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The Pretty Things - BBC Sessions 1964-1975

Mp3 256\ 290 Mb
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This collection of work from the B.B.C. Sessions gives you an overall view of the 'Pretties' career from 1964 to 1976. All the early singles are here. (The Pretty Things had a surge of popularity stateside when David Bowie covered their first two singles 'Rosalyn' and 'Don't Bring Me Down' on his album Pin Ups. To many Americans this was the first time they ever heard of the 'Pretty Things'.)
It all goes a bit pear shaped in their psychedelic era, but then it did for a lot of people (remember the Stones? Or Their Satanic Majesties Request?), but on their return to hard edged rock 'n' roll, like on the Radio One 'In Concert' show to promote 'Freeway Madness', the band is so hot, it is incendiary. Nobody can throw caution to the wind with such abandon and still nail a song down like the 'Pretties' like 'Onion Soup' and especially 'Route 66'. The live sessions for the following two albums are a little more controlled, but equally as exciting.
This album is not only a good overview of the Pretty Things' career, but also a good overview of British rock in this era. If you are not familiar with the Pretty Things, this album would be an excellent way to find out.
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Tracks
01. Big Boss Man
02. Don't Bring Me Down
03. Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
04. Roadrunner
05. Big City
06. Midnight to Six Man
07. Sitting All Alone
08. Midnight to Six Man
09. Buzz the Jerk
10. L.S.D.
11. Defecting Grey
12. Turn My Head
13. Walking Through My Dreams
14. Balloon Burning15. S.F. Sorrow Is Born
16. She Says Good Morning
17. Send You With Loving
18. Spring
19. Sickle Clowns
20. She's a Lover
21. Cries from the Midnight Circus
22. Stone-Hearted Mama
23. Cold Stone
24. Summer Time
25. Rosalyn
26. Allnight Sailor
27. Religion's Dead
28. Havana Bound
29. Love Is Good
30. Route 66
31. Onion Soup/Another Bowl
32. Route 66
33. Peter/Rip Off Train
34. Atlanta
35. Bridge of God
36. Singapore Silk Torpedo
37. Come Home Momma
38. Dream/Joey
39. Not Only But Also
40. Big City
41. Belfast Cowboys/Bruise in the Sky
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The Troggs - Athens Andover (1992)

Mp3 256\87 Mb
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Athens Andover is a collaborative album between The Troggs and what was then three-quarters of R.E.M. Released in March 1992 the name of the album is derived from the hometowns of the two bands: Andover, Hampshire in England and Athens, Georgia in the United Stats.
The joining of forces was sparked by R.E.M.'s covering the Troggs' frontman Reg Presley's hit "Love Is All Around" in live performances during promotion for the former's 1991 album Out of Time. One such performance, on the American radio show Rockline in April 1991, was released as a B-side on R.E.M.'s "Radio Song" single.
"We’d just done a show in a hotel, and as the lift door opened there was this crowd waiting for autographs and someone shouted out, 'What do you think of R.E.M. doing your record?' explained former Troggs manager Larry Page to Record Collector editor Peter Doggett.[1] "Well, I hadn’t heard of R.E.M. But my manager had, so he suggested working with them on our new album. And when I listened to their records, I thought they weren’t far removed from what we were doing when we started. They invited me and Chris over to Athens to work with them for a week. By this time I’d realised quite how big they were, and so we spent the first five minutes walking around one another going, 'Wow'. It was quite different working with them. With the Troggs it had always just been you had a guitar and so you had a sound. With them, you had a roomful of 65 guitars to get exactly the right sound. They were very laid back, very normal. There was no high falutin’ sort of, 'Listen to this 'cos we’re better than you.' After all, their drummer was selling hamburgers until a few weeks before they made it. He was doing quite well with his own business. Having been a roofer when "Wild Thing" hit the charts, I could relate to that."
Recording took place over a one-week period in September 1991 at John Keane's Studio in Athens. Bill Berry, Mike Milis and Peter Buck made up the R.E.M. contingent. Vocalist Michael Stipe was not involved. "Nowhere Road" was composed by the R.E.M. trio along with dB Peter Holsapple, who was R.E.M.'s auxiliary musician for their 1991 tour.
The album was re-released by the Troggs in 1996 as Athens, Georgia & Beyond with seven additional tracks not recorded during the R.E.M. collaboration.
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01. Crazy Annie
02. Together
03. Tuned Into Love
04. Deja Vu
05. Nowhere Road
06. Dust Bowl
07. I'm In Control
08. Don't You Know
09. What's Your Game
10. Suspicious
11. Hot Stuff
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BONFIRE! The Return Of The Fifth Order (1966-67)

Mp3 320\ 89 Mb
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Their 1966 garage classic Goin' Too Far b w Walkin' Away was a tremendous regional success at the time becoming the biggest selling seven-incher from Columbus Ohio. Their second local hit A Thousand Devils (Are Chasin' Me) b w Today I Got A Letter was picked up by Laurie for national release. These two records have long been recognized as sterling examples of Ohio's vibrant mid-60s garage rock scene. Break-A-Way now presents the first ever collection by this famous Ohio 60's teenband incl their two 45's an incredible great third single release collectors were not aware of and a cache of unreleased recordings. While the ten track vinyl LP incl. the band's six single sides plus four unreleased studio recordings of exceptional quality the CD release comes with the same tracks adding three more bonus cuts incl. two organ based demos of Walkin Away and I Was A Fool plus a six minute 1967 TV appearance by the boys presenting a medley of Hit The Road Jack SixteenTons. The vinyl version comes with a fantastic detailed insert incl loads of cool pics and the band's history told by former members Jim Hilditch
BONFIRE! The Return Of The Fifth Order (1966-67)
CD's contains the 10 tracks from the vinyl format + 3 BONUS cuts, including two organ based demos of 'Walkin' Away' and 'I Was A Fool', plus a 6-minute 1967 TV appearance by the boys presenting a medley of 'Hit The Road Jack'/'Sixteen Tons'.
1.Goin Too Far
2.Walkin Away
3.A Thousand Devils Are Chasing Me
4.Today I Got A Letter
5.I Was A Fool
6.The Moment I Saw You
7.Today I Got A Letter (Alternate Version)
8.Bon Fire
9.Follow Like The Wind
10.Little Black Egg
11.Walkin' Away-Demo Version
12.I Was A Fool-Demo Version
13.Medley: Hit The Road Jack/Sixteen Tons
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Paul Revere & The Raiders - The Essential Ride '63-'67

Mp3 320\ 135 Mb
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No other rock & roll band has experienced the rollercoaster ups and downs in reputation that Paul Revere & the Raiders have known across 40 years in music. One of the most popular and entertaining groups of the 1960s, they enjoyed 10 years of serious chart action, and during their three biggest years (1966-69) got as much radio play as any group of that decade, sold records in numbers second only to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and received nearly as much coverage in the music press of the period (which included a lot of teen fan magazines) as the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. Yet when most histories of rock started getting written, Paul Revere & the Raiders were scarcely mentioned -- at best, they were usually a footnote to the boom years of the late '60s NEXT AND MORE :
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1. Louie, Louie
2. Mojo Workout
3. Over You
4. Crisco Party/Walking The Dog
5. Steppin' Out
6. Just Like Me
7. I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
8. Kicks
9. Ballad Of A Useless Man
10. Louie, Go Home
11. Take A Look At Yourself
12. Hungy
13. (You're A) Bad Girl
14. Louise
15. The Great Airplane Strike
16. In My Community
17. Good Thing
18. Why Why Why (Is It So Hard)
19. Ups & Downs
20. Him Or Me-What's It Gonna Be
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The McCoys - Hang On Sloopy (The Best of the)

Mp3 25\110 Mb

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This Indiana group was still in high school when they were tapped by the Strangeloves production team of Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer as a vehicle for their material in 1965. Their first effort, "Hang on Sloopy," was a monster number one smash, built around a riff and chorus that ranks with "Louie Louie" and "La Bamba" as a garage band perennial with its compelling, elemental simplicity. Featuring the lead vocals and lead guitar of a young Rick Derringer, they went on to cut a lot of similar chunky, innocuous pop/rock over the next couple years with fair success. The "Hang on Sloopy" sound-alike "Fever" was their only other Top Ten entry, and the Ritchie Vales cover "C'Mon Let's Go" their only other Top 40 hit. The McCoys recorded very little original material during their early years at Bang Records; most of it was supplied by the Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer production team, much of which consisted of unexceptional derivations of the "Hang on Sloopy" prototype. Notable exceptions were the folky "Sorrow," covered for a Top Ten hit by the Merseys in Great Britain (and covered by David Bowie on Pin Ups a decade later), and the adventurous Middle Eastern-tinged garage psychedelia of "Don't Worry Mother," their best cut besides "Hang on Sloopy." The McCoys proved unusually durable after their career as a teen pop band; in the late '60s, they broke from their Bang producers to record psychedelic and progressive rock for Mercury. Most of the group joined Johnny Winter's backup band in the early '70s, and in 1973 Rick Derringer joined the Edgar Winter group as lead guitarist and vocalist, after which he had a successful hard rock solo career.

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01. Meet The Mccoys
02. Hang On Sloopy
03. I Can't Explain It
04. Fever
05. Sorrow
06. Up And Down
07. If You Tell A Lie
08. Come On, Let's Go
09. Little People
10. Smokey Joe's Cafe
11. Mr. Summer
12. Every Day I Have To Cry
13. (You Make Me Feel) So Good
14. Runaway
15. Gator Tails And Monkey Ribs
16. Ko Ko
17. Bald Headed Lena
18. Say Those Magic Words
19. Don't Worry Mother (Your Son's
20. I Got To Go Back (And Watch That Little Girl Dance)
21. The Dynamite
22. Beat The Clock
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Mortimer - Mortimer 1967

Mp3 320\ 110 Mb

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Mortimer evolved out of a later incarnation of the Teddy Boys, from Hyde Park, NY, who recorded a handful of singles for MGM and Cameo Records in 1966 and 1967. They masqueraded under a somewhat psychedelic pseudonym, Pinocchio & Puppets, for an two-sided instrumental single (the B-side was an Eastern raga rock version of "Cowboys and Indians," but is probably not the Michael Lloyd song), which was released by Mercury in 1967. In May 1968, the future members of Mortimer were in the front row of the live TV audience at The Tonight Show and got the chance to meet John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who were in New York to launch their new Apple label and appear on the show. The band eventually ended up in London, where — under the supervision of Peter Asher — they recorded a few sessions for the label (an acetate of Mortimer's version of the Beatles' "Two of Us" is said to still exist in the vaults, although it apparently bears little resemblance to the Beatles' version). The group apparently came very close to signing with Apple, but ended up signing a production deal with U.K. record producer Daniel Secunda (brother of Procol Harum manager Tony Secunda) and his B.B.& D. Productions, Inc. The group cut a self-titled album, from which two singles were released, for Philips, but dissolved soon thereafter.


Famous for almost releasing an album on The Beatles Apple label in '69 (before a certain Allen Klein stepped in), this is the New York quartets '67 LP. More acoustic and melodic than their live performances, this ten track album has been reissued for the first time in nearly forty years and now features six bonus tracks. A fine addition to anyone's folk or psyche collections, a highly promising band that should have been huge, criminally ignored by everyone apart from their native city. Features new liner notes and interview material by Stefan Granados, expert on Apple and Psychedelia. Includes alternate mono mixes of their two singles "Dedicated Music Man" and "To Understand Someone" as bonus tracks, as well as "Mortime's Theme" and "Life's Sweet Music."

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1.Dedicated Music Man
2.Where Dragons Guard The Doors
3.Would You Believe
4.Singing To The Sunshine
5.Mortimer's Theme
6.Take Your Troubles
7.To Understand Someone
8.Waiting For Someone
9.Life's Sweet Music
10.Yes We Know
11.Dedicated Music Man (Mono Single Mix)(bonus track)
12.To Understand Someone (Mono Single Mix)(bonus track)
13.Ingenue's Tune (bonus track)
14.Slicker Beauty Hints (bonus track)
15.People Who Are Different (Alternate Version)(bonus track)
16.Yes We Know (Alternate Version)(bonus track)

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John Kay And The Sparrow - Collector's Item (1966)

Pre Steppenwolf
Mp3 256\100 Mb\Coves
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Steppenwolf leader/founder John Kay is perhaps the most overlooked early contributor to the musical style that would become heavy metal and hard rock. Kay was the first rocker to use the phrase heavy metal in a song, in one of metal's first great anthems: Steppenwolf's 1968 classic "Born to Be Wild." Born Joachim Fritz Krauledat on April 12, 1944, in the section of Germany that was once known as East Prussia, it was the American rock & roll that he heard on U.S. Armed Forces radio after his family moved to East Germany that fueled his interest in music. After relocating to Toronto, Canada, in 1958, Kay became even more transfixed by rock & roll -- leading to Kay picking up the guitar, writing songs, and playing in local bands. In the '60s, Kay founded the Sparrow, a rock outfit who played both Canada and the U.S., but received little attention. The group had fallen apart by 1967, but with a new, harder-edged style of rock beginning to conquer the charts and airwaves (Cream, Jimi Hendrix, and the Yardbirds), Kay decided to pursue this direction with his next band, Steppenwolf (titled after Hermann Hesse's novel of the same name). After moving to Los Angeles, the fledgling band was signed to Dunhill and recorded their self-titled debut, issued in 1968. The album became a sizeable hit, as "Born to Be Wild" was unleashed on an unsuspecting record-buying public, becoming one of rock's most instantly identifiable and enduring hits of all time. After the track was used in the 1969 cult classic movie Easy Rider, it subsequently appeared in countless other movies and TV commercials over the years and was covered by numerous other bands (Blue Oyster Cult, Slade, Crowded House, and the Cult). Steppenwolf continued to crank out hit albums (1968's The Second, 1969's At Your Birthday Party, and 1969's Monster, singles ("Magic Carpet Ride," "Rock Me"), and tours on a regular basis, with Kay being the only constant member among a revolving door of other musicians. By 1972, Kay decided to end the group, issuing his first solo albums around the same time: Forgotten Songs & Unsung Heroes and My Sportin' Life. Steppenwolfs retirement didn't last for long, however, as Kay alternated between the band and his solo career throughout the '70s, '80s, and '90s. He even took a few former members of the band to court when they, too, began touring behind the name Steppenwolf. In 1994, Kay penned an autobiography, Magic Carpet Ride, and four years later, Steppenwolf and Kay were the subject of an interesting Behind the Music episode for VH1. ~ Greg Prato, All Music Guide
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1. Twisted
2. Goin' To California
3. Baby Please Don't Go
4. Down Goes Your Love Life
5. Bright Lights Big City
6. Can't Make Love By Yourself
7. Good Morning Little School Girl
8. King Pin
9. Square Headed People
10. Chasin' Shadows
11. Green Bottle Lover
12. Isn't It Strange
13. Tomorrow's Ship (bonus track)
14. Twisted (bonus track)
15. Goin' To California (bonus track)
16. Hoochie Coochie Man (bonus track)
17. Pusher (bonus track)
18. Goin' Upstairs (bonus track)
19. Tighten Up Your Wig (bonus track)
20. Too Late (bonus track)
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Spooky Tooth-It's All About (1968)

Mp3 256\70 Mb\Covers

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Where does a group of people, working as a family team, begin to find a collective name that they shall be known to the world by? Each has his own imagination and, hopefully, vision.
This is where ART found themselves. Many suggestions were put forward; notably a couple from Guy Stevens, "Frosted Moses" and "Mott the Hoople" neither of which drew much enthusiasm from Messrs. Harrison, Ridley, Grosvenor, Wright and Kellie. They didn't know what they wanted, but definitely knew what they didn't want!
At a weekly meeting with Chris Blackwell at the office in Oxford Street, Gary produced a letter from a pal of his studying psychology at Harvard University, which included a list of possible band names. Gary had obviously mentioned the crisis in a recent letter to his friend. With the passage of time it is not clear what the selection included, but after much thought and discussion it became clear that both Gary and Blackwell thought "Spooky Tooth" was suitably unusual as to be a solution. NEXT AND MORE :


Good stuff! It's no AC/DC, sure, but Britain definitely hadn't seen a similar band at the time even if it already was 1968. Spooky Tooth begin on a humble note, stuffing about half of their debut album with covers, but then again, so did the Beatles. The Spooksters always followed their own style, not somebody else's, but at the same time were careful enough to look around, and It's All About is, as stupid as it sounds, actually a transitional album, even if it's their first. The album cover greets us with a typically psychedelic hazy blurry foreground, the band name is written in typically psychedelic shiny blossomy fashion, and the band members are walking through the field in typically psychedelic outfits, as if Pete Townshend had offered them his last year wardrobe for the photo sessions.Yet the music is not really psychedelic, not much of it, at least. Okay, so the best song on the album, the one with the best riff and the most catchiness, 'Sunshine Help Me', a true classic of British art-pop, definitely recalls psychedelic experiences, what with the druggy harpsichord and everything. The Move liked the song so much they even made it their own live staple (you can find their version among the bonus tracks to the current CD edition of Shazam, formerly an independent live EP called Something Else). And the album closer 'Bubbles' is certainly one hundred percent psychedelic, in a way you'd recognize from hearing Cream's 'Anyone For Tennis' - a kiddie diddie with goofy, but charming vocal harmonies and actual BUBBLES. So I guess you can call the album a BUBBLE GUM product. NEXT AND MORE :

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Track list;
01 - Society's Child. 4:31
02 - Love Really Changed Me. 3:34
03 - Here I Lived So Well. 5:07
04 - Too Much of Nothing. 3:58
05 - Sunshine Help Me. 3:03
06 - It's All About a Roundabout. 2:44
07 - Tobacco Road. 5:34
08 - It Hurts You So. 3:04
09 - Forget It, I Got It. 3:27
10 - Bubbles. 2:50
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Art - Supernaturally Fairy Tales (1967)

Pre Spooky Tooth
Mp3 256\ 69 Mb\Covers
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Chris Blackwell was by now concerned that the group needed a new identity and a new name. Guy Stevens, part of the SUE/ISLAND family was brought in to produce an album of songs by the unit, now called "ART". The album would be titled "Supernatural Fairytales". NEXT :

THIS IS NOT SPOOKY TOOTH! AAARRGH! I actually should have created an appendix for this one or something. But see, what's in a name? The lack of Gary Wright. The witty American guru still had to come and steer the band in their soulful/rootsy direction. And before that? Before that, the band, fronted by Mike Harrison, was defiantly calling itself Art, and was swinging to the hot'n'excitin' sounds of the London psychedelia. It took Gary's serious efforts and songwriting talents to steer them away from that direction, yet the psychedelic vibe had only been entirely abandoned by the time of Spooky Two.Still, it's a wonderful album in many respects, and well worth seeking out - maybe not exactly a 'forgotten gem' of the times like Odyssey And Oracle or Forever Changes or whatever, but then again that hierarchy is so damn fragile I'm afraid to pronounce a final judgement. The album possesses all that a good psychedelic album of the times should have possessed. A vague wavery shiny flowery Indian-influenced album cover; a pretentious trippy title (which, oddly enough, was later exploited by Rhino Records when they were issuing their notorious boxset on progressive rock - granted, Art never were progressive rock in my understanding, but could have been in Rhino's vast understanding); and, of course, the music, all awash in phasing, echoing, 'mystical' vocals and other gimmicks. MORE :

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Luther Grosvenor – guitars

Mike Harrison – vocals, keyboards

Mike Kellie – drums, percussion

Greg Ridley – bass, guitar

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1. I Think I'm Going Weird2. What's That Sound (For What It's Worth)3. African Thing4. Room WIth A View5. Flying Anchors6. Supernatural Fairy Tale7. Love Is Real8. Come On Up9. Brothers, Dads, And Mothers10. Talkin' To Myself11. Alive Not Dead12. Rome Take Away Three

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LINK

The Pretty Things - BBC Sessions 1964-1975The Troggs - Athens Andover (1992)THE PENTHOUSE 5 - The WorlD Is LoVe! (1967)BONFIRE! The Return Of The Fifth Order (1966-67)Paul Revere & The Raiders - The Essential Ride '63-'67The McCoys - Hang On Sloopy (The Best of the)Mortimer -  Mortimer 1967John Kay And The Sparrow - Collector's Item (1966)Spooky Tooth-It's All About (1968)Art - Supernaturally Fairy Tales (1967)

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