Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sax rocker with a guitar break from the squares on the Bristol records label. This is sort of a doo-wop rocker and a bit of a garage/surf rocker. Maybe caught in between? The year i found on the web is 1959. I don't know.... I got nothing. I've been sick and tired and i'm bored so i pulled this out while cataloging some records and decided to download. Maybe someone has some info? If not enjoy anyway.
The Squares - Davey's Drag
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Funky & fuzzy wah wah and talk box jam from 1971. Right up my alley. Not rare or anything just a great tune i dig a bunch... I'm sure a million people have heard it but if you haven't dig in, it's groovy baby. I'm not extremely well versed in Young Holt Unlimited's catalog so if anyone has more recommendations along these lines feel free to let me know what to search out. They have a pretty vast catalog.... I've said this before and i'll say this again, i do NOT claim to be an expert on music ( i know a few things... ) and i do this blog for fun and for me to search out info on records i come across and have collected. I'm not trying to post rare or unheard gems because I'm a bottom feeder when it comes to collecting really... And almost everything is out there already. I just like music and collecting records is fun and helps keep me out of trouble.... I do appreciate the few people that swing by every so often and leave comments. Please do so more often!
That being said, here's the wiki lowdown on Young Holt Unlimited:
Young-Holt Unlimited (also known as Young-Holt Trio), were an U.S. soul and jazz instrumental musical ensemble from Chicago, Illinois.
Drummer Isaac "Red" Holt and bassist Eldee Young, formerly members of Ramsey Lewis' jazz trio, formed a new outfit called the Young-Holt Trio with pianist Don Walker in 1966. They met with modest success, including the minor hit with "Wack-Wack", which charted at number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1968, the group renamed itself Young-Holt Unlimited, and replaced Walker with Ken Chaney. Under their new name, the group scored a number three Hot 100 hit with "Soulful Strut," the backing instrumental track from Barbara Acklin's "Am I the Same Girl." "Soulful Strut" sold a million copies with the gold record awarded by the RIAA in January 1969, less than 3 months after the track's release. Unfortunately, follow-up releases failed to match "Soulful Strut"'s commercial success, and the group had disbanded by 1974, with Young and Holt continuing to play in Chicago small bands.
Young died of a heart attack on February 12, 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand, at the age of 71.
Holt was believed still to be active as of early July 2011
Young Holt Unlimited - Wah Wah Man
Monday, March 31, 2014
Been having some shit luck around here lately. Spent all day yesterday dealing with a flooded basement where we lost a lot of stuff; records, tapes, 8-tracks, reel to reels, magazines, fanzines, flyers, some electronics, etc..... spent the morning mopping up and throwing stuff out.... Ugh. Anyway, i needed to take a break so i decided to throw a track up on the blog and here it is. A guitar rocker from heavy blues based psych band Moloch called "Cocaine Katy" on the Booger Records label from 1972. I guess the Moloch album is fairly rare (I don't own it) but i have no idea how rare this thing is or if it even is rare. But it's a cool tune with plenty of jamming ax action. Enjoy, I'm going to go take a nap....
Here is the low-down on Moloch:
Moloch emerged from the fertile music scene in Memphis, Tennessee in 1969. Led by guitarist Lee Baker (who had played with the Memphis Blazers throughout the decade, toured with the Mar-Keys and is often called ‘the greatest guitarist you’ve never heard of’), they gigged alongside the MC5 and the Stooges and were offered the opportunity to make an album for local Stax subsidiary Enterprise in 1970. Recorded at the legendary Ardent studios with local producer Don Nix (a collaborator with Lonnie Mack, Furry Lewis, Freddy King, Albert King, Delaney & Bonnie, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers and others, and often credited as a key architect of the ‘Memphis Sound’), they laid down a rich stew of 12-bar blues peppered with fiery guitar, fat organ and taut drumming. Though the bulk of the songs were penned by Nix (including the original version of Goin' Down, later to become a blues standard covered by Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Deep Purple, Pearl Jam and others), the sound is unmistakably theirs, and betrays the influence of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Blue Cheer as well as blues musicians like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Sleepy John Estes and Bukka White (all of whom Baker had played with at the legendary Memphis Country Blues Festivals of the late 60s).
The album was a triumph, but failed to sell, prompting the band to split in 1971. The following year, Baker assembled another version of Moloch (featuring bassist Michael Jones, later to play with Talking Heads) and released a one-off 45 on a tiny local label called Booger. This featured even more vicious guitar than the LP, but was doomed to obscurity from the start. Baker went on to play with fellow local hero Alex Chilton (whose Big Star were to suffer a similar fate to Moloch on another Stax subsidiary, Ardent), contributing guitar to his legendary Third / Sister Lovers LP and the Like Flies On Sherbet album later in the decade. Baker also formed Mudboy & the Neutrons with friends Jim Dickinson, Sid Selvidge and Jimmy Crosthwait (dubbed ‘the great band that nobody can find’ by Bob Dylan), and collaborated extensively with pioneering blues guitarist Furry Lewis. He was still prominent on the Memphis music scene when he was senselessly murdered in September 1996, and it is to be hoped that this reissue will bring his astonishing guitar player to a wider audience.
PS. i've added the flip per anon request. here ya go!
Moloch - Cocaine Katy
Moloch - The Terrorizing Of Miss Nancy Jane
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I'm in the music business. Future looking' doubtful... Music business, bound to be my downfall..... Runnin' out of money.... Crazy going hungry....
I need a sandwich....
One time Mother of Invention tells it like it is...
Jeff Simmons - I'm In The Music Business
Monday, March 24, 2014
Very weird this one. I can't find anything about "The Norman Brothers" at all. It's heavy on ukulele and piano. Song 2 on this side is titled "Fused On Tips, Ca't Slip Off" but it's obviously a cover of Monday Monday by the Momas And Popas. Song 4 is called "Number 3 In The Green Book" but it's a version of "Please don't talk about me when I'm gone". I did not record song 1 "I Enjoy Being A Girl" because it skips very badly. The other side starts with "Steam Boat Mickey" but it's about The Robert E Lee.... Song 2 on this side "The Little Bird Who Lost His Way Flying South For The Winter" is a version of "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and is actually pretty cool. Some of the others don't sound familiar to me but i would assume they are all covers??? I know i've heard number 4 on this side but can't place it.... Maybe Elvis???? Number 5 is a ragtime version of Old Time Religion but called "Box 5, Del Rio Texas". It makes no sense to me.... can someone explain this weirdness to me? The only thing i know for sure about this record is that it was cut with HOT STYLUS! Help?!?
The Norman Brothers - Jaggers Recording Studio Acetate
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Some pre ELO psych rock from 1969 from The Move. Just found this recently on the cheap. It's a nice little pop psych nugget. Nothing really rare but a good tune. Actually sounds a bit earlier than 1969. If you don't know the history of the move check out the The Move WIKI link. It's quite extensive. Now back to my coffee....
The Move - Yellow Rainbow
Thursday, March 20, 2014
I don't know the year on this but it's some soulful doo-wop so i'm guessing late in the game. Maybe 1963/64, but that is just a guess.... (while writing this i found out they formed in 1963 so my hunch was just about spot on) What little i could find out about the group was that they were of "Hispanic extraction".... The White Doo-Wop Collector has a nice little write up on the group.
The Young Ones - No, No Don't Make Me Cry
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Some funky latin rock from Giants on the LA Records label. It's from 1980 and sounds a bit like older Santana. Pretty cool w/ a vibes solo and some fuzzy guitar.
Giants - Fried Neckbones And Home Fries
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Rollin' & Rockin' R&B number from Jimmy Sweeney (AKA Jimmy Bell) on the Buckley Records label from 1962.
Jimmy Sweeney - What'cha Gonna Do About Me
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Cool rockin' R&B instrumental from 1961 on the Glow-Hill Records label. Don't know shit about old D.D. (Foots) Ford but a quick search of the nets sees this 45 getting lots of action. I got nothing else..... Oh yeah, I've combined the sides for your listening pleasure, because, well, we all need all the bounce we can get.
D.D. (Foots) Ford - D.D.'s Bounce Part One & Part Two
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
A cool little pop punk nugget on the great Headache Records from New Jersey. I do believe that The Wussies were from CT. I usually like my punk/hardcore a little more "hard" but for some reason i really like this band and record.
The Wussies - New Age
Monday, February 24, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
can't keep 'em barefoot and pregnant forever...
"Fuzzy" Owen - Arkie's Got Her Shoes On
edit: added the flip even though it plays pretty beat because a drunken hobo asked for it. sorry about the noise.
"Fuzzy" Owen - Beware Of A Stranger
Sunday, February 2, 2014
i got up pretty hungover today and started my morning off with some coffee and records. i sat down at the computer and put this mix together. no big deal.
dig in if you'd like and take a guess at the tracks... lates.
The Devils Music Super Bowl Sunday Blues Based B's Mix
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
mega sick super jazz guitar freakout! the fuzz @ 40 seconds is a mind blaster! Actually wished it had gone on way longer... i almost didn't pick this up because the Home Boy label made me think it was going to be bad rap... how wrong i was.
Sputnik - Spy Vs. Spy
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Great boogie woogie piano tune with a killer guitar solo. I do not know what year this is from...
Albert Ammons (September 23, 1907 – December 2, 1949) was an American pianist and player of boogie-woogie, a bluesy jazz style popular from the late 1930s into the mid-1940s.
Born Albert C. Ammons in Chicago, Illinois, his parents were pianists, and he had learned to play by the age of ten. He also played percussion in the drum and bugle corps as a teenager and was soon performing with bands on the Chicago club scene. After World War I he became interested in the blues, learning by listening to Chicago pianists Hersal Thomas and the brothers Alonzo and Jimmy Yancey.
In the early to mid-1920s Ammons worked as a cab driver for the Silver Taxicab Company. In 1924 he met a fellow taxi driver who also played piano, Meade Lux Lewis. Soon the two players began working as a team, performing at club parties. Ammons started his own band at the Club DeLisa in 1934 and remained at the club for the next two years. During that time he played with a five piece unit that included Guy Kelly, Dalbert Bright, Jimmy Hoskins, and Israel Crosby. Ammons also recorded as Albert Ammons's Rhythm Kings for Decca Records in 1936. The Rhythm Kings' version of "Swanee River Boogie" sold a million copies.
Ammons moved from Chicago to New York, where he teamed up with another pianist, Pete Johnson. The two performed regularly at the Café Society, occasionally joined by Lewis, and performed with other jazz musicians such as Benny Goodman and Harry James.
In 1938 Ammons appeared at Carnegie Hall with Johnson and Lewis at From Spirituals to Swing, an event that helped launch the boogie-woogie craze. Two weeks later, record producer Alfred Lion, who had attended John H. Hammond's From Spirituals to Swing concert on December 23, 1938, which had introduced Ammons and Lewis, started Blue Note Records, recording nine Ammons solos including "The Blues" and "Boogie Woogie Stomp", eight by Lewis and a pair of duets in a one-day session in a rented studio.
In 1941, Ammons' boogie music was accompanied by drawn-on-film animation in the short film Boogie-Doodle by Norman McLaren. Ammons played himself in the movie Boogie-Woogie Dream (1944), with Lena Horne and Johnson. As a sideman with Sippie Wallace in the 1940s Ammons recorded a session with his son, the tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons. Although the boogie-woogie fad began to die down in 1945, Ammons had no difficulty securing work. He continued to tour as a solo artist and between 1946 and 1949 recorded his last sides for Mercury Records, with bassist Israel Crosby.
During the last few years of his life Ammons played mainly in Chicago's Beehive Club and the Tailspin Club and a few days before he died he played at Mama Yancey's parlor. In 1949 he played at President Harry S. Truman's inauguration. Albert Ammons died on December 2, 1949 in Chicago and was interred at the Lincoln Cemetery, at Kedzie Avenue in Blue Island, Worth Township, Cook County, Illinois.
Ammons has had wide influence on countless pianists, such as Dave Alexander, Dr. John, Hadda Brooks, Johnnie Johnson, Ray Bryant, Erroll Garner, Katie Webster, Axel Zwingenberger, and the German pianist Joerg Hegemann. The last honoured Ammons, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Ammons's birth in 2007, with his album A Tribute To Albert Ammons.
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Albert Ammons - Shufflin' The Boogie
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
1st post of 2014. Not much to say. This was a cheap thrift score and i really like the sound of this song. End.
Club Nisei Orchestra And Singers - Japanese Rhumba
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The Devils Music Says; Fuck Off 2013 - Songs Of Love, The Lord & Other Things - A New Years Mix Of Sorts
The Devils Music Says; Fuck Off 2013 - Songs Of Love, The Lord & Other Things - A New Years Mix Of Sorts
Thursday, December 26, 2013
A cheap new addition to the devils music, Michael & The Messengers - Lifs (Lies?) (Don't Mean Nothin) on U.S.A. Records from 1967. The flip to this (Romeo and Juliet) was on the nuggets box. This side is worth the price of admission just for the out of tune moaning in the last half of the song. Amazing. I hope u all had a good holiday, whatever it is u celebrate. If i don't talk to you before then, have a happy new year. I sure hope 2014 is better for everyone....
Michael & The Messengers - Lifs (Don't Nothing)