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Rockabilly Psychosis and the Garage Disease
Rockabilly Psychosis and the Garage Disease
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Price: £14.17

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If This has anything to do with music,I'm the King of Poland, 24 Nov. 2005
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If you enjoy loud noises, played frantically, and sometimes recorded in a very scratchy format, you should enjoy this compilation.
If you are of the persuasion that rock n roll was designed to either dance frantically to or play full blast to annoy one's parents or elders, then you will find kindred spirits throughout the offerings on this various artists collective.
If you are of a gentler and more cognotive intellectual persuasion, you may feel the need to pass up on this. That, of course is your choice, but, turkey-necks, you are missing a bucketful of FUN!
Can you really fail to be moved by the 1mins 52 secs story-in-song-ripped-from-tomorrow's-headlines angst of the Meteors' Radioactive Kid? Can you live without wondering what Texas moonshine fuelled Hasil Adkins' poetic muse in She Said? Can you really believe that 20 years before WWWF, the Crushers could be inspired to write a whole song about a star local wrestler?
COME ON-life is TOO short to not appreciate this gem. You really will find very few better reasons for 40 mins of kicking over the traces, annoying the wife and just ENJOYING YOURSELF! And if the Missus does look at you, as per Hasil Adkins' lady, Like a dyin' can of eggtomatolybeans, after you've played it-congratulations. You'll know it's been worth it & the pleasure will be greater when, inevitably, you play it again!
Finally, do remember the time of year-this is the perfect anecdote to carols from Kings, Cliff Richard's Xmas single, Socks for Christmas and fondue sets-BUY AND ENJOY!!!


The Very Best of the Coasters
The Very Best of the Coasters
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does What it says on the can!!, 5 Oct. 2005
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As Shakespeare said:
Tis a consumation devoutly to be wished
Exactly-he may well have been talking about this, or not, but this is one you GOTTA have.
It not only features ALL the famous hits, it also chimes in with later gems like Shopping for Clothes & Sorry But I'm Gonna have to Pass.
And for good measure, the 2 records half of the Coasters made back in LA as the Robins are here too. And if anybody did hotter stuff than Riot in Cell Block 9 or Smokey Joe's Cafe, I've yet to find it!
Best of all, the entire lot are ORIGINAL recordings, all the Spark(Robins) or Atlantic(Coasters) sides that were made to blast pubs or cafes apart from a Wurlitzer jukebox.
As Wurlitzers don't come cheap, just buy this, turn up the volume loud & wonder why Down In Mexico didn't sell ten million copies, or just rock away-this is a hit, a hit, a veritable hit, as Shakespeare also foresaw in Hamlet!


The Bravery
The Bravery
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Price: £2.74

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DOIN' THEIR OWN THING!!, 26 Aug. 2005
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This review is from: The Bravery (Audio CD)
Like half the world, I bought the amazing Honest Mistake single, loved it & then bought the album. No mistake by me, either!
Good news-they are far too funky, loud and fast to bear comparison with the over-rated miserable bastards New Order. Better news-they rock harder than Drone-Drone could even conceive. Yep, this band blasts along-no poncy vids needed to enjoy it, either.
Best news-Imagine the Doors had decided to concentrate on hit singles or Lou Reed and John Cale had gone up to Andy Warhol in 1967 and said-Look mate, you're a posing wanker-WE know best & we just wanna groove & be in the top ten! That's the influences behind Bravery, but NOT seeping through every track as a derivative baseline, just part of the ambience.
There is also, within that ambience, punk,Grunge,Electropop, Goth and other influences. BUT, most important, they add their own freshness, their individual slant on it & come up with a sound that is no more & no less than-THE BRAVERY.
Being 53, I can remember vividly debut albums sung & unsung back to 2 sides of John Leyton in 1961!! I can assure you, this is somewhere in the top 10 first efforts in those 44 years & is pushing hard for the top 5.
Well, what ARE you waiting for? Go buy-you'll love it!


The Best Of Johnnie Ray
The Best Of Johnnie Ray
Price: £3.99

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Equalled!, 4 Aug. 2005
This review is from: The Best Of Johnnie Ray (Audio CD)
The music on here is self-evidently the best of Mr Ray's hit output. It gives you very graphic evidence of his origins as a jazz band singer and, like early Elvis Presley, you will also appreciate how much black music he listened to before he became a big star.
Personally, being born in March 1952 means I can't tell you what was number 1 when I popped out-no charts in the UK until Nov that year.
Actually, there's no doubt who WOULD have been there if there'd been a chart then-JOHNNIE RAY. The only doubt would be which of the 4 songs from 2 successive double-sided hits would have been on top over here-because all 4 titles concerned were cemented fast in Billboard's top ten at the time! Something only the Beatles have equalled in the 53 years since!
Better people than me have an affinity with Johnnie-HM Queen Elizabeth officially announced her sorrow at Johnnie's death in 1990, remembering that Johnny had taken British airwaves by storm from 1951 with Cry. This was before her father died & while she could still be young and carefree. Nice one, Mrs Windsor-exquisite taste!
Johnnie was massive in Britain for at least 5 further years. Several London streets were blocked solid in 1953, with thousands of people who'd just seen him at the Palladium and didn't want their first taste of magic ending. He DID disperse them, but only after an unrehearsed 30 mins encore from the stage-door roof. If you get the impression the guy was mustard and had the world eating out of his hand---dead right!
I've got this CD on as I write this review. Just to confirm what made him so huge. Yep, that voice!! He had a hell of a range in tone and styles, but was always instantly recognisible, whether you came from Manchester, Minsk or Mars.
Finally, Johnnie Ray could never give less than 110% whenever he sang & that's mostly why he died at only 63. A star with that attitude deserves your immediate savouring of his genius on the CD machine. As I will be following him with The Bravery, you'll also know the guy's leapt the generation gap again and is still quite an epitome of style & no little cool.
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Portrait Of A Legend
Portrait Of A Legend
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warts and All, 2 Aug. 2005
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Sam Cooke's voice is still unrivalled-simple fact!
He didn't invent soul, but he had a major part in its' rise and was one of the first black artists to sell across the race divide-more facts.
Unfortunately, like everyone else, he had great days, good days, OK days and bad days. That extended to the recording studio, and this compilation faithfully echoes the lot.
The good outweighs the bad, but putting it chronologically means a lot of nondescript efforts trying to recreate the glories of You Send Me & Only Sixteen get in early on.
Later on, the padding consists of standards like Basin Street Blues, which just don't set THAT voice apart, because you've heard the song so often before by other people!
Sorry, but this compo just doesn't serve Sam's genius. It needed a better programming mode than chronological and a bit more thought about what you put between the hits. I know he died before he fulfilled his full potential, but believe me, the guy towered higher and longer than this undistinguished pick will lead you to believe.


Here Till Here Is There: An Introduction to the Incredible String Band
Here Till Here Is There: An Introduction to the Incredible String Band
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Price: £18.95

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You've missed the boat,guys!!, 14 Jun. 2005
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There were post 1970 gems from the Incredible String Band, but this compilation doesn't garner them as well as it might.
By 1970, Messrs Williamson & Heron had their ladies Rose & Licorice on record & in the group with them. As the 70's progressed, they grew in numbers, if not in strength, as, amongst others, Gerard Dott, accomplished but 3,000 year old piano player & Malcolm LeMaistre, dancer and Mick Jagger-like vocalist(though without the talent!) joined up.
Make no mistake, much of the rubbish of the increased-numbers combinations they fielded on their last 3 albums has been thankfully ignored, but so too have shining stars like At The Lighthouse Dance,Old Buccaneer,See All The People and The Actor.
Still, you have got Red Hair,the title track,Vishangro and Banks of Sweet Italy, all pretty good. And the surprise-Mike Heron's musicianship, so often overlooked as he seemed to keep writing singles, takes the palme d'or for this album.
Antoine, based on the life of classical composer Hector Berlioz, begins with a small chamber group and finishes dramatically with a thundering church organ. I don't say it often, but buying this compo just for Antoine is one of the better things you could do in life this year.
To sum up, there was still life in them there Incredibles, but this album doesn't get it fully under the microscope, though it's a fair attempt.


The Rhythm & Blues Years
The Rhythm & Blues Years
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lest We Forget!, 12 Jun. 2005
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Probably remembered as a psychedelic cult band who were forgotten heroes in that genre, the Pretty Things started out as part of the British Blues N Beat boom 1963-65, and this compilation gives you chapter and verse on all that.
And what an all that! Rosalyn & Don't Bring me Down, their 1st 2 singles, stand constant repeated playing 41 years later! Not to mention songs like Road Runner,Judgement Day & co-so many groups did these in that era, but the Prettys performed one definitive version after another.
They were laughed at back then; I mean, blues from White Men? There was a lot of crap about the Dartford Delta BUT consider the concrete ugly landscape around North Kent & you'll understand why they chose to play this music.
Their intrepretation of the blues simply bought the sheer boredom of life and the repetition of dead end jobs from its' urban Chicago context to one most British Kids could identify with. Turning up the amplification & racing up the pace of the playing gave it a new meaning!
So, it's either to be viewed as a socially important stance or a good excuse to boogie. Or both! I will promise you, if you buy it, you can't help but enjoy it. Best of all, their frantic live energy, despite no live tracks being present on here, is captured in the studio-a rare achievement!!
OK then, recommended it really is-we can't turn back the hands of time, but we can grant these guys a bit of belated accolades!!


Ska Bonanza
Ska Bonanza
Price: £22.62

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot is NOT the word for this!, 2 Jun. 2005
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Stop what you're doing & get this ordered! Do NOT miss this!
Quite an amazing compo, even by ska standards. Whoever put this together was inspired in their choice of items, and in the programming-it's quite awesome.
Names you know like Marley,Boothe & Ellis sound like you probably never heard, as they're mostly roots stuff from 61 or 62. Names like Clancy Eccles,Monty Morris & Lee Perry that are quite well known are also well-represented in the early stuff, too, and they will surprise you.
If that's not enough, the Charmers,Lascelles Perkins,Cornell Campbell,Chuck & Dobby,Clue J & His Blues Blasters and the Jiving Juniors are all names well unknown to all but a few conniseurs-at last, you can hear them-and wonder why they never made a mountain of fine sides as well.
There's a happy sprawling mix of instrumental and vocal, chunks of roots broken up with the odd classic 63-65 period track and an inspired what-the-hell attitude that pulls it off.
Things just work in the sequence on here because the compilers remembered what good ska oughtta do-either get you dancing, or feeling warm and cool at the same time whilst listening. This album doesn't fail in either respect.
My favourites include Chuck & Dobbie's Du Du Wap, Jiving Juniors Over the River, Monty Morris with Ennabella, the Charmers Jeannie and Clancy Eccles' River Jordan.
Many of the influences that made ska are here and at a stage where they'd yet to be fully absorbed into the Jamaican rhythm. What is clear, even from the few cover versions there are on this, is the sheer scale of talent in these years-the least you can do is buy it!


Rough And Tough: THE STORY OF SKA 1960-1966
Rough And Tough: THE STORY OF SKA 1960-1966
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Price: £60.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even in the 60's, it was all in the mixing, 23 May 2005
If you wonder about the title, I'd better explain!
A lot of titles, especially on disc 2, have been seen and heard on previous reggae compilations. Nothing wrong with that, as the choice of the better-known or familiar numbers eg 007,Miss Jamaica,Housewife's Choice,Guns of Navarone, is a reasonable choice of good hot or cool ska and from both the formative years of 1962-3 and the established-sound era of 64-66.
The secret here is the mix between these and a whole stack of stuff, especially from 1960/61/62 that ain't so well known, or is really recherche. One after another, ones you know or ones you never heard of before, sit neatly together as both discs flow quite liquidly into a great listening experience.
The tracks are in chronological order, at least so disc 1 starts in 1960, goes on to 1961, then '62 & '63, disc 2 running '64 thru '65 onto 1966. Purists will tell you that a couple(True Confessions & Dance Crasher) belong on the Rocksteady double set, as they are that style. Not true-the artists concerned are better known for that latter style, but these tracks don't jut out as in the wrong place.
A couple of real obscurities on disc 1 are mastered from 78 rpm acetates, I think, but the sound quality is not that bad & is even atmospheric. Otherwise, sound is top quality & a testament to the original engineers & producers & the remasterers alike.
Another unmissable-simply get this, stick it on(both discs one after the other is best)and wonder how such a tiny island could produce so much musical magic time and again-to quote Lord Lebby from 1960 on the Starlite Label(now that IS a rarity!)-SWEET JAMAICA!


A's B's And Ep's
A's B's And Ep's
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Price: £14.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Do You Want if You Don't want this?, 7 May 2005
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I'm pleasantly surprised that this long-forgotten collection has lasted so well.
Early pre-Beatles 60's British Pop is usually dimissed as crap. Sorry, but Adam, despite holding the record for Britain's shortest number 1(1:34 of What Do You want, had a healthy reputation then & many of his distinctively adenoidal vocals are still worth a listen.
He also did a fair effort with B-sides & EP tracks-not everything is completely distinctive, but the beatnik lyrics & swingin' beat to the traditional When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and the delightful B-side Green finger brought back memories of Saturday Club on the Radio 43-45 years ago-these two were worth that wait to hear again alone.
Basically, one to get, especially at this absurdly low price.


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