genre: sympho prog
quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers, size: 372 mb)
Formed in the mid 70s, Independent Musicians Associated (MIA) was a group of musicians, technicians and drawers gathered together by Lito and Liliana Vitale's parents. They produced their own records and concerts in an independent way. Their music is a complex symphonic rock with definite Argentinean/latin folk influence with multiple corals and vocals beautifully contrasting with the keyboards and a great guitar sound upon a strong rhythmic section. They were highly influenced by symphonic music, more noteworthy by ELP, GENTLE GIANT and FOCUS.
Their debut was "Transparencias", an exquisite album of classical. Their second album was vocal oriented. Lead by Alberto Muñoz -author of the lyrics- this effort was a different approach, though still keeping the symphonic mood in the form of songs. On "Cornostipicum", MIA returned to the instrumental-symphonic rock with elaborated pieces such as "Crifana y Tamílstenes". This album is a highly recommended classic and certainly one of the best ever from Argentina. MIA's final release was a big project called "Conciertos", a 3-LP album comprising live recordings from the group's last set of shows. All of these come highly recommended, MIA were a unique musical ensemble with a definite progressive ethic.
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genre: prog folk
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"Heaven Heath" (Alison Williams) – 3:00
"Sheep Season" (Clodagh Simonds, A. Williams, David Williams) – 5:01
"Silversong" (Simonds) – 4:26
"The Poet and the Witch" (Simonds) – 2:51
"Messenger Birds" (A. Williams) – 3:38
"Dan the Wing" (Simonds) – 2:45
"Reverend Sisters" (Simonds) – 4:21
"Break Your Token" (Simonds) – 2:27
"Buy or Beware" (D. Williams) – 3:04
"Vile Excesses" (D. Williams, William Murray) – 3:14
"Lonely Man" (Simonds) – 4:30
"Boulders on My Grave" (Simonds) – 3:40
"Feeling High" (Simonds) – 2:23
"Tea with the Sun" (Simonds) – 3:18
Clodagh Simonds – lead vocals, backing vocals, piano, harpsichord, mellotron
Alison Williams – lead vocals, backing vocals
David Williams – guitar, backing vocals
Frank Boylan – bass guitar, backing vocals
William Murray - drums, percussion
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genre: psych, folk
quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers, size: 278 mb)
Melissa formed in Sydney in 1969 under the name Molten Hue. The original lineup was Robert Gunn (flute, vocals), Rick Barrett (guitar) Ken Frazier (bass) and Warren "Wal" Sparkes (drums), but Irish-born bassist Joe Creighton (who had previously been a member of UK band The A-Side) replaced Frazier not long after the band was formed. Melissa started out playing a psychedelia and acid-rock, and they were one of the first Australian bands to play rock in the style of American West Coast acts like Jefferson Airplance, Country Joe & The Fish or The Steve Miller Band.
Melissa's debut 45 "Mississippi Mamma" -- produced by Rory Thomas from The Questions -- was a pacy progressive blues-rock number, backed by a raucous cover of Dylan's "Too Much of Nothing". The group's only album, Midnight Trampoline was recorded over a period of nine months during 1971 and was eventually released in October on the independent Banner label. Several tracks were composed by Creighton and/or Barnett, and there's an interesting arrangement of the traditional song "Cuckoo". As Ian McFarlane noted in Freedom Train, the group was obviously heavily under the spell of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, and the LP features two Morrison covers, "Madame George" and "Young Lovers Do". Unfortunately, the album sank without a trace on release, but over the years it has gained a reputation as one of the better Australian rock Albums of the period and it became a sought-after collector's item.
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