Carl Douglas – Stampeding the Mod Scene

Friday, 11 July 2014, 19:40 | Category : Articles
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Forty years ago this summer, Pye Records issued Carl Douglas’s disco anthem “Kung Fu Fighting” to an unsuspecting public. Shipped just as the chopsocky film craze was taking hold, the Jamaican singer’s best known recording initially struggled for airplay. However, by the tail end of 1974, the single had stormed to the top of the UK and US charts, eventually selling over 11 million copies worldwide. 

To mark the 40th anniversary of his global chart topper, Carl Douglas is preparing a new CD, for release this September, his first collection of new material since 2008’s Return of the Fighter, which includes a re-recording of “Kung Fu Fighting”. 

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The long awaited release follows hot on the heels of a superb new compilation LP from revered collectors’ label Acid Jazz, issued on 30 June. Pulling together much of Carl Douglas’s recorded work during the mid-late 1960s, including a number of previously unreleased tracks, the album finally throws a light on the singer’s little known, formative years. 

Nick Warburton concludes the story of Carl Douglas’s rise to fame:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/carl-douglas-stampeding-the-mod-scene-part-3

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Jack Ellister In Session

Psych wizard Jack Ellister joins host Jason Barnard in the studio to present the second Strange Brew Session with exclusive material and tracks that shaped his career.

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1. Jack Ellister – Awake (Strange Brew Exclusive, 2014)
2. Tomorrow – My White Bicycle (Single A-side, Parlophone, 1967)
3. The Hollies – Bus Stop (Single A-side, Parlophone, 1966)
4. Jimi Hendrix – 3rd Stone From The Sun (Are You Experienced, Track 1967)
5. Pink Floyd – Astronomy Domine (Piper At The Gates of Dawn, EMI Columbia, 1967)
6. Yordan Orchestra – Kapt’n Flug HansIG (Psych Introduxeon: Bringing Ingredients Together, Megatier Productions, 2009)
7. The Beatles – Flying (Magical Mystery Tour EP, Parlophone, 1967)
8. Jack Ellister – The Man With The Biochopper (Single A-side, Fruits de Mer, 2012)
9. Leonard Cohen – Winter Lady (Songs of Leonard Cohen, Columbia, 1967)
10. The Monkees – Porpoise Song (Theme from Head) (Single A-side, Colgems (US), 1968)
11. Jack Ellister – Gifting (by Prince Rama) (Strange Brew Exclusive, live at Fitzherberts, Brighton, 24 April 2014)
12. Can – Paperhouse (Tago Mago, United Artists, 1971)
13. David Bowie – Five Years (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, RCA, 1972)
14. The Rolling Stones – Star Star (Goats Head Soup, Rolling Stones, 1973)
15. Frank Zappa – Catholic Girls (Joe’s Garage Act I, Zappa Records, 1979)
16. Jack Ellister – Hey Cowboy (unreleased – Strange Brew Exclusive, 2014)

With Jack’s Fruits De Mer releases catching the attention of Shindig!, NME, BBC6 Music’s Stuart Maconie and BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe be sure to listen in for vibrant and diverse music mix.

Allan Clarke – Would You Believe?

Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 19:24 | Category : Hollies
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As the lead singer of one of the greatest bands of all time, The Hollies, Allan Clarke sang and, in many cases,  wrote the songs that defined the sixties and seventies. However, he also carved out a critically acclaimed solo career and his new ‘Sideshow’ solo collection repackages many of those great recordings.

Allan Clarke Sideshow

It’s clear that to fully appreciate the breadth of his work that you need to delve much deeper than The Hollies hits alone.  To do so, Jason Barnard is afforded the rare honour of an extensive career spanning interview with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer:

Do also check out our new Hollies – Allan Clarke microsite with all three Hollies-Allan Clarke podcasts as well as Allan’s interview:

Thomas Edisun’s Electric Light Bulb Band – The Red Day Album – Vinyl

Monday, 16 June 2014, 19:45 | Category : News
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By Jason Barnard

Earlier this year I heard one of the great long lost recordings of the sixties - Thomas Edisun’s Electric Light Bulb Band – The Red Day Album. It now sees a vinyl release on rather splendid Guerssen label who originally discovered it.

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The recordings for ‘The Red Day Album’ were recorded over one weekend just after the release of The Beatles masterpiece in June 67. From Louisiana and led by star teen songwriter Richard Orange, Thomas Edisun’s Electric Light Bulb Band made ripples in their home state and sneaked out a single.

However, the album was never released, the tapes were stored away and the band broke up with some of their members forming cult power- pop band Zuider Zee.

 

The Guerssen vinyl Package, contains both the 17 song LP on 12″ inch, 180 gm vinyl, plus the 7″ inch first single By “Thomas Edisun”, No One’s Been Here for Weeks” bw/ “Common Attitude”, and includes a full colour collage insert of never before seen photos of the band.

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Further information at:

http://www.guerssen.com/catalogue.php?ide=14528

Carl Douglas – Stampeding the Mod Scene – Part 1

Monday, 9 June 2014, 19:54 | Category : Articles
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Forty years ago this summer, Pye Records issued Carl Douglas’s disco anthem “Kung Fu Fighting” to an unsuspecting public. Shipped just as the chopsocky film craze was taking hold, the Jamaican singer’s best known recording initially struggled for airplay. However, by the tail end of 1974, the single had stormed to the top of the UK and US charts, eventually selling over 11 million copies worldwide.

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To mark the 40th anniversary of his global chart topper, Carl Douglas is preparing a new CD, for release this September, his first collection of new material since 2008’s Return of the Fighter, which includes a re-recording of “Kung Fu Fighting”.

The long awaited release follows hot on the heels of a superb new compilation LP from revered collectors’ label Acid Jazz, issued on 30 June. Pulling together much of Carl Douglas’s recorded work during the mid-late 1960s, including a number of previously unreleased tracks, the album finally throws a light on the singer’s little known, formative years.  

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Indeed, between 1966 and 1968, Carl Douglas led a succession of promising London soul outfits, starting with The Charmers and culminating with The Big Stampede. 

During these golden years, the future star of “Ku Fu Fighting” fame released a cache of memorable singles, most notably the mod/dance floor classic, “Crazy Feeling”, recorded with the cream of London’s session players, and originally released in August 1966. Nick Warburton looks back:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/carl-douglas-stampeding-the-mod-scene-part-1

Hi Fiction Science – Curious Yellow

Saturday, 7 June 2014, 12:51 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard 

With an arresting front cover Hi Fiction Science’s second album ‘Curious Yellow’ instantly intrigues but nonetheless its contents take much longer to digest revealing hidden pleasures. 

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Like my favourite artists, Hi Fiction Science, draw from elements from the past (krautrock, psych, electronic) but create new, vibrant sounds to move the music on. We should have more acts like this today, neither retro nor middle of the road, crafting excellent cutting edge rock music. 

Rewarding repeated spins, the vocals of Maria Charles are frequently mixed as part of the group’s guitar electronica washing around the listener with first track, ‘Digitalis’, a case in point. If you’re interested also try seventh track (and over seven minutes long), the exquisitely sung and played ‘1000 Years’.

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However I don’t want to give a track by track run down as Curious Yellow artistically works best as a whole; a whole that rewards patience and thought to feed the creative spirit. 

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/esoteric-exd.asp?id=4646