Friday, April 27, 2007

OK I'm taking off tomorrow for parts unknown, no posts for the next two weeks at least hehe!

Agamemnon - Part I & II (1981)
I originally posted this way back in December 2005, but I have since purchased the CD, so this is a fresh rip @ 320 - I think the other one was only 160, so this is well worth redownloading if you already have it. Anyway, this one-shot release from Swiss group Agamemnon tells the story of it's namesake in two long suites. Nothing spectacular probably, but I really like to listen to this, and can't help recalling Atom Heart Mother-era Pink Floyd when I do.

Track Listing

1. Agamemnon's Youth - Agamemnon, King of Mykene
2. Agamemnon at Troja - Agamemnons Death


Urs Ritter / drums
Erich Kuster / vocals, guitars, organ
Walter Rothmund / bass, keyboards
Werner Kuster / piano, keyboards, guitars, flute


Murphy Blend - First Loss (1970)
Only album from German group Murphy Blend is a mostly keyboard based heavy duty prog workout! The songs are melodic, classically influenced hard rock - plenty of chunky organ riffs, and some nice guitar playing. The guys in the rhythm section are no slouches either. A great example of German heavy progressive music. Note: the last track is a joke - it's really that short.


Ginhouse - Ginhouse (1971)
Ginhouse was a hard rock trio from Newcastle England whose only album is an obscure bit of great early 70's British rock. A unique sound, proggy in a way - hard to tell what their influences might have been. Good songs, great period vocals, well played, with a real interesting take on the Beatles' "And I love Her". Standout track would be the last one, "Sun In A Bottle".


Morpheus - For A Second (2002)
I posted German band Morpheus' album "Rabenteur" (1976) back in January of 2006, it's a great album of proggy, jazzy instrumental music. This is their reunion album from 2002 - it's way more laid back than their 70's album, but Morpheus is still there! Plenty of great jazzy saxophone bits and some sweet guitar. Very nice.

Part 1 Part 2

Novalis - Banished Bridge (1973)
This is the first album from probably the best symphonic prog band to come out of Germany. Very little guitar on this - not the case with their later recordings. This is energetic yet melancholic, haunting, dramatic, maybe even pompous at times. A lot of reviewers complain about the vocalist and the lyrics, but the singers voice seems perfectly suited to the music, and the lyrics - so the writer didn't speak English so well. Easy enough to ignore the mistakes in grammar, isn't it? It's the music that carries the day anyway, especially the 17 minute title track. Symphonic prog at it's best, as far as I'm concerned.


Propeller - Let Us Live Together (1973)
"A one-off "have fun" project led by Achim Reichel. In 1972 he teamed up with some old friends from Rattles (the renowned beat-group of which he was a member from 1961 to 1968). Together they made an album of heavy boogie and glitter rock. Let Us Live Together featured ten jolly rockin' tracks and was quite well received by the German press. After this, Reichel soon returned to his much more experimental solo projects, such as A.R. & Machines. On the other hand, Hildebrandt and Tarrach formed Randy Pie & Family with Bernd Schulz and Klaus-Georg Meyer (two other former Rattles-members)." My rip @high VBR w/scans. (Cosmic Dreams At Play)


Andwella's Dream - Love And Poetry (1969)
Opinions on this debut album from Northern Ireland's Andwella's Dream range from "one of the best British psychedelic albums of the 1960s" to "an eclectic but unmemorable affair", but it seems most reviewers consider this to be Andwella's masterpiece, and eclectic it is. Hard psychedelic rock with heapings of acid guitar, naive druggy experimentation, studio effects, contemporary pop/psych, orchestral backings, unusual percussion, bamboo flutes - it's a pretty cool album with something for everybody it seems.


Second Hand - Reality (1968)
"The first album by this confused bunch of excellent musicians still holds its ground after 38 years. Its unusual mixture of poetic psych with Hendrixy or Arthur Brownish heavy episodes and progressive (in 1968!) structures is inventive and only slightly flawed by not always strong vocals. Lovely arrangements and above average compositions make this recommended. Highlights: the opening cut A Fairy Tale (great mellotron) and the trippy title track. Don't let the cover art fool you: it's meant to look "second hand". (Tapestry of Delights)


Keith Cross & Peter Ross - Bored Civilians (1972)
Yes this is Keith Cross the guitar wizard from T2, the music though is nothing like T2. Not really sure who Pete Ross was, despite my best googling. This is melodic, mellow folk-rock, similar maybe in a way to Matthews Southern Comfort, though not so country and way cooler. Some members of Brinsley Schwarz are on hand as well as a member of Caravan. Low key and fantastic, especially the cover of Fotheringay's "Peace In The End"!


OK that's it then - see you when I get back. Hope you all are enjoying yourselves too!!


Blogger Biby Cletus said...

Nice post, its a really cool blog that you have here, keep up the good work, will be back.

Warm Regards

Biby Cletus - Blog

10:04 AM, April 28, 2007  
Blogger Mark said...

Have a great vacation garcolga! And, once again, thank you for all the excellent music:)

10:46 AM, April 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy your vacation!

11:31 AM, April 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish I could join you ....
Meantime I'll check out your posts :-)


11:40 AM, April 28, 2007  
Blogger andre said...

Hello GarColga
From me also-have a nice Vacation


12:26 PM, April 28, 2007  
Anonymous Nektar said...


1:57 PM, April 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Friend Liam
Wish you a pretty nice Vacation


2:05 PM, April 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have fun on the journey to somewhere.. always fun to take off to parts unknown.. love the agamemnon, thanks for all yr great posts!! all the best, liam.................... zenman

5:30 PM, April 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more great post, thanx !
And happy holidays !


1:27 AM, April 29, 2007  
Anonymous Likedeeler said...

as always, along with the great music, i love your comments. givin a fair impression on what's to expect, plus some nice and relaxed hints at further points. such as reviewers from the grammar squadron ;].

there was a time (read: up to the beginning of the 80s) when singing german lyrics was seen to be, well, unusual, even in germany. serious music just had to be accompanied by english texts, and this was a view shared by the general public.

i am convinced that this is not a natural thing but may have much to do with history (read: 3rd reich), where some of the greatest lyricists of the german language were murdered because they were jews. along with the jews, german humour, which had always been jewish and/or produced by jews to a significant part (if you understand the language, listen to some german pop songs from the 20s and you know what i mean), got killed, too. but that's another story.

i don't know if the blokes of novalis chose english because they just thought that its more cool, or if it was their record company who urged them because of the higher marketing value of english texts.

let's assume that it's ok to sing in any language you want, even when you're not really proficient in it. it can even be charming, just like an accent. take nico. would you prefer her to have a perfect pronounciation? certainly not.

this is to say that perfection in any particular aspect is not the point in art. complaining here may make as much sense as to criticise les demoiselles d'avignon for its lack of correct perspective. perfection can be terrific and rewarding, but hey, so can imperfection. there's always the context (immediate, social, cultural, target audience etc.) in which it has to function.

ok, so, if you want immaculate grammar go and read a book on it. otherwise, dare to listen.

6:48 AM, April 29, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garcolga..thank You very much:)your job is GREAT.

2:15 PM, April 29, 2007  
Anonymous Adam said...

The Murphy Blend & Second Hand albums are nice ones.
Thanks and have a great holiday

5:30 AM, April 30, 2007  
Anonymous Kikas said...

Have a pleasant vacations deserve them.
See u in two weeks

8:17 AM, April 30, 2007  
Anonymous bolloxi mississippi said...

I lost track of your blod a while back and have really, really missed it. Now that i've found it again i've just downloaded propeller - wow! Not at all what one would expect from Herr Reichel, but really kick-ass glam/hard rock, stompin' stuff! Thanks for posting it!

Looking forward to DLing that Keith Cross next. Keep up the great work.

10:09 AM, April 30, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

again, a great clutch of music.. keith cross was nice surprise, less so the morpheus.. agamemnon was as you described, a lovely piece of listening music.. wonderful arcane stuff as usual garcolga.. from yr inspired dreamtrack... moony

11:51 AM, April 30, 2007  
Anonymous T. Webber said...

Dear Garcolga.

Thanks for the Demon Thor album. A belive that Geff Harrison together with Bernd Noske (Birth Control) are amoung the best male voices from rock and roll.

Have a nice week.

T. Webber

10:10 AM, May 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't back more here!!

3:48 PM, May 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last poster: I think you should take English lessons and if you don't like the blog DON'T YOU "BACK MORE HERE EITHER".

3:29 PM, May 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To motherfucker anonymous "I think you should take English lessons..."


5:44 PM, May 04, 2007  
Anonymous Kikas said...

Are you still alive, anonymous 3:48 PM and 5:44 PM?? Ooohhh still alive guys...well, could you be more inventive, pleeeease (no, you can''re already dead).
Always with the ASS in your mouth

10:27 AM, May 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the bit about English lessons struck a sore spot ... he he

3:28 PM, May 05, 2007  
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1:41 PM, May 12, 2007  
Blogger Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Hey, I'm a newcomer to this blog, but I wanted to thank you not only for sharing such excellent stuff, but for taking the educational approach. I really appreciate it!

3:02 AM, May 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KIKAS é um paneleiro!
Gostou do meu português seu leeacher lusitano?

3:31 PM, May 14, 2007  
Anonymous Kikas said...

Arrotaste?? Zurraste?? Fecha a boca que o cheiro a merda já aqui chegou...leeacher?? Que é essa merda ó entendido em paneleiros...primeiro, aprende a falar, depois, pode ser que alguém te dê ouvidos...
Não tens mais nada que fazer na vida?? Eh pá, então morre que era um favor que fazias à Humanidade...ou então, vai dar banho ao cão...sabes o que é um cão?? Ah ah ah ah ah...duvido, tu nem sabes quem és

8:27 AM, May 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You for Andrella's Dream.Nice piece of psychodelic rock

5:44 AM, May 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Liam!
These days I'm very busy classifying my archive of music. You know in my country music records are not available & though I travel too much, I'm not rich enough to buy records to support bands I adore. So I have to collect MP3s. The music you share with us is rare & fantastic...Thanks.

I'm going to leave more comments about them as soon as I can.

I hope you enjoy your vacation!

4:12 PM, May 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey man, welcome back.Did you have a good time? You havent told us a thing yet! LOL


1:57 AM, May 22, 2007  
Blogger Pants Elk said...

Thanks for this beautiful album; one I've passed over many times in the second hand bins, and never picked up - my loss! Surprisingly great.

6:23 AM, May 27, 2007  
Anonymous Roderick Verden said...

Thank you for Murphy Blend.
Thank you also for warning: short happiness(happiness is even short thing).

10:00 AM, June 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello first i want to thank You for Novalis record.And of course Happy Birthday to You Garcolga and your blog!!!!!!!!!!keep on rockin


3:25 AM, August 28, 2007  
Blogger kece said...

Hello, i don't even know how to post a comment. So, after several attemp, I'm trying this one. I have downloaded an album Fields (Fields, 1971) but looks like it needs a password to open the file. Could you please tell me the password? In case I don't know how to look for the answer, this is my email
Thank You very much for helping (and the blog of course)

3:12 AM, October 06, 2007  
Anonymous PROG COLLECTOR said...


4:26 AM, October 14, 2007  

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