IT’S GOING TO BE AN ANNUAL EVENT
Shindig! Magazine will be 15 years old in 2009. To celebrate we gathered together a selection of the most talked about features and interviews from the early, sold-out issues and produced the first Shindig! Annual.
Between 1994 and 2005 Jon
‘Mojo’ Mills, and those crazy enough to offer their services, produced seven magazines, ranging from the amateurish (Gravedigger #1) to the nearly- professional (Shindig! #7). Born from the ’90s garage scene the magazine developed over time, never shying away from its Pebbles inspired roots and encompassing a whole lot more along the way. After a rather erratic schedule Shindig! was relaunched as a regular bi-monthly publication. Raising from the embers Phoenix-like the glossy, full-coloured magazine soon became on sale everywhere, from the hip Hollywood newsstand The Daily Planet to downtown Helsinki and with an impressive High Street presence in the UK (WH Smiths and Borders) and in the USA (Barnes & Noble). The Shindig! Annual serves as a
taster of the magazine’s humble
beginnings, from its Q&A fanzine days to later quality writing, which was just too in- depth and left field to be published anywhere else in the UK. The carefully chosen selection of features brim with passion – as their authors certainly felt compelled to spend hours researching their subjects in order to tell these amazing stories and spread the word. Only a few of you will have been with us since day one, as
SHINDIG! SOUNDS Stefan Granados casts his third eye across forthcoming releases. January
ARC Arc At This (Esoteric) The 1971 debut by the former Skip Bifferty team (Graham Bell, John Turnbull and Micky Gallagher) showcases their melodic prog rock style on ‘Great Lager Street’ andmore. Captain Beefheart Safe As Milk (Rev-Ola)
The good captain’s 1967 debut, recorded while Ry Cooder was still in the band, finds them ripping through offbeat bluesy rock like ‘Zig Zag Wanderer’. Essential stuff!
Deep Feeling Pretty Colours (Sunbeam)
Unreleased 1967 sessions by Jim Capaldi, Poli Palmer, Gordon Jackson & Luther Grosvenor, including the brilliant psych title track and demos w/Blossom Toes.
Flamin’ Groovies Flamin’ Groovies/Teenage Head (Rev-Ola)
The two albums on this CD capture the Groovies in their Roy Lonely era prime, serving up down and dirty rock ’n’ roll like ‘Teenage Head’ and ‘High Flyin’ Baby’.
Galliard New Dawn (Esoteric)
Remastered edition of the second album – originally issued in 1970 – by the eclectic UK band best known for integrating brass into their progressive rock sounds.
Galliard Strange Pleasures (Esoteric)
Galliard’s 1969 debut album is dusted off and remastered, making the Birmingham group’s fascinating fusion of prog, psych and folk sound more vital than ever before.
Hawkwind Electric Teepee (Esoteric)
Reissue of the out of print 1994 studio album by Hawkwind, featuring the hard rocking ‘LSD’ that scales the heights of their early work, along with tracks that incorporate trance and ambient influences.
Heavy Metal Kids Anvil Chorus (Lemon)
Their second and best album (originally issued in 1975), on which the Kids serve up stomping NY Dolls like glam rock like ‘Hard At The Top’ and ‘Situation’ Outta Control’.
Heavy Metal Kids Heavy Metal Kids (Lemon)
First time on CD for the 1974 debut album by one of the great lost UK bands of the ’70s who mixed glam, anthemic rock, and plenty of pop smarts to dazzling effect.
Vince Taylor Jet Black Leather Machine (Ace) Amazing 22 track compilation of the UK rocker’s career-
spanning best, including ‘Brand New Cadillac’ from 1961 and other rocking tracks that made him a legend in France.
Wimple Winch Rumble On Mersey Square (Bam Caruso/RPM)
At last, a reissue of Bam Caruso’s seminal comp of the complete works of the Liverpool freakbeat legends, with updated notes & six previously unreleased Just Four Men tracks
Jimmy Campbell Half-Baked (Esoteric) The long awaited reissue of the Liverpool singer-songwriters extraordinary 1970 LP. Features Rockin Horse & Joey Molland on moody pop masterpieces like ‘Ín My Room’ and more.
Jimmy Campbell The Jimmy Campbell Album (Esoteric)
Never before available on CD, this 1972 outing was Jimmy Campbell’s final solo album and captures him at his melancholic best on ‘Salvation Army Citadel’.
Jimmy Campbell Son of Anastasia (Esoteric)
The 1969 solo debut by the leader of Liverpool psych merchants 23rd Turnoff was his most acoustic effort and features mesmerizing versions of ‘Mother’s Boy’ and ‘Michelangelo’.
Fire Magic Shoemaker (Esoteric)
Remastered edition of the charming 1970 concept album by the recently reunited UK trio led by future Strawbs man, Dave Lambert.
Fruupp Future Legends (Esoteric)
The impressive 1973 debut by the Irish progressive pop/rock quartet fronted by Vince McCusker is given a well-deserved remaster by Esoteric.
Fruupp Seven Secrets (Esoteric)
On their second album – recorded for Pye’s progressive imprint, Dawn in 1974 – Fruupp added classical and medieval influences to create their finest album.
Magic Mixture This Is Magic Mixture (Sunbeam)
Reissue of the excellent 1968 psych rock set that originally appeared on the Saga Records budget label. Features interviews w/group members & bonus tracks. On CD/2-LP vinyl.
Makin’ Time No Lumps of Fat or Gristle (Ace)
Reissue of ’80s mod gods with the honey warm vocals of Fay Hallam. Shadows Of Knight Shake! (Rev-Ola)
Cut in 1969 by a late period line up (singer Jim Sohns was the only holdover) their rocking third LP may be their best and features great hard-edged pop and rock like ‘Follow’ and ‘Shake’.
Starry Eyed And Laughing Best of (Broadside)
Superb compilation of the very best of the pub rocking UK Byrds acolytes 1974-1975 output, culled from their two CBS LPs and several singles.
Various Artists Glitter & Gold – Words And Music By Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (Ace)
26 compositions written by the Brill Building writing team, performed by The Turtles, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Vogues, Arthur Alexander and others.
Various Artists Gonks Go Beat/I’ve Got AHorse (RPM Retro)
The soundtracks to two classic Brit kitsch films of the ’60s are compiled on one disc. Includes tracks by Billy Fury, Lulu & The Luvvers, Graham Bond, Nashville Teens and more.
Various Artists Psychedelic Schlemiels 3 (Wooden Hill)
The acclaimed series is back for a third volume of wondrous sonic excavations of obscure UK pop-psych sounds of the ’60s, including Jade Hexagram and other mysterious acts.
Various Artists Upside Down World Of John Pantry (Wooden Hill)
Expanded 2-CD edition (and first time on CD) of more than 50 of John Pantry related ’60s recordings, including tracks by Sounds Around, The Bunch, Norman Conquest and more.
We Five You Were On My Mind (Ace)
Career-spanning compilation of the best of the 1965-1969 recordings by the US harmony pop band, incl. the hit title track, singles, unissued material, radio ads and more.
Young Idea With ALittle Help From My Friends (Rev-Ola)
First time on CD for the 1968 LP by the Swinging London duo. Includes non-LP B-sides like the pop-sike favourite ‘All the Colours of Darkness’, plus two unreleased tracks from 1967.
the early issues were printed in their hundreds rather than their thousands, and our new
readers from Volume 2 will surely be delighted with our lengthy articles on The Move, John’s Children, SRC and so on. The new design is crisp, the paper glossy and the cover hard and somewhat like the cover of the old annuals you owned as children. It’s a proper pop annual that will
look fabulous on your bookshelf.
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