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Music Picks contributors for February
ROY ROBERTS: Got to have your love (Ninandy)
Incredible sound, you can feel it, what a hammond sound
behind his voice
TRADE MARTIN: Work song
JIMMY FRASER: Our hopes, dreams & tomstones (Columbia)
UNDERDOGS: Love´s gone bad (V.I.P.)
SOUL SISTERS: Think about the good times (Sue)
SHAWN ELLIOT: The joker (Roulette)
FRANK WILSON: Do I love you (indeed I do)
BUNNY SIGLER: Sunny Sunday
BRENDA HOLLOWAY: Just love what you´ve done (Motown)
4 TOPS: I´m in a different world (Motown)
Ahhhh.... 2nd Maximum Mod Weekend........2,3,4 and 5 April´98,
with Brenda Holloway..................!!!!!!!! León (Spain)
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Dave Pick Set - Mathar
Arrrh- the original indian vibes! An oldie but unbelievably funky!
The Strawberry Smell - Penelope Bloomington
Actually, the B-side has to be my current listen - kangeroo in my garden!
Phantastic french band with full hammond power. Tunes full of swirls and sitar
along with fun and frolics!
Sharon Tandy - Hold on
I didn't know who to label this under! Vocals by Sharon Tandy, though i supose
the band was known at the time as 'Ruperts People' but generally known as Les Fleur
De Lys. Brilliant psychadellic song from around 1967 can't get enough of it!
The Showmen - Honey House
My roots have to be in Northern Soul! When this hits my stereo, my feet just
can't keep still!
The Truth - Baby you've got it!
Obscure freakbeat classic! (got hold of the album 'Freakbeat, Freakout' which is
a touch better than most freakbeat albums out there!)
Julie Driscoll - Break it up!
I just like it, it can't be helped! Other good tunes by Jools have to include;
Indian Rope man, Save Me and Let The Sun Shine in...a cool lady!
The Spencer Davis Group - Waltz for Lumbatza
I've spelt that wrong haven't i? well i'm tired, but if you have some of their
stuff you'll know the tune i mean. SDG are just pure class everyone knows and loves
tunes like 'I'm a man', 'High Time', 'Trampoline' and 'searchin' Definately all
The Sheppards - Stubborn Heart
Can't get enough of the Northern Soul!
The Creation - How does it feel to feel
The Creation are indiscibably fantastic. Words just can't say how great this
band is (or was or whatever!)
Air - Moon safari
May be not specifically Mod, but what an album. Air are a band who've taken
basic 60s themes and made them into current post-ambient easy listening music! A
sure revelation for elevator music! Songs like 'Sexy Boy' and 'All i Need' just
have you wanting to hear more!
I had too much music to mention but forgot it all when it got to sitting at the
computer! Generally northern soul, freakbeat and some hammond grooves are my type
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The Impressions - Can't Satisfy
A beautiful, uplifiting song - even if a *little* remeniscent of "This
Old Heart Of Mine". Which is also beautiful and uplifting, of course.
Phil Terrell - Love Has Passed Me By
...but he sounds so happy about it
Eddie Holman & the Larks - Eddie's My Name (LP)
An amazing voice. The track most in favour currently is "Stay Mine For
Heaven's Sake", but there are so many other good ones.
Maxine Brown - One Step At A Time
An incredibly big, powerful sound.
P.P. Arnold - Speak To Me
Recent discussion on the list prompted me to dig this out again, and
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the Skatalites - Ball of Fire
Wow! Thirty years old and they still keep it real. This disc has some great
re-released old stuff on it. Check out "Swing Easy".
Hepcat - Right on Time
This is by far the greatest Hepcat release ever. Tons of reocksteady and reggae
for all of those beat addicts out there.
the Jam - Collection
All of my favorite stuff on one album. Who could ask for anything more?
Get Shorty - (soundtrack)
This has some great Booker T. and the MG's and other funky/jazzy kind of stuff
the Beatles - Hard Day's Night
Well...it's been a hard day's night...and I just can't get enough of this
Mad Professor - Dub Me Crazy
Great chillin' music...kiler bass...lethal riddims!
The Kinks - Compleate Collection
I just picked up this four record set and it rocks. Nothing more to say...just
Laurel Aitken - Bluebeat Years
There's some great old Skinhead reggae on this disc that's sure to please any
Toots and the Maytals - Funky Kingston
Toots has one of the best voices in ska music I have heard thus far. They are
like no-one else...I couldn't live without this record.
Gross Pointe Blank - (soundtrack)
This has some killer tunes by the Specials, the Clash and the Jam...I'd suggest
checking it out.
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Pretty Things - Baron Saturday
Nazz - Lemming Song
Jacques Dutronc - Le Responsable
The Truth - Hey Gyp
Los Bravos - Bring A Little Lovin'
D Cordell Tea Time Ensemble - A Quick One for Sanity
The Riot Squad - I Wanna Talk About My Baby
The Equals - My Life Ain't Easy
The Remains - Don't Look Back
Brian Auger & The Trinity - Red Beans & Rice
All the above are thanks to Brian Poust's tape!
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Legay - No One
Disturbers - Comin' To Your World
The Reg Guest Syndicate - Underworld
Nimrod - Don't Let It Get The Best Of You
The Name - What Do I Care?
Tropical Fish - Upside Down Inside Out
Tropical Fish - Captain Man Pt. 1
Tropical Fish - Captain Man Pt. 2
Wonderland - Moscow
The Name - Hello Edythe
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The Feminine Complex - Livin' Love
The Feminine Complex was this all girl band from the 60's that was orginally
from Nashville. This great album was re-released on TEENBEAT RECORDS along w/ 11
previously un-released tracks.
V/A - DUKE REID's TREASURE ISLE ROCK STEADY
I actually found this double disk at (believe it or not) Best Buy for a VERY
reasonable price. (I think for abt $17 or $18) This collection has many songs that
I've been trying to get a hold of but, haven't been able until now.
True Love Always - When will you...?
This CD is full of pure bossanova pop goodness...not to mention solely
contructed of love songs...it's just the cutest thing
V/A - 1998 Teenbeat sampler
only the best from this label...
mAKE UP - Destination Love (Live)
probably my favorite thing the mAKE UP has put out...
V/A - Get Ready Rock Steady LP
This LP contains the best Alton Ellis song ever!
Hepcat - Right On Time LP
This album is quite good...not to mention I find the song "Open season...is
closed" to be pretty humorous.
Derrick Morgan - The Moonhop EP
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Maybe a bit heavy for some, flip of the mundane "hit" "Race with The Devil"..
"Sunshine" chucks along with some heavy guitar and MINIMAL (can I stress that
enough?) lyrics repeated incessantly, but the hooks/chorus are damn catchy and get
stuck in my head like a mantra. Try to spot the French horns.....
The flip of their excellent "Long Cigarette" (recently covered by The Insomniacs
on their latest long player)with ace electric piano interplaying with buzzing
Gretsch guitar licks, it sort of has a Booker t-ish quality to it....on their Edsel
comp. "Russ,Bob,Pete And Mod" or as a bonus cut on B.G.O's C.D. re-issue of
their impossibly rare "Stakes And Chips" lp.
The End-"I Got Wise"
Acetate unreleased '66 gem from the vaults turned on to me by fellow NYC
modslister Nate, simple four chord basher was throbby (out of tune) bass and catchy
vocals. On their lp comp. "In The Beginning".
David Bowie-"Let Me Sleep Beside You"
A projected '67 single for Deram that was rejected and remained unissued till
Davie dyed his hair orange and got some hits. The lyrics and vocals are seductive
without being cheezy or cheeky and the plodding bass, phased acoustic guitar and
sawing strings gift it an ethereal effect. On the CD "The Deram Years" or "The
Gospel According To The Laughing Gnome".
Timebox-"A Woman That's Waiting"
One time blue eyed soul boys who took a break from copying American pop/soul
and went all out pop psych. The sawing strings and horns scream "I Am The Walrus"
and even the vibes can't help shake the freaky but beautiful crescendo that it
builds up to....Reissued way back when on the lp comp. "Broken Dreams Vol.5" or
you can hear the 1967 Deram 45 spun monthly at Hub City soul.
The Quik-"Soul Full Of Sorrow"
The third and final brilliant single on Deram by this incredible mod/soul act.
It manages to successfully combine a slightly (then) contemporary psych tinged
sound almost akin to a British version of Vanilla Fudge while retaining a modicum
of soulful vocals and classy brass. Oh and dig the Gregorian chant vocals on the
intro! Reissued on the C.D comp. "Psychedalia:Forgotten british Flower Power Gems"
(don't let the title fool you..take some it won't hurt you..).
Georgie Fame-"This Guy's In Love With You"
Clive's amazingly subtle yet magnificent remake of this track never fails to
yank a few strings in my heart or bring a tear of joy to my eye. On the CD comp. of
later 60's tracks "The Hit Singles '67-'71".
The Meddy Evils-"Ma's Place"
A Hub City Soul mod/soul fave which has just been reissued on Sequel's decent
Cd comp. "Freakbeat". It's got all the usual Brit soul arrangements, nice beat,
funky organ and very danceable....
The Zombies-"Conversation Off Floral Street"
A Rod Argent keyboard showcase as Rod noodles away on his piano and follows
each bit up with some truly groovy Hammond. Possibly one of the catchiest 60's
instrumentals ever. Reissued on their godsend of a boxed set "Zombie Heaven".
The Bogeymen-"Action Time"
From the CD of the same name by these now defunct Frenchmen. This organ/guitar
groover manages to out do the Prisoners AND The Small Faces on their finest piss
take instrumental efforts. Catchy, and if it doesn't move you you must've been
sleeping when you heard it.....
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Curiosity Shoppe - Baby I need you
The Montanas - A step in the right direction
The Factory - Gone
Ruperts People - Dream on my mind
Chocolate Watch Band - Requiem
Kaleidoscope (UK) - Just how much you are
Ohio Express - Try it
Richard and the young lions - Open up your door
St Louis Union - Think about me
The Fire - Treacle Toffee World
Seek out and enjoy!
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V/A- THE THRILLER MEMORANDUM (RPM)
Wonderfully groovy collection of 60s British secret agent-type themes,
including the classic themes for "Danger Man" and "The Saint," plus Patti
Seymour's wonderful take on "The Silencers," which has been on repeat for
a while. Other standouts include "Mexican Flyer" by Ken Woodman & His
Piccadily Brass and "Fade Out" by the John Shakespear Orchestra.
V/A- KENT'S MAGIC TOUCH (Kent)
Mainly for the Italian version of "Long After Tonight Is All Over" by
V/A- THE INTERPRETERS
Good, solid power pop for the 90s. "Take It Away" does it right. How come
I've never heard of them before?
V/A- THIS IS MOD, VOL. 6
Ah, nostalgia. Makes me feel like I'm still living in Long Beach in the
mid-80s. Chardon Square, Manual Scan, The Question (who remain one of my
all-time favorite bands): damn, it's like being at Fender's again!
HEPCAT- RIGHT ON TIME
One of the best bands on the planet right now.
V/A- IF THAT'S WHAT YOU WANTED
Mix tape from Buxton, one of Germany's top Northern DJs. Nice balance
between classics and semi-obscurities. Excellent for playing in the car on
the way to gigs or niters. Standout tracks: "This Love-Starved Heart of
Mine" by Marvin Gaye, "Suspicion" by Pat Rames & The Prophets, and "Too Hot
To Hold" by Betty Everett.
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The Banana Splits - We're the Banana Splits (Decca)
This isn't the cool theme song "Tra-la-la la-la-la-la..." but a fun sing along
bubblegum type tune from our Hanna-Barbera heroes. TV just isn't like that anymore.
Somebody tell Sid & Marty Kroft they should have made naugha Splits characters.... :^)
The Accent - Red Sky At Night (London)
Some will find interest in knowing that there's a U.S. pressing of this record,
which is absolutely brilliant, dark, and bone rattling. A UK copy books for £100,
so the U.S. should be cheaper. The problem is that my favorite record dealer has
great taste in music and can't decide if he wants to sell this to me or keep it
himself! I'm really biting my nails over this one. If you ever see it, don't
listen to it first, just buy the damn thing!
Martha Velez - Tell Mama (Sire)
Made famous by Aretha Franklin, made amazing by Etta James, here's a British
singer's take that will blow you away. The backing band is really tight, with an
incredible bass player. Velez's voice is not unlike Julie Drischoll's, and she
really belts it out with an incredible amount of soul, but not quite to the level
of Etta's scream. The flip side is a fairly decent heavy guitar laden psych. number
called "Swamp Man".
The Bob Crewe Generation - Girls On the Rocks (DynoVoice)
In case I didn't go on enough about Bob Crewe last month, here's another go.
This is the flip side to "Music To Watch Girls By", a relatively common easy
listening song of the time, even issued on 45 by Diet Pepsi. Anyway, here we have
more of the Generation's calling card fuzz guitar and soundtrack styled hipster
listening, not unlike what you'd hear on a Sound Gallery comp. This certainly
rivals another Bob Crewe fave "Miniskirts In Moscow or ____", also from '66.
Gene Pitney - She's A Heartbreaker (Musicor)
Gene Pitney was an extremely bland New Jersey balladeer who catered himself
mostly to middle America. My mom thinks he's just swell. Somehow, he came to
record this storming soul number. I'd like to know who talked him into this (or
his weird connections to the Rolling Stones)! It's an easy 45 to find, but
unusual all the same. Those with access to old Beat Club footage will enjoy
looking for the episode with Gene performing this song.
The Attack - Any More Than I Can Do (London)
This is the flip to "Hi-Ho Silver Lining", and one of the Attack's greatest
sides. The guitar work by Davy O'List is absolutely amazing.
The Roulettes - Bad Times (Parlophone)
A good pop song can go a long way, and the Roulettes were definitely on the ball.
Both sides of this 45 (the other being "Can You Go") are quite good, but "Bad Times"
is extremely well written, considering its simplicity.
Gene Chandler - Such A Pretty Thing (Checker)
This is one of the Chess label's classics as far as I'm concerned. Gene
Chandler just never really got the hits he should have. Much of his work for
Constellation was better than his Checker sides, but this particular track is
stands up with the best of them.
The Birdwatchers - I'm Gonna Love You Anyway (Mala)
A staple band of the Florida 60's garage scene, the Birdwatchers were slightly
more poppy than their counterparts such as Evil and We the People. This song is
definitely a career hilight. Great hooks, cool guitar, basically just an all around
well written song. There's a pretty subtle similarity between this and Tommy Scott's
"I Can Only Give You Everything" as well.
Sir Raleigh & the Cupons - Somethin' Else (A&M)
Another forgotten Seattle band, this song is a pretty tongue and cheek answer to
the same band's earlier single "Somethin'". Fake British accents make up a mock
"arguement" in the studio about how good the song is and what it should be called.
A tad repetative maybe, but light hearted and still suitable for a early dancefloor
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