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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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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'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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Northern Lights


Here's a rare one I've been trying to track down for a long time. It is yet another "hits of the day" record performed by an anonymous studio group. Unfortunately, the copy I bought online proved to have skips on the song "Help Me Make It Through the Night" as well as fairly loud surface noise throughout. I did my best to de-click it, and as for the aforementioned track, I basically cobbled it together using various sections of the song to replace the parts that skipped. It's not perfect, but it is listenable. Update: With thanks to blog friend Rick, this has been re-ripped into individual tracks.

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Book of Songs


In 1967, Dunhill wanted a new album of Mamas and Papas songs, and when the band didn't deliver, the label roped in the Wrecking Crew (under the alias the Stapleton-Morley Connection) and produced a new disc of "product." I wonder how many fans were pissed when they put these "Instrumental Interpretations" on their turntables. Interestingly, Dunhill fashioned the band's most lavish package ever (a gatefold with lyrics inside for those who'd care to sing along) with a photo of the group facing away from the camera. Frankly, I think it's great, and if you dig the Wrecking Crew, you'll love this. Update: With thanks to blog friend Rick, this has been re-ripped into individual tracks.

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The 18th Century Concepts


Finally managed to track this puppy down. Fresh vinyl rip, ready for tasting. Update: With thanks to blog friend Rick, this has been re-ripped into individual tracks.

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Living Trio


Listening doesn't get any easier than this. Update: With thanks to blog friend Rick, this has been re-ripped into individual tracks.

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Al Delory


In which Al reworks his arrangements for Glen Campbell's songs, sans Glen. Update: With thanks to blog friend Rick, this has been re-ripped into individual tracks.

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Steve Douglas


Here's a saxy solo record from a member of the Wrecking Crew. Update: With thanks to blog friend Rick, this has been re-ripped into individual tracks.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Jack Daugherty


With many thanks to Sergej, here's a rare jazz classic that features some of the West Coast's top-shelf sessioners. BTW, check the comments for another Daugherty record.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bobby Bridger


According to Wiki, ol' Bobby is a singer/songwriter/poet/actor/playwright/author. Also read he likes sculpting. Now you know.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017