genre: heavy psych blues
quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers, size: 262 mb)
McPhee and Cruickshank had first played together back in 1962 in a group called The Dollarbills (which in late 1963 changed their name to Groundhogs). By January 1966 the first incarnation of the Groundhogs was falling apart and soon afterwards McPhee joined Truth soon after they'd recorded Ray Davies' I Go To Sleep. He was only with them for about six months, before leaving to form Herbal Mixture with fellow ex-Groundhog Cruickshank and a young drummer, Mike Meekham, in the Summer of 1966. The name was derived from the fact Tony was a vegetarian who was also into alternative medicine, the resulting music reflected the burgeoning psychedelic era. A Love That's Died was an excellent psych-pop 45 with some good chopping riffs and some catchy fuzz guitar. The follow-up, Machines, was even better. A captivating psychedelic intro, some good changes of pace and compelling guitar work made this their magnum opus. The song was actually written by Manfred Mann. Better still, the retrospective Please Leave My Mind compilation includes both sides of the band's two 45s (and the flips are similar in style and almost as good). It also includes two demo versions of A Love That's Died (one featuring an obscure Scottish vocalist who was given a trial with the band before McPhee decided to handle the vocals), along with demos of Please Leave My Mind and Tailor Made, and of two previously unreleased tracks:- Something's Happening and Over You Baby.
Herbal Mixture finally split in late 1967, having failed to achieve any commercial success. Early the following year, McPhee joined the John Dummer Blues Band before forming a new incarnation of the Groundhogs, which went on to achieve considerable success. He also recorded two albums with Jo-Ann Kelly, Me And The Devil and The Same Thing On Their Minds.
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quality: lossless flac, cue, log, covers, size: 258 mb)
time: 41'55" misc.: jap
Mick Farren was a raucous charasmatic vocalist who founded The Deviants in 1967. These were his spasmodic solo efforts, but he also went on to become quite a successful writer and a central part of London's Ladbroke Grove underground scene.
Mona was comprised largely of heavy metal reinterpretations of R&B standards with quite a few spoken passages and has not aged at all well. The CD reissue, Partial Recall, not only gives Mona yet another airing (it was originally reissued by Psycho in 1984) it also includes a couple of tracks from Deviants 3 and three songs from Farren's later Vampire Stole My Lunch Money album.
"Mona (A Fragment)" (Ellas McDaniel) – 3:15
"Carnivorous Circus, Part 1" (Farren) – 15:19
"The Whole Thing Starts"
"But Charlie, It's Still Moving"
"Observe The Ravens"
"Society of the Horsemen"
"Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart) – 2:41
"Carnivorous Circus, Part 2" (Farren) – 13:01
"Don't Talk to Me Mary"
"You Can't Move Me"
"In My Window Box"
"An Epitaph Can Point the Way"
"Mona (The Whole Trip)" (Ellas McDaniel) – 7:25
Mick Farren – Vocals and effects
Steve Hammond – Guitar and vocals
Pete Robinson – Organ and piano
Johnny Gustavson – Bass
Paul Buckmaster – Cello
Twink – Drums, vocals and percussion
Shagrat the Vagrant (Steve Peregrin Took) – Vocals and percussion
Raul – Conga
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time: 34'39" misc: '04
Italian rock & roll band from Padua, Italy, and founded in 1961, had an intense recording activity between '64 and '68 with the recording of two albums and several singles.
01. Piangevo Per Te 2:43
02. Il Mio Dolore 3:07
03. Credimi Cara 2:19
04. Anche Se Lei 2:11
05. Stasera Sono Solo 2:44
06. La Preghiera 2:36
07. Signora(Una Fetta Di Limone) 2:04
08. Non Piango Mai 3:09
09. Delfino Time 2:12
10. Quella Dei Sogni Miei 3:07
11. Tu Devi Ritornare Da Me 3:11
12. Non Farmi Ridere Di Te 2:31
13. Voglio Essers Il Tuo Uomo 2:44
Mario Pace, Franco Capovilla, Renzo Levi Minzi, Sergio Magri
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quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers, size: 185 mb)
time: 41'37" misc: recordings released in '08
01. Green Rocky Road 4:01
02. Whoopee Ti Yi Yo 3:25
03. Ribbon Bow 4:09
04. Katie Cruel 5:12
05. Little Margret 5:09
06. Red Rockin' Chair 3:50
07. Nottingham Town 6:26
08. Skillet Good and Greasy 3:56
09. In the Evening 5:28
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genre: prog italiano
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In the second half of the the '70s, the Venetian composer/keyboardist LUCIANO BASSO recorded a series of albums, which represent an interesting mix of progressive music with classical influences and avant-garde. Trained as a pianist and composer at the music academy (Conservatorio) of his birthplace, he is currently a music teacher in the city of Padova. He has also contributed soundtracks to several documentary films produced by RAI, the Italian broadcasting company.
"Voci", the first album from 1976, is usually considered his best release, so that it was cited by "The Billboard Guide to Progressive Music" as one of the best-ever examples of classically-influenced progressive rock, comparing it to the work of such renowned bands as Focus and Curved Air. "Voci" contains five long instrumental tracks, with keyboards to the fore, backed by traditional, electric rock instrumentation. Among the guest musicians on this album, NUVOLE DI PAGLIA's bass player, Mauro Periotto.
Basso's later work has increasingly gone in the direction of contemporary classical music. He is also quite active as a concert pianist, performing both in Italy and abroad. ~ Raffaella Berry (Raff)
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