Monday, February 18, 2008

Hey - what did the hat say to the tie? "You hang around, I'll go on a head"!!

Pacific Gas & Electric - Live 'n' Kicking At Lexington (1970)
Unreleased live album from this interracial Southern California band, recorded at a Federal drug rehab center in Lexington Kentucky. These guys were right up there with The Chambers Brothers and Sly and the Family Stone, only a lot bluesier. Over an hour of great bluesy rock - maybe a little sloppy and self-indulgent at times, but hey these guys were good!

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Popol Vuh - Einsjäger & Siebenjäger (1974)
On their fifth album, Popol Vuh is now a trio, and this may be the best release from their "Golden Era". This is mostly Florian Fricke on keyboards, Daniel Fichelscher on percussion and guitar, with some occasional vocals from Djung Yun. Melodic, introspective and atmospheric.

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Out Of Focus - Palermo 1972
A fairly recent release, this thing has Out Of Focus performing in May 1972 at the Teatro Biondo in Palermo Italy. About 75 minutes of awesome jazzy, psychedelic, folky, bluesy music.

01. Whispering (10:15)
02. Cafe Stiletto (13:10)
03. I Want To See Your Face No More (12:32)
04. Where Is Your Home Town (8:56)
05. Fly Bird Fly / Television Program (20:35)
06. I'm Kissing Right (10:38)

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Kamæleon - Kamæleon (1978)
I've has this on my hard drive for years and I can't tell you much about it, there is no English info on the net that I can find. This is a very good vinyl rip of some exemplary jazz fusion, from Denmark. Eight tracks of some real tasty contemporary 70's jazz.

Bass - Jens Jefsen
Drums - Poul Poulsen
Engineer [Ass. Engineer] - Thomas Brecklin
Engineer, Mixed By - Flemming Rasmussen
Guitar - Uffe Steen Jensen
Keyboards - Fini Høstrup
Percussion - Steen Råhauge
Producer - Kamæleon
Producer, Mixed By - Freddy Hansson

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Sonny Boy Williamson - Don't Send Me No Flowers
The first eight tracks of this were recorded in two and a half hours at a last minute session on the morning of Sonny Boy's departure for the States after his last ever trip to England, in 1965. He died three weeks later and these were his last recordings. Accompanying him on these unrehearsed tracks were Brian Auger and one or two of the Trinity, Jimmy Page, and a couple well-known British sax players, Alan Skidmore and Joe Harriot. Not the best album ever, I don't suppose, nonetheless a very good album of jazzy blues. Or bluesy jazz.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Hello guys and gals - it's Monday again!
Chango - Chango (1975)
If you like the oldest Santana albums you should probably check this one out. A six member band, half the guys have percussion duty then there's bass keyboards and guitar. The lyrics seem a little weak but what the heck. This thing is a percussion fest with lots of screaming guitar leads and tons of great keyboards. These guys were an L.A. band I'm pretty sure, the album was recorded in Hollywood anyway.

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Frumpy - Live (1972)
Well I'm pretty sure everybody know who Frumpy was, they were probably German's best 'straight' rock band in the early seventies. The original double LP had the first seven tracks and the two bonus tracks are from a 1970 compilation called "Pop and Blues Festival". Great stuff. Kinda proggy maybe just a little, but mostly soulful, R & B based rock.

1. Keep On Going (12:06)
2. Singing Songs (8:54)
3. Backwater Blues (4:56)
4. Duty (17:35)
5. To My Mother (11:34)
6. Release (22:00)
7. Take Care Of Illusion (8:54)
Bonus Tracks
8. Duty (7:33)
9. Floating (12:14)

- Inga Rumpf / vocals, guitar
- Jean-Jacques Kravetz / keyboards
- Rainer Baumann / guitar
- Karl-Heinz Schott / bass
- Carsten Bohn / drums

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Guru Guru - Känguru (1972)
"Guru Guru's third album relied much more on their skills and abilities as musicians and had much more structure to it although the music was still heavily influenced by illicit drug experiences. The tracks remained long and experimental but were more polished and no longer sounded like they were recorded in a public washroom. Produced by top German recording engineer, Conny Plank and signed to the Brain record label,Guru Guru were by this time one of the top live acts on the German rock scene. The listener can expect to encounter many different stylings and textures throughout this unusual work. Diversity abounds with "pop" sounding vocals, jazz phrasings, power chords amid free-form audio experiments relying on a multitude of studio effects from echo boxes to phase shifted drumming. Mani Nuemeir's drum talents are much more in evidence here than on the two previous albums as is his ubiquitous (yet strange) sense of humour. This is the recommended starting point for those not yet familiar with Guru Guru. The Mani Neumeir/Uli Trept/Ax Genrich line-up of the early 70's was considered by many to be the pen-ultimate edition of this classic German group and should be listened to LOUD!" (Ian Gledhill progarchives)

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Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship - Blows Against The Empire (1970)
OK this isn't really a Jefferson Starship album, though the name does appear on the cover - that band didn't form until about four years later. This is a Paul Kantner/Grace Slick project that was recorded right after "Volunteers". They are helped by most of the people who appeared on David Crosby's "If I Could Only Remember My Name", which was being recorded at the same time. Jerry Garcia, Crosby and Nash, and sundry others. The album is a sci-fi concept story about a bunch of hippies who steal a starship and "establish a brave new world in some distant galaxy". The music is the thing this is an awesome album and everyone on it is at the top of their form. Lots of great interplay between Garcia and the piano player, not sure who it is. Four great bonus tracks on this.

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Tir Na Nog - Tir Na Nog (1971)
This is the first of three albums from a couple of long-haired Irish folkies (Sonny Condell & Liam O'Kelly) who were steeped in tradition yet very 'hip'. Intelligent, poetic and sometimes funny lyrics, well-crafted songs beautifully performed. Atmospheric and 'sensitive', as folky stuff goes this is incredible.

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Please - Seeing Stars (1969)
Recorded in 1969 and unreleased for over 30 years, this is a real lost gem of British underground rock. The players on this had been in or would be in such bands as T2, Bulldog Breed, The Flies, and Gun. Well-crafted songs, first-rate vocals, big Mellotron, fantastic guitar playing and all around excellent musicianship make this an album that gets better with each listen.


Drum Circus - Magic Theatre (1971)
Only release from an obscure band from Switzerland, they apparently had some dealings with Timothy Leary, who wrote the lyrics for two of the tracks. Joel Vandroogenbroeck of Brainticket can be heard on keyboards, flute, and sitar. Jazzy, groovy, spacy and psychedelic - this is a real nice listen, highly recommended!


Talix - Spuren (1971)
Way back in May, maybe June, I put out a call for this German rarity, and never heard a word until a little over a week ago, when I heard from "Dave K" who said he had a CDR of this and would rip it, scan the covers and upload it!! This has never been officially released on CD and the vinyl goes for big bucks - we all owe "Dave" a big thank you. The music - nothing here is going to shock anybody, but this is great vintage prog, very quirky, mostly based on guitar and saxophone with lashings of keyboard and flute. German vocals sound jarringly poppy at times - this may take a few listens to get into!! This was their only release as Talix - they renamed themselves Pinguin and released a real nice keyboard-based album called "Der Grosse Rote Vogel" (posted 7-5-06).


Family - Anyway (1970)
This is the fourth release from one of Britain's best bands of the 1970's. Roger Chapman's vocals may be an acquired taste, but I think the music they made is nothing less than powerful. Charlie Whitney's guitar playing is remarkable - his solo on "Lives and Ladies" is so damn good right on the mark. The original LP release had eight tracks, four live and four studio. This reissue has three live bonus cuts, including a version of "Part of the Load" that is twice as long as the original.

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Can - Paris 12 May 1973
Disc One: 01 - Whole People Queueing (36:38) 02 - One More Night (9:08)
Disc Two: 01 - Spoon / Stars & Lines (32:09) 02 - Vitamin C (13:44)

Holger Czukay - Bass
Michael Karoli - Guitar
Jaki Liebezeit - Drums
Irmin Schmidt - Keyboards
Damo Suzuki - Vocals

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OK later.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Here you go - hope everyone finds something to download this week!

McOil - All Our Hopes (1979)
OK let's try this one again - I posted this a couple weeks ago then found out there were some synch errors, so I deleted the post - this one is OK, and at a higher bitrate even! Anyway, this is some nice psych/prog/hard rock from southern Germany with lots of keyboards and great guitar riffs and a gruff-voiced singer. Very solid.

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Missus Beastly - Missus Beastly (1974)
The second self-titled album from Missus Beastly, though drummer Lutz Oldemeier is the only remaining member from their eponymous 1970 release. The keyboardist, Dieter Miekautsch, was in Missing Link, and I don't know who the other guys are. Anyway this is some solid jazzy rock, cool and funky. GoD release, with four bonus tracks.

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My Solid Ground - SWF Session (1971) + New Album (2001)
Four tracks broadcast on SWF radio in 1971, a couple months after their album was finished. Same line-up as on the album, led by 17 year old guitarist Bernhard Rendel. The music is very similar to what's on the album. The "New Album" was recorded by Bernhard Rendel in his home studio in 2001, and the music is very good, but different from the old material. I guess it would have to be, he's not a kid anymore! Great spacy/psychedelic stuff with Rendel taking all the parts - he did an awesome job.

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Popol Vuh - Seligpreisung (1973)
The fourth album from Popol Vuh begins the era that most people consider their best. This is due in no small part to the addition of ex Amon Düüll II member Daniel Fichelscher who does most of the percussion and plays guitar too. This is some very atmospheric stuff, mellow and beautiful.

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Shawn Phillips - Contribution + Second Contribution (1970 - 1971)
"Shawn Phillips' first major album, recorded in 1968 with help from the members of Traffic, among others, is a condensation of a far more ambitious studio original that was intended to fill three LPs. The range of sounds on this record is shockingly diverse, from breezy folk-rock ("Man Hole Covered Wagon") to pieces incorporating classical guitar and phantasmagoric lyrics ("L Ballade" finds Phillips' at his most Donovan-like, but with a better voice), and, in between, bouncy throwaways ("Not Quite Nonsense"), bejeweled sitar-ornamented pieces ("Withered Roses"), and topical songs ("For RFK, JFK and MLK"). If Contribution had come out in 1968 when it was recorded, it probably would have been lost in the shuffle of ambient psychedelia; as it was, it was so quiet and different from the noise of most of what was released in 1970 that critics took notice. Not all of it works, though, and Phillips' later music had a weightier sound, but Contribution is a superb debut, mixing progressive rock and folk sounds in a manner unique to its time. This LP is finally available on CD as part of the two-fer Contribution/Second Contribution, released in 2005." ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

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Still Life - Still Life (1970)
Still Life were an obscure English foursome who toured a lot with the Edgar Broughton Band, and were kinda their protégés. The music is early 70's proto-prog, completely organ-drenched with great bass lines and weird lyrics. A very enjoyable album.

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OK see ya!