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    Moonrakers ~ 1968 ~ Togheter With Himgenre: psych
    state: us
    quality: mp3 (320k, covers,  size: 89 mb)
    time: 48'35"

    Fuzz Acid & flowers:
    From Denver, Colorado, this outfit started out as a fine punk band releasing four 45s for Tower. Amongst these are the frantic garage-punker You'll Come Back, plus excellent covers of I'm All Right and Baby, Please Don't Go. The flip to their fourth 45 was also a cover of The Guilloteens' folk-rocker.
    The Moonrakers evolved out of surf act The Surfin' Classics, when vocalist/guitarist Doug Dolph was replaced by Denny Flannigan. As The Surfin' Classics, they'd performed a lot of Beach Boys/Ventures material, but their name change came about when they got matched in a Battle of The Bands with Colorado's Astronauts and needed a more 'with-it' name. Bob MacVittie thus renamed themselves after the book he was reading at the time, Ian Fleming's novel "Moonraker".
    The band obtained their deal with Tower through their manager Roger Christian, a well-known L.A. disc jockey. Christian (who co-wrote Little Deuce Coupe and Don't Worry Baby with Brian Wilson), had 'connections'... The Moonrakers thus got to open for many major groups in Denver, including The Dave Clark Five, the Righteous Brothers and Sonny and Cher. The even got to meet The Beatles and Bill Haley and The Comets when they played for 50,000 screaming fans at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, in the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

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    genre: sunshine bubblegum
    state: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, no deluxe issue covers!,  size: 658 mb)

    Headquarters was the third album issued by the Monkees and the first with substantial songwriting and instrumental performances by members of the group itself, rather than by session musicians and professional songwriters. After a struggle for creative autonomy with their record label, the group had been allowed to record by themselves. Headquarters reached No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified double platinum in the U.S. with sales of more than two million copies within the first two months of release. As of 2008 it has sold seven million copies in the United States and achieved global sales of 11.6 million. It is included in the 2006 book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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    Mirkwood ~ 1973 ~ Mirkwoodgenre: heavy
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers,  size: 269 mb)
    time: 43'58"

    Tapestry of Delights:
    Mirkwood was formed in 1971 by Jack Castle and Mick Morris, who'd known each other since their days together at a Dover grammar school. In early 1972 Dave Evans replaced Andy Broadbent who moved away from the Dover area. Their album was recorded in early 1973 for the local Flams Ltd label. Only 99 copies were pressed and most of them ended up with family and friends. Six of its seven tracks were penned by Jack Castle, the remaining one, The Leech, was a Mick Morris composition. Musically the material is heavy rock with Cream-influenced harmonies and some inevitable guitar heroics. It's only likely to interest fans of this genre.
    Up until their demise in June 1975 the band featured three further drummers after Steve Smith:- Nick 'Topper' Headon (who was later in The Clash), Terry Prior and finally Dave Blakey. They reformed briefly in 1978 and Bowley, Morris, Evans and Blakey were later in a band called Sprinter. A new version of Mirkwood was put together in 1985 featuring Morris, Castle and Bowley from the original line-up but when Castle moved to Wales, where he now performs as a solo artist, they renamed themselves Icebreaker.

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    Mindbenders ~ 1967 ~ With Woman In Mindgenre: beat
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers,  size: 327 mb)
    time: 58'21"

    Tapestry of Delights:
    As you may know, The Mindbenders started out as Wayne Fontana's backing group in 1963. When they went their separate ways in 1965, it was rather surprisingly the backing group not the former lead singer who made the greatest impact. Their appealing ballad, A Groovy Kind Of Love, was a massive hit on both sides of the Atlantic. They developed a penchant for sob stories and enjoyed further hits with Can't Live Without You and Ashes To Ashes, both penned by Carole Bayer and Toni Wine. They also starred in the feature film 'To Sir With Love'. Then they went off the boil, despite recording a Rod Argent composition, I Want Her, She Wants Me, and covering Robert Knight's Blessed Are The Lonely with less success than The Love Affair achieved with his songs. Even a cover of The Box Tops' The Letter, produced by Graham Gouldman, could only get to No 42 and after three further flops the band were dead.
    Lang and Rothwell left for the hi-fi and antiques businesses respectively, though the former resurfaced in Racing Cars in 1976. Eric Stewart went into session work before later forming Hotlegs with Graham Gouldman who later developed into 10cc with whom he enjoyed sustained success. The Mindbenders' cover of The Box Tops' The Letter was Gouldman's first record production.

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    Big Boy Pete ~ 1998 ~ Return To Catatoniagenre: psych
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers,  size: 205 mb)
    time: 41'08" misc.: '66-'68 recordings

    Tapestry of Delights:
    Big Boy Pete was former Peter Jay and The Jaywalkers member Pete Miller who also cut Baby I Got News For You as Miller, recording under a pseudonym. He first played in a rock n roll combo called The Offbeats, who recorded a six song EP Introducing The Offbeats in 1958, before joining Peter Jay and The Jaywalkers in 1961. His work with the Jaywalkers included a number of singles, produced by Joe Meek, from whom Pete would learn many recording techniques. In October '65, he quit the band to concentrate on recording demos, alongside session work. During this period, over 100 of his songs were accepted by Major Publishing houses in London.
    Returning back to his native Norwich, Pete continued to record demo's - influenced by the contemporay sounds, of Sgt. Pepper, Satanic Majesties and Axis Bold As Love, and although rejected for being too far-out for the mainstream publishing houses, many of these tracks have now been compiled on the Homage To Catatonia and Return To Catatonia retrospectives.
    However Big Boy Pete is best remembered for Cold Turkey which is an interesting and unusual psychedelic record well worth getting to hear. When the single started to create a buzz, Pete, tired of touring from his days with The Jaybirds, refused to go out giging to support the single so a 'bogus' Big Boy Pete was enlisted to do the dirty work.
    Big Boy Pete later relocated to the 'States, where he runs his own Recording Studio, and record label.

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    the Millennium ~ 1968 ~ Begingenre: sunshine pop, psych
    state: us
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers,  size: 427 mb)
    time: 38'21"

    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    Curt Boettcher was a prodigious talent (sadly he died in 1987 at age 43) whose studio wizardry produced sounds and arrangements way ahead of any at the time and The Millennium album was the culmination of this period. He'd started out with the folk group The Goldebriars (two albums on Epic in 1964) then formed a vocal duo, Summer's Children, before getting into production which included The Association's first LP And Then Along Comes and their million-selling Along Comes Mary 45. From then till Millennium he was involved in a plethora of groups and studio projects:- Ballroom (with Sandy Salisbury and Lee Mallory), Your Gang and Friar Tuck (both with Mike Deasy), culminating in Sagittarius (with Gary Usher) which put out a lot of unreleased Ballroom material. In the seventies Curt would issue a solo LP and form California but it's for his creative outburst in the mid-late sixties and those heavenly multi-layered vocal arrangements that he will be remembered.
    Millennium then, were put together as a vehicle for Boettcher's ideas with the intention to weld Fennelly and Stec's rock background with the avant garde pop of Mallory and Salisbury. Boettcher was to 'Lead the way'... and there was a kind of evangelical fervour about it, best heard on their first single It's You. Goldenrod who are thought to have acted as a backing group to Lee Mallory, formed the basis of the remaining personnel, originally becoming involved as part of the "Our Productions" house band led by Mike Deasy.
    Boettcher wrote almost half of the tracks on their pleasant pop/rock album, with Jerry Scheff from Goldenrod contributing Dandelion to their repertoire.
    Boettcher wrote almost half of the tracks on their pleasant pop/rock album, Salisbury, Fennelly, and Mallory providing most of the remainder, with Jerry Scheff from Goldenrod contributing Dandelion (not on the album) to their repertoire. The album took a year to record and was only the second album ever done on 16-track (Simon and Garfunkel's Bookends being the first). Columbia Engineer Roy Halee had pioneered the technique by jerryrigging two eight-track recorders with a third machine feeding the two.
    Stylistically, the album is in the mould of Sagittarius, with the standout cut being the astonishing Karmic Dream Sequence #1. A true voyage into the infinite and six of the most magical minutes that Sixties music has to offer. Group member Sandy Salisbury describes the song: "This piece still evokes everything I felt in those days, from ecstacy to amazement to downright fear. Though I never used drugs, I always felt somehow out of touch when I heard this song - still do. The only explanation for that feeling is that Karmic Dream Sequence somehow tells me that Life is far, far deeper and more fascinating than my limited human mind can comprehend - it makes me want to explore, to experience, to feel, no matter how scary it gets".

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    Mèmoriance ~ 1979 ~ L'Ecume Des Jours D'Apres Boris Viangenre: sympho prog
    state: france
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers,  size: 238 mb)
    time: 38'21"

    Scented Gardens of Mind:
    A group with a lush symphonic sound, almost like a cross between King Crimson, Genesis and Moody Blues, although with distinct French undercurrents (as pioneered by Ange).
    Their first album is the best one, and the second the rarest.

    1. Préface (0:59)
    2. Colin (2:14)
    3. Une Fille Demain (2:25)
    4. Chloé et Colin (3:36)
    5. Le Nuage Rose (2:16)
    6. Chloé (2:14)
    7. Oui Oui Oui (1:49)
    8. Le Petit Tas de Neige (4:11)
    9. Une Femme Si Béte (4:26)
    10. Le Nénuphar (2:32)
    11. Diagnostic (0:39)
    12. Renvoyé (2:46)
    13. La Chambre (0:32)
    14. L'Administration (1:44)
    15. Vers une Ile (5:50)

    Jean-Pierre Boulais / guitar, vocals
    Michel Aze / bass, vocals
    Jean-François Périer / keyboards, vocals
    Didier Guillaumat / guitar, vocals, choir
    Pascal Libergé / keyboards
    Christophe Boulanger / drums

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    Medicine Head ~ 1970 ~ New Bottles, Old Medicinegenre: rock, blues
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, covers,  size: 301 mb)
    time: 1:02'15"

    Tapestry of Delights:
    This was one of many bands brought to prominence by DJ John Peel, after they sent him a tape, he signed them to his Dandelion label. They started out as a duo gigging in the Midlands. Their early albums conjured up a very sparse understated atmosphere and contained several love songs. A highlight of their debut album was His Guiding Hand, which was also issued as a 45. They enjoyed Chart success with Pictures In The Sky but then the eccentric Hope-Evans quit and they reformed as a trio with ex-Yardbirds Keith Relf on bass. Before 1972 was over, Hope-Evans turned up again and they reverted back to a duo augmented by session musicians for One And One Is One. The title cut and Rising Sun brought them further Chart success and they expanded to a quintet for their next album, Thru' A Five. Thereafter they hit hard times, although former Spencer Davis and Taste bassist Charlie McCracken was involved in a later line-up. Two Man Band, however, was recorded by the original duo of Fiddler and Hope-Evans.
    After their demise, Fiddler teamed up with former Mott The Hoople members in The British Lions and also worked and recorded as a solo artist. In the eighties he joined the ex-Yardbirds project The Box Of Frogs. Hope-Evans helped out Pete Townshend on his 1985 White City Soundtrack and played in a number of part-time groups.
    Their bass player on Thru' A Five, George Ford later played with Cockney Rebel.

    01. When Night Falls 4:51
    02. Ooee Baby 3:21
    03. Next Time The Sun Comes round 3:32
    04. This Love Of Old 3:17
    05. Home's Odyssey 2:16
    06. Oh My Heart To Peace 3:30
    07. Do It Now 3:05
    08. Be It As We Are 3:27
    09. Fire Under Mountain 4:28
    10. Two Men Now 3:39
    11. Crazy 'Bout You Baby 2:54
    12. Goin' Home 9:00
    13. His Guiding Hand 4:05
    14. Walkin' Blues 3:12
    15. Pictures In The Sky (Single version 1970) 2:38
    16. Pictures In The Sky (Reverberation Version 1969) 2:36
    17. Pictures In the Sky (Home recorded Demo 1969) 2:25

    Guitar – John Fiddler
    Harmonica – Peter Hope Evans
    Percussion – John Fiddler
    Vocals – John Fiddler, Peter Hope Evans

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    Mayfield's Mule ~ 1970 ~ Mayfield's Mulegenre: heavy
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers,  size: 361 mb)
    time: 48'47" misc.: lp

    Tapestry of Delights:
    A North Wales group formed by former Amen Corner roadie Chris Mayfield. Their producer was John Peel. Mike Smith had also been in Amen Corner, whilst Andy Scott had been in The Elastic Band and was later in The Sweet. ~ (Vernon Joynson/Christophe Simplex)

    01. Oh Lady 5:04
    02. Double Dealing Woman 3:30
    03. My Way Of Living 4:13
    04. I See A River 2:18
    05. Down From The Country 3:42
    06. Drinking My Moonshine 2:46
    07. Abracadabra 5:21
    08. Here Comes The Rain 9:19
    09. Rolling Down The Highway 2:18
    10. My One For Your Two 8:15
    11. Life's Been Good To Me 1:59

    vcls - Chris Mayfield
    gtrs - Andy Scott
    sax, tambourine - Mike Smith
    Backing Vocals – PP Arnold (tracks: 3, 10)
    Bass, Vocals [Harmony] – Steve Bradley
    Drums – Sean Jenkins, Chris Hunt (tracks: 11), Henry Spinetti (tracks: 2, 6)
    Harmonica, Flute – "Moxie" Gowland
    Keyboards, Vocals [Harmony] – Pete Saunders

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