Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Psychedelic Pop/Rock from The Morning Dew - Second Album 1967-1970 Flac & mp3@320

The Morning Dew were formed from the remains of a collapsed folk-rock band called The Toads. Two early single releases, "No More" and "Be a Friend," were local successes in 1967, and the group was signed to Morris Levy's Roulette label in early 1969, for which they cut an entire album of material before disbanding later that year. Collectables has reissued a CD collection, and Gear Fab has released the folk-like "Sing Out" from their unissued late 1968 sessions.(allmusic.com)

Great band from the Kansas area. Nearly all what the guys released is really well done. I will post the first album in the next days as well. By the way, Morning Dew was inducted into the Kansas Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. Not bad guys!

         Frank    Flac   &  mp3@320

Psychedelic Pop By United Travel Service - Wind And Stone 1966-1970 (2010 Break-A-Way Records) Flac

Dateline 1966 - the Pacific North West of the USA - a hotbed for numerous local and regional bands following the tradition of the renowned North West Fratrock of the Kingsmen or the uncompromising Rock & Roll of The Sonicsand Wailers. Not so the United Travel Service.
Additionally there is an excellent 2009 re-recording of an old track capturing again the old magic and authenticity of the group. The CD comes with a 12 page booklet including a detailed history of the band with photos from the members scrapbook. At last, here is the long overdue legacy of one of the Northwest's finest psychedelic bands.

They were sadly overlooked at the time but are now revered for their two brilliant, killer folkadelic 45 releases 'Wind And Stone' b/w 'Drummer Of Your Mind' and 'Gypsy Eyes' b/w 'Echo Of You'. The UTS were mainly influenced by the San Francisco scene, Garage Rock and the Byrds.

Their high quality repertoire written by guitarist Ben Hoff and produced by New Tweedy Brothers producer Rick Keefer would have made a classic local psychedelic album if released back then. But it was not to be. Break-A-Way present for the first time, a collection of the bands rare 45s, along with four more, until now unreleased studio recordings, plus five home demos, of which four were not part of the LP version.

I posted this album already in January but only in mp3 format. Here it comes now in Flac. This is the cd release but i added the lp artwork as well. The cd was released in 2010, the lp one year earlier in 2009. The lp have only 12 tracks but two of them ( Crystal Land & Plastic Paradise) are not on the cd.This is a very fine psychedelic pop album i highly recommend.
         Frank   Flac p1   &   Flac p2     

You can buy the album and the cd here

The Sanctions & Jim and the Lords - Then Came The Electric Prunes 1965 (2000 Heartbeat Productions) Flac & mp3@320

35 years on.... and Heartbeat has come up with more Prunes rarities. 'Then Came The Electric Prunes' unearths pre-Prunes Audiodisc acetates recorded chez Russ Bottomley - 12 tracks from 27th March 1965 by The Sanctions (James Lowe, Ken Williams, Mark Tulin and Mike Weakley) and 4 tracks from 29th September 1965 by Jim And The Lords (with Dave Hargrave added to the previous line-up).
The Sanctions' sound is of a garage band with surf roots performing popular covers including 'Long Tall Sally', 'Money', 'Moon Dog', 'Love Potion Number Nine', 'What'd I Say', 'Jack The Ripper' and of course 'Louie Louie'.
On the Jim and The Lords tracks - 'Little Olive', 'I'm Free', 'I'm Down' and 'Too Many People' - the surf influences are replaced by raw harmonica and a raucous punk style ala Stones and Seeds. A folk-rock lilt on 'I'm Free' marks another development since the March sessions.
The sound quality is surprisingly good considering the source. With previously unseen photos this is a must-have for any Prunes fan.(Vernon Joyhnson/Max Waller in Fuzz, Acid And Flowers)

This is surely for fans of the band but it's interesting to see the development of the band from this to the songs of her debut album.

         Frank    Flac & mp3@320

The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) (1967) (2000 Rhino Special Products, Collectors' Choice Music) Flac & mp3@320

As the throbbing buzz of Ken Williams' tremolo-laden fuzztone guitar creeps from one side of the stereo spectrum to the other, the Electric Prunes kick off their debut album with their first (and biggest) hit single, and if Electric Prunes: I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) never hits the high point of its title track again, the next 11 songs confirm that these guys were in the first echelon of American garage bands of the '60s. In the grand tradition of most garage rock albums, the best tracks on this disc are the singles, which along with the title track include "Get Me to the World on Time" and the surprisingly effective B-sides "Luvin'" and "Are You Loving Me More (But Enjoying It Less)," but the other tunes are more than just filler.

On nearly every song, Williams and fellow guitarists Weasel Spagnola and Jim Lowe spin a web of gloriously strange sounds, making the most of a battery of stomp boxes, and bassist Mark Tulin and drummer Preston Ritter provide a solid, percolating backdrop for their faux-psychedelic soundscapes. Producer David Hassinger would in time become a bad guy in the Electric Prunes' story, but on these sessions he gives them a great studio sound, specious but full of details, and at its best this album does as well by its three-guitar team as Moby Grape's epochal debut. And if songs like the weepy soft rock number "Onie," the phony Brit-folk of "The King Is in the Counting House" and the goofball nostalgia of "Toonerville Trolly" suggest Hassinger didn't always know what sort of material to fit with the band (who were only allowed to record two of their own songs), the Prunes rise to the occasion no matter what's thrown at them (and Jim Lowe's vocal suggests he knew just how ridiculous "Toonerville Trolly" would sound). While the Sonics and the Litter made more consistent albums, few if any bands from the '60s garage came up with a sound as distinctive as the Electric Prunes, and they got it on tape with striking success on I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night). [The album was also released with two bonus tracks: "Ain't It Hard" and "Little Oliver."]

As you see this is not from the ''Original Album Series'' (5 disc release by Rhino from 2013). I posted ''Underground'' some days ago from that series and will post the other four as well. Just for information.
This is the debut album and it is a very strong effort. To me only two weaker songs here ( ''About a quarter to nine'' and ''Tunerville Trolley''. Too much Vaudeville in my taste.) Both bonus tracks "Ain't It Hard" and "Little Oliver" are very good stuff as well.
          Frank  Flac  &  mp3@320