Monday, June 28, 2010

The Herd - From The Underworld

Some early Peter Framptom from 1967 w/ The Herd here today @ the Devil's Music...

The Herd were founded in 1965 in Southern London. The group recorded three unsuccessful singles with the record label Parlophone. In 1966 three members in succession (Terry Clark, Louis Cennamo and Mick Underwood) quit the group and the group got the line-up that made it famous. The singer, Peter Frampton, was 16 when he joined the group in 1966 and had just left school. The other members were a few years older. Parlophone did not want to go on with them, but Fontana was willing to give them a try. They also sent their manager Billy Gaff away and took the songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley instead. This couple had been largely responsible for a string of hits by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.
Howard and Blaikley orchestrated for them a unique blend of pop and flower power. After a UK Singles Chart near-miss with "I Can Fly" (1967), the haunting "From the Underworld", based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, reached Number 6 later that year with help from copious plays on pirate radio. It was a hit in other countries too. In the Netherlands the song reached Number 3. "From the Underworld" was followed by "Paradise Lost", which made it up to Number 15 in 1968.
Their greatest success came with "I Don't Want Our Loving to Die", a Number 5 UK hit single (also in 1968).
With his boyish photogenic looks, Frampton was dubbed "The Face of ’68" by teen magazine Rave.
The last months of 1968 were tempestuous times for the group. Steele left the group, to be replaced by Spinetti. The group dumped their managers Howard and Blaikley. Most songs on their first and only album Paradise Lost were written by Peter Frampton and Andy Bown, just like their next single, "Sunshine Cottage".
Dissatisfied with mere teen idol status, and disappointed with the failure of "Sunshine Cottage", Frampton left by the end of 1968 to form Humble Pie with Steve Marriott. Somewhere there must be a box with recordings for a complete second Herd album that has never been released.
The remaining Bown, Spinetti and Taylor made another flop single, "The Game", then, minus Taylor, formed the short-lived Judas Jump with Mike Smith and Allen Jones, saxophonists from Amen Corner, and Welsh vocalist Adrian Williams. Taylor, who became a disc jockey, and Steele, reunited briefly for a one-off single "You've Got Me Hangin' From Your Lovin' Tree" in June 1971, to almost universal lack of interest.
By the late 1970s, Bown had become a member of the UK rockers, Status Quo.
The Herd appeared at The Savile Theatre, London on Sunday 8th October 1967 supporting The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Also on the bill were The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Eire Apparent.

The Herd - From The Underworld

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Legends - Bop-A-Lena - I Wish I Knew

I bought this record on one fact and one fact alone. For the cover version of Ronnie Self's Bop-A-Lena. Another record i have already talked about HERE: on the Devil's Music. Not knowing anything about this group i had to check out the cover of one of my all time amped up 50's songs. And while this doesn't even come close to the original it is a pretty cool Buddy Holly type version. And the flip is a cool piece of Buddy Holly worship too. I've read that this is from either 62' or 63'.

Here is what i dug up on this cool band:

As any aging greaser can tell you, In the pre-Beatles '60's, rock 'n' roll in Milwaukee was spelled "L-E-G-E-N-D-S". The Legends, with front man McCue, were the first band to truly rock Beertown. Their singles "Say Mama", "Bop-A-Lena" and "Lariat" went to the top of the charts in Milwaukee. They were the first local rock band to nail a national record contract, getting signed by Capitol. Every weekend they held court over the spacious dance floor at Muskego Beach. And they helped inspire a generation of local musicians to make music their living. By any reasonable standard, Sam McCue is the godfather of Milwaukee rock. The son of a "semi-pro" trumpet-playing dad and a singing, fiddling mom, McCue started out with ukulele at age 6 and graduated to guitar.
In 1964, McCue left to take an opportunity as lead guitarist and band leader for the Everly Brothers. The Everlys turned out to be a memorable experience. McCue traveled all over the world, worked on a national musical variety TV series, and met and played with such rock royalty as Carl Perkins, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Vinton.

Excerpted from a March 12, 1998 article by Dave Tianen Journal Sentinel Pop Music Critic WAMI Nominee for Music Journalist of the Year.

BTW WAMI stands for the "Wisconsin Area Music Industry" as these guys were from Milwaukee.

The Legends - Bop-A-Lena

The Legends - I Wish I Knew

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Shillings - Children And Flowers - Lying And Trying

Today after my post France/Hellfest hang-over subsides and i recover from Subconjunctival Hemorrhage of the Eye, i give you The Shillings. The Shillings cut 3 great 45s from early ‘65 thru late ‘66 (their 1st, Cry appears on Mind Blowers Vol.12). Lying and Trying is the B-side of their Three Rivers label 45. The A-side is an excellent version of Children and Flowers, the song The Critters had a hit with.

I try not to share too much personal info here since this is a "music" blog and not a "me" blog and not that anyone cares other that coming on in here and taking some music but the fest i was just a part of was the single greatest musical event i have ever been a part of!!!

yeah and here is what Subconjunctival Hemorrhage of the Eye looks like....

Enjoy the songs after you vomit from my eye...

The Shillings - Children And Flowers

The Shillings - Lying And Trying

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Guadalcanal Diary - Litany (Life Goes On )

I see life like a mirror
And I see life so much clearer

We move so quickly
Who knows where the time goes
Where does this road lead?
No one knows, no one knows

Listen to the single heart beating
Rhythm for an ever-changing song

I see life with surprise
And I see life, oh, in your eyes

Take all your troubles
Put them in a common file
Light a fire with reason
Watch it rise, watch it rise

Listen to the single voice singing
Lifted in an ever-growing song

I see life without anger

I see life all together
I see life go on forever

Life goes on forever
Life goes on

I'm not a huge 80's Alternative Rock guy. In 87 when this record came out and i was in my Hardcore days i would have most likely made fun of this but a few years ago when i was making tapes i put this song on one i made for my kids and it has been long time fave for me and the boys since then. (the tape & the song) So on this Fathers day i send this one out to my Sons who are all i need as a gift on this Fathers day!

Guadalcanal Diary - Litany (Life Goes On )

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hellfest & Devil Dick Asbury Park 45 Session Live Mix

Hello People! Here is where i will be for the weekend! In France @ Hellfest heavy Music Festival!!! Me and my band Solace will be Playing Sunday morning in the Terrorizer tent!!! And while i play in a Metal band you can see by this music blog my musical taste is pretty wide. One of the styles of muisc that i have really become a big fan of over the years is Funk & Soul. My man DJ Prestige over at Flea Market Funk Blog puts on a great DJ night here in NJ called the Sbury Park 45 Sessions where he and his group of great DJ's spin nothing but the best funk and soul and on nothing but 45's. They are a great bunch of guys and they asked me to participate in the last one and all the live sets were recorded. So if you want to check out what i spun and actually hear the tunes head over to Flea Market Funk and check out the The Asbury Park 45 Sessions Live: Devil Dick Mix
It is presented to you live and raw! Audio glitches included! Make sure you check out the other live mixes already posted by Funky 16 Corners Larry Grogan and DJ Prestige himeself and stay tuned for the rest of the DJ mixes coming soon!!!

I'll see you all when i get back from France!!!

I'm hoping i get to meet Alice Cooper!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lectric Woods - Time Of The Season

Strange & obscure instrumental cover of this well known Zombies tune on APT from 1969. Anyone who follows this blog will know i really dig odd cover songs. Apt Records was an ABC-Paramount subsidiary label launched in 1958. In the first 8 years of their 12 year run, they released nearly 100 singles. After a 3 year hiatus, the label was revived by (the newly named) ABC Records, who used the imprint to release 14 singles and one known LP before closing the label 1970. AS FOR LECTRIC WOODS....??? YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS MINE....???

Lectric Woods - Time Of The Season

Monday, June 14, 2010

Bobby Williams And The Mystics - Runnin' And Hidin'

... all i know of this is that it is from 1967.... and that its a really really good one.

Soulful blues rocker.... Nice!

Bobby Williams And The Mystics - Runnin' And Hidin'

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Myddle Class - Don't let Me Sleep Too Long - I Happen To Love You

(from left) Danny Mansolino, Dave Palmer, Rick Philp, Charlie Larkey, Myke Rosa

In the great NJ tradition of all things being great in NJ (except summer shore traffic) here is some really great New Jersey garage rock from The Myddle Class...

You can read a great write up on the band at the fantastic Garage Hangover site.

The Myddle Class - Don't let Me Sleep Too Long

The Myddle Class - I Happen To Love You

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bobby Peterson Quintet - The Hunch - Love You Pretty Baby

Re-post since divshare screwed up the files for this post the 1st time. So here it is again and this time w/ a file that works for Love You Pretty Baby!

Bobby Peterson was a pianist / vocalist from Chester, Pennsylvania, who started out imitating Ray Charles in smoky little bars on the outskirts of Philadelphia. Further musical apprenticeship was served as piano player for a vocal outfit known as the Apollos. In 1958 Bobby teamed up with sax player Joe Pyatt, who needed a singer and key- board player for his new combo and the Bobby Peterson Quintet was born. The other members were David Butler (drums), Chico Green (bass) and Jamo Thomas (congas and bongo). They made six remarkable singles for Buddy Caldwell's Philly-based V-Tone label between 1959 and 1961, before disbanding permanently in 1962.

The band started to play in clubs with a mixed repertoire of current R&B hits, Ray Charles favourites and a few originals, when Lawrence Kerrin, a local talent scout and promoter, heard them at the Skyway Inn in southwest Philadelphia. Kerrin and Joe Pyatt collaborated writing the Quintet's first single, a simple sax/piano instrumental called "The Hunch". Kerrin introduced the combo to Buddy Caldwell, who operated his new V-Tone and Len labels out of the back of his upholstery store on Ridge Avenue. "The Hunch" (c/w the vocal "Love You Pretty Baby") managed to climb to # 71 on Billboard's national pop charts, but a note-for-note cover by Paul Gayten on the Gordy family's embryonic Anna imprint did slightly better, peaking at # 68 in November 1959.

The quintet followed this up with a powerful two-part instrumental, "Rockin' Charlie", which was used as a theme by ace deejay Jocko Henderson. They began doing one-nighters up and down the eastern seaboard, and were brought to Chicago by Buddy Caldwell to record their third single, the great "Irresistible You" (written by Luther Dixon), coupled with a wild instrumental, "Piano Rock". "Irresistible You" went to # 15 R&B and # 96 pop in the autumn of 1960 ; Bobby Darin would record the song a year later and take it to # 15 pop. The group was now touring all over the country, with stars like Jackie Wilson, Jerry Butler and Smokey Robinson.

"Been Saving My Love For You"/"Three Street" was the fourth V-Tone single for the Bobby Peterson Quintet. Released in early 1961, it was not as strong as the first three, but still sold quite well. "One Day"/ "Mama Get Your Hammer" probably got the least airplay of all six singles. The wild "Mama Get Your Hammer" should have been the A-side IMHO. This was followed by another great instrumental, "Smooth Sailin', Parts 1 & 2", which sold a fair amount. But the young musicians were already tiring of the hard road life and drummer David Butler chose to settle down and get steady work. Joe Pyatt, the real leader of the group, joined Dave "Baby" Cortez's combo as sax man in 1962, while Chico Green went on to work with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. Jamo Thomas joined several combos and scored a # 98 pop hit in 1966 with "I Spy For the FBI". Bobby Peterson himself recorded two further singles under his own name for Atlantic and Centaur, and returned to the rounds of Chester's clubs. In the 1980s he was playing in a funky aggregation called Self-Destruct.

The above lifted from, who intern lifted it from someone else.... either way, you get 2 cool cuts today and some info i didn't know until i swiped it....

Bobby Peterson Quintet - The Hunch
Bobby Peterson Quintet - Love You Pretty Baby

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sir Henry And His Butlers - High Heel Sneakers - Let's Go

Re-posting this one since divshare screwed up my files per below. So here is is with corrected files!!! Enjoy!

Sir Henry and his Butlers was a Danish rock/popgroup which was formed during the summer of 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The group is mostly known for its two front figures Ole "Sir Henry" Bredahl and especially Tommy Seebach and also the song Let's Go. Characteristic for the group has been Ole Bredahl as organiser, whereas the rest of the ensemble of Sir Henry and his Butlers have been changed many times since the creation of the group.
The band is a continuation of another band called Five Danes which was desolved in the spring of 1964. In the beginning, this new band consisted of Ole "Sir Henry" Bredahl (vocals, bass), Carsten Elgstrøm (guitar) together with Leif Davidsen (drums). As a trio they participated in a The Danish Beatles competition in Holte Hallen in April of 1964. Shortly thereafter the band was expanded with Poul Petersen (guitar) and Leif Davidsen was replaced with Jens Bøgvad, former the Flintones. The group became popular around the Copenhagen music venues, in particular at Bakkens Place Pigalle where they played as house orchestra. This was a result of their single debut Hi-Heel Sneakers/Sick and Tired from 1964. During the autumn of the same year the band got there breakthrough with the release of their second single Let's Go. The single became a hit, not only in Denmark, but also in Sweden and Norway and the sale of the single exceeded 50,000 copies.

Also: i just got this notice below from divshare
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so if you see any links not working let me know and i will try my best to re-upload the affected files.


Sir Henry And His Butlers - High Heel Sneakers
Sir Henry And His Butlers - Let's Go

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Gentrys - Cinnamon Girl

Another cool cover tune here @ the devil's music w/ The Gentrys doing some Neil Young.... The Gentrys were an American band of the 1960s and early 1970s best known for their 1965 hit "Keep on Dancing" (in 1971 also a #9 hit for the Bay City Rollers). Follow-up singles charted outside of the top 40: "Every Day I Have To Cry" (1966), "Spread It On Thick" (1966), "Cinnamon Girl" (1970), "Why Should I Cry" (1970), "Wild World" (1971), and a 'Bubbling Under' Billboard chart entry "Brown Paper Sack" (#101, 1966).

here is the The Gentrys Wiki if you so desire.....

Kind of an odd choice of a cover since it is right around the time the original came out and it does not veer of the beaten patch, but an oddity on the Sun label you don't see too often.

The Gentrys - Cinnamon Girl

Friday, June 4, 2010

Lance - Working Overtime

Most of us know that sound of the clock ticking away... Be it at school or work sometimes the damn thing moves so slow... Not in this case. I'm not sure who exactly "Lance" is (Mike Guidici?) but he is working overtime for the love of his babe and he pretty excited about it by the tempo and groove of this tune. I know nothing about this guy but the label and song title was enough for me to take a chance and only at a few bucks this is a little nice score. A real nice red hot rocker that really moves and has a great guitar break. Who knew that Iowa rocked this hard? As this Sonic Record label is out of Milford Iowa & The Iowa Great lakes Recording Company. It is the only time I have ever seen this label but it look like they put out a bunch of stuff. Check the discog. HERE: IGL Records. I'd ask you all to drop any knowledge you could on this record and the record label for that matter but i know that is a futile request... To any one else paying attention dig this uptempo rocker will ya? My guess is 67 on the year but that could swing a few years in either direction...

Lance - Working Overtime