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Monday, January 31, 2011

Dickens, France


Dickens - Royal Incarnation. 1969 President.

One of the rare examples of French psychedelic music. The best songs on the album are sung in French, a language that was still not common for rock music during this period. The atmospheric parts, with the wordless voices, recalls similar era Pink Floyd, and is a highly unusual sound for Continental Europe at this time. About the half the album is English sung punk psych, which was more akin to what was going on in America (Lollipop Shoppe comes to mind here). Judging by the cover, one would presume a psych exploitation album, but it's nothing of the sort. A very rare album, and a good one for archivists to search for.

Priority: none

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ivory, USA


Ivory - s/t. 1973 Playboy.

Here we go again, another album that is about half excellent, half dreadful. Starts out promising enough with a heavy organ rocker that wouldn't be out of place on a Uriah Heep album. This then leads into three full plain old woman-done-me-wrong rock songs that are... well... they're terrible. No redeeming value whatsoever, no matter how you try to rationalize it. So of course, from there on out it's prog rock heaven. Get out the organ, Moog and piano and let's play us some complicated ELP style music shall we? Heck, some of the riffs even recall the Italian interpretation of the English famous trio (think Alphataurus, L'Uovo Colombo here). And so it goes throughout Side 2, complete with an Indian bit with sitar, tablas and the works. Sigh. Any chance there's a full archive of this style sitting in a vault somewhere?

Like the Yaqui album we have in the main list, this album was released on Hefner's Playboy label.

Another one from the Midwest Mike stash.

Priority: none

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Projections, USA





Projections - s/t. 1981 Projectile.

North Carolina's Projections is the kind of album that I would normally leave in the main list as a reference, but wouldn't necessarily give it a feature post. Why? Well I'm no fusion nut (though I love the edgier side of the genre as is obvious from the many postings here), and this one is pretty typical for the era in which it was released. But there are a couple of reasons why it's here. One, it features none other than Dregs man T Lavitz on about half the album as a guest on keyboards (what else?). Two - many of my readers are really into obscure fusion, and I couldn't find one thing about it anywhere, other than Lavitz's (RIP) website. So here it is for your reference, with detailed photos provided by CDRWL benefactor Midwest Mike. It's definitely a nice instrumental jazz fusion - slightly complex, with a smooth soft texture. Not Love Boat smooth like Buki-Yamaz, but ya know, I could see these guys headlining a Vegas club...

Priority: none

Friday, January 28, 2011

Frank Robson, England - Finland


Frank Robson - Robson. 1974 Blue Master Special.

British born Robson is most known as the original vocalist for Tasavallan Presidentti (and Blues Section prior to that), and he appeared on their first two albums. Not surprisingly, he brings the same blues rock styled vocals to his first solo album. The album itself could have been a Tasavallan Presidentti release, being an eclectic affair mixing horn rock, jazz, blues, progressive and plain old rock and roll. The prominent use of horns adds a unique dimension and raises the quality a couple of points. Other than a heavy reliance on a Mini-Moog, the album sounds older, more akin to a 1970 release.

Priority: 3

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Canelle, France


Canelle - s/t. 1978 Editions Pluriel.

When listening to this album, I had every intention of listing it as a group from Canada. It has that particular sound that reminds me of a 1970s Quebecois release, as found on the Disques Le Tamanoir label for example. Groups such as L'Engoulevent and Breche come to mind here. As well, I hear traces of Harmonium's debut and even some Connivence. Overall I'd categorize it mainly as French folk music with a pop rock edge. So not exactly the usual CDRWL fare, but the primary reason for inclusion is the keyboard work - plenty of Moog solos that are a wonderful contrast to the otherwise serene pop music. I suppose you could also call out Yes here, when they're in their most simplistic happy sappy mood. Also, I quite liked the melodies. While not a priority release (there are a couple of trips to the barn you'll have to endure), I still think many of you would probably like to track this one down for a few listens.

Thanks again goes to Midwest Mike for this one.

Priority: none (borderline 3)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Buki-Yamaz, Denmark


Buki-Yamaz - s/t. 1975 Hookfarm
Buki-Yamaz - Segundo. 1976 Stuk

Move to UMR

Priority: 3

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Message, USA


Message - It'll Be Awhile. 1981 Black Gold.

Recently we posted on the Genre album, and I mentioned in passing about this little gem from New Mexico. I never did find a copy, but Jeff was kind enough to send me a digital version after posting about it (thanks Jeff!). It's definitely better than I had remembered. An excellent example of the progressive hard rock style that had a small niche audience in the late 70s and early 80s. It's mainly hard rock at the core, but is slightly complex and has a few more ideas than the usual run of the mill bonehead albums of the era. The tracks are compact, so no elaborate themes or delusion of grandeur here. Think Side 2 of Rush's "2112". The Texas band False Prophet is another good reference (an archival CD that Shroom put out a few years ago). It kind of wheezes out on Side 2 for a couple of tracks, but otherwise a solid album. This would be a perfect choice for Rockadrome.

Priority: 3

Monday, January 24, 2011

News: Shadow Kingdom releases Cassle CD



This one is definitely on the margins of what we typically cover here, but the description is highly appealing to me. The late 70s and early 80s were an exciting time for hard rock and early experiments with heavy metal. And there were a few bands from then that stretched the norms of the style (Rush being a major influence on this point), like Manilla Road, Sacred Blade, Savatage and even the more known groups like Iron Maiden. Shadow Kingdom is the label behind the archival Manilla Road "After Midnight Live" (1979 recordings) released last year that I didn't feature, but probably should have.

I've attached the original EP "Midnight Fantasy (Shape)" (top photo) as well as the new CD cover. I haven't heard any of their material. The below description comes from Shiny Beast:

"Formed in the late '70s its not a surprise that Cassle has inherited those influences, in particular Deep Purple, Rush, and Judas Priest. Also since their original EP wasn't released until 1983, they definitely have a lot of Iron Maiden and Saxon in their sound as well. I don't think Id call Cassle a metal band though (even though their pictures look like they are). They are probably more of a Progressive Rock band with '80s metal influences. This is some unique music, very off-beat, dreamy, and moody with strange vocals. Their career was very short lived and some of the unreleased songs on here are arguably just as strong as the original EP if not better. This is basically a collection of all their essential material with an nice thick booklet for your enjoyment."

Modern Music Band, Sweden


Modern Music Band - s/t. 1972 Spark.

Not long ago we featured a 1970 Swedish group called Opus III & Friends, and I stated that they reminded me of a horn rock band, except that they didn't have horns. And here we have another band like that, except they do feature them... horns that is. And much more, fully utilizing the 8 piece band here (trumpet, trombone, organ, flute, sax, guitar, bass, drums). This is a very fine example of the style, with good melodies and female vocals sung in Swedish. I believe all are originals, except one cover of Chicago's "Make Me Smile" (and an excellent rendition it is). For Swedish horn rock, I found this to be much more preferable than Splash's "Ut På Vischan".

Horn rock heaven. Spacial thanks goes to Heavyrock for first turning me onto this title via his original LP.

Priority: 2

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hausmusik, Germany


Hausmusik - Ear Mail. 1980 Transmitter. Cassette only release

Fascinating album that is a fusion of Eastern music, jazz and rock. Though not the best recording and there are plenty of improvisations that could have used a nice editing, it's still a good listen. Features an all-star lineup of Ingo Bischof (Karthago, Guru Guru, Kraan), Butze Fischer (Embryo, Missus Beastly, Moira, Guru Guru), Roland Schaeffer (Fashion Pink, Brainstrom, Guru Guru), Gerald Luciano (Guru Guru, Embryo), and Jan Fride (Kraan, Guru Guru). So it appears Guru Guru is the glue on this one. Musically ties closest to the Embryo offshoot group Sadja, though this one has more rock elements. Today, this would probably be released on CD-R, so the 1980 equivalent was the cassette, considered a more inferior medium from back then (and I think that still holds true).

Thanks once again goes to The Alaskan Connection.

Priority: none

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Schaggi Badsch, Germany


Schäggi Bädsch - Plankton. 1983 Schneeball.

A perfect fit for the Schneeball label, as elements of label founders Embryo and Missus Beastly both can be found. There's a trace of the ethnicity that the former brings, with a certain jazz rock abandon of the latter. Perhaps ties closest to Embryo's "Zack Gluck" or maybe even the post Out of Focus group Kontrast. Funny enough, I even caught a glimpse of those wacky Italian progressive rockers Delirium, circa their brilliant second album. Unfortunately they dedicated their longest song to an aimless improvisation, calling out Henry Cow at their worst. Pull that track back some, and add some bonus tracks, and you have a monster CD.

Thanks to the Alaskan Connection for filling this long time curiosity for me! And to Gnosis member Lev for recommending it to me years ago!

Priority: 3

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bizarre Ko.Ko.Ko., Austria



Bizarre Ko.Ko.Ko. - 00 Time. 1984 Synoptik.

We're going to take another break from my LP collection and take a look at a few albums that The Alaskan Connection sent me, including this one. Following this, I have a big stack that Midwest Mike just flew in. Lots to review here!

Regular readers of the CDRWL know that I'm quite fond of the Berlin School of sequencer based electronic music. And that's where Bizarre Ko.Ko.Ko. fits in perfectly. In fact, this is version 2.0 of Cultural Noise, an LP from my collection that we fawned over way back when. This isn't that dissimilar from Cultural Noise, though it's clearly moving away from the Tangerine Dream influence, and adding an overall darker mood. Mellotron, guitar and sequencers are all present, especially early on. It begins to deconstruct towards the end, making it sound more like an early Klaus Schulze effort (think Cyborg). Really a fine effort and a must hear for EM fans.

The cover scans are from an ebay auction that I narrowly missed winning. So I'm very grateful to the AC for the quick followup so I can finally hear it. The surreal front and back cover accurately depicts the contents within. (And I did eventually win another auction!)

Priority: 2

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Vos Voisins, Canada *** REISSUED ***



Vos Voisons - s/t (aka Holocauste à Montréal). 1971 Polydor

*** Reissued by ProgQuebec, November 2011 ***

Moved to UMR

Priority: 2

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nova Express, Germany



Nova Express - Space Khmer. 1987 Syndicate.

A band I first heard about from Freakbeat in the early 90s. Their two albums have always been difficult to find, even back then. "Space Khmer" reminds me a lot of early Amon Duul II - especially the shorter songs as found on "Tanz der Lemming" and "Carnival in Babylon". It's really apparent in the psychedelic guitar work and the accented male vocals. The organ they employ is actually an older vintage than what Amon Duul II used! No doubt they were also influenced by the post punk crowd of the early 80s, and it shows in some of the composition writing. Overall, a very good album.

After many years, I finally found a copy of their second album "Once in the Blue Moon" (1991 Heartache Transplant). The photo you see is the actual LP copy I recently bought on ebay (I haven't ever found a scan of the album anywhere). It was pressed on CD back in 1991 and you can still find one from the odd German dealer (if you look hard enough - make sure to get the title exactly right when searching). Musically it's a bit more aggressive and punk-ish if you will. But it's still very psychedelic, especially in the ferocious guitar work and some of the atmospheric distant vocals employed. About the only other band I've heard like Nova Express is the equally obscure German group Der Kampf Gegen den Schlaf.

Priority: 2

I have some fun collector notes about "Once in the Blue Moon" on my Under the Radar CDs blog.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mads Vinding Group, Denmark


Mads Vinding Group - Danish Design. 1974 Sonet (also 1977 Peters International (USA))

There are two solid reasons to chase down this rather mundane fusion album: 1) Guitarist Janne Schaffer absolutely blazes on two extraordinary tracks. 2) The really cool album cover. For reason 1), on these two tracks, it sounds more like the Dutch hard hitting instrumental progressive rock of Finch, Bonfire and Scope. Otherwise I'd have left it as a reference on the main list and called it out of "scope", so to speak. If you're a one or two track guy or gal, then this is a must. Otherwise, be prepared for the ordinary.

Priority: none

Monday, January 17, 2011

Eden, Canada


Eden - s/t. 1978 Total.

Eden are a keyboard lead quartet from Quebec who play a standard symphonic progressive rock with French vocals on about half the album. While there is a guitarist, his role is primarily subordinate, and the leads are generally created via synthesizer - mostly a String Ensemble, but I hear some Moog as well. I didn't discern any organ, Mellotron or Rhodes. There's nothing extraordinary about this album, other than perhaps the early 70s styled artwork, but it's still a pleasant listen and one where most progressive rock fans will appreciate. A natural choice for ProgQuebec, and hopefully there would be more dynamic bonus tracks to share.

Priority: 3

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dennis, Germany *** REISSUED ***


Dennis - Hyperthalamus. 1975 Nova

***In August of 2017, a CD reissue has finally appeared. Unfortunately it's part of a 5 CD box set that includes other unrelated CDs that have already been reissued. Bummer. As of now, I have no intention of buying this set, so I won't know if they improved upon the sound. Somehow I doubt it.

Moved to UMR

Priority: 2

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Robert Connolly, Canada


Robert Connolly - Plateau. 1978 Tube

Moved to UMR

Priority: 2

Friday, January 14, 2011

Airlord, New Zealand


Airlord - Clockwork Revenge. 1977 Infiniti. Only released in Australia.

Airlord are one of the more original late 70s progressive bands. From the unlikely country of New Zealand, Airlord emerged with a pretty crazy bent on classic era Genesis. The vocals are most reminiscent of Gabriel, whereas the guitars play in a more hard rock style, with an occasional blazing solo. The keys (organ, synthesizer, Mellotron) and compositions aren't as elaborate or as complex as classic Genesis, but Clockwork Revenge is a refreshing take on a classic idea. Features a nice gatefold cover with lyrics and graphics in the inner. Hopefully Aztec will consider reissuing this one.

Priority: 2

Thursday, January 13, 2011

News: Garden of Delights adds Missus Beastly albums to Coming Soon List

(Updated 6/23/11)

Good news here and thanks to the tip-off from an anonymous reader. We had mentioned in the Missus Beastly entry, that "According to the liner notes of the 1974 Misses Beastly album, Garden of Delights states that the German label Funfundvierzig were to reissue both of these albums imminently. However, it appears that label has since gone inactive, and so these two remain sadly unissued. Hopefully GoD picks up these titles, and many more from the great Schneeball label." Well now it looks like that will happen! .... Eventually....

We all know that just because Garden of Delights announces something, doesn't mean it's going to happen anytime soon. I think the Sunbirds albums have been on there for a decade - without exaggeration. But the good news is they EVENTUALLY do get around to reissuing the album in question, and that's what is important. Now sometimes, GoD won't even announce an album - and, BAM, there it is. Or they turn around a pre-announcement quickly. So who knows?

Looks take a look at their latest list (Thors Hammer is their non-German reissue label). My comments after each entry.

Auf GARDEN OF DELIGHTS / on GARDEN OF DELIGHTS:

BRACHMANN & LUMMER: Brachmann & Lummer (1973) --- Don't know anything about this one. (See comment section for John and Lev's observation on this album).

COSMIC CIRCUS: Wiesbaden 1972 --- This is certainly archival, but not sure what it entails. Froese used to call the Kosmische Kourier label a "Cosmic Circus" and he didn't mean that in a good way. (Please see comments for more information regarding this release. It sounds fantastic. Thanks to The Lolly Pope!)

DHOPE: Musical exhibitions (1980) --- A very rare album that I've also seen a 1976 date appended to. I've never heard it and it's been on my curiosity list for a long time.

EMBRYO: Bad heads and bad cats (1976) --- Reissued legally by Disconforme, and that's the version I have (though it is long OOP and deserves a new reissue in any case). They did a very good job, though used the same history for each release. GoD is typically more thorough.

EMBRYO: Live (1977) --- Strange as it may seem, this one has never been reissued before.

EMBRYO: Apo-calypso (1978) Same situation as Bad Heads / Disconforme.

EMBRYO: Umsonst und draußen – Vlotho 1977 --- Very exciting to know that the whole concert is available. Some of these shows were awesome. One can only hope some of the other groups also recorded their whole show. My full breakdown of these concerts can be found here.

FLUTE & VOICE: Imaginations of light (1971) --- The band themselves reissued this about 15 years ago. Musically not so interesting for me, but features a great cover, so would be better for their new LP reissue line. But it's not on there strangely enough.

FLUTE & VOICE: Hello rabbit (1973) --- Second album was released by the band on CD 15 years ago as well.

LINDWURM: Erinnerungen an Klaus (1976) --- I'm only familiar with their 1980 album "Im Windschatten". I think this is an archival release, but not 100% sure (Lev has provided some valuable detail regarding this release). Featured here.

*** MISSUS BEASTLY: Dr. Aftershave and the mixed-pickles (1976) *** Reissued!!

MISSUS BEASTLY: Space guerilla (1978) --- Both of these are great, and is the inspiration for this post. *** Coming soon!

xxx RONTHEO: Rontheo (1976) --- I'm not a fan of this folky album. xxx Removed from consideration (OK with me!)

xxx SECOND MOVEMENT: Blind man’s mirror (1976) --- Decent hard symph rock. Not too excited about this one either. xxx Removed from consideration (OK with me!)

*** SUNBIRDS: Sunbirds (1971) *** Reissued!!

SUNBIRDS: Zagara (1972) --- For me, the most anticipated reissues for sometime. The first album is sublime. Featured here. *** Coming soon!

ZYMA: Brave new world (1979) --- Another excellent symphonic rock album. Even traces of early Zao can be heard. Featured here.


Auf THORS HAMMER:

BLUE SUN: Blue Sun ‘73
F. G. EXPERIMENTAL LABORATORY: Hope (1980)
*** FOTHERINGAY: Essen 1970. *** Reissued.

None of these three are too exciting for me personally, but no matter what, I'm a huge supporter of Garden of Delights. They're the gold standard of reissues as far as I'm concerned.

Keep going guys!!!

6/23/11 news: In addition to the above updates, GoD has added one new title that I was unfamiliar with:

Franz de Byl & Heiner Hohnhaus - s/t (1970).

Lev says this on RYM: "Looking at the artwork, one can expect a radical avant-garde album, that would take the edgy German agit-rock formula further into realms yet uninhabited. Dreams, dreams. This is in fact a harmless acoustic record, falling squarely in the German singer-songwriter camp (think Krohn & Micus or Meichsner & Fertig). Not bad for what it is (a few tracks suggest acid-folk), but leave your great expectations at the door." Sounds out of my interest area as well, but GoD's audience base is quite diverse, so I'm sure this will do well - especially back in Germany.

I wish they'd put Pancake's "No Illusions" back on the list (it fell off within the last year)!

Ys, France


Ys - Madame la Frontiere. 1976 Philips.

Breton folk rock similar to Malicorne with a couple of progressive rock instrumentals thrown in for good measure. Violin and guitar lead the instrumental work, while vocals and traditional melodies dominate the songwriting. One of the better albums in the style and also features a pretty crochet cover. The scans out there are much brighter than my personal album. This photo from Popsike is much better.

Priority: 3

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Schtung, New Zealand


Schtüng - s/t. 1977 Polydor.

For the first three tracks, these New Zealanders make other goofball acts like Dr. Dopo Jam and even Storm (Sweden) sound like Univers Zero by comparison. But everything changes on `Au Revoir', a stunning moody instrumental that provides amazing contrast to what has taken place before. The band doesn't look back again, though they never get close to this brilliant piece. All of Side 2 is a pleasant, almost Canterburyish, piece of light jazz prog.

Priority: none

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Schakta, Switzerland


Schakta - Tales. 1980 G+F Records.

Not as fully developed as most of the private press albums from Switzerland during this time (i.e. Eloiteron, Nautilus, Sicher). Thin sounding and amateurish, with poorly executed vocals. It's a sincere attempt with a few good ideas, but this is strictly hardcore fan material, and not likely to garner much interest from those who haven't heard it. Reminds me of some of the embryonic Japanese sympho groups from the early 80s like Picareque of Bremen, Orpheus, Jankees, etc.... Love the period cover, a great example of cheesy amateurism that works. Thanks to Konny of Black Rills, who sent me a cassette of this title many years ago.

Priority: none

Monday, January 10, 2011

Quasar, Australia



Quasar - Nebular Trajectory. 1979 ACR (Australian Creative Recording).
Quasar - Man Coda. 1981 Aija (custom pressed by EMI - compositions are from 1975-1980).

Here's a couple of albums I picked up in the early 2000s on ebay. I wasn't even aware of their existence until then. My recollection was these were space rock albums. In revisiting these LPs in succession, it's obvious that's not the case at all.

In reality they are a fusion band with spacious avant-garde textures highlighted by Frippian sustained guitar leads and plenty of fuzz bass. So a combination of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Starless era King Crimson. And at that point, it hit me who these guys remind me of: SBB! Especially around the time of "Nowy Horizont". And when you hear the lengthy fuzz bass solo, that solidifies the comparison - especially when you consider the debut by SBB. "Man Coda" is a bit looser in structure, following on from the title track of "Nebular Trajectory" which closed that album. As such, it's not quite as excellent as the debut, but both are still highly recommended. A natural choice for Vicious Sloth to reissue on CD.

Priority: 2

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Public Foot the Roman, England


Public Foot the Roman - s/t. 1973 EMI/Capitol

Moved to UMR

Priority: 3

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Project Tyme, USA


Project Tyme - Clockwyse. 1985 private.

A 4 piece from Iowa, but pressed in Dallas. As such, just like the Ojas album we posted a few days ago, this was a buck bin album in my neck of the woods through to the early 90s. Lead by double neck guitarist Scot Jon Schwestka (mullet is intact and functioning), Project Tyme are mid-80's all the way, with electric drums and warm bass tones. Early 80's Rush seems to be the main inspiration for the compositions. What keeps this from being a laugher, is the guitar work which is quite good actually. Expressive, skillful, energetic and no shred to be found (a common problem in those days). Once you get past the first 2 tracks, the rest is quite good as it's pretty much all instrumental from there on out. The production is excellent considering it's a homemade job. Neat cover art as well.

Priority: none

Friday, January 7, 2011

Prisma, Netherlands


Prisma - s/t. 1980 private.

On the surface, Prisma are a commercial rock band typical of the era. But there's a depth to the musicianship and quality of compositions that belies its superficial tendencies. With that in mind, I'm most reminded of those Canadian FM staples Saga, or perhaps the obscure Indiana group Stencil Forest. Even a slight nod to the great Kestrel, especially in the piano work. Memorable music and a group that probably should've hit the big time with the right breaks. Original LP features a nice die cut triangle cover, supposedly representing a (I guess) prism. My personal LP isn't in great nick, that's for sure. If this came out on CD, I'd buy it instantly, even though it's just barely a Priority 3. Nostalgia for the time and place I suppose.

Priority: 3

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Laurent Petitgirard, France


Laurent Petitgirard - Suite Epique (aka s/t). 1972 Alberti / Discodis.

One of the more interesting instrumental rock albums from early 1970s France is Pop Instrumental de France (issued legit by Vadim about 5 years ago), which was a pseudonym for Laurent Petitgirard. This album represents the followup. Perhaps a little less "Le Fun GoGo Pop" and a bit more towards serious jazz rock with classical overtones. For soundtrack fans, Petitgirard is a household name, and he's still scoring films and concertos all these many years later. While PIdF received a legit reissue on Vadim not long ago, his followup has fallen into the deep chasm. Laurent himself seems to have disowned it, as not a word about it appears on his own website. That's too bad, because this a lovely set of instrumental tunes, perfect for that spring afternoon drive on a winding two lane trek through the mountains. Perhaps Vadim has their eye on this one as well. Let's hope so.

Priority: 3

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

News: Esoteric's Feb and Mar 2011 Schedule

Nice to see the first Cluster album being remastered. Interesting batch. I'm curious if the Delerium anthology is all unreleased or not.

February
City of Angels--Jon Anderson
Baker Gurvitz Army--s/t
Baker Gurvitz Army-Elysian Fields
Baker Gurvitz Army-Hearts on Fire
Pierre Moerlens Gong-Leave it Open
Pierre Moerlens Gong-Live
Dog Soldier--Dog Soldier (keef Hartley and Miller Anderson)
Box of Frogs-s/t--
CLASSIC 1983 ALBUM BY YARDBIRDS' CHRIS DREJA, PAUL SAMWELL-SMITH, JIM McCARTY AND GUITARIST AND VOCALIST JOHN FIDDLER.
• FEATURING JEFF BECK & RORY GALLAGHER
• WITH TWO BONUS TRACKS

Box of Frogs-Strangelands
CLASSIC 1985 ALBUM BY YARDBIRDS' CHRIS DREJA, PAUL SAMWELL-SMITH, JIM McCARTY AND GUITARIST AND VOCALIST JOHN FIDDLER.
• FEATURING JIMMY PAGE, STEVE HACKETT, IAN DURY, GRAHAM PARKER & ROGER CHAPMAN
• WITH ONE BONUS TRACK

Delerium Records 3 Cd anthology--Last Daze of the Underground
(this also features the short version of Porcupine Trees Radioactive Toy--unavailable elsewhere) Beautifully packaged in clamshell box . Anyone wanting tracklisting you can email me at esotericarts@btconnect.com but should be up for presale in around 10 days.


March

VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR -

"A Grounding in Numbers"

TANGERINE DREAM -

"Sunrise in the Third System - The Early Years 1970 - 1973" - 2CD anthology
"Ride on the Ray - An anthology 1980 - 1987" - 2CD anthology

CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN -

"Strangelands" - The "Lost" album

CLUSTER - (Excellent classic Kraut / Electronic Rock)

"Cluster"
"Cluster II"

TONY WILLIAMS' LIFETIME - (with Jack Bruce, John McLaughlin etc)

Emergency
Turn it Over

ARMAGEDDON:

Armageddon (Reactive)this is the krautrock band --not the Armageddon with keith Relf that is also available on Esoteric. (ed: Should be spelled Armaggedon, which also distinguishes it from the UK band)


Januarys titles are all at manufacture and will be on time. These are

Utopia--POV
Utopia-Oblivion (CD and DVD (NTSC region free)
Utopia- Redux92 Live in japan Japan (CD and DVD-NTSC Region free)
Graham Bond-Mighty Grahame Bond
Graham Bond-Love is the Law
Gilgamesh-Gilgamesh
Skin Alley-Big Brother is watching You--2 CD anthology of the CBS recordings (no ommissions)
Skin Alley--Two Quid Deal
Brainbox-Brainbox (jan Akkerman and Kaz Lux)--Excellent Dutch rock with 11 bonus tracks.
Murphy Blend--First Loss (Reactive)

Omnibus, USA


Omnibus - s/t. 1970 United Artists.

Northeastern group (I've seen references to both Boston and New Jersey as the homebase) with a strong affinity for the Doors. Perhaps given the later date, Omnibus were more aggressive than Morrison and company, and the organ of choice is the Hammond. Plenty of psychedelic fuzz guitar as well. Vocalist does a nice job of emulating Jim Morrison's sonorous tone. File next to the first Dragonwyck album as a good example of post-Doors heavy rock. Watch out for bootlegs on this title.

Priority: 3

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ojas, USA


Ojas - Seven Levels of Man. 1979 Unity.

We recently posted on the Earthstar's "Salterbarty Tales" album, and that reminded me of this title, an electronic oriented album I owned years ago. Since I was based in Dallas-Ft.Worth, and Ojas were just 3-4 hours north in Oklahoma City, this album had pretty good distribution amongst the used record stores in my area. That is to say, it was a regular $1 bin special in the late 1980s and early 90s. These are the albums I keep forgetting to add on here - but they do need inclusion. For fans of sequencer based electronics who enjoy the addition of some acoustic work, Ojas comes recommended. There are two covers for the album, and the black background (not pictured) is the more common..

Priority: none

Monday, January 3, 2011

Oblique, Netherlands


Oblique – s/t. 1985 CBS.

One of many obscurities that I had received in my cassette tape trading days. I didn't even realize I had this until digging through the tape drawer recently. An interesting mix of Berlin School electronics, new age and instrumental rock with electric guitar and sax. Not too bad, though pretty typical of the era. Worth seeking out though.

(2/1/11 update: According to one of our readers, this came out on CD originally in 1985. I'm sure it's as rare as the LP, but very interesting all the same. Thanks for the tip!)

Priority: none

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Jean-Pierre Massiera & Bernard Torelli, France


Jean-Pierre Massiera & Bernard Torelli - Turn Radio On. 1976 Marcy Music.

The Working Progress post made me think of this one, a CD-R I received many years ago from the MP.

Well here he is again. Mr. Massiera, the king of arcane underground music. You never know what you'll get with a JP Massiera album, but rest assured it will contain music no one else was doing at the time. He seemed to be the original artist with a keen eye for the ironic. In fact, I think the entire post 1990 Japanese pop scene could be described as similar, whether one was actually clued in on the joke or not. Jean-Pierre Massiera is the original post modernist hipster! Here he joins Mr. Torelli (not sure what his role is, since I've never actually seen an original LP, and it may not tell anyway) in a completely nutty, primarily instrumental (with odd voices and narration) album, that is as much indebted to the late 60s grooving horns jetset scene as it is to Studio 54 era disco. Thanks to my friend MP for this one.

Priority: none

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Kravetz, Germany



Happy New Year - Welcome 2011!

Kravetz - s/t. 1972 Vertigo. A second release appeared as "8 Days in April: The Hamburg Scene" 1975 Fontana.

For some reason, I had it in my head that this one was reissued legit in the past and was just long OOP. And now while doing some research, it looks like all that was reissued is a bootleg. So it makes it's long delayed appearance in the CDRWL. Kravetz is of course Jean-Jacques Kravetz, keyboardist extraordinaire for Frumpy. At its core, this is a blues rock album, not that dissimilar to Frumpy themselves. But there's long sections given for instrumental work, and almost all of it is astounding. Kravetz puts in a fine performance, especially on organ - some of it moves towards the experimental recalling Xhol on Motherf*ckers & Co. Perhaps a distant cousin to the Brian Auger albums of the same time period. Essential Krautrock.

Priority: 2