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    Tommy James and the Shondells ~ 1989 ~ Anthologygenre: beat, pop
    country: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, cover,
     size: 466 mb)
    time: 1:14'49"

    Tommy James (real name Thomas Jackson) was born on 29 April 1947 in Dayton, Ohio. He formed his first group in Niles, Michigan when he was just nine and they cut a 45, Long Pony Tail, for a local label. Later in 1963, after hearing Hanky Panky performed in a night club in South Bend, Indiana, he recorded the song for DJ Jack Douglas' Snap label with an outfit called The Shondells. It sold quite well around Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. Two years later when he'd just left college and was out of work Tommy received a call from a DJ in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who had popularised the record. Tommy relocated there and, when the original Shondells refused to leave Indiana, he hired a local band, The Raconteurs, to become the new Shondells. The New York-based Roulette label picked up the disc from Red Fox for national release. It became a million-selling No 1 in the U.S. and also made No 38 in the UK. The debut album made No 46 in the U.S. Album Charts. The Roulette label arranged for songwriter/producers Bo Gentry and Richie Cordell to team up with the band in a partnership which produced a string of melodic and exhilarating hits. Their third LP I Think We're Alone Now reached No 74 in the U.S. Charts and their fourth - a compilation Something Special! The Best of Tommy James And The Shondells peaked at No 174. Get Out Now, their 10th single for Roulette, which made No 48, marked the end of their lightweight pop period.

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    the J. Geils Band ~ 1971 ~ The Morning Aftergenre: heavy boogie, rhythm and blues
    country: us
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, covers)
    time: 34'42" size: 212 mb

    Side one
    "I Don't Need You No More" – 2:36
    "Whammer Jammer" (Juke Joint Jimmy) – 2:37
    "So Sharp" (Arlester Christian) – 3:10
    "The Usual Place" (Don Covay, Leroy Randolph) – 2:45
    "Gotta Have Your Love" – 4:32

    Side two
    "Looking for a Love" (J. W. Alexander, Zelda Samuels) – 3:47
    "Gonna Find Me a New Love" – 3:24
    "Cry One More Time" – 3:23
    "Floyd's Hotel" – 3:11
    "It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It!)" (Juke Joint Jimmy) – 5:12

    All songs written by Peter Wolf and Seth Justman, except where noted; arranged by J. Geils Band.

    Peter Wolf - vocals
    J. Geils - guitar
    Seth Justman - keyboards
    Danny Klein - bass
    Magic Dick - harp
    Stephen Bladd - drums, vocals

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    Izvir ~ 1977 ~ Izvirgenre: fusion, prog
    country: yugoslavia
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers)
    time: 42'32" size: 309 mb

    Jazz-rock band IZVIR (Eng. "source" or "spring") was formed in Ljubljana (Slovenia, ex-Yugoslavia) back around 1971, although not under that name, and was active until 1978. In this period they released two singles and the eponymous LP album, which today rank as highly valued collectors' items and are rare to find. Members of the band were: Marko Bitenc / vocal, percussion, Marjan Lebar / bass, Slavko Lebar / guitar, Andrej Petkovic / drums, Franc Opeka / guitar, Davor Petric / guitar and Andrej Konjajev / organ, piano, vocal. After the break-up of IZVIR, most of them collaborated with group PREDMESTJE and other Slovenian jazz-rock acts.

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    Ithaca ~ 1973 ~ A Game for All Who Knowgenre: folk, psych
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers)
    time: 32'54" size: 454 mb

    Tapestry of Delights:
    A very rare privately-pressed demo-only album which is heavily influenced by the early seventies Moody Blues sound. In other words, we're talking progressive pop/rock with quasi-mystical lyrics. Some will love it, others will feel it typifies all that's bad in the genre. Among the better moments are Dreams and Times.
    The individuals responsible for this had earlier been involved in Agincourt, Alice Through The Looking Glass and Tomorrow Come Some Day.
    The Ithaca album is a mega-rarity, but some further copies appeared on the market when the band were tracked down. According to 'Record Collector' the earlier market value (£1,500) was halved to £750.
    The band were also responsible for an acetate album called Friends but this was never 'released'. This would definitely fall into the R5 category.

    Ithaca released one album called A Game for All Who Know. It is considered pretty rare as "those in the know" say only 55 copies of the LP were pressed. However, it has been pressed on CD so it's much easier to hear. There is also a bit of controversy surrounding the album. Apparently some people think the original LP was fake by a worthless record dealer. So, is it worth it? Yes, if you are into folksy psychedelic ala Trees, Mellow Candle or Pink Floyd's "If" or "Grantchester Meadows." Really nice vocals that make me think of the three voices of the Wilson Philips ladies all rolled into Lee Menelaus, the female vocalist. Her voice is *very* sweet. Alternating with her are the vocals of John Ferrdinando whose voice is also quite pleasant and gentle. Instruments include mandolin, flutes, recorders, classical guitar and autoharp. The music is gentle, dreamy and very laid back. This is a great summer evening kind of album. Overall, a very nice sound and worth a listen if you like folk/prog. -- Mike Taylor

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    It's All Meat ~ 1970 ~ It's All Meatgenre: heavy, psych
    country: canada
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers)
    time: 1:03'41" size: 454 mb

    Very very rare Canadian hard rock with psych remnants, has a great immediacy to it and lots of ripping fuzz; problem for me is a sometimes operatic singer a la British LPs like Open Mind and Ghost. If you have no problems with that you'll dig this LP big time. Has an awesome long organbased potsmoker you might know from Gathering vol 3, the rest is more rocking. Both re's have cover wear residue from the originals that were used.

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    Iron Maiden ~ 1970 ~ Maiden Voyagegenre: heavy
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers)
    time: 56'17" size: 230 mb

    Orexis Of Death:
    In 1964, Barry Skeels, Steve Drewett, Chris Rose and Alan Hooker formed an acoustic band in Basildon, Essex that eventually evolved into a band called Iron Maiden (unrelated to the currently famous Iron Maiden). By 1966, the lineup was Skeels (bass), Drewett (vocals/harmonies), Rose (lead guitar), Tom Loates (rhythm guitar) and Stan Gillem (drums); they played Rolling Stones and blues numbers under the name "Growth". Reduced to a two-piece, Drewett and Skeels played blues under the name of "Stevenson's Blues Department" in pubs and clubs in Essex and London. They supported a number of up and coming bands including Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac, The Groundhogs and King Crimson.
    In 1968, Drewett and Skeels were joined by Paul Reynolds (drums) and Trevor Thoms (guitar). They released an acetate (God of Darkness/Ballad of Martha Kent) under the then risqué name of Bum. When they signed to the Gemini label in 1970, the name was changed to the less risqué Iron Maiden. They recorded their debut album Maiden Voyage. Reynolds was replaced by Steve Chapman on drums and Iron Maiden released the single Ned Kelly/Falling. This coincided with Mick Jagger's film "Ned Kelly". A planned Australian tour fell through. The Gemini record label also folded (with the loss of the debut album master tapes) and Skeels left Iron Maiden. The band carried on without him for a while, but the debut album was not released until 1998 using duplicate tapes owned by Skeels.

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    Irmin's Way ~ 1976 ~ Opus; Destroygenre: kraut, heavy
    country: uk/germany
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, covers)
    time: 46'56" size: 280 mb

    Crack in the Cosmic Egg:
    A rediscovery in the mid-1990's, Irmin's Way were an obscure mid-1970's Anglo-German band who recorded an LP in 1976, that remained unreleased and lost until 1995. There's a good deal of mystery about them, except that the band were originally known under a different name, and at the request of the musicians the original name and identity of the musicians has never been disclosed. If this all turns out to be a hoax, it's certainly a convincing one.
    For the album release they took on the name Irmin's Way, after the Saxon God that slew a dragon, a name that befitted the album as a conceptual opus steeped in mythology. In the classic tradition of Krautrock bands of the era, Irmin's Way notably drew on the cosmic side of Pink Floyd, close to Belgian's Dragon, or towards Gäa's psychedelic space-tripping. A touch amateurish, i.e. rough 'n' ready, and not that well produced, it is nonetheless a classic of the genre.
    According to info from Martin Heide, he says that the real name of Irmin's Way was Tin Pan Alley. Apparently the Ege Sound Studio still exists, and resident engineer Dieter Ege still works there.

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    Iota ~ 1970 ~ Iotagenre: psych
    country: us
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, covers)
    time: 30'12" size: 158 mb

    Iota's biography is a short read and its discography even shorter. Hailing from El Paso, TX, this four-piece was active in the late '60s and early '70s. It recorded a studio session in 1971 for the Suemi label, out of which two singles came out. Success -- and the projected LP -- never materialized. Thanks to Suemi's archiving care, the Shadoks imprint was able to retrieve this lost album in 2003. Iota had little money and Suemi spent little more on them: The eight-track tapes sound thin and under-produced, but the music features enough original quirks to catch the interest of '70s psychedelic/acid rock collectors. To the standard post-Cream power trio, Iota added Hammond organ (played by Steve Phipps), which takes the group's sound closer to early Deep Purple, especially in "Sing for You." The highlight of the set is "Precincts," the group's first single A-side. A dark, moody song mixed with lots of cavernous bass, it is unusual even by heavy psych rock standards and features a gripping melody delivered with much drama by leader Carl Neer. "Love Come Wicked," "Bottle Baby," and "Better Place" also stand as nicely written songs and walk the line separating blues-rock and psych rock. More overtly pop, "I'm Gonna Be a Man" and "Our Love So Warm" are less successful. ~ Francois Couture, All Music Guide

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    International Submarine Band ~ 1968 ~ Safe At Homegenre: country
    country: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers)
    time: 28'13" size: 164 mb

    Fuzz Acid $ Flowers:
    One of the very first groups to try to combine rock with country music, the International Submarine Band is now mostly remembered for being Gram Parsons' first significant group. He, of course, would later join The Byrds and form the Flying Burritos Brothers.
    Formed in 1967, after two flop singles, the group (Parsons, Dunlop, Gauvin and Nuese) moved from New York to California responding to an offer of the actor Brandon deWilde to get them some film work. The ISB did appear in the film "The Trip" with Peter Fonda but their music was erased and replaced by the Electric Flag. The group also recorded an entire album of Beatlesque material at Los Angeles Gold Star Studios but the tapes, given to deWilde for safekeeping, disappeared in the "rock's black hole"!
    In late Spring 1967, after a discussion over the direction the band was taking, Dunlop and Gauvin left the group and moved to Boston. Ian Dunlop would later record some solo records for small labels. Having decided to play with a country music sound, Parsons recruited a new drummer, Jon Corneal and, together with Nuese and a temporary bassist, auditioned successfully for Lee Hazelwood's label, LHI. Produced by Suzi Jane Hokum, the sessions began with the help of a new bassist, Chris Ethridge and a new singer/guitarist, Bob Buchanan. Two well known country musicians, Maness and Ball, also helped the group. The album was finished in Christmas 1967 but in February 1968, Parsons joined The Byrds. The album, Safe At Home, was only released in late Spring 1968.

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    Improved Sound Limited ~ 1971 ~ Improved Sound Limitedgenre: folk, psych, heavy
    country: germany
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers,
     size: 454 mb)
    time: 1:11'53"

    Cosmic Dreams:
    This Nuremberg group began to play together as early as 1961 under the name Blizzards. They used the name Improved Sound Limited from 1966. In the late sixties they specialised in delivering soundtracks for German television and movies by Michael Verhoeven. Engelchen Macht Weiter, Hoppe, Hoppe Reiter (1969) was the soundtrack from a Verhoeven film, released on the same label as the first Gomorrah album. I don't know this one (presumably a late beat rock effort), but their self-titled double album for Liberty was very inspired by the American folk-rock of Bob Dylan and The Band. Dylan was mentioned several times in the clever lyrics (from now on written by Axel's brother Bernd), for example In "Doctor Bob Dylan". Improved Sound Limited also merged in some more European elements into their folky rock style, such as some fine flute phrases. Regrettably their passion for American music led them closer to country music on Catch A Singin' Bird (1973). Quite good compositions and lyrics ("The Dark Lord" was about Tolkien's "Lord Of The Rings"!), but not exactly performed in idle way most of us like, I'm afraid. Pedal steel guitar was played by Frank Baum and Ralph Nowy guested on trumpet and sax. Improved Sound Limited changed their name to Condor in 1976 and released a much worse album: Rathbone Hotel (1976).

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    the Illinois Speed Press ~ 1969 ~ The Illinois Speed Pressgenre: psych
    country: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers)
    time: 44'54" size: 328 mb

    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    This Chicago-based quintet was formed in February 1968 by Paul Cotton and featured colleague Mike Anthony, whom Cotton had played with in another significant Chicago outfit, The Rovin' Kind, and Kal David, another important Chicago musician, after his spell in H.P. Lovecraft. The songs on their albums ranged from hard rock to more mainstream rock with country influences and from blues towards folk-rock, very often with psychedelic references and some fine fuzz guitars.
    The first album met with some commercial success, peaking at No 144 in the Album Charts during 1969. Duet failed to consolidate on this and the band, by now based in California, went their separate ways in late 1971.
    David went on to play for Fabulous Rhinestones and Cotton to Poco, who were to become flagbearers for the country-rock movement. Earlier Fred Page had left for California where he played for various LA-based bands.

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    Ill Wind ~ 1967 ~ Flashesgenre: folk, psych
    country: us
    quality: mp3 (224k, covers)
    time: 1:00'49" size: 99 mb

    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    Originally known as The Prophets, with a singer called Judy Bradbury, this band were originally from Wellsley, Massachusettes but based themselves in Boston. Clearly, a hippie as opposed to a punk band, their album is a fine one, with their sound moulded by Conny Devanney's crystal clear vocals. On tracks like Dark World, her voice is beautiful, while on others, notably the widely recorded High Flying Bird, and Hung Up Chick and Walkin' And Singin', it blends in beautifully with that of her male counterpart, Richard Griggs. Also of note is the unusual People Of The Night and the sleepy Full Cycle. This album is strongly recommended if you ever come across it. The band split up in December 1968.

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    If ~ 1970 ~ Ifgenre: jazz, prog
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers)
    time: 46'11" size: 274 mb

    Side one
    "I'm Reaching Out on All Sides" (Quincy, Fishman) – 5:14
    "What Did I Say About the Box, Jack?" (Dick Morrissey) – 8:20
    "What Can a Friend Say?" (Dave Quincy) – 6:28

    Side two
    "Woman Can You See (What This Big Thing Is All About)" (J. W. Hodkinson) – 4:01
    "Raise the Level of Your Conscious Mind" (Fishman, Marsala) – 3:11
    "Dockland" (Daryl Runswick) – 5:21
    "The Promised Land" (Dave Quincy) – 4:31

    Bonus :
    "Raise the Level of Your Conscious Mind" (single version) (Fishman, Marsala) – 3:17
    "I'm Reaching Out on All Sides" (single version) (Quincy, Fishman) – 5:44

    Dennis Elliott – drums
    J.W. Hodkinson – vocals
    John Mealing – keyboards, vocals
    Dick Morrissey – saxophones, flute
    Dave Quincy – saxophones
    Jim Richardson – bass
    Terry Smith – guitar

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    the Idle Race ~ 1968 ~ Birthday Partygenre: psych pop
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, mono, LP, cue, covers,  size: 349 mb), mp3 (320k, covers, 92 mb)
    time: 28'21"

    This quasi-concept album was the first to be composed almost entirely of songs by a young Birmingham guitarist/singer named Jeff Lynne. The LP came in a gatefold sleeve, the first of its kind since the Beatles' Sgt Pepper album. The inside sleeve art included a mock birthday feast attended by many British Celebrities. In the U.S. the cover art was different with a rather psychedelic-styled paisley pattern behind the band. While warmly received by critics, the record failed to chart in the U.K. or the U.S. The album was re-issued in 1976 to capitalise on Electric Light Orchestra's success.

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    the Ides Of March ~ 1970 ~ Vehiclegenre: brass
    country: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers)
    time: 55'26" size: 371 mb


    "Vehicle" 2:56
    "Factory Band" 3:02
    "Sky Is Falling" 2:48
    "Home" 3:38
    "Wooden Ships/Dharma for One" (David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Paul Kantner, Ian Anderson, Clive Bunker) 7:14
    "Bald Medusa" (Mike Borch, Peterik) 3:02
    "Aire of Good Feeling" 3:14
    "Time for Thinking" (John Larson) 2:30
    "One Woman Man" 3:15
    "Symphony for Eleanor (Eleanor Rigby)" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 9:42

    All songs written by Jim Peterik, except where noted.

    11. Lead me home gently (Bonustrack)_ 2:55
    12. Superman (Bonustrack) 2:57
    13. Melody (Bonustrack) 2:46
    14. High on a hillside (Bonustrack) 2:52
    15. Vehicle (single-version, Bonustrack) 2:55

    Jim Peterik: Lead Guitar, Lead Vocal
    Larry Millas: Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocal
    Bob Bergland: Bass, Saxophone, Backing Vocals
    Ray Herr: Bass, Backing Vocals
    Michael Borch: Drums, Percussion
    John Larson: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
    Chuck Soumar: Trumpet, Backing Vocal

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    I Drive ~ 1972 ~ I Drivegenre: heavy
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers)
    time: 45'15"+35'25"  size: 264 mb

    They came from Manchester in 1966 and were one of the last British bands to enter Germany on the Star Club trail. Fronted by singer Geff Harrison of later 2066 & Then and Kin Ping Meh fame, I Drive toured Germany up and down for four years. Playing the live clubs night by night from eight to three, they did the rock loud, fast, straight and - although having been in Germany for such a long time - very British.
    In the late Sixties the German club scene died and so did live music, only a few chains associated venues survived; one of them in the deep South of Germany booked I Drive for a several-month-club-tour. They settled down and rented a small house in the country for loving and rehearsing, right in the middle of nowhere. From now on a strong folloging of fans even accompanied them on tours. A single was released in 1969 and sold at gigs: It showd that the former "beatgroup" had grown up the hard way to be a great heavy progressive outfit with the ability to make it on a bigger market. Geff Harrison left in 1970 to start his own career. And the remaining quartet finally was discovered by a British manager, who had once worked for the Beatles. He installed the band in Munich, they earned their living as studion musicians and collected material for an album. I Drive was off the road from then on, only playing open air gigs from time to time. More than 30 tracks were recorded for the LP. One of those songs that didn't make it for release was an alternative version of "Before the devil", where tha band played with the Munich Philharmonica Orchestra. When the masters were finally ready, the group did, what they weren't allowed to during the recording sessions: a live performance of the whole LP material in the studio. This live gig was recorded too and also vanished from the archives just as the non LP tracks. When the album was released in 1972 by a German major company I Drive had to realize that just a few copies had been pressed and distributed. There was no promotion at all from the company for reasons beyond the field of music and the control of the band.
    Nevertheless the LP is a heavy and "speedy progressive" jewel with wonderful tunes that still shines on after twenty years and tells a lot about the group's live sound and power. I Drive couldn't stand the disappointment about the commercial failure of the LP and broke up shortly after the album release. There only was a small epilogue of the I Drive story: after a short-termed return of Geff Harrison a three piece incarnation of I Drive toured Spain, releasing on single there before dying finally...

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