Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Mighty Baby - A Jug Of Love 1971 (2006 Sunbeam Records) Flac & mp3



The British psychedelic band Mighty Baby grew out of the Action, the North London-based R&B outfit signed to Parlophone by George Martin in 1965. Long considered one of Martin's best discoveries this side of the Beatles, the Action consisted of Reggie King (vocals), Alan King (guitar), Pete Watson (guitar), Mike Evans (bass), and Roger Powell (drums). After Watson left in 1967, he was succeeded by keyboardist Ian Whiteman and blues guitarist Martin Stone, a veteran of the Savoy Brown Blues Band. This new lineup evolved beyond the R&B/soul sound that the original Action had played and into a top-flight experimental group, incorporating the kinds of long jams and folk/blues influences that the West Coast bands were starting to export around the world.


They hooked up with ex-Yardbirds manager Giorgio Gomelsky in 1967 and recorded an album's worth of material that went unreleased. Reggie King was gone by early 1968 to record a solo album, and the remaining members went through a number of name changes, at one point calling themselves Azoth. In 1968, they hooked up with the managers who represented Pink Floyd and T. Rex and cut a new series of demo recordings featuring Whiteman (who wrote most of the songs) and Alan King on lead vocals. These demos were even more ambitious than the 1967 sides, extending the structure of the group's songs with long, beautiful guitar progressions and soaring choruses. Unlike a lot of R&B outfits that tried the psychedelic route and failed, they were suited to the new music by inclination and temperament
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The president of the band's new record label, Head Records, for reasons best known to himself, chose "Mighty Baby" as the group's new name. The self-titled album that followed was a masterpiece of late psychedelic rock, with long, fluid guitar lines and radiant harmonies; still, Mighty Baby didn't sell very well, although the group continued to play live shows to enthusiastic audiences. Their record label folded in 1970, and the group eventually signed to the Blue Horizon label, where they released a respectable if not wholly successful second album, A Jug of Love.


It was clear by then, however, that their moment had passed, both personally and professionally. Mighty Baby broke up in 1971, although several of the members periodically played together on various projects -- Evans and Whiteman even played backup to Richard & Linda Thompson in the late '70s.(allmusic.com)

I think the band had have more success but the guys wasn't no rockstars and don't wanted to be.They were some friends, making music together, lived together and had too much other interests to concentrate on the rock business. But the band could play anything. Really good musicians. And for me this is a very relaxing album. Real hippies and a wonderful hippie record . Grab it or cut your hair, lol.

Enjoy
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Honey Ltd. - The Complete LHI Recordings (1968-69) 2013 mp3@320


The Complete LHI Recordings brings together all of Detroit girl group Honey Ltd.'s recordings for singer/songwriter Lee Hazlewood during the late '60s. Formed in Detroit in 1967 while all the members were attending Wayne State University, Honey Ltd. caught the ear of Hazlewood, who brought them to Los Angeles and produced their debut album, which also featured backing from the legendary studio group the Wrecking Crew.



These are melodic, lushly produced soul and sunshine pop-influenced cuts that showcase the group's romantic vocal harmonies. Included are such songs as "Silk 'n Honey," "The Warrior," "Come Down, " and "Eli's Coming."(allmusic.com)



Usually i don't like it to post an album only in mp3@320 but a) can't find the Flac file, b) can't find the disc, c) this is really a great Pop/Sunshine Pop effort by the Honey Ltd & Lee Hazlewood and d) i still don't find the flac and the disc :-)...but i found the artwork in my artwork folder :-) :-)....and that is really a very fine artwork.
I will post the lossless if i find it in my precious mess.


Enjoy
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The Virgineers – “The Virgineers” (1999 Liquid Sound Records)


On first mention, The Virgineers sounds like the name of some folk revival group who would be playing Kingston Trio numbers at state fairs. One listen to their self-titled, and, so far, only album, though, reveals a group (“virgin ears,” get it?) that specializes in turning the way-back clock to the paisley summer of ’67. They sound like The Beatles during their Sgt. Pepper / Magical Mystery Tour period, along with Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, as filtered through XTC, especially in their Dukes of Stratosphear psychedelic guise. As a matter of fact, if you loved those two mid-‘80s Dukes platters (25 O’Clock and Psonic Psunspot), then you will flip your paisley wigs over this blotter of Owsley-drenched sunshine. Just like on those two albums, you get to have fun playing spot-the-‘60s-influence.
The first song, “Love Circus,” actually sounds like something that The Dukes would have conjured up from their acid-fried brainstems. It’s got all of the trappings, including an Andy Partridge-like vocal. From there, they pour on the Beatlesque touches, like the John Lennon-inspired “Sun,” which features a vocal effect that sounds just like the one George Harrison conjured up for “Blue Jay Way.” “Floating” bears a strong resemblance to “The Porpoise Song” by The Monkees during their psychedelic Head days, and is one of the highlights of the album.
Many of the songs reveal the more whimsical, English tea-garden variety of psychedelia, which bands like The Hollies and Village Green-era Kinks specialized in. The period production techniques are spot-on, and they have quite a flair for memorable melodies.
Some songs, like “How Far Does Space Go,” have more of a late-‘60s, early-‘70s Floydian space vibe (hence the title) – a little on the self-indulgent side, but then again, that’s partly what that era was all about.
The one song that really doesn’t sound like it belongs, but is a wonderful song nonetheless, is the ironically-titled “Be My Guru,” which reveals a strong Ziggy-era David Bowie glam rock feel. If anything, it shows that this band wasn’t just living in a 1960s time warp. Then again, rehashing 1972 is not exactly living in the modern world either. It does rock out more, though, and keeps the album from becoming too twee.
This band has remained a mystery to many. In fact, I had never heard of them until just the other day. This album came out a little more than a decade ago, though, and apparently is almost impossible to find these days. According to their website, where you can still purchase it as a download, they have also released a handful of singles since then, including one that just came out back in February, “Valentine,” which still carries on the ’60s vibe. If and when they are ever going to release a follow-up to this album, though, I haven’t a clue.
At times, the group comes across as more of a lighthearted pastiche than as a serious modern venture, but it’s all done with amazing skill, humor and love. If you were sad to see the 1960s end, or if you wish you had lived through that time, then The Virgineers will gladly bring on the flashbacks. As they used to say, “far out and groovy.”(beatpatrol.wordpress)

The Virgineers are pop psychedelic at its best. The album is from 1999. Are they retro? Who cares. 
They're good. They're quite good. Imho they're great.

You can buy the digital download here.

And that's the reason why i post this link only for 2 days. If you like it please support the artists.
Enjoy
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 p.s. I found the physical disc for the cheapest price of around 340 CDN. I think it's time for a reissue, isn't it?

The Mojo Men - Sit Down...It's The Mojo Men (Unreleased songs, rare singles and songs from the unreleased Reprise album) (Sundazed 1995) - Flac & mp3


An 18-song compilation of material from their 1966-68 hitch with Reprise, combining several singles with five tracks from an unreleased album. This fully documents the second phase of the band, when they added drummer Jan Errico and changed from a second rate garage band into a better (but not fully first-rate) pop/folk-rock group. This isn't half bad for the genre, but you can see why they never really distinguished themselves from the San Francisco crowd. It's way too pop to be associated with the Haight-Ashbury scene, a little too weird to be compared to, say, the Association (with the occasional sudden blasts of psychedelic fuzz guitar and baroque production), not as accomplished as the Mamas & the Papas, and gussied up with too many conventional pop string arrangements.
Van Dyke Parks arranged a few of the singles, including their lone hit, "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" (which is here). Most of the material was written by Errico and bassist Jim Alaimo, and although it's a pleasantly worthwhile archival collection, it's not a major find.(allmusic.com)



Hello Folks, have a bad day today, so please excuse me if i should overshoot the mark with words.

Here is a further collection by The Mojo Men. It was released in 1995 by Sundazed and gathering some real nice and interesting songs here. It's a wonderful collection and i think you will like it if you are in pop/folk rock by a ''fully first-rate'' band. :-)


Enjoy
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