Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Matthew Linhart – It’s Alright, It’s OK - Barrelhouse Glam (1972)


Matthew Linhart – It’s Alright, It’s OK/Fool – A&M MAS 7020 (UK 1972)

A few weeks back an unnamed acetate was listed as Glam on ebay, but with a modicum of research it was found to have actually gained an official release

This single was a side project of future Blockhead Chas Jankel when he was a member of Byzantium. Based on Matt’s comments on 45Cat, https://www.45cat.com/record/recorduk101 this is the background

“I met Chaz J. Through his girlfriend and he asked me to record some demos after just hearing me sing in his car one day... had a ball for 18 months, but record companies have short attention span and without early success for ‘It’s Alright’ they dropped me. I moved to Australia and went into advertising where I’ve been happy ever since. Kept singing in various pub bands for the joy. Life is just a bowl of cherries! Matt Linhart”

Both songs are kinda Barrelhouse Glam Boogie numbers. Piano Driven with raspy vocals and a crunchy beat, you can position It’s Alright, It’s OK somewhere between Bronx Cheer and Geordie. In fact, this single ends up neatly sandwiched between the 2 Brother Susan singles


Hear full versions of both songs


Saturday, August 15, 2020

Free Wheels – Baby Roller - Obscure Canadian Glam


Free Wheels – Baby Roller/What a Bad Mistake – Leo Music LA 103 -T (Canada 1975)

Hailing from Vancouver, home of Sweeney Todd, the Free Wheels single seems more than a little inspired by the Todd’s Roxy Roller. 45 CAT place the year as 1974, however it’s difficult to ascertain the exact date from the label’s catalogue numbering, but I find it hard to believe that Baby Roller could have preceded Roxy Roller (1975)

Free Wheels is a moniker used by one J.C. Stone who released several singles and 1 LP between 1974 and 1981 in a more pop/rock AOR genre.

Baby Roller is a fine reminder of simpler times when Roller Discos rolled more than discoed. Glossy yes, but a fine catchy tune with meaty guitar over a thudding beat

Note there is a promo solid centre version with Stereo and Mono versions

Hear a full version of Baby Roller

Friday, May 29, 2020

Moonquake – Bang Bang Baby – Top Canadian Glam Stomper!

Moonquake – Bang Bang Baby/ Main Man – Aquarius AQ -5054  (Canada 1976)

You may already be aware of my affection for Moonquake. Their first album was a huge favourite in my teens and I even covered their iconic Remember single on a Barracudas B side back in 1990.

To say to find out about this single was a seismic surprise would be understatement.

 I thought I owned their entire output from the first issue of Remember (under the name Earthquake) along with the Crescent Street Stompers singles. And there is more good news….
Bang Bang Baby is simply ace and amply lives up to the expectations conveyed by its title. There is even a bit of a Streak similarity going on here. The beat crunches on with ancillary handclaps, the guitars growl and bite, the vocals are spouted by Jack August with snarly street cred. Sublime!

So this single seems to have been the last shot by Moonquake. Guitarist Hovaness Hagopian had sent me another great unreleased song 15 years ago, so perhaps there is more to be uncovered?
The B side is one of the stand out tracks from their second album Starstruck

Update: I have just heard the sad news that bass player/singer Jack August passed away earlier this year

Hear a full version of Bang Bang Baby

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Train – You Make Me Feel Alright – Obscure US Fuzz Blaster (1969?)

The Train – (I Want) Sunshine/ You Make Me Feel Alright – Full Tone 45-1002 (US 1969?)

You Make Me Feel Alright features one of the meanest, scuzziest fuzz sounds around. The lead vocals appear sung through clenched teeth and buttocks and stink of moonshine and too much interference with the local poultry as a misplaced peck seems to aid in the attempt at a falsetto. The band plough this field of putridness with a wonderful lack of competence. Jesus where the hell has this single been hiding all my life? The closest comparison I can think of is the folly that is Dickens -Don't Talk About My Music.

The A side is a feeble attempt at being more commercial and making it to the big time, but once again they fail in sublime fashion. It’s a sunshine Bubblegum singalong, very similar in construction to its B side, charming but sadly missing the Fuzz.

The band was were from Aberdeen, South Dakota... (Thanks Bob for the info) The only other release on the label I could find was by Blue Prism who covered Sam & Dave’s Hold on (I’m Coming). Any more information out there?

Hear full version of both sides of the single

Monday, April 06, 2020

Mantis - (You’re My Cake) Amanda Blake – Obscure Aussie Psych (1969)

Mantis  - (You’re My Cake) Amanda Blake/Julie Julie -CBS BA-221704 (Aus 1969)

The descriptor nutty little cracker is surely fitting for this one…There’s a bit of Easybeats going on in the backing vocal parts, but the vocals and OTT exuberant delivery take this to a place just to the left of demented. The B side Julie Julie is more restrained, but also has a pretty weird and deranged vibe.
As far as I can work it out the recording is an off-shoot of Vyt and The World. when Vyt (Vyt Zvirzdinas) left performing to get into event production and promotion, the band re-named themselves Mantis and released this single. At the very least Mantis was comprised of ex The World founders Chris Eggleton (guitar) and Arthur “Dreamy” Watson (RIP). There is no link to the Mantis on Vertigo. 

PS: If anyone can help me locate copies of Vyt and The World's Little Timothy and Flower Children singles - please let me know!

Hear full versions of Amanda Blake and Julie Julie

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Pages – High School – The earliest MC5 cover (1970)?

The Pages – High School/ Sugar on The Road – UA Recording -667-54300 (US 1970)

The Pages from Iowa were a long-standing cover band (1964 -1972). Starting as a quartet covering the obvious Beat/Garage hits of the day they became best known for adding a  horn section in the early 70s. High School  was their sole release and came at a time when half the band wanted to take a more Proggy jazzy approach, whilst the others wanted to go more “Rock”. So minus horn section, the band deliver this straight cover of the MC5 tune from Back in The USA
Although lacking the punch and swagger of the original, The Pages win the prize of the earliest known cover of an MC5 original. The B side Sugar on the Road is a Ten Years After cover from Cricklewood Green

Note: There are mentions that this single was released in 1968, but as far as I can work out the actual release date is probably late 1970, or early 1971
More info on The Pages here: http://pagesfanclub.tripod.com/history.htm

Hear a full version of High School

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Purepop Set Sale and Mini Auction


Hi all

The emails have gone out, From tomorrow (Monday 6th), I will update the list below to indicate what has sold
If you want the priced list please send me an email at purepop1ukATyahooDOTcoDOTuk

First the 48 hours mini auction (6 records) ending Tuesday 7th at 10pm GMT

Mini 48hr Auction

Dennis Wilson and Rumbo - Sound of Free / Lady -Stateside (UK) SOLD
Flamin' Groovies - Feel a Whole Lot Bettert/Paint it Black/Shake some Action (1973 Capitol version) -Sire  (UK)
Mary Kent- Lost Generation / Gentle Moments -CBS (UK) SOLD
Pantherman - Pantherman/ You Are My Friend -Polydor (NL)
Shakane - Gangman/ Jenny-UA (UK) SOLD
Ten Feet - Got Everything But Love/ Factory Worker - RCA (UK) SOLD


Sixties Freakbeat, Garage, Beat and Psych

Blue Beard -Sly Willy/Country Man -Ember UK Pic sleeve
Clik - Mary, Mary/Uptight Basil Festival (AUS) SOLD
Creation–Painter Man/ Biff Bang Pow/ - Vogue (NL)
Deep Purple - Hush/ One More Rainy Day  –Parlophone  (UK) SOLD
Dennis Wilson and Rumbo - Sound of Free / Lady -Stateside (UK) SOLD
Equals –Softly Softlyy/Lonely Rita –President (UK)
Flippers -Louie Louie/Sonny and Cher -The Letter -Polydor German pic sleeve SOLD
Kim Fowley –Bubblegum/ Wild fire –Liberty German Pic sleeve SOLD
League, The –Hey Conductor/Nothing On –President (UK) SOLD
Power - Children Ask (If He is Dead) /She is The Color of -MGM (US) Promo issue
Pretty Things - Defecting Grey/ Mr Evasion  –Columbia  (UK)
Purple Hearts -Early in the Morning/Just a Little Bit -Sunshine (AUS) SOLD
Russ Kruger - Splish Splash/Separate The Men From The Boys- Leedon (AUS)  SOLD
Silver Eagle –Theodore/True As A Brand New Lie –MGM Demo (UK) SOLD
Them –Walking in The Queens Garden/I Happen To Love You –Tower US Pic sleeve SOLD
Yellow - Living a Lie/ Roll it Down The Hill  –Demo  (UK) SOLD

Junkshop Glam, 70s Proto Punk, Bubblegum

Albatross- Rock 'n' Roll Boogie Man/ Witchy Witchy Lady -Mooncrest (UK)
Angel  - Little Boy Blue/Tragedy Queen-  Cube (GER) SOLD
Billy Hamon- Butch Things / Amusement Arcade Bronze(NL) SOLD
Billy J. Kramer- Blue Jean Queen/ Staying Power -BASF Demo UK) SOLD
Brett Smiley- Va Va Va Voom / Space Age-Anchor(UK)  Pic sleeve SOLD
Brett Smiley- Va Va Va Voom / Space Age-Anchor(UK)  SOLD
Brother Susan - See My Fingers Fly/Full Blooded Man - EMI (UK) SOLD
Buzz - The Rock Roller Coaster/Come Back Baby-  Pinball (GER)
Dirty Angels–Rock and Roll Love Letter/Debris- Philips- Norwegian Pic Sleeve SOLD
Equals- Diversion / Here Today Gone Tomorrow-President (UK)
Gary Steel Sound -  Go Go Girl/I’ve Got A Feeling Coming On -Zel-La  (UK) Here a sound clip of both sides
Gidians League- Hey! Did You Know You’ve Got Your Face On Upside Down/ You've Got a Mind of Your own -Parlophone (UK)  SOLD
Hello- You Move Me / Ask Your Mama -Bell Demo (UK)
Hot Chocolate Music Company ltd. - Wammy! There Goes Sammy/ I Know My Alphabet -Coral US promo SOLD
James Hogg Band- Gotta Be a Winner/Everybody Smile - Regal Zonophone demo (UK) SOLD
Johnnie Coolrock- Good Girls/ Cheeks - Top Jammer -Casablanca  UK Demo  SOLD
Johnny Palermo - Silly Old Songs/ Make it Allright - Hans Belgian pic sleeve  SOLD
Ken Khury- Baby Doll  /Super Queen -Jupiter German pic sleeve
Ning -  Machine/ More Ning -Decca  (UK) SOLD
Paul Ryan - Natural Gas/ Hellow Hellow - Maple Annie -UK  SOLD
Penny Wonder- Come On/ Angel -Philips (Ger) SOLD
Philadelphia Brown -  Vote For Rock and Roll/ Hold Me- Strawberry (UK) SOLD
Prowler- Pale Green (HMMMM) Driving Man / Jackwick Cowboy -Parlophone (UK) SOLD
Renegade- My Revolution/ A Little Rock ‘N’ Roll -Dawn (UK) SOLD
Snatch - For always and Forever / Hurting Kind -Polydor (UK)  SOLD
Stud Leather Cut Loose/ Emma Louise -Seabird(France) SOLD
Things Fall Apart- Bye Bye My Rose/ Manna -President (UK) SOLD
Tubthumper- Kick Out The Jams/Kahoutec -Alaska (Ger) SOLD
Yellow Taxi- Anna Laura Lee/ Mary Ann -President (UK) SOLD
Zingara- Girl Girl Girl / Give it All Up Boy -Pink Elephant (NL) SOLD

Heavy Psych, Bonehead, Hard Rock and Proto Metal

Avalanche- Little Miss Sad Eyes/ I'm Gonna Give My Love-Golden Sun (US)
Critical Mass-Illusion/ You and I  -  Greenwood  US
Easy-Rock 'n Roll/ His Lady - Private Label ( US)
Ezra- Teasers//Livin'  -self release  (US)  SOLD
Flight- Space Creators//Theme from Startrek -Cavern Custom  (US) SOLD
Front Office - Girl/Wow –Mijji US SOLD
Good Mother Sunday- Strap Yourself in / Take Flight -AMG (US) SOLD
Gypsy Amber - Rock-n-Roll Band/Lady -Onyx (US) GOLD
Influence, The - Driving Me Wild/ I Want to Live-Orange (UK) SOLD
Magi- Win or Lose/Mama-Magi  (US) SOLD
Middle Earth- Wild Rock-n-Roll Band//Runaway  -MGK  (US)
Moby Dick- Clear Days/Hold on Me -Negram (NL) SOLD
One Mile Ahead - There Ain't No Use In Crying /Contribution -Santiago (US)
Orchid - Go Big Red/Act Naturally -American (US)   SOLD
Padash- Rock 'n' Roll Duel / Can You Hear The Wind-Trinity (US) SOLD
Proud Flesh - Devil Flight / Blind - Resono (Ger)  SOLD
Snow- Sunflower/ Johnny B. Goode -Castle (US)  SOLD
Spirit of St Louis- See Me Go/Something Lazy -Negram (NL) SOLD
Sky Blue Pink -  Oats/Makin Love Now- Right Now!!  (US) SOLD
Stone Men-The Superdude Party/ instrumental Flatbush US SOLD
Sweet Cheek- Another Man's Sin/ Life Trap -  Blue Ash (US)
Thundermug- Jeanine/ Dunkworth Stomp -Papillon Dutch Pic Sleeve
Time Peace - Wizkids/Changing Images -TPI (US)
Tramp-Ghetto Dog/ Wondeful War Games -  Small Town US SOLD
Tribal Sinfonia- Something Has You Turned Around/ Do You Want Me-Tribe (US)
Unknown-Star Queen/ ?  -  Allied record test pressing
Werks- I Got The Feelin/ Stateline Blues-Self released (US)

Friday, December 27, 2019

In-Sex – Alligator Wine -Heavy US Garage/Psych (1970)

In-Sex – Alligator Wine/ Action In The Street – Hammer Records H-3002 (US 1970)

With a bit of time off over Xmas, I have been able to revisit some purchases I hadn’t been able to delve into properly…and this one goes straight to the top of the pile. Alligator Wine was the 2nd and last single by In-Sex who are better known for Penitentiary Planet Blues/ Space Man…however this one blitzes all over their other effort. Their cover of Alligator Wine takes the essence of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, rolls it in grease with a heavy dose of lard before infusing it with amphetamine -laced psychedelics  for its glorious fuzzed-out finale…God this is simply mind-blowing


Hear a full version of Alligator Wine

Monday, December 23, 2019

Hard Knox – Backstreet Life - Obscure US Hard Rock (1977)

Hard Knox – Backstreet Life/Midnight Celebration – Sunspot Records SSP2001 (US 1977)

Here is an interesting one I recently picked up. It’s what is called a “Google 0”, meaning no information can easily be found on the Web...

Anyhow, earlier in the year a digger found 4 copies of this single in a store in Southern California, being a Crunching Killer obscurity all 4 copies were quickly snapped up by the usual target audience namely a gaggle of  US, UK and Swedish collectors with an interest in all things Bonehead…and me.

Due to it being found in California, you would expect it being a local band, however one red herring is that the bag it comes with might be from a pressing plant in Texas…I am sure the credits on the label reveal more clues so someone is bound to come up with the relevant information at some point.
What of the music? Backstreet Life is Hard and Heavy without slumping into an indigestible dirge, it is further enlivened by a surprising near psychedelic break that really lifts proceedings. The B side is more snarly in approach coming across like a Proto Punk ZZ Top attempting to twin Alice Cooper with The Stones…

So here it is; a mysterious release by a band no one knows delivering two fine slabs of chunky meaty morsels that deserve wider recognition. Up to you now

Hear a full version of Backstreet Life

Hear a full version of Midnight Celebration

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


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 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!