Sunday, April 23, 2006

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Peter Frohmader - Musik Aus Dem Schattenreich (1981)

Michael from France sent this to me, and it is just as the title says "Music From The Darkness". A couple of the early tracks feature crashing guitar chords, pounding drums, and weird, pulsing, cyclic electronic sounds. The last track features some tasty bass. The balance of the material is strictly electronic, evoking the coldness of deep space, or the moon rising over the pyramids. Or just a bad, bad feeling, a feeling of ominous dread. Hard to describe, I don't think anything I've heard is comparable to this. I have a feeling that if classic Amon Düül II and Magma got together and they all had the same bad trip, this music sounds like something they might come up with. Dark and eerie, I think this probably needs more than one listen to really get it.

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Stoneground - Stoneground (1971)

How about something a little more upbeat? My god that last one was spooky! This great hippie band featured the voice, guitar, and songwriting skills of former Beau Brummel Sal Valentino. But he was only one voice. This band of Bay Area hipsters had four female singers, and no less that six different lead vocalists on the ten tracks on this album. The photo on the back cover shows about a dozen people on stage! Every song is great, whether it is gospel rock, funk, R & B, power ballad, whatever. My favorite track is a Sal Valentino tune, "Colonel Chicken Fry". No wait, it's the cover of Rev. Gary Davis' "Great Change Since I've been Born". Maybe "Looking For You"! Well like I said they're all great. If you like 70's West Coast hippie music, this is a forgotten gem.

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Anyone's Daughter - Adonis (1979)

"I have been a big fan of this act for some time now and still rank them as one of my all time favorite prog acts. Anyone's Daughter mix gentle vocal harmonies with some superb progressive rock elements. Uwe Karpa adds some beautiful and tasty guitar leads which seem to blend to perfection with Harald Bareth's bass and lead vocal. Anyone's Daughter offer both English and German lp's and Adonis happens to be one they elected to sing in English . Although Adonis does certainly contain a rather awesome amount of great progressive moments, the major highlight still remains the title epic track "ADONIS" (27 mins). Musicianship is very high here and Anyone's Daughter are very easy to listen to and get into....the music is sophisticated but remains very much in control and many different moods swings. At times I get a very strong underground German feel to the music which I love. To this day Harald's voice still remains one of my all time favorites and the music of Anyone's Daughter is essential in your collection....Highly required and is very intelligent music..." (Wonderful World Of Progressive Rock)

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Spektakel - Spektakel (1974)

Precursor band to the German group "Schicke, Fuhrs, Frohling", this awesome symphonic rock was recorded in 1974 and wasn't released until just a few years ago. The music is similar to that done by SFF, if you haven't heard them, think maybe a combination of King Crimson/Van Der Graaf Generator. Four l-o-n-g tracks coming in at just over an hour, loads of Mellotron, Hammond organ & Moog, and brilliant guitar solos from Heinz Fröhling. No overly long solos, all the instruments combine to give great jam-oriented, atmospheric soundscapes.

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Frumpy - All Will Be Changed (1970)

Thanks to Henri from Brazil for copying this CD for me so I could rip it at 320. Not what you would really call krautrock, this is nonetheless an amazing album of early 70's progressive rock. Very unusual for the day in that there are no guitars. Except for the 2 bonus tracks, where we find Thomas Kretschmer, guitarist from the 8 Days in April album. Also on board from the 8 Days in April album are the fantastic singer Inga Rumpf and the amazing keyboardist Jean-Jacques Kravetz. Frumpy's attempt to blend soul, blues, and rock with some classical motifs into a progressive stew was entirely successful. The shorter tunes bring to mind maybe the bluesier side of Spooky Tooth, if they had a brilliant female vocalist. This is an all around great album.

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The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Part 1 (1967)

"Though none of their five albums or two singles managed to dent the national music charts, the WCPAEB were just as much a part of LA’s 60's scene as cherry coke or miniskirts. Although the records didn’t get much exposure, they are regarded by many as low-key classics of LA pop/rock. Part One, their first album for a major label, is a great sample of what West Coast rock was all about in 1967. The album finds the music scene and reflectively, the band, in a period of transition from the well-crafted harmony pop of the Beach Boys to the new “consciously underground” psychedelic rock of the Doors. Particularly reflective of the former group’s influence is the fine vocal harmonies on songs like “1906,” “Here’s Where You Belong,” and “Transparent Day.” The last song especially is an example of the well-produced, AM-friendly pop/rock the group was capable of. At the same time however, the group lived up to their name by being experimental. “I Won’t Hurt You” features a heartbeat which serves as percussion, unusual lyrical images, and slightly insecure vocals which lead the listener to question the singer’s sincerity. Likewise, the band’s cover of Zappa’s “Help I’m a Rock” naturally couldn’t not be experimental, though perhaps the WCPAEB’s version lacks the lunacy and earnestness which made the original disturbing and funny at the same time. “Shifting Sands” is a dreamy, melodic song complete with fine distorted lead guitar runs which add a mystical quality to what was once a simple country song. Other songs on the album are straight-ahead sophisticated pop pieces, such as the “Morning Dew” rip-off “Will You Walk with Me” and the sharp “If You Want This Love.” Much of the album is folk-rock, with chiming electric guitars and distant, McGuinn-esque vocals. Part One is good, and interesting. The group manages to try new things musically while maintaining interest and pop credibility." (Kurt Sampsel www.RockMuse.com)

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Virus - Thoughts (1971)

I posted Virus' first album, "Revelation" last September, and "Thoughts" is their second release and it is somewhat different, now they are playing a wild bluesy hard rock owing more to Deep Purple or Frumpy than Pink Floyd. There is also now a rough and ready sounding female vocalist named Elga Blask. Even though the style has changed some, and there seems to be no documentation of exactly who the personnel are on this second album, this is still a legendary album by a legendary German band. Simply a brilliant slice of 70's hard rock with a psychedelic edge, and should be heard by everybody who likes rock and roll!

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Chil - Rhubarby Feeling (1970)

Only release by Chil, who were from Switzerland and that's about all I was able to find out about this thing. I already knew that it had probably the worst title for an album in the history of music. Rhubarby?? Must be a translation thing or something, although they sing in English. Anyway don't let the awful album title stop you from downloading this unique slab of music. I don't really know how to describe the material, one website said it was recorded for 'soundtrack use', and it does have a soundtracky, other-worldly feeling to it. When I say 'other worldly' I don't mean space-rock. Ethereal and drugged-out sounding! This was so intriguing I burned it right away so I could hear it on my stereo. I hardly ever do that anymore.

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Leviathan - Leviathan (1974)

Excellent early 70's prog in the early Genesis vein!! Originally released on London Records in 1974, this is heavy progressive American rock at it`s best, strongly influenced by English prog of the same period. Far as homegrown prog bands went (with a couple exceptions), 1970's America was the home of the brave but doomed. Leviathan was one act that actually managed to get one proper album release before disappearing, probably to secure to themselves and their posterity the blessings of not starving to death. Not as derivative of big-name British acts as most of their contemporaries, Leviathan`s release instead demonstrates how much more blurred the line between heavy metal and progressive rock had already become in the Colonies than in the Old Blighty. "the synthesis of old-style heavy guitar and Mellotron as displayed here is quite novel and charming - certainly enough to make this album worthwhile. Those into heavy prog in the old sense of the word, without thrash riffs, neo-classical shredding or double bass drum havoc, should definitely investigate this one." (notlame.com)

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Fusion Orchestra - Skeleton In Armour (1973)

"Formed in the early seventies, Fusion Orchestra were an unfortunately short-lived progressive jazz/rock outfit of immense potential. Joining the exceptionally talented Jill Saward on vocals, keyboards, flute, guitar and synthesizer, were guitarists Stan Land and Colin Dawson, bassist Dave Cowell and drummer Dave Bell. This is one of the finest bands to have ever come out of the UK, and their sole album release is an absolute masterpiece of sophisticated compositions with stunning female vocals and superb musicianship. When the band split, the members would fade into obscurity, with only Saward surfacing a number of years later as a backing singer in UK pop/jazz outfit Shakatak. She went on to become a fully fledged member of the band, playing keyboards and flute, and, of course, singing, much the same as she did when she was a member of Fusion Orchestra." (dinosaurdays.co.za)

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See Ya!!

30 Comments:

Blogger Dreamweaver said...

As usual, lots of interesting stuff. Thanks so much! Can't wait to check this stuff out. Gives me something to look forward to on the weekend, as I'm too busy during the week to listen. I really appreciate all the fine music you've turned me on to. Thanks, again!!!

10:55 PM, April 24, 2006  
Blogger ps said...

The Chil - Rhubarby Feeling is most peculiar,; its rather as if sone 6th form school pupils where performing a musical written by Pink Floyd with a little help from Sparks and the Residents......

12:54 AM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Liam,

I've loved how you have speaked about Peter Fröhmader 'cause it's true that it's hard to describe and just one listen don't suffisate!
sorry if I haven't given of news these last times but I change of flat in this moment, so I haven't many times. I promess that I try of given news this week or the next week!!!
Take care,
Michael (aka schoub)

4:42 AM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous paul said...

hi

just discovered your site, i think its great and i have it bookmarked!

6:42 AM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
great selection this time... Small note about Frumpy, they have also second album called Frumpy2 which is also great. Kravetz made also solo album which I kept in my hands but finally I didn´t buy it (fuckin expensive original LP ...)
Looking forward the Virus album - I love these band - great hammond org.
Thank you very much.
Mates

8:07 AM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations GarColga,

you rock and have the best Krautrock-Blog on this side of the universe. Hundreds of downloads after such a short time, many people must eagerly await your monday posts! Me too! Thanks for sharing such a large amount of fine music with us.

Cascada

12:18 PM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous vilse said...

Yay! Lots of nice stuff as usual.

Oh, and just to nitpick a bit, I think 'schattenreich' translates to 'shadow empire' or maybe 'shadow realm' rather than darkness. My german is more than a little rusty though...

5:40 PM, April 25, 2006  
Blogger Loopy C said...

Of course, can't wait to see what the 'cornucopia' brings this time around BUT, special mention on the Frumpy. I have the original vinyl with it's full color plastic over-sleeve (IMPOSSIBLE to store with the rest of my records without tearing btw). I listened to it only a few months ago and really dug it (I especially remember 'Maria'? I think it was).

Anyway, always blows my mind when I see some oddball record I have been clinging onto for the last thirty six (jeez, now that makes me really feel old!) show up. I imagine the band would be blown away too that people are still groovin' their jams.

7:22 PM, April 25, 2006  
Blogger Loopy C said...

btw, I am a Frohmader fan so thanks for this too.


...and surely (Shirly?), there must have been at least some 'Ho's' in that garden, don't be all coy with that 'Can' talk ;-)

7:57 PM, April 25, 2006  
Blogger Loopy C said...

You know, it being the internet and all, I want to make sure that 'Hoe's and garden jokes are taken in only the most generic, 'light joking around' way. Anything other than a possible chuckle would not be my intent...cool?

9:47 PM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sir, are a god. I haven't heard of 70 percent of the stuff you have on this page, and it's all blowing my mind! Thank you so much for the introduction to some of the best music I've heard in a loooooooooooong time.

9:24 AM, April 26, 2006  
Blogger Friendlier said...

Wow. Pink Floyd, Sparks, and the Residents! Can't wait to hear the Chil album, after that description by ps!

10:09 AM, April 26, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Dreamweaver - Welcome!

Hello ps - OK

Hi schoub - thanks again for the Frohmader!

Hi Paul - welcome to our humble blog.

Hi Mates - I posted that 'Kravetz' album a while back. It's now called '8 Days in April'!

Hi Cascada - thanks for the kind words and you're welcome!

Hi vilse - thanks and feel free to correct my German at any time.

Hi loopy c - as always thanks for the comments! Nothing in my yard but grass!

Hi anonymous - thanks. I am not a god, but I do have many god-like qualities! The good ones.

Hello Friendlier - let us know if you think ps is crazy.

3:34 PM, April 26, 2006  
Anonymous gogolemongol said...

Hey Garcolga(L...)
Yesterday night,i posted on B... forum this two albums(Virus Revelation & Thoughts) i found on Music for nation blog.
As i havn't visited your site since a few times,i was not able to know that's your post.
For avoid any dilema,i put a new comment tag,and mentionned that i found them on the web,after add a few infos,resized pics,and so on.
hope you will not consider that's a "new stealing post".
And BBT for your work and great posts.

11:33 PM, April 26, 2006  
Blogger Ras said...

simply a wonderful up.Gracias again

2:09 AM, April 27, 2006  
Anonymous grapho said...

Un grand merci pour le Stoneground !

3:52 AM, April 27, 2006  
Anonymous vac said...

I just found your blog, but I'm sure glad I did. This is some really cool stuff and I entirely support your endeavor. Keep up the good work.

7:27 PM, April 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fusion Orchestra is absolutely amazing.
A real masterpiece.
Thanks for letting me know.

9:33 AM, May 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really hope some people give Richard Thompson's "Henry The Human Fly" a listen. I still think it has some of his best songs and the whole album is a seductive mixture of deadpan humour, bleak rumination and brooding eroticism. It's in the same league as The Band's "The Band" and matches it's timeless amalgam of 'traditional' music and rock'n'roll. In fact it's records like this that prove the notion that it's all just one rich continuum.

3:34 AM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous booblikon said...

PETER FROHMADER: unusual indeed. i'm listening to track 5 ("Mitternachtsmesse 2") and in the middle of a lunarlike soundscape comes...is that a polka fragment!? that makes it even creepier. also this CHIL, despite my initial apprehension, is growing on me; if those Quaalude-induced snailtracks are on the soundtrack, can you imagine what the movie must be like? thanks again for the fun music, GarColga, you weirdo.

10:26 PM, July 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stoneground perform at a party in the Hammer film "Dracula AD 1972".

9:21 AM, July 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really glad you posted Blues,Rags and Hollers.I'm a comtemporary of these guys and loved their music then and still do today. There is a follow-up to this album entitled "Lots More Blues, Rags and Hollers" re-issued by Red House Records.These musicians truly captured the essence of the early 60"s blues revival...the guitar work is great not to mention treatment of the material.
If you get a chance you should check out one of their contemporaries... Tom Rush. He was and is still is a fine acoustic guitar musician who covered a lot of early blues tunes.Two stand outs that are etched in my mind forever are Panama limited amd Galveston Flood...both played with a knife. I will never forget seeing him perform these songs (at The Riverboat in Toronto,Canada)...just blew me away!

Since we are on a folk theme I would highly recommend "Today Is The Highway" by Eric Anderson originally released in 1965 and now re-issued on the Vanguard Label (VMD 79157)His guitar work very good as is his singing.

Cheers
Rob
Canada

5:49 AM, September 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting hoelderlin. What I am tryiing to find is their live album. Brings back the college days.

11:19 AM, October 01, 2006  
Anonymous dr qi said...

Thanks a lot!
A great post, I love Virus, but the real standout for me was Stoneground - a fantastic record!

6:33 AM, May 28, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi dr qi - Yeah I really like that Stoneground too! Glad to see you are looking back in the archives also.

6:47 AM, May 28, 2007  
Blogger andre said...

Hello gargolca
I just downloaded the Stonground Album and i am pretty impressed.All your Albums are still to get.Many Thanks for all of your good Work!
Andre

7:02 AM, October 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, so much enticing musical arcana. Thank you for your great blog.

8:01 AM, May 31, 2010  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hello anon!

9:53 AM, May 31, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought the Stoneground album when first released in 71, lost it through the years and now I can have it again. BRILLIANT. Keep doing this, there is some great music here.
Bill

5:08 PM, June 02, 2010  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hello Bill!

7:55 PM, June 02, 2010  

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