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VA- Sweet Beat Star-Club

VA- Sweet Beat Star-Club

VA- Sweet Beat Star-Club

01 I Got A Feeling - The Rivets

02 My Ship Is Coming In - The Walker Brothers

03 Um Um Um Um - W.Fontana & The Mindbenders

04 It Ain't (Necessarily So) - Phantom Brothers

05 Bring It On Home To Me - The Londoners

06 Up On The Roof - The Rattles

07 108 Pounds Of Heartaches - The Blizzards

08 Take A Message To Martha - Ian & The Zodiacs

09 Ectasy - Lee Curtis & The All Stars

10 He Hardly Ever Calls Me Honey Anymore - The Liverbirds

11 Under The Boardwalk - The Four Renders

12 Remember . The German Bonds


Polydor Sg The German Bonds

13 We Are Out Of Sight
14 Sing Hallelujah


The Preachers - Nod, Shake & Stomp

The Preachers - Nod, Shake & Stomp

'The Preachers are one of the seminal obscure bands of the mid-'60s British rock/pop scene, with links to the family trees of the Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman and the Herd. However, they are also one of the last-heard, with only a solitary 1965 single having previously gained a release. Nod, Shake & Stomp finally changes all that, unearthing two previously unreleased studio demos from 1964 plus no less than fourteen live tracks that were recorded in the same year. The result is an album of vintage, swaggering British teenage beat/R&B. Nothing less than the full history of the Preachers, this release features two original members of the Herd in former Rolling Stones drummer Tony Chapman and singer Terry Clark, as well as the astonishing young guitarist Steve Carroll, recorded just weeks before his tragically early death in a car crash (he was replaced by Peter Frampton). The album includes an insert featuring lengthy liner notes from Bill Wyman that document his journey from pre-Preachers outfit the Cliftons to the Stones, with the aid of some great, previously unpublished photos and gig posters from Bill's personal collection of memorabilia. This important slice of British beat/R&B history is a vinyl-only release of 1000 numbered copies on 190gm vinyl.
                              Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered
                                         Tenth Planet ‎– TP053

The Preachers - Nod, Shake & Stomp

Don Fardon - I'm Alive 68/69 Hip Pop and Swinging Beat

Don Fardon - I'm Alive  68/69 Hip Pop and Swinging Beat

Donald Maughn, 19 August 1943, Coventry, West Midlands, England. As the vocalist with the Sorrows, Maughn was featured on this cult act’s most durable release, the pulsating ‘Take A Heart’. A number 21 hit in September 1965, its hypnotic, throbbing beat was maintained on subsequent releases, several of which the singer co-composed. Here, however, he preferred to use an alternative surname, Fardon, which was then retained for the artist’s solo career. His cover version of John D. Loudermilk’ s ‘(The Lament Of The Cherokee) Indian Reservation’ gave him his first and only US hit single in 1968, reaching the Top 20. He broke into the UK Top 40 in 1970 with ‘Belfast Boy’, a homage to the talented, but troubled Northern Irish footballer, George Best. This success paved the way for the re-issue of ‘Indian Reservation’ which, when resurrected, climbed to a respectable number 3 and became one of that year’s most distinctive chart entries. Yet despite several further releases in the early 70s, some of which were remakes of former Sorrows material, Fardon was unable to secure consistent success. He went into the licensing trade, running pubs in Coventry and Eathorpe, while continuing to work on the cabaret and country circuits. He later helped run a security firm looking after pop stars. Fardon re-released ‘Belfast Boy’ in December 2005 in honour of the recently deceased Best.

[2:38] 01. Don Fardon - I Get So Excited
[2:40] 02. Don Fardon - Back In The Ussr
[2:19] 03. Don Fardon - Coming On Strong
[3:37] 04. Don Fardon - I Need Somebody
[2:29] 05. Don Fardon - On The Beach
[2:58] 06. Don Fardon - Ruby's Picture On My Wall
[2:14] 07. Don Fardon - Keep On Loving Me
[3:05] 08. Don Fardon - It's Been Nice Loving You
[2:34] 09. Don Fardon - I'm Alive
[3:01] 10. Don Fardon - Riverboat
[3:08] 11. Don Fardon - We Can Make It Together
[2:46] 12. Don Fardon - Do You Know What I Mean
[2:34] 13. Don Fardon - Baby Let Me Take You Home
[2:46] 14. Don Fardon - Mr Sation Master
[2:55] 15. Don Fardon - 6.10 Phoenix Gone
[2:04] 16. Don Fardon - Let The Live Live
[4:14] 17. Don Fardon - Captain Man
[1:59] 18. Don Fardon - The Dreaming Room

As this compilation doesn't have either of Don Fardon's chart hits ("Indian Reservation" and "Belfast Boy"), it can't be considered a best-of, though its 18 tracks do span the 1967-1969 period during which he made his most notable solo recordings. Combining seven tracks from his rare 1968 German LP Love Story of Don Fardon, a few late-'60s singles, and a few previously unissued songs, the intention seems to be to emphasize the singer's most credible work (the two absent chart singles are referred to as "novelty pop hits" on the back cover). If this is his best stuff, it certainly doesn't make a very compelling argument for Fardon as an artist worthy of much attention. It has that odd blend of brassy pop, soul, and showbizzy belting found in many British late-'60s pop recordings that have largely escaped critical respect or scrutinization, though they're not as well-produced or full of commercial hooks as, say, what Tom Jones was doing. Fardon was a good singer, but the material is simply not that memorable, and the arrangements on much of the up-tempo soul stuff are burdened with stiff rhythms falling somewhere twixt ska and oompah, layered with enough fuzz guitar and burbling organ to sound trendy. There are some fair songs here and there, like "I'm Alive," where Fardon sounds like he's reaching for something more authentic, and the waltzing "Dreaming Room," which could have fit onto the soundtrack of a late-'60s spy flick. For the best work of both Fardon and his producer (and occasional songwriter) Miki Dallon, however, his prior recordings with British Invasion band the Sorrows tower over this motley lot.


John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)

John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)

Having had success in South Africa in the early 1960s with his band Johnny and the G-Men, as well as a solo artist, Kongos went to UK to pursue his musical career. His first UK based group, Floribunda Rose, formed in April 1967, comprised the British musicians :
Pete Clifford (guitar) (born Peter William Frederick Clifford, 10 May 1943, Whetstone, North London) and Jack Russell (bass, vocals) (born 29 April 1944, Caerleon, South Wales), who had come to South Africa in June 1965 with The 004; drummer Nick 'Doc' Dokter (born 24 July 1945, Kampen, Overijssel, Holland), a latter day member of 004; and the Cyprus born keyboard player Chris Demetriou from John E Sharpe and the Squires. After one single, "Linda Loves Linda", Clifford returned to South Africa to join The Bats and Dokter moved to Canada and worked with Five Man Cargo. Drummer Henry Spinetti joined and the remaining members recorded three singles as Scrugg.
After 18 months of gigging in Britain and Europe with his bands Floribunda Rose and Scrugg, and five singles later, he released his first solo album, Confusions About a Goldfish (1970), on the Dawn record label.
He then concentrated on songwriting, and began to have major success in Germany and other European countries (No 1 and Top 10 hits). He then moved to Fly Records with whom he had two hit singles – "He's Gonna Step On You Again" (UK No. 4, May 1971;[1] U.S. Billboard Hot 100 No. 70) and "Tokoloshe Man" (UK No. 4, November 1971).[1] His second album Kongos made the Top 30 of the UK Albums Chart, but subsequent singles, "Great White Lady" (1972), "Ride the Lightning" (1975) and "Higher than God's Hat" (1975), did not chart.[1] "Tomorrow I'll Go", which appeared on Kongos, was covered by New Zealand band The Human Instinct on their 1970 album Stoned Guitar, while "Ride The Lightning" (1975) was covered by Sylvie Vartan as "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?" in France and was Number 1 on that chart for several weeks in 1976.
"He's Gonna Step On You Again" is cited in the Guinness Book of Records as being the first song to ever use a sample.
Kongos continued to work in his own London studio as a record producer, sound engineer, TV jingle and theme music composer, and songwriter, as well as handling the programming of the Fairlight CMI synthesizer on Def Leppard's 1983 album, Pyromania.
He gained notoriety with a new musical generation in 1990, when Madchester pioneers Happy Mondays reworked "He's Gonna Step On You Again" into their baggy era defining hit "Step On", which reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] In the same year they also covered his "Tokoloshe Man", for the compilation album, Rubáiyát.

His 1966-1969 work (including his recordings with Floribunda Rose and Scrugg, and his solo album Confusions About a Goldfish) was released on a compilation album, Lavender Popcorn (2001).

John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg ‎– Lavender Popcorn
Label: Castle Music ‎– CMRCD 395

Perhaps kicked into action due to the inclusion of Scrugg's "I Wish I Was Five" on Rhino's second Nuggets box from the year prior, the Castle label issued Lavender Popcorn: 1966-1969, which digs deep into the discography of eccentric psych-pop musician John Kongos. Prior to the period documented here, Kongos had several records under his belt as a South African artist, which were popular there but failed to translate elsewhere. Upon his 1966 relocation to England, he headed the short-lived bands Floribunda Rose (one single) and Scrugg (three singles) and then went solo. This anthology ties up everything from Floribunda Rose   and   Scrugg , while adding some unreleased material. Kongos' first solo album, 1969's Confusions About a Goldfish, is also included in its entirety. Though it doesn't include significant later singles like "Tokoloshe Man" and "He's Gonna Step on You Again," the disc is rather essential for psych-pop completists.

John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)

1 John T. Kongos* – I Love Mary 2:57
2 John T. Kongos* – Goodtime Party Companion 2:23
3 Floribunda Rose* – Linda Loves Linda 3:28
4 Floribunda Rose* – One Way Street 2:46
5 Scrugg – Everyone Can See 2:51
6 Scrugg – I Wish I Was Five 3:19
7 Scrugg – Lavender Popcorn Written-By – Reeves, English 2:18
8 Scrugg – Sandwich Board Man 3:11
9 Scrugg – Will The Real Geraldine Please Stand Up And Be Counted 2:59
10 Scrugg – Only George 2:51
11 Scrugg – Patriotic 2:48
12 John Kongos – Confusions About A Goldfish 4:17
13 John Kongos – At This Moment 1:48
14 John Kongos – Deserts Of Mountains Of Men 3:12
15 John Kongos – Seat By The Window 3:19
16 John Kongos – Go Home 2:36
17 John Kongos – Tomorrow I'll Go 3:57
18 John Kongos – Flim, Flam Pharisee 2:50
19 John Kongos – It Was Easy 2:50
20 John Kongos – Blood 3:55
21 John Kongos – The Lady Wants More 3:18
22 John Kongos – Coming Back To YouWritten-By – Demetriou, Kongos  2:49
23 John Kongos – Amendment To Confusions About A Goldfish 2:20
24 John Kongos – Elegy To Seymour 3:05
25 John Kongos – All I'm Trying To Do 3:14
26 John Kongos – Week Day Lady 3:06

Written-By – John Kongos (tracks: 1-6, 8-26)
Track 11 previously unreleased. 
Tracks 24-26 previously unreleased demos.


King Size Taylor & The Dominoes - EARLY RECORDING

King Size Taylor & The Dominoes - EARLY RECORDING

King Size Taylor & The Dominoes - EARLY RECORDING


The quality is not the best standard, but I think it's a milestone in British Rock 'n' Roll history from Liverpool's first Rock 'n' Roll Band. It's very rare material and we must work with damaged records and tapes.

1957 - 33 RPM - LP
01 - Whole Lotta Shaking Going On - (Vocals by Arthur)
02 - Baby - (Vocals by Charlie; this was his own composition)
03 - Great Balls Of Fire - (Vocals by Arthur)
04 - Guitar Boogie - (Instrumental performed by Charlie)
05 - Roll Over Beethoven - (Vocals by Arthur)
06 - So Long - (Vocals by Arthur)
07 - I Want You To Know - (Vocals by Arthur)
08 - Mean Woman Blues - (Vocals by Arthur)
09 - Autumn Leaves - (Instrumental performed by Charlie and George)

1958 - 33 RPM - LP
10 - Lend Me Your Comb - (Vocals by Teddy)
11 - Matchbox - (Vocals by Teddy)
12 - Good Golly Miss Molly - (Vocals by Teddy)
13 - Whole Lotta Shaking Going On - (Vocals by Charlie)
14 - Guitar Boogie - (Instrumental performed by Teddy)
15 - Shortnin' Bread Rock - (Vocals by Charlie)
16 - Roll Over Beethoven - (Vocals by Teddy)
17 - Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey - (Vocals by Teddy)
18 - Your True Love - (Vocals by Teddy)
19 - Guitar Boogie - (Instrumental performed by Charlie)

1958 - 78 RPM - EP
20 - Saw My Baby With Another Guy - (Vocals and written by Teddy)
21 - Instrumental -  (written and played by Teddy)
22 - Instrumental -  (written and played by Sam)

1958 - 78 RPM - EP
23 - Oh, My Soul - (Vocals by Sam)
24 - Baby - (written by Charlie, vocals by Bobby)
25 - Sad And Blue -  (written by Sam, vocals by Teddy)

Live London BBC  1963
101 - Intro Memphis (with Juck Berry)
102 - It's Late
103 - Sweet Little Sixteen (with Juck Berry)
104 - Interview - Nadine (with Juck Berry)
105 - My Blue Heaven
106 - Herman The Hermit
107 - Shake Baby Shake
108 - Jump Back

201 - Interview with King Size Taylor Febr. 1987

1957 - 1958 The Dominoes
Cliff Roberts - drs
Georg Watson - gtr
Charlie Flynn - gtr
Sam Hardie - piano
Arthur Baker - voc

Cliff Roberts - drs
Georg Watson - gtr
Charlie Flynn - gtr
Sam Hardie - piano
Arthur Baker - voc
Ted (King Size) - Taylor
Robby Thompson - bs

Philippe Debarge With Pretty Things - Rock St Trop (1969)

Philippe Debarge With Pretty Things - Rock St Trop (1969)

Back in the stone age of rock ‘n’ roll – the year 1969, to be exact – Phil May (vocals) and Wally Waller (bass) of British rock legends the Pretty Things were approached with an unusual offer. Flown to St. Tropez by rich French playboy Philippe DeBarge, the bandmates met with the young millionaire at the DeBarge family estate. DeBarge had long harbored dreams of rock ‘n’ roll stardom, and he wanted to record an album with the Pretty Things as his backing band.

In December 1968, the Pretty Things released S.F. Sorrow, the album that has since become known as the band’s psychedelic-era masterpiece. By the following August, however, the album was selling slowly, founding guitarist Dick Taylor had left the band, and the PTs’ future was uncertain. So May and Waller took DeBarge up on his offer, writing songs for and recording DeBarge’s album at Nova Studios in London during September 1969 with DeBarge singing lead vocals, May on backing vocals, and the band – including Waller, keyboardist Jon Povey, drummer ‘Twink’, and new guitarist Vic Unitt (from the Edgar Broughton Band) providing the music.

When S.F. Sorrow sales picked up months after its release, EMI wanted to follow up with a new album from the band, who subsequently put the DeBarge project on the back burner in order to work on what would become their 1970 album, Parachute. The album remained lost for almost 40 years when it was discovered by musician and Ugly Things zine publisher Mike Stax, who had found two acetates of the album and had it mixed and mastered, releasing it in 2009 on his own Ugly Things label. Stax even enlisted the classic Pretty Things line-up – including guitarist Dick Taylor – to record a new song titled “Monsieur Rock (Ballad of Philippe)” as a bonus track for The Pretty Things/Phillip DeBarge CD.

On September 1st, 2017 Madfish released this obscure album as Rock St. Trop, billed to Phillipe DeBarge with the Pretty Things. Remastered for CD and featuring rare photos and new liner notes by Waller, the album features a 20-page booklet and bonus songs, including “Monsieur Rock.” Influential far beyond their often meager album sales, the Pretty Things seldom made a musical mistake during the 1960s and ‘70s and aside from being chummy with superstars like Led Zeppelin and David Bowie, the PT’s influenced bands as diverse as the Clash and the Libertines, among others, and this long-lost album is a welcome addition to the band’s catalog.

1. Hello, How Do You Do - 4:06
2. You Might Even Say - 4:03
3. Alexander (Dick Taylor, John Povey, Phil May, Wally Waller) - 2:59
4. Send You With Loving - 3:05
5. You're Running You And Me - 4:55
6. Peace - 1:44
7. Eagles Son (Dick Taylor, John Povey, Phil May, Wally Waller) - 3:21
8. Graves Of Grey - 0:48
9. New Day - 4:09
10.It'll Never Be Me (Dick Taylor, John Charles Alder, John Povey, Phil May, Wally Waller) - 4:35
11.I'm Checking Out - 3:45
12.All Gone Now - 2:18
13.Monsieur Rock (Ballad Of Philippe) - 5:41
14.Lover - 1:41
15.Silver Stars - 3:35

Louise Cordet ‎– The Sweet Beat of Louise Cordet (1962-1964)

Louise Cordet was a phenomenon in English pop/rock for about two years, beginning when she reached number 13 on the charts with "I'm Just a Baby," released on English Decca in 1962. She was lucky enough to hit just as a new wave of British rock & rollers were coming to the fore, even though her sound was a little on the wimpy romantic side to fit in with British beat. As the daughter of a major television personality (and god-daughter of Prince Philip) with a convent school education, her origins were very different from the working class origins of most British rock & rollers, but she found an audience and held onto it, and for a time bidded fair to be Decca Records's answer to Helen Shapiro. In 1963, Cordet appeared in two movies, Just for You and Just for Fun; the latter, a follow-up to 1962's It's Trad, Dad, was particularly notable, presenting Cordet performing "Which Way the Wind Blows," which many onlookers regarded as the best music clip in the movie and the highlight of the entire film. In some ways, Cordet's career anticipated that of Marianne Faithfull, as it took her from a convent school into a world of pop stars, London night spots, and concert tours with the Beatles and Gerry & the Pacemakers. Indeed, she is said to have taught Paul McCartney a dance or two on his arrival in London, and Gerry Marsden originally wrote "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" as a number for Cordet, before his group recorded it. Her final single, "Two Lovers," was a dazzling treatment of a Motown classic, drenched in heavy guitars and a great beat, and nearly as alluring as the Beatles' cover of "You've Really Got a Hold on Me." By 1965, however, Cordet had stopped recording and, ironically, became part of the cadre of hangers on surrounding Marianne Faithfull, serving as French pronunciation advisor at Faithfull's May 11, 1965 Decca Records recording session, and also doing her best in the press as a publicist for Faithfull during this period.

 British singer Louise Cordet got a U.K. Top Twenty hit in 1962 as a teenager with her first single, "I'm Just a Baby," but never made the hit parade again despite issuing a couple dozen tracks between 1962 and 1964. This exemplary compilation has all of them, including her six singles, a 1963 British EP, a couple songs from the 1963 Just for Fun soundtrack, and nine tracks (all but one sung in French) released only in France. Cordet had a mild voice that might have been more suited to straight adult pop than the pop/rock she usually recorded, and was more a late relic of the U.K. teen idol pre-Beatles pop years than she was a part of the British Invasion. Combined with the ordinary and innocuous material she was given to sing, that makes this something for British rock/early-'60s girl singer completists, as well annotated and illustrated as it is. There are some tracks of note, if more for their origins than Cordet's interpretations, particularly "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," which she released (and which was a flop) in early 1964 shortly before Gerry & the Pacemakers issued their famous international hit version. Her cover of "From Me to You" from a May 1963 French EP is one of the earliest and most obscure covers of a song by the Beatles (with whom she toured that year), and like some of her other recordings, had a faint Twist rock/"yé-yé" sound. She also made an unlikely venture into Cajun-flavored pop/rock on the 1963 single "Around and Around," and "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying"'s flip, "Loving Baby" (written by producer and ex-Shadows drummer Tony Meehan), has some eerie tones a little reminiscent of Joe Meek's work. She was ill-equipped for harder stuff, however, and the sloppy arrangement of Mary Wells' "Two Lovers" on her final single misses some chords key to the classic original. 


Freddie & The Dreamers - The EP Collection

Freddie & The Dreamers - The EP Collection

Freddie & the Dreamers were the clowns of the British Invasion, playing their pop music for laughs while the other groups of the time were dead serious. Lead singer Freddie Garrity began playing in skiffle groups in the late '50s, switching to rock & roll in the early '60s. After the Beatles broke the American market wide open, Freddie & the Dreamers followed in the flood of acts that tried to duplicate the overwhelming success of the Fab Four. The group's hits were more numerous in the U.K. than in America, where they had only one Top Ten hit, the number one "I'm Telling You Now." As 1965 turned into 1966, the group stopped charting in the U.S. and the hits began to dwindle in the U.K.; by 1968 the original group disbanded. Garrity later assembled new versions of the Dreamers, and the group toured for two decades; however, Garrity's health began to decline and he became acutely ill on a plane from New York to Britain in 2001, reportedly due to emphysema. Subsequently often confined to a wheelchair, he died in Bangor, Wales, on May 19, 2006 at the age of 69.

Freddie & The Dreamers - The EP Collection

Freddie & The Dreamers - The EP Collection

Freddie & The Dreamers - The EP Collection

VA- Sweet Beat Star-ClubCasey Jones &The Governors - Don’t Ha Ha (1965)John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)King Size Taylor & The Dominoes - EARLY RECORDINGLouise Cordet ‎– The Sweet Beat of Louise Cordet (1962-1964)Freddie & The Dreamers - The EP Collection

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