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.