Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Irish Power Pop: Pugwash - Earworm 2003 (Flac)

Earworm

Pugwash look poised to finally reap some well-deserved rewards.
Having been picked up by the hip Australian label Karmic Hit, followed by a rave review in the Sydney Morning Herald and a top five playlisting on Triple J (Aussie Today FM) Pugwash look poised to finally reap some well-deserved rewards. This Australia-only release from the criminally ignored Dublin power-poppers combines the cream of their two albums to date –1999’s Almond Tea and last year’s Almanac – in a nifty digi-pak complete with enhanced video.

Chief Pugwasher Thomas Walsh constructs deceptively simple, gloriously melodic and harmony-laden songs, inspired by the classic pop of The Beatles, The Kinks and XTC with occasional nods to the psychedelic era. But despite the preponderance of Rickenbackers, Meletrons and strings, this is no retro indulgence fest, as evidenced by the bang-up-to-date textures of last year’s ‘Apples’ – surely one of the finest ever Irish singles and the equally sublime ‘Monorail’, a song the Eels would kill for.
Other gems well worth hearing again and again include the jangly ‘Keep Moving On’, ‘The Finer Things In Life’ and the Ray Davies -like ‘Emily Regardless’. The well-connected Jason Falkner (Beck, Air and Aimee Mann ally) lends a hand on several tracks on this ingeniously titled album, a record which demonstrates pretty conclusively why this outfit should (and no doubt will) be heard more widely in the future.

This is like nearly all albums by Pugwash a well working thing. The best stuff (but you can take all other songs) of the first two releases is compiled here. I don't know if the two conventional albums would released back then in Australia. This is an Australia only release. Never mind. Six stars of possible six!
Enjoy
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Psychedelic Pop/Sunshine Pop: The Sundowners - Captain Nemo 1968 (2007 Rev-Ola) Flac & mp3

While pop/rockers the Sundowners never scored a hit during their career in the mid-'60s, for such a little-known band they managed to cast a long shadow, touring with some of the biggest acts of the day and appearing on television and in major motion pictures. Formed in Lake George, NY in 1959, the original lineup of the Sundowners consisted of Eddie Brick on lead vocals, Dominick DeMieri on lead guitar and vocals, Eddie Placidi on guitar and vocals, Bobby Dick on bass and vocals, and Kim Capli on drums. In 1965, after earning a loyal local following, the group cut a single for the Coed Records label, "Leave Me Never" backed with a cover of Chuck Berry's "Around and Around." In 1966, the Sundowners moved to Los Angeles in hopes of shifting their career into high gear, and cut a second single for Filmways Records featuring two original songs, "Ring out Wild Bells" b/w "When the Sun Goes Down."
In 1967, the Sundowners were playing an engagement at the famed Sunset Strip club Ciro's when Michael Nesmith of the Monkees saw the band perform; impressed, he invited them to join the group's summer concert tour as their opening act, and they also backed the Monkees for a show-closing medley of rock oldies. (The tour's openers also included Jimi Hendrix and Ike & Tina Turner, putting the Sundowners in excellent company.)
In 1967, they were signed to Decca Records, and released the Beatlesque single "Always You" b/w "Dear Undecided"; the A-side was written by Tony Asher and Roger Nichols, and the sessions were produced by studio legend Bones Howe. In 1968, the band released their only LP, Captain Nemo, which was produced by guitarist DeMieri. While the album would become a cult favorite with fans of sunshine pop and light psychedelia, it didn't sell well, and the group fared better as actors in the year of its release.
In February, the Sundowners guest starred as "The Raspberry Wristwatch" on "A Very Warm Reception," an episode of the espionage drama It Takes a Thief, while in September they appeared as "Sonny and the Sundowners" (with Paul Petersen playing their lead singer) on the "Song of Bertrille" episode of the comedy The Flying Nun. The Sundowners can also be seen and heard briefly in the movie Don't Make Waves, which starred Tony Curtis, Claudia Cardinale and Sharon Tate(allmusic.com)

Without words. I am a big lover of this kind of music and maybe you will
also enjoy!
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Power Pop by Tommy Keene - In the Late Bright (2009) Flac & mp3

Tommy Keene is best known to smart pop obsessives for the superb songwriting that's dominated the handful of great albums he's released since 1984, including Songs from the Film, The Real Underground, and Ten Years After. But Keene has also established himself as a first-class guitarist, having toured as a sideman with the likes of Paul Westerberg and Robert Pollard, and on his 2009 album, In the Late Bright, Keene has given his guitar work a greater prominence than on many of his previous albums. No, In the Late Bright isn't dominated by ten-minute guitar workouts full of Eddie Van Halen style acrobatics (or even the manic soloing Keene used to close out his brilliant cover of Lou Reed's "Kill Your Sons"), but the five-minute instrumental "Elevated" demonstrates how much menace and atmosphere Keene can conjure with his instrument, and the soaring hard rock tone of "The Right Time to Fly" and "Goodbye Jane" find Keene allowing himself a little more room to swagger than usual.
And the great guitar work on In the Late Bright is, as usual, in the service of a stack of great songs; his melodies are both hooky and robust, capturing a broad range of deep tonal colors, and with Jon Richardson on drums, this album features some of the most satisfying rock & roll of Keene's long and distinguished career. The big guitars and forceful tone of In the Late Bright are hardly without precedent in Tommy Keene's career -- this is one popmeister who's always known how to rock out -- but the rich wallop of this disc's best moments make it clear that he isn't slowing down or mellowing with age, and after 2006's fine Crashing the Ether, this shows him continuing to move from strength to strength.

Godfather of Power Pop demonstrates his top notch guitar skills and his abilities of songwriting here.
Very good album with a fun factor of five strings of usual six.
Enjoy it
             Frank    

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Peruvian Beatles Pop: We All Together - Singles 1973-74 (2011) Flac & mp3


The Peruvian band We All Together, though unknown beyond a core cluster of cultists, was among the prime exponents of Beatlesque pop/rock in the early '70s. Led by singer and frequent composer Carlos Guerrero, who (along with some other members) had been in the Peruvian rock band Laghonia, they released two albums (singing in English) in the first half of the '70s
. These were fashioned after the lighter side of the late-'60s Beatles, particularly in the vocal harmonies, melodic tunes, and sophisticated arrangements blending keyboards, acoustic guitars, and electric guitars in a graceful manner. Although Lennon, McCartney, and for that matter, Harrison's influence, show up in We All Together's work, they had more of an affinity for McCartney's engaging melodicism, to the point of covering some obscure, early McCartney solo tunes.
On their second album, they also reached into some British progressive rock riffs, although the Beatles vibe remained dominant. With the exception of Badfinger, they may have been the best band of their time to play in an avowedly Beatlesque style. Their albums, once all but impossible to find in the Northern Hemisphere, were reissued in the U.S. in the late '90s.(allmusic.com)

This is a very fine collection of very beatlesque songs and i second what Mr Unterberger said: I think they were really the best band after Badfinger in this style. Here are some very very good songs on the album and i recommend to give it a listen if you don't know the band yet.

Three cheers to Lima and Liverpool
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Australian Pop by Birtles & Springfield



Like fellow Aussies the Sherbs, Zoot never escaped teen-star status. But as Zoot Locker proves, they were certainly adapt at churning out clever pop tracks. Because of their time period, Zoot used every trick in the psychedelic book; but most songs maintain the three-minute mark, resulting in shrewd and skewered singles much like the Move delivered. Innocent innocuousness such as "Monty & Me" about walking the dog or "One Times Two Times Three Times Four" seems unfairly buried in the past. Of course, Beatles nods abound, such as the Lennon-isms of "Hey Pinky." With this smoking version of "Eleanor Rigby" the quartet attempted to jettison their early "pink" image, jumping aboard the bizarre "heavy covers" bandwagon with Vanilla Fudge and Rare Earth. The Hollies are another pervasive influence ("Flying" shares rhyme schemes with "Dear Eloise" over a "Helter Skelter" riff) while "Mr Songwriter" echoes the Byrds by way of Dylan. "Freak" foreshadows "Highway Star" and many Sweet moments. The informative liner notes guide the listener through this startlingly sterling posthumous collection, proving Zoot was much more than a mere launching pad for Rick Springfield and Little River Band.
For the release of Zoot's inaugural single, "You Better Get Going Now," the band draped themselves, as well as the gaudy Berties discotheque venue, in bright pink. Pushing the slogan "Think Pink -- Think Zoot," the band would later burn their pink suits and bare their backsides in an act of defiance that ultimately was unable to resurrect their forever pink-stained careers.
Forming in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1966 and calling themselves "Down the Line," a soon re-badged Zoot achieved local fame on the dance scene before moving to Melbourne in 1968. Shortly after their pink-fuelled launch, their second single, "One Times, Two Times, Three Times, Four," peaked at number 32 on the Melbourne charts and the band began playing the Melbourne TV show Uptight regularly. Their next single, "Monty and Me," hit number one in Brisbane and the band, along with local contemporaries the Valentines, the Flying Circus, and New Dream, developed a strong teen following with their blend of disposable pop. Replacing guitarist Roger Hicks with Rick Springfield saw the band's sound begin to mature, and they toured with the cream of Australian pop on the national Operation Starlift Tour in September 1969. They ended the year by being voted Top Australian Group in Go-Set magazine's Pop Poll.


Despite burning their former pink outfits for the cameras and baring their backsides for Go-Set, their next single, "Hey Pinky" (April 1970), failed to chart. Nevertheless, the band placed second to the Flying Circus in Hoadley's National Battle of the Sounds final in July 1970 and released their debut album, Just Zoot, the following month. The band achieved their biggest hit with their next single, a cover of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," which peaked at number four on the national charts in March 1971. The single later achieved gold status after being re-released by EMI in 1979 and Zoot formed a reputation for performing heavy covers of well-known songs. Zoot's next single, "The Freak," failed to achieve chart success and, still haunted by their former teen-star status, the group disbanded in May. Several of the bandmembers continued successful careers in music and film, including Rick Springfield, who went on to achieve international success as a singer and actor in the U.S.


Very good sixties pop.
Enjoy it!
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