Tapestry Of Delights:
From Blackburn in Lancashire this outfit were originally known as The Lionel Morton Four. Morton had been in the choir of Blackburn Cathedral, whilst Buck had previously played in several other bands including those of Johnny Kidd and Joe Brown. They were certainly one of the more talented groups of this era and had the added advantage of being able to write most of their own material. There was also an American band of the same name who recorded on Stateside but this seemed to have escaped the band’s attention.
The group had a wide musical range but in commercial terms certainly seem to have fared best with ballads. After enjoying minor success with their debut 45, Do You Want Me To, the 'B’ side of their next 45, Juliet, was hastily flipped to the 'A’ side after attracting airplay and proceeded to replace The Searchers at No 1 in May 1964. They may well be the only band to enjoy a No 1 in this way in Britain. This was to prove their only big hit, although the follow-up, a tearjerker, I Found Out The Hard Way, managed the UK Top 20. A cover of Leadbelly’s Black Girl, was much more uptempo, and like their rework of Buffy St. Marie’s Until It’s Time For You To Go, achieved some chart success.
Tapestry Of Delights:
The roots of this Merseybeat band go back to Liverpool’s Bluecoat Grammar School where Liverpudlians Hatton and O’Hara were in a part-time band known as The Four Jays in the late fifties and early sixties. The Four Jays’ great claim to fame is that they debuted at Liverpool’s Cavern Club on 1 March 1961, 20 days before The Beatles’ first appearance there. By September 1962 Millward (the only non-Liverpudlian in the band - he came from Cheshire) and Lovelady had been recruited when the guitar and the drum slots became vacant and by November that year they had turned professional changing their name to The Four Mosts.
Their big break came in June 1963 when Brian Epstein became their manager, modifying their name to The Fourmost and getting them a contract with EMI’s Parlophone label. The Epstein connection ensured them relatively strong material and for their first single they recorded a Lennon/McCartney song which had previously been offered to Gerry Marsden. It made the Top 10. Epstein was also careful to exploit The Beatles’ connection in their favour and they supported The Beatles in their Christmas show at The Finsbury Park Astoria in December 1963. The follow-up was another Lennon/McCartney composition, albeit a lightweight soft-rocker, I’m In Love, which stiffed at No 17, in 1964. Later in the year they enjoyed an 8-months residency with Cilla Black in the 'Startime’ variety show at the London Palladium. During this time they achieved their biggest hit with Russ Alquist’s A Little Loving, which achieved the No 6 spot. Thereafter, it was all downhill really, in commercial terms at least. How Can I Tell Her didn’t quite make the Top 30 but is of some interest for its rather unusual march time. Their replica of The Four Tops’ first UK 45, Baby I Need Your Loving did return them to the Top 30, though it couldn’t manage the Top 20, but caused some dissent by breaking an agreement that EMI, as Motown’s UK distributor, would not release singles which were cover versions of Motown’s singles.
The Fort Mudge Memorial Dump was a band from Walpole, Massachusetts, that started playing by 1969, gathering a good number of fans. They got filed into the “Boston Sound”, among the Ultimate Spinach, the Beacon Street Union, Tangerine Zoo, etc.
With good technique and better ideas, they recorded in 1970 a great and very sought-after LP on Mercury label (SR- 61256), in which the voice of Caroline Stratton stands out to some Jefferson Airplane affinity. Guitarist Dean Keady, with his jazzy effects, leads the band.
01. Mr. Man 2:39
02. Crystal Forms 5:45
03. Actions Of A Man 3:21
04. Blue's Tune 3:15
05. The Seventh Is Death 5:29
06. What Good Is Spring? 4:02
07. Tomorrow 3:07
08. Know Today 2:08
09. Questionable Answer 3:23
10. The Singer 7:41
Caroline Stratton - Vocals
Dean Keady - Guitar
Richard Clerici - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Dave Amaral - Bass
James Deptula - Drums
01. Dies irae 7:36
02. Non e Francesca 3:32
03. Perchй. Perchй ti amo 6:00
04. Questo folle sentimento (introduzione) 1:01
05. Questo folle sentimento (seconda parte) 2:15
06. Walk Away Renee 4:26
07. Se non e amore cos'e 5:05
08. Sole giallo, sole nero 7:12
09. Dies Irae (A-Side 1967 single) 3:00
Tony Cicco / drums, percussion, vocals
Gabriele Lorenzi / keyborads, bass, vocals
Alberto Radius / guitars, bass, vocals
Fuzz Acid & Flowers: Ford Theatre is the place where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and the liner notes explain that "the six musicians chose this name because it corresponds to what they are trying to create - a vision of America in all its present chaos and agony".
The group were probably from Milford, Massachussets, given that their first album gives a credit to 'the population' of that town. Produced by Bob Thiele (Eden's Children, Free Spirits), Harry Palmer and Fred Cenedella, Trilogy For The Masses is excellent in parts, particularly the nine minute 101 Harrison Street. All the tracks were written by Harry Palmer and Wally Magee (who also lead the string quartet present on some tracks).
It's a pity that their follow-up, 'a musical concept' album was not as interesting.
Harry Palmer also played on Smooth As Raw Silk by Silk, another ABC production. ~ (Stephane Rebeschini/Vernon Joynson)
Wiki: Ship of Memories is a compilation album by the progressive rock band Focus. Issued in 1976, it compiles previously unreleased songs recorded in 1973 that had been left off other Focus albums. Because of this, it could perhaps be counted as a studio album, though the band themselves refer to it as a compilation.
Side one "P's March" (Thijs van Leer) – 4:43
"Can't Believe My Eyes" (Jan Akkerman) – 5:17
"Focus V" (van Leer) – 3:02
"Out of Vesuvius" (Akkerman, Bert Ruiter, Pierre van der Linden, van Leer) – 5:50
Side two "Glider" (Akkerman) – 4:38
"Red Sky at Night" (Akkerman, van Leer) – 5:50
"Spoke the Lord Creator" (van Leer) – 2:32
"Crackers" (Akkerman) – 2:42
"Ship of Memories" (van der Linden) – 1:48
bonus : "Hocus Pocus" (US Single Version) (Akkerman, van Leer) – 3:24
Thijs van Leer – keyboards, flute, vocals
Jan Akkerman – guitar
Bert Ruiter – bass guitar
Martin Dresden – bass guitar
Pierre van der Linden – drums
Hans Cleuver – drums
David Kemper – drums
genre: heavy psych
audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
time: 1:13'56" size: 477 mb
Formed in 1967, this japanse proggy-doom heavy rockin' band started their career with 60's West coast acid rock covers under the name Yuya Uchida & The Flowers ("Challenge", 1969). With "Anywhere" (1970 they were in search of their own sound and musical identity, surfing on 70's California rock and on the stoned heavy rock of the Sabbath. Satori (1971) remains their ultimate masterpiece, delivering a really captivating, personal psych-hard rockin' trip with discreet Eastern mystical influences. After this mesmerising stoner rock essay the band released a last album "Make up" (1973). Flower Travellin' Band is definitely a 70's cult psychedelic / space rock standard and a strong reference on the Japaneses underground scene with other psych-proto-metallers as Brush!? and Les Rallizes Denudes.
... They became friends with the Canadian band Lighthouse and in December relocated to Toronto, Canada, where they performed with artists such as Dr. John and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. While there they recorded their second original album Made in Japan and signed a deal with Atlantic Records. They returned to Japan for a show at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, and in 1973 were billed to perform with the Rolling Stones throughout their Japanese tour, however all concerts were canceled when Mick Jagger's visa was rejected due to a drug conviction. Rescheduling, they released a half-studio, half-live album titled Make Up and in April performed at Maruyama Park in Kyoto. ...