Sunday, March 12, 2006

Hello from Idaho, USA!

Four Searchable Rock & Roll Reference Books

Download this, and put the folder anywhere you want, then open the folder and find the HTML file called "library" and make a shortcut to it on your desktop. You now have fully searchable copies of four terrific reference books -
  • The Tapestry of Delights: British Beat, R & B, Psychedelic and Progressive Rock 1963 - 1976
  • Fuzz, Acid & Flowers: American Garage, Psychedelic & Hippie Rock 1964 - 1975
  • Dreams, Fantasies & Nightmares: Canadian, Australasian & Latin American Rock & Pop 1963 - 1975
  • Adrift In The Ether: The Current State Of The British Underground
Anybody who remembers when Tapestry Of Delights and Fuzz, Acid & Flowers were online can tell you that these books are just about too cool. I haven't used those other two books yet, but I'm sure they're just as good. Anyway, you need these books I'm pretty sure!


Jefferson Airplane Loves You - 3 CD Box Set (1990)

The triple CD (or cassette) box set Jefferson Airplane Loves You came out at a time when major record labels were rushing out deluxe sets of about every meaningful artist of the '60s and '70s. Most of those sets hid self-indulgent, inflated "best of" collections of previously released material with a couple of alternate mixes and live tracks to lure in the fans. Loves You has some general appeal (although slimmer "best of" collections are available and cater better to the casual listener who wants to hear "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love"), but it is clearly aimed at the fan. Disc 1 covers the early years up to the group's second LP Surrealistic Pillow. Early singles by Marty Balin and Grace Slick are included, but the real treat consists of nine live tracks (a total of 43 minutes, a full album's worth!) from a concert in May 1967, 18 months before the group's first live set, Bless Its Pointed Little Head, was recorded. Disc 2 covers the years between After Bathing at Baxter's and Volunteers. It kicks off with a 12-minute alternate version of "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil" (a psychedelic peak), a few album tracks that were left off and an early version of Frank Zappa's "Would You Like a Snack" recorded with the Mothers of Invention, along with classic album cuts. Disc 3 culls material from the Volunteers album up to 1972's 30 Seconds over Winterland, racing through the Airplane's weaker late records. The highlights come from the quadraphonic version of the LP Volunteers, which featured very different mixes (even alternate versions in some cases). No repeats (except for "White Rabbit" included in its original version and a live one), great unreleased material and the absence of anything from the group's short-lived late-'80s comeback make this box set a must-have for fans. ~ François Couture, All Music Guide

Disc 1:
Part 1
Part 2
Disc 2:
Part 1
Part 2
Disc 3:
Part 1
Part 2

Cardeilhac - Cardeilhac (1971)

I can't really detect too much prog on this only album by obscure Swiss band Cardeilhac. It's not stunningly original, but it's good old fashioned, straight-ahead rock, obviously influenced by British bands of the period, like maybe Deep Purple, though Cardeilhac is a little more quirky. Good songs, lots of energy, lot of great guitar and organ, and the vocalist does a good job. Like I said, originality may be lacking, but it's not overly derivative and deserves a listen, that's for sure.


A. R. & Machines - Die Grüne Reise (1971)

As lead guitarist for the beat-era Rattles, Achim Reichel was one of Germany's rock pioneers. Military service drew him from that band, and upon return he continued in the pop world with Wonderland. At the start of the 70's however, his interests in Eastern philosophies coincided with the Progressive music that was then in vogue. Teaming with lyricist Frank Dostal, first up was the psychedelic (and Beatles-esque) Wonderland Band. Recorded with a cast of Hamburg musicians, it gave a glimpse at where Reichel was going. Yet the story really begins in 1971 with The Green Journey, the first album under the moniker A.R. & Machines. Billed as a "soundtrack to the intended motion picture", it certainly is a trip! Reichel recorded the album by himself, adding voice, percussion and electronic effects, with Dostal providing the lyrics. "Machines" refers to the tape recorders that make up Reichel's signature "echo-guitar". He layers guitar line over guitar line to hypnotic effect, and effectively predates just about everyone that came after (Fripp, Gottsching etc.). The album certainly reveals a hippie naiveté of the era, but that should really be seen as its strength: bluesy, mantric and certainly psychedelic, the album is Reichel s own twist on Krautrock. It culminated in the whacked-out "Truth and Probability", where Reichel layers his voice through the tape machines.


Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye - Tribute To Roky Erickson (1990)

More than a dozen different artists, some famous, some not so much, and some now all but forgotten, assembled for this tribute that was made for the purpose of helping Mr. Erickson financially, due to some legal troubles he was having at the time. It's fun to hear ZZ Top and Jesus and the Mary Chain each give their interpretations of "Reverberation (Doubt)". R.E.M. is on hand for "I Walked With A Zombie", Doug Sahm & Sons do an amazing version of "You're Gonna Miss me", the Butthole Surfers really shake it with "Earthquake", Julian Cope does well with his take on "I Have Always Been Here Before". There are terrific interpretations by some 'lesser' bands like Judybats, Bongwater, Thin White Rope, Sister Double Happiness, and others. Altogether a real nice album. I should note that this is a cassette rip that I made years ago, and the tracks were different from the CD, with non-CD tracks by Angry Samoans and Mighty Lemon Drops. (Bitrate 160)

Part 1
Part 2

Free - Free At Last Stage (Bootleg 1972)

Despite the awful name they gave this thing, this is a real good recording of a performance at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA, on April 22, 1972, during Free's Reunion Tour. Paul Kossoff, Andy Fraser, Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke.

1. The Hunter
2. Fire And Water
3. Ride On A Pony
4. Be My Friend
5. Catch A Train
6. Hold On
7. Little Bit Of Love
8. Mr. Big
9. All Right Now
10. Travellin' Man

Part 1
Part 2

Bayon - Bayon (1977)

Bayon was a band from what was then East Germany, and the music on this album can only be described as beautiful. How to categorize the music? Hell, I dont know - maybe a kind of baroque/folk/ethnic/prog wouldn't be too far off. Composed of two Germans and two guys from Cambodia playing hand drums, violin, cello, acoustic guitar, and some fine electric guitar now and then, these dudes make music that is warm and uplifting. A really nice album.


Thirsty Moon - You'll Never Come Back (1973)

Always essentially the project of the Drogies brothers, Thirsty Moon came into being in September 1971 as the amalgamation of D.R.P. (Drogies Rock Project) and Shakespears (apparently a jazz-soul band), resulting in a very big group (seven to eight members) performing complex rock that used unusual jazz structures as its base. Obviously influenced by the likes of Colosseum, the Chicago brass-rock scene and earlier German bands like Xhol and Organisation, Thirsty Moon created a music with great dynamics, use of heavy and spacious structures, unconventional songs and arrangements, and above all amazing musicianship. Both their debut and, the curiously titled, YOU'LL NEVER COME BACK offer some of the finest Krautrock. Both tripping out with percussively intensive Krautrock tripping, bizarre songs, and ventures into the cosmos, beyond jazz-fusion, beyond everything. Notably, on the second side of YOU'LL NEVER COME BACK, the feel is very close to Kollektiv. (The Crack In The Cosmic Egg)


OK then - see you next week!


Blogger hmenonprog said...

Hello, Plus one week if initiates. Thanks for plus these pearls of the world of music. Long life.

6:59 PM, March 12, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Thanks Hmenonprog

7:09 PM, March 12, 2006  
Anonymous mick black said...

woww...this is way better than the rest of the Amiga fare though I, too, have some Amiga gems on vinyl...Stefan Diestelman (bluesier) and the Karat, Puhdys (ok, awful but representative! Ahahaha!) Best is the Americasn Blues 66, a Festival where Junior Wells plays "Vietnam Blues"...their prog/psych was more underground because the State would not have approved of overt "drug" or "anarcho-syndacalist" lyrics, covers, etc. though some things prevailed (tapes!)

2:25 AM, March 13, 2006  
Anonymous mick black said...

oh, and "Das Fest der Volker" was Thirsty Moon's contribution to the compilation lp on Brain, "German Rock Scene" (vols 1 & 2 are great sets)

2:52 AM, March 13, 2006  

Vaya! que buena coleccion de musica, ...parece que ustedes fueron tocados con la vara magica; muy bien por el rock, un placer para nuestros oidos.

6:24 AM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi Garcolga, I had a lot of trouble with Blogger too lately, today it's been hard to access to your site too...anyway, thanks for the books, they are very useful guides.

All the best


7:40 AM, March 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strangely enough, getting to OTHER blogspot blogs has been the hard part for me -- my system says I'm forbidden from the server, etc., and says it at random -- while posting on my own blog hasn't given me any trouble. Feh -- who knows?

Great records, man, as always. Cheers.

9:32 AM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger Beowulf said...

Another week of great stuff especially like the Airplane & Free
Picked up the Rock books you've posted at the revamped Stairway to Heaven, they were reposted there by "Aussie", a bit naughty I thought even though he did give you credit
( )

10:46 AM, March 13, 2006  
Anonymous mankuso said...

Hello Garcolga,

Thank you VERY much for posting a delightful selection of rare and excellent music (again), which would most likely never have been discovered by me otherwise.

Somehow I think that spreading intelligent and complex music could really have an impact on people, at least it has a positive one on me.

Sadly I´ve just recently discovered your wonderful blog and thus supposedly missed out on a lot of great music, but I´m thankful for every week you´ll keep your generous effort up. (I would appreciate the reposting of some gems though, should it occur ^^).

Should you have problems or difficulties with your blog, just post it, I would be happy to donate.

Greetings and many thanks from Germany,


12:10 PM, March 13, 2006  
Anonymous Johnny Mosrite said...

Well I'm not the guy from China, or the guy from Moldova for that matter, but I am really grateful for this excellent musical spot on the internet. Keep up the great show.

12:40 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger Jon said...

Blogger has been playing up a bit of late. Thanks for doing a great job tho'

1:25 PM, March 13, 2006  
Anonymous gammon said...

Hi GarColga.
Thanks for the books dude. I bought 'Fuzz, Acid & Flowers' when it came out but I couldn't turn my nose up at the others.
Think I'll have a listen to the Bayon album, too.

1:40 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger shreut said...

Thanks a lot for all this great music, GarColga, your blog is a delightful place!

@mankuso, I think all the links here are always available, so enjoy this marvellous blog, visit its archives!

5:18 AM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man Thanks for the Fuzz Acid & Flowers. I have missed it ever since it went away. Yeah sometimes it is no the most accurate thing in the world, but at least you can finds some info about most of this stuff! I had heard that they guy pulled it from the web, and did not want it posted anywhere, because he had a new book edition coming out.


7:54 AM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous s said...

hi just visiting-i have too much else to listen to just yet but i will be back.great site.well done-kudos to you for your hard work

9:55 AM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous elrictheviking said...

Hi !

I like Cardeilhac.

But no informations on the Net.
Nowhere. Nothing.


11:21 AM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger Eddie Riff said...

Thanks for the reference material and the great music. I was especially glad to get Die Grune Reise! See you next week!

1:04 PM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger f said...

Hiya, this is a comment from a guy from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, who knew Kraftwerk and Can but didn't know there was so much more to Krautrock. Thanks for opening the door and pointing the way. Awesome.

1:35 PM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous vilse said...

Thanks for those books. Very nice.

Slightly related:
That page has the same kind of info about japanese bands for those who are interested.

3:08 PM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous vilse said...

Silly me, I this one:

I suspect most people already knows about this one but what the heck...

3:16 PM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi GarColga
Thanks for the books, man!
Any idea though how to make them work? (no library.html, no library.* also)

9:46 PM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger wampy said...

Hi from Australia, thanks for the books. I think I'll be reading Fuzz, Acid & Flowers from start to finish. Great reference material.

1:04 AM, March 15, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi mick black - yeah that Bayon is real good - thanks for the comments.

Hello PROPIEDAD PRIVADA - No habla, but you're welcome & thanks for commenting!

Hi Mirco - Glad you got the books!

Hi anonymous - thanks for the comment. What is your blog?

Hi Beowulf - Nice to 'see' you again, and thanks for commenting!

Hi mankuso - There really shouldn't be too many dead links, I don't think. Feel free to report any deleted links in the comments section of the most recent post & I will re-upload as I have time.

Hello Johnny Mosrite - You're welcome & thanks for saying hi!

Hi Jon - Thanks for the positive input.

Hi Gammon - You're welcome!

Hello shreut - Thanks!

Hi anonymous - If there is no HTML file in the folder called 'library' right next to the marijuana leaf, you have just got a bad download. I just downloaded it and everything is as it should be. Try redownloading.

Hi GB - You're Welcome!

Hi s - See you later then, thanks!

Hi elrictheviking - Yeah info on that Cardeilhac is almost non-existant.

Hello Eddie Riff - Glad you're finding stuff to download. Next week, then!

Hi f - Amsterdam wow, I'm jealous, I visited there once. Thanks for commenting!

Hello vilse - You're welcome for the books & see you later.

G'Day wampy - You're welcome!

7:56 AM, March 15, 2006  
Blogger Mirco said...

Better late than never...I also have to thank you for the wonderful Broselmaschine psych-folk album you posted some times ago...

5:54 PM, March 15, 2006  
Anonymous Morell said...

Can you upload more kraurock? Embryo, Eletric Sandwich, Amon Duul... its a great music on a early 70's!

Thanks for all uploads!!

4:00 AM, March 16, 2006  
Blogger Peter said...


the achim reichel is fantastic! reminds me of gunther shickert. thanks very much!

4:47 AM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi again GarColga,
borderline books are working! Tha-a-anks! The download was ok - smth went wrong while unzipping...
and because you said that it's ok with you to revive links - if it's possible to do that with Hendrix' Message from Nine to the Universe - vol. 2 (I managed some time ago to dnld vol.1)
thanks for the nice 'space' you got here!

6:06 AM, March 16, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Mirco!

Hello morell - I generally post some krautrock every week.

Hi Peter - You're welcome!

Hi anonymous - Glad you got it. I reupped that Hendrix a while back - the links are good.

6:31 AM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, quick comment to make things relevant then an embarrassing question. This is a great blog! Keep it coming!

Stupid irrelevant question:
I dl'd the KAK psych album from one of these blogs just a day or two ago, and I can't find the blog or the PW now! Anyone know where the blog is with the KAK album, or know the pw? Sorry...

11:30 AM, March 16, 2006  
Blogger Paxjorge said...

PW: ChrisGoesRock
(mind the CAPS)

Can't find the link anymore; I'll look around a little.

I have a question, too; maybe one of you can help me out. I've got a bunch of really cool lps from the 70s that belong to my dad, but now he wants them back. I want to rip them to wav or mp3. Any idea what program I should use? Anything I need to keep in mind? Thx

5:18 AM, March 17, 2006  
Blogger Paxjorge said...

PW: ChrisGoesRock

There you go!! :-)

5:29 AM, March 17, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Paxjorge - thanks for helping that guy out.

To rip LP's the first thing you need is a USB Pre-Amp to connect your turntable directly to your computer. I think they cost around 100 USD. To avoid this expense you could tape the LP's and rip from the cassettes. Then you just need an adapter to connect the cassette deck to your computer's lin-in. Expense is not much, maybe 5 USD.

Then you need the software - here is a guide to ripping LP's or tapes using Exact Audio Copy, which is free.

As you can see it is a major pain in the ass!!

Good luck.

7:42 AM, March 17, 2006  
Blogger LeoGT said...

I'm a musician and I have 10 albums i posted my 9th on:

I play psych-garage-reggae-anything so check it out and leave a comment.

Anyway I love this blog it's just the best place to find kraut. This and ChrisGoesRock are my favorites on the net. Thank you for blowing my mind week after week.

5:55 PM, March 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey boyo!

Thanks for thee neato blog. Keep up the good work eh!


12:13 PM, March 18, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Leonel - I downloaded your album, and I am impressed. That's some real nice stuff - you must be having a ball!

Ho jon - You're welcome!

10:30 AM, March 19, 2006  
Anonymous Cardeilhac said...

Hello! Gargola!

I have some interresting things to say about CARDEILHAC... who was my own group when i was.. ... 18 years old!

I 'll send you a mail soon



11:51 AM, May 13, 2006  
Anonymous wad said...

Thanks for the reference books.
Very handy.
Greetings From Down Under

1:22 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks a lot!!!! a very big
ich suche schon ewig nach der grünen reise!!

3:22 PM, May 31, 2006  
Anonymous krauty said...

Hi anyone!
i have an fine cd from Pink Floyd from the year of 1983. The name of these CD is Works. Some of the people here find this Musik fine . if anywhere want this ?

3:49 PM, May 31, 2006  
Blogger spablu said...

hi garcolga,
thanks a lot for the 'Grüne Reise'!!
A Three-decade-searching has come to an end now!
I'll put your link on my blog.

greetz from Germany


6:07 AM, February 05, 2007  

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