band - I Need Your Love / I've Got To Get Me Some (1968)
I'm not sure if this is the same British group that simply called themselves "Jigsaw" that had some success in the late 60s into the 70s. The A side was written by Manfred Mann drummer Mike Hugg and was featured in the film "Up The Junction" although the version from the film is quite different than this one. It sounds like these guys were heavily influenced by The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" and "Penny Lane" as the arrangement of the song bears this out. It is a very nice piece of psych/pop nonetheless.

Cycles Of Sound - Questions (On My Mind) / The Black And The Blues (19??)
This is one of those 45s that I get that is clearly from the 70s (although I have no way of verifying that), yet sounds like a bunch of guys stuck in the sixties. The great cheezy organ really makes this 45 stand out even though the songs are somewhat weak.

Spektr'm - For You / What Do I Do (What Do I Say) (19??)
Here's another one just like the above 45. You know it's from the 70s (although I can't verify that) but it certainly has quite a bit of "garage mojo" going on with it.


Friday, May 12, 2017

In Dan's Garage...#124

Greetings music lovers!!! I'm so glad to be here writing this post today, as it is great therapy for me, spinning 45's, and making astute comments about each of them. It's great to be back. The past three months have been somewhat crazy dealing with several personal problems, and some truly whacked out weather, thats been plaguing this area of New York as of late. The personal issues I can iron out and they go away (mostly), but there isn't a damn thing I can do about mother nature but deal with it. I must admit, I don't live in the worst climate, I mean, people that have to deal with hurricanes and tornadoes, mudslides, and earthquakes have it much worse, but I gotta tell ya, this late winter/early spring has been a doozy. What was a rather mild winter was capped off with a bizarre "wind storm" in the first week of March. The difference between a "wind storm" and a hurricane is that we didn't get any rain or surges from the lake. In fact the day that this thing hit, it was sunny and well into the 60s and that's tropical for these parts at the beginning of March. What transpired was a six hour 80 MPH wind gust that knocked down trees, and hundreds of power lines across the county, so naturally we were left without any power. For five days. That compounded by the fact that the temperature by the end of the week dipped into the single digits, made this a minor crisis for us. Luckily we got a hold of a couple of generators to keep the fridge, the freezer, and the sump pump working. The next week was great as well. We finally got a huge snowstorm and it dumped a nice fresh 28 inches on us in two days. Now were dealing with constant rainfall and the poor people up by the lake are losing everything because the lake levels are so high and their property is just being eroded away, and it's not getting any better for them. Fortunately all I suffered was some seepage in my basement that messed up some of the paneling. Such is life in beautiful suburban Rochester, NY!
Enough of that stuff though. I've been trying to re-up all the dead links on the blog but this is a long process mind you, because I have well over a hundred links that need to be taken care of. I'm going to try to fix as many as possible as soon as possible. Right now vols. 1 - 5 are up and running and I'm working on the rest. 
I literally have gobs of new records here to post and I really don't even know what I've got stashed away, but I can assure you I have enough to keep this thing up and running for several more years (at this pace it might be 50). So thank you for your patience, enjoy the springtime weather, and please enjoy this new offering.   

Mid-Knighters - Charlena/Flower Of Love (1963)
We kick off this post with a 45 out of Milwaukee, WI, or at least I believe it's from there. Things get somewhat confused as I thought this was the same band as Richie Knight & The Mid-Knighters from Toronto Canada who released the same song on the Arc label. It appears that this is a completely different act as each version is completely different. The Wisconsin Mid Knighters deliver a nice uptempo frat rock rendition of this song with a decent teener/do-wop flip.

George Darvo - Candy Man / All Through With You (1958)
Here's an early one from Minnesota by a guy named Geroge Darvo although some copies has him listed as George "Davo". Both sides are pretty good up-tempo rockers.

Princeton Five - Summertime Blues / Sure Know A Lot About Love (1965)
 These guys were known as The Princetons Five, The Princeton Five, and simply The Princetons. They released five 45s on two different labels, and all are good frat-rock songs. On this one they tackle the Eddie Cochran favorite with "Sure Know A Lot About Love" on the flip courtesy of The Hollywood Argyles and The Searchers.

Blue Things - Mary Lou / Your Turn To Cry (1965)
The first 45 released by this legendary band out of Hays, KS. Both sides are great.

Danny Hutton - Roses And Rainbows / Monster Shindig (1965)
Here's some nice west coast mid-sixties pop from by Danny Hutton. Hutton released a 45 previous to this one as "The Bats" (IDG #72) which was a folk type affair, but it sounds like he hooked up with The Wrecking Crew and recorded this nice slice of sunshiny pop. Hutton would later join Cory Wells in The Enemys, and both of them teamed up with Chuck Negron to form Three Dog Night, a band that I really like. I know that they were sort of "manufactured", but at least the backup musicians were top notch (in my opinion) and the did sing some pretty good pop songs.

T.C. Atlantic - Once Upon A Melody / I Love You So, Little Girl (1965)
The first 45 by this group out of Minneapolis. Unlike their R&B and psychedelic stuff, this one is very pop-ish.

Jordan Bros. - Gimme Some Lovin' / When I'm With Her (1966)
The Jordan Bros.(who were actually brothers) from Frackville, PA have the distinction of releasing The Spencer Davis song and having hit with it before Steve Winwood & Co. scored big with it here in the U.S. Although the Jordan's version wasn't as huge as The Spencer Davis one, they did make a nice dent in the charts on the east cost. The Jordan Bros. had a long career that spanned three decades from the 50's to the 70's.

Ocean Monarch - One More Time / Some Other Guy (1964)
Not much is known about this one, although it's been speculated that this group was the house band on "The Ocean Monarch" a cruise ship that sailed the seas back in the fifties and sixties and quite possibly beyond that.. One thing I can say for sure, this record was definitely NOT recorded in London, or anywhere near Great Britain. These guys sound like typical suburban teenagers from the USA, but who knows???? This is a very crude recording with some pretty sloppy playing from "The House Band". A real hoot!

Sound Of The Seventh Son - I Told A Lie / I'll Be On My Way (1965)
Here's another lo-fi 45 for your listening pleasure. The Sound Of The Seventh Son also released 45s on Philips and Warner Brothers as "The East Side Kids" and supposedly the house band at The Crescendo on Sunset Strip. This ones another fairly inept two sider with some off-key vocals. The band included a young keyboard player named Jimmy Greenspoon who would later Join the previously mentioned Danny Hutton in Three Dog Night. You can read more about these guys here.

Roy Orbison - Twinkle Toes (1966)
Most of you don't need a history lesson on Roy Orbison. It's known that in his mid-sixties stint with MGM records his popularity in the US had waned considerably and it sounds like he was trying to "get hip" with the times by releasing some "with it" records like 1969's "Southbound Jericho Parkway" and this fuzz filled effort from 1966 called "Twinkle Toes". Even though the backing group sounds like theyre with the times, Roy delivers a typical vocal performance as only he can do. One of rock and roll's unique talents.

Steve Walker & The Bold - Train Kept-A Rollin' / Found What I Was Looking For (1967)
This crew was from Springfield, MA and had one other classic 45 on Cameo as simply "The Bold" a year before they released this gem. This is one of the best versions ever in my opinion. The band would drop Steve Walker from their name once again, hook up with ABC records and release an LP in 1969 that was pretty good and worth seeking out.

Seagulls - Twiggs / Charlie No One (1967)
I sometimes wonder why I include stuff like this in the blog, but I guess I just can't help myself. I don't really hate this record, in fact I think it's OK, but it's so freaking goofy as many songs were  during this time period. The Seagulls actually recorded a decent cover of  Dave Davies' "Death Of A Clown" which I featured in IDG #102.

Spiders - No No Boy / How Could I Fall In Love (1966)
One of the most popular Japanese groups from the sixties, The Spiders managed to release this one 45 in the US. When I got it I was somewhat dissappointed because both sides are slow mid-sixties pop, but not real bad. I wish it was as crazy as their classic "Furi Furi".

Stillroven - Little Picture Playhouse / Cast Thy Burden Upon The Stone (1967)
One of Minneapolis' best groups, The Stillroven cut about a half dozen 45's from 1966 to 1968 of which this is one of the best. Unlike their hard driving version of "Hey Joe", this one dips into psychedelic territory as the cover a song originally recorded by Simon Dupree & The Big Sound.

Them - We've All Agreed To Help / Waltz Of The Flies (1969)
As we all know after Van Morrison left Them they became a totally different sounding group, not simply because of Morrison's vocals, but their shift from an R&B based band, to a psychedelic one. This was the last 45 they would release on Tower records and is one of their best.


Friday, January 27, 2017

In Dan's Garage...#123

       Greetings music lovers, and Happy New Year!!!!!!!! It's great to be back at the old keyboard, mouse, PC, turntable, scanner combo once again! Before any of you think that something catastrophic happened to me, all is OK with my well being, or at least my physical well being anyway. My mental health is a bit strained because the only catastrophe around Dan's Garage central lately has been the total meltdown of my hard drive. This was certainly a challenge as I feared all of my data and info were wiped out for good. Thankfully, they make these nifty little boxes you can stick your old drive into, plug it into a USB port and, VOILA! I was able to recover much of what I thought was permanently lost, including much of the content of this post which has been sitting in the can since last June! Seriously, that's been a long time and since I have some extra time this week, as well as having a properly working setup, I can glide through this in much less time.
      I hope you all have been checking out my weekly radio show on Radio Free Phoenix. It airs every Wednesday evening at 10:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time and as usual I spin an hour's worth of my dusty crusty collection of 45s. It repeats every Sunday at 2:00 P.M. on Deep Oldies, in case you hit the sack early on Wednesday nights.
      I must say I have kept myself rather busy over the past several months. Work is killing me these days as we are severely overworked and understaffed, which leads to little time off, and what little time off I've had has been spent with my lovely wife Red doing some traveling. November saw quite a bit of it as we first took a trip down nearby Cayuga Lake for what they call, "The Holiday Shopping Spree". You pay for your "ticket" and then you hopscotch around every participating winery on the lake. They serve a bit of food and then they pair it with a wine. When your done, each winery gives you a little ornament to hang on this wreath made of grapevine branches. Totally cool, plus a cookbook with all the recipes as well. Oh, the wine is included as well.
      After The Thanksgiving holiday we took a four day trip to New York City. Red always wanted to go there at Christmastime to check out the giant tree, store windows, lights, Macy's, and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Extravaganza which I must say is a treat. That is truly a great show no matter what age you are. Sandwiched between all of that and the actual Christmas holiday, I was fortunate enough to travel to both Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA to go see my beloved New York Giants play football in the flesh (so to speak). Although they were successful in Cleveland, they pretty much got embarrassed in Pittsburgh, but it was worth the trip. My drummer pal Joe Minotti and I took a ride on over to Primanti Bros. after the game to get one of those crazy sandwiches with the french fries and cole slaw all in there. Very tasty indeed especially with a couple of bottles of Iron City beer. 
           Before I continue with this post I'd like to thank all of you out there who are still following, and especially the ones that inquired about my well being. Thanks for caring. Most of the links are now dead but I'm slowly trying to re-up everything so please, refrain from sending me re-up requests as I'm well aware of the situation. I'll get to it when I get to it. Check periodically to see what's been restored.  In the meantime enjoy this offering.

Legends - Lariat / Late Train (1962)
A group out of Milwaukee that had at least 10 45's on several different labels including Capitol, Warner Bros., Date, and Parrot. Excellent instrumental sounds here indicative of what was going on in that region at the time.

Reflections - Johnny B. Goode / Whole Lotta Shakin' (19??)
Here's a real stumper. These guys definitely sound like an early 60's group, but the catalog number on this particular 45, plus the fact that it's in stereo, puts it somewhere in the late 60's possibly early 70's. Tough to say because researching Sonic records came up with a mish/mash of different numbers so it's rather hard to pinpoint the release date on this. Excellent 45 nonetheless.

Kingsmen - (You Got) The Gamma Goochie / It's Only The Dog (1965)
You gotta hand it to the Kingsmen for being the "kings" of frat rock in the 60's. Here they deliver another two sider who's roots are planted firmly in the "Louie Louie" camp.

Sparkles - Jack And The Beanstalk / Oh Girls, Girls (1966)
Before the Sparkles released their two legendary garage/punk 45s "Hipsville 29 B.C." and "No Friend Of Mine", they produced several records that were a bit more on the "rocker" side of things. This two sider is a perfect example.

Sandmen - You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover / I Can Tell (1965)
Not much is known about these guys except that they're most likely from Minneapolis (although there was also a Sandmen from Wisconsin, but my sources dispute this), and they recorded two Bo Diddley covers. I think this 45 is pretty good, even though the tempo is a bit loopy, but some may disagree with my somewhat favorable review.

T.C. Atlantic - Mona / My Babe (1966)
Here's another Twin Cities act that was far more popular than the previous group we just heard from, The Sandmen. These guys did their recording at Dove Studios and released several 45's, including the great "Faces", as well as an L.P. They, like the aforementioned Sandmen, release R&B influenced with a Bo Diddey cover on the top side. Maybe they shared set lists with the Sandmen.

Dept. Of Sanitation - Don't Ever Leave Me / Just A Good Show (1967)
Moody invasion / folk rock crossover from an unknown group, probably from somewhere in the Northeast but I could be wrong.........

What-Knots - I Ain't Dead Yet / Talkin' 'Bout Our Breakup (1967)
Supposedly a band from Memphis, the What-Knots here totally rip off The Breakers "Don't Send Me No Flowers", and supercharge it by speeding it up, adding some horns, a Hammond organ, and a few James Brown style breaks. I think this 45 is quite good though, because it's so different from the original.

Tangents - Good Times / Till I Came Along (1965)
Impression records had a couple of real heavy hitters on their roster, some of the best and rarest 45s of the garage  band era. Although, this would not fall into the category of "killer 45s", it's very good nonetheless. They also covered Hey Joe as well.

Joel Christian - Masters Of War / Young Blues (1965)
Decent version of the Dylan classic is on the A side of this, the other side is a rendition of "Young Blues" which The Vagrants recorded on the B side of "I Can't Make A Friend". Both the Vagrants and Joel Christian had Trade Martin producing their 45s as well as co-writing this song.

Frosted Flakes - The Hullaballoon (1969)
Now we take a left turn into what most definitely sounds like some kiddie bubblegum rock. Naturally, this bunch would be named after America's favorite sweet breakfast food.

Douglas Good & Ginny Plenty - Sunny And Me / Children Dreaming (1968)
Nice sunshiny pop from a guy/gal duo that's most likely backed by a group of studio cats. Produced by Wes Farrell famous for such acts as The Partridge Family.

Robbs - Movin' / Write To You (1969)
The Robbs were a great pop act that had definite hints of garage, folk rock, and psychedelia in their songs. This was one of their last 45s.

Sarofeen & Smoke - Susan Jane / Tomorrow (1969)
A group with a female lead vocalist that doesn't sound unlike The Jefferson Airplane. Apparently this band was from nearby Auburn, NY and was arranged and conducted by Central NY legend Bobby Comstock.

Blues Magoos - Heartbreak Hotel / I Can Feel It (Feelin' Time) (1969)
The second to last 45 issued by this great band. By this time they had gone through several personnel changes and were creeping into progressive rock, and sound nothing like the guys that recorded "We Ain't Got Nothing Yet'.