1. ZOOT MONEY-"Recapture The Thrill Of Yesterday"
From Zoot's "Transition" LP which I recently purchased and was pleasantly surprised as I knew not what to expect from Mr. George Bruno Money's post Dantalian's Chariot period. Mid tempo, "mellow" if you will but totally infectious in my book!
2. THE BARRACUDAS-"Summer Fun"
Few songs recapture a moment in time that I am automatically transplanted to like this one that only requires me to close my eyes and expect to reopen them and find myself in my last day of my Sophomore year of high school headed to the beach with all my friends in June of 1982.
3. FRANCIS MORELLO-"Mrs. Robinson"
From the amazing 4 CD box set "Los Nuggetz: 60's Punk, Pop And Psychedelia From Latin America" (sort of a mis-titling as there's loads of stuff from Spain too). Cut in '68 this is an instrumental version of the S&G tune by an Argentinian artist. Forget any Booker T. carbon copies, this is quite original. On the surface it's almost muzak with harpsichord, cheezy organ and Al Caiola style guitar licks but it's all dashed by the gritty fuzz guitar and delivered at a furious pace.
4. THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS-"Trip, Stumble And Fall"
Backed by some jazzy vibes Cass and Michelle's heavenly backing vocals send chills up my spine in pure aural ecstasy (esp. the part where they sing "Yeah yeah yeah", magic! almost trippy) from their second (untitled) album released in August '66 after some aggro because Michelle was boinking Denny (could you blame him?).
5. THE GOLDEN EARRINGS-"Happy And Young Together"
From their 2nd LP "Winter Harvest" (my fave of their good ones, the first three)Holland's finest offer something a bit different in this one full of thundering drums and explosive pop art power chords, distortion and '66 Who style mayhem midst lyrics about young marriage, "A Legal Matter" indeed by far more punchy. Brilliant!
6. JOHN MAYALL-"Burn Out Your Blind Eyes"
Just the man and his electric guitar belting the blues from one of the best $3.00 purchases ever made, a 1967 London records blues compilation LP "Raw Blues" and the perfect sounds for an Autumn Saturday morning here at Anorak Manor.
7. THE TEARDROP EXPLODES-"Bent Out Of Shape" (BBC Radio Session)
An incredible live on the Beeb version from Monday August 17, 1981 on the Richard Skinner session awash in groovy organ and otherwise quite sparse but utterly amazing. Added as a bonus cut on the Deluxe edition of "Wilder".
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8. RIFKIN-"Continental Hesitation"
A great U.K. 1968 B-side of a Page One 45 , ballsy with some great jangly guitar licks and very glammy vocals that's cross between The Move and The Lovin'. I know zip about these guys so if you know who they were give us a bell.
9. THE LA's-"Open Your Heart"
Bare bones La's from a throw away crap "Mojo" freebie CD "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out: Indie Classics 1982-1987", perfect layers of amazing vocals with just guitar and bass, no percussion, just D.I.Y demo style but oh what a melodic treat it all is!!!
10. BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES-"Corner Man"
I'm going to piss a lot of people off but I've about had it up to the eyeballs with all these contemporary pasty upper middle class white boys and girls singing like they're black men and women and the rock n' roll intelligentsia fawning over them. Enough is fucking enough. Seriously. So it's great to hear a black man taking it back via some balls up rock n' roll. Barrence and his powerful voice has been around for ages and our faithful reader and all round cool guy Joe Hedio hipped me to this track from Barrance's latest LP "Dig Thy Savage Soul" a few months back. The backing is raw, like The Sonics meet The Swingin' Neckbreakers with the man belting out some seriously strong stuff. There was an absolutely killer video of him kicking ass and taking names on "Later...With Jools" but the twats at YouTube have seen fit to yank it.