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News and Nuggets: Ace/Big Beat / Naked Truth / Cavestomp / Doors / Bobby Fuller / Norton Records / Fate
By Mike Dugo, 60sGarageBands
(more articles from this author)
2000-10-31
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*According to Alec Palao, forthcoming titles from Ace/Big Beat include 'Los Shakers: Por Favor!' (end of September); 'Let's Go Spiders!', a compilation of Japan's Spiders (end of October); and...FINALLY...a legitimate release of the Nightcrawlers 'Little Black Egg' album, complete "with many bonus tracks, including unissued minor-key gems that are gonna break your heart" (end of November). This one could battle Sundazed's Gants compilation as reissue of the year!

*Scheduled for a Spring 2001 release is Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth (tentative title). This book will detail the history of the much maligned--but anybody in the know realizes how cool it is--subject of bubblegum music. Compiled by Scram magazine and Feral House, the book will feature contributions from many 'zine writers, "pop culture mavens," musicians, and fans. Ready for some of the topics promised to be covered? Here goes: the Archies, Banana Splits, Sour Grapes Bunch, Beagles, Boyce & Hart, Captain Groovy and his Bubblegum Army, Chan Clan, Cuff Links, Crazy Elephant, Ron Dante, Grass Roots, P.F. Sloan, Groovie Goolies, Jaggerz, Tommy James, Josie & the Pussycats, K&K Super Circus LPs, Lancelot Link & the Evolution Revolution, Lemon Pipers, Lovin' Spoonful, Monkees, 1910 Fruitgum Co., Ohio Express, Rare Breed, Partridge Family, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Tommy Roe, Salt Water Taffy, Scooby Doo, Shadows of Knight, Slik , Quick, Sopwith Camel, Strangeloves, Wadsworth Mansion, Turtles, Williams Brothers, Gary Zekely, Yellow Balloon, Fun & Games, Clique, Steve Barri, Jeff Barry, Neil Bogart, Kasenetz and Katz, Don Kirschner, Joey Levine, Bill Traut, Gary Usher, Richard Gottehrer, Strawberry Studios, Tony Burrows, Cook & Greenaway, Chinnichap stable, Sid & Marty Krofft, Hanna-Barbera, Sitcom Rock, Psychedelia in Bubblegum, Bubblegum roots of punk, Bubblegum and Indiepop, Bubblegum and New Wave, discography, and it doesn't stop there. The subjects are just too numerous to list! Looks like a must-read. Check out: http://members.tripod.com/bubbledumb

*Jon Weiss keeps performing miracles by adding one classic '60's garage band after another to the list of bands that have played--or are scheduled to play--at Cavestomp! (the Garage Rock Festacular). Just added to this year's already stellar lineup of Richard & The Young Lions, the Troggs, the Gants, and the Blues Magoos, is the Syndicate Of Sound!! The fest will be held the weekend of November 3rd - November 5th. Also on the Cavestomp! front: Cavestomp! Records, in conjunction with Varese Sarabande's Varese Vintage offshoot label, will release CDs of the Monk's "Let's Start A Beat" and the Standell's "Ban THIS" on October 31st. Both releases capture live performances from 1999's Cavestomp! show. I, unfortunately, was not able to attend, but I have read nothing but unbelievably positive reviews on both performances. Well worth checking out. Swing by: http://www.cavestomp.com for more information on these releases, and on this year's fest.

*The Doors Music Company (http://www.thedoors.com), in conjunction with Rhino Handmade--Rhino Record's Internet only music label--recently announced that it will be releasing many hours of unreleased Doors concerts/music under their new Bright Midnight Records label. According to the web site, "in addition to the live material, there will be a plethora of rarities including never released studio recordings heretofore thought to be lost or stolen, rare radio specials, band interviews, and even a DVD of the Doors' legendary documentary 'Feast of Friends' with very rare bonus visuals...Over a six-year period, the label will release three titles every six months via the Internet. The first of the three releases include The Bright Midnight Sampler: (14 Songs / 8 Concerts). The second release will be The Doors Live In Detroit, a two-CD set. The third is 'No One Here Gets Out Alive,' the definitive four-hour radio special written and hosted by Jim Ladd, L.A.'s top D.J. and long-time Doors aficionado."

*Bryan Thomas of Del-Fi recently posted the following update regarding the release of the label's announced Bobby Fuller Four CDs to the Bobby Fuller email list: "Del-Fi never issued those two CD releases. We were in mid-production on those titles when Bob Keane, owner of Del-Fi, began negotiating to sell the label and the 60's masters. We ceased production (graphics weren't finished for either one, but liner notes and the CD's were ready to go). In the meantime, those negotiations have dragged on for nearly a year, and several employees have left the Del-Fi staff. Also during that time, our deal with our U.S. distributor ended. So, unless the sale of the company doesn't go thru, and unless we hire a new staff to promote, publicize and sell those releases--and unless we get a new U.S. distributor-- it's unlikely that those two releases will ever see the light of day. Meanwhile, Randy Fuller has been returned some of the non-Del-Fi master recordings that we were licensing from him for the Live album, and he is free to negotiate their release thru other channels, including other record labels." The two CDs were a 'Best Of,' and a live album titled 'Miserlou.' This is definitely disappointing news. Let's hope that Randy can still license the live tracks to a reputable label.

*A recent CD that I somehow missed from Norton Records (http://www.nortonrecords.com) is a release of material by Link Cromwell & The Zoo. Apparently, these are recordings from 1966 of Lenny Kaye and a Rutgers University garage band. Kaye, of course, started the '60's garage reissue train a rollin' by compiling "Nuggets" way back in 1972, and has also made his mark by working with the Patti Smith Group, Suzanne Vega, and Soul Asylum. This release contains the first single by Link Cromwell ("Crazy Like A Fox" b/w "Shock Me"), and an assortment of live recordings from a live appearance with the Zoo.

*Sundazed's (http://www.sundazed.com) newest releases include a second CD of unreleased Bryan MacLean demos (titled "Candy's Waltz"), most being written during the time span in which Bryan was a member of Love; and two 180-gram vinyl releases by Spirit (titled "Now Or Anywhere" and "Eventide") consisting of unreleased songs. Also promised is a 7" collaboration between the Chesterfield Kings and Beau Brummels' lead singer, Sal Valentino. The single, released in conjunction with Greg Prevosts' Living Eye Productions, will feature "Yes I Understand" as the A-side and, as the flip, a reworking--with Valentino--of the Brummels' "Some Time At Night."

*Among Shadocks Music's new releases is a 1968 album by Fate. According to the label's web site, "Here is another amazing release, A PREVIOUS ROCKADELIC RELEASE. Way back then only made as a test pressing. This is pure Psych with a Doors-y touch to it. Beautiful compositions, amazing fuzzguitar, organ, and songs about the Vietnam War. Every track a winner. One of the best Rockadelic releases ever." Also promised shortly is a release of the New Tweedy Brother's '68 LP, complete with unpublished photos, flyers, and more! Visit http://www.psychedelic-music.com for more information.

*The Roky Erickson/Thirteenth Floor Elevators email music list has started selling CDs of classic and rare solo recordings by Roky, or by the 'Vators. A percentage of each sale is donated to Roky's trust, so fans not only get to purchase great music, but contribute to a worthy cause as well. For more information, visit: http://www.egroups.com , and search for "Roky."

*WEB SITE WATCH: New web sites that were either sent to me, or that I stumbled upon while surfing the web: http://www.bluesmagoos.com - Finally, Ralph, Pepe, and the boys have their own web site. Visit, and join the Blues Magoos mailing list - http://www.beaubrummels.com -Though their new CD--"Beau Brummels Live!," a 20 song concert from 1974--falls outside the normal scope of this column, the Brummels have been long time favorites. The site also includes a CD discography, and a timeline of the band. Special Thanks to Alec Palao, Bryan Thomas, and Jon Weiss.


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