Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Cherubin - Our Sunrise (1974)

German rock/prog in the vein of Karthago, Randy Pie, Cry Freedom.

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Fantasy - Paint A Picture (1972)

The story of this band started at the Chapel Farm, a farmhouse near Gravesend (Kent) were the band had their first rehearsals. It was the family home of singer Paul Petley, other musicians were Geoff Whitehorn (electric guitar), Paul Lawrence (acoustic guitar/vocals), David Metcalfe (keyboards), David Read (bass guitar) and Brian Chatham (drums), later replaced by John Webster. The lead guitar was by the promising Bob Vann but he died in a car accident, he was replaced by Pete James. The new line-up FANTASY sent a demo tape to the label Decca and changed their name in FIREQUEEN. But Polydor was also interested and they pursuaded the band to sign for them. Again the band decided to change their name, it became FANTASY, a name that fitted more to the style and flavour of the music. The debut album was called "Paint A Picture" and released in '73 (now on CD). Soon FANTASY belonged to the past, the tapes for a next album remained in the vaults of time. Fortunately the label Audio Archives released these tapes as a CD called "Beyond The Beyond". This one is an absolute beauty and it contains nine very refined compositions with warm vocals and 12-string acoustic guitars, flowing and sensitive electric guitar and lots of Hammond organ and Mellotron. The highlight on this album is the track Alexandrie (almost 9 minutes) with the Mellotron in all its splendor: majestic eruptions and beautiful waves along a typical Sixties sounding organ. A MUST! Erik Neuteboom, The NETHERLANDS

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Prentice & Tuttle - Every Loving Day (1972)

Steve Prentice & Stephen Tuttle, two young Americans based in Boston, recorded their second and rare album in 1972. This collectable record is a fragile psych folk record with strong rural Americana feeling. All twelve tracks are originals and really deserve this CD treatment.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Zendik Farm Orgaztra - Danze Of The Cozmic Warriorz (1980s)

Stoned, hypnotic psychedelic rock, recorded by this Texan
tribal community at the end of the 80's. These tracks feature
some of Wulf Zendik's most powerful vocals and poetry. An
awsome display of his artistic energy and aesthetic
wisdom. "... it's a very important document - almost
religious ... a must for all those who are searching for
psychedelic underground music..."

Visit Zendik Farm

CD is still available at Nasoni

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Cherry Five - Cherry Five (1974)

Cherry Five came from Italy and was founded in 1974 by Carlo Bordini (who came from the broken group Rustichelli and Bordini), Tony Tartarini, Walter Martino, Claudio Simonetti and Adriano Monteduro. They played in the instrumentation guitar, drums, keyboards and vocals. In the same year their only selftitled album was published by Cinevox without creating any interest at that time! Cherry Five played progressive-rock, sung in english and includes various fine keyboards passages, which remind of Nice. Short after this album, Tartini and Bordini left the band and Cherry Five broke up and then with a slightly different line up transformed into Goblin.Today this album belongs to the most sought-after records of the italian prog-rock-scene.

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Mahjun - Happy French Band (1977)

This French group, adept at first of a revolutionnary rock in the style of KOMINTERN, turned then to burlesque, humoristic rock full of parody and mixing pop tunes and rock themes with a truly provocative spirit evoking GONG. The instrumental developments, the dialogues between the violin, Jean-Pierre THIRAULT's saxophone and the guitar remind of the delirium and audacious music of GONG, MOVING GELATINE PLATES, EAST OF EDEN, Kevin AYERS...

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Hansson & Karlsson - Man At The Moon (1969)

Swedish organ/drums duo. They released three albums - Monument, Rex and Man at the Moon - before they split. Jimi Hendrix recorded their song "Tax Free". Bo Hansson became solo artist, most well known for Music inspired by The Lord Of The Rings. Jan Carlsson played drums on a lot of Swedish releases, among others Pugh Rogefeldt's first two albums, before he became Janne "Loffe" Carlsson - actor & TV show host.

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Tinkerbells Fairydust - S/T (1969)

Arguably the most valuable UK album in record collecting history, with copies known to have sold for £2,000! The LP was manufactured by Decca in 1969 but never issued. This is the first-ever official CD of their recordings. Adds numerous bonus tracks from singles and also from pre-Tinkerbells acts The Rush and Tommy Bishop’s Ricochets. Sleeve-notes finally tells their story – these will also be appearing as a feature in Record Collector mag. Tinkerbell’s Fairydust were inspired by American Sunshine/ harmony pop, with shades of psychedelia on certain tracks (e.g. ‘In My Magic Garden’). ‘Twenty Ten’ (as in the year 2010) was a huge hit at the time in Japan and is likely to enjoy a renewed profile next year…
Twenty Ten / In My Magic Garden / Majorine / You Keep Me Hanging On / The Worst That Could Happen / Never My Love / Lazy Day / Every Minute Every Day / Whole World / They Didn't Believe Me / Happy / Sheila's Back In Town / Jeff's Boogie / Bonus Tracks- I Should Have Known (By Tommy Bishop’s Ricochets) / On The Other Hand (By Tommy Bishop’s Ricochets) / Once Again (By The Rush) / Make Mine Music (By The Rush) / Enjoy It (By The Rush) / Walking My Baby (Single) / Follow Me Follow (Single) / Midnight Train (By Tommy Bishop & Rock’n’roll Revival Show) / Oh, Boy (By Tommy Bishop & Rock’n’roll Revival Show)
UK psych

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Contraction - S/T (1972)

One of the first and best Quebecois(French-Canadian) prog/folk/jazz album. More info here

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Eastfield Meadows - S/T (1968)

The predo- minant sound is harmony-rich country-rock a-la Gram Parsons era Byrds. "Travelin' Salesman" and "Cowboy Song" actually sound a little like something Michael Nesmith might have penned for The Monkees. Less typical, "Only Girl" and "Silent Noght" sport more of a rock/psych-oriented sound, while "Young Love" sounds like a Buffalo Springfield effort and the ballad "Helpless Is a Feeling" recalls The Association. [SB] Acid Archives

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