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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Serge Bringolf / Strave, France




xxx Serge Bringolf - Strave. 1980 Omega Studio. *** Reissued by Soleil Zeuhl, Feb 2011.
xxx Serge Bringolf - Vision. 1981 Omega Studio. *** Reissued by Soleil Zeuhl, Jun 2012.
Serge Bringolf - Strave Live. 1983 RBO

Moved to UMR

Priority: 3

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cry Freedom, Germany


Cry Freedom - Volcano. 1976 Fuerth.

One of the earlier entries in Germany's huge fascination with everything jazz fusion. By the 1980s it seems there were hundreds of such releases. Primarily instrumental sax/guitar/organ/synthesizer driven numbers, with a stronger than usual emphasis on melody. Not quite at the level of Embryo or Missus Beastly, but more thought out than Kraan, Headband, Morpheus, etc... File next to Katamaran. They have two later albums, but I've been told they aren't quite up to standard.

Priority: 3

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Energy, Sweden

Energy - s/t. 1974 Harvest

Moved to UMR

Priority: 2

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fly, Germany


Fly - Die Fahrt mit dem Gläsernen Ballon. 1979 Ballong.

Primarily instrumental melodic progressive rock similar to many from the time and place like Novalis, Surgery, Indigo, Morpheus etc... There's a light fusion sound that prevails, lead by soprano sax, electric piano, soft electric guitar and some choice synth leads. Goes at its own pace, with seemingly nowhere to go. Pleasant and soothing.

Priority: none

Monday, April 19, 2010

Lost Nation, USA


Lost Nation - Paradise Lost. 1970 Rare Earth.

Late psych album (especially prominent in the chorus lines), crossing over to progressive rock with some of the organ/guitar jams. Recalls another Michigan group - the more known SRC, especially on their "Traveler's Tale" album. The best album on the Rare Earth label.

Priority: 3

New description added.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Synthesis, France


Synthesis - s/t. 1976 Arc-RCA.

Thanks to Midwest Mike, I recently received this title on LP. And it's a very nice embossed gatefold cover. Musically falls into that unique French fusion of funk, jazz, disco and progressive rock all rolled into one. Reminds me somewhat of the early efforts by Cortex and Edition Speciale. 25 piece group (with soft female chorus vocals) recalls some of the Quebec groups like Ville Emard Blues Band, Toubabou and Contraction. Very good effort. Amongst the notables, Didier Lockwood is the violinist while Andre Ceccarelli plays the drums.

Well, it turns out there is a CD on the Dare Dare label. Never seen it, so I'll leave here anyway.

Priority: 3

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Gramigna, Italy


Gramigna - Gran Disordine Sotto il Cielo. 1977 Ultima Spiaggia.

Not an easy one to describe. Quirky, like all on the label (including the namesake band). Some chamber rock, some pop, some fusion. Sort of a RIO pop album. Elements of Stormy Six and Henry Cow are apparent.

Priority: none

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lodestar, USA


Lodestar - s/t. 1979 private.

Pressed by Rite Records of Cincinnati. Lodestar, of Springfield OH, were typical of the era and location. Bad ass hard rock is the order of the day, with the usual loud guitar and AOR melodic anthem mentality that was prominently played on the region's FM stations. I'm pretty sure I heard cowbell. Music to play at the local blue collar auto shop. All 5 guys on the cover look like they should be wearing Gulf Blue uniforms, oval name patches, and holding a wrench. And after recording this album..... they probably did. A perfect candidate for Rockadrome Records.

Priority: none

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Motiffe, England



Motiffe - s/t. 1972 Derby.

Recently reissued on LP by Shadoks. This is the version I own and it's a huge improvement on the bootleg CD. But it's clearly not from master tapes. One member of the band was in touch with me for awhile and had offered me a copy of the album (on CD-R) from his own archive. Not sure how that sounds, as it never arrived. The sad thing is, the primarily instrumental music here is brilliant progressive rock. But the pressed LP version sounds very muffled. Not sure if a good cleanup job would do the trick, or if it's a lost cause. Whatever you do, don't buy the bootleg CD-R on Ammonite that came out in the late 1990s. It was taken from a vinyl copy that sounds like it was dumped into the washing machine.

First cover is the original, second is the Shadoks reissue (not sure why they used different art work).

Be sure to read the comments, where there is additional follow on material. Blogger tries to attach my blog to his link, so just click here to check out the archive material.

Priority: 3

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Orchestra Njervudarov, Italy


Orchestra Njervudarov - Con le Orecchie di Eros. 1979 EMI.

Another one of those crazy late 70's Italian acts, mixing in rock, jazz, humor, Zappa, and whatever else pops in their nutty heads. Not too far off from Roberto Colombo, Ultima Spiaggia and Gramigna. Definitely has that original RIO spirit ala the second Picchio dal Pozzo album.

Priority: 3

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Niagara, Germany *** REISSUED ***


*** Reissued by Made in Germany Music June, 2010 ***

Niagara - S.U.B. 1972 United Artists.

Founded by drummer and percussionist Klaus Weiss (see also Sunbirds), Niagara released three albums, two of which are entirely percussive, and thus out of the scope of this list. The exception is the middle album "S.U.B.", a jamming rock fusion session with an all star cast including Daniel Fichelscher (Popol Vuh), Kristian Schultze (Passport, and leader of the "Recreation" album), and Udo Lindenberg amongst a handful of others. The presence of trumpet and the bass heavy percussive driven sound reminds me of early 70's Miles Davis. Good album that I could see Garden of Delights eventually reissuing. boots exist.

Priority: 3

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Psy-Nukli, England


Psy-Nukli - Number Nine. 1988 private. Cassette only release.

This is actually a collective of two related bands: Psy and Nukli. Both groups were intimately involved with the UK festival space rock psychedelic scene. And the recording media choice of the day was the cassette. By 1989, most had moved on to CD, so this was released at the tale end of the movement. It's about 90 minutes, so it uses the full length of the cassette. It could use a good editing, and contains about 60 minutes of great space rock / experimental found sounds material. Like a more unhinged and unfocused version of Ozric Tentacles. Would be nice for someone to tackle this project, as the potential is mighty. Nukli finally managed a CD on Delerium sometime in 1997, but the group was just a shadow of their former selves by then. Psy-Nukli has at least two other cassettes during the 80s, but as with most of the scene, info is scarce and dodgy at best.

Priority: 3

Friday, April 2, 2010

News: Rocket Records to reissue Fantasia and Scapa Flow!



Thanks to a tip from Laser Ken, we learned that Rocket Records of Finland will be reissuing two of our High priority wishlisters: Fantasia and Scapa Flow. Also look for the first reissue of Uni Sono, an obscure spacey rock album from 1975.

They're the label that we announced awhile back that recently released the Kaamos - "Deeds and Talks" and Seppo 'Paroni' Paakkunainen - "Plastic Maailma" albums.

It doesn't look like I ever publised my blurb for Scapa Flow. Here's the entry from the Original Wish List:

Scapa Flow - Uuteen Aikaan (Finland) 1980 Kompass. Outstanding Finnish progressive folk rock, similar to German acts like Carol of Harvest and Rebekka.