Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Album


Not to be outdone, I'm guessing, by Warner's Loss Leaders series, A&M put together this comp. The label's dedication at the time to artists over hit-makers shines through. Ah, thems were the days.

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A Few Requests




Looking for anything in the Ensemble Petit series.







Terry Baxter: "Feelin' Groovy"

Would anyone have rips of these they'd be willing to share? If so, please put you link in the comments. And for those of you who hit me up for re-ups, you might get what you want if you contribute. This should be a two-way street.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Juste Milieu


We could be oceans
Never drifting apart
We could be endless
Flow through my heart
If you want to ride my waves

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Quartet


An all-instro album based on "The Alexandria Quartet" tetralogy by Lawrence Durrell. Best heard in a single sitting with the lights off and the headphones cranked.

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Michael Parks



With thanks to One Bite, here are a pair of records commemorating the passing of Michael Parks. Would anyone have "Lost and Found"?

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Getting It All Together


Yet another Columbia comp, featuring one side for the kids and the other for the moms and dads.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Wishing Chair


These are daunting times
That much is certain
History in the making
From the man behind the curtain
No don't put the brakes on
Let us all run riot
When they hand you their deal
Just say you won't buy it

On average, this site attracts about 2,000 page views a day, and from that about as many downloads. If even half of the people who visit here daily spent, say, a dollar to download even one of my albums over on Bandcamp, that would support greatly both the music I make and the records I buy to post here. So next time you download from Mondo for FREE, please think about contributing.

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Sounds of Sunshine


By request, here's more Sounds of Sunshine. BTW, this rip was taken from the blog Eclanage, but the link has expired.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sing a Song With the Beatles


I bet that, back in the day, I would've bought this one thinking it was an actual Beatles album. I'm sure that's what the label, Tower, was thinking I'd think, too.

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King's Road


By request, here's King's Road performing "live" at the Watkins Glen festival. The fake crowd sounds on this are pretty freakin' hilarious.

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King's Road


Pickwick produced dozens of these soundalike records under the banner of King's Road (more are buried in this site). Classic exploito.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Thomas Group


Here's an album so rare that it doesn't even exist. I comped it from the best sources I could find. Although this Dunhill band never went very far (not even far enough to make a full record), they did appear on Ed Sullivan, they had songwriting help from P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, and members of the Wrecking Crew - Hal Blaine on drums, Joe Osborne on bass and Larry Knechtel on keyboards - provided backup. Despite all that, oblivion awaited.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Bobby Hatfield


Bobby Hatfield's sole solo record. Pretty righteous and extremely rare. Update: Apparently, not so rare anymore, as my rip of this record has ended up being re-posted all over the interwebs.

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Wild in the Streets


This rounds out the "Wild in the Streets" trilogy. Remember: Never trust anyone over 30. Also, never trust anyone under 30.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wild in the Streets


With thanks to Derrick Bostrom, here's the exceedingly rare instro version of the "Wild in the Streets" soundtrack, featuring the Arrows. Thanks Derrick!

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Max Frost and the Troopers


With thanks to Timmy, here's an album by Max Frost and the Troopers, a fictional rock music group created for the exploitation film "Wild in the Streets." Musicians playing on this album are believed to include members of Davie Allan and the Arrows.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lord Sitar


Big Jim Sullivan twangs away on his sitar on a batch of peculiar tracks (e.g. "If I Were a Rich Man"), releases it on a Capitol, and Beatlemanics scoop it up thinking it's George.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Endtroducing


You likely wouldn't know this, but yours truly is the author of the 33 1/3 book, "DJ Shadow's Endtroducing." You could give back and support this site by snagging yourself a copy. Just follow the link below or purchase one from your local bookseller (if such a place still exists in your 'hood).

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Peter Anders


Solo spin from the other half of ... and Poncia.

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Underground


Tower, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, often released music by artists — such as the Standells and the Chocolate Watchband — who were relatively low profile in comparison to those released on the parent label. This compilation, which includes tracks by the late Kim Fowley and early Pink Floyd, demonstrates just how oddball this label was. If you're interested in more from Tower, Rockin' Bandit recently posted an eight-part series that gathers together a boatload of singles.

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Sandy Gurley


By request, obscuro '60s singer on the obscuro Tower label.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Single Room Furnished


Extremely rare exploito soundtrack that I've gone to some trouble to acquire.

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Riot on Sunset Strip


Big heapin' thanks to Timmy for this classic exploito soundtrack.

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Megan McDonough


Mo' Megan.

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Megan McDonough


Here is a wonderful singer/songwriter album, which features Wrecking Crew members Jim Gordon and Joe Osborne as well as Larry Carlton and Jim Horn. Update: tracks have been split into individual songs.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Soundstage Spectacular


Terry Baxter had a hand in this fab collection, produced for Columbia Musical Treasuries (if anyone has any similar Columbia collections, please feel free to post a link in the comments). Big thanks again to Rick H. for splitting up the tracks (check out all the re-posts below for more of his handiwork).

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Frank Kinsel


After years of searching, I finally tracked down this sucker (at a price I could afford). Frank's voice and style reminds me of Tims Buckley and Hardin. Hope you like it as much as I do. Update: songs are now broken into individual tracks.

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P.K. and the Sound Explosion


Here's a pretty decent Pickwick knockoff, featuring soundalike band P.K. and the Sound Explosion, who released other records performing songs by the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, and the disco collection I posted below. Is it me, or does the woman who sings on the final track sound like Phoebe Snow? BTW, if you have any P.K., please feel free to share them. Update: files broken into separate tracks.

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John Morell


Obscure Quad album by little-known session guitarist. The focus here is more on the arrangements than on John's subtle lead lines. Update: files broken into separate tracks.

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Al Delory


Great album. Even greater comb-over. Update: files broken into separate tracks

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Al Delory


You can call him Al. Update: files broken into separate tracks.

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The Good Time SIngers


Pick up a recent issue of Ugly Things, as I did, and read about the sad and strange life of former Monkees songwriter and Penny Arkade member Craig Smith. The near-book-length article inspired me to track down this record, which is, as it turns out, a little too Up With People cornball for my own tastes. But I thought that since I went to the trouble of ripping it, I'd share it with you nonetheless. Besides, it's on classic-period Capitol and David Gates wrote a few tunes. (I stuck a few stray tracks that I found around the internet on the end.) Update: songs are now broken into individual tracks.

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Super Rock


Here's a real rare treat for you. This rip is from a three-LP set featuring hits of the day by a group called the Candy Rock Generation, of whom I can find no information. They could be some sort conglomeration of sessioners, but that may not be likely as many of the performances are pretty wobbly. My set is not in the best of shape, so sorry about the surface noise and occasional skip (if anyone with the inclination and technology would like to clean this up and repost, be my guest). At any rate, this one's a lot of fun. More info here.

Update: Check the comments for newly updated links.

Part One and Part Two

Monkey Business


Here's a rip-off/cash-in record that tried to rope the unsuspecting into buying a faux Monkees album. It's not so bad, but it's also not so great. Read more about it here.

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The Manhattan Strings


In my continuing quest to sop up anything on the Tower label, here's a record that features instrumental interpretations of early songs by the Monkees. It says on the back cover that arranger Bob Summers was also also the leader of the 18th Century Concepts, as well a conductor for Mary Ford and Terry Stafford. Exploito-meister Mike Curb produced. Update: songs are now broken into individual tracks.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

The Movies


I bet that, back in the day, I would've bought this one thinking it was an actual McCartney album. I'm sure that's what the label, Arista, thought I'd think, too.

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'Lectric Woods


Found this jazzy little number at In Your Ear, my fave crate dig here in Boston. Update: thanks to Rick for splitting the tracks on this one.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Artie Schroeck


Here's a fine record by Artie Schroeck covering songs by the Lovin' Spoonful. Update: With thanks to blog friend Rick, this has been re-ripped into individual tracks.

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P.K. and the Sound Explosion


Here's a record that's got to be the very essence of exploito: a bunch of studio hacks knocking out disco versions of the hits of the day.

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