For you lucky stiffs who get to rise up early and hit the road, here's some progressive gems and one blues wailer for those of you who wish you didn't have too. And for those who prefer theirs a bit stronger some more NWOBHM from Bigfoot Kit to blow out your speakers with! I'm trying a different style layout today to see if blogger will behave any better than it has been lately so for today at least, the tiny blurbs I compose will be showing up under the pics instead of beside them (or at least I think. Guess we'll all see when I hit that magic publish button.
The Illusion's third LP from 1970, If It's So. By request of course.
And by coincidence, here is the 3rd If LP, also from 1970. Love that cover, music ain't bad either.
And this isn't by request, but it's a favorite of mine, and probably could become a favorite of yours too if you give it a chance. It's Beyond Expression by the group Finch. This Finch is Dutch, I also know of a Finch from Aussieland and another from the UK. These gentlemen deliver some excellent instrumentals (not a word on this one!!) that will dazzle and amaze you. Twists and turns abound and just when you think you know where they are going, they hit you with a change up and go in a different direction. Side one of this 197g LP is taken up by one track, and it's 20 minutes long and still never ceases to amaze me. Especially the guitarist, Joop. He sounds kind of like an Akkerman discipile and he can absolutely tear it up when given a chance to strech out as he is in this song. Really when you think about not too many guys were playing mind baffling runs like these in year of '76. Not that the rest of the band are slouches on their respective instruments but he is a highlight for me. At times this is gonna remind you of that Yes/Gentle Giant style of prog, but they never settle into one mold for very long and constantly pull an original move out of it. Give this a shot, disappointment will not be a result.
And here's that blues LP I mentioned above. I got 2 or 3 requests for these guys, two for this one specifically (I'll try to dig out more when time arises). This is about as real as the blues gets, no psych excusions like the Groundhogs or even the Mac, no boogie and hard rock stuff like Savoy Brown. These guys play it straight and play it well, and Rod Piazza wanted it that way. Recommended for the blues harp that would make both Paul Butterfield and Magic Dick, two fine players themselves take notice at one time or another, I think this is some of the blues harp playing available. If you got the blues, Grease this up and play it loud.
And for those of you who prefer something a bit heavier to curtail those Monday morning doldrums. Here's another slew of brillaint obscure NWOBHM for you all from Kit. I turn it over to him.
Le Griff - Fast Bikes EP 1983
If you like this , i've also got their "You're Killing Me" EP and "Breaking Strain" LP, if you're interested!
OXYM - Music Power 7" (1980)
Don't know much about Oxym, except that they were lumped in (rightly ot wrongly) with the occult flavoured NWOBHM bands like Witchfynde, Demon etc.
RAGE - Bootliggers 7" (1981)
Rage were comprised of former members of the band NUTZ, remember them? They were pretty good too. Love this song, it was featured on "Metal For Muthas" when they were still going by the NUTZ monicker, but this is a totally different version.
BLEAK HOUSE - Lions In Winter EP (1982)
The 2nd and final ep from the mighty mighty Bleak House, you'll love this, great songs, great playing, the whole package, they should have been huge!
AGONY BAG - Rabies Is A Killer 7" (1979)
An odd one this, ex-Black Widow members form shock rock act just in time to get lumped in with the NWOBHM! Bizarre!!!
Thanks Kit and see you all soon. Or maybe I should say you'll all see me soon. If you dig any of this stuff and feel like it go over to other my blog and give a click on those ads at the top. Still could use it and and watch for an update of some sort really soon over there. It may surprise you.