Monday, August 04, 2008

Toad - Toad (1971)
"First Toad album, originally issued by Swiss label Halleluja in the 1971. Ex-members of Brainticket investigating the realms of skull crushing heavy rock! Certified savage guitar from Vic Vergeat! Swiss hard rock band formed by members of the original Brainticket, Toad's history is obscure and largely undocumented. Their debut is said to be in the realms of Dies Irae, being heavy, bluesy and experimental. However, despite getting a British release, we've never managed to locate a copy. Their second album, "Tomorrow Blue" was surprisingly straight hard-rock, akin to Sperrmüll, with Hendrix, Status Quo and R&B influences. Their original lead singer Benjamin Jäger went on to Island."(Alexgitlin)

"Why does anyone bother with the current crop of "stoner rock" when there's so much better stuff made back in the original stoner age (the '70s) now being reissued?? If you're into the Man's Ruin roster, and prone to buying albums by the latest Swedish Kyuss clone, yet don't have, say, Lucifer's Friend, Flower Travellin' Band, Leafhound, Captain Beyond, or Buffalo reissues in your collection, it's time to get with the program! Not that that's easy, since much of the good old shit is definitely obscure and unheralded. For instance, we hadn't ever heard of this Swiss band Toad until a kindly customer sold back a bootleg cd with an intriguing cover a couple years ago. Now, here's a legit reissue of the same album thanks to the freaks at Second Battle.

This self-titled disc is the first and best of Toad's three LPs, serving up hard-rockin' stoner psych in the best blues-based tradition of early Blue Cheer and Led Zep. The first track "Cotton Wood Hill" will offer a clue about the lineage of this band, as Toad's rhythm section played on the classic LP of that same title by acid-fried Krautrockers Brainticket! Toad boasts an excellent vocalist put to good use on the more melodic parts of their sometimes quite long songs, but a large part of the LP is occupied by heavy (HEAVY) jamming instrumental excursions featuring the killer guitar of one Vic Vergeat. This is genuine heaviness, circa 1971." (Aquarius Records)

1 - Cotton Wood Hill - 8.36
2 - A Life That Ain't Worth Living - 3.29
3 - Tank - 3.28
4 - They Say I'm Mad - 6.47
5 - Life Goes On - 11.58
6 - Pig's Walk - 7.27
7 - The One I Mean - 2.35
8 - Stay (Bonus)

Vic Vergeat - Guitars
Cosimo Lampis - Drums
Werner Fröhlich - Bass
Benny Jäger - Vocals


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buy their albums guys... Make a copy to listen to a couple of times but if you really like the music buy it...why these high quality rips???? To support the artists???? Got some questions about this blog...

1:52 PM, August 05, 2008  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hello "anonmymous"! I'd be real surprised if any of the artists are getting any money from these small-label reissues. Over the last 3 years I've heard from a handful of people who had performed on albums that I posted, not one has complained. Mostly they are thrilled that people are still interested in the music that they made so long ago.

Questions? Feel free to ask.

2:23 PM, August 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

by any chance do you have Tomorrow Blue or dreams by toad would love to have them

5:23 PM, August 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Garcolga, thanks a lot pal! Toad is great ! Keep up the good work!
Good vibes !

6:35 PM, August 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aurophon? Fantastic! I never had seen this bootleg label.

And buy this disc? Support piracy record companies? I did this crime too long - NEVER MORE!

8:35 PM, August 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have no problem with you posting these albums...just wonder why these high quality rips?...o got some great stuff on this blog and guess I was in a bad mood yesterday...thanks for sharing...sorry about my previous comment (05-08-08,1:52) ...
el postino loco

2:36 AM, August 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey el postino loco, you are so sick...

9:43 AM, August 07, 2008  
Blogger nimrodel said...

Hi Garcolga!, really surprised that you were running this Blog. Come on, mate, keep up the good work! :)
I'm not taking this "Toad" 'cause I already have the Akarma 3 cd-box, but thank you, it's the kind of stuff that I like most!

* "High Quality Rips" & "Support the Artists" ??? I only download lossless files ( prog-psych is complex rock with plenty of details ), and if I like the album, ALWAYS BUY IT IF FIND IT (I spend a lot of money in cd's every month )..., in the meantime, I listen to the "lossless copy", of course. These "underground 70's albums" have been buried for years till Internet's Boom and people kind enough to rip & share them..., so, who are really appreciating and supporting these forgotten artists?

I'll try to post and bring some "hq-friend" over here! :D


2:28 PM, August 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish the record companies would realize that if they would actually put these albums out and were easy to purchase that most downloaders download to hear what a certain band sounds like then if they see it in store or online,we usually will buy it

9:48 PM, June 29, 2012  

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