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Thursday, April 24, 2014

VA Sunny covers


Bobby Hebb (July 26, 1938-August 3, 2010) was an American R&B/soul singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer known for his 1966 hit entitled "Sunny".
"Sunny" is a song written by Bobby Hebb. It is one of the most covered popular songs, with hundreds of versions released. BMI rates "Sunny" number 25 in its "Top 100 songs of the century."
"Sunny" was recorded at Bell Sound Studios in New York City and released as a single in 1966.
This  is a compilation  of 24 versions of this great song. Enjoy!!!

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01.Bobby Hebb- Sunny (1966 US)
02.The Soulful Strings-Sunny (1966 US)
03.Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames-Sunny (1966 UK)
04.Barbara y Dick - Sunny (1977 Argentina)
05.Henry Cain-Sunny (1968 US)
06.James Brown-Sunny (1969 US)
07.George Benson-Sunny (1968 US)
08.Los York's-Cielo (Sunny) (1967 Peru)
09.The Brass Ring-Sunny (1968 US)
10.Raul de Barros e Brazilian Serenaders- Sunny (1968 Brazil)
11.The Happenings Four- Sunny (1968 Japan)
12.Electric Flag- Sunny (1968 US)
13.The Head Shop- Sunny (1969 US)
14.Manfred Mann- Sunny (1968 UK)
15.Toad Hall-Sunny (1969 US)
16.Johnny Rivers- Sunny (1967 US)
17.Nino Tempo And April Stevens- Sunny (1966 US)
18.Cher-Sunny (1966 US)
19.Chris Montez-Sunny (1966 US)
20.Vanusa-Sunny (1969 Brazil)
21.Sandy Nelson-Sunny (1966 US)
22.Bill Cosby-Sunny (1968 US)
23.The Jones-Sunny (1967 Brazil)
24.The Leading Figures-Sunny (1967 UK)

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-by dj fanis: here

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Music Emporium - 1969 US





The Music Emporium were a little-known Southern Californian psychedelic band of the late '60s, somewhat unusual in that they featured a four-member lineup evenly split between men and women, Dora Wahl was one of the few female rock drummers of the time.
In most other respects, they were a more or less typical psychedelic act. Carolyn Lee's vocals sometimes bring to mind the United States of America or (more distantly) Jefferson Airplane, some of the tunes have a nice gothic/classical touch, and the lyrics are excessively cosmic (principal songwriter and organist Casey Cosby is the chief culprit). Their self-titled album is highly valued by some psychedelic collectors.
The Music Emporium formed in 1968 as the Cage, led by UCLA music major Cosby, and including a couple of music students from Long Beach State. They changed their name to The Music Emporium when they recorded their album in 1969, which was originally intended as a demo tape.
However, the small Sentinel label put out the tape as an official LP release (PC-69001), in a die-cut album sleeve. Only 300 copies were pressed, and re-releases of the record are much easier to find than originals. The group broke up in 1970 when Cosby was drafted.
This is a Reissue of the album by Sentinel Records (PC-69001-1).

Members:

Dave Padwin-Lead Guitar, Vocals
Carolyn Lee-Bass, Piano, Organ, Vocals
Dora Wahl-Drums, Percussion
Casey Cosby-Organ, Vocals

-by dj fanis: here

The Troll-Animated Music-1968 US





 The Troll apparently hailing from Chicago and released their sole and rare album in 1968. This group cut a handful of mid-'60's singles for ABC-Paramount as The Trolls before cutting this disc for Mercury's Smash subsidiary (SRS-67114). The album runs from soft and dreamy folk-rock to hard psychedelia.

Members:

Richard Gallagher - guitar, vocals
Richard Clark - organ, vocals
Max Jordan, Jr. - bass, vocals
Kenneth Cortese - drums
Skeet Bushor - horns, strings arrangement

 -by dj fanis: here

Edwards Hand - Stranded-1970 UK (RCA Promo US Release)




Formerly known as Picadilly Line, Edwards Hand are a musical group formed by Englishmen Rod Edwards (keyboards and vocals) and Roger Hand (acoustic guitar and vocals).
After a 1968 album released under their former name, in 1969 Edwards Hand released an eponymous album produced by George Martin who, taking a break from working on The Beatles' "White Album", described their music as "exceptional".
A further album, "Stranded", came in 1970. Also produced by Martin, for this they were backed by James Litherland on electric guitar, former Tornados drummer Clem Cattini and John Wetton who was later to find fame with King Crimson and Asia playing bass. James Litherland was Colosseum guitar player.
Forced Exposure and Freak Emporium describe "Stranded" as "A superb blend of styles that is very hard to categorise.
Short West Coast influenced rock tracks sit alongside all out progressive anglophile pop symphonies that at times utilise the kind of 'everything including the kitchen sink' tactics employed by Brian Wilson".
Recorded at London's Morgan Studios Produced by George Martin, assisted by John Miller and released on RCA Victor, the original cover art , as seen on the UK release,was a black and white drawing of a sheriff's rotund stomach produced by Klaus Voormann (famous for designing the cover of The Beatles' album "Revolver"). The drawing referred to a track about one of America's racist policemen, Sheriff Myras Lincoln, which was banned in the USA.
A new cover was produced for the US release by RCA Victor (LSP-4452), this time a photograph of a hand, fingers splayed, beneath the Stars and Stripes. All songs were written by Edwards and Hand.

-by dj fanis: here

Friday, April 18, 2014



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Agape-(Gospel Hard Rock)-1971 US




Agape was from California and preaching the gospel using a psych rock format and musically it's pretty good. Fred Caban wrote the lyrics, music and supplies the vocals on all the tracks.
Fred was a young guitarist from Azusa, CA, who became a born-again Christian shortly after graduating from high school in 1968.
In an effort to help evangelize his peers, Caban formed the band with bassist John Peckhart and drummer Mike Jungkman. They were one of the earliest Christian rock bands, established in a time when the music they played was still being shunned by established churches (the few they approached for concerts rejected the loud music they played, despite the message).
Agape performed wherever they could, on beaches, in schools, and in parks, and released their debut album "Agape (Gospel Hard Rock)" in 1971 on Mark Records (MRS- 2179).
This is the 1988 Italian Reissue of the album by Hablabel Records (HBL- 11001).

Members:

Fred Caban - Lead vocals,Guitar
John Peckhart - Bass
Mike Jungman - Drums,Organ

-by dj fanis: here

Mary Butterworth-1969 US




From South Gate, California, Mary Butterworth's album contains some fine progressive rock which maintains a good standard. They enjoyed playing a variety of engagements around the Southern California area and in 1969, they recorded the one and only private press album entitled "Mary Butterworth".
Their album was pre-sold to fans and friends only and it was never available to the general public. Featuring lashings of good keyboards and drums, "Phase II" and "Its A Hard Road" are perhaps the pick of the bunch, but really every track's a winner. Shortly thereafter, the group split up and never performed together again.
This is the 1999  Dutch Reissue of the album by Custom Fidelity Records (CFS-2092).

Members:

Mike Ayling - Vocals,Bass,Flute
Jim Giordano- Guitar
Michael Eachus- Hammond
Michael Hunt- Drums,Vocals

-by dj fanis: here

The Maze - Armageddon-1968 US




From Fairfield, California, this band were previously known as Stonehenge. An obscure San Francisco-area group that cut one extremely rare album in 1968, "Armageddon", which is highly valued in some collector circles.
Their all-original material emphasized heavy organ, long drawn-out fuzzy guitar solos, despondent stoned vocals, and minor-key melodies, somewhat in the mold of Iron Butterfly but more trippy.
The album starts out with the melodramatic "Armageddon" which comprises most of Side One, the rest is taken up with the more melodic and laid back "I'm So Sad".
The second side begins with the rather lightweight goodtime "Happiness", but "Whispering Shadows" opens with some great discordant guitar work which gives away to some good group harmonies and "Kissy Face" also features some great vocals. "Dejected Soul", with its sleepy vocals and fine fuzz guitar work, is among the album's finer moments.
This is the Unofficial Release of the album by MTA Records (MTS-5012 A).

Members:

William Gardner- guitar,vocals
Ric Eittreim- keyboards,vocals
Jeff Jensen- bass,vocals
Carson Boyd- drums

-by dj fanis: here

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Broth-1970 US





This heavy progressive group with eight members (including horns and Latin percussion) release one album in 1970 on Mercury Records (SR-61298), which is now a very minor collectable.
One of its cuts, "I'm A King", was also included on Mercury's 1970 "Dimension Of Miracles" compilation. Band members are Cuban and Puerto Rican born who grew up in the predominantly Italian and Hispanic towns of Union City and West New York, NJ.
This is the 1970 UK release of the album by Mercury Records (6338 032), with different cover.


Members:

William Villanueva- saxophone, percussion, vocals
Steve Verroca-percussion
Wolf- bass
Charlie- horns, vocals
Chino- guitar
Jesus- drums
Fernie- guitar
Eddie- percussion, vocals

-by dj fanis: here

The Open Mind-1969 UK




The Open Mind were a London-based psychedelic rock band active in the 1960s and 1970s.
The band was formed in the mid 1960s by four musicians from Putney, South London. Initially named The Apaches formed by Tim du Feu, Mike Brancaccio and Philip Fox and their friend Ray Nye. Nye left in 1965 and another friend joined instead Terry Martin. The band became The Drag Set, who released a little-known single in February 1967, "Day and Night" / "Get Out of My Way".
Shortly thereafter, they changed their name to The Open Mind and in July 1969 released a self-titled LP in Philips (SBL-7893), which has since become a highly sought-after collectible. The band, however, is best known for its druggy August 1969 single, "Magic Potion/Cast A Spell" (which also marked the introduction of double-bass drums in rock music), which did not appear on the album.
The Open Mind disbanded in 1973, its members wanted to move into jazz-influenced music, but The Open Mind was too well-known as a psychedelic band.
This the 1986 UK Reissue of the album by Antar Records (ANTAR 2), who contains their 1969 rare single.

Members:

Terry Martin- Rythm Guitar,Vocals
Timothy Du Feu- Bass
Mike Brancaccio- Lead Guitar
Philip Fox- Drums

-by dj fanis: here

Monday, April 14, 2014

Felt-1971 US




Felt was formed in Alabama in the late '60s around the talents of Myke Jackson (guitars), Mike Neel (drums), Tommy Gilstrap (bass), Stan Lee (guitars), and Allan Dalrymple (keyboards).
The band's self-titled album contains half-a-dozen original songs written for the most part by Jackson. This rare album released by Nasco (Nasco- 9006) in 1971,  was the only long-player produced by the progressive blues quintet  Felt,  formed by 17-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist Myke Jackson.
A wide-ranging spectrum of influences including late Beatle-psych, mellow West Coast-jamming and early 1970s hardrock. Fellow guitarist, Stan Lee would move on to the punk band the Dickies later in the '70s.
This is a Reissue of the album by Nasco Records (Nasco- 9006-A).

Members:

Myke Jackson- Lead Guitar, Vocals
Allan Dalrymple- Keyboards
Tommy Gilstrap- Bass
Stan Lee- Rhythm Guitar
Mike Neel- Drums

-by dj fanis: here

Arcadium - Breathe Awhile-1969 UK




This obscure psychedelic band issued only one  album titled "Breathe Awhile" in 1969, that's very much in the downer-heavy school of the genre.
The group's dominant figure was its songwriter and lead singer, 12-string guitarist Miguel Sergides.
The ominous, loud, cathedral-like organ, distorted guitar and anguished vocals took influences from the likes of the Doors, Iron Butterfly, and Vanilla Fudge, while some San Francisco psychedelia could be heard in the bittersweet harmonies.
The intense 12-minute guitar and organ-driven opening track, "I'm On My Way", sets the album's slow-burning epic tone.  The whole album is high quality, with no stale moments, but highlights include "Poor Lady", the 5 minute "Change Me" and the 10-minute "Birth, Life And Death".
This is a Reissue of the album by Middle Earth Records (MDLS-302-A).

Members:

Miguel Sergides- Lead Vocals, Twelve-string Guitar
Robert Ellwood- Vocals, Lead Guitar
Graham Best- Vocals, Bass
Alan Ellwood- Vocals, Organ
John Albert Parker- Drums

-by dj fanis: here

Friday, April 11, 2014

VA-High Flying Bird covers



"High Flying Bird" was written by Billy Ed Wheeler, a country-folk singer-songwriter in 1963.
Judy Henske's second album "High Flying Bird" was released in January 1964 featured Billy Edd Wheeler's song "High Flying Bird", a minor hit later covered by many bands of the era. If ever there was a song recorded prior to 1964 that pointed the way to folk-rock, however, "High Flying Bird" was it.
The song was covered by many folk and rock artists and bands in the USA, like Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane, HP Lovecraft,The Wizards from Kansas and others.
This  is a compilation i made of 12 versions of this great and a favorite of mine song. Enjoy!!!


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01.Judy Henske - High Flying Bird (1964)
02.Billy Edd Wheeler - High Flying Bird (1967 version)
03.HP Lovecraft-High Flying Bird (1968)
04.The Ill Wind-High Flying Bird (1968)
05.Rejoice-High Flying Bird (1969)
06.Richie Havens-High Flyin' Bird (1967)
07.St. George and Tana- High Flying Bird (1967)
08.Jefferson Airplane-High Flying Bird (1966)
09.The Balladeers -High Flying Bird (1965)
10.The Wizards From Kansas-High Flying Bird (1970)
11.We Five-High Flying Bird (1967)
12.Zephyr-High Flying Bird (1972)

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-by dj fanis: here

Snow-1968 US


The sole, eponymous album released in 1968 on Epic Records(BN- 26435) by the Cleveland, Ohio outfit Snow. A folk-psych effort featuring a female vocalist brought in for the occasion and who's influences clearly included Grace Slick among others.
Plethora of sound effects, key changes and bold experimentation.
The first three tracks are pretty bland multi-voiced folk rock, although the short guitar incisions are promising. What follows on side 1 is strangely melodic acid-rock with oblique harmonies on the brilliant "Englebert", and a kind of twisted Peanut Butter Conspiracy influence, with a sharp tempo change and toytown psych on "You Let Me Know."
Side 2 is even better, starting with the piercing guitar on "Song of the Sirens", another track reminiscent of PBC.
A coiled waltz similar to Aorta, "The Flying Miraldos", follows suit, whilst "Sweet Dreams" and "Bab's Song" are pompous but cultivated baroque harmony pop with lush arrangements.
The venom is in the tail where the tour de force "Caterpillar" pulls out all the stops and ushers the listener through more effects and key changes in three minutes and sounds as boldly experimental today as anything from this period.
Amazing trippy psychedelia similar to Head Shop, Gandalf and Peanut Butter Conspiracy.

-by dj fanis: here


Smubbs-This Is The End Of The Night!-1969 US




"This Is The End Of The Night!" is the sole album by this fine Long Island psychedelic rock band, released in 1969 by Monument Records (SLP- 18112).
Produced by Bob Gallo, the album was a mixed bag. Musically the set offered up a mix of psychedelic rock with several nice fuzz guitar segments like "The Shadows Of A Dream" and more pop-oriented moves like "The Drive In Movies".  "You'll Still Be On My Mind" was a wonderful slice of jangle folk-rock, complete with great harmony vocals, "I Remember Sunday" had an impressive biting edge, while "White Paper Sail" was a totally unexpected slice of psychedelia.

-by dj fanis: here



Wynder K. Frog -Out Of The Frying Pan -1968 UK




Mick Weaver also known as Wynder K. Frog (born 16 June 1944, Bolton, Lancashire, England) is an English session musician, best known for his playing of the Hammond B3 organ, and as an exponent of the blues and funk.
Weaver's band performed as Wynder K. Frog and became popular on the student union and club circuit of the mid sixties.
Wynder K. Frogg  appeared on the bill at The Savile Theatre, London on 24 September 1967 supporting Traffic on their first UK presentation.
When Steve Winwood left Traffic to form Blind Faith, Weaver was recruited to replace him and Traffic became Mason, Capaldi, Wood and Frog, soon shortened to Wooden Frog. They played a few gigs before dissolving three months later when Traffic reformed.
"Out Of The Frying Pan"  released in 1968 in UK by Island Records (ILPS- 9082) and by United Artists Records (UAS- 6695) in the USA.
The record featured covering established compositions ranging from "Alexander's Ragtime Band" to "Jumpin' Jack Flash," as well as a pair of Mick Weaver pieces like the great "Harpsichord Shuffle".

Members:

Mick Weaver - keyboards
Dick Heckstall-Smith - saxophone
Neil Hubbard - guitar
Alan Spenner - bass
Chris Mercer - saxophone
Bruce Rowland - drums
Henry Lowther- trumpet
Rebop Kwaku Baah - percussion

-by dj fanis: here

Les Baxter -Wild In The Streets -1968 US (OST)






The totally groovy, pop soundtrack from the cult counter-culture movie from 1968 "Wild In The Streets".
Taking the 60s catchphrase "Never trust anyone over 30" to its most extreme conclusion, "Wild In The Streets" tells the story of Max Frost, a 22-year old rock star millionaire who joins causes with a politician to get the vote for 14-year olds. Frost eventually becomes President and uses his powers to issue his first presidential edict with his youth-controlled police state agenda, anyone over 30 is required to live in "retirement homes" which actually resemble concentration camps....
Written by Les Baxter, with songs by successful songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and arranged by Mike Curb, the "Wild In The Streets" soundtrack is a terrific collection of late 60s psychedelic pop songs that will have you stone-cold groovin.
A true cult classic, and the song, "Shapes Of Things To Come" was released as a single credited to Max Frost and the Troopers it charted at #22 in 1968.
The sountrack released in 1968 in the USA by Tower Records (SKAO-5099)  and by Capitol Records (ST- 5099) in the UK.

-by dj fanis: here


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Erkin Koray-Elektronik Turkuler -1974 Turkey







Erkin Koray (born June 24, 1941, in Kadikoy, Istanbul), has been in the Turkish rock music scene since the late 1950s or early 1960s. He is widely acclaimed as being the first person to ever play rock and roll in Turkey in 1957, he and his band gained fame by playing covers of Elvis Presley and Fats Domino. He was also one of the first Turkish musicians to embrace the electric guitar and modern amplification.
"Elektronik Türküler (Electronic Ballads)" is the second full length album by Turkish rock star Erkin Koray, originally released by Doğan Plakcılık in 1974.
The album has a terrific heavy Eastern raves and drones from Turkey's legendary freaked-out psychedelic guitar guru. Koray and his band created an album that reflected both his Turkish roots and his love of psychedelic and progressive rock.
Possibly the greatest album ever from Turkish psychedelic maestro Erkin Koray, a mad blend of sounds that definitely lives up to its "elektronik" title!
Most numbers feature a weird blend of electric guitar and baglama and among others the track "Turku"  is brilliant.
This album is one of the more internationally acknowledged examples of Anatolian rock.
This is the German Reissue of   "Elektronik Türküler"  by Nexus Records (DAMLA 001).

Members:

Erkin Koray- guitar, baglama, piano, organ, vocals
Sedat Avcı- drums, bongos, and other percussion
Ahmet Güvenç- bass


-by dj fanis: here