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  1. Swede

    Electric Boys

    Anyone remember the phunky Electric Boys?? They were a great live band so this oughta be pretty good! Conny Bloom was/is a decent guitarist I think! From http://www.electricboys.com/website/ New Electric Boys Demo Medley Ok! So we got together for the first time in what, 17 years?? These are the first tracks that we demoed at our friend Damon’s place, Future Legends Studios. It’s a sample of SOME of the stuff on the album. The rest will contain stuff that both sounds familiar but also stuff that doesn’t. We’re in the studio now, recording as we speak, and we are all very exited!! Album’s out in March. Until then, enjoy this little teaser and keep checking back for more news! ...and here are some old classics from the good ole days: Who are you All lips and hips (live on television 2009
  2. I was thinking we actually miss a real soul thread on this forum. Not only was soul a great influence for Led Zeppelin, but also to bands like The Who, Humble Pie, The Band and The Rolling Stones. I listen to a lot of early soul and r'n'b (not to be confused with todays "r'n'b" scene). Most clubs and bars I visit play a lot of this kind of music and I purchase a lot of 45's in these genres. It always work great on the dancefloor. Few songs can beat the groove in a really great soul number. Many of these artists has a great voice and are fab vocalists, and it was all before everyone tried to wail a top of each other. I do like some of the 70's soul as well, but I am not too found of funk. However, I think the early 70's work by Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield is excellent though. Here are a couple of favourites of mine: Bobby Freeman with C'mon and Swim. It was written by Sly Stewart of Sly & The Family Stone fame. It's also Sly who plays the excellent lead guitar in this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBEwqQU5s_0 Betty Everett - You're no good, Betty are mostly famous for her big hit Shoop Shoop Song, but this one is ten time better I think. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S1VmqyTUBk The Flirtations - Nothing But A Heartache. American group who moved to UK in the late 60's due to the popular northern soul scene. This is a classic among northern soul fans. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39SjyMvBbk4
  3. As the old hard rocker I used to be I still have a couple of quilty pleasures, Georg Lynch and his old bands Dokken and Lynch Mob (with singer Oni Logan) is one of them. I couldn't help noticing Lynch Mob is together again and has just released a new album. As there are many at this site who like this kind of hard rock I thought I'd give heads up for this one. The whole album is streaming at http://www.myspace.com/lynchmobrocks Below is one of many great reviews this album has gotten on the internet LYNCH MOB - SMOKE AND MIRRORS Smoke And Mirrors sees the return of singer Oni Logan to the Lynch Mob line-up. He joins drummer Scot Coogan (Brides Of Destruction) and bass player Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake) in backing up guitar legend George Lynch, who despite his reputation as a master shredder has never really felt the need to make Lynch Mob about himself. After seeing Lynch Mob live last year I really got the feeling they were a real band, not a guitarist’s vanity project, and I was psyched to see what they would come up with in the studio. The album will be out September 18th in Europe and October 13th in the USA but I was lucky enough to get to hear it pre-release so, without further ado, and with special emphasis on the guitar aspect since this is a guitar site, I give you Lynch Mob’s Smoke And Mirrors, track by track. 21st Century Man After about 10 seconds of seductive atmospherics, the Mob kicks in with the driving rhythm of ‘21st Century Man’ and wastes little time in getting to the vocals. Y’know that vibe of being at a gig and the intro tape starts, but before you know it the band is already on stage rockin’ out? Well somehow this CD manages to distil that feeling into zeroes and ones and spit it right back at you through the speakers... Check out the whole review HERE
  4. People are way too sensitive, or is it only me thinking that? http://www.nme.com/photos/639/1/the-most-c...um-sleeves-ever
  5. Swede

    Jim Ford

    Have anyone heard of Jim Ford? He was a troubled singer/songwriter who released only one album, Harlan County in 1969. It featured swampy, mid-tempo country and r'n'b flavored rockers with a driving Muscle Shoals-style rhythm section (think early T.J. White, Flying Burrito Brothers etc). Some of the songs he is famous for, as a writer is, Niki Hoeky (PJ Proby), JuJu Man (Brinsley Schwartz) and 36 Inches High (Nick Lowe). He also co-wrote several songs with Bobby Womack in the 70's. Unfortunatly I couldn't find anything on youtube, but there's more info and song clips of him at www.allmusic.com (see the link below) http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&a...g9fwxqy5ldse~T0 For those interested in roots rock I highly recomend you to check out this compilation with him: AMG review The Sounds of Our Time Jim Ford is a legend, at least among certain roots rockers. Even among this batch, his name is not especially well known, but he never was a guy who was pushed himself to the forefront, he was somebody that lurked in the background, popping up in places unexpectedly. He wrote songs that were turned into hits by Bobby Womack and Aretha Franklin — "Harry Hippie" and "Niky Hoeky," respectively — he was tight with Sly Stone, a regular in the debauched house where There's a Riot Goin' On was recorded (allegedly showing up on some of the sessions), dated Bobbie Gentry (later claiming that he penned her biggest hit, "Ode to Bobby Joe"), and posed in a Playboy photo comic with Tony Randall, among other adventures. Musically, he provided a pivotal influence on British pub rock in the '70s, most notably on Nick Lowe, who claimed Jim Ford as his greatest influence, cutting "36 Inches High" on Jesus of Cool and "JuJu Man" while he was in Brinsley Schwarz. Respected he may have been but popular he was not, and his 1969 debut, Harlan County, is the very definition of a cult album, something not heard by many but savored by those who did. And not just in retrospect, either: upon its release, it so inspired the British rock band the Koobas that they renamed themselves "Harlan County" and proceeded to re-record the entirety of Ford's album, which is an even greater gesture of devotion than Eric Clapton quitting Cream after hearing Music from Big Pink. Harlan County saw some reissues over the years, including a release from Edsel in the mid-'90s, but it also slipped quickly out of print, following Ford into the realm of semi-obscurity. Like many cult artists, nobody really knows much about Ford. He hadn't been heard from since the '70s and managed to fall off the grid (not unlike his old friend Sly), but LP Anderson took the effort to seek him out in Northern California, coaxing him into an interview where Ford divulged his secrets, including the revelation of a stockpile of unheard tapes. Anderson's tale — which was originally published in Sonic Magazine in 2006 — provides the foundation for Bear Family's exceptional 2007 release The Sounds of Our Time, as his story is not only the bulk of the liner notes, but the discovery of rare tapes resulted in a whopping 15 bonus tracks to this definitive reissue of Harlan County. These bonus tracks aren't restricted to these newly found tapes, either — several early singles are excavated, including the A-sides of the singles "Linda Comes Running," "Ramona," and "Hangin' from Your Lovin' Tree" (the first two from 1967, the latter from 1968, all lighter and poppier than what came a year later even if they mine a similar country-soul vein) and both sides of his 1973 single "Big Mouth USA" and "Rising Sun," which was his last release. That 1973 single came from the sessions for a full-length that was slated to be released on Paramount but was scrapped. Some of the sessions surface here — including the delightful, R&B workout "Mixed Green" which works a food metaphor in a way not dissimilar to his disciple Nick Lowe — along with a couple of straighter country songs cut a few years later: the terrific "Happy Songs Sell Records, Sad Songs Sell Beer," which is honky tonk via the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the lively "It Takes Two (To Make One)." But the bulk of the unreleased material dates from 1970, the year after the release of Harlan County, when Ford was cutting an album for Capitol that never was released. If two tracks cut roughly around the same time in Hollywood are counted, this amounts to a short, seven-track sequel to Harlan County which is a bit softer and a bit more laid-back than its predecessor, but it's plenty soulful and filled with great songs, chief among them his spare, original version of "36 Inches High," the clever, funny "She Turns My Radio On," "Go Through Sunday," and the slow, impassioned protest "The Sounds of Our Time," which echoes Sam Cooke and then a version of Cooke's "Chain Gang" which turns the song inside out. These unheard songs are the big news to the roots rockers who have cherished a copy of Harlan County for years, and they live up to both the album and Ford's reputation. They're as good as anything on his lone released album, and they have a looser, funkier quality that makes them more endearing in some ways; it's easy to hear why he was an icon for many country rockers, whether they played in a pub in Britain or in studios in Hollywood. These 15 songs alone make The Sounds of Our Time necessary for those fans that already know Harlan County but anybody who loves soul, country, rock & roll, and great songwriting, this whole package is worthwhile as it showcases the rare cult figure whose cult does not overrate him — if anything, he hasn't been rated enough, and hopefully this exceptional reissue will finally give him the credit he deserves. by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
  6. I believe there are a few others, besides me, who's into the 60's garage rock punk scene, or proto-punk, or whatever you want to call it. Some of the more known bands are The Sonics, Standells, The Seeds, Shadows of Knight and The Music Machine. The Sonics In the late 70's when punk got popular, a lot of different compilations were released under the the names Nuggets, Pebbles, Highs In The Mid 60's, and Back From The Grave. Some of them still being re-released on vinyl and cd. I highly recomend the first ten volumes of the Pebbles compilations, or the Nuggets 4 CD Box set. Anyone who's into bands like Yardbirds, Kinks, Them, Stones and the later punk rock bands should appreciate this stuff.
  7. Swede

    What's Your Latest Purchase?

    Well, it's better to have it on itunes than no copy at all. I have a vinyl copy coming in the mail soon, and I know I am a lucky bastard.
  8. Swede

    What Happened to Music?

    Me too. The rest can live in their bubble and whine on internet forums how bad the music scene is now-a-days.
  9. Swede

    What Happened to Music?

    I don't know but what I connect FM rock with is bands like Kansas, Survivor, Jerusalem, Nasareth etc etc. One of my fav genres is the singer/songwriter category, but that doesn't stop it from have loads of really bad artists, especially from the 70's as it was so popular back then. I wouldn't name any of the artists you mentioned as lame and boring.
  10. Swede

    What Happened to Music?

    Seriously, although the 60's is my fav decade when it comes to music, there were shit coming out then too. Peter & Gordon, Herman's Hermits and We Five, not counting Vee, Vinton, Goldsboro, Darin and all those Bobby's who stuck like glue on the music top lists. The 70's had several real bad genres too, not only Disco, but also MOR, FM rock and the whole rock opera concept which was quite bad. Also a bunch of really slick, boring no-edge-at-all singer songwriters. To say music has gone downhill now-a-days is to embellish those days and suppress all the bad stuff that came out back then.
  11. Destination Lonely is a killer track! These Huns are a different Huns from the one I posted, none the less a great band! Here's a couple of 45's I'd love to get my hands on: The Barracudas - Baby get lost Tamrons - Wild man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqEyMEXltq8
  12. ^^ Cool stuff! I got all three of them, on vinyl 45's. Top band! Here are three other favs of mine. The Jaguars hailed from Michigan, but went to Indiana to cut this for the Skoop label in 1966. This is another '66 garage classic, The Huns from North Carolina. Limey & The Yanks from L.A. California, recorded this FUZZ monster in '65.
  13. Swede

    MC5 Movie is Ready to Roll

    ABOUT TIME! I've seen it, but will happily buy a DVD copy and wear it to death.
  14. Need A Little Lovin' is a long time fav of mine. Incredible tune. I've been trying to get a hold of the original 45 which was released on Ginny Records in '65, I believe. I have seen it on ebay a couple of times, but it has always sold for $400 or so, if the copy has been in nice shape. A bit too expensive in my opinion. But I have patience, I'll get a copy sooner or later.. I have it on a Pebbles LP comp, that will have to do for now.
  15. ^^ Cool stuff Kiwi! They sound great.
  16. ^^ Nice post there Strider. Sundazed is a great record label with many great releases.
  17. lol Thank you Kiwi, that's very thoughtfull of you! Cheers!
  18. Hi Kiwi, thank you for the birthday wishes! :) I'll be back in the "Other Bands" section eventually.. ;)

  19. Hi Emma, thank you for the birthday wishes! :)

  20. ^^ Sad to hear about the passing of the Prunes bassist.. They were a great band I think. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RKXkxtGQgc
  21. LOL, yea, that "Fuck You" song has gone quite popular..

  22. Ok, I see. I am happy to hear you're safe and sound though! Those earthquakes are horrible..

  23. Yo Kiwi, hope you and yours are ok. I heard you guys had a large earthquake down there..

  24. Swede

    RIP Gary Moore?

    If that's the case, that he choked on his own vomit, it's even more tragic..
  25. Swede

    RIP Gary Moore?

    Removed due to duplicate post.