Sunday, July 3, 2022

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."SRC" - SRC (1968)

"SRC" - SRC (1968)

Really good psychedelic rock with tasty organ and amazing fuzzed-out guitars.  When Gary Quackenbush lets his guitar off the chain, the frying begins.  The spin leaves the mind traveling through a trippy, groovy atmosphere of sensations.  Yet even on the heavier tracks, the music maintains an undercurrent of pop sensibilities that matches up really well with the trip.  On first listen, I caught a surprising rush or two.  Drop the needle and drop out.  

SRC was just another killer band outta Detroit.  The band released three good albums, but their self-titled debut album is their best one.  This square is featured in Richard Morton Jack's book of psych albums and is worth checking out if you have any interest at all in this genre.  Every once in a while I'm able to check off an album from the book.  I'm not trying to collect them all or anything like that, my billfold would never allow for such lunacy.  But it's still a joy whenever I find one that's affordable.  Now that's a high!

"SRC" - SRC (back)
Favorites include the amazing "Black Sheep."  They give the closing track "Interval" a pretty good workout.  And the slightly ominous "Onesimpletask" strikes a pose.  The vocals are solid throughout, as well.

This original copy is a Scranton pressing.  The label has a text variable with "SRC" having expanded spaces between each letter.  The track titles are also placed exactly in the middle.  Some copies have tracks in alignment.  This is not a terribly expensive album, although a few sellers do try to milk the cow.  If you can find one for a price closer to the $30 mark than $60…it's worth looking it over.  The SRC is an acronym for Scott Richard Case.  The album cover art is another visual treat to closely peruse while your record spins.  I found a really nice copy for $34 shipped.

Capitol Records label

Cat #
ST-1-2991-A1  ( IAM inside a triangle )  
ST 2-2991-B2  ( IAM inside a triangle )

"Black Sheep" - SRC / "SRC" (1968)

A1  "Black Sheep" 4:46
A2  "Daystar" 4:24
A3  "Exile" 4:20
A4  "Marionette" 3:58
B1  "Onesimpletask" 5:32
B2  "Paragon Council" 4:00
B3  "Refugeve" 3:38
B4  "Interval" 5:07

Scott Richardson - vocals
Gary Quackenbush - lead guitar
Steve Lyman - guitar, b-vocals
Glenn Quackenbush - Hammond organ
Robin Dale - bass, b-vocals
E.G. Clawson (Scott Williamson)– drums

Good stuff.

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Friday, July 1, 2022

TCCDM 4 For Friday

(4 For Friday)

*  The natural Waterfall Bride in Peru. I could stare at that all day.

*  Example of dogfight training in an F-16.  Two minutes of what goes on.

Here are 30 absolute truths no one wants to admit. 

*  Interesting maps to make you pause.  You're gonna wanna see this!

"Cockroach" - Sweet / "Give Us A Wink" (1976)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again) #58

(a short jaunt)

"T.B. Sheets" - Van Morrison / "Blowin' Your Mind" (1967)
"Now listen, Julie baby.
It ain't natural for you to cry in the midnight.
It ain't natural for you to cry when the midnight comes
into the wee small hours...long 'fore the break of dawn."

The repetitive groove about death digging its claws into the door hits pretty deep.  Tuberculosis is the reaper this time.  "I can almost smell your TB sheets on your sick bed."  And Van begging off his apologies is chillingly honest.  And heavy.  Almost accidental trance music.  (And that's Morrison you hear blowing the mean well as the mind.)  The song is raw, real, and rude.  Like Sufjan Stevens doing a bad Don Rickles impression.  "Gotta go, baby gotta go!"  This was Van the Man's debut album. (OWN)

"Take A Friend" - Rush / "Rush" (1974)
"Take yourself a friend.
Keep 'em till the end.
Whether woman or man
it makes you feel so good.
So good."

There is no prog on this Rush track.  Just a straight-in-the-face hard rocker to be had.  And the song sounds more like a Lynyrd Skynryd lost track gem than anything Rush would ever bring to wax again.  Put this song on "Second Helping" and just hand Ronnie Van Zandt the mic.  Sure, the lyrics are kind of cheez.  But it's a cool cheez.  And just the sort of positivity I'm looking for these days.  Geddy Lee's vocals are an acquired taste, but I must say I'm coming around.  Much like Aunt Bee's pickles in Mayberry..."ya learn to love'em!"  This was the Canadian trio's debut album. (NEED)

"Bluebird" - Buffalo Springfield / "Buffalo Springfield Again" (1967)
"Listen to my bluebird laugh
She can't tell you why.
Deep within her heart, you see
she knows only crying.
Just crying."

When the fuzzy guitar makes its pronouncement out of the can just take my money.  A time when Stephen Stills and Neil Young were still playing nice.  Well, it's almost like being on a mystical sugar mountain.  Long may you run, babe.  Buffalo's 2nd album. (OWN)


Good stuff.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."The Progressive Blues Experiment" - Johnny Winter (1969)

"The Progressive Blues Experiment" - Johnny Winter (1969)

I'm not the biggest aficionado of the blues.  I mean, I'll pull a blues album from a bin from time to time if my pockets are feeling extra full, but I don't usually search.  However, I had been actively looking for Johnny Winter's debut album "The Progressive Blues Experiment" for quite a spell.  I first heard this record on a local radio station that used to play blues on Sunday mornings and fell in love with it.  So I was always keeping my eye out for a really clean copy with a good price tag, but I could never find both.  Now I have one.

"The Progressive Blues Experiment" is a backwoods chainsaw of electric blues, both original songs, and covers, all worked out in Johnny Winter fashion.  Oh, to be a fly on the wall watching the jaws drop when this pale, thin, wispy-haired new kid on the block from Beaumont, Texas threw down some of his guitar witchery on stage for the first time.  Holy schnikies.  If you're not a big fan of blues, you still might want to give this one a chance.  

"The Progressive Blues Experiment" (back)

Favorites include the cock-n-loaded "Mean Town Blues."  "Bad Luck And Trouble" has some good back porch slide-guitar.  And "Tribute To Muddy" is a pretty-fine homage to the man.

I found this album in Hutchinson, KS at a record swap held at an outdoor shelter...much nicer than one might think.  The seller only had two tubs of records and everything was half-off.  This puppy was in it.  I don't remember what I paid, but I want to say $5.  The album cover catches the reflection of Johnny Winter on the back of his steel guitar.  I had a friend tell me they thought it was a fisheye photo of a lightbulb with a nose in it!  So now you know.  And it's on the Imperial label.

Liberty record sleeve

Imperial Records label

Cat #
LP  12431-1  114
LP  12431-2  114

"Mean Town Blues" - Johnny Winter / "The Progressive Blues Experiment" (1969)

A1  "Rollin' And Tumblin'" 3:09
A2  "Tribute To Muddy" 6:20
A3  "I Got Love If You Want It" 3:52
A4  "Bad Luck And Trouble" 3:43
A5  "Help Me" 3:46
B1  "Mean Town Blues" 4:26
B2  "Broke Down Engine" 3:25
B3  "Black Cat Bone" 3:46
B4  "It's My Own Fault" 7:20
B5  "Forty-Four" 3:28

Johnny Winter - vocals, electric guitar, steel guitar, mandolin, harmonica
Tommy Shannon - bass
John "Red" Turner - drums

Good stuff.


Friday, June 24, 2022

TCCDM 4 For Friday

(4 For Friday)

This is how an armadillo protects itself from a larger enemy.

*  George Harrison breaks down "Abbey Road" track-by-track and it's "Gold Jerry. Gold!"

I was always fascinated by people making shadow puppets on the wall and here's a pretty cool example.

*  A Hallmark Star Trek commercial with our good friend...Mr. Spock.

"Shake The Devil" - Tommy Bolin / "Private Eyes" (1976)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Hard Meat" - Hard Meat (1970)

"Hard Meat" - Hard Meat (1970)

I like late 60s and early 70s acid rock/hard rock and Hard Meat's self-titled debut is a welcome addition to the shelf.  The album has good songwriting and the arrangements are filled with tasty guitar jams and gentle chillouts that compliment rather than distract.  It's not a heavy psych album, but this combination does give a floaty, almost lysergic, vibe over much of the square.

This talented British trio released two albums in 1970, the other being "Through A Window"...but both failed to put any knots on the chart.  The following year, Hard Meat zipped up their pants and called it a day.  Both albums are rated pretty highly though and are worth picking up should your paths ever cross. 

"Hard Meat" (back)

Favorites include the 10+ minute "Run Shaker Life."  "Through A Window" starts off gentle and then catches fire with guitar, bass, and drums each fighting for purchase.  The atmospheric "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" is a floaty groove.  For anyone keeping score...the Dylan cover "Most Likely You Go Your Way..." is pretty killer, too.

I've never seen one in the wild, so I did some surf-sailing on eBay.  I found a nice white label promo copy advertised as vg-vg+ for $32 shipped...which is a fair price.  I wasn't looking for a promo, it just worked out that way.  Still, this was a bit of a pony-up for my backpocket as part of the fun is finding really good records cheap, right? 

"Hard Meat" (inside gatefold)

"Hard Meat" (WB Ad insert)

"Hard Meat" (WB record sleeve)

Warner Bros. Records (White Label Promo)

WS 1852
1  WS-1852  39664-A-1B  [Artisan symbol]  A2
1  WS-1852  Ƨ  39665-B-1A  [Artisan symbol]  A2

"Through A Window" - Hard Meat / "Hard Meat" (1970)

A1  "Through A Window" 3:52
A2  "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" 5:04
A3  "Space Between" 4:36 
A4  "Time Shows No Face" 3:57 
B1  "Run Shaker Life" 10:17 
B2  "Universal Joint" 3:40
B3  "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" 5:03

Mick Dolan - vocals, guitar
Steve Dolan - bass
Mick Carless - drums, congas, percussion
Ian Whiteman - piano, flute (A4)
Bruce Howard - piano (B3)

Good stuff.


Sunday, June 19, 2022

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."The Early Bird Cafe" - The Serfs (1969)

"The Early Bird Cafe" - The Serfs (1969)

I love the album Mike Finnigan did with The Jerry Hahn Brotherhood.  And I certainly dig his under-appreciated Finnigan and Wood project.  So even though the front was torn to shit, I grabbed it.
The square was found amongst a lot of other $2 and $3 albums and I was curious yellow.  The album is a bit of a soul-rock-funk get-together.  And it's not a bad listen at all.  But nothing really stood out either.

Two of the tracks would later find their way onto the excellent The Jerry Hahn Brotherhood album (1970) the following year.  And find a much better home there.  Of the three covers, Dylan's “Like A Rolling Stone” is the one I enjoyed most.  The Serfs also give Miles Davis' "All Blue" a run which is cool.  And they do no harm to the oft-covered "I'm A Man."  The Serfs can certainly bring it to the house, but as talented as they are, they never quite find their own identity.  It's like jam night at the Ricardo’s.  So what does all my jabberwocky really mean?   It means you might like this album more than I did.  It just wasn't my thing.

"The Early Bird Cafe" - The Serfs (back)

Not much online from The Serfs to stream.  Favorites include one of the better versions of  "Like A Rolling Stone" and "I'm A Man" is fun and furious.  And the title track and "Time's Caught Up With You" are both enjoyable spins.  There were better things yet to come from Mike Finnigan.

"The Early Bird Cafe" - The Serfs (inside gatefold)

Capitol Records label

Cat #
SKAO-1-207-A1  [ triangle with IAM ]
SKAO-2-207-A1  [ triangle with IAM ]

"I'm A Man" - The Serfs / "The Early Bird Cafe" (1969)

A1  "Like a Rolling Stone" 6:30
A2  "Early Bird Cafe" 4:00
A3  "Little Man" 3:28
A4  "Evil Days" 4:45
A5  "You've Been Talkin' About Me, Baby" 3:30
B1  "I'm A Man" 6:02
B2  "Leda" 1:51
B3  "All Blue" 8:09
B4  "Time's Caught Up With You" 2:36
B5  "Prologue & Mechanical Man" 5:32

Mike Finnigan - vocals, organ, piano
Lane Tietgen - vocals, guitar, bass
Larry Faucette - congas
Kenny Bloomquist - drums
Mark Underwood - trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone
Freddie Smith - tenor sax, vocals
Richard Margolis - vibes

Good stuff.


Friday, June 17, 2022

TCCDM 4 For Friday

(4 For Friday)

*  Saving a harvest from a runaway fire. Like his pants are on fire and his ass is a catchin'!

*  Take a look at some 1960 jazz on Blue Note records over at The Music Aficionado.

*  Check out 30 famous meme people ...then and now.

"Peace Like A River" - Paul Simon / "Paul Simon" (1972) 

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."July" - July (1968 - Rei 2017)

"July" - July (1968 - Rei 2017)

July's self-titled debut album is a must-own for any fan of the psychedelic genre.  Hailing from England, July tickles the head with a chameleon of catchy, well-constructed songs filled with tasty fuzz, percussion, organ, and sitar that take groovy detours and louies.  

Sometimes a psych band just wants to throw things at the wall.  But here, there is a distinct method to their madness.  Choices are made with intent.  This is psych-pop and psych-rock that satisfies from needle drop to label.  And the album art is as fantastic as the music.  The kind of cover everyone passes around to inspect from every angle.

Imagine Syd Barrett hanging out with Sgt Pepper and drinking the same kool-aid.  It's a ridiculous and amazing idea.  But I kid you not, there are moments when the two seem to be knocking boots.  Sadly, this was to be July's only album.  A couple of members went on to form...Jade Warrior.  And another would produce Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" and "Tubular Bells II." 

"July" (back)

Favorites include: "You Missed It All."  "Dandelion Seeds."  "Friendly Man."  "Move On Sweet Flower."  My copy is a 2017 reissue by Music On Vinyl.  The MOV quality has been pretty consistent and this one is no exception.  Sounds really good.  

Original copies of "July" are hard to come by and really expensive when you do.  This album is just what reissues are made for. I've spun this square a lot over the last couple of weeks and it's a great one to have in your collection.  There's a good chance we'll be seeing this square again on my favorite End-of-Year grabs.

"July" (Music On Vinyl sticker)

Music On Vinyl label

Cat #
19743  1A  MOVLP1947
19743  1B  MOVLP1947

"Dandelion Seeds" - July / "July" (1968)

A1  "My Clown" 3:23
A2  "Dandelion Seeds" 4:29
A3  "Jolly Mary" 2:20
A4  "Hallo To Me" 2:59
A5  "You Missed It All" 2:51
A6  "The Way" 3:23
B1  "To Be Free" 2:49
B2  "Move On Sweet Flower" 3:25
B3  "Crying Is For Writers" 2:36
B4  "I See" 2:40
B5  "Friendly Man" 3:09
B6  "A Bird Lived" 2:39

Tom Newman - vocals, guitar
Tony Duhig - guitar, organ
Jon Field - vocals, flute, organ
Chris Jackson - drums, organ
Alan James - bass
Peter Cook - vocals, guitar

Good stuff.


Sunday, June 12, 2022

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Presenting..." - Lothar And The Hand People (1968 - Rei 1972)

"Presenting..." - Lothar And The Hand People (1968 - Rei 1972)

Lothar and the Hand People, from Denver, is cited as being the first band to tour with a Moog synthesizer and the theremin.  The theremin is named Lothar and played by John Emelin, one of the Hand People.  The band went on to share the stage with several well-known acts of the era from Hendrix to the Grateful Dead.  That's a pretty cool biscuit to nibble on.

But don't let this mislead you into believing their debut album is a monster dose of electronica poundage coming at you.  I mean, this isn't the Silver Apples.  This is not the Great Gatsby.  "Presenting..." is a mishmash of psych-dusted pop-rock with odd, mostly catchy songs, and with the Moog and theremin peaking in and out using a small paint brush rather than a giant roller.  It's not deep, but it's fun for what it is.  The album has a bit of a Fuggs bent to it and aside from a couple of wankers, there's more to like than not.  And it's an early psych album that still can be found cheap.

"Presenting..." - Lothar And The Hand People (back)

Favorites include the slightly more ominous “Machines” that originally was recorded by Manfred Mann.  Garage rocker "You Won’t Be Lonely" is a good one to add to a compilation.  And probably the most psych-inspired track on the album, "It Comes On Anyhow” closes it out.

Discogs has no official date for this release, but based on the yellow Capitol label, I believe my copy is a 1972 pressing.  This is also the abridged version.  For whatever reason, Capitol records decided to remove three tracks before releasing the album a second time.  I found this record at a local shop for $12 and wanted to walk out with something.  Interestingly, I later found out that Lothar and the Hand People was the opening act at the 1969 Atlantic City Pop Festival.  So they did get to ride the lightning for a time.

Capitol Records

Cat #
SM-1-2997  F-7  #1  Wally  MASTERED BY CAPITOL  0

"You Won’t Be Lonely" - Lothar And The Hand People / "Presenting..." (1968)

A1  "Machines" 2:30
A2  "This Is It" 2:40
A3  "This May Be Goodbye" 2:20
A4  "That's Another Story" 2:00
A5  "Ha (Ho)" 2:40
B1  "Sex And Violence" 2:33
B2  "Bye Bye Love" 2:12
B3  "Milkweed Love" 2:43
B4  "You Won't Be Lonely" 2:25
B5  "It Comes On Anyhow" 3:10

John Emelin - vocals, Lothar the theremin
Kim King - guitar, Moog, Ampex tape decks 
Paul Conly - keyboards, linear controller, Moog
Rusty Ford - bass
Tom Flye - percussion

Good stuff.