Music From Big Pink Wannabes – A Fuzzdandy Mix of 70’s Artists that Sound Like The Band

If you like The Band but you’ve listened to the albums, you dig them but wish they’d made another album, maybe around 1970 time, then this Compilation should appease you. We’ve been searching, listening & compiling this mix for about 3 years, it will probably be an ongoing playlist which we add to as we find more, but this makes a terrific Band-esque album as it is. We actually found lots more tracks which were not available on Apple Music so we couldn’t add those, but luckily the majority were available.
Uncut made a similar compilation available in 2005 as a free CD, but that was made up mostly of modern artists & no real rarities. We wanted the mix to sound authentic, so we’ve made sure all of the tracks were recorded in 1969 – early 70’s. Some artists clearly want to be The Band, but a few I’m sure actually inspired The Band’s sound.

Track Listing & Album Info:

  1. Street people – Bobby Charles (from s/t 1972)
  2. Hoona spoona – Hungry Chuck (from s/t 1972)
  3. Roll em down – Morning (from s/t 1970)
  4. Lay me back – Alvin Lee & Mylon Lefevre (from on the road to freedom 1973)
  5. Yazoo City Jail – Roger Tillison (from Roger Tillison’s Album 1970)
  6. Trouble – Little Feat (from sailin’ shoes 1972)
  7. The slow one – Brinsley Schwarz (from despite it all 1970)
  8. Humming bird – Leon Russell (from s/t 1970)
  9. I won’t go through that again – Goose creek symphony (from welcome to goose creek 1970)
  10. Good morning Mr. Railroad man – Ry Cooder (from boomer’s story 1972)
  11. Motorcycle man – John Simon (from John Simon’s album 1971)
  12. Malt & barley blues – McGuinness flint (from happy birthday Ruthy baby 1971)
  13. In no resistance – Frankie Miller (from once in a blue moon 1972)
  14. Wallflower – Doug Sahm (from Doug Sahm & his band 1973)
  15. Raid on bush creek in 39 – Goos Creek Symphony (from est 1970 1970)
  16. Fool for a cigarette – Ry Cooder (from paradise & lunch 1970)
  17. Tannenbaum – John Simon (from John Simon’s album 1971)

Apple Music Playlist:
Music From Big Pink Wannabes. (A Collection of Tracks by Artists that Sound Like The Band.)

Music From Big Pink Wannabes. (A Collection of Tracks by Artists that Sound Like The Band.)


Manfred Mann – “Cubist Town” 1968 Lost Pop Psych Album

A post we did for our mate Pete at the “Bite it Deep” blog a few years back. Now revised & remixed 2018:

June 1966 & Manfred Mann drummer, Mike Hugg turns up for work at I.B.S studios during sessions for the bands next long player, “As Is“. This forthcoming release, like their previous albums before it, was destined to be another collection of singles, b-sides & fillers. It would also include songs provided for them from outside sources, a reoccurring approach to recording & an approach that Mike Hugg was outgrowing creatively.
Fast becoming the bands chief songwriter, Hugg was feeling inspired & was in no mood to record just another LP.
Under his arm at this session was the latest Beach Boys record Pet Sounds. A record like no other, a conceptual piece of musical art. To Mike Hugg this record was something else & the kind of record that he intended to channel now with Manfred Mann.
The band bought into his vision, but being so deep into sessions for “As Is” they collectively had to concede that at this time they had probably missed the boat.
The band wrapped up recording “As is” around August 1966 & left with a plan. They would all go away, absorb Pet Sounds & write their very best songs for the next Mann album.
At a band meeting in October that same year, each member excitedly sat round & showcased their new songs for potential submission. Lead vocalist Mike D’Abo came back with “No better, No Worse”, while Hugg, feeling particularly creative, penned the bulk of the stronger compositions. Among them, “Harry the One Man Band”,”It’s So Easy Falling” & “Too Many People”. Lead guitarist Tom McGuinness returned with the psychedelic oddity “There is a Man”, & “Cubist Town”. Hugg felt that Mcguinness’ Cubist Town evoked the mood of the project so well, he suggested it as the title track to the new album & that they should all work now with that title in mind.
The band were by now eager to start laying down tracks & the sessions began early 67 at I.B.S studios. During its early stages, the demos for Cubist Town were arranged in track order & recorded with the eventual idea to include some gapless, song to song merges. Much like The Beatles would do on their soon to be released masterpiece, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Manfred Mann himself had been lucky enough to hear an unmastered acetate of Pepper prior to its release & took the influence that had had on him to the Cubist sessions.
The album was shaping up nicely & was not too far from completion, when the bands manager, Gerry Bron received a call from budding film director Peter Collinson. Collinson wanted to meet the band to discuss the possibility of writing material for the soundtrack to a new film he was directing entitled “Up the Junction“. Mann & Mike Hugg met with the director, & although tempted, & flattered by the proposition, they just couldn’t tear themselves away from their latest project. Gerry Bron, with his managerial hat on, saw that they were missing out on the opportunity to make some good money, not to mention prime exposure in the build up to releasing the masterpiece that the band had kept promising him. Bron succeeded in talking them round & convinced 2 members of the band, Hugg & Mann, to take up the offer. New songs were needed, which on the whole, would just need to be instrumental songs & incidental background music. But Bron also managed to convince the band to submit some of the new songs intended for Cubist Town, arguing that doing so would promote the new album & work as a good taster of what was to come.
So reluctantly “Sing Songs of Love”, “Just for Me” & “Floating in a Dream” (soon to be renamed “Up the Junction”) were all put forward for Collinson’s film soundtrack.

Mike Hugg during the 1967 sessions

With time begrudgingly being spent on writing & recording material for the film, momentum was being lost on the album the band were so desperate to make.
Mike Hugg then heard that The Zombies were working on their new album Odessey & Oracle. From what he could make out, it was sounding very much like they too had been heavily inspired by Pet Sounds, & were attempting to make their very own masterpiece.
Dejected by this, but further inspired & determined to complete the album, it was down to him to lift the spirits of his band mates, & revive the creative energy which had been flowing from them so freely before the sessions were interrupted with their other commitments.
Like so many great, lost albums, Cubist Town just wasn’t to be. With pressure from their label & manager to release something new, the final results were never going to be as intended. The band eventually ended up releasing the LP entitled “Mighty Garvey”. This release included some of the new songs planned for Cubist, but also, again, included the usual novelty songs & fillers in “Big Betty”, “Ha! Ha! Said the Clown”, (a cut written by Tony Hazzard & released as a single the previous year) and D’Abo’s “Happy Families”.
So “Cubist Town” was never released and instead the band were left with a back catalogue of semi-strong, patchy long players.
Now though, the original “Cubist Town” has been realised & put together with the early mixes, in it’s  intended order. Although the finished album is no Pet Sounds, (what is?) it’s influence is certainly palpable throughout, Cubist Town is, or should have been one of the classic British pop psych albums of the 60’s. Complete with all the required elements. Psychedelic effects, such as backward tapes, tape echo, otherworldly lyrics, harpsichords etc and it’s all drenched in mkII mellotron.
You can now hear what the band wanted you to hear in 1968.
Another story of a lost album that ‘would’ fascinate me, if only it were true! A bit of a sad hobby of mine. Making albums that ‘could’ have been. Photoshop-ing new cover art for me iTunes & coming up with a short make believe back story, just to make the lads laugh. When I told Pete at Bite it Deep blog that I’d made Manfred Mann’s very own, lost Oddesey & Oracle, he asked if I’d include the album & a back story for his blog. When selecting the tracks I tried to steer away from the obvious favourites & main singles because it wouldn’t be as interesting to make or listen to. That’s a separate job for a “Best Of”. This makes a great little album though, & even if you know some tracks well, do listen through as the album contains my mixes unique to Cubist Town.

You never know, the story may not be too far from what actually happened. Either way, it’s nice to imagine it did while listening to “Cubist Town”

by Fuzzdandy

  1. No Better No Worse
  2. It’s So easy Falling
  3. Cubist Town
  4. Harry the One Man Band
  5. Up the Junction
  6. Everyday Another Hair Turns Grey
  7. Funniest Gig
  8. Budgie
  9. Rainbow Eyes
  10. Too Many People
  11. There is a Man
  12. Just For Me

Game of Thrones Producers Unsure about the Future of the TV Series

Over at, executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff gave a post-finale interview, offering up some of their concerns about moving forward with the series while author George R. R. Martin is still working on finishing the final two books, as well as their plans for adapting the very tricky, audience-unfriendly fourth and fifth books.
As far as Season 4 of the HBO series is concerned, fans need not worry. It will cover the rest of the third book, A Storm of Swords, and it’s all been mostly mapped out. For A Feast For Crows and A Dance with Dragons however… things will get complicated; what with the two books containing overlapping timelines, and Crows specifically missing several key, fan-favorite characters. Add to that a long list of new characters and it could make for a mess. “The series has already reached a point where there are so many characters, particularly in Season 3 we’re introducing so many new ones, we run the risk of bursting at the seams as we try to cram every single subplot and all the various characters and it becomes impossible on a budgetary level and it becomes impossible on an episode-basis to jump around every few minutes to 30 different characters and locations,” Benioff told EW, regarding the possibility of cutting future storylines. “We don’t want to do that, and recognize that as a real risk and we will take steps not to fall into that trap.” Weiss then added: “Time for negative population growth.”
The other issue here is Martin’s books. If a new one isn’t done in the next, say, three years the show will have run out of material to adapt. And while it’s probably a good bet that Martin will get the next novel, Winds of Winter, out by then, he still has the final book to work on afterward. As a failsafe, Martin did tell Weiss and Benioff his overall plan for the story, but has also expressed that he’d be displeased if the show went on ahead of the books. “I don’t think I’d be happy with that,” Martin told EW. But for Weiss and Benioff, there are other things to consider.
“We can’t wait too long because of the kids,” Benioff said. “Issac’s [Hempsted Wright] voice is changing. Everyone is getting bigger. We have this wonderful cast, but we don’t have an infinite amount of time … We don’t want to become a show that outstays its welcome and tries to turn each book into three seasons. Part of what we love about these books and the show is this sense of momentum and building toward something. If we tried to turn this into a 10-season show we’d strangle the golden goose.”
“How do?”
Add to this the problems of future salary negotiations for the cast, whose initial contracts would have been completed, and even some cast members possibly wanting to move on to other projects potentially causing the recasting of pivotal characters, and you can see why Wiess and Benioff don’t want to have the show go on for too long – and possibly can’t afford to wait for Martin to finish his story in book form. Martin, citing the Spartacus prequel series Gods of the Arena, thinks that HBO can stall with prequel seasons of Game of Thrones or an adaptation of his Hedge Knight books, which take place in Westeros.
Even HBO programming president Michael Lombardo finally understands why GoT fans had concerns years back. ““I finally understand fans’ fear — which I didn’t a couple years ago: What if the storytelling catches up to the books?” he said. “Let’s all hope and pray that’s not going to be a problem”
So, as you can see, within a year or two, there’s going to be a little bit of push and pull between the producers and Martin; with the producers wanting to keep the show, and the actors, on an affordable and set schedule and Martin thinking the series, and his other Westerosian content, can sprawl out for years and years. “We still have our fingers crossed that George will get there,” Weiss told EW. “That’s what’s best for us, it’s what’s best for the fans. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

And then there’s Martin, who still only predicting that the story will be over and done with by the seventh book. Mean, he could write an eighth. “I have a story to tell; the number of books is almost irrelevant,” he explained to EW. “I’ll do that in as many books as required. I’m still projecting it as seven.”
matt fowler

Electric Eden – Unearthing Britains Visionary Music (Rob Young) – Our Review

Just finished reading the Kindle edition of this captivating book by Rob Young.
Electric Eden tells the historical story of British Folk music, a mystical, magical journey through time introducing us to, apart from the music, some fascinating, eccentrically colourful characters, some deep thinking, troubled souls & primitive ideas & Religion. Taking us along a dirt track out of the City & into the wild, painting a sepia tinted picture in your mind of the British countryside & all that evokes it.
It tells the story from the beginning, a similar tale to the beginnings of the US folk music scene. It took a handful of dedicated, obsessive personalities to unearth the songs of the people, the country folk & the working classes. These people scoured the length & breadth of the country, out to the sticks, collecting songs, poems & folklore tales from the few people that had them handed down to them.
The story then shifts from these dusty narratives to explain how these original unaccompanied songs then became the folk music we know so well from the early 1960s. Music by artists such as Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, The Watersons.
We are then turned onto how the genre developed through that decade & beyond, to incorporate psychedelia, the Occult & the fuse of other musical genres, such as Jazz & US country music & how this in turn inspired the mainstream to contrive some of the classics of our time. Sgt pepper, Piper at the Gates of Dawn et al.

The book gives us in depth write ups of recommended albums, a track by track guide by picking out the instruments used, the conflicts between band members, and the significant lyrics & what they could have meant to it’s authors. All presented in a very welcome, finicky fashion.

Author Rob Young. has written for Uncut & The Wire

It tells of the inspiration behind a lot of these albums & of the places where the songs were conceived & recorded. Throwing you right into the Studios & country retreats alongside the artists, or in the case of 1970s band Heron (shown on the cover above) out in the fields & plonked on a log by their makeshift open-air recording studio.
The book is a hefty companion & a recommended read, even for those who don’t particularly like some of the artists or albums featured within. The stories are all educational & interesting none the less. Not too sure why the book swings dramatically towards the end to include in depth chapters on Kate Bush, Talk Talk, David Sylvian. You can’t help but feel that the author was looking for an excuse to force in a few personal favourite bands of his generation. Despite having little to do with Folk music as we know it & wandering off & away from the general feel of the book, these pages still make for interesting reading.
If you can’t afford a Holiday this year, then just stay home & read this. You’ll be transported away from work & the stresses of everyday life & into the carefree countryside as often as you like. And all for the price of a book.
Review by fuZZdandy

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Proper Rap.. Courtesy of Mr. Fox 1971

Now, we like a bit of rap & hip hop, but we wouldn’t ever want to give off the impression that we thought we knew a great deal about it. But I do believe we have found a real rap gem.
it’s an amusing example of somebody rapping (in 1971) without actually knowing that this style would one day spawn a genre all of it’s own. A genre, now generally considered as pretty damn cool really.

What’s in the pipe Bob??

Here’s Bob Pegg of 70’s folk rock outfit Mr Fox, unwittingly rapping away to his hearts content on their track “Aunt Lucy Broadwood”. Rather than trying to sound like he’s from the ghettos of New York or LA, has opted to stick with his prominent, native Nottinghamshire accent. Please do imagine the figure above, stood in the vocal booth, mic in hand tilted towards the ceiling, spitting this one out…

Adidas Gazelle – London 2012 Team GB LTD Edition…

We like to go shopping for shoes & trainers to take the pics of our jeans with. The latest of these are the Adidas Gazelle indoor, Team Great Britain sneakers. Bloody comfortable pods these.. with the trademark Adidas soft leather & surprisingly toasty warm too. Their very streamline, retro look remind us of a pair of original vintage French trainers we once found in a charity shop. We had to have them.

Mad Men – Pete Campbell’s Giraffe Wall Art…

The Etsy replica

Max Papart? The piece in Campbells office.

We have always liked the Giraffe wall art shown in Pete Campbell’s Manhattan apartment in TV series Mad Men. The original is supposedly by Witco, and a quick Google search will show many similar things but not this particular piece. Anyway, there is a fantastic replica going on Etsy.  It’s a great alternative cos you may be searching for the original piece for a long, long time. The other piece in Petes office is also rather nice too, which is possibly by Papart.

We’ve Moved… our blog!

We have moved everything from our previous blogger page to this one. We shall be posting online offers, new products, music playlists , reviews, news & basically anything else we find out about that may be of interest to you. Thanks for looking  : )