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  • Crazy Cavan`n`The Rhythm Rockers - Rockabilly Rules OK! (10″LP + CD) (10``LP)

    29,90

    Upea! 10 albumin, jossa vuoden 1982 keikka Pariisista. CD:llä sama + harvinaisuuksia vuosilta 1974-2008. TODELLA RAJOITETTU PAINOS!!”

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  • Various - Big Beat Generation Vol 1 DVD (DVD)

    25,00

    Kokoelma Big Beat levy-yhtiön bändien eri TV ja Live esiintymisistä.

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  • Crazy Cavan And The Rhythm Rockers - Rockabilly Rules OK! (DVD)

    25,00

    VIHDOINKIN SAIMME LISÄÄ! RANSKAN TV:N NAUHOITUKSIA V. 1980-1982! ELI MUST HANKINTA KAIKILLE ROCKABILLY/CAVAN FANEILLE!!

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  • Various - Big Beat Story Vol. 1 (DVD)

    25,00

    Loistava uutukainen. Hienoja taltiointeja ranskan eri tv-ohjelmista!!! MUST!! for All Rockabilly fans!!

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  • Gordon Robert with Danny Gatton - Danny The Humbler 10″LP + CD (10``LP)

    29,90

    Viimeisen päälle upea live taltointi , sekä bonuksena Gordonin biisit Loveless elokuvasta. Rajoittu painos!!! 10 LP ja CD samassa paketissa!”

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  • Jackson Wanda - Rock Around The Eiffel Tower (Käytetty CD)

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    Mahtava nauhalöytö Ranskasta. Wandan keikka v. 1965 Pariista! Loistavat soundit ja upeat kannet!

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  • Alvin Phil (Blasters) - Un ”Sung” Stories (CD)

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    The Blasters’ leader’s debut solo album from 1986. Features prominent contributions from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Sun Ra’s Solar Arkestra.

    After the much-admired Blasters broke up in 1985, the group’s founder member, lead singer and guitarist Phil Alvin chose not to form or join another band. He wanted to make an album that featured music by some of his earliest musical influences – artists whose records he had heard thanks to his parents while growing up in the California town of Downey in the late 50s and early 60s. In 1986, Phil got to do just that.

    “Un ‘Sung Stories’” was warmly received at the time of release but the Slash label was not yet fully committed to the CD market and chose to issue it only on vinyl and cassette. The album didn’t receive a CD release until the 21st century, when a Japanese label put out a limited edition, and it’s never been issued in the UK in digital form until now. Suffice to say Big Beat’s release is not in any way limited, and will remain in catalogue as long as there are customers for it.

    The term Americana was not yet in widespread use in 1986 but it suits the contents of “Un ‘Sung Stories’” perfectly. Phil drew repertoire from his own youthful favourite artists and songs, reviving an early Bing Crosby hit, a gospel obscurity by Elder Anderson Johnson and no less than four songs (three in a medley) by the great Cab Calloway. On a couple of tracks he was joined by some fellow former members of the Blasters, on others by the Dirty Dozen Brass band from New Orleans. Perhaps most significantly, he persuaded Sun Ra to come back from outer space for a couple of days to lead his Arkestra in a session that produced three of the album’s 10 cuts. The end product remains invigorating and compelling, and can now be heard in the kind of sound it fully deserves.

    Hardly the most prolific of artists, it took Phil almost 15 years to produce another solo album but he remains busy in 2018 leading a re-formed Blasters and making the occasional album with brother Dave that are basically extensions of “Un ‘Sung Stories’”. If you have any interest at all in what’s now called Americana, it’s a set you will not want to be without.

    TONY ROUNCE

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  • Various - Planet Beat-From The Shel Talmy Vaults (CD)

    18,00

    Big Beat is proud to announce that we have recently accessed one of the most worthy vaults known to UK 1960s rock history: the archives of producer Shel Talmy, the man behind ’You Really Got Me,’ ’My Generation’ and dozens of other signature records of Swinging Britain’s mid-’60s glory days. Arriving on these shores in the summer of 1962, thanks to both undoubted ability and sheer bravado, Talmy quickly made a name for himself in the UK record business with hits from the Bachelors and others.

    Eventually he formed his own imprint, Planet Records, which issued two-dozen highly collectable releases before imploding due to distribution problems in late 1966. Planet Beat gathers two-dozen nuggets from the unlocked Talmy vault to present an unprecedented overview of his achievement in the beat group category. There are alternative versions of classics like the Breadcrumbs’ ’Everybody Knows’ and the First Gear’s ’Leave My Kitten Alone,’ with a young Jimmy Page tearing it up on the fuzz. Rare items from the Rising Sons and Untamed join choice gems from the Planet discography along with unreleased excitement from the likes of the Liberators, Johnny B Great and Imp-Acts.

    Everything on Planet Beat is drawn from the first generation master tapes and comes with copious illustrations and notes by compiler Alec Palao. A feast for anyone interested in the golden era of British beat.

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  • Various - Planet Mod: Brit Soul, R&B And Freakbeat From The Shel Talmy Vaults (CD)

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    If only for his stewardship of the Who, Kinks and Creation, American Shel Talmy is revered as the producer responsible for distilling the cathartic, kinetic sound of mod rock to disc. Yet within his mid-60s production catalogue lie many other fabulous examples of a genre that wields considerable influence to this day, while remaining very much a way of life for those already converted. Planet Mod assembles two dozen examples of Talmy’s work in the field, all drawn from a fresh excavation of his rarely tapped, thoroughly ear-opening tape vault. Many, such as the Thoughts, Wild Uncertainty and Tribe were recorded for his short-lived Planet label, while the Trackers and Pros & Cons and others were independent productions Talmy farmed out to major labels. The playlist balances black US acts John Lee Hooker, Ray Gates and Screaming Jay Hawkins with the homegrown club R&B of the Soul Brothers, Groundhogs and mod heroes the Untamed. There’s rare early compositions from Bowie (Kenny Miller’s Take My Tip) and Bill Wyman (the Preachers Goodbye Girl), while the beans are spilled on mysterious outfits the Total and the Corduroys. Complete with copious notes and illustrations drawn from the Talmy files, Planet Mod is a fitting tribute to the American who injected some much-needed muscle into British rock in its glory days. Compilation and note by Alec Palao.

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  • Various - Planet Mod – Brit Soul, R&B And Freakbeat From The Shel Talmy Vaults 2LP (LP)

    40,00

    Vintage mid-60s magic supervised by the producer most closely associated with the mod genre. Club favourites, nuggets from the Planet Records catalogue and many unheard gems – all straight from the Shel Talmy vaults. Available in CD and double LP formats. LP version pressed on 180g transparent red vinyl in heavy duty gatefold jacket.

    Shel Talmy is a name that any discussion of the significant stewards behind British pop’s mid-60s purple period will immediately bring to mind. Were it only for his early supervision of the Who, he would still remain a mod hero. Add the dozens of other records and artists – from best-sellers such as the Kinks to obscurities along the lines of the Mickey Finn – with which he was involved, and his role in bringing forth the most powerful examples of the genre becomes unequivocal. Even a venture that was ostensibly a failure – his bespoke label, Planet Records – has acquired semi-mythical status amongst the mod cognoscenti, thanks in part to its association with Talmy’s great white hope, the Creation.

    Rather than recycling the over-familiar, the new “Planet Mod” compilation digs deep into Talmy’s rarely tapped tape vault to uncover many other fabulous examples of a genre that wields considerable influence to this day. The core of 1960s modernist taste was always black America, but in recent decades the voracious appetite of genre practitioners finds not only rock, but home-grown soul and even pop squeezed within mod’s defining parameters. Certainly, several American artists are represented, including two of the acknowledged greats of US R&B. In a scenario that is all too frequent for Talmy, there is also at least one future superstar within the assembled cast. And on the other side of the coin, we have early, unsuccessful yet exciting recordings from two vocalists who would both go on to have massive UK hits in the 1970s and 1980s, albeit with essentially family-friendly fare.

    The Thoughts, Untamed, Wild Uncertainty, Tribe, Corduroys and John Lee’s Groundhogs all recorded for Planet, while others such as the Trackers and Pros & Cons were independent productions Talmy farmed out to major labels. There are rare early compositions from Bowie (Kenny Miller’s ‘Take My Tip’) and Bill Wyman (the Preachers’ ‘Goodbye Girl’), while the beans are spilled on mysterious outfits the Total and the Soul Brothers. Several tracks are alternate takes or versions, including a demo version of the New Breed’s sought-after ‘Unto Us’ and a rollicking studio jam by Goldie & the Gingerbreads. Indeed, over half the contents of “Planet Mod” are previously unreleased.

    This is the first of several Ace/Big Beat collections drawn from the Shel Talmy archives, with forthcoming volumes focused on his beat and girl group productions. All come with thoroughly loaded booklets that provide unprecedented detail upon this remarkable man’s activities in that magic era.

    Alec Palao

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  • Tall Boys - Fun Time (CD)

    18,00

    Täydellinen! Psychobillyn klassikkoja! 28 biisiä! TAAS LÖYTYY VARASTOSTA!!!!

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  • Prisoners - A Taste Of Pink (Käytetty CD)

    10,00

    ”by DEAN RUDLAND

    There is something about a rock’n’roll band that appeals. I think it’s the feeling that with a little effort we could all be up there, guitars in hand. It is this ”do it yourself” ethic that ensures that the popularity of guitar-based groups endures, and that even when the hot light of publicity is shining elsewhere those bands will still be formed. At the moment the classic garage band sound is very much back in vogue, coming from US bands such as the White Stripes from Detroit and their ilk. These bands and their members have been playing for years with little publicity and would have carried on doing so regardless of success. This is a similar situation to the scene that formed around the Medway towns just outside London, in the early 80s which produced many bands; notably the Milkshakes with leader Billy Childish, but also the Prisoners, whose rough-hewn take on 60s psych and garage made them one of the great ”lost” bands of the 1980s. This unique re-issue of their debut album A TASTE OF PINK with additional tracks shows the band development from their earliest home demo through to their move outside their local area onto a wider audience.

    The Prisoners formed in 1980 when Allan Crockford, Graham Day and Johnny Symons formed a band at school in Rochester. It was pretty basic stuff, Graham on guitar, Allan on bass and Johnny on drums, mixing punk and 60s influences, rehearsals at parents’ homes and maybe the odd gig in between exams. 1981 saw the band take things more seriously, and the band expanded to a four piece with the addition of Bruce Brand from the Milkshakes as a second guitarist, which brought with it a stronger R&B flavour. This arrangement didn’t last long and the far more important discovery for the year was Graham’s voice as a songwriter.

    Late in 1981 (Allan thinks November) the band recorded a home demo as a three piece. It’s an interesting document which we present here for the first time. Obviously a little rough around the edges, the band is nonetheless a tight outfit with all the power you could want from a guitar trio. The songs include the previously unheard Talking Bout My Baby, which is strongly marked by one of Graham’s biggest influences at that time, the Pretty Things. Two of the other songs, Don’t Call My Name and Say Your Prayers, would be recorded again for A Taste Of Pink. The final song, Lilac Reflections, is a bit of a discovery, an early live favourite, still liked by Allan and Graham. This is the first time you will have ever heard it unless you were at the early gigs. These demos once again showed the touch of the Milkshakes as that band’s Russell Wilkins helped in the recording – something that he did on and off throughout the Prisoners’ career.

    The Prisoners became a four piece in early 1982 with the addition of Jamie Taylor on organ. James, like the others, was in the same year at Rochester Mathematical School – and was Johnny Symons’ best mate. Originally he played a modern Casio keyboard, which was given a distinct sound by playing its organ sound – loud – through a valve amplifier. The organ and Graham’s songs gave the Prisoners a distinctive sound, allowing them their own niche within the local scene. Throughout the first half of 1982 they played all the local venues, most notably the Medway Indian Club (MIC), where they would later record a live album with the Milkshakes.

    The Milkshakes were a discernable influence on the Prisoners’ attitudes and it was their ”get up and get on with it yourself” ethos that convinced the band that they could just go and record an album. So with money saved from their gigs – looked after by Allan’s then girlfriend – and the spur of Jamie’s impending exodus to university in Newcastle, the band recorded A Taste Of Pink. The album was recorded in two days at a studio in Herne Bay. The first day – a Sunday – saw the putting down of backing tracks and guide vocals recorded live to tape. The following Sunday the lead vo”

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