Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Frank Flac part 1 & Flac part2 mp3@320
The Count Five started life in San Jose, CA, in the early '60s with a pair of high school students named John "Mouse" Michalski and Roy Chaney, who had played guitar and bass, respectively, in a succession of local bands such as Johnny & the GTOs and the Renegades, specializing in surf instrumental music. Still in their mid-teens, they changed their name to the Squires, added a singer (Kenn Ellner), and tried picking up on the British Invasion sound; this wouldn't be the last time the group attempted to adapt to the musical sounds around them. Sean Byrne, an Irish-born guitarist, singer, and songwriter attending San Jose City College, came aboard in late 1964, and the Squires made a local name for themselves over the ensuing year. Then, organist Phil Evans quit for personal reasons and drummer Skip Cordell joined another group; with the arrival of his replacement, Butch Atkinson, the group changed their name to the Count Five. It was just about then that Byrne put the finishing touches on a song he'd been outlining in his head, ultimately called "Psychotic Reaction."
That song, heard by a local DJ named Brian Lord, became the group's key to stardom, at least momentarily. It became a showcase for the band's abilities, especially guitarists Michalski and Byrne, and they began working it up into the crescendo of their stage act. At first it didn't seem to do much good, as the group was turned down by Capitol Records, Fantasy Records, and a handful of other California-based companies, but after working out a new arrangement of "Psychotic Reaction" with the band, Lord got the song and the group placed with Double Shot Records, a Los Angeles-based label. The record -- a chugging, fuzz tone-laden piece of punk defiance with more than a few signature licks and phrasings borrowed from Bo Diddley and the Yardbirds, among others, and a punk attitude that was worthy of the Standells -- eventually made number five nationally and number one in Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, the band was never able to follow up the hit with anything even remotely as successful. An album was rushed out, containing some ill-conceived originals, but nothing that the group did after "Psychotic Reaction" seemed to work. They tried reusing the same formula, working in a slightly more folk-rock vein, and attempting some fresh guitar pyrotechnics (on "The World" and "Pretty Big Mouth" and, in a psychedelic vein, on "Peace of Mind"), plus a pair of pretty fair Who covers ("My Generation" and "Out in the Street"), but by 1967, it was clear that the group's days were numbered. The strain of maintaining music careers while attending college -- which was essential to the members keeping their draft deferments -- took its toll, as did the dwindling bookings, as memory of "Psychotic Reaction" faded. In the end, after an attempt by Double Shot to keep Byrne as the only active member, the Count Five ceased to exist.
Well done british influenced garage rock of the sixties. (I'll post the complete artwork a little later)
Frank Flac p1 & Flac p2 - mp3@320
Brian Cope bass guitar (left 1963)
Al Johnson lead guitar (left 1964)
Dave Pritchard guitar, vocals
Roger Spencer drums, vocals
Greg Masters bass guitar, vocals (joined 1963)
Roy Wood lead guitar, vocals (joined 1964, left 1966)
Johnny Mann lead guitar (joined & left 1966)
Jeff Lynne lead guitar, vocals (joined 1966)
Mike Sheridan & The Nightriders - Mike Sheridan's Lot
Product Description: Following the huge 'Merseybeat' success of 1962/63, the spotlight moved to Birmingham and the major record companies in the UK swept through the Midlands to sign the leading groups in the area. EMI signed a few via Columbia and Parlophone labels with local favorites Mike Sheridan & The Nightriders first off the block. This is real Beat Group era fare that deserves its first ever appearance on CD. All the group EMI singles are included here. Features 10 tracks by Mike Sheridan & the Nightriders & 4 tracks by Mike Sheridan's Lot.
1. No Other Guy 2. Tell Me What You're Gonna Do 3. Please Mr. Postman 4. In Love 5. Brand New Cadillac 6. Thing of the Past 7. What a Sweet Thing That Was 8. Fabulous 9. Here I Stand 10. Lonely Weekends 11. Take My Hand - Mike Sheridan 12. Make Them Understand - Mike Sheridan 13. Stop Look and Listen - Mike Sheridan 14. Don't Turn Your Back on Me - Mike Sheridan (taken from musicofsixties.blog)
Frank Flac & mp3@320
The Heavy Metal Kids never became stars, never won any readers polls, never had a hit record. But, if you could roll back time to that moment in 1974 when the very first needle hit the very first pressing of their eponymous debut album, it would be impossible to predict that sordid fate. Quite frankly, Heavy Metal Kids rises so far above the rest of the period pack that -- Sparks and Cockney Rebel notwithstanding -- there was no more exciting proposition to be found on the new-release shelves. Part unrepentant boogie band, part pub rock leviathan, and part good-time distillation of the best of Slade and the Faces, fronted by the utterly irresistible cackle of singer Gary Holton, the Kids' flash, slash, and sashay assault had a cosmic energy that could transform even the ballads ("It's the Same," "Nature of My Game") into fists-in-the-air anthems.
The closing "Rock n' Roll Man," heralded by one of the most triumphant roars in rock history, is followed not by the sound of needle scraping label, but by a violent reprise for what remains the Kids' finest hour: the stomping, storming "We Gotta Go." And that is not only a juxtaposition that will have you talking Cockney for the rest of the day, it also tells you everything you need to know about the Heavy Metal Kids. Nothing can be taken for granted -- and nothing was. Including the fame and glory that this album still demands.(allmusic)
Thanks God for the Kids.
Frank Flac p1 & Flac p1 mp3@320
What the hell... sorry Folks but i don't know how i could forget to add the links. Anyway i upped them now and you will find them in the post of John Sebastian. It seems that inconveniences like this will be part of this blog and you must live with that if you are a regular visitor, lol. Sorry once again and i hope everything is fine now and you can enjoy John Sebastian.
Have a nice day all of you
Have a nice day all of you