Thursday, May 14, 2009
Alvin Lee & Company is an album released in 1972 by Ten Years After on their old record label Deram after they had switched to Chrysalis Records. It consists of songs that didn't make it on the older records and a few alternative versions of old songs.
1. "The Sounds" - 4:13
2. "Rock Your Mama" - 3:02
3. "Hold Me Tight" - 2:20
4. "Standing at the Crossroads" (Elmore James, Arthur Johnson)- 4:03
5. "Portable People" - 2:15
6. "Boogie On" - 14:31
7. "Spider in My Web" - 7:19
8. "Hear Me Calling" - 3:48
9. "I'm Going Home" - 3:37
* Alvin Lee - guitar, vocals
* Chick Churchill - organ
* Ric Lee - drums
* Leo Lyons - bass
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Ian Carr was working on this project even before the birth of Nucleus, as this was some kind of musical grant from England's Art council and under the patronage of Keith Winter (who incidentally will toy away with a VCS3 on these recordings). But as Carr was composing on a piano, it became clear to him that only Nucleus musicians could play what he was writing. If Ian Carr had only written 5 of 18 tracks over the two first Nucleus albums, he writes all of the material here
The project was to have two totally different themes, toy/expand them and then fused them altogether in the final track. However ambitious this was (especially for the times), this is only partially successful (IMHO) but also produces some great moments. The two themes are presented in the first tracks as Elements I & II, than the first one becomes very funky jazz rock in the second track and in the fifth track and the other element is developed in track 3 (with a great bowed double bass to start of and very subtle eastern music influences to follow) and 4 (Spirit Level is close to Free Jazz but fear not, nothing as Harsh as in KC's Moonchild or Providence, as it stays relatively wise).
But both elements are to be fused into Snakehips' Dream to last for the 15 min+ with an eerie ending on the afore-mentioned VCS3. There are some lengths in the developments and some repetitions, but overall this is yet another great Nucleus recording.
Studio Album, released in 1971
1. Elements I & II (2:12)
2. Changing Times (4:44)
3. Bedrock Deadlock (6:52)
4. Spirit Level (9:20)
5. Torso (6:12)
6. Snakehips Dream (15:16)
Total Time: 44:36
- Ian Carr / trumpet, flugelhorn
- Karl Jenkins / oboe, Baritone Saxophone, E-piano, piano
- Brian Smith / Tenor Saxophone, Soprano saxophone, flute
- Chris Spedding / guitar
- Jeff Clyne / bass, contrabass
- John Marshall / drums, percussion
- Kenny Wheeler / trumpet, flugelhorn
- Harry Beckett / trumpet, flugelhorn
- Tony Roberts / Tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
- Ron Matthewson / bass
- Chris Karan / percussion
- Keith Winter / synthesizer
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Saturday, May 9, 2009
Hailing from Naples, Italy, Saint Just was initially the trio of singer Jane Sorrenti, guitarist/bassist/singer Antonio Verde, and saxophonist Robert Fix. They envisioned a much grander sound than they could create alone, and thus for their 1973 debut self-titled album, they brought in keyboardist Mario D'Amora, drummer/percussionist Antonio Esposito, and guitarist Gianni Guarracino. This lineup was evidently unstable, for by the time they recorded the La Casa Sul Lago album the following year, only Sorrenti and Verde remained, although Saint Just itself had expanded to a quintet. And even in this form, the group didn't remain on the scene long; not surprising considering the members were pulling in several different directions at once -- improvisational jazz, folk, and classical. Saint Just's two shortest numbers, the delicate "Dolci Momenti," and the folky, fairground flavored title track, wisely didn't mix and match their genres. On the rest of the album, however, the band created extended (each over six minutes long), segmented songs, which provided the space required to explore each style in turn. The epic, ten minute "Il Fiume Inondo'," for example, smoothly slips from classical into folk, then picks up speed and force spinning into improvisational jazz (with stunning work from D'Amora). There's a clean break before the band then launches into prog rock, with the electric guitars and organ now coming to the fore, before the piece returns to its classically styled opening. Each song seems to hold a single musical theme, which undergoes dramatic variations as the piece progresses, with Fix key to the improv jazz segments, and Verde and D'Amora to the classical/folk/prog sections, with Sorrenti adding another stylistic layer on top. On the highly experimental "Trieste Poeta di Corte," she even sallies forth into Yoko Ono territory. Extraordinarily deft arrangements hold the pieces together, allowing the band to sound like escapees from the Canterbury scene one minute and a top-notch jazz unit the next. However, with Fix's departure, and the arrival of a new group of musicians, Saint Just's sound would alter dramatically
Studio Album, released in 1972
1. Il Fiume Inondo (10:43)
2. Il riveglio (6:16)
3. Dolci Momenti (3:16)
4. Una Bambina (8:02)
5. Trister Peota di Corte (6:19)
6. Saint Just (3:58)
Total Time: 38:34
- Jenny Sorrenti / vocals
- Antonio Verde / classical guitar, bass
- Robert Fix / saxophone
- Mario D'Amora / piano, organ
- Tony Esposito / drums
- Gianni Guarracino / electric guitar
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Brian Auger (born 18 July 1939, Bihar, India), is a jazz and rock keyboardist, who has specialized in playing the Hammond organ.
A jazz pianist, bandleader, session musician and Hammond B3 player, Auger has played or toured with artists such as Rod Stewart, Tony Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Sonny Boy Williamson, Led Zeppelin, Eric Burdon and others. He has incorporated jazz, early British pop, R&B, soul music and rock, and he has been nominated for a Grammy.
In 1965 Auger formed the group The Steampacket, along with Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll, Vic Briggs and Rod Stewart. With Driscoll and the band, Trinity, he went on to record several hit singles, notably a cover version of David Ackles' "Road to Cairo" and Bob Dylan's "This Wheel's on Fire", which was featured on Dylan Covered. In 1969 Auger, Driscoll and Trinity appeared performing on the national telecast of "33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee".
In 1970 he formed Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, shortly after abandoning the abortive "Wassenaar Arrangement" jazz-fusion commune in a small suburb of The Hague. The Oblivion Express served to cultivate several musicians, including future The Average White Band drummers Robbie McIntosh and Steve Ferrone, as well as guitarist Jim Mullen. Likewise, in 1971 he produced and appeared on Mogul Thrash's only album. Two members of that band, Roger Ball and Malcolm Duncan, would also go on to form the Average White Band.
In 1989, Auger was musical director for the thirteen-part film retrospective series "Villa Fantastica", made for German TV. A live recording of the series, Super Jam (1990), features Auger on piano, Pete York on drums, Dick Morrissey on tenor saxophone, Roy Williams on trombone, Harvey Weston on bass guitar, with singers Zoot Money and Maria Muldaur.
Auger toured with blues rocker Eric Burdon in the early 1990s, and recorded the live album Access All Areas with him in 1993. After several projects, including albums with family members, he reformed the Oblivion Express in the late 1990s, with a line-up that eventually featured both his son and daughter.
The Oblivion Express was revived with a 2005 recording and subsequent touring. The group featured Brian Auger, his son Karma Auger on drums, his daughter Savannah Auger on vocals, and Derek Frank on bass.
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Sunday, May 3, 2009
Among the finest of rock's live documents, LIVE DEAD is a snapshot of the Grateful Dead circa 1969, applying the free-jazz lessons of John Coltrane to their finely-tuned, manic, and flowing boogie. It was the first released piece of evidence that the live Dead were a wholly different, multi-headed animal than the one that recorded in the studio. LIVE DEAD was also the culmination of the group's evolution into what'snow considered the vintage San Francisco sound--having perfected it, the Grateful Dead would soon leave it for fresher musical pastures.
While each of LIVE DEAD's selections calls to mind a specific trick from up the band's sleeve, the opening four songs (later dubbed "the holy quartet" by Deadheads) best indicates the Dead's burning trajectory. "Dark Star" lays out a wide-open musical terrain, allowing the band to leap anywhere from its minimalist-riff launching pad and its two verses of T.S. Eliot-inspired psychedelic prose. Here, it is a dark-hued and majestic sea of ambience and intensity. "St. Stephen" explodes like a shiny metallic cloud-burst, Bob Weir's fervent vocals carrying it like a holy torch. "The Eleven", a thunderous fury of a composition based on "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" and played in 11/4 time, continues the rumbling. By the time Pigpen ends the continuous sermon with a raucous sci-fi-R&B take on Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Turn On Your Lovelight", the Dead have seemingly sailed every corner of their musical universe and crash-landed with aplomb.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
First, the Jimi thing. Randy California may have influenced him, rather than vice versa. In _Jimi Hendrix Electric Gypsy_, we read about how a young California runaway played in a band with Hendrix for a little while. His name was Randy Wolfe. Since there were two Randy's in the band, Jimi called them Randy Texas and Randy California. The latter went on to form Spirit with Ed Cassidy. Shortly after Jimi's death, Randy C. turned solo, letting his guitar playing burn more than it had in the jazzier Spirit. His first solo album, "Kaptain Kopter and the Fabulous Twirly Birds", is as devout a testament to Hendrix's music as has ever been waxed.
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This German hard rock machine, with British belter John Lawton, (later of Uriah Heep) gave birth to one of the best heavy rock albums of the early 70's. From the screaming vocals of "Ride In The Sky" (with its brass opening reminiscent of Zeppelin's "The Immigrant Song" and an almost "thrash metal" riff) to the progressive/hard R&B of "Toxic Shadows", to the lumbering, Sabbathish doom of "Keep Goin", this album never lets up for a second. Fans of Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin must have this in their collection! Lawton is one of the best singers in hard rock, and the musicianship of the group is tremendous. Very heavy indeed for a 1970 release.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The latest available CD version of a title which has been repackaged and retitled several times over the last 30 years. Recorded in London in April 1967 and produced by the legendary Giorgio Gomelsky, these nine demos feature the original Soft Machine lineup of Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Mike Ratledge, and Daevid Allen. Although not intended for release, these rough but accomplished performances show the band at their most pop- and song-oriented. Not far removed from Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, the jazzy chord changes, unpredictable bursts of scat singing, glib free-association lyrics, ominous buzzing organ, and Robert Wyatt's soulful rasp convey the freewheeling abandon and giddy high spirits that characterized the best early British psychedelia.
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
This London quartet recorded their debut album with the large label Polydor (Phillips), but for some reason the record got pulled from the stores soon after its release and is now a much sought-after collector’s item. The album had received a first Cd reissue with the German TRC, but for some reasons, the album was only lasting some 28 minutes. Released again nowadays, the full album is present as well as three bonus tracks, but I am not positive of the legitimacy of this release or its label. Nevertheless it is nice to hear Audience’s debut even if we are far from their next two albums, which are masterpieces of the British proto-prog scene. The lest we can say is that this album is a bit naďve (is that really a flaw) and lacks a bit musical direction (on the other hand, this…), but holds enough charm to allow its weaknesses go easily forgiven.
Audience developed a blues-derived proto-prog that had two main characteristics, guitarist Howard Werth’s voice (which can sound like VdGG and Gnidrolog’s voices) and Keith Gemmell’s many wind instruments. Tracks like the opening Banquet (this has the power of future records), the superb Heaven Was An Island (with its great percussive intro leading to a sizzling sax and wild lyrics), the dreamy Maiden’s Cry (plaintive yet riveting with its sax approaching VdGG’s Jackson), the solemn Leave It Unsaid and a first version of House On The Hill are all excellent tracks indicating the greatness of their future oeuvres.
Other tracks like Poet (cool flute), Waverley Stage Coach (too bluesy), River Boat Queen (weird, not unpleasant but highly surprising with its strings in the background), Harlequin (a bit of a filler), the forgettable and brassy Too Late etc. are slightly weaker
The three bonus tracks do not really hinder the album’s running (except for the closer that is really not of good recording quality - and its origin not explained), but do not add much in value either as they do not range in their better tracks. But in some ways they are related to the song Ebony Variations from their second albums by presenting an underlying jazz facet that surfaces now and again.
Yes this debut is hardly representative of Audience’s blistering and sizzling hard-bluesy prog of their future Friend’s Friend’s Friend and its better-known successor House On The Hill. But if you loved those two albums enough, this one will also please you because the nascent Audience sound is there, with their power musical powers waiting to be unleashed. Because of this album’s quick disappearance from the market, you will find many of the ideas getting a second chance (under different names mostly) over the following two albums, making this album sounds sometimes like a demo.
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Monday, April 13, 2009
Two landmark albums by legendary multi-instrumentalist, producer and solo artist Al Kooper. Few american musicians have pursued a more diverse or more fascinating career than Kooper. As well as playing organ on Bob Dylan's timeless 'like a rolling stone', having formed Blood Sweat & Tears and produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kooper has issued a dozen solo albums. 'i stand alone' (his debut lp, 1968) incorporates soul and pop, jazz and classical elements, making for a seamless and enjoyable whole. As well as covers of 'hey, western union man', 'coloured rain' and 'blue moon of kentucky', Kooper excels with classy originals 'i can love a woman' and 'right now for you'. 'you never know who your friends' are (1969) ups the ante with the brassy 'magic in my socks', the swooping, soulful 'loretta (union turnpike eulogy)', the joyous pop-rock of the title track and extraordinary covers of motown tunes 'too busy thinking about my baby' and 'i don't know why i love you'. Kooper maintains a busy touring and recording schedule to this day and, as all music guide states, he "remains a formidable performing talent, and one of the most inspired and intelligent people in rock music".
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Saturday, April 11, 2009
Abstract Truth (they shunned the prefix of "the" because they didn’t want to sound dogmatic) was the brainchild of one Kenneth Edward Henson (dubbed Ken E Henson by David Marks).
The band Abstract Truth existed only for a very short time, but it was a time of super-creativity. They exploded on to the Durban music scene early in 1969, released 2 studio albums during 1970 (as well as a compilation in the same year!) and, after numerous line-up changes, imploded in 1971.
Tracks from the lone 2 albums by short-lived fuzzy folk/jazz-tinged psych rock combo Abstract Truth -- both from 1970 and combined on a single CD! Abstract Truth managed to spin a pretty sweet and adventurous sound of trippy lyrics, peppering their base of straightforward rock underpinnings with more exotic flavors of flute and sax, hand percussion, and Eastern melodic flourishes! The tunes are a mix of freewheeling, but still catchy original tunes and adapations of established tunes.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Cuby & the Blizzards are a Dutch blues group that started in 1964. Right from the start they were a big hit in the Netherlands. This band is completely different from another Dutch band in the same time period, Peter & the Blizzards.
In 1967 they toured with Van Morrison (in lieu of his band Them), played with Eddie Boyd, scored a hit with Window of my Eyes and received an Edison award. That year, John Mayall stayed at their farm and the next year they regularly played with the 'king of British blues' Alexis Korner.
The line-up of the band changed regularly, but founders Harry Muskee (vocals) and Eelco Gelling (guitar) remained at the core of the band, despite regular unsuccessful attempts to form other bands. Herman Brood was the pianist shortly in 1967 (which kick-started his career) and again in 1976.
The spelling of the name varies, with 'Cuby' also written as 'QB' and the ampersand (&) also written as 'and' or '+' and the 'and sometimes left out. The spelling 'Cuby + Blizzards' was used on the first albums.
4 albums on 2 CDs
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Friday, April 3, 2009
For those who love the tradional Santana and are acquainted with the deep-hearted rythm and blues of Buddy Miles this recording represents the combined talents and exhausting efforts of these two great artists into one exhilirating, energized hour of music. The quality of the recording is phenominal; an adventure worth downloading...
1 Marbles - 4:18
2 Lava - 2:13
3 Evil Ways - 6:36
4 Faith Interlude - 2:12
5 Them Changes - 5:51
6 Free Form Funkafide Filth - 24:53
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Sunday, March 29, 2009
Surely every album is a labor of love, many are love letters, but few besides Julie Driscoll's 1969 can lay claim to actually being a love affair. Back home after an exhausting series of tours with Brian Auger & the Trinity, Driscoll began composing on her own, then handed a demo of her ongoing work to her manager/producer Giorgio Gomelsky. Impressed, he played it to the eponymous leader of the Keith Tippett Group whose own debut album Gomelsky was currently producing. Tippett was entranced, and Driscoll was equally so when she saw the Tippett Group perform soon after. The pair immediately began working on Driscoll's album together, with Tippett arranging a trio of the songs, contributing piano to half the set, as well lending Driscoll the Tippett Group's brass section. It was a merry affair, also bolstered by guest appearances from Chris Spedding and Blossom Toes. But it was the electricity between Tippett and Driscoll that fired the entire set, for his presence lingers even on the songs he took no part in. The pair married the following year, and the frisson of their meeting is self-evident here as their blindingly different musical styles meld into one before our very ears.
"Walk Down" shows not the compromises made, but the new directions found, as Tippett embraces Driscoll's folky sound, his breathtaking arrangement shifting between her adulation of folk and rock and his adoration of Stax-styled R&B and free-form jazz. This is true genius at work (and the song Driscoll chose as her wedding march). That was a declaration of love, "Those That We Love" was pure passion, as Tippett's piano and celesta ever so sinuously and sensually interweave themselves around Driscoll's acoustic guitar. And "A New Awakening" was shouting their shared love to the whole world, across another brilliant Tippett arrangement. On this song, Spedding and the band rock their hearts out, while the brass blast out in big-band jazz style overhead. "Leaving It All Behind," in contrast, blends together both traditional and free-form jazz, soul-fired horns, and Driscoll's own acoustic guitar. Tippett, who played on the piece, incorporate segments of one of his own compositions from the Tippett Group's album into the piece. The quartet of numbers without Tippett all have a lovely introspective, yearning quality to them, as if Driscoll is whiling away the time until her love returns home. That feeling is particularly noticeable on the musing "Lullaby" and the caught betwixt and between in "The Choice," whose lyrical indecision will be soon overthrown by Driscoll in real life. To hear this album is to walk into this pair of lovers' private world. But one never feels like one's intruding, so eager are Driscoll and Tippett to share not just their emotions but the musical meeting of their minds.
Brian Belshaw Guitar (Bass), Vocals
Mark Charig Cornet
Jeff Clyne Bass
Jim Creegan Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
Elton Dean Sax (Alto)
Bob Downes Flute
Julie Driscoll Guitar (Acoustic), Arranger, Vocals
Nick Evans Trombone
Brian Godding Guitar (Electric), Vocals
Carl Jenkins Oboe
Bud Parkes Trumpet
Barry Reeves Drums
Chris Spedding Guitar (Bass), Guitar (Electric)
Keith Tippett Piano, Arranger, Celeste
Derek Wadsworth Trombone
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
"It is impossible to convey to anyone who never heard "Taste" on stage how such totally opposed, combative, feuding, contentious, brawling,individually brilliant young musicians could blend into such a perfect gestalt of mind and music whose power, rage, and compassion was both anguish sheer unadulterated delight. The closest we may ever come to understanding and tracing the development of this unique three headed hydra - who became for me and many others one of the greatest live rock/blues in the late 60's -e arly 70's is here in this unprecedented live classic and previously unreleased work. however, for the six tracks recorded here, demonstrate a band at the peak of its abilities. Gallagher's guitar is razor sharp, the bass and drums are interlocked in a perpetual rolling struggle, whilst Gallagher's guitar particularly on "sinner boy" is simply stunning. Get it on your cd' player and get wild with "Taste".
1. What's Going On?
2. Sugar Mama
3. Morning Sun
4. Sinner Boy
5. I Feel So Good
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Sunday, March 22, 2009
Originally released in 1973 on MCA, Budgie's third record, Never Turn Your Back on a Friend, was another slab of the band's signature plodding metal sound. Although they were never more than a cult band in the U.S., Budgie's popularity flourished in their native England, yet their influence was eventually felt by many notable American bands (Metallica, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, etc.). The mammoth riffs created by guitarist Tony Bourge are definitely on par with Black Sabbath riff master Tony Iommi, while vocalist/bassist Burke Shelley's voice is a cross between Robert Plant and early Geddy Lee. Drummers came and went (this would be original member Ray Phillips' last recording), but you'd never guess there would be a defection soon, judging from the tightness and interplay displayed on this album. One of their best-known tracks, "Breadfan" (later covered by Metallica), kicks off the album with rapid, almost speed metal, while the epic "Parents" closes the album sans the heavy metal thunder (the band chooses a more mid-paced and acoustic sound). The group also became notorious for coming up with profound (yet lighthearted) song titles, such as "In the Grip of a Tyrefitter's Hand" and "You're the Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk." Recommended to anyone who finds solace in the metal forefathers (Sabbath, Zep, Hendrix, etc.).
1 Breadfan 6:10
2 Baby Please Don't Go 5:30
3 You Know I'll Always Love You 2:15
4 You're the Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk 8:50
5 In the Grip of a Tyrefitter's Hand 6:29
6 Riding My Nightmare 2:42
7 Parents 10:25
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Friday, March 20, 2009
"BULDOŽER was formed in early 1975 in Ljubljana, present Slovenia, when an avant-garde singer/songwriter Marko Brecelj joined the band SEDEM SVETLOBNIH LET ("Seven Light Years") led by guitarist and lead vocalist Boris Bele. Apart from them, the original line-up included keyboardist/composer Borut Činč, bassist Andrej Veble, lead guitarist Uroš Lovšin and drummer Štefan Jež.
They released their debut album "Pljuni istini u oci" in December 1975 to shocking reactions of the public and music business authorities due to its twisted black humor filled with sarcasm, satire and touching "sensitive" issues of drugs or pornography. They also utilized the Zappa-like stage freak-out performances and ridiculed some generally accepted morals of the so-called socialist state of Yugoslavia. The cover sleeve of this album was designed as a magazine sheet (similar to JETHRO TULL's "Thick As A Brick") filled with funny and ridiculous social vignettes and some pornographic cartoons. After the first circulation was sold out, the recording label PGP RTB refused to print more copies.
In 1976 they recorded the second album "Zabranjeno plakatirati" but due to their label's policy (the band had to modify their lyrics if they wanted to release the record) it was released only in late 1977, when they joined their hometown label Helidon. In the meantime, the rhythm section changed, so the bassist Vili Bertok and drummer Tone Dimnik participated in studio sessions. Brecelj left the band in 1979 to pursue solo career, while Bele-led BULDOZER embraced then popular punk and new wave aesthetics to gain enormous popularity across ex-Yugoslavia.
First two albums "Pljuni istini u oči" and "Zabranjeno plakatirati" are essential for avant-prog listeners who like slightly psychedelic moments with Hammond organ and "acid" guitar solos. Their lyrics and performance are quite anarchic and close to RIO movement. "Izlog jeftinih slatkiša" is a diverse collection of more accessible songs ranging from punk aggressiveness to pure psychedelic moments, while "Noč" presents a refreshed band of the 1990s that is also worth checking out. (SSF)
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
"Daevid returns to his roots with this fresh bebop album on which he sings some of his favourite classic jazz standards with a powerful, grooving, eloquent and emotional quartet of master jazz musicians including Gong's Didier Malherbe and master drummer N'dugu Chancler. The playing is of the very highest standard and Daevid's new and re-written lyrics are pure alien. Just joyful throughout.
I still think Salt Peanuts could have been sung as Flying Teapot! Flying Teapot!
Read Daevid's CD booklet notes :
Eat Me Baby Booklet Notes: Daevid Allen
15th October, 1998
In 1955 I was sweet seventeen, living in Australia & profoundly into bebop. My heroes were Thelonius Sphere Monk, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Mingus & of course Bird, Diz & Miles. Maybe for a true black culture purist it was politically incorrect but I also enjoyed Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan and Stan Kenton. And then there were also the early vocal scat singers like Roy Kraal & Jackie Cain and the outrageous Woody Herman Big Band.
One day in a Melbourne second hand records box I discovered a strange album that was to be a future psychic signpost pointing to a luminous green planet called Gong. It was a Sun Ra Cosmick Arkestra album.
Every night I drifted off to sleep to the sound of Kim Bonython's late jazz program on ABC radio & it was on one of these shows that I first heard of a singer named Bobby Troupe. His album sported arrangements for four assorted saxophones- a gorgeous thick sound -quite radical for mid fifties ears. It was not until much later that I realised he had penned the famed hit: 'Route 66'.
Bobby had also rewritten the words of the songs to suit himself, a true free spirit & worthy role model. I was particularly amused by his version of I CAN'T GET STARTED & it stayed in my mind for years. T'was only natural that, 42 years later, I should in turn rewrite his version to suit myself & include it amongst my tributes to my musical mentors.
IN 1997 I was a nifty fifty nine & passing thru a summery LA on my way to a Gong tour of Europe, Japan, USA & UK. Our US agent Shawn Ahearn had set up a gig for his Japanese jazz singer wife Sami Kaneda at Steamer's jazz cafe and she and her band (which included ex Miles Davis drummer: Ndugu Chancler & a spectacular russian classical pianist turned jazzman: Eugene Maslov) were running hot!
Spontaneously invited by Sami to sit in for a couple of songs I found an instant rapport with the band. I flashed that if ever I was to do an album singing jazz standards as a tribute to the music that had put me onto my life path, this had to be the band to do it with. So I called my friend & designer Peter Hartl in Austria & asked if he would lend me the loot to leap the first hurdle. He was sweetly cool. Go!
So two days later we met at the Stagg Street studios at Van Nuys and with a second Austrian, the renown jazz producer: Franz Putsch at the controls, magic immediately happened. By the end of the afternoon we had the whole album down.
Several vocals were finished then but others would be rewritten & thus resung. Space was allotted for Didier Malherbe's sax parts to be added at the end of the US Gong tour. The results were my delight. As I caught my plane for London I was over the bananaluna...
Two months later there was spare evening during the Gong tour for Didier's sax parts but no money to pay the studio. To my profound relief, Dr Wolf Thandoy the eminent motorologist lent us the lolly bless his parts. Didier (whose musical roots were exactly parallel to mine) was in his elemental. The final step was to add the altered lyrics & mix as I returned thru LA towards Oz. After much passionate negotiation, Jonny Greene of GAS furnished the final finance in the form of japanese yen.
Oo scooby dooby & all of a suddenly I was a goldtop yen jellybean! Voila! Ze lounge wizard was born again!
Track Listing: Total Runtime 46.17
1. So What?
2. Gold Top
3. I Can't Get Started
4. Slow Boat
5. It Ain't Necessarily So
6. My Funny Valentine
7. Au Privave
8. St Petersburg Café
9. Salt Peanuts
* Daevid Allen: Vocals
* Didier Malherbe: Alto Sax
* Eugene Maslov: Piano
* Ndugu Chancler: Drums
* Larry Steen: Bass
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Friday, March 6, 2009
Serving as an introduction for neophytes and a refresher course for experts, The History of Rock and Roll is a mammoth and, when considered on its own terms, frequently successful undertaking. The series, which was first presented in 1995, consumes some 578 minutes, with 10 episodes (there are no bonus features) spread out over five discs. Its pedigree (executive producers include Quincy Jones, while respected writers Peter Guralnick and Greil Marcus are listed as consultants) is impressive, as is its scope, beginning in the pre-rock days of bluesman Muddy Waters and boogie woogie master Louis Jordan and continuing through the death of Kurt Cobain and the birth of the Lollapalooza festival in the mid-1990s. Along the way, dozens of big-name performers (with the notable exception of the Beatles) are on hand to lead us through the story.
Episode One: Rock `n' Roll Explodes
* With or Without You - U2
* Wild Think - Jimi Hendrix
* Money Honey - Elvis Presley
* Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
* Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
* Shut `Em Down - Public Enemy
* I Just Want to Make Love to You - the Rolling Stones
* Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters
* Hey, Good Looking - Hank Williams Sr.
* That'll be the Day - Buddy Holly
* Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown
* Caldonia - Louis Jordon & the Tympani 5
* Shake, Rattle & Roll - Big Joe Turner
* I Got a Woman - Ray Charles
* Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
* Blue Monday - Fats Domino
* Maybellene - Chuck Berry
* Reddy Teddy - Little Richard
* Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
* Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets
Episode Two: Good Rockin' Tonight
* Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry
* Lucille - Little Richard
* How Much is that Doggy in the Window - Patti Page
* Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
* Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
* Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
* Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
* Oh, Boy! - Buddy Holly & the Crickets
* Bye Bye Love - the Everly Brothers
* Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel) - Roy Orbison
* At the Hop - Danny and the Juniors
* Words of Love - Buddy Holly
* Calendar Girl - Neil Sedaka
* You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling - the Righteous Brothers
* Be My Baby - The Ronettes
* Searchin' - the Coasters
* Stand By Me - Ben E. King
* The Twist - Chubby Checker
Episode Three: Britain Invades, America Fights Back
* Twist and Shout - the Beatles
* I Get Around - the Beach Boys
* The Way You Do the Things You Do - the Temptations
* Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying - Gerry & the Pacemakers
* House of the Rising Sun - the Animals
* Needles and Pins - the Searchers
* Around and Around - the Rolling Stones
* Satisfaction - the Rolling Stones
* I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits
* A World Without Love - Peter and Gordon
* You Really Got Me - the Kinks
* As Tears Go By - Marianne Faithful
* You Can't Hurry Love - the Supremes
* Do You Believe In Magic? - The Lovin' Spoonful
* Good Lovin' - the Young Rascals
* Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
* Creeque Alley - Mama and Papas
* Can't Explain - the Who
* Carrie-Anne - the Hollies
* Keep on Running - the Spencer Davis Group (featuring Steve Winwood)
* Paint It Black - the Rolling Stones
Episode Four: The Sounds of Soul
* Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
* Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles/Michael Bolton
* Papas Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown
* You Send Me - Sam Cooke
* Baby Workout - Jackie Wilson
* What'd I Say - Ray Charles
* In the Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
* I've Been Loving You Too Long (to Stop Now) - Otis Redding
* Dr. Feelgood - Aretha Franklin
* I Heard it Through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight & the Pips
* Love is Like a Heatwave - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
* I Can't Help Myself - the Four Tops
* Ooo Baby Baby - the Miracles
* Come See About Me - the Supremes
* My Girl - the Temptations
* Choice of Colors - Curtis Mayfield
* Say It Loud, I'm Black & I'm Proud - James Brown
* A House is not a Home - Luther Vandross
* Ain't that Peculiar - Marvin Gaye
* I Want You Back - the Jackson 5
* For the Love of Money - O'Jays
Episode Five: Plugging In
* On the Road Again - Bob Dylan
* It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) - Bob Dylan
* Talkin' New York - Bob Dylan
* Mojo Hand - Sam "Lightenin'" Hopkins
* I Ain't Marchin' Anymore - Phil Ochs
* Handsome Johnny - Richie Havens
* Blowin' In the Wind - Peter, Paul & Mary
* All My Trials - Joan Baez
* The Times They Are a-Changin' - Bob Dylan
* I'll Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms - the Monroe Brothers (?)
* Maggie's Farm - Bob Dylan
* Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
* My Back Pages - Bob Dylan
* Mr. Tambourine Man - the Byrds
* California Dreamin' - the Mamas & Papas
* Surfer Girl - the Beach Boys
* God Only Knows - the Beach Boys
* Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
* Paint It Black - the Animals
* Ball & Chain - Janis Joplin
Episode Six: My Generation
* Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane
* Tell Mama - Janis Joplin
* China Cat Sunflowers - the Grateful Dead
* Foxy Lady - Jimi Hendrix
* When the Music's Over - the Doors
* Up on Cripple Creek - the Band
* Street Fighting Man - the Rolling Stones
* I Feel Free - Cream
* Baba O'Riley - the Who
* Handsome Johnny - Richie Havens
* Fixin' to Die Rag - Country Joe and the Fish
* Soul Sacrifice - Santana
* Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills & Nash
* Down By the River - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
* Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
* Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
* Touch of Grey - the Grateful Dead
Episode Seven: Guitar Heroes
* Black Magic Woman - Santana
* Eruption - Van Halen
* Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
* Won't Get Fooled Again - the Who
* Blue Moon of Kentucky - Elvis
* Hello, Mary Lou - Ricky Nelson
* Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
* Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
* Sweet Sixteen - B.B. King
* The Last Time - the Rolling Stones
* Train Keep A Rollin' - the Yardbirds
* Layla - Derek and the Dominos
* Dazed and Confused - Led Zepplin
* Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
* Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
* Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns & Roses
* Bullet the Blue Sky - U2
Episode Eight: The 70's: Have a Nice Decade
* Bennie & the Jets - Elton John
* Reeling in the Years - Steely Dan
* How Many More Times - Led Zepplin
* Paranoid - Black Sabbath
* Whipping Post - Allman Brothers
* Do That Stuff - Parliament/Funkadelic
* Get Up Stand - Bob Marley
* I Want to Take You Higher - Sly and the Family Stone
* Superstition - Stevie Wonder
* Brain Damage - Pink Floyd
* Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
* Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
* Rock and Roll All Night - Kiss
* School's Out - Alice Cooper
* Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
* Fame - David Bowie
* Running on Empty - Jackson Browne
* Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
* Do You Feel Like We Do - Peter Frampton
* Y.M.C.A. - the Village People
* Refugee - Tom Petty
* Quarter to Three - Bruce Springsteen
* Episode Nine: Punk
* Anarchy in the U.K. - the Sex Pistols
* The Passenger - Iggy Pop
* Sweet Jane - the Velvet Underground
* Back in the U.S.A. - the New York Dolls
* Blank Generation - the Heartbreakers
* Rockaway Beach - the Ramones
* Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
* Gloria - Patti Smith Group
* Garageland - the Clash
* Go There Natty - U-Roy
* Alison - Elvis Costello
* God Save the Queen - the Sex Pistols
* No Fun - the Sex Pistols
* Johnny Hit and Run Pauline - X
* Radio Radio - Elvis Costello and the Attractions
* Jackson, Monk and Rowe - Elvis Costello
* London Calling - the Clash
* Message of Love - the Pretenders
* I Will Follow - U2
* Every Breath You Take - the Police
* Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
* Basket Case - Green Day
Episode Ten: Up From Underground
* Whip It - Devo
* Our Lips are Sealed - the GoGos
* Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? - Culture Club
* The Breaks - Kurtis Blow
* The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
* Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
* Rock Box - Run-D.M.C.
* Walk this Way - Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith
* Fight the Power - Public Enemy
* Sabotage - Beastie Boys
* Justify My Love - Madonna
* Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
* Money for Nothing - Dire Straits with Sting
* Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
* Express Yourself - N.W.A.
* Escape from the Killing Fields - Ice-T
* My Hometown - Bruce Springsteen
* Let's Talk About Sex - Salt 'n' Pepa
* Even Better Than the Real Thing - U2
* Long View - Green Day
* Radio Song - R.E.M. with Krs-One
* Rumblefish - the Goats
Thanx to original uploader!!!
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