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Monday, December 22, 2014

MARK WIRTZ - The Go-Go Music of Mark Wirtz, His Orchestra & Chorus

"Alsatian-Born Mark Wirtz began his music career while studying art at London's Fairfield College of Arts and Sciences, and drama at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Arts, when his college Rock-band, 'The Beatcrackers,' were signed to a recording contract in 1963 as 'Mark Rogers and the Marksmen' by EMI producer Norman Newell.
By 1965 Mark had started his first independent production company, releasing records that have since become enduring classics, including Mood Mosaic's, "A Touch Of Velvet, A Sting Of Brass," for EMI's Parlophone Records, and his own Mark Wirtz Orchestra album, "Latin A Go-Go," for Ember Records.

In 1967, Mark accepted EMI veteran producer/A&R chief Norrie Paramor's offer to join EMI Records as in-house producer. Working at Abbey Road Studios alongside the Beatles and Pink Floyd (the latter whom he was instrumental in signing to the company), Mark wrote and produced landmark recordings by artists such as Keith West, Tomorrow, and Kippington Lodge. Most notably, he reached global success with his production of excerpts from the first ever Rock Opera, "A Teenage Opera." Though never allowed to be completed or released as an entire work, the opera's excerpts "Grocer Jack," "Sam" "Weatherman" and "Theme" became legendary trail-blazers, which have not only captivated several generations of music fans, but influenced and inspired artists and musicians world-wide.." [wiki]

German wunderkind and Abbey Road staff producer [kinda like "Euro Phil Spector" for Easy listening/Lounge/Pop], composer and singer Mark Wirtz collection of recordings made between 1965-1969, mostly from '67 "Mood Mosaic" LP. 
"Ultra Cheesy" take on pop/rock classics as Yeh Yeh, Comin' Home Baby, Don't Do It Baby, Monday, Monday, Sunny, I Can Hear Music, Dizzy... Sounds like Mike Myer's "Austin Powers" imaginary alternative soundtrack. More sounds of "Swingin' London"... Say Yeh Yeh, Dig!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

THE AFRO BLUES QUINTET PLUS ONE - New Directions [1966] Vinyl Rip!!!

A mid 60s sextet with a Latin edge, the Afro-Blues Quintet + 1 featured a vibes/sax front line and a rhythm section augmented by congas and timbales assisting the standard piano/bass/drums instrumentation. The group's albums included political and protest pieces, originals, remakes of standards like "Green Dolphin Street," religious/spiritual numbers, soul/jazz and R&B hits, plus some challenging tunes such as "3/4-5/4-7-2." Joe De Aguero on vibes and alto saxophonist/flutist Jack Fulks were the principal soloists, with pianist Bill Henderson, bassist Norm Johnson, conga player Moses Obligacion, and Michael Davis on drums and timbales completing the lineup. [Ron Wynn]

The Afro-Blues Quintet 2nd [and best] slab of Latin flavored Mod/Jazz instros. If you wanna be COOL you gotta dig this rhythm. It's a Mystic Mambo alright. Dig!!!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

BOOKER T. & THE MG's - Doin' Our Thing [1968] Vinyl Rip!!!

"Eight of the album's 11 songs are covers, including "Never My Love," "Ode to Billy Joe" and Sonny Bono's "The Beat Goes On," which show the MG's moving in a more streamlined, pop-oriented direction. Here the band's sound begins to undergo a transformation from its edgier origins toward the smoother, jazzier feel that would characterize their later work, "Expressway to Your Heart" and the title track being cases in point. This is not to say that the MG's don't still kick it. "I Can Dig It" and a version of "You Keep Me Hanging On" show the band capable of both go-go grooves and pounding rock."

Booker T's 6th slab o' superfine organ driven R&B instro Soul music. Few originals [I Can Dig It, Doin' Our Thing, Blue On Green] and lotsa covers of Soul Survivors, The Association, Sonny Bono, The Coasters, The Supremes etc. Hammond B-3 Dig!  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PORTOBELLO EXPLOSION - The Mod Pop Sound of Swinging London

Double doze of COOL & RARE 60's Mod/Pop/Freakbeat tunes. If you dig groups like THE WHO, SMALL FACES, ACTION, CREATION... and comps as LOOKING BACK this stuff is fer ya. Dance to the Beat of Swinging London. Dig!

Part 1                           Part 2

Monday, December 15, 2014

DAVIE ALLAN & THE ARROWS - Fuzz For Holidays 1 & 2

"This stuff is not for your traditional Bing Crosby crowd who enjoy lame Christmas music, this is for the people who like a lot of FUZZ and rock added to their holiday spirit."
Double dose of FUZZ-drenched Christmas classics forged from the fuzztasmagorical guitar of Davie Allan and The Arrows! 

 Angels We Have Heard On High
 Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me
 Feliz Navidad

Hey Santa, Dig The FUZZ!

Fuzz 1                              Fuzz 2

Sunday, December 14, 2014

THE NIGHTCAPS - Wine, Wine, Wine [1960] Vinyl Rip!!!

Every so often, in the course of unearthing rock & roll history, Collectables records stumbles on a real treasure -- a musical jewel of such diamond-like symmetry and beauty, that it just makes those in its presence stop to appreciate its perfection, right down to sharp edges of its facets. These boys meshed rockabilly, R&B, Chicago blues, Delta blues, and rock & roll into a seamless whole with the kind of ease and spontaneity that recalls Elvis Presley's earliest sessions for Sun records. 
The Wine, Wine, Wine album is as perfect a blues-based rock & roll album as was ever produced by any white band, and one of the most enduring and endearing pieces of music of its era. The title-track and "Thunderbird" are the most well-known cuts here, rock & roll/rockabilly standards that are still covered by Texas bands today, but this album is filled with material that's just as good, three killer blues covers ("I Got My Mojo Working," "Sweet Little Angel," "Mojo Man"), two first-rate rock-flavored instrumentals, and a third ("Tough That's All") that's as good as any blues instrumental ever cut by any white band. Oh, and as a footnote to this amazing record, the saxman credited on the original LP as "John Hardtimes" is none other than jazz reedman John Hardee, stepping out of retirement for one session. [Bruce Eder]

What's the Word? Thunderbird!

Saturday, December 13, 2014


"I Wanna Get Out Of Here But I Can'T Take You Anywhere"

  Mings from Immingham!
Ming City Rockers hail from the place so bad they put it next to Grimsby. It’s not that time forgot it ; time never knew it was there.
Huw Stephens of Radio 1 recently said “Ming City Rockers are the best rock ‘n’ roll band ever to come out of Immingham” and he could well be right.
There’s 4 of them. They listen to Stooges, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and nothing else. They like 3 chords. 2 they like better.
What’s wrong with this world can be put right with Ming City Rockers. It’s a revolution, it’s a revultion of what we've become , it’s all it takes to make things right.
 Ming City Rockers Riot Rock Ruination.

Sounds like an evil hybrid of MC5, The Godfathers and [light weight] Motorhead, MING CITY ROCKERS are brand new infusion of Raw Power Rock'N'Roll Riot!  

"Dance to the beat of the livin' dead
Lose sleep baby and stay away from bed
Raw power is sho' to come a runnin to you"

Check out their debut slab!

Friday, December 12, 2014

HUEVOS RANCHEROS - Huevosaurus [1990]

"Cassette-only 6 trax mini-album, recorded in Richie's mom's garage on August 9, 1990. A limited number were made, and sold mostly at small gigs around Calgary."

Garage Punk/Surfin' debut rarity by these Canuck instro-monsters. Fry your brain with this crazy Link Wray/Punk beat! 

[Special Thanx! to Chad/Audio Gasoline & Calgary Cassette Preservation Society]


Wednesday, December 10, 2014


First volume in series collecting slow-grind, swing, and sleaze tracks -- the soundtrack to a smoky late-night bar in Chicago, or a hot Sunday afternoon down at the Popcorn. If you feel the cold sweat of soul, and the cool chills of haunted crooners singing out their final swan song, or the sinful shakes of R&B in its twilight years, then you have a bad case of Slow Grind Fever. This is a collection of haunting, hungry, heartbroken humdingers full of swing, sway and sleaze, with obscure B-sides sitting next to some of these great artists' last outings on wax. Dig!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

THE PENETRATORS - Basement Anthology 1976-84

"In the tradition of the fine Swami reissues of Crime and Testors comes a primordial belch of pathos crushing punk ineptness. The Penetrators' Basement Anthology chronicles this criminally overlooked Syracuse bands recordings from 1976-1984. Their sound was firmly rooted in the tradition of the rebellious rock n roll of the 60's and branded with generous amounts of the attitude and style that marked the first wave of American punk bands. Basement Anthology is a time machine back into an age that chronologically is not that long ago but culturally is beyond reach. The Penetrators liberal use of gigantic bumble bee guitar rip, paper tommy gun snare attack, sure echoed vocal proclamations of eternal rock n roll lore. In a time when eyeliner and synthesizers were listed as ground breaking musical influences The Penetrators upstate isolation bred a band worthy to hold the torch of garage blasting during what was then considered dark times. Until now only championed by the Killed By Death set (is there such a thing?), Basement Anthology rectifies elusiveness and puts these legendary noise makers on the radar."

Raw & Sloppy 70's garage punk by this overlooked Syracuse, "No.1 Band In Town". It was a "Teenage Lifestyle", Stop Action 'n' Dig!

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