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    theWailers ~ 1999 ~ The Fabulous Wailers at the Castlegenre: beat, garage
    state: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers) 
    time: 39:20 size: 293 mb

    01. Wailers House Party 2:25
    02. Dirty Robber 2:35
    03. San-Ho-Zay 2:15
    04. Rosalie 2:14
    05. Since You Been Gone 2:53
    06. Shivers 2:27
    07. Sac O' Woe 2:33
    08. Tall Cool One 2:18
    09. You've Had Your Chance 2:38
    10. Limbo Twist 2:04
    11. All I Could Do Was Cry 3:10
    12. I Idolize You 2:51
    13. Zig Zag 2:34
    14. Soul-Long 1:38
    15. Mary Ann 2:00
    16. Louie Louie 2:45


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    Gary Walker & The Rain ~ 1968 ~ Album No.1genre: great mersey beat
    state: us/uk
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, covers) 
    time: 51:52 size: 293 mb

    Tapestry of Delights:
    A London-based US-born artist, who was backed by The Rain, a pretty typical beat-cum-psych late sixties outfit. More interesting than the above 45s is the album, Gary Walker And The Rain Album, No 1, which was only released in Japan. It includes some of the better 45 cuts but also contains a few psychedelic gems, particularly If You Don't Come Back, which is very psychedelic and has some great guitar work and an instrumental, Thoughts Of An Old Man. Two other cuts, Magazine Woman and Market Tavern are sort of mod/pop/psych, the latter with lots of phasing too. Recommended.
    Gary Walker, incidentally, was one of The Walker Brothers, until he was ousted in 1967. As Gary Leeds he'd been in the early Standells. Then in 1966 frustrated at his limited role in the band he began a solo career. His first two efforts were minor hits and then he formed Rain with former Cryin' Shames' guitarist Paul Crane and ex-Masterminds' guitarist Joey Molland.
    They kicked off with a cover of Spooky, which had been a big US hit for The Classics IV. They followed this with a cover of The Easybeats' Come In You'll Get Pneumonia, which was backed by the self-penned Francis, a superb slice of pop-psych. Gary Walker sometimes went under the name Gary Leeds and his 45s are often credited as such.
    The Gary Walker And The Rain, No. 1 album has been bootlegged on vinyl, and has also been reissued officially on CD with three bonus tracks - Francis, I Can't Stand To Lose You and Come In You'll Get Pheumonia.
    Joey Molland was later in Badfinger. Lawson (ex-Universals) went on to play in
    Lace.

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    Wakefield ~ 1970 ~ The Lost Warthog Tapesgenre: psych
    state: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers) 
    time: 67:36 size: 470 mb

    allmusic:
    That have never officially seen release before: Another story of a band who had the potential, played with all the right people, and aroused label interest (Shelter tried to sign it), but ultimately got lost somewhere down the fuzzy memory hole of the era. Moving its center of operations back and forth between its Colorado home and Washington state, Wakefield never quite took that last step beyond its bar band origins despite performing throughout the west (including a showcase at L.A.'s Whiskey a Go-Go) and Midwest with such top-list acts as Eric Burdon and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, but The Lost Warthog Tapes certainly suggests that it wasn't due to lack of talent. While there is some of the typical early-'70s excess to be heard on this archival find -- pondering where the band was going for heavy, silly mystical lyrics, a tendency to mistake an interesting riff for a song and length for mood, jamming several minutes past the point of redundancy -- there are also some tremendously imaginative stretches on the album and even entire songs that are worth the time it takes to listen, not often the case with "lost" recordings from completely obscure and unknown entities. The band's sound existed somewhere between psychedelia (numerous outstanding guitar and organ solos), acid rock, hard rock, and soul-rock, best-exemplified on the pair of opening tracks, "Bring It On," with its impressive Chicago-style horn arrangements, jazzy saxophone solo, and Latin percussive touches, and the edgy "Something Is Coming," an explosion of harmony. Even if Wakefield rarely managed to shape its ideas into actual songs on the rest of the album, The Lost Warthog Tapes has enough excellent moments to recommend it.

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    Vortex ~ 1975 ~ Vortex + 1979 ~ Les Cycles De Thanatosgenre: fusion, rio, avant
    state: france
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers) 
    time: 50:19 + 51:50 size: 193 mb

    Scented Gardens of Mind:
    This group from Lyon was a quintet when they made a private release in 1975. This is understandably very difficult to find nowadays (but in a similar style to their second album).
    Les Cycles de Thanatos (1979) is a magnificent instrumental album related to the works of Hatfield & The North and National Health, but also Zappa's ensemble music, Art Zoyd and Magma. Its three long tracks express a well developed taste for refined melodies (stated by keyboards and woodwinds), beautiful chord progressions, playful rhythms and multiple percussive textures. The title track is marvellous! You won't find many better albums within this genre than this gem!

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    the Viola Crayola ~ 1974 ~ Music: Breathing Of Statuesgenre: heavy fusion, psych
    state: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, cover) 
    time: 29:02 size: 193 mb

    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    Wild progressive instrumental power trio sounds, recorded in New York, although the group originally camr from San Antonio, Texas. A real killer in style, this album is going to be outside the realm of this book for some, and yet some dealers describe it as psychedelic, so go figure. A good record is a good record, and this one is recommended!
    The band ceased recording after Tony (Anthony) Viola was tragically killed in an auto-train wreck in August 1974. ~ (Clark Faville/Sterling)

    01. Mr Leroy, Pepeґ Is Lost 4:28
    02. The Bus To New York 5:00
    03. I Know You Donґt Have A Car 5:11
    04. Two Plus One 2:46
    05. The Nurds At My School 3:07
    06. Youґre Driver Me Crazy With Relief 2:55
    07. The Last One On Earth 3:32
    08. What Is The Meaning Of Love 2:03


    Anthony Viola / guitar
    Ron Viola / drums
    Bill Jolly / bass 


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    Vinegar Joe ~ 1972 ~ Vinegar Joegenre: rhythm and blues
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers) 
    time: 56:04 size: 408 mb

    wikipedia:
    Vinegar Joe evolved out of Dada, a 12-piece Stax-influenced, jazz-rock fusion band. Dada released one, eponymous, album in 1970, with a line up including vocalist Elkie Brooks and guitarist Pete Gage. Singer Robert Palmer, formerly with The Alan Bown Set joined Dada after the album had been recorded. Dada were signed by Ahmet Ertegun for Atlantic Records but after their US tour Ahmet sub-licenced them to Chris Blackwell of Island Records for the UK and rest of the world, with instructions to reduce the line up to form Vinegar Joe in 1971, adding keyboard player Dave Thompson. The band was without a drummer. Conrad Isidore and Rob Tait drummed on the first album. Tim Hinkley added keyboards alongside Dave Thompson and it was Hinkley who appeared on the cover of the first album.Their debut LP Vinegar Joe was released in April 1972 on Island Records in the UK and Atco Records in the US.
    Tim Hinkley took over from Thompson on keyboards and was succeeded by John Hawken. Drummer Rob Tait played the first series of live shows succeeded by John Woods . Mike Deacon took over on keyboards. During recording of their second album, Rock'n Roll Gypsies, also released in 1972, Keef Hartley played drums. Guitarist Jim Mullen also joined the band for this record and stayed played on the US tour . Drummer Pete Gavin joined the band prior to the US tour and recording of their third and final album Six Star General released in 1973. The band dissolved at in the spring of 1974. Alan Powell played drums during the band's final weeks.
    Although Vinegar Joe never achieved significant record sales, they received considerable press coverage and toured extensively, playing numerous sell-out concerts, especially on the British university circuit.
    Subsequently, Brooks and Palmer went on to enjoy success as solo musicians. Gage became a record producer and arranger, working with Brooks, his wife, until their divorce, and a range of successful musicians like Joan Armatrading and specialising in upcoming rockabilly and punk bands such as Restless, King Kurt and others.

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    Ville Emard Blues Band ~ 1974 ~ Live à Montreal + 1975 ~ Ville Emardgenre: blues, fusion, psych
    state: canada
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covera) 
    time: 71:52+74:09 size: 971 mb

    progarchives:
    Anything but a blues band, this combo (named after Montreal's artistic neighbourhood) represents one of the first decisive steps towards Quebec's fabulous first prog era, which would last until the turn of the decade? And it all started with this group, which was more of a loose aggregation of anything that Montreal counted as rock musicians at the time, and is really a pot pourri of musicians to be found later in TOUBABOU, CONTRACTION, HARMONIUM, AQUARELLE and more. 
    While the resulting music may seem nowadays a bit messy by today's standards, the "supergroup" was more of a happy-go-lucky affair (often touring on a full truck trailer as a stage) or as could be described in French: un joyeux foutoir. Yet as loose as they might seem (or this text might make them appear to be), on stage VEBB was a very tight unit even if they were up to 20 on stage. They started out in 73 with a self-released "bootleg" album called: Minute, VEBB S'En Vient. The following year, after landing a recording contract, they had released a double live album called "Live à Montreal", which had a good impact in the province. The following year, the group released their only studio album, simply called: Ville Emard, for which they got a Juno nomination (that year won by RUSH). Their sound was rather eclectic oscillating between prog, jazz-rock and funk and often sounding a bit like Santana. Clearly one of the central player of the band is percussionist (congas mostly) Michel Seguin who would work with most groups of the province, but starting with TOUBABOU, which can be seen as the most direct descendant of VEBB. But by the end of the year, the group had disintegrated.
    In 79, will see the double Lp compilation released and in 2004, a CD reissue of their material was fittingly one of ProgQuebec's first releases. ~ Hugues Chantraine, Belgium

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    Vernons Girls ~ 1994 ~ Very Best Ofgenre: pop
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, no covers) 
    time: 43:38 size: 162 mb

    wikipedia:
    As a 16-piece vocal group, the Vernon Girls appeared on the ITV show Oh Boy! with the house band between 1958 and 1959, and made a series of relatively successful singles for labels Parlophone between 1958 and 1961. Their 1958 LP released on Parlophone was arranged and conducted by Peter Knight, with sleeve notes by Eamonn Andrews. This record is significantly different from their later pop hits, featuring such fifties standards as "We'll Gather Lilacs", "Lonely Ballerina", and the "Cuckoo in the Clock".
    Led by Maureen Kennedy, from 1961 the group reduced their membership to five and then three members, and by 1962 had signed to Decca Records where they recorded covers of American hits. Their cover of the Drifters' "Lover Please" and "You Know What I Mean" were both hits; the latter was also originally the B-side of "Lover Please". In the US the group charted with the first Beatles tribute album there, We Love The Beatles. As The Carefrees, they also charted with "We Love You Beatles", and made an album only available in the United States.
    As session singers for Decca, the Vernons Girls were the female backing voices on many hit singles during the 1960s – one of the first being Billy Fury's "Maybe Tomorrow". The trio of Jean Owen, Frances Lea, and Maureen Kennedy also appeared on film in the 1964 TV special Around The Beatles with the Beatles plus Long John Baldry, P. J. Proby and Millie Small, in the Billy Fury film Play It Cool, and in Just For Fun; ex-member Vicky Haseman also appeared in this, with her group, the Breakaways.
    However, by 1964, their chart successes had halted and they disbanded.

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    the Ventures ~ 1962c ~ Mashed Potatoes and Gravy + 1962d ~ Going to Ventures Dancepartygenre: pop, beat
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, covers) 
    time: 62:09 size: 311 mb

    allmusic:
    For an album that yielded not a single hit (and which was one of five long-players released by the band in 1962), Mashed Potatoes and Gravy (later retitled The Ventures' Beach Party) is one hell of an enjoyable album and still a very solid and substantial album, over 40 years later. The group's sound was lean and mean all the way through, whether doing a respectful cover of George Gershwin's "Summertime" or raucous renditions of "Lucille," "Poison Ivy," and "Hully Gully." Even the seeming throwaway numbers, such as "Hot Summer (Asian Mashed)," with its faux-Eastern embellishments, and the soaring "Spudnik," are played with such virtuosity and spirit that they demand attention, and there are a surprising number of vocals on this album, albeit mostly of the nature of choruses on songs like "The Wah-Watusi" and "Hully Gully." ~ Bruce Eder

    01. Lucille 2:17
    02. Gravy (For my Mashed Potatoes) 2:01
    03. Hernando's hideaway 2:25
    04. Mashed Potato Time 2:08
    05. Summertime 2:38
    06. Hot Summer (Asian Mashed) 2:21
    07. Poison Ivy 2:55
    08. The Wah-Watusi 2:22
    09. Instant Mashed 2:19
    10. Scratch 2:25
    11. Hully Gully (Baby) 2:23
    12. Spudnik 2:31

    13. Mr. Moto 2:08
    14. Theme from Come September 2:39
    15. Ya Ya Wobble 2:02
    16. Night Drive 2:22
    17. Venus 2:11
    18. The Intruder 2:32
    19. Gandy Dancer 2:12
    20. Sweet and Lovely 2:47
    21. Limbo Rock 1:56
    22. Lolita Ya-Ya 2:13
    23. Loco-motion 2:18
    24. Gully-ver 1:54
    25. Wild Night 2:20
    26. El Cumbanchero 1:53
    27. Lady of Spain 1:55


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    Venegoni & Co ~ 1977 ~ Rumore Rossogenre: fusion
    state: italy
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, covers) 
    time: 47:24 size: 311 mb

    01. COESIONE 5:21
    02. DANZA DELLA MUTAZIONE PERENNE 4:20
    03. LIBERTA DEFINITIVA 6:07
    04. MEMORIA 3:31
    05. UBUD 2:54
    06. POSITIVO E... 3:48
    07. LIBERTA PROVVISORIA 1:06
    08. CODA TRONCA 4:39
    09. CUICA 4:18
    10. MORTI DI IDEOLOGIA 3:19
    11. COESIONE Live 8:01


    Luigi "Gigi" Venegoni / guitars, bass, percussions, steel drums, timbales and vocals
    Max Aimone / drums 
    Pietro Pinelli / percussions, timbales, congas and vibraphone
    Ciro Buttari / drums, santuri, percussions, sitar, piano, congas and vocals
    Luca Francesconi / electric piano
    Ludovico Einaudi / electric piano and clavinet
    Claudio Pascoli / soprano sax 
    Maurizio Gianotti / tenor sax
    Roberto Possanzini / bass
    Claudio Montabia / flutes
    Francesco Revelli / flutes
    Arturo Romano / arp2600
    Gualtiero Gatto / vocals

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