Sunday, March 29, 2009

JULIE DRISCOLL - 1969 (@ape) 1971

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.

Musicians :
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

Taste - Live At The Isle Of Wight (@APE)

"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".

Track Listings
1. What's Going On?
2. Sugar Mama
3. Morning Sun
4. Sinner Boy
5. I Feel So Good
6. Catfish

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

BUDGIE - Never Turn Your Back On A Friend (@flac) 1973

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.).

Tracks :
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

BULDOZER - Pljuni istini u oci (@flac) 1975

"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 ALLEN - Eat Me Baby I'm A Jelly Bean (@flac)

"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 :

Daevid Allen
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

The History Of Rock And Roll (Video)

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
Pass: 2008

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
Pass: 2008

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
Pass: 2008

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
Pass: 2008

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
Pass: 2008

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
Pass: 2008

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
Pass: 2008

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
Pass: 2008

* 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
Pass: 2008

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
Pass: 2008

Thanx to original uploader!!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Masters Apprentices - Choice Cuts + Toast To Panama Red (@flac)

2 original classic Aussie MASTERS APPRENTICES albums on 1 CD

This album is great from start to finish. Master's Apprentices' early albums are good 60's beat, but "Choice Cuts" and "Toast to Panama Red" hold their own with any early 70's hard rock bands, bar none. Progressive, mammoth riffs, great melodies. Definitely worth listening and worth the five star rating ( A Toast To...)

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