31 May, 2016


THE PLASTIC BLUES BAND - "One Week Ago Today" / "A Thing You Gotta Face" (Busy-B Zap 9) May 1968

Not a great deal of information is available or has been written online about The Plastic Blues Band and I would certainly like to know more about them. If hippie blues is your particular bag of candy look no further than this group.

As far as I can gather they were a power trio from New Orleans releasing three obscure and hard to find singles on Busy-B which also released 45s by The Gaunga Dyns, Peabody and The Leather Pages. As a matter of fact a compilation of Busy-B material would be make an ideal release.

"One Week Ago Today" b/w "A Thing You Gotta Face" was The Plastic Blues Band's second single, both sides are laid back hippie swamp blues. The flip hints at a Lovin' Spoonful sound.
They recorded at Cosimo's Studios for Jeb Banashak and I'm wondering if there are more than the six songs they released. Who knows, unreleased Busy-B recordings may be in the can and sitting on a shelf somewhere.

Jay Wolfe (vocals / guitar)
Johnny Behr (drums)
Ralph Richoux (bass)

"Country Food" / "Gone" (Zap 8) January 1968
"One Week Ago Today" / "A Thing You Gotta Face" (Zap 9) May 1968
"You're Gonna Get Burned" / "Dead Seed" (Zap 13) 1969

"Gone" and "Dead Seed" were compiled on LP "Florida Punk From the 60s" (Eva Records) mid 1980s. Both cuts also appeared on the Eva CD "Sixties Archives - Volume 4" from 1991

27 May, 2016


THE KNACK - "It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)" / "Time, Time, Time" (Decca F 12278) November 1965

This particular Knack were from Ilford near London and were on the scene for a couple of years during the mid sixties. They released several records on Decca and Piccadilly but never broke through in the Charts despite having strong commercial offerings, including this beat raver on Decca.

"It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)" is classy uptempo beat music. According to their wikipedia page The Knack were great live and had a strong mod following, it's got to be said that "It's Love Baby" has a certain Who-like quality about it (but without the distortion and feedback)
Production by Troggs associate Larry Page.

The B-Side "Time Time Time" is also essential which delivers a strident moody beat jangler. This song was first recorded by The Clique, another Larry Page produced combo.

When organist Tim Mycroft departed the Gurvitz brothers, Paul and Adrian along with drummer Louis Farrell continued but with a name change to The Gun pursuing a heavier rock direction.

22 May, 2016

BOYCE & HART - P.O. BOX 9847

BOYCE & HART - "Alice Long (You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend)" / "P.O. Box 9847" (A&M210 033) August 1968

Today's piece of ACE paisley pop is Boyce & Hart's recording of "P.O. Box 9847" which was released as the B-Side of "Alice Long" back in the Summer of 1968. Listen out for some fab 'Revolver' era guitar licks.

The Monkees also recorded this gem for their album "The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees" Micky Dolenz handles lead vocals...

Flip magazine - January 1968

21 May, 2016


THE STARFIRES - "I Never Loved Her" / "Linda" (G.I. Records 4001) May 1965

Here's a legendary record among 60s garage enthusiasts, The Starfires from Los Angeles with their intense and downright vicious tune "I Never Loved Her". This side scored a maximum "10" in 'Teenbeat Mayhem' confirming it one of the true greats of the genre.

Original copies sell for over $1,000 nowadays and so are obviously outta the range of most collectors. However, I own a great sounding white label bootleg. My advice is to catch 'em while you can. The original copies have gold labels with red writing and no doubt sound even better than this bootleg. It's believed only 25 copies or less exist!

With it's pounding bass, snarling vocals, screams, snotty attitude and teen angst "I Never Loved Her" will live long in your memory.

18 May, 2016


PETER & the WOLVES - "Little Girl Lost & Found" / "Is Me" (MGM 61169) October 1967

This is an obscure 1967 pop syke single by John Pantry's group Peter & The Wolves. "Little Girl Lost And Found" was first released by US group The Garden Club during April 1967 on A&M Records.
For those who have no idea who John Pantry is, well he wrote two of the classics recorded by The Factory - "Path Through The Forest" and "Try A Little Sunshine", supplying lead vocals for the latter.

14 May, 2016


THE BRAIN - "Nobody Knows The Game" (Tenth Planet TP-052) 2001

The core of "Syde Tryps #7" is provided by a handful of previously unreleased 1967 tracks from The Brain, who were of course responsible for one of the more manic 45s of the psychedelic era with the May 1967 single, "Kick The Donkey" / "Nightmares In Red". The group had previously been known as Trendsetters Ltd, though a December 1966 single for Page One "Boyfriends And Girlfriends" / "Shot On Sight" had appeared under the truncated name of The Trend.

"Nobody Knows The Game" is about as commercial sounding as The Brain ever got and could have easily been released as a single A-Side but sadly remained in the can until Tenth Planet called for this compilation.

The Brain were Michael Giles (drums, vocals) his brother Peter Giles (bass, vocals), Alan Azern (piano, vocals) and Michael Blakesley (trombone, vocals).

12 May, 2016


DEREK - "Cinnamon" / "This Is My Story" (Bang B-558) August 1968

Derek were a short-lived 'studio' group consisting of Johnny Cymbal and sundry musicians. This was their first record and when it became a hit Bang Records wanted a touring group to cash in and promote the record. A detailed history of Johnny Cymbal can be found at a wikipedia page.

"Cinnamon" is a bouncy piece of bubblegum pop, very catchy with hit potential. It sailed up the Charts in America but got no where fast in Britain. I'd never heard of Derek before buying this record on a whim last month. Tommy Roe also recorded "Cinnamon" but did not release it on a single keeping it for an album track.

"Cinnamon" / "This Is My Story" (Bang B-558) August 1968
"Back Door Man" / "Sell Your Soul" (Bang B-566) February 1969
"Inside Outside" / "Sell Your Soul" (Bang B-571) August 1969

Mike Rashkow, Ellie Greenwich, Johnny Cymbal - 1966


11 May, 2016


THEM - "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" / "Good Or Bad" (Decca 6.11225) January 1974

Turntable spin today is a cover of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" by Them from 1966. This 45 was never released in Britain at the time. I believe it came out in Germany during 1974, hence the fonts they've used on the cover which are more Glam Rock than Folk Rock.

According to a Them fan, the song was used in German film "Die Rocker" [The Rocker] so the label issued it on a single and it went to number 1. As a consequence Them reformed in Germany and recorded a new album "Shut Your Mouth" which became their final album. They then went touring but due to problems with management and personal conflicts Them disbanded once again. 

10 May, 2016


THE DAVE CLARK FIVE - "Everybody Knows" / "Concentration Baby" (Columbia DB 8286) October 1967

I watched a terrific Dave Clark Five documentary recently on BBC4 and didn't realize just how big and popular they became in America. Most of their early beat singles are appealing but they did tend to get bogged down with limp love ballads as the sixties progressed. 

Fortunately some of their more adventurous gems can be found on the B-Sides of singles such as the soul tinged fuzz 'n tambourine rocker "Concentration Baby" from 1967....they didn't even bother to mention this one on the documentary I watched which concentrated on the hits but none of their obscurities or ventures into psychedelia.



THE ROLLING STONES - "2000 Light Years From Home" / "She's A Rainbow" (Decca 79.016) 1967

Today's happenin' blast of 1967 British psychedelia is this mellotron infused acid creation "2,000 Light Years From Home" by the STONES. The lyrics were supposedly written by Mick while he was eating bowls of porridge inside Brixton Prison following his conviction for drug charges in June '67.

The equally brilliant psych ballad "She's A Rainbow" on the other side, making this 45 a vinyl slab of nirvana.

"Have you seen her all in gold,

Like a queen in days of old?
She shoots colours all around
like a sunset going down.
Have you seen a lady fairer?"

This is my French copy. It was never released in Britain!


09 May, 2016


THE FLOWER POT MEN - "You Can Never Be Wrong" / "Man Without A Woman" (Deram DM-183) April 1968

This is the second time out for The Flowerpot Men on my blog, they last surfaced way back in July 2008 with their Byrdsian drone "Blow Away." Eight years later they're back again with their third single and flop "You Can Never Be Wrong."

I'm not sure how this absolutely gorgeous psychedelic tinged harmony pop song failed to sell. Perhaps the vocal arrangements were just too complex for the casual buyer to comprehend. It's also a song that rarely shows up on Flowerpot Men compilations and was again ignored when RPM released a CD of their obscurities back in 2000, although the liners do have a picture of a Dutch advert for the single published in "Mini-Maat Music" magazine/trade paper.

I have other Flowerpot Men singles and I'll try not to leave their next outing so long next time!
By the way, the main stays of The Flowerpot Men were John Carter and Ken Lewis. They also wrote 'Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James' for Manfred Mann, 'Sunshine Girl' for Herman's Hermits and perhaps more famously 'My World Fell Down' recorded by Sagittarius.

08 May, 2016


MIKI DALLON - "Cheat and Lie" / I'm Gonna Find A Cave" (Strike JH 306) January 1966

It has taken me a couple of years to find this original Miki Dallon single on Strike but I managed just that back in April. Both sides are fabulous mod beat with forceful bass runs, riffs a plenty and brass.
Just prior to this record Miki Dallon fronted The Sessions (probably a studio group) who released "Let Me In" / "Bouncing Bass" on the American Fontana label. This was late 1965.

Miki was also producer for gritty R&B group The Sorrows who covered several of his songs including "Let Me In" and "Take A Heart" They even recorded a version of "I'm Gonna Find A Cave" but it remained in the can for decades.

"I'm Gonna Find A Cave" was also recorded by Charlie Starr, Billy Lee Riley, Jimmy Powell & the Dimensions and The Banana Splits.