Monday, November 21, 2005

OK it's Monday again! Well it is where I live anyway. Maybe I have something for you to download this week.

Alcatraz - Vampire State Building (1971)

The German band Alcatraz recorded only one largely instrumental, jazz-rock progressive improvisational album. "But, what an album they left behind! Their music featured fuzzed guitars and effects overdose in a heavy and bluesy over-the-top Krautrock. Though barely known, Alcatraz were remarkable in that they bridged and mixed together genres that no one else did. In fact, they pulled out all the stops to come up with one of the finest slabs of eccentric heady Krautrock. It's a masterpiece beyond doubt". (Crack In The Cosmic Egg review)


CWT - The Hundredweight (1973)

Though released on Germany's Kuckuk label (home of Armaggedon and Out Of Focus), CWT was a British act whose only album was produced by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham. This is some serious butt-kickin' early 70's rock complete with a driving brass section. Heavy riffs, rough, aggressive vocals, with the brass arrangements having an almost Motown-like groove at times, and brilliant lead guitar all centered around a solid rhythm section, what's not to like?


Kin Ping Meh - Kin Ping Meh (1971)

German band Kin Ping Meh's first album is an accessible combination of hard-driving progressive rock, slow blues, and ballads, sometimes with a Beatles-y vibe going on. Produced by Achim Reichel and engineered by Connie Plank, this is a quality production all the way. The first cut 'Fairy Tales' is a 10 minute long masterpiece of driving organ and guitar workouts, though some of the rest of the material may not appeal to prog fans. But if early 70's German rock does it for you, you should get this.


Steel Mill - Green Eyed God (1972)

Steel Mill's only album is guitar-driven hard rock with some progressive tendencies, and there is a lot of interaction between electric guitar, flute, and sax. Somehow it reminds of Blodwyn Pig, maybe a little Audience. The title track is superb, starting with a gentle, exotic-sounding flute, then a few vocal verses before the roof caves in and it becomes a hard rocking monster. The rest of the album is pretty good too!


Hotlegs - Thinks: School Stinks (1971)

This is the album by the group that did "Neanderthal Man", one of the biggest hits of 1970. The same personnel would become 10cc a couple years later, and whatever charm, whatever excitement fans found in Godley & Creme's later work is already present here. The album bombed, possibly because only one other track was anything similar to the big hit. If you like 10cc at all you should get this. Even if you don't actually it's definitely worth a listen.


The Cosmic Jokers - The Cosmic Jokers (1974)

The Cosmic Jokers were the Krautrock supergroup that never was, most of the musicians (Manuel Gottsching and Klaus Schulze from Ash Ra Tempel, and Jurgen Dollase and Harald Grosskopf from Wallenstein) didn't even know they were in the band until the albums started showing up in record stores. Recorded at acid parties in Dieter Dierk's studio under the instigation of producers Rolf Ulrich Kaiser (the Malcolm McClaren of the Krautrock scene) and his girl friend Gille Lettman, and then engineered down by Dieter Dierks, these were an attempt to harness the Ash Ra Tempel cosmic vibe into something more accessible to the masses. The first two albums (this is the first one) with their side-long grooves of cosmic mostly instrumental riffing are the best, the ultimate in trippy space rock.


Cozmic Corridors - Cozmic Corridors (1974)

Moody and abstract, this is minimalist, stripped down German cosmic electronics, with some spoken female vocals in German.
This is very avante-garde...and spacy! Maybe spooky. Definitely worth a download.


Jimi Hendrix - Raw Blues

This two-disc bootleg is a monster download, coming in at 200Megs, but is worth getting simply because this is some of the coolest Jimi Hendrix you will ever hear.!

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

DIY: Punk, Power Pop and New Wave (1976-1983)

This is my Garage Sale/Thrift Store/Bargain Bin Find Of The Week©!. It's a promo sampler of a series by Rhino Records from 1992, that had volumes featuring different kinds of Punk and New Wave music. 23 tracks, well 22 really, of stuff from the Sex Pistols to the Weirdos, Buzzcocks, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Rubinoos, etc. etc.


Well OK that's it for this week. Need some feedback folks, or I'm gonna lose interest in this. Did you like something, hate something, what??!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yer Blues Boise!!! Thanks for the Jimi. Have you got the new Isle of Fehmarn? It just got released on Dagger Records. The only thing better than a new Jimi Boot, is Miles Boot, but then again, "That's not your bag, baby!" Thank you sooooooooo much for enlightening us with the Prog/Kraut/Pysch Rock! I was always a huge Zep, Beatles, Doors, Stones, etc Fan and wondered what the bands on the fringe were doing. Now I know. As a thank you, I think you'd appreciate this


Set Info:

they're "Planet Earth Rock & Roll Orchestra" with Jerry Garcia, David Crosby, Graham Nash, & Folks from Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Etc.

They're jamming on Dead stuff, CSN stuff, Solo Crosby stuff. Just great Jams. The files are shorten files and can be opened with any shorten application, easily found off the internet for free. Basically lossless sound, granted these jams aren't A++++ superior sound quality, but great music nonetheless.

Also check the parent directory for other great things to download.

"If I had a dime for every ace I've drawn..."

8:00 PM, November 21, 2005  
Blogger GarColga said...

wow thanks anonymous - that 4 disc acid test compilation looks real interesting!

8:23 PM, November 21, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I've only been able to come across the 2 disc set. Still excellent though!

9:56 PM, November 21, 2005  
Blogger Xtabay said...

Keep up the good work. You are appreciated but I have the same problem you feel as you're working in a vacuum without any response.

Try a poll as to what people want or their fave obscure Krautrock album. I tried that and had an amazing response.

Best of luck!

12:37 AM, November 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks,you are cool man,and your choice killing my stereo...Thanks again for the Cosmic Jokers and King Ping Meh,i am going crazy about that beacouse try to find for many years...Keep going like that..

12:48 AM, November 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome Jimi! thanks bunches :)

2:09 AM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger me said...

you are so right, i am relatively
new to blogging, but thank yous and
comments are rare.

so i want to thank you for the sfnights volumes
they are amazing !
and i play them all the time.

so thankx

hans de vente

2:34 AM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger Beowulf said...

Thanks for the blog I've got it bookmark and come back regularly, this week has turned up an album I've been look for for ages, namely Hotlegs, Thinks School Stinks, I got it on vinyl years ago, and have been wanting to hear it again, Have you noticed the similarity of the cover to Alice Cooper's Schools Out, The original came with a pair of paper panties stretched over the sleeve, and pre-dated Alice's version by at least a year, coincidence? I think not

5:15 AM, November 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thx again for your wonderful work especially "Cozmic Corridors" another new one i have never heard of before and love instantly...

Jason, Scotland

7:13 AM, November 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get all my music online from about 5 different blogs and forums and yours is one of them.

I look forward to every monday when a batch of new discs is posted here. I consider myself a good study in all types of music but haven't heard a lot of the stuff posted here, many thanks to introducing me to some great rock from the 70's.


7:38 AM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger Madame Candyman said...

Woke Up to Procol Harum’s “Boredom”

Surely a visionary with your powers doesn’t need the approval of his lately silent accomplices and audience. The only problem with the type of music you’ve been posting is that it doesn’t lend itself to quick commentary. I find that I have to live with these albums for some time and have them playing in various settings before I feel I really know them (I find making love and doing drugs work the best.) Frankly, although I’ve downloaded every thing you’ve posted that I didn’t already have, I’m still getting off on things like the Necromonicon and Gygafo which I think are absolutely brilliant, and you posted those some time ago. Granted, Pesky Gee! and Gila might have been over-hyped a bit in my perforated mind, but Message, Irish Coffee, Orung-Utan, and Brainticket seemingly emerged from unjust obscurity solely to rock my world. Needless to say, you’ve created a backlog of krautrock for this limey-loving lowlife, and that’s not counting all the other sonic conduits I maintain. I’m running low on drugs and love but the music keeps coming. If you can dream up any possible recompense, please let me know.

7:57 AM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger mr.A said...

You are right ...thanx for Dies Irae i know you blogged it long time ago but it is a great band, from a great blog!

10:39 AM, November 22, 2005  
Anonymous Paul in Bradford UK said...

Thanks for the Jimi - always get excited when I find something new. Like some of the other commenters you are on my short list of must keep revisiting blogs. It is appreciated.

11:29 AM, November 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think the music selections is fantastic and the brief history of each artist is very welcome as many are completely unknown to me.

If at all possible would/could you post some early Magma?

Dave in CT

1:38 PM, November 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

- this might be an old one -, but it's a brilliant description for your blog:

"If downloading is killing music - does uploading bring it back to life?"

thanks for a great selection of hidden gems!

2:55 PM, November 22, 2005  
Anonymous Nektar said...

Well big thanks to you for this blog, I always find something of interest here,pure pleasure to visit. Not many blogs that are of such a high standard. You have open my eyes to many bands I have never heard of before....cheers!

3:11 PM, November 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Liquid hot Magma...."

Dr. Evil

3:38 PM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger wasaexpress said...

Great site,great music.I´ve even got a link to it from my site Check it out every week.
Keep up the good work.

3:46 PM, November 22, 2005  
Blogger GarColga said...

Wow - thanks for the link!

5:06 PM, November 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks as always, I worship your blog! Fantastic finds from my favorite eras of music! Keep up the great work!

6:02 PM, November 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh oh -- you may have just erected and then kicked down your own two floodgates in a swoop with your call for feedback. But if I'm wrong, and you don't get much, I'll write a longer comment sometime tomorrow, one to make your frickin' teeth blush about the niche you clearly don't recognize you're filling on the Web.

As much as I agree with Madame Candyman's first thought or two above, well, if you're feeling lonely, some comparing and contrasting's overdue -- you've earned the right to it. Criticism. Praise. A few good words. Expect 'em.

10:34 PM, November 22, 2005  
Anonymous appreciative said...

Keep up the nice work, man. I loved the SF Nights series. I'm a HUUUUGE Hendrix fan. Glad to see you're circulating his material.

Maybe I'll check out the Krautrock stuff, too.

11:02 PM, November 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and I don't know how you feel about requests, but if you happen to have Galactic Explorers' "Epitaph For Venus" album, I'd love to hear it, hehe. Regardless, keep up the quality work!

12:08 AM, November 23, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mas Hendrix Por Favor!

12:55 AM, November 23, 2005  
Blogger Pegasus said...

Nice site man! And you're uploading wonderful music. Good you upload latest albums too?

8:32 AM, November 23, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks again,i wonder do you have:DARRYL WAY’S WOLF...
Cheers Doctor

8:41 AM, November 23, 2005  
Anonymous the gooch said...

Wow, just started really listening to last weeks dtuff ... man, does that Embryo rock or what? You rule.

3:08 PM, November 23, 2005  
Blogger GarColga said...

Yeah I love that Embryo - hard to believe it's from 35 years ago!

6:28 PM, November 23, 2005  
Anonymous Loopy C said...

Dude, do not doubt for a second the value of your posts. You have brought back to life (and circulation) many a lost kraut rock/prog gem that I would never have heard (and been poorer for it). As mentioned, they take time to savor and your mini reviews are so succinct already but I will try to get some specific remarks up if it helps for you not to feel in such a vacuum.

If you are looking for ideas, I myself have been trying to hear as much as possible of the infamous Nurse With Wound list so theres one idea for ya. Either way, I hope you remain interested in expanding this unique treasure trove of German (and beyond) vinyl. Nothing against the mainstream requests, but you and Chocoreve are the only ones that really seem to know these particular genres with collections to envy, so I think the niche is a good and needed thing. Here is the NWW list if needed ;-)

6:28 PM, November 23, 2005  
Anonymous Loopy C said...

...please note the NWW lists many of the albums from your blog already, is the great collective consciousness at work already?

6:32 PM, November 23, 2005  
Anonymous Åracey said...

VERY nice.
Thanks for sharing!
Hendrix is just great!

6:56 AM, November 24, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not just for your posts for this week, but for all: this is probably the best collection of such on the whole Internet.

11:54 AM, November 24, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Turkey from Boyzee says THANKS

Randy Holden - Population II
(ex-blue cheer guitarist, 60's Rock unsung rock god)

2:50 PM, November 24, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent work m8!
Monday has become the best day of my week..:)
your blogspot was recommended by a friend well deep into your kind of music.
What i would like to see posted are albums from groups like seeds, chocolate watchband, 13th floor elevators, west coast pop art experimental band, music emporium etc...
Keep up the good work.Please!

3:29 AM, November 25, 2005  
Blogger GarColga said...

Check the older posts at Chocoreve. I know he's put up Music Emporium and some 13th Floor Elevators!

1:13 PM, November 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hurry and get that PERRO from because their about to get hit really hard. just pulled every SBD Grateful Dead show from their archive. Apparently the GD are gonna make people pay for their shows.

So get it while the gettin's good.

cheers mates!!!

2:09 AM, November 27, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cozmic Corridors are super! i had 2 tracks from them in a compilation and i was looking to find that album. thanks a lot pal..

6:01 AM, November 27, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, you have great taste in music. If there's anything you're looking for in particular, please let us know. Thanks.

12:39 AM, November 28, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Your Blog is great! Thanks for all the 'forgotten' music here. Keep On! Please!
I have found a nice cover version from the Hotlegs track 'Neanderthal Man'.
It's made by the german band Abwärts in 1988. Here is the link:

If anyone is interested to hear the rest of this album, i can upload it and post it here.
Let me know.

6:02 AM, November 28, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, I've just stumbled upon this site and have to thankyou.

like some of the others, I realy enjoyed Cozmic Corridors (but haven't heard a lot of the other material).

I love all the big names in Krautrock, Cluster, Faust, Neu!, Can, etc.; but for a long time have been told that there were countless bands from that time that were equally, if not more amazing. so I've always meant to explore, but the constraints of time make proper diving into the bottomless psych bucket difficult. so this site is a great random place to start. thanks again.

by the way, I'm having trouble with an alarming number of the .rar archives after I download them - "error occured during stuff operation". does anyone else experience this? I'm on Mac OS10.4.2, using Safari.


10:07 AM, November 28, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Use UnRarX

It's free off the internet. I find 1 out of 15 rar's are bad downloads and have to re-download them

3:28 PM, November 28, 2005  
Anonymous Dima said...

Thanks for "Neanderthal Man" - the only version I have is on Soviet-era Russian pirate LP, played by James Last orchestra and _titled differently_.

By the way, WinRar 3.2 works fine with your archives (and Stuffit Deluxe 9.0.1 on Mac does not)

11:25 AM, December 06, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimi Hendrix - Raw Blues

This two-disc bootleg is a monster download, coming in at 200Megs, but is worth getting simply because this is some of the coolest Jimi Hendrix you will ever hear.!

Tastie stuff! Being a child of the 60's I tripped to a lot of Hendrix. Got to see him at Atlanta International Speedway,II Pop Festival, Coconut Grove. I was 15 at the time. There still somethings I remember! Thanks for the fine work !! Sport

9:44 PM, December 15, 2005  
Anonymous CykoMF said...

Man I've been keeping busy reading about (and downloading stuff ) from many of these cool bands you've turned me onto. So many to look at an so little time. Can't thank you enough for all the 'leads' to explore.

I'm having a problem with one of the files from the "Jimi Hendrix - Raw Blues" post. Seems file 3 dosen't want to download. I hate to pester you about it but I have the rest of it and your claim of "worth getting simply because this is some of the coolest Jimi Hendrix you will ever hear!" sounds too good not to want to listen. Would a repost be within reasonable considerations?

10:46 AM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous CykoMF said...

Disreguard that last part man, the problem was on Rapidshares end. I just tried it again for the 20th time and it worked. You are right, that Raw Blues album is Awesome!!!

Found this item you guys might dig . . .
[b]Power Of Soul - Atribute To Jimmy Hendrix[/b]
1. Gratitude - James 'Al' Hendrix
2. Are You Experienced - Musiq
3. Spanish Castle Magic - Santana
4. Purple House - Prince
5. The Wind Cries Mary - Sting
6. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Earth, Wind & Fire
7. Power Of Soul - Bootsy Collins (Featuring George Clinton & The P-Funk All - Stars)
8. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp - Eric Clapton
9. Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) - Lenny Kravitz 10. 30 Years - James 'Al' Hendrix
11. Who Knows - Devoted Spirits (Featuring George Duke)
12. Purple Haze - Robert Randolph & The Family Band
13. Going Home - Velvert Turner
14. Little Wing - Chaka Khan & Kenny Olson
15. Castles Made Of Sand - Sounds Of Blackness
16. May This Be Love - Eric Gales
17. Foxey Lady - Cee-Lo
18. Red House - John Lee Hooker
19. Little Wing/3rd Stone From The Sun - Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble

1:26 PM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous booblikon said...

really enjoying the COZMIC CORRIDORS stuff, but for some reason the last song is i too late?

2:30 AM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous booblikon said...

also thanx for the HOTLEGS...yeah i can hear the Godley/Creme, but there's still a lot of BEATLES in there too. not particularly fond of THE BEATLES but this is interesting.

4:40 AM, April 21, 2006  
Anonymous paul said...

het, just discovered your site. Fantastic, just dl hotlegs.

keep it up!

6:40 AM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous parrymason said...

I would like to know more about the band Alcatraz. Is this the same band here: ?

11:08 AM, June 04, 2006  
Anonymous Alex B said...

A bout Schulze´s Moondawn:

a spacey-pastoral- relaxing eletronic music ( how about this label? It isn´t funny?)monster album. Schulze reachs his independence ansd full personality. Tangerine Dream is past, after this. No more to say: listen, listen and listen. And try to close the eyes and leave mind control body while you listen...

9:50 AM, November 30, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you very much for your hell of work, but the result is a really extraordinary blog!!!

saludos de Quito: roBB

11:29 AM, January 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>Need some feedback folks, or I'm >gonna lose interest in this. Did >you like something, hate something, >what??!!

I don't know if you'll see this, but PLEASE, keep up the awesome work! This is incredible! I just found your site and I'm going through all years of these albums. I have no idea where you find this stuff, but it needs exposure. Don't lose interest; you're doing a good thing. :-)

10:48 AM, February 27, 2009  

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