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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Update: Italian box sets are out

Earlier in the month we had been a bit dismayed by the fact that the only way to buy the new Sensations Fix CDs, is to buy the box sets with 5 other releases, most of which have been already reissued (many times).

Well, the good news is that the box sets are only $45 each. At that price point, they make more sense, especially considering that all of these have been newly remastered. They do come with sleeve inserts, as suspected, so they aren't something one would sell or buy individually.

Pyranha, Switzerland


Pyranha - s/t. 1972 Epsilon.

Pyranha's sole album sounds like a lost recording from the Futura label. There's quite a bit of psychotic ranting in French over studio effects, vibes, guitar and percussion. Also some organ and electric piano driven rock sessions. Album opener is even a bit funky. Only misstep is the second song on side 1 ('Time 13'), a misguided improvisation that seems to serve no purpose whatsover. Unfortunately it's also the longest track at nearly 13 minutes long. Had that track just been merely average, and not so obtrusive, I think I would've considered this as a Priority 3. A fascinating listen though.

Priority: none

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Round House, Germany



Round House - 'Scuse Me. 1972 Harvest.
Round House - Down to Earth. 1973 Harvest.

German group who obviously spent a lot of time with their Chicago Transit Authority album collection. And they do a pretty convincing job with their variation of the horn rock sound. Some good grooves and they tend to veer towards the jazzy side, always a plus in this genre. Much better, I feel, than the more known Brain label horn groups like Emergency and Creative Rock. While the debut is solid, followup album "Down to Earth" is quite a bit more adventurous and includes a near side long suite similar to Chicago's 'A Girl from Buchanon', but overall less pop oriented. Both albums lack consistency, but there's plenty of great stuff here, especially considering the fiery Terry Kath inspired wah wah guitar.

Note that Rateyourmusic lists the group as from Zurich, Switzerland. I haven't found any other evidence of that, other than a brief mention in a record sale. I'll leave as Germany for now. (Dec 2, 2009 update: I just bought the LP of "Down to Earth" which has extensive liner notes. The band is based in Germany, though the leader of the group is originally from Switzerland. One of the members is from Hungary while another is French. I would still consider this a German band, given that's the origin of the group as an entity).

Priority: 2

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hermann Szobel, USA *** REISSUED ***


Hermann Szobel - Szobel. 1976 Arista.

2/11/2012 update: To be reissued by The Laser's Edge in 2012

An album that is complex as all get out by 18 year old prodigy pianist. Album has a distinct avant progressive flavor to it, though I suspect there's no intention of going for that sound per se. Instrumental Frank Zappa is an obvious influence here, with some tight wind charts, and I'm betting that Szobel may have heard a Henry Cow album or two. Arista started as a "progressive" label, much like Virgin did, but by 1978 they were already hopelessly signing commercial slop. Szobel's sole album remains as one of the most obscure on the label. He's pretty much disappeared into the ether, though there have been rumors of a reissue in the past.

Priority: 3

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tyll, Germany ***REISSUED***


Tyll - Sexphonie. 1974 Kerston.

Reissued by Mental Experience in 2016

Tyll were one of a handful of groups on the Kerston label (Gaa, Epidermis, Proton 1 concert). Optimistically (that would be VERY optimistically) you could almost call this the Hatfield and the North of Krautrock. Maybe Zappa is closer - but not in the same way as the first Nine Days Wonder. Each track is different, some are fiery fusion workouts, others are German folk, while still others are straight hard rock. The German vocals make it unique and thus remind me of groups like Drosselbart, Professor Wolff and Franz K (circa "Sensemann"). The latter gets a further comparison due to the cool use of heavily affected electric guitar. It is this element that makes Tyll attractive for multiple re-listens. On the spacier tracks, label mates Gaa are a fair comparison. And in many places I also hear the weird composition style of Lily's "V.C.U.".

Tyll would make a good reissue candidate for a label like Garden of Delights or Long Hair.

Priority: 3

Monday, October 26, 2009

Von Zamla, Sweden


Von Zamla - No Make Up!. 1983 JA&RO (aka Exil)

Move to UMR

Priority: 3

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Windy Corner, Netherlands



Windy Corner - The House at Windy Corner. 1973 Deroy.
Windy Corner - Lost Garden. 1998 Buckly - 1972 recording.

"The House at Windy Corner" is one of the most sought after and expensive albums in the world, with copies known to fetch four figures. Windy Corner play a delicate and sparse folk rock with acoustic guitar, organ and dreamy vocals. One distinguishing characteristic about Windy Corner is the use of harmonium, especially featured on the archival "Lost Garden" album. This latter album was issued in the 1990s on LP only, so both albums lack a CD reissue to date.

Pleasant stuff, one where a reissue will most likely satisfy the curious.

Priority: none

Friday, October 23, 2009

Xaal, France

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Xaal - s/t. 1989 cassette.

Until somewhat recently, I didn't realize Xaal had a debut cassette prior to their two CDs "On the Way" (1992) and "Second Ere" (1995), both of which I purchased upon release. Here, Xaal is more barebones than on subsequent albums. The Zeuhl influence is there, as is a sedated jazz perspective. The ideas aren't quite as developed and the compositions seem like mere skeletons of what they could be. In fact, two of the five tracks will indeed show up on the next two albums, each claiming one. And indeed they are more fleshed out than on this cassette. Still, Xaal in their formative years is worth seeking out.

Priority: 3

(I haven't found a good source that can identify the cover correctly. One site shows the same cover as "On the Way", which could very well be the same. I don't know for sure since I don't own the original cassette, so I'll leave off for now).

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Zyma, Germany


Zyma - Brave New World. 1979 private.

I first heard Zyma on the "Proton 1" compilation that was released by Kerston in 1974, which featured five new up and coming German bands. Of those, Zyma and Sun were the only groups to eventually get a full length LP. And with Zyma, they managed two releases, "Thoughts" and "Brave New World". "Thoughts" was reissued by Garden of Delights a few years back, which allowed me a revisit of that fine album. And now I'm finally returning to hear their followup. Zyma were similar to many of their late 1970s contemporaries, with a strong melodic sense, female vocals, and a slight fusion edge. Groups like Eden, Credemus, Rebekka and Werwolf all come to mind. One significant difference, however, is the use of scat vocals. And she can get quite hysterical at times, which reminded me of early Zao strangely enough. Lots of violin and flute as well.

I would expect GoD will eventually reissue this one as well - and it would be worth the effort.

Priority: 3

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Zartong, Armenia


Zartong - s/t. 1979 Dom. Recorded and released in France.

Musically similar to Asia Minor, though a bit more traditional and less symphonic. "Zartong" is a raucous fuzz filled party album, some of it dare I say is "danceable", with great indigenous melodies and some bonafide progressive rock moves as well. Mixes traditional Armenian instruments into a standard rock setting. Always very rare on LP, and would be nice to see on CD.

Priority: 2

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

X-Tet, France


X-Tet - Premiere Ligne. 1981 private.

Strange album here. Weird in its construction more than its purpose. Mixture of straight jazz, fusion, electronic, and new wave / minimalist synth. A little something for everyone for the early 1980s collector.

Priority: None

Monday, October 19, 2009

Warm Dust, England




Warm Dust - And It Came to Pass. 1970 BASF.
Warm Dust - Peace For Our Time. 1971 BASF.
Warm Dust - s/t. 1972 BASF.

Warm Dust released 4 albums worth of material in two years (first album is a double). When Warm Dust are on, they play some of the finest jazz infused prog rock one can ever hear. Somewhere between fellow English groups Nucleus and If, when both are at their peak. There are some really beautiful grooves to be found here. Sometimes they're a bit too diverse for their own good, especially in their feeble attempts at free jazz or straight blues rock numbers. But the good outweighs the bad - especially on the first two albums. Bootlegs exist for all unfortunately.

Priority: 2

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Vecchio, Spain


Vecchio - Afro-Rock. 1971 Music DeWolfe.

Vecchio is lead by one Luis Vecchio, resident of the Canary Islands, and his album for the Sound Library label DeWolfe is one that is frequently mentioned in hushed reverence amongst the beat digger DJ collecting crowd. And it's easy to see why, given its massive brass charts, funky bass lines, fluttering flute, choppy organ and additional hand tribal percussion. Unlike most incidental film music, the album works as a whole and isn't just a disparate bit of sounds and rhythms. Up there in the big leagues of rare groove with Mandingo, The Feedback, and the Roland Kovac Set.

Priority: 3

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Talix, Germany


Talix - Spuren. 1970 Vogue.

In short: A German psych album (not to be confused with Krautrock). The music found here is somewhere between thoughtful, almost progressive, songwriting and fun saxophone lead exploito dance numbers. The guitar is a constant highlight, fuzzed out to the maximum, reminding me of those Canadian psych rockers The Plastic Cloud. Overall for this style in Germany, better than the more known Bokaj Retsiem. Talix is pre-Pinguin, which has already been featured on this site.

Priority: None

Friday, October 16, 2009

Saga, Netherlands


Saga - To Whom It Concerns. 1978 UAP.

The Godfather of the Dutch neo progressive movement. Long before IQ and Marillion were reinventing the Genesis model for the 1980s, and even before the German school (Ivory, Neuschwanstein), Saga took on the task of replicating the "Foxtrot" sound. Countless bands on the former SI label and continuing today on InsideOut, Musea and Cyclops can point to Saga as a band who pioneered this trail for our friends in The Netherlands. Lots of mellotron here, which unfortunately is something that the neo's were keen to get away from. It's not a bad example of the genre, not as inspired as the German school like Sirius' "Running to Paradise" or Ivory's "Sad Cypress", but better than most of the Dutch Genesis imitators I can think of. UAP also had Kracq amongst its ranks, and they've self-released their one fine album, so perhaps Saga will do the same?

Priority: 3

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ragnarok, Sweden


*** Ragnarök - Fjarilar i Magen. 1979 Silence. Reissued by Arcangelo Nov, 2011 ***
Ragnarök - Fata Morgana. 1981 Silence.

One of Silence's more known groups amongst collectors of progressive rock. Silence did manage to reissue their 1976 debut many years ago, but stopped before getting to these two acclaimed modern Nordic fusion classics. Both contain fiery guitar work and some fine sax passages. "3 Signs", released in 1983, is of lesser interest. Boots exist. As stated before, Silence does not license, and they haven't reissued anything from their vast catalog for a long, long time.

Priority: 3

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

News: Sensations Fix to be reissued (sort of)

The good news: We are finally going to have an opportunity to own two of the best Sensations Fix albums on CD! The bad news: In what can only be considered aggravating, you can only get them with albums that have ALREADY BEEN AVAILABLE FOR MANY YEARS. I cannot even imagine the thinking behind this. Sensations Fx would sell well enough without the assistance of other albums. And anyone who already has the others, aren't going to buy these to obtain 1/6 of the package price. I suppose the second box set isn't as bad, since you can also pick up the rare Carnascialia album, that has been OOP on CD forever.

So here are the packages:

"Boxset Vol. 1: Featuring 6 CDs among the best known names in italian progressive rock of the seventies. For some of the titles this is the first release on CD.
All masters have been digital remastered by Maurizio Biancani at Fonoprint in Bologna.

Balletto di Bronzo - YS
De De Lind - Io non so da dove vengo
Jumbo - Vietato ai minori di 18 anni
Sensations' Fix - Portable Madness
Latte e miele - Passio secundum Mattheum
Mauro Pelosi - Al mercato degli uomini piccoli"

(I'll say this for it - WOW, what a package!! The first 5 in this list are in my Top 10 of Italian prog albums! I think the Pelosi is making its debut on CD as well. (Nope! Nobuhisa is keeping me honest here - turns out Si-Wan reissued this in the late 1990s))

"Box Set Vol. 2: Featuring 6 CDs among the best known names in italian progressive rock of the seventies. For some of the titles this is the first release on CD.
All masters have been digital remastered by Maurizio Biancani at Fonoprint in Bologna.

Locanda delle fate - Forse le lucciole non si amano più
Sensations' Fix - Finest Finger
Ibis - Ibis
Roberto Cacciapaglia - Sei note in logica
G. Vivaldi/P.Minieri - Carnascialia
Stradaperta - Maida vale"

(Definitely a lesser package with only the first two being essential (and the former is easy to find). As mentioned prior, the rare Carnascialia is part of this package, so that's nice. I'm not familiar with Stradaperta).

I believe these are being released in Japan. (As Ken clarifies in the comments, they are being released in Italy and will be available for a budget price. Thanks Ken!)

Quel Giorno di Uve Rosse, Italy


Quel Giorno di Uve Rosse - s/t. 1976 PCC (Pro Civitate Christiana).

Here's an album I've had for over 15 years. It's a pleasant symphonic Italian prog issued by the Catholic church. Elements of Latte e Miele circa "Passio Secundum Mattheum" can be found, but this is more soft and pastoral. Lots of harpsichord, flute and female voice (sometimes narrated).

Priority: None

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

P. P. Zahl, Germany


P. P. Zahl - Alle Türen Offen. 1978 Antagon.

German polit-rock albums are typically a tough minefield to navigate. From the punk angst of Checkpoint Charlie to the theatrical Floh de Cologne to the earnest Ton Steine Scherben and onto the always changing Oktober, all these bands are a challenging listen. The German language is much welcomed, though the meaning is lost on me. P.P. Zahl are closer to the Oktober recipe (and apparently related as well), and that’s a good thing for those who are going more for the music than the lyrical component. Other than the usual rock instruments, a distinctly Spanish acoustic guitar makes numerous appearances. Fellow German language compatriots Novalis seem to also have played an influence, primarily the spacey texture of sound. And Minotaurus comes to mind on the synth bits. Picked up some counterpoint ala Gentle Giant on Side 2. One of the best for the style. Named after poet Peter Paul Zahl.

Priority: 3

Monday, October 12, 2009

Octopus, Norway


Octopus - Thaerie Wiighen. 1981 private.

Extremely rare symphonic album, with an incredible cover and libretto booklet insert. The music is not unlike many of the Swiss private progressive albums found in this list (Eloiteron, Agamemnon, Sicher, etc...). Also the Norwegian band Thule, who came along a few years later, would be a reference.

Priority: 3

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nadavati, France *** REISSUED ***

Nadavati - Le Vent de L'Esprit Souffle où il Veut. 1978 IPG.

Interesting jazz rock album, that opens incongruously with a Chicago styled horn rocker. There's a definite Mahavishnu streak that prevails, especially in the violin and guitar parts. Some nice flute jazz too. They seem to favor unison runs to overlong solos, and that scores points in my book. Nadavati do not offer anything that hadn't already been done countless times prior, but for what they do, it's quite competent.

*** Reissued by Soleil Zeuhl  March 2015 ***

Priority: 3

Saturday, October 10, 2009

News: Stud - SWF Session 1972 (Long Hair)


When it comes to cool artifacts from the past, no one turns up more interesting items than the Long Hair label of Germany. Here's the latest, from the English band Stud (who were based in Germany by then, like Nektar and Odin), which should be released before the end of the year.

Long Hair says: "Another true classic from the SWF (German Radio Station) vaults comes with the STUD recordings from summer 1972. At that time the STUD members had said "farewell" to their English record label Decca and spent most of their time on the Continent, mainly in Germany where they were rather successful. With John Weider on violin and guitar they had just an album (September) out on BASF and played a lot of Club gigs and festivals. During their 1972 tour they were invited by radio station SWF to play a recording session at radio stations main studio U1 in Baden-Baden. There were two sessions that took place in April and Mai 1972. STUD recorded titles from their first and second album but varied the material to give the recordings a special claim. From hard rocking "Good Things", to fourteen minutes epic title "Horizon" and shining ballad "Make Me High" these recordings are an impressive prove of the bands musical bandwidth and the bandmembers' excellent technical skills. CD comes with band story. Digitally remastered from the original tape. For the first time on CD. Don't miss it."

Machine, Netherlands


Machine - s/t. 1970 Polydor / Dwarf.

My Gnosis review from July of 2006: "Machine were a 1970 Dutch group who played a mix of what was popular at the time: Psych, progressive, hard rock and horn rock. Nederbeat was one of the more healthy psych/garage scenes coming out of continental Europe and Machine were like the latter stages of those groups such as Q65 and Cosmic Dealer. The strong Hammond organ presence adds a proto-prog sound similar to Deep Purple and Mainhorse. Horns were frequently inserted in those days to increase the odds of a chart appearance, given the wild success of Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears. And, as expected, there’s also a strong blues influence throughout. The album has a strong start but really crawls to the finish, as predictable 3-chord blues rock takes over the lion’s share of the proceedings. Recommended to fans for bands as diverse as Affinity, Ahora Mazda, Warhorse and Irish Coffee." Bootlegs exist.

Priority: none

Friday, October 9, 2009

Lacewing, USA


Lacewing - s/t. 1970 Mainstream.

Lacewing is one of the rarest and most collectible albums on Mainstream. Based in Kent, Ohio, this album was released near the time of the Kent State shootings, which is reflected in the atmosphere of the compositions. Like many US albums from 1970, the material is psych influenced, but still unsure of where it wanted to go next. There's roots rock, folk, progressive and the usual kitchen sink mentality. The guitar work is exemplary and the female vocals are better than average for the era. Worth a few listens, and would make a good CD, especially given the collectibility of this rarity.

Priority: None

Thursday, October 8, 2009

News: Esoteric's October and November reissues

From Vicky Powell:

"Our October remastered releases are all dropping in to the office now . Details of tracklistings can be found on the Esoteric website www.esotericrecordings.com

These are as follows

Tony Banks-A Curious Feeling-2CD deluxe with 5.1 surround mix and promo footage and interview with Tony
Tony Banks-A Curious Feeling -standard edition

Quite a lot of interviews with Tony were done for promotion and no doubt will be popping up shortly as well as on the various Genesis specific web sites.

Barclay James Harvest-Sea of Tranquility-3CD polydor years mini box set with extended booklet and lovely artwork.

Camel-Nude-extended
Camel-I Can see Your house from here-extended
Camel-Pressure Points-extended

Steve Swindells-Messages

Igginbottom-Iginbottoms Wrench-
Stray Dog-Stray Dog (our Manticore imprint)
Stray Dog-While Youre Down there (our Manticore imprint)

Novembers titles as follows-tracklistings will be up on the site as of 1st November but if anyone desparately wants them in the meantime please email me

Pete Sinfield-Still (2Cd with large amount of alternative mixes etc) on Manticore imprint

Flash-Flash

Peter Banks-Both sides of Peter Banks

Sweet ok supersister-Spiral Staircase

Darryl Way-Concerto for Electric Violin

Made In Sweden-Made in England

Robert Calvert-Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters (will not be any different to the Eclectic release in early 2007--just made re available)"

Katamaran, Germany




Katamaran - s/t. 1977 Plane Jazz.
Katamaran - Cafe Florian. 1978 Plane Jazz.
Katamaran - Footprints. 1980 Plane Jazz.

The endless German jazz fusion era of the late 70s and early 80s strikes once again with Katamaran. The debut is more in line with the then current scene (Moira, Kraan, etc..) with hot playing, memorable melodies and tight unison runs. Their 3rd and final album branched into more hardcore jazz (acoustic piano, sax solos, loose structures), while still maintaining a preferable fusion edge. Final track is a sombre flute, acoustic bass, piano and drums piece. "Cafe Florian", the middle album, is the one I heard last. It's more introspective than the RTF flavored debut and the heavy jazz of "Footprints". Stronger flute work here than on the others, and the atmospheres are heavy. All three are different, but worth seeking out.

Priority: 3

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

News: Musea releases Acanthe (archival)


It's been a long time since Musea has released anything from the 1970s. Here we don't have a reissue, but a very intriguing looking archival release, which I was unfamiliar with until today. Certainly one I'm interested to learn more about.

Musea says: "From the beginning, one of Musea's aim has been to re-release major French Progressive rock albums from the Seventies. The French album was proud enough to create digital versions of works by ATOLL, MONA LISA or ANGE, together with more obscure, but talented bands. How many others existed during that period, composed and performed live, without leaving any discographical trace ? ACANTHE was one of them: a group from the Grenoble area, it existed from 1973 to 1977. Thanks to Frédéric LEOZ, the original writer and composer, some original tapes were recently re-discovered, leading, after a lot of re-working effort, to "Someone Somewhere" (Musea, 2009). This release is kind of a miracle for every French Progressive rock and Seventies lover: the music of ACANTHE, although never released before, easily takes place among the best French bands of this period. It reveals influences from PINK FLOYD, GENESIS, KING CRIMSON, ANGE or THE DOORS (Some organ parts especially), but offers a personal music, mixing instrumental and sung sequences, in English or French. Well played, refined and worked-out, with beautiful guitar solos and suggestive keyboards, "Someone somewhere" is intense, full of musical ideas and inspiration. Let's also mention a recording sound many current bands would have been proud of. A must-have."

Jessica, Germany


Jessica - s/t. 1975 private.

Piano driven symphonic rock. One of the few German bands to have an almost Italian sound in places, like Festa Mobile for example. Has a jazzy lounge feel to it with plenty of piano and toned down electric guitar. Also features quite a bit of acoustic guitar.

A nice title, in league with bands like Tetragon and Hax Cel.

Priority: 3

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Indigo, Germany




Indigo - Meer der Zeit. 1977 private.
Indigo - Die Angel Im Gras. 1979 private.
Indigo - Herbstwind. 1980 private.

Indigo are a melodic progressive rock band that seem to be clearly influenced by Novalis, maintaining a slower pace, with plenty of organ, spacey vocals in German, early polyphonic synths and nice electric lead guitar. "Meer der Zeit" features only one long track which is broken up into many movements. Other references include mid to late 1970s Pink Floyd, Faithful Breath's "Fading Beauty", Fly, and Minotaurus. "Die Angel Im Gras" is the best of the lot IMO. All 3 albums are pretty rare. Not to be confused with the Austrian post-Kyrie Eleison pop group.

Priority: none

Monday, October 5, 2009

Handgjort, Sweden *** REISSUED ***



*** Reissued by Silence / Psykofon 2010 ***

Handgjort - s/t. 1970 Silence.

Almost all instrumental acoustic Eastern world music, similar to the Third Ear Band or Aktuala. More underground and primitive though, reminding me of Furekaaben. Years later, Embryo would produce a more professional variation of this sound on "Reise" (the non rock pieces that is). Silence Records of Sweden, though still active, seems to have stopped reissuing their back catalog. As well, they have never been willing to license out.

Priority: none (For fans of the Third Ear Band, and similar early 1970s acts, this goes higher)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Gash, Germany

Gash - A Young Man's Gash. 1972 Brain

One of the last of the green label Brain albums not to be reissues (legit) on CD.

Review moved to the UMR

Priority: 2

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Great Imperial Yo-Yo, England


The Great Imperial Yo-Yo - Blink. 1992 private.

Cassette only release of really cool festival era space rock. The usual Gong, Ozric, Hillage influences abound, but done with a peculiar raw energy that I find highly enlightening. When the guitar rips, he really lights it up, adding to the intensity. Their third album "Chicken Island" debuted on CD, but this one has never been introduced to the digital format. However, you can download this album (and the second album, called "Toe", for free from the band's website at http://www.vertexrecordings.com). In any case, "Blink" would be worth pressing, as it's that good. I haven't heard "Toe" yet.

Priority: 3