Sunday, October 28, 2012

Flamin' Groovies - Supersnazz (1969 US San Francisco Rock'n'roll revival - Sundazed edition - Wave)

While fellow San Francisco bands like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane were dropping out and turning on, the Flamin' Groovies were revivalists hell-bent on mining '50s rock for inspiration. Despite playing the wrong kind of music at the wrong time, their cult-like success sparked by the 1967 mini-album SNEAKERS earned the Groovies a contract with Epic to record a full-length record.
Led by vocalist Roy Loney and guitarist Cyril Jordan, this Frisco quintet put together a debut overflowing with garage-rock brio on songs like the fuzz-guitar driven "Love Have Mercy" and the rollicking "The First One's For Free." Not surprisingly, the Flamin' Groovies pulled out all the stops in paying tribute to their idols. Highlights include a chugging version of Little Richard's "The Girl Can't Help It" along with a smoking medley of Eddie Cochran's "Somethin' Else" and the swing standard "Pistol Packin' Mama" (complete with Loney's hiccuping phrasing). Also notable is a laid-back reading of Huey P. Smith's "Rockin' Pneumonia and The Boogie Woogie Flu" that could have could have been the inspiration for John Lennon's ROCK 'N' ROLL album. Unfortunately, poor sales and anachronisms don't mix and Epic released the band after only one record.(By John Dougan)

01 "Love Have Mercy" (Roy Loney)
02 "The Girl Can't Help It" (Bobby Troup)
03 "Laurie Did It" (Roy Loney)
04 "Apart from That" (Roy Loney, Cyril Jordan)
05 "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" (Huey Smith, John Vincent)
06 "The First One's Free" (Roy Loney)
07 "Pagan Rachel" (Roy Loney)
08 "Somethin' Else (Sharon Sheeley, Bob Cochran)/ Pistol Packin' Mama" (Al Dexter)
09 "Brushfire" (Roy Loney, Cyril Jordan)
10 "Bam Balam" (Roy Loney, Cyril Jordan)
11 "Around the Corner" (Roy Loney, Cyril Jordan)
2000 Sundazed CD bonus tracks
12 "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu"
13 "The First One's Free"
14 "Somethin' Else"
15 "Laurie Did It"

Roy A. Loney - rhythm guitar, vocals
Cyril Jordan - guitar, vocals
Tim Lynch - guitar, vocals, harmonica
George Alexander - bass, vocals, harmonica
Mike Lang - keyboards
Danny Mihm - drums, percussion


Mark Doyle & The Maniacs - Live At Bear Bones - September 19th 2009 & Live At Shifty's - September 20th 2009

Recorded live on Sept. 19 & 20, 2009, these records captures The Maniacs in top form performing songs from the Shake ‘Em On Down disc as well as killer versions of The Train Kept A’Rollin’ (Yardbirds), Let Me Love You (Jeff Beck Group) and Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac). 
Also features Louisiana Blues and It Hurts Me Too (Savoy Brown), Ain’t Done Wrong (Yardbirds), and a short excerpt of Coming Your Way (Fleetwood Mac). Also dynamite live versions of Shake ‘Em On Down and Needle & Spoon. 

Mark Doyle - lead guitar
Phil Broikos - guitar/harp/keys/trombone and vocals
Joel Kane - bass/guitar and vocals
Frank DeFonda - drums/percussion

Disc 01 (Live At Shifty's)
01- Dave Frisina Intro - 1:03
02- Train Kept a Rollin' - 4:10
03- I'm Not Talkin' - 3:00
04- Shake 'Em On Down - 4:37
05- Messin' The blues - 9:27
06- Smokestack Lightning - 6:38
07- Let Me Love You - 4:43
08- Mystic Eyes - 6:48
09- Sandy Mary - 5:56
10- Oh Well - 4:21
11- Needle & Spoon - 8:58

Disc 02 (Live At Bear Bones September 19 2009)
01- Louisiana Blues (Part 01) - 6:02
02- Louisiana Blues (Part 02) - 1:46
03- Coming Our Way (Excerpt) 1:41
04- Ain't Done Wrong - 3:53
05- Shake 'Em On Down - 4:46
06- Needle & Spoon - 10:48
07- It Hurts Me Too - 5:02


Stan Webb's Chicken Shack - Stan The Man' Live (1995 Outstanding Uk Rock Blues - Wave)

This album is a true representation of Stan Webb's Chicken Shack live set even today, I have seen them as recently as June 2003 and the set still contains some of this material. This is one of the best live recordings I have come across and is a mix of true blues, and rock / blues. The guitar work from both Stan the man and Gary Davis is a pleasure to hear, supported by a strong bass and drum section that is rock solid all the way through.
This album is well worth buying as an introduction to a very sadly overlooked guiter hero who's explosive and soulful style equals most of the top guitar names, also this is a live act well worth seeing for pure power blues at its best.(By David Rea)

01. Going Up Going Down
02. The Thrill Has Gone
03. Love Her With A Feeling
04. Look Out
05. Lost The Best Friend I Ever Had
06. C.S. Opera
07. Broken Hearted Melody
08. (I) Poor Boy (II) Oh Well (III) Poor Boy
09. (I) Dr. Brown (II) Reconsider Baby

Stan Webb - Guitar, Vocals
Gary Davis - Guitar
James Morgan - Bass Guitar
Bev Smith - Drums