“Digging deep into the Rubble – Volume 1”

“Digging deep into the Rubble – Volume 1”

“Digging deep into the Rubble – Volume 1”

It’s fair to say that compilation albums have been many a vinyl addicts’ first introduction to all sorts of great music over the years. “Tighten up”, “Nuggets”, “Tamla Motown – 20 Mod classics”, “Mods mayday ‘79”, “A splash of colour” are amongst many LP’s that have introduced people to sounds they might not have heard before, setting them off on a long journey of musical discovery. Fans of UK beat and psychedelia have been particularly well served in this respect. Firstly with some great releases on See For Miles, Charly and the under-the-counter “Chocolate soup for diabetics” series, but mainly from the legendary series of “Rubble” albums compiled by Phil Smee of Bam Caruso records. There were twenty made in all, all filled with beat obscurities and popsike classics. These albums in turn part-helped make the original 45’s the maniacally sought after records they are today. In an occasional series we’re going to have a look into each one, and pick some highlights that are contained within those grooves.

The first volume in the series was released in 1984, entitled “The psychedelic snarl” (KIRI 024). Cherry picking great and obscure 45’s from the Philips and Fontana labels, it featured a suitably trippy front cover and an 8-page booklet giving some background on these previously unknown groups and artists. Side one starts off with legendary ‘freakbeat’ masters The Wimple Winch. Evolving from Liverpool R’n’B group Just Four Men, they released three 45’s in their lifetime. The third and most out-there was “Rumble on Mersey Square south” (TF 781) which opens side two. However, hidden on a handful of the B-sides was the wonderful “Atmospheres”, though the label doesn’t show this! It’s almost impossible to find one, especially in mint condition, but expect to pay over £500 for one. Straight onto track two, we find The Mirror “Faster than light” (BF 1666). Tucked away on a 1968 B side, it’s a phased pop-sike pounder. Track 3 brings us to one of the rarest and most valuable UK singles ever, “Woman of distinction” (BF 1588) by legendary session musician Caleb Quaye. Released in 1967 and only selling a handful of copies, this psychedelic masterpiece commands obscene amounts of money, a copy selling for £2,350 in June 2017. Martin Cure & The Peeps “It’s all over now” takes up track 4, next up is The Living Daylights 100mph psych B-side “Always with him” (BF 1613) and The Misunderstood’s 1969 slow groover “Never had a girl like you before” (TF 1041) is sixth. Track seven is made by a band responsible for three of the top UK rarities of the decade…

The Open Mind. As well as a much sought after ’66 slice of mod greatness as The Drag Set (“Day and night”), they also released a £1000+ album and a two sided proto-heavy metal 45 in 1969,“Magic Potion / Cast a spell” (BF 1805) which can also sell for up to £1000! After the madness of “Cast a spell”, it’s left for Billy J Kramer’s old band The Dakotas to end side one with “The spider and the fly” (BF1645). Featuring some incendiary guitar work from Mick Green, one of these can set you back over £100!

 

Side two opens with the aforementioned Wimple Winch’s “Rumble on Mersey Square South” (more of them later!), followed by fellow stars of side one The Open Mind with “Magic Potion”. The Living Daylights “Lets live for today” (BF 1561) is up next. Originally recorded in Italian by The Rokes, it was eventually a massive US hit for The Grass Roots in 1967, but the great UK version here was produced by the aforementioned Caleb Quaye! Track four brings us three minutes of total pop-art mayhem from Birmingham group The Craig. The follow up to the dance-floor friendly “Ready, steady let’s go”, “I must be mad” has to be one of the most demented singles ever made, and arguably the best example of a genre now termed ‘Freakbeat’. With an almost as good B side in “Suspense”, the single was released in June 1966 (TF 715) and sold in pitiful amounts, hence it’s £400+ status in mint condition today. Beat boom stalwarts Unit 4 plus 2’s last UK 45 “I will” (TF 990) is up next. On the flip side of “3:30”, the song is a great commercial slab of late 60’s pop, but the public didn’t agree as it didn’t trouble the charts back in 1969.

The Grey were responsible for one solitary 45, but what a classic! On the B side of “Elephant rider” (TF 944) which in itself was good, late sixties pop, “Grey” is a total head-pounder and the song can barely be contained in those grooves. Whether it would have been an A side hit is anybody’s guess (probably not!) but it sure left us with a classic and very valuable £300+ single. After that racket, you’d think the mood would mellow a little, but no, it’s our old favourites The Wimple Winch back again with aggressive pill popping masterpiece “Save my soul” (TF 718). Released the same month as “I must be mad” in June 1966, this was one of many totally legendary releases that just sank without a trace at the time. A surefire way to fill any mod / 60’s dance-floor nowadays, a mint original would easily fetch £400+ on the collectors market. After all that excitement it’s left for The Mindbenders to finish the album off in fine style with the cracking B side from 1966, “The morning after” (TF 780). Not too hard find, it’s a great mod mover with some brilliant guitar work and harmonies too.

Well, “The psychedelic snarl” was the perfect way to start the series, but we’ve got many more nuggets to dig out of the rubble soon!


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James Clark

Loves collecting records. My main loves are 50's rock'n'roll, 60's soul and r'n'b, beat, mod and psych and hopefully will be sharing some nuggets with you over the next few months. Apart from being a vinyl junkie I'm a Arsenal obsessive and a hopelessly romantic drunkard, but don't let put you off, we all have our faults.

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