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King Size Taylor & The Dominoes - EARLY RECORDING

King Size Taylor & The Dominoes - EARLY RECORDING

King Size Taylor & The Dominoes - EARLY RECORDING


The quality is not the best standard, but I think it's a milestone in British Rock 'n' Roll history from Liverpool's first Rock 'n' Roll Band. It's very rare material and we must work with damaged records and tapes.

1957 - 33 RPM - LP
01 - Whole Lotta Shaking Going On - (Vocals by Arthur)
02 - Baby - (Vocals by Charlie; this was his own composition)
03 - Great Balls Of Fire - (Vocals by Arthur)
04 - Guitar Boogie - (Instrumental performed by Charlie)
05 - Roll Over Beethoven - (Vocals by Arthur)
06 - So Long - (Vocals by Arthur)
07 - I Want You To Know - (Vocals by Arthur)
08 - Mean Woman Blues - (Vocals by Arthur)
09 - Autumn Leaves - (Instrumental performed by Charlie and George)

1958 - 33 RPM - LP
10 - Lend Me Your Comb - (Vocals by Teddy)
11 - Matchbox - (Vocals by Teddy)
12 - Good Golly Miss Molly - (Vocals by Teddy)
13 - Whole Lotta Shaking Going On - (Vocals by Charlie)
14 - Guitar Boogie - (Instrumental performed by Teddy)
15 - Shortnin' Bread Rock - (Vocals by Charlie)
16 - Roll Over Beethoven - (Vocals by Teddy)
17 - Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey - (Vocals by Teddy)
18 - Your True Love - (Vocals by Teddy)
19 - Guitar Boogie - (Instrumental performed by Charlie)

1958 - 78 RPM - EP
20 - Saw My Baby With Another Guy - (Vocals and written by Teddy)
21 - Instrumental -  (written and played by Teddy)
22 - Instrumental -  (written and played by Sam)

1958 - 78 RPM - EP
23 - Oh, My Soul - (Vocals by Sam)
24 - Baby - (written by Charlie, vocals by Bobby)
25 - Sad And Blue -  (written by Sam, vocals by Teddy)

Live London BBC  1963
101 - Intro Memphis (with Juck Berry)
102 - It's Late
103 - Sweet Little Sixteen (with Juck Berry)
104 - Interview - Nadine (with Juck Berry)
105 - My Blue Heaven
106 - Herman The Hermit
107 - Shake Baby Shake
108 - Jump Back

201 - Interview with King Size Taylor Febr. 1987

1957 - 1958 The Dominoes
Cliff Roberts - drs
Georg Watson - gtr
Charlie Flynn - gtr
Sam Hardie - piano
Arthur Baker - voc

Cliff Roberts - drs
Georg Watson - gtr
Charlie Flynn - gtr
Sam Hardie - piano
Arthur Baker - voc
Ted (King Size) - Taylor
Robby Thompson - bs

King Size Taylor &The Dominoes

King Size Taylor &The Dominoes

Edward 'Ted' Taylor, called 'King Size' in a not-too-subtle allusion to his formidable appearance, was already a highly experienced member of the first music generation from Liverpool when he made his first trip to Hamburg. He and the Dominoes claimed, probably justifiably, that they were one of the very first rock bands in their hometown. It's a fact that they were the first Merseyside group to go on air at Radio Luxembourg. As was so often the case, the Dominoes reached back to the end of the Skiffle era. Both, Ted Taylor and Bobby Thompson were members of the James Boys Skiffle Group as early as 1957. The first real Dominoes group existed by the end of 1957, but only as a pure Rock'n'Roll band. Charlie Flynn and Sam Hardie belonged to the group, two names that would remain constant in the band's ever changing genealogical tree. The name King Size Taylor And The Dominoes is mentioned for the first time in 1960.


King Size Taylor &The Dominoes

King Size Taylor &The Dominoes

Ariola 71765 - one side Liverpool Beat
1 - Heebie Jeebies
2 - Oo Poo Pa Doo
3 - Wa Watussi
4 - Let's Dance
5 - Broken Arrow
6 - Lipstick, Powder And Paint = Live

Ariola 70953 - one side Twist Time im Star-Club Hamburg 2
7 - All Around The World
8 - Stupidity
9 - Slippin' And Slidin'
10 - Unchain My Heart
11 - Bad Boy
12 - Short On Love
13 - Hello Josephine
14 - You Can't Sit Down

Ariola 71431 Star-Club Time mit
15 - I've Been Watching You
16 - I'm Late
17 - Down In The Valley
18 - She Said Yeah
19 - You Make Me Happy
20 - Sherry Baby
21 - Shake, Shake, Shake
22 - Sky Boat Song
23 - Golly Golly What
24 - Clarabella


VA - Heimatliche Klaenge (The Twangy Gang) vol.148

VA - Heimatliche Klaenge (The Twangy Gang) vol.148
The Twangy Gang
 also know as -The Twangy Gang And Their Friend

VA - Heimatliche Klaenge (The Twangy Gang) vol.148

Heimatliche Klaenge - Native Sounds vol.148 

The Twangy Gang And Their Friends - Hair (engl) Tip Lp 633161
(also Polydor 2418003 Canada)

01 - Aquarius
02 - Donna
03 - Sodomi
04 - Colored Spade
05 - Aint Got No
06 - Air
07 - I Got Life
08 - Hair
09 - Easy To Be Hard
10 - Frank Mills
11 - Where Do I Go
12 - Hare Krishna
13 - Electric Blues
14 - Black Boys
15 - White Boys
16 - Walking In Space
17 - 3500
18 - What A Piece Of Work Is Man
19 - Good Morning Starshine
20 - Let The Sunshine In

VA - Heimatliche Klaenge (The Twangy Gang) vol.148

VA - Heimatliche Klaenge (The Twangy Gang) vol.149

Heimatliche Klaenge - Native Soundsvol.149 

The Twangy Gang - Hair (german) Tip Lp 2428008

01 Der Wassermann
02 Donna
03 Sodomie
04 Ich bin ein Farbiger
05 Ich hab kein
06 Luft
07 Ich bin reich
08 Haar
09 Nein sagt sich so leicht
10 Frank Mills
11 Wo geh ich hin
12 Hare Krishna
13 Electric Blues
14 Black Boys
15 White Boys
16 Schweben im Raum
17 3500
18 Hat's der Mensch nicht weit gebracht
19 Die letzten Sterne
20 LaЯ den Sonnenschein

Jancy said ;

VA - Heimatliche Klaenge (The Twangy Gang) vol.151

VA - Heimatliche Klaenge (The Twangy Gang) vol.151

Heimatliche Klaenge - Native Sounds vol.151

1 - The Twangy Gang 4 - Lost Reel Tape
The Twangy Gang  (Polyband HIFI 148)

01. Aquarius Let The Sunshine In
02. Gimme, Gimme Good Lovin' 
03. Let's Go To San Franzisco
04. The Waves Are High Today
05. Where Are We Bound 
06. Listen To Me
07. I Wondered
08. If I Want To Be With My Baby Tonight
09. Still I Am Loving You
10. I Will
11. Manipulation
12. Wonderful Days
13. Savoy Truffle
14. That Feeling Is Gone
15. Rest My Soul 
16. I Who Have Nothing
17. Why Did You Do It
19. Proud Mary

* sorry - track 18 unfortunately totally destroyed,
restoration impossible
Jancy said :

VA - Heimatliche Klaenge (The Twangy Gang) vol.151

The Crossfires (Pre-The Turtles) - Out Of Control

The Crossfires (Pre-The Turtles) - Out Of Control

Out of Control is an album of material by The Crossfires, later known as The Turtles.

The Crossfires were a surf-rock group active between in 1963 and 1965. The group was formed in Los Angeles, California by Westchester High students Howard Kaplan (changed in 1965 to Kaylan, because that's how he always wrote his name), Al Nichol and Chuck Portz. Originally called 'The Nightriders'; the group Mark Volman, Don Murray from Inglewood High and Dale Walton (later replaced by Tom Stanton, who in turn, was later replaced by Jim Tucker) to the group in 1963, changed the band name to 'The Crossfires' and began performing guitar-driven surf instrumentals in concert across the Westchester area.

The effects of being in a band had their social consequences. The naive group were exposed to wild bacchanals, strangely devastating drinks like "Red Death," and all manner of mayhem. To rise to the occasion, and to keep the frat boys happy to insure the band of even more $200-a-night jobs, the Crossfires adapted their own, original versions of standards like "Money" and "What'd I Say" that were laced with the well chosen obscenities that the UCLA party boys loved so much. An ill-timed rendition of those very same ditties at the Westchester Women's Club effectively banned the Crossfires from Westchester, for good.

They set their sights on the adjacent South Bay area (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance) and quickly found themselves winners of several Battle of the Bands competitions that resulted in a residency at Reb Foster's (a local DJ) Revelaire Club. The group also had a fan club of sorts, "the Chunky Club," whose members made obscene genital gestures with the help of spoons during band appearances. (For more insight into this period, refer to the Crossfires album, Out of Control) It was here that demands were made upon them to learn the various hit recordings of stars like the Coasters, Sonny and Cher, the Righteous Brothers and others for whom they would occasionally become the backup band.

In 1964, the Beatles and the whole English Invasion took effect. Mark and Howard put down their saxes, took up the vocals more ardently (Howard did most of the leads, Mark backups and tambourine) and the Crossfires dropped their entire repertoire of surf instrumentals and grew their hair long.

Despite this response, and their following at the Revelaire, frustration set in. The members weren't in high school anymore, two were married, and the band wasn't earning enough money. In 1965, on the night they were submitting their resignation from the Revelaire and about to break up, they were approached by Ted Feigin and Lee Lasseff who signed them to a brand new, nameless record label, later to be called White Whale. It was time for a name change as well. The group liked "The Half Dozen," or "Six Pack," but opted for Reb Foster's suggestion, The Turtles

Personnel :
Al Nichol - lead guitar
Howard Kaplan - tenor sax, lead vocals
Mark Volman - alto sax, lead vocals
Don Murray - drums
Chuck Portz - bass guitar
Dale Walton - rhythm guitar
Jim Tucker - rhythm guitar ("One Potato Two Potato", "Stay Around", "Livin' Doll")
Tom Stanton - rhythm guitar ("That'll Be The Day", "Revelaire", "Silver Bullet")
Terry Hand - drums ("Livin' Doll", "Stay Around")

When the band changed their name from The Crossfires to The Turtles, lead singer Howard Kaplan changed his last name to Kaylan.

Out of Control - Pre-The Turtles.
Label: Sundazed Music ‎– SC 6062 1995

The Crossfires (Pre-The Turtles) - Out Of Control

This is the earliest songs from the turtles when they were the surf group the crossfires. It has some great songs on it like 'one potatoe, two potatoe" ( a california hit regional single) , and 'silver bullet' and some average tracks too. The sound quality varies on these tracks but overall they are worth owning. In fact the whole turtles catalog is worth owning. The boys were just beginning at this point and they would explode into action in 1965 with their first turtles album. This one was of course a complilation of early preturtles tracks, and you do get excellent guitar playing, and a few harmonies but not like what was to follow

The Shakers aka King Size Taylor & The Dominoes

The Shakers aka King Size Taylor & The Dominoes

The Shakers aka King Size Taylor & The Dominoes

1 - Twist And Shout
2 - Hippy Hippy Shake
3 - Money
4 - Hello Josephine
5 - Memphis Tennessee
6 - Whole Lot Of Lovin'
7 - Domino Twist
8 - I Can tell
9 - Mashed Potatoes And Hot Pastrami
10 - Ruby Ann
11 - Long Tall Sally
12 - Dr. Feelgood
13 - Sweet Little Sixteen
14 - Country Music
15 - Dizzy Miss Lizzy
16 - Green Onions

Bonus 45'
17 - Fortune Teller
18 - Never In A Hundred Years
19 - Slow Down
20 - Somebody's Always Trying
21 - Looking For My Baby
22 - Thinkin' 

.The Turtles - 20 Greatest Hits

.The Turtles - 20 Greatest Hits

Though many remember only their 1967 hit, "Happy Together," the Turtles were one of the more enjoyable American pop groups of the '60s, moving from folk-rock inspired by the Byrds to a sparkling fusion of Zombies-inspired chamber pop and straight-ahead, good-time pop reminiscent of the Lovin' Spoonful, the whole infused with beautiful vocal harmonies courtesy of dual frontmen Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. Though they hit number one in 1967 with the infectious "Happy Together," the Turtles scored only three more Top Ten hits and broke up by the end of the '60s. Kaylan and Volman later joined Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention during the early '70s and also recorded themselves as Flo & Eddie, but were on the oldies circuit with a revamped Turtles by the mid-'80s.

Born within two months of each other in 1947 (though on opposite coasts), Howard Kaylan (b. Howard Kaplan) and Mark Volman attended the same school, Westchester High in Los Angeles (Kaylan had moved from New York as a child). The two sang in the school's a cappella choir, where Volman soon heard about Kaylan's instrumental surf group, the Nightriders (which also included choir members Al Nichol on lead guitar, Don Murray on drums and Chuck Portz on bass). Volman joined the group just before they became the Crossfires in 1963. After high school graduation, the Crossfires continued on while its members attended area colleges (picking up rhythm guitarist Jim Tucker along the way).
The group finally got its big break in 1965 after local disc jockey and club owner Reb Foster heard them. Foster liked the Crossfires so much, he became their manager and found the group a contract with White Whale Records. The sextet changed their name to the Tyrtles (an unveiled homage to the Byrds, soon amended to the correct spelling) and recorded a Bob Dylan cover as their first single. The song's fusion of folk with glittering rock & roll was also lifted from the Byrds, and "It Ain't Me Babe" reached the Top Ten in August 1965, just three months after "Mr. Tambourine Man" had hit number one.
Moving from the songwriting talents of Dylan to the new "king of protest," producer P.F. Sloan, the Turtles hit the Top 40 twice more during 1965-1966 with "Let Me Be" and "You Baby," after which Murray and Portz left (to be replaced by John Barbata and, for a short time, bassist/producer Chip Douglas). Though the Turtles had appeared to run out of steam by the beginning of 1967, the group stormed back with a song they'd heard in a batch of demos, a surefire hit written by Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon. "Happy Together" spent three weeks at number one on the American charts, and proved to be one of the biggest hits of the year. The Turtles' next three singles were written by Bonner-Gordon, and each hit the Top 20: the number three hit "She'd Rather Be with Me" (which eclipsed even "Happy Together" in terms of international success), plus "You Know What I Mean" and "She's My Girl." Chip Douglas, who had arranged the horns on "Happy Together," left the group to work with the Monkees, and was replaced by Jim Pons (formerly with the Leaves). Original member Jim Tucker left the group as well, after a tour of dingy pubs in England caused more than a bit of disillusionment with the group's lack of success.
Like so many other pop groups in the late '60s, the Turtles felt they had to stretch artistically to keep pace with their more critically respected rivals, and beginning with "You Know What I Mean," the Turtles' revolving-door cast of producers and arrangers made their sound progressively more psychedelic, though they were still much closer to the pop/rock mainstream than to the era's premier psychedelic groups. The group asserted their rights in late 1967, and self-produced the disappointing "Sound Asleep," which was the band's first single after "Happy Together" to miss the Top 40. White Whale Records demanded an outside hand be brought to the studio, so the Turtles compromised by going back to Chip Douglas. The result, "The Story of Rock and Roll," was shut out of the Top 40 as well, prompting the career-saving "Elenore" in September 1968, which hit number six (the best placing by a single actually written by the Turtles). The inevitable concept LP came in November 1968: The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, on which the group attempted to sound like (and even dress up as) 11 distinct bands -- one for each song on the LP. It was an interesting concept, and a measured success, with "Elenore" to its credit as well as another number six hit, "You Showed Me" (originally written and recorded by the Byrds). Drummer John Seiter joined the Turtles after the recording of Battle of the Bands, replacing Barbata (who had left to work with Crosby, Stills & Nash).
After White Whale attempted to record Monkees-style, with the vocals of Kaylan and Volman added to a generic studio backing track, the duo rebelled and attempted to get back to the band aesthetic. Inspired by the Kinks' then-recent Village Green Preservation Society LP, the Turtles recruited frontman Ray Davies to serve as producer for their 1969 LP, Turtle Soup. Two singles from the album, "You Don't Have to Walk in the Rain" and "Love in the City," both failed to reach the Top 40. Kaylan and Volman formed their own label, Blimp Records, and signed a few acts, including folksinger Judee Sill, who wrote the Turtles' last recording, "Lady-O." More wrangles with White Whale, on top of the lack of chart success, had destroyed the Turtles by 1970, though. White Whale continued to raid the vaults during the year, releasing old singles, a second hits compilation, and an album of rarities (Wooden Head).
Before the end of 1970, though, Kaylan, Volman, and Pons had joined Frank Zappa's early-'70s edition of the Mothers of Invention. (The use of the Turtles' name or even their own names in a musical context was illegal according to an earlier contract, so Kaylan and Volman appeared as the Phlorescent Leech & Eddie.) Besides touring with Zappa, the trio appeared on four of his albums from 1970 to 1972: Chunga's Revenge, 200 Motels, Live at the Fillmore, and Just Another Band from L.A. After Zappa was injured in an on-stage altercation, though, the re-christened Flo & Eddie toured with several of the Mothers for awhile, and recorded five LPs for themselves between 1975 and 1981. The duo also did session work, composed music for children's' movies (The Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake) and broadcast their own radio show on L.A.'s KROQ and later New York's WXRK. By 1984, the Turtles' name had reverted back to the group, and Volman and Kaylan began touring with a new lineup as the Turtles...Featuring Flo & Eddie.

.The Turtles - 20 Greatest Hits

Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs - Don't You Dig This Kind Of Beat (1966)

Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs - Don't You Dig This Kind Of Beat (1966)

Billy was born in England on March 29th, 1946, and arrived in Australia with his family ten years later. When he was 12 years old, the family moved to Brisbane, where Billy attended Salisbury High School. This was the year he made his debut in show business, when he appeared in a show on a major television station in Brisbane. At school, Billy was interested in all forms of sport, and particularly in judo, leading him to form the first judo club in the school. Billy was still at school when he made his second very successful appearance on television, on the Russ Tyson TV show, "Anything Goes."

Shortly after he left school, Billy's singing carreer began in earnest, when he signed a contract with Channel 9, Brisbane. After a time, he left Brisbane for Sydney, and there his successful carreer continued, until eventually he was awarded the TV Logie for the Best Male Vocalist in 1964.

Billy Thorpe and his backing group, the Aztecs, were at this time to be seen frequently on all television networks throughout Australia, and also giving live concerts in all capital cities and major country towns. They were rated the most popular group in Australia, when they recorded four number one hits, consecutively. On of these hits was "Over the Rainbow," the first Australian record ever to appear on the American charts. More appearances on television followed, when Channel 7, Sydney, signed on Billy and his group, and Billy acted as star and compere of "It's All Happening," a one-hour pop show.

In April, 1965, the four instrumentalists in the Aztecs were replaced when the original members left to make their own way in show business. This resulted in Tony Barber becoming a recording star and composer in his own right, and also in Vince Melouney going to England, where he became lead guitarist for the world-famous group, the Bee Gees. The new Aztecs were Colin Risby, lead guitar, Ted Toi, bass, John dick on drums, and Mike Downes, rhythm guitar.

Billy Thorpe and his group, the Aztecs, have been presented with awards from television and radio companies throughout the nation, both for appearances on television, and for the success of their records. These awards, along with the support of the record buying public, show that Billy Thorpe has proved himself to be one of the most talented artists ever to appear on the Australian music scene.

Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs - Don't You Dig This Kind Of Beat (1966)
Don't you Dig This Kind of Beat (reissued as: I Got A Woman)1966

The tracks on this album were selected from a cross-section of Billy's extensive repertoire, and whether you like fast, slow, rock, medium tempo, blues, jazz, or up tempo, there is something for you on this record...

King Size Taylor & The Dominoes - EARLY RECORDINGKing Size Taylor &The DominoesVA - Heimatliche Klaenge (The Twangy Gang) vol.148VA - Heimatliche Klaenge (The Twangy Gang) vol.149VA - Heimatliche Klaenge (The Twangy Gang) vol.150VA - Heimatliche Klaenge (The Twangy Gang) vol.151The Crossfires (Pre-The Turtles) - Out Of ControlThe Shakers aka King Size Taylor & The Dominoes.The Turtles - 20 Greatest HitsBilly Thorpe & The Aztecs - Don't You Dig This Kind Of Beat (1966)

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