Friday, January 20, 2017

The Act -Cobbled Streets

The Act –Cobbled Streets/ One Heart –Columbia DB 8179 (1967 UK)

There were/are countless bands deriving influences from obvious sources (Beatles, Who, Stones etc…) however there were also some more quirky and unexpected role models, perhaps not throughout a recording career, but on specific releases such as The Casuals Tara Tiger Girl (Move), Sparky(Do You Remember That) Summertime Woman (Troggs). Here is a surprising case of a band trying to emulate the genius of 66/67 Easybeats. OK Friday on My Mind was a huge hit, but here Essex band The Act delved deeper reprising elements from Happy is The Man, Made My Bed, Remember Sam or other lesser known Easybeats gems. It’s a very enjoyable affair and a fun near-facsimile which assembles the parts that make up the essence, although not quite the genius of Vanda, Young and co.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Rare singles and Bonehead Crunchers now on sale on ebay

I have just listed a few survivors from my set sale along with a couple of new titles on ebay. You can find the listings here: Purepop1uk listings on ebay

All with low starting prices and no reserve

All singles have sound clips

There is also a rare opportunity to buy a complete set on Bonehead Crunchers as a BIN

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Rescue Co. No. 1 – I Want To Save You

Rescue Co. No. 1 – I Want To Save You/ Amanda - JAM 14 (1972 UK)

The question is –how much more “Move” can you get? I won’t say none more as that accolade must go to The Casuals with their Tara Tiger Girl (  I Want To Save You just really feels and sometimes sounds like The Move in their prime, especially in the vocal and melody department. Over a pseudo light Glam rolling bedrock, this superb tune delivers on many counts, its total pop structure  has many twists and turns, but what really sets this apart is the surprising orchestration. Those horn stabs and swirling strings remove the performance from pure Roy Wood to something else, just not sure what. This is still my fave Rescue Co. No 1 recording and was collated on a fine compilation of their work a few years ago

Hear a full version of I Want To Save You

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