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*According to Ron Hall, the release of the Memphis Garage Band project has been pushed back a bit. There will now be a gala release party for the book and CD for Labor Day Weekend at Shangri-La Records on Madison in Memphis, Tennessee. There will be a few additional bands added to the scope of the project, however, and - if the project at least breaks even - a second CD volume is a distinct possibility. If you'd like to be added to the mailing list to keep apprized of the project, contact Ron at email@example.com.
*Howard Berkman of the Knaves ("Leave Me Alone") informed me that Sundazed is planning a fall release for a 10" EP of the complete studio recorded works of his '60's band. Included will be seven tracks and an alternate eighth rhythm track. To read more about Chicago's Knaves, and to catch up on what Howard's been up to lately, visit his web site at: http://www.howardberkman.com. Be on the lookout for an upcoming Lance Monthly interview with Howard, drummer Gene Lubin, and all the rest of the Knaves (we're tracking 'em down one by one).
*Also on the Sundazed front will be a 180-gram vinyl releases of these classic albums: The MC5's "Kick Out The Jams" ("uncensored, w/gatefold featuring John Sinclair's original incendiary liner notes"); Love's "Forever Changes," and The Butterfield Blues Band's "East-West!" Visit: http://www.sundazed.com for more information.
*Brent Hosier's second CD volume of '60's garage rock from Virginia is now available. "Aliens Psychos & Wild Things Vol. 2" also includes some tracks by The Creations of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The CD has 25 tracks, including eight unreleased tunes. It's another great volume, with some standout tunes. Like time, the booklet contains brief histories of the bands, and many cool photos - including a great full color cover shot of the Creations. Recommended! Featured Virginia bands are The Panics, Live Wires, Roaches, Miller Brothers, Smacks, Flys, Nite Beats, Hazzars, Barracudas, Escorts, Phantoms, Minutemen, Uprisers, Changing Times, Kool Kuzzins, Sound On Sound, and Shades LTD. The CD is available for $13 postpaid. To order a copy, write to Brent Hosier, P.O. Box 194, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Check out the label's new web site at http://www.virginiamusicflash.com/arcania.htm
*Now available is a CD of Rudi Protrudi's "inept" teen garage band, King Arthur's Quart. The disc is comprised of a live recording of the group's appearance at Allen Jr. High in 1966. Also included is a bonus track from 1967 of Protrudi's second band, Rigor Mortis. For more information, check out: http://www.fuzztones.net
*In mid-June, Collectables reissued the four (you've got to be kidding me - four?) albums by the Royal Guardsmen on two 2-for-1 CDs. Album titles include "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron"/"Snoopy & His Friends" and "The Return of The Red Baron"/"Snoopy For President". Once the Guardsmen reached the big time with their smash novelty tune "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron," serious rock fans instantly wrote them off - which was a shame. Even though their albums are littered with other novelty tunes, and some questionable cover songs, the band proved their worth with "Shot Down," "Leaving Me," and a credible version of "Baby Let's Wait," made famous by the Young Rascals. And that short "best of" list doesn't even include "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" (which dizzyrambler.com recalls was rejected by the Canadian Rogues!) or "Snoopy's Christmas" - two songs that everybody loves (come on - you do, too). Check the albums out at: www.oldies.com/product/index.cfm/id/2771.html and www.oldies.com/product/index.cfm/id/2772.html
*Edsel Records out of the U.K. has released four albums by the Seeds on 2-for-1 CDs. The albums are "The Seeds"/"A Web Of Sound" and "Future"/"A Full Spoon of Seedy Blues." Promised soon is yet another 2-for-1 containing "Raw & Alive"/"Rarities." No word yet as to what will be included on the "Rarities" disc. The label also offers Kaleiodscope's "Side Trips" '67 debut album, "Tanyet" by the Ceyleib People, "Mad River" by Mad River from '68, and yet another 2-for-1 of "acid-drenched Country Rock classics" by Hearts & Flowers. The band is best remembered for featuring a young Bernie Leadon. Sorry - no web address available.
*Arf Arf Records' newest mail order catalog lists these upcoming releases for the 2001 year: "A Deadly Dose of Wydle Psych"; "Only In America - Volume 2"; "Five Emprees - Little Miss Sad" (Gear Fab also announced a Five Emprees release a short while back); and what appear to be two more '60's gaarge releases on the Cheep Cheep off-shoot label: "Teener Teener Teener" and "Loser Loser Loser." Though their web site isn't updated any where near frequently enough, Arf Arf can be found on the web at: http://www.arfarfrecords.com
*Rhino Handmade and Bright Midnight will soon be releasing the second four volumes of the Unreleased Doors Concert Series. From Rhino Handsmade: "In July 1969 the Doors played two concerts to packed audiences at The Aquarius Theatre on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. In addition, the day after the two concerts, the Doors used the Aquarius stage, still loaded with their equipment from the night before, to conduct a private rehearsal. Both of these concerts, as well as the private rehearsal, were recorded in connection with the then-gathering of the multitrack masters which would be considered during the creation of the Doors' 'Absolutely Live' album. These Aquarius recordings will be released in four separate packages: a single-CD compilation entitled 'The Doors - Live In Hollywood: Highlights From The Aquarius Theatre Performances'; two different 2-CD sets entitled 'The Doors - Live at The Aquarius Theatre: The First Performance' and 'The Doors - Live At The Aquarius Theatre: The Second Performance'; and a single-CD of the private rehearsal entitled 'The Doors - Backstage And Dangerous: The Private Rehearsal.'"
*October will see the release of "The Golden Road 1965-1972," a twelve CD compilation that will feature digitally re-mastered versions of the Grateful Dead's 1967 to 1973 albums on Warner Brothers, as well as live and unreleased material. Of more interest to garage band collectors is the fact that the set, which will retail for $159.00, will include a two-disc set being assembled by longtime Dead publicist Dennis McNally, called "The Birth of the Dead," which features tracks recorded before the Dead signed with Warner Brothers. "One [disc] will be studio, one will be live," McNally says of the early recordings. "It was recorded between late '65 and the end of 1966, primarily '66, and they basically sound like a smoking blues band, which was what they were before they started really getting experimental. We've got some absolute jewels. There's some wonderful material most Deadheads have never heard."Thanks to http://www.rollingstone.com for the info.
*Will the number of reformed '60's bands ever end? Playing in direct competition to the Electric Prunes at Vox Fest on June 16th were Jefferson Starship, The Original Moby Grape, Iron Butterfly, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Country Joe McDonald. The performance was presented in conjunction with the "High Societies" exhibition, featuring 110 psychedelic posters from San Francisco in the late 1960s. The show was held at the Starlight Amphitheater (Balboa Park) in San Diego. Early reviews have unanimously praised the Prunes, while Moby Grape and the Strawberry Alarm Clock also received many glowing comments.
*It's hard to believe it's been a year already, but from June 29th through July 8th, Mods & Rockers 2001 will be presenting even "more Groovy Movies From the Shag-A-Delic '60s!. The Cinematheque is back, with another bevy of Tripped-Out, Tuned-In rarities from the Shag-a-delic Sixties!! Dip into the Secret Agents on Acid madness of CASINO ROYALE, MODESTY BLAISE, SEBASTIAN and WHAT'S UP TIGER LILY? Travel around the globe searching for the perfect wave in Bruce Brown's classic THE ENDLESS SUMMER. Discover lost Mod treasures like WORK IS A 4-LETTER WORD, OTLEY, and CAPTAIN MILKSHAKE. A special highlight of [the] Mod 2001 Fest will be in-person appearances by directors Bruce Brown (THE ENDLESS SUMMER), Val Guest (CASINO ROYALE) and Richard Crawford (CAPTAIN MILKSHAKE)." Other films scheduled to be shown include GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE, BARBARELLA, REVOLUTION, And WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? The film festival is being held at The American Cinematheque's Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
*The Cherry Slush ("I Cannot Stop You" fame) has released a CD retrospective entitled "Looking Back." It's an 8 song release that includes a full history of the band, and some very cool photos. Songs include the fuzz monster "She'll Be Back," a very poppy "Day Don't Come" in full-Buckingham's mode, and covers of the Beatles' "Birthday" and the Byrds "Feel a Whole Lot Better." Check out the web site at: http://www.thecherryslush.com for ordering information.
*Michael Stuart-Ware, drummer for Love on the albums "Forever Changes" and "Da Capo," has written a book about his tenure with the band. According to his web site, Michael has "written a hard-hitting, first-person account of the events surrounding the group's touring and recording schedule from 1966 through 1968 as seen from the inside." Ware was also the drummer for the Sons of Adam from '64 - '66, but the book concentrates on his Love years only. The book is 330 pages, and includes 12 photos, but is available as a CD-ROM only. It's $20 postpaid. Visit http://www.pegasuscarousel.com for more information.
*The Spring 2001 edition of MOJO COLLECTIONS features many articles of interest. The cover story is titled "Psych Fest! Over 30 Mind-Frying Pages!" Articles include the Chocolate Watchband's Dave Aguilar relating the influence that the British Invasion had on him; an excellent article by Tim Foster and Jim Irvin on the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band; the early recordings by Alice Cooper, including the Spiders and Nazz 45s; Monkees collectibles; and stories on Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, the Beatles, and the Best of Freakbeat. It's an all around solid issue.
*WEB SITE WATCH: Thanks to Rat Pfink, Menachem Turchick's very valuable online database for garage/psych compilations ("Searchin' For Shakes") is now available via a web interface. Previously accessible only via Hitomi's Cutie Morning Moon web site, the new web database is now online at http://www.soybomb.com/garage-comps/. It's an excellent resource, and will prove invaluable in seeking out reissue availibility on those hard to find singles we all have to have. SPECIAL THANKS to Howard Berkman, Ben Chaput, Ron Hall, Brent Hosier, Gene Lubin, and Rat Pfink.
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