Friday, 5 May 2017

New links and a very rare Mark Wirtz!











Hello again Folks, i hope everything is running well for all of you and you will enjoy the coming weekend.

I have tried to renew all the links people ask me in the last few days. For the most i found only today time. And i hope that i haven't forgot any link. Please look all of you who asked for a new link if it's up. If not please remember me again (...i am an old man... :-) ) I have still a lot of work here in the new house and today was a really bad day for me. So i stopped the work in the house and have done a little nice work here for the blog.

My first new post in my new home is a very rare one .

''Mark Wirtz and the Teenage Opera - The Fantastic Story Of Mark Wirtz And The Teenage Opera'' RPM 2001 (Flac)
(This time no mp3 files. Please don't ask in this case for it.)


The title might be taken by some to imply that this double CD is producer Wirtz's never-issued-in-completed-form Teenage Opera (excerpted on Keith West's hit single "Excerpt from 'A Teenage Opera'"). Actually, it's really a collection of Wirtz's more ambitious and enduring productions from 1964 to 1972 (with one Wirtz recording from 1996), sometimes featuring Wirtz himself as the artist, though some of the songs would have been used had the opera taken final shape. It's a wildly inconsistent collection that doesn't quite make the case for Wirtz as a genius on the order of Phil Spector, or even Joe Meek. Still, there's interesting British pop and rock here, traversing quite a gamut of styles, from British psychedelia (with Tomorrow) and relatively straight pop to Gene Pitney-esque balladeers, go-go background music (sometimes played by a young Steve Howe), and American-style arrangements for female vocalists and pseudo-Spector-ian sides.
Unlike, say, Meek or Spector, Wirtz didn't have immediately identifiable signature sounds, other than being prone to lush, sometimes orchestral density that sometimes bore similarities to Californian sunshine pop. Some of these songs are superficial trifles or unmemorable pop tunes, yet others are good matches of offbeat, melodic pop/rock with imaginative production.
Elmer Hockett's contemporary calypso of "Love Is Happening to Me," the very early David Bowie-ism of Mike Sedgewick's "The Good Guys in the White Hats," the Abbey Road-on-sugar textures of Philwit & Pegasus, even the early-'70s ambitious Muzak of Wirtz's early-'70s tracks: All have something to recommend them.
Keith West's two singles from the Teenage Opera concept, "Excerpt from 'A Teenage Opera'" and "Sam," are both here too, though they've been reissued elsewhere.(Richie Unterberger)

Most of you know that it's quite rare that i have the same or similar opinion about a musical work and (you guess it) it's in this case again a very different position. But i confess it's maybe because i am a giant fan of Mark Wirtz :-)

Hope you will enjoy
Cheers
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16 comments:

  1. Thank you. Your efforts (and taste in music) are appreciated!

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  2. Nice to see you back. I hope everything runs well for you.
    Thanks for all the good music.
    Cheers

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  3. Aww! Bummed I missed this flac. Anyway. Thank you for the great blog.

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    1. Hello Anonymous, i upped a new link!
      Kind regards
      Frank

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    2. That's great. Thank you so much Frank.

      All the best

      Tim

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    3. Forgot to say. If you have any open requests, do publish. Maybe I can help.

      T

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  4. Hi
    Thanks for posting - I had the single CD version already so this is a nice upgrade. The art contains "Front Sheet-2.jpg". Unfortunately the right hand side is lost. Is it possible to rescan this section

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    1. Hellop John again, sure i will rescan the section. I haven't perceived the section is not complete. Thanks for your tip. In a few hours it will be up.
      Kind regards
      Frank

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    3. Hello John, here is the link for the jpeg. I hope it's better now.
      Greetz
      Frank
      http://www15.zippyshare.com/v/NVqNZwjk/file.html

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  5. I'm new to your place, Frank, and I'm working my way through your archive from newest to oldest. Unfortunatley the link for this has expired, I would be really grateful if this could be renewed, Thanks for everything you put up here. cheers Anthony

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    1. Hello anthony,
      the new link is up!
      Have fun
      Frank

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  6. This is fantastic! I've been scouring the internet for a FLAC of just the 1 disc version of this. So happy to have located this 2 disc version!

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