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Mike Berry - Complete Sixties Sessions Vol.2

Mike Berry - Complete Sixties Sessions Vol.2

1. On My Mind (01:42)
2. This Little Girl (02:01)
3. Lovesick (02:32)
4. Letters Of Love (01:48)
5. Who Will It Be (02:13)
6. Talk (02:12)
7. Two Lovers (02:32)
8. Don't Try To Stand In My Way (01:53)
9. That's All I Ever Want From You Baby (02:22)
10. She Didn't Care (02:22)
11. It Comes And Goes (02:13)
12. Gonna Fall In Love (02:06)
13. Warm Baby (02:20)
14. Just Thought I'd Phone (02:19)
15. Somebody Stole My Gal (02:43)
16. Raining In My Heart (02:49)
17. Eyes (01:58)
18. Can't You Hear My Heartbeat (01:59)
19. Alice (03:21)

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The Boys - Complete Lps & Sgs

The Boys - Complete Lps & Sgs

The Boys - Complete Lps & Sgs

01 - Ole o Congaceiro

02 - Lonesome Guy

03 - Foot Stomp

04 - Lost Love

05 - No Reply

06 - Let Me Know

07 - She`s A Woman

08 - Ecstasy

09 - Zip A Dee Doo Dah

10 - My Old Car

11 - Long Tall Shorty

12 - Come Back To Me

13 - Baby muß das sein

14 - Let Me Know (german version)

15 - Come Back To Me (sg version)

16 - Rock`n Roll Music


Batdorf & Rodney - 2 in 1

John Batdorf and Mark Rodney were a soft rock duo of the early '70s who made three albums and reached the charts with two singles, "You Are a Song" and "Somewhere in the Night," in 1975, then split up, with Batdorf forming Silver in 1976.
John Batdorf & Mark Rodney were signed by Ahmet Ertugon at Arista Records, the same day as The Rolling Stones, in the next room.  Ahmet took a personal interest in the Batdorf & Rodney sound, and guided their career.  After the Batdorf & Rodney Days, John went on to write music scores for  T.V. and Film, including such shows as "Touched by an Angel."
John has had a music-writing partner (Michael McLean) that worked with him on his most current CD "Home Again."  John has worked with other artists, including James Lee Stanley, to collaborate on a CD of all-acoustic arrangements of Rolling Stones songs "All Wood & Stones"- which U.S.A. Today described as "Paint it Fresh!"  John tours around the U.S. as a solo act, with James Lee Stanley, and with Michael Melvoin.
Mark Rodney began his entertainment career with a recurring role on "The Andy Griffith Show."

Although they first met in high school in Hollywood, California, John and Mark got musically together in the mystical desert of Las Vegas, Nevada in September 1970.

John, originally from Dayton, Ohio was in a Cowsills type band called the "Loved Ones", featuring soap opera star Patty Weaver and her brothers. He was 15 at the time. They signed with Atlantic Records chairman Ahmet Ertugen and moved west, but the band went nowhere.

Mark, who grew up in Hollywood, California came from a famous musical family. As a teenager, he played in various blues bands and jammed with famous bands like the orginal Blues Image, Jimi Hendrix, and many rock stars in Hollywood clubs.

By 1970, both John and Mark had tired of the Los Angeles scene and were both interested in the new music revolution of the 70s....acoustic music! They re-connected in Las Vegas and started playing acoustic guitars together. They were both heavily in the new sound of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young, James Taylor, and Simon & Garfunkel. After three months, they had conquered Las Vegas and had enough originals to head back to Los Angeles. By a magic coincidence, Ahmet Ertegun was in Los Angeles and offered to audition them. He immediately signed them to Atlantic Records and produced them himself in legendary Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

The group eventually recorded three albums on Atlantic, Asylum (one of their first releases), and Arista Records. The three A's! They toured for five years with groups like Bread, The Youngbloods, Loggins and Messina, Three Dog Night, Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Seals and Crofts, and every group from that era. They had several regional hits but never broke nationally before they had enough of the business. Batdorf and Rodney were actually before groups like America, Seals and Crofts, and Dan Fogelberg. They were always considered a major influence of that sound.

Batdorf and Rodney - Off The Shelf 1971

This was Batdorf and Rodney's first album. The song "Can You See Him" received the most airplay on FM radio stations. According to Mark Rodney, he did most of the lead guitar work on this song and this is his favorite song from all of their albums.

Guitar and voices: John Batdorf and Mark Rodney
Vibes and piano: Barry Beckett
Bass: Chris Ethridge and Dave Hood
Drums: Roger Hawkins and John Barbata

Batdorf & Rodney - Batdorf & Rodney 1972

This was Batdorf and Rodney's second album.
 The songs "Poor Man's Dream" and "Home Again" received the most airplay on FM radio.

All guitars: John Batdorf and Mark Rodney
Lead vocals: John Batdorf
Harmonies: Mark Rodney
Bass: Rick Carlos
Drums: John Mauceri
Piano: John Batdorf

Graham Bonney - Supergirl (1966)

A great career started with that № 1 in Grmany and Top Twenty hit in Great Britain

He was born in Basildon, Essex, and worked as a child actor before forming his first group when at school. In 1961 he joined the Espresso Five, followed in 1962 by The Ambers, with whom he performed at the Star-Club in Hamburg. In 1964 he became lead singer with The Riot Squad, a band put together by manager Larry Page.

After three unsuccessful singles for Pye Records in 1965, Bonney left the band for a solo career. He started writing songs with Barry Mason, and his second solo single "Super Girl", issued on the Columbia label, reached no.19 on the UK singles chart in 1966. It proved more popular in Europe, reaching number 1 in some German charts and remaining in the top 10 there for several months, reportedly selling over 1 million copies

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Graham Bonney - The Best Of (1968) ... and...

 b. 2 July 1945, Stratford, London, England. Vocalist Bonney, a former member of the Expresso Five, was one of six young musicians invited to found the Riot Squad by producer Larry Page. He left the group in the wake of three unsuccessful singles and embarked on a solo career in November 1965 with the release of ‘My Little World Is All Blue’. However, it was Bonney’s second single, ‘Supergirl’, that established the artist’s brand of superior pop and although this vibrant song barely scraped the UK Top 20, it proved highly popular in Europe, topping the German charts for six weeks and selling in excess of one million copies. An attendant album confirmed the artist’s promise, but despite several equally excellent singles, the singer was unable to repeat this early success. In Germany he continued as a star with 14 singles making the German Top 50 between 1966 and 1973. He relocated to Cologne.

Graham Bonney - The Best Of (1968) ... and...


Graham Bonney - Hey, Little Lady 7'
Song in german

Graham Bonney - The Best Of (1968) ... and...


The Box Tops - Cry Like A Baby&Nonstop (1968)

The Box Tops - Cry Like A Baby&Nonstop (1968)

The Box Tops - Cry Like A Baby&Nonstop (1968)

- Alex Chilton - lead vocals, guitar
- Gary Talley - lead guitar, banjo, bass, guitar, vocals
- Rick Allen - keyboards, vocals (1968-69)
- Bill Cunningham - bass, cello, piano, organ, vocals
- Tom Boggs - drums, vocals (1968-69)
- Danny Smythe - drums, vocals (1967-68)
- Larry Spillman - drums (1967-68)
- John Evans - guitar, keyboards, vocals (1967-68)

During their brief lifespan, the Box Tops earned a reputation as one of the best blue-eyed soul groups of the '60s, even if their recorded legacy wasn't as large or consistent as, say, the Righteous Brothers or the Rascals. Today they're remembered not only for their smashes "The Letter" and "Cry Like a Baby," but as the launching pad for singer Alex Chilton, who went on to become one of rock's most revered cult figures thanks to his groundbreaking power pop unit Big Star. In his teenage years, Chilton was an amazingly gritty Memphis soul belter akin to an American version of the Spencer Davis Group's Stevie Winwood. the Box Tops' music also encompassed touches of pop and psychedelia, although the group's own lack of control over it eventually led to their split-up.
the Box Tops began life as the Devilles, a white R&B group featuring guitarists Gary Talley and John Evans, bassist Bill Cunningham, and drummer Danny Smythe. After the band's local popularity blossomed, teenage singer Alex Chilton joined up, and the Devilles quickly caught the attention of songwriters/producers Chips Moman and Dan Penn, who were on the lookout for a Stevie Winwood-type white soul singer. Changing their name to the Box Tops to avoid confusion with a different group of the same name, they signed with Bell Records and began recording at Moman's Memphis-based American Studio. The first single the group cut, "The Letter," rocketed to the top of the charts in 1967, not only spending four weeks at number one but ending up as Billboard magazine's number one single of the year. (Chilton was all of 16 at the time.) With a hit on their hands, Penn began to exert more control over the group; in the wake of "The Letter," he frequently used session musicians on the Box Tops' recordings, sometimes replacing the whole band behind Chilton, sometimes just individual members. Frustrated, Evans and Smythe both left the band to return to school in early 1968, and were replaced by Rick Allen (ex-Gentrys) and Tom Boggs, respectively.

The follow-up to "The Letter," "Neon Rainbow," didn't do nearly as well, but the Box Tops managed another massive hit in 1968 with the Dan Penn/Spooner Oldham tune "Cry Like a Baby," which went to number two on the pop charts. Although a couple of minor hits followed in "I Met Her in Church" and "Choo Choo Train," Chilton was rapidly growing dissatisfied with the inconsistency of the material the Box Tops were handed (which was clear on the three LPs the group had released through 1968). As a result, Chilton was chafing at Penn's extreme reluctance to allow him to record his own original compositions. By the time of the Box Tops' fourth and final LP, 1969's Dimensions (an attempt to make a more cohesive album), Penn had bowed out and moved on to other projects. Several Chilton songs appeared on Dimensions, including "I Must Be the Devil," and the group had one last minor hit with "Soul Deep." Cunningham subsequently departed, also to go back to school, and the Box Tops began to disintegrate. When their contract expired in February 1970, they officially disbanded, and Chilton moved to Greenwich Village for a while. Not finding the creative hospitality he'd hoped for, Chilton soon returned to Memphis and joined an Anglo-pop outfit run by his friend Chris Bell; they morphed into Big Star, one of the most revered and mercurial bands in power pop (or, for that matter, underground rock & roll) history

The Box Tops - Cry Like A Baby (1968)

The Box Tops - Cry Like A Baby&Nonstop (1968)

Searching for a hit to follow up the widely successful "The Letter," and at the end of their creative rope, in a burst of inspiration, songwriters Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham came up with the title track to this album within hours of the scheduled recording session. The song, a perfect slice of blue-eyed soul, subsequently became a hit for the Alex Chilton-fronted Box Tops. The rest of the album builds off of "Cry Like a Baby," but with less success. Songs like "The Trouble With Sam" and "Weeping Analeah" foreshadow the British Invasion style that Chilton would employ with Big Star, but the melody lines and instrumentation lack the gritty authenticity found on The Letter. And the normally outstanding writing team of Penn and Oldham, responsible for such soul classics as "Do Right Woman" and "A Woman Left Lonely," seem to have softened up their approach in order to make the Box Tops sound more pop. All in all, with the exception of "Cry Like a Baby," an album that could've potentially contained some real gems just doesn't. The 2000 Sundazed reissue adds five bonus tracks: the mono 45 version of "Cry Like a Baby," three non-LP songs from singles, and the previously unreleased "Take Me to Your Heart."

1. Cry Like A Baby (02:34)
2. Deep In Kentucky (02:10)
3. I'm The One For You (03:05)
4. Weeping Analeah (03:03)
5. Every Time (02:35)
6. Field Of Clover (02:52)
7. Trouble With Sam (02:16)
8. Lost (02:30)
9. Good Morning Dear (03:42)
10. 727 (02:20)
11. You Keep Me Hanging On (03:46)
12. Cry Like A Baby (Single A Side) (02:33)
13. The Door You Closed To Me (Single B Side) (02:40)
14. You Keep Tightening Up On Me (02:52)
15. Come On Honey (03:22)
16. Take Me To Your Heart (02:34)

The Box Tops - Nonstop (1968)

The Box Tops - Cry Like A Baby&Nonstop (1968)

The Box Tops -- or more precisely Alex Chilton and producer Dan Penn -- were treading water on the third album to be churned out under the group's name in less than a year. The usual blue-eyed soul dominates the program, without anything on the order of "Cry Like a Baby" or "The Letter," although with "I Met Her in Church," Penn and songwriting partner Spooner Oldham were probably trying for something on that level. Sometimes the moods are a bit on the bluesy side ("Choo Choo Train," "Rock Me Baby"), at others on a gentler and poppier one ("Rollin' in My Sleep"). For the first time Chilton had the opportunity to write an LP track, and with "I Can Dig It," he brought out his most gravelly voice for an average midtempo soul belter. That's nothing compared with "Yesterday Where's My Mind," in which he sounds like he's trying to out-gravel the most sandpaper-voiced white singer of the era, Tim Rose; in fact, the track bears more than a passing similarity to "Morning Dew," one of the songs Rose interpreted on his debut album. "Sandman," a luscious ballad by the composer of "The Letter," Wayne Carson Thompson, is the most interesting little-known cut. Overall, though, this, like all of The Box Tops' albums, is a middling product with its share of filler. [The 2000 reissue on Sundazed adds five bonus tracks: two of them mono single versions (of "Choo Choo Train" and "I Met Her in Church"), the others from non-LP 45s. Those non-LP items include a Randy Newman cover ("Let Me Go") on which Chilton sounds like Paul Jones of Manfred Mann, and another of Chilton's earliest self-penned numbers, the soul-pop ballad "Since I Been Gone.."]

1. Choo Choo Train (02:53)
2. I'm Movin' On (03:47)
3. Sandman (02:57)
4. She Shot A Hole In My Soul (02:43)
5. People Gonna Talk (04:10)
6. I Met Her In Church (02:44)
7. Rock Me Baby (03:49)
8. Rollin' In My Sleep (03:15)
9. I Can Dig It (02:24)
10. Yesterday Where's My Mind (03:28)
11. If I Had Let You In (03:21)
12. Let Me Go (02:50)
13. Choo Choo Train (Single Version) (02:59)
14. I Met Her In Church (Single Version) (02:47)
15. Got To Hold On To You (02:26)
16. Since I Been Gone (03:12)

The Beatstalkers- Scotland's No.1 Beat Group (1965-69)

Davie Lennox - vocals
Eddie Campbell - guitar, organ
Ronnie Smith - guitar and vocals
Alan Mair - bass
'Tudge' Williamson - drums
Jeff Allen - drums (from late '60s)
Formed in 1962, a Glasgow R'n'B band managed by Joe Gaffney, they were sometimes referred to as The Scottish Beatles in their early days, although when they signed to Decca in 1965, they moved down to London. In their early days their live repertoire was drawn from originals, black America and less well known Rolling Stones cuts. They had a mod image and built up a very loyal audience around Glasgow before moving South.
1967 saw a label change to CBS and a new line-up. In their later days they were managed by Kenneth Pitt who also looked after David Bowie's affairs. At Pitt's suggestion they recorded some of Bowie's songs:- 'Silver Treetop School For Boys', 'Everything Is You' and 'When I'm Five'. They had a residency at London's legendary Marquee, appeared on TV show Ready, Steady, Go with the Who and once, during a lunchtime show in June 1965 in George Square, the teenage audience was whipped into such a frenzy a riot ensued, followed by accusations that it was somehow staged.
After attempting three songs, they had to leave the stage as mounted Police rescued some distressed fans from potential crushing injuries while the band escaped through the city chambers. The commotion was widely reported across the Scottish press.
Poor record company representation from Decca and the fact that huge record sales (50,000 in a month) went unrecorded outside of the only two shops in Scotland whose sales were counted, contributed to their demise. A planned live album from Glasgow never emerged either.
By 1969 the band were in terminal decline and when their van was stolen with all their equipment in it they packed it in. Eddie Campbell was later in Tear Gas and Jeff Allen went on to play for Dr. K's Blues Band and then East Of Eden (he also did a John Peel session with Blue). Lennox was a member of The Joe O'Donnell Band in 1978.
In the late 1960's and early 1970s Alan Mair ran a boutique in Kensington market selling hand made clothes and especially shoes & boots. Everybody bought them. Platforms, stacked heels, fancy patterns and colours. Freddie Mercury was a sales assistant until Queen started to break big. In the late '70's early '80s Alan played in the magnificent 'Only Ones' - of 'Another girl Another planet' fame etc.
The band released seven singles in their career.
'Everybody's Talking 'Bout My Baby' / 'Mr. Disappointed' (1965)'Left Right Left' / 'You'd Better Get A Better Hold On' (1966)'A Love Like Yours' / 'Base Line' (1966)'My One Chance To Make It' / 'Ain't Got No Soul (Left In These Old Shoes)' (1967)'Silver Treetop School For Boys' / Sugar Chocolate Machine' (1967)'Rain Coloured Roses' / 'Everything Is For You' (1967)'When I'm Five' / 'Little Boy' (1969)

In 2005 they released a 'Best-Of' CD and calls for live performances soon followed. They then reformed and played The Barrowland Ballroom Glasgow on December 23rd after more than thirty years! A DVD of the performance is now available.


Alice Babs - Lollipop

 A popular singer when she was still a young teenager, Alice Babs has had a long and varied career. She made her recording debut in 1939 at the age of 15 and, although her yodelling made her initially popular and the novelty "Swing It, Mr. Teacher" was her first hit, Babs even at the start had a highly appealing voice and a lightly swinging style. She mostly recorded in jazz and swing-oriented settings throughout the years of World War II. Babs remained active throughout the 1950s and '60s in Europe, singing everything from jazz (recording with Duke Ellington in 1963 and performing the classic "Heaven" at his second spiritual concert) and pop to a bit of classical music. By the late '70s, Alice Babs had become less active but into the mid-'90s, she occasionally performed on special occasions. Although her important first set with Duke Ellington (on Reprise) remains out of print, a Phontastic CD (Swing It!) does a fine job of summing up her first 15 years on records.

Mike Berry - Complete Sixties Sessions Vol.2The Boys - Complete Lps & Sgs  Batdorf & Rodney - 2 in 1Graham Bonney - Supergirl (1966)Graham Bonney - The Best Of (1968) ... and...The Box Tops - Cry Like A Baby&Nonstop (1968)The Beatstalkers- Scotland's No.1 Beat Group (1965-69)Alice Babs - LollipopBravo - At the Crossroads of springTHE BEATLES - On Air Live AT The BBC Vol 2

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