Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ringo Starr-Blast From Your Past

Info By Wiki:
Blast From Your Past is a singles compilation album by Ringo Starr, released on Apple Records in 1975. It is both Starr's first compilation LP and his final release under his contract with EMI, the last album to be released on The Beatles' Apple label until it was revived in the 1990s.In 1976, Starr would sign with Atlantic Records in the US and Polydor Records for the rest of the world, with the hopes of continuing his successful career.

The album compiles eight singles, one b-side, and one album track, released between 1970 and 1975. All eight charted on the Billboard Hot 100, with all but "Beaucoups of Blues" making the top ten. Both "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen" topped the chart, while five of the singles charted in the United Kingdom. "Early 1970" was the flipside to "It Don't Come Easy," and "I'm the Greatest" was taken from the album "Ringo". "Oh My My" and "You're Sixteen" were taken from the Ringo album as well, and "No No Song" and "Only You (And You Alone)" was taken from the LP Goodnight Vienna; all other singles were released ahead of respective albums or as stand-alone issues.

Ringo Starr-Blast from Your Past @320
1. You're Sixteen
2. No No Song
3. It Don't Come Easy
4. Photograph
5. Back off Boogaloo
6. Only You
7. Beaucoups of Blues
8. Oh, My My
9. Early 1970
10.I'm the Greatest


Ringo Starr-It Don't Come Easy

Pesky Gee-Exclamation Mark

Info By Progarchives
Leicester septet Pesky Gee has an interesting history significant to prog that reaches back to 1966 when they started as a 'soul' band playing the club circuit. By 1969 when they released their one and only album 'Exclamation Mark' on Pye Records (intended to simply be '!' but for a record company mix-up), they had become what could be described as progressive rhythm 'n blues with a heavy sound in Jess "Zoot" Taylor's prominent Hammond organ and the scratchy guitar of Jim Gannon(replaced by Chris Dredge in the spring of '69). Also on board was Clive Jones with his sax and flute. Imitating Joplin and her Holding Co. and featuring the moody crooning of Kay Garret, the band was a quite competent ensemble that jammed as well as they covered others' material but with a distinct prog and jazz-rock inclination. The group broke-up in September 1969 and by 1970, had transformed into Black Widow with fewer members and a completely re-hauled format, and debuted 'Sacrifice(Check 07/12/08 Post)' that year.

- Jim Gannon / guitar
- Jess Taylor / organ
- Kay Garret / lead vocals
- Clive Jones / saxophone
- Bob Bond / bass
- Clive Box / drums and percussion
- Kip Trevor / vocals

Pesky Gee-Exclamation Mark @320
1. Another Country (7:37)
2. Pigs Foots (4:39)
3. Season of the Witch (8:22)
4. A Place of Heartbreak (3:00)
5. Where is My Mind (3:00)
6. Piece of My Heart (2:50)
7. Dharma For One (4:02)
8. Peace of Mind (2:19)
9. Born To Be Wild (4:20)


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Keith Emerson-Mater Tenebrarum (From Dario Argento's 1980 Film Inferno)

Atomic Rooster-Atomic Rooster (Re-Up)

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Atomic Rooster formed in summer 1969 when the Crazy World of Arthur Brown disbanded on tour in the US,and keyboardist Vincent Crane and drummer Carl Palmer returned to England to form Atomic Rooster with bassist/vocalist Nick Graham.By 1970,they would release their self-titled debut album Atomic Rooster. While this happened,Vincent Crane had hired John Du Cann(At the time using his name without the 'Du') of Andromeda ,on guitar. With him they would release the single Friday the Thirteenth.However,soon after John joined, Nick departed leaving Rooster without a bassist or vocalist. This was no problem for the Rooster, as Crane would cover bass lines with a combination of left hand and foot-pedals. John emphasised on the lower range of his guitar,and take over vocal parts.

The band resumed gigging until the end of June 70 when Carl announced his departure to Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Through July,Ric Parnell would fill the drum kit,and in August,the band would recruit Paul Hammond on drums,and begin working on their second LP.They would release Death Walks Behind You in September 1970,and from it the single "Tomorrow Night" was released, eventually peaking at Number 12 in the charts in January 1971. The band would continue touring and in June,they would recruit Pete French on vocals for their next LP, In Hearing of Atomic Rooster, released in July 1971. Prior to this a third single, Devil's Answer, was released, reaching No.4 in the UK, in June 71. During the recording of In Hearing Of, it became clear that the band were yet again moving in a different musical direction, away from the harder and heavier-edged Death Walks Behind You, and by August both John and Paul had left to form Hard Stuff.Soon after, Vincent, along with vocalist Pete French recruited drummer, Ric Parnell(who is the son of orchestra leader Jack Parnell, and composed material on the last album, plus came up with the piano riff on "Tomorrow Night") and Steve Bolton on guitar.This line-up would tour and play some choice places,but by the end of the year,vocalist Pete French left Atomic Rooster,and joined Cactus.French was replaced by experienced R&B singer Chris Farlowe from Colosseum. They would release Made in England in 1972,with the single Stand By Me.By now,the band was moving in a more funk/soul direction.In late 1972,guitarist Steve Bolton left the group.Bolton would be replaced by a friend of Vincent Crane's,John Goodsall,under the name John Mandala. This line up toured and recorded a fifth LP, Nice N Greasy, in 1973. A single from the LP was also released, Save Me, a reworking of Friday 13th.This proved to be their last album of the 1970s.By 1974,this line-up came to an end,and any outstanding dates were completed by Vincent Crane and members of the band Sam Apple Pie.In February 1975,Atomic Rooster did one more show,a benefit gig for the RSPCA,before Crane called time on the band.

(1980–1989) Latter Years
In 1979, John Du Cann(by now using his full name) released a solo album with the single, Don't be A Dummy.This gave Vincent Crane the idea to reform the Rooster with John. They would get together with session drummer Preston Heyman ,and release another self-titled album, Atomic Rooster in 1980. The singles here would be Do You Know Who's Looking for You? in June 1980.However Preston's prior session and touring commitments caught up with him and by the time of the gig at the Marquee, 23rd October 1980 Paul Hammond was once again behind the drum kit.Touring continued until EMI pulled the plug on the band.Fortunately Polydor picked the band up for two singles in 1981, Play it Again(September 1981) and End of the Day(February 1982).During these sessions reworkings of Tomarrow Night and Devils Answer were recorded (John McCoy adding bass).However,more record label problems struck,resulting in the departure of John Du Cann,prior to a sixth LP,Headline News,in late 1982.The guitar parts were added by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd,John Mizarolli and Bernie Torme.Tour dates in Italy and Germany were undertaken with Bernie on guitar,and the UK dates were with John Mizarolli.Crane took over on vocals,not only on the LP,but even the live work. Headline News was released June 1983,following the single Land of Freedom,in May,1983.Not long after,Crane called time on Atomic Rooster once more,and in 1985,assisted Dexys Midnight Runners by playing piano on their LP,Don't Stand Me Down.Crane also recorded A Case For The Blues as part of Katmandu, a one-off project with Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac and Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry.Vincent and John were talking about making the Rooster crow again into the 90's, but Vincent's poor health intervened and, sadly, Vincent passed away on Feb14th,1989. Paul Hammond also sadly passed away, an accidental death, in 1992. Of the band that recorded Death Walks Behind You, only John Du Cann remains with us. Du Cann recently licensed the release of the only existing tapes of Atomic Rooster that featured Crane, Palmer and himself: some BBC Radio 1 sessions recorded by John Peel in 1970 and 1971

Atomic Rooster is their first album

Atomic Rooster-Atomic Rooster @320

1) Friday The Thirteenth

2) And So To Bed
3) Broken Wings
4) Before Tomorrow
5) Banstead
6) S. L. Y
7) Winter
8) Decline And Fall
9) Play The Game bonus track

Here: part1

Atomic Rooster-Friday The 13th(Live German TV 1970)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cain-A Pound of Flesh (Re-Up)

Info By Kevin Anderson:

Cain was a hard rocking Twin Cities band that tried to take on the music industry in the mid-seventies. Their two small label albums were serious hard rock guitar extravaganzas, but with great fun original tunes, raucous lead vocals, and sweet backing vocals. Their influences ranged from the guitar of Deep Purple and Robin Trower, the majesty of Queen, and the vocal harmonies of Styx
Cain's roots went back a number of years. In 1969, the Twin Cities band The Bananas went through some personnel changes. Guitarist Lloyd Forsberg, bassist Dave Elmeer, and keyboardist Al Dworsky brought in Jiggs Lee on vocals and Mike Mlazgar on drums. Jiggs (from the Grasshoppers) and Mike (from Crow!) replaced Jim Offerman and Joe Soucheray. A name change was desired and Lloyd came up with "Cain."
Like many local bands, Cain performed at teen clubs and school dances. Eventually, they worked their way up to college shows and started to gain a "heavy" reputation outside of the Twin Cities. Along the way, Mike Mlazgar was replaced by Tom Osfar and Al Dworsky was replaced by Jerry Magee.
Of course, Cain started writing their own material. The popular ballad "Katy" was written by their next keyboardist, Chas Carlson.
Their tours took them to neighboring states with gigs in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Carbondale. They worked clubs with other Midwest bands like Styx, Kansas, and Cheap Trick. More personnel changes occurred before they went in to the studio to record their first album in 1975: Tom Osfar was replaced by Kevin DeRemer (from the Everett James Band) and keyboards were dropped from the line-up entirely.

Their first hard rocking album was titled "A Pound of Flesh" (a reference to Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice"). It's not known what the band thought of the cover image that ASI Records' marketing department created.
The album's guitar sound brings to mind Richie Blackmore; the main riff of the album's opener "Queen of the Night" is in the same vein as Deep Purple's "Burn." Lloyd's Stratocaster sound ventures into Robin-Trower-land on "Badside." The album features an ode to girlie magazines on "If the Right Don't Get You the Left One Will," a big power ballad with "Katy," and an epic rocker with "All My Life."
They supported the album with tours that took them as far as Texas.
In 1977, the second (and last) album in their ASI contract, "Stinger," was released. This album was just as hard rocking as the first, but the song writing really advanced. The Queen influences come out strong on "Welcome to the Dance" and the title track "Stinger" (which was a big live favorite when Jiggs broke out the burning book!). The album's Big Power Ballad was "The Minstrel Song."
A third album was only half completed in 1978 when disco and other pressures took its toll on the group. Dave and Jiggs left the group, while Lloyd and Kevin continued on as Cain for another year before calling it quits.

Where are they now? Today, Joe Soucheray is a broadcast professional (KSTP am 1500), author, and columnist (St Paul Pioneer Press). Jiggs works as a commercial sound system designer in the Twin Cities and recently returned to music performance himself with a 2003 solo album. Dave is an anesthesiologist in Minneapolis. Kevin married Melissa Manchester and so has continued in the music profession.

Cain-A Pound of Flesh @320

1. Queen of the Night
2. Katy
3. South Side Queen
4. Badside
5. Born of the Wind
6. Heed the Call
7. If the Right Don't Get You the Left One Will
8. All My Life


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cream-Live Cream

Info By Wiki:
Live Cream is a live compilation album by Cream released in 1970. This album is comprised of four live tracks recorded in 1968 and one studio track "Lawdy Mama" from 1967. The instrumental track for "Lawdy Mama" is the same chord progression as heard on "Strange Brew" with a different vocal and guitar solo by Eric Clapton

Cream-Live Cream @320

1 N.S.U. –10:15
Recorded March 10 1968, Winterland, San Francisco.
2Sleepy Time Time –6:52
Recorded March 9 1968, Winterland, San Francisco.
3 Sweet Wine –15:16
Recorded March 10 1968, Winterland, San Francisco.
4 Rollin' and Tumblin' –6:42
Recorded March 7 1968, The Fillmore, San Francisco.
5 Lawdy Mama –2:46
Studio Recording from Disraeli Gears sessions, 1967


Friday, March 6, 2009

Jimi Hendrix-Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival (Re-Up)

Isle Of Wight Festival was the last music gathering of the 60's.
It marked the return of Jimi Hendrix in England after eighteen months.
Three weeks later Hendrix died in London.

Jimi Hendrix-Live at the isle of Wight Festival @320

1. Intro, God Save The Queen
2. Message To Love
3. Voodoo Child
4. Lover Man
5. Machine Gun
6. Dolly Dagger
7. Red House
8. In From the Storm
9. New Rising Sun

Here: part1

Jimi Hendrix-God Save the Queen(Isle Of Wight)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Focus-Ship Of Memories (Re-Up)

Focus-Ship Of Memories @320

01 P's march
02 Can't believe my eyes
03 Focus V
04 Out of Vesuvius
05 Glider
06 Red sky at night
07 Spoke the Lord Creator
08 Crackers
09 Ship of memories
10. Hocus Pocus


Ship Of Memories

Monday, March 2, 2009

High Tide-Sea Shanties (Re-Up)

Info By Wiki:

High Tide was a band formed in 1969 by Tony Hill (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Simon House (violin and keyboards), Pete Pavli (bass) and Roger Hadden (drums). The trademark of their first album Sea Shanties was the constant battle between the electric guitar of Tony Hill and the electric violin of Simon House. There is hardly a quiet moment on Sea Shanties, the heaviest tracks being "Futilist's Lament" and the instrumental "Death Warmed Up". Stylistically it is a mix of hard rock, psychedelic, blues, folk, and jazz-rock, and is sometimes even cited as the first progressive metal album.

The second, self-titled, album is a little less heavy and introduces some keyboards, played by Hill and House; the folk and jazz-rock influences are more noticeable on this album. Featuring just three tracks - Blankman Cries Again, The Joke and Saneonymous - it can be seen as a concept of sorts, the theme being the slow slide into pychosis. Indeed, Roger Hadden was later committed for just that reason.

High Tide also played as backing band on Denny Gerrard's album Sinister Morning (1970). A third album, Precious Cargo, which was more a psychedelic album without any hard rock influences, was recorded in 1970, but the band split up, and it was not published until 1989, when Hill and House reformed High Tide as a 2-man band with the use of drum computers and produced Interesting Times, in the wake of which "Precious Cargo" was finally released.

Two other albums with previously unreleased material, The Flood and A Fierce Nature, followed in 1990. Simon House left, and Pete Pavli joined again. Together with some guest musicians including Dave Tomlin (violin), Drachen Theaker (drums) and Sushi Krishnamurti (vocals), they recorded Ancient Gates, which had some Indian influences. Another album of previously unreleased material, A Reason of Success, was released in 1992.

More recently, Tony Hill has recorded with Nick Saloman of Bevis Frond and has also formed his own three-piece called Tony Hill's Fiction.

Tony Hill's Fiction were initially formed after the release of Tony Hill's solo album/CD 'Inexactness' which was released on Nick Saloman and Ade Shaws' Woronzow label 2006. Fronted by Tony Hill (Guitar/Vox) with D E Holt (Bass) and Syd Farrell (Drums) the band released one unofficial CD from their website ('Dna, The Brain, The Universe').

High Tide-Sea Shanties @320

1. Futilist's Lament
2. Death Warmed Up
3. Pushed But Not Forgotten
4. Walking Down Their Outlook
5. Missing Out
6. Nowhere
7. Great Universal Protection Racket
8. Dilemma
9. Death Warmed Up
10. Pushed But Not Forgotten
11. Time Gauges

7-11 : Bonus Tracks

Here: Part1:

Focus-At The Rainbow (Re-up)

1 Focus III
2Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers!
3Focus II
5Hocus Pocus
7Hocus Pocus (Reprise)


Focus-Hocus Pocus (Live At The Rainbow)

Focus-Sylvia(Live At The Rainbow)