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    genre: prog folk
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 54'54355"  size: 352 mb
    misc.: 2001

    From ProgressiveRock :
    Jethro Tull had scored another two Top 10 singles in the UK with "Sweet Dreams" and "Witches Promise" prior to the release of this, their third album. "Teacher", the flipside of the later, would become an FM staple in the US. The success prompted their first headlining tour of America (Yes in support). For Benefit, their bluesy jazz took some substantial refinement into what would eventually become the Tull sound. In came Blackpool mate John Evan on piano and organ, but more importantly, out came Anderson the raconteur. Acoustic guitar in one hand, flute in the other, his highly original songwriting soared in such songs as "Sossity; You're a Woman" and "For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me". The album is darker and moody, but still exceptional: "Alive and Well and Living In" benefits (sorry) from Evan’s piano, while "Inside" reflects the less aggressive nature of the album. The album would reach No. 3 and No. 11 in the UK and US respectively. One for the books, Jethro Tull was now one of the first commercially accepted and successful Progressive rock acts, on par with Led Zeppelin. Bassist Glenn Cornick departed after the album, to be replaced by another John Evan alumnus, Jeffrey Hammond. His name should be familiar, as he was the subject of many prior Tull songs.

    side A:
    01 - With You There To Help Me 6:19
    02 - Nothing To Say 5:14
    03 - Alive And Well And Living In 2:49
    04 - Son 2:51
    05 - For Michael Collins, Jeffrey And Me 3:52

    side B:
    06 - To Cry You A Song 6:16
    07 - A Time For Everything? 2:44
    08 - Inside 3:50
    09 - Play In Time 3:50
    10 - Sossity; You're A Woman 4:43

    cd bonus:
    11 - Singing All Day 3:07
    12 - Witch's Promise 3:52
    13 - Just Trying To Be 1:38
    14 - Teacher (Original Uk Mix) 3:49

    Songs written by Ian Anderson.

    Ian Anderson - flute, acoustic guitar, vocals;
    Martin Barre - electric guitar;
    Clive Bunker - drums, percussion;
    Glenn Cornick - bass;

    Piano & organ played by John Evans ... by our benefit.

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    genre: canterbury
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (ape tracks, log, scans)
    time: 40'06"  size: 194 mb
    From ProgressiveRock :
    Matching Mole was Robert Wyatt’s post-Soft Machine group, its name derived from roughly the French equivalent for "Soft Machine". He recruited a great band; bassist Bill MacCormick was previously in Quiet Sun, guitarist Phil Miller in Delivery, and pianist David McRae in Nucleus. He also managed to draw Dave Sinclair from Caravan, who rounded out the lineup as the second keyboardist. The debut album began with Wyatt’s idiosyncratic and affected "O Caroline", one of two vocal songs on the record. That slides straight into the sublime "Instant Pussy", where Wyatt’s voice was used in a non-singing role. From there, the album was instrumental, flush with fusion-like textures that rely heavy on improvisation. There is a hint of the so-called Canterbury sound, but the playing was distinctively looser and decidedly jazzier. Of course, the performances are all first rate, particularly on Miller’s "Part Of The Dance", the only non-Wyatt composition. The album closed with the Crimson-esque Mellotron fest "Immediate Curtain". Not surprisingly then, Fripp was called in to produce the band’s second album, Little Red Record, released in October of the same year. Absent was Wyatt from the composition credits and Sinclair’s fuzzed-out Hammond, the latter having left for Hatfield & the North. Overall, the sound was decidedly heavier; the first side played right through. The second side started with the uncharacteristic "Gloria Gloom" sounding not unlike its title with guest super-star Eno contributing. Miller’s "God Song" filled the "song" quotient on the album. The debut’s charming cover was replaced with an equally charming play on a Chinese communist post card, a not-so-subtle hint at Wyatt’s politics. In June 1973, Wyatt’s paralysis from an accident led to the group’s abrupt end, shortly before a third album with a new lineup (with Francis Monkman on bass) could be recorded. Wyatt spent the next six months in hospital recuperating.
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    genre: heavy psych / prog
    country: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 46'22"  size: 292 mb
    misc.: 2001
    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    This group's leader, Casey Cosby, apparently won the Frank Sinatra Award Competition at UCLA in 1967 and performed in both classical and jazz media prior to forming The Music Emporium. Padwin has previously played for several Midwest country rock groups. In Dora Wahl the band had one of rock's few woman drummers at the time. All songs on their album were written by the band. The album is one of different moods, from the quasi-religious chants of Nam Myo Renge Kyo and Day Of Wrath to gentle ballads, such as Velvet Sunsets and Gentle Thursday, which are both noteworthy for Carolyn Lee's soft, smooth vocals, to the haunting introduction of Catatonic Variations. Only 700 copies of the Psycho reissue were pressed (and it's only in mono and not with the original cover - the inner sleeve has been photographed) and it was deleted by 1984. The album is a significant collectors' item and originals change hands for quite a considerable sum.
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    Museo Rosenbach ~ 1973 ~ Zarathustra
    genre: prog
    country: italy
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 39'31"  size: 264 mb
    misc.: japan
    Name Museo Rosenbach and you'll see a sparkle in the eyes of every european prog fan, their Zarathustra being usually considered as one of the best examples of the genre to come from outside England. Yet the band was not so successful at the time, even having problems for their supposed right-wing inclinations coming from the all-black cover, the Mussolini image in LP collage, the Nietzsche-inspired lyrics.
    Museo Rosenbach derived from the fusion of two late 60's bands from Sanremo, La Quinta Strada and Il Sistema, around 1971, and their first line-up included future Celeste member Leonardo Lagorio on sax and flute. The only recordings Il Sistema ever made were released on LP and CD by Mellow in 1991-92.
    The tracks for Zarathustra were ready at the end of 1972, when the band were suddenly contacted for a recording deal by Ricordi, who were interested in promoting new progressive groups such as Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and Reale Accademia di Musica and the album was released in april 1973.
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    genre: folk, prog
    country: uk
    quality: loss (flac, scans)
    size: 245 mb
    Tapestry of Delights:

    Accolade play acoustic folk-jazz, without any electrical instruments. The results are partly very effective, but more often than not too extensively stretched for comfort. Don Partridge's contributions are dominating, which is unfortunate because of their uniformity. By far the best track on the first album is the only composition by Eden Abba Nature Boy, a very subtle bluesy cut. Otherwise the album is bereft of any diversity. The second album is slightly better, though, as Partridge has more ideas and the band sounds more at ease. Transworld Blues is noteworthy for its lyrics in six (!) languages and Baby, Take Your Rags Off is pleasantly bitter. William Taplin is almost pop music and also a moving account of a man grown old. On the whole these albums are nice listening, but not essential. (Marcel Koopman).

    Malcolm Poole had been in The Artwoods and Gordon Giltrap went on to achieve solo success with acoustic-based material.

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    A Passing Fancy ~ 1968 ~ A Passing Fancy
    genre: psych, beat
    country: canada
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans) &  mp3 (256k, scans)
    time: 32'53"  size: 236 or 65 mb
    Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:

    Operated out of Toronto, Ontario during 1967-68. They were originally known as Dimensions. Their album is a gem and is very sought-after by collectors. Sporting a beautiful cover it blends pop psychedelia (I Believe In Sunshine and Island) with punk (People In Me and I'm Losing Tonight) and features some great psychedelic guitar work, particularly on Your Trip and Spread Out. All five 45s appear on the album but the 45 version of People In Me is different with wild fuzz guitar and screaming vocals from
    Jay Telfer. The album is essential for connoisseurs of pop, psychedelia and garage punk.

    They played at Expo '67 and toured throughout Ontario, but probably never reached a larger audience. They reformed in the eighties for a concert in the Yorkville area.

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    the Action ~ 2002 ~ Rolled Gold
    genre: psych
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, booklet covers)
    time: 51'10 size: 234 mb
    Tapestry of Delights:

    Action were formed in 1963. They were previously known as The Boys, and under that name had also backed Sandra Barry on a 45. Based around the Kentish Town area of London they played an amalgam of R&B and high quality soul (in their later days). They enjoyed a strong mod following.

    The Edsel compilation is a fine amalgam of British pop and soul. It includes all five of their Parlophone 45s, which range from powerhouse R&B (I'll Keep On Holding On), through excellent pop-soul (Shadows And Reflections, Never Ever) to the soul ballad (Since I Lost My Baby). Containing previously unissued cuts too, it is essential listening.

    Watson left in 1966 to be replaced by Martin Stone, who was previously with the Savoy Brown Blues Band and Stone's Masonry. Ian Whiteman joined on piano in mid-1967. He had been on the Ben Carruthers and The Deep 45. They were thrown off EMI before their last planned 45, Little Girl, could be released. They taped lots of material for Giorgio Gomelsky. Martin Stone was in and out of the band in this era. In mid-1968, without Reggie King, who'd left to go solo and having briefly toyed with the name Azoth, they taped the Whiteman-dominated demos, which were issued belatedly on Dojo in 1985. These have a soft, West Coast psychedelic feel with very pleasant harmonies. In 1969 they evolved into Mighty Baby. Bam King was also later in Ace. Most of The Action returned for Reggie King's eventual solo album.

    Wasn't It You later resurfaced on Broken Dreams, Vol. 5. Dustbin Full Of Rubbish meanwhile gave an airing to Brain and Little Boy, two tracks from the shelved 1967 album project. This eventually was released on LP and CD as Brain in 1996, with 15 tracks of demos, mainly recorded at Polydor and Advision studios in '67/'68. More recently this has been reissued as Rolled Gold - taken from the mastertapes.

    In 1985, Castle Communications issued a strange five-track 12" item, Action Speaks Louder Than Words. The cover was a tinted version of the Edsel insert. All five tracks were written by Ian Whiteman and comprise the floating, progressive music that Mighty Baby are remembered for. The likelihood is that they were demos dating from 1968 just before Mighty Baby got a deal with Head Records. The record company probably used the Action name because they were better known due to the Edsel reissues

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    genre: prog
    country: us
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 38'37"  size: 253 mb

    01 - Nice, Nice, Very nice 5:56
    02 - Time Waits For No one 4:54
    03 - Holdin' On To Yesterday 4:20
    04 - World Leave Me Alone 3:19
    05 - Make Us All Aware 4:27
    06 - Lover Arrive 3:12
    07 - Mama Frog 6:06
    08 - Drink Of Water 6:28

    Joe Puerta / bass guitar & lead vocals
    David Pack / guitars, lead vocals & keyboards on "Lover Arrive"
    Christopher North / keyboards & vocals
    Burleigh Drummond / percussion, bassoon & vocals

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    genre: avant
    country: italy
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 41'49"  size: 182 mb

    After the huge success of his previous band I Giganti in the 60's, Giacomo "Mino" Di Martino totally dedicated to exploring avantgarde music, forming this duo with wife Edda "Terra" Di Benedetto after a short spell with a group called Telaio Magnetico. Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale was the name of a private club in Rome owned by them. 

    Their only album, privately released in 1978 but recorded a couple of years before, contains keyboard music in a similar vein as many german cosmic music LP's or some of Franco Battiato's experiments, with the organ as main instrument, only accompanied in some parts by Terra's voice. 
    The album was intended as an anti-nuclear message. The result is a difficult LP, that can be interesting for those into Battiato's early works. The 37-minutes long album is enriched, in the recent CD and vinyl reissues, by the dreamy bonus track Hymalaya, more accessible than most of the LP. 

    After the album Di Martino and Terra have followed their experimental path with many concerts until the 80's, and Mino also released in the mid 90's a theatrical piece, Le campane del gloria, based on film director Pier Paolo Pasolini's poetry with help from former Stormy Six keyboard/violin/guitar player Tommaso Leddi.

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    genre: beat
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac separate, covers)
    time: 52'44"  size: 375 mb

    01 - It Ain't Me Babe 2:09
    02 - Let Me Be 2:26
    03 - Eve Of Destruction 2:44
    04 - You Baby 2:20
    05 - Grim Reaper Of Love 2:46
    06 - Can I Get To Know You Better 2:40
    07 - Outside Chance 2:10
    08 - Happy Together 2:58
    09 - She'd Rather Be With Me 2:22
    10 - Me About You 2:32
    11 - Guide For The Married Man 2:44
    12 - She's My Girl 2:34
    13 - You Know What I Mean 2:02
    14 - Sound Asleep 2:28
    15 - Elenore 2:33
    16 - You Showed Me 3:17
    17 - The Story Of Rock & Roll 2:40
    18 - You Don't Have To Walk In The Rain 2:41
    19 - Love In The City 3:42
    20 - Lady-O 2:54

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    the Web ~ 1970 ~ I Spider
    genre: prog
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, booklet scans)
    time: 54'47"  size: 362 mb
    misc.: 2008

    01. Concerto For Bedsprings 10:19
    a. I Can't Sleep
    b. Sack Song
    c. Peaceful Sleep
    d. You Can Keep the Good Life 

    e. Loner
    02. I Spider 8:39
    03. Love You 5:32
    04. Ymphasomniac 6:52
    05. Always I Wait 8:22
    06. Concerto For Bedsprings (Bonus Track) 10:40
    07. Love You (Bonus Track) 4:23

    Kenny Beveridge / drums, percussion
    Lennie Wright / drums, percussion, vibes
    John Eaton / bass
    Tony Edwards / guitars
    Tom Harris / saxes, flute
    Dave Lawson / keyboards, vocals

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