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Saturday, September 30, 2023

Various Artists - Lost Innocence Garpax (1965-68 us, splendid garage psych, 2021 release)

Top-rated West Coast garage sounds from the vaults of maverick genius Gary S Paxton. Acknowledged classics, tantalising obscurities and several previously unheard gems, all from the original master tapes. 

Vintage garage rock is only one of the many tributaries of popular music that the maverick Gary S Paxton recorded and produced in his 1960s heyday, and compared to other genres, the off-kilter genius behind ‘Alley Oop’ and ‘Monster Mash’ was hardly prolific with it. But for a producer-engineer of his repute, it was inevitable that Paxton would cross paths with the sudden surge of teenaged rock groups that emerged in the wake of the British Invasion. We’ve gathered the best of them on “Lost Innocence”, and for any aficionado of the genre, a treat is in store. As well as a brace of acknowledged Californian punk classics present and correct for the first time direct from master tape, this rockin’ little disc also shares further booty from the Garpax vaults, including some obscurities well worthy of re-appraisal, along with completely unreleased nuggets of note.

Counting among the well-known are the Avengers, Bakersfield’s top dogs in the punk bracket thanks to snot-nosed missives such as ‘I Told You So’ and the controversial ‘Be A Cave Man’. Ken And the Forth Dimension and Limey And the Yanks serve up the highly regarded items ‘See If I Care’ and ‘Guaranteed Love’ respectively, with a trio of ear-opening unissued tracks from the latter as a bonus. Riverside’s Whatt Four weigh in with the popular ear-burners ‘Our Love Should Last Forever’ and ‘You're Wishin’ I Was Someone Else’. And the Buddhas’ title cut is still the most eloquent ode to carnal knowledge in the entire 60s punk pantheon.

Most of the material on “Lost Innocence” was recorded at Paxton’s two Hollywood studios between 1965 and 1967, but some of the freakier cuts derive from facilities he ran from a converted bank in the Bakersfield suburb of Oildale in the last three years of the decade. These include the trippy ‘My Dream’ by the aforementioned Buddhas, the soul-punk of Canadian transplants the New Wing, and fantastic unreleased cuts by the Fog and Mental Institution, the latter one of the many pseudonyms Paxton acolyte Kenny Johnson used while recording at the studio.

The eccentricities that are never far from a Paxton production inform a couple of tracks that nevertheless have punk merit. In particular, the unbelievable screaming on Carl Walden And the Humans’ ‘I’ll Never Let You Go’ would put James Brown or Wilson Pickett to shame. Last but not least, the voluminous Garpax tape library revealed a tantalising mystery in the unknown group responsible for a marvellous Raiders-style pounder titled ‘This Freedom I Have Found’.

In the commercial environs of mid-1960s Hollywood, the producer remained omnipotent and Paxton would happily call on his seasoned session crew if you weren’t cutting it, musically speaking. On “Lost Innocence”, however, most of the players remained those same wide-eyed teenagers that had been ushered into his presence. Their stories also have the same ring of truth as most youthful combos in that era: hearing your record on the radio for the first time, the expanded social and career possibilities afforded by membership of a successful local band and seeing that dream rent asunder by the draft. Yet having Gary S Paxton behind the controls, with his innate expertise and guidance, not to mention a soupçon of the appropriately bizarre, helped these same “typical” groups make some truly memorable music.
by Alec Palao

Artist - Song - Composer
1. The Whatt Four - Our Love Should Last Forever (Tom Bitters) - 1:44
2. The Avengers - Be A Cave Man (Gary S Paxton, William Powell) - 1:55
3. Limey And The Yanks - Guaranteed Love (Denny Reed, Gary S Paxton) - 2:26
4. The Buddhas - Lost Innocence (Dane Nelson, Dennis Roark, Gary Lettiere, Larry Meadors, Michael McCarthy, Rick Starr) - 2:11
5. The Fog - Grey Zone (Gary S Paxton, JD Wilson) - 3:32
6. New Wing - I Need Love (Al Wilson, Len LaLiberte) - 2:03
7. Ken And The Fourth Dimension - See If I Care (Kenneth Johnson) - 2:16
8. Mental Institution - In The Heat Of The Night (Kenneth Johnson) - 2:19
9. The Avengers - When It's Over (Gerry Blake, Henry Gonzales) - 1:51
10.The Whatt Four - You're Wishin' I Was Someone Else (Greg Sanders, Kenneth Johnson) - 2:21
11.Limey And The Yanks - Flight Of The Dead Bird  (Unknown) - 2:57
12.The Buddhas - My Dream (Dane Nelson, Dennis Roark, Gary Lettiere, Larry Meadors, Michael McCarthy, Rick Starr) - 2:26
13.The Avengers - I Told You So (Kenneth Johnson) - 1:56
14.Don Hinson - Peddlers Of Hate (Don Hinson, Kenneth Johnson) - 2:05
15.New Wing - Melodyland Loser (Al Wilson, Doug Policha) - 2:03
16.Chocolate Tunnel - The Highly Successful Young Rupert White (Kenneth Johnson) - 2:20
17.Limey And The Yanks - Tomorrow Never Comes (Kenneth Johnson) - 2:26
18.The Whatt Four - You Better Stop Your Messin' Around (Greg Sanders) - 2:28
19.The Avengers - Shipwrecked (William Powell) - 1:48
20.Unknown Artist - This Freedom I Have Found (Unknown) - 2:38
21.Limey And The Yanks - Leather Coated Cottage (Unknown) - 2:25
22.New Wing - Brown Eyed Woman (Al Wilson, Doug Policha, Len LaLiberte) - 2:31
23.The Avengers - My True True Love (Buddy Wayne) - 2:58
24.Carl Walden And The Humans - I'll Never Let You Go (Carl Walden) - 2:17

The Whatt Four
*Greg Sanders - Bass
*Tom Ference - Drums
*John Langdon - Lead Guitar
*Tom Bitters - Rhythm Guitar  

The Avengers
*Ken Zigoures - Bass 
*Gary Bernard Drums
*Greg Likins - Lead Guitar 
*Henry Gonzales - Rhythm Guitar
*Gerry Blake - Vocals, Electric, Farfisa Organ

Limey And The Yanks
*Bob Batman - Bass
*Wes Hunsinger - Drums
*Tim Dunne, Wally Downing - Guitar
*Steve Cook - Lead Vocals

The New Wing
*Doug Policha - Bass
*Len Saidman - Drums
*Henry LaLiberte - Guitar
*Al Wilson - Organ
*Davey Peters - Vocals

Ken And The Forth Dimension
*Don Johnson - Bass
*Eddie Hilton - Drums
*Kenny Johnson - Lead Guitar, Vocals
*Mike Valdez - Organ
*Bob Hopps - Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals

Monday, September 25, 2023

rep> The Mourning Dayze - Lost Recordings (1967 us, rough garage psych, 2007 Gear Fab issue)

Mourning Dayze was born on August 9,1965 in Whitewater, Wisconsin. The band's original name was "The Coachmen," but later when they discovered there was another band with the same name, the guys decided to change It, The band traveled to and from gigs in a hearse pulling a trailer. One morning while driving back to Whitewater, after another late-night gig, the sun was coming up and it was hazy; thus; Mourning Dayze.

Mourning Dayze was extremely popular in the Midwest especially in the teen bars that were popular in Wisconsin during the late 1960's and early 1970.'$. The band was popular on many college campuses, not only for its music, but also for their light show. It’s believed that Mourning Dayze was the first rock and roll band in the state of Wisconsin to include a traveling strobe light. The band became known throughout the Midwest because of its props, including a large banner with the name. Mourning Dayze on it; an umbrella on a mike stand; a siren; an old fashioned pole lamp with a yellow light, and the familiar Taj Mahal on the kick drum, In addition to Midwestern states, Mourning Dayze played in states as far east as New York and New Jersey, as far south as Florida and as far west as Idaho, The band also played numerous gigs in Canada. 

During the first five years prominent musicians passed through the band leaving a long lasting impression, Curly Cook, an early guitarist with the Steve Miller Band introduced Mourning Dayze to the power of the blues and the power and soul of the guitar Berry Oakley played bass guitar with Mourning Dayze shortly before the formation of the Allman Brothers Band. Mike Warner joined in the fall of 1969, after his summer drumming with Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. During the firs! five years, Mourning Dayze opened for many well-known bands, including The Music Explosion, Ohio Express, The Lemon Pipers, The Trashmen, and The New Colony SIX.

From the summer of 1972 to the spring of 2000, Mourning Dayze played a portion of every year at Alpine Valley Resort in East Troy, Wisconsin. It began performing as a house band for the winter ski season and on weekends during the summer, in the mid-70's Alpine Valley became a major stop on the national tour for rock, pop and contemporary styles of music. Mourning Dayze was in the perfect setting to meet jam, and listen backstage, to national touring acts every weekend, week after week, year in and year out. Some of the bands Mourning Dayze jammed with include Los Crusades, RE XX Billy Swan and Hank Williams Jr. in the fall and spring of each year, Mourning Oayze would hit the road with a special love for touring the western United States. After 41 years Mourning Dayze is still gigging.

1. Fly My Paper Airplane - 2:40
2. Sad Man's Madness - 2:37
3. Man with the Thin Mind (R. Pfeifer, John Valentine) - 3:32
4. Moon That Gives No Sunlight - 2:12
5. Rain Time - 2:01
6. The Mourning Dayze - 2:28
7. Are We Going to Say Goodbye? (R. Pfeifer, Doug Henry) - 2:24
8. Fly My Paper Airplane - 3:04
All song by Rick Pfeifer unless else written.

The Mourning Dayze
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Friday, September 22, 2023

Boogie - In Freak Town (1968-69 us, tough raw bluesy psych rock, 2020 release)

Power trio from San Francisco, modeled after Cream, Blue Cheer or The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Includes all their fantastic studio demos from 1968 plus raw and wild live tracks from 1969. Boogie (or The Boogie) was probably the first hard-blues/proto-metal group that emerged from the San Francisco scene. This power-trio was formed by Barry "The Bee" Bastian (Canned Heat, Lee Michaels...) on guitar/vocals, John Barrett (The Rhythm Dukes) on bass, and Fuzzy John Oxendine (Roky Erickson & The Aliens, Jerry Miller Band...) on drums. 

Comrades of Moby Grape (who even let Boogie use their rehearsal space) and The Sons Of Champlin, they played at all the legendary venues (The Ark, Avalon, Fillmore...) sharing stage with bands like Buffalo Springfield, Quicksilver, Ace Of Cups, Flamin' Groovies or Country Joe & The Fish. Their explosive show at the Sky River Rock Festival (August 1968, the first outdoor multi-band rock festival held in the United States) to an audience of 150,000 people, is still remembered today.

1. In Freak Town - 4:41
2. To Me - 5:34
3. Wade In The Water (Traditional) - 7:05
4. Merchant Of Dreams - 2:09
5. Prelude To Boogie - 13:33
6. Chico Smoke El Ropo - 3:04
7. I'd Hate To Lose You  - 6:26
8. Barrett's Buddy's Boogie  - 7:47
All songs by Barry Bastian except track #3

*Barry Bastian - Guitar, Lead Vocals
*John "JB" Barrett - Bass
*John "Fuzzy Furioso" Oxendine - Drums

Friday, September 15, 2023

Diamondback - Diamondback (1974 canada, fantastic blues brass rock, 2008 remaster)

In the midst of the uncertainty in the future of McKenna-Mendelson Mainline, band members McKenna and Nolasco put together this side project supergroup which also featured Scott “Professor Piano” Cushnie (Robbie Lane & The Disciples), Endersby (The Tripp, Maple Oak), and Smith (Ugly Ducklings). The band would record an entire album for Atlantic Records but the label only released on single before scrapping the full LP. Pacemaker Entertainment managed to salvage the record and finally issued it in 2008; Cushnie died in August 2018. 

1. How Many More Years (Chester Burnett) - 6:42
2. Good Old Days - 2:39
3. One Track Open - 4:26
4. Just My Way Of Loving You (Mike McKenna) - 4:14
5. Wait My Time (Mike McKenna) - 2:36
6. Better Days (Howard Smith) - 3:31
7. Ramblin' Man (Mike McKenna) - 3:45
8. Boogie The Night Away - 3:07
9. Save Yourself - 2:32
10.This Old Train - 2:56
All songs by Scott Cushnie except where stated

*Scott Cushnie - Keyboards
*Stan Endersby - Guitar
*Mike McKenna - Vocals, Guitar
*Tony Nolasco - Drums
*Howie Smith - Bass
*Jack Zaza - Saxophone
*Donnie Walsh - Blues Harp
*Danny McBride - Guitars
*Mickey McCallum - Congas
*Stan Endersby - Rhythm Guitar, Backup Vocals

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Sunday, September 10, 2023

The 21st Century Sound Movement - 21st Century Sound Movement (1969 us, fine garage folk psych rock, 2012 bonus tracks edition)

The 21st Century Sound Movement where four youngsters from Missouri, consisting of two brothers Terry and Jack Viles, together with Bill O'Malley and Ray Bahr. In late 1968 (short after the recording of the album), guitarist Jack Viles left the band and was replaced by Jerry Lemberger.

In their sole album featuring mostly cover songs, has a youth ful exuberance and energy that’s how much they admired the music of their day.Their lack of keyboards was more than made up for with their fuzzed-outtakes on “House Of The Rising Sun” and “Light My Fire”. Their own musical limitations resulted in some disarmingly crude interpretations and clearly they set their mark in garage music history!

The album was recorded at Damon Studios in Kansas City, Missouri and the cover photo was taken at nearby Volker Fountain.

1. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying (Fred Marsden, Gerry Marsden, Les Chadwick, Leslie Maguire) - 2:23
2. The House Of The Rising Sun (Traditional) - 4:09
3. The Weight (Robbie Robertson) - 3:59
4. Fire (Jimi Hendrix) - 2:12
5. Hey Jude (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 5:11
6. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Joe Zawinul) - 2:28
7. Susie Q (Dale Hawkins, Eleanor Broadwater, Stanley Lewis) - 3:29
8. Light My Fire (Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek) - 2:30
9. For The Rest Of My Life (Bill O'Malley, Terry Viles, Ray Bahr, Jack Viles) - 3:03
10.In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Doug Ingle) - 7:32
11.Feelin' Down (Bill O'Malley, Terry Viles, Ray Bahr, Jerry Lemberger) - 2:35
12.First Day (Bill O'Malley, Terry Viles, Ray Bahr, Jerry Lemberger) - 2:21

The 21st Century Sound Movement
*Bill O'Malley - Drums
*Terry Viles - Bass
*Jack Viles - Lead Guitar (1963-68) 
*Ray Bahr - Guitar
*Jerry Lemberger - Lead Guitar (1968-71)

Monday, September 4, 2023

Burnt Suite - Burnt Suite (1972 us, misty rural stoner psych acid rock, 2023 digipak reissue)

Growing up in Canton, Connecticut was an ideal out in the country type of town. Like a lot of kids during that period, Isaw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show, heard all the girls screaming, and decided to make music my life! In seventh grade I had a trio with some friends, they were older than me. And then in 8th grade a quartet called the Hellions. And then in 10th grade Woody Andrews, Jym Cifaldi, and I started performing  and writing songs together. We were all about the same age, very creative! We originally named the band, Strange Brew, after the song by Cream. But the principal of the high school didn't want the word 'brew', relating to beer, advertised on the walls of the high school for dances. So we changed the name Burnt Suite music.

BJW stood for Billy, Jimmy, Woody. We made it up. We decided to record an album of the songs we had already written. Woody's father was a singer and director of plays and helped us produce The record. We actually got $1000 loan from the local bank in Canton to record the album!! Woody's father most likely co-signed for us. Both my father and Woody's father were always extremely supportive.  We were still seniors in high school when we did that record. So it had to be 1970 or 1971 when we began recording. We actually took advance orders from other kids in high school to help finance the record.

We mostly performed locally at local events and dances. We sold the records our selves at the venues. We didn't really have somebody helping us to present our selves nationally. The band broke up because I decided I wanted to move to Massachusetts and be near the ocean and Cape Cod. I just needed to spread my wings, travel, and experience other parts of the country!
by William Florian

1. Tonight (William Florian) - 3:49
2. Sally Salamander (Jym Cifaldi) - 2:22
3. Coming To An End (Jym Cifaldi) - 2:31
4. Finest Thing In Life (William Florian) - 2:58
5. Lightning (Jym Cifaldi) - 5:17
6. Enjoyment Of The Dawn (William Florian) - 2:59
7. Got Time (Jym Cifaldi, William Florian, Woody Andrews) - 3:35
8. Vindati Shanti (William Florian) - 6:29
9. It's What You Wanted (Jym Cifaldi, William Florian, Woody Andrews) - 4:06

Burnt Suite
*William Florian - Guitar, Piano
*Woody Andrews - Bass, Claves
*Jym Cifaldi - Percussion