Saturday, July 21, 2012
This is the least Yes-sounding album on this page, as Badger went full-tilt into soul. Parrish and Foster left the group, and were replaced by one-time Apple records artist Jackie Lomax (vocals, guitar), former Steeler's Wheel guitarist Paul Pilnick and bassist Kim Gardner. Lomax is White Lady's key figure; he not only writes all the songs, but has a fine smooth soul voice. Allen Toussaint recorded the album in New Orleans, and he gave the band the full contemporary R&B/soul sound - horns, backing singers, prominent rhythm section. Unlike One Live Badger or other English bands who explored American soul (Clapton or Traffic at times), Badger was far more interested in grooves than soloing (or even soloing over the grooves). Dyke and Gardner usually kickstart the tracks with a catchy rhythm ("Don't Pill the Trigger"), then Lomax swoons in, while everyone plays along. Pilnick sticks to rhythm , so they brought in Barry Bailey in on slide, with an appearance by Bryn Haworth as well. There are a few nods towards the Allman Brothers intertwined guitars (the ode-to-drugs title track with Jeff Beck playing lead, "Listen to Me"), but overall White Lady is really a group effort. Lomax is almost too low-key at points, and when he gets excited he has a tendency to get frog-voiced, but he is still the focal point. But this is about the grooves, and in conjunction with the excellent production they have plenty (the opening "A Dream of You" is great, "Be With You", "Lord Who Give Me Life"). Quite the guilty pleasure as such, but it failed to chart and the group broke up soon afterwards. Kaye subsequently joined Badfinger.
01. A Dream Of You - 4:13
02. Everybody - Nobody - 3:19
03. Listen To Me - 4:55
04. Don't Pull The Trigger - 4:01
05. Just The Way It Goes - 4:39
06. White Lady - 4:44
07. Be With You - 3:38
08. Lord Who Give Me Life - 3:03
09. One More Dream To Hold - 4:01
10. The Hole Thing - 6:07
- Tony Kaye - keyboards, mellotron
- Roy Dyke - drums
- Kim Gardner - bass
- Jackie Lomax - rhythm guitar, vocals
- Paul Pilnick - lead guitar
- Barry Bailey - slide guitar (4-8)
- Jeff Beck - guitar solo (6)
- Carl Blouin - baritone saxophone, flute
- Lester Caliste - trumpet
- Mercedes Davis - backing vocals (1-3,5-8)
- Joan Harmon - backing vocals (1-3,5-8)
- Bryn Haworth - slide guitar (3)
- Teresipa Henry - backing vocals (1-3,5-8)
- John Lango - trombone
- Bobby Montgomery - backing vocals (2-9)
- Jessie Smith - backing vocals (2-9)
- Alvin Thomas - tenor saxophone
- Allen Toussaint - piano (3-4), organ (9), congas (1-3,10)
The first thing to say is that this is one of the greatest albums in the history of music. It should be required listening for everybody who likes rock. This album deserves to be much better known. It is a very psychedelic album, in fact it is one of the best psychedelic albums ever made. The combination of power, aggression and beauty is still quite stunning after more than thirty years.
Before buying the album I had never heard anything by the Outsiders but was attracted by their legendary cult status and my growing interest in Dutch psychedelic and progressive music of the sixties and seventies. There are many great bands from the Netherlands who are far too little known internationally.
The Outsiders had a short career and this 1968 album was their last. You can almost understand why this was the band's last album. There is a peaking of power and feeling here, which would be next to impossible to repeat. Every track is a masterpiece.
I bought the album a few weeks ago at Fame in Amsterdam and have been listening to it continuously ever since. If you like psychedelia I would be very surprised if you did not like this album. This is not flower power psychedelia and nor is there anything whimsical about this music, that is very hard edged. It is difficult to compare to other bands but the Pretty Things would possibly be the most similar music or the era.
The outsiders should have been huge internationally. The combination of energy and aggression foreshadows punk. It is not everyone's cup of tea. It's probably one of those love or hate albums. If you like psychedelia but you also love the power of the MC5 and Teenage Head era Flamin Groovies I think you will like this album very much. The musicians are superb. Ronnie splinter should be a world renowned name for the things he was doing with the guitar in 1968. Wally Tax, who wrote the lyrics, is one of the best singers I have heard. The drummer and bass player are both very powerful.
This album should have the same legendary status as 'After Bathing at Baxters', 'Electric Ladyland' and other world renowned classics from 1968.
Another comparison I would make is with Love's 'Forever Changes'. Both albums inhabit a unique and idiosyncratic world of genius. Indeed more than inhabiting, they shape their own particular worlds. To me the world of CQ is a much darker world then Arthur lee's.
There isn't a weak song on the album. Particular highlights for me are 'Zsarrahh', 'Happyville', 'Man on a dune', 'the Bear' and 'Doctor'. The guitar of Ronnie Splinter on the latter track is awesomely powerful and innovative. The last song 'Prison song' is possibly the darkest end to an
album I know and an amazing psychodrama in itself. As soon as I had heard this album for the first time I had to play it all again straight away. I have heard thousand of albums and this is one of the few that has compelled an immediate replay.
The 2001 reissue is a piece of art in itself. Pseudonym have obviously put great effort into the packaging and sleeve notes and you will get great pleasure from this, if you choose to buy the disc. Pseudonym are my favourite reissue label, having done an equally beautiful job with the
reissue of Group 1850s Agemo's Trip to mother earth a few years ago.
Buy this album as soon as you can. You will not regret it.
I hope I have made you want to hear this album. If as a result of reading this review you are tempted to buy it please e-mail me and let me know what you think. It would be nice to know I influenced somebody to listen to the Outsiders.(By James The Bin)
Recorded in September 1968 at the G.T.B. Studio, The Hague, The Netherlands.
04. Daddy Died On Saturday
05. It Seems Like Nothing's Gonna Come My Way
07. The Man On The Dune
08. The Bear
10. You're Everything On Earth
11. Wish You Were Here With Me Today
12. I Love You No. 2
14. Do You Feel Alright
15. Daddy Died On Saturday
16. I Love You No. 2
Frank Beek : Bass, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vibraphone [Vibes], Cymbal, Vocals
Ronald Splinter : Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Leendert "Buzz" Busch : Drums, Congas, Tambourine, Maracas, Jew's Harp [Mouthharp], Vocals
Wally Tax : Vocals, Guitar, Vibraphone [Vibes], Harmonica, Flute, Balalaika, Tambourine, Cymbal, Organ
The Flamin' Groovies - Teenage Head (1971 great us rock 'n' roll - 1999 Buddha records edition with bonus tracks - Wave)
While other bands in the Bay Area were into their spaced out, unfocused drivel, the Flamin' Groovies were honing their skills on straight ahead, power driven, rock and roll. Probably the best American band that should've, but didn't hit the big time. The Groovies made some fine records, but Teenage Head remains their crowning acheivement. This recording is as fresh today as it was when it was released in 1971. The songwriting duo of Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney were probably the best in the business at the time, and the only real challangers in the field were Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. In fact comparisons of Teenage Head to the Stones Sticky Fingers LP were often pointed out. After hearing Teenage Head Jagger stated that the Groovies did a better job than the Stones did on Sticky Fingers. So why is Teenage Head such a great album? First of all, the material on the record varies from the hard driving Proto Punk anthemic title cut, to taut acoustic blues numbers such as a revamped version of Robert Johnson's 32-20 and City Lights, then moves into areas such as the high energy rockabilly number Evil Hearted Ada, or the easy going cool of Doctor Boogie, while containing a couple of power ballads such as Yesterdays Numbers and Whiskey Woman, along with a couple of no nonsense rockers like Have You Seen My Baby? and the fantastic High Flyin' Baby. What really makes this recording something special is the consistent high caliber of musicianship througout the whole affair which makes Teenage Head a virtually seamless masterpiece of manic rockin' out. Rarely does a record meet with its inteded purpose as well as it does on Teenage Head. The seven added bonus tracks of raw, well played, unapologetic, rock and roll only leaves you wanting more. Teenage Head is not just a very good record, but it is a great record. It is still influencing the more serious, no nonsense bands and musicians of today. This is a seminal rock and roll record which still is the definitive album in this genre. I suppose the comparisons to some of the Stones albums of the early seventies are warranted, but the Stones never did make an album this good. No sloppy, over the top theatrics on Teenage Head; just some tight, nicely crafted songs, which are played extremely well. Does that sound like any Stones album released? You owe it to yourself to see how it really should be done. God knows it isn't being done today! (By M. S. Ulbricht "BomboMon")
01- High Flyin' Baby
02- City Lights
03- Have You Seen My Baby?
04- Yesterday's Numbers
05- Teenage Head
07- Evil Hearted Ada
08- Doctor Boogie
09- Whisky Woman
10- Shakin' All Over
11- That'll Be The Day
12- Louie Louie
13- Walkin' The Dog
14- Scratch My Back
16- Going Out Theme (Version 2)
Roy Loney - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Cyril Jordan - Guitar, Vocals
George Alexander: Bass, Percussion
Danny Mihm - Drums, Percussion, Piano, Organ
Tim Lynch - Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
Jim Dickinson - Piano (1-2-3)
The Flamin' Groovies - Flamingo (1970 great us rock 'n' roll - Big Beat 1990 edition with bonus tracks - Wave)
Flamingo is The Flamin' Groovies' second studio album, released in 1970. Following their departure from the Epic record label, it was the first of their two albums for Kama Sutra.
Flamingo is one of the greatest rock n roll records released ever! No question about it. Ranks at the top with Pet Sounds, Super Session (look it up, yuppie morons), Who's Next, Kind of Blue and Love it to Death as some of the best music released ever. The Flamin' Groovies are truly, along with The Dictators, unsung heroes of Rock and Roll. If you can appreciate great music, get it! (By R.Isherwood )
01-"Gonna Rock Tonight"
02-"Comin' After Me"
03-"Headin' for the Texas Border"
04-"Sweet Roll Me on Down"
05-"Keep a Knockin'"
09-"She's Falling Apart"
11-"Walking the Dog"
13-"My Girl Josephine"
15-"Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu"
16-"Going Out Theme"
Roy Loney : Lead Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Cyril Jordan - Guitar, Vocals
George Alexander: Bass, Percussion
Danny Mihm - Drums, Percussion, Piano, Organ
Tim Lynch - Guitar, Vocals, Cello, Percussion
Commander Cody : Piano (Tracks: 02, 05, 06)