Tír na nÓg - Dublin band were at the forefront of the revival in Irish folk music in the early seventies. Although their music didn't really have that strong an Irish flavour, it was very much in the mould of gentle folky progressive rock that was so popular among underground audiences. Their final album included a version of Nick Drake's Free Ride. They can also be heard playing Our Love Will Not Decay on Island's 1971 El Pea compilation. They reformed in 1991 with a short-lived five man line-up.
1. "Free Ride" Nick Drake 3:05
2. "Whitestone Bridge" Sonny Condell 4:12
3. "Teesside" Condell 3:52
4. "Cinema" Leo O'Kelly 4:39
5. "Strong in the Sun" O'Kelly 3:38
6. "The Wind Was High" O'Kelly 3:20
7. "In The Morning" Condell 3:21
8. "Love Lost" O'Kelly 3:19
9. "Most Magical" Condell 3:46
10. "Fall Of Day" Condell 2:32
Sonny Condell - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pottery drums, jew's harp
Leo O'Kelly - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric lead guitar, dulcimer, violin
Matthew Fisher - keyboards, production
Brian Odgers, Dave Markee, Jim Ryan - bass
Barry De Souza, Ace Follington, Jeff Jones - drums
Leicester septet Pesky Gee! has an interesting history significant to prog that reaches back to 1966 when they started as a 'soul' band playing the club circuit. By 1969 when they released their one and only album 'Exclamation Mark' on Pye Records (intended to simply be '!' but for a record company mix-up), they had become what could be described as progressive rhythm 'n blues with a heavy sound in Jess "Zoot" Taylor's prominent Hammond organ and the scratchy guitar of Jim Gannon (replaced by Chris Dredge in the spring of '69). Also on board was Clive Jones with his sax and flute. Imitating Joplin and her Holding Co. and featuring the moody crooning of Kay Garret, the band was a quite competent ensemble that jammed as well as they covered others' material but with a distinct prog and jazz-rock inclination. The group broke-up in September 1969 and by 1970, had transformed into Black Widow with fewer members and a completely re-hauled format, and debuted 'Sacrifice' that year.
'Exclamation Mark' is an average but earnest recording by a band that seemed a bit torn about what it really wanted to be and features quite a few covers. Jon Mills of the All Music Guide notes; "Not a solid affair but representative of the change in the British music scene of the late '60s".
Only suggested for fans of the very earliest heavy progressive incarnations that were coming over from the burgeoning psych and blues scenes [and for Black Widow enthusiasts] though a very decent little band nonetheless.
Side one "Black John the Conqueror" (6:20) "Where Ya at Mule" (4:56) "Craney Crow" (6:40) Side two "Familiar Reality-Opening" (Rebennack, Jesse Hill) (5:25) "Pots on Fiyo (File Gumbo) / Who I Got to Fall on (If the Pot Get Heavy)" (5:48) "Zu Zu Mamou" (7:57) "Familiar Reality-Reprise" (1:53)
All tracks are credited to Mac Rebennack except where noted.
Dr. John - vocals, piano, organ, guitar, vibes & percussion Eric Clapton - guitar Ronnie Barron - keyboards Graham Bond - alto saxophone Tommy Ferrone - rhythm guitar Steve York - bass Jesse Boyce - bass Carl Radle - bass Walter Davis Jr. - piano Jim Gordon - percussion, conga John Boudreaux - drums Vic Brox - pocket trumpet & organ Ray Draper - tuba, percussion & background vocals Wayne Jackson - trumpet, horn Chris Mercer - saxophone Jerry Jumonville - saxophone James Mitchell - baritone saxophone Ed Logan - tenor saxophone Andrew Love - tenor saxophone Bobby Keys - tenor saxophone Jim Price - trumpet Jack Hale - trombone Kenneth Terroade - flute Calvin "Fuzzy" Samuels - percussion Freeman Brown - percussion Fred Staehle - trap drums Mick Jagger, Shirley Goodman, Tammi Lynn, P. P. Arnold, Bobby Whitlock - background vocals
Singer-songwriter from Rome, Mauro Pelosi released four albums among which the first two are particularly desired by prog collectors for unknown reasons, as they contain gloomy songs, often with dismal lyrics. Despite the presence of Gianni Leone and Gianchi Stinga from Il Balletto di Bronzo among the others his albums are mostly based on acoustic guitar and with some orchestral arrangements here and there. Pelosi has started a new phase in his musical career at the end of the 90's, with the release of some new works on CD.
01. "Al Mercato Degli Uomini Piccoli" 4:20
02. "Un Mattino" 4:55
03. "Ehi! Signore" 5:14
04. "Non Tornano Piu" 4:32
05. "Con Te" 3:48
06. "Ti Portero' Via" 5:42
07. "No, Io Scherzo" 4:16
08. "Mi Piacerebbe Diventar Vecchio Inieme A Te" 4:55
From Minneapolis in Minnesota came The Paisleys. The most interesting tracks on their album are Rockin, notable for its use of echoes and sound effects, and the haunting Wind, which is included on Endless Journey, Phase 2. Side two of the album consists entirely of the ambitious, though not entirely convincing Musical Journey.
There's also an Italian CD entitled Beyond The Cosmic Mind (Cosmic Mind Records 001) that is said to contain outtakes from the original album. However, the material is recorded some ten - twelve years later as is easily discovered when listening to the drumbeats (by a machine) and the track Dear John, about the murder of John Lennon. Still it's a pleasant collection of songs.
(Vernon Joynson/Clark Faville)
01. "Cosmic Mind at Play" 2:07
02. "Rockin'" 2:03
03. "Now" 3:12
04. "Smokey Windows" 1:39
05. "Diddley" 4:36
06. "Wind" 5:19
07. "Musical Journey" 18:42
08. "Something's Missing" 2:59
09. "Medley: Comin' On, City of Light, Home Again" 7:26
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