Friday, 14 December 2007
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
Tuesday, 4 December 2007
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
Friday, 23 November 2007
Flip "She's Alright"
Gotta Get Movin' (MTA 111. 1966)
Flip is "Frantic"
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Monday, 19 November 2007
Thursday, 1 November 2007
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Terry & The Beatmen give the Pretties a run for their money. A great 45 and one the best Embassy covers I've come across. I have no idea who Terry Brandon was, but assume he was one of the many professional singers on the roster, many of whom came from out of the big-band era. Most of the back-up 'bands' on Embassy consisted of whoever was available to play on the recording date. By the sounds of it The Beatmen could have consisted on some well known names, anybody know?
Rikki Henderson & The Beatmen - Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
Monday, 22 October 2007
Out of San Leandro in the East Bay area of San Francisco, this psych band started out playing the local high schools and battle of the bands before moving onto support slots at the bigger venues in the bay area, including the Fillmore.
The band split shortly after playing Oregons bizzare state-sponsored Vortex I festival in 1970.
For more info on the Crystal Garden and other East Bay garage bands pick up a copy of Bruce Tahsler’s excellent "The San Francisco East Bay Scene: Garage Bands From the 60’s Then and Now". You can order a copy direct from Bruce here.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Another 45 with a tantalisingly lysergic title, but it isn’t so. This is a superb upbeat pop 45 from the same Birmingham, Alabama bunch that recorded the cool punker "Why Can't I Dream".
Must be the last dregs of summer sunshine that’s causing me to dig out these summer sounds. Winter is closing in fast........bah
The Staccatos were a successful Candian chart band who later morphed into The Five Man Electrical Band. They cut a couple of garage tracks, before moving into the pop world. This is a nice groovy sunshine pop effort.
Dallas's Max Lipscomb (aka Scotty McKay) had a long and varied recording career, having played with Gene Vincent's Blue caps and releasing several 60s punk classics including Train Kept A Rollin' & All Around The World.
Not the Melborne band as I previously stated....This is the LA bunch that also featured on the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack. Sundazed have just reissued their sole LP on CD, which I've yet to hear. If it's anything like this superb piece of sunshine pop then it will be well worth investigating!
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
The Travel Agency story is a complicated one. What is known is they are from California, formed in San Francisco and featured Frank Davis who had previously worked in the studio with the Fever Tree in Texas. They then appear to have relocated to Los Angeles and released two excellent 45s on LA labels Tanqueray ("Time/Made For You". 1966) & Kookaburra ("Time/Emit". 1967). Both of these are excellent folk-rock 45s with Time being the same version on both 45s.
The confusion then begins as "Made For You/MFY" was also issued on Kookabura, credited the Act III. I havn't heard this 45 but I understand it's the same version, and I assume the b-side is an instrumental version. Perhaps someone can clarify this?
A self-titled LP, produced by Bread's James Griffin, was released on LA's Viva Records in 1968. This was followed by a final Viva 45 ("What's A Man/She Understands") in 1969. Both tracks were different edits to the LP versions. The assumption is that this LP is the same band that recorded the earlier 45s, however hasn't been confirmed.
Both pre-LP 45s are very cool and highly infectious West Coast folk-rock tracks including the Kookaburra track here, "Time". Emit is an instrumental version of the top side.
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
It's not quite time to 'put away your surfing gear', altough this year has been the worst I can remember for waves in the UK, and the surfing gear has barely been out of the garage....From the (very) short lived "skiiing craze"(?!) that spawned The Moguls 'Ski Bum' and the film Wild Wild Winter.
Friday, 5 October 2007
Sir Raleigh & the Cupons released the punker "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" on Jerden in 1965. This was followed by two released on A&M "White Cliffs Of Dover" & "While I Wait". After a move to LA, they signed with Tower and released this Mersey influenced 45 as Sir Walter Raleigh. There was one final 45 on Tower, but by this point Martin (Sir Walter) had sacked the original line-up.
After the band split Martin of course went on to drum with the Springfield, while Kleinow joined the Burritos.
The Chantays will always be known for their massive hit, Pipeline. As the surf boom died out the band recorded a number of garage and folk-rock tracks. They chose not to issue these under the Chantays name, probably due to name being so closely associated to the surf scene.
The band released two very cool Folk-Rock 45s on Reprise ("So Be On Your Way/Fear Of The Rain" and "I Idolize You/A Letter") as the Ill Winds, as well as this garage 45 under the Leaping Ferns pseudonym. The band didn't revert back to their old moniker and after the Ill Winds 45s the 60s incarnation of the band called it a day.
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
Another Michigan 45 here, this time I'm certain they were from the area. From Flint, Michigan infact.
Featuring Dick Wagner who would later write and produce for Terry Knight & The Pack, amongst others and play with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper in the 70s.
The Bossmen were prolific putting out 7 x 45s, mixing up punk, pop, beat and ballads.
Monday, 1 October 2007
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Monday, 24 September 2007
Thursday, 20 September 2007
The band consisted of Butch Hughes (Guitar), Carl Nowak (Vocals), Louie Faraci (Drums) and Bill Duffy (Bass).
They were from the Western New York area and were quite popular locally, opening for The Zombies, 1910 Fuitgum Co. and Chicago Transit Authority at The Phycus in BUffalo, NY. They also shared the bill with The Road, who were riding high with their cover of "She's Not There" on Kama Sutra. They also made a few local TV appearances, which unfortunately have long since disappeared.
The band performed all through the Western New York area, as well as excursions into Canada. During one gig in Buffalo the local owner of Century Records heard the band perform and suggested they record for the label. He lined up a recording session in Century’s Studios in Buffalo (on a Sunday), which resulted in the Big Brother cover "Combination Of The Two" and the original "Riding On A Sunday".
Butch continues to play with The CRS Band.
Thursday, 13 September 2007
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
Here's the original version of the song better known by the Peppermint Trolley Company cover version.
Ex-Rising Son Jesse also released another cool 45 "Floatin'" on Fontana in 1968.
Friday, 7 September 2007
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
Band member Bob Liepman kindly got in touch to share some recollections about his time in the band
Bob graduated high school in 1967 just as Sgt. Pepper came out. His brother was studying at Berkeley at the time and he hitched rides with him to see bands at the Hullabaloo on the Sunset Strip. He later went on to cruising LA and the Strip catching all the major bands at the time, with The Yellow Payges being a particular favourite.
Despite being a trained cellist Bob hooked up with a local garage band. Using his sisters acoustic guitar he was soon playing along and singing lead. The band started out with covers of Motown, Creedence and British Invasion bands and eventually evolved into Brother Nigel's Proxy Party.
The band hit the Sunset Strip and soon were house band at Gazzari's on the Strip, billed as Brother Nigel's Proxy Party, The Berries and Band of Angels. This residency lasted for over two years. During this time the band also played a gig at a Palm Springs High School reunion, where one of Del Shannons band heard them play. On their return to LA Del checked the band out, but soon after his career took off again and nothing came of the meeting.
Fantasy was a Jazz label who had suddenly found themselves high in the charts with a CCR. The label were on the look for more bands to ride the coat tails of CCR in the new rock market and picked up Brother Nigel's for a one off 45 deal. 'Look At The Floor' reached #40 in Stockton, CA and was picked up as the theme tune to an underground FM Show, but Fantasy were stretched to the limit with Creedence had little time to dedicate to it's other artists and the record stalled.
The band continued to gig, with Bob recreating the cello parts onstage by tuning his Les Paul Jr to mandocello tuning (up a 5th, technically an octave mandolin). The band made some home and live recordings but failed to undertake anymore studio sessions. A fire in a club the band were playing destroyed all their equipment and instruments, and despite valiantly carrying on with borrowed equipment they soon called it a day.
Bob went on to join Venice band The Canaligators, who performed "foot-stompin' boogie music" and were a popular live draw, regularly playing during Mardis Gras. They were also the only unsigned band to appear on the Midnight Special TV show.
Bob continues to perform and record as 'Bob and Wendy'. Lead singer Grayson Wray is still involved in music in LA.
Monday, 3 September 2007
Unfortunately their last 45 in Destination "Take Me Back/Each Day Is A Lonely Night" points towards the direction they were heading in.
Are You The Kind / I Like You (Destination 631. 1966)
Can't You See / Hold On To My Mind (Destination 628. 1966)
Thursday, 23 August 2007
I've just started reading the Excellent "Riot On Sunset Strip" by Domenic Priore so let's have a couple of LA bands today.
Out of LA's East Side, Thee Midniters should need no introduction.
Based around The Stones '2120 South Michigan Avenue' and singing the praises of the East Side car cruising spot, this was a minor hit in '65. Why arn't there songs as cool as this in the charts these day!