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News & Nuggets: Len Giese / Jelly Bean Bandits / Ed Wincentsen / Rhino Records / Steve's Records / the Monkees...
By Mike Dugo, 60sGarageBands
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*Len Giese, formerly of the Crowd, a Chicago garage band that played at the Cellar among other venues in the '60's, is still going strong. His new garage band, the Fabulous Gilberts--based in Phoenix--is currently putting finishing touches on their first CD. The band bills itself as "Dirty, Nasty, Bluesy Rock & Roll," and they definitely live up to the billing! If you'd like to know more about a group that does its garage band aspirations proud, visit the band's web site at : Sign the guestbook . . . They'd love to hear from you . . .

*Mike Raab of the Jelly Bean Bandits emailed to inform me that the band's new CD, "Time And Again" is now scheduled for a Spring 2001 release. Included will be "seven new tunes written and recorded in the past year; two tunes written in 1968 and recorded now ('Love Wrapped In Leather' and'Happiness Is You'), and five songs recorded then. The '60's recordings are: 1)'Poor Precious Dreams,' original demo, featuring David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears on second guitar, (and) engineered by Chris Huston, formerly of England's The Undertakers, and eventually co-engineer on Led Zep II album; 2)'Going Nowhere,' live version recorded at Buccaneer Nightclub in Poughkeepsie, New York; 3)'Hey Joe,' original Tim Rose style, recorded live at the Trade Winds Nightclub in Newburgh, New York; 4)'Salesman,' the demo for the second album which never happened, and recently (was put) out on the GearFab (label); and 5)'Superhog,' by The Wedge, which was Joe, Jack and me after the Bandits broke up. The CD will also feature photos from then and from now." Watch this column for future updates as the release date draws near . . .

*Hot on the heels of Ace/Big Beats' "Northwest Battle Of The Bands, Volume One" CD, scheduled for a January 2001 release, will be "Battle Of The Bands, Volume Two." Bands featured will include Bumps, Menagerie, Liberty Party, Brave New World, Don & The Good Times, and more! But that ain't all . . . currently planned for a March 2001 release are three volumes of the 'Nuggets From The Golden State' series. All three volumes will focus on '65-'67 cuts from three lengendary L.A. labels: Titan, Downey, and Modern. Bands appearing will include the Electric Company, Last Word, Wooly Ones, Rick Dey & Wilde Knights, Brain Train, New Breed, and Sir Frog And Toads. And each CD will have 30 cuts!

*Ed Wincentsen, author of The Monkees: Memories & The Magic and Denny Remembered: Denny Wilson In Words & Pictures, is currently working on a new book that will document the '60's rock scene in Phoenix. According to Ed, the project is "going very good. The Vibratos were an early, key band in Phoenix who paved the way for other local bands, much like the Beatles did for the British bands. I am in touch with the members of the band and they are all in support of the project and are being a great help. I'm also in touch with one of the members of the Miles End, the band that later became Superfine Dandelion, an important Phoenix band. I'm looking to make contact with members of Phil & The Frantics, and many others . . . I have other band members contacting me and sending me bio material, photos, etc. I am also going to document the clubs that the bands played at and try to capture the times in interviews with fans who went to see the bands. The possible title I have right now is, 'Yes, Phoenix Had Music In The '60's - A Look At The Bands, Clubs, & Fans,'" Ed also informed me that he "is wanting to cover all of the bands that I can get information on, from bands that went national like Alice Cooper to the small band that only played at the local high school." Amen! To contact Ed with information or leads, please email him at

*Ed also later sent me the following email: "I've been in contact with the members of the Vibratos. They were an important early Phoenix band (which I used to see all the time), and they helped pave the way for other local bands, much like the Beatles did with British bands. Anyway, David Ledbetter, the drummer and one of the singers, is going through a rough time. He lost his wife to a rare heart disease about two months ago. He also has five children and he just found out that two of them also have the same disease as his wife. He has kept up with his music and he's good. Anyway, he has a demo that he's shopping around in hopes of finding a producer, or a record deal. Could you keep him in mind in the event that you run across anyone who might want to check out his demo? I'd really appreciate it." If any prospective labels would like to contact David, please email Ed at , and Ed will put you in touch with David. Thanks. And best of luck to David...

*Rhino Records recently released a 'Nuggets From Nuggets: Choice Artyfacts From The First Psychededlic Era' single disc CD. I imagine it's supposed to be a "Best Of Nuggets" compilation, and includes only tracks from garage "heavyweights" (Electric Prunes, Standells, Blues Magoos, etc.). In February, Rhino is releasing Love's 'Forever Changes' album as a DELUXE EDITION (no word yet as to what exactly constitutes "Deluxe"), and something called 'Monkees Music Box,' by the Monkees. With all of Rhino's previous Monkees' releases, it will be interesting to see what this one is comprised of. Visit for updates.

*The next release planned by Arf! Arf! Records is a 2-CD set by Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's Legends. The band is perhaps best known for featuring a young Dan Hartman. Arf! Arf! is hoping to have the set ready by the end of the year.

*The Soulbenders/Phlegethon CD first mentioned months ago is now scheduled for release on December 9th. The Soulbenders are best known for their version of "Hey Joe," which hit #1 in Michigan in 1967. The CD will include a 50 page booklet with over 50 photos! And, according to Aris Hampers, the former band member who is releasing the disc, there will be several different packages available: "The regular package will include an autographed book by as many of the members as I can drum up, along with the CD. The deluxe package will include a pic sleeve from 'Hey Joe,' pic sleeve from '7 & 7 Is' (both originals), an unused ticket from the Michigan Battle of The Bands of 1967, an original Soulbenders business card from 1967, along with the autographed book and CD. The deluxe package will cost $99.98 (only 25 available), and the regular will cost $18.98 with proceeds going to Gilda's club." Act fast to reserve your copy by emailing: , or visiting

*Sundazed Records' December releases are a little light on garage, but include a new vinyl collection of rare Byrds recordings ('Sanctuary II') compiling "outtakes and unissued material from the legendary 'Younger Than Yesterday,' 'Notorious Byrd Brothers' and 'Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde' sessions; and 'Another Side of This Life,' 18 previously unheard demo recordings of Gram Parsons . . . available on CD and 180-gram vinyl . . . (and) featur(ing) Parsons, singing and playing acoustic guitar, recorded from March 1965 to April 1966." Also announced--but not yet available--was the second volume of the "Northwest Battle Of the Bands' series, Volume II: Knock You Flat." The first volume will be difficult to top . . . but if anybody can do it, Sundazed can. Check them out at

*Steve's Records has made available on CDR a Ray Hummel III/JuJu's compilation...from the master tapes! The compilation includes not only original Fenton recordings ('You Treated Me Bad'), but also alternate takes and unreleased recordings. The cost is $17.00 postpaid, and all copies purchased from Steve's Records are autographed by Ray Hummel III himself. Check out the URL for ordering information.

*Since I have mine on order, I'm not quite sure which label is releasing it, but keep an eye out for a new double CD of early Nazz recordings, titled "From Philadelphia." The set also includes some 1966 demos by Woody's Truckstop. Both the Nazz and Woody's Truckstop, of course, featured Todd Rundgren. This one is available from the always reliable Bomp Catalog

*Be sure to have your VCRs programmed this month to AMC to catch a rare showing of the 1966 beach/ski flick, 'Wild, Wild Winter.' It hasn't been broadcast in years, is not available on video, and features appearances by Jay & The Americans, the Astronauts, and the Beau Brummels.

*According to Variety, the Monkees (Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz - not Mike Nesmith), will begin touring again next year. "One of the shows on the upcoming tour will be filmed for a TV special and a subsequent home video release. Rhino Records, meanwhile, plans to release a reconfigured version of the 1991 box set 'Listen to the Band' to coincide with the tour."

*WEB SITE WATCH: Definitely one for the psych crowd, but some interesting reading at : Created by the author of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators: Complete Reference Guide book.

Special Thanks to Len Giese, Aris Hampers, Aram Heller, Alec Palao, Mike Raab, Steve Williamson, and Ed Wincentsen.

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