Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Sanctions & Jim and the Lords - Then Came The Electric Prunes 1965 (2000 Heartbeat Productions) Flac & mp3@320

35 years on.... and Heartbeat has come up with more Prunes rarities. 'Then Came The Electric Prunes' unearths pre-Prunes Audiodisc acetates recorded chez Russ Bottomley - 12 tracks from 27th March 1965 by The Sanctions (James Lowe, Ken Williams, Mark Tulin and Mike Weakley) and 4 tracks from 29th September 1965 by Jim And The Lords (with Dave Hargrave added to the previous line-up).
The Sanctions' sound is of a garage band with surf roots performing popular covers including 'Long Tall Sally', 'Money', 'Moon Dog', 'Love Potion Number Nine', 'What'd I Say', 'Jack The Ripper' and of course 'Louie Louie'.
On the Jim and The Lords tracks - 'Little Olive', 'I'm Free', 'I'm Down' and 'Too Many People' - the surf influences are replaced by raw harmonica and a raucous punk style ala Stones and Seeds. A folk-rock lilt on 'I'm Free' marks another development since the March sessions.
The sound quality is surprisingly good considering the source. With previously unseen photos this is a must-have for any Prunes fan.(Vernon Joyhnson/Max Waller in Fuzz, Acid And Flowers)

This is surely for fans of the band but it's interesting to see the development of the band from this to the songs of her debut album.

         Frank    Flac & mp3@320

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