February 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Dennis Linde - 1970 - Linde Manor

Dennis Linde
(b. March 18, 1943, Abilene, Texas - d. December 22, 2006, Nashville, Tennessee) was an American songwriter.

Although he is best known for writing the 1972 Elvis Presley hit, "Burning Love", Dennis Linde has written numerous hit songs for mainlycountry music singers, beginning with hits for Roger Miller and Roy Drusky in 1970. In 1990, Sara Hickman covered his song "Hello, I Am Your Heart" for the compilation album Rubáiyát. In 2000, his song for the Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl", stirred some controversy for its apparently humorous take on spousal abuse. Linde has also written tunes recorded by Tanya Tucker, Gary Morris, Don Williams, the Judds and Garth Brooks.

He was known as one of the more reclusive figures on the Nashville scene, rarely attending industry events. Nashville manager Scott Siman described him as a "mystery man," explaining, "If you ever saw Dennis Linde it was amazing, because you didn't get that opportunity very often.

In 2001, Linde was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Linde died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on December 22, 2006. He was 63.
His daughter, Lisa Linde, is married to actor James Marsden.

Solo Albums
1970 - Linde Manor
1971 - Surface Noise (unreleased)
1973 - Dennis Linde
1974 - Trapped in the Suburbs
1977 - Under the Eye


Mushroom - 1999 - Leni Riefenstahl

Mushroom - 1999 - Leni Riefenstahl
(Aether Records 1999, AE LLP-007, LP-only limited to 450)

Tracks :
A1. Leni Riefenstahl
A2. A Violin Bow In Curved Air

B1. A Tribute To Eddie Harris
a) Swiss Movement (The Ticking Of A Clock)
b) Some Jive Ass Wasting My Time
B2. Dig My Mood

Michale Holt - Mellotron / Rhodes piano / voice (track 1)
Erik Pearson - flute / saxophone / violin (tracks 1, 2, 3)
Patrick O'Hearn - drums / tape manipulation (tracks 1 - 4)
Dan Olmstead - drone guitar / guitar (tracks 1, 2, 3)
Alec Palao - bass (track 1)
Graham Connah - analog keyboard sounds (track 1)
Kurt Statham - bass / invisible bass (tracks 2, 3, 4)
Alison Faith Levy - keyboards /overdriven keyboards (tracks 2, 3, 4)

Continuing their worldwide tour of record labels, Mushroom's sixth studio album has now appeared on the Aether label out of Indianapolis (run by the folks who perform as Many Bright Things) as a limited edition vinyl-only release. The album is a collection of four (more like five, really) very different instrumental works, totalling (well, pretty obvious really) about 40 minutes. Just like the old days! Again, some lineup shuffling of the ever-evolving group has led to different sounds and styles emerging.

The opening track, "Leni Riefenstahl" (named for a German actress/film maker), is a long, winding mesmerizing affair. Set to a relatively leisurely pace, the steady bassline and drumming are countered by streams of (what I imagine is) heavily-f/X'ed guitar, that comes across like a squadron of aircraft successively strafing your position. The tune reaches its full fruition at about the 8-minute mark when the power chords from Dan Olmstead's guitar stream through, followed then by bits of soloing against a peculiar curtain of rising and falling runs on both flute and synths. Eventually, the tune winds down and morphs directly into "A Violin Bow in Curved Air," initially an experimental piece of kling-klanginess mixed with Erik Pearson's screamin' violin. Somewhere in the middle of the piece, the unsettling sounds resolve into a more pleasant mix of atmospheric sounds... an effective device.

Side B opens with "A Tribute to Eddie Harris," a two-part journey that is more similar to the Mushroom of Analog Hi-Fi Surprise. "Swiss Movement" ebbs and flows over seven minutes, full of individual statements mainly from Olmstead's strangely-tuned and buzzing guitar and Pearson's sax. The combo soldiers on into a downright bluesy affair for the second phase, "Some Jive Ass Wasting My Time," a lazy stroll down to the Mississippi Delta for another five minutes of improvisation, before suddenly switching into a more uptempo jam with a rambling bassline and a swirly guitar 'whine' mixed with some inspired soloing. The LP wraps up with the more ambient "Dig My Mood," essentially a solo electric piano piece by Alison Faith Levy, full of soothing Cluster-like motifs echoed in just the right way to induce a reflective mood. Levy's stylish playing is a welcome new addition to the group.

Mushroom have yet to put out a sub-par work, and this one ranks right up there. The title track was taken from the Analog Hi-Fi recording session, but the bulk of the album is new material with a different intent. Some of the sounds and patterns in the improvisations are recognizable as distinctly 'Mushroom,' but the band always manages to present them in different guises with each successive album, such that they never produce redundant works. Given the limited nature of this release, I recommend promptly tracking it down.

~Reviewed by Keith Henderson (Aural-Innovations)

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Atomic Rooster - Land Of Freedom

There you go. A 12inch by Vincent Crane and his pack, promoting the 1983 "Headline News" album. Dave Gilmour is on the guitar, as far as I remember (there are no details on the sleeve, unfortunately). Both tracks ("Land Of Freedom" and "Carnival") are distant, dark and chaotic in places. Nice one.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Larry's Rebels - Feelin Good! 1965-1969

John Williams (Lead Guitar)
Terry Rouse (Keyboards / Rhythm Guitar)
Viv McCarthy (Bass Guitar)
Dennis 'Nooky' Stott (Drums)
Larry Morris (Vocals)


Mike Furber & The Bowery Boys - 1966 - Just A Poor Boy

Furber, born in London in 1948, emigrated along with his family to Australia in the '50s. A chance meeting in 1965 with two members of the fledgling garage band, The Bowery Boys, resulted in Furber joining the group as singer. At this point, the band was definitely a single entity, but when they were spotted by impresario Ivan Dayman and subsequently signed to his burgeoning Sunshine Records label, the emphasis shifted to Furber, who Dayman intended to launch as a solo act. Although Furber had a limited vocal range, Dayman saw his little boy lost teen-girl appeal and so the group became Mike Furber And The Bowery Boys. Just A Poor Boy (the band's first and only album), achieved modest chart success but brought theunwanted attention of the music press. Three more singles followed until, at Dayman's behest, Furber parted company with the highly-talented Bowery Boys to pursue a solo career, which, despite the patronage of Barry Gibb, failed to materialise. In October '67, Furber released wbat many believed to be his finest single, Bring Your Love Back Home, but the record-buying public failed to concur, and the single disappeared without trace, an occurrence which prompted the first of many nervous breakdowns. A single penned by the Easybeats' Harry Vanda followed, along with a few recordings for EMI-Columbia which were never released. And that was almost that. Furber's career stumbled along for a few more years, but following his sacking from the stage musical Nuclear, he lapsed into of this sorry little saga is that The Bowery Boys themselves were an extremely tight and accomplished band which, bad it not been overshadowed by Furber, would undoubtedly have gone on to greater things, as this superb album amplattes. Radio-Active. 2005.

Tracks :
1. Just A Poor Boy
2. That’S When Happiness Began
3. You Stole My Love
4. Diddy Wah Diddy
5. Mercy, Mercy
6. If You Need Me
7. Love Talk
8. Stop
9. You’Re Back Again
10. Take This Hammer
11. It’S Gonna Work Out Fine
12. Mailman Bring Me No More Blues


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Girls Go Wild!

Get ready for some Texas blues, people. Our respect to the late John Fahey and his Takoma label for bringing us exceptional music. The Fabulous Thunderbirds are an electric blues band with Jimmy Vaughan (brother of Stevie Ray) on guitar, Kim Wilson on vocals and harmonica, Keith Ferguson on bass and Mike Buck on drums. Leslie-driven guitars, swamp grooves, snarling harmonicas and bawdy (check "Scratch My Back") blues covers as well as originals, are all in here. Good stuff.

I bought this album back in 1996 for 2 quid from a small record shop at the ground floor of the Corn Exchange building in Leeds. I had bought some 90 lps from there before the shop finally closed down. Shame.

Note: this is a vinyl rip at 320 kbps


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hookfoot - Hookfoot

Hookfoot were Elton John's backing band in the seventies featuring the musical minds of Caleb Quaye, Ian Duck, Dave Glover and Roger Pope. They released four albums as a band (as far as I know) and they played a blend of blues and rock, quite often influenced by folk-rock artists of their time. This is their debut album featuring original songs as well as two covers, Stephen Stills' "Bluebird (a major hit for Buffalo Springfield)" and Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down". Both tracks are given a rockier edge. The album contains a few tracks to keep you interested (always according to my taste), namely the a-fore-mentioned and "Mystic Lady".

I bought this vinyl in 1996 in Leeds and, although it was supposed to be relatively rare, it was only priced for 50p, probably because the worn-out cover made the salesman think that the record was in bad condition too. Lucky bastard I was then!!! If you happen to be a retro freak, a record digger or a purist like me, try to find the original vinyl.

Rip is in 320 kbps. A few clicks and pops are present but nothing really to worry about.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Orkustra - 1967 - Light Shows For The Blind

Orkustra - 1967 - Light Shows For The Blind
(San Francisco, CA)

Tracks :
A1 Flash Gordon (4:54)
A2 Bombay Calling (5:45)
A3 Punjab's Barber (6:43)
A4 Flash Gordon's Return (7:36)
B1 St. John's Cathedral Jam (25:44)

Band :
Jaime Leopold - Bass
Terry Wilson - Drums, Percussion
Bobby Beausoleil - Guitar, Bouzouki
Henry Rasof - Oboe
David Laflamme - Violin

Reviews :
Legendary 1966-67 Bay Area band, whose members would go on to various sorts of fame. Mainly instrumental music of a highly eclectic nature, mixing modal Eastern sounds with impressionist classical and plain old SF acid rock. Embryonic versions of two It's A Beautiful Day numbers can be heard. Somewhat challenging and with below average sound quality, but well worth hearing for purveyors of mid-60s freak sounds and of obvious historical value.
[PL]~Acid Archives

Here is what we would name some of the best, most important, unreleased at the time, historical and lost westcoast psychedelic recordings ever.

This legendary band includes none other that the famed Kenneth Anger soundtrack creator Bobby Beausoleil as well as a very young David LaFlamme, before starting his legendary band “It's A Beautiful Day”.

As for the music, we are talking waaaaayyy out tunes here! This is the missing link between the Drone Avantgarde and the Hippie Scene symbolized by 2 people that couldn't be further apart. The complete B-side features a single long tune which can best be described as Theatre of Eternal Music (the famed Pre-Velvet Underground La Monte Young/ John Cale Drone Band) meets It's A Beautiful Day. On the other side you will find middle eastern influenced hippie psychedelic jams that will remind you of bands like the “BEAT OF THE EARTH”.

A true slice of pure acid psychedelia.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Terry Jacks (Canada) - 1974 - Seasons In The Sun

Terry Jacks (Canada) - 1974 - Seasons In The Sun
Goldfish GFLP-1001

Tracks :
A1 Concrete Sea (2:20)
A2 I'm Gonna Love You Too (2:40)
A3 Pumpkin Eater (2:45)
A4 Again And Again (2:35)
A5 Since You Broke My Heart (2:27)
A6 Fire On The Skyline (3:05)
B1 The Love Game (2:16)
B2 I'm So Lonely Here Today (2:22)
B3 It's Been There From The Start (2:16)
B4 Sail Away (3:00)
B5 Seasons In The Sun (3:28)

It's been a long time since "Seasons in the Sun" became a monster hit for Canadian Terry Jacks, but the syrupy 1974 single is still top dog among all best-sellers issued by Canadian acts. The release spent more than three months on the U.S. charts and more than four months on the charts in Jacks' native country. Its accumulated sales topped more than 11 million copies. Jacks, who moved on to producing for artists such as the Beach Boys, Nana Mouskouri, DOA, and Chilliwack, reaped the good life from the monster hit's royalties, which he acknowledged by naming his power boat Seasons in the Sun. Royalties also spill in from "Which Way You Goin' Billy?". He and former wife Susan Pesklevits recorded the song under the name the Poppy Family in 1969. The release hit number two in the U.S. and topped the Canadian charts, raking in four Juno Awards and selling more than two million copies.
~Linda Seida, All Music Guide

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Galaxies - 1968 - The Galaxies

The Galaxies - 1968 - The Galaxies

Tracks :
01. Hey
02. Cant Judge a Book by Looking
03. Orange Skies
04. I'm Not Talking
05. Ain't Gonna Lie
06. Linda Lee
07. Mellow Yellow
08. Concrete and Clay
09. Que Vida
10. How Does That Grab You Darling
11. Slow Down Baby
12. Farmer John

Review :
With a mere eight songs (six of them covers) and untrained amateurishness pervading the recording techniques, instrumental performances, and singing, The Galaxies is by no means a lost gem. Should you be in that certain mood for slightly kitschy relics of '60s garage band naive sincerity, however, it's a pretty fun listen, if only for the refreshing open-eyed enthusiasm they bring to their bash-it-out covers of "Mellow Yellow," Mose Allison by way of the Yardbirds' "I'm Not Talking," Keith's "Ain't Gonna Lie," Love's "Orange Skies" and "Que Vida," and Nancy Sinatra's "How Does That Grab You Darling." You won't find a weirder Love cover than the Galaxies' "Orange Skies," where Jocelyn Ann Odams — supposedly an American according to the reissue's liner notes — sounds very much like she's singing in English as a third language, or at least as if she can't decide whether to use a British or American accent. Not far behind that for strangeness is a punky "How Does That Grab You Darling," where Odams sing-purrs the spoken interjections with the uncertain intonation of an ESL student. As for the two band originals, "Hey!!!" (all three exclamation points included) actually is a pretty entertaining mismatch of basic Mamas & the Papas/Beatles-like pop with overheated fuzz guitar, while "Linda Lee" is a far more basic early British Invasion-derived rocker with way out of tune guitar.
~by Richie Unterberger

Biography :
From Sao Paolo, Brazil, the Galaxies issued a rare album on the Brazilian Som Maior label in 1968. Strictly speaking, it might not be correct to call them a Brazilian group: they were based there, but featured an English guitarist-singer (David Charles Odams) and an American singer (Jocelyn Ann Odams, who also played maracas), as well as Brazilian members. Like many '60s rock records cut by bands from non-English-speaking countries, particularly ones from South America, the LP was crudely recorded and performed, and heavy on clumsy covers of American and British rock songs. However, the untutored innocent energy of the eight tracks — including a couple of originals in addition to covers of songs by (or popularized by) Donovan, Love, the Yardbirds, Keith, and Nancy Sinatra — is appealing. Highlights include the reasonably tough fuzz guitar-laden original "Hey!!!" and the weird cover of Love's "Orange Skies," sung in an indefinably Transatlantic accent by Jocelyn Ann Odams. The album was reissued in 2002 in Italy on Misty Lane.
~by Richie Unterberger

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Gomez - Machismo EP

Having already mentioned that Gomez are among my favourites, this is an EP they issued back in 2000 with 5 tracks, all wrapped-up in eco-paper decorated with those quasi-impressionist paintings. They once again combine acoustic melodies with great lyrics and scattered sample spells. "Touchin' Up" and "The Dajon Song" are my picks from this EP with the latter being an extended psychedelic blues jam, slow and creepy.

I bought this CD during my last year in Leeds, England (2000-2001) from a nice little record shop called "The Polar Bear", up in the Headingley area. Good 'ole days they were. I wonder if the shop is still there. Anyway, I have been known for my tendency to digress so I'll stop here and will let you enjoy the music. And enjoyable it is, believe me.

Indulge here

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Frantic Five 1994-2004 (compilation)

We created this compilation with stuff from the very early days till 2004.

It includes tracks taken from all of our past releases (including the unreleased "Frantic Party" from the very first demo,1994).

Here's the track listing (and the year each track was recorded)

1.Frantic Party (1994)
2.Feeling Sad (1998)
3. It's Been So Long (2004)
4. She Can't Be Found (1996)
5. Be Mine (1998)
6. What Made Me Lose My Head (1996)
7. Misty Morning (1998)
8. I've Been a Fool (1998)
9. In The Bradford Mist (1996)
10. Last Night (1996)
11. Haunted Melody (1994)
12. The Fugitive (1994)
13. Zoe's Stomp (1994)
14. Quinta (1996)
15. Why Did You Lie? (1998)
16. I'm Blue (1998)
17. Last Laugh (1994)
18. Do Like Me (1998)
19. She Ain't You (1998)
20. Kathe Fora (1998)
21. There's a Pain (1998)
22. I Believe You Were Wrong (1998)
23. Wrong Guy (1998)
24. Room 409 (2003)
25. James Bond In Space (1994)

Here's the link :
Frantic Five 1994_2004.rar

-The Frantic Five

Rayman - bass, vocals
Captain K - guitar, vocals
Alex - drums, vocals
Dr Organ - farfisa, vocals

The Frantic V were formed in early summer 1994. As they became active they started live performances in front of stunned crowds representing the real garage of Thessalonica. In 1995, Jens Lindberg, of Crimson Shadows, came to visit the boys and on a starless night they recorded properly 2 tracks lost in oblivion. Some e.p.'s were published in and out of Greek border, while wild and fun gigs were the permanent winter agenda for the cold north Greek nights. They have been on the same stage with monster bands like: ? & The Mysterians, The Seeds, The Fuzztones etc. A well-experienced band that offers a non-stop dancing set.

More info for the band here :

Monday, February 04, 2008

Roy Wood - Boulders

Check out this great person - ality

Roy Wood (born Roy Wood, 8 November 1947, Kitts Green, Birmingham, West Midlands, England) - sometimes erroneously thought to be born as Ulysses Adrian Wood, from an offhand interview comment in the 1960s - is a songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. He was particularly successful in the 1960s and 1970s as member and co-founder of the bands The Move, Electric Light Orchestra and Wizzard. As a songwriter, he contributed a number of hits to the repertoire of these groups.

Wood's first group in Birmingham in the early 1960s was Gerry Levene and the Avengers; he moved to Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders (the band later to become The Idle Race, in which Jeff Lynne took his first steps); from this basis, and other Birmingham-based groups, the most talented musicians formed The Move, and Wood became their musical leader. The Move quickly entered the charts and became well-known for spectacular stage shows; their track "Flowers in the Rain" was the first track to be played on Radio 1 when it was launched in 1967.[1]After the departure of The Move's lead singer Carl Wayne, Wood became more prominent, developing an unconventional image for a 'pop group'. Since The Move's members could not agree on musical direction, the potential of the group was diluted. Wood therefore began to develop into other directions.

Wood was keen on musical experimentation and was in this respect one of the most progressive musicians of his time, taking the 'pop group' into new areas. He was an early proponent of combining rock'n'roll and pop music with other styles, such as classical music, or the big band sound, and introduced classically-styled string and brass sections into the pop record. When The Move was still on tour, he founded, together with his band colleagues Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan, the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), which was later to gain major commercial success by successfully fusing the basis of a rock band with a permanent string section, without losing rock 'n' roll roots.

ELO's early live performances were chaotic, and after increasing tensions, Wood left and formed a new group, Wizzard, which assembled cellists, brass players and a bigger rhythm section, with several drummers and percussionists. Wood emulated the wall of sound production style of Phil Spector whilst successfully, and affectionately, pastiching the rock n roll style of the early 1960s. Meanwhile, he released several solo albums, exploring further musical directions. His 1973 album, Boulders, was an almost entirely solo effort, right down to the sleeve artwork, with Wood playing a wide variety of instruments. A second solo album Mustard (1975), including contributions by Phil Everly and Annie Haslam, was less successful.

The line-up of albums was always fascinating, because of the large number of instruments Wood, and his band members, were playing. Wood himself is mentioned as singer as well as player of guitars, bass guitar, sitar, cello, double bass, saxophones, clarinet, trombone, tuba, recorders, oboe, French horn, banjo, mandolin, bassoon, drums, percussion, vibraphone, bagpipes and keyboards.

Collectively, hit records by The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard, and Wood's own solo singles demonstrate an impressive chart run for an individual, both as composer and performer.

By the late 1970s, Wood was appearing less in public; commercial success faded away, and his musical experiments did not always match popular taste, but he remained productive in the studio as musician, producer and songwriter. He was a big Elvis fan, but never succeeded in getting 'The King' to adopt one of his compositions. However, he was untiring as a producer for other acts, most successfully doo-wop revivalists Darts. In 1976, Wood recorded Beatles cover songs "Lovely Rita" and "Polythene Pam" for the ill-fated musical documentary All This and World War II.

In 1977 he formed the Wizzo Band, a jazz-rock ensemble, whose only live performance was a BBC simultaneous TV and radio broadcast in stereo, which split early the following year after cancelling a nationwide tour.

In the early 1980s Wood released a few singles under his own name and also as The Helicopters, and played some live dates under this name. The release of one of these singles, "Aerial Pictures", backed with "Airborne", was cancelled owing to the lack of chart success for its predecessors, but both sides appeared for the first time in 2006 on a compilation CD, Roy Wood - The Wizzard!. "Aerial Pictures", using the original backing track, subsequently became a solo single for former Move vocalist Carl Wayne.

Wood also made a one-off rock'n'roll medley single with Phil Lynott, Chas Hodges and John Coghlan, credited to The Rockers, "We Are The Boys", which made the Top 100 in late 1983, and played a leading role in the Birmingham Heartbeat children's charity concert, on 15 March 1986. As well as designing the logo, Wood stole the show[citation needed] in a line-up which also included the Electric Light Orchestra and the Moody Blues.

After an extended period of hibernation, following the release of the album Starting Up (1987), a cover version of the Len Barry hit "1-2-3", and a guest vocal appearance on one track on Rick Wakeman's Time Machine album, he went on the road with 'Roy Wood's Army'. Rumours of a new live album, and an album of new studio work, provisionally called "Electric Age", did not materialise. He also recorded a two tracks with Jeff Lynne around this time ("If You Can't Get What You Want" and "Me and You"), which likewise have never seen the light of day.

Altogether he had more than 20 singles in the UK Top 40 under various guises, including several number one hits. His most regularly performed and broadcast oldie is the seasonal Wizzard single "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". In 1995 he released a new live version as the 'Roy Wood Big Band', which charted at No. 59, and in 2000 he joined forces with Mike Batt and The Wombles, for a re-recording of the song and the Wombles' hit "Wombling Merry Christmas", which reached No. 22.

Most recently, he has formed 'Roy Wood's Rock and Roll Band' for occasional live dates and TV performances in the UK.

Fans of Wood are a loyal bunch, and in 2007 a group of them launched the website Release Roy! lobbying Warner Brothers Records to release two of Wood's 1970s albums Super Active Wizzo (now released on Wounded Bird Records), and On The Road Again.

Over Christmas 2007, Wood appeared in a catalogue advert for Argos, where he played the part of a rowdy neighbour playing guitar along to Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday", and the song once again entered the UK Top 40 singles chart.
Wood was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to music by the University of Derby on the 18 January 2008

Get the expanded and digitally remastered version ( plus more info on his bio and discography) From his site http://www.roywood.co.uk/


interview http://www.themoveonline.com/archive_01.html

Track Listings
1. Songs of Praise
2. Wake Up
3. Rock Down Low
4. Nancy Sing Me a Song
5. Dear Elaine [Rough Mix]
6. All the Way Over the Hill/Irish Loafer (And His Hen)
7. Miss Clarke and the Computer
8. When Gran'ma Plays the Banjo
9. Rock Medley: Rockin' Shoes/She's Too Good for Me/Locomotive

Many kinds of music... prog, psyche, rock, melody ...masterpiece i.m.o.

Hats of to Mr Wood (or maybe heads of....????)

Enjoy and long live music loving and sharing, freedom of feelings

Sunday, February 03, 2008


Well, I said in my previous post, that I would tell you more for those people "tomorrow"...

I had the post ready and I was about to publish it, but wiser contributors asked me not to do it.

I won't discuss with those people. Their minds are connected only with their pockets and that makes any conversation with them a waste of time.

For those who missed the Boulders series :

Boulders 01.rar ~ Boulders 02.rar ~ Boulders 03.rar
Boulders 07.rar ~ Boulders 08.rar ~ Boulders 09.rar
Boulders 10.rar ~ Boulders 11.rar

You may ask why I'm re-uploading this series...
The reason is that "Boulders" series it's compiled by Dave G. (r.i.p.) of Moxie records.
It's a bootleg series from the first day, and all the the tracks are for 45's.

In the mid sixties almost every town in the states had a record label who published all these teenager music later known as garage. Most of this labels never had the copyrights for this recordings because most of the artists never make this for profit. It was just music !!!

P.S. Thanks all of you for the welcome back messages.
Lost-In-Tyme : Prog - Kraut - Classic Rock - Blues.....It's closed for some time...
Don't ask for permission.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Courage of Lassie - 1989 - Sing or Die

I was saving this for posting it on March 21, first day of spring, as it's my second best "spring album" of the past 30 years. If you ask me for my all-time favorite "spring album", the answer is Penelope Houston's Birdboys (I'm not going to post it - you can get it from here - and I'm telling ya Penelope has made an album in the same rank as Tim Buckley's or Tom Rapp's masterpieces - I may post some review of it soon).

After the recent wave of music blogs closing - see Totally Fuzzy (1/16/2008) and my previous posts for more on this - it seems like a severe winter is coming in music sharing, so I decided to post it now as an invocation to the coming of Spring and also to use its title as a call for the music lovers: Sing or die, Share or die, Spread the music you like or die. (I'm sure you understand that I'm not saying that if you don't sing or share you have to die! It's the music that will die if we squeeze it in plastic and labels.)

Back to the album: Courage of Lassie was the band of Ron Nelson and Mady Schenkel, originally from Vancouver, Canada. They first met as art students in the punk band Private School (1978-79) and after their break-up in early 1980, they formed The Singing Cowboys. They released an album as Magic Dragon in 1981, which you can find in Vertigo's site here. In 1982, they formed Courage of Lassie, making music on potential film soundtracks, and around 1984-85 they moved to Montreal and released the "Threshold of Hearing" cassette in 200 copies. In 1986 Lorenz Eppinger's Amok records released their first LP, "The Temptation To Exist" and in 1989 their masterpiece "Sing or Die", which was also released in the USA through C'est La Mort records and in the UK through Third Mind records. "Sing or Die" was very well received in Europe (the older Greek visitors may remember that it was voted as best record of 1989, by the "Sound & Hi-Fi" magazine). They had another release, 1994's excellent "This Side of Heaven"on a major company (you can find a taste of it in Maidens In The Moor Lay) and after that ...nothing. I've searched the web in any combination I could imagine and I haven't found a trace of the band or the two core members. Seems that everything stops in 1994, with the release of their last album and some touring. Did they quit music? I hope not. I was also surprised to discover that this long out of print album, was nowhere to be found in the blogland - except a mention in the above Vertigo post.

I found this photograph in Rachel Melas' myspace page, and I think it's Courage of Lassie.

This is from Hearsay magazine: Ron Nelson's background, part French and part Native Indian, (blended with Mady Schenkel's Swiss - German heritage) is perhaps what gives the album its truly Canadian, wild, organic feel, literally sounding like crashing waterfalls, huge evergreens, frozen tundra, cross-cultural cities full of underground artistic expression...(Hearsay)

When you listen to this record, I think you'll understand why I called it "Spring album". The nature of Canada is here, the morning dew and the sounds of twilight. You can hear the breeze through the grass and smell the flowers blooming. Yes, the music in "Sing or Die" contains all these and more. Singing in both French and English, Ron Nelson and Mady Schenkel, full of sweet melancholy, recall in mind Leonard Cohen or Tom Rapp (and a little of Joni Mitchell), along with the French trobadours. Yes, there were/are many more artists trying to do this, but the results in most cases are very lame, comparing to this essential folk record. The male/female vocals, the rich acoustic arrangement with the violin and accordion in the same rank as the guitars, catch all the colors and whispers and perfumes and the innocence of their songs. Two poems of James Joyce and Yeats, a cover of Creedence's "Who'll Stop the Rain?" and their unbelievable beautiful own songs compile a record that will haunt you for a long time, like a sweet memory from your past, that you can't really remember, but you like the feeling it creates.

Line-up: Ron Nelson-vcls, Mady Schenkel-vcls, gtr, vln, Rachel Melas-bs, Rod Booth-vln, acdn with:Chris Dean, Domenique St.Pierre, Edgar Bridwell, Phil Bova, Pierre Gautier, Ray Condo.

This is the cover from the Amok release (I've scanned it from a magazine) and it's the best of the three - with nice blue/mauve colors. The cover of the record at the top of this post (I believe) is from its uk release. You can see the us cover here. There was no point scanning the covers of my LP, as the white vinyl version of C'Est La Mort release I have, came out in a plain black cover with a sticker with the tracklist. So here's the scan of the vinyl

(Side one) - Ami dans Cette Vie / Who'll stop the Rain / Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) / Lonely Street / Big Town
(Side two) - Sing Or Die / Ophelia / Wild River / Down By the Salley Gardens / The Night Closes In

(in the canadian version there was a "city side" and a "country side" but not on the other two releases)
Here are the links for it: link1 or link2

Edit: In the comments you'll find a link for This Side of Heaven from 1994