The Roosters — “One of These Days”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 25, 2023
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by georgefishman2
5d ago
https://www.discogs.com/master/546069-The-Roosters-All-Of-Our-Days/image/SW1hZ2U6ODA5ODgyMg== THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 712) The Roosters — “One of These Days” One of the best Byrd songs not written or played by the Byrds. Well, it sort of was — it was by L.A.’s Roosters! Jason calls the A-side of their debut single one “of the best chiming guitar folk-rock singles of the 60s.” (http://therisingstorm.net/the-roosters-all-of-our-days/) On the Flip-Side calls it a “show stopper” with “[j]angly 12 string guitar, minor chord progressions, tight harmonies, nice litt ..read more
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The Mike Stuart Span— “Remember the Times”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 24, 2023
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by georgefishman2
6d ago
THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 711) The Mike Stuart Span — “Remember the Times” “Remember the Times” is thundering UK psych, a 68 MSS demo + ‘69 A-side released under the band’s new name Leviathan. As Richie Unterberger, the Span “takes a more raucous guitar-based approach than many of their psych contemporaries”. (https://www.allmusic.com/album/timespan-mw0000967359) As to Leviathan’s release of the song, David Wells explains: [Elektra chose to launch the renamed band by] issue[ing] two separate singles . . . on the same day under the portentous banner “The Four F ..read more
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Poet and the One Man Band — “The Days I Most Remember”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 23, 2023
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by georgefishman2
1w ago
https://www.discogs.com/master/389836-Poet-And-The-One-Man-Band-Poet-And-The-One-Man-Band/image/SW1hZ2U6MTc2OTg5ODU= THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 711) Poet and the One Man Band — “The Days I Most Remember” Utterly magical heavy folk rock by some future musical luminaries, including guitar legend Albert Lee and two future members of Sandy Denny’s Fotheringay. The band must have been named after the line from Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound”. The band doesn’t get nearly the respect it deserves, even from its CD reissue label. The liner notes I got with my CD ..read more
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Blossom Toes — “When the Alarm Clock Rings”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 21, 2023
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by georgefishman2
1w ago
https://www.discogs.com/master/23732-Blossom-Toes-We-Are-Ever-So-Clean/image/SW1hZ2U6NTM5Njg5NzI= THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 709) Blossom Toes — “When the Alarm Clock Rings” David Wells calls “Alarm Clock” the “aural encapsulation[] of the English psychedelic pop ethos” and the album from which it comes (We Are Ever So Clean) a “sterling ’67 studio Britpsych effort”. (Record Collector: 100 Greatest Psychedelic Records: High Times and Strange Tales from Rock’s Most Mind-Blowing Era) Fred Thomas goes under the Toe: Under the guidance of rock impresario Giorgio Go ..read more
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The E-Types — “Put the Clock Back in the Wall”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 21, 2023
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by georgefishman2
1w ago
https://www.discogs.com/release/1615414-The-E-Types-Introducing–The-E-Types/image/SW1hZ2U6MjM4Mzk4MA== THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 708) The E-Types — “Put the Clock Back on the Wall” ’67 A-side was on the third of four singles by the “Salinas [CA] Beatles”. (http://www.montereybaymusic.com/E-types.html) It was the band’s “finest hour . . . [a] groovy psychedelic rock gem. . . . [that] was played constantly on the soundtrack to the nifty soft-core exploitation picture ‘Blonde on a Bum Trip.'” (https://m.imdb.com/name/nm1257034/bio) Beverly Paterson says that the s ..read more
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The Ballroom — “Another Time”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 20, 2023
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by georgefishman2
1w ago
THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 707) The Ballroom — “Another Time” Courtesy of Curt, so gorgeous that it takes your breath away, a “ravishing, delicate ballad” (Joe Marchese, https://theseconddisc.com/2019/11/07/shadows-and-reflexions-high-moon-records-collects-rarities-from-curt-boettcher-and-friends/), “heaven on earth” (benjaminblakemitchner8365, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWU1wK05qus) with “stunningly beautiful” lyrics (EarpJohn, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWU1wK05qus). I consider the Ballroom’s version the best. Sagittarius’ is a bit too busy and overp ..read more
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Al Kooper — “First Time Around”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 18, 2023
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by georgefishman2
1w ago
https://www.discogs.com/master/188203-Al-Kooper-You-Never-Know-Who-Your-Friends-Are/image/SW1hZ2U6MzU1OTc4OTQ= THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 705) Al Kooper — “First Time Around” Another glorious Band-y cut from Kooper’s second solo album, ’69’s You Never Know Who Your Friends Are (see #642). Kooper himself says that “This is one of my favorite albums and arrangement-wise, it’s probably song-for-song, my best batch. It’s recorded primarily with a big-band, and in the Summer of ’69, I took that big band on the road for my first tour since having left Blood Sweat ..read more
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Strawberry SAC — “In Relation (to Our Times): Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 17, 2023
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by georgefishman2
1w ago
https://www.discogs.com/master/588675-Crystal-Circus-In-Relation-To-Our-Times/image/SW1hZ2U6NzQxODI0MQ== THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 704) Strawberry SAC — “In Relation (to Our Times)/ “In Relation” This apparently sordid story starts with the Strawberry Alarm Clock’s (see #127, 272) guilty pleasure and era-defining #1 hit — “Incense and Peppermints” — and ends with a cool and “extremely Strawberry Alarm Clock-sounding” guilty pleasure that “closely approximates the sound of ‘Incense[‘] without sounding too explicitly derivative.” (Richie Unterberger, https://www ..read more
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John Bromley — “Old Time Mover”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 16, 2023
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by georgefishman2
2w ago
https://www.discogs.com/master/567068-John-Bromley-Sing/image/SW1hZ2U6MzA2NDMzNjI= THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 703) John Bromley — “Old Time Mover” A delightful and whimsical McCartneyesque retro number by English songwriter John Bromley, who has written “over 200 works with over 60 recorded and performed worldwide by major artists such as Shirley Bassey, Sacha Distel, Petula Clark, Richard Harris, Paul Anka . . . John Farnham”, Jackie De Shannon and the Ace Kefford Stand. (Facebook). He also recorded some of his songs in the 60’s, releasing them as singles (bac ..read more
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Lee Hazlewood — “Cold Hard Times”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 15, 2023
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by georgefishman2
2w ago
https://www.discogs.com/master/100428-Lee-Hazlewood-Cowboy-In-Sweden/image/SW1hZ2U6MjQwODg2MjU= THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 702) Lee Hazlewood — “Cold Hard Times” I’ve never understood France’s love affair with Jerry Lewis. Sweden’s affair with Lee Hazlewood — that I understand. This is my third selection from my favorite album of Lee’s — his ‘70 soundtrack to his Swedish TV film Cowboy in Sweden (see #48, 269). Derek Anderson says that its “inimitable wistful, orchestrated country sound would prove perfect for the soundtrack to Cowboy In Sweden ..read more
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