2011 - REISSUES
FILARMONICA FRAUDE - EPOPEIA - LP
a true pearl of portuguese music, is something surprizing.
For it proposes an inovative sound, even if it follows the
first recordings of Quarteto 1111, giving us a bronze armour
sonority. An orchestral sound, epic, progressive, medieval,
folk, pop, R&B, a cappela... in the end, a whole richness
to discover. 1969 is the year, already after the "fall"
of the chair by Salazar, but before still his death. It's
a audacious picture of the country's political situation and
tradition. Stories of the prince who goes to fight in the
war, be demmand of the king, leaving behind him, his young
girl, like in middle ages did. That is, distant and glorious
situations (like the regime proppeled) to denounce the (then)
present times. Influences? It's not not easy to see where
they come from, but there's some Beatles in it. For example,
in "Só Marinheiros e Escravos", with those
maginificent violins, remind very "Eleanor Rigby".
Or the begining of "Digo Dai", it seems to be the
most known song of the album (even my mother remembers it),
that suggests me "Piggies". The instrumentation
and the arrangements are great. Just great to feature among
the Portuguese popular historical music best albums (like
some people consider). Violinis, cellos, harpsicords, organ,
choirs, various percussions, harp... Yes, this was a non-common
group. Like it would be proved later, if any had doubts, in
Banda do Casaco.
Well you might find this too "soft" for Mutant Sounds,BUT
,listen closely....excellent compositions reminding Beach
Boys's Pet Sounds or Beatles Revolver,combined with a meditteranean
feeling and blended with acid folkish tunes.A magickal LP.
THE HUMAN INSTINCT - BURNING UP YEARS
Incredible debut album from one of New
Zealand's greatest late 60's, early 70's bands. Fantastic
psychedelic groove featuring a great cover of the Kinks "You
Really Got Me". Only a hint of what was to come after
with their following 2 LP's. This is a impossible to find
LP in the original format. Now Groovie Records proudly present
this fantastic reissue in is original gatefold format. Check
out also the Human Instinct compilation LP with singles from
1966 to 1971.
INSTINCT - SINGLES 1966-1971 - LP (PROVISORY ARTWORK)
Human Instinct is a continuation of the group, the Four Fours.
The transition to Human Instinct began in 1966 when Trevor
Spitz, founding member of the Four Fours, decided to leave
when the other group members wanted to embark on a trip to
England to seek their fortune and fame.
Trevor was replaced by 19 year old Maurice
Greer. Hailing from Palmerston North, Greer had formed his
first band when he was 14, and two years later joined Manawatu's
number one group, the Flares Show Band. In 1963 Greer and
his brother Frank opened their own Palmerston North nightspot,
the Flamingo, and the following year Maurice formed the Big
Three with ex-Flares Peter Knowles on guitar and Trevor Harrison
on bass. It was with Big Three that Greer first used a restructured
drum kit, allowing him to play while standing, to allow him
to better handle lead vocals.
In 1965 Greer formed the Saints, (not
to be confused with the Christchurch Saints from 1962), with
Doug Rowe on bass, Dave Hurley on guitar and Winston Cartelli
on vocals. They played in the Manawatu area, but in order
to get greater recognition they were soon gigging in Wellington,
before moving up to Auckland, which is where Greer came to
the attention of the Four Fours (...)
THE LA DE DAS - ST - LP
Talented, sexy, sophisticated, adventurous,
dynamic, innovative -- just some of the many tags that have
been been attached to The La De Das' name. But one word was
always associated with them more than any other - the La De
Das were cool.
Their career spans the entire '64-'75
period, and we're fortunate that the story has been been documented
in considerable detail, by Glenn A. Baker, who interviewed
the band members for his extensive liner notes to the definitive
double album retrospective Rock'n'Roll Decade in 1981, and
then by New Zealand rock historian John Dix, who devoted a
entire chapter to them in his seminal 1988 book Stranded In
Formed in New Zealand at the very start
of the beat boom, they were already major stars at home when
they relocated across the Tasman a couple of years later.
They're practically the only major group (on either shore)
to emerge from the beat boom of 1964-65 who managed to ride
out the massive musical changes of the Sixties and adapt to
the new scene in the Seventies, emerging as one of Australia's
most popular hard rock groups during the first half of the
There are a lot of similarities to their
Aussie contemporaries The Masters Apprentices. Both were touted
as their country's answer to The Rolling Stones. Both survived
for so long in that mercurial era because they had tons of
talent, determination and the ability to adapt their sound
and look to align with prevailing trends. Both groups went
through major personnel changes -- by the time the Masters
split, singer Jim Keays was the only remaining original member,
and by the time of their final 1973-74 'power trio' incarnation,
only guitarist and singer Kevin Borich remained from the original
La De Das lineup.
Like the Masters, they started off as
blues/R&B purists, and their original style leaned heavily
on British R&B practitioners - The Rolling Stones, The
Yardbirds and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers - and on the American
originals like John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Muddy Waters.
They moved into their 'mod' period - with covers of Ray Charles,
Motown and Northern Soul favourites, replete with tartan trousers,
satin shirts and buckle shoes. Then they plunged headlong
into psychedelia (the obligatory concept album, covers of
songs from West Coast outfits like Blues Magoos, paisley shirts,
sitars, long hair and moustaches). They almost came unstuck
after the inevitable -- and ultimately futile -- attempt to
"make it in England". But it's here that the stories
diverge -- the Masters fell apart in England in 1972, but
the Las De Das survived (just) limped back to Australia, regrouped,
and bounced back with a mature and reinvigorated take on their
R&B roots. Their final incarnation as a hard-rockin',
no-frills, blues & boogie band carried them very successfully
through to the mid-70s.
THE LA DE DAS - FIND US WAY
SERGUEI - PSICODÉLICO - LP
(1965 - 1971)
One of the most obscure and oldest
rocker (in activitie) in Brazil. This was the most psichedelic
and interesting music made in Brazil in the 60's. A mix between
garage psych and tropicalia. Stay tuned to this one....
OS TARTAROS - ANTHOLOGY - LP
Hailing from Oporto, these boys in the
silver suits named themselves Os Tártaros. Known as
the carriers of the “new antiqúes”, they
became famous for the crazy twist garage versions os traditional
portuguese songs, making full use of echoes and reverb on
their electric guitars. Songs like TARTARIA after deepest
section of Dante’s Inferno, became their wildest sucess
making every one in the theathers and carnival stomp their
feet on the floor. They released four Ep’s, the tracks
are all here together for the first time. Fully garage and
surf stomps. This is the first portuguese garage band from
the 60’s reissued in a LP. Making part of a collection
PORTUGUESE GARAGE DAYS. This record is a most for every world
garage collectors, includes all the tracks from the ultra
rare ep’s of Os Tártaros.
Only 500 copies will be released…with
insert with reproduction of the ep’s covers, unsee photos
and full bio.