måndag 28 november 2016

Garage Music For Psych Heads Vol. 1


Much thanks to a friendly user, we can let our eyes feast on the original cover to the cassette.
Awesome! These things should be preserved to be enjoyed by future generations.
I seriously think that.

Psych-Out ‎– PSY102 Cassette 1983

I have absolutely no idea what this is. Sometimes you stumble on random comps and this is one of them.
It is a sensible mix of garage and aimed at the psych-head side of the garage scene - I guess?

We get some moody tracks, some slightly psych-ish tracks, a fistful of classics (still not comped to hell way back when this cassette was released in 1983), two! (2) Hey Joes, , Beatles original drummer Pete Best's own little band (Pete Best Four, duh), some major bands (Electric Prunes, Chocolate Watch Band, Cryan Shames, Music Machine) and it all ends with Golden Cups epic cover of Hey Joe.

It is a great introductory course in garage, especially what garage was a lot about in the mid 80's. 
I recommend all newcomers to explore this set. Old black-belt garage connoisseurs like myself don't have much to find here. Except some reminiscence, which is good enough for me. 

Despite valiant efforts, I failed to find the original cover to the cassette so I made my own. I was trying to capture the aesthetics of the day but only had half of my ass invested so.. well, I made a cover anyway. If you have the original let me know and I'll update this post.

What I urge you to do now, my friends, is to download this set, copy it to a cassette (C60 I s'pose) and let that shit get tangled up and stuck in your car. You don't have a cassette player in your car? OK, in your boombox then? No? Your stereo? Walkman?
OK then just let it rest in peace on a bookshelf or loan it to a friend who loses it or drop it behind the bed where they usually ended up back in the daze.

onsdag 16 november 2016

Before The Dawn

Urgh, this might be my last comp - it's getting harder and harder to make good comps. And this is kinda stinky. (I actually have a semi-cool comp coming up so hold the fort!)

Oh and on this I made a classic blunder - I jumped one volume: the last one I did was vol. 34 and now this is vol. 36! 
I know atleast two other series that made the same mistake; Sixties Rebellion (#13) and Psychedelic Unknowns (#10).

I would rate this set 6 on a ten-scale. But I did put in a lot of time to get a good flow, and all these songs are cherry-picked, and I have listened to it, thinking it was kinda nice.
Just don't want you to get you expectations too high.

Let's see what we have here.


"..everywhere I go they say 'sad boy', but can't they see I don't want their sympathy.. I said nooo.."

TBM rates I Said No as a seven (7). The EPIC flip Rivers Of Hate gets a six (6).
If you have heard the flip you know how stupifyingly good it is, and if you haven't heard I Said No you might be excited to what you will hear.
I can tell you right now that I don't think it is nearly as good. Not on the same planet.
It is a somewhat pedestrian but cool folkrock jangler and serves as the poppy side of the 45. It is 2 years behind its times, Byrds did this in 1965, but hey - who cares nowadays.
At 1:25 a very crude Byrdsy solo emerges and you face will shine up.

You can hear Rivers Of Hate on my splendid comp Love Is Tuff.

(Marysville, CA) Oct '67
M.C.C 101067


"..everybody knows you've been untrue.."

One of many Bondsmen; this lot hails from Massachussets.
I really dig this kind of laid back folkrock.
Some cute amateurish harmonies, a funny little drum-lick, some nice guitar.
I don't take much sometimes.

(Concord-Sudbury, MA) Jun '66
Fleetwood 4564


"..tell me that you love me, baby be mine and you will have the world, tell me I can have your lovin' so fine and you will be my girl.."

Some swingin' mersey-esque beat meets standard American rock'n'roll.
It don't matter how much pop there is in the mix, when you pour it on a bunch of 60s kids from the states it always ends up rockin and a-rollin'. Beatles couldn't play rock'n'roll like this to save their life.
That said, this is pretty bland rock'n'roll. But I thought you might want to hear it.

(Hazelwood, NC) Apr '66
Switch (6-6390)


"..then I realized, dreams do not come true, is that really you..?"

Wow, 1971! I would've guessed 1966.
Great moody tune.

(Bath, PA) May '71
Brenick-Flagg 1012


".. if I had my way, I'd have her and she would stay but, my baby's walking 'way from me.."

Oooooh yeaaaa...
This song is sooo cute..
You can find the (even better, much better actually) flip I've Seen You Around on Root '66, Teenage Shutdown Vol. 2 and Soma Records Story Vol. 3.
My Baby is a slice of very cool and slightly somber mersey-beat.

(Winona, MN) Jan '65
Soma 1427


"..you left trace of your memory imprisoned in my tortured mind.."

Some more crude jingle-jangle folk-rock to table 66 please!
Some serious dynamics here from soft-spoken words of self pity to downright hysteric shrieks of bitter sorrow.
And don't think we missed that you snagged a part from You've Lost That Loving Feeling - ballsy move!

(Bucyrus, OH) May '67
no label 400


"..I know how it's been for a girl like you.."

More inferior flips to classic garage hits! But I'd almost choose this over Weird. But only almost.

(Rochester, NY) Aug '66
Nu-Sound 6111 


"..well, I knew all along that it would happen again.."

Wanna see what TBM wrote about this? "moody org-riff unison voc swinger" and rated it a 6. I think that is fair. A so-so effort and the better side of the 45.
It is also one of the cheapest singles on this comp, on popsike it fluctuates from 50 to 100 bucks
In  December of '68 they the released their second and last 45. A drum-thumping acid-punk monster with nails-on-blackboard fuzz. The flip to that supposedly sucks.

(Terre Haute, IN) Apr '66
Paro 100


".. I'd give anything to see her walk through that door.."

Last year this puppy went for 349 bucks - totally worth it. Both sides sports seriously moody top-shelf garage. You can find the flip here.
This is one of the best songs on this comp, hands down.

(Aubindale, MA) Sep '67
David-Lloyd Co. (201,438/9)


"..they say our love will soon be gone.."

Meeep, an overdose of heavy-frowning dramatic mood-pop. I'm sick of it now but I loved it the first 20 times I listened to it. I'm not sure what happens in the woods - I can't hear the words - but it must have been very dramatic indeed. Dramatic enough for me to name this set Before The Dawn.
(Redding-Ridgefield, CT) Dec '66
Direction 101


"..now the night is through and I find myself still thinking of you.." 

First recorded as the Reekers. Find the demo here.
BANG FOR THE BUCK! If you want you should be able to find this in the ballpark of 40 bucks. The top-side is the awesome swinging' punker What A Girl Can't Do.
Their next 45 - the mucho-cool Faces - is also around 40 buckaroonies. More bang for the buck!

(Washington, D.C.) Nov '65
Monument 910


"..now I know you've been out with some other one.."

A lot of hi-hat happening on this moody puppy. Rated 6 in TBM and righteously so.

(Columbus, OH) Apr '67


"..you think no matter what you say I won't leave you..but you're wrong, girl.."

Another affordable 45. Don't pay more than $30.
This is the kind of song that most of the time is kinda "meh" but if you play at the right place at the right time the whole room lights up and you can smell roses in the distance and everything falls into place. Those songs are far and apart so give this more than one spin.

(Allen Park, MI) '66
Bob-Ke (121237/8) 


"..the sun's gone and we've lost our way.."

You can find this and its (awesome!) flip on Crude PA Vol. 2. Very crude track.

(Whitemarsh, PA) '68?


"..I'm really nothing much.."

Phew, what a tearjerker. The flip is a silly mersey-esque pop-shuffle. Both rate 6 in TBM. I would argue If You Want Me is the winning side.

(Phoenix, AZ) '67
Dramel 22767


"..even when I look into your eyes.."

Two years ago this went for $1415. It also gets a six in TBM but booooooyyyyyy..... This is not a six... This is.. something else completely.
It is just perfect. Best on the set.

(Boston, MA) '66
Seventeen 263/4


lördag 15 oktober 2016

Rich Sounds Of The Sixties Vol. 8

Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico - the American Southwest!

We start off the set (as usual) with some early, very american, rock'n'roll. Really dig the stupid version of Something Else (which is thee most perfect rock'n'roll track ever).

We slide into brit inv territory with the great pop song Can't You See I Do by Austronauts
Don't miss that track btw! It kinda flies under the radar but it is an exquisite pop delicacy, something Nerves (of Hangin' On The Telephone fame) would break their fuckin back to come up with.

We get  a bunch of more so-so american rock'n'rollers till the garage starts-a pourin' out of the speakers.

And boy does it ever pour..
A steady stream of high quality meat-and-potato-garage come and goes. 
Some classics, some previously unknown to me and as always a real solid listen.

My faves?

For Me by Destiny's Children is a biiiiiig fave. The kinda shit that could've/should've ended up on a volume of Back From The Grave. 

The 45 by Soothsayers is a great two-sider.

I Don't Recall by the Trolls - I do recall when I first heard it. An insta-fave.

Grapes Of Wrath - If Anyone Should Ask. FUCK YAA!
So much of a fave of mine, enough to have ended up on one of my own comps.

She's Loving Me by Possums is one of the best tracks on the set.

Fe-Fi-Four Plus 2's classic is known and loved by all. Canonical garage.

That's the last of the Rich Sounds Of The Sixties comps.

Raise your glass to good ol' Rich who treated us to this!
Cheers mate! We owe you!

fredag 14 oktober 2016

Rich Sounds Of The Sixties Vol. 7

We hit volume 7 and we're back in the golden state - good ol' sunny California!
Oh, save for some leftover tracks from the Apple State of Washington and the mighty Beaver State, Union State, Webfoot State, yes the sunset state even - the glorious pacific wonderland of Oregon..

There's only two tracks here from OR but they are both worthy of mention: one is the soulful jazzy R&B-funk stomper Long Long Day by the Wheel of Fortune, the other is the jittery yet strangely solemn It's OK by the Ethics.

Liverpool 5, Rooks and Billy & the Kids all hailed from WA. Billy is the best of the bunch with the stunning Do You Need Me? which is the b-side to When I See You (that we find on RSOS #6).

But the rest is all California.
Pretty soft set, pretty darn soft I tell ya. Most tracks has frilly laces of pop 'round them, pleasant to the ear but the set gets a little indistinct because of it.
But as I've stated before - indistinct is sometimes a thing of wonder.

So this time of year when the trees turns into living dying fireworks, when the winds whispers cold secrets through the cracks in the windows, when the floor allows gentle currents of ice cold air rise through its crevices, when the dim and damp evening itself turns its misty back to you - that's when you need a steady shot of sound garage. That's when you put on this sensible set and a cup o java.

torsdag 13 oktober 2016

Rich Sounds Of The Sixties Vol. 6

Some CA, some WA, a couple Oregon..

To be honest - this is a so-so volume. Great rips, but a little slow. A couple of massive killers, another couple of absolute classics, a bunch of top-notch punkers, but also a lot of fillers. Well, according to me. I think it is a matter of taste.

What I think is cool with this volume is that it is pretty chill to listen to. And it is a good solid listen.
Yeah, it's better than so-so. I shouldn't have written that.

My faves:
Night Walkers - Stix & Stones
I love this tune so damn much. I have loved it ever since I bought (the weak and thin-sounding) Highs In The Mid-Sixties Vol. 7.
10 outta 10 in my book.

Untouchables - Don't Go I'm Beggin'
Crude northwest stomper with some mean-ass fuzz.

Initial Shock - You've Been A Long Time Comin'
Montana? What the H? There's not a lot of garage hailing from MT. When I consult TeenBeat Mayhem it tells me that the leader Mojo Collins was stationed in MT and that the band then went to San Fran, CA and recorded their 2nd 45 there.
Whatever the story, this is a very cool but careful stomper. A little shy. Awesome fuzzy solo.

Crusade - Psychedelic Woman
Arkansas is a little off too on the garage-map but there's way more than from Montana, that much is true.
Awesome stupid garage rock'n'roll, great fun, sure - it's got "psychedelic" in the title but it's got it mind in the gutter. Good wholesome r'n'r fun. 

Billy & the Kids - When I See You
One of the best drama-punkers there is. Classic.

We end with the very cool Bad Part Of Town with the Seeds - thanks Rich!

onsdag 12 oktober 2016

Rich Sounds Of The Sixties Vol. 5

Volume 5, and we're in California. We start with some tasty rock'n'roll but we pretty soon hit a golden ore with loooots of classics glimmering in the dark of the cave.

And even if none of my CA-faves are here: it is still a kick-ass set. There might be five or so bleak cuts but the rest is fuck-mazing. And the bleak cuts are rather nice too.


torsdag 6 oktober 2016

Rich Sounds Of The Sixties Vol. 4

We get to volume 4 and we're in Texas. Welcome!

So many classics here, too many to mention. Many of them the best Texas has to offer. 
Great rips and nice selection - as always.

Nuff of me yappin.