Monday, 24 July 2017

Pop Garage from '65: The Gentrys - Keep On Dancing 1965 ( 1995 Collectables) Flac & mp3@320

The Gentrys didn't take the prize when they competed on The Ted Mack Amateur Hour, but the resulting exposure led to the group's signing with the local Youngstown label. The evergreen "Keep on Dancing," their second single, hit the Top Five in 1965 after MGM picked it up for national distribution. The song was a cover of a 1963 recording by the Avantis and, in the Gentrys' hands, exemplified the stripped-down, three-chord rock & roll of the garage band revolution. Keep on Dancing is a reissue of the group's MGM album of the same name, the first of two long-players they recorded for the label and the only one to chart.
The album contains the their big hit, one side of their first Youngtown single ("Sometimes"), and an assortment of ballads and garage band standards such as "Hang on Sloopy," most of which are based on the same basic chord progression. The influence of the British Invasion -- particularly early Beatles -- is apparent, as are flashes of soft pop vocal harmonies and Byrds-y arpeggiated guitars. Two bonus tracks round up the group's remaining Top 100 hits for MGM: the unvarnished rock & roll of "Spread It on Thick" and a cover of Arthur Alexander's more nuanced "Everyday I Have to Cry."(allmusic)

In 1965 they can't go wrong with this sound. Fine pop album.
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Band of Brothers: The Rugbys - The Lost Sessions 1966-1972 (2007 Gear Fab Records) Flac & mp3@320

The band was formed in 1965 in Louisville, doing mostly covers. But as competition among Louisville groups to write and record original music increased, the Rugbys recorded and released two singles in 1968, "Walking the Streets Tonight", written by Doug Sahm of the Sir Douglas Quintet, later included on the compilation album Highs in the Mid-Sixties, Volume 8, and "Stay with Me", written by Steve McNicol. Both songs were released locally and played on Louisville radio stations WAKY and WKLO.
The band found success later in 1968, when they decided to release the B-side of "Stay with Me", a song called "You, I", also written by McNicol. "You, I" climbed to #1 on both local radio stations. They were then signed to Shelby Singleton's Nashville, Tennessee, record label, Amazon Records, which re-released the single "You, I" in 1969, and the song became a national hit, climbing to #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #22 on the Cash Box magazine charts. "You, I" was also released worldwide on labels from Spain (Exit Records), Italy (Akarma Records), England (Polydor Records) and Thailand (Thai Records). Akarma also released the album "Hot Cargo" on CD in a limited edition, which is very rare and hard to find on the internet. The song " You, I " was also covered by a couple of other international groups (The Pepper Smelter Group, from Peru, and the Climax, from Belgium).
Band Of Brothers
The latter part of 1969 and all of 1970 were spent touring the midwest and northeast, playing on the same bill with artists like Bob Seger, Grand Funk Railroad, the James Gang, and many others. Later that year, the band released their only album, Hot Cargo, which received only mild success due to a complete lack of national promotion and a failure by Shelby Singleton in 1969–70 to recognize the upsurge of FM radio. "Wendegahl the Warlock" was the follow-up single to "You, I", but it did not chart. Hot Cargo would later be released on CD along with an album by a group named Lazarus on the same disc, called The Rugbys meet Lazarus. More recently, in 2007, Gear Fab Records released an anthology album with McNicol and the Rugby's previously unreleased original material called The Lost Sessions.(wiki)

I think the band lost their direction at the end of '68. They had done a very good style of jangle pop with three part vocals.''You, I'' hit the charts but had nothing to do with the earlier stuff here on the disc.
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''The Move'' Founder Ace Kefford - Ace The Face 1968 (2003 Castle Music) mp3@320

Ace Kefford was a secondary member of the first lineup of the Move, playing and recording with the band through 1968, during the most pop-oriented phase of their career. Before the Move, Kefford had played with Carl Wayne & the Vikings, featuring future Move singer Wayne and future Move drummer Bev Bevan. With the Move, Kefford played bass (although he is also credited with guitar on the album sleeve for The Best of the Move), and sang some backup vocals. He did not write any of the band's material, and had just one lead vocal, on the Roy Wood composition "Yellow Rainbow" (featured on the Move's first album). According to Bev Bevan's liner notes for The Best of the Move, Kefford "functioned as the group's pouting glamour-man." He did write one quite Move-like song, the playfully pop-psychedelic "William Chalker's Time Machine," which was recorded on a 1968 single by the Lemon Tree.

Kefford left the Move in early 1968, after increasing instability resulting from depression and panic attacks. He recorded about an album's worth of unreleased material in mid-1968 with producer Tony Visconti (to become renowned for his work with David Bowie), but the project was abandoned, without production complete on many of the tracks, when Kefford had a breakdown. These sessions found Kefford writing much of the material and trying his hand at an assortment of late-'60s rock styles, as well as singing it in his soul-rock voice, which wasn't nearly as distinctive or capable as the vocals of, say, his old Move cohorts Carl Wayne and Roy Wood. Nine tracks from the unreleased album sessions, in their various states of (in)completion, were released in 2003 as part of the Ace Kefford CD compilation Ace the Face.

Kefford then became frontman for the short-lived Ace Kefford Stand, who did one single, "For Your Love" b/w "Gravy Booby Jam," for Atlantic in 1969. The A-side was a drawn-out, heavy, and fairly tedious cover of the Yardbirds classic; the flip, thrown together by the band the night before the session, was a forgettable psychedelic-progressive rock crossover effort with freaky guitar. The other members of the Ace Kefford Stand, incidentally, had been previously known as Young Blood, and did four singles for Pye; the Ace Kefford Stand's most illustrious member was drummer Cozy Powell. After the single, Dave McTavish of Tintern Abbey joined and the band changed their name to Big Bertha, which did one single. Its A-side, "This World's an Apple" was, according to Kefford (quoted in Record Collector) "crap"; the flipside was "Gravy Booby Jam," credited to Big Bertha Featuring Ace Kefford.
Kefford drifted in and out of music in the '70s, continuing to struggle with mental problems, at one time attempting suicide. Feelers put out to work with Ozzy Osbourne and Jeff Beck came to nothing, though he was briefly in the band Rockstar, who put out a 1976 single "Mummy"/"Over the Hill." Both of those sides were written by Kefford, with the A-side in particular showing a strong, early-'70s David Bowie influence. All of Kefford's post-Move odds and ends were compiled on the Ace the Face CD, including the unreleased 1968 album sessions; the Ace Kefford Stand single, and a few Ace Kefford Stand outtakes; Big Bertha's "This World's an Apple"; the Rockstar single; and the Lemon Tree's "William Chalker's Time Machine" single.(

Unfortunately only in mp320. I'm glad that Ace Kefford added no instrumentation later in 2003 to the nine unreleased songs. Some little gems here and the whole collection make a lot of fun.
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Sandie Shaw - The EP Collection (1990 See For Miles Records) Flac & mp3

This 26-song Sandie Shaw collection is one of the better compilations of the singer's 1960s-vintage work, though it's also a bit strange in that it doesn't follow any chronological order that one can discern. Opening with 1967's "Tell the Boys," the tracks "advance" to 1964 and then back to 1967, and, in addition to obvious hits such as "Puppet on a String" and "There's Always Something There to Remind Me," listeners get a liberal smattering of French- and Italian-language sides by the singer, including "Viva l'Amore con Te." Despite the chronological acrobatics, this disc is one of the better compromises that one can choose in the event that the four-CD set Nothing Comes Easy is a bit out of one's reach. The sound is excellent for its age, although more recent reissues may have an edge for those to whom state-of-the-art digital transfers matter, and the thorough annotation by Spencer Leigh more than makes up for the age of the release.(

 The collection is well done but one thing that in my ears don't work is the italian number ''Viva l'Amore con Te''. I'm sorry but Sandie Shaw sounds here real ''hard stuff'' in my ears. Apart from that it is a very fine collection. Also without the state-of-the-art bla digibla transblabla.
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Beat Pop Mod from Scotland: The Beatstalkers - Scotland's No.1 Beat Group (1965-69) (2005 Ika Records remastered) Flac & mp3@320

Formed in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1962, the Beatstalkers originally comprised Davie Lennox (vocals), Eddie Campbell (guitar), Alan Mair (bass) and ‘Tudge’ Williamson (drums). Within weeks Ronnie Smith (rhythm guitar) had been added to the line-up. By 1964 the Beatstalkers had become a leading attraction, specializing in cover versions of hitherto obscure soul and R&B songs. Such was their popularity, the group was dubbed ‘Scotland’s Beatles’ and in 1965 an open-air concert in Glasgow’s George Square was abandoned when fans rioted.

The Beatstalkers then secured a recording contract with Decca Records. ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ ’Bout My Baby’, ‘Left Right Left’ and ‘A Love Like Yours’ followed in succession, but although worthwhile in their own right, these records failed to capture the group’s true mettle. The Beatstalkers moved to London in 1967 where they secured a residency at the famed Marquee Club. However, despite switching to CBS Records, the group was still unable to achieve a major breakthrough, in part because they relied on outside material.

Their new manager Ken Pitt suggested that the Beatstalkers record songs by his best-known charge, David Bowie. Three of his compositions, ‘Silver Tree Top School For Boys’, ‘Everything Is You’ and ‘When I’m Five’, were released in succession, although only the first title was issued as an a-side. The experiment was neither an artistic nor commercial success, and, as Alan Mair later recalled, ‘It was pitiful to watch Davie Lennox rehearse the songs in an English accent.’

The Beatstalkers split up in 1969 when their equipment was stolen. Late-period drummer Jeff Allen joined East Of Eden, while Mair was later a member of the critically acclaimed Only Ones.(

This scottish guys had all what a band needed for the break through except... own songs. They sounded very modern and they were really great interpreters but they had not really much own songs. This collection is a very good one. You can hear their commercial abilities in their song recordings and a very good selection of songs. Maybe the audition missed an own special Beatstalkers sound.
I believe they never reached the charts.
However, have fun
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