sabato 24 giugno 2017

Pig Iron - Pig Iron (2007 Foot Print Records) 1970

Biography The only self-titled album from New York. A highly professional and talented team, unfairly pushed into oblivion. Headed "Pig Iron" was drummer Alan Abrahams. He was also lead vocalist and main songwriter and musical director of the group.
In 1970, "Pig Iron" recorded an album which was well received by critics, but somehow went bad on sale.
Firm and publisher, as usual, did not renew the contract, and by 1971 the band broke up. Alan Abrahams went on to become a professional producer, worked at RCA, Capitol and Columbia Records, recorded by Miles Davis, BB King and many others ... As for the fate of the other musicians: keyboardist-trumpeter Adam Ippolito and bassist Gary Van Scyoc trumpeter joined a group of "Plastic Ono Band", when John Lennon finally settled in New York. Saxophonist Marty Fogel made ??a career in a group of Lou Reed. Unknown only to the further fate of no less talented members "Pig Iron": guitarist Bill Peters and leading trumpeter Paul Squire.
Album "Pig Iron" is half of foreign things, half of your own original material written by Alan Abrahams co-authored with his colleagues, not the band. The group is very different from whales jazz-rock "Chicago" and "Blood, Sweat & Tears" by the fact that they play a more hard rock, heavily involved on the blues and rhythm and blues. This blues-rock with the active participation of the wind instruments. The album cover used the same technique of "introduction", and that on the cover of "Led Zeppelin II", but here the band "Pig Iron" infiltrated "the picture, taken from the collection of the museum railway" Union Pacific. "In the photo was captured historical time of the merger of two "crutches" construction of this important route to the United States, will connect the central states to the Pacific coast. band's name, though it is in the word "Pig", has nothing to do with pigs, but refers to the steel industry. "Pig Iron" (if literally - "pig iron") means "pig iron" - the first pig iron smelting, intended for conversion into steel. pity that this short-term "pig iron" is not brought to a durable steel ...

Tracklist
01.People Gonna Talk 3:01
02.I Put A Spell On You 4:45
03.Neighbor, Neighbor 2:48
04.I Can’t Make It Alone 4:58
05.Easy Time Now 3:18
06.Abe’s Blues 5:20
07.Wake Up Mr. Charlie 2:49
08.Out Of Town 1:34
09.Top Of The World 2:43

Line-up
Alan Abrahams - lead vocals, drums
Marty Fogel - saxophone
Adam Ippolito - keyboards, trumpet, vocals
Bill Peters - lead guitar, vocals
Paul Squire - trumpet
Gary Van Scyoc - bass, trumpet, vocals

giovedì 15 giugno 2017

Ertlif - Ertlif (1994 Black Rills Records) 1972

Biography In the spring of 1969, two ex-members of Swiss band Egg & Bacon, lead guitarist Danny Andrey and bassist Teddy Riedo, formed a new band, Ertlif. The name derives from a mysterious magician and alchemist rumored to have been almost successful in turning ordinary stones into gold; they lived in the forest of Teutoburg at the time when the woodlands were full of fauns, goblins, and leprechauns. After sessions with numerous musicians from other Basel bands, James Mosberger (ex-Only Ones, ex-Countdowns) joined the band on keyboards, followed by drummer Hans-Peter "Bolle" Borlin (ex-Countdowns) and lead guitarist Martin Ruder (ex-Fresh Pastry), uniting the cream of the Basel music scene.
Right from the start, Ertlif played only their own original compositions and enjoyed performing live. The two guitars meshed with Mosberger's Hammond organ to create a characteristic Ertlif sound. In August 1971, Ertlif became the only Swiss band invited to appear at the monster pop concert in Munchenstein. Ruder left the band in October 1971 and was replaced by Englishman Richard John Rusinski (ex-Autumn Symphony), an experienced lead singer with an expressive voice and dynamic stage presence. Ertlif were, in essence, the first Swiss progressive rock band, and they used Mellotron and synthesizer at live concerts. The members' instrumental virtuosity made the group one of the nation's top acts, and Ertlif became one of the very few bands to obtain a recording contract.
Following a big tour through Switzerland, an LP was produced in August 1972 in just three days. The album was launched in October together with a single, resulting in radio interviews, television appearances, and much press coverage. The band began its promotional tour with three consecutive nights of sold-out shows at the legendary Atlantis in Basel. Guitarist Robi Suffert (ex-Gad Fly) replaced Andrey in June 1973, and Ertlif expanded for a short time with Andy Gerber (violin, piano). In July 1973, the band returned to the studio to record its song "Plastic Queen" for the Swiss rock sampler Heavenly & Heavy: Mixed Swiss Rock Candies. In January 1974, drummer Urs Schumacher (ex-Gad Fly) replaced Bolle and, by the autumn of 1975, Jurg Lutzelschwab (ex-Gad Fly) had taken over the keyboard duties from Mosberger. The music became more rhythmical with a stronger accent on the lead guitar.
Ertlif continued to perform up to 1978 before disbanding to seek fresh challenges. The band re-formed in August 1992 with original bandmembers, and subsequently added guitarist Andy Seghers to the lineup. Performing live on an intermittent basis into the new millennium, Ertlif also released the CD Illusions in 2001. allmusic.com

Tracklist
01.Plastic Queen 7:15
02.Try Making It Easy 4:32
03.Train Of Time 6:52
04.You're Nothing At All 2:53
05.There Is Only Time To Die 5:49
06.The Song 5:14
07.High And Dry 2:30
08.Walpurgis 4:46
09.Classisal Woman 7:58

Richard John Rusinski - vocals, string guitar
James Mosberger - organ, mellotron, piano
Teddy Riedo - bass, synthesizer
Hanspeter "Bolle" Borlin - drums, percussion
Danny Andrey - lead guitar
Robi Suffert - lead guitar
Andy Gerber - piano, violin

domenica 11 giugno 2017

Samson - Are You Samson (2011 Flawed Gems) 1969

Biography Originally released in November 1969 on Andrew Loog Oldham's subsidiary to his failing Immediate, Samson sank without trace, which was about as much as could be expected. Oldham's seemingly careless attitude of not even releasing a single to wet the record buyer's appetite however is now easier understood: Immediate was at its end; within weeks of Samson's debut release Oldham's empire went bankrupt! As the band were eagerly recording their carefully calculated work, Oldham had a lot more to worry about than whether the next album released on his subsidiary would be a big seller. With little assistance from the label, and practically no promotion, it's not surprising that the album had such low sales figures. But the poor turnover of this admittedly tackily sleeved album is by no means an indicator of the music contained within. Samson brought into their music a successful blend of harmonies which sound akin to the Gregorian psych-era choral vocal parts of the Pretty Things and the Zombies, a touch of Deep Purple circa Shades of Purple, and a hint of the increasingly popular concept album. For sake of classification, their blending of Kinks-ish psych-pop with more progressive elements is befitting of the title progressive pop a contemporary handle used to describe everything from the Fox's For Fox Sake, Caravan's early work, and fellow north country lads the Koobas' 1969 album. If the later songs compiled on the superb Rubbles series appeal to you, Samson are well worth investigating. allmusic.com

Tracklist
01.Traffic 3:25
02.Sleep 2:21
03.Journey 4:34
04.Fair 7:23
05.The End Song 4:42
06.Mars 4:48
07.Venus 2:57
08.Saturn 3:50
09.Poem For Sam 4:24
Bonus tracks:
10.Water (B-Side 1970 UK SP) 4:23
11.Venus (New Version) (A-Side 1970 UK SP) 3:03

Les Jones - guitar
Norman Findley - Hammond organ
Paul Ford - trumpet
Les Olbinson - bass
Mike Delaney - drums

REPOST : Smoke - Carry On Your Idea (2004 Estrella Rockera) 1969

Biography The first album by US heavy psych/blues boogie rock band Smoke, not to be mistaken for the Michael Lloyd (West Coast) Smoke that issued an album on the Sidewalk label.
This album was originally issued in 1969 and released on the UNI label the band was originally from Houston, Texas, where they were known as the Nomads, issuing 2 singles by that name. Shortly after changing their name to Smoke, in mid-68, they relocated to San Francisco where they gigged mainly in biker bars. The album opens with a 19 minute psychedelic boogie number M.C. Boogie that sets the tone for the rest of the album lot's of guitar breaks and with some pounding organ work fusing blues, boogie, and underground rock in to one big pot!
Keyboardist Eddie Beyer remained in California after the band split and played with Smith and Canned Heat; later he played in fellow Texan Gary Myrick’s band. Drummer Phil Parker went on to play with bluesman Shakey Jake Harris.

Tracklist
01.M. C. Boogie 18:53
02.Choose It 6:04
03.Red Haired Man 4:00
04.Pepper Trees 3:39
05.Carry On Your Idea 5:20

Line-up
John Orvis - guitar, banjo and harp
Eddie Beyer - keyboards
Richard Floyd - bass
Phil Parker - drums
Earl Finn - bongos, bells, whistles, harmonica, tambourine, organ, bass, guitar

martedì 9 maggio 2017

A Passing Fancy - A Passing Fancy (2000 Pacemaker Entertainment Digipack) 1968

Biography A Passing Fancy was born out of Toronto's Yorkville Village scene in the mid-'60s. In 1967 the band released its debut single, "I'm Losing Tonight," which immediately became a hit and scored high on the east coast charts. In 1968, A Passing Fancy released a self-titled album on the independent Boo Records label that was well received and garnered good reviews. The Boo label, formed by two record store owners, only released the album in the Toronto area, so national fame and exposure eluded the band. A Passing Fancy was British-influenced pop with elements of psychedelia and an American garage sound. The band went through a couple of lineup changes while recording the album, but all musicians were credited in the album liner notes. The main songwriters in the band were Jay Telfer and brothers Fergus and Greg Hambleton. The songs were well written and the music was well played. Shortly after the release of the album, one more single followed, "I Believe in Sunshine," which was also a hit. This single broke out across Canada and attracted interest south of the border, as well as with some major labels, but unfortunately it was too late and the band folded. Telfer and the Hambletons, in particular Fergus (as he went by for a time) went on to write more songs and record with other bands in the '70s. They also made a couple of solo albums that were well received and are still active today on the Canadian music scene. Greg Hambleton went on to form Axe Records while Fergus Hambleton continued to perform with his reggae band the Satellites. This reissue of the original Boo Records album by Pacemaker Records in association with the U.S. reissue label Timothy's Brain, is housed in a beautiful digipack case with original album artwork. Although this album contains no bonus tracks (as none were available) or additional liner notes, the sound quality is superb and is taken from the original master tapes. An exciting and long-lost piece of the early Canadian music scene that has thankfully been restored and made available once again for all to hear and a new generation to discover. allmusic.com

Tracklist
01.I'm Losing Tonight 2:53
02.A Passing Fancy 2:41
03.You're Going out of My Mind 2:37
04.Sounds Silly 2:30
05.She Phoned 2:16
06.I Believe in Sunshine 2:27
07.Island 2:11
08.Your Trip 3:10
09.Little Boys for Little Girls 3:35
10.Under the Bridge 2:42
11.Spread Out 2:57
12.People in Me 3:24
13.I'm Losing Tonight (Single Version) 2:49

Rick Mann - Bass
Brian Price - Organ
Brian Smith - Rhythm Guitar 
Jay Telfer - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Ron Forster - Guitar, Vocals
Fergus Hambleton - Organ, Vocals
Louis Pratile - Drums
Phil Seon - Guitar
Dan Troutman - Bass 
Steve Wilson - Drums

domenica 7 maggio 2017

Human Zoo - The Human Zoo (2010 Cicadelic Records) 1970

Biography The Human Zoo's great claim to fame among garage / psychedelic fans is that they were managed by Jim Foster, guitarist with the Human Expression, the West Coast psych act that scored a modest hit with the song 'Optical Sound.' That's not a lot to base a reputation on, but the lone album the Human Zoo left behind is pretty good stuff, and suggests with better promotion they could have risen to much more impressive heights. Boasting two lead singers (Roy Young and Jim Cunningham), the Human Zoo worked up a full and dynamic sound with impressive harmonies on these sessions, and the rest of the band shows off some solid chops - John Luzadder and Larry Hanson are a capable guitar combo, with Hanson also doubling on keyboards, while bassist Bob Dalrymple and drummer Kim Vydaremy hold down the rhythm with strength and confidence. While the Human Zoo could add a trippy edge to their songs (such as 'I Don't Care No More'), they (at least as captured on this album) were at their best when they rocked out, and it's on numbers like 'Na-Na' and 'Funny' that the Human Zoo really connect, while 'Gonna Take Me a Ride' and 'Help Me' reveal they weren't bad with blue-eyed soul stuff, either. The production is simple, but also captures the performances in a clean and natural fashion and is thankfully short on the studio trickery often inflicted on lesser-known psych acts. The recording seems to favor the band's live sound, and if the Human Zoo sounded this tight on-stage, it's hard to say why they didn't attract greater notice at the time. The songwriting is good but not great on The Human Zoo, but otherwise this is several notches above average for a psych act of the period, and fans of late-'60s/early-'70s West Coast rock should find this worth their time. allmusic.com

Tracklist
01.It's Got To Be 3:01
02.Na-Na 2:07
03.Help Me 3:11
04.I Dont' Care No More 2:36
05.Funny 5:09
06.Late To My Resurrection 3:07
07.When Papa Started Drinking 2:27
08.Gonna Take Me a Ride 3:31
09.Stone Sassy Fox 3:16
10.The Human Zoo 3:12
11.The Time Was Over (2:36

Roy Young - Vocals
Jim Cunningham - Vocals
Larry Hanson - Guitar, Horn, Keyboards
John Luzadder - Guitar
Bob Dalrymple - Bass
Kim Vydaremy - Drums

mercoledì 3 maggio 2017

Stone Country - Stone Country (2007 Rev-Ola) 1968

Biography Stone Country was a Hollywood, CA-based psychedelic country-rock outfit led by gifted singer/songwriter and guitarist Steve Young. Young, who grew up in the south, moved to New York City in the early '60s, where he became affiliated with the burgeoning Greenwich Village folk music scene. He later moved to Los Angeles in 1964 and began working with Van Dyke Parks and Stephen Stills while still working his day job as a mailman. He formed Stone Country in 1967 and soon thereafter the band was signed to RCA Records. After releasing several singles, RCA issued the group's only album, Stone Country, in March 1968, produced by Rick Jarrard, who also produced Jefferson Airplane and Harry Nilsson's Pandemonium Shadow Show. (Incidentally, Stone Country appeared as themselves in Otto Preminger's 1968 film Skidoo, which features a score by Nilsson). The group disbanded when, in 1969, Young signed as a solo artist with A&M Records. His album Rock Salt & Nails featured cameo performances by James Burton, Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and Chris Hillman. In 1971, Young signed to Reprise, and eventually recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums in the country-rock style, his most well-known song being "Seven Bridges Road," recorded by Rita Coolidge, Joan Baez, and the Eagles. Clark -- a member of the New Christy Minstrels and the Good Time Singers before joining this band -- went solo and recorded for Imperial and Republic Records. Don Beck went on to join Dillard & Clark, while Denny Conway became a session drummer. Stone Country has not been released on CD and LP copies are valuable and highly collectible.

Before Steve Young became one of the founding fathers of country-rock with his 1969 album Rock Salt and Nails, he was a member of Stone Country, a short-lived pop group that fused country and rock in a very different way. Stone Country's sole album, released in the spring of 1968, is a polished but intriguing mixture of sunshine pop, progressive country, blue-eyed soul, and folk-rock, all wrapped up in a slick package created with the best of L.A. studio craftsmanship (producer Rick Jarrard and arranger George Tipton, who both worked on the album, were also helping Harry Nilsson create his sublime early albums at the same time). Stone Country goes in too many directions at once for its own good, but it's clear that this was a band packed with talent and full of great musical ideas; the opener, "Love Psalm," is a delightful bit of psychedelic pop punctuated with some solid bluegrass picking; "Magnolias" is a gritty and unflinching portrait of life in the Deep South with a powerful vocal from Young; "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" is a musical synopsis of Arthur Penn's hit film of the day featuring some deft country guitar and banjo work; "Why Baby Why" is a solid George Jones cover with a heavy rock & roll stomp; and "Lizbeth Peach"'s baroque textures would do the Left Banke proud. The trouble with Stone Country is that while the bandmembers do everything here quite well (and they played nearly all of it themselves, without the help of session men), the eclecticism feels like a lack of clear focus and vision by the end of the album, and this sometimes sounds more like a bunch of talented individuals than a real group. But the best moments are a splendid example of prescient country-rock and West Coast studio polish, and Stone Country is a superb memorial for a group that had the talent and potential to do some pretty remarkable things.

Tracklist
01.Love Pslam 2:31
02.'Lizbeth Peach 2:25
03.Magnolias 4:19
04.Mantra 2:21
05.Everywhere I Turn 2:15
06.Woman Don't You Weep 3:35
07.Time Isn't There Anymore 2:55
08.Life Stands Daring Me 2:25
09.The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde 3:04
10.The Love You Save (May Be Your Own) 3:19
11.Why Baby Why 1:54
12.Angelica 3:08
13.This Wheels on Fire  2:56
14.Million Dollar Bash 2:18

Line-up
Dann Barry - Bass, Vocals
Steve Young - Vocals, Lead Guitar
Don Beck - 12 String Guitar, Banjo
Dennis Conway - Drums, Percussions
Richard Lockmiller - Rhythm Guitar
Doug Brooks - Rhythm Guitar

sabato 29 aprile 2017

Charlatans - San Francisco 1969 "aka" The Charlatans...plus Cream Puff War 2 PDF Book (2004 Acadia Remaster) 1969

Biography  The Charlatans is the self-titled debut album by the influential San Francisco psychedelic rock band The Charlatans and was released by Philips Records in 1969 (see 1969 in music). The album was recorded at Pacific High Studios, San Francisco, with production and engineering by Dan Healy and The Charlatans.

Although the record was The Charlatans' debut album, it was recorded and released relatively late in the band's career, a factor which contributed to its commercial failure. By 1969, the band's lineup had changed considerably from their 1965 – 1967 heyday, leaving Mike Wilhelm (lead guitar, vocals) and Richard Olsen (bass, vocals) as the only original members. Terry Wilson (drums) and Darrell DeVore (piano/keyboards, vocals) were recruited in order to flesh out the band, prior to the recording of the album.

The Charlatans was a critical and commercial flop upon its release. A contributing factor to the album's lack of success was the fact that The Charlatans' sound had become somewhat outdated by 1969, with their brand of jug band blues and gentle psychedelia being largely eschewed by the public in favor of a heavier rock sound. In his book, The Summer of Love: The Inside Story of LSD, Rock & Roll, Free Love and High Times in the Wild West, author Joel Selvin describes the album as "an unenthusiastic coda to a misspent career." Other reviewers have been kinder towards the album, with critic Bruce Eder, noting that the album "is a rather gorgeous and gently challenging piece of San Francisco rock, incorporating elements of blues and big-band swing, as well as '50s rock & roll and elegant '60s pop." A single taken from the album, coupling the Van Dyke Parks-penned song, "High Coin", with "When I Go Sailin' By", was released by Philips Records in 1969 but this too was met with commercial failure. Disillusioned by the album's lack of success, The Charlatans had broken up by the end of 1969.

The Charlatans has been reissued on CD three times to date. Firstly, in 1992 by Eva Records as an unofficial (or bootleg) CD, where it was coupled with another unofficial Charlatans' album, a compilation of unreleased recordings titled Alabama Bound. The second reissue was on One Way Records in 1995 and included two bonus tracks, "The Shadow Knows" and "32-20", both of which had appeared on The Charlatans' debut single in 1966. The third reissue of the album was released under the title San Francisco 1969 by Acadia Records in 2004 and was digitally remastered from the original master tapes. The Acadia release also included a 1969 Philips Records' radio advertisement for the album as a bonus track. Of all the CD reissues, the Acadia release boasts by far the best sound quality.

Tracklist
01.High Coin 3:07
02.Easy When I'm Dead 2:38
03.Ain’t Got the Time 2:47
04.Folsom Prison Blues 2:47
05.The Blues Ain't Nothin' 4:44
06.Time to Get Straight 3:53
07.When I Go Sailin' By 2:46
08.Doubtful Waltz 3:24
09.Wabash Cannonball 4:04
10.Alabama Bound 6:53
11.When the Movies Are Over 3:04
12.Radio Advert (2004 CD reissue bonus tracks) 1:00

Line-up
Mike Wilhelm - Vocals, Guitar, Fretted instruments, Percussion
Richard Olsen - Vocals, Bass, Woodwind instruments, Percussion
Darrell DeVore - Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Bass, Percussion
Terry Wilson - Drums, Percussion

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