Saturday, April 14, 2007

Hello ladies and germs - posting a little early this week. Some good stuff, I hope everybody finds something! As always, comments appreciated.

Ashra - The Making Of
This is so good that I wanted to buy it, because I only have it @ 192 with a smallish front cover - then I found it was out of print and the only copy I could find was 85 USD! Well, then I figured that 192 is good enough! This is a 3 disc set of material recorded live in the studio during the sessions for Ashra's "Correlations" album in 1978. The tracks, though, sound nothing like the songs on that album. This isn't the slick Ashra, this stuff sounds more like the old Ash Ra Tempel. This is three discs worth of 3 guys putting it out there like maniacs. The first track, "Paradise Express", is 46 minutes long! Man they musta been beat after that, especially the drummer. A real treat for all fans of 70's synth/guitar. A big download, almost 300 megs, but well worth it!!

Manuel Göttsching - guitar, synthesizer, sequencer
Lutz Ulbrich - guitar, synthesizer, piano, mellotron
Harald Grosskopf - drums, percussion, synthesizer

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Demon Thor - Written In The Sky (1973)
Demon Thor was an Anglo/Swiss outfit, with Geoff Harrison from Twenty Sixty Six & Then doing the male vocals. I've never heard their other release but on this album anyway they seem to have a split personality. The title track, one half of the original album, is an all-out, heavy, keyboard-based prog workout. The rest of the album is also very tasty, but it is more in the mainstream, being blues-based and with R & B leanings, especially on the vocals. Very good though, nonetheless! My rip @ highVBR.


Indigo - A Collection Of Tales...From Past To Present
This Indigo is a different band than the one I posted a month or so ago. This is keyboard player and songwriter Gerald Krampl, formerly of the great Austrian progressive rock group Kyrie Eleison. A compilation of material released and not released from 1983 to 1992, mainly fantasy-type stories, sung in English with a definite German accent. This will go down well with fans of progressive rock groups like Genesis, Yes, Marillion, etc. And Kyrie Eleison of course!

Part 1 Part 2

If - If3 (1971)
Third album from this huge British jazz-rock outfit. I mean huge in that there were a lot of members - seven on this album! They were kinda popular in Europe but despite repeated touring in the US, they never made much of an impact here. This is great improv oriented, jazzy, laid back stuff, very appealing, still sounding very fresh 30-something years later. They should have been much more popular than they were, but that's show biz I guess.


Bedemon - Invocation To Doom
This is a bootleg, a lot of the material was released legitimately later on "Child Of Darkness". These are tracks randomly recorded between 1972 and 1975. I'm not sure if Bedemon was an actual working band or not, but it was a probably changing group of players recording the songs of Randy Palmer, from a Maryland band called Pentagram. The front cover will give you a clue of what we're up against here! This is some heavy, heavy stuff, dealing with Death, Drugs, Satanism, etc. Amazingly strong guitar playing and songwriting from Mr. Palmer. If you like early Black Sabbath, you will probably wet your pants when you hear this!


Yatha Sidhra - A Meditation Mass (1973)
Ok now we need to calm down a little, and this is the perfect album to do it with. German band Yatha Sidhra had only this one album, and it's very very relaxing. Like the title says, it's basically a 40 minute long meditation, using moog, keyboards, guitar, flute, vibes, and of course bass and drums. Ethnic, jazzy, pure cosmic Krautrock, almost magical! Two of the players, brothers Fichter, went on to have a band called Dreamworld - if anybody has that to upload that would be terrific, I'd love to hear it.


Missus Beastly - Nara Asst Incense (1970)
The story of Missus Beastly is mighty confusing. There might have even been two bands using the name. This is supposedly the same as their first, self-titled album - it was bootlegged by a former manager and released with a different cover and track order. Or something. Whatever, this is early underground German rock at it's best with some crazed guitar, wild organ, lots of flute - sometimes jazzy, sometimes bluesy but jammy and psychedelic as hell! Some members were also in Xhol and Embryo, and the sound is like a maybe more psychedelic Out of Focus. A must-hear for anyone interested in Krautrock.


One - Come (1972)
Not to be confused with the British band One, this here is a bunch of hippies from Marin County, California. Originally released on the Jefferson Airplane's Grunt label, there is not much information on them, they don't seem to have played much at the San Francisco venues of the time. Anyway, this is some sweet, gentle hippie music, blending jazz, Eastern, and renaissance music.


Right, then - see ya!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very Nice Albums!
Thanks very much!
Greeting from Switzerland

5:05 AM, April 15, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anonymous - Hello to Switzerland!

5:42 AM, April 15, 2007  
Blogger fuzztunnel said...

IF you like early Black Sabbath?!?! IF?!?!?!
Downloading now, can't wait...!

9:19 AM, April 15, 2007  
Blogger . said...

Hi! Ater 15 days in April I have finaly started to do some tribute to blogs on Hope you will visit and enjoy same as I enjoyed visiting your blog. Pls check Rockanthology tribute to blogs Vol. 1 - posted today :-))

9:23 AM, April 15, 2007  
Blogger andre said...

Thanks for Demon Thor and Misses Beastly-great Albums
Ps.Do you have Tractor-same 1972?
If possible please Upload

10:28 AM, April 15, 2007  
Anonymous Deckard said...

As usual a fantastic mix of rare stuff - especially pleased to hear the Ashra.
Thanks for your hard work Garcolga

11:29 AM, April 15, 2007  
Anonymous Trasto said...

Hi; many thanxs for Missus Beastly album.

2:59 PM, April 15, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi fuzztunnel - hope you liked it!

Hi . - Wow a tribute!! Thanks for including the track from Noir! Great blog!!!

Hello Andre - You're welcome!

Hi deckard - yeah that Ashra is great, thanks for the kind words.

Hello trasto - You're welcome!!

3:29 PM, April 15, 2007  
Anonymous stg said...

Hi garcolga,

thanks again for some great albums. I know the Yatha Sidhra album, good stuff.

3:43 AM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Mark said...

Holy %#@#!. What a great week! I grabbed Demon Thor, Missus Beastly, Bedemon & If 3. All are great albums. You're a magician. Thanks bundles garcolga:))

2:45 PM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger . said...

Ashra cover can be found here

It is not so big but it has back cover too.

3:23 PM, April 16, 2007  
Anonymous Tiago W. said...


Thanks for Demon Thor!!

Tiago W.

5:26 AM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello!thx,this great music's

Sithlord from Hungary

9:12 AM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for ashra.. anth

9:16 AM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous SirCyg said...

grabbed a few from here in past coupla days, thanks very much.

however, I have to point out that your "Missus Beastly - Nara Asst Incense" has a problem -
its track 7 is the same as track 5. the actual Chinese Love Song is only 1 minute long.

10:37 AM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous gordon said...

Yatha sidhra is a great album. Really entrancing stuff.

12:13 PM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Garcolga
Thanx one more time for your posts.

Another thing : I prefered your previous profile picture. Even if you're always so beautiful :-)


4:14 AM, April 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I rather like this profile picture. Am listening to Bedemon - very doom - was curious as to how they compared to BS; not bad though I miss Iommi's intricacies on guitar and change in tempo. - Julie ... and if I'm a lady, that makes you a germ :-)

3:30 PM, April 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooof! thanking for BEDEMON... f*ck, this is the heavy! ohno, it's make my pant wet! like you say

7:58 PM, April 19, 2007  
Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Again wonderful music great taste THANKS.

11:27 AM, April 20, 2007  
Anonymous Likedeeler said...

hey mr gc! i am in love with the making of ashra album. amazing! very advanced. parts of it do feel more like the original ash ra temple, less for the sound itself than for its raw- and boldness.

personally, i like this and the older stuff better than the later ashra. it's just less well behaved. cool to know that manuel göttsching and his collaborators still could produce such a sound in 1978. at times (my favourites) it also has a very loopy touch, such as early kraftwerk or neu! although this is much more massive and more musical.

as you are saying, this is a case for --alt-preset-insane. if you should happen to find, let us know! i will definitely watch out. it's been issued on cd, is that right? (i just checked, it's sold out at ashra webshop. damn! hope they will consider a reissue.)

pure excellence, i cannot praise this one enough. ok, before i go totally over the top i quit for now and listen some more. big shout!

1:58 AM, April 22, 2007  
Blogger andre said...

Hello GarColga
If you have please Upload Mount Rushmoore-same 1969
It woud be great.

12:29 PM, April 22, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Liam for One (Come) and also for Yatha Sidhra, both are great
albums. I had One long time ago but lost it during a "laudanum" party, now is OK.



2:27 PM, June 16, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi stg - You're welcome!

Hi Mark - You're welcome too!

Hi . - thanks!

Hello Tiago - You're welcome.

Hello Sithlord - You're welcome thanks for the comment.

Hi anonymous - You're welcome.

Hi SirCyg - Thanks for letting me know, much appreciated.

Hi Gordon - You're welcome!

Hi Outerpsych - thanks!

Hi Julie - Yes I am a germ.

Hello anonymous - OK!

Hi Residentevil2 - Thanks!!

Hi likedeeler - Yeah man that's great set of discs! Would love to get a copy.

Hi Andre - Sorry don't have that one.

Hi Gerin - Wow laudanum!

3:43 PM, June 16, 2007  
Blogger Snoose Junction said...

Gracious thanks for ART!!

rite on
5 out


11:46 AM, June 28, 2007  
Blogger Harvey Dog said...


Awesome blog!! The Ash Ra is incredible. Thanks :)


3:52 PM, January 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great great blog!!!! thanks for dancer.


3:56 PM, February 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for Ash-ra Making Of album. I've searched for it for months , can't wait to hear this one! You've probably could be my genetical father, cause you know music which makes me thrill!


7:28 AM, January 27, 2009  

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