Tuesday, March 20, 2012

GONG : FAMILY JEWELS (1987-1998)

Compilation of Gong and related artists including unreleased material

Disk 1 - Thinky Disc
1. Pip PYLE: Seven Year Itch [1998]
2. Pierre MOERLEN'S GONG: Second Wind [live Bremen Aug 1988]
3. Gilli SMYTH: Cyberwhale
4. Daevid ALLEN: So What? [1997]
5. Pierre MOERLEN & ORCHESTRE REGIONAL DE JAZZ D'ALSACE : Little House I Used To Live In* [live Strasbourg 1997]
6. GONG: Radio Gnome Transmission / The Secret Language* [Oxford, Zodiac Club - 17 Oct 1997]
7. GONG: Steffe Sharpstrings' Master Builder Guitar Solo* [Manchester, Nia Centre - 3 Oct 1997]
8. Daevid ALLEN: Flagship Farewell* [1997]
9. Pierre MOERLEN'S GONG: Say No More [1988]
10. GONG: Master Builder Sax solo* [Sheffield, Leadmill - 5 Oct 1997]
11. GONG: Can't Kill Me Jam* [Cambridge, Junction - 21 Oct 1997]
12. GONG: You Are I And I* [Manchester, Nia Centre - 3 Oct 1997]

Disk 2 - Feely Disc
1. Didier MALHERBE: Hadouk [1995]
2. GLO: Let's Glo [1997]
3. GONGMAISON: Blame The Rich [1989]
4. GLO: Back To The Sea [1997]
5. Didier MALHERBE: Zeff Dance [1992]
6. SMYTH, ALLEN & WILLIAMSON: Stroking The Tail Of The Bird [1987]
7. Mike HOWLETT with Ben HOFFNUNG : Mountains of Venus* [1997]
8. GLO: Deia [1997]
9. Didier MALHERBE: Blues del' Horizon [1994]
10. Daevid ALLEN: The Voice of Om [1989

Friday, March 16, 2012

Amps for Christ - Songs From Mt. Ion

01 Live At Twin Palms I
02 Live At Twin Palms II
03 Bouzuki Mountian
04 Interuptor With Pipes
05 Broad Centre Live I
06 Broad Centre II
07 Edward (Trad. Child No.13)
08 Thug III
09 Live On Kspc
10 Japeths Fire Dream
11 Live At The Spanish Kitchen Studio
12 The Tumbler Room Song
13 Broad Centre Live III
14 Broad Centre Live IV
15 Broad Centre Live IV
16 Ancient Tokarians

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Man Is The Bastard... Nazi Drunks Fuck Off (Live) (Re-Up by Request)

Man Is The Bastard
Also known as Charred Remains
Origin Claremont, California, USA
Genre(s) Power violence
Hardcore punk
Years active 1991–1997
Former members
Henry Barnes (Amps For Christ)
Andy Beattie
Joel Connell
Aaron Kenyon
Israel Lawrence
Bill Nelson
Eric Wood

Monday, January 2, 2012

Concerning Dead Links and Re-ups....

many of  the rapidshare links are going down, because i don't have an account with them anymore. if any of you would like me to re-up anything, just leave me a comment, and i'll try to get to it ASAP!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Soft Machine - Sweet Music - Live An Rare 1966-1969

Soft Machine - Sweet Music - Live An Rare 1966-1969

3 CD set containing rare Soft Machine material right from the very beginning to the "Third" period. Includes rare singles, demos, outtakes, related material by ex band members and very rare live material.

The studio stuff all sounds pretty much perfect. The 1969 live stuff is in very good / excellent quality, while the 1967/1968 live stuff probably only merits a "fair" sound rating but is worth hearing simply because it is so incredibly rare (particularly the complete performance from the Merriweather Post Pavilion in August 1968 which was on the tour when they were support for the Jimi Hendrix Experience). The collaboration between Wyatt and Hendrix, "Slow Walkin' Talk", is also a highlight, partly because it's a great song and partly because it's interesting to hear Hendrix play bass. Also features a brilliant 20 minute demo of "Moon In June" and all known live recordings of the short-lived septet line up which collapsed because of the logistical problems involved in getting so many people and their instruments around in a panel van. :-)

Highly recommended to anyone who is a fan of early Soft Machine, particularly the "Jet Propelled Photographs" collection and the "Soft Machine", "Volume 2" and "Third" albums.

Disc 1
1. Contusions (Demo, July 1966)
2. Another Lover Has Gone (Demo, July 1966)
3. Fred The Fish (CBS Studios, London, December 1966)
4. Love Makes Sweet Music (Mono Single A-Side, 1967)
5. Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin' (Mono Single B-Side, 1967)
6. She's Gone (Olympic Studios, London, June 1967)
7. I Should've Known (Olympic Studios, London, June 1967)
8. Soon Soon Soon (Dutch TV Appearance, September 22, 1967)
9. I Should've Known (Dutch TV Appearance, September 22, 1967)
10. I Should've Known (French TV Appearance, June 8, 1967)
11. A Certain Kind (Middle Earth Club, London, September, 1967)
12. Save Yourself (Middle Earth Club, London, September, 1967)
13. Lullaby Letter (Middle Earth Club, London, September, 1967) (not Lullaby Letter but Clarence In Wonderland instead)
14. Soft Machine Jam (Unknown Venue, 1968)

Disc 2
1. Joy Of A Toy (Mono Single A-Side, 1968)
2. Why Are We Sleeping? (Mono Single B-Side, 1968)
3. Why Are We Sleeping? (Bananamoon (Daevid Allen's Post Soft Machine Band, 1968))
4. Lullaby Letter (OOP Version Of Album Track, 1968)
5. Hope For Happiness (OOP Version Of Album Track, 1968)
6. Save Yourself (OOP Version Of Album Track, 1968)
7. My Mother's Gone To India (Bananamoon (Daevid Allen's Post Soft Machine Band, 1968))
8. Slow Walkin' Talk (Collaboration between Robert Wyatt and Jimi Hendrix, TTG Studios, Hollywood, California, USA
October 1968)
9. Joy Of A Toy (Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA, August 16,1968)
10. Hope For Happiness (Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA, August 16,1968)
11. Hope For Happiness (Reprise) (Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA, August 16,1968)
12. Clarence In Wonderland (Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA, August 16,1968)
13. You Don't Remember (Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA, August 16,1968)
14. Esther's Nose Job > 10:30 Returns To The Bedroom (Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA, August 16,1968)

Disc 3
1. Moon In June (Demo, TTG Studios, Hollywood, California, USA
October 1968)
2. Hibou, Anemone & Bear (CBS Studios, London, March 1969)
3. Moon In June (9th National Jazz & Blues Festival, Plumpton Racecourse, Lewes, Sussex, UK, August 8, 1969)
4. Pigling Bland > Facelift > Hibou, Anemone & Bear (Paris, France, October 1969)
5. Hibou, Anemone & Bear (Paris, France, October 1969)
6. Moon In June (Actuel Festival, Amougies, Belgium, October 28, 1969)
7. Eamonn Andrews (Actuel Festival, Amougies, Belgium, October 28, 1969)
8. Hibou, Anemone & Bear (French Radio Session, Paris, France, November 1969)

Disc 1, Tracks 1-3:
Robert Wyatt - Drums, Vocals
Kevin Ayers - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Larry Nolan - Lead Guitar
Daevid Allen - Bass Guitar, Vocals

Disc 1, Tracks 4-7, 10:
Robert Wyatt - Drums, Vocals
Kevin Ayers - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Mike Ratledge - Organ
Daevid Allen - Lead Guitar, Vocals

Disc 1, Tracks 8-9, 11-14; Disc 2, Tracks 1-2, 4-6, 9-14:
Robert Wyatt - Drums, Vocals
Kevin Ayers - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Mike Ratledge - Organ

Disc 2, Tracks 3, 7:
Daevid Allen - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals
Patrick Fontaine - Bass Guitar
Marc Blanc - Drums
Gili Smyth - Backing Vocals

Disc 2, Track 8:
Robert Wyatt - Drums, Organ, Vocals
Jimi Hendrix - Bass Guitar

Disc 3, Track 1:
Robert Wyatt - Drums, Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals
Mike Ratledge - Organ
Hugh Hopper - Bass Guitar

Disc 3, Tracks 2-3:
Robert Wyatt - Drums, Vocals
Mike Ratledge - Organ
Hugh Hopper - Bass Guitar
Brian Hopper - Saxophone

Disc 3, Tracks 4-8:
Robert Wyatt - Drums, Vocals
Mike Ratledge - Organ
Hugh Hopper - Bass Guitar
Elton Dean - Saxophone
Lyn Dobson - Flute
Nick Evans & Marc Charig - Horns

Friday, April 15, 2011

Gong - Magick Brother (1969)

01. Mystic Sister / Magick Brother
02. Glad To Sad To Say
03. Rational Anthemn
04. Chainstore Chant / Pretty Miss Tittty
05. Fable Of A Fredfish / Hope You Feel Well
06. Ego
07. Gongsong
08. Princess Dreaming
09. 5 & 20 Schoolgirls
10. Cos You Got Greenhair

In 1970, the world got its first taste of the original pothead pixie, Daevid Allen's Gong, as Magick Brother was released in France on the BYG label. Allen's wife, Gilli Smyth, penned all the tunes on the album, and Allen's now-classic "Ph.P." drawing style graces the inside of the gatefold. Leaning a little toward the pop end of the spectrum, Magick Brother is a fairly light album, devoid of the blatant psychedelic/hippie qualities which shine through so brilliantly on the later Camembert Electrique. Smyth's "space whispering" makes its debut on the opening track, though the album is not as spacy as it is ethereal. "Gong Song" is a highlight, with lyrics describing a pothead pixie who came down from the planet Gong to sing his green song -- the roots of the Gong myth. Allen's guitar sound is a bit flat and hollow throughout the project, dynamics taking a back seat in most of these recordings. He relies on distortion and various guitar augmentations, but this all works quite well in the context of the collective sound. Much of the vocal harmonizing on the album is typical of many '60s pop troupes and sounds fairly dated today. Didier Malherbe's sax and flute playing spices up this mostly pop-oriented prog rock outing, helping to make this a cut above the radio norm. Although this is an interesting release, especially for its status as the first Gong project, it is not typical Gong and is not recommended as a starting point for sampling the band's recordings.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends (1987)

01 The Trace
02 Three Languages
03 Love In Hell
04 Twisted Memories Give Way To The Angry Pleasant
05 One Of Nature's Mistakes
06 Roy Rogers
07 It Sings
08 Drowsy Maggie
09 The Kirghiz Light
10 The Golden Eighties
11 Objects Everyday
12 The Changing Of Names
13 It Moves...
14 One-Eyed Theater
15 Dog Puppet Born Out Of A Sock
16 Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues

This maximum-length CD-only release consists of selections from an unreleased live album by Frith and Kaiser (1984) combined with "greatest hits" from their two out-of-print duo albums: "With Friends Like These" (1979) and "Who Needs Enemies?" (1983).
Most all of this music was improvised by one method or another. Tracks 3,4,5,7,8,12,14,15,16 were recorded without overdubbing.

Jazz, Rock
Avantgarde, Free Improvisation

Rova Saxophone Quartet


The Rova Saxophone Quartet is a San Francisco-based saxophone quartet formed in October 1977 at the same time as their "less adventurous" but better known colleagues the World Saxophone Quartet. The name "Rova" is an acronym formed from the last initials of the founding members: Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, Andrew Voigt and Bruce Ackley

01 Track 01
02 Track 02
03 Track 03
04 Track 04
05 Track 05

Monday, February 7, 2011

Henry Kaiser live at McCabes on October 20 1984!

first time ever release of a tape i recorded of Henry Kaiser live at McCabes on October 20 1984! it's a miracle i've held on to it for this long. i had to put it online, lest something happen to it! i don't remember all the song titles, but there's a version of 'alice in blunderland' and victoria jackson sings 'mystery train'...

henry kaiser - guitar, effects
andy west - bass
victoria jackson - guitar, vocals
scott colby - slide guitar
charles k. noyes - drums, percussion

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Henry Cow - Western Culture (1979)

Western Culture is an instrumental album which came about as a result of disagreements in the band as to what the composition of their next album should be. Recording had already begun at Sunrise Studios in January 1978 and some members were not happy about the predominance of song-oriented material. As a compromise it was agreed that two albums would be made: one of "songs" (released soon after as Hopes and Fears under the name of a new group Art Bears) and one of purely instrumental compositions. The group returned to Sunrise Studios in July that year to record the instrumental pieces for Western Culture, except "½ the Sky", which had been recorded during the January sessions.

Henry Cow split up shortly after recording this album.

01 - Industry
02 - The Decay Of Cities
03 - On The Raft
04 - Falling Away
05 - Gretels Tale
06 - Look Back
07 - Half The Sky

* Tim Hodgkinson – organ, clarinet, alto saxophone, Hawaiian guitar, piano
* Lindsay Cooper – bassoon, oboe, soprano saxophone, sopranino recorders
* Fred Frith – electric & acoustic guitars, bass guitar, soprano saxophone
* Chris Cutler – drums, electric drums, noise, piano, trumpet

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Embryo - Steig Aus

"Steig aus" ("Get out", "Get off") is a karautrock album sounding much jazzier than other Krautrock releases by Amon Düül II or Guru Guru for example but also features the experimental, improvisational and free form type of music. The album consists of 3 tracks, "Radio Marrakesch/Orient-Express" which is about 10 minutes long. Also about 10 minutes is the really great track "Dreaming girls". But the highlight of the album for sure is the very experimental track "call" which lasts more than 17 minutes.

1. Radio Marrakesch/Orient-Express (9:53)
2. Dreaming Girls (10:26)
3. Call (17:22)
- a. Call (part 1)
- b. Organ Walk
- c. Marimba Village
- d. Clouds
- e. Call (part 2)


- Roman Bunka / guitar
- Christian Burchard / drums, marimba, vibes
- Jörg Evers / bass
- Edgar Hoffmann / violin
- Jimmy Jackson / Mellotron, organ
- Dave King / bass
- Mal Waldron / electric piano

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jade Warrior - Floating World (1974)

01. Clouds (2:52)
02. Mountain of fruit and flowers (3:16)
03. Waterfall (5:38)
04. Red lotus (4:31)
05. Clouds (1:25)
06. Rain flower (2:44)
07. Easty (5:23)
08. Monkey chant (2:24)
09. Memories of a distant sea (5:07)
10. Quba (2:44)


- Tony Duhig / acoustic & electric guitars, bass,
piano, organ, glockenspiel, vibes
- John Field / Gælic harp, gong, vibes, alto, glockenspiel, concert & Japanese flutes, conga drums, bell tree, African talking drum, cello, piano, organ, acoustic guitar
- Chris Carran: drums (1-2)
- Graham Deacon / drums (4)
- David Duhig / electric guitar (8)
- Coldridge Good / string bass (2)
- Skaila Kanga / harp (9)
- Martha Mdenge / spoken words (10)

The Orpington Junior Girls Choir (1-5)

Jade Warrior - Waves (1975)

1. Waves part I
2. Waves part II


- Tony Duhig / guitars, percussion
- Jon Field / percussion, flutes
- Dave Duhig / electric guitar solo
- Graham Morgan / drums
- Suzy / vocals (Whale theme)
- Maggie Thomas / alto recorder
- Steve Winwood / Moog and piano solos

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Jade Warrior - Kites (1976)

01. Songs of the Forest 3:13
02. Wind Song 4:05
03. The Emperor Kite 1:58
04. Wind Borne 6:52
05. Kite Song 3:05
06. Land of the Warrior 3:29
07. Quietly by the River Bank 3:21
08. Arrival of the Emporer:'What Does the Venerable Sir Do?' 1:07
09. Teh Ch'Eng:'Do You Understand This?' 2:33
10. Arrival of Chia Shan:Disclosure and Liberation 4:11
11. Towards the Mountains 2:04
12. The Last Question 0:37

- Tony Duhig / guitars, percussion
- Jon Field / percussion, flutes
- Roger Bryson / piano (3-7)
- Fred Frith / violins (9)
- Pete Gibson / brass (1-4)
- Coldridge Goode / bass (4)
- Debbie Hall / violin (2-3)
- Graham Morgan / drums (3-7)
- Joe O'Donnell / violins (10)
- Clodagh Simmons / girl's choir (1-2)
- Jeff Westley / electric piano (4)
- Willie / snare & bass drums (1)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Jade Warrior - Way Of The Sun (1978)

01. Sun Ra
02. Sun Child
03. Moontears
04. Heaven Stone
05. Way Of The Sun
06. River Song
07. Carnival
08. Dance Of The Sun
09. Death Of Ra

The duo of guitarist Tony Duhig and virtuoso flautist and woodwind player Jon Field were signed to Island records in 1974, following the recent break up of the four piece Jade Warrior (who recorded three albums for Vertigo records between 1970 and 1973). Island founder Chris Blackwell signed the duo upon the recommendation of Steve Winwood, declaring Jade Warrior to be "an ornament to my label". Blackwell gave Duhig and Field access to unlimited studio time to create four albums that were later hailed as instrumental masterpieces, all of which fused ethnic African and far eastern influences with superbly innovative rock guitar playing by Tony Duhig.

Way of the Sun was perhaps the band's most fully realised work, drawing upon South American musical influences which blended effortlessly with western rock.

Each of Jade Warrior's Island albums was a revelation, both musically and thematically. Floating World's exploration of the Japanese philosophy of Ukiyo, Waves' oceanic voyage, the ninth century Buddhist monk whose story is told on the B-side of Kites (and who takes airy flight across the flip) -- all were extraordinary expeditions into the Orient. Having conquered the East, Warrior now turned their Jade eye westward, toward Latin America. By this time, Jade were already moving toward a more orchestral sound, as Kites had evidenced, but Way of the Sun was positively cinematic. Within, the duo -- aided by a host of guest musicians -- created an incredibly vibrant set that quivers with emotion and life itself. Dawn announces itself with a clap of thunder on "Sun Ra," waking the earth's denizens from their slumbers. Birds soar into the sky, creatures large and small scamper through the meadows and woods, while overhead the sun majestically rises, all of which Jade bring to vivid life across both "Sun Ra" and "Sun Child." "Heaven Stone" and the title track are similarly interconnected, both thematically and musically, and tied to the spiritual beliefs of the continent's indigenous peoples, while broadly hinting at the coming of the conquistadors and their conquering culture. But even as the Spanish laid waste to the land and its peoples, they too would be changed by them, which is reflected by "Carnival" and "Dance of the Sun," songs melding together indigenous and Spanish traditions. The album ends with the haunting "Death of Ra," as the sun sinks below the horizon. Although Latin styles predominate across the set, Warrior weave in myriad other musical threads -- Eastern, jazz, surf, and more. The album itself was arguably Jade Warrior's best, their apotheosis, or at least their grand finale, for after its release, Island promptly dumped the duo. Drummers John Dentith and Graham Morgan now went their separate ways, and the Warrior were no more.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Jade Warrior - Horizen (1984)

1. Images of dune: (11:58)
...a. Prescient dawn
...b. The freman
...c. Journey on a dream
2. Carribbean wave (5:37)
3. Horizen (2:18)
4. East wind (7:08)
5. Grey lake, red mountain (5:29)
6. Long wait at Mount Li (7:02)

Total Time: 38:32


Tony Duhig - acoustic & electric guitars, guitar synthesizer, percussion
Jon Field - alto, concert, Chinese flutes, percussion
Jeff Barak - drums (6)
David Duhig - 2nd electric guitar solo (2)
Brad Lang - bass (2)
Anisse Hadeed - steel drum & timbales (2)
Gowan Turnbull - saxes (2), flute (4)

Members of the Pro Musica of London Chorus (6)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Pierre Moerlen's Gong - Expresso II (1978)

Expresso II is an album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong, issued in 1978.

Like the other Pierre Moerlen's Gong albums, this is predominantly jazz-fusion and has little to do with the psychedelic space rock of Daevid Allen's Gong, even though the bands share a common history.

Expresso II is an appropriate title considering it is very much a companion piece to the band's previous release, Gazeuse! (called Expresso in North America). It is an extension of the melodic mallet percussion infused progressive jazz/rock that very much dominated this incarnation of Gong, and would be the last album released on the band's Virgin contract before Pierre Moerlen changed the name to Pierre Moerlen's Gong to distinguish this (very different) incarnation from that of the Daevid Allen-led chapter.

01. Heavy Tune"
02. Golden Dilemma"
03. Sleepy"
04. Soli"
05. Boring"
06. Three Blind Mice"

* Pierre Moerlen: drums, glockenspiel, xylophone, tubular bells, tympani, vibraphone
* Hansford Rowe: bass, rhythm guitar (2)
* Mireille Bauer: marimba, vibraphone
* Benoît Moerlen: glockenspiel, vibes, xylophone, tubular bells, claves
* François Causse: congas


* Allan Holdsworth: guitar (1,3,4,6)
* Mick Taylor: guitar (1)
* Darryl Way: violin (3,5)
* Bon Lozaga: guitar (2,3)

In popular culture

The song Heavy Tune is featured on Fusion FM radio in the game Grand Theft Auto IV.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Gong - Gazuese (1976)

01. Expresso (Pierre Moerlen) – 5:57
02. Night Illusion (Allan Holdsworth) – 3:42
03. Percolations (Parts 1 & 2) (Pierre Moerlen) – 9:57
04. Shadows Of (Allan Holdsworth) – 7:47
05. Esnuria (Pierre Moerlen) – 7:58
06. Mireille (Francis Moze) – 4:01

- Pierre Moerlen – drums, vibraphone, marimba, timpani, glockenspiel
- Allan Holdsworth – guitars, violin, pedal steel
- Mireille Bauer – vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, toms
- Benoît Moerlen – vibraphone
- Didier Malherbe – tenor saxophone, flute
- Francis Moze – fretless bass, gong, pianos
- Mino Cinelu – congas, gong, maracas, triangle, cuica, talking drum

In America, this album was released called Expresso (followed by Expresso II).

Friday, June 18, 2010

Gong - Shamal (1975)

The band's first post-Allen release, Shamal was an album of transition and confusion. The only three holdovers at this point were Mike Howlett, Didier Malherbe, and Pierre Moerlen (with cameos as well from Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy). Marimba goddess Mireille Bauer, who was in the background of You, was now on board as a full member. Keyboardist Patrice Lemoine filled out the quintet. The sound was decidely shifting more towards a tuned percussion-fusion-funk direction, a European parallel to Frank Zappa's 70s fusion band here in the States. Lemoine particularly contributed to this redirection, with the electric piano overtaking the dense, dreamy moog and mellotron textures of his predecessor Tim Blake. The tracks that work best are the instrumentals. Stepping up to the plate with lead vocal duties, bassist Mike Howlett tried his best. Still, it sounds hollow and uncharismatic, especially following in the footsteps of Daevid Allen. Howlett probably realized this, and departed the band right after this. A worse offense are the lyrics, which on this effort are abysmal. The music is enough to make Shamal a minimally interesting listen. Still, though, it's a disappointment, barely capturing an ounce of the spirit and fun of before. The next release, Gazeuse!, while still being dry, would show an increased maturity of this stage of the band's new style, drifting ever further from the land of pot-head pixies


Virgin (CDV 2046)
UK/France 1975

Mike Howlett, bass, vocal; Didier Malherbe, saxes, flutes, gong; Pierre Moerlen, drums, vibraphone, tubular bells; Mireille Bauer, marimba, glockenspiel, xylophone, gong, percussion; Patrice Lemoine, piano, electric piano, organ, mini-moog; with Steve Hillage, acoustic and electric guitars; Miquette Giraudy, vocal; Sandy Colley, vocal; Jorge Pinchevsky, violin

1. Wingful of Eyes — 6:20
2. Chandra — 7:18
3. Bombooji — 5:11
4. Cat in Clark's Shoes — 8:50
5. Mandrake — 3:03
6. Shamal — 9:54

total time 40:43

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Amon Düül II - The UA Years-1969-1974

The Best of Amon Düül II 1969-1974, a collection that charts the best moments from the best period of one of the most fascinating (and often bewildering) German groups of the '70s. Included are tracks from several of Amon Düül II's best LPs: from Yeti comes "Soap Shop Rock" and "Pale Gallery," from Tanz der Lemminge comes "A Short Stop at the Transylvanian Brain-Surgery" and "Stumbling Over Melted Moonlight," and from Wolf City there's "Surrounded by the Stars," "Deutsch Nepal," and the title track. Though Amon Düül II's albums of the period are necessary for fans of the group, this makes not only a perfect introduction for new listeners but also a handy summation of what made the band great.

01 Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse
02 Archangels Thunderbird
03 Deutsch Nepal
04 Kannan
05 Surrounded by the Stars
06 Improvisations
07 Soap Shop Rock
08 Wolf City
09 Cerberus
10 Henriette Krotenschwanz A
11 Race from Here to Your Ears
12 Kronwinkl 12 Weinzierl
13 Utopia No. 1
14 Stumbling over Melted Moonlight
15 A Morning Excuse
16 A Short Stop at the Trans-Sylvanian Brain-Surgery
17 Pale Gallery

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Suntreader - Zin Zin (1973)

1. Zin-Zin 13:52
2. Stardance 9:57
3. Orinoco 12:50
4. From The Region Of Capricorn 12:17

The Band :-
Morris Pert - Drums & Percussion
Peter Robinson - Electric Pianos
Alyn Ross - Bass Guitar

R.I.P.: Morris David Brough Pert (9 September 1947 – 27 April 2010) was a Scottish composer, drummer/percussionist, and pianist, who played as a session musician with many musicians, including Paul McCartney, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Williams, Kate Bush, Mike Oldfield, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Ferry, Phil Collins, Elkie Brooks, Talk Talk and the jazz-rock band Brand X, as well as having his own solo career...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Moving Gelatine Plates - The World Of Genius Hans (1972)

Moving Gelatine Plates

1. The World of Genius Hans (14:00)
2. Funny Doll (4:25)
3. Astromonster (6:15)
4. Moving Theme (3:46)
5. Cauchemar (3:46)
6. We Were Loving Her (3:28)
7. Un Jour... (1:25)

Total Time: 60:17


- Maurice Hemlinger / organ, trumpet, soprano and tenor saxophone, flute
- Gerard Bertram / electric guitar, vocals acoustic guitar
- Didier Thibault / bass, vocals, 12-string guitar
- Gerard Pons / drums, percussion

Easily one of the most interesting groups to have come outta France in the early 70's along with Magma and Gong, Moving Gelatine Plates second album is certainly impressive.

The title track, the awesome 14 min+ 'World of Genius Hans' is probably their magnum opus displaying excellent capabilities from all musicians. But clearly the star of the show is Hemlinger and his never ending switch from trumpet to saxes , flutes and Kb works. 'Astromonster' yet another highlight and 'Moving Theme' is without a doubt a leftover of lengthy concert improvisations. The album ends on a calm note with a short sax-filled Un Jour... Their vocals are sparse and in English and generally very Canterbury-like...buy the CD and ya get a buncha outta sight bonus tracks...check it out!...it's all good!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Quiet Sun - Mainstream (1975)

Mainstream is the only album of the UK band Quiet Sun. The band split up in 1972, Manzanera to Roxy Music, MacCormick to Matching Mole, Hayward to This Heat and Jarrett began to teach mathematics.

In 1975, Manzanera booked a studio for 26 days to record his first solo album Diamond Head and got Quiet Sun together again to record a studio album from their previously composed material at the same time. The result Mainstream was critically acclaimed and became the New Musical Express' album of the month, apparently Island Records' fourth or fifth biggest seller at the time, close up to Bad Company and Cat Stevens.

Reworked versions of two tracks from Mainstream ("Mummy was an asteroid..." and "Rongwrong") were performed by Manzanera's 801 project during 1976 and feature on their acclaimed LP 801 Live.

A CD release of Mainstream was released in 1997 on Manzanera's label, Expression Records.

01. "Sol Caliente" (Phil Manzanera) – 8:02
02. "Trumpets with Motherhood" (Charles Hayward) – 1:30
03. "Bargain Classics" (Dave Jarrett) – 5:37
04. "R.F.D." (Jarrett) – 3:09
05. "Mummy was an asteroid, Daddy was a small non-stick kitchen utensil" (Bill MacCormick) – 6:09
06. "Trot" (Manzanera) – 5:00
07. "Rongwrong" (Hayward) – 9:39

* Charles Hayward - drums, percussion, keyboards, voice
* Dave Jarrett - Fender rhodes, steinway grand piano, farfisa & hammond organs, VCS3
* Phil Manzanera - electric 6 & 12 string guitars, treated guitars, fender rhodes piano
* Bill MacCormick - electric bass, treated bass, back-up voices


* Brian Eno - synthesizer, treatments & oblique strategies
* Ian MacCormick - back-up voices

Monday, April 12, 2010

Henry Cow - Concerts [1976]

Henry Cow Concerts is a live double album by English avant-rock group Henry Cow, recorded at concerts in London, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway between September 1974 and October 1975. Sides one and two of the LP record consist of composed material while sides three and four contain improvised pieces.

The album includes Henry Cow's last John Peel Session, recorded in September 1975 and extracts from a concert with Robert Wyatt at the New London Theatre in May 1975. "Groningen" (recorded in September 1974) is part of an instrumental suite where the band improvised around fragments of an early version of Tim Hodgkinson's "Living in the Heart of the Beast" from In Praise of Learning (1975). Another performance of this suite (in full) later appeared in "Halsteren" on Volume 2: 1974-5 of The 40th Anniversary Henry Cow Box Set (2009).

01 - Beautiful As The Moon; Terrible As An Army With Banners,Nirvana For Mice,Ottawa Song_Gloria Gloom
02 - Bad Alchemy Little Red Riding Hood Hits The Road
03 - Ruins
04 - Groningen
05 - Groningen Again
06 - Oslo
07 - Off The Map
08 - Cafe Royal
09 - Keeping Warm In Winter Sweet Heart Of Mine
10 - Udine

* Lindsay Cooper – bassoon, flute, oboe, recorder, piano
* Chris Cutler – drums, piano
* Dagmar Krause – voice, piano
* Fred Frith – guitar, piano, violin, xylophone
* John Greaves – bass guitar, voice, celeste, piano
* Tim Hodgkinson – organ, clarinet, alto saxophone, piano (Greasy Truckers set, CD release only)
* Robert Wyatt – vocals ("Bad Alchemy" and "Little Red Riding Hood Hits the Road")
* Geoff Leigh (Greasy Truckers set, CD release only) – tenor and soprano saxophone, recorder, flute, clarinet

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fred Frith - Gravity (1990)

Gravity is a 1980 solo album by English guitarist, composer and improviser Fred Frith from Henry Cow and Art Bears. It was Frith's second solo album and his first since the demise of Henry Cow in 1978. It was originally released in the United States on LP record on The Residents's Ralph record label and was the first of three solo albums Frith made for the label.

Gravity was recorded in Sweden, the United States and Switzerland and featured Frith with Swedish Rock in Opposition group Samla Mammas Manna on one side of the LP, and Frith with United States progressive rock group The Muffins on the other side. Additional musicians included Marc Hollander from Aksak Maboul and Chris Cutler from Henry Cow.

Gravity has been described as an avant-garde "dance" record that draws on rhythm and dance from folk music across the world. Allmusic called it one of the most important experimental guitar titles from Fred Frith.

01. "The Boy Beats the Rams (Kluk Tluce Berany)" – 4:54
02. "Spring Any Day Now" – 3:04
03. "Don't Cry For Me" – 3:28
04. "The Hands of the Juggler" – 5:31
05. "Norrgården Nyvla" – 2:54
06. "Year of the Monkey" – 4:11
07. "What a Dilemma" – 3:11
08. "Crack in the Concrete" – 1:24. "Come Across" – 2:47
09. "Dancing in the Street" (Gaye, Stevenson, Hunter) – 3:20
10. "My Enemy is a Bad Man" – 1:22
11. "Slap Dance" – 2:32
12. "A Career in Real Estate" – 4:42
13. "Dancing in Rockville Maryland" – 3:04

Bonus tracks on 1990 CD re-issue

14. "Waking Against Sleep" – 2:08
15. "Terrain" – 3:50
16. "Moeris Dancing" – 5:03
17. "Geistige Nacht" – 5:18
18. "Life at the Top" – 1:40
19. "Oh Wie Schon Ist Panama!" – 5:02

musicians include:
Fred Frith – guitar, bass guitar, violin, keyboards, drums (tracks 1,5,7)
The Muffins
Chris Cutler – drums (tracks 3, 15-18)
Lindsay Cooper – bassoon, oboe (tracks 15,16)
Tim Hodgkinson – alto saxophone (track 15)
Dagmar Krause – voice (track 17)
Tom Cora – bass guitar, percussion (track 19)
Samla Mammas Manna
and others...