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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Friday, January 27, 2012

My Vinyl Attic – Hollins and Starr - Sidewalks Talking

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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.

To be honest, I don’t know when I bought this album or when I transferred it. It is a total blank. I didn’t even recognize the cover. My guess is, I bought it off a great guy out of Allentown, who sold me a lot of this type of stuff. (Another e-bay connection) He rated his stuff very accurately and sold me a ton of stuff over a couple of years. Listening to it now, I quite like it. Some of it is a bit much but overall, there is some really nice material here. Unlike the review below, I quite like the rock flute. I’ve had a heck of a time dividing these songs up because of studio tricks and no real delineation of tunes. Some of them I’ve blended together to keep them closer to what the album offers.

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Hollins And Starr - Sidewalks Talking

Hollins and Starr info stolen from this great site:

Artist: Hollins And Starr
Title: Sidewalks Talking
Year: 1970
Format: LP
Label: Ovation
First let me warn you that Chuck Hollins and Dave Starr are folkies at heart and much of 1970′s Norm Christina produced “Sidewalks Talking” showcases those musical tendencies. I also have to admit that I’m surprised I like this album as much as I do.

01 – 04 Talking to Myself/Krishna Boy/Cry, Baby Cry/Twin City Prayer


The first couple of times I played the LP Dave Starr’s omni-present flute proved a major stumbling block to my ears, particularly those segments where he’s give the spotlight to cut lose (the end of ‘Hard Headed Women’ and the band’s odd decision to cover Bach’s “Vivach”).

05 – John Hurt


Luckily I tend to play an album at least four times before making a decision as to whether its a keeper or not. By the fourth spin the flutes remained a source of irritation, but the album’s other charms compensated for that particular distraction. 

06 – Hard Headed Woman



With the pair splitting writing duties, acoustic material like “Twin City Prayer”, “John Hurt” and “Lovable” (the latter recalling something Nick Drake might have done) was pretty and quite listenable.

07 – Home


Hollins and Starr were both gifted with pretty voices and on tracks such as the pretty ballad “Cry Baby Cry” and “Feelin’ Good” they turned in some truly gorgeous harmonies. That said, the collection’s highlights came courtesy of their occasional discordant, psych and rock splashes – if you want to hear all three genres collide at once then check out the wild “Hard Headed Woman”.

08 Vivace (2nd Movement Flute Sonata In A Minor)


Equally impressive were the surprising fuzz guitar propelled ‘Home?’ and ”. A real charmer that rewards repeated visits … okay, okay you might want to skip “Digress”. (Bad Cat)


09 – Lovable


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Another review from this other great site:


This is a perfectly produced and arranged popsike concept, an ode to the free mind structured by intelligent reconsiderations. It is an album that grows in depth with each listen. The songs are working on a different, almost meditative level, at times directing towards awareness in advance of a conscious dream state, with gateways of instrumentals like paths that direct this way, with a fundament of strummed guitar and flute improvisations, and lots of arrangements. “Hard Headed Women” is one of the most ambitious and longest tracks, starting with a more rockier singing, and with parts of almost classical & contemporary classical arrangements of brass with and without percussion, and another part with drums and kettle drums, while turning this again into something (prog)rockier, on “Home?”, in a progressive and ever changing way. This is followed by another flute part which sounds like a baroque improvisation, which is a Bach composition returning to a classical foundation. “Digress” is more up tempo and rockier as well, is almost avant-garde with its lyrics, like an anti-intellectual-chitchat song, powerful again, just like an ode to real expressions, evolving over a sound collage of thunder and street noises to a somewhat jazzier laid back song. The whole albums is mixed like a perfect musical story with lots of facets hanging together on many levels from a variety of experiences..


10 – 12 – Digress/Stayin’ High/Sidewalks Talkin’


The sole album by this Chicago based duo is a treasure trove of strong melodies and dreamy vocal harmonies, which originally appeared in 1970 on the Ovation label. Expect a gorgeous, ethereal blend of psychedelic folk and offbeat pop
supported by an odd assortment of instruments including flute, bells and fuzz guitar.
‘Sidewalk Talking’ is sure to appeal to all fans of overlooked acid folk and popsike.
No wonder it has been sampled by DJ Shadow.


13 – Feelin’ Good


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 – Bond - Bond

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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.

As I recall, I spent a ton of time declicking this one. Still, this is not an easy album to get a hold of. I’m not sure whether I got it off E-bay or from Dave B. It is lost to the mists of time. This is a frothy pop at it’s frothiest. Dancing on a Saturday Night was a pretty substantial hit in Canada when I was in grade 12. I also have a small seven degrees of separation with this band. They recorded the album at Manta Sound, where my girlfriend worked a couple of years later. Her friend slept with one of the guitarist in the band. I believe in a caravan he was living in or relaxing in during a concert. (lucky him!)

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Bond - Bond

Info about Bond stolen from this great site:


LINE-UP 1:
Ted Trenholm (vocals, keyboards)
Bill Dunn (vocals, bass)
Barry Cobus (lead guitar)
John Roles (bass; switched to lead & acoustic guitar)
Alex MacDougall (lead, rhythm, slide guitar)
Jeff Hamilton (drums, vocals, percussion)


01 – Dancin’ On a Saturday Night


LINE-UP 2:
Ted Trenholm (vocals, keyboards)
Bill Dunn (vocals, bass)
John Roles (lead & acoustic guitar)
Gerry Mosby (keyboards, vocals; 1975-1976)
Kim Hunt (drums, vocals; 1975-1976)


02 – I Love the Things You Do


LINE-UP 3:
Ted Trenholm (vocals, keyboards)
Bill Dunn (vocals, bass)
John Roles (lead & acoustic guitar)
John Jones (keyboards, vocals; 1977-1978)
Colin Walker (drums)


03 – Hold On


LINE-UP 4:
Brian Mitchell (vocals)
Bill Dunn (vocals, bass)
Jim Lamarche (guitar, vocals; 1978-1979)
Colin Walker (drums)
Mitch Lewis (keyboards)
Chris Livingston(keyboards; replaced Lewis)

04 – We Are Not Free


Originally named "Common Bond" the band name was reduced to Bond in 1970, shortly after Pickering, Ontario native John Roles joined the band as the bass player. Soon after, the lead guitar player Barry Cobus suggested that Roles take over lead guitar (as that was actually his main instrument) and Cobus became their manager.


05 – Mardis Gras


They did the usual Southern Ontario club circuit with a focus on British rock and a few original tunes. Their line-up changed over the years, but the most successful was Dunn, Roles, Hamilton, Trenholm, and MacDougall. Eventually, they signed with CBS in 1974 and in 1975 released their Bob Gallo produced eponymous debut album which was recorded at Manta Sound. The lead-off single "Dancin' (On A Saturday Night)", was a surprise hit that made the Top-20 in Canada. They did an Eastern Canadian tour with The Stampeders and a short lived cross Canada tour. And yet, the record unfortunately left many radio programmers with the image that Bond was a bubblegum act and follow-up singles, including "When You're Up, You're Up", were virtually ignored.


06 – When You’re Up, You’re Up – This is a cute song and should have been there second hit. I can remember them playing it a bit on CHUM, back in the day.


Gerry Mosby and Kim Hunt left in 1977 and were replaced by John Jones and Colin Walker respectively. They released one more song called “I Can’t Help It” for CBS in 1978 which failed to chart. CBS dropped Bond’s recording deal, but John Jones was retained by CBS Songs where he recorded a demo called “Everyday and Everynight” with Klaatu’s Dee Long and Terry Draper. Producer Terry Brown heard the demo and had Jones signed to ATV Publishing. After backing Eddie Schwartz on his demo for “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” Schwartz was signed to ATV and Jones was dropped. John Jones would then join Gary O’Connor’s solo band.


07 – I’m a Lonely man


Meanwhile, Bond had several major line-up changes after losing their own deal, with Bill Dunn the only remaining original member. The band finally called it quits in 1979.


09 – Gallo’s Dreams Sitting Here


Roles left in 1976 and would go on to play and record with Chilliwack and Jerry Doucette in the '80's; MacDougall went on to play with Crowbar and King Biscuit Boy from 1981 to 1989. His current band is Groove Corporation out of Hamilton; Kim Hunt left Bond to co-found Zon; Gerry Mosby went on to be in Dillinger, The Hunt, Rhinegold and The Ian Thomas Band; Chris Livingston joined The Payola$; Jim Lamarche was a solo artist on A & M Records before becoming a successful studio engineer in Toronto; John Jones went on to be co-owner of ESP Recording Studio in Buttonville with Dee Long (ex-Klaatu). The duo moved to England to work at George Martin’s AIR Studio in England for 7 years. He would also work with Duran Duran and Celine Dion for whom he won a Grammy Award. He now resides in California doing production work.


10 – Come On Home


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 – Tin Tin – Astral Taxi

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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.

Astral Taxi is one of the great Cheapie albums of all time. Tin Tin had a minor hit on their first album with Tea and Marmalade. I can remember Dave, Dave and Paul playing it for me. I don’t think they were as knocked out by the second album, but not everyone can have the impeccable taste that I possess. Produced my Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees), this has definite Bee Gee-ian qualities but the songs are so good, you don’t care. I’ve posted a review below. I first bought this in Toronto, on one of my many album buying trips to Yonge Street. I have bought many copies, over the years. You just can’t have enough copies of a great album.
This did come out on CD at some point. I don’t know whether it is still available or not. I encourage you to buy it, if it is. This is a my personal vinyl.

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An Astral Taxi Review from this great site:

REVIEW:Astral Taxi is an excellent second album from keyboard player Steve Kipner, guitarist Steve Groves, and their group, Tin Tin, whose 1971 Top 20 hit "Toast and Marmalade for Tea" actually sounded like a sequel to Marmalade's 1970 Top Ten hit "Reflections of My Life."


01 – Astral Taxi


The Scottish Marmalade was often confused with the Bee Gees, though Tin Tin had more reason to be -- not only did they really sound like the brothers Gibb, they shared the same manager in Robert Stigwood, the same record label in Atco, and Maurice Gibb was executive producer on this follow-up to their debut, Gibb having more hands-on involvement with the first disc. Both the title track, "Astral Taxi," and the second song, "Ships on the Starboard," would have been perfect on a Paul Kantner solo disc. 

02 – Ships On the Starboard


Consider Aztec Two-Step in outer space. Steve Grove's "Our Destiny," on the other hand, is an orchestrated progressive rock instrumental. A heady philosophical essay accompanies the song credit, though the bandmembers don't get the same courtesy. Gerry Shury did the orchestral arrangements, Geoff Bridgeford is most likely on drums, and Johnny Vallins is probably part of the ensemble as well, but the lack of information on who is playing what is distressing for such a great recording and eventual historical artifact. 

03 – Our Destiny


Vallins contributes his songwriting skills to "Ships on the Starboard," "The Cavalry's Coming," and "Benny the Wonderdog." The songwriter also wrote the 1978 number one hit for Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams, "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late," along with Kipner's father, Nat Kipner. Steve Kipner and Steve Groves craft a poppy Moody Blues-type number in "Tomorrow Today" along with their producer, Billy Lawrie. Lawrie also co-wrote the final track, "Is That the Way," with the duo, its very Beatlesque elegance being one of the LP's many highlights. 

04 – Tomorrow Today



Astral Taxi is an enigmatic album for sure, but it works on every level. The more rocking "Jenny B." has horns and guitar battling it out toward the end, a departure from the rest of the music. 

05 – Jenny B.


This 1971 album has three of the guys on the cover photo (as well as on the inside gatefold), but none of their names accompany the faces. They weren't the Bee Gees just yet, nor were they going to be that visible, but when you add up Steve Kipner's Australian hit along with his smash songs for Olivia Newton-John and Chicago in the mid-'80s and include the Tin Tin composition written by Steve Groves, this band -- who was pretty much written off as a one-hit wonder/Bee Gees clone -- turns out to have had immense depth. "I Took a Holiday" will delight fans of the Bee Gees' song "Holiday"; it has their vocal style, charm, and string arrangements. Astral Taxi is a very pleasant album which should be a collectors' item within pop circles.

06 – I Took a Holiday

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07 – Tag Around


08 – Set Sail For England

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09 – The Cavalry’s Coming


10 Benny the Wonder Dog


11 – Is That the Way – This is a classic song. Why wasn’t it a hit? Fuckheads didn’t buy it.

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I have a few tracks from the first album. I have no idea where the rest of them are. I did these about ten years ago. Enjoy.

01 – Put Your Money On My Dog


02 – She Said Ride


03 – Swans on the Canal


04 Tea and Marmalade – Yes, here is the hit.


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 – Wild Butter - Wild Butter

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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 got this album in Canada. Hard to say where but I have a feeling it was the Canadian Tire Mall. They used to have a ton of this sort of album out front in a rack. Those were the days. I only wish I had a few more bucks, at the time, so I could have bought more of this kind of thing. A lot of the albums, of course, turned out to be complete crap. That’s why they were in the Cheapie bin. Not this one, though. Very nice stuff.

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Wild Butter – Wild Butter

Information on Wildbutter stolen from this great site:

Artist: Wild Butter
Title: Wild Butter
Year: 1970
Format: LP
Label: United Artists

01 Roxanne (Thank You For Getting Me High)


Wild Butter was started in 1970 by drummer/lead singer Rick Garen and keyboard player Jerry Buckner. Garen had previously been in the Collection and recorded a demo called “Little Man”. Former Rogues member Jerry was impressed and got Eric Stevens, WIXY program director and manager of Damnation of Adam Blessing, interested as well.

02 Terribly Blind 


Stevens took it to New York and after a week or two Buckner got a call saying the band had a LP recording deal with United Artists, only there was no band, yet, although UA didn’t know that. “Put a band together” was the request and Rick and Jerry talked to their Akron peers and found Jon Senne’ (guitar) and Steve Price (bass) willing to get on board,Wild Butter played a month or so before recording the LP at Cleveland Recording. “Little Man” was not done, but a whole LP was, including excellent songwriting contributions from everyone.


03 From One Who Sang the Song


Considering the short time the band had to work up the songs, the high level of writing, musicianship, and vocals are amazing, and the LP is certainly a lost treasure of 1970 contemporary unpretentious melodic rock. The recordings included some guitar parts from Mark Price (Steve’s high school aged brother and future Tin Huey member), Jim Quinn and Bob Kalamasz (both from Damnation). The Senne’ penned “Roxanna (Thank You for Getting Me High) was chosen as a 45 track backed with “Terribly Blind”. The cover photos were taken in an Akron industrial area at Stevens’ suggestion. A few shots were taken before some hardhats objected to the ‘longhairs’ and chased them out! (Prairie Prince Minsky)


04 Come Fly With Me

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05 Martha


06 Never Comes The Day

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07 And We Love it


08 I’ve Been Waiting For You

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09 Tommy The Cat


10 New York Mining Disaster 1941

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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 - Brutus

My Vinyl Attic – Clive Sarstedt – Freeway Getaway

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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 Brutus album from a dealer in Canada that I contacted through E-bay. I am always on the lookout for Canadiana. (and for dealers who’s rating system I can trust) I have pretty high standards when it comes to vinyl. This particular record is in pretty good shape.

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Brutus

Info about Brutus stolen from this great site:

Entagled in the late '60s roots of nearly a dozen other groups before and after was Toronto's Brutus. Formed by Walter Zwolinski on vocals and keyboards, and bassist and agent Tom Wilson (ex of Little Caesar And The Consuls), by the fall of '69 they'd filled out the lineup with guitarist Sonny Wingay, drummer Len Sembaluk, and Bruce Gordon and Bill Robb on horns. When Wilson put down the bass and picked up the telephone, he became their agent/manager full time, and replacing him on bass was Sandy White.


Ooh Mama, Mama


They took their name from the historical Roman who stabbed Julius Ceasar, and Zwolinksi shortened his name to Zwol. After a few weeks of practice they were being booked in the smaller clubs around the local circuit. That quickly mushroomed, and they found themselves touring the country and eastern US - opening for the likes of The Guess Who and The Staccatos, and even headlined a show with Chicago Transit Authority (who later shortened their name to simply Chicago) at the University of Waterloo in 1970. By this time Wilson was now acting solely as the band's agent, and they were signed to a deal with Quality Records that fall. 

Tango


They released a string of singles on Yorkville Records over the next few months - "Funky Roller Skates," "Duck Pond," and "Help Me Free Me." But by the summer of '71 the group was falling apart at the seams. Zwol eventually reinvented the group while several members came and went. Now the jeans and satin shirts were replaced with glitter, makeup and jumpsuits. The glam look was an effort to mirror the bigger British acts of the day, such as David Bowie, Sweet and Gary Glitter. The new shtick gave them enough of an edge that they even headlined a sold out performance at Toronto's Ontario Place.

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Within two years while the band grew, it was also streamlined - to Zwol, guitarist Gino Scarpelli (later of Goddo, Dennis Pinhorn on bass, and Lance Wright on drums. A heavier sound than before was setting them aside from alot of the other groups on the circuit, but the band's onstage antics were also getting them into trouble, and they were banned in several Toronto high schools. Zwol was also arrested at one point in North Bay, Ont and was even slammed publicly for supposedly worshipping the devil. 

Who Wants To Buy A


Another lineup shakeup shortly after left Zwol and Pinhorn with new guitarist Woody West, drummer Danny Smith, and Frank Ludwig on keyboards. They landed a deal with GRT Records in late '75 and were hooked up with famed producer Jack Richardson (The Guess Who), laying down some tracks at Nimbus 9. "(Let Me Down) Slow and Easy" b/w "Tonight Tonight" was released as a single, but creative differences between Zwol and Richardson on where the recordings were going led to the sessions being scrapped. The lone exception was "Ooh Mama Mama," which was released as the follow-up single that fall. It became a hit and cracked the Top 10 in both the Toronto and the Montreal markets, and battled The Bee Gees' "Nights On Broadway" and The Eagles' "One Of These Nights." The song was also named Best Canadian Single of that year by The Montreal Star.

Sailing

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Management at GRT however was still inspired by all the hype, and whisked them off to Tempo Studios in Toronto with producer Ralph Murphy (April Wine) to rework the recordings. With the lineup now consisting of Zwol, Smith, West, and new members Doni Underhill on bass and Laurie Del Grande on keyboards, three long and arduous days in the studio with a limited budget culminated in "Who Wants To Buy A Song" being released as a faltering single. The band's self-titled debut album hit the stores in November of '76. "Ooh Mama Mama" was included as the lead off track to an album full of tight hooks and slick solos of straight out rockers and melodic keyboard-oriented pop - not the band's notorious theatrics and gimmicks translated to vinyl that many critics expected.

Search for Tomorrow


Gigs around Ontario and Quebec and stateside continued, and the band found themselves on the undercard of Boston and Peter Gabriel concerts while "Sailing" b/w "Search For Tomorrow" followed suit as a single. Although critically acclaimed, it too failed to make a dent in the charts. The lineup continued to change over the next year or so, and included Chris Brockway (formerly of Pepper Tree) replacing Underhill on bass, who'd left to join Trooper. Brockway was in turn replaced by former Chimo, Motherlode and Studebaker Hawk veteran Breen LeBoeuf. Smith left the drum kit and was replaced by Moxy's Bill Wade. West was eventually replaced on guitars first by Paul Dean, (Scrubbaloe Caine, Streetheart, Loverboy), and then Jerry Doucette. 

Lookin’ So Good

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Following the band's final curtain call, LeBouef would go on to form Offenbach and would later join April Wine. Zwol would go on to a relatively successful solo career that spanned two albums, then start a new project The Rage, which released one album. After working briefly at Attic Records, he formed Naked Brunch which toured but never recorded.

Break My Heart Again


Brutus' only album was remastered and re-released by Bullseye Canada in 2000, and also contained three bonus tracks - the single "Let Me Down Slow And Easy," "Ride Cowboy Ride" (the b-side to "Ooh Mama Mama") and the previously unreleased "King Of The World."


For the People


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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Vinyl Attic – Clive Sarstedt – Freeway Getaway

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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 definitely bought this album at Record Surplus on Pico. I had bought Clive’s first album probably 20 years earlier and was surprised to find out that he had a second album. (this is before the internet) I used Adobe Audition to transfer this album and the de-clicking program to clean it up. Their old de-clicking used to cause a considerable amount of distortion. I do not hear it here. Perhaps I’m just too deaf now to detect it.

You can find a write-up on Clive and listen to his first album here:

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Clive Sarstedt – Freeway Getaway

George Chkiantz Engineer
Stewart Francis Drums
Alan Gorrie Guitar (Bass)
Clive Robin Sarstedt , Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Vocals
Peter Sarstedt Guitar
Ray Singer Producer
Vic Smith Engineer
Mike Storey Harmonica, Harmonium, Organ, Piano
Mike Woods Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Steel)

1-1 Last Day of My Life


1-2 Glad You Could Come Along

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1-3 Into Your Station


1-4 Joey Friendship


1-5 Six Feet Under


1-6 I’ll Play My Guitar


Here’s a bit of an experiment. The first version of Law of the Gun has had the Adobe Audition de-clicking treatment. The second version of the song, I just want through and declicked the biggest clicking offenders. See what you think about the sound integrity. To my ears, there’s a little top end taken off the fully declicked (the first copy of the song) version. Perhaps better ears than mine will have a much stronger opinion on the difference.

2-1 Law of the Gun


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2-1 Law of the Gun (with spot declicking)


2-2 Freeway Getaway


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2-3 Thanks Anyway


2-4 Shelby Farm

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2-5 I Can Hear Something


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.