Iron Leg Radio Show #40

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Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
The Lovin’ Spoonful – Six O’Clock (Kama Sutra)
The Magicians – About My Love (Columbia)
Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas – From a Window (Imperial)
Fortunes – I’ve Gotta Go (Press)
Lynn Castle – The Lady Barber (LHI)
Lost Souls – Sad Little Girl (Liberty)
Merrell Fankhauser – Everybody’s Talkin’ (Shamley)
Them – Mystic Eyes (Parrot)
Them – Bring ‘Em On In (Parrot)
Them – Call My Name (Parrot)
WC Fields Memorial Electric String Band – Hippy Elevator Operator (HBR)

Cheetah Club Concert Promo
Byrds – Hey Joe (Columbia)
Byrds- I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better (Columbia)
Byrds – So You Want To Be a Rock’n’Roll Star (Columbia)
Byrds – She Don’t Care About Time (Columbia)
Byrds – Eight Miles High (Columbia)
Byrds – Dolphin’s Smile (Columbia)
Byrds – Lady Friend (Columbia)
Byrds – King Apathy III (Columbia)
Byrds – Bad Night at the Whiskey (Columbia)
Notorious Byrd Brothers Promo

Denny Doherty – To Claudia On Thursday (45 Mix) (Dunhill)
Dino Desi and Billy – She’s So Far Out She’s In (Reprise)
Family Affair – Let’s Get Together (Smash)
Terry Reid – Superlungs (Epic)
Terry Reid – Bang Bang (Epic)
Terry Reid – Stay With Me (Epic)
Small Faces – All Or Nothing (RCA)
Small Faces – Tin Soldier (Immediate)
There Are But Four Small Faces LP Promo

 

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 40 – 167MB/256kbps

 

Greetings all.

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

It’s funny how time flies when you’re having fun.

I can hardly believe that I’m forty episodes deep in this thing.

This month there are some groovy new arrivals, a couple of recently reconsidered b-sides and a set of the Byrds.

I think you’ll dig it.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Them – Bring ‘Em On In

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That’s a mean looking bunch’o’spuds.

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Listen/Download – Them – Bring ‘Em On In

Greetings all.

Welcome to the new week.

As I was flipping through the vast ‘to-be-blogged’ archive, trying to pick out a tune for this week, I happened upon something groovy, which – ironically – I had forgotten.

Unjustly, too, since the beat/blues wailing of George Ivan Morrison, the man responsible for my all-time favorite rock song (G-L-O-R-I-A…) is one of my very favorite sounds (as is his slightly later, much hippy-dippier profundity).

If memory serves I picked up this 45 at a record show, mainly because I had never heard (more accurately, did not remember) the songs.

As it turns out, both tracks on the single, ‘Bring ‘Em On In’ and ‘Call My Name’ appeared on 1966’s ‘Them Again’, which I owned a copy of (and have since misplaced/Lost) back in the garage/mod days of the 80s.

Though they are often grouped with the British Invasion, Them were much closer to (and quite close to the top of the class) the R&Beat sound.

That they had the voice and songwriting prowess of Morrison put them close to the front of the pack, but they were first and foremost a shit-hot band, in the end far more influential than they were successful.

On that note, it’s odd to discover that they were a much bigger deal (though still relatively small potatoes, no pun intended) here in the States than they were on the other side of the Atlantic.

They had a handful of moderate hits here in the US, with ‘Here Comes the Night’ being the biggest (and ‘Gloria’ the most influential), as well as a couple of regional successes.

‘Bring ‘Em On In’, released in 1966 as the B-side to ‘Call My Name’ (one of the aforementioned regional hits, making some noise on SoCal and Florida) is a hard-charging bit of R&B cum garage, with some fuzz guitar, piano and of course a searing vocal by Van the man.

Of course by this time, Them – in their Van led incarnation – were pretty much a done deal.

They imploded following a West Coast tour of the US, with Van moving on to working with Bert Berns, and some of the rest of the fellows continuing on for a few years.

It is a very sweet little number, and I hope you dig it.

I’ll see you all next week with a new episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #32

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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

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #31

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Playlist

Opener – Action Scene – Keith Mansfield/Alan Hawkshaw (KPM)
Colour Field – Can’t Get Enough of You Baby (Chrysalis)
Game Theory – 24 (Enigma)
Smithereens – I Don’t Want To Lose You (Enigma)
Neats – Six (Propellor)
Neats – Red and Gray (Ace of Hearts)
Biff Bang Pow – There Must Be a Better Place (Creation)
Dentists – I’m Not the Devil (Homestead)

The Animals – I’m Gonna Change the World (MGM)
Motifs – If I Gave You Love (Selsom)
Ascots – Sookie Sookie (Super)
The Dillons – Simple Way of Living (Impression)
Nashville Teens – Find My Way Back Home (London)
Spats – She Done Moved (ABC)
Ian and the Zodiacs – Why Can’t It Be Me (Philips)
Freddy Cannon – Cincinnatti Woman (WB)
Freddy Cannon Radio Spot

Lovin’ Spoonful – Six O’Clock (Kama Sutra)
Carson and Gaile – Something Stupid (Kapp)
Biff Rose – What’s Gnawing at Me (Tetragrammaton)
The Daily Flash – The French Girl (UNI)
BJ and the Profits – It’s Gonna Rain (Uptown)
Friday Brown – The Outdoor Seminar (RCA)
The Lamp of Childhood – Two O’Clock Morning (Dunhill)
The Lamp of Childhood – You Can’t Blame Me (Dunhill)
The London Knights – Go To Him (Mike)
Thorinshield – One Girl (Philips)
Real Don Steele Pepsi Ad

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 31 – 134MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

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

I have a groovy one lined up for you this month.

We get things started with a set of 80s bands on a 60s tip, move on to a set of harder edged US garage and British beat,and finish things up with some pop, folk rock and psych.

So pull down the ones and zeros, slide them onto your MP3 delivery device, and slide them into your head.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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The Yardbirds – No Excess Baggage

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The Yardbirds c.1967

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Greetings all.

I hope the new week finds you well.

When I was going through the archive, picking tunes to feature here at Iron Leg was I was verily stunned by the fact that I don’t seem to have ever featured (outside of mixes) a Yardbirds track!

The Yardbirds have long been one of my favorite UK R&Beat groups, going back to the day in my sophomore year in high school where I accidentally purchased a deceptively packaged version of ‘Five Live Yardbirds’ thinking I was getting something by Derek and the Dominos.

I am a huge fan not only of their early blues-based material, but also the pop and popsike sounds of their later Beck/Page years.

A few years back I was out digging in Massachusetts and was very happy to grab myself a white label promo, mono OG of the “Little Games” album.

Recorded/released in 1967, following the amazing ‘Roger the Engineer’, ‘Little Games’ was the first Jeff Beck-less outing by the group, and while it lacks some of the sharper edges of ‘Roger…’, it has lots to dig within its grooves.

The tune I bring you today is one of the few tunes on the album not written by the group.

‘No Excess Baggage’ was penned by American songwriters Roger Atkins and Carl D’Errico, who had previously provided ‘It’s My Life’ to the Animals (also a Mickie Most production).

The song features some hard-hitting guitar by Jimmy Page, and a great vocal by Keith Relf.

The rhythm section deserves notice as well, especially Chris Dreja bumped back onto bass (and doing a great job) after the departure of Paul Samwell-Smith.

Little Games would be the Yardbirds final studio album, with the group going on for less than a year before dissolving, and Page going on to form Led Zeppelin.

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

Peace

Larry

 

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Terry Knight and the Pack – Got Love

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Terry Knight and the Pack

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Listen/Download – Terry Knight and the Pack – Got Love

Greetings all.

Welcome back to the old leg of iron.

I hope you all had a chance to pull down the ones and zeros on this month’s Iron Leg Radio Show. If you haven’t you can always grab that, or any of the 27 previous episodes out of the archive.

The tune I bring you today is a smoking bit of 1966 garage band blues-mangling.

Terry Knight and the Pack are best known as one of the petri dishes out of which the mighty Grand Funk Railroad emerged, having featured Don Brewer, and for a brief time Mark Farner in its ranks, as well as future GFR manager Knight at the helm.

The group released nine singles and a couple of LPs for the Lucky Eleven label between 1965 and 1967, many of which were regional hits and a couple – the Yardbirds cover ‘Mister You’re a Better Man Than I’ and a version of Ben E King’s ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’ – that charted nationally.

Knight and the Pack really managed to tune into the Stones/Yardbirds influenced end of the garage spectrum, adding in just enough snot, jangle and fuzz to make a respectable showing.

‘Got Love’ is a garaged-out “expansion’ on Slim Harpo’s ‘Got Love If You Want It’ with some far-out, echoey harmonica, Bo Diddley drums and combo organ.

If you geta chance to pick up the group’s self-titled 1966 LP do so, since there’s a lot more to dig on it, including the fuzz-bomb ‘Numbers’, covers of the Yardbirds and the Stones and a couple of very groovy originals.

After Knight left the group to go solo, the band soldiered on, recording few more 45s as The Pack/Fabulous Pack before (forgive me…) pack-ing it in and evolving into Grand Funk.

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

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg: 2012 The Year In Vintage Pop

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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

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #20

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Playlist

Opener – Action Scene – Hawkshaw/Mansfield (KPM)
Spirit – I Got a Line On You (Ode)
Spirit – Taurus (Ode)
Spirit – Girl In Your Eye (Ode)
Spirit- Straight Arrow (Ode)
Spirit – Topanga Windows (Ode)
44th St Portable Flower Factory – Let’s Get Together (Scholastic)
44th St Portable Flower Factory – The Letter (Scholastic)
Esko Affair – Morning Dull Fire (Mercury)
Roy Buchanan – Down By the River (Atlantic)
Spirit – Clear LP Promo

Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich – Shame (Fontana)
Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich- You Make It Move (Fontana)
Bang Girl Group Revue – Drink In Hand (Psychedelphonic)
Bang Girl Group Revue – Love’s Gone Bad (Psychedelphonic)
Dino Desi and Billy – I’m a Fool (Reprise)
The Finnz – East Side Story (Finnz)
Heather Black – Bill The Black Militant (Double Bayou)
Kitchen Cinq – Determination (LHI)
Terry Knight and the Pack – Got Love (Lucky Eleven)
Gary Lewis and the Playboys – Heart Full of Soul (Liberty)
Gary Lewis and the Playboys – The Flake (Kelloggs Corn Flakes Ad)

The Critters – Mr Dieingly Sad (Kapp)
East Coast Left – My Child (Kapp)
Epic Splendor – It Could Be Wonderful (Hot Biscuit)
Giant Crab – Help Yourself (Uni)
Giant Crab – It’s Getting Harder (Uni)
Hourglass – Power Of Love (Liberty)
Music Machine – Some Other Drum (Original Sound)
Tom Northcott – Blackberry Way (Uni)
Peter Fonda – November Nights (Chisa)
The 10:15 – Joe’s Acclamation ()
Semicolons? – Beachcomber (Cameo/Parkway)
Poco – Hurry Up (Epic)
The Rockets – Hole In My Pocket (White Whale)
Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere LP Promo

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 20 – 184MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

I hope all is well in your part of the world.

It’s time once again for the Iron Leg Radio Show, episode 20!

This time around we start the show with a tribute to the late, great Ed Cassidy of Spirit, move on into some top shelf freakbeat and garage and finish up with a solid set of pop.

I hope you dig it all, and that you come back next week for the annual Year In Vintage Pop mix.

Until then…

Peace

Larry

 

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Manfred Mann – 5-4-3-2-1

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Uh, huh, it was the Manfreds…

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Listen/Download – Manfred Mann – 5-4-3-2-1

Greetings all.

Welcome to yet another week in the annals of all manner of pop.

The tune I bring you today should be – assuming that you have a taste for UK R&Beat – a familiar one, but the disc it appears on might not.

Manfred Mann is one of those bands that I have certainly known about all my life (via the big hits) , but it was only during the mod/garage days of the 80s that I discovered and developed a serious taste for their music.

So much so, in fact that I would gladly go on record as stating that aside from Scott Walkerwho exists in a class by himselfPaul Jones is my favorite vocalist of the British Invasion.

Manfred Mann were ostensibly part of the blues-based British vibe, but one need only scratch the surface a little bit to discover how important jazz was to their sound.

Thanks in large part to Manfred Mann’s (the man, not the band) keyboards and Mike Vickers work on guitar, flute and sax, the Manfreds laid down some of the deepest, most exciting sounds of the early to mid 60s.

Today’s selection was commissioned by the producers of Ready Steady Go as the theme for their 1964 season and the song made it into the UK Top Ten of the UK charts.

The song was released as a single in the UK on the HMV label in January of 1964.

This of course brings up the question of, where did the 45 you see before you come from?

Fans of soul jazz/mod jazz will already be knee deep in the Prestige Records 45 discography, a wellspring of Hammond organ sides and all manner of harder edged soul jazz. How Manfred Mann – who had all of their early US 45s released on the Ascot label – got this one 45 issued on Prestige is a complete mystery to me.

If you take a look at a Prestige 45 discography, there is one interesting clue, that being that the next single released in the catalog was a record by a duo named Brett and Terry with the tunes ‘Beatle Hop’ b/w ‘Beatle Fever’.

Aside from that, all the releases before and after these two 45s – this being perhaps a very short lived attempt to cash in on the longhair/teenage market – are regular Prestige label bread and butter, i.e. jazz and blues.

The record itself is a banger of the first order.

‘5-4-3-2-1’ has been a fave of mine since I first heard it roughly 30 years ago. It sees the band in top form, moving forward like a buffalo stampede led by Jones’s harp and Mann’s electric piano.

The flip side, ‘Without You’ is a bluesy grinder with some remarkable flute work.

Oddly, the writing credit on the 45 is messed up, with Mike Hugg listed as ‘Hugo’ between Jones and Mann.

It’s a great disc, and if anyone has any deeper info on the Prestige connection, please drop me a line in the comments.

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

Peace

Larry

 

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The Sneekers – Sneaker Talk

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The Sneekers

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Listen/Download – The Sneekers – Sneaker Talk

Greetings all.

Welcome back to another week here at Iron Leg.

The 2012 Pledge Drive was a big success. I know that some of you that hit both Iron Leg and Funky16Corners dropped some cash into the virtual tip cup, so I send you my thanks.

The tune I bring you today is, despite its major-label-osity, almost a complete mystery.

I don’t remember when I picked up the Sneekers, ‘Soul Sneaker’ b/w ‘Sneaker Talk’ but I think it must be obvious why I did.

How, I ask you, could any digger/fan of music flip by a 45 like this and not put it in the keeper stack?

As far as I’ve been able to tell, the Sneekers 45 was released in 1965, but aside from that, little else in the way of hard facts have turned up.

The band – I’m assuming that the folks on the sleeve are in fact The Sneekers – have an oddly retro look for 1965, with the bow ties, suits and short haircuts.

While ‘Soul Sneaker’ is decidedly non-soulful, ‘Sneaker Talk’ has a kind of wild, beat-era rave-up feel to it. The guitarist is especially good on both sides of the record. While the lyrics are the kind of inane, dance-craze boilerplate that Brill Building/Tin Pan Alley cigar-chompers seemed to be rolling up and tossing out the window on an hourly basis (could they perhaps been a commercial tie-in done on spec?), the group is musically quite good.

While I wouldn’t describe the sound as garage-y, it is definitely butting up against the border of those kinds of sounds (imagine ‘Sneaker Talk’ with some fuzz guitar or organ).

Interestingly, the Ugly Things comp database lists a few other tracks by a group called the Sneekers, based in the UK, two of which were included on collections of Jimmy Page’s session work. I have no idea if this is the same band, or if Page played on these tracks, but the R&Beat sound certainly screams UK to me.

If any of you good folks have anything to add/confirm, please do so in the comments.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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