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    the Undertakers ~ 1996 ~ Unearthedgenre: real clear uk beat
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, cover) 
    time: 39:30 size: 148 mb

    Tapestry of Delights (thank our Prophet - great Vernon Joynson):
    This was one of Merseyside's very first rock groups who formed in Wallasey in 1961. Some members had previously been in an even earlier combo, Bob Evans and The Five Shillings. Still fronted by Evans, they used nicknames (though 'Mushy' Cooper was the only one to survive the passage of time) and lived up to their name by turning up to gigs in a hearse, black frock coats, embalmers' trousers and black top hats.
    Before the end of 1961, a kidney ailment forced Evans to leave and Bugs Pemberton was his replacement. The next few months were spent building up a good live reputation playing powerful covers of US soul, R&B and rock'n'roll hits. Their most popular song seems to have been an obscure pounding dance number, originally recorded by Nat Kendrick and The Swans called Mashed Potatoes.
    Early in 1962, Cooper left to join Faron's Flamingoes and a certain Jackie Lomax came on board from another Wallasey group, Dee and The Dynamites. They sometimes backed Beryl Marsden and a black vocal group, The Chants, who did lots of Coasters songs.
    After McManus left to join The Renegades, they had their first of a series of spells in Hamburg. They were also signed by Pye but none of their three 45s really captured their exciting live sound on disc, although Just A Little Bit was a minor hit. They were mostly cover versions. Stupidity was a Soloman Burke song.
    They later abbreviated their name to The 'Takers, but despite an appearance on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' failed to achieve a breakthrough.

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    the Underground Set ~ 1970 ~ The Underground Setgenre: heavy psychproto heavy rpi
    state: italy
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    time: 47:13 size: 312 mb

    For contractual reasons, the musicians from Nuova Idea. But surely the mastermind behind them was composer Gian Piero Reverberi, who was also the producer of Le Orme and wrote most of the tracks on these albums under the nickname Ninety.
    Like Planetarium, Blue Phantom or Fourth Sensation these were Italian groups whose members were never listed on the covers.
    The Underground Set were often thought to be an English group, their first album having been issued in many European countries. It's interesting to notice that the group has been mentioned as English in Vernon Joynson's Tapestry of Delight book.
    But in an interview with Paolo Siani on the Italian Musikbox magazine, the drummer was one of the first to reveal that the musicians playing on this band's two albums were in fact Nuova Idea, as Radio Records (the label on which the first album and the singles appeared) was distributed by their label Ariston at the time.
    Mainly instrumental, with just some choral vocal parts, the albums are typical of a late 60's organ-led psychy pop sound and some tracks were used as TV film themes. 
    The Psycheground LP from 1971 is similar, featuring five instrumental tracks that show the inspiration of the british 60's rhythm & blues.

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    Underdogs ~ 1970 ~ Wasting Our Timegenre: garage, psych
    state: new zealand
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    time: 37:33 size: 204 mb

    Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:
    This Auckland band evolved out of the Underground Blues Band, which had formed in 1965. The name change came in 1966 and The Underdogs signed to Zodiac Records at the tail end of '66.
    They quickly established a reputation as a wild live act and in Harvey Mann had one of the best blues guitarists in New Zealand. After the release of their debut 45 See Saw they appeared on the national T.V. pop show 'C'mon!'. Soon after Mann departed to The Brew. Lou Rawnsley replaced him and his fuzzy guitar line was a characteristic of their follow-up, a cover of John Mayall's Sitting In The Rain. Apart from being a huge local hit the single made the National Top 20.
    In 1967, their hot reputation as a live band earned them a slot on the touring version of the 'C'mon! Show' when the frequently brought the house down. At the end of the year they decided to relocate to Wellington, which led to the departure of Neil Edwards to Le Frame. He was replaced by former Breakaways' member Dave Orams, who in turn gave way to ex-Bitter End man George Barris. The move to Wellington proved a bad one 'cos they found it hard to get work. In early 1968 they disintegrated. Neil Edwards also did a stint with Human Instinct and then Headband.
    That's not the end of the story, however, later that year Murray Grindlay and Harvey Mann (both in The Brew) decided to reform the band in Auckland. Doug Thomas had also been in The Breakaways. Rawnsley designed the cover for their album then left. His replacement was Chaz Burke-Kennedy, but their cover of Frank Zappa's You Can Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance had to be retitled There Will Come A Time to satisfy the censors, but it didn't sell well and conflict over musical direction (or lack of it) saw the band in limbo again. There was one further brief reformation in the late seventies.
    Murray Grindlay went on to play in several other bands and write jingles. Neil Edwards still works the pub circuit. Harvey Mann moved to Australia. Doug Thomas runs a successful stereo importing business.

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    Under Milkwood ~ 1970 ~ Under Milkwoodgenre: psych, folk
    state: us
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    time: 38:57 size: 229 mb

    Under Milkwood's sole, and rare, album is -- like so many obscure late-'60s psychedelic records -- a pretty aimless, scattershot effort that tries to cover too much ground and ends up running aground, though there are hints of good ideas from time to time. Heavily derivative of bigger and better California acid rock bands, it stumbles hardest the heavier it tries to get, some of the songs coming close to drowning in overwrought bluesy improvisational passages. Weirdly, they devote equal or greater attention to bittersweet, acoustic-flavored folk-rock -- equally derivative as their hard rock flights, probably, but much more pleasant on the ear. The female vocals, and occasionally the male-female harmonies, are heavily indebted to Jefferson Airplane in particular, and also at times to the much lesser known (at the time) Fairport Convention, who coincidentally or not were also on A&M. Yet the pretty folky songs -- "Changing Seasons" and "Lost Youth," for instance -- aren't so pretty or outstanding that they demand a hearing by Airplane or Fairport fans, and while the occasional classical melodics (on "Parade") and jazzy saxophone add unexpected spices, they're not so imaginative or well-integrated to be worthy of high praise.
    First legit issue of this good-to-pretty-good-to-almost-great underground rock album from 1970 (previously bootlegged as just "Milkwood" by the ever-doomed Fanny organization). "Reissue of a fantastic Californian psych-based only released in 1969 as test pressing (was planned to be released on A&M label but never came out); it had this real 'west coast' guitar-sound like Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, some folkrock passages ala Fairport Convention but also some exotic hippie atmospheres ala Traffic Sound; great alternate male/female vocals not unlike Balin/Slick but also crystal vocal passages ala Sandy Denny.

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    Uncle Dog ~ 1972 ~ Old Hatgenre: blues
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers) 
    time: 35:53 size: 231 mb

    Tapestry of Delights:
    A short-lived rock group including Carol Grimes, who fronted Delivery in 1970 and also made solo recordings. John Pearson played drums on four of the tracks and John 'Rabbit' Bundrick, who was later with The Who, played piano on a couple of tracks. Most of the songs were penned by Dave Skinner, although there are a few covers, including Dylan's I'll Be Your Baby Tonight and Sam C. Phillips/Hermann Parker's Mystery Train. Carol Grimes' vocals are the most appealing thing about this album. 
    Guest musicians on the LP were Paul Kossoff, guitar on "We Got Time".
    John Porter became a producer and produced The Smiths and John Lee Hooker's comeback album in 1989. Mitchell played with Clancy and The Sandmen. Skinner also played in Clancy and 801 while Legendary Ace Drummer Terry Stannard formed the hit band Kokomo later.
    John Porter is a producer nowadays and produced The Smiths and John Lee Hooker's comeback album in 1989.

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    Ultimate Spinach ~ 1968b ~ Behold and Seegenre: psych
    state: us
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    time: 67:13 size: 373 mb

    Second Lp. More complex compositions, such as the suite in four movements "Genesis of Beauty" and "Fragmentary March of Green", two pieces soaked in mysticism, are included in the second album Behold And See (MGM, 1968). "Jazz Thing" and "Mind Flowers" experimented with even more unusual tempos and atmosphere, while "Gilded Lamp Of The Cosmos" exemplifies their psychedelic folk ballads.

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    the Ugly Ducklings ~ 1966 ~ Somewhere Outsidegenre: garage
    state: canada
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    time: 54:52 size: 256 mb

    Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:
    Formed in the spring of 1965 as The Strolling Bones, a blatant Rolling Stones-inspired outfit featuring Brian Jones look-a-like, British-born Glyn Bell. After making its live debut at Cedarbrae High School in Toronto's Scarborough district (the entire band minus Boers studied there), the group changed name to The Ugly Ducklings and won a residency at Charlie Brown's Place. In late 1965, the band attracted the attention of Yorktown Records, who recorded the group's debut single, the Bingham-Mayne collaboration, Nothin' for a mere $300 on a 2-track machine at Hallmark Studios. The record was picked by local radio and became a local smash in March of the following year. On the back of the single's success, the 'Ducks landed their dream gig - opening for the Stones at Maple Leaf Gardens in June 1966.
    The group's debut album Somewhere Outside, recorded in New York and Toronto was issued around this time and contained all of the group's early singles. The opening cut, Nothin', was also their finest moment, with its snotty punk vocals and guitar assault. She Ain't No Use To Me was a punk shouter with some snappy guitar work, whilst That's Just A Thought I Had In My Mind is more restrained, veering more towards pop. Also of note on the album were Do What You Want, a mid-paced beat number; Just In Case You Wonder, which featured some good fuzz guitar; Hey Mama (Keep Your Big Mouth Shut), notable for some fine psychedelic guitar work; a snotty version of Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Any More, the only non-original and the closing cut, Windy City (Noise At The North End), an atmospheric instrumental complete with sound effects and more fuzz guitar. However, the label's decision to bring in producer Brian Ahern against the band's wishes, and its failure to distribute the 'Ducks records properly in the US led to the first of several personnel changes in early 1967. Read dropped out (later working in the photographic retail business) and was replaced by Howie Smith.

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