Friday, 4 August 2017
This was the second album by Barnaby Bye. And it's perfect. It's different from the debut. Here the songs are more in a soul direction produced. Maybe the band tried this because the debut album was no success. The songwriting is first class and i think the band had tried to make an commercial album but it failed to reach the charts. I prefer the first album. Nevertheless this is a top notch album. What do you think?
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Surely this album is different from other works by the Prunes but is it bad because of this ? No way.
It seems that the audience love this album more than some critics. By the way six tracks not eight! Anyway take it or leave it
Frank Flac & mp3@320
The Penthouse 5 were one of dozens of unsung bands floating around Texas in the mid-'60s. Based on the recorded evidence, however, they were also one of the great ones; lots of acts claim the Beatles as inspiration, but the Penthouse 5 translated the Beatles (and, to some extent, the Byrds) influence into garage rock terms about as well as any of them. The mix of Beatles-like harmonies, crunchy guitars, and pumping, grinding Farfisa organ is compelling and always surprising in its details and nuances. Justin Brown (lead guitar), Rob Graham (vocals), Mark Porter (drums), Steve Wood (guitar, vocals, keyboards), and Bill Looney (bass) came out of Oak Cliff, not far from where Stevie Ray Vaughan hailed. They were part of an orbit of Beatles- and folk-rock-influenced musicians in the area that included songwriter Ron Price, who wrote "Don't Mess Around with My Dream, " the B-side of the Penthouse 5's debut single, "Bad Girl," and Jon Williams, who had been with a band called the By Fives and then with the WordD. By 1967, internal conflicts had driven Brown, Graham, and Porter out of the Penthouse 5's lineup, and they were succeeded by Jon Williams (vocals, keyboards, harmonica), Richard "Lurch" Keathley (lead guitar, vocals) -- who had both come from the Dallas-based the WordD -- and Mike Echart (drums). The new band, renamed the Penthouse, made another half-dozen records with producer Edward Greines; the Beatles influence was still discernable on songs like "You're Gonna Make Me," but the reconstituted Penthouse was more self-consciously heavy and serious, and cut singles for the Solar and Hawk labels.
By the end of 1967, however, the band had split up as Steve Wood moved to California, where he led a band called the New Life (who turn up on the soundtrack of The Sidehackers, a Gus Trikonis film that subsequently provided Mystery Science Theater 3000 with perhaps its funniest non-sci-fi moments), and played with Kenny Loggins. The rest of the group left the music business.(allmusic.com)
I found this recently on the web unfortunately only in 256mp3 quality. This is a very fine collection by Collectables with 20 songs. And it's a lot of really good stuff here. Give it a try and enjoy.
Cheers Frank mp3@256
This collection of obscure British psychedelia has a pleasantly foggy, ethereal feel. There are steadily jangling guitars, accomplished subdued distortion and effects, pulsating riffs, dreamy lyrics ("Dream Scream" is one title), and attractive vocal harmonies, with occasional harmonium tossing in an unusual spice. It fits the cliché of being suitable background music for launching into a meditative doze, or for an altered state of consciousness using specific substances. There's also a serious-mindedness to the mood that, while sincere, would probably never be adapted by a post-20th century band unless it was done with a certain amount of irony totally missing here.
If you don't know this sixties psychedelia band give the record a try
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With the formidable combination of talent, good looks, and a world class producer, it is surprising that Barnaby Bye's debut album, Room to Grow, wasn't a runaway smash. The talented twin teen-heartthrobs Bobby and Billy Alessi, together with former Blues Magoos guitarist Peppi Castro (aka, Emil Thielhelm), and ex-Illusion drummer Michael Ricciardella released Room to Grow in 1973 on Atlantic with some success, but without the popularity they probably deserved.
Barnaby Bye's Long Island-take on Brit-pop was probably more of a template for later retro-rock outfits like Jellyfish and the Merrymakers than the original bands themselves. A solid, fun, and enjoyable effort, Room to Grow should find a comfortable spot in any serious collection of '70s pop/rock.(allmusic)
Wonderful album by a gang of gifted musicians. Why an album like this failed to jump in the charts of the first half seventies is a mistery to me. If you like pop rock at it's best you should give it a try.
I will post the album that the band released one year later as well.
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Doc Thomas Group And The Silence - The Italian Job Shotgun Eyes 1967 (1998 Angel Air Records) Flac & mp3
From the very tangled tree of about a dozen '60s bands that fed into the eventual formation of Mott the Hoople, the Doc Thomas Group were one of the most important, chiefly because they actually released an album. Future Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and bassist Pete Watts were both on board when the group recorded their sole LP (released only in Italy, where they were based for a time) in late 1966.
Future Mott drummer Dale Griffin (aka Buffin) joined the band in the spring of 1967, although he doesn't appear on the album, which featured Stan Tippins as lead singer. The self-titled LP consisted entirely of R&B/soul covers, executed derivatively and just about competently, in the style of mod bands of the period such as the Small Faces.
The Doc Thomas Group struggled on until 1968, changing their name to Silence with the addition of organist Terry (soon to become Verden) Allen; from that point, it was only a matter of recruiting Ian Hunter to replace Tippins to create Mott the Hoople in 1969. The extremely rare Doc Thomas Group album was reissued on CD in 1998, on a disc that also included a Silence "reunion" session recorded in 1990. (allmusic.com)
The story of Tippins was as the band was signed to Island the company said he don't fits in the new image of the band. Tippins hinself said to the band he want not stand in the way and would leave. That's how the business works...
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