Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Sun Also Rises - The Sun Also Rises (1970-72 uk, bright gorgeous acid folk)



Superb sought-after 1970 British acid folk rarity from the Village Thing label. The Sun Also Rises is another case of a folk/psych duo (we’re thinking of Emtidi, whose “Saat” album we have also reissued) who virtually disappeared in the flesh, once they had left behind a small but fascinating recorded legacy. 

The sole Sun Also Rises album has been reissued (legally and illegally) on several occasions, a testament to continuing interest in the music contained therein. Who were they? They were Graham and Anne Hemingway from Cardiff, described everywhere as a mystical, magical hippie female and male folk duo, who played guitars, dulcimer, glockenspiel, vibes, bells, kazoo, percussion—joined throughout by label-mate John Turner (bowed and finger-picked string bass), and Andy Leggett.

Their one and only album is very much in the creative style and delivery of the Incredible String Band, with similarities to the work of their contemporaries Dr. Strangely Strange, COB, Comus, Forest and Tir Na Nog, as well as others of the original freak-folk brigade. The results of their efforts were tripped-out, spellbinding, esoteric folk collages—songs of wizards and dragons, dreams and intentions, love, flickering candlelight, the sweet scent of half-remembered summers, death, jasmine, and suicide. 

We hope that this album will come as a wonderful surprise for lovers of the Incredible String Band and their ilk, as there were few bands that were able to stray into this much loved and much loathed world of fantasy and folk music, and live to tell the tale. This Lion Productions edition comes with a 16-page booklet printed on FSC recycled, chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer fiber paper manufactured using biogas energy, which contains a small dose of band info, album lyrics, histories of the Village Thing and Saydisc labels by co-founder Gef Lucena, as well as a Village Thing label discography.
Tracks
1. Until I Do (Words by Phil Sawyer) - 3:47
2. Wizard Shep - 5:01
3. Part Of The Room - 3:45
4. Green Lane - 8:09
5. Tales Of Jasmine And Suicide (Words by Richard Sylverster) - 3:21
6. Flowers (Words by Heather Holden) - 5:19
7. Song Of Consolation (Words by Spike Woods) - 1:39
8. Suddenly It's Evening - 2:30
9. Death (Traditional arr. by Graham Hemingway) - 6:35
10.Fafnir And The Knights (Words by Heather Holden) - 4:30
Words and Music by Graham Hemingway arrangments by Anne Hemingway except where noted

The Sun Also Rises
*Graham Hemingway - Vocals, Guitars
*Anne Hemingway - Vocals, Dulcimer, Glockenspiel, Vibes, Percussion
With
*John Turner - String Bass
*Andy Leggett - Whistle

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Spirit - Feedback (1971 us, marvelous hard psych with blues jazz and country shades)



Feedback is one of the strangest happenings in rock, more dramatic than Michael MacDonald taking over the Doobie Brothers, but more successful artistically than it was financially, and a chapter of the group that is sadly forgotten. The original band was produced by Lou Adler and built around guitar prodigy Randy California, and a bit of history is in order to understand this hybrid project. David Briggs, producer of Kathi MacDonald, Alice Cooper's Easy Action, and Neil Young, helped the band forge their classic Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus and was retained for this follow-up. 

William Ruhlmann's liner notes to Spirit's Time Circle Epic/Legacy release notes that Randy California resigned from the group at this point. Mark Andes and Jay Ferguson formed Jo Jo Gunne with Curly Smith, and Smith's friends, the Staehely Brothers, joined Cassidy and company. What Ed Cassidy and keyboard player John Locke created with producer David Briggs was a phenomenal reinvention of Spirit, which worked, sometimes better than the original group. Bassist/vocalist Al Staehely wrote the music, with guitar chores and backing vocals by his brother J. Christian Staehely.

"Witch," the final track on the disc, is typical of this new Spirit sound, a fusion of pop/jazz/rock with a dab of country. It would have been a perfect blend for Randy California to step back into, though his ego might have been the stumbling block here. In concert, this version of Spirit was serious and precise, playing with a cool efficiency. David Briggs was the perfect guy to oversee this project, allowing the musicians their space and developing a true counterpart to The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, considered by many to be the band's highpoint. 

The cover is in eerie aqua blue with the faces looking like spirits peering out of a distorted television. The gatefold contains a band photo and a smart evolutionary image for this eclectic and underrated West Coast band. Here's the clincher: musically, some of the best work on Feedback are the two instrumentals by keyboard player John Locke, "Puesta Del Scam" and "Trancas Fog-Out," fragments of the original "Spirit" performed by this new quartet. 

The stuff is brilliant, and that it was excised from Time Circle is a pity. It was this writer who put Epic/Legacy in touch with Randy California in the development of 1991's Time Circle compilation project, and certainly the elegant "Darkness," the third John Locke title, deserved to be included on that double disc, and some representation of this remarkable work would have been appropriate rather than nine whopping cuts from The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus. Jo Jo Gunne guitarist Matthew Andes (brother of Spirit's Mark Andes) co-wrote "Mellow Morning" with Al Staehely, and it, along with "Right on Time" and "Ripe and Ready," all display the Spirit vibe, even hinting at some Jo Jo Gunne, as strange as that may seem. 

The Cassidy/Locke/Staehely/Staehely combo added enough jazz to Spirit to temper the all out assault that was Jo Jo Gunne, and therein lies the difference. This is not David Bowie's ex-drummer and bassist forming the Spiders From Mars; keep in mind that Ed Cassidy was not only the band's insignia with his Yul Brynner look, he was this group's spiritual leader. As Randy California's step-dad, it's a shame he didn't get more firm with the boy and demand they all be "the family that plays together." 

Had the Staehely brothers and John Locke stayed on board for Cassidy and Randy California's next project, the erratic Potatoland disc may have mutated into something totally brilliant. The best of Al Staehely, John Locke, and Randy California would have been truly something. Feedback is a solid performance and remarkable album which deserves its place in the Spirit catalog, and not the status of bastard son. It is a legitimate Spirit project and it is very, very good. 
by Joe Viglione
Tracks
1. Chelsea Girls – 3:38
2. Cadillac Cowboys – 3:41
3. Puesta Del Scam (Locke) – 2:10
4. Ripe And Ready – 3:53
5. Darkness (Locke) – 4:59
6. Earth Shaker (Locke) – 4:02
7. Mellow Morning (Andes, A. Staehely) – 2:30
8. Right On Time – 2:50
9. Trancas Fog-Out – 2:46
10.Witch – 5:25
11.New York City – 3:36
All songs written by Al Staehely except noted

Spirit
*Ed Cassidy - Drums
*John Locke- Keyboards
*Al Staehely - Bass, Vocals
*Chris Staehely - Guitar, Vocals

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cream - Fresh Cream (1966 uk, blues psych rock masterpiece, japan SHM remaster)



Laid down at the height of the UK blues boom, Fresh Cream covers the kind of territory you might expect from three of the most respected players on the scene at the time. With Clapton fresh just from his time with John Mayall, Ginger Baker leaving behind the R'n'B backwaters of Graham Bond Organisation, and a woefully under-employed Jack Bruce hightailing it from the increasingly pop-leaning Manfred Mann, the electric blues was their natural turf.

Highlights include the racing harmonica work-out, and the call and response excitements on Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ and Tumblin,’” a spine-tingled vocal on the Willie Dixon classic, “Spoonful” as well as the self-penned “Sleepy Time Time” which gives Clapton a free hand to wake up all and sundry. The traditional standard, "Cat’s Squirrel" is given a rousing treatment, showing how well these players meshed. Only a particularly anaemic stroll through Robert Johnson’s “Four Until Late”, sounds like a side filler.

What lifts this album beyond the blues-tinged pigeon-hole are some superior pop songs brought along for the ride. It’s well-neigh impossible to hear the opening bars of “I Feel Free” without conjuring up images of dolly birds, hip young guys in new threads full of finger-clicking coolness hopping aboard one of those brand new Mini cars and soaring off for groovy times. Cultural cliché’s aside, given the amount of musical information that’s been packed into those two minutes and fifty-five seconds, it’s a wonder the thing doesn’t implode under the weight of its own inventiveness.

The rhythmic ambitions and ambiguity of “NSU” adds to the thrill, and if some of it doesn’t quite work as well as it should (Bruce’s dreary “Dreaming” is especially lame), “Sweet Wine” with its psyche-tinged lyrics and the heavy breakout offers a clear hint of what was to come. Overshadowed by its more famous successor (1967’s Disraeli Gears) and their reputation lengthy improvisations during which mighty civilisations would rise and fall, their debut captures one of those elusive moments in music when blues, pop and rock magically starts to coalesce to create something brand new.
by Sid Smith
Tracks
1. I Feel Free (Bruce, Pete Brown) - 2:53
2. N.S.U.(Bruce) - 2:47
3. Sleepy Time Time (Bruce, Godfrey) - 4:22
4. Dreaming (Bruce) - 2:01
5. Sweet Wine (Baker, Godfrey) - 3:20
6. Spoonful (Willie Dixon) - 6:33
7. Cat's Squirrel (Instrumental) (Traditional, Arr. S. Splurge) - 3:05
8. Four Until Late (Robert Johnson, Arr. Eric Clapton) - 2:10
9. Rollin' And Tumblin' (Mckinley Morganfield) - 4:43
10.I'm So Glad (Skip James) - 3:59
11.Toad (Instrumental) (Baker) - 5:09

Cream
*Ginger Baker - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
*Jack Bruce - Vocals, Bass, Harmonica
*Eric Clapton - Guitar, Vocals

1967  Cream - Disraeli Gears (Japan SHM remaster)

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mandrake Memorial - Puzzle (1969 us, great art psychedelia early prog)



Along with the Nazz, this was one of Philadelphia’s top bands throughout the late 60′s. Prior to Puzzle, they released two good rock albums that had a vague Doors influence, mixing keyboards with guitar oriented psychedelia. Puzzle, released in 1969, is an extremely challenging album that is not recommended to those who are into song oriented pop. It’s also a very progressive album that mixes classical/avant garde elements into a dreamy soundscape.

The album is really a mood piece, with plenty of strange moments including one track devoted to a choir of children praying while Whisper Play has, you guessed it, whispers amongst a classical backdrop. Randy Monaco croons throughout the album and there is the occasional guitar freakout, one heard at the end of the 9 minute instrumental Bucket of Air. The reoccuring theme, Just a Blur is a nice, short trippy piece of acoustic music that hints at a concept.

For the era, the Puzzle album is somewhat long, clocking in at around 50 minutes. The real meat of the album lies within the songs. Earthfriend and Hiding are so ambient and so full of great sound effects that they predate a style of psychedelia that Spacemen 3 pioneered throughout the late 80′s. Ocean’s Daughter is another great, menacing song, being a trippy psychedelic ballad with studio trickery and light orchestration. The song characterizes the album itself: confused, dark and unsettling on one hand but alluring and full of beauty on the other. Even the album cover art is really weird and demented, featuring a well known painting with chrome plated maggots inching their way up an endless flight of stairs.

While not for everyone, Puzzle shrouds itself in a velvet mystery. It’s a totally unique experience within the world of pyschedelia that sounds completely unfamilar!
by Jason Nardelli
Tracks
1. Earthfriend (Prelude) - 3:50
2. Earthfriend - 4:49
3. Just A Blur (Version 1) - 0:46
4. Hiding - 3:01
5. Just A Blur (Version 2) - 1:38
6. Tadpole - 2:17
7. Kyrie - 3:18
8. Ocean's Daughter - 3:32
9. Volcano (Prelude) - 1:53
10. Volcano - 0:41
11. Whisper Play - 4:55
12. Bucket Of Air (1) - 0:36
13. Bucket Of Air  (2) - 14:21
14. childrens Prayer - 3:03
15. Puzzle - 1:24

Mandrake Memorial
Randy Monaco - Vocals, Bass
Craig Anderton - Guitar
Michael Kac - Keyboards
Kevin Lally - Drums

1968  The Mandrake Memorial
1969  The Mandrake Memorial - Medium

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Monday, August 26, 2013

The Mads - Molesto (1967-68/71 peru, fantastic rough heavy groovy psych)



Los Mads started out in the mid-1960s, playing covers and a few of their own songs on Peruvian television. But a chance sea-side encounter with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards after a private party got the Mads the chance to go to England; interest from Stones' manager Marshall Chess got them backstage to see Hendrix at the Isle of Wight—and recording time in the Rolling Stones studio. 

Some demos recorded there and at Jagger's Stargroves castle (recorded live to studio truck, just like Led Zeppelin did for their third and fourth albums) plus a name change to MOLESTO got them gigs at the main venues in London. They jammed with Steve Winwood and Brian Davison (The Nice); they played with Jeff Beck and Carmine Appice; Molesto's guitar player, Alex Ventura, worked in a clothing boutique alongside Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor. They were in the musical heart of England. And at that point, faced with growing friction within the group, Molesto disbanded. This disc collects recordings from all three stages of Los Mads/The Mads/Molesto's six year career, including two tracks from the Stargroves session. 

The early tracks are groovy post Summer of Love stuff: 'Birds in My Tree' is a musical creamsicle, just right for summer nights. The excellent eight plus minute instrumental 'Tumor Bossa' has a Santana-esque feel. But the flamethrower guitar on Molesto tracks like 'Feels Like Love' and 'Fly Away' (which luckily clocks in at more than seven minutes) needs to be heard to be believed. Hard driving and heavy; wild, fast, rhythmic, and furious: top of the table stuff. Most tracks are sung in English.
by Adamus67
Tracks
1. If You Feel - 4:39
2. Fly Away - 7:04
3. Feels Like Love - 2:59
4. Tumorbossa - 8:37
5. Birds In My Tree - 4:54
6. Live A Little Longer - 3:22
7. Rock ‘n’ Roll Woman - 9:18
8. Aouh Aouh - 6:36
9. Last Time (Bonus Track) - 3:00
10.I've Got That Feeling (Bonus Track) - 3:06

The Mads
*Manolo Ventura - Lead Guitar
*Bil Morgan - Bass, Vocals
*Alex Ventura - Rhythm Guitar
*Richard Macedo - Drums
*Manongo Mujica - Drums

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John Verity Band - John Verity Band (1973 uk, pleasant hard rock, 2008 remastered digipack edition)



John Verity Band namesake John Verity has a wealth of experience with Argent, Charlie and Phoenix. Previous to Argent he had created The John Verity Band touring America as support to artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Mountain prior to journeying back to the UK in 1971.

In 1973 the John Verity Band was revived once more issuing a Steve Rowlands produced album the following year. Joining him were guitarist Geoff Lyth, bassist Jerry Smith, the enigmatically titled vocalist Thunderthighs and drummer Ron Kelly. Later recruits into the band were bassist Peter Byford and guitarist Paul Quinn, both from Son Of A Bitch. The John Verity Band supported Argent in the UK and following these dates Verity was enticed into the ranks of the headline act to fill the gap left by a departing Russ Ballard. Verity stayed for two albums 'Circus' and 'Counterpoint' before forming Phoenix.

As the 80's dawned Verity found himself reuniting with old friends Byford and Quinn producing the first album for their newly found status as Nwobhm heroes Saxon. He would also produce MotȪrhead and Tank. Verity also tried out for a position in Uriah Heep.

1981 had the man working with ex-Argent colleagues guitarist Russ Ballard and drummer Bob Henrit together with ex-Sweet frontman Brian Connolly in a short lived act titled Vel Verity. This union fell apart but Verity did produce and appear alongside Rod Argent and Henrit once more on Connolly's third solo single 'Hypnotized', a cover of the Fandango tune. Verity also formed part of Connolly's touring band when he supported Pat Benatar on her January 1983 tour.

Later the same year he also played one gig as a stand-in member Of Michael Schenker Group during their UK tour. 1983 proved a groundbreaking year for the man as he was offered positions in Michael Schenker Group, Asia and with Ted Nugent but chose instead to tour with John Coghlan's Diesel Band.

1983's 'Interrupted Journey' saw guests including GENESIS guitarist Mike Rutherford, Rod Argent and Russ Ballard. Bass came from former IF and Phoenix man Dave Wintour. Among the songs was a re-working of a Phoenix track written by Ballard 'Just Another Day (In The Life Of A Fool)' and 'Love Is Blind' also covered by Uriah Heep. For touring the band enrolled Jim Rodford's son Steve on drums and Terry Uttley on bass.

Verity's 1985's 'Truth Of The Matter' album featured Rutherford again, erstwhile Argent colleagues Henrit and Argent, as well As Smokie musicians Terry Uttley and Chris Norman. In late 1986 Verity formed The Guest List with Uttley, guitarist Patrick McDonald, erstwhile Rio and Berlin keyboard player Steve Thompson, ex Smokie guitarist Alan Silson and ex-Toy Dolls drummer Paul Smith.
Tracks
1. Schoolgirl - 9:16
2. 5000 Miles - 4:47
3. I Wish - 2:33
4. People - 7:07
5. Hitch-Hiker - 2:59
6. Gimme Some Lovin' - 5:47
7. So Hard So Long - 7:24
8. It's Alright - 4:48
9. Back On The Road Again - 3:17
All song by John Verity

John Verity Band
*John Verity - Guitar, Vocal, Bowed Guitar
*Geoff Lyth - Guitar, Keyboards
*Gerry Smith - Bass Guitar
*Ron Kelly - Drums

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Mother Earth - Make A Joyful Noise (1969 us, gorgeous blues folk rock with a west coast aspect, Wounded Bird issue)



Mother Earth has to be one of the best American rock and roll bands to have ever been forgotten. A hot act in its day, it seems folks have tended to overlook the group in recent years. Perhaps the band’s aesthetic center in 1960s blues and soul music makes them just a little too straight for today’s “forward-thinking” music listeners more hip to the weird, experimental sounds of bands like Faust or The Incredible String Band than righteous electric combos like the Paul Butterfield Blues Band (now that I mention it, East/West really does beg review on these pages). No matter, though; let us take the first steps in reintroducing listeners to the wild, rootsy sounds of Mother Earth.

Make A Joyful Noise is the band’s second album, and marks a clear evolution in the band’s dynamic by containing both a “city side” and a “country side,” the latter recorded in Nashville with legendary pedal steel player and country music producer Pete Drake. Whatever new angles the band was introducing to their sound, however, they certainly hadn’t lost sight of their strengths, for there is soul enough aplenty across both sides of this collection. Dig the explosive opening number, “Stop the Train,” starring part-time Mother Earth shouter The Reverend Ron Stallings. Though the band is best remembered for Tracy Nelson’s fiery vocal talents, they were actually an extraordinary collaborative ensemble, also including among their ranks the enigmatic Powell St. John, occasional lyricist with The 13th Floor Elevators and whose stunning “The Kingdom of Heaven” the band had recorded the year before.

The “country side” here introduces Tracy Nelson’s talent for Music City soul, which would really shine on her first solo record Country, itself recorded around the same time as the Pete Drake selections on Joyful Noise. The band’s recording of Doug Sahm’s slow-grooving “I Wanna Be Your Mama Again,” a song purportedly written with Nelson in mind, really cooks and includes some tight picking. Dig the way the fiddle, pedal steel and electric guitar weave together during the instrumental breaks; rocking, rolling, backwoods bliss. Powell’s lazy, West Texas vocal spot on “Then I’ll Be Moving On” further highlights the appeal of the communal group organization, one which would eventually be discarded when the band turned into Tracy Nelson and Mother Earth.

All of the early Mother Earth albums are go-to records for me when I’m in the mood for beautifully honest, down-to-earth music (and yeah, I reckon that’s pretty often). If you’re really digging the rhythm and blues here, look for a copy of the band’s follow-up Bring Me Home; if you’re more into the country half, you absolutely need to get your hands on Nelson’s aforementioned solo record. Fortunately for all, every one of these records are still in print and readily available.
Tracks
1. Stop The Train (Castille, Andrews, Arthur) - 3:23
2. What Are You Trying To Do (Naomi Neville) - 3:56
3. I Need Your Love So Bad (Little Willie John) - 5:25
4. Soul Of The Man (Oliver Sain) - 3:07
5. Blues For The Road (Stallings, Andrews) - 3:36
6. You Win Again (Hank Williams) - 4:16
7, Come On And See (Robert Arthur) - 3:12
8. Then I'll Be Moving On (R.B. St John) - 3:22
9. The Fly (R.B. St John) - 3:36
10.I Wanna Be Your Mama Again (Doug Sahm) - 3:31
11.Wait, Wait, Wait (Naomi Neville) - 2:43

Musicians
*Tracy Nelson - Piano, Vocals
*Powell St. John - Harmonica, Vocals
*John Cameron Andrews  - Guitar
*Bob Arthur - Bass, Vocals
*Joe Arnold - Horn Section,  Tenor Sax
*Larry Butler - Piano
*Sadie Cantrell - Vocals
*Lonnie Castille - Drums
*James "Curly" Cooke - Rhythm  Guitar
*Lady Corder - Vocals
*Clay Cotton - Organ, Piano
*Jack Drake - Bass
*Pete Drake - Steel Guitar
*Ronnie Eades - Baritone, Horn Section
*D.J. Fontana - Drums
*Johnny Gimble - Fiddle, Violin
*Ben Keith - Dobro, Guitar
*Shorty Lavender - Fiddle, Violin
*Gene "Bowlegs" Miller - Horn Section, Trumpet
*Gerald Richardson - Horn Section, Trombone
*Hargus "Pig" Robbins - Keyboards
*Irma Routen - Vocals
*Boz Scaggs - Rhythm Guitar
*Dale Sellars - Rhythm Guitar
*Rev. Ron Stallings - Vocals
*Aaron Varnell - Horn Section, Tenor Sax

1968  Mother Earth - Living With The Animals (Vinyl edition)

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Spectrum - Part One (1971-72 aussie, remarkable progressive rock, 2007 digipack remaster and expanded edition)



During their short but illustrious career Spectrum were in the vanguard of progressive rock in Australia, and they left a legacy of innovative and imaginative music, too little of which is currently available on CD.

The central figure in Spectrum was singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Rudd, one of the many outstanding expatriate NZ performers who have contributed so much to the Australian music scene. Mike arrived in Australia in 1966 as rhythm guitarist for the NZ group Chants R&B. (For the full History of this great band, please visit the Chants R&B page on Bruce Sergent's excellent New Zealand Music of the 60's and 70's website.)

Chants only lasted a short time after they arrived in Australia, but Mike remained in Melbourne, where he soon teamed up with young singer-songwriter Ross Wilson and guitarist Ross Hannaford. Their first band The Pink Finks (which had also just broken up) worked in a similar vein to Chants, and had some local chart success in Melbourne. Mike was invited to be the bass player in a later lineup of their next band, the short-lived but legendary Party Machine (1967-69). This was followed by the more experimentally-oriented Sons of The Vegetal Mother (1969-71).

Sons of the Vegetal Mother was an occasional project rather than a full-time band, but Mike was apparently involved on a regular basis, even after the formation of Spectrum, and he played bass on the Vegetal's only recording, an ultra-rare EP called The Garden Party, of which only about 250 copies were ever pressed. Although close connections between them continued, by 1970 Wilson and Hannaford were concentrating on the Vegetals new offshoot Daddy Cool, so Rudd decided to put together his own band, continuing down the progressive path he had been following with Party Machine and the Vegetals.

Before being signed up by EMI, Spectrum had cut a demo single, which they hawked around to record companies as a 7" acetate. One side was an early, folky version of one of the newer songs in their set, I'll Be Gone; the flip was another original, "You Just Can't Win". According to Ian McFarlane, these acetates are now "impossibly rare" with only two or three copies known to have survived. "You Just Can't Win" was reissued to subscribers to From The Vault magazine on a 7” flexidisc in 1990, accompanied by the almost equally rare Vegetals track "Let It Begin", from their fabled Garden Party EP. The Spectrum track is now available of Aztec Music's CD reissue of Spectrum's first album.

As the 1971 opened, all the hard slog paid off handsomely when "I'll Be Gone" (b/w "Launching Place Part II") was released as Spectrum’s debut single in January 1971. Heralded by Mike’s unforgettable harmonica intro, "I’ll Be Gone" announced the arrival of both Spectrum as a major new band and Mike Rudd as a significant new songwriter. It is without question one of the greatest Australian pop-rock songs ever written. Mike’s lyric is timeless, simple but eloquent -- a wistful, almost fatalistic observation of life on the road and the elusiveness of love and fortune. With its loping country-blues feel, the easy, swinging backbeat from Mark and Bill, and interlocking guitar and electric piano by Mike and Lee, "I'll Be Gone" became an immediate hit, racing up the charts to became the national #1 in February 1971 and spending 20 weeks in the charts.

Its success was considerably assisted by one of Australia's classic early promotional films, created by musician and film maker Chris Lofven (who also made the clip for Daddy Cool's Eagle Rock soon after). The simple but evocative monochrome film clip, which cost the princely sum of $300, was filmed around Tullamarine and features brief glimpses of Mike's wife Helen and their young son, Chris, who also appears on the front cover of Spectrum Part One. 
Tracks
1. Make Your Stash (Ross Wilson) - 4:11
2. Fiddling Fool - 12:30
3. Superbody) - 9:15
4. Drifitng - 3:24
5. Mumbles I Wonder Why (M. Rudd - Ross Hannaford) - 5:51
6. Launching Place, Part I (Mono) - 3:33
7. I'll Be Gone (Mono Single Edit, Harvest Australian Single) - 3:31
8. Launching Place, Part II (B-Side Of Harvest Australian Mono Single) - 3:03
9. I'll Be Gone (Full Length Stereo Version, Harvest Germany Single) - 4:25
10. Launching Place, Part II (Psycho-Psychedelic Version, B-Side Of Harvest Germany Single) - 2:54
11. I'll Be Gone (Original Mono Acetate Demo) - 3:40
12. You Just Can't Win (Original Mono Acetate Demo) - 4:44
All songs by Mike Rudd except where noted

Spectrum
*Michael (Mike) Rudd - Guitar, Vocals
*Lee Neale - Organ, Piano, Vocals
*Mark Kennedy - Drums, Percussion
*Bill Putt - Bass

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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Mandrake Memorial - The Mandrake Memorial (1968 us, great art psych early progressive rock)



Anyone who lived in Philadelphia in the late '60s would remember the Mandrake Memorial well. They opened for many of the star rock bands who passed through the city, and in terms of local popularity, they were probably only second to the Nazz. Outside of Philadelphia, they were scarcely known whatsoever, though they did manage to produce some fine second-division psychedelia. As vocalists they were adequate, but they were accomplished players and interesting writers, dressing their solid melodies with liberal jazz and Middle Eastern influences. Guitarist Craig Anderton became a noted music technology writer, contributing to magazines such as Electronic Musician. 

Their debut album, a suite-like collection features some haunting, first-rate songs, such as "Bird Journey," "Here I Am, " and "Dark Lady." With their harmonies and interplay between guitar, electric keyboards, and occasional sitar, they were very much a band of their age, but played with a drive and precision that anticipated progressive rock. 
by Richie Unterberger

Mandrake Memorial's trippy debut--dig that sitar and electric harpsichord--did very well for them along the East Coast, partly because they played live so incessantly. George Manney says: "They were the unofficial Trauma 'house' band. The Trauma was an underground venue on Arch Street (1967-'68) that hosted bands such as Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Tim Buckley, Moby Grape, plus many more." This eponymous album was ethereal and melodic, a quiet contrast to the tumultuous days when it was released.
Tracks
1. Bird Journey - 2:40  
2. Here I Am - 3:50  
3. Rainy May - 3:45
4. This Can't Be Real - 3:45  
5. Dark Lady - 4:14    
6. House Of Mirrors - 2:28  
7. To A Lonely - 3:50  
8. Strange - 3:55  
9. Next Number - 4:11  
10. Sunday Noon - 7:08  
All selections composed and arranged by Mandrake Memorial

The Mandrake Memorial
*Craig Anderton - Guitars, Sitar
*Michael Kac - Keyboards, Vocals
*Randy Monaco - Bass, Vocals
*John Kevin Lally - Drums, Timpani

1969  Medium

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Delaney, Bonnie And Friends - D 'n' B Together (1969-72 us, bright groovy blues folk country psych, 2003 extra tracks remaster)



The husband and wife team of Delaney & Bonnie has fallen through the cracks of time, and today, the couple is barely remembered for its influence on music. Even during its heyday, Delaney & Bonnie struggled to score a hit, although it eventually succeeded with the definitive cover of Dave Mason’s Only You Know and I Know, the lead-off track from its sixth and final album D&B Together.

Though Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett never found the commercial audience for which they strived, they did achieve a high-level of recognition among their peers. It was Byrds-man Gram Parsons who first introduced George Harrison to the duo’s music, and Harrison brought Eric Clapton into their rapidly growing family. Clapton immediately became Delaney & Bonnie’s biggest supporter, inviting them to open for Blind Faith as well as performing on the pair’s subsequent albums and tours. 

For certain, within Delaney & Bonnie’s albums was the inspiration and impetus for Clapton’s own solo career. The rich mixture of gospel, soul, R&B, country, and folk that he used to great effect on his self-titled debut (as well as 461 Ocean Boulevard and Slowhand) was rooted in these freewheeling sessions with the Bramletts.

D&B Together features an all-star line-up, including Dave Mason, Tina Turner, King Curtis, Bobby Keys, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, Red Rhodes, Steve Cropper, and the entire cast of Derek & the Dominoes. Often, albums with this many guests become bogged down in ego trips, but the early ’70s was the perfect time for these sorts of jam sessions, which frequently worked quite well. Such is the case with D&B Together, an organic, earthy album that generally finds the perfect combination of musicians. 

Highlights are plenty, including Bonnie’s righteously rapturous vocals on Wade in the River of Jordan, the rolling percussion-fueled Well, Well, the rousing groove Big Change Comin’, and the soulful, Band-tinged I Know Something Good about You. Ultimately, though, it’s the Clapton-contributed Comin’ Home that steals the show with its flurry of churning guitars and percussion. Beautifully remastered and augmented with six tracks from the Bramletts’ post-collaborative solo outings, D&B Together has never sounded better.
by John Metzger
Tracks
1. Only You Know And I Know (Dave Mason) - 3:26
2. Wade In The River Of Jordan (Traditional, Arr. Delaney Bramlett) - 2:10
3. Sound Of The City (Delaney Bramlett, Joe Hicks) - 2:39
4. Well, Well (Delaney Bramlett) - 3:03
5. I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely (Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Ware) - 3:47
6. Comin' Home (Bonnie Bramlett, Eric Clapton) - 3:13
7. Move 'Em Out (Steve Cropper, Bettye Crutcher) - 2:50
8. Big Change Comin' (Delaney Bramlett) - 3:22
9. A Good Thing (I'm On Fire) (Delaney Bramlett, Gordon Dewitty) - 2:13
10.Groupie (Superstar) (Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell) - 2:49
11.I Know Something Good About You (Delaney Bramlett, Joe Hicks) - 4:11
12.Country Life (Delaney Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock) - 3:38
13.Over And Over (Delaney Bramlett) - 2:41
14.I'm Not Your Lover, Just Your Lovee (Delaney Bramlett, Doug Gilmore) - 4:28
15.Good Vibrations (Gordon Dewitty) - 3:13
16.Are You A Beatle Or A Rolling Stone (Delaney Bramlett, Doug Gilmore) - 3:22
17.(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am (Jimmy Williams, Larry Harrison) - 3:58
18.California Rain (Delaney Bramlett, Doug Gilmore) - 3:52
   
Musicians
*Delaney Bramlett - Guitar, Vocals
*Bonnie Bramlett - Vocals
*Eric Clapton - Guitar, Vocals
*Leon Russell - Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
*Duane Allman - Guitar, Vocals
*Dave Mason - Guitar, Vocals
*Carl Radle - Bass, Vocals
*John Hartford - Banjo, Vocals
*Steve Cropper - Guitar, Vocals
*Jim Gordon - Drums, Vocals
*Red Rhodes - Steel Guitar, Vocals
*Jaimoe - Drums, Vocals
*Billy Preston - Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
*Charlie Freeman - Guitar, Vocals
*Kenny Gradney - Bass, Vocals
*Bobby Whitlock - Keyboards, Vocals
*Bobby Keys - Saxophone, Vocals
*James Jamerson - Bass, Vocals
*Jerry Jumonville - Saxophone, Vocals
*King Curtis - Saxophone, Vocals
*Larry Knechtel - Bass, Vocals
*Darrell Leonard - Trumpet, Vocals
*Jim Price - Horns, Vocals
*Chuck Rainey - Bass, Vocals
*Larry Savoie - Trombone, Vocals
*Rita Coolidge - Vocals
*Tina Turner - Vocals
*Venetta Fields - Vocals
*Merry Clayton - Vocals
*Eddie Kendricks - Vocals
*Sam Clayton - Vocals
*Joe Hicks - Vocals
*Patrice Holloway - Vocals
*Tex Johnson - Vocals
*Clydie King - Vocals
*Sherlie Matthews - Vocals
*Gordon De Witty - Vocals
*Jay York - Vocals

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Floating House Band - The Floating House Band (1969 us, beautiful folk psych harmonies, korean remaster)



When the Stone Poneys break-up, Bob Kimmel created and developed the concert series at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California. It was to become one of the premier acoustic music venues in the country. 

By the time he left 7 years later, McCabe's was on everyone's map and names like Jackson Browne, Odetta, Emmylou Harris, Bill Monroe, Jennifer Warnes, Doc & Merle Watson, The New Grass Revival, David Grisman, Tom Waits and Chet Atkins had all headlined there - along with hundreds of others. McCabe's had become a folk music mecca on the west coast.

During that time, Bob also teamed up with still another Tucsonan, Shep Cooke (who was on the final Stone Poneys tour) and LA musician Kit Alderson and they formed The Floating House Band, another acoustic singing trio. They signed a record deal and recorded an album for Takoma Records, which was owned by folk guitarist John Fahey. 

A chemistry of wonderful vocal harmonies acoustic guitars great songwriting, an amalgam of folk, country and psychedelia.
Tracks
1. Livin' Like There's No Tomorrow (Wendy Waldman) - 2:44
2. Any Day Woman (Paul Siebel) - 2:44
3. Mayday Waltz (Shep Cooke) - 3:15
4. It Won't Be Easy (Bob Kimmel) - 3:41
5. Valentine Day Massacre (Shep Cooke) - 3:41
6. Song for Martha Lee (Bob Kimmel) - 3:46
7. One Way Road (Bob Kimmel) - 4:04
8. Simple Life (Bob Kimmel) - 3:20
9. For Sharl (Shep Cooke) - 1:56
10.Doubter's Highway to Glory (Bob Kimmel) - 2:42
11.Shep's Goin' to the Country (Shep Cooke) - 2:29
12.Let Me Fly (Bob Kimmel) - 3:17

The Floating House Band
*Pat Cloud - Banjo
*Andrew Gold - Drums
*Shep Cooke - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
*Kit Alderson - Guitar, Autoharp, Keyboards, Vocals
*Rick Epping - Harmonica
*Bob Kimmel - Guitar, Vocals
*Dennis Wood - Percussion

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Kevin Coyne - The Dandelion Years (1969-1972 uk, amazing blues folk rock, 2007 three disc boxset)



I first became acquainted with the utterly unique phenomenon that is Kevin Coyne with his second solo album, Marjory Razorblade, which is generally recognized by critics and fans as his best overall work.

And what a work it is, nightmarishly combining blues, folk, Van Morrison-meets-Beefheart vocals and simultaneously humorous and disturbing lyrics and images across its sprawling 2 LPs worth of space. After digesting Marjory Razorblade, I had to hear more from Kevin Coyne.

Since his mid-70's albums are considerably harder to find and since his solo debut, Case History, has nearly as strong a reputation as its sequel, I decided to pick up this 3 album compilation.

The Siren material in this set doesn't hold up as well as Coyne's solo work. Their self-titled first album is the better of the two; it's a wide-ranging platter of British blues, ranging from hopping, dancy numbers ("Ze-Ze-Ze-Ze" and the raunchy "Gardener Man") to acoustic and electric slide-drenched ("Get Right Church" and "Wasting My Time") to piano-powered grinders like "Rock Me Baby" and "The War is Over").

The band whips out about every instrument and style in the blues idiom, but there's not a ton of idiosyncrasy to the playing (or a lot of the lyrics, for that matter), which both makes for a slightly bland experience and mirrors the direction British blues was going--running out of fresh ideas and retreading old ground.

There's some good energy on some tracks, and Coyne has a great blues voice--growling, howling, wailing and whispering.

There's no doubt that most of the personality found on Siren is thanks to him--tracks like "And I Wonder," "Asylum" and "I Wonder Where" all stand out as breaking the mold with more interesting, off-kilter lyrics and quiet intensity that presages later work.

Strange Locomotion doesn't succeed in building upon Siren's promise. For the most part, it's more of the same in style and quality. At its best, the bluesiest stuff ("Gigolo," "Sheke My Hand") approaches the quality of Led Zeppelin a la Hats off to (Roy) Harper or the less weird tracks on Safe as Milk.

Again (but less often than on the debut) the best moments are when Coyne's fascinatingly weird personality shines through, as on the subtly twisted "Some Dark Day" and the sparkling "Soon."

 Case History. It's much more bare bones than Siren's albums, featuring mostly acoustic guitar and Coyne's distinct songwriting voice.

All of the ideas that are later fleshed out with large band arrangements and varying styles and tempos on Marjory Razorblade are visited here with quiet intensity--"White Horse" is impenetrable and uneasy, "Uggy's Song" features Coyne's knack for jagged chord progressions and dissonance, "Need Somebody" is a perfect representation of his uncanny ability to project emotional isolation and loneliness, and "Evil Island Home" is an echoey creep-out.

Themes of church oppression and eerily authentic accounts of madness appear on "My Message to the People" and "Mad Boy," respectively.

Throughout, Coyne proves his style as uncompromising and unique, from his experimental and evocative vocal style to his recognizable acoustic guitar style to his utterly inimitable songs (which is more than can be said for the bulk of the Siren albums).

This is often unsettling work on several levels, but once you connect with these songs you'll understand why so many people praise this man's work.

This reissue is of top quality--it sounds great, each album has its own disc and sleeve with original artwork, and the liner notes are informative and illuminating (especially with regards to Coyne's work in the mental health sector).

I'd recommend starting with Marjory Razorblade, which has more bang for the buck, but this is a perfect next step, as it's currently the easiest way to get ahold of Case History, plus the occasionally gripping Siren albums 
by Elliot Knapp
Tracks
Disc 1 (as Siren)
1. Ze-Ze-Ze-Ze (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth) 3:04
2. Get Right Church (McDowell) 3:20
3. Rock Me Baby (Josea, King) 3:30
4. Wake Up My Children (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth) 3:37
5. Wasting My Time (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth) 2:49
6. Sixteen Women (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth) 2:46
7. First Time I Saw Your Face (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth) 2:52
8. Gardener Man (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth) 3:32
9. And I Wonder (Coyne, Cudworth) 2:45
10.The War Is Over (Clague, Coyne) 4:48
11.Asylum (Coyne, Cudworth) 3:44
12.Bertha Lee (Petway) 3:17
13.I Wonder There (Coyne, Cudworth) 5:09
14.Mandy Lee (Clague, Coyne) 2:01
15.Bottle Up and Go (Traditional) 3:12
16.The Stride (Clague, Coyne) 2:36
Disc 2 (as Siren)
1. Relaxing with Bonnie Lou (Coyne, Cudworth) 3:24
2. Some Dark Day (Coyne, Cudworth) 3:31
3. Hot Potato (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth) 4:07
4. Soon (Coyne, Cudworth) 3:46
5. Gigolo (Coyne, Cudworth) 4:25
6. I'm All Aching (Coyne, Cudworth) 3:03
7. Strange Locomotion (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth) 2:56
8. Shake My Hand (Coyne) 3:17
9. Lonesome Ride (Coyne, Cudworth) 2:20
10.Fetch Me My Woman (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth) 7:38
11.Fat Moaning Minnie (Coyne, Cudworth) 2:50
12.Squeeze Me (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth) 2:35
Disc 3
1. God Bless the Bride (Coyne, Cudworth) 3:55
2. White Horse (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth, Ferguson) 4:13
3. Uggy's Song (Coyne) 2:58
4. Need Somebody (Coyne) 4:15
5. Evil Island Home (Coyne) 5:00
6. Araby (Coyne) 3:38
7. My Message to the People (Coyne) 5:23
8. Mad Boy (Coyne) 4:45
9. Sand All Yellow (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth) 5:44
10.Cheat Me (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth) 3:13
11.Flowering Cherry (Clague, Coyne, Cudworth) 2:41

 Musicians
*John Chichester - Guitar
*Dave Clague - Bass
*Kevin Coyne - Guitar, Vocals
*Nick Cudworth - Guitar, Piano
*Mick Gratton - Guitar
*Tat Meager - Drums
*Mick Sweeny - Guitar

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Foghat - Rock And Roll Outlaws (1974 uk, 4th album, tough boogie 'n' roll, japan remaster)



Though "Energized" had reached gold status in the U.S., the band wasn't exactly happy with its production. "Tom Dawes was really talented, but his musical tastes differed from ours," Peverett says. "We wanted someone who understood the feeling of our music a little more."

The band found such a studio partner in Nick Jameson. Hailing from Philadelphia, Jameson had become part of the Bearsville family when Todd Rundgren worked with Nick's band "American Dream." From there, Jameson became an engineer, remixing some tracks on the "Foghat" album. He returned to produce and engineer the group's "Rock And Roll Outlaws" LP (1974), from which comes the melancholy midtempo track "Dreamer."
Tracks
1. Eight Days On the Road - 6:08
2. Hate to See You Go - 4:39
3. Dreamer - 6:39
4. Trouble In My Way - 3:32
5. Rock and Roll Outlaw - 3:53
6. Shirley Jean - 3:46
7. Blue Spruce Woman - 4:08
8. Chateau Lafitte '59 Boogie - 6:17

Foghat
*Roger Earl - Drums
*Rod Price - Lead Guitar, Vocal
*Tony Stevens - Bass
*Lonesome Dave - Lead Vocal, Guitar

Foghat
1972  Foghat (1st Album, Japan remaster)
1973  Rock And Roll (Japan remaster)
1974  Energized (Japan remaster)
Related Acts
1967-68  Savoy Brown - Shake Down / Getting To The Point
1969-70  Savoy Brown - Raw Sienna / Looking In

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Jacob's Creek - Jacob's Creek (1969 us, baroque folk psych bluesy rock)



This Trenton New Jersey band was lead by brothers Lon and Derrek Van Eaton, who previousle played with local garage band The Tree, along with drummer Tim Case and are best-known for the subsequent music they made for The Beatles’ Apple label. 

They added guitarist Steve Burgh and singer guitarist Bruce Foster to form Elisium in 1968, which morhed into Jacobs Creek. Basing themselves in New York, they played at Andy Warhole's Factory, opened the Doors and soon signed to Columbia, who placed them with producer  Al Lawrence (perhaps best known for his work with Santana).

The quintet's resulting album was issued in August 1969 complete with a lyric insert and touched on pop, rock, country, blues, psychedelia and Folk. With arrangements encompassing electric guitars, horns and sitar, unfortunately the label didn't promote it, and (despite encouranging radio play) didn't sell. The band continue to play around New Jersey

finally splitting in March 1971. Brothers Lon and Derrek Van Eaton put together some home recorded demos as a duo, Apple's manager Tony King liked what he heard and recommended the duo  to George Harrisson who arranged for them to singed to Apple in September 1971 and went on to produce their album, Brother, released next year.
Tracks
1. Colors - 5:20
2. Anonymous Verdict Suite (Jesus' Return / Christian Man) - 7:18
3. Everything's Gonna Be Alright - 2:26
4. Coming… The River - 5:04
5. Do You Understand? - 3:09
6. What's Around - 3:02
7. A Love Song - 2:08
8. Behind The Door - 4:06
9. What You Hear (Lon Van Eaton, Bruce Foster) - 2:53
10.Lonely Fire - 4:10
11.The Circle - 6:10
12.Katharine - 1:01
All songs written by Lon Van Eaton, except where noted.

Jacob's Creek
*Lon Van Eaton - Keyboards, Guitars, Vocals
*Steve Burgh - Guitars, Organ, Vocals
*Derrek Van Eaton - Vocals
*Tim Case - Drums
*Bruce Foster - Guitar, Banjo, Organ
*Steve Mosley -  Drums
Guest Musician
*Denny Storley - Congas

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Louie And The Lovers - The Complete Recordings (1970-72 us, impressive guitar folk psych roots 'n' roll)

 


In 1970, I worked at Rolling Stone magazine and got to know Doug Sahm, the eccentric Texas rocker and leader of the Sir Douglas Quintet. He was living in Marin County, Calif., but was uneasy living in what he considered the big city. One day, he vanished, and I was told he'd gone to Vancouver. But it wasn't true: He called me out of the blue and told me he'd discovered a great band out where he was living now: Prunedale. This turned out to be about five miles north of Salinas, smack in the middle of what was then violence-ridden agricultural country, where Cesar Chavez was organizing the farmworkers and meeting resistance from the big growers.

Doug wasn't telling the strict truth. In fact, it had been his wife Violet who'd discovered Country Fresh, as its members were calling themselves, a band that had formed in high school around Louie Ortega's songwriting talents, Frank Paredes' guitar, Steve Vargas' bass and Albert Parr's drums. Vargas knew someone who knew Violet Sahm, and so she got a copy of a tape the band had made to help it get gigs. After one listen, she knew she had to get Doug to listen to it, which wasn't easy. Once he did, though, he flipped, and started agitating to get them a deal. Epic Records took the bait, and Doug told the band that he'd rechristened them Louie and the Lovers in the course of contract negotiations. He hustled them up to Columbus Studios in San Francisco, where he was also recording the Sir Douglas Quintet, and he produced a mammoth 18-hour session that resulted in Louie and the Lovers' first album, Rise.

Doug saw to it that Epic didn't release the album until the four boys graduated from high school, but then nothing happened. Two singles, "Rise" and "I Know That You Know," were released, and the latter was praised by Greil Marcus in Rolling Stone. There was no tour, but I saw the band play at Keystone Berkeley one night, and it was a magnificent show until Doug decided he could make it even better by jumping onstage, plugging in and turning up to 11, drowning out the band.

But Epic believed in the guys enough to fund another album, which Glen Kolotkin co-produced with the band. A single, "Tomorrow Just Might Change," has survived from this, and it's pretty good.

Two other tracks, "Little Georgie Baker" and "Tomorrow Just Might Change," show that Louie Perez was still writing memorable melodies. Doug had disappeared back to Texas, but since Louie and the Lovers were a big deal in and around Salinas, they worked a lot.

Then the legendary producer and co-owner of Atlantic Records, Jerry Wexler, came on the scene. He was crazy about Doug and signed him to Atlantic, and Doug raved about this band he knew in Prunedale. Wexler sent his private jet to fly them to Florida to record — the first time any of them had flown — and when they got there, they found not only Doug, but the Memphis Horns and another friend of Doug's, the legendary San Antonio accordionist Flaco Jimenez on his first trip out of Texas.

To my ears, the song "Ya No Llores" was about the best thing on the session. The rock stuff sounds crowded, what with all the talent in the room, and even though the vocals for the entire album were re-recorded in Hollywood, Atlantic shelved it after spending tons of money on it. Back in Prunedale, two of the guys left for day jobs, and Louie Perez and Frank Paredes soldiered on playing around Salinas and making a living at it.

One day in the early '80s, Perez found himself at a Doug Sahm show at the Whiskey a Go-Go in Los Angeles, and Doug called him on stage to sing "I Know That You Know." Shortly thereafter, Perez got a call from Doug asking if he could go on tour. The next day, he was on a plane to the Midwest. From then until Doug died in 1999, Louie Perez played, not only in the various versions of the Sir Douglas Quintet, but later in the Texas Tornados, the supergroup Doug formed with keyboardist Augie Meyers, Freddie Fender and Flaco Jimenez. He's still writing and recording songs, living in San Luis Obispo. As he told me a few years ago, he can work seven days a week if he wants to. Cesar Rojas of Los Lobos is a fan. Me, too. 
by Ed Ward
Tracks
1. Rise - 3:59
2. I've Always Got You on My Mind - 3:05
3. Sittin' by Your River - 3:50
4. Driver Go Slow - 3:11
5. I Know You Know - 2:51
6. Royal Oakie - 2:46
7. I Don't Want to Be Seen with You - 3:18
8. I Just Met You - 2:03
9. Rock Me Baby (Joe Josea, Riley King) - 3:21
10.If the Night (Chris Darrow) - 3:32
11.It's the Morning - 2:43
12.Four-Time Loser - 2:17
13.Little Georgie Baker - 3:07
14.Tomorrow Just Might Change - 1:48
15.Out of Jail (Steve's Tune) (Steve Vargas) - 4:05
16.My Belief in You - 2:45
17.Caribbean (Mitchell Torok) - 2:15
18.We Don't Have to Change - 2:49
19.Spread Some Love Around (Doug Sahm) - 3:08
20.Forgive Me This Time - 2:57
21.Ya No Llores - 2:11
22.Please Wake Up - 2:40
23.Down Around Salinas (Jackie DeShannon) - 3:35
24.La Paloma (Sebastián Yradier) - 2:26
25.If You Ever Say You Love Me (Doug Sahm) - 3:42
26.El Paso (Marty Robbins)- 4:40
27.Never Be a Saint - 4:17
All songs by Louie Ortega except where noted

Louie And The Lovers
*Louie Ortega - Guitar, Vocals
*Steve Vargas - Bass, Keyboards, Organ
*Albert Parra - Drums
*Frank Paredes - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Guest Musicians
*John Rendon - Vocal Guitar
*Flaco Jiménez - Accordian
*Joe Lala - Timbales
*David "Fathead" Newman - Memphis Horns, Saxophone
*Dr. John - Keyboards
*Charlie Owens - Steel Guitar
*Doug Sahm - Guitar, Producer

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac - Live At The BBC (1967-71 uk, classic blues rock, double disc issue)

After many years of wailing I am proud to be able to present to you an incredible selection of Fleetwood Mac songs found deep from within the archives of the BBC. I searched tor a way in this first release to portray the magic of those early Fleetwood Mac days and to also show a very different side of the hand that many of 'you may not have even known existed.

This journey into my past was one that has not only reconnected me with main personal memories, hut one that has given me insight; a reminder of why the passion of playing has stayed with me for all these years. Now you may be asking who all these young players are? We are Peter Green. John Mc-Vie. Jeremy Spencer. Danny Kirwan and Mick Fleetwood. In simple language, we were a group of young Englishmen who assembled themselves around one person - Peter Green.

Even looking back now it amazes me how Peter's vision came through his music, and how that vision helped to create, and to leave behind an incredible feast of work. These BBC recordings may for the first time allow many of you an insight into Peter's live performances with Fleetwood Mac. Peter was a player with passion, a special touch and incredible talent. He was a player I am proud to say I was able to play drums with!

Jeremy Spencer, now how does one describe this tiny man of 5 feet 3 inches with the power of a giant. As you will hear on these recordings. Jeremy brought not only his love of the blues (which is demonstrated with his passion for Elmore .lames), but also his obsession for rock and roll, a side of him that in many ways would leave its imprint on the band's history. While performing live Jeremy always had a sense of f u n with the music.

I only wish that some of these sessions had been caught on film, for seeing was believing this crazy man on stage, Lest we not forget, he was also one hell of a slide guitar player. John Mc-Vie and myself I put together, for we are still just that - together. Musically he is a Bass player that has an innate ability to be there always in the right amounts and at the right time.  His sense of knowing is still very- often my guiding light.

Danny Kirwan was to join the original four members of Fleetwood Mac and to add a freedom to our music. This freedom of having 3 guitars was something especially Peter had found the need to explore. On these tapes you will certainly hear that musical magic between Peter and Danny. I believe there was an innocence in Danny that lent itself to the bands journey into the world of harmonies and melody.

In the end I think it is fair to say that all five original members contributed their own musical steps to the dance that was Fleetwood Mac.
I hope you like myself, enjoy the spirit of these BBC recordings.
by Mick Fleetwood
Tracks
Disc one
1. Rattlesnake Shake (Green) - 7:37
2. Sandy Mary (Green) - 4:58
3. I Believe My Time Ain't Long (Johnson arr. Spencer) - 2:58
4. Although the Sun Is Shining (Kirwan) - 2:30
5. Only You (Kirwan) - 2:49
6. You Never Know What You're Missing (Spencer) - 2:50
7. Oh Well (Green) - 2:24
8. Can't Believe You Wanna Leave (Price) - 3:25
9. Jenny Lee (Spencer) - 2:19
10.Heavenly (Unknown) - 2:35
11.When Will I Be Loved (Everly) - 2:11
12.When I See My Baby (Kirwan) - 2:09
13.Buddy's Song (Holly) - 2:07
14.Honey Hush (Turner) - 3:08
15.Preachin' (Unknown) - 3:03
16.Jumping at Shadows (Bennett) - 3:33
17.Preachin' Blues (Johnson) - 1:56
18.Need Your Love So Bad (Mertis John Jr.) - 3:48
Disc two
1. Long Grey Mare (Green) - 2:52
2. Sweet Home Chicago (Johnson) - 3:08
3. Baby Please Set a Date (McCoy) - 2:58
4. Blues with a Feeling (Jacobs) - 2:54
5. Stop Messin' Round (Green) - 2:14
6. Tallahassee Lassie (Slay, Picariello, Crewe) - 3:22
7. Hang on to a Dream (Hardin) - 2:56
8. Linda (Spencer) - 2:02
9. Mean Mistreatin' Mama (Carr) - 4:01
10.World Keeps Turning (Green) - 2:37
11.I Can't Hold Out (James) - 2:25
12.Early Morning Come (Kirwan) - 2:27
13.Albatross (Green) - 2:46
14.Looking for Somebody (Green) - 2:39
15.A Fool No More (Green) - 3:38
16.Got To Move (James, Seahorn) - 2:55
17.Like Crying Like Dying (Kirwan) - 2:32
18.Man of the World (Green) - 2:49

Fleetwood Mac
*Peter Green – Guitar, Vocals
*Jeremy Spencer – Guitar, Vocals, Piano
*Danny Kirwan – Guitar, Vocals
*John McVie – Bass
*Mick Fleetwood – Drums, Percussion

1968-71  The Best Of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
1969  Shrine '69

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Gift - Gift (1972 germany, excellent heavy prog rock)



 Gift were one of those "no compromise" heavy progressive bands, who've now achieved a considerable cult status. They started up in 1969 as the school band Phallus Dei. Three years later Uwe Patzke (bass, vocals), Helmut Treichel (vocals), Rainer Baur (guitar) and Hermann Lanze (drums, percussion) recorded the first Gift album at Union Studios in Munich, produced by Otto B. Hartmann.

Nick Woodland (guitar) was listed on the sleeve of their first album, but he had quit Gift before the recording session began, to join Subject Esq., later Sahara. The album comprised eight songs with no flutes, no woodwinds and no keyboards, just plain hard guitar riffs, to be compared to Hairy Chapter. Some of the lyrics had clear anti-drugs messages.
by Dag Erik Asbjornsen
Tracks
1. Drugs - 05:21
2. You'll Never Be Accepted - 06:43
3. Groupie - 03:17
4. Time Machine - 03:16
5. Game Of Skill - 05:35
6. Don't Hurry - 05:13
7. Your Life - 04:39
8. Bad Vibrations - 03:38

Gift
*Rainer Baur - Lead Guitar
*Hermann Lange - Drums, Percussion
*Uwe Patzke - Bass, Vocals
*Helmut Treichel - Lead Vocal
*Nick Woodland - Lead Guitar, Vocals

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Aphrodite’s Child - End of the World (1968 greece, debut album, splendid melodic psychedelia, 2010 esoteric remaster)




Their 1968 debut, End of the World, is a splendid piece of often eerie psychedelia, which hints at the progressive road down which they’d soon be travelling.

The title track immediately lets you know what they’re all about. Expect lightly accented (though completely English) vocals, delivered in a near-operatic warble by Roussos. Expect psychedelic effects to be heavily interwoven throughout, giving it an altogether eerier edge. And expect a very faint, but slightly disconcerting, feel of 1970?s Eurovision.

‘Mister Thomas’ is the Aphrodite’s Child take on the very English sub-genre of baroque Toytown-psych, and a fine one at that. If it wasn’t for the Eurovision accent it could easily pass for a lost recording from the likes of the Idle Race or Tomorrow.

‘Rain and Tears’, the band’s biggest success, becoming a hit in a host of countries across Europe, is a bit of a sappy ballad, but one that’s lifted by the Vangelis sonic arrangement, which excuses the insipid lyrics and hoists what could’ve been a painful listen out of the murky trough of mundanity.

And so it goes on. Some great, some good. There’s a certain darkness entwined along the seam of End of the World, as demonstrated on songs such as the aforementioned title-track, ‘The Grass is no Green’ and the histrionically enhanced, near-terrifying ‘Day of the Fool’, which, incidentally, features the bizarre couplet “… she knows what’s up in my mind, she smells like a tree …”

Very much so. It’s more common than you think. But enough of that. From top to tail End of the World is good stuff. Slightly off-kilter, creepy psychedelic rock, with a hint of the continental thrown in for good measure.This reissue of End of the World offers two bonus tracks, the single ‘Plastics Nevermore’ and its B-side ‘The Other People’.
Nick James

Tracks
1. End of the World - 3:14
2. Don't Try to Catch a River - 3:39
3. Mister Thomas - 2:50
4. Rain and Tears - 3:12
5. The Grass Is No Green - 6:05
6. Valley of Sadness - 3:13
7. You Always Stand in My Way - 3:55
8. The Shepherd and the Moon - 3:03
9. Day of the Fool - 5:56
10.Plastics Nevermore (Bonus Track) - 2:30
11.The Other People (Bonus Track ) - 3:08
Music by Vangelis Papathanassiou, lyrics by Boris Bergman except track 4, lyrics co-written by Johann Pachelbel.

Aphrodite’s Child
*Demis Roussos - Vocals, Acoustic, Electric Guitars, Bass, Bouzouki
*Vangelis - Keyboards, Percussion, Vibes, Flute, Vocals
*Loukas Sideras - Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Vocals.
*Claude Chauvet - Additional Vocals on "End Of The World" & "Rain And Tears"

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Woodbine - Roots (1971 us, nice blended folk with slight country flavor, 2010 korean remaster)



Woodbine was a Milwaukee local folk rock band fromed by Bill Camplin early 70's. "Roots" is a live album recorded at a coffee house and the entire perfomance was captured live. The album contains eight excellent tracks. An obscured American Folk Rock album at its top. 
Tracks
1. Jezebel 03:29
2. Jesse's Mountain Range 06:28
3. Old Man 05:17
4. The Harvest 07:50
5. Red Velvet 03:16
6. Save The Life Of A Simple Child 05:24
7. Hold On 04:59
8. Can A Star Disappear 09:51

Woodbine
*Bill Camplin – Guitar, vocals
*Bob Mueller – Drums
*Ken Pfaff – Bas, vocals
*Bruce Riddiough - Guitar

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