Monday, July 31, 2006
This is without any doubt one of this year’s most stunning and spectacular releases!!!
Book Of Am were a communal hippie-folk outfit consisting of musicians from various countries (England, France & Spain) who lived on the Balearic Islands.
Their initial plan was to release four LP’s in combination with a beautifully illustrated book, full of mind expanding art, focussing on world folklore and various traditions.
In the end however (we’re talking mid 70’s here) the costs of realisation were too high, and –though the music for all 4 records already was put to tape- the eventual release got stripped down to ‘just’ one LP, coming with a gatefold sleeve i.s.o. the complete book. Which obviously didn’t keep this unbelievable album from becoming a major collector’s idem. Now, some 30 years later, Wah Wah Records at last present the book (over 100 pages!) in its full glory, together with 2 LP’s/CD’s. (A reissue of the original LP, plus a record/disc featuring many highlights of the unreleased material.)
Musically this is superb, extremely psychedelic and mystic folk with haunting melodies full of exotic instrumentation and trippy elements. This 2006 Book Of Am edition is a (soaking wet) dream come true for all connoisseurs of acid-, psych- and freakfolk.
Recommendable reissue !
Grab And Enjoy It !
Sunday, July 30, 2006
01 - The Man Song - 3.26
02 - It´s All In Your Heart - 6.03
03 - Shake It Off - 3.58
04 - Understand - 3.52
05 - Above Me - 2.45
06 - Den Of Sin - 2.10
07 - Boogus Black And Blues - 5.08
08 - Spring - 3.02
09 - Winding Thru Your Heart - 2.30
10 - Harmony - 2.32
11 - Big Daddy Slave - 2.37
12 - Tired Of Screaming - 2.45
1970 United Artists release by Boston based band combining moody Westcoast style organ sound with fuzzy psych guitar. This trio hailed from Boston. The album, which was recorded in New York and produced by Steve and Eric Nathanson (who were the producers of Boffalongo).
Sounding a lot like a FUZZED-OUT DOORS!!!
Tir Na Nog, whose name translates from the Gaelic as "Land of Eternal Youth," hit a Zeitgeist with their first album. The pairing of Sonny Condell and Leo O'Kelly caught the same softness as, say, Nick Drake, but more open and engaging, with just enough lilting Celtic influence to offer plenty of charm (although, it must be said, very little of the Irish tradition is evident in their music). The acoustic duo could be sweetly romantic, as on "Time Is Like a Promise" and "Our Love Will Not Decay," but they could also offer a crowd-pleaser like the singalong "Aberdeen Angus." "Picadilly" is especially poignant, a touching tale. Condell brings a few exotic touches to the disc, adding tabla, Moroccan drum, and jew's harp, but that hardly turns them into a version of the Incredible String Band -- their writing simply isn't quirky enough. That's not to imply there isn't a strength to it; there is. They can pen a good, memorable tune with an affecting chorus, and the relatively straightforward arrangements, fleshed out by Barry Dransfield's fiddle and Nick Harrison's arrangements, are never overdone. Pleasant without ever being startling, this is '70s folk-rock, with the emphasis on the folk more than the rock.
~Chris Nickson, All Music Guide
Tir Na Nog - album credits :
Leo O'Kelly Dulcimer, Guitar, Bass (Electric), Vocals, Violin, Tin Whistle
Sonny Condell Guitar, Vocals, Moroccan Drum, Tabla, Jew's-Harp, Percussion
Barry Dransfield Fiddle
Tir Na Nog - tracks :
01 Time Is Like a Promise (2:56)
02 Mariner Blues (4:12)
03 Daisy Lady (2:21)
04 Tir Na Nog (5:20)
05 Aberdeen Angus (1:50)
06 Looking Up (4:51)
07 Boat Song (3:24)
08 Our Love Will Not Decay (3:04)
09 Hey Friend (3:01)
10 Dance of Years (3:50)
11 Live a Day (3:04)
12 Piccadilly (5:35)
13 Dante (2:56)
01 Vlčí sen, Do města, Jiný příběh
02 Ohnivá voda
04 Ráno, pořád
06 "Teď jděte v pokoji"
07 Starý slova
08 Je tam
09 Já, to mně a B. a obrana
Hudba: Psí vojáci
Text: Jáchym Topol
Jáchym Topol – čtení [1a]
Filip Topol – zpěv, Casiotone MT-68
David Skála – bicí nástroje
Jiří Jelínek – saxofon
Luděk Horký – basová kytara, kytara
Monika Načeva – zpěv 
Sestra (Sister) is Psi Vojaci's first album for the post-Velvet revolution Czech label
~François Couture, All Music Guide
The Czech rock group Psí Vojáci is one of the major acts that started in the underground during the Communist regime and became successful after its fall in 1989. The group is dominated by songwriter, singer and pianist Filip Topol, a charismatic character who shares similarities with English singer Peter Hammill, both in his writing of literate yet powerful art songs and in his stage delivery. Drummer David Skála and bassist Jan Hazuka formed the core of the group from its beginnings up to the early ‘90s, when the latter left and was replaced by Ludek Horky. Guitarists and saxophonists came and went.
The name Psí Vojáci means “Dog Soldiers." Two explanations, both of a literary nature, circulate about its origins. Some say it comes from the title of Robert Stone's 1974 novel. Others attribute it to the name of a
For the next few years Psí Vojáci laid low, recording three albums (Psí a Vojáci, Baroko v Cechách, Studio 1983-85, all reissued in 2000) that circulated as illegal cassettes. In 1986, the group was allowed to break out of the private underground parties circuit and perform publicly under the name Psí Vojáci Osobne, building a strong cult following in
~François Couture, All Music Guide.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
02 Free from the City 02:18
03 What Can the Matter Be ? 02:16
04 Which Way You Goin' Billy ? 03:23
05 Happy Island 02:53
06 There's No Blood in Bone 03:01
07 A Good Thing Lost 02:03
08 You Took My Moonlight Away 02:43
09 Shadows on My Wall 02:30
10 That's Where I Went Wrong 02:32
11 Where Evil Grows 02:51
12 I Was Wondering 03:02
13 Tryin' 03:02
14 Winter Milk 03:24
15 Good Friends 02:39
16 I'll See You There 03:20
17 You Don't Know What Love Is 02:49
18 I Thought of You Again 02:27
19 Another Year, Another Day 02:35
20 Evil Overshadows Joe 02:29
21 That's Where I Went Wrong [US Version] 02:33
Susan Pesklevits and Terry Jacks met in the band Powerline. They later married and formed the Poppy Family in 1968. With guitarist Craig McCaw and percussionist Satwan Singh, the duo's third single, "Which Way You Goin' Billy," became a hit in the U.S. and their native Canada, selling over two million copies. The group recorded three albums in the early '70s: That's Where I Went Wrong and Which Way You Goin' Billy in 1970 and Poppy Seeds in 1971. Terry and Susan were divorced by 1973, however, and both began solo careers. Susan released Dream (1976), Ghosts (1980) and Forever (1982), but Terry became more successful when his "Seasons in the Sun" single went platinum in Canada (more than 150,000 units). His albums include Seasons in the Sun (1974), Y'Don't Fight the Sea (1976), Pulse (1983) and Into the Past (1989).
~John Bush, All Music Guide
10. Four Empty Bottles
12. What's Happening ?
13. Jesus and the Devil
Eccentric folk artist Charlie Tweddle's self-released 1974 LP Fantastic Greatest Hits,
a unique blend of psychedelic country and tape experiments.
Charlie felt sure his new style of music would take the world by storm – it didn't work out that way.
Recorded in 1971, 500 copies of Fantastic Greatest Hits were pressed in 1974 under the name Eilrahc Elddewt with extravagant packaging.
The LP was hand-distributed and received only minimal positive feedback; sales were poor.
The abrupt patches of dead air on side one probably didn't help much either.
More than a few of these albums were returned as "defective".
Of course, all of these production moves were intentional.
The CD was transferred from a copy of the original album.
It includes six unreleased tracks from the same period as well as all of the original artwork in a fold-out digipak.
We hope you find it as nice and as interesting as we do.
* Last Thing On My Mind (Levon-Coombs)
* Hangman (traditional) *
* Greenland Whale (traditional)
* Factory Sparrow (Hart)
* Geordie (traditional)
* It Ain't Me Babe (Dylan)
* Mountain Dew (traditional)
* Daddy You Been On My Mind (Dylan)
* Part Two Blues (Piff Parfitt)
* One Too Many Mornings (Dylan)
* Bells of Rhymney (Seeger-Davies)
* Sean South of Garryowen (traditional)
* Just A Little Rain (Reynolds)
* La La Girl (Hart)
* Stagnation (Piff Parfitt)
* In the Early Morning Rain (Lightfoot)
* Blue (Seeger) *
* Cushie Butterfield (traditional) *
* The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face *
* When the Ship Comes In (Dylan)
* Baby Don't Drag Me Down (Hart)
tracks marked * are not on the Works re-release due to technical reasons.
Sold mainly in Bretton Hall College, Yorkshire, England. Copies pressed 99
Re-release : Volume 1 of Holyground the Works series.
* Additional tracks on the Works issue are:
from the EP Cross-section
* Wild Mountain Thyme (traditional)
* With God On My Side (Dylan)
* Lowlands (traditional)
* London (Coombs-Blake)
* The Gold Of The Long Girls
Compilation of period '60's UK folk from the Bretton Hall collective.
Recorded in 1966, and in perfect quality, this contains plenty of traditional tunes done in a variety of styles and includes : Dave Nuttall, Chris Coombs, Terry McCann, Kev Slater, Bob Hart and many more.
LAST THING ON MY MIND has never been released since the original 99 vinyl copies made by Mike Levon when he recorded it in 1966. It is an album of folk and early folk rock - the roots from which Holyground grew. There are standout performances from Chris Coombs and others.
It's an album of great beauty: if you close your eyes you can see the candles, and feel the dark . . .
There are also several out-takes and contemporary recordings never previously released at all!
Holyground used to be a record label that released a bunch of albums that are very hard to find. Well, that's the info I could derive from the not so very clear website.
The first releases are two compilation albums called The Works Vol. 1 - Last Thing On My Mind and The Works Vol. 5 - Gagalactica.
As far as I could find out, the Holyground label, or at least the idea behind it, was led by Mike Levon. He recorded musicians, most of which weren't professional musicians. The music is folk, with a touch of folk rock. That's what the booklet says. It's a lot of Bob Dylan (five Bob Dylan songs on Vol. 1) and a load of traditional folk songs. However, what I think of when I hear the term "folk" is Planxty. This is mostly acoustic guitar and vocals, style and atmosphere of scout campfires.
Vol. 5 contains more musicians per recorded song. A full band on most of them, actually.
The songs are definitely more interesting because of this, especially when you're listening to all the songs on the CD. The playing is more interesting (guitar and organ and flute), and the songs have some instrumental bits as well. The songs remain short stories of folk and a bit of blues structures. Overall, again it's boredom creeping up after a couple of minutes.
The musicians and singers are not bad, though. Especially the Dylan songs - no one sings worse than good ol' Bob. And I must say the recordings sound very good.
Amazing that recordings done on a mono track of a two-track recorder can sound so clear.
A job well done! Also the booklets; they contain many old photos, most lyrics and some info.
Friday, July 28, 2006
The structure of the album is impeccable. From the opening moment, it’s obvious you’re in for something truly special. “You Never Win” fades in with a backwards loop, over which a lovely melody appears. It goes on for a while, but could continue for hours more without becoming tiresome. It’s as great and true a musical moment as there has ever been. Rudely, the drums disrupt the calm to begin the body of the song, an updated 60s garage punker with powerful organ. As the song nears the end, the opening melody recurs, only this time it’s played forwards. It’s at this moment that you realize that this album is a true work of art, not just a bunch of great moments but a perfectly conceived synthesis of ideas. If only to prove the point, within a few seconds of the next song, “The Sweetest Part,” we are treated to the most beautiful fuzz guitar riff in history. As the album moves along, all of the eight songs have moments that, while unlikely to match the perfection of the backwards bit or the searing fuzz riff, should send shivers down the most jaded spine.
The songs are enlivened by psychedelic experiments that range from the slowed-down laughter of a tickled child to someone belching the words “mushroom soup.” Not just each song, but each verse is arranged with intricate care, and surprises like the stunning percussion that ends the quiet “I Need It Higher” keep the listener guessing. The two songs that begin side two show a bit of the spirit of 1973. The bouncy “Stoney Wellitz (and its almost trendy moog solo), and “Hope”, with its ocean sound effects and long, layered keyboard solo, are longer and more likely to appeal to, say, prog fans, than the pop-oriented songs on side one. That’s not to say the seem out of place or don’t work, because they do, in spades. And in no time at all, we’re back to massive walls of 60s-inspired psychedelia. The introduction to “Fool’s Parade” is interrupted by a stunning backwards vocal (don’t listen to people who claim it says something; it’s gibberish in both directions.) The body of the song ends after only two minutes, only to be followed by two further minutes of sped-up guitar, slowed-down guitar, space sounds and the aforementioned “mushroom soup” reference.
This is all set-up, though, for the album’s finest moment, the closing “The Piper.” A more ideal pop song is unlikely to exist. From the opening piano trills to gorgeous verses to gorgeous bridge to gorgeous chorus to stunning keyboard solo to the most perfect of the album’s many perfect guitar solos, in just four minutes they’ve done the impossible. They top what came before. The album ends on the final moment of genius; the piano trill returns and then is abruptly cut off, leaving the listener with his or her mouth hanging wide open. Not only has the song itself been framed by the piano, so has the album as a whole; the first and last song share the framing device, and the abrupt end is as compelling as the backwards fade-in.
No, this album isn’t completely perfect. I’m not entirely convinced that the speak-singing on “You Never Win” really works, and perhaps the plethora of clever arrangement ideas push both “Stoney Wellitz” and “You Don’t Understand” a verse too long. Oh, and this will never be my own personal favorite album because the lyrics don’t hit home with me in the way something has to in order to be a #1 desert island pick. But musically, there’s no album on this universe I enjoy more than ZERFAS, and no album from which I can discover more new joys after hundreds of listens. The first reissue of this album contains several pages of notes about the band, and presumably gives some idea why they never released any more music. I’ve never found this issue of the record; I’m not sure I even want to know the answer to the many questions I have about these guys. And, oddly, the fact that it was never followed is almost a plus, a way of making sure that this album’s greatness will never be tarnished by the company it keeps. Obviously my view on this album is full of bias; only a few people will love it quite as much as I do. But most will love it almost as much.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
1 GAGALACTYCA (Holyground HG 1135/Magic Mixture MM 3) 1990 SC
NB: (1) reissued on CD (Kissing Spell LSG 007) with bonus tracks from Thundermother.
Only 425 copies of this album were pressed and it came with a free booklet.
Despite its late release date it's actually comprised of previously unreleased early seventies material by the two bands, Lightyears Away and Thundermother, who were responsible for the Astral Navigations album.
GAGALACTYCA has only been released on vinyl. It is a sister album to Astral Navigations.
There are two "sets" of music : Chris Coombs and others (Lightyears Away), and Thundermother. Chris and Mike Levon wrote songs for the Light Years Away "side" of the album. Standout tracks are the short though beautiful "That Is What We Need", and "Cold Tired and Hungry" a storming track featuring Bill Nelson on guitar.
This is mainly the follow-up album to the highly collectable "Astral Navigations" album from 1973. Rare early '70's privately pressed spacey folky prog mostly recorded with a similar line-up to the Astral Navigations album. The music continues the same vein of spacey progressive folk music, and now comes with half a dozen bonus tracks from Thundermother - some of which are also quite trippy. Cosmic and rare as hell.
Message To A Harlequin
Bird Of Paradise
Do You Remember When
Streets Of Gold
And Where Were You That Morning Mr. Carroll
Full Fathoms Five
In The Light Of Sadness
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
01 - Explosion
02 - Pop Full Hair
03 - Lot Of Things
05 - To Where I Belong
06 - My Sorrow
07 - Cross Town Traffic
08 - Pop Orbite
EVEN THOUGH THIS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT and overwhelming album is but a half an hour in length, it is so chock full o’ balls and amazing riffs that consistently making all the right moves at the right times it’s downright scary and seems twice the length due to its raging density of vision. Given that (and that fact it seems almost entirely culled from moments from only the top tier fab waxings in my collection) it also seems far longer than THAT because everything on it counts SO BAD it lights a fire in my head, creates a fevered dickswell and comes close to bursting my heart every time I spin it.
Why? Put it simply, this freakin’ album has EVERYTHING. And by that I mean it draws from elements of approaches set down by “Phallus Dei”-era Amon Düül Zwei, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Silberbart, Straight-era Alice Cooper, Can, Guru Guru, Groundhogs, Speed Glue & Shinki, Led Zeppelin, Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Tiger B. Smith and “Free Your Mind”-period Funkadelic (so help me Eddie) and are seamlessly wedged into one album.
Chico IS...The Man. And he is immersed in an ocean of non-verbal language ranging from expressions of spittle-speak to larynx yank projected over a cranked up to fuck-off level trio projecting unbridled heaviosity heaved onto an LP with all the intimacy of a band that lives, breathes, farts, cries, bleeds, sweats, shits, pisses, vomits, cums, eats, buys pot and gets high together. And as if by some process of psychotropic osmosis all are locked into the same psychic force field that alternatively is searching in the wilderness, crying to the sky, crawling just beyond Damascus with their flies and minds undone and their heads on fire with all their passion directed into a funneled pummel that is undying energy the same way life itself is. And its raging power and whirlwind qualities are caught as they claw at the double iron gates of reality to get buzzed into the realm of the beyond with their stinky package of love special delivery, looking for the big old rock’n’roll godhead to sign for it and they wind up shoving it under his nose and promptly fucking off to parts unknown forever after the bittiest output of one album and 3 singles for three separate labels (whose chronology is probably determined by the lessening obscurity of the companies with “Girls Of Ocean”/“Phantasm” on Tuba; Disques Vogue’s issue of two album tracks as “My Sorrow”/“We All Come And Go” and one single on CBS, “Pop Or Not”/”Inverse Pop”.)
Formed in Lyon in 1969 as Chico & The Slow Death because they meant it (man), the following year they renamed themselves Chico Magnetic Band, comprised of: Chico on death throttle vocals, Patrick Garel on pounding dunderhead drums, Alain Mazet on Richter scale raising bass and Bernard Monneri on howlingly fierce shred guitar with attached fuzz/wah hardwired directly into his frontal lobes. And what this crew laid down was a freewheeling and loose mess that created its own language, cycling as it does through a back catalogue of the collective id, the rejected odd and the accepted stinky -- as though every emotion every uttered for generations and every symbolic thrust of the battering ram against the gates of nothingness have touched down all on one album with an overdose of ESP.
Released on the tiny Disques Vogue subsidiary label Box Office, “Chico Magnetic Band” was recorded at two different Parisian studios: Europa Sonor (where Magma recorded their first album and Aphrodite’s Child laid down their classic “666” double album) and Wagram Studios. And judging the results of those last two named records, Europa Sonor had some uniquely sounding rooms on their premises, which carried over with the widest sonic spectrum onto “Chico Magnetic Band”. Producer Jean-Pierre Rawson boisterously captured the group’s thunder live in the studio as clear as an unmuddied lake while also resounding with an unstoppable fury. These sounds are everything I search for in rock’n’roll -- it’s tripped out. It’s psychedelic. It’s heavy. It’s very heavy. It roots me to the ground AND it’s got experimental electronic freak outs as well as moments of chilling acoustic introspection that can only portend heavy shit raining down and they never made an umbrella THIS strong to withstand such a torrent. It’s heavy to the soul as well as to the ears, and its not only as bold as love but it’s bolder than fuck and although it only lasts for a half an hour look out because there’s a fire in the hole cause Chico and The Magnetic hommes are not only coming through, but coming through in the biggest way possible.
“Explosion” begins the album not with a whimper nor even a bang but Chico’s entire reason for existence, laid out in one glorious collision after another with Chico yammering, barking, guffawing and channeling consonants in a way irrespective of enunciation and rarely with a literal clue as to what he is freaking out so badly over as his ever-heaving, pulsating soul forces out a welter of incomprehensible sounds in such a riveting and demonstrative manner, they almost make even Damo Suzuki’s English/Japanese/neither dreamtime-to-Samurai-rage vocals seem like the Queen’s English by comparison. Sometimes Chico isn’t singing so much as speaks, whispers or just freaking out at the open air around him as the Magnetic Band furry-freak to it all with total free-rock heaviness. The middle section is somewhat related to Deep Purple’s “Mandrake Root” instrumental break, but minus the Hammond, plus a full-on percussion section and a million times crazier as Chico goes gaga -- at one point whispering then choking out wave after wave of larynx attack in a spittle-spraying frenzy. The percussion line of franticness hangs so long and hollowly behind Chico’s half-spoken, half-muttered, half-laughed and near incomprehensible pronouncements that only point to certain meanings that are instinctively grasped, but cannot be explained, only felt. He’s dropping consonants and vowels left, right and centre and I can only make out “My sweat tastes like a river!” until it’s directed into a 4-lane highway of vocal gibber along the lines of: “Nuuuaaarrgugug!”, “Nene waundah orf zarebbb!” and even “Anmyne cloth iss fallin dawn!!” And the guitar playing is exemplary -- the fuzz wah-wah is used only to shattering degrees for maximum effect --and often. Then Chico’s hairy freak-speak re-enters, translating everything into a random free-form gear stripping speech that abides to no known patterns of human language as behind him the band pump out and wrestle up storm up with each perfectly timed drum fill, each burnt fuzz-o-delic guitar lick accented to perfection and those low grunting Tiger B. Smith vocals getting it all on at once is just crazy... especially for this long. Somehow, the piece finally ends with a deluxe CLANG!-HONK!-TWEET! And you don’t really know if it all really happened out loud or what.
Is it heavy?
Are they French?
The entire album could just be this first track, and it would STILL be a killer.
The instrumental “Pop Pull Hair” sees the entry of electronic technical effects let loose by the French experimentalist Jean-Pierre Massiera, and it is far spacier and heavier than the collages he assembled on his previous Les Maledictus Sound LP. The entire track runs backwards with UFO landings, creeping, sucking sounds and an aural casting of long shadows getting longer that threaten to absorb the mental landscape with successive, ominous strides. The quiet entry of “Lot Of Things” and a descending bass begins watchfully like “Sleeping Village” and/or “Brain Brain” by Silberbart with overall “Careful With That Axe” eugenics, as cymbals tap in the darkness. This quickly rises into a shattering display of lurching, blazing guitar accompanied with deeper toned Hendrixian quiver-speak as Chico’s words only SOUND as if they’re run backwards as they dribble out from his mouth like blood. Another tempest hammers out by the band at top volume, and then falls away to another simmering comedown. But when THAT guitar solo ensues so unbelievably heavy, before you fully recover from it it’s onto riffing off the “Beck’s Bolero” section of ‘How Many More Times” with the band in tow and Chico probably flailing on the studio floor and speaking of which: HOW many more times can this record continue to outdo itself?!! Chico then starts freaking in the echoed darkness with pronouncements like Don Van Vliet and Damo Suzuki in a self-strangulation contest ala Vliet’s palsied “Neon Meate Dream of An Octafish” tongue flapping drool-o-thon, “Tra la, tra la, tra la, tra la…tra LA” choking and sputtering well into the fadeout. With strident, thundering drums “We All Come And Go” cracks open and all is blistering Rock once more and nothing else. The middle section sees Chico’s hastily rushed out vocals crazily falling out into a pile of letters that only assemble in time against a distinctly Biergarten schlager for swingin’ steins-accented melody when he (nearly) sings the title “We all come and go...” Swiftly, the band is already locked in together and promptly off across the instrumental section highlighted by a stunningly blistering guitar solo as Patrick Garel’s double time drumming swings between the legs while simultaneously nails down every virgin space in sight and the whole band is giving each other so much damn space to blast off that they never miss a beat with all those quick, vertiginous stops and starts...
Side two is just as excellent. “To Where I Belong” opens with a brief electronic swizzle into hyperspace that parts to reveal Chico plus his ever-Magnetic Band playing bongos with cross-stitched acoustic guitars like 1970-period Can jamming in the back garden of Schloss Norvenich. Returning electronic tones whoosh by and vacuum the whole mess up and replace it with cyclical riffs peeled offa Amon Düül Zwei’s creeping, nightmarish “Dem Guten, Schönen, Wahren” as acoustic and electric guitars pull together to construct an epic mystery dance. Then it’s a brutal shift into the furious paces of the electric intro/break-out of Zep’s “Bring It On Home”, continuing to hammer it all home all and drape it with downer wah-wah action to make it all the more explosive...to return directly back to the Düül death dance scene, which then rears its screeching head back to the previous fury. Somehow, it’s left a stoned trail of mental breadcrumbs and finds itself back to the earlier acoustic passage and a final fade. Things slow down with the ooze away funk of “My Sorrow” all furrowed by Chico’s backward-masked-but-not-really drawl vocal that drags through the primeval soup of creation over clattering percussion accented by searing wah-wah and adorned with a fantastically screeching run-on sentence of a wah-wah’ed guitar solo. It’s so in the pocket, it’s hung like Iommi’s engorged stash pouch on the gatefold of “Paranoid”. Damn -- this has got to be the closest thing to 1970 period Funkadelic outside of “Chains And Black Exhaust” and, er “Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow” itself, come to think of it.
“Cross Town Traffic” is a RIDICULOUS cover and not because it’s inept. It only roughly approximates the Jimi Hendrix Experience track in its shorthanded tongues and soulful misappropriatin’ and the way first verse is sang with the music resigned way to the background all dub-like and no guitar doing the “doo doo doo l’doo” ‘backing vocal’ call and response... Dammit -- it is SO fucking loose I betcha Jimi hisself woulda dug how Chico slit it up such a furious treat (maybe even more than Dylan did when Jimi ran rampant all over “All Along The Watch Tower” and/or “Drifter’s Escape”) especially as Chico amends the line “And with you/I can see a traffic jam straight up ahead” speedily into “And I guess there’s no chance/sit on my head!” thus shattering another blues metaphor in the process. This is ridiculous, all right: Chico’s version of “Cross Town Traffic” is an example of getting “it” effortlessly by just going for it whichever way you can and making it all fall together seemingly by sheer force of will and soul alone. “Pop Orbite” finishes the album as Chico and His Mag(net)ic Band get a full-on interstellar send off via the “effets techniques” of Jean-Pierre Massiera as burbles, squeaks and Martian effects surround the band together on its final trudge into the abyss with accompanying Hammond organ and French screaming... All the album lacks is one big explosion FX to end it all.
Do I need ANTHING else from a record? Fuck, man: “Chico Magnetic Band” stands tall as the spiritual column of that burnt pantheon of heavy truth seeking alongside the Vertigo pressing of “Black Sabbath”, Alice Cooper’s “Pretties For You”, Guru Guru’s “Hinten”, Silberbart’s “4 Times Sound Razing” and Speed Glue & Shinki’s self-titled double LP.
(BEWARE: Although ‘Chico Magnetic Band’ appears printed on Lizard Records’ CD reissue, some have been discovered to be accidentally pressed with an entirely different album altogether. Needless to say, it’ll help to look for it in a shop where you can preview before purchasing and remember that the real deal album contains 8 tracks and does NOT begin with an skimpy acoustic folk ballad by Methvseleh! There is also a vinyl re-issue available, which probably circumvents this problem entirely.)
02. ZÃ¡blesk 1
04. ZÃ¡blesk 2
05. V Plameni
06. ZÃ¡blesk 3
07. Biale Mrozy
08. ZÃ¡blesk 4
10. ZÃ¡blesk 5
12. ZÃ¡blesk 6
14. ZÃ¡blesk 7
Josef Ostransky Accordion, Darbouka, Group Member, Bass, Guitar (Acoustic), Percussion, Vocals, Guitar (Electric)
Cynthia PhungNgoc Dancer, Viola, Vocals
VladimÃr VÃ¡clavek Bass, Liner Notes, Vocals, Percussion, Guitar (Acoustic), Djembe, Group Member
Petr Vavrik Mastering
Klement Jochymek Engineer, Mixing
Ivo ViktorÃn Engineer, Mixing
Andrea Konstankiewicz Cello, Vocals, Group Member
Takumi Fukushima Viola, Vocals, Violin
Milos Dvoracek Drums, Percussion
This truly is the most beautiful album the Czech label Indies has released, in every way.
First, the music: The result of a group effort, the songs are filled with haunting melodies, refined string arrangements (violin, viola, cello) counterbalanced by a visceral approach to rhythm (only hand percussion and shouts), and intricate vocal interplay among the five members, all singers.
This is somewhere between Czech folk-pop and progressive rock, although these terms lose all meaning on such fertile soil. Lyrics span many languages, each sung by a different musician:
Czech (Vladimír Václavek and Josef Ostransky), French (Takumi Fukushima), English (most of them), Polish (Andrea Konstankiewicz), Vietnamese (Cynthia Phung-Ngoc), Japanese (Fukushima), and Spanish (guest Frank Micheletti, as if the others weren't enough).
They shift from one to another naturally, often combining three languages at the same time, three voices humming lines from different directions.
The album was recorded in June 2000, only three weeks after the death of friend and collaborator Laurent Letourneur (he was 29). "Twilight" begins with a recording of him singing the main text of the piece. The rest of the ten-minute suite builds on this quiet opening, reaching a very emotional climax, exorcising the emotions to let the other pieces open on something more positive. The production is excellent and the lavish booklet makes clever use of the group's multilingual talents. For anyone interested in Iva Bittová (with whom Václavek recorded Bilé Inferno), Tara Fuki, or even the feminine grace of After Dinner ("Amenoyuki" could fit on Haco's first solo album), this CD is essential listening.
~François Couture, All Music Guide
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
1 Miss Sinclair
2 Sycamore Sid
3 Hassle Castle
4 Never Never
5 Lonely Woman
6 Far Away From Forever
7 Love You Forever
8 Tales From the GPO Files
9 McKinley Morgan The Deep Sea Diver
10 Falling Out of Friends
11 Girl on the Corner
12 Goodbye Forever
13 This Time She's Leaving
14 'Cept Me
15 Miss Sinclair (demo)
16 Miss Sinclair (Alternate version)
17 Hassle Castle (Demo)
18 Never Never (Alternate version)
19 Reflections (Demo)
This band is great, they're also included in several compilations, they're in a pop/psych way like Grapefruit or The Iveys and sometimes more poppy than psych. If you want a complete info and history check this out.
See you soon!
01. 1900 Yesterday
03. But for Love
04. You Make Me Feel Like Someone
05. Bring Me Sunshine
06. You're Falling in Love
07. Everything Is Beautiful
08. That Same Old Feeling
09. (They Long to Be) Close to You
10. Let It Be
11. Heaven in My Heart
12. Quando, Quando Quando
13. Canadian Sunset
15. Danny Boy
Liz Damon's Orient Express
Liz Damon's Orient Express was a 1970s band from Hawaii, featuring lead singer Liz Damon, two female backup singers and a rotating backup band. The name apparently derived from the original backup band being entirely Asian. Their only song to make the Billboard Top 40 was "1900 Yesterday" which made it to #33 on the US and #16 on the Canadian charts in early 1971.
The band was the house band at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Garden Bar for 18 months and recorded its first album, At the Garden Bar, Hilton Hawaiian Village in 1970. Originally released on Makaha Records, it was then picked up by White Whale Records, who released it as a eponymous album and also released "1900 Yesterday" as a single.
Damon's backup singers on this album were her sister Edda Damon and Sydette Sakauye. In the early 1970s, Sakauye left and was replaced by Meri Pherson. While the Damon sisters and Pherson appeared to be constants, their backup band appeared to undergo numerous personnel changes.
The group released three more albums during the 1970s consisting mostly of covers. In 1979, the group released a comedy album. During the late 1970s, the band moved to Las Vegas where they performed until their breakup in the mid 1980s.
Only Liz Damon's Orient Express is available in print today, and "1900 Yesterday" appears on some compilations of 1970s mellow music.
* Liz Damon's Orient Express (1970) (also At the Garden Bar, Hilton Hawaiian Village)
* Try a Little Tenderness (1970)
* Me Japanese Boy (I Love You) (1973)
* Heaven in My Heart (1978)
* WARNING: This Album Could be HAZARDOUS to Your Ego! (1979)
* 1900 Yesterday (1971) from Liz Damon's Orient Express
1. Nature's Clear Well (10:50)
2. Warning Walls (5:14)
3. I've Come from a World (4:19)
4. You've Really Got it Fixed (4:22)
5. Dreams Out in the Rain (6:22)
6. Wish I Were Happy (6:14)
Norbert Abels : Keyboards, Vocals
Hermann Beckert : Bass
Victor Bergmann : Percussion, Drums
Richard Kersten : Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
Heinz Kuhne : Guitar, Vocals
Dieter Dierks : Producer, Photography
Galaxy is another mystery band that had received a number of positive reviews elsewhere,
so being the naturally inquisitive type, it was only natural that I would investigate this a little further.
If you have played a disc at least eight times and it doesn't jump up and grab you by the agates,
then there is little chance that paying further attention in repeated listens will alter your perceptions.
Sure, the title track has a great melodious hook to die for, and being over ten minutes long, the players have some time to stretch out,
but in all reality, they only just flex their muscles a tad on what should have been the piece de resistance of this whole album.
The players assembled are certainly adept at their respective instruments,
but the main problem I have detected is the general lack of anything too memorable in the song-writing department.
A brief highlight also appears on the third track called "Warning Walls",
which has a killer section that really works for me, but I'm still looking for more!
The eighth track, "Anais", reminded me very much of the sort of thing that Jan Akkerman was doing with Focus on their Mother Focus album way back in the 70s,
but suffers slightly as it has all been done before, and to a better degree.
Considering there is so much great progressive music that has been made available,
through obscure classics having been re-issued and the bands of today having picked up from where the originators left off,
music of Galaxy's caliber does tend to be ignored.
Listening to an album like this is very similar to driving in the great outback of Australia.
You have to drive a hell of a long way before you come across some decent scenery.
In a similar way, there is a lot of filler and mediocre music to wade through before you stumble across the highlights,
which while they are admittedly worthwhile when they appear, are far too infrequent and annoyingly short.
- Greg Cummins [November 2001]
Circus Maximus (With Jerry Jeff Walker) - Circus Maximus.
It's that 1967 Summer of Love vibe, with this Texas band that included Jerry Jeff Walker. Solid harmonies, nice guitar (with some cool raga touches) combine with a goodtime feeling and complete this fine slice of US '60s psychy folk/rock.
Circus Maximus - Neverland Revisited.
From 1968, the second album from this Jerry Jeff Walker led Texas quintet. A bit more psychedelic this time round with a strange mixture of swirling Keyboard and fuzz psike-pop imbued with a summery West Coast vibe.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
01. Within (:54)
02. Ice Cool (2:20)
03. Unexpected Party (2:19)
04. Witches Brew (2:58)
05. Psychedelic Electrician (Scene 1) (4:24)
06. You Reached For The Stars (2:22)
07. Moon Dog (1:46)
8. You Have Been Chosen (:53)
09. Drum Crazy (5:36)
10. Angel (3:38)
11. King Tin Tagel (1:10)
12. Peter The Pill (2:44)
13. Psychedelic Electrician (Scene 2) (9:54)
14. Psychedelic Electrician (Scene 3) (1:07)
15. Duel At Dawn (4:32)
16. Psychedelic Electrician (Scene 4) (6:09)
This astonishing release from the Pink Fairies, Pretty Things, and Deviants drummer Twink will be a welcome addition to any psychedelic collection. A legendary figure of the U.K. psychedelic scene, he recorded these rock experiments in London's Wizzard Studios in the late '60s to early '70s. Legend has it that Twink had all but forgotten about these sessions until engineer Julian Briggs presented him with tapes in 1999. A remix and remastering session in Los Angeles ensued, and, suspiciously modern as it sounds, one wonders if the session involved a few late-'90s stylistic updates as well. Regardless, the degree of invention and experimentation is astounding, and The Lost Experimental Recordings is an electronic / rock hybrid that predated similar tranced out excursions from German groups such as Can and Faust, and even proto- post-rockers This Heat. In these improvisational sessions, Twink assembled tape loops of noise and electronic collages, over which he would beat out circular trance-like rhythms. Excessive tape manipulation and studio effects are to the fore, and his J.R. Tolkien infatuation provided a conceptual bed for some of the more psychedelic indulgences. An absolute career highlight -- it is ironic that this material was ignored for so long.
~Skip Jansen, All Music Guide
Τhe Shangri-Las - Myrmidons Of Melodrama
Τhe Shangri-Las were among the greatest girl groups; if judged solely on the basis of attitude, they were the greatest of them all. They combined an innocent adolescent charm with more than a hint of darkness, singing about dead bikers, teenage runaways, and doomed love affairs as well as ebullient high-school crushes. Originally the Shangri-Las were comprised of two pairs of sisters from Queens, NY (identical twins Marge and Mary Anne Ganser and siblings Mary and Betty Weiss). They had already recorded a couple of obscure singles when they were hired by George "Shadow" Morton to demo a song he had recently written, "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)." The haunting ballad, with its doomy "Moonlight Sonata"-like piano riffs, wailing lead vocal, and thunderous background harmonies, seguing into an a cappella chorus backed by nothing except handclaps and seagull cries, made the Top Five in late 1964. It also began their association with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's Red Bird label, which would handle the group for the bulk of their career.Unlike some girl groups, the Shangri-Las were dynamic on-stage performers, choreographing their dance steps to their lyrics and wearing skin-tight leather pants and boots that were quite daring for the time.
Their real lives, however, were not without elements of drama themselves. Their constant personnel changes baffle historians; sometimes they are pictured as a trio, and sometimes one of the members in the photos is clearly not one of the Weiss or Ganser sisters. Worse, the Red Bird label ran into serious organizational difficulties in the mid-'60s, and wound down its operations in 1966. The group moved to Mercury for a couple of dispirited singles, but had split by the end of the 1960s. Even today, the Shangri-Las' history remains somewhat murky and mysterious; the original members have rarely reunited for oldies shows or talked to the press. The situation was exacerbated by frustratingly substandard reissues of their Red Bird work, which made it impossible to collect all of their fine sides without buying numerous packages, many of which boasted shockingly shoddy sound quality. Happily, the situation was rectified in the mid-'90s with excellent, comprehensive compilations of the Red Bird material in both the U.K. and U.S.
This 33-track production finally sets the record straight, including all of the significant A-sides, B-sides, and album tracks they recorded for Red Bird between 1964 and 1966, as well as an earlier single for a different label, and four radio commercials.
01. Remember (Walking In The Sand) 2:15
02. It's Easier To Cry 2:30
03. Leader Of The Pack 2:52
04. What Is Love 2:23
05. Give Him A Great Big Kiss 2:08
06. Maybe 2:33
07. Out In The Streets 2:49
08. The Boy 2:42
09. Give Us Your Blessings 3:16
10. Heaven Only Knows 2:09
11. Right Now And Not Later 2:37
12. The Train From Kanses City 3:20
13. Never Again 2:22
14. I'm Blue 3:30
15. What's A Girl Supposed To Do 3:05
16. The Dum Dum Ditty 2:24
17. You Cheated, You Lied 2:24
18. I Can Never Go Home Anymore 3:16
19. Bull Dog 2:38
20. Long Live Our Love 3:08
21. Sophisticated Boom Boom 2:10
22. He Cried 3:07
23. Dressed In Black 2:51
24. Past, Present And Future 2:41
25. Paradise 3:14
26. Love You More Than Yesterday 2:39
27. Wishing Well 2:05
28. Hate To Say I Told You So 1:36
29. Give Him A Great Big Kiss 2:14
30. How Pretty Can You Get 0:11
31. Revlon Endorsement 0:14
32. Good Taste Tip 0:52
33. Dating Courtesy Tip 0:56
(An International 60's Psychedelic Mystery Mix)
This is a pastiche of 60s and 70s ultra rare funky psyche songs from all over the world (Korea (San Ul Lim), Italy, Israel, Spain,Canada (J.K & Co), etc.) that is fused together with bizarro samples.Gathered together from over 44 contries, Internet DJ's and Bedroom Composers gathered to create a tribute to the Intergalactic Bump King's, Trap Door. 16 Dyn-o-mite Tracks pay homage to the album Conscious. Featuring tracks by such international stars of trance like Poe-Pete, King Skeleton, The Apple and On the Money to name a few.
Fans of Andy Votel need this in their life. A mind blowing mix of international Psychedelic mysteries compiled and mix by the great San Fran label Di Joint
With no tracklisting only the most obsessive collectors could probably name some of the tracks on this comp, but that does not mean you will get hooked from the first minute. Tight fresh drum breaks, great pych vocals and fuzzy electronics makes this a compelling listen.
Trap Door is available on both CD and LP formats, and yes, the vinyl is also mixed.
Please, do a comment if you already digg the whole track list of this comp.
Those who can guess the track list wins a pirate's treasure!
PS: My ultra favourite track of this amazing compilation is No.2 !!
Please, I have to know to whom belongs this gem !
7.Hayat Bir Teselli
12.Hop Hop Gelsin
Third album of advanced Eastern and ethnic music fusion from Turkish psychedelic master ERKIN KORAY. Recorded between 1972-1976, the tracks on the album were originally released as singles. Includes five bonus tracks from 1967, 1968, and 1971, as well as an undocumented acoustic version of "Yalnizar Rihtimi" from the great "Turkuler" album.
10 - Geliyor
11.Yalnız Sen Varsın
Tutkusu is the fourth full length album by Turkish rock star Erkin Koray and was released the year after he did "2", his most ethnic record. With Tutkusu he went back to psych rock and he made it with another masterpiece. Eleven original tracks (two sung in English, the rest in Turkish) that will delight your ears.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Erkin Koray has been in the Turkish rock music scene since the late 1950s and early 1960s. He is widely acclaimed as being the first person to ever play rock and roll in Turkey; in 1957, he and his band gained notoriety by playing covers of Elvis Presley and Fats Domino. He was also one of the first Turkish musicians to embrace the electric guitar and modern amplification.
By the late 1960s, he was already a major figure in Turkish psychedelic music (also known as Anatolian Rock), beginning with his first psychedelic single Anma Arkadaş in 1967. Koray followed this with a number of singles, both by himself and in collaboration with others, that established him as a force to be reckoned with on the Turkish rock scene. Koray became a controversial figure in Turkey during the 1960s and 1970s; he was actually assaulted in Istanbul, and on one occasion stabbed, for having long hair.
In the early 1970s, he formed the group Ter with the former members of Grup Bunalim (Turkish for "Group Depression"), a power trio styled group. Although they only recorded one single before breaking up, Hor Görme Garibi (a cover of the major Arabesque music hit by Orhan Gencebay) was a smash hit, furthering Koray's career. However, Istanbul Records, unhappy with Koray and Ter's musical direction, withdrew all support and refused to let the group record, thus ending the group's career. The music of Ter was influenced by glam rock and psychedelia, and featured extended guitar solos and progressive arrangements - something that the record company was not prepared to accept.
The Turkish public remained interested in Koray's solo work nonetheless, and in 1973 his first album, Erkin Koray, was released. It is interesting to note that up to this point, all of Koray's work had been issued only on 45 rpm records, although he had been recording for the past 10 years and was a very popular artist in Turkey. The album consists of a collection of singles from 1967 to 1973. Koray left Istanbul Records after the release of the album.
In 1974, Erkin Koray signed to Doglan Records and released what is probably his best-known and best-selling single, Şaşkın(Dabke). Set to a traditional Egyptian tune, the single proved Koray to be an ingenious musician and arranger.
1974 also saw the release of his groundbreaking album, Elektronik Türküler ("Electronic Ballads"). Finally given the freedom to record an album instead of being limited to 45 rpm singles, Koray and his band created an album that reflected both his Turkish roots and his love of psychedelic and progressive rock. The album's popularity continues to the present day, with several legitimate and non-legitimate releases on both album and CD. Elektronik Türküler is widely considered to be Koray's masterpiece by many critics, and many of his subsequent releases followed in this vein, with progressive and psychedelic influences balanced by Turkish folk forms.
Koray continues to record and perform in Turkey to this day, and in Turkish music circles is often referred to as Baba Koray ("Father Koray") for his pioneering influence on Turkish popular music.
Other major hits by Koray are Fesuphanallah, Istemem, Sevince, Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman ki , Estarabim, Arap Saçı, Yalnızlar Rıhtımı, Akrebin Gözleri and Çöpçüler.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a flowering of interest in psychedelic music made outside of the UK and the US brought Koray to the attention of listeners in the West. Subsequently, both legitimate, semi-legitimate, and bootleg versions of Koray's albums can be found in the West.
It is interesting to note that Koray is also the inventor of the electric bağlama, a traditional Turkish musical instrument related to the lute, and its unique sound can be heard on many of his albums.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
there were a million of music diamonds,
so get them to have some of them !!
Must for all 60's garage maniacs !!!
1 The Avengers - Open Your Eyes
2 The Badd Boys - Never Going Back To Georgia
3 The Basooties - You Didn't Try To Call Me
4 The Bassmen - The Last Laugh
5 The Bassmen - I Need You
6 The Beatin' Path - Original Nothing People
7 Beau Hannon - Who's Got The Right Of Way
8 The Beaver Patrol - E.S.P.
9 Beer - Some Kinda Rich Girl
10 Bees - Leave Me Be
11 The Big Town Boys - August 32nd
12 The Birdwatchers - I'm Gonna Love You Anyway
13 The Black Sheep - It's My Mind
14 Boo Boo & Bunky - Turn Around
15 The Boy Blues - Coming Down To You
16 Brand "X" - She Lied
17 The Brave New World - It's Tomorrow
18 The Bruthers - Bad Love
19 The Bush - Don't You Fret
20 Cave Dwellers - Meditation
21 The Centurys - Hard Times
22 Les Chantels - Shaggy Baggy Joe
23 Les Chantels - Have You Ever Felt Blue
24 The Chayns - Why Did You Hurt Me
25 The Checkerlads - Baby Send For Me
26 The Checkerlads - Shake Yourself Down
27 Cheques - To Stone
1 Cherry Slush - I Cannot Stop You
2 Children - This Sportin' Life
3 Chocolate Balloon Company - Gotta Get This
4 The Outcasts - 1523 Blair
5 The Chosen Few - Asian Chrome
6 Chris Morgan & The Togas - Would You Believe (Love Is Dead)
7 The Chylds - Hay Girl
8 The Cindermen - Don't Knock It
9 The Claytons - Puttin' Me On
10 The Cobras - If I Can't Believe Her
11 The Collectors - Make It Easy
12 The Communication Aggregation - Freakout USA
13 Country Classic Esquires - Nashville Blues
14 The Country Gentlemen - Saturday Night
15 Dan Atello - Questions I Cannot Answer
16 The Deepest Blue - Pretty Little Thing
17 The Deepest Blue - Somebody's Girl
18 The Defiant 4 - Away From Home
19 Destiny's Children - For Me
20 Destiny's Children - The Collectors
21 Dewayne & The Beldettas - Hurtin
22 The Distant Cousins - She Ain't Lovin' You
23 Don & The Agitators - Going Back Home
24 The Down 5 - I'm Takin' It Home
grab and enjoy it !
1 Ebb Tides - Seance
2 Eddie & The Showmen - Come On Babe
3 Eddie & The Showmen - Danny Boy
4 Eddie & The Showmen - Sheila
5 The Edge Of Darkness - Mean Town
6 Eggheads - (Why Don't You Stop) Foolin' Around
7 Electric Train - Try Harder
8 Electric Train - Through Winter & Sunshine
9 The Emergency Exit - Why Girl
10 Enchanted Forist - It Don't Mean A Thing Anymore
11 The Escapades - Mad Mad Mad
12 The Ethics - (A Whole Lot Of) Confusion
13 Evergreen Blues - Three's A Crowd
14 The Fifth Order - Goin' Too Far
15 Five Cards Stud - Everybody Needs Somebody
16 The Five Of Us - Hey You
17 49th Parallel - You Do Things
18 The Fountain Of Youth - Don't Blame Me (For Trying)
19 The Gentlemen Wild - You Gotta Leave
20 H.B. & The Checkmates - Louise, Louise
21 Heart Attacks - Babba Diddy Baby
22 Huns - Long Way Around
23 Huns - The World You Cannot Hide From
24 Huns - I've Got You On My Mind
25 Huns - I Gotta Move
26 The Individuals - Monkey On My Back
27 J. Michael & The Bushmen - I Need Love
28 The Jackasses - Sugaree
1 Jerry & The Landslides - Get Off Of My Roof
2 Jimmy Solley - I Just Gotta Get A Little More Sleep
3 The Laymen - Practice What You Preach
4 The Legend - Portrait Of Youth
5 Limey & The Yanks - Gather My Things And Go
6 The Little Boy Blues - It's Only You
7 The Liv'in End - The Orange Rooftop Of My Baby's Mind
8 The Liv'in End - She's A Teaser
9 Livin' End - You're My Woman
10 The Love Affair - Let Me Know
11 The Magic Mushrooms - Never Let Go
12 Man-Dells - Bonnie
13 Meddy's People - Sha La La La Lee
14 The Mersey Men - I Can Tell
15 Michel & The French Canadians - 'Cause I Believe
16 The Mops - Blind Bird
17 The Mystic Number National Bank - I Put A Spell On You
18 New Wing - I Need Love
19 Nikita The K - Go Go Radio Moscow
20 One Eyed Jacks - Love
21 Other Side - Streetcar
22 The Perils - Hate
23 Petrified Forest - So Mystifying
24 The Prodigal - You've Got Me
25 R. Rogues - The Sound
26 Rain - E.S.P.
27 Rain - Outta My Life
28 Randy & The Radiants - My Way Of Thinking
grab and enjoy it !
neat alternation of stomping verse and light British Invasion harmonies on the chorus, had (unlike most of the stuff on Boulders) actual hit potential.
~Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide
Among aficionados of the girl group sound, there can't be five acts more beloved than the Crystals. Their best-known songs, which include "He's a Rebel," "Uptown," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Then He Kissed Me," and "There's No Other Like My Baby," are among the finest examples of the best that American rock & roll had to offer in the period before the British Invasion; and decades into the CD era, the group's records are still prized in their original vinyl pressings even by non-collectors, who seem to recognize that there was something special about the Crystals' work. The group was originally a quintet consisting of Barbara Alston (born 1945), Dee Dee Kennibrew (born 1945), Mary Thomas (born 1946), Patricia Wright, and Myrna Gerrard, organized by Benny Wells while they were still in high school. All of whom had started out singing in churches; Barbara Alston was Wells' niece, and although she later became known as their lead singer on many of their records, Alston was actually recruited as a backup singer by her uncle. Under Wells' guidance, they began performing in more of a pop vein, and one of the gigs that they got was cutting demos for the publisher Hill & Range, which brought them to the Brill Building in midtown Manhattan. It was there, while they were rehearsing, that they chanced to be heard by Phil Spector, who at that time was just starting up his own label, Philles Records. He was in the market for new talent and the Crystals — who, by that time, had lost Gerrard and added La La Brooks to their lineup as lead singer — were just what he was looking for, sort of. He liked their sound and their range, but he didn't initially like Brooks' voice and insisted on Alston taking the lead, somewhat reluctantly on her part. In September of 1961, the slightly reconfigured group cut their first hit, "There's No Other Like My Baby," which rose to number 20 nationally. It was a promising beginning, putting the group, Spector, and his new label on the map; although another song cut at about the same time, "Oh, Yeah, Maybe, Baby" (which featured Patricia Wright on lead), pointed the way to the group's future, with its understated yet boldly played string accompaniment. In early 1962, the Crystals recorded a Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil song called "Uptown," using an arrangement that was a tiny bit lighter on the percussion (except for castanets, of which it had many) but pushed the guitar and the strings out in front more than "Oh Yeah, Maybe, Baby" had. Barbara Alston's strong-yet-sensuous vocals enunciated lyrics that were as steeped in topical subject matter, especially about the frustrations of life in the ghetto, as they were in romance. This gave "Uptown" a subtly two-pronged appeall; it was a gorgeous pop record, but also a new kind of pop record, eminently listenable yet serious in its subtext. No, it wasn't "Blowin' in the Wind," but it seemed to evoke a social realism that heretofore eluded the pop charts. "Uptown" reached number 13 nationally. Its production marked a major step forward in the making of rock & roll singles in its production, and heralded a newer, bolder era in pop music and R&B, very much of a piece with such hits as the Drifters' "Up On the Roof," but with an undercurrent of frustration that the latter song lacked; it all pointed the way toward the more sophisticated and socially conscious kind of songs that Sam Cooke would soon be generating. It was at this point, in the wake of "Uptown," that the history of the Crystals gets a little more complicated. It wasn't until June of 1962 that they had another single ready to go, and it engendered all kinds of problems that "Uptown" had avoided. If that song had gotten a serious lyric across with an elegant and quietly passionate setting, "He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)" (co-authored by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, no less) was the reverse, presenting a disturbing lyric about infidelity and the physical abuse of a woman by a man, in a dark, ominous manner. Barbara Alston and company gave it everything they had, and Spector came up with a surprisingly subtle, bolero-like arrangement, but it was a lost cause. Radio stations simply wouldn't play it, and the public didn't like the song, period; according to Barbara Alston, the group didn't like it either, and to this day nobody understands exactly what was in Spector's mind when he cajoled them into cutting it. The following month, Spector was back in the studio running another Crystals session, except that this time it wasn't really the Crystals that he was recording, but Darlene Love. As the owner of the Crystals' name and, as their producer, possessing the right to record anyone he wanted (or anything he wanted) and label it as being from "the Crystals," he decided to forego any further battles over who should sing lead, and forego using the group entirely for "He's a Rebel." A celebration of street-level machismo like no other, it was an upbeat number with gorgeous hooks and, with none of the baggage of its failed predecessor, became a number one hit, as well as engraining itself in pop culture history as a quintessential girl group classic. Darlene Love was the lead singer on the next hit by "the Crystals," "He's Sure the Boy I Love," as well. It wasn't until early 1963 that the group again sang on one of their own records, "Da Doo Ron Ron," and by that time, Spector had accepted La La Brooks in lieu of Alston as lead singer. That record rose to number three in America and became their second biggest British hit, reaching the number five spot in the U.K. That placement, along with the U.K. number two position for "Then He Kissed Me" (which also got to number six in America), was very important, because at the time a lot of major British bands were about to break onto the charts at home, before coming to dominate American music a year later. "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me" became among the most popular American rock & roll songs of the period in England, covered by all manner of acts on-stage and on-record. The Crystals were in a seemingly enviable position, except for the fact that they and Spector were increasingly at odds over what he was doing with them. They'd been unhappy from the time when Spector began using their name on behalf of records made by Darlene Love, and every time they were obliged to perform those songs on-stage it grated against them, and in 1963 they were almost constantly touring and performing. By 1964, they also perceived Spector's growing inattention; he had lately discovered a girl trio called the Ronettes on whose music and lead singer, Veronica Bennett, he was lavishing ever more of his time and energy. Meanwhile, the Crystals were making good and interesting songs, such as the beautiful "Another Country, Another World," "Please Hurt Me," and "Look in My Eyes," the latter a bluesy ballad that showed a side of their sound that Spector seldom tried to explore. The group had released two LPs hooked around their major hits, Twist Uptown and He's a Rebel, in 1962 and 1963, respectively, that had some good songs on them, but Spector's attention and enthusiasm was increasingly directed elsewhere. Spector's seeming dismissive attitude toward the group may have been best illustrated by the most bizarre record with which he, the group, his label, or almost anyone else in the music business had ever been associated: "(Let's Dance) The Screw." Spector had never been one to keep business partners very long — in that regard, he was a lot like the movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn — and in 1964, he'd settled a lawsuit against Lester Sill, the man with whom he'd started the Philles label. As a parting shot at Sill — and, it is rumored, to fulfill the terms of a settlement that required him to pay a share of the proceeds from the next Crystals single — he devised an otherwise un-releasable single that Philles pressed, called "(Let's Dance) The Screw." On it, Spector talked the lyrics while the Crystals sang backup, in a five-minute musical joke that is also one of the rarest records of the 1960s (supposedly only a handful were ever produced, one of which was sent to Sill). Personal jokes by their producer were all well and good, but by 1964, following the failure of two consecutive genuine Crystals singles, the group — with Frances Collins replacing Patricia Wright — was no longer interested in working with Spector. The following year they bought out their contract and headed to the seemingly greener pastures of the Imperial label, where they found no success; by that time, the only girl groups that were still competitive in the music marketplace were associated with Motown. By 1966, the Crystals had disbanded, and for five years no one heard anything about the group except in airplay on oldies stations. Spector had even closed down Philles Records, and the resulting unavailability of their records except on the radio only raised the value of the old copies that were out there, and made his periodic reissues of the group's work that much more prized by fans. Then, in 1971, with the rock & roll revival in full swing, the groupmembers reunited and spent a few years delighting audiences on the oldies circuit. Various incarnations of the group resurfaced every so often in the late '70s and 1980s, but at the dawn of the 21st century, Dee Dee Kennibrew was still leading a version of the group and had even managed to get them recorded.
Tracks :01 The Unicorn
02 Dragon Introduction
05 Salamander Introduction
07 Gorgon Introduction
08 The Gorgon
09 Chiron Introduction
11 Sphinx Introduction
13 Phoenix Introduction
After the demonise of post-FLIES band INFINITY in 1971.
Ian Baldwin & Clive Richards teamed up with a new progressive, Hammond & Drumm duo already named DRAGON MILK.
Four strong, the band's distinctive English PROGRESSIVE edge quickly made the popular on the London Pub scene in 1973.
The legendary album 'Lion & The Unicorn' was recorded around this time!
Another great example of Brasilian psychedelia from the collective of underground musicians in Recife, featuring Flávio Lira in the lead role, along with Lula Côrtes, Pablo Raphael, Robertinho of Recife, and Zé of the Flute. Of the crazy albums from this period, this is one of the rarest jewels. Although it was recorded the same year (1974) as Lula Côrtes and Zé Ramalho’s 'Paêbiru' album, and with most of the same musicians, this is mainly an acoustic album, rife with poetic language and regional instruments, but also demonstrating the abundant energy of people involved in making something fresh and new. The cauldron of influence in Recife resulted in some very intriguing music, and the Flaviola album is no exception it’s more intimate a trip than 'Paêbirú', and more accessible an experience than 'Satwa'; this is a brilliant album, full of strange moments (cellophane crinkled into the microphone as percussion), some deft acoustic guitar, and some of the prettiest songs this side of Vashti Bunyan.
Friday, July 21, 2006
01 - Assasin
02 - Time Slips By
03 - Cyborg
04 - Astral Traveller
05 - The Chase
06 - Thumbscrew
07 - The Ripper
08 - Bad Omen
09 - Forest
10 - Pendulum
11 - Parlour Maid
12 - Love Is Lost
Rare privately-pressed album by a Liverpool heavy rock band.
The spelling of the title is theirs. Musically,
this is a sonic assault with pounding drums and bass and frenzied keyboards.
Powerful stuff indeed.
A sort of prototype heavy metal album that was originally only available as a demo.
Clearly of interest to heavy rock/metal fans .
Thursday, July 20, 2006
1. The North Wind Blew South
2. You're The One
3. Lazy Good For Nothin'
4. Early Sherwood
5. Rainy Day
6. Temma Harbour
7. The Plains of Delight
8. The County Jail Band
9. When You Were Looking My Way
10. Blew Through
Look 4 Philamore Here
(I'm In Love With) A Girl Like You (stereo)
I've Got You Under My Skin (instrumental)
Venetain Glass (instrumental)
(I'm In Love With) A Girl Like You (Mono)
I've Got You Under My Skin
Taxman (instrumental)Unissued studio material recorded by members of the legendary UK bands THE FLIES and CYMBALINE! Killer psych/prog with hammond organ
GREAT UK PSYCH, ALSO INCLUDED SOME BEATLES COVER.
Blow Your Mind Here
Italy Psych Out 2001 14-track tribute
A tribute to Syd Barrett from the leader of ex Effervescent Elephants. Some tracks are taken from the Syd solo albums, others from the floydian "The piper at the gates of down". A guitar and a voice except in "Interstellar Overdrive" where Mr. Ellena is accompanied by the complete band Astral Weeks. For all fans of the crazy diamond.
01 - Golden Hair
02 - Baby Lemonade
03 - It Is Obvious
04 - Dominoes
05 - See Emily Play
06 - Terrapin
07 - Lucifer Sam
08 - Arnold Layne
09 - Julia Dream
10 - The Gnome
11 - Astronomy Domine
12 - Mathilda Mother
13 - Take Up Thy Sthetoscope And Walk <[*Is that a Barrett's song ?] 14 - Interstellar Overdrive
Everyone can be misled after the decades of counterfeits, imitations, plagiarisms, edulcorated ersats and livestock products sold for savages. The Gitanes offers a traceability without fault, the insurance that the chain of (very) hot was never broken.
They were , Vietnam Veterans only psychedelic French band of the 80's, always object of worship in 2005. Six albums of legend are there to punctuate this period and, in spite of the pressures, the name will not be taken again any more.
Lucas Trouble and Mark Embatta always changed name for each one of their projects or not. The Gitanes is the last adventure of the lysergic duet, the most complementary to all times. Their new album, « Cloudy Draw », is that whose Vernom Joyson told about the Vietnam Veterans in his bible of the du Rock'n'Roll Garage : « the Punk psychedelique at his Top ».
Might be that someone “sold souls for this result” ((Bucketful of brains) but the fact will be there before long. The Gitanes ' album will probably be regarded as a new Vietnam Veterans album, especiallyas Music maniac republishes four albums of the band in the next months. It does not matter if Trouble & Embatta are subject to influence of Embatta & Trouble. It will change usual references to Seeds, 13th Floor Elevators, Love etc.
Lucas Trouble became Kaiser, a large producer of Rock'n'Roll. Mark Embatta is more skinned that never and alchemy goes at the first of the album.
The legend is again on the way…
1 Paper Flowers
2 It's Really Quite Alright
3 I Can't Love You More
4 Safe In Your Castle
5 It's Not Really Fair
6 Miranda In The Sun
7 Percy's Song
8 Tom Thumb's Blues
9 Dawn Song
10 Milkwood Dragon
11 September Song
12 All The Reasons
14 I Think It's Going To Rain Today
15 Miranda In The Sun (version 2)
16 I Can't Love You More (version 2)
17 Shine A Candle Light
19 Paper Flowers (version 2)
Dave Waite and Marianne Segal - 'Paper Flowers'
Released 21st November 2004
Before the legendary '70's UK Folk Rock band Jade, there was a folk duo - Dave Waite and Marianne Segal. Well known on the live circuit of the mid to late '60's Dave and Marianne slung guitars in the boot of their Triumph and travelled the University and Folk Clubs of England at a time when folk was groovy and Carnaby street was still swinging. Their music was a fusion of English and American contemporary folk artists such as John Renbourne, Bert Jansch Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Mamas and The Papas and Peter Paul and Mary but it also contained a spark of ever-so-English vocal purity that gave the duo a sound more suited to the label "folk pop".
Whilst searching Marianne's archives for the re-issue of Jade's "Fly On Strangewings" album a whole batch of tapes were uncovered that contained recordings by Dave and Marianne recorded whilst they were a duo between 1967 and 1969. Further searching revealed three fully arranged and orchestrated tracks in the vaults of Jade Producer Jon Miller. Together these tapes revealed a whole previously unreleased collection by Dave and Marianne. This collection of songs is now being issued by Lightning Tree under the title "Paper Flowers" and as such is it a glimpse at one of the great lost UK folk albums of the 1960's. In part comparable to Sandy Denny and the Strawbs and with the folk pop sensibilities of US West Coast contemporaries such as The Mamas and Papas "Paper Flowers" is a rare acoustic snapshot of an era known more for it's volume and wild theatrics than for it's gentle rustic melodies. "Paper Flowers" is the sound of summer days in Hampstead, beautiful people, beautiful clothes, incense, innocence and mythic '60's mystery.
Marianne and Dave weave magical harmonies on original and contemporary '60's folk material and fans of '60's psychedelia, pop or folk will find much to enjoy on this timeless release.
Remastered from the only surviving tapes.
More info > http://www.spincds.com/old/paperflowers.html
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
This actually is from the CD-ROM version of Knights of Fuzz book. You can see a full-resoultion version on the new Knights of Fuzz DVD, available from www.purple-cactus.tv FUZZ ON!
(U.S. Female Hippie Folk-Psych 1970's)
2. COLLEEN LOVETT: "Birds with Broken Wings Pt 1"
3. CHERYL DILCHER: "All Woman"
4. COLLEEN LOVETT: "Women Liberation Blues"
5. CHERYL DILCHER: "High"
6. CAROLYN HESTER: "I'm Magic, Man"
7. LILLY & MARIA: "EveryBody Knows"
8. MICHELE: "Smilin'"
9. MARGO GURYAN: "Love"
10. TOBIE COLUMBUS: "Come In My Mouth"
11. RUTH COPELAND: "Your Love Been So Good To Me"
12. COLLEEN LOVETT: "Asleep In His Arms (part)"
13. COLLEEN LOVETT: "Love Man"
14. MICHELE: "Believe You"
15. LINDA PERHACS: "Parallelograms"
16. COLLEEN LOVETT: "Birds with Broken Wings Pt 2"
17. XAVIERA HOLLANDER: "The Hippie"
Wow -- they don't make 'em like this anymore. A semi-legitimate compilation at best and mastered from vinyl, Hippie Goddesses is a collection of psych-pop tunes from the late '60s and early '70s, all fronted by women. The women's liberation movement and the sexual revolution were in full swing, and this collection is sort of a distillation of those newfound attitudes. Of course, attitudes toward women have undergone many changes since that time, and most of these tunes are dated to the point that they would probably horrify any self-respecting riot grrrl at the end of the 20th century. That's a big part of the reason why this is such a great collection. Things kick off with Sally singing "Super Psychedelic Trippy Acid Technicolor," one of the most over-the-top tunes ever, on a number of levels. Sitar, super-fuzz guitar leads, tabla, and Sally's overdone vocals really do justice to the ridiculous psychedelic lyrics. And that's just the first track; they're all funky, excessively soulful, sometimes very psychedelic bits of fluff with a come-hither attitude that screams early '70s. "Come in My Mouth" by Tobie, replete with musical orgasm, truly has to be heard to be believed, as does Xaviera's (the Happy Hooker) encounter with "The Hippie." This collection is almost certain to ruffle the feathers of more politically correct listeners, but it could also prove to be the perfect antidote to the angry chick rockers of the '90s and beyond.
~Sean Westergaard, All Music Guide