Friday, March 17, 2017

Performed by Aries –Don’t Give Your Love To Me





Performed by Aries –Babe/ Don’t Give Your Love To Me – Prince Records WTR 4884 (US197?)

OK, first things first, I am sure the band was actually called Aries, but the “performed by” prefix adds a certain ring to it. Another hopelessly obscure one, probably from South California with what looks like 2 brothers being involved (Bob and Ed Lerias).  From the sound and effects it could have been recorded pretty much anytime between 1975 and 1982, however musically it is pure 1974 matching William Shakespeare with Elmer Goodbody Jr, whilst throwing in some 1979 –styled 20/20 moves. You want some more leftfield identifiers? Well think of Richmond’s Peaches (D’art) with some Dwight Twilley vocal inflections and slap back! OK, before I get lost further in inane obtuse comparisons, let’s just say that both songs, take an obvious 50s slowie song structure and update the sound through smooth mid 70s Glam moves with a twist of powerpop sprinkled on top. Both performances are very listenable and damn catchy while being strangely haunting. Any information out there?

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Alladinn - Come Home, Come Home






Alladinn -Go Pray For Tomorrow/Come Home, Come Home –Philips 6012 163 (1971 NL)

Produced by Dutch near genius producer Hans van Hemert, this duo’s release schowcases the infancy of Long Tall Ernie and The Shakers, as Alladinn features  Arnie Treffers (Long Tall Ernie himself) with Marjo Schenk (Steven Giles). Yes, before greasing back his hair Arnie was no Ernie, but a dank scummy hippie
This being 1971, the A side Go Pray For Tomorrow is a type of My Sweet Lord revamp, nice feel and orchestration but this is not where this single is at in my opinion (although you could force a slight Dennis Wilson similarity, if you try very hard...). The B side on the other hand is much more interesting. 

Come Home, Come Home is a smooth proto Glam groover with some delightful popsike interludes. Again Hans van Hemert excels himself for combining the T. Rex –like (Or Little Sammy Gaha?) strings, those psychy parts all consolidated together by the cowbell propelled beat. If anything the delivery and production reminds me of some of the material Paul Ryan ( e.g. Natural Gas or later Paul and Barry Ryan B sides) was attempting a couple of years later.

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PS: I nearly managed NOT to mention the spelling…

Friday, February 03, 2017

Bridey Murphy –Be Your Mother’s Son/ The Time Has Come







Bridey Murphy - The Time Has Come/ Be Your Mother’s Son –Capitol 45-391 (1974 Philippines)
Bridey Murphy - The Time Has Come/ Same –Capitol 3975 (1974 US)

Although not necessarily linked to a remembrance of a previous life, Bridey Murphy was a short-lived aggregation of Paul, Bill and Barry Cowsill and guitar-slinger extraordinaire Waddy Wachtel with Bugs Pemberton on drums who only managed to release this sole single. 

The only US issue I am aware is a promo and features Mono/Stereo copies of the same song;  in any case I have never seen a US stock copy... However…Down in the Philippines a regular issue was released featuring the long lost Be Your Mother’s Son. And what a great find it is…With Waddy’s strident stabbing interjections to the fore,  Be Your Mother’s Son rocks out without in any way harming the intended Purepop melodicism, it shines brightly, yet is meaty of its own accord, as in putting the Power into its Pop. 

The lush A side is slightly better known and a classic in its own right, it looks like an earlier version was released by The Cowsills themselves, however it is unclear if Waddy had a writing credit of this elusive other version. The sessions seem to have been somewhat nuts…read on below
http://bapresley.com/silverthreads/music/bands/brideymurphy.html


Bill and Paul Cowsill signing to Capitol with John Myer (Personal Manager), John Carter (In-house producer and Al Coury. Waddy seems to have gone missing that day…Thanks to Chaim for the photo

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Friday, January 20, 2017

The Act -Cobbled Streets





The Act –Cobbled Streets/ One Heart –Columbia DB 8179 (1967 UK)

There were/are countless bands deriving influences from obvious sources (Beatles, Who, Stones etc…) however there were also some more quirky and unexpected role models, perhaps not throughout a recording career, but on specific releases such as The Casuals Tara Tiger Girl (Move), Sparky(Do You Remember That) Summertime Woman (Troggs). Here is a surprising case of a band trying to emulate the genius of 66/67 Easybeats. OK Friday on My Mind was a huge hit, but here Essex band The Act delved deeper reprising elements from Happy is The Man, Made My Bed, Remember Sam or other lesser known Easybeats gems. It’s a very enjoyable affair and a fun near-facsimile which assembles the parts that make up the essence, although not quite the genius of Vanda, Young and co.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Rare singles and Bonehead Crunchers now on sale on ebay


I have just listed a few survivors from my set sale along with a couple of new titles on ebay. You can find the listings here: Purepop1uk listings on ebay

All with low starting prices and no reserve

All singles have sound clips

There is also a rare opportunity to buy a complete set on Bonehead Crunchers as a BIN





Thursday, January 12, 2017

Rescue Co. No. 1 – I Want To Save You




Rescue Co. No. 1 – I Want To Save You/ Amanda - JAM 14 (1972 UK)

The question is –how much more “Move” can you get? I won’t say none more as that accolade must go to The Casuals with their Tara Tiger Girl (http://purepop1uk.blogspot.co.uk/2007/09/casuals-tara-tiger-girl.html).  I Want To Save You just really feels and sometimes sounds like The Move in their prime, especially in the vocal and melody department. Over a pseudo light Glam rolling bedrock, this superb tune delivers on many counts, its total pop structure  has many twists and turns, but what really sets this apart is the surprising orchestration. Those horn stabs and swirling strings remove the performance from pure Roy Wood to something else, just not sure what. This is still my fave Rescue Co. No 1 recording and was collated on a fine compilation of their work a few years ago http://www.angelair.co.uk/sjpcd369.htm



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Next another soundalike....

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Huge list of spare 45 for sale!


PLEASE NOTE THIS SALE IS NOW CLOSED. 



Huge list of spare 45 for sale!






Hi, below you will find a list of spare collectable gems that I am selling. Email me (email address on my profile page), leave a comment (I won't publish any message with your email) or message me on facebook in case you would like the full list with set prices

BTW, this masterpiece is listed under F for FUT...




 
Alan Blakley Lost Without You/Gimme Rock 'n Roll 1976 Germany Maritim EX/EX (small sticker) 
Following his departure from the Trems in 75 Alan (Blakley/Blakely) pursued some of the Glam moves which had been introduced into the band’s repertoire in 73/74. But on his own, things definitely got weirder. Both sides of the 76 single have a lo-fi plugged directly into the desk scratchy guitar feel. Lost without You is like a chipmunk Get It On, catchy, rockin’ but completely touched with some out there instrumentation. Gimme Rock ‘N’ Roll is in someways even better. The sound is still highly compressed, but the performance is less deranged and more overtly in Crunching Glam mode.SOLD
Angel Good Time Fanny 1974 Germany Cube EX/EX Great copy in German picture Sleeve of this Junkshop Glam classic. Can't be more Sweet than this! SOLD
Anthony Bygraves Painted Lady 1974 UK Pye EX Junkshop Glam classic as comped on Glitter From The Litter Bin. Demo copy SOLD
Barry Blood She's The Queen of My Rock and Roll World 1982 UK Wreckord EX/EX (Signed) Top NWOBHM/Hard Rock single with a Punk Edge by Barry who signed the back cover
Barry Ryan Do That 1975 UK Dawn EX Another perfect Condition Demo. Barry Ryan's top class Junkshop Glam classic SOLD
Billy J. Kramer Blue Jean Queen (Staying Power) 1974 UK BASF EX Unplayed Demo!  10 years on from the big time, Billy J. Kramer reacquaints himself with Ex Dakota and Pirate Riff Master Mick Green (then with Shanghai) for this odd solo release. Staying Power is a commercial 50s throwback as expected, but the B side Blue Jean Queen finds Billy moving on from Little Children to lusting after Teens in a similar manner to Harpo, Ken Khury or Miki Anthony...Music-wise, it’s a sturdy Glam influenced rocker SOLD
Billy Shake Can't Stop Myself (From Loving You) 1974 UK Youngblood EX Perfect Demo copy of the UK issue of William's Shakespear's Vanda &Young Glam classic SOLD
Blue Goose Loretta 1975 UK Anchor EX Wild Glam Hard Rock Cruncher. Ex Curtis Knight band members SOLD
Blue Meanies Pop Sensibility 1980 UK Mercury EX/VG+ Ex Sparks, Jet and Records in great under the radar tough Powerpop SOLD
Britania Right  Down The Line 1973 UK EMI EX (Factory sample sticker) Under the radar Junkshop Glam rocker SOLD
Brother Susan See my Fingers Fly 1974 UK EMI EX (Factory sample sticker) Cracking rousing Junkshop Glam double-sider SOLD
Brotherly Love Public Enemy No 1 1973 UK CBS EX (number on labe) Public spirited Glam cruncher with top production value including a mean line in sirensSOLD
Carl Wayne Way Back in the Fifties 1975 UK Polydor EX Ex Move singer in underatted Glam mode release, like Wizzard meeting the Rubettes SOLD
Carriage Company Paint The City Red 1971 UK CBS EX Near Mint UK Demo of this great Belgian band single. Tight as fuck rocker of the highest order
Cash and Carry Mary's In The Closet/ Same 1970 US UNI VG+ Great lush T. Rex sounding US release  SOLD
Casuals Tara Tiger Girl 1972 UK Parlophone EX (small reference number of both labels) Tara Tiger Girl was sandwiched between The Casuals’ Decca period and The Witch on Dawn in 1974.The Casuals at this time were Ex-World of Oz Chris Evans and his Kansas Hook/ American Jam Band cronies. A Dead ringer for The Move. Demo copy SOLD
Chameleon Who Am I? 1972 UK CBS VG- Killer UK Heavy Freak. Demo copy. Some marks and a bit crackly, thus the low price. Clean labels SOLD
Clutch Black Angel 1973 UK EMI EX Unplayed demo copy of this heavy UK cruncher as comped on Bonehead Crunchers volume 3 SOLD
Dancer Hate Generator 1975 UK Dawn EX Perfect Demo copy.  Hate Generator is pure ersatz Bowie much in the same vein as The Tigers On Vaseline. The vocals are just as weird and a real hoot, but the chorus is great and the analogue keyboards are pretty groovy too. The production and arrangement give the track an extra over-blown feel and the result is a totally bonkers tour-de-force...SOLD
Deadwood That Don't Help Me None (The Turning of Them All) 1971 UK Decca EX Totally great UK Heavy Psych Freak . A real corker on a perfect Demo copy SOLD
Duffy Rock Solid 1971 Germany Ariola EX/VG+ Nice German pic sleeve on this top UK Hard Rock single SOLD
Duffy Running Away 1973 UK Chapter One EX Demo copy of this rather good slab of UK Hard Rock
Dwarf Backstage Queen 1976 US Merlyn EX (slightly off centre, but plays fine) This is the 2nd single by Teen sensations Dwarf. Oh they must have been at least 16 by the time this one got released, with puberty but a distant memory... Backstage Queen is a slightly more controlled affair (read less exuberantly punky) than their first single but it’s a fine 70s Stonesian rocker which projects their testosterone infused dreams oh so innocently. Just in case they didn’t pull on the night, the single comes with a coupon to gather all the important data from their fans SOLD
Eastwood Little Miss Lucy/Living to Learn 1974 UK SRT EX (date stamp and New Release stamp on label) Following a couple of singles on CBS, Eastwood then released this Crunchin’ Glam winner. The B side is  grungy and Freaky Space Rock with a nice greasy solo .SOLD
Eddie Kidd Leave it To The Kid 1978 UK Decca EX Leave It To The Kid is a bone-crunching-13-double-decker-hopping-semi -smash-stomper by the UK’s own Evel Knievel: Eddie Kidd. Of the Decca singles I have, this is by far the greatest as it’s a truly rousing performance featuring Eddie’s unmistakable vocal range along with a great driving string section.
Eire Apparent Follow Me 1968 UK Track EX In my opinion a much better version than the Fruit Machine, this is UK (well Irish) popsike with Freakbeat undertones. The B side is WILD!!!
Electric Banana Groovy Bubblegum Music 1970  RCA EX Demo copy of this obscure but totally infectious UK Bubblegum winner. Date stamp on label SOLD
Flamin Groovies Married Woman 1972 France UA EX/VG+ First French 1972 (purple sleeve). Slight cover wear and small tear on back cover SOLD
Flamin Groovies Shake Some Action 1976 NL Philips EX/EX Near perfect copy of the Dutch picture sleeve issue. A true classic in its coolest issue. See photos on the web SOLD
Frenzy Poser 1976 UK DJM EX Unplayed Demo copy of this Cruncher trapped between Glam and the birth of UK Punk, probably too yobbish to stand a chance to make it, but Poser would have been a perfect choice for the third Hector single  The B side gets even closer to sounding like '77.SOLD
Fut Have You Heard The Word 1970 UK Beacon EX Originally thought to be The Beatles under a pseudonym, This was in fact Maurice Gibb on painkillers and booze doing a perfect psych Beatles take-off with Steve Groves, Steve Kipner and Billy Lawrie.  Wonderful SOLD
Giggles Just Another Saturday Night 1976 UK EMI EX (Factory sample sticker) Great Glammed up take on Moonquake's winner. A great combination SOLD
Hard Stuff Inside Your Life 1973 UK Purple EX Rare single release by this great power trio.  Perfect Demo copy SOLD
Hard Stuff Jay Time 1972 UK Purple EX Very rare post Bullet single by John Du Cann and company, the first under the Hard Stuff name SOLD
Hawkwind Kings of Speed 1975 UK UA EX/VG+ Original UK pic sleeve of this classic (Motorhead on the B side!). The sleeve has some fraying on opening and title is written neatly at top of sleeve. Initial on label SOLD
Hector Bye Bye Bad Days 1974 UK DJM EX Unplayed Demo copy of the brilliant second Hector single. Essential stuff!SOLD
Hello You Move Me 1972 UK Bell EX Unplayed Demo copy of the 2nd Hello single -cracking proto Punk shaker
Hello C'mon 1972 UK Bell EX Unplayed Demo copy of the 1st Hello single -2 brilliant non-hit crunchers SOLD
Hobnail She's Just a Friend of Mine 1972 UK Bell EX Perfect demo copy of this great junkshop Glam stomper SOLD
Hogback 'n' Pig If You Can't Be Good…Be Bad 1972 UK CBS EX Not quite Glam, not quite Hard Rock, not quite Pop, but it's catchy, all good …no bad
Hot Rocks Chopper 1973 UK Bell EX (release date  sticker on label) Unplayed Demo. Mike Leander produced Glam Groover SOLD
Ian Stuart Lane Don't Rock Me Baby (If You're Fine And Fair) 1972 UK Greenwich Recording Company EX Here is a sublime piece of early 70’s UK lushness recalling Sunflower era Beach Boys with some unexpected chord changes. It also has a certain Spectorian elegance in its production values which predates some of Roy Wood’s Wizzard’s releases. Unplayed Demo SOLD
Jeremy B Come on Little Pretty 1972 Germany Bacillus EX/EX Rare and obscure Kraut rocker
Jet Nothing to do with us 1975 UK CBS EX Andy Ellison's mob with their 2nd classic single. Top copy SOLD
Jumbo She Said 1972 UK CBS EX Perfect Demo copy. This was the first of three singles released by Jumbo . She Said is a fine near Glam up-tempo pop tune with a mid-60s song construction. It’s catchy as hell with great production touches and it’s another case of a song escaping instead of gaining the exposure it deserved. SOLD
Jumbo Promises 1972 UK CBS EX Another perfect Demo copy. As comped on a fading yellow, Highyl sought after fantastic example of lush 70s UK pop SOLD
Jungle Jim Big Fat Oranguman 1971 Sweden Pye EX/VG+ Big Fat Oranguman is prime  Bubblegum pop with an abundance of grunts and wildlife sounds –Simian paradise!  Housed in a Scandanavian Picture sleeve SOLD
Just Plain Jones Crazy, Crazy 1971 UK CBS EX Demo copy in perfect condition.  Raucous Stomper bridging 1966 and 1971. The hand claps and stomping feet also add a Glam feel SOLD
K.W Winston Slow Rock (Don't Ask Me) 1974 France Sonopresse EX/EX Forget the A side, as on the B side youwill find the backing track of an unreleased Hector!!! Track. A great mid tempo dirty dirge SOLD
Kansas Hook Nervous Shakin/ Mr Universe 1971 UK Decca VG+ double whammy of top UK Hard Rock belters!
Kilburn and The High Roads Rough Kids 1974 UK Dawn EX Unplayed Demo of Ian Dury's proto Punk Glam cruncher SOLD
Kindness Oh Yea (Let The Good Times Roll) 1972 UK Decca EX Kindness was Smokie before RAK and the name change. Even with the truncated spelling; Bo Diddley’s Oh Yea(h) comes out unscathed from its Shadows of Knight interpretation through the 1972 Glam prism. Great pounding beat, handclaps, cutting guitar and a real raspy vocal delivery from Chris Norman, sounding like none other than Bon Scott. The A side is how you expect it to sound, no more, no less SOLD
Lennart, Messagie & Dagleth And I Love Her 1973 NL Pink Elepant EX/EX And I Love Her is a superb piece of melodic BubbleGlam, so catchy you can almost suspend belief as they sing: She’s not so bad, just got to close my eyes…L M &D later evolved into Glam Popsters Hush
Libido Hold on To Your Fire Mooncrest VG+  (name on label) track builds into subtly orchestrated track with some fine lead guitar. The vocals by Dana Gillespie are gorgeous conveying both sweetness and sass
Linda Kendrick Sympathy for The Devil 1974 UK Dawn EX Sympathy For The Devil is an overblown but fun production by Lynton Guest and Jimmie Edwards (Stumpy, Washington Flyers). Although toned down lyrically, Linda’s version features a choir, lush orchestration along with neat harpsichord runs and Stonesian slide SOLD
Marrakesh The Prodigal Son Returns 1973 UK Bell EX Pre-release test pressing with hand-written credits. The Prodigal Son Returns opens with an intro lifted from The Easybeats’ Good Time, the vocals in the verse are quite raspy and the chorus recalls T.Rex in much the same way as Chunky or Hobnail. It’s not Glam per se, but a memorable straightforward Pop Rocker that I often find myself returning to SOLD
Merlin Rock and Roll Express (What a funny way to…) 1975 UK CBS EX Unplayed demo. Merlin were a bit of a Schizoid act, their album is an over-produced and patchy affair alternating between Hard Rock, Glam and overtly commercial Pop with a little Prog thrown in…The A side in fact appears under the title Look At Me on the album, but the B side is exclusive to this release. Rock And Roll Express is probably their best performance and it’s a suitably meaty and crunching number with some neat power chords, handclaps and snotty vocals. As a song, it doesn’t really go anywhere, but it hurtles down the track quite nicely.SOLD
Midas Mould Information Emily 1972 UK Columbia EX 67 Psych Pop feel on this UK 70s bubblegum winner.SOLD
Mighty 'Em Jekyll and Hyde 1973 UK Decca EX Unplayed Demo. Excellent weird Freak Glam obscurity SOLD
Milk 'n' Cookies Little Lost and Innocent/ Good Friends 1975 UK Island EX UK issue of their only single at the time. Includes the non-album B side SOLD
Mojos Everything's All Right 1964 UK Decca VG+ The Beat classic plays EX
Mushroom This is It/Cosmic Dance 1974 US Vulcan EX Great obscure near Bonehead Hard Rock/Psych
New Lords Country Fever (We Go Out in The Sunshine) 1972 Germany Columbia VG+/EX Country Fever is an amazing slap of Kraut Proto Metal
Ning Machine 1971 UK Decca EX Perfect Demo copy. Needs no introduction, Machine Part Glam/ Bubblegum/ Heavy Rock and Prog with a bit of Suicide thrown in for good measure. With it’s pumping heartbeat rhythm, riff borrowed from The Music Explosion’s Little Bit Of Soul and a singer who sounds like a constipated Lemmy, this is one weird artifact.SOLD
Ohio Ltd. Wham Bam 1973 US Buddah EX (Bit of crinkling on labels) 4 years after the amazing Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum army single, Kasenetz – Katz used the re-branded Ohio Express franchise to release this superb piece of Hard Glam/Boogie with its Get It On cop. The hooks and overall Bubblegum catchiness remain, but a much harder edge is added making this a real lost classic perfectly in sync with the best Glam singles released around that time. SOLD
Oliver Day Crazy Love 1975 UK Bus Stop EX Crazy Love is a fun and commercial up tempo Glam pop single. Oliver’s vocal performance is a real hoot coming on like a Cartoon Steve Harley extending vowels into oblivion, but ends up sounding more like Billy Hamon of Butch Things “fame”(check out April’s archives). It has an obvious All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople guitar cop, a sing-along-chorus and nutty laughte SOLD
One Hit Wonders Hey Hey Jump Now 1972 UK CBS EX Perfect condition Demo copy of the stomping Glam Mod Dancer
One Mile Ahead There Ain't No Use in Crying 1968 US Santiago G+ Fantastic Heavy Psych on A side with Wild lead guitar. Condition is around VG- on A side, around and G at times on B side, but record doesn't skip. Price reflects condition. Half torn sticker on B side with some minimal tearing
Outer Limits Black Boots (Dark Side of The Moon) 1971 UK Decca EX Unplayed Demo! This is  heavy Proto Glam pounder semi-instrumental with the same riff as The Stranglers Nice 'n' Sleazy. Terrifying! SOLD
Parsons-Smith The Letter 1972 UK Polydor EX (sticker on label) Hypnotic UK Psych version of the Box Tops hit. A really surprising take on this classic. Check it out on Youtube
Paul Ryan Natural Gas 1972 UK Maple Annie EX Cracking Glam with T. Redx overtones from Barry's brother. Top copy SOLD
Pax Son of Satan 1972 US Pax Records EX Really obscure self Release. Heavy Hammond fuelled Psych with a guitarist doing a pretty good Peter Green/ Early Carlos Santana SOLD
Pete Dunton Taking Time 1973 UK Rockfield VG+ Tremendous stomping Psych produced by Dave Edmunds, from the Flies and T2 guy. Highly recommended SOLD
Pheon bear War against War 1973 UK Pye EX (crinkling on B side label) The A side is a real loud cruncher falling somewhere between Freakbeat and Glam. It has ’66 Yardbird -like strident guitar breaks, feedback and a raspy shouted vocal performance from an angry Mr. Bear who just had someone spit in his porridge (sounds like Jesse hector). The song itself is pretty basic, not moving too far from a 12 bar structure, but it’s chant-like chorus of Gotta keep up the war against war is pretty effective. SOLD
Phoenix Pictures of You 1975 UK Dawn EX Very rare Glitter Band  cover. An Adrian Baker production. Perfect condition Demo SOLD
Pretty Things Midnight to Six Men (sic) 1965 NL Fontana VG+/EX Great dutch pic sleeve in EX condition. Record is VG+ with original centre. Small tape on A and small label tear on B side
Primitive Man Animal Love 1971 UK Decca EX Animal Love is a  highly enjoyable entry in the simian sub Glam/Psych category. It pounds and grunts in sublime heavy fashion. Basically it’s the missing link (get it?) between Hot Legs Neanderthal Man and C.C.S.’s Primitive Love. Seemingly an unplayed Demo copy
Protectors Loretta 1975 UK Live Wire EX Cracking obscure Junkshop Glam cruncher
Puzzle Houla 1972 UK JAM EX Perfect condition copy of this sought after Uptempo Garage Groover SOLD
Randy and The U Turns 99 Octane Girl 1977 UK UA EX/VG+ Not KBD as it has been listed elsewhere, but a fine Pub Rock/Punk crossover with harmonies recorded down in Rockfield. Demo in picture sleeve
Rats Don't Let Go/Dragon Child 1974 UK MAM EX Unplayed Demo. Top UK Glam on the top side and more prog dancing tendencies on the B SOLD
Rescue Co. No. 1 It's only words 1973 UK JAM EX Demo copy of this great Garage meets Glam cruncher.
Rescue Co. No. 1 I Want to Save You 1972 UK JAM EX Perfect demo copy of this brilliant Move sound alike.
Ricky Gordon Get Around 1974 Belgium Vogue EX/EX A strange one. Moving from Mud/Elvis turns to Beach Boys/Four Seasons style with an ever present distorted guitar, this one certainly doesn't know what it is…Weird
Robin Goodfellow You Know Me Now 1974 UK Dawn EX Here’s a great classic unheralded UK 70s pop single with a nod to Glam. It reminds as much of Hetherington as it does Marc Bolan, that guitar is pure T. Rex in any case. You Know Me Now is damn catchy tune with a nice and bouncy production and the B side is also cool too.SOLD
Rockstar Mummy/Over The Hill 1976 UK MCA EX A rare 70s outing by ex Move man Ace Kefford. The autobiographical Over The Hill is a solid rocker on the periphery of JunkShop Glam, Kinda like Hector attempting to do a Quadrophenia...It features some loud cutting guitar and a fine production by Steve Rowland. Mummy is pretty haunting and dramatic, the song builds and builds and is a real grower SOLD
Rubber Band Moonwalker 1973 UK Youngblood EX (A written on A side) Overlooked Glam cruncher, Why is this one still under the radar?
Seeds Shuckin' and Jiving 1970s US Production Unlimited EX The Seeds at their heaviest!. Late 70s issue of this early 70s recording SOLD
Shado Evil City 1974 UK Montrose EX Perfect copy of the Proto Punk/Freak belter comped on Do What Thou Wilt a few years back SOLD
Sisters Kick Your Boots off 1973 UK Bell EX Heavy Glam stomper of the highest order SOLD
Slowload Big Boobs Boogie (On the Road again) 1971 UK MAM EX Perfect demo copy of this Bonehead Crunching classic. On the comp of the same name
Slowload Big Boobs Boogie (On the Road again) 1971 UK MAM VG+ (No original centre) Without the original centre, but fine for Djing - Bonehead Crunching classic. On the comp of the same name SOLD
Small Wonder Ordinary Boy/ Ride a Black Sheep 1974 UK Dawn VG+ (small sticker stain on A side) Anyone for a Raga Glam track? Ordinary Boy is an incredible mish-mash of stomping Glitter beat with double -tracked handclaps, detuned E string to D guitar, sitar resonance and gritty vocals. The effect is startling. The song is good with a great call to arms chorus. Glam stomping Raga rules! The other side Ride A Black Sheep is a total T Rex cop. It’s pure Jeepster with a fun Marc Bolan impersonation. You can find the B side on the Glitter From The Litter SOLD

Smith &Weston  A Shot of Rhythm and Blues 1973 UK Decca EX Smith & Weston come up with a neat version of the Arthur Alexander track. Rawer than The Flamin’ Groovies' version from the previous year, this version stands (and stomps) at the crossroad of the then current Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival (Wild Angels, Fumble…) and crunching Glam. It features great power chords and handclaps. Unplayed Demo SOLD

Smoke My Lullaby 1974 UK Decca EX Super rare late (1974) Release by The Smoke. This is very similar to Sugar Man and none the worst for that. Another unplayed UK Demo copy SOLD
Snatch For Always and Ever 1975 UK Polydor EX Unfindable!!! For Always And Ever is a cover of the opening track of The Glitter Band's Rock 'N'Roll Dudes LP. The meaty guitar and top tunage turn this performance into a fine Powerpop/Glam crossover. Snatch's only claim to fame seems to be that the drummer was the brother of The Rubettes sticksman...and in fact John Richardson and Alan Williams produced this release and wrote the B side
Soho Jets Hi-Heel Tarzan 1974 UK Polydor EX Perfect copy of this high Camp Glam cruncher, their first single before Denim Goddess, before morphing into Razar SOLD
Sparks Girl From Germany 1974 Germany Bearsville EX/EX Lovely German picture sleeve on this great early Sparks classic
Spode Cincinatti Woman (Singalong Song) 1971 UK Decca EX Unplayed Demo. Cincinnati Woman is pretty amazing. The echo and reverb makes it souds like A Joe Meek extravaganza Very strange for 1971
Stackwaddy Suzie Q 1970 France Polydor EX/EX Nice French sleeve on this prime UK example of Heavy greasy sleaze SOLD
Stephen Right on Running Man 1974 UK Antic EX Mutt Lange on cracking Glam stomper SOLD
Steve Allen Life on Mars 1972 UK M and M EX Unplayed UK Demo copy of this great take on Bowie's Life on Mars. Super obsure and rare SOLD
Sunchariot All Your Love/ You're Lovely 1973 UK Decca EX The A side is a tough UK rocker, while the quieter sumptuous B side has been comped on Fading Yellow 5 and Mixed Up Minds. Pefect Demo copy
Sunchariot Do you Want to know ( Rosemarie) 1972 UK Decca EX Great UK tough hard rocker on the B side of this super condition UK Demo. The A side is chugging UK Pop,more  like Christie with balls SOLD
Sunchariot Firewater 1973 UK Decca EX Perfect Demo copy.Firewater is yet another example of White Man empathizing with the plight of the Red Skin in crushed velvet flares and platform boots. More Po-faced than the Garnets, Abacus or Johnny Dick, Firewater can’t help but end up a very daft venture despite its intentions. It sounds like Sunchariot actually believed what they were singing and secretly wished they were XIT whilst recording this. OK the track shares a similarity in the pounding department with Abacus’s Indian Dancer
Tales Rockin' Suzanna (Someone Like You) 1973 UK MAM EX On the B side of a commercial poppy affair comes this enjoyable Rolling Stones pastiche. Rockin’ Suzanna is a great  Jagger mimic job. It has all the Jaggerisms down pat over a Down The Road Apiece/Route 66 chugging machine. Nifty guitar too…Imagine a 1972 Stones track without the smack or  Teenage Head Flamin' Groovies. Unplayed Demo SOLD
Thundermug Jeanine/Duckworth Stomp 1976 NL Papillon EX/VG+ Rare Dutch only coupling of these 2 great tracks by the might Mug! Great pic of the band wearing stripped pyjamas? on stage SOLD
Trevor White Crazy Kids 1976 UK Island EX/VG+ A powerpop/Glam Teen classic -no more, no less SOLD
Troll Brothers You Turn Me On 1973 UK SRT VG+ Belting Garage Punk as filtered through a UK Glam filter. Wonderful SOLD
True Adventure Where The Roxy Used to Be/ Outlaw Love 1974 UK Decca EX Unplayed demo. The B side is an outright Glam Cruncher, while the A side is a glorious piece of emotive 70s nostalgia
Union Express Do You Love Me/Alligator Fix 1973 UK Decca EX Unplayed Demo. Do You Love Me is a great Glammed up version of The Contours’ hit.The guitar gets pretty wild at the end and the whole performance sounds like a loose end of session work out with a few handclaps added. If the A side is good, the B side positively verges on the great. Alligator Fix is just one of those brilliant obscure Psych gems that pop up once in a while
Waddy You're The One/Same 1972 US Anthem EX Great one-offrockin  single by guitar slinger Waddy Wachtel
Warhorse St. Louis 1970 France Vertigo EX/EX (signature on back cover) Nick Simper's (Deep Purple) Hard Rock take on Vanda and Young's Easybeats classic
Washington Flyers Another Saturday Morning 1974 UK Dawn EX Great Glam double-sider. A side was on Glitter From The Litter, the B side on Velvet Tinmine SOLD
Watts Betsy Ballou (Girl You Make It Easy) 1973 UK JAM EX Betsy Ballou is a ballsy Guitar driven Cruncher, while the A side is a fine slab of British UK pop. Unplayed Demo SOLD
Wellington Alright, I'll See You Tonight 1973 UK Concord EX (date stamp  on label) Rousing Junkshop Glam Stomper SOLD
Westland Steamboat Born Under a Bad Sign 1970 UK CBS EX Unplayed Demo.  Released in 1970 it can be seen as some sort of Doctor Feelgood precursor with those choppy Wilco Johnson/ Mick Green guitar stabs mixed in with something akin to a rockier Christie (Yellow River). There’s even a Proto Punk element to the song’s construction and a DIY/Garage feel SOLD
Whistle The Party Must Be Over 1973 US Bell EX US issue with different B side.  Junkshop Glam cracker. The Party Must Be Over has an unusual song structure with Indian Dancer: The intro is drawn out (no bad thing), there’s only one verse, but the chorus is an endearing hand-clapped-sing-along which is followed in turn by more riffage, a guitar solo and a repeat of the chorus as an outro.SOLD
Wowii Rock N' Roll Singer 1977 US Cartoon EX (slight sticker mark on B label Their 2nd best single after the magical Hoods. This is a prime slab of US Proto Punk SOLD
Yellow Bird Attack Attack 1974 UK Magnet EX Unplayed Demo copy. This one rings all the right bells and truly delivers with its Eddie Cochran handclapped intro, crunching beat, killer chorus and a wild guitar solo which is nearly on a par with Hector’s Wired Up (DJM) SOLD
Zakatek I Gotcha Now 1973 UK Bell EX Super rare unplayed demo copy. Zakatek is in fact Lenny Zakatek who later became lead singer with Gonzalez. Here he is as discovered by Linsey De Paul and Dudley Moore!!!! Linsey wrote and produced I Gotcha Now and it features her usual stomping piano motif along with some nice heavy Fuzz, Lenny’s vocals then enter the fray in sand paper mode, before the baroque cellos hit the scene and the track turns into some form of Eurovision version of I Am The Walrus. By the end it sounds like they have a prominent Harmonium part playing bass notes with some surprising oscillating effects on top. Psychedelic Groovy fuzzed-out Glam heaven?..Nearly!
Zakatek Get Your Gun 1973 UK Bell EX (release date  sticker on label) "Unplayed Demo issue. Preposterous and overblown ode to the plight of the red man as only an English middle class white woman could write. Get Your Gun makes The Garnets' Indian Uprising sound positively credible and insightful!
This was Lenny Zakatek’s second single after being discovered by Linsey De Paul and it packs an incredulous punch. Dig the arrangement, sentiment, and spoken interlude..."
Zappo Rock and Roll Crazy/Right On! 1973 UK Magnet EX Cracking Glam double sider from Marty Wilde SOLD

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Kindness –Oh Yea




Kindness – Let The Good Times Roll/ Oh Yea – Decca F 13318 (1972 UK)

Kindness was Smokie before RAK and the name change. Even with the truncated spelling; Bo Diddley’s Oh Yea(h) comes out unscathed from its Shadows of Knight interpretation through the 1972 Glam prism. Great pounding beat, handclaps, cutting guitar and a real raspy vocal delivery from Chris Norman, sounding like none other than Bon Scott. The A side is how you expect it to sound, no more, no less


This one of the 150 or so spares, with around 80 unplayed UK demos that I will be listing today (28th December) or tomorrow at set prices before going the ebay way… If you want me to email the list - send me your email address (my email is on my profile page) or private message me on Facebook.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lucille –Get Back on Your Feet




Lucille –Get Back on Your Feet/You Can Carry That Blues –EMI 3C006-17980 (1974 Italy)

It’s now getting rarer and rarer to uncover unreported Junkshop Glam Crunchers. As with a another recent discovery;  Noel Sotto’s Hello Hello (Spain) mainland Europe is where the odd nugget still sometimes shows up.
The A side is a full frontal female cruncher;  nailed to the beat our Lucille let’s rip in fine fashion a la Quatro, the guitars might be a bit too noodle, but it’s still a refreshing experience. File somewhere between Linda Beckerman and Gisela Dre├čler…Ha!, that reference might mean something to 27 people worldwide without Googling!

Anyhow Lucille is a French singer confusingly known as Lucille Lenton or  Evelyne Lenton,  real name Evelyne Verrecchia and the sister of  Albert Verrecchia….What ever the name I would be surprised if anything else in her catalog is worth investigating

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