GET WHOLE ALBUM HERE!!
Passworded archive! "sam1957"
Posted by psychelatte at 12:07
01 Changing Skies
04 Back To The Mountains
06 Space Shuffle
07 Pressed Rat And Warthog
09 Happy Burstday
10 Ich hasse Dich
11 Greenhouse Effect
13 Danger Keep Out
14 Burstday in Peuscherswerth
15 Changing Skies
16 Space Shuffle
18 Der fröhliche Wecker
Sorry! Had to remove link!
Formed by members of Orange Peel and Nosferatu (the vocalist / guitarist Michael Winzkowski), the band Epsilon published three LPs between 1971 and 1974. Their self title can be considered as their best, a nicely varied and achieved combination between heavy blues rockin' sections and coherent progressive skills. Their second "Move on" (1971) represents a more mainstream rock album with a few enjoyable moments. With the album "Epsilon off" (1975) the band turn to a straight heavy rockin' trip in a typical 70s style.
1.2 four 4(7:30)
6.Paint it black or white(6:22)
GET IT HERE
"This is the debut-album (’71) from WALLENSTEIN, a kind of international formation. From the very first second WALLENSTEIN will carry you away with their mind blowing sound on the four dynamic compositions (running time between 7 and 14 minutes): beautiful mellow moments but in general lots of propulsive rhythms and sumptuous outbursts with biting and blistering guitar work (from USA man Bill Barone), supported by sparkling piano, majestic Mellotron waves (by Jurgen Dollase) and a very dynamic rhythm-section, featuring the known Harold Grosskopf (Klaus Schulze) on drums and the Dutch Jerry Berkers on bass. An album with a unique sound, a bit raw but very exciting.
1. Lunatic (11:55)
2. The theme (9:37)
3. Manhatten Project (13:47)
4. Audiences (7:38)
HERE IT IS!!
"A French-Canadian progressive band, Et Cetera will undoubtedly appeal to "Gentle Giant" fans. The major difference being though the vocals , as we have here a female vocalist, and a good one too.
Very tight and impressively played music with myriads of intricasies and complexities.
Besides " Gentle Giant" there's also just a hint of "Pulsar" and "Focus" in places. In fact some of the classical and electric guitar solos reminds me a little of " Jan Akkerman"
A very nice album indeed then ,every track is really excellent with plenty of variety in the instrument department."
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. La Musique Tourne (4:04)
2. Éclaircie (5:14)
3. Entre Chien Et Loup (7:02)
4. Apostrophe (4:49)
5. Newton Avait Raison (4:11)
6. L'Age Dort (4:34)
7. Tandem (6:08)
Total Time: 36:02
Line-up / Musicians
- Marie Bernard Pagé / keyboards, ondes Martenot, vocals
- Denis Chartrand / keyboards, flute, saxophone, vibraphone, vocals
- Pierre Dragon / drums, percussion
- Robert Marchand / guitars, vocals
- Alain Yves Pigeon / bass, cello, vocals
1. Count Down
3. Only A Star
4. Across The Universe
6. Trailors In Movie Halls
7. Phoebius Is Dead
Wolfgang Claus - drums, vocals
Gotz Draeger - bass
Cherry Hochdorfer - keyboards
Ralph Lipmann - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Thomas Schmitt - flute, violin, keyboards, vocals
Rudolph Schon - percussion, vocals
Only a Star
Few countries took the idea of “classical rock” more seriously than Germany in the 1970s, as anyone will tell you who was exposed at the time to the music of WALLENSTEIN, TRIUMVIRAT, or this all but forgotten outfit. PELL MELL was one of many groups following in the well-trod footsteps of Keith Emerson, updating the classics in a modern rock format, in this case the work of Rachmaninoff and Franz Liszt (both duly credited: these guys weren’t grave robbers).
Unlike ELP however, the instrumentation was more traditional (for the ‘70s, at any rate), with a big ensemble sound divided between the sextet of musicians. Keyboards were dominant, of course: the grand piano, crunchy Hammond organ, lush string synths (no Mellotrons here) and ubiquitous clavinet were shared between three featured keyboard players, one of them also doubling on flutes and violin. Guitars are less evident, and are mostly in the classical/acoustic vein, although there’s some funky electric stuff happening on the final tracks. The highlight of this 1975 album is the 16-minute title track, a retooling of Liszt’s popular "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2", with interpolated material written by the band and, like a lot of Continental Prog acts sung in what sounds like phonetic English. There’s certainly a lot of variety here: a quiet acoustic ballad with recorder accompaniment (recalling the "Stairway to Heaven" intro), a burning organ solo in a honky-tonk blues mood, and lots of playful violin, straight from a gypsy café in post- war Vienna. The finale is a hoot: a Loony Tune Saturday morning cartoon soundtrack with everything but Daffy and Bugs, including a brief nod to the local Bavarian beer hall. So why is it called "Can Can"? There’s no relation to the familiar Offenbach Folies Bergere thing, memorably covered a few years later by (of course) the crafty Krautrockers of CAN. The original compositions that round out the rest of the disc are a little less fun and therefore less immediately attractive, but still show a flair for romantic melodies and memorable hooks. It’s not surprising that the band fell into obscurity: they were very much a product of their age, and need to be heard as such. Less forgiving listeners might dismiss the album as a time-capsule of mid ‘70s clichés, but in retrospect there’s a genuine innocence to such lofty middle-brow ambitions toward the rarified strata of high art. Look at the cover, with its cheesy proscenium arch framing laughably amateur pencil- sketch portraits of each band member. You can’t find such disarming naiveté in today’s corporate controlled, mass-produced entertainment industry. The music is still worth a listen too, and not only for nostalgia value. It’s a very minor slice of unjustly forgotten pop culture, but my guess is that the album might even surprise a few jaded Progheads who think they’ve heard it all. - Review by Neu!mann (Michael Neumann)
1. Rhapsody Frost of an alien darkness (9:24)
2. Rhapsody Wanderer (2:31)
3. Rhapsody Can Can (3:38)
4. Prelude (3:18)
5. Desert in your mind (6:18)
6. The riot (6:06)
7. Paris the past (8:10)
Total Time: 39:25
Gotz Draeger / bass-
Cherry Hochdorfer / keyboards-
Bruno Kniesmeijer / percussion, drums-
Ralph Lipmann / guitar, keyboards, vocals-
Thomas Schmitt / flute, violin, guitar (electric), keyboards, vocals-
Rudolph Schon / percussion, vocals
Releases information LP Venus 761PMAB (1976) / CD Spalax 97689 (1998)
1. From The New World - 16:10
2. Toccata - 4:05
3. Suite I - 8:03
4. Suite II - 11:33
BRILLIANT KRAUT PROG!!
Posted by psychelatte at 06:08
Featuring Incredible String Band founder Clive Palmer, COB made some of the most imaginative and moving music of their time, and this 1972 masterpiece is considered by many to be the finest psych folk record ever to emerge from the British Isles. An overwhelmingly beautiful and compelling collection of songs set to Eastern-tinged arrangements. Released in UK on Polydor / Folk Mill (238 3161) in a beautiful textured gatefold sleeve.
Clive Palmer - guitar, banjo, vocals
Genevieve Baker - percussion & sax
John Bidwell - keyboards, banjo, dulcitar, vocals, balalaika
Mick Bennett - percussion, keyboards, vocals
Produced by Ralph McTell
1. Sheba’s Return / Lion Of Judah
2. Let It Be You
3. Solomon’s Song
4. Eleven Willows
5. I Told Her
6. Oh Bright Eyed One
7. Chain Of Love
8. Pretty Kerry
9. Martha and Mary
10. Heart Dancer
11. Blue Morning (non-album 45a)
12. Bones (non-album 45b)
Not to be confused with a 1980s American band of the same name, Pell Mell was a symphonic band from Marburg, Germany(Marburg is also the name of the debut album). The band was formed in 1971 by keyboard player Otto Pusch, bass player Jorg Gotzfried, Rudolf Schon on vocals, recorder, and guitar, drummer Mitch Kniesmeijer, and Thomas Schmitt on violin, guitar, and vocals. The first album is characterized by a rough edge, especially in the vocals. Subsequent albums would smooth out the edges. However, there are aspects reminiscent of Hawkwind, HP Lovecraft, The Nice, and even ELP. Mellotron and classical themes are abundant. It also should be pleasing to fans Krautrock Over the next releases they would explore the realm of Mike Oldfield, and then settle into keyboard dominated symphonic The old psychedelic sounds completely gone. Much of the music is considered some of the best German symphonic ever recorded The usual lineup changes occurred over time, and the band began to disintegrate after 1978's "Only a Star." Thomas Schmitt formed the '80s style rock band Skyrider, with former band mate Otto Pusch. They released one self-titled album, and then took back the name Pell Mell. This incarnation released "Moldau" in 1981 However, the old magic was gone, and that is where the Pell Mell story ends. H.T. Riekels (bhikkhu) - http:// www.progarchives.com/artist.asp
This band emerged from Hamburg and lasted only a few years. It included a mixture of loca musicians and two “foreigners”. The German musicians were Reinhart Firchow (recorders flutes, ocarina, stylophone, percussion, vocals), Lucas Lindholm (bass, bass fiddle, organ piano), Dicky Tarrach (drums, percussion), Herb Geller (flutes, cor anglais, alto/soprano/tenor saxes, organ), the Irishman John O'Brien-Docker (guitars, organ, percussion, vocals, wind chimes) and Esther Daniels (vocals). As you can tell from the name of the band and one album title, their coming together was to make their instrumental interpretation of Aldous Huxley’s novel – A Brave New World. Being almost entirely an instrumental band (apart from some occasional voices) they created a most unique sound which combined together successfully different styles such as folk, psychedelic rock and electronics. Their use of wind nstruments (woodwinds), peculiar percussion patterns, flute, saxophones and a stylopohone gives their music a special otherworldly sound. A possible sound-alike would be Annexus Quam (in the psychedelic rock approach) and Between (in the ethereal, atmospheric sound) Sadly, after they released Impressions on Reading Aldous Huxley in 1972 and then dissolved. It is commonly referred to as an essential album in any krautrock album collection.(Progarchives.com)
Interesting weird meanderings
Melba -Catharsis (from Le Bolero Du Veau Des Dames)
(Review from progarchives.com)
Illuminations contains the surplus recordings of their first album from June and November 1971.
The tracks are dark, lyrical, poetical, calm, dreamy-like musical journeys that are almost exclusively performed for a chamber ensemble. Acoustic instruments (percussions, flute...) dominate the content but there's also a priority for vintage organic / synth waves and fragile, distinctive female voices.
The introduction track starts the melancholic "trip" with an unforgotten instrumental for acoustic percussions and ultra-introspective, ethereal organs, absolutely beautiful. "La mort des amants" is an other elegiac, celestial piece, played for acoustic guitars and lead by plaintive, meditative Charlotte vocals. "Ballade des pendus" features a strange, delicate and moody atmosphere, including a large variety of percussive effects and dark synth strings. "En revenant de la noce" is a great variation of ancient dancing music.
The musical variety is greater than their previous albums, ranging from the trancendental "Aube" via uncommon treatments of music from the 17th and 18th Century, to the childish "Mignonne Allons Voir". Among these short pieces are some of Catharsis' finest recordings.
This is a melodic, floating album made with invention and devoted to the combination of neo-classical chamber progressive music with psychedelic, visceral organic music.
- Patrik Moulia / guitars, percussion
- Charlie Eddi / drums, percussion
- Yves de Roubaix / bass, guitar
- Roland Bocquet / keyboards
- Allain Geoffroy / piano, charango
- Charlotte / vocals, percussion
Track List :
01. Aube - 3:43
02. La Mort Des Amants - 3:05
03. Ballade Des Pendus - 3:48
04. En Revenant De La Noce - 1:59
05. Mignonne Allons Voir Si La Rose... - 1:57
06. Le Canard Blanc - 2:30
07. Illuminations - 3:10
08. Poemes Du 17e Siecle - 2:06
09. Alchimie Du Verbe (2e Partie) - 6:34
go on, get it!
Review from progarchives.com)
"32 Mars" is kind of an EP, clocking in at just 23 minutes; it is short even for French albums of the time.
The title track is included in a full and single version, in addition to the alternate versions of the title tracks of their two previous albums -- "Masq" and "Les Chevrons".
Starting with a cool organ playing a catchy tune, "32 Mars" grows to a full spectacle of psychedelic and experimental showmanship. From the entire band playing in a full fledged lineup to the solo piano playing and then to tribal percussion and other instruments (such as a wacky style sax), this has the full gamut of what this band was capable of - not only in terms of playing and instrumentation but also in being able to create varied psychedelic textures and soundscapes. It's a great ride made up of smaller segments that make it up a varied whole. The goofiness shown in some parts of the tracks balances the more psychedelic and spacey parts, adding distinction to the sound.
- Yves de Roubaix / bass, guitar, vocals
- Charlie Eddie / drums, percussion
- Roland Bocquet / keyboards, vocals
- Patrick Mouila / vocals, guitar, percussion
Track List :
01. 32 Mars - 11:08
02. Masq - 4:15
03. Les Chevrons - 4:59
04. 32 Mars - 3:07
More greatness from this band!
Review from progarchives.com)
Catharsis is one of those French pioneering groups that forged ahead and paved the way for many of their compatriots. Their first album was recorded early spring 1971. The band was at the peak of their productivity at the time, the sessions apparently produced a lot more material put on tape than just this album (which surfaced in later releases).
The sound is a mixture of easily accessible tunes, strange wordless chanting, high hippie spirits, Arabian elements, strong percussion and a few avant-garde excursions. It has a very spontaneous feeling, as if the group was assembled for some kind of occult ritual using music to reach a higher consciousness.
Four long tracks on this debut album from a group that has their own distinctive sound, even though they were obviously Pink Floyd and Amon Düül II inspired, but with some more symphonic touches. Indeed outside the strange ethereal female vocals, courtesy from Charlotte, the group was a septet. Through a percussive and gradual start, the track develops into an interesting psych rock, over which Charlotte's vocals (sometimes joined by the others) are soaring, then bizarre effects and percussion derail the progression of the title track and render its outcome unpredictable. We are going thru a few Bolero (Ravel) measures, than joined scats vocals, then an uncertain landing. Rising from that shaky ground and with baffling percussions and effects, 4 Art 6 develops slowly, remaining a bit irritatingly on low dynamics that when they finally come to acceptable level, there are some very weird (even a bit objectionable) vocals. Starting the flipside, Cantique is not about to change that with Charlotte's scats taking on a mystical or liturgical note and if the male pagan chants coming just after, then superposed to Charlotte's. Tunnel Exatique doesn't drop the ball either.
Masq is certainly a charming album that does bear the era that saw it born, a rather enjoyable piece of symphonic psychedelia, but repeated listening could prove somewhat difficult if one is not entirely comfortable with female aerial scats.
- Roland Bocquet / organ, piano, glock, vocal
- Niles Brown / guitar, violin, clochettes, vocal
- Charlotte / vocal, violin, crecelle, clochettes, grelots
- Yves de Roubaix / guitar, vocal, crecelle
- Charles Eddie / percussion, tarabocca
- Allain Geoffroy / charango, piano, moulinette, vocal
- Patrick Moulia / guitar, tambourin, scie, guimbarde, crecelle, harmonica, vocal
Track List :
01. Masq - 6:16
02. 4 Art 6 - 8:43
03. Cantique - 6:58
04. Tunnel Exatique Part 1 - 7:18
05. Tunnel Exatique Part 2 - 2:41
I LOVE THIS STUFF!!
Toto Blanke was Guitarist in the German-Dutch avant-jazz band Association PC, achieving fame as one of the most dazzling fusion guitarists in Europe. As soloist, group leader, and Electric Circus, he's been prolific and varied. From fiery fusion akin to Mahavishnu Orchestra, via spacey Dauner territoty and some weirdo jazz Heldon diversions, onto FOOL'S PARADISE, which does its utmost best to defy description! Toto also works with Czech jazz guitarist Rudolf Dasek, doing classical jazz.
Jazz-rock at its finest!
If you like Jean Michel Jarre or War of the Worlds, you should love this!
Review by loserboy (James Unger)PROG REVIEWER from progarchives.com:"Marsbeli Kronikak" (Martian Chronlicles) is one of the greatest symphonic prog albums of all time. SOLARIS provide some great swirling keyboards (and lots of them) swirling keyboards (and lots of them), injected with some incredible flute, bass and guitar, surrounded by complex drumming . This recording moves in and out of many different moods throughout the recording taking on many different personas. This is some of the coolest space instrumental prog you will ever hear. The intro is quite psyched out and has some alien child like voices throughout providing an very uneasy feeling. After the "Martian Chronicle Suite" we are treated to a couple of extra tracks which seem to blend in quite well actually. This recording is essential in my books and I am sure all lovers of space symphonic prog will be drooling over this one.
Review by Steve Hegede (Steve Hegede)PROG REVIEWER from progarchives.com:"The Martian Chronicles" was released in 1983, and quickly became a hit in Hungary. But, it wasn't until about 1995, after SOLARIS played Progfest '95, that the rest of the prog world got a chance to discover this Eastern European gem. The album starts off with a side-long epic entitled "The Martian Chronicles Parts 1-6" which mixes Klaus SCHULZE-like synth work, with overly melodic interplay between piano, guitar, and flute. Nothing here gets too complex, rather the band seemed to have focused on creating beautiful, and playful, themes. After the side-long epic, things get a bit more aggressive with my favorite piece called "Mars Poetica". In my opinion, this sounds like a progressive, and instrumental, version of IRON MAIDEN with flutes, Moog synths thrown in. The album goes on to end with a few more shorters tracks that feature aggressive synth solos, melodic flute interludes, and metal-guitar riffing. A classic!
01. Marsbéli krónikák I. (3:34)
02. Marsbéli krónikák II.-III. (6:32)
03. Marsbéli krónikák IV.-VI. (13:15)
04. M'ars poetica (6:39)
05. Ha felszáll a köd (3:58)
06. Apokalipszis (3:44)
07. E-moll elõjáték (0:29)
08. Legyõzhetetlen (2:46)
09. Solaris (4:53)
10. Orchideák bolygója (3:17)
11. A sárga kör (4:54)
Eroc (Joachim Heinz Ehrig) started his solo career in 1975 while he was currently the drummer of Grobschnitt. His self titled album can be considered as a cross between Grobschnitt’s typical symphonic amazing music and electronic/ synthscapes dominated by numerous original sound manipulations. Despite that he was originally recognised as a drummer, here Eroc is the man behind the machines,controlling solid essays in synth experimentations and electronic collages. His first album is an absolute must have in Kraut- electronic genre, very abstract, emotional and a mix of different moods. His following album Zwei continues to process by a combination between rock and electronic but focused on short, efficient sketches.
Humour and derision are clearly exposed in the lyrics and recitations.
Zwei is a reminiscence of Grobschnitt’s theatrical universe with lot of gags, but the atmosphere is much more introspective, sometimes delivering deliciously melancholic melodies. After this two first very recommended efforts, Eroc pursues his solo career notably providing a kind of reunion, family album Eroc 3 with others Grobschnitt members.
In parallel he also started a professional career as music producer, recently published albums of Jane, Grobschnitt among others.
1975 Eroc - Eroc
1976 Eroc - Zwei
1979 Eroc - Eroc 3
1982 Eroc - Eroc 4
1987 Eroc - Changing Skies
1997 Eroc & Hans Reichel - The Return Of Onkel Boskopp
1998 Eroc - Eroc's Wolkenreisen
01 Piratensender Kolibri
07 Krieg der Zwerge
08 Von der Insel
10 Hagener Wellenreiter
11 Let's gläntz
12 Wer rettet die Welt
13 Alles Inordnung
14 Detlef ist weg
15 Die Kinder ziehen fort
16 Der Prophet
19 Radio Puschkino
20 Auf Widder Hörn
And I thought I knew a lot of obscure tracks!!
Only a lifetime devoted to the unusual and strange on vinyl could enable Mr Votel to compile this mix album.
There's no track listing so perhaps these tracks are destined to remain anonymous - but I'd still love to know what some of them are.
If you liked DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist's Brainfreeze or David Holmes's Free Association mix then you'll love this - but be sure to bring your sense of humour.
There is some funk and soul - but also French yeye, garage sounding rockiness, Indian flavours, movie sountracks, folk and even something that sounds like Krautrock - but don't be put off!
At times it sounds like a soundtrack to a sixties swinging London film - if they'd invented turntablism and eclectic mixes in those days.
The sheer unlikely, joyous, juxtaposition of these tunes brings out something that I'm sure most would not pick up if these listen to these songs in isolation.
The mixing is a little cut and paste at times and seems to drift off in quality towards the end - but that's just a small criticism. There are apparently 75 tracks in 76 minutes so its no surprise if its a little raw - but that only adds to its carefree anything-goes nature.
As the number of corporate mixes seems to be on the increase and you can't move for generic computerized 'Ibiza' 'Beach' 'Misery of Sound' boring and unimaginative mixes this is a welcome breath of fresh air.
Ramases was the creation and alter-ego of Martin Raphael (sometimes known as Barrington Frost), born in Sheffield, UK. Formerly an army PT instructor, whilst involved in a central heating business in Scotland, was inspired to assume the mantle of the Egyptian Pharaoh of whom he believed himself a reincarnation, and take up a musical career. Early singles (recorded with his wife, Dorthy Frost aka Selket) failed to make any impact, Space Hymns was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport with soon-to-be members of 10cc.
Glass Top Coffin was recorded following relocation to Felixstowe, and Ramases retired from the music business soon afterwards. He died in 1978 but his death was not widely reported in musical circles until the early 1990s. (Wikipedia)
this sounds so sad...i love it..
Pop-psych clashes with acid drenched madness to create a superb album of hippy rock with moogs, sitars and guitars to the fore!
There are many rumors and legends regarding Ramases and his wife, Sel; they were from another planet and departed Earth soon after their second album, Glass Top Coffin, was recorded; Ramases believed he was the reincarnation of the ancient Egyptian god; Ramases eventually killed himself in the 90's. With a bunch of stories like these, there was only one label crazy enough to produce this first Ramases album--Vertigo, and they did. With some of what was to become 10CC backing them, Ramases and his wife, who had been struggling to break into the late 60's psychedelic singles market, recorded the first fully-formed realization of his religious/environmentalist/alien vision. It remains today a wholly successful (albeit predictably strange) venture, and if it doesn't fully live up to the bizarre mythology Ramases invented for himself, it's still interesting and compelling to listen to as an artifact from different days.
Spacey sound effects fade into audibility at the beginning of "Life Child," followed by a grooving acoustic guitar riff. When the band kicks in, it really starts grooving, and when the bassist cranks up the overdrive on his amp, it downright rocks. Ramases bitingly spits out a list of humanity's failings as stewards of the earth, mockingly but sadly referring to us all as "life child." After this opener, you know you're in for a pretty entertaining trip. "Oh Mister" is a lot folkier, with Sel's vocals in the background more noticeable. Hand drums give this one a nice groove, and though the lyrics aren't substantial, they reinforce the first track's implication that Ramases is an observer from afar, trying to make sense of the way human civilization works, and why we do the self-contradictory things we do--probably the most fascinating and dominating concept of the entire album. "Oh Mister" also introduces a couple of the elements of Ramases' sound that get a little grating eventually--Sel's vocals are a bit rough; she often sings in unison with Ramases in a nasaly voice, which makes me wish she'd either not sing, or at least pick out a simple harmony part to soften it up a bit. The other thing is that many of the lyrics on the album are repetitions of the same line, which can sometimes seem a bit boring and lazy, though sometimes it works to great effect.
"And the Whole World" is a really hippie-folk apocalyptic ballad, not unlike the Bee Gees' "I Started a Joke," reaching some surprisingly emotionally accessible heights. "Quasar One" seems to be a hymn to the "home world," and features some gnarly backing from the inventive studio musicians. "You're The Only One" is blasted by another review here, since the lyrics repeat "You're the only one, Joe, the only one" over and over. Yeah, if you're not listening closely this is simply annoying. But in the context of Ramases' conceptual framework, the song eerily illustrates that feeling we all get sometimes--the feeling that you are the only one who is really alive, really real--with a creepy immediacy that makes it one of the most effective cuts on the album. The modal, chant-style "Molecular Delusions" is a pretty ominous depiction of Ramases' quite interesting belief that "We are most probably existing on a molecule inside the material of, perhaps, a living thing in the next size up," though it's repetitive and seems to go on a bit too long.
"Balloon" is moderately catchy folk-rock (which didn't stop the single version from disappearing immediately), and "Jesus" is the kind of generic hippie-Christian folk rock (complete with some really un-adventurous rhymes) that you wouldn't really expect from an alien. The album's closer, though, "Journey To The Inside," is one of the most interesting and trippy tracks, full of spacey synthesizers, pulsing with energy. It ends in turbulence, with clips of Ramases extolling some of his mystical beliefs.
In the end, Space Hymns is a very rewarding experience, full of interesting sounds (thanks to the very creative backing of the studio musicians, which adds many layers to the singer's songs) and some excellent ideas. I wish more of it rocked as hard as "Life Child," which ends up being one of the strongest songs on the album--at the very beginning. It's best listened to closely, on headphones or a decent stereo--otherwise, it may seem less interesting, subtly compelling, and sonically-detailed than it actually is. Repertoire's reissue is typical of their sound and packaging quality--excellent remastering, a beautiful digipak booklet with a small poster of the awesome church/spaceship cover art, and 4 bonus tracks, none of which are essential, as is usually the case with bonus tracks. Recommended for adventurous folk rock fans, and people interested in weirder prog and spacey 70's music. Maybe someday Repertoire will release Ramases' second album, Glass Top Coffin, which has never seen CD reissue...we can only hope and wait.
And The Whole World
You're The Only One Joe
Dying Swan Year 2000
Jesus Come Back
Journey To The Inside
**Psychelatte says: His voice is so fragile on this album I find it really quite beautiful and it chokes me up...**
Wallenstein were one of Germany's best known "space rock" bands, clearly indebted to Pink Floyd but also developing a personal style of their own. Jurgen Dollase founded the group Blitzkrieg as an international group with Bill Barone (from the USA), Jerry Berkers (from the Netherlands) and Harald Grosskopf (from Germany!). Dollase had previously studied art and classical music. In late Autumn 1971 Blitzkrieg had the repertoire ready for an album, but as a British group already was using the name "Blitzkrieg", the German group changed their name to Wallenstein and kept Blitzkrieg as the title of their first album. This featured four very long tracks in a symphonic progressive rock style (all written by Dollase) and almost completely instrumental. Dense, complex and powerful stuff!
Mother Universe (1972) pictured Dollase's grandma on the sleeve acting as the grandmother of our universe. Musically this was a more dynamic album, introducing some quieter, folky passages with acoustic guitar between the more usual powerful and pompous electric guitar and organ outbursts. Jerry Berkers wanted to do more of these folky things, and quit Wallenstein to record his own solo album Unterwegs - which musically I find it to be in a rather dull singer & songwriter tradition. After Dollase and Grosskopf had taken part in the large scale projects Lord Krishna von Goloka (Sergius Golowin), Tarot (Walter Wegmuller) and the Cosmic Jokers-sessions, they recorded Cosmic Century (1973) in September 1973. This album brought another change of style, clearly influenced by Dollase's recent "cosmic" experiences. It was marketed as the first album by the 'symphonic rock orchestra Wallenstein' (text on the sleeve). It consisted of five refined symphonic rock tracks and a short piano piece. Dollase's strained vocal parts lowered the overall standard of this album, but apart from this the music was good! Sadly this was to be their last great album...
Stories, Songs & Symphonies (1975) attempted to bring in more conventional rock and jazz styles for a kind of extended fusion, but was largely an artistic failure. Only their adaptation of Bartok's music on "Symphaty for Bela Bartok" was of much interest. The rest represented Dollase's failed attempts to be a serious singer-songwriter. Wallenstein split in 1975 and Bill Barone returned to the USA. Harald Grosskopf was engaged as the drummer for Klaus Schulze, Ashra and more recently Central Europe Performance.
THIS IS DARLING!!
C.O.B stands for Clive’s Original Band and Spirit of Love was their first album released in 1971 on CBS (69010). Clive Palmer is a well known British folk musician that started out as one of the original Incredible String Band members.
On this album, the C.O.B. trio was completed by multi-instrumentalists and singers John Bidwell and Mick Bennett, with some other musicians (including Ralph McTell) lending a hand on some tracks. The record is a surprisingly engaging piece of rock- and psychedelic-tinged British folk music reminiscent of the Incredible String Band at their most melodic. It rounds off some of the grating bent notes, vocals, and weirdness that both got the ISB some cred with psychedelic fans and annoyed others.
Clive Palmer - Banjo, Vocals, Arranger, Guitar (12 String), Guitar
Ursula Smith - Cello
Mickey "Tickey" Bennett - Organ, Percussion, Voices, Vocals, Arranger, Washboard
Michael Bennett - Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Gillian McPherson - Voices
John Bidwell - Organ, Banjo, Keyboards, Arranger, Vocals, Voices, Indian Organ, Dulcitone, Recorder
Steve Bonnett - Bass, Guitar
Ralph McTell - Guitar, Drums, Producer
1. Spirit Of Love
2. Music Of The Ages
3. Soft Touches Of Love
4. Banjo Land
5. Scranky Black Farmer
6. Evening Air
7. Serpent's Kiss
8. Sweet Slavery
9. When He Came Home
THIS IS TOO BEAUTIFUL, MAKES ME CRY!!
"The Mandrake Memorial came together sometime in the late 60's in Philadelphia This talented bunch has released three excellent albums between 1968-1970, quite an impressive output in creative terms Any collector of 60's Psychedelia will tell you that Puzzle, Mandrake's ambitious third and final album, is regarded today as one of the greatest psychedelic albums. Stylistically similar to some of the Boston bands of that era (Ultimate Spinach in particular), Mandrake Memorial's digging into complex trippy Psychedelia has in a particular), Mandrake Memorial's digging into complex trippy Psychedelia has in a way anticipated progressive rock From the opening track 'Earthfriend Prelude' and throughout this magnificent artistic album, Puzzle blends tripped out orchestral experimentation with quasi- religious music. Fusing drum crescendos, whispers, weird effects and choirs, with a high degree of instrumentation, we're talking about an ambitious early concept album."
"Even the album cover art is really weird and demented, featuring a well known painting with chrome plated maggots inching their way up an endless flight of stairs.
While not for everyone, Puzzle shrouds itself in a velvet mystery.
It’s a totally unique experience within the world of pyschedelia that sounds completely unfamilar!" (2nd quote from Jason from therisingstorm.net).
1. Earthfriend Prelude
3. Just A Blur (Version 1)
5. Just A Blur (Version 2)
8. Ocean's Daughter
9. Volcano Prelude
11. Whisper Play
13. Children's Prayer
15. Just A Blur (Version 3)
16. Something In The Air
17. Musical Man
Weird and lovely
Funky grooves with chilled out beats..a must!, 11 Nov 2002 By "richissitt"
What can you say to something as mellow in it's style as it is funky in it's grooves? Nicola my son, you are a genious! From the bass rhythms, to the soaring vocals, to the chilled out grooves of the bass this album gets better and better everytime you listen to it. Each time being a whole new experience, something that makes you listen intently while your anticipation doesn't disapoint! Serious music for people of the fez. (Review from Amazon.co.uk)
Nicola Conte is an Italian DJ, producer and guitar player known for introducing an innovative style of acid jazz that incorporates bossa nova themes, melodies drawn from Italian film scores of the 1960s, easy listening themes, and ethnic Indian music Conte, a classically-trained musician, is mastermind of a collective of acid jazz revivalists, "The Fez Collective," based in the Italian town of Bari, and the Idizioni-Ishatr / Schema label, their record label for promoting their distinctly Italian approach to acid jazz Conte's first album was Jet Sounds of 2000. The single "Bossa Per Due" gained nternational recognition and was an underground hit. It was used almost mmediately for a prime-time commercial for Acura automobiles. The album was licensed for American distribution by Thievery Corporation's Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) label in the summer of 2001 as Bossa Per Due, and was a slightly reconfigured version of the Italian Jet Sounds album. This was followed by the Jet Sounds Revisited remix album in late 2002. Two years later, Blue Note's French subsidiary released Conte's next album Other Directions. In . In November 2008, Conte released his latest album, Rituals. In November of 2009, Nicola released "The Modern Sound of Nicola Conte", versions in jazz- dub, on Schema records. Unlike his 2002 remix album which featured artists argely reworking his songs, this two disc set had Nicola releasing original titles and featured some of his jazz styled remixes of other people's works Conte also produced albums by other artists such as Rosalia De Souza and Paolo Achenza Trio.
Jet Sounds (2000) Schema Records
Bossa per Due ( 2001) ESL Records
Other Directions ( 2004) Blue Note Records
Rituals ( 2008)
The Modern Sound of Nicola Conte ( 2009) Schema Records
Viagem (2008) ( Far Out Recordings)
Viagem 2 (2009) ( Far Out Recordings)
(Info from Wikipedia)
2 Bossa Per Due
3 Dossier Omega
4 Il Cerchio Rosso
5 Fuoco Fatuo
6 Forma 2000
7 Missione A Bombay
8 Jazz Pour Dadine
9 In Samba
10 La Coda Del Diavolo
11 Mambo De Los Dandies
12 Jet Sounds
13 Trappola Mortale
coooler than a Frigidaire!
"Germany is well known in the US for its acidic, experimental/electronic prog a la Ash Ra Tempel, early Tangerine Dream, Faust, and Can. A lesser-known or spoken-of oeuvre seems to be that country's symphonic progressive music scene, which, like the predominant Anglo- American bands, flourished in the 1970's. While Eloy headed in a Floydian direction, maintained a metallic edge, added symphonic overtones and made some headway, other bands were likely much more obscure to stateside listeners.
Hoelderlin were one such band; imbued with a keen sense of melody, interplay, and craftsmanship, and possessing a once-in-a-lifetime chemistry, they made a handful of under-the-radar classics of symphonic progressive rock In early 1976 the band along with producer Karlheinz Borchert found themselves at work in Conny Planck's Neunkirchen studio, recording and mixing Clowns And Clouds. The album is divided into a "clown" side and . . . . . you guessed it . . . . . a "cloud" side. Written by keyboardist time changes and exquisitely blended instrumentation, accented by guest Büdi Seibert's saxophone. "Your Eyes" follows and continues to demonstrate Jochen Grumbkow's considerable abilities as a keyboardist The use of cello and viola was a hallmark of Hoelderlin's sound, highlighted in the opening tango section of the three-part "Circus." There is also some fantastic acoustic guitar work in the second section "Marching" before the band quickens the pace for the closing bit entitled"Sensations." Nops Noppeney's viola is therein accented but all of the musicians deliver stellar performances. The "Cloud" side features two cuts. Bassist/guitarist Hans Bäär wrote "Streaming," and besides being a showcase for guitar orchestration, it gives Seibert another chance to contribute nicely on sax and flute. Jochen Grumbkow paired with Baar to write "Phasing," a 12:12 instrumenta piece that superbly blends every instrument. Viola, cello, and guitar all soar upon another graceful bed of keyboards, given rhythmic life by Bäär's galloping bass work and Michael Bruchmann's nimble, solid drumming. All of the vocals on Clowns And Clouds were sung in English by Jochen Grumbkow and Nops Noppeny. Their accents are present but never a distraction; this is an extremely well-engineered album and no instrument or voice overwhelms the mix at any time If you love the warm tones and instrumental blends that were unique to the 1970's symphonic progressive bands, then dig up this largely forgotten gem TODAY. Perhaps fans of Moonmadness or Rain Dances-era Camel or "classic 7" Moody Blues would be at home here. Although they were not without peers or precedent, Hoelderlin were the rarest of bands that for a time made all the right compositional and nstrumental moves. Every musician shines but none of them disturb the perfect balance of the whole, and Clowns And Clouds gets my most urgent recommendation." (Review from off the web somewhere.)
1. Mad House (C.Grumbkow/J.Grumbkow) - 6:47
2. Your Eyes (J.Grumbkow) - 6:10
3. Circus (C.Grumbkow/J.Grumbkow) - 10:05 including a) Tango Mil b) Marching c) Sensations
4. Streaming (H.Bäär) - 7:10
5. Phasing (J.Grumbkow/H.Bäär) - 12:08
Personnel- Christian Grumbkow - lead guitar-
Joachim Grumbkow - keyboards, cello, vocals-
Hans Bäär - bass, guitars-
Michael Bruchmann - drums, percussion-
Joachim Käseberg - live sound-
Christoph "Nops" Noppeney - viola, acoustic guitar, vocals-
Jörg-Peter Siebert - saxophones, flutes, percussion
another great album by this band! Check out the others also!
Folk Is Not A Four Letter Word (Vol 1)- Compiled by Andy Votel
1. Carol Batton - Beeing (Intro)
2. Kathy Smith - It's Taking So Long
3. Sarofeen & Smoke - It's Love
4. Brigitte Fontaine - Brigitte
5. Linda Perhacs - Hey, Who Really Cares?
6. Breakout - Usta Me Ogrzej (Warm Up My Lips)
7. Musica Dispersa - Cefalea
8. Poppy Family - Shadows On My Wall
9. Wendy & Bonnie - By The Sea
10. Bonnie Koloc - My Aunt Edna
11. Heaven & Earth - Jenny Listen
12. Erica Pomerance - You Used To Think
13. Audience - Man On Box
14. The Roundtable - Scarborough Fair
15. Sidan - Gobiath
16. Sidan - Ar Goll
Folking great stuff!
Folk Is Not a Four Letter Word (Vol. 2) - Compiled by Andy Votel
1. Carol Batton - Intro
2. Midsommar - Balladen Om Belfast
3. Y Triban - A Night In The City
4. These Trails - Of Broken Links
5. Chuck & Mary Perrin - Flying
6. Jan & Lorraine - Number 33
7. Elly & Rikkert - Heksenkring
8. Susan Christie - Paint A Lady
9. Paul Parrish - Dialogue Of Wind And Lover
10. Emmanuelle Parrenin - Apres Londee
11. Naomi - How Do?
12. Parchment - Son Of God
13. Alexis Korner & CCS - Sunrise
14. Woody Simmons - Grey Today
15. Vainica Doble - Dime Felix
16. 11.59 - The Waters Of Babylon
17. Midwinter - Maids And Gentlemen
18. Pentangle - I Saw An Angel
19. Sibylle Baier - Softly
20. Turid - Song
21. Turid - På Tredje Dagen Uppståndna
another folking great album!!
1 Ray Brown & Moonstone - Story Of Ali
2 Linn County - Moon Food
3 J.K. and Co.* - Magical Fingers Of Minerva
4 Omega Redstar* - Rettenettes
5 Basement Wall, The - Teenybopper
6 Abacus (3) - Song For Brunhilde
7 Broselmachine - La Rotta
8 Gualberto - Luz De Invierno
9 Darius (3) - I Feel The Need To Carry On
10 Blonde On Blonde (2) - Spinning Wheel
11 Pretty Things, The - Bracelets
12 Frederic, The* - Morning Sunshine
13 Flames, The (5) - Solitude
14 July (3) - The Way
15 West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - A Child's Guide To Good & Evil
16 Fraternity Of Man* - Wispy Paisley Skies
17 Misty Wizards, The - It's Love
18 Rameses - Molecular Delusions
19 Cob - Let It Be You
20 Lord Sitar - I Am The Walrus
21 Vampire's Sound Inc., The* - Psycho Contact
1 US 69* - I'm On My Way
2 Merrell Fankhauser And HMS Bounty - Visit With Ayisha
3 Paper Garden, The - Man Do You
4 Meic Stevens - The Sailor & Madonna
5 State Of Mickey & Tommy - I Know
6 Ghost, The (2) - Abyssinia
7 Mandrake Memorial - Dark Lady 8 1st Century - Looking Down
9 People (4) - Lucky John
10 Sagram - Heavenly Feeling
11 Bobby Callender - Sade Masoch
12 Mushroom's God - Draped In Shades
13 Orient Express, The - For A Moment
14 Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - Air
15 Erkin Koray - Karli Daglar
16 Popol Vuh - Nosferatu
17 Brainticket - Watchin' You
18 Chocolate Watch Band* - Living In The Past
19 Big Jim Sullivan - She's Leaving Home
20 Dr. Timothy Leary - Freak Out / Turn On, Tune In (Epilogue)
1 Mops, The - Anthem
2 Amboy Dukes* - Psalms Of Aftermath
3 St. Mikael - Bom Bom Mahadev
4 Strawberry Alarm Clock - Black Butter
5 Saffron (5) - All Your Ambition
6 Truth (13) - Thoughts
7 United States Of Existence - Makin' My Scene
8 Meic Stevens - Yorric
9 Train (4) - Dreams And Realities
10 Third Rail, The - The Invisible Man
11 Hurdy Gurdy - Peaceful Open Space
12 Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band* - Factory Endeavour
13 Chim Khotari - Eleanore Rigby
14 Them (3) - Black Widow Spider
15 Bobby Callender - Rainbow Colors
16 Ray Brown (4) & Moonstone (4) - Start Of A New Day
17 Storybook, The - Psych-Out Sanctorum
18 Krokodil - Sunlight's Beautiful Daughter
1 Meckmark Men - Free 4:10
2 Stunt's Blue Leg Expedition - Caves Of Her Mind 3:02
3 Ugly Ducklings, The - I Know What To Say 2:3
4 Johnny Thompson Quintet - Color Me Columbus 2:30
5 Moonkyte - Where Will The Grass Grow 3:55
6 Dantalion's Chariot* - This Island 3:54
7 Nick Carter (6) - Prayer To St. Peter 5:00
8 Twilights, The (3) - Time Motion Study Man 2:1
9 Folkswingers, The - 8 Miles High 2:54
10 Ananda Shankar - Renunciation 4:15
11 New Tweedy Brothers, The* - Wheel Of Fortune 4:23
12 Wizz Jones - One Grain Of Sand 3:36
13 Kuni Kawachi & Flower Travelling Band, The* - Graveyard Of Love 4:07
14 Full Moon Band - Morning Is Born 3:30
15 Chim Kothari - Indian Beat 2:35
16 A Little Bit Of Sound - Incense & Peppermints 2:32
17 Lemon Pipers, The - The Shoemaker Of Leatherwear Sqaure 2:0
18 Mehropoojah - Love Dance Of The Lemmings 4:55
19 C.O.B. (2) - Music Of Ages 3:48
20 Popera Cosmic - Aurore Cosmic 7:25
1 Book Of Am, The - I Am That Living Soul
2 Shocking Blue, The* - Waterboy
3 Poppy Family, The - Free From The City
4 Magic Carpet (3) - Father Time
5 Saffron (5) - Vision Is A Lonely Word
6 Wendy Kesselman - Lonely Girl
7 Elyse Weinberg - Oh Deed I Do Written-By - Donovan
8 Calendula - Dance Of The Red Moon
9 Montreal (3) - Infinity
10 Fit & Limo - Gopher Hat
11 Pentangle - Once I Had A Sweetheart
12 Red Chair Fadeaway - All Your Old Tricks
13 Sheila Chandra - Storm Trance
14 Sheila Chandra - Lament Of McCrimmon (Song Of The Banshee)
15 Sally Eaton - Flowers In The Air
16 Ananda Shankar - Cyrus
17 Wyld Olde Souls - The Sun God
18 Kali Bahlu - How Can I Tell My Guru
1 Tomorrow (2) - Real Life Permanent Dream 3:15
2 Shiny Gnomes, The* - Temple Balls 6:54
3 Fox, The (4) - Butterfly 3:22
4 Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band* - Sunbeams & Rainbows 2:46
5 Cosmic Gardeners, The - Way Of Going 3:28
6 Nova Local, The - Forgotten Man 2:20
7 Family (6) - Face In The Clouds 2:54
8 Joseph (16) - Cold Biscuits & Fish Heads 3:37
9 Cheops (2) - Salem Bibi 4:10
10 3 Hur-El* - Aglarsa Aram 3:2
11 Grail - Grail 4:44
12 Tomerclaus - Jeg Vil Gerne 2:59
13 Paroni Paakunainen* - Mango Pu 3:25
14 Magna Carta - The Bridge Of Knaresborough Town 4:5
15 Click, The (6) - Many Times Jimbo 3:36
16 Catharsis (7) - Melba 5:05
17 Fallen Angels, The (3) - I'll Drive You From My Mind 4:22
18 Violeta De Out Ono - Within You Without You 3:40
19 David, The - Another Day Another Lifetime 5:43
1 Euclid - Lazy Livin 5:50
2 Unspoken Word, The - Anniversary Of My Mind 2:32
3 Oriental Sunshine - Oriental Sunshine 3:39
4 Wolfgang Dauner Quintet - Take Off Your Clothes To Feel The Setting Sun 4:0 Sitar - Siegfried Schwab
5 Truth* - Archimede's Pad (9 mins +)
6 Bit A Sweet* - Speak Softly 5:0
7 Flower Travelling Band* - Dhoop 3:52
8 Tales Of Justine - Sitting On A Blunestone 2:34
9 Twilights, The (3) - Devandra 1:49
10 Wizz Jones - America 4:0
11 Saddhu Brand, The - I Give You Johnee 5:47
12 Oregon - Rejoicing 4:16 Performer - Paul Winter (2) Contributors Performer - Paul Winter (2) Contributors Sitar - Colin Walcott* Contributors Sitar - Colin Walcott*
13 Lawson & 4 More* - Halfway Down The Stairs 2:34 kotzkarnick
14 Pregnant Insomnia - Wallpaper 3:3
15 Mirage, The - Tomorrow Never Knows 2:33
16 Brand X (3) - Sun In The Night 4:19 Performer - Phil Collins
17 Unknown* - Untitled ? 5:2
1. Churchills - Debka (4:45)
2. Bill Plummer & His Cosmic Brotherhood - Journey to the East (6:00)
3. Boeing Duveen & the Beautiful Soup - Jabberwock (2:28)
4. David Hemmings - Anathea (3:02)
5. Gates of Freedom - The Earth Is the Lord's (4:32)
6. Koala - Strange Feelings (2:48)
7. Blossom Toes - Just Above My Hobby Horse's Head (2:52)
8. 101 Strings - Karma Sitar (1:50)
9. Greenwood, Curlee & Thompson - Little Willy (4:19)
10. Forum Quorum - Girl Make Up Your Mind (3:03)
11. Iron Butterfly - Slower Than Guns (3:44)
12. John Renbourne - Lamento Di Tristan (2:56)
13. Charlie & Esdor - Da Klagar Mina (3:20)
14. Living Room - Just a Little Song (3:56)
15. Seventh Seal - Spiritual Springs (4:50)
16. Balsara & His Singing Sitars - Strawberry Fields (3:34)
17. Humble Pie - The Light of Love (3:01)
18. Quintessence - Notting Hill Gate (4:43)
19. Sri Atma - Ajit (4:40)
1. Apocalypse - Let It Die (6:03)
2. No Strange - Smiling Time (3:48)
3. Gandalf - Can You Travel in the Dark (3:02)
4. Zodiac Cosmic Sounds - The Fire Fighters (3:14)
5. Surprise Symphony - Lion Song (4:05)
6. Universe - Jade (3:20)
7. Alex - Purple Sally (7:29)
8. Dave Pike Set - Mathar (3:42)
9. Gabor Szabo - In Search of Nirvana (2:08)
10. Superfine Dandylion - Ferris Wheel (2:39)
11. Hobbits - I'm Just a Young Man (2:23)
12. Folkswingers - Norwegian Wood (2:07)
13. Them - Time Out (2:54)
14. Chad & Jeremy - Sunstroke (4:25)
15. Pierrot Lunaire - Narciso (5:10)
16. J.A. Caesar - A Psychedelic Opera...Excerpts (15:46)
Posted by psychelatte at 07:01
I am just beginning bloggin', so forgive me for any hiccups along the way. Plus I know nothing about coding or embedding etc so I'll learn as I go. I intend to share the weirdest, wildest and most wonderful stuff with you. From Prog to Jazz to Bollywood, Psych, Rave, early music and much more. I wanna give you a culture shock of the highest order. Only the most colourful, exotic, crazy and beautiful will be on these pages. Stay tuned and look forward to mesmirization!!
(Yes I know it's spelt wrong!!)
p.s I will try to post new posts every week. or why not become a follower of this blog so you don't miss anything??