Chateau Dietrich

If You Would Like to Hear This Record

Because of various problems with public blogs and rights problems, I have decided to take my blog and convert it to a private email. If you’d like to listen to this album (and more) or any other album I am posting here, just send me your email address at radiovickers1@gmail.com and I will put you on my list. Along with this album, I have a gigantic archive of my vinyl digitizations that gets added to every week. I do them myself and de-click them. Most sound pretty darned good, if I do say so myself.
This is not some come on. Just caution on my part. It costs nothing and there’s nothing to join. Just an email address. I have about a hundred people on my list at the moment. Come and join the musical fun.


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Saturday, January 21, 2012

My Vinyl Attic – The Hardtimes – Blew Mind

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Well, I’ve been transferring my digital transfers back onto my computer from CD’s that I made about 10 years ago. Some of these albums, I don’t even remember transferring in the first place. Mostly, they’re in much better shape that I remember them being. Or perhaps my hearing has deteriorated so much in the past decade, that they just sound better because I can no longer hear the imperfections. They have to come off the CD’s been storing them on because most of my recordable CD’s from even five years ago, don’t play anymore. The info on the data discs I made is not accessible. If anyone else out there has stuff on recordable CD’s, I’d advise them to back it up now.

The Hardtimes – Blew Mind
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Information stolen from this great site:

01 Candyman


"THE HARDTIMES - BLEW MIND" (GARAGE FOLK-ROCK US 1968)

"The Hardtimes" originally hailed from San Diego and consisted of "Bill Richardson" (lead guitar), "Rudy Romero" (guitar), "Lee Kiefer" (vocals, harmonica), "Larry Byrom" (bass guitar, guitar), "Bob Morris" (bass guitar) and "Paul Wheatbread" (drums).
"The Hardtimes" formed in 1965 as a Garage/Folk-Rock outfit that by 1966 had relocated to Los Angeles and hooked up with manager "Florence Stanley".
"The Hardtimes" became a house band at the prestigious "Whisky a Go-Go" and shared the same stage with other more famous bands like "Love", "Buffalo Springfield" and "The Doors".
They were also regulars on "Dick Clark"'s Pop music TV show, "Where The Action Is" with "The Robbs", "Paul Revere & The Raiders" and "The Knickerbockers".
Later in 1966, "The Hardtimes" signed with the "World Pacific" label (a division of "Liberty Records") and began issuing singles, starting with "They'll Be A Time" b/w "You're Bound To Cry".
A second single ("Come To Your Window" b/w "That's All I'll Do") was also released around this time.
Before the end of 1966, the band released a third single "Fortune Teller" b/w "Goodbye", with the A-side becoming their biggest seller, reaching #97 on the US charts.


02 – Here, There and Everywhere


In 1968, they issued their sole LP, titled "Blew Mind", which surprisingly doesn't include the four songs on their first two 45s.
A couple more singles were also released around this time, with their fourth including the upbeat, non-LP track "They Said No" on its B-side.

03 Play It For Me


The Hardtimes: "Sad, Sad Sunshine" / "They Said No", 1967 World Pacific 77864


By the end of 1968, "The Hardtimes" had broken up with "Bill Richardson" and "Larry Byrom" going on to form the group "T.I.M.E" (Trust In Men Everywhere).
"Rudy Romero"and other remaining members of "The Hardtimes" went on to issue one more excellent single "Give To Me Your Love" b/w "Thanks" on the "World Pacific label" under the band name the "New Phoenix" (produced by "Mama Cass Elliot"). 

04 – Take a Look Around



There's a lot to like, certainly, from lovely covers of "Bob Lind"'s "Come to Your Window" and "Al Kooper"'s "Sad Sad Sunshine" to the spooky, "Blew Mind", a "Bill Richardson" original, and "Rudy Romero"'s "Give To Me Your Love". 

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05 – Fortune Teller


There's also a lot to scratch one's head about, as well, like the odd, overly baroque version of "Fred Neil"'s "Candy Man" which opens this collection, a production approach that is also repeated on "Hardtimes"' ill-advised cover of Donovan's "Colours".

06 – Goodbye



"Goodbye" has wonderful harmonies and Folk-Rock guitar work in a Beatles-que way.


"Fortune Teller" was the closest "The Hardtimes" came to a hit. 

07 – Not Me


"I'm Not A Rock" is another Donovan styled rocker, which isn't half bad.
"Under The Sunlight" is an interesting attempt at a more Psychedelic/Folk-Rock tune, which doesn't wholly work, but does end up with some interesting pop guitar work. 

08 – Colours


"Blew Mind" itself is something of a Psychedelic experiment, accompanied by what sounds like garbled police radio message in the background. 

09 – I’m Not A Rock



Their records were produced at various times by legendary Jazz producer and "World Pacific Records" boss "Dick Bock", and Byrds' manager/producer "Jim Dickson".

10 – Under the Sunlight


Like so many groups like "The Remains", "Bill Richardson" claims "The Hardtimes" were better live than on record and that the album doesn't really capture them very well, not least because of label interference on song selection and the use of session players.

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11 – Sad, Sad Sunshine


Early in 1968 "Nick St. Nicholas", "Larry Byrom" and "Bill Richardson" were joined by drummer "Steve Rumph" and "T.I.M.E." was formed.

12 – Blew Mind


That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

My Vinyl Attic – Houston

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Well, I’ve been transferring my digital transfers back onto my computer from CD’s that I made about 10 years ago. Some of these albums, I don’t even remember transferring in the first place. Mostly, they’re in much better shape that I remember them being. Or perhaps my hearing has deteriorated so much in the past decade, that they just sound better because I can no longer hear the imperfections. They have to come off the CD’s been storing them on because most of my recordable CD’s from even five years ago, don’t play anymore. The info on the data discs I made is not accessible. If anyone else out there has stuff on recordable CD’s, I’d advise them to back it up now.

I think I got this album from my dealer in Canada. Another Canadian band. I wouldn’t say they were the best band to come out of the great white north, but there are certainly worse. There seems to have been two album covers for this. The same with Madrigal. I guess one for Canada and a better one for the U.S. That’s how things usually work up there.

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Houston 

Houston Info taken from here:

01 Pretty Millie


A Toronto, Ontario-based rock quartet. The album notes don't even reveal the personnel let alone any historical information about the band and its music. Well, perhaps they didn't want to own up to it because in Sally Bumper, Some Day Do, the country-influenced Fast Thinkin' Sam and the bar boogie opener Pretty Millie there's some pretty boring music. Aside from a good guitar intro on Mucho Gusto (track 2, side 1), things only get better near the end on the mellowish, rather unusual All My Life and the final track Doctor, which featured some good guitar work. Overall, not recommended. Their dreadful 45 peaked at No. 56 on 6th February 1971.

02 Mucho Gusto

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03 Hairy One

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04 Fast Thinkin’ Sam

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05 Sally Bumper

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06 Some Day Do

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07 All My Life



08 Fly

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09 Elizabeth


10 Doctor


That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

My Vinyl Attic – Ken Tobias – The Magic’s in the Music

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Well, I’ve been transferring my digital transfers back onto my computer from CD’s that I made about 10 years ago. Some of these albums, I don’t even remember transferring in the first place. Mostly, they’re in much better shape that I remember them being. Or perhaps my hearing has deteriorated so much in the past decade, that they just sound better because I can no longer hear the imperfections. They have to come off the CD’s been storing them on because most of my recordable CD’s from even five years ago, don’t play anymore. The info on the data discs I made is not accessible. If anyone else out there has stuff on recordable CD’s, I’d advise them to back it up now.

When I was growing up in Oshawa and listening to my little leather encased portable radio, one of the truly great songs I used to listen to on CHUM was Dream #2. A fabulous pop song. Then, when you consider he also wrote Stay Awhile, a huge hit for the Bells… This guy brings some musical game.
This is my digital transfer of The Magic’s in the Music from 1973. I think I got this from my Canadian record dealer. He used to sell me tons of this type of Canadiana.

Ken Tobias
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01 On The Other Side


Info brazenly stolen from Wikipedia

Kenneth Wayne Paul Tobias (born July 25, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He is noted for penning a chart-topping hit for The Bells and for several top-selling recordings of his own.

02 – Good To Be Alive In The Country


Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, he worked as a draftsman in the early 1960s while also appearing as a musician at local venues in Saint John. He joined a folk group named the Ramblers in 1961, playing guitar, and he later played drums in a rock band called the Badd Cedes. He moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1965 and became a cast member for a local CBC Television show called Music Hop. He was a regular performer from 1966 to 1968 on the national variety program called Singalong Jubilee, which was also produced in Halifax. His duets with fellow cast-member and later recording star Anne Murray were well regarded. Also appearing on the show were such recognized performers as Gene MacLellan and John Allan Cameron. After three seasons in Halifax and Montreal, in 1968 Tobias met Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers who invited him to Los Angeles to record and write as a salaried songwriter. Under the management of Medley's company, Tobias recorded his first single "You’re Not Even Going to the Fair" on Bell Records. The song won him his first Canadian BMI award for airplay. This was the first of many BMI, Procan and SOCAN awards.


03 – My My


In 1970 he penned "Stay Awhile". Though originally conceived as a country-tinged solo piece, the song would emerge as a sensual duet by The Bells and became a soft rock classic of the early 1970s, peaking in 1971 at #1 in Canada and #7 on the US Billboard charts. "Stay Awhile" sold more than two million copies worldwide.


04 – Clouded Blue


After travelling back and forth between Los Angeles and Montreal, in 1972 Tobias settled in Toronto where he played as a backing musician with various bands. With his brother Tony Tobias, he established Glooscap Music and released several solo recordings that enjoyed extensive airplay in Canada, including "Fly Me High", and "Lady Luck". Ken Tobias is one of the few Canadians to receive the Socan Classics Award for 100,000 airplays of a given song, of which he has five awards, for “Stay Awhile”, “I Just Want To Make Music,” “Every Bit Of Love”, “Give A Little Love” and “Dream #2”. To date, Ken Tobias has released eight albums and one radio sampler on various record labels. He has also released about twenty singles.

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05 – Fly Me High


In 1978, he toured Europe, and while there he collaborated on the soundtrack of the Italian spaghetti western Sella d'Argento (Silver Saddle/They Died with Their Boots On), directed by Lucio Fulci.

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06 – Darlin’ Butterfly


Tobias lived in Toronto through the 1990s before returning to his native Saint John, where he now lives, painting and continuing to write and perform music, and encouraging younger talents through the Songwriters Association of Canada. In 2002 he produced the debut album for upcoming Canadian artist Kim Jarrett. He has also collaborated with local Saint John artist Jessica Rhaye.

07 – Lover Come Quickly


After more than 20 years, production of a new album began in the fall of 2007, tentatively tilted "Prince Edward Street."

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08 – Keep On Changing



09 – I Wish I Was A River

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10 – My Songs Are Sleeping


Ken’s Homepage is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

My Vinyl Attic – Peter Foldy

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Well, I’ve been transferring my digital transfers back onto my computer from CD’s that I made about 10 years ago. Some of these albums, I don’t even remember transferring in the first place. Mostly, they’re in much better shape that I remember them being. Or perhaps my hearing has deteriorated so much in the past decade, that they just sound better because I can no longer hear the imperfections. They have to come off the CD’s been storing them on because most of my recordable CD’s from even five years ago, don’t play anymore. The info on the data discs I made is not accessible. If anyone else out there has stuff on recordable CD’s, I’d advise them to back it up now.

I’d always been a fan of Bondi Junction and Julliane. I saw a copy of this album for sale on E-bay, so I quickly bid on it. I put in a ridiculous amount on the bid because I didn’t want to lose it. Sure enough, some guy put in a big bid at the last second. (A time honored E-bay trick) Alas, I had it more than covered, so I thwarted the evil doer and got the album. I really like this sucker. Pure pop. Nothing like it.

Unfortunately, the album is buried behind a ton of musical equipment and I have been unable to find the tracklist online.  If anyone could help with the titles to the title-less songs, I'd appreciate it.

Peter Foldy
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01 Spanky


Info brazenly stolen from Wikipedia

Peter Foldy[1][2] is a Hungarian born recording artist, film producer, director and screenwriter. He has been nominated for 2 Juno awards and has had multiple top 10 hits across Canada and the US, most notably with his first song "Bondi Junction" which reached number one in the Canadian charts. His 2000 film Silver Man[3] received multiple award nominations including wins at both Planet Indie in Toronto, Canada and the Tambay Film Festival in Tampa Bay, Florida.

02 Yes Operator


Peter Foldy was born in Budapest, Hungary but soon fled from the then Communist regime with his parents and sister. The family immigrated to Sydney, Australia where Foldy attended high school and worked as an actor in television commercials. During this time he also forged a friendship with three young brothers who would later find worldwide success as The Bee Gees.

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03 Optimistic Dream


After a family move to Toronto, Foldy enrolled in film school at York University, once again landing occasional work in Canadian TV commercials. He also formed a rock band that performed in various bars and lounges throughout the city.

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Foldy soon began writing songs and quickly landed a recording contract as an artist with a small indie label, Kanata Records. His first single, "Bondi Junction" was released in 1973 and the record eventually reached number one on RPM Magazine's Adult Contemporary Chart[4] on July 7, 1973. Peter was also featured on the cover of RPM that same week. The record received two Juno Award nominations, including Canadian Pop Music Single of the Year,[5] Peter was also awarded a 1973 BMI Canada Certificate of Honour" from BMI Canada for Bondi Junction which was a legitimate national hit across Canada.

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Peter was suddenly appearing on Canadian TV shows, on radio station charts and on the pages of music magazines, including the hugely popular US teen publication, "16 Magazine". Bondi Junction was also released in the US on Playboy Records, a label started by Hugh Hefner, where it penetrated the US market place. Cash Box reviewed the song as "a super commercial track that will immediately influence the teen set" and the record charted in Billboard.

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06 Bondi Junction


In 1975 Foldy was signed by Capitol-EMI of Canada alongside a deal with Polydor in the US. His follow up recordings "Roxanne" and "Julie-Ann" also reached Top-10 status on many charts across Canada, as well as in the US.

07


In 1976 Peter again received a "BMI Canada Certificate of Honour" for "Roxanne" and once again made the cover of RPM Weekly on July 3, 1976 (volume 25 #14).

08


On the advice of his manager he left his deal with Capitol with the promise of bigger things in the United States which, unfortunately, failed to materialize. However, a pop label started by RCA Records in Los Angeles called Free Flight Records signed Foldy a couple of years later. The move to Los Angeles allowed Foldy to continue his musical momentum with the self-written singles, "Love City" and "School Of Love", songs he co-produced with legendary music producer, Tony Brown.

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Peter’s homepage is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

My Vinyl Attic – Lazarus

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Well, I’ve been transferring my digital transfers back onto my computer from CD’s that I made about 10 years ago. Some of these albums, I don’t even remember transferring in the first place. Mostly, they’re in much better shape that I remember them being. Or perhaps my hearing has deteriorated so much in the past decade, that they just sound better because I can no longer hear the imperfections. They have to come off the CD’s been storing them on because most of my recordable CD’s from even five years ago, don’t play anymore. The info on the data discs I made is not accessible. If anyone else out there has stuff on recordable CD’s, I’d advise them to back it up now.

I used to get a ton of late 60’s/early 70’s Lps from a guy in Pennsylvania. I’m pretty sure that’s where this came from. Oh, in my E-Bay days, it was like Christmas every time the mailman dropped off a package. Sometimes, I’d get a big piece of coal for Christmas. A lot of those guys were very, very liberal with what they considered to be a Near Mint album. Eventually, you winnowed the dealers down to those you could trust. This guy was great. I think he lived in Allentown.

Lazarus
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01 – You’ve Got To Get Ahead


Information stolen from this great site

Artist: Lazarus
Title: Lazarus
Year: 1970
Format: LP
Label: Amazon


02 Faces of Tomorrow


Having previously recorded with The Oxfords and The Rugbys, in 1971 singer/guitarist Steve McNicol formed Lazarus. Signed by Shelby Singleton’s Amazon label, the band’s self-titled debut “Lazarus” made for an interesting, if frustrating effort.

03 Desire


Abandoning his earlier blue-eyed soul attack, material such as ‘You’ve Got To Get Ahead’, ‘Faces of Tomorrow’ and ‘Back In the City’ offered up an odd blend of conventional MOR pop, lite psych and BS&T-styled horns (‘Desire’). On paper the combination probably doesn’t sound all that appealing, but to be honest the results aren’t half bad (imagine ‘Crystal Blue Persuasion’ era Tommy James mixed with early BS&T).

04 Once Again


McNicol’s voice was attractive and the majority of the Raymond Cichon-penned material was catchy enough to warrant at least a quick spin. That didn’t do anything for sales, the set quickly vanishing into cutout bins.

05 – Stay With Me


06 – Back In The City

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07 – Shades of Winter



08 – I’ll Get To You

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09 – In The Beginning


10 – Message to the People


Again, please check out this site. Tons of information on great records from a time that has past.

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

Friday, January 20, 2012

My Vinyl Attic – Madrigal - Sunshine and Baked Beans

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Well, I’ve been transferring my digital transfers back onto my computer from CD’s that I made about 10 years ago. Some of these albums, I don’t even remember transferring in the first place. Mostly, they’re in much better shape that I remember them being. Or perhaps my hearing has deteriorated so much in the past decade, that they just sound better because I can no longer hear the imperfections. They have to come off the CD’s been storing them on because most of my recordable CD’s from even five years ago, don’t play anymore. The info on the data discs I made is not accessible. If anyone else out there has stuff on recordable CD’s, I’d advise them to back it up now.

I bought this album in Pickering…I think. I remember getting it because, who could resist a goofy looking, hairy guy with no shirt, eating baked beans? I couldn’t. The first song is a pop classic. The rest of the album is a mixed bag. Interesting stuff. Not all of it works, but there aren’t that many perfect albums out there. Oh yes, and they’re Canadian. That has to be worth something.

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Madrigal Sunshine and Baked Beans
01 I Believe in Sunshine


Information stolen from this great site

John Swainson (guitar, bass, vocals)
Rick Henderson (guitar, vocals)
Peter Boynton (piano, organ, bass, keys, vocals)
Don Simpson (drums, vocals)
Bill Dillon (guitar; replaced Henderson)


02 Picture Frame


Madrigal formed in 1968 during the members' days at Willowdale Junior High School north of Toronto. They had been spotted by Greg Hambleton, owner of Tuesday Records, and he had them re-record his song "I Believe In Sunshine" in 1970 (which A Passing Fancy had also recorded). The track reached the Canadian Top20 and spent six weeks riding the Top40. The song was part of their debut album 'Sunshine And Baked Beans'.

03 Boog



The follow up single was 1971's "Hallelujah" which didn't appear on the album. 

04 Television Nightmare


The band broke up in 1973 but reunited with a different line-up in 1975 but that too was short lived.

05 Lady


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Peter Boynton went on to join Red Rider with Tom Cochrane.

06 Lovely Lady


07 The Diddler Song


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08 Weekend



09 Tell Her That


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10 You Got It Wrong


There is plenty of information about tons of Canadian bands here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.