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    Main » 2010 » November » 14

    Freedom's Children ~ 1970 ~ Astra
    genre: heavy prog
    country: south africa
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 39'24" size: 221 mb
    This band reflects a tiny but fascinating and oft-forgotten scene of South African progressive rock, regularly omitted from prog annals and denied their part in music history. But in their time, FREEDOM'S CHILDREN were no less innovative than ATOMIC ROOSTER, EGG or COLOSSEUM and their 1970 release "Astra" was an extremely important if completely missed record. Luckily it was re-issued in 1990 and again several times. The original band included Julian Laxton's lead guitar (and inventor of his 'black box', a much mythologized sound-producing device), Nic Martens on organ, bassist/lyricist Ramsay MacKay, Brian Davidson's voice, drummer Colin Pratley, Harry Poulos on organ and vocals and Gerard Nel's piano. Many well-known musicians have played in the band over the years including Trevor Rabin, Mick Jade and Ken E. Henson. 
    Unable to legally work in certain places due to issues surrounding Apartheid, the band found it difficult to break through, especially outside their country but continued making strides in the 1970s. Undoubtedly their most important work and finest effort is "Astra", a spicy and exciting blend of heavy prog with plenty of psych and blues. The disc has been re-released as many as six times in varying degrees of quality, the last in 2004.
    FREEDOM"S CHILDREN is one of the best of the hard-edged prog bands and a jewel in the South African prog crown, and is highly recommended to fans of the earlier, more intense heavy art bands. ~ 
    Atavachron (David)
    Views: 2594 | Date: 14.11.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (1)

    Freak Scene ~ 1967 ~ Psychedelic Psoul + Devil's Anvil ~ 1967 ~ Hard Rock From The Middle East
    genre: psych
    country: us
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 1:08'50" size: 418 mb
    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    The album is virtually a second Deep LP and almost identical in style. A Million Grains Of Sand and My Rainbow Life are two of its better tracks. Some of the other material can arguably described as rubbish, or brilliant. It's now a minor collectors' item and was repressed in 1989. My Rainbow Life was also done by Third Bardo and it has therefore been surmised that they were yet another of Rusty Evans' 'projects'. This was not the case as you'll read later in the Third Bardo entry. Filling The Gap includes a different version ofA Million Grains of Sand that Rusty recorded at a later date as Marcus.
    The Freak Scene - Psychedilic Psoul (1967):
    01. A Million Grains Of Sand (Rusty Evans) - 2:40
    02. "...When In The Course Of Human Events" (Draft Beer, Not Students) (R.Evans/David Rubinson/David Bromberg) / Interpolation: We Shall Overcome (P.Seeger/Z.Horton/F.Hamilton/G.Carawan) - 3:34
    03. Rose Of Smiling Faces (R.Evans) - 4:16
    04. Behind The Mind (A.Geller/R.Evans) - 2:16
    05. The Subway Ride Thru Inner Space (R.Evans) - 2:43
    06. Butterfly Dream (L.Rogan/D.Blackhurst/R.Evans) - 1:38
    07. My Rainbow Life (R.Evans/T.Randazzo/V.Pike) - 2:49
    08. The Center Of My Soul (R.Evans) - 2:25
    09. Watered Down Soul (D.Blackhurst/R.Evans) - 2:34
    10. Red Roses Will Weep (D.Blackhurst/R.Evans) - 2:17
    11. Mind Bender (D.Blackhurst/R.Evans) - 2:27
    12. Grok! (R.Evans) - 1:36
    The Freak Scene:
    - Rusty Evans - producer, vocals
    - David Bromberg - guitar
    and others...
    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    This New York band were heavily influenced by Oriental and Greek music. Seven songs are sung in Arabic, two in Greek and one in Turkish. Misirlou is sung in English by Pappalardi. All of their songs were covers of traditional or popular numbers. Musically the album is in a similar vein to Orient ExpressKaleidoscope and John Berberian. Steve Knight and Felix Pappalardi went on to play for Mountain. Bobby Gregg played with Eric Anderson, John Cale and Bob Dylan among others. ~ (Vernon Joynson / Max Waller)
    The Devil's Anvil - Hard Rock From The Middle East (1967):
    13. Wala Dai (Traditional, arr.Felix Pappalardi) - 2:41
    14. Nahna U Diab (Traditional) - 2:58
    15. Karkadon (Abdul-Galil Wabbi/Philimon Webbi) - 2:24
    16. Selim Alai (Traditional, arr.Felix Pappalardi) - 2:25
    17. Isme (F.El Atrash) - 5:56
    18. Besaha (Afif Radwan, Abdul-Galil Wabbi) - 1:53
    19. Shisheler (Traditional) - 2:48
    20. Kley (Theodorakis/Livaditis) - 4:37
    21. Hala Laya (Traditional, arr.Felix Pappalardi) - 2:49
    22. Treea Pethya (Traditional, arr.Jerry Satpir) - 2:21
    23. Misirlou (G.Collins/N.Roubanis) - 3:00
    24. Teyul Leili (The Devil's Anvil) - 3:02
    The Devil's Anvil:
    - Elierzer Adoram - accordion
    - Jerry Satpir - lead guitar, vocals
    - Kareem Isaaq - oud, vocals
    - Steve Knight - rhythm guitar, bass, bouzouki
    - Felix Pappalardi - bass, guitar, tamboura, percussion, vocals
    - Bobby Greg - drums
    - Herb Lovelle - drums
    - Mike Mohel - durbeki
    Views: 3309 | Date: 14.11.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (0)

    Van Der Graaf Generator ~ 2000 ~ An Introduction
    genre: prog
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 1:07'23" size: 497 mb
    Releases info: released with the 4CD SET The Box as an intro to the band. both the cd and the box were compiled by myself with input from the band on The Box only
    01 Darkness(11/11) 7:26
    02 Refugees 6:24
    03 Killer 8:21
    04 Theme 1 2:57
    05 Man - Erg 10:25
    06 Sleepwalkers 10:28
    07 Still Life 7:27
    08 When She Comes 8:02
    09 Sphinx In The Face 6:04
    ... Read more »
    Views: 2201 | Date: 14.11.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (0)

    genre: prog
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 54'08" size: 361 mb
    misc.: 2005

    The Quiet Zone

    Lizard Play 4:11
    The Habit of the Broken Heart 4:19
    The Siren Song 5:43
    Last Frame 5:52

    The Pleasure Dom

    The Wave 3:01
    Cat`s Eye / Yellow Fever (Running) (G.Smith/P.Hamill) 5:04
    The Sphinx in the Face 5:40
    Chemical World 5:52
    The Sphinx Returns 1:10

    (Hammill, except title 2.2)

    bonuses on 2005 Remaster :
    08 Chemical World 6:11
    09 The Sphinx Returns 1:17
    10 Door 3:37
    11 Ship Of Fools (single B - side) 3:03
    12 The Wave (demo version) 3:50

    Graham Smith (violin) Guy Evans (drums) Nick Potter (bass) Peter Hammill (vocals, guitar)

    Produced by Peter Hammill, Engineered by Ian Gowan, Dave Anderson,Pat Moran Recorded at Foel (Llanfair Caerinion), Morgan(London) and Rockfield (Moumouth),between 13th May - 12th June 1977,Painting by Jess Artem,Photography Robin 

    ... Read more »
    Views: 2843 | Date: 14.11.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (0)

    Van Der Graaf Generator ~ 1976 ~ World Record
    genre: psych / prog
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, booklet scans)
    time: 52'35" size: 483 mb
    misc.: 2005
    When She Comes [7:58] (Hammill)
    A Place to Survive [10:00] (Hammill)
    Masks [6:55] (Hammill)
    Meurglys III, The Songwriter's Guild [20:47] (Hammill)
    Wondering [6:33] (Hammill/Banton)
    bonuses on 2005 Remaster:
    06 When She Comes 8:24
    07 Masks (bonus) 7:29
    Hugh Banton - Manuals and pedals (Manuel and his Music of the Pedallos)
    Guy Evans - drms, cymbals, prcssn & fingerpop
    Peter Hammill - vox, Meurglys III and Wassisderpunkttenbacker
    David Jackson - alto, tenor & baritone saxs and accoutrments and flute (all in The Grotto)

    Produced by Van Der Graaf Generator
    Engineer: Pat Moran
    Recorded & mixed at Rockfield Studios 1 & 2 between may 10-30, 1976 and rehearsed at Headley Grange through April, 1976
    Sleeve design by A. D. Design Art direction by Frank Sansom
    Views: 3071 | Date: 14.11.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (0)

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