Friday, 30 June 2017
L.A. garage psych revivalists the Allah-Las didn't mess around with their winning formula much on their second album, 2014's Worship the Sun. Working with retro-leaning producer Nick Waterhouse again, the quartet can still effortlessly crank out chiming ballads that sound worthy of a strong volume of Pebbles, dish out moody midtempo tracks that have the feel of classic West Coast bands like the Chocolate Watchband, and take the occasional instrumental detour that come off like surf music that's been dragged through some desert dust.
It definitely feels like an extension of their debut album, only instead of being a retread, it's an improvement. Stronger songs, vocals that lean a little less on the snotty side of the garage in favor of some nuance, and slightly softer focus production mean that the album is a slight bit of an improvement. The band's songcraft feels sharper and more focused, whether it's the near-rollicking "Artifact" (half borrowed from the Chocolate Watchband's "Are You Gonna Be There [At the Love-In]"), the slowly swaying ballad "Nothing to Hide," which anchors the middle of the record like a big fat teardrop, or the album's title track, which manages to make melancholy sound sun-kissed and peaceful. Along with this overall strengthening of their core, the group mixes in a couple off-speed pitches, like the countrified jangle pop gem "Better Than Mine" that beats the Beachwood Sparks at their own game, or the psychedelic bubblegum rocker "501-415," that give the album the little bit of growth and expansion it needed to sound fresh. No one will ever accuse the Allah-Las of being particularly original or exciting, but that's not really what they're aiming for.
If you were to call them revivalists who found a tiny niche of the garage rock scene that nobody else was exploiting, and revived it with a charmingly relaxed and assured style, then you'd be dead right. On Worship the Sun, their subtle excavation is even more impressive, richly rendered, and worth checking out than before.(allmusic)
Revivalists or not, retro or not this is a fantastic piece of psychedelic garage and there are not many bands in these days who do it so well like these guys.
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If you like what you hear you can buy the album here
Beaulieu Porch is the work of one man and judging by this he’s some sort of twisted, psych pop genius…It’s a huge, kaleidoscopic album, with all the bells and whistles one would hope for from an ambitious piece of modern psychedelia, with plenty of memorable tunes at it’s core.
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All the songs are written, produced and played by a man named Simon Berry. I know not much about this guy. You can listen and buy the works at bandcamp. I had listen to all the stuff on bandcamp and that all sounds very good. But it seems there are no physical cd copies to buy. It's only download files. Anyway this is real good psychedelic pop. Give it a try
Easy listening Pop by Gene And Debbe - Playboy The Best Of Gene And Debbe 1967-68 (2006 Sundazed) Flac & mp3
Gene Thomas and Debbe Neville were a fresh-scrubbed pop duo from Nashville, TN, who sounded something like a twangier Sonny & Cher, or as if Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood had been stripped of their eccentricities (particularly Hazlewood's tumescent ego). Gene & Debbe's sole Top 20 hit was "Playboy" in 1968, and this collection from Sundazed features that tune as well as 21 other sides from the short-lived duo. While these songs were obviously aimed for the pop charts, there's no avoiding the fact this stuff was recorded in Nashville (and released on TRX Records, an offshoot of the powerful Acuff-Rose publishing concern) -- the keening pedal steel on "Torch I Carry," the banjo on "Lovin' Season," and the cheatin' song ethos of "Rings of Gold" all point to the act's Music City heritage, and producer Don Gant (who later recorded with the Neon Philharmonic) was clearly shooting for lots of charm rather than a significant share of hipness (as if the presence of a Dean Martin cover wouldn't make that obvious).
Still, Thomas and Neville sang well together, and the former brought some good songs to the table, especially the Dylanesque "The Sun Won't Shine Again" and the heartfelt "I'll Come Running." Playboy: The Best of Gene & Debbie collects everything they released during their two-year lifespan along with four songs that have never been heard before, and frankly this is more Gene & Debbe than anyone but an obsessed fan would want to own. But if you want to hear Gene & Debbe, this is clearly the place to go, and the typically excellent remastering and packaging from Sundazed show this material more respect than they'd likely receive from anyone else.(allmusic)
Gene Thomas and Debbe Neville never had a reason to hide behind artists like Sonny &Cher or Sinatra/Hazlewood. They had excellent songs and the voice of Debbe Neville is just to melting away :-). Also Gene Thomas was a good interpret. He had a very strong expressive kind to sing the songs. They had another audition but that said nothing about the quality. In my opinion they deserved more attention and success. But that's how things work, right? Great compilation and i hope you enjoy it.
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Alan Millington and Mick Skinner's songs were solid if perhaps a little too safe, however. The breezy rocker 'Making It Hard' drives along at a nifty pace, while the likes of reflective strummer 'Simple Man' and the sun-kissed 'It's All Right' contain echoes of The Hollies and early Bee Gees...
Record Collector (October 2013)
'Shanty' alone is worth the album, a brilliantly composed tale of the sea broken into segments. Starting out with a mere flute, the narrative voice sings of a ship about to embark on a voyage, with someone's sweetheart left behind on the quay and tears streaming down her face. These emotions are emphasized by melancholic guitar riffs, strings, punctuated keys, and an altogether floaty and dreamy quality.
Gradually though, it all turns heavier and the dreamy quality makes place for excellent but hard riffs and keyboard sounds - obviously reflecting inner turmoil as well as the stormy sea. Once the musical climax is reached, the sound mellows and the narrative voice picks up again - singing of a sea that by now has calmed down, and of the ship heading back to the harbour while the Captain is looking older. Some delicate a-capella singing brings the voyage to an end. Simply fantastic!
The album is a rarity indeed, and it's a bonus that Ironbridge songs don't sound the slightest bit rusty to the modern ear.
music-news.com (September 2013)
Formed from the ashes of The Birds and TheBees and Fluff, Ironbridge released their one and only album in 1973 on the then EMI International label.
Having released no less than five singles under their name Fluff this Shropshire band made their final bid for the big time by changing their name to Ironbridge (the worlds first iron bridge had been built in the Shropshire town) and the album sold extremely well in France whilst gaining rave reviews.
Now having achieved a cult status the album is released on CD for the very first time and the music today falls under the “power pop” category but at the time was described by reviewers as “somewhere between The Beatles and The Moody Blues”!(angel air.co)
Very good album. Give it a try you will not be disappointed.
If you like the sound of Sinatra/Hazlewood you can't go wrong here.
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They never had hits, because their unabashed pop was never in fashion; plus, Andy Partridge's voice was too pinched and his lyrics frequently too cerebral. But XTC's music stands as some of the best and most influential pop of their era, and nowhere is that more evident than on Fossil Fuel.(almusic.com)
Hello Folks, i start today with another one of my top 10 favourite british pop bands. I had think about it what i could post from the band and the answer was a single collection. And what's a better single collection of the first 15 years by XTC as Fossil Fuel? This collection is full of real great songs and real good songs. And i think everyone of us who love the band will have its very personal favourites. And to all who don't know the band i think this is a good collection to start.
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