Monday, January 22, 2007

Hi - I read on the net last week that a German group called GEMA, which I think is the equivalent of the US's ASCAP or BMI, has sued both rapidshares over copyright violations and was granted a preliminary injunction by a German court. Could one of the German visitors here let us know exactly what is going on?

Anyway, some real good stuff down below!

Please - Seeing Stars (1969)
Recorded in 1969 and unreleased for over 30 years, this is a real lost gem of British underground rock. The players on this had been in or would be in such bands as T2, Bulldog Breed, The Flies, and Gun. Well-crafted songs, first-rate vocals, big Mellotron, fantastic guitar playing and all around excellent musicianship make this an album that gets better with each listen.


Last Straw - Alone On A Stone (1973-1976)
Last Straw is a long forgotten band from the Isle Of Wight, and this release contains demos, singles, and live tracks. The music is inconsistent, as the band probably has some personnel changes, as is the sound quality. Alternately psychy and proggy, there is some real good stuff here. The later tracks center on some great twin-lead guitar work that might make Wishbone Ash a little jealous.

Oops!! track 8 bad. Replace with this one Here

Kin Ping Meh - Kin Ping Meh 3 (1973)
German band Kin Ping Meh's third album marks the arrival of vocalist Geff Harrison (ex 2066 & Then), and also a shift in musical styles. Their first two albums were a kind of experimental pop, and I agree with those who say the first two are their best work. From the third album on, the music was a more conventional, though a little odd, form of hard rock. Good stuff though, and interesting at the very least.


Ihre Kinder - Leere Hände-Empty Hands (1970)
This release is a reissue of German group Ihre Kinder's second album, 'Leere Hände', which includes English language versions of the songs, for 21 tracks altogether. They were a political band, and this is a true folk-rock album, with some progressive touches. Great use of flute and keyboards, and of course guitar.

Oops! track 8 missing, here it is - Track 8

Drum Circus - Magic Theatre (1971)
Only release from an obscure band from Switzerland, they apparently had some dealings with Timothy Leary, who wrote the lyrics for two of the tracks. Joel Vandroogenbroeck of Brainticket can be heard on keyboards, flute, and sitar. Jazzy, groovy, spacy and psychedelic - this is a real nice listen, highly recommended!


High Tide - Sea Shanties (1969)
"This is truly monster psych. You'll hear 'monster psych' thrown around to describe this or that super obscure late 60's/early 70's band and after throwing down twenty bucks on some import CD you go, 'Gee, well...'. Sea Shanties deserves the title 'Monster Psych' absolutely. Heavy the way heavy metal is heavy but most definitely psychedelic. Tony Hill plays like a deranged garage-band Hendrix. Excellent bombastic production throws the guitar right into your face. Turn up the volume and put on 'Death Warmed Up' for your friends at an unexpected moment. Someone's liable to spit out their beer. At first I couldn't tell I was listening to a violin behind the guitar. It sound more like an organ or primative synth! Top-notch stuff." ( review)


Hey how about some comments? Did you like something, hate something, or whatever? See ya!


Blogger Barmaleyy said...

Hi Garcolga

I'm glad that find your blog again and discovered as usual great stuff.
Opossum is relly wonderful.
Please, visit my blog Out Of Focus -
May be, you'll can find something interesting for you.
Great thanxxx for your job!

6:32 PM, January 22, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Garcolga
I've also heard about the thing vs RShare in Germany. Seems that it will be a little bit time "quiet" before something happen.
But there are UL-DL sites in other countries than Germany, no ?
And, by the way, thanx a lot for High Tide : very good one ! (do their members earn any money from Gema ???)


2:30 AM, January 23, 2007  
Blogger Henri said...

hi Garcolga,
aahhh, those krauts continue to be highly appreciated ..... lots of lost treasures !!! awaiting your answer to my e-mail
all the best

3:35 AM, January 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


thanks for the .....Last Straw - Alone On A Stone.....

track 08 - King's Return
is full of sync errors


9:02 AM, January 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEMA is the German "Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte" or society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights. As a state-recognised trustee organisation, we administer the exploitation rights of creators of music.

GEMA is a collecting society. It has the legal status of a commercial association and is subject to supervision and control by the German Patent Office, the German Federal Cartel Office, the Berlin Senate of Justice and the General Meeting of GEMA
In daily practice, we have two main functions:
Firstly, GEMA helps you to easily obtain all rights entailed in the use of music

Secondly, we pass on your royalty payments to the composers, lyricists and music publishers

The GEMA makes no profit: all earnings minus administrative costs are paid to domestic and international authors whose works were performed

9:21 AM, January 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Garcolga,

Ihre Kinder, Leere Hände - Empty Hands

missing track 8


9:27 AM, January 23, 2007  
Anonymous Aveek from India said...

Hi Garcolga,

Explosive stuff this week. Last Straw & Please are just too good. Keep on good work. Any other great psych-prog stuff on Kissing Spell label?


12:13 PM, January 23, 2007  
Blogger Heavy said...


Please visit my blog & hope you can find some real rarities like Automatic Fine Tuning, Argus, Tinhouse etc. If you like my blog, please link mine with yours. But, as you asked, I won't link yours to mine as this is supposedly to be a private blog.

Thank you,
Heavy Rock

12:19 PM, January 23, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Barmaleyy - great blog! I left a comment over there.

Hi outerpsych, thanks for the comment!

Hello Henri - I'm way behind on my e-mail, sorry. I'll reply tonite! Thanks sounds like a great video!!

Hi Jim - link for new track 8 is on the blog.

Hi anonymous, thanks.

Hello Mike - link for track 8 is up.

Hi Aveek - yeah I have some more Kissing Spell stuff I think!!

Hi Heavy - I'll add a link later today - go ahead and link to me, there's people linking to me every day now, I give up!!

2:12 PM, January 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if the links bring you down, after you asked folks not to, shame on the community.

2:37 PM, January 24, 2007  
Anonymous megaloaf said...

that ihre kinder looks like real tasty stuff.. high tide certainly sounds promising.. as usual, no shortage of great unheralded music.. thanks a mil for these excellent listens garcolga... salut!

3:20 PM, January 24, 2007  
Blogger dweller said...

Drum Circus is making sense of my hangover :)

6:26 AM, January 27, 2007  
Blogger progfreak said...

you are the king of krautrock thank you

1:04 PM, January 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay, I just found your blog again! I hope you will have no more troubles with that deleter guy.

2:38 PM, January 28, 2007  
Blogger Baby said...

High Tide Of Guitar Freak Out!!

11:06 PM, February 11, 2007  
Anonymous ogmonster said...

Thank you for Kin Ping Meh - 3. I have the first two,which are cool as can be and will be soaking this one in al weekend.

9:03 PM, March 29, 2007  

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