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*APRIL 18, 2014* Stepping outside the garage...beow is the official trailer for Clint Eastwood's film adaption of Jersey Boys, the biography of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Even if you don't appreciate the group's sound (and...we do), the film's setting and era should be enough to warrant a viewing. The movie opens June 20.

*APRIL 18, 2014* The Purple Haze Archives has a great interview with buddy Daniel Hortter of The Yellow Payges. Can you download/listen to it here.

Join Daniel Hortter lead singer of first generation garage rock pioneers The Yellow Payges as he discusses the band's history and their reunion 42 years later! The Yellow Payges released one classic album, titled Volume 1, and many, many singles. Included in their line-up was one Teddy Rooney, son of the late great Mickey.

*APRIL 17, 2014* Out now on Guerssen: From raw basement garage pop to jangly teen- beat and moody ballads, The Fantastic Dee- Jays sole album from 1966 is without doubt the kingpin of all the local private garage albums from the U.S. A lost-in-time '66 capsule full of pure, innocent vocals, 12-string Rickenbacker guitars and crashing drums. File next to Rising Storm and The Bachs. …First ever straight reissue of the original album, master tape sound, insert with notes by their mentor Terry Lee and lots of cool photos.

*APRIL 17, 2014* Short Nuggets: Ugly Things #37 will be available next month. Featured articles include The Pretty Things, Thursday's Children, The Haunted, Blue Cheer and Rainy Daze and more...Shindig #39 will also be available next month. Featured articles include The End, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Nymbus and more...Timemazine Volume #8 will also be available soon. Featured articles include Larry Tamblyn/Standells, Mind Garage, Children Of The Mushroom, Gandalf and more, and comes with a free CD featuring unreleased recordings...Guerssen Records has announced several exciting upcoming releases, including Uther Pendragon, Rainbow Press, Children Of The Mushoom, We The People/American Zoo, Thomas Edisun's Electric Light Bulb Band, Monocles/Higher Elevation, Front Page Review and The Damnation Of Adam Blessing...This weekend the OMCA launches an interactive exhibition Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records. Grammy-nominated reissue producer, writer, and archivist Alec Palao will play and talk about records from his collection. His guests: collector and record dealer Barry Wickham, an authority on garage rock and owner of one of the most extensive 45 collections in the world, and Mike Schulman, deejay, collector, and owner of respected local indie label Slumberland Records. The event is Saturday, April 19, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

*APRIL 2, 2014* The birth of folk rock comes to life in Wounds to Bind: A Memoir of the Folk Rock RevolutionJerry Burgan's unforgettable memoir of the pre-psychedelic 1960s. As a naive folksinger from Pomona, California, Burgan would find himself thrust in his teenage years to the forefront of the counterculture and its aftermath. The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Bo Diddley, Otis Redding, The Righteous Brothers, The Ohio Players, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Herman's Hermits, Judy Henske, Barry McGuire, and the Kingston Trio all make appearances in this tale told by the cofounder of We Five, the San Francisco electro-folk ensemble that soared to the top of the charts with its recording of the million-selling 'You Were On My Mind.' In the vanguard of what came to be known as folk rock, Burgan and his lifelong friend Mike Stewart embarked on a road they thought well paved by the latter's older brother and Kingston Trio member, John Stewart. Little did Burgan realize that they would join the rest of their generation in an ecstatic, sometimes tortured journey of invention and disillusion.

With a foreword by Canadian folk legend Sylvia TysonWounds to Bind will reward not only folk revival fans and aficionados of the counterculture music scene, but anyone who came of age musically between 1950 and 1975. Burgan's story bears witness to an eclectic and hopeful convergence in American history—that missing link between the folk and rock eras—when Bob Dylan and Sammy Davis, Jr., were played on the same radio station in the same hour. Chronicling the human realignments, triumphs and tragedies that followed, Burgan tracks down the demons that drove the genius of We Five cofounder Mike Stewart and sheds light on the forty-year enigma of what became of We Five's reclusive lead singer, Beverly Bivens, who anticipated Grace Slick, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks.

*APRIL 2, 2014* Lysergic Sound Distributors, Tucson, Arizona announces the first ever fully authorized, licensed, restored, and remastered reissue of the legendary Graveyard Five 45, featuring 'The Graveyard Theme' b/w 'The Marble Orchard'. This 45 is one of the true "holy grails" of the garage rock collector world and number 11 on the G100 Collectible U.S. Garage 45 List. Truly, one of the rarest 45s in the world, there are only a handful of original copies known to exist and they have sold for more than $4,500 when they’ve come on the market.

The Graveyard Five (the band claimed they got their name from a Ouija board session) hailed from Lakeport, California and gigged all around the East Bay. The band was comprised of four musicians but appeared onstage with a coffin, which they considered the fifth member of the group! After winning a battle of the bands contest, the band was awarded a contract with local producer Stan Sweeney, which resulted in the now-legendary single being released on his Stanco label in September 1968.

The A-side of the single, 'The Graveyard Theme', an exercise in fuzz guitar excess, was inspired by the Ouija board session in which the band derived it's name. The legend goes, members of the band sat down at a Ouija board, turned off all the lights, their hands got cold and they heard someone walking outside the window in the gravel. There was no one there! After that, the "Graveyard Five" came to life.

The B-side of the single, the fuzz guitar soaked reverb-laden monster, 'The Marble Orchard', was written in Lakeport's Hartley Cemetery by lead guitarist Louie Shriner and bassist Steve Kuppinger. The song starts off with the thump of a panic stricken heartbeat and then proceeds to tell the true tale of a creepy, wet October night the duo spent in the cemetery where they were convinced they saw something move from behind a tombstone and then heard "a wolfpack howl."

If the circumstances and subject matter of these songs isn't enough to scare the socks off of you, the recording studio where these songs were recorded was supposedly haunted by a spectre that provided guest background vocals in the form of a growling noise that's clearly audible near the end of 'The Marble Orchard.'

A true masterpiece of '60s U.S. garage rock that’s finally available as a reissue after more than 45 years.

*MARCH 28, 2014* Out next week from Lion Productions:

Dick Wagner and his guitar: The Frost. Ursa Major. Lou Reed's 'Rock 'n' Roll Animal'. Alice Cooper's 'Welcome to My Nightmare'. Kiss. Aerosmith. Peter Gabriel. Wagner's contribution to rock 'n' roll is immense. And it all started a little bit north of Detroit with The Bossmen. In just three years (1964-67), The Bossmen amassed an impressive run of no less than eight regional number one singles. When you listen to these eighteen original compositions you can sense the long hours and the countless amount of blood, sweat and tears that went into creating them. Whether it's a stinging guitar solo (the sonic blast of an intro on 'Sunshine' comes to mind), a regal four-part vocal harmony or a soaring arrangement, each tune bears the distinct early characteristics of the "Wagner" sound that would later bring him success on a global scale and write him into the annals of rock ‘n' roll history.

• Liner notes by Dick Wagner + reflections on The Bossmen by Bo White and Ryan Sparks
• Massive color booklet with rare photos
• Limited to 500 copies

*MARCH 28, 2014* Coming soon from Break-A-Way Records is the CD version of the Syndicate LP: The story of The Syndicate runs along similar lines to countless other rock'n'roll bands in the mid-sixties. They got together to have fun, made some noise on the local teen scene, recorded a couple of singles, made a vain grasp for the brass ring, then vanished into thin air—all within the space of two magical years: 1965 and 1966. What makes The Syndicate special, though, is those two hard-to-find singles. 'My Baby's Barefoot' and 'The Egyptian Thing', both released in 1965 are two of the most savage, hot-wired blasts of Punk R&B mayhem ever etched into wax, while the flipside of 'The Egyptian Thing,' 'She Haunts You' showed the group were equally adept at moody, minor-key material. The Egyptian Thing album presents the band's four As and Bs alongside four unreleased, same-calibre tracks from the same period, and an earlier 45 by The Ris-Kays featuring Syndicate front man Bill Rash. An in-depth insert written by Ugly Things' Mike Stax with a cache of photos compiles the legacy of a band, whose 45s are among the top wanted items in their genre, making this release the ultimate Syndicate collection and an unforgettable garage punk adventure.

*MARCH 25, 2014* Coming end of April from Real Gone Music:

The tangled history of the Ohio Express is difficult to unwind, but the one constant in the band's chronology are the guiding hands of legendary bubblegum/garage producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeffrey Katz, whose Super K Productions were behind hits by everybody from the Shadows of Knight to the 1910 Fruitgum Company to the Music Explosion. With regard to the Ohio Express, their first hit ('Beg, Borrow and Steal') was actually a song recorded by another band: the Rare Breed, who recorded it for Attack Records in 1966. The Cameo label then re-mixed and released the song, which went to #29 on the 1967 charts but they had no band to promote it, as the Rare Breed had left Super K Productions, never to record again! So, a Springfield, Ohio band named Sir Timothy & the Royals was hired to tour and to lay down more tracks under the Ohio Express name, some with them and some with a house band fronted by Royals/Express vocalist Dale Powers, with two songs ('I Find I Think of You' and the unreleased 'Life Is a Mystery') written/co-written by none other than a young Joe Walsh! Now, for the first time, ABKCO and Real Gone Music have assembled ALL the tracks recorded by this legendary bubblegum band for the Cameo label, including the entire Beg, Borrow and Steal album, four single sides and two unreleased tracks. ABKCO's Grammy-winning engineer Teri Landi has lovingly compiled all 17 songs from the original analog tapes; Jim Allen provides the liner notes. A must for '60s bubblegum and garage fans!

*MARCH 21, 2014* From Daniel Coston: Announcing the release of the second edition of There Was A Time: Rock & Roll In The 1960s In Charlotte, And North Carolina. Now with more interviews, more photos, a new design, and a more complete story of the music and people that defined what Rock & Roll was in North Carolina during the 1960s.

We have not one, but two big events to celebrate the new edition's release:

June 12 - Charlotte Museum Of History, 6 p.m. Co-author Daniel Coston will present a talk about the music of North Carolina during the 1960s, and show many rare and never-before-seen photos from that time. The evening will conclude with a short set by co-author Jacob "Jake" Berger and The Mannish Boys. Free admission.

June 21 - Neighborhood Theatre, 8 p.m. The second annual Charlotte '60s reunion show. With The Young Ages, Good Bad & The Ugly (GBU), Mannish Boys, and one more awesome band to be announced soon. Tickets are $15, and will be available in advance, or at the door. 

Copies of There Was A Time will be available at both events. Look for event pages for both events on Facebook soon, and check out, or for more info.

*MARCH 10, 2014* Coming in April from Real Gone Music:
They are on the short list of the heaviest bands ever to hit the charts, which they did eight times. They are also quite possibly the greatest cover band of all time, with their version of the Supremes 'You Keep Me Hangin' On' easily among the most inventive covers ever recorded. And they are the missing link between psychedelia and heavy metal. They are Vanilla Fudge, and this 19-track collection is the first dedicated to their classic singles for the Atco label, all here in their (mostly mono) original single versions, over half of which have never been reissued. Composed of organist Mark Stein, guitarist Vince Martell, and the superstar rhythm section of bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice (who went on to form Cactus and play with Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, etc.), Vanilla Fudge teamed with legendary producer Shadow Morton (Shangri-Las, New York Dolls) to record their first three albums and about half the singles on this set, including 'You Keep Me Hangin' On', 'Season of the Witch Parts 1 & 2', 'Take Me for a Little While' and 'Where Is My Mind'. Vanilla Fudge: The Complete Atco Singles continues the story from there with the singles taken from the band's epic, self-produced album Near the Beginning featuring their fantastic cover of Lee Hazlewood's 'Some Velvet Morning' and from their last album for Atco, Rock & Roll, recorded while the band was headlining a tour with Led Zeppelin. Also included are the two single sides ( 'Mystery'/'The Stranger') from their 1984 comeback, and, as a bonus, the DJ promo edit of 'Some Velvet Morning'. With track-by-track liner notes from all four members of the band, great photos, and remastering by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, Vanilla Fudge: The Complete Atco Singles represents the finest single-CD distillation of the Vanilla Fudge discography yet assembled.

*MARCH 8, 2014* Press Release: AUSTIN'S '60S MUSIC SCENE COMES BACK TO LIFE WITH DIGITAL RERELEASE - The single that launched Austin's Sonobeat Records in 1967 returns

AUSTIN, TEXAS, March 10, 2014 - Austin's Sonobeat Records (1967-1976) was an integral seed of the Central Texas music revolution that began in the mid-'60s. Sonobeat's prodigious output introduced Johnny WinterEric JohnsonRusty WierThe Afro-Caravan, and dozens of other luminary Texas musicians to the world, but its commercial single and album releases have been out of print since the mid-'70s. That now changes. On March 11, 2014, Sonobeat Historical Archives digitally rereleases Sonobeat Records' first 45 RPM single, 'A Picture of Me' and 'Without You' by The Sweetarts, one of Austin's most popular '60s rock bands. The Sweetarts' single launched fledgling Sonobeat in summer 1967, the first in a series of stereo singles and albums featuring top Central Texas musicians, singers, and songwriters released by the label during the formative years of Austin's now world-renowned music scene. Sitting dormant on deteriorating magnetic tape for more than 46 years after its original vinyl release, Sonobeat Historical Archives has digitally restored and remastered the Sweetarts' single from the original session masters. On March 11th, the digital rerelease will be available on the iTunes Store and AmazonMP3 Store as individual tracks or as the EP Austin, TX 1967. In the coming months, Sonobeat Historical Archives will digitally restore, remaster, and rerelease additional material from the Sonobeat Records vault, including singles by Lavender Hill Express (featuring Austin icon Rusty Wier), ConquerooPlymouth Rock, Mariani (featuring another Austin icon, Eric Johnson), Wali and The Afro-Caravan, and rockabilly legend Ray Campi.

*MARCH 7. 2014* News on the next Big Beat Records release, courtesy Alec Palao:

Big Beats excavations of Jeep Holland's A-Square imprint continue with the exciting discovery of a true Detroit holy grail – the long-lost session by Stoney & The Jagged Edge, one of the premier attractions at the Grande Ballroom during the halcyon "high energy" days of the late 1960s.

• Contemporaries of the MC5 and Stooges, the Edge were equally as cutting edge, with a wild stage presence and notorious, enigmatic frontman in Dave "Stoney" Mazar. The quartet burned briefly but fiercely between early 1967 and late 1968, leaving only some indelible memories with the few that witnessed them in action, and one six-track studio session supervised by Holland at Detroit's United Sound, which in the ensuing decades was believed lost.

• Now that a source has surfaced, the world can hear what it missed – prime vintage psychedelia, with the power and punk edge that only Detroit can provide. Cuts like 'Rainbows', 'Can't Find The Key' and 'Crystal Rain' fully justify the Jagged Edge's legend, and this special vinyl-only release is cause for vintage psych fans everywhere to celebrate. The package comes with a lengthy interview where Stoney spills the beans on this outrageous outfit.

*MARCH 5, 2014* The supplement to Paul Bezanker's Connecticut Rocks! book is now available for ordering.
Connecticut Rocks! and Supplement to Connecticut Rocks! cover a good selection of garage bands, including:  Barry & Remains, Blue Beats, The Bone, Bram Rigg Set, The Bridge, The Cadaver, Chosen Few, Cirkyt, Tommy Dae & High Tensions, Delta, Double Naught Spys, East Coast Journeymen, Eastern Alliance, Joey Gee & The Come-Ons, George's Boys, Hangmen of Fairfield County, The Insane, The Instincts, Lively Ones, Madhatters, The Mojos, The Shags, and many more!

  • Over 250 pages!
  • Over 350 new entries for Connecticut artists and Connecticut-based labels from 1950s to 1995 and beyond!
  • Over 380 updated discographies and biographies from Connecticut Rocks!
  • Forewords by Nay Nassar, Cliff Edwards, Country Paul Payton, Robb Warner!
  • Up-To-Date Price Guide of Connecticut Records Worth $25 & Over!
  • Record Dating Guide for CCS Record Numbers!
  • How to Date RITE Pressings!
  • Discographies set up as checklists for collectors!
Contact Paul directly for ordering information.

*MARCH 4, 2014* Coming from Now Sounds at the end of mono for the first time:

The Cryan' Shames' second album, 1967's A Scratch In The Sky, is an unsung gem of that heady musical era. The set's distinctive mix of youthful garage-rock energy, sophisticated psychedelic-pop songcraft and forward-thinking studio experimentation reflects the spirit of the times and captures the sound of an ambitious band of young perfectionists (already regional stars in their hometown of Chicago) making a quantum creative leap into exciting new territory. 

On A Scratch In The Sky, The Cryan' Shames trade in the familiar rock 'n' roll and soul covers that dominated their first album for a set of haunting, emotionally resonant, and experimental original compositions (plus a transcendent reading of the Carole King/Gerry Goffin-penned Drifters classic 'Up on the Roof') that are bolstered by adventurous soundscapes.

In addition to the album—presented in its original mono mix for the first time on CD—two non-LP singles and five single versions are included, and all are sourced from the original master tapes.

The deluxe, full-colour booklet also includes rare photos and extensive liner notes by music historian Scott Schinder that feature the participation of original band members. Mastered by Alan Brownstein from the original master tapes! 

*FEBRUARY 26, 2014* There's a nice online article in the Washington Post by John Kelly detailing the 1964 rise of The Aristocrats, seven Arlington, VA teens who formed a band during the early stages of Beatlemania.

"At the height of Aristocratsoma-n­ia — during the 'Search for America's Answer to the Beatles' battle of the bands — Skeeter Boswell stepped back from the microphone at the Washington Coliseum, turned to Vaughan Howard and said, 'We're bringing the f---ing house down.'

And they were. The Aristocrats — seven Arlington teenagers — had the place in a frenzy. There was no doubt they would be declared the winners of the Oct. 10, 1964, contest..." Read more...

*FEBRUARY 25, 2014* Thanks to Gray Newell for the tip...The Peanut Butter Conspiracy is self-releasing a CD of rare/unreleased recordings, all featuring the vocals of Barbara (Sandy) RobinsonBarbara (Sandy) Robison is at last featured on every song in this Peanut Butter Conspiracy release. The recordings date from 1966 through 1970. Five of them have never been previously released, two are from rare movie soundtracks, and five are hand-picked from previous PBC releases. There has always been consensus from their fans that Barbara possessed the most beautiful voice of the 1960's rock and roll era. This release is for those who have always wanted and now can hear more of her warm, soulful voice.

*FEBRUARY 2014* Sundazed have announced their Record Store Day exclusives, and three are of primary interest:

The Standells are one of the most successful of all garage rock bands, with their signature song 'Dirty Water' having been a huge nationwide hit in the sultry summer of 1966! True fathers of punk rock, they were touring later that year to support the success of their hit record when they were professionally captured on tape opening up for The Beach Boys at a University of Michigan performance as they served up a raucous, raw live helping of their most famous record—now featured on this limited edition that puts you as close to a mid-'60s frat fuzz party as you can get! 'Dirty Water' is a tireless anthem, a song for the hip-and-happening whose legacy shines in this rare recording. Also includes 'Twitchin',' a previously unissued 1963 instrumental from the group's earliest days, predating their first record. Plus, recollections about both recordings from original member Larry Tamblyn, housed in a picture sleeve featuring rare photos that evokes the look and feel of 1966. Live and raw energy from the legendary Standells—on clear vinyl!

When The Beach Boys fired their manager-father Murry Wilson in 1964, he recruited a young group—The Sunrays—to mentor as he had his own children. The 'Rays took on sun, fun and girls in songs like 'I Live For the Sun' and 'Andrea'—heavily influenced by Brian Wilson's rich, intricate production work for The Beach Boys—which became huge regional hits. As a thank you, The Sunrays wrote and recorded 'Our Leader' for Murry, a heartfelt tribute to one of rock music's most storied personalities. Presented to Wilson on Christmas Eve 1965, the track is as polished and produced as any of the group's released records, and even features the mixed time signatures and a cappella sections that Brian would explore in depth the following year with Smile! Plus, 'Won’t You Tell Me' is the classic lost recording from the Wilson circle, a demo for a song Murry had written for his sons, featuring members of The Sunrays and The Wrecking Crew—along with assistance from Dennis Wilson—emulating the Beach Boys sound and achieving something as complex and moving as anything on the group's greatest album of the period, Sunflower. Neither track was originally issued, and both appear here on vinyl for the first time. Also features rare photos and an insert with notes by original Sunrays member Rick Henn. The sunny and soulful sounds of The Sunrays!

The 1966 debut by the Minneapolis-based Litter! 'Action Woman' and 'A Legal Matter' are stomping, searing '60s sides—an unstoppable collection of snotty vocals and fuzzy guitar lines. The Litter become a determined collective mind on these performances, and the result is a coupling that stands side-by-side with other iconic recordings of the era, like 'Sweet Young Thing' and 'You're Gonna Miss Me.' Even the tambourine and maracas have loud and clear attitude that few other records can match! The original Scotty 45 is a cornerstone of any serious 1960s record collection, and now is reproduced in this lovingly created edition that features a Scotty Records-styled sleeve with a rare vintage group photo and notes by TeenBeat Mayhem! author Mike Markesich. 'Action Woman' is a flawless hallmark performance, and 'A Legal Matter' takes the Who's music from the Mod clubs into the suburban garage with jet fuel-powered tempo and aggression. With in-the-studio presence and clarity taken from the original masters, this is the sound of garage rock maturing into psychedelia—prime, postured and pulsating!

*FEBRUARY 19, 2014* Shindig #38 will be available end of March:

Linda Perhacs
The Surprise Return Of Acid-Folk's Mystery Lady

John McLaughlin
The pioneering guitarist's early years, from Georgie Fame to Miles Davis, revisited

Nigel Waymouth
On Granny Takes A Trip, Hapshash & The Coloured Coat and the art of being avant-garde

Reborn '70s hard rockers who influenced a generation of psychedelic guitar bands

Teenage acid-freakout music from '60s San Francisco 

*FEBRUARY 14, 2014* What Ever Happened to the Rubber Band? by Doc Knoll is now available as a Kindle download. "Glory days are hard to forget. In our case The Rubber Band was just a bunch of kids that had potential to become teen idols and Decca Records also thought of us as rising stars. However, something is always bound to pop out of nowhere and change the situation. 

This book deals with the founding of The Rubber Band and the people of the band who ventured into the world to seek their fortunes. I just happen to know more of my personal history so the book follows the timeline of my life. The book is interesting reading with some interesting stories thrown in that may leave you thinking of what may have been…"

Just announced by Gear Fab: Psychedelic States: Maryland In The '60's Volume 1. More great unreleased and un-comped fuzzed out garage monsters!
*FEBRUARY 5, 2014* It's Bushmenmania! The Jefferson Herald spotlight's one of Iowa's earlist Beatles-inspired groups:

They had the right boots — Cuban-heeled, with sharp-pointed toes. They had the right suit jackets — collarless, and all made to match. And, they had the right hair — until high school principal Frank Linduska sent them all packing to the barbershop.

With Beatlemania rapidly unfolding in 1964, The Bushmen looked to grab a piece of the action right here in Jefferson. The local band went on to represent Jefferson and Greene County across the state at teen hops and on TV and radio. It's now been 50 years since The Beatles invaded America, inspiring hundreds, if not thousands, of impressionable teens to take up guitars and drums.

In the Feb. 6 issue of The Jefferson Herald, The Bushmen recall their brief but memorable reign as Jefferson’s Fab Four.

Click here to listen to the band's 1966 farewell concert...

*FEBRUARY 2, 2014* From Andrew Sandoval:

"For the last few years I have been working on co-writing and co-producing a feature length documentary about Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, Boyce & Hart: The Guys Who Wrote 'Em. It features new, exclusive interviews with Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork (among others) as well as a ton of unpublished photos and home movies. In fact, it is entirely made up of vintage footage, which makes it an even more unique and enjoyable film. It is the result of so much teamwork and generosity from so many people; I am so grateful for everyone's help and very pleased to see that it is finally ready to be screened.

In order to get all of the footage, music and publishing licensed for mass public consumption, we are holding a fund raising, sneak preview of the film in Brooklyn at the Bell House on March 16th.

Bobby Hart (who narrates the film), the director Rachel Lichtman and myself will be there in person for a Q&A and we have invited some special guests too. As many of you know, we will also be at the Monkees Convention on Friday and Saturday. I look forward to seeing a bunch of my east coast pals in March! Here we come."

*JANUARY 22, 2014* Coming in early March from Real Gone MusicThe Grass Roots were, without a doubt, one of the great singles bands of the '60s and early '70s. So, why hasn t a collection of their complete, original Dunhill/ABC hit singles ever been released? Well, there's the little matter of the original mono master tapes. There are various stories about what happened, including one with Dunhill head Jay Lasker pitching all the label's multi-track recordings and mono masters after having deemed them obsolete. And so the classic hit singles by The Grass Roots have for the most part only surfaced in their stereo album versions on the various anthologies of the band. But when the going gets tough for a reissue label, Real Gone Music gets going. After a worldwide search for the best sources available, we are thrilled to announce that we have rounded up all two dozen Dunhill/ABC hit singles (including the censored and uncensored versions of 'Let's Live for Today' and their biggest smash, 'Midnight Confessions') and put them together into one AMAZING-sounding package! Indeed, this collection offers the truest essence of the band those hook-filled singles in that glorious, original mono sound mixed and mastered to punch through '60s and '70s AM radio. And, by covering the years 1965 to 1973, The Grass Roots: The Complete Original Dunhill/ABC Hit Singles also provides a fantastic overview of the group's tangled history and many line-ups all meticulously explained by Ed Osborne's liner notes with late lead singer Rob Grill the closest to a career-long member (their first two singles featured Bill Fulton on vocals). It's the Grass Roots collection that we've ALL been waiting for, yours from Real Gone!'

*JANUARY 18, 2014* The second JuJus LP on Ray Hummel III Records is now available for ordering. It contains several completely unreleased tracks from Ray Hummel's master tape collection, as well as no less than eight more single tracks! The sound quality and pressing is highly professional. A good number of the songs are still totally unreleased, and only the musical BEST versions of the songs were included. There exists up to 10 different versions of some of the songs on Ray's tapes that were recorded at different places. Cover artwork was completed by Darren Merinuk.
The LP will retail for at EUR 15.99 & EUR 6.50 for shipping. To order one copy just send an email to: featheredapplerecords@balcab.chIt will wholesale for at a low EUR 8 and shipping to the shops and distributors.

*JANUARY 17, 2014* The Music Machine are one of the most respected and best loved American bands of the 1960s, renowned for their powerful sonic assault and intelligently crafted repertoire. Big Beat's Ultimate Turn On compilation from 2006 anthologised the monochromatically-garbed combo's hit 'Talk Talk' era, and now we turn our focus to the latter half of the Music Machine's career.

The Bonniwell Music Machine was originally released in early 1968 and consisted of outtakes and single sides by the original Music Machine, along with newer recordings featuring the band's second line-up: both incarnations headed by charismatic singer, songwriter and rock savant Sean Bonniwell. Now with this deluxe 2CD expanded reissue, the original album is augmented by further non-LP single sides and outtakes, and a whole second disc of vintage Music Machine rarities, drawn from the untapped tape collection of the late Sean Bonniwell.

While the improved sound quality of the Warner Brothers sides supersedes previous reissues of this material, it is the unissued material that will surprise and delight Music Machine fans, featuring as it does a rash of previously unknown songs. Many of these are heard as Bonniwell's home demos, acoustic in nature but captivating nonetheless.

The original band's first recordings (as The Ragamuffins), along with unreleased studio and rehearsal takes by the second line-up, and a jam-packed, detail-filled booklet, all contribute to making Big Beat's The Bonniwell Music Machine an exhaustive and definitive celebration of The Music Machine, truly a band amongst bands.

*JANUARY 13, 2014* Short Nuggets: The next Ace/Big Beat Records release (after January's Seeds' Raw & Alive), scheduled for February, is The Bonniwell Music Machine album, with unreleased bonus material...Garden Of Dreams (G.O.D.) Records in Greece is preparing a vinyl compilation of Virginia '60s groups, including Stones Unturned, The Individuals and The IV Pack...Windian Records is preparing a vinyl compilation of Capitol Rock, featuring '60s groups from Washington, D.C....Lost Sounds Montana Compilation Record #1 will be a double album issued to all supporters of the group's IndieGoGo campaign. Bands include The Night Raiders, Missing Lynx, Initial Shock, Chosen Few, Frantics, Rotations, Wanderers, Gross National Product and more. Current local area musicians will also perform songs from the compilation at The Palace Sound in Missoula on February 1...We'll print more information on all these upcoming releases as details become available...

*JANUARY 13, 2014* Out soon: The music scene in Austin is known the world over, but it can place a considerable portion of its roots in a little-known but prolific indie label: Sonobeat Records. A small, independent label founded by father-and-son duo Bill Josey Sr. and Bill Josey Jr., Sonobeat set the stage for the Capital City's musical legacy. The label's brief but powerful tenure produced an enormous amount of music and directly preceded the progressive country movement and the proliferation of a music scene that would earn Austin the nickname of "Live Music Capital of the World." Musician and author Ricky Stein explores the roots of Austin's contemporary music history through the story of one small but essential label.

*JANUARY 6, 2014* Brian Jenkins has started a Facebook page for the '60s Garage Rock: David and Goliath Project, a "collective mission to get the National Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame & Museum in Cleveland, Ohio to create a (temporary) exhibit for '60s garage rock."  Per Brian:

Hello all '60s Garage Rock friends, fans, artists (past and present), and collectors! Here is the current email address for Howard Kramer at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum. Please email him and express to him your opinion about why '60s garage rock should be represented via exhibit in the Hall. Each email counts! Here 'tis:

Please take a minute or two to support this very worthy cause...

*January 2, 2014* News on the next Ace/Big Beat Seeds reissue, courtesy as always Alec Palao and due end of month:

• Raw & Alive – The Seeds In Concert may just possibly be the greatest "live" album that never was. Released in 1968 towards the end of the original quartet's career, the album was an attempt to deliver on vinyl the live frenzy that these garage legends were notorious for in person.

• The album is highly regarded by Seeds aficionados, containing as it does exciting versions of band classics like 'No Escape' and  'Up In Her Room,' as well as superlative new originals such as the punkoid 'Satisfy You' -  the latter a clear return to form after the flowery Future long-player. But most are unaware that the performances were actually cut live in the studio, with applause added afterward for release. On this deluxe edition of Raw & Alive, for the first time, both dubbed and undubbed versions of the album are included.

• The original album premise was for a Seeds concert to be taped in front of a fan club audience at Western Studios, but the results were deemed unsatisfactory at the time. The second disc of our deluxe reissue features this initial February 1968 performance, which forty-five years later, sounds just fine. It also boasts rare "live" versions of tunes such as 'Fallin'', 'A Faded Picture' and the previously unheard song 'Hubbly Bubbly Love.'

• As with all the Big Beat Seeds reissues, Raw & Alive is presented as a gatefold 2CD digipak and includes with a hefty booklet, heavily illustrated with examples of 1967-era Seedsmania.