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    Aorta ~ 1969 ~ Aorta
    genre: psych, prog
    country: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 40'16"  size: 265 mb
    misc.: 1994

    Their two albums of acid psychedelia are highly rated by some. Their first album is consistently good throughout and is certainly recommended. A wide range of material is held together by tight playing and some fine guitar/organ interplay. Unfortunately, the second album pales by comparison and is largely uninspired with no real highlights.

    The band came from Chicago and during the mid sixties were a popular Top 40's lounge group, going by the name of The Exceptions. After a couple of years of regurgitating the latest hits, they were getting bored and were looking for room to explore their musical talents, when producer Bill Traut (of Dunwich Records) approached them with an offer to record an album of original material. All of the group with the exception of Pete Cetera lept at the chance, and with the bass slot now filled by Bobby Jones, they renamed themselves as Aorta.

    Curiously their first album was released the same month as three other Chicago acts signed to Columbia Illinois Speed Press, The Flock, and Chicago (who incidentally included Pete Cetera). This was a marketing ploy to push a "Chicago" scene and all four albums entered the Billboard Top 200, with Aorta's peaking at around 168 and remaining in the chart for a respectable six weeks. Incidentally, the basic tracks and vocal tracks for the first album were recorded at Great Lakes Recording studio in Sparta, Michigan, with one track Sprinkle Road To Cork Street referring to two roads in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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    Views: 2982 | Date: 10.10.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (3)

    Ant Trip Ceremony ~ 1968 ~ 24 Hours
    genre: psych folk
    country: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 45'44"  size: 286 mb
    misc.: 1995
    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:

    Steve Detray, a student at Oberlin College in Ohio, took a break in 1966 and early 1967 to spend time in Logan, Utah with his brother. While out there, he formed a band which he named Ant Trip Ceremony after a suggestion from a local English professor who had seen the term in a novel. The phrase was a description of modern human society and Detray thought it an appropriate name for his band. Before he returned to Oberlin for the 1967/8 academic year, Steve disbanded the band but retained the name when he formed a new electric rock band at Oberlin. Gary Rosen, George Galt, and Mark Stein had been playing together in a blues band. Stein was a flute major at Oberlin, Roger Goodman was also a student, and the only non-college member was the drummer, Steve Williams, a 16-year-old local kid who had some jazz-drumming experience.

    The band mainly played gigs at Oberlin and were noted for long improvisatory jams. Their album was recorded in two sessions, the first in February 1968 and the second some months later. Steve Detray was only present for the first session as he left the College in the spring of 1968. Technical faults affected the recording: the KLH deck used for playback had a faulty right speaker and the mixdown was affected as a result with vocals sounding further back in the mix than originally intended. The producer, David Crosby, was a fellow-student at Oberlin and contrary to legend is not the David Crosby of The Byrds/CSN&Y fame. Only 300 copies of the album were pressed and sold around campus.

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    Views: 2911 | Date: 10.10.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (2)

    the Animals ~ 1966 ~ Animalisms
    genre: r'n'blues
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 1:19'08"  size: 309 mb
    misc.: 2000

    Side 1
    "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" (Joe Tex) - 3:18
    "Maudie" (John Lee Hooker) - 4:01
    "Outcast" (Ernie Johnson, Edgar Campbell) [single version] (Edgar Campbell, E. Johnson) - 3:02
    "Sweet Little Sixteen" (Chuck Berry) - 3:05
    "You're On My Mind" (Eric Burdon, Dave Rowberry) - 2:52
    "Clapping" (Rowberry) - 1:18
    Side 2
    "Gin House Blues" (Henry Troy, Fletcher Henderson) - 4:36
    "Squeeze Her, Tease Her" (Alonzo Tucker, Jackie Wilson) - 2:57
    "What Am I Living For" (Fred Jay, Art Harris) - 3:11
    "I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) - 2:54
    "That's All I Am to You" [longer than US version] (Otis Blackwell, Scott) - 2:22
    "She'll Return It" (Burdon, Rowberry) - 2:40

    Bonus tracks:
    "Inside-Looking Out" (John Lomax, Burdon, Chas Chandler) - 3:43 Single A-side Decca F.12332
    "Don't Bring Me Down" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 3:15 Single B-side Decca F.12332
    "Cheating" (Burdon, Chandler) - 2:22 Single B-side Decca F.12407
    "Help Me Girl" (Scott English, Larry Weiss) - 2:33 Single A-side Decca F.12502
    "See See Rider" (Traditional arranged by Rowberry) - 3:59 Single B-side Decca F.12502
    In the Beginning There Was Early Animals EP (recorded 1963, released 1965 as Decca DFE 8643)
    "I Just Want To Make Love To You" (Willie Dixon) - 3:44
    "Boom Boom" (Hooker) - 3:47 Piano Version
    "Big Boss Man" (Luther Dixon, Al Smith) - 3:43
    "Pretty Thing" (Bo Diddley) - 2:36
    Stereo Versions from U.S. album Animalization; MGM 4384:
    "Don't Bring Me Down" - 3:14
    "See See Rider" - 4:00
    "Help Me Girl" - 2:39
    "Cheating" - 2:21

    Views: 3168 | Date: 10.10.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (2)

    the Animals ~ 1965 ~ The Animals On Tour
    genre: blues
    country: uk
    quality: mp3 (mqvbr, cover)
    time: 34'31"  size: 68 mb
    misc.: 2nd us studio lp
    Side one
    "Boom Boom" (John Lee Hooker) – 2:57 [edited version without guitar solo]
    "How You've Changed" (Chuck Berry) – 3:10
    "Mess Around" (Ahmet Nugetre) – 2:18
    "Bright Lights, Big City" (Jimmy Reed) – 2:52
    "I Believe to My Soul" (Ray Charles) – 3:23
    "Worried Life Blues" (Big Maceo Merriweather) – 4:09
    Side two
    "Let the Good Times Roll" (Leonard Lee) – 1:52
    "I Ain't Got You" (uncredited on original album) – 2:27
    "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" (Ray Charles) – 2:43
    "I'm Crying" (Alan Price, Eric Burdon) – 2:30
    "Dimples" (John Lee Hooker, James Bracken) – 3:15 [this is a different version than the one found on The Animals]
    "She Said Yeah" (Roddy Jackson, Sonny Christy) – 2:19
    Eric Burdon – vocals
    Alan Price – keyboards
    Hilton Valentine – guitar
    Chas Chandler – bass
    John Steel – drums
    Views: 2907 | Date: 10.10.2010 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    Amish ~ 1972 ~ Amish
    genre: heavy psych
    country: canada
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 30'45"  size: 217 mb
    Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:

    A heavy guitar/organ band from Galt, Ontario. The album has lots of fuzzy distorted guitar work and includes a cover of Traffic's Mr. Fantasy.

    (Vernon Joynson/Chris Gerbig/Clark Faville)

    01. "Sad Girl" 2:55
    02. "Black Lace Woman" 4:07
    03. "Wise Man" 5:44
    04. "Help Me" 2:40
    05. "I Don´t Need Nobody" 2:53
    06. "Dear Mr. Fantasy" 2:46
    07. "The Sea" 6:15
    08. "Down The Road" 3:24
    Jack Byrne
    Mike Gingrich
    Ron Baumtrog
    Doug Stagg
    Views: 2950 | Date: 10.10.2010 | Rating: 4.2 | Comments (0)

    Atoll ~ 1975 ~ L'Araignée-Mal
    genre: prog
    country: france
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 56'01"  size: 362 mb
    1. Le Photographe Exorciste (8:17) 
    2. Cazotte No.1 (6:21) 
    3. Le Voleur d'Extase (7:33) 
    4. L'Araignée-Mal i) Imaginez le temps (6:41) 
    5. L'Araignée-Mal ii) L'Araignée-Mal (5:10) 
    6. L'Araignée-Mal iii) Les robots débiles (3:35) 
    7. L'Araignée-Mal iv) Le cimetière de plastique (6:20)

    Bonus track on remastered CD: 
    8. Cazotte No.1 (Live) (12:01) 
    Richard Aubert / violin
    Andre Balzer / lead vocals, percussion
    Christian Beya / guitar
    Alain Gozzo / drums
    Michel Taillet / keyboards
    Jean Luc Thillot / bass
    Views: 2819 | Date: 10.10.2010 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (1)

    Atoll ~ 1974 ~ Musiciens - Magiciens
    genre: sympho prog
    country: france
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 58'14"  size: 323 mb
    Scented Gardens of Mind:
    One of the most famous French groups in the field of melodic symphonic rock was Atoll from Metz. Luc Serra, Jean Luc Thillot and Alain Gozzo decided to form a group in February 1972. Reinforced by Andre Balzer (vocals), Michel Taillet (keyboards) and Francis Paul (bass), Atoll released their first single on Eurodisc in October 1973 ("Je T'Aime Quand Je Te Vois" / "Change Ta Vie"). This sold 40,000 copies, quite impressive for a debut. Patrick Kiffer replaced Francis Paul for the second single ("Le Secret Du Mage" / "Je Fais Un Rкve") and then Jean Thillot switched from guitar to bass. Only the A-side of the second single was included on Musiciens - Magiciens, released in November 1974. Atoll's music combined the archetypical symphonic rock influences (from Genesis and Yes) with vocal harmonies reminscent of drowsy American soft-rock (CS&N, America). Like their contemporaries Mona Lisa, Atoll were also influenced by Ange and Magma, giving the music a distinctive French character. At this early stage, Atoll was better at composing songs than playing fluent instrumental music with its own soul. This is the work of a group yet to find their own personality, just discovering how to play complex musical structures. For this reason, short tracks such as "Musiciens - Magiciens" and "Le Secret Du Mage" are the most memorable. The album was engineered by Jean Pierre Massiera, but still sounds surprisingly dry and dull.
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    Asia Minor ~ 1981 ~ Between Flesh and Divine
    genre: sympho prog
    country: turkey/france
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 34'30"  size: 245 mb
    One of the many fantastic, obscure European progressive bands to be unearthed and made available to the prog-buying public is ASIA MINOR, who only released two very small-time albums in the late '70s. This band took a more unusual twist on the genre popularised by CAMEL, with a mostly instrumental rock (what lyrics there are, are sung in a strangely accented English), with folk and ethnic influences, featuring much flute, guitar and keyboards. 
    The two albums are "Crossing The Line" and "Between Flesh and Divine", the latter one is absolutely essential. Whereas the similarly dreamy French progressive PULSAR drew on PINK FLOYD and KING CRIMSON influences. Excellent and original, indispensable for all lovers Progressive rock.
    01. "Nightwind" 6:34
    02. "Northern Lights" 7:52
    03. "Boundless" 3:17
    04. "Dedicace" 6:12
    05. "Lost In A Dream Yell" 7:50
    06. "Dreadful Memories" 2:45
    Setrak Bakirel / voice, guitars, bass 
    Lionel Beltrami / drums, percussion 
    Robert Kempler / keyboards, bass 
    Eril Tekeli / guitars, flute
    Views: 2627 | Date: 10.10.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (0)

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