"S.O.S." - 16 seldom heard cries for help


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Yes, really, these 45s were crying "please put us on a compilation and have us heard all over the world". It's like I've known these 60's songs all my life and yet it was great to hear them all back again..."

              PB40.166) 1. s.o.s. - the cousins & strings

Of course this song starts with . . . - - - . . . and it's on one of the rarest Cousins 45s, from 1963. The (Continental) Cousins: a Belgian success story...
9. paul - the pyramids

Best known for their "Contact/Pressure" and "Penetration" 45s which are available on numerous surf comps these 5 Californian guys released also this fabulous 45 in 1963. Surf at its best.
              PB40.166) 2. tel-aviv - the cousins & strings

And on the B-side you'll find "Tel-Aviv", in those days still an attractive target for tourists, now for terrorists. After releasing about 40 or 50 EP's and 45's in seven years. As La Jeune Equippe this Brussels foursome played on parties held by the elitarian chique of the late 50s... until the owner of a club in Brussels, Les Cousins, invited them to play for him on the French National holiday (July 14 1961). Two years later they were almost gods in Argentinia under the moniker of Los Primos. In 1966 they called it an end. For more about The Cousins: check out
volumes 20 and 26.
10. pyramid's stomp - the pyramids

And on the B-side you'll find this one which is even better. Like so many instrumental bands The Pyramids used a gimmick: five shaven heads and a black left handed guitar player (even before Jimi Hendrix!).
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              US on Criteria) 3. do the mashed potatoes pt2 - nat kendricks & the swans

On the first release on Criteria it was issued as The Swans, but later Nat Kendricks was added. Who was this Nat? Some say it is James Brown himself. Story goes that the record boss of King back in 1960 didn't want a mashed potato on his label, but in 1962 King released "Mashed potatoes USA", so you'll never know the real story behind this. Part 1 of this song has been reissued earlier on a compilation album.
11.  free as a bird - the chanters

Don't have much to say about this unknown 1967 gem. See the liner notes on
vol 12 where you can find the flipside of this fantastic 45. This side was also produced by the enigmatic Milan, but was written by a certain Collazo, maybe one of the band?
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              UA-111) 4. unguaua pt2 - the kingpins

The best song on the sinsational compilation "Forbidden city dog food" is the Kingpins' "Unguaua". If you wanna know the rest of the song which could only be heard on the B-side of the rare 45, you're lucky. This song has led to two radio shows called Ungawa, one in Hamburg, Germany and one in Antwerp, Belgium. Both radio shows started in 1992 and around that time there was also a British movie related fanzine called "Ungawa!". If you listen very carefully to Johnny Weismuller in his early Tarzan movies, you'll hear him yelling Ungawa to the animals. Fantastic jungle song, way back from 1958!
12. twelve months later - the sheep

The Sheep aka The Strangeloves, yes Feldman, Gottehrer and Goldstein all were in a different band as well. I've got this 45 (also b/w "Hide & seek", the Bunker Hill classic) also on ABC-Paramount ABC60000, both from 1966. This frat punker was the basic influence on the Fuzztones' own "Nine months later".
              56-1001) 5. topsy '67 - hal blaine

At the age of 9 Hal began drumming. From 1958 on he became one of the best known session drummers. Besides his solo work he played with lotsa combos including surf acts such as The Avalanches, The Young Cougars, The Ripchords, The Catalinas, The Good Guys, most of those bands with producer and friend Richard Delvy. One of his best albums is "Psychedelic percussion" on Dunhill. And for me his 1967 version of "Topsy" is one of his best solo 45s: a perfect example of his astounding drumming qualities.
13. greensleeves - the atlantics

The Atlantics will always be remembered for their "War of the worlds" and "Bombora" which flipside I used here. Nobody seems to know this one from 1963, but hey, here it is, straight from down under.
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              56-1001) 6. california sun - hal blaine

His rock 'n' roll roots are easy to explain: he also teamed up with Chris Montez, Tommy Sands and even Elvis. This instrumental b-side of "Topsy '67" is better than most covers I know of this Ramones classic. Ramones? Yes, it's hard to believe but the younger generation thinks that it's a Ramones song!
14. house of the rising sun - the frogs

A super bizarre version of the folk classic on a Belgian promo label. And I think the band is from Belgium too, but I couldn't find any info on them except for another 45 on that same label. Is this novelty? Is this alien jazz punk? Is this weird'n'roll?
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(Frankie 106) 7. drumfolk - stu mitchell & doug roberts

From Edmonton, Canada comes this duo, also much asked session musicians. The A-side is one of my fave instros: "Wild kitten" which can be found on
vol 12. "Drumfolk" is also a wild instrumental with a frantic drum lead! It was recorded in 1965, but remained unreleased until 1967.
15. coesville - johnny zorro

The a-side "Road hog" reappeared on at least two comps, but I've never seen this utterly cool guitar instrumental "Coesville". First these two songs were issued on a 45 in 1959 by a very small label Bravo (123).

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(Sonet 2139) 8. soul surfer - johnny fortune

And this is from a Swedish release. As B-side of the super fuzzy instro "Dragster" (to be found on several comps) this song is often forgotten. Originally this song was released on Park Avenue in 1963 (b/w "Midnight surf"). Johnny "Fortune" Sudetta from Ohio was a highly respected guitar player and a Fender lover, and from California he relocated to Ontario, Canada.
16. honey suckle rose - paul curry

As flipside of the best pre-Stones version of "Route 66" I'd be surprised if "Honey suckle rose" ever would have showed up on a compilation. Nobody seems to know the a-side either; that's why I put it on vol 12
. The picture here is from the 1962 French release on Columbia, but as I'm writing this I can tell I just found the original release on Cotton. If you want to see the label, check "Route 66" on "Sombrero" vol 12.
(Cotton 1007)