Friday, April 22, 2011

Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited -Spooky Sound Sessions

Happy Easter you all. Instead of my annual post of Jesus Christ Surferstar - you can still get that right here in the archives - I figured you would like something different. Here you go -- everyone's FAVORITE SPY?SURF?CINEMA? group has a new bunch of tunes out and I thought you might like to add them to your Easter basket.

In the inter-stellar trajectory of the classic Peter Thomas Orchestra and 101 String's landmark album of esoteric, erotic electronica, "Astro Sounds from Beyond the Year 2000", as well as more modern masters of mood music like Jean Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream, Switzerland's Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited brings us their sixth CD of cinematic ear candy, "The Spooky Sound Sessions" (Dionysus Records). Tunes with titles like "Contract Killer," "The Whistler Returns," "Robotheque" and "la fille dans le train" atmospherically evoke a rainy, windswept, timelessly retro-Euro-noir world of sexy spies, androgynous androids, Danish modern furniture, space age architecture, lunar lounge lizards, leather-n-leopard clad sex kittens, sleek cars and cool people wearing stylish hats, trench coats and sunglasses - in the dark. The futuristic funk of tracks like "Record Shop" and "Sitar Jerk" give off a sort of Jess Franco 70s-sleazy grindhouse vibe, whereas "Gilera Baby" sounds like John Barry`s "Beat Girl" as reinterpreted by Laika and the Cosmonauts. "Sad City" could fit neatly on the soundtrack of any badass blaxploitation flick. Images of everything from classic giallo to Russian sci-fi movies will swim across your sonically massaged brain as you kick back and soak in these smooth, seductive sounds. There's not one extraneous part in this finely tuned musical machine. -- Will "The Thrill" Viharo for Retrospective Magazine

01 - Sitar Jerk
02 - Do The Lurk Around
03 - Robotheque
04 - The Whistler Returns
05 - Gilera Baby
06 - Record Shop
07 - Contract Killer
08 - La Fille Dans Le Train
09 - Re 307
10 - Action Scope
11 - November Morning
12 - Chicken Skin
13 - La Casa Gialla
14 - Sad City


VA - Gabe's Dirty Blues

A little Kulture here at the ol' FCCL. This was my first introduction to the world of real raunchy r&b - the fun stuff. I've had this since the 70's and still enjoy a spin every now and then. I was really glad to find a solid rip of this that I couldn't help myself and I snagged it.

It seems this is the only rip of this floating around - originally by “Issaquah” -we thank him for this superb 2 LP set.

Being a lazy sob - if you want the technical details get them here:

A whoppin' good place for killer music I might add. The music in this set is pretty much available on newer comps you can get on the blogosphere including a few here at FCCL, but to me - this was my first and still one of the best. The complete 2-album set has 30 tracks totaling 78:05 minutes so grab it and enjoy.

01. Fever / Little Willie John
02. Walkin' The Blues / Champion Jack Dupree
03. Sick & Tired / Lula Reed
04. Shake 'em Up, Baby / Roy Brown
05. Work With Me Annie / Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
06. Cherry Wine / Little Esther Phillips
07. 60-Minute Man / Billy Ward & The Dominoes
08. Ride, Jockey, Ride / The Lamplighters
09. Keep On Churnin' / Wynonie Harris
10. Rocket 69 / Todd Rhodes
11. 10-Inch Record / Bull Moose Jackson
12. Black Diamond / Roy Brown
13. Jealous Love / Lula Reed
14. Bloodshot Eyes / Wynonie Harris
15. Sexy Ways / Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
16. Salty Dog / The Lamplighters
17. Monkey, Hips and Rice / The “5” Royales
18. T-99 / Tiny Bradshaw
19. Rock Love / Lula Reed
20. Wasn't That Good / Wynonie Harris
21. Annie Had A Baby / Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
22. Girl From Kokomo / Roy Brown
23. All Around the World / Little Willie John
24. I Want a Bow-Legged Woman / Bull Moose Jackson
25. Quiet Whiskey / Wynonie Harris
26. Use What You Got / Freddy King
27. Queen Of Diamonds / Roy Brown
28. Loving Machine / Wynonie Harris
29. Shake That Thing / Wynonie Harris
30. Adam Come Get Your Rib / Wynonie Harris


Freddy King gives you a Bonanza of Instrumentals

King’s second all-instrumental album, Freddy King Gives You a Bonanza of Instrumentals, originally released in 1965 on King Records’ Federal subsidiary, continued the artist’s winning streak, with such memorable King originals as “Manhole,” “Freeway 75,” “Low Tide” and “Funnybone.” The 12-song LP demonstrates once again why King was one of his generation’s most revered electric guitarists.

1. Manhole 2. Freeway 75 3. Low Tide 4. The Sad Nite Owl 5. Funnybone 6. Nickleplated 7. String-a-Ling 8. Surf Monkey 9. Freddy’s Midnite Dream 10. Fish Fare 11. Cloud Sailin’ 12. Remington Ride


String-A-Longs - Best

Famed for their instrumental smash "Wheels," Plainview, TX rock & roll combo the String-A-Longs was formed in 1956 by singer/guitarist Keith McCormack, guitarist Richard Stephens, and bassist Aubrey de Cordova. High school classmates who originally joined forces under the name the Patio Kids, the group expanded to a quartet with the addition of drummer Charles Jay Edmiston, and in early 1957 changed their name to the Rock 'n' Rollers to coincide with the arrival of second guitarist Jimmy Torres. Their growing local popularity inspired McCormack's mother to fund a recording session at producer Norman Petty's Clovis, NM studios, and after replacing Edmiston with drummer Don Allen, the band -- which had again changed its name, this time to the Leen Teens -- recorded the tracks "So Shy" and "Dreams About You," later issued on Imperial. The record stiffed, and although Petty produced several more sessions in the years to follow, none of the material saw an official release.

While cutting a 1960 date, McCormack's voice gave out, and Petty suggested they record his Tex-Mex-influenced instrumental composition "Wheels" backed by the Leen Teens' own instrumental "Tell the World." At Petty's insistence, the name "String-A-Longs" was installed prior to the single's release on Warwick; when both sides began earning airplay, the label split the disc into two A-sides, although "Wheels" (newly backed by the vocal performance "Am I Asking Too Much") became the far bigger hit, reaching the number three spot in the U.S. in early 1961. The follow-up, "Brass Buttons," also hit the Top 40, a distinction narrowly missed by the String-A-Longs' third release, "Should I." A series of singles as well as an LP, Pick-A-Hit Featuring "Wheels", followed before Warwick filed for bankruptcy in 1962; the group then signed to Dot, where efforts like "Twist Watch," "Replica," and "Myna Bird" failed to attract much attention. After 1965's "Caravan" met a similar fate, the String-A-Longs disbanded, with McCormack -- who'd earlier penned the Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs chart-topper "Sugar Shack" -- replacing Gilmer three years later.

This is an excellent disc featuring the greatest hits of the String-A-Longs, a wonderful but sadly little-known instrumental group that recorded in the same Norman Petty Studios that Buddy Holly did. The style is reminiscent of The Ventures, Santo & Johnny, and other great bands of the late 50's/early 60's era. Pop this into the CD player and go back to the days of drive-ins, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and the Eisenhower/Kennedy years. A great sampler from a truly great band. More on the mellower side - great for those late night listens ”

(01) Wheels
(02) Sentimental Journey
(03) Harbour Lights
(04)Are You Lonesome Tonight
(05) Perfidia
(06) Torquay
(07) Panic Button
(08) Red River Twist
(09) Nearly Sunrise
(10) Bulldog
(11) Walk Don't Run
(12) Save The Last Dance For Me


Brad Paisley - Play: The Guitar Album

In an unusual move for an established country singer, Brad Paisley's PLAY is a primarily instrumental album that puts its focus entirely on Paisley's underrated guitar work. Only 4 vocals and the instrumental work in those excels. Far from being a traditional country album, or even a contemporary country-pop album, PLAY works in a wide variety of genres, including Les Paul-style jazz, ripping surf rock, old-fashioned electric Chicago blues, and metal-tinged rock & roll.
Paisley also assembles quite a list of guest stars: a re-recording of an early hit features a guest appearance by the actor Andy Griffith, while the Bakersfield country rocker "Come On In" features the late Buck Owens and a bluesy take on "Let the Good Times Roll" welcomes B.B. King. Two vocal tracks, "Start A Band" and "More Than Just This Song," feature Keith Urban and Steve Warriner, respectively, while the epic "Cluster Pluck" is a tongue-in-cheek high-speed dash through the history of country guitar showcasing James Burton, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, and four other guitarists besides. Good is good no matter what genre it is. Very recommended. You will be surprised as to how good it is - so check it out and thank me later.

1. Huckleberry Jam
2. Turf's Up
3. Start A Band (Duet With Keith Urban)
4. Kim
5. Departure
6. Come On In (Featuring Buck Owens)
7. Playing With Fire
8. Kentucky Jelly
9. More Than Just This Song (Featuring Steve Wariner)
10. Les Is More
11. Pre-Cluster Cluster Pluck Prequel
12. Cluster Pluck (Featuring James Burton, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, John Jorgenson, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner)
13. Cliffs Of Rock City
14. Let The Good Times Roll (Featuring B.B. King)
15. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
16. Waitin' On A Woman (With Andy Griffith)


Freddy King - Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King

Some truly brilliant performances on this album's dozen tunes. King makes playing the guitar seem as natural walking. The songs show a tremendous variety in content, approach, technique and style--something one might not expect from even the best blues albums. Each song has some of the catchiest melodies you're likely to ever hear from a guitar player in any genre. And they are fun. Do yourself a big favor. Get this album. Then get "Freddie King give you a Bonanza of Insturmentals". Because of the dozens of blues/rock albums cut in a similiar vein, these two are at the top of the list.

The album and several of the songs it contains have been influential. According to 2006's Encyclopedia of the Blues, the song "Hide Away" has become "[o]ne of the most popular blues instrumentals of all time", a "mandatory staple of blues bands" at its time and "a standard for countless blues and rock musicians performing today." All Music Guide to the Blues indicates that in addition to "Hide Away", which it describes as "Freddie King's signature tune and most influential recording", several of the other songs on the album also became blues classics, including "San-Ho-Zay" and "The Stumble". Encyclopedia of the Blues adds that "Sen-Sa-Shun", too, became a favorite songs for instrumental bands. Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, who have covered "Hide Away" live on several occasions, specifically sited "San-Ho-Zay" and "Sensation" (sic) as among the Freddie King album tracks that inspired him.
1."Hide Away" (King) – 2:43 2."Butterscotch" – 3:04 3. "Sen-Sa-Shun" – 2:54 4. "Side Tracked" (King) – 3:07 5."The Stumble" – 3:14 6. "Wash Out" – 2:38 7. "San-Ho-Zay" – 2:40 8. "Just Pickin'" (King) – 2:33 9. "Heads Up" – 2:33 10."In the Open" – 3:11 11. "Out Front" – 2:40 12. Swooshy" – 2:19


Friday, April 15, 2011

Boss Martians Jetaway Sounds

Stomp, Surf and Shake from Seattle's famous 4-piece The Boss Martians. One of their best, mostly instrumentals, with just a couple of vocal tracks adding variety. The theme of Jet Planes runs throughout, making this a unique release for fans of the 60s style Surf guitar. My own rp- in blazin' 320.

Track Listing:
Hangar Party Stomp
Lost Luggage Frenzy
One Loud Turbine
Stewardess More Peanuts Please
Ode To The Baggage Handler
My Favorite Planemaker
Irving The Swingin' Air Traffic Controller
Two On The Wing
The Airline Broke My Surfboard
What'd I Fly
Boeing Boeing Gone!
Story Of The DASH-80


Cluoseaux ST

Modern Lounge

Clouseaux- easy listening mood music- 10 Tracks: 1)Krakatoa 2)Where Are We Now? 3)Le Nuit 4)Payaso 5)Reum With A View 6)Ennui 7)A Most Excellent Flying Death 8)Fist On The Green 9)Jack The Ripper 10)Marauder


Rock D Run 1

Rock Don't Run 1

1. Whatcha Say? - The Kaisers 2. Bikini Sunset - The Volcanos
3. Half Moon Bay - The Volcanos 4. University Blvd. - Lost Straitjackets
5. Morpheus - The Surf Kings 6. The Tower - The Surf Kings
7. Mr. Pan Ventures Out - The Panasonics 8. Bustin Suds - Thee Phantom 5ive
9. Hey - Thee Phantom 5ive 10. Floating - Laika and The Cosmonauts
11. Cerveza On Dee Mesa - The Fathoms 12. Rockabilly Surfer - The Fathoms
13. Topless Beach - Eddie Angel 14. The Maltese Martian - Dragula
15. Bruce Lee's Last Ride - Dragula 16. The Natives Are Restless - The Halibuts
17. Cool Hand Luke - The Astro Naughts 18. Surfin' Boar - The Astro Naughts


Rock D Run 2

Rock D Run 2

1 Kawanga! Los Straitjackets 2 Sandoway Exotics 3 Gasser Exotics 4 Valley of the Kaisers Kaisers 5 Mondo Bondo Four Piece Suit 6 A Shot in the Dark Four Piece Suit
7 Hammerhead Halibuts 8 Under the Gun Mulchmen 9 Big Nasty Mulchmen
10 Pacifica Los Straightjackets 11 2000 LB. Werewolf Neanderthals
12 Fade Away Laika, Cosmonauts 13 Night of the Drunken Cheerleaders Penetrators
14 Melodie's Dilemma Penetrators 15 Summertime Summertime 16 Pan's Rock Panasonics 17 Rik-A-Tik Simon And The Bar Sinisters 18 Mongoose Boulevard Vibro Champs


Rock D Run 3

RDR 3 - more goodness.

1. Overboard - The Fathoms
2. Psychotronic - The Insect Surfers
3. Island Uprising - The Tiki Tones
4. Nitrous Peroxide - Sir Bald Diddley & His Wig Outs
5. Sack O' Woe - The Omega Men
6. Shalako - The Bent Scepters
7. Thunder Over Rincon - Jon & The Nightriders
8. Solaris Stomp - The Space Cossacks
9. F.U.J.I.M.O. - The Untamed Youth
10. Lunar Luau - The Huntington Cads
11. Lou Siffer - Rocky Velvet
12. More Booze, Less Ice - The Boss Martians
13. Betrayal - The Ripsnorts
14. Devil's Punchbowl - Satan's Pilgrims
15. Branded - Los Straitjackets
16. Thar She Blows - The Halibuts


Friday, April 1, 2011


Got me with their name - anything Dalek has to be checked out. 9 surf & rock instrumentals with a running time of approx. 24 minutes. Back in the early days of electrified music, Dalek Beach Party were the undisputed masters of twang and other guitar frenzied tunes. This British instrumental group play some hard-driving music, and does it very well. Not only surf, also some gut-pounding twangy rock with at times that spaghetti western feel. Excellent throughout - highly recommended.

Dalek Beach Party - Dead Men On Holiday

Dalek Beach Party - Dead Men On Holiday 2:28
Dalek Beach Party - John Peel 0:50
Dalek Beach Party - Marvellous Sense Of Rhythm 3:06
Dalek Beach Party - Mumbo Jumbo 2:00
Dalek Beach Party - One For The Ladies 3:50
Dalek Beach Party - Pile Up 2:04
Dalek Beach Party - Teddy Boys Picnic 2:13
Dalek Beach Party - We Start By Laughing 5:09
Dalek Beach Party - Wheels Came Off 1:56

Bonus trax - freebies from their website


DALEK BEACH PARTY- 12 INCH 'Rabble Rousers in Catalogue Trousers'

More killer surf and twang from the Whovians. Excellent.

1. Exterminate! Exterminate!
2. Link Wray.
3. Head 'Em Off At The Pass.
4. 6 O'Clock Again.
5. Mr Smith.
6. Ramblin' Rose.



Really cool indie/alt tribute to one of our all time fave musicals. Never seen this before. Opening track is killer surf.

1. Dalek Beach Party- 'The Sound Of Music'.
2. Northern Picture Library- 'Something Good'.
3. Mary Queen Of Scots- 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain'.
4. Rileys- 'Sixteen Going On Seventeen'.
5. Bouquet- 'Do Re Mi'.
6. Deltones- 'So Long, Farewell'.
7. BMX Bandits- 'Eidelweiss'.
8. Blueboy- 'My Favourite Things'.
9. Strawberry Story- 'Maria'.
10. Haywains- 'I Have Confidence'
11. Mrs Kipling- 'Lonely Goatherd'
12. Mr Terry Edwards- 'This Is The Sound Of Music'
13. Cesspit Rebels- 'So Long, Farewell'.


Longhorn Devils Spitfire BarBee

If you enjoy Los Straitjackets, the Treble Spankers, or the Reventlos, you'll like this CD. This Dutch twang based crunch band rocks and swings, and drives home their point with precision and power. Excellent writing and production, powerful playing and an intense experience into the world of instrumental rock. More than surf and twang combined, this release displays highly enjoyable and comfortable, yet complex and intellectual music with hard driving emotional content and powerful rhythms.

Fans of recent Dutch outfits such as the Treble Spankers and the Krontjong Devils will find plenty to like on "Spitfire Bar-Bee" from the movin' and groovin' opening of "Monkey Ride" to the pinpoint timing and musical virtuosity of "Gabad" to the eerie aggression of "Winnetou."
Phil Dirt has commented, "This should be a monster release among surf rock instro fans."

1. Monkey Ride
2. Clash of the Titans
3. Devil's Turf
4. Templar's Surf
5. Phantome
6. Gabad
7. New Bond
8. Misery Blues
9. Donkey Shot
10. Private Eye
11. Winnetou
12. Shark Cheese
13. Saz Chase [*]

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