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The Gentrys - Gentry Time (1967)

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.
01 Gimmie_Love Now02 Sunshine Girl03 Ramblin Man04 Giving Love Never Hurt Anybody05 In06 I_Didnt Think You_Had It In You07 I m Gonna Look Straight Through_You08 Lets Dance09 Dont Let It Be Me This Time10 Everyday I Have To Cry11 I Feel Love Coming_On12 A Little Bit Of Love Can Work A Miracle

The Frantics - Relax your mind (1968)

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Formed in 1965 in Billings, Montana, the Frantics were a sextet who drew their influences from Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and, later, Jim Morrison (note the Lizard Records imprint for their second album). They were a little on the heavy side in terms of their musical approach, and were ambitious—they played throughout the United States and relocated several times, to New Mexico and then to Colorado Springs, Colorado, before settling in Los Angeles in 1969. The group released a pair of singles, "La Do Da Da" b/w "Route 66" and "Midnight To Six Man" b/w "Shady Sam." They also cut two albums, Relax Your Mind, which dated from 1968 and was unreleased until the 1990's, and a second album, Conception, late in their history. At around that same time, they dropped the "s" from their name and worked as The Frantic.
01 - the frantics - her and her mountain. 02 - the frantics - lady of the night.03 - the frantics - child of the universe.04 - the frantics - sweet mary. 05 - the frantics - think about it. 06 - the frantics - relax your mind.07 - the frantics - just for awhile.08 - the frantics - stranger. 09 - the frantics - she.10 - the frantics - great tomato.11 - the frantics - scitnarf.12 - the frantics - stone goddess.


I know were several Kaleidoscopes - Mexican ,my loved US band and...
No relation to the far better known American Kaleidoscope, though this British group was also psychedelic, and was active at almost exactly the same time in the late '60s. Highly esteemed by some collectors, Kaleidoscope epitomized certain of the more precious traits of British psychedelia with their fairy-tale lyrics and gentle, swirling folky sound. At times they sound like a far more melodic and accessible Incredible String Band. Their folky ballads have aged best, and although there's some period charm to be found throughout their two albums, it's all a bit too cloying to rank among the finest unknown psychedelia. Although they had a solid underground reputation in Britain, they never found wide success, and evolved into a similar group, Fairfield Parlour, by the end of the '60s.
1. And She's Mine2. Reflections3. Please Stay, Don't Go4. What Can I Do?5. He's Gonna Ba a Star6. San Francisco7. Walking in the Park8. I Wants to Be Loved9. San Francisco10. He's Gonna Be a Star11. I'm Looking for a Woman12. House of the Rising Sun13. Roadrunner14. Wee Wee Hours15. You're Not Mine16. Drivin' Around17. Holiday Maker18. And She's Mine19. Please Stay, Don't Go 20.What Can I Do 21.High Heel Sneakers
Review by Bruce Eder
This archival release is a veritable treasure-trove for British beat fanatics, assembling 21 demos by the UK band Kaleidoscope, mostly cut when they were known as The Sidekicks or The Keys, between the years 1964 and 1967. The music itself isn't terribly distinguished, seldom rising above the level that one would expect from a moderately talented Brit-beat outfit who were still trying to work out a sound. Kaleidoscope was known for its psychedelic pop sound, but at the stage of their history represented here, the quartet were deciding on whether they wanted to draw more from the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, and wisely chose the latter — they were better, or at least more interesting, doing R&B and blues covers than they were at dressing up melodic ballads with high harmonies. Not that much of their work as represented here going in either of those directions was going to get them very far on their own terms, but there are flashes of potential — an easily forgettable version of "House Of The Rising Sun" is sandwiched between interesting (if, at times, disorganized) renditions of "I'm Looking For A Woman" and "Roadrunner," and the latter is followed by a cover of Chuck Berry's oft-overlooked blues tune "Wee Wee Hours." There are also a handful of originals represented here, written by members Eddie Pumer and Peter Daltrey — none too good or original — "And She's Mine" even sounds like a P.F. Sloan composition during the latter's Bob Dylan phase. The material on this CD was retrieved from a set of acetates that had long been believed lost, and there are some gaps in the sound as well as a certain crudity to the overall production, but the results are still passable as an archival issue.

Barracudas - A Plane View of the Barracudas (1967)

Formed in 1964 in the Richmond, Virginia suburb of Highland Springs, the band started out as a six piece, but by early 1965 was down to a quintet consisting of keyboardist Butch Earnardt, rhythm guitarist Chris Layne, lead guitarist Mike Parker, bass player Sam Shaw and drummer Don Thurston. A steady stream of local dances and battle of the bands competitions began attracting a local audience and led Thurston's father to take an active role as band manager. By early 1966 the group had formed their own Cuda label, releasing the single 'I Can't Believe' b/w '20-75' (Cuda catalog number 1). While it did little in terms of sales, the single attracted the attention of producer/record label president Calvin Newton who wasted no time signing them to his Winston Salem based Justice Records.
1967 saw the release of their sole LP - "A Plane View of the Barracudas". In terms of content the set offered up a then-standard mixture of R&B oriented material (the frat band required 'Gloria') and more conventional pop-rock (a nifty cover of The Byrds' 'Feel a Whole Lot Better'). To his credit Newton generously allowed the band to include two original songs - 'I Can't Believe' and 'I'll Never Fall In Love Again' (two of the more impressive numbers). Musically most of the set was rather raw and rough, though enthusiastic performances such as 'I'm a Lover, not a Fighter', 'Not Fade Away' and an extended 'I'm a Man' (complete with some knock-your-socks-off fuzz leads), more than made up for other performance and production short comings. Among the few blatant missteps were a needless cover of Jr. Walker's 'Shot Gun' and a plodding take on The Beatles 'All My Lovin''. (In case you want to save some bucks, in 1995 the Collectables label reissued the collection in CD format under catalog number COL-606.)
Side 1
1.) I Can't Believe - 2:582.) Not Fade Away - 2:133.) I Call Your Name (John Lennon - Paul McCartney) - 2:124.) Gloria - 2:455.) Blue Blue Feeling - 2:396.) I'm a Lover, not a Fighter - 2:02
Side 2
1.) I'll Never Fall Again - 1:562.) Feel A Whole Lot Better - 2:203.) All My Lovin' (John Lennon - Paul McCartney) - 2:004.) I'm a Man - 5:565.) Shot Gun - 2:52
Mallard - Mallard (1975)The Monks - Black Monk Time (1966)The Big Three- Cavern StompThe Matadors - The Matadors (Czech) - 1968The Gentrys - Keep On Dancing (1966)The Gentrys - Gentry Time (1967)The Frantics - Relax your mind (1968)KALEIDOSCOPE - THE SIDEKICKS SESSIONS (1964-1967)Barracudas - A Plane View of the Barracudas (1967)Kim Fowley

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