The Leaves – Hey Joe (1966)

FrontCover1.jpgThe Leaves were an American garage rock band formed in San Fernando Valley, California, United States, in 1964. They are best known for their version of the song “Hey Joe”, which was a hit in 1966. Theirs is the earliest release of this song, which became a rock standard.

The band was founded by bass player Jim Pons and guitarist Robert Lee Reiner, who were inspired by hearing The Beatles while students at Cal State Northridge in Los Angeles. Originally called The Rockwells, they were fraternity brothers who formed a group and then taught themselves how to play. Besides Pons and Reiner, the original line-up included John Beck (vocals), Bill Rinehart (lead guitar), and Jimmy Kern (drums); in early 1965, Kern was replaced by drummer Tom Ray.

They began by playing surf and dance music at parties. Their first actual show was in the school gym with Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band. In 1965, The Byrds left their residency at Ciro’s on Sunset Strip after making their first hit, and The Leaves (as they were by now known) were chosen to replace them. It was there they were discovered by popular singer and actor Pat Boone, who got them their first record contract, with Mira Records.

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Their first single, “Too Many People”, was a local hit in Los Angeles The Leaves released “Hey Joe” in November 1965, and dissatisfied with the sound, pulled it. They released a second version in early 1966, which flopped. Original guitarist Bill Rinehart left, and The Leaves redid the song again with a fuzztone by new guitarist Bob Arlin. This version of the song became a hit, and debuted on both Billboard and Cash Box on May 21, 1966. It peaked at No. 31 on Billboard and No. 29 on the Canadian RPM Magazine charts, while showing a humbler peak position of No. 43 on Cash Box. The song ran nine weeks on both national charts.

Their debut album Hey Joe followed. It took a run on the Billboard charts for five weeks, beginning on July 30, 1966, peaking at No. 127. The album did not make it onto the Cash Box charts.

Ad.jpgThe band appeared on TV shows – American Bandstand, Shivaree, Shebang – and briefly in a Hollywood film, The Cool Ones (1967). One more album, All the Good That’s Happening, was released before the band broke up in 1967 when Pons left to join the pop group The Turtles; In the early 1970s, Pons played bass with Frank Zappa.[1] Arlin went on to form heavy psychedelic band The Hook[1] and The Robert Savage Group. The band reunited in 1970 before Pons became a member of Zappa’s band. The reunited lineup included Jim Pons on rhythm guitar, John Beck on lead guitar, Buddy Sklar, lead singer from The Hook and The Spencer Davis Group, Al Nichols on bass from the Turtles, and Bob “Bullet” Bailey on drums. The band did some touring and performed at local Los Angeles based nightclubs before disbanding in 1971.

A new generation of music fans discovered the band when their version of “Hey Joe” was included in the classic 1972 garage rock compilation, Nuggets. According to the Nuggets liner notes, the as yet unnamed band was hanging around a tree-shaded pool, smoking, when a newcomer gave the traditional 1960s greeting, “What’s happening?” “The leaves are happening”, came the answer, which struck them all as a good name for a band. (by wikipedia)

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This is one hell of a debut album, especially for a group that only lasted for about a year after its release. The Leaves perform some superb folk-rock in a Byrds/Beatles vein (“Just a Moment,” “Girl From the East”), excellent lyrical garage punk (“Words,” “Tobacco Road”), and solid hard rock (“Hey Joe,” “Too Many People”), and cross swords with the Rolling Stones (“You Better Move On,” “Back On the Avenue” — the latter a ripoff of the Stones’ “2120 South Michigan Avenue”) and Bob Dylan (“Love Minus Zero”).

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The sound isn’t exactly consistent, given the gamut of influences at work here, from Bo Diddley (“Dr. Stone”) to primitive psychedelia (“War of Distortion”), but there isn’t a bad song on the disc, and the CD reissue has about the best sound ever heard on this material, bringing out the guitars in a genuinely crisp and vivid fashion. Maybe the strangest and best track in that regard is their cover of “He Was a Friend of Mine,” which incorporates elements of both the Searchers’ “When You Walk In the Room” and the Byrds’ “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better” into its structure and beat — the guitars are a real kick there. The bonus tracks may have come from vinyl sources rather than tape, but they hold up very well for sound quality. Anyone who enjoyed the first two Byrds albums must own this disc. (by Bruce Eder)

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Personnel:
Bobby Arlin (lead guitar)
John Beck (vocals)
Jim Pons (bass)
Tom “Ambrose” Ray (drums)
Robert Lee Reiner (guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Dr.Stone (Pons/Beck) 2.19
02. Just A Memory (Arlin) 2.22
03. Get Out Of My Life Woman (Toussaint) 2.50
04. Girl From The East (Jameson) 3.00
05. He Was A Friend Of Mine (Traditional) 3.24
06. Hey Joe! (Roberts) 2.52
07. Words (Hart/Boyce) 2.24
08. Back On The Avenue (Arlin/Pons/Beck/Reiner/Ray) 3.11
09. War Of Distortion (Arlin) 2.15
10. Tobacco Road (Loudermilk) 2.14
11. Good Bye, My Love (McNally/Pender) 3.09
12. Too Many People (Rinehart/Pons) 3.22
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13. Be With You (Rinehart/Pons) 2.10
14. You Better Move On (Alexander) 2.29
15. That’s A Different Story (Rinehart/Pons) 2.34
16. Love Minus Zero (Dylan) 2.32
17. Funny Little World (Arlin) 2.11

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Micky Moody & Friends – Live And Rocking (2008)

FrontCover1.jpgMichael Joseph “Micky” Moody (born 30 August 1950) is an English guitarist, and a former member of the rock bands Juicy Lucy and Whitesnake. He was also a founder-member of Snafu. Together with his former Whitesnake colleague Bernie Marsden he founded the Moody Marsden Band, and later, The Snakes, having previously collaborated with unofficial 5th Status Quo member Bob Young in Young & Moody. Along with Marsden and ex-Whitesnake bassist, Neil Murray, he formed Company of Snakes and M3 Classic Whitesnake with which they mainly performed early Whitesnake songs. More recently, he has toured and recorded with Snakecharmer.Besides this, Moody has also toured with Roger Chapman, Frankie Miller and Chris Farlowe. He has also performed live alongside the likes of Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee, Mick Taylor, Bruce Dickinson, Sam Brown, Gary Brooker, Suggs, Dennis Locorriere, Paul Jones, P. P. Arnold, James Hunter, Rick Wakeman, Jon Lord, Newton Faulkner, Uriah Heep, Alice Cooper, Mark King, Alfie Boe, Sandi Thom, Brian Auger, Paul Weller, Eric Bibb, Meat Loaf, Boy George, Elkie Brooks, Nona Hendryx, Mud Morganfield and one of his early guitar heroes, Duane Eddy.

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Since 2000 he has released several solo albums: I Eat Them For Breakfast (2000), Don’t Blame Me (2006), Acoustic Journeyman (2007) and Electric Journeyman (2009). A versatile guitarist, Moody has been an active session musician and his own website lists over 100 albums to which he has contributed musically. 2006 saw the release of the autobiographical Playing With Trumpets – A Rock ‘n’ Roll Apprenticeship, a memoir about his early days on the music scene. His library music has been featured on such TV programmes as Waking the Dead, Bo’ Selecta!, America’s Next Top Model, How to Look Good Naked, Top Gear, Horizon, Jersey Shore, Mad Men, Wife Swap and Paul Hollywood’s Bread. (by wikipedia)

Hell is a village in the Lånke area of the municipality of Stjørdal in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is located in the western part of the municipality, about 3 kilometres (2 mi) south of the town of Stjørdalshalsen.

Hell currently has a grocery store, gas station, a fast food shop, and a retirement home. Until late 1995, the European route E6 highway was aligned through Hell and across the Hell bridge to Sandfærhus (nearby is the Trondheim Airport, Værnes). The new road now goes around the village.

A blues festival takes place every year at Hell Station in September, “Blues in Hell”. The original festival (Hell Blues Festival) started in 1992, then changed its name to Hell Music Festival in 2006 to open their doors for music other than blues. The Hell Music Festival in 2007 failed to attract many concert-goers, however, and the festival declared bankruptcy the same year. In 2008 a new festival was started, entitled “Blues in Hell”, going back to the original concept. (by wikipedia).

Micky Moody played many times at this great Blues Festival …

… And here´s a chance to listen to Micky Moody and Friends, recorded live at the Hell Blues Festival, Norway in 2000 … another great Blues-Rock concert !!!

Enjoy !

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Personnel:
Don Airey (keyboards)
John Lingwood (drums)
Bernie Marsden (guitar, vocals)
Micky Moody (guiar, slide-guitar, vocals)
Neil Murray (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. Medley 4.38
01.1. Hideaway (King/Thompson)
01.2. Bab You Want Me To Do (Reed)
01.3. The Stumble (King/Thompson)
02. Mixed Up Blues (Moody) 4.29
03. Come On In My Kitchen (Johnson) 5.16
04. A Mind To Get Even (Moody) 7.56
05. Key To The Highway (Segar/Broonzy) 7.04
06. Spoonful (Dixon) 6.36
07. My Happy Day (Watkins) 2.35
08. 2000 Miles To Hell (Moody/Marsden) 11.08
09. Rock & Roll Shoes (Willis) 5.11
10. Nadine (Berry) 5.04

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