Second solo album by British guitarist Jeff Beck. An instrumental album, it peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.
After the success of his previous album, 1975's Blow by Blow, Beck retained two of its key contributors for the follow-up, keyboardist Max Middleton and producer George Martin. Beck had also begun a musical relationship with former Mahavishnu Orchestra keyboardist Jan Hammer and drummer Narada Michael Walden; Beck would tour with the Jan Hammer Group after these sessions. The result of the interplay between Beck and Hammer was a more "synthesized" sound than that of Blow by Blow, hence the new album's title, Wired.
Although the band from the previous album appears on some tracks, four are originals by Walden and one by Hammer. Middleton contributed the homage to Led Zeppelin, "Led Boots," and Beck chose to interpret the Charles Mingus ode to saxophonist Lester Young, "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," from the classic jazz album Mingus Ah Um. These last two tracks have been long-time staples of Beck's performance repertoire Wired received mostly positive reviews when it was released. In Rolling Stone, the reviewer cited it as being full of "fire and imagination". However, Robert Christgau faulted it as technically proficient but soulless, calling it "mindless trickery". Engineer Peter Henderson later said of the album, "I listened to that a few years later and it sounded like it had been recorded direct to cassette. I don't think it was one of my finer moments."
Writing for AllMusic, Mark Kirschenmann said: "Within a two-year span, the twin towers Blow by Blow and Wired set a standard for instrumental rock that even Beck has found difficult to match. On Wired, with first-rate material and collaborators on hand, one of rock's most compelling guitarists is in top form."
genre: glam, hard
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Fifth album by the British rock group Slade released on 29 November 1974. The album contained songs from the film of the same name.
The album reached #6 on the UK album chart and produced two hit singles, "Far Far Away", which reached #2 on the UK Singles chart and "How Does it Feel". The band tried to give the album a "sixties" feel, as its eponymous film was set in 1966.
Though the record was lauded by critics, the response of the general public was somewhat muted, and the album did not sell as well as expected. In February 1975, "How Does It Feel" was released as a single. Reaching #15 on the charts it ended a run of 12 consecutive Top 4 hits. However, the song has since become regarded as one of the band's finest.
The album was released in the United States on the Warner Bros. label, with "The Bangin' Man" replacing "Summer Song (Wishing You Were Here)" & "Thanks for the Memory" replacing "Heaven Knows".
In October 2007, Classic Rock Magazine listed "Slade in Flame" at #18 in the "49 Best Soundtrack Albums" list.
In 1981, drummer Don Powell was asked in a fan club interview for his three favourite Slade songs. Powell stated "Far Far Away", "Standin' on the Corner" and "Gudbuy T'Jane" as his favourites.
Before the album's release, the album itself was awarded with a Silver and Gold Disc based on pre-order sales.
American all-female rock band of the early 1970s. Formed in Los Angeles, the band consisted of Shele Pinizzotto (guitar), Rosemary Butler (bass), Sherry Hagler (keyboards), and Olivia "Liver" Favela (drums). Each of the band members contributed lead vocals and harmonies.
Pinizzotto, Butler, and Hagler grew up in Los Angeles and played together in bands during their high school years. They were joined by Favela in 1968, at which time the group began playing clubs along the West Coast from California to Alaska. Over the next three years, Birtha worked on improving their craft and by 1971 they started to write their own material. Most of the band's songs were composed by members of the group, but there was occasional outside songwriting help from Mark Wickman and Gabriel Mekler. Birtha signed a record deal with Dunhill Records in 1972 and released their debut self-titled album, produced by Mekler, later that year. After the album's release, Birtha toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The group achieved some notoriety when, during a UK tour with The Kinks, publicity flyers for the shows stated, "Birtha has balls". When Birtha made return visits to Los Angeles, they would often play Whisky a Go Go and The Troubadour, as well as a club in Glendale called The Sopwith Camel.
In 1973, Birtha released their second album, Can't Stop The Madness, produced by Christopher Huston. The band broke up in 1975.
Guitarist Michele "Shele" Pinizzotto died on February 4, 2014, aged 66
genre: heavy psych
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Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
A Californian band (commune/family) who recorded their first album in Hollywood. Produced by Bill Holmes, the album is patchy. Its best tracks are the hard-rocking ESP and the dreamy Wake Me Up In The Morning. The album also includes an interesting long version of Saint James Infirmary.
Before Big Brother, Ernie Joseph was known as Ernie Orosco and formed several Santa Barbara outfits including Ernie and The Emperors, Ernie's Funnys and Giant Crab.
Like many of the All American projects recently put out by Akarma, it's not clear to what extent South East Tour and An All American Emperor (shown as by Ernie Joseph) were issued originally, or if they ever existed at the time at all. These may have seen test-pressing-only releases in the sixties, like Indescribably Delicious, but even that possibility remains unconfirmed. Half of the songs featured on South East Tour, are taken from the Comes Forth LP by Giant Crab.
The band may also be responsible for the ESP 45 by the group Rain. ~ (Vernon Joynson/Max Waller/Alec Palao/Clark Faville/Nick Kontogouris)
It was their first album after Janis Joplin's departure.
Included are ten original Holding Company compositions. In order to fill the hole left by Joplin's departure, guitarist David Shallock and singer-songwriter Nick Gravenites contribute to lead vocals
All tracks composed by Big Brother and the Holding Company; except where indicated
Nick Gravenites - lead (2, 5, 8-10) and backing vocals
Sam Andrew - guitar, backing and lead (1, 4, 6, 7) vocals
David Schallock - guitar, backing vocals
Peter Albin - guitar
James Gurley - bass, guitar
David Getz - drums, piano
genre: psych folk
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wikipedia: Bermuda Triangle's wild psychedelic and delicately nuanced electric autoharp and transcendental vocals grew out of the late 1960s folk rock scene. With an independent attitude, eccentric style and highly unusual instrument lineup, the group was unprecedented. Psychedelic rock autoharp was then-unknown, and at the time (with the notable exception of Carol Kaye), there were very few women playing bass guitar. Since the formation of the band in 1967, its only constant members have been Roger Penney and Wendy Penney.
For a one-year interlude in 1969, Roger and Wendy fronted a band with Tom Pacheco and Sharon Alexander called Euphoria. Roger and Wendy were the lead vocalists. The group signed with MGM/Heritage Records, and with Jerry Ross producing, released an album titled Euphoria (with an American sunshine pop style à la The Mamas and the Papas), and a single titled "You Must Forget". They then disbanded.
Using Woodstock, New York, as a temporary songwriting base in 1972, the band generated the folk album Roger and Wendy. A female drummer/fiddler, known only as Sam, then joined the group. In 1975 the band changed its name to Bermuda Triangle and released its psych folk album Bermuda Triangle in 1977. Roger had been writing the bulk of the group's songs.
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The fourth studio album by The Jeff Beck Group and the second album with the line up of Jeff Beck, Bobby Tench, Clive Chaman, Max Middleton and Cozy Powell.
During January 1972 the second Jeff Beck Group flew to the US and joined Beck at TMI Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Some of the songs they worked on were already in their stage act and unlike Rough and Ready they also recorded five cover songs for this album, including a new version of Ashford & Simpson's "I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel For You" and Carl Perkins's Sun Records release, "Glad All Over" (1957). The Cropper and Beck collaboration "Sugar Cane" was one of several songs written whilst in the studio. At an "end of recording party", Beck was congratulated by Don Nix on his version of "Going Down", which Nix had written and was originally released by the band Moloch in 1969.
Jeff Beck Group was not well received by contemporary music critics.
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