Monday, May 01, 2006

Hi everybody! There's some great stuff this week, and some stuff maybe not as great. Guess that's true every week though. Nevermind.

Groundhogs - 54146 (2001)

This 2 CD compilation features two complete LP's, "Back Against The Wall" from 1988, and "Hogs On The Road", a 2 LP live set from 1987 which has bonus tracks not on the original album. Not the classic Groundhogs line-up, but T.S. McPhee is the Groundhogs. Some great versions of songs from the classic Groundhogs era are on "Hogs On The Road", especially 'Split Part II' and 'Cherry Red', arguably their two best songs ever. If you haven't heard Mr. McPhee before, even if you have, this is a great guitar driven CD. T.S. McPhee is one of the great guitar players.

Part 1 Part 2

Blodwyn Pig - Ahead Rings Out (1969)

Formed by ex-Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams, Blodwyn Pig's first album does sound a little Tull-like, though without the classical influences, and would have been a logical follow-up to Tull's great "This Was". This is a classic example of British jazzy/bluesy rock. The group had a particularly full sound for a four-piece, because the horn player, Jack Lancaster, would sometimes play two instruments at once. Combined with bassist Andy Pyle's rock solid playing, Ron Berg's inventive drumming, and Abraham's slow-handed guitar playing, this all makes for a great record. Also has one of the great album covers, featuring a pig with headphones on, wearing shades, with a suspicious looking cigarette in it's mouth.


Xhol Caravan - Altena 1969

Great concert from what may be the first band whose music could be called Krautrock. It's hard to believe that this live show happened 37 years ago! My god the energy, creativity and freshness of the music makes it seem contemporary. Well it would if anyone was making music like this nowadays! If you like the jazzy part of the krautrock spectrum, you need to get this thing. It opens with a brilliant 10-minute version of Coltrane's "Olé", then there's 3 shorter pieces, and the balance of the show is a 56-minute long piece called "Freedom Opera". This is experimental jazz-rock at it's best. Only problem I have with this is that it's over 80 minutes long, about 82 minutes. Can anybody steer me to a burner that will let me burn this onto a DVD? I have Nero 6 installed and there doesn't seem to be a way to do it. I think I have in my pile of warez a burner or two that will use 90 minute CDR's, but I don't want to buy a stack of them just to burn one album!

Part 1 Part 2

Fleetwood Mac - Kiln House (1970)

This might be my favorite vintage Fleetwood Mac album, and it's a great rip @ 320 bitrate. I just had to pass it along. I like Peter Green as much as the next guy, but there's something about this version of Fleetwood Mac with Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer at the helm that really does it for me. Post-Peter Green and pre-Buckingham/Nicks, the music is bluesy, rootsy, and rockin' - every song is great. Also the cover art is beautiful, done by Christine Perfect, who would later become Christine McVie.


Can - Future Days And Past Nights (1975)

Thanks to my friend schoub from France for this one. Terrific bootleg recorded from the soundboard during a concert at the University of Essex, May 17th, 1975. Classic Can line-up doing six pieces - 'Chain Reaction', 'Bel Air', 'Dizzy Dizzy', 'Pinch Of Sky', 'One More Night' and 'Meadowsweet'. Bitrate 160.


Jeronimo - Jeronimo (1971)

Somebody requested this a long time ago, and I'll be honest, it's not really my cup of tea, although it will definitely appeal to some. This is standard early 70's hard rock, and to my ears it is very ordinary, with not much to recommend it. It appears to be highly thought of though by collectors of German rock, so maybe you should download it just to see if I'm full of crap!


Ram - Where? (In Conclusion) (1972)

"Ram is yet another band in those long line of nameless bands that made one awesome album and then vanished into smoke. Almost nothing is known about these guys. Presumably (from their name and album design) there is some preoccupation with the zodiac and astrology. The songs themselves are a blend of spacey psychedelia and hard-rock: with these guys it is not uncommon to blend saxophone or flute solos with power chords. The opening track, "The Want In You" is an excellent rock song moved along by a catchy sax riff. "Stoned Silence" has an almost siren-like vocal moved along by some funk riffs and a pretty decent guitar solo. "Odyssey" is a softer, more esoteric instrumental that features a nice flute workout. "The Mother's Day Song" is my favorite track. It's a wicked, down and dirty rock song: hard rock, blues and Hendrix (!) are all influences on this track. The last song, "Aza" is what pushes these guys over into progressive rock territory. It is a side-long suite about a spiritual journey for enlightenment. It begins with `Spiral Paths', very seductively with soft sax and flute solos intertwined around an almost whispery vocal beckoning the listener to venture out into the stars; then with `Bound' it practically leaps into a loud crashing bass and guitar duet; "Peril and Fearer" is the hard-rock section of the suite that features chaotic, almost Robert Fripp-like soloing while the same vocal-sax motif is repeated in the background; the final part, `Where? (In Conclusion)'-the title track-tries to evoke an out there feeling with some phased vocals, a disjointed sax solo, and another loud bass workout, and builds to a conclusion that wouldn't have sounded out of place had there been a Funkadelic/Sun-Ra collaboration album. In all, Where? is an album that is worth every bit the while to listen to. They just don't make good rock like this anymore." (devil doll, review)


Second Coming - The Second Coming (1970)

Doinada from Norway sent this to me a while back, and he did a nice job of ripping the LP and photographing the cover. I never heard of this band, and the guy from "Fuzz, Acid & Flowers" really slagged it, calling it "below-par horn-rock". Whatever. It sounds pretty good to me, though there's not anything psych/prog about it. Horn rock in the vein of "The Ides of March" - both bands share Chicago as a home town. The Second Coming apparently migrated to San Francisco, where they were active in the 'Second Generation' scene. All in all, not the greatest album ever, but worth a download if you like horn rock. As far as I can tell this has never made it to CD, so thanks again to Doinada for this rarity.


Richard Thompson - Henry The Human Fly (1972)

This is one you don't see around too much. Supposedly it was the worst-selling album ever on the Island Records label when it was released! This is Richard Thompson's first solo release after quitting Fairport Convention, and it's maybe one of his best albums. Great songwriting, weird songs, brilliant guitar playing.
Hey I gotta cut this short - getting some work done on the house & I need to move the computer.


Zippo Zetterlink - In The Poor Sun... (1971)

Sorry - crunched for time. Use Google to see about this one!! I will tell you it's crude, weird, & German. Maybe that's all you need to know LOL!!


OK then. I hope there will be no major complications with my floors and I will be able to post next Monday. Have a nice week!!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the site a lot, but how legal is this? Is it like abandonware in the software world or are you gonna get your pants sued off?

6:28 PM, May 01, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Man there are dozens, maybe hundreds, of blogs that are posting recent big-label releases! So I'm not worried about it.

Since I started this blog I have been contacted by members of about 10 or 12 of these old bands, and they weren't the least bit concerned, they were glad that people are still listening to their music! It's doubtful they get any money from these small label reissues anyway.

The main concern isn't being sued, but pressure being put on the German government to shut down RapidShare. Which will probably happen eventually!

6:57 PM, May 01, 2006  
Blogger Bruce - Down Under said...

Howdy Garcolga.

Glad i'm able to pay you back for all the long-lost albums i've download.

You can find the Can bootleg "Future Days And Past Nights" ripped at 320 here:

Both files are still working (i just checked).

Many thanks again and your welcome.

Bruce - Down Under

11:26 PM, May 01, 2006  
Anonymous muttly said...

Thanks for the great music

12:04 AM, May 02, 2006  
Blogger Tangletwigs said...

Thanks for another great selection of albums - I always find something new too listen too :)

Regarding the 82 minute problem - does your burner support overburning in Nero ? If so you may be able too squeeze the extra bit on, altho some audio players may not like playing right out too the edge ? COuld also reduce the pregap too zero between each track rather than the default 2 seconds - this would shave a few more seconds off the total running time

4:33 AM, May 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your comment about Jeronimo 2nd album is ridiculous!!
Hear better before writing here your S.O.B

Your blog is very POOR, and your posts are a shit without quality, probably all of them are downloading from emule or kaazza.

6:02 AM, May 02, 2006  
Anonymous karatte said...

"Future Days And Past Nights" is very very nice!!

6:12 AM, May 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey GarColga,

Don't listen to that Twit. Your Site Rocks! You've turned me on to so much great music - that I actually went and bought! Before you, I thought there was only Led Zeppelin & Black Sabbath - How Wrong I Was!!!

Thought you'd already know about this one, but some of the other greedlusters might like this--

My Solid Ground - My Solid Ground (German Hard Psych. Progressive Rock 1971) plus 07 bonus tracks



Obviously taken from the site musicfor....etc.
Check 'em out!

12:00 PM, May 02, 2006  
Blogger JeansMusicBlog said...

Fleetwood Mac - Kiln House (1970)

I have this album both on LP and CD. I prefer the LP : the cover is sooo nice (but cd is so much easier to listen to, especially in my car ..) !
The songs are great !
Fleetwood Mac ended for me when it became just a 'pop' band with Lindsey and Stevie although I understand by this switch/revival all the old stuff keeps more in memory.

10:36 AM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Bruce - Down Under - Thanks. That's not exactly the same boot, but it is awesome nonetheless!! Thanks for the tip!

Hello muttly - you're welcome.

Hi Tangletwigs - I'm gonna just try burning it and see what happens!

Hi anonymous AKA 'angry guy' - Unless you can stop being abusive this was your last comment on my blog.

Hi karatte - You're welcome!

Hi anonymous - thanks.

Hi JeansMusicBlog - yeah I love that Kiln House album too!

5:50 PM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Luke said...

How 'bout some Between & Peter Michael Hamel? That stuff is great and rare.

7:14 AM, May 04, 2006  
Blogger Ken said...

I would like to thank you for the service you perform. Apparently, this music is a passion of yours, and I for one am grateful. Not only do you give us wonderful older music which is very hard to find, but also acquaint such as I with "new" music, of which I'd never heard. Think Blodwyn Pig, Kraut Rock, Fusion groups, unknown out-takes, studio sessions, the list goes on and on. Mississippi Fred McDowell, Jo Ann Kelly. Do you know how hard they are to find?

BTW: Have you ever provided, or do you know of, any links whereby one might download music by Jo Jo Gunn? That guy was just excellent, and I've but a few tunes of his.

Just ran into your blog not two weeks ago, and already have obtained much music, for which I thank you from the heart. This is just wonderful!

Since I suffer from Old Folks Disease(s), I've not worked since 30 September last year. Thus, I am more broke than I hope you can possibly imagine. You don't need any of those, believe me. So, even though you deserve payment for this, it's not coming from my wallet. Sorry. Also, must use the free download service, which of course takes extra time. Since, however, the ISP for this island sends and receives its data packets by mule train (coastal freighter if we're lucky), the extra speed would be of little use to me.

Anyway. This is getting too long, and I REALLY want to say, simply, "THANKS!" :-)

Kenneth Johnson
Sand Point, Alaska

8:47 PM, May 04, 2006  
Blogger Ed said...

Really great blog. I came here searchin for "Krokodil" with google and I'm very surprized.
Tank you very much for the well done work.
Take a look to my old site
All the best.

7:40 AM, May 06, 2006  
Anonymous Johnny Mosrite said...

I'd like to thank you for a brilliant source of great music and I don't give a stuff what the anonymous morons say. Thanks in particular for the Can alcum and to Bruce for the other link to it. This is a brilliant blog, man. :-)

5:17 AM, May 07, 2006  
Anonymous Johnny Mosrite said...

Ken - I always thought Jo Jo Gunn was a band....... "Run, Run, Run" was their one hit single, as I recall.

5:18 AM, May 07, 2006  
Blogger DrMengele said...

Garcolga, your blog is amazing, thanks for your time to upload the records
I'll come frequently for this page
(Sorry for my poor English, I'm from Argentina)


8:58 AM, May 07, 2006  
Anonymous booblikon said...

hey GARCOLGA, don't know if this helps with the Xhol Caravan cd, but a few posts back Loopy C said...
"In iTunes, you can burn a data dvd (of mp3's) which will play back (music only) in many DVD players. This allows playlists of DAYS on a disc. Of course this was ideal for the 8 Days In April material."
however this means you gotta get iTunes, i'd rather put it on 2 cd's than support Apple.
oh, and that anonymous chump who posted that Jeronimo comment can go pound salt up his ass. you've turned enough people on to some righteous tunes to keep doin' this thing forever as far as i'm concerned. thanx again.

11:58 AM, May 07, 2006  
Anonymous Roman said...

Hi, your blog is REALLY the best one, from which I ever got links to downloading music!!!

I was really surprised with the quantity of brilliant music I have found here and that I was longing for (although I haven't known before that most of the bands ever existed).

So, I really THANK YOU A LOT! :)))

Roman (20 years, Slovakia)

1) I have problems with downloading Ram - Where? (In Conclusion). I've tried it for about 10 times, and it always downloaded me 1MB and then it stopped. I don't know, where is the problem.

2) Please, don't you have something from the band Fermáta? They played exellent progressive rock since 70's (I have 4 old LP's, but I haven't got any CD nor an MP3 and that's only what would be usefull for me).

3) Sorry for my poor English :)

5:26 PM, May 07, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hello Luke - thanks for the suggestions.

Hi Ken - sorry, I don't have any Jo Jo Gunn. Thanks for the positive comment though!

Hi Ed - welcome to 8 days!!

Hi Johnny Mosrite - You're welcome!

Hello DrMengele - You're welcome.

Hi booblikon - that's a good idea! Just burn it as a mp3 disc.

Hi Roman - you're welcome. I don;t know why you're having a problem downloading that file. All I can suggest is using a different download manager or something. I downloaded it just now. And sorry but I have never heard of Fermáta before. My main interest is in German Swiss and Austrian prog.

6:35 PM, May 07, 2006  
Anonymous rich said...

What a find the Fantastic Party LP is (scroll up)! There's a few downloads from the ezhevika and musicforthenations blogs that require passwords which I type in and they don't work (i'm using StuffItExpander, Firefox, mac). I reckon Tritonus' Between The Universes, Night Sun's Mournin', Time's Variety and the My Solid Ground album should be included here at 8daysinapril! Especially without the passwords (or with one that works and is very straight forward). Can anyone offer these through rapidshare without password access? Also, check out for Sergius Golowin, Organisation, Bokaj Retsiem and more. This is a fine blog that should be added to the links. I've only just found it as it's not a blogspot address.

4:42 AM, May 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi... you banned me (& hundreds others?) on SoulSeek so I won't tell you the name of the software, but I will tell you this much: go to "sourceforge" and you'll find some compression software that will allow you to squeeze up to 87 minutes on a disc.... it works!

happy hunting !!

7:50 AM, May 10, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anonymous - message me on SS or e-mail me and I will explain what happened. No one is banned I share user list only.

2:23 PM, May 10, 2006  
Blogger Lugosi said...

The album of the Xhol Caravan is excellent. I post the "Electrip" in blog that i'm member:


In case that is of your interest also, we can make a "exchange" of links. =)

7:25 PM, May 13, 2006  
Anonymous booblikon said...

this ZIPPO ZETTERLINK lp is very primitive & raw, even tribal as on the 2nd track "Kaputt". also there's an early rock'n'roll vibe in places, especially on the latter tracks: "Ein Gemmen-Marchem" for example, which is improvised poetry in broken English over some John Lee Hooker-style riffing. then the album winds up on a muzik-konkrete with some more solo guitar a-la-Sterling Morrison and U.S. radio broadcast; is that Paul Harvey?! i'm surprised this wasn't on that NURSE WITH WOUND favorite list which contains a lot of weird German stuff like this, as well as many titles from your site, not that the 2 are mutually exclusive...or are they? thanks again Garcolga for another unusual treat.

8:20 AM, May 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! having found you via a steeleye span post, I am a bit overwhelmed to say the least.
your archive is extensive, your knowledge and appreciation expansive & your genuine love and passion of it all is heartwarming! (bit schmaltzy I know :) )
I have downloaded stuff I thought I'd never be able to listen to, and would like to thank you for the time you take to post it all.
I will be back!!
blossom :)

8:21 AM, March 10, 2008  
Blogger GarColga said...

hello blossom!

10:18 AM, March 10, 2008  

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