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    Arnaldo Baptista ~ 1974 ~ Loki?
    genre: rock
    country: brazil
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 33'57" size: 218 mb
    Born from a lyric singer father and a pianist mother, Arnaldo studied classic piano from 1955 to 1959, double bass from 1962 to 1963, and acoustic guitar from 1963 to 1965. In 1966 he formed the influential Os Mutantes band with his brother Sergio Dias and Rita Lee, where he played bass, keyboards and sang. Os Mutantes played a key role in the Tropicalismo movement. Arnaldo left the band in 1973 due to fights with the other members of the band and the excessive use of LSD. In 1974 he tried to work as a musical producer, with no success. This motivated him to try a solo career, and in the same year, he released the album Loki, which is considered his best work. Arnaldo recorded two albums with the band Patrulha do Espaco between 1977 and 1978, and later resumed his solo career. In 2006, Os Mutantes reunited without Rita Lee, and Arnaldo plays with his brother Sergio and the drummer Dinho Leme once more, 33 years after leaving the band. in 2007 Arnaldo left the band again to take care of personal projects. Nowadays, Arnaldo lives with his wife Lucinha Barbosa, in the city of Juiz de Fora, where he spends most of his time painting, singing and writing songs. After the reunion of Os Mutantes, and its great importance in Brazilian rock music, Arnaldo's career seems to have a new perspective.
    Loki? is the first solo album from Arnaldo Baptista. It was released in 1974 after a supposed nervous breakdown and it is considered one of the best albums in the 1970s Brazilian music scene. The album expresses his angst towards the height of post-modern society, along with the suffocating aspect of modernity: pollution, superpopulation, loneliness, etc.
    Views: 1996 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    Azigza ~ 2000 ~ Azigza
    genre: fusion / world
    country: us
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 56'07" size: 365 mb
    The use of Middle-Eastern instruments (especially percussion), tonalities and rhythms make Azigza an interesting band. Their sound is an amalgam of spacey prog rock and world music (heavy on the middle eastern and perhaps Indian parts of the world), with lots of odd meters and polyrhythms. When the vocals begin, you'll expect to hear Arabic, but you won't ... the vocals are in English. This would be very good "Dance til you Trance" music, but I don't mean Rave music, this is about as far from a Techno sound as it gets. Instead, this is a very earthy sound, though still using electric instruments with the acoustic ones.
    Daevid Allen of Gong guest stars as guitarist on one song, "Petra". They have also worked with Gilli Smyth of Gong, during their lobby performance at Progfest '99 These guest stars alone should give you some idea of what to expect in the music. -- Fred Trafton
    Views: 1949 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    Axis ~ 1971 ~ Ela Ela / Osana
    genre: rockprog
    country: greece
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 51'46" size: 308 mb
    Scented Gardens of Mind:
    Axis united musicians from late sixties groups, among them Juniors and We Five. Like Aphrodite's Child they were based in Paris for some time. In the beginning, Axis played archetypical heavy progressive rock with great organ and electric guitars. Be aware that the 1971 and 1972 releases essentially are the same album! Their classic 1973 album marked a considerable change of direction - an advanced kind of jazz-rock with a lot of improvisation. A couple of tracks were even in line with the British mellotron-rock tradition (King Crimson, Gracious and Spring).
    Views: 3927 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (1)

    Automatic Fine Tuning ~ 1976 ~ A.F.T.
    genre: heavy prog
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 38'19" size: 269 mb
    misc.: 2005
    Tapestry of Delights:
    A short-lived progressive outfit who recorded this album shortly before punk broke. Both sides of the album have two tracks with the majority of activity devoted to The Great Panjandrum Wheel Parts One And Two. Long guitar based solos are the norm and these become a little boring after a while but the album is worth a spin for progressive music fans. ~ (Bill Stowe)
    01. "The Great Panjandrum Wheel (Part One)" 14:27
    02. "Gladioli" 4:34
    03. "The Great Panjandrum Wheel (Part Two)" 15:42
    04. "Queen Of The Night" 3:37
    Paul A. MacDonnell ~ lead guitar
    Robert Cross ~ lead guitar
    Trevor Darks ~ bass
    Dave Ball ~ drums, vocals
    ... Read more »
    Views: 2040 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 3.7 | Comments (1)

    Artcane ~ 1977 ~ Odyssee
    genre: prog
    country: france
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 41'45" size: 240 mb
    Scented Gardens of Mind:
    This group from Clermont-Ferrand only made one album, which is a real shame! Odyssee (1977) was a promising start, obviously influenced by King Crimson circa 1972-75, but with more warmth and less tension (also less vocals). The long and varied tracks develop through several phases with a dynamic range as broad as in symphonic music. Electric guitar and keyboards are the key ingredients, treated with effects such as flanging, wah-wah and massive echoes. Some parts of the album are quite ethereal and spacious. The only weakness is that Artcane's ideas lacked some originality, but that detracts little from its value. Good progressive rock!

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    Views: 2649 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 4.2 | Comments (0)

    Antonius Rex ~ 1974 ~ Neque Semper Arcum Tendit Rex
    genre: prog, psych
    country: italy
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 43'30" size: 252 mb
    misc.: 2002
    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.
    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.
    Views: 2944 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (0)

    Another Roadside Attraction ~ 1979 ~ Another Roadside Attraction
    genre: prog
    country: canada
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, covers)
    time: 36'25" size: 238 mb
    Gnosis2000's Mike McLatchey's review:
    It's quite strange that the opening track on the only album by Canada's Another Roadside Attraction would start out sounding like something from a Grobschnitt album, but for the most part that's just an aberration. This album is unusual for a Canadian progressive rock album in that it doesn't have a lot of the French/Quebecois strains that inform bands like Pollen, Contraction, and Harmonium, nor is it folky in the slightest. The music is generally led by a twin keyboard attack which often means a piano base under synths, similar to the approach of Argentines Pablo El Enterrador. For the most part, this is an accessible rock album whose similarity to symphonic rock groups is mostly due to the preponderance of keyboards, particularly in the instrumental sections which bear the influence of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Most of the vocal-led sections, however, are more conventional while still being elaborately arranged. The vocalist reminds me of Chapman from Family quite a bit, but not quite so warbly - he's adequate, but not a standout. Some of these parts remind me of the song-oriented material from second generation progressives like England or Druid, yet these generally flow quite well with the more complex keyboard-led moments. It's a good album overall, melodic and accessible like many Canadian symphonic groups, but somewhat unusual with its somewhat song-oriented style and keyboard overdose.
    Views: 2452 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 4.5 | Comments (2)

    Amos Key ~ 1973 ~ First Key
    genre: sympho prog
    country: germany
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 36'19" size: 220 mb
    misc.: 2006
    Crack in the Cosmic Egg:
    A little-known band, of whom we know nothing historically. Amos Key were one of the few early German bands to play a fiery classical rock with such creativity and invention, and even paralleled the excellence of the Italians. Much more so than fellow organ-rock pioneers Sixty Nine, Amos Key owed great debts to Bach, Beethoven and Schumann, adding a heavy Krautrock twist to a music more closely resembling Egg or The Nice, full of angst and weird psychedelic and space-rock touches.
    Views: 2359 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 4.7 | Comments (1)

    Akritas ~ 1973 ~ Akritas
    genre: sympho prog
    country: greece
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 33'15" size: 185 mb
    misc.: 2006
    Side A
    1. Εισβολεις [Invader] (1:03)
    2. Γεννηση [Genesis] (0:59)
    3. Τα Παιδια [The Family] (2:14)
    4. Μνημη [Memory] (3:38)
    5. Επιστροφη [Return] (1:30)
    6. Αγαπη [Love] (2:49)
    7. Ego (4:25)
    8. Τραγουδι [Song] (0:58)

    Side B
    9. Το Πανηγυρι [The Festival] (3:50)
    10. Το Ονειρο [The Miracle] (2:35)
    11. Το Θαυμα [The Dream] (4:56)
    12. Και Ιδου Ιππος Χλωρος [Look Both Horse and Green] (1:01)
    13. Κατακτηση & Ζετα Ζωρζετα [Conquest & Z Force] (3:05)
    Aris Tasoulis / keyboard 
    Stavros Logaridis / bass, vocal, acoustic guitar
    Giorgos Tsoupakis / drums 
    Dimos Papachristou / electric guitar
    ... Read more »
    Views: 2481 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (1)

    Amazing Blondel ~ 1971 ~ Fantasia Lindum
    genre: medieval folk
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, booklet scans)
    time: 36'16" size: 192 mb
    01. "Fantasia Lindum" 20:16
    Prelude and Theme
    Song: Swifts, Swains, Leafy Lanes
    Dance: Jig Upon Jig; Theme (lutes and recorder)
    Dance (Galliard): God Must Doubt
    Song: Lincolnshire Lullaby
    Dance: Basse Dance; Theme (lute duet)
    Dance: Quatre Dance Pavan
    Song: Celestial Light (for Lincoln Cathedral)
    Dance: Coranto; Theme (lutes and recorders)
    02. "To Ye" 3:28
    03. "Safety In God Alone" 4:23
    04. "Two Dances" 2:01
    Bransle For My Ladys' Delight
    05. "Three Season Almain" 3:37
    06. "Siege Of Yaddlethorpe" 2:31
    John David Gladwin: second lute, lead vocals, double bass, theorbo
    Terence Alan Wincott: recorders, vocals, piano, crumhorn, harpsichord, harmonium, other woodwind
    Edward Baird: first lute, vocals, glockenspiel, dulcimer, guitar
    Jim Capaldi - drums on Siege of Yaddlethorpe
    Views: 2893 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    the Allman Brothers Band ~ 1972 ~ Eat A Peach
    genre: blues
    country: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 1:09'56" size: 500 mb
    "Ain't Wastin' Time No More" (Gregg Allman) 3:40
    "Les Brers in A Minor" (Dickey Betts) 9:03
    "Melissa" (Gregg Allman/Steve Alaimo) 3:54
    "Mountain Jam" (Donovan Leitch/Duane Allman/Gregg Allman/Dickey Betts/Jai Johanny Johansen/Berry Oakley/Butch Trucks) 33:38
    "One Way Out" (Marshall Sehorn/Elmore James) 4:58
    "Trouble No More" (McKinley Morganfield) 3:43
    "Stand Back" (Gregg Allman/Berry Oakley) 3:24
    "Blue Sky" (Dickey Betts) 5:09
    "Little Martha" (Duane Allman) 2:07 
    Gregg Allman - organ, vocals, piano, electric piano
    Duane Allman: slide and lead guitars (Tracks 4-9)
    Dicky Betts - slide and lead guitars, vocals,
    Jai Johanny Johanson - drums, congas
    Berry Oakley - bass
    Butch Trucks - drums, percussion, tympani, gong, vibes, tambourine
    Views: 1875 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    Davie Allan & the Arrows ~ 2004 ~ Devil's Rumble. Anthogy '64-'68
    genre: surf, garage
    country: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    size: 300 mb
    Cd1 (39'46"):
    01. "Apache '65 (1965)" 2:18
    02. "Blue Guitar (1965)" 1:52
    03. "The Rebel (Without a Cause) (1965)" 1:44
    04. "Tomahawk (1965)" 2:00
    05. "Scratchy (1965)" 2:06
    06. "Commanche (1965)" 1:52
    07. "Moondawg '65 (1965)" 1:55
    08. "Dance the Freddie (1965)" 1:52
    09. "Theme from The Wild Angels (1966)" 1:36
    10. "U.F.O. (1966)" 1:48
    11. "Blue's Theme (1966)" 2:13
    12. "Bongo Party (1966)" 1:34
    13. "The Chase (1966)" 1:47
    14. "The Unknown Rider (1966)" 2:15
    15. "Devil's Angels (45 version) (1967)" 2:05
    16. "Cody's Theme (45 version) (1967)" 2:26
    17. "Theme from Thunder Alley (1967)" 1:47
    18. "Pete's Orgy (1967)" 2:35
    19. "The Devil's Rumble (1967)" 1:41
    20. "The Ghost Story (1967)" 2:18
    Cd2 (44'56"): 
    01. "King Fuzz (1967)" 1:57
    02. "Action on the Street (1967)" 1:43
    03. "Ghost Riders in the Sky (1967)" 2:03
    04. "The Young World (1967)" 1:35
    05. "The Born Loser's Theme (1967)" 1:50
    06. "The Loser's Bar (1967)" 1:42
    07. "Moonfire (1967)" 2:33
    08. "Cycle-delic (1967)" 6:50
    09. "Blue Rides Again (1967)" 2:04
    10. "Invasion (1967)" 2:11
    11. "Blue's Trip (1967)" 1:48
    12. "13th Harley (1967)" 1:59
    13. "Another Cycle in Detroit (1967)" 2:23
    14. "Mind Transferral (1967)" 2:51
    15. "Lulu's World (1967)" 1:55
    16. "Glory Stompers (1967)" 2:03
    17. "The Stompers and the Souls (1967)" 1:59
    18. "The Checkered Flag (1968)" 1:18
    19. "Hellcats  (1968)" 2:19
    20. "Shape of Things to Come" 1:55
    Views: 3138 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (2)

    Alamo ~ 1971 ~ Alamo
    genre: heavy
    country: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 38'40" size: 265 mb
    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    Formed by four Memphis musicians, Alamo released a decent hard rock album. Larry Raspberry was previously in The Gentrys and would later form the Highsteppers. Richard Rosebrough went on to play with the Hot Dogs and Big Star, whilst Ken Woodley later played with Don Nix and would team up again with Rosebrough on the first solo albums by Alex Chilton. ~ (Stephane Rebeschini)
    01. "Got To Find Another Way" 4:36
    02. "Soft And Gentle" 7:00
    03. "The World We Seek" 3:36
    04. "Question Raised" 4:44
    05. "Bensome Changes" 3:35
    06. "All New People" 4:49
    07. "Get The Feelin'" 6:01
    08. "Happiness Is Free" 4:18
    LARRY RASPBERRY vcls, gtr
    KEN WOODLEY keyb'ds, vcls
    ... Read more »
    Views: 2763 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (2)

    Alamaailman Vasarat ~ 2000 ~ Vasaraasia
    genre: avant
    country: finland
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 51'45" size: 333 mb
    Out of the ashes of crazy Finns Hoyry Kone came out this totally instrumental and acoustic unit. To describe this music, one needs to imagine Miriodor, Samla Mammas Manna or its evolutions until Von Zamla, stir and shake the whole thing chill it before boiling it than mincing it to shreds and bake it with gypsy herbs. This should give you a good idea how this tastes. They are also weird on how they record their instruments and sometimes manage to make acoustic death metal.
    Very weird but if you like such madness, the second album is really a must. ~ Hugues Chantraine, BELGIUM
    Views: 2163 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    Agitation Free ~ 1976 ~ Last
    genre: kraut
    country: germany
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 45'35" size: 184 mb
    misc.: rec. live '74
    01. "Soundpool" 5:54
    02. "Laila II" 16:58
    03. "Looping IV" 22:42
    Michael Hoenig / synthesizer, keyboards 
    Dietmar Burmeister / drums 
    Michel Gunter / bass 
    Gustl Lutjens / vocals 
    Burghard Rausch / drums, keyboards, vocals 
    Jorg Schwenke / guitar 
    Lutz Ulbrich / guitar, keyboards
    ... Read more »
    Views: 2617 | Date: 30.10.2010 | Rating: 4.0 | Comments (2)

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