HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN!!!




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.

Frank

Monday, 24 April 2017

Doug Powell - More (2000) Flac & mp3


For his third outing, Doug Powell follows much the same formula as with his first two albums: straight-ahead rock songs with a definite, pronounced pop leaning. Powell's influences are plastered all over this, from Jellyfish-like vocal harmonies to Todd Rundgren's brand of smooth pop and Cheap Trick-style guitar crunch. But thankfully, Powell does manage to mold the record into more than just a sum of its parts. The album's best songs -- the uppity rock of "Dinah Might," the soulful pop of "The Scent of a Rose," and the hard rock of "Empty V," amongst a few others -- are extremely well-crafted modern pop.
While not exceedingly commercial or adventurous, the devotees of verse-chorus-verse song structures and gooey background vocals will agree that not only is More catchy and memorable, but it manages to steer clear of potholes of derivation. With that being said, there are a few flaws that keep More from being a classic. The production is appropriately crisp but strangely tinny, and on the requisite mainstream music rant "Empty V," Powell appropriately gives the musical finger to MTV and their ilk. But the problem is that the listener is torn between believing whether it's appropriate commentary or a cranky old man who is upset that he never got his commercial due.
Maybe it's a little of both, but that assessment is probably a bit too harsh given the songwriting expertise displayed by Powell here and with his band, SWAG. And something does seem wrong if a song as infectious as "Rise" isn't all over mainstream rock radio. The true assessment, then, is that More is very much music by a pop fan who hates MTV, for pop fans who hate MTV. It can't be fairer than that.(allmusic.com)

Interesting pop/power pop album. Different arrangements who fits very well to the particular songs and a very good songwriting by Doug Powell. Also he's a very expressive vocalist. The productionis not made for winning any MTV awards. And that's the best what Powell had done for this fine album
Enjoy
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Les Irresistibles - The Essential Hits Singles And More (Magic Records 2009)


Les Irrésistibles (The Irresistibles) were a boy band during the late 1960s and early 1970s, whose members were Americans living in France. The lineup consisted of lead singer Jim McMains on keyboards and rhythm guitar, his identical twin brother Steve McMains on bass, Tom Arena on lead guitar, and Andy Cornelius on drums.


The band formed in 1966 as The Sentrys, when the members were teenage classmates at the American School of Paris. They developed a following among the local American community by playing cover versions of contemporary hits. They came to the notice of recording scouts, and eventually signed with CBS, who marketed them as Les Irrésistibles. The arrangement included British carmaker Triumph as a corporate sponsor, and the company's TR5 roadster featured prominently in the group's first video and early publicity photos.
The band's first release and biggest commercial success was "My Year is a Day" (music by William Sheller and lyrics by Tom Arena), which came out as a single in 1968. The song spent several weeks at number-one on the French pop charts, and a French version by Dalida appeared as "Dans la Ville Endormie".(wikipedia)

This was a great sixties pop band who had outstanding great singles back then. They are nearly all gathered here. 25 tracks all.

Enjoy
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Keith - Out Of Crank 1967 (Vinyl) Flac & mp3


"Sugar Man" leads off Keith's follow-up to his debut album. Written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Rendell, producer Jerry Ross seems to be pulling out all the stops. Out of Crank is a good Keith record, but not as strong as the album that preceded it, nor as listenable as his highly experimental The Adventures of Keith that followed this release. "Candy" feels like his hit "98.6" with a bit of show tune flavor. "Easy As Pie" also has that "98.6" vibe, producer Ross knowing a good thing and clearly trying to capitalize on earlier success. The cover of Spanky & Our Gang's "Making Every Minute Count" doesn't have the strength of the hit version, also on Mercury. Keith has a radio-friendly voice for pop, and he had enough edge to keep him from falling into the Brian Hyland/Tommy Roe zone of teeny bop. The Renzetti/Ross "There's Always Tomorrow" is one of the highlights, as is "Daylight Savin' Time," Ross knowing how to write a good hook. The verses are distinct enough but the chorus is pure "98.6." When you talk about typecasting, this album is a perfect example. Still, the sequel to Keith's biggest hit is great, albeit blatant. "Times Gone By" is a pleasant departure, co-written by Ross/Gamble, the team that composed Bobby Hebb's "You Don't Know What You Got Until You Lose It." Keith's own "Happy Walking Around" is his first original to show up on either this or the earlier recording, and it is the most innovative thing on this disc, a good indication of the substantial path he would set out on. "Be My Girl" by Spector/Sands is in the same style as the rest of this album, very pop, and nothing to be ashamed of.(allmusic.com)


To me all what Keith had released is very very good popsike. His music is completely underrated.
If you like sixties popsike/sunshine pop this guy is right for you. Five paisley button down shirts out of six for this album.

Enjoy
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Light Psychedelic/Sunshine Pop By Lisa Miller - Within Myself 1967 (2010 Sundazed) Flac & mp3


There's some sort of pop culture Rorschach test to be constructed around the question of whether a fan of esoteric '60s pop records would be intrigued or thoroughly repelled by the notion of an album of polished pop songs, with overtones of psychedelia and sunshine pop and starring a vocalist who was all of 11 years old when she did the recording sessions. But Lisa Miller wasn't an ordinary child entertainer; she cut some sides for Motown's VIP subsidiary when she was only eight, and by the time she turned 15, she was the voice of Mary Magdalene on the original recording of the Christian rock opera Truth of Truths (interesting casting, that).
Miller's first album, 1967's Within Myself, is a surprisingly solid and ambitious album from a performer of such a tender age; Miller had a strong, rich voice and sang with a confidence and technique that would be the envy of many artists three times her age. Truth to tell, Within Myself hardly sounds like the work of a little girl, and the slightly gimmicky arrangements on songs like "Mechanical Man" and "Fool on the Hill" (the latter Beatles' cover featuring a truly egregious Moog synthesizer) seem to add a novelty element to the reminder that we're listening to an 11-year-old kid, as songs like "I'll Hit a Lucky Streak" (in which she imagines what dating boys will be like) or "Be Like A Little Child" make clear. Within Myself was produced by Kay Lewis and Helen Lewis (respectively, Lisa's mother and aunt), who also wrote most of the songs, and though a significant share of the material and the arrangements could be politely described as dated (and who suggested that an 11-year-old should cover "White Rabbit"?), the studio band is bold and dynamic on all tracks and Miller's vocals more than keep up with them.
Canterbury Records, who financed the sessions and released Within Myself, went out of business within a few weeks of the album's release, and the majority of the small press run were used as promotional copies; it's hard to imagine how the album would have fared in the marketplace, given how mature and assured it sounds despite the artist's youth, but fans of vintage pop will find this a fascinating curio from a vocalist who didn't need the gimmick factor of her age to impress a listener.(allmusic.com)

This is no gimmick or bad joke this is a really good pop album and you will surprised about the presentation of the songs. The songs also are fine pop pieces with a fine orchestration and a really good band.
Have fun
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