Hello Folks, just for your information i will go to the sun this year from the 23rd of this month until around the 15th of october. I got the confirmation today. Hurray :-). hope we will meet here again after my holidays.


Friday, 14 April 2017

The Merry-Go-Round - Listen, Listen - The Definitive Collection (2005 Rev-Ola)

The Merry-Go-Round's Listen, Listen: The Definitive Collection is a near-perfect example of doing a reissue the right way. Lovingly put together by the folks at Rev-Ola, the package is a perfect blend of enlightenment and entertainment, with insightful liner notes that feature new interviews with many members of the group and their guiding light, Emitt Rhodes, excellent photos, clean and crisp sound, and best of all, the wonderful music of the Merry-Go-Round and Emitt Rhodes. First, some bookkeeping. The opening half of the disc contains the group's lone album released on A&M in 1967, The Merry-Go-Round, the second half is the Emitt Rhodes album released by A&M in 1970 (and also in '71 with a different cover and an altered track listing) called The American Dream. The album is made up of songs Rhodes cut with studio pros in 1969 after the demise of the group, as well as demos recorded in the latter days of the Merry-Go-Round. The package is rounded out by four songs taken from singles released after The Merry-Go-Round, the mono version with drums of "Time Will Show the Wiser," and as a bonus, the band's recording of "Good Vibrations" with A&M honcho Herb Alpert on lead trumpet.
Now for the music. The Merry-Go-Round is a breathtaking blend of chiming folk-rock guitars, British Invasion harmony vocals, baroque pop arrangements, and pure pop songcraft that sounds daisy fresh in 2005. The Beatles are a huge influence, there is plenty of Paul McCartney in Rhodes' sweet vocals and their vocal harmonies. You can hear the Byrds a bit, some Left Banke (especially on the sweeping orchestral pop gem "You're a Very Lovely Woman"), some L.A. garage on rockers like "Where Have You Been All My Life" and "Lowdown"; the group definitely didn't exist in a vacuum. There are some songs, though, that are quite unique and original like "Time Will Show the Wiser" with its otherworldly sped-up and backwards guitars and enchanting melody; the warm and bouncy hit single "Live," and "Had to Run Around" an exquisite ballad whose tender beauty foreshadows Rhodes' classic 1970 Emitt Rhodes album.
These songs, and the overall quality of the songs and the group's loose and earthy playing, help lift the album above the pack and should lead to it being mentioned in the same breath as Love's first album or Buffalo Springfield's first when talking about classic American debut albums of the '60s. The singles included on the reissue show the band adding piano and a fuller sound, not too surprising since many of the tracks on the album were demos. They are fine songs, too; 1968's "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band"-inspired "Listen, Listen" rocks harder than anything else they recorded and has one of Rhodes' most intense vocals; "She Laughed Loud" is a self-mocking tune with some great background vocals, and "Missing You" incorporates some lovely harpsichord and was unjustly buried as a B-side. The American Dream album features some of Rhodes' best songs, like the rollicking Harry Nilsson-esque "Holly Park," the catchy as the flu, should-have-been a hit "Let's All Sing," and a couple of tracks that sound like the blueprint for the sound of Rhodes' first real solo album: the simple and beautiful "Saturday Night" and "Pardon Me."
It also features a couple of near-clunkers in the hokey Appalachian narrative "Textile Factory," the overly dramatic "Someone Died," and the calypso-inflected "Mary Will You Take My Hand." The use of studio musicians also tends to drain most of the homespun charm of the MGR's work and the grafted-on string and horn arrangements on some of the songs can veer to the point of schmaltz ("Come Ride, Come Ride," "The Man He Was"). When you strip away the excess sweetening, though, the record is at its heart a solid pop record, not up to the standard of what preceded it or what followed, but most certainly worth hearing. The set is a must for fans of Rhodes, too, but more than that, the fact that it marks the first time the entire Merry-Go-Round discography is available on CD makes it an absolute must for fans of sophisticated '60s pop. In a world of botched reissues and pointless collections, Rev-Ola gets it right here.(allmusic)

The Merry-Go-Round was a near perfect pop/psychedelic pop band with all the possibilities and skills a band need who wants to reach the top. But they failed. Why? I don't know because music is a mystery.
Hope you have fun
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Artwork (complete) The Leaves - The Leaves...Are Happening (2000 Sundazed) added!

Hello Folks, i've just added the missing artwork for the ''The Leaves - The Leaves...Are Happening (2000 Sundazed) in the post from yesterday. Today a nice guy sends me the complete artwork.
(Thank you very much again for the contribution, Gerard!)

It's nice to see that people help each other.

Australian Power Pop: Young Modern - Play Faster 1980 (25th Anniversary Edition) Flac & mp3

Australian music writer Andy Bradley once called Young Modern "the first power pop band from Down Under," and the band's bright, energetic sound and ear-catching melodies were a clear precursor to the skinny-tie pop sounds that would begin having a major impact on the charts at the end of the 1970s. Unfortunately, Young Modern was just a bit early to reap the benefits of power pop's brief moment of commercial success, though their historical importance and influence on the likes of the Hoodoo Gurus and the Sunnyboys is widely acknowledged. Young Modern was formed in 1977 by John Dowler, an Irish expatriate who had spent time in Europe, the Netherlands, and England before settling in Adelaide.
Dowler was previously the leader of Spare Change, a prescient band that favored straightforward rock & roll with a pop touch, with Roxy Music, Mott the Hoople, the Velvet Underground, and Sparks cited by the group as key influences. After Spare Change broke up in 1976, Dowler began looking for like-minded musicians to form a new group, and in 1977, he met up with Andy Richards, whose older brother had gone to school with Dowler. Richards was playing bass in a band called Suggestion, who were going nowhere fast, and Dowler recruited Richards and Suggestion guitarist Vic Yates to join his new group. After schooling his new bandmates on his musical philosophy and his enthusiasm for the Flamin' Groovies, Big Star, and the Byrds, Dowler, Richards, and Yates teamed with guitarist Michael Jones and drummer Mark Kohler, and the first edition of Young Modern (named after a pop fanzine of the '60s) was complete.
Young Modern played their first gig opening for Radio Birdman in November 1977, and they quickly gained a sizable following in Adelaide for their hooky, straightforward brand of rock & roll. Young Modern were a hard-working band who were eager to play, and they hit the road, playing club dates around Southeast Australian and learning to handle all kinds of crowds. Dowler was friends with Steve Cummings of the pub rock band the Sports, and Cummings was impressed enough with Young Modern to help them make their first record. Cummings produced the single "She's Got the Money" b/w "Automatic," which the band released in 1978 on their own Top Gear label; it scored significant airplay on Double J Radio in Sydney and Triple R in Melbourne and spread word about Young Modern nationwide. The success of "She's Got the Money" led to an offer from Dirty Pool, a successful music management firm who handled two of Australia's biggest hard rock outfits, Cold Chisel and the Angels.
Young Modern signed up with Dirty Pool and relocated to Sydney, though Mike Jones opted to stay in Adelaide and Mark Carroll took his place in the lineup. Despite Dirty Pool's success with other acts, they didn't seem to know what to do with Young Modern, and the band often found themselves booked into clubs that favored hard rock while pop bands that had sprung up in Young Modern's wake were enjoying greater success. With the group's momentum fading, Young Modern decided to break up in the summer of 1979; an album, Play Faster, was released by the indie label Local Records that combined their single with a number of unreleased demos, and the group briefly reunited in 1980 to play a few shows in support. (Spare Change's unreleased recordings would also be compiled into an album after Young Modern called it quits.)
Dowler went on to form the Glory Boys (who later became Talk Show), and enjoyed success in the late '80s with the Zimmermen. In 2006, Dowler reunited Young Modern to cut a new album, How Insensitive, which was released the following year; the band went on tour after the album's release, and another reunion jaunt in 2010 resulted in a live album, Live at the Grace Emily 22.12.2010.(

This is a wonderful Power Pop/Jangle album with strong sixties influences. If you love Garage Power Pop with sixties vibe, this is a must for you. Highly Recommended!
You can buy the album here

You will enjoy and you
will have fun
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New Flac ''The Plimsouls: Everywhere At Once 1983'' link is up !

I added a new link in the Plimsouls post from yesterday. Please give me a comment if it works. Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience again.

Classic Power Pop: The Plimsouls - The Plimsouls...Plus 1981 (1992 Rhino) Flac & mp3

The Plimsouls were in the right place and time--Los Angeles just after the Knack took skinny-tie power pop national--to score a major record deal almost upon forming. With the instant credibility conferred by leader Peter Case's membership in the legendary punk-pop Nerves, whose "Hanging on the Telephone" Blondie had taken to the charts, the Plimsouls were expected to become a very big deal. Sadly, the anti-Knack backlash took down the entire L.A. power pop scene almost overnight, and their self-titled debut disappeared immediately.

The excellent Rhino reissue THE PLIMSOULS...PLUS collects that album, the rare ZERO HOUR EP, a handful of b-sides including an early version of EVERYWHERE AT ONCE's stellar "How Long Will It Take?" and an excellent previously unreleased tune called "Memory." Case's rough-edged songs and the band's noisy performances are almost unbearably exciting, and this is a true power pop classic.

No need to say something more about this album. A true classic!
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Wish all of you Happy Easter days!

Garage/Power Pop: Dee Rangers - Blue Swedes 2007 (Vinyl) Flac & mp3

Debuting in 1997 with the EP This Modern World, Dee Ranger imported their vintage of 60's guitar romp to their home country of Sweden. With their reflection towards the raw styling of The Sonics and The Kinks, Nicke Ohman (guitar), Johnny Elfstorm (bass), Uffe Pettersson (drums) and Mike Eriksson (vocals) would release a series of seven-inches various labels throughout 1997. This includes the Fall Down, I Just Wanna Rock 'n' Roll and Don't EPs.

This is great Garage/Power Pop from swedish band Dee Rangers.
Five fat stars from possible six stars!
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