Saturday, June 02, 2007

Hello boys and girls - starting a new series this week, the Texas International Pop Festival. This festival took place at the Dallas International Motor Speedway in Lewisville Texas on August 30th and 31st, 1969. There are 13 volumes in the set, each volume featuring one artist. Well except for the last two, which have a couple tracks each by multiple acts. These are soundboard recordings with a bitrate of 320, front and back covers. I'll post a few each week until they're done. They vary in length.

Texas International Pop Festival Vol. 1 - Chicago Transit Authority
1. Intro / Introduction
2. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is
3. South California Purples
4. Beginnings
5. 25 or 6 To 4
6. announcements
7. I'm A Man

Tracks 1-5: August 30, 1969
Tracks 6-7: August 31, 1969

Robert Lamm - keyboards, Terry Kath - guitar,
Peter Cetera - bass, Danny Seraphine - drums,
Walter Parazaider - woodwinds,
Lee Loughnane - trumpet, James Pankow - trombone


Texas International Pop Festival Vol. 2 - The James Cotton Blues Band
1. Intro / Cut You Loose
2. Fallin' Rain
3. Heart Attack
4. Knock On Wood
5. Nine Below Zero
6. Dust My Broom
7. The Creeper
8. Turn On Your Lovelight
9. Please Please Please

James Cotton - vocals, harmonica, Luther Tucker - guitar,
Bill Nugent - sax, Bob Anderson - bass, Barry Smith - drums

Part 1 Part 2

Texas International Pop Festival Vol. 3 - Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band
1. Intro / Raise Your Hand
2. As Good As You Been To This World
3. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
4. Maybe
5. To Love Somebody
6. Summertime

Janis Joplin - vocals, Snooky Flowers - sax,
Sam Andrews - guitar, Brad Campbell - bass,
Lonnie Castile - drums, Richard Kermode - keyboards,
Terry Clements - sax, Luis Gasca - trumpet


Christine Perfect - Christine Perfect (1970)
After appearing on two Chicken Shack albums, "Forty Blue Fingers" and "OK Ken?", and before being convinced by her husband John McVie to join Fleetwood Mac, Christine Perfect made her first solo album which was not a commercial success. In later years she called this album a "contrived farce", referring to her lack of creative control. Nonetheless this is a very mellow, sweet album, featuring guest appearances on a couple tracks by members of Chicken Shack and Fleetwood Mac. A real standout is "I'd Rather Go Blind" from her days with Chicken Shack. Also a cover version of Danny Kirwan's "When You Say" from Fleetwood Mac's "Then Play On". Kirwan also co-produced this album. Contrived farce or not, this is a very very good album. My rip @ 320, with scans.


My Solid Ground - My Solid Ground (1970)
One reviewer called this "one of the ten best krautrock albums of all time" - or something similar; I can't find the review now. A couple of the tracks are on the heavy side - the opening track "Dirty Yellow Mist" is 13 minutes of a simple guitar riff backed by brilliant keyboard playing, percussion, and other-worldly sounds - very cosmic. "The Executioner" is much shorter, but very disturbing in a way, with great lead guitar and keyboards. The rest of the album is hard rock, very inventive and original, sometimes aggressive, sometime very Pink Floyd like - I mean, there's pink pigs on the cover. Bonus tracks include tapes from the rehearsals and some alternate mixes, including a 24 minute version of one of the album tracks, "Flash". All in all this probably is one of the best 70's German albums - too bad the members seem to have disappeared from the music scene after recording this.

Part 1 Part 2

Neuschwanstein - Battlement (1978)
"Incredible masterpiece of 70's progressive epic-symphonic rock. This Genesis/Camel/Eloy style German band sings the lyrics in English. The singer sounds remarkably like Peter Gabriel with a German accent. The music is filled with beautiful lush Mellotron, acoustic and electric guitars, flute and tasteful moog synth work similar to Genesis and Camel. The energetic drumming and bass work however, sounds more German, similar to bands like Eloy and Epidaurus. Very nice music from this incredible band. Highly recommended!!" (Review by dalt99 -


Niagara - S.U.B. (1972)
Niagara was the brainchild of German drummer Klaus Weiss. The first self-titled album was all percussion, but the second, this one, included instruments and was much more in the conventional jazz rock vein. Still, there are four percussionists credited, including Udo Lindenberg and Danny Fichelscher of Amon Düül II, so this is jazz rock with a real emphasis on percussive rhythm. All instrumental with lots of funky guitar and bass runs, some great flute, sax, and other horns, this might remind some people of Can or maybe early Embryo. This is a vinyl rip that I cleaned up pretty good!


The Nice - Swedish Radio Sessions (1967)
The Nice were booked to play live on Swedish radio in the fall of 1967, prior to the release of their debut album while they were still a quartet. Organist Keith Emerson was not yet the dominant force he became following the departure of guitarist Davy O'List, who is quite prominent on this session. The music is a bit of a mishmash, with Bob Dylan's "She Belongs to Me" starting a bit erratically but finally coming together. Their own composition "Flower King of Flies" has a more subtle vocal by bassist Lee Jackson than the studio version they eventually released. The version of jazzman Charles Lloyd's "Sombrero Sam" seems a bit like filler, but the booby prize of the evening is a cover of Vanilla Fudge's overwrought "You Keep Me Hanging On." A quick take of their own "The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack" is followed by the gem of the date: a 12-minute workout of "Rondo." This version of "Rondo" easily eclipses all the other versions by the Nice . Considering the vintage of this long overlooked music, the sound is quite good, so any fans of the Nice should consider this to be a lost treasure worth acquiring.


Wishbone Ash - Fighters and Warriors
This bootleg is a great-sounding stereo soundboard of Wishbone Ash at the Paris Theatre in London on May 25, 1972 doing material mostly from their album "Argus".

1. Time Was
2. Blowin' Free
3. Warrior
4. Throw Down The Sword
5. The King Will Come
6. Phoenix

Andy Powell - guitar
Ted Turner - guitar
Martin Turner - bass
Steve Upton - drums

Part 1 Part 2

OK see you next week - as always comments appreciated!


Anonymous Smile67 said...

Thanks for the Nice, My Solid Ground and the Wishbone Ash. You're greatly appreciated!

3:06 PM, June 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Gargolca
A wish if possible,Help Yourself-second+third Album.Or better what you maybe have.(Not the first Album)

3:13 PM, June 02, 2007  
Blogger Betelgeuse said...

hi garcolga!thank you for Niagara album!thank you!

4:39 PM, June 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are one Damn Fine individual. We're lucky 2 no ya - Dr. Dream

1:14 AM, June 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi thanks for the great live music.
Brings back old memories.
Leo (holland)

1:31 AM, June 03, 2007  
Anonymous Kikas said...

Like usual, all great and other guy are the numbers one in the blogmusic and in the music're number one in Krautrock...god bless you, L.
Btw, sorry but no time until now to answer at your private mail, send to me at 2 or 3 months ago, sorry L.
I will do it this week.
Best regards from Azores Islands

1:19 PM, June 03, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Steve - You're welcome & thanks for the kind words.

Hi Andre - No got.

Hi Betelgeuse - You're welcome.

Hi Dr. Dream - Yes I am damn fine I agree. When are you going to start blogging?

Hi Leo - You're welcome. How's it going in Holland?

Hi Kikas - wow I didn't know you lived in the Azores!

4:59 PM, June 03, 2007  
Blogger poor said...

Hi Garcolga

NEUSCHWWANSTEIN - Battlement (1978) is fantastic - it's realy Germany Genesis ! I like it so much!
Thanks a lot !

By the way, Nemo posted on his blog
OSIRIS - Visions From The Past (2007) - very prog band from Bahrein!
Don't missing this !

10:02 PM, June 03, 2007  
Anonymous Gordon said...

Niagara album is cool. I like that percussion based stuff, reminds me of Dude durst's solo album a bit.

Thanks, Gordon.

5:29 AM, June 04, 2007  
Blogger andre said...

I agree with your openion about My Solid Ground, a Milestone.I like it much-worthy to listen for Prog fans.

4:30 PM, June 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Solid Ground is excellent, i've had the cd for years. the executioner is awesomely evil sounding.

4:19 AM, June 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fyi.... My Solid Ground evolved into Baba Yaga. two albums Baba Yaga and Collage

4:01 PM, June 06, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi poor - Yeah I like that Neuschwanstein too. That opera blog has a ton of stuff on it, thanks!

Hi Gordon - You're welcome!

Hi Andre

Hi anonymouses - Thanks for the info on Baba Yaga.

4:14 PM, June 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Garcolga, thanx for doing this and for not giving up. We all appreciate it! Lazy, Bosnia

5:29 AM, June 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Liam, I liked My Solid Ground, it was very much like your description (though I wish they had a stronger vocalist) and Wishbone Ash were/are a great band. Also Fresh Blueberry Pancake from a previous post. Thanks - Julie. BTW as people post their country I'm ex UK, now Spain where tastes can be very commercial ... my neighbours probably think I listen to some weird stuff!

11:38 AM, June 08, 2007  
Blogger MRC said...

last track on that my solid ground seems to be corrupted. anyone else have this problem? otherwise, pretty awesome stuff! the full length version of flash is a total monster.

12:01 PM, June 08, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi lazy - thanks

Hi Julie - nice to hear from you, as always!

Hi MRC - Damn! You are right. I uploaded track 15 again, get it here:

Sorry about that!

3:55 PM, June 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

loved the christine perfect.. must agree, wonderful album.. strange she shoulda said that about a farce.. shows up quality of music today quite nicely.. thanx for the post.. great voice, super arrangements.. truly mellow album

6:49 PM, June 08, 2007  
Blogger infinitefool said...

Great stuff... thank you.

6:33 AM, June 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Garcolga :)
your blogmusic is great!
music fantastic !
I find a lot of amazing sounds
thanks :)

2:32 PM, June 23, 2007  
Anonymous Peter Kraut said...

Hi Garcolga,

found this blog a month ago and I am working my ways through from the beginnings (and man, I made it already to February 2006!) - I have to admit this is a fantastic selection..

I have actually SEEN that show of Amon Düül II in Wuppertal (April 1st post) and those guys really still rock - I did not know that there is a recording of this show around but I am glad that you share with us.


1:59 PM, June 24, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anonymous - Yeah that's a sweet album alright.

Hi infinitefool - Ypu're welcome!

Hi Pater Kraut - Glad to see somebody nosing around the archives, welcome aboard. Wow you saw Amon Düül II!!!

3:49 PM, June 24, 2007  
Anonymous eldo-pop said...

Dear CarColga.

Great performance of the best phase of the group. Thanks to share this rare material, as always, your posts are so great stuff.

Thanks a lot, and best wishes,

Gambini/Rio de Janeiro/Brasil

1:41 AM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous eldo-pop said...

Dear CarColga.

Great performance of the best phase of the group. Thanks to share this rare material, as always, your posts are so great stuff.

Thanks a lot, and best wishes,

Gambini/Rio de Janeiro/Brasil

1:41 AM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

recently discovered your blog - absolutely fantastic-such a wealth of great music-many thanks

11:31 AM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger sfmikee said...

Thank you, thank you, thank youuuuu! for the Texas International Pop Festival posts. I have been looking for these since the day after I went to the festival in 1969. It was a defining time in my life that I can now relive with great enjoyment.

8:03 AM, September 28, 2007  
Blogger Bilek said...

I already had My Solid Ground, but because of some clicks & cracks in my copy, I opted for an upgrade... That is a great album, especially for krautfreaks like me! Flash (entire version) is heck of a piece, wonder why they didn't include it in the original record.
Those wholiked this album, don't forget to check out My Solid Ground's SWF sessions, which includes new recordings from 2001 as bonus! You can find it in Heavy Rock Spectacular blog. (if you can't let me know, I'll provide the link, or even upload if the links over there are dead...)

maybe I'll check out The Nice later...

7:29 PM, November 30, 2007  

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