"It's a mind garage cover-up" - 16 mind expanding cover versions from 1957-1971


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"From a 1927 original to a 1969 original I can see no big differences... a good song is a good song, even when it's a mind garage cover-up..."

1. misirlou - bob kames

One of the most bizarre versions of traditional "Misirlou", recorded in 1962 by organ player Kames who used to play polka tunes. A must for every exotica novelty lover.

9. fever - rob de nijs

One of Amsterdam's most popular singers is here with an early release, a great laid back jazzy version of Little Willie John's "Fever". A 1965 release on Decca.

2. maybelline - mat lucas

Decent version of this Chuck Berry classic. A 1963 release on Underground Records, but first on London. On the label Matt is misspelled. On vol 150 you'll find the flipide.

10. my little red book - sounds incorporated

This Bacharach tune never sounded so clear and fresh before or after. Heavy organ attacks and wailing sax blasts are the main ingredients of this fab instrumental from 1965. See also vol 174.

3. back in the usa - ron winters & the patriots

Yes, the Chuck Berry classic in a splendid beat version. He had several releases on Dimension and Smash, but also this issue on Coplix Records in 1964.

11. daydream - mahna mackay

Mahna Mackay is an alias for David MacKay, an Australian producer. This is an excellent version of the Belgian song "Daydream" by Wallace Collection, from 1969. The A-side comes from the movie soundtrack "Sweden, heaven and hell" by Piero Umiliani.

4. tobacco road - mind garage

Written by John D. Loudermilk and made famous by the Nashville Teens. But I prefer this 1970 psychedelic rendition by Mind Garage. It also appeared on their second album "Again! - The Electric Liturgy", both on RCA Victor.

12. jailhouse rock - mind garage

B-side of "Tobacco Road" and it's a mind blistering version of this Elvis classic. Dean Carter recorded the wildest Jailhouse Rock ever; this comes close.

5. ain't she sweet - gene vincent

I first heard this song in an early Beatles' version with Tony Sheridan from 1961. Vincent recorded it in 1956, but the original version is from 1927, by Bud McAffee & His Gang aka Lou Gold & His Melody Men. Fantastic Gene Vincent rockabilly touch on this slow oldie.

13. comin' home baby - casey & his group

No version can beat Mel Torme's, but this comes close. Dutch instrumental outfit also known as Casey & The Pressure Group, with a leading role for the Hammond organ. Fantastic 1971 release on Polydor.

6. cadillac - the shamrocks

Swedish beat group that recorded  a dozen singles and two albums in 1964-1967. Lots of covers such as "Balla balla", "Skinny Minny", like so many beat groups in Europe. This is an International Polydor release from 1965. One has "A mountain of silver" as flipside, the other has "Easy rider" as flip.

14. shotgun II - the chambermen

Fuzz garage version of soul classic "Shotgun". It's on Philly label Amigo and that's all I know, issued in 1969. Could they be the ones that gave us "Louie go home"?

7. uncle willy - plookie mccline

Do the Uncle Willy with Plookie on the dancefloor with me and nothing can ruin your night out. Brilliant r&b stomper on the small Jerry-O Records label, especially known for some Dukays releases and of course Tom & Jerrio. Don't forget to check out vol 146 for the flipside.

15. fun - the hills

The Hills are The Peels. I don't know why this French release on Barclay mentions The Hills instead of The Peels. It's a fun instrumental B-side of their 1966 novelty hit single "Juanita banana". My fave Peels song is "Scrooey mooey", which has appeared on several compilations already.

8. harlem nocturne - joe harnell

Released on Kapp in the US  and on London in the UK in 1962. A fabulous, swinging and groovy rendition of this classic originally performed by the Ray Noble Orchestra in 1940. Being born in the Bronx it must have been difficult for him to arrange and record this Harlem song.

 16. glass onion - arif mardin

The Beatles or the Stones? Arif Mardin from Turkey loved them both. On this instrumental side he put a Beatles song, "Glass onion" from their 1968 White Album. A 1969 Atlantic release.