...when nothing goes right. Yesterday was one, my internet connection kept shutting down and most of these files have been uploaded at least 2 times. Add deposit files less than enticing upload speeds and it spells a recipe for a whole new kind of frustration. Anyways, finally, here are some cool tunes to hum along too, just imagine it's Sunday and it will be alright.
First up, the second highest vote getter in my little unofficial poll. It's the 1969 Uni album from Smoke (the U.S. band not the U.K. psych band that did My Friend Jack), who look like a bike gang that formed a band, and sound like one to. Nothing against biker gangs (I'm not suicidal). But this is greasy, oiley music to get yer hands dirty too. Bluesy hard rock, often kinda sloppy and quite a cool album to boot. The 18 minute plus M.C. Boogie says it all. Although a CD is pictured next to my witticisms there, I don't think this is in print on CD right now and I know this rip is from vinyl. But it rocks and that's all that matters.
And for Bigfoot Kit who has been quite the patient soul waiting for me to get this right, this slice of heaven went through hell getting here. Ripped not once but twice, uploaded not once but three times (I had my doubts if it wanted to be here!!) but finally here is the first solo album from ex-Kansas and sometime Proto Kaw man, Kerry Livgren called Seeds of Change. Livgren wanted to get away from the mystical to concentrate more on his spiritual side, his Christianity. Which on this album presents me with a conundrum (but no complaint). The second song, my favorite, has a guest singer, Ronnie James Dio, and Dio means Satan (Spanish slang term, I know now it also means God in Latin thanks to an email so maybe my theolgical theory is poot), as well as quite a few lyrics which are questionable from a Christian point of view. The title is Mask of the Deceiver so I wonder if Kerry got Dio to sing the song portraying Satan or what. I am far from theologian so I just though I'd put the thought in your mind for you to play around with. The rest of the album could pass for a good pre-Steve Morse period Kansas LP and if you like them you will surely like this. Originally released on Kirshner in 1980, the CD was released on Renaissance Records in 1996 and as far as I know is now out of print.
What a shocker!! I had never even heard of this before and I guy I trade with sent it too me with a bunch of rare stuff Thursday. Aveek from India requests it on Saturday and I haven't even listened to it yet. So it sparked my interest so I kicked back for a bit and listened. Absolutely amazing stuff!!!!! (I Can't put enough exclaimations behind it!!) This gets listed as hard prog but I think it's just stunningly good hard rock that blew my fuckin' doors off. Just killer from start to finish and not a bad track in the bunch. The first song is actually kinda folky but even it has a killer hook and after that the band kicks into riffin' and never looks back. Only downside, ripped at 160 from a less than perfect source, but this deserves a listen sooooooo much I had to put it up here. I give this one of my highest recommendations and if ANYONE has a better copy of this please please PLEASE send it my way. And thanks Aveek for calling my attention to it. It's now in heavy rotation in the Time Traveller jukebox.
And here's proof you can surprise a jaded old fart like me. The top vote getter in my little improptu survey. If you'd have ask me to bet on any one of the albums I listed as choices this would have been the longshot by a longshot (yeah, that's right!). But damn this is a fine record from the first post- Michael Schenker line up (the first of many). The band was in utter turmoil, Pete Way was about to leave (if he wasn't really already gone), Phil Moog said he sometimes couldn't keep track of daily happenings, and out of this choas came this twisted album of genius. The Writer kicks off the album in rockin' style and
form not seen since the Lights Out daze. Coulda done without the horns (or the synths that sound like 'em) and after this album, keyboards took over a bit too much for my liking. Nothing wrong with that in some bands but these guys were supposed to be metal for God's sake. But this one is great except for Terri which sounds like a bad Myles Goodwin/April Wine outtake and the kinda lame cover of Eddie Cochran's Somethin' Else. Everytime I hear that drum intro to Doing It All For You I think Rock Candy is about to start for a second. Sorry bout the low bitrate on this one.
Here's that Twisted Ace 45. NWOBHM on the UK Heavy Metal label (home of Witchfinder General & Split Beaver), A-side is boogie rocker with twin lead guitar and lotsa riffage, b-side is a heavier track that is more representative of the NWOBHM style. Not bad at all.
And here's some stuff Kit sent to share and I forgot to post it. Twice. Yeah, I am a dumbass, but that's my world sometimes, I forget tracks, I forget posts, hell sometimes I even forget to finish
Strife's 1975 album, "Rush". Proggy hard rock from the uk. This is their 1st album. The main guy was Gordon Rowley who went on to form Nightwing who you might remember from the early '80's. Interesting album. Unusual.
Here's the link:
STRIFE - "Rush" (1975)
Crack The Sky : Photoflamingo (1981)
Crack The Sky : World In Motion 1 (1982)
Until next time, see ya!