Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cory Gun –Let’s Have a Party

Cory Gun –Let’s Have a Party/You Turn Me On –Monopole S 1931 (197? Belgium)

With a tenuous grasp of English, Ms.Gun really gives her all and lets loose(Listen to those SCREAMS!) on Let’s Have a Party and comes across like Suzi Quatro with dollops of Brenda Lee twinned with Minnie Mouse over an updated Burt Blanca backing track... Cory Gun was a pseudonym used by Polish star Karin Stanek but god knows how she ended up on this Belgian production. The B side ain’t much cop though...

Party to a full version Let’s Have a Party

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bullett –Leave That Girl Alone

Bullett-Leave That Girl Alone / We Can Make It-RCA 101961 (1972 Aus)

Leave That Girl Alone appears to be the second single released by this Australian band. Based in Sydney, members included Alex Smith, Joe and Mario Azzopardi and others ... Please fill in the gaps someone! Alex Smith was with Francis Butler's 69'ers (see review August 13th 2008) and the Azzopardi brothers later formed family band Afrika. Leave That Girl Alone is a Ted Mulry composition, but I'm not sure if he released it himself at any point ... The track itself comes across like a concise raucous Quicksilver Messenger Service number filtered through a later date Easybeats grind. Not quite Twister, but pretty good...

Hear a full version of Leave That Girl Alone

Monday, April 12, 2010

K.W. Winston –Slow Rock

K.W. Winston –Don’t Ask Me/ Slow Rock –Sonopresse –AB 46900 (1974 French issue)
Found on the flip of the inconsequential Don’t Ask Me , Slow Rock is a fine sturdy instrumental that doesn’t have much purpose except to chug along in a tough fashion. There’s a drum break, for those who like that kind of thing, ¾ of the way through, but it doesn’t detract too much for the simple and single minded approach. Both sides are written by Jeremy Paul and Paul Lynton, who apart from credits on countless 70s stuff, were also the guys behind Hector’s Bye Bye Bad Days. Paul Lynton also wrote Wired Up and produced both Hector singles.
Stop Press: There was indeed a Hector connection! The same track was worked on by Hector as the unreleased One Ton Racer

Hear a full version of Slow Rock

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Utrecht Record Fair: Sunday

The last day...had about 5 hours to go round the stands one last time. The atmosphere is more relaxed and subdued on the Sunday. Picked up the last bunch and headed home from where I am now writing this post...I'll need a few days to digest the records and the Frikadellen. Reviews of some of these soon...

Records bought on Sunday:

The Gants -I Wonder
Matadors -Come On Let Yourself Go -Jan Berry production
Souful Dynamics -Mademoiselle Ninette -Bubblegum -very Equals-like
Troggs -Satisfaction -French pic sleeve
Zen -Get Me Down (Hans van Hemert production)
Tiger -Crazy (Danish pic sleeve)
Neil Christian -She's Got The Power -French pic sleeve
Neil Christian -She's Got The Power -Dutch pic sleeve
Andy Bown -New York Satyricon Zany -French pic sleeve
Sorrows -C'Mon Everybody -Ger Pic Sleeve -yes the remnants of the very same Sorrows produced by Eddie Seago and John Rossall
Frog -Monie Monie (French pic sleeve)
Bonnie St. Claire -Voulez Vous -French pic sleeve (a trip to Utrecht isn't complete without a bit of Bonnie...)
K.W Winston -Don't Ask Me -French pic sleeve. Great B side instro called Slow Rock...more soon
Little Roosters -People Break Down -French pic sleeve
Streak -Bang Bang Bullet -Swedish pic sleeve

Thanks for Cass and Marjoleijn for the invite and Jos, Jeroen and Steve for the company...and to all the dealers for unloading their vans within striking distance

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Utrecht Record Fair-Saturday

Saturday 9:20 am

I slept in a bit and only got to the fair just after 9 (early entry passes are from 7am). I took a more leisurely walk up and down the aisles, but didn’t manage to complete the whole circuit before 6pm even when I only look at singles.
Slim pickings today, but I have my eye on a few higher priced items. Tomorrow is the day to go for those as many dealers halve the prices of their stock on Sundays.

Saturday’s purchases

Key West –Love Me Tonight. Power Pop. The B side, I’m being taken apart, is not on their LP.
Masterswitch –Action Replay –good tough Powerpop produced by Vic Maile
Spongetones –Now You’re Gone –Danish pic sleeve. Must be the same Spongetones …licensed to a Danish label in 1985.
Hansje-Automobile –nice cover on this Scandinavian issue
Walkers –Fire and Do The Yo Yo –both Danish issues
Iggy Pop/James Williamson –I Gotta Right
Versatility –Tequila Madness –No idea what this is…on President from 1975

Friday, April 09, 2010

Utrecht Record Fair-Day 2 Friday –Early Entry

Friday is the day dealers set up for the fair. From 4am dealers queue in their vans and gain access to the fair area by driving directly in. The photo above is at 7:20am, dealers unload and those with early entry passes get the opportunity to get first inspection of the stock. There are approximately 500 dealers with stalls, and they all start unloading during the morning, so it’s a question of going up and down the area to spot the latest crate as it gets unloaded.
Friday is the day to get first pick and then it’s a case of revisiting, check out what you missed on Saturday and Sunday.

Good pickings today...
Airship –Get Out, Take Your Mother with You –Demo
Hammersmith Gorillas –You Really Got Me –Great German pic sleeve
Third World War –A Little Bit of Urban Rock –German pic sleeve
Carol Connors sings Yum Yum Yamaha (one sided promo record US pic sleeve)

Barracuda –Summer Girls with the moody I Feel So Down (French pic sleeve)
Tony Condor –All Right Again (BelgoGlam )
Headstone –Turn Your Head –French pic sleeve (why do I now have the UK, German and French issue? Great track whichever the issue)
Hondells –Cheryl’s Going Home (US). Cover of Bob Lind number, I’ve always enjoyed the transition between Surf and Folk Rock
Hondells –Endless Sleep (US)
Count Five –Peace of Mind (US)
Ohio Express –That’s the Way a Woman is (Ger pic sleeve)
Bullett –Leave That Girl Alone ( RCA Australia). Sounds VERY Promising. A Ted Mulry track, sounds very raw. Anyone know anything about this one?
Daybreak –To Be Near You (French pic sleeve… bit like Brother Susan)
Equals –I Can See But You Don’t Know (Ger pic sleeve)
Jon Symon –Silver Star –Ger pic sleeve
Ruby Pearl and The Dream Boats –The Shang-A-Lang Song (French pic sleeve) with the weird Will You Stop That B side
Tag Rag -1-2-3-4 (Dutch pic sleeve)
Lucy Lastic –(He’s My) Skateboard Hero
LUV –Trojan Horse –Ger pic sleeve –love this track, be sure to check out the Youtube clip
Love And Tears–Rock and Roll Lullaby –Ger Pic sleeve
Ricky Wilde –I Am an Astronaut (with Hertfordshire Rock b side –Ger pic sleeve)
Jackal –The Year of The Tiger
Cobraa –Ride a Pony –French pic sleeve issue of this bonkers KrautGlam masterpiece
Spinach –America –Ger pic sleeve (Giorgio M)
Bloom –Don’t Break This Heart –Nice to get a spare of this top Dutch Powerpop single
Capricorn –Baby Likes To Do The Rock and Roll -Dutch pic sleeve (Catchy Glam track with full production)
Propeller –Apache Woman –A CLASSIC, need I say more?
Zappo –Rock and Roll Crazy/ Right On –French pic sleevde
Hammer –Rocks off (Not the Dutch Hammer, but neat Glammy UK Hard Rock from ’73)
Shakane –Down Down Down –Ger pic sleeve
Erasmus –Jungle –Dutch Pic sleeve on Pink Elephant (Erasmus Chorum)
Fickle Pickle –Just an Old Fashioned Love Song –Dutch pic sleeve
ParkLane –The Party (Dutch pic sleeve) wti Rock And Roll Drummer as the B side
Mick Mercury and The Meteors –Waiting Room Goodbye –French pic sleeve
Crossbones –Shakin’ All Over –Ger pic sleeve
Raspberries –Let’s Pretend –Ger pic sleeve
Moonshine –Just a Little more Line –love this track…What came first the UK or US issue?
Chris Hodge –Goodbye Sweet Lorraine-French pic sleeve –One of the 10.000s of recently salvaged Pathé Marconi records from the infamous warehouse...Someone should tell the full story of this. Action EPS, Zoot the 100s!
Rock Co.Co –Rover Man Ger pic sleeve –Hilarious sleeve…might be great or a complete turkey…

Not much else to report from the first day about from aching limbs from a 12 hour day and the odd culinary mishap…More tomorrow

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Utrecht –Day 1 -Thursday –The pre-fair

Got to Utrecht bright and early and went down to the Da Capo record store (
The store is run by Michel who is one of the most knowledgeable and friendly record shop owners around who also sports the latest in post-modernist Weller Mod crops. The shop itself is on two floors, the ground floor has LPs, CDs and singles. The back room is the “Singles Bar” where a wide selection of 45s are all neatly organised. The basement is “The Beat Cave” where everything is at 1 Euro…time and patience is required for there is a huge selection of stuff and there a jewels to be unearthed from the heaving mass.

Found a good first bunch of singles:

The Rousers –Rock ‘N Roll or Run –Rousing Dutch Powerpop
Milk ‘N’ Cookies –Little Lost and Innocent –Dutch Pic Sleeve
Jonny Summa –Seventeen
Matchmakers –Thank You Bay –Dutch Pic Sleeve
Left Side –Morning Sunrise Dutch Pic Sleeve with the great Can’t You See Me B side
Hello –Star Studded Sham –Dutch Pic Sleeve –perhaps too obvious for a review, but one of my all time top 10 singles
Mabel –I’m only Here To Rock ‘n’Roll –Delightfully dorky, but great track anyhow
Clover Leaf –Don’t Spoil The Party –worthwhile B side –Sweeter Better
Booby Trap –Kelly Grace and Sally –sadly without the pic sleeve
Zodiac –Louie Louie –god knows…but how can you go wrong with Louie Louie?
Radar –Sweet Baby Sweet –Great Dutch Sweet sound-alike with female vox
Harley Quinne –Roadie Dutch pic sleeve –not their best single, but never seen it with this cover
Peter Blake –Boogie Breakout –the lipsmackin’ Coca Cola guy…not heard this yet
Sweet –Teenage Rampage –German pic sleeve
Unrelated Segments –Story of My Life –HBR
Trevor White –Crazy Kids

Next is the 6am wake up in order to be at the fair for the dealer entrance at 7am…Ah, to have a hobby!

Utrecht Record Fair -April 2010

I fly out in just over 6 hours to the vinyl capital city of the world...I'll do my best to report back each evening with finds along with short & tall tales...

So lock up your daughters and Frikadellen, uncover those boxes of 45s... here I come...

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Eli Culbertson –I Need Your Love Tonight

Eli Culbertson-I Need Your Love Tonight / Boogie Queen-EMI 2207 (1974 UK)

Eli  somehow found his way to the UK where he recorded this single at Abbey Road. Produced by EX Pretty Things Wally Allen (About the same time as his involvement with the Marcus Hook Roll Band) I Need Your Love Tonight judiciously merges the Elvis routine with a crunching slap-back Glam drum sound. It doesn't seem like Eli released anything else, but this single is a fine testimony to the potential of actualising Elvis to the realities of The Glitter beat in 1974. There's a great clip of Eli on British TV sweating profusely whilst incanting this number ...

Hear a full version of I Need Your Love Tonight
Hear a full version of Boogie Queen