Sunday, July 29, 2007

Howdy! Got some good stuff this week.

Box Of Frogs - Box Of Frogs/Strange Land (1984/1986)
Box Of Frogs was formed by three not-famous ex-Yardbirds (Chris Dreja, Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty) and ex-Medicine Head/British Lions vocalist John Fiddler, and put out two albums of good solid rock, both of which are on this 2-for-1 disc, along with a bonus live track. Helping out are session guitarist Dzal Martin (No Dice) and a multitude of guests such as Rory Gallagher, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Roger Chapman, Ian Dury, Graham Parker, Steve Hackett and others.

High VBR w/scans Part 1 Part 2

Gate - Live (1977)
German band Gate was well established as a live act when they got their first recording contract, so their debut album was a live one. Richly creative, with songs featuring complex arrangements, great musicianship, and vocals in German, Gate was a great guitar-fronted prog band, ranking with the best Germany had to offer. They had some tracks on the "Brain Festival Essen" albums I posted a while back.

Bitrate 224 w/covers Download

Grobschnitt - Die Grobschnitt Story (1994)
OK first off this is not a "Best Of" type thing, it's a compilation of unreleased material and live versions. On the second disc is a 37 minute long "Solar Music" which is amazing and completely different from other versions I've heard. These guys were phenomenal musicians, full of energy and musical ideas. There are a few very short interview type things scattered here and there, which will only be useful to those that speak German, but whatever, right? A must have for all Grobschnitt fans and a good place to start if you're not familiar with them.

High VBR w/covers Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Jane - Together (1972)
Jane's debut album is a classic of dark, underground melodic rock, full of brilliant guitar leads and great swirling organ, thudding drums and throbbing basslines, with perfectly suited vocals in English. Simple, dramatic and passionate, this is, along with "Here We Are", their best stuff.

High VBR w/covers Download

Long John Baldry - It Ain't Easy (1971)
This is possibly the best blues-rock album to come out in the 1970's! Unfortunately Mr. Baldry passed away just before this was reissued, remastered with bonus tracks. Produced by Rod Stewart and Elton John. "Contravening a breach of the peace"! Awesome.

High VBR w/scans Part 1 Part 2

The Byrds - Live At The Fillmore West 1970
Fillmore West, San Francisco, January 4, 1970
Liberated Main Stream bootleg
Excellent stereo soundboard

Disc 1 - Early Show:
1. You Ain't Going Nowhere
2. Feel A Whole Lot Better
3. Old Blue
4. You All Look Alike
5. Positively 4th Street
6. Jesus Is Just Alright
7. Mr. Spaceman
8. It's All Over Now Baby Blue
9. Soldier's Joy
10. Turn! Turn! Turn!
11. Mr. Tambourine Man
12. Eight Miles High - improvisation
13. Eight Miles High
14. Hold It

Disc 2 - Late Show:
1. tune up
2. Feel A Whole Lot Better
3. This Wheel's On Fire
4. Positively 4th Street
5. Roll Over Beethoven
6. Honky Tonk Medley
7. So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star
8. You Don't Miss Your Water
9. Jesus Is Just Alright
10. Nashville West
11. Turn! Turn! Turn!
12. Mr. Tambourine Man - incomplete
13. Eight Miles High
14. He Was A Friend Of Mine
15. Hold It

Roger McGuinn
Gene Parsons
Clarence White
Skip Battin

High VBR w/covers Part 1 Part 2

OK there you have it - hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

17 Comments:

Blogger Roderick Verden said...

Thank you for Gate. Excelent!

12:44 PM, July 29, 2007  
Anonymous Little Axe said...

Many thanks for the Box of Frogs collection.

5:21 AM, July 30, 2007  
Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Very cool post mate great job! Enjoying summer with some cool tunes now :)

11:35 AM, July 30, 2007  
Blogger Dragonfly said...

This is quite possibly the best week of posts ever here! Wow, I grabbed every single one. All fantastic stuff. Thanx a million :D

10:25 PM, July 30, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Liam!
How are you doing?

Well I just downloaded ''Cosmic Eye: Dream Sequence''...Thanks.

But there is no back cover. Is it a digipack? If not, please post the back cover in its comment section...Thanks a lot.

Behnam

10:15 AM, July 31, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Roderick Verden - You're welcome!

Hi little axe - You're welcome too!

Hi Residentevil2 - Thanks!

Hi Dragonfly - You're welcome!

Hi Behnam - Don't have a back cover for that!

2:11 PM, July 31, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are the best friend. Thanks.

5:13 AM, August 01, 2007  
Blogger Barmaleyy said...

Hi Garcolga

Big fat thanks for Die Grobschnitt Story and separate thanks for info about this compilation. I hardly would become interested in this compilation (however, as well as others compilations), if not your review. And would pass this superb collection of Grobschnitt's music. "Solar Music" version is really amazing and interesting. And all other stuff of this CD are great too.Thank you!

12:52 PM, August 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Liam, I downloaded Jane - Together; great album, great guitarwork, great organ, good vocals. Track 4 "Spain" was very appropriate ;-) ... so is the first track "Daytime" since the lyrics go something like:

...daytime is not my time
I couldn't see the light
nighttime is the right time
cos my eyes are blind...

since right now we're marooned inside with air-conditioning and there's no longer any "cool" night air outside ... even so summer's not that bad, quite lazy with lax hours.

Thanks! - Julie

4:11 PM, August 01, 2007  
Anonymous Gordon said...

Thanks for the Gate and the John Baldry. Good stuff!
Thanks,
Gordon

12:14 PM, August 03, 2007  
Blogger zab said...

The Long John looks a good one, many thanks.

2:54 PM, August 03, 2007  
Blogger progfreak said...

you are a true magician to find this gate i can't tell you how long i've been looking for it. thanks a million

2:19 PM, August 06, 2007  
Blogger brujo said...

Thank you for the Baby Huey after this for a while regards brujo

4:03 PM, August 12, 2007  
Blogger Hendrick said...

Hey many thanks for LOng John Baldry, I love british blues..the krauts are cool as well!

And dont try to lay no boogie woogie on the king of rock an' roll!
:)

3:04 AM, August 13, 2007  
Blogger The Meat Beetles said...

I saw John Baldry come literally a heartbeat away from death back around 1973. He was getting ready to play guitar in one song. He strapped on the guitar, was holding the neck with his left hand and grabbed the mic with his right. The PA was the opposite polarity of the guitar amp. This was in the days before ground lifting devices and I have no idea how many volts and amps shot through him. He was quite visibly shaken and had to leave the stage while the band jammed for ten minutes or so. And a tense ten minutes it was.

Baldry, the quintessential showman that he was, came back out and played the rest of the set and brought down the house. What a guy!

6:52 PM, March 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting all this great music, especially the Byrds and Long John Baldry.

9:57 AM, May 18, 2010  
Blogger GarColga said...

I'm glad people are still poking around here in the archives!

11:54 AM, May 18, 2010  

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