Tuesday, 20 August 2019

It's a Funked Up World - Volume 2



  1. The Headhunters - God Make Me Funky (3:49)
  2. Barrabás - Woman (5:06)
  3. S.O.U.L. - Love, Peace and Power (3:48)
  4. Funk Factory - Rien ne va Plus (5:16)
  5. Del Jones' Positive Vibes - Big Feet (Philly Raggae) (2:36)
  6. Assagai - Cocoa (4:01)
  7. Ultrafunk - Boogie Joe the Grinder (3:16)
  8. The Meters - Hand Clapping Song (2:54)
  9. Nkengas - Jungle Funk (3:25)
10. The Last Poets with Bernard Purdie - It's a Trip (4:44)
11. The Undisputed Truth - Ma (6:12)
12. Maxayn - Check Out Your Mind (3:19)
13. Janko Nilovic - Crazy Enterprise (1:59)
14. Gerson King Combo - Mandamentos Black (3:59)
15. The Politicians - Church (3:13)
16. The Fame Gang - Twangin' My Thang (alternate version) (3:19)
17. Bo Diddley - Hit or Miss (3:42)
18. The Counts - Rhythm Changes (3:05)
19. Ripple - Ripplin' (5:09)
20. Hot Chocolate - Ain't That a Groove (5:57) *

*Note: This isn't the Hot Chocolate band from the UK who had several worldwide hits in the 70s/80s, but a US band of the same name who only recorded one album.





Sunday, 11 August 2019

It's a Funked Up World - Volume 1



I figured it's about time I made a funk mix for the blog. Like my Oozings compilations, these will feature artists from all over the world, mostly obscure but the odd well known act will appear. "It's a Funked Up World" concentrates on the peak years of funk music, from the late 60s to the mid 70s. I have tagged in the music files the origin of each song, but have also included a text file with this information.


  1. Black Heat - Wanaoh (3:48)
  2. Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats - Shake Hands (4:50)
  3. Skull Snaps - It's a New Day (3:00)
  4. BLO - Mind Walk (5:34)
  5. Alan Parker - Punch Bowl (2:37)
  6. The Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Hihache (6:59)
  7. Banbarra - Shack Up (3:02)
  8. Nico Gomez and His Afro Percussion Inc. - Lupita (3:40)
  9. Exit 9 - Straight Up (3:16)
10. Cymande - Fug (4:25)
11. Hearts of Soul & Shampoo - We Love the Policeman (4:50)
12. The Pharaohs - Black Enuff (2:53)
13. Peter King - Shango (5:36)
14. Ebony Rhythm Band - The Thought of Losing Your Love (3:00)
15. War - Get Down (4:14)
16. Mustafa Özkent ve Orkestrasi - Burçak Tarlalari (2:54)
17. Black Nasty - Getting Funky Round Here (2:40)
18. Darondo - King's Man (4:16)
19. Oneness of Juju - Poo Too / Liberation Dues (8:15)





Thursday, 1 August 2019

Carnivals and Cotton Candy Volume 4 - Raining Sunshine



  1. The Eighth Day - Raining Sunshine (2:35)
  2. The Thomas Group - Is Happy This Way (2:10)
  3. Los Iberos - Summertime Girl (2:10)
  4. The Hard Times - Take a Look Around (2:38)
  5. John Fred & His Playboy Band - Who Could Love You (More Than I) (2:34)
  6. The Pyramid - Summer of Last Year (3:05)
  7. The Forum - It's Sunday (2:17)
  8. October Country - Good to Be Around (2:28)
  9. The Cryan' Shames - First Train to California (2:56)
10. Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends - I'll Be Back (2:32)
11. The Fourmyula - Nature (2:54)
12. Orange Colored Sky - The Sun and I (2:41)
13. Keith - Sweet Dreams (Do Come True) (2:13)
14. The Happenings - New Day Comin' (2:41)
15. The Mamas & The Papas - Nothing’s Too Good For My Little Girl (3:07)
16. Soft Soul Transition - Don't Turn on Me (3:25)
17. Design - Coloured Smile (2:56)
18. Pat Shannon - Candy Apple, Cotton Candy (2:08)
19. Les Irrésistibles - Gotta Find Another Girl (2:31)
20. The Fun and Games - Close to Carmel (2:39)
21. American Spring - Shyin' Away (2:50)
22. The Turtles - Is It Any Wonder? (2:30)
23. Tiza - Juventud (2:54)
24. Bruce & Terry - Don't Run Away (2:46)
25. The Settlers - Major to Minor (2:55)
26. The Collage - Rainy Blue Memory Day (2:16)
27. The Mutual Understanding - Look Around (2:20)
28. The Astral Projection - Whatta We Gotta Lose (2:54)
29. Inner Dialogue - I Go to Life (2:32)
30. The Anita Kerr Singers - Happiness (1:59)

Again a big thanks to Manerg for help in choosing the cover art plus excellent song suggestions!






Sunday, 21 July 2019

Minutemen - History Lesson


Once again I have to thank Manerg for my introduction to Minutemen, way back in the 80s. Unfortunately the band no longer existed at the time of my introduction, singer/guitarist D. Boon tragically dying in a van accident in late 1985. There just isn't enough space here to attempt a short bio of the band, to those unfamiliar with them I suggest reading the wiki entry on them here.

Minutemen have had the odd anthology released but never really comprehensive, either a collection of live recordings or their early releases compiled on "My First Bells" which was a cassette only release in 1983. In the late 90s, their record label released "Introducing the Minutemen" which did feature songs from their whole catalogue, but for me it was somewhat lacking in content. It was also less than 1 hour long, and only featured a handful of songs from their finest release, the double album "Double Nickels on the Dime". This album features heavily in my collection, of the 48 tracks compiled 13 of them come from it. I'm sure many of you out there will argue about which tracks from each album/EP should have been included, but this is just my own personal favourites, and it did take some deliberating. For instance there's 2 versions of "Little Man With a Gun in his Hand", the first one from the EP "Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat", or the re-recorded version which only features on the vinyl edition of "Double Nickels on the Dime". While the later version is harder to find, I slightly prefer the original recording so picked that.

As ever I have tagged in the music files the origin of each song, but have also included a text file with this information. Hopefully most of you will enjoy this collection of one of the most outstanding underground bands of the 1980s.

  1. Sickles and Hammers (0:47)
  2. History Lesson (0:37)
  3. More Joy (1:08)
  4. Plight (1:37)
  5. Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing (1:30)
  6. Cut (2:02)
  7. What Is It? (1:50)
  8. Case Closed (1:28)
  9. Ain't Talkin 'Bout Love (0:39)
10. Search (0:51)
11. Dreams are Free Motherfucker! (1:11)
12. Life as a Rehearsal (1:34)
13. My Heart and the Real World (1:05)
14. Lost (2:30)
15. King of the Hill (3:21)
16. Straight Jacket (0:58)
17. History Lesson - Part II (2:11)
18. Futurism Restated (0:55)
19. Below the Belt (0:56)
20. Sell or Be Sold (1:44)
21. Ack Ack Ack (0:27)
22. Tension (1:19)
23. Clocks (0:39)
24. Take 5, D. (1:38)
25. The World According to Nouns (2:06)
26. Take Our Test (2:44)
27. Fake Contest (1:43)
28. I Felt Like a Gringo (2:04)
29. The Red and the Black (4:08)
30. Two Beads at the End (1:52)
31. Cohesion (1:55)
32. Corona (2:25)
33. Working Men are Pissed (1:18)
34. Black Sheep (1:09)
35. 9:30 May 2 (1:04)
36. Mutiny in Jonestown (1:08)
37. Spoken Word Piece (1:07)
38. Dr. Wu (1:44)
39. The Cheerleaders (3:47)
40. Little Man With a Gun in His Hand (3:11)
41. Storm in My House (1:58)
42. Song for El Salvador (0:31)
43. Party With Me Punker (0:55)
44. No Exchange (1:50)
45. Stories (1:35)
46. Tour-Spiel (2:48)
47. The Glory of Man (2:56)
48. Badges (0:39)








Saturday, 13 July 2019

David Ackles - My Name is David: Best of 1968-1973




Continuing on with artists who've never had a proper anthology released, we come to one of my favourite singer/songwriters, David Ackles. There was a proposed compilation, titled There Is a River: The Elektra Recordings, slated for release way back in 2007 but for various reasons it never saw the light of day. Comprising of the 3 albums he recorded for Elektra and a few unreleased songs, some copies were leaked before it was pulled, but as yet I've had no luck finding any. In his lifetime he only managed to release 4 albums, all of which I'd say are quite magnificent. His most celebrated is probably American Gothic, but my favourite is his debut self titled album. Whilst never getting any commercial success, many of his songs have been recorded by other artists over the years, most famously "The Road to Cairo" by Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity.

My initial interest in Ackles began way back in 1977, when, aged 13 years old, I received for Christmas a hardback book called The Illustrated New Musical Express Encyclopedia of Rock. For many years this was my bible, devouring every page and reading about every artist listed within, a good deal of which I'd never heard of before. The opening section, with artists listed alphabetically, featured a small picture of Ackles and just the one paragraph detailing his recording career. But within that paragraph were the words which quite accurately described his style as "poignant, nostalgic material laced with heavy drama". It wasn't until several years later I finally did hear anything by Ackles, once again my pal Manerg was responsible for my introduction, playing me his first album. After that I was of course hooked and purchased all 4 of his albums.
Speaking of Manerg, yet another shoutout for a couple of song suggestions and helping me with the cover art.
 
I have wondered how Ackles' career would had developed if he'd received the success he was denied, I'm sure there would have been plenty more excellent albums to follow. But, disillusioned by his lack of commercial success he never recorded again, and moved on to work in musical theatre and writing screenplays, eventually teaching musical theatre. Sadly he died in 1999 at the age of 62, of lung cancer.

 
 1. Ballad of the Ship of State (4:18)
 2. Down River (3:55)
 3. Cabin on the Mountain (3:29)
 4. I've Been Loved (5:07)
 5. Laissez-Faire (1:35)
 6. Midnight Carousel (3:41)
 7. Everybody Has a Story (2:05)
 8. Candy Man (4:14)
 9. Blue Ribbons (4:34)
10. Oh, California! (2:38)
11. Surf's Down (2:33)
12. Woman River (4:47)
13. What a Happy Day (2:11)
14. Montana Song (10:04)
15. Inmates of the Institution (4:26)
16. House Above the Strand (2:35)
17. His Name is Andrew (6:08)
18. Waiting for the Moving Van (3:35)
19. Jenna Saves (2:31)
20. The Road to Cairo (5:15)


Tracks 2, 5, 9, 13, 17 & 20 from the album "David Ackles", 1968
Tracks 3, 8, 12 & 15 from the album "Subway to the Country", 1970
Tracks 1, 6, 10, 14 & 18 from the album "American Gothic", 1972
Tracks 4, 7, 11, 16 & 19 from the album "Five & Dime", 1973



   Download FLAC
   Download mp3




Monday, 3 June 2019

Musings from the Outer Mind: Best of Oozings Volumes 16-30



  1. The Dragons - Amplified Emotion (3:40)
  2. Jolliver Arkansaw - Gray Afternoon (3:09)
  3. Morning Glory - Jelly Gas Flame (4:35)
  4. O.P.M.C. - The Head (4:47)
  5. George Romanos - Life is a Dream (4:34)
  6. The Third Rail - No Return (1:56)
  7. Sweetwater - My Crystal Spider (3:51)
  8. Bloomsbury People - Birdsong (3:36)
  9. The Intricate Blend - Door Knob (3:47)
10. Puff - Changes (3:36)
11. Harumi - Hello (3:58)
12. Country Funk - Really My Friend (4:00)
13. Flamengo - Co Skrýváš v Ocích (3:58)
14. The Left Banke - Dark is the Bark (3:27)
15. Relatively Clean Rivers - Journey Through the Valley of O (3:49)
16. Crome Syrcus - Crystals (2:57)
17. The British North-American Act - Don't Run Away (2:30)
18. Affinity - Mr. Joy (5:00)
19. The Fun and Games - It Must Have Been the Wind (2:10)
20. Os Brazões - Modulo Lunar (4:42)
21. The Insect Trust - Miss Fun City (5:05)






Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Musings from the Outer Mind: Best of Oozings Volumes 1-15


Despite previously saying I wouldn't be compiling a best of Oozings,  I  have of course now changed my mind! This one featuring a few of my favourites from the first 15 volumes, will soon be followed by the best of volumes 16-30...

  1. The Churls - Crystal Palace (3:25)
  2. Bulldog Breed - Halo in My Chair (3:37)
  3. Som Imaginario - Tema Dos Deuses (2:50)
  4. Spur - Mr. Creep (2:08)
  5. Margo Guryan - Love (5:23)
  6. The Fallen Angels - Something New You Can Hide In (4:02)
  7. The Collectors - Seventeenth Summer (3:27)
  8. Laghonia - Glue (3:15)
  9. Members Blues Band - P. S. Elic (3:53)
10. Pisces - Dear One (3:11)
11. Bakerloo - Once Upon a Time (3:35)
12. The Golden Earrings - Magnificent Magistral (2:40)
13. Twentieth Century Zoo - Quiet Before the Storm (4:55)
14. The Love Exchange - Meadow Memory (1:59)
15. The Tremeloes - Hard Time (3:05)
16. The Cyrkle - Nicole (4:07)
17. Módulo 1000 - Espêlho (2:43)
18. The Third Power - Feel So Lonely (4:15)
19. Blossom Toes - You (2:45)
20. Six Feet Under - What Would You Do? (3:41)
21. Them - Square Room (9:55)





Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Psychedelic Obscurities Volume 1 (remastered)



Finally, here is the one which started it all off. As described in my original post here of this mix,  it was first compiled around 10 years ago, but in mp3 format only. I updated it to FLAC and posted here a year later, and now we have what should be the final version of this mix. 

Those of you who downloaded previous versions will notice that I've changed the track by Autosalvage. "Land of Their Dreams" was mistakenly repeated on Volume 5, now replaced by the opening track "Auto Salvage" from their sole album. You'll also note I've included in all volumes a text file which has the full tracklisting plus album of origin and year of release/recording. I hope you all enjoy this new improved version!


Disc 1:
  1. The Human Beinz - The Face (2:42)
  2. Golden Dawn - Starvation (2:50)
  3. The United States of America - Coming Down (2:37)
  4. Godz - Down by the River (3:43)
  5. Kaleidoscope - Dive into Yesterday (4:44)
  6. The Stillroven - Cast Thy Burden Upon the Stone (2:44)
  7. Neighb'rhood Childr'n - Patterns (3:22)
  8. The Attack - Mr Pinnodmy's Dilemma (4:26)
  9. Public Nuisance - Holy Man (2:37)
10. J.K. & Co. - O.D. (3:18)
11. The Savage Resurrection - Thing in 'E' (3:02)
12. Time - Waking (2:45)
13. Euphoria - Did You Get the Letter (5:33)
14. We the People - St. John's Shop (version 2) (2:25)
15. The Electric Banana - Alexander (3:11)
16. The Orient Express - Layla (3:37)
17. White Noise - Firebird (3:02)
18. Alice Cooper - Living (3:12)
19. Blossom Toes - I'll Be Late for Tea (2:40)
20. Sunforest - And I Was Blue (2:50)
21. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - I Won't Hurt You (2:21)
22. Apple - Buffalo Billycan (3:05)
23. The Vejtables - Time and Place (3:46)
24. Twink - Ten Thousand Words in a Cardboard Box (4:29)

Disc 2:
  1. Beacon Street Union - My Love Is (3:07)
  2. Group 1850 - Friday I'm Free (2:52)
  3. Tintern Abbey - Vacuum Cleaner (3:04)
  4. Markley - Next Plane to the Sun (2:12)
  5. Brigade - Self Made God (4:04)
  6. Beauregard Ajax - Deaf Priscilla (2:22)
  7. Phluph - In Her Way (3:02)
  8. The David - Time M (3:55)
  9. Federal Duck - Tomorrow Waits for Today (3:05)
10. Summerhill - Friday Morning's Paper (2:32)
11. The C.A. Quintet - Dr. of Philosophy (2:06)
12. Moonkyte - Jelly Man (2:43)
13. The Five Day Week Straw People - Car Wash (3:26)
14. Morgen - Welcome to the Void (4:44)
15. St. John Green - Canyon Women (2:52)
16. Five Day Rain - Good Year (4:00)
17. Fat Mattress - I Don't Mind (3:49)
18. Plastic Cloud - Art's a Happy Man (3:09)
19. Kennélmus - Think for Yourself (2:49)
20. Trevor McNamara - Silver (3:27)
21. Chrysalis - Dr Root's Garden (4:12)
22. The Animated Egg - Sock It My Way (3:22)
23. Autosalvage - Autosalvage (5:32)
24. The Factory - Try a Little Sunshine (3:33)





Monday, 20 May 2019

Psychedelic Obscurities Volume 5 (remastered)



  1. Welfare State - Silence is Requested in the Ultimate Abyss (4:47)
  2. Lincoln St. Exit - Sunny Sunday Dream (3:32)
  3. Earth Island - Ride the Universe (3:21)
  4. Puff - Vacuum (2:12)
  5. The Little Boy Blues - Mr. Tripp Wouldn't Listen (3:41)
  6. Friendsound - Joyride (4:22)
  7. The Aggregation - White Light (2:04)
  8. Buffy Sainte-Marie - Adam (5:01)
  9. Flat Earth Society - Shadows (1:55)
10. Le Stelle di Mario Schifano - Molto Lontano (A Colori) (2:47)
11. Graffiti - New Life (2:51)
12. The Happenings - Don't You Think It's Time (3:56)
13. The Bermuda Jam - Good Trip Lollipop - An Antihystahimn (4:32)
14. The Litter - Breakfast at Gardenson's (3:02)
15. Autosalvage - Land of Their Dreams (3:07)
16. Mortimer - Life's Sweet Music (2:23)
17. Index - Yesterday and Today II (4:08)
18. Art Boys Collection - Stoned Wall (4:35)
19. Truth - Thoughts (3:31)
20. The Mystery Trend - What If I (2:42)
21. Afterglow - Morning (2:02)
22. Damin Eih, A.L.K. and Brother Clark - Take Off Your Eyes (5:46)
Bonus track:
23. The Art of Lovin' - State of Mind (3:40)






Sunday, 19 May 2019

Psychedelic Obscurities Volume 4 (remastered)



  1. Fresh Blueberry Pancake - Clown on a Rope (3:51)
  2. Druids of Stonehenge - Forgot To Begot (2:34)
  3. The Yankee Dollar - Johann Sebastian Cheetah (3:03)
  4. Rainbow Ffolly - Sun Sing (3:59)
  5. The Collectors - Things I Remember (2:46)
  6. The David - Another Day, Another Lifetime/I Would Like to Know (5:53)
  7. Bow Street Runners - Electric Star (2:33)
  8. Brain Police - Adler (3:25)
  9. The Left Banke - There's Gonna Be a Storm (4:14)
10. Stone Garden - World Is Coming to an End (2:31)
11. Circus Maximus - People's Games (2:27)
12. The Churchill Downs - Don't Turn the Light Off (2:27)
13. Chrysalis - Piece of Sun (1:49)
14. Group 1850 - Dream of the Future (2:32)
15. Six Feet Under - Inspiration in My Head (2:28)
16. Bokaj Retsiem - I'm So Afraid (3:35)
17. Dragonfly - She Don't Care (2:51)
18. The Peppermint Trolley Company - Beautiful Sun (4:44)
19. The Morning Dew - Sycamore Dreamer (3:42)
20. The Churchills - Song from the Sea (2:15)
21. The Bards - Hollow Men (4:21)
22. The Spoils of War - E-Thing (7:50)
23. The Rokes - When the Wind Arises (3:22)