April 21, 2013

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Martha And The Muffins - Echo Beach b/w Teddy The Dink (1980) - single

"Echo Beach" is a song recorded by the Canadian group Martha and the Muffins in 1979. It was released as a single from their album "Metro Music" in 1980 and won the Juno Award for Single of the Year. "Echo Beach", as mentioned in the song, does not refer to a real beach but is rather a symbolic notion of somewhere the narrator would rather be, somewhere 'far away in time'. In reality, the song was created while Gane was working checking wallpaper for printing faults. He found the work rather dull and his mind drifted to times he would like to live over again. One such time was an evening spent at Sunnyside Beach on the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Toronto in summer. In 1977, "Echo Beach" was a reference made to a faded time and place gone in the lyrics of the song "Hiroshima Mon Amour" by the band Ultravox. The map shown on the cover of one version of the single is of the Toronto Islands, while another is of Chesil Beach in Dorset, England.

A - Echo Beach (3:38)
Written-By: M. Gane / Producer: Mike Howlett
B - Teddy The Dink (3:32)
Written-By: B. Harvey, M. Gane / Producer: Mike Howlett

Label:  Dindisc
Genre:  New Wave, Post-Punk
Catalog#  DIN 9

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April 20, 2013

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Hello People - Book Of Love b/w How High The Moon (1975) - single

Late-'60s concept band Hello People was put together by New York producer Lew Futterman. Basing his concept on French mime films, Futterman assembled a group of Ohio musicians to make up the group, dressed in full face paint and performing wordless mime routines between their songs during their live sets. The first lineup of the band consisted of guitarist and singer W.S. Tongue, bassist Greg Geddes, keyboardist Larry Tasse, drummer Ronnie Blake, guitarist Bobby Sedita, and flute player Michael Sagarese. Taking on stage names like "Goodfellow" and "Much More," the band was born and recorded its debut, self-titled album in 1967. In 1968, Blake left the group, to be replaced by George Abruzzese. Shortly after the release of their first album, Tongue also left the band, tired of the life of performing and opting instead to become a full-time songwriter. He was replaced by singer/guitarist Pete Weston.
The band played out regularly without ever scoring a hit record, including performances on network television shows like the Smothers Brothers and Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. Another lineup shift found N.D. Smart taking over as drummer around the same time the band relocated to Los Angeles in the early '70s. The band played shows with comedians such as George Carlin and Richard Pryor before signing on as part of Todd Rundgren's touring group for a time. Eventually, Weston and Sagarese left Hello People, and the quartet version of the band would go on to recording several albums before dissolving in the mid-'70s. "Book Of Love" b/w "How High The Moon" was taken from their sixth album "Bricks" in 1975.

A - Book Of Love (2:02)
Written-By: W. Davis, C. Patrick, J. Malone / Produced-By: Todd Rundgren and Hello People
B - How High The Moon (3:14)
Written-By: G. Geddes, R. Sedita, N.D. Smart II, L. Tasse / Produced & Engineered-By: Todd Rundgren

Label:  ABC Records
Genre:  Baroque Pop, Power Pop
Catalog#  16711 AT

(P) 1975
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The Blitzz - So Free b/w Degeneration (1978) - single

All members of the Blitzz could frequently be seen playing at jam sessions in the 70s Amstedam rock-scene before they decided to join forces. When Mick Ronson heard them play at a venue in the Amsterdam Red Light District he immediately fell for the compact sound of the band. This memorable evening led to the recording of "So Free" in a London recording studio soon afterwards. The first single from The Blitzz was released by EMI in September 1978. "So Free" went up the charts in several European countries in the months to follow. After three years of successful touring the band decided to split up to pursue personal goals.

A - So Free
Written-By: Ritchie-R, Mapness / Produced By: Jon Kenneth, Dave Scott
B - Degeneration
Written-By: Ritchie-R, Mapness / Produced By: Jon Kenneth, Dave Scott

Label:  EMI Records
Genre:  Pop, Garage Rock
Recorded at:  Sound Development Studio, London

Catalog#  5C 006-25833

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