Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Adam, Mike & Tim – Little Pictures

Adam, Mike & Tim - Little Pictures (Decca F12221. 1965)

Thanks to Paul Martin

Here’s an interesting little 45 from a band who have been somewhat neglected over the years.

The band were from London and featured brothers Adam and Mike Sedgwick along with friend Tim Saunders. They all worked for a large advertising agency in London and starting out livening up boring lunch breaks by singing folk songs. They were encouraged by a friend to send a demo tape to Decca who impressed enough to offer the band a deal for three singles, the first of which “Little Baby” appeared in 1964, backed by an early songwriting outing from a pre-Pink Floyd Rick Wright, “You’re The Reason Why”.

The band’s debut failed to dent the charts and a follow up “That's How I Feel/It's All Too True” also had little success. The band’s final 45 for Decca would be “Little Pictures/ Summer's Here Again”, which was a great piece of Byrdsian folk-pop with some rather lysergic lyrics;

I’m seeing little pictures of orange, red and gold

I’m hearing all the crazy sounds of bells.

I’m hearing some wind with a voice, just like a little bird

I’m seeing a joker man that no-one tells.

I’m walking on a road that’s made of sunlight beams

I’m swimming through a sea with frozen waves

I’m counting on the rain to wash the ragged scenes

of a joker man that nobody saves

I’m picking up a fruit of a fast dying tree

I’m treading on the stems of little flowers.

The clouds weep some tears in a big hungry sea

The joker man just winks his eye and smiles

Perhaps not out of the ordinary for West Coast USA, this groovy 45 would have been very out of place what was happening in England at the time of it’s release (August 1965) and while not overtly psychedelic musically, lyrically it could certainly class as one of the first ‘psychedelic’ singles to appear in the UK in the 60s (Miller’s ‘Baby I Got News For You’ would not appear from another two months).

Unfortunately the 45 also bombed and the band moved to Columbia for two more releases in 1966, “Flowers On The Wall/Give That Girl A Break” and “A Most Peculiar Man/Wedding Day”. The band appeared to be ahead of the game once again with their cover of Paul Simon’s “Most Peculiar Man”, which featured sitar and must rank of one of the earliest examples of its use on a UK 45.

Bizarrely “Little Pictures” would get a further outing on some Small Faces re-issues were it was credited to that band as “What a Matter Baby”. Despite having little commercial success in the UK the band would still secure a number of US releases.

Mike Sedgwick would be the only band member to return to music, launching a solo career in 1968.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Third World - MIracles/Baby Boeing

Third World - Miracles/Baby Boeing (CBS 7182. 1971)

Here's a great US sounding sunshine pop, not unlike The Groop. On a UK label and with Chris Spedding on guitars, so not sure if this was actually a UK band.

Eric Harris - Sweet Time

Eric Harris - Sweet Time (GNP 442)

This has long been a favourite of mine. I hoped to find something out about Eric before posting this, but haven't come up with anything.

Anybody got any info on this guy?

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Ark - Living In Comfort

Ark - Living In Comfort

Ark were from North Devon, started by songwriter Reg Meuross along with Chris Kausman, Harry Williamson and Paul Hayles. The band also featured Harvey Bainbridge, who would later join Hawkwind.

A popular West Country band they played throughout the South West. Through the bands friendship with Davbe Brock they often backed up Hawkwind on many of their trips to Devon & Cornwall.

The band were picked up by Cornish Legend Music and asked to contribute to the Made In Cornwall LP (CLM1, 1976). Despite residing the other side of the Tamar the band made the trip down to the Roche Recording Studios at Tremodrett and laid down two tracks for the LP, 'Living in Comfort' and 'When You Go' (billed as Reg Meuross and Ark).

'When You Go' was quite acceptable early 70s pop-rock, but 'Living in Comfort' was a superb prog-psych track, hinting at what their live shows might have been like. Released locally the LP showcased some of the bands around at the time and while nothing matches the Ark track it isn't quite as bad as the review in Galactic Ramble makes out.

The line-up for the "Living In Comfort" track was Chris Kausman (vocals/rhythm/lead guitar/lyrics/arrangement), Colin Scott-Mitchell (lead/rhythm guitar), PaulHayles (keyboards), Harvey Bainbridge (Bass), Martin Griffin (drums), Reg Meuross and a pretty girl with a sweet voice [name forgotten!) (back-up vocals).

Live, the band would play a mixture of a strange cross section of covers, originals and long extended free form improvisations. The line-up was at times quite fluid, and could range from seven up to 12 members of stage at any time! This would often also include Lois, a dancer who would later dance with Hawkwind.

Live at the Queens Hall, Barnstable. Left to right : Alistair Merry (percussion), Colin Mitchell (guitar), Harvey Bainbridge (bass), Chris Kausman (guitar), Martin Griffin or Keith Jones (drums), Paul Hayles (keyboards)

Many of the players on the LP got together for a Christmas concert, and while Ark continued for a short time afterwards they would make no more recordings. Reg Meuross would go on to have a successful solo career. Chris Kausman runs a tribal art and antique gallery in Thailand.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

"Fantastic Expedition"

The debut issue of "Fantastic Expedition" is just out.

As well as an in-depth feature on Dillard & Clark it features some previously unseen pictures from the Dillard & Clark Expedition show at the Troubadour in '68. Also includes a new interview with Dan Peek of America and plenty of other West Coast goodies.

Contact Jason Smith for details -

Monday, 19 October 2009

Billy Batson

Just updated the Billy Batson story - Here

Friday, 19 June 2009

The Crickets - All Over You

The Crickets - All Over You (Liberty 55696. 1964)

Yes, this is Buddy's old pals. Tucked away on the flip of La Bamba is this mighty fine harp wailer.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Hugues Aufray

Hugues Aufray

Quick post today...Hugues was a big star in France in the 60s. I picked up a stack up these EPs in a charity shop recently. Unfortunately most were straight pop

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Search - Everybody's Searchin'/Too Young

Search - Everybody's Searchin'/Too Young (Era 3181. 1967)

Not a patch on the San Diego band's second 45, but still enjoyable.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Cherokees - Ain't Gonna Cry No More

Cherokees - Ain't Gonna Cry No More (Go!! 5045. 1966)

The Cherokees released quite a few 45s, mixing pop and beat.

Henchmen - Baby What's Wrong

Henchmen - Baby What's Wrong (Swan 4249. 1965)

First of a couple of Aussie's today.

This is the US release of the Henchmen's debut. Top side is the Rock & Roll sounding cover of Rockin' Robin, flip side is the Jimmy Reed song, also covered by the Pretties of course.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Gary Warren - Lucky Guy/Jennifer Please

Gary Warren - Lucky Guy/Jennifer Please (President PT334. 1971)

Here's a catchy piece of pop I've been enjoying a lot lately. Sounds more '68 than '71.

Anyone clue me in on who Gary Warren is??

Nashville Teens - The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian/Looking For You

Nashville Teens - The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian/Looking For You (Major Minor MM 599. 1969)

Here's a later and lesser known 45 by the Nashville Teens.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Ty Bach - Tir Na Og/Sciobol

Ty Bach - Tir Na Og/Sciobol (Ceirnini Outlet OUT 062. 1975)

Thanks to Colm Mac Séalaigh for the update on Ty Bach

The background to the forming of this group was two week long visits by a group of Irish-language enthusiasts to the Eisteddfod (Welsh language festival) in 1973 and 1974. Gearóid Ó Murchú, Colm Mac Séalaigh and Ken Mac Diarmada were already playing and learning traditional songs in Irish accompanied by acoustic guitar and mandolin. They were so impressed by what the Welsh were doing with regard to writing new material in Welsh in a modern style, that they decided to form a group and try to imitate the Welsh approach. The Welsh influence was so strong that they decided to call the new band Tŷ Bach from the Welsh for ‘little house’ or ‘bathroom’.

Having put a repertoire of songs together, on the advice of friend and poet/songwriter Gabriel Rosenstock the band contacted Billy McBurney of Outlet Records in Belfast. The result was the recording of Tŷ Bach’s one and only album called Téanam Ort (‘Let’s Go’). The songs on the album are a mixed bag of traditional songs, tunes borrowed from Welsh with new lyrics in Irish and newly written songs by Gabriel Rosenstock and Eugene Maloney and Aodh Ó Domhnaill.

Soon after the release of Téanam Ort, Ken Mac Diarmada left the band to join up with Aodh Ó Domhnaill’s group called Na hUaisle who had a regular slot on Irish language television programmes.

Ó Murchú and Mac Séalaigh continued on as a two-piece and played as Tŷ Bach at Irish language events organised for young audiences, and at the same time trying their hand at writing new material in Irish, and trying out amplification of their instruments, something that was very rare in Irish language music in the nineteen seventies. On one occasion they were told midway through their set to ‘turn it down’ even though the young audience loved it!

Tŷ Bach played an eclectic set which included songs set to Welsh and Breton tunes (Mairéidín, Téanam Ort, Déanaimis Arís é), traditional Irish songs (‘Bhí Fear Laistiar in Allihees’, ‘an tSeanbhean Bhocht’ among them), newly written songs by Aodh Ó Domhnaill (‘1984’, ‘E.E.C.’, ‘Briotánach, Breatnach, Éireannach’) and Gabriel Rosenstock-Eugene Maloney (‘Scioból’, ‘Spéirling’, ‘Dul amú ort’, ‘Fíon Fionn na Gréige’), ‘An Damhan Alla’ a song by Conamara group ‘Na Cloigne Folmha’ (The Empty Heads), as well as a few compositions by Ó Murchú and Mac Séalaigh themselves (‘Róisín’, ‘An Grá atá Fíor’).

In 1974 Mac Séalaigh wrote the lyrics to which Ó Murchú added the final chorus of what was to become Tŷ Bach’s, and later Na Fírein’s, best known song Tír na nÓg. In 1975, Tír na nÓg, which took its tune from the Welsh hit Nia Ben Aur also based on the Ossianic tale of Oisín and Niamh in the “Land of Youth”, was released with Scioból (Rosenstock/Maloney) as a single on the Outlet label. It was to become a favourite among teenagers learning Irish in school and in Irish Summer colleges.

Although Tŷ Bach did not receive the same recognition as many of their contemporaries, probably due to performing exclusively in Irish and to a certain naivety in their music, Mac Séalaigh and Ó Murchú continued in their efforts to produce a contemporary sound using Irish lyrics for some years. Eventually, the opportunity to perform and write rock songs came with an invitation from Séamus Ó Maitiú to participate in a Celtic Rock Festival to be held in Rath Chairn in County Meath in 1984. In order to strengthen and deepen their sound, Mac Séalaigh invited his cousin Eoin Smith and his fellow rockers Mick Brady and Franny McBride, to back Tŷ Bach for the festival. The result was the formation of a new rock band, Na Fíréin, Ireland’s and the Irish language’s one and only band to write, perform and release records in the rock genre in Irish for any significant period. Between 1984 and 1996, and intermittently since then, Na Fíréin have gigged all over Ireland and released two albums and two single records.

Tŷ Bach
1974 ‘Téanam Ort’ fadcheirnín Ty Bach Outlet Records
1975 Tír na nÓg / Scioból. Tŷ Bach. Ceirnín singil. Ceirníní Outlet

Na Fíréin
1986 ‘Sin mar a Bhíonn’ LP and cassette (Gael Linn)
1986 ‘Deireadh na Seachtaine’ / ‘Dúnta i nGrá’. Single (Gael Linn)
1986 ‘Sin mar a Bhíonn’ / Tóg Mé’. Single (Gael Linn)
1990 ‘Beagáinín níos Fearr’. Albam on cassette (Gealt)
1991 ‘Na Fíréin’. CD of 20 best songs (Gael Linn)

Tír na nÓg


Friday, 15 May 2009

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Trevor Gordon

Here's a couple of cool pop 45s from Trevor Gordon.

Trevor was from the UK, but made the trip to Australia in the mid-60s, where he became good friends with the Gibb brothers. He released three 45s on Leedon, one of which ("House Without Windows") was recorded with the Bee Gees. He also had his own kids TV show.

In 1967 he returned to the UK to join the band The Marbles with his cousin Graham Bonnet. The band would go on to international fame with Gibb penned and produced material.

Trev put out these two 45s for Pye in late 1966. I'm not sure if these were recorded with any input from Graham Bonnet, and without songwriting credits I don't know if they had any Gibb input. Anybody???

Trevor would go on to record an LP, Alphabet, in 1970 which I'd love to hear if anybody has a rip?

Love Comes and Goes/You're An E-Type (Pye 7N 17113. 1966)

Floating/Everyone Knows (Pye 7N 17168. 1966)

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Delirium - King's Road

Delirium - King's Road (Fonit SPF 31293. 1972)

Delirium were from Italy and are another one of those prog band I just don't get.....This however is the cool and funky flip to their big hit 'Jesahel'.

Triangle - Golden Screen

Triangle - Golden Screen (EMI Odeon C 006 10 415)

I can't say that I'm much a fan of prog. Thankfully this 45 from French band Triangle veers on the psychedelic side of progressive.

Henry Stephen - Hang On Sloopy

Henry Stephen - Hang On Sloopy (RCA 3-10347. 1968)

Do you need to hear another version of this old chestnut?

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Mike Wallace - Natural High/Mandarin

Mike Wallace - Natural High/Mandarin (Philips 6003 067. 1970)

I don't know anything about this guy. This 45 got a release in the UK & Europe on Philips and a US release on Atco. I assume he's from the UK. Natural High is a superbly catchy number, whether you agree it's the best kind of high or not! Flip side is more folky and I didn't dig it at first, but its really growing on me.

Monday, 9 March 2009

James Lawton and the James Boys - Music

James Lawton and the James Boys - Music (MGM 13978)

Produced by Charlie Calello, who also arranged the Four Seasons.

Reasonable Facsimile - Every Day

Reasonable Facsimile - Every Day (Verve KF5009. 1966)

Top side is the band's take on He Was A Friend Of Mine, which has been comped. I prefer the flip, which has that Mama's & Papa's folk rock vibe.

Six Mile Chase - Sunday Kind Of Sunshine

Six Mile Chase - Sunday Kind Of Sunshine (Dot 17131. 1968)

There's lot's a great sunshine pop on Dot. I guess a lot of these 45s were studio concoctions. Bernstein & Millrose would also write for Garry Pucket and release a bizarre version of Light My Fire under the name MBP Mix.

Golden Bough - Everybody's Gotta Be Someplace/25c

Golden Bough - Everybody's Gotta Be Someplace / 25c (A&M 868. 1966)

Possibly a studio vehicle for Anne Phillips & Hilary Lipsitz. Anne was also involved in Queen Anne's Lace.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Lovin' Couple - The Sun Is A Wanderer

Lovin' Couple - The Sun Is A Wanderer (Amy 11,021. 1967)

Last one for today and another pop 45, this one's a bit more folky than the others. Geld-Udell wrote and produced a huge list of mainstream records, including Brian Hyland, Jackie Wilson, Gene Pitney and the Carpenters.

Johnny Tillotson - Don't Tell Me It's Raining

Johnny Tillotson - Don't Tell Me It's Raining (MGM K-13738. 1967)

Here's another pop 45. Johnny is most famous for 'Poetry In Motion' of course. Not one for everybody, but if you dig light summery pop you might well enjoy this one.

Mission - You Bring It All Together

The Mission - You Bring It All Together (Ranwood 881. 1970)

Written by famed songwriter Jeff Barry, this is a catchy 60s pop number put out under a fictitious band name.

LD Mitchell & the Amalgamated Taxi Cab Service - Planet Of Union/Roses Roses

LD Mitchell & the Amalgamated Taxi Cab Service - Planet Of Union/Roses Roses (Alley 1053. 1970)

LD was Larry Mitchell but I don't know who the Taxi Cab were, presumably a studio concoction. Larry would go on to become a preacher. Sounds earlier than '70.

This 45 was featured on the superb "Psych Of The South" compilation, which is well worth checking out.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Pete Stanley and Wizz Jones - The Ballad Of Hollis Brown

Pete Stanley and Wizz Jones - The Ballad Of Hollis Brown (Columbia DB 7776. 1965)

Here's an early 45 from Pete Stanley & Wizz Jones, with a great take on Bob's "Hollis Brown".

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Dave Lee & The Staggerlees

Dave Lee & The Staggerlees - Love Me (Oriole CB-1864. 1963)

Dave Lee & The Staggerlees - Sweet & Lovely (Oriole CB-1907. 1964)

The Staggerlees were well known around the South West during the early-mid sixties. As the "Staggerlees Rock Unit" they competed in, and won, Truro's annual Rock and Rhythm contest in 1962. The band soon built up an extensive following within Cornwall & Devon and became one of the first professional Cornish beat bands. The band turned pro and moved to Torquay, gigging around the Devon area.

The band ventured further afield, playing around the more lucrative Northern Working Men's Club circuit while based in Sheffield. This also lead to gigs around Germany were they share the bill at the Top Ten Club with Dave Dee and The Bostons (who became DDDBMT) and Jimmy Powell & The Jumping Jacks amongst many others.

Through the bands involvement with an agent in Sheffield the band scored a deal with Oriole records, where they recorded two singles. Unfortunately neither singles recieved much airplay failed to take off.

By 1967 Dave Lee had quit the band, which continued as The Staggerlees. The three peice continued playing the club circuit until fairly recently. Dave set up a folk club back in his native Redruth before embarking in a succesful 25 year career in photography.

The following singles are often attributed to the band, but are in fact not related to the Cornish Dave Lee & The Staggerlees:
Take Four / Five To Four On (Decca F11600) 1964
Adam Adamant / Georgia's Theme (Fontana TF723) 1966

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Psych Trail Mix

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Friday, 16 January 2009

Rustiks - Hallo Anne

Rustiks - Hallo Anne (Decca F 11960. 1964)

Here's a cool beat ballad from the other side of the Tamar. Paignton, Devon to be precise.

After entering a Beat competition on the regional ITV 'Westward TV' they were offered a deal with NEMS by one of the competition judges, Brian Epstein. Epstein lined the band up with Decca where they recorded two 45s "What A Memory Can Do/Hallo Anne" and "I'm Not The Loving Kind/Can't You See", both of which failed to set the world alight and the band dissapeared from sight.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Hart Rock '71

Hart Rock '71 (Abreaction MLT-BA-TY. 1971)

Keith Fisher of Yellow kindly got in touch to share some recollections of Hart Rock '71:

This was the sixth and final incarnation of Yellow; the original formed in ’69 and featured Vic Malcolm on lead guitar, who went on to form Geordie with Tom Hill who had joined the fourth inc’ of Yellow along with me and Bob Barton in August of 1970.

Bob, Kenny Mountain and myself would re-unite in ‘73 with Beckett. Co-incidentally: Beckett’s bass player was Frankie Gibbon, who played in Brass Alley at the time of the EP.

The first inc’ of Yellow recorded a single on CBS in early 1970: Roll it down the hill/Living a lie, that disappeared without trace (a very rare record: S4869) then the drummer [Tommy Sloan] was replaced by Paul Thompson, who had been playing with John Miles and would go on to join Roxy Music.

The Yellow on the EP featured Kenny, myself and two others: Brian James Ingham on bass, and Micky Balls on lead guitar.

A typically incestuous and nepotistic family tree, eh?

Lucas Tyson morphed into Cirkus. Trilogy became Prelude and had a minor hit by covering After the Goldrush. Brass Alley remained a very popular local band until Frankie left, when they became Long-Vehicle.

Yellow’s manager (until Tom and I joined) was Ian Lish from Sunderland: a local promoter. He had been approached [in 1971] by Hartlepool football club to promote an all day music festival in order to – hopefully – boost the club’s declining funds. Kenny and I teamed up with Ian and helped to promote the festival. I don’t remember who’s idea the record was but Multicord was a popular studio in Sunderland and Ken McKenzie – who owned it – agreed to record the tracks for a very nominal sum.

The EP became a collectors item overnight.

The festival was a bit of a shambles and the headline bands – Arrival and The Roulettes (if my memory serves me well – the drugs were much better in those days) only pulled around a thousand punters. The club got professional help the following year and made a decent fist of things.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

The Hi-Noons - It's Our World / Want It To Last

The Hi-Noons - It's Our World / Want It To Last (Hi-Noon 100)

In January of 1970 Mike Lachney had just put out his first recording for Eddie Shuler of Goldband Records ("This Valentine"). He hit the road around South Louisiana promoting the single and during this time met up with Frankie Bordelon, who was a DJ and KVPU in Ville Platte, Louisiana.

Like Mike, Frankie was a budding songwriter, although he was yet to make any recordings. Frankie was managing a band of High School teens from the Ville Platte and Eunice area called the Hi-Noons. Frankie and Mike set about writing a couple of songs for the band and Mike convinced Eddie Shuler of Goldband to record them.

The resulting single was "It's Our World/Want It To Last" (Hi-Noon 100). Despite sounding vintage 66/67 the songs were recorded in September 1970, with the 45 appearing a month later. While being a Goldband recording the record was released on the bands own Hi-Noon label (inspired by the band Rare Earth whose hits were coming out on their namesake label).

The record did well in their own stomping ground of Ville Platte and Eunice, but failed to take off any further afield. After sticking it out for another year, a few line-up changes saw the band re-emerge as Madison Fog, who were active up to the late 70s.

Tikis & Fabulons

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

R.I.P Ron Ashton

In my late teens barely a day would go by without listening to either of the first two Stooges albums. Another sad loss. There seems to be too many of them at the moment....

Monday, 5 January 2009

Butch, Peggy and Little John - It Must Be Love

Butch, Peggy and Little John - It Must Be Love (Old Town 1165. 1964)

"Little John" (John Lindemann) has kindly been touch and provided me with some more information on the band:

The band was from Fort Salona, Long Island, NY and made up with three siblings, Butch, Peggy & John Lindemann. John was somewhat overweight at the time, hence the "Little John" nickname.

"It Must Be Love" was recorded 'live in the studio', which is evident in the raw quality. The mean harp blowing is courtesy of Peggy. Both sides of the single were written and produced by a friend-of-a-friend Steve Verroca, who would later produced Link Wray. The bands manager took the demo to Old Town who were suitable impressed and pressed up the single ("It Must Be Love" b/w "Tomorrow Night", Old Town 165. 1964)

This top side "It Must Be Love" is a superb raw harp driven pounder, quite different to a lot of the tamer sounds of the time. Unfortunately this was a one off and the bands sound was better represented by the poppy b-side, Tomorrow Night. The band gigged around the New Jersey area and shared the bill with Neil Sedaka and Bruce Morrow at Palisades Park.

They would release one more 45, "Lucille" on Theme Records, which again was in the same pop style of the Old Town's flip side.

Jay Hawkers - Send Her Back

Jay Hawkers - Send Her Back (Deltron 1228)

I love my moody 45s and here's another cool one from the same Detroit bunch who cut the 'Dawn Of Instruction' single.

Tikis & Fabulons - Take A Look

Tikis & Fabulons - Take A Look (Tower 181)

Let's kick off the New Year in the PNW.

Flip side is a cover of Skip & Flip's 'Cherrry Pie', but the other side is a cool PNW mover from this Portland, Oregon band. A popular live draw they cut one more 45 as The Fabulons before calling it a day.