A straight reissue of a 1968 album originally issued on Metromedia, The Astral Scene is one of those weirdly compelling pop albums that could have only emanated from the Age of Aquarius. A conceptual undertaking meant to reveal the wondrous cycle of the telepathic phenomenon of astral projection. The album somehow manages to communicate the complex precepts of astral experience in lay terms and remain deliciously frothy pop at the softest, most easy-listening end of the spectrum. It works the same sonic conceit as the Fifth Dimension (only in lily-white, soul-lite mode) or the stable of bands (the Association, Ballroom, Sagittarius, and Millennium) produced or helmed by Curt Boettcher, only without the countercultural credibility and legitimately trippy factor. That's because the album, as with dozens of similar efforts from the era, is really a quasi-exploitive cash-in project. Essentially a studio creation conceived and written by Bernice Ross and Lor Crane, who did not take part in the actual recording (although the latter co-produced). The playing was done by ace sessionmen (Al Gorgoni, Hugh McCracken, Frank Owens, Buddy Saltzman, etc.), and then the music overlaid with delicate strings, and a brass and woodwind section.
genre: hard / jazz
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Heavy '70: Argus was formed in the U.K. in 1972 by bass player Mick Pearl and drummer Dave Wagstaffe. They recruited guitarist Del Watkins who used to play in the band Julian's Treatment who had some success with an album, "A Time Before This." Del had also been in the ska band The Skatalites, as well as Polydor band Rare Amber and a back up musician for Ben E. King. A singer was eventually found in Bill McRae from Scotland and the band put together a set of original material, with influences from Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash (who's third album inspired the band's name) They developed a good reputation around and appeared on The Old Grey Whistle Test to good reviews.
After about a year, they replaced their singer with Ken Lewis, who was a more experienced performer and had a much stronger voice. The band continued getting some good support slots for the likes of Thin Lizzy, Pink Fairies, Brinsley Schwartz (with Nick Lowe), and The Equals among others. A demo was recorded at the band's flat and the newly formed Rocket Records were slated to release the band, but Del's sudden departure brought things to a grinding halt. They got a few replacement guitar players, but the band ultimately timed out after the bass player left. The recordings were not released until 28 years later on the 'Audio Archives' label.
wikipedia: The Applejacks were a UK pop and beat group of the 1960s. They were the first "Brumbeat" group (that is, from the West Midlands conurbation-Birmingham area) to reach the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, and were unusual for having a female bass guitarist, Megan Davies.
All of the Applejacks (except Jackson) were members of the same scout troop as children. Baggott, Cash and Freeman began playing together in a skiffle group named the Crestas in 1961, occasionally performing at a local youth club. Davies joined the group in 1961, Gould the following year. Lacking a vocalist, they were strictly an instrumental band until the addition of singer Al Jackson in 1963; they began playing rock and roll songs and secured a residency at Solihull Civic Hall. During that time, they changed their name to the Jaguars before finally becoming the Applejacks in July 1962.
Signed to Decca Records late in 1963, their success was largely due to the strength of their first single, "Tell Me When". Written by Les Reed and Geoff Stephens, "Tell Me When" was released in February 1964 and shot to No. 7 in the UK. After the group met the Beatles during rehearsals for a television appearance, John Lennon and Paul McCartney provided the Applejacks with a song which was to be their second single: "Like Dreamers Do". However, the record only reached number 20 in the UK chart, whilst their final hit, "Three Little Words (I Love You)" (also in 1964), made it to No. 23.
genre: psych, blues
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wikipedia: Apple Pie Motherhood Band was an American psychedelic rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1967. One of the several groups involved in the "Bosstown Sound", a commercial ploy designed to compete with the San Francisco Sound, the band developed a blend of psychedelia, blues rock, and hard rock, which was exemplified and expanded upon on their two albums.
The band originated from the garage rock outfit, C. C. and the Chasers, who became the house band at the Unicorn Coffeehouse in Boston, and released an obscure single, "Put the Clock Back on the Wall". The first line-up consisted of Ted Demos (guitar), Joe Castagno (rhythm guitar), Richard Barnaby (bass guitar), Jeff Labes (keyboards), and Jack Bruno (drums), all of whom shared vocals duties. After relocating, briefly, in 1965, to New York City the group adopted the moniker, Sacred Mushroom, and dwelled in psychedelic music. They, again, became a house band, this time for the Bitter End Cafe. The band recruited female singer Anne Tarzay, who Labes described as "a powerhouse, kind of a Janis Joplin with a sweeter voice, but sultry dynamic energy." Her connections in the music industry were responsible for finding their manager Marv Lagunoff and the group's signing to a record label. As a deal with Atlantic Records was pending, the name Sacred Mushroom was deemed too drug-orientated, and, after a humorous remark by Demos, the band was prompted to change it to Apple Pie Motherhood Band in 1967.
Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:
A five-piece Mexican garage band who also experimented with psychedelia on this very rare album. Heavy fuzz tones with English vocals, covering Hendrix & Strawberry Alarm Clock.
01. Hold on, I'm comin' 2:30
02. I Dig Girls 1:45
03. In My Own Time 2:16
04. You Better Run 2:23
05. To Love Somebody 3:01
06. Up Tight 3:36
07. Don't Let The Sun 3:40
08. Try It 2:39
09. Show Me 2:50
10. Fire 2:45
11. Incense And Peppermints 2:24
12. Lovey Dovey 2:13
genre: heavy prog, hard
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misc.: early '70 recordings
wikipedia: Iron Claw (erroneously labelled as Antrobus on cd) was started in the summer of 1969 in the town of Dumfries, Scotland by founder member Alex Wilson who recruited Jimmy Ronnie (guitar) and Ian McDougall (drums). They were joined by singer Mike Waller in early 1970. Wilson, the group's bass guitarist, decided to form a band after seeing a Led Zeppelin concert in 1969 and the band's name was eventually chosen by Wilson from a lyric from King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man". Wilson and McDougall's attendance at Black Sabbath's performance at Dumfries (which Wilson recorded, representing Sabbath's earliest live recording), convinced them to not only cover their entire first album and single live, but to consciously construct their sound around them.
In 1971 Wilson had to replace Mike Waller (when he left because he wanted to play guitar) and so two new members (Wullie Davidson, vocals / harmonica / flute and Donald McLachlan, guitar) were recruited by Wilson and this changed the sound of the band to a more structured twin harmony guitar direction. However in October 1971 when new recording sessions were looming, Donald McLachlan was asked to leave the band as Jimmy Ronnie was unhappy with his presence in the band. After the recording sessions drummer Ian McDougall left in May 1972 and was replaced by Neil Cockayne. The group finally broke up in 1974. ...
Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:
This high energy live album was recorded by a Mexican trio in the early seventies. It consists of six lengthy tracks with lots of fuzz guitar work. Although the band give it their all, the tracks tend to blend into one, making it difficult to select highlights. The album is also hampered by rather flat sound quality. Not recommended.
01. I'm A Walking/I Love You More 12:11
02. We Sing Together 9:53
03. We Must Say Goodbye 3:19
04. We Need Love 9:38
05. Take My Lovin' 7:56
Performer – Jorge Alberto Vallejo, Miguel Cardenaz, Oscar Vallejo, Rogelio Gonzalez
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