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Scented Gardens of Mind:
A rather unconventional group, both in their line-up and overall sound. They were founded by Freddy Brua in 1973. Wapassou's first album was dominated by his eerie organ sounds, the violin of Jacques Lichti (struggling in the intonation) and the feeble vocal contributions of Karin Nickerl. They didn't use bass or drums. The most accomplished piece was "Trip", which featured four guests in what sounds like a hilarious jam session featuring sitar, tablas and drums that was a lot of fun! Obviously edited from a longer session, it has some barely audible cuts. Overall, an interesting album that just didn't succeed.
Messe en Rй mineur (1976) was a vast improvement on which their sound came into its own with a consistent instrumentation of farfisa organ, synthesizer, acoustic or electric guitar, violin and high-pitched, wordless chanting. This ethereal and spacey music has some similarities to Catharsis (their organ sound), the German Popol Vuh (the meditative aspect), the softer parts of Amon Düül II (with weird guitars and Renate Knaup's vocals) and Italian Opus Avantra (their strong connection to classical music), but it is as idiosyncrastic as all of these. The "Mass in C minor" goes over two record sides through different dreamlike and associative phases, without really concluding. This kind of stationary music is related in its form to the German "kosmische musik", but has an added element of late 19th Century French romance.
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genre: beat, psych pop
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Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:
An Argentine mod band from the San Telmo area of Buenos Aires. Their debut album featured some originals, as well as covers of garage classics like Gloria,Tobacco Road and The Letter. They also performed the latter for the movie "A Solas Con Tu Nombre".
Their second album featured covers of many of the classics of the era:- Lady Madonna, Honey, Words, Green Tambourine and Jennifer Eccles. After this Rover left for London. His replacement was Uruguayan and former Los Mockers member Polo Pereira.
Waking Up Con Los Walkers was their classic album. It contained some of their finest moments like Where Goes Miss Lee On Saturdays? And Sonrié A Tremelon, which featured a lovely string arrangement. They followed this with a superb organ-led single Time For Love, which was notable for a catchy melody. Sadly, none of these won them the recognition they deserved and in their final months they sang and recorded in Spanish.
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Lisztomania is a 1975 progressive rock soundtrack album by Rick Wakeman to the movie of the same name.
It is the soundtrack to the 1975 film Lisztomania by Ken Russell of a biography of Franz Liszt.
Some tracks feature Roger Daltrey. The album was later upgraded as The Real Lisztomania by Wakeman because he was dissatisfied with the original release.
"Rienzi/Chopsticks Fantasia" - 4:20 (Wagner/Liszt)
"Love's Dream" - 4:25 (Liszt/ Lyrics: Daltrey). Vocal: Roger Daltrey
"Dante Period" - 2:05 (Liszt)
"Orpheus Song" - 3:10 (Liszt/ Lyrics: Jonathan Benson, Daltrey). Vocal: Roger Daltrey
"Hell" - 1:59 (Liszt/ Translation: Forsythe). Vocal: Linda Lewis
"Hibernation" - 1:11 (Rick Wakeman)
"Excelsior Song" - 2:32 (Liszt/ Lyrics: Wakeman, Russell). Vocal: Paul Nicholas
"Master Race" - 0:45 (Wagner)
"Rape, Pillage and Clap" - 3:09 (Wagner)
"Funerailles" - 3:48 (Liszt/ Lyrics: Benson). Vocal: Roger Daltrey
"Free Song (Hungarian Rhapsody)" - 1:57 (Liszt)
"Peace At Last" - 2:59 (Liszt/ Lyrics: Benson, Daltrey). Vocal: Roger Daltrey
Rick Wakeman / keyboards, synthesizers
Roger Daltry / vocals (2-4-10-12)
Linda Lewis / vocals (5)
Paul Nicholas / vocals (7)
David Wilde / Liszt piano music
The English Rock Ensemble
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
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Wailing Wall's sole LP is mostly an item for the psychedelic rock collector's wish list, but it delivers an interesting enough listen for more casual fans of obscure American '70s rock. Mike Cancellari (guitar), Doug Adams (vocals), Darrel Adams (bass), and David Rutledge (drums) were not the best of musicians, but what they lacked in tightness (and they did) they almost made up in feeling and a certain level of creativity. Cancellari was obviously a quick learner of Jimi Hendrix's chops, but while other guitarists at the time were focusing on the genius' sound and riffs, Cancellari picked up his bluesy soul ("Meet My Dreams" borrows the moody feel of "Rainy Day, Dream Away"). Doug Adams misses a few easy notes, but he has a deep soul-blues voice, between the range and strength of Chicago's Robert Lamm and Terry Kath. The vocal harmonies in "Scissor-Tailed Swallow" and the addition of two trombones in "Meet My Dreams" provide extra similarities with early Chicago, although Wailing Wall's brand of rock is heavier and definitely Southern. The heartfelt delivery and hard-thumping grooves ("Mad Rapper" crosses Hendrix's "Red House" with the rootsier moments of early Captain Beefheart) compensate for some awful lyrics, especially in "Country of the Goose," which could have been a strong song at four or five minutes, but becomes embarrassing at nine. Still, this album deserved to receive a wider audience than the El Paso locals. ~ François Couture, Rovi
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Tapestry of Delights:
Upon the demise of the Birmingham-based group, The Move, Roy Wood briefly collaborated with guitarist Jeff Lynne on what was originally known as The Wood-Lynne project, although it soon became known as the Electric Light Orchestra. However, despite their debut 45, 10538 Overture, reaching the Top 10, Roy Wood soon lost interest in this concept and formed his own new band Wizzard. In many ways they were the antipathy of ELO, who were a disciplined outfit with considerable musical finesse. Wizzard were a fun band.Wood's multi-coloured hair and clothes set the tone for the band whose gigs were a kind of bizarre circus. They became a leading glam-rock act. Their debut at a Wembley extravaganza on 5 August 1973 set the ball rolling and their ability to produce fine rock singles with wide commercial appeal ensured it never stopped. Their debut - Ball Park Incident - made the UK Top 10 and thereafter they produced a string of memorable hits:- See My Baby Jive, Angel Fingers, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, Rock And Roll Winter and Are You Ready To Rock all made the UK Top Ten and the first two topped the Charts. Success in the US proved much harder to achieve. They embarked on an unsuccessful US tour in November 1974 and it was their management's refusal to even finance a second one in October 1975 when led to their demise. They were very much a 'singles' band, although their albums sold quite well over here at any rate. Their second one, Introducing Eddy And The Falcons, was rather unusual in that each of the tracks was in the style of a fifties rock'n'roll hero. People like Duane Eddy, Del Shannon and Gene Vincent were all featured in this tribute.