Monday, June 23, 2014

Twelve o’ Clock –Easy Come, Easy Go

Twelve o’ Clock –Easy Come, Easy Go/Baby, Baby, Baby –Imperial 5C 006-24 643 (1972 NL)

A bit of a Dutch mini-supergroup (featuring various ex Brainbox, Cobra, Machine and After Tea members) who only managed this one single during their 72-74 existence. Easy Come, Easy Go is a delightful overtly pop number that didn’t know shame; repeating its chorus over and over…Anyhow it sticks in the mind and fits right in with the best in Dutch 70s Pop with a sprinkling of late 60s Kinks and early T. Rex with a very evocative lead vocal and a mighty hook. The B side is more dreamy with some nice backward guitar.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Primevil –Too Dead To Live

Primevil –Too Dead To Live/Fantasies –LM 7144 (1972 US)

Yes, this is the same Indiana combo who released the coveted Smokin' Bats at Campton’s LP in 1974. This is the group 2 years previous with a rarely documented  self-released single. Although the B side was later re-recorded for Smokin' Bats, Too Dead to Live is exclusive to this release. Too Dead To Live (great title) nearly lives up to expectation. It’s a raucous basic Riff -Heavy Rock-Blues Work-Out with a good line in twiddling leads and mouth organ exhalations. Supposedly the band were not too enamoured with the sound on the single and destroyed most copies

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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Image-Witchcraft 71 vs. Frog-Witch Hunt

Image –Witchcraft 71/Hot Blood –Chaparral C1306 (1971 US)

Frog-Witch Hunt/ Living Dead –Jam 39 (1973 UK)

70s Exploito-Occult Fun this time... Here we place a British entry by John Cameron which was featured in Psychomania…(you know the film - wild youth biker gang commit suicide to come back as the Living Dead under the gleeful eye of Beryl Read) vs an obscure US entry that screams out to have featured in a movie. I couldn’t find anything on Image; just that they were from Illinois. The pressing is poor (all 3 copies I have heard have noisy intros), but the track builds nicely and goes into Heavy Psych mode with a wild manic African Black Magic bit. HEAVY!

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Transfer –Play It Cool

Transfer –Play It Cool/How Can You Change Me –Self Release - S80 24809 (1974 US)

Time to name a mini genre here…. I could just about file this under "Records that sound like The Flamin’ Groovies" (Flamingo period), as it has that tight gritty rhythm guitar groove very much like FrÜt’s Snatch n’ Grab It in fact. Other tracks in the genre could include Midwest’s Heaviness or Homegrown’s Loaded. It’s not heavy enough to be classified as a Bonehead Cruncher, it’s not Rural Rock, but it stands at the tail end of Garage with a tight and streamlined sound featuring a noticeable Stones influence. Anyhow not much can be found on Transfer, they seem to have operated out of Duluth Minnesota and that’s about it, unless someone out there knows more. Thanks to Collin for another hot tip. Enjoy!

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