Take a couple of gallons of adolescent working/lower middle-class testosterone; sprinkle liberally with a mixture of Purple Hearts & LSD; strain through a stack of Marshall amps set to maximum and voila! the meanest, toughest sound of the mid 60’s: English Freakbeat.
1 the yardbirds-happenings ten years time ago
2 the small faces-e too d
3 the misunderstood- children of the sun
4 the creation-making time
5 the craig-i must be mad
6 curiosity shoppe-baby i need you
7 elmer gantry’s velvet opera- flames (single vers)
8 the penny peeps-model village (in my back garden)
9 the sorrows-you’ve got what i want
10 the mark four-i’m leaving
11 the syndicats-crawdaddy simone
12 the primitives-you said
13 the wheels-road block
14 the birds-leaving here
15 wimple winch-save my soul
16 the open mind-cast a spell
17 the truth-sueno
18 tintem abbey-vacuum cleaner
19 les fleur de lys-circles
20 apostolic intervention-tell me have you ever seen me
21 herman’s hermits-it’s alright now
22 the dave clark 5-concentration baby
23 the troggs-6-6-5-4-3-2-1
The time: any Friday or Saturday evening between 1969 & ’72, around 11.30PM.
The place: most British provincial town centres, but for argument’s sake, let’s say The Bier Keller on Bridge Street in Warrington.
The dress code: split-knee loons, scoop-neck long-flared-sleeve t shirts and in winter, an ex-army great-coat.
The hair-style: abundant.
The fragrance: a heady mixture of patchouli, Old Holborn and Newcastle Brown.
2 TRIFLE-ONE WAY GLASS
3 WALRUS-WHO CAN I TRUST
4 AUDIENCE-BELLADONNA MOONSHINE
6 CLOUDS-TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER
7 HELL PREACHERS INC.-COURANTE
8 BLODWYN PIG-SEE MY WAY
9 PETE BROWN & PIBLOKTO!-LIVING LIFE BACKWARDS
10 QUATERMASS-BLACK SHEEP OF THE FAMILY
11 WARM DUST-MAN WITHOUT A STRAW
12 THE ALAN BROWN SET-THRU THE NIGHT
13 BATTERED ORNAMENTS-THEN I MUST GO
14 VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR-THEME ONE
15 CURIOSITY SHOPPE-BABY I NEED YOU
16 BALLS-FIGHT FOR MY COUNTRY
17 JODY GRIND-PAINT IT BLACK
18 EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND-OUT DEMONS OUT
HAPPY NEW YEAR CRITTERS!
Just before we move on, we got our main man ‘wireshaker’ to share a few bits ’n bobs, both old & new that tickled his fancy in 2017, an a nice listen it is too.
WIRESHAKER- A few new (to me) things that made a pretty rotten year just that little bit more palatable….
1 johannischer choir-berceuse
2 laetitia sadier source ensemble-double voice, extra voice
3 jane weaver-H>A>K
4 the moonlandingz-lufthansa man
5 richard dawson-beggar
6 willie joe duncan-unitar rock
7 sounds inc-taboo
8 brigitte fontaine & areski belkacem-il pleut sur la gare
9 zinade- soon
10 graham bond-walking in the park
11 p.p.arnold-medicated goo
12 sarah webster fabio-sweet songs
13 thundercat feat.louis cole-bus in these streets
14 can-shikako maruten
15 anton barbeau-scary monsters and super creeps
16 thurston moore-exalted
17 the kingston trio-try to remember
The soundtrack to an early 70’s August afternoon during the school summer holiday when rain’s stopped play at Old Trafford, Trent Bridge or Edgebaston.
Boredom recollected in tranquillity.
The raw material of psychedelia (congas, fuzz bass, Fender Rhodes pianos, guitars adapted to sound like sitars) refracted through a middle-aged swinging suburban prism.
Sounds of summer…
1 enoch light & brass menagerie-season of the witch
2 syd dale-portobello market
3 johnny pearson-delhi discotheque
4 gunter noras-gemini
5 the ted heath orchestra-light my fire
6 bert kaempfert-never my love
7 ken woodman & his piccadilly brass-town talk
8 john schroeder-the main chance
9 the keith mansfield orchestra-soul thing
10 the mike cotton sound-soul serenade
11 houston person-soul dance
12 tony osbourne’s three brass buttons-brass ’n’ ivory
13 dick welter-hacienda happening
14 tony hatch-spanish charade
15 bama winds-spanish grease
16 xylos inc-walk on by
17 julius rechter & the baja marimba band-flyin’ high
18 alan tee-light flight
19 the fontana concert orchestra-too much of nothing
20 james clarke-double take
21 sounds orchestral-image
22 brian bennett-chameleon
1 And as the third decade of their strivings and wanderings approached, the children of the tribe of Elvis who was to them the King, began to weary of their wicked ways and question the direction of their travel.
2 Some demanded a return to the purer time of The King and his court saying “Eugene of Vincent needed not a sitar”. But they were few in number and their strictures held no great sway.
3 Howbeit more sought a renewed acquaintance with the Celestial Father, He before whom even The King genuflected, through the vessel of music composed by sons and daughters of captivity to hymn His praises and lighten their burdens.
4 And even those who, in their hearts, acknowledged not the existence of the Father did behold the fervour with which the sons and daughters of captivity, true believers all, comported their lives and perceived an emotional honesty therein.
5 So it came to pass that many children of The King did lay aside instruments of the Orient and gather unto themselves products of the organ-makers of Hammond and surround themselves with choirs summoned from the Nubian plains in emulation of those earlier hymns of praise.
6 And as the years of nineteen hundred and three-score became the years of nineteen hundred three-score and ten, many recordings bearing witness to this new-found revelation were issued.
7 And those who encountered the recordings heard that they were good.
8 And even though the children of the tribe of Elvis would beget generations ripe to fall into apostasy and revive the wicked ways of old, the spirit suffusing those recordings would forever tumble through the years, yea even unto the final days of the twentieth century. And beyond…
1.BEAVER & KRAUSE-WALKIN’ BY THE RIVER
2 BELL & ARC-HIGH PRIEST OF MEMPHIS
3 SPOOKY TOOTH-HANGMAN HANG MY SHELL ON A TREE
4 LEON RUSSELL-HUMMINGBIRD
5 MELANIE & THE EDWIN HAWKING SINGERS-LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE RAIN)
6 DENNIS WILSON-RIVER SONG
7 GENE CLARK-LIFE’S GREATEST FOOL
8 JIMMY CLIFF-CAN’T STOP WORRYING, CAN’T STOP LOVING
9 BOBBIE GENTRY-GLORY HALLELUJAH HOW THEY’LL SING
10 LULU-SWEEP AROUND YOUR OWN BACK DOOR
11 CLIFF RICHARD-THROW DOWN A LINE
12 BLISS-I HEAR YOU CALL
13 DAVID BOWIE-WIN
14 SPIRITUALIZED-I THINK I’M IN LOVE
15 CARLA BLEY-THE LORD IS LISTENING TO YA HALLELUJAH
Crisp green shirt like Miles.
Croissants and cappuccino,
Latest Italian styles.
Suzette’s riding pillion.
Clean living under pressure,
Black bombers by the million.
Flamingo for an all-nighter,
A new Jamaican rhythm.
60’s are gonna be brighter,
The age of Modernism. Wireshaker.
1 MARK MURPHY-MILESTONES
2 JOHNNY LYTLE-SELIM
3 KRZYSZTOF KOMEDA-CHERRY
4 LAMBERT, HENDRICKS & ROSS-MR P.C
5 ART BLAKEY-NO PROBLEM
6 CANNONBALL ADDERLEY-THIS HERE
7 JIMMY DREW-BABY LOU
8 TUBBY HAYES-LADY E
9 VIC FELDMAN QUARTET-A TASTE OF HONEY
10 MOSE ALLISON- YOUNG MAN BLUES
11 RED PRICE & BLUE BEATS ROARIN’
12 THE TRIUMPHS-BURNT BISCUITS
13 SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES-MICKY’S MONKEY
14 THE MARVELETTES- I’LL KEEP ON HOLDING ON
15 EDDIE HOLLAND-LEAVING HERE
16 JIMMY MCGRIFF-ALL ABOUT MY GIRL
17 PHIL UPCHURCH COMBO-YOU CAN’T SIT DOWN (PT.1)
18 THE OLYMPICS-THE BOUNCE
19 OWEN GRAY-PLEASE LET ME GO
20 BABA BROOKS ORCHESTRA-WATERMELON MAN
21 THE GRAHAM BOND ORGANISATION-WADE IN THE WATER (VERS.1)
22 ZOOT MONEY’S BIG ROLL BAND-GET ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
23 GEORGIE FAME & THE BLUE FLAMES-WORK SONG (LIVE)
FOR MORE OF THE 60’S/MODS-SEE ALSO ‘MODERNIST TO MOD’, ‘ALL THAT JAZZ’ AND A FEW OF THE SOUL/SKA & ROCKSTEADY PLAYLISTS.
When Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell returned to England from Jamaica in 1962, he came equipped with good-looks and easy charm, the self-confidence and network of contacts that are the primary benefits from being educated at a major British public school (Harrow), the financial safety net of belonging to both the Crosse & Blackwell tinned food and Appleton Rum dynasties and a solid first-hand grounding in the cut-throat practices of the Jamaican record industry.
His next couple of years were spent shuttling between London and Birmingham in a Mini Cooper, hustling deals to supply record shops serving the recently-arrived Caribbean communities the latest sounds from their (and his) homeland. They would appear on Blackwell’s own label, Island Records.
In 1967 he was swift to recognise the significance of a new, young, affluent and musically omnivorous demographic, happy to buy LPs as avidly as their younger siblings bought singles. Overnight, Island’s policy shifted. They continued to distribute Jamaican recordings, but from now on, the priority would be focused on home-grown “underground” or “progressive” artists who would be encouraged to release their wares on beautifully pressed and packaged albums. (Christopher’s apprenticeship may have been served in the ghettos of Kingston, but his role models were the gentlemanly likes of Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic and Elektra’s Jac Holtzman; fellows who appreciated quality and demanded that products bearing their name should reflect that).
To indicate this change, a new label design was unveiled. Uniquely, it would be a fetching shade of pink. As pink as a new dawn; as pink as the innocently shining faces of the young acts Island would sign and make its fortune from….
1 quintessence-notting hill gate
2 bama winds-dealer
3 kim fowled-the trip
4 peter sarstedt-mary jane
5 them-gloria’s dream
6 chords five-universal vagrant
7 art-african thing
8 jethro till-love story
9 wonder k frog-turn on your love light
10 traffic-medicated goo
11 ray cameron-doing my time
12 nirvana-oh! what a performance
13 fairport convention-autopsy
14 if-what did i say about the box jack (edit)
15 king crimson-cat food
16 white noise-love without sound
17 john marten-rolling home
18 spontaneous music ensemble-karyobin pt.1 (excerpt)
19 roxy music-remake/remodel
WE CONTINUE WITH OUR SOUNDTRACK/MOVIE SERIES THIS WEEK, WITH ANOTHER GUEST MIX, MOVIE & MUSIC LOVER (& ANOTHER ONE OF THE ORIGINAL FOLK TO DROP IN ON THE EARLY DTB SESSIONS)- LOU CHIPS IN HERE, WITH A FEW OF HIS FAVOURITE SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG SCREEN.
1 THE CHICO HAMILTON QUINTET-HOT DOGS AND JUICE (THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS)
2 DUKE ELLINGTON-FLIRTBIRD (ANATOMY OF A MURDER)
3 FRANK SINATRA-SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME (YOUNG AT HEART)
4 ENNIO MORRICONE-DEATH RIDES A HORSE (DEATH RIDES A HORSE)
5 PETER GABRIEL-JIGALONG (THE LONG WALK HOME)
6 RY COODER-PARIS TEXAS (PARIS TEXAS)
7 HANS ZIMMER-HALF REMEMBERED DREAM (INCEPTION)
8 KLOSSER-DAY AFTER TOMORROW (THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW)
9 JERRY GOLDSMITH-CITY HALL (CITY HALL)
10 CLIFF MARTINEZ-SOLARIS (SOLARIS)
11 DANNY ELFMAN-FRANKENWEENIE DISNEY LOGO/MAIN TITLE (FRANKENWEENIE)
13 SWEENEY TODD MOVIE CAST-OPENING TITLE SWEENEY TODD)
14 LEFTFIELD-SHALLOW GRAVE (SHALLOW GRAVE)
15 DAVE GROHL-BILL HILL THEME (TOUCH)
16 DICK DALE & THE DEL-TONES-MISIRLOU (PULP FICTION)
17 GIA ZAMBRANO-UN ANO DE AMOR (HIGH HEELS)
18 PHILIP GLASS/KRONOS QUARTET-THREE CONSORTS OF DRACULA (THREE CONSORTS OF DRACULA)
19 PHILIP GLASS-LA BELLE ET LA BETE (LA BELLE ET LA BETE)
20 GEOFF LOVE & HIS ORCHESTRA-COLONEL BOGEY (THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI).
Linking in rather nicely with the soundtrack series- we have a lovely little selection from WIRESHAKER………
Roxy (or Plaza, or Essoldo, or Odeon etc) Music
With the Oscars looming, what better time than to take a trip to the movies. And as the Drifters pointed out, who cares what picture you see, (as long as there’s a cool tune involved somewhere during the proceedings)?
Afraid you’ll have to bring your own popcorn & Ki-ora, there ain’t no girl with a tray to come your way.
1 Merry Clayton: Performance (from Performance)
2 Win: In Heaven (Eraserhead)
3 Stomu Yamash’ta: Poker Dice (The Man Who Fell To Earth)
4 Wondermints: Barbarella (Barbarella)
5 Bongwater: Bedazzled (Bedazzled)
6 Tommy Steele: Doomsday Rock (The Tommy Steele Story)
7 Anthony Newley: Idle In Parade (Idol On Parade)
8 Adam Faith: The Beat Girl Song (Beat Girl)
9 The Dave Clark Five; Having a Wild Weekend (Catch Us If You can)
10 The Visitors: Theme From The Wild Angels (The Wild Angels)
11 Kipper: The Clapham (Confessions of a Pop Performer)
12 Yvonne: While I’m Still Young (Smashing Time)
13 Toni Basil: My Little Red Book (What’s New Pussycat)
14 Bill Plummer & The Cosmic Brotherhood: The Look Of Love (Casino Royale)
15 The Kane Triplets: Mission Impossible (Mission Impossible)
16 The Clovers: Blue Velvet (Blue Velvet)
17 Roy Budd: Love Is A Four Letter Word (Get Carter)
18 The Meters: Hang ‘Em High (Hang ‘Em High)
19 Can: Vitamin C (Inherent Vice)
20 Naked City: A Shot In The Dark (A Shot In The Dark)
21 Shirley Bassey: The Liquidator (The Liquidator)
22 John Cameron: Psychomania, Main Theme (Psycomania)
23 Louis & Bebe Barron: Ancient Krell Music (Forbidden Planet)
24 In Search Of Karl LaFong (It’s A Gift).
This 2nd edition of the Folk n Blues Club is brought to you by Wireshaker-
The DTB Folk & Blues Club once again throws open its doors for an evening of acoustic-based merriment from the early 60’s and before.
Football, public executions, girls disguised as boys, horny-handed sons of toil buried under tons of soil, and a warning about the consequences of ignoring your mama and consorting with “not our types”, all human (and alien) life is here.
Aran sweaters optional; pints of bitter mandatory.
BOB DYLAN-MASTERS OF WAR
SHIRLEY COLLINS & DAVY GRAHAM-NOTTAMUN TOWN
JEAN RITCHIE-SHADY GROVE
PATRICK GALVIN-FOOTBALL CRAZY
THE IAN CAMPBELL FOLK GROUP-DOWN IN THE COAL MINE
THE COPPER FAMILY-SPENCER THE ROVER
THE YOUNG TRADITION-BANKS OF THE NILE
LAL & MIKE WATERSON- FINE HORSEMAN
MIMI & RICHARD FARINA-BOLD MARAUDER
HAMILTON CAMP-PRIDE OF MAN
JACKSON.C.FRANK-JUST LIKE ANYTHING
FRED NEIL-GREEN ROCKY ROAD
TEA & SYMPHONY-TRAVELLING SHOES
JOHN FAHEY-POOR BOY LONG WAY FROM HOME
MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL-LEVEE CAMP BLUES
JO-ANNE KELLY-ROLLIN’ & TUMBLIN’
PANAMA LIMITED JUG BAND-ALABAMY BOUND
JOHN MARTYN-LONDON CONVERSATION
MARTIN CARTHY-SCARBOROUGH FAIR
JULIE FELIX-SPACE GIRL
THE KINGSTON TRIO-GREENBACK DOLLAR