Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bitter Sweet Orange –Aimless Lady - Heavy Psych Monster

Bitter Sweet Orange –Aimless Lady/I Could Love You –Pacific West 4683 (1970 US)

From Springdale Arkansas comes this Heavy Fuzz double-sided Bone Crunching release that ticks all the boxes in terms of primal Neanderthal thudding with the vocalist Ken Wade mastering a snotty growly  delivery across the 2 sides. Aimless Lady is NOT the Grand Funk tune, but a lesson in how to not stray away from a groove once it’s been launched. The B side is slightly more aimless but with some killer guitar and caveman-like vocals. The recording took place at John’s Recording Studio in Russellville, it seems the studio is still in business, but looking at the Google Maps satellite pic, it appears to be a large barn with some of the roof missing!

Hear a full version of Aimless Lady

Hear a full version of I Could Love You

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hot Rocks –All Night Long/ Down on 42nd Street –Unreleased Proto Punk/Glam acetate

Hot Rocks –All Night Long/ Down on 42nd Street –Unreleased Proto Punk/Glam acetate

Here is a long awaited update to the post I featured 9 years ago, it also gives me an opportunity to make the sound files of this amazing Proto Punk gem available once again 
What is new is that we now have a name for the band as Hot Rocks was a real entity even supporting Savoy Brown at the time. The singer was Valerie Hunter - ex 'Pepsi Girl', and model who moved to London along with guitarist John Christian (Ex Shady Lady), Bass player John (Insect) Weir (ex Curtis Knight and T2), and drummer Graham (The Kid) Waxman. No information who played the rockin’ piano though. See the promo scan for more information on the band with a big thanks to Bob Stannard for getting in touch and for providing these scans

Here is the original review, as vital now as it was then…

Here are full versions of two wild slabs of Proto Punk Glam just oozing ATTITUDE. All Night Long was initially recorded by LA Glamsters Shady Lady and the original recording of All Night Long can be heard here: along with other tracks from their album that was unreleased at the time.
The track was written by singer Stefen Shady with guitarist John Christian. John left the band in 1973 and went to London where these two tracks were recorded in 73/74. The sassy vocals are handled by John’s wife Valerie. Both tracks are equally as good and are great examples of NY Dolls sleaze (with a bit of Quatro thrown in) and would have fitted in well with the burgeoning NY Punk scene, but definitely 3 years too early for the UK…

Hear a full version of All Night Long

Hear a full version of Down on 42nd Street

Hot Rocks press scans © B.Stannard 2016

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Artist – Every Lady Does It

Artist –For The First Time/ Every Lady Does It –Peppermint Presents PP1132 (1977 US)

Every Lady Does It is a hard and meaty Midwestern cruncher. It’s a real though performance balancing quite tuneful lead parts with a metronomic Cowbell and driving drums that keep proceedings focused on the ultimate crunching ride. The vocals are also spot on and never venture into any dodgy histrionics. The A side is more of a grower as it’s less instantly startling, but the feel and tasteful musicianship makes it a worthwhile detour to take with an unexpected vocal delivery and surprising chord changes

Recorded at Peppermint Studios (Youngstown OH), Artist were probably local however calling the band “Artist” makes Googling rather pointless. Anyone know any more about this one?

Hear a full version of Every Lady Does It

Hear a full version of For The First Time

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Purepop Set Sale

                           SALE  IS NOW CLOSED


I am selling the following 45s as a set sale on a first come first served basis.

The sale is up for 1 week only (until 9th of May)

I am updating as soon as I can, you will notice the ones in red have already sold as I sent the list early this morning to previous buyers

You can either email me (email on profile page), leave a comment or message on Facebook if you want the full list with prices


Part 1: Sixties Freakbeat, Beat and Psych

The Accent –Red Sky at Night/ Wind of Change –Decca UK VG+ 
Fantastic meaty UK Psych classic. The A side is fine and plays EX, however the B side has a mark that can be heard half way through the side, so I would grade the B side as VG-  SOLD

Angel Pavement –Baby You’ve Gotta Stay/Green Mello Hill –Fontana UK EX 
Their first of 2 singles. The B side features their best moment, the delightful popsike of Green Mello Hill SOLD

The Answers –It’s Just a Fear/You’ve Gotta Believe Me –Columbia UK G  
Terrific Freakbeat monster by Tony Hill and associates. Now the single has some issues, vinyl has marks and there is a small edge lift. However, audio-wise the A side plays VG+, the B side is noisier and plays VG-. The condition is reflected in the price, but the A side plays great  SOLD
Brincos –Nobody Wants You Now/The Train –Page One UK EX 
Perfect seemingly unplayed copy of the Spaniards’ best moment, stands with the best of all that Rubbles/Circus Days stuff…what a production! SOLD
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky Mick and Tich –Frustration/ Hard to Love You –Fontana Dutch VG+/VG+ (small name of cover) 
Holland seems to be the only place where their most raucous track (Frustration) came out on a single. Both sides play EX SOLD
The Game - It’s Shocking What They Call Me/Help Me Mummy’s Gone –Parlophone UK Demo VG+ 
Killer Freakbeat double sider. A few lights marks and some low level crackle. Audio is somewhere between VG and VG+. Initials on B side label.SOLD
Grapefruit –Sha Sha/Universal Party –Deram –Germany EX/VG+ 
By this time Grapefruit was but a name, however both sides of this release were recorded by George Alexander, George Young and Harry Vanda no less. Great under-valued single!
Laughing Gravy –Vegetables/Same –White Whale –US VG+ 
Dean Torrance’s  (Jan and Dean) contemporary Smile recreation. Dean got to hear the unfinished track during the Smile sessions and with the project being shelved saw the opportunity of being the first to release Smile material.
My Dear Watson –The Shame Just Drained/Elusive Face –Parlophone NL VG+ 
The first and only version of Vanda and Young’s masterpiece released when the  Easybeats  Good Times album got shelved. Although relegated to the B side, it’s another testament to the genius of Vanda & Young who produced both sides of the single. Plays EX, slight rubbing on B side label. SOLD
Rag Dolls –My Old Man’s a Groovy Old Man/They Didn’t Believe Me –Columbia UK Demo EX (small number on label) 
Another outlet to release a great Vanda and Young gem that was poised to appear on the  Easybeats’ unreleased Good Times LP
Shadows of Knight –My Fire Department Needs a Fireman/Taurus-Hansa Germany  EX/G 
German issue of the Knight’s monster. Record is fine, but the sleeve has seen better days…SOLD

Part 2: Junkshop Glam, Bubblegum,  Proto Punk, Powerpop and oddities

Airship –Get Out, Take Your Mother With You/Gimme a Can of Spray Paint Decca Demo EX 
Great demo copy of this frenetic Punk Boot Boy Cruncher. It has recently been reissued, but this is the original issue SOLD
American Jam Band –American Jam/Nature’s Child –Parlophone UK Demo 
Pristine copy of the phased Junkshop Cruncher SOLD
Antilope –Down on Your Feet/Goodbye –BASF NL EX/VG+ 
Cracking Crunching NederGlam double-sider not to be missed SOLD
Bitch –Good Time Coming/At The Party WB Germany –EX/VG+ 
The original version of Good Time Coming from the NZ band who made the trip to London hoping to make it. Great track, great performance. Not too sure why the German cover features a pig though…SOLD
Buggies –Julie July/ Allright She Said –Philips –NL EX/EX 
Produced by the great Peter Koelewijn (Bonnie St Claire etc…), Julie July is a great popsike tune, somewhere between The Hollies and Smyle. The B side is more raucous SOLD
Children – Movin’ On/Montana –BASF –DK EX/EX 
Not their best single, but 2 sprightly uptempo pop ditties from the Danish Teen/Glam sensations SOLD
Children of The Morning –Hey America, America/Children of The Morning –Hansa Germany EX/EX £10
Why in 1973 would an Italian based Brit write about the Kent State Campus killing from 3 years previous? Sound-wise you could think of a protest infused John Kongos with Donovan tendencies over the mother of all slapping Gunshot beats. Great Pic sleeve.
Tracey Dean –Moonshiner/Boy On The Ball –Decca Demo UK  EX (Number on Label) 
Top Glam double-sider stompers by Giorgio Moroder and Peter Bellotte. UK issues are harder to locate than ther European counterparts

Eddie Kidd –Motorbike Kid/Big Jump Decca UK Demo EX
The A side is a 50s pastiche, however the B side is a crunching semi-instrumenal with hand claps and a driving beat punctuated  by shouts of “Big Jump”. The same B side is on Leave It To The Kid…SOLD
Eddie Kidd - Leave it To The Kid/Big Jump 1978 UK Decca Demo EX 
Leave It To The Kid is a bone-crunching-13-double-decker-hopping-semi -smash-stomper by the UK’s own Evel Knievel: Eddie Kidd. Of the Decca singles I have, this is by far the greatest as it’s a truly rousing performance featuring Eddie’s unmistakable vocal range along with a great driving string section. SOLD
Fluff –Sunny Honey Girl/Walking Alone –DJM Belgium issue  VG+/VG+ 
Infectious UK uptempo Bubblegum. As was sometimes the case in Belgium, the pic sleeve is just one-sided SOLD
Funky Family-Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet/Allright –Vogue –French EX/EX 
It’s hard to beat a blonde in hot pants clutching a sub-machine gun especially when within you have a stomping Male sung cover of the Bonnie St. Claire classic
Funny Dog –One, Two, Three/Momo’s in Two –CBS Promo cover EX/VG+ Germany
Fun BubbleGlam from Mr Chirpy Cheep Cheep himself (Lally Stott), the B side is more chugging in approach
Ricky Gordon- Get Around 1974 Belgium Vogue EX/EX 
A strange one. Moving from Mud/Elvis turns to Beach Boys/Four Seasons style with an ever present distorted guitar, this one certainly doesn't know what it is…Weird
Hammersmith Gorillas –You Really Got Me/Leavin’ Home –Penny Farthing –German EX/EX 
Near perfect copy of this great cruncher from Jesse housed in the coveted Man in Gorilla suit cover. The sleeve has a tiny date neatly written on the top of one side of the cover (both sides have the same picture) SOLD
Hogback 'n' Pig If You Can't Be Good…Be Bad/Good Old Rock n’Roll UK CBS EX               
Not quite Glam, not quite Hard Rock, not quite Pop, but it's catchy, all good …no bad
Josuha –Jenny –Magic Carpet CNR NL VG+ (2 inaudible scratches on side 1) /VG+ 
Now, here’s a real treat. Jenny starts off in the mode of the sleeve at a trot but then the riff kicks in and the track turns into a fab Bubblegum/Rock tune with lyrics playing around with old chestnut (mare?) double-entendres about “going for a ride”...It’s all great fun and a top tune. Magic Carpet is nice n’ heavy and here they sing about the magical tripped out properties of cheap plonk.
Libido  Hold on To Your Fire/Weren't Born A Man Mooncrest  UK VG+  (name on label) 
Like a lush Badfinger song, the track then builds into subtly orchestrated track with some fine lead guitar. The vocals by Dana Gillespie are gorgeous conveying both sweetness and sass SOLD
Mo-i-Rana –So My Daddy Says/Alone Polydor –DK EX/EX 
Great copy of this Danish Crunching Glam scorcher SOLD
Mo-i-Rana –You Really Got Me /Since You Been Gone Polydor –DK EX/VG+ 
Great Take on the Kinks’ hit. Heavy and rocking SOLD
Pony- It’s Gonna Be So Easy/ ‘Til I Met You –Pye UK Demo EX 
Only released with a B side in the UK, this is all that come out from these US Powerpop pathfinders. An unreleased album remains in the vaults. Archive copy SOLD
Randy and The U Turns - 99 Octane Girl/Roll On Roll Off  UK UA EX/VG+ 
Not KBD as has  been listed elsewhere, but a fine Pub Rock/Punk crossover with harmonies recorded down in Rockfield. Demo in picture sleeve SOLD
Rescue Co. No. 1 - It's Only Words/Look Out 1973 JAM Demo UK EX (Sticker on B side) 
Demo copy of this great Garage meets Glam cruncher. SOLD
Rescue Co. No. 1 - I Want to Save You/Amanda JAM Demo  UK VG+         
Brilliant Move sound alike from the Rescue SOLD
Rescue Co. No. 1 – Life’s Too Short/Then I Think About You –RAK UK VG+
Another quality single from Rescue Co. No. 1. This one showcases their knack in delivering infectious Pop. Small tear on B side label

Rubber Band - Moonwalker/Wichita 1973 UK Youngblood Demo EX 
Overlooked Glam cruncher, it’s surely going to break through sooner rather than later. Total KILLER! Why is this one still under the radar? Check out the Youtube clip! SOLD
Paul and Barry Ryan –Won’t You Join Me/ Glad to Know You Polydor France EX/EX 
Glad To Know You is a totally fab piece of Psych-Bubblegum-Glam. Hidden on the B side of the full blown heart string-puller Won’t You Join Me, it’s another choice example of the brothers aptitude of coming up trumps on the B side. The song twists and turns, the orchestration is understated, the guitars have real oomph, and production touches like the vocals through the leslie cabinet make this an imaginative yet totally accessible winner. SOLD

Skid –I Saw her Standing There/Endless Sleep –Hansa –Germany EX/EX 
Perfect condition on this sought after Proto Punk double-sider housed in the smart German picture sleeve featuring the mystery group SOLD
Skyband –Bang! Ooh! Ya Got Me/Cold Light of Day –RCA UK EX (Stamper on label) 
Underated Gem with mixes Junkshop Glam drive with neat pop overtones, not to mention silly head gear…(See their LP cover!) SOLD
Smoke - My Lullaby/Looking High 1974 UK Decca EX         
Super rare late (1974) Glam release by The Smoke. This is very similar to Sugar Man and none the worst for that.
Smoke – Sugar Man/ That’s What I Want –BASF –Germany VG/VG 
Cracking early 70s effort by The Smoke, that brings my Friend Jack right into a Glam setting. The B side is also marvelous. Not a perfect copy, but looks and plays fine SOLD
Sparks Girl From Germany/ Beaver O'Lindy Bearsville Germany EX/EX       
Lovely German picture sleeve on this great early Sparks classic
Stephen - Right on Running Man/ Epitath Antic UK VG+   
Mutt Lange in cracking Glam stomper shocker! SOLD
True Adventure Where The Roxy Used to Be/ Outlaw Love 1974 UK Decca       
Unplayed demo. The B side is an outright Glam Cruncher, while the A side is a glorious piece of emotive 70s nostalgia SOLD
Walkers – Strip Tease/ This Boy This Girl –Philips DK EX/EX 
One of the best Walkers single as both sides fully deliver in the Junkshop department SOLD
Whistle –When The Lights Go Out on Broadway/Lincoln Lullabies –York  Demo UK EX 
Hard to find second single by Whistle (The Party Must Be Over). It’s hard Glam and shares many similarities with their previous single but includes production flourishes straight out of the Bob Ezrin’s bag of tricks. Demo copy housed in York Company sleeve. SOLD

Part 3: Heavy Psych, Hard Rock and Bonehead
Blackbirds 2000 –Preludium/Let’s Do It Together Cornet German EX/EX  
As featured on Bonehead Crunchers Volume 4, Germany’s BlackBirds 2000 deliver one of the stupidest but heaviest examples of Neanderthal crunch known to man on Let’s Do It Together. (number sticker on sleeve and label) SOLD
Duffy- Running Away/The Joker- Chapter One UK  Demo EX £      
Demo copy in pristine condition of this great  UK Hard Rock double sider SOLD
Hard Meat –Rain/Burning Up Years –Island UK VG+          
Great heavy cover of the Beatles track. I know I said great already but it is really very good!
It’s All Meat – You Don’t Notice The Time You Waste/ If Only –Columbia Canada EX/EX
Perfect copy of the pic sleeve and record of this heavy Canadian Psych Groover
Gorgon Medusa – Sweet Child/Situation –Apocalypse –US EX 
As featured on Numero’s Warfaring Strangers comp a few years back. Gorgon Medusa’s private release features two Heavy Psych mixing guitar driven heavy rock with more languid psych explorations. SOLD
Jeremy B - Come on Little Pretty/ I Wanna Be Loved By You Bacillus Germany EX/EX      
Rare and obscure Kraut rocker of the highest calibre
Kansas Hook- Nervous Shakin/ Mr Universe     UK Decca VG+      
Double whammy of top UK Hard Rock belters by the American Jam Band guys!
Mushroom - This is It/Cosmic DanceUS Vulcan EX     
Great obscure near Bonehead Hard Rock/Psych       SOLD
New Lords –We Go Out In The Sunshine/Country Fever –Columbia –German EX/EX
The A side is a fine uptempo Bubblegum Pop number, but it’s the B side where the action is at. Country Fever is no country outing, but a great example of Loud and raucous 70s Heaviness SOLD
Ray Owen’s Moon –Hey Sweety/Free Man –Polydor UK VG+
Absolute killer 2 –sider by Juicy Luicy singer. A side is a bit crackly and audio grades VG, B side plays EX. Writing on A side label. Hence low price
Sensory System –Red Man/Winter’s Over Now –EMI DK EX/EX 
Killer Danish Bonehead Cruncher –Really heavy stuff…SOLD
Sunchariot - Rosemarie/Do you Want to know (1972 UK Decca Demo EX £

Great UK tough hard rocker on the B side of this super condition UK Demo. The A side is chugging UK Pop,more  like Christie with balls SOLD