genre: beat, r'n'b
quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers, size: 598 mb)
Originally from the Madison area of Wisconsin where their 45 was released, the band moved to the Bay Area in 1969 and gigged regularly at the San Francisco ballrooms and concert halls.Mendelbaum was a high energy blues band with Chris Michie's stunning lead playing to the fore. However, the first disc of the double album is all unreleased studio recordings from 1970, and this paints quite a different picture of the band as careful craftsmen with melodic sensibilities. This is the high point of the record for me, with tracks like the uptempo All My Life, the soaring vocal harmonies of Walk With Me, and the ethereal waltz-like Blood Of The Nation (all on Side Two) warranting repeat plays.
Keith Knudsen's name will be familiar to most readers as the longtime drummer of The Doobie Brothers. Both Chris Michie and Tom LaVarda went on to play with Lamb, and Michie continued with The Pointer Sisters, Boz Scaggs, Link Wray, Jerry Garcia, Van Morrison and others. He has written a book about his musical exploits, 'Name Droppings', which is a fun read. Copies are available from http://www.xlibris.com. There are also currently four CDs of his work available, Guitars And Oranges (1993); Tough Love (1998); Seven Rivers (2000); and The Goyer Golf Suite (2001). ~ (Clark Faville)
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genre: chanson, psych, prog
quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers, size: 221 mb)
Dashiell Hedayatt is a weird cult figure from France that was more known as a poet and a general counter culture activist. His first album released under the MELMOTH pseudo was called "La Devanture Des Ivresses" and was long recitals of texts accompanied with music. He actualkly won a prizr for that album and received critical acclaim.
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genre: folk, psych
quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, covers, size: 218 mb)
Tapestry of Delights:
From Dublin, Ireland, Mellow Candle specialised in imaginative psychedelic folk, with two excellent female singers. At the time they recorded their first 45, Clodagh Simonds was just 15, and Feeling High, despite being distributed by CBS failed to create much impact. The "SNB" label disappeared soon afterwards, and it wasn't until the 18th April 1971 that they signed to Decca's Deram label with a new bassist Frank Boylan from the Dublin beat group The Creatures and Glaswegian drummer William Murray also added to give a more solid rock sound.
Relocating to London, Lp Swaddling Songs was recorded at Decca's studios in Tollington Park and the band then settled in Hampstead, making only occasional trips back to Ireland.
The sheer quality of their performance on Swaddling Songs makes it perplexing that the band did't get more recognition at the time. Originals now command a price from £350 upwards and it is the most expensive album on Deram. Less fragile than Trees and more mystical than Fairport, the sound is full of surprises and the songs are strong. Lyrically much revolves around loneliness, not in a self-pitying way, but rather accepted as one of the facts of life. Consolation is exclusively found in nature and in the presumption that something 'beyond' must be existing:
"Lonely man living all alone
dreads the day whose dawn will find him cold
lonely man doesn't see the millions
waiting for their answer from the sky" ~ (from Lonely Man)
A single from the album, Dan The Wing, sold equally poorly, despite getting a favourable press reaction and airplay on Radio Luxembourg and Manx Radio. Despite largely favourable reviews their album and second single made little impact. They gigged with Lindisfarne and Steeleye Span, but they left Deram and Ted Carroll's management and shortly after Frank Boylan left the band to be replaced by Steve Borrill (ex-Spirogyra).
They then changed their name to Grace Before Space and tours of Holland were planned, but they split up in the Summer of 1973 before they came to fruition.
David and Alison Williams headed for South Africa to play the folk circuit and also played on a South African album by Flibbertigibbet entitled Whistling Jigs To The Moon; this was issued privately in 1978. David Williams became head of light music with the South African Broadcasting Corporation in Capetown and also works as a record producer. Alison Williams currently lives in Brussels and under the name Alison O'Donnell performs "contemporary and traditional music" mostly in an Irish style with her band Eishtlinn.
After Mellow Candle split, Clodagh Simons worked with Mike Oldfield and Jade Warrior before relocating to New York where she studied music. She later returned to Ireland and also sang on Thin Lizzy's Shades Of A Blue Orphanage album. William Murray went on to play with Richard and Linda Thompson's Sour Grapes band and also toured with Sandy Denny. He too then headed for the States, where he formed The Same with Clodagh Simonds, performing on a Thursday night residency at New York's famous CBGB's club. Murray sadly died in Dublin on 30th August 1998. ~ (Marcel Koopman / Vernon Joynson)
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