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Busy busy busy .... has been the theme song of this last month here at Break-A-Way. Only in August did we took a break-away from the hectic Label / Mailorder work. A bit at least. But now it's not only time to go full steam ahead, but also time to announce the planned releases for Fall / Winter 2015/16.
The latest and greatest news is, that we have finally a reply to the often asked question "What is Break 037"? It was reserved for San Francisco's KNIGHT RIDERS, the band that recorded the fantastic garage punker "I" for AUTMN RECORDS and later re-invented themselves as the US psychedelic group JUNGLE. Alongside the now classic "I", the band put down another eight infectious and catchy Beat/Garage numbers that are all collected on our latest Break-A-Way release. It took a long while indeed to get a license for these tracks and it needed all our patience to walk that way through. Let me say at this point, that I would like to thank Mike Dugo, who was a big big help in getting the license. Also Alec Palao of Big Beat and Hans-Hermann Pohle of Taxim Records helped to get things cut and dried. Listen to the KNIGHT RIDERS LP and its 50 year-old perfect sounding recordings – and you will agree that it was worth the wait and the effort we put into it. Check the news section for details on the just released vinyl only LP.
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Already out for a while is the TRAVEL AGENCY 7". Most of you are aware of it and have bought it already. If not, please check the news section on this site for details.
Also released or I should more accurately say, was out, were another two 100 numbered copy editions in different coloured covers of our well received LONDON DRI Vinyl LP. The three versions below did exist and as mentioned, the violet and green cover versions are completely gone. I am also sold out of the blue cover versions already, but GET HIP in the USA and CLEAR SPOT in Europe might have copies of the last pressing left.
As for future releases, following the KNIGHT RIDERS LP, there will be a repress of the HORDE LP without the 7" of the first press. We will do a 300 copy repress with three different front covers of 100 numbered copies each. Release date will be around Christmas. So more or less very early next year. Check the three mega-cool cover artworks of this ultra rare and outstanding 1967 Garage Album here:
Another Vinyl LP is planned for February 2016. It's by Texas Garage band The PENTHOUSE 5. Beside their killer 45s such as "Bad Girl" or "You're Gonna Make Me", the LP also features recordings by related bands such as The WORdD's punker ‘Keep on Walking’ and some jangly folk rockers such as "You're Always Around" or the PENTHOUSE 5's "In His Shadow". Additionally the LP has amazing unreleased demos by the PENTHOUSE 5 such as the psychedelic "Vertigo Blue Sometimes" and "It's All in My Own Bizarre Dream" plus five tracks from a so-far completely unknown 1965 acetate only release. The LP comes with a bonus 7" incl. a 45 side by the The BY FIVE`S, the first band of Penthouse 5/WORdD member Jon Williams. It has the original rough and raw version of "Keep On Walking" b/w a really tough and so far unreleased 1965 full fuzz alternate recording of the Penthouse 5's "Bad Girl".
See you again in early 2016 when the PENTHOUSE 5 LP is out, or I hear from you when you mail or call me.
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.