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, February 11, 2012

My Vinyl Attic – Oily Rags

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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’m pretty sure I got this in the mail from one of my record dealers. I would often buy things on titles, or covers or if the dealer said, “Do you want this?” I usually did. One can’t not like Boiled Beef and Carrots. Perhaps you could, but you have to appreciate the goofy audacity of it.

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The Oily Rags

Oily Rags info stolen from this great site

• Dave Peacock
• Bass, Violin, Guitar (Bass), Vocals, Producer
• Ian Wallace
• Drums
• Geoff Young
• Engineer
• Doug Bogie
• Engineer
• Mick Burt
• Drums
• Charles "Chas" Hodges
• Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer
• Gerry Hogan
• Guitar (Steel)


1-1 Come Up and See Me Sometime


1-2 Boiled Beef and Carrots


Though this self-titled LP is credited to Oily Rags, it's really a Chas & Dave album in all but name, as the duo would start to release recordings under that billing the following year. Chas & Dave had previously been responsible for another mighty obscure album issued under a different name (a self-titled 1971 effort by Country Pie).


1-3 Time to Kill


Like the Country Pie LP, this has a pronounced debt to the kind of honky tonk-cum-rock & roll that Jerry Lee Lewis was doing in the late '60s and early '70s. Oily Rags, however, is far more laid-back, to the point of sometimes verging on lethargy, if truth be told.


1-4 Baby Doll


Often these are the kind of rolling, reflective songs you might expect to hear at a local pub catering to a clientele that wants something grittier than folk music, but nothing too loud or nervy. Nothing wrong with that, but like much such music, it's really only adequate for background settings, and hardly inspiring enough to warrant devoted listening attention.


1-5 Holy Cow


It's only occasionally that this rocks Jerry Lee style, as "Country Boy Picker" does; mixed in are nearly turgid country ballads like "Boiled Beef and Carrots" and "Baby Doll," usually with a barroom piano base, though "Jody and the Kid" sounds almost like a country-folk Leonard Cohen. Vague reference points might also include artists like Leon Russell, the Band, and Dr. John, but Oily Rags are consistently more country-oriented and consistently less interesting. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi


2-1 Silver Dollar


2-2 Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues


2-3&4 Barefoot Days & Jody and the Kid


2-5 Country Boy Picker


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 – Grand Funk Lives

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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 can remember buying this album (well, my first copy of it) at Moby Disc on Ventura Blvd. I had read some good things about it and was delighted to see a copy in the bins. I probably got it for $2.99, perhaps less. Not matter the price, I got a good deal. There’s some very nice stuff here, especially the lead-off track.
I loved that store. The hours I would spend in there, searching through the bins. I’d always start at the lowest price bins, because sometimes, the same album would be in the higher priced bins as well. The ten and 25 cent bins were my favorite. I wish I were back there now, thumbing through Pablo Cruise and Michael Quatro albums.
Grand Funk Lives is now out on CD, so I’m only going to put up a few of the songs.

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Grand Funk - Lives

A write up on the album from this great site:

1-1 – Good Times


"Grand Funk Lives" (09/18/2001) Rock & Pop Grand Funk Railroad, Lissmark RecordsDigitally remastered by Bill Ingot and Dave Schultz. Rising like a Phoenix, which was the title of one of their previous albums, perhaps Mark Farner is sending a subliminal message with opening track "Good Times" that his "Bad Time" is over? The song "Testify," track three, sums up this very good album from Mark Farner, Don Brewer, and bassist Dennis Bellinger replacing the MIA Mel Schacher. It's a hooky rock tune with Farner's religious overtones.


1-3 Testify

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1-4 Can’t Be With You Tonight


All these tracks are strong, from "Can't Be With You Tonight" to the glorious ending of "Wait for Me." The no-nonsense production of manager Andrew Cavaliere -- shades of Terry Knight! --- and Bob Destocki, lets Farner and Brewer shine. This album is like a subdued version of the Grand Funk classic Survival. In fact, both Survival and Grand Funk Lives are underrated, not just among Grand Funk fans. Where the first Mark Farner solo album, produced by Dick Wagner, had more of a bluesy feel in 1977, and 1978's Flint by Brewer and company sounded like a stab in the dark, this collection rocks. "Queen Bee" has riffs taken from Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep, specifically the ending of the song; "Black Sabbath meets Heep's "Easy Livin'," with Farner's pop influences glossing it up.


2-1 We Gotta Get Out of This Place


"We Gotta Get out of This Place" has more in common with a hard-rocking Young Rascals than the Animals or David Johansen. "Y.O.U." is almost there, halfway to a hit, missing the strength of producers Jimmy Ienner, Todd Rundgren, heck, even Frank Zappa might've lifted this track into the Top 40. The restrained production on the rest of the album is a plus except for "Y.O.U.," which needed just a bit more. "Stuck in the Middle" is fun Mark Farner, and is perhaps the best track on this excellent outing. Heavy keyboards, a great hook, and thick chorus -- a nice sequel to Funk's 1975 hit "Bad Time." "Greed of Man" goes back to the harder preaching of original GFR. All tunes except the cover of "We Gotta Get out of This Place" were written by Farner, who closes out the album with the introspective "Wait for Me." In a world mutated by Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, and Aerosmith gone pop, Grand Funk Railroad kept the flame of hard rock lit with this solid disc. It's too bad it didn't reach a larger audience. ~ Joe Viglione


2-3 Stuck in the Middle


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There’s a nice little biography of Grand Funk here:

Here is their Wiki page:

The Grand Funk 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 – Marshmallow Way

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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 Marshmallow Way from my record dealer in Pennsylvania. He had some great stuff and his rating system was terrific. (I’m very, almost psychotically particular about the shape of my vinyl) There are some cute pop songs here and some really silly ditties. Michigan Mints is a particularly baffling tune. Why anyone would write it is beyond me. I feel privileged for having heard it. There really is a song about every subject.

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Marshmallow Way

1-1 C',mon Kitty, Kitty (Let's Go To The City)


Info stolen from this great site:

1-2 – Keep My Fingers Crossed


Artist: Marshmallow Way
Title: Marshmallow Way
Year: 1969
Format: LP
Label: United Artists


1-3 (Like the Love of) Romeo & Juliet


Bubblegum/Power Pop lp from 1969, with some great tracks; some people absolutely love this album, as it’s such cheerful music-basically somewhere between Teen Idol 1960’s pop, and more serious psychedelic or garage band efforts. They sound like a less silly version of ‘1910 Fruitgum Company,’ with plenty of catchy pop hooks and melodies that are often described as sublime


1-4 Michigan Mints


The arrangements are colorful, utilizing organ, marimba, and some guitar effects Highlights include the romantic ‘Give and take’, the pleasant ‘Music’ and fun catchy numbers like ‘Keep my fingers crossed’ and ‘Sugar and Spices’ The band was reputedly from New Jersey, and were related to St Anthony’s Fyre. (System Records)

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1-5 Give and Take


1-6 Sugar & Spices


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2-1 Sweet Thing


2-2 Wild One (Show Me The Way To Your Heart)


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2-3 She’s a Dandy


2-4 Good Day


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2-5 I Wish I Was


2-6 Music, Music


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, February 10, 2012

My Vinyl Attic – Clockwork

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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 don’t quite remember where I got this album from. I remember liking the watch on the cover. I might have bought this at the late, great Moby Disc on Ventura Blvd. They had a few bins of collectable vinyl at the back of the store. I think that is where I got this and the second Mouth & McNeal album. (among others) From what I’ve been able to glom from searching around the internet, this little slab of plastic is worth quite a few bucks now. In the hundreds if what I’m reading is correct. Luckily, I got it for a much better price than that. And you get to listen to it for nothing. It’s a win/win!

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Clockwork

1-1 Music Box


Clockwork info stolen from this great site:

Artist: Clockwork
Title: Clockwork
Year: 1972
Format: LP
Label: Greene Bottle


1-2 Hazy Shade of Winter


A surprising and undiscovered “sleeper”, this album is all but unknown, even among dealers in this type of music. The band are reportedly from Ohio, and their only album features fairly hard, semi-commercial rock with mild country flavor and male/female vocal harmony. A very decent record worthy of investigation.


1-3 Nothing Left For Me


SoulblazersMore interesting info from their Wiki page:

Jimmy and the Soulblazers (also known as Change and Clockwork) are an American soul and funk band from Alliance, Ohio. Since 1966 they have played for audiences across the East Coast and Midwest of the United States.


1-4 Hitchcock Railway


Signed with Kapp Records (a division of MCA Records, now Universal Music Group) in 1970 as Change, they released two singles. In 1972, they called themselves The Joneses, and combined their Motown and R&B with more rock songs and their own compositions. Although they were still performing as The Joneses, in 1973 they released a supposedly self-titled album of original songs and covers, Clockwork on Greene Bottle Records, a division of Famous Music. Clockwork was re-released in 2010, on the Homespun Records label.


1-5 After Today



Their vocals and musicianship have kept them a regional favorite for many years. In 2002, a new album, It's About Time, was released.[3][4] A mixture of Motown hits with a few lesser known soul tunes, it also featured the Soulblazers' longtime cover of "With A Little Help From My Friends", a blues tune, and a cover of "Grazin' In The Grass." They also have added a horn section to their lineup.


2-1 Now That We Know


They have been the opening act for Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, the O'Jays, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Three Dog Night, Uriah Heep, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Sly & the Family Stone, James Gang, Jr. Walker and the All Stars, the Four Tops, Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, and Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels.


2-2 Bye Bye Lady


2-3 Country Side Woman


2-4 Rock ‘n Roll Women


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 – Deviled Ham – I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night

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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 have no idea where I bought Deviled Ham. I have a feeling that I got it from this great dealer I found in Pennsylvania. He sent me a ton of great 60’s and 70’s stuff. (a lot of it sealed) There’s a little Neon in this band. Perhaps it’s just the organ swells and there slightly prog elements. Overall, I’d have to say this was an enjoyable album. Plus, the cover has a provocative edge to it that makes it worth looking at while you listen to the tunes. Some of it may drift into the silly, but it certainly brings you back to a moment in time when the Earth was young.

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Deviled Ham – I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night.

1-1 Come On In


This info about Deviled Ham stolen from this great site:

1-2 Alligator Wine


Deviled Ham's "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" was a late-1960s 'psychsploitation' release. Produced and arranged by Al Pavlow, the album featured the Rhode Island-based band The Ascots who had previously release a string of mid-1960s blue-eyed soul 45s for the Pavlow's Providence, Rhode Island-based Super K label.
Musically the album featured a series of covers given 'psych' production touches, some more successful than others, like "Come On In" and "Port Of Ghost Ships" who found the group returning to their Doors-inspired sound.


1-3 Frenzy



1-4 Ooh-My Soul


1-5 Ooh-My-Licky-Wah


1-6 Port of Ghost Ships


Side 2 is a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe. "The Raven" featured a side-long suite that somewhat haphazardly cobbled together a martial paced cover of The Electric Prunes title track and the instrumental theme from "Rosemary's Baby".
-by dj fanis: here

2-1 The Raven (I Had Too Much Too Dream Last Night – I think Edgar Allen would have liked this…well, maybe after a couple of martinis. This is pretty fucking wild stuff.


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 – Eric Quincy Tate

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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.

David B. has been going on about this band for a couple of decades. One of the great, underappreciated groups. Digging through my vinyl transfers, I came their self-titled album. (The only reason I have it, is of his piling on of accolades) I think I bought it from a catalogue of 60’s and 70’s records I used to get in the mail.
Fortunately, for the fans, this has been made into a CD. The whole catalogue is now available. These cuts are from my album. I’m only putting a selection up, because they are now available for sale. Please avail yourselves of that availability.

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Eric Quincy Tate – Self Titled


1-1 Stonehead Blues


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Eric Quincy Tate info stolen from this great site:

The founding members of Eric Quincy Tate are Tommy Carlisle and Donnie McCormick. Tommy and Donnie met in 1963 when Tommy joined Donnie's band "The Kings." The band had several regional hits cutting for the Jox label in San Antonio, Texas. Tommy, Donnie, and two other members of "The Kings" served two years in The United States Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex #9 from 1966-1968. While doing their tour of duty, the band performed at venues in England, Norway, Holland, Germany, Italy, Southern France, Sicily and on the Mediterranean island of Malta. Upon completion of duty in 1968, Tommy and Donnie returned to Corpus Christi, Texas and formed the band "Eric Quincy Tate." "Eric Quincy Tate" was Donnie's creation and is derived from three different sources according to Donnie: "ERIC" (Eric Burdon); "QUINCY" for Quincy, Massachusetts; "TATE" was the surname of a naval comrade on board Donnie's ship.


1-2 I Want ‘Cha


While playing in Texas, EQT made a strong impression on songwriter/artist/producer Tony Joe White. White played an important role in getting the band heard by Capricorn Records in Macon, GA. Demos were recorded at Capricorn which caught the ear of legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler. In late 1969 EQT inked a management deal with Phil Walden. They recorded their first album for Cotillion Records (subsidiary of Atlantic Records) with producers Tony Joe White, Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd. The band then moved their base from South Texas to Memphis, TN. In 1970, their first album titled "Eric Quincy Tate" was released on Cotillion. The band moved to Atlanta, GA that same year.


1-2 Try a Little Harder



In the early 1970s, EQT performed free concerts in Piedmont Park in Atlanta with The Allman Brothers Band. EQT also performed with, among others, Little Walter, Ted Nugent, B.B. King (whom Tommy loaned an amplifier to at a concert in New York City in '73), Johnny Winter, Wet Willie, Dr. John, Tony Joe White, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Papa John Creach, REO Speedwagon and YES.

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In 1972 EQT's second album "Drinking Man's Friend" was released on the Capricorn label with producer Paul Hornsby (Marshall Tucker Band - Charlie Daniels Band). Eric Quincy Tate made its third release in 1975 on GRC Records in Atlanta, produced by Sonny Limbo and EQT. The GRC release was a split release; the (A) side of the LP was studio recorded and the (B) side was recorded live at the Chattahoochee River Raft Race. The live side captured EQT in their natural state, spontaneous and loaded with energy. During the GRC period, Tommy Carlisle had taken a leave from the band and Wayne "Bear" Sauls took over as the primary guitarist.


2-1 Comin’ Down



In 1976 EQT released "Can't Keep A Good Band Down" recorded live at The Whipping Post in Augusta, GA, with Sonny Limbo producing in association with Atlanta music icon Bill Lowery. Tommy left the band and went on tour in 1978 with "The Back Alley Bandits" (London Records producer Chips Moman).


2-2 Hooker House


On September 9, 2006, EQT reunited for a 37th Anniversary reunion show at Northside Tavern in Atlanta. The recordings on the new CD are the result of the show. The band performed for a packed house of excited fans both old and new. The evening was very special and magical. There was also a fireworks display in celebration of the band's reunion. On tracks 9 through 13, Donnie plays his famous "Chicken Coop". Donnie stated "never again", as the last track on the disk fades out. "Thirty-Seven" is the last live recording made by Eric Quincy Tate.

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This is Eric Quincy Tate’s homepage. Please click here and buy their CD’s if this is your kind of music. And why wouldn’t it be?

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 – Elliot Randall – Randall’s Island

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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’m only going to do a partial album today, because this is out on CD.

Randall’s Island was probably purchased at Rockaway Records in Silverlake but I couldn’t swear to it. It could have easily been acquired at Moby Disc or Record Surplus on Pico. It may have even been found at one of my all time favorite record stores, Phi Beta. (Oh the glorious vinyl bounty that I attained from that wonderful store on Ventura Blvd. I still sigh when I pass its former location)
This album is very enjoyable with some very nice guitar playing.

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Elliot Randall – Randall’s Island

1-1 Sour Flower – This is a very nice jazzy instrumental.


Wonderful Elliot Randall information stolen from this great site:

Elliott appeared on three Steely Dan albums, "Can't Buy a Thrill", "Katy Lied", and "Royal Scam". All these albums were recorded between 1972, and 1976, and many people regard Elliott Randall as an integral part of the Steely Dan machine. His stupendous guitar solo on " Reelin' in the Years" from the Dan's CBAT debut album is regarded by many of the world's greatest guitarists as the ultimate guitar solo in fretboard skill and technique. " Randall's Island" is a trip back in time to 1970. The album contains eight tracks of rock, jazz rock, fusion, blues rock, and sometimes trippy psychedelic rock. "Jolly Green Giant and the Statue of Liberty" is a weak track, and really is out of place on the album. Randall's guitar work is excellent, and sometimes reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix. An enjoyable album and typical of it's era. Sound quality is far from perfect, and it would be worthwhile seeking out a CD version. Try and listen to Elliott Randall's "Randall's New York" album


1-2 Life in a Botanical Garden (Oh Yes)


CREDITS


Elliott Randall Guitar, Vocals, Producer
Bob Piazza Fender Bass, Vocals
Andy Muson Fender Bass
George Andrews Piano, Arranger
Pot Organ, Piano
Phillip Namanworth Piano
Terry Adams B-3 Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer
Allen Herman Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Paul Fleisher Sax, Flute, Vocals, Wind, Reeds (Multiple)
Richard Boch Cello
Edwin H. Kramer Engineer
Produced by Elliott Randall & Eddie Kramer


1-3 Take Out the Dog and Bark at the Cat – Who could resist a little blues number like this?


2-1 Brother People


2-2 Jolly Green Giant and the Statue of Liberty – A very silly song indeed.


Here is Elliot playing that classic lead guitar in Reelin' in the Years.


You can get this album and other Elliot Randall product 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.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Vinyl Attic – Doll By Doll - Gypsy Blood

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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 Gypsy Blood by Doll By Doll at the late, great Moby Disc on Ventura Blvd. I had read some good things about the band. (probably in Trouser Press – it was my bible back then.) There it was, affordable and used. When I got it home, I was thrilled. Not every piece of vinyl, no matter how well they are reviewed, turn out to be good. This album had some gold on it. Gypsy Blood and Teenage Lightning are especially gold-like.
I never got to see Jackie Leven live and his incredibly colorful life is, alas, over. But, through the miracle of recorded sound, we get to hear these marvelous talents, down through the ages. Apparently, according to the article below, the Doll By Doll collection is finally available on CD. Please go out and get these CD’s. They are more than worth it.

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Incredible Doll By Doll information stolen from this great site:

Doll By Doll's cruelly neglected 'Gypsy Blood' album is finally being released on CD. Neil McCormick reports
Gypsy Blood by Doll By Doll is the lost masterpiece of British rock, by the greatest band you've never heard of. First released in 1979, this lush classic of near-psychotic beauty has everything you could ever want from a rock album.


1-1 – Teenage Lightning


A widescreen, windswept epic, featuring layered, micro-detailed arrangements, it sweeps from the tender to the terrifying, often within a few bars.
The playing is elegantly syncopated, technically impeccable, darkly dramatic. The singing is pure mercury and silver, band leader Jackie Leven's voice gliding effortlessly from baritone to falsetto, improbably lifted through the bloody guitars and hammering drums by Beach Boy harmonies and gospel choirs.


1-2 Gypsy Blood


And the songs: well, the songs are stunning, weirdly constructed, richly melodic and boldly lyrical, beautiful, poetic songs about seeking meaning amid the harshness of life. With the grandeur of Dark Side of the Moon, the strangeness of Forever Changes and the bleak beauty of The Bends, it really is as good as any album ever made.


1-3 Strip Show



Utterly out of time amid the post-punk fires and new-wave angles of the late 1970s, it came out on a small label, Automatic, to good reviews and meagre sales. Doll By Doll did not much help their own case with their belligerent, challenging attitude to audiences and critics.

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They could be a quite terrifying group, a swaggering bunch of hard-drinking, drug-taking, borderline psychotics in their late twenties who revelled in their otherness. They had a cult following, but made many enemies. When their masterpiece flopped, the band shifted labels before eventually breaking up.


1-4 The Human Face


The master tapes were lost. I loaned my own copy to a friend, who loaned it to a friend, and so on, until it disappeared, garnering admirers along the way. Never released on CD, by the late '80s you couldn't even find a second-hand copy for love or money.
"These recordings have been lost so long they have acquired a certain mystery, like the Dead Sea Scrolls of rock," says Leven, who, after a long campaign, has finally succeeded in getting Doll By Doll's entire four-album catalogue re-released (some remastered from vinyl).


1-5 – Hey Sweetheart



Gypsy Blood sounds as good now as it did then. So good, in fact, that it is baffling that it failed to turn Leven into a rock god, but he acknowledges that it was probably the making of him. "The bitterness of the defeat was a true bitterness. But it's that salting of wounds that, frankly, we all need in our life."


2-1 Binary Fiction


He's a big man, Leven, in every way, tall, wide and deep, one of the unsung heroes of British music. A highly original Scottish singer-songwriter of Romany heritage with a fascination for poetry, philosophy, myth and ritual, he regularly puts out two albums a year on Cooking Vinyl.
"The economics of a life in the margins means I've got to make a lot of records and sell them to the few people who are interested. It makes you drop a load of bullshit about being an artist, keeps you working hard and honestly. I have acquired rigour."


2-2 Hell Games


Doll by Doll were formed in the late '70s in a squat where Leven convened with two outstanding players met during travels as an itinerant musician, guitarist Jo Shaw and drummer David McIntosh (various bassists passed through the ranks). "Jung said, 'Love is matching psychic disturbance', and I often think that's what we had in Doll By Doll.
We were all refugees from big traumas, finding a place, possibly for the first time in our lives, where we steadied into a belief that we could in some way rescue our eternal souls through art." The name was taken from an e e cummings poem.


2-3 Forbidden Worlds


All through their late twenties, he says, their ambition was nothing less than to create "a definitive band for the times". "It went more than wrong," acknowledges Leven.
"It was certainly difficult to see how we were going to make a better record than Gypsy Blood. I remember having the disturbing sense that even if we did, it would make no difference, because something else was wrong and we didn't know what that was, other than the fact that we were architects of wrongness.
We cast ourselves in a set of images which genuinely closed doors for us, like shut the whole castle up, with us standing around outside pissing against the parapets going 'Come on, ye bastards!' "


2-4 Highland Rain


After the group broke up, Leven's musical career almost came to a horrible end. He was brutally mugged in an unprovoked attack, and his larynx was so badly damaged that he was unable to speak (let alone sing) for 18 months.
He sank into despair and heroin addiction before pulling himself around with a self-concocted combination of acupuncture and "psychic healing". In 1985, he co-founded the Core Trust, which went on to become one of the most successful addiction charities in Europe, with patrons including Princess Diana - "very funny, warm, engaged, genuinely charming," according to Leven.
Not to mention flirtatious. "The first time we had lunch together, she leaned into me and said, 'What are you doing after?' in this quiet, sexy voice.


2-5 Endgame


I said, 'Beg your pardon, ma'am?' She just laughed: 'Only kidding!' " Leven recalls the People's Princess pestering him to sing to her backstage at an official engagement, a moment that instilled in him the notion that he might perform again. "She did a wonderful thing for me, for which I will always be grateful."
Leven recommenced his musical career in 1994. His 22nd solo album - Oh What a Blow That Phantom Dealt Me! - was released by Cooking Vinyl last month. Doll By Doll's guitarist, Jo Shaw, now designs and builds high-spec studios (for, among others, guitarist Mark Knopfler and Microsoft founder Paul Allen).
Drummer David McIntosh is a master potter and furniture maker. "When I see the guys now, the strength of heartfeltness between us is just as it was back then," says Leven.


2-6 When a Man Dies


The haunting conclusion of Doll By Doll's beautiful Celtic elegy, Main Travelled Roads, might symbolise Leven's subsequent life and career: "Eternal is the warrior who finds beauty in his wounds."
"As the Africans would say, to be alive to hear these songs is itself a victory," he suggests. As for the group's place in history: "It's a bit like what Chairman Mao said when asked if the French Revolution was a success or not," he laughs. "It's too early to tell."

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Doll By Doll albums can be purchase 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.