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VELVETT FOGG - "Lady Caroline" (Pye NSPL.18272) 1969

Velvett Fogg are thee latest "Hyghe Knyghtes" offering with their stupendous psychedelic murderous ballad "Lady Caroline." It's all about Maidens, Castles, Jealousy, Murder and ultimately Lady Caroline's Execution. A Medieval lament from a late 60s group wearing lipstick and paint.
Check it out for your way-0ut excursion to England in 1066 or something like that.

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MARK FRY - "The Witch" (IT ZSLT 70006) 1972

If psychedelic folk reverie is your bag have a listen to Mark Fry's dark epic "The Witch" from 1972.
Man this is way-out and lasts for just under seven minutes so my suggestion is to spark up one of your favourite jazz cigarettes or do like me and have a cup of Earl Gray and a Cinnamon bagel. Then lose yourself in it's sheer splendour.

The YT upload below uses footage from a TV kids show called "Pogles' Wood" which had an evil Witch. It ran from 1965-68 and has never been repeated since the early 1970s cos the Witch freaked out the kids.....This is just too much and it's now official... "Hyghe Knyghte" status granted to Lord Fry.

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KEVIN AYERS - "Girl On A Swing" (Harvest SHVL 763) November 1969

Arise, Sir Kevin Ayers...ex Soft Machine and creator of this wonderful album "Joy Of A Toy" released in late 1969. The tracks were recorded at Abbey Road studios during the Summer of that year with assistance from Robert Wyatt, David Bedford and Hugh Hopper.

"Hyghe Knyghte" status attained with his whimsical, evocative and completely English sounding numbers "Girl On A Swing" and "The Lady Rachel"
Kevin died in 2013.

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THE YARDBIRDS - "Glimpses" (Epic BN 26313) July 1967

It's always been a mystery to me why EMI decided not to release the album "Little Games" by The Yardbirds. I have read that it was a likely move because recent singles had all flopped and their popularity in Britain was ebbing away. This explanation seems a little harsh and ultimately British fans were oblivious to some quite brilliant and awe inspiring moments like "Glimpses". 

With this number The Yardbirds attain some serious third-eye territory with a mesmerizing mind-blower. Listen out for way-out guitar, effects, sitar, other worldly recitation and all meshed together with a psychedelic gregorian chant.

"Energy radiates from the source
The life around us is but a reflection of our own."

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THE NOVAS - "William Junior" / "And It's Time" (STAR 001) September 1966

For lovers of folk-rock janglers and in my eyes one of the singles of thee Century... released September 1966. "And It's Time" is quite clearly inspired by The Hollies "Look Through Any Window" but I don't care about such things when such heights of beauty are reached. The other side "William Junior" also also jangle heaven.

***one of my most beloved singles***

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THE GREEN TELESCOPE - "Turnin' Out" (Psycho Records 35) 1985Until we get a long deserved Green Telescope retrospective we'll have to make do with the selection of cuts found on singles and obscure vinyl only compilations from the mid 1980s, including "Turnin' Out" from "The Waking Dream.""The Waking Dream" also showcased recordings by Mood Six, Sleep Creature & the Vampires, Palace Of Light and The Magic Mushroom Band. Those other bands are not my scene and for my particular head space The Green Telescope rise like Scottish Nobles above the others.These Edinburgh based outsiders contributed three songs. The frantic acid punk gem "Turnin' Out" and a cover version of The Calico Wall's "I'm A Living Sickness" as well as another self penned number "Can't Step Off The Path." These recordings were the first to be available on vinyl by The Green Telescope and predate their first single / EP "Two By Two" on Imaginary Records.Line-Up:Lenny Helsing (guitar and vocals)Bruce Lyall (farfisa organ)Gavin Henderson (drums)Steve Fraser (bass)All songs recorded at Sound Site, May 1985 and produced and engineered by Ron Real. The gig photos have been taken from their Facebook page. Go here for more information and ephemera. allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">[...]



Day 1 of 7 Primitive Beat:One of my old Geordie mates asked me to select seven songs with a memorable riff or in this case a caveman beat. The 1980s quite rightly get SMASHED cos most of it was horrendous. That's why I'll present an alternative vision that most humanoids are not even aware of. I think James Baker is rattling thee drums with human tibia bones on this number.The Hoodoo Gurus "Dig It Up" (1983) allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Day 2 of 7 Primitive Beat:OK, picture the scene. It's 1986 and everything is rubbish and you don't even have a job. You're in a local record shop and you've got a spare £5 from your Dole money.Do you buy the latest record by Flakey Goes To Hollywood, A Flock Of Sleaze Gulls, Depeche Commode or perhaps the new one by Bruise Springs Teen. No No NO NO!!! that stuff is for squares. It's gotta be this Primitive piece of Fuzz 'N' Roll by The Primates.The Primates "I Ain't Like You" (1986) allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> Day 3 of 7 Primitive Beat:At the end of thee turgid 1980s this perfect four track twelve inch nugget was released by Chaos Records. Chris Such and his Savages a.k.a. The Headless Horsemen only used vintage equipment and has a back to basics merseybeat inspired approach. This early '60s Rock 'N' Roll style was almost extinct. Check out the cover with thee Stuart Sutcliffe lookalike, could almost be Hamburg 1962. MONO-tasticChris Such and his Savages "Leave My Kitten Alone" (1989) allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> Day 4 of 7 Primitive Beat:This number is not only primitive beat it is BRUTAL. It seems that The Misanthropes were feeding themselves with raw liver to get this wild. There's boundless garage noise, reckless energy, pissed off fury, the best scream outside of a Hammer House of Horror film and the drummer is probably bashing away on his kit with human tibia bones.The Misanthropes "Why Do You Treat Me So Bad?" (1988) allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> Day 5 of 7 Primitive Beat: The Mystery Machine are a very intriguing group with Crawdaddys and Tell Tale Hearts connections. My guess is that they named themselves after the van in 'Scooby Doo' Sadly they never released any singles, only one song emerged on "Battle Of The Garages #3" (Voxx Records) back in 1984....a kind of '66 inspired Sunset Strip folk jangler with compact organ.All of this going on when the mainstream was seemingly obsessed with awful production jobs including gated reverb, horrendous synths and sequenced sounds....I hear The Yardbirds in places too. The Mystery Machine "She's Not Mine" (1984) allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> Day 6 of 7 Primitive Beat:It's 1986 and it's crap, everything is.. There's not much to get excited about apart from reading in "Bucketfull Of Brains" Edinburgh's finest The Green Telescope have a single out!!!The "A" Side is an all time classic garage punk raver but thee "Thoughts Of A Madman" on the other side is a worthy piece of greatness too. Big deal that it's just a cover version of a 1967 number by The Nomads. The Green Telescope take the song to another level.Lenny's tormented vocals become so possessed I actually think he is a MAD man by the end of the disc. Listen out for the fuzz overload at around 1 minute 20 seconds. Drums on this are way-Out too....The Green Telescope "Thoughts Of A Madman" (1986) allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullsc[...]



LEMON TREE - "William Chalker's Time Machine" / "I Can Touch A Rainbow" (Parlophone R 5671) March 1968

Today's 45 of choice is this psychedelic pop charmer by Lemon Tree which one could easily mistake for a Move record such is the resemblance of their sound. On closer inspection "William Chalker's Time Machine" was written by Ace Kefford and co-produced by fellow Move man Trevor Burton. Lemon Tree were also from Birmingham, just like The Move.

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POSITIVELY THIRTEEN O'CLOCK - "Psychotic Reaction" / "13 O'Clock Theme For Psychotics" (HBR-500) September 1966

I was thinking about the Hanna-Barbara label yesterday and I'm still amazed that no compilation re-issue has ever been undertaken, there are so many great records on HBR, so many choice sides waiting to be discovered.

Mouse & the Traps signed to HBR for a one-off single in late 1966, however for this release they changed their name to Positively Thirteen O'Clock. The top side is a fuzzy take of The Count Five classic but my interest has always been for the instrumental au go go B-Side "13 O'Clock Theme For Psychotics" This side is a winner with it's maxed out treble guitar sound and measured drum work.

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WORLD OF OZ - "King Croesus" / "Jack" (Deram DM-205) August 1968

This single was the World Of Oz follow up to the well received "Muffin Man" but sadly this one went no where fast. "King Croesus" is a much stronger disc though and has the typical English '68 sound with heavy orchestration, hammond organ, strong bass notes and slightly treated vocals, at least that's how they sound to me.

The disc was worked on by Manfred Mann guitarist Mike Vickers and enhanced by in house Deram producer Wayne Bickerton who is perhaps best remembered for his work with King Crimson.
This is my Dutch copy which came housed in a picture sleeve.

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PETER ANTELL - "The Times They Are A Changing" / "Yesterday And Tomorrow" (Bounty B-45103) September 1965

Here's an obscure single by young folk singer Peter Antell, released September 1965. The flip "Yesterday And Tomorrow" with it's folk rock backing and forceful vocal is perhaps the strongest side and may have been best placed as the top side but I suppose 'cashing in' on Bob Dylan songs during this period in time was the favourite route to possible success.

The Bounty label was linked with Elektra and future Doors music maker, Paul Rothchild was involved with production on the A-Side according to the label. There are several colour variants of the latter by the way. Despite exposure in Billboard trade magazine (see advert) I've found no evidence that Peter Antell's record was a hit.

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GORDON WALLER - Rosecrans Blvd" / "Red, Cream And Velvet" (Columbia DB 8337) January 1968

This is a lovely Jim Webb song that Fifth Dimension did on their LP and Johnny Rivers did so well and that was one of my favourite songs last year. A plaintive doomy little song about a man who keeps returning to the scene of an old love affair, this is Gordon's first solo effort and his voice sounds very good indeed. I am a little worried about the arrangement, which sounds uncomfortable and speeds up worryingly in parts, it tries to be a bit too clever, I fear. 

I fear I'm too familiar with the song to really be able to judge his chances commercially. I just wish the splendid Mr Waller good luck.
(Penny Valentine review - Disc & Music Echo, January 1968)

UK Chart Position: None


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CONSORTIUM - "Melanie Cries Alone" / "Copper Coloured Years" (Trend TNT 52) January 1970

This record caught me by surprise because I don't normally venture into the year 1970 here on my website. West Coast Consortium were a vocal harmony group from England who mixed Association and Beach Boys sounds into their original mix of late sixties pop.

They were one of those groups who released interesting and polished pop singles but sadly none of them ever seemed to click to take them to the next level. Common with several groups back in the sixties they chipped away at their name and began releasing records as simply Consortium.

Hidden away on the B-Side of "Melanie Cries Alone" is the pleasant, slickly produced and arranged "Copper Coloured Years" which in my opinion may have stood a chance at cracking the Charts.
Nothing happened of course and this outstanding flip was probably only heard by the fortunate few.

UK Chart Position: None

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THE HERD - "So Much In Love" / "This Boy's Always Been True" (Parlophone R 5413) February 1966

Try finding a copy of this Herd Parlophone rarity from 1966, before they signed to the Fontana label. May even have been before Peter Frampton joined. The top side "So Much In Love" is a recording of a Jagger / Richard song and had chart potential but didn't click in the Charts.

"This Boy's Always Been True" seems to have been inspired by The Who, similar guitar sound, pounding bass and Moon like drums. Shame that the vocals are not as strident as say Marriott's or Don Fardon's because this mod beater could have been a freakbeat monster. Still good though.

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THE THANES - "Don't Change Your Mind" / "What You Can't Mend" (Hidden Volume HV0043) December 2017

The new single by The Thanes arrived today also. Amazing to think that they've been releasing records for 30+ years. The top side "Don't Change Your Mind" is a bit of departure in sound for them with heavy use of hammond organ mixed with fuzz. Reminds me of early Small Faces.

The other side "What You Can't Mend" is thee more familiar teenbeat Thanes sound, dig those scattergun drums, compact organ and of course Lenny's vocal delivery which is pretty damned fucking great. The revenge put down lyrics are particularly inspiring and worthy of any 60s punk lament. 

"Stood on the ledge, and now you're gone"



KIRIAE CRUCIBLE - "The Salem Witch Trial" / "Complain" (Night Owl J-6836) March 1968

USA: Hyghe Knyghte status achieved by Madison, Wisconsin group of teenagers Kiriae Crucible. "The Salem Witch Trial" is quite an intense number notable for the audio oscillator effect....Yeah, hang those witches.

The group were popular locally and were supported by WISM who gave the single regular spins. Sales were steady especially in Madison. These days though the record hardly ever shows up for sale and will probably sell upwards of $400 if you're lucky enough to locate a copy.

*** I've scanned this rare photo of Kiriae Crucible from "Lost and Found No.2" ***
*** label scan from Popsike ***



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Lord Madrigal: Songs that evoke Englishness, Tudor and Elizabethan Dandy's, Knights in armour, Castles with a drawbridge, military decoration, majestic tapestries, troubadour attire, Christian Crusades, swords, jousting, dulcimers and harpsichords, gregorian chants, madrigals, monks and horses, magic and fables."Thee Œarly Dayze Of Hyghe Knyghtes" from the minds of Lord Madrigal and Fayre Lady Kitty Lady Kitty: There's plenty of room for pre-Christian Native European honour too! I'm a daughter of thee Shifty Witches who EVADED thee Spanish Inquisition. No luv for thee Woman Hating Middle Eastern War God here, no matter what title it goes by!Lord Collier: And doing ya own shit!Lord Madrigal: It's all about ancient and long lost Western European chivalry. Lady Kitty needed a soundtrack for her new favourite book.Lady Kitty: 4. 7. 14. 16. Rare as hen's teeth in a Worlde of Ignobles.Lord Madrigal: Konrad von Limpurg as a Knight being armed by his Lady in the Codex Manesse, early 14th Century... Lady Kitty: ha, that's IN MY BOOK, and I had thought of that too! But I'd like to have a crack at some Primitive European Art first(so don't rush!)...cos with my semi-autistic childhood spent RELENTLESSLY drawing horses(even unicorns!) and princesses and evil Spanish wimmin in giant fabulous black lace mantillas, this could well be what I was in fact born to do..! hahaLord Madrigal: I'm sure it will be worthy of a Middle Ages Lady.Lady Kitty:  It's gonna be like this one, but more... groovy! Better hair do's.Squire Peter: Quite the unusually tiny horse, there.Lady Kitty: Probably a practicality, they were supposed to defend their trusty steeds to thee death as well. So much to be responsible for, it's a wonder anyone survived!     Lord Collier: Is that a staff on left or a huge willy?Lord Madrigal: Forever to remain a lowly vulgar peasant in an era of Hyghe Knyghts and thee Chivalric code.Lord Collier: Thaa what’s hew?  Lady Kitty:  Man, Medieval artwork is just a TRIP. Thee facial expressions.... so simple, yet so effective..! I've really got my work cut out fur me.Lord Collier: King gadgee in right seems perturbed by the geezers Chain mail balaclavas.Lady Kitty: That kid certainly has a questionable hair do and expression. Almost looks like a current day politician. If only we had some Knights...!Lord Madrigal: Killing babies 👶 by sword.Lord Collier: Peeled babies in buckets of salt, was an expression I heard once. Belter. Lord Madrigal: The baby 👶 on the floor being stood on by a Hyghe knyghte appears to have been beheaded.Lord Collier: Best thing for it.  Lord Disspain: Why are they killing the children?Lady Kitty: Just bein' all Biblical I'd guess.   Lord Madrigal: The Patron saint of England and our hero St George, pictured here slaying a dragon. George represents the Church and all the Hyghe Knyghtes who support it. ***this 1350 fresco is from Verona, Italy*** scanned from the book "Knights & The Golden Age Of Chivalry" Lady Kitty: I was gonna ask where you got thee image from, that's a kwality dappled grey steed! Thoroughly unruffled by a dragon too. Impressive! Ladies and Gentlemen...raise your glasses of fine wine for it's time to admire Greek Hyghe Knyghte Hector of Troy and his magnificent hairdo. From thee fresco 'Nine Worthies' c.1430Lady Kitty:  I think he missed thee point, he was supposed to suffer to win thee lady's affections, not make thee lady suffer to win them. Must've been all Greek to him. Solid points for effort though. Undoubtedly, a br[...]



BOBKAT '65 - "This Lonely Road" (Get Hip GH-1965) July 2017Yeah! Bobkat '65 are easily my favourite new group and "This Lonely Road" is my nomination for album of the year. Love this little neo garage jewel. With two swingin' kittens and a hat wearing bloke on drums they create a genius crude moody sound with fuzz and jangle. Check out their promo video of "This Lonely Road" cos it's where it's at.Before this album on Get Hip there was a single recorded during September 2015 and released some months later. "Gwani" / "Time" comes highly recommended and is worth tracking down before it becomes scarce. Both songs are short sharp stabs of coolness, "Gwani" was inspired by Ana's pet dog. This upbeat number with fuzz is perhaps the most fast paced number I've heard from them. Great girl screams too, reminds me of The Pleasure Seekers.The other side "Time" is a convincing crude and moody cover version of a 1967 song originally by Dexter & the Derbies. Once again Bobkat '65 are authentic in both style and approach, in other words they nail it and make it their own.So it's back to the album "This Lonely Road" which was recorded at Estudios Circa Perrotti during December 2016, making it almost a year old already! A theme of melancholy and longing runs throughout the ten songs of stripped down '66 inspired beat. Kinda like outsiders lookin' in, loneliness, feelings of craving and desire after a lost love and those anxieties of life in's all a moody puzzle and they're scrambling around for missing pieces that may never be found.Their superb original songs are mixed perfectly with obscurities that only a few connoisseurs will spot. These include "Try" by The Cobras, "Loneliness Is Mine" by The Esquires and "To Be Like You" by The Missing Lynx.Ana (guitar / vocals) Paula (bass / vocals) and Diego (drums) have really come up with something solid here. I'm very impressed indeed and hope to hear more of their work in the months / years to follow. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640">[...]



CRYSTAL GARDEN - "Peach Fuzz Forest" / "Flash" (Bay Town BT011s) March 1969

According to "TeenBeat Mayhem!" Crystal Garden hailed from San Leandro, California and despite almost everywhere stating a 1968 release for this disc, in the book we're looking at Spring 1969. The music certainly fits in with an early '69 sound. Top side "Peach Fuzz Forest" is the most well known cut and has quite a crude recording but with plenty to get excited about.

The flip "Flash" is a more laid back, downer affair. Again with a crude production in stereo and lyrics about a girl blowing her mind on acid. Kind of like lo-fi Byrds. I really dig this side but judge for yourselves.

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T.J. BLACK - "She Belongs To Me" / "Gotta Turn Myself On, Babe" (Jubilee 45-5516) November 1965

I'm always on the look out for 1965/66 folk-rock records and I found a copy of T.J. Black 'She Belongs To Me'/'Gotta Turn Myself On, Babe' on Jubilee. It's the often covered Bob Dylan tune but this version is slowed right down with that typical folk-rock sound of clattering tambourine, gruff/protest style vocals and what could be an ocarina...(ie) the 'I Got You Babe' kinda sound - no jangle guitars sadly.

The other side 'Gotta Turn myself On, Babe' is strong folk-rock too.
Who was T.J. Black?

message from Max Myndblown: I have this 45 too. I believe it's Terry Black, a Canadian who put out 45s and LPs on Arc in Canada but also headed south of the border and had several US releases, including an LP on Decca, An Eye For An Ear, as Terence.


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Sad to hear that Easybeats guitarist and songwriter George Young has died. Man, The Easybeats are turntable residents in my house, their 45s are top shelf Beat entertainment.
Back in 1985 I bought the "Best Of" album shown in my photo. Seems only yesterday that my jaw dropped when I first heard the fucking sheer greatness of "Sorry"
R.I.P George Young.



THE STRANGELOVES - "Night Time" / "Rhythm Of Love" (Bang B-514) December 1965

The Strangeloves should rapidly jump into the winner's circle with this top-drawer follow up to their last time out smasheroo of  "Cara-Lyn." The top lid here, "Night Time" is a pulsating, hard driving rhythmic romantic blueser about a lad who wants to spend the PM hours with his gal.

"Rhythm Of Love" is a plaintive, after hours, soulful romancer.
(Cashbox review, 1965)




THE BYRDS - "Goin' Back" / "Change Is Now" (CBS 5300) 1977

I started day dreaming at work today and my thoughts drifted to the music of the Byrds. They're my favourite group of all time you see. Only the Beatles and Love are at the same level. BUT that's just my opinion of course. Anyway, I longed to play "Change Is Now" when I got home and back to my beloved Technics SL-1200G

This song is a fine example of their magic. Moving through a country chorus it becomes a droning masterpiece with a way-out acid lift off to third eye territory with mystical mind explosions, backwards guitar, pumping bass, the harmonies, psychedelic bewilderment.

I was sure I had an original UK release on CBS but it's gone! Or I never had it...that is the trouble when you've got an archive of about 8,000+ 45s!!! Hard to keep up with
my collection. I only have this 1977 stereo re-press with "Goin' Back" as the plug side.
Must change that soon with an original MONO copy

the Byrds are a creative zenith. They sit on thrones above the celestial sphere.

Four days after realizing that I did not have a "Lady Friend" / "Change Is Now" CBS mono 45 a copy arrived @ EXPO67 HQ this morning. I found this online at a record shop in Plymouth. Looks and plays GREAT. Sound is loud and dynamic. You just can't beat 1960s mono 45s.

"Truth is real, truth is real
That which is not real does not exist."




CENTRAL PARK - "Who Wouldn't Love To Be Loved" / "Flower Hill" (Amy 11,019) May 1968

It's the B-Side "Flower Hill" that grabs my attention on this Amy disc. Information about Central Park appears to be scarce to non-existent. To me, they sound like either a folk outfit from New York trying their hand at something a little bit more with the times or they're perhaps a studio creation.

"Flower Hill" has double tracked vocals, guitars sounding like sitars, some studio FX and lyrics expressing the delight with the current scene of flowers, love and peace. This is radio friendly and safe. Not that this side would have got the plays because of it's flip side status.

Producer and Arranger Wes Farrell went onto major success as a songwriter for the Partridge Family.

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