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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Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
Formed in Virgina in 1969, this power-trio shared the same stomping grounds as Short Cross in the Richmond-Norfolk-Virginia Beach area. This heavy rock album has now become a minor collectable. With strong vocals and lots of excellent instrumentation it's easy to see why. One track, Golden Sails, sounds uncannily like Jethro Tull, but all eight cuts are originals, six of them Jim Galyon compositions, the other two co-written with Steve Arcese. A must for heavy rock fans but worth a twirl for most collectors. They lasted until the mid-70s and their legacy has been secured with the CD on Gear Fab.
Jim Galyon later released a poor privately pressed solo album in the early seventies. ~ (Vernon Joynson/Max Waller/Roger Maglio)
Wikipedia: Moby Grape is the rock band Moby Grape's eponymous 1967 debut album. Coming from the San Francisco scene, their reputation quickly grew to immense proportions, leading to a bidding war and a contract with Columbia Records. The album peaked at #24 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in September 1967.
Side one 1. "Hey Grandma" Jerry Miller, Don Stevenson 2:43
2. "Mr. Blues" Bob Mosley 1:58
3. "Fall on You" Peter Lewis 1:53
4. "8:05" Miller, Stevenson 2:17
5. "Come in the Morning" Mosley 2:20
6. "Omaha" Skip Spence 2:19
7. "Naked, If I Want To" Miller 0:55
Side two 1. "Someday" Miller, Stevenson, Spence 2:41
2. "Ain't No Use" Miller, Stevenson 1:37
3. "Sitting by the Window" Lewis 2:44
4. "Changes" Miller, Stevenson 3:21
5. "Lazy Me" Mosley 1:45
6. "Indifference" Spence 4:14
Bonus 14. "Rounder" (instrumental) Spence 2:02
15. "Looper" (audition recording) Lewis 2:36
16. "Indifference" (audition recording) Spence 2:51
17. "Bitter Wind" (previously unreleased) Mosley 2:38
18. "Sweet Ride (Never Again)" (long version, previous unreleased) Spence, Miller, Mosley, Stevenson, Lewis 5:56
Peter Lewis – rhythm guitar, vocals
Bob Mosley – bass, vocals
Jerry Miller – lead guitar, vocals
Skip Spence – rhythm guitar, vocals
Don Stevenson – drums, vocals
A minor band from Bergamo, founded in 1978 from the ashes of Dalton by drummer Locatelli, that only released an album in 1980.
La scimmia sulla schiena del re is a short eight-track album with the usual classical influences and some Gentle Giant-inspired sounds and rhythm changes. Half of the tracks are instrumental with the opening Preludio in D one of the best cuts.
Unfortunately there was no more interest in progressive music when the album came out and it had a limited distribution causing the band to split soon after.
Crack in the Cosmic Egg: Message are one of those enigmas of Krautrock, in that their origins are not only from Germany originally, but also from Britain. And, it's a strange and complex story! Scotsman Tommy McGuigan and Allan Murdoch (not a Scots, but from the Isle Of Wight) first got together in 1962 in the Scottish rock 'n' roll band The Waysiders. After they split, in 1965, Allan returned to England playing in many bands, eventually ending up in the band MI5 with Taff Freeman. Due to lack of media interest in England, MI5 moved base to Germany in 1967 and eventually became Nektar. Meanwhile German bassist Horst Stachelhaus had formed Message in September 1968 and the two bands became close friends. Allan Murdoch joined Message and invited his old friend Tommy to join too (who seemingly also brought along Billy Tabbert), and thus Message as a 60%-British 40%-German band was formed.
Akin to Nektar in many ways, but fronted by Tommy's unique singing and fiery saxophone playing, Message combined the best of British heavy and progressive styles with Krautrock innovation. Firmly in the definitive Bacillus Records rock style (with that unique Dieter Dierks sound), their debut showed an innovative progressive band at work, not afraid to take chances. As such, their LP debut THE DAWN ANEW IS COMIN' is excellent, though, it took until the second album for Message to reveal their full potential. Even without a second guitarist and running-in a new drummer, part of the key to FROM BOOKS AND DREAMS success was Dieter Dierks' enthusiasm, phenomenal production and vivid recording. Yes, right through it's an album of astonishing creativity, menacing and intensely powerful, with bizarre surreal dream image lyrics and all sorts of surprising twists in the music.
Kick Out the Jams is the debut album by American protopunk band MC5. It was released in February 1969, through Elektra Records. It was recorded live at Detroit's Grande Ballroom over two nights, Devil's Night and Halloween 1968. The LP peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard 200 chart, with the title track peaking at No. 82 in the Hot 100. Although the album received an unfavorable review in Rolling Stone magazine upon its release, it has gone on to be considered an important forerunner to punk rock music, and in 2003 was ranked number 294 on Rolling Stone 's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list.
1. "Ramblin' Rose" Fred Burch, Marijohn Wilkin 4:15
2. "Kick Out the Jams" 2:52
3. "Come Together" 4:29
4. "Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)" 5:41
5. "Borderline" 2:45
6. "Motor City Is Burning" Fred "Sonic" Smith credited with writing the song although it was written by Al Smith 6:04
7. "I Want You Right Now" Colin Frechter, Larry Page 5:31
8. "Starship" MC5, Sun Ra 8:15
All songs written and composed by MC5 (Rob Tyner, Wayne Kramer, Fred "Sonic" Smith, Michael Davis, Dennis Thompson), except as noted.
Rob Tyner – lead vocals
Wayne Kramer – lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Ramblin' Rose"
Fred "Sonic" Smith – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals
Michael Davis – bass guitar, backing vocals
Dennis Thompson – drums
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