Friday, December 31, 2010

Cannock - Waiting for the Night (1980)

Obscure interesting psych prog from Germany, female vocals, private press issued in 1980

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Ar Skloferien - Folk Celtique (1973)

French Celtic folk group from Nantes with male/female vocals, violin. Pre Sklof. In the ancient tradition of the popular Breton bards, Ar Skloferien intend to contribute to the evolution of Celtic music, using instruments such as violins, flutes, guitars, banjos, bass, mandolin.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Oratorium - Oratorium (1972)

One of the best hidden treasures of German early 1970s psych Krautrock private pressings! The only LP from this young 6-piece group (3 brothers and friends) from Hof (Bavaria), 9 great songs full of haunting melodies, swirling, wailing Farfisa organ, guitars, sparkling piano, bass and drums, and - in opposite to most other private Krautrock LPs - superb vocals. The dark echo-ey / reverb-laden sound sometimes reminds me of Mary Butterworth and gives this LP this particular spine-chilling, goosepimples-producing feeling of those magnificent 1960s psych-garage ballads. By lyrkoss

Sounds more like a 1968 era American garage psych album, than anything typically coming from Germany circa 1972. Excepting the semi-narrated vocals in German of course. Somewhat like Ainigma's "Diluvium", but a better reference is some of the 45's coming from the German underground as featured on Garden of Delight's "Psychedelic Gems" series. Straightforward rock n roll songs, with Farfisa organ, slightly fuzzy guitars, echoed piano and a lot of vocals. A very unusual sound for Germany, so I can understand the collector appeal. Taken from here

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Rontheo - Rontheo (1976)

The name of this group comes from the first components blocks: RONNIE DI TOMASO (guitar, voice) and THEO BUSCH (violin, percussions). With their friend YEDZ they recorded this good LP in Germany in 1976... it's fresh folk rock, sung in English, and as usual many sellers consider it as psychedelic folk rock (maybe to sell it at a better price), anyway this is another little jewel coming from Germany and its value is growing day by day (400 US Dollars)... the gatefold cover is also great with a beautiful fantasy design... [www.celononcelo.com/rontheoen.html] Taken from here

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Syphax - Syphax (1978)

Algerian outfit recorded this jewel in France, psych prog with jazzy and ethnic influences, private press issued in 1978

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G.L. Unit - Orangutang! (1969)

This experimental big band was lead by Gunnar Lindqvist and featured a huge cast of improvising musicians. Among jazz stars like Bernt Rosengren and Maffy Falay? we also find prominent Movement musicians like Ove Karlsson, Torsten Eckerman, Roland Keijser, Bosse Skoglund, Bengt Berger (all five of whom were in Arbete & Fritid)., Allan Olsson and Sune Spangerberg (both of Iskra) and Gunnar Bergsten (Flasket Brinner). The influence of G.L. Unit showed up in the music of later groups like Forkladd Gud, Lokomotiv Konkret and Iskra. Gunnar Lindqvist were also the producer for EMI acts Solar Plexus, Panta Rei, Energy and Storm. Taken from Tobias Petterson's & Ulf Henningsson's "The Encyclopedia of Swedish Progressive Music 1967-1979" (c) 2007 Premium Publishing More details about the book here (sold out)

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Kaleidoskop - Kaleidoskop (1974)

Look And Smile / Being Twice, Can You Decide? / Those Stagge's Nights / Compos. Intern. / Long Way / Einstand / Stranger Blue / Remember Those Lines

LP Ton Cooperative Hannover TCH 0002 (1974)

Günter Blendermann (bass), Peter Burkhold (saxophone), Ulrich Framke (saxophone, clarinet), Wolfgang Schmeer (saxophone, flute), Dietmar Schmidt (drums, percussion), Wolfgang Schmidt (organ, electric piano, steel guitar)

A band with their roots in Bremen/Hannover, going back to the 1960's. It was reputedly "extraordinary soul jazz rock album with great grooves and charming careless playing" according to one source - which turned out to be not too far off the mark. Kaleidoskop played a richly textured jazz-prog that was actually quite dated for 1974, with lots of winds, and 90% instrumental, with hints of Nucleus, Xhol and Zappa/Mothers styles, but less experimental and a touch cheesy in some of the jazz breaks. The song in "Stranger Blue" takes the sound Emergency territory.

After a change in style, and a shake-up in line-up, 7 years later they resurfaced as Kaleidoskop Band. Taken from The Crack In The Cosmic Egg

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Prisma - Phantasma (1977)

Never before released heavy progressive krautrock from RED LOUNGE's hometown Karlsruhe, recorded in 1977. Superb electric guitar leads, over the top keyboards/hammond organ, bass, drums and great lead vocals in English. Very complex and profilic musicianship in the best Italian progressive rock tradition, but still with that raw krautrock private pressing feeling. Long elaborated tracks. Get strictly limited vinyl reissue at RED LOUNGE.


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Friday, November 19, 2010

Virgin's Dream - Sophisty (1980)

Virgin's Dream, on "Sophisty" at least, are very much a product of the late 70s and early 80s German fusion scene. Perhaps a bit more tropical, and funky, than most. Comparisons to Michael Borner's Sun or some of Syncrises' work wouldn't be out of line. As usual, the guitar work is exemplary, a trademark of the time and place. Taken from here

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mustang - Born and Still Alive (1976)

Brain Sound - An Attempt to Record Coincidence (1972)

Seriously demented stuff, suitably subtitled "An attempt to record coincidence". About as experimental as it could get in the early 1970s, and not entirely listenable, although definitely interesting if only from the "how far could that kind of experimentation reach ?!" perspective. Layers of vocals, whirlpools of reverb - this is the album that either affects you in its special crazy spiritual way, or just leaves you in disgust. Every listen is different. By Levgan

Pictured in all its tantalizing, eye-popping glory in Hans Pokora's 1001 Record Collector Dreams, this hellishly rare Austrian avant garde LP from 1972 is nothing short of astonishing. There are no instruments, but rather varying configurations of solo, duo and ensemble vocal improvisations, presumably informed by the aforementioned (and nearly impenetrable) code (or “charts”). Although this might be seen as part of an interesting continuum, this unique and prescient music will stun even the most astute followers of outsider art. Describe it, you say? Sweet Jesus! “Shape note singing for acidheads,” perhaps? From an avant-classical perspective, one might mention late 60's Penderecki as a possible reference point (along with Ligeti, or perhaps even Nono). In improvised music, the Spontaneous Music Ensemble’s larger workshop groups similarly feature masses of vocal sounds; comparisons with Alan Watts’ This Is It are as plausible as they are inevitable. Ultimately, though, nothing will quite prepare you for this LP. In fact, when an original copy landed at Nero’s Neptune headquarters, one notorious "outsider" label chief/collector extraordinaire's peni-meter became so perilously engorged that he nearly burst with envy, casting ridiculous offers of rare wax and unmentionable “favors” our way whilst begging to let him take over. In other words, we strongly recommend purchasing this limited reissue while you can and securing appropriate spiritual condiments for the trip. After all, you CAN be anyone this time around. Buy at Time Lag

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Floss - Cruisin' (1976)

A rare (and late) garage-psych group covering classics. Reputedly only 100 copies were made and therefore it's now really expensive. Taken from Vernon Joynson's book "Fuzz, Acid And Flowers"

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Styff Nack - Sundial (1978)

01. Dayswalk (4:57)
02. Shepherd On The Westpole (7:36)
03. Blue Flood (8:08)
04. Powerman (4:16)
05. Balance (4:34)
06. On The Roof (7:45)
07. Sundial (7:45)

An obscure progressive band of whom we know very little, except for a moderately interesting self-produced album. Definitely in the spirit of Krautrock, but with a more mellow late-70's feel, the album SUNDIAL mixed a variety of styles into a lyrical hard-rock, pepped up by many unusual touches and a psychedelic edge.

Hans-Jürgen Hofmann (vocals, pianos, organ, string ensemble, Moog, guitar), Peter Fengler (bass, bass pedals, vocals), Uwe Leicht (drums, rototoms, cymbals), Rainer Houda (guitars), Thomas Möckl (guitar). Taken from The Crack In The Cosmic Egg

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Storm

Jan Ek (vocals, percussion), Jaques Werup (saxophone, flute, vocals), Bengt "Mulle" Holmqvist (guitar, bass, keyboards, trumpet, vocals), Christer Karlberg (guitar), Rolf Sersam (keyboards, bass, saxophone, zither, percussion, vocals), Peter Winberg (drums, vocals), Lasse Berggrensson (vocals), Percy Malmqvist (bass, vocals), Stefan Berggrensson (bass , vocals) Hakan Nyberg (drums)

Famous poet Jacques Werup formed this progressive band in Malmo in 1973. His Swedish-language lyrics on Stormvarning have a socialist message with a poetic, yet violent, touch. The band strove to make the music radical, with most of the music written by Rolf Sersam. The standout cut, "Snart Bryter Stormen Ut", was written by Werup and guitarist Mulle Holmqvist, who really shines here. Ek and Karlberg were ten replaced by Lasse Berggrensson and Percy Malmqvist? who both had played with Holmqvist in 60's band The Troublemakers. Storm At The Top saw the entire band mooning on the back cover. It featiured English-language lyrics and less experimental, but still progressive, music. EMI in London wanted Storm to have a big tour in Great Britain? but bad wages made the band decline the offer. The third and final album was released in 1977 and featured a new rhythm section? consisting of former Lotus members Stefan Berggrensson and Hakan Nyberg. Casanova i Mjölby is an excellent Swedish-language concept album. It tells an anachronistic story about Italian legend Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) coming to a small town in Sweden in 1977 to witness society in decay. Like its predecessors? the album was co-produced by the band and Gunnar Lindqvist (G.L. Unit). The vinyl is hopused ina great sleeve by painter Bo Hulten. Despite the album being the peak of Storm's career, the band quit soon after. Werup went on to release several solo albums, often collaborating with his former Storm colleagues. Taken from Tobias Petterson's & Ulf Henningsson's "The Encyclopedia of Swedish Progressive Music 1967-1979" (c) 2007 Premium Publishing More details about the book here (sold out) Photo of the band taken from www.progg.se


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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Orexis - Reflection (1979)

A highly original experimental ethnic jazz fusion band, who cross genres with amazing ease. The vast part of their work is in the realms of Oregon or Codona, with the focus on European jazz styles, against ethnic musics, with the spice and character of Embryo. Notably they play a much jazzier and moody music than most of their contemporaries, with much in the way of rambling noodling, focusing on Georg Lawall's multi-instrumental talents.

Georg Lawall (guitars, sitar, percussion), Erik Erker (bass), Gert Kilian (congas, bongos, timbales, drums, voice) Taken from The Crack In The Cosmic Egg

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Galija - Galija (1979)

Nenad Milosavljevic was a 1970s hippie-influenced singer/songwriter who also composed music for theater plays. In 1977, together with a group of backing musicians, formed GALIJA (Eng. "Galley") in his native town Nis (pronounced: "ni:sh", former Yugoslavia, presently Serbia and Montenegro), named after the coffee bar where they used to hang around. They were notorious for the frequent line-up change, so besides N. Milosavljevic more or less standard band members were: Predrag Milosavljevic (Nenad's brother) who wrote most of the lyrics in the early phase and sang backing vocals, drummer Boban Pavlovic and bass player Zoran Radosavljevic. In the later phase, Radoman Kanjevac contributed with concepts and lyrics, Bratislav Zlatkovic with keyboards and flute playing along with composing, while Nenad also frequently engaged guest musicians, particularly keyboard and guitar players. In the early 1980s GALIJA was among the most popular bands in ex-Yugoslavia. It can be attributed to the sophisticated (although sometimes not too original) and "theatrical" prog rock songs, while their concerts showcased a somewhat "Baroque" and pirate look/galley outfit, along with Nenad imitating the stage movements of Ian Anderson of JETHRO TULL (only instead of flute Nenad occasionally played harmonica). They used to spend summers on the Adriatic Coast, with the town of Makarska (presently Croatia) being a sort of GALIJA fans pilgrimage site with free open-air gigs. From the mid-1980s onward, the band shifted musical direction towards more polished (and less "rocking") art pop-rock with occasional fusion of the Balkan folk themes and frequent use of celebrated South Slav poetry for the song lyrics. The band gained bad reputation when at one time in mid-1990s they collaborated with the autocratic Serbian regime, playing in support of the Establishment ideology. During their career GALIJA remained loyal to the state-owned music label PGP. They are still active in the new millenium and occasionally release albums of the more "mainstream" sound.

First three albums - "Grupa Galija" (often referred to as "Prva plovidba" although such title is missing from the cover!), "Druga plovidba" and "Ipak verujem u sebe" - are generally considered to be the best, given their symphonic prog sound, with characteristic interplay between acoustic and electric passages, atmospheric keyboards, strong and expressive vocals of Milosavljevic brothers and themes filled with romanticism and fairy tale-like lyrics. Obvious influences to the GALIJA music were CAMEL, GENESIS and JETHRO TULL on the prog side, but also THE ROLLING STONES on their rock side (blues-sounding harmonica!). These albums, although not so strong as some other ex-Yugoslavian bands of the era, are recommended listen for prog lovers. The first two albums are released under the name "GRUPA GALIJA", while from the third on they dropped "Grupa" from the name.

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Wild Butter - Wild Butter (1970)

From Akron, Ohio, Wild Butter released one album mixing psychedelia with English pop including covers of Moody Blues, Bee Gees & Neil Young with organ, wah wah and vocal harmonies. Nothing exceptional but pleasant. Taken from Vernon Joynson's book "Fuzz, Acid And Flowers"

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Uranus - Aamun hauta (1975)

Uranus cut their album Aamun hauta in 1975 for the BASF label, the same label that gave us Kummitus, and Lucjan Czaplicki flute, sax, harmonica who guested on Kummitus Kahdet kasvot LP was a member of Uranus.
The other musicians were Eero Lyttinen on trumpet, Eero Raivio on guitar and vocals, Jari Unha on drums, Pertti Hurmalainen on bass and Edward Stytz on vocals and piano.
The music surprised me by being pretty good for Finnish 1970 s standards funk rock. Cover material includes Stevie Wonder s Living in the City , Otis Redding s Sittin on the Dock of the Bay and a personal favourite of mine, Kokomo s I Can Understand It , which Uranus treat respectably well despite Polish ? -born Stytz s lead vocals, which sound very slightly sped up on all the songs he sings. His pronounciation of the Finnish language isn t great, as an accent is clearly audible, but it s serviceable.
The inner sleeve is half-filled with quite insane ramblings about not very much in particular,
except for frequent remarks like URANUS shines... URANUS was the harmony... and the One and Only was URANUS... and URANUS shone... because in the beginning there was URANUS. And the World lives the age of URANUS. At last, said the Admiral
Definitely a worthy record to add to your collection, and one that should be re-discovered by this
digital age.

1. Kun tulin stadiin When I Arrived to the City
- Living in the City -
2. T lt ikuisuuteen From Here to Eternity
3. Svengikone Swing Machine
4. Hellyys rajaton Boundless Tenderness
5. Fantastinen nainen Fantastic Woman
- I Can Understand It -
6. Aamun hauta Grave of the Morning
- Sittin on the Dock of the Bay -
7. Malta en lopettaa I Can t Make Myself to Quit
- I Can t Stop -
8. New Production
9. Pluto

Taken from http://finnishrock.blogspot.com (now defunct)

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Free Action Inc. - Plays Eddy Korsche Rock & Blues (1970)

Italian exploito band playing the crazed music of an obscure Austrian producer. This album is filled with Hammond madness and bluesy psych vibes. A real delight from beginning to end! Rumoured to be SUB in disguise!

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West - West (1968)

Chicken Shed - Alice (1977)

Extremely varied 60-minute extravaganza ranging from rather tasteless faux-vaudeville cuts (including a hilarious track with several singers meowing like cats!) to badass long-winded proggy jazz-rock maelstroms. The combination is, frankly, frustrating, but when it works, you find yourself wishing there were even more than 60 minutes of this stuff. By Levgan

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Alshia - Alshia (1980)

Trefle - Reflet (1978)

Private press. In the Ange school of French progressive rock. More of an underproduced effort, recalling Grime or the first Synopsis album. One of the better examples of the style, with impassioned vocals and fine guitar work. The atmosphere here is rich. All the songs are short but segue nicely into each other. A good one that Musea would've typically reissued in the early 90s. Taken from here

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Blac Dog - Backwoods Boogie (1978)

US heavy rock fuzz

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Yellow Autumn - Children of the Mist (1977)

Impressive late hippie folk album with male/female vocals, acoustic guitar, flute, violin - all the right ingredients.

Hopefully soon to be reissued by Vala Publishing.

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Albino Gorilla - Detroit 1984 (1970)

Weird funky rock album by this obscure band on Kama Sutra.

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Twilight Nuages - Twilight Nuages (1977)

Monstrous real-people garage-pop dreamer... gorgeous lo-fi working-man songcraft, epic epic pop sensibility. Perfect heart-on-their sleeve vocals from Bill and a few high-school girls, a touch of saxophone here or there, a little organ, sunny day guitar strumming, a hauntingly sweet love song with steel guitar (!!!). Amazing transcendental larger than life quality to it all, like the band thought they were every bit the class act their song-writing conveys even though everything is a little sloppy and endearingly home-spun. It's one in a million, truly, this kind of alchemy - and plays through like a true album. Very very inspired stuff that has just completely bowled me over, with wild crude living-room production and amateur charm oozing everywhere! Don't let the late recording date fool you... this is as honest and tender-hearted as when you first swooned for the Beatles or realized that music might be the saving grace of your existence. Lifts me totally out of my chair and leads me through a starry night of pure imagination and youthful wonderment. Unreal! By Joakim Peso

Here is the almost unknown (no entries in Acid Archives and Pokora's books, popsike details for one auction only) and surprisingly great (yeah!) treasure from 70's private press americana fields... Pop? Yes. With some tricksy ssw and lounge moves. Just melodic well-crafted songs - some catchy and midtempo driving, some lazy floating - one by one, stronger and stronger! With charming male/female harmonies, warm and lighthearted aura, and perhaps the vibe... it's sounding more like late 60's than late 70's... Another one of Twilight Nuages' paradoxes - combination of lo-fi bedroom/garage feel with high professional, strong and delicate, arrangements - some flute, sax, keys, steel guitar - so tasty.
You can skip short intro but the next six songs - it's like.. I don't know.. Terrific pleasure! Six songs divided by little instrumental. And maybe the last song only, with overextended beginning and little repetitive and loud chorus, seems to me not so good. The rest is excellent!
Every new album - it's like terra incognita, like new enigma for music lovers and collectors, always. Even if you already read some reviews before or your friend said you something about... In late december of last year I saw Joaquim_Peso's review on this album, his recent discovery... And now, after my listening experience with this album, I think... What a wonderful find... Congratulations! Great great thanks, Jack.
And of course - my greetings to Bill Last and his scholars! =) By Fluteboy

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Fiedel Michel - Fiedel Michel (1973)

Mayfield's Mule - Mayfield's Mule (1970)

This is the missing link lp in Andy Scott's career. This album has not been released in the UK, Europe or Us. It was released only in Uraguay.

Andy Scott's career started with the release of 'Expansions on Life' with the Elastic Band. Co-members in this band were Sean Jenkins - drums, Ted Yeadon - vocals, organ and Mike Scott bass. This band split when Ted Yeadon left to join the Love Affair. Expansions on Life is now a very sought after prog lp. After the split, the remaining members joined Chris Mayfield to form 'Mayfields Mule'. They released a number of singles and recorded this album. However, as mentioned before, it was never properly released. Andy Scott then went on to join the Sweet. Popsike


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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Haarband - Haarband (1981)

Female band with great vocals! Recommended!

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Air - Air (1974)

Rare 1974 release from Australian group "AIR" Featuring Jenny McGregor, Pip Owen, Nicky Dunn, Patrick Conroy and Steve Nicholas, Gary Hyde, Tony Bolton, Bobby Gebbert.

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Aufbau - Spieglein (1982)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lyonesse - Cantique (1975)

Ian Tamblyn - Ian Tamblyn (1976)

Born and raised in Fort William, Ontario, Ian Tamblyn studied at Trent University, graduating in 1971 and subsequently settling in Chelsea, Quebec. He released a demo cassette, Moose Tracks, the same year. In 1976 he released his full-length debut album, Ian Tamblyn, which won a Juno Award for Best Folk Music Recording that year. Since that time he has completed over 25 recording projects. He plays guitar, piano, hammered dulcimer, and synthesizer, as well as singing.

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Désirée - Tapes (1977)

The Hans Staymer Band - Hans Staymer Band (1975)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Domenic Troiano - Tricky (1973)

Member of Legendary Toronto Group Mandala. Replaced Joe Walsh in the James Gang.

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Allison Run - God Was Completely Deaf (1989)

LP - Mantra Records - 1989
Produced by: Allison Run

Line Up:
Amerigo Verardi: guitars and vocals
Alessandro Saviozzi: guitars, bass guitar, keyboards and vocals
Mimo Rash: drums, percussions, backing vocals and lead vocals on "Tangle Of Love"
Umberto Palazzo: bass guitar
Sado Sabbetta: keyboards


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