Monday, January 28, 2008

Wow I'm sick of winter already!

Popol Vuh - Affenstunde (1970)
OK first off I admit I haven't been able to listen to this all the way through - life is too short! The first album from one of the stalwarts of krautrock hasn't aged well, in my humble opinion. What may have seemed experimental and groundbreaking at one time now sounds like some guy (Florian Fricke of course) fiddling around with an old Moog synth. Even the bits that have percussion aren't helped by it. The story goes that Mr. Fricke sold the Moog to Klaus Schultze, who made better use of it. This is just my opinion of course and I offer it because some of you will probably enjoy this. Go for it.

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Sharks - First Water (1973)
First album from this early 70's minor supergroup featured Chris Spedding on guitar, ex-Free bassist Andy Fraser, "Snips" on vocals, and an American, Marty Simon, on drums. Good early 70's blues-based rock, with a Bad Company/Free/Mott The Hoople vibe. Unfortunately there was no hit on this, and the cover art was pretty lame, so it probably didn't sell too well - Fraser left the band shortly after it was released. Spedding's guitar parts are brilliant, what a great player.

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Salem Mass - Witch Burning (1971)
In 1971 four guys from southwest Idaho (!) made an album that will appeal to almost any fan of early 70's hard rock. These guys were terrific musicians and the keyboard player really knew what to do with that Moog! The guitar bits are great. Not as 'dark' as the title might suggest though the material is fairly dark and brooding. Great vocals, except maybe on the title track, but they seem to fit the music. Even the slower more melodic material is very appealing. Great garagey 70's hard rock.

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Ten Wheel Drive - Construction No. 1 (1969)
Ten Wheel Drive were a great jazzy rock band fronted by a female singer, Genya Ravan, who sounded something like Janis Joplin. The band was tight, the arrangements were great, and they made some real gutsy rock and roll. They rocked way harder that better known similar groups like Chicago or Blood Sweat and Tears, it's a shame their music seems to have been forgotten.

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Tyburn Tall - Tyburn Tall (1972)
Tyburn Tall was a fieve piece band from Speyer, Germany, who played varied styles of progressive rock - sometimes jazzy/bluesy, classical-sounding, sometimes heavy and complex, sometimes atmospheric. Keyboard based material with a guitarist who is no slouch. Mostly long tracks over ten minutes, with some interplay between the keyboards and the guitar that is very cool. Two bonus tracks are Colosseum covers.

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See ya!


Anonymous jbprog said...

Thanks for all the grat music that you share, specialy for Popo Vuh albums
Do you have "letze tage - letzte nachte" and "Agape-Agape"
Thanks Again

8:48 PM, January 28, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello!thx for Tyburn Tall this is very great!!!
Sithlord from Hungary

11:52 PM, January 28, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree about Affenstude. I've bought it a while back and never got to play it more than a few times.

2:23 AM, January 29, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Gargolca
Many Thanks for the Sharks.I was looking for this Album.

2:28 AM, January 29, 2008  
Anonymous Adam said...


Thanks for Salem Mass album.
Nice one.

3:56 AM, January 29, 2008  
Anonymous Audentity said...

Thanks for the Popul Vuh. I have most of their stuff already but not Affenstunde.

12:17 PM, January 29, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Gargolca, good choice.I will pick Ten Wheel Drive!

4:44 PM, January 29, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sharks is excellent! Thanks.

9:10 AM, January 30, 2008  
Blogger Rochacrimson said...

Popol Vuh's remastered editions is simply perfect!
Please more Popol Vuh's remastered albums,this sounds put me in heaven!
Many many thanks Garcolga ;-)

5:23 PM, January 30, 2008  
Blogger Samhob said...

Greetings Garcolga, great selection as usual!

5:24 PM, January 31, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when ten wheel drive first came out I couldn't stand them; I was into ten years after, the doors, yardbirds, rolling stones ...
But they seemed to play at every concert on Long Island and I finally bought the album as they seemed to be part of my life. Genya Ravens solo albums afterward were also very good though sad to say didn't get to hear her perform them.

9:25 PM, January 31, 2008  
Anonymous Thalamus said...

Hi Garcolca,

Most importantly: thank you very much for all the gems you provided!

A question: could you use Sharebee or MassMirror (as you have already done for some posts) instead of Rapidshare? They are safer (multiple mirrors)and more convenient for the public without the waiting time.

Sincerely yours,


4:46 PM, February 02, 2008  
Anonymous leno said...

i'd also like something other than RS, but since i am not the one doing the work, or with the music, i'll not complain. Again, thanks for the selections and a chance for me to discover some "new" acts i missed the first time around. stay warm and peace.

9:55 PM, February 03, 2008  
Blogger Kadek55 said...

Thanks for all the great music.
Sharks is great and Chris is a very good guitarist!

4:01 AM, February 04, 2008  
Anonymous samhob said...

By the way, what happened to the raut-team blog? why did they close down?

4:33 AM, February 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at work and put on the Ten Wheel Drive album. What a day this is going to be :)

4:50 AM, February 06, 2008  
Blogger mauro said...

WOW! Thank you so much for the Popol Vuh. My copy was horrible...the remaster is amazing. I forget what review I read in which it stated that this Lp would've been the perfect soundtrack to the orginal Solaris film, but it's spot on. A more organic companion to Tangerine Dream's Zeit IMO. Just as vast, sprawling, minimal and glacial however. Also, I second the request for "Agape-Agape" :) Thanks so much for your efforts here...GREAT Blog!!

7:50 PM, February 07, 2008  
Anonymous Roderick Verden said...

Hey Garcolga, i like Popol Vuh, "Affenstund". I had it vinyl. Florian Fricke's moog is excellent, darkness... Thank you very much, my friend.


5:10 AM, February 10, 2008  

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