Monday, December 24, 2007

Mountain - Climbing! [1970]

Mountain is an American rock band, popular back in the early 1970's.The band broke up in 1972, reformed shortly thereafter, broke up soon after that, and now has begun touring again in recent years. Mountain remains popular in some circles despite having fallen out of the mainstream during the seventies. Mountain was influential during the development of Hard Rock, and their hit song "Mississippi Queen" became a radio hit and a hard rock classic.

Track Listing:

01. "Mississippi Queen" - 2:32
02. "Theme For Imaginary Western" - 5:07
03. "Never in My Life" – 3:53
04. "Silver Paper" – 3:18
05. "For Yasgur's Farm" – 3:23
06. "To My Friend" - 3:38
07. "Laird" - 4:39
08. "Sittin' on a Rainbow" - 2:22
09. "The Boys in the Band" – 3:43
Bonus Track:
10. "For Yasgur's Farm [Live]" - 4:18

The Band:

Leslie West - guitar, vocals
Felix Pappalardi - bass, rhythm guitar, piano, vocals
Corky Laing - drums, percussion
Steve Knight - organ, handbells

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Jimmy Page, Sonny Boy Williamson & Brian Auger - Don't Send Me No Flowers [1968]

01. Don't Send Me No Flowers
02. I See A Man Downstairs
03. She Was So Dumb
04. The Goat
05. Walking
06. Little Girl, How Old Are You
07. It's A Bloody Life
08. Getting Out Of Town

Total Time: 28:16


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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Re-Up: White Noise - An Electric Storm [1969]


01. Love Without Sound [3:08]
02. My Game of Loving [4:11]
03. Here Comes The Fleas [2:16]
04. Firebird [3:05]
05. Your Hidden Dreams [4:59]
06. The Visitations [11:15]
07. The Black Mass- An Electric Storm in Hell [7:23]

Total time: 36:16


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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mushroom - Early One Morning [1973]


- Aengus McNally / guitars, tin whistle, vocals
- Colm Lynch / percussion, bodhran, wind and wood chimes, vocals
- Alan Brown / bass, 12-string guitar, vocals
- Michael Power / organ, harpsichord, moog, vocals
- Pat Collins / violin, electric violin, vocals

Their album features traditional Celtic folk-flavoured melodies that are given both a delicate and hard-rocking treatment: delicate in the form of melodic, mellow ballads, and hard rocking when Collins’s fiddles battle it out with McNally’s fuzzy, blazing guitar, particularly on traditional instrumental jigs. Although not as sophisticated and instrumentally accomplished as a FAIRPORT CONVENTION or a STEELEYE SPAN, for example, MUSHROOM’s release is still worth a spin despite the average sound quality, if only for the pleasure of hearing some vintage psychedelia given a nifty Celtic folk treatment. Note: the CD version includes the band’s famous mid-70’s singles in the form of 3 bonus tracks.


01. Early one morning (2:37)
02. The Liathdan (4:17)
03. Crying (3:53)
04. Unborn child (3:44)
05. Johnny The Jumper (3:04)
06. Potters Wheel (2:20)
07. Standing Alone (5:36)
08. Devil Among The Tailors (2:44)
09. Tenpenny Piece (3:28)
10. Drowsey Maggie (3:57)
11. King of Alba (4:17)

Total Time: 39:57

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Krokodil - Swamp [1970]

1. Get Your Personality Together
2. Light Of Day
3. Sunlights Beautiful Daughter
4. Tell Me What You Want (Tell Tale)
5. Blue Flashing Circle
6. Snow White And Blue
7. Human Bondage
8. Gipsy Man - Bonus Track
9. That's What I Do - Bonus Track
10. Stehaufmadchen (Trailer) - Bonus Track


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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Flower Travellin' Band - Satori [1971]

Flower Travellin' Band were an esoteric Japanese psychedelic rock/ heavy metal outfit active in the late 1960s and early 1970s, consisting of Akira "Joe" Yamanaka (vocals), Hideki Ishima (guitar), Joji "George" Wada (drums) and Jun Kozuki (bass).

The band was initially organized by Japanese entertainer and entrepreneur Yuya Uchida as "The Flowers," a cover band, and featured a female vocalist, Remi Aso, who was touted as the Japanese version of Janis Joplin. Their first album consisted of covers of Western pop songs. It was primarily notable for the fact that all of the band members appeared nude on the cover, including Aso, which was considered scandalous at the time.

However, after the "Flowers" album, Uchida lost interest and Aso drifted away. The remaining members reorganized themselves, acquiring Joe Yamanaka as a vocalist on the recommendation of Uchida, and proceeded to explore a more original and rock-oriented direction. Wiki


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Krokodil - The Psychedelic Tapes [1970 - 1972]

Krokodil was a Swiss band that emerged in the late 60’s as a blues-rock band that put progressive touches into their music. They were of German-Swiss extraction with bassist and guitarist Terry Stevens being the only foreigner in the band, coming form England. They were regarded as the Swiss version of the Groundhogs due to their first album. However, from their 2nd album Swamp they started to introduce a psychedelic sound to their music, a sound which is very much dominant on Invisible World Revealed. In that album they make use of mellotron, organ, harmonica and flute all backed up by an acoustic guitar which give the album an exotic and stoned feeling to it. The eastern and Indian influences in this album are present through the sitar and tabla in the 15 minutes suite Odyssey In Om. The blues here gives way to the psychedelics, ethnic sounds and vocal harmonies, but it is still there. Getting up For The Morning continues the same style (in a new label, Bacillus) but they became more succinct in their approach to composition and it was more of a song oriented album than its predecessor.
A band not to be missed by anyone who likes blues, psychedelic and ethnic in his music and does not mind them being mingled together. Even though they are tough to find, their 3rd album is very much worth the bother.Review taken from ProgArchives.

1. The Creator Has a Master Plan - 1970 (9:22)
2. Stehaufmädchen Part 1 - 1970 (1:05)
3. Marzipan (Live) - 1972 (8:02)
4. Stehaufmädchen Part 2 - 1970 (1:04)
5. You're Still a Part of Me (Live) - 1972 (5:44)
6. Stehaufmädchen Part 3 - 1970 (1:06)
7. Odyssey in Om (Live) - 1972 (30:29)
8. Raga - 1971 (3:16)

Total Time 60:22

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Friday, June 8, 2007

White Noise - An Electric Storm [1969]

White Noise is an electronic music band formed in London, England in 1969 by American born David Vorhaus, a classical bass player with a background in both physics and electronic engineering. He was initially joined by BBC Radiophonic Workshop composers Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, both ex of electronic music project Unit Delta Plus.

An Electric Storm

In 1969 White Noise released the groundbreaking album An Electric Storm on Island Records. The album was created using a variety of tape manipulation techniques, and is notable for its early use of the first British synthesizer, the EMS Synthi VCS3. Amongst many oddities, the first track on the album Love Without Sound employed speeded up tape edits of Vorhaus playing the double bass to create violin and cello sounds.

'I use voices a lot too, but not as conventional vocals. I always use a lot of voices, and if somebody having an orgasm in the background is used as part of one of the waveforms, it makes the sound more interesting, without the listener actually knowing what they're hearing.' Interview with David Vorhaus

Although not initially commercially successful for Island, it has over the years proved to be a cult classic, going on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide, namechecked by such contemporary artists as The Orb and Julian Cope, influencing such contemporary acts Broadcast and Add N to (X).

A brief extract from An Electric Storm can be heard in the Hammer Film Productions film Dracula AD 1972.

* David Vorhaus - Production co-ordinator.
* Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson - Electronic sound realisation.
* Paul Lytton - Percussion.
* John Whitman, Annie Bird, Val Shaw - Vocals.

* The White Noise - An Electric Storm (1969)
* White Noise 2 - Concerto for Synthesizer (1974)
* White Noise 3 - Re-Entry (1988)
* White Noise 4 - Inferno (1990)
* White Noise 5 - Sound Mind (2000)
* White Noise 5.5 - White Label


01. Love Without Sound [3:08]
02. My Game of Loving [4:11]
03. Here Comes The Fleas [2:16]
04. Firebird [3:05]
05. Your Hidden Dreams [4:59]
06. The Visitations [11:15]
07. The Black Mass- An Electric Storm in Hell [7:23]

Total time: 36:16


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Thursday, June 7, 2007

The Incredible String Band - The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion [1967]

"The Incredible String Band" was formed in 1965 by Scottish folk musicians Robin Williamson, Mike Heron and Clive Palmer, taking its name from an all-night folk club (Clive's Incredible Folk Club) run by the band in Glasgow. They were signed by their future manager Joe Boyd, then working as a talent scout for the influential folk-based label Elektra Records, and recorded their first album, titled "The Incredible String Band", in 1966. It was released in Britain and the United States and consisted mostly of self-penned material in solo, duo and trio formats, showcasing their playing on a variety of instruments. In a 1968 Sing Out! magazine interview Bob Dylan praised the album's "October Song" as one of his favorite songs of that period. The band broke up after recording the album, but reformed within a year without Palmer who had left for Afghanistan. In the meantime Williamson visited Morocco from where he returned laden with Moroccan instruments including a gimbri, which was, much later, eaten by rats.

1. "Chinese White" (Mike Heron) – 3:40
2. "No Sleep Blues" (Robin Williamson) – 3:53
3. "Painting Box" (Heron) – 4:04
4. "The Mad Hatter's Song" (Williamson) – 5:40
5. "Little Cloud" (Heron) – 4:05
6. "The Eyes of Fate" (Williamson) – 4:02
7. "Blues for the Muse" (Williamson) – 2:49
8. "The Hedgehog's Song" (Heron) – 3:30
9. "First Girl I Loved" (Williamson) – 4:55
10. "You Know What You Could Be" (Heron) – 2:46
11. "My Name Is Death" (Williamson) – 2:46
12. "Gently Tender" (Heron) – 4:49
13. "Way Back in the 1960s" (Williamson) – 3:11


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The Sacred Mushroom - The Sacred Mushroom [1969]

01 - I Don't Like You
02 - You Won't Be Sorry
03 - Catatonic Lover
04 - All Good Things Must Have An End
05 - I'm Not Like Everybody Else
06 - I Take Care
07 - Mean Old World
08 - Lifeline


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East of Eden - East of Eden [1971]

01. Wonderful Feeling (6:11)
02. Goodbye (5:48)
03. Crazy Daisy (6:54)
04. Here Comes The Day (4:33)
05. Take What You Need (5:03)
06. No Time (6:03)
07. To Mrs. V (5:18)

Total Time: 39:50


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East of Eden - Jig-A-Jig [1971]

The Band's Third album. Excellent piece of music!

1. Jig-A-Jig (3:35)
2. Nymphenburger (6:12)
3. Medley: (6:13)
...In The Snow For A Blow
...Better Git It In your Soul
...Part 3
4. Northern Hemisphere (4:31)
5. Gum Arabic/Confusius (8:17)
6. Isadora (4:17)
7. Leaping Beauties for Rudy/Marcus Junior (7:00)

Bonus tracks
8. Jig-A-Jig (7" version) (3:42)
9. Marcus Junior (7" version) (3:56)


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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

East of Eden - Mercator Projected [1969]

They where formed in 1967 and signed with DECCA RECORDS around the year 1969. Their line-up included Dave Arbus (electric violin, flute, saxophone), Ron Caines (alto sax), Geoff Nicholson (guitar, vocals), Steve York (bass guitar) and Dave Dufont (percussion). Their sound is a mixture of jazz-fusion with many oriental influences.
Excellent album where you get an outburst of electric violin, flute and saxes combined with Bela Bartok and other classical, oriental and even gypsie tunes always of course on a heavy rock basis.

01. Northern Hemisphere (5:03)
02. Isadora (4:19)
03. Waterways (7:00)
04. Centaur Woman (7:09)
05. Bathers (4:57)
06. Communion (4:02)
07. Moth (4:03)
08. In The Stable Of The Sphinx (8:20)

Total Time: 44:53

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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Birth Control - Operation [1971]

1. Stop Little Lady
2. Just Before The Sun Will Rise
3. The Work Is Done
4. Flesh And Blood
5. Pandemonium
6. Let Us Do It Now

Birth Control - Operation

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Ange - Par Les Fils De Mandrin [1976 ]

Formed in late 1969 by brothers Christian Descamps (vocals) and Francis Descamps (keyboards) and later joined by guitarist Jean-Michel Brézovar, bassist Daniel Haas and Gérard Jelsh on drums, this French symphonic progressive rock band, similar to contemporaries such as Genesis and King Crimson, is undoubtedly France’s most important prog band. Marrying prog rock influences with French folk and theatrical vocals à la Jacques Brel (Ange covered Ces Gens-là from Brel, and it turned out to be their first hit in 1970), Ange’s music, but mostly their lyrics, are second to none. Thirty years later, after multiple lineup changes, charismatic and theatrical frontman Christian Descamps leads the new Ange generation alongside his son Tristan on keyboards, Hassan Hajdi on guitars, Thierry Sidhoun on bass, Caroline Crozat on vocals and Benoît Cazzulini on drums.
The classic line up (except for the drummer which changed often) recorded many cult classics, such as « Caricatures », « Le Cimetière des Arlequins », and a series of masterpieces like « Au-delà du Délire », « Émile Jacotey », « Par les Fils de Mandrin » and « Guet-Apens ». 10 years after « Guet-Apens », the same lineup would reunite and release two albums, « Sève qui Peut » in 1989 and « Les larmes du Dalaï-Lama » in 1992. While being modern, these albums nevertheless captured the main ingredients unique to Ange. Their latest albums, « Culinaire Lingus » and « ? » see the band as inspired and pertinent as ever, as if Descamps had found the secret of eternal youth.


1. Par les Fils de Mandrin (4:48)
2. Au Café du Colibri (4:02)
3. Ainsi s'en ira la pluie (6:08)
4. Autour du Feu (3:06)
5. Saltimbanques (4:15)
6. Des yeux Couleur d'Enfants (4:20)
7. Atlantis "les géants de la 3e Lune" (5:05)
8. Hymne à la Vie (9:44)
a) Cantique (4:15)
b) Procession (3:52)
c) Hymne (1:37)

Total Time: 41:28

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Aphrodite's Child - End Of The World [1968]

The short story of APHRODITE’S CHILD starts in 1968, when the Greek/Egyptian bassist and vocalist named Artemios Ventouris Roussos (Demis Roussos) and the powerful drummer Lucas Sideras were supposed to meet the multi instrumentalist Evengelio Odyssey Papathanassiou (VANGELIS) who had left his first group FORMINXS, but the first two were not admitted to England because they had no working permits but custom officers discovered photos and tapes in their luggage so they assumed the musicians intended to stay.
A few months later the three musicians join in Paris with Anargyros Koulouris (Silver Koulouris) a very competent guitar player and they decide to form a new band which was supposed to mix traditional Greek music with Western Pop and Psychedelia, but they ended doing much more than was expected.

Due to their financial situation they had to sign a terrible contract with a record company. Soon after the birth of the band, Silver Kouloris has to leave the group because he was called for his Military Service and only joins again for the recording of their last album 666, during these years Demis Roussos has to play guitar and bass. More...

1. End of the World (3:13)
2. Don't Try to Catch a River (3:38)
3. Mister Thomas (2:52)
4. Rain and Tears (3:10)
5. The Grass is No Green (6:05)
6. Valley of Sadness (3:13)
7. You always Stand in My Way (3:55)
8. The Shepherd and the Moon (3:04)
9. Day of the Fool (5:50)

Total Time: 37:10

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Birth Control - Rebirth [1973]

Year: 1973
Genre: Hard Rock/Prog Rock/Krautrock
Country: Germany
Quality: 256 Kbps
Total Time: 38:16
Size: 72 Mb

Peter Foller - bass, vocals, triangle (6)
Bruno Frenzel - guitar, vocals, Alto sax (2)
Zeus B. Held - keyboards, mellotron, flute (5), trumpet & trombone (2)
Bernd Noske - drums, percussion, vocals, Moog drum (7)
Dirk Steffens - lead guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar (3)

Track Listings:
1. She's Got Nothing On You (5:04)
2. Mister Hero (6:42)
3. Grandjeanville (1:03)
4. No Shade Is Real (4:41)
5. M.P.C. (1:56)
6. Together Alone Tonight (10:28)
7. Back from hell (8:08)

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Foltin - Outre-Mer [1997]

The Group's first album. Excellent piece of music!

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Dragan Dautovski Quartet - Patot Na Sonceto (The Path Of The Sun) [2001]

The best Macedonian folk musician Dragan Dautovski, had his concert 3 days ago here in Macedonia. The concert was important because D.Dautovski played an ancient instrument found here in Macedonia called Ocarina
This instrument is 6000 years old, it is found in the area of the city of Veles.
Here is a picture of Dragan Dautovski holding the ancient flute

The instrument is circle-shaped and it has three holes for making tones.
The instrument gives only 13 tones, but D. Dautovski claimed that he had found 3 more tones.
Below is the quartet's first album after Dragan Dautovski has left the group Synthesis. Dragan Dautovski was founder of this group, and first it was called D.D. Synthesis.
However, this album doesn't contains any tracks played on Ocarina, because the instrument was presented three days ago, as I said before.

01 - Molitva (Prayer)
02 - Ogledalo (Mirror)
03 - Gorocvet (Highland Blossom)
04 - Kopnezh (Longing)
05 - Mesechina (Moon)
06 - Patuvanje (Journey)
07 - Jano, Jano
08 - Balkan (Balkans)
09 - Nasproti Vetrot (Against The Wind)
10 - Zajdi, Zajdi Jasno Sonce [Bonus Track]

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Enjoy the Macedonian Folklore! :-)

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Mizar - Kobna Ubavina (Terrible Beauty) [2004]

Vocal on this album is Goran Trajkovski from another great Macedonian Band - Anastasija
This is the group's last album, but currently they are working on a new album, again with the first singer, Goran Tanevski.
Enjoy in this album, it is great piece of Music, a MUST HAVE Album.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Mizar - Svjat Dreams [1990]

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix - Friends from the Beginning [1965]

A real rare album!!! Only on! Enjoy!
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Mizar - Mizar [1988]

Again, one of the most greatest Macedonian Rock Bands Ever!!! This Is their first album form 1988, the are currently working on a new album, their fifth album, after the reunion in 2004.
Enjoy!!! :-)

63,3 Mb

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Foltin - Donkey Hot [2003]

01 - Engracadinha
02 - Moulin Rouge (As A Dutch Discotheque)
03 - I Like To Be A Horse
04 - Teresa
05 - No Coche No Mujer
06 - Muriel Mule (My Name Is)
07 - Donkey Hot (Contra Moulin Rouge In Amsterdam)

16 Mb

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Foltin Lo-Lee-Ta-Too [2005]

One of the best Macedonian Bands in History!


(Bitola, Macedonia)

Foltin in short, is an unusual cast, whose music is hard to define, and every attempt to insert it into a musical genre would not be very successful(ethno-punk, disco, klezmer etc.).
Foltin’s music is surreal, passionate and witty, characterized with a frantic dance atmosphere, which is achieved with the fast Macedonian rhythm.

Even though they use standard musical elements, their approach in creating the atmosphere is unpredictable and above all, original. In their musical identity, an anglo-macedonian hybrid, a collision exists between the East and West.
Their language is an imaginary mixture or phonetic imitation of the world languages like: Spanish, French, Romanian, and Portuguese? their ¨spontaneous Esperanto¨.
Foltin are describing themselves as pseudo-emigrant cabaret, and often their concerts are turning into real performances.
It is not a strange thing to imagine all that when you consider the fact that they have worked on a music for theatre performances, in which they are famous for using the ready-made ¨instruments¨ or creating ambiental sound with objects from unmusical primer function, construction of some kind sculptures and installations. Their last project is ¨Davy The Bowie + Fallen from Mars¨ - cover versions on David Bowie?s songs, sounding very special being performed by Foltin. Foltin exist since 1995 and so far released four albums.
They took part in many musical and theatre festivals in Macedonia, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Bulgaria and they have been awarded for their work many times.


Branislav Nikolov a.k.a Wordman Rexpen – vocal
Pece Nikolovski a.k.a Pierre Capitan – clarinet
Pece Trajkovski a.k.a Peter Helmsman – accordion
Goce Jovanoski a.k.a G.J. Mastman – bass
Slavcho Jovev a.k.a S.J. Oarsman – drums

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Just for love [1970]


1. Wolf Run, Pt. 1
2. Just For Love, Pt. 1
3. Cobra
4. The Hat
5. Freeway Flyer
6. Gone Again
7. Fresh Air
8. Just For Love, Pt. 2
9. Wolf Run, Pt. 2

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Ougenweide - Ousflug [1979]

A Masterpiece! Great album! Kraut/Folk Rock.
1. Tobacco-Lob 4:32
3 Tänze:
2. Basse danse La Gatta 1:18
3. Ballo Francese aus Il Primo Libro Di Balli (1578) 2:39
4. How can I Keep my maiden head 4:13
5. Schöne Hexe 4:32
6. Ousflug 3:41
7. Orschel Baffmacher 4:02
8. Gerhart Atze 4:00
9. Maienzit 5:25
10. Denunziantenlied 2:03
11. Lügenlied 5:20

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Friday, April 13, 2007

P.L.J. Band - Armageddon [1982]


01 - Intro
02 - I See People
03 - Ezekiel
04 - Oye
05 - Armageddon I
06 - Armageddon II
07 - The Void
08 - Theme
09 - Star Wish

Great Progressive Rock from Greece! A MUST HAVE album.
Macedonian Rock and Prog Rock Albums soon..... :-)

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Lonnie Youngblood Featuring Jimi Hendrix - Two Great Experiences [1965]

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails [1969]

01. Who Do You Love - Part 1 [3:33]
02. When You Love [5:14]
03. Where You Love [6:07]
04. How You Love [2:45]
05. Which Do You Love [1:49]
06. Who Do You Love - Part 2 [5:52]
07. Mona [7:01]
08. Maiden Of The Cancer Moon [2:52]
09. Calvary [13:34]
10. Happy Trails [1:30]

Total Time: 50:16

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice - Jesus Christ Superstar [1970]

Ash Ra Tempel - Starring Rosi [1973]

01 - Laughter Loving
02 - Day Dream
03 - Schizo
04 - Cosmic Tango
05 - Interplay Of Forces
06 - The Fairy Dance
07 - Bring Me Up

Ash Ra Tempel - Schwingungen [1972]

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Ash Ra Tempel - Ash Ra Tempel [1971]

01 - Amboss
02 - Traummaschine

The Legendary Pink Dots - Crushed Velvet Apocalypse [1990]

01 - I Love You In Your Tragic Beauty
02 - Green Gang
03 - Hellsville
04 - Hellowe'en
05 - The Safe Way
06 - Just A Lifetime
07 - The Death Of Jack The Ripper
08 - New Tomorrow
09 - Princess Coldheart
10 - The Pleasure Palace
11 - The Collector
12 - C.V.A.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Golem - Orion Awakes [1973]

01 - Orion Awakes
02 - Stellar Launch
03 - Godhead Dance
04 - Jupiter And Beyond
05 - The Returning

Life - Spring [1971]

Ray Manzarek - Carmina Burana [1983]

Kraan - Kraan [1972]

The name Kraan was short, concise and meant absolutely nothing. Still the band was to become one of the most important and stylistically characteristic German jazz-rock bands of the seventies. Kraan was formed in Ulm (south of Stuttgart) in 1970. All members had their backgrounds in free jazz bands. Johannes "Alto" Pappert on his side had a passion for soul, but came to Kraan directly from a rock band. Their debut album was recorded in May 1972 and later released on Spiegelei in a colourful fold-out sleeve. It contained their basic live repertoire at the time (and also favourites for years to come) like: "Kraan Arabia" (a cunning jazz trip into Eastern music) "Sarah's Ritt Durch den Schwarzwald" and "Head" (an 18 minute long improvisation). A remarkable album, it was recorded in just three days at Studio 70, Munich. Instrumentally it was well-balanced between Pappert, Wolbrandt and the outstanding bass-work of Hattler, then just 20 years old but already a master of his instrument.
The two following albums, Wintrup (1973) and Andy Nogger (1974), were similar in style. They sold quite well, even gaining a release in the States. In those days, Kraan toured Germany a lot and were renowned for their great performances full of improvisations. The excitement of a Kraan concert was caught perfectly on Live (1975) - one of the best German live albums of all time! Improved versions of many of their old songs were included with extended solos. The album was recorded at Quartier Latin in Berlin in September 1974.
In 1975 Kraan made two tours in the United Kingdom and also appeared at the Danish Roskilde festival in July, now adding a fifth member: Ingo Bischof. He had previously been a member of Karthago. Let It Out (1975) proved to be a disappointment (for the band as well) and Bischof left at the end of the year. After one German tour and a third UK tour Pappert also left in August 1976 to go solo.

Wallenstein - Cosmic Century [1973]

Wallenstein were one of Germany's best known "space rock" bands, clearly indebted to Pink Floyd but also developing a personal style of their own. Jurgen Dollase founded the group Blitzkrieg as an international group with Bill Barone (from the USA), Jerry Berkers (from the Netherlands) and Harald Grosskopf (from Germany!). Dollase had previously studied art and classical music. In late Autumn 1971 Blitzkrieg had the repertoire ready for an album, but as a British group already was using the name "Blitzkrieg", the German group changed their name to Wallenstein and kept Blitzkrieg as the title of their first album. This featured four very long tracks in a symphonic progressive rock style (all written by Dollase) and almost completely instrumental. Dense, complex and powerful stuff!
Mother Universe (1972) pictured Dollase's grandma on the sleeve acting as the grandmother of our universe. Musically this was a more dynamic album, introducing some quieter, folky passages with acoustic guitar between the more usual powerful and pompous electric guitar and organ outbursts. Jerry Berkers wanted to do more of these folky things, and quit Wallenstein to record his own solo album Unterwegs - which musically I find it to be in a rather dull singer & songwriter tradition. After Dollase and Grosskopf had taken part in the large scale projects Lord Krishna von Goloka (Sergius Golowin), Tarot (Walter Wegmuller) and the Cosmic Jokers-sessions, they recorded Cosmic Century (1973) in September 1973. This album brought another change of style, clearly influenced by Dollase's recent "cosmic" experiences. It was marketed as the first album by the 'symphonic rock orchestra Wallenstein' (text on the sleeve). It consisted of five refined symphonic rock tracks and a short piano piece. Dollase's strained vocal parts lowered the overall standard of this album, but apart from this the music was good! Sadly this was to be their last great album...
Stories, Songs & Symphonies (1975) attempted to bring in more conventional rock and jazz styles for a kind of extended fusion, but was largely an artistic failure. Only their adaptation of Bartok's music on "Symphaty for Bela Bartok" was of much interest. The rest represented Dollase's failed attempts to be a serious singer-songwriter. Wallenstein split in 1975 and Bill Barone returned to the USA. Harald Grosskopf was engaged as the drummer for Klaus Schulze, Ashra and more recently Central Europe Performance.

Aramggedon - Aramggedon [1970]

Why didn't this group record more than just one album? Their self-titled album is a heavy progressive masterpiece with excellent, Hendrix-influenced guitar work and vocals by Frank Diez. Armageddon was the start of his long and impressive career. Their album had six tracks, and two of them were cover versions. Most impressive was the 10 minute version of Jeff Beck Group's "Rice Pudding". This track had some of the greatest heavy guitar riffing to appear on a German record. Their version of Spooky Tooth's "Better By You, Better Than Me" was also competent enough. In addition, both Frank Diez and Manfred Galatik wrote great songs, as typified by the tracks "People Talking" and "Open". Michael Nurnberg and Jurgen Lorenzen provided a strong backing. Armageddon's album has rocketed in price during recent years, due to the ever increasing interest. However, demand for the group was poor way back in 1970, and Armaggedon soon broke up. Diez never played material with a similar energy again, his next step was to join the 'slightly-above-average' jazz-rockers Emergency.


Under Milkwood - Under Milkwood [1969]

01. Empty Room [4:58]
02. Changing Seasons [4:25]
03. Tell Me [5:35]
04. Forgotten Bridge [3:51]
05. Parade [2:46]
06. Sandwiches Rock 'N' Roll [3:31]
07. Lost Youth [1:32]
08. Ballad Of The Spirit Of The World [6:23]
09. Final Song [6:11]

Total Time: 39:13

Magma - Mëkanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh [1973]

7 tracks, mp3, 320 kbps

Friday, March 16, 2007

Hawkwind - Hawkwind [1969]

01. Hurry On Sundown [5:01]
02. The Reason Is? [3:30]
03. Be Yourself [8:07]
04. Paranoia (Part 1) [1:09]
05. Paranoia (Part 2) [4:09]
06. Seeing It As You Really Are [10:49]
07. Mirror Of Illusion [7:08]
08. Bring It On Home [3:18]
09. Hurry On Sundown [5:06]
10. Kiss Of The Velvet Whip [5:28]
11. Cymbaline [4:04]

Total Time: 57:49