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August 2007

Thursday, August 30, 2007

El Tarro de Mostaza - El Tarro de Mostaza (1970)

The only album by this Mexican group, whose name translates as "The Jar of Mustard." Side one is a sometimes groovy, sometimes annoying, amateurish psych jam played on what sound like real bargain-basement instruments. The organ comping is particularly ham-fisted. Somehow, the track hangs together, but it's not going to get anyone particularly hot and bothered.
It's Side 2 which is why you're here. Four picture-perfect pop-psych songs. Nice, simple, catchy melodies that don't overstay their welcome. "En Caso De Que Mi Reloj Se Pare" is a lovely, wistful ballad with a nice cheap organ outro. "El Ruido Del Silencio," which appeared on the Mexican volume of the Love, Peace, and Poetry series, is a miniature masterpiece: a fun little twee rocker that sounds like the little sister of the Outsiders' "Daddy Died on Saturday." Fantastic keyboard and guitar breaks. "Amor Por Telefono" keeps the happy-groove going strong, and then "Brillo De Luz" returns to the balladry of "En Caso..." to end the album.

A strange little record to be sure. Always fun to pop on side 2 as a good come-down after a Dug Dug's excursion.

Get it HERE.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Dick Dale - 1994 - Unknown Territory [320k]

Let me introduce you to a style of music I really like; Surf Instros
Dick Dale is well known so many people will have heard of him, and I see him as the father of Surf Instrumentals, did I say father…. More the grandfather, Dick is 70+ and still rocking
I love the way Dick Dale plays Ghost Riders in the Sky, so that’s my favourite song of this album.
When you really like this kind of music than take a look at;
Trustar Vibrations
Endless Summer
Miracle of Genuine Pyrex

2 downloads needed for this album, second link is to Sharebee..

Track list;
01 Scalped
02 Mexico
03 F Groove
04 Terra Dicktyl
05 Take It Or Leave It
06 Ghostriders In The Sky
07 Fish Taco
08 California Sun
09 Maria Elena
10 Hava Negila
11 The Beast
12 Unknown Territory
13 Ring Of Fire

Link part1

Link part2

Label; Rock & Roll
Style; Surf Instros

Friday, August 24, 2007

B.F. Trike - 1971 - B.F.Trike

A very first Rockadelic album, Based in Indiana, B. F. Trike recorded this album in 1971, but it was rejected and never released by RCA. Rockadelic got the rights and issued it on LP in 1988. First few tracks are exceptional, flying psych somewhere in betweeen the Texan and SF standards. Taken from the original master tapes recorded at RCA Studios in Nashville, TN. It s been compared to Cream and Steppenwolf, but the Trike churned out a midwest sound of their own. No need to hype it any further as it s a legend in its own time.

1.Times & Changes
2. For Sale Or Leave
3. Wait & See
4. Lovely Lady
5. Sunshine
6. Bench Of Wood
7. Three Piece Music
8. Six "O" Clock Sleeper
9. Magic Makin Music Man
10. Be Free


Big Fuckin' Trike: same 1989, USA/Rockadelic. Only 300 were made of this one, which was recorded for RCA Victor in 1971 but never issued at the time. Excellent garagy hard rock LP with lots of fuzzed-out guitar and catchy hooks, this record is sought-after for a reason! Band was from Indiana and were also responsible for the collectable Hickory Wind LP on the Gigantic label.

"The BF Trike album is the exact same trio doing essentially the same musical thing but with a rockier edge. They even do a re-recording of Time & Changes from the Hickory Wind album. I highly recommend the BF Trike album as well as I personally find it a better album than this one."

Get it here


Thursday, August 23, 2007

Captain Beefheart - Legendary A&M Sessions

I apologize for the lack of posting these days, I've been preoccupied. Anyhow, here's a good listen! Those who appreciate but have difficulty contending with Beefheart's wild experimentation may enjoy this.

Before gaining a cult with his avant-garde excursions in the late '60s, Captain Beefheart wielded a much more traditional sort of blues-rock. That's not to say that these two obscure mid-'60s A&M singles (packaged together on this five-song EP, which adds a previously unreleased track from the same era) aren't well worth hearing. The Captain's Howlin' Wolf-like growl led a tough outfit that ranked among the best early American blues-rock groups, and among the few that could reasonably emulate the Rolling Stones' toughness. Produced, unbelievably enough, by future Bread leader David Gates, this reissue includes their regional hit cover of Bo Diddley's "Diddy Wah Diddy." The best track, though, is "Moonchild," their shameless derivation of Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning." Featuring wailing harmonica, stomping riffs and adventurous, quasi-psychedelic production, it was actually written by Gates himself. To think that the same man was also responsible for "If" and "Baby I'm A-Want You" blows the mind.

Neil Young And Crazy Horse - Zuma

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Zuma(1975)

"Cortez The Killer"

He came dancing across the water
With his galleons and guns
Looking for the new world
In that palace in the sun.
On the shore lay Montezuma
With his coca leaves and pearls
In his halls he often wondered
With the secrets of the worlds.

And his subjects gathered 'round him
Like the leaves around a tree
In their clothes of many colors
For the angry gods to see.

And the women all were beautiful
And the men stoodstraight and strong
They offered life in sacrifice
So that others could go on.

Hate was just a legend
And war was never known
The people worked together
And they lifted many stones.

They carried them to the flatlands
And they died along the way
But they built up with their bare hands
What we still can't do today.

And I know she's living there
And she loves me to this day
I still can't remember when
Or how I lost my way.

He came dancing across the water

Cortez, Cortez
What a killer.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Elderberry Jak - Long Overdue (1970)

Elderberry Jak was and is arguably the finest rock band to come out West Virginia. It is certainly an arguable case if its single album is an accurate indicator, as the recording reveals a quartet as strong as any number of its more well-known, more commercially successful hard rock contemporaries -- bands such as Free, the James Gang, the Guess Who, and Three Dog Night -- all with which Elderberry Jak shared a variety of sonic attributes.

The band came together in the fall of 1969, with bass player Dave Coombs and lead vocalist Joe Cerisano as its co-founders. The two had previously played together in Coombs' outfit J.B. and the Bonnevilles. The Bonnevilles formed in 1965 and developed over the next few years into the most outstanding and popular group in the entire state of West Virginia. The band annually headed to Somers Point, NJ, during the summers to act as house band at a shore club called Bayshores. By 1968, Cerisano had joined the band, his first serious professional foray into the music business (though he had played with various bands in his hometown of Fairmont), still just a 17-year-old minor, and when the Somers Point trip arrived that year, Coombs and his wife actually became the legal guardians of the young singer for a time.

Upon the demise of J.B. and the Bonnevilles in 1969, the duo formed a new unit called Kaboose, which lasted seven months. Then, with the addition of Tom Nicholas on guitar and Joe Hartman behind the drum kit, they became Elderberry Jak, named after the elderberry wine made by an uncle of Coombs. The quartet had soon become a powerful unit, mixing hard-driving rock with invigoratingly tight funk. The band traveled throughout their home states, Ohio and Pennsylvania, for performances, eventually earning a record deal with Kenny's brother Leland Rogers in Memphis. The result was the first-rate Long Overdue, released in 1970.

After the band's demise, the members scattered with Cerisano, most significantly, remaining in the music business as a professional singer, soon heading for work in New Jersey and then New York, before ultimately gravitating to Los Angeles where he started the band Silver Condor and was signed to Columbia Records, releasing a pair of albums in the early '80s. After returning home to West Virginia, he continued to work not only solo (in TV and radio commercials, among other projects) but also sang with or for a wealth of acclaimed musicians, from Jimmy Webb, Richie Havens, and Bo Diddley to Black Sabbath and Korn. As the dawn of the new century arrived, he could still be found fronting the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. (BUY IT!)

1) Going Back Home
2) Forrest on the Mountain
3) Vance's Blues
4) Inspired
5) Restless Feeling
6) Wish Me Well
7) Mr. Sun
8) My Lady
9) Changes
10) You're the One


Grand Funk Railroad - 1969 - On Time

Grand Funk Railroad - On Time (1969)

From Wikipedia :
On Time is Grand Funk Railroad's first studio album, and was released in August of 1969 by Capitol Records. It was produced by Terry Knight. "Time Machine", the band's first single release, barely broke the top 50 in the singles charts. However, after the success of their second album "Grand Funk" (aka the Red Album) "On Time" went gold shortly thereafter in 1970, one of four RIAA Gold Record Awards for the band that year. The other two albums reaching gold status in 1970 for GFR were "Closer To Home" and "Live Album." A notable characteristic of the album's production - quite rare for hard rock bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s - is that the guitars are mixed rather low in comparison to the bass guitar, which is louder than any other instrument. The normal practice at the time was to turn the guitar up in the mix higher than any other instrument. Some fans have claimed this was because Mel Schacher was usually considered to be the band's best musician, but why this was done is unknown. While the Terry Knight-produced Grand Funk Railroad albums tend to feature the bass as prominent in the mix, Mark Farner's guitar was mixed higher on subsequent albums.


Friday, August 17, 2007

Sugar Creek - Please Tell a Friend (1970)

Remember your elementary teachers telling you 'never judge a book by its cover'? Well forget what it is one of rock's uglier covers (apologies to John Edwards), and you're in for a major treat.

Remember a guy by the name of Jonathan Edwards who had a hit back in 1971 with 'Sunshine'? If you're actually reading this stuff there's probably a pretty good chance that you do. Well, this is Edward's pre-solo career band. I've owned a couple of Edwards solo albums for years (they're fairly easy to locate in Northern Virginia since he lived in this area for quite some time), but never made the connection between the two entities. Anyhow, here's a little blurb I lifted off of Edward's website (the URL is listed below): "I started getting electric about the time Dylan did, doing electric folk music. I joined bands by saying 'Can I be in your band?', and they'd ask, 'What do you play?', and I'd say 'What do you need?' I'm still that way. I still love to play different instruments. It helps me understand production techniques and performance capabilities". Instead of graduating from college, he decided to give music a shot. He sold the car that his father was lending him, bought a van for his band, and headed for the music scene in Boston. The band soon found work, playing "6-40" jobs--six 40-minute sets per night--all over New England. They played cover tunes as well as their own country blues originals under various names, including the Headstone Circus, St. James Doorknob, and the Finite Minds, and they made an album for Metromedia Records as Sugar Creek."

A little more information on the group. In 1965 Edwards was studying art at Ohio University when he met fellow student/guitarist Malcolm McKinney. The pair quickly decided to form a band recruiting McKinney's brother Todd. As St. James Doorknob the group became quite popular playing dances, parties and clubs around Athens, Ohio. At the same time fellow students Joe Dolce and Gary Gans were playing in The Finite Minds. When the Finite Minds lost their lead singer, Dolce and Gans were invited to join St. James Doorknob, which quickly mutated into The Infinite Doorknob and then The Headstone Circus. In June 1967 the band decided to take a shot at the big time. With the rest of America decamping for San Francisco, Edwards sold the car his father had lent him for school, bought a breaktruck/van and headed for Boston. The band began touring throughout New York and New England, writing material at a farm owned by McKinney's parents.

By the time the Sugar Creek finished recording their sole 1969 album Dolce had quit (though he's represented by two of the standout selections), leaving a line-up featured Edwards, Gary Gans, and brothers Malcolm and Todd McKinney. Recorded in New York City with Peter Casperson producing, "Please Tell a Friend" will come as a major shock to anyone familiar with Edwards' sensitive singer/songwriter solo career. With Edwards and Malcolm McKinney responsible for the majority of the ten tracks, the album featured a mixture of driving blues-rock ('Old House' and the feedback propelled 'Where Do You Find The Answer') and excellent psych outings ('A Million Years'). Anyone familiar with Edwards solo career will find that his voice sounded surprisingly impressive belting out tougher material, though numbers such as 'Who Do You Think You Are', 'Lady Linda' and the Gospel-influenced 'Heavenly Road' wouldn't have been out of place on one of his early-1970s solo albums. Personal favorites include the band's psych efforts including 'Memory Tree' and 'Night Flash'. Killer tunes. Blessed with excellent sound quality, this one sounds great on an upscale stereo system. (By the way, Joe Dolce is the same guy of 'Shaddup You Face' fame.) (via Badcat Records)

1) A Million Years
2) Old House
3) Who Do You Think You Are
4) Where Do You Find The Answer
5) Woman
6) Heavenly Road
7) Memory Tree
8) Miss You
9) Lady Linda
10) Night Flash


Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Outsiders - 1968 - CQ

If you ever see a CD with a big CQ on the front, buy it. Don't worry who it's by or what it costs or anything like that for the moment, buy it. Take it home and stick it in your player, then set the program so you miss out the first two tracks. Never mind why, just do it anyway. Make sure that all breakable objects are firmly secured and turn the volume up regardless of what it was to start with. You are now about to experience one of the great popular music recordings of our time, and almost certainly the most unjustly overlooked. You wouldn't want that on your conscience, would you?

Their final LP ( available on CD) is one of the finer unsung psychedelic records of the late '60s. Heavy echoes of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, Hendrix, and psychedelic-era Pretty Things, with adroit shifts from crunching rock and soft, almost folky passages to spacy phase shift bits and just plain dementia. The album has an ominous and creepy, but rocking, ambience that still cuts deep. The 2001 CD reissue on Pseudonym adds five bonus tracks from late-'60s singles.

1 Misfit (3:05)
2 Zsarrahh (3:27)
3 C.Q. (3:28)
4 Daddy Died on Saturday (3:03)
5 It Seems Like Nothing's Gonna Come My Way Today (1:51)
6 Doctor (4:43)
7 Man on the Dune (2:08)
8 Bear (1:05)
9 Happyville (2:27)
10 You're Everything on Earth (3:07)
11 Wish You Were Here With Me Today (1:55)
12 I Love You, No. 2 (3:14)
13 Prison Song (5:38)
14 I Don't Care (2:43)
15 You Remind Me (2:47)
16 Do You Feel All Right (3:28)
17 Daddy Died on Saturday (3:03)
18 Do You Feel Allright (Stereo Version)(3:
The Reviews
In Richie Unterberger’s 1998 book “Unknown Legends of Rock n’ Roll”, The Outsiders were referred to as "not just the finest Dutch group of the 60s, but the finest group from a non-English speaking country, period." Vocalist Wally Tax, guitarist Ronny Splinter, bassist Frank Beek, and drummer Lennart "Buzz" Busch more than substantiate Unterberger’s claim on this, their second and final album. Drawing influence from SF Sorrow era Pretty Things, The Yardbirds, The Doors, as well as Jacques Brel, The Outsiders created one of the more enjoyable albums of their era. Not quite as good as The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society or Odyssey and Oracle (which were released in the same year), but a classic nevertheless.
The two best songs on the album, "Daddy Died on a Saturday" and "Prison Song" showcase Wally Tax’s skill as both a lyricist( a great feat considering the fact that English was his second language) and singer. Prison Song" starts as a quiet folk song, builds up into a proto-punk stomp, before ultimately turning into a carbon copy of The Doors’ "The End" (without the oedipal climax).
The Outsiders’ previously mentioned influences are ever present during the course of the album. It’s hard to listen to "Misfit", "Happyville", or "Wish You Were Here With Me Today" without being reminded of the Pretty Things or the Yardbirds or "You’re Everything on Earth" without being reminded of Jacques Brel. Likewise, "Zsarrah" and "I Love You No. 2" could very easily pass as Doors outtakes (well, they could if Jim Morrison sang with a thick Dutch accent). Then, of course, you have "Prison Song" which manages to mix all four of the influences.
This album is absolutely essential to anyone with any interest in sixties rock. It also works as an excellent supplement to either one of the Nuggets boxes (especially the second one which includes an Outsiders’ track). Also, try to check out the double disc CQ Sessions bootleg which includes alternate takes of every song (including the superior second take of "Prison Song") as well as a few unreleased tracks.

The legendary psych album by this Dutch band from the late sixties that's often mentioned in the same breath as Group 1850's Agemo's Trip. Renowned for conjuring up psychedelic beat music and punky garage pop the outsiders entered the spirit of '68 with an album that is seemingly filled with a hard edged, dark atmosphere of trippy paranoia. (Freak Emporium)

Original album here

Bonus tracks and covers here

V.A. - Folk Absolute by janisfarm

Hi friends... this is a compilation of well know folk - rock songs. This 90 minute tape made by the real Janisfarm was and still is a very big trip for me. So here it is

01 - Steeleye span- rave on
02 - John Renbourn grouup - my johnny was a shoemaker
03 - Pentangle - I Loved A Lass
04 - fairport convention -Suzanne
05 - tudor lodge - willow tree
06 - magna carta - Elizabethan
07 - Donovan - Three king fishers
08 - Pentangle - Sally Go Round The Roses
09 - John Renbourn Group - death and the lady
10 - Trees - lady margaret
11 - Sallyangie - love in ice crystals
12 - Magna carta - Spinning wheels of time
13 - Pentangle - Travelling song
14 - John Renbourn Group - cannot keep from crying
15 - Pentangle - Light Flight
16 - Steeleye Span - Boys Of Bedlam
17 - Magna carta - times of change
18 - Fairport convention - (come All Ye) Rolling Minstrels
19 - John Renbourn group - a maid in bedlam
20- The Strawbs - Witchwood
21 - Donovan - ferris wheel
22- pentangle -_no_more_my_lord
23 - Trees - Murdoch
24 - Accolade - Maiden Flight Eliza
25 - fairport convention - sloth

Hope you enjoy as much as i did

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Fairport Convention - Heyday_BBC Sessions 1968 & 1969

:Fairport Convention - Heyday_BBC Sessions 1968 & 1969

1. Close The Door Lightly When You Go
2. I Don't Know Where I Stand
3. Some Sweet Day
4. Reno Nevada
5. Suzanne
6. If It Feels Good You Know It Can't Be Wrong
7. I Still Miss Someone
8. Bird On A Wire
9. Gone Gone Gone
10. Tried So Hard
11. Shattering Live Experience
12. Percy's Song
13. You Never Wanted Me
14. Nottamun Town
15. Fotheringay
16. Si Tu Dois Partir
17. Cajun Woman
18. Autopsy
19. Reynardine
20. Tam Lin Review When a dozen of these songs were released on the first (1987) issue of Heyday, Fairport's original producer Joe Boyd revealed that almost 20 years earlier he'd vetoed numbers like Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne", Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone" and the Everly Brothers' "Gone, Gone, Gone" from consideration for the LPs Unhalfbricking and Liege And Lief, on the grounds that "Americans did these sort of songs in their sleep better than any English band could hope to". Any view from 30-odd years later is likely to be obscured by rosy clouds of nostalgia, but Boyd's opinion seems to be vindicated, especially now that the album has been extended with tracks from the British tradition like "Nottamun Town", "Reynardine" and "Tam Lin" that demonstrate what Fairport really did do well. Also added to the 87 album are a couple of touching originals by Sandy Denny performed as solos, "Fotheringay" and "Autopsy", and an appealingly ramshackle go at Richard Thompson's bayou-blues "Cajun Woman". --Tony Russell

Album Description
Heyday captures the classic Fairport Convention line-up in session for John Peel's Top Gear programme on BBC Radio 1 in 1968 and 1969. The band cover some of their favourite songs by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash and the Everly Brothers amongst others. The album is digitally remastered with eight bonus tracks from the same sessions. Formed in London in 1967, Fairport Convention were widely tipped to be the English Jefferson Airplane. Much against the advice of their longtime producer and mentor, Joe Boyd, the band recorded a string of cover versions for broadcast on the BBC. The fact that these songs were live favourites didn't cut it with Boyd. He felt that the band should concentrate on developing their own quintessentially English sound. The band overruled Boyd's objections and Heyday saw the light of day in 1987. Now digitally remastered, Heyday is a testament to the fact that Fairport Convention could do the West Coast American sound better than the Americans.

MY OPINION Must have for Fairport lovers




Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The 7th Seal - 1967 - Reflections

This was recorded in 1967, but never released. Introspective US garage/psych band influenced by the "British Sound", soul and R&B. After they recorded their "Leave or Stay" 45 for the Gama label under the name The English Muffins." 32 years later this LP finally sees the light of day via this lovely reissue LP limited to 400 copies and in an old style thick jacket done to look just like the Lp would have looked on the Justice label had it come out way back when. 6 covers include Kinks, Yardbirds and the 5 originals all have an early Stones vibe.

1. Sympathy
2. Midnight Hour
3. Till the End of the Day
4. Mr. You're a Better man Than I
5. Mustang Sally
6. Well I Know
7. It's My Pride
8. Come on Up
9. Proud Reflections
10. Make Your Bed
11. I've Got a Mind to Give Up Livin'

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Tempters (Japan) - Complete Singles

Tracks :
01-wasure-enu kimi
02-let's live for today
03-kamisama onegai
04-namida wo egao ni
05-the legend of emerald
06-bokutachi no tenshi
08-himitsu no aikotoba
10-namida no ato ni hohoemi wo
11-ame yo furanai de
13-kaeranakatta ken
14-shizukana arashi
15-everybody needs somebody
16-world without you
17-the end of love
18-shout of young blood
20-ore no mono wa nani mo nai
21-dekirukai? dekirukai?
22-ai no soso
23-wakamono yo ai wo wasureruna
24-riyunaki hanko

Hoh boy. Apparently, in the 60's Japan followed America's example with regard to releasing singles; whereas the British concept of a "single" tended to be a non-album track packaged with a B-side, in America singles were often part of an album.

Consequently, The Tempters "Singles Collection" is, without a doubt, essentially a "greatest hits" collection, but a startlingly comprehensive one; generous portions of their four major albums are sampled, to both good ends (you get TONS of music here) and bad .... But if you're coming here from the GS I Love You Too compilation, be advised that this is a *great* purchase.

Because the Tempters were, for a brief period, an excellent little band. If anything, if one wants to consider the graph of popularity and talent, they were the Beatles of Japan, being almost as popular as pre-fab groups like The Tigers but also being startlingly more talented instrumentally, vocally, and (most importantly) with regard to their homebrew songwriting talent. The band could swing easily from pumping out Zombiesque pop numbers to Bee Gees styled orchestrated excess (as their second album 5-1=0 get quite a bit of that here, also). Indeed, their only real misfire was the "In Memphis" album, but as that's essentially a Kenichi Hasigawa solo album, it's hard to count that against 'em.

Is this compilation perfect? Not exactly. While many of the tracks it doesn't sample from the first album make sense (most of the covers, while excellent, probably weren't quite single material), the lack of the startlingly good "All Day I Call Your Name" is a big downside. Two, while it's nice to have the rare single version of "Ame Yo Furanaide" on CD finally, the fact that it shows up here only means that, irritatingly, the disc is a necessity and not just a good introduction to the group. Thirdly, Teichiku's remastering leaves quite a bit to be desired, and the overuse of no-noise here is just as bad as on the standard catalogue discs.

In summary, though, if one has a passing interest at all in pursuing the Japanese GS period, this is a great purchase with which to begin.~Customer Review

Monday, August 13, 2007

Rockadrome - Royal American 20th Century Blues (Canada 1969)

Rockadrome hail from Ontario, Canada, and their album is one of the rarest to emanate from the country. The music contained on here is a mixture of rock, psyche and a touch of blues, and some of the tracks are definitely Beatles influenced. The album opens with 'R.A.T.C.B. Teaser', which is used as a theme throughout the album, with a reprise at the end and the main song later on the disc. The first proper song is 'Very Strange' - which it isn't. It is a nice taste of Canadian psyche with some fetching guitar-work, and is followed by the more bluesy 'Thirteen Miles Down' which includes the requisite blues guitar solo. The title track is split in two and done as a rock version and a psyche/pop version, both of which are very good, and 'There You Go Again' has a Byrdsian chime to it coupled with a Dylan-influenced vocal. 'Inside Out, Inside In' is one of the Beatles-y songs, but there is nothing wrong with that if it is done well, which this is. The intro to 'T.O. Town' has evinced comparisons with the Monkees as it is very similar to 'Last Train To Clarksville', but the song itself is a great garage rocker. 'Ain't It A Shame' is a little too close to goodtime pop for my liking, but put against the high quality of the rest of the album this can be forgiven. It was bootlegged in the 80's with a black and white cover, but you can now get an exact repro with colour sleeve, although it is quite pricey for the vinyl. Haven't seen it on CD for a while, but it usually follows fairly quickly, and when it does it is highly recommended.

1) r.a.t.c.b. teaser
2) very strange
3) thirteen miles down
4) royal american 20th century blues
5) live and love child
6) there you go again
7) inside out , inside in
8) t.o. town
9) ain't it a shame
10) good dream
11) r.a.t.c.b. reprise


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Les Rallizes Denudes - Heavier Than a Death in the Family (1973 & 1977)

This (double album? Long CD?) apparently comprises tracks recorded in 1973 and 1977. Hard to know for sure since almost all of this this notoriously anti-system, anti-studio band's material exists in bootleg form. Sonic guitar feedback jamming assault, perfectly captured on the crappiest recording equipment possible. This is the sound of Motown's basslines (see track 3, especially), the cheery psych-pop of the late 60s, and VU's "Sister Ray" being atomized in a blast furnace. This is rock being melted down and reminted. What makes this fascinating is how purely musical the result is. There is so much to HEAR going on in all the noise.

Get it HERE. (@192)
A good bio of the band can be found HERE.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Velvett Fogg - 1968 - Velvett Fogg

Appearing in 1968, and disappearing just as quickly, Velvett Fogg's only LP is a truly great, lost classic of British psychedelic music. At it's best it features some imaginative guitar and organ workouts combined with quirky and unusual lyrics and the band's covers of 'New York Mining Disaster' and 'Come Away Melinda' add an eerie tone missing from the originals. Fogg's own originals include the childlike 'Wizard of Gobsolod', the haunting and somewhat dislocated 'Lady Caroline' and the jazzy workout of 'Owed to the Dip' but the tone of the album is set by the powerfully doom-laden opener, 'Yellow Cave Woman'. It's a great record and it's rounded off with the inclusion of the band's only single, a 68-style, special effect laden version of 'Telstar' - the sleevenotes, by John Peel, are a remarkable 1968 artifact in their own right.

1. Yellow Cave Women
2. New York Mining Disaster 1941
3. Wizard Of Gobsolod
4. Once Among The Trees
5. Lady Caroline
6. Come Away Melinda
7. Owed To The Dip
8. Within The Night
9. Plastic Man
10. Telstar '69 - (bonus track)

The Reviews

This rare psychedelic album was recorded for Pye in 1969 and bridged the gap beautifully betyween psychedelia and the impending progressive rock explosion, the album mixes wigged out rock with improvised jazz/eastern -influences. This re-issue contains a bonus track in the shape of a very bizarre version of the Tornados instro classic. After they split various members ended up in Warhorse and Ghost. Sleeve features semi-naked women and lots of body paint. Hang loose baby!(just as they did!)

Finally available again on CD (This was actually released years ago by See for Miles Records/England...way out of print!). An instant classic of late 60's Heavy, Trippy UK Psychedelic music. Killer Fuzz guitar and swirling Hammond Organ for fans THE ATTACK, ANDROMEDA, ARZACHEL, JULY etc. The newly Remastered sound quality is top-notch! The Bonus track "Telstar '69" is taken from the A-Side of their only single. Stand out tracks are "Yellow Cave Women" with its drugged out pounding rythms and burning Fuzz guitar. Mind-blowing covers of The BEE GEES "NY Mining Disaster" and Tim Rose's "Come way Melinda" easily surpass the originals. There are a few tracks (like "Wizard of Gobsolod") that are pure UK Pop/Psych but still sound great! Great In-depth liner notes finally shed some light on this obscure band. Over all this is a MUST OWN for fans of Psychedelic Rock.

Full Biography

Get it here

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Steppeulvene - Hip (1967)

Steppeulvene (The "Steppenwolves") play Nuggets-inflected Dylanesque electric folk-rock. It's a little slight at points, but certainly an enjoyable listen, and this is a historically significant album as it is the first rock album with original lyrics sung in Danish. (I wish I understood the words...) Singer Eik Skaløe committed suicide in Central Asia not long after this, their only album, was released, causing the dissolution of the band.
Much thanks to the very generous Jallan for sharing this one with me.
Get it HERE.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Bold - s/t (1969)

Bold released one obscure, self-titled psychedelic album on ABC in 1969, though earlier they'd released two hard garage rock singles on Cameo and Dynovoice (one of them credited to Steve Walker & the Bold). One of those singles, the group original "Gotta Get Some," was very much like Paul Revere & the Raiders at their toughest, and became a favorite among '60s garage collectors after its inclusion on Pebbles, Vol. 9. Another -- a less distinctive cover of "The Train Kept a Rollin'," showed up on Pebbles, Vol. 10. By the time of their ABC album, they'd gone psychedelic, and dropped the "the" from their "the Bold" billing. Produced by a young Bill Szymczyk (later to produce the Eagles, the Who, and several other stars), Bold is a minor but respectable and diverse LP, mixing harmony vocals, classically-influenced organ, and some of the folk-rock sensibility of Buffalo Springfield in that band's harder-rocking moments.Bold grew out of the Esquires, who formed at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, where one of their friends was the young, then-university student Taj Mahal. The Esquires released a pretty forgettable, early British Invasion-influenced single before changing their personnel, changing their name to Bold, and releasing their Cameo and Dynovoice singles in 1966 and 1967, respectively. Although they were popular regionally, opening for stars like Mahal, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Jimi Hendrix, their ABC album didn't break them to a bigger audience, and they disbanded shortly afterward. Lead guitarist Bob LaPalm and drummer Tim Griffin formed Clean Living, who put out a couple of albums on Vanguard in the early 1970s, and Griffin briefly played drums for James Taylor.

1) All I Really Want to Do
2) Changing Seasons
3) Child of Love
4) Crystal Chambers
5) Factory (Version 3)
6) For What It's Worth
7) Free Fugue
8) Friendly Smile
9) It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
10) Lullaby Opus Four
11) Words Don't Make It


Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Axiom - Fool's Gold (Australia 1970)

Axiom's formation was a by-product of the annual Hoadley's Battle Of The Sounds, where each year the top Australian bands of the day performed in front of judges for the prize of a paid return trip to London - but little else. In 1967 The Twilights were the first winners, the next year The Groop. Both found it difficult to settle back to the grind of the Australian pop scene after tasting the London big time. Neither band had made anything but the smallest dent in London (The Twilights being given a song by the Hollies, the Groop's "When I Was Six Years Old" being recorded by Manfred Mann's Paul Jones), but it was enough to leave the lingering thought amongst band members, 'What if..?'

When The Groop broke up soon after their return to Australia, The Twilights had already scattered in all directions. Singer Glenn Shorrock had moved into management. A plan was hatched to form a new group out of the two group's frontline remnants. The Twilights' songwriter and guitarist Terry Britten was supposed to join Shorrock and the Groop's piano player and chief songwriter Brian Cadd in the new band, but when Terry chose to go to England instead, his place was taken by the Groop's Don Mudie, who in the last stages of the Groop had formed a strong songwriting partnership with Cadd. The group was completed by Cam-Pact guitarist Chris Stockley, and Valentines drummer Doug Lavery. Immediately dubbed a supergroup the band asked fans to suggest a name and settled on Axiom.

Almost immediately Axiom buried itself in the recording studio. In December 1969 they released the first single, "Arkansas Grass", heavily influenced by The Band's "Music From Big Pink". "Arkansas Grass" reached #7 in December, 1969. Four months later the group left for London, and as a parting gift left their second single, "A Little Ray Of Sunshine", inspired by the birth of Don Mudie's first child, the single reached #5 in April 1970 . "A Little Ray Of Sunshine" has become one of the Australian songs most often still played on radio and was even celebrated with its own stamp in Australia Post's 1998 Australian Rock stamp series. Just before departing for London drummer Don Lebler (The Avengers) replaced Lavery who joined The Mixtures.

In their absence the band's album Fool's Gold was released, one of the first true 'albums' in Australian music, despite the "Arkansas Grass" single also one of the first attempts in Australian pop to write about the Australian landscape. The album saw some of the first uses of the didgeridoo in Australian popular music. The songs were all of high quality as were the production values. Fool's Gold reached reached #18 in June, and it still stands as one of the best albums of the period, however it never reached its full potential because Axiom were not around to promote it. A third single failed to chart. In Australia Axiom were signed to Ron Tudor's independent production company. They left Australia with Ron's blessing to secure a world-wide recording contract. He wouldn't stand in their way.

In England Axiom signed a three-year recording contract with Warners, cemented by a single "My Baby's Gone" produced by Shel Tamly of early Who, Kinks and Easybeats' "Friday On My Mind" fame. The band was then bundled off to Los Angeles to record an album. In international hands they just ended up sounding like everyone else. By the time the album If Only was released the band had already broken up. A couple of trips home to try and keep the momentum on their career and put some money in their pockets had met with disappointing results. The band just fell apart.

Glenn Shorrock would return to England where the would-be Little River Band found him. Brian Cadd stayed in Australia and launched a successful solo career. A couple of years later Chris Stockley became part of The Dingoes.

1) Arkansas Grass
2) Baby Bear
3) Fords Bridge
4) Samantha
5) Take It Or Leave It
6) Little Ray Of Sunshine
7) Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow
8) Mansfield Hotel
9) Can't Let Go This Feeling
10) Country Pickin
11) Once A Month Country Race Day
12) Fool's Gold
13) Who Am I Gonna See


Monday, August 06, 2007

Tomorrow - 50 Minute Technicolor Dream

Tomorrow - 50 Minute Technicolor Dream: Unreleased & Live

50 Minute Technicolor Dream is a compilation of mostly previously unreleased recordings
by Tomorrow.
Tracks 1-2 are unused demos for the film Blowup.
Tracks 7-8 are from BBC Radio 1:
"Top Gear" (the first "Peel Session", recorded September 21, 1967), rec Maida Vale Studios.
Tracks 9-16 are live at "Christmas On Earth Continued"
Friday, December 22, 1967, Kensington Olympia Grand & National Halls.

Track List :
1. "Am I Glad to See You"
2. "Blow Up"
3. "Caught in a Web"
4. "Revolution"
5. "Why"
6. "Real Life Permanent Dream"
7. "Three Jolly Little Dwarfs"
8. "Revolution"
9. "Caught in a Web" (live)
10. "Shotgun & the Duck" (live)
11. "My White Bicycle" (live)
12. "Real Life Permanent Dream" (live)
13. "Revolution" (live)
14. "Why" (live)
15. "Mr Rainbow" (live)
16. "Strawberry Fields Forever" (live)

Flower-power, psychedelia, the summer of love. That's the back-drop to the oh-too-short career of pop group Tomorrow. The promise was all there, though. Billing with Hendrix, The Soft Machine, Pink Floyd, The Move, and The Who. Star vocallist Keith West of "Excerpt from a Teenage Opera" fame. Showcased on Top Gear with Peel and Brian Matthew.

"50 Minute Technicolour Dream" is a new compilation made up from studio sessions, live recordings, and other recently-discovered tracks from the band. Their best known track, "My White Bicycle" is there, though unfortunately, the fidelity of this live recording is not particularly high. The BBC recorded tracks are, however, superb in quality.

The songs are very much of the era. Plenty of Wah-wah and flanging. If you hanker for just a little more of the late '60s music there's nostalgia and excitement together in this new RPM album. Their version of "Strawberry Fields Forever" is a real bonus.

Get it Here @320

And here is track 11
(for those who had problem with the previous links...)

Sunday, August 05, 2007

All Day - 1973 - York Pop Music Project

All Day - 1973 - York Pop Music Project
(Folk- Psych - vinyl rip) RARE

All Day's Private pressing LP that has gained legendary status.

This project is made of various bands and individual artists from York University playing various types of music, ranging from Folk over Progressive Rock till electronic Music. This explains the title of the LP : "York Pop Music Project". The York university, for years, has been known amongst many thinks for its excellent "Music studies" under its "Arts and Humanities" department. Some students, back in 1973 decided to record some music. All of them did do this in his / her own style and according to their tastes. The result was released privately as an LP and sold mainly to fellow students, friends and family. Today this album is a hot collectors item. Unfortunately I have not yet found any more information on this album. If you can help me, or get me a cover picture... the please do so. For now, I can only add that its obscurity is one of the main reasons for its prize : around 400EUR at least nowadays.

source : Dogmatik magazine

Get It Here :
RapidShare or SendSpace

Friday, August 03, 2007

Love - The Forever Changes Concert (Video)

It's been almost one year since Arthur Lee pass away....
and i had manage to make this post in order to honor him !

Unfortunately....this day it coincided with the sad news
of the loss of our friend Dirk (a.k.a. Cities On Flame)

There is not a lot to say....just go to his blog...and wish to him a nice and peaceful trip to a better place !

Love - The Forever Changes Concert
[January 2003] (mpg 713MB)

Track List
1. "Alone Again Or" (Maclean, – 4:19)
2. "A House Is Not a Motel" (Lee, – 4:08)
3. "Andmoreagain" (Lee, – 4:04)
4. "The Daily Planet" (Lee, – 3:42)
5. "Old Man" (Maclean, – 3:39)
6. "The Red Telephone" (Lee, – 7:12)
7. "Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale" (Lee, – 3:57)
8. "Live and Let Live" (Lee, – 5:13)
9. "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This" (Lee, – 3:42)
10. "Bummer in the Summer" (Lee, – 2:34)
11. "You Set the Scene" (Lee, – 7:40)

In 2002, Arthur Lee began touring in earnest under the name "Love with Arthur Lee". This new phase of his career met great success, and he performed to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim throughout Europe, North America and Australia. The band began to perform the Forever Changes album in its entirety, often with a string and horn section. A live CD and DVD of this material was released in 2003. Two Love tracks, "My Little Red Book" and "Always See Your Face" (from "Four Sail"), appeared on the soundtrack of the John Cusack adaptation of Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity."

Arthur Lee left the members of Baby Lemonade who, after prison, had backed him as Love in August 2005. The remaining members continued the tour as The Love Band. Lee carried the band name forward, putting together a new lineup in Memphis, which was to include Alex Greene, Jack "Oblivian" Yarber, and Alicja Trout.

(you can get some parts from & some from

This was (and still is) the best live i have see
(maybe have something to do with how much i like that band)

Thursday, August 02, 2007

V.A. - Acid Visions_The Complete Collection vols 1-3

V.A. Acid Visions_The Complete Collection vols 1-3

Acid Visions - The Complete Collection #1 - CD (Collectables, 1991)

Acid Visions - The Complete Collection #2 - CD (Cicadelic, 1993)
Acid Visions - The Complete Collection #3 - CD (Collectables, 1993)

Tracklists, Reviews & Links


Enjoy !!!

Blue Effect (Czechoslovakia) - 1970 - Meditace

The Blue Effect - Meditace (1970) - CZE

A pretty terrific lost psychedelic rock LP from Czechoslovakia

01. Pamet lasky [4:03] R. Hladik/Z.Rytir
02. Blue Effect Street [4:04] V. Misik/Z.Rytio
03. Fenix [4:26] R. Hladik/Z.Rytir
04. Stroj na nic [2:25] R. Hladik/Z.Rytir
05. Slunecni hrob [1:50] V. Misik
06. Little Girl [3:54] V. Misik
07. Deserted Alley [3:09] V. Misik/ K. Kozel
08. Blue About Stone [7:59] Blue Effect/ V. Misik
09. Rainy Day [3:57] J.Kozel, R. Hladik/K.Kozel
10. Where is my star [3:27] R. Hladik/J.Smetana
+ bonus singly na vydani z roku 1996
11. Sen neni vecny[3:25] R. Hladik/J.Smetana
12. I Like The World (Sun is So Bright)[3:05] V. Misik, R. Hladik, J. Smetana, J.Kozel, V.Cech, M.Svoboda, K.Kozel
13. Blue Taxi [2:37] V. Misik/J.Smetana
14. Snakes [2:24] V. Misik/J.Smetana
15. Slunecny hrob [3:24] V. Misik/J.Smetana
16. I've Got My Mojo Working [3:43] Marganfield
17. White Hair [4:20] V. Misik/J.Smetana

Vydano v anglicke verzi Blue Effect : Kingdom of Life

Vladimir Misik : voc
Radim Hladik : g, sitar
Jroi Kozel : bg
Vlado Cech: ds
Milos Svoboda: g(1)

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Tully - 1971 - Sea Of Joy

1. Sea of Joy (Part 1)
2. Pseudo-Tragic-Dramatic
3. Follow Me
4. Cat-Clarinet Mit Orge
5. Trinidad
6. I Feel The Sun
7. Thank You
8. Syndrone
9. Softly, Softly
10. Brother Sun
11. Down To The Sea
12. Sea of Joy (Part 2)
FEATURED ON BOOKLET;Liner notes written by Paul Witzig, original members of Tully & Stephen McParland

First time re-issue & on CD of the music for the classic Australian surf movie filmed by Paul Witzig in 1970, starring Wayne Lynce, Nat Young and Ted Spencer. Filmd in Australia, Mauritius, south Africa, Oahu and Kauai. The music was all written & performed by a psychedelic rock acid folk outfit called TULLY featuring Richard Lockwood and Michael Carlos.

Tully, the band that recorded Sea of Joy, was the precocious child of two very different creatures, Tully the First (wild psychdelic & spiritual progressive rock) and Extradition (ethernal acid folk sounds, later survived the album "HUSH"). They played together once then became Tully the Second.

The music they played for the soundtarck was engrossing and particularly enchanting (and still is!). You may find there will be nothing to compare such a recording with other surf soundtracks or surfing related music in whole surf music history (even now). Acid-deep-psyche-progressive-rock-folk surf on in early 1970s!

Some tracks were heard on the movie, but actually many of them are different version and arrangent (or feeling like so) for this long player, its rightly much higher audiolable quality than we hear on the original film.

SEA OF JOY, a title borrowed from the Blind Faith song of the same name (featured on the group's 1969 self-titled longplayer), was, as a film, a relaxing experience instead of the usual "story" or "travelogue". Uncrowded waves from Australia to Africa to Hawaii were a strong feature of the film and there was a serene beauty to the production.Geoff Watson in his review of the film in the surfing tabloid Tracks (issue #8) commented, "Paul Witzig takes us into his child's world in his newest film. It is a world of puppy dogs and slow motion pony rides, of fish eye gnomes and laughing faces. The grown-ups are friendly and very kind and every day is a holiday."

A style and sound that won them inclusion in Lillian Roxon's highly acclaimed ROCK ENCYCLOPEDIA. In fact, they were the only truly Australian group included in the book.

(from the liner notes by Stephen McParland)
Sea of Joy is a score filled with evocative memories of an era when youth culture was emerging and searching for a new era of peace and hope of a better world.The world may have lost this path, but the music lives on as a testament to dreams of freedom." ... Paul Witzig

Tully (L to R): Colin Campbell, Michael Carlos, Shayna Stewart, Richard Lockwood, Ken Firth at a studio in Sydney, circa 1971.

Photo by John Stewart


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