Friday, April 30, 2021

VA - Wah Wah (A Butterboy Compilation) (3 x CD's)



VA - Wah Wah (A Butterboy Compilation) (3 x CD's)

Wah-wah (or wa-wa) is an imitative word (or onomatopoeia) for the sound of altering the resonance of musical notes to extend expressiveness, sounding much like a human voice saying the syllable wah. The wah-wah effect is a spectral glide, a "modification of the vowel quality of a tone. The effect's "wa-wa" sound was noted by jazz player Barney Bigard when he heard Tricky Sam Nanton use the effect on his trombone in the early 1920's

A wah-wah pedal is a type of electric guitar effects pedal that alters the tone and frequencies of the guitar signal to create a distinctive sound, mimicking the human voice saying the onomatopoeic name "wah-wah". The pedal sweeps the peak response of a frequency filter up and down in frequency to create the sound, a spectral glide, also known as "the wah effect".  The effect's "wa-wa" sound was noted by jazz player Barney Bigard when he heard Tricky Sam Nanton use the effect on his trombone in the early 1920's, finding they could produce an expressive crying tone by moving a mute in and out of the instrument's bell. This was later simulated with electronic circuitry for the electric guitar when the wah-wah pedal was invented. It is controlled by movement of the player's foot on a rocking pedal connected to a potentiometer. Wah-wah effects are used when a guitarist is soloing, or creating a "wacka-wacka" funk-styled rhythm for rhythm guitar playing. (Wikipedia)

The wah-wah pedal is one of the most expressive guitar effects you can use. Some of the most iconic guitar licks and solos were created thanks to the creativity and inspiration the wah pedal gives guitarists.



Track lists


00 Advertisment[Electric Prunes] Vox Wah Wah Pedal Radio Spot 1:02

01 Jimi Hendrix Experience Voodoo Child (Slight Return) 5:15

02 Chicago South California Purples 12:41

03 Isaac Hayes Shaft 4:39

04 Robin Trower Too Rolling Stoned 7:31

05 Cream Tales of Brave Ulysses 2:46

06 Earl Hooker Wah Wah Blues 4:36

07 Eric Clapton Bad Love 5:14

08 Steve Miller Band The Joker 3:37

09 Jeff Beck Group I Ain't Superstitious 4:57

10 Stephen Stills & Al Kooper Season of the Witch 11:08

11 Groundhogs Split-Part One 4:30

12 Radiohead Subterranean Homesick Alien 4:27

13 Rolling Stones Fingerprint File 6:25

14 Steely Dan Haitian Divorce 5:51

15 Supertramp Bloody Well Right 4:32

16 Guns 'n' Roses Sweet Child O' Mine 5:56

17 Stooges 1969 4:07

18 Grateful Dead Estimated Prophet 5:37

19 Brant Bjork Automatic Fantastic 6:55

20 Psychic Ills Ra Wah Wah 9:12

21 George Harrison Wah-Wah 5:39

22 Temptations Psychedelic Shack 3:51


23 Bread The Guitar Man 3:39

24 Paul McCartney & Wings Beware My Love 6:32

25 Verve Weeping Willow 4:49

26 Suede The Asphalt World 9:26

27 Madder Lake 12lb Toothbrush 3:53

28 Young-Holt Unlimited Wah Wah Man 3:44

29 Santana Hope Your Feeling Better 4:16

30 Stephen Stills Go Back Home 5:53

31 J.J. Cale Crazy Mama 2:30

32 Blind Faith Presence of the Lord 4:49

33 Frank Zappa Willie the Pimp 9:23

34 Young Wah Wah Man 3:41

35 Cult Phoenix 5:06

36 SBB Bar Wah-Wah 4:21

37 Radio Moscow Brain Cycles 3:23

38 James Gang Walk Away 3:34

39 Jefferson Starship Caroline 7:29

40 Cream White Room 4:53

41 Jimi Hendrix Burning of the Midnight Lamp 3:35

42 Status Quo Pictures of Matchstick Men 3:08

43 Kenny Wayne Shepard Slow Ride 3:49


44 Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Telephone Song 3:30

45 Prince Cream 4:13

46 Bee Gees Night Fever 3:32

47 Funkadelic Maggot Brain 9:51

48 Isaac Hayes Walk On 12:04

49 Sly & the Family Stone Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) 4:49

50 Led Zeppelin Dazed and Confused 6:24

51 Jethro Tull We Used to Know 4:03

52 Alice in Chains Man in the Box 4:46

53 Free I'll Be Creepin' (Single A-Side, 1969, Mono) 2:51

54 Tea Party The River 5:42

55 Black Crowes Horsehead 4:02

56 Hot Tuna Talking 'bout You 3:23

57 Black Sabbath Electric Funeral 4:44

58 Stone Roses Fools Gold 4:16

59 Electric Prunes I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) 3:00

60 Steve Vai Bad Horsie 5:50

61 Guns 'N' Roses Civil War 7:42

62 Psychic Ills Ra Wah Wah 9:12

63 Advertisment Vox Wah Wah Pedal (1967 Flexi Disc) 5:12

64 Chet Atkins Slinkey (Bonus Track) 2:04



Thursday, April 29, 2021

VA - Pioneers Of The Electric Guitar [2013] (3 x CD's)



VA - Pioneers Of The Electric Guitar [2013] (3 x CD's)

75 tracks of sweet electric guitar. You should digest this one disc at a time to really appreciate this stuff. I would also say that one of the strengths here is the great variety, but it can also be a weakness depending on your interests. If you have no problem with a collection that goes from jazz to blues to rock from one song to another this is a no-brainer, but some people don't like that much variety. All I can say is if you like well-played electric guitar regardless of genre, this is a great set and there is likely something here you have not heard before. For this price, you can't beat this.

An absolute gem of a collection. It covers nearly all styles from Jazz to Western Swing, Blues to rock and roll and a whole smorgasbord in between. Listened to it all on a journey from Norfolk to Devon and never became bored. Obviously, some tracks are well known and available widely elsewhere. However, there are many obscure gems and half-remembered delights. If nothing else, it will broaden your horizons. A thoroughly enjoyable and recommended collection. (Amazon)






Track lists


01 Dick Dale Misirlou 2:16

02 B.B. King Three O'clock Blues 3:02

03 Link Wray & His Ray Men Rumble 2:17

04 Johnny "Guitar" Watson Space Guitar 2:39

05 Lightnin' Slim Lightnin' Blues 2:58

06 Charlie Christian Waiting for Benny 5:06

07 Mickey Hawks & the Night Raiders Cotton Pickin' 1:35

08 Dale Hawkins Susie Q 2:14

09 Elmore James Dust My Broom 2:44

10 Jimmy Raney On the Rocks 4:54

11 Bill Justis Raunchy 2:19

12 Earl Hooker Blue Guitar 2:46

13 Leon McAuliffe Blue Guitar Stomp 2:59

14 Ramrods Ghost Riders in the Sky 2:36

15 Santo & Johnny Sleepwalk 2:22

16 Les Paul & Mary Ford Bye Bye Blues 2:03

17 Bert Weedon Big Beat Boogie 1:56

18 Ventures Walk Don't Run 2:04

19 Guitar Slim The Story of My Life 3:01

20 Schet Atkins Mister Sandman 2:17

21 Virtues Guitar Boogie Shuffle 2:25

22 John Barry Seven The James Bond Theme 1:59

23 Eddie Burns Treat Me Like I Treat You 2:24

24 Howlin' Wolf Spoonful 2:44

25 Johnny Kidd & the Pirates Shakin' All Over 2:22


01 Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode 2:42

02 Freddie King Hide Away 2:37

03 Scotty Moore Trio Have Guitar Will Travel 2:01

04 Wes Montgomery West Coast Blues 7:23

05 Marketts Out of Limits 2:07

06 Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies Taking Off (Instrumental) 2:51

07 Grant Green Miss Ann's Tempo 5:40

08 Arthur Smith Guitar Bustin' 2:25

09 Django Reinhardt Nuages 3:17

10 Bobby Gregg & His Friends Potato Peeler 2:35

11 Lowell Fulsom Guitar Shuffle 2:47

12 Herb Ellis Ellis in Wonderland 3:51

13 Albert Collins Freeze 2:21

14 Fireballs Foot Patter 2:06

15 Albert King Travellin' to California 3:02

16 Kenny Burrell This Time the Dream's on Me 4:58

17 Hunters Teen Scene 2:04

18 Bo Diddley Mumblin' Guitar 2:50

19 Roy Clark Chicken Wire 2:15

20 Mickey Baker Lullaby of the Leaves 4:13

21 Pat Hare I'm Gonna Murder My Baby 2:56

22 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Okie Dokie Stomp 2:32

23 Barney Kessel Jordu 3:29

24 Duane Eddy Shazam! 2:01

25 John Lee Hooker Boggie Chillun 2:37


01 Booker T. & the Mg's Green Onions 2:54

02 Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Old Joe Clark 2:21

03 Johnny & the Hurricanes Sand Storm 2:18

04 Joe Maphis and Larry Collins Flying Fingers 2:41

05 Oscar Moore Quartet Blues in B Flat 2:27

06 Pee Wee Crayton Blues After Hours 2:35

07 Magic Sam All Your Love 2:54

08 Carl Perkins Her Love Rubbed Off 2:53

09 Rockin' R's The Beat 2:50

10 T-Bone Walker Strollin' With Bones 2:29

11 Dick Hyman, Mundell Lowe & Trigger Alpert Yes Sir, That's My Baby! 2:39

12 Eddie Kirkland I Need You, Baby 2:42

13 George Barnes Liza (And the Clouds'll Roll Away) 2:23

14 Jimmy Reed Jimmy's Rock 2:02

15 George Van Eps Have You Met Miss Jones 2:18

16 Shadows Apache 2:55

17 Johnny Otis Boogie Guitar 2:36

18 Buddy Guy Skippin' 3:24

19 Tal Farlow Yardbirds Suite 5:16

20 Muddy Waters Mannish Boy 2:56

21 Memphis Minnie Kissing in the Dark 2:28

22 Arthur 'big Boy' Crudup Gonna Find My Baby 2:58

23 Tampa Red Sweet Little Angel 2:58

24 Otis Rush I Can't Quit You Baby 3:07

25 Johnny Burnette The Train Kept A-Rollin' 2:23



Wednesday, April 28, 2021

VA - Crawling Up a Hill- A Journey Through the British Blues Boom 1966-71 (3 x CD)


VA - Crawling Up a Hill- A Journey Through the British Blues Boom 1966-71 (3 x CD)

By 1965, the British R&B boom was over. Cyril Davies was dead, Alexis Korner was employed as MD on a children's TV show, and the legion of young acolytes the two men had inspired had drifted away from the blues and into mainstream pop stardom. The more "purist" individuals were out in the cold: Brian Jones was marginalized in the Stones by the emergence of the Jagger/Richards songwriting team, while Eric Clapton had stormed out of the most blues wailing Yardbirds in protest at their recording of winsome pop ditty 'For Your Love'. But things were about to change. In April 1966, club band John Mayall's Blues Breakers - prominently featuring a still-simmering Clapton - recorded their debut studio album with the aid of producer Mike Vernon. Released in July, the LP was a huge, entirely unexpected success, reaching the UK Top Ten and remaining in the charts for an impressive 17 weeks. Suddenly, an astonishing number of virtuoso young British (and Irish) blues guitarists, all of whom rejected the trappings of pop success as fervently as the young Eric, were inspired to form their own bands. In the wake of Clapton, his Yardbirds replacement Jeff Beck and Peter Green (Eric's replacement in Mayall's band after he'd split to form Cream) came the likes of Kim Simmonds, Jeremy Spencer, Stan Webb, Paul Kossoff, Alvin Lee, Clem Clempson, Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore and Mick Ronson. Within a year or two of Mayall's unexpected breakthroughs, the second wave of the British blues boom was in full, glorious bloom. Featuring all of the above names, Crawling Up A Hill chronicles the development of the British blues scene during that relatively brief but halcyon period, covering both the electric blues bands (Mayall's Blues Breakers, Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, Ten Years After etc) and the acoustic country blues acts (Jo-Ann Kelly, Mike Cooper, Ian A. Anderson and others). In addition, we feature a number of more obscure bands from the era, including Levee Camp Moan (responsible for two of the most feverishly collected albums of the era), pre-Faces outfit Quiet Melon and The Zany Woodruff Operation, now receiving their first-ever public exposure. (Amazon)

Crawling Up A Hill is a fascinating document of a genre that, though relatively short-lived, would have a seismic influence on the subsequent development of rock music.






Track lists


01 John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton All Your Love 3:36

02 Zany Woodruff Operation Crawling Up a Hill 2:05

03 Anderson Jones Jackson Louise 5:13

04 Graham Bond Organisation I Love You 2:55

05 Yardbirds I'm a Man (live) 6:41

06 Spencer Davis Group Don't Want You No More 3:11

07 Ten Years After I Can't Keep from Crying, Sometimes 5:25

08 Duster Bennett Jumping at Shadows (demo version) 4:10

09 Deviants Charlie 3:53

10 Jeff Beck You Shook Me 2:30

11 Jo-Ann Kelly Ain't Nothin' in Ramblin' 3:15

12 Fleetwood Mac Love That Burns 5:05

13 Love Sculpture Wang Dang Doodle 3:32

14 Alexis Korner Operator (feat. Robert Plant) 4:41

15 Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band Can Blue Men Sing the Whites 2:47

16 Dr. K's Blues Band Walking 3:24

17 Shakey Vick Little Woman You're So Sweet 5:56

18 Climax Chicago Blues Band A Stranger in Your Town 4:16

19 Downliners Sect Lord of the Rings 3:42


01 Free Sweet Tooth 4:56

02 Mike Cooper Death Letter 3:15

03 Taste Blister on the Moon 3:27

04 Levee Camp Moan I Just Can't Keep from Crying 3:52

05 Sam Apple Pie Sometime Girl 4:01

06 John Dummer Blues Band Skin Game (alternative version) 3:52

07 Quiet Melon Diamond Joe 3:48

08 Killing Floor Nobody by My Side 4:53

09 Blodwyn Pig Dear Jill (live) 4:57

10 Icarus There's an Easy and a Hard Way of Living 3:42

11 Chicken Shack Tears in the Wind 2:42

12 Bakerloo Bring It on Home 4:19

13 Jaklin The Same for You 3:11

14 Frozen Tear Train Comes, Train Goes 3:14

15 The Rats Telephone Blues (aka Talk to Me Baby) 4:08

16 Angel Pavement Madison Blues 2:37

17 Christine Perfect It's You I Miss 3:48

18 Medicine Head This Love of Old 3:14

19 Jasper Baby Please Don't Go 7:25


01 Liverpool Scene I've Got Those Fleetwood Mac Chicken Shack John Mayall Can't Fail Blues 5:39

02 Brunning Sunflower Blues Band Ride with Your Daddy Tonight (feat. Peter Green) 3:30

03 Red Dirt Time to Move 3:21

04 Savoy Brown A Hard Way to Go (live) 2:27

05 Jeremy Spencer Mean Blues 4:10

06 Black Cat Bones Chauffeur 5:18

07 Siren Gardener Man 3:33

08 Blue Blood Dupree Blues 4:34

09 Steamhammer Passing Through 5:21

10 Stone the Crows Raining in Your Heart 5:08

11 Edgar Broughton Band Old Gopher 3:52

12 Stack Waddy Roadrunner 3:27

13 Heavy Jelly Take Me Down to the Water 7:33

14 Skid Row The Man Who Never Was 2:32

15 Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts Take Your Money 2:37

16 Mungo Jerry The Sun Is Shining 3:41

17 Linda Hoyle Backlash Blues 5:53

18 Status Quo Railroad 5:33



Tuesday, April 27, 2021

VA - New Moon's In The Sky (The British Progressive Pop Sounds Of 1970) [2019] (3 x CD's)



VA - New Moon's In The Sky (The British Progressive Pop Sounds Of 1970) [2019] (3 x CD's)

Like the late 60's that had just come to a shuddering close, 1970 was a confusing time for music in the U.K. (and everywhere else too). Psychedelia was fading out, bubblegum was on its last bounce, prog was getting fired up, and bands were getting heavier, moving to the country, and searching for mellow vibes. An expansive overview of the year would make for some very eclectic listening; the Grapefruit label chose to narrow the scope down just a bit on their three-disc collection New Moon's in the Sky: The British Progressive Pop Sounds of 1970. The bands they chose were operating on the fringes of the pop scene; some of them were old hands like Honeybus, the Marmalade, and the Hollies, some were superstars caught on the rise (the Sweet), and the large majority of them were lost to the sands of time. Check names like Rusty Harness, Hard Meat, Ancient Grease, or She Trinity, and if you remember them, you were probably a member. Some of these obscure groups provide highlights: Stray's "Around the World in Eighty Days" is rambling, post-Byrds psych-pop; the Seychelles' "I Will Be There" is a fun mashup of swinging '60s pop and easy listening vocal harmonies; Affinity's tender Brit-folk ballad "United States of Mind" is one of the few songs with a female vocalist; Bachdenkel deliver an amazing proto-metal fantasy rocker with some truly fiery guitar leads on "An Appointment with the Mater"; and Putney Bridge come through with a grown-up stick of bubblegum on the singsong "What's It All About." Along with these lost gems are fun songs by bands on the cusp of prog but not quite there yet (Barclay James Harvest's rollicking "Good Love Child"), settling into their denim-clad role in life (Status Quo's "Shy Fly"), dipping into metal by way of some evil psych-blues (UFO's "Treacle People"), or getting ready to launch into space (Hawkwind's folky "Hurry on Sundown"). Overall, the songs chosen for the set show that there was a healthy bit of experimentation and freedom in the air and everyone here took a deep breath. If a band wanted to make music that sounded like an elevator ride to the moon soundtracked by the Beach Boys -- Harmony Grass' "I've Seen to Dream" -- they went for it. If they thought slapping some unhinged Syd Barrett-style guitar freak-out on a grooving country-rocker worked -- Kevin Ayers & the Whole World's "Singing a Song in the Morning" -- they let it rip. It makes for an extremely fun collection of musical weirdness that's tied together by a strong pop sensibility. No matter how weird the song, these groups still thought they had a chance at a hit. Of course, there are no hits here, but the collection itself is a smash. A few decades too late for the bands, yet just in time for lovers of oddball pop, off-kilter productions, and stylistic leaps of faith. (AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra)

To be honest, they had me when I saw the third and final disc concludes with Bill Oddie's immaculate reworking of "On Ilkla' Moor Baht' At" in the style of Joe Cocker's "WIth A Little Help From My Friends", which I hadn't heard since the much-missed "Walters' Weekly" was on Radio 1 in the early 80's. 






Track lists


01 Procol Harum Piggy Pig Pig 4:45

02 Barclay James Harvest Good Love Child 5:08

03 Five Day Rain Good Year 4:02

04 Hawkwind Hurry On Sundown 4:57

05 Stray Around The World In Eighty Days 3:38

06 Humblebums All The Best People Do It 3:02

07 Magna Carta Give Me No Goodbye 3:09

08 Cressida Winter Is Coming Again 4:44

09 Tim Andrews Tiny Goddess 2:38

10 Angel Pavement Jennifer 2:19

11 Harmony Grass I've Seen To Dream 3:15

12 Penny Arcade Two Of Us 3:09

13 River California Here I Come 3:20

14 Canticle My Mind's Eye 2:18

15 Plastic Penny Celebrity Ball 2:41

16 Patto Time To Die 2:58

17 Sweet Mr. McGallagher 2:44

18 Seychelles I Will Be There 2:44

19 Good Vibrations Call Me Lightning 2:20

20 Tremeloes Me And My Life 3:09

21 Kevin Ayers & The Whole Wide World Singing A Song In The Morning 2:54

22 Flying Machine The Flying Machine 2:39

23 Love Sculpture In The Land Of The Few (single version) 3:22

24 She Trinity Climb That Tree 3:38


01 Marmalade Kaleidoscope 4:07

02 Honeybus Under the Silent Tree 4:01

03 Putney Bridge What's it All About 3:15

04 Jawbone Across the Universe 3:47

05 Atomic Rooster Devil's Answer (Demo Version) 4:01

06 Fox Lovely Day 3:27

07 Blonde on Blonde Castles in the Sky 3:27

08 Curved Air Blind Man 3:32

09 Meic Stevens Rowena 3:08

10 Lifeblud Bridge 2:24

11 Rusty Harness Goodbye 2:56

12 Ancient Grease Time to Die 4:05

13 Ufo Treacle People 3:24

14 Smoke Playing With Magic 3:04

15 Others Mr. Dieingly Sad 2:41

16 David and David In the City 3:13

17 Steamhammer Levinia 3:21

18 Fickle Pickle Sam and Sadie 2:16

19 Regime Mr. and Mrs. Franklin 2:04

20 Hollies Mad Professor Blyth 2:17

21 Yellow Taxi Anna Laura Lee 2:27

22 Paper Bubble Mother, Mother, Mother 3:05

23 Andromeda Step This Way 4:02

24 Fut Have You Heard the Word 4:31


01 Warhorse St. Louis 3:50

02 Bachdenkel An Appointment With the Master 5:17

03 Status Quo Shy Fly 3:48

04 Andrew Bown Tarot 2:25

05 Octopus Thief 3:36

06 Affinity United States of Mind 2:45

07 Doctor Father Umbopo 5:32

08 This Side Up Together in the Night 3:01

09 Gods He's Growing 2:28

10 Hard Meat Through a Window 4:00

11 Iron Maiden Ned Kelly 3:11

12 Move What 6:42

13 Sheridan Lightning Never Strikes 2:39

14 Flashman Hard Selling Woman 2:30

15 Airbus Alias Oliver Dream 2:54

16 Killing Floor Soon There Will Be Everything 3:52

17 Love Street Rock and Roll Woman 2:53

18 Savwinkle and Turnerhopper Your Mother Thinks I'm a Hoodlum 3:18

19 Fire Flies Like a Bird (Single Version) 3:58

20 Danny McCulloch Colour of the Sunset 2:41

21 Ghost Indian Maid 4:23

22 Bill Oddie On Ilkla Moor Bah'at 3:55



Monday, April 26, 2021

VA - Amazing Early 60's Box Set [2013] (3 x CD's)



VA - Amazing Early 60's Box Set [2013] (3 x CD's)

Do you remember what it felt like to be a teenager in the early 1960's? It was a wildly exciting time because everything seemed so new, especially the terrific music I heard on the radio and at the record shop. The music, like my life, was exuberant and positive. For me, the only thing that mattered was, did I like it? Did I feel it? And when I did, I wanted to hear it over and over, sometimes hundreds of times.  Rock and roll was young and innocent like I was, but it was going through its adolescence too. In a mere year or two the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and dozens of other British stars would change the feel of music forever. Yes, the early 60's was my favorite period in pop music.

As America transitioned from the Eisenhower era to the world of Camelot, artists such as Gene Pitney, Brian Hyland, Brenda Lee and Jay & The Americans were just getting started! Chart mainstays like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin and Paul Anka were riding high, and newcomers like Tony Orlando and Glen Campbell launched chart careers that would ultimately transcend the decade and extend well into the 1970s.  Sue Thompson, Anita Bryant, Bobby Rydell and Johnny Tillotson were at their hit-making zenith while stars like Pat Boone and Steve Lawrence made swan-song appearances. It was a fascinating period of diverse rock, pop, R&B, country and folk hits, and even some crazy novelties, all on the charts together. Sit back, strap in and get ready to enjoy a nearly 4-hour musical ride that can only be called "AMAZING!"

Why "amazing," you ask? First, this imported box of three CDs truly contains the most interesting songs you're ever likely to hear in such a set. Because we're collectors, we created everything in this box for other collectors. Even though 80 of the 88 songs here were Top 40 hits, most of them aren't the obvious tracks you'll find on other such collections. And because collectors appreciate top sound quality, we assigned two of the best sound engineers anywhere to the project. They worked for months, paying close attention to all the details that matter: the best possible sources and EQ, correct fades and speed. Every song was compared to the original vinyl single to give you ONLY the original 45-rpm hit single versions in every case.   Best of all, there are 25 CD debuts here, including significant new stereo debuts on nearly a dozen great songs like ''Town Without Pity,'' ''Venus In Blue Jeans,'' ''Let The Little Girl Dance'' and ''Sealed With A Kiss,'' just to mention a few. We even included a few important mono debuts. Just try not to drool when reviewing all these in the song list below!  In short, no expense has been spared, no detail overlooked, to bring you, the collector, the most AMAZING sound experience you'll ever hear from the great music of this seminal period in popular music. (Eric Records)




Track lists


01 Sam Cooke Wonderful World 2:07

02 Billy Bland Let the Little Girl Dance 2:20

03 Ray Charles Georgia on My Mind 3:39

04 Annette O Dio Mio 2:49

05 Bobby Rydell Volare 2:35

06 Wanda Jackson Let's Have a Party 2:11

07 Jimmy Jones Handy Man 2:04

08 Jimmy Jones Good Timin' 2:03

09 Paul Anka Puppy Love 2:43

10 Anita Bryant Paper Roses 2:53

11 Walter Brennan Dutchman's Gold 3:25

12 Walter Brennan Mama Sang a Song 2:54

13 Bob Beckham Crazy Arms 2:25

14 Jeanne Black He'll Have to Stay 2:42

15 Paul Evans Happy-Go-Lucky-Me 1:55

16 Hank Ballard & the Midnighters Finger Poppin' Time 2:36

17 Hank Ballard & the Midnighters Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go 2:26

18 Dinah Washington & Brook Benton A Rockin' Good Way 2:22

19 Dante & the Evergreens Alley-Oop 2:55

20 Fendermen Mule Skinner Blues 2:25

21 Jonny Bond Hot Rod Lincoln 2:46

22 Ron Holden Love You So 3:27

23 Safaris Image of a Girl 2:40

24 Anita Bryant In My Little Corner of the World 2:39

25 Anita Bryant Wonderland By Night 3:16

26 Rocco Granata Marina 2:38

27 Annette Pineapple Princess 2:25

28 Ray Peterson Corina, Corina 2:41

29 Buzz Clifford Baby Sittin' Boogie 2:05


01 Gene Pitney Town Without Pity 2:54

02 Sue Thompson Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) 3:15

03 Steve Lawrence Portrait of My Love 2:51

04 Clarence Henry You Always Hurt the One You Love 2:29

05 Charlie Drake My Boomerang Won't Come Back 2:44

06 Paul Anka The Story of My Love 2:28

07 Etta James At Last 3:01

08 Etta James I Just Want to Make Love to You 3:07

09 Ray Charles Unchain My Heart 2:53

10 Roy Hamilton You Can Have Her 2:46

11 Ben E King Stand By Me 2:55

12 Tony Orlando Halfway to Paradise 2:39

13 Tony Orlando Bless You 2:18

14 Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again 2:18

15 Dovells Bristol Stomp 2:21

16 Sensations Let Me In 3:04

17 Dick & Dee Dee The Mountain's High 2:15

18 Gene McDaniels Tower of Strength 2:18

19 Adam Wade As If I Didn't Know 2:59

20 Connie Francis Together 2:55

21 Ann-Margret I Just Don't Understand 2:39

22 Paul Anka Dance on Little Girl 2:20

23 Aki Aleong Trade Winds, Trade Winds 2:57

24 Highwaymen Michael 2:46

25 Glen Campbell Turn Around, Look at Me 2:36

26 Jimmy Elledge Funny How Time Slips Away 2:50

27 Eddie Hodges I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door 2:05

28 Pat Boone Speedy Gonzales 2:33

29 Lonnie Donnegan Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor 2:30


01 Steve Lawrence Go Away Little Girl 2:10

02 Eydie Gorme Blame it on the Bossa Nova 2:30

03 Majors A Wonderful Dream 2:02

04 Ray Charles I Can't Stop Loving You 2:36

05 Jimmy Clanton Venus in Blue Jeans 2:23

06 Brian Hyland Sealed With a Kiss 2:39

07 Brian Hyland Ginny Come Lately 2:52

08 Jay & the Americans She Cried 2:36

09 Cascades Rhythm of the Rain 2:32

10 Toni Fisher West of the Wall 2:33

11 Ernie Maresca Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) 2:15

12 Chris Montez Let's Dance 2:24

13 Contours Do You Love Me 2:53

14 Sam Cooke Bring it on Home to Me 2:34

15 Bertha Tillman Oh My Angel 2:21

16 Earls Remember Then 2:09

17 Johnny Tillotson It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin' 2:49

18 Brenda Lee It Started All Over Again 2:25

19 Jerry Wallace Stutters and Boards 2:55

20 Bobby Darin Things 2:35

21 Richard Chamberlain Love Me Tender 2:22

22 Richard Chamberlain All I Have to Do is Dream 2:30

23 Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah 2:51

24 Crystals He's Sure the Boy I Love 2:44

25 Timi Yuro What's a Matter Baby 2:39

26 Arthur Alexander Anna (Go to Him) 2:50

27 Jack Ross Cinderella 3:32

28 Matys Brothers Who Stole the Keeshka 2:00

29 Bobby (Boris) Pickett Monster Mash 3:04

30 Robert Mitchum The Ballad of Thunder Road 2:32



Sunday, April 25, 2021

VA - Up In Lights, Great DEBUT Singles Vol. 02 ( A Butterboy Compilation) (4 x CD's)


VA - Up In Lights, Great DEBUT Singles Vol. 02 ( A Butterboy Compilation) (4 x CD's)

First impressions are so important, back in the old days, bands used to release things called "albums", which were often introduced by items known as "singles". As a buyer, the idea was you listened to the radio and heard a song you liked, then physically went to the record store and bought the single. If you really enjoyed the single – and could afford it – you then went and bought the whole album. I guess people do still buy albums, but that single? You hear it on a Spotify playlist and, if you could be bothered, you look up the artist. Old man warning: Things were better in the old days. (

The medium may change from analog to digital, but there’s always something magical about a great single, a record that can change your life in four minutes or less, and there’s a special knack to coming up with a classic your first time out of the gate. Even the most brilliant artists haven’t always managed that and there are a few world-class bands who had an underwhelming single or two before their big breakthrough. Still, there are quite a few artists who claimed their territory with the first notes of their first single, and below are the greatest debut 45 records. A few were great one-offs, but most were the start of a long career. (

A great debut single is the opening line in a conversation you never want to end, and hearing a band or artist get it right on their first try is one of the greatest thrills in music. (Rolling stone)






Track lists


89 Blondie X Offender 3:12

90 Damned New Rose 2:42

91 Boston More Than a Feeling 4:45

92 Chic Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) 3:45

93 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Breakdown 2:42

94 Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill 4:25

95 Elvis Costello Less Than Zero 3:18

96 Clash White Riot 1:59

97 Jam In the City 2:20

98 Cure Killing an Arab 2:22

99 X-Ray Spex Oh Bondage Up Yours! 2:48

100 Prince Soft and Wet 3:02

101 Toto Hold the Line 3:57

102 Mark Knopfler Sultans of Swing 5:48

103 Kate Bush Wuthering Heights 4:29

104 Joe Jackson Is She Really Going Out With Him 3:35

105 Cars Just What I Needed 3:44

106 Cold Chisel Khe Sanh 4:11

107 Bauhaus Bela Lugosi is Dead 9:37

108 Pylon Cool 3:21

109 Gang of Four Damaged Goods 3:26

110 Undertones Teenage Kicks 2:26


111 Raincoats Fairytale in the Supermarket 2:59

112 Knack My Sharona 4:53

113 B-52's Rock Lobster 4:54

114 Joy Division Transmission 3:35

115 Church She Never Said 3:17

116 Go Go's We Got the Beat (Stiff Single Version) 2:11

117 New Order Ceremony 4:37

118 Duran Duran Planet Earth 3:54

119 R.E.M. Radio Free Europe 4:06

120 Replacements I'm in Trouble 2:11

121 Stevie Nicks Stop Draggin' My Heart Around 4:02

122 Phil Collins In the Air Tonight 5:35

123 Inxs Simple Simon 2:34

124 Yazoo Only You 3:14

125 Violent Femmes Gone Daddy Gone 3:05

126 Smiths Hand in Glove 3:25

127 Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax 3:56

128 Pet Shop Boys West End Girls 4:46

129 Sade Your Love is King 3:40

130 A-Ha Take on Me 3:49

131 Dinosaur Jr. Repulsion 3:06

132 Noiseworks No Lies 3:54


133 World Party Ship of Fools 4:29

134 Texas I Don't Want a Lover 5:01

135 Tracy Chapman Fast Car 4:56

136 Traveling Wilburys Handle With Care 3:19

137 Smashing Pumpkins I Am One 4:06

138 Charlatans (Uk) Indian Rope 4:33

139 Blur She's So High 4:46

140 Pearl Jam Alive 5:38

141 Suede The Drowners 3:44

142 Radiohead Creep 3:55

143 Rage Against the Machine Killing in the Name 5:14

144 Counting Crows Mr. Jones 4:33

145 Elastica Stutter 2:22

146 Archers of Loaf Web in Front 2:06

147 Weezer Undone, the Sweater Song 5:05

148 Oasis Supersonic 4:43

149 Supergrass Caught By the Fuzz 2:16

150 Foo Fighters This is a Call 3:53

151 D'angelo Brown Sugar 4:22

152 Erykah Badu On & On 3:46

153 Fiona Apple Shadowboxer 5:24

154 Embrace All You Good Good People 4:38


155 Stereophonics Local Boy in the Photograph 3:22

156 Seahorses Love is the Law 3:44

157 Air Sexy Boy 4:59

158 Dido Here With Me 4:14

159 Interpol Pda 4:58

160 Alicia Keys Fallin' 3:30

161 Gorillaz Clint Eastwood 5:42

162 Libertines What a Waster 2:58

163 Lcd Soundsystem Losing My Edge 9:09

164 Franz Ferdinand Darts of Pleasure 2:59

165 Killers Mr. Brightside 3:42

166 Kaiser Chiefs Oh My God 3:37

167 Editors Bullets 3:11

168 Arctic Monkeys I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor 2:54

169 Gnarls Barkley Crazy 3:00

170 Duffy Rockferry 4:13

171 Bon Iver Skinny Love 3:51

172 Xx Crystalised 3:22

173 Mumford & Sons Little Lion Man 4:07

174 Frank Ocean Novacane 4:59

175 Weeknd Wicked Games 5:24

176 Alabama Shakes Hold On 3:48



Saturday, April 24, 2021

Grateful Dead - Long Strange Trip (Soundtrack) [2017] (2 x CD's)



Grateful Dead - Long Strange Trip (Soundtrack) [2017] (2 x CD's)

Stunning. Great recording of mostly live Dead tracks throughout their history.  I am totally captivated by this recording, or rather obsessed, in a way that only a handful of records have impacted me throughout my life. Now that I have been exposed, I am racing through the rest of their back catalog, to find what else I may have been missing. I have found plenty else that I love there, for sure, but I keep coming back to this three CD set, so many of these songs and these versions seem to be unsurpassed, and I am in bliss listening to it.  (Amazon)

 Amir Bar-Lev's winding, thorough Grateful Dead documentary is naturally titled Long Strange Trip, really, what else could it have been called?  - and it's only appropriate that its accompanying soundtrack also follows a twisting road. The album tells a familiar tale, sometimes with familiar material, but it doesn't quite proceed in a predictable fashion. Like the film, the Long Strange Trip soundtrack skips entire portions of the Dead's history because it focuses on the bigger picture. Some eras are soft-peddled and some classic songs are missing but by threading in studio cuts with the live tracks, this gives a good idea of everything the Grateful Dead did and why they matter. Which isn't to say that Long Strange Trip is definitive -- any collection lacking "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," and "Casey Jones" can't be called definitive -- but it does wind up as an excellent introduction to the Dead's eccentric charms, illustrating not just their instinct for exploration (with its heavy dose of '70s live material, the first disc offers ample proof of this) but also how they could groove on-stage (the cuts from the legendary Cornell concert from 1977). Then, it also proves that beyond those improvisations, the Dead have a strong song catalog that withstands all their revisions -- and the sometimes indifferent studio productions, none of which can be heard here  and the fact that this soundtrack shows both sides of the Grateful Dead makes it valuable indeed. (AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

This is the 2 CD Version



Track list


01 Death Don't Have No Mercy (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, Ca 2-27-69) 10:31

02 St. Stephen (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, Ca 2-27-69) 6:41

03 Uncle John's Band 4:46

04 Dark Star (Live at the Fillmore East, New York, Ny 2-14-70) 23:51

05 Easy Wind 5:01

06 Candyman 6:16

07 China Cat Sunflower (Live at Chateau D' Herouvile, Herovuville, France 6-21-71) 5:09

08 I Know You Rider (Live at Chateau D' Herouville, Herovuville, France 6-2-171) 5:54

09 Morning Dew (Live at the Lyceum Theatre, London, England 5-26-72) 11:43


10 He's Gone (Live in Veneta, Or, 8-27-72) 8:52

11 The Music Never Stopped (Live at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, Ca 8-13-75) 5:32

12 Scarlet Begonias (Live at Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, Ny 5-8-77) 9:53

13 Fire on the Mountain (Live at Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, Ny 5-8-77) 15:09

14 Althea (Live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Ny 5-16-80) 8:32

15 Touch of Grey (Live at Marin Veterans Auditorium, San Rafael, Ca 16-13-87) 5:51

16 Dear Mr. Fantasy (Live at Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, Ma 7-2-89) 7:06

17 Hey Jude (Live at Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, Ma 7-2-89) 3:59

18 Ripple 4:09

19 Brokedown Palace 4:06