Sunday, April 22, 2007

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Vinegar Joe - Golders Green Hippodrome, London 1972
This bootleg is kinda short, only six songs, and they are mostly from the "Six Star General" album. Taken from a rare 1973 BBC Transcription Service radio library LP which was broadcast on a Dutch radio station in 1978. The sound is great, the performance is terrific.


1 - Let Me Down Easy
2 - Food for Thought
3 - Talkin'About My Baby
4 - Introduction
5 - Giving Yourself Away
6 - Introduction
7 - Black Smoke From The Calumet
8 - Introduction
9 - Proud To Be A Honky Woman


Elkie Brooks - vocals
Robert Palmer - guitar, vocals
Pete Gage - guitar
Mike Deacon - keyboards
Steve York - bass
Pete Gavin - drums


Twenty Sixty Six & Then - Reflections
When Twenty Sixty Six & Then started, they were veritably a supergroup who didn't yet know it! Their lead singer Geff Harrison had decided to stay in Germany after leaving an early incarnation of Beggar's Opera (he also worked with I Drive), he and guitarist Gagey Mrozeck went on to Kin Ping Meh, Konstantin Bommarius went to Abacus and then Karthago, Veit Marvos went to Emergency, Dieter Bauer joined Aera, and Steve Robinson later joined forces with Michael Bundt and others. During their brief year or so existence, Twenty Sixty Six & Then made one of the most touted of heavy psychedelic Krautrock albums - "Reflections On The Future" (1971) took Krautrock stylisms and hard-rock, added some Zappa touches, riffing aggression of the heavy Bacillus-label bands, and even some off-the-wall electronics. The "Reflections On The Past" release features other studio sessions featuring longer or radically different versions of tracks from the album, along with other unreleased works. "Reflections" compiles the best of their oeuvre onto one disc. (The Crack In The Cosmic Egg)

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Dancer - Tales Of The Riverbank (1972)
A true lost gem of early 70's progressive rock! This band from the Isle of Wight broke up right after recording this, so the album was never released. Featuring ex-members of Shide & Acorn and production by T.S. McPhee - that's definitely our man from the Groundhogs on the guitar solo at the end of the title track. This is really really good - great vocals, beautifully written songs - ok well a few of them are so-so - production is top-notch as is the musicianship. The 11 minute title track is a full on prog epic that by itself is worth the download!


Andy Fraser Band - Andy Fraser Band (1975)
Andy Fraser was, of course, the bass playing wunderkind from the first version of Free, that broke up in 1971. In addition to his fluid, looping basslines, Fraser also contributed to some of the songwriting for a lot of Free's classic songs. Well here he is in his first solo album, after less-than-successful stints with Sharks and Frankie Miller. And a good job too! Helped by Kim Turner (drums) and Nick Judd (keyboards), some of these tracks sound very similar to Free, as Fraser's voice is similar to Paul Rodgers, and Fraser wrote the tunes. This is some good, soulful, R & B type rock, only lacking Paul Kossoff's wailing guitar for some of the tracks to sound like a latter day version of Free. "Ain't Gonna Worry" is a real standout.


Siddhartha - Weltschmerz (1975)
"From the Stuttgart region, Siddhartha's origins go back to 1971, as a few student friends hatched the idea of creating a blend of psychedelic and art-rock music. In 1973 they became Siddhartha (taking their name from a Hermann Hesse novel) as a part time band whilst continuing studies at university. Siddhartha had an unusual style, with strong nods in a Pink Floyd cosmic direction, yet featuring violin, almost punky song writing along with symphonic and folky instrumental touches, they had a style of their own, but it wasn't easy to describe! Try as they did, they couldn't find a record company interested in their odd music, and thus they issued "Weltschmerz" as a 400 copy pressing. The band continued until late 1977, but never got to release any other music." (The Crack In The Cosmic Egg)


Haze - Hazecolor-Dia (1971)
The only album from German band Haze is a freaky, heavy, complex slice of bluesy/psychedelic rock, progressive only in the sense that Captain Beefheart might be called progressive. Maybe just freak-rock is a good category for this! Instrumentally great with some brilliant guitar playing and an out of control vocalist who sings at the top of his lungs, this has some bits that will make you sit up and take notice! If you're already sitting up, I don't know what would happen - so be careful. This is a very impressive CD, great stuff.


OK then - see ya!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more time, very rare and interesting stuff !
Thanx a lot, Gar!


2:43 AM, April 23, 2007  
Blogger fuzztunnel said...

Thanks for the Frasier! You posted many many many moons and several blog-cycles ago the Kossof, Kirke, Tetsu, Rabbit album and I loved it... perhaps this Free spin-off will also do the trick!

Will listen to it after lunch.

8:54 AM, April 23, 2007  
Blogger andre said...

Hello GarColga
Great Album the Vinegar Joe and also Andy fraser
ps.I made a mistake,i ask for Mount Rushmoore-High on 1969.

10:59 AM, April 23, 2007  
Anonymous zab said...

Nice to see the Fraser album - I'll be taking a listen to that. For people that like Fraser try and get the first Sharks album he did with Chris Spedding.

2:47 PM, April 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 2066 & Then is very good ! - Julie

11:39 AM, April 26, 2007  
Anonymous Thalamus said...

I could not visit for a while; now I am back and I see there is much more amazing stuff again! Thank you very much for everything.



9:51 PM, April 27, 2007  
Anonymous Roderick Verden said...

Thank you for Dancer.
Very good album.

9:36 AM, June 11, 2007  

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