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    Main » 2010 » March » 21

    genre: psych, beat

    country: uk

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

    time: 1:19'56" size: 377 mb

    misc: 1998

    BritishPsych :

    Odessey & Oracle (album) : It's rather tragic that The Zombies are splitting. But what a momentous last album they are leaving behind-quite the most outstanding record of the month for creativity, originality, sensitivity and sheer dimension. "Rose For Emily", a song that is related by implication to "Eleanor Rigby" or "Lady Jane", and has the same texture, is so tender, so sweet, that it should have been issued as a farewell single. All the songs were written by Rod Argent and Chris White; and they're a long way from "She's Not There", the song that shot The Zombies to the top of the international charts years ago. Their writing is now poetic and observant, sad and wistful. And if you like music with meaningful lyrics, it's joyful. Hear The Zombies-they're so good!

    Friends of Mine : This group seldom gets the success it deserves from British fans and in an attempt to remedy that I'm told the boys have taken six months off to re-think their pop approach. Here they make excellent use of their harmony talents on this happy, driving number. Could well be the break they're looking for, hope so.

    Time of The Season : The very last single from The Zombies before this talented group disbands. And this disc makes us realise just what we're going to miss, because it's a very good farewell offering. Pity is that the sort of thing one can confidently tip for the charts but the discerning listener will enjoy it immensely.

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    genre: prog folk

    country: uk

    quality : lossless (flac, cue, scans)

    time: 40'06" size: 278 mb

    01. The Furthest Point 8:16
    02. Old Boot Wine 4:19
    03. Parallel Lines Never Separate 5:06
    04. Spiggly 1:13
    05. An Everyday Consumption Song 4:30
    06. The Sergeant Says 3:43
    07. In The Western World: 13:00
    a. In The Western World 
    b. Jungle Lore 
    c. Coming Back 
    d. Western World Reprise

    - Steve Borrill / bass

    - Martin Cockerham / guitar, vocals

    - Barbara Gaskin / lead vocals

    Guest musicians:

    - Dave Mattacks / drums

    - Julian Cusack / violin, keyboards

    - Steve Ashley / Whistle

    - John Boyce / cello

    - Henry Lowther / trumpet

    - Stan Sulzman / flute

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    genre: prog

    country: uk

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

    time: 38'37" size: 257 mb

    misc: 1992

    1. Dangerous Dave (4:16) 
    2. Van Halen's Belt (2:35) 
    3. Runaway (4:55) 
    4. Grandad (3:23) 
    5. Wings of Thunder (3:08) 
    6. World's Eyes (7:31) 
    7. Don't Let It Get You (4:28) 
    8. Disraeli's Problem (4:15) 
    9. A Canterbury Tale (4:03)

    - Martin Cockerham / vocals, guitar

    - Steve Borrill / bass

    - Barbara Gaskin / vocals

    - Marc Francis / vocals, guitar, keyboards

    Guest musicians:

    - Dave Mattacks / drums

    - Julian Cusack / violin, keyboards

    - Alan Laing / cello

    - Rick Biddulph / mandoline

    - Bill Bruford / drums

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    psychedelic: Stone Circus ~ 1969 ~ The Stone Circus

    genre: psych

    country: us

    quality : lossless (flac tracks, log, scans)

    time: 32'59" size: 180 mb


    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:

    Thought to have been Californian, this band was responsible for one of the rarer and stranger Mainstream releases, which incorporates many diverse influences. Sometimes it don't always gell but certainly makes interesting listening. All the cuts are originals, written either by Jonathan Caine or a guy called Murphy, who presumably had some connection with the band, since some tracks are co-written by Caine and Murphy. The material is wide-ranging from the accessible psychpop of Sara Wells, laid back, melodic opening cut What Went Wrong and uptempo Inside-Out Man to the highly experimental People I Once Knew, which starts with spoken lyrics over melodic piano and later descends into lots of fuzz and organ work. The Mister Grey 45, which is also on the album, is interesting too. Recommended for fans of psych and/or progressive rock but not for garage purists.

    Jonathan Cain was later a member of Journey.

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    genre: psych

    country: us

    quality : lossless (flac separate, log, cover)

    time: 40'29" size: 289 mb


    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:

    A very rare Southern Californian pop/psych album with dual organ, fuzz and sunshine vibes similar to Strawberry Alarm Clock.

    (Vernon Joynson)


    01 - David
    02 - Rush Hour Blue
    03 - Light Without Heat
    04 - In the Middle of Happy
    05 - Hammond Eggs
    06 - Sometimes A Woman
    07 - Secomd Thoughts
    08 - Seven Times Infinity
    09 - Colors Of Love
    10 - The Fun Machine


    Gary Young (lead vocals)

    Jerry Griffin (keyboards, vocals)

    Carl Estrella (lead guitar)

    Don Sain (rhythm guitar)

    Steve Montague (bass)

    Bob Morgan (drums)

    Ron Clark (flute, bari sax, percussion)


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    genre: prog

    country: italy

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

    time: ' " size: 203 mb

    misc: 2000

    ProgressiveRock :
    English Progressive acts were a huge hit in Italy by the early 70’s, so it was only a matter of time before the Italian groups steered their beat tradition to more Progressive pastures and produced their own unique twist on the genre. At the forefront of this were the unlikely named Premiata Forneria Marconi, or "Award Winning Marconi Bakery". Originally the beat/psychedelic group Quelli, they had some relative success in Italy covering English groups and as session men. But by the end of 1970, drummer Franz Di Cioccio, guitarist Franco Mussida, bassist Giorgio Piazza and keyboardist Flavio Premoli had formed PFM, named after the shop above their rehearsal space. Multi-instrumentalist Mauro Pagani joined shortly after, adding flute and violin. Their early shows were often in support of UK groups (Yes, Deep Purple) and their set included King Crimson and Jethro Tull covers. Their first album, Storia Di Un Minuto, is a brilliant statement. Mussida wrote the music, Pagani the lyrics, while the whole band arranged. Although some English influence (notably King Crimson) is apparent, the album is uniquely Italian and PFM. The opener, "Impressioni di Settembre" displays detail and gentleness quite unlike their British contemporaries. The tarantella of "E’ Festa!" (We like to call it "circus Prog") is both lively and loopy, a testament to both their virtuosity and humor. The compositions on the second side combine many styles, but the spirited performance keep the album as fresh as it is unique, in particular on the dramatic "Grazie Davvero". Although the album is sung in Italian, the language has a lyrical feel, rendering it more familiar rather than foreign. Progressive rock turned out to be a significant movement in Italy over the next few years - PFM’s debut was the first Italian rock album to top the Italian charts. Droves of Italian men cranked up their instruments and formed bands, however, few, Italian, British or otherwise - would surpass the excellence of PFM.

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    Paternoster ~ 1972 ~ Paternoster

    genre: heavy prog

    country: austria

    quality : lossless (flac tracks, scans)

    time: 42'11" size: 248 mb


    the Crack in the Cosmic Egg:

    Amongst the most legendary of Austrian underground bands, but with a virtually undocumented history, Paternoster originated from Vienna, and existed for only two years in the early-70's, disbanding after the release of just one album.

    Paternoster were heavy, but their complex progressive blend was atypically of the Krautrock ilk. Fronted by a most unusual vocalist, with an equally bizarre use of song, their music drew on that trippy Pink Floyd style. Akin to Gila, Virus, and Jane on occasions, the Paternoster style blended heavy classical motifs, psychedelic flights into the cosmos, and much more. The result is, that every track amounts to a lively potpourri of surprises.


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    Oberon ~ 1971 ~ A Midsummer's Night Dream

    genre: folk prog

    country: uk

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

    time: 40'08" size: 224 mb


    Tapestry of Delights:

    A mega-rare privately pressed album recorded by an Oxfordshire folk band. Only 150 copies were pressed making it one of the most obscure folk albums of the era. Acorn was a very small local label who also issued the first album by The Yetties.


    01. Nottanum Town 4:50
    02. Peggy 2:44
    03. The Hunt 8:55
    04. Syrinx 2:50
    05. Summertime 5:04
    06. Time Past, Time Come 3:50
    07. Minas Truth 8:21
    08. Epitaph 3:35


    - A group with female/male vocals, flute, violin, and of course a large doze of acoustic guitars.


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    Jacula ~ 1969 ~ In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum

    genre: prog

    country: italy

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

    time: 37'27" size: 185 mb



    Probably the most charismatic figure of all the Italian prog scene, Antonio Bartoccetti (Antonius Rex) began his career going to Milan from the Marche, forming Jacula, Dietro Noi Deserto (even with a single on Decca in 1971!), and Invisible Force (another lonely single in 1971). Not real bands but just a group of musicians working beyond the leading figures of Bartoccetti and Doris Norton (aka Fiamma Dallo Spirito).

    Their first album, in 1969, was recorded in London and only released in a strictly limited number of copies (300 + 10 promos) that were only partly distributed by the producer and label owner to sects. An album full of dark atmospheres, mainly based on guitar and church organ and with no drums, it has recently been reissued by Black Widow.

    In 1971 two singles were released under different names: first as Invisible Force, with two tracks that later reappeared in Tardo pede in magiam versus and Zora; the B-side 1999 mundi finis, later re-released as U.F.D.E.M. and Morte al potere is one of their classics. The second single that year appeared under the name of Dietro Noi Deserto, this time Bartoccetti was the bass player and composer of both tracks; this seems to be the only proper group which he has played with, and the style is closer to late 60's psychy beat than progressive.

    Second album, and usually considered their first proper release, was Tardo pede in magiam versus, also released in limited number of copies for an unknown label (this seems to be a constant in all the Bartoccetti production) and housed in a cover sporting the same design as the previous one, but coloured instead of the original black and white.

    The medium Franz Parthenzy is also listed in the line-up along with the three official members Antonio Bartoccetti, Fiamma Dallo Spirito and Charles Tiring. Long instrumental spectral organ parts are the main ingredient of this album, that has in the suggestive U.F.D.E.M. (also on the Invisbile Force single) probably their best track. Dark atmospheres abound and some tracks, like the spoken (in bad English) Long black magic night can be boring for many listeners.


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    Heldon ~ 1975 ~ Allez Teia

    genre: electronicprog

    country: france

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

    time: 41'08"  size: 231 mb

    misc: 1992



    Heldon is a French electronic rock band created in 1974. The name of the band was taken from the 1972 novel The Iron Dream by Norman Spinrad.

    Like its predecessor Schizo, it is above all the group of guitarist Richard Pinhas who released a large number of albums under his own name.

    He has worked with numerous collaborators among which musicians of the band Magma as well as philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze (of whom he was a student) and writers such as Norman Spinrad and Maurice Dantec (the Schizotrope project).

    Influenced by the work of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno, the music of Richard Pinhas and Heldon is sui generis and innovative and has in its turn greatly influenced the field of electronic rock.

    The first releases under the moniker Schizo and later Heldon were entirely self produced and self distributed.


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    genre: prog

    country: uk

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

    time: 37'52" size: 225 mb

    misc: 1995

    01 - Darker Brighter 5:40
    02 - Bobberty - Theme From Something Else 10:41
    03 - Waiting 2:26
    04 - Play Time 7:15
    05 - Underwater Song 7:04
    06 - Foel'd Again 1:51
    07 - T.N.T.F.X. 2:54

    Alan Gowen (keyboards)

    Hugh Hopper (bass)

    Phil Lee (guitar)

    Trevor Tompkins (drums)

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    genre: prog

    country: italy

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

    time: 39'57" size: 255 mb

    misc: remaster


    Once again two almost completely different bands with the same name, Florence band I Califfi included in their first line-up the future Area and Electric Frankenstein guitarist Tofani and Campo di Marte drummer Marcovecchio and were a very popular band in the 60's, before disbanding at the turn of the 70's. They released an album on RiFi and no less than eleven singles.

    The band was reformed in 1972 by bass player Franco Boldrini, the only member from the original line-up, for a new recording deal with Fonit Cetra, that only produced an LP.

    Fiore di metallo is a good prog album, based on organ and moog sounds, even if the lyrics are a bit naive and too close to the typical italian beat themes. Some interesting keyboard passages, as in the instrumental Varius or the opening track Nel mio passato, make this album well worth listening.

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    the Blues Magoos ~ 1968 ~ Basic Blues Magoos

    genre: beat,  psych

    country: us

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

    time: 53'42"size: 298 mb

    misc.: 2004


    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:

    This group came from New York's Bronx area, were originally known as Bloos Magoos and gigged regularly around Greenwich Village before Mercury offered them a recording contract in 1966. Their title is misleading, for they specialised in quasi-psychedelic electrical music rather than the blues. Their best moments are on their early albums and (We Ain't Got) Nothing Yet from their first album was a U.S. No. 5 in 1966. It also contained a fine version of J. D. Loudermilk's Tobacco Road. The second album contained a thin comic book full of all sorts of offers to turn you on whilst you played the album. Musically it was their magnum opus. The opening cut, Pipe Dream, had a good garage organ sound; There's A Chance We Can Make It featured some fine psychedelic guitar work; Life Is Just A Cher O'Bowlies had a gorgeous beginning followed by more guitar mayhem and side one also contained a discordant, extended cover of Van Morrison's Gloria. Side two was more restrained, although Take My Love was an uptempo song with catchy organ work and the penultimate track, Rush Hour, included a storming electric guitar extravaganza. On stage they appeared in Vidal Sassoon hairstyles and specially designed 'electric' suits. The fifth album, made with a changed personnel, marked a downward turn however, which was not arrested by subsequent efforts.

    In their final days, Joey Stec from The Millenium joined the band which coincided with a resurgence as a live attraction, and they certainly went out in a blaze of glory.

    When the group disbanded, Eric Kaz went solo and recorded two lame '70s pop rock albums. In 1976, he also formed American Flyer, a country pop group produced by George Martin, with Craig Fuller (ex-J.D. Blackfoot and Pure Prairie League), Steve Katz (ex-Blues Project and Blood, Sweat and Tears) and Doug Yule (ex-Velvet Underground). He kept on working with Fuller in Fuller/Kaz (CBS, 1978). Cooker Lo Presti went on to play with Ringo Starr. ~ (Vernon Joynson/Max Waller/Joe Foster/Stephane Rebeschini)


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    genre: beat

    country: uk

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

    time: 58'15" size: 143 mb


    Tapestry Of Delights:

    The Bird's three 45s feature frantic guitar work and together with McKenzie's powerful vocals, confirm them as one of the most talented UK mid-sixties bands. In 1966 they changed their name to Birds Birds to record the now mega-rare Say Those Magic Words 45, which also features additional guitar work on the flip from Jeff Beck.

    The band attracted public attention as a result of a legal battle with America's Byrds over the rights to the name and also appeared in a horror movie, 'The Deadly Bees' singing That's All I Need You For. When they split in 1966 Gardner and Wood joined Creation. Later Gardner achieved some success with Ashton, Gardner and DykeRonnie Wood, of course, achieved fame with The Jeff Beck Group, The Faces and The Rolling Stones.

    (Vernon Joynson / Gwyn Mathias / Jim McMaster)

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    genre: beat

    country: australia

    quality : mp3 (320k, scans)

    time: 20'26" size: 50 mb

    misc: rec. '66

    Dreams, Fantasies & Nightmares:

    A Perth-based band. They had no link or connection with the U.K. band of the same name other than the selection of No Good Without You, a cover of the U.K. Birds release, as the 'B' side to their first release. The 'A' side was a cover of Honeybus' U.K. hit I Can't Let Maggie Go. It seems the band tried to capitalise on the existence of their U.K. counterparts and a publicity handout even stated that Terry Clarke and Brian Curtis had played all over England and appeared on T.V. as the U.K. Birds.

    Their second release was a cover of I See The Rain, a Marmalade single backed by Rene, which had been recorded by The Small Faces in the U.K.. Neither of these efforts was very distinguished.

    Their third release was the best known - Dust In My Pants was the flip to another U.K. Birds (or Birds Birds) song (Say Those) Magic Words.

    The myth of a U.K. connection continued when The Ugly Things , Vol. 2 compilation once again brought the band to the public's attention by featuring Dust In My Pants. It transpires that Terry Clarke and Brian Curtis were both from Britain and played together in a band called The Clockwork Oranges, who released one 45 on Ember in the U.K.. Clarke was also in The Herd, being replaced by a certain Peter Frampton, but Clarke did not play on the band's Parlophone releases.

    Clarion was a local Perth label distributed by Festival.

    (Mike Warth/Vernon Joynson)

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    genre: prog

    country: italy

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

    time: 35'59" size: 160 mb

    misc: recorded in '75


    Biglietto per l'Inferno has always been regarded as one of the best italian prog albums ever, and for this reason is very difficult to find.

    Early promotional copies of the album contained a release sheet with information on band members.

    As many of the Trident label releases, this was counterfeited in the late 80's, a very similar issue to the original but easy to identify if you know its distinctive elements. See the Trident page for details and avoid buying it if you're not sure. Some dealers' descriptions don't help at all!!!

    The album also had a vinyl reissue in mid 90's, some of these copies are still easy to find in italian record fairs at low prices, but be warned if you don't know where to look at!!!

    The cover of this reissue is on a rough cardboard and the jumping man picture looks bigger, with the hand on the top right corner missing.. The name Biglietto per l'Inferno is on the left side of the cover and slightly bigger than the original one, that was on the bottom side of the cover.

    The back cover contains the song titles that are not on the original.

    These reissues also had a negative colour Trident label, with black writing on white background.

    An official vinyl reissue has finally been released in 2005 by BTF.

    Second album Il tempo della semina was recorded in 1975 but, due to Trident label closing, it was never released until 1992 when it appeared on Mellow label, both on vinyl and CD.

    A single taken from the new album also planned for release on Trident was withdrawn and never officially issued. Promo copies are rumoured to exist.

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    genre: beat

    country: us

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

    time: 59'25" size: 389 mb misc: 1998


    Side 1

    "You Tell Me Why" (Elliott) — 3:05
    "I Want You" (Elliott) — 4:00
    "Doesn't Matter" (Elliott) — 2:00
    "That's Alright" (Valentino) — 2:12
    "Sometime at Night" (Durand, Elliott) — 1:50
    "Can It Be" (Durand, Elliott) — 2:28

    Side 2

    "Sad Little Girl" (Elliott) — 3:30
    "Woman" (Durand, Elliott) — 2:48
    "Don't Talk to Strangers" (Durand, Elliott) — 2:21
    "I've Never Known" (Durand, Elliott) — 2:03
    "When It Comes to Your Love" (Elliot) — 2:11
    "In Good Time" (Elliot) — 1:49


    bonus :

    13. Dream On, Dream On, Dream [Mono, bonus track] (1968) 2:16
    14. More Than Happy [Mono, bonus track] (1968) 2:43
    15. Louie, Louie [Mono, bonus track] (1968) 2:47
    16. Woman [Unreleased, bonus track] (1965) 2:42
    17. When It Comes To Your Love [Instrumental, bonus track] (1965) 2:10
    18. Can't Be So [Mono, Demo, bonus track] (1965) 2:18
    19. Pity The Fool [Mono, Demo, bonus track] (1965) 1:43
    20. I Cannot Hide [Demo, bonus track] (1965) 2:25
    21. I Grow Old, 2nd Version [Alternate, bonus track] (1965) 2:04
    22. She Sends Me [Outtake, bonus track] (1966) 2:04
    23. Cry Some [Outtake, bonus track] (1966) 2:37
    24. Hey Love [Outtake, bonus track] (1966) 3:02


    RON ELLIOTT gtr, vcls





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    genre: sympho pop

    country: uk

    quality : mp3 (320k, covers)

    time: 36'25" size: 88 mb


    01. The Ride To Agadir 6:41

    02. Berber's Prayer 2:11

    03. The Walls Of The World 3:24

    04. Insh'Allah 5:04

    05. The Fires Of Rabat 2:58

    06. It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time 2:56

    07. Bouree 1:37

    08. Railway Hotel 3:20

    09. Voices In The Dark 4:03

    10. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood 4:11

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