Saturday, 24 June 2017

British Pop Psychedelia by Ruperts People - The Magic World Of Rupert's People 1969 (2001 Circle Records) Flac & mp3@320



You'd think compilers would be hard-pressed to squeeze an entire reissue CD out of an obscure non-hit '60s band that had only three singles. This compilation does an admirable job of fleshing out the Rupert's People story to album-length size, though, including both sides of all three U.K. 45s released under the band's name; both sides of the 1967 single by Sweet Feeling, who would evolve into the most significant iteration of Rupert's People; an unreleased late-'60s acetate; three live cuts from 1969; and four live songs from a 1999 reunion gig. It all comes with a teeny-print 16-page booklet detailing the extremely confusing history of the band, which on its most famous single ("Reflections of Charles Brown"/"Hold On") had an entirely different lineup than the one that played on its other releases.
Rupert's People were a second-level British "freakbeat" band, that is, combining psychedelia with British Invasion-styled mod pop. But they were a decent one, approximating a Procol Harum-type sound with "Reflections of Charles Brown," storming soul-psychedelia on "Hold On," and fairy tale psychedelia on "A Prologue to a Magic World" that managed to be charmingly twee instead of embarrassingly twee. The big discovery is the B-side of the Sweet Feeling single, "Charles Brown," which has some lyrical and musical ideas that were reconfigured for the far more famed "Reflections of Charles Brown."

"Charles Brown," however, was quite different in its downright ominous, spooky vibe, spotlighting some of the most creative use of backwards effects to be heard in rock up to that point. The 1969 live cuts (including an unmemorable cover of the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want") boast a heavier rock sound and aren't too good either musically or fidelity-wise, though "Reflecting" has a neat extended jazzy keyboard-dominated section reminiscent of early Soft Machine. The four 1999 reunion cuts are dispensable, but as they're placed at the end of the CD, they can easily be ignored.(Richie Unterberger)



Fine effort of a not well known british sixties pop/psychedelic/mod band. I am glad that some people have done the work that made possible this CD. Otherwise bands like this and the music they've played would get lost in time. Thanks to this people and to the band for the great music.

Have fun
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The Hoodoo Gurus - Magnum Cum Louder ( Vinyl 1989 RCA Records) Flac & mp3@320

1987's Blow Your Cool! found the Hoodoo Gurus adding a considerable amount of polish to their production and toning down their trademark humor in a bid for a wider audience. But in the United States, it didn't pay off; Blow Your Cool! opened few new doors for the Gurus, and they were dropped by Elektra Records. Thankfully, 1989's Magnum Cum Louder found them newly contracted to RCA Records and sounding like their loyal fans loved them to sound -- loud, hooky, and rockin' out with a smile on their collective face. The album's opener, "Come Anytime," was the Gurus' most irresistible pop song since "Bittersweet," and "Another World," "All the Way," and "Baby Can Dance (Pts. II-IV)" proved they hadn't used up all their good hooks in one place. Meanwhile, those wanting something stronger got their fix with a handful of top-shelf rockers, most notably "Axegrinder," "Glamourpuss," "I Don't Know Anything," and "Death in the Afternoon." The high wackiness of Hoodoo Gurus classics like "Hayride to Hell" and "Dig It Up" is still missing from Magnum Cum Louder, but the overall tone is much more relaxed than Blow Your Cool!; Dave Faulkner seems to be having a fun with the songs here, especially the mock-pompous "Axegrinder," the smirking "Glamourpuss," and the baseball saga/music biz metaphor "Where's That Hit." The Hoodoo Gurus also went back to producing themselves, and the audio is full but uncluttered, with a roomy, natural sounding mix that flatters Brad Shepherd's guitars and Mark Kingsmill's drums more than the slicker, sterile sound of Blow Your Cool! Magnum Cum Louder proved that the Hoodoo Gurus knew better than anyone how to make a great Hoodoo Gurus album, and it marked a welcome return to form for the band.(allmusic)


Fantastic band!
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Finest Pop Music By Power Popsters Cotton Mather! The Big Picture 2001 (Houston Party Records) Flac & mp3@320


Hello Folks, i'm sorry but i had problems with my internet connection  :-( . I hope it will be stable now.
Here we have a very fine effort by american power pop band Cotton Mather. The album is from year 2001, four years after Kon Tiki. This is no second Kon Tiki and Robert Harrison don't wanted to do that. What he wanted was to make an album with great songs and that is what he had done. Here is a lot fine stuff.


What please me here is that the more quiter songs works that good on the album.
The album was the last for 15 years by the project called Cotton Mather and it was a dignified farewell album...until the arrival of ''Death Of The Cool''. An advisable album if you like fab four inspired power pop.



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Part Six! Various Artists - Decca Originals - The R&B Scene (1998 Decca Records) Flac & mp3


Here is the sixth part of the Decca series. As always fine artists and fine music.

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p.s.: Track 21 is missing so please download the Flac track here  and the mp3 track here and insert the song into the tracks. Reader des contributed the track for us. Thanks so much, des.