martes, 21 de septiembre de 2021

THE RUBINOOS - The CBS Tapes [USA garage, power pop 1976] 2021 Yep Roc Records YEP-2788


Recorded at CBS Studios in San Francisco in 1976, before they were signed to the legendary Beserkley Records, The CBS Tapes captures the Rubinoos as the scrappy, bratty kids they were. It also shows the huge talent and energy of a young band near the beginning of their career, who believed they were unstoppable. This never before released recording is the perfect way to kick off the band's 50th anniversary celebration. Songs performed include Jonathan Richman's "Government Center," "The Pepsi Generation," commercial jingle, and several Rubinoos originals.

THE ESQUIRES - The Singles....Plus [Canada rock and roll, garage, beat 1963-66] 2011 Pacemaker Entertainment PACE 085

In the manner of England’s Fluer De Lys or Germany’s Rattles, the Esquires of the earliest demos included here are a totally different group of people than the ones who play on their final Columbia single some years further along. In between still other members came and went, like singer Don Norman who dominated vocally and lyrically for the third through fifth Capitol singles only and then went on to lead Don Norman & The Other Four. Norman’s style was very smooth mid-60s Cliff Richard, and his original songs are as satisfyingly hook-laden as anything by bigger names of the era, particularly “So Many Other Boys”.

So the real revelation here are the final two Columbia singles from 1966. With new members Ted Gerow on keyboard (a future Staccato, see Pacemaker’s great two disc First Sparks collection), and John Cassidy on guitar the Esquires took a moddish r&b turn for the interesting. 

This CD is however loaded with bonus tracks from unissued demos and TV appearances to quality live recordings. 

The Esquires

NERVOUS EATERS - Eaterville #1 [USA punk rock 1973-75] 2007 Penniman PENNCD001 + NERVOUS EATERS - Eaterville #2 [USA punk, rock 1976-79] 2020 Penniman Record PENNLP009



Nervous Eaters #1

Remastered/improved reissue of Penniman Records' Nervous Eaters compilation, Eaterville #1, originally released in 2004. Ace of Hearts Records recently reissued their '86 classic Hot Steel and Acid. The band has released Record 10 in 2019 and is working on another album. To do true justice to the band and earn them the dues they deserve as one of the best R'n'R bands ever. This great compilation brings together rare stuff recorded between 1973 and 1975, from studio sessions and demos along with their official Rat singles -- "Just Head" and "Loretta" -- and their fans favorite anthems -- "Degenerate" and "You Smell Like Fish". Also included are demos like "You've Heard These Chords Before" or "Planet Fever" on which Steve Cataldo and company place themselves on the crucial dividing line between the best Stones and the Stooges. CD version includes 32-pages booklet.

Nervous Eaters #2

The sequel to Nervous Eaters' Eaterville Vol. 1 (PENN 001CD/PENN 002LP), Penniman Records huge seller from 2004/2019. With the usual delay, comes the long-awaited second volume dedicated to rescuing unreleased recordings by this classic, killer band from Boston. After the demos and singles on Rat, included in the fantastic Vol. 1, get ready for the fabulous sequel which includes mostly live material never before released. Eaterville Vol. 2 is not a compilation of lo-fi recordings, rehearsals, etc., but a collection of material taken from radio broadcasts or recorded directly from the soundboard of the clubs where they used to appear almost weekly between 1976 and 1979. Here you will find more potential hits that never materialized ("Someone Else In Your Arms", "Necessities") along with alternate versions of their classics ("Hot Steel And Acid", "Red On White") and completely over the top live versions of their most explosive material ("Just Head", "Degenerate"). All with remastered sound, Paul McGuire liner notes, previously unreleased photos, and vintage press-clippings. Nervous Eaters have just released the new CD Record 10 and the band are working on another album, to be released by early 2021.


BIG STAR - Live At Lafayett'es Music Room [USA pop rock, live 1973] 2018 Omnivore Recordings OVCD-250


It is well known that Big Star played a one-off promotional show for the Memphis Rock Writer’s Convention at Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis in May of 1973. It cemented them into legendary status due to the writers who witnessed it and carried the message of Big Star out in their writing, even though the band had only released one album, #1 Record, and were unsure of recording a second after the departure of co-founder Chris Bell. What may not be so widely known is that the trio played the same venue four months earlier with the same power and passion opening shows for the Houston R&B band, Archie Bell & The Drells.

First issued as Disc 4 of the Grammy Award-winning Keep An Eye On The Sky boxed set, Live At Lafayette’s Music Room sees new light as a stand-alone release, available on CD, Digital, and for the first time, double LP. The performance has never sounded better thanks to new mastering and restoration from the Grammy -winning engineer, Michael Graves with supervision from fellow Grammy -winning producer, Cheryl Pawelski.

The 20-track set features material from their debut, #1 Record, songs that would appear on the (not yet recorded) follow-up, Radio City, and choice covers from The Kinks, Todd Rundgren, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and T-Rex. 

MODIFICACIÓN - Modificación [España freak beat, rock, progressive 1971-74] 2020 Munster Records MR 408

The group Modificación is a prime example of what '70s underground and prog rock meant on the Valencia scene. Bands encountered a series of obstacles when making their much freer and more versatile music, which was demanded by the international planet rock. These hurdles varied from the serious difficulty of recording modern and innovative records, impositions by the record label and frequent desertion by band members to pursue interests that were more professional than artistic. The group's origins date back to early 1969, in Valencia's Ruzafa neighbourhood, with an average age of around 16 among its founding members. They adopted the name Modificación, an intriguing name that flagged up their creative intentions and interest in underground sounds, under the influence of bands like Grand Funk Railroad, Iron Butterfly, Vanilla Fudge, Rare Earth, Led Zeppelin... While the bulk of the Valencia rock scene revolved around modest groups making commercial music for dance halls, mostly versions of contemporary hits, they wrote their own songs from day one and set the bar high with daily rehearsals, aiming to perform to perfection. The band's luck seemed to change at a show with the Catalan group Lone Star. Pedro Gené (leader and vocalist of Lone Star) suggested Modificación record a single for the biggest record label in Spain: EMI. "Llegará el día que me quieras" (1971) was a major debut that also brought the arrival of a new vocalist, Juan Bau. Modificación's second record adventure was with the small Madrid label La Corrida in 1972, set up by Félix Arribas and Juan Jiménez, members of the famous Spanish band Los Pekenikes. They would release a couple of singles recorded at the Audiofilm studios in Madrid under the influence of glam, Californian and soft-rock style, international trends at the time. The now legendary freakbeat number "Across The Time" was crafted during these sessions and has become one of the most admired and sought-after singles of Spanish music. This LP brings together all the songs comprised in their three published singles as well as the remaining unreleased recordings from those 1972 sessions in Madrid. An accomplished portrait of one of the most legendary Spanish underground bands from that period whose fans, unable to find the elusive -and now very expensive records, were crying out for an urgent reissue of their work.


miércoles, 8 de septiembre de 2021

LOS SHAKERS - La Conferencia Secreta del Toto's Bar [Uruguay psychedelic pop 1968] 2020 Guerssen Records GUESS162

Originally released in late 1968, La Conferencia Secreta del Toto’s Bar was Los Shaker’s psychedelic masterpiece.

Inspired by Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - a milestone that would change the face of pop music forever back in 1967 – Los Shakers created a fundamental album in the history of South American rock music, a seminal record for many artists to come, full of pleasant surprises, magic sounds and sense of humour.

It offers a complex fusion of styles, with elements from both rock and jazz, plus the use of exotic instruments like the bandoneon–widely used in tango music but unprecedented until then in pop/rock adventures. It all makes the last album by Los Shakers an essential, innovative record for any collector and aficionado.

Sounding as fresh and original today as it did back in the late sixties, here’s the first ever vinyl reissue.



THE MAC'S - GG Sessions By The Mac's [Chile garage, beat 1967] 2021 Munster Records MR 419

Impossible rare second album by Chilean beat pioneers The Mac’s, recorded in 1967 under the influence of the British Invasion sound, including covers of the Rolling Stones, Dylan, the Hollies… and the outstanding original “Qué Clase de Sentimiento”.