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The Viscounts - The Pye Anthology

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by Bruce Eder
The Viscounts were one of those odd pop/rock & roll hybrid groups that were common to both America and England at the end of the 1950s and the start of the '60s, but which always seemed to do better in England. The trio coalesced out of an eight-piece outfit called Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang based in London — they were a variety act that were popular on television, and did a few world tours during the second half of the '50s. Manchester-born Don Paul, who had won a few important talent competitions, including Opportunity Knocks on British television, joined the octet in 1956, and he soon met another newcomer, Ronnie Wells, winner of a recent harmonica competition, from Farnborough, Hampshire. And in 1958, Indian-born ... Read More...
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The Viscounts - The Pye Anthology

Not the American outfit of that name, but the British trio of Gordon Mills, Don Paul, and Ronnie Wells are featured here, on 31 of their early-'60s recordings for Pye Records. The sound is a uniquely British/European adaptation of rock & roll, melding pop and traditional tunes with guitars and drums and a beat — picture a branch of teen pop spun out of the same sensibilities that yielded "Ain't She Sweet" and "My Bonnie" by the Beatles and Tony Sheridan from their Hamburg sessions. The Four Preps' "Money (Is the Root of All Evil)," which is covered here from 1961, is a long way from the Motown-generated "Money (That's What I Want)" as a notion or a song, but it represents what the Viscounts and their management aimed for as an audience — and as a warning, a lot of Americans (and Britishers too young to know) may really hate this sort of hybrid of rock & roll and the music hall represented here. The three singers seemed willing to do whatever would sell, and some of what's here did do that — "Shortnin' Bread" peaked at number 16 in England — but there were some decent rock & rollers present on many of these records, including British rockabilly guitarist Joe Brown (who played on their debut Pye single, "Rockin' Little Angel" b/w "That's All Right"), and the group did tour with Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. They did do a decent cover of "Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp)," but it's juxtaposed with "Honey Come On, Dance With Me," a decided pop-style number that was theme to the Spin-A-Long TV show, hosted by DJ Alan Freeman, whose notions of pop-based rock & roll were perfectly represented by the Viscounts. These guys were hip enough to share a program with the Beatles early in the latter's national stardom, but not to survive what the Beatles and the acts they pulled onto the national U.K. charts did to rock & roll and pop music. Actually, the group's material here from 1962 onward is not bad, and is of a piece with the work of Helen Shapiro and other pre-Beatles pop/rockers, but be warned — the last half-dozen songs here were derived from their contribution to a trad jazz compilation album, and feature the Viscounts shoehorned into a 1920s repertoire that will only be appreciated by listeners familiar with that British offshoot of Dixieland jazz.

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1. Shortnin' Bread 2. Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum 3. That's Alright 4. Rockin' Little Angel 5. Money (Is The Root Of All Evil) 6. One-Armed Bandit 7. Banned In Boston 8. Moonlight Promises 9. Joe Sweeney 10. Honey Come On, Dance With Me 11. Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) 12. What Am I Saying 13. Mama's Doin' The Twist 14. I'm Going - But I'll Be Back 15. One Of The Guys 16. Dear Mary Brown 17. Everybody's Got A Ya-Ya 18. A Lot Of Livin' To Do 19. That Stranger (Used To Be My Girl) 20. Silent Night 21. Don't Let Me Cross Over 22. I'm Coming Home 23. It's You 24. I'll Never Get Over You 25. Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue 26. Yes Sir, That's My Baby 27. Well I Ask You 28. I Wanna Be Loved By You 29. That's My Weakness Now 30. Ain't She Sweet 31. You'Ve Got To See Mama Every Night

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The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - (Vol 2 Breaking Through) (1967)

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The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - (Vol 2 Breaking Through)

Review by Richie Unterberger :
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, no strangers to weirdness on their prior 1967 album Part One, had still often stuck to relatively straightforward, concise, and pop-flavored songs on that LP. Here they stretched out into less structured, more avowedly psychedelic (and indeed experimental) territory, with mixed results. "Smell of Incense" (covered for a small hit by Southwest FOB) was sublime psych-pop. Yet "Suppose They Give a War and No One Comes" was just some fool — actually the band's chief investor, lyricist, and tambourine player, Bob Markley — grafting silly, self-consciously freaky recitation of a vintage 1936 Franklin Roosevelt speech onto an ominous fuzz guitar backup. Other cuts like "In the Arena" and "Overture — WCPAEB Part II" were free-form psychedelic creepiness without the strong content of, say, likely influence Frank Zappa. Yet some of the strangest efforts exert their own strange charm, like "Buddha," with its unfathomable delineation of a garden of delights set against chimes, tinkles, and gongs. Interspersed with all this was some generic country-folk-rock (although the wavering backup bagpipes on "Delicate Fawn" give even that a weird sheen), fair harmony soft rock ("Queen Nymphet"), and unhinged garage-psych-fuzz madness. There's half a decent (if screwy) psychedelic album here, and half incoherence, particularly when so many disparate tracks and styles are slung against each other. The CD reissue on Sundazed adds mono single mixes of "Smell of Incense" and "Unfree Child."

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1. In The Arena 2. Suppose They Give A War And No One Comes 3. Buddha 4. Smell Of Incense 5. Overture -- WCPAEB Part II 6. Queen Nymphet 7. Unfree Child 8. Carte Blanche 9. Delicate Fawn 10. Tracy Had A Hard Day Sunday 11. Smell Of Incense (Single Mix) 12. Unfree Child (Single Mix)

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FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS - A's B's & EP's

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Review by William Ruhlmann :
Freddie & the Dreamers released 17 singles and seven EPs on the Columbia Records subsidiary of EMI in the U.K. (no relation to the American Columbia label) between 1963 and 1969. Even allowing for some overlap, those releases added up to more than the 24 tracks on this CD. In part, that's because the selections only run up to 1966, when the hits ran out, but this simply is not a comprehensive collection of the recordings featured on the group's singles and EPs. Rather, the title is just an excuse for another Freddie & the Dreamers best-of. In fact, the main point about the emphasis on selections from singles and EPs has to do with the mixes that were used. The word in the largest print face on the CD cover is "mono," and indeed the tracks are presented in monophonic sound. All of the band's U.K. Top 40 hits are included, but U.S. fans will be less pleased by the omission of "Do the Freddie," which was released only on LP in Britain. Freddie & the Dreamers seem to have filled out their EPs with the kind of American R&B covers also being played by the other British beat groups. Their version of Leiber & Stoller's "Kansas City," like the Beatles' version, is actually a medley with Little Richard's "Hey! Hey! Hey!" copied from Little Richard's 1959 recording. A complete, chronological collection of their singles and EPs would make for a good portrait of the band. This is not that collection.
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1 If you gotta make a fool of somebody2 Feel so blue3 I'm telling you now4 What have I done to you5 You were made for me6 Send a letter to me7 Money (that's what I want)8 Zip A dee Doo Dah(Song of the south)9 Over you10 Come back when you're ready11 Kansas city12 I'm a hog for you13 I love You Baby14 Don't make me cry15 Just for you16 I just don't understand17тI Understand18 I Will19 A Little love20 Things I'd like to say21 Silly girl22 In my baby's arms23 I wonder who the lucky guy will be24 A Love like you
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The Raik's Progress - Sewer Rat Love Chant (1966)

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Biography by Richie Unterberger :
The Raik's Progress made just one garage-psychedelic single, "Why Did You Rob Us, Tank?"/"Sewer Rat Love Chant," in 1966. Though the song titles might lead you to believe the group dealt in weirdness along the lines of early Mothers of Invention or the Red Krayola, actually the songs were not as strange lyrically as the titles seemed to portend. The music, though, was fairly strange for its time, with "Sewer Rat Love Chant" one of the earlier examples of raga-rock to filter down into the garage substratum. The less distinctive, but still worthy, flip side, "Why Did You Rob Us, Tank?," had a similar approach, but bore a more audible folk-rock Byrds influence. Both sides were reissued on the Sundazed CD Sewer Rat Love Chant... Read More...
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The Raik's Progress - Sewer Rat Love Chant

Review by Richie Unterberger :
Although the Raik's Progress only released one single in their brief career (both sides of which are included here), Sundazed magically conjured the Sewer Rat Love Chant album out of their legacy by tacking on ten songs from a live 1966 performance at the Rainbow Ballroom in Fresno. It's the studio single, though, that's the highlight of this disc, as "Sewer Rat Love Chant" is an above average piece of early minor-keyed raga-rock (and not as lyrically weird as its title indicates), with its flip side, "Why Did You Rob Us, Tank?," showing a more pronounced Byrds influence, particularly in the vocal harmonies. The live material actually boasts pretty good sound quality for a 1966 concert recording, and is comprised mostly of original material that's more in the standard raw garage mold than their sole 45. Although the performances and vocals are a mite unrefined, most of the tunes aren't bad at all. "Don't Need You" is soaked in the morose Farfisa organ swirl common to much 1966 garage, punctuated by what sounds like clanks of a rusty anvil, and several of the other group originals are overheated, semi-incoherent punk blues. There are also live versions of both songs from the single, as well as covers of songs by Them, the Byrds, and the Animals that testify to their good taste, though enjoyment of the version of the Byrds' "It's No Use" is compromised by the group's apparent unfamiliarity with all of the words and chord changes. On the other hand, there must have been few other American groups indeed who covered the non-LP Animals B-side "I'm Going to Change the World," done here with considerable guts.
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1. Sewer Rat Love Chant 2. Why Did You Rob Us, Tank? 3. "F" In 'A' 4. Baby, Please Don't Go - 5. Don't Need You 6. It's No Use - 7. Call My Name - 8. All Night Long 9. Prisoner of Chillon 10. Sewer Rat Love Chant 11. Why Did You Rob Us, Tank? 12. I'm Gonna Change the World
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Luv'd ones - Truth Gotta Stand ('66 - '68)

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Members
Char Vinnedge Chris; Vinnedge Mary; Gallagher ;Faith Orem.
The Luv'd Ones were an all-female American garage rock band in the 1960s. Led by singer/guitarist Charlotte 'Char' Vinnedge, the group released singles on the Chicago-based Dunwich Records. Vinnedge sang lead vocals and played lead guitar and the rest of the band was filled out by her sister Chris on bass, Mary Gallagher on rhythm guitar and Faith Orem on drumset. The band was mostly Vinnedge's project: she wrote all of their songs, designed their artwork, fixed their equipment and even drove their van on tours. ... more From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Luv'd ones - Truth Gotta Stand
Review by Cub Koda:
Rising from teen girl band ashes known as the Tremolons, guitarist-gal rocker visionary Char Vinnedge put together the Luv'd Ones, Dunwich's only all-girl punk group. But the Luv'd Ones were no mere boy toys with instruments; under Vinnedge's direction, she wrote the dark, somber originals, played lead guitar and generally directed the band in the male-infested waters of mid-'60s rock & roll. That their siren song was unheard 'til now (a small batch of singles only) is no reflection on their material or their talents, both in abundance on this excellent 20-track compilation. Largely comprising unissued demos and long lost sessions (their sides as the Tremolons are on a separate Sundazed vinyl EP) and all of it steeped in fuzztoned swirls of sound, this is a pretty amazing little collection of DIY female punk spirit done just right. A missing chapter in rock & roll history
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01 - Dance Kid Dance02 - Up Down Sue03 - Stand Tall04 - Yeah I'm Feelin' Fine05 - Walkin' The Dog06 - Come Back07 - Scratchy08 - The Memory Of It All09 - I'm Leaving You10 - Truth Gotta Stand11 - It's Quiet12 - He Cried13 - Come On In14 - Please Get Up15 - And When I'm Sad16 - Walk Me To The Door17 - You'll Never Know18 - One Day's Mood19 - Portrait20 - Your Mind Is
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The Liverbirds - Star-Club Best (1965)


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Biography by Bruce Eder:
The Liverbirds (sometimes spelled Liver Birds) were one of the more distinctive outfits in Liverpool (and anywhere else, for that matter) by virtue of the fact that they were a hard (???) -rocking all-girl group, self-contained instrumentally and focused on rhythm-and-blues. They weren't too successful musically in Liverpool, but in 1963 they went to Hamburg, where they became one of the most popular acts ever to play the Star Club. Irene Green (vocals), Sheila McGlory (guitar, vocals), Mary McGlory (bass, vocals), Pamela Birch (guitar, vocals), Valerie Gell (guitar, vocals), and Sylvia Saunders (drums) got together in early 1962 under the name ... Read More...
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01. Peanut Butter (2:49)02. He's About A Mover (2:37)03. You canґt judge a book by looking (2:59)04. Love hurts (3:02)05. Mona (3:22)06. Itґs Got To Be You (1:47)07. Money (3:13)08. Too much monkey business (2:39)09. Roadrunner (3:09)10. Diddley Daddy (2:45)11. Before you accuse me (2:42)12. Leave all your love in the past (3:04)13. Got my Mojo working (3:20)14. Shop Around (2:52)15. It's Got To Be You (Singles) (2:55)16. He hardly ever calls me honey anymore (1:58)17. For your love (2:23)18. Heatwave (2:34)19. Why do you hang around me (2:26)20. Loop de loop (2:23)21. Bo Diddley is a lover (1:53)22. Nobudy but you (3:08)23. The past (2:29)
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The Rascals - The Ultimate Rascals

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Biography by Richie Unterberger:
The Rascals, along with the Righteous Brothers, Mitch Ryder, and precious few others, were the pinnacle of '60s blue-eyed soul. The Rascals' talents, however, would have to rate above their rivals, if for nothing else than the simple fact that they, unlike many other blue-eyed soulsters, penned much of their own material. They also proved more adept at changing with the fast-moving times, drawing much of their inspiration from British Invasion bands, psychedelic rock, gospel, and even a bit of jazz and Latin music. They were at their best on classic singles like "Good Lovin'," "How Can I Be Sure," "Groovin'," and "People Got to Be Free." When they tried to stretch their talents beyond the impositions of the three-minute 45, they couldn't pull it off, a failure ... Read More...
The Rascals - The Ultimate Rascals
A wonderful collection of songs, most of which were major hits for this quartet, The Ultimate Rascals was one of the early compilations released when compact discs were still fairly young. As such, the tapes from which this recording was mastered were obviously not first generation, with the resulting subpar sound the disc's only weakness. But, oh, the music: a cornucopia for any baby boomer weaned on AM radio in the mid- to late '60s. The Rascals' development is traced here from the early rock & roll sides, like "Good Lovin'" and "You Better Run," through the blue-eyed soul era of "Groovin'" and "A Girl Like You," to the band's social relevance period, exemplified by "People Got to Be Free" and "A Ray of Hope." During their peak period, from 1966-1969, the Rascals cranked out a batch of popular hit singles, and all are here, along with some of their better album cuts. This is the disc that many fans rushed out to buy when they first acquired CD players, and it's still a good place to start for the uninitiated. For the true fan, however, the two-disc Anthology (1965-1972), released in the early '90s, is much better.
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01 - I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore02 - Good Lovin'03 - Mustang Sally04 - You Better Run05 - Come On Up06 - Love Is A Beautiful Thing07 - What Is The Reason08 - Lonely Too Long09 - Groovin'10 - Girl Like You A11 - How Can I Be Sure12 - It's Wonderful13 - Beautiful Morning A14 - People Got To Be Free15 - Heaven16 - See17 - Carry Me Back18 - Find Somebody19 - Easy Rollin'20 - Ray Of Hope A
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The Gentrys - Keep On Dancing

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Biography by Bradley Torreano:
The Gentrys got their start in Memphis, TN, in 1963. The original group was made up of seven members: vocalist Bruce Bowles, saxophonist Bobby Fisher, vocalist Jimmy Hart, trumpet player Jimmy Johnson, bassist Pat Neal, vocalist Larry Raspberry, and drummer Larry Wall. Their debut album, Keep on Dancing, climbed into the Top 100 due to the success of the title track. The group enjoyed minor success until 1966, when the band broke up. Originally, member Jimmy Hart decided to resurrect the band in 1969, now featuring himself on lead vocals. The band still had some minor success, but did not last long. Raspberry would go on to start several more garage and soul groups, while Hart became a popular wrestling character, the "Mouth of the South," and would write music for both the WWF and WCW wrestling organizations.

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1. Keep On Dancing 2. Everybody To Their Own Kick 3. Sometimes 4. Hang On Sloopy 5. Hey Girl Don't Bother Me 6. Brown Paper Sack 7. Do You Love Me 8. Hand Jive 9. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)10. Don't Send Me No Flowers11. Little Girl Next Door12. Make Up Your Mind13. Bonus Track: Spread It On Thick14. Bonus Track: Everyday I Have To Cry
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The Vivisectors - Gulag Tunes - Melodies and Rhythms of Gulag (2005) Russia

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Лидер эстетской серф-группы The Vivisectors Михаил Антипов однажды с изумлением понял, что старые блатные песни (если из них убрать жестокую лирику) страсть как хороши. Нечто подобное, но на куда менее криминальной основе уже полвека успешно делает группа The Shadows. Получившиеся пьесы, действительно, ближе к инструментальным увертюрам ВИА 1960-х, чем к суровым откровениям вымышленных и реальных каторжан.