Sunday, March 13, 2016

In Dan's Garage...#118

Greetings music lovers! I'm gonna keep things brief today because I'm a little short on time so lets get the festivities started quick-like. This post features some cool beat and garage, but takes a quick left turn towards the middle with some sunshine pop courtesy of none other than THE OSMOND BROTHERS! No, really, I swear, check it out, you'll like it! And awaaaaaay we go!!!!

Jack E. Lee & The Squires - Love That Louie / Octavepuss (1964)
Jack Ely AKA "Jack E. Lee" was most famous for singing lead vocal on the most legendary rock & roll song of all time, "Louie Louie". After leaving The Kingsmen he started his own act fronting "The Squires" On this 45 he basically rehashes the Louie formula to the T except for some sideways chord changes. This record is pure genius.

Big Three - Cavern Stomp / By The Way (1963)
One of the most popular of the Liverpool acts in 1963 were The Big Three, pals of The Beatles who would obviously go on to be what is considered my many the greatest Rock & Roll group of all time. In Liverpool 1962 The Big Three were pretty much on the same level as The Beatles, and were regulars at The Cavern Club as were The Fab Four. This 45 features an ode to the most popular dance at the Cavern, and the flip is a Mitch Murray composition that sounds, well.... very Mitch Murray-ish.

Untamed - It's Not True / Gimme Gimme Some Shade (1966)
A great freakbeat group from the UK that was produced by Shel Talmy . They had at least one other 45 on Planet.

Art August & The Dorian-aires - Nightmares / The Greatest Story (1965)
Here's an interesting 45 by a guy named Art August. In my somewhat feeble research, I did  come up with a few Art August 45s that were released in the late 50's early '60s on a few different labels, but no cohesive info to put anything together except...the writer of this song, Murray D. Schwimmer seems to have written songs for about a half dozen different acts on as many labels, including one of the early Art August 45s which leads me to believe Murray may be Art. This same song was done by The Fairviews, one of Bud Mathis' acts, which appeared on Spin-It records a label that holds the same address as this one, Rama. The Fairviews version also appears on Boulders Vol. 8 and is more up-tempo but this is a good version regardless. Anyone out there got any solid info on Art???? Drop me a line please......

T.J.K. & His P.S.13 Blues Band - Boo Goo Loo Baby / Shades Of Blue (1966)
Possibly a studio group but I might be wrong. In any case it's a strange two sider with a grooving Bo Diddley beat on the A side, but the B sounds entirely different. Not exactly garage, but not exactly blues either.

Original Dukes - Ain't About To Lose My Cool / It Looks Like Rain (1966)
One of obviously hundreds of "Dukes" that were invading garages and night clubs and teen dances across the US, these "Dukes" were from somewhere down south, most likely Tennessee, or maybe Georgia, or Kentucky, or who knows, but they certainly lay claim to being the "original" item. Anyway, this is a classic southern R & B garage punker with some way cool vocals and a killer guitar solo. DIG IT!!!!

Uniques - How Lucky Can One Man Be / You Don't Miss Your Water (1968)
Not exactly one of the more "garagey" efforts from Joe Stampley and the Uniques, this 45 is more "blue eyed soul" if you get what I mean.

John Fred & His Playboy Band - Sometimes You Just Can't Win / What Is Happiness (1968)
As we all know, John Fred's biggest hit was "Judy In Disguise", and he's mostly considered a "one hit wonder" because, well....that was his only bg hit. But at the same time he was a popular act down south, and he released a slew of 45's on Paula and Jewel records in styles ranging from garage, to R&B, and light psych as well as heard on this record which is a cover of Mouse & The Traps' "Sometimes You Just Can't Win".

Kawasaki Good Time Band - I Got A Woman (Way Cross Town) / Suzy Q (19??)
Well...this one here is a stumper. Except for the fact that this is a band from somewhere down south, I have no other clue as to who they are. I'm not sure if it's from the 60's or possibly the early 70's I can't say for sure because some of these types of bands were playing basic rock & roll like this well into the 70's. In any case we have two covers here, Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman (Way Cross Town)" and Dale Hawkins' "Suzy Q".

Osmond Brothers - Flower Music / I Can't Stop (1967)
Oh brother, I know I'm going to probably take some heat from a few of you out there, but this particular 45 is very interesting. The Osmond Brothers had been around for several years before this 45 was released doing a regular barber shop quartet thing on The Andy Williams show during the early sixties. Well...even devout Mormons can get sick of being square and hanging out with the likes of them so they understandably had the urge to branch out into some "rock" music. Although this isn't anything wild, it's really not that bad either and holds up well against other 'Sunshine Pop" songs of the era.

Sunshine Company - Back On The Street Again / A Year Of Jaine Time (1967)
The second 45 from this group out of LA that pretty much epitomizes the "Sunshine Pop" sound.

Mad Andy's Twist Combo - Xtra, Xtra, Read All About It / Painted Smile (1969)
This LA group under the production of Music Machine whiz Brian Ross, released another 45 on this same label as "The Pasternak Progress". This one is a crazy disjointed psychedelic effort.

Wadsworth Mansion - Sweet Mary / What's On Tonight (1970)
Wadsworth Mansion hit the charts in 1970 with this 45, and they had an LP release as well. Not bad for bubblegum. The flip side is actually pretty cool.

Smyle - Glory, Glory / Will I Get Back Home Tomorrow (1971)
This was actually released in Canada on Ruby Records in 1969 and was then picked up by Epic where they re-released it along with an LP. Pretty good early 70's guitar stuff here that doesn't stray too far away from psychedelia.