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The Rocking Ghosts - Complete Rocking Ghosts (1964-1968)

The Rocking Ghosts - Complete Rocking Ghosts (1964-1968)

Danish rock band formed in the summer of 1962 by Svend Bonavent Larsen (dm), Tommy Petersen (org., piano) (both formerly played in Tommy's Band), Timm Bo Madsen (lead-g) and Jørgen Frederiksen (rythm-g). In May of 1963 Johnny Dyhrberg (el-b) replaced Tommy Petersen, and John Andersen (lead-vo) (ex The Sundowns) joined the band.

The Rocking Ghosts - Complete Rocking Ghosts (1964-1968)

On January 28, 1964 the band won the Copenhagen championship in Rock at Nora Bio, which lead to a record deal with Metronome Records and producer Jørgen Ingmann. The instrumental debut album was called Vilja, Oh Vilja by Franz Léhar. Vocally the band broke through with their own Belinda that stayed on the charts for 13 months and was released in many European countries as well as the USA and Japan. During a trip to Bremen in April 1965, Johnny Dyhrberg left the band and was replaced by Kai Rose Petersen (el-b) and by the end of 1965 Bjørn Holte Jensen 
(rhythm-g) (ex The Ex-Checkers) replaced Jørgen Frederiksen. As the best selling album Oh, Oh What A Kiss, a rework of Johan Strauss' Über den Wellen, was a chart success in both 1966 and 1967.

In September 1967 the band decided to change their style to a more psychedelic flower power inspired pop sound, a change, however, Timm Bo Madsen and Kai Rose Petersen did not agree with and they consequently left the band.

They debuted with their new style at the Procul Harum concert in Tivoli. The new band recorded 2 singles for CBS Records with the following members: John Andersen, Svend Bonavent, Bjørn Holte, John Trefeldt (ex The Treffters), Fin Michael Musanti (rhythm-g, org) (ex The Playmakers) and Bent Hansen (el-b) (ex The Meteors).

The Rocking Ghosts were extremely popular in 1964-1967 and played, among other venues, at Giraffen, Enghaveparken, Hit House and Dansetten in Copenhagen, but their largest audience was primarily outside Copenhagen. The band also toured extensively in Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden and Finland.

Musically and image wise the band was inspired by Cliff Richard & The Shadows' combination of vocal and instrumental rock & roll more than by the beat sound of the time. By changing their style in 1967 the band lost a lot of their fans who had a hard time accepting the new image and in the spring of 1969 the band split up.

Musically The Rocking Ghosts contributed to the following Danish movies in the 1960s: Jeg en elsker, Min søsters børn, Mig og min lillebror, Pigen fra Egeborg. Only the recordings from Min søsters børn were released as an album in 1966.

In 1964, using the name The Tigers, The Rocking Ghosts recorded a commercial record for the gas company ESSO....

The Rocking Ghosts - Complete Rocking Ghosts (1964-1968)

Like Weird ! (1961 - 1964 singles) - The Centuries (aka Tommy Falcone & The Centuries)

Like Weird ! (1961 - 1964 singles) - The Centuries (aka Tommy Falcone & The Centuries)

The Centuries [N.Y.C.]  »  aka Tommy Falcone & The Centuries & aka The Shoestring   

"The common link is Tommy Falcone (producer, composer and guitar player).
The Tommy Falcone & The Centuries single will, based on the cat#, be circa 1960.
The group name was then shortened to The Centuries.
Some years later The Centuries single "Jack 23" (released on Cleopatra Records) was reissued on 20th Century Fox as by The Shoestring and renamed "Shoop-De-Hoop-Twine" (publishing credit on 20th Century Fox re-issue to Cleopatra Pub Co)."

"From a basement in New Jersey, Tommy Falcone remade  himself into a "Phil Spector"... From 1962 to 1970, he founded and ran Cleopatra Records, discovered and mentored young Garden State talent, wrote songs and produced wild studio effects, and quit his day job to promote it all himself. Trained as an accordionist, Falcone had a whirlwind imagination and an omnivorous approach to genre, expressed through acts like the Centuries, the Tabbys, Johnny Silvio, the Inmates, Bernadette Carroll, the Hallmarks, Vickie & the Van Dykes, the Shandillons, Eugene Viscione, the Shoestring, and more. Cleopatra became a time-capsule of every 1960s pop style imaginable—garage rock, psychedelia, surf, girl groups, soul, novelties, exotica, even a crooner—a kaleidoscope of sound in search of the ever-elusive hit record"

"Tommy Falcone was active in New York City throughout the sixties, foremost as a music arranger and producer. Well, active is maybe an overstatement since only a handful of recordings surfaced. On the other hand, some of those, like Like Weird, are unearthly remarkable. Like Weird did not stir much commercial commotion when it was released in the summer of 1961 and it did not get much help from Billboard either that listed it as with “moderate sales potential”.

Other projects that occupied Tommy Falcone included diverse and experimental recordings as The Shoestring’s Candy Andy (bubblegum pop about a child molester), The Cracker Rapper’s first recording (doo wop), Polynesian Paradise as The Centuries (check out the B-side instrumental, Outer Limits), New Jersey garage band The Inmates and the spaced out single Heavenly with Bernadette Carroll.

For some reason, but not very surprising, Tommy Falcone’s musical career did not take off. He seems to have made a part of his living as a teacher at Red Bank School of Music. Just before he died by a heart attack back stage aged only 40 years (circa 1968), he was reported to stack records at a record store. An occupation as good as anyone."

The Centuries

Like Weird ! (1961 - 1964 singles) - The Centuries (aka Tommy Falcone & The Centuries)

The most resonant room in the Newark Public Library in 1958 was the locker room where Gary Swangin practiced his singing. Swangin, a high school student who worked part time at the checkout desk, would often sneak away during breaks to hone his technique and work on an original song, “The Promise of Love”—until he got caught. 

When coworker Salvatore Girgenti heard it echoing off the tile and steel, he was so taken that he suggested they play together. With Girgenti on rhythm guitar, they recruited the D’Amato brothers, Charles, who played drums standing up, and Peter on lead guitar. 

D’Amato’s neighbor Francis Corragio brought virtuosity to their nascent band, at first playing an amplified upright bass. Corragio had started playing at eleven years old, and by the time of the Centuries he was taking lessons from members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. 

The library would prove crucial in another way. Swangin checked people’s books and bags as they exited the building, bringing him into contact with a wide range of folks—including Cleopatra Records’ Tommy Falcone. 

By 1960, Swangin’s education at Rutgers University was taking priority and his musical ambitions were expanding.He went on to Columbia University and performed in the Greenwich Village folk scene with a far-ahead-of-its-time fusion of modern lyricism with African rhythms. 

With Swangin gone, the band took a sharp turn into new waters rough with surf—losing lyrics but compensating with invention and melody. The Centuries transformed into an instrumental rock group inspired by the space race and Polynesia, becoming Falcone’s very own version of the Ventures with whom to explore the then-burgeoning sounds of surf rock and exotica. 

The Centuries has been played on NTS in shows including The Numero Group, featured first on 26 July 2018. Songs played include Like Weird and Beach Umbrella World. 

Founded in 2003 as an archival record label by Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier, and Ken Shipley, Numero has evolved into a multi-format media company, devoted to dragging brilliant recordings, films, and photography out of unwarranted obscurity. 

"We’re on a dirty, labor-intensive mission... and it’s urgent as all hell. Time kills off precious bits of passed-over sound, story, and ephemera every day, just as fast as we can haul this sprawling archive of under-heard recordings—along with the musicians, writers, and entrepreneurs who created them—out of exile."

Like Weird ! - 1961 - 1964 singles

Like Weird ! (1961 - 1964 singles) - The Centuries (aka Tommy Falcone & The Centuries)

Bread and Beer Band - Bread and Beer Band (1969)

In early 1969, Elton John  (then known by his given name Reg Dwight)  and friends formed a band known as The Bread And Beer band :

Bernie Calvert - bass
Caleb Quaye - guitar
Reg Dwight (Elton John) - piano
Roger Pope - drums
Lennox - percussion
Rolfo - percussion

The group recorded a single and an album in Feb. 1969, which was produced by Chris Thomas at the legendary EMI Studios at Abbey Road. The single was released in the UK only, in Feb. of '69. The album was planned for June of 1969, but cancelled, and the band put out on their own label in a handmade sleeve.

" Way back in the sixties, before there was an Empty Sky or even an Elton John, pianist Reginald Dwight was enlisted by aspiring producer Tony King to join what the latter envisioned as a studio band along the lines of the great Motown sections of the past. It wasn't to be a touring, full-time outfit, but a recording group and studio back-up unit that could be revised and shifted to fit the needs of each individual project that was undertaken. King, who produced the group along with veteran Chris Thomas (Procol Harum, Jethro Tull), also enlisted Hollies bassist Bernie Calvert, a pair of Jamaican conga and cowbell men and present-day Elton John Band members Roger Pope (drums) and Caleb Quaye (guitar). The group was dubbed the Bread and Beer Band, and with good reason.

"We used to go down to the pub in the afternoon, have a few beers and go back to the studio in the evening. Then we'd turn down all the lights at Abbey Road and get all moody," recalled Tony King. "The Beatles had been using lots of colored lights while they were recording - we thought it was terribly avant-garde - so we used to steal them and use them during our sessions."

King, who now serves as general manager for Elton John's and manager John Reid's Rocket Records, describes the group's first recorded effort as a satirical 12-bar blues treatment of the theme to the "Dick Barden Show," [should be "Dick Barton Show"] the BBC's rough equivalent to our own Dick Tracy. It was released as a single. "We got some nice reviews and people said it was interesting in an adventurous sort of way." It didn't sell.
Nevertheless, Bread and Beer were sufficiently motivated to record an album, a concept sort of thing that featured reworked arrangements of popular songs of the day with a few standards tossed in. Among the songs that Reginald and company tampered with were Sam the Sham's Wooly Bully, Donovan's Mellow Yellow and even a humorous arrangement of the Zorba The Greek movie theme. Fortunately or unfortunately, it was never released."

According to King, the tapes are now the property of John Reid and only one disc, an acetate presented to Elton on his last birthday, is in existence. "When I played it for Elton on his birthday," said King, "I thought It would be God-awful. We were surprised to find that it was half-decent. I think that if it were lousy, we'd all own up to it, because it's only between us anyway. But everybody who played on it still likes it." There is no way, however, that the album will ever be released. "

Valuable studio recordings of “Beared and Bear Band”, which had been registered in 69, before Elton John debuted as a singer-songwriter! At this point in time he is still playing the cover of the hit pops of the time without thorough vocals and playing the piano, but this recording is a valuable excavated sound source that has been stored without being officially released. It is a collector’s item that has attracted attention as a 60’s rare sound source that can be said to be the origin of Elton John!

Best of Instrumental 60's Guitar (3 x CD Set) (FRA)

Best of Instrumental 60's Guitar (3 x CD Set) (FRA)


Best of Instrumental 60's Guitar (3 x CD Set) (FRA)

Vol 1

1. The Shadows

2. The Spotnicks

3. The Ventures

4. The Tornados

5. Les Fingers

6. Les Champions

7. The Surfais

8. Les Fantomes

9. Les Aiglons

10. Les Bourgeois De Calais

11. Les Guitares Du Diable

12. The Sounds Incorporated

13. The Chantays

14. Les Playres

15. Les Milords

16. Les Guitares

17. Les Flash

18. Les 4 Kiwis

19. The Astronautes

20. The Dakotas

21. Richie Allan & The Pacific Surfers

22. Electric Sound Orchestra

23. Los Indios Tabajaras

24. Claude Ciari & Ses Guitares

25. Arthur Smith & His Cracker-Jacks

26. Guitars Unlimited

Best of Instrumental 60's Guitar (3 x CD Set) (FRA)

Best of Instrumental 60's Guitar (3 x CD Set) (FRA)

Vol 2

1. The Shadows

2. The Spotnicks

3. The Ventures

4. The Tornados

5. Les Fingers

6. Les Champions

7. Les Fantomes

8. Les Bourgeois De Calais

9. Les Guitares Du Diable

10. The Sounds Incorporated

11. Les Playres

12. Les Guitares

13. Les Sorciers

14. The Tornadoes

15. Les Relax

16. Lea Aigles

17. Les Play Boys

18. Electric Sound Orchestra

19. The Gladiators

20. The Krewkats

21. Dune Eddy

22. Burt Blanca

23. The Scorpions

24. The Cougars

25. Les Golden Strings

26. Dick Dale

Best of Instrumental 60's Guitar (3 x CD Set) (FRA)

Best of Instrumental 60's Guitar (3 x CD Set) (FRA)

Vol 3

1. The Shadows

2. The Spotnicks

3. The Ventures

4. Les Fingers

5. Les Champions

6. Les Fantomes

7. Les Guitares Du Diable

8. Les Playres

9. Les Flash

10. Les 4 Kiwis

11. Les Guitares

12. Electric Sound Orchestra

13. The Village Stompers

14. Les Aiglons

15. Les Francais

16. The Tornados

17. The Sounds Incorporated

18. The Routers

19. Richie Allen & The Pacific Surfers

20. The Sunsets

21. The Playboys

22. The Nocturnes

23. The Challengers

24. The Trashmen


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The Five Tornados - Shake Beat (1968)

The Five Tornados - Shake Beat  (1968)

Eine Augsburger Gitarren-Rock-Band.

Das Quintett war eine reine Instrumental-Formation und spielte Stücke von Johnny and the Hurricanes, The Shadows und Duane Eddy.

Als eine der ersten Augsburger Bands durfte die Band die Bühne des Königsbaus betreten, wo vorher ausschließlich deutsche und europäische Spitzen-Gruppen den Ton angaben. Bevor sie im Femina? zur langjährigen Hausband aufstiegen, machten Tornado 5 Station im Saalbau Neustadt?, in der Tarantel?, der Schlossgaststätte Wellenburg? und im Saalbau Hammel?.

Der österreichische Schlagersänger Boy Berger ("Twist in Acapulco") lobte die Band: "Ich arbeite ungern mit Amateuren, aber hier muss ich mein Urteil revidieren." Ihre erste Single „Wild Weekend" wurde von der Kritik zum Teil hoch gepriesen: "Viel Saxophon und betontes Schlagzeug, untermalt von drei elektrischen Gitarren. Melodie zum Tanzen wie auch zum Nur-Zuhören. Aber: anspruchsvoller als die meisten Modemelodien und deshalb nahezu unbegrenzt halt- und hörbar."

Unermüdlicher Werbetrommler der Gruppe war Bandleader Siegfried Schneider. Durch seine Kontakte als Plattenverkäufer kam 1965 ein Studio-Aufenthalt in München zustande. Von den zwölf eingespielten Instrumental-Stücken wurden drei Singles und eine Langspielplatte produziert. Die LP "Shakebeat" kam nach der Auflösung heraus und wurde mit einem völlig unpassenden grellen Beat-Cover veröffentlicht.

Die Band rockte in Augsburg von 1961 bis 1967.

Franz Wolf (bs)
Hans Finkl (git)
Günther "Bobby" Fitzthum (sax)
Siegfried Schneider (dr)
Fritz Baehr (org)
Ex-Mitglied: Andreas "Pit" Sedlmaier (git)

Single: Wild Weekend/Minnesota-Fats (1965)
LP: Shakebeat (1968)
Single als The German Tornados: Down Yonder/Peppermint-Shake (1966)
Single als The Five Tornados: Buckeye/Come On Train I (1966)


The Outlaws - Ride Again Singles As&Bs (1961-64)

The Outlaws - Ride Again Singles As&Bs (1961-64)

Biography by Bruce Eder
The Outlaws — not to be confused with the American country act of the same name — were one of a wave of instrumental groups that came along in British pop/rock music during the late 1950's and early 1960's. At the time, Cliff Richard's backing band the Shadows, were selling hundreds of thousands of records on their own, separate from the singer, and enjoying the kind of star status that guitarists of just a generation earlier could only have dreamt about. The Outlaws were distinguished by the unique sound of their records, courtesy of producer Joe Meek, and the presence of three top-flight players, one near-legend (Bobby Graham), and one future guitar god, Ritchie Blackmore, in their ranks. The group's roots go back to a North London band called Billy Gray & the Stormers, and a summer 1960 engagement at the renowned Yorkshire holiday camp Butlins. Billy Gray (real name Billy Halsey) was the singer, and the rest of the lineup included Billy Kuy on lead guitar, Reg Hawkins on rhythm guitar, Chas Hodges on bass, and, taking over the vacant drummer's spot, Bobby Graham. At the end of that summer, the group disbanded — no one minded, coming off of a season of fun, women, and booze, and decent pay to boot; most bands at their level never had that much to show for their work.


The Outlaws - Ride Again (Singles)
All 18 of the songs from their singles are included on this collection. It's all quite dated decades later, but not without its period charm, and the production was actually quite innovative for its period.

The Original Surfaris - Bombora

The Original Surfaris - Bombora

Originally slated to be released in 1963, this album was withdrawn due to litigation over the use of The Surfaris name, and retrieved from the vaults in the mid-'90s. A fair but unexceptional instrumental surf collection; the best cuts (most notably the title track) have appeared on compilations.

Those of us who've hanged 10 in our dreams know "Wipeout" by the Surfaris. These, however, are the Original Surfaris, some kids from the Fullerton area of Orange County who arrived at their name not via the Beach Boys' "Surfin' Safari," but via the Safaris' doo-wop hit "Image of a Girl." Such romantic notions can't deter drummer Mike Biondi from unleashing a maniacal drum solo that squeezes as many rim shots into 12 bars as the other Surfaris' Ron Wilson unloads in an entire chorus. Wild and woolly though the Original Surfaris may be (Larry Weed's ripping leads are precise and deadly) they also know their way around a ballad; "Surf Angel" is as wonderfully mushy as anything by Rosie & the Originals. --Jud Cost

Quite possibly the greatest surf album you've never heard, this 1963 session was only the stuff of legend until purloined by Sundazed. Screaming guitars, screaming sax, & screaming groupies vie for the stereo microphones in this Tony Hilder production that'll become the prize of your surf collection should you buy it, which you most certainly should, indeed. We ain't lyin'. Sundazed. 1995.

BOMBORA! was recorded and scheduled for release in 1963, but was unissued due to legal problems. This is the album's first release. Quite possibly the greatest surf album you've never heard, this 1963 session was only the stuff of legend until purloined by Sundazed. Screaming guitars, screaming sax, & screaming groupies vie for the stereo microphones in this Tony Hilder production that'll become the prize of your surf collection should you buy it, which you most certainly should, indeed. We ain't lyin'. Sundazed. 1995. Includes liner notes by Robert J. Dalley. This is part of Sundazed records' Yesterdazed Series. Personnel: Larry Weed (guitar); Doug Weisman (saxophone); Al Valdez (piano); Mike Biondi (drums). Liner Note Author: Robert J. Dalley. The Original Surfaris: Larry Weed, Chuck Vehle (guitar), Doug Wiseman (saxophone), Al Valdez (piano), Jim Tran (bass), Mike Biondi (drums). Compilation producer: Bob Irwin. Dirty Linen (4-5/96, p.55) - "...a great `lost' album that ended up being shelved in a vault in 1963. You'll hear `driving, twin-guitar, tuff-sax wallop' as you cruise through the ultimate surf soundtracks..."

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