Iron Leg Radio Show #39

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Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
The Cocktail Cabinet – Breathalyser (Page One)
Locomotive – Rudi’s In Love (Bell)
Earth Quake – I Get the Sweetest Feeling (A&M)
Harper and Rowe – Here Comes Yesterday Again (World Pacific)
Hal Blaine – Drums A Go Go (Dunhill)
Kim Fowley – Born to Be Wild (Imperial)
Wild Angels Promo

Bobby Sty – Incense and Peppermints (Hit Sounds)
Mike Landers – Hush (Hit Sounds)
Mike Landers – I Can See For Miles (Hit Sounds)
Mustang – Haight Ashbury Time (Somerset)
Mustang – The Acid Test (Somerset)
Soul Strings and a Funky Horn – Grazing In the Grass (Solid State)
Sam Wright Group – Green Onions (Curio)
Tommy Knight and the Knights – Tighten Up (Promenade)
Psych-Out Promo

Associated Soul Group – Are You Experienced (Contessa)
Electric Piano Playground – I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night (Bell)
Electric Piano Playground – Good Vibrations (Bell)
Electronic Concept Orchestra – Aquarius (Limelight)
Electric Indian – Storm Warning (UA)
Electric Tommy – Overture (Viva)
Marketts – Come to the Sunshine (World Pacific)
Stapleton-Morley Expression – Creeque Alley (Dunhill)
Stapleton-Morley Expression – 12:30 (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon) (Dunhill)
Stapleton-Morley Expression – San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) (Dunhill)
101 Strings – A Taste of Soul (Alshire)
The Trip Promo

JP Rags – Scruffety (World Pacific)
JP Rags – The Bells 0f St Barbara (World Pacific)
JP Rags – Still Life (World Pacific)
Karen Karsh – Wasn’t Born To Follow (Dunhill)
Karen Karsh – Musty Dusty (Dunhill)
Brady Bunch – I Just Want To Be Your Friend (Paramount)
The Collage – Would You Like To Go (Smash)
New Life – Canterbury Road (Epic)
Wild In the Streets Promo

 

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 39 – 222MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This time out I have a nice, long show for you, with more than two hours of sonic wonderment.

We get things off to a start with some groovy new arrivals, segue into two long sets looking at the various and sundry types of musical exploitation, and then some softer sounds to round out the show.

If this is your first taste, make sure to drop into the archive in the header and check out the previous 38 (?!?) episodes.

I think you’ll dig it.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #37

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Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Bobby Fuller Four – Gallancamps Shoes Commercial
Bobby Fuller Four – Let Her Dance (Mustang)
Bobby Fuller Four – Another Sad and Lonely Night (Mustang)
Bobby Fuller Four – KHJ Big Kahuna Theme
Bobby Fuller Four – Take My Word (Mustang)
Bobby Fuller Four – Never To Be Forgotten (Mustang)
Bobby Fuller Four – KRLA King of the Wheels Theme

Free Design – 2002 a Hit Song (Project 3)
Free Design – Kites are Fun (Project 3)
Free Design – Butterflies are Free (Project 3)
Free Design – Bubbles (Project 3)
Free Design – California Dreaming (Project 3)
Free Design – Eleanor Rigby (Project 3)
Free Design – Kije’s Ouija (Project 3)
Free Design – Where Do I Go (Project 3)
Free Design – My Brother Woody (Project 3)
Free Design – Stay Another Season (Project 3)
Free Design – Windows of the World (Project 3)
Free Design – I Found Love (Project 3)
Free Design – Jack In the Box Commercial

Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Mary Mary (Elektra)
Dave Clark Five – All Night Long (Epic)
Glen Campbell – Bowling Green (Capitol)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – These Days (Liberty)
Donovan – Tangerine Puppet (Hickory)
Jake Thackray – The Black Swan (Philips)
The Beach Boys – Feel Flow (Brother/WB)
The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up (Brother/WB)
The Beach Boys – Til I Die (Brother/WB)

 

 

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 37 – 172MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month you get a set of groovers by the Bobby Fuller Four, a look at the sounds of one of my favorite pop groups, the Free Design as well as a set of new arrivals.

I hope you dig it all, and if you’re new to the Iron Leg Radio Show, take a dip in the archive.

See you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #36

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Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Sunshine Company – Love That’s Where It Is (Imperial)
Candymen – Ways (ABC)
Tommy Roe – Aggravation (ABC)
Tommy Roe – Leave Her (ABC)
Chain Reaction – You Should Have Been Here Yesterday (Verve)
The Poor – My Mind Goes High (York)
The Turtles – She’s My Girl (White Whale)
Emmit Rhodes- Really Wanted You (ABC)
Rick Nelson – Don’t Make Promises (Decca)

British Walkers – I Found You (Try)
Changing Tymes – Free Spirit (She Comes On) (Bell)
Brian Hyland – The Joker Went Wild (Philips)
The Collage – Rainy Blue Day (Smash)
The Collage – Would You Like To Go (Smash)
Fun and Games – Elephant Candy (White Whale)
Fun and Games – The Grooviest Girl In the World (White Whale)
Jimmie Haskell – Prelude (ABC)
Jimmie Haskell/Denny Doherty – To Claudia On Thursday (ABC)
The Love Generation – The Love In Me (Imperial)

The Montanas – That’s When Happiness Began (WB)
Hondells – Just One More Chance (Columbia)
Coopers – Didn’t I (White Whale)
Nino Tempo and April Stevens with the Guilloteens – I Love How You Love Me (Atco)
Del Shannon – She (Liberty)
Cowsills – River Blue (MGM)
Eternity’s Children – Mrs Bluebird (Tower)
Chris and Peter Allen – Just Friends (Mercury)
Free Design – Kites Are Fun (Project 3)
Joyride – Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (World Pacific)
Van Dyke Parks – Come To the Sunshine (MGM)
Thom McCan Commercial

 

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 36 – 160MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month I was in the mood for some hooks and jangle, so I dipped into the archives and pulled out a bunch of groovy stuff. You get a grip of Curt Boettcher-associated material (songs, productions, arrangements), some soft pop, sunshine, bubblegum and even a bit of freakbeat.

Wait for a sunny day and play this one while you fly a kite (cuz kites are fun!).

See you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #35

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Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Artie Schroeck Implosion – Six O’Clock (Verve)
Bud Shank – Coconut Grove (World Pacific)
Sound Symposium – Darling Be Home Soon (Dot)
Tony Hatch – Black Is Black (WB)
George Tipton – Rainmaker (WB)
Pat Williams – Don’t Leave Me (Verve)
Billy Vaughn – Time of the Season (Dot)

Gary McFarland – Get Back (Skye)
Bobby Bryant – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (World Pacific Jazz)
Don Randi – Tomorrow Never Knows (Reprise)
Cal Tjader – Lady Madonna (Skye)
Count Basie – Come Together (Tiger)
Freddy McCoy – I Am a Walrus (Prestige)
Living Guitars – Baby You’re Rich Man (Camden)
Mike Melvoin – Paperback Writer (Liberty)

Electric Tommy – Amazing Journey (Viva)
Electric Tommy – Sparks (Viva)
Enoch Light and the Light Brigade – Over Under Sideways Down (Project 3)
Ronnie Aldrich – Ride My Seesaw (London)
Helmut Zacharias – Hurdy Gurdy Man (Capitol)
Mariano and the Unbeleivables – Sunshine Superman (Capitol)
Living Guitars – San Franciscan Nights (Camden)

Freddy McCoy – Pet Sounds (Prestige)
Liberace – Suite Judy Blue Eyes (WB)
Sound Symposium – America (Dot)
Paul Horn – Eight Miles High (RCA)
Living Guitars – Out and About (Camden)
Roger Coulam – Dizzy (Contour)
101 Strings – Spinning Wheel (Alshire)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 35 – 191MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

I know I said last week that I would be posting some Dave Van Ronk stuff this week, but I forgot that I already had this month’s podcast in the can, so Dave and his pals will be along next week.

This month, the Iron Leg Radio Show is dedicated completely to instrumental covers of 60s pop and rock tunes from all ends of the instro spectrum. There are jazzers, easy listening, Moog, pop orchestras, you name it, there’s something here for everyone.

It is a groovy collection, and I hope you dig it.

See you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #34

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Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Underdogs –Love’s Gone Bad (VIP)
Jacques Dutronc – Et Moi Et Moi Et Moi (Vogue)
Bobby Brelyn – Hannah (Jorel)
Mars Bonfire – Ride With Me (UNI)
Chris and Peter Allen – My Silent Symphony (Mercury)
Ruthann – Carry On (Glittering Dancer) (Reprise)
Utica Club Natural Carbonation Band – Utica Club Natural Carbonation Beer Drinking Song (Utica Club)
Jim Lowe – Michael J Pollard For President (Buddah)
Jefferson Airplane Levis Commercial

The Eagles – Eagle (Warner Brothers)
Bucky Wilkin – I Wanna Be Free (RCA)
Bucky Wilkin – Delta Day (RCA)
John Buck Wilkin – Faces and Places (Liberty) 
John Buck Wilkin – My God and I (Liberty)
John Buck Wilkin – Boy of the Country (Liberty)
John Buck Wilkin – Apocalypse 1969 (Liberty)
John Buck Wilkin – Me and Bobby McGee (Liberty)
John Buck Wilkin – The Daydream (Liberty)
Sopwith Camel Levis Commercial

Buck Wilkin – Going On (UA)
Buck Wilkin – Get Up (UA)
Buck Wilkin – Down On Music Row (UA)
Buck Wilkin – Star Spangled Girl (UA)
Buck Wilkin – Sun, Moon and Stars (UA)
Canned Heat Levis Commercial

Boyce and Hart Coke Commercial
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – Where Angels Go Trouble Follows (A&M)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart- Out and About (A&M)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – Sometimes She’s a Little Girl (A&M)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart- Blow You a Kiss In the Wind (Aquarian)
Curt Boettcher Levis Commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 34 – 197MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

I have some cool stuff for you this time around, including all kinds of new arrivals, a long look at the sounds of unjustly forgotten Nashville rocker John Buck Wilkin and a set of Boyce and Hart action.

As always, I hope you dig the sounds.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #30

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Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Mindbenders – The Morning After (Fontana)
The Remains – Once Before (Epic)
The Remains – Diddy Wah Diddy (Epic)
Sir Raleigh and the Coupons – Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day (Jerden)
Del Shannon – She (Liberty)
Carole King – Pleasant Valley Sunday (Demo)
Scotty McKay – All Around the World (Claridge)
Baker Knight and the Knightmares – Hallucinations (Reprise)
The Enemys – Mojo Woman (MGM)
Freddy Cannon – 20th Century Fox (WB)
Moody Blues – Fly Me High (London)
Moody Blues Concert Promo


Nilsson – The Path That Leads To Trouble (Tower)
Nilsson – Good Times (Tower)
Nilsson – So You Think You’ve Got Troubles (Tower)
Nilsson – Growin’ Up (Tower)
Nilsson – Signs (demo)
Nilsson – This Could Be The Night (demo)
Monkees – Daddy’s Song (Head OST)
Glen Campbell – Without Her (Capitol)
Bobby Vee – One (Liberty)
Ella Fitzgerald – Open Your Window (Reprise)
Nilsson – Ban Roll On Commercial

Paul Williams – Nilsson Sings Newman (A&M)*
Puppet – Best Friend (Date)
Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’ (Aerial Pandemonium Ballet Remix) (RCA)
Nilsson – Mr Richland’s Favorite Song (Aerial Pandemonium Ballet Remix) (RCA)
Nilsson – Mourning Glory Story (RCA)
Nilsson – Mother Nature’s Son (RCA)
Nilsson – Puppy Song (RCA)
George Tipton – Rainmaker (WB)
George Tipton – Maybe (WB)
Davy Jones – Are You Sleeping (The Point UK Cast OST – MCA)
Mickey Dolenz – He’s Leaving (The Point UK Cast OST – MCA)
Pat Williams – Don’t Leave Me (Verve)
Lena Horne – Think About Your Troubles (Buddah)
Harry Nilsson – Handgun Violence PSA

DMZ – Out of Our Tree (Sire)
Paul Raven – Soul Thing (MCA UK)
The Paupers – Numbers (Verve)
Mars Bonfire – Ride With Me (UNI)
Joe South – Hush (Capitol)
Lamp Of Childhood – Two O’Clock In the Morning (Dunhill)
Bodine – Disaster (MGM)
KHJ Tiny Tim Concert Promo

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 30 – 247MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

I have a very special (very long) episode of the show for you this month.

Sandwiched between two sets of garage, freakbeat and psych you get a long tribute to all things Nilsson, featuring some rarities by the man himself, as well as a far reaching assortment of covers by everyone from Glen Campbell to Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne.

I think this is an especially cool one, so pull down the ones and zeros and dig it!

See you all next week with some more coolness.

Peace

Larry

*NOTE: After I recorded the show I found a piece by Paul Williams addressing his song ‘Nilsson Sings Newman’, and his relationship with Nilsson directly. It’s worth reading.

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #29

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Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfiueld – Action Scene (KPM)
Chuck Berry – Club Nitty Gritty (Mercury)
Believers – Soul Raga Simmerin’ (Capitol)
Lonnie Mack – Memphis ’68 (Elektra)
Baskerville Hounds – Hold Me (Avco)
Camel Drivers – Give It a Try (Buddha)
Unchained Mynds – Going Back to Miami (Buddha)
Unrelated Segments – Where You Gonna Go (Liberty)
Sopwith Camel – Cellophane Woman (Kama Sutra)
Sopwith Camel – Maybe In a Dream (Kama Sutra)
Sopwith Camel – Frantic Desolation (Kama Sutra)
Sopwith Camel – Levis Ad

Beach Boys – Surfs Up (Brother/Reprise)
The Upsetters – Draggin’ the Main (Autumn)
The Ventures – Flights of Fantasy (Liberty)
The Ventures – Walking the Carpet (Liberty)
The City – Snow Queen (Ode)
The City – That Old Sweet Roll (Hi De Ho) (Ode)
The City – Why are You Leaving (Ode)
The City – Paradise Alley (Ode)
The Hourglass – The Power of Love (Liberty)
Hourglass Concert Promo

Honey LTD – Come Down (LHI)
Honey LTD – Tomorrow Your Heart (LHI)
Shillings – Children and Flowers (Three Rivers)
The Fabulous Farquahr – Hollywood Ending (Verve)
Rita Coolidge – Walkin’ In the Morning (Pepper)
Rita Coolidge – Turn Around and Love You (Pepper)
Sunshine Company – Bolero (Imperial)
Evie Sands – Any Way That You Want Me (A&M)
Spanky and Our Gang – Sunday Morning (Mercury)
Boots – In the Beginning (Philips)
Boots – No Part of It (Philips)
Merrilee Rush – Reach Out (AMG)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Promo

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 29 – 193MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month should be an especially good episode since it is composed almost entirely of recently excavated new arrivals.

I was lucky enough to get in a couple of digging sessions on a recent vacation and came away with a nice fat stack of 45s and some very cool LPs as well. I even have some stuff left over for next month!

There some cool sunshine pop, popsike, garage and pure pop, all very groovy and guaranteed to keep your ears tingling.

As always, I hope you dig it and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #28

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Action Scene – Hawkshaw/Mansfield (KPM)
Los Bravos – Going Nowhere (Press)
Thors Hammer – Show Me You Like Me (Columbia)
Moody Blues – This Is My House (London)
The Herd – Understand Me (Fontana)
The Fortunes – Fire Brigade (UA)
Easybeats – Made My Bed Gonna Lie In It (UA)
Donovan – Museum (Epic)
Yardbirds – Little Games (Epic)
Yardbirds – Great Shakes Commercial

The Poor – She Got the Time (York)
The Poor – Come Back Baby (Decca)
The Poor – Feelin’ Down (Decca)
The Poor – Knowing You Knowing Me (York)
The Poor – My Mind Goes High (York)
The Collection – Tomorrow Is a Window (Hot Biscuit Disc Company)
The Collection – Both Sides Now (Hot Biscuit Disc Company)
Guild Light Gauge – Cloudy (We Make Rock’n’Roll Records)
Guild Light Gauge – 14th Annual Fun and Pleasure Fair (We Make Rock’n’Roll Records)
Crib and Ben – Emily (Decca)
Derek See – She Came This Way (Psychedelphonic)
Paul Revere and the Raiders – Louie Go Home (Columbia)
Paul Revere and the Raiders Greatest Hits Commercial

Eric Anderson – Violets of Dawn (Vanguard)
Fred Neil – The Other Side of This Life (Elektra)
Gordon Lightfoot – The Pride of Man (UA)
Ruthann Friedman – Fairy PrinceRainbow Man (Reprise)
Ruthann Friedman – Morning Becomes You (Reprise)
Ruthann Friedman – Piper’s Call (Reprise)
Claudine Longet – Jealous Guy/Don’t Let Me Down (Barnaby)
David McWilliams – The Days of Pearly Spencer (Kapp)
Hearts and Flowers – Please (Capitol)
JJ Cale – It’s a Go Go Place (Liberty)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 28 – 185MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

I have some cool stuff for you this month, including a grip of freakbeat, the sounds of The Poor, a look at Eddie Simon’s brief recording career and some very groovy folky stuff .

I hope you dig it.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #27

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Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Alan Parker – Action Scene (KPM)
The Daily Flash – Jack Of Diamonds (Parrot)
The Daily Flash – Queen Jane Approximately (Parrot)
WC Fields Memorial Electric String Band – Hippy Elevator Operator (HBR)
WC Fields Memorial Electric String Band – Don’t Lose The Girl (HBR)
Unrelated Segments – It’s Gonna Rain (Liberty)
Limey and the Yanks – Gather Your Things and Go (Loma)
The Knack – I’m Aware (Capitol)
The Gas Co – Blow Your Mind (Mirwood)
New Colony Six – I Lie Awake (Sentar)
The Cryan Shames – Ben Franklin’s Almanac (Destination)
Cryan Shames Record Ad

Cannibal and the Headhunters – Land of 1000 Dances (Rampart)
The Atlantics – Beaver Shot (Rampart)
Giant Crab – I Enjoy Being the Boy (UNI)
Giant Crab – Hi Ho Silver Lining (UNI)
The Action – Never Ever (Capitol)
3s a Crowd – Wasn’t It You (Dunhill)
Brewer and Shipley – Truly Right (A&M)
Clover – Wade In the Water (Liberty)
Eyes of Blue – Apache 69 (Mercury)
Carnation Instant Breakfast Spot

Micky Dolenz – Don’t Do It (Challenge)
Danny Hutton – Big Bright Eyes (HBR)
New Life – Canterbury Road (Epic) 
Bhagavad-Gita – Long Hair Soulful (Philips) 
Avant Garde – Yellow Beads (Columbia)
Avant Garde – Honey and Gall (Columbia) 
Electric Tommy – Amazing Journey (Viva)
Electric Tommy – Sparks (Viva) 
Sound Symposium – America (Dot)
Sound Symposium – Darling Be Home Soon (Dot)
Brenda Patterson – This Wheel’s On Fire (Epic)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 27 – 185MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month we have lots of groovy new arrivals in the crates, some of that groovy East LA stuff and a closing set with some moog/easy action as well.

Pay special attention to the demented square/brain melt of the Avant Garde, and the gospel meets the Avalon Ballroom ish of Clover, as well as the PNW garage folk of the Daily Flash, a long-time want list item satified.

All in all you get to stuff your ears with an hour and forty minutes worth of quality sounds, all jumping off of the wax and changing magically into the ones and zeros of your dreams.

I hope you dig it.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Best of Iron Leg: Iron Leg Digital Trip #16 – Almost Fab

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Rationals – Feelin’ Lost (Cameo) The Profile – The Touch of Your Hand (Mercury) Naturals – It Was You (Liberty) Beau Brummels – They’ll Make You Cry (Autumn) British Walkers – That Was Yesterday (Cameo) Guess Who – Till We Kissed (Scepter) Tony’s Tygers – Days and Nights (A&M) Legends – Here Comes the Pain (WB) Terry & the Chain Reaction – Stop Stopping Me (United Artists) British Beat a Go Go – Ticket To Ride (Majorette) Denny Belline & the Dwellers – It Happens That Way (RCA) Legends – Don’t Be Ashamed (WB)

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ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 2008 – NOTE: I’ve been away this weekend at a family reunion and didn’t have time to get a new post ready. This is one of my favorite mixes in the Iron Leg Digital Trip Archive.

I hope you dig it too, and I’ll see you all next week with a new episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

Peace

Larry

Greetings all.

I hope all is well on your end and that everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend. The mix I bring you today in the guise of Iron Leg Digital Trip #16 is one that has – how do they say? – been percolating in my fevered brain for nigh on 20 years.

Back in the day, when pageboy, Beatle booted thugs roamed the earth swilling cheap beer and digging for old garage 45s, I happened upon a the disc that opens this mix. My reaction, in a word, was ‘WOW!’.

I first heard the Rationals years before I considered myself a garage punker, on a compilation called ‘Michigan Rocks’, which I purchased solely to get my hands on the cover of the Velvet Underground (a band I had yet to hear about) tune ‘Rock’n’Roll’ by Detroit (Mitch Ryder’s post-Detroit Wheels band).

It’s safe to say that that album verily blew my mind, as it included (nay OPENED WITH) the Stooges ‘1969’ (which I probably played 10 or 15 times in a row) and moved on to ‘Kick Out the Jams’ by MC5 (also new to me), ‘Heavy Music’ by Bob Seger, as well as numerous lesser known Michiganders like the SRC, Frost and of course the Rationals.

The 45 I picked up a few years later was ‘Feelin’ Lost’ on Cameo. The first time I dropped the needle on the wax my hair pretty much stood on end as visions of ‘Help’ outtakes danced in my head. ‘This song’ I thought ‘is as Beatle-y as anything I’ve ever heard by a band that was not themselves the Beatles!’ And it was.

In the two decades since those days, I’ve made is a sideline of sorts putting such records aside as I found them. Pre-podcasting, this collecting manifested itself via mix tapes and CDs, via which I podcasted in the comfort of my automobile, waiting for the birth of the interwebs so that I might share my mania with the world.

So, after I got the Iron Leg-adelicament thang up and running it was only a matter of time before the mix you are downloading/listening to today made its way onto the blog.

The vibe here, as suggested by the title ‘Almost Fab’ is a number of attempts to emulate the Beatles and their British Invasion ilk, with varying degrees of success, from pastiche to what would be referred to some 40 years on as sampling.

The opening track, ‘Feelin’ Lost’ sounds like somebody borrowed the acoustic rhythm guitars from 65-era Beatles and drove them to Detroit where they were used as the cornerstone for the Rationals 1966 45 – released locally on A2 and nationally on Cameo. Though the Rationals recorded some fine R&B/garage material, ‘Feelin’ Lost’ will always be my favorite tune by the band.

I can’t tell you much of anything about the Profile, other than ‘The Touch of Your Hand’ sounds like these boys had themselves a well-worn copy of ‘Meet the Beatles’.

The Naturals – and the song ‘It Was You- are unique in this set list as they apparently hailed from the UK. They even recorded a cover of an actual Beatles song – ‘I Should Have Known Better’ – in 1964 (the same years as this track). I’ve seen a reference that suggests that the song in this mix was co-written by Pete Townshend of the Who. The tune was also covered by the group Chaos and Co. If anyone knows if the Who connection is valid, please let me know.

Of the American groups that came to prominence in the wake of the British Invasion, the Beau Brummels were one of the finest. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area the band hit the US charts half a dozen times in 1965 and 1966. ‘They’ll Make You Cry’ was the flip side of their 1965 Top 20 hit ‘Just a Little’. The song is a great, beat-ballad-ish number that sports and eerily Lennon-esque vocal and harmonica combo.

The British Walkers were one of the finer garage bands to come out of the Washington DC area in the 60s. They recorded several killer 45s for a variety of local and national labels, and included in their ranks (at different times) both Roy Buchanan and John Hall (later of Orleans). ‘That Was Yesterday’ – the flip of their cover of Sam Cooke’s ‘Shake’ – is another cut that sounds like early stage Beatles, though it was released in 1967. Interestingly enough ‘That Was Yesterday’ was written by Frank Dillon and Vernon Sandusky of one of the more successful Beatle-esque bands of the era (along with NJs Knickerbockers), the Chartbusters.

Speaking of songs that sound like actual lost Beatle tracks, ‘Till We Kissed’ by the Guess Who has to be near the top of the list. The flip side of their first hit, the smoking cover of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates ‘Shakin’ All Over’, the 45 was originally issued as having been recorded by ‘Guess Who?’ in an attempt to suggest that it may have in fact been the boys from Liverpool. ‘Shakin’…’ was such a big hit that the band (who were still performing as Chad Allan & the Expressions) had to change their name, and the rest as they say is history.

Tony’s Tygers* were a Milwaukee, Wisconsin band who recorded a number of 45s and an LP in 1968 for the local Teen Town label. One of those 45s ‘Little by Little’ and ‘Days and Nights’ was picked up for national distribution by A&M. ‘Days and Nights’ was another number that came from late in the decade but had that 1964/65 sound.

Another band from Milwaukee – and apparently one of the biggest local bands of the early 60’s, having several big local hits – were the Legends. Their 1964 45, ‘Here Comes the Pain’ b/w ‘Don’t Be Ashamed’ (both side of which are featured in this mix) is perhaps the perfect example of a 45 influenced by, and yearning to be the Beatles. Both ‘Here Comes the Pain’ and ‘Don’t Be Ashamed’ echo ‘She Loves You’, subtly in the former, not so much in the latter. It’s really the 45 that more than any other represents the “movement” (if you will) that spawned this sound. Though it certainly influenced no one outside of the Milwaukee area (it might have had it caught on nationally) it’s a microcosm of local rock and roll bands who were inspired by, and aspired to be the Beatles.

Aside from the fact that they recorded two 45s for United Artists in 1967 and 1968, I can’t tell you anything about Terry and the Chain Reaction. ‘Stop Stopping Me’ is one hundred percent pure, mop top jangle, aping the Fabs in a way that can only be described as Rutle-esque with an opening borrowed (sort of) from ‘Do You Want To Know a Secret’.

Though it falls somewhat outside the theme of the mix, I couldn’t avoid including a slice of pure exploitation, that being a cover of ‘Ticket To Ride’ by British Beat A Go Go. I have no idea who actually plays on this album (probably a studio group), but it was released by (and probably sold in the stores and catalog of) the Montgomery Ward company, second only to Sears Roebuck as a mail order department store of sorts. Released on the Majorette label, the LP (with no group pictured on the cover) is composed entirely of British Invasion material (mostly Beatles) and is a perfect example of the kind of quick buck, corporate exploitation of the day.

Denny Belline and the Dwellers were a Long Island, NY band that eventually turned into the Rascals-esque group Denny Belline and the Rich Kids, who recorded an LP for RCA. ‘It Happens That Way’ was the A-side of their 1965 debut 45 and though the vocals aren’t exactly ‘Liverpool West’, the backing track is decidedly Beatle-y.

The track that closes the mix is the aforementioned ‘Don’t Be Ashamed’ by the Legends, which has the British Beat sound, a repeated ‘She Loves You’-esque rhythm guitar riff and an ending that is an outright bit of thievery (though they’d probably call it an homage). I hope you dig the sounds, and I’ll be back next week with some more cool stuff.

Peace Larry

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*Not Tony & the Tigers, a band from around the same time that featured Hunt and Tony Sales, sons of the famous Soupy…

PS Head over to Funky16Corners for some quality Northern Soul.

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