Monday, June 26, 2006

OK summer is here!

Aynsley Dunbar - Blue Whale (1970)

Aynsley Dunbar, since his start drumming for John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the Jeff Beck Group, not to mention his own great band The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, has played with some of rock's greatest acts - he's on about 15 different Frank Zappa albums. So he's a pretty good drummer I guess. Anyway, in 1970 he formed Blue Whale which put out one album, which features four jazzy progressive pieces, and a 16 minute version of Zappa's Willie The Pimp. It's not all about percussion, though, there's two lead guitarists, a keyboard player and a brass section all struggling to be heard.


Copperhead - Copperhead (1972)

Two and a half years after exiting Quicksilver Messenger Service, of which he had been the primary instrumentalist, lead guitar player John Cipollina resurfaced at the front of a new rock quartet, Copperhead. The group had come together slowly, but by the time of their debut album, they were ready for action. Second guitarist Gary Philippet contributed the more straight-ahead rockers, like leadoff track and first single "Roller Derby Star," while bass player Jim McPherson tended to write more discursive numbers, though he was capable of strong rock & roll shuffles such as the Rolling Stones-like "Wing-Dang-Doo." But both players took a back seat to Cipollina, whose distinctively high-pitched, slightly dissonant lead guitar work defined the band's sound, just as it had in Quicksilver. One should perhaps amend that to say "early Quicksilver"; Copperhead recalled the earlier band's heyday of the late '60s on their own self-titled debut and the gold-selling Happy Trails more than the early-'70s edition of the group, especially on the extended instrumental passages in songs like "Pawnshop Man" and "They're Making a Monster." By rights, then, Copperhead should have taken off to become one of the major second-generation San Francisco rock bands of the '70s, but it was not to be. In the wake of Columbia Records president Clive Davis' firing shortly after this album's release, his signings were given the company's lowest priority, and few people ever found out there was a band and an album called Copperhead.


Krokodil - Swamp (1970)

A most tuneful and infectious album forever hampered by its unfortunate position within the discography of these Swiss krautrockers. This 1970 release shows a band in flux between the scorching boogie-blues workouts of their eponymous debut and the massive stoned psych action of their third album masterpiece "An Invisible World Revealed". Many German groups attempted to sing in English to broaden their audience and virtually all failed miserably. "Swamp," on the other hand, reveals itself to be one of the more interesting examples of this phenomena, venturing into Van Morrison, Fairport Convention, and even Wailers territory. Meanwhile, the rest of the band was experimenting with sitars, flutes and avant percussion.


Various Artists - The Krautrock Archive Vol. III

The last volume in the Unknown Deutschland series, and faithful 8 Days-ers will likely already have the tracks by Galactic Explorers, Temple, Golem and Nazgul. The remaining three tracks, by Neil Andersen, Baal, and Chronos make this worth downloading even if you already have the other tracks.


Pell Mell - Marburg (1972)

This album is a masterpiece of heavy, complex, unusual, highly imaginative, and powerful organ dominated heavy symphonic progressive rock. Unlike what some write ups say this is not at all mostly instrumental. The vocalist (Rudolph Schon) is prominent on every track except the lovely instrumental "Moldau" and his raving, manic, strong, and commanding approach is awesome. He sounds like no other vocalist I can think of and when there are harmonies it is really impressive. Aside from the astounding first track there is no guitar here, and one of the things to truly make Pell Mell's first album exotic is the violin and organ dominated instrumentation. The songs are fantastic- full of atmosphere, energy, contrast, and imagination. When I am hearing the longest tracks on this album none of them drag a bit and there is constantly something new and different going on. Classical influences are prevalent, but I would disagree that the band are ripping off famous classical composers. I see the few very easy to pinpoint references as a homage rather than a rip off. I have trouble understanding the lyrics to a lot of these songs. They are in English, but heavily accented and rather strange! Perfect example is "City Monster." The title alone tells you these guys were a little bit different in their very European (namely German) take on progressive symphonic rock. The musicianship here is something to be marvelled at, but ultimately it is the raw and unusual vocals that make this album so great when they are combined with how good each individual player in the five piece band is. The drummer is excellent, and so is the bass player. The organist and violin player are never self indulgent and always exciting. For long tracks full of symphonic overtones and heavy psychedelic rock lurking in the shadows this is one of the best albums I've heard. Every track is outstanding (There are only 5), and this one is highly recommended! (


Edgar Broughton Band - Keep Them Freaks A Rollin' (1969)

Previously unreleased live album from the proto punks recorded at Abbey Road in December 1969.The choice of material on the disc is representative of the band's live set at the time like "Out Demons Out", an early version of "What is a Woman For" the biting "American Soldier Boy" and best of all their explosive ten minute version of "Smokestack Lightening".

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Agitation Free - 2nd (1973)

Excellent atmospheric German space rock with some pretty trippy interludes. A very young and talent Michael Hoenig (later with Tangerine Dream) plays a wonderful array of keyboards which when combined with the acid washed guitar solos takes your mind into another world. This music is not for the novice and should not be taken on an empty stomach! Agitation Free is very similar to sh Ra Tempel in many ways bringing perhaps a more cultural feel forward in their music. I love the insturmental excursions on this album and find it a great recording to lay back and listen to. "2nd" never gets too loud or frenzied and always seems to maintain a dark, but warm atmosphere. Lutz Ulbrich also joins on guitar better known for his later work in Ash Ra. On the back sleeve we are told that THIS RECORD SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD and I would 2nd that notion. Spacey but absolutely brilliant recording... essential!


Vita Nova - Vita Nova (1971)

Vita Nova was a studio project that never played live, and their one and only recording is a fantastic album full of high quality progressive tendencies and originality. An interesting feature of this band was the original use of the Hohner Clavinet (pre moog synth) and considering that they were a German band, the sparse vocals are sung in Latin! The band was trio of Eddy "Ugly Ugly" Marron (vocals, bass and Turkish zaz), Sylvester Levay (keys, perc) and Christian von Hoffmann (drums, percussion). Musically these guys were fantastic with some killer guitar, bass, keyboard and drum work. Their music is full of energy and full of progressive time signature changes and instrumental prowess. Overall a great album and one of the true treasures of the 70's German underground.

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Alrighty then! See you next week!!


Anonymous leogt said...

Hello Mr. Garcolga,

I really love your blog and I must say yours is the best one, I know CGR gets more attention but yours is better and more original.

I've been saying this for a long time on various blogs but Krokodil's Swamp along with Gravy Train's first are my favorites albums from the whole early we-don't-know-if-we're-psych-or-prog rock.

Anyway this album is a masterpiece so I recommend it to all your visitors.

Thanks for sticking with us and always reading what we have to say.

I really can't make a donation even though you deserve it big time.

Thank you

6:55 PM, June 26, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Leonel - Thanks! Nice to hear from you.

7:17 PM, June 26, 2006  
Anonymous marsvfan said...

Merci, thank you, domo, gracias!

For all your hard work and all this great music!


12:10 AM, June 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad the site is back and as a good as ever, i have one entire genre in my j.river media center for nothing but albums i download from here, wonderful stuff.

Many Thanks


4:33 AM, June 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still so good !!
Thank you very much.


9:33 AM, June 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks GarColga,

very glad that you are back! Yours is absolutely my favorite blog.
But I have a small request: your blog has become so big that my
web browser (Opera) is having problems loading your page. Today it
even crashed. :( I had to turn off style sheets and images to be
able to load it... I also tried with Firefox: this took 2 minutes
to load the page, using 100% CPU all the time (3GHz machine)!

Would it be possible to archive most of the posts (like most other blogs
are doing it) and only keep the most recent posts on the main page?
I hope the blog software can do this automatically for you.

a fan

2:22 PM, June 27, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hello marsvfan - You're welcome!!

Hi TC - You're welcome too!!

Hi Gilles - You're welcome!!

Hi anonymous - I also use Firefox, and the blog loads in a few seconds most of the time. Blogger does seem to be erratic at times, hopefully your problem is temporary and will will solve itself. I'm not sure that changing the amount of posts on the "front page" would help you, the amount hasn't changed in 5 - 6 months.

2:40 PM, June 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of your best posts yet, thanks for all that.
I made a small donation but hopefully I will be able to donate a bit more later because you definetely deserve every bit of it.

2:45 PM, June 27, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anonymous - Thanks!! All donations go towards purchasing hard-to-find CD's.

3:53 PM, June 27, 2006  
Blogger WebHamster said...


3:07 AM, June 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found your page today, and I have to say I am very impressed. Thanks for all the hard work that went into this!

11:35 AM, June 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its me again from 4 posts up. I was wondering did you have any albums from a swiss band called toad, But not including B.U.F.O or their self titled one.
If not, dont worry about it but if you do I would love to see it up on your blog

1:50 PM, June 28, 2006  
Anonymous leogt said...

Hey, now that we're talking about requests on this comments section, i have one:

There's a band called "Minotaurus" that I heard many years ago on a [Notes From The Underground] radio program, I believe the band was from Germany and the song I heard was "Highway", anyway if Mr. Garcolga or any of you fellow admirers of 8DIA has it please post it.


3:01 PM, June 28, 2006  
Anonymous Kikas said...

Hi Garcolga,
It´s only to say i make a little donation, because if exist someone who deserve it, it's you...the music shared in your blog, make me feel good, and very alive.
Thank's God for the existence of this human being...

8:03 AM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger rich said...

I seemed to have lost my version of Winrar. What's the best place to get it? Gar, you gave a link way back and that's what I originally used and would like again. Cheers

Some wonderful krautrock nuggets again this week. Vita Nova was the one for me.

6:50 AM, June 30, 2006  
Blogger mad4music said...


Thank you for all of the great music you've been sharing. You've turned me on to a lot of good stuff!

Check out my podcasts of vintage Sixties/Psych when you get a chance:

Keep the music flowing, my friend!

1:13 PM, June 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for you contributions...wonderful taste in music. Yours is among my favorites (like prognotfrog).

I do have sort of an off-topic you have Steve Hillage's Fish Rising by chance?

7:45 PM, June 30, 2006  
Blogger Pink Burrito said...

thanks for the great stuff... I have been checking out your blog regularly and greatly enjoying it... You have such a great list of stuff...please
feel free to check out my new blog...

thanks again

12:26 PM, July 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

problems with agitation free - tracks repeating,bad noises at the begining of each track.
anyway thanks for other good stuff.
glad to see you back!

4:08 PM, July 08, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anonymous - not sure what you mean by 'tracks repeating' but there was a click at the start of each track. I edited those out and re-upped.

Thanks for letting me know!

12:07 PM, July 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

two of them were twice(i don't remember which ones).
good ideea with badongo and not so good with sendspace(if i can make a suggestion you can try axifile).
and don't let others to decide for you.
thanks again!

10:21 AM, July 12, 2006  
Blogger ChrisGoes said...

Hi all.

Im trying with this site now:

9:27 PM, July 27, 2006  
Blogger xfabianz said...

wow! Good bands.
Me encanaron estan bien chidas. Soy un admirador ferviente de tu colección musical. Teng lgunas cosas que ogual te podrían interesar y ádemás tengo una banda desonocida que seguramente me podrías ayudar a identificarla. luego te mando el link de rapidshare.
Muchas gracias por tu musica

1:22 PM, January 10, 2008  

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