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    Jade Warrior ~ 1998 ~ Fifth Element
    genre: prog
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 35'56" size: 208 mb
    misc.: rec. in 74
    "After Jade Warrior's self-titled debut album (1971) and two following ("Released", 1972, and "Last Autumn's Dream", 1973) were released on the 'swirl' (old) Vertigo label, the band were at the peak of their creative activity in the first half of the 1970s, and prepared a whole double album for just about six months. The release of Jade Warrior's double LP did not, however, go in line with Vertigo's swirl strategy, and then the band members have logically decided to offer Vertigo to halve that "double" material and release it as two separate LPs: first "Eclipse" (in 1973), then "Fifth Element" (in 1974). Sad to know that as a result all ideas, searches for compromise settlements along with both LPs and the band itself were killed by the 'swirl' people at "Vertigo" (who, by the way, earlier killed another great band Clear Blue Sky."
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    Jacula ~ 1972 ~ Tardo Pede In Magiam Versus
    genre: prog
    country: italy
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 47'42" size: 242 mb
    01. "U.F.D.E.M." 9:04
    02. "Praesentia Domini" 10:59
    03. "Jacula Varzer" 6:27
    04. "Absolution" 5:00
    05. "Long Black Magic Night" 6:25
    06. "In Old Castle" 9:46
    Antonio Bartoccetti - guitar, bass, vocal
    Charles Tiring - church organ, harpsicord, Moog synthesizer, vocal
    Franz Partheny - medium
    Fiamma Dallo Spirito - vocal, violin, flute
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    David Jackson ~ 1992 ~ Tonewall Stands
    genre: fusion
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers)
    Van der Graaf Generator's member: Wiki
    01. "Tumbledown" 3:21
    02. "Beat the Schism" 4:35
    03. "Corpus Christi Carol" 2:58
    04. "Touchpaper Blue" 5:36
    05. "Polar Bear" 5:37
    06. "Gubb 'm' Bikik" 4:38
    07. "Rangoon Pilot" 3:47
    08. "Romance from Lorca" 3:13
    09. "Tonewall Stands" 4:53
    10. "Turn into the Wind" 5:33
    Bass, Bass Drum, Guitar – Nic Graham
    Performer [Border Pipes] – Paul James
    Snare [Drums], Percussion – Tnuh Cram
    Whistle, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Performer [Double Horns], Keyboards – David Jackson
    Drums – Jeremy Stacey
    Guitar – Moonboot
    Performer [Keyboard Landscapes] – Mark Jenkins
    Percussion – Tnuh Cram
    Euphonium – Jacob Jackson
    Choir – Jasmine, Kim from Oz, Moonboot, Sue Jackson

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    J. K. & Co. ~ 1968 ~ Suddenly One Summer
    genre: psych
    country: canada
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers)
    time: 30'53" size: 153 mb
    misc.: japan
    This sounds like the solo album that George Harrison might have made before he left the Beatles, as several songs have that solemn, spiritual, forlorn quality Harrison perfected on cuts like "Long, Long, Long." With its languid guitars, organ, and somber mood, "Nobody" is so reminiscent of All Things Must Pass tracks like "Let It Roll" that one is surprised to find that this album was done well before the release of All Things Must Pass in the early '70s. Although the lyrics are blatantly hippie-ish, the music itself sets a dignified, almost stately mood with its intimacy and tasteful restraint. "Fly" and "Nobody" are genuine lost treasures of low-key late-'60s late psychedelia, and alone make the album worth investigating. But it's inspired and pleasurable the whole way through, down to the super-brief links and intros dotted throughout the record. ~ Richie Unterberger
    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    Housed in a delightful pop-art cover, this concept album was meant to "depict musically a man's life from birth to death" - it was written by Jay Kaye who was just 15 years old at the time. Heavily orchestrated with lush arrangements, silky vocals, backward effects and found sounds, it is dreamy soft-rock that caresses psychedelia and flirts with the 'baroque'. It occupies a hazy territory somewhere between Sgt. Pepper and The Magical Mystery Tour, the Left Banke's second album and The ZombiesOdessey And Oracle. Highlights include the delightful Eastern-influenced Magical Fingers Of Minerva, some superb, melodic slices of pop-psych like Fly and Little Children, the guitar-driven instrumental Speed and the prog-psych finale Dead which gives way to the opening bars of the album at the end. The yearning vocal style is appealing and evident throughout but particularly evident on Crystal Ball and Nobody.
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    the J. Geils Band ~ 1993 ~ Anthology: Houseparty
    genre: heavy blues
    country: us
    quality: lossless (wv, cue, log, booklet scans)
    size: 0,9 g
    Cd1 (1:08'28):
    01. "Cruisin' For A Love" 2:34
    02. "Homework" 2:47
    03. "Looking For A Love" 3:48
    04. "It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It!)" 5:17
    05. "The Usual Place" 2:47
    06. "Cry One More Time" 3:26
    07. "Dead Presidents" 2:35
    08. "Give It To Me (single mix/edit)" 3:13
    09. "Southside Shuffle" 3:45
    10. "Make Up Your Mind" 3:34
    11. "Gettin' Out (single edit)" 2:56
    12. "Detroit Breakdown" 6:05
    13. "Givin' It All Up" 3:47
    14. "Must Of Got Lost (single edit)" 3:01
    15. "Believe In Me" 4:46
    16. "Love-Itis" 4:43
    17. "Where Did Our Love Go" 3:05
    18. "Peanut Butter" 2:26
    19. "Surrender" 3:53
    Cd2 (1:15'04"):
    01. "Sno-Cone (live)" 3:28
    02. "Wait (live)" 3:44
    03. "Hard Drivin' Man (live)" 4:27
    04. "First I Look At The Purse (live)" 4:02
    05. "Pack Fair And Square (live)" 2:24
    06. "Whammer Jammer (live)" 2:49
    07. "Musta Got Lost (live)" 6:39
    08. "Start All Over (live)" 2:25
    09. "Houseparty (live)" 5:01
    10. "I Do (live)" 3:21
    11. "Just Can't Wait" 3:28
    12. "Love Stinks" 3:48
    13. "Night Time" 4:33
    14. "Flamethrower" 5:02
    15. "Centerfold" 3:40
    16. "Freeze-Frame" 4:00
    17. "Sanctuary" 3:56
    18. "One Last Kiss" 4:24
    19. "Teresa" 3:53
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    J.E.T. ~ 1972 ~ Fede, Speranza, Carità
    genre: heavy prog
    country: italy
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 47'21" size: 296 mb
    misc.: japan
    Their name is very popular among Italian music collectors because from their ashes came the commercial pop group Matia Bazar, and also among prog collectors because of their LP rarity.
    Jet (or J.E.T. as their name was usually written) were formed in Genova at the beginning of the 70's from a previous band of the same name that also included later members of another pop band, Ricchi e Poveri. The group made their debut in 1971 at the radio contest "Un disco per l'estate" with their first single Vivere in te, and two other singles a year later, Non la posso perdonare and Il segno della pace, were still in a melodic pop style.
    Their first album, Fede speranza carità, also in 1972, derives from a radical turn in their musical style, to the then popular progressive rock, and is a very good album, with strong hard rock influences and falsetto vocals but with nice use of organ and a solid rhythm section, as in the long Sinfonia per un re that sometimes reminds of New Trolls' multivocal parts and Il prete e il peccatore. Unfortunately this has been their only venture into prog territory, and later singles took them back to a commercial rock not particularly memorable.
    In 1974 the band added a female voice (Antonella Ruggiero) and a new drummer (Giancarlo Golzi from Museo Rosenbach) changing name to Matia Bazar and starting a very long and successful career that still lasts today.
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    Klockwerk Orange ~ 1975 ~ Abrakadabra
    genre: sympho prog
    country: austria
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers)
    time: 43'54" size: 245 mb
    the Crack in the Cosmic Egg:
    Apparently the foremost progressive from the Austrian Tirol region. Their sole documented album is a very symphonic opus, containing only three long tracks, including a 21 minute side 2 opus. The style is kind of instrumental The Nice and Egg territory, heavy on the classical motifs and keyboards, but with the addition of some rather bizarre synthesizer sounds and some rather off-the-wall pomp and bombast. The engineer is said to be the classical producer Franz Koch.
    01. Duonyunohedeprinces 18:27
    02. The Key 4:06
    03. Abrakadabra 21:21
    Herman Delago (guitar, organ, synthesizer, vocals)
    Markus Weiler (organ, electric piano, synthesizer)
    Guntram Burtscher (bass, guitar, vocals)
    Wolfgang Bock (drums, tubular bells, tympani)
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    Key Largo ~ 1970 ~ Key Largo
    genre: blues
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 37'16" size: 243 mb
    Tapestry of Delights:
    "Key Largo may best be described as a group of musicians seeking to create something fresh and unique within the supposed musical boundaries of what most people would simply term blues" state the sleevenotes to their album. In fact what's on offer is pretty typical British blues but with lots of harmonica, percussion and brass arrangements in places. The album includes lots of cover versions of W. Dixon, A. Toussaint, B.B. King and P. Mayfield songs. The better tracks include the soul/funk orientated Give It Up with a brass arrangement; the slow number As The Years Go Passing By, which features some good blues guitar work and Come On And Get It, Baby, written by thirties English pianist Stanley Black - an instrumental with jazzy electric piano, sharp guitar chords and percussion.
    Kenny Lamb went on to Jellybread. ~ (Costas Arvanitis)

    ... Read more »
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    Kensington Market ~ 1968 ~ Aardvark
    genre: psych
    country: canada
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 37'20" size: 230 mb
    Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:
    Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, (they were named after a downtown neighbourhood there), their first 45 was rather punkish but most of their material is in the pop/rock mould. Of both albums, Aardvark is definitely the superior one. The group mixed many clearly Canadian sounds and arrangements into a sometime psych-pop, sometime folk, sometime Cream-acid-rock format which was always entertaining. The first album, Avenue Road, was definitely more poppy and less representative of their live concerts. In Canada (or at least in Toronto), Kensington Market were considered Canada's answer to the Jefferson Airplane. Shades of progressive rock start creeping in on Aardvark's last piece, Dorian (co-written with Pappalardi), where odd, post-psychedelic chords strode alongside an acid/R'n'B rave-up section.
    After the group split up in 1969 (barely after the release of their second album), bassist Alex Darou retreated to his apartment, not answering anyone's calls. Known for his bouts of depression, the other band members broke down his door to find him dead from malnutrition. It is assumed he was fasting, and went too far.

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    Karuna Khyal ~ 1976 ~ Alomoni 1985
    genre: psych, avant
    country: japan
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 48'04" size: 273 mb
    KARUNA KHYAL was one of the most obscure bands of the Japanese psychedelic rock scene. Some claim the outfit was a one-man project by Yoshihiro Takahashi, others that it was formed with him and his "druggie" family...but now nobody knows a lot about him/them.
    They released their one and only album "Alomoni 1985" in 1976 - the music style of which is often compared to FAUST or other Krautrock bands - one of milestones of Japanese psychedelic scene. Unfortunately it's said they broke up the following year and there's no knowledge about them after that.
    01. "Side A: 24-32" 24:48
    02. "Side B: 22-30" 23:16
    Yoshihiro Takahashi / all instruments
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    Karthago ~ 1973 ~ Second Step
    genre: heavy
    country: germany
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 47'01" size: 316 mb
    the Crack in the Cosmic Egg:

    Formed in Berlin in 1970, with roots going back to 1968 and the duo Blues Machine consisting of Joey Albrecht (guitar, vocals, from Hannover) and Gerald Luciano Hartwig (bass). The musicians of Karthago came from all over Germany and from various backgrounds, like Thomas Goldschmidt of Bolivian ancestry, adding a unique multi-cultural feel. Thus they were not a true Berlin band. Strongly inspired by British and American bands, Jimi Hendrix was a notable influence, but more so they were into the type of rock fusion garnered by CBS (like Chicago Transit Authority, Argent, Black Widow, Heaven, etc.). Karthago developed a more mainstream style than most Berlin acts, with strong songs, jazz and funk elements, backed up by excellent musicianship. Often they were much more Anglo-American sounding than German.
    It would seem that BASF were really pleased to sign Karthago up, as their debut LP had the most extraordinary multi-fold-out cover. The album was a fine example of the genre, with many excellent tracks, yet unbefitting such crazily psychedelic artwork! It obviously wasn't such a great success though, as it took two and a half years for the aptly entitled SECOND STEP to appear, and then there was another lengthy gap till their third. With each album the Karthago sound was becoming less progressive and closer to mainstream rock, though it seems they never gained any greater success due to this, not even when ex-Jethro Tull (and Wild Turkey) bassist Glenn Cornick expanded the international make up of the band. A live double album summed up most of the best material from this era, with some tracks greatly extended.
    Most of the musicians in Karthago went on to work in other bands, Ingo to Kraan and Guru Guru, Gerald to Embryo, Tommy to RMO, etc., whilst Joey Albrecht refused to give up the ghost and reformed the band on at least two occasions.

    Views: 2918 | Date: 07.12.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (0)

    Lady June ~ 1974 ~ Lady June's Linguistic Leprosy
    genre: experimental
    country: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 31'30" size: 175 mb
    Very, very odd and rather wonderful. Performance poet and artist Lady June's first album has become something of a cult classic since it's original release on Virgin's esoteric Caroline label in 1974. A mix of totally quirky songs and strange soundscapes. The music is provided by some heavy-weight friends such as Kevin Ayers, Eno, Pip Pyle and David Vorhaus.
    01. "Some Day Silly Twenty Three: 2:26
    02. "Reflections: 1:10
    03. "Ami: 2:34
    04. "Everythingsnothing: 4:26
    05. "Tunion: 4:17
    06. "The Tourist: 2:23
    07. "Bars: 2:47
    08. "The Letter: 4:04
    09. "Mangel/Wurzel: 0:58
    10. "To Whom It May Not Concern: 2:52
    11. "Optimism: 1:34
    12. "Touch-Downer: 2:00
    Lady June: Vocals
    Kevin Ayers: Guitar, bass, Vocals
    Brian Eno: Electronic Guitar, Bass, Imminent, Linearment, Lunar Lollipops, Vocals
    Pip Pyle: Drums
    Martha: Vocals
    David Vorhaus: Kaleidophon, Mix
    Jakob Klasse: Piano
    ... Read more »
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    Kornet ~ 1975 ~ Kornet
    genre: fusion, jazz
    country: sweden
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 37'05" size: 228 mb
    KORNET was a jazz-rock group formed at Framnäs college in Öjebyn by guitarist Stefan BJORKLUND, drummer Ake SUNDQVIST, and keyboardist Stefan NILSSON in 1974. They were joined by Anders JONSSON on Vibes, bassist Sten FORSMAN and a large ensemble including brass, woodwinds and strings. Their sought-after debut LP 'Kornet' was released in 1975 on Manifest. The collective went on to release two more albums during their heyday, 'Fritt Fall' in 1977 [also on Manifest] and 'Kornet III' in '79 on PickUp Records.
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    Kornelyans ~ 1974 ~ Not An Ordinary Life
    genre: prog, fusion
    country: yugoslavia
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 40'54" size: 314 mb
    misc.: english lyrics
    Scented Gardens of Mind:
    This Belgrade group was named after its founder, the keyboard player Kornelije Kovac. For a short time he was a member of Indexi, but formed his own group in 1968. In their early years only singles and EPs were recorded, some of which later resurfaced on the posthumous Mrtvo More.
    After two years of inactivity, Kovac started a new Korni Grupa formation in 1971.
    Korni Grupa (1972) represented the first progressive rock album in Yugoslavia and, as such, remains a milestone. Its five tracks were dominated by Kovic's piano and the distinctive voice of Zlatko Pejakovic (who would eventually become a pop singer). The real highlight was the three-part composition "Put Za Istok".
    Not An Ordinary Life (1974) was recorded in Italy with better sound equipment and more careful production. The material ranged from the complex jazzy progressive rock of the title track to the sentimental (but memorable} ballad "Generation 1942". "Fall Off The Land Of Woman" was a re-recording of "Bezglave Ja-Ha Horde" from their first album. This is one of the best Yugoslavian rock albums ever made, really a great achievement. The Italian edition had English lyrics, unlike the domestic release.
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    Le Stelle di Mario Schifano ~ 1967 ~ Dedicato A …
    genre: psych
    country: italy
    quality: lossless (wv, cue, log, scans)
    time: 32'22" size: 242 mb
    misc.: 1999
    Little known in the world until a few years ago, Dedicato a... is among the most wanted and expensive Italian album nowadays.
    Supported by the pop artist Mario Schifano (who was not a musician, by the way), in the same way that Andy Warhol acted with Velvet Underground, this band from Rome (though Crescentini and Marini were from Veneto and Cerra from Alessandria) was created in 1967 and released their first and only album the same year. 
    Bass player Crescentini, had briefly played before in the last incarnation of New Dada, a very popular garage-beat group.
    Housed in an incredible gatefold cover, painted by Schifano himself, the album contains a side-long improvised track on side 1, with the long title of Le ultime parole di Brandimarte, dall'Orlando Furioso, ospite Peter Hartman e fine (da ascoltare con TV accesa senza volume), a surreal title just like the track itself. Closer to avantgarde or contemporary music performances than to rock, the stunning track gives a good idea of what the group's music and live concerts were about. Side 2 is more conventional, with five short tracks with psych influences.

    The band only released another single, this time on CBS, before splitting.
    Keyboardist and singer Nello Marini tried a solo career with a commercial single, L'amore è il mio mestiere/Il mio amore per te (CBS 3800) issued in 1968, and later appeared on Venetian Power's LP. In 1993 he released a self-produced CD, entitled Artista with saxophonist Carlo Ponara.
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    John & Yoko / Plastic Ono Band ~ 1972 ~ Sometime in New York City
    genre: rock
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (wv, cue, log, covers)
    size: 587 mb
    misc.: 2cd japan
    Disc 1 (studio)
    Side 1
    "Woman Is the Nigger of the World" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 5:15
    "Sisters, O Sisters" (Yoko Ono) – 3:46
    "Attica State" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 2:54
    "Born in a Prison" (Yoko Ono) – 4:03
    "New York City" (John Lennon) – 4:30
    "Jerry" (Rubin) and David Peel are mentioned by name in the lyrics; in a 1972 live performance, "Jerry" becomes "Geraldo" (Rivera)
    Side 2
    "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 5:00
    The Bloody Sunday massacre in Northern Ireland occurred on 30 January 1972
    "The Luck of the Irish" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 2:56
    "John Sinclair" (John Lennon) – 3:28
    "Angela" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 4:06
    "We're All Water" (Yoko Ono) – 7:11
    John Lennon: guitars (including a resonator guitar), vocals.
    Yoko Ono: percussion, vocals.
    Jim Keltner: drums, percussion.
    Klaus Voormann: bass guitar.
    Elephant's Memory:
    Stan Bronstein: flute, saxophone.
    Wayne 'Tex' Gabriel: guitar.
    Richard Frank Jr.: drums, percussion.
    Adam Ippolito: keyboards, piano.
    Gary Van Scyoc: bass guitar.
    Disc 2 (live jam)
    Side 3
    "Cold Turkey" (John Lennon) – 8:35
    "Don't Worry Kyoko" (Yoko Ono) – 16:01
    Side 4
    "Well (Baby Please Don't Go)" (Walter Ward) – 4:41
    "Jamrag" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 5:36
    While credited to Lennon/Ono, the band is actually performing the Frank Zappa song "King Kong", which saw release on Zappa's 1969 album, Uncle Meat.
    "Scumbag" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono/Frank Zappa) – 4:08
    "Au" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 6:23
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