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|Päivi Paunu - Oi Niitä Aikoja 2CD
Kootut levytykset 1966-1971.
Päivi Paunu on yksi suosituimmista 1960- ja 1970-lukujen suomalaisista naisartisteista. Folk-liikkeen riveistä julkisuuteen noussut Paunu sai laajempaa huomiota osakseen heti ensimmäisellä singlellään "Aamulla varhain / Mene ikkunani luota", joka ilmestyi vuonna 1966. Vielä samana vuonna ilmestyi myös Paunun nimeä kantava debyyttialbumi. Yhteensä Paunu teki vuonna 1966 parikymmentä levytystä, jotka sisälsivät folk-musiikin lisäksi muun muassa chansoneita.
Lyhyen levytystauon jälkeen Paunu teki syksyllä 1968 näyttävän paluun levylaulajana kappaleella "Oi niitä aikoja". Kappale päätyi maamme myyntilistojen huipulle ja sen myötä Paunu nousi Suomen suosituimpien artistien joukkoon. Seuraavina vuosina Paunu levytti kunnianhimoisia versioita muun muassa maailmalla menestyneiden pop-hittien suomennoksista sekä Jukka Kuoppamäen hänelle tekemistä kappaleista.
Parhaiten näistä menestyivät vuonna 1969 julkaistut ja levymyyntilistoille nousseet "Hei vain" sekä "Oi rakkahin".
"Oi niitä aikoja" -tuplakokoelmalle on koottu yhteen kaikki Päivi Paunun Westerlundille ja EMI:lle vuosina 1966-1971 tekemät reilu neljäkymmentä levytystä. Hittien lisäksi mukana on myös joukko tuntemattomampia helmiä, kuten Paunun yhdessä Hectorin kanssa esittämä "Liian paljon - liian vähän" ja Beatles-suomennos "Hassu huilumies". Valtaosa kappaleista julkaistaan nyt ensimmäistä kertaa cd-muodossa.
|Emi Music 2011||CD||10.00 €
|Rationals - Fan Club Album
For fans of the shiny black stuff, Big Beat is proud to present two different LPs by Ann Arbor’s finest, the Rationals this month. Last year’s “Think Rational!” compilation, the first legitimate repackaging of this storied combo’s mid-60s sides for the legendary A-Square label, was very warmly received indeed. The group’s distinctive brand of garage soul, so long the pride of their native Michigan, finally got the “respect” (pun intended) it deserves. And so, for the aficionados we offer these two extra special vinyl editions.
The “Fan Club Album” is legendary in collector circles as one of the rarest 60s garage artefacts known to man – only three test pressing copies are confirmed to exist. Consisting of unreleased outtakes from the band’s earliest sessions in 1965 and 1966, the longplayer was intended as a farewell “thank you” to the groups loyal fanbase by the band’s producer and mentor Jeep Holland, when he parted ways with the Rationals in late 1968. Save for one cut, this reissue reprises the album’s original tracklist and running order, and comes with a new, fully illustrated sleeve. In fact two tracks (the instrumentals ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ and ‘Strawberry Jam’) and several of the versions do not appear on “Think Rational!” and are thus exclusive to this release.
At the height of their popularity, there was much consideration of a Rationals album. Jeep even gave the project a title – “A-Soulin’ We Go With The Rationals”. Though the band recorded several of the selections Jeep had mapped out for inclusion, the record never came to fruition. But our “Out On The Floor” compilation approximates its contents, by collecting together the best material from the Rationals’ mid-60s garage-soul heyday, including such signature tunes as ‘Leavin’ Here’, ‘Temptation’s ‘Bout To Get Me’ and their big regional hit, ‘I Need You’. Mostly recorded at sessions in 1967 and 1968, when the beloved Michigan quartet was at the top of its game, it’s both a groovy spin for the hardcore Rats fan, and a power packed introduction for those who have yet to discover the blue-eyed magic of the mighty RATIONALS.
By Alec Palao (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2010||LP||17.00 €
|Ray Charles - Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music Vols 1 & 2
Merging the sounds of '50s R&B with the power of gospel vocals may have been conceived by some as the devils work, but as we all know, Ray forged quite the career out of it and became a pioneer and a major influence by devising a whole new form of black pop music. It is here though that we have both volumes of 'Modern Sounds in Country Music' with their wonderful, unique and groundbreaking fusion of jazz, R&B and C&W.
The first volume topped the US LP charts for 14 weeks, selling an estimated two million copies, and span off two multi-million-selling singles: 'I Can't Stop Loving You'/'Born to Lose' and 'You Don't Own Me'/'Careless Love'. The second volume sold a million copies and yielded three further hits: 'You Are My Sunshine', 'Your Cheatin' Heart' and the million selling 'Take These Chains from My Heart'.
Also included are two bonus tracks which include yet another million-seller in the form of 'Georgia on My Mind'.
If you only ever bought one Ray Charles compilation, it would have to be this one!
|Jasmine Records 2013||CD||12.00 €
|Ray Conniff - The Ray Conniff Singers - Songs For Christmas
||IMC Music 2010||CD||8.00 €
|Red Sovine - I'm The Man - A Starday Singles Anthology
It’s probably fair to say that Red Sovine isn’t regarded as a country music superstar in the way his early career-boosters Hank Williams and Webb Pierce are, or that he is spoken of regularly in the same breath as his peers Buck Owens, Ray Price and George Jones. Yet Red’s solid baritone is the very essence of country music, and the majority of the 400-odd sides he recorded in his 21-year career back up that statement in an unqualified manner.
When Red’s name is spoken, it’s usually with reference to his big hits ‘Teddy Bear’, ‘Giddy up Go’, ‘Phantom 309’ and several other emotional recitations he cut in the 60s and 70s for Starday Records. Although they were an undoubted boon to his career, they have tended to obscure the fact that he really was a great country singer, and as a vocalist on a par with any member of his peer group.
This is Ace’s second dip into the huge stockpile of Red’s Starday masters, the first being “Honky Tonks, Truckers & Tears” CDCHD 1052. “I’m The Man” strives to address this by providing a cross-section of his work that concentrates on the singles he cut during his first lengthy tenure with the Nashville indie – which lasted from 1960 to 1971 with a couple of brief breaks. To keep it representative, we’ve included one recitation (‘I Think I Can Sleep Tonight’) and one truckin’ song (‘King Of the Open Road’), but the main focus is on the unadulterated, full-on country music Red recorded during this period.
There are some great on-the-fours honky tonk shuffles to enjoy, including ‘I Hope My Wife Don’t Find Out’ and the fabulous Justin Tubb song ‘She Can’t Read My Writing’. Red’s late 60s revivals of the 40s hillbilly perennials ‘Blues Stay Away From Me’, ‘I’m Waiting Just For You’ and ‘I’ll Sail My Ship Alone’ are as terrific as you might expect from a man who’d probably been singing them his whole career. His early 60s covers of more contemporary songs stack up well against the originals by Charlie Rich (a sublime ‘Sittin’ And Thinkin’’) and George Jones (a whole raft of songs, including ‘Color Of The Blues’, ‘Accidentally On Purpose’ and ‘Why Baby Why’). On these and other songs here Red is backed by key Nashville A-list pickers including pianist Pig Robbins, bass man Junior Huskey and steel player supreme Pete Drake. You don’t get to work with that calibre of musician if you don’t match up vocally.
There’s a third volume of Red’s Starday recordings in the pipeline, consisting exclusively of his versions of 60s country classics that became hits for his Grand Ole Opry colleagues. Meanwhile, it’s time to “pop a top” and immerse yourself in some of the best ever sides from a true giant of country music.
|Ace Records 2012||CD||18.00 €
|Reijo Taipale - Tähtisarja - 30 Suosikkia 2CD
2CD = 30 biisiä
|Warner Music 2007||CD||13.00 €
|Remo Four - Smile, Peter Gunn... And More
(1-CD Digipak, four panel, with booklet. 17 tracks). -- One of the greatest Star-Club groups! Managed by Brian Epstein and later backed George Harrison on his 'Wonderwall Music' album ! Includes two top musicians of the UK Pop History, Tony Ashton and Colin Manley! British R&B par excellence. A sought after collectors' item! Rare bonus titles! -- Many Star-Club bands were audience favourites without becoming as big as the Beatles, who also started there. But there was one group that towered above their competitors for their outstanding musical quality, and it was another band from Liverpool, The Remo Four. In the early and mid-sixties the Remo Four became backing musicians for solo singers - and were among the best bands to ever touch the hallowed stage of the legendary Hamburg club. By 1967, they were among the best bands from England. - Charismatic singer/organ player Tony Ashton (1944-2001) and guitarist Colin Manley (1942-1999) were brilliant instrumentalists, and their solos were solidly backed by the band's rhythm section: ace drummer Roy Dyke and bass-player Phil Rogers. The Remo Four were the first among equals with an excellent fusion of rhythm, blues, brass-free soul and even gospel snippets - with Tony proving how such a mixture could be sung perfectly and soulfully alike. - Songs such as Sing Hallelujah, Brother Where Are You, the fantastic Jive Samba, to name but a few, are excellent examples of the quartet's outstanding groove. Their greatest success had come in 1966 with the Peter Gunn instrumental, which made them stars in Germany after a legendary live performance on the famous 'Beat-Club' TV show. - These days The Remo Four's only album 'Smile!' is insanely rare and expensive as an original, but even the CD edition - off the market for many years - has become a sought-after rarity. Now this outstanding slice of mid-Sixties music is available again with eight extra songs (A&B sides of two singles plus four tracks unreleased at the time). With this fabulous release, Bear Family finally fills in a missing link in the musical story of the 'Swinging Sixties'.
|Bear Family 2010||CD||18.00 €
|Renegades - Cadillac
great re-release of this classic Finland only LP. Originally released on Scandia Music (SLP 600)
|Warner Music Finland 2011||LP||18.00 €
|Renegades - Cadillac / I Was There
The definitive "Cadillac" from this revered 60's beat combo from Birmingham, England! Batched with their unlauded killer ballad flip "I was There"-- top rank, essential blasting. Detail-hounds make note-- both our Renegades singles come with UK punch-out centre holes! Welcome to Norton, Renegades!
|Norton Records 2010||Single/EP||6.00 €
|Renegades - Thirteen Women / Can't You See
Savage mauling of Haley romper backed with moody, attitudinal flip! All hail Kim Brown and the fabulous Renegades! All recordings on our two Renegades seven inchers were recorded in Finland, where the Renegades held sway as the toppermost of the ravin' poppermost! Absolutely essential-- don't risk the embarrassment of not having these blasts in your collection!
|Norton Records 2010||Single/EP||6.00 €
|Ricky Nelson - Ballads Of Ricky Nelson
||Bear Family 2013||CD||18.00 €
|Rock-Olga - Sveriges Rockdrottning
27 tracks + 24 page booklet (in swedish)
|Star Club Records 2011||CD||15.00 €
|Ronettes - Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica
||Sundazed Music 2012||LP||20.00 €
|Ronnie Hawkins - The Ballads Of Ronnie Hawkins
||Bear Family 2011||CD||19.00 €
|Ronnie Hawkins - The Dynamic Early Album Collection 2CD
Ronnie Hawkins, AKA Mr Dynamo, is a hugely respected American born, Canadian based rocker, and here we present his first four albums in one package for the first time ever!
Features his hits 'Forty Days' and 'Mary Lou'. Despite his lack of regular hits Hawkins is considered one the most important of all rock and roll performers.
His backing band The Hawks who feature on several of these tracks went on to work for Bob Dylan as The Band.
|Jasmine Records 2011||CD||12.00 €
|Rory Storm And The Hurricanes - LIve At The Jive Hive March 1960
"Although the history of Merseybeat & the growth of the Beatles have been examined in forensic detail there are still discoveries to be made & sometimes something special comes along that is both unexpected and exciting. How come over 50 years on we now have a full set from Rory Storm & The Hurricanes in 1960? They are on great form and whats more the set has been professionally recorded".
"As someone who has followed every niche of Merseybeat I have never come across anything like this & I am delighted to be telling you about it. Although up to 125 Liverpool beat groups were performing at any one time over the city and it's suburbs precious few live recordings were made & this is the first time that a full set from a Merseyside group recorded before 1963 has been released.
|Rockstar Records 2012||CD||17.00 €
|Roy Lee Johnson - When A Guitar Plays The Blues
The first, long overdue, collection of rare but sought-after singles by Roy Lee Johnson, the underground hero of guitar freaks and deep soul fans. Includes 'Mister Moonlight', known to millions by the Beatles but originally by Dr Feelgood and the Interns (vocal: Roy Lee Johnson) and the first version of 'When A Guitar Plays The Blues', since revived by Albert Collins and Roy Buchanan. Eleven previously unissued tracks including four by underrated soul man, Curtis Smith, Johnson's fellow singer-guitarist in the Interns. The most soulful of Sixties soul packaged with all Bear Family's meticulous attention to detail including a lavishly illustrated essay by über-fan and soul authority, Martin Goggin. -- Roy Lee Johnson first came to attention as the occasional vocalist with the Interns, a R&B band led by blues shouter Dr Feelgood, aka Piano Red. But there's a whole lot more to this songwriter, guitarist and singer of soul with a capital 'S'. Johnson's little heard treasures of Southern soul are finally served up on one CD. Everything he recorded for Okeh, Columbia, Josie and Philips is here; records you'd never own without spending months on e-bay and trunkloads of cash. -- There are gritty dance workouts, lilting soul ballads, ferocious instrumentals and devastating deep wrist-slashers from Muscle Shoals. Sixties soul reissues may be coin of the realm these days but few are quite as essential as this scorching collection of Roy Lee Johnson's best performances.
|Bear Family 2009||CD||20.00 €
|Roy Orbison - A True Love Goodbye 2CD
||Union Square Music 2012||CD||10.00 €
|Roy Orbison - Sings Lonely And Blue
||Waxtime Records 2013||LP||20.00 €
|Roy Young - The Best Of 50 Years 2CD
One of rock'n' roll's greatest entertainers celebrating his half century as a professional musician has put together this 2 CD set of tracks spanning that entire period of rock 'n' roll, blues and soul described by one critic as "a mixture between Little Richard, Ray Charles and Joe Cocker".
Roy auditioned back in 1959 for Jack Good and performed on the now legendary BBC TV Show "Oh Boy!" Other TV Shows followed and Roy found himself opening for The BEATLES in Hamburg and subsequently spent 4 years playing on the Reeperbahn. Brian Epstein asked Roy to return to London with The Beatles as he could arrange a recording contract for him-Roy declined as he was committed to his performances in Germany.
After returning to the UK Roy joined CLIFF BENNETT & The REBEL ROUSERS and performed on their hits. He released solo albums "The Roy Young Band" in 1971 and "Mr Funky" in 1972 and tracks from those albums are included on this 2CD set.
In 1977 DAVID BOWIE asked Roy to play keyboards on his album "Low" which they recorded in Paris.
After many years of living in the USA Roy returned to UK in 2000 and returned to live performances including Beatles Festival in Berlin and Star Club, Hamburg 40th anniversary.
A new solo album was released in 2002 "Still Young" with tracks written by DENNIS MORGAN one of the most successful songwriters in the world. (from Angel Air website)
|Angel Air Records 2009||CD||20.00 €
|Royaltones - Detroit Rock'n'Roll Began Here !
Some bands never get the recognition that they deserve. For one reason or another, usually bad deals, bad luck or bad management, they slip below the radar and no-one pauses long enough evaluate their true contribution to this wonderful passion of ours; rock’n’roll. The Royaltones are just such a band. They helped spearhead white rock’n’roll in Detroit, scored two marvellous instrumental hits and numbered master musicians George Katsakis, Dennis Coffey and Bob Babbitt within their ranks. Yet, somehow, they missed out on all the accolades and fame awarded to much lesser outfits.
In 1958 their leader, saxman George Katsakis, made his recording debut on Jack Scott’s double-sided smash ‘Leroy’ / ‘My True Love’ and featured on most of the excellent material that the singer cut for Carlton. His own band were already rockin’ their way through Detroit, and within a couple of months the Royaltones joined Scott in the US Top 20 with their catchy instrumental ‘Poor Boy’. It should have been a smooth ride from there but they went mostly unpaid and so were obliged to sue their management - who also happened to be caught up in the payola scandal - and then somehow got dragged into the resulting quagmire as the press enjoyed a field day. Their record company Jubilee, sensing trouble, quietly released them, leaving the band to start out all over again.
The Royaltones financed their own Detroit-made recordings and then set off to New York to score a deal with George Goldner’s Goldisc label. ‘Flamingo Express’, their second Goldisc release put them back in the US Top 100 with one of the best rock instrumentals of its time. More 45s followed but Goldner did not really get behind them: there was no LP issued and they missed the big tours and TV shows.
Somewhat dispirited they returned to Detroit where they were one of the city’s top draws, soon getting a deal with Embee Productions. Releases by the band on Twirl and Mala included ‘Our Faded Love’, a big regional hit in 1964, subsequently covered by Bobby Rydell with added lyrics by Wink Martindale. Embee owners Balk and Micahnik also saw the value of the group as a back-up band for their other acts, such as Don & Juan and Del Shannon. Uncredited, they appeared alongside Shannon on several of his major hits including ‘Little Town Flirt’, ‘Keep Searchin’’ and ‘Handy Man’.
After a succession of high quality 45s they finally called it a day in 1964 when, without prior agreement, Balk put out a single by the band under the solo name of group member Dave Sandy. The Royaltones felt that they had been hi-jacked and disbanded.
George Katsakis then followed a multi-pathed career, recording everything from Las Vegas style cabaret to avant-garde experimental music. Guitarist Dennis Coffey and bassist Bob Babbitt both became celebrated session musicians, appearing on many huge Motown classics, while Coffey also enjoyed several US Top 100 hits under his own name. The Royaltones continue to be revered by Detroit musicians who are aware of the pioneering role that the band played in the musical history of the city. This fine, all-embracing retrospective contains their complete recorded output including many rarities, formerly unissued tracks, and even the original acetate of ‘Poor Boy’. At last justice is done.
By Dave Burke (Pipeline Magazine)
This is the first release in Ace’s new higher priced ‘Deluxe’ series. Each title will be a limited edition of 1000 copies
(from ACE Records website)
|Ace Records 2009||CD||22.00 €
|Rumblers - Rumblin' & Rare
This new Rumblers set makes the group’s entire output available on CD. (To complete your Rumblers collection, you’ll need our previous Rumblers comp “It’s a Gas”, plus a couple of free-floating oddities exclusive to two of our other compilations of Downey material.)
All but eight of the tracks here are hitherto unissued. Of the previously released material, ‘Boss Drums’, ‘Harlem Nocturne’, ‘Walking With The Boss’, ‘Boss Blues’ and ‘Lost Weekend’ are from the only album the group issued in its lifetime (the rest of which is available on “It’s A Gas”). The latter three titles have never been reissued before. ‘Sorry’, ‘Til Always’ and ‘Gospel Truth’ are from single releases. The first two are vocals and the last was the B-side of the 45 the group released under the moniker the Nylons.
Nine cuts are released here for the first time anywhere. Of these, ‘Poor Boy’, ‘Underwater’ and ‘Wockytok’ are from the group’s initial Downey sessions, and are contemporary with their big hit ‘Boss’. ‘Slingshot’, ‘Rumblin’ And Stumblin’’, ‘Wedgee’, ‘Charger’ and ‘Saxwax’ are from the second line-up of the band (which cut the great ‘Soulful Jerk’). Then there’s ‘Lots To Learn’, an unreleased vocal track lifted from the session the group did using the name Bel Canto’s, under the production eye of a young Barry White.
The booklet contains a host of rarely seen photos supplied by members of the group.
By Brian Nevill (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2012||CD||18.00 €
|Ruth Brown - Taking Care Of The Business 2CD
Taking Care of Business - Singles As & Bs 1953-1960 + Bonus Hits From 1950-1952
Ruth Brown was one of the greatest and most influential American female blues singers of the 20th century.
This package features her A and B sides of every single released between 1953 and 1960 and includes: 'Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean', '5-10-15 Hours' and 'Lucky Lips', plus her biggest pre 1953 hits.
The 59 tracks across this 2CD set feature hard rock and roll, sublime blues ballads, jazzy slow grooves and are all the introduction you'll need to the legend that is Ruth Brown.
|Jasmine Records 2011||CD||15.00 €
|Sam Cooke - For Always - 20 Beloved Classics
||Vinyl Passion 2010||LP||13.00 €
|Sam Cooke - Night Beat / One Night Stand -Live At The Harlem Square 2CD
two classic albums
|RCA Records 2011||2-CD||20.00 €
|Sam Cooke - Twistin' The Night Away
originally released 1962 on RCA Records
'Twistin' the Night Away' was one of Cooke's more successful LP's, only his second ever to chart, and from here on, all of his albums would sell in serious numbers.
'Twistin' the Night Away' remains one of Cooke's most accessible records, despite the fact that it was a "twist" album. Around them, the singer is at his most soulful, exciting, and passionate, on the bluesy "Somebody Have Mercy"; the romantic lament "Somebody's Gonna Miss Me"; the achingly beautiful, yearning "A Whole Lot of Woman"; and the soaring "Soothe Me" (with Lou Rawls).
One of the great dance albums of its period, but a brilliant soul album as well, which is why it holds up 50 years later.
This is the remastered version of a record that's been out of print for a (too) long time!
|Music On Vinyl Records 2012||LP||20.00 €
|Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs - The MGM Singles
FIRST EVER COLLECTION OF ’60S MGM SINGLES-A & B SIDES!
These days, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs are best remembered for such infectious ’60s hits as “Wooly Bully” and “Lil’ Red Riding Hood,” and for the sartorial splendor of turbaned frontman/organist Sam the Sham (née Domingo Samudio) and his bandmates. But the one-of-a-kind Memphis-by-way-of-Texas quintet produced a large and highly original body of R&B/blues/Tex-Mex/garage tunes that established them as one of the greatest singles bands of the 1960s. While the band’s wacky humor and flamboyant visual image may have threatened to brand them as a novelty act, their raw exuberance, rootsy grit and playfully subversive streak made it clear that Sam and his Pharaohs were the genuine article.
Throughout the second half of the ’60s, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs turned out a lengthy string of killer seven-inchers. Many of those singles boasted non-album B-sides that were as memorable as their better-known A-sides. Now, for the first time ever, Sundazed Music has gathered both sides of every one of the band’s original MGM Records singles on these lovingly packaged compact disc collection. The sizzling set includes such immortal Pharaohs classics as “Wooly Bully,” “Lil’ Red Riding Hood,” “Ju Ju Hand,” “Ring Dang Doo,” “Red Hot,” “The Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin,” “How Do You Catch a Girl” and “(I’m in With) The Out Crowd,” along with an amazing assortment of rare non-album B-sides, solo efforts and side projects. These long-out-of-print gems have been sourced from the original MGM masters and sound better than ever!!!
|Sundazed Music 2011||CD||20.00 €
|Sandy Nelson - Big Sixties Frat Party!!!
Chock full of prime dance-floor movers, with no mid-60s favourite left unturned, “Big Sixties Frat Party!!!” is conclusive proof that Sandy Nelson could make you dance to even the most gloomy Leonard Cohen tune. Although Sandy's New Orleans-style sax-led instros were mostly behind him by the time that he recorded the material here, his embrace of black music continued just the same as he took on Motown marvels such as the Temptations’ ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’ and the Supremes’ ‘My World Is Empty Without You’, soul heavyweight Wilson Pickett’s ‘Mustang Sally’, the Larks’ poised R&B on ‘The Jerk’ and Jimmy Smith's jazzy reworking of ‘I Got My Mojo Working’ with the vocal line replaced by an enormously fuzzed-up guitar. Best of all is Sandy stomping through Stevie Wonder’s ‘Nothing’s Too Good For My Baby’ featuring deep baritone sax, high-flying trumpets, shrieking Hammond organ and a beat that could power a rocket to Jupiter.
We also get beaty covers of the McCoys’ ‘Hang On Sloopy’, Paul Revere & the Raiders’ ‘Good Thing’ and ‘Just Like Me’, Tommy James & the Shondells’ bubblegum classic ‘Hanky Panky’, the Lovin’ Spoonful’s classy ‘Summer In The City’ and the Mamas & Papas’ haunting ‘Monday Monday’. Less expected are dynamite versions of Question Mark’s ‘I Need Somebody’, all stinging guitars delivered with a punk attitude, and a barmy treatment of Khachaturian’s ‘Sabre Dance’ taken at breakneck speed with Sandy’s tom-tom riff laying down the template for Al Capps’ imaginative arrangement. Who would have thought it was originally written as music for a ballet.
There’s a healthy dose of instrumental classics too with a thrilling chase through an echoey ‘Batman’, a ton of paradiddles on drum feature ‘Tim Tom Drum’, a brace of surfing classics with Dick Dale’s ‘Let’s Go Trippin’’ and all-time anthem ‘Pipeline’. Henry Mancini’s dramatic ‘Peter Gunn’ is a tour-de-force only ever previously heard on 45, and entirely different to the LP version. The jewel in the crown is ‘Casbah’, which reunites Sandy with Richie Podolor, who’d helped him create all of his big hit singles; Richie’s tune is a mesmerising blend of Eastern and surfing sensibilities and is a stone classic.
Sandy scored no less than 11 entries into the US album charts between 1962 and 1966, and with this compilation we draw from 10 of them. Although his style of music may have changed over the years, Sandy always gave it his all – plus he used the best producers, arrangers and musicians. Within you will hear the accomplished skills of producers Joe Sarceno, Dave Pell, Dallas Smith and Ted Glasser; arrangers Nick deCaro, Rene Hall, Don Peake, Al Capps and Mike Post as well as top Hollywood musicians such as guitarists Bill Pitman, Tommy Tedesco, Ben Benay, Dennis Budimir, Barney Kessell, Mike Deasy, Howard Roberts, Lou Morrell; saxmen Plas Johnson, Steve Douglas, Jim Horn, Jackie Kelso and Billy Green; bassists Carol Kaye, Larry Knechtel, Lyle Ritz, Red Callender and keyboard players Gene Garf, Mike Rubini, Ray Johnson, Jim Hobbs, Don Randi and Kay Klassy.
By Dave Burke (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2012||CD||23.00 €
|Sandy Nelson - Let There Be Drums
||Hallmark Music 2012||CD||9.00 €
|Santo & Johnny - Around The World With
||Jasmine Records 2013||CD||12.00 €
|Schtroumpfs - T.V. D'Antibes CDEP
four track CDEP.
|Magic Records||CD||8.00 €
|Seeds - The Seeds
he 60s punk anthems ‘Can’t Seem To Make You Mine’ and ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’ pack as resonant a punch today as they did when first heard as the first two singles by a strangely attired, off-beat sounding Los Angeles outfit known as the Seeds. The group stands prominent amongst the handful of mid-60s garage bands whose influence is palpable in rock to this day. Led by charismatic frontman Sky Saxon, their unique and exciting brand of minimalist rock’n’roll has remained forever contemporary.
Both of these classics were included upon the Seeds’ eponymous debut long-player, which was the apotheosis of the band’s achievement. Like the first Ramones album, it is one of rock’s great debuts; a record where a signature style was sharply defined. Never mind that, at the time of its release in July 1966, “The Seeds” was one of the very few albums by an unknown group that contained completely original material; it was also one of the few albums from a group of their kind, full stop. Saxon’s insistence upon a stark and eye-catching front cover, depicting the combo in all their hirsute glory, guaranteed curiosity at the very least. But it was what the record contained that counts, and it is mandatory listening for any true fan of rock’n’roll in its purest, most elemental form. With cuts such as ‘No Escape’, ‘Girl I Want You’ and ‘Nobody Spoil My Fun’, “The Seeds” still represents the band at their edgiest and most focused.
Richard Marsh had arrived in late 1950s Hollywood from his native Salt Lake City hungry for stardom, but it was only after a half-dozen schlock singles that he turned what might have seem a distinct disadvantage – a thin, whining voice, less than movie star looks, and only a modicum of musical prowess – into the charismatic persona of Sky Saxon. Those familiar with Saxon’s often diffuse and rambling post-Seeds work may hardly recognise the incredible focus and power he brought to the band’s first two years of existence. Saxon would not and could not have achieved his eventual breakthrough without the express assistance of his fellow Seeds – who were never, ever his “sidemen,” no matter how the media (or on occasion, the band’s management) viewed them. Daryl Hooper, Jan Savage and Rick Andridge were, like Saxon, all refugees from middle America, subsisting on cheapHollywoodgigs in the vague but resilient hope that success might come their way. The quartet span their own relentless web of sound, tinged with a haunting patina that is uniquely Seeds.
With the generous co-operation of original label GNP Crescendo, no stone has been left unturned in order to present “The Seeds” in the best possible quality. Our deluxe reissue boasts the superlative, punchy mono mix, heretofore unavailable on CD, along with ten bonus tracks – seven of which are previously unissued – thereby doubling the length of the original album. These include the full length, unedited take of ‘Evil Hoodoo’, the unreleased song ‘Dreaming Of Your Love’ and early versions of their classic B-sides ‘Daisy Mae’ and ‘Out Of The Question’, spiced with some priceless studio chat. The 36-page booklet examines the Seeds’ early career in unprecedented detail, based on fresh research and interviews with the surviving participants. Keyboard player Daryl Hooper – the true architect of the Seeds sound – opened his files to share a swathe of incredible, rarely seen illustrations. Big Beat’s expanded and definitive edition of this cornerstone garage rock opus is the first salvo in our campaign to reinstate the Seeds’ catalogue to its rightful glory – watch this space.
By Alec Palao (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2012||CD||18.00 €
|Shadows - Meeting With The Shadows LP + CD
180 gram LP (with embossed cover) + picture CD (limited edition of 500 numbered copies). At long last, and much to the delight of Shadows fans all over the world, we are proud to present the extremely rare Italian edition of Meeting With The Shadows, originally released ONLY for the Italian market in 1962.
Meeting With The Shadows was the first Shadows LP to find its way over the Alps, but unlike in every other country, in Italy the LP itself was actually adapted for the local market, where it was released with new sleeve art and a different track list, considered at the time to be better suited to Italian taste.
The resulting album was a compilation of seven singles (including two number one hits, six tracks from their first LP, The Shadows, and three B sides), all from the first two years of their career.
Only ever released in Italy, and never re-released on CD, this album-now reissued in a deluxe MONO edition on 180 gram virgin vinyl with an embossed cover and attached bonus "picture" CD in STEREO-is highly sought after by collectors.
|Doxy Music 2012||LP||20.00 €
|Shadows - Out Of The Shadows
||Hallmark Music 2013||CD||6.00 €
|Shadows - Shadows
||Hallmark Music 2012||CD||7.00 €
|Shadows - The Best Of
||Vinyl Passion 2012||LP||13.00 €
|Shadows - Vol. 2 - Kon Tiki
|Magic Records 2012||CD||18.00 €
|Shanes - 5CD Original Album Serien
||Emi Music 2012||2-CD||29.00 €
|Shirelles - Foolish Little Girl / It's Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
When last we left the Shirelles (“Baby It's You / The Shirelles And King Curtis Give A Twist Party” Ace CDCHD 1199), they were precariously perched at the pinnacle of pop, then suddenly abandoned by their mentor. Would our plucky foursome be able to succeed without Luther Dixon? Were there new worlds to conquer? Or was their reign as queens of rock’n’roll over?
The answers to these questions (not for long; yes; and soon) can be found here in the latest of Ace’s Shirelles LP reissue series. As 1963 dawned, the girls were riding high on the Hot 100 with ‘Everybody Loves A Lover’ and “The Shirelles Greatest Hits” was their most successful long-player ever. Dixon’s defection was a concern, but the springtime Top 5 showing of the charming ‘Foolish Little Girl’ put all fears to rest.
The “Foolish Little Girl” album was a strong package that deserved its chart placing. Dixon protégé Van McCoy stepped up with three strong songs. There’s an early effort by Ellie Greenwich (‘I Didn’t Mean To Hurt You’) and a sweet ballad (‘Talk Is Cheap’) by Bobs Crewe and Gaudio, braintrust behind the 4 Seasons. Most interesting, though, are two cuts produced by Sam Cooke: the hard-edged ‘Hard Times’ and ‘Only Time Will Tell’, which references previous Shirelles hits.
When Coca-Cola was looking for an act to launch a long-running series of rock radio ads, the ladies notched another prestigious milestone. Then it was off to Tinseltown! The Shirelles were invited to cut a song (‘31 Flavors’) for the film It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Excepting a few teen idols, no rock-oriented act had ever been tapped by Hollywood for such a major feature. With a superstar cast headed by Spencer Tracy, this was no beach party or Alan Freed teen potboiler. The accompanying LP makes its CD debut here and a fascinating artifact it is: a hodgepodge of vault tracks; a couple of new items by Scepter’s latest A&R hand Ed Townsend; and three tunes written by the film’s composers. The title track offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear our Jersey girls warble in French (Doris), Italian, (Micki), Japanese (Beverly), Spanish and German (Shirley). After attending the Hollywood premiere, the group hit Europe for a stint at the Paris Olympia and a UK tour, capping another stellar year. Returning home triumphantly, the Shirelles headlined at the Apollo in mid-January 1964. The opening act was a young girl group from Detroit enjoying their first hit. (Cue theme from Jaws.) During the revue’s weeklong run, a quartet from Liverpool topped the American charts for the first time. It would take the well-sharpened Ginsu of a Benihana chef to cut all that irony, but consider this: the Shirelles had enjoyed an unprecedented run of success, changing the face of pop music and influencing all who followed, not least the Supremes and the Beatles. They had more than earned their enshrinement in the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.
And there was plenty of great music still to come. Stay tuned for the next volume.
By Dennis Garvey (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2009||CD||17.00 €
|Shirelles - Sings The Golden Oldies / Spontaneous Combustion
All good things must come to an end. Thus it is with tears in our eyes and handkerchiefs in hand that, this month, we bring the curtain down on our series of pairings of the Shirelles’ original Scepter albums. We’d love it to have continued for longer but, unfortunately for us all, the girls just did not release enough long players to make that happen. If you’re looking for someone to blame for that, blame Florence Greenberg – Scepter was her label, not ours.
Few big (or small) girl groups of the 1960s could have achieved the level of success that they did without the pioneering work of Shirley Alston, Micki Harris, Doris Coley and Beverly Lee. The conclusion of the series is with two very rare albums, neither of which has ever been on CD before. Just three years separated the original vinyl release dates of “Sing The Golden Oldies” and the (mostly) live set “Spontaneous Combustion” but both have been out of print for more than 40 years, so it’s a really special pleasure to be the first to welcome them to the digital age. Unlike the girls other albums, neither contains major hits – but equally unlike the others, both offer specific concepts. Both are among the most prized long players among Shirelles collectors the world over.
As you might expect, “Golden Oldies” concentrates heavily (but not exclusively) on the doo wop classics that the teenage Shirley, Micki, Doris and Beverly would harmonise when school was out in their Passaic, NJ hometown in the late 50s. “Spontaneous Combustion”, meanwhile, captures significant moments from a live club date in early 1967 and features an altogether more adult group of ladies, laughing and clowning with their audience and singing up a storm as they always did. While the ‘fi’ is not always as ‘hi’ as it might be, live recordings of upper echelon R&B acts from the 60s are far from commonplace and “Spontaneous Combustion” is to be treasured on that basis. As ever, the music is backed up by a booklet that’s chock full of label shots and significant ephemera, and that boasts a sleeve note by Shirelles authority-and-friend Dennis Garvey.
This CD is bringing the 2-On-1 series to a close, but we have grand finale in store that will delight every hard-core Shirelles fan. A very recent trawl of the Scepter vaults has yielded enough rare stereo mixes and completely unissued tracks (including many wonderful studio sides and the rest of the “Spontaneous Combustion” show) to put together a CD of almost entirely unheard material. This is scheduled for release in early 2011 – we’ll let you know what’s going to be on it, as soon as we are able to decide ourselves.
By Tony Rounce (from Ace Records website)
|Ace Records 2010||CD||17.00 €
|Shirelles - Swing The Most / Hear & Now
In 1964, the Shirelles had all reached the age that would permit them to access royalties that had supposedly been accruing on their behalf. When they approached their record label, Scepter, for what they believed was owed to them, all they had coming was another think. Their big hits of the previous three years – including ‘Soldier Boy’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘Mama Said’ – had seemingly amounted to very little in terms of folding money. They sued Scepter for non-payment and went on strike at what turned out to be a crucial time in respect of their future success.
Not everyone was as angry with Scepter as the Shirelles were. The fall out actually proved to be a blessing in disguise for fans as, with the girls refusing to record, label boss Florence Greenberg was forced to trawl the vaults for hitherto unreleased masters. Such great singles as ‘Sha-La-La’ were the result of the vault excavation, along with two original albums that make up Ace’s fourth Shirelles 2-On-1, “Swing The Most” and “Hear & Now”.
Both albums were originally released on Pricewise, a new budget subsidiary of Scepter. There’s little doubt that Mrs Greenberg saw them as potboilers, designed to keep the name of her flagship group out there while they were refusing to record. Shirelles fans saw them differently, and still do. To them – us! – these are every bit as potent as their best official releases and considerably better than some of them. “Swing The Most” in particular is full of sensational sides that might otherwise have sat on a shelf for decades, among them the original versions of ‘Oh No, Not My Baby’ and ‘Get Rid Of Him’, to name just two of its many delights.
The writer credits for the unissued material on both albums reads like a who’s who of New York’s finest tunesmiths of the day – Goffin & King, Van McCoy, Ed Townsend, Don Covay, Toni Wine, Luther Dixon and others of equally incomparable calibre. From a distance of 45 years, it’s almost inconceivable to think that their first rate submissions for the girls might not have been heard at the time, but for a fall out over money.
Although these albums were originally issued only in mono, many of the tracks were mixed into real stereo at the time. Wherever possible, we have gone for the stereo versions, in order to provide a fresh perspective on both familiar and unfamiliar repertoire. We have also reinstated ‘That Boy Is Messin’ Up My Mind’ into the running order of “Swing The Most” – it featured on the album cover, front and back, but never made it to the vinyl.
“Swing The Most” and “Hear & Now” rank as two of the best girl group albums of all time and it’s a privilege to have them on Ace at long last.
by TONY ROUNCE (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2009||CD||17.00 €
|Shocking Blue - Love Buzz 2x10"
Shocking Blue from the Beat-scene of the Hague of the 1960s was the first Dutch band to have a #1 hit in the US, 'Venus'.
After a number of other hits and international tours, the band sadly split in 1975.
Their influence on music passed on to new generations; both Nirvana and The Prodigy covered the song 'Love Buzz' at some time in their careers. 'Love Buzz', the new vinyl-only compilation released specially by Music On Vinyl, is a collection of their best hits.
It's ssued in a gatefold sleeve on two 10" with a swelteringly sexy poster of singer Mariska Veres.
A special treat awaits the early birds: the first batch of 500 copies will be pressed on shockingly blue vinyl!
• 120 grams audiophile 10" vinyl
• Gatefold sleeve
• Music On Vinyl exclusive compilation
• Includes Poster
• First 500 limited on Blue vinyl
|Music On Vinyl 2012||10" LP||25.00 €
|Sir Douglas Quintet - The Mono Singles '68-'72 2LP
MONO A & B SIDES SINGLES COLLECTION FROM INFLUENTIAL TEX-MEX COMBO!
Texas-bred singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Doug Sahm was one of the most important musicians ever to emerge from the Lone Star state, and an inspiration to multiple generations of roots-conscious rock ’n’ rollers. Sahm did much of his most beloved work as leader of the seminal Sir Douglas Quintet, the audaciously eclectic band that first burst onto the national scene in 1965. With trusty sidekick Augie Meyers providing distinctive support on the Vox organ, the Quintet delivered an infectious, eclectic mix that encompassed Tex-Mex border pop, raw garage-rock, hipster honky-tonk, horn-driven R&B and more.
The Sir Douglas Quintet’s most productive and influential period was its late-’60s/early-’70s stint with Mercury Records and its sister labels Smash and Philips. That period saw the SDQ relocate from Texas to San Francisco and record some of their most enduring and adventurous music. And that music never sounded better than on the mono mixes that graced the singles that the band released during that period, which are collected on this deluxe set.
The Mono Singles’ 22 songs include the band’s 1969 signature smash “Mendocino,” along with such Sahm standards as “At the Crossroads,” “Dynamite Woman,” “Nuevo Laredo,” “Texas Me,” “And It Didn’t Even Bring Me Down,” “Michoacan” and his heartfelt rendition of Freddy Fender’s “Wasted Days, Wasted Nights,” plus a selection of rare non-album B-sides. The collection also features Sahm’s historic Nashville recording “Be Real,” which he released under the pseudonym “Wayne Douglas” in an attempt to break into the conservative mainstream country market.
This unique collection has been sourced from the original analog mono masters. This high-definition vinyl 2-LP set comes with extensive liner notes and lavish artwork. With these classic tracks now on vinyl, Doug Sahm’s rootsy rock ’n’ roll spirit shines brighter than ever!
|Sundazed Music 2011||LP||30.00 €
|Slim Harpo - Raining In My Heart
||Nashboro Record Co||LP||15.00 €
|Slim Whitman - In Love The Whitman Way / Happy Street
two sixties albums (1968 + 1969) on one CD. 24 tracks
|BGO Records 2011||CD||15.00 €
|Solitaires - Walking Along - The Best Of The Solitaires 2CD
Walking Along - The Best of the Solitaires:
The Solitaires were one of the greatest New York based vocal groups and considering they never had anything like a national or international hit it is remarkable to consider their fame!
This set features the A and B sides of all their singles through to 1960.
Best known for their hit 'Walking Along', this superb set also includes the lushly atmospheric, 'Wonder Why', 'Blue Valentine' and 'I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance' plus the hits, 'The Wedding' and 'The Angels Sang'.
Fully detailed liner notes covering the groups entire career.
|Jasmine Records 2011||CD||13.00 €
|Solomon Burke - Soul Arrives! 1955-1961
||Jasmine Records 2013||CD||12.00 €
|Sonics - The Witch EP
As the revitalized Sonics traverse the globe thrilling audiences with their visceral brand of rock'n'roll, Big Beat presets a very special vinyl-only release from this the legendary Northwest garage band.
The Witch EP collects four gems from the group’s quintessential Etiquette catalogue, and features for the first time on wax, the rare “switchblade” version of ‘The Witch’, with Larry Parypa scraping metal across his guitar strings to menacing effect. Also making its vinyl debut is the full-length recording of the band’s bloodcurdling ‘Psycho’ direct from the studio master tape.
In recent years the Sonics’ pounding take on Richard Berry’s ‘Have Love Will Travel’ has become their biggest box-office item, having appeared upon countless TV commercials and soundtracks around the world. Rounding out this very special Witch EP is the original, classic take of the title cut.
Housed in a handsome sleeve featuring a rare colour picture from an unused session intended to promote the original Witch single, shot by famed Northwest photographer Jini Dellaccio, The Sonics’ Witch EP is an essential item for any fan of this unsurpassed rock’n’roll combo.
By Alec Palao (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2013||CD||15.00 €
|Sounds - The Sounds
1989 ilmestynyt LP nyt CD muodossa
|Warner Music Finland 2008||CD||7.00 €
|Spinners - Truly Yours: Their First Motown Album With Bonus Tracks
Long before the Spinners amassed a stack of gold albums and singles with producer Thom Bell at Atlantic Records in the 70s, they spent eight years working hard at Motown. For the first four of those years, the period covered by this CD, the group recorded some very tasty tracks but had only four singles released.
It was good luck that brought the Spinners together in the first place. “I was watching a local television show called Saturday Evening Dance Party with C.P. Spencer,” founder member Billy Henderson told Black Stars magazine back in 1975. “The amateur vocal groups always won. So I said if those guys can sing, so can I. I asked C.P. if he knew anybody that could sing bass and baritone because I could sing tenor. That’s how Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson and I got together. Pervis tried to give us a hard time, since he was one of the few baritones around and popular in school, but we pulled him anyhow.”
“Bobby Smith had the car so we had to get him with us,” recalled Pervis. “Henry lived down the street from me and I would see him carrying a guitar back and forth to church, so I figured there goes our guitar player. We asked him to be in the group, figuring he could give us some backup music. We found out that he was carrying the guitar for his minister at church. Henry couldn’t play a note, but he could sing bass, so we kept him.”
It was bad luck that kept them standing in the shadows at Motown. Billy: “We literally sat around and watched the other acts become superstars: the Supremes – we worked with them in the early days of their success; the Temptations; the Four Tops; Marvin Gaye – who played drums for us a couple of times; and Tammi Terrell – who we loved dearly.” The great UK Tamla Motown re-issue programme of the late 60s and early 70s, which ought to have made the Spinners household names, bypassed the group entirely.
Good fortune teamed the Spinners with some of Motown’s finest writers and producers. Sterling work with Harvey Fuqua, Ivy Jo Hunter, Mickey Stevenson and Johnny Bristol make the tracks on this collection so special.
Their 1967 album “The Original Spinners” – including the singles ‘Sweet Thing’, ‘I’ll Always Love You’, ‘Truly Yours’ and ‘For All We Know’ – appears here on CD for the first time. Other gems from the LP include Smokey Robinson’s ‘Like A Good Man Should’ and fan favourite ‘I Cross My Heart’, composed by Stevie Wonder with Ivy Jo Hunter.
Of the 14 contemporaneous bonus titles here, 10 are previously unissued, all freshly transferred from the Motown master tapes. These include ballads such as ‘Darling’ and ’12 O’clock’, which display the group’s doo wop roots, and a handful of top-of-the-range stompers in the classic Motown style.
Motown never sounded better than when in the hands of master stylists such as the Spinners. This set, featuring an essay by Motown expert Keith Hughes based on a new interview with lead singer Bobby Smith, means we have, at last, paid the Spinners their due.
By Eric Charge (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2012||CD||17.00 €
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