Hello friends and followers!!!!! After an eight month sabbatical with this blog, I've dusted off my keyboard, revved up my turntable, and got back to posting stuff after an incredibly long and depressing period of time. Although the records aren't pouring in at a frenzied pace these days, they do trickle in every so often, and some of them are really cool. I'm still trying to organize my "posted", and "unposted" 45's, and there's quite a few to be ripped yet. I did acquire some new equipment back in May, a nice shiny new Audio Technica AT-LP120X which for me does the trick as it's more suited to DJing, but I kinda miss the auto return of my trusty old Technics SL-D202, which has too many quirks now to be totally reliable, so I quietly put it on the shelf with my other half dozen or so turntables and am giving it a rest until I can find another suitable use for it. The AT is great because it really keeps the record speed firmly where it belongs and the the whole thing is just more stable so what you get are better sounding recordings. Everyone wins.
As usual, I've plucked a nice sample of goods from my collection to share with you. Some great garage, frat, pop, and psychedelia for your listening pleasure. I hope you all enjoy them.
Cat's Meow - La La Lu / Confusion (1966)
The Cat's Meow were from Staten Island, NY and released two 45's on Decca this one being the first from about April of 1966 and the second was "House Of Kicks" which was featured on Pebbles Vol. 13. The A side here is terrific garage pop with lots of cool guitar breaks and an overall upbeat feel to it, the B side is a frantic instrumental. Apparently, this record was somewhat of a hit in Germany and Australia. Should've been a hit here in the U.S.
17th Avenue Exits - A Man Can Cry / I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore (1966)
After doing a wee bit of research on this particular 45, I dicovered that it was released twice. The first was on "Big Bry Sound" out of Mobile, AL in 1966. It must have done well regionally because in April of 1967, Modern Records out of Los Angeles, a label known mostly for it's R&B roster picked it up. Both sides are pretty good garage cavers with lot's of fuzzy guitars, the A side being a cover of Johnny Rivers' "A Man Can Cry", and the B side a rework of The Young Rascals' "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore".
Danny King - Outside Of My Room / Amen (1966)