VA – Mod – The Early Years 5

01 – Mitty Collier – I’ve Got Love02 – Billy Hope & The Bad Men – Bad Time03 – Ike & Tina Turner – It’s Gonna Work Out Fine04 – The Marvelettes – Please Mr Postman05 – The Miracles – Shop Around06 – James Booker – Gonzo07 – Little Walter – My Babe08 – The Chantels – Well I Told You09 – Dee Clark – Hey Little Girl10 – Joe Simon – I See Your Face11 – Piney Brown & The Blues Toppers – Sugar In My Tea12 – The Temptations – Oh Mother Of Mine13 – Bill Black’s Combo – My Girl Josephine14 – James Brown – I Don’t Mind15 – Ray Charles – What’d I Say (Part 1 & 2)16 – Don McKenzie – Whose Heart (Are You Gonna Break Now)17 – Ike Turner – She Made My Blood Run Cold18 – The Pentagons – I Wonder19 – James Brown – I’ll Go Crazy20 – Jimmy Reed – Big Boss Man

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VA – Mod – The Early Years 4

01 – The Del-Vikings – Bring Back Your Heart02 – The Drifters – Sweets For My Sweet03 – Ike – A Fool In Love04 – Johnny & Jackey – Someday We’ll Be Together05 – The Majestics – Oasis (Part 1)06 – The Coasters – Poison Ivy07 – The Folks Brothers – Oh, Carolina08 – Lee Dorsey – Ya Ya09 – Phil Upchurch Combo – You Can’t Sit Down (Part 1 & 2)10 – Johnny Love – Chills And Fever11 – Owen Gray – Cutest Little Women12 – Sam Cooke – Cupid13 – The Top Notes – Twist And Shout14 – Arthur Alexander – You Better Move On15 – Billy Preston – Volcano16 – Don Covay – Pony Time17 – The Impressions – Gypsy Woman18 – Jimmy Smith – I Got A Woman19 – Marty Lewis – Satisfied With My Love20 – The Miracles – Ain’t It Baby

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VA – Mod – The Early Years 3

01 – Gene Chandler – Duke Of Earl02 – Marvin Gaye – Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide03 – Tiny Topsy – Miss You So04 – Charles Sheffield – It’s Your Voodoo Working05 – Eric Morris – Humpty Dumpty Mod06 – Sugar Pie Desanto – I Want To Know07 – The Supremes – Buttered Popcorn08 – The Contours – Whole Lotta Woman09 – The Fabulous Playboys – Honky Tonk Women10 – Huey Piano Smith – Don’t You Just Know It11 – The Isley Brothers – Respectable12 – Etta James – I Just Want To Make Love To You13 – Marv Johnson – Come To Me14 – The Mar Keys – Last Night15 – The Marathons – Peanut Butter16 – Popcorn & The Mohawks – Shimmy Gully17 – The Shirelles – Baby It’s You18 – Ann Cole – Plain As The Nose On Your Face19 – Lavern Baker – Voodoo Voodoo20 – Prince Conley – I’m Going Home

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VA – Mod – The Early Years 2

01 – Barrett Strong – Money (That’s What I Want)02 – Ernie K-Doe – A Certain Girl03 – Willie Cobbs – You Don’t Love Me04 – The Isley Brothers – Shout (Part 1 & 2)05 – James Brown – Please, Please, Please06 – Little Willie John – Fever07 – Slim Harpo – Don’t Start Cryin’ Now08 – Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk (Part 2)09 – Mary Wells – Bye Bye Baby10 – Nat Kendrick – Mashed Potatoes11 – The Shirelles – Mama Said12 – Bobby Bland – I Pity The Fool13 – Bobby Peterson Quintet – Mama Get Your Hammer14 – Eddie Holland – Take A Chance On Me15 – The Jarmels – Keep Your Mind On Me16 – Ed Townsend – Cherrigale17 – Freddie King – Hide Away18 – Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs – Come And Get It19 – Roscoe Gordon – Just A Little Bit20 – Dave Cortez – Hurricane

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VA – Mod – The Early Years 1

01 – Bobby Bland – Turn On Your Love Light02 – Bobby Parker – Watch Your Step03 – Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz04 – Chris Kenner – I Like It Like That – Part 105 – Ben E. King – Stand By Me06 – James Ray – If You Gotta Make A Fool07 – Pete Bennett & The Embers – Fever08 – The Triumphs – Burnt Biscuits09 – Barbie Gaye – My Boy Lollipop10 – Carl Lester – When You See Me Hurt11 – Paul Gayten – The Hunch12 – Bobby Freeman – (Do The) Shimmy Shimmy13 – Gene & Al’s Spacemen – Mercy14 – Jessie Hill – Ooh Poo Pah Doo15 – The Olympics – (Baby) Hully Gully16 – Bobby Freeman – The Mess Around17 – Chuck Jackson – I Don’t Want To Cry18 – Little Papa Joe – Looking For My Baby19 – Willie Harper – But I Couldn’t20 – Barbara George – I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)

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Phil Spector: Pop producer dies at 81.R.I.P

Phil Spector in court during his murder trial

Phil Spector pictured in court during his murder trial.

US music producer Phil Spector has died at the age of 81, while serving a prison sentence for murder.

Spector, who transformed pop with his “wall of sound” recordings, worked with the Beatles, the Righteous Brothers and Ike and Tina Turner.

In 2009, he was convicted of the 2003 murder of Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson.

His death was confirmed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

“California Health Care Facility inmate Phillip Spector was pronounced deceased of natural causes at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at an outside hospital. His official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner in the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office,” it said.

Spector produced 20 top 40 hits between 1961 and 1965, AFP news agency reports. His production methods influenced major artists including the Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen.

His life was ultimately blighted by drug and alcohol addiction, and he all but retired from the music scene during the 1980s and 1990s.

VA – Girls Go Zonk!!; US Beat Chicks And Harmony Honeys

Subtitled “a fab collection of rare and hard to find US Beat Chicks and Harmony Honeys of the ’60s,” Girls Go Zonk: US Beat Chicks and Harmony Honeys gathers 22 rare, or certainly rarely anthologized, 1963-1968 sides in the girl group (or girl group-related) style. Like many such compilations, it’s a mix of standout obscurities and forgettable (if pleasant and well-produced) obscurities, though there’s enough here to make this worthwhile for dedicated fans of the genre. As for the best items, Roberta Day’s yearning ballad “Someday” would find a place of honor on the very best Phil Spector-soundalike productions of the mid-’60s; it’s that good. Also highly worthy, and highly Spector-esque (as are, in fact, the majority of songs on the disc), are the Girls’ ominous, Shangri-Las-like “Chico’s Girl” (written by frequent Spector tunesmiths Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil), and the Satisfactions’ “Daddy You Just Gotta Let Him In.” Not that Spector-esque, but very good in a brassy, uptown pop-soul way, is the Dynells’ “Just a Face in the Crowd.” That about does it for cuts that would find their way onto a best-of ’60s girl group non-hits compilation, but there are some other nifty tunes here, starting with Sharon Marie’s “Run-Around Lover,” which in addition to being another Spector homage was co-written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love of the Beach Boys. Patti Seymour’s “The Silencers” has a very cool girl group-meets-’60s spy movie sound; the Kane Triplets score novelty points for doing a vocal version of “Theme from Mission Impossible”; the Murmaids, the one-shot group of “Popsicles and Icicles” fame, do a credible 1968 cover of Traffic’s psychedelic classic “Paper Sun.” And Verdelle Smith’s “Tar and Cement,” which sounds like a country-folk-tinged Dusty Springfield, was not only (unlike the rest of this stuff) an actual Top 40 hit (in 1966); it was also done in a French-language version by Françoise Hardy (as “La Maison Ou J’ai Grandi”).

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Live On Air ’66 – ’68

The Troggs – Live On Air 1966 – 68The Troggs, live on Top of the Pops, 26th April 1966 – 13th September 1968.
Dismissed by critics, shunned by historians, reviled by some, The Troggs were the first primal punk antidote to a bourgeois pop scene with too many teenage idols. Their primitive pop sensibility was a major influence on the ’70s Punk movement, particularly the Ramones, Iggy Pop, the MC5, Sex Pistols and R.E.M. who’ve cited The Troggs as a major influence. In 1977, the Beatles and the Stones were dismissed by the punks while the Troggs were embraced. Between their hits Wild Thing, With A Girl Like You and Love Is All Around, the Troggs made 12 appearances for the BBC courtesy of host Brain Matthews. Stand aside for a defining chapter in British rock as we unearth the raw Neanderthal sound of the Troggs live at the BBC from April 1966 to September 1968. Stunningly re-mastered from the original transcription discs, with background liners, original interviews, anecdotes and a plethora of rare original memorabilia.
Track listing:1966
26th AprilFrom HomeChris Britton Interview > Wild ThingThe Jaguar & The Thunderbird9th MayThe Yella In MeEvil4th JulyLost GirlWith A Girl Like YouDimples27th SeptemberInterview with Chris BrittonYou Can’t Beat ItI Can’t Control MyselfI Just Sing21st DecemberReg Presley InterviewAny Way That You Want MeNight Of The Long GrassI Want You To Come Into My LifeGirl In Black16th OctoberReg Presley InterviewLittle Red DonkeyLove Is All AroundWhen Will The Rain Come
1968
28th JanuaryEvil Woman7th FebruaryThe Kitty Kat SongMaybe The Madman12th FebruaryHer EmotionInterview > Little GirlPeggy Sue13th SeptemberHip Hip HooraySay DarlinGonna Make You All Mine

The Mindbenders – Live On Air 1966-68 The Mindbenders, live on air, 22nd March 1966 – 13th August 1968
From their huge success with Wayne Fontana and The Game Of Love in January 1965, Manchester group The Mindbenders were a guaranteed success story. However in 1965, Fontana took a solo route and left the band midway through a live show in 1965. While many groups may have collapsed under the pressure, The Mindbenders suddenly found a new lease of life when they struck gold with A Groovy Kind Of Love, a song that has become synonymous with the ‘Swinging 60s’. It was this, and several other follow-up singles that prompted their numerous BBC sessions from 1966 to 1968.
London Calling very proudly presents The Mindbenders in session for the BBC with host Brian Matthew. Includes a wealth of revealing interviews and exclusive recordings, and charts the group’s journey as pop stars and the developing talent of songwriter Eric Stewart. Professionally re-mastered original broadcasts with background liners and rare archival photographs.
Track Listing
22nd March 1966Groovy Kind of LoveLove is GoodDon’t Cry No More2nd May 1966The Way You Do The Things You doCan’t Live With You, Can’t Live Without YouAll Night Worker22nd August 1966Seventh SonAshes to AshesRide Your Pony19th December 1966Cool JerkI Want Her She Wants MeHomeworkThe Morning After14th March 1967We’ll Talk About It Tomorrow21st September 1967The LetterWe Can Work It OutRock Me Baby23rd February 1968Blessed Are The LonelyHold on Baby13th August 1968OmahaUncle Joe the Ice Cream ManMy White Bicycle

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Tell Him Brit Popcorn Girls From 1960 – 62 (2 X CD Set)

Track Listing
Disc 1

  1. SUSAN MAUGHAN – BOBBY’S GIRL
  2. GRAZINA – LOVER, PLEASE BELIEVE ME
  3. HELEN SHAPIRO – I DON’T CARE
  4. BILLIE DAVIS – I’M THANKFUL
  5. JULIE GRANT – SOMEBODY TELL HIM
  6. PENNY – WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS
  7. ALMA COGAN – HE JUST COULDN’T RESIST HER WITH HER POCKET TRANSISTOR
  8. THE VERNONS GIRLS – YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
  9. LYNN CORNELL – I SOLD MY HEART TO THE JUNKMAN
  10. CHRISTINE QUAITE – YOUR NOSE IS GONNA GROW
  11. SIMONE JACKSON – AIN’T GONNA KISS YA
  12. THE BREAKAWAYS – HE’S A REBEL
  13. THE DELAINE SISTERS – IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER
  14. JACKIE FRISCO – YOU CAN’T CATCH ME
  15. VALERIE MOUNTAIN & THE EAGLES – SOME PEOPLE
  16. MAUREEN EVANS – LIKE I DO
  17. KATHY KIRBY – BIG MAN
  18. PATTI LYNN – JOHNNY ANGEL
  19. RUBY MURRAY – FOREVER
  20. MARION RYAN – SIXTEEN REASONS
  21. PETULA CLARK – SAILOR
  22. LOUISE CORDET – I’M JUST A BABY
  23. BOBBI CAROL – IT DOESN’T MATTER
  24. SUZY COPE – KISSES AND TEARS
  25. CAROL DEENE – SOMEBODY’S SMILING
  26. BEVERLEY JONES – THE BOY I SAW WITH YOU
  27. SUSAN SINGER – JOHNNY SUMMERTIME
  28. CANDY SPARLING – CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET
  29. PATSY ANN NOBLE – SOUR GRAPES
  30. SUSAN HAYWARD – YOU BET I WOULD
  31. PATTI BROOK – I LOVE YOU I NEED YOU
  32. LORNE LESLEY – MA, LET’S TWIST
  33. LITA ROZA – MAMA, HE TREATS YOUR DAUGHTER MEAN
  34. THE SPRINGFIELDS – ISLAND OF DREAMS

Disc 2

  1. HELEN SHAPIRO – DON’T TREAT ME LIKE A CHILD
  2. JULIE GRANT – LONELY SIXTEEN
  3. JACKIE FRISCO – SUGAR BABY
  4. THE VERNONS GIRLS – FUNNY ALL OVER
  5. SIMONE JACKSON – POP-POP-POP-PIE
  6. CAROL DEENE – JOHNNY GET ANGRY
  7. HAYLEY MILLS – LET’S GET TOGETHER
  8. DONNA DOUGLAS – MEMORY LANE
  9. SALLY GREEN – WHEN’S HE GONNA KISS ME
  10. PATTI LYNN – BIG BIG LOVE
  11. THE AVONS – A WONDERFUL DREAM
  12. SUSAN MAUGHAN – I’VE GOT TO LEARN TO FORGET
  13. THE DELAINE SISTERS – PUPPET ON A STRING
  14. JACKIE LEE & THE RAINDROPS – WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW
  15. LOUISE CORDET – SOMEONE ELSE’S FOOL
  16. ALMA COGAN – DREAM TALK
  17. SANDRA GALE – IF SHE’S RIGHT FOR YOU
  18. SUZY COPE – TEENAGE FOOL
  19. MAUREEN EVANS – NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS
  20. SUSAN SINGER – BOBBY’S LOVIN’ TOUCH
  21. LYNDA GRAHAM – WHEN I’M SIXTEEN
  22. ANITA HARRIS – MR ONE AND ONLY
  23. BILLIE LAINE – EV’RY CHANCE I GET
  24. CHRISTINE QUAITE – OH MY!
  25. GLENDA COLLINS – HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE
  26. PATSY ANN NOBLE – A GOOD LOOKING BOY
  27. OTTILIE PATTERSON – I HATE MYSELF (For Being So Mean To You)
  28. LYNN CORNELL – DEMON LOVER
  29. CLEO LAINE – YOU’LL ANSWER TO ME
  30. PAT READER – CHA CHA ON THE MOON
  31. PETULA CLARK – JUMBLE SALE
  32. CHERRY WAINER – MONEY (That’s What I Want)
  33. JACKIE TRENT – THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU
  34. BILLIE DAVIS – TELL HIM

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Platoon (and Songs From The Era) , V/A (OST) (LP 1987)

A1 – Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – The Village – Adagio For Strings (Samuel Barber) 1:44 A2 – Smokey Robinson – Tracks Of My Tears (Mark Tarplin, William Robinson Jr) 2:53 A3 – Merle Haggard – Okie From Muskogee (Merle Haggard, Roy Burris) 3:02 A4 – The Doors – Hello, I Love You (Jim Morrison) 2:11 A5 – Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit (Grace Slick) 2:34 A6 – Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – Barnes Shoots Elias (Georges Delerue) 3:08 B1 – Aretha Franklin – Respect (Otis Redding) 2:25 B2 – Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay (Otis Redding, Steve Cropper) 2:43 B3 – Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves a Woman (Andrew Wright, Calvin Lewis) 2:50 B4 – The Rascals – Groovin’ (Edward Brigati, Felix Cavaliere) 2:27 B5 – Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – Adagio For Strings (Diálogo – Charlie Sheen, Felix Cavaliere) 6:57 

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