Saturday, June 24, 2006

Is it "before ya know it" yet?

I promised this a while ago and finally got it finished. This is a vinyl rip, but you won't know it by listening. The vinyl looked stone mint and sounded that way too. Nice warm analog sound!!
The album kinda reminds me of a harder rock Al Stewart album and if you are an Al Stewart fan, give this a shot. Along with the hit "Driver's Seat" there are 2 other standout tracks, "Slide Away" and "Looking For You" and the others aren't slouches either.

And for Jonnhy Roberts blog. Here is Short Stories /Tall Tales from Horslips. This album originally released in 1979, turned out to be the final studio album from this celtic /folk/prog/rock band. This one is probably the hardest rocking of their repertoire. Enjoyable but far from their best. If anyone needs any others from the Horslips catalog, I have several, if not all of 'em.

Pretend there is a picture of some happy go lucky guys standing around in goofy poses wearing far out clothes with shit eating grins on their faces. You are probably close to what the cover that housed the music of Arc's self titled LP looked like. This is not the early seventies prog band, it is a one off LP released on the Lifesong label in 1978. Like almost every band that released an album on Lifesong that weren't Crack the Sky, Crack the Sky had quite a bit of input on this LP, mainly John Palumbo, who wrote or co-wrote about 80 percent of this thing. Problem is these songs are nowhere close to the caliber of songs on any of the CTSky albums, they are like throwaways. On the bright side, Arc is a talented band that polished these turds into highly entertaining mini-operatas (keeping in mind it's 70's rock) filled with multi-octave background vocals and thumping well produced music. About half the songs come off as bad disco, but the other half make up for it, standouts being leadoff track "I Feel Beautiful" , "Skindiver" and "Why Live For the Weekend" which is a great rocker. An album to listen to as an abstract, without paying too much attention to any detail too closely.


And a bunch of links from a friend who said to post these without credit:
Note : for the first two the links follow the title, after that, the links come before the title.

Neon Rose - Dust And Rust And... (Sweden, 1973-75) 117MB @224kbps with small covers plus website

A Foot In Cold Water - The Second Foot In Cold Water 49,5MB @192kbps

Valhalla - S/T (USA, 1972)
89MB @256 with covers

Condition Green - Life Of Change (Jap, 1977)
92MB @320 only front cover

Here's the other Bronco album at 192kbps with front cover:

Irish Coffee - S/T (reunion 2004) 84MB @320kbps with covers

Bronco - Country Home (UK, 1972)
47MB @192kbps c/covers

Brewer & Farm - Monumental Funk (1974) 32MB @160kbps w/small front cover (sorry, that's what I have...)

Bronco - Country Home (UK, 1972) 47MB @192kbps c/covers

Friday, June 23, 2006

From Max Webster to Mother's Finest

Howdy blog readers. Got some new fun stuff for this Friday evening. A few more requests filled, and a couple off the top of my head. I just wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that all the links in the archives are still active (amazing!!) and ready for your enjoyment. As I stated on my other blog, I will probably slow things down a bit now that the weather is warm. But it will be slower here in frequency of updates, not in quantity of stuff in the updates so there will always be plenty of stuff from my crummy collection floating about this here blog. So without further ado (and without any of that damn adon't either) here are a few of my favorite tunes to do the charleston to.

These guys were requested by someone a long time ago. I have always held Kim Mitchell and his jolly band, Max Webster, in high regard, as they were the FIRST band I ever saw live. As I've mentioned before my first concert ever was Rush way back in 1980, but Kim and the boys were the opening act, so that is the way they became the holders of that coveted title. I still remember them cranking out "Check" from this album and of course "Battlescar" was being played all over the radio due to Geddy Lee's (and Rush's) appearance on the song. So I dug this album and played it many times as Rush were like gods to me at the tender age of 12. This is my favorite album by these guys and I hope you all dig it too. Anyone have Kim Mitchell's solo album Akimbo Alongo (or Alogo, I can't remember)? Please send a link my way if ya do!!!!

Here is another fun LP from Kim and the boys. Their 1977 LP High Class In Borrowed Shoes. A little less heavy than the above LP but still great in a different way. I think I actually enjoy the songs on this one more than Uni-Juvi but I wish they could have been a bit heavier at times. Oh well, can't have it all I suppose.

An interesting 1st LP from Ashton Gardner & Dyke. This one has 4 bonus tracks including their most popular song "Resurrection Shuffle". Tony Ashton made good by getting in good with the Deep Purple boys, first with the Green Bullfrog project, then as Jon Lord's sidekick on First of the Big Bands (see below), then with Paice Ashton and Lord. With any band Ashton was involved his R&B influence is always a prominent factor. This album is no exception.

And here is another Ashton incarnation, this time with Jon Lord, a friendship which would last at least until 1977's Paice Ashton and Lord supergroup with the brilliant Bernie Marsden on guitar. This album really doesn't fit with all the other Deep Purple side projects as it is not at all heavy but it should be judged on it's own merits, of which there are plenty. "Upside Down" or downside upside down as I always call it, and the Salvation Army Band song are longtime favorites and the whole album has moments of great fun. The album went nowhere I guess because the potential audience was fans of the Purp and only the most open minded of those got it. And those who did were rewarded with some great songs.

Another request, the funk metal of Mother's Finest, with Another Mother Further, a title that tried to tongue twist everyone into saying something naughty. Those dastardly devils. Baby Jean and company deliver a hard funkfest worthy of a few spins.

Sorry about the suckass picture, but there is nothing on the web and I don't have covers at all for this . This is Man's first LP 2 Oz. of Plastic with a Hole in the Middle from 1969. This is for Zebu over at the boize blog and if you are in need of some freakily rare 70's hardrock or some freakily freaky horror movies (and scantily clad scream queens if the first 2 don't grab ya) get over there and check it out at:


And if all the crap I just posted above don't do nuthin' for ya, here's some tunes from some friends that I've graciously been given permission to share with you:

From freyli : The Hard Meat I posted last week was a bit scratchy and for those who dug it here is the CD version (along with the 2nd and final LP) :

Note from freyli : I ripped it @ VBR 256 min and included the CD artwork

And from Bruce here's a few:

Frumpy Live

Jim Pepper "Pepper's Pow Wow" LP ' on EMBRYO .


That's all for now. Back with more before you know it!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

This time on the hard rock end of things

Wow, I forgot how great this is!! This is Shooting Star's 1981 album Hang On For Your Life. Mostly hard rockin' tracks like the FM radio fave "Breakout" but there are few more introspective ballads (I sound like a critic, call me Dave Marshmallow) and songs that swing a bit to the prog side. It's basically an album that almost everyone can be happy with. Check out the drums on "You've Got Love" and you can't help but be impressed. These guys were no slouches on their instruments.

To the person I promised "Oh Well" by these guys, I don't have it, and I apologize for saying I did (I really thought I did!!!) but I do have damn near everything else by this Detroit gang o' ruffians including this one that I ripped a week or so ago. Nothing spectacular here, just good ol no frills classic hard rock with a touch of boogie and r n b thrown in for good measure.
This is the Rockets LP from 1982 Rocket Roll on Elektra records.

These guys are gods in my opinion. Gotta be one of the heaviest LPs from 1977. It's Dirty Tricks with Hit & Run and side one of this album is a masterpiece, with side two not too far behind that status. The best comparison I can give is heavy U.F.O. from the Force It era ( the guitars have that thick Schenker rhythm sound and Johnny Fraser Binnie has Michael's style down pat, but his off beat time signatures make the sound his own) and Kenny Stewart sings a lot like Phil Moog, (with a tiny touch of Percy thrown in), but is much wilder and spontaneous. The rhythm section of Terry Horbury (bass) and Andy Bierne (skins) are tight and hold it all together very solidly. There is one problem I have with the album and that's Tony Visconti's bass heavy production which gets a bit to soupy and spoils a few moments. He was definetly not the guy for this band. But he couldn't spoil the whole show and the band outshines the one downside to this nearly perfect slab of early metal. The title track is a stone classic and by itself worth the time of the download!!!

It's wouldn't be an update without some prog or psych and today is no exception. This is a great live album called Focus Live at the Rainbow but it should have been called the Jan Akkerman show!! Jan is all over this with a stunning display of guitar virtuousity. The highlight in my opinion is the speed metal version of Hocus Pocus which could pass as one of the earliest examples of the genre. Akkerman's fingers must have been smoking after this show!! The band gets introduced in a very novel way during the song too. This one is one file because it wouldn't split properly and it deserves to be played straight through anyway (good excuse huh?). If you like Focus, and great guitar playing, you'll love this.

And this is one I ripped for myself, but figured somebody may dig it. City Boy's 1977 LP Young Men Gone West. Stunningly produced by Mutt Lange, it reminds me of 10CC (especially the wit of the lyrics and titles, and the style shifts thoughout each song). My favorite song is Dear Jean which could be passed off as a Queen outtake (the vocalist pulls a Mercuryesque trick here and there throughout) and is the only really heavy song on here. Bad For Business is pretty amazing and The Man Who Ate His Car (love that title) is also brilliant. Not my usual kind of post but hey, variety is the spice of blog life.

And now for a couple I can't find covers for:

Beck Bogert & Appice - the Unreleased 2nd LP (AKA Working Version). Decent quality for 8 of the 9 tracks, the final being passable, this is the album they were working on when the band disintegrated. Nothing here is exactly up to the quality of the "1st" album, but it is interesting to imagine what could have been. The ideas are there for an album that with some polish could have surpassed that lone self titled LP.

Hard Meat - same (1970 Warner Bros.). Interesting album, it reminds of Pink Floyd's post- psych pre-prog (i.e.:Atom Heart Mother, Obscured By Clouds) period in places. The album starts out a a good note with the rockin' Through A Window and then goes into the lazy Floydian mellowdom for the next three songs. Side two's first song Run Shaker Life is another really good song that clocks in over 10 minutes and flows into Universal Joint which again gives me the deja-Floyd. The final track, a cover is Dylan's Most Likely You'll Go Your Way.....(And I'll Go Out of Mine Not To Hear Another Goddamned Cover Version of This) is predictable but enjoyable, especially toward the middle where they do shake the song up a bit. Not a glowing review, but this is really not a bad album and does have some nice laid back songs with a few more rockier moments intersperced. This was ripped from pretty crappy vinyl and it does have a bit o noise throughout ('specially the quieter moments) but I did what I could do, and this album ain't easy to get these days (I guess there is a CD reissue believe it or not, and it has the bands other LP on it too!).

Okay, I'm drained for a few days. Happy Dad's Day to you dads out there. My kids let me play on the old computer all day as my present (we's po' folks) and it's been a very relaxing, enjoyable trip down memory lane (and tomorrow my neck will hurt from headbangin' to Dirty Tricks) and I hope everybody digs the stuff as much as I do.

Almost forgot, I threw up a few slabs of liveage over at my other blog, another Zappa (with Flo & Eddie from 1970), one from the Nuge, and a Bad Company from '74-'75 with a couple demos that are pretty good. Just in case you wanted to know.

More requests Part One - Krautrock and UK AOR

Os Mundi - 43 Minuten

1. A question of decision (7:40) 2. Triple (5:07) 3. Missile (3:05) 4. It's all time 5. Isn't it beautiful (2:17) 6. But reality will show (6:30) 7. Children's games (7:59) 8. Erstickubungen (6:21) 9. Fortsentsung Folgt (1:17)

- Udo Arndt / guitar, keyboards, vocals- Andreas V. [Villain] / bass- Dietrich Markgraf / saxaphone, flute- Christoph Busse / drums- Buddy Mandler / percussion, vocals, bass- Mikro Rilling / cello, bass- Ute Kannenberg / vocals
Release information
LP Brain/Metronome 1015 / CD Repertoire PMS 7070WP

Gila - Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

Review by Steve Hegede (Steve Hegede) PROG REVIEWER
Depending on your mood, krautrock can sound either dated or absolutely infectious. GILA falls somewhere between the two. "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" was released in 1973. The biggest problem that I had with the album, at first, was that it sounded too psychedelic, and thus dated, for a 1973 release. The music seemed to have more in common with early AMON DÜÜL II than what was going on with rock music at the time. Once I got over that fact, I was soon treated to some of the prettiest psychedelic ever made. The music here emphasizes 12-string acoustic guitar, but the vocal harmonies really makes this band stand out. I'm reminded of vocal harmonies used by many of San Francisco's psychedelic bands during the late 60s; but GILA sound much more European (although they sing in English). The vocals are done using a combination of male and female vocals. Once in a while, I'm even reminded of the Dutch band EATH AND FIRE. The album talks about the abuse of American-Indians by white settlers, yet never comes off as a political statement. So those of you who might be turned-off by political albums have nothing to worry about. Along with the lush guitar and vocals, the listener is also treated to piano by Florian Fricke. In all it's a recipe for dream-like psychedelic music. For those of you looking for prog/psych with American-Indian influences, several songs feature native American rhythms, and chanting. Overall, if you're looking for lovely psychedelic music from continental Europe, you found it.

Orange Peel - same

Track listing
1. You Can't Change Them All2. Faces That I Used To Know3. Tobacco Road4. We Still Try To Change

- Curt Cress / drums, percusiion- Peter Bischof / percussion, vocals- Leslie Link / guitar- Heinrich Mohn / bass- Ralph Wilrheiss / organ Releases information

LP Bellaphon BLPS 19036 (1970)

From the UK Mistress' self titled LP. Released in the States in 1979 on RSO records.
This is an album that is on Jonnhy Robert's blog's wantlist. It's not that hard but it's decent album oriented rock typical of it's era. The only real klunker is the last song Letter To California, a weepy ballad that goes on at least a minute longer than it needs to. Their cover of Neil Young's Cinnamon Girl is kinda strange, but an interesting listen once, maybe twice.

And from a friend in Brazil, Oilton, comes two more German prog LPs, Wallenstein's Blitzkreig from 1972 and High Wheel's There LP from either '96 or '97.


High Wheel

Thanks Oilton!!!!

I have a bunch more stuff coming tomorrow (it's ready to go, it's just really late) :

Hard Meat, the Rockets, Shooting Star, Dirty Tricks and probably more.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

More requests filled and some stuff from elsewhere

Head East - Flat As A Pancake. Head East's first from 1975. This was originally released on a small indie label briefly before catching the ear of someone at A&M records. Listening to this, it's easy to see why it did. Pretty amazing stuff for a first album. Has their hit "Never Been Any Reason".
320k from CD.

Here's the only album from Rebecca & the Sunnybrook Farmers - Birth from 1969. Good stuff. The picture I found is from an ebay ad and I hope the person who bought this wasn't ripped off, cause that isn't the right LP in that jacket :-).
320k from vinyl.

Finally another request for Lee Michaels 5th LP, this one is ripped from vinyl at 320k. Great album and as usual with Lee--no guitars. This album has his sole hit Do You Know What I Mean? which for many years as a kid I thought was the J. Geils Band. Anyway, it's a fun listen and full of party music. Great cover version of Lee Dorsey's Ya Ya and a cover of Willie and the Hand Jive that would be reggae-ised by Mr. Clapton in few years.

Here's some stuff I posted other places:

Big Star - In Space

Daryl Hall - Sacred Songs (produced by Robert Fripp)

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

I am preparing for a big update Saturday night or Sunday morning. I haven't had much time this week so I will make it a nice one. I am going to get caught up on all requests too!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I said I didn't have it and I do

Not only did I have it, I had it twice!! The file contains a pic of the cover but almost every cover site on the internet has this one, so I didn't re-upload the rar because as usual I forgot to put them in. But I am so happy I found this, I'm listening to it now and I think this is probably one of their finest albums. From 1972. I'll be back tomorrow with more stuff, I'm doing some requests from vinyl, and those take awhile as I have to do them real time.

The UK cover. Why? I donno. Just a nicer cover.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Seems like if it ain't one thing it's another----

but finally here is an update. I spent about a total of 14 hours tweeking and deleting and remving and now this computer is running like a new one (but for how long? FOR HOW LONG?!?!?)

So anyways, taking care of some requests and trades today (only 3oo hundred more to go. This is a good album from Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and Derek St. Holmes who sings for the Nuge when they can get along. Not better than Aerosmith's best, but better than what they were churning out around this time, this reminds me of a good Sammy Hagar LP (and in my opinion there aren't many of those). Not super heavy, but not wimpy at all and Brad shows he has some lead guitar chops that he never gets to display much with the 'smith. Not a bad LP at all.

A couple from Be Bop Deluxe. Axe Victim from '77 and Drastic Plastic from '78. Both, unfortunetly, weren't ripped by me and were ripped at 128k. They still sound good and I dug up some covers for Axe Victim with I forgot to put into the rar so it is the rar file under the actual link to the album.

Revival, A live reunion of sorts for Barclay James Harvest from 1999. Great sound and great versions of many of their great songs. Ripped at 320k.

The self titled album from 1969. This Blue Cheer is not the overamped band that recorded Vincebus Eruptum one year earlier. They expanded to a four piece, fleshed out the sound and lost the out of tune guitar solos and sledgehammer rhythm guitar, but this is still heavy and amazingly good rocknroll.

Enjoy everyone. Over at the live blog: Blackfoot from '81, Montrose at the Record Plant '74, Bob Dylan's Stealin' demos, and some other goofy stuff.

Added some new links--a few great blogs springing up to replace the ones that are now MIA or gone forever. Check them out and give them a reason to stick around!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Just a couple for a long slow week

More Popol Vul, this one from a 1977 soundtrack they did the music for. This is from my original German LP released on Egg records. Track listing follows:

1. Engel Der Gegenwart 2.Blatter Aus Dem Buch Der Kuhnheit 3.Das Lied Von Den Hohen Bergen
4.Huter Der Schwelle 5.Der Ruf 6.Singet, Denn Der Gesang Vertreibt Die Wolfe 7.Gemeinschaft

This is from a 2 for 1 CD I got recently of Nick Simper's (Deep Purple's bassist on their first 3 albums) post Warhorse band, Fandango (at least the next band he recorded for formally). I broke them up into 2 files devided by the albums so the first file is Slipstreaming from '79, the second is Future Times from 1980. Each album has one track omitted for timing reasons. All are tagged so I won't waste space listing the tracks here.


Before I bail out of here to go update my other blog, I thought I would jump upon my soapbox and toss a very interesting tidbit your way. As most of you know, I am not a very big fan of the RIAA and most record companies, because like most corporations rich beyond most people's comprehension, they rake in more and more money, corporate suits get richer and richer , while ripping off the little guys (which, yes, does include the artists) and cry and whine how THEY are being ripped off all the while. I found this little item while doing a google search for Cheap Trick. It seems that Sony is ripping them (and the Allman Brothers, as well as others) blind on internet downloads (does it ever end with these fuckers??!?!?!??) due to a discrepency over how those downloads are classified. If you don't know the details (and I know I am a bit behind the times on this story from late April) read this:

And if you want some great UNRELEASED Trick, as well as some live Mint Tattoo from 1968 go to the liveandotherwise blog.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

All ripped from vinyl

You read right, all of the following have been ripped from vinyl. Either a blessing or a curse, depending on your age and ablility to handle a few pops and cracks here and there. They all came out pretty good, I think, except the Fat Mattress 2 album which just about hit the bottom of what I consider decent enough to even put on my turntable.

First one is a great LP from the Blues Project. Ripping guitar throughout, and it seems you just don't hear much about this one anymore, but I actually listen to it more than the more popular ones like Projections and Live at the Cafe Au Go Go.
Give it a try! 1971 release on Capitol records.

This is a relatively obscure prog album also released on Capitol records and through Sovereign in the UK. Sovereign was famous for Flash, which was Peter Banks ex-Yes project. This album has moments which sound like early Yes, but it is a varied album, and has country rock moments, and just plain old rock songs too, but they always seem to add something special that makes it stand out. These guys become the Movies and have a few albums worthy of a listen or two that I may try to dig out soon. This one is from 1973.

Here's another one from Trooper, their 1978 LP Thick As Thieves. This has their best known song here in the U.S. "Raise A Little Hell". My favorite song on here is "One Good Reason" which sounds very Steely Dan-ish, especially the extended guitar solo by Brian Smith, which sounds like Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and really rocks. This one was produced by Randy Bachman of BTO and the Guess Who. Humour aside: I wish I could have found a better pic, cause while I was ripping the album, I guess I had too much time on my hands, because I noticed all the band members resemble other musicians. See if you can match the guys: Brian Smith - guitarist (Kevin DuBrow of Quiet Riot) / Doni Underhill - bass, vocals (Eddie Money) / Tommy Stewart - drums, vocals (Derek Smalls, Spinal Tap) / Frank Ludwig - keyboards,vocals (Rik Emmett, Triumph) / and Ra McGuire - lead vocals (Brian Johnson, AC/DC). Am I wrong?

A mellow affair, Jackson Heights' 1970 LP King Progress. Mr. Screw the leadoff track is fun, but I really don't play this album featuring Mr. Lee Jackson all that much. I though maybe some of you guys might find some enjoyment with it. I prefer Refugee more.

A bit rough, this one, but I found it at a thrift store and of course it looked good there, got it home and it didn't look quite as good. What the hell kinda lights do they use at thrift stores that make beat to shit albums look decent? I never have been able to figure that one out. Anyways, this was Noel Redding of Jimi Hendrix Experience's baby, and like almost every project the guys in that band started, he got bored with it and moved on. He did contribute guitar to several tracks here, but that's about it. I prefer this album to the first, so if anyone cleans this turd up, could ya send it my way?

I ripped this a week or so ago to post here eventually, and damn if a request for it didn't pop up over at groovy fab. So I uploaded it, and here it is. Stoner comedy from 1972. My favorite track is Cheech & Ernie which is dead ripoff of Cheech & Chong's "Dave" routine done Sesame Street style. This is the guy that worked with Soupy Sales on his radio show. Best pic of the Bob Dylan parody cover I could find.

Ant Trip Ceremony - 24 Hours. Recorded by hippies from Oberlin College in 1967 and produced by David Crosby (not the CSNY guy). A lot of people don't understand what the appeal of this folky LP is and if you've never heard this before don't base your opinion on the first track. It's actually the weakest among the bunch. There is nothing that is going to make you take a second mortgage on your house to own an original here, but repeated listens of this album (ripped from a bootleg reissue) will reveal some very above average folky psych that is quite charming and stands up to repeated listens.