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The Violents - Complete

The Violents - Complete


Violents was a mainly instrumental guitar pop group formed in Stockholm, 1959. Their first record was an instrumental version of a traditional song, "Alpens Ros", that gave them a hit in 1961 on the Swedish charts. The first recorded songs were recommendations by their record company but they soon started to write their own songs more in line with their own musical taste. Violents started after a while to search for a lead singer to get more variations on their concerts, which could last for hours. They found in 1961 a talented young rock singer named Jerry Williams with a good reputation as a live act and who agreed to be member of the group. In that way started a cooperation who lasted to the split year of the group Violents, 1966. The first recording with Jerry Williams was "Liebestwist" in 1962. In the start, Violents were the main attraction but soon the spotlight was mainly on Jerry and the band became a backing group with a record career separate from Jerry's own solo career. The last lp album with Violents behind Jerry Williams was Action (1966). Among the group's highlights in their international career was to play at the Star Club in Hamburg 1962 with The Beatles and Little Richard. The Beatles were just second band to Violents at that time and it is rumoured that George Harrison was test playing for a membership in Violents because he was tired of The Beatles, but that the Violents didn't want him.

Members :
Hasse Rosén (guitars, 1959-63), Roffe Hammarström (guitars, 1959-62), Lennart Carlsmyr (bass, 1959-62), Johnny Landenfeldt (drums, 1961-66), Tord Jonsby (drums, 1959-61), Tonny Lindberg (guitar, 1962-65), Jan-Olof Darlington (bass, 1962-63), Rune Wallebom (keyboards, 1963-65), Billy Gustafsson (bass, 1963-66), Staffan Berggren (1965-66), Johnny Lundin (1965-66), Jerry Williams (vocals, 1961-66)


The Violents - Complete

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The Gables - Snake Dance (1966)



The Gables (US,PA)
 Snake Dance - Lp - 1966
Label: Fleetwood Label (GAB-1)



[3:01] 1. The Gables - Snake Dance
[2:31] 2. The Gables - Ready
[1:39] 3. The Gables - Lonely Road
[2:56] 4. The Gables - Blue Dream
[2:01] 5. The Gables - House Of Gables
[2:10] 6. The Gables - Black Fire
[2:27] 7. The Gables - Cry Baby
[2:31] 8. The Gables - Chuck Wagon
[2:22] 9. The Gables - Rythmn
[2:15] 10. The Gables - Surf Tide

Frank Scanzani - Rhythm Guitarist
Dave Dunham - Bass
Bob Hellen - Lead Guitarist
Dave 'Bippy' Manuel - lead singer/organist
Jimmy LaTraverse - Drummer

Hi-Fi's - Snakes And Hifis - (1967)

Hi-Fi's - Snakes And Hifis - (1967)
One of the finest examples of the beat-bands-go-bonkers syndrome, the psychedelic pop album Snakes and Hi-Fis was released in Germany in mid-1967 by exiled British group the Hi-Fis, and has long been established as a highly sought after rarity on the worldwide beat/psych collectors market.

Bass – Gary Unwin
Drums – Mel Wright
Guitar – Mike Douglas (3)
Organ – Brian Bennett (2)
Written-By – Malcolm Lenny



The Hi-Fi's were a London-based band that tried for two years to break out of clubs with some recording success, cutting sides for Piccadilly and Pye, including a catchy singalong called "Will You or Won't You," which managed to be salacious and innocent at the same time, and the more energetic "She's the One," and also did well by Leiber & Stoller's "I Keep Forgettin'." It was all to no avail as the group went hitless into 1967, dropped from their third label in as many years, and headed for the more lucrative environs of Hamburg, Germany, where English bands were still treated as special. Their singles cut in Germany failed, but they still got to record an entire LP.

Label: Star-Club Records – 158 035 STY
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album 
Country: Germany
Original Released: Jun 1967
Hi-Fi's - Snakes And Hifis - (1967)

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Hi-Fi's - Snakes And Hifis - (1967)


"...The HiFis were a wonderful mid 60s  London-based group that would eventually relocate to Germany and release the above Star-Club lp in 1967.  Prior to the LPs release, the HiFis (also known as the Hi-Fi’s) also released a series of singles.  These singles were more in a soul beat style though some of them are pretty good and worth seeking out.  Their lineup consisted of Brian Bennett (vocals and keyboards), Mike Douglas (vocals and guitars),  Malcolm Lenny (vocals and lead guitar), Gary Unwin (bass), and Mel Wright (drums).

Many UK groups would relocate to countries such as Germany or Italy because being a British Invasion group that played original rock n roll was seen as something special abroad.  Many of these groups like the Rokes, the Primitives, and the Sorrows (a really excellent group) would see great success and sell lots of records.  The HiFis did pretty well in Germany and were a popular live group.  This success allowed them to record their only album, Snakes and HiFis.  I have seen other magazines describe the lp as “a brilliant mixed bag of an lp” or “one of the finest examples of the beat-bands-go-bonkers syndrome.”  I have even heard some compare the HiFi’s guitar and rhythm section to that of the legendary Monks (a funhouse effect in which everything seems about ready to fall apart but the band pulls thru in the end to keep things together).  I agree with all these comparisons though it’s really hard to put a label on the HiFis, they were pretty unique.

There are several great tracks on Snakes and HiFis: Tread Softly For The Sleepers (a great chunky mod psych track that reminds me of late period Action), Snakes and Ladders, What’s A Bulb, I’m A Box, Calorie Ann (soaring vocals and whacked out lyrical concerns), Odd Man Out, You’re Haunting Me, My Cards Numbered 17, and the awesome but strange Uwe Aus Duisburg.  Just by looking at these titles one can tell that this music is NOT the typical beat psych fare.  As mentioned before, this lp was recorded at a time when beat groups were experimenting with different sounds and turning to psychedelia, so there’s a bit of an advanced mid-60s sound – short 2 minute pop songs with a freaky edge.  For those of you who love the Kinks, the Idle Race, the Move, the Tages and the Ro-d-y’s (a great group from the Netherlands), you’ll love this reissue (the 2008 Wooden Hill cd version to be exact).  Standout picks on my end are the buzzing organ psych of What’s a Bulb, which is an absolutely brilliant track, and Uwe Aus Duisburg.  The latter track vaguely reminds me of The Move with its galloping tempo and gonzoid lyrics – it’s a track that would fit in well with today’s modern indie radio stations.  Other good ones are the Pet Sounds influenced You’re Haunting Me and the truly bizarre I’m A Box.  Both of these tracks carry a unique mellow buzz and one may also note that I’m A Box was strangely released as a single (this track had no hit potential whatsoever).  Wooden Hill reissues are usually limited, so pick one up if you can.  Snakes and HiFis is definitely an obscure gem and a must hear for fans of Brit psych...."
 ~ by Jason (THE RISING STORM )






Mod And The Rockers - Now (1967)

Mod And The Rockers  - Now (1967)


Members:
- Steve Dorman -- vocals, keyboards
- Gary McIntyre -- vocals, drums
- Ricky Oates -- lead guitar
- Edwin Boo Snyder -- vocals, bass 
"...The Winston-Salem, North Carolina based Justice was best known for it's work as a vanity label.  For roughly $1,000 folks could record an album and have several hundred copies pressed for families and friends.  That apparently seemed like a great deal to high school buddies Steve Dorman, Gary McIntyre, Ricky Oates and Edwin Boo Snyder. 
As to be expected, the majority 1967's "Mod and the Rockers ... Now" is taken up by top-40 covers.  Musically the covers are all over the map ranging from decent frat rock (the blue-eyed soulish "Love Is a Beautiful Thing" and an enthusiastic, double timed "Gloria") to extremely cheesy (c'mon guys, Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" !!!).  Falling in the latter category be sure to check out the hysterical lounge act-styled "Goin' Out of My Head".  We always break into a smile when vocalist Dorman starts to choke on the lyrics at the end of the song.   While the nine covers were all enjoyable, the album's highlights came in the form of a pair of original selections.  Penned by bassist Snyder, the leadoff track "Gonna Love You Every Day" offered up a wonderful fuzz guitar and organ propelled rocker.  The ballad "Always By My Side" was equally impressive.  Too bad they never got a chance to record more original material.  ...."
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Mod And The Rockers  - Now (1967)
 

Duffy Power - Leapers And Sleepers 1962-1967

Duffy Power - Leapers And Sleepers 1962-1967


 Early British rock & roll yielded a handful of artists who displayed extraordinary staying power over the decades -- Cliff Richard, Billy Fury, Adam Faith, and Mike Berry come to mind. Most of these achieved their career extensions through a more honest, less contrived extension of the pop/rock with which they'd started out. Duffy Power was the exception, a popster turned legitimate British bluesman (with the imprimatur of Alexis Korner, the father of British blues, no less) who was still highly regarded in the latter field well past the 20th century.
Duffy Power - Leapers And Sleepers 1962-1967

Born Raymond Howard in 1941, he grew up loving music, and his influences included composers from George Gershwin to Edward Elgar, as well as singers ranging from Paul Robeson to Al Jolson. He was drawn to blues and jazz as a young teenager, and that eventually led him to the music of Elvis Presley and Ray Charles, among others. By age 15, he had left school and was fronting a band as a singer, under the stage name Duffy Howard, singing lead and playing guitar -- his performances tended toward the bluesy side of rock & roll, and he was apparently as happy to cover a Leadbelly song as an Elvis Presley number (and at that date in England, only Elvis' RCA Victor sides would have been known, not his Sun Records work). He was discovered at age 17 by promoter/manager Larry Parnes at a performance at a local theater and signed up, eventually rechristened Duffy Power -- as with other promoters of the period, Parnes liked to choose memorable stage names for his artists, and the "Power" reportedly came from actor Tyrone Power. After seeing Cliff Richard and Marty Wilde perform in concert, he gave up the guitar to free himself up as a singer, and was later signed to Fontana Records.

In keeping with the trends of the era and the sensibilities of most British talent managers, his repertoire and career were directed toward the most commercial side of rock & roll -- though he did cover Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," his other five singles for Fontana came from the repertoires of Bobby Darin and Bobby Rydell. Meanwhile, his heart still lay with the grittier side of American music -- Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" and Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" were touchstones on a voyage of discovery that took place amid extensive package tours arranged by Parnes. Like his Parnes stablemate Billy Fury, he developed his skill as a singer in directions that gave him a range and flexibility far beyond the needs of the British teen idol image that his manager cultivated. In 1963, even as that brand of teenage singing star was fading from the charts, Power took steps to show what he could really do; one of his singles that year (for the Beatles' own Parlophone label, no less) was a cover of the Lennon/McCartney song "I Saw Her Standing There," done in early 1963, before poaching the quartet's albums for singles became the thing to do -- his backing band on that single was the Graham Bond Organisation, who were already becoming an important part of the British blues scene in London, and whose members included Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. But the most impressive aspect of the recording, given its early date, was Power and the band's thorough reinvention of song, a strong hint of just how much talent and ambition resided behind that fading teen idol persona.
Duffy Power - Leapers And Sleepers 1962-1967

Over the next several years, as he proceeded to develop his songwriting as well, Power reinvented himself as a serious blues singer, and was often heard in the company of the latest version of Blues Incorporated, the band founded and led by his longtime idol Alexis Korner. Their major joint legacy was an LP entitled Sky High, which is regarded as one of Korner's stronger mid- to late-'60s efforts. During this period, Power also crossed paths with Danny Thompson and Terry Cox, later of Pentangle. Within a few years, it was clear that Power had a knack for attracting top up-and-coming talent to his orbit, as many of those former backing musicians became stars in their own right. Somehow, he was never able to find a proper vehicle to showcase his own talent to a wider public. He could have been another Chris Farlowe or Long John Baldry, but never had the kind of pop hit that either of them did. Duffy's Nucleus, his late-'60s group, languished in relative obscurity, and a self-titled solo album release in 1972 failed to sell -- although it was co-produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, who had helped lift Farlowe into the pop charts in the previous decade. By the second half of the decade, Power had taken a government job, leaving the music business behind. He began re-emerging slowly in the 1980s, initially through the BBC, and in 2000 appeared on a Bert Jansch tribute record, People on the Highway. Power was somewhat more active in the 21st century, performing and recording more regularly than at any time since the early '70s. He died in 2014 at the age of 72

Duffy Power - Leapers And Sleepers 1962-1967
For such a significant cult artist, Power's 1960s recordings have been fairly poorly documented and distributed, with the best known of them actually being mid-'60s demos that didn't come out until the early-'70s release Innovations. This two-CD, 34-song set does a magnificent job of filling in the major gap in the Power catalog by collecting both sides of all six of his rare 1962-1967 Parlophone singles in one place, as well as adding no less than a dozen previously unreleased outtakes. That's not all: There are also both sides of his rare U.S.-only 1965 single (credited to Jamie Power), and eight 1965-1967 Marquis Music session demos that were only previously available on the 1995 anthology Just Say Blue. What's more important than the quite impressive lengths this compilation went to for assembling rare material, though, is the high quality of the music. There were few other singers exploring the eclectic tributary Power navigated in the 1960s, combining shades of blues, folk, jazz, rock, and pop in varying mixtures that never sounded forced, with vocals that could shift from croon to raunch. Power was an astute interpreter of material ranging from the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" (just the second Beatles cover ever, incidentally; both the rare single and a previously unreleased alternate version are here) and George Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So" to Goffin & King's pop-soul classic "Hey Girl" and Mose Allison's "Parchman Farm." Power also wrote some fine original material that was consistent with the vibes of the outside material he favored. He also used some great backup musicians, most notably the Graham Bond Quartet (with a pre-Cream Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker), who are heard on "I Saw Her Standing There" and several other songs, including Bond's own composition "Farewell Baby." A young John McLaughlin is heard on several other tracks. There's quite a lot to dig into here, some of the highlights including the lean blues-rock of "I'm So Glad You're Mine," the unexpectedly fruity orchestral Baroque pop production of his 1967 single (an outtake from that time in the same vein, "Take It Smoothly," is actually better than the tunes that ended up on the 45), the moody teen idol pop of the previously unissued 1962 outtake "Cupid's Bow" and the 1964 single "Where Am I," and the bopping jazz-R&B of his self-penned 1962 B-side "If I Get Lucky Someday." Some of the previously unissued covers of familiar rock-R&B standards are only average, but that's a minor strike against a very pleasing, well-packaged set, complete with super-detailed liner notes that include many comments from Power himself. 
 



The Dovers - We're Not Just Anybody (1965-66)

The Dovers - We're Not Just Anybody (1965-66)


Santa Barbara, CA group active in the mid-1960s.

The Dovers members:

    Bruce Clawson (guitar)
    Tim Granada (guitar, vocals)
    Robbie Laudewig (bass)
    Rick Morinini (drums, singles 1–2)
    Randy Busby (drums, singles 3–4)
    Tony Rivas (saxophone, tambourine, backing vocals)
    Nick Hoffman (guitar, replaced Clawson)


The Dovers were an American rock band of the mid-1960s. The Dovers were an example of mid-1960s folk rock, psychedelic rock and pop, heavily influenced by the British Invasion and American groups such as The Byrds. The Dovers were from Santa Barbara, California, and started their band under the name The Vandells.[1] They began their recording career as The Dovers in 1965 with the Miramar Records release "She's Gone"/"What Am I Going To Do?," which reportedly was a minor hit in the Santa Barbara–Ventura County area. Three singles followed in late 1965 and early 1966, showing The Dovers' interest in folk and pop; none of their four singles met with national success, and The Dovers broke up shortly afterward.

The group recorded a total of four singles for Miramar:

    "She's Gone" / "What Am I Going To Do?" (Miramar 118, September 1965);
    "I Could Be Happy" / "People Ask Me Why" (Miramar 121, November 1965, also released as Reprise 0439, December 1965);
    "The Third Eye" / "Your Love" (Miramar 123, April 1966)
    "She's Not Just Anybody" / "About Me" (Miramar 124, May 1966)

A Top 40 list from radio station KIST in Santa Barbara from May 28, 1966, shows The Dovers' single "The Third Eye" listed as one of the station's "Hit Bound Sounds" of the week.
 
The Dovers - We're Not Just Anybody 2001

The Dovers - We're Not Just Anybody (1965-66)


Knut Kiesewetter & Die Tramps - Die Polydor Singles

Knut Kiesewetter & Die Tramps - Die Polydor Singles

Knut Kiesewetter (born 13 September 1941, Stettin, Germany (now Szczecin, Poland) - died 28 December 2016, Garding, Kreis Nordfriesland, Germany) was a German jazz singer, trombonist, guitarist, songwriter, producer and writer. In 1961, he made his first recording as the vocalist with Die Tramps, a quartet that recorded 8 singles for Polydor in the early 1960's. He is the brother of Hartmut Kiesewetter and Sigrun Kiesewetter.



Knut Kiesewetter & Die Tramps - Die Polydor Singles

Knut Kiesewetter & Die Tramps - Die Polydor Singles
The Violents - CompleteThe Gables - Snake Dance (1966)The Kinks - Dandy 7" Hi-Fi's - Snakes And Hifis - (1967)The Skeptics - The Complete Early Years 1965-1969Mod And The Rockers  - Now (1967)Duffy Power - Leapers And Sleepers 1962-1967VA - A Taste Of Bear Family Records Knut Kiesewetter & Die Tramps - Die Polydor Singles

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