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Various - Once Upon A Time In The West Midlands – The Bostin’ Sounds Of Brumrock 1966-1974 (3CD) (CD)€30,00
• A 3-CD, four-hour celebration of the post-Brumbeat late ‘60s/early ‘70s rock scene in the West Midlands.
• Tracing the evolution and development of that scene as local musicians embarked on an epic journey that embraced mod pop, psychedelia, blues, progressive rock, glam-rock and heavy metal, inspired by the emergence of chief catalysts The Move.
• Revolving around the area’s big hitters, with key selections from The Move, The Moody Blues, The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, The Idle Race, Slade, The Electric Light Orchestra, Roy Wood and Wizzard, Judas Priest and others.
When the beat/R&B explosion died out around 1965, so did the influence of cities like Liverpool and Manchester. However, the live scene in Birmingham and surrounding towns went from strength to strength. By the end of the decade, the West Midlands had become the smelting house of the nascent hard rock/metal revolution.
Including a bunch of classic cult 45s (The Craig, Locomotive, Medicine Head, The Ghost) and essential cuts from enduring local legends like Steve Gibbons and his band The Ugly’s, Denny Laine, The Montanas and Jimmy Powell.
Also featuring several previously unreleased tracks, including music from post-World Of Oz outfit Kansas Hook, Big Bertha, Cathedral and the first-ever recording (made in 1967) to feature future Magnum vocalist Bob Catley.
Housed in a stylish clamshell box that includes a heavily illustrated and annotated 48- page booklet, ‘Once Upon A Time In The West Midlands’ is a fascinating microcosm of the post-beat/pre-punk development of British rock music that will be of huge appeal far beyond its narrow geographical focus.
Beau Brummels - Turn Around – The Complete Recordings 1964-1970 (8CDRemastered Boxset) (CD)€65,00
• THE LAST WORD ON AN AMERICAN CLASSIC!
• 228 NEWLY REMASTERED TRACKS ACROSS EIGHT JAM-PACKED COMPACT DISCS IN REPLICA SLEEVES
• 24 UNRELEASED CUTS, WITH MANY TITLES NEW TO CD AND AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PERIOD MONO OR FRESH STEREO MIXES
• 88 PAGE BOOKLET WITH DETAILED LINER NOTES AND RARE PHOTOS AND MEMORABILIA FROM THE BAND’S PERSONAL COLLECTIONS
With their brilliant synthesis of folk and country, baroque and roll, San Francisco’s Beau Brummels made a major and lasting contribution to the lexicon of American popular music in the mid-1960s. ‘Turn Around: The Complete Recordings 1964-1970’ is the exhaustive overview of their legacy has so long deserved; presenting the band’s classic Autumn and Warner Brothers recordings in definitive fashion.
Boasting the stellar songcraft of Ron Elliott and the unique voice of Sal Valentino, the Brummels were amongst the first American units to respond to the British Invasion with innovation rather than imitation. The group remained popular and influential in the US long after their 1965 chart successes with ‘Laugh, Laugh’ and ‘Just A Little’, and once the act had devolved to the duo of Valentino and Elliott in 1967, the Beau Brummels moved to the forefront of Warner Brothers’ late 1960s pop renaissance with the albums ‘Triangle’ and ‘Bradley’s Barn’, the latter a visionary country-rock masterpiece.
Assembled, annotated and mastered by longtime Brummels’ aficionado Alec Palao, this major refurbishment of The Beau Brummels’ catalogue leaves no stone unturned. The original stereo album masters are accompanied by a comprehensive assortment of out- takes, alternate mixes and 45 RPM versions, and are further enhanced by rarities and unreleased demos drawn from the band’s own archives.
All the members of the Brummels also contribute to the instructive and heavily – illustrated history of the recordings, housed in a deluxe, handsomely appointed booklet art directed and designed by Steve Stanley.
Merseybeats / The Merseys - I stand Accused – The Complete Merseybeats and Merseys Sixties Recordings (2CD) (CD)€18,00
• Emerging from the Liverpool group scene during the goldrush years, The Merseybeats’ combination of Everly Brothers-style vocal harmonies and adroitly-chosen beat boom ballads saw them record several hit singles (including ‘I Think Of You’, which reached the Top Five), a brace of very popular EPs and a self-titled album that spent a couple of months in the LP charts.
• After their superb version of ‘I Stand Accused’ (a big favourite of local teenager Elvis Costello, later to cover the song) failed to become the huge success that it deserved to be, group leaders Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley reinvented themselves as vocal duo The Merseys, who recorded one of the classic mid-Sixties pop hits in ‘Sorrow’, subsequently quoted in Beatles track ‘It’s All Too Much’ and taken back into the charts a few years later by David Bowie.
• ‘Sorrow’ was followed by a handful of Merseys singles that, although less successful, are now highly regarded by admirers of late Sixties British pop and psychedelia, and are now legitimately assembled under one roof for the first time.
• I Stand Accused: The Complete Merseybeats and Merseys Sixties Recordings features everything known to have been recorded by both acts, including demos, out-takes, alternative versions and home recordings. The set also incorporates the various splinter projects that took place during the same time-frame, with a pseudonymous single as Crackers joined by some highly sought-after 45s involving Merseybeats drummer John Banks and former Big Three bassist Johnny Gustafson, who had briefly replaced Kinsley in The Merseybeats.
• A 2-CD digipak release, I Stand Accused features many superb full colour photos as well as a new 9,000 word essay that covers the fascinating careers of both bands, including their relationships with the pre-fame Beatles and Brian Epstein, their adventures with The Who (with whom they shared the same management team, leading to John Entwistle and Keith Moon playing on a handful of Merseys tracks) and their unwitting part in the tale of Pete Best’s dismissal.
Various - Night Comes Down: 60s British Mod, R&B, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets (3CD boxset) (CD)€25,00
NIGHT COMES DOWN continues RPM’s ongoing pedigree in creating bespoke Sixties compilations of rare British music aimed at discerning collectors.
This 3-CD box set follows previous collections Looking Back (2011) and Keep Lookin’ (2014), which ran the gamut of musical styles which emanated from the UK, diverse and yet united in their dancefloor appeal, from the discotheques of the day to nouveau Mod clubs in the 21st century.
Many tracks make their official debut on CD, including rarities by The Gnomes Of Zurich, Kevin ‘King’ Lear, Dominic Grant, The Shadrocks, The Reaction, Al Saxon, The Hammers, etc. In addition, ‘Cypress’ by The Truth is a previously unissued variant of Donovan’s ‘Hey Gyp’.
Familiar names (The Spencer Davis Group, Laurel Aitken, The Moody Blues, Arthur Brown) are joined by cult favourites (John’s Children, Mickey Finn, The Bo Street Runners) and relative unknowns (Five’s Company, The Second Thoughts).
Across the three CDs, NIGHT COMES DOWN charts the development of Beat music in its various guises, from the gutsy yet jazzy R&B which opens Disc 1 through to horn-laden Brit Soul (Norma Lee, The Brothers Grimm), fuzz-laden Freakbeat (Favourite Sons, The Tomcats, The In Crowd), Femme Pop (Twiggy, Twinkle), and groovy Loungecore (courtesy of Mark Wirtz and Les Reed’s British Lion Orchestra).
Disc 3 reflects the influence of Psychedelia, as Swinging London became multi-coloured, with assorted treats from The Alan Bown, The Mike Stuart Span and The Spectrum, with some unlikely Mod-ish discoveries by “hairy” bands such as The Deviants and Fat Mattress.
Anyone who tried to purchase every 45 captured on NIGHT COMES DOWN would have to set aside several thousand pounds!
The deluxe clamshell package includes a weighty booklet full of illustrations, with a 12,000- word sleeve-note comprising a detailed summary of all 87 tracks on offer.
Various - Look At Me Now! (The Pop Songwriting Rarities Of Mitch Murray 1963-1966) (CD)€18,00
Look At Me Now is the first ever retrospective on the songwriting prowess of Mitch Murray. Taking a close examination of Mitch’s 1963-1966 compositions, Teensville traces rarities by artists such as The Naturals, Murray’s Monkeys, The Outcasts, Dev Douglas and many more. The compilation features 34 tracks with an 80 minute runtime. Also included is a full color booklet with information about the artists and recordings, pictures and a special introduction by Mitch’s personal friend, Brian Gari.
Messina Jim & His Jesters - The Dragsters (RSD) (CD)€20,00
Prior to his work with Buffalo Springfield and Kenny Loggins, 16 year old Jim Messina led a savage group of fellow surf devotee friends to record The Dragsters, a 1964 album full of fierce, fiery, and infectious surf rock instrumentals with just enough sounds from the strip to get your motor running! The 14 original reverb-soaked tracks are presented here in their magnificent (and rare) mono versions plus four bonus pounders, all reissued for the first time and pressed on colored vinyl!
Poole Brian & The Tremeloes - Live At The BBC 1964-67 (2CD) (CD)
From the vaults of the BBC come Brian Poole & The Tremeloes’s live studio recordings for programmes such as Saturday Club, broadcast between 1964 and 1967. These sessions also include solo tracks by the Tremeloes and Brian Poole alike. Some of the songs in this package (such as ’It’s All Over Now Baby Blue’, ’Walking My Cat Named Dog’, ’Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever’ and ’Like A Rolling Stone’) were stage favourites or recorded especially for the BBC, having never been issued on disc by the band. Many of the tracks have a brief interview and introduction by DJs such as Brian Matthew. As far as BGO and the BBC are concerned, this is everything that is available – unless anyone out there knows otherwise! Extensive new notes by David Wells.
Various - Lost Innocence: Garpax 1960s Punk & Psych (CD)€18,00
Vintage garage rock is only one of the many tributaries of popular music that the maverick genius Gary S Paxton recorded and produced in his 1960s heyday, and while hardly prolific, the small cadre of 60s punk tracks in the vault of this eccentric producer-engineer include a fair amount of acknowledged classics of the genre. ”Lost Innocence: Garpax 1960s Punk & Psych” collects the best moments from Paxton’s forays into teenaged rock in the wake of the British Invasion. Many of the groups and their discs are well-known to the aficionados: The Avengers’ controversial ’Be A Cave Man’, the snotty tones of ’See If I Care’ by Ken & the Forth Dimension, the eloquent evocation of carnal knowledge that is the Buddhas’ title track. Highly regarded nuggets by the Whatt Four, the New Wing and Limey & The Yanks are joined by ear-opening screamers from the likes of Carl Walden & the Humans. Most of the material on ”Lost Innocence” was recorded at Paxton’s two Hollywood studios between 1965 and 1967, but some of the freakier cuts derive from facilities he ran from a converted bank in the Bakersfield suburb of Oildale in the last three years of the decade. These include the trippy ’My Dream’ by the aforementioned Buddhas and fantastic cuts by the Fog and Mental Institution, the latter one of the many pseudonyms that Paxton acolyte Kenny Johnson used while recording at the studio. ”Lost Innocence” is taken wholly from master tape and features many songs either new to CD or completely unissued. A lengthy note and numerous rare photos complete a package loaded with appeal for the 1960s garage rock enthusiast.
Outcasts - 1978-85 (3CD) (CD)€25,00
53 track 3 CD digi-box set featuring all of the studio releases issued by seminal Northern Irish Punk band The Outcasts between 1978 and 1985.
• Disc 1 is debut LP “Self Conscious Over You” which reached No.20 in the Indie Chart and now comes with six bonus tracks.
• The second disc is the band’s Indie Chart Top 20 second album “Blood And Thunder”. This includes the No.21 hit single ‘Angel Face’ as well as five bonus tracks.
• Disc 3 is 1984’s “Seven Deadly Sins” mini LP which is now bolstered by six rare bonus tracks. Also included are two BBC Radio 1 sessions the band recorded for the John Peel show, both previously unreleased.
• The 20 page booklet contains detailed liner notes, pictures of all related record sleeves and various clippings and memorabilia from the era.
• The band are still led to this day by the Cowan brothers, Greg and Martin, and are regulars at Punk festivals like Rebellion and Punk N Disorderly.
Various - Just A Bad Dream: Sixty British Garage & Trash Nuggets 1981-89 (3CD) (CD)€25,00
3CD set charting the UK’s 1980s Garage Rock revival, otherwise known as Trash.
All of the key players! Including Thee Milkshakes, The Sting-Rays, The Cannibals, The Prisoners, The Barracudas, The X-Men, The Tall Boys, The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Meteors, The X-Men, The Playn Jayn and many, many more…
Sixty of the finest must-have scene hits, lesser known deep cuts and underexposed nuggets.
Produced in association with The Sting-Rays’ Alec Palao
“I was there” sleevenotes from Mike Spenser, Lenny Helsing and Vic Templar.
Remarkable ‘comic book’ design and packaging makes this a must-see, must-hear, must-have set!
Sometimes, a disparate crowd of random influences and a handful of scene-makers coalesce out of nothing, and before you know it a movement is happening. So it was in the UK in the early-to-mid- ‘80s, when an unlikely set of bands resurrected the spirit of mid-‘60s Garage Rock.
Fusing that sound with elements of the pre-Fab Four, Psych, Mod, Rockabilly and Psychobilly, and greasing the wheels of this new machine with a thick slab of post—punk sensibility, bands across the UK began to shout and holler like they hadn’t in years, capturing their work on often rough and ready recordings, issued on Big Beat, Hangman, Hit Records, Media Burn, Creation and other equally fried labels. From London, Medway and the South East to Edinburgh and beyond, the Trash movement spread, quickly reaching out into mainland Europe and beyond. Here in the UK, Trash finally enjoyed its moment in the sunshine in 1984, when four of the scene’s key bands appeared on Channel 4’s flagship music show The Tube.
Spiky, brash, loud and unfettered by delusions of grandeur, this is the sound of the post punk UK music scene looking backwards whilst moving forwards. Not for the faint-hearted, sure, and always likely to tell you where you can stick it, but this is a sound that has stuck. The garage and trash scene, albeit under different names and sprinkled with a layer of post-Millennial self-awareness, continues to thrive around the world. Wherever one finds guitars, amplifiers and the primal spirit, one finds Trash.
Packed full of rarities and collectibles – the Medway Valley and Billy Childish related material is currently particularly sought after – ‘Just A Bad Dream’ will appeal to fans of ‘80s Psychedelia, Mod Revival, Indie, Psychobilly and, of course, the ‘60s Garage Rock that influenced so many of these artists.
Various - Rebel Rousers (CD)€15,00
”This comp erases any doubts I had about 2021 being a momentous year for rock and roll!” – Scott Hudson, The Ledge
Rum Bar Records artist performing, writing or otherwise making art inspired by alt-punk, heartland-punk, alt-country, heart-on-sleeve, out-of-the-garage rock n’ roll. Tends to inhabit and play said music loudly in hole in the wall dive bars. Rebel Rousers’ art is general enjoyed best with a warm beer and cold shot in a corner at a neighborhood watering hole.
Underground Fire (Rob Coffinshaker) - Ashes Of Life (CD)€13,00
The new band formed by mastermind Rob Coffinshaker (The Coffinshakers, Gehennah) finally releases their full-length debut “Ashes of Life”. Ten powerful songs of dark rock you just don’t hear these days. It transcends time and space and takes you on a journey through the dark chasm of the soul.
The album was recorded in Studio Cobra, Stockholm by Martin “Konie” Ehrencrona (Viagra Boys, Les Big Byrd), whom has also recorded/produced acts like Tribulation, Refused, In Solitude and Henrik Palm. “Ashes of Life” will be released world wide on both LP and CD on November 6.
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Golliwogs - Fight Fire: The Complete Recordings 1964-1967 (CD)€18,00
John and Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford… CCR, right? Yes, but pre-Creedence they were the Golliwogs, a rockin’ Bay Area band who gradually saw John take over songwriting duties from brother Tom. Their only collection boasts A- and B-sides as well as recordings that went unreleased at the time. Their regional hit rendition of ”Brown-Eyed Girl” joins ”Fight Fire,” ”Try Try Try,” ”Where You Been,” ”You Got Nothin’ on Me,” ”She Was Mine,” ”Tell Me,” ”Little Tina,” ”Fragile Child” and more on CD or double vinyl!
Los Boppers - Tren Solitario – The Very Best of the Los Boppers (CD)€13,00
Formed in Mexico City in 1960, LOS BOPPERS were one of Mexico’s most popular indigenous rock & roll groups between 1961-1962.
Their forte was Spanish language covers of contemporaneous American rock & roll hits, and they registered the Mexican hit versions of songs like ’Lonesome Train’, ’Blueberry Hill’, ’A White Sport Coat’ and ’Dream Lover’.
Their joint lead singers, Francisco ’Paco’ Cañedo and Ricardo ’Elvisito’ de la Garza Ramírez, were their key members, before setting out on successful solo careers in 1963.
They recorded three LPs, ’Colina Azul’, ’Rock’ and ’Sesion De Rock Con Los Boppers’, plus a handful of singles.
This compilation features virtually all their recordings, including their hits and other well-known numbers.
This is all seriously rare, collectors’ material, virtually impossible to find elsewhere, and around a third of these sides have never previously appeared on CD.
Deejays - Coming On Strong, The Best Of The Deejays (CD)€18,00
Originally hailing from London, collectable Sixties Beat combo The Deejays only had two singles issued in the UK but proved to be much more popular in Sweden, where they were based and scored several hits and made two albums.
COMING ON STRONG is the first UK CD retrospective of this highly-rated band. Originally billed as Johnny Vallons & The Deejays, they were invited to Sweden in 1963 by the manager of The Spotnicks: they came for a two month tour and remained for five years!
All of the group’s key tracks from 1965-1967 are included on this 28-track compilation, including highlights from the albums The “Deejays” (1966) and “Haze” (1967).
The sleeve-notes include quotes from Clive Sarstedt (alias Robin Sarstedt, brother of Peter Sarstedt and Eden Kane), who served time with The Deejays for a year or so.
Copies of ‘Coming On Strong’ on UK Polydor sell for up to £100, fuelled by demand for this Mod/R&B collector’s classic. The two Swedish-only albums sell for even more!
Britten Buddy - Long Gone Baby: Complete Singles 1962-1967 (CD)€15,00
· Here are the ten singles of prime time British Beat combo The
Regents lead by Buddy Britten, topped off with the two singles as his late 60’s
psych alter ego Simon Raven.· Compiled and reissued for the first time, majority of tracks
making it to CD for the first time too. The release has benefited greatly from
the full assistance of Buddy himself, who has delivered two previously
unreleased tracks in Billy Christian
and Lovin’ You.· Buddy Britten was born in Liverpool but his music career got
going ‘down south’ with Impresario Reg Calvert as first guitar player with
Vince Taylor then as band leader on Calvert’s south coast package tours.
Buddy’s own band by 1962 was named The Regents and released singles through the
Beat and R&B era mainly on Oriole and Pye’s Piccadilly label. · Like many 60’s outfits lasting a number of years on the circuit
The Regents had an ever changing line up, including by late 1964 Nick Simper,
later of Deep Purple on bass. (Same time Keith Moon was the drummer for two
days having passed the audition but took up a simultaneous offer from The Who
instead.)· After the Beat era Buddy moved with the times looking to record
a heavier sound. For two singles in 1967 his professional moniker changed to
Simon Raven (later Raverne), after the British author of the same name. Later
Buddy reverted to his real name and became a successful author in his own right
– namely Geoffrey Glover Wright.
Knickerbockers - The Challenge Recordings 4CD Boxset (CD)€45,00
80 tracks from a band with exactly one hit single? That’s precisely what Sundazed does!
Meticulously mastered from the original analog master tapes and acetates, the entire set is produced in glorious mono, including previously unheard mono mixes. Taken together, the discs and notes provide a portal back to when a three-minute single could change the world, if only temporarily. Take a step back in time and rediscover the band that launched Coxsackie’s (and the world’s) premier reissue label! Brothers Beau and John Charles, from Bergenfield, NJ, formed The Knickerbockers in 1962. Taking their name from Knickerbocker Road in nearby Tenafly, NJ, the band went through various lineups until vocalist/saxophonist Randell joined in 1964. Along with drummer Jimmy Walker, this is the quartet singer/songwriter Jerry Fuller (”Travelin’ Man,” ”Young Girl,” ”Lady Willpower”) caught at Albany, NY nightspot, the University Twist Palace. Fuller signed them to Los Angeles indie label Challenge and they recorded three albums for the label, full of self-penned classics along with carefully selected covers. The Challenge Recordings –
4 Compact Disc Boxed Set including a 40 Page Booklet!
Black Keys - Let’s Rock (CD)€18,00
The Black Keys’ ninth studio album, “Let’s Rock,” will be released via Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records. The long-awaited album, their first in five years, is a return to the straightforward rock of the singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney’s early days as a band. Auerbach says, “When we’re together we are The Black Keys, that’s where that real magic is, and always has been since we were sixteen.”
“Let’s Rock” was written, tracked live, and produced by Auerbach and Carney at Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville and features backing vocals from Leisa Hans and Ashley Wilcoxson. “The record is like a homage to electric guitar,” says Carney. “We took a simple approach and trimmed all the fat like we used to.