Monday, September 10, 2007

Hello, thanks for checking in this week!

Fashion Pink - ...To Brainstorm (SWF Sessions)
Fashion Pink was a German band that would later change it's name to Brainstorm - this disc contains material recorded for SWF Radio in 1970 and 1971. The tracks range from song-oriented psychedelic rock to complex progressive rock to the jazzy krautrock that Brainstorm is known for. I've posted all the Brainstorm albums I think - use the "search this blog" function at the top of the page if you're interested!

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Stoneground - Family Album (1971)
I haven't stopped listening to this thing since it came in the mail last week! Hot dang, these guys were great. Originally released as a double album with three sides of live material and one side of studio material, this has never has a proper CD release. This CD-R has some minor flaws, hardly noticeable, but it'll have to do until this album gets a proper re-issue. After repeated listenings I have come to think that Sal Valentino (ex Beau Brummels) is the greatest unrecognized songwriter/guitarist of the hippie era! Stoneground was also blessed with some fantastic female vocalists. Like Annie Sampson - her duet with Mr. Valentino on "Precious Lord" is awesome. Their first self-titled album is also brilliant and can be found in the archives.

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A.R. & Machines - A.R. IV (1973)
Another vinyl rip - I'm not sure this has ever made it to CD. A.R. is of course Achim Reichel, formerly of Germany's The Rattles. Two side-long pieces of spacy cosmicness featuring Mr. Reichel's "echo guitar" aided by a host of other musicians.

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Thundermother - No Red Rowan (1971)
This is the same band that appears on the second half of the "Astral Navigations" CD from Holyground Records. Great material recorded in 1970 and 1971. Psychedelic freakouts with almost non-stop fuzzed out wah-wah guitar. Very appealing stuff.

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Coupla Prog - Edmundo Lopez (1970)
Volume 4 in the SWF Sessions series is a 'rock opera' (for lack of a better term) performed live in the studio by Coupla Prog. Great tunes, but I gotta say I don't know what the story is about, brilliant keyboard playing all the way. They never had a record contract but thanks to SWF Radio there are I think four Coupla Prog albums about nowadays. German underground rock at it's best.

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Coupla Prog - Death Is A Great Gambler (1972)
Haven't been able to find out a whole lot about this terrific German band - it seems they weren't that interested in becoming rock stars. They aren't even mentioned by the main krautrock references! Politically oriented, their energy was directed at playing rallies and benefits, there were no albums released during the band's lifetime. Rolf Peters, the guitarist and main songwriter, died of an overdose of alcohol and sleeping pills at the ripe old age of 21. These guys were good musicians, the music is rhythm and blues based, song-oriented proggy rock that can seem a little theatrical at times. All in all a great CD for krautrock fans.


Ocean - God's Clown (1976)
Information on this obscure French band is hard to come by, but I did find a review of a later album on a Metal site, so I assume they changed musical direction sometime after releasing this, their first album. This is a real tasty slice of progressive rock, with English vocals, and they manage to bring to mind a more proggy Led Zeppelin, or maybe a harder rockin' King Crimson! Very nice addition to any prog collection.


Noir - We Had To Let You Have It (1971)

What a sweet little album this is. The only release from England's first all-black rock band, this is a smooth, low-key, kinda funky, kinda prog record with some brilliant guitar work and some real nice percussion and soulful vocals.The first track, "Rain" reminds me a little of the Chambers Brothers, the rest of the album is smoky and inspirited, sometimes a little gospelly and tribal. Great album, undeservedly obscure. When I ripped it, it wasn't even listed in the Compact Disc Data Base!


Syd Barrett - Magnesium Proverbs

Since Mr. Barrett passed away last week, I thought I would pass along this great bootleg I got from a torrent. Standard bootleg stuff, you know the drill - radio and television broadcasts, acetetes, alternate mixes, and rare live performances. Of the twenty three tracks fifteen are Syd with Pink Floyd. Four tracks are from Syd's only live solo appearance in London, 1970. Four tracks with Syd, David Gilmour and David Shirley.

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Bwana - Bwana (1972)

Fantastic Latin funk/psych rare groove special from 1972; as Latin mavens Dusty Groove say, it's 'an insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock -- with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas take the lead on most of the tracks -- especially the cut 'Chapumbambe,' which starts with a nice breakbeat.' Astral-planar Latin jams, with blazing guitar and organ laid down over hot funk/psych grooves; leads off with the eight-minute runaway train 'Tema de Bwana'; what's next, you wonder? Why it's the intricate twin-guitar progressive call and response jam of 'La Patada'; the rest gets better from there, with songs that shift and flow until they hit an acid freakout point -- check out the end of 'Chapumbambe' or the second half of the thirteen-plus minute soul/psych style rave up 'Lolita' that closes the album."


OK see ya!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello! thx for A.R. & Machines !
Sithlord from Hungary

12:56 AM, September 11, 2007  
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1:59 AM, September 11, 2007  
Blogger andre said...

He3llo Gargolca
A mega Thanks for Thundermother,Stoneground and A.R.& Machines.As allways great Stuff.

5:55 AM, September 11, 2007  
Blogger frumious bandersnatch said...

thanks a lot for this generous post, especially Thundermother, Achim Reichel & the Stoneground album (Sal Valentino is definitely a great, underrated songwriter & "Bradley's barn" is one of my favourite lps ever).

11:52 AM, September 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks. Specially for Stoneground.

3:10 PM, September 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks, Fashion Pink is great!

3:32 PM, September 14, 2007  
Anonymous Likedeeler said...

hello garcolga! one of my favourite discoveries from you is dzyan. if you can be bothered, is it possible you upgrade "dzyan" and "time machine" to 320 or something? it would be great to listen to them in higher quality! best wishes from berlin

1:20 AM, September 15, 2007  
Anonymous Likedeeler said...

oh, and thanks a lot for your personal comments to the music. they're always a pleasure to read

1:24 AM, September 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the thundermother album blasted me away. especially track seven witch has an absolutely driven bass line with extreme fuzzy guitar work and very moody vocals. all titles are also very good aranged. the hole album is an absolutely jewel. i have to add this to my cd collection very soon. thanks for the hint.

2:38 AM, September 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers for the stoneground lp - it's really superb. My girlfriend thought it was Devendra Banhart when I played it to her! I can hear some similiarities. It's a corkin' lp alright. Cheers mate.
I like this lp much better than another one i've got (can't remember name at the mo) which ain't a patch on this one.

4:14 AM, September 15, 2007  
Blogger sérgio said...

Hi there GarColga,
many thanks for all albuns, specially for the stoneground. just love bands fronted by female vocalists.
Congrats, your blog is amazing (since a long time!)


10:48 AM, September 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really appreciate the time you put in this blog ,letting us discover good music we would probebly never hear otherwise , thx for it All..

4:48 AM, September 18, 2007  
Blogger Behnam said...

Hi Liam,
How Are You?

Though I'm physically very tired when I return from a flight, I'm spiritually high. Everybody says that you have an extra energy, why? I know why, It's all because I Live Rock & Roll and I'm thankful to YOU for feeding my fire of love to life by your fantastic music.

God Bless You!

2:45 PM, September 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really digging Thundermother and Noir, thanks!

6:24 PM, September 19, 2007  
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12:19 PM, September 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found your blog - opens a whole new window to the past. Thank you so much.
Rock on!

12:46 PM, February 09, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like the Mogul Thrash connection has been severed. Pesky interweb!

9:36 AM, February 11, 2008  

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