Monday, August 19, 2013

The Barbarians ~ Moulty ~ 1965 ...




Moulty by The Barbarians/1965 is an autobiographical account of  Barbarians drummer Victor 'Moulty' Moulton's life and the loss of his hand in an explosion when he was a teenager . He was able to play drums by modifying a hook shaped prosthetic to hold a drumstick... it helped cultivate what the group described as their 'pirates on the beach look' that included leather sandals, open necked shirts and long hair ...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Temptations ~ Cloud Nine ...




Cloud Nine/1968 by The Temptations was a top 10 hit. Produced by Norman Whitfield the song showcased a distinct transformation in style and sound for a group who had become more associated with bow ties and ballads than psychedelic funk...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Martha & The Vandellas ~ I'm Ready For Love ...




Martha & The Vandellas helped shape the Motown sound with a number of successful singles including Heat Wave/1963, Dancing In The Street/1964, Nowhere To Run/1965, I'm Ready For Love/1966, Jimmy Mack/1967 ...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Seeds ~ Mr. Farmer ...




'I'd say there were four bands that defined the Sixties... They are, in no particular order: Love, the Seeds, the Doors, and the Byrds. With those four bands it was enough, and all the ones that came after that imitated our sound. The Byrds brought Dylan back in with the 12-string guitar. With the Seeds, I brought in the piano and organ the way it had never been heard before...'

- Sky Saxon, Austin Chronicle July 24 2009.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Peppermint Trolley Company ~ I Remember Long Ago ~ 1968




The Peppermint Trolley Company released five singles on the Acta label including their biggest hit 'Baby You Come Rollin' Across My Mind'. They have also been credited with arranging and performing the original 'Brady Bunch' theme song...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Typhoons ~ When You Walk In The Room ...




When You Walk In The Room was written and first recorded by Jackie De Shannon. It was released in 1963 as the b.side to 'Till You Say You'll Be Mine'. In 1964 The Searchers had a hit with their newly recorded version reaching #35/#5 in the US and UK. This 'sound-alike' version from Australia is by a lesser known and little documented group called The Typhoons...

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Melodians ~ Sweet Sensation ~ 1969 ...




The Melodians released number of singles during the late 1960s and early 1970s including Rivers Of Babylon (featured on the soundtrack of the film The Harder They Come) and Sweet Sensation/1969...