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John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)

John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)

Having had success in South Africa in the early 1960s with his band Johnny and the G-Men, as well as a solo artist, Kongos went to UK to pursue his musical career. His first UK based group, Floribunda Rose, formed in April 1967, comprised the British musicians :
Pete Clifford (guitar) (born Peter William Frederick Clifford, 10 May 1943, Whetstone, North London) and Jack Russell (bass, vocals) (born 29 April 1944, Caerleon, South Wales), who had come to South Africa in June 1965 with The 004; drummer Nick 'Doc' Dokter (born 24 July 1945, Kampen, Overijssel, Holland), a latter day member of 004; and the Cyprus born keyboard player Chris Demetriou from John E Sharpe and the Squires. After one single, "Linda Loves Linda", Clifford returned to South Africa to join The Bats and Dokter moved to Canada and worked with Five Man Cargo. Drummer Henry Spinetti joined and the remaining members recorded three singles as Scrugg.
After 18 months of gigging in Britain and Europe with his bands Floribunda Rose and Scrugg, and five singles later, he released his first solo album, Confusions About a Goldfish (1970), on the Dawn record label.
He then concentrated on songwriting, and began to have major success in Germany and other European countries (No 1 and Top 10 hits). He then moved to Fly Records with whom he had two hit singles – "He's Gonna Step On You Again" (UK No. 4, May 1971;[1] U.S. Billboard Hot 100 No. 70) and "Tokoloshe Man" (UK No. 4, November 1971).[1] His second album Kongos made the Top 30 of the UK Albums Chart, but subsequent singles, "Great White Lady" (1972), "Ride the Lightning" (1975) and "Higher than God's Hat" (1975), did not chart.[1] "Tomorrow I'll Go", which appeared on Kongos, was covered by New Zealand band The Human Instinct on their 1970 album Stoned Guitar, while "Ride The Lightning" (1975) was covered by Sylvie Vartan as "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?" in France and was Number 1 on that chart for several weeks in 1976.
"He's Gonna Step On You Again" is cited in the Guinness Book of Records as being the first song to ever use a sample.
Kongos continued to work in his own London studio as a record producer, sound engineer, TV jingle and theme music composer, and songwriter, as well as handling the programming of the Fairlight CMI synthesizer on Def Leppard's 1983 album, Pyromania.
He gained notoriety with a new musical generation in 1990, when Madchester pioneers Happy Mondays reworked "He's Gonna Step On You Again" into their baggy era defining hit "Step On", which reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] In the same year they also covered his "Tokoloshe Man", for the compilation album, Rubáiyát.

His 1966-1969 work (including his recordings with Floribunda Rose and Scrugg, and his solo album Confusions About a Goldfish) was released on a compilation album, Lavender Popcorn (2001).

John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg ‎– Lavender Popcorn
Label: Castle Music ‎– CMRCD 395

Perhaps kicked into action due to the inclusion of Scrugg's "I Wish I Was Five" on Rhino's second Nuggets box from the year prior, the Castle label issued Lavender Popcorn: 1966-1969, which digs deep into the discography of eccentric psych-pop musician John Kongos. Prior to the period documented here, Kongos had several records under his belt as a South African artist, which were popular there but failed to translate elsewhere. Upon his 1966 relocation to England, he headed the short-lived bands Floribunda Rose (one single) and Scrugg (three singles) and then went solo. This anthology ties up everything from Floribunda Rose   and   Scrugg , while adding some unreleased material. Kongos' first solo album, 1969's Confusions About a Goldfish, is also included in its entirety. Though it doesn't include significant later singles like "Tokoloshe Man" and "He's Gonna Step on You Again," the disc is rather essential for psych-pop completists.

John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)

1 John T. Kongos* – I Love Mary 2:57
2 John T. Kongos* – Goodtime Party Companion 2:23
3 Floribunda Rose* – Linda Loves Linda 3:28
4 Floribunda Rose* – One Way Street 2:46
5 Scrugg – Everyone Can See 2:51
6 Scrugg – I Wish I Was Five 3:19
7 Scrugg – Lavender Popcorn Written-By – Reeves, English 2:18
8 Scrugg – Sandwich Board Man 3:11
9 Scrugg – Will The Real Geraldine Please Stand Up And Be Counted 2:59
10 Scrugg – Only George 2:51
11 Scrugg – Patriotic 2:48
12 John Kongos – Confusions About A Goldfish 4:17
13 John Kongos – At This Moment 1:48
14 John Kongos – Deserts Of Mountains Of Men 3:12
15 John Kongos – Seat By The Window 3:19
16 John Kongos – Go Home 2:36
17 John Kongos – Tomorrow I'll Go 3:57
18 John Kongos – Flim, Flam Pharisee 2:50
19 John Kongos – It Was Easy 2:50
20 John Kongos – Blood 3:55
21 John Kongos – The Lady Wants More 3:18
22 John Kongos – Coming Back To YouWritten-By – Demetriou, Kongos  2:49
23 John Kongos – Amendment To Confusions About A Goldfish 2:20
24 John Kongos – Elegy To Seymour 3:05
25 John Kongos – All I'm Trying To Do 3:14
26 John Kongos – Week Day Lady 3:06

Written-By – John Kongos (tracks: 1-6, 8-26)
Track 11 previously unreleased. 
Tracks 24-26 previously unreleased demos.


Bergen White - For Women Only (1970)

Bergen White - For Women Only (1970)

Although best known for a long and successful career as a Nashville arranger, Bergen White also recorded one of the Holy Grails of soft pop: 1970's lush, melancholy For Women Only, a minor classic of its genre. According to Steve Stanley's comprehensive liner notes published in Rev-Ola's 2004 reissue of For Women Only, White was born in Miami, OK, in 1939, the son of a Baptist minister who regularly moved his family from city to city throughout the southern half of the U.S. The Whites finally settled in Nashville when Bergen was 14; there he befriended fellow music fans Bobby Russell and Buzz Cason, with whom he later recorded a single credited to the Todds. After college, White taught math and science for two years before Russell persuaded him to resume their musical collaboration, this time as staff vocalists with Bill Beasley's sound-alike label Hit Records, an imprint infamous for cutting carbon-copy knockoffs of chart hits that were commonly sold in supermarkets and priced to move. Hit not only offered White an opportunity to hone his vocal skills, but he was also allowed to compose original material for release via the B-sides of the label's singles.
In time, White was taken under the wing of Nashville producer Bill Justis and offered the chance to begin arranging recording sessions. He also joined the Justis-sponsored hot rod group Ronny & the Daytonas as a vocalist -- best known for their pop smash "G.T.O.," the band's ranks later included White's old schoolmate Buzz Cason as well. With a growing number of session dates now under his belt, in 1967 White signed to Monument to record his first solo single, "If It's Not Asking Too Much" -- an exquisitely melancholy slice of string-sweetened pop, the record earned little commercial attention, and its creator resumed his work behind the scenes. In 1969 he agreed to record a full-length LP for Shelby Singleton's SSS label, enlisting the assistance of noted session guitarist and engineer Wayne Moss, owner of Nashville's legendary Cinderella Studio. The resulting For Women Only appeared the following year -- an ornate and elegant work of richly detailed harmony pop, both the album and its lead single, "It's Over Now," failed to chart. After issuing a gospel-influenced non-LP single titled "Spread the Word," SSS terminated White's contract.

Even as his recording career faltered, however, White's session career was reaching critical mass -- his work on Tony Joe White's 1969 Top Ten hit "Polk Salad Annie" brought him to the attention of no less than Elvis Presley, who wanted Bergen to arrange a version of the song for him to perform in his Las Vegas show. He went on to arrange several Presley sessions in the years to follow, on occasion contributing backing vocals as a substitute Jordanaire -- White's résumé would later include country luminaries such as Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, the Statler Brothers, the Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw. In the meantime, in 1975 he signed to the Private Stock label, issuing a cover of the Del Vikings classic "Come Go with Me," soon followed by the David Gates-penned "Have You Taken a Good Look Lately." White's third effort for the label, a rendition of the Gene Chandler perennial "Duke of Earl," began to accrue some commercial momentum, but touring behind the single would have forced him to turn down some studio projects -- when he balked at hitting the road, Private Stock cut its promotional funding, and for all intents and purposes his pop career was over. In 1980 White did release a gospel LP, Praise the Lord -- in 1998, he also resurfaced with a seasonal effort credited to the Bergen White Christmas Singers.

Bergen White - For Women Only (1970)
Bergen White - For Women Only (1970)

Bergen White was a member of Ronny & the Daytonas during the Nashville-based hot rod group's last days, when the band was shifting away from Beach Boys-styled hot rod and surf tunes and developing its "softer" side after finding some success with a ballad hit, "Sandy." In 1969, when the group finally did break up, White remained in the Nashville area, where he recorded his first album, For Women Only, which was released on producer and mini-mogul Shelby Singleton's SSS-International label. White wrote or co-wrote several of the tracks himself ("Now" was co-written with Bob Tubert, who wrote several hits for Eddy Arnold, Sonny James, Roy Clark, and others), but many of the highlights are his soft pop renditions of material penned by other notable composers. "She Is Today" is a faster-paced, more upbeat version of the Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil song that had previously been recorded by the Vogues, who were also on SSS at the time. White covers the Lettermen's harmony pop arrangement of Little Anthony & the Imperials' "Hurt So Bad" (a Top 20 hit from September 1969) and Townes Van Zandt's gorgeous "Second Lover's Song." There are a couple of David Gates tunes too, the sublime "Gone Again" and "Look at Me," which appeared on Bread's debut album that same year. Incidentally, during this same time, White provided vocals (along with Daytonas' group leader Buzz Cason and Bobby Russell) and string arrangements for several so-called "supermarket" knockoff records that were released by the budget sound-alike Hit Records label. One of these recordings was the Bergen White-Russell-penned Beach Boys knockoff "We Built a 409," credited to "the Roamers" (aka Ronny & the Daytonas). Singleton was listed as the producer on these records. White continues to have a thriving career as an arranger/producer in Nashville.

Bergen White - For Women Only (1970)

Bergen White - For Women Only (1970)

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The Secrets & Clifford T Ward - Infatuation Singles and Demos 1966-68 +

Led by Cliff Ward (subsequently better known as Seventies singer-songwriter Clifford T. Ward), Worcestershire-based band the Secrets (a.k.a. Simon’s Secrets) released a glorious rush of witty, vibrant, hook-laden, sub-three minute pop nuggets between 1966 and 1968.  Infatuation gathers all of The Secrets singles, alternative versions and works-in-progress group recordings to provide a fascinating document of an outfit who never quite achieved the commercial success that they deserved.

• Five singles emerged during this Swinging-London-into-psychedelia timeframe, while a whole host of equally impressive, locally-recorded demos cut at the same juncture remained on the cutting-room floor for several decades.

• Infatuation gathers all of these singles, alternative versions and works-in-progress group recordings to provide a fascinating document of an outfit who never quite achieved the commercial success that they deserved.

• The release features half-a-dozen previously unissued recordings, including hitherto unknown-to-exist Ward songs ‘Poor Johnny’ and ‘Looking Down The Glass’. It also includes two versions of his song ‘Path Through The Forest’, subsequently turned into a UK psych classic by The Factory.

Track Listing:

18. COATHANGER (demo version #1)*
19. NAUGHTY BOY (demo version #1)*
20. THE SESSION SINGER (demo version)
23. SYMPATHY (demo version)*
24. I KNOW WHAT HER NAME IS (demo version)
25. KEEPING MY HEAD ABOVE WATER (demo version)
26. COATHANGER (demo version #2)
27. NAUGHTY BOY (demo version #2)*
28. PATH THROUGH THE FOREST (demo version)

* Previously unreleased

PLUS some tracks from Secrets - CBS Anthology

1.Cliff Ward and The Cruisers - Rachel                      
2.Cliff Ward and The Cruisers - No Money Down               
3.Cliff Ward and The Cruisers - Oo Wee Baby                 
4.Martin Raynor and The Secrets - Candy To Me               
5.Martin Raynor and The Secrets - You're A Wonderful One

16.Bronco - Misfit On Your Stair

17.Bronco - A Matter Of Perspective                         
18.Bronco - Some Uncertainty                                
19.Bronco - Discernible                                     
20.Bronco - Southbound State Express                        
21.Bronco - Attraction                                      
22.Wherewithal (One More Chance version)                    
23.Lost Again (K​-​Tel version)                             
24.Contrary (Alternate Take)                                
25.When The World Was Round (Alternate Take)         

Clifford T. Ward - Path Through the Forest: The Secret World of Clifford T Ward 1964-71

Clifford T. Ward - Path Through the Forest: The Secret World of Clifford T Ward 1964-71

When 'singing schoolteacher' Clifford T. Ward finally made a commercial breakthrough in the early 1970s, it brought to an end nearly a decade of toil within the soft white underbelly of the British pop scene. Path Through The Forest: The Secret World of Clifford T. Ward 1964-71 assembles his early work for the first time, featuring his scarce 1960s singles as leader of the Secrets and a breathtaking treasure trove of locally-recorded demos and works-in-progress recordings, including two versions of a song that is now revered as a genuine British psychedelic pop classic, 'Path Through The Forest'. A prodigious collection of beguiling ballads and melodic, hook-laden pop songs, Path Through The Forest (featuring 57 tracks, most of which come from the master tapes and are being released for the first time) reveals that, some years before the winsome singer-songwriter glories of 'Gaye' and Home Thoughts, aspiring pop star Cliff Ward was already a highly significant talent.

“Long before Clifford T Ward achieved a measure of fame in the 70s as a gifted progenitor of gorgeously autumnal balladry, he was slogging it out as one of the more industrious foot soldiers of 60s pop. Path Through The Forest, a compilation of demos and single sides assembled with customary dedication by Wooden Hill, reveals Ward to have been in full possession of his songwriting smarts straight from the off. While endearingly eager beat group versions of Chuck Berry’s ‘No Money Down’ and the Holland-Dozier-Holland bantamweight ‘Candy To Me’ make up the numbers, it’s Ward’s own compositions which really impress. Tirelessly prolific, Ward was already knocking out the good stuff in his early 20s, while airing one of the most underrated voices in British pop: a mellifluous light tenor from the Zombies’ end of the spectrum. ‘Keeping My Head Above Water’, ‘My Goddess’ and ‘Terribly Unkind’ could happily displace even the strongest material on the first Bee Gees album, while the starkly emotional ‘Don’t You Ever Take Yourself Away’ prefigures the naked candour of John Lennon/ Plastic Ono Band. ‘Path Through The Forest itself’ – revered in psych circles thanks to the Factory’s pulverising cover version – is White Noise-grade disquieting, overlaid with close-miked giggles and muttering.” (Record Collector)

“This anthology collects together no fewer than 57 tracks recorded between 1964 and ’72 before Ward established himself as a singer songwriter of some repute through classic albums such as Home Thoughts. And what a great collection it is, covering not just the six A and B-sides he cut with various incarnations of his mid-60s band the Secrets, but also a wealth of unreleased material and demos. This overview provides a unique perspective of a fledgling talent trying on different styles and finding they fit like a glove. With the track listing eschewing any sense of chronology you never know what you’re going to get next – from blue-eyed soul to paisley pop to exquisite piano-led tropes on love and loss. Of particular interest to Shindig! readers will be the inclusion of both the original and demo versions of the title track, a genuine psychedelic classic later covered by the Factory.”

Disc One
1 What A Nice Surprise
2. I Think I Need The Cash (THE SECRETS)
3. The Same Applies To You
4. I Know What Her Name Is (demo version) (SIMON’S SECRETS)
5. Terribly Unkind
6. Attraction
7. Coathanger (demo version) (THE SECRETS)
8. She’s Dangerous (THE SECRETS)
9. Sylvie
10. Consideration
11. The Session Singer (demo version)
14. All That Glitters Is Not Gold
15. I Suppose (THE SECRETS)
16. It’s Better To Believe
17. Discernible
18. Path Through The Forest
19. Misfit On Your Stair
20. Keeping My Head Above Water (single version) (SIMON’S SECRETS)
21. Complicated
22. I’ve Got To Get You Off My Mind
23. Realisation
24. Such A Pity (THE SECRETS)
25. You’re A Wonderful One (MARTIN RAYNOR & THE SECRETS)
26. My My What A Day
27. Cartagena
28. Don’t You Ever Take Yourself Away
29. Trousers 

Disc Two

2. Naughty Boy (SIMON’S SECRETS)
3. I’ve Got Love In My Song
4. I’ll Keep On Closing My Eyes
5. The Gloria Bosom Show
6. Infatuation (THE SECRETS)
7. Don’t You Know She’s Mine
8. Teacher
9. Sympathy (SIMON’S SECRETS)
10. My Goddess
11. I’d Like To Take You Out Tonight
12. Jenny
14. Wait A Minute You Fool
15. I Know What Her Name Is (single version) (SIMON’S SECRETS)
16. Think About You
17. Thinking About You
18. Always Think About You
19. The Mule
20. I Intend To Please (THE SECRETS)
21. Lady With The Book In Her Hand
22. My Heart Cries Out To You
23. Maybe You Know
24. Today Is Taking Too Long
25. Keeping My Head Above Water (demo version) (SIMON’S SECRETS)
26. Learning My Part
27. Baby There’s No Such

Clifford T. Ward - Path Through the Forest: The Secret World of Clifford T Ward 1964-71

Clifford T. Ward - Home Thoughts From Abroad (1973)

Clifford T. Ward - Home Thoughts From Abroad (1973)

In 1973 a Bromsgrove schoolteacher with unfeasibly long hair seemed to have the whole pop music world at his feet. His debut Charisma single, "Gaye", had reached the Top Ten during the summer, his critically lauded second solo album, "Home Thoughts" had swept into the Top 40, he'd made several television appearances and his blend of shrewd storytelling and stunningly evocative melodies had made him an innovative alternative to the glam rockers. All the music papers were falling over themselves to interview this unique new singer songwriter. He had managed to garner the acclaim of the serious music press and yet still become something of a darling in teenage magazines like Jackie and Music Scene. When his third single for Charisma, "Scullery" reached Number 37 in the singles chart at the dawn of 1974, not even the most pessimistic observer would have thought this would be Clifford T. Ward's last ever U.K. chart appearance.
It can therefore come as a surprise to discover that Clifford T. Wmoreard has continued to write and record distinctive music since the early 70s when he was one of Tony Stratton-Smith's flagship acts, and that his songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Judy Collins, Ringo Starr, Cliff Richard and Jack Jones. He has maintained his love of capturing within his strikingly original narratives, fragile vocals and mesmerising melodies, the attitude of ordinary people at work, at play and in love. His quintessentially "English" music defines its own genre but file with Pulp, The Kinks, Morrissey, Vaughan Williams, Bragg and The Beatles, if you insist.

The biggest surprise may well be that his desire to keep producing memorable music is as strong as ever despite suffering from multiple sclerosis for the past thirteen years. Ward's popularity with collectors is on the increase, yet ironically he feels little benefit since he is lucky to get any of the large sums of money which are changing hands for second-hand original copies of material from a quite remarkable body of work, much of which has played no part in the CD reissue boom.

Clifford T. Ward - Home Thoughts From Abroad (1973)

Right in the middle of glam rock 1973 came a homely singer/songwriter from the small village of Stourport near Birmingham named Clifford T. Ward who took the charts by storm with a simple love song, "Gaye," telling the age-old story of a girl and how much she meant to him. This was like a breath of fresh air in the overproduced mid-'70s by its very nature. For here was a man who told simple stories, with beautiful melodies, played with the minimum of fuss. Hot on the heels of the single "Gaye" came his second album, Home Thoughts, which Ward was heavily involved with writing and producing, as well as playing keyboards. Home Thoughts opened with the lovely ballad "Gaye" and continued in the same vein as the single with piano backed ballads sung with clear, concise lyrics, reflecting Ward's homespun family thoughts, living as an ordinary man with a wife and three children, spurning the attention from the media, refusing to tour or play any live gigs that would take him away from his family, and also shying away from the pop press, interviews, and photographs, except when absolutely necessary. Clifford T. Ward had been working as an English teacher at a local school and it was here he developed his love of poetry and words, an asset he brought to his songs, especially "Where Would That Leave Me" and "Time the Magician," "Home Thoughts from Abroad," and "The Open University" in which he namechecks his favorite authors, and "Wherewithal," a song he wrote simply because he liked the sound of the word. But for all the beautiful songs on Home Thoughts, the standout track is the hit single "Gaye" with its instantly memorable singalong melody.

VA - Softrock Nuggets Vol.1 ~ Silver And Sunshine (2017)

VA - Softrock Nuggets Vol.1 ~ Silver And Sunshine (2017)

1. The Goldebriars - I'm Gonna Marry You (2:36)

2. Glen Campbell - Guess I'm Dumb (2:41)
3. The Association - Along Comes Mary (2:50)
4. The Tradewinds - Mind Excursion (2:10)
5. The Looking Glass - Sliver And Sunshine (How Wonderful Is Our Love) (2:02)
6. The Sidekicks - Fifi The Flea (2:40)
7. The Poor - Once Again (2:56)
8. The Visions - Black and White Rainbow (2:51)
9. The Tokens - Portrait Of My Love (2:23)
10. Harpers Bizarre - Come To The Sunshine (2:33)
11. Dino, Desi & Billy - Kitty Doyle (2:03)
12. The Buckinghams - Susan (2:58)
13. The Vogues - Just What I've Been Looking For (2:41)
14. The Rascals - A Beautiful Morning (2:33)
15. The Happenings - Randy (2:47)
16. Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends - Let's Ride (2:53)
17. The Anita Kerr Singers - Happiness (2:00)
18. Pat Shannon - Candy Apple, Cotton Candy (2:12)
19. The Sandpipers - To Put Up With You (2:51)
20. The Coronados - Good Morning, New Day (2:09)
21. The Vogues - She Is Today (2:53)
22. The Holy Mackerel - To Put Up With You (3:27)
23. Tommy James & The Shondells - Crystal Blue Persuation (4:04)
24. The Coronados - Don't Start Something You Can't Finish (2:58)

VA - Softrock Nuggets Vol.1 ~ Silver And Sunshine (2017)

MC Squared - Tantalizing Colours; The Reprise Recordings

MC SQUARED - Tantalizing Colours . 1967-68 . Repressing of this UK collection. MC Squared-featuring folk renegades from the Back Porch Majority, as well as legendary studio musicians Jim Keltner and Randy Sterling-recorded four exciting singles for Reprise Records during 1967 and 1968. Sounding like a unique hybrid of the Mamas and the Papas and Jefferson Airplane, the Los Angeles-based quintet failed to generate commercial success, and as a result their long-lost 1968 album has since been confined to the vaults...

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