Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Air - Air (1971 us, marvelous proggy jazz rock, 2008 DBK Works edition)

The green suburb of Great Neck Long Island, was the ideal environment to nurture a young band, in 1970 Some time that year, drummer, Mark Rosengarden invited us to rehearse in the guest house at his parents' home. Mark's dad. Bobby, a network TV bandleader, who later would play on the album, had created a great place for musicians. 

The "Little House' became the scene of AIR rehearsals almost every day for a year. Googie and I would drive out from the Bronx, in the afternoons, packing playpen and baby stuff, bringing our then two-year-old daughter, Eva. Our rehearsals were customarily open-attendance for young musicians in the neighborhood. We had a few "satellite" band members. Most of the material was composed by Googie, but everyone created parts. It felt as if we were creating mini epics. 

Visitors included guitarists Rick Derringer (Steely Dan. Johnny Winter), and Robbie Kogel (Todd Rundgren). Sometimes Mark's younger brother. Neal, would play flugelhorn. drums, bass, or guitar. There were candle-lit summer evening lawn parties at nearby places on the North Shore. Plenty of refreshments of all kinds were present. The band would set up on a tarp; and we'd get to test out our whole repertoire. The steady rehearsal routine ended when we became the touring band for flutist, Herbie Mann, traveling to Mexico, Scandinavia, and the Middle East. 

We had changed our rehearsal space first to a loft on Second Avenue, near the Fillmore East, and then to one on Mercer Street, in Soho. We recorded some early tracks at the old Atlantic Studios on 60th Street. The engineer was Gene Paul, nephew of guitarist Les Paul.

The main tracks were recorded at Mediasound (a converted church on 57th Street, in the building where Bela Bartok once lived) with engineer, Gerry Block. We augmented the band with percussionist, Dave Johnson; trumpeter, Randy Brecker; saxophonist, Mike Brecker. and trombonist. Barry Rogers. We are most favorably compared to Soft Machine, or early Genesis. Our greatest asset has always been Googie's uniquely beautiful voice.
by Tom Coppola, April 2008
1. Realize - 3:48
2. Mr. Man - 3:14
3. Baby, I Don't Know Where Love - 4:32
4. Martin - 2:38
5. In Our Time - 5:10
6. Man Is Free - 4:26
7. Sister Bessie (Mark Klingman) - 2:34
8. Lipstick - 4:38
9. Jail Cell - 5:00
10.I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Billy Taylor, Dick Dallas) - 3:35
All songs by Carolyn Brooks except where noted.

*Carolyn Brooks aka "Googie" - Vocals, Piano, Organ, Harpsichord
*Tom Coppola - Organ, Piano
*John Siegler - Bass
*Mark Rosengarden - Drums
Additional Musicians
*Randy Brecker - Trumpet
*Mike Brecker - Sax
*Barry Rodgers - Trombone
*Dave Johnson - Congas, Timbales
*Robert Kogel - Guitar
*Bob Rosengarden - Vibes
*Jann Hammer,  Herbie Mann - Percussion

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Horse - Horse (1971 uk, terrific heavy psych)

Turn on the CD ... greets us whine ... wolf ... ? ... and sound the bells ... guitar riff on the canvas of the "shouted" are the words of the song. Sometimes there is a little strange laugh. Macabre atmosphere with a very specific topic, close to work Black Widow. I do not really like this kind of subject matter, but nevertheless it is a fact that at that time a rock band quite often reached to this topic. Next songs are attractive to the typical conventions seek early hard rock.

Admittedly, sometimes the whole is a bit "archaic" ("Gypsy Queen", "Journey") to some of the songs are worth special attention: "It's great the sun", "See the people creeping round "and" Sacrifice ". Plate for a specific audience? Certainly yes, but (in my opinion) far behind "the great forgotten," such as the Andromeda group. The more that connects the two teams a few biographical facts. Menu Links Horse ~ in englishJednym of them was a record deal with RCA, which was known for its publications so. music center.

In addition to Andromeda and Skip Bifferty, Horse was one of the first groups Rock,, promoted by the label. It is worth mentioning that R. Roach guitarist played before the creation of a group called London. London group bass player was Mick Hawksworth, who later became a member of the final composition of the Attack and The Five Day Week Straw People, which later evolved into Andromeda. Roach was briefly hired to concerts to the last, when her guitarist J.DuCann hurt his arm (Sweet Floral Albion -23). However, the early group Horse, by Roach'a, you should look for in 1967-1968. That's when, together with A.Hawkins' em founded the group, which later recorded as Horse discussed on this page LP. It included also, with 15 years Drummer - Steve Holley (in SFA-23 is given the wrong name-Holly), who played earlier in his own group called The Formula.

The fourth member of the Horse was Colin Standring, who plays bass guitar. He previously worked with groups: Kit and the Saracens & Jimmy Brown Sound (also worth mentioning that in both groups of piano playing ... Ken Hensley, who later became a member of The Gods and Uriah Heep). In the composition group, performed by the second half of 1969. After signing with RCA / Victor, during Christmas 1969, Horse proceed to burn. However, the drummer sits a new member of the team - Rick Parnell. The record appears in the spring of 1970 years'

At that time, the group toured a lot. In summer 1970, at a period of 2 months, Ric Parnell is admitted to the group Atomic Rooster, after the departure of her R.Palmera. In late August, Parnell returns to the Horse (in Atomic Rooster P.Hammonda replaced it). Group still performs, but mainly in Germany. In the spring of 1971 (probably in April) re moving away from the group Ric Parnell. In the years 1971-1973 once again becomes a member of Atomic Rooster and later Italian Ibis, Nova and the legendary Spinal Tap. In the 90's there in the hard-rock group Brown Ring.

To know in detail his future career, the current activity (2004) as well as his hobby suggest visit his official website. But let us return to the group Horse. In 1971, Colin Standring, who at that time also studied at Surrey University, it is expelled. Also leaves the group Horse. To 1977 has performed throughout Europe with various teams have met accidentally. In the years 1977-1981 he lived in Munich and from 1982 to today in Zurich. Currently there with a dozen or so Big Band Sound. However, the other two members of the group Horse, R.Roach and A.Hawkins formed a new group called the Saturnalia.
by Adamus67
1. The Sacrifice (Roach, Hawkins) - 6:13
2. See The People Creeping Round (Roach, Hawkins) - 4:21
3. And I Have Love You (Roach, Hawkins) - 3:09
4. Freedom Rider (Roach, Hawkins) - 3:18
5. Lost Control (Roach, Hawkins) - 2:22
6. To Great The Sun (Roach, Hawkins) - 4:04
7. The Journey (Trad.) - 3:54
8. Heat Of The Summer (Roach, Hawkins) - 3:59
9. Gypsy Queen (Roach, Hawkins) - 2:48
10. Step Out Of Line (Roach, Hawkins)
- 4:20

*Adrian Hawkins - Vocals
*Rick Parnell - Drums
*Rod Roach - Guitar
*Colin Standring - Bass

1970-71 Horse - For Twisted Minds Only (2016 remaster and expanded)