Sunday, May 07, 2006

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Missing Link - Nevergreen! (1972)

An unusual band from Munich, blending progressive rock and jazz fusion in a similar way to Pell Mell's blending of rock and classical, in fact there is much in common between these two bands, especially in the song style, though the album NEVERGREEN! is very varied, exploring a different genre with almost every track. Missing Link historically are pretty obscure, although Dieter Miekautsch did later join Missus Beastly and then go on to Embryo. These were one of the lesser known United Artists acts, based in Munich. Nevergreen! was recorded at the Dierks Studio in October 1972. On the seven tracks (plus two bonus tracks) a complex and varied musical style emerged. It included jazz sax riffing ("Sorcery"), some solo piano parts ("Song For Ann"), loud rock outbursts ("Kids Hunting") and matching acoustic guitars ("Spoiled Love"). However, the overall sound is quite jazzy, so the album will appeal most to fans of Embryo, Xhol, Ardo Dombec, Thirsty Moon, etc. Actually, Dieter Miekautsch joined Embryo (also Missus Beastley) after the group's demise in 1973. Drummer Holger Brandt later joined Sahara. The Missing Link album is quite good. (Crack In The Cosmic Egg/Cosmic Dreams At Play)


Temple - Temple (1976)

I like this little album from what was apparently a sub-underground band. They are featured on the "Unknown Deutchland" series, I posted "Krautrock Archive Vol. 1" a while back. Keyboard player is Zeus B. Held, who garnered more attention as a producer later, doing some re-mixes of Gary Numan. The occasional female vocals are from Pauline Fund who is on the "Cozmic Corridors" CD. The male vocals are by "Poseidon". Two pretty frantic electric guitarists are on board, and of course bass and drums. The sound can get pretty cluttered at times, but the music is well done and seems passionately performed. Layers of synthesizers, guitars, percussion solos, distorted vocals, peaceful one track frantic the next, moody and aggressive, what's not to like here?


Tetragon - Nature (1971)

An obscure band, Tetragon originated from Osnabrück in Northern Germany from the Brian Auger inspired Blues Limited. Later, after discovering The Nice, they changed their style and became the organ fronted trio Trikolon, ( I posted their album "Cluster" a couple weeks ago) and upon becoming a quartet by adding a guitarist they changed name to Tetragon! After having toured with their Dutch heroes Ekseption, it's not surprising that Tetragon moved to an ever-more complex classical rock with extensive use of rearranged Bach and other classical themes. The deliberate accent on their blues and psychedelic roots guaranteed a unique twist on the genre, though on their sole album Nature one can detect much of The Nice, Egg and Dutch progressive stylisms. An unknown classic. (The Crack In The Cosmic Egg)

Part 1 Part 2

Black Sabbath - War Pigs

This great sounding bootleg was recorded in Paris, 12 December 1970, and features versions of some of their best early material.

1. Paranoid
2. Hand Of Doom
3. Iron Man
4. N.I.B.
5. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
6. War Pigs
7. Fairies Wear Boots
8. Black Sabbath


Antrobus / The Flying Hat Band (1972 / 1974)

Occasionally I am going to rescue a post from the early days of the blog, back when there wasn't all that much traffic, and give some great albums another shot. I think this was one of the very first albums I posted, now it is at a higher bitrate (256) than the original post

ANTROBUS / THE FLYING HAT BAND (Buried Together) Split-CD: ANTROBUS were formed in early '71 when Britain's heavy progressive rock underground scene was in full flight. The band exsisted for only one year, and they had no real rehearsal place and that's hard to believe while listening to the nine tracks that were never officially released. They are playing at an amazingly high standard and had accomplished song-writing abilities. Like some of their comrades, they are using flute and organ but the songs are more focused on heavy riffs and bluesy vocals. A hard-driving rock approach was adopted but the ability to contrast their sound with classy melodic harmonies is apparent too. And when ANTROBUS were playing hard and heavy, they were just an awesome force. Mixed up with a few sound-effects and a lot of guitarwork, this band had created an effective creepy heavy ass-kickin' sound in their short lifetime. The sound quality isn't high fidelity, but good enough for an enjoyable listening and sometimes I wonder that these recordings are dated from the early 70's, due to their refreshing energy.

The second band on this split-CD is THE FLYING HAT BAND. This was the group where Glen Tipton played, before he left to join Judas Priest. TFHB existed only for a short time and the featured four songs are dated back to '74. The songs are also released here for the very first time, so that one can listen to some ferocious guitar leads and intense riffing. But this band doesn't sound like a Priest forerunner. "Lost Time" is fine acoustic bluesy song, with a slight Latino vibe, while "Reaching for the Stars" got a groovy rhythm-line and the album closes with excessive guitars in "Coming of the Lord". This powerful outfit wasn't around long enough to gain the respect that the energy and drive of their music demanded. They'd got the chance to record an album for a proposed LP on the WWA label and had entered a London studio where they began recording songs. But due to unknown resons, this album was never released. "Buried Together" comes with a very doomy cover-artwork (remember "Die Healing"?) and if you're discovering this disc somewhere then get it. My personal winners are the heavy ANTROBUS, but TFHB have also their highlights. This CD was released by the German re-issue label SPM International, who have also re-released such bands as Groundhogs, Janus, Bodkin, T2 and more, and the English label World Wide Records

Part 1 Part 2

OK that's it then. See you next week


Anonymous Anonymous said...
scroll down to Novemeber 19th and a couple tracks form the "Fantastic Party" are offered in 1 mp3...

3:30 AM, May 08, 2006  
Anonymous rich said...

You truly deserve a medal for putting this blog together and offering up the most underground 70s krautrock, prog, psych and hard rock that a lot of us never imagined we'd ever get to hear. I commend you sir!

4:20 AM, May 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here ya go.....sorry its in 128 but that's how i found it

Hope you enjoy,

PS as always thanks for the tunes Gar

5:17 AM, May 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know I clicked on your ads (which I never do) about 18 times!!!

Thanks for all the great tunes

fellow boisian

11:33 AM, May 08, 2006  
Anonymous moosedawgg said...

your burnout is understandable, but what you've done here is fantastic! many thanks & I hope you continue on. your blog is among the very best!

1:14 PM, May 08, 2006  
Anonymous vilse said...

Is it just me or is the layour a bit broken? The right-side menu is located waaaay down at the bottom of the page. Happens in both Opera and IE. I can't find any ads to click on either for that matter.

Otherwise, nice update. I've been a bit curious about Temple ever since you posted that compilation a while back so great thanks for that.

1:42 PM, May 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, seems the Layout is just fine in Firefox...

Oh, and I got the ads to show up too. I had javascript turned off.

1:56 PM, May 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

antrobus are slightly better known as IRON CLAW from scotland.

4:54 PM, May 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just small comment about Zeus B Held. This guy is a great hammond organist, but unfortunatelly the Temple is not the band you can "really" hear him. I strongly recommned the band Birth control, where he used to play (albums Hoodoo Man and Plastic people and mainly the Birth control live from 1974).
Liam, thanx a lot for the Tetragon album, probably I'm the last living person who loves this kind of organ based stuff so I taking it as a present special for me...

4:23 AM, May 09, 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?
Check out for Sergius Golowin, Organisation, Bokaj Retsiem and more. This is a fine blog that should be added to the links.

4:43 AM, May 09, 2006  
Blogger Mirco said...

The Sand's CD is a pure gem, thanx for sharing!

9:43 AM, May 09, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anonymous - I know that page but thanks for taking the time to respond, much appreciated!

Hi Rich - Thanks!!

Hi Ryan - wow thanks! I knew somebody out there had to have it!!

Hello fellow boisian - you're welcome & thanks for the support!

Hi moosedawgg - you're welcome and thanks for the kind words.

Hi vilse - I don't know what might be going on. Blogger does seem a little unstable at times.

Hello anonymous - thanks for the info on IRON CLAW!!

Hi Mates - yeah I need to post some Birth Control, you're right.

Hi Rich - you will have better luck opening those passworded .rar files using UnRarX:

Hi Mirco - nice to hear from you! Yeah that Sand is a great record.

2:44 PM, May 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Gar, can you put up a list of the albums that you had put up earlier - the ones which aren't on the page anymore? Just curious to know.

10:06 PM, May 09, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anonymous - the albums are still there, they're just not on the front page anymore.

They are in the archives, which links are located on the right hand side, just scroll down til you see them.

6:19 AM, May 10, 2006  
Anonymous MALC -Brazil said...

please, the link for Bodkin is broken - it is almost impossible that i can get this in brazil - if you could...

9:43 PM, May 10, 2006  
Anonymous gogolemongol said...

Hey GarColga
Very nice new additions(as usual).
Think to clik on add will not be a problem for all,just a new habit(Chris does the same).

4:15 AM, May 11, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi malc - new link for Bodkin is up.

Hi gogolemongol! - Thanks!!

6:19 AM, May 11, 2006  
Anonymous Malc - Brasil said...

thank you, thank you for all!

12:52 PM, May 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! Great site! Do You have Gunter Schickerts Sandvogel, by chance? That would be a great upload!



1:58 AM, May 12, 2006  
Anonymous rich said...

You can find the 17 minute long 'Kriegsmaschinen Fahrt zur Holle' from Samtvogel as part of WFMU's Adventures in the NWW List Part 5:

Gar, thanks a bunch for the UnRarX tip. Works great. Unfortunately the musicforthenations blog seems to have vanished along with the downloads, so the Night Sun and My Solid Ground still escape me and probably a few others!

5:47 AM, May 12, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hello Malc - you're welcome.

Greetings, Alex - sorry I don't have that one.

Hi Rich - I have that Night Sun and both My Solid Ground albums, they will be posted sometime!

6:48 AM, May 12, 2006  
Blogger Friendlier said...

Jesus fuckin christ on a cracker, that Antrobus album is melting my teeth.

8:05 PM, May 12, 2006  
Blogger FM SHADES said...

Man, thats sabbath boot is hot.

10:38 AM, May 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow is that fantastic party record ever good - never knew it existed until now - thanks!

11:59 PM, May 14, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Friendlier - no more beef jerky for you!

Hello FM SHADES - nice blog, I added it to my links sectiomn.

Hi anonymous - don't thank me, thank Ryan!

6:15 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


thanks for the great stuff in here.

I was wondering if you could please re-post the link for the parts of Komödia album by dreams of sanity, cause I downloaded the 2nd one and I reaally liked it, but now the link is gone.

I´d really apreciate it



12:48 PM, October 12, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Mor

2:55 PM, October 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sand post is fantastic. A very hard to find and very expensive album.

Your blog is in a league of its own.


3:38 PM, January 28, 2007  

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