Cordelia Records round up

01 Alan Jenkins ‘I Walk the Lion’ (2:13)
02 Monkey Versus Robot ‘Third Man Theme’ (3:25)
03 The Deep Freeze Mice ’09 No. 9′ (2:27)
04 The Deep Freeze Mice ‘George Bailey lassoes a fridge’ (2:03) [listen]
05 Our Flying Saucer ‘Mar Gaya’ (3:21)
06 The Glasgow Tiki Shakers ‘I only want to be with you’ (2:27)
07 The Swamp Coolers ‘El Diablo De Polvo’ (3:43)
08 The Thurston Lava Tube ‘Feat the Bat Smuggler’ (2:31)
09 The Thurston Lava Tube ‘Forgot to put the chain on Baxter’ (1:55)
10 The Thurston Lava Tube ‘I am the Walrus’ (1:57)
11 Alan Jenkins ‘Bees’ (1:26)
12 Alan Jenkins ‘Freak Saturn Tatoo’ (2:14)
13 John Trubee And The Ugly Janitors Of America ‘Magnificent March Of The Dead Monkeys’ (6:29)

Total time: 36:09

If you think you could do without an instrumental surf rock compilation, please reconsider. While searching for uplifting music to listen to in the rental Audi car this summer, I stumbled upon british Cordelia Records output. The label was launched by Alan Jenkins in the 1980s to promote his band The Thurston Lava Tube and other luminaries such as The Deep Freeze Mize. He also released the zine ‘Spot The Bear’ pictured above. Cordelia released 5 volumes of the infamous ‘Obscure Independent Classics’ LPs series — tracks #3 & 13 are excerpted from vol. 1. Track #12 comes from a Jenkins’ LP called ‘Free Surf Music #1’. The rest is selected from the mp3s available on the Cordelia website and download page. This collection gathers a dozen killer tracks with reberb a go-go guitars, cheesy organs a-plenty and intoxicating rhythms to which you can’t help tapping along. Sounds terrific on the car’s hifi, and works perfectly at home as well.



9 Responses to “Cordelia Records round up”

  1. 1 Torleiv August 14, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    cool, can you post the full album for obscure independent classics vol 1?

    I got vol 2 and 4 on my site:

  2. 2 continuo August 15, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Volume One is due next week on Continuo. Stay tuned.

  3. 3 Torleiv August 15, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    awesome, I’ll make sure to follow this site closely :)

  4. 4 François Banholzer August 21, 2008 at 1:06 am

    As far as I know, Cordelia released some records from the Chrysantemums, which are one of the most thrilling band I’ve never heard. Their faithfull and amazing rendition of the Odessey and Oracle should be known by every fan of the Zombies. Continuo’s Weblog is home of good taste, no matter.

  5. 5 continuo August 21, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Thanks, François.

  6. 6 andrea January 30, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    i’m sure i’m missing some great stuff with this album, could you give the pass for the archive or is it too late? thanks for everything that you post here :)

  7. 7 continuo January 30, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    None of my posts comes with a password, Andrea, and the above link works fine. Try again at a later time or . . . from another continent.

  8. 8 Alan Jenkins May 16, 2009 at 10:29 am

    It’s actually a while since I listened to it – but I think track 12 is “Pour Quoi Pas Moo” not “Freak Saturn Tatoo”.

  9. 9 continuo May 17, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Hi, Alan. As the author of both ‘Pour Quoi Pas Moo’ and ‘Freak Saturn Tatoo’, I assume you are right. Thanks for dropping by.

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