genre: rock, prog related
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Scented Gardens of Mind: Locomotive GT sold more than 1.5 million albums in their homeland. They toured the eastern bloc, as well as Great Britain and the USA (the latter on a major tour with Grand Funk Railroad). The band was formed in 1971 by, amongst others, Gábor Presser and Jószef Laux, previous members of Omega.
Their first album maintained a good standard throughout, mostly centered around jazzy progressive rock in the style of Traffic (2nd album), Family, Joe Cocker, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago, but also including a great blues instrumental (full of stinging guitars), a less convincing gospel ballad and a bluegrass parody. Gábor Presser's keyboards (mainly organ) have a prominent rote on most tracks. After hearing Locomotive GT in 1971, a critic with New Musical Express wrote: "the next rock sensation could come from the Rast, not West".
Their next albums mixed pop-rock and jazz-rock in a similar way, but also saw a decline of original ideas. However, their performance of Gábor Presser and Anna Adams's musical Imaginary Report From An American Pop Festival brought them more critical acclaim. This was the first East European rock opera, based on the 1971 novel of the same name by Hungarian writer Tibor Déry. This dealt with the Altamont festival and the experiences of a Hungarian who fled his country in 1956.
Twenty years later, in 1976, Locomotive GT's drummer Jószef Laux also fled Hungary, causing their fifth album to be banned after only some months in circulation. After a few years in limbo, the group resumed but played just commercial pop-rock.
Good starring points for those unfamiliar with their music would be their first album, the live album recorded in Poland or the 1992 collection.
genre: pre canterbury, psych
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... Their debut, a collection of psychedelic rock, appeared on the tiny Head record label in the UK, and on Chess in the United States. Over the course of 1970 several members of the band became Muslims (adherents of the Sufi order), and their second album reflected the spiritual journey they had embarked on, sounding little like its predecessor. They were the closing act on the first day of the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. It has been said that it was a meeting between Richard Thompson and the band that introduced Richard and Linda Thompson to the Sufi order. It has notable guitar parts from Martin Stone. oe: read more in other pages about. Bla bla bla , however this one of proto canterbuury movement....
Wiki: Would You Believe? is an album by the Hollies, released in 1966. It features a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "I Am a Rock," which displayed progression for the band at the time – the rising folk-rock nascent was on the horizon. However, Would You Believe also features a cover of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen" — by 1966, R&B and blues covers were becoming passé.
Another sign of growth for the band on Would You Believe includes the Evie Sands cover, "I Can't Let Go", a major hit for the band.
The band-written songs (under the pseudonym, "Ransford") are also considered to be among the more progressive tunes on the album: "Hard Hard Year", "Oriental Sadness", "Fifi the Flea" and "I've Got a Way of my Own". "Fifi", covered by the Everly Brothers (see the 1966 Two Yanks in England album), had lyrics outside of the band's norm; "Oriental Sadness" featured distinctly Asian-sounding chords; and "Hard Hard Year" and "I've Got a Way of My Own" (which had previously appeared on the B-Side of "If I Needed Someone") are both folky-sounding waltzes.
This was the Hollies' last album with original bass player Eric Haydock, who took a leave of absence from the group after the American tour that followed the last recording session for the album, missing the recording session for the follow-up single "Bus Stop", and then either quit or was fired shortly after returning.
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It was recorded between January and August 1970 and released on 5 October by Atlantic Records. Composed largely at a remote cottage in Wales known as Bron-Yr-Aur, this work represented a maturing of the band's music towards a greater emphasis on folk and acoustic sounds. This surprised many fans and critics, and upon its release the album received rather indifferent reviews.
Although it is not one of the highest sellers in Zeppelin's catalogue, Led Zeppelin III is now generally praised, and acknowledged as representing an important milestone in their history. Although acoustic songs are featured on its predecessors, it is this album which is widely acknowledged for showing that Led Zeppelin were more than just a conventional rock band and that they could branch out into wider musical territory.
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Formed by Nicky Moore in 1969 Hackensack were considered one of the heaviest live bands of their day. They only released one album (on Polydor) during their lifetime. Over more than 270 gigs they built up a small but loyal following but weren`t able to generate sufficient revenue to continue as a viable project. Their sound was a heavy blues/rock mix and Up the Hardway is highly regarded amongst collectors and very collectable.
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Wiki: And Close As This is an album by Peter Hammill, released on Virgin Records in 1986. Each track is a song played and sung by Hammill solo at a keyboard, with the keyboard parts played in a single take. Two of the songs use a grand piano as the keyboard instrument; for the others, Hammill plays a MIDI master keyboard, using it to trigger a variety of MIDI sound modules, mainly electric piano and organ sounds.
"Too Many of My Yesterdays" – 4:47
"Faith" – 4:27
"Empire of Delight" (Hammill, Keith Emerson) – 4:43
"Silver" – 5:31
"Beside the One You Love" – 5:12
"Other Old Clichés" – 4:07
"Confidence" – 6:37
"Sleep Now" – 4:42
All songs written by Hammill, except where indicated:
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