Category Archives: Various Artists

VARIOUS ARTISTS: AT&T Presents Stormy Weather (1998) – Unreleased Live Album w/Stevie Nicks, Bjork, Gwen Stefani, Joni Mitchell & others

stormyfrontAT&T Presents Stormy Weather (1998)
Brilliant Unreleased Live Album

This one’s a personal favorite that I occasionally move up to the top, just because it’s obscure enough that people rarely seek it out. Recorded live with a full orchestra at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, Stormy Weather features the 90s top female performers singing lavishly arranged torch songs. Sure, the idea of Gwen Stefani, Sheryl Crow and Bjork taking a live stab at the works of Gershwin, Van Heusen and… Costello? could be a recipe for disaster. And, the fact that this concert was never commercially released might suggest exactly that. (It was mailed out free to potential AT&T customers.) But, somehow… against all the odds, this one hits all its marks. Eagle Don Henley’s pin-drop perfect production, a program of cliche-free material, Mark Isham’s fine trumpet work and some stunning vocal performances combine to make Stormy Weather a laid back, late night groove. Highlights include Stefani’s confident reading of Elvis Costello’s Wee Small Hours homage, “Almost Blue,” stormybackPaula Cole’s gorgeous “You’ve Changed” (putting even Natalie Cole, the program’s standard torch-bearer, on notice) and Sandra Bernhard’s show-stealing cover of Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?” Full of lush atmospherics and a respectful dignity no one had any right to expect from this bunch, Stormy Weather is that rare idea that looks dumb on paper, but ends up smelling like a rose. A barely known rarity, and used ones go for under a buck @ Amazon, HERE.

Gwen Stefani – Almost Blue
Paula Cole – You’ve Changed
Shawn Colvin – But Beautiful
Trisha Yearwood – Good Guy
Sandra Bernhard – Is That All There Is?
Sheryl Crow – Good Morning Heartache
Natalie Cole – They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Stevie Nicks – At Last
Bjork – Gloomy Sunday
Joni Mitchell – Stormy Weather

VARIOUS ARTISTS The Gospel Truth: The Gospel Soul And Funk Of Stax Records (2010)

FrontThe Gospel Truth: The Gospel Soul And Funk Of Stax Records (2010)
Word!

For those of us whose childhoods were spent without the benefit of exposure to gospel rock ‘n soul acts like The Rance Allen Group or The Sons Of Truth, here is your salvation. A righteous 2010 collection of Stax Records’ often under-the-radar, early to mid-70s attempts to save the world’s soul, one rocking’ gospel/R&B record at a time, via their spiritual label imprint, Gospel Truth Records. This is essential listening, stylistically cut from the late-60s Motown cloth, heavy on the funky wahs and live, big beat studio sound more associated with Norman Whitfield or Johnnie Taylor than some angelic Sunday sing-alongs. When I first scored this now-gone post (from Jillem, thanks), I put it on for a couple of minutes just to get a taste of it, but ended up shirking my other responsibilities to listen to all 80 minutes. Give the first two tracks a try and see if you’re not hooked, too. That’s Al Kooper’s “Brand New Day” fittingly covered by The Staple Singers. Find this one at Amazon, HERE.

THE SONS OF TRUTH Son Of The Deacon (5:27)
CLARENCE SMITH Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (5:17)
THE MARION GAINES SINGERS Do Your Thing (5:39)
JACQUI VERDELL We’re Gonna Have A Good Time (2:58)
THE STAPLE SINGERS Brand New Day (3:45)
THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP Talk That Talk (Pt 1) (4:23)
JOSHIE JO ARMSTEAD I Got The Vibes (2:16)
ANNETTE THOMAS You Need A Friend (2:55)
THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP (There’s Gonna Be A) Showdown (2:48)
THE HOWARD LEMON SINGERS Let Me Come Home (9:03)
THE MARION GAINES SINGERS It Will Soon Be Over (2:44)
THE SONS OF TRUTH I Don’t Know Where We’re Headed (3:05)
LOUISE McCORD Got To Get A Move On (3:50)
THE STAPLE SINGERS When Will We Be Paid For What We Did (2:35)
THE 21st CENTURY If The Shoe Fits, Wear It (3:22)
CHARLES MAY & ANNETTE MAY THOMAS Keep My Baby Warm (3:49)
CLARENCE SMITH I Just Keep On Trying (3:15)
JOSHIE JO ARMSTEAD Stumblin’ Blocks And Steppin’ Stones (4:17)
THE MARION GAINES SINGERS You Can’t Stop Me Now (2:35)
THE STAPLE SINGERS Name The Missing Word (4:01)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ah Feel Like Ahcid – 24 American Psychedelic Artefacts From The EMI Vaults (2007)

FrontAh Feel Like Ahcid – 24 American Psychedelic Artefacts From The EMI Vaults (2007)
Sweet, Sweet Psych For Your Psyche

Psychedelia is the only musical genre where I just… don’t… care… who the artist is. They can be famed chart-toppers, unknown critics faves or total zeros for all I care. As long as they’re able to evoke that oh-so-brief era when music was blindly shooting off into unknown territories – fueled by innocence, incense, drugs and record company money. As it happens, I often enjoy the worst of psychedelia almost as much as the best of it. So, I’m not the best judge of these characters, since I’m easily swayed by all of the outdated characteristics – Indian-atmospherics, fuzzed leads, simplistic child-like melodies or fumbling rhythm sections. Bring it on! Careful when listening to this one, however… halfway through the Steve Miller Band track, sometimes subtitled “(Psychedelic BB),” you’ll mistakenly think the following Beach Boys tune has already started. We’ve got a few of these kinds of collections in the archives, if this one isn’t enough for you, including; Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers: Psychedelic Confectionery From The UK Underground 1965-69 (HERE), Growing Slowly Insane – 14 Psychedelic Unknowns (HERE), Insane Times – 25 British Psychedelic Artyfacts (HERE), Psychedelic Jazz – 16 Smoking Tunes (HERE), Space Box: Space, Krautrock & Acid Trips (HERE) and White Lace & Strange (Heavy Psych And Power Fuzz From The USA 68-72) (HERE)… not to mention a slew of other V/A’s that skirt the issue (just look to the right hand column for a full list). So stock up. Drugs not included. Find Ah Feel Like Ahcid – 24 American Psychedelic Artefacts From The EMI Vaults at Amazon, HERE. For those interested in more, we’ve got T.I.M.E.’s Smooth Ball (HERE), more Captain Beefheart (HERE) and more Beach Boys (HERE).

THE BALLOON FARM A Question Of Temperature (2:39)
THE THIRD BARDO Five Years Ahead Of My Time (2:14)
THE BOOK OF CHANGES I Stole The Goodyear Blimp (2:22)
FIRST CREW TO THE MOON The Sun Lights Up The Shadows Of Your Mind (2:19)
SRC Up All Night (3:06)
MORNING DEW Crusader’s Smile (2:48)
THE FALLEN ANGELS Mother’s Homesick Too (2:23)
THE HUMAN BEINZ April 15th (6:55)
KIM FOWLEY Bubblegum (2:28)
T.I.M.E. Tripping Into Sunshine (3:07)
THE STEVE MILLER BAND The Beauty Of Time Is That It’s Snowing (5:19)
THE BEACH BOYS Never Learn Not To Love (2:31)
CHRIS & CRAIG Isha (2:17)
THE RAIK’S PROGRESS Sewer Rat Love Chant (2:38)
MOTHER TUCKER’S YELLOW DUCK One Ring Jane (4:23)
MAD RIVER Wind Chimes (7:10)
GANDALF Can You Travel In The Dark Alone (3:05)
HOUR GLASS Bells (2:25)
FOOD Forever Is A Dream (4:06)
DAVID AXELROD Urizen (4:00)
THE COMMON PEOPLE Soon There’ll Be Thunder (2:21)
FARGO Sunny Day Blue (2:30)
QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE Bears (2:09)
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND Ah Feel Like Ahcid (3:05)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Roots & Rhythm – A Black History Month Celebration (2014) – Free Album Download, Courtesy Of Concord Records

Roots & RhythmRoots & Rhythm (2014)
A Free Collection From Concord

For the price of your email address, Concord Records will give you this free, 320kps, 13-track Black History Month Celebration collection, featuring music from Isaac Hayes, Miles Davis, Booker T, Harvey Mason, George Duke and others. Just click the cover (or HERE) to access. Thanks to Johnny Pierre for sending us this freebie link.

Isaac Hayes Hung Up On My Baby (6:19)
Dianne Reeves & Sean Jones I Want You (4:57)
The Dramatics Get Up And Get Down (3:12)
James Booker All Around The World (3:36)
Allen Toussaint Certain Girl Medley: A Certain Girl/Mother-in-Law/Fortune Teller/Working In The Coal Mine (3:15)
Kris Bowers & Chris Turner WonderLove (6:45)
Roberto Fonseca 80′s (6:26)
The Miles Davis Quintet If I Were A Bell (8:10)
Harvey Mason Chameleon (6:59)
Side Effect Keep That Same Old Feeling (7:01)
Booker T., Poncho Sanchez & Sheila E. 66 Impala (3:55)
George Duke Missing You (5:45)
24-Carat Black Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth (3:43)

V/A Psychedelic Jazz & Funky Grooves (Chess Records 2005)

FrontPsychedelic Jazz & Funky Grooves (2005)
Fusion By Any Other Name…

On one hand, it’s easy to quibble about the authenticity of the “psychedelia” Chess Records released in the early-70s – an obvious attempt to tinker with tradition and broaden their appeal to the youth market. Yet, on the other hand, decades removed from the times (and the drugs) that first inspired the movement, most of this music ends up sounding just as psychedelic, or at least just as adventurous, as its source influences anyway. In my teens, I seem to remember being pickier about what I perceived as “cool” and “uncool,” but these days I’m not as particular about the awkward fusion of cross-generational vogue offered in this collection. Hearing an ancient bandleader like Woody Herman (and his ever-changing youth clinic, The Thundering Herd) take on The Temptations and The Isley Brothers is actually a fun ride… as long as you’re not inclined to compare the results to the originals. And sure… Rotary Connection’s “Tales Of Brave Ulysses” isn’t Cream, but the psych/vocal outfit’s arrangement is still a unique interpretation in its own right. Some of the jazzier material here traffics in that chicka-wah sound that would become – in later years – synonymous with lazy soundtrack funk, but there were also plenty of artists that knew instinctively how to make the idea groove. Psychedelic Jazz & Funky Grooves offers fusionary examples from Solomon Burke, Ramsey Lewis and The Soulful Strings, kneading jazz & blues and synths & horns into concoctions that have their place on the food chain. And, while John Klemmer’s more traditional jazz reading of Hendrix’s “Third Stone From The Sun” sounds like muzak next to the original’s other-worldly construct, the root ideas really aren’t all that far apart. Check the archives to find Chess’ Frankensteinian experiments with Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf (HERE), as well as Bo D’s The Black Gladiator (HERE). Psychedelic Jazz & Funky Grooves is at Amazon, (HERE).

ROTARY CONNECTION Tales Of Brave Ulysses (4:34)
PHIL UPCHURCH Crosstown Traffic (3:54)
WOODY HERMAN & HIS THUNDERING HERD I Can’t Get Next To You (2:54)
MARLINA SHAW Woman Of The Ghetto (6:00)
DOROTHY ASHBY Afro-Harping (3:01)
THE SOULFUL STRINGS Listen Here (Single Version) (3:00)
RAMSEY LEWIS Do Whatever Sets You Free (8:00)
SOLOMON BURKE Thanks I Needed That (4:07)
REUBEN WILSON Tight Money (5:13)
WOODY HERMAN It’s Your Thing (3:03)
JOHN KLEMMER Third Stone From The Sun (4:10)
SOLOMON BURKE Everlasting Love (4:13)
BODIDDLEY Bad Trip (5:54)
MUDDY WATERS Tom Cat (3:39)
THE SOULFUL STRINGS I Wish It Would Rain (Single Version) (2:58)
RAMSEY LEWIS Les Fleurs (5:12)
ROTARY CONNECTION I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (5:42)

MOJO Presents… The Bad Seeds Jukebox (2014)

FrontThe Bad Seeds Jukebox (Feb 2014)

The latest free CD from the February, 2014 MOJO Magazine is a tribute to the interests of Nick Cave, compiled by Nick & The Seeds. Truly strange cross-section of artists, ranging from Moondog to Betty Davis to Max Roach to Alan Vega, Alex Chilton & Ben Vaughn to one of my faves, The Dirty Three (featuring Bad Seen violinist, Warren Ellis). Overall, an excellent and entertaining listen. Find all 142 MOJO‘s HERE.

THURSTON MOORE Benediction (5:12)
KAREN DALTON Something On Your Mind (3:21)
ALAN VEGA, ALEX CHILTON & BEN VAUGHN Lover of Love (5:00)
MAX ROACH (featuring Abbey Lincoln) Driva’Man (5:13)
MOONDOG (with London Brass & London Saxophonic) Bumbo (2:21)
ELSE TORP & CHRISTOPHER BOWERS BROADBENT My Heart’s in the Highlands (8:29)
BILL CALLAHAN One Fine Morning (8:40)
DIRTY THREE Everything’s Fucked (5:30)
SHILPA RAY Lessons from Lorena (4:17)
XYLORIS WHITE Darvish Two (5:41)
MARTIN REV Mari (4:22)
ADRIAN YOUNG PRESENTS VENICE DAWN Something About April (5:01)
THE CALLAS Anger (2:35)
BETTY DAVIS They Say I’m Different (4:09)
CHAIND & HIS AFRICAN PERCUSSION SAFARI Torture of the Mau Mau (2:15)

V/A This Is Soul (1968/2007) Reissue w/ 17 Bonus Tracks

FrontThis Is Soul (1968/2007)
Atlantic Vault Sampler From The 60s

A great Atlantic soul collection first released in 1968, made even greater for the new millennium by Rhino’s 2007 CD update. The original LP was my introduction to a lot of great music when I first scored a copy in 1969, and this refurbished reissue adds 17 more glorious soul/R&B tracks to the mix (after the original 12, thank you Rhino). This set might carry more weight with those that grew up with it, but it’s a winning collection even for those that didn’t. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

WILSON PICKETT Mustang Sally (3:06)
CARLA THOMAS B-A-B-Y (2:54)
ARTHUR CONLEY Sweet Soul Music (2:18)
PERCY SLEDGE When A Man Loves A Woman (2:50)
SAM & DAVE I Got Everything I Need (2:55)
BEN E. KING What Is Soul? (2:19)
OTIS REDDING Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (2:40)
EDDIE FLOYD Knock On Wood (3:03)
SOLOMON BURKE Keep Looking (2:38)
ARETHA FRANKLIN I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (2:41)
PERCY SLEDGE Warm And Tender Love (3:19)
WILSON PICKETT Land Of 1000 Dances (2:24)
Bonus Tracks
SAM & DAVE Hold On I’m Coming (2:34)
THE BAR-KAYS Soul Finger (2:20)
KING CURTIS Memphis Soul Stew (2:54)
OTIS REDDING Hard To Handle (2:19)
ARETHA FRANKLIN Save Me (2:16)
ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS Tighten Up (3:10)
WILSON PICKETT Funky Broadway (2:35)
OTIS REDDING & CARLA THOMAS Tramp (2:58)
THE MAD LADS Get Out Of My Life (3:12)
BARBARA LYNN You’re Losing Me (2:16)
SOUL BROTHERS SIX Some Kind Of Wonderful (2:38)
JEANNE & THE DARLINGS Soul Girl (2:28)
ARTHUR CONLEY Funky Street (2:21)
EDDIE FLOYD Big Bird (2:58)
SOUL CLAN Soul Meeting (3:35)
JOHNNY TAYLOR Ain’t That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) (3:07)
OTIS REDDING (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay (2:39)

V/A – THE WRECKING CREW We Got Good At It – The Anthology (1962-1971) (2013)

frontWe Got Good At It – The Anthology (1962-1971) (2013)
Don’t Even Consider Not Getting This!

Absolutely phenomenal fan-made 4CD collection of material that successfully makes the case for the untouchable greatness of The Wrecking Crew, that loose consortium of West Coast musicians hired to create the backing tracks of more hit records from the early-to-late 60s than you can even remember. These were the go-to guys relied upon by producers like Phil Spector (to create the famed Wall of Sound) and Brian Wilson (to re-invent the idea of rock itself), all while remaining largely anonymous to the outside world. Regular readers of liner notes now know many of the quietly legendary members of The Wrecking Crew; Hal Blaine, Tommy Tedesco, Carol Kaye, Larry Knechtel, Leon Russell, Jim Gordon, Earl Palmer, Glen Campbell, James Burton, Jimmy Bond and a dozen others – some managing to carve out careers for themselves, while all are a major facet of your youthful listening experience… whether you knew it or not.

Denny Tedesco, son of Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco, is currently wrapping up the financing (via Kickstarter until Dec. 20th, HERE) to ready the release of a film that is already getting rave reviews from everyone who has seen an advance of it. And this 4CD collection is the – totally unofficial – soundtrack that captures the highlights of The Wrecking Crew’s unbelievable resume of sessions and artists, even including audio snippets from band members and some rare recordings. Just click the back cover, below, for a mind-blowing romp through your early 60s memory banks – from “The Lonely Surfer” to “Be My Baby” to “California Girls” to “The Pink Panther Theme” to “These Boots Are Made For Walking” to “Kicks” to “That’s Life” to “The Beat Goes On” to “I Think I Love You” to “Valleri”… an impossible collection of unforgettable sessions for artists including The Association, Beach Boys, Mancini, Byrds, Elvis, Fifth Dimension, Sinatra, Jan & Dean, Neil Diamond, The Mamas & Papas,kickstarter The Monkees, Sam Cooke, Simon & Garfunkel… literally, to name only a few (not to mention television theme music ranging from Hawaii Five-O to Batman to Mission Impossible). Great artwork and liner notes are included. Get this one while you can, as it may not be long for this world, even as it may never see an equivalent commercial release, due to the nightmare of rights and multi-label licensing. And… while you’re listening to this essential collection, head over to Kickstarter (click the image –>) and read about – and support – the film project, which is almost two decades in the making.

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Don Randi ”We Welcomed The Rock And Roll…”
CHRIS MONTEZ Let’s Dance
SHELLEY FABARES Johnny Angel
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS The Lonely Bull
THE MARKETTS Balboa Blue
Carol Kaye ”I Got More Money In Three Hours…”
SAM COOKE Twistin’ The Night Away
THE ROUTERS Let’s Go (Pony)
THE CRYSTALS He’s A Rebel
NAT ‘KING’ COLE Ramblin’ Rose
BOBBY VEE The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Nancy’s Minuet
DARLENE LOVE (Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry
JAN & DEAN Surf City
THE CRYSTALS Da Doo Ron Ron
SAM COOKE Another Saturday Night
Bill Pittman ”The Money Was Important…”
JACK NITZSCHE The Lonely Surfer
WAYNE NEWTON Danke Schoen
THE CRYSTALS Then He Kissed Me
NINO TEMPO & APRIL STEVENS Deep Purple
RICKY NELSON Fools Rush In
THE RONETTES Be My Baby
Tommy Tedesco ”I Thought I Was A 13-Year Old…”
THE DE-FENDERS Taco Wagon [Mono]
THE MARKETTS Out Of Limits
THE RIP CHORDS Hey Little Cobra
HENRY MANCINI The Pink Panther Theme
THE RONETTES Baby I Love You
Hal Blaine ”We Practice A Lot During The Day…”
JAN & DEAN The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)
THE BEACH BOYS I Get Around
DEAN MARTIN Everybody Loves Somebody
THE RONETTES Walking In The Rain
JAN & DEAN The Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review And Timing Association
Al Kasey ”Only A Certain Group Of Guys Can Do That…”

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Carol Kaye ”It Was Swimming All The Time…”
THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS This Diamond Ring
HAL BLAINE Topsy ’65
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS A Taste Of Honey
THE BYRDS Mr. Tambourine Man
SONNY & CHER I Got You Babe
Tommy Tedesco ”Beach Boy Pick…”
THE BEACH BOYS California Girls
THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS Unchained Melody
BARRY MCGUIRE Eve Of Destruction
GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS Everybody Loves A Clown
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS Spanish Flea
PETULA CLARK My Love
Earl Palmer ”We’d Do An Album A Day…”
THE T-BONES No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In)
BOB LIND Elusive Butterfly
NANCY SINATRA These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS California Dreamin’
NEAL HEFTI Batman Theme
Don Randi ”Anybody Could Do Five Or Six Different Things…”
CHER Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS Sure Gonna Miss Her
JOHNNY RIVERS Secret Agent Man
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS Kicks
THE BEACH BOYS Sloop John B
Carol Kaye ”Nobody Thought That Was Going To Last…”
THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS Monday Monday
FRANK SINATRA Strangers In The Night
IKE & TINA TURNER River Deep-Mountain High
ROGER WILLIAMS Born Free
THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS I Saw Her Again Last Night
Earl Palmer ”If It’s Beneath You, Don’t Play It…”

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Bill Pittman ”Salivating To Do This Work…”
THE BEACH BOYS God Only Knows
THE SANDPIPERS Guantanamera
JOHNNY RIVERS Poor Side Of Town
BOBBY DARIN If I Were A Carpenter
FRANK SINATRA That’s Life
THE BEACH BOYS Good Vibrations
Plas Johnson, Tommy Tedesco, Hal Blaine And Carol Kaye ”We All Used To…”
SONNY & CHER The Beat Goes On
THE MONKEES Mary, Mary
NANCY SINATRA & LEE HAZLEWOOD Summer Wine
SAGITTARIUS My World Fell Down [Single Version]
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS Casino Royale
Earl Palmer ”They Wanted To Sit Around And Watch…”
THE ASSOCIATION Windy
SCOTT MCKENZIE San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)
THE 5TH DIMENSION Up, Up And Away
THE GRASS ROOTS Let’s Live For Today
SIMON & GARFUNKEL Fakin’ It
THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS Creeque Alley
Carol Kaye ”Glen Came Up With Great Ideas…”
GLEN CAMPBELL Gentle On My Mind
THE ASSOCIATION Never My Love
JOHNNY RIVERS Summer Rain
LOVE The Daily Planet
NANCY SINATRA & LEE HAZLEWOOD Some Velvet Morning
THE FIRST EDITION Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In)
LALO SCHIFRIN Mission Impossible
Tommy Tedesco ”Gimme My Money And I Got Lost…”

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Hal Blaine, Earl Palmer, Carol Kaye And Tommy Tedesco ”Most Of Us Were So Fortunate…”
SIMON & GARFUNKEL Mrs Robinson
SPANKY & OUR GANG Like To Get To Know You
THE MONKEES Valleri
RICHARD HARRIS MacArthur Park
THE GRASS ROOTS Midnight Confessions
Bill Pittman ”You Leave The House At 7 O’Clock…”
MASON WILLIAMS Classical Gas
MAMA CASS Dream A Little Dream Of Me
ELVIS PRESLEY A Little Less Conversation
THE BEACH BOYS Busy Doin’ Nothin’
Carol Kaye And Glen Campbell ”How ‘Bout This…”
GLEN CAMPBELL Wichita Lineman
TOMMY ROE Dizzy
THE 5TH DIMENSION Aquarius-Let The Sunshine In
BOBBY SHERMAN Little Woman
THE VENTURES Hawaii Five-O
NILSSON Everybody’s Talkin’
THE 5TH DIMENSION Wedding Bell Blues
Hal Blaine ”If You Love Your Work It’s Not Work…”
SIMON & GARFUNKEL The Only Living Boy In New York
MARK LINDSAY Arizona
NEIL DIAMOND Cracklin’ Rosie
THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY I Think I Love You
THE 5TH DIMENSION One Less Bell To Answer
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)
CHER Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves
Hal Blaine ”It’s That Simple…”

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MOJO PRESENTS 2013 – The Best Of The Year (2013)

frontMOJO Presents: 2013 – The Best Of The Year (Jan 2014)

The latest free CD from the January, 2014 MOJO Magazine is an editorial board selection of various artists representing the best tracks from 2013. This is the kind of freebie CD that most magazines traffic in, so it lacks any of MOJO‘s usual themes or uniqueness. Though, for some of us that remain out of touch with what the rest of the music world is up to, this will serve as a quick cheat sheet. Find all 141 MOJO‘s HERE.

PRIMAL SCREAM 2013
JOHN GRANT Glacier
GOLDFRAPP Annabel
PHOSPHORESCENT Song For Zula
CHARLES BRADLEY Victim Of Love
BILL CALAHAN The Sing
JULIA HOLTER Hello Stranger
DEERHUNTER Monomania
JOHN MURRY The Ballad Of The Pajama Kid
MARK KOZALEK & JIMMY LAVALLE Gustavo
FOXYGEN San Francisco
VILLAGERS Earthly Pleasure
LOW Just Make It Stop
ROY HARPER January Man
BILLY BRAGG Goodbye, Goodbye

MOJO PRESENTS 20 From 20 (2013)

20From20MOJO Presents: 20 From 20 (Dec 2013)

The latest free CD from the Dec, 2013 MOJO Magazine celebrates the mag’s 20th anniversary with a various collection of 20 tracks from 20 artists. Nothing unusual here, but a solid gathering of modern indie rock, if you like this sort of thing. I’m always up for Teenage Fanclub, and 1995′s Sparky’s Dream” is represented here, as is a contribution from The Raconteurs’ debut album. Hear them both below. Find all 140 MOJO‘s HERE.

ARTIC MONKEYS Teddy Picker (2:40)
THE BLACK KEYS Set You Free (2:44)
TEENAGE FANCLUB Sparky’s Dream (3:12)
THE RACONTEURS Steady, As She Goes (3:33)
MIDLAKE Roscoe (4:40)
MERCURY REV Opus 40 (5:01)
FLEET FOXES Sun It Rises (2:41)
PALACE BROTHERS (I Was Drunk At The) Pulpit (3:48)
BILL FEY Be At Peace With Yourself (3:00)
MY MORNING JACKET Golden (4:28)
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS Johnny Appleseed (4:01)
JACK WHITE Take Me With You When You Go (4:04)
JOHN GRANT Marz (3:38)
AIMEE MANN Save Me (4:31)
RY COODER & ALI FARKA TOURE Soukora (6:00)
BJORK Mouth’s Cradle (3:59)
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE My Girls (5:36)
BOARDS OF CANADA Roygbiv (2:22)
CORNERSHOP Candyman (3:48)
ERIC MATTHEWS Fanfare (2:51)

VARIOUS ARTISTS The Rarest Rockabilly Album In The World Ever! (2010) & The Rarest Rockabilly Album In The World, Volume 2 (2012)

Rarest Rockabilly EverRarest Rockabilly Volume 2
The Rarest Rockabilly Album In The World Ever! (2010)
The Rarest Rockabilly Album In The World, Volume 2 (2012)
Go Cat, Go

Not being a 45 hound, all of this obscure rockabilly from the dawn of rock is new to me. Of course, the style isn’t… lots of Elvis wannabes with some scattered country artists dipping their toes into the new fangled electric genre fusion of country and rock ‘n’ roll. For both song and sound quality, Volume 1 gets the edge over Volume 2. But, if you’re at all into the roots of modern rock music, this is a fun ride – and over 55 years later it’s easy to leave any critical judgement at the door. It is what it is… in all its bandwagon-hopping glory. Find Volume 1 (HERE) and Volume 2 (HERE) at Amazon.

The Rarest Rockabilly Album In The World Ever!
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AL EPP & THE PHAROAHS Breaking My Heart (2:18)
WALTER BROWN Alley Cat (1:51)
GLEN HONEYCUTT Rock All Night (2:03)
MAX ALEXANDER & HANK HARRAL Little Rome (2:14)
JIMMY PATTON Yah I’m Movin (2:12)
JIMMIE JOHN Solid Rock (2:00)
F DEE JOHNSON Be My Baby (1:46)
DON WOODY Barking Up The Wrong Tree (2:19)
THE CHAVIS BROTHERS So Tired (2:01)
DON FEGER Date On The Corner (2:04)
CARL MANN Gonna Rock N Roll Tonight (1:55)
JIMMY LLOYD You’re Gone Baby (2:00)
MIKE WAGGONER Coming Up (2:11)
JOEY CASTLE That Ain’t Nothin’ But Right (2:33)
JAY B LOYD I’ll Be Alright (2:38)
RILEY CRABTREE She Loves Me Better (2:01)
TOMMY LAM Speed Limit (2:12)
MARVIN RAINWATER Hot And Cold (2:11)
AL URBAN Won’t You Yell Me Her Name (2:04)
DINKY HARRIS & THE SPADES She Left Me Cryin’ (1:55)
KENNY OWENS I Got The Bug (1:57)
JIMMY PATTON Oakies In The Pokie (2:31)
CHARLES SENNS Gee Whiz Liz (2:31)
DON WILLIS Boppin’ High School Baby (2:33)
GLENN BOND When My Baby Passes By (1:50)
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NAT COUTY Woodpecker Rock (2:02)
GENE BROWN Big Door (2:17)
ELROY DIETZEL & THE RHYTHM BANDITS Teenage Ball (2:02)
CURTIS LONG Going Out On The Town (2:17)
ROCKY DAVIS Hot Rod Baby (3:02)
BENNY JOY Little Red Book (2:02)
BENNY INGRAM Jello Sal (2:19)
BILL FLAGG Go Cat Go (1:57)
JIM OERTLING Old Moss Back (2:11)
JOHNNY EDWARDS & THE WHITECAPS Rock N Roll Saddles (1:54)
DENNIS VOLK You’re The One (2:17)
LEE COLE Cool Baby (2:16)
WALLY WILLETTE Pink Elephants (1:54)
RIC CARTEY & THE JIVATONES Scratching On My Screen (2:30)
LUKE MCDANIEL My Baby Don’t Rock (2:00)
CLYDE OWENS & THE MOONLIGHT RAMBLERS Swing It Little Katy (2:05)
RAY MCCOY I Need It (1:58)
MAYLON HUMPHRIES Worried About You Baby (2:49)
LARRY DOWD Blue Swinging Mama (2:05)
BOBBY ROBERTS Big Sandy (1:56)
WALLY HUGHES Convertible Car (2:10)
BOB DEWITT Annie Mae (2:51)
BOB HICKS AND THE FENDERS Rock Baby Rock (1:57)
BUDDY BURKE That Big Old Moon (2:28)
BILL ALLEN Please Give Me Something (2:14)

The Rarest Rockabilly Album In The World, Volume 2
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ERSEL HICKEY Going Down The Road (1:50)
THE ROXTERS So Long (2:11)
MIKE CUSHMAN Me And My Guitar (2:17)
CURTIS GORDON Draggin’ (1:47)
RIO ROCKERS Mexicali Baby (2:14)
LARRY DONN Honey Bun (1:58)
WALTER BROWN Jelly Roll Rock (2:14)
GENE WATSON My Rockin’ Baby (2:47)
BUD LANDON Six Mile Climb (2:31)
WHITEY PULLENS Walk My Way Back Home (2:20)
PAUL SEIPP Little Gray Shack (2:17)
CHUCK HIGGINS Too Smart (2:49)
JIMMY STEWART & THE NIGHTHAWKS Rock On The Moon (1:53)
RAY VERNON I’m Counting On You (2:08)
THE RHYTHM ROCKERS Thinkin’ Bout You (2:24)
JIMMY PATTON Love Come Back To Me (1:55)
DON FEGER Don’t Be Mad (2:23)
JIMMIE PIPER Don’t Play Around With My Heart (1:48)
HOLLIS CHAMPION Long Gone Lonesome Blues (1:51)
TYRONE SCHMIDLING You’re Gone But I’m Left (2:01)
REX ELLIS Bop Hop Jamboree (1:49)
CLIFF BLAKELY I Want To Be With You (2:09)
WILLIE WARD I’m A Madman (2:21)
BILL LAWRENCE With The Coins Hey Baby (2:11)
JIMMY WAGES Heartbreakin’ Love (2:15)
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SKEETS MCDONALD You Oughta See Grandma Rock (2:02)
DEACON & THE ROCK N ROLLERS Rockin’ On The Moon (1:45)
FAT DADDY Holmes Chicken Rock (1:59)
STOLZ BROTHERS Rock N Roll Riot (1:57)
FRANK TRIOLO Ice Cream Baby (1:59)
CURTIS GORDON Sitting On Top Of The World (1:55)
LARRY TERRY Hep Cat (2:12)
HAL PAYNE Honky Tonk Stomp (2:06)
JERRY ARNOLD High Classed Baby (2:28)
ROD WILLIS The Cat (2:15)
JIM MURPHY & THE ACCENTS I’m Gone Mama (2:06)
DON WADE Oh Love (1:50)
AL URBAN Gonna Be Better Times (2:20)
PAUL WHEATLEY I’m Not Movin’ (2:10)
THE CHAVIS BROTHERS Love Me Baby (2:25)
TOM JAMES Track Down Baby (2:41)
PAT CUPP Do Me No Wrong (2:24)
BILLY PRAGAR Do It Bop (2:10)
JESSE STEVENS Mama Mama (1:56)
GENE WATSON Drummer Boy Rock (2:51)
JIMMY FORD Don’t Hang Around Me Anymore (3:06)
SONNY COLE I Dreamed I Was Elvis (2:19)
TOMMY BELL Swamp Girl (2:13)
JOE CLAY Slipping Out & Sneaking In (2:08)
JOEY MICHAELS Sixteen Cats (1:52)

JOHNNY THUNDERS Stations Of The Cross (1982/1990) & VARIOUS ARTISTS I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders (1995)


JOHNNY THUNDERS Stations Of The Cross (1982/1990)
V/A I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders (1995)
Two Ways To Remember A Proud Junkie Punk

Here are a couple of off-the-shelf irregulars that just might fit your portly collection. The various artists tribute, I Only Wrote This Song For You, includes most of the New York Dolls (David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Arthur Kane), ex-bandmates (Walter Lure), like-minded types (The Ramones, Wayne Kramer), strange bedfellows (The Screwballs: Wayne County & Glen Matlock) and one genuine surprise (Los Lobos). It’s not all punk, in fact, the ex-Dolls are the most sentimental of the bunch here, but there are some interesting interpretations that Thunders fans may enjoy (that guy from Hanoi Rocks has two solid covers). Stations Of The Cross, a September 30, 1982 Johnny Thunders live show, is a whole different memory to wrap your arms around. Thunders is proudly still using and is a chatterbox about it throughout the show, dedicating songs to Sid Vicious and King Henry, among others. In fact, a latter re-issue of this disc would remove a lot of Thunders’ tongue wagging. You might notice there are a few “dub” versions included. Veteran listeners know that that only means someone couldn’t be bothered to make it to the mic for that particular song. That’s ok, it’s all good. Above all, despite its flaws, Stations Of The Cross (HERE, at Amazon), released in different editions over the years (the pic above is this version), is probably a pretty good representation of what it was actually like to stand in front of a breathing Johnny Thunders, circa 1982. For better and worse, of course. I Only Wrote This Song For You (HERE, at Amazon) fell out of print, but was reissued in 2004 with a new running order and two added tracks from Marc Almond and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. There’s more Thunders in the archives; L.A.M.F. The Lost ’77 Mixes (HERE) and JT’s largely acoustic album, Hurt Me (HERE).


STATIONS OF THE CROSS (LIVE)
Pipeline (2:36)
In Cold Blood
(2:50)
Just Another Girl (4:19)
Too Much Junkie Business (2:58)
Sad Vacation (4:07)
Who Needs Girls?
(4:48)
Do You Love Me? (3:05)
So Alone (6:17)
Seven Day Weekend (3:38)
Chinese Rocks (2:56)
Reentry Interlude (1:55)
Voodoo Dub (1:54)
Surfer Jam (2:05)
Just Because I’m White (4:55)
One Mind (Dub) (2:57)
Little London Boys (2:26)
Stepping Stone (1:55)
I Don’t Mind Mr. Kowalski (1:25)
Creature from E.T. Rap (3:50)
Rather Be with the Boys (2:17)
Wipeout (2:18)

I ONLY WROTE THIS SONG FOR YOU
PATTI PALLADIN Leave Me Alone (Chatterbox)
(3:01)
MICHAEL MONROE Disappointed In You (3:57)
ARTHUR “KILLER” KANE In Cold Blood (Not In Vain) (3:24)
WAYNE KRAMER Children Are People Too (5:05)
DAVID JOHANSEN Some Hearts (4:09)
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN Society Makes Me Sad (5:04)
ALISON GORDIE Just Another Girl (4:19)
FILTY LUCRE Can’t Kick (3:36)
WILLIE DEVILLE You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory (3:43)
DIE TOTENHOSEN Diary Of A Lover
(4:11)
THE RAMONES I Love You (2:22)
WALTER LURE AND THE WALDOS Let Go (2:13)
MICHAEL MONROE So Alone (6:08)
LOS LOBOS Alone In A Crowd (2:57)
THE SCREWBALLS Help The Homeless (7:49)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Sing Hollies In Reverse (1995)

singholliesSing Hollies In Reverse (1995)
Really… A Good Tribute Album!

Tribute albums are, by nature, hit and miss affairs. Rarely are all the bands well-chosen and some even have a hard time successfully deciding whether to be true to the original or to give it their own spin. More often than not, it’s just the sheer variety of the artists involved that can undermine any collection’s cohesiveness. Which is why this tribute to the under-appreciated Hollies is such a gem. Sing Hollies In Reverse features 21 contributions from some of indie pop’s finest, including Mitch Easter, Wondermints, Tommy Keene, E & Jon Brion, tackling a largely forgotten catalog of Beatley pop and lite psychedelia that hasn’t been bled dry by oldies stations and advertising agencies (yet). The Posies’ “King Midas In Reverse” is reverently rich in pop shimmer while Material Issue’s “Bus Stop” is given a 60s garage treatment. The Loud Family plays “Look Through Any Window” as a psych dirge (until near the end) while “Pay You Back With Interest” could well be Mitch Easter’s finest recording. There are plenty of other nice surprises along the way to discovering some great new pop artists and re-discovering some great old pop songs. A tribute album you’ll listen to all of… for a change. A mere $3 to $6 at Amazon (HERE) and worth the investment. If you’ve got a taste for the real thing, visit a Wormhole, HERE.


THE POSIES – King Midas In Reverse
TOMMY KEENE – Carrie Anne
THE LOUD FAMILY – Look Through Any Window
STEVE WYNN & ERIC AMBEL – The Air That I Breathe
MITCH EASTER – Pay You Back With Interest
CUB – You Know He Did
KRISTIAN HOFFMAN – I’m Alive
FLAMINGOES
– Water On The Brain
E – Jennifer Eccles
THE JIGSAW SEEN – On A Carousel
JOHN EASDALE – Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress
BILL LLOYD – Step Inside
LOSERS LOUNGE – After The Fox
WONDERMINTS
– You Need Love
THE SNEETCHES – So Lonely
CONTINENTAL DRIFTERS – I Can’t Let Go
CARLA OLSON – Touch
ANDREW – Heading For A Fall
MATERIAL ISSUE – Bus Stop
SHAKIN
‘ APOSTLES – Dear Eloise
JON BRION – Sorry Suzanne

MOJO PRESENTS Johnny Cash… And Friends (2013)

FrontMOJO Presents:
Johnny Cash… And Friends
(Oct 2013)

The latest free CD from the October, 2013 MOJO Magazine is a cool tribute to Johnny Cash, featuring a cross-section of friends, influences and the influenced. Noteworthy as an out-of-the-ordinary collection of tunes not already spread across a dozen other MOJOs. I like the old country stuff myself, since most of it is missing from my collection. Nick Cave’s contribution is a stand out… and Charlie Rich’s “Lonely Weekends” is a dead ringer for Elvis. Find all 138 MOJO‘s HERE.

JERRY LEE LEWIS Lovin’ Up A Storm (1:50)
JOHNNY CASH Transfusion Blues (2:30)
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS Wanted Man (5:26)
NICK LOWE Indian Queens (3:39)
BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY New Whaling (5:30)
TOWNES VAN ZANDT If I Needed You (3:40)
GEORGE JONES Seasons Of My Heart (2:07)
MERLE TRAVIS Dark As A Dungeon (2:45)
LEFTY FRIZZELL The Long Black Veil (2:57)
KITTY WELLS As Long As I Live (2:31)
JUNE CARTER Jukebox Blues (2:15)
WILLIE NELSON Half A Man (2:25)
HANK SNOW I’ve Been Everywhere (2:44)
CHARLIE RICH Lonely Weekends (2:07)
WAYLON JENNINGS Never Again (2:04)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Swampbilly Shindig (2013)

FrontSwampbilly Shindig (2013)
Strange Brew

Kind of a odd combination of country, blues, early R&R and cajun know-how, but I enjoyed the seemingly inexplicable connections so, who knows, you might, too. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

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CLARENCE GARLOW Bon Ton Roula (3:15)
JERRY LEE LEWIS Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (1:59)
GENE SIMMONS Drinkin’ Scotch (3:04)
CLIFTON CHENIER Ay-Te Te Fee (2:43)
LEE DORSEYOn Your Way Down (3:43)
LEFTY FRIZZELL The Long Black Veil (3:06)
LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS Mojo Hand (3:03)
MAC REBENNACK Storm Warning (2:51)
JIMMY REED Bright Lights, Big City (2:40)
MALCOLM YELVINGTON Have Myself a Ball (1:48)
JOE SIMON Let’s Do it Over (2:20)
JOHN LEE HOOKER Trouble Blues (2:46)
SLEEPY LEBEEF Honky-Tonk Hardwood Floor (2:20)
JOHNNY CASH I Heard That Lonesome Whistle (2:24)
THE STAPLE SINGERS This May Be the Last Time (2:06)
BOBBY MARCHAN All in My Mind (3:09)
ALBERT KINGI Get Evil (3:56)
CARL PERKINS Lend Me Your Comb (1:57)
JIMMY DONLEY Loving Cajun Style (1:52)
LITTLE RICHARD Chicken Little Baby (1:44)
HANK WILLIAMS I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive (2:29)
RAY SMITH Rockin’ Robin (2:25)
ELMORE JAMES Shake Your Moneymaker (2:35)
MEMPHIS SLIM Rockin’ The House (Beer Drinkin’ Woman) (2:07)
ROSCO GORDON No More Doggin’ (3:09)
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WILBERT HARRISON Let’s Stick Together (2:46)
ELMORE JAMES It Hurts Me Too (3:19)
IRMA THOMAS It’s Raining (2:03)
ESKEW REEDER Green Door (2:48)
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS Every Beat Of My Heart (2:02)
THE SWAN SILVERTONES Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep (2:49)
HANK WILLIAMS Honky Tonkin’ (2:46)
ALBERT KING Let’s Have A Natural Ball (2:54)
JIMMY DONLEY Born To Be A Loser (2:48)
ALLEN TOUSSAINT Happy Times (2:09)
CHARLIE FEATHERS Bottle To The Baby (2:22)
JERRY LEE LEWIS Ubangi Stomp (1:48)
JIMMY REED Big Boss Man (2:46)
JOHN LEE HOOKER No Shoes (2:25)
LEE DORSEY Holy Cow (2:32)
ARTHUR CRUDUP Rock Me Mama (2:59)
CHAMPION JACK DUPREE Shim, Sham, Shimmy (2:45)
DR. HORSE Salt Pork, West Virginia (2:55)
HUEY PIANO SMITH Little Liza Jane (2:11)
J.B. LENIOR Do What I Say (2:00)
WILLIE NELSON Night Life (2:33)
THE FLATLANDERS One Day At A Time (3:45)
LITTLE RICHARD Rice, Red Beans And Turnip Greens (2:33)
THE STAPLE SINGERS I’m So Glad (2:13)
RAY HARRIS Love Dumb Baby (3:00)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Hear No Evil – A Tribute To The Monkees (1992), Come And Get It – A Tribute To Badfinger (1996) & For The Love Of Todd – A Tribute To Todd Rundgren (1997)


Hear No Evil – A Tribute To The Monkees(1992)
Come And Get It – A Tribute To Badfinger (1996)
For The Love Of Todd – A Tribute To Todd Rundgren (1997)
If You Can’t Find A Favorite Artist Among These, You Don’t Like Alt Pop

From an oft-neglected corner of the library comes these three, budget conscious pop tributes to The Monkees, Badfinger and Todd Rundgren. Yeah, there are plenty of unknown names here, and an equal number of suspect readings of the indelible pop material that’s covered. But, can you really pass up the opportunity to hear such obscure pop concepts as Mitch Easter’s “International Feel,” The Plimsouls‘ “Suitcase” or Peter Holsapple’s dirgey psych slap at “You Just May Be The One?” Of course not. Because I know you can’t wait, those three appetizing teasers are posted below for all to hear. If you must advance further, and can’t live without experiencing The Knack’s “No Matter What,” Vulgar Boatman’s “The Kind Of Girl I Could Love” or Parthenon Huxley’s “There Goes My Inspiration,” you’ll need to navigate a few links & timers. Find these obscure tribs to The Monkees (HERE), Badfinger (HERE) and Todd (HERE) @ Amazon.


MONKEES TRIBUTE
DEACON LUNCHBOX The Day We Fall In Love
CHANT Take A Giant Step
BOB RUPE BAND St. Matthew
BIG FISH ENSEMBLE Last Train To Clarksville
MAGNAPOP Pleasant Valley Sunday
MITCH EASTER Valleri
PAT JOHNSON AND THE WELLSPRINGS OF HOPE The Door Into Summer
THE DIGGERS Circle Sky
PETER HOLSAPPLE You Just May Be The One
ANNE RICHMOND BOSTON Mr. Webster
DOLL SQUAD Let’s Dance On
OPIUM HELLO Sweet Young Thing
VULGAR BOATMEN The Kind Of Girl I Could Love
THOSE BIG BELT BUCKLES What Am I Doing Hangin‘ Round?
CRUISIN A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
LIVE BAIT Randy Scouse Git
ROCKABILLY ROCKETS Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day
BOISE AND MOSS WITH A SIDE OF HAMM Gonna Buy Me A Dog
MULTI-COLOR HOUSE You Told Me
MAN SIZE JOB Daydream Believer
FLYING SUBS (Theme From) The Monkees

BADFINGER TRIBUTE
ADRIAN BELEW Come And Get It
P. HUX Perfection
THE LOUD FAMILY We’re For The Dark
COTTON MATHER Flying
BRAD JONES It’s Over
THE KNACK No Matter What
20/20 Day After Day
CHRIS VON SNEIDERN Midnight Caller
AIMEE MANN Baby Blue
BILL LLOYD Lonely You
COCKEYED GHOST Name Of The Game
CHERRY TWISTER It Had To Be
THE SOLTEENS Know One Knows
DWIGHT TWILLEY I Can’t Take It
THE PLIMSOULS Suitcase
THE ROOKS Get Away
CIRCLE SKY Just A Chance
ERIK VOEKS I’ll Be The One
WALTER CLEVENGER Better Days
PARANOID LOVESICK Icicles
AL KOOPER Maybe Tomorrow
LON & DERREK VAN EATON Apple Of My Eye

TODD RUNDGREN TRIBUTE
MITCH EASTER International Feel
VIRAL SATELLITE Long Flowing Robe
BEN McMURTRIE Healer
JAMIE HOOVER Izzat Love?
GREG JENNINGS The Fire Of Mind
ROCKET SCIENTISTS Too Far Gone
THE GUILD Couldn’t I Just Tell You
MISSY MILLER Compassion
MITCH COOPER Hello, It’s Me
FRED FROOM Pretending To Care
PARTHENON HUXLEY There Goes My Inspiration
RUNROY GOLDBERG Lucky Guy
DON DIXON Broke Down And Busted
VAN COOPER Torch Song
DAVID MELBYE The Wheel
KEN GULLAC AND KIRK CARLSON You Cried Wolf
KENNY COLLINS Cliche
WOODS Slut
NATE KENERLY Love Of The Common Man
BILL LLOYD I Don’t Want To Tie You Down
SECRET SOCIETY Hideaway

VARIOUS ARTISTS Memphis Swamp Jam (1969) w/ Fred McDowell, Piano Red, Booker White, Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes, Nathan Beauregard & others

frontMemphis Swamp Jam (YEAR)
A Blue Thumb Blues Collection

An album that opened a lot windows for me when I found this 1969 2LP Blue Thumb set in the Woolco cutout bins for 33¢ (the same place I found copies of John Lennon’s Two Virgins for the same price). I wasn’t a blueshead yet, but I figured it was a smart bargain to gamble on. Little did I know how many artists I would discover in the process. This wasn’t a gathering of the blues greats I did (somewhat) know of, guys like Hooker & Waters. This album featured some of the lesser known second stringers… the guys without the record company backing that came along with the high-profile endorsements of The British Invasion. I remember being absolutely mesmerized by Piano Red, and looked for years for an entire album of his work, which back in the early 70s was virtually impossible. Nathan Beauregard’s 10 minute “Nathan’s Bumble Bee Blues” is a standout. I can’t recall where I scored this vinyl rip, though it was most likely from our pal, The Record Fiend (HERE). Find the actual vinyl at Amazon, (HERE). Speaking of Blue Thumb, we’ve got the essential set, All Day Thumbsucker Revisited: The History Of Blue Thumb Records in the archives, (HERE).

BOOKER WHITE Christmas Eve Blues (5:03)
BOOKER WHITE Columbus, Miss. Blues (3:27)
BOOKER WHITE Sad Day Blues (4:07)
PIANO RED Mobile Blues (3:15)
PIANO RED Abel Street Stomp (3:10)
NATHAN BEAUREGARD Nathan’s Bumble Bee Blues (10:21)
NATHAN BEAUREGARD ‘Bout A Spoonful (3:18)
SLEEPY JOHN ESTES Need More Blues (3:09)
SLEEPY JOHN ESTES President Kennedy Stayed Away Too Long (4:13)
FRED McDOWELL & JOHNNY WOODS Shake ‘Em On Down (2:58)
FRED McDOWELL & JOHNNY WOODS Fred’s Blues (4:38)
FRED McDOWELL & JOHNNY WOODS Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning (3:28)
NAPOLEON STRICKLAND Back Water Rising (1:50)
NAPOLEON STRICKLAND Other’s Piece (2:16)
NAPOLEON STRICKLAND Shimmy She Wobble (2:24)
FURRY LEWIS Judge Boushay Blues (5:37)
FURRY LEWIS Walking Blues (5:37)
R.L. WATSON & JOSIAH JONES Memphis Rag (1:57)
R.L. WATSON & JOSIAH JONES St. Louis Blues (3:01)
R.L. WATSON & JOSIAH JONES Praying On The Old Camp Ground & Lonesome Blues (2:17)

MOJO PRESENTS Sub Pop Silver Jubilee (2013)

FrontMOJO Presents:
Sub Pop Silver Jubilee
(Sept 2013)

The latest free CD from the September, 2013 MOJO Magazine is a tribute to Sub Pop Records… MOJO’s second trib to the indie label (their first from 2008, Sub Pop 300!, is HERE). Includes a cross-section of familiar Sub Pop types, including Mudhoney, J Mascis, Low and others. To be honest, I haven’t really listened to it yet, but because I’ve always liked the name Pissed Jeans, I’ve included their track on the streaming player. Find all 137 MOJO‘s HERE.

MUDHONEY No One Has (3:23)
THE U-MEN Gila (2:16)
METZ Wet Blanket (3:52)
ROSE WINDOWS Native Dreams (6:17)
SHABAZZ PALACES Recollections Of The Wraith (Remixed By The Helio Sequence) (3:47)
DAUGHN GIBSON The Sound Of Law (2:52)
KING TUFF Anthem (3:31)
J MASCIS Not Enough (3:11)
THE BAPTIST GENERALS Dog That Bit You (3:41)
LOW On My Own (5:39)
CHAD VANGAALEN Molten Light (2:52)
THE GUTTER TWINS God’s Children (4:57)
CLIPPING (Feat Baseck) Bout.That (3:54)
PISSED JEANS Health Plan (2:17)
MUDHONEY I Don’t Remember You (2:34)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Essential Interpretations (1997)

Essential InterpretationsEssential Interpretations (1997)
Stars On EMI

Remember EMI’s Essential Series? To celebrate their 100th anniversary, the label issued a series of, what looked to be, run of the mill greatest hits collections, for the likes of label artists like Blondie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Duran and others. What wasn’t immediately noticeable on the packaging, however, was that the releases were spiked with offbeat rarities – outtakes, alternate mixes and live shows were routinely sprinkled into the track lists to make them pretty unique, and desirable to the fan base. Another oddity that came out of the Essential series is this collection, Essential Interpretations, a generous 2CD collection of classic tracks as re-wired by modern artists. There are a lot of lesser known types included, but you can also marvel at World Party covering The Beatles’ “Martha My Dear,” Sparklehorse and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke reworking Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and Foo Fighters taking a swing at Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street.” Nice to see a couple of Stranglers tunes getting covered, too, and…oh yeah, that’s Belinda Carlisle (The Go Go’s) tackling The Sex Pistols’ “Submission.” It’s not a must-own set, but it’s got some fun stuff, and the expensive tri-fold package goes for as little as a penny at Amazon, HERE.

JOHN BUTLER Ode To Billy Joe (4:59) – originally by Bobbie Gentry
BELINDA CARLISLE & RADIATOR Submission (3:05) – originally by The Sex Pistols
CECIL When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman (4:56) – originally by Dr. Hook
DUBSTAR Jealousy (3:29) – originally by The Pet Shop Boys
FELINE The Air That I Breathe (5:53) – originally by The Hollies
FOO FIGHTERS Baker Street (5:36) – originally by Gerry Rafferty
FUN LOVING CRIMINALS We Have All The Time In The World (2:42) – originally by Louis Armstrong
GLUEBOUND Where Did Our Love Go (3:57) – originally by Diana Ross & The Supremes
JESUS JONES Go Buddy Go (3:27) – originally by The Stranglers
KENICKIE featuring ERROL BROWN It Started With A Kiss (4:57) – originally by Hot Chocolate
MY LIFE STORY Duchess (3:13) – originally by The Stranglers

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OCTOPUS Starman (3:59) – originally by David Bowie
MIKE SCOTT Why Should I Love You (5:03) – originally by Kate Bush
SPARKLEHORSE featuring THOM YORKE Wish You Were Here (6:58) – originally by Pink Floyd
SUPERNATURALS You’re My Best Friend (4:02) – originally by Queen
TERRORVISION Forever And Ever (2:58) – originally by Slik
ROBBIE WILLIAMS Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (3:02) – originally by Ella Fitzgerald
WHITE TOWN Rhinestone Cowboy (3:13) – originally by Glen Campbell
WHITE BUFFALO Ziggy Stardust (3:09) – originally by David Bowie
WIRELESS See Emily Play (4:07) – originally by Pink Floyd
WORLD PARTY Martha My Dear (2:25) – originally by The Beatles
MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG Do Wah Diddy Diddy (3:01) – originally by Manfred Mann

VARIOUS ARTISTS Infinite Zero Promo-CD 95.Zero.3 (1995)

Infinite Zero PromoPromo-CD 95.Zero.3 (1995)
Some People Are Strange

A cool promo CD from the short-lived but much beloved indie offshoot of Rick Rubin’s American Recordings, Infinite Zero (co-run by Henry Rollins). This disc doesn’t boast anything unusual in nature, like unreleased recordings or alt mixes – and the Iceberg Slim track is even criminally edited (get the original Infinite Zero release Reflections HERE) – but it’s still a fun gathering of off-the-beaten-path artists and groundbreakers.

JAMES WHITE AND THE BLACKS Twice Removed (3:05)
DEVO Secret Agent Man (3:39)
GANG OF FOUR Natural’s Not It (3:09)
ICEBERG SLIM Broadway Sam (Excerpt) (3:36)
MATTHEW SHIPP Circular Temple (6:28)
ALAN VEGA The Pleaser (4:57)
TOM VERLAINE Without A Word (3:19)
JAMES WHITE AND THE BLACKS Contort Yourself (6:16)
JAMES WHITE AND THE BLACKS White Savages (4:51)
GANG OF FOUR What We All Want (4:58)
GANG OF FOUR Cheeseburger (4:07)
ALAN VEGA Jab Gee (4:00)
ALAN VEGA Bad Scene (4:02)

MOJO PRESENTS We’re With The Beatles (2013)

We're With The BeatlesMOJO Presents:
We’re With The Beatles
(August 2013)

The latest free CD from the August, 2013 MOJO Magazine is a remake/tribute to The Beatles second album (in the UK), With The Beatles. Some unusual names pop up, including Ian McNabb (Icicle Works), Will Sergeant (Echo & The Bunnymen) and Chris Difford (Squeeze), whose acoustic reading of “All My Loving,” with Arcelia, proves that McCartney could have easily gone the “And I Love Her” route even earlier if he had desired. (For free downloads, visit Arcelia HERE.) As for some of the others, Wreckless Eric, Sara Lowes, The View and Pete Molinari at least sound like they were inspired by The Beatles. Some cool covers… some misses. Find all 136 MOJO‘s HERE.

THE JAMES HUNTER SIX It Wont’t Be Long (3:16)
IAN McNABB (featuring THOMAS McCONNELL) All I’ve Got to Do (3:00)
CHRIS DIFFORD (featuring ARCELIA) All My Loving (2:56)
EVA PETERSEN (featuring WILL SERGEANT) Don’t Bother Me (4:22)
WRECKLESS ERIC & JAMES NICHOLLS Little Child (2:07)
TAKEN BY TREES Till There Was You (2:43)
MAMA ROSEN (featuring MICK COLLINS & MATT VERTA-RAY) Please Mister Postman (2:27)
THE VIEW Roll Over Beethoven (2:43)
SARA LOWES Hold Me Tight (2:34)
JACCO GARDNER You Really Got a Hold On Me (3:19)
PETE MOLINARI I Wanna Be Your Man (2:17)
TREVOR MOSS & HANNAH-LOU Devil in Her Heart (2:28)
MAGIC ARM Not a Second Time (3:22)
KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS Money (That’s What I Want) (2:42)

MOJO PRESENTS Uncovered – 15 Tracks As Re-Cut By The Rolling Stones (2013)

frontMOJO Presents Uncovered (July 2013)

The latest free CD from the July, 2013 MOJO Magazine. Another ‘roots of’ type release (they just did The Roots Of The Rolling Stones in August, 2012) featuring a lot of familiar names; Muddy, Howlin’, Bo, Chuck, etc. You should have most of the old blues guys, but the ancient files from the likes of Jay McShann (1941), Nat King Cole (1946), Hank Snow (1950) and The Will Bradley Trio (1940) make this a worthwhile score. Find all 135 MOJO‘s HERE.

FREDDY CANNON Tallahassee Lassie
EDDIE COCHRAN Twenty Flight Rock
CHUCK BERRY Around And Around
HANK SNOW I’m Moving On
BO DIDDLEY Who Do You Love
LARRY WILLIAMS She Said “Yeah”
MUDDY WATERS Mannish Boy
SOLOMON BURKE Cry To Me
BUDDY HOLLY Learning The Game
NAT KING COLE Route 66
BOOGALOO & HIS GALLANT CREW Cops And Robbers
WILL BRADLEY TRIO Down The Road A Piece
JAY McSHANN Confessin’ The Blues
MUDDY WATERS I Just Want To Make Love To You
HOWLIN’ WOLF The Red Rooster

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VARIOUS ARTISTS Rare Funk Volume One (2005)

frontRare Funk Volume One (2005)
Scratchy, Grimy Funk And Soul Sides

Can’t tell you anything about this one. I found it on my hard drive and kept it because it’s a collection of artists I’m unfamiliar with, performing a cross-section of long-lost 60s/70s soul & funk sides. The kind that never made it to the Hit Parade, as evidenced by the artists’ monikers, which tell you they were never once subjected to the scrutiny of internal focus groups bent on star grooming; Johnny Cool And The Cycles, Hunts Determination, Bob Smith And The Boo-Koos, The Packeys?!?… Probably why I was attracted to all this in the first place. The music comes from old 45s (natch) and the styles, while a slightly mixed bag, are sometimes fun, sometimes dated (dated prior to their own already dated recording date) and sometimes just plain curious. The price is right, anyway. Hear some examples below.

TIMMY SIMS Countdown (2:15)
NELSON CALLOWAY Funky Horns (3:12)
JOHNNY COOL AND THE CYCLES Peel The Banana (2:44)
THE SEVEN SOULS Groove In (2:41)
SOULSETTERS Can You Dig It (1:53)
BO DUD AND JOHNNY TWIST The Get It (2:50)
MIGHTY GROOVE MAKERS Let’s Dance Some Mo’ (2:55)
SHINDIG SMITH AND THE SOUL SHAKERS Through Fooling Around (2:33)
MERGIE HENDRIX Nothin’ But A Tramp (2:38)
GLORIA WALKER You Hit The Spot Baby (2:52)
LEVERT ALLISON Chase The Sun Boy (2:07)
THE 20th CENTURY Hot Pants (3:28)
THE PACKEYS Dig In (1:51)
LEON FERGUSON Miss Dolores Funk (2:00)
HUNTS DETERMINATION I Need Love (2:31)
GROUP THERAPY Mechanical Funk (2:35)
JONATHAN Trackin’ (3:14)
BERNARD CALVIN TLC (3:11)
BOB SMITH AND THE BOO KOOS That Thing Is Green (3:00)
ROBERT HARRIS Funk On (3:10)

The Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love (1966-1976)

frontThe Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love (1966-1976) (1997)
Sweet, Sweet Soul Music

Many thanks to Don From Oregon for posting this very cool 3CD collection in comments earlier this year. Wonderful soul concoctions – characterized by epic string arrangements, old school soul harmonies, pre-disco rhythms and a few nods to grittier side of Memphis soul – all organized like a perfect storm of soul in the hands of Gamble & Huff who, through their own Philadelphia International Records, came to embody the sound of “Philly Soul.” Plenty of essential hits, like “Expressway To Your Soul” and “Me And Mrs. Jones” highlight a collection heavy on The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and MFSB, with material almost all written by Gamble & Huff. When I first grabbed this, I cued up the first disc just to get a taste and ended up listening to the entire set non-stop. We’ve got another, promo-only collection of Gamble & Huff material in the archives, HERE (where you’ll also find a rabbit hole of cool, promo-only compilations by Robert Lamm, Harry Nilsson and Pomus & Shuman). Find this one at Amazon HERE.

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SOUL SURVIVORS Expressway To Your Heart (2:19)
THE INTRUDERS Cowboys To Girls (2:38)
ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS I Can’t Stop Dancing (2:20)
JERRY BUTLER Only The Strong Survive (2:35)
THE O’JAYS One Night Affair (2:18)
THE INTRUDERS (We’ll Be) United (2:51)
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD Silly, Silly Fool (2:31)
WILSON PICKETT Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You (2:47)
JOHNNY WILLIAMS Slow Motion (Part 1) (2:57)
BILLY PAUL Me And Mrs. Jones (4:45)
BUNNY SIGLER Regina (3:09)
LAURA NYRO & LABELLE The Bells (2:55)
JOE SIMON Drowning In The Sea Of Love (3:20)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES If You Don’t Know Me By Now (3:26)
THE O’JAYS 992 Arguments (6:06)
THE EBONYS You’re The Reason Why (3:04)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES I Miss You (8:37)
THE O’JAYS When The World’s At Peace (5:19)
BUNNY SIGLER That’s How Long I’ll Be Loving You (2:53)
THE O’JAYS Back Stabbers (3:06)
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THE O’JAYS Love Train (2:58)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES The Love I Lost (6:23)
THE O’JAYS Now That We Found Love (4:40)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES Yesterday I Had The Blues (7:33)
THE INTRUDERS I’ll Always Love My Mama (6:37)
THE O’JAYS For The Love Of Money (7:19)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES Bad Luck (6:24)
THE O’JAYS Don’t Call Me Brother (8:56)
MFSB Zach’s Fanfare (I Hear Music) (0:51)
MFSB Love Is The Message (6:36)
BILLY PAUL Am I Black Enough For You (5:17)
THE O’JAYS Sunshine (3:42)
THE THREE DEGREES When Will I See You Again (2:58)
MFSB (featuring THE THREE DEGREES) TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) (5:49)
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THE O’JAYS Livin’ For The Weekend (6:36)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES Wake Up Everybody (7:33)
THE JACKSONS Enjoy Yourself (3:25)
ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS I Could Dance All Night (2:41)
THE O’JAYS I Love Music (6:52)
THE TRAMMPS Love Epidemic (4:49)
THE O’JAYS Stairway To Heaven (6:17)
THE JACKSONS Show You The Way To Go (5:30)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE Do It Any Way You Wanna (3:17)
MFSB My One And Only Love (4:34)
THE O’JAYS Rich Get Richer (4:24)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES Hope That We Can Be Together Soon (3:41)
DEE DEE SHARP Ooh Child (5:09)
BUNNY SIGLER Love Train (7:01)

VARIOUS ARTISTS 2010 Pop Sampler

Here’s a 2010 pop sampler we quickly put together from the hundreds of free MP3s that Amazon gives away. Listen to all the songs below and grab the entire 10-track collection via Comments. Click any album cover to visit Amazon and download the single track yourself, or preview the rest of the album. You’ll need to sign up with Amazon (and live in the land of the free) to download them directly. I was listening to this while writing this post and, for a cobbled together set, it accidentally sounds pretty good. With a couple spins you might find some new favorite bands.


TEENAGE FANCLUB Baby Lee (4:24) from Shadows
PERNICE BROTHERS Jacqueline Susann (
2:18) from Goodbye, Killer
TOMMY KEENE Places That Are Gone (
3:51) from A Retrospective
THE YOUNG VEINS Change (
2:35) from Take A Vacation!
THE LOONS I Wanna Get You (3:22) from Red Dissolving Rays Of Light
THE GRIP WEEDS Speed of Life (
3:51) from Strange Change Machine
PAUL WELLER
Wake Up the Nation (2:20) from Wake Up The Nation
PETER CASE Look Out! (
3:31) from Wig!
CLINIC
I’m Aware (2:59) from Bubblegum
PAUL COLLINS Losing Your Cool (2:41
) from King Of Power Pop!

VARIOUS ARTISTS The Stiff Records Box Set (1992)

frontThe Stiff Records Box Set (1992)
History’s Assessment: Stiff Was Worth A Fuck

Speaking of Nick Lowe… Here’s Stiff’s first box set assessment of their late 70s (and beyond) pop and punk catalog. For capturing a moment in time, this is a box that will serve the cause, though… some of these artists are ones I’ve never associated with Stiff, but then… I don’t have a memory. For the streaming player, I just posted some of my faves. You’ve surely got your own. The Stiff Records Box Set is available at Amazon (HERE), though I never really investigated the similarities and differences between this one and The Big Stiff Box that came out in 2007 (HERE). Some swear by it, though, and the mastering on the latter should be superior. Find many of these artists in the archives.

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So It Goes – Nick Lowe
Heart Of The City – Nick Lowe
Between The Lines – The Pink Fairies
Cincinnati Fatback – Roogalator
Styrofoam – Sean Tyla
New Rose – The Damned
Blank Generation – Richard Hell
Stab Your Back – The Damned
Less Than Zero – Elvis Costello
England’s Glory – Max Wall
Maybe – Jill Read
One Chord Wonders – The Adverts
Alison – Elvis Costello
Jo Jo Gunne – Dave Edmunds
Whole Wide WorldWreckless Eric
Kill – Alberto y los Trios Paranoias
Sex & Drugs & Rock & RollIan Dury
Razzle In My Pocket – Ian Dury
Suffice To Say – The Yachts
Let’s Loot The Supermarket Again (Like We Did Last Summer) – Mick Farren
Watching The Detectives – Elvis Costello
My Old Man – Ian Dury
Police Car – Larry Wallis
Yankee Wheels – Jane Aire
Back to Schooldays – Graham Parker

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I Love My LabelNick Lowe
Marie Provost – Nick Lowe
What A Waste! – Ian Dury
I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself – Elvis Costello
Whoops-A-Daisy – Humphrey Ocean
I Think We’re Alone Now – Lene Lovich
Jocko Homo – Devo
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Dury
Semaphore Signals – Wreckless Eric
I’ll Get By In Pittsburgh – Jona Lewie
B-A-B-Y – Rachel Sweet
Lucky Number – Lene Lovich
Solitary Confinement – Members
Frozen Years – The Rumour
Take the Cash (K.A.S.H.) – Wreckless Eric
They Don’t Know – Kirsty MacColl
You’ll Never Get Me Up in One of Those – Mickey Jupp
Who Does Lisa Like? – Rachel Sweet
Drive Friendly – Motor Boys Motor
Win or Lose – Lew Lewis & Reformer
Hop – Theatre of Hate
One Step Beyond – Madness
Emotional Traffic – The Rumour
Inbetweenies – Ian Dury
Lucky Seven – Lew Lewis & Reformer

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My Girl – Madness
Israelites – Desmond Dekker
Buena – Joe “King” Carrasco
Stupefaction – Graham Parker
You’ll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties – Jona Lewie
Trouble With Love – Any Trouble
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted – Dave Stewart
Mercury Poisoning – Graham Parker
Let Go – Dirty Looks
Baggy Trousers – Madness
It’s My Party – Dave Stewart
Green, Green Grass of Home – John Otway
Three Bells In A Row – Tenpole Tudor
Stop The Cavalry – Jona Lewie
Going Left Right – Department S
Is Vic There? – Department S
If You Need Me – The Equators
Wunderbar – Tenpole Tudor
Allamana – Desmond Dekker
Pretend – Alvin Stardust
Loud Music In CarsBilly Bremner
Throwing My Baby Out With the Bathwater – Tenpole Tudor
Just One Cornetto – Pookiesnackenburger
Who Likes Jazz? – Via Vagabond
You Broke My Heart In 17 Places – Tracey Ullman

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Sign Of The Times – Belle Stars
Sweet Memory – Belle Stars
Language Problems – Electric Guitars
Breakaway – Tracey Ullman
Like Dust – Passion Puppets
Dangerous Dreams – Jakko
Destination Lululand (Humdiddlededumhoowahayha) – King Kurt
Sick Bed Of Cúchulaínn – The Pogues
Pick Me Up – Inspirational Choir of the Pentecostal First-Born Church of the Living God
Here Is My Number – Makin’ Time
Dark Streets of London – The Pogues
Wild Child – The Untouchables
New England – Kirsty MacColl
Pretty One – Jamie Rae
Free Yourself – The Untouchables
Sally MacLennane – The Pogues
Brilliant Mind – Furniture
Don’t Wait Up – Dr. Feelgood
Killer Joe (Right Cross) – Tommy Chase
Shake Like Judy Says – Furniture
Hunting Shooting Fishing – Dr. Feelgood

VARIOUS ARTISTS New Musical Express: Pogo A Go Go! (Cassette 1986)

NME: Pogo A Go Go! (1986)
Flashback Time

I swiped this from the blog Press Play And Record, who are doing something pretty cool by digitizing dozens of ancient cassettes given away by the UK’s New Musical Express (and other mags) back in the 80s. These are great little time capsules capturing a moment in time that some wish they’d never left, and this particular edition, Pogo A Go Go! (NME 021), is a fun blast of late 70s punk and new wave. The rip is top-notch (@192), even though the unreleased demos are kinda shoddy, but blame NME’s sources for that. It was the 80s, after all. Still, it’s a worthy collection for those that long ago lost these documents of an earlier technological age. Visit Press Record And Play for more of the same.

THE SEX PISTOLS Satellite (Suburban Kid) (Unreleased Version) (4:08)
THE UNDERTONES True Confessions (1:54)
THE NIPPLE ERECTORS King Of The Bop (2:03)
TELEVISION PERSONALITIES Part Time Punks (2:36)
SHAM 69 Borstal Breakout (2:04)
THE DAMNED Stretcher Case Baby (1:45)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS Watching The Detectives (A Demo Version) (4:29)
THE STRANGLERS Choosey Susie (3:10)
VICTIM Strange Thing By Night (2:57)
THE CLASH 1977 (Demo) (1:43)
JOHNNY MOPED Incendiary Device (2:07)
THE SLITS Typical Girls (3:54)
ALTERNATIVE TV Love Lies Limp (3:03)
SWELL MAPS Read About Seymour (1:27)
THE JAM In The City (2:17)
THE FALL Bingo Master’s Breakout (2:23)
SUBWAY SECT Ambition (3:03)
WIRE Dot Dash (2:22)
THE BUZZCOCKS Orgasm Addict (2:01)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Refugees – An Anthology Of The Famous Charisma Label 1969-1978 (2009)

Refugees – Anthology Of The Famous Charisma Label 1969-1978 (2009)
Obscure Brit Experiments In Music Fusion

From a personal perspective… when I started looking beyond the radio at the dawn of the 70s, I began by investigating jazz, world music and obscure Brit pop. Oldsters remember that practically everything was obscure back in the late 60s/early 70s, and getting an “import” album in those days required ordering it from a hip record store (if your town was lucky enough to have one), waiting… and then paying nearly twice the price for something you had few details on, since the alternative music press was almost as anemic as routes for international vinyl exchange. So, plenty of the artists that were signed to the highly regarded Charisma label – who routinely combined varying aspects of pop, rock, jazz, English folk and fusion – were on my hit list; Bo Hansson, The Nice, Van Der Graaf Generator, Hawkwind and even String Driven Thing (whose domestic debut was a mainstay of department store cut-out bins). Alas, many of those once cherished vinyl albums are long gone from my collection now, victims of storage issues and changing musical tastes. As a result, I never replaced a lot of those great old albums with CD versions… so hearing some of the music on this cool, 2009 3CD collection is, for me, like stepping into a time machine. Hear tracks from Van Der Graaf Generator, Rare Bird and Audience, below. Click the cover art to better read the participants. Amazon’s got new copies for under $20, HERE.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers: Psychedelic Confectionery From The UK Underground 1965-69 (2001)

Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers: Psychedelic Confectionery From The UK Underground 1965-69 (2001)
A Psych Box To Get Psyched About

Another great box from the archives. 4CDs, compiled by the fine folks at MOJO Magazine, chronicling the UK psychedelic experience. Compilations always create quibbles, but this is a great listen regardless of what’s been omitted or curiously added. The names below will tell you all you need to know, but your ears are the ultimate decider… and they should be pleased. Check out the great 1968 psych tune from McGough & McGear (a.k.a. Mike McCartney), “So Much.” Includes booklet art. Out of print, and it’s not cheap at Amazon.


1
McGOUGH & McGEAR – So Much (4:02)
AQUARIAN AGE – 10,000 Words In A Cardboard Box (3:27)
THE NICE – Flower Ring of Flies (3:18)
RUPERT’S PEOPLE – Dream On My Mind (3:25)
SHY LIMBS – Reputation (3:33)
TINTERN ABBEY – Vacuum Cleaner (3:06)
THE DAVID – Light Of Your Mind (2:51)
THE MISUNDERSTOOD – I Can Take You To The Sun (3:40)
GRAPEFRUIT – Dear Delilah (2:28)
PROCOL HARUM – Shine On Brightly (3:33)
BAMBOO SHOOT – The Fox Has Gone To Ground (2:52)
THE WHO – Armenia City In The Sky (3:13)
FOCUS THREE – 10,000 Years Behind My Mind (2:16)
TIMEBOX – Gone Is The Sad Man (3:44)
WORLD OF OZ – Peter’s Birthday (2:55)
THE TICKLE – Subway (Smokey Pokey World) (2:42)
FELIUS ANDROMEDA – Meditations (4:10)
WARM SOUNDS – Nite Is A-Comin (3:01)

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KALEIDOSCOPE – Flight from Ashiya
(2:42)
JULY – The Way (4:15)
INCREDIBLE STRING BAND – Witches Hat (2:34)
DONOVAN – Celeste (4:10)
RAMESES & SELKET – Mind’s Eye (2:42)
THE END – Shades Of Orange (2:41)
VIRGIN SLEEP – Love (2:25)
BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST – Pools Of Blue (3:09)
TALES OF JUSTINE – Monday Morning (3:23)
BILLY NICHOLLS – Girl From New York (3:19)
THE ACCENT – Red Sky At Night (3:14)
MICK SOFTLEY – Am I The Red One (2:31)
ORANGE BICYCLE – Laura’s Garden (3:15)
CALEB – Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad (3:18)
AMAZING FRIENDLY APPLE – Magician (3:23)
THE MOLES – We Are The Moles, Part 1 (4:34)
THE 23rd TURNOFF – Michael Angelo (2:25)
BIL FAY – Screams In The Ears (3:25)

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PURPLE GANG – Granny Takes A Trip
(2:37)
SMOKE – My Friend Jack (3:07)
IDLE RACE – Impostors Of Life’s Magazine (2:18)
PRETTY THINGS – Talkin‘ About The Good Times (3:44)
DONOVAN – Hurdy Gurdy Man (3:12)
THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP – Time Seller (2:52)
DENNY LAINE – Say You Don’t Mind (3:10)
THE MOVE – I Can Hear The Grass Grow (2:58)
THE KINKS – See My Friends (2:43)
PETER COOK & DUDLEY MOORE – The L. S. Bumble Bee (2:45)
THE YARDBIRDS – Happenings Ten Years Time Ago (2:57)
THE SMALL FACES – Green Circles (2:43)
THE HOLLIES – King Midas In Reverse (3:08)
DAVID McWILLIAMS – The Days Of Pearly Spencer (2:34)
THE HERD – From The Underworld (3:19)
ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS – Sky Pilot (7:39)
TRAFFIC – Paper Sun (4:13)
SIMON DUPREEE & THE BIG SOUND – Kites (3:45)

4
THE ATTACK – Colour Of My Mind
(2:29)
ALLEN POUND’S GET RICH – Searchin‘ In The Wilderness (3:19)
FIRE – Father’s Name Is Dad (2:33)
THE ORANGE MACHINE – Dr. Crippen’s Waiting Room (3:03)
PENNY PEEPS – Model Village (2:54)
THE FAIRYTALE – Run And Hide (2:31)
MANDRAKE PADDLE STEAMER – Strange Walking Man (3:13)
THE STATUS QUO – When My Mind Is Not Live (2:49)
THE POETS – In Your Tower (2:32)
SANDS – Listen To The Sky (3:46)
SYD BARRETT – Octopus (3:46)
THE APPLE – The Other Side (3:18)
THE FLIES – I’m Not Your Stepping Stone (2:41)
HERBAL MIXTURE – Machines (2:04)
TOMORROW – Revolution (Phased Version) (3:48)
THE SORROWS – You’ve Got What I Want (2:00)
THE KOOBASRoyston Rose (3:52)
SAM GOPAL – Escalator (2:51)

 

VARIOUS ARTISTS Space Box: 1970 & Beyond – Space, Krautrock & Acid Trips

Space Box: 1970 & Beyond
Space, Krautrock & Acid Trips
(1996)
Einstein Had Space/Time All Wrong.

An outstanding 3CD collection of extended space rock explorations from a slew of Euro time-trippers and drug takers. Various artists collections are typically a mixed bag, but the overall vibe of this collection is consistent and rewarding from start to finish. You’ve gotta love the extended 8 to 12 minute excursions. If you like your rock with dubby electronic effects, heavy-handed jazz, mind-numbing drums and an Einsteinian ethos, you’ve come to the right place. Drugs not included. Amazon has it, HERE.


1
HAWKWIND – Valium 10 (12″ Version) (7:52)
PRESSUREHED – Slo Blo (8:06)
AMON DUUL II – Wolf City (3:21)
RON GEESIN – Mominous (1:28)
F/I – Boots Of Ascention (7:59)
CLUSTER – Apropos Cluster (8:47)
ARCHITECTURAL METAPHOR – Brainticket (7:40)
GONG – Gongwash Indelible (5:49)
PORCUPINE TREE – Burning Sky (11:36)
CHROME – Third From The Sun (4:43)
NIK TURNER – 10 Seconds Of Forever (3:15)
ALIEN PLANETSCAPES – International Sponge (6:12)

2
GURU GURU – UFO
(10:23)
MELTING EUPHORIA – In Aquarian Dream (6:18)
KRAFTWELT – Deranged (Zero Gravity Mix) (6:10)
DARK MATTER – Past Zero Time (12:14)
HARMONIA – Sehr Kosmisch (10:57)
DARXTAR – This Alien Nation (Space Mix) (7:22)
MICHAEL MOORCOCK’S DEEP FIX – Time Center (4:35)
FARFLUNG – Vision Of Infinity (7″ Version) (4:42)
BRAINSTORM – Number 6 (5:51)
CONRAD SCHNITZLER – Contrapuntal Interstellar Radars (3:32)
HAWKLORDS – Time Of … (4:01)

3
FAUST – Devoted Bone Dance
(11:52)
HELIOS CREED – Leaving The Body (4:31)
POPOL VUH – Ich Mache Einen Spiegel (8:42)
ANUBIAN LIGHTS – 12-24-2011 (4:32)
NICK RIFF – Tribal Elders (4:55)
HARVEY BAINBRIDGE – The Changing (3:26)
ZERO GRAVITY – Interferon (3:35)
DILATE – Tangerine Sky (5:22)
KLUSTER – 22.09 (Edit Version) (5:59)
STEVE PEREGRINE TOOK – Scorpius (Deep Space Version) (4:08)
THE BRAIN – Vortex In My Cortex (5:54)
SPIRAL REALMS – Cysyrgy (5:52)
SURFACE 10 – Gamma Days (8:05)