DJ Gilbert Matthews welcomes you to The Retro Attic, a 24/7 internet radio station that primarily plays those classic and seldom heard top 40 entries from the 60's and 70's, along with a sprinkling of late 50's and early 80's hits that also fit the format. Hopefully our wide variety of oldies will be mind-blowing musical history lessons for you! A couple of "Bottom 45's" from each decade will be included every hour; these are defined as minor charters(peaked between 41 and 100), Bubbling Under/Looking Ahead entries(peaked between 101 and 150), non-charters, or tunes that were only hits in Canada, the UK, or Australia. A track from our "Featured Artist Of The Month" will also be heard every hour. Sit back, have fun, and take yourself back to simpler times(when people smiled at each other and didn't question why, kids played outside all day, and parents never worried)! You can also find us on Shoutcast, Virtual Radio, Nobex Radio, Delicast, Streamfinder, Tunein.com(highly recommended for those of you who use mobile apps), and ITunes Radio in their "Golden Oldies" category. Feel free to chat with me, DJ Gilbert Matthews, through our live chat feature(please leave a message if it shows that I'm unavailable). Happy LISTENING! Spread the word about us and join other fellow oldies lovers in our two Facebook groups(search for The Retro Attic and The American Bottom 45, my Mixcloud show dedicated to minor charters and non-charters)!


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WHAT HAVE WE ADDED LATELY? HOW ABOUT THESE!

It has been a little while, so here is an update on recent new adds to The Retro Attic's rotation:

Top 40:

1. Max Frost And The Troopers - Shape Of Things To Come - '68
2. Pablo Cruise - Don't Want To Live Without It - '78
3. Henry Mancini And His Orchestra - The Pink Panther Theme - '64
4. Jamies - Summertime, Summertime - '58(Also hit top 40 in '62)
5. Jack Jones - The Impossible Dream(The Quest) - '66
6. James Taylor - Country Road - '71
7. Alice Cooper - Hello Hooray - '73
8. The English Congregation - Softly Whispering I Love You - '72
9. Bram Tchaikovsky - Girl Of My Dreams - '79
10. Kiss - Rocket Ride - '78
11. Tommy James And The Shondells - Crimson And Clover - Full Length Version - '68
12. Tommy James And The Shondells - Ball Of Fire - '69
13. Paul Revere And The Raiders - Him Or Me What's It Gonna Be? - '67
14. Paul Revere And The Raiders - Don't Take It So Hard - '68
15. The First Edition - Just Dropped In(To See What Condition My Condition Was In) - '68
16. John Denver - Sunshine On My Shoulders - '74
17. John Denver - Fly Away - '75
18. Kenny Rogers And The First Edition - Heed The Call - '70
19. The Irish Rovers - The Unicorn - '68
20. Tom Glazer And The Do Re Mi Children's Chorus - On Top Of Spaghetti - '63
21. The 5th Dimension - Living Together, Growing Together - '73
22. Dave And Ansil Collins - Double Barrel - '71
23. The Partridge Family - Looking Through The Eyes Of Love - '72
24. Tony Orlando And Dawn - Who's In The Strawberry Patch With Sally - '73
25. Ambrosia - How Much I Feel - '78
26. The Statler Brothers - Flowers On The Wall - '65
27. The Amboy Dukes - Journey To The Center Of The Mind - '68
28. Horst Jankowski - A Walk In The Black Forest - '65
29. Nat King Cole - Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer - '63
30. Peter, Paul And Mary - If I Had A Hammer(The Hammer Song) - '62
31. The New Vaudeville Band - Winchester Cathedral - '66
32. Yvonne Elliman - I Don't Know How To Love Him - '71
33. Yvonne Elliman - Love Pains - '79
34. Anne Murray - You Won't See Me - '74
35. Petula Clark - Kiss Me Goodbye - '68
36. Sounds Of Sunshine - Love Means(You Never Have To Say You're Sorry) - '71
37. Brick - Dusic - '77
38. Elvis Presley - T-R-O-U-B-L-E - '75
39. Q - Dancin' Man - '77
40. Procol Harum - Conquistador - '72 Live Version
41. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Someday Never Comes - '72
42. The Sandpipers - Guantanamera - '66
43. Jimmie Rodgers - Honeycomb - '57
44. Jimmy Bo Horne - Dance Across The Floor - '78


Bottom 45's:

1. The Partridge Family - Am I Losing You - '72
2. Lisa And The Lullabies - He's So Good - '64
3. Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy - '67
4. Humble Pie - Hot N Nasty - '72
5. The Kids Next Door - Inky Dinky Spider(The Spider Song) - '65
6. Bonnie Raitt - Good Enough - '75
7. Sky King - Makes Me Feel So Good - '75
8. Brownsville Station - The Red Back Spider - '72
9. Harry Chapin - Sunday Morning Sunshine - '72
10. Pop Tops - Mammy Blue - '71
11. Derek And The Dominos - Bell Bottom Blues - '73
12. George Fischoff - Georgia Porcupine - '74
13. Lobo - California Kid And Reemo - '71
14. Rhinoceros - Apricot Brandy - '69
15. Jethro Tull - Hymn 43 - '71
16. John Paul Young - Yesterday's Hero - '75
17. Jonathan King - Hooked On A Feeling - '71
18. Ten Years After - Choo Choo Mama - '72
19. Thee Prophets - Playgirl - '69
20. The Peppermint Rainbow - Don't Wake Me Up In The Morning, Michael - '69
21. The Peppermint Rainbow - Green Tambourine - '69
22. Ambrosia - Nice, Nice, Very Nice - '75
23. Ambrosia - Can't Let A Woman - '76
24. Bones - Roberta - '72
25. The Hullaballoos - I'm Gonna Love You Too - '64

Tune into the station at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com("Listen Live" or "Live Streaming" buttons) or search for us on Tunein.com, Nobex Radio, Radio Tuna, Reciva Radio, etc. Join our Facebook group and participate in daily request themes! Also enjoy the music of The Monkees(group and solo) all month long!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

SOME NEW ADDS FOR 4/5

Here are some recent adds on The Retro Attic, your home for the best, worst, and some underappreciated platters of the 60's and 70's(along with dashes of 50's and early 80's hits):

Top 40:

1. The Main Ingredient - Happiness Is Just Around The Bend - '74
2. Moon Martin - Rolene - '79
3. The Human Beinz - Nobody But Me - '67(in stereo)
4. Blue Swede - Never My Love - '74
5. Magic Lanterns - Shame, Shame - '68(in mono)
6. Stallion - Old Fashioned Boy(You're The One) - '77
7. Anita Ward - Ring My Bell - '79(only 3 1/2 minutes, not 8!)
8. Black Oak Arkansas - Jim Dandy - '73

Bottom 45's/Overseas Hits:

9. Smubbs - It Can't Be Too Late - '68
10. Zoot - The Freak - '71
11. John Culliton Mahoney - The Ballad Of Evel Knievel - '74
12. The Hands Of Time - Got To Get You Into My Life - '66
13. Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Diddy Wah Diddy - '66
14. Al De Lory - Song From M*A*S*H* - '70
15. Bro Smith - Bigfoot - '76

Tune in at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com and chat with us while you're listening! Tuesdays are always "Request your favorite 70's top 40 hit!"

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

THE RETRO ATTIC IN APRIL/FUTURE FEATURED ARTISTS OF THE MONTH

Our Featured Artist Of The Month will be taking a break during April. I have some vacation time coming, and I need to take a little breather and explore some future career options. I also want to mainly focus during April on creating a few Mixcloud shows.

Here are the upcoming Featured Artists Of The Month for the rest of the spring and summer:

May - Earth, Wind And Fire
June - The Monkees(to celebrate "Good Times," their first new album in 20 years...and more than likely, their last!)
July - Electric Light Orchestra
August - Todd Rundgren(including Nazz, Runt and Utopia)
September - Eric Clapton(including Cream, Derek/Dominos, etc.)

I also threw in some new adds today, such as Bloodrock, Consumer Rapport, Small Faces, Dennis Coffey And The Detroit Guitar Band, Bobby Vinton, etc.

Visit The Retro Attic at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com and let's talk about oldies in the chat room!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

"RETRO ATTIC COVERS HOUR" AIRS TODAY!

Join us today at 1 PM eastern for The Retro Attic Covers Hour, a collection of classic and obscure cover tunes from the 60's, 70's and early 80's! This special came about per the suggestion of one of our VIP members. If you would like to become a VIP member and request a 1 hour theme of your own, then please contact DJ Gilbert Matthews through the chat room at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com and he will tell you how.

The Retro Attic can also be found on Tunein.com, Nobex Radio, ITunes Radio in their Golden Oldies category, Reciva Radio, etc. We also have a Facebook group at http://facebook.com/groups/retroatticrareoldiesradio.

The next special in the pipeline(another VIP member's request) will be an album rock showcase of the late 60's and early 70's. You might say this will be a salute to the old underground FM days! Each track's length will range from 5 to 12 minutes.

In the meantime, give us a listen if you like a cool variety of 60's and 70's top 40 and bottom 45's with an occasional dash of late 50's and early 80's. We will admit to having some of those "burned out oldies," but we take pride in our "wow" selections and fulfilling every challenging request! We hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

NEW ADDS FOR 3/2

I haven't done one of these for a while, but it will start becoming a regular occurrence again...here are some new top 40 adds and a new bottom 45 add starting today on The Retro Attic!

1. B.J. Thomas - Most Of All - '70(Request)
2. Bachman Turner Overdrive - Take It Like A Man - '76
3. Eric Clapton - Willie And The Hand Jive - '74
4. Sugarloaf - Don't Call Us, We'll Call You - '74
5. James Darren - Her Royal Majesty - '62
6. Robert John - Sad Eyes - '79
7. Sly And The Family Stone - Stand! - '69
8. Gonzalez - Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet - '79
9. The Grass Roots - Heaven Knows - '69
10. David & Jonathan - Michelle - '66
11. The Peppermint Trolley Company - Baby You Come Rollin' Across My Mind - '68
12. Tommy Roe - Come On - '64(also added in Dizzy from '69)
13. The Critters - Don't Let The Rain Fall Down On Me - '67
14. Blue Haze - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - '72

Join our Facebook group at http://facebook.com/groups/retroatticrareoldiesradio and make a note of our daily request themes. You can tune into the station at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com where you can participate in our chat room and make a request! Petula Clark is our Featured Artist Of The Month(once an hour, every hour, round every corner!).

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

PATREON PLEDGE PAGE

I have set up a pledge page for The Retro Attic and Awfully Awesome 80's at http://patreon.com/gilmatthews. Feel free to give it a look and if you believe in my vision of deep, unique playlists and programming, then please help keep us afloat.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

FEEDBACK ON POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE RETRO ATTIC

The poll results in my Facebook group(http://facebook.com/groups/retroatticrareoldiesradio) have been interesting so far, and I think I know how I'm going to proceed with The Retro Attic and the two other streams I have possession of(1 is on Shoutcast and I'm paying for it - the other is on Icecast and I got it for free, complete with tons of storage!). Here goes:

1. The Retro Attic will stay primarily focused on the 60's and 70's. There will be no 50's or 80's weekend specials; however, there is an interest in having some 50's and 80's tunes back in the rotation. I think this is doable. The late 50's had sounds that carried over into the early 60's, right up through '63(Sam Cooke, Dion, Jackie Wilson, general doo wop, crooner material, etc.). The late 70's brought us some westcoast/adult contemporary/album oriented rock acts with sounds that continued into the early 80's, up until MTV made its first full impact in '83. 80's new wave acts and 80's metal bands wouldn't be a good fit on The Retro Attic, but the softer sounds should be acceptable.

2. I am all for doing weekend specials, but I think everyone will be happier if the specials stick with the station's overall theme. Dave Oplinger will be sending me some suggestions and Joe Marshall would like to see a non top 10 disco/dance show. I think other things such as a 60's garage rock showcase or a soul/country chart countdown from years past could also be fun.

3. I could do a "No Repeat Monday" and still include bottom 45's and tracks from the Featured Artist Of The Month. I'll try it sometime in March and see what the reception is. It will take a while before I could add any other "no repeat" days; my playlists still need a lot of work, there are many key hits I haven't included yet, etc.

4. Right now the ratio of 70's tunes to 60's tunes in the rotation is almost 2:1. I know that the 70's are going to be more familiar to people, but I should do better with the 60's. If I got the percentages to 55/45 with the 70's being the majority, would that be satisfactory to everyone?

5. If I was to feature more bottom 45's, then I think they would serve their purpose better on the weekends. During the weekdays, I get listeners who are at work, and I think they prefer hearing more of the top 40 material. Any additional bottom 45's during the weekdays could alienate some of these listeners.

6. As some of you know, I'm an 80's MTVaholic and a huge fan of traditional hard rock/heavy metal/AOR. I think that I have something to offer in these areas, so I will get those two streams that I mentioned in the first paragraph developed. The Shoutcast one will be a definitive guide to the 80's, featuring just about any band that charted on Billboard and/or got some MTV exposure. The Icecast one will be an all-rock channel featuring classics and obscurities from the late 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and bands of today with obvious nostalgic leanings. This covers classic rock, melodic rock, traditional heavy metal, westcoast AOR, and power pop...there will be no grunge, death metal, hardcore punk, or bizarre alternative rock featured. Both of these stations will be launched once I have at least 500 songs in each station's database; this way I shouldn't get complaints right away about hearing the same songs over and over again. I'll handle the initial licensing startup costs and hopefully these formats will gain supporters!

I know this is a lot to take in, but hopefully it shows that I care about my listeners. The floor is now yours!