Monday, November 12, 2007

HAPPY MONDAY!

Saffran - Blue In Ashes (1975)
Saffran were five musicians from Munich, whose sole album was recorded in 1975, but never released until 2004. Included is a single from 1974. These guys played a sophisticated brand of jazzy progressive rock, using sax, guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass, flute and drums. Very nice.

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Quicksilver Messenger Service - Lost Gold And Silver (1999)
Real nice two disc set of unreleased material from Quicksilver Messenger Service. Well unreleased in 1999 anyway! The star of the show is disc one, featuring live performances from 1968, including a couple blues classics, material from their first album, and live versions of Who Do You Love/Mona/Maiden Of The Cancer Moon that rival the versions on Happy Trails. The second disc has a dozen studio tracks recorded in 1967/1968, including a couple early versions of tunes that later made it to an album. These guys were undeniably awesome.

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Ash Ra Tempel - Schwingungen/Seven Up (1972)
This out of print two-fer has Ash Ra Tempel's second and third albums, both from 1972, on one disc. I've posted Schwingungen before, a long time ago, but not Seven Up. These are both great albums, and Seven Up is especially interesting for the involvement of Dr. Timothy Leary.

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Frozen Ghost - Nature Of Magic (1979)
I haven't been able to find out much about this thing - all I know is that Frozen Ghost is actually a Swiss dude named Helmut Müller, who played all the instruments and did all the voices. Probably recorded in some remote Swiss village, this is a garagey heavy-duty guitar orgy - psychedelic and spacey! I don't have the back cover, I'm not really convinced this is the proper front cover, but this was released on Black Rills Records, who have put out some awesome vintage Swiss psych/prog.

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Orange Peel - Orange Peel (1970)
Little is known about the origins of Orange Peel, though on their debut single the band featured Michael Winzkowski (also of Nosferatu and Epsilon), and they proved quite seminal, with Heinrich Mohn later following Winzkowski to Epsilon, Peter Bischof moving on to Emergency, and Curt Cress becoming amongst the most prolific of drummers. Orange Peel's LP was amongst the most psychedelic of heavy progressive albums, not least side one's opus "You Can't Change Them All", a veritable masterwork of heavy riffing organ rock, kind of Egg and Pink Floyd jamming Krautrock style, featuring vast guitar excursions, and Peter Bischof's gutsy blues vocals. And then there's "We Still Try To Change" encompassing half of the second side, which trips out beyond the realms of side one's opus, like a crazed Arzachel, close to Os Mundi at their freakiest. The odd track out is an unusual arrangement of "Tobacco Road". (The Crack In The Cosmic Egg).

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OK see ya! Comments in any language are appreciated!!

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Pyramid - Pyramid (1976)
From the same label as that Nazgûl album I posted a few months ago. Same deal - very little information, virtually no liner notes, about all the back cover says is "personnel unknown". This consists of only one track, basically a long jam, coming in at 33 minutes. Two guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards. This is very trippy, stoned-sounding stuff, recommended for anyone that loves 1970's German space music.

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Alex Oriental Experience - Tales Of Purple Sally
Unfortunately there is very little in English about this band on the net, but as far as I can gather, this German dude named Alex Wiska is really taken with the "Turkish" sound. This is a compilation of tracks from the early 70's, and this is some very tasty Turkish-sounding stuff! Appearing on most if not all of the tracks are Holger Czukay, Jaki Liebezeit, and Michael Karoli of the band Can. The other musicians seem to be well-known in their fields too. This really needs to be checked out - wish I knew more about it.

Line-Up
- Holger Czukay
- Jaki Liebezeit
- Michael Karoli
- Gerd Dudek
- Alex Wiska
- Cem Karaca
- Huseyn Sultan Oglu
- Seyhan Karabey
- Ünol Buyükgönenc

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Charge - Charge (1973)
Charge was a studio band that only did a few gigs to support this album, which did not sell well. Two of the better known musicians on this are Neil Hubbard and Ric Grech. My only complaint is that it is so short - half the album is a 17 minute piece called 'Child of Nations'. The second track, 'To My Friends' is maybe one of the coolest thing I've heard lately. One reviewer says this is a "loud, blistering sonic attack that rarely relents" - OK it's probably not all that 'blistering' but it's pretty damn good. My rip 320 w/covers.

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P2O5 - Vivat Progression Pereat Mundus (1978)
Great album of German hard rock, a little on the mystical side. I actually first posted this way back in December 2005! Well, blog visitor Franz from Deutschland thought the rip was a little lacking sonically, possibly due to a worn stylus, so he purchased the 180 gram vinyl reissue and ripped it himself @ 320. I have to say his version does sound better. OK way better! He also photographed the covers for us. Thanks Franz for this first-class share! Edit: forget all that, this is Franz's rip of the remastered CD with bonus tracks.

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Moolah - Woe Ye Demons Possessed (1974)
This is a very strange album, the work of two guys - Walter Burns and Maurice Roberson. A variety of keyboards, percussion instruments, found sounds, studio funny business, tape loops, weird voices - truly a subversive underground classic. From an out-of-print Japanese 'gray-market' CD reissue. The reissue LP can still be purchased. One reviewer describes this as "America's Krautrock album"! The performers say this is a "a cosmic rock relaxation creation to elevate sensory awareness to include the aura of intuitive perception of higher realm of human/divine consciousness using the astral body projection experience vehicle to pierce time/space/logic dimension barriers on the return voyage to the ultimate concept."

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19 Comments:

Anonymous Adam said...

Thanks for Orange Peel.
Nice Prog-Rock album.

11:04 PM, November 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello!thx for Saffran - Blue In Ashes !This is new for me!
Sithlord from Hungary

3:21 AM, November 13, 2007  
Anonymous joe said...

anyone else experiencing problems with paylessofts? tried several times, but can't download.

5:06 AM, November 14, 2007  
Anonymous facehunter said...

Got the same problem as "joe", can't get through on paylessoft. and the 1 time i got through there it said Saffran was off-limits :(

7:29 AM, November 14, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi guys - yeah I noticed PaylessSoft was having problems last night - hope they get sorted out soon!

8:04 AM, November 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the next morning and still paylessofts still hasn't gotten their act together.

8:26 AM, November 14, 2007  
Blogger GarColga said...

Apparently PaylessSoft's hosting service is moving the account to a new server - should be back soon!

Thanks to PaylessSoft for answering my e-mail so fast.

2:17 PM, November 14, 2007  
Anonymous Franz said...

Thanks for re-posting P2O5!
Well, perhaps somebody of the more than 500 people who downloaded this fine album can post the lyrics of "I Didn't Care"?
Both GarColga and me couldn't figure them out completely...

Greets
Franz

2:33 PM, November 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for Saffran. Can't wait to listen to it... only heard rumours about it. Should be one of the best jazzy progbands at that time (according to a friend who has a tape for many years... I never heard it though. I'm really curious... hope paylessofts will be back soon).
Best,
Michael

2:43 AM, November 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paylesssoft is currently unavailable

2:47 AM, November 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paylessoft is functioning again.
Orange Peel and Charge are awesome!
Thanks.

2:15 PM, November 16, 2007  
Blogger Lost In Tyme said...

Frozen Ghost – Nature Of Magic

This album was recorded in late 1979 and entirely played by Helmut Müller ,
(former member of swiss underground band Spartacus amongst others) at his farmhouse.
About 50 Cassettes of it were produced and sold to friends. Instead of going professional
(there were many interesting offers to join other band projects) mr. Müller decided to play music just for fun .
Nature of magic was more or less pure improvisation work, but with many changes in style.
Apart from the first song, all the tracks showing a dark mystical mood , some rockers included. Silbury Hill is crazy, and Return of the trees got absolutely weired.
In 2002 the album was transferred to cd and released in a very small limited edition for collectors only.


Back Cover :
http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/5043/fg2xw5.jpg

Thanks for the grate work here !

2:06 AM, November 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ware R U? On holiday or whatever???

11:51 AM, November 25, 2007  
Blogger fuzztunnel said...

Grabbed the Moolah from you the first time around so as to give my vinyl a vacation... those who missed the first time should give this a listen!

6:27 PM, November 25, 2007  
Blogger joe v berlin said...

Thank you for"In den Gärten Pharaos " I am curious to hear it. all the best

4:36 AM, December 02, 2007  
Blogger joe v berlin said...

Thank you for"In den Gärten Pharaos " I am curious to hear it. all the best

4:37 AM, December 02, 2007  
Anonymous Alex B said...

Moolah album is goosd, but not " strange" or a masterpiece. I´m too radcial in my musical opinions, I known, but compared to Pyramid, Necronomicon, Nosfetaru... is almost comercial music. ( Please, don´t screw myself due to this post...)

10:26 PM, January 24, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do any of these links actually work?

6:03 PM, January 29, 2009  
Blogger GarColga said...

Anonymous - when on the Paylessofts page look for "click here" - and then click there!

6:27 PM, January 29, 2009  

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