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.


Friday, 25 August 2017

The Chesterfield Kings - Where The Action Is! (1999 Sundazed) Flac & mp3

In 1999, the Chesterfield Kings were still doing pretty much the same thing they were 15-20 years earlier: an album comprised mostly of covers of '60s garage classics, with a few originals in the same style. In fact, just four of the 17 tracks here are group compositions, the covers spanning nuggets relatively obscure (the Spiders' "Don't Blow Your Mind," the Electric Prunes' "Ain't It Hard"), hits (by the Syndicate Sound, Blues Magoos, and Hollies), and kinda cultish cuts (the Yardbirds' "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago," the Kinks' "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," the Standells' "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White").

By this time, it should be clear to everybody that the CKs are not innovators but popularizers of the form, just as some contemporary blues band would be popularizing B.B. King and Muddy Waters on a mostly covers disc, or a Scottish folk singer would be popularizing reels and jigs. It might seem strange to think of '60s garage rock as an authentic folk form, but keep in mind that the style's heyday passed more than 30 years before this album was made. It is, of course, not nearly as good as hearing a mixtape of the original versions, not only because the original versions are better, but also because here all of the material is delivered by one singer (Greg Prevost), which makes the experience much less varied. Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders co-wrote, and adds guest vocals to, the too-aptly-named "Where Do We Go from Here."(R. Unterberger)

Well done cover work by TCK. I always liked the band because i never expected a lot more as...well done covers.
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Sunshine/Baroque/Psychedelic Pop: The Peppermint Trolley - Beautiful Sun 1965 - 1968 (2009 Now Sounds Records) Flac & mp3@320

The Peppermint Trolley Company are quintessentially '60s Southern Californian, capturing the soft fallout of folk-rock and psychedelia, all wrapped up in the studio gleam of Hollywood. Tinsel Town played a large role in the group's existence as they became best-known as the singers of the theme songs for the Brady Bunch and Love, American Style, gigs they received because they had a sweet commercial sound that should have hit the Top 40 even if it never did (the closest they came is with the minor hit "Baby You Come Rollin' 'Cross My Mind," a bubblegum spin on Glen Campbell).

The Peppermint Trolley Company's problem wasn't a lack of good collaborators -- on their eponymous 1968 debut, Chad Stuart of Chad & Jeremy, provided arrangements, Roger Nichols appears on his song "Trust" -- or a dearth of material but that they lacked a strong identity, too easily moving from lite psychedelia to gently rolling folk-pop to slightly tougher rock, always falling back on splashy Hollywood pop whenever things threatened to get too loud.

Their professional facility gave them a cheerful anonymity which may have hurt their career, but does make their recordings, collected here on a generous 27-track collection, a pleasing pop artifact of the late '60s, their anonymity letting the era shine through. This is even true of their earlier recordings dredged up by the compilers, who, including singles, the group recorded under the names the Mark Five, the C Minors, and the Intercoms, sides that find the group tackling all manners of mid-'60s pop/rock.

These earlier singles are generally livelier, recalling the Beau Brummels, the Beatles, the Byrds and the Monkees, but that only bolsters the impression that no matter what name they chose, the Peppermint Trolley Company were L.A. soft pop pros easily adapting to the times. But that's the paradox of the studio pop of this era -- the names of the group don't matter, the sounds do, and the Peppermint Trolley Company produced enough breezy, easy sounds to make Beautiful Sun more than worthwhile for aficionados of this style and sound.(

Classic Sunshine/Baroque pop album by the Faragher brothers. The guys and all who are involved in the making of the album delivered top notch work. The disc have 16 bonus tracks with different pre Peppermint bands like The Mark V, The C-Minors, The Intercoms and songs who are not released on the album.
Don't miss it.

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Ringo Starr - Choose Love 2005 (Koch Records) Flac

There's nothing surprising, or even all that different, about Choose Love, Ringo Starr's 13th studio album: it's firmly in the tradition of his 1992 return to recording, Time Takes Time, which itself was an attempt to recreate the breezy, good-natured vibe of Starr's biggest and best album, 1973's Ringo. But where that album and the two records that followed it -- 1998's Vertical Man and 2003's Ringorama -- were star-studded affairs, the only guests here are Robert Randolph and Chrissie Hynde, who stops in for a duet on "Don't Hang Up."

That means Ringo relies on his longtime collaborators Mark Hudson (who is also the record's co-producer), Gary Burr, and Steve Dudas, who form the core of his touring and recording band, as well as function as his co-writers, and by this point, they've been together nearly a decade. This is a relaxed, comfortable group, but that familiarity pays off here.

Instead of sounding lazy, Starr sounds assured and confident, and he has a strong set of tunes that know how to make the best of his endearingly limited vocal range and lovable personality. The music here is well within his comfort zone -- partway between the amiable yet splashy Richard Perry productions of the early '70s and classic mid-period Beatles (the title track has plenty of direct allusions, from the "Taxman"-styled riff to a quote from "Dizzy Miss Lizzy") -- but it all works, largely because it never sounds like Ringo and the lads are straining to capture that vibe: it just seems to come naturally to them now.

It also helps that Choose Love has a warm, rich sound that is far removed from the digital brightness of its two predecessors: it helps give the album a friendly aura that's hard to resist if you've ever loved Ringo. And if you've ever loved Ringo, take comfort that this album will be one of the few records of his that you can play without guilt and enjoy from start to finish. It's not just a good record for Ringo, it's just a flat-out good record.(

''...but it all works, largely because it never sounds like Ringo...''   i have no words for things like that.

In my eyes a good album by Ringo Starr with over average much strong songs on one album. That is really sometimes a weakness with his albums. There are for instance six or seven real strong songs and often a lot of average stuff in my mind. That is really a pity because he have done very very strong songs in his career. This album assure me 100 %. What i really like here are the little reminiscences to the Beatles in the songs sometimes lyrically and often with short harmonies or a  melody line.

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Australia's & New Zealand's GaragePopModBeatRock Of The '60s: Various - Sixties Downunder 1988-2000 Vol 3 (1998 Raven Records) Flac & mp3@320

The third volume of this series of highlights from Australian and New Zealand 1960s rock collects 28 above-average to fine tracks from 1964-1969. True, many of these previously appeared on LP reissue compilations (often on the Raven label), but here you get 76 minutes of music on one CD, with a higher level of consistency than many of those Raven anthologies sported. The Easybeats are the only artists here likely to already be familiar to the North American and European audience, though many of the others, like the Master's Apprentices, Normie Rowe, Ray Brown & the Whispers, the Twilights, the La De Das, and Larry's Rebels, had a lot of chart success in Australia and/or New Zealand.

The strength of this comp is that there are a good number of fine songs here that most non-Australasian listeners won't have heard before, like the Easybeats' 1965 hits "She's So Fine" and "Wedding Ring" (which are the group at their most raucous), Throb's hair-raising garage rock cover of the folk song "Black," and the very good Merseybeat-ish numbers by Bobby & Laurie, the Cicadas, and M.P.D. Limited.

Its weakness is that it's pretty derivative of better British and (less frequently) American groups of the time, and includes too many covers of well-known songs from overseas by the likes of the Hollies, the Creations, and Bruce Channel that aren't in anything like the lofty league of the originals. It's also weaker the later it goes into the 1960s, with the psychedelic pop and heavy rock numbers less enjoyable than the British Invasion imitations.

Even in this corner there are some good cuts, though, like the mod-psych-pop of the Playboys' "Sad" with its swirling guitar and harmonies; Procession's "Listen," which sounds much like the late Small Faces; Dave Miller Set's "Mr. Guy Fawkes," a grandstanding cover of an apocalyptic psychedelic album track by the Irish band Eire Apparent; and Russell Morris' weird, six-minute "The Real Thing," which stretches an average pop-soul song out of shape into a psychedelic suite (and was a number one Australian single in 1969).(

Third part of the four volume series by Raven Records. There is not much to say, my opinion is often different from the allmusic reviews and i see the volume a little better but all in all it meets the point.

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