Monday, July 17, 2006

Hi -

Noir - We Had To Let You Have It (1971)

I purchased this CD with donation money, and what a sweet little album this is. The only release from England's first all-black rock band, this is a smooth, low-key, kinda funky, kinda prog record with some brilliant guitar work and some real nice percussion and soulful vocals.The first track, "Rain" reminds me a little of the Chambers Brothers, the rest of the album is smoky and inspirited, sometimes a little gospelly and tribal. Great album, undeservedly obscure. When I ripped it, it wasn't even listed in the Compact Disc Data Base!


Syd Barrett - Magnesium Proverbs

Since Mr. Barrett passed away last week, I thought I would pass along this great bootleg I got from a torrent. Standard bootleg stuff, you know the drill - radio and television broadcasts, acetetes, alternate mixes, and rare live performances. Of the twenty three tracks fifteen are Syd with Pink Floyd. Four tracks are from Syd's only live solo appearance in London, 1970. Four tracks with Syd, David Gilmour and David Shirley.

Part 1 Part 2

Bwana - Bwana (1972)

Fantastic Latin funk/psych rare groove special from 1972; as Latin mavens Dusty Groove say, it's 'an insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock -- with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas take the lead on most of the tracks -- especially the cut 'Chapumbambe,' which starts with a nice breakbeat.' Astral-planar Latin jams, with blazing guitar and organ laid down over hot funk/psych grooves; leads off with the eight-minute runaway train 'Tema de Bwana'; what's next, you wonder? Why it's the intricate twin-guitar progressive call and response jam of 'La Patada'; the rest gets better from there, with songs that shift and flow until they hit an acid freakout point -- check out the end of 'Chapumbambe' or the second half of the thirteen-plus minute soul/psych style rave up 'Lolita' that closes the album."


Da Capo - Da Capo (1971)

Da Capo were a part of the South German progressive scene. Taking their name from the second Love album, they were heavily influenced by the laid back American west coast sound of bands like Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Grateful Dead. Their privately recorded album, Da Capo, included excellent tracks like "Find My Way Home", "Young Man" and "Free" - melodic and tuneful songs that were in no way inferior to those of the American bands mentioned earlier. The long instrumental track "A Day In the Rest of My Life" was a nice twin guitar jam, reflecting their live sound. It is sad that the band never recorded in a studio again, disbanding about a year later. Da Capo's legacy is as one of the best German early seventies private pressings. (Cosmic Dreams At Play)


Fields - Fields (1971)

A hugely underrated progressive classic from 1971, which was a spin-off from the excellent Charisma band Rare Bird. Graham Field, the keyboard player in Rare Bird, left them to create this project with some session musicians of the era. It's an excellent melodic-prog album with a great vocalist in Alan Barry and very solid drumming by Andy McCullough, (Greenslade, Manfred Mann's Chapter Three and King Crimson). 'A Friend Of Mine' is perhaps the only track here that sounds like Rare Bird, with its pseudo- classical keyboard work and complex organ runs, but Alan Barry's vocals are very unlike Steve Gould's, and is much less aggressive and operatic, being more melodic. Barry's vocals shape this whole album, and he has a very accessible, pleasant voice. 'While The Sun Still Shines' is a great prog-pop song, with a hummable melody and lovely backing vocals, plus a great lead vocal. 'Not So Good' is my favourite track on the album, with one of my favourite vocal performances ever- it sends shivers up my spine every time- combining with a gorgeous chord progression and a solid rhythm section. Masterful. 'Three Minstrels' is a prog-folk experiment, with a Steeleye Span-esque flavour, and even a Richard Thompson-esque guitar flourish by Alan Barry. Very enjoyable. 'Slow Susan' is a very nice, if perhaps basic, organ based instrumental that's another highlight of this excellent album. 'Over And Over Again' is a melodic song with more good vocals by Barry and neat organ work by Field. 'Feeling Free' is another favourite track on the album, with great work from all concerned, particularly Barry's great falsetto vocalising. 'Fair Haired Lady' is an utterly charming, wistful folk song, with lovely orchestration and delightful vocals. 'A Place To Lay My Head' is more like Spooky Tooth in style, with some heavy organ chords. 'The Eagle' is a stunning instrumental, showing Graham Field had invention to spare. It's another pseudo classical track, with subtle use of mellotron, and is a perfect climax to a hugely enjoyable album. (James Jeffery-progarchives.con))


Lucifer's Friend - Where The Groupies Killed The Blues (1972)

Lucifer's Friend was a band that, with their early albums, changed musical styles with each release. Their first album, Lucifer's Friend, is one of the best German hard rock albums of the 70's. This is their second release, and we find them in experimental mode, assaulting us with what seems to be a mix of proto-metal and hard progressive rock. Most of the material is composed by John O'Brien Docker, who will be recognized by the more adventurous downloaders as the main guy from Brave New World's 'Impressions On Reading Aldous Huxley' that I posted some months back. Vocalist is John Lawton, who went on to later join Uriah Heep. This is complex, adventurous progressive rock, unlike their first album or any of their subsequent releases, probably their finest moment.


Irmin's Way - Opus; Destroy (1975)

A recent discovery, Irmin's Way were an obscure mid-70's Anglo-German band who recorded an LP in 1976, that remained unreleased and lost until 1995. Taking their name from the Saxon god that slayed a dragon, their conceptual opus was steeped in mythology too. In the classic tradition of Krautrock bands of the era, Irmin's Way notably drew on the cosmic side of Pink Floyd, close to Belgium's Dragon, or towards Gäa's psychedelic space-tripping. A touch amateurish, and not that well produced, it is nonetheless a classic of the genre. (Crack In The Cosmic Egg)


OK that's it then. See you next Monday! As Always, comments appreciated.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great haul this week! Thanks for switching back to Rapidshare + paylesssofts also... this looks like the way to go!

Also, I've been listening nonstop to Epidaurus's album that you posted months ago... everybody, go back to the archives and grab that one (link is still good). Some of the best symphonic prog with awesome monophonic synth leads!

2:47 PM, July 17, 2006  
Anonymous michaelt said...

Thanks for posting the Syd Barrett bootleg. I've been searching for his Olympia show for ages and now, thanks to you, I've got it.

Syd was a truely unique and original person in the music world and I'm hopeful that he's having the time of his afterlife. He certainly changed the way I listen to music and for that I'm grateful.

10:58 PM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger Ummagumma said...

You have all my solidarity,I think that you happened it is the fault of rapid(shit),too many free files...

1:01 AM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Kikas said...

Hi Gar,
I can't get the download of that files with paylesssofts.
Usually, i make my downloads with rapidshare premium, but now, i don't know how to do...even with free.
Can someone tell me how do to?? Pleaassseeee

3:02 AM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what paylessofts is the cure for, but it is worse than the disease.

paylessofts sucks. Useless unwanted ads and spyware.

4:36 AM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone already said "can´t get it through" can you continue with rapidshare? It would be nice...

5:00 AM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous db said...

Thanks for switching back to Rapidshare + paylesssofts. It works well.

Thanks for Fields - Fields (1971)
He, he, I went to school with Rare Bird's Steve Gould LOL

5:06 AM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Report said...

Epsilon - Epsilon (1971)
Os Mundi - Latin Mass (1971)
are still down.

Many thanks for all your work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7:33 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger polkijuy said...

Hey Garcolga! i am real, real glad to see this site back up and running! greatest web site ever! many manly thanks!!! paylessofts seems to work ok. i visited a link and hit the free button on their page. the first 2 or 3 times it sent me to ad pages, then it worked. i dont mind this quirk because this music is well worth a few extra button clicks.

12:14 PM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Garcolga, thanks for this great album selection this week. Rapidshare + paylesssoft works fine!

1:02 PM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous gammon said...

Thanks for the Lucifer's Friend, GC. I've had the first album for a while now and I love it. Can't wait to hear this one.. The R$ + Payless worked ok for me, cheers.

1:35 PM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Ryan said...

As always a gret set of tunes, especially love the themed albums :)


6:48 PM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anonymous - Thanks. Yeah I like that Epidaurus too.

Hi michaelt - You're welcome.

Hi ummagumma - thanks!

Hi kikas - try clicking on the RapidShare button while the 'Ctrl' key is depressed.

Hi anonymous - right, it does suck that I am using paylesssoft's site to mask the RapidShare links. I agree.

Hi anonymous - try the advice I gave to kikas.

Hi db - You're welcome.

Hi report - thanks for letting me know. I have reupped them today.

Hi polkijuy - thanks for the kind word, glad you got it to work!

Hi anonymous - You're welcome!

Hi gammon old friend - You are welcome.

Everybody that is using Internet Explorer - hold down the 'Ctrl' button while clicking on the RapidShare button!

6:57 PM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Ryan - Thank you!!

6:59 PM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! great music! Would it be possible to have alternative links from the rapidshare, (as you have already done in some albuns before) - that´s because i'm blocked on the paylesssofts. Many thanks!

2:43 AM, July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Kikas said...

That's right...the "Ctrl" key is the answer, for the guys who used Internet Explorer.
Thanks Chris

2:57 AM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger Donno said...

Thanks muchly for the Fields album. I'd forgotten all about this band even though I used to have the album years ago, great stuff. Sun Still Shines is a superb track!

3:23 AM, July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Garcolga... Thank you very much for all this music.

I want to remember you a deleted file from August 2005:

Gomorrha - I Turned To See Whose Voice It Was (1972)

Bye friend,

4:20 AM, July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Kikas said...

What a hell...sorry GarColga (not Chris, like i said)

7:43 AM, July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Liam,
Finally I succeeded by the payless...(Now I understand, I must keep on clicking - thats the trick!) I can not yet comment what is new for me on the latest two uploads, but I already know few of the albums, some of them are really great like: Birth control and Ainigma (I bought this album a month ago - shit) some are week: like the Lucifer’s friend (this was big disappointment for me after their first album - sorry to all who like it). Thanx for all! Fro me you are also "Lucifer" bringing the light into the musical asshole of these days...

8:20 AM, July 19, 2006  
Anonymous leogt said...

Hi Garcolga,

Thanks, I especially liked Bwana.

I guess this one's a response to the guy who asked for Santana's first (Lion's Face). Hey don't get me wrong Santana was great and I mean the first four albums, not the guy who now wants to sell a guitar solo with every mainstream singer out there, yes he's the same guy but his soul is not the same.

I think their music was intense.

Leonel Garcia

3:17 PM, July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Kikas said...

Noir, wow !! an excellent album...Graham Bond Organization (the tribal percussion and the hammond organ), Chambers Brothers, Black Merda, Rasputin's Stash... a little bit of each one...i think!!
An intense soulful vocal, and a cool balance.
Thank's Garcolga (L)

5:59 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger Loopy C said...

BEFORE I even get the chance to listen to this week's offerings, I definitely want to thank Garcolga for sharing the albums I simply have wanted to hear. Whether I decide I love them or not, many have appeared on this blog that I longed to 'taste'. Some made me a believer, some were not my thing...but the important thing is the musical road was traveled a little further being able to sit down with them. So, thanks brah ;-)

From this week, Lucifer's Friend first album was one of my first import albums and I have been for some twenty some years interested in what the follow up sounded like. One way or another, it will be a satisfying experience!

8:50 PM, July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks garcolga, another great week.
Everyone is talking about lucifers friend first album. Does anyone know where I could get it?


12:32 PM, July 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1st lucifer's friend album:

2:23 PM, July 20, 2006  
Anonymous Kikas said...

It's true...i agree with "leogt". Money change the soul, it's a sadness but it's true. Santana, was and still is, a great guitarist...but the age and fame, brings things like "leogt" said "the guy who now wants to sell a guitar solo with every mainstream singer out there"...whatever.
This Bwana group and album it's great, a very very funky, afro, one word Heavylatinfunk.
I love this one

3:13 AM, July 21, 2006  
Anonymous Vlassis said...

Hello..very good site...please tell me where i can find the album "Fire of Life" of group Changes...please i am searching for it!!
Thanks a lot in advance!!

2:00 AM, July 24, 2006  
Anonymous Vlassis said...

Please if you know where i can find Changes "Fire of Life" album...send me the link to download it in
Thanks in advance..

2:17 AM, July 24, 2006  
Anonymous Grahldaar said...

Good stuff there, Garcolga. I'm a sucker for this type horn-laden stuff, and you've filled a void here that was previously unknown to me. Keep up the goods...

3:54 AM, October 16, 2006  
Blogger Hazy Dave said...

Hey GarColga, it's great to finally hear Fields. It seems to live up to its reputation!

7:38 AM, October 16, 2006  
Anonymous Alex B said...

Opus Destroy is good, but, krautrock, with floydian influences? Hmm. It´s a prog-hard ( much more prog than hard). Tons of pretty keyboardsm and guitars. The title track is a epic journey! Good stuff.

2:54 PM, November 12, 2007  

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