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    Main » 2014 » August » 05

    Dark ~ 1972 ~ Round The Edgesgenre: heavy prog, psych
    country: us
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 58'00" size: 363 m

    Crafting a musical skeleton that has as much in common with British folk as it does with West Coast jam bands, DARK wouldn't be unlike a lot of other psychedelic bands in the late sixties/early seventies. What made them different was one thing: a solid understanding of fuzzy guitar. Rather than merely using the fuzzbox to show off, DARK incorporated it into the build of their songs, laying it across moody, heavy tracks that approached sprawling.
    It all began in 1968, when guitarist Steve Giles grabbed other guitarist Martin Weaver, drummer Clive Thorneycroft and bassist Ronald Johnson, and formed Dark at a school in Northhampton. Local touring followed for several years, until, in 1972, the band only produced their first album, the not-quite-as-scary-as-you'd-think "Round the Edges" (occasionally featuring Colin Bush on bass. Go figure). 
    Only about sixty copies were issued, and original albums remain a collector's item to this day (it has been re-released several times since '72. Obviously, or else I wouldn't have heard it), and has been hailed as the UK's most expensive album. Soon after the album was released, the band broke up, and its members were scattered to the four winds (aka other bands and failed solo projects). 
    An effort was made at a revival in the early Nineties, which resulted in more local live shows; however, no new album was produced. Despite a couple of records of outtakes, the only true album by this intelligent jam band remains "Round the Edges". ~ The Whistler

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    Corpus ~ 1971 ~ Creation A Childgenre: heavy blues
    country: us
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 38'19" size: 467 m

    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    From Corpus Christi in Texas as their name suggests. There's some good guitar work on the album, which is essentially blues-based.

    01. Cruising 3:49
    02. Joy 6:18
    03. Marriage 3:36
    04. Creation A Child 6:53
    05. Just A Man 3:16
    06. We Can Make It, Luv 2:29
    07. Not Mine 3:29
    08. Where Is She 3:34
    09. Mythical Dream 4:55

    WILLIAM GRATE ld gtr, vcls
    RICHARD DELEON gtr, ld vcls
    GILBERT PENA, Jnr lyrics

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    Cargo ~ 1972 ~ Cargogenre: prog related
    country: netherlands
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 1:09'00" size: 467 m

    Scented Garden of Mind:
    They started out under the name September and released three singles on Imperial in 1970 and 1971, then changed their name to Cargo in 1972. Their album is a true classic of melodic heavy progressive rock with some of the best twin electric guitar interplay I've ever heard. They beat Wishbone Ash by miles! Tracks such as "Sail Inside" (10:54) may seem like cliched motorcycle rock on the first listening, only to reveal myriads of nuances behind the raw edges later on. This powerful guitar-driven music also has a more vulnerable side, alternating between aggression and a hidden sorrow. "Summerfair" (15:35) is another winner full of emotion and dynamics. Strongly recommended to all fans of intelligent guitar-rock! The cover motif was a reference to the first album by The Outsiders.

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    Camel ~ 1969 ~ Under Agegenre: psych
    country: uk
    audio: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 41'16" size: 277 m

    An english group, one of many that came to Italy during the beat era and chose to stay here afterwards, Camel only released an album in 1970 and two singles, the first of which under the longer name of Sopworth Camel. All of their production was made of other artists' covers from the 60's, such as The Beatles, ... Read more »
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    Butterfingers ~ 1970 ~ Butterfingersgenre: soul, psych
    country: us
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 31'13" size: 206 m

    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    Butterfingers are thought to have come from Texas, as their album is rarely sighted far from the Houston area.
    Musically, this band will have wide appeal amongst readers of this book - wild psychedelic guitar on every cut, that druggy underground vibe that was so prevalent in the 'States during this era but seldom was captured on vinyl (and was never allowed on radio). The lead vocalist has an obnoxious "soulish" vocal technique that irritates, however and overall the band come across as one-dimensional.
    Several collectors are quite certain that Butterfingers were a black group, but they sound simply hillbilly to me. Adding Texas to the equation makes the latter interpretation more likely, although still speculative.
    Despite what may appear as a lukewarm review, many collectors rate this album highly, and the reissue is certainly recommended.~ (Clark Faville)

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    Brewer & Shipley ~ 1969 - Weedsgenre: folk
    country: us
    audio: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 1:08'11" size: 441 m


    01. Lady Like You 2:10
    02. Rise Up (Easy Rider) 3:19
    03. Boomerang 2:22
    04. Indian Summer 2:58
    05. All Along The Watchtower 3:19
    06. People Love Each Other 2:53
    07. Pig's Head 2:10
    08. Oh, Sweet Lady 1:53
    09. Too Soon Tomorrow 2:48
    10. Whitchi-Tai-To 6:58

    Mike Brewer - Vocals, Guitars, Shakers & Vibra-slap
    Tom Shipley - Vocals, Guitars
    Mike Bloomfield & Fred Olson - Electric Guitar
    Mark Naftalin & Ira Kamin - Piano & Organ
    John Kahn & Robert Huberman - Bass
    Bob Jones - Drums
    Orville 'Red' Rhodes - Pedal Steel Guitar
    Richard Greene - Fiddle
    AppleJack - Harmonica
    Rienol Andino - Congas
    Nicky Hopkins - Piano

    Brewer & Shipley ~ 1970 ~ Tarkio11. One Toke Over The Line 3:21
    12. Song From Platte River 3:20
    13. The Light 3:11
    14. Ruby On The Morning 2:19
    15. Oh Mommy 3:05
    16. Don't Want To Die In Georgia 3:49
    17. Can't Go Home 2:33
    18. Tarkio Road 4:34
    19. Seems Like A Long Time 4:17
    20. Fifty States Of Freedom 6:52

    Mike Brewer - Vocals & Guitars
    Tom Shipley - Vocals & Guitars
    Mark Naftalin - Piano & Organ
    John Kahn - Bass
    Paul Butterfield & Fred Burton - Electric Guitar
    Bill Vitt & Bob Jones - Drums
    Noel Jewkes - Flute
    Jerry Garcia - Pedal Steel Guitar

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    Brian Auger's Oblivion Express ~ 1971 ~ Brian Auger's Oblivion Expressgenre: fusion
    country: uk
    audio: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 40'23" size: 241 m

    Tapestry of Delights:
    After the Trinity broke up in mid-1970 he formed Oblivion Express who released several more jazz-rock orientated albums primarily targeted at the US market.

    01. Dragon Song 4:30
    02. Total Eclipse 11:38
    03. The Light 4:24
    04. On The Road 5:29
    05. Sword 6:36
    06. Oblivion Express 7:45

    Bass Guitar, Vocals [Harmony] – Barry Dean
    Drums – Robbie McIntosh
    Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Producer – Brian Auger
    Lead Guitar, Vocals [Harmony] – Jim Mullen

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    Born Again ~ 2001 ~ Pagangenre: rock
    country: us
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 1:07'35" size: 436 m

    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    Originally from Marin County in Northern California and calling themselves Red Mountain, a demo tape they recorded at Sierra Sound Labs in Berkeley attracted the attention of producer Roger Dollarhide (Randy California's Kapt. Kopter And The Fabulous Twirly Birds) who invited them to relocate to Los Angeles. In late 1969 and early 1970, several recording sessions took place at SunWest Studios in Hollywood that appear for the first time on the Rockadelic collection. In addition, guitarist Larry Otis contributed music to an original movie soundtrack in 1970, The Velvet Vampire, and a piece from this movie also figures on the Born Again Pagan collection.
    While the music produced by the various line-ups of the group varies enough in style as to defy categorisation, there are no weak moments on this album. Sullivan's snarling lead vocal technique will appeal to fans of both sixties and seventies music, and no one will find fault with Otis' remarkable command of the guitar (Dollarhide introduced Otis to Ike Turner as "the best rock guitar player in the world", and Turner apparently agreed - hiring Otis for the Ike and Tina Turner Revue in 1974).
    Otis worked extensively as a session guitarist in Los Angeles beyond the timespan of this book. In 1992 he recorded an album of rock 'n' roll music with his friend Rúnar Júlíusson of Thor's Hammer (Rúnar And Otis (Geimsteinn Records GSK 156)), and the Icelandic label has just released a new album of his instrumental guitar works that may appeal to readers (New Beginnings GSCD 197).

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    Borealis - 1972 - Sons of the Sea + Professor Fuddle's Fantastic Fairy Tale Machinegenre: rock
    country: canada
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 59'57" size: 321 m

    Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:
    Their album is in general amateurish and suffers in the composition level from lack of inspiration. Their nadir is the awful Old Age with an inconsistent melody line and out of tune vocals in parts, but fortunately the rest of the tracks are not that bad. In fact there are some good enough compositions like the mid-tempo, organ-dominated Business, the slow and melodic The End and the more hypnotic Tomorrow Morning which is reminiscent of It's A Beautiful Day. The heavier tracks like Song For The Sea, Broke and The Politician are not so distinctive, but Long Day, which sounds similar to Bent Wind, and the psychedelic (with a garage/basement feel) Higher featuring lots of fuzz guitar leads, are satisfying.

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    Bo Grumpus ~ 1968 ~ Before The Wargenre: psych
    country: us
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 31'32" size: 170 m

    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    This band's album was produced by the late Felix Pappalardi and includes N.D. Smart (of The Remains) on drums. Sparrow Time and Think Twice have good fuzz guitar but it's predominantly a soft folk-rock LP.
    Jim Colegrove was originally from Springfield, Ohio, and was co-founder of Teddy and The Rough Riders, a rock'n'roll outfit who made three singles and an album for Tilt/Huron/Mega City labels in the early '60s. In '66 he was with the intrigingly named Thee Rubber Band, and the same year moved to New York to play with The Hobbitts (whether the same act as The Hobbits... is unknown). In '67 he switched from guitar to bass, and joined Bo Grumpus. Subsequently, he's recorded with Jolliver Arkansaw who released one album Home (Bell 6031) in 1969 which was again produced by Felix Pappalardi, Hungry Chuck, and The Juke Jumpers,. Jim's story also sees him play alongside Canadian act Ian and Sylvia, as part of their backing group Great Speckled Bird (also with N.D. Smart), Todd Rundgren, Paul Butterfield and Allen Ginsberg amongst many others.
    Ed Mottau later played with Elliot Murphy, David Peel and John Lennon on his Walls And Bridges and Rock & Roll albums. ~ (Vernon Joynson/Stephane Rebeschini)

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    the Band ~ 1970 ~ Stage Frightgenre: country
    country: canada
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 36'30" size: 229 m


    01. Strawberry Wine 2:38
    02. Sleeping 3:18
    03. Time To Kill 3:29
    04. Just Another Whistle Stop 3:53
    05. All La Glory 3:37
    06. The Shape I'm In 4:03
    07. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show 3:14
    08. Daniel And The Sacred Harp 4:15
    09. Stage Fright 3:46
    10. The Rumor 4:18

    Rick Danko – bass, fiddle, vocals
    Levon Helm – drums, guitar, percussion, vocals
    Garth Hudson – organ, electric piano, accordion, tenor saxophone
    Richard Manuel – piano, organ, drums, clavinet, vocals
    Robbie Robertson – guitars, autoharp

    Todd Rundgren – mixing and recording engineer
    Glyn Johns – mixing engineer
    John Simon – baritone saxophone

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    Bang ~ 2010 ~ Bulletsgenre: hard
    country: us
    audio: lossless (flac, cue, log, book scans)
    time: 31'47"+34'43"+33'57"+1:15'07" size: 1,2 g

    Getting their first significant break, by gate crashing a Small Faces show in Orlando in 1971, Philadelphia-born Bang are often cited as being the closest band America had to Black Sabbath in the early 70’s, though there is much more to Bang than being mere copyists. This can finally be witnessed here on this deluxe re-mastered CD set, which encapsulates all of the bands recorded output from their ‘Capitol Records Period’, which spanned from 1971-1974.
    Also included in here is the previously unreleased, debut album ‘Death of a Country’, which was initially rejected by Capitol, as being a ‘heavy concept album’ they thought no one would understand.
    Highly regarded as a cult act by many for years, it’s now time for this truly amazing rock band to be enjoyed by a new audience. As can be heard over this four CD set, the versatility and songwriting skills of Bang were second to none. Starting with the darkly psychedelic prog-tinged vibes of their aforementioned unreleased debut, they soon became major contenders in the hard rock stakes with the release of their debut self-titled album in 1971, which has since gone to be considered an important forerunner to the early Doom Metal genre.
    This was followed by the monumental ‘Mother/Bow To The King‘ album in 1972 which, quite frankly, should have exploded. Changes in personnel at their record company offices and an externally forced line-up change led to frustration and bewilderment, before releasing their swansong 1973 album Music. It is on this album that we see a mature songwriting partnership moving away from the all out heaviness of their earlier work, into reflective, yet uplifting almost Powerpop mode.
    Also included here are the so-called ‘lost singles‘, which were the last attempts at commercial success, prior to the band folding for many years, before reforming in the early 90′s. There is a point to be made that these three tracks are some of the best material the band ever wrote, with ‘Slow Down‘ being a return to the heavier times with a main riff to die for, whilst ‘Make Me Pretty‘ is a fantastic powerpop ballad ahead of it’s time.

    Bang - 1971 - Death Of A Country
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