20090824

Rebirth of the one legged drummer



1968
01.- Rebirth Of The Beat (02:42)
02.- Magic Carpet Ride (02:55)
03.- Soulful Strut (02:19)
04.- Come On React (01:51)
05.- Drums Along The Strip (01:52)
06.- Out Of Limits (01:56)
07.- Going Up The Country (02:53)
08.- I Feel Free (02:46)
09.- Mendocino (02:39)
10.- Sunshine Of Your Love (03:49)
11.- The Lion In Winter (02:34)
12.- My Own Thing (03:46)

Link (pw: sd)

Thanks to original uploader.

20090617

Resonance & Peppers - OK Chicago





This is a funky down home double LP set with fat grooves and moog lines. This was originally shared by Sounds of Champaigne but the link has gone to the great electronic home in the sky.

I've re-upped it for a request and I thought I'd post it here for anyone who wants it. Some surface noise but it all adds to the gritty down home style of the music.

Link



Here's some more for those who can't get enough. link

20090606

Teen Beat






There is a request for Sandy Nelson's Teen Beat. Not sure if it was the track or album but I don't have the album so here is the track along with 29 other must have instrumentals. Its by Ace Records so you know its good.

Link

20090601

Sandy Nelson - Rock n Roll Drum Beat



01. - Sandy Nelson / Day Train
02. - Sandy Nelson / Slippin' And Slidin'
03. - Sandy Nelson / Willie And The Hand Jive
04. - Sandy Nelson / All Night Long
05. - Sandy Nelson / My Girl Josephine
06. - Sandy Nelson / All Shook Up
07. - Sandy Nelson / Sandy
08. - Sandy Nelson / Alexis
09. - Sandy Nelson / Let's Go
10. - Sandy Nelson / The City
11. - Sandy Nelson / Linda Lu
12. - Sandy Nelson / Bullfrog
13. - Sandy Nelson / Bony Maronie
14. - Sandy Nelson / Tough Beat
15. - Sandy Nelson / Yakety Yak
16. - Sandy Nelson / La Bamba Bossa Nova
17. - Sandy Nelson / Jivin' Around
18. - Sandy Nelson / Don't Be Cruel
19. - Sandy Nelson / The Flip
20. - Sandy Nelson / Be-Bop Baby
21. - Sandy Nelson / Live It Up
22. - Sandy Nelson / Dumplin's
23. - Sandy Nelson / Wiggle Wobble
24. - Sandy Nelson / Limbo Rock
25. - Sandy Nelson / School Days
26. - Sandy Nelson / In The Mood
27. - Sandy Nelson / Charlie Brown
28. - Sandy Nelson / My Wife Can't Cook
29. - Sandy Nelson / I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
30. - Sandy Nelson / Let There Be Drums

Here's the best compilation of Sandy's stuff I could find in fact the only one. His stuff isn't easy to come by as I found when I looked for some more recent compilations. This is superbly recorded and mastered by Ace Records albeit at only 128k but it still sounds pretty impressive.

I can hear echos of big band drumming in Sandy's work and he's ably assisted by such studio luminaries as Richie Podolar and Plas Johnson amongst others. No hits like Teen Beat on this but everyone's got those anyway, just more interesting and obscure stuff you caint find anywhere else folks.

Link

20090523

Jack Scott - Rockin' Scott



You could get Jack's 5 CD Bear Family box set but that has lots of ballads and Gospel songs. I've trawled through the set and extracted the cream of his rockin' sides 40 tracks of pure gold.

The canuck rocker is renowned as a rock-a-billy star but to my ears he's more a country balladeer and if I may say so a slightly off key one. His rock sides are way better not really rock-a-billy more country rock but the more up tempo the better he sounds.

His later tracks for mine are his better work and he got more rockin the more into the sixties he got. My favourite track is no 27 where he takes Dylan's Rainy Day Women and turns it into a fine country rocker.

Tracks

01. Greaseball
02. Baby She's Gone
03. Two Timin' Woman
04. I Never Felt Like This
05. Go Wild Little Sadie
06. Baby, Baby
07. Good Deal Lucille
08. Oh Little One
09. Cruel World
10. Window Shopping
11. I'm Satisfied With You
12. Cool Water
13. There's Trouble Brewing
14. Jingle Bell Slide
15. I Knew You First
16. Blue Skies (Moving In On Me)
17. Wiggle On Out
18. Flakey John
19. Tall Tales
20. The Road Keeps Winding
21. Looking For Linda
22. Geraldine
23. Midgie
24. The Way I Walk
25. Goodbye Baby
26. Billy Jack
27. Blues Stay Away From Me / Stones
28. Bo's Going To Jail
29. Country Witch
30. Patsy
31. True True Love
32. One Of These Days
33. Strange Desire
34. True, True Love
35. Sad Story
36. You Only See What You Wanna See
37. I Can't Hold Your Letters (In My Arms)
38. Cry Cry Cry
39. Grizzly Bear
40. Meo Myo

Link

20090518

Rememberin' Elvis





I seem to be listening to a lot of early rock these days including some really good Elvis imitators. Of course Elvis is the king of the early days and I've collected the complete 50s, 60s and 70s masters.

Funnily enough I think he hit his peak, certainly from a rock point of view, in the early to mid sixties with tracks like Little Egypt, His Latest Flame and Viva Las Vegas etc. The 50s of course were the classic years for his rockin' songs although the religious songs and sappy ballads don't do it for me.

The 70s were, well the era of fat Elvis and warbly over done ballads and lugubrious rock songs although there were some gems amongst the dross.

Anyway another Elvis comp is not much fun so here's some obscure Elvis imitators, artists from the same era who did the same songs as Elvis and even some more modern attempts at the Presley ouvre.

My choice for best Elvis imitator is Vince Everitt. there's only one album of 15 songs available but its smashingly good, its the great Elvis album he didn't do. Ral Donner is pretty good also although he didn't do many Elvis songs so his albums are like new Elvis albums. He enjoyed some success in the early 60s but not a good career choice for longivity.

The best 70s fat Elvis imitator is masked singer Orion, he of the favourite strange record cover for Orion Reborn where he actually looks more like Roy Orbison in disguise than Elvis. He did some records for Sun Records in the late 70s and they are pretty good if some songs are marred by cheesy synth effects.



His manager also produced some records with Orion doing duets with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis by overdubbing their old records. It does sound remarkably like Elvis and I think his name was left off the record labels to create the impression that it was really Elvis.

Worth seeking the masked one out as his records are worth a listen and his bizarre life ended when he was shot by a robber in his pawn shop in the late 90s.

Best Elvis song not done by Elvis is Terry Stafford's Suspicion which at one stage in the early 60s was the only record in the top 5 not done by the Beatles. He also did not have a long career and ended up dying early.

Best more recent Elvis imitator is a Belfast postal worker called "The King" and he's surprisingly good performing more recent songs which may be how they would have sounded if Elvis had survived and sung them.

Oh and not to forget the ladies, best rock n roll female artist Wanda Jackson, who else?

Anyhow here it is and well worth a listen, would I steer you wrong?

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20090508

Brian Setzer Orchestra - Ultimate Collection Live









A wonderfully recorded live album by Brian Setzer and his Orchestra of two concerts. Lots of lounge, surf and straight out rock here. Who knew Brian was such a great arranger for his not tiny orchestra.

Review by Thom Jurek AMG

Say what you want about Brian Setzer and his cool retro-swing, but the man can not only play the hell out of a guitar, he can lead a big band like a pro, singing and playing sure, but he can write charts too. This set is rather ingenious. It contains two discs chock-full of the tunes that the Brian Setzer Orchestra has become (in)famous for.

Disc one is a show from the band's first tour, and disc two is live in Japan after all the hoopla and success in 2003. There are no overdubs or edits of any kind on either set. One gets both the raw and refined here, popping through the years. The first disc includes 15 goners, including "James Bond Theme," "Brand New Cadillac," "Good Rockin' Daddy," "That Mellow Saxophone," "Ghost Radio," "Route 66," "Rumble in Brighton," and "Rock This Town."

The way Setzer's guitar screams here is the sound fans were dying to hear on the studio records. Disc two has swaggering background vocalists and slicker arrangements, but there's no dearth of pure finger-poppin' rock here either. There's "Mystery Rain," "Hawaii Five-O," "Jump, Jive an' Wail," "Stray Cat Strut," "Caravan," "Gene & Eddie," "Sleepwalk," and a slew more. In all, this is a deeply satisfying collection capable of covering the "best-of" needs and giving punters who haven't experienced Setzer an opportunity to hear the excitement jumping out of the grooves his band cuts.

Link Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

20090415

The W & G Story - Australian instrumental rock





Here's some very rare Australian instrumental rarities. W & G was a quaint little record label active in the 50s and 60s and showcasing Aussie artists particularly country and western and Hawaiian. It operated under the Astor umbrella which in turn was an offshoot of Pye an English company well known for the work of Tony Hatch.

Anyway the main interest in this collection is a nice number of tunes by the Thunderbirds an Aussie outfit that turned the Rockin' Rebel's Wild Weekend into a huge hit on the early 60's Aussie charts. Its every bit as good as the original and the rest of their stuff is good though the studio conditions were fairly primitive. The rip contains inner sleeve pics too.

Anyway a must have if you're into guitar and organ instrumentals. Git it here.

An xtabay presentation.

20090411

Xtabay on board



I've asked Xtabay to contribute to the blog as my posting can be slow at times. He has a good surf collection so should be some great stuff coming up.

20090410

Denvermen - Lets Go Surfside





For a short period of time around 1963 the surf instrumental groups ruled the airwaves and Australia was no exception. The top of the heap with numerous hits were the Atlantics and Bombora was the crown jewel.

Next and also with a few hits were the Denvermen an experienced instrumental group and like the Atlantics they ditched their vocalist and for a little while ruled the roost. I've always liked the Denvermen named after the initials of the birthplaces of the members not an American affectation.

Like the Atlantics they were heavily influenced by the Shadows but they didn't have the racing drums and the guitar stabs more a Duane Eddy twangy guitar sound. Their "Bombora" was Lets Go Surfside but this was a laid back moody piece that conjured images of lonely surfers looking into the horizon for the eternal wave.

Anyway I think it was DaBoss who asked for some Australian surf music so here's the first album I could find, a comprehensive look at a very good oz instro group.

Surfside

Here's more info about the band than you really need.

Surfin Knots 6





Dedicated to Trustar, DaBoss, RYP, Xtabay and anyone else I've forgotten here's a belated new instalment of Surfin Knots. Hope there's one or two things you guys don't have here.

I've used one of my photos of a sunset here in the West taken near the coast.

Here tis

20090409

New Surfing Knots?



Xtabay has told me that the great surf music blogger Trustar has uploaded all 5 volumes my compilations Surfin Knots to share. I think the original links are long dead so that's good news.

In fact its given me inspiration to create a new compilation in the series so keep your eyes out for Surfin Knots Volume 6.

That cover above is my favourite of the series and my mate Xtabay supplied his own photo of a Western Australian beach at sunset. He's now on the other side of the continent on the sunny Sunshine Coast so he'll have to make do with sunrises if he can ever get out of bed on time.