The Creation – Try and Stop Me

Example

The Creation

Example

Listen/Download – The Creation – Try and Stop Me

Greetings all.

A few weeks back, when I posted John Wonderling’s original version of ‘Midway Down’, I started thinking about the Creation.

I eventually found my way back into the crates, and dug out the 45 you see before you today.

The other side of this record (‘Making Time’) saw the light of day in this space nearly six years ago, not long after I got my hands on it.

As I stated then, back in the garage/mod days of the 80s, the Creation loomed large with our set.

The subset of bands that intersected with the freakbeat vibe were a very big deal for us in that they covered the bases for the folks with a taste for pop, as well as those of us (often the same people) who liked things with a slightly harder edge.

Though they were only really a going concern for two years (1966-1967) the Creation laid down some of the finest 45s of that transitional era.

‘Try and Stop Me’, co-written by Kenny Pickett and Eddie Phillips is pure pop, but it’s all laid atop some heavy, gritty guitars.

The Creation are often compared – for fairly obvious reasons – with the Who, and when you sit down and listen to their records it is a favorable comparison indeed.

I wouldn’t go as far as to suggest that anyone in the Creation had the creative reach of Pete Townshend, but for pure listenability, they were right up there.

Sadly, the Creation never had the kind of success that their music deserved, only charting twice in the UK (with Making Time and Painterman, both in 1966), though they had more success on the Continent.

Fortunately for everyone, the Creation’s recordings have been available in reissue fairly steadily since the 80s (you can even find them on iTunes!).

I hope you dig the track, and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

Example


PS Head over to Funky16Corners for some soul.

Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #33

Example

Beep beep beep beep…..

Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – Zig Zag Wanderer (A&M
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – Abba Zabba (A&M)
Graham Bond Organisation – Harmonica (Gonks Go Beat Soundtrack)
Carnaby – Jump and Dance (Picadilly RE)
Cat Stevens – Baby Get Your Head Screwed On (Deram)
Paul and Barry Ryan – Keep It Out of Sight (MGM)
Paul and Barry Ryan – Hey Mr. Wiseman (Decca)
Paul and Barry Ryan – I Can’t Make Your Way (Decca)
Moody Blues Coke Commercial

The Joyride – The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (World Pacific)
The Joyride – The Crystal Ship (World Pacific)
The Joyride – Coming Soon (World Pacific)
The Joyride – Land of Rypap Papyr (World Pacific)
The Joyride – His Blues (World Pacific)
Living Legends – Monkey Don’t Care (RCA)
Paul Jones – It’s Getting Better (Bell)
Paul Jones – Not Before Time (Bell)
Brewer & Shipley – Truly Right (A&M)
Stone Ponies Pepsi Commercial

Everly Brothers – Man With Money (WB)
Everly Brothers – Walk Right Back (WB)
Everly Brothers – So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) (WB)
Phil Everly – The Air That I Breathe (RCA)
Tupper Saussy and the Wayward Bus – Love Hum (RCA)
Fairport Convention – I’ll Keep It With Mine (A&M)
Fairport Convention – Meet On the Ledge (A&M)
Fairport Convention – She Moves Through the Fair (A&M)
Fairport Convention – Tale In Hard Time (A&M)
JJ Cale – After Midnight (Liberty)
Cyrkle 7UP Commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 33 – 181MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

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

We have some groovy new arrivals in the playlist this month, including some prime freakbeat, West Coast Sunshine Pop/Flower Power, pure pop, freakout, UK Folk Rock and a tribute to the late Phil Everly.

As always, I hope you dig it.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

Example


PS Head over to Funky16Corners

Ananda Shankar – Jumping Jack Flash / Metamorphosis

Example

Ananda Shankar

Example

Listen/Download – Ananda Shankar – Jumping Jack Flash

Listen/Download – Ananda Shankar – Metamorphosis

Greetings all.

Are you ready to zip up your paisley caftan and trip out?

Whether you’re ready or not, you’re gonna get some Ananda Shankar, right in your third eye.

I was after this album for a long time when I finally scored a copy a few years back.

To answer the most obvious question first, Ananda Shankar was in fact related to the master Ravi Shankar, being the son of famed Indian dancer (brother of Ravi) Uday.

He migrated to Los Angeles in the late 60s, and made his way into the recording studio, laying down the record you see before you today.

The self-titled LP was released in 1970, produced by Alex Hassilev (who had been an original member of the Limeliters, alongside Glenn Yarbrough) and former Electric Prune James Lowe.

What you get is a mixture of pop-inflected originals featuring Shankar’s sitar (naturally) as well as some fairly tasteful Moog synthesizer action by Paul Lewinson. I stress the “tasteful” angle, since so many records saw the Moog used like so much psychedelic cake frosting.

The backing group on the record included prominent studio heads like Jerry Scheff on bass and ex-Raider Drake Levin on guitar.

The tracks I feature today illustrate the two sides of the LP.

The opener, ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ is simply the most remarkable piece of late-60s, light-show, au-go-go freakout.

Starting out with fuzz guitar and synth, the drums and handclaps kick in and before you know it you’re (happily) trapped in a dayglo intersection of the Banana Splits and Owsley’s basement.

The sound reminds me a lot of Dave Grusin’s mighty ‘Ascencion to Virginity’ from the ‘Candy’ OST.

‘Metamorphosis’ leans more in the direction of mellow, ever so slightly new agey head music, once again mixing the Moog and the sitar tastefully. You also get a groovy drum/table break, and then things get even trippier.

Shankar went on to record the album ‘Ananda Shankar and his Music’, which is sought out by funk collectors and tends to change hands for over 100 bucks.

Fortunately, this LP is much easier to find on the cheap, and is a great listen all the way through.

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

And, oh yeah, Merry Christmas!

Peace

Larry

 

Example


PS Head over to Funky16Corners for some soul.

Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #32

Example

Beep beep beep beep…..

Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield – Action Scene(KPM)
Chesterfield Kings – She Told Me Lies (LP version) (Mirror)
Chesterfield Kings – Cry Your Eyes Out (Mirror)
Pandoras – Hot Generation (Voxx)
Smithereens – Got Me a Girl (Dirt)
Stomachmouths – R&B 65 (Got To Hurry)
The Scene – Stop-Go (Diamond)
Untold Fables – When the Night Falls (Dionysus)
Vipers – Nothing’s From Today (Jem/PVC)
Vipers – Never Alone (Midnight)
Vipers – You Don’t Believe Me (Midnight)

The Fuzztones – Bad News Travels Fast (Midnight)
The Fuzztones – We’re Pretty Quick (Midnight)
The Fuzztones – Gotta Get Some (ABC)
Green Telescope – Two By Two (Imaginary)
Hysteric Narcotics – Electric Children (RPM Mag Flexi)
Cynics – Painted My Heart (Dionysus)
Funseekers – It Should Be You (Susstones)
Original Sins – Come On Up (Chaos)
Royal Nonesuch – You Need Love (UP)
Telltale Hearts – It Came To Me (Voxx)

Boys From Nowhere – Beg (Young Lion)
Creeps – Rattlesnake Shake (Tracks On Wax)
Fleshtones – The World Has Changed (IRS)
Insomniacs – My Favorite Story (Umbrella)
Lyres – How Do You Know (New Rose)
Plasticland – Go a Go Go Time (Enigma)
Plasticland – The Windowsills (Enigma)
Plasticland – Rattail Comb (Scadillac)
Secret Syde – Hole In My Pocket (Mutha)
Spectors – I Fell In Love (Get Hip)
Stems – Make You Mine (Citadel)
Stems – Under Your Mushroom (Citadel)

The Bangs – No Mag Commercial (Ear Movie)
The Bangles – The Real World (IRS)
The Bangles – The Hero Takes a Fall (Columbia)
The Rain Parade – This Can’t Be Today (Restless)
The Rain Parade – Prisoners (Enigma)
The Eyes of Mind – Yesterday Is Gone (Voxx)
Mad Violets – Psilocybe (Voxx)
Lord John – Westminiature Abbey (Bomp)
Mod Fun – I Am With You (New)
Mod Fun – Grounded (Cryptovision)
Phantom Five – She’s Not (Making Tyme)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 32 – 256MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

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

I have a very special edition of the show lined up for you this month.

Though I have included some garage/psych revival tracks over the course of the previous 31 episode of the podcast, I have always wanted to dig out a big stack of 80s (and some early 90s) vinyl, digimatize it and devote an episode to the sounds of my misspent youth.

So I did (finally).

Though it is by no means comprehensive, it is a good look at the kind of stuff my friends and I were digging during the first wave of the garage/psych/mod revival in the the early to mid 80s.

There’s a bunch of American stuff (both coasts and the middle) as well as the UK, Europe and Scandinavia represented.

There are even a couple of really rare things in the mix for the trainspotters in the crowd.

You get almost two and a half hours of sounds!

As always, I hope you dig it.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

Example


PS Head over to Funky16Corners

Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #29

Example

Beep beep beep beep…..

Playlist

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

 

Example


PS Head over to Funky16Corners

Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #28

Example

Beep beep beep beep…..

Playlist

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

 

Example


PS Head over to Funky16Corners

Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #27

Example

Beep beep beep beep…..

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

 

Example


PS Head over to Funky16Corners

Paul and Barry Ryan – I Can’t Make Your Way

Example

The Ryans

Example

Listen/Download – Paul and Barry Ryan – I Can’t Make Your Way

Greetings all.

Welcome to another week here at Iron Leg.

The tune I bring you today is a cut from one of my favorite digging finds.

Back in the day, I had become acquainted with the sounds of Paul and Barry Ryan through the many mixtapes prepared by my UK sounds guru, Mr Luther.

Tunes like the very groovy ‘Keep It Out of Sight’ cemented the twin singers in my mind, so when I happened upon their 1967 Decca LP ‘The Ryans’ at a local record show, I forked over a ten-spot and took it home.

Good thing too, since the album contained my (now) longtime fave bit of freakbeat-ery ‘Hey Mr. Wise Man’ as well as a number of interesting covers (including tunes by the Hollies and the Pretty Things).

The cut I bring you today is a fairly close reading of the Yardbirds ‘Roger the Engineer’ cut ‘I Can’t Make Your Way’.

Though the tune is very cool on its own merits, what I find intriguing is the lead guitar line.

Played by Jeff Beck on the Yardbirds original, the playing on the Ryan’s version is very cool indeed, so much so that I wonder (based on nothing more than a hunch) if it is Beck (or his buddy Mr Page) himself playing it here.

I haven’t been able to track down any session info, so if any of you know for sure who is bending the strings, please let me know.

It wasn’t long after this album that Paul Ryan retired from the act to write songs, with Barry continuing as a solo act. He had a hit with ‘Eloise’ in 1968, a song that would later go on to be covered by the Damned.

Ihope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

Example


PS Head over to Funky16Corners for some soul.

Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #22

Example

Beep beep beep beep…..

Playlist

Opening Action Scene – Keith Mansfield/Alan Hawkshaw (KPM)
New Colony Six – At the River’s Edge (Centaur)
Limey and the Yanks – Out of Sight Out of Mind (Loma)
Sandy Nelson – Boss Beat (Imperial)
Round Robin – Sit and Dance (Domain)
Beau Brummels – One Too Many Mornings (WB)
Beau Brummels – Are You Happy (WB)
Beau Brummels – Lift Me (WB)
The Thomas Group – Autumn (Dunhill)
Van Dyke Parks – Come To the Sunshine (MGM)
Van Dyke Parks Datsun Commercial

Thirteenth Floor Elevators – You’re Gonna Miss Me (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Reverberation (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – You Don’t Know (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Nobody To Love (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Levitation (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Livin’ On (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – The Scarlet and the Gold (IA)
Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Bull of the Woods Radio Spot

Kingsmen – Long Green (Wand)
Terry and the Chain Reaction – Keep Your Cool (UA)
Mickey Newbury – The 33rd of September / When the Baby In My Lady Gets the Blues (Mercury)
Rocky and the Border Kings – Michoacan (Epic)
Shangri-Las – Give Him a Great Big Kiss (Red Bird)
Shangri-Las – Right Now and Not Later (Red Bird)
Shangri-Las – The Train to Kansas City (Red Bird)
Bobby Fuller Four – Never To be Forgotten (Mustang)
Bobby Fuller Four – Gallancamps Shoes Commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 22 – 161MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to another pop-tastic episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This time out, in addition to a grip of tasty new arrivals (garage punk, folk rock, singer songwriter etc) you get a whole set of the mighty Thirteenth Floor Elevators.

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

Peace

Larry

 

Example


PS Head over to Funky16Corners

Iron Leg: 2012 The Year In Vintage Pop

Example
Why, yes dear! I’d love some fuzz!

Playlist

Woolies – Who Do You Love (Dunhill)
Beauregard and the Tuffs – Ramblin’ Rose (Decca)
Brenda Lee – Is It True (Decca)
Evie Sands – I Can’t Let Go (BlueCat)
The Knack – Time Waits For No One (Capitol)
Monkees – Star Collector (Colgems)
Nat Stuckey – Listen To the Band (RCA)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – Smilin’ (Aquarian)
Royal Guardsmen – Leaving Me (Laurie)
WC Fields Memorial Electric String Band – Hippy Elevator Operator (HBR)
Morning Glories – Love-In (WB)
Liberace – Suite Judy Blue Eyes (WB)
Mike Stoller and the Stoller System – Silver Sea Horse (Amy)
Nobody’s Children – I Can’t Let Go (Bullet)
Kitchen Cinq – Codine (LHI)
Spotlights – Batman and Robin (Smash)
Wayne Logiudice – Come On (Let’s Get Some Action On) (Philips)
What-Knots – I Ain’t Dead Yet (Dial)
Bougalieu – Let’s Do Wrong (Roulette)
Connie Francis – Fallin’ (MGM)
The Gosdin Brothers – The Sounds of Goodbye (Bakersfield Intl)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg 2012: The Year In Vintage Pop – 99MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

What you see before you is the annual gathering of the ‘Best of’ Iron Leg for the year 2012.

Every year about this time I go back and comb the year’s posts looking for what I consider to be the finest tracks.

As the track listing above indicates, this has been an exceptional year, both for my record collection and for your MP3 delivery/storage device.

There are hot garage punk tracks, psychedelia, power pop, sunshine pop and all kinds of other goodies for you to soak yourselves in as the new year approaches.

As always, I hope you dig it, and that you join me in 2013 for more of the same.

Until then, stay cool, and I’ll see you when I see you.

Peace

Larry

 

Example


PS Head over to Funky16Corners

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,352 other followers