Quote: MoogDroog wrote:
LOVING the Gino Washington - so this is the guy Dexys were singing about! Puppet On A String is a very strange, creepy song. Really captures that fragile state of mind that you get in a dependent relationship. Not many hit singles have lyrics about cutting your wrists either..
Not sure about the Dexys - there was a Geno Washington, too, head of the Ram Jam Band - everyone in the band was British except for Geno. Gino with an "i" was all-Detroit. Yeah, the wrist-cutting had to negate any possibility of airplay, you'd figure. Love that track to pieces.
Pretty sure the Bomp CD, and probably most files floating around the net, are a different version and/or mix. Clip is "Johanna".
Posted April 12th, 2010 01:02 PM IPKinda goofy lyrics, but nice soul nonetheless, give 'er a listen. Makes me pine for some of my own cornbread, too, which is highly respectable... been too long since I've made up a batch.
Posted April 13th, 2010 07:07 AM IPA few that arrived in the mail yesterday as part of a lot...got 'em really cheaply, and they don't necessarily play perfectly (meaning - they don't), so might not be download quality.
I'd categorize this 45 as a "teener", i.e. a 50s/60s record that's not doo wop or any permutation of R&B or rock, but not quite pop either - think Frankie Avalon. The great joke of it, though, is that this record gets sold as "Northern Soul Popcorn", and commands a few bucks. Not a bad song, and there is a beat, so whatever. Wear on the label might prevent you from seeing that it's called "Young Days" (not "Young Dats"!).
The Kit Kats had the how-to-fail recipe down to a "t" - choose a poor name, sign with a label with no resources to promote you, then only tour within 100 miles of home because you're afraid that the label's non-efforts will leave out-of-state audiences scratching their heads. Still, not a bad little band at all, pretty versatile, and they'd easily have had some hits if circumstances had been different. A slew of singles and one LP for Jamie, here's both sides of their first 45 (they also did a version of the Beach Boys "You're So Good To Me"; I don't have that single and haven't run into it online).
Quote: ... it's hard to argue with the crash-boom-bang of the Kit Kats' first Jamie release, 'That's The Way'. Following, of all things, Crispian St. Peter's 'Pied Piper' in the Jamie singles catalogue, 'That's The Way' was retro-chic before the concept was in vogue. The doo-wop influenced vocals and Jerry Lee Lewis-styled piano kept the boys grounded in '50s rock'n'roll, but Kit's lyrics betrayed something that is not normally associated with this band: a punk attitude. "You'd like to hear me say I'd change my ways for you/I wouldn't change for anyone, things I like to do! That's the way I'm gonna stay, nothing will change me!" As they modulated almost incessantly on the final choruses, they displayed a maturing musicianship that set them apart from most local combos of that or any other era, while the production included elements that were distinctly mid-'60s. The Spectorian echo employed by Finiz gave the record, in Karl's opinion, the feel of an early Sonny & Cher track, while Finiz also decided to throw in a harpsichord for a baroque pop feel. On the flip-side was a rough recording of what would become the band's signature tune, 'Won't Find Better Than Me', sounding as close to garage rock as the Kats ever got during their Jamie days, but still keeping a classical element in Karl's fast-fingered piano solo. In all, it was a highly impressive offering, and it paid off. The record was a hit in Philadelphia and all along the Jersey shore. Karl also remembers DJ Chuck Raymond of WLAN in Lancaster, Pennsylvania reporting to the band that 'That's The Way' hit #1 on that station's survey and on a pirate radio ship in London!
Quote: andy rooney wrote:
is the top kit kat beckner?
Pretty much the spittin' image of.
Here's another Kit Kats 45, completely different type of song that the last two, much more in the psych category. These records play with crackles; not only are they far less than mint, but every Jamie record seems to have some quality control issues (like Swan, never heard one of those that actually plays well).
Posted April 14th, 2010 03:54 PM IPI love any version of that song - that one was hypnotic. Thanks!"The other thing is that the quality of the mp3's I listen to varies especially as some of the music from the likes of Led Zeppelin is old, even with re-mastering still isnt up to the quality of the likes of Def Leppard."
Posted April 14th, 2010 11:11 PM IP
I mentioned earlier the two Sonny Boy Williamson's; well, there were two Joe Turner's as well. But, unlike the Sonny Boy's, who played the same instrument and in the same style, the Joe Turner's were in entirely different ballparks, though they were contemporaries. Joe Turner (1907-1990) was a jazzman who, like Fats Waller, played "stride piano", i.e. his left hand would stride all over the keyboard, a technique that came out of Harlem. He spent most of his career in Europe, and there's several youtubes of his great playing (he acts entirely unconcerned, quietly chomping on a cigar the whole time, while his hands are working furiously). Big Joe Turner (1911-1985), on the other hand, was the foremost "blues shouter", someone who was capable of singing with a band, who was loud enough to be heard over the drums and instruments. As per the wiki, blues shouting was a major avenue for jazz to crossover into rock and roll. And that's where some of the confusion about the two sets in (example: the Schwann catalog mixes up both men's recordings) - Big Joe played with Count Basie and other jazz orchestras before signing with Atlantic and focusing on rock and roll (where his influence and importance is difficult to overstate), and blues . This 1953 78, which predates Big Joe's "Shake, Rattle & Roll" break-out by a year, was released simultaneously on 45 (with the same stock number - 1016); the Atlantic 45s were yellow then, and that format wouldn't go to a red label for a few more years. I've got some nice yellow-label Big Joe Turner's that I'll get around to eventually. The next 78 I post is in a little better condition, but this one plays fine and Joe sounds great, and it's definitely worth a listen (that shouting won't sound as good at any other speed). A-side "Oke-Sh-Moke-She-Pop", b-side "TV Mama".
Posted April 15th, 2010 11:39 AM IP
Amos Milburn (1927-1980) was a Texas boogie woogie jazz and blues pianist and singer. I like both sides of this Aladdin 78, which was pressed in 1950; you can hear that Aladdin took care with their record manufacturing. Sweet stuff.
Posted April 15th, 2010 02:05 PM IP
The black label Peacock's are their spiritual series, the quality of which varies considerably from one to the next; I think this particular song is very strong.
Quote: The Sensational Nightingales were assembled in the '40s. In 1957 they appeared on the Gospel Train tour with The Clara Ward Singers and five other big-name gospel acts. Members included Julius Cheeks (lead), Carl Coates (bass), JoJo Wallace (tenor), Howard Carroll (baritone), and Paul Gwens (tenor). Their noted hit was "See How They Done My Lord." One of the earliest gospel quintets, they recorded and toured throughout the 1990s. Many of their '50s and '60s sides feature the stunning vocals of Rev. Julius Cheeks. As with Archie Brownlee, Cheeks reaches an intensity that distorts the actual recordings, and his style has been heavily "borrowed" by Bobby Bland, Wilson Pickett, and others.
Posted April 18th, 2010 06:15 PM IPA-Bone by The Trashmen is wild. What is that, "surf"? The Betty Everett tune is very cool - put me in mind of Etta James. Same take-no-shit attitude. Do you know You're No Good by her? That's a great single - heard it at a soul night years ago and had to get the dj to tell me who it was - couldn't go the rest of my life without hearing it again.
Never heard any Bobby Fuller before but that was great. I love the influence of Buddy Holly on him. It's derivative but in a really alive, positive way.
GREAT Vicki Anderson tune - if you've got any more by her, i'd love to hear them,.
Really impressed with the Amos Milburn, Russell Evans, Christine Kittrell, , Guitar Crusher (awesome name, record didn't quite match it - hell of a voice though), George Jackson and Lulu Reed too.
Btw, the Syl Johnson changes song half way through! Either that or he was very avant-garde for his time."The other thing is that the quality of the mp3's I listen to varies especially as some of the music from the likes of Led Zeppelin is old, even with re-mastering still isnt up to the quality of the likes of Def Leppard."
Posted April 21st, 2010 08:00 AM IPMoog,
Yeah, Trashmen were surf, or more specifically "hot rod". "You're No Good" by Betty Everett is a great 'un. Bobby Fuller did some great stuff, I'm sure you've heard his version of "I Fought The Law" (I'll up it when I run across); he idolized Buddy Holly, no question. Definitely have more Vicki Anderson, will get to it. Thanks for the heads up about the Syl tune, I'll find it and fix or drop something else in there.
The Damnation of Adam Blessing put out four LPs and, although they were hits in their hometown of Cleveland, the records went pretty much nowhere (United Artists didn't push them). On the road they opened for Clapton and Traffic and a host of other big names, you can read about them a little here. "Hard psych", or whatever, definitely an interesting band; the albums run upwards of 50 bucks when you can find them, but I got this one out of a 99 cent Ebay lot that no one noticed. I've done something a little different here, since this is an LP - I've recorded the whole thing (finally figured out how to set the Audacity breaks and whatnot). So here's a couple of tracks, and also the sendspace for the album; if anyone can confirm that the link works and returns a valid zipfile, that would be cool. The Damnation of Adam Blessing
Quote: hrtshpdbox wrote:
if anyone can confirm that the link works and returns a valid zipfile, that would be cool.
Certainly does - thanks!"The other thing is that the quality of the mp3's I listen to varies especially as some of the music from the likes of Led Zeppelin is old, even with re-mastering still isnt up to the quality of the likes of Def Leppard."