So, how was the garage and frat scene during the 60s in the Birthplace of Rock & Roll? It often seems that after the original wave of rockers, every white boy over there chose either the country path or joined the Stax/Muscle Shoals R&B/soul family. Though a few punk songs from that area had appeared here and there, the first volume of this series took the first step to helping us discover the Memphis British-Invasion-fed youngsters from the 60s (along with the companion book that came out around the same time). This second CD mixes the garage vibe and the local influences. It opens with what is probably the most beloved Memphis 60s punk side, the Breakers' "Don't Send Me No Flowers," a true killer fuzz version of this song, also recorded by the What-Knots and the Gentrys among others. The other ace punker included is Los Angeles Smog Division's "Blue Green", an unissued track on a heavier trip ? la Steppenwolf, with a couple of things stolen from the Pretties' "LSD." The core of this CD is made of blue-eyed-R&B, from the Diddley beat of the Ole Miss Downbeats (like the Drifters jamming with the Strangeloves) to the frat sound of Lawson & Four More (a band better known for the acid punker "Halfway Down the Stairs") or nice ballads like Ricky & the Rainbows' "Goin' Out Of My Mind" and the Merits' "Please, Please Little Girl" (with its cool moody organ). There are not many truly amazing tracks, but no stinkers either. My faves among the remaining ones are the Scepters' "Little Girls Were Made To Love" - obviously inspired by the Syndicate Of Sound's hit, with the same frat meets folk rock vibe - the Goodees' "Condition Red" which, though being from a Southern state, is pure Northern Soul in a cool Shangri-Las drama-mode, and the Honey Jug's great late 60s pop ballad "Warm City Baby." It's a shorter disc than the usual compilations issued these days, but a good selection and sound quality are what matters in the end. (review by Laurent Bigot, Ugly Things magazine).
This was requested a while ago and I've got the original rip from the Garden of Delights blog. Sadly the link is down there but I think kudos go to the blog's owner Freaky Lady. This second volume was released in 2002 (Shangri-La Projects 035) and you will find the first volume on the Garage Punk 66 site.
Tracklist: 1. Breakers - Don't Send Me No Flowers (I Ain't Dead Yet) taken from the single Don't Send Me No Flowers (I Ain't Dead Yet)/Love Of My Life (Amy 938) 1966 Personnel incl.: Gary Johns (vcls), Mike Ladd (gtr), Stu Lewis (gtr), Dick Lewis (gtr), Tom Keckler (bs), Cully Powell (keyb'ds), Eddie Tatum (drms). 2. Ole Miss Downbeats - Geraldine taken from the single Geraldine/Mr. Crump (Ardent 103) 1963 Line-up: Bobby Jones (vcls), Billy Wayne Herbert (gtr), Tommy Gray (bs), Buddy Flowers (piano), Tommy Christopher (sax), Jim Slocum (sax), Leon Deloach (trumpet), Ed Forsythe (drms). 3. Shades - Shady Lady taken from the single Shady Lady/Moonlight Sonata (Ardent 104) 1963 Line-up: Chris Hull (gtr), Craig Benson (gtr), Mike Alexander (bs), Philip Stewart (vcls, piano), Lee Wiener (drms). 4. Percussions - Your Love taken from the single Your Love/Misery And Pain (Block 201) 1966 Line-up: Sherrill Williams (gtr, vcls), Gayle Patterson (bs, vcls), Maggie Stout (keyb'ds), Don Reed (sax), Joe Stout (drms). 5. Merits - Please, Please Little Girl taken from the single Arabian Jerk/Please, Please Little Girl (Bandstand USA 1002) 1964 Line-up: Steve Little (vcls), Bill Way (vcls), Danny Clary (gtr), Johnny Reynolds (bs), Johnny Mullins (keyb'ds), John Tillman (drms). 6. Scepters - Little Girls Were Made To Love taken from the single Little Girls Were Made To Love/Love You Baby All The Time (MOC 661) 1965 Line-up: Finley Brown (vcls), Bret Basselle (vcls), Mickey Dunlap (vcls), Norman Brown (lead gtr), John Wulff (gtr), Fred Shaeffer (bs), Greg Green (organ), Charles Jolley (drms). 7. Chasers - I Need Your Loving taken from the single I Need Your Lovin'/Since You Left Me (Style 1931) 1965 Line-up: Lonnie Davidson (lead gtr), Mike Maffel (bs), Steve Cowan (sax, vcls), Jerry Houston (drms). 8. Ponees - Move It, Groove It taken from the single Move It, Groove It/Here's The Place (Scion 711) 1966 Line-up: Chuck Gordon (vcls), Dick Lewis (gtr), Fred Beaty (bs), Eugene Adams (organ), Ricky Leach (drms). 9. Tommy Burk & Noe Counts - Stormy Weather (Part 1) taken from the single Stormy Weather [Part 1]/Stormy Weather [Part 2] (Barbarian BARB-0110) 1975 Line-up: John Grear (vcls), Dan Morelock (vcls), Steve O'Keefe (vcls), Tommy Burk (lead vcls, lead gtr), Wayne Thompson (gtr), Mike Stoker (bs), Thomas Boggs (drms). 10. Ricky & The Rainbows - Going Out Of My Mind taken from the single Going Out Of My Mind/Come Back To Me (Arbet 1012) 1966 Line-up: Gary Shipley (lead vcls), Steve Edmaiston (back vcls), Dan Strahl (rhythm gtr), Bill Stancil (gtr), Tim Pappas (bs), Mike Sheffield (piano), Ricky Reeves (drms). 11. Lawson & Four More - Back For More taken from the single If You Want Me You Can Find Me/Back For More (Ardent 105) 1966 Line-up: Joe Lee (lead gtr), Bob Lawson (gtr, vcls), Joe Gaston (bs), Terry Manning (keyb'ds), Bill Donati (drms). 12. Goodees - Condition Red taken from the single Condition Red/Didn't Know Love Was So Good (Hip 8005) 1968 Line-up: Sandra Jackson (vcls), Judy Williams (vcls), Kay Evans (vcls). 13. Memphis Nomads - I Wanna Be taken from the single I Wanna Be/Don't Pass Your Judgement (Stax 243) 1968 Line-up: Finlay Brown (vcls), Steve Weaver (gtr), Bill Truitt (gtr), Bill Hall (bs), Jerry Murley (keyb'ds), Roy Yeager (drms). 14. Village Sound - Sally's Got A Good Thing taken from the single Sally's Got A Good Thing/The La La Song (Hipe 711 + Hip 8003) 1968 Line-up: Pat Taylor (vcls), Taft Lassiter (vcls), Danny Thompson (gtr), Dan Reding (bs), Greg Reding (organ, vcls), Bobby Dodds (drms). 15. Honey Jug - Warm City Baby taken from the single Warm City Baby/Honey Say So (HIP H-106) 1967 Line-up: Ron Jordan (vcls), Joe Lee (gtr), Joe Gaston (bs), Jim Dickinson (keyb'ds), Bill Donati (drms). 16. Los Angeles Smog Division - Blue Green [unreleased / 1968] Line-up: Melvin Lewis (vcls), Robert Johnson (lead gtr), Don Thornton (bs), Greg Huested (keyb'ds), John Stetz (hrmnca), Kenny Pruitt (drms).
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