Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Litter - Feeling

Alright! back to some of what the devil digs the most, FUZZ!

From 1969 with some Midwest heavy psych w/ The Litter who i guess are most known for the single "Action Woman" which was much more of a garage number then this here blistering heavy guitar psych action.

"The Litter" was originally formed from two popular Minneapolis bands in 1966, "The Tabs" (Dan Rinaldi, Bill Strandlof) and "The Victors" (Denny Waite, Jim Kane). Tom Murray was plugged in after auditioning for the group at the Minnesota State Fair.
Tom "Zip" Caplan replaced Bill Strandlof in 1967 after Bill had recorded Action Woman, Legal Matter and Soul Searchin' for the "Distortions" album. The album was finished with "Zip" playing lead on the rest of the tracks.

This cut if from the 3rd and final album called "Emerge".

The Litter - Feeling

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Alvin Cash & the Registers - Philly Freeze - No Deposit - No Return

I'm sending this one out to my lil' Phillie from Philly!

2 Great funky soul cuts from Alvin Cash & the Registers on Mar-V-Lus from the year i was born:

Alvin Cash (born Alvin Welch, February 15, 1939, St. Louis, Missouri - died November 21, 1999) was an American pop singer. A graduate of St. Louis's Summers High (also attended by Luther Ingram, Billy Davis, and Anna Mae Bullock [better known as Tina Turner]), Alvin and three brothers moved to Chicago, where they sang and danced while in search of a recording contract. Andre Williams saw them perform (as The Crawlers) and had them record a tune, "Twine Time", which was a rewrite of Williams' 1957 hit song "Bacon Fat". The tune became a pop hit in 1965, and while "The Crawlers" proper, i.e. Alvin's brothers, probably did not play on the track, backing band The Nightliters did.

Soon after the success of the single, The Nightliters changed their name to The Crawlers and began touring with Cash; they would later change names again to The Registers. He went solo after a few further singles, and recorded a full-length LP tribute to Muhammad Ali; he also acted in several blaxploitation films, such as Petey Wheatstraw and Black Jack. He continued performing in the Chicago area into the 1990s, and died from ulcer complications in 1999.

Alvin Cash & the Registers - Philly Freeze
Alvin Cash & the Registers - No Deposit - No Return

Friday, November 28, 2008

Post turkey day scores!

The devil here had a great thanksgiving with some family and a few friends and after a few rough days prior (i spent tuesday & wed at the hospital and then at the docs) it was just what the doctor ordered! and then the almost best part was getting up Friday morning to do the devils own brand of black friday shopping at the flea market! and scored big with some awesome record scores!

Here is what we pulled:

Chris Farlowe - Paint It Black/You're So Good To Me - Immediate 5002
Nappy Brown - Skidy Woe/You're Going To Need Someone
Lester Flatt Earl Scruggs - The Old Home Town/I'll Stay Around
The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers - You Broke Your Promise/Nobody Cares - RCA 47-4857
The Shocking Blue - Venus/Hot Sand - Colossus 108
The Free Movement - I've Found Someone Of My Own/I Can't Convince My Heart
Eddie Cochran - Sittin' In The Balcony/Dark Lonely Street - Liberty F55056
The Dimensions - Nursery Rhime Rock/Over The Rainbow - Mohawk 116
Bill Haley & his Comets - Caldonia/Shaky - Decca 9-30926
Bill Haley & his Comets - Whoa Mabel!/Chiquita Linda - Decca 9-30741
The Dell Vikings - Come Go With Me/Whispering Bells - Fee Bee 205
Johnny Christopher - Love Stuff/Love Stuff - Entrance 7505
Raymond Leferve - Soul Coaxing/The Day The Rains Came - Classic 6755
Charles Bevel - Porcupine Meat/Sally B. White - A&M 1501
The Delfonics - You Got Yours & I'll Get Mine/Loving Him - Philly Groove 157
Roy Head - The Most Wanted Woman In Town/Gingers Breade Man - Shannon 829
Syndicate Of Sound - Little Girl/You - Bell 640
Royal Teens - Short Shorts/ Black Slacks - ABC 9882
Gene Allison - My Heart Remembers/Have Faith - Vee-Jay 273
Ike & Tina Turner - A Fool In Love/The Way You Love Me - Sue 730
Paul Humphrey & his Cool Chemists - Cool Aid/Detroit - Lizard 21006
The Ray-O-Vacs - Party Time/Crying All Alone - Kaiser 384
Mikey & Sylvia - There Oughta To Be A Law/Dearest - Vik 4X-0267
O.V. Wright - I'd Rather Be (Blind, Cripple & Crazy)/Please Forgive Me - Back Beat 628
The Johnny Otis Show - The Watts Breakaway/You Can Depend On Me - Epic 5-10606
Carl Graves - Baby, Hang Up The Phone/Mono - A&M 1620
Nathaniel Mayer - Village Of Love/I Want A Woman - Fortune 449
Boss-Tones - Mope-itty Mope/Wings Of An Angel - Boss 401
The Alley Cats - Puddin N' Tain/ Feels So Good - Phillies 108
Baby Washington - Work Out/Lets Love In The Moonlight - Neptune 107
The Virtues - Flippin' In/Shufflin' Along - Hunt 327
William DeVaughn - Blood Is Thicker Than Water/Mono - Roxbury 2001
Howard Tate - How Come My Bulldog Don't Bark/Aint Nobody Home - Verve 10420
Hollis Floyd - Everything Is Everything/ Black Poncho Is Coming - Silloh 31775
Barry & the Tamerlanes - Wonder What She's Doing Tonight/Don't Go - Valiant 6034
Johnny Madara - Teenagers Dream/Too many Hound Dogs - Swan 4063
Brenda & the tabulations - Let Me Be Happy/Little Bit Of Love - Epic 5-10898
Maxine Brown - One Step At A Time/Anything For A Laugh - Wand 185
David Bowie - Space Oddity/The Man Who Sold The World - RCA 74-0876 Pic Sleeve
Doc Bagby - Crazy Chemistry/Happy Feet - Okeh 7098
Doc Bagby - Dumplin's/Sylvia's Calling - Okeh 7089
Doc Bagby - Joy Ride/ The House Rocker - Okeh 7080
Kermit Monk - The South's Gonna Rise Today/New Orleans Dreaming - CSA 1909
James & Bobby Purify - Wish You Didn't have To Go/You Can't Keep A Good Man Down - Bell
The Platters - If I Didn't Care/Remember When/I'll Never Smile Again/My Blue Heaven - Mercury MEP-64

Al Donahue - The Wise Old Owl/You Should Be Set To Music - Okeh 6037
Shep Feilds & his Rippling Orchestra - Without Your Love/Toodle-OO - Bluebird 6966
The Jesters - McNamara's band/She Lived Next Door To A Firehouse - Decca 3268
Texas Jim Lewis & his Playboys - Rock & Rye Polka/Wine, Women and Song - Decca 5875
Bee Gee Tavern Band - Free Lunch/Mr. Mickey Finn - Vocalion - 15983

Tyla Gang - Moonproof - Beserkley 16
Robin Kenyatta - Gypsy Man - Atlantic SD 1633
Famous Ghost Stories w/ Scary Sounds - Mr. Pickwick
Jona Jones - I Dig Chicks - Capitol ST 1193
Think And Grow Rich - Narrated Earl Nighhtengale - Combined Registry Company 5050

I'll be back tomorrow w/ some more music!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Triumphs - Burnt Biscuits - Raw Dough

Thursday when the old devil here sits down w/ the family and gives thanks, chances are that when my me mum breaks out my Nana's (RIP) family biscuit recipe and gets to cookin' what were going to end up with is a little bit of burnt biscuits and or raw dough. The A is for effort and they are made with love so I'll shovel them down my gullet gladly and wash 'em down with a sudsy mug or 10...

Anyway in honor of my Mommy dearest and my Nana, whose biscuit recipe when followed properly is really stellar and as a way to give thanks, I share with you The Triumphs with 2 GREAT funky instrumental soul sides from 1961, Burnt Biscuits & Raw Dough!

This 45 is the first Volt single, produced by Chips Moman, whose influence was capital at the beginning of Satellite/Stax. The Triumphs included Howard Grimes on drums, Marvell Thomas on keyboards, Lewis Steinberg on bass and Chips Moman on guitar. Apparently named after Chip Moman's car this is the one and only single by the 1st interracial group from Memphis. There is a nice little section on them in the Soulville U.S.A book, if you care to read up any further... Oh yeah, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

The Triumphs - Burnt Biscuits
The Triumphs - Raw Dough

Monday, November 24, 2008

Partick Sky - Child Molesting Blues - Luang Prabang

Something a little different here today and something i don't think I've touched on before; Some comedy based satire music from Patrick Sky. After all this an "eclectic" blog. Anywho, here's a couple oddball tunes to get yer week started.
Patrick Sky, born Patrick Lynch in Georgia in 1940, is a musician, singer and songwriter of Irish and Native American (Creek Indian) ancestry. A contemporary of Bob Dylan and others in the Greenwich Village folk boom of the 1960s, following military service Sky released a number of well received albums from 1965 onwards and played with many of the leading performers of the period, particularly Buffy Sainte-Marie, Eric Andersen and the blues singer Mississippi John Hurt. Sky's song Many A Mile became a folk club staple, and has been recorded by Sainte-Marie and others.

Becoming increasingly disillusioned with the music business and politically radical, Sky released the controversial and scabrously satirical Songs That Made America Famous in 1973 (the album was recorded in 1971 but rejected by several record companies before it found a home); to this day he claims to have received no royalties for the album. This album featured the earlier known recorded version of the song Luang Prabang, written by Sky's friend Dave Van Ronk. Following its mixed reception (some critics found it obscene), Sky gradually moved into the field of Irish traditional music, founding Green Linnet Records in 1973. Today he is recognised as an expert in building and playing the Irish uillean pipes, often performing with his wife Cathy. He has also published several books on the subject.

Partick Sky - Child Molesting Blues
Partick Sky - Luang Prabang

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Nightcaps - Wine, Wine, Wine

For this post I'd like to Thank Linda A Mahaffey, who's city, state & zip code i blocked out on her address label. If she hadn't bought this 45 so many years ago it might not have made it into my hands. Any way this is something I've been doing a little bit of over the weekend with some good friends and the JJB, drinking a little wine, wine, wine...
THE NIGHTCAPS, one of the first widely known white blues bands, were formed by high school friends Billy Joe Shine (vocals), David Swartz (guitar), Jack Allday (drums), Mario Daboub (bass) and Gene Haufler (rhythm guitar) in 1958. Over the years they became fixtures on their local Dallas, Texas blues scene, greatly influencing the blues and R&B acts that subsequently prospered in the region. As well as performing blues standards such as Muddy Waters' "I've Got My Mojo Working" and Junior Parker's "Next Time You See Me", The Nightcaps wrote several affecting originals. The most noteworthy of these were the singles "Thunderbird" and "Wine, Wine, Wine". "Thunderbird" was later covered by devotees ZZ Top early in their career. During this period, they became a major influence on such future luminaries as Jimmie Vaughan -- who apparently learned every song off the Nightcaps' LP -- and his younger brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, who thought Wine, Wine, Wine was just a great record, and ZZ Top. Vaughan would later record "Thunderbird," and ZZ Top used it to open their Fandango album. Billy Joe Shine still leads a revival version of the band in the Dallas area with Lead Guitarist(an original Nightcap)Gene Haufler, along with Len Mills on Rhythm Guitar and Keyboard, and brother Dennis Mills on Bass, Mark Minton on Drums, and Richard Williams on Saxophone.

The Nightcaps - Wine, Wine, Wine

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Roy Hogsed - Cocaine Blues

Here is an old one here from 1948:
Roy Hogsed (1919-1978) forged one of the most original sounds in postwar country music, a tight and exciting small group sound that often anticipated the energy and drive of rockabilly and rock 'n' roll. He is best remembered for his hit version of the notorious "Cocaine Blues" and most identified with the accordion and guitar lead and slapped-bass rhythm of his original Rainbow Riders Trio. The Arkansas-born, San Diego-based Hogsed's recording career was relatively brief, spanning 1947-54.

"Cocaine Blues" is a Western Swing song written by TJ Arnall, a reworking of the traditional song "Little Sadie". This song was originally recorded by Roy Hogsed May 25, 1947, at Universal Recorders in Hollywood, California. It was released on Coast and Capitol, with the Capitol release reaching #15 in 1948.

Roy Hogsed - Cocaine Blues

Friday, November 21, 2008

Party, Party, Party Doll!

3 different artists, same song, same recoord label, 17 years between 1st & last:
First up from 1957 Buddy Wayne Knox, born July 20, 1933 in Happy Texas; was the first artist of the rock era to write and perform his own number one hit song, "Party Doll". The song earned Knox a gold record in 1957 as well as a BMI million performance award. Knox was the very first Texas rockabilly artist to be awarded a gold record and he was one of the innovators of the southwestern style of rockabilly that became known as "Tex-Mex" music. The arc of his career anticipated that of fellow Texan Buddy Holly, yet while Holly is now enshrined in the pantheon of rock's true immortals, Knox's contributions remain sadly under appreciated.
Buddy Knox - Party Doll

Fast forward 9 years to The Hullabaloos, so named because they hailed from Hull, England, the Hullaballoos were arguably the most exploitative act of the first wave of the British Invasion. With their wig-like helmets of bleach-blond hair that vied with the Pretty Things and the Stones in length, they had an immediately striking visual presence. Musically it was another matter, for the Hullaballoos were actually not even stars in their homeland, but packaged for U.S. consumption by Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, notorious vice presidents and A&R directors of Roulette Records.
I suppose since the original Party Doll from Mr. Knox was put out on Roulette after an original release on Triple-D records, it must have been the powers that be at Roulette to re-do the song.
The Hullaballoos - Party Doll

Now go even further into the future another 9 years and here we have Gamble. Who are they? I have no idea, but i suppose looking at the past and seeing that it had been 9 years since the last Party Doll hit Roulette they thought why the hell not...? Well this time it didn't work. This was not a "hit". It is not a terrible version by any stretch but by 1974 this sound was woefully out of date i suppose... you judge.
Gamble - Party Doll

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Jimmy Castor Bunch - Troglodyte (Cave Man)

Back in July I posted The Jimmy Castor Bunch - Tribute to Jimi: Purple Haze/Foxy Lady so I will spare you the long winded info, click the linky if you want it and just give you some of what the devil loves best, some fuzzy, buzzy, dirty & nasty funk from 1972! A bit misogynistic, but hey, i'm sure its all in good fun....

The Jimmy Castor Bunch - Troglodyte (Cave Man)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mimi and Richard Fariña - Reno Nevada - One Way Ticket - Celebration For A Grey Day

A little something different here today, some hippy folk rock via 1965 on Vanguard from Mimi & Richard Fariña.

"Reno Nevada" & "One Way Ticket" are pretty cool rockers with a real 60's vibe, dig Mimi humming behind Richard singing in Reno, while "Celebration For A GreY Day" is an pretty psychedelic instrumental jam that borrows from some very famous melodies.

Here is the straighht dope:

Richard George Fariña ( March 8, 1937 – April 30, 1966 ) was an American writer and folksinger. He was a figure in both the counterculture scene of the early- to mid-sixties as well as the budding folk rock scene of the same era.

Fariña was born in Brooklyn, New York, of Cuban and Irish descent. He grew up in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn Technical High School. He earned an academic scholarship to Cornell University, starting as an Engineering major, but later switching to English. While at Cornell he published short stories for some of the local literary magazines as well as for magazines such as The Transatlantic Review and Mademoiselle. Fariña became close friends with Thomas Pynchon and Peter Yarrow while at Cornell. He was suspended for alleged participation in a student demonstration against repressive campus regulations, and though he returned to campus, he ultimately dropped out just before graduation in 1959.

Back in New York City, Fariña wrote and mixed with the bohemians at the White Horse Tavern, the legendary Greenwich Village haunt frequented by poets, artists, folksingers, and wayfarers, where he befriended Tommy Makem. It was there that he met Carolyn Hester, a successful folk singer. They had a whirlwind courtship and married eighteen days later. Fariña appointed himself Hester's agent; they toured worldwide while Fariña worked on his novel and Carolyn performed gigs. Fariña was present when Hester recorded her third album at Columbia studios in September 1961, where a then-unknown Bob Dylan played harmonica on several tracks. Fariña became a close friend of Dylan's; their friendship is a central topic of David Hajdu's Pulitzer Prize-winning book Positively 4th Street.

In Europe, Fariña met Mimi Baez, the teenage sister of Joan Baez in the spring of 1962. Hester divorced Fariña shortly thereafter, and Fariña married 17-year-old Mimi in April 1963. They moved to a tiny cabin in Carmel, California, where they composed songs on a guitar and appalachian dulcimer. They debuted their act as "Richard & Mimi Fariña" at the Big Sur Folk Festival in 1964 and were signed to Vanguard Records. They recorded their first album, Celebrations For a Grey Day, with the help of Bruce Langhorne, who had previously played for Dylan. Due to his short life, Fariña's musical output was limited. The Fariñas released three albums, one posthumously. Fariña, like Dylan and others of this time, was considered a protest singer, and a number of his songs are overtly political. Several critics have considered Fariña to be one of the top talents to emerge from the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene. ("If Richard had survived that motorcycle accident, he would have easily given Dylan a run for his money." -- Ed Ward). His best-known songs are "Pack Up Your Sorrows" and "Birmingham Sunday", the latter of which was recorded by Joan Baez and has become more well-known after it became the theme song to Spike Lee's 4 Little Girls, a documentary about the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Alabama.

At the time of his death, Fariña was also producing an album for his sister-in-law, Joan (which Baez would ultimately not release, though two of the songs were included on Fariña's posthumous album, and another, a cover of Farina's "Pack up Your Sorrows", co-written by Fariña with the third Baez sister, Pauline Marden, was released as a single in 1966).

Several of his songs were recorded by Fairport Convention in the UK, typically "Reno, Nevada" and "The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood".

Fariña is also known for his novel Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (originally published by Random House in 1966). The novel, based largely on his college experiences and travels, is a comic picaresque story of Gnossos Pappadopoulis. It takes place in the American West, in Cuba during the Cuban Revolution, and at an upstate New York university. The book has become something of a cult classic among those who follow sixties and counterculture literature. Thomas Pynchon, who later dedicated his most well-known book Gravity's Rainbow (1973) to his friend, described Fariña's novel as "coming on like the Hallelujah Chorus done by 200 kazoo players with perfect pitch... hilarious, chilling, sexy, profound, maniacal, beautiful and outrageous all at the same time." Pynchon also wrote an introduction to a recent paperback version of Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me. A movie was made of the book in 1971.

On April 30, 1966, two days after the publication of his book, Fariña attended a book-signing at a Carmel Valley Village bookstore, the Thunderbird. Later that day, while at a party to celebrate Mimi's 21st birthday, Fariña saw a guest with a motorcycle and hitched a ride up Carmel Valley Road east toward Cachagua. The bike crashed within a mile or so. According to Pynchon's preface to Been Down..., the police said the motorcycle must have been traveling at 90 miles per hour, even though "a prudent speed" would have been 30 miles per hour. He was thrown from the back of the bike and killed instantly.

Mimi and Richard Farina - Reno Nevada
Mimi and Richard Farina - One Way Ticket
Mimi and Richard Farina - Celebration For A Grey Day

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Reverberi - Stairway To Heaven

So i've quietly slipped past 100,000 hits last night, i know to some that is really nothing but when i started this blog i really didn't think anyone would give a rats ass about my silly records so many thanks to those who have visited on a regular, its cool to know that a few folks are paying attention to this vinyl madness that helps keep me sane... Oh yeah, and if you care i moved my "friends & allies" blog links down to the bottom of the page because it was getting rather large and out of control on the side bar, removed all dead and old links that didn't work and added a brief but accurate? description to each! If ur linked and you don't dig the way i described your blog let me know and if i like you enough i may change it for you! :)

This is a record i've been threatening to post for a while now. I just pulled it out of moth balls and here it is in honor of the devil's music going over 100,000 hits.

Today we get Reverberi and his rendition of the Led Zeppelin classic Stairway to Heaven.

This is a cool piece of jazz, fusion, rock, experimental, and classical all mashed together to make one funky ass instrumental cover version.

Gian Piero Reverberi (Genova, 29 July 1939) is an Italion composer, arranger and conductor who has been creating music since 1957.

Here is the list of fine musicians that played on this gem.

Acoustic Guitar, Guitar [12 String] - Massimo Verardi
Artwork By - DH Studio
Bass [Electric] - Gigi Cappellotto
Congas, Timbales, Guiro, Shaker, Cowbell, Percussion [Woodblock] - Larry "Nastyee" Latimer*
Drums - Tullio De Piscopo
Engineer [Assistant] - John Henning
Engineer [Re-mix] - Peter Chaikin
Guitar [Electric] - Marco Zoccheddu
Photography [Cover Photo] - Garry Sato
Producer, Piano [Steinway Grand], Clavinet [Hohner], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Organ [Hammond], Synthesizer [Minimoog], Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Harmonica [Bass], Voice, Timpani, Tambourine, Arranged By, Conductor, Concertmaster - Gian Piero Reverberi
Recorded By [Engineer] - Gian Luigi Pezzera
Violin - Sergio Almangano
Voice - Vanda Radicchi
Recorded at Ricordi Studios, Milan, Italy. Re-mixed at Records Plant Studios, Hollywood, California

Reverberi - Stairway To Heaven

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mashmakhan - As The Years Go By - Days When We Are Free

Gonna stick w/ the rock here and while this is not as muscular as the past few post this proggy goodness still rocks, the Mash stretch out a bit more than the last 2 45's but there is a certian cool flavor found in this product of the Great White North...

Sending this one one out to The Red Boy and his American hating brother...

Mashmakhan was a Canadian rock fusion band that was most active in the early 1970s, and is best known for their hit single "As The Years Go By."

Members Pierre Senecal, Brian Edwards and Rayburn Blake first met in 1960 in Montreal. Their drummer did not show up one night for a gig, so Jerry Mercer was brought in and ended up joining the band. Edwards quit shortly thereafter, but the other three continued to perform on the local scene under names like the Phantoms, Ray Blake's Combo and the Dominoes.

By 1965 they were calling themselves The Triangle, and backing up local R&B singer Trevor Payne. They backed up Payne for four years until being discovered by record producer Bob Hahn, who helped them get signed with Columbia Records in Toronto. Edwards rejoined the band and they changed their name to Mashmakhan. This name is a reference to Michoacan, a region in Mexico famous at the time for its high grade marijuana.

Senecal's song "As The Years Go By" was released off the debut album in an edited form, and was the group's first hit; it sold 100,000 copies in Canada and 500,000 copies in the United States (on the Epic label). The band actually wrote the song as a novelty addition to their album, not expecting it to gain serious recognition. The single also sold 399,000 copies in Japan. The two follow-up singles were "Gladwyn" and "Days When We Are Free".

In 1971, Mashmakhan was one of two contributors to the musical score of the NFB film Epilogue/Fieve, which was directed by William Pettigrew. "Couldn't Find the Sun", written by Rayburn Blake for the movie, was included on Mashmakhan's 1971 album The Family. This album also did well in Japan, but the band realized little domestic success and split up shortly thereafter.

Blake joined the Lisa Hartt Band and also recorded some solo material, and Jerry Mercer joined April Wine.

The original group was revived twice in the late seventies by Aquarius Records with future April Wine members Brian Greenway and, later, Steve Lang.

Mashmakhan later experienced significant renewed interest with the release of the film Festival Express, which featured color film of the band performing two songs (one song appears in the movie, one song appears in the DVD extras) during the Festival Express concerts in Canada in 1970. Several cameras provide multiple angle views of the band, and the audio recordings of the live performance are synchronized to the performance film. The Festival Express footage was captured using advanced recording devices for the time, and the resultant audio and video quality is relatively high. The band's performances in the film are powerful, creative, and exciting; Mashmakhan is perhaps most accurately termed a jazz fusion band in terms of the character of their performances.

Mashmakhan - As The Years Go By

Mashmakhan - Days When We Are Free

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Tonics - Daddy

Very much like the below mentioned Sweet 45 this here muscular rocker has a rather wimpy bubblegum A side called “Hugger mugger mummery” which upon searching I guess has been on a few bubblegum comps. But this song here is a pretty good trippy rocker complete with massive fuzz guitars and a monster guitar solo that sounds nothing like the A side. And while it does still retain a certain pop sensibility and even a little bit of a soul vibe overall this is a real rock job! It looks like they had a few more 45’s on the Fontana label but there wasn’t much else I could find out about them but since I found this 45 it has been in constant rotation around the devil lair! Kinda sounds like a souled out version of a lost Blue Cheer track!!! Dig In!!!

The Tonics - Daddy

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Sweet - Man From Meca

Mostly known for their sickeningly "sweet" bubblegum brand of pop "glam" music, what we have here is a real MUSCULAR rock workout by The Sweet.

This aint no "Fox on the Run" or "Ballroom Blitz" or even "Little Willy" which just so happens to be the A side here. But this B side is a bit of Heavy Proto-Metal from 1973, and while this isn't quite on par as say Sabbath, Heep, Purple or the heavier side of Zep, this is certainly equal or better than any of the 2nd tier rockers like Foghat or Nazareth ever came up with... And while The Sweet certainly had some edgier songs this one really does it for me. One can only imagine if they put down the hairspray and leather trousers and actually tried to rock what other great heavy rockers they could have came up with.

The Sweet - Man From Meca

Sunday, November 9, 2008

78's & nothing but 78's..

Today the devil is playing 78's and nothing but 78's...

I don't have very many 78's because i break about everyone i've ever owned but i have a few and i was thinking today that i never give this media enough attention so today no 45's and no LP's just 78's.

Unfortunately i have no way of downloading 78's yet but here's a few ditties i've played so far while enjoying a few ice cold Pabst blue ribbons. there nothing here that a major rarity but I'm enjoying myself!

Paul Howard & his Cotton Pickers - Rootie Tootie / The Fiddler with the Patch on his Pants
Tex Williams and his Western Caravan - Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!
The Rambler Trio - Guitar Boogie
Ted Daffan's Texans - Born To Lose / No Letter Today
Peerless Quartest - The Railroad Section Gang
Louise Massey & the Westerners - Gals Don't Mean A Thing
Will Bradley Trio - Down the Road A Peice
Louis Jordan - Buzz Me / Don't Worry 'bout That Mule
Phil Harris & Orchestra - Some Little Bug
Betty Hatton - Hot Dog That Made Him Mad
Sally and Marvin Clark - Choocolate Whiskey and Vanilla Gin
Archie Bleyer - Fernando's Hideaway

and a bunch more i don't feel like typing....

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Rumble Mambo, Rumble Boogie, Night Rumble

Anyone up for some more Rumble!!!???!!!???

1st up we have some more Rumble from Mr. Link Wray this time via a Mambo from 1963.

Link Wray - Rumble Mambo

The eighteenth century philosopher Voltaire wrote about experiencing "the best of both possible worlds". He may have had Don Cherry in mind when he penned those words as he is the only person ever to hold successful dual careers both as a singer and a golfer. In fact, many of Don's fans think he is two different men. Some know him as Don Cherry the golfer; others know him as Don Cherry the singer. But most know him as the singing golfer. Ha ha ha! I can't make this shit up i swear!

More oddities about Don: In 1956 Proctor and Gamble approached Don to create a jingle for their new product "Mr. Clean". (An accurate description of Don himself because he can honestly say he never drank or smoked his entire life). He did it and it proved to be one of the most successful commercial jingles ever.

This was the flip to his 1955 hit "Band of Gold".

Don Cherry - Rumble Boogie

Here we have Jerry Cole and His Spacemen from 1964 stuck smack dab in the middle of the Hot Rod & Surf craze this and Mr. Cole delivers the goods with this rockin' jam that slinks, slides, chugs aand indeed rumbles along!

Jerry Cole played lead guitar in the studio group Jerry Cole & His Spacemen, which featured Plas Johnson on saxophone, Ray Pohlman on bass guitar, Don Randi on keyboards and Hal Blaine on drums. After his stint with the Spacemen, Jerry took over for Van Morrison as the lead guitarist and vocalist for the group Them. He also did session work with the Byrds, Ray Charles, Johnny Rivers and countless others. Jerry also served as bandleader and lead guitarist for Sonny and Cher, Rick Nelson and even Elvis Presely!

Jerry Cole and His Spacemen - Night Rumble

Friday, November 7, 2008

Rumble, Rumble, Rumble, Rumble!!!!

Anyone up for a Rumble? Or Four!?!?

One of the Devils all time fave songs here:

1st up Mr. Link Wray born Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr (May 2, 1929 – November 5, 2005) with the original...

Wray was noted for pioneering a new sound for electric guitars, as exemplified in his hit 1958 instrumental "Rumble", by Link Wray and his Ray Men, which pioneered an overdriven, distorted electric guitar sound, and also for having, "invented the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarist," "and in doing so fathering," or making possible, "punk and heavy rock".

Wray apparently poked holes in is amps speakers to get a more "live" sound...

The owner of Cadence records Archie Bleyer hated this tune and refused to release it at the time of its recording however his step-daughter loved it and demanded he release it! Thank god for her!!!

Link Wray and His Ray Men - Rumble

Not Sure who Jimmy Carroll is or his Orchestra or what year this came out but i would guess 1958 or 1959 trying to Cash in on Wray's hit. They play this one pretty close to the vest here sounding like an alternate take of Wray's version and i find it odd that the writing credits are Sondheim and Bernstein... i mean what the fuck...??? Ether way this is a pretty cool version and one you don't see to often.

Jimmy Carroll and Orchestra - Rumble

Fast forward a few years to 1963 and here we have Mr. Nitzche's version. This is a bit more full version that the previous two with a little swing pep kicked in for good measure. Bernard Alfred "Jack" Nitzsche (April 22, 1937 – August 25, 2000) was an arranger, producer, songwriter and Academy Award-winning film score composer.

Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised on a farm in Newaygo, Michigan, Nitzsche moved to Los Angeles, California in 1955 with ambitions of becoming a jazz saxophonist. He found work copying musical scores, where he met Sonny Bono, with whom he wrote the song "Needles and Pins" for Jackie DeShannon, later covered by Cher, The Searchers, The Ramones and Crack the Sky. His own instrumental composition "The Lonely Surfer" became a minor hit, as did a big-band swing arrangement of Link Wray's "Rumble".

This is, IMHO, a fine tribute.

Jack Nitzsche - Rumble

Now Fast-Fast forward to 2005 and here you have the devil himself paying homage to the great one with a very metallized version of the Wray classic. Yep, that's me playing the gee-tar on this cut... I'm sure there are other version that fall between 1963 and 2005 but we decided to do this for our Hammerhead EP to keep the man's greatness alive!!!

If anyone digs this and wants more info on my band "Solace" here is our myspace page: Solace Doom

Solace - Rumble

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Johnny Horton - Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor

OK, breaking away from the news of the world here is a real fire cracker of a cut from 1958 from Johnny Horton and a record the devil has been looking for on 45 for a good long while now, so when i saw this nice lp copy still in the shrink for a mere 6 bucks i couldn't resist.

This is a really rockin' rockabilly rocker that really rocks! I suppose most folks now his more country ballad hits like "The Battle of New Orleans" which won the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. The song won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award and in 2001 was named number 333 of the Songs of the Century. In 1960, Horton had two other crossover hits with "Sink the Bismarck" and "North to Alaska". But before all that nonsense he was a rockin'!

Born in 1925 he died on November 5, 1960, Horton was killed instantly in a head-on collision with a drunk driver on Highway 79 at Milano, Texas while he was returning home from a performance at the Skyline Club in Austin.

Some odd notes worth mentioning:

# Johnny Horton reportedly had experienced premonitions several months before his own death about the possibility of dying in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. He always said that if he was in a head-on situation to drive into the ditch. His accident took place on a bridge so there was no ditch for which to head.

# Both Horton and Hank Williams were married to the same woman at the time of their death, and played their last shows at the Skyline Club in Austin, Texas.

# Both Horton and Hank Williams died in Cadillacs.

# Johnny and the Rowley Trio, (Jerry, Evelyn, and Vera), were returning from a performance when they heard over the radio about the death of Hank Williams. They were on Highway 79 going through the town of Milano, Texas — the same town where Johnny would lose his life seven years later.

But don't let that death stuff stop from from a boppin' & a tappin' yer feet to this country fried rocker!

Johnny Horton - Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Chambers Brothers - The Time Has Come

In light of what is going on tonight i though this a fitting tribute....

Time has come today!

whatever your "political" beliefs no one can deny that this OG 11 minuet psychedelic opus is not one of thee greatest songs ever constructed...???

can you...????

The Chambers Brothers - The Time Has Come

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Guy Marks - Loving You Has Made Me Bananas

father had the ship fitter blues...

this one goes out to all the devil's ladies...

Guy Marks - Loving You Has Made Me Bananas

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fatal Rage - Mutha LP 004

Ok, totally switching ears here from my Halloween month (i hope some of you enjoyed that?) I am back to some home spun New Jersey hardcore punk from 1983 with another Mutha records cult classic!

Formed in 1981, FATAL RAGE was the hardest, fastest, and most outrageous of the "Shorecore" bands. Fronted by the outspoken Jack Monahan (Jacko), the RAGE soon got a reputation for wild performances and terrorizing unsuspecting clubs with performances that immediately turned into nonstop slamfests. They had no problem finding an audience - the problem was finding a place to play as they were banned from all the Jersey clubs.

The 1st few Mutha releases are in my opining the 1st and finest of all the NJHC records and this is no exception. Not only do i have to credit bands like Fatal Rage as an influence but even more importantly lead singer Jacko Monohan, later of Dirge, in particular who I've known now for well over 20 years now.

Jack has been a important part of the NJ scene from way back in the day as he has booked shows at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch, among other places for as long i can remember and back in the day would even make road trips with my shitty hardcore band Social Decay to CT and Boston. He's been a great friend, that's not to say we have not had or problems over the years but anyway...

Fatal Rage were:

Jack Monohan (vocals/lyrics), Jeff Kibbe (guitar), Steve Cote (bass/vocals), Dicky Riddle (guitar), Andy Schweers (drums)

This is an absolute must for NJ HC fans or hardcore fans in general and has been lost for way to many years!

Also: Big Ups to Last days Of man On Earth for the great post about jersey hardcore & punk over there...

Side A:
Fatal Rage - Struggle
Fatal Rage - Assault
Fatal Rage - Jump & Die
Fatal Rage - Die Lady Di
Fatal Rage - Fatal Mistake
Fatal Rage - V.O.A.

Side B:
Fatal Rage - Copy bands
Fatal Rage - I'm Appalled
Fatal Rage - Yelling/Wartime
Fatal Rage - Kick That Kicker