Garland Jeffreys

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 20:29 | Category : Podcasts
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The music industry’s best kept secret Garland Jeffreys, gives a career spanning interview with Jason Barnard.

Garland Jeffreys

  1. Garland Jeffreys – Schoolyard Blues (14 Steps to Harlem, Luna Park, 2017)
  2. Garland Jeffreys – Wild In The Streets (Single A-side, Atlantic, 1973)
  3. Garland Jeffreys – Lon Chaney (Garland Jeffreys, Atlantic, 1973)
  4. Lou Reed – You Wear It Well (Rock and Roll Heart, 1976)
  5. Garland Jeffreys – Ghost Writer (Ghost Writer, A&M, 1977)
  6. Garland Jeffreys – Spanish Town (Ghost Writer, A&M, 1977)
  7. Garland Jeffreys – Matador (Single A-side, A&M, 1979)
  8. Garland Jeffreys – 96 Tears (Single A-side, Epic, 1981)
  9. Garland Jeffreys ‎– Hail Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll (Don’t Call Me Buckwheat, RCA, 1991)
  10. Garland Jeffreys ‎– Don’t Call Me Buckwheat (Don’t Call Me Buckwheat, RCA, 1991)
  11. Garland Jeffreys – The Contortionist (The King of In Between, Big Lake Records, 2011)
  12. Garland Jeffreys – Collide The Generations (Truth Serum, Lunar Park, 2013)
  13. Garland Jeffreys – Spanish Heart (14 Steps to Harlem, Luna Park, 2017)
  14. Garland Jeffreys – 14 Steps to Harlem (14 Steps to Harlem, Luna Park, 2017)

Hear Garland’s story through a selection of fantastic tracks from across his career. For details of his new album and tour see

The Krew – Part 2

Monday, 6 March 2017, 20:04 | Category : Articles
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By Nick Warburton

In late August 1967, The Krew split with French singer Sylvie Vartan and landed a two-week residency at the Byblos Hotel in St. Tropez, which ran from 1-15 September.

The Krew, Geneva, late 1967. Back row, left to right: Eddie Sparrow, Howie Casey, a South African organ player standing in, Archie Legget. Middle row, left to right: Ted Tunnicliffe, Iwan Roth. Front row, left to right: Barry St John (first pic with band) and Ernie Garrett Junior. (Photo courtesy of Eddie Sparrow).

Not long after, American DJ Emperor Rosko approached the musicians and offered a recording deal with the Major Minor label. With Vartan out of the picture, Howie Casey recommended his girlfriend, Scottish singer Barry St John (real name: Elizabeth Thompson) to front the band alongside Ernie Garrett Junior.

Originally from Glasgow, St John had first come to prominence with Archie Legget’s former group, The Bobby Patrick Big Six but had dropped out during the early 1960s to embark on a solo career that saw her record a string of singles for Decca and Columbia, including the UK top 50 hit, “Come Away Melinda” in 1965.

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Mark Nevin – My Unfashionable Opinion

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 14:57 | Category : Interview, Mark Nevin
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By Jason Barnard

Mark Nevin’s career will always be marked by his time as lead songwriter for Fairground Attraction and as Morrissey’s former songwriting partner. However, over the last twenty years his solo material has provided an outlet for his most personal songs such as ‘The One I Love’, ‘A Ghost Of Summer Past’, ‘The Right Place’ and ‘Beautiful Guitars’. 

Mark Nevin

His new album is no exception so Jason Barnard spoke to Mark again to uncover the stories behind My Unfashionable Opinion:

Mark Nevin – My Unfashionable Opinion

Mark and the Clouds – Cumulus

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 14:47 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

‘Cumulus’ is London based Mark & the Clouds follow-up to debut long player ‘Blue Skies Opening’. Fronted by singer/guitarist and songwriter Marco Magnani, the group’s first release had a 60s psych/90s indie feel and this release does not break a successful formula.


Some bands that cite the 60s as their prime influence overpower their recordings with production that can mask songwriting failings. Thankfully this record’s excellent production is sympathetic to its strong set of songs.

Just as reference points – opener ‘On Her Bike’ has hints of Syd Barrett and lost 90s group Octopus and ‘Hit By Lightning’ is a heady hybrid of Hawkwind and Oasis. Other shades of sound are represented in gorgeous folk rockers ‘Another Grey Morning’ and ‘I’m Stopping Here (Bombs & Guns)’. ‘Baby, You’re Just A Liar’ has a great little Suede riff and ‘Take My Sky’ echoes George Harrison.

If you even have a passing interest in this scene I recommend you give this new excellent album a listen:

*Update March 2017 – listen to Mark Waters’ latest Sounds Good show featuring Marco from Mark and the Clouds: soundsgoodmarco.mp3

Jim McCarty

Sunday, 19 February 2017, 20:09 | Category : Podcasts
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Jim McCarty, legendary Yardbirds drummer and songwriter, talks about the re-release of the lost gem of album that he made as part of Shoot, alongside music from The Yardbirds, Renaissance and much more.

Jim McCarty

  1. Shoot – The Neon Life (On The Frontier, EMI, 1973)
  2. The Yardbirds – I’m A Man (Five Live Yardbirds, Columbia, 1964)
  3. The Yardbirds – Heartful of Soul (Single A-side, Columbia, 1965)
  4. The Yardbirds – Still I’m Sad (Single B-side to Evil Hearted You, Columbia, 1965)
  5. The Yardbirds – Happenings Ten Years Time Ago (Single A-side, Columbia, 1966)
  6. The Yardbirds – Shapes Of Things (Single A-side, Columbia, 1966)
  7. Keith Relf/Jim McCarty (Together) – Shining Where The Sun Has Been (demo – 1968) (The Yardbirds ‎– Little Games Sessions & More, EMI USA, 1992)
  8. Renaissance – Wanderer (Live Fillmore West 1970, Angel Air, 2016)
  9. Shoot – Sepia Sister (On The Frontier, EMI, 1973)
  10. Shoot – On The Frontier (On The Frontier, EMI, 1973)
  11. Jane Relf (featuring Illusion) – Please Be Home (bonus track rec 1976) (Live Fillmore West 1970, Angel Air, 2016)
  12. Box Of Frogs – Back Where I Started (Box Of Frogs, Epic, 1984)
  13. Pilgrim – Dream Within A Dream (Search For The Dreamchild, New World Music, 1998)
  14. Yardbirds – Crying Out For Love (Birdland, Favored Nations, 2003)
  15. Jim McCarty – Sitting On The Top of Time (Sitting On The Top Of Time, Troubadour, 2009)

Here the stories behind the consistently superb tracks Jim has made over the past 50 years, from early Yardbirds to the present.

Five’s Company – Friends and Mirrors

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 20:48 | Category : Reviews
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By Jason Barnard

For the first time Grapefruit/Cherry Red have compiled the complete recordings from Chelsea based beat band, Five’s Company.

Five's Company

The band released three singles in 1966, Ango-Dylan hybrid ‘Sunday For Seven Days’, the jaunty 60s pop of ‘Some Girls’ and excellent Ray Davies cover – ‘Session Man’. Rejected 4th single ‘Friends and Mirrors’ is arguably the strongest with its pop-psych sitting neatly alongside ‘Session Man’, reflecting mid-60s swinging London.

After being dropped by Pye the band went their separate ways. Bassist Bob Brunning would join the nascent Fleetwood Mac and it was though Bob’s link to budget label Saga that Five’s Company were reactivated. To cash in with the times, Saga gave a swiftly reconstituted line-up the opportunity the record a psychedelic album in 1968. When ‘The Ballad of Pixie Fred’ was released the next year it was clear that it would have benefited from a lusher production but nevertheless a core of songs shine through.

‘I’m A Big Boy Now’ and ‘Now I’m 64’ wouldn’t have been out of place on Kinks and Bowie releases of the period, whilst ‘Happy To Be Here’ recalls Manfred Mann in early D’Arbo mode.

With extensive sleeve notes, rare photos and a slew of rare material it’s a great window into London beat scene. Recommended for fans of Manfred Mann, Hedgehoppers Anonymous and early Kinks.