lunedì 14 agosto 2017

Paice Ashton Lord - Malice In Wonderland (2001 Purple Records Special Edition) 1976

Biography The Deep Purple spin-off project Paice Ashton Lord were formed by ex-Deep Purplers Ian Paice (drums) and Jon Lord (organ) with Tony Ashton, who had been in the Remo Four during the British Invasion era and then in Ashton, Gardner & Dyke (famous for "Resurrection Shuffle"). When they got together in mid-1976, Deep Purple had just broken up; for the sole Paice Ashton Lord album, the sound was filled out by guitarist Bernie Marsden and bassist Paul Martinez. That LP, Malice in Wonderland, was not nearly as heavy as Deep Purple had been, though it still owed much to mainstream British hard rock. However, there was a fair amount of jazz influence in the arrangements (which sometimes included brass) and some soul ingredients to the songwriting. All of this didn't add up to anything more than an average mid-'70s rock album, the kind you could have heard as filler on numerous AOR-oriented FM stations at the time. You didn't, though, since the album didn't sell much, and Paice Ashton Lord disbanded, although they did start work on a second LP. Eight songs from the unreleased second album appeared on the CD reissue of Malice in Wonderland on Purple Records in 2001. Review by Richie Unterberger

Tracklist
01.Ghost Story 5:46
02.Remember The Good Times 5:47
03.Arabella (Oh Tell Me) 4:07
04.Silas & Jerome 3:25
05.Dance With Me Baby 3:22
06.On The Road Again, Again 4:00
07.Sneaky Private Lee 6:08
08.I`m Gonna Stop Drinking 5:10
09.Malice In Wonderland 6:06
Bonus Tracks
10.Steamroller Blues (Another Story 2001) 4:52
11.Nasty Clarinet (2001) 4:30
12.Black & White (2001) 4:14
13.Moonburn (2001) 3:21
14.Dance Coming (2001) 4:57
15.Goodbye Hello LA (2001) 3:55
16.Untitled (2001) 3:16
17.Ballad Of Mr. Giver (2001) 5:53

Ian Paice - drums, percussion
Tony Ashton - vocals, keyboards
Jon Lord - keyboards, synthesizer
Paul Martinez - bass
Bernie Marsden - guitar, backing vocals

giovedì 3 agosto 2017

Skip Bifferty - Skip Bifferty (2010 Grapefruit Records) 1968

Biography Many genuine psychedelic enthusiasts feel like heading for the hills when the phrase "psychedelic pop" rears its head in reviews, especially when used in connection with British bands of the late '60s one gets sonic images of tinkling harpsichords and trippy pop/rock tunes. Skip Bifferty's self-titled LP is one of the notable exceptions oh, they're cheerfully spaced out, and their music is heavily ornamented with bells, echo, and all manner of sound effects, but at its core, this was a ballsy, hard-playing band that recognized the need for a solid rock & roll base to this kind of music. They might not exactly have been the Rolling Stones but they could have given the Idle Race or the Creation a run for their money. "Guru" is the trippiest number here, a tabla-laden piece of minimalist psychedelia that's all voices chanting and pounding percussion, and it works. "Time Track" is a crunchy, guitar-driven workout with a pleasing (though disjointed) break, and "Gas Board Under Dog" is a cute, comical number that breaks up the mood, while "Orange Lace" is reminiscent of "Pegasus" by the Hollies, a kind of psychedelic lullaby, and it's followed up by the soaring, driving "Planting Bad Seeds," a piece of high-wattage psychedelic punk with a chorus that could have come off of the Move's Shazam album; and "Follow the Path of the Stars" is British psychedelic soul. In all, it's cheerful psychedelia with a hard edge and some great virtuoso playing, pleasingly heavy guitar, soaring choruses, and eerie psych-pop lyrics evoking variant states of mind, somewhat akin to Pink Floyd's early singles laced with the kind of heavy edge that the Creation brought to the genre. The 2001 CD-R reissue features three singles tracks as bonuses, of which two are fairly dire, but the third, "Man in Black," is as good as anything on the original LP. Review by Bruce Eder

Tracklist
01.Money Man 2:55
02.Jeremy Carabine 2:26
03.When She Comes To Stay 2:02
04.Guru 2:46
05.Come Around 2:49
06.Time Track 3:32
07.Gas Board Under Dog 2:21
08.Inside The Secret 3:04
09.Orange Lace 2:34
10.Planting Bad Seeds 2:04
11.Yours For At Least 24 4:07
12.Follow The Path Of The Stars 2:31
13.Prince Germany The First 2:11
14.Clearway 51 2:19
Bonus Track
15.On Love 2:45
16.Cover Girl 2:48
17.Happy Land 2:42
18.Reason To Live 1:45
19.Man In Black 2:45
20.Round And Round 3:46
21.Skizoid Revolution 3:29
22.Jesus Smith(The Other Side Of) 2:23
23.Skizoid Revolution(Alternative Version) 3:28

Graham Bell - Vocals
Jon Turnball - Guitar
Micky Gallagher - Keyboards
Colin Gibson - Bass
Tom Jackman - Drums

domenica 23 luglio 2017

Jeremy Spencer - Jeremy Spencer And The Children (2007 FootPrint Records) 1972

Biography Jeremy Spencer and the Children is an album by British blues rock musician Jeremy Spencer, who was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1967 to 1971. Released in 1972, this is his second solo album although it was credited to Jeremy Spencer and the Children, referring to his band made up of members of the Children of God (Family International) organisation. After leaving Fleetwood Mac while on tour in the United States in February 1971, Spencer joined the Children of God and has remained with the organisation ever since. The band toured in the US and released a single "Can You Hear the Song" / "The World in Her Heart" to accompany this album. The lyrics were heavily religious, with references to the love of God, finding purpose in life within Christianity, along with anti-war themes and apocalypticism. Although this was the first recording for which Spencer dropped his mimicry and parody of 1950s music and Elmore James blues tunes, he nevertheless continued to show his talent for drawing inspiration from other styles of music. Influences from many contemporary sources can be heard, such as The Byrds, The Beatles, Jefferson Airplane and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Spencer has often stated in interviews that he was unhappy with the poor production quality on the album, once declaring, "It was just like mud."
It has never been released on CD, and Spencer has said that the master recordings were lost in a fire many years ago, but recently he expressed an interest in reworking some of the songs. Wiki

Tracklist
01.Can You Hear The Song 3:00
02.The World In Her Heart 3:15
03.Joan Of Arc 3:41
04.The Prophet 3:23
05.When I Looked To See The Sunshine 4:28
06.Let's Get On The Ball 4:23
07.Someone Told Me 3:43
08.Beauty For Ashes 2:57
09.War Horse 6:05
10.I Believe In Jesus 2:16

Line-up
Jeremy Spencer - vocals, slide guitar, piano
Michael - harmonica, guitar, vocals
Phil Ham - lead guitar, flute, sitar
Moriah - vocals, tambourine
Boaz - bass guitar, vocals, recorder
Ginnethon - drums, congas, timpani, tablas

giovedì 20 luglio 2017

Fate - Sgt.Death (Shadoks Music Normal Records) 1968

(1) Biography Jay Sneider's first band The Electrons came together in Saco, Maine in 1963. They soon changed their name to The Id and would release two 45s that have become highly prized by moronic record collectors. The second 45 released as Euphoria's Id to differentiate them from several other Ids around at that time. Around 1967 Sneider (now Snyder) and drummer Skip Smith formed Fate.
The album was recorded in 1968 under the guidance of Thomas Jefferson Kaye at Studio 3 in New York, where Billy Joel's Hassles would record their debut LP. Demos were sent out and the popular DJ Roscoe (also the voice on an album by John Berberian) started playing it. It would be picked up by a couple more NYC stations, yet the only record label to show any interest was Musicor. Still the band's production company (Elephant 5) chose to pass on the offer, nothing further happened and a disillusioned band went their separate ways.
Such a shame; this is an accomplished opus and so evocative of its time. The mood is reflective, often sombre, but also confrontational (as in the overtly anti-Vietnam title track). Stylistically it varies from baroque-rock with psychy flashes to hard melodic rock, and a strong hint of The Doors on the more introspective cuts. The latter comparison used to irritate Jay Snyder but the setting, key and timbre of Frank Youngblood's vocals makes this unavoidable. Sexual Fantasy #8 is an immediate stand-out; it has a pealing George Harrison-like guitar motif that'll haunt you for months. Elsewhere they take on the blues and Bo Diddley in a hard-rock setting with searing guitar.
Jay Snyder recounts his musical odyssey and the stories behind his songs in revealing detail on both CD and LP. A very welcome and recommended release. Incidentally, the opening track on the original demo album, Prelude, was omitted from the reissues as it was not recorded by Fate, instead being put together by their producer.
An article in Billboard magazine in October 1968 reported that "Fate's demonstration discs are being played on three radio stations in New York", but the only original copy so far to turn up has a mastering date of February 1969 etched in the vinyl trail-off. It could be that there were different demo discs in circulation at different times. If you actually own one of these original demo FATE records, you could sell it on ebay to a moronic record collector and buy the entire state of Hawaii
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(2) Biography The roots of the American group Fate dates back to 1963 when Maine was formed group The Electrons, amending later name to The Nomads, The Id (under this name they released even one single), and ultimately on The Euphoria's Id (under which the band released their next single, and years later, in 2003, a compilation collecting all the recordings the group, entitled "Mastering the Art of French Kissing"). The team consisted of keyboardist Jay Snyder (born. Sneider), drummer Skip Smith, singer / guitarist Jimmy Drown, bassist Terry Drown, and saxophonist David Wakefield. In 1967, Snyder and Smith decided to form a new band, which they called Fate. Composition fulfilled vocalist Frank Youngblood, guitarist Steve Dore, and bassist Art Webster.

In 1968, in New York, the musicians recorded their only material. The recordings were sent to radio stations and soon the group received a proposal to release the album on a small label Musicor. However, it was rejected by the production company Elephant 5, with whom the band collaborated. More offers did not come, and disappointed they had decided to go their separate ways and hearing about them missing. At least until 1999, when the American label Rockadelic released album "Sgt. Death" in the limited, red vinyl. It contained all the recordings, which the team has made during that session. In Europe the album was released on compact disc, German label Shadoks. Title and order of the songs was the same as on the album Rockadelic, but was changed to cover.

From the very beginning of the album "Sgt. Death" sounds like a lost work of The Doors - sound bodies Jay Snyder is the same as in Ray Manzarka and vocalist Frank Youngblood, not only sings in the style of Jim Morrison, but the tone of voice is very similar. Some of the songs could easily hit the recorded at the same time, "Waiting for the Sun" (especially "Simone"). The only difference is the presence of bass (very clear indeed), and on a bigger role guitars - if Robby Krieger in some songs of The Doors show his skills as a soloist, as Steve Dore doing it in almost every piece (shapely solos played in catchy "Sergeant Death" and the somewhat dreary ballad "Mannequin"). Sometimes it happens that the keys suffer as a result ("Sexual Fantasy"). On the other hand, here is a song, but rather a miniature, which is actually a solo show of keyboardist ("Having a Cigarette"). Almost any song does not go below a certain level (the exception is dismal "I Need a Woman").

Do not forget the lyrics - songs were created during the war in Vietnam, which is why the opposition against the war, fear and anxiety are the dominant theme of the album. By "Sgt. Death" leaves little to be desired, but no fan of psychedelic rock should not be disappointed with this material. by adamus67

Tracklist
01.Sergeant Death 5:04
02.Simone 3:59
03.Sexual Fantasy 3:39
04.Having a Cigarette 2:11
05.I Need a Woman 4:12
06.Hungry Lovin' Blues 2:44
07.Mannequin 5:43
08.Tribute To The Bo 4:20
09.Smoke & Stone 5:09

Steve Dore - Guitar
Skip Smith - Drums
Jay Sneider (Snyder) - Keyboards, Vocals
Art Webster - Bass
Frank Youngblood - Vocals

giovedì 13 luglio 2017

Isaiah - Isaiah (2014 Digatone Records 2CD Digipack) 1975

Biography Isaiah's only album 1975 features a mix of jazz, blues and progressive rock elements. Lead by the charismatic voice of flautist and guitarist Gert Raabe, the band counts as one of Austria's most versatile bands of the 1970's, often likened to Jethro Tull, YES and ELP. Digatone restored their demos for the previously unreleased second album which were declined by the label at the time for being too weird. The band disbanded 1977. Original copies of the album very rarely come up for sale these days and when they do command a price of several hundred €uros. For the first time available: 2xLP + 2xCD Deluxe Reissue incl. their rare original album, a LP full of unreleased songs, liner notes & enhanced bonus material. Heavy gatefold package with glued in and removable CD.


CD1 The Original Album 1975
01.Jericho 5:10
02.Summer Farewell 5:11
03.Leave It All Behind 5:28
04.Afterwards 7:42
05.Prophet 8:39

CD2 Unreleased Demos 1973 - 1977
01.Playing The Circle Game 2:43
02.Nightmare 4:35
03.Same To You 4:46
04.No Reason 4:46
05.The Fighter 4:21
06.Long Way 10:35
07.Hero 11:15
08.Sunset 3:43

Line-up
Gerd Raabe - lead vocals, flute, acoustic guitar
Michael Bornhorst - tenor sax, clarinet
Hans Gasser - bass guitar
Walter Reschauer - drums, percussion
Edu Weber - lead guitar, 12-string guitar, backing vocals
Hubertus K. Nolte - piano, Fender Rhodes, keyboards, backing vocals

mercoledì 12 luglio 2017

Spot - Spot (Black Rills Records Digipack) 1971

Biography An early seventies Swiss band that showcases heavy blues-rock in fusion with the psychedelic influences of other swiss bands like Krokodil or Country Lane. Some excellent guitar playing. Great copy of this stunning guitar prog LP by the Switzerland-based band! I have a press kit in my archive on this group which reveals that the singer was Greek, the bassist and drummer were both Swiss, and their incredible guitarist John Woolloff was British, so he may well be the John Wooloff that later played fusion with Patrick Moraz. The Spot LP is one of the rarest from the European underground scene for sure; it was pressed across the border in France under contract like the Splendid label stuff was (Pacific Sound, Aftershave, etc.), which makes it highly unlikely that it ever made it past an initial order of a few hundred copies for their local fan base. If you like heavy rock with searing distorted wah-wah guitar, this has it. If you like the juxtaposition provided by the short acoustic numbers on the Tractor LP, Spot does that as well. All the vocals are in English. 

Tracklist
01.I Am One 1:55
02.By the Way 4:44
03.Portobello 4:42
04.In My Dreams 3:50
05.Free 4:30
06.Travelling Man 3:28
07.Jersey Thursday 6:30
08.I Know 4:22
09.Oh What a Day 4:58
Bonus Tracks 
10.Sabre Dance 3:34
11.Who Are You 3:22

Line-up
Pavlo Pendaki - vocals, keyboards
John Woolloff - lead guitar, vocals
Andre Jungo - bass
Philippe Dubugnon - drums

sabato 24 giugno 2017

Pig Iron - Pig Iron (2007 Foot Print Records) 1970

Biography The only self-titled album from New York. A highly professional and talented team, unfairly pushed into oblivion. Headed "Pig Iron" was drummer Alan Abrahams. He was also lead vocalist and main songwriter and musical director of the group.
In 1970, "Pig Iron" recorded an album which was well received by critics, but somehow went bad on sale.
Firm and publisher, as usual, did not renew the contract, and by 1971 the band broke up. Alan Abrahams went on to become a professional producer, worked at RCA, Capitol and Columbia Records, recorded by Miles Davis, BB King and many others ... As for the fate of the other musicians: keyboardist-trumpeter Adam Ippolito and bassist Gary Van Scyoc trumpeter joined a group of "Plastic Ono Band", when John Lennon finally settled in New York. Saxophonist Marty Fogel made ??a career in a group of Lou Reed. Unknown only to the further fate of no less talented members "Pig Iron": guitarist Bill Peters and leading trumpeter Paul Squire.
Album "Pig Iron" is half of foreign things, half of your own original material written by Alan Abrahams co-authored with his colleagues, not the band. The group is very different from whales jazz-rock "Chicago" and "Blood, Sweat & Tears" by the fact that they play a more hard rock, heavily involved on the blues and rhythm and blues. This blues-rock with the active participation of the wind instruments. The album cover used the same technique of "introduction", and that on the cover of "Led Zeppelin II", but here the band "Pig Iron" infiltrated "the picture, taken from the collection of the museum railway" Union Pacific. "In the photo was captured historical time of the merger of two "crutches" construction of this important route to the United States, will connect the central states to the Pacific coast. band's name, though it is in the word "Pig", has nothing to do with pigs, but refers to the steel industry. "Pig Iron" (if literally - "pig iron") means "pig iron" - the first pig iron smelting, intended for conversion into steel. pity that this short-term "pig iron" is not brought to a durable steel ...

Tracklist
01.People Gonna Talk 3:01
02.I Put A Spell On You 4:45
03.Neighbor, Neighbor 2:48
04.I Can’t Make It Alone 4:58
05.Easy Time Now 3:18
06.Abe’s Blues 5:20
07.Wake Up Mr. Charlie 2:49
08.Out Of Town 1:34
09.Top Of The World 2:43

Line-up
Alan Abrahams - lead vocals, drums
Marty Fogel - saxophone
Adam Ippolito - keyboards, trumpet, vocals
Bill Peters - lead guitar, vocals
Paul Squire - trumpet
Gary Van Scyoc - bass, trumpet, vocals

giovedì 15 giugno 2017

Ertlif - Ertlif (1994 Black Rills Records) 1972

Biography In the spring of 1969, two ex-members of Swiss band Egg & Bacon, lead guitarist Danny Andrey and bassist Teddy Riedo, formed a new band, Ertlif. The name derives from a mysterious magician and alchemist rumored to have been almost successful in turning ordinary stones into gold; they lived in the forest of Teutoburg at the time when the woodlands were full of fauns, goblins, and leprechauns. After sessions with numerous musicians from other Basel bands, James Mosberger (ex-Only Ones, ex-Countdowns) joined the band on keyboards, followed by drummer Hans-Peter "Bolle" Borlin (ex-Countdowns) and lead guitarist Martin Ruder (ex-Fresh Pastry), uniting the cream of the Basel music scene.
Right from the start, Ertlif played only their own original compositions and enjoyed performing live. The two guitars meshed with Mosberger's Hammond organ to create a characteristic Ertlif sound. In August 1971, Ertlif became the only Swiss band invited to appear at the monster pop concert in Munchenstein. Ruder left the band in October 1971 and was replaced by Englishman Richard John Rusinski (ex-Autumn Symphony), an experienced lead singer with an expressive voice and dynamic stage presence. Ertlif were, in essence, the first Swiss progressive rock band, and they used Mellotron and synthesizer at live concerts. The members' instrumental virtuosity made the group one of the nation's top acts, and Ertlif became one of the very few bands to obtain a recording contract.
Following a big tour through Switzerland, an LP was produced in August 1972 in just three days. The album was launched in October together with a single, resulting in radio interviews, television appearances, and much press coverage. The band began its promotional tour with three consecutive nights of sold-out shows at the legendary Atlantis in Basel. Guitarist Robi Suffert (ex-Gad Fly) replaced Andrey in June 1973, and Ertlif expanded for a short time with Andy Gerber (violin, piano). In July 1973, the band returned to the studio to record its song "Plastic Queen" for the Swiss rock sampler Heavenly & Heavy: Mixed Swiss Rock Candies. In January 1974, drummer Urs Schumacher (ex-Gad Fly) replaced Bolle and, by the autumn of 1975, Jurg Lutzelschwab (ex-Gad Fly) had taken over the keyboard duties from Mosberger. The music became more rhythmical with a stronger accent on the lead guitar.
Ertlif continued to perform up to 1978 before disbanding to seek fresh challenges. The band re-formed in August 1992 with original bandmembers, and subsequently added guitarist Andy Seghers to the lineup. Performing live on an intermittent basis into the new millennium, Ertlif also released the CD Illusions in 2001. allmusic.com

Tracklist
01.Plastic Queen 7:15
02.Try Making It Easy 4:32
03.Train Of Time 6:52
04.You're Nothing At All 2:53
05.There Is Only Time To Die 5:49
06.The Song 5:14
07.High And Dry 2:30
08.Walpurgis 4:46
09.Classisal Woman 7:58

Richard John Rusinski - vocals, string guitar
James Mosberger - organ, mellotron, piano
Teddy Riedo - bass, synthesizer
Hanspeter "Bolle" Borlin - drums, percussion
Danny Andrey - lead guitar
Robi Suffert - lead guitar
Andy Gerber - piano, violin

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