Sunday, December 4, 2016

Re-Up: Toni Brown - Good For You, Too (1974)

This is an update of a post I did on April 2 of this year. As with my Style Council rip from that same month, I was unhappy with the quality of rip I'd made, so I improved it. (What was it about April? The cruelest month for technical audio projects, I guess). I not only cleaned up some stray ticks and pops in the audio files, but gave the music a bit more presence by raising each track's volume by half a decibel. I also did larger scans of the album art, so it's much easier to see (why didn't I do this in the first place?). If you have this rip, I recommend getting it again -- it'll be a better experience all around. Below is my original post. It'll explain why I'm acting like a record that no one has ever heard of is the second coming of Pet Sounds. Story of my life.


Never released on CD, this is the first solo album by Joy of Cooking band leader Toni Brown. Followers of this blog might remember that I blogged about Brown's second (and final) solo LP last year and said I'd post this one if I could find a good copy. Well, I found a really good copy. And it's a funny story how.

I was at a record show this February, and bought an LP by R&B artist Lonette McKee. But when I took it home I found a disc by the band Ambrosia inside. Huh? So at the next month's show, I returned it to the dealer who pointed at his massive, disorganized boxes of LPs and said "You can have both albums if you can find their counterparts!" He had thousands of albums, so I spent hours crate-digging. I found neither album. But I did find an excellent copy of Toni Brown's Good For You, Too, which I'd been seeking for decades. So, the dealer's mistake turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

If you've found this page, you probably already know about Brown. She co-founded the Marin County folk-rock group Joy of Cooking with Terry Garthwaite and they released three fantastic albums in the early '70s. See this article for a complete history. Joy of Cooking never had much commercial success and Brown left the group in 1973. (Addendum: This Toni Brown isn't the Toni Brown who edited Relix magazine and currently performs solo. They're two different people.)

Toni Brown made this album shortly after the break, and it's possibly my favorite out of everything she did, including Joy of Cooking's albums. Every song is a gem, and her background in creative writing (which she'd studied at Bennington College) really comes through in story-songs like "Everything Comes in Time" and "Big Trout River." Several artists covered "Everything Comes in Time," such as Twiggy. Brown herself put it out as a single, but it didn't click.

The album itself didn't do much either, despite being placed on several progressive rock station's playlists according to Billboard magazine. I think the reason for Brown's lack of commercial success is that she was just too far ahead of her time. With Joy of Cooking she was among the first women to lead a major-label rock band before that was popular. And with her solo work she developed the country-goes-to-college style of pop music that Mary Chapin Carpenter later found success with in the 1990s.

Joy of Cooking fans might be interested to know that Toni Brown and Terry Garthwaite's collaboration didn't end when the band ended. They did two albums as a duo: Cross Country and The Joy. Cross-Country is in print, but The Joy isn't, so I did a rip of that too. Brown also wrote one song for Terry Garthwaite's self-titled debut album (which I'll post if I can ever find a good copy) and Terry sings back-ups on half of the songs on this album. So if Good For You, Too sounds a bit like Joy of Cooking in spots, that's why.

This is a high-quality rip from near-mint vinyl and includes scans of the lyrics sheet and other odds and ends. If you listen closely with headphones you'll hear some hiss and various other noises. That's not an error with the rip. That sound comes from the actual analog tapes and live-in-the-studio playing, which is the way they used to make records. Analog recording might have had its drawbacks, but it also yielded a great sounds, as evidenced by this album.

Related posts:
The Joy - Toni Brown & Terry Garthwaite (1977)
Toni Brown - Toni Brown (1979).

Track list:
1. Good For You,Too
2. I Loved You All The Time
3. Everything Comes In Time
4. Wild Bird
5. The Devil And Willie Mahoney
6. Hang On To Your Happy Days
7. Big Trout River
8. Sweet Sympathy
9. After All This Time
10. Warm Winds, Sweet Wine

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Chimps - Monkeys A-Go-Go (1967)

It's the weekend, so I'm posting something that's not real serious. Or important. It's a cash-in album of Monkees covers and fake Monkees songs released by the budget-line Wyncote label in the wake of the pre-fab Four's success.

This is not my rip, so it's much noisier than the album rips I do myself. This came into my possession when it was passed along to me through a music group. Also, there's not full cover art, which is something I like to include. In fact, this whole presentation is poor and not anywhere near the standards I've set with this blog. But I'm making an exception in this case. The other option is: Would we all rather not hear the album at all.

Wait a minute, bad question. After listening to this album, you just might answer "YES!" It's not very good. The covers are anemic and the "originals" like "Your Uncle Grizzly" and "The Week We Fell In Love" (get it?!) are none-too-inspired. It's one thing when you try to imitate someone and come up with something clever like Utopia's Deface the Music or the Rutles, but this is just lame.

Ironically, I'm putting this out as a stopgap because I'm spending my quality time correcting some very minor imperfections I discovered in one of the rips I previously put out. If all goes as planned, I'll do a re-up tomorrow of something really great that will sound (and look) even better.

But when you hear Monkeys A-Go-Go, you'll get why I didn't feel this particular album was worth the effort of cleaning up. There's only so much time in our lives. Still, it's part of music history, so here it is.

Track list:
1. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
2. The Girl I Knew Somewhere
3. The Chimps Theme
4. 5th Class Mail
5. Yes You May
6. Just Keep Dancin'
7. Your Uncle Grizzly
8. The Week We Fell In Love
9. Believe My Cry
10. When She Knocks At The Door

Friday, December 2, 2016

1910 Fruitgum Co. - Indian Giver (1969)

The the third and second-to-last effort by the bubblegum outfit 1910 Fruitgum Co. (there was no "The" preceding the group's name) has never come out on CD. As far as I know, none of group's original albums have been reissued but you can, of course, buy several "best of" collections. Overall, Indian Giver isn't a bad LP, especially the title track which went to #5 on the Hot 100 chart and was co-written by Bobby Bloom ("Montego Bay"), Ritchie Cordell (who produced the Ramones and Joan Jett), and Bo Gentry (no relation to Bobbie -- I think).

But I'm posting this album more to make sociological points than musical ones.

If you released a song now called "Indian Giver" people would protest and you wouldn't receive airplay. And yet Beyonce can have a major hit with an overtly sexual song like "Blow" but something that overtly sexual would have never flown back in 1969. In other words, our morality as a people has done a 180 when it comes to both sex and ethnicity in the span of less than fifty years.

So my question is: If morality is that tied into specific eras, who is to say whats' right and wrong? Unlike crimes like murder and robbery -- which laws and religions clearly designate as immoral -- it's harder to agree on what's wrong when it comes to other topics. The same uncomfortable feeling you get when you hear "Indian Giver" is probably similar to how someone in the 1960s felt being confronted by in-your-face sexuality.

We now laugh at the type of people who demanded artists censor supposedly "sexual" lyrics, one of which was Lou Christie's relatively harmless "Rhapsody In The Rain" (#16 in 1966). Will people one day be laughing at us thinking we're being overly obsessive about ethnic sensitivity? This is not a justification for out-and-out discrimination, which is a different topic -- not to mention against the law. It's a question of where we draw the line when we get offended in everyday life. As an Italian-American, I've long noticed ethnic stereotypes are fine when it comes to some nationalities (ahem) but verboten when it comes to others. (I'd say that's "food for thought," but I don't want to promote anymore stereotypes about my people's obsession with food.)

This issue gets even muddier when you think that a few years into the future, there may well be something else entirely that's considered "immoral" to sing about. A good example is (don't laugh) sex robots, which feminists are now trying to ban, even though they're not on the market yet. This might be out of left field for you, but all that needs to happen is for NBC News and one of the online magazines to create a moral panic, and all of a sudden a subject as arcane as this will become the John-Lennon-and-Jesus crisis of the moment.

My opinion is that as much as we'd like to think we're more enlightened today than ever and that there is a clear-cut rationale behind what's considered right and wrong, "morality" is something that's largely contingent on the time frame in which we all live. Today's panic is tomorrow's joke. But it's hard to see that when you have a populace that (metaphorically) spends its time running around with torches screaming about the latest "crisis" and how this one, really, is the worst of all.

1910 Fruitgum Co. by the way, also had a Top 5 hit with a song called "1, 2, 3, Red Light," which had a lyric that complained about a woman stopping the singer every time he tried to get sexual with her. Today, that sort of aggressive male sexuality might well fuel protests, considering how Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" has been banned at various colleges in the UK, and how the Christmas standard "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is now considered a "date rape song" (here is a link to one of many articles about that).

And yet years ago, no one gave the lyric of  "1, 2, 3 Red Light" a second thought.

Back in the late '60s, artists like the Velvet Underground and the Mothers of Invention pushed the boundaries of what you could say in pop songs. Today, your parents probably own box sets by those artists, but if you played "Indian Giver" or "1, 2, 3 Red Light" to your college-age niece or nephew, they might run screaming for their "safe spaces."

So there you have it. As a society, we've now come to the point where the boundary-breaking artists of yesteryear are accepted by polite society, but the works of a seemingly inconsequential bubblegum group are now considered risqué.

As odd as that seems, there is a silver lining for 1910 Fruitgum Co. If they ever wanted to see their names alongside artistic giants like Lou Reed, well, they got their wish. File "Indian Giver" next to "Heroin" when it comes to pushing the limits of what you can say in songs -- with the difference being that college radio would never play "Indian Giver" today.

Track list:
1. Indian Giver
2. No Good Annie
3. I've Got To Have Your Love
4. Good Good Lovin'
5. Candy
6. Special Delivery
7. Game Of Love
8. Let's Make Love
9. Groovy Groovy
10. Sweet Lovin'
11. 1910 Cotton Candy Castle

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Barbara Mason - Trouble Child: A Collection of Mid-Sixties Recordings (1964-67)

After four decades of being a pop music fanatic, one thing I've learned is that presentation matters a lot when it comes to how we perceive music. If the fourteen songs that made up the original UK Rubber Soul had been doled out as unsuccessful singles on indie labels, it's unlikely anyone would have heard a coherent masterwork in them. They'd probably have sensed greatness, but that's about it.

This, in my opinion, is what happened with Philadelphia soul singer-songwriter Barbara Mason. She had the goods, but they were never properly presented. At age 18 in 1965, she took her self-penned ballad "Yes, I'm Ready" to the pop Top 5. Thereafter, it became a standard. But the accompanying album (also titled Yes, I'm Ready) wasn't a good showcase for her talents, since it included cover songs that very very unrelated to what she was doing (i.e. "Moon River").

Mason's best work came out piecemeal on singles during the next few years. Most of these were collected on an Arctic Records box set that's now out of print but, again, this wasn't the ideal presentation for them. Once again, if I put together a six-CD box set and scattered the tracks from Rubber Soul within them, you'd be hard pressed to find a great album there.

But after spending years listening to Mason's material, I started to wish I had a well-focused collection that I could enjoy start-to-finish. So I went about putting one together. This is what I came up with.

Most of the songs were penned by Mason herself. It's surprising how melodically assured they are considering her young age, but it's doubly surprising when you realize that several of these numbers touch on social issues years before that became popularized in soul music or even much pop music. I chose her first single on the Crusader label, "Trouble Child," as the title track because her look into the mind of a teenager on the wrong path sounds profoundly insightful even now. Ditto "Poor Girl In Trouble," which on the surface tells of a broken marriage, but has a subtext that alludes to an unwanted (or at least unexpected) pregnancy. There's something you didn't find on Rubber Soul.

I also made it a point to use excellent-sounding mono mixes of these songs instead of the stereo version which are (to put it mildly) poorly mapped out. That goes especially for the reissue of the Yes, I'm Ready album, which has revisionist stereo mixes so filled with errors that it's almost comical.

Mason didn't have a lot of hits, but she's a significant artist because the orchestrations and melodic thrust of "Yes, I'm Ready" are now considered a launching pad for the Philly soul sound. Mason also collaborated with Philly soul pioneer Kenny Gamble on the aforementioned "Poor Girl In Trouble" and the exquisite uptown soul track "Hello Baby," which was its B-Side.

Finally, Mason's singing tends to get overlooked, probably because people focus so much on the fact that she wrote songs so young. But check those blue notes she slips into one of her best tunes, "Girls Have Feelings Too." Even if you ignored all the other tracks she cut, that alone should put her in the ranks of great soul singers.

Related posts:
Dee Dee Sharp - The Atco Years and More (1966-70)
The Orlons - Soulful Sides (1963-67)
Brenton Wood - Rarities (1963-70)

Track list:
1. Trouble Child
2. Girls Have Feelings Too
3. Bobby, Is My Baby
4. Sad, Sad Girl
5. Don't Ever Want To Lose Your Love
6. Is It Me?
7. Hello Baby
8. Oh, How It Hurts
9. Ain't Got Nobody
10. Poor Girl In Trouble
11. Keep Him
12. Yes, I'm Ready

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Various Artists - Piccadilly Sunshine Part Two (Original Version, 2003)

It's the last day of November so this marks the final entry for Psychedelic Collections Month. What can I say but, "It's been a trip." Actually, I still have a bunch more compilations left to post and will probably put them out in January. But I want to change course in December, because I have some obscure holiday stuff plus other some other odds'n'ends I'd like to post. So this blog will go back to being random and eclectic, which is the way I like it.

As for today's entry, it's a sequel to  my write-up yesterday, where I wrote about about discovering that the first two Piccadilly Sunshine collections had earlier versions that came out in 2003 on the Desiree label, six years before the series was relaunched on Past & Present Records. This is the original edition of the second volume. It has ten songs that were dropped from the lineup for the 2009 release. One of those songs, Ottilie Patterson's "Spring Song," made it onto the third volume. But nine never showed up again, so the following are rarities:

Steve Ellis - Loot
Sharon Tandy - Hurry Hurry Choo Choo
Peter and Gordon - Wrong From the Start
Johnny Young - Craise Frinton Kirk
The Berkeley Kites - Mary-Go-Round
Afex - I Never Knew Love Was Like This
Tuesday's Children - Summer Leaves Me With a Sigh
Barry & Paul Ryan - Nighttime
Sky - The Singer Is Singing His Song

Once again, this is the version of the CD I first became familiar with and I definitely bemoan the loss of these tunes. That goes especially for "Hurry Hurry Choo Choo" by the late Sharon Tandy, which is a first-rate slice of British blue-eyed soul. (It occurred to me that maybe this one got dropped because it doesn't fit the focus of this series. So what. It's still fantastic.)

I'm also partial to the tracks by Afex and Tuesday's Children. Additionally, I prefer Johnny Young's cover of "Craise Frinton Kirk" to the BeeGees' original -- and I'm saying this as a huge Brothers Gibb fan, the type who loves both Life In A Tin Can and Mr. Natural. As I mentioned last time, I discovered these editions on the now-defunct Faintly Blowing blog, which posted about them in Sept. 2008. So here's the track list Faintly Blowing put out then:

Piccadilly Sunshine #2
(Desiree 002 / 2003)
1. Steve Ellis - Loot
taken from the single Loot/More More More (CBS 4992) 1970
Line-up incl.: Steve Ellis (vcls). Origin: London
2. K.G. Young - Spider
taken from the single
Spider/Spider Woogie 9th Movement (CBS 4302) 1969
Line-up incl.: Kenny Young. Origin: London
3. Magic Lanterns - Time Will Tell (If I'm A Loser)
taken from the single
Auntie Grizelda/Time Will Tell [If I'm A Loser] (CBS 202637) 1967
Line-up: Peter "Coco" Shoesmith (lead gtr, vcls), Ian Moncur (bs, vcls), Jimmy "Jambo" Bilsbury (gtr, vcls), Alan Wilson (drms).
Band origin: Warrington (Cheshire/UK)
4. Sharon Tandy - Hurry, Hurry, Choo, Choo
taken from the single
Love Is Not A Simple Affair/Hurry, Hurry, Choo, Choo (Atlantic 584181) 1968
Line-up incl.: Sharon Tandy (vcls). Origin: London
5. Mike Raynor & The Condors - Turn Your Head
taken from the single Turn Your Head/Lazy Day (Decca F 12605) 1967
Line-up incl.: Mike Raynor. Band origin: UK

6. Peter & Gordon - Wrong From The Start
taken from the single
Woman/Wrong From The Start (Columbia DB 7834) 1966
Line-up: Peter Asher (vcls, gtr, bs), Gordon Waller (vcls, gtr).
Band origin: London
7. Wishful Thinking - I Want You Girl
taken from the single
It's So Easy/I Want You Girl (Decca F 12760) 1968
Line-up: Danny Finn (vcls), John Franklin (lead gtr), Roger Charles (bs), Brian Allen (drms).
Band origin: Southampton (Hampshire/UK)
8. George Bean - Smile From Sequin
taken from the single
The Candy Shop Is Closed/Smile From Sequin (CBS 2801) 1967
Line-up incl.: George Bean (vcls), Alan Morris (organ), John Pritchard (vcls, trumpet, fulgelhorn).
Origin: London
9. Johnny Young - Craise Finton Kirk
taken from the single
Craise Finton Kirk/I Am The World (Clarion MCK 1954) 1967
Line-up: Johnny Young [real name John de Jong] (vcls)
Origin: Perth (Western Australia)
10. Barbara Ruskin - Pawnbroker, Pawnbroker
taken from the single
Pawnbroker, Pawnbroker/Almost (President PT 217) 1968
Line-up incl.: Barbara Ruskin (vcls). Origin: London
11. Perfect People - House In The Country
taken from the single
House In The Country/Polyanna (MCA MU 1079) 1969
Line-up incl.: Clem Cattini (drms). Band origin: London
12. Roger Denison - She Wanders Through My Mind
taken from the single
This Just Doesn't Seem To Be My Day/She Wanders Through My Mind (Parlophone R 5566) 1967
Line-up incl.: Roger Denison [full name Roger Denison-Watson] (vcls).
Band origin: London
13. George Bean - The Candy Shop Is Closed
See Track 8
14. Bubblegum - Little Red Bucket
taken from the single
Little Red Bucket/With The Sun In Your Hair (Philips BF 1677) 1968
Line-up: unknown. Band origin: Leicester (Leicestershire/UK)
15. Berkeley Kites - Mary-Go-Round
taken from the single Hang-Up City/Mary-Go-Round (Minaret 132) 1968
Line-up incl.: Robert James Benninghoff.
Band origin: Nashville (Tennessee/US)
16. Chris McClure - Hazy People
taken from the single
I'm Just A Country Boy/Hazy People (Polydor BM 56227) 1967
Line-up incl.: Chris McClure (vcls). Origin: Glasgow (Scotland)
17. Deuce Coup - Angela
taken from the single
A Clown In Town/Angela (Mercury MF 1013) 1968
Line-up: unknown. Band origin: Leicester (Leicestershire/UK)
18. Ottilie Patterson - Spring Song
taken from the single
Bitterness Of Death/Spring Song (Marmalade 598020) 1969
Line-up incl.: Ottilie Patterson (vcls).
Origin: Belfast (Northern Ireland)
19. Afex - I Never Knew Love Was Like This
taken from the single
She's Got The Time/I Never Knew Love Was Like This (King KG 1058) 1967
Line-up: Dave Ryan (lead vcls), Mick Holmes (lead gtr, vcls), Ray Bryanton (rhythm gtr, vcls), Ronnie Ebbs (bs), Colin Victory (drms).
Band origin: Dagenham (Essex/UK)
20. Tuesday's Children - Summer Leaves Me With A Sigh
taken from the single
High On A Hill/Summer Leaves Me With A Sigh (Columbia DB 8018) 1966
Line-up: Phil Cordell (vcls, multi), Mike Ware (gtr, vcls), Paul Kendrick (bs), Derek Gough (drms, vcls).
Band origin: Enfield (Middlesex/UK)
21. Paul & Barry Ryan - Night Time
taken from the single Nighttime/Heartbreaker (MGM 1354) 1967
Line-up: Paul Ryan (vcls), Barry Ryan (vcls).
Band origin: London
22. Sky - The Singer Is Singing His Song
taken from the single
On Our Way/The Singer Is Singing His Song (Decca F 12971) 1969
Line-up incl.: Bob Bigg (gtr), Paddy Lavell (bs), Norman "Dinky" Diamond (drms).
Band origin: Aldershot (Hampshire/UK)
23. Nocturnes - A New Man
taken from the single A New Man/Suddenly Free (Columbia DB 8332) 1968
Line-up: Lyn Paul (vcls), Eve Graham (vcls), Ken Taylor (lead gtr), Nicky Walker (bs, vcls), Pat O'Hearn (keyb'ds), Ross Mitchell (drms, vcls).
Band origin: Manchester (Greater Manchester/UK)
24. Zuider Zee - Provocative Child
taken from the single
Peace Of Mind/Provocative Child (CBS 202235) 1966
Line-up incl.: Martin De Vries (bs), Clive Mountford (drms).
Band origin: Wolverhampton (West Midlands/UK)
25. John Fred & His Playboy Band - No Letter Today
taken from the single Hey Hey Bunny/No Letter Today (Paula 294) 1968
Line-up: John Fred (vcls), Jimmy O'Rourke (gtr), Harold Cowart (bs), Tommy de Generes (organ), Harlie Spinosa (trumpet),Ronnie Goodson (trumpet), Andrew Bernard (sax), Joe Miceli (drms).
Band origin: Baton Rouge (Louisiana/US)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Various Artists - Piccadilly Sunshine Part One (Original Version, 2003)

The Piccadilly Sunshine series has become something of an institution to popsike fans, ranking right up there with collections like Fading Yellow and Circus Days. Over the years, I've become pretty familiar with this series, so I always wondered why I somehow ended up with versions of the first two volumes that were markedly different than the standard editions. How different? Well, they feature a total of twenty-three songs that never made it onto official Piccadilly Sunshine CDs.

So I did some research and, it turns out, I happen to have the rare "early versions" of these CDs. Since twenty-three songs is a lot of unheard music, I'm presenting these editions to close out my month of psychedelic collections. Here's the first one.

In my research I figured out that even though Piccadilly Sunshine became popular around 2010, the series was actually started way back in 2003. The first two volumes were released then on the Desiree label (as Desiree 001 and 002)

Then the series went dark, so to speak, until 2009. It was in that year that a label called Past & Present Records revived Piccadilly Sunshine. When they did, they reissued those first two CDs with different song selections and, of course, a different track order. Past & Present went on to put out Volumes 3-5, after which Particles Records took over. Piccadilly Sunshine is now up to nineteen volumes...and counting.

I first discovered the early editions of Piccacilly Sunshine on the the now-defunct blog Faintly Blowing, which posted about them in Sept. 2008. The original blog post, which has details on the CD, can be found here. The first volume has fourteen songs that were dropped from the later track listing. They are:

Studio Six - Falling Leaves
Tin Tin - He Wants To Be A Star
Manfred Mann - You're My Girl
67 Park Lane - I'm So Happy Just To Be With You
The Symbols - Schoolgirl
Mashmakhan - Dance A Little Step
Svensk - Dream Magazine
The Montanas - You're Making a Big Mistake
Ronnie Burns - Piccadilly Pages
Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds - Paperman Fly In the Sky
Jawbone - How's Ya Pa
Villers & Gold - Of All The Little Girls
The New Formula - Burning In the Background Of My Mind
The Strangers - Step Inside

For me, these songs were a major loss. Several of them formed the heart and soul of the first collection, which is why I prefer the early version to the now-standard 2009 release. I'd name my favorite lost songs as Svenk's "Dream Magazine," Jawbone's "How's Ya Pa," and Villers & Gold's "Of All The Little Girls," all of which have a dreamy, surreal quality to them. (Trivia footnote: The "Gold" of Villers & Gold was the late Andrew Gold, who went on to become a U.S. hitmaker.)

Other cuts I like include the New Formula's "Burning In the Background Of My Mind" and 67 Park Lane's "I'm So Happy Just To Be With You," which are both enjoyable pure pop. But that said, all the songs listed above have their moments. Wonder why they didn't make the cut when the CDs were reissued in '09? Whatever the case, come tomorrow I'll post the early version of the second volume. We'll also officially wrap up the

Track list (taken from the Faintly Blowing blog):

Piccadilly Sunshine #1
(Desiree 001 / 2003)
1. Roger Bloom's Hammer - Polly Pan
taken from the single
Polly Pan/15 Degree Temperature Rise (CBS 2848) 1967
Line-up: Roger Bloom (vcls), Michael Brooke (lead gtr), Peter E. Green (bs), Robert Cranswick (organ), Chris Fairbanks (sax), Ian Gray (trumpet), Peter McLeod (drms). Band origin: Hull (Yorkshire/UK)
2. Alan David - Flower Power
taken from the single
Completely Free/Flower Power (Polydor BM 56201) 1967
Line-up incl.: Alan David (vcls). Origin: Bognor Regis (Sussex/UK)
3. Studio Six - Falling Leaves
taken from the single
Strawberry Window/Falling Leaves (Polydor BM 56219) 1967
Line-up: Colin McClure (vcls), Neil Grimshaw (lead gtr), Chris McClure (gtr, vcls), Gerry Tedeshi (bs), Ricky Kerry (organ), Jim Breakey (drms).
Band origin: Glasgow (Scotland)
4. Tin Tin - He Wants To Be A Star
taken from the single
Only Ladies Play Croquet/He Wants To Be A Star (Polydor BM 56332) 1969
Line-up: Steve Groves (lead gtr, vcls), Steve Kipner (gtr, banjo, bs, drms, vcls). Band origin: Sydney (New South Wales/Australia) → London
5. Manfred Mann - You're My Girl
taken from the album As Is (Fontana (S)TL 5377) 1966
Line-up: Mike D'Abo (vcls), Tom McGuinness (lead gtr), Klaus Voormann (bs), Manfred Mann (keyb'ds), Mike Hugg (drms). Band origin: London
6. 67 Park Lane - I'm So Happy Just To Be With You
taken from the single
I’m So Happy Just To Be With You/I Got Love (Toast TT 516) 1969
Line-up: unknown. Band origin: UK
7. Symbols - Schoolgirl
taken from the single Do I Love You/Schoolgirl (President PT 216) 1968
Line-up: Shaun Corrigan (lead gtr, bs, vcls), Johnny Milton (vcls, gtr), Mick Clarke (bs, vcls), Chaz Wade (drms, vcls). Band origin: Romford (Essex/UK)
8. Mashmakhan - Dance A Little Step
taken from the single
Dance A Little Step/One Night Stand (Aquarius C4-5025) 1972
Line-up: Allan Nicholls (vcls), Brian Greenway (gtr), Steve Laing (bs), Pierre Senecal (keyb'ds, vcls, soprano sax, flute), Lorne Nehring (drms).
Band origin: Montreal (Quebec/Canada)
9. Cups - Good As Gold
taken from the single
Good As Gold/My Life And Times (Polydor BM 56777) 1969
Line-up incl.: Benny Gallagher (gtr, keyb'ds, vcls), Graham Lyle (gtr, bs, vcls). Band origin: Largs (Scotland/UK)
10. Magicians - Slow Motion
taken from the single
Painting On The Wood/Slow Motion (MCA MU 1046) 1968
Line-up incl.: Terry Martin (bs), Tony Knight (drms), David Watkins.
Band origin: London
11. Svensk - Dream Magazine
taken from the single
Dream Magazine/Getting Old (Page One POF 036) 1967
Line-up: Roger Hopkins (vcls), Jason Paul (vcls).
Band origin: Bournemouth (Dorset/UK)
12. Tim Andrews - Sad Simon Lives Again
taken from the single
Sad Simon Lives Again/You Won't Be Seeing Me Anymore
(Parlophone R 5656) 1967

Line-up incl.: Tim Andrews (vcls). Band origin: London
13. Mixture - Never Trust In Tomorrow
taken from the single
Sad Old Song/Never Trust In Tomorrow (Parlophone R 5755) 1969
Line-up: Bob Harrison (vcls), Dave Greatbanks (lead gtr), Roger Mycock (bs), Ian Campbell (organ, piano), Howard Edwards (drms).
Band origin: Manchester (Greater Manchester/UK)
14. Jason James - Miss Pilkington's Maid
taken from the single
Miss Pilkington's Maid/Count Me Out (CBS 2705) 1967
Line-up incl.: Jason James [real name Geoff Mullin] (vcls).
Origin: Blackburn (Lancashire/UK)
15. Montanas - You're Making A Big Mistake
taken from the single
You're Making A Big Mistake/Run To Me (Pye 7N 17597) 1968
Line-up: Johnny Jones (vcls, hrmnca, gtr), Will Hayward (lead gtr), John "Jake" Elcock (bs), Terry Rowley (bs, gtr, keyb'ds), Graham Hollis (drms, vcls). Band origin: Wolverhampton (West Midlands/UK)
16. Ronnie Burns - Piccadilly Pages
taken from the single Age Of Consent/Piccadilly Pages (Spin EK 2627) 1968
Line-up incl.: Ronnie Burns (vcls). Origin: Melbourne (Victoria/Australia)
17. Sounds Incorporated - Dead As A Go-Go
taken from the single
How Do You Feel/Dead As A Go-Go (Polydor 56209) 1967
Line-up: John St. John (gtr), Wes Hunter (bs), Barrie Cameron (keyb'ds, sax), Griff West (trumpet, sax), Alan "Boots" Holmes (sax, flute), John Lee (trombone), Terry Fogg (drms). Band origin: London
18. Mood Of Hamilton - Why Can't There Be More Love
taken from the single
Why Can't There Be More Love/King's Message (Columbia DB 8304) 1967
Line-up incl.: Hamilton King (vcls). Band origin: London
19. Chris Farlowe & Thunderbirds - Paperman Fly In The Sky
taken from the single
The Last Goodbye/Paperman Fly In The Sky (Immediate IM 066) 1968
Line-up: Chris Farlowe (vcls), Albert Lee (lead gtr), Peter Shelley (keyb'ds, violin, trumpet, flugel-horn), Carl Palmer (drms), Gerry Temple (congas, vcls). Band origin: London
20. Jawbone - How's Ya Pa?
taken from the single How's Ya Pa/Mister Custer (Carnaby CNS 4007) 1970
Line-up: Ray Glynn (gtr, vcls), Jeff "Gus" Peters (bs), Kirk Duncan (keyb'ds), Dave Hynes (drms, vcls). Band origin: Hertford (Hertfordshire/UK)
21. Villiers & Gold - Of All The Little Girls
taken from the single
Of All The Little Girls/This East (Polydor 56235) 1968
Line-up: Charlie Villiers (vcls), Andrew Gold (vcls)
Band origin: London
22. New Formula - Burning In The Background Of My Mind
taken from the single
My Baby's Coming Home/Burning In The Background Of My Mind
(Pye 7N 17552) 1968
Line-up: Mike Harper (vcls), Martin Fallon (lead gtr), Bruce Carey (bs, gtr), Ricky Dodd (vcls, sax, hrmnca, flute), Tommy Guthrie (drms).
Band origin: Corby (Northamptonshire/UK)
23. Jon - Polly Sunday
taken from the single
So Much For Mary/Polly Sunday (Parlophone R 5604) 1967
Line-up incl.: Stuart Cowell (lead gtr), Tony Thierney (bs), Jim Toomey (drms). Band origin: London
24. Tony Fabian - Girl Of The Night
taken from the single
Standing In The Rain/Girl Of The Night (Decca F 12200) 1965
Line-up incl.: Tony Fabian (vcls). Band origin: Bournemouth (Dorset/UK)
25. Strangers - Step Inside
taken from the single I'm On An Island/Step Inside (Pye 7N 17585) 1968
Line-up: Jimmy Fanning (vcls), Len Guest (lead gtr), Tommy Caffrey (rhythm gtr), Maxie McEvoy (bs), Vic McNamara (drms). Band origin: Dublin (Ireland)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Various Artists - CTV’s After Four (1968)

As promised, this is the sequel album to the album I posted yesterday, Yorkville Evolution, which came out the years before. Both of these LPs were "samplers" that were released on Canada's Yorkville label and they each showed the range of a variety of artists from the Great White North in the late '60s. Both of these albums, by the way, are long out of print but these rips used to be all over the Web. That was a long time ago, however, and they've eince disappeared, so I elected myself to bring 'em back to the people.

Like the previous LP, this one has some familiar names. Canada-only sensation Terry Black turns up again with a cover of Sam Cooke's "Only 16." The Sugar Shoppe checks in with a cover of Tim Hardin's "If I Were A Carpenter" which is recast as a psychedelic harmony number in the style of the Mama's & the Papa's. Not bad, actually.

Journeyman rocker Ronnie Hawkins also puts in an appearance with a remake of his own "Mary Lou" (a Top 30 U.S. hit) retitled "Mary Jane." It's got slightly different lyrics and a somewhat psychedelic arrangement, but it's still the same song musically and thematically -- i.e. this new girl is also stealing from him. Maybe Hawkins needed to start meeting girls in church or something.

But to my ears the best track is the Willapuss Wallapuss' Beach Boys-styled "To Jone," a gorgeous "pocket symphony" with organs, harpsichords, beautiful harmonies, and an absolutely rousing chorus. Who was this band? According to the folks at Garage Hangover, they were actually an Ontario group called the 5 Rising Sons who recorded under the name Willapuss Wallapuss "for fun" just for this record! That must have brought out the creativity in them because the track is now a minor late-'60s classic and, as such, was immortalized on Volume 15 of the beloved Fading Yellow series.

Track list:
1. The Scarlet Ribbon - Four In The Morning
2. Ronnie Hawkins - Mary Jane
3. The Sugar Shoppe - If I Were A Carpenter
4. The Big Town Boys - Do It To 'Em
5. The Willapuss Wallapuss - To Jone
6. The Ugly Ducklings - Epilogue
7. Terry Black - Only 16
8. Susan Taylor - If You Love Me
9. Patrician-Anne - Changin' Time
10. Bob Francis And Three To One - I'm A Bad Bad Boy
11. The Chain Rattlers Orchestra - Winchester Cathedral
12. Bonnie & Clyde - Kazoo
13. The Majestics - Sweet Soul Music
14. Teak Wood - You Keep Me Hangin' On
15. Ritchie Knight And The Midnights - The Joke
16. The Stitch In Tyme - Dry Your Eyes