Friday, 5 December 2008


This could easily be my last post, at least for a good while.
Thank you all for the support, it's been particularly nice meeting some of you even though in this funny virtual way, I would certainly prefer a more traditional one...that might happen too, who knows?!
Those of you that have written about just discovering the blog I can only invite you to go through the archives and let me know about the music you find there...I'm not entirely disappearing...and of course there are plenty of blogs around very busy in posting loads of stuff.
Here's just a wee Xmas present that was originally issued as a 45 back in 1967.
Dig it! Magoos Xmas 45.rar

Thursday, 20 November 2008

RE-UPLOAD: Viaggio Allucinogeno, PsYchEdeLiC Italian Trilogy!

Here are the three parts of VIAGGIO ALLUCINOGENO my Lost Psychedelic Italian Trilogy, posted back in June.
Previously unreleased recordings by Gli ASTRALI (Garage/Psych 1967)
Le STELLE di MARIO SCHIFANO (Experimental/Psych 1967)
ARMANDO PIAZZA Suan (Folk/Psych 1972)
This last one has been posted following perhaps the original running order...I'm still not sure...
Check the original posts and comments for more information.
It would be nice to receive more comments.

Friday, 14 November 2008

A Taste of Dutch part 2: DRAGONFLY Special!

This is an amazing band that released only a couple of singles 40 years ago, possibly the first one came out late 1967 but in most places the date shown is 1968.
Nevermind because all sides are fantastic!
I loved these tracks since the first time I heard them and they have appeared in compilations during the last 25 years or so.
Few years ago the Op-Art label reissued several Dutch 60s singles and in the case of Dragonfly an EP that gathered their 4 tracks...
Apparently they rarely played live but when they did people were left with their mouths open because of the music and the striking visual appearance.
The first single reached no.33 in the charts but the second was a flop and the band split up after it in 1968, it all seemed so quick but actually they started as Beat Five in 1965 and eventually changed their name to Dragonfly in 1967.
Check this footage of the band, watch it all because at the end there's a snippet of Dragonfly live!


Thursday, 13 November 2008

A Taste of Dutch!

Continuing with our 1968 anniversary...just a quick reminder of how Holland kept releasing great records all through the 60s.
This is my favourite single by the strangely named RO-D-YS.
During 1968 they also released their second and final album "Earnest Vocation" full of quirky and interesting songs, a very different band...
In 1968 The Outsiders switched label and their first record on Polydor was this great single, I particularly like its B-side, later that year they would release the fabulous CQ album.
The Tower only released a couple of singles and this one, their first, is a stunning two-sider, so much so that both sides have appeared in different comps over the years.
The band featured singer songwriter Boudewijn De Groot, a kind of Dutch Donovan, Jay Baar of Q65 on drums (not on their second 45) and Eelco Gelling of Cuby & The Blizzards on guitar! 68.rar

Sunday, 9 November 2008

1968, Dive into Yesterday!

When i think of 1968, Kaleidoscope, July and Jason Crest come to mind, also it was then, early that year that Syd left the Floyds…and by the end of it The Pretty Things’ masterpiece “S.F. Sorrow” was finally released. Yes, it was 40 years ago.
Several of the early bands of the 60s were about to end, change or transform altogether, others were just about to start, some disappeared just as quickly as they appeared not before leaving us with some brilliant music.
About the latter I’m thinking of July’s self-titled album (guess when that was released), Rainbow Ffolly “Sallies Fforth” or Skip Bifferty.
While if we talk about some of the bands that had been around for a while most if not all, had already reached their peak the previous year, with the exception of The Kinks that would release “Village Green…”. By the time The Zombies "Odessey & Oracle" was out almost a year had passed since its recording and the band had effectively split up.In a similar fashion when the belated Tomorrow debut album hit the shops the group was history...
It was finally the year The Move made their debut LP too, it had been a long wait and there had been announcements about their first album already in late 1966.
The brilliant debut albums by The Soft Machine and their pals Caravan also saw the light of day in 1968, the former only being issued in the US…WHY???!
It was also the year that British Folk-Rock was making its debut, albeit with a distinctive American flavour...see Fairport Convention debut or the lone album by Eclection, that to be fair,while based in England, only one of the five members was English.

Definitely and unmistakably English was the debut album by Pentagle that nevertheless blended the British Folk idiom with the American Jazz and Blues, fantastic stuff!
The most magical Folk adventurers though were without a doubt The Incredible String Band that in 1968 reached their peak and released two astonishing albums (or 3 if you count “Wee Tam and the Big Huge” as separate albums).
Very prolific and somebody that anticipated certain sounds was Donovan, unfortunately its releases were often postponed or simply not issued in the UK.
Two of his best albums came out in the US only in 1968, "Mellow Yellow" and "Hurdy Gurdy Man".Still, there was enough for the British market too with a wonderful "In Concert" album and some singles that hit the charts.

There were many “Rubble” favourites that issued 45s during 1968, going by the wonderful names of Wild Silk, Bamboo Shoot or The Mirror ….better known bands like Kaleidoscope, Fire, The Koobas or Fleur-De-Lys all released great singles too.
Blossom Toes managed two 45s between their two very different albums, “Postcard”, their second, being a favourite of mine.
Scottish bands like The Stoics and My Dear Watson among others had singles issued and Marmalade were the most succesful but by far the best from Scotland was One in a Million brilliant two-sider “Fredereek Hernando / Double sight”.

And of course there were more and while I still think of 1967 as my favourite year, we could put together other similar comps from 1968 with a completely different tracklists…and of course there were more from other places besides the UK and I don’t even mean America…
The Outsiders from Holland followed the Pretties example in releasing their masterpiece, titled “CQ”. In Italy for the first time an album was released only in stereo, it was “Stereoequipe” by the Italian Beat favorites Equipe 84. Their close competitors The Rokes released a great English version of an Italian song called “Il vento”, for the English market only and one of their rarest and better sides, a great favourite of mine!
Talking of which, it was during 1968 that my personal favourite from Eastern Europe, Illes from Hungary, released their best album “Nehez az ut” and a bunch of marvellous 45s.
Many of the above have shown up in this blog, and I strongly recommend if you don’t know them, to check the albums above mentioned through other blogs too starting for example with the Peppermint Store!
A Collection of UK Psychedelights and Other Oddities

01 JASON CREST Turquoise tandem cycle (Jan debut single)
02 KALEIDOSCOPE A dream for Julie (Jan single)
03 ONE IN A MILLION Double sight (Jan B-side single)
04 JULY Dandelion seeds (Jun B-side debut single)
05 FACTORY Path through the forest (Oct debut single)
06 SKIP BIFFERTY Man in Black (Jul single)
07 PRETTY THINGS Talkin' About the Good Times (Feb single)
08 KOOBAS Walking Out (May single)
09 MOVE Kilroy Was Here (Mar album track)
10 KALEIDOSCOPE Jenny Artichoke (Sep single)
11 MIRROR Gingerbread Man (May first & only single)
12 TURQUOISE Tales of Flossie Fillett (Mar B-side)
13 MIKE STUART SPAN Concerto of thoughts (Feb B-side)
14 ECLECTION Another time another place (Sept single)
15 RAINBOW FFOLLY Montgolfier (May album track)
16 INCREDIBLE STRING BAND Witches hat (Apr album track)
17 FAIRPORT CONVENTION If i had a ribbon bow (Feb debut single)
18 PENTANGLE Let no man steal your thyme (May album track)
19 CARAVAN Ride (Oct album track)
20 BLOSSOM TOES Everyone's Leaving Me Now (Oct B-side)
21 SOFT MACHINE Why Are We Sleeping (Dec album track)
22 YARDBIRDS Think About It (Mar B-side)
23 TOMORROW Hallucinations (Feb album track)
24 PRETTY THINGS I See You (early version from "More Electric Banana")
25 PINK FLOYD Point me at the sky (Dec single)
26 ROKES When the wind arises (May B-side single)
27 ONE IN A MILLION Fredereek Hernando (Jan single)
28 FLEUR-DE-LYS Gong with the luminous nose (May single)
29 TIMEBOX Gone Is The Sad Man (Nov B-side)
30 JASON CREST Patricia's dream (Jul B-side) DIVE INTO YESTERDAY.rar DIVE INTO YESTERDAY part2.rar

Sorry if you had been looking for white albums or beggars banquets...

Monday, 3 November 2008

The KOOBAS Complete Singles Collection & LIVE 1966!

Isn't it amazing that The Koobas singles have not been the subject of a proper reissue?
Yes, some were added as bonus tracks to their album but as my friend Tulloch said "One of the interesting things about listening to the singles in order is the way they progress from Merseybeat through blue eyed soul (reminding me of the Action) and on to psych-pop, with an unfortunate detour into old-timey stuff with Sally/Champagne And Caviar"...yeah, I wonder what was the idea behind the "Sally" 45.
Still, this is a strong collection that would deserve a nice packaging, the kind of stuff Circle records have been doing for example, maybe one day!
UPDATE 19 May 2011: over a thousand downloads so far...
After I re-posted my almost complete Koobas 45s comp just over a month ago, my call to fill those gaps was answered...check the comments and you'll find another link to a similar but different comp, still incomplete!
So, here it is, thanks to Tulloch from England, the definitive Complete Singles Collection, that apart from ALL their UK sides it includes a rare B-side from a Denmark single only, a cool cover of a tune originally recorded by folk-guitar-hero Bert Jansch, and also two tracks from their album issued as a French 45 only.
Finally,nine LIVE tracks from their two 1966 appearances (Jan & Sept) at the German TV Show BEAT BEAT BEAT, most but not all of these have shown up on youtube (check my first post on Koobas).
01 I Love Her
02 Magic Potion
03 Take Me For A Little While
04 Somewhere In The Night
05 You'd Better Make Up Your Mind
06 A Place I Know
07 Sweet Music
08 Face 1
09 Woe is love my dear
10 Sally
11 Champagne And Caviar
12 Gypsy Fred
13 City Girl
14 The First Cut Is The Deepest
15 Walking Out
16 Where are my friends?
17 Royston Rose Complete Singles.rar

01 Daddy Rollin' Stone
02 Somewhere In The Night
03 Take me for a little while
04 You'd better make up your mind
05 Stubborn Kind Of Fellow
06 Shake
07 Take Me For A Little While (2)
08 You'd Better Make Up Your Mind (2)
09 You Don't Love Me Live 1966.rar

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Kenny & The Kasuals: Teen Dreams

Texas had without any doubt a great number of fine and very original bands during the 60s,with The 13th Floor Elevators at the very top of the list of course, followed by almost forgotten groups that recorded whole albums like the great Golden Dawn, Lost & Found or the positively weird Red Crayola. There were also many garage bands that have appeared in countless comps since the early 80s.
Kenny & The Kasuals started early and until they split up in 1968 recorded 7 singles and a rare album supposedly live but actually made up of studio recordings, basically all covers, with crowd noises added and released as "Impact - Live at the Studio Club" in 1967.
I found it odd that there isn't yet a proper definitive collection of their work as they would deserve. French label Eva released a couple of albums gathering all their recordings including outtakes around 1983-'84, then reissued in one CD and I just read that there's a brand new authorized comp on vinyl only, certainly a must buy!
Kenny & The Kasuals reformed in 1977 and back then "Teen Dreams" was released...a kind of unreleased second album but in fact a brilliant collection of 1966-1967 original recordings (1 cover) that plays really well as an album, including among others the fantastic "Journey to Tyme", fuzz bass and all.There are many great garage-psych tunes from beginning to end.
Had it been released 10 years earlier it would be considered an all-time classic!
Judge it by yourself.
01 See Saw Ride
02 Strings Of Time
03 Things Gettin Better
04 As I Know
05 Everything seems fine
06 Come tomorrow
07 Revelations
08 Raindrops to teardrops
09 I'm gonna make it
10 And there you were
11 Come on kid
12 Can't keep from crying
13 Who stole my house
14 Journey to Tyme
Photobucket & the kasuals - teen dreams.rar

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Tages! Tages! Tages!

I first posted Tages in May, then Shareonall died and with it that link.
Here are those songs plus 12 more, adding a bunch of earlier tracks, like both sides of their 2nd single, a personal favourite and one that I got cheap in a shop in Gothenburg about 15 years ago together with a couple more...
As mentioned in the previous post, this very prolific band also recorded several R&B and Soul covers and even a couple of Small Faces numbers among others, but their real genius is found in their own compositions.
This one is for Delinquent.
Enjoy it!
Thirty of the very best by Tages:!Tages!Tages!.rar

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Venezuela A-Gó-Gó !!! Beat & Psych 1966-1969

This is another 30 track homemade comp dedicated to South American groups of the 60s (also check my previous posts on Chile and Colombia).
Venezuela is probably one of the least known countries in South America when it comes to 60s Beat music and not for lack of groups…in fact there were several bands already recording in the early 60s,like Los Supersonicos, Los Dangers, Los 007 and many more!
Far from being the final word on the subject, what you find is a collection of some of the best tracks from albums released mostly between 1966 and 1968.
Here you get several tracks by the Impala (yes, without a final “s”) one of the most popular and a very prolific band, showing a strong Beatles influence in a couple of their earliest tracks and a more Soul and even Psychedelic one in some of the later recordings.It is arguably the best band to have come out of Venezuela in the 60s with many albums spanning the whole decade; they also spent some time in Spain where some of the tracks here included were recorded.
Their “Impala Syndrome” LP from 1969 was reissued on vinyl few years ago and shows them updating their sound, though their peak was during 1966-67.
Another band that issued several LPs were Los Darts, here with tracks from 1967-68...
The Memphis self-titled album from 1967 is one of the best of those I heard, here are few songs plus one from later on.
Even earlier it's an album by Homer & The Don'ts, released in 1966 but recorded in late Summer 1965. They were mostly Americans and their Lp, titled "Shindig" has some Stones covers and few slow originals, the exception being "Wasting my time".
Los Claners tracks are from their 1966 album, a very Turtle-ish, folk-rock affair with a very typical "youngsters against the old world" theme...
Also included are The Six that had an enjoyable Soul-ish album in 1968, here represented with a couple of more garagey numbers. One of my favourite track is "I've had my dose" by Los Holidays that also recorded few albums. The two great tracks here are from their 3rd album, by then they added a Dutchman on guitar to their already international line-up that included 1 Italian and 1 Hungarian besides two Venezuelans.
There were lots more bands and perhaps one day, somebody will decide to properly issue a decent compilation, there's enough for a double CD!
By the end of the decade some of those early groups were more and more out of step, sometimes due to lack of vision and pressure from record labels…and new groups were forming.
In recent years albums by Love Depression and Ladies W.C. were reissued.
The latter in particular is a great record worth investigating, blues based but very psychedelic, while the former is almost entirely made up of covers with Hendrix being the main influence but also with a great deal of Soul numbers.
This post is dedicated to the people at Sesentosos a forum from where most of the tracks here were taken.

01 Homer and The Dont's Wasting My Time
02 Los Claners Abrázame para amarme
03 Los Impala Una Terrible Enfermedad
04 Los Supersónicos No me niegues tu amor
05 Los Holiday's Don't tell me
06 Los Memphis Llora por mi
07 Los Darts Situación Peculiar
09 Los Holiday's I've had my Dose
08 LosDarts Sonrie otra Vez
10 Los Impala I don't care
11 Los Memphis You make me happy all the time
12 The Pets Hello, I Love You
13 Los Impala No hago mas que llorar
14 The Six Fuego y Humo
15 Junior Squad Conoceme
16 Los Impala En la playa
17 Los Memphis Mujer olvidada
18 Los Claners Gente joven
19 Homer & The Don'ts Homer Don't
20 Los Impala Yo te ví
21 Los Claners Gitana
22 Los Memphis Por una razon
23 The Six No juego
24 Los Impala Taxi
25 Los Memphis Como la puedo dejar
26 Los Impala Las nubes
27 Los Darts De qué me sirve
28 Los Impala Flores
29 Los Claners No debí decir
30 Los Memphis Cielo A-GÓ-GÓ.rar
or (NEW LINK!)

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

The KINGS of Italian Beat!

Their greatest song, the crunching, very Kinks-like "Trovane un altro" is rightly recognized by many as one of the best examples of know what I mean.
It's also pretty much all that is known by this group from the northern city of Verona. Often foreigners and Italians alike have wondered about the rest of their recorded output...well, here it is!
The band had started really early on and as Dino e I Kings released a couple of singles before they went their separate ways, Dino as a successful and more commercial singer while I Kings found in Renato Bernuzzi a singer that would stir them towards more Beat and R&B stuff and would look very different with his long hair and beard, giving the band that garage look too!
It was 1965 and the new line-up also included American Andy De Bruyn on bass, by then they had moved from RCA to a smaller label Durium.

Their only album, I KINGS (1966) features a couple of numbers by the Zombies and the Stones and no less than 3 Dylan covers. There is also a cover of We Five's "You were on my mind", that the band recorded before the most famous version by the EQUIPE 84, but were not allowed to release it as their next single..."Io ho in mente te" as done by the EQUIPE 84 would become a major hit.
The LP included all of their four 45s up to then apart from the B-side of the last one.
That one plus the last two singles are included here.
True, there is nothing as wild as "Trovane un altro" but there are some great tunes to be found, more in a folk-rock vein.
Photobucket Beat Italiano.rar
1 Bambina non sono io
2 La bussola
3 Trovane un altro
4 Fai quello che vuoi
5 Sei stata tu
6 If you gotta go, go now
7 La risposta
8 1-2-3
9 Sei solo tu
10 Tu non puoi
11 Io ho in mente te
12 Ma non é giusto
Bonus tracks,
13 L'uomo di ieri
14 Cerca
15 Dedicato alla mia ragazza
16 Lasciati portare via
17 Caffé amaro

Singles Discography (all 1966, except the first one from 1965):
1 Fai quello che vuoi/ Ma non é giusto
2 Bambina non sono io / Trovane un altro
3 1-2-3 / La risposta
4 Tu non puoi / L’uomo di ieri
5 Cerca / Dedicato alla mia ragazza
6 Lasciati portare via / Caffé amaro
Enjoy it and do leave comments!

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Wonderful Hungarian 60s Sounds:ILLES RE-UPLOADED!

Here are ILLES best records,"NEHEZ AZ UT" and "ILLESEK ES POFONOK", their second and third album plus a bunch of bonus tracks originally released as singles during 1968-1969. Plenty of great and very original tunes on both LPs, still many of my favourites were only issued as 45s.
One of their greatest track and I imagine being a hit in Hungary is "Igen" from 1966.
I included that and 9 more songs from 1965-1967 in a new link.
You can hear the band finding their own sound and really coming together by the time they recorded "Igen" and the following ones.
Check it out and do leave comments.
See the original posts for more info.
Also still available their first album posted back in March... '68.rar '69.rar

NEW LINK!!! singles 65 67.rar
Tracklist SINGLES Comp 1965-1967:
01 Az Utcan
02 Uzenet Eddynek
03 Kulonos Lany
04 Itt allok egymagam
05 Mindig veled
06 Igen
07 Nyari mese
08 Nem volt soha senkim
09 Kis virag
10 Nem erdekel, amit mondsz

Hope Hungarians will forgive me for not putting the various accents on the above titles...

Wednesday, 1 October 2008


Here are KOOBAS once again...somebody was asking for "Magic potion" but as mentioned in the original post, that and a couple more I don't have...anybody wishing to fill the gaps?
This time, though, I also included their album from 1969.
Photobucket 1964-1968.rar
CHECK NEW POST AND NEW LINK !!!(Nov. 2008) LP 1969.rar
One more re-post, my homemade comp "FLOWERS ARE FLOWERING". Beat Sike.rar

Enjoy it!

Wednesday, 20 August 2008


Just before I go on are a couple of things that have been requested since shareonall disappeared...and most of the files I uploaded.
It will be nice to receive some comments either than just "link's dead, please post it again".

COLOMBIA A-GO-GO part1 & 2

SOFT MACHINE Love Makes Sweet Music!

As soon as I can I will re-post the African files and more, but not before the end of September, sorry!


Saturday, 9 August 2008

This is...the End!

I haven't had too much time lately and I won't post anymore at least for a month or so, but what's really annoying is that Shareonall appears to have close down therefore most of what I uploaded is no longer available and I can't do anything about it.
I might re-upload some in the future.
I thought Shareonall was a good way of sharing files giving users more than one option...they certainly never said they were about to close down...
Anyway, considering this was going to be just a one-off post on Chilean Beat groups...ah! on that note do not miss the latest issue of UGLY THINGS with tons of stuff as usual and including a piece on Los Vidrios Quebrados and others Beat combos from 1960s Chile.
This is possibly the end...or maybe not, we'll see.
All the best to everyone,
Until next time

Monday, 21 July 2008

Colombia A-Gó-Gó!!! Garage Beat 1966-1967

My very first post was about the Chilean 60s and I had been thinking of following it with more South American Garage Beat for some time.
Over the years we discovered more and more things from this huge and diverse continent and in some cases we are talking about true gems (Los Vidrios Quebrados for me!).
It is also true though that too many albums were packed with covers and often badly done or simply bad choices due to record companies pressure or other reasons...
Colombia had some fine bands, plenty of covers but generally well executed and with some original or different arrangements.
One of the most prolific bands were The Speakers, pictured above, with 5 albums between 1966 and 1968, their third being my favourite.
Los Yetis also recorded a lot, with 4 albums under their belt.
They didn't come from the capital, Bogotá, like all the rest but came from Medellín and did some cool originals. The first picture of this post shows them as a bunch of cool, don't-mess-with-us, garage band.
Los Ampex, above, did mainly covers and some very interesting ones, here you can hear them doing The Byrds "Why" and amazingly, "Russian spy and I" by Dutch band The Hunters .
The strangely named Walflower Complextion were actually Yankees that lived in Colombia and released a couple of cool albums full of covers by the Stones and the likes and a few original tracks, I love their "Sapphire".
One of my very favourite albums is "Psicodelicias" by The Flippers that I discovered thanks to a European vinyl reissue of some years ago. I couldn't believe my ears when I first played it, a great collection of cool covers played with lots of energy and how many bands in South America (or the world!) were so hip to cover the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band?
So here it is, a 30 track collection of some of very the best, there are several blogs where you can find some of the original albums (fillers and all!)and I would particularly recommend "En busca del tiempo perdido" for all things South American, see my cool links.
01 AMPEX Me tienes
03 SPEAKERS Glendora
04 YETIS Ya no te aguanto mas
05 FLIPPERS Don't Mince Matter
06 AMPEX Russian spy & I
06 YOUNG BEATS Not fade away
07 FLIPPERS Los Cuervos Estan De Luto
08 YETIS Me siento loco
09 WALFLOWER COMPLEXTION Open up your door
10 FLIPPERS Shifting sands
11 AMPEX Por qué te vas (Why)
12 YETIS Sabes cuanto te quiero
13 SPEAKERS Tu eres gente que no encuentra nunca quien te quiera
14 AMPEX Mala reputación
15 FLIPPERS Flipprotesta
16 YETIS Llegaron los peluqueros
17 AMPEX El melenudo
18 YETIS Despierta Lorenzo
20 YETIS Amor sideral
21 FLIPPERS Mickey's Monkey
22 AMPEX Perro lanudo
23 YETIS Es lupe
26 AMPEX Paint it black
27 SPEAKERS Vete ya
28 FLIPPERS Demuestramelo Baby
29 YOUNG BEATS Baby please don't go
30 FLIPPERS Last night