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U.S. '60s garage band updates
*Fresh from their performance at Cavestomp, the Electric Prunes have just released a new album entitled "Artifact," Billed as "the third album the original band never got to make," the CD is available exclusively via the band's web site at www.electricprunes.net. It's available as a special gold limited edition, and contains 15 songs plus a color booklet. The site proudly boasts that it's been "recorded and mixed analog in a garage studio!" Cost in the U.S is $20 postpaid. The Prunes also backed Moby Grape's Peter Lewis on a CD single titled "Hollywood Halloween." It, too, is available via the Prunes' web site.
*Neal Skok and Ron Simpson are currently planning "Hoosier Hotshots Volume II." a companion to their 1992 vinyl release of "Volume 1." This release will be on CD only. Though the final track selection has yet to be finalized, it will most likely contain a demo by Blue Mondays, and an unreleased tune by These Vizitors. Some of the other bands featured will include Oscar & The Majestics, Sunday Funnies, Sons Of Sound, Knots, Wild Things, and Try Angle. We'll print more information as the release date gets closer.
*The Swingin' Medallions have just released a new CD entitled "Christmas Party," featuring "current band members performing your favorite Christmas standards in the delightful tradition that only the Swingin' Medallions can deliver." It costs $12, and is only available via the band's web site at www.medallions.com
*Another classic garage band from the '60s that recently released a new CD is Florida's Canadian Rogues. It's titled "Still Rockin,'' and includes 10 cover versions of popular '60s tunes - though unfortunately none as originally recorded by the Rogues themselves. The CD was produced by Carl Chambers (of Ron & The Starfires and We The People fame) for Dizzy Ramblers Productions, and includes Chambers himself on Lead Guitar. For more information, swing by www.dizzyramblers.com
*In addition to the 2-CD Byrds' "Preflyte Sessions" (see last month's NEWS & NUGGETS), Sundazed has also released vinyl offerings of "Sanctuary III" (more rare Byrds recordings), and "Safe At Home," the only release by the International Submarine Band. Am I the only one whom would prefer these to be on compact disc? Visit (www.sundazed.com) While there, request the label's brand new "Sundazed Tymes #11" catalog. Their catalogs are always very eye appealing graphically, and doused with their quirky sense of humor.
*A new release on Break-A-Way Records is "Let Them Be Known," a CD and LP release by the Ringers, an obscure Los Angeles garage band from the '60s. According to information sent by Misty Lane Records, "The Ringers were more than just another typical '60s L.A. garage band among the myriad in that city to be infected with Beatlemania. The fact that they have remained unknown to even some of the most ardent devotees of mid-'60s rock is an injustice that is at last being corrected all these decades down the track. The Ringers' originally released output consisted of just three 45s that were issued between the years of 1964 and 1966, and a Peru-only LP in 1970. The LP presents the band's most significant beat´n`garage recordings, including four singles sides from the mid-'60s and six previously unreleased recordings from the same period." The LP version contains 10 tracks, while the CD version adds 11 more (I'm assuming the Peru LP).
*A Buzzy Linhart Benefit and Peace Party was held in mid-November at the Black Box Gallery and Theatre in Oakland. According to a newspaper article, "Linhart played on sessions with Jimi Hendrix and Harry Nilsson, and was once singled out by Times writer and Dylan biographer Robert Shelton as the first Western musician to incorporate Indian raga into his music." Among the musicians performing at the tribute were members of Canned Heat, the Strawberry Alarm Clock, and the Blues Project.
*Tony Sanchez is currently preparing "Fuzz, Flaykes & Shakes" (volumes six and seven) for an early 2002 release date. Volume six, titled "Come On Into My World," includes tracks by the Ides Of March, the Nite People, A Group Called Eve, the Tasmanians, and Thackery Rocke. Volume Seven, titled "You Make Me Lose My Mind," features tracks by the Lazy Eggs, Outsiders, Ides Of March (again), Palace Guards, the West Coast Branch, and the Perpetual Motion. Swing by (www.tonythetyger.com) for more information.
*The local Chicago PBS program, CHICAGO STORIES, that was mentioned here last month turned out to be much more interesting than your normal run of the mill "retrospective." Titled "How Chicago Rocked The '60s," and hosted by Chicago radio/TV personality Bob Sirott, the program contained interviews with members of the Ides Of March, Buckinghams, Shadows Of Knight, New Colony Six, Chicago, and Cryan' Shames. The real highlight, however, was the vintage footage that was shown throughout the show. Included were many television appearances by the Buckinghams, as well as an early appearance in 1964 from the DENNIS WHOLLEY SHOW, and in 1966 on TEEN TOWN. There were also several home movie clips - the highlight being a clip of the PRIME Shadows Of Knight circa '66. The show even mentioned the One-Eyed Jacks and the Riddles. It's obvious someone did their homework! The only negative comment I have is the 30-minute running time. There's definitely enough interesting material to produce a 60-minute or longer program. But how often does a local channel produce a program that digs deeper into the local music scene than just the "hitmakers?" Very well done. Let's hope other areas that had active '60s musical scenes - such as Detroit, Cleveland, and Minneapolis follow suit and produce other similarly themed programs.
*Arf Arf Records (www.arfarfrecords.com) is readying another chapter in the 'psych' series ('Lyte Dose', 'Heavy Dose', etc.) and Volume 2 of 'Only In America' for February release. After that will hopefully come the long awaited Five Emprees release.
*Volume 2 of Big Beat's (www.acerecords.co.uk) excellent Jerden reissue series "Battle of The Bands Volume 2" is now available. It's another excellent comp, and Big Beat's volumes are digging up additional unreleased tracks that Sundazed's similarly themed volumes have been lacking. Big Beat's volumes also have many photos of the bands, and band by band recaps in the liners. Highly recommended. Up next for Big Beat, in March, is "more Big Beat International stuff - four volumes of Aussie '60s stuff, including 'Board Boogie - The Instrumental Years'; 'Of Hopes & Dreams & Tombstones - The Beat Years'; 'The Hot Generation - The Punk Years'; and 'Peculiar Hole In The Sky - The Pop/Psych Years.' They're drawn from Festival's vaults, each disc is seventy minutes, and as well as the usual Oz '60s suspects like the Purple Hearts, Tony Worsley, Steve & The Board etc., includes many rarer tracks not previously reissued." This is in addition to the currently available Thor's Hammer release, a direct-from-the-master tapes retrospective on a 1966 Scandanavian band.
*And, to close on a promising note, comes this bit of news posted to the Bomp-list by Joe Belock (via Mike Randle of Baby Lemonade and the last incarnation of Love): "The California Circuit Appeals Court has decided to throw out Arthur Lee's original RIDICULOUS 12-year conviction from 1996 (gee, thanks Judge) for firing a gun (in the air in Sherman Oaks, of all places). They have given Los Angeles District Attorney, Steven Cooley, 60 days to retry Arthur Lee or set him free. According to Arthur's close friend and former tour manager, David Fairweather (himself, an assistant Santa Monica District Attorney), Cooley will most likely declare Arthur's sentence 'time served' and be done with it. So, friends, Arthur may be a free man again very soon. Unfortunately, he's had to spend the last 6 years behind bars instead of creating and performing great music IN BARS. But, such is life in the California Penal System." SPECIAL THANKS to Joe Belock, Aram Heller, James Lowe, Misty Lane Records, Alec Palao, Tony Sanchez, and Ron Simpson.
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