Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hawkwind - Doremi Fasol Latido [1972]

Probably on of their best albums. And one of the best Space-Rock albums ever. It guarantees a safe, colorful and interesting journey.


01 - Brainstorm (11:33)
02 - Space is deep (5:10)
03 - One change (0:49)
04 - Lord of light (6:59)
05 - Down through the night (3:04)
06 - Time we left this world today (8:43)
07 - The watcher (4:00)


-Baron Brock / vocals, acoustic & electric guitars
- Captain Nik / vocals, sax & flute
- Lemmy the Lurch / vocals, bass, acoustic guitar
- Up Stepped Dik and Mik / generators, electronics
- The Dwarf Leader Del / synthesizers
- The Hound Master Simon / drums

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Eela Craig - Eela Craig [1971]

Now, there's a piece of music I haven't heard it in a while... Lucky that I found it somewhere in my phonograph collection, so I could once more remember the good times I had while listening to this album. Maybe the best Austrian Prog-Rock band ever, and one of the most influential Prog-Rock bands in the history, responsible for the Austrian progressive movement, with the prime mover Hubert Bognermayr (keyboards and vocals). This is their first album, and by my opinion, their best. After this album, followed "One Niter" ('76), "Hats of Glass" (’77), "Missa Universalis" (’78), "Virgin Oiland" (’80), "Hit or Miss" (’88) and "Symphonic Rock" (from ’95 containing the 2nd and 3rd LP on 1 CD). A warm recommendation to all Progressive Rock lovers, this is A Must Have! album. I hope You'll enjoy it, and will wait for your impressions.

Track Listings:

01 - New born Child (7:45)
02 - Selfmade Trip (10:29)
03 - A New Way (7:04)
04 - Indra Elegy (11:43)
05 - Irminsul (2:10)
06 - Yggdrasil (3:40)
07 - Stories (4:39)
08 - Cheese (4:38)

Total Time: 52:08


- Horst Waber / drums
- Harald Zuschrader / organ, flute, guitar, sax
- Hubert Bognermayer / keyboards
- Gerhard English / bass
- Heinz Gerstenmair / guitar, organ, vocals
- Will Orthofer / vocals, sax

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Dragan Dautovski - Razboj [2008] (Traditional Macedonian Music)

I posted Dragan Dautovski Quartet's "The Path To The Sun" earlier on my blog, with some additional information about the music and instruments they play. Once more, here is their newest album (don't know if it is released officially yet), but it is the final version of the album, after longer period of recording. The quartet is now a quintet, the album is recored in the season 2006/2007, and I hope You'll like it.

The Band:

Dragan Dautovski - tambura, five strings tambura (7), gajda [bagpipe] (6, 8)
Aleksandra Popovska - vocal(s)
Bajsa Arifovska - kaval, tambura (1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11), gajda (1, 12)
Marjan Jankoski - kaval, gajda (2, 4, 11)
Ratko Dautovski - tapan

Track Listings:

01 - Veligdensko (Instrumental)
02 - Doce, Doce (Instrumental)
03 - Mace Macke (Traditional Song)
04 - Dracevsko Zensko Oro (Instrumental)
05 - Dafino Mome (Traditional Song)
06 - Nevstinsko (Instrumental)
07 - Kucka Liljana (Traditional Song)
08 - Kumanovka (Instrumental)
09 - Splet (Instrumental)
10 - More Rasti, Rasti (Traditional Song)
11 - Gajdarsko (Instrumental)
12 - Sitna Lisa (Instrumental)
13 - Zableala Kalesh Ovca (Traditional Song)
14 - Jasna Mesecina (Traditional Song)

Total Playing Time: 00:49:15

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Eloy - Ocean [1977]

One of my all-time favorite bands, and one of my their favorite albums - Ocean from 1977.
Leave all that bothered You for the whole day, your boss, your girlfriend/boyfriend, your colleagues, friends and acquaintances... And just let yourselves be guided by Eloy, wherever that may take you to... And no further comments are needed from me, so just enjoy, and don't try to express the feelings you'll get through the music, with words. It's impossible to do that.


01 - Poseidon's Creation
02 - Incarnation Of Logos
03 - Decay Of Logos
04 - Atlantis' Agony At June 5th - 8498, 13 P.M. Gregorian Earthtime

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

R.I.P. Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley, the guitar master and rock and roll innovator known as "The Originator" behind the hits "Who Do You Love" and "I'm a Man," died yesterday of heart failure in his Archer, Fla., home. He was 79.

Diddley's syncopated, "chunk, cha-chunk-chunk, chunk, chunk" scratch guitar sound was so distinctive it became known as the "Bo Diddley beat" and went on to become one of rock's building blocks, used in everything from Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" and The Who's "Magic Bus" to Bruce Springsteen's "She's the One" and U2's "Desire."

He was born Ellas Bates in McComb, Miss., in 1928, and raised by his mother's cousin, Gussie McDaniel, whose surname he took, becoming Ellas McDaniel at age 7. He landed the nickname Bo Diddley during his stint as an amateur boxer.

He formed his first band, The Hipsters, in 1951 and landed a record deal with the Chess Records subsidiary, Checker, in 1955. His first release was a double A-side single with "Bo Diddley" and "I'm a Man" - songs that, along with Chuck Berry's early work, would bridge the gap between rhythm and blues and the new sound of rock and roll.

Though he didn't enjoy the chart success of many of his contemporaries, Diddley, who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1998, did carry a great deal of influence, even leading The Jesus and Mary Chain to immortalize him with the song "Bo Diddley Is Jesus."

"If Bo Diddley was English, I think he should be knighted," Tom Petty once said. "Actually, this country should build a monument in every state to Bo Diddley. Elvis is King. But Diddley is Daddy."

He was known not just for his songwriting, but in his actual guitar technique, which brought distortion and other special effects into the mainstream, through his use of handmade electric guitars, and in his lyrics and imagery.

The way he referred to himself in the third person in hits such as "Bo Diddley," "Diddley Daddy" and "Hey! Bo Diddley," made him a forerunner of early hip-hop rhymes. He even had a hit with "Say Man," a bit of verbal sparring with his maracas player that was an early form of battle rapping.

Diddley was also known for his live shows, offering incredible solos and coaxing otherworldly sounds out of his homemade rectangular guitars for more than five decades. Playing on bills with everyone from the Rolling Stones to the Clash and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Diddley maintained an aggressive touring schedule up until his recent illness.

He suffered a stroke in May after a performance in Council Bluffs, Iowa. On Aug. 24, 2007, he suffered a heart attack during a routine medical checkup after he complained of dizziness and nausea.

Diddley is survived by his children, Evelyn Kelly, Ellas A. McDaniel, Tammi D. McDaniel and Terri Lynn McDaniel, a brother, the Rev. Kenneth Haynes, as well as 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.


REAL NAME Ellas Bates

BIGGEST HITS "Bo Diddley" (No. 1 R&B Singles, 1955); "I'm a Man" (No. 1 R&B Singles, 1955); "Say Man" (No. 3, R&B Singles, 1959)

SONGS RECORDED BY Jimi Hendrix ("I'm a Man"); Rolling Stones ("Mannish Boy"); Eric Clapton ("Before You Accuse Me"); The Kinks ("Cadillac")

AWARDS Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987); Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1998); inducted into National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (1998).

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Russian Circles - Station [2008]

The proverbial wind that is always gusting from Chicago never seems to cease but in terms of its most promising musical exports, that breeze proves to be a piercing and chilling gale of heaving guitars and spacey resonance.

Formed in the Windy City in 2004, Russian Circles were born and from the beginning it was their concoction of metal trimmings, minimal jazz primers, and cryptic riffs that hit the scene out of nowhere with the pummeling impact of a rouge comet crashing in from the skies. Their music weaves up an intense and cinematic albeit soothing clobbering that cannot be put into words but instead into forms of audible head trips that defies pigeonholing. “There is so much categorization out there” notes guitarist Mike Sullivan. “I think our sound is just too broad to be labeled as any sort of sub-genre”.

Their self titled and self released EP from 2005 sold out shortly after their initial pressings. It wasn’t long before their 2006 debut long player, Enter, dropped with a booming impact and saw them sharing the stage with the likes of Tool, Dalek, Daughters and Pelican. Aside from their coinciding performance at that year’s annual South by Southwest industry showcase, which managed to drop jaws all over the Live Music Capital of the World, Russian Circles have managed to progress forward with a newfangled approach toward their live performances. Their lumbering layers of chiseled post rock and feathery psychedelic infusions have both revved and enticed the listeners into mental orgasms the world over.

Station, was recorded at Seattle’s Studio Litho with producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Minus the Bear and Isis.) When asked about the recording process Sullivan cites Bayles as a driving force behind the album’s precise synergy. “He’s intense in the studio but in a good way”. Joining Sullivan and Dave Turncrantz (Drums) on the recording was These Arms are Snakes / Botch bassist Brian Cook with Morgan Henderson of The Blood Brothers also lending his skills on double bass to the track “Xavii”.

If one aspect remained a summit that the band had scaled, it was making sure that the sequencing was spot on to give Station an “album feel” making it suitable for a cohesive listen from beginning to end.

While Russian Circles are picking up where they left off with Enter, Station is guaranteed to be a new passage for a band already known for paving their own unique paths of sonic tundra’s that jolt the mind and body and will not only leave it’s mark on 2008 but on the future influence of music as a whole.

In a few words, the album is a masterpiece, and the band is a true discovery!


01 - Campaign [6:40]
02 - Harper Lewis [7:16]
03 - Station [8:43]
04 - Verses [8:43]
05 - Youngblood [7:35]
06 - Xavii [4:29]

Band Line-Up:

Mike Sullivan - Guitar
Dave Turncrantz - Drums
Brian Cook - Bass

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