lunedì 8 febbraio 2016

REPOST : Edgar Broughton Band - Oora (2004 EMI Remastered) 1973 (REQUEST)

Biography : The Broughtons' fifth album has never been as well-regarded as its predecessors, although that has more to do with timing than with the record itself  by 1973, after all, the Broughtons' brand of post-hippie revolution was feeling just a little tired, particularly in the face of the glam scene that had emerged all around, and no matter how strong the songwriting and performances remained, there was still a sense of too little, too late. Which was colossally unfair. No, Oora isn't a patch on either Wasa Wasa or Sing Brother Sing. But it was an improvement on the previous year's Inside Out, and a handful of its contents notably "Exhibits from a New Museum/Green Lights" and "Roccococooler" could rub shoulders alongside any of the band's earlier, better-feted material. Indeed, the sheer diversity of Oora flies defiantly in the face of anybody hoping to pigeonhole the band with its past reputation, as Oora reveals a tight, concise, and extraordinarily melodic band whose members had clearly been listening to Neil Young as much as the Mothers of Invention, and weren't afraid to prove it. Review by Dave Thompson

Tracklist
01.(a) Hurricane Man; (b) Rock 'N' Roller 6:15
02.Roccococooler 3:11
03.Eviction 3:01
04.Oh You Crazy Boy! 2:44
05.Things On My Mind 3:41
06.(a) Exhibits From A New Museum; (b) Green Lights 8:01
07.Face From A Window (b) Pretty (c) Hi-Jack Boogie (d) Slow Down 10:29
08.Capers 1:38
09.Sweet Fallen Angels (Bonus Track) 2:53

Line-up
Edgar Broughton - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Steve Broughton - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Arthur Grant - Bass, Guitar, Tape
Victor Unitt - Guitar, Harmonica, Backing Vocals, Piano
Doris Troy, Liza Strike, Madeline Bell, Maggie Thomas - Voices
Victor Peirano - Synthesizer
David Bedford - Piano ("Green Lights")

sabato 6 febbraio 2016

REPOST : Grace Slick - Dreams (Si-Wan Records) 1980 (REQUEST)

Biography : Less controversially titled than 1973's Manhole, Grace Slick's second solo album is an inconsistent, erratic, yet often compelling collection. Written in the aftermath of an extended Alcoholics Anonymous stay, Slick's self-penned tunes revisit themes of self-reflection and atonement. As a result, her lyrics are far less obtuse, more accessible than usual, even becoming downright obvious on "Do It the Hard Way." It's a letdown for someone accustomed to her more poetic and challenging musings on previous Jefferson Airplane/Starship records. Musically the album is far less focused, with the subpar up-tempo track "Angel of Night" foretelling the vapid arena rock that would comprise her next solo album, Welcome to the Wrecking Ball. There are, however, several strong moments, such as the flamenco-styled "El Diablo" and the strong guitar work of Scott Zito on the sweeping "Full Moon Man." Most curious of the bunch, though, are the album-opening title track and the Slick-authored "Seasons": both surge on mock-whimsical melodies straight out of a haunted Biergarten, a side of Slick rarely seen before or since. Also new to her repertoire is the addition of orchestration on some tracks, ably arranged on the remarkable closer "Garden of Man" by Ron Frangipane. While her voice is not up to par on this record (there's a distinct husk and gasp on the album-opening title track in particular), Dreams is a useful acquisition for Grace Slick completists and listeners engrossed by the life and personality of its creator. Review by Joseph McCombs

Tracklist
01.Dreams 5:08
02.El Diablo 5:58
03.Face To The Wind 5:31
04.Angel Of Night 3:50
05.Seasons 3:26
06.Do It The Hard Way 4:59
07.Full Moon Man 5:07
08.Let It Go 5:43
09.Garden Of Man 6:33

Line-up
Grace Slick - Guitar, Keyboards, Piano,Vocals
Phil Bodner - Sax (Tenor), Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber - Sax (Baritone), Saxophone
Joe d'Elia - Piano
George Devens - Percussion
Sal DiTroia - Guitar
David Freiberg - Guitar, Vocals
David Friedman - Percussion
Neil Jason - Bass, Bass (Electric), Guitar
Arthur Kaplan - Saxophone
Artie Kaplan - Contractor, Sax (Baritone)
Jimmy Maelen - Percussion
Jik Malin - Percussion
Frank Owens - Keyboards, Piano
Steve Price - Drums
Allan Schwartzberg - Drums
Joe Shepley - Piccolo Trumpet
Joseph J. Shepley - Trumpet
David Tofani - Sax (Tenor)
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius - Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic)
Ed Walsh     Oberheim - Synthesizer,
Scott Zito - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals

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venerdì 5 febbraio 2016

Kingfish (Bob Weir) - Kingfish (2004 Rhino Records) 1976

Biography : Kingfish is an American rock band led by Matthew Kelly, a musician, singer, and songwriter who plays guitar and harmonica. Kelly co-founded Kingfish in 1973 with New Riders of the Purple Sage bass player Dave Torbert and fellow San Francisco Bay Area musicians Robbie Hoddinott, Chris Herold, and Mick Ward. However, Ward died in a car accident later that year, and was soon replaced by Barry Flast, another keyboardist from San Francisco. In 1974, Kingfish became more well known, and signed their first record contract, after Grateful Dead member Bob Weir, a long-time friend of Kelly's, joined the band. (Kelly had previously been a guest musician on the Grateful Dead album Wake of the Flood.) Weir toured with Kingfish and was a band member on their first two albums, Kingfish and Live 'n' Kickin'. When the Dead started touring again in 1976, Weir left Kingfish, along with Hoddinott and Herold, who were then replaced by Barry Flast, Michael O'Neill and Dave Perper. (Kelly later appeared on the Grateful Dead albums Shakedown Street and The Closing of Winterland, and on Weir's album Bobby and the Midnites. In 1995 he became a founding member of Weir's band Ratdog.) The lineup of the band continued to change, with Kelly and Torbert remaining at the core. Then, in 1979 Torbert and Kelly parted ways and Torbert formed a new lineup with Danny "Rio" DeGennaro and Michael O'Neill on guitars and sharing lead vocals. Also part of that lineup were drummer Steve Shive and Ralph Liberto. Dave Torbert died of a heart attack in 1982. Starting in 1984, Kingfish would regroup from time to time and go on tour with a gradually evolving lineup of musicians led by Matthew Kelly. In 1987, Kelly also released a solo album called A Wing and a Prayer. In 1999 Kingfish released a new studio album, Sundown on the Forest, recorded over a period of several years with different combinations of musicians, including Bob Weir and a number of other Kingfish veterans.
In the 1990s, the touring activity of Kingfish slowly decreased. Late in that decade, Kelly was living in Hawaii, and making a yearly trip to India. Since then the band has not performed live. Guitarist Danny DeGennaro was shot to death on December 28, 2011. Kingfish is the self-titled first album by the rock band Kingfish. It was recorded and released in 1976. It is not to be confused with the band's fourth album, which is also called Kingfish.
When they recorded their debut album, the lineup of Kingfish included Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir. Weir was a member of the band from 1974 to 1976, and left the group shortly after the album's release. Kingfish includes "Lazy Lightnin'" and "Supplication", a jazzy song combination sung by Weir that quickly found its way into the Grateful Dead repertoire. Besides Weir, Kingfish features original band members Matthew Kelly on guitar and harmonica, Dave Torbert on bass, Robbie Hoddinott on guitar, and Chris Herold on drums. Wiki

Tracklist
01.Lazy Lightnin' 3:02
02.Supplication  2:56
03.Wild Northland 2:24
04.Asia Minor 3:32
05.Home to Dixie 3:52
06.Jump for Joy 3:49
07.Good-Bye Yer Honor 2:56
08.Big Iron 4:30
09.This Time 4:23
10.Hypnotize 4:35
11.Bye and Bye 4:03

Line-up
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Matthew Kelly - guitar, harmonica, vocals
Dave Torbert - bass, vocals
Robby Hoddinott - lead guitar, slide guitar
Chris Herold - drums, percussion

lunedì 1 febbraio 2016

Smoke - Carry On Your Idea (2004 Estrella Rockera) 1969

Biography : The first album by US heavy psych/blues boogie rock band Smoke, not to be mistaken for the Michael Lloyd (West Coast) Smoke that issued an album on the Sidewalk label. This album was originally issued in 1969 and released on the UNI label - the band was originally from Houston, Texas, where they were known as the Nomads, issuing 2 singles by that name. Shortly after changing their name to Smoke, in mid-68, they relocated to San Francisco where they gigged mainly in biker bars. The album opens with a 19 minute psychedelic boogie number M.C. Boogie that sets the tone for the rest of the album - lot's of guitar breaks and with some pounding organ work fusing blues, boogie, and underground rock in to one big pot! Keyboardist Eddie Beyer remained in California after the band split and played with Smith and Canned Heat; later he played in fellow Texan Gary Myrick’s band. Drummer Phil Parker went on to play with bluesman Shakey Jake Harris.

Tracklist
01.M. C. Boogie 18:53
02.Choose It 6:04
03.Red Haired Man 4:00
04.Pepper Trees 3:39
05.Carry On Your Idea 5:20

Line-up
John Orvis - guitar, banjo and harp
Eddie Beyer - keyboards
Richard Floyd - bass
Phil Parker - drums
Earl Finn - bongos, bells, whistles, harmonica, tambourine, organ, bass, guitar

domenica 24 gennaio 2016

Kandahar - Long Live The Sliced Ham (2009 Remastered) 1974

Biography : Coming from Belgium's fourth city, Ghent, Kandahar chose its name after the third city of Afghanistan, sign of keyboardist & leader Karel Bogard's love of Eastern philosophies, flavours and etc.The quintet, a standard prog quartet plus a wind player, played a pleasant humorous jazz-rock that could be easily related to Canterbury's best moments with the invariable songwriting team of guitarist De Visscher and Bogard reminiscent of Caravan meeting Hatfield. Coming in an orange and pink speed-related futuristic artworks, and humorously titled LLTSH was recorded in November 74 and the group invited many guests to make this album quite a pleasant debut. Starting on the smooth-gliding instrumental Down At Finckle's, Kandahar has three frontmen to showcase and here Jacky Eddin that gets the early call but De Vusscher's guitar takes a solid revenge just after. The lengthy Eye Of Glass is a striking difference to its fore runner, the group constantly changing tempo and moods, where it was absolutely not the case previously. Here, the hero is bassist Cleays, but Bogard,s songwriting is the key among his keyboards. Influence-wise, Supersister or Hatfield are not far away here. Again an ever-changing tempoed track, Outside Of Reality is a rare sung track where Eddin gets help from guests to boast a very brassy attack. Surviving Boogie is the obvious hit on the album (it was a single twice), but it's clearly the weakest track, developing a fast reedy blues with relatively weak vocals (this is not a strong point of Kandahar, but it's generally not too catastrophic.. Just weak) and gain strong brass section.

The flipside starts on the weird and fast Walkin Piles, but it's mostly the dissonant saxes and flutes in the background of demented percussion passages that draw the attention of the listener. Too bad the beat stays too rigid in its Magma-itude, though. This could've been much better exploited with a better production. Another instrumental beauty is Hobbit, the gentler track on this album, filled with smooth keyboards. The following Fancy Model has a difficult intro, but once the track is settled, it turns into an infernal inferno filled with spiralling swirls of flames filled with fire, and Eddin's blowing buddies are back to let us know that Kandahar was a force to be reckoned with, especially when they all shut up to let drummer Delaruye shows his chops with Cleays, before reprising. Very enthralling and Canterbury- esque. The closing When She Flies Away is not the album's strongest track, and it has a déjà-vu feeling, especially when the vocals kick in, we get to think of Hendrix's Hey Joe. True the group's weaker vocals might be an embarrassment (to some), but the rest of their music is nearly spotless and certainly the best thing they've done artistically. Their vinyl albums have become rare and expensive and no official Cd reissue. had happened since Sony surprised us with a cheap reissue. progarchives.com

Tracklist
01.Down at the Finckle's 4:28
02.Eyes of Glass 5:37
03.Outside of Reality 8:05
04.Survivin' Boogie 3:20
05.The Walkin' Piles 4:18
06.The Hobbit 3:10
07.The Fancy Model 5:40
08.When She Flies Away 8:41

Line-up
Jeff De Visscher - lead & acoustic guitar, sitar, vocals
Karel Bogard - piano, clavinet, Davoli & A.R.P."2701" synthezisers, gongs & bells, vocals
Jean Pierre Claeys - bass
Etienne Delaruye - drums, glochenspiel, tympani, cello, vibes, piano, syntheziser, strings, clavinet, marimba, vocals

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sabato 16 gennaio 2016

Lightnin' Hopkins - Free Form Patterns (1993 Collectables Records) 1968

Biography : Lightnin' Hopkins originally recorded the ten tracks that make up Free Form Patterns on February 1, 1968, for the International Artists label. Also on that label's roster was the psychedelic group 13th Floor Elevators, which, by 1968, had basically disbanded. For this session, producer Lelan Rogers (Kenny's brother) teamed Hopkins up with Elevators drummer Danny Thomas and bassist Duke Davis. While not as revolutionary as John Lee Hooker's sessions with Canned Heat, Free Form Patterns steers clear of the late-'60s psychedelic trappings that screwed up such similar sessions as Electric Mud. No one tried to bend Hopkins to fit a foreign musical approach on Free Form Patterns; he made the music bend to him. Review by Al Campbell

Tracklist
01.Mr. Charlie 6:59
02.Give Me Time To Think 3:47
03.Fox Chase 2:51
04.Mr. Ditta's Grocery Store 5:28
05.Open Up Your Door 3:54
06.Baby Child 3:34
07.Cooking's Done 3:47
08.Got Her Letter This Morning 4:56
09.Rain Falling 4:33
10.Mini Skirt 3:09

Line-up
Lightnin' Hopkins - Guitar, Harmonica
Danny Thomas (13th Floor Elevators) - Drums
Duke Davis - Bass

mercoledì 13 gennaio 2016

Smokestack Lightnin' - Off The Wall (2008 First of May) 1969

Biography : One of the truly unsung groups of the ‘60’s Sunset Strip era, Smokestack Lightnin’ was something of a house band at the Whiskey A-Go-Go (as well as at the Cheetah), recorded several strong singles (four of their six singles, 67-70, are not on this album; the first two were issued on White Whale), worked with Bones Howe, recorded an LP and made a film appearance.
The fact this quartet’s sole album, 1969's “Off the Wall”, was released by Bell Records, combined with the fact it offered up a collection of R&B influenced material led us to the conclusion these guys were from Memphis. Lead singer Ronnie Darling’s gruff voice (baring more than a passing resemblance to blue-eyed soul god Alex Chilton), left us with the impression Bell Records was simply trying to use the band to tap into the blue-eyed soul craze with what amounted to a Box Tops clone. Wrong, wrong, wrong !!! Apparently from San Francisco, the group (Darling, rounded out by guitarist Ric Eiserling, drummer Art Guy and bassist Kelly Green) started their recording careers with a series of little heard, mid-’60s singles for White Whale Records. Bouncing between blue-eyed soul, R&B and lite psychedelia, 1967's “Nadine” b/w “Crossroads Blues” (White Whale catalog number WW 243) and “Look What You’ve Done” b/w “Got a Good Love” (White Whale catalog WW 256) did little in terms of sales, but captured the attention of Bell Records, which promptly picked them up. Produced by Bones Howe, “Off the Wall” was surprisingly good. While there seemed to be some truth behind our earlier comments regarding wanting to find a Box Tops clone (check out the leadoff rocker “Watch Your Step”), Darling and company proved surprisingly accomplished performers, effortlessly stomping their way through a mix of blues (“Three Hundred Pounds of Heavenly Joy”), soul (“Something’s Got a Hold On Me”) and harder-rock oriented numbers (“Light In My Window”).
Even more impressive to our ears, the band was at their best when handling the handful of original pieces, including “Well Tuesday”. Among the few missteps, the 12 + minute title track wouldn’t have lost anything had it been shaved in half. The LP even managed to chart – just barely. It peaked at #200.
One of the nicer surprises we’ve heard this year and worth the cost of admission. Their style, at the time of this album, was blues rock with a touch of garagey psych. However, they are rarely mentioned along with the Doors, Seeds, Love, or Byrds when the top bands of the Strip are listed. Guest musician Sandy Zevon is actually Warren Zevon.

Tracklist
01.Watch Your Step 2:57
02.Long Stemmed Eyes 6:16
03.Three Hundred Pounds Of Heavenly Joy 3:30
04.Somethings Got A Hold On Me 4:31
05.Light In My Window 3:33
06.I Idolize You 4:42
07.Who's Been Talkin' 2:29
08.Well Tuesday 3:51
09.Smokestack Lightnin' 12:57

Line-up
Ric Eiserling - guitar
Kelly Green - bass
Ronnie Darling - percussion, vocals
Art Guy - drums
guest
Hal Blaine - percussion, drums
Mike Deasey - guitar
Larry Knechtel - keyboards
Warren Zevon - guitar, keyboards
The Blossoms - backing vocals

lunedì 11 gennaio 2016

REQUEST : Equipe 84 - Sacrificio (Ariston Edizioni Musicali) 1974

Biography : Equipe 84 is a famous Italian beat band from Modena who made a brief but pleasurable drift into the RPI realm late in their career. They began in the mid 1960s as something of a local version of the Beatles, ultimately releasing three albums in that decade and becoming very popular in Italy along with others like BATTISTI, who briefly collaborated with EQUIPE 84. The core line-up began with Maurizio Vandelli (vocals, guitar), Franco Ceccarelli (guitar, vocals), Victor Sogliani (bass, vocals), and Alfio Cantarella (drums, vocals). There would be a few different keyboardists and drummers over the years, and for a brief stint the drummer's stool was filled by none other than PFM's Franz Di Cioccio and Nuova Idea's Paolo Siani.

The early 70s saw them continuing with melodic pop but like so many bands they began to be influenced by the progressive scene around them. The albums from 1970s Id through 1973's Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were basically pop/rock albums with only minimal nods to anything progressive. This changed on 1974's Sacrificio when the band finally took the plunge and made a stronger stab at a prog album. While still only partially convincing the album certainly blends enough prog with the melodic Italian songs to be worth investigation. With this album, EQUIPE 84 joins other beat bands like DIK DIK, RAMINGHI, and GIGANTI as having dabbled outside their main career focus into brief RPI experiments. They split around 1977 initially but reformed partially to release one more album in the late 1980s.

It must be stressed from the outset that Equipe 84 is a very borderline addition to ProgArchives. The team members debated their addition for a long time and they barely squeaked in, but at the end of the day, a majority felt that the album Sacrificio really needed to be here for RPI fans to investigate. This is the album for Italian prog fans to start with. If you don't find Sacrificio convincing from a prog standpoint, there is no need to dig any further. If you do like it you may also enjoy Id and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde but be aware they are substantially less proggy than Sacrificio. progarchives.com

Tracklist
01.E lucifero disse 3:48
02.Sacrificio (gli dei) 5:07
03.La montagna sacra 6:36
04.Porte chiuse 4:52
05.Un cavallo...un amore 2:14
06.Mercante senza fiori 3:41
07.Se c'e 5:46
08.Risvegliarsi un mattino 5:37
09.L'attore 3:17
10.Dicono 5:36

Line-up
Maurizio Vandelli - Vocals, Guitar
Thomas Gagliardone - Keyboards
Victor Sogliani - Bass
Alfio Cantarella - Drums

REPOST : Lucifer - Big Gun (Dynamic Italy) 1972

Biography : Lucifer was a British solo rock project active in the early 1970s, the alias of Denys Irving. Howard Marks clearly states in his 1997 autobiography that Lucifer was the solo work of Denys Irving, with financial assistance from Marks. This admission by Marks went unnoticed for years, so the identity of Lucifer was often falsely attributed to Peter Walker of The Purple Gang, due to the fact Walker started calling himself Lucifer in the late sixties. There are also references to Lucifer and Denys (spelt Dennis) Irving in the biography 'Howard Marks, His Life and High Times' by David Leigh. The records were only available via mail order through adverts in papers such as 'OZ magazine', 'Record Mirror' & 'New Musical Express'.


Tracklist
01.Banshee 3:02
02.Prick 4:34
03.Hypnosis 2:48
04.Gonna Leave 3:35
05.Winter 1:14
06.Xaa 5:24
07.What Was That Thing I Saw You with Last Night 1:50
08.Dance with the Devil 5:42
09.Don't Care 2:55
10.Dance with the Devil (Reprise) 0:58
11.Want It 3:23
12.Natural Man 3:31
13.Banshee (Reprise) 3:11

Line-up
Lucifer is a musical project of Denys George Irving
Other members of the band is unknown

domenica 3 gennaio 2016

REPOST : Byzantium - Byzantium (A&M Records) 1972

Biography : The seeds of Byzantium were sewn in 1970, with Jamie Rubenstein and Nico Ramsden (who wouldn't appear until the second album) as an acoustic duo. Some recording was done with the help of friend Robin Sylvester, but sales were at best disappointing. Soon they were joined by vocalist Beverly Baxter (who it seems, never actually followed them into the studio), and Robin Lamble on bass. After some success with live gigs, Steve Corduner (a former band mate of Nico and Robin) joined on drums. Now hey had a viable band assembled. However, Jamie had reservations about the whole thing, and left. Chaz Jankel came along to fill the void.
With this lineup, they were set for success. They scored a contract with A&M, and it seemed as if the rock and roll dreams were coming true. But, as in every good rock story, problems arose. Just as the debut album (on which Jamie does appear as a guest) was released, Nico left, citing "musical differences." During this time, Jamie had been playing with Mick Barakan (another friend from school). Back through the revolving door he went, with Mick in tow. This resulted in their second album, "Seasons Changing." This time the theme was group effort, as everyone contributed to writing. Chaz was not pleased with the new direction, and left the band (he would end up backing Ian Drury). A&M seemed to share Chaz's opinion, and dropped Byzantium from the label.
They toiled on their own for a while, even pressing another album, that was unfortunately never available for sale. They toured, and continued to draw crowds. In 1975 they played their last show where they started, at the Roundhouse. After that, it was time to call it quits. H.T. Riekels (progarchives.com)

Tracklist
01.What Is Happening? 5:20
02.I Am A Stranger To My Life 4:46
03.Come Fair One 5:53
04.Baby I Can Hear You Calling Me 5:18
05.Trade Wind 2:56
06.Into The Country 4:12
07.Lady Friend 4:37
08.Why Or Maybe It's Because 10:13

Chas Jankel - electric guitar, piano, organ, vocals
Nico Ramsden - electric guitar, slide guitar, piano, organ
Robin Lamble - bass, acoustic guitar, violin, vocals
Stephen Corduner - drums, percussion
Guest
Jamie Rubinstein - acoustic guitar
Alan Skidmore - tenor saxophone
Frank Riccotti - timpani

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