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    the Blue Effect ~ 1970 ~ Meditacegenre: prog
    country: czechoslovakia
    audio: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 1:02'53"  size: 357 mb

    Scented Gardens of the Mind:
    ... Their album Meditace (1970) was great. "Pamet Lásky" opened the album with threatening gothic voices, narrative lead vocals and careful orchestration, much like a post Soviet invasion requiem. The other tracks ranged from Yarbirds-like sitar excursions and blues-rock highlighting the flute (similar to vintage Jethro Tull) to well-written pop-psychedelia in the typical late sixties tradition. ...

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    Views: 1103 | Date: 22.07.2014 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    Modrý Efekt & Radim Hladik ~ 1974 ~ Modry Efekt & Radim Hladikgenre: prog
    country: czechoslovakia
    audio: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 48'34"  size: 298 mb

    from Scented Gardens of the Mind:
    ... A self-titled and largely instrumental progressive rock album was recorded in 1973, but not released until two years later. Two tracks were over 10 minutes long and ideal showcases for Hladik's intricate style (somewhere between Jan Akkecrman and the non-Latin jazz-rock style of Carlos Santana). His reputation as the best guitar player in Eastern Europe has a lot to do with this album. ...

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    Views: 1323 | Date: 22.07.2014 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    Blocco Mentale ~ 1973 ~ Poagenre: prog
    country: italy
    audio: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 46'34"  size: 244 mb

    Scented Gardens of the Mind:
    Their sole album is one of the really outstanding pearls of Italian rock. Being more introspective and relaxed in style than most, this very poetic and fragile album has sadly been overlooked by some collectors. The delightful melodies are performed by a very distinctive vocalist with a slightly nasal, high-pitched voice, comparable to Par Moran of the British group Spring or Colin Goldring of Gnidrolog. Instrumental reference points could include Procol Harum, Raw Material and Van Der Graaf Generator. In places, three-part vocal harmonies add hippie vibes resembling some of the US West Coast bands. The tracks form an interconnected 7-part suite with varied instrumental backing (piano, organ, flute, mellotron, guitar, sax, moog in this order). "La Nuova Forza" is the best example, blending complex prog, folk, jazz and harmony pop in a classic 8-minute track. By the way, 'Poa' is the greek word for the fertile element: earth.

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    Views: 970 | Date: 22.07.2014 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    the Blackbirds ~ 1971 ~ Touch Of Musicgenre: kraut, prog
    country: germany
    audio: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 44'23"  size: 307 mb

    the Crack in the Cosmic Egg:
    Amongst the earliest of Krautrock bands, The Blackbirds (like Xhol) started elsewhere before venturing on to experimental realms. In fact, they were originally a 1960's pop band typical of the soul-beat era, but with a touch of the Mothers Of Invention type satire and some progressive touches. Although their debut NO DESTINATION had its moments, it is generally very dated and only of marginal interest. Curiously it only ever gained a UK release.
    After a promising big step in the right direction with the Blackbirds 2000 single, by the time of their second album TOUCH OF MUSIC, the three year gap had made a lot of difference. In fact, only one member (Werner Breinig) remained from the original line-up, and they had moved on to a classical spiced rock music of great invention, blending heavy and spacey styles with great finesse. Strong songs form the basis of most tracks, all of which are sufficiently long enough to give plenty of room for solos from flute, violin, guitar and keyboards. Stylistically The Blackbirds here come pretty close to Italian bands of the era like New Trolls, Panna Fredda, Hero, at al, (a hint of Xhol Caravan and Vanilla Fudge even more so) and they also had much in common with British bands like Skin Alley or Jody Grind. It's a shame they never made a third album!

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    Views: 1115 | Date: 22.07.2014 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    the Big 3 ~ 1995 ~ The Big 3 Featuring Mama Cass Elliotgenre: folk
    country: us
    audio: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 56'19"  size: 306 mb

    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    A folk group, whose members Elliott and Doherty went on to the Mugwumps and later the Mamas and Papas. Tim Rose had also a subsequent solo career.
    This is compilation of both their LPs The Big 3 (FM Records, 1963) & Live at the Recording Studio (FM Records, 1964).

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    Views: 1080 | Date: 22.07.2014 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (0)

    Between ~ 1973 ~ And The Waters Openedgenre: kraut, avant
    country: germany
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, book scans)
    time: 53'56"  size: 250 mb

    01. Journey To The Ixtland (Bonus Track) 4:30
    02. And The Waters Opened 11:04
    03. Uroboros 5:42
    04. Syn 6:18
    05. Devotion 3:50
    06. Happy Stage 11:31
    07. Samum 5:40
    08. Kalenda Days (Bonus Track) 3:01
    09. Former Times (Bonus Track) 2:20

    Cotch Black (percussion)
    Roberto Détrée (guitar, moto-cello, harp)
    Robert Eliscu (oboes)
    Peter Michael Hamel (keyboards, voice)
    Fabian Arkus (electronics)
    Duru Omson (flute, percussion, voice)

    see also: Between ~ 1974 ~ Dharana

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    Views: 1251 | Date: 22.07.2014 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    Chris Bell ~ 1992 ~ I Am The Cosmosgenre: rockpop
    country: us
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 54'17"  size: 361 mb


    01. I Am The Cosmos 3:50
    02. Better Save Yourself 4:29
    03. Speed Of Sound 5:15
    04. Get Away 3:30
    05. You And Your Sister 3:14
    06. Make A Scene 4:12
    07. Look Up 3:18
    08. I Got Kinda Lost 2:45
    09. There Was A Light 3:21
    10. Fight At The Table 3:45
    11. I Don't Know 3:25
    12. Though I Know She Lies 3:38

    13. I Am The Cosmos (Slow Version) 3:42
    14. You And Your SIster (Country Version) 2:58
    15. You And Your SIster (Acoustic Version) 2:55

    Chris Bell – guitar, vocals
    Ken Woodley – bass guitar, organ
    Richard Rosebrough – drums
    Jody Stephens – drums
    Alex Chilton – backing vocals on track 5, guitar on track 26
    Bill Cunningham – arrangement on track 5
    Jim Dickinson – piano on track 10

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    Views: 1083 | Date: 22.07.2014 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    Bee Gees ~ 1967 ~ Bee Gees' 1stgenre: beat
    country: australia
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 37'41"  size: 241 mb


    01. Turn Of The Century 2:27
    02. Holiday 2:56
    03. Red Chair, Fade Away 2:20
    04. One Minute Woman 2:19
    05. In My Own Time 2:16
    06. Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You 3:40
    07. Craise Finto Kirk Royal Academy Of Arts 2:21
    08. New York Mining Disaster 1981 2:12
    09. Cucumber Castle 2:06
    10. To Love Somebody 3:02
    11. I Close My Eyes 2:25
    12. I Can't See Nobody 3:47
    13. Please Read Me 2:18
    14. Close Another Door 3:29

    Barry Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals, guitar
    Robin Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals, organ
    Maurice Gibb – harmony and backing vocal, bass guitar, piano, organ, harpsichord, mellotron, guitar
    Vince Melouney – guitar
    Colin Petersen – drums

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    Views: 1132 | Date: 22.07.2014 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    Ron Elliott ~ 1970 ~ The Candlestickmakergenre: folk
    country: us
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 30'28"  size: 182 mb

    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    A must-have for Beau Brummels fans, the only solo album of Ron Elliott is a excellent follow-up to Triangle and Bradley's Barn.
    Levitt and McClure were previously in Levitt and McClure whom only album was produced by Elliott. In 1971, McClure and Dragon formed Joyous Noise with some help from Elliott. Ron Elliott was later a member of Pan and Giants and reformed the Beau Brummels in 1975. ~ (Stephane Rebeschini)

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    Views: 1015 | Date: 22.07.2014 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    Atlee ~ 1970 ~ Flying Aheadgenre: heavy
    country: us
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, cover)
    time: 39'05"  size: 268 mb

    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    Produced by Joel Sill, Atlee were a good hard-rock quartet from California. All the tracks on their sole album were penned by Yeager and demonstrate the band's skill and their sense of humour: Still working with Michael Stevens, Atlee Yeager would go on to issue another album on Chelsea in 1973.
    Yeager also played bass on Damon's album whilst Stevens and Francisco had previously been in Highway Robbery. ~ (Max Waller / Clark Faville / Stephane Rebeschini)

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    Views: 1562 | Date: 22.07.2014 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    Archaïa ~ 1977 ~ Archaïagenre: zeuhl
    country: france
    audio: lossless (ape, cue, log, cover)
    time: 50'51"  size: 233 mb

    Archaïa is an example of music were musicians have listened to and drawn inspiration from diverse music in extremely successful way. The music on the album is gorgeous mix of Magma era MDK, proto-world music (Jade Warrior, Oldfield), Arachnoid, Heldon, psychprog (Hillage), jazz fusion (Mahavishnu), dark chamber music (U. Zero) etc.. Group was basically trio of guitar, bass and percussions (no drums), and both guitarist and percussonist played fantastic droning keyboards.  As linear notes say, band was under heavy influence of Magma, because they invent similar (the meaning of this word is rather relative here) tale, based on the drowned Atlantis rising again, which is Archaia. Core members even give themselves sort of Cobaian pseudonyms (Pierrick Le Bras = Perig Ar Braz; Michel Munier = Mickaлl Candasami Muntër), well, they must have drowned themselves in Mekhanik Destruktiw Kommandöh. Beside Cobaian component, band or at least one member, was heavily into Eastern meditation techniques, Hindu, maybe even Tibetan, what can be discerned from the differently pitched mantras (quite present on the recording).  In 1979 group disbanded apart from the numerous reasons, some mentioned in the linear notes, some not. Bassist Michel Munier later appears in the Ange/Mona Lisa clone-band Grime, cunningly and thoroughly hiding his roots. Perhaps, the work could be a bit more elaborated, at least one album more and things would set into hundred-percently proper mould. If you're into Magma, Heldon and heavy psyche dronners, you can dig this blindfold.  -- Nenad Kobal

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    Views: 1245 | Date: 22.07.2014 | Rating: 4.0 | Comments (0)

    the Allusions ~ 2003 ~ Anthology 1966 - 1968genre: beat
    country: australia
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, cover)
    time: 51'01"  size: 290 mb

    Fans of the early- and mid-'60s Merseybeat sound (the Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Searchers, etc.) will probably love this 21-song compilation, which assembles the Allusions' complete recorded output over a four-year period. At their best, as on "Gypsy Woman," they had a fresh, original sound somewhere midway between the romanticism of the Beatles, the dynamism of the Kinks, and the Who's early ballads, with a unique vocal sound and good attack on their instruments. "Fever (Burns My Brain)" is a strange, yet workable, mix of two seemingly conflicting themes, a harsh, smooth farewell main lyric bridged by an achingly beautiful chorus reminiscent of Gerry & the Pacemakers vocally and the Zombies instrumentally. "The Dancer" is one of those odd low visibility numbers, like "I'll Remember the Night" by the Roulettes (whom these guys also resemble) that are such smooth and catchy examples of the Merseybeat sound that they belong on any anthology of the era and the music. 

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    Views: 1072 | Date: 22.07.2014 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

    Agincourt ~ 1970 ~ Fly Awaygenre: folk, prog
    country: uk
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, cover)
    time: 46'29"  size: 211 mb

    Tapestry of Delights:
    An ultra-rare privately-pressed album by the same group of people responsible for Alice Through The Looking Glass, Ithaca and Tomorrow Come Some Day.
    This particular album is folkier than Ithaca, for example, but like the latter still has a strong Moody Blues influence, particularly on the best track Through The Eyes Of A Lifetime, which begins with a poem and ends with some lovely piano-dominated instrumentation. The opening cut When I Awoke is a very pleasant folky number with some lovely female vocals. Next up is Though I May Be Dreaming, which has a gorgeous acoustic guitar intro and more delicious female vocals. There's some nice flute work on instrumental Joy In The Finding, Dawn and Kind Sir. All My Life is a nice piano-led piece with a spooky sounding ending. All the material is written by either Ferdinando or Howell. (Vernon Joynson)

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    Views: 1256 | Date: 22.07.2014 | Rating: 0.0 | Comments (0)

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