Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Smithereens "Christmas With The Smithereens"


Some goodies to enjoy that you may not have.

Christmas with the Smithereens features three original tunes, and as rock & roll Christmas albums go, this is good fun and admirably eclectic. The Smithereens are pretty broad-minded when it comes to what constitutes a Yuletide melody, given the presence of "Christmas," a not especially seasonal tune from the Who's Tommy, and they dig up the Beatles rarity "Christmas Time Is Here Again," as well as cutting a version of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" that's a dead ringer for the Fab Four.

Seasonal numbers from the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, and the Ramones also make the set list, and you get a snappy spoken word rendition of "The Night Before Christmas" as well as some rollicking proto-surf boogie on "Auld Lang Syne." The big surprise here is that Pat DiNizio shares the vocal mic with his bandmates for a change, and if guitarist Jim Babjak and drummer Dennis Diken aren't quite up to DiNizio's standard as a singer, they fit their selections better than DiNizio's often-gloomy tone.

Fans waiting for a "real" Smithereens album will apparently have to wait a bit longer, but Christmas with the Smithereens is more thoughtful and intriguing than the average tossed-together holiday offering, and the best moments are a clear reminder of what makes this band worthwhile.

01 - Waking Up On Christmas Morning 02 - Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) 03 - Merry Christmas, Baby 04 - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree 05 - Christmas Time All Over The World 06 - Christmas 07 - 'Twas The Night Before Christmas 08 - Run Rudolph Run 09 - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) 10 - Christmas (I Remember) 11 - Auld Lang Syne
12 - Christmas Time Is Here Again


Louis Jordan - One Sided Love Then Sakatumi

These 1968 Recordings Represent One of his Last Visits to a Studio in the United States. Originally Released on the Pzazz Label this was a Rare Collectors Item for Over 30 Years. All the Titles Are Making their Worldwide Debut on CD! Great stuff.

1. One Sided Love 2:06 2. Bullitt 2:48
3. New Orleans And Rusty Old Horn 2:40
4. You Gotta Go 2:32 5. I'll Get Along Some-How 3:38 6. Wild Is The Night 2:33 7. Sakatumi 3:14
8. What's On Your Mind 2:48 9. Monkey See, Monkey Do 2:32 10. Watch The World 2:55
11. The A-Men Corner 2:46 12. Santa Claus, Santa Claus 3:24


Donna Summer - Christmas Spirit

This is an appealing mix of secular and devotional Christmas songs by the once upon a time disco diva. They are all ballads, there's nothing to dance to here, but the album is a classic of its genre. On several tracks Donna is backed by the Nashville String Quartet and by various choirs on others.

The two slow ballads White Christmas and The Christmas Song are followed by a rousing version of O Come All Ye Faithful, where Donna is assisted by a children's and men's choir. Another highlight is the Christmas Medley consisting of What Child Is This/Do You Hear What I Hear?/Joy To The World, a most impressive arrangement.

I'll Be Home For Christmas comes across as a bit mournful, whilst Christmas Spirit is joyful and optimistic. The beautiful devotional Breath Of Heaven has a spoken intro. It is a most stirring piece of music with a magnificent melody and soaring vocals. Equally moving is O Holy Night, a slow, tender song with a gospel choir.

The album concludes with Lamb Of God. This one also has a spoken intro from the Gospel and a lovely inspirational sound with its children's and adult choirs. This wonderful album is on a par with two other great Chrismas albums by female vocalists: Noel by Noel Baez and Light Of The Stable by Emmylou Harris.

Good listening; good holidays, everyone!

1. White Christmas 2. Christmas Song 3. O Come All Ye Faithful 4. Christmas Is Here
5. Christmas Medley: What Child Is This?/Do You Hear What I Hear/Joy ... 6. I'll Be Home for Christmas 7. Christmas Spirit 8. Breath of Heaven 9. O Holy Night 10. Lamb of God


VA - Foot Tappers

After all the holiday extravaganzas - here is a pleasant comp of familiar tunes to help you relax. pop it in and chill - or continue to party.

Following the massive success of 'Dreamboats And Petticoats' here comes 'Foot Tappers'. From the same era, these are the big instrumental hits showcasing the hugely popular guitar bands of the day. The album is stacked with perennial hits from The Shadows, The Ventures, The Tornados, Duane Eddy, The Surfaris, Johnny & The Hurricanes and Dick Dale & His Deltones (from Pulp Fiction).

01. Foot Tapper - Shadows 02:35
02. Telstar - Tornados 03:16
03. Nut Rocker - B. Bumble & the Stingers 02:01
04. Tequila - Champs 02:13
05. Pipeline - Chantays 02:19
06. Misirlou - Dale, Dick & His Del-Tones 02:14 07. Wipe Out - Surfaris 02:19 08. Time is Tight - Booker T & the Mg's 03:17 09. Hit and Miss - Barry, John Seven Plus Four 02:00 10. Diamonds - Harris, Jet & Tony Meehan 02:24 11. Walk Don't Run - Ventures 02:04 12. Hava Nagila - Spotnicks 02:19 13. Teen Beat - Nelson, Sandy 02:37 14. Red River Rock - Johnny & the Hurricanes 02:12 15. Shazam - Eddy, Duane 01:51 16. Classical Gas - Williams, Mason 03:04
17. Cruel Sea - Dakotas 02:14 18. Perfidia - Ventures 02:04 19. Stranger on the Shore - Bilk, Acker 02:56 20. Globetrotter - Tornados 02:39 21. Dance with the Guitar Man - Eddy, Duane 02:45 22. Rocking Goose - Johnny & the Hurricanes 01:49 23. James Bond Theme - Barry, John Seven & Orchestra 01:46 24. Let There Be Drums - Nelson, Sandy 02:17 25. Scarlett O'hara - Harris, Jet & Tony Meehan 02:17 26. Green Onions - Booker T & the Mg's 02:53 27. Apache - Shadows 02:59 28. Theme From A Summer Place - Faith, Percy Orchestra


Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Dead Rocks - One Million Dollar Surf Band

Nice energetic frat surf to keep you lively on a very snowy day.

1 The Million Dollar Theme
2 Sonic Stars
3 Boogie Splash Crash
4 My Nurse Wanna Dance With Me
5 Nicotine
6 Easy Job
7 O Milionario
8 Crazy Race
9 Green Secret From Amazonia
10 A Song For The Future
11 Um Broto Apaixonante
12 La Terrible Maldicion De Tutankamon
13 Pais Tropical
14 Kamikaze
15 Deliriuns Tremens
16 Thelephone Call 37:48


VA - Tributo a Ramones - I Want You Around

"I Want You Around" is the name chosen for this first album organized by Mondo Ramone, and it's a tribute to the greatest punk-rock band Ramones. There are 25 bands from different countries: Argentina, Spain, Uruguay, France and the UK.

Each band performs the version in its own way. And there are covers in Spanish and English. The bands style is mostly punk-rock, with variations such as Ramonero-punk and pop-punk, plus some tribute bands.

Furthermore, the disc is accompanied by a magazine (in PDF) with detailed information on each band.


01. Intro
02. Durango 95 (Monchones)
03. Blitzkrieg bop (Ramonas)
04. Con mi PlayStation (DDT)
05. Go lil’ Camaro go (Maxidelmar)
06. Slug (Fast Food)
07. We want the airwaves (Sinfexis)
08. Punishment fits the crime (Bien Desocupados junto a CJ Ramone)
09. Cretin family (Sale Kon Fritas)
10. Estoy en contra (Ningoonies)
11. Carbona not glue (Diasepunk)
12. Sheena is a punk rocker (F.A.N.T.A.)
13. Rockaway beach (Las Vin Up)
14. Mental hell (Chabanes)
15. El Opus Dei se llevo a mi mujer (Waldorf Histeria)
16. Yea yea (The Ramonos)
17. I wanna be your boyfriend (Los Martires de Uganda)
18. Somebody put something in my drink (Desuvikados)
19. Listen to my heart (Danger Zone)
20. Cabbies on crack (The Nylons)
21. I remember you (Rios-Chocrón)
22. She’s the one (Vejados)
23. She belongs to me (Tres Round)
24. Touring (The Maxys)
25. No quiero bajar al sotano (No Picky)
26. Pinhead (Ramines)



VA - Beyond Six Strings

"How many strings does a guitar have? Six, you say? Well, what about the 12-string made famous by Leo Kottke? Tenor guitars? The world of guitar has long ventured outside the bounds of what many people consider a "normal" instrument with a mere six strings. The past two decades has seen a resurgence of historic and musical interest in harp guitars, which first began to appear in this country at the turn of the 20th century when Knutsen, Dyer, and the Larsons made and marketed various forms of harp guitars -- those with extra strings usually attached to a second head, which gave the instrument a plethora of tones and colors. Gibson also got in on the action in those early days. "Beyond Six Strings" is a terrific collection of tunes by modern impresarios of guitars both old and new with lots of strings. Three of the players (and the producers) on this CD are well known for their long-time support for all things harp guitar: John Doan, Steven Bennett, and Gregg Miner, who provides the brief introduction to harp guitars in the liner notes. The packaging of the disc is top notch, with excellent notes on the songs and artists, as well as photos of some of the instruments. Each of the players on the disc has a personal love affair with these instruments. We hear all sort sorts of playing from two-handed tapping on "Emmet's Rising" by Andy Wahlberg and "The Friend I Never Had" by Andy McKee, to gentle fingerpicking on "Clarsah" by Muriel Anderson on a custom nylon string harp requinto crafted by luthier Mike Doolin. The oldest instrument is an 1899 Knutsen played by Miner on "Deserted Island," sounding like a standard OM with some extra bass strings (and looking like it, too). The tonal palette is stretched to its limits on "In John Fahey There Is No East or West" by John Doan on a 20 stringed Sullivan-Elliott harp guitar, while Bennett lets the droning deep bass strings ring on "November" to close a wonderful recording of guitar music, and a must-have for anyone interested in these fascinating instruments." © Kirk Albrecht,

01. Don't Give Into Sorrow About Tomorrow (Tom Shinness)
02. Heavenly Earth Dance (Iwan Hasan)
03. Friend I Never Met, the (Andy McKee)
04. Brookside Avenue (Dan LaVoie)
05. Emmet's Rising (Andy Wahlberg)
06. Deserted Island (Gregg Miner)
07. Theme From Redwood Variations (James Kline)
08. In John Fahey There Is No East Or West (John Doan)
09. Scarborough Fair (Stacy Hobbs)
10. Clarsah (Muriel Anderson)
11. Long Walk Home, the (Bill Dutcher)
12. Chin Up (Larry Berwald)
13. November (Stephen Bennett)


Warrior Soul - Space Age Playboy

Underrated punks from the 90's - Pulsating anger, heavy guitars, simple but powerfull riffs and a stomping mid-tempo pace. This is Warrior Soul's best offering and I recommend to anybody who likes heavy rock. Although the lyrics are a bit on the depressive/angry side, listening to this CD is like being plugged into high voltage, I feel like bursting with energy every time!

1. rocket 2. the drug 3. let's get wasted 4. no no no 5. television
6. the pretty faces 7. the imagine 8. rotten soul 9. i wanna get some
10. look at you 11. star ride 12. generation graveyard 13. fightin'the war
Playing Time.........: 00:56:35


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bluestone and Company Supernatural Delights

Excellent new instrumental studio disc from the ultimate bluesy heavy guitar jam band from Japan called Bluestone Company (formerly known as Savoy Truffle) featuring 10 tracks (60 minutes) of outstanding, retro-70's, bluesy, southern-inspired, heavy guitar, jam-based, rock/fusion that showcases Super Guitar Hero - Toshihiro Sumitomo and his vast talents on the guitar. A first-rate, incredible guitar heavy musical document that is all about phenomenal, deep, dynamic muscianship/grooves plus serious extended jamming from Toshihiro and the superbly talented Bluestone Co. brothers. Highly recommended to fans of Gov t Mule (Warren Haynes), Allman Bros. and Plankton. The Bluestone Company: Supernatural Delight disc is an outstanding bluesy, instrumental heavy guitar document that is Highly recommended to fans of Warren Haynes/Gov't Mule, Allman Bros., Duane Allman, Derek Trucks, Hendrix, Cream, Robin Trower, Rory Gallagher, SRV, Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, Chris Duarte & Plankton among other world-class, serious, bluesy Axemasters who rule the Guitar World.

1. S.S.S.2. Got Your Spell On Me 3. Electric Rainbow4. Real Gate 5. Song of Yesterday 6. Colonel Panic 7. Stomp 8. Rubber Necking 9. Cissy Strut 10. Desert Blues


Astra - The Weirding

The Weirding was recorded in a garage, and sounds like it. But if you are into 70's Prog rock, this should add to the aura. Astra's freshman attempt is mesmerizing in a nostalgic sort of way for those of us who were alive in the 70's and loved the progressive music of the day with it's melloton induced head spins. We saw no reason for it to disappear. It's nostalgic, only because it did disappear... for the most part. With a new generation, perhaps it's back, and here to stay, for a whole new generation to enjoy without having to have glimpses of the past. Astra's "The Weirding" is a bold attempt to slice into that not so musical mayhem that is Brittney Spears and 50 cent. An attempt to bring real music to the fore and perhaps musicianship to our ears.

To say this album is retro sounding would be a vast understatement. This album could have come out about 1974 and would have fit right in. The band's sound reminds me of the more pscyh oriented stuff from early Black Sabbath mixed with "Echoes" era Pink Floyd. The band is not all that far removed from modern day stoner rock bands such as The Sword either. The 8 tracks here are rather long and plodding, but to my ears they pretty much all work. I like the whole thing, but the tracks "Rising Of The Black Sun", "The Weirding", "Broken Glass", "The Dawning Of Ophiuchus", and "Beyond To Slight The Maze" are my favorites. The one drawback of the album is the actual recording itself. The production is pedestrian at best, sounding like it was recorded in a very lo-fi situation. This muddy mix again makes the album sound retro, but with proper modern production I think this thing could have sounded a heck of a lot better and would have been more effective. Sound problems aside, I think this is one of the best albums of the year and I highly recommend it.

1. The Rising Of The Black Sun 2. The Weirding 3. Silent Sleep 4. The River Under 5. Ouroboros 6. Broken Glass 7. The Dawning Of Orphiucus 8. Beyond To Slight The Maze


Senior Coconut - Around the World

Üwe Schmidt is an supremely talented musician, with real soul and, equal to his musicianship, a sly sense of humor. So many stage names, such great titles: "Sounds like Preset Rhythm," "All Notes On," "Son of a Glitch." This record is a joy. It features loving, swinging Latin-style covers of several well-known US/English pop songs (Prince, Eurythimics, Trio, etc.) but when the band kicks into the famous Latin dance tune "Que Rico El Mambo," you know they are the real thing.
Schmidt calls it Electrolatino, but this is truly great music no mater what

1. Around the World (Intro) [Rumba] 2. Sweet Dreams [Cha-Cha-Cha] 3. Da Da Ich Lieb Dich Nicht du Liebst Mich Nicht [Cha-Cha-Cha] 4. Kiss [Cha-Cha-Cha] 5. Corcovado [Bolero/Cha Cha] 6. Around the World (Interlude) [Rumba] 7. Que Rico el Mambo 8. Pinball Chacha [Cha-Cha-Cha] 9. White Horse [Merengue] 10. Vida Es Llena de Cables [Guaguancó/Acitón] 11. Moscow Discow [Mambo] 12. Around the World (Outro) [Rumba] 13. Dreams Are My Reality [Full Version][*]14. Voodoo Dreams [Atom Remix][*] - Les Baxter & His Orchestra


The Dream of the Electric Guitars Volume 1

The biggest and most amazing wizards of the Electric Guitar from around the world reunite their talents to create the first volume of The Dream of the Electric Guitars. A collection of classic and rare to find Moody, dreamy seductive rock instrumental tracks, blazing with virtuosity and driven by one common element, the electric guitar. These amazing ever lasting performances feature the best electric guitar players in the world today such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Neal Schon (Santana, Journey, Bad English), Steve Lukather (Toto), Gary Moore, Mike Stern, Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Michael Thompson (Celine Dion, Ray Charles, David Foster, Shania Twain), Andy Timmons, Tim Pierce and Markku Kanerva. This release also features some of the best musicians of our planet such as Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Planet X), Simon Phillips (Toto), Mo Foster (Phil Collins), David Garfield and Pekka Pohjola just to name a few. More mellow than you would expect. Better background listening than driving. Worth having.

1. Intro Michael Thompson 2. For the Love of God (Remastered) Steve Vai 3. Cryin' Joe Satriani 4. Father 5. The Light In Your Eyes (Featuring Gary Moore) 6. Cry for You Andy Timmons 7. Rita (Featuring Markku Kanerva) Pekka Pohjola, Markku Kanerva 8. Song for Jeff (Dedicated to Jeff Porcaro) Steve Lukather 9. Lust for Life Marty Friedman 10. Common Ground Mike Stern 11. Stony Days (Featuring Steve Lukather) Derek Sherinian, Steve Lukather 12. One Desire Tim Pierce 13. Dark Michael Thompson


Monday, November 30, 2009

Man or Astroman Live Transmissions From Uranus

More MOAM. Decent show, some chat may distract tho.

1. "Intro Sample" (from The Leech Woman) - 1:00
2. "Transmissions from Uranus" - 2:23
3. "Time Bomb" (Avengers VI) - 1:57
4. "Special Agent Conrad Uno" - 3:07
5. "Sferic Waves" - 2:42
6. "Destination Venus" (The Rezillos) - 4:21
7. "Name of Numbers" - 1:27
8. "A Mouthful of Exhaust" - 2:43
9. "Cowboy Playing Bombora" (The Original Surfaris) - 4:19
10. "Mystery Science Theater 3000 Love Theme" (Hodgson, Weinstein, Erikson) - 2:16
11. "Gargantua's Last Stand" - 2:13
12. "Surfari" (The Original Surfaris) - 1:58
13. "Rovers" - 3:25 14. "Manta Ray" (The Pixies) - 2:15 15. "Man from F.U.C.K. Y.O.U." (Jerry Goldsmith) - 1:32 16. "Eric Estrotica" - 3:22 17. "Nitrous Burnout" - 5:54


Man Or Astroman? Live at Maida Vale BBC Studios for John Peel 2000 London, England November 1, 2000

Classic live show. Great stuff.
01 Spectrograph Reading of the Varying Phantom Frequencies of Chronic Incurable Tinnitus 2:38
02 Theme from EEVIAC 2:25
03 Song for the Two Mile Linear Particle Accelerator, Stanford University, Stanford, California 3:11
04 Television Fission 2:42
05 Preparation Clont 2:50
06 Within One Universe There Are Millions 2:33
07 Engines of Difference 4:30
08 Many Pieces of Large Fuzzy Mammals Gathered Together at a Rave and Schmoozing with a Brick 2:33 09 Um Espectro Sem Escala 3:47 10 Trapezoid 3:18 11 Interstellar Hardrive 2:27
12 Curious Constructs of Stem-like Devices Which Now Prepare Themselves to Be Thought of as Fingers 6:33 Total 39:34


Alien Cowboys Other Space

"Returning after their critically acclaimed second album Analogtherapy, Alien Cowboys are back in saddle again with 2002: Other Space. Lead guitar ace Ralph Perucci and rhythm guitarist Bruce Stevenson once again team up with Ian Thomson (drums) and Greg Jones (bass) and the resulting album is quite enormous in scope. With it’s sky-wide jazz-rock groove, 2002: Other Space is an all around winner. Assisted by production and engineering experts Bill Drescher and Gary Cirimelli, Alien Cowboys make good on early promises and deliver the goods here. Packed tight with eleven high octane instrumental guitar jaunts that more often than not accentuates melody and atmosphere right up there with chops and musical might, 2002: Other Space moves along at a steady clip while never missing a groove or a beat. The group’s powerhouse instrumental rock reworking of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” would make George Harrison smile." - 20th Century Guitar Magazine (February 2003)

"2002: Other Space is the third album from the Alien Cowboys, a twin-guitar band featuring Ralph Perucci and Bruce Stevenson. This is high-impact instrumental rock at it's best, with eleven driving numbers sure to get the body moving and the speakers rattling. 2002: Other Space includes a cover of George Harrison's classic "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", which is given the Alien's 'otherworldly' treatment, and turned into a signature cover. Fans of both melodic and ripping lead guitar will hear plenty here, as Perucci handles his axe with the skill of a veteran player. Another Alien Cowboys must-have release." - Guitar Nine Records

Other Space (4:08) While My Guitar Gently Weeps (4:49) From the Well (3:42)
Horus (4:52) Lookin' Up (3:35) Town's End (3:57) Houdini (2:48) Inyo Dreams (5:44)
The Big Picture (3:56) Angelina (3:49) The Drake (2:39)


Danny Gatton American Music

Originally released on vinyl in 1975, this was the first album to document the six-string genius of the late Danny Gatton. Stylistically, it's all over the place, veering from rockabilly to jazz to blues to good old fashioned rock and roll, with the one constant being Gatton's fretboard wizardry. Fascinating and essential in that it provides an early glimpse of Gatton at the beginning of an artistic journey that would tragically end with his suicide in 1994. Harlem Nocturne is KILLER.
This album may not be one of the best he ever put out, was the first. He was explosive then, and his vintage improved with the passing years. If you collect, get this. Recommended for fans of big guitars.

1. American Music 2. Hauled off and Loved Her
3. Good Enough to Keep 4. Ubangi Stomp
5. After Hours 6. Honeysuckle Rose 7. Tribute to Amos Milburn 8. TV Mama [#] 9. Memphis [Disco Funk] 10. Move on Down the Line
11. Opus de Funk [#] 12. Harlem Nocturne


Stay Awake - Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films

Disney Music can sometimes seem a little too ... well ... Disney. Neat, catchy little tunes sung by voices that you just KNOW have never seen a zit in their lives. Subject matter that is trite at best, portraying characters so cute that they're almost embarrassing.

Embarrassing, because even at thirty years old, you still whistle Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah from "Song of the South" when you're happy.

Don't you?

Fear not, closet Disney-phile. This album takes all those songs from your favorite movies, and gives them an adult twist. This album will serve a two-fold purpose. First, you can get your fix of Disney anytime your middleaged-child heart desires. But most importantly, if you get "caught" by your friends, you can pass it off as serious music.

Whether a mere fresh coat of paint (as with "I Wanna Be Like You" from Jungle Book) to a slight sarcastic tone on old favorites (Sinead O'Conner singing "Someday My Prince Will Come" -- 'nuff said there!), to downright spooky versions of bettime songs (Suzanne Vega's acapella version of "Stay Awake"), to absolutely twisted rehashes of formerly tired standby's (Tom Waite rebuilds "Heigh Ho" in his own graven image), this album is a fantastic work. It not only transforms these scores into wonderful new pieces of art, but it also remains true to the basic spirit of Disney. Perhaps it is irreverent in places. Yes, it may even poke a little fun at our favorite childhood icon. But it is still a respectful tribute to the original artists who put these tunes in our heads in the first place.

1. Opening Medley (I'm Getting Wet and I Don't Care at All): Hi Diddle De - Hal Willner
2. Baby Mine - Bonnie Raitt, Was (Not Was)
3. Heigh-Ho! (The Dwarfs' Marching Song) - Tom Waits
4. Medley Two (The Darkness Sheds Its Veil): Stay Awake/Little Wooden Hen - Hal Willner
5. Medley Three (Three Inches Is Such a Wretched Height): Castle in Spain - Buster Poindexter, Yma Sumac
6. Mickey Mouse March - Aaron Neville
7. Medley Four (All Innocent Children Had Better Beware): Feed the Birds - Hal Willner
8. Someday My Prince Will Come - Sinéad O'Connor
9. Medley Five (Technicolor Pachyderms): Pink Elephants on Parade/Zip-A- - Harry Nilsson, Sun Ra & His Arkestra
10. Second Star to the Right - James Taylor
11. Pinocchio Medley (Do You See the Nose Growing?): Desolation Theme/Wh - Hal Willner


Wanted Dead or Alive

Nice comp of soundtrack bits from various Spagetti Westerns. All the usual suspects, not the usual pieces found on other comps.

1. Suite 2. Gambling Man 3. Minnesota Sky
4. Clay 5. Man...A Story 6. Adios 7. Suite
8. Arizona Colt 9. Un Uomo Un Cavallo Una Pi
10. Suite 11. Corri Uomo Corri 12. Americana
13. Find A Man 14. Chalego 15. End Title
16. Monty & Ted 17. Primo Incontro
18. Il Punto Piu Alto 19. Sonny
20. Wanted Dead Or Alive


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Man or Astroman Intravneous Television Transmissions

LINK FIXED - Sorry all

If you are a MOAM fan, BUY THIS NOW. If you are not a MOAM fan, buy this is and you might become one. The combination of rockin' surf guitars and samples from B-grade movies creates a very cool futuristic/retro sound that will get stuck in your head and raise your pulse rate. If you are a fan of science fiction or guitar rock, you'll love this album! Even if you normally wouldn't get a surf album, give this a try.

1. "Immersion Static"
2. "Put Your Finger in the Socket - (Maximum Voltage Version)"
3. "Nitrous Burn Out 2012"
4. "Tetsuwan Atomu"
5. "Max Q (Nielson Rating Video Version)"
6. "------(Reverse Sync Moog Version)"
7. "Jetson's Theme"
8. "Invasion of the Dragonmen - (Alternate Universe Mosrite Version)" 9. "Bionic Futures" 10. "Tomorrow Plus X - (Time Travel Through Sleep Deprivation Mix)" 11. "Out of Limits" 12. "Calling Hong Kong" (Supernova) 13. "Munster's Theme" 14. "Principles Unknown" 15. "Everyone's Favorite Martian" 16. "Deuce's Wild" 17. "Cool Your Jets"


California Guitar Trio - Live

CGT is an amazing trio of innovative guitar players that come from or are inspired by the Robert Fripp school of guitarrist. These live interpretations stand as a great overview of both their work and the ability to transform different styles and other's work into the trio's musical style. The three guitar arregements are clever and sometimes so good that it's almost scary. Three guys with guitars playing instrumental music that was a combination of classical, rock, jazz and....SURF. The trio is also augmented by Tony Levin (another King Crimson member with Fripp) and this provides the needed bass sound to make the trio's sound more complete. CGT is not only about talented guitar work, but amazing guitar tone. Just as a good golfer selects the right club to play each hole, CGT selects high-end fabulous sounding guitars that fit perfectly with each song. Take a wonderful ride through just about every musical style you can think of.

01 - Train To Lamy 02 - Zundoko bushi 03 - Blockhead 04 - Punta Patri 05 - Apache 06 - Sketches on Sunset 07 - Discipline 08 - Misirlou 09 - Many People Ask Us 10 - Melrose Avenue
11 - Dance of Maya 12 - Heaven's Bells 13 - Heart Of The Sunrise 14 - Caravan 15 - Eve


Harry Manx & Friends - Live At Glenn Gould Studio

Harry Manx has been gently courting his audience with his Indian-inspired take on the blues, a marriage of Eastern music to Western, creating a niche that has more to do with world music than anything else more limiting. His success has been built on the back of his instrumental prowess on his weapon of choice: the 20-string mohan veena, which subtly blends Eastern sounds to blues-friendly turf. On his eighth release, Harry ups the ante with the addition of two members of Toronto-based world music ensemble Tasa. You can almost hear the audience buying some time, clapping politely between songs as they acclimatise themselves to this new balance. It doesn't take long to win them over, as the hyper-simpatico league of support players (notably guitarist Kevin Breit and harmonica-player Steve Mariner) weave in and around Harry's leads with deft skill. If Samidha Joglekar's vocals contrast too starkly with Harry s croon on Point of Purchase, all is forgiven by Single Spark, and Joglekar's contribution at the tail end of the jam-friendly Voodoo Chile earns its just rewards. Of special note is Mariner's wailing harp solo on the ten-minute jam that was Muddy Waters' Can t Be Satisfied, which will more than satisfy. Live pays significant dividends across its 60-minute length. The faithful are well served while the casual Manx fan will benefit from a closer look into the very core of Harry's muse. --Eric Thom, Exclaim!

01. Point Of Purchase 7:46 02. Take This Hammer 4:33 03. Single Spark 7:12 04. Voodoo Child 8:54 05. Good Time Charlie 4:50 06. Can't Be Satisfied 10:09 7. Samidha's Tune 6:59 08. Tijuana 8:43


Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan - Song Of The Second Moon

First released in 1957 under the name of Electrosonics and then re-released in 1968 under the name of the 2 composers mentioned.Very early primitive electronic experimentations!
Surpisingly forward sounding stuff, considering the time period - very abstract, not dated sounding at all. Recommended space.

A1 Kid Baltan Song Of The Second Moon (2:49)
A2 Tom Dissevelt Moon Maid (3:12)
A3 Kid Baltan The Ray Makers (7:22)
A4 Tom Dissevelt The Visitor From Inner Space (3:07)
B1 Tom Dissevelt Sonik Re-Entry (2:35)
B2 Tom Dissevelt Orbit Aurora (3:00)
B3 Tom Dissevelt Twilight Ozone (5:25)
B4 Kid Baltan Pianoforte (5:05)


Hank Marvin Guitar Player

This album is something of a return to form for Hank. Remember the good old days of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Shadows and Hank would always come up with something interesting even if it didn't dent the charts. With his resumed solo career in the late 1990s, Hank tended to make albums of cover versions that sold well, but which had little originality.
Now he's back, and with an acoustic guitar! The first man to own a Strat in England, Hank has only once or twice abandoned electric models for acoustics, notably on Guitar Tango. It's a shame, because he really is very accomplished. With arrangements by classical guitarist Gary Taylor and others, Hank veers away from the tried and tested formula of his last few albums and does things a little differently, so much so that it can take you a little while to realise what song is being played. This is done by emphasising counter-melodies or harmonies that were hidden in the original versions. The real gems here are Killing Me Softly, Midnight At The Oasis, and Hotel California, but I am sure you will have your own faves. Added to this are a few original tracks by Hank & friends, notably Benny's Toon which is a great jazz number and Maya's Day. A decent change of pace.

1. Dance with Me 2. Killing Me Softly 3. Ticket to Ride 4. Maya's Day 5. Lately 6. Tall Dark Stranger 7. Elenor Rigby 8. Pette Fleur 9. Sunny Afternoon 10. Bennys Toon 11. American Pie
12. Midnight at the Oasis 13. Windmills of Your Mind 14. Hotel California 15. Your Song


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Vulcan Freedom Fighters - Stardate Unknown

It's difficult to describe this project without making it sound like a novelty. Stardate Unknown is simple in concept, Trekkies rockin' it out á la Man or Astroman style instrumental rock with Trek dialogue samples from the original series with a steady flow and a sound that doesn't seem close to an hour long. It's done well enough for the most cynical bastard to enjoy, even if you are not a total Trekkie. As hopelessly nerdy as that sounds, the music on Stardate Unknown places it light years beyond the throwaway gimmick that even the best description might imply. The quotes interplay with the tempo and intensity of the songs, arranged with such brilliance that even non-Trekkies would have a hard time not enjoying it. The dialogue is selected so that each song is an ode to the episode it was borrowed from, often with narrative continuity. Like the show, the songs are a compelling mix of action, suspense and innuendo, providing a shot of nostalgia for anyone who remembers the original series. Musically, it ranges from heavy Stoner Rock to more ambient and Techno sounds with lots of overlap. Atop a mix of live and sampled drums, reverberating bass and chiming guitar provide a constant organic counterpoint to the electronic percussion and keys. The tunes are also sprinkled liberally with sound effects from the show: tricorder chirps, phaser blasts and that unmistakable whoosh of the Enterprise's automatic doors. Aside from outstanding composition and performance, the other aspect that makes Stardate Unknown so surprisingly tasteful is reverence for the source material. Let's just hope the next album isn't full of quotes from The Next Generation. (Ezra Waller)

Romulan Divide,The Will of Landru,Cranium, Doomsday Machine, Horse Stealin' Scurvy Crew,Jelly in the Belly, Horta, The Death of Bele, Kahn, He's Dead Doctor, Argelius,Corbomite Manuever,Animal Flesh, Karta, Zefram Cochrane, We Are the Mertons, Spock's Deceit, Klingon Advance, Nomad,Is Anyone Aboard?, Where is the Captain?


2 Zombies Later - Modern Lounge Comp

This concoction of every rum on the shelf plus about 30 other ingredients will certainly make you feel like the walking dead after the first two. Don the Beachcomber invented this one back in the ’30s, and people have been carried out of Tiki Bars on a stretcher ever since.
As with most Tiki Cocktails, a lot of people either don’t know how to make it or they cheat by throwing together a couple of things and sticking a pineapple in it. Well, here’s one of the best recipes I could find, from “The Great Tiki Drink Book” By Jennifer Trainer Thompson:
1 1/2 oz Golden Rum
1 oz Dark Rum
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 1/2 oz Pink Grapefruit Juice
2 tspn fine sugar (or sugar syrup)
1 tblspn Lime Juice
1/2 tspn Grenadine
3 tspns Passionfruit Syrup
1 tspn 151 Rum (Somehow I think most bartenders use more than a teaspoon)
Pineapple, Orange, Cherry & Fresh Mint for Garnish
Pour all ingredients except the 151 into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake Shake Shake! and strain into a very kool looking Tiki mug over the rocks. Float the 151 on top, garnish with the fruit on a little pirate sword, and add an umbrella. It’s not a Zombie without and umbrella. Extra credit if you have old-fashioned paper straws.

Dug this out of my collection and was stunned - forgotten how great it is. One of my fave modern exotica comps lovingly assembled and released by the Comfort Stand records netlabel. An amusing combination of knowns and unknowns - at least to me. Tipsy and Don Tiki are lounge faves, the Don Tiki cut is standout - you will recognize its roots from the Jungle Exotica collection at Twlight Zone and other places. The Mr. Melvin piece is is an update on "Powerhouse" that has been widely associated with Warners Brother's cartoons, and the Djfreshmonkey piece "Whammo" is a funny torch song. Lots of cool sounds for all.

For more - Check- them out here - quite a bit of nice modern/avant musings and a few surprizes. All free.

These are fairly short - both volumes total about 74 minutes so they fit well on a disc with room for a few more goodies.

Volume One
01 Br. Cleve & His Lush Orchestra - Shaken Not Stirred
02 Eric & Ryan Kilkenny - Bongo Avenger
03 Marble - Wah Factor 3
04 Philip Jackson - Nature Boy
05 Jeff Chenault and Andrew Izold - Exotica Revisited
06 Tipsy - Kitty's Daydream (Longhair mix)
07 Scotch & Soda (Max McMillan) - The Lonely Bull
08 Don Tiki - The Natives Are Restless
09 Jack Fetterman and the in Hi-Fi Music Direction - Acapulco 2000
10 The Weird Lovemakers - Quiet Spillage
11 Skip Heller's Hot Seven - Spy Perfume
12 Otis Fodder - Brilliant Pillows (Many Moons)
13 Astroslut - Love Theme From Astroslut
14 Der Plan - Jungle Village
15 Misty Roses - Up in Flames
16 Künstler Treu - If Jesus Came
17 Sem Sinatra - Toryansay

Volume Two

01 mr_melvis - A Walk Through The Powerhouse
02 Weirdomusic - Fiber, Ruler Of Pinakel
03 djfreshmoney - Whammo
04 Dana Countryman - Cocktails In Space
05 Jan Fornell - Drift
06 Bruce Lenkei - Moonlight Zombie Dance
07 Bumpenstein - Fuad Motel
08 Narcotic Syntax - Pingpong Voodoo
09 Hybe - Venom
10 Impro - Farid, Astronauts from Maghreb
11 Black Sash - You People
12 Mental Anguish/NOMUZIC - Blissful in Enchantro
13 Songs To Drink And Drive By - Walk On By
14 Magnus Sandberg - Island Knockin'


Alien Cowboys - Lift

The Alien Cowboys hail from the San Francisco Bay Area, where they are combining 21st Century chops and recording techniques with classic pop arrangements and memorable melodies. The result is an eclectic blend of musical styles that draws its inspiration from the best traditions of the old school instrumental bands updated with today's sounds and technology. It's an approach that is at once original and fresh, yet somehow familiar. The 'Cowboys' ain't shred-tastic, and that's not what they're trying to do. This is an album's worth of glorious instrumental rock that's eclectic without being snooty about it. They remind me of latter day Joe Satriani jamming with The Mermen, and brother, there ain't nothin' wrong with that. There's no actual 'jamming', like all those tedious nouveau hippie bands. But there is a preponderance of great melodies and cool solos, and it's great fun to listen to while hittin' the highway. Worth a listen.

1. Escape From Onlyon 2. Bondage 3. Flight 222 4. Hey, Bulldog 5. You Want It, You Got It 6. Battle Of The Planets 7. Milky Way 8. Spanish Castle Magic 9. Little Wonder 10. Telestar 11. Lift

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Friday, October 30, 2009

It Came From the Beach: Surf, Drag & Rockin' Instros From Downey

Happy Halloween All:

A nice treat - a little bit for everybody. Starting with --

It Came From the Beach: Surf, Drag & Rockin' Instros From Downey

26 MONSTER rockin' instrumentals from the studio that created the Chantays' Pipeline and the Rumblers' Boss. This compilation ties together all the surf and rocking instrumentals recorded at the Downey Studios or for Downey Records in the early 60s. Most were released on small indie boutique labels, if not on the Downey imprint itself.

There are some previously unreleased items, and a few that were initially unearthed for a now-deleted, badly mastered and totally un-annotated Dunhill CD in the 80s.

Totally REMASTERED for the best twang this side of the tube. This is a must for surf and instrumental fans who like to have one studio, one label, one legend in one place. For everyone else, we've got alternate takes and unavailable masters, so there's no excuse for this not to be on your shelf.

1. Surf Rat - THE RUMBLERS 2. Bangalore - THE BLAZERS 3. Cecila Ann - THE SURFTONES
4. Twitchin' - THE PASTEL SIX 5. Downey Surf - THE NEVEGANS 6. Hanging One - THE RAMBLERS 7. Beaver Patrol - THE BLAZERS 8. Destruction - THE RUMBLERS 9. Kopout - THE HUSTLERS 10. One Armed Bandit - THE NEVEGANS 11. Mustang - SIR FROG & THE TOADS 12. Shore Break - THE BLAZERS 13. Wailin' Out - THE HUSTLERS 14. Mocolotion - THE RIVIAIRES 15. Riptide - THE CHEVELLS 16. Hi Octane - THE RUMBLERS 17. Wimo Stomp - THE PASTEL SIX 18. Take It Off - THE PASTEL SIX 19. Rendezvous Rods - THE PASTEL SIX 20. Let There Be Surf - THE CHEVELLS 21. Mozart Stomp - THE RAMBLERS 22. Inertia (alt take of Downey 118) - THE HUSTLERS 23. Church Key - THE REVELS 24. The Hustler - THE RUMBLERS 25. A Go Go - THE RUMBLERS 26. Oblique - THE RUMBLERS


P.S. - please continue to update the Ghost Riders comp on its page - will add the revised edition shortly. Thanks to all followers, readers and contributors for making the Lounge a fun place to hang.

RodrigoyGabriella 11:11

RodrigoyGabriella 11:11

Rodrigo y Gabriela reach new heights with 11:11. 11:11 is comprised of 11 acoustic guitar tracks authored by Rodrigo y Gabriela. Inspired by their influences, ranging from rock greats such as Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix or Pink Floyd, jazz masters such as Al Di Meola, or classic Spanish and Mexican artists such as Paco De Lucia and Jorge Reyes, the album combines Rodrigo's frantic yet astoundingly precise picking with Gabriela's incredible ability to simultaneously perform both percussion and secondary rhythms.

The rich sounds they create seem impossible to generate from two acoustic guitars; without seeing the accompanying DVD it would be easy to assume they have a third and possibly fourth member assisting. The rock influenced tracks draw clear inspiration from their respective artists: Santana's ranging melodies, Hendrix' wah-wah and vibe effects, and ending with an eerie and beautiful Pink Floyd sound. Anyone who is a fan of classical guitar/flamenco/rock/acoustic genre will absolutely love this album. What I like about it is that this is a sheer display of their talent- in stark contrast to the music that is coming out of major labels nowadays.

1. Hanuman 2. Buster Voodoo 3. Triveni 4. Logos 5. Santo Domingo 6. Master Maqui 7. Savitri 8. Hora Zero 9. Chac Mool 10. Atman 11. 11:11


Dr Frankenstein - The Cursed Tapes

Six song EP from 2005. Frantic, crazy, melodic surf / instrumental rock n' roll. Short and killer.

1. cats eyes 2. necrofago 3. cerebro 4.emergency exit 5. mad thinker 6. have you seen it


Tipsy - Buzz

Thanks to Mr. Fab for the tip --No single track on Buzz has that 'instant hit' sound like "Hey", or that intensely drunken and hypnotic vibraphone and sax sound like "Fur Teacup" on Uh Oh. Ok, so there's no single track that matches the ultra-hip sound of "Ugly Stadium" on Trip Tease (did you catch that track in the Sopranos soundtrack?).
But Buzz, Tipsy's third release, is not disappointing! I can play these tracks infinitely and it doesn't grow old. It's like a time-distortion field that I'm trapped in. A moebius strip of sound that is not just background music - but rather background manipulation. If Martin Denny and Esquivel had used Absinthe and Magick to compose their music it would have sounded like this.
"Midnight Party" and "Good Little Demon" have risen to the top of my favorites with their catchy rhythms.

If you are like me, and sorely miss Combustible Edison, pick up every Tipsy release you can get your hands on, before they can't be found anymore.

Tipsy is not just new and authentic lounge music played well, it's authentic lounge music that actually makes you drunk - just by listening to it...

1. Midnight Party 2. A Night On The Town 3. Lipstick Tree 4. Sweet Spot 5. Swingin' Spaceman 6. Chocolate Moon 7. Chop Socky 8. Electric Blue Eyelashes 9. Kitty's Daydream 10. Kadonka 11. Big Business 12. Good Little Demon 13. See The Beauty, Touch The Magic 14. Wet Rainbow 15. Hot Banana 16. Up 'Til Dawn


Dixieland Crackerjacks - I'll See You In My Dreams

Nice old timey rag jazz from a very prolific Dutch group. Gives that 20's -30's feel similar to the R. Crumb Serenaders.

01 South South 02 That's a Plenty 03 Black and Tan Fantasy 4 I'll See You in My Dreams I'll See You in My Dreams 05 Muskrat Ramble 06 I Want a Little Girl I Want a Little Girl 07 Blue Lou 08 Besamo Mucho 09 Nobody Sweatheart 10 I'm Confessin' 11 Shout 'Em Aunt Tillie 12 Rosetta 13 In A Sentimental Mood 14 It's A Sin To Tell a Lie 15 What a Difference a Day Made 16 I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Glover


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Yippie yi Ohhhhh yi Yaaaaay MotherF**kers!

Ghost Riders Comp
Starting off this Halloween season with a few treats and one trick. This has been a labor of love for 2 years collecting as many versions of this as I can. One of my ALL TIME favorite songs - never get tired of it - good, bad, or ugly- which you will get in these discs. Everything from folk to classic to weird to surf to live cuts. Special thanks to EEK the Cat, Frisian and Ryp for contributions and many others who I have scarfed versions from around the net. Differeing bitrates due to sources. Enjoy. I want them all - supposedly about 200 versions exist. If you folks have any not here, PLEEEZ, let me know and they, too, will be honored. Thanks.


Baja Marimba Band, Bob Dylan George Harrison
Bonneville,Boston Pops,Brooks and Dunn
Chantays,Children of Bodum,Chuck Wagon and the Wheels,Davie Allan and the Arrows,Dean Martin,Debbie Harry,Desperados,Dick Dale,Duane Eddy,Ennio Morricone,Ghoultown,Gitaines,Jerusalem Bridge,John Cowan,Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson


Juri Lipp,Kaliedoscope,King Kurt,Knights,Larry Keel,Lawrence welk,Legendary Shack Shakers,Lenny Graff,Lorne Greene,Marty Robbins,MaryMcCaslin,Matchbox,Megatones,Mermen,Michael Martin Murphy,Mood Cooperative Project,Mystery Artist,Outlaws

Patrick Normand,Peggy Lee,Peter Pan Speedrock,Ralph rebel,Ramrods,REM,Ricky King
Roy Clark and Chet Atkins,Roy Rogers,scatman Crothers,Shadows,Shi-tones,Sleepy LaBeef
Slim Whitman,Sons of the Pioneers possibly dupe,Space Lady,Spiderbait,Spikedrivers
Spike Jones,Spoilers,Spotnicks,starlite wranglers

Susan Christie,Tom Jones,Torquays,Trashmen,Vaughn Monroe,Ventures,Walter Brennan
Wingy Manone and his Go Group

Silencers- Cyclerific Sounds

If you’re a big fan of fuzz guitar instrumental music then Cyclerific Sounds is just what the doctor ordered. Detroit’s the Silencers specialise in the type of mean, down and dirty biker rock that made Davie Allan a big success in the ’60s. Right from the first track, “Mouldy’s Theme,” the fuzz throttle is opened up wide and it pretty much it stays that way throughout the album. It does, however, get switched off on a few tracks like the cleaner, “Ghost Riders In The Sky”-esque “Sonny’s Theme.” The Silencers also crank out a few covers as well, which include the always great “2000 LB Bee” and “Devil’s Angels Theme.” There are some good movie dialogue bits on the disc as well, with lots of talk about “the Man” and how he’s trying to keep the outlaw gangs down. Recorded in Detroit, at Ghetto Recorders by Mick Collins, the punchy sound of this disc is right on the money with an overall quality that is up there with the original ’60s stuff. (Total Energy)

1. Mouldy's Theme 2. Devil's Angel 3. Big Ragu 4. Return of the Son Woof Woof 5. 13 6. Sonny's Theme 7. My Fruity Pants 8 2,000 LB. Bee 9. Man from F.U.Z.Z. 10. Abracapocus 11. Run Run Run 12. 6 & 7 Is ...


You Heard it Here First (Original Versions of Famous Songs)

Another ace from ACE. Excellent CD. It's hard to fathom why some of these weren't hits first time around. In many cases, some of the originals on this CD are better than the latter hit versions e.g. 'This Diamond Ring', 'California Sun', 'Go Now' & 'I just don't know what to do with myself'. The jewel in the crown here is 'Rock Arouind the Clock', while not exactly 'a great record', it is a 'must have' for any genuine record collector of the 'pop era'. Ace Records of London has come up with yet another winner in this volume which chronicles the origins of some of the biggest hit singles of the 1950s and 1960s, and in the 28-page booklet, Rob Finnis and Tony Rounce provide detailed track-by-track background information that reads like a history lesson on the development of popular music. Throughout the 28 pages are 45 rpm and poster reproductions related to the cuts, along with photographs of many of the artists. On the reverse, as is their norm, Ace shows the full label details and year of release for each track.

Understandably, without having had the luck which often make the difference between an also-ran and a hit (some were also handicapped by the "small label" curse - no funds for proper promotion or "payola" when that was rampant), most are so obscure that photos likely are just not available. But there are some that Ace was able to dig up which likely would never have come to light again but for their unmatched efforts in providing us with the unusual.

One such is Sunny Dae & The Knights, a four-piece Philadelphia group who actually recorded Max Freedman's now immortal Rock Around The Clock in the year preceding the Bill Haley version, which initially charted in 1954 (not "three years before" as intimated in the above blurb) and also released it in 1954 on the small Arcade label. It isn't surprising that this didn't make any charts. First, Arcade didn't have the resources to get it heard and besides, Sunny (real name Paschal Vennitti and actually an acquaintance of Bill's) had neither the voice nor the arrangement designed to grab anyone's attention, unlike the Haley version, released as (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock. Still, it's great to see it available on disc and you won't want to miss the full tale behind the recording as told by Rob Finnis.

Other extremely interesting stories lie behind Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go? by The Leaves (they recorded it twice - this is the initial rendition), Barbie Gaye's My Boy Lollipop (shown on the actual record as "Lollypop"), which she recorded 7 years before Millie Small for the tiny Darl label, and Richard Berry & The Pharaoh's Louie, Louie, a 1957 recording that came out in 1957 on Ember E.P. 4527 Volume 3 and was promptly forgotten until a group from Portland, Oregon calling themselves The Kingsmen recorded it and launched a legend.

And when you hear songs like Something Stupid by Carson & Gaile, Ain't That Loving You Baby by Eddie Riff, Go Now by Bessie Banks, A Rockin' Good Way by Priscilla Bowman & The Spaniels, and I Fought The Law by The Crickets you will realize that these could just as easily have been as big as the later versions to come - if not better in a few cases.

1. Tainted Love - GLORIA JONES 2. Suspicious Minds - MARK JAMES 3. Wild Thing - THE WILD ONES 4. I Fought The Law - THE CRICKETS 5. The Red Rooster - HOWLIN' WOLF 6. Hanky Panky - THE RAINDROPS 7. Go Now - BESSIE BANKS 8. A Rockin' Good Way - PRISCILLA BOWMAN & THE SPANIELS 9. This Diamond Ring - SAMMY AMBROSE 10. Tobacco Road - JOHN D. LOUDERMILK 11. I Found You - YVONNE FAIR 12. Ain't That Loving You Baby - EDDIE RIFF 13. Louie Louie - RICHARD BERRY & THE PHARAOHS 14. My Boy Lollipop - BARBIE GAYE 15. Little Bit O' Soul - THE LITTLE DARLINGS 16. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town - JOHNNY DARRELL 17. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand - HOAGY LANDS 18. You Need Love - MUDDY WATERS 19. A Groovy Kind Of Love - DIANE AND ANNITA 20. You Were On My Mind - IAN & SYLVIA 21. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - TOMMY HUNT 22. Let's Get Together (Live) - THE KINGSTON TRIO 23. California Sun - JOE JONES 24. Something Stupid - CARSON & GAILE 25. Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go - THE LEAVES 26. Rock Around The Clock - SUNNY DAE & THE KNIGHTS


Bossa and the Ramones

Electronic-tinged Bossa Nova treatment of Ramones classics. They have assembled musicians and producers of different latitudes, who accepted the challenge of mixing the music of the legendary Punk band, with the spirit of the Bossa Nova and contemporary electronics.Something of a dichotomy - don'tcha think? This is REALLY CHEEZY - for strong ears and stomachs only.

01 - Intro - Intro [00:31] 02 - Cherie Currie - Here Today Gone Tomorrow [03:29]
03 - Amazonics - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend [02:46] 04 - Angie Bowie - I Just Want to Have Something to Do [02:40] 05 - Deise Costa & Brazil XXI - She’s A Sensation [03:57] 06 - NG Monasterio - Poison Heart [04:31] 07 - Os Digitalistas - Beat On The Brat [04:08] 08 - Groove da Praia - I Wanna Be Sedated [03:56] 09 - Sixth Finger ft. Luana - Sheena Is a Punk Rocker [03:20] 10 - Natalie Renoir & DJ Leao - Rockaway Beach [03:37] 11 - Yasmin Gate from Dirty Princess - Pet Sematary [04:15] 12 - Glambeats Corp ft. Chepito - Blitzkrieg Bop [03:59] 13 - United Rhythms of Brazil - The K K K Took My Baby Away [03:33] 14 - Outro - Outro [00:46]


Friday, October 9, 2009

Electro Swing

The Swing was born in the early 20th century and developed in the 1920s, until the late '50s. Swing was more of an approach to play in a Jazzy way rather than a style of its own, but it soon surpassed it's initial origins. Swing music became synonymous with swinging, dancing and moving! It took 50 years to rediscover this musical genre, but thanks to the modern Electronic movement, much of Swing's original excitement has been reinvented and reinvigorated here. Fun, fast, and generally groovy - a reasonalbe take in updating all that jazz. If you like the Verve Remix series or the original Electro Lounge series - you will like this too.

1. Jolie Coquine - Caravan Palace 2. Get A Move On - Mr Scruff 3. Artichaut - Chinese Man
4. Minor Swing - Belleruche 5. Revue Noire - Nicolas Repac 6. Libella Swing - Parov Stelar
7. Pick Up 52'S - Mestizo/Mike Gao 8. Scratch Marchin' - Kormac 9. Hip Hip Chin Chin [Maxim Illion Mix] - Club Des Belugas (remix) 10. I Want A Little Doggie [Remix] - Lena Horne (remix)
11. Jazzhole - Free The Robots 12. La Voix Humaine - G-Swing - (featuring Le Major Melon)
13. Cinnamon Girl - Dunkelbunt - (featuring Boban Markovic Orkestar) 14. Mambo Craze, The - De-Phazz 15. Hello Joe - Vono Box 16. Memories - Waldeck 17. Hold The Night - Lyre Le Temps
18. Puttin' On The Ritz [Club Des Belugas Remix] - Fred Astaire (remix) 19. Fragment Eight... The Sound Of Swing - Kenneth Bager - (featuring The Hellerup Cool School Choir) 20. Belleville Rendez-Vous - M 15. Vono Box — Hello Joe 16. Waldeck — Memories 17. Lyre Le Temps — Hold The Night 18. Fred Astaire — Puttin' On The Ritz (Club Des Belugas Remix)
19. Kenneth Bager feat. The Hellerup Cool School Choir — Fragment Eight... The Sound Of Swing 20. -M- — Belleville Rendez-vous


Fenómeno Fuzz - Sonido Bestia

Bordering psychobilly, garage ska, surf punk, electric rockabilly. Growly swamp surf instros and a few noisy vocals. Short and wonderfully gruesome.

1. Cavernicola 2. Cancerman 3. Siempre 4. La Viuda Negra 5. Ruido Falso 6. Zombie 7. Rusty


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Russian Surf - Valery Prikazchikov's Electron Quartet / New Electron Quartet

BIG SHOUT THANK YOU to Tru of TrustarVibrations and Black Sea Surfer.

They have answered the mystery and given the info we all needed. Here is the revised post properly done .......

First wave Russian surf recorded in 1965, called Electron or Elektron -depending. Solid melodies and structures, a little more bouncy poppy than the native surf of the same period. Short slabs of fun twang. Enjoy.

Translated tracklist:
(I also had to use a translator for some words, so mistakes are possible)

01 Return 02 Melody From The Movie "Boom"
03 Sun Dial 04 Cheerful Tourists 05 The Fourth Orbit 06 Evening Shades 07 Melody From The Movie "Umbrellas From Cherbourg" 08 Look 09 House Of The Rising Sun 10 New Dance
11 Lullaby For Svetlana 12 Watussi 13 Dreams 14 Steps In The Night 15 A Faster Sound
16 The Shade Of Your Smile 17 Sunbeams 18 Perpetual Motion


Original post --Need help identifying this - am clueless. Russian surf that sounds like it is from the 60's first wave in style, instrumentation, and song structure. I think it is really modern surf done retro - but - hey - what do I know. If someone can identify it and point me in the direction for a track list not in Russian, I'd really appreciate it. Enjoy it anyway, it's pretty cool.

The Sea Turtles ST

Get ready to hit the beach with this innovative self titled jazz-infused instrumental surf album from The Sea Turtles. This Pennsylvania based three piece band relies strictly on guitar, bass, and drums to entertain your ears. It may sound simple, but they manage to create a full and innovative sound, causing the listener at once to feel as though they are both on an island and in a jazz club . The recording quality gives a similar feel; one could imagine The Sea Turtles booming through a speaker, live or recorded, at either location. This album shows The Sea Turtles superb improvisational skills, as well as their influences, which range from the Beach Boys on guitar to the classical jazz sound on drums and bass doubtlessly influenced by a plethora of jazz predecessors. “Fastback” creates a great smooth sound with jazz guitar and classic drum and bass lines. “Paragon” features a quick tempo and presents more of a rock feel as it begins with the bassist matching every note the guitar plays.The Sea Turtles ride each others individual ideas throughout the songs but somehow know where they are going - and end up with a tight uplifting jazzadelic surfy vibe that's ultimately unique and fun to listen to.

1. Pirates 2. Hydraview 3. Fastback 4. The Easy Way 5. Nothing We Can Hold 6. Sleepwalker 7. Paragon 8. Painting Fences 9. The Garage 10. Bam Boing 11. Gently 12. Optimist Man 13. Philippians 4_6-7 14. Jenny Jump Blues


The Knights - Surfin' Southwest Santa Fe Style

Trad surf that goes further down the quiet road, and farther into open spaces. In many ways, this has the flavor of the gentler side of the Torquays, with restrained delivery and a writing style that is in the general vicinity of George Tomsco. Good for chillin'. Excellent cover of my fave Ghost Riders in the Sky. Well worth the price.

1. Surfin' Santa Fe Style 2. Cut Out Y2k 3. Judi 4. The Man Who Wasn't There 5. Jeannie 6. Surfin' the Southwest 7. Moonbeam 2000 8. Precision 2000 9. Ghost Riders 10. Legends 11. Wipe Out


Hollywood Assassins - Original Soundtrack

Hollywood Assassins are a Brighton-based (UK) band. The title refers to the soundtrack they inspire in your head, not anything playing at the movies. The band play surf noir rock n roll which blends Mark Haney's fifties style guitar with the energy of garage rock and punk. Their style references classic film noir imagery and their songs are full of the good, the bad and the beautiful. Pretty decent twangy songs with a few really good instrumental bridges. Tijuana Straits is my fave.

1. North West One 2. Spanish Skies 3. Catwalk 4. Dangerous U Know 5. Now That I've Seen Her 6. Tijuana Straits 7. Crazy On the Run 8. Why Spy? 9. Love Me Not


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

VA - Bikini World

Can't get enough of these surf comps! Gonna be postin' some KLASSIC stuff over the next few weeks, old and newish. Real easy way to hear good groups and begin a serious collection. Some of you may have these - others will want them. ENJOY all.

Bikini World is especially cool. As a collection, it's uniformly hot spit, especially Untamed Youth's blow torch summer epic, "Tube City" and the painfully-punned "Surfs You Right" by Finland's finest, Laika & the Cosmonauts. "Scalpin' Party" by Jackie & the Cedrics has some of the most percolating percussion I've ever encountered, but, disappointingly, they just fade out instead of come up with a proper ending. "XKE!" from Seattle's own Boss Martians, is, as you might expect, eerie and extradimensionally cool. You may think you've heard this stuff a million times, but we both know that's not enough. Gnarly, dude.

1. Sloth in Molasses - The Phantom Surfers 2. Aphrodesia - Trashwomen 3. Tube City - The Untamed Youth 4. Rumors of Surf - Southern Culture on the Skids 5. It's a Bikini World - Boardwalkers 6. Surfs You Right - Laika & the Cosmonauts 7. Hipster 8. Scalping Party - Jackie & the Cedrics 9. Xke! - Boss Martians 10. Surfer's Deal - Daytonas 11. Renegade - Hillbilly Soul Surfers 12. Fathomless - Fathoms 13. Calhoun Surf - Los Straitjackets 14. Time Bomb - The Bomboras 15. Chaeto


VA - Beyond th Beach

Great contmporary surf comp. It has a good variety of styles and sounds, ranging a from the classic Ventures type sound to psychobilly, and garage punk a la Ramones. There wasn't a track on it that I didn't like. Some of it was unexpected and surprizing, but there's power, lots of energy, and excitement. I thought it all worked pretty well together. It's turned me on to a bunch of bands that I explored further - it might do the same for you. This is definitely not bedtime lullaby music. If Quentin Tarantino was to use this music for the basis of a future "Pulp Fiction" sequel, we'd all in for one bizzare, wild ride. May need to be institutionalized in an instru-mental ward.....
All kidding aside, I'd say this is a must-have for anyone that enjoys guitar oriented music - surf or otherwise.

1. Go! - Daytonas 2. Depth Charge 3. Drive Through at Molly's Reach 4. Ocean Beach - Mermen 5. Flash Flood - The Woggles 6. Spanish Blue - Aqua Velvets 7. Bowling Ball Gardens - The Halibuts 8. Meximelt - Southern Culture on the Skids 9. Outbound - The Golden Tones 10. Global Village - Laika & the Cosmonauts 11. Flesh Hammer - Hillbilly Frankenstein 12. Volcano Juice - Insect Surfers 13. Tsunammi - Paul Johnson 14. Twango - Teisco del Rey 15. Nitrous Burn Out 2112 - Man or Astro-man? 16. Spy Beach - Spies Who Surf 17. Needles on the Beach - Tin Machine 18. Straight Arrow [Davie's Theme] - Ultras 19. Shadow Land - The Falcons


VA - Surf Sand Sun

Decent comp is a collection of a lot of classic surfing recordings made in the 60's, PLUS 2 cuts by modern bands The Halibuts and Los Straightjackets. More filler than killer, this is what happens when you get a label trying to cash in on a trend that they don't understand. The classic stuff is a combination of hits and more obscure stuff so it's worth picking through for collectors. If you like surf music, this a good collection to start, with sides by The Ventures, The Challengers, The Belairs, and others.

1. High Tide (Tranquilizer) - The Lively Ones 2. Wipe Out - The Surfaris 3. Let's Go Trippin' - Dick Dale & the Del-Tones 4. Underwater - The Frogmen 5. Church Key - Barbara Adkins, Revels 6. Mr. Moto - The Bel-Airs 7. Surfer's Stomp - Mar-Kets 8. Bullwinkle, Pt. II 9. Let's Go - Routers 10. K-39 - The Challengers 11. Balboa Blue - Mar-Kets 12. Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen 13. Penetration - The Pyramids 14. Mr. Mysterioso - The Halibuts 15. Hawaii Five-O - The Ventures 16. Pacifica - Los Straitjackets


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Shi-Tones Live Park Chalet November 25, 2004

Small combo guitar groups don't get much better than this. The Shitones are a surf-inspired band featuring Shigemi "Shig33" Komiyama on drums, Jennifer Burnes on bass, and Jim Thomas on guitar. The Shitones have been going strong for almost 10 years, performing weekly at the Beach Chalet for many years, and at the Sandbar prior to that. Jim Thomas, classically trained guitarist for the Mermen fronts this group. More interested in playing classic tunes from the golden age of surf music than the jamming psychedelic surf style of the Mermen this group is a lot of fun and must be great live.
Anyway here's a superbly recorded set with almost NO audience noise. A combo of old and new surf.

You can get ANOTHER great Shi-tones show here:

A big thanks to Xtabay for that show - and that fact that I "borrowed" some of his review since he said it better than me.
And thanks to the Shi-tones and the original taper for sharing this. Always cool when the bands let the fans participate. Support the bands, see them live and get their stuff.

The Shi-Tones
Date: November 25, 2004
Venue: Park Chalet
Location: San Francisco, CA
Source: Schoeps MK8 Blumlein>KC5>CM6>Lunatec V3 (24/44.1)>Digigram VXPocket>Sony Vaio HD using SoundForge 5.0
Lineage: Wavelab 4.0 (normalized with Waves L2, dithered to 16-bit using Apogee UV22HR)>CDWav>Flac Frontend>.flac (no DAE)
Taped by: Steve Brown
Transferred by: Steve Brown

Disc 1/Set1
Theme From Endless Summer, Lost In The Shadows, Quiet Surf, Intro>Madagascar, Drume Negrita, Penetration, Krill Slippin', ?, Raglan, Diamond Head
Disc 2/Set 2
Harlem Nocturne, Apache, El Aguila, Pipeline, Sleepwalk, Jack The Ripper (with Tequila jam)*, 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be), Drums A GoGo, Scrambler, "That Neil Young Thing", Ghost Riders In The Sky, Black Mountain Rag, Bumblebee


the Surf Coasters Live Brookdale Lodge April 16, 2004

This trio of young guys from Japan play classic surf tunes and great sounding originals with passion and precision. They can hold their own with any American (or Scandinavian) surf band. Their love of playing and energy make for a wonderful show. Very powerful and commited lead guitar, tight and agressive rythm section. If you like Dick Dale, the Ventures, ect. you will love these guys. Recording quality is good, live energy, performance, and atmosphere are great!
Surf Coasters
Date: April 16, 2004
Venue: Brookdale Lodge
Location: Brookdale, CA
Source: Shure VP-88 M-S Mike>MIO 2882>F/W>Mac G4 PB>Peak 4.1 24 Bit
Lineage: MacFlac 16 Bit
Taped by: Rev. Willis
Transferred by: Rev. Willis

T01--Introduction T02--Tsunami Struck T03--Bikemen T04--Crash T05--Shark Man T06--? T07--Link Wray Medley: Rumble/Jack the Ripper T08--Baja
T09--Dreams T10--Dick Dale Medley: Let's Go Trippin'/Surf Beat
T11--Miserou T12--Riding High T13--Beach Monster T14--Fly Up
T15--Bumblebee T16--Summertime Blues T17--Intruder

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