1. The Boys – I’m not satisfied (Outrage Records – 1975)
What a way to start this comp... With the almighty Boys, who cut two 45’s on Outrage Records before signing with cult Kansas label Titan and cutting more power pop greatness. “I’m not satisfied” is the b-side to their first effort on Outrage and it’s a sublime instant classic worthy of the Who’s first tracks or the Undertones’ “Teenage kicks”. Read more about their fascinating story HERE.
2. Hollins Ferry – Surprise (s/t LP - Port City Records 1977)
Baltimore’s 70’s legends Hollins Ferry released one colourful LP in 1977 on the obscure Port city Label (which oddly also released an album by the great soulman Reuben Bell in the 80’s). You can watch a few live clips from the 70’s on youtube, including a couple of non-lp tracks.
3. Emitt Rhodes – Tame the lion (Probe 1972)
No introduction necessary ! Emitt Rhodes released this exciting anti-war single in 1972 just before his last LP.
4. Cloud – Cool Jane (Audio Fidelity – 1970)
This cool Bee Gees-esque song has already been comped on Fading Yellow but this french version is slightly different and somehow a little “wilder”.
5. The Names – Why can’t it be (Fiction - 1977)
The Names were an Illinois band who made a sole self produced single in 1977 with a cool picture sleeve. Both songs are great but we chose to include the gripping a-side.
6. April Wine – Tonight is a wonderful time to fall in love (LP “Stand Back” – Atlantic 1975)
This canadian band has recorded more than 20 albums and is still touring since its creation 45 years ago. Though they’re often dismissed as an arena hard rock band, they did a fine LP in 1975, “stand back”, which was rewarded by platinum sales. Some of the tracks there are pure 70’s magic.
7. Sweet Rolle – Squares and triangles (Lionel – 1970)
Sweet Rolle was led by the late great Ron Gardner (ex Wailers) and released this exciting unique single in 1970.
8. Cargoe – Things we dream today (Ardent Records 1973)
Originating from Tulsa Oklahoma, they moved to Memphis where they recorded the very first LP on the cult Ardent Records label. Though famous to the power pop crowd for their Who-ish “Feel alright”, their LP had a subtle country-rock flavour, as exemplified in this track.
9. Hot Knives – I hear the wind blow (K.O. Records – 1976)
This San Francisco band formed by ex-Flamin Groovies members did this fine Cyril Jordan-produced folk-rock single in 1976. The A-side is a Moby Grape cover. We strongly recommended you get Got Kinda Lost's anthology of the band HERE.
10. Barnaby Bye – She was pleased (LP “Room to grow – Atlantic 1973)
This Long Island band was formed by ex members of the Blues Magoos and the Illusion, alongside with the great Alessi Brothers who reached fame in the late 70's. They released two fine LP’s on Atlantic Records, the first of which was produced by no other than Ahmet Ertegun and includes this laidback delicacy.
11. The Flame – I’m so happy (Brother Records – 1970)
The Flame were a south african band who caught the attention of Carl Wilson in england to such an extent that he produced their self titled LP in 1970 and released it on the Beach Boys’ Brother Records label. Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar were soon to join Wilson’s band.
12. Peach & Lee – Hold on (RCA - 1973)
Peach & Lee were Arlis Peach and Larry Lee, helped by session drummer Hilly Michaels. It seems they recorded this fantastic driver at home in Lincoln Nebraska. An entire album was scheduled, but the tapes still beg for release. Arlis Peach later cut several songs for Titan Records.
13. Salem Witchcraft – Onward (Chaos Records - 1972)
Exhilarating flipside to their monster “rock’n’roll lover”, this band hailed from Detroit and released a few great organ driven 45’s on the aptly named Chaos Records.
14. Cross Country – A smile song (s/t LP – ATCO 1973)
Cross Country is a band that included ¾ of the Tokens. They recorded a sole LP in 1973 which sounds like a cross between CSN & White album era Beatles, as exemplified with this epic closing track.
15. Aviary – Puddles (s/t LP - Epic 1979)
Led by Brad Love, Aviary released a sole LP in 1979. Don’t let the hideous cover scare you away, this ELO-meets-Sparks kind of record has some very nice moments, like this “Puddles” graced by clever string arrangements.
16. Zuider Zee – You’re not thinking (s/t LP – Columbia 1975)
Louisiana band (ex Thomas Edison's Electric Light Bulb Band) who recorded a fine album of Wings-esque melodies and exuberance when they relocated in Memphis.
17. The Sidewinders – O miss Mary (s/t LP – RCA 1972)
The Sidewinders were Andy Paley’s first band, and their sole LP from 1972 is a perfect blend of stonesian r’n’b and pop refinement.
18. Vance Or Towers – Scream bloody robbery (A&M Records – 1975)
This enigmatic Long Beach band did a very nice LP of Sparks-like power pop with tinges of soft-rock. Their other claim to fame is their cameo in Brian De Palma’s “Carrie”, where they play “Education blues” at the prom. “Scream bloody robbery” was also released as a single.
19. Don Agrati – Heather Ann (LP “Homegrown” - Elektra 1973)
Better known as Don Grady, our man was a TV actor and musician who was briefly a member of Yellow Balloon. He released a gorgeous solo LP in 1973 in the Singer/songwriter vein of which we extract this superb and quite depressing ballad Don’s passing in 2012 makes even more painful.
20. Van Duren – Oh babe (London Records - 1978)
A Memphis legend, Van Duren did some great recordings in the 70’s, as a solo artist or teaming with Tommy Hoehn. He’s still active today.
Due to technical reasons, there's no sound clip available for this tribute to the greatest soul songwriter ever. Instead, listen to the soundcloud mix below and be sure to check Kent's beautiful compilation "Impressed : 24 Groups Inspired By The Impressions".
The Impressions – I can’t stay away from you
The Climates – Breaking up again
The Mad Lads – Come closer to me
The Isley Brothers – Who’s that lady
The Invincibles – Heart full of love
The Dontells – I’m gonna tell the world
The Astors – Candy
The Steelers – Get it from the bottom
Willie Cooper & The Webs – You don’t love nobody
The Players – He’ll be back
The Soulville All-Stars – Won’t you please be my girl