Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Radiohead - Kid A (2000) @flac

Kid A is the fourth album by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, released on 2 October 2000 (2000-10-02) in the United Kingdom and on 3 October 2000 (2000-10-03) in the United States and Canada. A commercial success worldwide, Kid A went platinum in its first week of release in the UK. Despite the lack of an official single or video as publicity, Kid A became the first Radiohead release to debut at #1 in the US. This success was credited variously to a unique marketing campaign, the early Internet leak of the album, or anticipation after the band's 1997 album, OK Computer.

Kid A was recorded in Paris, Copenhagen, Gloucestershire and Oxford with producer Nigel Godrich. The album's songwriting and recording were experimental for Radiohead, as the band replaced their earlier "anthemic" rock style with a more electronic sound. Influenced by Krautrock, jazz, and 20th century classical music, Radiohead abandoned their three-guitar lineup for a wider range of instruments on Kid A, using keyboards, the Ondes martenot, and, on certain compositions, strings and brass. Kid A also contains more minimal and abstract lyrics than the band's previous work. Singer Thom Yorke has said the album was not intended as "art", but reflects the music they listened to at the time. Original artwork by Stanley Donwood and Yorke, and a series of short animated films called "blips", accompanied the album.

Kid A has been considered one of the more challenging pop records to have commercial success, and it polarised opinion among both fans and critics. The album won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album and was nominated for Album of the Year. It also received praise for introducing listeners to diverse forms of underground music.

Track listing
"Everything in Its Right Place" – 4:11
"Kid A" – 4:44
"The National Anthem" – 5:50
"How to Disappear Completely" – 5:55
"Treefingers" – 3:42
"Optimistic" – 5:16
"In Limbo" – 3:31
"Idioteque" (Radiohead, Paul Lansky) – 5:09
"Morning Bell" – 4:29
"Motion Picture Soundtrack" – 6:59
"Motion Picture Soundtrack" contains several minutes of silence and a "hidden track" in its running time. The song proper ends at about 3:24 and an untitled instrumental hidden track starts at about 4:17 and ends at 5:09. The remaining 1:50 of the track are silent. The vinyl version is the same length, however the hidden track starts at about 6:05.

Thom Yorke – Vocals, programming, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar
Colin Greenwood – bass guitar, sampler
Jonny Greenwood – Ondes Martenot, guitar, string arrangements, sampler, synthesiser
Ed O'Brien – guitar, programming
Phil Selway – drums, percussion, programming

Additional musicians
Andy Bush – trumpet
Andy Hamilton – tenor saxophone (credited as "tenor horn")
Steve Hamilton – alto saxophone (credited as "alto horn")
Stan Harrison – baritone saxophone (etc.)
Martin Hathaway – alto saxophone
Mike Kearsey – bass trombone
Liam Kerkman – trombone
Mark Lockheart – tenor saxophone
The Orchestra of St. Johns – strings
John Lubbock – conductor
Paul Lansky – sample of "Mild und Leise" on "Idioteque"
Arthur Kreiger – sample of "Short Piece" on "Idioteque"

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ultimate Spinach - same (1967) @flac

‘Ultimate Spinach’ was founded in 1967 under the name of 'Underground Cinema' as the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ian Bruce-Douglas. The same year the band changed their name to 'Ultimate Spinach' and recorded their first record for MGM, produced by the ambitious Alan Lorber. Lorber created together with MGM the marketing concept of the 'Boston Sound' (later 'Bosstown' sound) to propose (and sell) an alternative to the West-coast bands. The three Boston bands starting that "movement” were ‘Ultimate Spinach’, ‘Orpheus’ and ‘The Beacon Street Union’. These bands, all produced by Alan Lorber, had musically not much in common and ‘Ultimate Spinach’ was the most interesting band to come out of this hype. Their first self-titled record, inspired by West-coast bands like ‘The Doors’ and ‘Jefferson Airplane’, presented an original mixture of psychedelic rock, folk and classical music. All lyrics and music were written by leader Ian Bruce-Douglas. ‘Ultimate Spinach’ privileged long elaborated suites, alternating instrumental passages, poetry and multipart vocals (the voice of Barbara Hudson reminding Grace Slick and Sonja Kristina) with original arrangements, including flutes, sitar, harpsichord and the electronic Theremin instrument. The record sold well, but the band was a victim of the hype and got negative critics by the press. The second record “Behold and See” was released in 1968 and followed the direction of the first with tighter tracks and the same overall quality. At the end of 1968 the band was reformed with Bruce-Douglas keeping only singer Barbara Hudson, but finally he left the band prior to the recording of the third self-titled ‘Ultimate Spinach’ record, leaving Barbara Hudson as the only original member. The record moved away from the psychedelic sound of the first two records and consisted of mainstream rock songs. ‘Ultimate Spinach’ recorded some of the most original psychedelic rock records.

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PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI - Cook (aka Live in USA) - 1974 @flac

The pioneer of Italian Progressive groups, PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM for short) is one of the leaders of the 70s prog movement. PFM developed a style which is uniquely Italian while maintaining links with the rest of the prog world. A lyrical, romantic and delicate music, full of fineness. A great melodic and instrumental richness, somptuous compositions and arrangements. Sometimes compared with the early KING CRIMSON, the group had its own musical personality, with its elegant music.

"Per Un Amico" ("Photos of Ghosts") and "L'Isola Di Niente" as well as their first, "Storia Di Un Minuto" are all virtual classics of progressive music, obviously influenced by early KING CRIMSON and GENESIS yet sounding nothing like them. The instrumentation is superb with fluid guitar, highly original synthesizer sounds, beautiful violin and flute, and ethereal vocals that are so important to the music, that replacing them with English vocals becomes a detriment. "The World Became The World" is another English-language album, but this time with the same music, so it's not as bad as "Photos Of Ghosts".

"Marconi Bakery" is a compilation of music from the first three Italian albums. "Jet Lag", from 1977, had much of the original PFM spirit with a jazz inclination, akin to groups such as ARTI + MESTIERI, though somewhat more low-key. "Suonare Suonare" came out in 1980, and saw PFM turning back toward their original sound, from the style of "Passpartu". On "PFM - Live In Japan 2002 (Tokyo)" the band plays classic tunes from the Seventies. A must for all prog fans...!

About this release:
Part of a five-disc rerelease of classic P.F.M albums (and side projects) digitally remastered in 20bit digital K2 sound with cardboard sleeve replicas of the original LP cases. Series includes "Photos of Ghosts," "Cook," "Chocolat Kings," Pete Sinfield's "Still," and Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso's "Banco."

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Tripsichord Music Box - same (1971) @flac

"Tripsichord Music Box, whose shortened name Tripsichord is sometimes used, came from San Francisco. Even though their album was released in 1971, late for the fast paced 1966-1968 period of San Francisco psychedlia, it is still considered an equal to the best and most brilliantly adept albums from the acid rock movement—a Bay area music specialty based upon distorted (crazy) guitars. Probably formed in 1968 by five relatively fresh musicians, the group had a very classic rock line-up: Randy Gordon on the drums, Frank Straight on guitar, Dave Zandonatti on bass, Oliver Mckinney on keyboards (organ), and B. Carr on vocals. Our five acid rockers quickly assembled a repertoire of original songs, thanks for the most part to the talents of Dave Zandonatti and B. Carr. This doesn’t mean for certain that, in the first part of their career, there weren’t some personnel changes. In any case, in 1969 they were taken under the wing of Matthew Katz. Manager, producer, and the founder and operator of the San Francisco Sound label, Katz was a know Haight Ashbury character, having participated in a good number of music ventures since that day in March 1965 where, with singer Marty Balin (founder of Jefferson Airplane) he purchased the bar “the Honey Bucket”. Situated on Fillmore Street in the Marina district, it was remodeled and redecorated and would become the well-known music club the Matrix. Matthew Katz would, as a result, become the first manager/producer of Jefferson Airplane. Whatever criticisms one could lobby against Katz’s methods of band management, it is undeniable that he often knew how to take full advantage of intuition and taste. Thus, in 1966, he took over the business end of the still fledgling Moby Grape. Then in 1968, he allowed It's a Beautiful Day to press a single and release an LP on his own label before they signed with Columbia.

It was San Francisco Sound that released the first recording of Tripsichord Music Box—the single “Times and Seasons”/“Sunday the Third” (San Francisco Sound 115). The resulting sound was certainly unique, but the LP format was too restrictive in its length to allow the band to express the entirety of their talents. And if these two titles did possess rare qualities, particularly on “Sunday the Third”, they were hardly original and didn’t stand out against the masses of music produced in1969. It was also at this time that Matthew Katz concocted the idea to release a compilation—one that was destined to lift up his young protégés. Titled “San Francisco Sound”, the compilation was released on the mysterious label Fifth Pipe Dream (F.P.D. 11680) and brought together tracks from It’s a Beautiful Day ("Bulgaria" and the imaginative and unedited "Aquarian Dream", the two sides of their first single), Black Swan (a rather ordinary pop group—the weakest of the four), Indian Puddin Pipes (the formidable "Hashish" and "Water and Wine") and of course Tripsichord Music Box. Tripsichord contributed three songs: "You’re the Woman", "It’s Not Good" (these two songs are actually one), and "Family Song". By far the longest tracks on the album, they are superb, and even though the vocals are themselves excellent, it is above all the explosive and burning guitar and organ solos, and the high-tension melodies that keep our attention. The perfect illustration of acid rock at its highest level, these three tunes that are found nowhere else have been added, on this CD, to the nine songs from the original Tripsichord album—providing a more complete look into what was Tripsichord Music Box.

The product of a collaboration between San Francisco Sound and Janus Records (between Katz and Bob Scerbo), Tripsichord Music Box (Janus J.L.S. 3016), was released two years later in 1971. The album cover was particularly beautiful and symbolic. Done in the style of Gustave Klimt and 1920s illustrators, it evokes the surreal, magical and dreamlike atmosphere of fairy tales, and prepares us for the marvelous voyages (trips) of acid rock. As you are able to discover, the content is at the top of its game, and if certain songs like “We Have died” or “Son of the Morning” remind us of Moby Grape (melodies, vocals and bright sounds), the complete record offers spurts of explosive and deafening guitars, beautiful melodies and remarkable energy. The album doesn’t have a single weak spot, and each song, in its proper place, can inspire happiness. For my part, I must confess a preference for the elevated cavalcades that are “On the Last Ride”, “New World”, “Short Order” and especially “Fly Baby” (a high point in the guitar fret board trip of San Francisco art). A beautiful work that must be a part of your record collection, and listened to often, very often, to once again feel the pleasure, the emotion and the lyricism of these cosmic dreams, already nostalgic from a lost paradise

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The Byrds Box Set (1990) 4 CD @flac

The Byrds is a boxed set released by American band The Byrds in 1990 on Columbia Records. A four-CD package, it is a career-spanning set (save for the 1973 reunion album released on Asylum Records, Byrds.).

This release is notable for its inclusion of rare and unreleased songs (many of which turned up as bonus tracks on the remastered CDs of the individual albums). It is also notable for its four new recordings featuring Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, and David Crosby. Both Gene Clark and Michael Clarke, still living in 1990, did not take part in the reunion.

Reaching 151 in the U.S. charts, The Byrds provides a well-executed overview of the band and their music. It is currently out of print.

LINKS: ( 2 x 700MB + 1 x 159MB)

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Spooky Tooth - 4 albums (@flac)

Crucial to their sound was their instrumentation; they were one of the few acts within the rock forum of the time to adopt the twin keyboard approach (both an organ and a piano player) alongside The Band (whose "The Weight" was recorded by Spooky Tooth as a single in 1968) and Procol Harum.

They formed in October 1967, out of a combination of The Ramrods (1960 - late 1963), The V.I.P.'s (late 1963 - April 1967) and Art (April — October 1967).

The line-up changed several times, but typically was:
Mike Harrison (born Michael Harrison, 3 September 1942, Carlisle, Cumbria) (keyboards/vocals)
Greg Ridley (born Alfred Gregory Ridley, 23 October 1942, Aspatria, Cumbria — died 19 November 2003, in Java, Spain) (bass guitar/vocals)
Luther (Luke) Grosvenor (born Luther James Grosvenor, 23 December 1946, Evesham, Worcestershire) (guitar/vocals)
Mike Kellie, (born Michael Kellie, 24 March 1945, Birmingham, Warwickshire) (drums)
Gary Wright, (born 26 April 1943, Cresskill, New Jersey, U.S.) (organ/vocals)

1969's Spooky Two LP is generally considered to be the best effort by the group and was the last album release by the original lineup. It included the song "Better By You, Better Than Me", which was covered by Judas Priest on their 1978 release Stained Class. The track later gained some attention in the media as subject of a court trial in 1990. It was claimed that the subliminal messages in the song's recording by Judas Priest caused two youngsters to commit mutual suicide. The court finally judged in favor of the accused.

Ridley joined Humble Pie in 1969 and was replaced by Andy Leigh (in time for 1970's album Ceremony) who went on to Matthews Southern Comfort with ex-Fairport Convention vocalist Ian Matthews. The experimental nature of Ceremony received mixed reviews and following its release Wright also bowed out. The core of Harrison, Grosvenor and Kellie struggled on for one more album, aptly titled The Last Puff, completed with friends from Joe Cocker's Grease Band.

They broke up in the autumn of 1970, however after solo efforts Harrison and Wright reformed Spooky Tooth in September 1972 with a different (and frequently changing) line-up. The best known member of these line-ups (from March 1973 to September 1974) was Mick Jones (guitar / vocals), later in Foreigner and, from February — May 1974, Mike Patto (vocals) replaced Harrison for the 1974 release The Mirror. The group then split again in September 1974.

Spooky Tooth
1968 - It's All About
1969 - Spooky Two
1970 - Ceremony (with Pierre Henry)
1970 - The Last Puff
1971 - Tobacco Road (=It's All About)
1973 - You Broke My Heart So I Busted Your Jaw
1973 - Witness
1974 - The Mirror
1999 - Cross Purpose
1999 - The Best of Spooky Tooth: That Was Only Yesterday
2000 - Comic Violence
2001 - BBC Sessions
2007 - Nomad Poets (DVD)

Spooky Tooth - It's All About (remastered & expanded)
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Spooky Tooth - Spooky Two
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Spooky Tooth - The Last Puff [expanded & remastered]
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Spooky Tooth - You Broke My Heart, So I Busted Your Jaw [remasiered & expanded]
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Jefferson Airplane - Ignition 4CD (@flac)

CD 1
Jefferson Airplane Takes Off: Stereo version
Blues from an Airplane (Balin/Spence)
Let Me In (Balin/Kantner)
Bringing Me Down (Balin/Kantner)
It's No Secret (Balin)
Tobacco Road (Warnick)
Runnin' 'Round This World (Balin/Kantner)
Come Up the Years (Balin/Kantner)
Run Around (Balin/Kantner)
Let's Get Together (Powers)
Don't Slip Away (Balin/Spence)
Chauffeur Blues (Melrose)
And I Like It (Balin/Kaukonen)
Jefferson Airplane Takes Off: Mono version
Blues from an Airplane (Balin/Spence)
Let Me In (Balin/Kantner)
Bringing Me Down (Balin/Kantner)
It's No Secret (Balin)
Tobacco Road (Warnick)
Runnin' 'Round This World (Balin/Kantner)
Come Up the Years (Balin/Kantner)
Run Around (Balin/Kantner)
Let's Get Together (Powers)
Don't Slip Away (Balin/Spence)
Chauffeur Blues (Melrose)
And I Like It (Balin/kaukonen)

CD 2
Surrealistic Pillow: Stereo version
She Has Funny Cars (Balin/Kaukonen)
Somebody to Love (Slick)
My Best Friend (Spence)
Today (Balin/Kantner)
Comin' Back to Me (Balin)
3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds (Balin)
D.C.B.A. (Kantner)
How Do You Feel (Mastin)
Embryonic Journey (Kaukonen)
White Rabbit (Slick)
Plastic Fantastic Lover (Balin)
Surrealistic Pillow: Mono version
She Has Funny Cars (Balin/Kaukonen)
Somebody to Love (Slick)
My Best Friend (Spence)
Today (Balin/Kantner)
Comin' Back to Me (Balin)
3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds (Balin)
D.C.B.A. (Kantner)
How Do You Feel (Matin)
Embryonic Journey (Kaukonen)
White Rabbit (Slick)
Plastic Fantastic Lover (Balin)

CD 3
After Bathing At Baxter's
The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil (Kantner)
A Small Package of Value Will Come to You Shortly (Blackman/Dryden/Thompson)
Young Girl Sunday Blues (Balin/Kantner)
Martha (Kentner)
Wild Tyme (H) (Kantner)
The Last Will of the Castle (Kaukonen)
Rejoyce (Slick)
Watch Her Ride (Kantner)
Spare Chaynge (Casady/Dryden/Kaukonen)
Two Heads (Slick)
Won't You Try Saturday Afternoon (Kentner)

CD 4
Crown Of Creation
Lather (Slick)
In Time (Balin/Kantner)
Triad (Crosby)
Star Track (Kaukonen)
Share a Little Joke (Balin)
Chushingura (Dryden)
If You Feel (Balin/Blackman)
Crown of Creation (Kantner)
Ice Cream Phoenix (Cockey/Kaukonen)
Greasy Heart (Slick)
The House at Pooneil Corners (Balin/Kantner)

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Tear gas - same (@flac)

Tear Gas was the final album by rock band Tear Gas. After the release of this album, Alex Harvey joined the group. It went on to become The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, without David Batchelor on vocals.

Top 10 UK early seventies heavy prog bands

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Tea and Symphony - An Asylum For The Musically Insane (@flac)

This innovative band from Birmingham represented one of the best examples concerning the raising of the proto-prog and art rock scene in the late sixties,in the vein of the early King Crimson and regarding also of the experimental side of bands such as East of Eden (listen to "Merkator Projected).Naturally Tea&Symphony, sometimes considered as an obscure cult band,could not think of emulating the successful debut of Fripp&c... anyway They were much closer to classic prog than the majority of the proto-prog bands of the same period. This stuff is one of the most experimental and exoteric as well, in comparison to their contemporary english bands of the late sixties, by using a different set of instruments and interesting vocal harmonies too!! Moreover the odd instrumental combinations and strange dissonances as well, are performed skillfully ...even though not all this stuff will appeal to you. Some obscure tunes and a sort of brainmstorming too, complete this memorable album, which will be an important reference also for bands such as US 70's Cathedral or the european Shylock in the following years...
If you are into this crazy treatment of lyrics and music in the same time,typical of some UK 60's proto-prog bands,without remarking their immature arrangement too much, sometimes being a bit raw, you will remain appealed to such stuff. Besides their defined lyrics and good construction of the songs as well, are well worth checking out !!
Of course this is not a masterpiece,nevertheless it exercised a strong influence on the 70's classic progressive bands, characterized by some barbered-wire dissonances and a different approach too, in comparison to the usual romantic bands of that period.

Recommended as an historical document!!

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Tananas - Alive in Jo`burg (2001) @flac

"Tananas were a trio of world class musicians from South Africa and Mozambique who got together in 1988. Their improvisational and rhythmic sensibility established them as one of the most original and compelling groups that emerged in South Africa in the late 20th century.

The individual band members were Gito Baloi (bass/vocals), Ian Herman (drums) & Steve Newman (guitar). Baloi, a Mozambican, had been playing with Pongola, and Herman had been drumming with Cape rockers The Genuines.

The first Tananas album was released in 1988. The group recorded two albums for a major label and ran into problems following the release of 1992's Time, with artistic differences between the three members cited as the main reason for the decision to put the band on hiatus. Newman began working with guitarist Tony Cox, while Baloi launched a critically applauded solo career. Herman and Newman relaunched Tananas in 1994, but with Baloi unwilling to rejoin his former colleagues the duo was forced to use additional musicians on the commercially driven Orchestra Mundo and Unamunacua. Baloi recorded two solo albums during that period.

Tananas used to be essentially an instrumental band allied to jazz but unmistakably African at heart. In the group's latter stage the recordings have included more vocals by Mozambican singer and bass player, Gito Baloi, who sang in Shangaan, Tsonga and Portuguese.

Following another long separation, the original line-up of Tananas reunited in the late 90s, signed a new recording contract with Sony, and recorded Seed.

Long regarded as South Africa’s most gifted drummer, Herman took up an offer of work in the United States. In New York he worked with luminaries such as Paul Simon and George Duke, later settling in San Francisco. He returned only briefly, to record with Peter Sklair and Paul Hanmer’s band, Unofficial Language. In 2000 Herman got a call from from Newman and longtime Tananas manager Kerry Friedman, imploring him to come home and make a new start with Tananas. The trio joined the WOMAD tour and finally began to receive some international recognition.

Unfortunately, the annual reunions won't take place anymore. Gito Baloi was shot dead while returning home from a performance in Johannesburg in April 2004 (Mozambican Music Star Gito Baloi Murdered in Johannesburg), ending any chance of a band reunion.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

La Revolución de Emiliano Zapata - same (@flac)

"In the era of psychedelic rock and under the influence of American hippies of the late 1960s, a young band from Guadalajara headed by Javier Martin del Campo, formed with the intention of interpreting contemporary popular songs of the era in their own style. Initially, their hobby led them to play at local parties, but the resulting fame soon spread beyond their city. The group won the most call-in votes during a contest organized by a local radio station called "Radio ondas de la alegria" "Waves of Happiness Radio", and earned themselves an audition with an important record label.

Initially reluctant, they signed a contract with Polydor Records, launching their brief but successful foray into the world of rock music. With an original musical concept and creative sense, the group moved to Mexico City, continuing to adapt their urban rhythms and establish a base for their new musical launches. In 1970, they released their first record, containing songs "Nasty Sex" and "Still don't (Not yet)", which quickly shot up the popular charts both locally and worldwide. The head office of Polydor Records sent the group five medals as recognition for their high level of sales in the Americas, United Kingdom, and Europe of their one big hit, "Nasty Sex."

The relative obscurity of the band did not reduce the great impact achieved in those far-off areas. Later, they recorded their second hit, "Shit City," which earned only moderate success compared to their first.

They were invited to perform in the Avandaro festival in 1972, but declined the invitation due to an already very busy schedule. In that year, they took part in the film "La verdadera vocación de Magdalena" "The True Calling of Magdalena", starring singer and actress Angélica María, which more or less seriously addresses the topics that concerned young people of the era.

The members of the group at that time were: Oscar Rojas (vocals), Carlos Valle (lead guitar, harmony vocal), Francisco Martínez Ornelas (bass guitar), Marco Carrasco (drums) and Javier Martin del Campo (guitar).

Because the group's musical concepts varied between several trends and influences, the search for new hits was fruitless, producing only the song "Pigs," among the last to achieve fame. Adding to this was the emotional turmoil that the band members began to experience, unleashing a series of fights and disagreements that eventually led to changes in the lineup. Lead singer Oscar Rojas grew weary of both the city and the group environment, and left the group permanently in 1974, beginning the decline of La Revolución de Emiliano Zapata.

Facing a somewhat hostile political and social reaction, the group's fortunes experienced a downturn. Changing musical trends ended by subduing psychedelic rock, and while some groups managed to survive on the fringes of Big Media (the group "El Tri" for example, becoming popular in suburban areas), the band members of "Rev" decided to radically change their musical style, becoming singers of romantic ballads, thus ending their time as a rock band. This change, according to Antonio Cruz, was carefully considered, and it was this decision that allowed the group to continue existing in the current musical climate.

La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata - La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata CD
Reissue of classic early 70s psychedelic rock from Mexico. Great songs and tons of smokin' guitars and twangin' fuzz. One of the very best from Mexico! If you like late 60s U.S. psych rock don't miss this one! It really kills!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

EPITAPH - same (1971) @flac

"Comprised of 2 Germans and 2 Brits, Epitaph's sound is similar to the traditional British progressive heavy rock genre along the lines of Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Led Zepplin. However, one can not overlook the effect which King Crimson had on Epitaph. Non-Crimson fans should note that the Crimzoids had a track titled 'Epitaph' on their 1969 debut LP; oddly enough, there is a track on Epitaph's debut which could easily be mistaken for this track! Coincidence?

'Epitaph 1971 (remastered & expanded in 2005)' features five guitar driven rock tracks + 5 bonus tracks , which are quite derivative at times of more popular British bands. The album opens with 'Moving To The Country' is a straight forward rock number reminiscent of early Uriah Heep. Following this is 'Visions', a slow atmospheric ballad heavily influenced by King Crimson's 1969 track 'Epitaph', the track contains lush mellotron and the chord sequence and lyrics similar to Pink Floyd's 'Echoes'. Though derivative of both of these two great bands, 'Visions' sticks out as the best track on this album. 'Hopelessly' is another progressive heavy rock tour de force. This track builds slowly and contains an extended instrumental section. 'Little Maggie' contains a nice chorus hook and a playfully jangly blues/folk guitar similar to Jimmy Pages' work. Perhaps the most original composition from the LP, 'Early Morning', contains a fairly complex arrangement and an ominous sound. The album manages to stand on its own and should appeal greatly to fans of progressive heavy rock.

Remastered - Expanded

Cliff Jackson - Guitar, Vocals
Klaus Walz - Guitar, Vocals
Bernd Kolbe - Bass, Mellotron, Vocals
Jim McGillivray - Drums, Vocals

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Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) @flac

If you consider "Doc at the radar station" to be Beefheart's best, which many do, then this cd is for you. Using basically the same version of the Magic Band, Beefheart delves deep into his free-blues-rock hybrid. The title track is almost disturbing in it's hypnotic ranting. "Floppy Boot Stomp" is great lyrically and the band sounds amazing in it's rythm. Then there is the sublime "Harry Irene" which sounds like Tom Waits by way of the Beatles, if you could imagine such a thing. "You Know You're A Man" almost delves into 70's rock territory, (but with the Captain you know he doesn't quite get there.) "Doc" is probably the pivotal album, "Trout Mask Replica" the watershed. But "Shiny Beast" is definitely in the same league.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

John Paul Jones - Zooma (@flac)

"While Jimmy Page and Robert Plant carried on the Zep torch with hit-and-miss projects such as the Firm, the Honeydrippers, Coverdale/Page, and Page/Plant, John Paul Jones got his hands artistically dirty, producing the Butthole Surfers' Independent Worm Saloon, working on film soundtracks, and collaborating with radical punk diva Diamanda Galas. Not surprisingly, several of the tracks on Jones's gutsy first solo album, Zooma, breathe post-punk fire: the pile-driving title track, wrapped in a gurgling sound collage, pummels a JPJ bass riff with a "sick guitar solo" by the Surfers' Paul Leary. Jones reclaims Zeppelin as his own even as he transcends it."Snake Eyes," an eerie blues epic arranged with orchestral strings around Jones's superb organ playing, suggests "When the Levee Breaks" filtered through Igor Stravinsky or Bernard Herrmann; and you can't miss the echoes of "Trampled Under Foot" in the bass figures of "B. Fingers." The instrumental Zooma reinforces Jones's integral role in Zeppelin, his influential and still vital bass playing, and his...well, balls.

John Paul Jones - bass guitar, double bass, keyboards, guitars, electric mandola, Kyma
Pete Thomas - drums, percussion
Paul Leary - lead guitar
Trey Gunn - rhythm guitar, Warr guitar
Denny Fongheiser - djembe, drums

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Dr. JOHN - Gris Gris (@flac)

Covered in a variegated spray of New Orleans Mardi Gras feathers and shiny voodoo baubles, Mac Rebennack's highly personal mythology was finally made real on this 1968 album. This was his first appearance made under the new guise of Dr. John Creaux, the Night Tripper. Before then, he'd been a pivotal figure on the Crescent City R&B circuit. Afterward, he became one of its most significant blues ambassadors. This album is a classic of the admittedly specialized psychedelic swamp-gumbo genre, boasting at least four tracks that have become cult favorites. "Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya," "Mama Roux," "Jump Sturdy," and "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" each delicately mix catchy choruses and weird spatial sound effects, with radical stereo separation, intensely croaking, close-quarter vocals from the doctor, pneumatic keyboard riffs, pinprick electric guitar, and booming Afro-Caribbean percussion.

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Thanx to POOR!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

FRANK ZAPPA - Trance-Fusion (@flac)

"This is by far the best release since LATHER. And the sound quality is amazing, particularly for a Zappa CD. There is breadth, depth, "space" between this instruments, etc.. In fact, The Zappa Family Trust should task Mr. Ludwig with remastering all of the pre-1993 catalog, most of which sounds like its had the life sucked out of it by Mr. Stone's previous remastering efforts. Think I'm kidding? Just compare the depth/quality of sound on any vinyl Zappa album to that of the same release on CD and you'll see what I mean. The sound of those pre-1993 albums on CD is pretty awful.

Now on to the music. There is some truly diabolical string-mangling on this gem of a disc!! This is an excellent sequel to the "Shut Up N' Play Yer Guitar" and "Guitar" releases. Be forewarned, however, that 2 tracks (the first and final) feature Dweezil, NOT Frank as soloist (while there is a bit of noodling from Frank toward the end of "Chunga", its Dweezil's solo that is the focus of the piece). That said, sandwiched between those two bookends (which are pretty good themselves) are some moments of pure sonic delight. Check out "Ask Dr. Stupid", which features the Coliauta lineup from the late 70's: the solo is taken from a performance of "Easy Meat", and Vinnie's drumming turns the piece into a somewhat deranged permutation of a "cha-cha" while Frank "puts the eyebrows on it"!! Most of the other solos are from the 1988 and 1984 tours. As with the previous "Guitar"-oriented releases, its interesting to note the very different sounds of the various lineups represented, particularly in the drums. While Chad Wackerman is an amazing drummer, his sound on all of Zappa's releases always comes off as somewhat mechanical, particularly when contrasted with Vinnie's much more "organic" approach. Vinnie and Frank always seemed to have some sort of "mind meld" happening when Frank was soloing, with Vinnie somehow able to anticipate what Frank was about to play most of the time. That quality simply isn't there with Wackerman (or Bozzio, for that matter), giving the Coliauta lineup's output a slight edge over the others (in my opinion). Maybe we'll be fortunate enough to get an official release of some of Mr. Coliauta's live work with Jeff Beck from this past summer so we can find out if he's still the same type of musician that played with Frank so long ago.

Other highlights are "Light is All That Matters", "Bowling on Charen", and the title track. But its ALL good stuff! And its VERY HARD to find anyone else around these days who can hold a candle to Frank's sheer brilliance on guitar and his mastery of so many varied tones/moods (Jeff Beck and Nels Cline come to mind, but that's about it). So go out and get this thing, crank it up, and annoy the heck out of your neighbors!!

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Monday, November 3, 2008

EDUARDO BORT - same (1974) Spain (@flac)

Eduardo Bort is a Spanish guitarist who released his eponymous album in 1974. It mixes symphonic pieces with raging guitar and romantic interludes to make an album which rewards repeated plays. 'Thoughts' opens with good use of orchestra, including tubular bells, overlaid with synth swoops and a passionate vocal, making for an excellent introduction to the album. The nine minute 'Walking On The Grass' closes with a frenetic guitar solo, showing just what a good guitarist he is. 'Pictures Of Sadness' shows his other side, with a lyrical solo punctuating the riffs that hold the song together. 'Yann' features a magnificent guitar and mellotron duel, leading into the almost pastoral 'En Las Riberas Del Yann' which closes the album in a lush mix of strings and guitar. Although credited to Bort he only has a hand in composing four of the six tracks, but the overall writing blends in so that the whole album flows very well. It has lyrics that are split between English and Spanish, although to be honest you don't really notice too much when you are listening to the great music, and you can hear why this has been hailed as one of the best ever Spanish progressive albums.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

LED ZEPPELIN - The Definitive Box Set (2008) @flac

40th Anniversary
The Definitive Box Set (12CD)
Japanese Limited Edition, September 2008

Led Zeppelin The Definitive Box Set - 2008 Japanese exclusive strictly limited edition digitally remastered 12-disc SHM-CD album set (8 single CDs and 2 double sets), comprising the entire LP output from the legendary rockers, from the eponymous 1969 debut through to 1982's posthumous "Coda"; each disc is superbly presented in a mini LP-style card sleeve, housed in a deluxe metallic embossed box - sealed & stickered. Limited to 5000 copies!

LINKS IN COMMENTS!!! Thanx to Avax!!!
IMG + CUE + LOG + SCANS | 569:23 min | 4,1 GB