Monday, 15 May 2017
Power Pop From Great Britain: Jackdaw4 - Retrospectacles (Compilation - Gramophone Logic 2005 & Bipolar Diversions 2008) (2009) Flac & mp3
Jackdaw4 - Retrospectacles ( Compilation of the first two albums )
This are the first and the second album of the Power Pop project Jackdaw4. Jackdaw4 was the brainchild of Willie Dowling and the band released in the ten years lasting career four albums. As i said this are the first two and both are great Power Pop efforts at its best. Jackdaw4 was very influenced by XTC, Beatles, older 10cc and Jellyfish.
Frank mp3 part1 & mp3 part2
It’s impossible to listen to this album without considering the context: Bare Wires met an abrupt end at SXSW 2012 after a scary health concern kept one of the band’s members hospitalized. The rest of the band scrambled to play the shows they had booked. Frontman Matt Melton just seemed to want to move on to his next musical outlet (his current band is the more glammy Warm Soda) and concentrate on running his label, Fuzz City.
In the midst of the usual chaos of South-By, the compounding mess that Bare Wires were working through should theoretically have made their shows a disaster, but they played some of the best sets I had seen that whole week. Their last set as a band was a final, gasping explosion with a power that any band could envy.
If that was the end, then this album is the debris that remains as the dust settles. Not unlike its predecessor, Cheap Perfume, the first few tracks on Idle Dreams bring that fuzzy-glam-sound-set-to-distorted-power that typically characterizes Bare Wires on the whole.
As the album moves on, though, it marks a departure from that sound. Tracks like “Julia” and “Don’t Leave Me Here” carry a weight. They raise questions about where the band might have gone, had it survived to the present. They have a maturity about them. They don’t feel like tracks that were tailored to blow peoples respective genitals off at shows like some from the previous albums (there’s really nothing wrong with that though, they worked.) By the time the final song, “School Days” kicks in, it becomes clear that whether or not it would have happened soon anyway, Bare Wires is done. It’s a call to never settling short of ones dreams, regardless of the consequences. It causes a knee-jerky warm head-nod; it’s a great song.
As always, the production on the album is impressive–Melton has an ear for the intricacies of recording. But it’s not their best release. Most of the songs are good, some are amazing, but the album feels disjointed at times. It feels like something they did out of respect to what Bare Wires was. Regardless, it’s an essential listen. It’s not their best album, but it may be their most important.(lo-pie.com 2012)
Well done work by Matthew Melton and band. Garage meet Power Pop. A powerful album with good melody lines. To me Meltons efforts always make fun and this album is no exception.
Frank Flac & mp3@320
V.A. - Fairytales Can Come True Vol.3 - Let's Ride (20 popsike excursions from the UK & Europe) (British Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop, Sunshine Pop) Flac
1 Sight & Sound - Little Jackie Monday
2 Winston G - Riding With The Milkman
3 Hurbert Thomas Valverde & The HT`s - We Don`t Care
4 Royalty - Let`s Ride
5 Les Irresistibles - My Year Is A Day
6 Stoics - Earth, Fire, Air & Water
7 Grand Union - Slowly But Surely
8 Barry Benson - I Can Wait
9 Graham Bonney - Mixed Up Baby Girl
10 Katch 22 - Don`t Bother
11 My Kind Of People - Nobody Knows Why The Butterfly Died
12 Mike Batt - Mary Goes Round
13 The Chanters - Mississippi Paddleboat
14 Des James - City Street
15 Unit 4+2 - Booby Trap
16 Tony Hazzard - The Sound Of The Candyman`s Trumpet
17 The Newmens - What Ya Doin Down There
18 Dave Christie - Love & The Brass Band
19 White Lining - Back In the Sun
20 Equipe 84 - 29th September
Frank Flac Part1 (Vol.3) & Flac Part2 (Vol.3)
V.A. - Fairytales Can Come True Vol.4 - We All Love The Human Race (British Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop, Sunshine Pop) Flac
V.A. - Fairytales Can Come True (4 Disc Compilation)
The idea of this compilation is to present obscure British recordings from the late '60s that had a definite psychedelic feel, but also had a lot of harmony pop influence
at work as well. Often this led to a particularly precious branch of psychedelia dubbed (long after the fact) by some collectors as "toytown" music,
in part because of a preoccupation with British character sketches, childhood nostalgia, and fantasy that was largely absent from American psychedelic rock.There's some of that here, but fortunately this largely steers clear of excessively precious and twee material, though some of it does have the good-time bounce
that leaked down to so many bands from the circa-1967 Beatles and Kinks. None of these were hits or anything close to it, of course, but some general '60s collectors
might actually recognize some of the musicians, particularly the Searchers (represented by a fairly respectable, and seldom anthologized, late-'60s 45, "Umbrella Man");Jackie Lomax, as leader of the Lomax Alliance; Los Bravos, of "Black Is Black" fame (here heard covering the Easybeats' song "Bring a Little Lovin'"); Ian Matthews,
heard on the Pyramid's breezy "Summer of Last Year," recorded shortly before he joined Fairport Convention; and Hedgehoppers Anonymous and the Roulettes,
both of whom had a little U.K. success on record in the '60s. What's most impressive about this compilation, however, is that there's a fair amount of variety in the selections,
encompassing an obscure Troggs cover (Barry Benson's "Cousin Jane"), almost raw folk-rock (Hedgehoppers Anonymous' "Daytime"), sub-Walker Brothers balladeering
(the Virgil Brothers' "Look Away"), and nearly baroque moodiness with influence from both classical music and Beach Boys harmonies
(Fred Lloyd's "Kissed Him," Dreams' "A Boy Needs a Girl," and Dave Christie's "Penelope Breedlove"). If you want more singsongy sugary stuff, that's here, too, but not so
much so that listening to the CD gets to be an overly sickly sweet experience. It's definitely an anthology for deep U.K. psych specialists, but likely one of the better ones
in this subgenre to ever be compiled.(allmusic.com)
This is a compilation of four discs i will post one by one. The first disc is called 'We All Love The Human Race'' and is volume four. I start with the last and will end with the first volume. Why? Just for fun. I will post the series in mp3 a few days later but as fast as ... Okay here is the track list and i hope you will enjoy because this is no second class psychedelic pop and a lot of very fine songs are gathered here.
Tracks: (Vol 4) - We All Love the Human Race
1 The Blue Sound of Love Alan Dell 5:00
2 Changes in Our Time Colin Giffin 3:18
3 The Maze of Yesterday Projection 2:27
4 Lonely Man Justin's Timepiece 2:28
5 Hiding Behind My Smile Iberos 2:46
6 Little Maid's Song Sasha Caro 2:54
7 Makin' Love to Him Tim Andrews, Paul Korda 2:10
8 Letter to Josephine Haystack 2:49
9 Heart Trouble Eyes Of Blue 2:33
10 I Feel No Pain Newby 2:34
11 Movie Star Cherry Smash 3:14
12 We've Got a Groovy Thing Going Ola & The Janglers 2:15
13 Latisha Dave Berry 2:31
14 Maker of Mistakes Chris Andrews 2:37
15 Wish You Were Here Darlings 3:03
16 Six Angels & Three Girls Modus Vivendi 2:34
17 We All Love the Human Race Wayne Fontana 2:02
18 She Does Plastic Penny 3:05
19 I Don't Want You (Any More) John Burness 2:06
20 Morning Jack Carter 2:17
Frank Flac part1 (Vol.4) & Flac part2 (Vol.4)
Hello Folks, yesterday i posted The Tuneful Trolley in mp3@320. Today a real nice guy and friend of the blog, Geoff from the UK, send me the Trolleys in FLAC. I really appreciate that and i hope you who prefer FLAC files will do, too. Thanks again, Geoff!
I put the links in the Trolley post of yesterday.