Here is a mix of sloppy RnB records I made quite a while back with some great 50's and 60's songles on it. In the last month I've left San Antonio, returned to Baltimore and been sent to Philadelphia to fight off a scab company union that is trying to divide workers who have been members of my union for the last three decades. So I've been pretty busy to say the least and I haven't been able to post many new blog entries lately.
I also believe that I have contracted swine flu and have been too sick to work for the last two days so here is a mix that I have posted in a few places before- so maybe you are one of the 15 people that has already heard it, but regardless I hope you like it. As usual if you like it post comments. I'll post the track list in a few days.
and if you want to download it just follow the link
I haven't posted anything for a while and figured I'd post some newly acquired RnB records that I've been into.
Billy Young- Glendora - Original Sound
This is a record that I have been searching for for years. The first time I heard the Down Liner Sect's rendition of the song I was completely blown away and couldn't believe a 60's British RnB band could come up with such a kick ass song! But it wasn't until years later when digging through records at a dealer's house that I discovered that a British RnB band did not come up with such a kick ass song, and the version done by the Sect had been pretty much stolen from this barely known RnB record by Billy Young. Unforetunately, at the time, the record in question was not for sale and from what I could gather very few copies were known to exist.
In the last few years it seems that a few more copies have surfaced but for the most part it is one of the greatest songs that no one has heard. I was super excited to find a friend selling a copy a few months back and bought it as quickly as I could. Enjoy it!
Also more can be read about the singer, Billy Young on the Georgia Soul blog here.
Lester Young- Down to The River- Barry
No not that Lester Young. This is another flea market find and a record that I had never heard before. Until I did a little research, I was under the assumption that this was some weird foray into the world of RnB by the accomplished tenor player. And while a weird foray into the world of RnB it most certainly is, the tenor player it is pretty certainly not. It turns out that that Lester Young died in 1959 and this record was recorded for Barry Records in 1961. This is none the less a super cool and strange record to my ear as it sounds like a Sonny Terry blues bopper with horns arranged by Charles Mingus! On top of all that, mister Lester Young does some serious testifying about getting the man who stole his woman! It might be an aquired taste for some, but for me this record is definitely a killer.
Billy Boss and The Bosstones- Sweet Ruby Red Lips- Guyden
This record is another one that I had never heard of before I found it. It starts out sounding like its gonna be an up tempo party record and then quickly turns into a down and dirty RnB grinder that really moves. The bass and drums on this record are out of control and who ever Billy Boss was he sure could belt out a song!
Lloyd Nolen- Fun Fun- King
I cannot find anything out about this record, which is a shame because this is exactly what an RnB record should sound like in my opinion. Unlike the flip of this record, "What's Happening in Here?" which is a bland Fats Domino type stoller, "Fun Fun" is a rocking and rollicking party record that is pretty unconventional. The guitar and drums (or drum?) are incredible to my ear and the entire "orchestra" that is backing up Lloyd sounds like its made up of cave men. Enjoy.
The Chestnuts- Don't Go- Mercury
This is a great vocal group record and here is what I have to say about it: I love this record and I love every record that sounds like this record. Chants. Primitive Drumming. A Pleading Man. No Strings. A record doesn't need anything else.
Let's face it, in the age of the internet, ebay and gemm it can be easy to forget how great digging for rare records can be. So I figured I'd put together a post highlighting some of the most unexpected, exciting and valuable records that I've come across recently for cheap in antique stores and flea markets.
THE OUTCASTS- I'm In Pittsburgh (and Its Raining)- ASKEL
I bought this record for $20 at flea market and though that seemed pretty pricey I thought the record sounded tough as hell so I decided to spurge on it anyway. As I said in my post on garage records I don't know too much about garage, but I like to pick up records that I think sound good. Well it turns out that this is an ultra rare garage single that has been comped on a bunch of 60's bootlegs including the legendary Pebbles series. Not only that, but after a search of popsike and call to a 60's collector friend of mine I learned that this record goes for between $800 and $1200! To say the least I flipped my wig! This is by far the most valuable record I own and although it is a tough as nails diddley-beat stomper if I can't pay my bills anytime soon you might just see it up on ebay!
THE MORNING DEW- Go Away- Fairyland
Here's another garage record. I got this one for 10 bucks at an antique store. I thought it sounded pretty good and was more than happy to find that it sells for close to $200!
BENNY JOY- Crash the Party- Antler
A few weeks ago I had some time to kill between meetings and was driving around looking for a spot to buy some fried chicken when I saw this small building that had a sign out front that said "Flea Market." I decided to check it out and went inside. I asked around to see if there were any records and when I found some I spent about 20 minutes looking through dirty, dusty boring 70's pop and 80's soul 45s. Then out of the no where I pull this legendary rockabilly stomper out of the pile. "What the fuck is this doing here?" I thought to myself. Well I figured if there is one rare rockabilly record in a pile of records there must be another one so I kept digging. After another 20 minutes of digging I had finished looking through all the records and did not find one other single that was not by a band like The Dazz Band or Three Dog Night from the 70's or later. So how the fuck did this piece of rockabilly goodness end up in a flea market in San Antonio amungst boring disco records? I don't know. Anyway I brought it to the owner of the booth and paid a hefty 50 cents for it! I had sold a completely beat copy on ebay for $75 a few years ago so I knew that I had done pretty well for my self, but after a search on popsike I learned that it goes for $150- $250!
TOM SWIFT AND THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHERS- Empty Heart/ Come On In- Sound Tex Empty Heart
Come On In
I know nothing about this record. I guess I'd describe it as folk-psych-garage. It is rumored to be a single by the group that went on to record under the moniquer of T. Swift and the Electric Bag who released one albumn- Are You Expirienced and then disapered for ever. But I can find out absolutely nothing about this record. I have a feeling it might be worth something, but who knows its cool to hear a snotty punk singing over a kazzoo solo none the less. If anyone knows anything about this record please let me know.
I've been wanting to do a post on Mexican Rock N Roll for a while and now seems as good a time as any. I've slowly been picking up some really cool Mexican records over the last few months at flea markets here in Texas and after a particularly good Sunday spent at the flea market I thought I'd put together a little something on some of the coolest Mexican Rock n Roll records I've found so far. Rather than just posting a mix though I'm gonna do something different and feature a label scan and whatever thoughts I might have on each of these records, you can also just download the mix that will have all these mucho cool selections on it too. These records span the gambit from rockabilly to rock n roll to garage and a lot of them sound like a wild mix of the three. I don't speak Spanish and can only understand a small amount so don't count on my comments being too enlightening. Also just so you know I haven't cleaned any of these records and so they all sound pretty scratched up.
LOS CRAZY KINGS- TWIST DE LA ABUELITA- AJUA! RECORDS
This might be one of the most bad-ass records I have ever found. Period. There a very few truly mind blowing 45s that I have discovered and have never heard before and this is definitely one of them. "Twist de la Abuelita" is undeniably not one of the most profound songs ever penned (for Christ's sakes even my guerro ass knows that the Crazy Kings are singing about doing the twist with their gandma!), but that only adds to the records appeal in my book! From the opening notes of the muddy out-of-tune bass line and then the distorted and completely fucked up guitar intro to the end of this 1 minute 20 second song this platter is a fucking winner! Records like this are meant to be played LOUD. Like most of these records I know nothing about Los Crazy Kings who the label lists as being Juan Jose, Canchola, Indalecio, and Anastasio. Any info on this forte four would be greatly appriciated.
LOS MONJES- JANKY PANKY- CBS
Here's another super-cool record. This one is by Los Monjes (The Monks) and while I can't turn up a whole lot of info on this group either (I can't say I've tried too hard) it seems that this band, like the other Monks, were a rock n roll-garage and later psyche group that dressed up like monks and put out a few insane 45s. This JANKY PANKY is pronounced Hanky Panky and as you might have already guessed is a cover of that ever loved American rock n roll standard. The record boasts a great Lucille inspired bass line, killer organ, fierce vocals and cave man drumming that just barely come together (and come close to falling off the track all together a few times) and that is really what makes me love this record. Again another one to play loud this time with lampshade on head.
LOS BLUE KINGS- GUERA TWIST/BAILA NENA BAILAR/ MUCHACHOS- ALEGRIA
Here are three songs from Los Blue Kings from an EP on the Alegria record label. There is some information on the internet about this group, but most of it is in Spanish so I really can't tell you much about them. Apparently Los Blue Kings first came on the scene in 1961 and later became Los Iracundos around 1963. I don't know anything about Los Iracundos, but if you use google and read spanish you might be able to gleen more than I could. Regardless, these three selections are all pretty squarely found on the rockabilly side of town and are all pretty solid in my opinion. Guera Twist which I'm pretty sure means "white woman twist" is great. The guitar solo is short and sweet and the lyrics are pretty straight forward. Baila Nena Bailar steps it up a bit with some snarling volcals and another great guitar solo. The last song on the EP, Muchachos, is equally rocking even though the call and response vocals about all the muchachos doing the twist are a little bit goofy, the guitar solos are once again priceless.
LUIS "VIVI" HERNANDEZ- CHIPI CHIPI/ YA VOY- CISNE
After digging through piles of moldy 45s at a flea market in San Antonio a few weeks ago, I walked outside into the 104 degree heat, bought a beer from a booth and sat down at a picknick table. I shuffled through some of my scores and finally put this record on my portable turntable. THIS IS THE FUCKING SHIT is all I could think. I have no idea who Luis "VIVI" Hernandez is or was, but in my humble opinion he must have been some sort of god.To me, both sides of this record embody everything thing that every rockabilly record should be (and too often is not). Senor Hernandez screams/shouts his way through these songs as every rockabilly performer should have and stops only for guitar solos which are completely retarded. Like I said- This is the fucking shit!
LOS REBELDES DEL ROCK- LA HIERDRA VENENOSA- DIMSA
Right here we have another solid sender from south of the border. I don't really have much to say about this kick ass cover of Poison Ivy except that it is excellent. Play it loud.
LOS ROCKIN DEVILS- BULE BULE- ORFEON
Los Rockin Devils- the name says it all. Well at least it says teenage boys making loud music and wanting to pick up chicks pretty clearly. And honestly isn't that what rock n roll is all about? This record is a pretty straight forward cover of Wolley Bully. Its wild and stomping and is definately worth playing real loud. Apparently Los Rockin Devils are still around and have been in a ton of movies and put out quite a few albums as well. You can find more on Los Rockin Devils on their website here: http://www.losrockindevils.net/.
Here are all the tracks put together and you can download them as well:
Here is a mix of sleazy instromental sounds that I made for the tittyshakers.com web forum earlier this year. It features a ton of great records and a lot of em haven't been comped before. I hope you enjoy em.
You can download it here: http://www.divshare.com/download/7087997-06b
here is the tracklist: Drum City- Part 2- Gary Webb- Donna Coesville- Johnny Zorro- Warner Bros 4th Diminsion- The Centuries- Cleopatra On The Rocks- Ramrocks- Disc Jockey Cobra- The Boys- #1 Kopout- The Hustlers- Downey Bop Suey- Jack Hale Orchestra- Pepper Terrbble Ivan- Art Roberts- Imperial Firewater- Premiers- Nu Phi Sands of Arabia- Teentones- Cuca Peach Seeds- Little Joe- Challenge Jungle Walk- Dyna-Sores- Rendezvouz Hot Rock- The Ramrocks- Disc Jockey Where Yo Is- Fat Daddy Holmes- Jet Wip and Jerk- The Fenways- Imperial Boss Walk pt 1- The Majestics- Dunes Double Freeze- Dave Dean's Combo- Duke Astronaut's- The Busters- Arlen Back Beat No. 1- The Rondels- Amy South Swell- Little Joe- Challenge
I don't really collect garage records, but that don't mean that I don't dig em. In fact I find them pretty fucking great, its just that many of em are just too pricey for a guy like me. Over the last year or two I have picked up a few great garage records and I figured that this might be a good place to post em. So here's a new mix or scratchy, beat up and stompin garage records that I really don't know too much about. If you know anything about these records please post it in the comments. I'll post the track list in a few days.
Down Load it here: http://www.divshare.com/download/7676782-6ae
This is a mix of 50's and 60's RnB 45s I made a few months back and have sent out to a few poeple. Its one of my favorite mixes so I figured it would be worth posting here. If you like it let me know. I'll post the track list in the comments if people want to see it.
You can download it here: http://www.divshare.com/download/6078788-21a
6-16-09 Here's The Track List...
Hey Little Willie- X-Cellents - Smash Cherokee Dance- Bob Landers with Willie Joe and His Unitar- Specialty Bull Frog- Johnny Moore and his New Blazers- Rendezvous Take Me With You Baby- The "5" Royales - Home of the Blues Dick Tracy- The Chants- Verve Comin Down- Jackie Shane- Sue Wig Job- Johnny Niles- Mercury Mama Linda- The Monitors- Specialty Uh Uh Baby- Little Willie John- King Little Indian Girl- Billy and The Moonlighters- Crystal Ball I'm A Lovin' Man- Young Jessie- Mercury Family Dance- Bunny Sigler (Mr. Emotion)- V-Tone The Grunt- Eddie Kirk- Fortune Oh Red!- Smiley Lewis- Imperial Troubles- The Rollers- Bell-Star Hey Mr. Taxi Driver- The Diplomats- Arock Da Da Goo Goo- Harvey- Chess Chewing Gum- Danny Brown- Earth Flat Foot Sam- Oscar Willis- Argo Money- Barret Strong- Anna Will Travel- Lee Tillman- Ron
Alright, I've been thinking about doing this for a while so here it goes. The Slop blog will be dedicated to posting some of my favorite 45 RPM record scores from flea markets, thrift stores, record fairs, basements, attics, record stores and where ever else I might find em. I'll be dedicating this blog to greasy RnB, wild Rock N Roll, Garage, Soul, Surf, Tittyshaker Instromentals, Blues, Rockabilly and what ever else moves me. I hope you dig it if you do let me know. Here is my first mix, a collection of 45s I've picked up in San Antonio over the last 4 or 5 month. Some RnB, some Soul and even some Mexican Rock N Roll.
download it here: http://www.divshare.com/download/7507102-980
Here's the tracklist: Teenie Weenie- Latimore Brown- Dutchess Lucille- Sonny Ace and the Twisters- JOX Get Away Fly- Big Buddy Lucas- Pioneer Big John- Richard Berry- RPM Jump Sister Bessie- Otis Rush- Cobra Nearer and Dearer- Chris and Stella Towns- Bonus Records Teenage Mambo- The Gaylarks- Music City Mary Lou- Young Jessie- Modern I Love You Baby- The Kings- JAX The Freeze- Fenton and the Castle Rockers- Duke OH-POOP-E-DOO- The Paramounts- GLO El Tren- The Pepper-Notes- Disco Grande Rattlesnake Baby, Rattlesnake- Joe Johnson Do The Mustang- Alexander and the Greats- Limelight Bring Back My Dog- Jay J. Jones- V-Tone Twistin in The Tub- Damal & Rasheed- Great Twist de la Abuelita- Los Crazy Kings- Ajua! I Don't Know About You- Jay J. Jones- V-Tone Itchy Koo- Hank Blackman and the Killers- Brent The Slide- The Blendtones- Success Going To Vietnam- Big Amos- M.O.C Tamales- Sonny Ace and The Twisters- Rival Monkey's Uncle- Ray Sharpe- Josie U-2 - Big Sonny and his Furys- Best