Friday, January 25, 2008

Electras - The Best Of The Electras (1965-67)

If I would make a list of my favourite garage band you would find the Electras in the top ten. They were produced by Warren Kendrick (also the producer of the well-known Litter) who wrote nearly all the songs for them. Every of the eight tracks of this Minneapolis/Minnesota band you find on the a-side of this record (Get Hip Archive Series GHAS-5066 / 1993) are first grade (ok, maybe except the useless instrumental "Pregnant Pig"). It is said, that THEY were the first who recorded "Action Woman". Their version is earthier and a bit faster than The Litter's. They never had the chance to make an album and I believe if they had the possibility it would be the best garage LP ever. On the b-side you find The Scotsmen and The Victors which were pre-Litter bands and also produced by Warren Kendrick.

Tracklist:
1. Electras - Dirty Old Man
2. Electras - (Just A Little) Soul-Searchin'
3. Electras - This Week's Children
4. Electras - Action Woman
5. Electras - I'm Not Talkin'
6. Electras - Pregnant Pig
7. Electras - 'Bout My Love
8. Electras - Won't Take No For An Answer
9. Scotsmen - Beer Bust Blues
10. Scotsmen - Scotch Mist
11. Victors - Midnight Hour
12. Victors - I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
13. Victors - One More Time
14. Victors - Mister You're A Better Man Than I
15. Victors - Little Girl

Personnel [THE ELECTRAS]:
Bill Bulinski (gtr) [AB]
Earl Bulinski (gtr) [ABC]
Gary Omerza (keyb'ds) [ABC]
Jerry Fink (drms) [ABC]
Tim Elving (vcls) [BC]
Harvey Korkki (gtr) [C]

Band origin:
Ely (Minnesota/US)

Discographie:
45's:
1. Memories Of You/'Bout My Love (Scotty 6510/1) 1965
2. (Just A Little) Soul Searchin'/This Weeks Children
   (Scotty 6607/6613) 1965
3. Dirty Ol' Man/Courage To Cry (Scotty 6619/6621) 1966
4. 'Bout My Love/Memories... (Can Make You Happy)
   (Scotty 11A/12B) 1966
5. Dirty Ol' Man/You Love (Scotty 6620/1) 1966
6. Dirty Ol' Man/This Week's Children (Date 2-1550) 1966
7. Action Woman/Pregnant Pig (Scotty 6720) 1967
8. I'm Not Talkin'/Pregnant Pig (Scotty 6720) 1967

[5. B-Side as Twas Brillig / 6. as Twas Brillig]



Personnel [THE SCOTSMEN]:
Pete Lokken (vcls)
Dan Dailey (gtr)
Warren Kendrick (gtr)
Jim Kane (bs)
Terry Knutson (keyb'ds)
Gary Leach (drms)


Band origin:
Minneapolis (Minnesota/US)

Discographie:
45's:
1. Beer Bust Blues/Scotchmist (Scotty 1803) 1965




Personnel [THE VICTORS]:
Jim Crill (gtr, lead vcls) [A]
Ran Dailey (gtr, lead vcls) [ABC]
Jim Kane (bs, lead vcls) [ABC]
Terry Knutson (keyb'ds, lead vcls) [ABC]
Gary Leach (drms) [ABC]
Pete Lokken (lead vcls) [B]
Warren Kendrick (lead gtr, vcls) [B]
Denny Waite (lead vcls) [C]


Band origin:
Excelsior (Minnesota/US)

Discographie:
Albums:
1. Victorious (Arf! Arf! AA-099) 2006 [rec. 1964-66]



Get it here (Artwork included / vinyl rip)

Listen to Soul Searchin'

9 comments:

frumious bandersnatch said...

This is a legendary & essential Lp.
thanks a lot !!!

jeanbernardfrance said...

Very great garage compilation album.Great titles,great guitars all to make a good album.

henry said...

sounds like a winner!!! THANKS.

minimarkcheetah said...

Another gem from the incredible mid 60's! Thanks

Pablo "Cazorla" said...

MAN...REALLY GREAT ALBUM... YEAH GREAT BAND ... ONE OF MY FAVOURITES TOO ... BUT I DONT KNOW IF ILL PUT`EM IN "MY" TOP 10 ...

REALLY GREAT.. NICE WORK
AND : THANKS !

caveman78 said...

hi friend, very great post. One request, you have this comp:va - Psychedelic Trip Through Bulgaria, i search in of long long time.

Thanx for reply.
caveman78

Buffalo Billycan said...

Sorry caveman, I even haven't heard about this compilation (but it would also interest me for sure).

Anonymous said...

Electras are garage monsters. Thanks.

Mateus Paul said...

Thanks, thanks...
Great versions of garage classics!