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.


Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Tomcats - Running At Shadows - The Spanish Recordings 1965-1966 (2016)

The Tomcats were a London-based quintet (originally named The Thoughts), who, in turn, were formed out of the remnants of a skiffle band called the Playboys. Among those passing through one early line-up of the Tomcats was John "Speedy" Keen, who played drums in the band. The group didn't have any significant success in England, but in 1966 they accepted an offer to perform in Spain with what proved to be their final line-up, which was drawn from a band called Second Thoughts. They were a hit in their live performances in Spain and suddenly found an eager audience for their music--the band charted four EPs of material that ranged from covers of contemporary hits ("Paint It Black" etc.) to Spanish language songs. The group returned to England in 1967, and, keeping the same line-up, altered their sound and their name to July. A 1997 CD called The Tomcats from the Essex label collects the best covers from their four Spanish EPs and fills it out with the contents of a 1964-vintage EP by the Second Thoughts.

Some days ago i posted here on the blog the psychedelic pop album by  July - July from 1968. This band here the Tomcats with the same line-up changed their name and voila...the psychedelic pop band July was born. The Tomcats sound is in a more garage kind of sound but also very well done.
Give it a try and listen. I will post the mp3 link tomorrow.
kind regards
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p.s.: Can someone help with the original RPM artwork?
p.p.s.: Take a look in the comments folks, Reader Jerry did an upgrade for the artwork.

The Thanes - Downbeat And Folked Up 2002 (Screaming Apple Records) Flac

2002 album of the Scottish beat legends the THANES, we can't hardly find the right words for it. The THANES have be around since 1987 and certainly belong to the very few really important bands of todays garage and beat scene. Hailing from Edinburgh, they have released tons of records on the coolest labels around, such as SUNDAZED, CORDUROY, MISTY LANE, LARSEN and DISTORTIONS to name but a few. The THANES of this ultra-modern age conjure up ever more new and always interesting twists and turns from their basic garage band vision. They are extending their collective antennae, reaching but further, sometimes bringing a new reaffirmation of a deeper folk-rock stance with evocative vocal harmonies and a jangling 12-string: to wit, there are covers by Bob Dylan, and The Beau Brummels, played out with true heart and soul.

A few choice examples of the group`s mega-fixation with groups that existed in Holland thirty-odd years ago have also been selected for inclusion. One of the best is their interpretation of "I`m A Fool" originally performed by The Sandy Coast. Stomping and gyrating is also encouraged with original beat-style creations such as "It Can Never Be", "The Next One", and the furious buzz of the LP opener "That`s The Story Of Your Life". No other current band is able to combine all these musical elements of the sixties in such a perfect way. "Downbeat & folked up" is masterpiece of modern beat music and will not just take the hearts of all the sixties-devotees by storm. One hell of an album! ( The Thanes LP review / Myspace)

This is a wonderful album full of jangle beat sounds. Great band!!! Don't miss it
Have fun
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Classic Power Pop: The Smithereens - Especially For You 1986 (1992 Capitol) Flac & mp3

The Smithereens' superb full-length debut Especially for You marries an unapologetically nostalgic affection for the melodic crunch of the British Invasion era with an equally unapologetic helping of postmodern melancholia.

In tandem with Don Dixon's moodily atmospheric production, Pat DiNizio's lovelorn lyrics and world-weary vocals reveal the dark underbelly of his otherwise crisply infectious songs, lending standout tracks like "Strangers When We Meet," "Behind the Wall of Sleep," and the minor hit "Blood and Roses," both a unique flavor and an immediate familiarity.

What can i say about this classic? I think ...highly recommend!

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Finest Californian Pop Rock/Power Pop With A Dash Americana: The Popravinas - California Sonic (2017 Zesty Smile Records) Wav & mp3

The Popravinas is a band from California formed in 2003 by bassist, vocalist and songwriter Eddie Sill.
Since 2006 other members are producer and guitarist John Adair and guitarist Dean Lyons. Current man on the drums is David Rodgers.
The first album ''Nobody Fault But Ours'' was released in 2008 and received very good reviews and a lot of airplay in the media. I must confess that i don't know the first album and can't say anything about it. So i come to their latest album release from this year called ''California Sonic''.
The first song 'She's Going South' shows in what direction the album will go: Powerful Pop Rock/Power Pop with a good dash Americana. The Song is also together with 'I Gotta Hope' the first single of the new album. Both songs very strong melodic pop rock songs. I prefer 'I Gotta Hope', that song remembers me very much to the Stones in the eighties.

From now on the album become stronger and stronger. 'Wow' is a fine uptempo ballad in the style of 'Waiting on a friend' to stay a moment at the Stones comparison. Very good and tasteful guitar work here. 'Alone ain't so bad' starts with a nice rhythm variation of the second guitar. The song works with country elements here and have a charming americana feel. A modern country song is 'Great Western Fiasco' with little parts of impressive guitar work. It suits me how the band put these parts into the song(s). ''Top of the heartache' is a song which Jagger/Richards can't better do in their high times. 'California' is a very atmospheric number. 'Sent Callin'' finished the album with a relaxed pop rock number.

 My favourite songs on the album: I gotta hope, Wow, Santa Monica Moon, Alone ain't so bad, Top of the heartache, California.

'California Sonic' to me is a very american sounding pop rock album. The strengths of the album is the fantastic guitar work and the interplay of the both guitarists. The vocals are fantastic and give the songs the last missing piece (beside the fantastic lyrics) to make them complete. Some may say that it sounds like Jagger and sure the Stones come in mind if you listen to the band. But a band is more than just a similar voice. And if you listen to the Popravinas you will always hear the difference. And the difference makes the Popravinas.

 My rating for 'California Sonic' is: 4 Pilzköpfe out of possible 5 Pilzköpfe! (means 4 stars out of possible 5 stars for the album). :-)

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If you want to buy the album you find it here & here  & here  & here