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oe: very rare record, the only reason why they are here, sorry for the quality. I believe there was an inexplicable transformation in the work group from
the Magnificent Moodies
to the Days of the Future Passed, and this collection brings some understanding of how everything happened...
During the late '60s, Decca Records didn't have a lot of rock music that it could exploit -- apart from the Rolling Stones, who were getting itchy to move on from the contract they'd signed in 1963, most of their acts that did chart were one-shot or, at best, two-time hitmakers, who mostly failed to follow up successfully in the album market. And then there were the Moody Blues, who started lofting albums into the U.K. Top Five and the U.S. Top Ten, sometimes even when they didn't have a hit single to go with them. And in one of the few relatively successful vault raids out of this period in the label's history, they assembled On Boulevard de la Madeleine (also issued in some markets as Boulevard de la Madeleine and Fly Me High), comprised of 16 of those songs recorded by the group in its pre-Days of Future Passed/"Nights in White Satin" period. The record was issued in the Netherlands in 1968 and in Belgium a year later, and was primarily intended for the Central European marketplace, though copies did find their way to England and even the United States, courtesy of some highly dedicated collectors and fans. Going all the way back to the group's 1964 R&B-flavored debut single, "Lose Your Money," the first two years of the band's history are represented, which heavily feature original lead guitar/vocalist Denny Laine; in fact, the best cut on the album is also the best track that this version of the band ever recorded, "From the Bottom of My Heart." The group's 1966 lineup, with Justin Hayward and John Lodge as members, also got its share of slots on the album. And whichever lineup was present on a particular song, all of it was worthwhile listening. What's more, Justin Hayward's "Fly Me High" and "Leave This Man Alone," and Mike Pinder's "Love and Beauty," were probably minor revelations to fans who only knew the post-"Nights in White Satin" material. This collection was later supplanted by the double-LP set A Dream, but while it was kicking around, it was a prized possession for fans on both sides of the Atlantic. ~ Bruce Eder
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American Pie is McLean’s second album; his first, Tapestry, having been released to only moderate commercial success and acclaim in 1970. McLean was a protégé of Pete Seeger, having played with him in the 1960s. The album American Pie was intended as a unified work, as McLean has said that he was influenced by The Beatles' Sgt Pepper album and envisioned American Pie to be a similar album. Believing that an artist's work should stand by itself, McLean generally did not offer explanations for his work's themes or meaning, though he did describe the title song as involving "a sense of loss". The album was dedicated to Buddy Holly, a childhood icon of McLean's, and was released in 1971 on the heels of the '60s, the defining decade of McLean’s generation. It has a melancholy feel and rather sparse arrangements. At the time of the writing McLean’s first marriage was failing and the optimism and hopefulness of the 1960s was giving way to the nihilism and hedonism of the 1970s
wikipedia: Inner Worlds is an album by the Mahavishnu Orchestra. It was the group's sixth album release.
In 1975, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and keyboardist Gayle Moran left the band. Stu Goldberg was brought in as a replacement for Moran. Although they were not officially recorded, initially this version of the group still retained Norma Jean Bell, Carol Shrive, Russell Stubbs and Steve Kindler. After some hasty rehearsals, this line-up toured with Jeff Beck. After the tour, McLaughlin pared the band down to a quartet of himself, Goldberg, Walden and Armstrong, and then the album was recorded.
This would be the last album by the Mahavishnu Orchestra for nearly ten years, when leader and guitarist John McLaughlin re-formed the group in 1984.
1. Wish It Was 3:36
2. Two Old Friends 3:34
3. Lord Of The Ages 9:59
4. Isnґt It Funny(And Not A little Bit Strange) 2:35
5. Song Of Evening 3:46
6. Father John 6:44
7. That Was Yesterday 3:25
8. Falklan Grene 2:49
Chris Simpson / guitar, vocals
Glenn Stuart / vocals
Stan Gordon / guitar, vocals
Gordon Huntley / steel guitar
Graham Smith / bass
Danny Thompson / bass
Gerry Conway / drums
wikipedia: Saint Dominic's Preview is the sixth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was released in July 1972 by Warner Bros. Records. Rolling Stone declared it "the best-produced, most ambitious Van Morrison record yet released."
The diversity of the material on the album highlighted Morrison's fusing of Celtic folk, R&B, blues, jazz and the singer-songwriter genre. "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" and the title track were blends of soul and folk, while lesser known tracks such as "Gypsy" and "Redwood Tree" continued to display a lyrical celebration of nature's beauty. Also on the album were two lengthy tracks, "Listen to the Lion" and the closing "Almost Independence Day" which were given primal, cathartic and intense vocal performances from Morrison. These tracks were similar to the songs on his 1968 album, Astral Weeks.
The album reached number 15 on the Billboard 200 when it was released. This would remain Morrison's best ever U.S. success on the Billboard 200 until 2008 when Keep It Simple came in at number 10 on the Billboard chart.
Tapestry of Delights:
In view of the commercial appeal of much of this multi-instrumental duo's music, it is surprising they did not achieve greater recognition. Campbell-Lyons, who came from Ealing, had previously been in pre-July band Second Thoughts.
Their debut album The Story Of Simon Simopath, a science-fiction pantomime, was an early attempt at a rock concept album. It contained some finely constructed pop songs, including the harmonious Pentecost Hotel (later issued as a single), We Can Help You (issued as a single by the Alan Bown Set), the catchy Satellite Jockey, Wings Of Love, which was later issued as their sixth single and a couple of more mellow songs:- Lonely Boy and Never Found A Love Like This Before.
The follow-up All Of Us was an even more poignant collection of often dreamy pop songs. Two tracks, the sad but beautiful Tiny Goddess, which was issued as the group's first single, and Rainbow Chaser, one of the early examples of phasing which actually climbed to No 34 in the Spring of 1968, were outstanding. This song was later included on You Can All Join In, Island's 1969 sampler. Also of note were the heavily orchestrated Melanie Blue, All Of Us, and Girl In The Park.
genre: jazz fusion, prog
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British jazz-rock band Mogul Thrash evolved from James Litherland's Brotherhood, which in addition to guitarist Litherland (an alumnus of Colosseum who formed the group in 1969) also featured guitarist/reedist Michael Rosen (previously of Eclection), drummer Bill Harrison and the so-called "Dundee Horns" -- saxophonists Roger Ball and Malcolm Duncan. With the addition of ex-Splinter (a short-lived London-based band which must not be confused with vocal duo group from South Shields) singer/bassist John Wetton, the group rechristened itself Mogul Thrash, debuting in 1970 with the single "Sleeping in the Kitchen"; their self-titled RCA album appeared the following year, going largely unnoticed at home but finding favor throughout much of Europe. However, faced with legal problems with their management, Mogul Thrash was forced to disband shortly after the record's release; while Wetton went on to join Family and later King Crimson, Duncan and Ball soon reunited in Average White Band. Mogul Thrash released just one album, the eponymous Mogul Thrash (1971). It was produced by Brian Auger, who also played piano on one of the tracks. Brian Auger's Oblivion Express featured Robbie McIntosh on drums, who would later become a founder-member of the Average White Band. When McIntosh died of a drug overdose in 1974, he would be substituted by another Oblivion Express drummer, Steve Ferrone
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