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The Rubble Collection Vol.11-20
The Rubble Collection Vol.11-20

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rubble Strikes Gold!, 28 Aug 2008
Back in the 80's when I was a young clueless mod I was sick of all the contemporary mod bands and bludgeoned by my cohorts 60's garage music Bam Caruso came to my rescue with their brilliant "Rubble" comp LP series. This series opened my ears to a slew of new bands and deepened my already bourgeoning taste for psychedelia and freakbeat.

Fast forward to the 21st century and I don't get the time I once had to sit down and play LP's, fortunately the "Rubble" series are reissued on CD in these great box sets (get the first one!) so I can play them in my car or upload them to my iPod, and best of all I can now own a few of the latter "Rubble" volumes that slipped through my grasp! Like the original LP's these come with a wealth of photos, discographies and facts about all the artists contained. If you are a fan of U.K. 60's beat/freakbeat/psych and pop you're missing out if you don't own these!

Limelight Blues
Limelight Blues
by Tony Parsons
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful, 21 May 2008
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This is, by far, the worst piece of non fiction I've ever read. It made me cringe it was so bland.

Singles: the U.A. Years +
Singles: the U.A. Years +
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1970s Alternative To Led Zepplin and The Who, 20 Feb 2008
I've often said that "stadium rock" crap of the mid 70's spawned punk rock. I'd like to think it also spawned "pub rock", a U.K. mid 70's phenomena that incorporated a low rent, no nonsense gang of r&b loving musos who played in pubs to smaller audiences. No one better exemplifies this description than Canvey Island's Dr. Feelgood. Led by lead singer /gob iron blower Lee Brilleaux and lead string bender Wilko Johnson (who played in the choppy style of the legendary Mick Green of The Pirates), "the Feelgoods" (as they were known to fans) were balls up rock n' roll that didn't need 20 minute guitar solos, or lasers, blow in the back of your Roller or champagne and caviar. Their debut LP 1974's "Down By The Jetty" was all about stale pints of bitter, John Lee Hooker 45's, beat up guitars and crisp sharp r&b purists keeping it short, simple and (in today's vernacular) real. All in that order. One listen to "Down By the Jetty" and its opening cut "She Does It Right" and you can hear where the licks and choppy chord patterns at breakneck speed on The Jam's first two LP's came from. Their next LP, 1975's "Malpractice" follows the same seamless r&b non stop party formula with originals lodged in between covers. Their third LP, 1976's "Stupidity" was recorded live gives us an idea what the band were capable of outside the studio. Wilko Johnson moved on and was replaced by Gypie Mayo. Gypie played on the band's only UK top ten hit, "Milk And Alcohol" a rocking tale about going to see a gig by washed up, half dead r&b star. In my estimation its one of the better post Wilco Feelgoods #'s (along with "As Long As The Price Is Right", which was my first exposure to the band in the 80's). You can't go wrong with so many great Feelgoods tracks in one place!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The New Don Rendell Quartet:British 60's Jazz at It's Best!, 20 Sep 2005
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This review is from: Roarin' (Audio CD)
The name Don Rendell is not likely to stir any memory of too many reader's here at Uppers or too many other places for that matter.
Indeed his name and reputation are only know to that small tightly knit clan of British jazz aficionados and an even smaller sect of fans following work of the late great British blues/r&b pioneer Graham Bond. Best known for his work on a Hammond with The Graham Bond Organization, Bond is less known for his humble beginnings as a youthful, portly alto saxophonist. It is here with The New Don Rendell Quintet that his humble beginnings saw their onset. Long a collector's item , mint copies of this original 1961 Jazzland records LP "Roarin'" spring anywhere from 100 pounds on up. Luckily with it's recent CD reissue you needn't trouble yourself with such hefty purchases!
Led by tenor sax man and veteran Brit jazz scene staple Don Rendell (who had his start playing with the legendary Johnny Dankworth), the quintet's line up on this LP included pianist John Burch (who would later go on to compose a few amazing B-side's for Georgie Fame such as "Preach And Teach" and "Telegram"), Graham Bond on alto sax, bassist Tony Archer and drummer Phil Kinorra (the latter two both fresh from a stint of backing Jackie McClean in the U.K.).
The Quintet's hard bop leanings are initially offset by some squeally horn work on the opener, a Bond composition titled "Bring Back The Burch", but things are easily remedied by track two, a Burch original titled "Manumission". There are a fair selection of originals which share the space with covers such as Thelonious Monk's "Blue Monk" and my favorite of the disc, "Jeannine" (written by Duke Pearson and made famous by Donald Byrd among others). My other favorite of the CD is a Randell original titled "You Loomed Out Of Loch Ness", that would not have sounded at all out of place on a Dexter Gordon LP!
Whether you are a hardcore jazz fan or just a curious neophyte like myself (with heavy Graham Bond leanings!!) this CD is ideal for your next Saturday night at home or your next low key cocktail party and certainly a lot cheaper than tracking down an original LP copy!

This Is Mod Vol.6
This Is Mod Vol.6

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Is Mod Vol. 6, 22 Jan 2005
This review is from: This Is Mod Vol.6 (Audio CD)
Though exciting at the time, sadly for me a lot of these tracks by 80's U.S. "mod" bands did not age well. Indeed I think the folks behind the "This is Mod" compilations are scraping the barrel. Certainly Manual Scan and Modest Proposal are legendary on an almost international level, but the rest? No one outside of sunny California was familar with Chardon Square, did they ever even make a record? In fact I was a mod in the U.S. in the 80's and I never knew a mod who considered The Edsys a mod band! This compilation however will appeal to those intrepid trainspotters who are still seeking out the first Mod Fun 45, the first Manual Scan E.P. or either New Breed 45's!
For die-hards only!

From Keflavik With Love
From Keflavik With Love
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thor's Hammer: Icelandic 60's Freakbeat Mayhem!, 3 April 2002
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Thor's Hammer are best known today among record collector's on the strength of their $1,000.00 plus E.P. "Umbarumbamba" recorded in 1966 in London and pressed as an export only on Parlophone records. Hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland their sound was based on the records they were able to obtain from England and those that they heard while gigging at clubs on a nearby U.S. Air Force base. The band were a four piece who recorded originally in their native tounge but also cut several classic forays into freakbeat/beat in perfect English. In addition to the fuzz and angst tour de force of "Umbarumbamba"("Big Beat Country Dance"/"I Don't Care"/"My Life"/"Better Days") they also recorded two other singles("Once" b/w "A Memory" and "If You Knew" b/w "Love Enough") in the UK which also saw a release on Parlophone (again for export only). All of these change hands for insane prices, but the good people at Big Beat have kindly compiled all of the above plus their U.S. only 45 on Columbia("Stay"/"Show Me You Like Me") along with a bevy of earlier and later Icelandic language tracks and a previously unreleased English langauge number("By The Sea") from their UK recording sessions. The band's geographic and cultural isolation proved a fertile ground for some of the 60's most under rated , obscure and infectious beat music. "From Keflavik With Love" will not disappoint any fans of 60's beat, garage or freakbeat and is a must buy!

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