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Monday, November 30, 2009

Malachi, England



Malachi - s/t. 1971 EMI / Columbia 054 23286

Combines the feel-good groovy instrumental organ rock of Eden Rose with the more measured introspective UK scene like Cressida or Still Life. Sounds a bit dated for 1971, more like 1969 – probably due to the “carnival” sound of the organ, which is the dominant instrument.

12/18/2010 update: I found an old ebay auction (thank you popsike!) that helps clarify some of the mystery here. The auction states: "Strange story here: 4 UK guys recorded this album in Belgium and only released in Italy". Mauro Moroni of Mellow had provided me the above countries many years ago, but I didn't know the context (I've never even seen the LP myself). I also posted the photo that came with the auction, as it provides a more true image.

Watch out for bootlegs on this title.

Priority: 3

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Laurelie, Belgium


Laurelie - s/t. 1970 Triangle.

A surprisingly nice discovery for the time and place, and one of the big time Belgian rarities up there with Irish Coffee and Waterloo. Laurelie, musically speaking, could be considered the next level up from the large freakbeat movement that was all the rage in The Netherlands and Belgium in the late 1960s (groups like the Wallace Connection, for example). English vocals are a bit suspect, but the sophistication and exploration of ideas is considerably more than what is normally found in Continental Europe at such an early date. Wonderful fuzz guitar, old keyboard sounds and especially the flute drive the melodic and tonal contents. The 22 minute, multi-part closer has many great ideas. Holds up better than most. Bass player went on to Jenghiz Khan.

Reissued on LP in 2011 by PhilMarie Productions. Maybe a CD will follow?
Priority: 3

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Kennedy, Japan *** REISSUED ***


Kennedy - Twinkling NASA. 1986 Nexus.

*** Reissued by King Records, October 2013 ***

A heavy symphonic (in the 1980s dramatic keyboard overload sense) fusion record. The highlights are provided from the rather pyrotechnic guitar work, which works well when juxtaposed against the digital onslaught that defines most of the album. 'Flying Ship Part 1' is a killer piece of Kenso-esque fusion. Good record, though not among the top tier of the 1980s Japanese progressive rock acts. Strange this isn't on CD - one of the rare major label albums from Japan in the 1980s that didn't get reissued. Their second album "Kennedy!" did manage a Musea reissue a few years back.

Priority: none

Friday, November 27, 2009

News: Academy Annex reissue Ofege from Nigeria


Academy Records of Brooklyn have established a new reissue label, and their first reissue is Ofege's "Try and Love" (Nigeria), one of Sub-Saharan Africa's best psych albums.

George Jinda, France-Hungary


George Jinda - Wheel Of Love. 1976 Motors.

George Jinda is actually Hungarian, born and raised in Budapest, and (the curtain closes) by the 1980's he's in the US according to all the bio's I could find. En route to his last destination, he found himself in France. And "Wheel of Love" certainly sounds French! Features all the members of Speed Limit, who he was also a member of. Outstanding bass guitar courtesy of Didier Batard. Also some wonderful Heldon sequencer/guitar moves, flute and sax jazz rock, even a little funk. All instrumental and a great album with a lot of creative ideas and sounds.

Priority: 2

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Inserts, USA


Inserts - Out of the Box. 1983 Nozzle

Moved to UMR

Priority: 3

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hannibal, England


Hannibal – s/t. 1970 B&C.

Hannibal are squarely in that unique early 70s UK blues rock school of saxophone lead proto prog, similar in scope to other same-era English acts like Diabolus, Aquila, and Raw Material (circa their first album). Some really nice jazz-tone guitar work too. Despite the lengthy tracks, there isn’t much in the way of inter-song development. Highlights are certainly the last two tracks: 'Wet Legs' and 'Winter', which raise this to a Gnosis 10 / RYM 3.5. A good example of the style. Bootlegs exist.

Priority: 3

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

News: Black Widow to reissue Victor Peraino's Kingdom Come


While surfing around to the various label sites, I noticed that Black Widow of Italy plan on reissuing one of the United States' rarest albums: Victor Peraino's Kingdom Come. Currently all that exists is a rather awful bootleg taken from a scratchy vinyl. The album itself is a mix of early 70s American popular rock and balls out progressive, similar to the Italian style at that time. So a good fit for an Italian label like Black Widow.

UMR review here

Gass, England


Gass - s/t (aka Juju). 1970 Polydor.

Strange album, this one is. Hard to describe, but I'd say that Gass is to UK blues rock what East of Eden's "Mercator Projected" is to world fusion. It's a grab bag of styles, including much of what we track here (psych, prog, underground). Blues rock is the root system, with plenty of instrumental sections featuring organ, flute, fuzz guitar, percussion - and of course, downer vocals. Peter Green joined them for awhile after leaving Fleetwood Mac. Would make for a good CD reissue from someone like Esoteric.

Priority: 3

Monday, November 23, 2009

Falstaff, France


Falstaff - Prononcez g. 1981 private.

Light, easy going, instrumental symphonic rock. A little funk, and a little jazz to spruce things up. Recalls Camel, or perhaps more to the point, Rousseau's first two albums. The usual French compressed fuzz guitar sound, and a preponderance of Fender Rhodes helps matters. A harmless 35 minute ride, and not without its merits. Pick the LP up if you see it.

Priority: 3

Sunday, November 22, 2009

News: Captain Marryat CD to be reissued by Shadoks


As predicted in our Captain Marryat entry back in June, Shadoks will release the CD version of this incredibly rare album. Generally Shadoks waits longer between LP and CD issues, but I suppose they want to capitalize on the name while its still relatively hot within the collector's market.

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the music. I expected the worst, but it's one that is definitely worth owning, especially if you're a fan of the distinctly UK style of early 1970s rock as found on the Dawn, Vertigo or Neon labels.

Alain Eckert Quartet, France *** REISSUED ***


Alain Eckert Quartet - s/t. 1981 L'Amanite.

*** Reissued by Soleil Zeuhl Sept, 2013 ***

Review moved to here.

Priority: 3

Saturday, November 21, 2009

News: Long Hair to release early archival material from Aera!


As we've said before, no one turns up more interesting unreleased studio and live material than Long Hair. And usually in perfect sound! The CDRWL just learned of a new archival set coming soon from the very good German fusion band Aera. All the music here predates their original albums.

Aera - Mechelwind. 1973 Germany

The label says: "This double CD (1. 44:15 / 2. 41:41) unites absolute rarities of famous German band Aera. AERA founded in 1972 by "Ihre Kinder" guitarist Muck Groh and 2066 & Then keyboard player Steve Robinson were in their very beginnings, when they recorded their special extended version (26 minutes) "Mechelwind Suite" of their later classic title "Mechelwind" (on album "Hand und Fuss"). The Mechelwind Suite is divided into 5 parts and is rather different from the later album-version, not only because of Steve Robinson's excellent keyboard playing but also because of Muck Groh's fine guitar playing and Klaus Kreuzeder's pleasant sax tunes. CD 1 finishes with two SWF-recordings "Hodibbel" and "Mechelwind" from Oktober 1973 again with 2066 & Then keyboarder Steve Robinson. CD 2 contains a live performance of AERA from 23.12.1973 with the same line up as on CD 1. Highlights are the 15-minutes-version of "Hodibbel" and 12-minutes-version of "Papa Doing". The recordings show AERA at their very best during their first decade. Both CDs are digital remastered from the original tapes. Double CD comes with comprehensive booklet with a lot of unseen photos and band history told by founder-member Steve Robinson. A must have."

I don't believe Robinson is on any of the studio albums.

Dakila, Philippines


Dakila - s/t. 1972 Epic.

One of the many bands that were heavily influenced by the first 3 Santana albums. File alongside Chango, Macondo, Pantha, The Antiques, Azteca, Malo, Broth, etc... I love stuff like this, and the more I can hear, the better. Dakila is definitely one of the best of these, maybe second only to the great Chango debut.

Priority: 1

Friday, November 20, 2009

Juri Camisasca, Italy


Juri Camisasca - La Finestra Dentro. 1974 Bla Bla.

There is a CD that was reissued in 1991 on the Artis label, but like most on the label, it's long ago OOP. The album itself is very much in the avant folk/rock genre ala Franco Battiato (who plays on this), Alan Sorrenti and Claudio Rocchi. Vocal heavy, but mesmerizing all the same. One that should be repressed.

Priority: 3

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Baxter, USA

Baxter - s/t. 1973 Paramount

Moved to UMR

Priority: 3

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Abraxis, Belgium


Abraxis - s/t. 1976 International Bestseller Company / IBC.

Formed by members from the band Cos, this album is a cross between flute jazz, Canterbury inspired fusion and 70s funk. Somewhere between Chris Hinze, Cos, Cortex and Herbie Hancock is where you'll find the sound of Abraxis. Flute drives the melody and solo lines, but there's plenty of introspective piano sections as well. Which play nicely against some of the ferocious electric guitar. A nice discovery on the always surprising IBC label.

Priority: 3

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

News: World in Sound reissues Headstone


In news that's a bit out of scope for this list, but will surely interest our hard rock audience, Germany's World in Sound has reissued Headstone for the first time. It's a fine album, very representative of the Indiana-Ohio underground scene of the early 1970s. I'm personally fond of the album, as I lucked out out and found a pile of sealed ones in the basement of a small town Indiana music store (not a record store, but a place that sold trombones and the like to high school kids) in the early 1990s. I traded all but one of those to obtain rare progressive rock albums back in the day. I kept the other one, and plan to own it til the end.

Azalia Snail, USA


Azalia Snail - The Cooling System Sessions. 1998 Prescription Drug.

Psyched out, low budget, space folk from the fairer sex. Plenty of the resident house mellotron + moog, female vocals of course & other sounds, whooshes, phasing. It's a cool album, though not necessarily inspirational like Quad and Ohr Musik from the same Prescription Drug series.

Priority: 3

Monday, November 16, 2009

Burning Candle, Germany


Burning Candle - s/t. 1981 Steyrer.

Keyboard trio with a mix of period instrumentation - 1980's tinny synthesizers and 1970's meaty organ. Sort of nutty/unpredictable like El Shalom and Saffran, but perhaps a little less diverse. Wouldn't be surprised if Garden of Delights tackled this one as they did the two aforementioned bands. Pretty good record.

Priority: none

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cybotron, Australia *** REISSUED ***



Steven Maxwell Von Braund - Monster Planet. 1975 Clear Light of Jupiter. *** Reissued by Aztec in 2014 ***
Cybotron - s/t. 1976 Clear Light of Jupiter. *** Reissued by Dual Planet Jan 2015 ***

From what I understand, Maxwell lived in Germany and became fascinated with the German Kosmische movement. Upon arriving in Australia, he began a similar type of scene and started Cybotron. Both albums have a strong penchant for the mid 70's Tangerine Dream style whereas "Monster Planet" also recalls the Cosmic Jokers "Planeten Sit In" album. The Von Braund album even uses the same day-glo blue and yellow colors of the Cosmic Courier clan. All good stuff.

Aztec has already done "Implosion" (and Inak did "Colossus" years ago), so I suspect these two will come along eventually.

Priority: 3

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Frankie Dymon Jr., Germany


Frankie Dymon Jr. - Let It Out. 1971 BASF.

Sometimes listed as: Frankie Dymon Jnr.

This is sort of a side project to Achim Reichel's A.R. & Machines circa their "Die Grune Reise" debut. Reichel wrote most of the music and it features the AR&M group. Dymon provides the "poems in words and music". Basically a proto-rap album, and heavily influenced by early 1970's anti-everything street politics. One has to wonder if Gil Scott-Heron didn't get ahold of a copy prior to launching his "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" epic. Naturally, with Reichel at the controls, "Let It Out" is far more freaky. Cool.

Priority: 3

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ezra Winston, Italy


Ezra Winston - Myth of the Chrysavides. 1988 private.

A bit of a surprise that this modern classic has yet to find its way on CD. Ezra Winston's debut was created at the dawn of the digital age, when LPs still outsold CDs. The LP itself features a nice cover and a 14 page accompanying booklet.

As for the music, Ezra Winston also pioneered the Italian progressive rock renaissance that we still enjoy today. It's not a typical Italian album though, with lyrics in English and the music possesses a distinct UK and Dutch "neo prog" sound. Still, for us fans at the time, it gave us hope that our favorite style of music wasn't dead just yet. It wouldn't be long before other Italian progressive rock bands joined the parade. "Myth of the Chrysavides" deserves its place in history.

Their even better followup album "Ancient Afternoons" also debuted on LP only, but later was reissued on CD by the Brazilian Rock Symphony label.

Priority: 3

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Furekaaben, Denmark



Furekaaben - Prinsessevarerelset (Prinsesseværelset). 1970 Spectator.
Furekaaben - Rode Roser (aka RR1; aka Furekåben). 1971 RR.

Technically spelled: Furekåben

As the great mail order catalog writer Paul Major once wrote, listening to Furekaaben is like "peeking through the bushes at an ancient mystic religious ceremony." That encapsulates the sound of both of these Christiana albums better than I could hope to achieve. I suppose the original Berlin commune group Amon Duul (sans II) is a guidepost, but Furekaaben are far more exotic, and rather than pound mercilessly on whatever percussive instruments are lying around, they choose a far more melodic route - though not in any kind of traditional sense. I also can hear the New York utopian group Children of One as a possible comparison. The first album managed a release on the Danish cult label Spectator. The second is an extremely rare private pressing, that I somehow managed to own for a number of years. If the psych scene existed in the year 723, this is probably how it would've sounded. Ancient roots stuff here folks.

Priority: none

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sukellusvene, Finland


Sukellusvene - Vesi- Ja Lintumusiikkia. 1979 Love.

Very nice fusion album. Primary instruments are sax, synthesizer and guitar. Sounds much more like an album from 1973/74 than anything as late as 1979. More of a gritty edge, and one track sounds like a lost organ freaky fusion number that would've shown up on the German MPS label (and naturally my favorite track). Another anachronism is the use of the wah wah pedal as a rhythm component. Not a totally breathtaking release, but executed perfectly for the 70s jazz fusion sound. Overall the album recalls early Weather Report and Bill Connors era Return to Forever. File next to the Jupu Group album. Band translates to "Submarine" and the album to "Water- And Bird Music".

Priority: 3

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gutura, France


Gutura - Des Etres Au Cerveau Apparent. 1980 Sterne

Moved to UMR

Priority: 3

Monday, November 9, 2009

Hydrus, Italy


Hydrus - Midnight in Space. 1978 PDU.

Hydrus is one of the 3 indigenous electronic albums on the PDU label along with Eletriktus and Robert Cacciapaglia's "Sonanze". (As an aside, PDU were most known to collectors for their Italian pressings of the German Cosmic Courier clan). Of these, Hydrus is the only one that remains without a CD reissue. Hydrus could have been named Hybrid, as they mix spacey, non sequencer based electronic music with tiny hints of disco. Lovely wordless female vocals adds an exotic atmosphere. Not a bad record at all, though they should've let loose a bit more as the electronics get a bit static after while.

Priority: none

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Izvir, Slovenia


Izvir - s/t. 1977 RTV.

Of all the obscure former Yugoslavian progressive rock albums, I think Izvir remains the most elusive. Album starts out in spacey psychedelic territory ala Igra Staklenih Perli, but oddly enough abandons that sound altogether after the lengthy first track and opts towards a funky fusion direction. Somewhere between mid 70s Santana (notable in the song craft, guitar and organ sounds) and “Dunajska Legenda” era Fermata, you will find the music of Izvir. Sounds like a Slovenian Malo, if that's even possible to fathom! This one is a grower, as the disco era melodies hold a certain nostalgic pull. Lots of clavinet, almost defining the funky sounds within.

Priority: 3

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Jupu Group, Finland


Jupu Group - Ahmoo! 1975 Hi-Hat

Moved to UMR

Priority: 3

Friday, November 6, 2009

Joachim Kuhn, Germany


Joachim Kuhn - Cinemascope. 1974 MPS.

Talented jazz and fusion keyboardist who had many albums through the 60s and 70s (and beyond). "Cinemascope" is probably the rarest from this time frame, and the one that is most aligned with this website's focus. A very strong fusion effort, with Toto Blanke lighting it up on guitar. Features a brilliant gatefold cover that would make for a gorgeous Japanese mini-LP! Followup album "Hip Elegy" has been reissued by parent label MPS, so perhaps "Cinemascope" isn't far behind.

Priority: 3

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Lubat / Louiss / Engel Group, France


Lubat / Louiss / Engel Group - Live at Montreux. 1972 Les Disques Pierre Cardin.

Jazz and rock veterans join up for an underground freak session at Montreux, just the kind of happening that was all the rage in 1972. Shame that the jazz purists put this type of radical invention into an early grave, but from about 1969-1974 or so, Pandora's Box was opened for all to see, warts and all. LLE can be classified along with similarly minded collectives such as Association P.C., Wolfgang Dauner's Et Cetera, Fourth Way and Exmagma. This is highly inventive fusion, but not flashy or chops heavy. Not all of it works, but they're going for broke, and sometimes it's fun to hear creativeness being made up as they go along. And who knew that Pierre Cardin was so hip? Sure beats his line of lime green raincoats...

Priority: 3

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mythos, Germany *** REISSUED ****




Mythos - Grand Prix. 1981 Sky.

*** Reissued by Sireena 2013 ***

"Quasar" reissued by Sireena 2012. Review moved here.

"Grand Prix" picks up where "Quasar" left off and dives completely into the "man machine" early 80s synth pop New Wave racket. 'Robot Secret Agents' is downright hysterical, with Kaske's poor attempt at a British accent. What saves the album from a total disaster, is that Kaske flat out refuses to put away the flute, and its presence here is completely at odds with the rest of the material. Fortunately, that is.

Priority: none

Monday, November 2, 2009

Nuit Caline A La Villa Mon Reve, Belgium


Nuit Caline A La Villa Mon Reve - Juillet 1977. 1977 International Bestseller Company / IBC.

Large collective from the south of Belgium that sounds to me like many of the albums coming out of Quebec during this time. Very much a communal affair, with many ideas and a general uplifting mood. Violin, female vocals and acoustic guitar dominate, with many other instruments providing some color. Another nice album on the excellent IBC label. For fans of Connivence, Le Temps and L'Engoulevent.

Priority: 3

Sunday, November 1, 2009

News: Wooden Hill Records to reissue Dear Mr. Time


According to a contributor on Progressive Ears, Dear Mr. Time's excellent "Grandfather" album is to be reissued by the end of the year on Wooden Hlll, Tenth Planet's subsidiary label. This is excellent news and one of our Priority 3's (maybe even Priority 2).

Osiris, Japan


Osiris - In the Mist of Time. 1980 private.

One man band fancies himself as a Richard Pinhas virtuoso, complete with dark synthesizer runs and ominous guitar journeys. However, there are those annoying late 1970s and early 1980s cheesy synth tones, that in turn bog down a promising album. Especially when considering the wonderful mad bursts of fuzz guitar that come out of nowhere. Worth a few listens, but not essential. Fans of artists like Ilitch would certainly benefit from a CD reissue, and that would be the target audience.

Rateyourmusic lists many more titles than this by Osiris, but "In the Mist of Time" is the only I've ever seen in catalogs (and I owned the vinyl for about 10 years as well).

Please note the comment below from the original artist.

Priority: None