Saturday, March 29, 2008

Jeff Britton & The Spitfires –Rub Out

Jeff Britton & The Spitfires –Rub Out/Breakwood –Decca F13643 (1976 UK)

An interesting Martin Rushent production here…Both tracks are instrumentals, with Rub Out sounding like a Glammed up Prog Dancer stealing its "tune" from John Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct13. This is pretty likely as that movie was very popular as midnight showings at the time. The flanged drums and repetitive motif should prove popular for those into sampling…Breakwood is slightly more funky, but is swamped in Hammond with a cool tribal "Let There Be Drums" break…Is Jeff Britton in fact Geoff Britton who drummed with The Wild Angels and went to play with Wings?

Click on title for an edit of Rub Out and Breakwood

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Derek Paul –Drugtaker

Derek Paul –Drugtaker/Riverboat –Young Blood International YB 1008 (1972 UK)

Lyrically Drugtaker is pretty ineffective as an anti-drug song, however the track is a sumptuous Spectorian Psych/Pop number with an arrangement swamped in echo and incredibly loud timbales that recall Pet SoundsWaiting For The Day. Although it came out in ’72, the sound is pure ‘68, so it could well have been a master that was hanging for a few years that Miki Dallon simply resurrected (as with Kidrock’s Ice Cream Man) for his revamped Young Blood label.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Melody -Come Kids

Melody -Come Kids/Strawberry -Negram NG2260 (1977 NL)

Melody were from Amsterdam and strangely, this -their 2nd single, simply swaps the first single's A and B sides round and features them in newly recorded versions under new titles...

So, Come Kids becomes a much noiser version of Look In My Eyes And Love Me whereas Strawberry is an Electro -Pop revamp of Steppin' Stone! It seems that at some point the band renamed themselves Bad Melody and went all out PUNK. Too much Strawberry Space Yoghurt, me thinks...Check out the original posting for their first single: May 4th 2007

Click on title for edits of Come Kids and Strawberry

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Eagle –Come In, It’s All For Free

Eagle –Kickin’ It Back To You/ Come In, It’s All For Free –Pye International 7N 25530 (1970 UK)

Tucked away on the flip side of a pretty good Northern Stomper, Come In It’s All For Free is a cracking late Garage Rocker. It’s quite a straightforward chuggin’ affair until the lead break comes along where it goes all twangy over an underlying semi-Buddy Holly beat. The track gets a bit diffused after that, but the tune rides out fine until its conclusion.
Once again I have little indication of who these guys were. It was originally released in the US on Janus where they had at least one other single, so apart from being American, who knows…

Click below for a soundclip of Come In, It’s All For Free

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Mystery Track...

A blog reader sent me this track and no one I know knows who it is. It's probably '67/'68 and would fit perfectly between Procol Harum and Rupert's People. There are some suggestions that it may be French or Dutch, but it sounds pretty UK-ish to me.
The sound quality is pretty Lo-Fi, but if anyone knows who the artist is, please let us know...

Please click on title for a full version of "Unknown Track"

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Good-Time Joe - Slipstream

Good-Time Joe -Slipstream/Ballad -Philips 6012494 (1975 NL)

Slipstream is a tasty Punked-out Stonesian affair with more than a nod to the New York Dolls. The track is as tight as can be and powers straight down the mainline. It features female backing vocals that really lift the chorus and yelps on the finale that are pure Johansen.
Produced by the legend that is Boudewijn de Groot, Slipstream was recorded in 1974 under the name Stud. The record probably never came out then, but Philips decided to release it a year later as by Good-Time Joe. Stud/ Good-Time Joe featured Dutch Rock Junkie and piano-player Herman Brood in its line-up.

Click on title for a full version of Slipstream