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Friday, April 18, 2014

JESSE HECTOR - Gorilla Garage: The Jesse Hector Story [1972-1988/2005]

The Godfather of Garage Rock. A stalwart of the rock scene who began in 1959, became a scenester in the mid 60’s, an urban legend in the mid and late 70’s… and an icon ever since whose influence abounds. With a unique look and image, sideburns that can kill, Jesse Hector is an icon and a rock legend. 

This compilation, the first ever to tell the full story of Jesse Hector, pulls the best recorded evidence together. A stripped down band set up, often live in the studio, no frills, plenty of menace, high energy, a rock’n’roll sensibility underpinning everything. Where Jack White has drawn on Blues for the bedrock to the White Stripes material, Jesse Hector drew on Rock ‘n’Roll. It is no coincidence that both acts produced some of their best work at Toe Rag studios, the first three on this compilation being recorded and produced by Liam Watson.

Other producers have also got great results from Jesse; Chiswick’s Roger Armstrong producing the punk era classic ‘Gatecrasher’ and the later Jesse Hector & The Sound recordings, Larry Page producing the equally classic version of ‘You Really Got Me’. The latter graces the recent compilation "Glitterbest" and is often played on the radio by the likes of DJ Mark Lamarr. *The album is timeless, like it’s a brand new album, even though the recordings span 1972-1988, they bear a consistent sound and performance. Even the bonus track on the end - Jesse’s first recording in 1959 - doesn’t sound out of place! 
[Amazon Reviews]

KICK-ASS compilation-overview of this 70's UK cult Garage/Punk/Glam rocker career, gathered his recordings with different groups as The Gatecrashers, The Sound, Hammersmith Gorillas, Helter Skelter, Crushed Butler and Jesse Hector Rock'n'Roll Trio. EXPLOSIVE mix of MC5, Stooges, Glam Rock & Garage JESSE HECTOR style! A MUST! Dig!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

THE HAMMERSMITH GORILLAS - Gorilla Got Me [1974-1981/1999]

The Hammersmith Gorillas or Gorillas as they were also known, were formed in 1974 and lasted until 1981. Based around the creative talents of Jesse Hector, who was no stranger to the music scene, the band made a reputation for itself in the early days before and during the punk revolution. Jesse Hector had been involved in the music scene since the age of 15. He had played guitar in the mid-'60s cult band The Clique (not to be confused with the U.S. band of the same name) then fronted some politically incorrect bands by the names of Helter Skelter and Crushed Butler in the late '60s. In 1971, Hector got together with Alan Butler (bass) and Gary Anderson (drums) and took the name of a pro-Castro activist group and the band, The Hammersmith Gorillas were born. 

The band recorded a wild, pumped-up version of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me," as their first single for Larry Page's Penny Farthing label, and it immediately captured the attention of a young generation yearning for a new style of music. The sheer energy and attitude behind the single won it immediate recognition among the young people, but it failed to impress the radio programmers, so it didn't receive the airplay it deserved. After the failure of Page's label, the band signed to the fledgling Chiswick indie label and recorded further singles.

By 1976, the punk movement began to rear its ugly head and The Hammersmith Gorillas were right in the midst of the movement. Along with their friends in the Damned, Eddie & the Hot Rods, and more, the Gorillas, as they were then known, went to France to play in the legendary Mont de Marsan Punk Festival. After the Festival, punk took the world by storm and many bands popped up vowing to change the world. In 1978, the Gorillas recorded their debut (and only) album titled "Message to the World" for Raw records. The band rode the wave of the punk movement, and in 1981, bandmember Alan Butler died a tragic death and the band broke up. 
Nearly a decade later, in 1991, Hector returned to the music business and formed the Sound. "Gorilla Got Me" compiles 22 tracks from the careers of The Hammersmith Gorillas and the Gorillas. This set contains singles and selected album tracks originally released between 1974-1978, and a number of previously unreleased live tracks. Although the Gorillas will never make the rock & roll hall of fame the band's contribution to the '70s music scene is worthy of documentation. The set also contains detailed liner notes, a history of the band, a discography, and rare photos. A fitting tribute to one of the forgotten innovators of the punk movement. [Allmusic]

Real COOL collection of 45's, unissued & live recordings by these UK 70's Glam/Punkers fronted by JESSE HECTOR. If you think you know everything from 70's Pre-Punk/Garage/Glam era, you gotta check this out. Got Me?!? Dig!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

IGGY & THE STOOGES - Death Trip [1973/88] Vinyl Rip!!!

In 1987, the release of Rubber Legs gave listeners their first ever exposure to the Stooges' so-called CBS rehearsals from spring 1973. Six songs long, it was as tantalizing as it was impossibly exciting. But what a difference a year makes: 1988's Death Trip opens with what can only be described as daylight robbery, the regular LP version of the title track fed through some kind of distortion machine in an attempt to make it sound like an alternate mix. It fails. Slightly more palatable (and realistic) alternates of a couple of Rubber Legs standouts follow, but the two songs that attract the most attention, "I'm a Man" and "The Ballad of Hollis Brown" are -- what? The best guess is, they're Iggy and James Williamson killing time in the studio, jamming through some favorite covers while they wait for some something else to happen. They probably didn't even remember that they'd left the tape machine on. Seriously, it's the kind of thing that gives bootlegging a bad name -- but hey, Stooges fans should be used to that by now! [Dave Thompson]

More Stooges studio rehearsals recorded in 1973. before Raw Power. I know you know but then again... It's a Death Trip allright! Jesus, This is IGGY!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

THE OUTLAWS [UK] - Ride Again [The Singles A's & B's 1961-64]

It's a shame there's no way to separate this group from the later American group of the same name. Folks, these Outlaws are the band poached by Joe Meek from his one-time recording artist Mike Berry. Throughout their career they included Chas Hodges on bass. Bobby Graham played drums for a while. Ritchie Blackmore--yes THAT Ritchie Blackmore--played guitar for their last two years or so.
The Outlaws were Meek's answer to the Shadows, and a fine answer they were. Most of the time, they performed Meek's own originals--pleasant lilting guitar tunes with a vaguely western feel. On here you get an exciting version of "Swingin' Low" as well as a gorgeous echo-drenched ballad "Valley of the Sioux." And there is a fabulous cut-up piece of Meek art called "Crazy Drums" that is really hard to believe came from 1961. Then, right at the end, the Outlaws decided to go vocal. Their singing wasn't much to remember, but their screaming rock 'n roll sound sure was. This is when Ritchie Blackmore broke from his restraints and their versions of "Keep a Knockin'" and "Shake with Me" blow out your speakers. If you thought that "You Really Got Me" was the loudest raunchiest sound to come out of the U.K. in 1964, these two tracks will correct that mistake real fast. [Randall E. Adams]

Sunday, April 13, 2014

THE SONICS - Unreleased [1966/67]

1980's [First American] Collection of unissued 60's stuff by your favorite garage gang. Most of these cuts are post "Introducing The Sonics" Jerden recordings and some are with different line-up, featuring Jim Brady on vocals. Anyway, there are pretty cool garage rockers produced by Jerry Dennon, also available on "Fire & Ice" and "The Jerden Years 1966-69". Never enough of SONIC BOOM!... Dig!!!

ANDRE WILLIAMS & THE VELVET HAMMER - Whip Your Booty [1967/1977]

What's here are three tracks recorded in 1967 in Detroit with many of the Motown session players and ten tracks recorded in 1977 in Chicago with a band Williams put together called the Velvet Hammer. The Detroit songs are smooth, soulful ballads, with Williams oozing some of his unique charm, "The Velvet Groove: Blue" being an especially nice instrumental. The Chicago session marks Williams' foray into the world of disco and, as usual, he does it his way. "Whip Your Booty" is a nasty and funny dancefloor-filler; "I Don't Need Mary (Juana)" an ode to Williams' newly clean lifestyle. Williams sings lead on that track and "Betcha Gonna Like It" only; the rest he gave to the other members of the group. A highlight of the set is Karl Tarleton's soaring vocal on the sweet ballad "Impossible." The tracks were originally slated to be released on the Susie label, which Williams started with a Chicago-area restaurant-owner, but the plans fell through and the tracks were in limbo for many years. [Tim Sendra]

BLACK GODFATHER's rare Soul/Funky recordings that reminds on some mid 70's Funkadelic tunes. This is not an usual Surfadelic stuff, but If you're a big fan of Mr.Williams you're probably gonna like this. Anyway... 
Move Your Funky Ass 'n' Dig!


Friday, April 11, 2014

LOOKING GOOD - Mod Club Classics [Late 60's R&B/Soul]

20-song compilation that attempts to recapture the feeling of a night out at a mod club at the height of the mod scene in the late '60s. The music is a mix of soul (Northern, Southern, and uptown), R&B, soul-jazz, and funky blues that is sure to get feet tapping and fingers snapping. The disc flows very smoothly from track to track and contains some stellar songs from big-time artists like B.B. King (the down-and-dirty "I've Got Papers on You Baby"), Ike & Tina Turner (the dead funky "I Can't Believe What You Say"), and Junior Wells (the rocking "Checking on My Baby"). Other highlights include Young-Holt Trio's groovy "Wack Wack," the original "Louie Louie" by Richard Berry, the heartbreaking "I Keep Forgetting" by the amazing Chuck Jackson, Lowell Fulson's razor sharp "Tramp," and Sugar Pie DeSanto's peppy "Do the Whoo Pee." Mod scholars could argue the inclusion of some of the tracks and wonder where some of their favorites are, but the fact remains that this is one darn good dance party disc. So leave any objections at the door, roll back the carpet, and experience (as the disc labels itself on the back cover) "a symphony in midnight blue mohair." [Tim Sendra]

(Vincent) Now, go home and get your fuckin' shinebox.
(Pesci) Motherfuck', mutt, you... you fuckin' piece of shit!

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