Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Talismens - The Talismens style

01 Monkey Time
02 Doctor Feelgood
03 I'll Be Doggone
04 Mona
05 I Can't Explain
06 Forbidden Fruit
07 What Kind Of Boy
08 Gotta Move
09 Casting My Spell
10 Spanish Harlem
11 Daddy Rolling Stone
12 Parchman Farm

13 Casting My Spell
14 Master Of War
15 You Break My Heart

The Pleasure Fair - The Pleasure Fair

Vocalist Michelle Cochrane, singer/keyboardist Robb Royer, bassist Tim Hallinan, and drummer Steve Cohn formed harmony pop quartet the Pleasure Fair in Los Angeles in 1966. The group signed to Uni Records the following year, and on the recommendation of session ace Leon Russell, pop maestro David Gates was installed to produce their self-titled debut LP, headlined by the single "Morning Glory Days." "(I'm Gonna Have To) Let You Go" followed in 1968, and the Pleasure Fair soon dissolved; Gates then recruited Royer to join his fledgling soft pop group Bread, and the rest is AM radio history -- Hallinan is also among the musicians credited on the first Bread album, and later enjoyed a career as a mystery novelist.

1. The Pleasure Fair - Stay Around For the Good Times
2. The Pleasure Fair - Turnaway
3. The Pleasure Fair - Come to the Sunshine
4. The Pleasure Fair - Nursery Rhyme1
5. The Pleasure Fair - Remember Who I Am
6. The Pleasure Fair - Barefoot in the Park
6. The Pleasure Fair - Morning Glory Days
8. The Pleasure Fair - Fade in Fade Out
9. The Pleasure Fair - East West
10. The Pleasure Fair - The Things We Said Today
11. The Pleasure Fair - Talk
12. The Pleasure Fair - Put it Out of Your Mind
13. The Pleasure Fair - I`m Gonna Have to Let You Go1
14. The Pleasure Fair - Today1

Hank The Knife & The Jets - Crazy Guitar

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Star-Club Show 6 - 11 Stars At The Star-Club

Tommy Scott And The Boys

16 Original R & B Golden Hits

Sounds Incorporated - Sounds Incorporated (1964-1966)

The Rockets - The Rockets

RARE & OBSCURE ANSWER RECORDS Vol 1-2-3 via WeTransfer

The Monarchs - Boere Ruk-En-Rol (South Africa)

The Pop's - As Sete Maravilhas Nº 3 (1968)

The Pop's - As 7 Maravilhas Nº 4 1969)

The Beatniks - The Beatniks Beat (1967)

Gene Rockwell & The Falcons - The Many Faces of Gene Rockwell (1966)

The Sanctions & Jim And The Lords - Then Came The Electric Prunes

The Masters Apprentices: From Mustangs To Masters - First Year Apprentices

The JuJus - You Treat Me Bad

The JuJus started as a trio doing a parody of the Beatles at Godwin high school in Grand Rapids in 1963. Members were Rod Shepard on guitar, Max “Junior” Colley on sax; and Bill Gorski drums, their name came from Max’s little brother’s pronunciation of “Junior”.

In 1964 the band added Ray Hummel III on vocals and guitar and Rod moved to the bass. Hummel had a distinctive voice, and his talent for folk-influenced songwriting changed the band’s sound. Later on Rick Stevens of the Paeans (who had an unreleased 45 recorded at Fenton) came in to play guitar.

The band played live shows at the Ponytail in Grand Rapids and nearby towns like Holland and Saugatuck. In 1965 worked out a deal with Dave Kalmbach of Great Lakes Recording to do their live act between films at the Hour Theater in exchange for recording time when the theater was closed.

Great Lakes was a vanity label: the bands had to cover all recording and pressing costs and do their own promotion. Studios were originally in Dave Kalmbach’s basement, then moved to the Hour Theater, and later to the nearby town of Sparta. Bands would chose whatever label name they wanted for their 45, Fenton being the most common choice. The records were pressed at the American Record Co. in Owosso, MI, later destroyed by fire in October, 1972. Rod Shepard says, “those records sold for about ninety-eight cents of which we ended up with about a dime.”

The Ju Jus first 45 had two Hummel originals, the amazingly powerful “You Treat Me Bad” and the fifties-sounding “Hey Little Girl”. The record did well locally, supposedly reaching #2 on a chart in western Michigan in October, 1965. The future looked good and Drummond Records of Detroit offered Ray Hummel a contract based on his songwriting. The band couldn’t sign because a newly-married Ray refused to tour out of state, and Ray soon left the band. He recorded a few solo pop 45s over the years, including “Gentle Rain” / “Fine Day” on Fenton with Max Colley playing sax and Bill Gorski on drums.

The JuJu’s had several personnel changes before making their next record. Brett Wells came in on vocals, and Bruce Essex, who had played guitar with Rick Stevens in the Paeans joined for part of 1966. Then Max Colley left and Bill Gorski was drafted, so the band found guitarist Ron Burke and drummer Ron Homrich. Before long Brett left and Ron Burke took over on vocals. Rick Stevens now became the primary songwriter for the band.

Though missing Ray’s unique vocals, their second 45, from 1966, is just as good as their first. “I’m Really Sorry” has been one of my favorite garage songs since I first heard it, and “Do You Understand Me” is a strong Stones-influenced punker with sharp guitar, buzzing sounds and broken glass. The United label is another band-financed record recorded through Fenton.

In the summer of ’67 their manager Jim Geeting opened The Island, a teen club in Ludington, in which the Ju Ju’s played regularly and supported touring national acts like the Kingsmen and the Electric Prunes. By this time the band had a tougher rock sound.

In late 1967 the band broke up as Rod Shepard and Rick Stevens went into the military. Rick Stevens joined the Air Force and later died in a plane crash in New Mexico. A number of unreleased songs recorded over the years at the Hope, Chess, and Phil Robert studios have yet to see commercial release. Until recently they were distributed on tape and CDR, but they are currently unavailable, and I haven’t heard them yet.

Sources: interview with Rod Shepard, Ray Hummel interview by Dave Walters in R.P.M. #4 now reproduced on

Friday, July 04, 2014

VA - Sitting Here Crying & Other Good Songs [2014]

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

VA - Dis! O Dis! & Other Good Songs [2014]

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Joe Goldmark - Steelin' The Beatles [1997]

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Beavers-viva beavers!(japan)


Akira Ken Narita - vocals
Masao Hayase - vocals
Hideki Ishima  lead guitar
Masayuki Hirai  rhythm guitar
Hiroshi Arakawa - bass
Yukio Awamura - drums

In 1964,future Flower Travellin Band guitarist Hideki Ishima arrived in Tokyo from his hometown Sapporo.He got together with guitarist Masayuiki Hirai,bassist Hiroshi Arakawa and drummer Yukio Awamura to form an eleki band which took the name The Outlaws. However, the clubs in which The Outlaws played also demanded that they employ a singer.Inspired by The Spiders twin lead vocalists,The Outlaws decided to recruit Akira Narita and Masao Hayase.Invited to support their heroes The Spiders,the band then changed their name to The Beavers just prior to making their stage debut.Their first single Hatsukoi No Oka (The Hill Of The First Love) b/w Hello,Coffee Girl was released in July 1967 was not a big hit,but was considered something special by fans of the Group Sounds scene.The second single ?Kimimaki Sekai (The World Without You) fared better but still failed to chart,as did their third 45 Itoshi No Santa Maria (Saint Maria,My Love).The bands sole LP VIVA BEAVERS was released thereafter but,at the end of 1968,after the release of their fifth failed single ?Nakanaide Nakamaide (Please Don?t Cry),Ishima recognised that the GS boom was faltering.Ishima split the band when he was invited to join The Flowers by Yuya Uchida.

VA - The Hucklebuck & Other Good Songs [2014]

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

VA - Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop & Other Good Songs [2014]

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

VA - Ali Baba & Other Good Songs [2014]

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