Brewer & Shipley —
Weeds ... CD KamaSutra/Elemental (Spain), 1969. New Copy ...
The duo of Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley are mostly remembered for their one big radio hit – but the pair have a wonderful sound that's ripe for rediscovery – right up there with much more frequently-lauded contemporaries from the west coast scene! The pair harmonize in this great post-folk style – acoustic guitars mixed with lots of other grooviness in the instrumentation – never too roots rock, and instead bouncing around with a lot more canyon coolness – which keeps things really interesting all the way through! The duo perform a great version of Jim Pepper's "Witchi Tai To", with tablas for percussion – and other titles include "Lady Like You", "Rise Up", "Boomerang", "People Love Each Other", "Oh Sweet Lady", and "Pig's Head". CD
An excellent soundtrack to one of the wildest Woody Allen movies ever made – a weird little film that has Woody dubbing fake English dialogue over a Japanese action picture! The music by Lovin Spoonful is equally great – a bit groovier than some of their other albums of the time – with a few straight vocal numbers, done in the Spoonful's regular style – and some great instrumentals, including the slow funky number "Speakin Of Spoken", which has a slow guitar break sound that's really great! Woody Allen delivers the "Introduction To Flick", and other tracks include "Phil's Love Theme", "Lookin To Spy", "Pow", and "End Title". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole in front. Cover has a cutout hole.)
The soundtrack to Francis Ford Coppola's first film, and a surprisingly groovy batch of tracks! John Sebastian composed the whole score, and unlike most of the other albums by The Lovin Spoonful, this one's got a lot of instrumental numbers, arranged by the great Artie Schroek – short little grooves with a really nice feel, and mixes of percussion, horns, and guitar that come off with a great groovy 60s sound! The vocal numbers are pretty great too – and titles include the sublime "Darling Be Home Soon", plus "Miss Thing's Thing", "Letter To Barbara", "March", "The Finale", "Try & Be Happy", "Wash Her Away", and "Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)
A rare full album from The Tradewinds – a wonderful harmony pop group with a Sunshine Pop feel! The Tradewinds have a style that's heavily in a Beach Boys mode – sunny California harmonies on the vocals, and a sort of post-Pet Sounds approach to songwriting – one that makes for some really compelling songs in the set! The group's best known for their "New York's A Lonely Town" hit, but the whole album is great – filled with inventive songs, compelling vocals, and cool arrangements from Jimmy Wisner and Artie Butler – two very groovy talents. Titles include "Mind Excursion", "Bad Misunderstanding", "Only When I'm Dreamin", "Small Town Bring Down", "To Be With You", "Little Susan's Dreamin", and "Huggin In The Hall". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing, VIP-6828, including the insert.)
Lovin Spoonful —
Daydream ... LP KamaSutra, 1966. Very Good+ ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second LP by one of the greatest sunny singles groups of the late 60s! This was the highest charting LP that the Spoonful had during their career, and it's certainly as strong as much of what the Byrds and others of the ilk were doing at the time, and it's done up right this time with all the bells and whistles! Tracks include "Daydream", "There She Is", "Let The Boy Rock & Roll", "Bald Headed Lena", "Butchie's Tune", and "Big Noise From Speonk". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the finest moments ever from The Flamin Groovies – a set that's awash in 50s rock and roll influences, yet filtered through the heady late 60s San Francisco scene – making for a mix that's completely compelling throughout, and unlike anything else we can think of! The Groovies might initially seem like retro-rockers, yet they've got this sharp edge that makes their music more of a commentary on rock and roll, and its roots as well – uttered beautifully at a time when so many others were falling into excess, but also done without any of the "roots" cliches that others were embracing in a much clunkier way! It's hard to sum up adequately, but the record's almost a leap forward from Gene Vincent over 60s psyche – but on its way to the rough edges embraced by the UK punk scene in years to come – kind of that odd space that the Modern Lovers hit with their Kim Fowley recordings, but much more rocking overall. Most numbers are originals from vocalist Roy Loney – and titles include "Comin After Me", "Headin For The Texas Border", "Second Cousin", "Childhood's End", "Jailbait", and "She's Falling Apart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited RSD Vinyl Club pressing – on opaque bright pink colored vinyl!)
Lovin Spoonful —
Daydream ... CD KamaSutra/Buddah, 1966. Used ...
Out Of Stock
The second LP by one of the greatest sunny singles groups of the late 60s, reissued with bonus tracks and great remastering! This was the highest charting LP that the Spoonful had during their career, and it's actually the only proper LP of theirs to have been issued on CD before now. That's a shame, because the record is certainly as strong as much of what the Byrds and others of the ilk were doing at the time, and it's done up right this time with all the bells and whistles! Tracks include "Daydream", "There She Is", "Let The Boy Rock & Roll", "Bald Headed Lena", "Butchie's Tune", and "Big Noise From Speonk". Plus, the CD features 5 previously unissued versions of tunes that include "Didn't Want To Have To Do It", "Night Owl Blues", "Daydream", and "Fishin Blues". Perfect summer music! CD
Stranger things have happened, to be sure – but who'd have thought that the Kasenetz-Katz team, onetime hit bubblegum producers at Kama-Sutra, would score big with a 70s rock version of an old Leadbelly song? "Black Betty" did just that – and if Ram Jam are remembered for one thing on this planet, it will be their choppy guitar reading of this old folksy number, redone as kind of a choppy funky ZZ Top-ish track. Unfortunately, the rest of the record's not that great, and it kind of falls into the formula of the big hit. (Soul, Rock)CD