Monday, October 26, 2009

In Dan's Garage... #8

WOW! Whatta week! Dental work (again), bowling, band rehearsal, lots of baseball, and another post!!!! I guess I've been kinda busy. Here's another 'mixed bag" if you you will. All kinds of good stuff ranging from frat rock to surf to freakbeat. So ladies and gentlemen, without further adieu....
In Dan's Garage....#8!!!!!

Sorrows - Take A Heart / We Should Get Along Fine
Considered by many to be the definitive "freakbeat" tune. Lead Singer Don Fardon later had a big hit with "Indian Reservation" which was also huge for Paul Revere & The Raiders in 1971.

Beckett Quintet - No Correspondence / (It's All Over Now) Baby Blue
Aside from the fact that these guys were from L.A., and Beach Boys producer Nick Venet handled this, I can't tell you much more. A true classic on the 'A' side, and an often neglected Dylan cover on the 'B' side.

Peter Antell - The Times They Are A Changing / Yesterday And Tomorrow
As long as we're on a Dylan thing, here's a nice fuzz laden version of Dylan's classic. Kinda reminds me of Barry McGuire.

Cryan Shames - Sugar And Spice / Ben Franklin's Alamanac
Most people consider these guys real lightweights, and they are. But I think "Ben Franklin's Almanac" makes up for every shitty tune they ever recorded. I think it's truly awesome! Yeah, I do like like "Sugar And Spice" too....

Custer &The Survivors - I Saw Her Walking
This one rides a real fine line between good garage and bullshit. It's a great tune that I like like a lot, but sometimes it's tough getting past those hokey horns. Overall, I think it's pretty good...

Ferraris Of Canada - (All I Ever Want) Is Girls / Please Tell Her
Hey, all I ever wanted when I was a teenager was my own private harem full of babes too! By the way, these guys were from Canada....

Fifth Order - Today (I Got A Letter) / A Thousand Devils (Are Chasin' Me)
A real popular band from Columbus, OH. The Fifth Order had a big regional hit in 1966 with "Goin' Too Far" (hear it on Boulders Vol. 1) on Diamond Records and followed up in 1967with this garage/pop two sider.

Uniques - You Ain't Tuff / Strange
Joe Stampley was the lead singer for the Uniques, who became a pretty big country star after releasing a slew of 45's with this band. This is one of their best, which was covered by Lindy Blaskey and The Lavells later on.

Rockin' Berries - Flashback / He's In Town
Another British band that recorded for Pye records (The Sorrows and Kinks among others..). The Berries mixed Beach Boys/Four Seasons style harmonies and a solid invasion beat. They definitely had their own thing going as evidenced by the contrasts in this 45.

Fugitives - Mean Woman / I'll Be A Man
One of my all time favorites. Reportedly from Connecticut, this was one of two 45's they put out. I guess the other one is in a 4 Seasons style, but I really haven't heard it.  It's got an early 60's feel, but definitely a mid 60's punch to it. Kind of a cross between Surf and British Invasion sounds.

PH Phactor - Barefoot John / Minglewood Blues
From Portland OR, this group was definitely in the "Haight/Ashbury camp of hippie jugband style bands, ala The Grateful Dead. You can hear the whole San Fransisco style thing going on throughout this record. "Barefoot John" is the "electric" side, and "Minglewood Blues"  (a staple of Grateful Dead concerts) is done jugband style on the flip.

Jim Valley - I'm Real
Jim Valley was the guitarist in The Viceroys and Don & The Goodtimes, but his real claim to fame was being in Paul Revere & The Raiders. He played on the "Spirit Of 67" LP, but released this awsomely cool rocker of a 45 in between his Goodtimes and Raiders stints. A true blue Pacific Northwest pounder.

Little Joe & The Mustangs - I Dig You Baby
Southern Cal. is the best data I can come up with on this horn laden, but totally cool frat rocker. To me the sound like an East L.A. band like the Premiers or Cannibal & The Headhunters, but I might be wrong....Catch the weird edits throughout the song. Those are not skips.....

Mark Four - Forget It Baby / Go Away Now
Surf rocker with a teen ballad on the flip. Another Southern Cal. product....

Peanut Butter Conspiracy - Time Is After You / Floating Dream
Excellent 60's psych from L.A.!  This group should have been up there with The Jefferson Airplane, but for some reason never made it big like them. They had three albums, which are OK,but this is by far their best effort.

Pewter Pals - Childhood / Shame, Shame On Jane
All I know is that Mike Curb had something to do with this, and The Painted faces terrific "Anxious Color" is on the same label. Good lo-fi garage.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

In Dan's Garage... #7

Hi all!!! Sorry for the slight delay on this post, but last weekend was incredibly hectic. Upstate New York has some of the finest wineries in the world, so every October, my lovely wife Red and I like to cruise the shores of Seneca Lake in search of tasty adult beverages. The scenery is also spectacular. There's nothing like New York in the fall. On to the music...This post has some relatively new acquisitions featured. I don't buy bunches of records like I used to, but every once and a while a good deal comes along, or I hit eBay at the right time, and come up with a winner. So here goes...

Oscar & The Majestics - House Of The Rising Sun '1969' 
Oscar & The Majestics were from Gary, Indiana and had a few 45's on the U.S.A. label out of Chicago. Oscar reportedly had his guitarfitted with a piece of sheet metal over the neck so no one could see what he was playing. Talk about insecure!!! This 45 is truly amazing because while most bands were getting "progressive" in 1969, Oscar decided to keep it raw with this fuzz drenched monstrosity.

Checkerlads - Shake Yourself Down / Send For Me

Perfect two sider. The Checkerlads were a Canadian group from Saskatchewan and this is one of a few 45s they released. I wish I could say more, but this record pretty much speaks for itself.

Jamie Lyons Group - Gonna Have A Good Time

Jamie Lyons was the front man for The Music Explosion, who's "Little Bit Of Soul" is a garage/pop classic. Jamie put out several 45's as a solo artist, and this cover of the Easybeats classic is one of them.

Fireflies - Stella Got A Fella

This one's a little off to think of it, it's right on topic! The flip side of a teenybopper ballad that charted in 1959, "Stella" perfectly illustrates how a band can turn on a dime and do a complete 180 degree turn. This song burns all the way, with nasty guitar and great vocals. I love it.

Accents featuring 'Sandi' - I've Got Better Things To Do

A real haunting tune. The Accents, who were from San Diego, provide a cool moody, almost surf like backing to "Sandi's" girly whine. This one grew on me, as I'm a real fan of "moody" garage songs.

Jason Cord - I Can't Take No More

Great "beat ballad" from a guy who's presumably from th UK. This one's almost got a "mod" feel to it, which is one of the reasons I like it so much.

Arkay IV - Down From No.9 / When I Was Younger

Here's a repost of one that was included on "Obscure 60's Garage #4", only this time you get it from the actual 45 plus the flip! Real garagey stuff from Erie, PA. This was the second of three singles they released. I'm not sure what or where "No. 9" is though....

Swingin' Apolloes - Slow Down / Summertime Blues

Reportedly from Atlanta, GA, "Slow Down" is a great version with a totally whacked out backward guitar! The flip is a crunching version of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues".

Chylds - Hay Girl / I Want More (Lovin')

From Canton, OH, The Chylds released four 45's. This one, their best, was released twice, and also appears on Warner Bros.  "Psychedelic Soul" ain't so great so I won't go into that, and one last 45 (which I'll get to in the future) is more of a heavy psych number. Drummer Joe Vitale went on to play with Joe Walsh in the 70's.

Don & Jerry with The Fugitives - In The Cover Of Night / I Can't Quit

Don & Jerry were two songwriters from Louisiana (reportedly), and cut a couple of 45's as solo artists. This is a great two sider, with cool organ.

Ed Wool & The Nomads - Please Please (Don't Go) / I Need Somebody

Let's rewind to #5 shall we? This is basically the same band as the Pineapple Heard. Ed Wool was from Watertown, NY about two and a half hours from my neck of the woods, and was one of the most popular bands in that area in the mid 60's. So popular, that it got him this 45 on RCA records. 'A' side is a great version of the James Brown classic, and the flip is an awesome, moody garage ballad. Great stuff.

London Knights - Go To Him

Every once and a while I hear something that really strikes a nerve, and this one's a great example. It's not a "killer" in the sense that it's "snotty", or "grungy", or inept. On the contrary. These guys sound like they know exactly what they're doing. The vocals are incredible, and the 12 string guitar work is brilliant.

Myddle Class - Don't Let Me Sleep Too Long / I Happen To Love You

Much has been written about this legendary group from New Jersey, so I'll keep it brief by saying that this is another perfect two sided garage classic. Dig It.

Only Onz - When Teardrops Fall / On The Road Again

A great two sider with killer Farfisa organ throughout. I know they're from Illinois, but that's all I can tell you....

Poverty Five - Cry, Cry, Cry / Sorrow

Who the hell names their label "Thumbs Down"???? Definitely on the top of my list, right up there with "Frogdeath". Terrific invasion styled two sider. Sorrow is pretty inept, as the guy shaking the tambourine can't seem to get it together with the rest of the band until about a third of the way in.

Toronados - A World That's Free

I'm not sure what to make of this one. It sounds like some folky vocal group being backed by a garage band. Real lo-fi stuff.

William The Wild One - Willie The Wild One / My Love Is True

Hug me baby! SUFFER!!! YEAH!!!! One of the greatest biker tunes ever. Willie sure sounds like a madman, and he can barely control himself on the ballad flip.

Yo Yo's - Gotta Find A New Love

From Memphis, TN this is a great blue eyed soul tune with fantastic guitar/organ interplay. They later became The "Swingin'" Yo Yo's, and had a pretty good 45 on Jubilee which I'll feature in a later post.

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Monday, October 12, 2009


Sorry for the mess up. Here's the link for the Tommy Dae tune that got screwed up.Thank You Skampus for the heads up....

Sunday, October 11, 2009

In Dan's Garage... #6

Yay!!! Here we go with number six! This is becoming a morning ritual every weekend. It's great to get to know my collection again. Here we have another mixed bag of garage, psyche, pop, and just generally cool 60's sounds for you. Enjoy!!!

Normie Rowe - Shakin' All Over / Que Sera Sera
One of the hugest stars in the history of Australian entertainment. Normie put this out in '65. The 'A' side was a very cool version of Doris Day's "Que Sera Sera", done beat style. Kinda like "La Bamba" or "Twist & Shout". The 'B' side though, is a smokin' version of "Shakin' All Over". Normie does a "cabaret" show now, which I suspect is not nearly as good as this stuff.

Affection Collection - Time Rest Heavy On My Hands / In Apple Blossom Time
Excellent pop/psyche from Idaho Falls, ID., not Texas or New Mexico as first believed. They recored at Norman Petty's studio, released a few 45's, and and album too.

Beacon Street Union - Blue Suede Shoes / Four Hundred And Five
Wow. Talk about being all over the place. The "Union" were part of the "Bosstown" sound that was being promoted by MGM and it's affiliates. Orpheus, and The Ultimate Spinach were part of the same "scene" also and both bands put out some cool late 60's psychedelia. This one however is a totally nutso take on the Carl Perkins classic, and the flip, which I've also included, is a whacked out instrumental that is really worth hearing. Totally bizarre.

Vejtables - Mansion Of Tears / The Last Thing On My Mind
The Vejtables were a bay area group that had so many familiar people in and out of their lineups, that I can't list them all here. This was their second forty 45 on Autumn, which featured female drummer Jan Errico, a real novelty at the time. She went on to join The Mojo Men. Both sides are great folk rock tunes.

Movers - Hey You, Hey Me
These guys were from New Port Richie, FL, I think. Ric Cartey, and Tommy Roe's names show up on this 45, which would indicate a studio group of some kind, but I really can't say for sure. Not bad though....

Interns - Hard To Get / And I'm Glad
Great punker with a cool "Gloria" riff. The 'B' side is is nice rip off of the Yardbirds' "Still I'm Sad". I don't know where these guys are from, but they had one more 45 on Capitol.

Light - Back Up
Totally awesome punk/psyche pounder. Produced by Brian Ross, the same genius who produced the Music Machine.

Sparkles - No Friend Of Mine / I Want To Be Free
One of the best ever. The last, and arguably the best single they released. This and "No Friend Of Mine" are a real toss up.

M.G. & The Escorts - Next To Nowhere / Remembering
From Montreal, this band released four 45s including the awesome "A Someday Fool'. This, however is genius punk/pop, and absolutely one of my favorites.

Live Wires - Keep It To Yourself / The Mask
Great light folk rock from a bunch rumored to be from somewhere in New York.

Ola & The Janglers - Let's Dance
Swedish band that put out hordes of singles, but this one, a great version of the Chris Montez hit, actually hit the billboard top 100

Ron Gray - Hold Back The Sunrise / The Shake
Haunting organ garage on the 'A' side, and a great dance mover on the 'B'. I'm not sure where Ron Gray is from, but Louisiana would be a good guess. On the famous Hanna-Barbera Records label.

Smubbs - Down On The Corner / Don't Come Close
This is a real moody garage number from a Long Island group, that eventually put out an album of good pop/psyche in 1968. They got the name "Smubbs" from the last initial of each members name. How ingenious.

Cryin' Shames - What's News Pussycat / (Don't Go) Please Stay
Not to be confused with the Cryan Shames of Ben Franklin's Almanac fame, this group was from Liverpool. "Pussycat" is a total ripoff of Dylan's "On The Road Again" while the flip (actually 'A' side) is a cover of a Drifter's tune. Real sappy, but I'm a sucker for good beat ballads.

Electric Prunes - Hideaway
For my money, this is hands down, the best Electric Prunes song ever. Real eastern style riffing with pounding drums, and the guitar break is awesome. Dig it.

Third Rail - Overdose Of Love
The group who brought us "Run, Run, Run" from the original Nuggets collection. Nice pop/psyche, and a little out of place here, but I like to mix things up....

Tommy Dae & The High Tensions - 1967 Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini / Summertime Girl
Most of this guy's stuff was garbage, and he put out a lot of it, but he did have a few winners, and I think this one's cool. He puts a Mitch Ryder spin on this dopey classic, and it's got terrific fuzz guitar. The flip is a beach/teenybopper tune.

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