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    Mott The Hoople ~ 1971a ~ Wildlifegenre: soft
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers, size: 351 mb)
    time: 48'02"

    After the edgier rock of their first two albums this record has a softer feel (leading to its nickname "Mildlife" among band members). Even Ian Hunter's trio of compositions are introspective, though disarmingly beautiful. For the first (and only) time Mick Ralphs' contributions predominate, leading to an almost country-rock feel for much of the album.

    Side One
    "Whiskey Women" (Mick Ralphs) - 3.42
    "Angel of Eighth Avenue" (Ian Hunter) - 4.33
    "Wrong Side of the River" (Ralphs) - 5.19
    "Waterlow" (Hunter) - 3.03
    "Lay Down" (Melanie Safka) - 4.13

    Side Two
    "It Must Be Love" (Ralphs) - 2.24
    "Original Mixed-Up Kid" (Hunter) - 3.40
    "Home Is Where I Want to Be" (Ralphs) - 4.11
    "Keep a Knockin' (Live)" (Richard Penniman) - 10.10

    "It'll Be Me" (Clement) - 2.58
    "Long Red" (West/Pappalardi/Ventura/Landsberg) - 3.47

    Verden Allen - organ, background vocals
    Dale "Buffin" Griffin - drums, background vocals
    Ian Hunter - guitar, piano, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Angel of Eighth Avenue", "Waterlow", "Lay Down", "Original Mixed-Up Kid", "Keep a Knockin'"
    Mick Ralphs - lead guitar, background vocals, lead vocals on "Whiskey Women", "Wrong Side of the River", "It Must Be Love", "Home is Where I Want to Be"
    Pete "Overend" Watts - bass, background vocals

    Additional Personnel:
    Gerry Hogan - steel guitar
    Brian Humphries - engineer
    Andy Johns - engineer
    Jess Roden - background vocals
    Stan Tippins - background vocals
    Michael Gray - string arrangements
    James Archer - violin

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    Mother Tuckers Yellow Duck ~ 1969 ~ Home Grown Stuffgenre: psych
    state: canada
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers, size: 277 mb)
    time: 42'17"

    Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:
    Formed in Vancouver, Quebec in 1968, their first 45 has become their most sought-after item. Described on their second album as a "happy mixture of psychedelic rock, blues-rock, jazz-rock with an overall country flavour" their material is an enjoyable and diverse mixture of styles.
    The first album is the stronger of the two, being the less country-influenced and more psychedelic. Crammed with excellent guitar-work throughout and fine harmony vocal arrangements, the highlights include the uptempo Times Are Changing, the great country-rocker One Glass For Wine, the dynamic lick-laden One Ring Jane, the sublime melancholy of Funny Feeling and the climatic slow-burning finale of Somebody Think. Both are quite hard to find nowadays and have a very high level of musicianship. ~ (Vernon Joynson/MW/CF)

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    Mandy Morton And Spriguns ~ 1978 ~ Magic Ladygenre: folk
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers, size: 232 mb)
    time: 38'56"

    Tapestry og Delights:
    A Cambridge folk-rock band who started life playing Friday and Saturday nights at the Anchor pub in Silver Street, Cambridge. Their 1974 privately released cassette was sold to students at live performances and less than 50 copies were produced. The cassette format has ensured that their value has not reached the epic proportions of the vinyl follow-up Jack With A Feather, which boasted better sound quality and duplicated some material from the earlier cassette. The playing on the album was good and almost all the material was traditional.
    Abbreviating their name to Spriguns they went on to record a couple of further albums for Decca which are also very rare now. By now the band was almost totally the vehicle of talented vocalist Mandy Morton who went on to form The Mandy Morton Band and record for Banshee and Polydor. In the eighties she toured with a rock band and became a presenter on BBC Radio Cambridge.
    Of the other members: Mike Morton sadly died. Rick Thomas is married and now lives in Italy. Tom Ling plays in an excellent Cambridge based band call Usual Suspects and Chris Russon has recently returned to the local Cambridge music scene.
    After the first The Mandy Morton album Sea Of Storms (Polydor 2382 101), drummer Alex Cooper, Tom Ling and American guitarist Mark Boettcher left the group. Consequently Boettcher introduced Alex Cooper to some American musicians who then, together with ex-Soft Boy Kimberley Rew, formed Katrina and The Waves. The 'Waves later made a big splash with their hit I'm Walking On Sunshine.

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    the Gary Moore band ~ 1973 ~ Grinding Stonegenre: heavy blues, prog
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers, size: 268 mb)
    time: 36'27"

    Tapestry og Delights:
    Moore formed this short-lived outfit upon the demise of Skid Row. The album covered a range of musical styles from hard rock (on Time To Heal) to progressivism (on the title track and The Energy Dance, on which keyboardist Jan Schellhaas guests) and the 17 minute guitar extravaganza Spirit.

    01. Grinding Stone 9:42
    02. Time To Heal 6:23
    03. Sail Across The Mountain 6:58
    04. The Energy Dance 2:29
    05. Spirit 17:16
    06. Boogie My Way Back Home 5:39

    Gary Moore - guitar, vocals
    Frank Boylan - bass guitar
    John Curtis - bass guitar
    Philip Donnelly - Rhythm-guitar
    Pearse Kelly - percussion, drums
    Jan Schelhaas - keyboards

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    Anthony Moore ~ 1971 ~ Pieces From The Cloudland Ballroomgenre: avant, kraut
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers, size: 268 mb)
    time: 36'27"

    ... Moore is best known as a founder of the progressive rock band Slapp Happy but has also written lyrics for Pink Floyd. These albums are part of a theoretical trilogy written in Germany in the early 1970's (the third part, Reeds, Whistle And Sticks was unissued until a 1998 CD release on Blueprint). Although Anthony is of British origin, these can be viewed as essential Krautrock peripherals and are Historically Significant no matter how you look at it. Pieces features: Anthony Moore (comp/cond), with: Ulf Kenklies (vocals), Glyn Davenport (vocals), Gieske Hof-Helmers (vocals) & Werner 'Zappa' Diermeier (hi-hat). From Alan Licht's "Minimalism: The Next Ten", originally published in Halana #3: "Two great missing links in the incredible history of Uwe Nettlebeck's productions at Wümme, Germany. Slapp Happy founder Moore recorded Pieces From The Cloudland Ballroom a month after Faust cut their debut LP (fall 1971) and Secrets Of The Blue Bag a month before their second (with Slapp Happy's debut Sort Of following in May '72 and Tony Conrad/Faust's Outside The Dream Syndicate in October). Indeed, Faust's Werner 'Zappa' Diermaier and Gunther Wusthoff both contribute to Pieces, which is not a Krautrock or artrock LP but a bona fide minimal classic. Side one is 'Jam Jern Jim Jom Jum,' which has three singers chanting that mantra while Moore plays these odd, luminous repeating chords underneath. The first piece on side 2, 'mu na h-vile ni a shaoileas iad,' sounds uncannily like Richard Youngs' Advent with its quiet piano and piercing bowed sounds, while 'A.B.C.D. Gol'flsh' could almost pass for the trance rock classic that Moondog never got around to recording.

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    Moonkyte ~ 1972 ~ Count Me Outgenre: psych
    state: uk
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, covers, size: 235 mb)
    time: 36'27"

    Tapestry of Delights:
    This gentle psychedelic album has many fine moments and sounds like it was recorded in 1968. Its subject-matter is quite fantastic. One song, Tapestry Girl, tells the tale of a rape which takes place amongst the figures inside an ancient goblin, while Girl That Came Out Of My Head has the following lines:
    "I've seen some mystics and I've seen some fakes,
    but the girl from my head she got what it takes
    to give all men comfort and give all men peace
    and a hole in the brain for the freedom it needs"

    Musically the songs are deceptively simple, but underscored with beautiful atmospheric touches of sitar and harmonium, sometimes recalling the best of Bulldog Breed. Unfortunately this album is very rare and very hard to find. Grab it whenever you come across it. ~ (Marcel Koopman).
    The band came from Bradford and the album came with a church spiral sleeve with an endorsement of the group by John Peel on the inner sleeve.

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