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late welcome to 2016 –the year with the big surprises. Break-A-Way surprise #1 is the new release by Texas 60s garagers PENTHOUSE 5. A more than interesting release in our opinion.
The band does not only provide an amazing musical versatility presenting own compositions from the garage, folkrock and psychedelic genres, but is also closely linked to another two interesting Texas 60s groups that made it on the LP: The WORDD and the BY FIVES.
To be exact, the latter made it on the LP’s Bonus 7” with the A-side of their sought after 1965 original version of “I Saw You Walking”. This track is backed by a megasharp early recording of the PENTHOUSE 5 classic “Bad Girl” taken from a so far unknown 1965 acetate.
The remaining four tracks of this acetate are part of the regular LP. I think we do not promise too much, if we say that MY OWN BIZARRE DREAM is the ultimate PENTHOUSE 5 collection. It’s mastered at Pauler Studios by Hans-Jörg Maucksch and is beating up the sound of any previous PENTHOUSE 5 release so far.
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Also available since a while already is a repress of The HORDE / Press Buttons Firmly LP . The LP with Bonus 7” released a while ago is sold out meanwhile, the repress has the pure 1966 album with three different front covers of strictly 100 copies each. The scrapbook of this cool US Band had loads of cool pics to offer –so why not create a few more front covers of their mega rare and stunning Garage album than usual. We believe this is a better idea than a boring coloured vinyl version?
EMBERMEN FIVE NEWS
We also received this news from RON BOEN, organist of the EMBERMEN FIVE (Break 005 LP). 14 years after Break-A-Way released the musical legacy of one of the most popular North Dakota Bands of the 60s, the band had a reunion in their hometown Minot, ND on September 18th 2015 in front of unbelievable 2500 people.
Unfortunately the Tanner Bros. couldn’t make it for the show, but with Ron, Bob Johnson, Herb Parker jr.and Paul Unwin four original members of the Embermen Five made it onto stage. Ron’s son Ryan played lead-guitar for the show and his grand-son Matthew joined them in a grand finale playing organ on “96 Tears”.
Embermen Five 2016 -- l to r : Bob, Herb, Ron, Paul, Ryan
Live - Minot, ND 18/09/2015
Live - Minot, ND 18/09/2015
LONDON DRI NEWS
Following the Olivers and Triad, guitarist Mike Mankey played with Minneapolis Psych/Progrock band Thundertree who released a sole LP on Roulette Records. The Band had a reuninon lately at the annual "MN Legends concerts" with a sad story behind this. Billy Hallquist, who was one of the original members of Thundertree and founder of the MN Legends concerts, couldn’t make the gig because of illness. Mike Mankey states, "We didn’t find out he couldn’t make it until about 4pm and the gig was for 7pm. We had to do, off the cuff re-arrangements as his vocal (lead on some songs) and guitar would not be there."
If you like to check videos from the appearance click the below links or search YouTube with "MN Legends concert 2015 Town Green" and a list should come up. Thundertree was one of four bands featured in the concert. The Litter, The Jokers Wild and the duo Lonnie Knight and Reid Papke also played. Lonnie Knight was also in the Jokers Wild and a local icon in music.
And speaking of the OLIVERS:
here's a photo of Billy Franze and Rick Durett meeting in Memphis for the first time since 45 years.
Mike Mankey and Billy Franze presenting Olivers Break-A-Way LP (Photo courtesy Minniepaulmusic.com)
and for a further detailed interview with Mike & Billy and another OIivers history check out at www.minniepaulmusic.com
Have fun with Break-A-Way
STAX MAN JOE ARNOLD
Other news is that we received a surprise mail from Saxophone Player JOE ARNOLD. Joe was a member of Memphis Instro band "LESABRES" in the early 60s. The LeSabres also were Laddie "Guilloteen" Hutchersons first band and their three local 45's were part of our Guilloteens DoCD release from a while ago. After leaving the LeSabres, Joe joined the famous MARKEYS. Here are a few links:
Listen and watch the MARKEYS playing "LAST NIGHT"
Joe also was a member of the 1967 STAX EUROPEAN TOUR and played Sax on many, many hit records that came out on Stax, Fame and Atlantic Records
There is an interview on the BLUES JUNCTION (California) web page, in July, 2013 with David Mac. It tells Joe´s story and it is titled "Out Of The Shadows"
Joe is not only an ouststanding and experienced musician, but also a 100% nice guy and has a lot to tell. He has a number of new recordings that he wants to release. So if you know or run a label that is interested or just want to say hello, contact Joe via his site:
More enjoyable Joe Arnold sound samples in our links section
THE ABSTRACTS AGAIN
Don Sucher of the Abstracts sent a couple of photos of the band that were found only after the release was out. Many of these pictures are too cool to be lost nowhere. So here they are for your pleasure - watch a young band with high hopes, big plans and a great sound.
very early Polaroid
Abstracts as Beatles
The Abstracts at Gilbert's Hotel
Abstracts on stage
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NEWS- June 2009
It´s not only good news that reached us during the last months. Bill Lynn, drummer of the Ringers, died in Colombia (more details below), Mike „Muff“ Comfort, long time drummer for the Fifth Order died in Florida after a longer illness and also Allan Mattson, organist of the Trenchmen passed away in early 2009.
Thanxs to everyone who passes informations and pictures. Special thanxs goes to Paul Steger, brother of Fifth Order Rhythm Guitar player Gary Steger for sending a couple so far unseen photos. Also thanxs to Tom Fallon for a cool shot by the Fifth Order in particular and his ongoing support of the Break-A-Way label in general.
Wolfgang Voelkel, Break-A-Way Records
NICE ADDITIONS TO OUR GREAT SELLING
LP / CD RELEASE
Surprisingly we did receive a nice mail from Paul Steger, brother of Fifth Order member Gary Steger. Paul sent a very nice picture of the band taken in 1966 showing from left to right: Jim, Gary, Jeff Johnson, Muff, and Billy on top laying down. It is the one of the first Fifth Order photos shot before Gary left the band and Jeff Fenholt took his place.
Also from Gary we did recieve the below business card by pre Fifth Order Band The Elektras as well as a picture of the very first 45 by the Fifth Order on Counterpart. Thanxs very much for all that – it´s more than appreciated.
Another cool shot by the Fifth Order was sent by Tom Fallon from Ohio, who helped a lot to put out the LP/CD release. The shot is from the Marion, Ohio 1967 yearbook and shows the band playing at their prom dance! Thanxs Tom!
SAD RINGERS NEWS
Early 2008 sad news reached us about Bill Lynn, who had played drums for Elvis Presley and the Ringers from 1964-1969. Aged 73, Bill died on January 5, 2006 in Villa de Leyva, Colombia, a scenic town 200 kilometres north of Bogota, after suffering from a lung problem. In Bogota, Bill owned a bar called “Legends and Superstars“, featuring Elvis memorabilia. The "drummatic" Bill Lynn was born in Bogota but grew up in the United States.
Cristina Alarcon, a friend of Lynn's, and the culture and tourism secretary for the department of Boyaca said: "He had a strong flu, which got worse in the early morning, and he died. The towns people are very sad because Bill was one of those people who would come and stay. He had become one of Villa de Leyva's attractions."
Bill visited the home of Break-A-Way Records several times during the past few years. I had the pleasure of spending several evenings with him, and had a good time talking about Elvis, the Ringers, the '60s and Bill's life as a musician. I saw Bill in 2002 in a show in Basel, Switzerland shortly after 9/11. Due to the difficult situation following this, most of the musicians for the show were not able to leave the United States in time for the concert. Bill saved the show with his professionalism and perfect showmanship. He was a great drummer and a great guy.
Thanks, Bill – Rest In Peace
ALLAN MATTSON OF THE TRENCHMEN DIED
Mike Barnes a friend and co-worker of Allan Mattson, organist of the Trenchmen informs, that Allan passed away in early 2009. The Trenchmen / Lost Souls release, was done in co-operation with Jim Mackey. By the time the 10“ came out, Allan Mattsons whereabouts were unknown. Hopefully, he heard about the release and had the possibility to enjoy his old music again. Thanxs for letting us know Mike.