Monday, January 23, 2006

13th Floor Elevators - Complete Easter Everywhere

This boot includes the tracks from "Easter Everywhere", plus four outtakes from the sessions, including a great version of "Dust", followed by "Splash 1" and "Right Track Now" which are a couple of great duets with Roky & Clementine Hall. Then there are seven tracks recorded for an unreleased album, "Beauty And The Beast". Three of those seven songs appeared on the "Bull Of The Woods" LP. This is a real good listen, and should be downloaded by everybody!

Part 1 Part 2

Bulbous Creation - You Won't Remember Dying (1970)

Originally recorded in Kansas City USA in 1970, this is great jammy hardrock/psych with an intense atmosphere and far-out vocals. Lyrics deal with heroin, Viet Nam, satanism and more. The opening cut, "End Of The Page", has a real nice guitar intro and the other highlight is the lengthy "Let's Go To The Sea", which features some great Hendrix-style psychedelic guitar work. The remainder of the album comprises harder edged rock cuts, their own interpretation of "Stormy Monday" and "Hooked", which is the best moment on the album vocally. Worth checking out.


Canned Heat - Future Blues (1970)

The final Canned Heat album to feature co-founder Alan Wilson, Future Blues was also one of their best, surprisingly restrained as a studio creation by the band, the whole thing clocking in at under 36 minutes, as long as some single jams on their live discs. It was also one of their most stylistically diverse efforts. Most of what's here is very concise and accessible, even the one group-composed jam — Alan Wilson's "Shake It and Break It" and his prophetically titled "My Time Ain't Long" (he would be dead the year this record was issued), which also sounds a lot like a follow-up to "Going Up the Country" until its final, very heavy and up-close guitar coda. Five bonus tracks, including a funny take on "The Chipmunk Song".


Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity - Streetnoise (1969)

This is an excellent, smooth as silk, example of early jazz-rock, with Julie Driscoll contributing smoky, powerful vocals to about half the cuts. A wide range of influences gives us a musical soundscape ranging from some really funky organ workouts, an unbelievably cool version of the corny "Flesh Failures (Let The Sun Shine In)" from the musical "Hair", to the amazing progressive jazz-rock of "Ellis Island", with the high point being Julie Driscoll's strange and haunting vocal version of Miles Davis' "All Blues".

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Geronimo Black - Geronimo Black (1972)

This is the only LP from the incipient version of Geronimo Black -- a supergroup of sorts featuring contributions from former Mothers of Invention members Jimmy Carl Black (drums/vocals), Buzz Gardner (cornet), his brother Bunk Gardner (horns/organ/vocals), and Denny Walley (guitar/organ/vocals). Evidence that Frank Zappa initially worked with these musicians for their tremendous instrumental prowess is obvious throughout this self-titled effort. The angular and Baroque progressions of "Quaker's Earthquake" recall Zappa's orchestrations circa the Uncle Meat (1969) project. "Siesta" allows Bunk Gardner to unveil his tremendous versatility on what is undoubtedly the most pleasant surprise for listeners expecting an album of nothing but avant-garde and R&B material. The gentle tune recalls Erik Satie's 3 Gymnopédies (1888), with multiple melodies that diverge and reunite in an effortless interaction. The more introspective performances sit remarkably well beside the hammer-down ethos of "Low Ridin' Man" and the equally gritty "Bullwhip." As a rock & roll band, Geronimo Black foreshadows the sonic attack and verve that informed many of Captain Beefheart's Magic Bands. This is prominent throughout the cut "Other Man," which boasts a rhythmically off-kilter introduction and gallop that is strikingly similar to "Safe as Milk." The horn section takes the combo into the realm of jazz fusion. However, rather than leading the group, as per Chicago or the Loading Zone, they simply augment the arrangement à la the Tower of Power horn section, which adds a bite of brass within the context of R&B and soul. "L.A. County Jail '59 C/S" is an odd blues that invokes the spirit of the Electric Flag's "You Just Don't Realize." The straight-ahead rocker "Let Us Live" is a protest boogie that rises to the occasion with some nifty little horn riffs punctuating the emphatic vocals. (All review)


Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die (1970)

What started out to be a Steve Winwood solo album ended up being the best album released under the name "Traffic". This band was a pretty fluid collection of musicians that would break up, then reform to make a new album, but always with the same core of members - Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood. This album is much better than their previous three, being at the same time more acoustic and soulful, a superb fusion of jazz, rock and traditional folk - the title track dates to the 15th century. This is a brilliant album and is recommended for fans of any kind of rock from any era! This is the version with bonus tracks.

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John Mayall - Hard Road (1967)

After Eric Clapton left the Bluesbreakers to form Cream, Peter Green played guitar on this record and pretty much shocked everyone by being every bit as good as Clapton (maybe even better)! With Aynsley Dunbar on drums and John McVie on bass, aided at times by a terrific horn section, with Mayall on guitar, harmonica, organ and piano, this group turned out one of the best of the British electric blues albums.


George Harrison - Beware Of Darkness - Outtakes And Sessions

This is a great bootleg album featuring alternate versions, and unreleased material recorded for the "All Things Must Pass" album. I mean, this is some high quality stuff, any of these songs could have easily been on the album. There is something very soothing and calming about Harrison's music that really comes out here, it's probably due to the fact that he was a spiritual person. This is the kind of music that will never sound dated. (Thanks to original uploader - schaumermal)

Part 1 Part 2

Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu & Rabbit (1972)

After Free broke up in 1971, Paul Kossoff formed this short-lived studio group with fellow Free member Simon Kirke on drums, with Tetsu Yamauchi on bass and John "Rabbit" Bundrick on keyboards. Not too surprisingly this group sounded a lot like Free, only with a keyboard player the sound was much more full. After this was recorded Free got back together, with Tetsu and Rabbit eventually joining the group on it's last record, "Heartbreaker"'


OK, well, there you have it. If enough people survive a week without any Krautrock, I may actually do a week of folky-type stuff in the future! Bye!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff! Thanks for the music!

4:01 PM, January 23, 2006  
Blogger Xtabay said...

Looking forward to the folky stuff - nice shares here

5:11 PM, January 23, 2006  
Anonymous loopy c said...

'If enough people survive a week without any Krautrock'

Well, I just filled my new iPOD with your posts up to now so I can perhaps, maybe, just barely manage/survive for a few weeks ;-)

6:39 PM, January 23, 2006  
Anonymous Noah Zark said...

cheers dude
throwing darts is good........
thanks for the Traffic,Canned Heat
& John Mayall

keep up the good work

10:35 PM, January 23, 2006  
Anonymous Vitor said...

Crongratulations!!! This is the best blog of net!!!
Thak you for the good music.
I want ask you a favour... Dou you have something of a band named Supas Jamboree? If you have, please post it to us!!!!
Tahnk you

6:04 AM, January 24, 2006  
Anonymous bixio said...

fantastic collection

6:05 AM, January 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic site, keep up the good work. Brilliant to see that such an interesting and creative genre is till inspiring people. I agree with the comments above a folk series of upload would be nice
john (preston, england)

1:54 PM, January 24, 2006  
Blogger Two Headed Trick said...

Thanks for the Mayall and Canned Heat. I had both of these on vinyl so many years ago.

2:02 PM, January 24, 2006  
Blogger warpozio said...

Thanks for the Harrisongs ;)

3:54 PM, January 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

getting... weak...

not... enough.... kraut.... rock...

just kidding. folk is welcome too :)

were you thinking british psych? classic american? free-folk?

how about some John Fahey records?


5:26 PM, January 24, 2006  
Blogger CGH Tompkins said...

there's a lot of great music to download, thaks for that

11:59 AM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger lemmy caution said...

that junco partners album is pretty damn good. do you know anything about them? i've never even heard of them.

some great picks this week, i'm digging the geronimo black, canned heat and the elevators. i'm looking forward to the folk!

3:53 PM, January 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, the Geronimo Black post is great. Any and all by Zappa and his progeny is always welcome. Many, many thanks.

Deep River, CT

6:21 PM, January 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Jazzpower: Thanks for posting Noel Redding's Road in last week's comment section. You made my day, my week and my month! I bought the vinyl of Road back in the mid-70's and was blown away. The only problem was that the useless turd record company that pressed it here in Canada totally f***ed it up - the left and right channels would alternately cut out all the way through. I returned it to the store where I bought it and they went through every copy they had - they were all like that. So I went to another record store chain and went through all their copies - same thing. I tried again a year later and same crap. Then it was cut out and gone forever (I thought). All I had was a cassette that I made of the defective copy. For the last several years I've been looking for a copy on the 'net and now here it is - AND IT DOESN'T CUT OUT!!!! A thousand thank-you's!

And not to forget our gracious host GarColga: Thanks for the great posts - your blog is one of my absolute favorites!!


p.s. I also can't survive long without a new Krautrock injection. Might you perhaps have some Satin Whale or Gift's Blue Apple or Kin Ping Meh or Dirk Steffens or something else with heavy guitar?

Thank you!

11:06 PM, January 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great great collection, thankyou for these posts,
if you have it and feel like posting AR and Machines "Echo" quite a journey so I hear.
thanks, I can't decide which music to sample...mmmm

3:08 PM, January 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fantastic stuff. i just repurchased the remastered 'all things must pass' so i was happy to see there were outtakes. the bulbous creation album is a monster.

8:49 AM, January 30, 2006  
Anonymous rockrockon said...

thanks for the Beefheart. i have this on LP but it's old and busted. thx! :)

5:37 AM, February 01, 2006  
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5:07 PM, February 01, 2006  
Blogger Andy said...

Hey there,

I really enjoy your posts.

I recently started a blog of my own, like yours, and others, and was wondering if I could affiliate with you, even though I already have your great blog to my links section.



5:07 PM, February 01, 2006  

I've made an album with Rabbit. Check out our blog for more info.

Cool the Gernoimo Black.

12:01 PM, February 04, 2006  
Blogger youricecreamisready said...

thanks a ton for the junco partners! i had only heard one song from them, a cover of 'take this hammer' from the pebbles vinyl compilation i downloaded from chocoreve. it's a great track and i've listened to it a million times, so it's nice to hear some of their other stuff, it's quite different.

great blog, i will be checking you out regularly!

10:52 AM, February 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best music blog ever!

7:15 AM, March 02, 2006  
Anonymous booblikon said...

check'd out BULBOUS CREATION just based on the great cover, seems kinda dated & unoriginal. but the first song "End Of The Page" is quite a haunting, subdued, foreboding track, worth the download for me. hafta give the rest another spin. thanx again for sharing all the rock, GarColga.

12:44 PM, May 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonder if you read comments to old posts, but I have to make one, because I´m so happy with your blog.
I have a book written by a German Professor named Tibor Kneif, which is called "Rock in den Siebzigern" (Rock in the Seventies). What makes this book special are (near) complete discographies of hard- and krautrock.
Sitting on the toilet and reading the book (the chapters have just the right length) I stumbled over "Junco Partners".
Well, said I, let´s have a look at blogworld and after very little googling there it was - in an old archive of yours,link still (again?) working. Ain´t that grand?
Now, let´s have a listen...


8:53 AM, April 18, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Manfred - Yeah I like that Junco Partners. Hope you do too!

12:08 PM, April 18, 2007  

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