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The Arkay IV - When We Was Younger... Than Yesterday

The Arkay IV - When We Was Younger... Than Yesterday


The Arkay IV is the best known "unknown" band in the history of Rock and Roll. Their recordings have been a hot items with collectors for more than 30 years. The 1996 Tom Hank's movie That Thing You Do! set in Erie, PA during the early 1960's is loosely based on the Arkay IV. 

The group was started in Erie, PA in 1963 by Skip Niebauer, Bill Arnold & John Nicotra. After graduating from High School Bill left for military service and was replaced by Bob Sustak who was soon drafted into the army and was replaced by Dave Massello and Tom Brocki. This formed the core of the group from 1964 to 1969. 

The group went through several personal changes due primarily to the military draft for the Vietnam War. Besides those mentioned above the players included: Bill Adleff, Mark Fainstein, Vil Stomers, Bill Kirby, Jon Ims, Mike Redicliff and Doug Phillips.

During the 1960's the Arkay IV was one of the top regional acts in the Cleveland-Buffalo-Pittsburgh triangle.

The original Arkay IV broke up in 1971.

The Arkay IV - When We Was Younger... Than Yesterday

The Arkay IV - For Internal Use Only (1966-68) / Essential Arkay IV (2011)

The Arkay IV - For Internal Use Only (1966-68) / Essential Arkay IV (2011)


The Arkay IV is the best known "unknown" band in the history of Rock and Roll. Their recordings have been a hot items with collectors for more than 30 years. The 1996 Tom Hank's movie That Thing You Do! set in Erie, PA during the early 1960's is loosely based on the Arkay IV. 

The group was started in Erie, PA in 1963 by Skip Niebauer, Bill Arnold & John Nicotra. After graduating from High School Bill left for military service and was replaced by Bob Sustak who was soon drafted into the army and was replaced by Dave Massello and Tom Brocki. This formed the core of the group from 1964 to 1969. 

The group went through several personal changes due primarily to the military draft for the Vietnam War. Besides those mentioned above the players included: Bill Adleff, Mark Fainstein, Vil Stomers, Bill Kirby, Jon Ims, Mike Redicliff and Doug Phillips.

During the 1960's the Arkay IV was one of the top regional acts in the Cleveland-Buffalo-Pittsburgh triangle.

The original Arkay IV broke up in 1971.

http://arkayiv.com/about.php

Arkay IV - For Internal Use Only (1966-68)

The Arkay IV - For Internal Use Only (1966-68) / Essential Arkay IV (2011)

This is one of the most sought after records among collectors. Recorded between 1966 and 1968 only 100 copies were pressed and were sold by subscription. It has been reissued twice - once on vinyl in 1988 and as a CD in 1993.

Song Titles: 
Seems To Be The Thing, 
Surprise Love, 
Hear Me My Friend, 
You're The One, 
When I Was Younger, 
Another Way, 
Demotion, 
Down From # 9,
 Little Girl, 
Girl (You've Got A Lot Of Things To Learn), 
A Crawlin' Man ,
I'll Keep On Trying

The players: Dave Massello, Skip Niebauer, Tom Brocki, John Nicotra, Bill Adleff, Bob Sustak & Vil Stomers

Arkay IV - Essential Arkay IV (2011)

The Arkay IV - For Internal Use Only (1966-68) / Essential Arkay IV (2011)

This collection includes the best of the original band plus tracks from the Arkay IV revival band of the 1980's and the band's latest recording  Playin' That Rock 'n' Roll.

Song Titles: 
Playin' That Rock 'n' Roll, 
Little Girl, 
You're The One,
 A Crawlin' Man, 
Another Way, 
Way Back Home, 
Surprise Love, 
Down From #9, 
When I Was Younger, 
Seems To Be The Thing, 
Demotion, 
Politician, 
Central Data Bank, 
She Was Cool, 
Monday, 
I'll Keep On Trying, 
Feelin' Good Tonight,
 Every Morning,
Git It, 
Chocolate Pudding, 
Fallin' Angels

Songs by Dave Massello, Skip Niebauer & Sam Hyman

Principal Players: Dave Massello, Skip Niebauer, Tom Brocki, John Nicotra, Bob Sustak, Bill Adleff, Vil Stomers, Bill Kirby, Bernie DiNardo, Sam Hyman, Tim Ely, Kevin McCleary, Skip Carnes, Steve Young , Mickey Steinbaugh & Kevin Bort


The Paramounts ‎– Whiter Shades Of R&B

The Paramounts ‎– Whiter Shades Of R&B

16-song compilation hunts down every last scrap recorded by the band: both sides of their six singles, a cut released only on a French EP, and three previously unreleased tracks. The group professed dislike of the pop numbers thrust upon them by their record company in 1965, but Jackie DeShannon's "Blue Ribbons" and P.F. Sloan's "You Never Had It So Good" are actually among the more memorable tunes. It also includes a surprisingly interesting 1966 version of Charles Mingus' "Freedom" (unreleased until this reissue). A modestly enjoyable collection of mostly historical significance.

                                         http://www.procolharum.com/parahist.htm

The Paramounts ‎– Whiter Shades Of R&B


I Meteors - I Meteors & Beatlesmania (1964;1965)

I Meteors - I Meteors & Beatlesmania (1964;1965)


Il gruppo nasce alla fine degli anni '50 dalla diaspora dei Golden Rock Boys di Andrea Mingardi quando Ivo Faccioli (in arte Baby Evans) cantante e bassista, decide di fondare un gruppo orientato sul rock classico e sulle novità musicali che giungono dagli USA e dall'Inghilterra. La band, oltre a Faccioli, comprende Umberto Pizzi, Sergio Nicoli, Stefano Salviati e William della Corinna. Nel 1961, vanno in tour con Gene Vincent e ne vengono pesantemente influenzati. La formazione subisce alcuni cambiamenti ed entra in organico il cantante Enzo Cifiello (Ray Silver). Pubblicano per una piccola etichetta (Alfa Record) alcuni singoli.

I Meteors durante un film con Morandi
Nel 1963 entra a far parte del gruppo il chitarrista Jimmy Villotti. A quel punto la formazione consta di Jimmy Villotti (chitarra solista), Baby Evans (basso e canto), Ray Silver (cantante solista), Vittorio Volpe (batteria), Piero Gherardi (sax e flauto traverso) in arte Piero Dani.

L'ingresso del chitarrista Jimmy Villotti impone una sterzata allo stile del gruppo che comincia ad eseguire il repertorio del Beat inglese. Nel 1964 partecipano al Festival degli sconosciuti di Ariccia con "Insieme a voi", e cominciano ad incidere per la RCA Italiana. Nello stesso anno partecipano al film "In ginocchio da te" con Gianni Morandi, eseguendo "Insieme a voi" (mascherati) ed accompagnando Morandi (di cui diventano il gruppo d'accompagnamento nelle serate).

Successivamente, i Meteors si esibiscono al Piper di Roma insieme ai Rokes. Incidono anche un album con una serie di cover e qualche pezzo originale. Nel 1965 incidono il secondo album, Beatlesmania, tutto di cover dei Fab Four.

Da allora in poi la stella dei Meteors comincia ad eclissarsi, proseguono l'attività con continui cambi di formazione (e l'ingresso di Sergio Nicoli, organo, Ciro Scognamiglio, basso, e Gilberto Faggioli, chitarra) e pubblicano l'ultimo singolo nel 1966, per la Polydor.

Jimmy Villotti continuerà la propria carriera con alterno successo, fondando un gruppo rock, I Baci, poi i Tritons ed infine come chitarrista di Paolo Conte.

Successivamente entrò nei Meteors Daniele Guidazzi (organo, chitarra solista) da Ravenna, (poi "Le cose dell'altro mondo " con Francesco Marsella "Checco" dei giganti S.Remo 1969, Arrangiatore Miura Records, Ricordi, e varie collaborations con artisti italiani e stranieri, tra cui Zucchero, Alice (1980) e svariati altri, oggi compositore e produttore di musical e colonne sonore).

Nei Meteors ha militato, nel loro ultimo periodo, anche un giovanissimo Dodi Battaglia, come bassista, (suonando con Daniele Guidazzi apprese i primi rudimenti della chitarra e divenne il grande chitarrista di oggi Il suo primo assolo di chitarra fu quello di "Fortuna" 



Il gruppo spalla di Gianni Morandi per un tratto degli anni '60. Il nome scelto non era certo beneaugurante di una lunga carriera. Si sono cimentati nella traduzione di molti brani classici dei Beatles in un LP dedicato al gruppo inglese dal titolo Beatlesmania. La formazione del gruppo di Bologna era composta da Ivo Faccioli (sax), Gilberto Faggioli (chitarra), Marco "Jimmy" Villotti (chitarra) poi noto collaboratore di molti musicisti, Ciro Scognamiglio (basso) e Vittorio Volpe (batteria), in altre formazioni anche Enzo Cifiello (voce) noto anche come Ray Silver. Nel gruppo emiliano ha transitato anche Dodi Battaglia, anche lui bolognese, poi chitarrista storico dei Pooh. Ha suonato il basso nel gruppo Ivan & i Meteors, gruppo apripista nel concerto bolognese di Jimi Hendrix (1968). Discografia: Abrakadabra / Nunca (Alfa NP332 - 1961), Angustia / Lucilla (Alfa NP333 - 1961), Marcia turca / Avanti indrè (Alfa NP334 - 1962), Eulalia Torricelli Twist / Movimento Twist (Alfa NP351 - 1962), Dove sei / Il tuo sorriso (Alfa NP361 - 1962), Amico / Non finirò d'amarti (Alfa NP 417 - 1963), Vita difficile / Hey, Paola! (Alfa NP419 - 1963), Insieme a voi / Se mi trovassi con te (ARC N 4051 - 1965), Vi sembra giusto (di Gianco e Pieretti, una canzone "di protesta") / Incontri al sol (Polydor nh 421204 - 1966). LP: I Meteors (RCA pml 103821 - 1964), Beatlesmania (ARC sa 1 - 1965).


I Meteors - I Meteors & Beatlesmania (1964;1965)

I Meteors - I Meteors & Beatlesmania (1964;1965)


I Meteors - I Meteors & Beatlesmania (1964;1965)

I Meteors - I Meteors & Beatlesmania (1964;1965)


Kings Verses - "Grail" - The Lost Album (1966)




Kings Verses -

Kings Verses -

Very worth never issued before album by a good 60's  band. Sound excellent, and , much rare to be pointed out : 2 tracks live from 1966 !! (Kyno Batle of the bands)Most compositions are great : "Lights", "Balad of lad Polo" (wich is not really a ballad in fact !), "A million faces", "Mind rewind" with its superb farfiza... tend to prove that the Fresno (calif.) King verses should have been serious concurents to bands like Love if their album went released.
One of my favorite album in the (my) 60's garage/punks lp collection.


Bass – Bill Kufis
Drums – Bob Melchor
Engineer [Original Recordings] – Bob Melchor
Guitar, Keyboards – Lloyd Bell
Guitar, Lead Vocals – Jim Baker (5)
Lacquer Cut By, Mastered By – RJ*
Liner Notes – Jud Cost
Written-By – Kings Verses
All tracks recorded 1966.

The first  tracks are unreleased studio recordings.
14 and 15 were recorded live at KYNO Battle Of The Bands - '66.
music emporium  October 20, 2017 :
Very worth never issued before album by a good 60's garage band. Sound excellent, and , much rare to be pointed out : 2 tracks live from 1966 !! (Kyno Batle of the bands)
> Most compositions are great : "Lights", "Balad of lad Polo" (wich is not really a ballad in fact !), "A million faces", "Mind rewind" with its superb farfiza... tend to prove that the Fresno (calif.) King verses should have been serious concurents to bands like Love if their album went released.
One of my favorite album in the (my) 60's garage lp collection.
Reup :


The Excheckers /The Liverpool Beats - Mersey Sound from Chester


Thank you so much,Jancy
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Peter Johnson (Guitar)
Phil Blackwell (Piano)
John Pickett (Bass)
George Roberts (Drums)

Some say they were from Liverpool, others say Chester, but with a distance of 15 miles between the two, both may be right. After this 45 for Decca The Excheckers went to Germany, where they made two more for Ariola. (Stay tuned, we'll meet them again.) They most likely also recorded a lot (but not all) of the tracks released under the alias Liverpool Beats in Germany.



The Liverpool Beats as a name only existed in Germany, and, as it seemed to be such a slip-proof moniker for anonymous bands on cheapo labels, more than one group got that stamp on a multitude of samplers on Vogue's subsidiary Pop Records, called "Original Beat aus England", which presented the latest UK hits re-recorded in the studio by no-names, i.e. bands with fantasy names. The interesting stuff by The Liverpool Beats are on volume 6, where we get six live tracks that really kick ass. I meanwhile found out that they also had a German-only LP on Vogue called "This Is Liverpool-Live At The Iron Door Club", and "Hello Josephine" is on that one too. Two 45s on Vogue also exist. Now I've been told by someone who was around back than, that The Liverpool Beats actually were The Excheckers from Chester, who had one 7" in England on Decca in 64 plus two in Germany on Ariola in 65.



01 - I Wanna Be Your Man
02 - Roll Over Beethoven
03 - 24 Hours From Tulsa
04 - My Prayer
05 - My Baby Left Me
06 - I'm Talking About You
07 - Here's Hoping
08 - Little Queenie
09 - Poison Ivy
10 - Memphis Tennessee
11 - Thou Shalt Not Steal
12 - Hello Josephine

13 - Memphis Tennessee (german language)
14 - Big Bad John (german language)
15 - Boys (german language)

16 - It's All Over
17 - All The World Is Mine
18 - Buzz-Buzz-Buzz
19 - You Are My New Love
20 - Mama Did'nt Know
21 - Do The Bird



info from discogs.com : (?)
"Lucille/Tutti Frutti/Rip It Up/Mean Woman Blues" that appeared on "Original Beat aus England" compilation are the same versions found on Freddy Starr And The Star Boys's LP. It is not sure if the other Liverpool Beats' tracks were recorded by the same people. The Excheckers used to play as The Liverpool Beats in Germany around the same time so it could be them on these other tracks...."

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Soul Inc. - Volume 1

Soul Inc. - Volume 1
Louisville, Kentucky garage rock band active in the mid- to late-1960s whose name was coined by bassist/vocalist Jimmie Orten. Their first single, "Don't You Go", appeared in 1965.

In 1968, several members formed the short-lived splinter group Elysian Field while original guitarist Wayne Young kept the band's name onstage with a cast of new members.


Soul Inc. - Volume 1

Louisville, Kentucky garage rock band active in the mid- to late-1960s whose name was coined by bassist/vocalist Jimmie Orten. Their first single, "Don't You Go", appeared in 1965. In 1968, several members formed the short-lived splinter group Elysian Field while original guitarist Wayne Young kept the band's name onstage with a cast of new members.
”The Louisville, Kentucky band which released 7 great 45s between 1966-1969 which just ring out with great fuzz guitar, Hammond Organ, Mellotrons, and hard-driving vocals. 20 tracks including unreleased material and a great Psychedelic sampler track from their later incarnation The Elysian Field. They take a tour named ”Caravan of stars tour” with The Byrds, We Five, Paul Revere & The Raiders and Bo Diddley.”
”Soul. Inc, although displaying a magnitude of soul influences, diverged into practically every other mid-60s genre. Their name was not entirely apt! The 20 featured tracks trace the Louisville band’s musical journey from 1965 until ’69 via a number of 45s released on local labels, alternate takes and previously unreleased songs. “Stronger Than Dirt” (later covered by fellow garage bands the Daybreakers and Us Four) is a fuzz laden tune, with a soul tinged verse, a wild solo, pounding drums and a comical lyric, apparently inspired by an Ajax advert from the TV. Danceable 60s garage punk just doesn’t come any better! A few months later when the Byrds startled every young band with “Eight Miles High” Soul Inc’s reaction was to write “60 Miles High” on which they nearly managed to achieve the psychedelic zest of the Byrds. “UFO” which is so influenced by Dylan that it might as well be fellow imitators Mouse & The Traps, is another excellent example of garage band parody. The magnificent moog segment is uncannily like the whacky sounds on the Osmond’s hit “Crazy Horses”. Soul Inc an influence on the Osmonds? Maybe! Finally, the later proto-punk number “I Hate You” blends hard rock fret abuse with nihilistic singing. By the end of the decade the soul influence had completely gone.”


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Soul Inc. ‎– Volume 2


Soul Inc. ‎– Volume 2


Gear Fab Records continues its Souls Inc. story with the release of Volume 2. Originally a singles band from Kentucky, Soul Inc. was formed in 1965 when guitarist Wayne Young and drummer Marvin Maxwell secured a place on Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars tour prior to even forming a band. The two hired some musicians and backed up the likes of Lou Christi, Reparata & the Delrons, and others. On the second Dick Clark tour, Soul Inc. opened as a stand-alone band and quickly became a favorite of many of the top acts of the day, including Paul Revere & the Raiders. Over the following months, Soul Inc. built a reputation for themselves and began recording singles. The band recorded songs for the Rondo, Star Records, Boss and Counterpart labels, and became one of the most popular acts in Kentucky. Volume 1 of the Soul Inc. story collected 20 of the band's singles recorded between 1965 and 1969. Volume 2 now continues that story with an additional 16 tracks that were not on Volume 1, and features one song from the next incarnation of the band (known as the Elysian Field, not to be confused with the dream-pop band or the black-metal band named Elysian Fields). The music ranged from Beatles-influenced pop, garage rock, and surf-styled instrumentals to Motown soul and psychedelic rock. Throughout their entire career the band was constantly experimenting and progressing as the times changed. Soul Inc. split in 1969, with three members forming the Elysian Field while Wayne Young kept the Soul Inc. moniker and continued the band for a short time with various lineups. Sadly, by the end of 1969, Soul Inc. was no more. In 1999, Young reunited with the original band members and recorded a new Soul Inc. album. The sound quality on this CD is for the most part excellent, and is taken from master tapes where possible. With the release of this second compilation of Soul Inc.'s singles, the band's musical history has finally been completely documented

Soul Inc. ‎– Volume 2

Tracks:
1.Connection
2.Nothing But a Dream
3.Midnight Hour
4.Hanging Out My Tears
5.Laryngitis
6.Don't You Go
7.Love Me When I'm Down
8.When I Stopped Dreaming
9.Alligator
10.Soul Jam
11.Hanging Out My Tears - (alternate version)
12.Stronger Than Dirt - (original 45 version)
13.Midnight Hour - (alternate version)
14.Satisfied
15.Ready, Willing and Able
16.Get Right With Your Man - (original 45 version)
17.Mother Hate - (with Elysian Fields)

 SOUL INC were one of the biggest bands in Louisville during the 60's and released 7 singles between '65-'69. They recorded much more that was recently discovered in the studio archives. Great PSYCHEDELIC music that shows the band transition from mid- to late 60's when they became 'Elysian Field'. Includes 3 tracks under the name ELYSIAN FIELD.



Thanks a lot Dave for this share...



The Arkay IV - When We Was Younger... Than Yesterday The Arkay IV - For Internal Use Only (1966-68) / Essential Arkay IV (2011)I Meteors - I Meteors & Beatlesmania (1964;1965)The Excheckers /The Liverpool Beats  - Mersey Sound from ChesterSoul Inc. - Volume 1Soul Inc. ‎– Volume 2VA - Twist im Star-Club Hamburg Live Recording

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