Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Amon Düül II - BBC Radio One Live In Concert Plus (1973)
Some great tunes recorded by one of Germany's best bands on their final tour of England. Not my rip - thanks to original uploader!

Renate Knaup - Vocals
Chris Karrer - Guitars, Violin, Saxophone, Vocals
John Weinzierl - Guitars, Bass
Danny Fichelscher - Drums, Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Peter Leopold - Drums
Falk-U. Rogner - Synthesizer, Organ

1. Ladies Mimikry
2. Kanaan
3. Dem Guten, Schönen, Wahren
4. Green Bubble Raincoated Man
5. Mañana
6. Trap
From Tanz Der Lemminge Sessions:
7. Marilyn Monroe Memorial Drums
8. Chewing Gum Telegram [Alternate Mix]

Seperate flacs-Covers 298 MB

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Procol Harum - Through The Garden Fence - BBC 1967-1971
I was rummaging through my stash and I found this bootleg that I had gotten as a torrent a few years ago. I had never listened to it! Man for the age of these recordings it sounds great - recommended for all Procol Harum fans. Thanks to the original releaser, Pink Robert.

1. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (5:14)
2. Mabel (1:38)
3. She Wandered Through The Garden Fence (3:09)
4. Homburg (4:50)
5. Monsieur Armand (2:30)
6. Wishing Well (2:34)
7. Skip Softly (My Moonbeams) (3:22)
8. Long Gone Geek (2:34)
9. Kaleidoscope (2:35)
10. Rambling On (4:20)
11. Quite Rightly So (3:44)
12. Skip Softly (My Moonbeams) (3:42)
13. Shine On Brightly (3:45)
14. Seem To Have The Blues (2:42)
15. Simple Sister (3:29)
16. Whiskey Train (5:08)
17. Juicy John Pink (2:56)
18. Nothing That I Didn't Know (2:46)
19. Your Own Choice (2:34)
20. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (5:14)

Tracks 1-2: June 14, 1967
Track 3: September 27, 1967
Track 4: Top Of The Pops 1967
Track 5: Top Of The Pops 1968
Tracks 6-8: August 19, 1968
Tracks 9-12: Top Of The Pops 1967-1968
Tracks 13-17: October 6, 1971
Tracks 18-20: September 16, 1970

Separate FLAC's-Found Covers 422 MB

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Brainchild - Healing Of The Lunatic Owl (1970)
"Among the rare and unknown 70’s group, one of the most obscure must be Brainchild, who recorded a sole album as the decade just unfolded. The intriguingly-titled Healing Of The Lunatic Owl was record in Western London and produced by Lenny Wright and it contains some brilliant progressive brass-rock, developed by the septet, which had three wind instrument players n its line-up. Graced with a striking owl artwork (the back cover with a handbrainpigeon illustration is not too shabby either), the album came out on the A&M label with the catalogue number AMLS 979. Songwriting-wise, the credits are more or less evenly spread between singer/guitarist Edwards, bassist/singer Coles and saxman/flauter Wilshaw.

Starting on Autobiography, a track that rises from a fade-in coming from hell, the group rides a quick wave, before the middle section gives a slower Spanish-style trumpet solo, gradually picking up peed as other wind instrument step in, leading to a wild guitar solo, underlined by brass throes and Wilshaw’s sax leading the wild brassy fade-out outro. The title track starts very slowly on a flute and vocals, before it kicks in and offers an already-heard-before melody on the chorus (most likely strongly derived from BS&T, but not quite as cheesy), but the track is not among their best, anyway. The slow menacing bass line of the 7-mins Hide From Dawn, soon joined by brass and slow sinister drum rolls provide a great climate and constant groove throughout the track, over which Jennings’ organ can stroll upon, accompanying Edwards’ vocals, and when not busy singing, he plays a few remarkable guitar fills, but the show is really for the brass section. A rapid groove shakes you from your torpor and She’s Learning has a real enthralling hot memorable hook, mostly driven by the organ. The tracks suddenly stops halfway to allow for a short bass solo, before resuming the original groove, but slowly morphing into a dissonant mutant form.

The album’s flipside opens on the album’s centrepiece, the 9-mins A Time A Place which has few problems installing itself as the album’s best highlight. The rest of the albums glides on effortlessly with the funny Two Bad Days (and its descending riffs), the slow, enchanting and haunting flute-laden Sadness Of A Moment (another highlight) and the closing To B, also starting slowly, but ending in complete dissonant chaos.

Truly one of those minor unearthed gem, Brainchild’s only albums stands as one of brass rock’s best albums ever, out-ranking many better-known acts. In terms of obscure brass rock, they stand on the podium with Galliard (two albums) and Warm Dust (three albums). Obviously very rare as a vinyl and having never seen a legit reissue, this group is unfortunately bound to remain for a while, one of the least known UK treasures." (Sean Trane

1. Autobiography (3:35)
2. Healing Of The Lunatic Owl (5:05)
3. Hide From The Dawn (6:50)
4. She's Learning (4:13)
5. A Time A Place (8:55)
6. Two Bad Days (3:55)
7. Sadness Of A Moment (4:08)
8. To "B" (3:52)

Harvey Coles - Bass, Vocals
Bill Edwards - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Dave Muller - Drums
Chris Jennings - Organ, Piano
Brian Wilshaw - Saxophone, Flute
Lloyd Williams - Trumpet


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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Clear Blue Sky - Clear Blue Sky (1971)
I figure everybody needs a copy of this endlessy-reissued classic of early 70's British rock. These guys were only 18 when this was recorded! Akarma release, not my rip - thanks to original uploader!

Mark Sheater - Bass
John Simmons - Guitar
Ken White - Drums

1. Journey To The Inside Of The Sun
a.Sweet Leaf
b.The Rocket Ride
c.I’m Comin’ Home
2. You Mystify
3. Tool Of My Trade
4. My Heaven
5. Birdcatcher

EAC-FLAC (separate)-LOG-SCANS 246 MB

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Xhol - Motherfuckers Live (1968/1969/2001)
First off, a big thank you to Muck K. who ripped this and uploaded almost 800 MB for us, along with nice scans too! Muck has been toiling behind the krautrock scene since the late 60's and agreed to share this only because it is out of print. I have seen this in lossless once before, but without the third disc. Anyway what you get here are two complete performances by this seminal krautrock band, one from 1968 and the other from 1969, and a short third disc with a few Xhol covers by Current 93/Nurse With Wound. The second disc shows an Xhol that's different from their regular releases, basically a huge dark jam. If you like your krautrock edgy, experimental, dark, and maybe even a little violent this will be right up your alley! Thanks again to Muck for uploading this gem in it's complete state.

Disc 1 - Freedom Opera (1968) (56:50)
1. Acapulco Gold (Xhol)
2. Poems (Adapted from Vanilla Fudge)
3. Season of the Witch (Donovan Leitch)
4. Freedom Poem (Xhol/James Rhodes)
5. African Song (Xhol)
6. Talking to my Soul (Xhol)
7. Freedom Poems (Xhol/James Rhodes)
8. Planet Earth (Xhol)
Disc 2 - WDR Radio Live 1969 (56:58)
Disc 3 - Hot Buttered Xhol (15:45)
1. Current Ninety Three "Memories" (Soul Caravan)
2. Xhol/Nurse With Wound "Radio" (Xhol)
3. Christoph Heemann "Walla Mashalla" (Xhol Caravan)

Skip van Wyck - Drums
Tim Belbe - Saxophone
Hansi Fischer - Saxophone, Flute
Klaus Briest - Bass
Öcki - Keyboards
James Rhodes - Vocals


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Monday, February 02, 2009

Rebekka - Phoenix (1982)
"With a history going back to 1971, Rebekka had a lot of time to become the refined and unique progressive they were. A Bavarian combo, starting with heavy rock, moving on to folk and Indian ragas in the mid-1970's, becoming Rebekka proper in 1977. Having female vocals (sometimes in English, sometimes in German) and taking on influences of classical and folk musics, like early Renaissance, as well as ethnic and Indian musics, their debut PHOENIX sounded like a symphonic progressive twist on early Hölderlin. In demand for theatre productions and such like, Rebekka were off the scene for some time, until PHOENIX was rediscovered and gained a repress." (Crack in the Cosmic Egg)

"REBEKKA belongs to the German symphonic prog rock tradition with bands as ELOY, NOVALIS, and GROBSCHNITT. This little band made a name in the progressive rock scene with an impressive, colourful album which can be qualified as a cross between folk rock and symphonic rock. The exploration in acoustic, folk music, their enthusiasm for melodic, sometimes dreaming soundscapes can be in part familiar for HOELDERLIN's fans. Next to rising synthesisers and melodic electric guitar lines, their characterised folk / symphonic rock features delicious soprano vocals (sung by the female vocalist Marion Weldert), dancing flute parts, acoustic percussions, classical guitar sections. Everything from acoustic / electric is included with cleverness to make a fascinating musical dialogue. To advance the band RENAISSANCE as an obvious influence is off course legitimate but REBEKKA is a manifestation of many prog rock subgenres. A forgotten band that only published one standard, classical album in their whole career." (Philippe Blache,

"This excellent and underrated German band, very influenced by RENAISSANCE, did the best progressive rock in the worst time. While the Annie Haslan band forgot its magic during '80s (example, the terrible "Camera Camera"), REBEKKA created "Phoenix", a wonderful album in the best symphonic tradition. "Phoenix" is very related to the creative and complex side of RENAISSANCE (but not a copy) and there's nothing to envy from great albums as "Novella" or "Scheherazade". REBEKKA achieved a fantastic, very elaborated and atmospherical album, with lots of non-typical percussion plus sax and harpsicord. Marion Weldert's voice is magnificent (some pieces are sung in English, some in German). Highlights are "Swan Song", "Phoenix" and "Floating Dawn", but -really- seven tracks are melodically outstanding and extremely well played. This only REBEKKA production is highly recommended for all progressive ears, and a must for RENAISSANCE fans." (Marcelo,

Swan Song
IRIS (Imaginary Regards Of An Irish Sun)
Floating Dawn

Marion Weldert - Vocals
Hubert Schneider - Guitar, Flute
Martin Schneider-Weldert - Saxophone, Variophon
Peter Laubmeier - Keyboards
Joachim Zscheile - Bass
Christoph B. Imler - Drums


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