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    Main » 2010 » March » 02

    genre: psych

    country: germany

    quality : lossless (lossless, cue, log, scans)

    time: 43'28" size: 196 mb


    "Freak'n'roll" – 19:15
    "Jenseits" – 24:18


    Harmut Enke – bass

    Manuel Göttsching – guitar

    Rosi Müller – vocals on 2 (credited as 'Rosi')

    Klaus Schulze – drums, organ, 'synthi A'


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    genre: psych

    country: germany

    quality : lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)

    time: 45'27" size: 204 mb

    issue: 1991


    from Psychedelic Shark :

    When I heard their music the first time, I felt like floating through the Universe, visiting other Planets and observing alien Civilisations.

    The two tracks on this record are both about 20 minutes long, and of a very experimental, improvised style. Driving drums and bass, guitars with lots of effects and unusual playing style,

    no "Song structure", just one massive improvised Soundscape, that’s the ingredients for Ashra Tempels' first Album released in 1971.

    Manuel Gőtsching (git), Hartmut Enke (bass) and Klaus Schulze (dr) are performing a spaced out set that really deserves the name "Kosmische Musik". The first track "Amboss" gets very fast and ecstatic after an introduction of weird guitar sounds. The scaring fast drums and bass are providing a perfect layer for Manuel Gőtsching's guitar experiments and solos. 

    The second track "Traummaschine" is quieter and more meditative, starting of with low guitar tones that sound more like an analogue keyboard, to be completed by higher violin-like sounds and choir "ahhhs", later on. After about 10 minutes of very relaxing and floating stuff, the track lifts of with rhythmic slapping noises, bongos, bass and distorted guitar melodies.

    Ashra Tempel said that the idea behind this track was to give the listener the relaxation of the universe, which it does to me.

    Klaus Schulze, who recorded "Electronic Meditation" with Tangerine Dream before he joined Ashra Tempel, left the Band after this LP to concentrate more on electronic music.

    Gőtsching and Enke got Wolfgang Műler, with whom they already played in earlier projects, as a new drummer for the next LP called "Schwingungen". In 1973 they released "Join Inn" (again with Schulze on the drums, and Rosemarie 'Rosi' Műler on vocals) which was recorded "just for fun" during a session for Walter Wegműler's "Tarot" Double LP.

    After that also Hartmut Enke left the band, and Manuel Gőtsching went on experimenting with guitar sounds and released very successful Albums, but in my opinion, the massive, indescribable energy that is present on their first album, and, in a different way also on "Schwingungen" and "Join Inn", never came again.


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    genre: zeuhl

    country: belgium

    quality : lossless (ape, cue, log, booklet scans)

    time: 1:02'16" size: 348 mb

    issue: 2002 compil. rec. '70-'72

    Forgottem Sons:

    The only album that features Arkham material that is available till today is this offering from Cuneiform Records. In itself the album features a number of live recordings from throughout the whole of the band's career, and also shows the various line-ups that the band had as well as the variation in style that each lineup change also brought about.

    The earliest recording is from June 1970 and features the very first lineup that the band had with Manderlier, Denis and bassist Claude "Piccolo" Berkovitch. Recorded at Radio Television Belge (RTB), Belgium's national radio, one find a band that is already very keen on improvisation with influences from the already rich Canterbury scene with Soft Machine at the forefront of their inspirations. Monolithic Progression With Anticipated Rupture has a hypnotic touch to it as the band explore a number of melody lines that are expanded on in a rhythmic way as the rhythm just pounds on and on giving a metronomic feel to the whole track. Only in the final two minutes does the band rally unwind as each musician seems to wander off into a freer form of playing.

    By November 1970, the time of the next recording on the album, Berkovitch was replaced by Patrick Cogneaux. The whole music seems to have acquired a more dramatic feel in their style. Listening to this rather muffled recording of Brussels Shortly After, the band seem to have adopted a style very much like various other trios from the same era such as EGG and also in a way, Emerson Lake & Palmer. Of course the brunt of musical excursions is borne by the keyboards while the bass and drums keep up an impressive rhythm which is only occasionally joined in by the keyboards.

    The majority of recordings on the album come from 1971 which could be considered as the most stable year in terms of lineups for Arkham. Two recordings remain undated, and they are Bleriot: Visibility Poor and Eve's Eventful Day (Part 3). Starting off with the characteristic whirling sound of the Hammond organ fan, Bleriot: Visibility Poor could be considered as a form of space rock piece of music as it features mainly a series of swirling and swooshing amidst the occasional keyboard doodle, almost like Keith Emerson in his famous feedback "solos".

    There are 3 parts of Eve's Eventful Day available on this album, Part 3 and Parts 5 and 6 (which were recorded at a separate concert in July 1971). One of the main differences between Arkham, an many of the other bands mentioned previously in this review is the fact that there seems to be a lack of a melody line that allows certain tracks to have that essential distinctive touch. At time, such as in Parts 5/6 there does surface the occasional melody, yet this is drowned in an aura of dissonance.

    The final set of recordings are taken from a concert on April 28th, 1972 when the band lineup had once again changed. "Session" musician Claude "Djoum" Ramon stand in on bass while a new musical vent appears in the form of Claude Deron on electric flugelhorn. The addition of the flugelhorn gives the the band and especially Manderlier a broader front on which to present music. In fact the material from this period (Riff 14 and Tight Trousers) is possibly the best defined of the music that is available on this collection. One could argue that it is also the least "rock" of what has been offered, yet Arkham thred the line somewhere between jazz and rock. At times one can feel that the band has that Nucleus influence, yet they can stand it on their own and it is a pity that they did not progress much further within the musical vein that they were in during this period. The presence of the flugelhorn also seems to free Manderlier from having to continuously solo, thus creating a more vibrant rhythm section as well as create various duets that would have been virtually impossible to come up with in the trio format.

    Arkham are an important stepping stone in the mainland Europe progressive rock scene. Unfortunately till today they have only been a footnote with no recordings available to show what they were all about. Thankfully this is no longer the case.

    Nigel Camilleri

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    genre: heavy neo prog

    country: italy

    quality : lossless (WavPack, cue, log, booklet scans) & mp3 (320k, log, scans)

    time: 1:18'12" size: 544 or 232 mb



    AREKNAMÉS are a new Italian band that will bring you straight back into the magical 70's. Strongly influenced by both VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR and the Canterbury scene, they are nevertheless free of any clichés and successfully manage to mix those influences with their own very personal style. They are masterminded by composer, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Michele Epifani who handles the Hammond organ, piano, mellotron, synths, harpsichord, acoustic and electric guitars as well as the recorder. Bassist Piero Ranalli and drummer Mino Vitelli, who plays various ethnic percussions (djembé, Arabian tabla and spring drum) complete the roster.

    Their first album, released by Black Widow in 2003, is made up of six fairly long tracks that feature a lot of mellotron, which plays a prominent role in the arrangements along with some heavy guitar riffs. All tracks feature many dramatic mood changes, constantly alternating between melodic parts and furious passages, between classic symphonic rock and outright 'doom' prog, never staying long in anyone spot. It is a well-balanced and consistent album, featuring a good vocalist (who sounds much like Peter Hammill) and great musicians who obviously concentrate on creativity rather than a show of technical prowess. A second and more acclaimed album was released in 2006 with a live album in 2007. Their second album "love hate round trip" won an award at ProgAwards 2006-which is where the displayed photo is from. A third album is currently in the works.

    If you enjoy the dark or heavy style of VDGG and their likes, but can do without the ultra speed factor, you'll certainly enjoy ARKENAMÉS.

    Lise (HIBOU), CANADA


    1. The skeletal landscape of the world (6:42)
    2. Deceit (10:15)
    3. Outcast (4:04)
    4. La chambre (7:26)
    5. Snails (7:31)
    6. Yet I must be something (5:15)
    7. Ignis fatuus (11:22)
    8. Stray thoughts from a crossroad (7:24)
    9. A grotesque gift (1:23)
    10. Someone lies here (4:43)
    11. Pendulum arc (6:49)
    12. The web of years (5:08)


    - Michele Epifani / voice, keyboards
    - Piero Ranalli / electric bass
    - Simone Antonini / drums & percussions
    - Stefano Colombi / acoustic & electric guitar


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    Antoine & les Problèmes ~ 2000 ~ Antoine rencontre les Problèmes

    genre: garage

    country: france

    quality : mp3 (320k, scans)

    time: 51'48" size: 123 mb

    misc.: '66


    1 Antoine (2) & Les Problèmes - Contre-Elucubrations Problèmatiques
    2 Les Problèmes - Des Lendemains
    3 Les Problèmes - Pop Jerk
    4 Les Problèmes - Ce Monde Existe
    5 Les Problèmes - Dodécaphonie
    6 Les Problèmes - Je Ne Vois Rien
    7 Les Problèmes - Ballade A Luis Rego, Prisonnier Politique
    8 Les Problèmes - On S'En Fou
    9 Les Problèmes - Pas Adieu
    10 Les Problèmes - S'Il Boude
    11 Les Problèmes - Si C'Est La Nuit
    12 Les Problèmes - Il Suffirait D'Un Rien
    13 Les Problèmes - Passe Ton Chemin
    14 Antoine (2) - Je Dis Ce Que Je Pense Et Je Vis Comme Je Veux
    15 Les Charlots - Je Dis N'Importe Quoi, Je Fais Tout Ce Qu'On Me Dit
    16 Les Charlots - Quand Je Pense A Toi (Instrumental)
    17 Les Charlots - Psychose (Toujours) (Instrumental)
    18 Les Charlots - Pas De Problèmes (Instrumental)
    19 Les Charlots - Hey Max (Hey Joe)
    20 Les Charlots - Paulette, La Reine Des Paupiettes


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    genre: heavy psych

    country: uk

    quality : lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)

    time: 41'15" size: 245 mb

    misc.: compil.


    Tapestry of Delights:

    This is a crossover band which transcends the psychedelic and progressive era. The band was formed by John (Du) Cann, who'd earlier been in The Attack. Originals of the album are not easily come by but you'll notice it has been re-issued. The album's finest moments are Day Of The Change, which features some fine discordant guitar work and great vocals, and Return To Sanity, which opens with a guitar-driven instrumental passage similar to Mars from Holst's Planets suite and contains some fine guitar work throughout. By contrast there are a couple of more mellow, laid back numbers of note - And Now The Sun Shines and The Reason - but most of the remaining tracks are expendable.

    After they disbanded at the end of 1969 Cann went on to form Atomic Rooster playing on their Tomorrow Night and Devil's Answer 45. He later formed Hard Stuff. Hawksworth formed Fuzzy Duck and was later in Ten Years Later with Alvin Lee. John Cann used his original name John Du Cann for a minor hit, Don't Be A Dummy in 1979 and later was involved in reforming Atomic Rooster with organist Vincent Crane.

    (Vernon Joynson / Frank Caccese)


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    genre: kraut

    country: germany

    quality : mp3 (256k, scans)

    time: 1:07'10" size: 82 mb

    issue: 1996


    1. Drum Things (Erschlagzeugtes) 9.12
    2. Asynchron (Verjault Und Zugeredet) 7.37
    3. Yea Yea Yea (Zerbeatelt) 1.00
    4. Broken (Ofensivitaaten) 7.26
    5. Somnium (Trauma) 9.30
    6. Frequency (Entzewi) 9.53
    7. Autonomes (Eintdrei) 5.37
    8. Chaoticolour (Entsext) 7.43
    9. Expressionidiom (Kapuntterbunt) 1.48
    10. Alititude (Quaar Feld Aus) 1.01
    11. Impropulsion (Noch'n Lied) 6.13


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    genre: prog

    country: germany

    quality : lossless (ape separate, log, scans)

    time: 1:18'15" size: 500 mb



    Abacus was founded in 1971 and publishing 4 LPs on the Polydor label before breaking up in 1976 due to "musical differences". Some members regrouped again for 1982's Carribean Sun on the EMI label before once again splitting up.

    Their 2001 release Fire Behind Bars released by Musea features multi-instrumentist Jürgen Wimpelberg who sings and plays keyboards and guitars. This album releases some of Abacus' unpublished works with some guest musicians. The previous GEPR entry on these guys said, "I assume that they only border the progressive genre." Judging only from Fire Behind Bars, I would say that this is a bit unfair, but I also can see why the reviewer would say that.

    The music composition itself is oriented towards pop stylings, while the heavily symphonic orchestration and soloing are quite progressive in nature. Some of the songs, particularly "Avalanche Part 1", reminds me of an arena rock band like Styx, while others are in a more AOR ballad style like Toto or maybe even some Steely Dan. Several of the songs get so sappy (especially "Helping-hand-song" and "Loser") that I think they might be Barry Manilow pieces being played by a progressive band.

    On the other hand, Wimpelberg is clearly a Keith Emerson fan ... the solos in "Don't Look Back" clearly sound like Emerson's style in both the organ and synthesizer soloing, while "Avalanche Part 2" might be fairly described as an ELP homage (or ripoff depending on your outlook), with organ and synthesizer phrases that are clearly quotes from Tarkus and ELP's concert renditions of "Peter Gunn". The ending even features a honky tonk piano similar to the bar room brawl sequence in "Benny the Bouncer" or "Bitch's Crystal".

    From what I've already said, you may infer that I didn't like the album ... but that's not so. Actually, I quite enjoyed it. It's certainly not the pinnacle of progressive experimentation, but I actually enjoy listening to Styx in small doses too, so of course I thought this was a fun album, especially with the ELP style keyboards to spice things up. If you aren't too puritan about your prog, give this album of symphonic anthems a try. -- Fred Trafton


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    genre: prog

    country: germany

    quality : lossless (WavPack, cue, log, scans)

    time: 1:18'55"  size: 613 mb

    issue: 2008 remaster


    1. Bolero (Ravel) (0:51)

    2. Dronsz (Rahn) (2:41)
    3. Es färbt sich die Wiese grün (Karges/Karges) (9:04)
    4. Impressionen (Rahn) (10:00)
    5. Wer Schmetterlinge lachen hört (Rahn/Karges) (9:14)
    6. Wunderschätze (Job/Originaltext von Novalis um 1798, lyrics adapted by D. Job) (11:33)
    7. Sommerabend (Job/Rahn/Reihel): (19:19)
    ...a) Wetterleuchten
    ...b) Am Strand
    ...c) Der Traum
    ...d) Ein neuer Tag
    ...e) Ins Licht

    Bonus tracks (recorded live at the Winterhuder Fährhaus in December 1978):
    8. Wenn nicht mehr Zahlen und Figuren (Mühlböck/Novalis, lyrics adapted by F. Mühlböck) (3:07)
    9. Astralis (Mühlböck/Novalis, lyrics adapted by F. Mühlböck) (8:58)
    10. Irgendwo, Irgendwan (D. Job/D. Job) (4:28)


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    genre: heavy

    country: uk

    quality : lossless (ape, cue, log, booklet scans)

    time: CD1: 58`28" + CD2: 1:00`56"

    size: 794 mb

    misc.: '72-'77



    01. Called Her Name 4:10
    02. Fool About You 2:48
    03. Hard Living 2:59
    04. Goin' Down 4:02
    05. Razamanaz 4:15
    06. Broken Down Angel 4:03
    07. Night Woman 3:25
    08. Too Bad Too Sad 2:50
    09. Turn On Your Receiver 3:37
    10. Bad Bad Boy 3:35
    11. Shapes Of Things 6:18
    12. Silver Dollar Forger 5:36
    13. Glad When You're Gone 4:17
    14. Jet Lag 6:40



    01. Dear John 3:51
    02. Morning Dew 6:48
    03. Vigilante Man 5:33
    04. Paper Sun 5:17
    05. Woke Up This Morning - Boogie 9:46
    06. Love Hurts 4:21
    07. Expect No Mercy 3:44
    08. This Flight Tonight 3:42
    09. Whiskey Drinking Woman - Hair Of The Dog 7:15
    10. Teenage Nervous Breakdown 3:40
    11. Road Ladies 7:05


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