Barry Ryan is a English pop singer. The son of pop singer Marion Ryan, Ryan and his twin brother Paul began to perform at the age of 16. In 1965 they signed a recording contract with Decca and, under the name of "Paul & Barry Ryan", brought out singles such as "Don't Bring Me Your Heartaches" (1965), "Have Pity on the Boy" (1966) and "Missy Missy" (1966). His stepfather was the American agent and music promoter Harold Davison. When it turned out that Ryan's brother was unable to cope any longer with the stress connected with show business, the brothers decided that Paul would write the songs which Ryan would interpret as a solo artist. Their greatest success as a composer-singer duo, now for MGM Records, was "Eloise" (1968), melodramatic and heavily orchestrated. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Later singles included "Love Is Love" (also 1968), "The Hunt" (1969), "Magical Spiel" (1970) and "Kitsch" (1970). 01 - Theme To Eutopia 02 - Why Do You Cry My Love 03 - The Colour Of My Love 04 - Crazy Days 05 - Eloise 06 - My Mama 07 - I Will Bring You Love 08 - Love Is On The Way 09 - What's That Sleeping In My Bed 10 - You Don't Know What You're Doing 11 - Kristan Astra Bella 12 - The Hunt 13 - Sunday Theme 14 - Swallow Fly Away 15 - Sunrise In The Morning 16 - Isn't That Wild 17 - Man Alive 18 - Makin' Eyes 19 - No Living Without Her Love 20 - Sea Of Tranquility 21 - I See You 22 - Feeling Unwell 23 - Where Have You Been 24 - Look To The Right, Look To The Left 25 - Oh For The Love Of Me LINK
The Neon Philharmonic (formed 1967) was a psychedelic pop band led by songwriter and conductor Tupper Saussy and singer Don Gant. They released their only two albums in 1969, and they scored a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Morning Girl", when it hit the Top Forty in May of that year and rose to number 17 on the chart. The band hit the charts again with "Heighdy-Ho Princess" in 1970. The group was produced by Saussy, Gant, and Bob McCluskey, and engineered by Ronald Gant, Don's brother. The group disbanded in 1975 after releasing numerous non-album singles. The Moth Confesses is the 1969 debut album by the band. Described as "A Phonograph Opera," it was inspired, according to the liner notes, by a production of Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra, which Saussy attended after The New York Times claimed that it was a terrible opera, and wanted to see what a terrible opera looked like, which he surmised was its deliberate attempt to appeal to a one-time audience. In response, he conceived this album as a condensed opera, with a moth-like protagonist, focused on the "literary theme" of desperation. Saussy did not imagine it could be staged like Tommy, but offered it up as a challenge. 01 - Brilliant colors 02 - Cowboy 03 - The new life out there 04 - Morning girl 05 - Midsummer night 06 - Little sparrow 07 - The last time I saw Jacqueline 08 - Morning girl, later LINK
Late 60s psychedelic hippie west coast rockers who had a hit single 'We got a long way to go' which brought this UK band some success in 1967. Released in late 1969, Aurora was the finale of a two-album career at Capitol, but this San Jose trio had been a singles act on RCA as far back as 1966. The Cream/Beatles influence is hightened especially on 'Gettin' On's Gettin' Rough', 'The Necromancer', 'The Kibitzer' and 'A Common Thief' 01 - Gettin' On's Gettin' Rough 02 - Jim Dandy 03 - A Common Thief 04 - The Kibitzer 05 - Inca Treasure 06 - Daddy's Claim 07 - Sweetest Thing 08 - Mad Lynn Ball 09 - The Necromancer LINK
Strawbs (or The Strawbs) are a rock band founded in 1964 in England. They started out as a bluegrass band and eventually moved on to other styles (folk rock, glam rock, progressive rock). They were originally known as the Strawberry Hill Boys. Their long-time leader and most active songwriter is guitarist and singer Dave Cousins (guitar, dulcimer, banjo, vocals). In the early days Strawbs played with Sandy Denny (later lead singer of Fairport Convention and Fotheringay). Although they started out in the sixties as a bluegrass band, the Strawberry Hill Boys' repertoire soon shifted to favour their own (mainly Cousins') material. They were the first UK signing to Herb Alpert's A&M Records and recorded their first single "Oh How She Changed" b/w "Or Am I Dreaming" in 1968, which was produced and arranged by two highly influential seventies’ producers, Gus Dudgeon and Tony Visconti, who also worked on their critically acclaimed first album, Strawbs, which was released in 1969. Although that first single was issued in the U.S. on A&M, neither of their first two A&M LP's were issued in the US until around 1975. Bursting at the Seams is a 1973 studio album by Strawbs. It contains their two most successful singles and reached number 2 in the UK Album Chart. 01 - Flying 02 - Lady Fuschia 03 - Stormy Down 04 - The River 05 - Down By The Sea 06 - Part Of The Union 07 - Tears And Pavan 08 - The Winter & The Summer 09 - Lay Down 10 - Thank You 11 - Will You Go 12 - Backside 13 - Lay Down(Single Version) LINK
The Royal Guardsmen are a rock band from Ocala, Florida, a sextet originally composed of Bill Balough (bass), John Burdett (drums), Chris Nunley (vocals), Tom Richards (guitar), Billy Taylor (organ), and Barry Winslow (vocals/guitar). Rick Cosner replaced John Burdett on drums in 2006. The current band performs regularly around the United States. Originally known as the Posmen, the band adopted their anglophile moniker during the British Invasion, led by The Beatles and other British artists. They achieved fame with their second (vinyl) single, "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" in 1966, which was also the title of their first album the same year. It soon reached #2 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, remaining in the bestsellers for 12 weeks, with an eventual one million sale in early 1967 and a gold record from the R.I.A.A. in February 1967. The original group split in 1969. The Royal Guardsmen are currently making a comeback; in December 2006 they released a new Snoopy song, "Snoopy vs. Osama", which has become a hit on The Dr. Demento Show. The Royal Guardsmen - 1967 - Snoopy & His Friends
01 - The Story Of Snoopy Versus The Red Baron 02 - Snoopy Versus The Red Baron 03 - The Story Of The Return Of The Red Baron 04 - The Return Of The Red Baron 05 - The Story Of Snoopy's Christmas 06 - Snoopys Christmas 07 - I Say Love 08 - Down Behind The Lines 09 - I'ts Sopwith Camel Time 10 - So Right To Be In Love 11 - Airplane Song My Airplane 12 - It Kinda Looks Like Christmas 13 - Lil Red Riding Hood LINK The Royal Guardsmen - 1967 - The Return of the Red Baron
01 - Airplane Song (My Airplane) 02 - I'm A Man 03 - Any Wednesday 04 - Shot Down 05 - I'm Not Gonna Stay 06 - So You Want To Be A Rock 'n Roll Star 07 - Return Of The Red Baron 08 - Gimme Some Lovin' 09 - Om 10 - Searchin' For The Good Times 11 - I Need You Girl 12 - Leaving Me LINK
Simon & Garfunkel are an American singer-songwriter duo consisting of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. They formed the group Tom & Jerry in 1957, and had their first taste of success with the minor hit "Hey, Schoolgirl". As Simon & Garfunkel, the duo rose to fame in 1965, backed by the hit single "The Sounds of Silence". Their music was featured in the landmark film The Graduate, propelling them further into the public consciousness. Live from New York City, 1967 is an album recorded at Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, on 22 January 1967. The album was released on the Columbia Legacy label on 16 July 2002. The performance is noteworthy in that it is the first official live release by Simon and Garfunkel recorded in the 1960s. As it was recorded in 1967, before Simon and Garfunkel gained fame with the movie The Graduate, it features many of the duo's early hits and album tracks, such as "Leaves That Are Green", "He Was My Brother", and "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her". 01 - He Was My Brother 02 - Leaves That Are Green 03 - Sparrow 04 - Homeward Bound 05 - You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies 06 - A Most Peculiar Man 07 - The 59Th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) 08 - The Dangling Conversation 09 - Richard Cory 10 - A Hazy Shade Of Winter 11 - Benedictus 12 - Blessed 13 - A Poem On The Underground Wall 14 - Anji 15 - I Am A Rock 16 - The Sound Of Silence 17 - For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her 18 - A Church Is Burning 19 - Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. LINK
Frankie Valli is an American musician, most famous as frontman of The Four Seasons. He is well-known for his unusually powerful falsetto singing voice. Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, and Bob Gaudio, (the original members of The Four Seasons), were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. Valli scored 29 Top 40 hits with The 4 Seasons, one Top 40 hit under The 4 Seasons' alias 'The Wonder Who?', and nine Top 40 hits as a solo artist. As a member of The 4 Seasons, Valli's number one hits included "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Rag Doll" and "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)." As a solo artist, Valli scored #1 hits with the songs "My Eyes Adored You" and "Grease." Valli's recording of the song "Can't Take My Eyes off You" reached #2 in 1967. "You're Ready Now," a Valli solo recording from 1966, became a surprise hit in Great Britain, as part of the Northern soul scene and hit number 11 on the British pop charts in December 1970. This compilation is from the early years, recorded under different names (The Four Seasons released their first single in 1961 and the name Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is from 1967).
01 - Four Lovers - Pucker Up 02 - Four Lovers - My Life For Your Love 03 - Frankie Tyler - I Go Ape 04 - Frankie Tyler - If You Care 05 - Frankie Vally - Please Take A Chance 06 - Frankie Vally - It May Be Wrong 07 - Frankie Valley And The Travelers - Forgive And Forget 08 - Frankie Valley And The Travelers - Somebody Else Took Her Home 09 - Frankie Valle And The Romans - Come Si Bella 10 - Frankie Valle And The Romans - Real (This Is Real) 11 - Frankie Valley - My Mother's Eyes 12 - Frankie Valley - The Laugh's On Me 13 - Billy Dixon And The Topics - Trance 14 - Billy Dixon And The Topics - I Am All Alone 15 - Billy Dixon And The Topics - Lost Lullabye 16 - Hal Miller And The Rays - An Angel Cried 17 - Johnny Halo - Betty Jean 18 - Alex Alda - Little Pony 19 - Rays - Bright Brown Eyes 20 - Topics - The Girl In My Dreams 21 - John Corey - Pollyanna 22 - Miss Frankie Nolan - I Still Care 23 - Van Trevor - A Fling Of The Past 24 - Van Trevor - C'mon Now Baby 25 - Kokomos - No Lies 26 - Larry Lee - Little Lana 27 - Four Kings - One Night 28 - Four Kings - Lonely Lovers 29 - Jonathan Marcus - What About Me 30 - Four Lovers - Your The Apple Of My Eye (live) 31 - Four Lovers - Please Don't Leave Me (live) 32 - Four Seasons - Things Go Better With Coke 33 - Four Seasons - Cousin Brucie Go Go
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap was an American pop rock group operating in the late 1960s. Their biggest hits were "Woman, Woman", "Young Girl", and "Lady Willpower". Singer Gary Puckett grew up in Yakima, Washington - close to the city of Union Gap - and Twin Falls, Idaho. He began playing guitar in his teens, and graduated from Twin Falls High School before attending college in San Diego, California. There, he quit college and played in several local bands before joining the Outcasts in 1966, a local hard rock group comprising bassist Kerry Chater, keyboardist Gary 'Mutha' Withem, tenor saxophonist Dwight Bement, and drummer Paul Wheatbread. Under manager Dick Badger, the band were renamed The Union Gap in early 1967, and kitted themselves out with Union Army-style Civil War uniforms as a visual gimmick. The Union Gap was disbanded after an appearance at the 1971 Orange County Fair. 01 - Woman, Woman 02 - M'Lady 03 - By The Time I Get To Phoenix 04 - Paindrops 05 - Believe Me 06 - I Want A New Day 07 - Kentucky Woman 08 - My Son 09 - To Love Somebody 10 - Don't Make Promises 11 - Young Girl 12 - Lady Madonna 13 - Kiss Me Goodbye 14 - The Pleasure Of Love 15 - Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife 16 - I'm Losing You 17 - Honey (I Miss You) 18 - The Might Quinn 19 - Wait Till The Sun Shines On You 20 - (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone 21 - Don't Give In To Him 22 - Lady Willpower 23 - Let's Give Adam & Eve Another Chance 24 - Over You 25 - This Girl Is A Woman Now 26 - Looking Glass 27 - Keep The Customer Satisfied 28 - Every Hour LINK
Santo & Johnny were an Italian-American rock and roll duo from Brooklyn comprising brothers Santo and Johnny Farina. They are best known for their instrumental "Sleep Walk," which became a regional hit and eventually reached #1 on the pop charts when it was released nationally. 01 - A Hard Day's Night 02 - Do You Want To Know A Secret 03 - She Loves You 04 - I Want To Hold Your Hand 05 - Beatle Blues 06 - I Saw Her Standing There 07 - And I Love Her 08 - All My Loving 09 - P S I Love You 10 - Please Please Me 11 - The Beatle Stomp 12 - Can't Buy Me Love LINK
Band from Auburn,NY. Anne Sarofeen (vocals), Ed "Duke" Shanahan (guitar), Dave Arliss (bass), John "Zilch" Martin (keyboards, harmonica, guitar), Jim Watts (drums, percussion). Sarofeen's vocal style has been compared to Janis Joplin, Ellen McIllwaine, & the Shocking Blue's Mariska Veres.
01 - Susan Jane 02 - Cream Of Nowhere 03 - It's Love 04 - Lady Tragedy 05 - Swamp Man 06 - You Made It So Hard 07 - Witch 08 - Tomorrow 09 - Rocky Mountain Blues
The Incredible String Band was a psychedelic folk band formed in Scotland in 1965. The band built a considerable following, especially within British counterculture, before splitting up in 1974. The group's members are musical pioneers in psych folk and, by integrating a wide variety of traditional music forms and instruments, in the development of world music. The group reformed in 1999 and continued to perform until 2006. The Incredible String Band - 1968 - The Big Huge Wee Tam and the Big Huge is the fourth album by the band, released in Europe as both a double LP and separate single LPs in November 1968. In the US, however, the two discs were released separately as Wee Tam and The Big Huge. 01 - Maya 02 - Grreatest Friend 03 - Son Of Noah's Brother 04 - Lordly Nightshade 05 - Mountain Of God 06 - Cousin Caterpillar 07 - Iron Stone 08 - Douglas Traherne Harding 09 - Circle Is Unbroken LINK The Incredible String Band - 1969 - Changing Horses
Changing Horses is the fifth album by the Incredible String Band. It was the first record released by the band after they had openly given up drugs (which had played an undeniable role in their image and sound in the late 60s up to that point), alluded to in one of the tracks, White Bird, as well as, more explicitly, in the album title. It is also the first album they recorded following their collective conversion to the Church of Scientology - which was indeed their reason for giving up drugs.
01 - Big Ted 02 - White Bird 03 - Dust Be Diamonds 04 - Sleeper's Awake 05 - Mr And Mrs 06 - Creation LINK