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Thursday, September 29, 2011

SHOCKING BLUE - At Home [1969] + Bonus

Like their fellow countrymen Golden Earring, Shocking Blue purveyed a mild strain of psychedelic rock, but leaned more toward country and folk music than bubblegum. Guitarist and principal songwriter Robby Van Leeuwen was already preoccupied with Americana at this early stage, from "Harley Davidson" and "California Here I Come" to a surprising rendition of the folk song "Boll Weevil" that sets the traditional lyrics to music reminiscent of the Easybeats' "Good Times." (The group's country music fixation would manifest itself more overtly on later albums). Van Leeuwen's sitar is pictured on the album cover and dominates the instrumental "Acka Raga," but, thankfully, is not overused. "Mighty Joe" and "Never Marry a Railroad Man" were minor U.S. chart hits that few people remember, but "Love Buzz" gained a measure of fame decades later when Nirvana covered it. Veres has great presence -- like a gypsy incarnation of Grace Slick -- but Van Leeuwen's English-language lyrics can be awkward at times. On "Venus," all the components clicked perfectly into place, but there is much more to Shocking Blue than their biggest hit. [AMG]


Thursday, September 22, 2011

BLONDIE - 1st/Plastic Letters/Parallel Lines/Eat To The Beat/Best Of


My 60's punk, garage expirience started with this volume of legenary PEBBLES series. There's a lot of cool stuff, cult trax & garage anthems like Moving Sidewalks - 99th Floor, Buddhas - Lost Innocence, Randy Alvey & Green Fuz, Zakary Thaks - Bad Girl, Squires - Go Ahead, Phil & The Frantics - I Must Run, Sons Of Adam - Feathered Fish, Litter with wyld cover of I'm A Man ...  
Pop, punk, trash, almost everything done in Garage style. Even The Satans make some deals long before The Rolling Stones.
This is a Holy Grail of Garage rock.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lost Acapulco - Los Obligados Racing Team (2011)

                                LOST ACAPULCO                              

Great new album from this crazy Mexican surfers. Maybe their best to date.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

For A Few Guitars More - A Tribute to Morricone’s Spaghetti Western Themes [2002]

For A Few Guitars More
A Tribute to Morricone’s Spaghetti Western Themes

Guy like Morricone sure deserves a tribute. And what a tribute this is. For almost an hour it will keep you in the world of gunslingers, Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda & Lee Van Cleef. So Gringo be prepared for guitar shot down with The Penetrators, The Bambi Molesters, Davie Allan ... You got nothing to lose. Draw!

01 – The Penetrators - Guns Don’t Argue 
02 – Bradipos Iv – Titoli (A Fistful Of Dollars)
03 – Dave Wronksi – For A Fistful Of Dollars
04 – Cosmonauti – For A Few Dollars More
05 – Brent J. Cooper – Sixty Seconds To What
06 – Langhorns – The Vice Of Killing
07 – The Atlantics – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
08 – 3 Balls Of Fire – The Ecstacy Of Gold
09 – The Bambi Molesters – A Gun For Ringo
10 – Pollo Del Mar – Navajo Joe
11 – The Irreversible Slacks – The Big Gundown (Seconda Caccia)
12 – The Hellbenders – The Hellbenders
13 – Kim Humphreys – The Great Silence
14 – In The West – Once Upon A Time In The West
15 – Bernard Yin And David Arnson – As A Judgment
16 – Di Dollari – Farewell To Cheyenne.
17 – Davie Allan – Bonus Track The Loud, The Loose And The Savage

Monday, September 19, 2011

The D4 - 6Twenty [2002]

If you're looking for some real Sonic Boom! then this is it. The four New Zealand punks  will give you a lethal dose of Garage/Punk blast. Explosive trax like Party, Rocknroll Motherfucker, Get Loose and covers of Guitar Wolf [Invader Ace] & Johnny Thunders [Pirate Love] will blow your mind apart. This kids rox real hard.     

Get Loose Motherfuckers ! 


Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Tiki Tones - Idol Pleasures [1996] / Suburban Savage [1997]

 The Tiki Tones 

The Tiki Tones were one of the most profiled groups that emergeded from 90's retro surf wave. Their combination of Surf, Exotica and Lounge with great organ sounds and some cheesy elements, creates an fantastic luxury 60's feeling. They made appearances on many cool & legendary compilations like Secret Agent Sounds, Shots In The Dark, Swingin' Creepers ...      
And now... It's Surf/Exotica prime time !

Suburban Savage

Saturday, September 17, 2011

THE MOONEY SUZUKI - Electric Sweat (2002)


They are no less than MC 5 for a new millennium. Many groups tried hard to catch the sound & energy of Detroit legends but failed, ended in bloody dust. Here is the band that rise above all such loosers and delivers one of the best Garage-Punk, Rock'n'Roll albums of past decade. So excuse my French and Permettez moi de vous presente le Sweat électrique !!!


Friday, September 16, 2011

THE PRETTY THINGS - The Pretty Things [1965]

Raw Garage Rhythm & Blues from this London cats makes me wanna drink some beer every time I hear 'em. Is it good or bad I dunno. Maybe later gonna try some LSD and make my mind clear. Anyways here's Pretty's debut slab with lotsa bonus trax. Dig!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

THE BARBWIRES - Searider [2008]

Sweden surfers with passion for Spaghetti Westerns & Dick  Dale. What you got here is their 2008 album full of surf instro. gems with some orchestration by Blue Ocean Orchestra !?!. Surf orchestrations ? Why not. Dig!



THE ELECTRIC PRUNES - Lost Dreams [1966-68]

Aside from the British anthology Long Day's Flight, this is (as of its 2001 release) the only legit Electric Prunes best-of ever issued. For the most part it succeeds in encapsulating the band's finest moments, adding a few rarities that will make it a desirable acquisition for completists. Their best singles are here, including the hits "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" and "Get Me to the World on Time," of course, as well as "Dr. Do-Good," "Long Day's Flight ('Til Tomorrow)," and their non-LP debut, "Ain't It Hard"/"Little Olive." Outstanding album tracks like "I Happen to Love You," "Sold to the Highest Bidder," and "Train to Tomorrow" are on board as well. The truly awful cuts from their first LP are omitted, although the exclusion of decent items from Underground, particularly "Antique Doll" and "Children of Rain," could be questioned. As for the rarities, there's "Shadows," a creepy item from an excruciatingly rare non-LP 1968 promo single; an inconsequential cover of the Hollies' "I've Got a Way of My Own"; the previously unreleased "World of Darkness," an amiably bouncy but inessential number; and their infamous 1967 commercial for Vox wah-wah pedals (unlisted on the sleeve). For those who care about such things, "Dr. Do-Good" and "Long Day's Flight ('Til Tomorrow)" have elongated fadeouts not present on the more commonly circulated versions. The slightly shorter Edsel compilation Long Day's Flight is probably a better listen overall (and does include "Children of Rain" and "Antique Doll"), but either one makes for a satisfactory overview. Like Long Day's Flight, however, this has nothing from their Mass in F Minor album, which might be viewed as either a loss or a gain by Electric Prunes fans according to their tastes. [amg]
1. Shadows
2. Ain't It Hard
3. Little Olive
4. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
5. I've Got A Way Of My Own
6. Luvin' 7. I Happen To Love You
8. Are You Lovin' Me More (But Enjoying It Less)
9. Hideaway
10. Try Me On For Size
11. Great Banana Hoax
12. You Never Had It Better
13. Dr. Do-Good
14. Get Me To The World On Time
15. Captain Glory
16. World Of Darkness
17. Train For Tomorrow
18. Big City
19. Wind-Up Toys
20. It's Not Fair
21. Sold To The Highest Bidder
12. Everybody Knows You're Not In Love
23. Long Day's Flight ('Til Tomorrow)

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