Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Spiders

The Spiders - Eindhoven (1962-1967)

  1. 1964 Fontana YF 278043 Spiders - Oze Wieze - Woze / Thank You Girl
  2. 1965 Fontana YF 278080 Spiders - Christina / Amor, Amor

The Spiders, a Dutch group from Eindhoven, started as The Valents. When recording the first single the record company (Fontana) changed their name to The Spiders. The Spiders recorded 2 singels; "Oze Wieze Woze" backed up with "Thank You Girl" from The Beatles, and "Christina" with "Amor Amor" at the flip side. Both records are released in the most sought after Dutch 'Favorieten Expres' series. The Spiders was one of the first (maybe even the first) Dutch band with a performance in The Starclub in Hamburg, Germany. This happened on a festival with nonstop 20 hours/day bands from all over Europe, but mostly British. The Starclub was in the Sixties one of the most famous clubs where also The Beatles starred. After the second single success was over, and they disbanded in 1967.

Heinz van Tuyl - Solo guitar
Jos Panhuysen - Lead guitar + vocal
Hans Vermeulen - Bass
Peter v. Breemen - Drums

The Moody Blues - The Magnificent Moodies (1965)

1965 LP The Magnificent Moodies (UK Decca LK-4711)

01. The Moody Blues - I'll Go Crazy
02. The Moody Blues - Something You Got
03. The Moody Blues - Go Now
04. The Moody Blues - Can't Nobody Love You
05. The Moody Blues - I Don't Mind
06. The Moody Blues - I've Got A Dream
07. The Moody Blues - Let Me Go
08. The Moody Blues - Stop
09. The Moody Blues - Thank You Baby
10. The Moody Blues - It Ain't Necessarily So
11. The Moody Blues - True Story
12. The Moody Blues - Bye Bye Bird

13. The Moody Blues - Steal Your Heart Away
14. The Moody Blues - Lose Your Money (But Don't Lose Your Mind)
15. The Moody Blues - It's Easy Child
16. The Moody Blues - I Don't Want To Go On Without You
17. The Moody Blues - Time Is On My Side
18. The Moody Blues - From The Bottom Of My Heart (I Love You)
19. The Moody Blues - And My Baby's Gone
20. The Moody Blues - Everyday
21. The Moody Blues - You Don't (All The Time)
22. The Moody Blues - This Is My Home (But Nobody Calls)
23. The Moody Blues - Life's Not Life
24. The Moody Blues - He Can Win
25. The Moody Blues - Boulevard De La Madelaine

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The pre-psychedelic Moody Blues were represented in England by this album, which is steeped in American soul. The covers include songs by James Brown, Willie Dixon, and Chris Kenner, plus the chart-busting "Go Now" (originally recorded by Bessie Banks), interspersed with a brace of originals by lead singer/guitarist Denny Laine and keyboardist Mike Pinder, and one Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich number, "I've Got a Dream." The shouters, like "I'll Go Crazy" and "Bye Bye Bird," will be the big surprises, showcasing the rawest sound by the group, but "I've Got a Dream" shows a lyrical, harmony-based sound that is vaguely reminiscent of the Four Tops (which is ironic, as that group later cut a single of the latter-day Moody Blues original "So Deep Within You"), while "Thank You Baby," a Laine/Pinder original, offers them doing a smooth, dance-oriented number with some catchy hooks. The group's sound is good and loud, and Laine was a phenomenal singer, though the band lacked the charisma and built-in excitement of such rivals as the Rolling Stones and the Animals. This album is more interesting than its American equivalent, but also not as good, since it leaves off such single sides as "Steal Your Heart Away" and the Pinder/Laine "From the Bottom of My Heart," the latter being the best side this version of the group ever recorded. (by Bruce Eder)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tony Orlando - Bless You

1961 LP Bless You (US Epic BN-611)

01. Tony Orlando - Bless You
02. Tony Orlando - Dream Lover
03. Tony Orlando - I'll Never Find Another You
04. Tony Orlando - Will You Love Me Tomorrow
05. Tony Orlando - Tell Me Where To Run To
06. Tony Orlando - Some Kind Of Wonderful
07. Tony Orlando - Halfway To Paradise
08. Tony Orlando - Happy Times
09. Tony Orlando - Lonely Am I
10. Tony Orlando - The Lovin' Touch
11. Tony Orlando - Lonely Tomorrows
12. Tony Orlando - Am I The Guy

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In conjunction with his backing duo Dawn, singer Tony Orlando was one of the biggest pop stars of the early '70s, best remembered for the mammoth hit "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree." Born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis in New York City on April 3, 1944, he entered the music business at the age of 16 following a successful audition for producer Don Kirshner. Orlando's first hit, 1961's "Halfway to Paradise," was written for him by Carole King, who also authored the Top 20 follow-up, "Bless You." However, after scoring a minor chart entry with "Happy Times (Are Here to Stay)," his career ground to a halt when Kirshner sold his company to Screen Gems, which showed considerably more interest in publishing music than recording it; Orlando was given a job with the company's promotional department, and in 1967 he was tapped by Columbia Records to head their own publishing division, April-Blackwood Music.

In early 1970, Orlando received a call from Bell Records producer Hank Medress requesting that he lay down a lead vocal over a demo recorded by a Detroit-based act called Dawn. The duo, consisting of vocalists Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent, had previously backed up singers including Edwin Starr, Johnnie Taylor, Freda Payne, and others; according to legend, Orlando never even met either singer until well after the record, "Candida," became a massive hit, rising to number three on the singles charts. Orlando quickly agreed to cut another record with Dawn, nonetheless adamantly insisting on keeping his day job; titled "Knock Three Times," the single topped the charts in early 1971, and finally he returned to music full-time, signing with Bell and going on tour with Hopkins and Vincent under the banner of Dawn, Featuring Tony Orlando.

Released in 1973, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" became Orlando's biggest hit yet, and was named the top-selling single of the year. Long after its original success, the song re-entered the public consciousness with renewed force in 1981, becoming something of anthem during the Iranian hostage crisis as American citizens regularly tied yellow ribbons around trees as a symbol of their hopes and prayers for the hostages' safe return. By that time, Tony Orlando & Dawn had long since dissolved: after scoring subsequent Top Ten hits with 1973's "Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose?," 1974's "Steppin' Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight)," and 1975's chart-topping "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)," the group's popularity began to slip, although they enjoyed considerable success with their CBS television variety series. However, in July 1977, Orlando -- reeling from the recent deaths of his sister and his close friend Freddie Prinze, as well as mounting drug problems -- announced his retirement, giving up show biz in the name of Christianity. (by Jason Ankeny)

Johnnie Ray - Hysteria! - The Singles

Johnnie Ray - Hysteria! - The Singles

01. Johnnie Ray - Whiskey And Gin
02. Johnnie Ray - Tell The Lady I Said Goodbye
03. Johnnie Ray - She Didn't Say Nothin' At All
04. Johnnie Ray - Give Me Time
05. Johnnie Ray - All Of Me
06. Johnnie Ray - Cry
07. Johnnie Ray - The Little White Cloud That Cried
08. Johnnie Ray - Don't Take Your Love From Me
09. Johnnie Ray - Please, Mr. Sun
10. Johnnie Ray - (Here Am I) Broken Hearted
11. Johnnie Ray - Mountains In The Moonlight
12. Johnnie Ray - Don't Blame Me
13. Johnnie Ray - Coffee And Cigarettes
14. Johnnie Ray - Walkin' My Baby Back Home
15. Johnnie Ray - A Sinner Am I
16. Johnnie Ray - Gee, But I'm Lonesome
17. Johnnie Ray - Faith Can Move Mountains
18. Johnnie Ray - Love Me (Baby Can't You Love Me)
19. Johnnie Ray - Ma Says, Pa Says
20. Johnnie Ray - A Full Time Job

01. Johnnie Ray - Glad Rag Doll
02. Johnnie Ray - Somebody Stole My Gal
03. Johnnie Ray - Let's Walk That-A-Way
04. Johnnie Ray - Candy Lips
05. Johnnie Ray - Such A Night
06. Johnnie Ray - Hey There
07. Johnnie Ray - Hernando's Hideaway
08. Johnnie Ray - Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
09. Johnnie Ray - Why Should I Be Sorry
10. Johnnie Ray - Papa Loves Mambo
11. Johnnie Ray - If You Believe
12. Johnnie Ray - Alexander's Ragtime Band
13. Johnnie Ray - As Time Goes By
14. Johnnie Ray - Paths Of Paradise
15. Johnnie Ray - Flip Flop And Fly
16. Johnnie Ray - Song Of The Dreamer
17. Johnnie Ray - Johnnie's Comin' Home
18. Johnnie Ray - Who's Sorry Now?
19. Johnnie Ray - Ain't Misbehavin'
20. Johnnie Ray - Goodbye, Au Revoir, Adios

01. Johnnie Ray - Just Walking In The Rain
02. Johnnie Ray - Because I Love You
03. Johnnie Ray - You Don't Owe Me A Thing
04. Johnnie Ray - Look Homeward, Angel
05. Johnnie Ray - Yes Tonight, Josephine
06. Johnnie Ray - No Wedding Today
07. Johnnie Ray - Build Your Love (On A Strong Foundation)
08. Johnnie Ray - Up Above My Head (I Hear Music In The Air)
09. Johnnie Ray - Good Evening Friends
10. Johnnie Ray - Pink Sweater Angel
11. Johnnie Ray - Texas Tambourine
12. Johnnie Ray - Soliloquy Of A Fool
13. Johnnie Ray - Miss Me Just A Little
14. Johnnie Ray - Plant A Little Seed
15. Johnnie Ray - Endlessly
16. Johnnie Ray - Up Until Now
17. Johnnie Ray - When's Your Birthday, Baby
18. Johnnie Ray - What More Can I Say
19. Johnnie Ray - I'll Never Fall In Love Again
20. Johnnie Ray - I'll Make You Mine

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Although practically deaf, Johnnie Ray's tear-inflected delivery tabbed him as an early-'50s sensation. Leaving Oregon for Detroit, Ray found a gig at the Flame Club, an R&B and jazz institution. In 1951, Ray signed with Columbia's R&B subsidiary Okeh Records, although "Cry," his histrionic million-seller that year, was a pop entry all the way, with background vocals by the Four Lads. Produced by Mitch Miller, "Cry" remained perched atop the pop charts for nearly three months. Ray encored with "The Little White Cloud That Cried" before moving to the parent Columbia logo and enjoying a steady stream of pop hits, including "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" in 1952 and a cover of The Prisonaires' "Just Walking in the Rain" in 1956. Ray's frenzied antics set off riots among female admirers during his heyday, but the advent of rock soon dulled his hitmaking powers. By 1959, the hits were through.

Monday, July 11, 2011

1963 Teenage Triangle / Bye Bye Birdie

1963 LP Teenage Triangle (US Colpix CP-444)

01. James Darren - Goodbye Cruel World
02. Shelley Fabares - Johnny Angel
03. Paul Peterson - She Can't Find Her Keys
o4. James Darren - Her Royal Majesty
05. Shelley Fabares - Johnny Loves Me
06. Paul Peterson - Keep Your Love Locked
07. James Darren - Gidget
08. Shelley Fabares - The Things We Did Last Summer
09. Paul Peterson  -Lollipops and Roses
10. James Darren - Conscience
11. Shelley Fabares - I'm Growing Up
12. Paul Peterson - Little Boy Sad

1963 LP Bye Bye Birdie (US Colpix CP-454)

01. James Darren - Put On a Happy Face
02. James Darren - A Lot of Livin' to Do
03. Paul Peterson - Rosie
04. Shelley Fabares - How Lovely to Be a Woman
05. James Darren - Baby, Talk to Me
06. Paul Peterson - Kids (Folks)
07. Shelley Fabares - Bye Bye Birdie
08. Phillips, Stu Orchestra And Chorus - We Love You Conrad
09. The Marcels - One Last Kiss
10. Paul Peterson - One Girl (Boy)
11. The Marcels - Honestly Sincere
12. James Darren - Bye Bye Birdie Medley

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Teenage Triangle is a joint album by three pop artists, Shelley Fabares, James Darren and Paul Petersen. It was released in 1963 on Colpix Records and included 12 tracks with 4 songs from each of the three singers. Seven of the singles were US Top 40 hits, 2 from Fabares, 2 from Petersen and 3 from Darren. The album was produced and arranged by Stu Phillips. It was available in both mono and stereo, catalogue numbers CP-444 and SCP-444. Teenage Triangle peaked on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart at #48 in May 1963.

Bye Bye Birdie was a 1963 musical comedy film from Columbia Pictures. It was a film adaptation of the stage production of the same name. The screenplay was written by Michael Stewart and Irving Brecher, with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. Directed by George Sidney, the film version starred Dick Van Dyke, reprising his Broadway role as Albert Peterson, along with Maureen Stapleton as Mae Peterson, Janet Leigh as Rosie DeLeon, Paul Lynde reprising his Broadway role as Harry MacAfee, Bobby Rydell as Hugo Peabody, and Ann-Margret as Kim MacAfee. The original soundtrack was released by RCA Records in 1964 but here is a 1963 Colpix production with their biggest stars of that time.

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