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The Sandpipers - The Sandpipers 1967 & Softly 1968

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 01:28 PM PST

The Sandpipers were a male vocal trio that recorded a handful of easy
listening pop hits in the mid-'60s. The group was distinguished by its
light, breezy harmonies, which floated over delicate, breezy string
arrangements, as well as the occasional appearance of a wordless female
backing vocalist who drifted in and out of the music. Though they didn't
manage to have a long, sustained career, the group did have one Top Ten hit
with "Guantanamera" in 1966.
Originally, the Sandpipers were known as the Four Seasons. The three
members -- Jim Brady, Mike Piano, and Richard Shoff -- were part of the
Californian Mitchell Boys Choir before they formed their own group. Shortly
after their formation, they learned that there was a New York group using
the name the Four Seasons, so they changed their name to the Grads. As the
Grads, they cut a handful of singles, which helped the group secure a
residency at a Lake Tahoe nightclub.
After the Grads had been performing in Lake Tahoe for a while, a friend of
the group introduced them to trumpeter Herb Alpert, who ran his own record
label, A&M. Impressed, he signed the group to a record contract. A&M
released a handful of singles by the Grads before the trio changed its name
to the Sandpipers. None of the singles the group released were successful
until their producer, Tommy LiPuma, recommended that they record a South
American folk song called "Guantanamera." Once "Guantanamera" was released
in 1966, it became a major hit, reaching the Top Ten in both the United
States and Britain.
The Sandpipers managed to follow "Guantanamera" with several minor hits,
including versions of "Louie Louie" and "Kumbaya." During this time, the
group had taken to recording and performing with a supporting female
vocalist named Pamela Ramcier. Ramcier contributed ethereal, wordless
vocals to the group. Her vocals never acted as harmonies to the group's
singing; they functioned in a supporting role, much like the strings that
comprised the band's instrumental backing. Although Ramcier was never
credited on the albums and was always shrouded in shadows during concerts
-- though her hip, mod outfits complete with miniskirts and go-go boots
often made her more noticeable than the actual Sandpipers -- her voice was
one of the most distinctive elements of the group's music.
In 1970, they contributed songs to The Sterile Cuckoo ("Come Saturday
Morning") and Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Though the
Sandpipers continued to record into the '70s, their audience diminished
with each successive year. After spending five years without any chart
success, the group disbanded in the mid-'70s.
The Sandpipers ‎– The Sandpipers 1967

The Sandpipers ‎– Softly 1968


VA -Too Much Monkey Business - 23 Global Beat 'n' Garage Raves from 64-67!

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 07:35 AM PST

01-Los Jockers (Chile)-Satisfaction [00:03:39]02-Gilbert Safrani & Les
Boots (France)-Le Ciel [00:02:23]03-Johnny Kongos & The G-Men
(Johannesburg, South Africa)-Tobacco Road [00:02:45]04-Bitter End (Hutt
Valley, New Zealand)-Single Man [00:01:42]05-The Vanguards (Germany)-My
Babe [00:02:03]06-The Moody Stones (France)-Baby Jean [00:02:48]07-The
Selected Few (Wellington, New Zealand)-Get The Picture [00:02:00]08-The
Wild Colonials (Melbourne, Australia)-Downtown Blues [00:02:38]09-Ann
Christine & The Renegades (Finland)-Comin' Home Baby [00:03:02]10-The Bats
(Cape Town, South Africa)-All I Got [00:02:21]11-The Breakaways (New
Plymouth, New Zealand)-Milk Cow Blues [00:03:27]12-The Skins (Germany)-I
Want You [00:02:10]13-Jim & The Beatmakers (Finland)-She Makes Me Good
[00:02:34]14-Dickie Loader & The Blue Jeans (South Africa)-Chills & Fever
[00:02:44]15-The Rangers (Germany)-Brand New Cadillac [00:02:49]16-Bill
Kimber & The Couriers (UK)-Alright [00:02:09]17-Dynamites (Norway)-Gonna
Make You Mine [00:02:22]18-Delfini (Split, Yugoslavia)-Gloria
[00:02:51]19-The Hoods (Jonkoping, Sweden)-I'm A Dog [00:02:27]20-The
Stellas (Dublin, Ireland)-Fortune Teller [00:02:30]21-The A-Cads
(Johannesburg, South Africa)-Watch Your Step [00:02:33]22-Los Jockers
(Chile)-Yo Te Chiero [00:02:07]23-Bitter End (Hutt Valley, New Zealand)-Too
Much Monkey Business [00:01:48]

Hope someone has it. And wants to share with us ....

VA - Boom Boom Forgotten Treasures from the German 6T's Beat Boom

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 06:40 AM PST

1. The Guards - Hullabaloo
2. The Kentuckys - Uncle Willy
3. The Paving Stones - Don't Forget
4. The Toppers - I'm So Lovesick
5. The Rebbles - Around The World
6. The Hounddogs - Clarabella
7. The News - The Other Man
8. The Anoms - I'm A Man
9. The Rackers - Crazy Haunted House
10. The Candidates - Louie Louie
11. Thursdays Children - I Want You Back Again
12. The Idling Domestics - I'm Not Like Everybody Else
13. The Original Surfers - She's My Babe
14. The Strings - Hoochie Coochie Man
15. The Black & Whites - Where Did You Go
16. The Hounddogs - Gloria
17. The Boots - Gaby


Status Quo - The Technicolor Dreams Of The Status Quo(1966-69)

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 06:39 AM PST

This double-CD set delivers a lot more than its title promises, containing
not only all of Status Quo's 1960s vintage recordings -- all of the singles
and B-sides, the mono album Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From... and
the stereo mix of their second album, Spare Parts, plus odd singles and
rarities (including a stereo mix of "Pictures of Matchstick Men,") but
every side left behind by the pre-Status Quo Spectres and their
reincarnation as Traffic Jam. Those sides make for a killer opening to disc
one here, encompassing "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (not the Donovan
song), "Laticia," "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet," their pre-psychedelic
debut, "I (Who Have Nothing)," and their organ-driven rendition of "Walking
With My Angel." All of their work serves as a more than suitable prelude to
the more familiar Status Quo material, which pretty much encompasses their
entire psychedelic output, and fans of freakbeat/psychedelic sounds will
find lots to love on this set -- these guys should have been near-gods on
the music scene of the period, instead of being limited to the one-off
monster hit, based on the evidence at hand, with pop instincts to match the
spaciness of some of their musical visions -- even their version of "Green
Tambourine" has a sharp edge, particularly in the drumming and bass work,
that's worth hearing more than once, and the stereo remix of "Pictures of
Matchstick Men" has more credibility and raw power than such
reconsiderations usually display. In short, there's a lot on both of these
discs to keep even the non-fan busy for a day or more, especially as the
sound is superb, absolutely killer on single and album tracks alike. And
the annotation (supported with lots of color art) by David Wells is
entertaining as well as highly informative.