Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Starlog Presents Galactic Sound Effects

Do you need some cheesy "galactic" sound effects from 1979? Of course not, but here they are anyway... Included as an "SFX" bonus in an issue of STARLOG magazine.

I'm sure in '79 a lot of 10 year old boys thought this was the shit but yeah, now it's pretty tame sounding by today's standards....

About the artists:

"Ken Walker, author of this installment of Special Effects and contributor to CINEMAGIC magazine, is well-known for his fantasy film music utilizing electronic synthesizers. The GALACTIC SOUND EFFECTS were created by Ken on his own custom-built machine, and vividly convey the sounds of tomorrow. An electronics designer with a long musical background, Ken presides over his own sound-effects company and is STARLOG's Special Project Director.

Jim Thompson, whose surrealistic painting "Reflections in Pisces" graces the front side of this recording, combines professional artistry with a love for the fantastic, and has had his work featured in both FUTURE LIFE and STARLOG. A philosopher at heart, Jim numbers, among his many interests, photography, astronomy and science-fiction - and his paintings perfectly illustrate an intelligent approach to the depiction of far-away worlds.

Starlog Presnts Galactic Sound Effects

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Tiffany System - Let's Get Together / Wayward One

Couple of pop/psych Byrds sound a likes from the Tiffany System from 1967 on the Minaret label. A side is a cover of the Chet Powers (aka Dino Valenti) penned song. It was covered by many people through the years. The flip is a very Byrds sounding pop psych tune. Pretty good stuff.

This Jacksonville, FL-based mid-'60s folk-rock trio was notable twice over, both for their actual sound, which was popular enough to earn them a more than decent living with local performances, and for the presence in their original lineup of future Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, as well as future Santana bassist David Brown, and future Cowboy guitarist Scott Boyer. The band actually started out as "The Bitter End" circa 1966 at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Boyer, Brown, and Trucks had put the trio together with the intent of applying electric instruments to Dylan songs, à la the Byrds, and they became so successful just doing local and regional gigs that Boyer ended up dropping out of college. According to Boyer in an interview with Michael Buffalo Smith on the Swampland website, they crossed paths with lots of other local talent that showed promise, including an early lineup of Lynyrd Skynyrd (then still known as "The One Percent") and the Second Coming, whose members included Berry Oakley and Dickey Betts. The Tiffany System cut a single of "Let's Get Together" b/w "Wayward One" in 1968 for the local Minaret label, the B-side of which was impressive enough to end up as the opening track on Psychic Circle's The Electric Coffee House compilation, 40 years later.
After a move to Miami and some discussion, the group was re-named the 31st of February and signed to Vanguard Records, for which they released one self-titled album under that name in 1969, recorded at Bradley's Barn. Ironically, even as that album was making its way to stores -- and near total critical and commercial neglect, its Baroque pop sound being a little behind the times by then -- the group had evolved beyond a three-piece with the addition of a pair of brothers, Duane Allman and his brother Gregg. But that configuration, though they did play a lot around Miami, never got to make their planned second record for Vanguard, and went their separate ways. The Allmans went on to immortality, with Trucks as part of the band, whilst Boyer became part of Cowboy, alongside ex-We the People guitarist Tommy Talton et. al, and David Brown became a member of Santana in 1969, as well as working with Papa John Creach, Boz Scaggs, and others

The Tiffanny System - Lets Get Together

The Tiffany System - Wayward One

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Mojo Men - Don't leave Me Crying Like Before

Cool moody garage psych from 1966 by The Mojo Men. You can still buy this 45 for around a buck. Don't know why it isn't worth more because this tune is just as cool as most things on the nuggets comps or other comps of the same ilk, i guess it wasn't underground enough... Cool tune either way.

The Mojo men - Don't Leave Me Crying Like Before

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

St. Steven - Ay-Aye-Poe-Day

Promo single from the pretty great 1969 album by St. Steven on Probe Records. I own the reissue of the self-titled album. One of these days i will track down an OG copy, but the prices these days are a bit more than my pocket can handle at the moment. Anyone holding and wants to part at a "bro price" let me know! For now, this OG 45 will have to hold me over. Great fuzz guitar.

St. Steven - Ay-Aye-Poe-Day

Monday, August 18, 2014

Roy Buchanan - Down By The River

Nothing rare but a great cover by one of my favorite guitarists doing a song by one of my favoriye artists. cool vs. cool.

Roy Buchanan - Down By The River

Friday, August 15, 2014

Shirley Caeser - Stand The Storm

I'm not the biggest gospel fan in the world but i just picked this album up on the cheap and this track rocks in a funky, soulful & rocking sort of way. It would have really been great if there was killer fuzz solo in the middle or end. Still pretty cool. Sounds like something Tina Turner or Merry Clayton would have done.

Shirley Caeser - Stand The Storm

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Channels - Old Chinatown

I still don't have a firm grip on what actually makes soul "northern" (soul played in the north of England in the 60's & 70's???) but i guess this is it...? "Rare" "Northern Soul" according to the interwebs...

The year is 1965 & i love the main singer dudes almost crackly voice. Cool 45 i was happy to find on the cheap.

PThe Channels - Old Chinatown

Monday, August 11, 2014

(Almost) End of Summer Review in Pictures

I haven't donew one of these in a long while. Here are some pics of what we have been up tp the last few months... Life is still good.