Quicksilver Messenger Service “Quicksilver Messenger Service”
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by Jason
1y ago
Quicksilver Messenger Service, a Capitol release from 1968, was the debut album from one of SF’s most beloved bands. QMS were one of the earliest SF bands whose roots extend back to the mid 60s when they began as a vehicle for songwriter Dino Valenti. When Valenti was thrown in jail for a drug bust, guitarists Gary Duncan and John Cipollina along with rhythm section of David Freiberg (bass) and Greg Elmore (drums) put forth the group’s finest work in 1969’s live Happy Trails and this classic self titled debut album from 1968. Quicksilver Messenger Service’s playing time is divided evenly betw ..read more
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Green “Green”
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by Jason
1y ago
There weren’t many psych pop albums coming out of Texas in the late 60s but Green is probably the best of them. Atco released this album in 1969 but somehow it was lost in the shuffle. Typically, psychedelic bands from Texas favored either folk based sounds or heavier acid/stoner rock. For this reason, Green stands out amongst the pack as something different. Green is also a unique album because the group seamlessly integrated horns into a sound that is both consistent and vintage. Not much is known about this group other than that they came out of North Texas State University in Denton. Also ..read more
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The Pretty Things “The Electric Banana Blows Your Mind”
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by Jason
1y ago
The Electric Banana Blows Your Mind is a disc of highlights from recording sessions that took place from 1967 to 1969. Three of these albums were recorded in the 60s with the best of these tracks (all the tracks with vocals) collected for this reissue. For contractual reasons, the Pretty Things recorded this music under the Electric Banana moniker for the De Wolfe Sound Library. The original Electric Banana albums had one side with vocal tracks while the other side had instrumental versions of those same tracks. For many years the music on the Electric Banana series were unavailable through r ..read more
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Cambridge “Share a Song”
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by Jason
1y ago
Cambridge’s Share a Song has the distinction of being one of the best private press country rock albums ever cut. It was released in 1977 by the Green Dolphin label. Unlike most small press recordings, the sound here is completely professional – this sounds like an early 70s major label country rock LP. The singing, lyrics and guitar playing are all the work of a first rate group, there’s nothing amateur about these guys. I recently picked up a NM vinyl copy of this legendary album (very hard to find) for $150 and after several spins, can confirm that this band was the real thing. Share a Son ..read more
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Los Shakers “La Conferencia Secreta Del Toto’s Bar”
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by Jason
1y ago
Los Shakers were one of the most significant rock n roll bands to emerge from South America (Uruguay) during the reign of the Beatles. Their early albums were strongly influenced by the Fab Four but in later years, the Shakers would branch out into new sounds that were quite original. In 1966, the Shakers released For You, which was a their version of Rubber Soul and Revolver wrapped up into one LP – a true classic. It’s arguable which is the better LP of the two. La Conferenica Secreta Del Toto’s Bar was a stylistic leap forward and one of the most daring South American rock n roll LPs of th ..read more
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The Ro-D-y’s “Earnest Vocation”
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by Jason
1y ago
Earnest Vocation, released in 1968 by Philips, is probably the Ro-D-y’s finest hour. While history primarily remembers the Outsiders, Q65, The Golden Earrings, the Motions and Group 1850, there were many other excellent rock groups from the Netherlands such as Sandy Coast, Supersister, Bintangs, Cosmic Dealer and of course this group, the Ro-D-y’s. Harry Rijnbergen, the band’s chief songwriter, was also lead guitarist and vocalist of the Ro-D-y’s. His vocals sound like a cross between Roy Wood and Ray Davies. What set these songs apart from Rijnbergen’s peers are the sophisticated lyrics (rem ..read more
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Peabody Co. “Peabody Co.”
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by Jason
1y ago
Nothing is known about Peabody Co., other than that the group recorded 10-11 tracks on acetate back in the late 1960s. Record collectors agree these recordings probably date from 1967-1968. If you’ve never heard their music, which hardly anyone has, Peabody Co.’s sound is reminiscent of Bohemian Vendetta or a private press version of the Blues Magoos. For most psych fans, the first taste of Peabody Co. was their crazed version of Tobacco Road, which appeared on the A Fistful of Fuzz compilation in 1998. This seven minute rendition is characterized by insane blasts of theremin, guitar noise, a ..read more
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The Pretty Things “Rock St. Trop”
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by Jason
1y ago
We are dedicating this next post to Phil May, who recently passed away in May, 2020. One of rock n roll’s great vocalists and personalities, he will surely be missed. The Rock St. Trop recordings date back to 1969, when rich French playboy Philippe Debarge hired the Pretty Things to be his backing band and record this fine album. Most fans usually refer to these recordings as Philippe Debarge. The album first surfaced in the form of a bootleg CD and then in recent years, two official releases became available through Ugly Things Records and Madfish. At this point, lead guitarist and founding ..read more
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Bobak, Jons, Malone “Motherlight”
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by Jason
2y ago
The individuals behind the Motherlight LP never played a live gig as they were essentially a studio vehicle for Mike Bobak, Andy Johns, and Wil Malone. Morgan Blue Town, one of the UK’s leading psych pop labels, released this unsung gem in 1969. It’s one of the most collectible and expensive LPs from the 60s UK psych scene. Wil Malone had previously led the prolific UK psych group Orange Bicycle and would go on to release a folky solo disc in 1970 and also play in another psych pop group named Fickle Pickle. The Motherlight project saw him write most of the album’s lyrics, sing lead, play key ..read more
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Bluebird “Country Boy Blues”
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by Jason
2y ago
Bluebird’s only album was cobbled together from their Jerden, London and Burdette 45s but also tracks that were cut for an aborted album. The group hailed from Mercer Island, Washington and were known as one of the best folk rock/country rock bands of the Pacific Northwest. Most of the cuts on Country Boy Blues were recorded in 1969/1970 but Piccadilly chose to release this retrospective LP in 1980. I managed to pick up a copy for a respectable price but it’s extremely rare and usually sells for over $100. This is some of the best underground country rock I’ve heard. Modessa, a lost classic ..read more
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