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30 de jun de 2016

A-Austr - Musics From Holyground (Kissing Spell) 1970


Biography : Released in a limited batch of 99 in 1970, A to Austr's one-off masterwork Musics from Holyground takes the psych-pop aesthetic to an entirely new level. A behemoth (and fun) journey through psychedelia, Musics from Holyground touches on everything from psych-pop and eastern influenced folk to pub ready saxophone jams and vaudevillian break downs, with a ton of other sounds I have no business describing thrown in the mix. The Penguin Guide to Rare Records calls A to Austr's only record "the most sacred UK LP there is," which sort of makes sense considering only 99 folks in the world have an original copy, and it wasn't given the reissue treatment until 1989. Apparently the initial goal was "to write about King Arthur who lies sleeping with his knights of the Round Table until England needs him." This was news to me, as the record in no way, shape or form feels like a treaty on Renaissance knights, rather an exploration of an entire genre, gleaming back and forth from the nuanced psych pop of "Birds" to "Hawaiian War Chant" (which sounds exactly like its title suggests) to "It's Alright", which is basically the Incredible String Band-Love-Zombies collaboration I've been dreaming about for years. I could go on and on about this record, but it wouldn't do any good, mostly because its impossible to describe. Even after listening to it about twenty five times over the past six months, I still have trouble wrapping my head around it, as if its not supposed to be chewed on, merely experienced, over and over again, sort of like life (and psychedelic experiences in general). If this spiked your interest, even just a little bit, I highly recommend heading over to Holy Ground's website and peeping their extremely thorough and insightful history of the recording session, the album itself, and its little known legacy.








Tracklist:
01.Bird 2:45
02.Judy 2:16
03.Mini 2:51
04.Prelude To Change For Arthur 0:10
05.Thumbquake & Earthscrew 2:47
06.Change For Arthur 0:39
07.Between The Road 2:30
08.Hawaiian War Chant 1:12
09.It's Alright 6:45
10.Reprise Of Part Of Bird 0:20
11.Essex Queen (She Dances) 3:08
12.D Minor Minuet 1:01
13.A Curse On You 3:18
14.What Did You Go 7:56
15.Grail Search 4:28
16.Essex Queen (First Version) 2:46
17.Grail Search (First Version) 3:36
18.Judy (Fragment Of First Version) 0:48
19.It's Alright (Later Version, Remixed) 6:42
20.Aren't You Glad You Stayed (Early Vocal Version) 3:59

Line-up:
Brian Calvert - lead guitar, vocals, guitar, lute, horn, trombone
Chris Coombs - lead guitar, vocals, guitar, piano, organ, glockenspiel, horn, percussion
Brian Wilson (aka Pete Taylor) - bass, vocals, guitar, organ, mandolin, harp, clarinet
Ted Hepworth - drums
Mike Levon - triangle, effects, electronics
and:
Bill Nelson - guitar, hawaiian guitar
Mike Gould - trumpet
John Perfect - tenor sax
Lyn Cavell - alto sax
George Mabon - flute
Gill Green - cello
Al Green - organ
Dave Wood - goüd
Yvonne Carrodus - vocals, triangle
Denise Calvert - vocal, piano, harpsichord
Gill Maudsley - spoken vocal
Cath Wood - raspberry saw

16 de jun de 2016

Aardvark - Heavy Prog


The group Aardvark remains one of those numerous bands who released a single album in the early seventies and subsequently sunk without a trace. However the band still retain a certain amount of interest amongst progressive rock enthusiasts because of their particular heavy styled progressive rock that was completely keyboard based with the band making do without the use of any guitar. 

The band itself was a studio band with most compositions entrusted to the hand of Dave Skillin and were based in the Midlands. Strangely enough, though the band dispensed with any guitars, they had trouble with the recruitment of a keyboardists and one could say that they were mainly a studio band with very little live dates to their name. 

Because of their very brief history, very little can be said about the band and it is their album that speaks volumes for what they were all about. However, there are a couple of interesting anecdotes related to this band and for those musos who try to connect musicians and bands through the ages, Aardvark had a number of musicians who would later go on to make names for themselves with various other outfits. 

The album was released in 1970 on the Deram Nova label in both mono and stereo versions as (S)DN 17 with a value on today's market of 50.00 British sterling. Though titled Aardvark, it is also known as Put It In Your Pipe And Smoke It. In all probability the title was withdrawn because of its obvious drug references, with the title track reduced to just Put It In You Pipe. 

Steve Milliner previously played keyboards with Black Cat Bones, a London based blues-rock based band who only released one album during their brief tenure together. The band is rather more well-known because both Paul Kossof and Simon Kirke played in the band before leaving to form legendary band, Free. 

Dave Skillin would eventually join prog-band Home, another Forgotten Sons candidate whilst I could not find anything related to Frank Clark. Stan Aldous is also known for the work he had done previously with garage band Odyssey. 

Throughout the brief Aardvark history, the band also went through a number of keyboardists. Amongst these one finds Paddy Coulter, Dave Watts, who would later play with Jackson Heights and Affinity and the late Peter John Wood. Wood would go on to play with Quiver, The Sutherland Brothers, Al Stewart and Natural Gas. 

The band Aardvark are also involved in one of the myths of British psychedelia. The group Tintern Abbey only released one single throughout their recording span, Beeside/Vacuum Cleaner, for Deram (DM 164) in 1967. Considered as one of the most collectable items from this particular musical period, it has long been rumoured that the band had recorded a second single, How Do I Feel Today which was never released yet which was supposedly circulated amongst collectors. 

In fact the single was never recorded and the name of the single was actually an unissued Aardvark single that was meant to be released on independent label as Rubble 12. However the tapes were lost by Deram and the band used the name of the Aardvark title, created a fictitious cover and thus deceived countless numbers of psychedelic fans all over the world!
by Nigel Camilleri









11 de jun de 2016

21st Century Schizoid Band


21st Century Schizoid Band were a King Crimson alumnus group formed in 2002. The name derives from the famous song "21st Century Schizoid Man" from the first King Crimson album, In the Court of the Crimson King. The initial band featured Mel Collins on saxophones, flute and keyboards, Michael Giles on drums, Peter Giles on bass, Ian McDonald on alto saxophone, flute and keyboards, and Jakko Jakszyk on guitar and vocals. All but Jakszyk had previously been members of King Crimson in its early years. Ian Wallace, another former Crimson member from that same period, replaced Mike Giles in early 2003 after the band's Japanese tour. Further international touring followed in 2003/04.


The band played live with sets concentrating on compositions from King Crimson's first four albums and other works from the band members' back catalogues, including McDonald and Giles. They have released four albums, mostly of live work but including newer and/or recent compositions, such as Ian McDonald's "Let There Be Light" (from his solo album Driver's Eyes) and "Catley's Ashes," a Jakszyk instrumental which later appeared on his solo album The Bruised Romantic Glee Club (2006). The band has been inactive since 2004; with members based in different countries, touring proved to be logistically and financially difficult. The possibility of performing again in 2005 was considered following offers from festivals, possibly with Guy Evans (of Van der Graaf Generator) on drums to replace Wallace who had other commitments, but the idea was abandoned. Wallace's death in February 2007 would seem to have closed the lid on the band for good.



Jakszyk and Collins went on to record as a trio with founding Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp (and with rhythmic support from fellow members Tony Levin and Gavin Harrison) on the Scarcity of Miracles album in 2011. This was followed in 2013 by the announcement of a new King Crimson formation including all five, plus two additional members.




01.A Man, a City
02.Cat Food  
03.Let there be Light
04.Cirkus 
05.Cadence and Cascade
06.The Court of the Crimson King
07.Ladies of the Road
08.Catley's Ashes 
09.Formentera Lady
10.Sailor's Tale 
11.I Talk to the Wind / Band Introduction
12.Epitaph 
13.21st Century Schizoid Man 
14.Starless

The Band:
Ian McDonald - Alto Sax, Flute, Keys, Vocal and Percussion
Peter Giles - Bass And Vocal
Mel Collins - Baritone, Tenor and Alto Sax, Flute, Keys and Vocal
Ian Wallace - Drums and Vocal 
Jakko Jakszyk - Vocal, Guitar, Flute and Keys

2 de jun de 2016

A New Place to Live - Symphonic Progressive Rock


Um álbum bem obscuro, com poucas informações. Direto do Canadá, um som meio Prog, meio Krautrock. Encontrei apenas este comentário abaixo...

Yes, this one's credited to A New Place To Live, but for all intents and purposes it's a Robert John Gallo release with studio backing from singer Joey Carbon and guitarist Richard Zito of Sounds of Modification fame.   As an added bonus, radio/television personality John Zacherly  recited the poetic segments.   Written, arranged, conducted, and produced by Gallo 1972's "A New Place To Live" was also  released on Gallo's Mandala label.  Quite an industrious guy !!!  A concept piece seemingly based on American psychic Edgar Cayce and a bizarre mixture of ecological concerns, history, religion, social commentary, and probably way too many illicit substances, the album sported one of the strangest plotlines I've come across. To quote the liner notes:  "Due to recent occurrences in the world, I would like to bring your attention to my concept album " A New Place To Live".  Written by Robert John Gallo more than two year ago.  Its meaning and significance take on a frightening yet truthful aspect now that the earthquakes and other disturbing occurrence of nature have begun."  Some of you will swear I'm makin' this stuff up.







Conductor, Producer, Written-By – Bob John Gallo* (tracks: A1-A5,B1,B2,B4)
Guitar – Richard Zito*
Narrator [Poems Recited] – John Zacherly*
Vocals – Joey Carbone

24 de mai de 2016

1860 Band - Progressive Funk


The 1860 band was a New Zealand group who took their name from the establishment they held residency at.(The 1860 Tavern in Wellington). Their sole LP released in 1978. Formed by Rodger Fox (The Rodger Fox Big Band, Quincy Conserve) the band also included Dave Pearson and other Quincy Conserve members Peter Blake, Billy Brown, Geoff Culverwell and Martin Winch (Espresso Guitar). Quincy Conserve Group recorded from 1968 to 1975. Rodger Fox is a New Zealand jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator, arranger and producer. 

Group Members: Rodger Fox (Trombone) - Martin Winch (Guitar) - Geoff Culverwell
(Trumpet, Flugal, Vocals) - Peter Blake (Keys) - Billy Brown (Drums) - Rob Winch (Bass) 


27 de abr de 2016

ADA LE FOL - France Prog Rock


Ada le Fol is another example of the French underground of bands that played in that unique French theatrical progressive rock style made so popular by Ange and Mona Lisa. This is more under produced and amateurish, just as Trefle and Grime are, but that's where the appeal lies. It's creativity at its most raw. Vocalist does a fine job at the Decamps style, whilst the keys and guitar keep the progressive quotient alive. There's one throwaway good times rock and roller on Side 1 to endure, but otherwise this is a strong example of the style.








18 de mar de 2016

A Barca do Sol


O conjunto A Barca do Sol iniciou a carreira como banda de apoio do cantor fluminense Pery Reis. Em 1973, seus integrantes lançaram-se em carreira própria. No ano seguinte, a banda lançou seu primeiro álbum, A Barca do Sol, que contou com a participação do compositor e multi-instrumentista Egberto Gismonti nas faixas "Arremesso" e "Alaska". Também em 1974, entrou para o grupo o então flautista Ritchie,[2] que anos mais tarde se notabilizaria em sua carreira de cantor solo. Após uma participação em um especial para a TVE-RJ, o A Barca do Sol começou a se tornar conhecida do público. Em 1976, o segundo disco é lançado, intitulado Durante o Verão. Nesta época, há uma alteração na formação da banda: saem Marcos Stull e Marcelo Bernardes e entram Alain Pierre e David Ganc, respectivamente. Em suas apresentações, o grupo utilizava textos de poetas da chamada "Geração Marginal", particularmente de Geraldo Carneiro, Cacaso e João Carlos Pádua. Em 1978, os integrantes de A Barca do Sol participam do LP Corra o Risco, que marcou a estréia da cantora Olivia Byington. O disco contém sucessos do grupo, como "Lady Jane", "Fantasma da Ópera" e "Brilho da Noite", regravados pela cantora, além de canções inéditas que viriam a compor o novo disco do conjunto: "Cavalo Marinho" e "Jardim da Infância". Em 1979, o grupo lançou pelo selo Verão Produções Artísticas o álbum Pirata. Em 1980, fez uma participação especial na faixa "Mais Clara, Mais Crua", do disco Anjo Vadio, de Olívia Byngton, vindo a dissolver-se em seguida. Apesar do fim da banda em 1981, vários membros continuariam ativos.




A Barca do Sol - 1974 A Barca do Sol




A Barca do Sol - 1976 Durante o Verão




A Barca do Sol - 1978 Corra o Risco (Olivia Byington)






A Barca do Sol - 1979 Pirata



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2 de fev de 2016

9.30 FLY - Prog Folk Rock


The sole album by this quintet from Cheltenham, England, came and went in May 1972. Fronted by husband-and-wife duo Michael and Barbara Wainwright, they played a deft blend of prog, folk-rock, and singer-songwriter material, but failed to connect with an audience at the time. The original LP has sold for over $500, and makes its long-overdue return to CD here, complete with background notes and rare images. http://www.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/9-30-fly-cd/PT.8043CD.html )







7 de jan de 2016

Step Ahead - French Prog Rock


Step Ahead biography (ProgArchives)
French act STEP AHEAD was active in the early 80's. Their only release prior to breaking up, 1982's "Step Ahead" has seen lots of praise coming it's way, which has led to the album being reissued two times so far. In many ways the band, dominated by the contributions of Christain Robin (guitars), Claudie Truchi (keyboards) and Danny Brown (vocals) were a precursor of things to come. Symphonic rock of late 70's Yes is a clear influence, but mixed with classical influences and 80's keyboards the resulting sound was quite similar to what was to be coined Neo Progressive in England a couple of years later. Other musicians participating on the only album made by this talented group are Gerard Macia (guitars), Antoine Ferrera (bass), Jean-Yves Dufournier (drums), Alain Lejeune (keyboards), Philippe Recht (bass), Emmanuel Riquier (drums). 






15 de dez de 2015

Symphonic Slam - Prog Rock from Canada


Symphonic Slam biography (Prog Archives)
Symphonic Slam was mainly about Timo Laine (born in Finland, and moved to America as a child), and his polyphonic guitar synthesizer. The rest of the band was filled out by drummer John Lowery, and keyboardist David Stone. Timo had been playing the club circuit for a while, but it wasn't until he relocated to Canada that things began to happen. It was there that Symphonic Slam was discovered by A&M Records. What set them apart was the $10,000 360 systems guitar synthesizer prototype. This led to the release of their 1976 self-titled album. They toured, and played gigs with some of the big names of the time (Rush, The Rolling Stones, and the Village People). Soon they were asked to go to L.A. to work on a new album. Not being interested in this tack, Stone took the opportunity to defect to Rainbow. After the album was completed, A&M wasn't pleased (they wanted disco). Timo took it to Canada, and created his own label on which to release it. It had some modest success, but Laine wasn't interested in going back to L.A. to fight disco once again. Musea's 2001 re-release of the first album inspired Timo to get back on the horse. Apparently he had been working on another album for many years. "Her Fire" is supposed to be released some time in the future. He is also working on an instrumental solo project. You can hear some influences of Styx, Kansas, Wakeman, Emerson, a bit of E.L.O., and even some funk. However, this is not like most of what we consider to be the classic '70s progressive sound. Some of those qualities are woven in, and there are some lovely moments. But make no mistake, this is mid 70's rock and roll at the core.  The main point of interest here is really the fact that Laine basically pioneered the synth guitar. It was a very new thing at the time. 

H.T. Riekels (bhikkhu)







3 de dez de 2015

Pazop - 70's Beligium Prog Rock


Pazop were an early-'70s progressive rock group with some jazz-fusion tendencies from Belgium. Though their music was beyond the ordinary, they were never able to release an album during their short lifetime. Pazop was formed at the end of 1971 by vocalist and flautist Dirk Bogaert, keyboardist Frank Wuyts, violinist Kuba Szczepansky, bassist Patrick Cogneaux, and drummer Jacky Mauer. Wuyts and Szczepanski had just left progressive rock band Wallace Collection, Wuyts had previously been involved with Bogaert, Cogneaux, and Mauer had been in another short-lived prog band, Waterloo. Cogneaux had also been a member of Arkham, a group that included future members of Magma and Univers Zero, while Sczcepansky, a classically trained musician born in Poland, played in the Brussels Opera Philharmonic Orchestra for a couple years before turning to rock with Wallace Collection in 1970. Even before they had decided on a name, the new group approached Wallace Collection's label, EMI, and though the record company did not sign the group, they offered them a two-day studio session to record a better demo. The four-song demo was in a style far more commercial than their normal sound, which had influences as diverse as Miles Davis, 20th century classical music, progressive rock groups like King Crimson and Caravan, and Frank Zappa. With the new demo Szczepanski and Mauer headed to Paris to hit up every record label there for a contract, but they had no success. They also finally came up with a name for themselves, Pas Op, Flemish for "Warning" but the spelling was soon changed to Pazop.


Psychillis of a Lunatic Genius They finally got a contract with producer Luigi Oglival in March of 1972, who was able to get them signed to CBS and the Barclay label. The band went into the Herouville Studio in France in July 1972 to record the album Psychillis of a Lunatic Genius. The group also played several gigs at the Gibus-Club in Paris, which brought them some excellent press, as well as other shows in France and Belgium. Meanwhile, near the end of that year, Barclay rejected their album as being too non-commercial, and chose to release one of the earlier demos as a single instead, much to the group's chagrin. Oglival, who realized he wouldn't recoup the studio costs, dropped the band as well, reneging on his contract and even keeping the master tapes. In 1973, the group was hired by pop musician Sylvain Van Holme to provide modern rock adaptations of various classical pieces by Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Mozart and Verdi. Van Holme decided to co-produce a new record by Pazop, and booked them at the Start Studio in Belgium in the late summer of 1973. Van Holme contacted several record companies, but again the album was not commercial enough. The group continued touring Belgium and France until July of 1974 before calling it quits. Their inability to get enough gigs and to release either of their LPs had left them financially and emotionally strapped, and they split up for more successful groups. Their master tapes sat in a desk drawer for years. Pazop's two albums, minus the four commercial demos, were finally released on CD by Musea in 1996. (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/pazop-mn0001976155/biography).








3 de nov de 2015

Isaiah - Krautrock Jazz Prog - Áustria



Uma banda austríaca meio jazz, meio prog com flautas e sax sob uma batera e baixo muito bem marcados. SONZEIRA!





26 de jun de 2015

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Live High Voltage Festival (2010)


High Voltage is a double live album by British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 2010. On 25 July 2010, Emerson, Lake and Palmer played a one-off 40th anniversary concert, headlining the High Voltage Festival event in Victoria Park, London. The entire concert was later released as the double-CD live album "High Voltage".

Disc 1

"Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression - Part 2"
"The Barbarian"
"Bitches Crystal"
"Knife-Edge"
"From The Beginning"
"Touch and Go"
"Take a Pebble"
"Tarkus (Eruption/Stones Of Years/Iconoclast/Mass/Battlefield/Aquatarkus)."
Disc 2

"Farewell To Arms"
"Lucky Man"
"Pictures At An Exhibition medley"
"Fanfare for the Common Man/Drum Solo/Rondo"