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Raven Label Offers Flamin’ Groovies Collection

14 Nov

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FLAMIN’ GROOVIES

FLAMIN’ GROOVIES – This Band is Red Hot 1969-1979 is the first ever definitive, single CD, multi-label collection of one of the greatest cult bands of all time. Featuring 24 tracks of passionate, street-smart, freewheeling, rambunctious rock ‘n’ roll, this is the very essence of manic garage rock and ‘60s-inspired power pop. With superb quality audio, deluxe booklet and detailed liner notes.

Between 1969 and 1979, the Groovies took the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll to new heights, remaining faithful to their rock roots while all around changed as the prevailing winds of music fashion blew. The band’s love and dedication to the celebrated artists of the ‘50s and ‘60s is reflected in these three-minute blasts of high-octane rock ‘n’ roll. From riotous rockabilly and raunchy Rolling Stones-influenced riff-rock to melodic Beatlesque power pop and chiming Byrds-inspired folk-rock, the Groovies music never outstays its welcome and still sounds amazingly fresh today.

Culled from seven era-defining albums recorded for Epic, Kama Sutra, United Artists and Sire (including Supersnazz, Flamingo, Teenage Head, Shake Some Action and Jumpin’ in the Night) all the band’s greatest tracks are present and correct: ‘Love Have Mercy’, ‘Second Cousin’, ‘Teenage Head’, High Flyin’ Baby’, ‘Slow Death’, ‘Shake Some Action’, ‘You Tore Me Down’, ‘Jumpin’ in the Night. “Flamin’ Groovies are one of America’s greatest, most influential and legendary cult bands” – All Music Guide.

TRACK LISTING
1. LOVE HAVE MERCY
2. THE FIRST ONE’S FREE
3. APART FROM THAT
4. COMIN’ AFTER ME
5. SECOND COUSIN
6. CHILDHOOD’S END
7. HEADIN’ FOR THE TEXAS BORDER
8. TEENAGE HEAD
9. HIGH FLYIN’ BABY
10. 32-20
11. HAVE YOU SEEN MY BABY?
12. DOCTOR BOOGIE
13. YESTERDAY’S NUMBERS
14. SLOW DEATH
15. MARRIED WOMAN
16. GET A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES
17. SHAKE SOME ACTION
18. YOU TORE ME DOWN
19. YES IT’S TRUE
20. I SAW HER
21. GOOD LAUGH MUN
22. YES I AM
23. FIRST PLANE HOME
24. JUMPIN’ IN THE NIGHT

Blue Ash Still Smokin’

7 Nov

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We received a review copy of this CD yesterday from our friends at Conqueroo. I has never heard of the band before, which is surprising because I’m a pretty big fan of the Power Pop movement. Blue Ash is kind of a cross between Badfinger and Buffalo Springfield, complete with plenty of 1970’s arena rock bombast. Dig the groovy threads and the white patent leather zip up boots. They even perform a crunchy version of the Beatles’ “Any Time at All.” Seek it out if you can. This is not a bad addition to your Power Pop catalog alongside other better-known practicioners of the underappreciated genre. If nothing else it’s an interesting timepiece worthy of a fresh listen.

When England’s esteemed ‘Guardian’ newspaper assembled their list of 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die, the 1973 debut album from Blue Ash made the grade amongst all the established classics—pretty remarkable for an obscure record that was out-of-print for over 30 years! Well, we at ‘Collectors’ Choice’ have rectified that injustice, so this critically acclaimed LP can take its rightful place in the power pop pantheon. Signed to Mercury by legendary rock critic/publicist Paul Nelson, this four-piece from Youngstown, OH was among the first power pop bands alongside Badfinger, Big Star and Raspberries to revive the virtues of mid-‘Sixties rock against the then prevailing tides of prog excess and singer-songwriter self-absorption. ‘No More, No Less’ showcases the band’s knack for melodic three-minute pop tunes delivered via a breathless attack that melded the Byrds’ jangle with the Who’s rhythm section and the Fab Four’s harmonies, as heard on the first cut and best-known track ‘Abracadabra (Have You Seen Her?)’. Also includes their rave-up of the Dylan rarity ‘Dusty Old Fairgrounds’ and such proto-power pop gems as ‘I Remember a Time’ and ‘All I Want’.This first-ever CD release features brand-new liner notes, courtesy of the band’s bassist and co-songwriter Frank Secich, along with rare photos from the band’s archives. A ‘Collectors’ Choice Music’ exclusive!

Check This One Out

12 Sep

KOCH Records is happy to announce the release of “B-Sides The Beatles,” The Smithereens’ highly anticipated follow up to their critically acclaimed 2007 release, “Meet The Smithereens.” The album will be released on September 2, 2008. The album includes some very special surprises for dedicated Beatles fanatics. For “B-Sides The Beatles,” Andy White, who in 1962 played drums on The Beatles’ original version of “P.S. I Love You,” reprises his role as surrogate stickman for The Smithereens in 2008. The September 11, 1962 session that produced “Love Me Do” and its B-side “P.S. I Love You” featured session drummer White, with the newly recruited Ringo Starr relegated to tambourine and maracas duties. Upon release in America, the A-side shot to #1, and the B-side made the top-10 as well. “B-Sides The Beatles” also includes fantastic in-depth liner notes by Beatles author/historian Bruce Spizer, as well as “Beatle” Tommy Frangione (Joe Johnson’s Beatle Brunch), and the Smithereens’ own Dennis Diken.

Buy it now at http://www.amazon.com/B-Sides-Beatles-Smithereens/dp/B001CW7MAQ/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1221262346&sr=8-1