I thought it might be fun to share my dozen favorite finds of the past month or so.
1. The Real Don Steele, 93 KHJ - Los Angeles, 1966. Maybe I'm cheating a bit but it's not all 45's all the time around here. With no clear cut #1 record, this fills the bill quite nicely. Besides, I've spent more time listening to this trio of 1966 airchecks from the height of Boss Radio than anything else over the past month. KHJ sounded tremendous at this time and The Real Don Steele was their absolute best. A few musical surprises even pop up, like The Stones' version of "Fortune Teller", "Falling Sugar" by The Palace Guard and Love's "My Little Red Book". Boss indeed.
2. The Denims - The Adler Sock (Part 1)/(Part 2) (no label name) Garage band rocks their way to stardom promoting socks for a Cincinnati company. Both sides are great but part 2 wins out because that's where the cool guitar break comes in.
3. Mitch Ryder - I'd Rather Go To Jail (New Voice) Went to a flea market this past weekend and found a few of Mitch's later 45's with the Detroit Wheels and a couple of early solo things. Here's the pick of the litter, an absolute cooker. You can tell the fun's about to end though. This wasn't even the a-side of the 45.
4. The Roller Coasters - Wild Twist (Holiday Inn) Rockin' sax and organ driven 1962 instro with some really good guitar that also saw a release on Del-Fi. Not sure which release came first. Anyone?
5. The British Walkers - Shake (Cameo) Garaged up version of the Sam Cooke classic, complete with fuzzed out guitar break.
6. The Show Stoppers - Ain't Nothin' But A House Party/What Can A Man Do?? (Showtime) Here's one that I like better every time I hear it. Great soul, dance tune from 1968 backed with an equally great song.
7. Paul Revere & the Raiders - Over You/Swim (Columbia) Almost clicked my heals together when I spotted this one. From just before they made it big and thus a bit tougher to track down than most of their Columbia singles. And it's flipped with a cool instrumental.
8. Pilot - Magic (EMI) A huge hit in the States, circa the spring of '75, I just now picked up a copy of the 45. I loved it when I was 10 and I love it now. This is just great power pop.
9. Robert Parker - All Nite Long (Part 1)/(Part 2) (Ron) Nice early single for Mr. Barefootin'. Part 1 is totally instrumental while Parker gets off a few lines in part 2.
10. Clarence Carter - Funky Fever (Atlantic) Tremendous, uptempo, soul dancer tucked away on the flipside of his hit, "Slip Away".
11. Bob Kuban & the In-Men - The Pretzel/Pretzel Party (Musicland U.S.A.) Finally scored a couple of Bob Kuban singles on a trip to St. Louis. Not sure which song was the intended a-side here but does it really matter? I'm sure the kids who were dancing to these back in the middle 1960's didn't care.
12. Rene Hall's Orchestra - Twitchy/Flippin' (Specialty) A cheap eBay purchase based on the label and song titles. And it doesn't disappoint. "Twitchy" is one of the coolest 50's instros ever. And the flip holds its own too.