Monday, June 28, 2010

Emma Myldenberger - Emma Myldenberger (1978)
"Initially formed by a number of street musicians in Hirschberg, 1977, with the desire to create something more than just folk music, Emma Myldenberger quickly established a rich folk-rock style, totally acoustic, featuring female vocals and a penchant for blending in many other ethnic musics than just German folk. Really, their eponymous debut was much like a throw back to the progressive Kraut-folk albums of several years earlier, akin to Bröselmaschine, Hölderlin or Emtidi, yet with an otherworldly medieval feel, embellished by Middle-Eastern ethnic musics, notably with Biber Gullatz's distinctive oboe playing, their concoction was unique. Especially, it was amazing in that everything was acoustic!

The second album, TOUR DE TRANCE, with considerably longer tracks and much more instrumental interplay, broke even more ground with a uniquely styled music that even went beyond the pioneering music of Between or the Third Ear Band, mysteriously ethnic and medieval, not really rock but with a lively rock energy, and an abundance of solos, surprising for what was still a totally acoustic ensemble. Emma Myldenberger were indeed pioneers that were pushing beyond the frontiers of established progressive, folk and world musics. But, for some unknown reason, they split before the end of the decade.

Three Emma Myldenberger members later became the nucleus of the equally innovative Radio Noisz Ensemble. Biber Gullatz is nowadays much sought after as a session musician, working in jazz, ethnic and new-age musics." (Crack In The Cosmic Egg)

01 - Narrentantz
02 - Oboenstück
03 - Emmarokkoko
04 - Unter Der Linden
05 - Fraw Emma Myldenberger
06 - Opus IV
07 - Eines Morgen
08 - In Meines Vaters Garten
09 - Colchiques
10 - Emma Myldenberger
11 - Ein Mädchen, Das Ins Wasser Fällt
12 - Polka
13 - Sauflied

Anne Goßlau - Violin, Flute, Banjo, Vocals
Biber Gullatz - Oboe, Flute, Crumhorn, Guitar, Ocarina, Glockenspiel, Vocals
Gaby Kinscherf - Vocals, Flute, Glockenspiel, Percussion
Michel Meyer - Guitar, Mandolin, Autoharp, Vocals
Reines Pauker - Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Topsi Tkacz - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Sepp Niemeyer - Drums, Bongos
Wastl Gassert - Congas, Percussion

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Plainsong - In Search Of Amelia Earhart (1972)
"By 1972 Ian Matthews had played in four different incarnations within three years. He’d left Fairport Convention for his own band, Ian Matthews Southern Comfort, put out two solo LPs for Vertigo Records, and then started the band Plainsong.

It is probably fair to say that Plainsong - In Search Of Amelia Earhart is the pinnacle of his work in the ’70s. Working with producer Sandy Robertson (Hard Meat, Steeleye Span, Shirley Collins), Ian and bandmates, notably Andy Roberts who shared vocals on the album created an a-typical British folk album conceived around the idea of the legends surrounding Amelia Earhart and her supposed demise. Not all of the songs on the album are directly about Amelia Earhart. But the album carries that somber, mellow tone that so much great folk music of the early ’70s was in touch with. Many of the songs are about seeing and reaching for light, whether they be the light of day or the light of death. So in a way the album is more about the way people felt about, cared about and thought about Amelia Earhart and her death. That she is still considered a heroine of aviation and a distinctly american hero keeps the mystery of what happened to her in the greater cultural imagination.

Matthews and mates’ album does a great job of melding the more roots style of American folk with his rockier British folk sound on the album, even including a southern gospel tune, “I’ll Fly Away.” While Matthews has five originals on the album, they all sound perfectly in tune with the covers the band performs.

I think the best cover on the album is of Judy Henske’s “Raider.” Matthews brings a distinctly British folk vibe to this American’s gothic folk tune. It is a near perfect British/American acid folk creation.

Had Plainsong truly lasted as a band, their’s no doubt they’d be known as something akin to the British Eagles. But alas, someone’s drinking problem (just whose is never mentioned) got in the way, the band argued, broke up, and never toured the album or made another. This album is a truly great find, search for it and you’ll be rewarded." (Terry Miller

1. For the Second Time
2. Yo Yo Man
3. Louise
4. Call the Tune
5. Diesel on My Tail
6. Amelia Earhart's Last Flight
7. I'll Fly Away
8. True Story of Amelia Earhart
9. Even the Guiding Light
10. Side Roads
11. Raider

Ian Matthews - Guitar, Vocals
Dave Richards - Keyboards, Vocals
Andy Roberts - Guitar, Vocals
Bob Ronga - Bass, Vocals

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Mythos - Mythos (1971)
"Mythos were one of the finest of Berlin bands, yet were unfairly overlooked by most of the media. Maybe this was because of the group's leader Stephan Kaske's most unusual strongly accented vocals, who like Jürgen Dollase of Wallenstein, often came across as a strange Kraut Peter Hammill! Aside from his odd vocals, Stephan was also a highly talented multi-instrumentalist, and a visionary.

Mythos were fine purveyors of cosmic Krautrock, covering ground from space-tripping Pink Floyd via Ash Ra Tempel, onto Hawkwind and further by also blending in classical and ethnic themes. Science fiction themes were used as basis for lyrics, though, especially so on the eponymous debut. But the music came first. A magical album, full of invention, yet all the more memorable for the ecological sci-fi proverb that ends the opus "Encyclopedia Terrae"... (Crack In The Cosmic Egg)

"An outstanding first album by the very underground Mythos. Released at the beginning of the 70s, this self title album is in the direct line of the musical inspiration developed in the early years of german krautrock scene for the mythic OHR label. This is a complex german rock music featuring strange vocals, folk & spacey-electronic arrengements to create a very dreamy and mysterious musical universe... It can aslo be a great introduction to the most obscure side of Krautrock. " (phillipe

"The debut album by Germany's MYTHOS is a pure unadulterated classic space-prog album draped over 5 lush tracks. There are truly many cosmic charms to this space bracelet with some wild nubulas , space vibes and jams. Vocals are slightly distorted when used and somewhat modulated giving the listen a real outer worldly space feel. MYTHOS are clearly lost somewhere in the COSMIC JOKERS / ASH RA TEMPEL camp with dreamy dreamy psych/folk/prog landscapes. MYTHOS manage to create some pretty heavenly space atmospheres with some fantastic synthesizer, flute, spacey guitar and mellotron work throughout. For me this album ranks as a complete album and one of my personal favs from the space-prog category. A definite piece of creative vinyl. " (loserboy

1. Mythoett (3:08)
2. Oriental Journey (8:16)
3. Hero's Death (9:47)
4. Encyclopedia Terra Part 1 (10:17)
5. Encyclopedia Terra Part 2 (7:24)

Thomas Hildebrand - Drums, Percussion
Stephan Kaske - 6 & 12-string Guitars, Sitar, Flute, Synth, Vocals
Harald Weiße - Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Effects

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Steppenwolf - Fillmore West 8-27-68
I was rooting through my stash of data discs looking for something to put on the blog and I found this awesome bootleg that I must have downloaded at least 5 years ago! Maybe longer. Looks like this show was just a couple weeks after "Born To Be Wild" hit the airwaves, and the band is in top form. The sound quality is great for a soundboard recording more than 40 years old! The band is rockin, these guys could really jam, a great live band. A 9+ minute version of "Born To Be Wild". Woo-Hoo!

"Led by John Kay (born Joachim Krauledat, April 12, 1944), Steppenwolf's blazing biker anthem "Born to Be Wild" roared out of speakers everywhere in the fiery summer of 1968, John Kay's threatening rasp sounding a mesmerizing call to arms to the counterculture movement rapidly sprouting up nationwide. German immigrant Kay got his professional start in a bluesy Toronto band called Sparrow, recording for Columbia in 1966. After Sparrow disbanded, Kay relocated to the West Coast and formed Steppenwolf, named after the Herman Hesse novel. "Born to Be Wild," their third single on ABC-Dunhill, was immortalized on the soundtrack of Dennis Hopper's underground film classic Easy Rider. The song's reference to "heavy metal thunder" finally gave an assignable name to an emerging genre. Steppenwolf's second monster hit that year, the psychedelic "Magic Carpet Ride," and the follow-ups "Rock Me," "Move Over," and "Hey Lawdy Mama" further established the band's credibility on the hard rock circuit. By the early '70s, Steppenwolf ran out of steam and disbanded. Nevertheless, they'll be remembered for generations to come for creating one of the ultimate gas'n'go rock anthems of all time." (

Disc One:
101-Your Wall's Too High (12:50)
102-John Kay Remarks (2:01)
103-Hoochie Coochie Man (5:51)
104-Born To Be Wild (9:13)
105-Desperation (6:20)
106-The Ostrich (9:13)
Disc 2:
201-Tighten Up Your Wig (4:19)
202-Disappointment Number (Unknown) (4:14)
203-Lost And Found By Trial And Error (2:43)
204-Hodge Podge, Strained Through A Leslie (10:11)
205-Resurrection (2:29)
206-Baby Please Don't Go (10:30)
207-The Pusher (6:09)

John Kay - vocals, guitar, harp
Michael Monarch - guitar
Goldy McJohn - keyboards
Rushton Moreve (aka John Russell Morgan) - bass, vocals
Jerry Edmonton - drums, vocals

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