Saturday, November 21, 2015

Utrecht Record Fair November 2015: Day 2

Saturday, normally all the good deals are made on the Friday, but this time I had not picked up stuff in the usual numbers.
However I am well pleased with the finds.

A new discovery for me was this Penny Wise single. I believe it is the 2nd of 3 singles the band released before they metamorphosed into Amsterdam
It's a lovely lush pop number, starting in a near Pet Sounds setting then crossing the Atlantic into a British 68 popsike sound...

Now a new feature these last few Utrechts are the Omega auctions taking place on the Saturday.
I had dreams of  living out my Storage Hunters fantasies

However there was a reason. I had my heart set of securing an original sleeved copy of the A2 Looking at You. A nice touch was meeting John Sinclair after the win. He asked if I wanted him to sign it and I reacted by a loud NOOOOOOOO!!!! Not too cool on my part, but I was well pleased that he signed the white paper sleeve. He confirmed that there were 500 sleeves.

 I lost out on I Can Only Give You Everything, but my flutter on my main object of desire paid out without going too crazy even with the 25% commission!

Of course there was another A&M God Save The Queen, but the prices are decreasing each time as the awareness spreads of the number of copies still available

Friday, November 20, 2015

Utrecht Record Fair November 2015: Day 1

So it really began in earnest...only this time it felt rather flat. I was there at 7:10am as the first dealers drove in, but by 9am, I had only found 3 singles! Normally I have upwards of 30 by that time.

Some of the regular German singles guys had less in the way of 60s/70s stuff, more 80s. Also I no longer have the urge (and patience) to go through 10.000 cheap singles in one swoop.

But as the day went on, I found some good stuff, main winners included the 32nd Turnoff Italian only single, but I will only spend one night with this tiger as it is destined to someone who has been looking for it for years.

The Thane Russall and Cape Kennedy Construction Company are the main personal finds.

Of interest is the self-released  Dutch Trash single a buzzing proto punk take on Johnny B Goode 1973)  and the Weird Swedish Don Curtis single (1969)

Let's see if the excitement levels  rise tomorrow...Well John Sinclair will be there, and there's the live Auction which includes some great MC5 stuff. Storage Wars, here we come...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Utrecht Record Fair: Day - 1

Here I am in a dark rainy Utrecht. I got in quite late and only caught the end of the pre main fair outdoor mini record fair.

Picked up a nice upgrade copy of the rare third PANTHERMAN single, where Frank goes for the Kiss unmasked look. You decide which is more scary....

Anyhow I will be there at the main event from 7am....who knows what tomorrow will bring

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Kingdom – All I Need

Kingdom –All I Need/Nothing Could Be Better –United Artists UP 35145 (1970 UK)

Heavy Gritty Freakrock of the highest order. All I Need is a deep dirge that reeks of a Carnaby Street hangover waking up in the middle of Underground Explosion ’69. The cavernous drums are amazing as is the lead guitar played with wild abandonment.  The performance works even better as the chorus helps to keep things tight and compact. The B side is also good, but is more diffused and lacks the focus of the other side.

I couldn’t find much about these guys, but it appears this single was a one-off. Nice touch it being a “joint” production. Heavy man, heavy…

Hear a full version of All I Need

Hear a full version of Nothing Could Be Better

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Choya –Let The Children Boogie

Choya –Let The Children Boogie Choya –Let The Children Boogie Part 1/Part 2 –Cue C502X (1973 Canada)

An interesting example of a Canadian Glam and Hard Rock crossover by Ex Magic Cycle/ TheCycle member Paul Clinch. Mid tempo, both sides sound like they were obviously inspired by T. Rex but the vocal delivery is closer to Heavy Cruiser or Thundermug. An extra dimension is added by the use of old synths and especially a Mellotron, which is somewhat unworldly and really takes off on part 2.
This was the first of three singles Choya released. An album also came out on Buddah in 1976.

Hear a full version of Let The Children Boogie Part 1

Hear a full version of Let The Children Boogie Part 2

Friday, October 30, 2015

41 singles and 4 LPs just listed on ebay

Hi I have just listed 41 singles and 4 LPs on ebay...
Here is the link

Purepop1uk records on ebay

Plenty of great stuff including the woefully obscure and great Boppers single

Boppers -Cleveland Dolls/ Rocket City -Wild obscure US Proto Punk -1972?

Cleveland Dolls

 Dancing in Rocket City

Here is the full list. More funds for the upcoming Utrecht welcome –Thanks!

Bilbo Baggins -Saturday Night -Dutch Pic Sleeve -Hard Glam Stomper-1974
Stud Leather -Cut Loose -Proto Punk Garage Madness-1973
Tiger -I Am an Animal- Wild Glam Cruncher -Demo 1975

Equals -Diversion -Crunching Stomper -German pic sleeve 1973

Easybeats -Easy Fever Vol 2 EP - Vanda and Young with All Gone Boy 1967

Grapefruit (Vanda & Young) -Sha Sha/Universal Party -German pic sleeve 1971
Blakbone -Louisiana Cockfight - Heavy Psych FREAK Bonehead -1974

Stepson -Rule in The Book -Hard Rock Bonehead JAPANESE sleeve RARE-1974

Mach II -Concorde - Quirky UK Lush Supersonic Pop -1976

Creation -Midway Down Freakbeat Killer German picture sleeve -1968
Roky Erickson -Red Temple Prayer (Two Headed Dog) -Mars 1975

Messengers - In The Jungle/Way a Woman is PSYCH Dancer picture sleeve 1971
Blue Cheer -All Night Long -German picture sleeve - Heavy Psych Rock -1969

Velvet Underground -White Light/White Heat Original US Promo 1967
Velvet Underground -Head Held High -French Picture sleeve 1972

Velvet Underground ‎– Have A Real Good Time-Limited ed.100 copies screen printed
Sleaz Band -Midnight Man -UK Bonehead Cruncher 1974 -Hear!

Jets -YEAH! -Killer Glam Cruncher -French pic sleeve 1973
Stray -Move It -Hard n' Heavy Glam Cruncher – 1973

Rats -Don't Let Go/Dragon Child -Killer Glam Stomper - Demo 1974
Reparata -Your Life is Gone -Great 70s Girl Group Death Disc -1972

Jook-Oo Oo Rudi -Stomping Glam-John's Children 1973
Paul & Barry Ryan-Carry The Blues -French Picture Sleeve 1974

Blue Maxi -Here Comes Summer -Psych era Surf Powerpop -1970
Blue Planet -I'm Going Man- Great Dutch HEAVY Psych Hard Rock 1970

Glass Menagerie -Do My Thing Myself -Driving Hard Hitting Hard Rock -1969

Cobra –Midnight Walker - Heavy Psych FREAK Hard Rock 1971

Apocalypse -Neurotic Reaction -Wild German Heavy Psych 1970
Buster Jangles Flying Mattress - Love Taken Over My Brain FUZZ Psych-1971

Blue Goose -Loretta -Wild Glam/Hard Rock Cruncher -Demo 1975
Renegade -My Revolution -STOMPING Glam Crusher 1974

Paul Ryder and Time Machine - Are You Ready- GLAM STOMPER -1974
Marrakesh -The Prodigal Son Returns -Great UK Glam Rocker 1973

Suzi Quatro -Rolling Stone/Brain Confusion -Portugal pic sleeve 1972
Long Tall Ernie -Rockin' Rocket -Great NederGlam -1975

Dee Dee - Woman -South African Glam Stomper 1975
Yellow Bird -Attack Attack- Frenetic Junkshop Glam Killer -Demo 1974

Giggles -Reaching Out - Glam/Hard Rock -Demo 1977
Little Sammy Gaha -Rock n Roll is Back Again -ROUSING Glam Cruncher -1973

Punchin' Judy - Settle Down - Tough Girl Hard Glam Scorcher -1974

And 4 LPs

BONEHEAD CRUSHERS (Crunchers) VOL 2 14 Demented Fuzz-Faced Monsters from the USA
BONEHEAD CRUNCHERS VOL 4 Streelight Fight -Proto Punk/ Heavy Rock/Glam ltd 300

ULTIMATE BONEHEAD Volume 1- 14 Hard Rock/Heavy Psych/Proto Punk Nuggets ltd 300
ULTIMATE BONEHEAD Volume 2- 14 US Proto Punk/Hard Rock/Heavy Nuggets ltd 300

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

T.C. – Zoom City

T.C. –Zoom City/Long Way Home –Self released (1980 US)

Here is as truly wonderful unknown Powerpop gem out of Arizona. Although quite slick, the killer hooks and tough guitars make this a true classic. T.C.’S vocals are great with a strident edge that gab you on first hearing. It has been mentioned that it sounds like a tougher Rick Springfield playing with The Cars. T.C. was a big Cars fan, and that was the sound he was going for at the time, but this goes way beyond that!

Long Way Home is  less obviously a work of genius; sounding more like Supertramp covering Willie Nile! Surprisingly it was Long Way Home that became the plug side and garnered airplay in Phoenix, Springfield (MO), St. Louis and even in Bolivia!!! It appears that he performed there, receiving “star treatment”.

So who is T.C.? Well he is one Thomas Ben Chambers, he still has a Myspace page with other stuff he has recorded. Not included on his site is the Morning Sunlight single he released in 1976; where the high pitch voice sounds like it was recorded when he was 13.

It’s folky and orchestrated and doesn’t gel at 45rpm, however when played at 33.3rpm Morning Sunlight could be a Forever Changes outtake with T.C. sounding like a dead ringer for Arthur Lee. These two records appear to be the only vinyl releases by T.C.

Thanks to Mark P. for turning me on to this wonder and for the background info

Hear a full version of Zoom City

Hear a full version of Long Way Home

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Salt –Lucifer

The Salt –Lucifer/A Whole Lot of Rainbows –Cotillion 44012 (1968 US)

Here’s a marvellous Joey Levine oddity. Giving The Dark One the levity he sometimes deserves, Lucifer is a wondrous mix of Heavy Bubblegum/Psych, OTT orchestrations and goes off in all directions while remaining a united focused effort. At times I wonder if this was not a Third Rail outtake as it takes in near Pet Sounds interludes amid the Captain Groovy Grooves. It must have been fun creating this one in the studio as it sure is fun listening to it 47 years later! Immortal stuff…

Hear a full version of Lucifer

Monday, October 05, 2015

Hot Lucy –Kid Stuff

Hot Lucy –Kid Stuff/Switchitter –Whale Records 1079 (1976 US)

Randy Meyers has featured on Purepop before as one of the forces behind the great Dwarf singles. He was older than the Dwarf teens and served as an experienced hand to guide them and serve as engineer. Randy was quite the local hero having served with The Pagens who released the sought Garage Punker Mystic Cloud, but the story didn’t end there as he then formed Julia who backed Bob Seger (post System –pre Silver Bullet Band) as well as releasing 2 singles in their own right as Julia on Palladium. The break-up of Julia let straight to the formation of Hot Lucy who only released this great two-sider during their existence. Kid Stuff is a perfect Proto Punk rocker, exhuming sass as well as savoir-faire, although the sax break provides a Marmite effect (for the puzzled non UK residents –substitute Marmite with polarizing) and takes a bit of getting used to. Switchitter is a more unified effort reminding of Dwarf in the verses with more melodic twists and turns, catchy as hell providing a typical US Powerpop dimension. Short and succinct both tracks are winners and amplifies the shame that the band didn’t release anything else during their existence

Hear a full version of Kid Stuff

Hear a full version of Switchitter

I had the opportunity to catch up with RandyMeyers. Randy is still busy touring with The Drysdales and playing with other acts so is far from hanging up his sticks.

Hot Lucy was really the continuation of Julia which was comprised of 3 members of The Pagens augmented by the arrival of Calvin Hughes (who went to form Hot Lucy with Randy). Julia marked themselves outside of the whole heavy Michigan scene “We got to be really popular in Detroit. We were the anti -group. When everyone was into the MC5 or Stooges, we were the Pop guys; we were doing The Beatles and Badfinger…”

Julia was managed by Punch Andrews (Bob Seger, Kid Rock) they opened for many visiting acts and ended up backing and recording with Bob Seger.  Bill Mueller was asked to join Bob Seger without the other band members and that led to the eventual split of the band. Hot Lucy started in 1973 when Julia broke up and was in existence until the summer of 1977. “Hot Lucy had a lot of people go through it; it was almost a revolving door...” Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent) was probably the best known member.

 If Julia were the pop guys, who were Hot Lucy?
We went for a harder edge with Hot Lucy. The bass player was more into R&B and Blues, so we got into that…We just want to create our own sound...” They opened for many acts including Kiss, Bob Seger, The New York Dolls and The Raspberries. They also built their own studio and did a lot of recording, although the Kid Stuff single was the only release at the time.
We recorded the single at the end of 75/early 76 and released it ourselves. We got very little airplay but sold it through the little fan club we had and at our gigs…” 500 copies of the single were pressed.

There is a powerpop edge to the single and recalls a more grown up Dwarf “I produced the 3 Dwarf singles and their EP. It kind of morphed as both groups had a similar sound…”Although influenced by bands like Free, they retained a pop sound. “We wanted some pop sensibility where it wasn’t so far out that people couldn’t hear the commerciality about it. Calvin and I came from a pop background with Badfinger, Beatles, Raspberries and The British Invasion stuff which was how we cut our teeth in the mid 60s …”

The line-up on the single was Calvin Hughes (guitar/vocals), Gary Czabot (bass), Michael Harner (guitar) and Randy Meyers on drums. They also brought in a sax player on the A side from a 50s band called Moose and Da Sharks. Hopefully now is the time for further material from Hot Lucy to finally seethe light of day. Thanks to Randy!

L-R   Gary Czabot, Calvin Hughes, Randy Meyers, Michael Harner  (Late 1975)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Wizard –Kozmick Dream

Wizard –Kozmick Dream/Get Off Your Duff –Stardust Records SR 675 (1975 US)

Out of Ames (Iowa) came one of the many bands that plied their trade under the Wizard name. Kozmick Dream is a driving mix of late Psych and Hard Rock is closer to Deep Purple’s Fireball than the ultimate in Bonehead. It also has a slight hippie commune feel in the choruses where you can imagine long dressed straggly haired girls banging along on a tambourine, but there's enough of the Heavy Freak to redress the balance. 

 Hear a full version of Kozmick Dream


Monday, September 14, 2015

Melville & John –Rock N’ Roll Song

Melville & John –Mademoiselle Ninette/ Rock N’ Roll Song –Penny Records 674-001 (1973? Germany)

It has been at least 18 months, since I’ve been made aware of a new discovery (for me) that would come under the Junkshop Glam flag. Rock ‘N Roll Song does what is says on the tin. It’s a simple, basic but tough as nails Glam Choogler, all very raw and primitive but featuring those HEYs and handclaps that are no longer so prevalent on Purepop. God… look back to 2006-2010, it would have then been featured among a plethora of its brethren, now the paucity of new discoveries in the genre means that Purepop no longer has that same excited Glam fixated focus. I am so glad to renew acquaintance. Did you miss me? 
Back to the record in question. Not much of a clue on who these guys were. I am concluding that these must have been to Beat survivors who jumped shipped from the Star Club, got married locally and got jobs down the docks. Who knows –based on the back sleeve Melville (the one with the fiddle) was also known as Mr. Fireball as lightning struck his house the day he was born. Rock ‘N Roll Song  is credited to Trede/Lango/Grant. The A side is of course a pretty fun version of Hildebrandt’s Soulful Dynamics hit and it can be found on Youtube  It’s also on the same label as Die Kids - Blue-Jean-Rock-Machine (The BB’s You’re So Good To Me in German). 

Thanks to James for the turn on. 

 Hear a full version of Rock N’ Roll Song 

Friday, September 04, 2015

The Tonics - Daddy

The Tonics –Hugger Mugger Mummery/Daddy- Fontana269 399 TF (1969 Germany)

Absolute Killer Heavy Rock ‘n’ Roll from this Rattles off shoot. The guitars positively spew overload venom over an amazing wild and crazy track. Strangely this B side is a totally different kettle of fish when compared to the irritating screwball Bubblegum of the A side. 
The Tonics were one of the many names (Spots, Ravers etc…) used by Rattles members Herbert Hildebrandt and Hans Joachim "Hajo" Kreutzfeld. Future Rattles and Lucifer’s Friend Herbert Bornhold also drums on this. Thanks To Rich of for turning me on to this monster
Stand by for some 7 degrees of separation Rattles stuff next time 

 Hear a full version of Daddy


Hear a full version of Hugger Mugger Mummery 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

71 singles and 1 LP now on ebay

It's been a while, but I finally got round to listing a whole bunch of cool singles on ebay. Some real essential Glam, Hard Rock, Bonehead, Punk and Powerpop stuff to complete your collection.
All have sound clips with low starts.

You can find them here  Link to PUREPOP1UK ON EBAY

One great single is this one by Sweet Wine from Minnesota released in 1970

As well as the super rare Killer Frog single

Here is the full list -Good luck!

Kid Dynamite -Breaking The Ice/ Sunshine Superman Junkshop Glam -1973
Neil Christian –She’s Got The Power -Stomping Glam/Freakbeat 1975
Covers -Modern Girls -Rare UK Powerpop -Demo 1979
Disturbance (Jabberwock)- Sneakin' Snaky -Dutch issue-1977
Harpo - My Teenage Queen -Sleazy Glam Thumping Cruncher 1974
Saints (I'm) Stranded - RARE US Promo Pic Sleeve 1977
Cock Sparrer -Runnin' Riot Bovver Boy Oi/Punk -1977 UK-Archive Copy
Slaughter & The Dogs- Quick Joey Small RARE Belgium picture sleeve 1978
Eli Culbertson –I Need Your Love Tonight –Junkshop Glam Elvis Demo 1974
Bert De Coninck –Cadillac- Heavy Rock/Glam -Belgium 1975
White Witch -Home Grown Girl -Rousing US Proto Punk Glam -1973
Thomas Dean –Oh Babe -US Anglophile Glam Big Star Ardent -1974
Buster -Superstar -Junkshop GLAM -sounds like SWEET 1974
Funky Family -Part of My Life -Killer Glam Freakbeat 1973
Funky Family -Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet -Killer Glam 1973
Dazzlers - Lovely Crash 1979 UK Mod/ Powerpop
Ritz -Jenny Gentle/Why Love-WILD Junkshop Glam Cruncher-Demo-1974
Jetz -Catch Me -Rare Original Dutch Pic Sleeve Punk/Powerpop 1977
Dwarf -Gotta Get Louder ORIGINAL! US Proto Punk 1975
J.C. Livingstone -Momma Was A Steamroller -Killer Freakbeat/Glam UK 1973
Jook-Bish Bash Bosh/Crazy Kids -German Pic Sleeve -Bovver Glam 1974
Jook-Oo Oo Rudi -Stomping Glam-John's Children 1973
Jook-Alright with Me -Rousing Bovver Glam-John's Children 1972
Renegade -My Revolution -STOMPING Glam Crusher 1974
Propeller –Apache Woman -Brutal Kraut Bonehead Cruncher -1971
Booby Trap –Kelly, Grace and Sally -Killer Dutch Glam 1974
Parkinson's Law -Daughter of Thunder & Lightning -UK Boogie Glam-1972
Killer Frog -Hard Times - Cracking PROTO PUNK Ultimate Bonehead -1972
Nimbus –Uriah’s On The Move/ Lollypop--UK BubbleGlam 1973
Plastic Feet -Big Blond Baby -Dutch Glam Stomper -1974
Shambles -Hello Baby -ORIGINAL issue -Killer Glam/Powerpop -1975
Amsterdam –Jackie Gass- Dutch Glam Freak 1971
Mick Flinn Band –Doin’ It Right -Punk/Glam Killer Demo 1978
Shelby The Clap -Killing My Music-Stomping Dutch Glam 1975
Penny Wonder -Come On -Kraut Glam Bubblegum-1971
Lee –Come on Back To Me –PROTO PUNK Killer NY Dolls 1973
Husky Wells -Can't Be Satisfied -Female Mod/Glam Dancer -1974 Hear!
Blackstone -Goin' on The Prowl- US Heavy Psych Bonehead Cruncher Hard Rock
Buzz The Rock Roller Coaster -Glam/Powerpop 1977
Kenny Pickett –Got A Gun -Glam Powerpop The Creation -Promo 1980
Ramma Damma –Legendary Killer GLAM Weirdness -1974
Rescue Co. No 1 -Roll-A-Bowl-A-Woman -Stomping Junkshop Glam -Demo -1975
Catapult -Let Your Hair Hang Down -Thumping Dutch Glam 1974
Pheon Bear -War against War -Ultra HEAVY Freakbeat Glam Cruncher 1973
Godson –We’ve Not Made It/ All Dressed in White -RARE UK Proto Punk- 1971
London Boys -Eyes of Kazan -Rare John Carter Psych -German only- 1971
Wonderlick -Hey Joe Killer HARD ROCK update from Bobby Arlin Leaves 1973
Donnydale-Thank Goodness For The Rain/ Oh Yeah -US Popsike 1970
Friends -Mythological Sunday-Classic John Carter Popsike 1968
New Lords -Radio/TV -- Crunching Hard Rock/ Freakbeat 1971
Smoke -Sugar Man/That's What I Want -UK Freakbeat/Glam -Demo 1972
Waddy –You’re The One -Waddy Wachtel -Zevon -Fleetwood Mac -1973
Climax -You, I/ Vancouver City - FUZZ Psych Monster 1970
Sweet Wine –Things You Told Me -Obscure Heavy Psych Hard Rock US 1970
Tin House –I Want Your Body –Bonehead Cruncher US Hard Rock Promo 1971
Sunchariot –Firewater –Red Skin Junkshop GLAM 1973
Wellington –Swoop Down on You -UK Junkshop Glam STOMPER 1975
Boston Boppers -Did You Get What You Wanted -Mutoid Junkshop Glam -1974
Moby Dick –Clear Days–Rare Dutch Heavy Rock/Psych 1970
Privilege –People –Ultimate Bonehead –Top US Hard Rock Psych 1970
Panda -Stranger/Medicine Man–Rare Dutch Hard Rock/Psych 1971
Cobra –Midnight Walker - Heavy Psych FREAK Hard Rock 1971
Copperfield –Johnny Is The Big One-Dutch Proto Punk/Glam -1975
James Hogg –Lovely Lady Rock –Top Glam Hard Rock Demo 1972
Bullfrog -Glancy -Obscure UK Hard Rock/Glam -1974
Desira -Gorilla -Obscure US Punk/Glam oddity -1977
Skid -I Saw Her Standing There -UK Proto Punk/Glam -1975
Big T - Tea For Two - Obscure Junkshop Glam classic 1973
Paul Ryan -Natural Gas -Hypnotic GLAM classic- Dutch pic sleeve -1972
Stefan & The Wild Boys -Wild Boys - US Proto Punk 1976
Guru’s –Country Boy Blues –Glam Boogie Cruncher 1971 UK
BONEHEAD CRUSHERS (Crunchers) VOL 2 14 Demented Fuzz-Faced Monsters from the USA

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tommi Ohrner -Mister

Tommi Ohrner -5 O’ Clock Rock/Mister –Ariola 102881 (1981 Germany)

A while back someone posted on Facebook one of those requests to identify a tune. I drew a complete blank, however the track is question was naggingly catchy, so I was relieved when the truth was revealed. Mister is an overly commercial Teen Pop number with Glam/Rubettes inflections. It really sound like 1974, however Tommi jumped on the bandwagon late as the single was released in 1981. The A side is also is the typical Teen Rock and is worth hearing; being good but non-essential fun stuff. Thomas "Tommi" Ohrner was a well-known child actor in Germany who then released several singles and a couple of LPs in the early 80s ,

Hear a full version of Mister


Hear a full version of 5 O’ Clock Rock


Monday, August 10, 2015

Majik Dust –Don’t Walk Away

Majik Dust –Don’t Walk Away/ Fistacuffs –Burlap B-7782 (1977 US)

From St. Louis, Majik Dust feature the bastard son of the Move’s Do Ya twinned with a melody that naggingly hints of Something I’ve Got To Tell You (Glenda Collins/Honeycombs). Released in 1977 it just about sits on the right side  of melodic Hard Rock thanks to its rawness and Powerpop appeal. The heavier and rockier B side Fistacuffs is a near Ultimate Bonehead contender, but doesn’t quite reach potential heavyweight bliss. Majik Dust later metamorphosed into Boyfriend with the arrival of Bobby Flynn and released an LP in 1983

Hear a full version of Don’t Walk Away

Hear a full version of Fistacuffs

Here’s a good resource for St. Louis acts  It’s where I lifted the following press shot of Majik Dust from

Monday, July 27, 2015

Silver –Serpent in The Street

Silver –Serpent in The Street/ Find Another Feeling- Aquarius AQ 5029 (1973 Canada)

The Henman brothers were always my favourite April Winers, with David Henman writing some of the best riff-led numbers on their first 2 LPs. Leaving April Wine in the middle of the recording of the Electric Jewels LP, Dave and Ritchie formed the one-off Silver as a temporary outlet prior to forming The Dudes with Bob Segarini (Wackers) and a couple of Mashmakan guys. It appears that Serpent in The Street was to have been included on Electric Jewels and features the full April Wine line-up. It’s a surprising number, being quite an elaborate fusion of Glam, Hard Rock with some unexpected twists and turns once the tune gets going. There’s also some top guitar riffing and soloing By David Henman. The B side is OK but more mundane.

Hear a full version of Serpent in The Street

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Melrose Abbey- Small Fat Jim

Melrose Abbey- Small Fat Jim/ Morning Break -R.P.C. 171273 (1973 NL)

Melrose Abbey came from Vlissingen (NL) and were in existence between 1970 and ’75, but didn’t get much further than the odd support slot with Kayak or Focus and recording this single. Small Fat Jim is a driving Rock n’ Roll Boogie work out where the original power trio is augmented by some keyboards. It is all pretty brainless and pleasingly basic. The B side is a slow smooching instrumental of limited interest.
Hear a full version of Small Fat Jim

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sleepy Hollow –Take Me Back

Sleepy Hollow –Take Me Back/ Roller Coaster Man –Philips 6078 012 (1972 UK)

Surprisingly, Sleepy Hollow was not a UK band, but hailed from Philadelphia with this sole UK release. Fitting nicely next to early 70s Philips releases such as Fresh Air or Rocking Horse or more appropriately Nimbo (also a US band on Pye), Take Me Back is a fine slab of early 70s Purepop with more than a strong hint of Beatles with a Raspberries twist. Sleepy Hollow also released an LP (US and France) from which this track is pulled. I haven’t heard the LP, but it would be interesting to see how far it goes beyond being an ersatz Beatles effort

Hear a full version of Take Me Back

Thursday, July 09, 2015

A Little Shopping Trip: Hoorn Record Fair July 2015

One of those spur of the moment things…Receive notification email about the fair one day, when merry on wine a smartphone on hand and pronto a cheap EasyJet return flight with a 6am departure is booked…
Hoorn is a picturesque Dutch town north of Amsterdam on the shores of the Ijsselmeer lake (well it used to be the North Sea, but those crafty Dutch subjugated it). Once a year the Utrecht record fair people (who also have record shop Dropstyle) organise an outdoor fair that curls around the City centre with over 75 dealers in tow. There was a good turn out of dealers, with some Utrecht regulars along with more opportunist dealers. I must have gone up and down the fair 3 times, and although mainly Dutch dealers, there was an abundance and a good variety of items and mainly on vinyl. So the catches, some great new discoveries including…

The phased out Heavy Psych of The Sub

Belgium’s Mustang and Melrose Abbey with a couple of killer Boogie work outs

Another great one is Holland’s Gallery with The Problem.

More Lowland heaviness with Jeronimo’s No No No

No sound clip, but the crunching Heavy Boogie of the Crunching She Rolls by Pluto is also pretty cool

And the rest of the bunch? Of particular note is the late (Dave Allen and) The Arrows exercise in heaviness with Little Big Horn


And 1 LP. The  Dutch issue of the second Sir Lord Baltimore LP. Although an uneven affair that pales next to their first outing, it features a wonderful one-off cover that better fits the band

Anyhow it was a fun day trip, felt pretty knackered coming back. Would I return? Yes, but more likely as part of a record shopping trip checking out other shops in Holland and Belgium. As proved here, there are more lowland lowlife 45s to be found.