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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