Friday, August 21, 2009

Thurston Lava Tube - The Pink Elephant with Nipples for Tusks

The Thurston Lava Tube is a psychedelic, experimental surf instrumental group from Leicester, England who plays wigged out, fun, sometimes avant garde music. Excellent musicianship, with organs and synths adding to the guitar mix. Muy coolo.
1. The Anchor Pigs 2. Argentinasaurus 3. It Is the Music of the the Thurston Lava Tube but It Is Performed by Pigeons 4. Fritter Capsule 5. Peruvogator 6. I Didn't Bite the Dinosaurs 7. Forgot to Put the Chain On Baxter 8. It Must Have Been the Mousse 9. Absurdo 10. Shit Weasel 11. Oh, What Happened to the Poor Bear? 12. Surf Rider 13. Wonderful Land 14. Mrs. Robinson (live)


We’re Gonna Rock – We’re Gonna Roll Comps

"We're Gonna Rock - We're Gonna Roll" is an excellent audio history of how Rock & Roll came to be. This dense 118 cut set is divided into four genres: R&B, DooWop, Rockabilly and finally good old early Rock & Roll. The tunes selected are truly representative of their era and genre (with the exception of the rockabilly CD which leans more towards hillbilly swing) and the sound quality is excellent. I've found so many original versions of songs that were covered by other artists that this is a great resource. Especially the original R&B version of "Tryin' to Get to You". Yes, there are some of the usual comp hits but there are plenty of goodies rare enough to be special. I would recommend this to anyone and not just Roots music fanatics. This is one heck of a collection!! It’ll do ya good.

DISC 1—Rhythm and Blues(2:54) That's All Right - Arthur Crudup (2:51) Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton (2:10) Party Girl - T-Bone Walker (2:28) Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace (2:47) Good Rockin' Tonight - Wynonie Harris (2:24) Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames (2:16) We're Gonna Rock - Cecil Gant (2:50) Rock And Roll - Wild Bill Moore (2:44) Rockin' At Midnight - Roy Brown (2:35) Rock The Joint - Jimmy Preston (3:00) Shake Rattle & Roll - Big Joe Turner (2:30) Rock And Roll - Laverne Ray (2:53) Why Do You Waste My Time - Tiny Grimes (2:34) Shake Holler & Run - John Lee Hooker (2:41) I Need You I Want You - Jack The Bear Parker (2:04) Teenage Baby - T-Bone Walker (2:28) Rockin' With Red - Piano Red (2:46) Train Kept A-Rollin' - Tiny Bradshaw (2:51) I Got A Woman - Ray Charles (2:51) Hey Little Girl - Billy Wright (2:39) Let's Rock A While - Amos Milburn (2:35) I Wanna Know (What Cha Doin' Down There) - Dolly Cooper (2:37) The Fat Man - Fats Domino (2:47) Bee's Boogie - Smiley Lewis (2:32) Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price (3:15) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Stick McGhee (2:26) Country Girl - Dave Bartholomew (3:07) The Hucklebuck - Paul Williams (2:39) We're Gonna Rock We're Gonna Roll - Wild Bill Moore


DISC 2—Jumpin’ and DooWoppin’(2:32) 60 Minute Man - The Dominoes (3:08) Ting A Ling - The Clovers (2:54) Gloria - The Cadillacs (2:07) Hold Me! Squeeze Me! - The Orioles (2:38) Hearts Of Stone - The Jewels (2:25) Mama (Your Daughter Told A Lie On Me) - The Five Keys (2:30) Mary Lee - The Rainbows (2:51) Can't Do Sixty No More - The Du-Droppers (2:39) Never - The Dundees (2:46) Rock Me All Night Long - The Ravens (2:31) Such A Night - The Drifters (3:05) A Thousand Stars - The Rivileers (2:09) Ling Ting Tong - The Five Keys (2:56) Earth Angel - The Penguins (2:29) One Minute Julep - The Clovers (2:30) Ooh Baby - The Teardrops (2:25) Honey Love - The Drifters (2:54) Shoo Doo Be Doo - Bobby Lester & the Moonlighters (2:30) No Help Wanted - The Crows (2:34) Fool Fool Fool - The Clovers (2:37) Trying To Get To You - The Eagles (2:45) My Loving Baby - The El Dorados (2:06) Bounce - The Spaniels (2:30) Sexy Ways - The Midnighters (2:36) Boot 'Em Up - The Du-Droppers (2:46) Bip Bam - The Drifters (2:51) Roll Roll Pretty Baby - The Swallows (3:05) She Rocks - The Cardinals (2:43) Lovey Dovey - The Clovers


DISC 3—Hillbilly Boppin’(2:46) Move It On Over - Hank Williams (2:51) I'm Movin' On - Hank Snow (2:46) Birmingham Bounce - Hardrock Gunter (2:41) Tennessee Saturday Night - Red Foley (2:14) Tennessee Jive - Johnny Horton (2:43) Rompin' & Stompin' - Curtis Gordon (2:22) TT Boogie - Charlie Adams (2:17) Blue Ribbon Boogie - Chuck Murphy (2:27) Oakie Boogie - Jack Guthrie (2:33) Juke Joint Mama - Jimmy Swan (2:30) Hot Rod Race - Arkie Shibley (2:33) Hot Rod Mama - Jimmy Dolan (2:19) Too Old To Cut The Mustard - The Carlisles (2:33) I Ain't Nothin' But A Tom Cat's Kitten - Wayne Raney (2:53) The Band's A-Rockin' - Johnnie Lee Wills (2:44) Slick Chick Boogie - Porky Freeman (2:13) White House Blues - Bill Monroe (2:11) Juke Joint Johnny - Lattie Moore (2:16) Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down - Maddox Bros & Rose (2:43) Sugarfoot Rag - Hank Garland & His Sugar Footers (3:24) Guitar Boogie - Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith (2:31) The Nashville Jump - Chet Atkins (2:11) Stratosphere Boogie - Jimmy Bryant (2:11) Don't Drop It - Terry Fell (2:08) Good Deal Lucille - Moon Mullican (2:24) Louisiana Swing - Bud Hobbs (2:46) Louisiana Boogie - Merle Travis (2:11) Wild Cattin' Woman - Lee Bonds (2:41) Hound Dog - Betsy Gay (2:36) There's A Leak In This Old Building - Brother Claude Ely


DISC 4—It’s Only Rock and Roll(2:51) Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston (2:40) Rockin' Is Our Bizness -The Treniers (2:46) Work With Me Annie - The Midnighters (2:13) Gee - The Crows (2:26) Sh-Boom - The Chords (2:48) Love Me - Willy & Ruth (2:59) Riot In Cell Block #9 - The Robins (2:40) Crazy Man Crazy - Bill Haley and the Comets (2:43) Please Don't Leave Me - Fats Domino (1:55) Rock The Joint - Jimmy Cavallo (2:21) The House Of The Blue Lights - Merrill E. Moore (2:23) Gonna Dance All Night - Hardrock Gunter (2:42) There's Gonna Be A Ball - Rudy Grayzell (2:04) Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Elvis Presley (2:23) My Sweet French Baby - Jimmy Logsdon (2:13) My Gal Gertie - Dub Dickerson (2:20) Real Rock Drive - Bill Haley and the Comets (1:56) I Love You Madly - Charlie & Ray (2:32) Shake Rattle And Roll - Bill Haley and the Comets (3:02) Money Honey - The Drifters (2:43) Blue Monday - Smiley Lewis (3:10) Tweedle Dee - LaVern Baker (2:54) Teardrops From My Eyes - Ruth Brown (2:30) Such A Night - Bunny Paul (2:17) Rock A Beatin' Boogie - The Treniers (2:53) Shake A Hand - Faye Adams (2:40) Honey Hush - Big Joe Turner (2:55) Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown (1:57) That's All Right - Elvis Presley (2:13) Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley and the Comets


Friday, August 14, 2009

3 Balls of Fire – The Best of The Balls 1988-98

More goodies by request from 3 Balls. Burnin’ Mike Vernon’s 3 Balls of Fire – "the men with the burning guitars" – have led the way for instrumental guitar bands in Austin since 1987. The popular trio from the Lone Star State perform original, high octane, road-tested, surf-drenched Texas twang. They dip into in surf guitar, hotrod music, lounge favorites, and cowboy exotica from the Sixties and their bluesy twang is incendiary. Between Ry Cooder, Dick Dale and Ennio Morricone.
Good stuff.

The Men With the Burning 2. Chicks On Choppers 3.Atom Smasher 4.Island Girl 5.The Kicker 6. Black Out 7.Pipeline To Baghdad 8. El Malpais 9.Journada del Muerte 10. Risin' Surf 11.Machine Gun 12.Kind of Green 13.Beatnik 14.The Men With the Burning Guitars


More Monsterous Movie Music - OST

1996 release featuring the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Cracow, conducted by Masatoshi Mitsumoto. The highlights are TARANTULA and THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS but all the music is pleasing and worth having. TARANTULA is as good as any horror score of the 1950s and this orchestra and conductor really do it justice. Being early Mancini helps too. The recorded sound is as near perfect as could be hoped for with very close miking, good separation and lots of clear detail. There are not many re-recordings which sound this fabulous; it's as if the OSTs had been done in a modern studio. Very nice.
Tarantula (Herman Stein, Henry Mancini) - 13 tracks (18:42) The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (David Buttolph) - 11 tracks (18:46) The Monolith Monsters (Irving Gertz) - Main Title only (1:03) Gorgo (Angelo Francesco Lavagnino) - 12 tracks (19:43)


Music For TV Dinners

These sixteen production library compositions, used variously in educational shorts, commercials, television shows and feature films, constitute some of the most invisible, yet best remembered, musical melodies in American culture. Even stranger is that most of this music was produced by the British KPM company. Further examples (including EMI and Pye's contributions to the canon) can be found on UK anthologies such as "The Sound Gallery" and "The Sound Spectrum." The collected composers and arrangers construct brilliantly memorable productions whose purpose is to serve as musical beds beneath narration or to signal mood and plot shifts in films and television programs.
Though not designed as firmly for the background as true Muzak [tm], there is still an unnerving contextual shift in compiling these tracks for foreground listening. Though originally used in more subliminal contexts, these tunes have been drawn on in recent years as a simple way to evoke nostalgic moods, with or without irony in mind. In addition to appearances on boomer throwbacks like Nick at Night and Ren & Stimpy, these titles also appear in films like "The Hudsucker Proxy" and "Natural Born Killers." The most recognizable tune (at least, for 1960's television viewers) will be Wilfred Burns' "Stop Gap," which served as the theme to "Truth or Consequences." You can't help but feel that Bob Barker will step out in front of the curtain at any moment.
As calculated as this music may be, its composition, arrangement and performance hold tremendous charms. This is more mood music than easy listening, in that its purpose is to attract your attention and shape your experience, rather than provide any sort of sedation. Many of the musical cues will haunt you with inscrutably faint memories of products like Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion and Midol. This is an excellent volume for listening or for adding unique musical cues to your home video.
Combine this one and the one above on 1 disc for about 79 minutes of kitschy bliss. Yowza!

1. In the Limelight - David Lindup 2. Happy Go Lively - Laurie Johnson 3. Hackney Carriage 4. Trafficscape - Eric Winstone 5. Work-A-Day World - Jack Beaver 6. Curley Shirley - Otto Sieben 7. Bell Hop - John Shakespeare 8. Man About Town - Laurie Johnson 9. Holiday Playtime 10. Bargains Galore 11. Speaking Guitar - Gerhard Narholz 12. Shopping Spree - Laurie Johnson 13. Stop Gap - Wilfred Burns 14. Toys for Boys 15. Gala Performance - Laurie Johnson 16. Sleepy Shores - Johnny Pearson


Music For TV Dinners 60’s

Here is a collection of British 'adverts' music. Fans of the 'Sound Gallery' collections will enjoy this stuff, which is heavy on sixties kitsch in all the right ways. It's light, frothy, and wonderful. There is a very comfortable, vaguely familiar, and even poignant quality to this music; sort of the aural equivalent to chicken noodle soup or macaroni and cheese. Anyone who enjoys lounge and retro culture will find it to be a welcome retreat from the harsher elements of today's culture. Get it and bask in the glow!
1. Disc a Go Go - Syd Dale 2. Pop Promotion - Gerhard Narholz 3. Free Life - James Clarke 4. Riviera Set - Syd Dale 5. Shopping Centre 6. Piccadilly Night Ride - Alan Hawkshaw, Keith Mansfield 7. Party Shaker 8. Rio Magic - Neil Richardson 9. Beauty Parade - Syd Dale 10. Holiday Commercial - Alan Hawkshaw 11. Sporting Highlights - Keith Mansfield 12. Convenience Shopping - Alan Hawkshaw 13. Mexican Ding Dong - Syd Dale 14. Chase That Car - Laurie Johnson 15. Rosese Today - John Scott 16. Pop March - Johnny Pearson


Friday, August 7, 2009

3 Balls of Fire – Live At Ego’s Lounge

Burnin’ Mike Vernon’s 3 Balls of Fire – "the men with the burning guitars" – have led the way for instrumental guitar bands in Austin since 1987. The popular trio from the Lone Star State perform original, high octane, road-tested, surf-drenched Texas twang. They dip into in surf guitar, hotrod music, lounge favorites, and cowboy exotica from the Sixties and their bluesy twang is incendiary. Between Ry Cooder, Dick Dale and Ennio Morricone . Recorded live in glorious lo-fi .. crack a few brews and set back awhile!

Wild Weekend, Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White, Caravan, Yellowjacket, Sunset Beach, Pink Panther, Peter Gunn, Island Girl, Wooly Bully, Jet Black, El Malpais, Harlem Nocturne, Music to Watch Girls By, Please Please Me, Light My Fire, Perfidia, A Taste of Honey, The Lonely Bull, James Bond Theme, Girl from Ipanema, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Ram-Bunk-Shush, Bust Out, Rebel Rouser, Report from the Oort Cloud, Ego's Theme


Mercury Four – Endless Beach

Carrying on the surf tradition yet adding more texture. Maybe it's just the way they all work together. A great recording of this band. Solid drumming with great dynamic tension, spooky keyboards and guitar, solid bass. Excellent energetic rave-ups, lush spy soundtrack-ish songs, with heavy doses of sci-fi, and lounge.

1. Quit Hoggin' the Airlock 2. Enigma Twist 3. Skater Dater 4. Stroked & Bored 5. Kennewick Man 6. Endless Beach 7. Rattle Can Black 8. Werewolves On Wheels 9. Zeta Reticuli 10. You Are Go for Throttle Up 11. No Response From Mars 12. Zombies From Outer Space

Legends of the Guitar – Jazz V1

A fine, extensive overview of jazz guitar, with a host of stylists. CD has four bonus cuts.

1. I'm Coming Virginia - Frankie Trumbauer 2. Countless Blues - Kansas City Six3. Pickin' for Patsy - Jack Teagarden, Jack Teagarden Orchestra 4. I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles 5. Up on Teddy's Hill - Charlie Christian 6. Stomp Stomp (Fox Trot) [*] - The Cats & the Fiddle 7. Relaxin' at Camarillo [*] - Charlie Parker 8. Intuition - Lennie Tristano 9. Blue Baião - Laurindo Almeida 10. Gibson Boy - Tal Farlow 11. Serenata Burlesca - Howard Roberts 12. Montgomeryland Funk - Monk Montgomery 13. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Lenny Breau 14. Spaces (Infinite) - Larry Coryell 15. Shinola [*] - John Scofield 16. Scaling [*] - Derek Bailey


Legends of the Guitar – Jazz V2

Excellent follow-up release. Comprehensive and intelligently compiled. CD has three bonus cuts.

Stage Fright Carl Kress 2.Tappin’ At The Tappa Charlie Barnet and Orch 3. Battery Bounce Art Tatum 4.Honeysuckle Rose Nat King Cole Trio 5. Harmony Grits Mary Lou Williams Girl All stars 6. A Ghost of A Chance Johnny Smith Quintet 7.Night and Day Django Reinhardt 8.52nd St. Theme Oscar Peterson Trio 9.Freight Trane Kenny Burrelll, John Coltrane 10. Captain Senor Mouse Return to Forever 11.Night and Day Joe Pass 12. Scrapple From the Apple Jim Hall 13.Phase Dance Pat Methney Group 14. Nardis Ralph Towner 15.Jumpin’ Jack Stanley Jordan


Saturday, August 1, 2009

Best Of Surf – Import EXCELLENT

Look past the CHEEZY cover and drink deep mateys. This is a made for TV comp sold in KOREA – what a doozy it is. They get the good stuff over there. This is the closest thing you will get to an officially licensed comp from the great surf label OMOM from Italy. They are the guys who do the KILLER surf/garage/punk tributes – Burt Bacharach, American Grafitti Revisited, Hair, Evil Fuzz etc – and this has an EXCELLENT sampling of all their groups from these and other releases. Mostly instros with a few vocals – this is a one of kind prize that no self respecting instro lover should be without. Wednesday is my birthday – here’s a present for all.

1.Cosmonauti - Cajun curl 2. Cosmonauti - Mexico beach 3. Bluejays - To the aisle 4. Bradipous 4 - Baby, it's you 5. Cosmonauti - Dolly dance 6. Big Ray & The Futuras - I only have eyes for you 7. Cosmonauti - 7th level 8. Susan & The Surftones - Nina's empty glass 9. The Nematoads - Air 10. Cosmonauti - Green bay 11. Sit 'N Spin - Peppermint twist 12. Cosmonauti - Spanish waves 13. Kahuna Kawentzmann - See you in September 14. Susan & The Surftones - Moon woman 42 15. The Lava Rats - My conviction 16. Cosmonauti - Lazy 17. Daikaiju - Little darlin' 18. Bradipos Four - Come go with me 19. Cosmonauti - Cosy boy 20. Surfones - Smoke gets in your eyes 21. Atlantics - Chantilly lace 22. Cosmonauti - Locals only 23. Bombers vivisectors - Don't put it down 24. Mookie Brill - Heart and soul 25. Candy Eye Slugger - Goodnight, well it's time to go 26. The Retroliners - Black boys ~ white boys 27. Cosmonauti - Spring fiesta 28. Fabulous Planktones - Book of love 29. Mel Previte & Gangsters of love - Crying in the chapel 30. 20 Guitars north of the Border - What a piece of work is man


1. Cosmonauti - First kiss 2. The Blob - Aqualads 3. Cosmonauti - Bikini Angel 4. Susan & The Surftones - Blondes in Cars 5. Squid Vicious - Close to you 6. Bradipos Four - Kissin' Bonobo Roll (lounge wave) 7. Susan & The Surftones - West 30 8. Cosmonauti - Driver 9. Atomic Mosquitos - Manchester England 10. Susan & The Surftones - More 11. Deadbolt - Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head 12. Cosmonauti - Summer girl 13. Rev. Hank's Twang Gang - I got life 14. Deoras - Since 15. Petty Booka - Do you wanna dance 16. Cosmonauti - Exotica fever 17. Urban Surf Kings - Only you (and you alone) 18. HiFi Ramblers - Love potion no.9 19. Cosmonauti - Thank you Paul 20. Susan & The Surftones - Leapard spots 21. Big Ray & the Futures - Casino Royal theme 22. Paul Johnson - A thousand miles away 23. Cosmonauti - High ride 24. The Bluejays - Easy to be hard 25. Susan & The Surftones - Casper reef 26. Cosmonauti - The look of love 27. Cosmonauti - Blue surf 28. Seks Bomba - Do you know the way to San Jose 29. Aqualads - Barbara Ann 30. Voodoo Court - (There's) Always something there to remind me


Impala - Teenage Tupelo OST

Impala was one of the greatest, and easily the most underrated groups of the recent instrumental surf revival, and to me this is one of their best efforts. Slow, sensuous, sleazy sax over the fast pulse of a great rhythm section. Exotic, melodic guitar riffs instead of the usual tube-amp thrash that tries to pass itself off as surf these days. It creates a beautifully sleazy, neon-lit pulsating world. Being a soundtrack there is a combination of atmospheric and melodic tunes - so think of this as mood setting background music more than punchy driving riffage.

imth - possibly incomplete

imthv2new - new link just in case

Legends of the Guitar – Electric Blues Vol. 1

Great compilation of classic electric blues. Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, BB King, T-Bone Walker, and those are the artists on the first 4 songs. Each song different than the other, and each one played with precision by a master guitar player. This has that older sound to it, like when Muddy Waters plugged that amp in for the first time. Check out the tremendous guitar playing on the last track - See Me in the Evening - with Hound Dog Taylor providing the riffs.
1. Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 1 - Muddy Waters 2. All Your Love (I Miss Loving) - Otis Rush 3. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now - B.B. King 4. Strollin' With Bones - T-Bone Walker 5. Stormy Monday Blues - Bobby "Blue" Bland 6. 300 Pounds of Joy - Howlin' Wolf 7. Find My Baby [*] - Eddie Taylor 8. Texas Hop [*] - Pee Wee Crayton 9. Love My Baby - Little Junior's Blue Flames 10. Personal Manager - Albert King 11. Dust My Blues - Elmore James 12. Story of My Life - Guitar Slim 13. Help Me - Charlie Musselwhite 14. Mean Town Blues - Johnny Winter 15. Tell Me Pretty Mama - Lightnin' Hopkins, 16. Hucklebuck - Earl Hooker 17. See Me in the Evening [*] - Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers, Hound Dog Taylor


Legends of the Guitar – Electric Blues Vol.2

More excellent classic electric blues. These 2 discs are an excellent intro to the world of electric rock oriented blues and good to have all in one place.

1. Bear Cat (The Answer to Hound Dog) - Rufus Thomas 2. Just Like a Woman - B.B. King 3. Texas - Electric Flag 4. Another Kinda Love - John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers 5. Boogie Chillen' - John Lee Hooker 6. Lookin' Good - Magic Sam's Blues Band 7. Carry My Business On - Houston Boines 8. Going Down - Freddie King 9. Double Crossing Time - Eric Clapton, John Mayall 10. Long Distance Call - Muddy Waters 11. Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson 12. Okie Dokie Stomp - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, 13. Lucy Mae Blues - Frankie Lee Sims 14. Playgirl - Snooks Eaglin 15. Fallin' Rain - James Cotton Blues Band 16. Worried About My Baby - Howlin' Wolf 17. Vietcong Blues - Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band 18. Frosty - Albert Collins

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