Sunday, October 30, 2011
When I first mentioned I was working on this series (way back in July), I thought it would be 10-discs and 200 tracks-- about the same as the two Nuggets box sets. As I continued to work on it, it got a little longer. I finally settled on 12 volumes, but as I posted them here, I kept finding stuff that I had missed-- either in my collection or via some of the GREAT Psychedelic blogs that are out there. So I made one more playlist for these tracks and figured I'd just keep them handy and if I had enough for another volume I'd just tack it on at the end. Well I ended up with 26 more tracks. I'm sure the Burn and Shine book is not closed on this era, but this final volume with it's 26 tracks will put it to bed for awhile.
A few quick tidbits about the bonus disc selections. First, our cover boys The Action, make an appearance with a song from an album that did not get an official release until 2002, Rolled Gold. Usually when you hear these so-called, "Great Lost Albums" they really aren't that great. Not so with this one. RG is the real deal, and should have put the Action in the upper echelons of the British Invasion.
One of the last tracks I selected for this compilation is the Big Star track titled "Psychedelic Stuff", which is really a Chris Bell track. This was featured on the Big Star box set that came out a couple of years ago. Even if you have the three proper Big Star albums, you need this set-- it was lovingly done.
The series closes out with a track written and sung by Bill Wyman. I believe it was the first such song in the Rolling Stones discography (was there another?). It was featured on their terribly underrated album Their Satanic Magesties Request, which I'll go on record here saying that it's a better album than Sgt. Pepper's.
Oh, one more thing. My three year old daughter has discovered the Monkees. I have the first season on DVD, and we've been watching them with her. I did not remember "Take a Giant Step" from their first album, written by Goffin & King. It would have been on here, but I had already zipped the file when we watched that particular episode. Anywho, I thought I'd share it via a youtube clip:
Tiny Purple Fishes: A Trip Through the First Psychedelic Era (Bonus Disc)
01. The Monks, “Shut Up” . U.S./Germany
02. Alice Cooper, “Changing Arranging” . U.S. (Michigan)
03. The Blades of Grass, “I Love You Alice B. Toklas” . U.S. (New York)
04. Shocking Blue, “Love Buzz” . Netherlands
05. The Golden Dawn, “Evolution” . U.S. (Texas)
06. Plastic Penny, “Wake Me Up” . U.K. (England)
07. Del Shannon, “Silver Birch” . U.S. (born in Michigan)
08. The Clouds, “I’ll Go Girl” . U.K. (Scotland)
09. Ultimate Spinach, “Ego Trip” . U.S. (Massachusetts)
10. Andromeda, “Day of the Change” . U.K. (England)
11. The Attack, “Colour of My Mind” . U.K. (England)
12. Dean Carter, “Rebel Woman” . U.S. (Illinois)
13. Graham Gouldman, “Impossible Years” . U.K. (England)
14. GTO’s, “The Ghost Chained to the Past, Present and Future (Shock Treatment)” .
15. The Everly Brothers, “So Lonely” . U.S. (Kentucky)
16. Savage Resurrection, “Someone’s Changing” . U.S. (California)
17. Bodast, “1,000 Years” [ca. 1969]. U.K. (England)
18. Synanthesia, “Fates” . U.K. (England)
19. New Colony Six, “Let Me Love You” . U.S. (Illinois)
20. The Great Society, “Free Advice” . U.S. (California)
21. The Action, “Brain” [ca. 1968]. U.K. (England)
22. Love Sculpture, “River to Another Day” . U.K. (Wales)
23. Sons of Adam, “Feathered Fish” . U.S. (California)
24. Halfnelson, “Saccharine and the War” . U.S. (California)
25. Big Star (Chris Bell), “Psychedelic Stuff” [ca. 1968]. U.S. (Tennessee)
26. Bill Wyman, “In Another Land” . U.K. (England)
Total Time: 1:14:36
Download it here: Tiny Purple Fishes, (Bonus Disc)
Sunday, October 23, 2011
This week's installment of TPF, has a couple of distinct threads running through it. The first is it features three bands that are generally considered as the forerunners of Heavy Metal. Deep Purple (Pictured Above), Blue Cheer, and Steppenwolf were all instrumental in the development of "Heavy Metal" as a viable genre.
A second trio of bands featured here, were part of the so-called "Bosstown Sound": The Beacon Street Union, Eden's Children and Orpheus. Critics have not been to kind to these bands or the idea that the "Bosstown Sound" could ever have been as crucial to Rock & Roll as the San Francisco Sound. While none of these bands put out records on par with Santana (also featured on TPF12) or the Jefferson Airplane, they did put out some interesting records. Definitely worth a listen for anyone interested in the Psychedelia, and certainly as good or better as some of the second tier San Fran acts.
Tiny Purple Fishes: A Trip Through the First Psychedelic Era, Vol. XII
01. The Other Half, “Wonderful Day” . U.S. (California)
02. The Dave Clark Five, “When” . U.K. (England)
03. La De Das, “All Purpose Low” . New Zealand
04. Thor’s Hammer, “Heyrdu Mig Goda” . Iceland
05. Blue Cheer, “Gypsy Ball” . U.S. (California)
06. Pink Floyd (Waters), “Julia Dream” . U.K. (England)
07. Steppenwolf, “None of You’re Doing” . U.S. (California)
08. The Beacon Street Union, “My Love Is” . U.S. (Massachusetts)
09. Eden’s Children, “Awakening” . U.S. (Massachusetts)
10. Orpheus, “So Far Away In Love” . U.S. (Massachusetts)
11. Twink, “Ten Thousand Words in a Cardboard Box” . U.K. (England)
12. Santana, “Shades of Time” . U.S. (California)
13. The Wilde Flowers, “Impotence” . U.K. (England)
14. The Sorrows, “Pink, Purple, Yellow and Red” . U.K. (England)
15. Deep Purple, “Shield” . U.K. (England)
16. Spooky Tooth, “Bubbles” . U.K. (England)
17. The Spiders, “Back” . Mexico
18. The Moving Sidewalks, “Crimson Witch” . U.S. (Texas)
19. The 23rd Turnoff, “Leave Me Here” (Single Version) . U.K. (England)
20. Gandalf, “Can You Travel in the Dark Alone” . U.S. (New Jersey)
Total Time: 1:00:04
Download it here: Tiny Purple Fishes, Vol. XII
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Well the masses have spoken (well 14 of you anyway!), so I'll go ahead and post my annual Halloween compilation today. This edition of Candy Apples & Razor Blades has a little punkier flavor than most. I don't want to let the cat out of the bag but I've got some cool stuff in store for 2012. Parts of this compilation will serve as kind of a preview of what's in store here at B&S.
Candy Apples & Razor Blades: Even More Music for All Hallow's Eve, Vol. 4
01. Kristen Hersh, “Your Ghost” .
02. Screaming Lord Sutch, “Jack the Ripper” .
03. Dead Moon, “Graveyard” .
04. Jay Reatard, “Blood Visions” .
05. Destroy All Monsters, “Vampire” .
06. The Effigies, “Haunted Town” .
07. Guadalcanal Diary, “Ghost on the Road” .
08. Jackie Morningstar, “Rockin’ the Graveyard” .
09. New York Dolls, “Frankenstein” .
10. The Dutchess & the Duke, “I Am Just a Ghost” .
11. The Misfits, “Halloween” .
12. Barrence Whitfield, “Bloody Mary” .
13. Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Lucretia Mac Evil” .
14. DoubleHappys, “Moss Monster” .
15. Social Distortion, “The Creeps” .
16. The Sleepy Jackson, “Vampire Race-Course” .
17. Laughing Clowns, “Ghost Beat” .
18. Stiv Bators, “Evil Boy” .
19. Roky Erickson, “Creature With the Atom Brain” .
20. Mary Timony, “Look a Ghost in the Eye” .
21. The King Khan & BBQ Show, “Zombies” .
22. The Dentists, “Back to the Grave” .
23. Dean Carter, “Shadow of Evil” [ca. 1967].
24. Brats, “Zombie People” .
25. The Jam, “Ghosts” .
Total Time: 1:13:49
Download it here: Candy Apples & Razor Blades, Vol. 4
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Okay, there is less than 24 hours left to vote in the poll, currently 12 of you have voted and it looks like you want the new Halloween compilation ASAP. If that stays the same by tomorrow, look for the new comp later this week-- Wednesday probably.
As for today's comp, I'll just say a quick word about Creedence Clearwater Revival-- whose lead singer, John Fogerty, is this weeks cover star. Again, not really a band that springs to mind when you think "Psychedelia", though they were one of the most well known artists during this era. This particular track, "Gloomy", has one of the hallmarks of Psychedelia: the backwards guitar. A near perfect example of that technique.
Tiny Purple Fishes: A Trip Through the First Psychedelic Era, Vol. XI
01. The Human Beinz, “Flower Grave” . U.S. (Ohio)
02. Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Gloomy” . U.S. (California)
03. McCully Workshop Inc, “Why Can’t it Rain” . South Africa
04. Sarolta Zalatnay, “Egy Szot Se Szoli” . Hungary
05. Iron Butterfly, “Most Anything You Want” . U.S. (California)
06. Vanilla Fudge, “Where is My Mind” . U.S. (New York)
07. The Steve Miller Band, “Brave New World” . U.S. (California)
08. John’s Children, “Just What You Want – Just What You’ll Need” . U.K. (England)
09. Tommy James & the Shondells, “I Am a Tangerine” . U.S. (Michigan)
10. The Amboy Dukes, “Why is a Carrot More Orange Than an Orange” . U.S. (Michigan)
11. Zakary Thaks, “Mirror of Yesterday” . U.S. (Texas)
12. Earth Island, “Seasons of Our Lives” . U.S. (California)
13. The Bonniwell Music Machine, “Absolutely Positively” . U.S. (California)
14. Big Brother & the Holding Company, “All Is Loneliness” . U.S. (California)
15. Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Meagan’s Gypsy Eyes” . U.S. (New York)
16. Bubble Puppy, “Lonely” . U.S. (Texas)
17. Giles, Giles & Fripp, “Newly Weds” . U.K. (England)
18. The Factory, “Try a Little Sunshine” . U.K. (England)
19. Sagittarius, “Glass” . U.S. (California)
20. The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Coconut Grove” . U.S. (New York)
Total Time: 1:00:34
Download it here: Tiny Purple Fishes, Vol. XI
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Well we are hitting the final stretch for our Tiny Purple Fishes Series-- just three more volumes after today. This will take us through the end of October, which poses a bit of a dilemma. As some of you may know, Halloween has a significant meaning here at Burn and Shine, as the first playlist I posted here was a Halloween Compilation. Over the last few weeks, the most popular blog entry here at Burn and Shine has been last year's Halloween post. The fourth volume of Candy Apples & Razor Blades is ready to go, but I haven't decided when I'm going to post it. Since there are three comps worth of Halloween Tunes already available, I'm leaning toward posting it on Monday, October 31, once all the TPF comps are posted, but I will leave it up to my faithful readers to decide. Somewhere near the top right corner is a poll, please take a moment to vote when you want the new Halloween Comp posted, thanks!
Okay enough new buisness: a few words about today's Psychedelic platter.
First, I would like to call your attention to track #12. The band is Rust, but I'm not sure exactly where they are from. There seems to be some confusion on this point, and if any of you know definitively, please leave me a comment, as I have read conflicting reports. They released this album on a German label, but they sing in English. I've seen them described as British Psyche, and cannot find a mention of what city they might have been based. Here's a blurb about them at Aural Innovations.
Today's comp features the third and final Beatles' track for TPF, "Fixing a Hole", which is a McCartney track from one of the landmarks of British Psychedelia: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Not one of my favorite Fab Four albums (as I've said before, I prefer the pre-facial hair Beatles!), but it does have its moments, this relatively underrated track being one of them.
Mars Bonfire (aka Dennis Edmonton), is credited as writing one of the most well-known songs of the Psychedelic era: "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf (his brother was the original drummer). This particular track is culled from his second solo album, Faster than the Speed of Life, and is worth tracking down for fans of psychedelia.
Finally, I'd like to highlight a band with a horrible name, Electric Banana (is that a euphemism for vibrator?). Had never heard this record before I started compiling tracks for this series, which is weird because I went through a fairly extensive Pretty Things phase about ten years ago. This is, for all intents, the Pretties under another name. Not sure why a band who never really hit it big (especially true over here in the U.S.) would put out some first rate music under another name, but that's exactly what they did for some low budget films. According to AMG it was because they needed money? Maybe it was a way to hide the money from their label? I'm purely speculating. Anyway, there is a compilation of Electric Banana tracks that is absolutely glorious. Track it down!
Tiny Purple Fishes: A Trip Through the First Psychedelic Era, Vol. X
01. The Monkees, “Porpoise Song (Theme From Head)” . U.S. (California)/U.K. (England)
02. Dantalian’s Chariot, “Sun Came Bursting Through My Cloud” . U.K. (England)
03. Syd Barrett, “Baby Lemonade” . U.K. (England)
04. Bobby Jameson, “Jamie” . U.S. (California)
05. Kim Fowley, “Me” . U.S. (California)
06. Skip Spence, “Little Hands” . U.S./Canada (California, but born in Ontario)
07. Bob Smith, “Please” . U.S. (California)
08. The Deep, “Pink Ether” . U.S. (Pennsylvania)
09. Mars Bonfire, “Sad Eyes” . Canada
10. The Association, “Pandora’s Golden Heebie Jeebies” . U.S. (California)
11. Afterglow, “Afternoon” . U.S. (Oregon/California)
12. Rust, “Think Big” . (Not sure see notes above)
13. Procol Harum, “Magdalene (My Regal Zonophone)” . U.K. (England)
14. Arzachel, “Garden of Earthly Delights” . U.K. (England)
15. Kevin Ayers, “Gemini Child” . U.K. (England)
16. Electric Banana, “I See You” . U.K. (England)
17. Faine Jade, “Cold Winter Sun” . U.S. (New York)
18. The Music Machine, “Point of No Return” . U.S. (California)
19. The Beatles, “Fixing a Hole” . U.K. (England)
20. The Troggs, “Cousin Jane” . U.K. (England)
Total Time: 1:00:15
Download it here: Tiny Purple Fishes, Vol. X
Sunday, October 2, 2011
This volume of Tiny Purple Fishes is easily the most varied, in terms of number of countries represented, so far. While England and the U.S. still dominate, there are no less than five other countries represented: The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Peru, Scotland and Wales. As I've said before, when putting these comps together I try not to consider countries of origin for the artists represented on each edition. I do consider other things, such as trying not to put too many well known artists on one compilation or grouping together bands whose names are similar (check out the three "Smoke" bands on TPF #7 or the two "Elastic/k" bands on this week's disc).
In addition, I find it interesting that three of the American bands here have ties to Oregon. In fact, Oregon actually outnumbers New York on this comp and has just as many bands represented as California. In recent years, Portland has garnered a lot of attention as a hip place for indie bands to relocate to, but it has a rather long history of great Rock & Roll, which may have all started with this great garage band.
Tiny Purple Fishes: A Trip Through the First Psychedelic Era, Vol. IX
01. Hunger, “Colors” . U.S. (Oregon)
02. The Golden Earrings, “You Break My Heart” . The Netherlands
03. Pink Floyd, “See Emily Play” . U.K. (England)
04. Sam Gopal, “Midsummer Night’s Dream” . U.K. (England)
05. New Dawn, “Dark Thoughts” . U.S. (Oregon)
06. Blue Öyster Cult, “Then Came the Last Days of May” . U.S. (New York)
07. Left Banke, “Lazy Day” . U.S. (New York)
08. Them, “You Just Can’t Win” . U.K. (Northern Ireland)
09. The Serpent Power, “Gently, Gently” . U.S. (California)
10. The Stowaways, “Just a Toy” . U.S. (North Carolina)
11. Laghonia, “Someday” . Peru
12. One In a Million, “Double Sight” . U.K. (Scotland)
13. The Leaves, “Codine” . U.S. (California)
14. The Summer Sounds, “Small World” . U.S. (Massachusetts)
15. The Elastik Band, “The Darkest Corner” [ca. 1967]. U.S. (California)
16. Elastic Band, “Crabtree Farm” . U.K. (Wales)
17. Van Dyke Parks, “Palm Desert” . U.S. (Born in Mississippi)
18. The End, “Dreamworld” .
19. Paul Revere & the Raiders, “Get Out of My Mind” (Demo Version) [ca. 1967]. U.S. (Idaho/Oregon/California)
20. Black Sabbath, “Planet Caravan” . U.K. (England)
Total Time: 59:59
Download it here: Tiny Purple Fishes, Vol. IX