Saturday, 27 May 2017

Power Pop of '77: - Radio Stars - Songs For Swinging Lovers 1977 (2006 Chiswick Records, Ace Ltd) Flac & mp3


Following the end of their underachieving glam supergroup Jet in 1976, the Radio Stars were formed by ex-John's Children vocalist Andy Ellison,Sparks exile Martin Gordon (bass, songwriting), and Ian MacLeod (guitar) in 1977. Later adding Steve Perry on drums, the group signed to Chiswick Records and released its debut album, Songs for Swinging Lovers, in 1977. On the fringes of both the punk and new wave scene, the Radio Stars were at heart a quirky rock band built around Gordon's songs and Ellison's enthusiastic vocals. Adding Trevor White (who was also in both Sparks and Jet) in 1978 they put out their second, somewhat disappointing record, Holiday Album. Gordon left soon after the record tanked, effectively ending the band, though Ellison attempted to revive the band's name to little success in the '80s. The group's recordings have been anthologized twice, first on 1982's Two Minutes Mr. Smith by the tiny Moonlight label, then on 1992's Somewhere There's a Place for Us by Ace.

Finest Power Pop from 1977, than 2006 under copyright of Ace Records Ltd reissued. Grab it!

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The Wind In The Willows - The Wind In The Willows 1968 (2000 Edsel Records) Flac & mp3


The Wind in the Willows was an American band which included Deborah Harry as a back-up vocalist. The band took its name from British writer Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, a classic of children's literature.
The band's only album, the self-titled The Wind in the Willows (1968, Capitol Records LP2956), grazed the charts at #195. The band broke up shortly after failing to achieve commercial success or critical acclaim. The following year Artie Kornfeld, the producer of the album, went on to be the music producer of the Woodstock festival in 1969. Debbie Harry went on to join The Stillettoes in 1974 and other bands until subsequently achieving success in 1976 fronting the new wave band Blondie.
Wind in the Willows recorded a second album, which was never released. The whereabouts of the tapes are unknown. According to Cathay Che's biography on Harry, it has never surfaced, but Harry was said to have contributed more vocals than on the first album, as well as writing lyrics for a track entitled "Buried Treasure" on the second album.

The album is a mixture of light psychedelic pop and folk. It have some real good tracks on it but also some weaker tracks. It's with certainty better than its reputation in some music critics circles. By me 3 stars out of possible 5 stars....but you know...the only important rating is what you feel....



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The Mojo Men - Not Too Old To Start Cryin' (The Lost 1966 Masters) 2008 Big Beat Records- Flac & mp3



For a minor mid-'60s San Francisco garage/folk-rock/psych group with very limited national success, the Mojo Men certainly recorded a hell of a lot of material. This compilation contains no less than two dozen previously unreleased 1966 recordings, cut in the uneasy period between when their original label, Autumn, had bit the dust, and they had yet to release tracks with their next company, Reprise. It's no less than the fourth CD of material from the group that's been issued, with no duplication between the discs.
For that reason, even some enthusiastic '60s/San Francisco collectors might wonder whether it's only of peripheral, completist-only interest. It's definitely not, however; a little surprisingly, it has much of the best stuff they ever did, with only a few of the songs that would be re-recorded at Reprise. Far more than their earlier, more garage/British Invasion-inclined recordings prior to the entrance of drummer/singer Jan Errico into the lineup, it has a folk-rock/slightly psychedelic feel somewhat akin to the pre-Grace Slick work of Jefferson Airplane.
Too, it's nonetheless less precious and slick than their more polished (if occasionally fine), baroque rock-influenced Reprise material. Bittersweet, wistful folk-rock with mild garage and psychedelic tinges (and more than a touch of the Beau Brummels) is the main vibe on this strong set of mostly original material, highlighted by the ones on which Errico's stirring, yearning vocals -- the best qualities she brought into the band from her former outfit, the Vejtables -- are prominent.


While some of the tunes are rather run of the mill, the best of them are really good, including the Beau Brummels-style "Is Our Love Gone"; "Not Too Old to Start Cryin'," represented by two versions (and later redone for Reprise); and, above all, "You Didn't Even Say Goodbye," where Errico's singing is a match for Signe Anderson at her best. Even the oddball cover arrangements of "She Cried" (formerly a hit for Jay & the Americans) and the late-'50s Bell Notes rocker "I've Had It" are cool. You could even make an argument for this as the best Mojo Men CD, despite the absence of their only two songs to make appreciable national noise, "Dance with Me" and "Sit Down, I Think I Love You."


One of my favourite bands of that time and genre. Why the band never managed it to reach the top is hard to understand for me. The band had all what the successful bands had and a little more. However, give it a try if you don't know the band.


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Various Artists - The Girls Want The Boys! ~ Sweden's Beat Girls 1964-1970 (2016 Ace Records) Flac & mp3



Another post where the women and girls play the leading part. But in a complete different kind of music.
Ace gathered here 24 songs performed by swedish female artists. The most well known artists are here for shure Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad from ABBA fame. All the other names i never have heard.

The songs are performed around the half in swedish language and the other half in english. Some of the songs were hits by other artists and will performed here in swedish language. The songs are from the years 1964 till 1970. I think this is for collectors and lovers for this kind of obscure sixties stuff. I added also the LP artwork (it's different). The longplayer have only 12 tracks,
the cd here 24 tracks. If you like it grab it.


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Three Girls Of The Sixties Doing Two First Class Albums Of Pop/Psychedelic/Baroque/Soul/Folk/R'n'B. Had A Monster Single(without success) And Sang For Jimi Hendrix. Here Are The Cake!!!



The Cake - More of the Cake (First & Second Album of 1967 & 1968) Rev-Ola 2007 (Original Recordings Remastered) Flac & mp3

Appearing during the waning days of the girl group era and as psychedelia was starting to make a major impact on the charts, the Cake were a trio who bridged the gaps between the two styles, fusing fresh but soulful harmonies with music that embraced the more adventurous aspects of late-'60s pop. The Cake were formed in New York City in 1966 by Eleanor Barooshian (aka Chelsea Lee), Jeanette Jacobs, and Barbara Morillo. Jacobs and Morillo had been performing together as an a cappella duo, and they met Barooshian during an engagement at The Scene, Steve Paul's legendary Greenwich Village rock club.

(Barooshian was also a regular performer at The Scene, and sang a duet with Tiny Tim during a show there that popped up in the counterculture documentary film You Are What You Eat.) Managers Charlie Greene and Brian Stone heard the Cake and took them to Los Angeles, where they landed a deal with Decca Records. The trio's first album, simply entitled The Cake, was produced by Jack Nitzsche with arrangements by Harold Battiste; released in 1967, it featured several tunes that re-created the Phil Spector "Wall of Sound" production style with uncanny accuracy, but also included some upbeat R&B workouts and a handful of string-driven baroque pop tunes with a psychedelic undercurrent.
The group also contributed to the writing of four of the album's songs, rare in the world of girl groups. The Cake toured in support of the album and landed an appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and in 1968 they released a second LP, A Slice of the Cake. The sophomore album narrowed the group's musical focus to the folk-rock and psychedelic pop facets of their personality, and this time out Barooshian, Jacobs, and Morillo helped write seven of the LP's ten tunes.
While the two albums would become collectors' items years later, they were not commercially successful at the time, and by the end of 1968 the Cake had broken up. Barooshian (changing her name to Chelsea Lee) and Jacobs continued to work together, contributing backing vocals to the Jimi Hendrix album Electric Ladyland and touring and recording with Ginger Baker's Air Force and Dr. John.
Chelsea Lee also recorded an album with Tetsu Yamauchi, a former member of both Free and the Faces. Morillo continued performing with a variety of groups, including the Act, Nightflyte, and Bambu; she's currently the leader of Barbara Morillo and Shrine. Sadly, Jeanette Jacobs died in 1980 at the age of 30. In 2006, Chelsea Lee and Barbara Morillo performed together as the Cake for the first time since 1968 as part of a Jimi Hendrix memorial show in New York City.(allmusic.com)

Good day Folks, hope all of you have a good start into weekend. We have here at the moment 29 degrees Celsius and the sun is laughing. But i want to say some words about The Cake. I really love this albums because it is a lot different sounds here. And the songs are very good presented on the records. High class vocal arrangements. The solo voices are high class, too. The songwriting of a lot of the songs is in my opinion top notch. The Rev-Ola release is really nice done with a lot pics and big liner notes.
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