HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN!!!




Hello Folks, just for your information i will go to the sun this year from the 23rd of this month until around the 15th of october. I got the confirmation today. Hurray :-). hope we will meet here again after my holidays.

Frank

Thursday, 24 August 2017

The Parade - Sunshine Girl 1967 - 1968 (2009 Now Sounds Records) Flac & mp3@320


Although the Parade had planned to release an LP titled Sunshine Girl in 1968, that record failed to appear when A&M shelved it. This 23-song 2009 CD compilation is a kind of belated substitute for the record, including both sides of all six of the singles they issued in 1967 and 1968; a couple other tracks, "Lovers," and "Kinda Wasted Without You"; some demos and alternate/mono/45 mixes; recordings by the Roger Nichols Trio and Smokey Roberds in which some members were involved; and even a 1965 acetate by Connie Austin of a soul-pop song written by Paraders Murray MacLeod and Smokey Roberds.

The crucial half of the disc are the dozen tracks from those 1967-1968 singles, starting with the 1967 Top 20 hit "Sunshine Girl," which is now regarded as one of the core anthems of the sunshine pop genre. While nothing else has the obvious hit singalong appeal of "Sunshine Girl," the other 45 tracks are well-crafted, cleanly produced exponents of late-'60s Southern Californian harmony pop/rock that are generally a bit more mature, and not as ornate or cheerily bouncy, as much other sunshine pop of the era.
There's still some of that whitebread stuff, to be sure, like the vaudeville-edged "Frog Prince." But there are also cuts with echoes of moody flamenco ("She Sleeps Alone" and "The Old Melody") and dreamy Baroque psychedelia ("Lullaby"), as well as ones that resemble the Monkees in a particularly upbeat frame of mind ("She's Got the Magic" and "I Can See Love"). "A.C./D.C.," meanwhile, is one of the most accurate mid- to late-'60s Donovan soundalikes ever cut, to the point where it's hard to tell if it's an imitation or a parody.


"Hallelujah Rocket" has some of the scatting pizzazz and wit you might associate with a Nilsson track; "everyone can have their own guided missile if no one blows the whistle" is surely one of the phrases most apt to be trotted out as proof that not all sunshine pop lyrics were piffle. While the non-45 tracks are as expected not quite up to the level of the rest of the material, they're good complements to the main body of the CD that will please anyone interested in hearing what the Parade were up to beyond "Sunshine Girl."

All such listeners will also be interested in the very thorough liner notes, which do a lot to clarify the slightly confusing Parade story, with interview quotes from everyone in the group.(allmusic, R. Unterberger)

Definitely one of the strongest so called sunshine pop bands of the mid sixties. It was enigmatic to me the album wasn't released back then. Not just the single tracks convince also the other tracks presented here are fine stuff. Like i said in my opinion one of the strongest works from the mid sixtiesin sunshine/baroque pop.
Enjoy
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The New Seekers - We'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (2003 Collector's Choice Music) Flac & mp3




We'd Like to Teach the World to Sing by New Seekers is actually their earlier New Colors album with the fifth track on side one, "Move Me Lord," moved off in favor of the group's remake of their Coca Cola commercial. In one of the most interesting moments in pop music, both the Hillside Singers on Metromedia Records and New Seekers on Elektra got into the Top 40 at the same point in time with the exact same song. As commercials keep infiltrating movies, this Top Ten hit for New Seekers was actually a harbinger of things to come three decades after. It also beat out the Hillside Singers, who brought the same tune to the Top 15 the week before.


But there's a certain genius to it all, come to think of it. Inundated with the melody via incessant ads, one almost can hear "Coca Cola" in the song, or strain to think the group is singing, "It's the real thing." In Britain, Ray Davies had to remove the name "Coca Cola" and replace it with "cherry cola" in the Kinks' song "Lola" for airplay on the BBC, but no such problem exists here. The marketers made the persistence of memory so overwhelming that the listener knew this wasn't a Pepsi jingle. Side one of the disc is not as solid as the flip, though things start strong with R. Wood's "Tonight" and a nice reading of Richard Kerr's "Evergreen." Peter Doyle's labored vocal and song "Boom-Town" might've served this project better by getting the axe rather than the song that did, "Move Me Lord," though the songwriting royalties on an album with a monster hit may have been what gave this little doggy the nod.
Here was an opportunity to fill out half of side one with an extended remake of one of singer Buzzy Linhart's favorite titles, the original Seekers' "I'll Never Find Another You." Now that would have put this effort over the top and Linhart could have guest starred as well, because Doyle, Paul Martin Layton, and Marty Kristian, along with Lyn Paul and Eve Graham, don't get much help from the other material on this side of the disc. Melanie Safka's "The Nickel Song" leads off side two and it is one of the highlights, the group having hit with Safka's "Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma" the year before. Peter Doyle's "Lay Me Down" isn't a bad tune either, with Lyn Paul taking the lead vocal and the group showing that they can compose as well. Eve Graham and Peter Doyle take the leads on the country-ish "Good Old Fashioned Music" and the very pretty album-closer "Child of Mine." This latter-day New Christy Minstrels was more of a middle-of-the-road vocal pop group in the style of the original Seekers than folksingers, and the impeccable voices sweep in and out with the strings and perfect instrumentation. It was also during the time that the hit record ruled, so all in all, We'd Like to Teach the World to Sing is an acceptable and respectable outing.(allmusic.com)

To me are stronger songs here as the soft drink hit, lol. I like this sound from time to time. ''Sweet Louise, No Man's Land, Tonight, Too Many Trips To Nowhere,  just for example are fine pop songs.
Take it or...

Enjoy
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Australian ModPowerpopGarageRock by: Happy Hate Me Nots - Time And The State (2011 Hate Mail Records) Flac & mp3



Never thought we'd see a sophomore Happy Hate Me Nots album, let alone one this good from the get-go. First they re-formed in 2006 after 15 years missing, while compiling an exhaustive 41-track, double-CD Aussie anthology The Good That's Been Done (every track from their two great EPs, seven singles, lone LP -- 1988's Rob Younger of Radio Birdman and New Christs-produced Out -- plus tons of unreleased goodies.

Now the zippy Sydney rockers come back strong on Time; their first record in two decades, it's a triumphant, true follow-up to their last, best, 1991 mini-LP A Place to Live. Frontman Paul Berwick always had the big time, stick-to-the-ribs tunes -- as he really had to, given his terra firma in a 1979-1980 All Mod Cons (the Jam), "What Do You Know" (Buzzcocks), and Jeopardy (the Sound) style, albeit crispy/crunchy, open-ended, driving, and infectious. Nothing has changed: from the opening "Son of a Star," Berwick tests his upper range á la old joys like "Don't Move Too Far" showing no wear. The ringing guitars pulsing in "Today" and closing "Foggy River," striking "Find the Time," and Birdman/Lime Spiders-slamming "Wait," and "I Want to Go" similarly rip-roar anew through a familiar, biting, post-Saints post-punk pop pulse they helped establish Down Under with God, Trilobites, Stems, and Eastern Dark, etc.
And for balance, Berwick's bunch try hyper funk and spacey folk tracks while evoking Blue Öyster Cult razzle-dazzle on the classic rock-nodding "Our Space." Absolutely gripping.

These guys sound on this album as if they are yet five years younger as on their debut around 25 years ago. Absolutely powerful, melodic, straight through the wall forward. No fillers here. Wonderful songs, great production, wonderful album.



Enjoy
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Power Pop from New York City: Frank Bango - Touchy Feely (2013 Sincere Recording Co) mp3@320 only


New York City-based singer and songwriter Frank Bango's accessible, classic-sounding pop songs sound refreshingly familiar, almost as if they came out of another less frantic and noisy era. All of this is by design, since Bango and his longtime co-writer, Richy Vesecky, have always aimed for a kind of Brill Building approach in their songs. Handling all steps of the process D.I.Y., from writing, producing, and recording to distribution and marketing, Bango has released four albums on his own Sincere Recordings imprint since 1994, I Set Myself on Fire Today, Fugitive Girls, The Unstudied Sea, and The Sweet Songs of Decay.(allmusic.com)



Frank Bango is a quirky but melodically inventive sole power-pop proprietor with a knack for memorable riffs.  He casts a wide net and pulls in a lot of fish.  You can hear the George Martin influence on “Defensless'” horns and the lovely loopy keyboards, and a touch of Beatles on the lovely “Not a Word” with its ingenious melody and quivering guitar.  “Too Lazy To Love You” is a wistful, sunny-day top-down anthem and “Kissing Bugs” features in an indelible guitar riff.  Hint of Byrds on the chiming “What Kind of Saturday Is This?” and “Astronaut I’m Not.” While not as memorable as Fugitive Girls this is a damn fine album. (Mike Baron in popgeekheaven.com)

If you don't know Frank Bango you should give him a try.

Have fun
    
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Beatlemania(c)? Ringo Starr - Ringo Rama (2003 Koch Records) Flac


At first: I will post this only in Flac. Please don't ask me for mp3. It's a lot of software all over the web you can use for converting. Thanks for understanding.


As i said yesterday i want to post the albums Ringo Starr released over the years (and decades) in his career. I won't do that chronologic but how it comes in my heart and soul. I asked in the headline ''Beatlemania(c)?'' and i answer the question by myself: Beatlemania? Definitely YES because there are a lot people from the first generation of fans and Beatlemaniacs who are still alive.

And all the following generations of fans all around the world who love the music. You see, enough people for a Beatlemania if we all would be a little younger, lol. Beatlemaniac? A definitely YES because the Beatles are my all time forever and ever favourite band. And the  Beatles changed the developement of popular music completely. Pop music would sound different today without the influence of the fab four.
And most important to me, it changed my musical way in my life. There were and are moments in my life where i feel that and it touched and still touch my soul so ''hard''. I have no better words for that.  Just another Beatles maniac :-).

Okay, enough love stories i start with the Ringo album ''Ringo Rama'' released in 2003. The album have very strong songs and different emotions and to me it is a very good album and makes a lot of fun. Listen yourself.

Enjoy
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Australia's & New Zealand's GaragePopModBeatRock Of The '60s: Various - Sixties Downunder 1988-2000 Vol2 (1990 Raven Records) Flac & mp3@320


Good morning, Ladies and Gentleman here we go with the second volume and some very well known artists we can find here like The Easybeats, Normie Rowe, The Groop, The Masters Apprentices and some more and a lot of fine artists with very strong songs. Hope you will enjoy it.


Have fun
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