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Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box - 'Cross The Border (1968 USA)

Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box - 'Cross The Border (1968 USA)

Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box - 'Cross The Border (1968 USA)

Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box - 'Cross The Border (1968 USA)

Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box - 'Cross The Border (1968 USA)

Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box
Aliases: The Scoundrels
Members: Harry Boyle, Jim Tragas, Ralph De Palma, Tommy Morrissey

The Scoundrels
Aliases: Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box
Members: Harry Boyle, Jim Tragas, Ralph De Palma, Tommy Morrissey
Have 3 Singles in 1966:
The Scoundrels - La Bola / Come Home With Me 1966
The Scoundrels - Up There / Devil's Daughter 1966
The Scoundrels - Easy / The Scoundrel 1966

Harry Boyle - real name: Harry J. Boyle
Profile: American songwriter, guitarist and singer. 
Began his career in 1959 in the doo-wop group The Laurels (5). 
After The Laurels disbanded, members Tommy Duffy, Harry Boyle and Tommy Morrissey formed The
Echoes (US male vocal group who released several singles on Seg-Way Records and Smash Records  in the early 1960s) whose single "Baby Blue" reached the top ten on Billboard in 1961. Boyle and Morrissey would go on to collaborate in several groups and frequently co-wrote songs during the following years. Boyle went on to sign with Cashwest Productions, Inc. in the early 70s and played on Jim Croce's hit album "You Don't Mess Around With Jim". 

Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box - Kasenetz-Katz production, for fans of bubblegum pop psych. Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box were actually a bit different than most Kasenetz-Katz acts. In their album "'Cross The Border" most of the songs was self-penned. The album also contains a version of the 1953 Greek song "Opou Giorgos kai Malama" (Giorgos Mitsakis), titled here "O 'Sagapo (Oh How I Love You)". The bass player Jimmy Tragas was responsible for that. In spite of the name and occasional Hispanic touches (the nifty single "Latin Shake"), material such as "Two Sides To Every Story", "Sweet Lady Fair" and "The La La Song" consisted of likeable pop-rock. Elsewhere, "O'Sagapo (Oh How I Love You)" and "Do Your Eyes Hurt You Sunshine?" actually reflected a Greek influence. It wasn't about to change anyone's life, but made for a fun half hour. A commercial non-entity,the album and band quickly vanished without a trace.

Peter Marston wrote:
I must admit that when I first came across a copy of Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box’s LP ’Cross the Border, I had no idea of the album’s pedigree. I just thought the band’s name was just such a cool knockoff of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. When I put the stylus to the vinyl, however, it was clear this was not a Mexican psychedelic pastiche, but rather a fine example of late ’60s bubblegum. A check of the production credits revealed the culprits: “Produced by Kasenatz-Katz.” The album as a whole is, in fact, significantly better than much of the Kasenatz-Katz catalog. There may not be a killer single like “Simon Says” or “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’,” but there are also no filler tracks. The album is a great listen from beginning to end, combining bubblegum, pop, folk and Latin influences. 
Unlike many of the bands in the Kasenatz-Katz roster, Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box was not a purely studio creation. Indeed, the band had been together since 1960—known at that time as the Echoes. In 1961, the Echoes recorded a teen ballad for Top Rank International called “Baby Blue,” a song that curiously misspells out the title, “B-B-A-B-Y B-B-L-U-E.” Nonetheless, the song was a top ten hit. By 1965, the Echoes were playing more straight ahead rock material and changed their name to the Scoundrels. A few singles were recorded, but none charted. A couple years later, negotiations began with Kasenatz-Katz, who already had the name Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box along with plans for a Latin-flavored bubblegum act and what they believed to be a potential hit single, “Latin Shake,” written by Artie Resnik and Joey Levine. The Scoundrels took the deal, the name, the song and headed into the studio to record ’Cross the Border.
As noted above, Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box played on their Kasenatz-Katz album. The players were H. J. Boyle on lead guitar, Tom Morrisey on rhythm guitar and organ, Jimmy Tragas on bass and Ralph DePalma on drums. All four sang, with Boyle and Tragas taking the bulk of the lead vocals. With the exception of “Latin Shake,” they also wrote all the songs on the album, in various collaborations among the four members.
The album leads off with the presumed hit single, “Latin Shake,” the chewiest of the bubblegum here. The song strikes me as being like Neil Diamond’s “Cherry Cherry,” but with the bass riff turned inside out. The hook is a long “Awwww . . . .” followed by a shouted “Latin Shake.” It’s unbelievably catchy and will have you singing along by the second chorus. “Salomila (Shine Your Light On Me)” is a midtempo number that’s pretty straight AM pop, with a few Latin touches and some candy-themed lyrics. “O’Sagapo (Oh How I Love You)” is a delicate ballad that bears a Greek rather than Latin influence. “Two Sides to Every Story” is another midtempo number, this time recalling a more mellow Beau Brummels, though there is some Latin shouting in the tag. “Children in the Playground” is a shaky psych/garage song that captures the Nuggets sound perfectly. “A Young Girl Waits for Me” is a rollicking country number that sounds like a cross between the Royal Guardsman and the Five Americans. “The La La Song” is bubblegum dumb and features a great hook, but is arranged as a folk-rock song, in a style similar to Trini Lopez. “Come On” closes out the album with a nice psychedelic vibe, not unlike the Lemon Pipers.
“Latin Shake” b/w the non-album track “Mi Amor Es Verdadero” was released as a single but did not chart. Neither did the LP and nothing more was heard from Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box. In 1969, the band toured as the Ohio Express and then parted company with Kasenatz-Katz. They changed their name once more, this time to Red Hook, and signed with Cashman-West Productions. No records ensued, but Boyle did go on to play on Cashman and West’s breakthrough album, Jim Croce’s You Don’t Mess Around with Jim.
’Cross the Border has never been reissued on CD or vinyl and is not available in the legit digital domain. Needledrops are easily available on filesharing websites, however, and the original album can often be found on the secondhand market. Fans of Kasenatz-Katz, bubblegum and late-’60s pop should not miss this one!


The Marsadees - The Marsadees (1967 1997 USA)

The Marsadees - The Marsadees (1967 1997 USA)



The Marsadees - The Marsadees (1967 1997 USA)

The Marsadees - The Marsadees (1967 1997 USA)

The Marsadees were one of the most popular and versatile bands to emerge from South Carolina in the late '60s. This collection is a compilation of the Marsadees' favorites from the Justice Records Label.

The Marsadees: Dennis Steele, Bobby Areheart, Larkin Corley (guitar); 
Stack Harmon (bass); Larry Ingram (drums).

The band pushes hard on these studio renditions of numbers (especially Dennis Steele's lead playing on "Pipeline") that they obviously played as part of their stage sets. Their vocals are fairly non-descript, and instrumentally, apart from Stack Harmon's animated and melodic bass playing, and Larry Ingram's drumming (which, alas, is muted on these source tapes), there's not a lot to distinguish them from hundreds of other bands from this period - except for a savage, frantic and tense version of "Wipeout," which must've been their big finish on-stage. An interesting document of its time and place, but not essential. ~ Bruce Eder


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...



Jon & Robin - The Soul Of A Boy And Girl (1967 2017 USA)

Jon & Robin - The Soul Of A Boy And Girl (1967 2017 USA)


Jon & Robin - The Soul Of A Boy And Girl (1967 2017 USA)

Jon & Robin - The Soul Of A Boy And Girl (1967 2017 USA)

Jon & Robin - The Soul Of A Boy And Girl (1967 2017 USA)

Jon & Robin - real names: Jon Abdnor, Javonne Braga. Mid-1960s duo who recorded for Dallas-based Abnak Records (founded by the namesake father of Jon Abdnor). Jon Abdnor (who also doubled as a company point man) released several regional hit singles in 1963-64 but didn't really hit it big nationally until hs father suggested he get a duet partner. 
Abdnor was paired with singer Robin Beavers, but she quit before the recording sessions were to begin. She was replaced with Javonne Braga, who took on "Robin" as her stage name. The pair hit the Top 20 with "Do It Again A Little Bit Slower" in the spring of 1967. After a spate of follow-up singles that barely made the Billboard Hot 100 (but were regional best-sellers in Texas and the Southwest), the duo released solo singles before breaking up for good in 1969. Braga married Five Americans drummer Jimmy Wright in 1970 while Jon, defeated by various legal and personal issues, quit the music business.


The Dovers - We're Not Just Anybody - Singles (1965-1966) (2001 USA)

The Dovers - We're Not Just Anybody - Singles (1965-1966) (2001 USA)

The Dovers - We're Not Just Anybody - Singles (1965-1966) (2001 USA)

The Dovers were an American garage 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. 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)

The Dovers - We're Not Just Anybody - Singles (1965-1966) (2001 USA)

The Dovers - We're Not Just Anybody - Singles (1965-1966) (2001 USA)




The Au Go-Go Singers - They Call Us Au Go-Go Singers (1964 1999 USA)

The Au Go-Go Singers - They Call Us Au Go-Go Singers (1964 1999 USA)

The Au Go-Go Singers - They Call Us Au Go-Go Singers (1964 1999 USA)

The Au Go Go Singers were a nine-member folk group formed in New York City in 1964, and best remembered for featuring Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, two years before they formed Buffalo Springfield. 
Stills and Furay met while performing in folk clubs in Greenwich Village, alongside Stills' former college classmates Bob Harmelink and Nels Gustafson. They were seen by songwriter Ed E. Miller, the credited co-writer of the Serendipity Singers' hit "Don't Let the Rain Come Down". In early 1964, Miller was preparing a revue, America Sings, which chronicled the history of folk music in America, and suggested that the four, together with an existing group, the Bay Singers - Roy Michaels, Mike Scott, Fred Geiger and Jean Gurney – and Michaels' girlfriend Kathy King, provide the music in the show. Although the show only ran for two weeks, Miller secured a contract with Roulette Records for the nine-strong group to record an album, which they did with producers Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore. After seeing the show, club owner Howard Solomon signed the group for a residency at his Cafe au Go Go nightclub on Bleecker Street. By the time the LP was released in late 1964, the ensemble had become known as the Au Go Go Singers. As well as appearing at the club, they also made TV appearances, and performed at other venues. Their album, They Call Us Au Go-Go Singers, featured Stills' lead vocals on Billy Edd Wheeler's song "High Flying Bird", and Furay singing Tom Paxton's "Where I'm Bound". The album overall is described at Allmusic as "predictably bland, professional and well executed group hootenanny folk music". The album also included songs by Jesse Fuller, John Stewart, and Lee Hays. Members listed on back cover of LP are Richie Furay, Kathy King, Steven Stills, Jean Gurney, Fred Geiger, Bob Harmelink, Roy Michaels, Mike Scott, and Nels Gustafson. Following a dispute with Solomon, the group's management was taken over by Jim Friedman and they continued to perform, but found that their contract with Morris Levy at Roulette meant that some venues were unwilling to book them, and they also found that, after the British Invasion, their style of music was rapidly becoming unfashionable. A second album never appeared; some members received draft notices; and Kathy King, who suffered from stage fright, decided to leave. In 1965, the group disbanded. Stills then joined the four members of the Bay Singers – Michaels, Scott, Geiger, and Gurney – and, renamed The Company, toured in Ontario. During the tour, Stills met Neil Young, when the Company were on the same bill as Young's band, the Squires. The following year, Stills, Young and Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles. Of the other members of the Au Go Go Singers, Roy Michaels later formed Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys, whose first album was produced by Jimi Hendrix.
The album They Call Us Au Go-Go Singers was issued on CD by Rhino Records in 1999.


Troy Shondell - The Many Sides Of Troy Shondell (1963 USA)

Troy Shondell - The Many Sides Of Troy Shondell (1963 USA)

Troy Shondell - The Many Sides Of Troy Shondell (1963 USA)

Gary Wayne Schelton (May 14, 1939 – January 7, 2016), known by his stage name Troy Shondell, was an American vocalist, who achieved a modicum of fame and recognition in the early 1960s. He became a transatlantic one-hit wonder, by releasing a single that made the record charts in both the US and the UK - the song "This Time" sold over one million records, earning gold disc status.

TY Gary Delgado , R.I.P.
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Tommy Roe - Phantasy (1967 USA)

Tommy Roe - Phantasy (1967 USA)

Tommy Roe - Phantasy (1967 USA)

Tommy Roe - real name Thomas David Roe: singer/songwriter known for his bubblegum records, born May 9, 1942, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. His first hit was "Sheila", recorded in 1960 but not a success until two years later, and (despite his career being put on hold from 1963-6 while he was serving as an electrician in the US Army) he scored several more hits during the 1960's. He had a Billboard number 1 hit in the U.S. and Australia in 1962 with the track "Sheila". A buildup of global sales of "Sheila" meant that the Recording Industry Association of America did not present the gold record until 1969. When "Sheila" became a hit in '62, ABC-Paramount Records asked him to go on tour to promote the hit. He was reluctant to give up his secure job at GE until ABC-Paramount advanced him $5,000. However, in March 1963, the UK music magazine NME reported that he and Chris Montez had both been upstaged by the Beatles and their fans on a 21-day UK tour. Late that year, Roe scored a Top 10 hit with "Everybody", which reached US number 3 and UK number 9, and "The Folk Singer" (number 4 UK) written by Merle Kilgore was also popular. Following a more successful tour of the United Kingdom by his friend Roy Orbison, Roe toured there and then moved to England where he lived for several years. In 1964, Roe recorded a song written by Buzz Cason entitled, "Diane From Manchester Square." It was a story in song about a girl called Diane, who worked in an upstairs office at EMI House, when it was based in London's Manchester Square. Sales of this single in the UK were poor, and it failed to chart. During the 1960s, he had several more Top 40 hits, including 1966's number 8 "Sweet Pea" (number 1 Canada) and number 6 "Hooray for Hazel" (number 2 Canada). In 1969, his song "Dizzy" went to number 1 on the UK Singles Chart, number 1 in Canada, as well as number 1 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. This transatlantic chart-topper sold two million copies by mid-April 1969, giving him his third gold disc award. Although his style of music declined in popularity with the 1970s mass market, Roe maintained a following and continued to perform at a variety of concert venues, sometimes with 1960s nostalgia rock and rollers such as Freddy Cannon and Bobby Vee. In 1986, Roe was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and his pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.


Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box - 'Cross The Border (1968 USA)The Marsadees - The Marsadees (1967 1997 USA)Soul Inc. - Volume 1Soul Inc. ‎– Volume 2Jon & Robin - The Soul Of A Boy And Girl (1967 2017 USA)The Dovers - We're Not Just Anybody - Singles (1965-1966) (2001 USA)The Au Go-Go Singers - They Call Us Au Go-Go Singers (1964 1999 USA)Troy Shondell - The Many Sides Of Troy Shondell (1963 USA)Tommy Roe - Phantasy (1967 USA)VA - Hush Records Story - Nuggets From The Golden State (1963-1968) (1997)

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