Sunday, November 17, 2019

Utrecht Record Fair November 2019 - Day 3 - Sunday


The last day...

Managed to make some good deals on a few items I had spotted over the last couple of days.

Quite amazed by John Bull Breed's off-the-wall, I'm a Man. Also nice to get the UK issue of The Blue Stars to accompany my NZ issue



The Kim Fowley is zany in a good way. Of particular notice is the mysterious Hard Knox single with a Bonehead side along with a more Greasy Stonesian B side. More on that one soon...


Anyway, the last 3 days have taken their toll on my legs and wallet. Another Utrecht while still in pre Brexit mode is a bonus, god knows what will happen next time, specially in terms of the pounds to Euro conversion...Bye for now, Robin signing off

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Utrecht Record Fair November 2019 - Day 2 - Saturday






Saturday was a  bit more of a subdued but more affordable day...

Two sumptuous pop gems stand out. The Benelux only Majority single - Charlotte Rose, and Mary Kent's (who is she?) wondrous take on Jimmy Webb's Vietnam lament -  Lost Generation 
Funny, It had been on my radar for a while, then I find 2 copies the same week 





  I had never seen the rather fetching German Idle Race pic sleeve before, neat...


Sunday will probably be a relaxed affair... until then

Friday, November 15, 2019

Utrecht Record Fair -November 2019 - Friday





and once more unto the breach we go...

Although I am here twice a year, I am still surprised by some of the finds that crop up...

Utrecht is and will remain the best record fair in the World

Whereas in the UK, most dealers peddle their rarest stuff online, here in Holland enough dealers save their best stuff for the fair itself.
Also there is enough stuff to go round as buyers/collectors have a wide spectrum of tastes, so your niche or preferences should be amply satisfied by the collectables on show


I was well chuffed to find the last big UK 60s want that I was missing, namely the Calum Bryce in perfect condition. I pretty much blew half my budget on this one record, but the deed has now been done "gulp"




Also picked up a vast array of 60s crackers, from South Africa, Australia, UK and mainland Europe




The Bryan Miller's Destruction is a real fuzz fest. The Bad Boys was a UK band, but this gem only released in Italy, Lebanon and Brazil!!! The Steve Davis is pounding and meaty...











Some cool pic sleeves, The Bull's Eye is a great piece of grungy Danish Psych



A few Glamsters and Hard Rockers were found. The Prisoners was a new one on me, a German private release saddling Bonehead and Glam...







 
At 7.05 this morning, some 12 inch buyers waiting patiently for their "funky" stuff to be served





Bring on tomorrow!







Thursday, August 15, 2019

Philadelphia Brown – Vote For Rock and Roll – UK Junkshop Cruncher






Philadelphia Brown – Hold Me/ Vote For Rock and Roll – Strawberry C.J.5 (UK 1976)

Was Philadelphia Brown some obscure Philly Soul session guy? Was Philadelphia Brown a potent form of Pennsylvanian heroin? Nope and Nope... Philadelphia Brown was an outgrowth of Angel who under the tutelage of Andy Scott and Mick Turner released a couple of great Sweet soundalike Rabble Rousers namely Good Time Fanny and Little Boy Blue on Cube.

Philadelphia Brown was comprised of ex Angels - guitarist Bob Banasiak (who also was in Fancy with Nigel Benjamin), singer Brian Johnson and drummer Steve Rickard

They ended up releasing  2 singles on the President Strawberry imprint. While the first one  1-2-3 is of limited interest, on this single’s B side they certainly hit the jackpot. Unshackled of the obvious Sweet trappings, Vote For Rock and Roll is a loud, crunching, hand clap driven monster with one hell of a hook and full production values. The A side Hold Me is an obvious top side choice as more commercial in a chugging Rubettes-like pastiche fashion. Hold Me was also covered by Hello. While it is an enjoyable ride, you are bound to flip sides over and over again to regal in this unheralded 70s Gem

Hear a full version of Vote For Rock and Roll



Hear a full version of Hold Me

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Purepop Set sale and mini auction June -One week only

SALE IS NOW CLOSED ...thank you everyone




Hi

I am currently selling  singles as listed below from Sunday 23rd June  December until Sunday 30th June
As the records sell I will be updating the list below marking them as SOLD


Here is the full list

Part 1 48 hour mini-auction

Angie - Streetlight Fight/Wild Child-ZDS (Belgium)  SOLD
Count Copernicus - Painted Ego/La La La - Festival (AUS) 
Cross Bloods - Orange Sunshine/Bag of Tricks -Cross Blood  SOLD
Lost Souls- Peace of Mind/This Life of Mine-Sunshine (AUS) SOLD
Missing Links - You're Drivin' Me Insane/Something Else - Philips (AUS) SOLD

Part 2 Australian 60s Freakbeat, Psych and Beat

Clik - Mary, Mary/Uptight Basic Festival (AUS)  
Easybeats -Peculiar Hole in The Sky/HP Man -Parlophone (AUS) 
Hergs - Cadillac/Style of  Love- Parlophone (AUS) SOLD 
Missing Links - You're Drivin' Me Insane/Something Else - Philips (AUS) SOLD
Proclamation -King of The Mountain/Tea and Sympathy Clarion AUS   SOLD
Purple Hearts -Early in the Morning/Just a Little Bit -Sunshine (AUS) 
Russ Kruger - Splish Splash/Separate The Men From The Boys- Leedon (AUS)   
Sounds of Silence - Mary's Got a Daisy/We're Here To Love - Phono Vox (AUS)  SOLD
Throb - Black /Turn My Head - Parlophone (AUS)  SOLD
Wild Colonials - Ain't That Lovin You Baby/Roses Are Red-HMV (AUS) SOLD

Aussie bargain basement

La De Das -On Top of The World/Hey Girl -Philips (NZ)  SOLD
Running Jumping Standing Still -Diddy Wah Diddy /My Girl - Sunshine (AUS) SOLD
Russ Kruger -Keep Me Satisfied/Tell The Truth -Sunshine (AUS) SOLD
Russ Kruger -Little Bit O' Soul/Baby, Baby Don't Go-Leedon (AUS) SOLD
Throb -Believe in Me/Fortune Tellerl -Parlophone (AUS) SOLD
Wild Cherries -Gotta Stop Lying/Time Killer-Festival (AUS) SOLD
Wild Cherries -Krome Plated Yabby/Everything I Do is Wrong-Festival (AUS) SOLD
Wild Cherries -That's life/Try Me-Festival( AUS ) SOLD

Part 3: Junkshop Glam, 70s Proto Punk, Powerpop, Bubblegum and Heavies

Ash band–Let's Go/ Since She Left Me –Kanandra (AUS)   
Barry Blood -She's The Queen (Of my Rock n'' Roll World)/ Wad 'Ya Say?   Wreckord -UK Pic sleeve       SOLD
Big Secret - Ride Captain Ride/ Desert Train -Finger German pic sleeve 
Big Star -September Gurls/ Mod Lang -Stax-UK Demo 
Brother Susan - See My Fingers Fly/Full Blooded Man - EMI (UK) SOLD
Brother Susan - See My Fingers Fly/Full Blooded Man - EMI (UK) SOLD
Candy Grant's Team - Sweet Mary / Sandy - Hansa - German pic sleeve
Capt. Skidlid - Charlie Brown!/ She Knew Him Too-RCA UK Demo 
Chalice -In My World/Mr Won't Help You  -Clarion  Aus         SOLD              
Clinton - Midnight in New Yorkl/Falling Behind –Shortfire US SOLD
Cool Feet - Mister/Woman Luxembourg Sound  (Lux)  SOLD
Dirty Angels–Rock and Roll Love Letter/Debris- Philips- Norwegian Pic Sleeve 
 Eyes -Wild Wild Woman/ Same  -Vertigo-Norwegian Pic sleeve  Demo  SOLD   
Farm  - Fat Judy / Gypsy Mountain Woman - Spark-UK Demo SOLD
Gamma Gooche- The Gamma Goochee / I'm Gonna Buy Me a Dog -Colpix Dutch Pic sleeve   
Glo Macari- Lookin' For Love/ People Like You -Columbia  UK Demo SOLD
Hot Chocolate Music Company ltd. - Wammy! There Goes Sammy/ I Know My Alphabet -Coral US promo 
Hustler -  Little People/ Who D'Yer Think Yer Foolin' -  FireFly UK D emo  SOLD
Johnnie Coolrock- Good Girls/ Cheeks - Top Jammer -Casablanca  UK Demo SOLD
Johnny Palermo - Saturday Night/ Summer Again - Hans - Belgian pic sleeve  SOLD
Johnny Palermo - Silly Old Song/ Make it Allright - HansBelgian pic sleeve  
Josuha –Jenny /Magic Carpet CNR Dutch Pic sleeve SOLD
Ken Khury- Baby Doll  /Super Queen -Jupiter German pic sleeve  Hear a sound clip
Kim Fowley- California Summertime/ Living in The Streets -Sonet -Dutch pic sleeve pic sleeve   
Matchmakers -  Baby Make Me Happy / Goody Goody Goody - Vogue-German Pic sleeve SOLD
Mick Flinn Band- Doing it Right/ Do What You Wanna Do - EMI UK Demo SOLD
Mick Underwood- Earthquake at The Savoy  /Red Watch Autobahn German pic sleeve   
Monica Törnell - Long Long Weekend / Give It Back -Philips - Swedish pic sleeve SOLD
P.A.T.C.H- Bang Bang Bang / Where Are you Now? - RCA- Dutch pic sleeve SOLD
Paul Ryan - Natural Gas/ Hellow Hellow - Maple Annie -UK  SOLD
Paul Ryan - Natural Gas/ Hellow Hellow - Maple Annie -UK 
 Propeller -Apache Woman/ Devil's Symphony -Philips -German pic sleeve) 
Raving Maniac,  - Rock n Roll Man/ Freedom -Cricket (US)                     
Ronno - 4th Hour of My Sleep/Powers of Darkness -Vertigo (Norwegian pic sleeve)     SOLD                       
Second Helping- We're Dancing/ I Wanna Turn You On -Much Canada SOLD
Sensation - Black Eyed Woman/ Baby -Sticky UK   SOLD
Smoke- Sugar Man /That's What I Want -Regal Zonophone UK    
Snatch - For always and Forever / Hurting Kind -Polydor UK  SOLD
Stanley Frank- S'cool Days/On a Line -Power Exchange UK pic sleeve   SOLD  
Stig - Crazy Clown/Living Was For You and Me - Sonet -Danish Pic sleeve 
Thundermug- Jeanine/ Dunkworth Stomp -Papillon Dutch Pic Sleeve  
Tonics –Hugger Mugger Mummery/Daddy- Fontana - German Pic Sleeve  SOLD
Trevor White - Crazy Kids/ Moving in The Right Direction  Island  UK SOLD
Troggs- Strange Movies/ I'm on Fire -Pye French Pic Sleeve  
Unknown artist - He Who Laughs last -Decca Acetate UK  SOLD

Part 4: 60s Freakbeat, Psych, Beat and Pop
Alexander Bell -Alexander Bell Believes/ A Hymn with Love CBS (UK)  SOLD
Blue Beard -Sly Willy/Country Man -Ember UK Pic sleeve 
Creation–Painter Man/ Biff Bang Pow/ - Vogue(NL) 
Finders Keepers -Light /Come on Now CBS UK
Flippers -Louie Louie/Sonny and Cher -The Letter -Polydor German pic sleeve 
Flowerz - Flyte/Talken about Love -Kingston (US) SOLD
Fut  -Have You heard The Word/ Futting  Beacon UK 
Locomotive–Roll Over Mary/ Movin' Down The Line -Parlophone  (UK) 
Power - Children Ask (If He is Dead) /She is The Color of -MGM (US) Promo issue 
Searchers –Secondhand Dealer/ Crazy Dreams/ - Pye (NL) sSOLD
The Leather Boy -On The Go/ Soulin  MGM US pic sleeve SOLD
The Majamood -200 Million Red Ants/Faces Amassed -Wirl (UK)                                                   
Them –Walking in The Queens Garden/I Happen To Love You –Tower US Pic sleeve 
Young Blood –Green Light/ Don't Leave Me In The Dark/ –Pye (Norwegian pic sleeve) 


If you want the priced list send me an email to purepop1ukATyahoo.co.uk


For those who like rare stuff of the Glammy persuasion check out Count Copernicus!













Saturday, June 08, 2019

Flamin’ Groovies- Under The Bridge London Review 7/06/19






There are curses and then there are curses… For The Groovies, bad luck never seems to be far away, and once again it had struck as Roy Loney fell after going through security at the airport in SF, paramedics intervened and instead of boarding the plane to the UK, he was wheeled away to hospital.

So the band flew in without him. A very difficult situation to contend with for the band as the shows were supposed to highlight the Teenage Head album… so without Roy it was going to prove impossible to go ahead as planned.

The show must go on…

The band reconvened in the UK and worked out a set, including some tunes from Teenage Head that they felt they could pull off on stage without Roy. Following gigs in Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle, they arrived at Abramovich’s vanity Roadhouse at Stamford Bridge

Although through Facebook, many knew that Roy wasn’t appearing, the information obviously hadn’t reached everyone who attended. I didn’t see a sign at the door explaining the situation. This should really be remedied for the next shows

Anyway back to the music. With Cyril being the only original band member, on display a lot depended on him, however the band really rose to the occasion. Chris Von Sneidern (CVS) who is a real talent in his own right, having released some stellar Powerpop albums in the 1990//2000s. Chris also has a new album “Emerge”, which I am about to discover. Last time (with Chris Wilson) CVS was on bass, but this time he switched to guitar which suited him and the band much more. Atom (his real name!) Ellis filled bass duties with much aplomb and provided a solid bottom end. Last, but not least, Tony Sales on drums really lifted proceedings with his drumming and his vocals were really good taking the lead of on several Teenage Head songs and providing great harmony work with CVS.



Cyril was simply Cyril. It must be remembered that he is 71 years old, and while he mostly pulled it off, many of the songs were being played too slow. Shake Some Action in particular needs to be shifted up a gear, especially as it’s the opener.


There were some great moments, but the key moment for me was the guitar interplay between CVS and Cyril on Don’t Put Me On with both men playing parts that gelled wonderfully together. Thanks to Tony’s vocals;  the Teenage Head section also really worked, great to finally hear the Cyril’s slide part on High Flyin’ Baby

As the tour progresses, the band will get even better, they just need to work out another 3 or 4 songs. If Cyril wants to play some 80s material, I strongly suggest they drop Way Down Under (always a naff tune) and try Way Over My Head instead. Also the set was sorely missing Whiskey Woman.

It's all about managing expectations and making the most of a difficult situation. Roy is not going to re-appear during this tour which must be incredibly frustrating for him and everyone concerned.
So I suggest everyone goes to see the band and marvel at the effort the band is putting into these shows, and actually enjoy the songs on the understanding that this may be the last time that a Cyril fronted band will ever play Europe again

There will be a Mike Wilhelm tribute show in SF in October, I hope this is the occasion where all Groovies past and present, can come back together in a suitable tribute to the great man

In the meantime – good health and recovery to Roy



Pic of Roy 6th June 2019

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Red Hawk - Tennessee Man – Swiss Proto Punk 1974




Red Hawk - Tennessee Man/ Rock N‘ Roll Lady –TSH (Switzerland 1974)

Here’s a real weird and obscure one from Switzerland circa 1974. They may have a tenuous grasp of English (what the hell are they singing?) and of their instruments, however out of its amateur oblivion two gems rise up to the surface and shine in their own light. 
Both tunes ROCK in their own individual ways…
Tennessee Man is best described as Swiss In-bred Hillbilly Proto Punk, it goes from the frantic skip-a-beat-and-you’ll-won’t-miss-it to more subtle half speed interludes where they even go for a haunting backing vocal effect. 
Rock N‘ Roll Lady is perhaps even better, alternating from sub Silver Machine riffing to Flamingo period Flamin’ Groovies… 

All hail Bruno, Rolf, Andy, Jurg and Roland!

Hear full versions of both tracks


Friday, May 17, 2019

A Little Shopping Trip: Australia April 2019



A fitting find. Only released in OZ, it is a special edit with added/different piano


April was nuts… I mean really nuts. First there was the Utrecht record fair, which proved to be one of the best ones yet, then 10 days later - I .... 


Let's step back for a moment and get some context:   I've always loved Australian bands, The Easybeats and Vanda and Young have been a total obsession of mine since my teens.  

In 77/78 The Saints and Radio Birdman played some of the best shows I have ever witnessed. Although I was aware of the Ugly Things comps, I never owned them, but I had been collecting some favourites over the last few years including the Black Diamonds and (Australian) Playboys.

More recently I discovered The Throb, Moods, D-Coys and Hergs. This opened up a whole (New) world to me.
I loved the  intense moody side of some of these releases, the judicious (and often unexpected) choice of covers, plus the sound itself and the exuberance contained within

I swooned over the mix of pure  wildness and rawness akin to the best of US Garage Punk twinned with more UK-like professional recording techniques and production A marriage made in heaven. 

It was not just Australia, New Zealand also provided some killer including a certain Social End Product, which I manage to get last year.

I quickly found out that I wasn’t the only one seeking out these singles, many a time I was bidding high with other lovers of these amazing releases, and often losing out. So a couple of months ago, I decided to go the whole hog and booked myself a flight to Sydney to coincide with the Glebe record fair 


Once my flight was booked things started to happen...


A close friend was helping to sell the collection on behalf of a widow of a record collector of great taste. So even before flying out, 47 singles were already waiting for me when I landed. 

I was also privileged (with another Aussie collector) to have access to someone selling a huge amount of records. A flurry of emails ensued, sending back forth wants lists and updates of what might/might not be found. 
There was also  another friend/blogger who had bought a collection a while back and had several of the top titles I was after.
Now, I am certain that all this wouldn’t have happened without me actually booking a ticket and letting a few people know I was flying out
On top of that there were some great shops I visited such as Greville, Liquorice Pie and Vicious Sloth in Melbourne and Egg plus Papa Disquo in Sydney. I didn’t have the time to visit more, the 7 days I was there simply weren’t enough

The Glebe record fair was a lively and friendly event as the best record fairs are… A good return here too




Further contacts were made and I was lucky enough to venture and stay in the Blue Mountain at Jon’s who’s idyllic mountain retreat/farm was augmented by a huge barn/warehouse harbouring  100s of thousands of records.



Digging,


Digging again...
Digging some more...
In fact I visited several other warehouses/factories spending hours going through pile after pile of 45s. I could have bought more, but I set myself a limit of around 200 singles, which I could include in my carry-on luggage. There was just so much more...

What follows is a list of the main finds. There were also a few spares and upgrades which are not on this list


4 Strangers Sad and Lonely

Allusions The Dancer EP
Allusions Looks Like Trouble
Ashdown, Doug A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
Atlantics Light Shades of Dark
Atlantics That Loving Feeling
Atlantics I Put a Spell on You
Atlantics Come On/You Tell Me Why
Best, Peter Carousel of Love
Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs Sick & Tired EP
Black Diamonds Outside Lookin' In/Not This Time
Blue Streaks You Belong To Me
Bobby James and The Esquires Don't You Do That/Tossin' and Turnin'
Brigade Joan/All By Myself
Britt You Really Have Started Something
Britten, Terry 2,000 Weeks
Challenge Honey Do
Changin' Times Pied Piper
Cherokees A Woman With Soul
Chocolate It's Been a Long Time Coming/I'm an Animal
Clefs I Can Only Give You Everything
Clique Stop, Look and Listen
Composers Strange Things
Count Copernicus Painted Ego
Creatures Ugly Thing
Dave Miller Set Mr Guy Fawkes EP
Dave Miller Set Let's Get Together
Dave Miller Set Why Why Why EP
Davis, Barrington Dear Lady/Complicated Riddle
D-Coys Leaving Here
D-Coys Bad Times
Deakins I'll Make You Mine
Deakins Take Me For a Little While/Look and Learn
Derek's Accent Ain't Got No Feeling
Doug Parkinson in Focus Then I Run
Easybeats Sad Lonely and Blue
Elois I'm a Man/ By My Side
Epics Too Late
Escorts Sitting By a Tree/On A Day Like Today
Executives It's a Happening World/ Moving in A Circle
Fugitives All Your Lies
Furber, Mike It's Too Late
Gemini Five No, No, No
Geoff St John and the ID Take This Hurt Off Me
Grandma's Tonic Hi Hi Hazel/ Johnny The Hummer
Gremlins Blast-Off 1970
Hergs Style of Love
Iguana Good News
Imagination We Got Fun/ A Day in The Life
In-Sect I am Waiting/Down and Out
In-Sect Let This Be a Lesson
In-Sect Over Under Sideways Down
In-Sect I Can See My Love
Inside Looking Out Long Live Sivananda
Inside Looking Out H.M.S Buffalo
Jeff st John and The ID Black Girl/Eastern Dream
John Francis Collexion I Talk To Trees
Johnny Rebb You Can't Judge a Book by Looking at its Cover
Johnny Rebb The Girl Can't Help It
Kinetics You're So Good For Me
Kinks Australia
Kompany The Family Way
Kravats We're Gonna Howl Tonight
Kruger, Russ Splish Splash/Separate The Man From The BoysLeedon
Kruger, Russ Tallahasee Lassie
Kruger, Russ Move It Baby
La De Da's How is The Air Up There
La De Da's How is The Air Up There
Larry's Rebels Do What You Gotta Do
Larry's Rebels Mo'reen
Last Straws I Can't Stop Loving You Baby/Rescue Me
Librettos I Cry/She's a Go Go
Little Gulliver Short Fat Fannie
Lloyds World Brass Burd EP
Lost Souls This Life of Mine
Loved Ones EP
M.P.D Limited Paper Doll EP
M.P.D Limited Little Boy Sad EP
Malcom, Chris Trip on Life
Masters Apprentices 1st EP
Masters Apprentices 2nd EP
Masters Apprentices But One Day
McCann, Toni Saturday Date
Michael Scott Group Sixty Minutes of Your Love
Misex Straight Laddie
Missing Links Wild About You
Missing Links You're Driving Me Insane
Missing Links Unchained EP
Missing Links We 2 Should Live
Moods Rum Drunk
Morloch Time Machine
Motivation Boy Meets Girl
Movement I Wanna Be Free
New Edition About You Girl
No Names She is Mine
Nomads Good Times/ Don't You Fret
Other Ends Without You
Outcasts Just a Little Bit +2 Acetate
Party Machine Gentle Art
Peter Nelson and The Castaways Goin' Out of My Mind
Phil Jones & The Unknown Blues Band If I Had a Ticket EP
Pilgrim's Five Barbara Allen
Pink Finks You're Good For Me
Pogs I'll Never Love Again/The Pog's Theme
Preachers Who Do You Love
Principals Women
Principals I Can't Stop  
Procession Listen
Protein Bros. Drainpipe
Purple Hearts Here 'Tis
Purple Hearts You Can't Sit Down
Python Lee Jackson Your Mother Should Have Warned You
Ramrods You Shoulda Held On/Get Back
Ray Brown and The Whispers Fool, Fool, Fool
Rebels My Son John/Passing You By
Remains Don't Look Back
Rhone, Marty Nature Boy/ Every Minute of You
Richard Wright Group Mrs Hargreaves
Running Jumping Standing Still Little Girl
Selected Few Get The Picture
Showmen Naughty Girl/Too Much Monkey Business
Simon & De Sade Girl
Soul Agents I Just Want To Make Love To You
Sound Sandwich Apothecary Dream
Sounds of Silence Mary's Got a Daisy
Steve & The Board The Giggle Eyed Goo EP
Sunsets A Life in The Sun EP
Syssys Jump Back
Syssys Baby, Don't Do It
The ID Watch Out -You Got Me Hummin' EP
Tilbrook. Peter Stop The Time
Tol-Puddle Martyrs Time Will Come/Social Cell
Tom Thumb You're Gonna Miss Me/Watcha Gonna Do About It
Town Criers The World Keeps Going Round/Big Deal
Twilights John Hardy
Twilights Needle in a Haystack/I Won't Be The Samw…
Twilights Twilight's Time EP
Twilights Lotus
Twilights The Way They Play
Union The End/Thump
Vacant Lot Leaving Here
Valentines My Old Man's a Groovy Old Man EP
Valentines She Said
Vince Maloney I Need Your Lovin' Tonight
Vince Maloney Set This is The Vince Maloney Set EP
Vyt Why Do I Cry
Wild Cherries I Don't Care
Wild Colonials Get The Picture
Wild Colonials Downtown Blues
Wright Group Love Want Love
Zoot One Times, Two Times, Three Times Four
Zoot Little Roland Lost
Zoot Sha La La


To finish off a perfect trip, on the last evening, I was invited with a friend to spend some time with Mark Taylor where we were privileged to hear top US garage singles and Aussie gems played LOUD on one of the most amazing sound systems known to man. In fact, with the positioning of magnets and other tricks… I am sure there was witchcraft at play...It was a religious experience, totally mind-blowing.




Never had I experienced such depth, clarity and such POWER while listening to what could be dismissed as lo-fi recordings. Incredible, just incredible...


Will I be back? I would like to think so, however my Aussie wants list has shrunk to about 50 (from being close to 200), but the whole experience from the friendliness, generosity and warmth I was shown, plus the amazing weather and scenery means I will most certainly return and not just for the records


PS: I have been back for over 2 weeks now  and still haven’t been able to play every record yet... No wonder!





















Monday, May 06, 2019

Nina Martin – I am Aggressive -Top Glam Pop (1976)


Nina Martin – I am Aggressive/ Never (Fall in Love Again) CBS 4488 (Germany 1976)

Four years on from Bonnie St. Claire’s Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet, Nina comes up with a answer song which serves as a warning, where as an empowered woman she may be too hot to handle as she is in turn aggressive and possessive. No easy catch then our Nina… Tune-wise there are many similarities too with Bonnie’s classic. It’s a damn catchy affair and to these ears ripe for a reinterpretation (perfect for the Dahlmanns for example).  Born Marianne Weber but also known as Nina Martinique, Nina served as singer in the German band The Renders as Marianne Rebesky. The German picture sleeve is perhaps the most evocative, her stand out mane is also highlighted on the Dutch and Australian releases. The UK issue is bereft of a picture sleeve. 



Thanks to Marek for turning me on to this one

Hear a full version of I am Aggressive

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Utrecht Record Fair April 2019 - Day 4 (Sunday)




So all things come to an end. On the whole it has been an enjoyable and fruitful Utrecht, much more of a buzz compared to last November's fair

Today, was a controlled and leisurely affair. Sunday is the day when the best deals can be cut, and there are less qualms about negotiating bigger discounts... So I managed to bag some nice UK titles that were price prohibitive on Friday

Particularly nice is that Norwegian Zombies. There were 2 copies at the fair, one less than half the price of the other

So November will be here soon enough...but BIG but... first there is going to be a record shopping spree that it going to make Utrecht look like buying a pint of milk at the cornershop

Watch this space just the other side of Easter....IT WILL BE NUTS

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Utrecht Record Fair April 2019 - Day 3 (Saturday)





Whereas Friday is full on Adrenalin, on Saturdays a certain steadiness and predictability sets in. Purchases and searches are usually more planned and transaction-based but the odd surprise still pops up, including the the chance to buy the first 2 Motions singles and the Outsiders debut. The Dutch contingent surprise was the small label release Kwyet single, a recent discovery for me




The 60s portion included a nice Swedish Science Poption which had a nice promo photo card included. The coupling on the Kingsmen single is strange to say the least as it features a Skip Bifferty and Fairytale tune on each side...







The 70s included a sprinkling of Glam and Powerpop along with the extreme heaviness of Belgium's Load Control 45. Nice to find a perfect copy of Streetlight Fight (Angie)













Bring on the Sunday stroll.... with hopefully some finds of note