Monday, December 29, 2014

Johnny Brower


Yet another classy record from the Guinness tax-scam label, this one in a country/swamp/lounge mode.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Hell's Belles


Raunchy Les Baxter soundtrack to American International biker flick. This one has some nifty bonus tracks.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Don Costa


Thanks to Steinar, here is "Days of Wine and Roses."

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Don Costa


Snagged this one in the Village on a recent trip to NYC. Paid too much, and the guy behind the counter was of kind of a dick. Was it worth it?

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Hardy Boys


Here they come, walking down the ... oops, wrong boys. Here come the Hardys!

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Mark Turnbull


This one is a real curio. Couldn't find much out about young Mark, but he does sound a bit like Bob Dorough or maybe Tom Northcott. If either of those guys rings your bell, then this is for you. Update: check the comments for a link for current info about Mark.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Scary Guy at the End of the Hall


This one channels the ghosts of Salinger, absent friends and, well, the scary guy at the end of the hall. Cover shot taken at our old apartment on Park Drive in Boston.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stoned Hair


With its canned audience sounds and songs that were not performed at Woodstock, this delicious slice of exploito pushes all the wrong buttons in just the right way. If anyone has any other Design Records titles they want to share, please put a link in the comments. They're all pretty bad in a good way.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

South Central Avenue Municipal Blues Band


In the late '60s, everyone was getting in on the Bonnie and Clyde craze, even if it made no sense at all. Still, this is pretty funky little album.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bobby Keys


In memory of Bobby Keys, here's his funky solo record featuring the talents of George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jack Bruce, Dave Mason, Nicky Hopkins, Leslie West, Klaus Voorman, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, Corky Laing and many others. We'll miss you, Bobby.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The 5th Dimension


By request, here's the 5th Dimension "Live!" record. BTW, I've updated the link with the correct running order.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Armistice Day


With all that's going on in the world right now from the Midwest to the Middle East, here's an album about human conflict. And, yeah, that's my mom and dad on the cover.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Maitreya Kali


On this Thanksgiving Day I'm sharing with you an extreme rarity: the "Apache/Inca" album by Maitreya Kali. If you want to read about the fascinating backstory of this bizarre record, check out this Allmusic entry, or pick up the near-book-length piece in Ugly Things magazine.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bermuda Jam


Trippy, pysch-o weirdness on Bob Crewe's Dynovoice label? I'm there. BTW, my outboard CD burner is on the fritz and I am having a problem ripping these albums for you, so it looks like I'll have to buy a new one. If all you downloaders - 135,000 and counting - want to help out with my purchase and keep Mondo going, you can contribute by clicking on the DONATE button. Monkeeboy and Doyscoy have shown their support. Why not you?

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Sounds of Our Times


Nice instro work from Jack Pleis and company. This vinyl rip fulfills a request from, uh, me. Because I love this kind of shit.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Outta' Sight!


Here's a tasty little comp that features "musical sounds of the new generation."

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Soul Sesame Street


In which the Village Soul Choir, whoever they were, attempt to infuse a little street into Sesame Street.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bud Shank


Might anyone have this tasty title from Bud Shank? If so, please put a link in the comments. Thanks.

The Goldebriars


A beautiful folk record featuring crystalline vocals by Dotti and Sheri Holmberg, and, of course, Curt Boettcher.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Leaving on a Jet Plane


Couldn't find much info about this one, other than the singer is one Jim Demitrack, a Bobby Goldsboro-ish crooner. The version here of "Sugar, Sugar" makes the Archies sound like thrash metal by comparison. But, as with all this kind of stuff, I find it hard to resist. Ripped from vinyl, with love.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Sidehackers


A link is now in the comments for a pretty decent rip of this ultra-rare record.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Stone Canyon Rock Group


By request, here's a re-up of Stone Canyon Rock. The dude singing the title track ain't no Richard Harris, and that's saying something. A real cheapie on a real cheapie label (Custom), which makes me love it all the more.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Loss Leaders


Thanks to Willard's Wormholes, the entire Warner/Reprise Loss Leader shebang is being rolled out. Try not to OD.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Barbarella


Happy Halloween ... and what better way to celebrate than with this spooky exploito record by the Young Lovers, whoever they were. If you are looking for some more scary fun, check out the comments in the post below.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Wilderness Years


Days roll along
One into the other
All the time in the world, it seems
The next thing you know
There's one less day
And slightly taller weeds

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Happy Day Choir


You'd think that from all the happy-faced white folks on the cover that this would be yet one more happy-faced, white-folks exploito. But you'd be wrong.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Goldenrod


Instro record in which ace sessioners Ben Benay (guitar), Jerry Scheff (bass), and Toxey French (drums) make like a badass power trio in the mold of Cream and truly let their hair down.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Breeze


Some sweet '70s mellow rock, featuring covers of Bread and Todd Rundgren songs as well as originals that slot right in. Breeze-y.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Billy Martin


Mostly instro funk workouts from trumpeter Billy Martin. Very hard to find.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

John Stewart & Scott Engel


This largely instrumental record was no doubt released by Tower to cash in on the early success of the Walker Brothers, and I'm guessing that Scott "Walker" Engel probably had little involvement. But still, it's not so bad as these things go. And since Mr. Walker has new album out - "Soused," featuring Sunn O))) - I thought it might be interesting to compare where he came from to where he is now. Turns out, there is no comparison.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wild Thing


What's atypical about this typical slab of biker-styled exploito is that it was conceived by Elektra head honcho Jac Holtzman. Otherwise it's business as usual: hits of the day performed with slightly less oomph, soul and precision as the original.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

A Long Day's Journey


I just posted a new album of mine over on Bandcamp, the release of which coincides with my birthday. You would make ol' Mondo's day brighter if, when you download it, you also make a contribution.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Dennis Linde


Reclusive Nashville songwriter best known for penning Elvis' "Burning Love," which appears on this here mighty fine record.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ultimate Breaks & Beats Vol. 3 & 4


And now for something completely different ...

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Simpatico Voices and Strings


I'm reposting this wonderful record in memory of Alexandr, who has apparently passed away from some sort of virus. Rest in peace, my friend.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Chris Bartley


Signed in 1967 by Van McCoy to his newly formed Vandor Records label, Chris Bartley and the label scored a Top 40 pop hit and a Top Ten R&B hit their first time out with the McCoy-authored "The Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven," an achingly beautiful soul ballad. The song was successful enough to get Bartley national exposure and even some performing engagements in England and is one of the more findly remembered one-shot soul hits of its period, but it was only a one-shot - he was never able to duplicate its success despite several tries.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bandcamp Update


During the past year I've been going over all the songs and albums that I've posted on Bandcamp, and I've remastered, re-tweeked and re-imagined virtually everything. So if you have listened to a particular record in the past, you might want to give it another shot. And if you do download, please donate.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dino, Desi and Billy


Yeah, they were a cool little band. But would they have gotten a deal if they didn't have relatives in high places?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Julie Budd


Had a request for this Babs look-alike. Sorry that some of the tracks wobble a bit.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

David Geddes


Some more gum for you, this one in the mode of Bo Donaldson with some disco touches. Most of it is pretty silly, but the title track is a great teenage tragedy song.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Street People


A sort of sub-Archies record, with Rupert Holmes doing his best Ron Dante impression. By the way, I've installed a "Donate" button on the right (the link was not working, but now it is). Give early and often.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Queen Anne's Lace


With its sunshiny girl/boy singing, this is an album very much in the mold of the Free Design.

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