Wednesday, January 18, 2017

John The Revelator – Wild Blues (1970 - Great Blues From Netherland Influenced By Fleetwood Mac - flac)


Back in 1966 when Eric Clapton delivered his heavily overdriven wailing blues licks on the “Beano” 
album with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the guitar world was completely shaken up. Legend has it that Eric put his hand flat on the controls of his Marshall combo, moved his hand to the right, setting all controls full power in the process.
Future Revelator singer and bassman Tom Huissen lived in London at the time that the blues scene triggered by Clapton’s trademark guitar work exploded.He became pals with Peter Green, Eric’s successor in the Bluesbreakers, and witnessed the first rehearsals of Pete’s then new band Fleetwood Mac.
 Immediately after returning in Holland Tom started to form a blues band modelled after Fleetwood Mac.Finding the right guys for the job was not too hard and the band started to rehearse with cheap guitars, old tube driven radios for amplifiers and a tyre lever for playing bottleneck guitar.
Early in 1969 the band adopted the name “John the Revelator” after the A Capella blues traditional by the great Son House.John the Revelator took off immediately and extensively started gigging the Dutch and European blues circuits that were thriving at the time.
After winning the prestigious Loosdrecht Jazz contest in 1970 record label Decca offered the band a recording contract resulting in the first album Wild Blues.This highly collectable record was re-released on CD in 2003.


Personnel:
Joseph DeWilde (guitar, slide guitar)
Charles Van Den Heuvel (piano)
Henno Van Donselaar (saxophone)
Fred Huissen (drums) 
Tom Huissen (bass, vocals)
Frans Ten Kleij (guitar, harmonica)
Charles Van Der Steeg (saxophone, flute)
+
Hans van Hemert (synthesizer, mellotron)
Hille VanDer Galien (percussion) 

Tracklist:
01. John The Revelator (Traditional) 0.46
02. I Can't Stop Lovin' You (James) 3.02
03. Worried Dreams (King) 5.41
04. Charlie's Drive Inn (DeWilde/Heuvel/Donselaar/F.Huissen/T.Huissen/Kleij/Steeg)
05. Talk To Me, Baby (James) 5.01
06. Personal Manager (King/Porter) 4.35
07. Wild Blues (DeWilde/Heuvel/Donselaar/F.Huissen/T.Huissen/Kleij/Steeg) 1.37
08. Bleeding Heart (James) 4.42
09. No Woman (DeWilde/Heuvel/Donselaar/F.Huissen/T.Huissen/Kleij/Steeg) 3.12
10. Homework (Clark/Perkins) 3.05
11. Yeah (DeWilde/Heuvel/Donselaar/F.Huissen/T.Huissen/Kleij/Steeg) 3.03
12. Rockin' Squirrel (DeWilde/Heuvel/Donselaar/F.Huissen/T.Huissen/Kleij/Steeg) 3.34
13. One Track Mind (DeWilde/Heuvel/Donselaar/F.Huissen/T.Huissen/Kleij/Steeg) 4.44
14. I Can't Stop Lovin' You (James) 3.22
15. Little Red Rooster (Dixon) 4.17
16. Worried Dreams (DeWilde/Heuvel/Donselaar/F.Huissen/T.Huissen/Kleij/Steeg) 4.50
17. Kokomo (live 2011) (McDowell) 8.32

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sweet Pain - Sweet Pain (1970 us psychedelic west coast with great vocals harmonies & guitars - Flac)


Sweet Pain consisted of Carl Johnson (guitar), Dave Riordan (rhythm guitar, vocals), Bob Spalding (guitar), Frank Demme (bass, vocals), Marty Foltz (drums, percussion), J.C. Phillips (marimba, vocals). The album is a nice example of West Coast rock with fairly sophisticated vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements.

Sweet Pain formed in California in the late 1960s and were signed to United Artists by record executive Billy Roberts after the group was close to signing with Liberty Records. Guitarist Bob Spaulding was also a session musician, playing back-up guitar for Chuck Berry and Gabor Szabo and bass for Doug Kershaw. In 1974 drummer Marty Foltz drummed for Tim Weisberg, while Carl Johnson and Frank Demme formed the group Rock Rose in the late seventies. (Prairie Prince Minsky)



Tracklist
01 Upside Down, Inside Out Woman
02 Chain Up The Devil
03 Pine Canyon Stream
04 Be Myself
05 Joy
06 Berkeley Lady
07 Start Off With You
08 Richard And Me
09 Got To Get Your Hands On It
10 The Lover



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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Eric Burdon & Tovarich - Live At The Whisky A GoGo - October 1971 (Flac)


"Eric Burdon remains a curiously compelling live performer. His blues growl has not been tamed, nor has his musical integrity or his acute sense of showmanship. He remains ... one of rock's most worthy sons"
Enjoy !!!
Eric Burdon, the former Animals frontman in 1971, created a very short-lived band called Tovarich, and played with the band in October 11, 1971 at the famous Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles.
: Great gig with fantastic musicians (George Suranovich & John Sterling particularly) concert was a shame that this lineup of the band only existed for a few months, but luck is that it remained a relatively good quality recording for posterity.

George then played briefly with the Blues Image before joining the Eric Burdon Band. While working on the album "Guilty", George met John Sterling (guitar) and Kim Kesterson (bass). Along with Kevin Kelly (keyboards), they formed Tovarich (Russian for "Comrades"). Besides backing Burdon and blues/jazz vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon, they became a popular attraction on the L.A. club circuit and recorded an album of their own (unreleased). They later recorded a second album with Burdon, "Stop!", as well as "Black & White Blues" by Burdon and Witherspoon. That album, released only in Europe, included George's composition "Wicked Wicked Man"(which was recently resurrected by Burdon as the title track of one of his own albums). Tovarich also provided the soundtrack to the movie "Revenge of the Cheerleaders".(By Adamus67)

01- City Boy
02- All I Do
03- The Man
04- Stop
05- Gotta Get It On
06- Funky Fever
07- Be Mine
08- Soledad
09- The House Of The Rising Sun
10- Stop (Live 1978)
11- Be Mine (Live 1978)

Vocals: Eric Burdon
Guitar: John Sterling
Bass: Kim Kesterson
Keyboards: Terry Ryan
Drums: George Suranovich

Monday, December 19, 2016

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac - 1969-09-24 - Helsinki, Kultuuritalo & Helsinki July 1968 (Flac)


Tracklist:
1969-09-24 Helsinki, Kultuuritalo - FM broadcast  
01. Homework
02. Man Of The World, 
03. Like It This Way, 
04. Only You, 
05. I Believe My Time Ain't Long, 
06. Stranger Blues, 
07. All over again aka "I´ve got a good Mind to give up living"
08. Oh Well, 
09. Comin' Your Way, 
10.Shake your money Maker*(not incl in previous upload)
11. Albatross, 
12. Great Balls Of Fire (Tape flaws )
13.Jenny, Jenny/cut´s early
------Audience portion:
14.Before the Beginning
15.Rattlesnake Shake
16Loving Kind
17.Great Balls of Fire(same version as FM version above)
18.Keep a Knockin´
19.Closing Anouncements
Helsinki July 1968 Audience:
20.If you let me love you
21.Something Inside of Me
22.Jigsaw Puzzle Blues
23.Stop Messing arround

Peter Green - Guitar, Vocals
Jeremy Spencer - Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Danny Kirwan – Guitar, Vocals
John McVie - Bass
Mick Fleetwood - Drums

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mick Abrahams - Mick's Back (1996 Great Uk Rock Blues - Flac)


It's a funny thing about Mick Abrahams -- he and his one-time Jethro Tull bandmate Ian Anderson are both "trapped" in time warps, but of very differing kinds: Anderson in a folky art rock musical loop and Abrahams in a '60s-style electric blues cycle, with the echoes of Chess Records' roster and also Albert King et al. rippling through his work. And at this late date, Abrahams may be the one with slightly more elbow room. The opening track on Mick's Back, Percy Mayfield's "The River's Invitation," could almost pass for an early-'60s Howlin' Wolf track, and the rest doesn't try to be much more advanced, nor does it have to be -- "Cold Women With Warm Hearts" offers Abrahams in his own "voice," and it all sounds very close to the kind of rootsy blues that Alexis Korner and Blues Incorporated used to do, with some of the virtuosity of the Graham Bond Organisation in there as well. The electric guitar is, of course, very prominently featured throughout, and there are saxes and even a little brass, but they're sufficiently subdued to keep the focus on Abrahams' playing where it belongs. His singing is also expressive, a powerful, raspy instrument in its own right -- coupled with the rippling instrumental breaks on songs like "Time to Love" and the mixed acoustic/electric textures of "Leaving Home Blues," the CD justifies itself as a still very credible version of '60s British blues, which will appeal to anyone who loved early Alexis Korner, Cyril Davies, Graham Bond, or the first two Cream albums.(By Bruce Eder)

Tracklist
01- The River's Invitation
02- Bad Feeling
03- Cold Women with Warm Hearts
04- Time to Love
05- Leaving Home Blues
06- Long Grey Mare
07- You'd Be a Millionaire
08- Send Me Some Lovin'
09- Yolanda
10- Little Red Rooster
11- Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
12- So Much Hard Luck
13- Skyline Drive

Credits
Mick Abrahams - Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar, Vocals
Dave Baldwin - Keyboards, Organ, Piano
Norman Beaker - Rhythm Guitar
John Price - Bass Guitar
Tim Franks - Drums, Percussion
John Hulme - Trumpet
Lenni- Saxophone
Sheila Gott - Background Vocals 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hookfoot - Live In Memphis USA 1972 (Uk great blend of rock, soul & blues - 1990 edition - flac)


Hookfoot was a quintet formed at the end of the '60s as a recording unit by a half-dozen session players associated with Dick James' publishing and later with his DJM Records label. They never made much of an impression on the charts, despite their work being licensed to A&M Records, through which they released four LPs in the U.S.A. Ian Duck (vocals, harmonica), Dave Glover (bass), Roger Pope (drums, vocals), and Caleb Quaye (guitar, vocals) were the original lineup, with Bob Kulick (guitar, vocals) coming in alongside Quaye, and Fred Gandy joining on bass later.(Bruce Eder)

Does anyone remember how good this group was besides me? This is the fourth release (after Hookfoot, Good Times A Comin, Communication, and Roaring),that I can find from one of the most underated groups from England in the early 70's;Hookfoot. Eight live tracks(5 from the various studio releases) that show what a great band these guys were! A talented guitar band led by Caleb Quaye, and Ian Duck, this four piece band with Roger Pope and Dave Glover/Freddy Gandy could play it all; loud and funky rock n'roll,electric or acoustic blues, combined with great lyrics and superb musicianship. If you can find this disc check it out, because this may be the only Hookfoot music you'll be able to listen to on CD anytime soon. It's a decent recording(considering the time it was made),and shows a "live" sound most fans like me never got to hear. See if you agree with me, that these guys played great music that sounded like nothing else from England that was being played in 1972- it'll make you feel young again!!(By wwwperkmp)

Tracklist
01 Taxman
02 If I Had The Words
03 They'll Never Find Us Up There
04 Here I Come
05 Cuckoo
06 Cruisin'
07 Nature Changes
08 Freedom



Credits
Caleb Quaye : Lead & Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards
Ian Duck : Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Fred Gandy : Bass
Roger Pope : Drums, Vocals

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Jukin' Bone - Get Boned (2004 Great US Heavy Rock - Live Reunion At The Dinosaur - Flac)


Tracklist
01. Nadine
02. Chain of Fools
03. Mama Talk To Your Daughter
04. Fool for You
05. Sayin’ It Is Easy/Can You Feel It
06. Ridin' With The Devil
07. Way Down East
08. Come on Home
09. Carry Me Home
10. Avenue Breakdown/Band Intros

Line-up
Mark Doyle : Lead Guitar
Joe Whiting : Vocals
George Egosarian : Rhythm Guitar
John DeMaso : Bass
Tom Glaister : Drums

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Boomerang - Boomerang (1971 Great Us Psychedelic Heavy Rock - Flac)


An hard rock group formed by Mark Stein after Vanilla Fudge. If you like "Rock Music" you WILL love Boomerang's self titled one and only album. Forget the fact that this was recorded 31 years ago, like any great music this is timeless!
You might recognize Mark Stein's name from the Vanilla Fudge. Gone are the complex arrangements and psychedelic effects that were a trade mark of the Fudge. But Stein's distinctive vocals and his awesome Hammond B3 organ sounds are still here.
Guitarist Richard Rameriz was amazingly only 16 years old when this album was recorded. However he plays like a veteran of many years and studio sessions.
"Juke It", "Hard Times", "Mockingbird", "Cynthia Fever" and "The Peddler" are solid rockers that will stick with you. "Fisherman" is a lesson on greed. The ballad "Brother's Comin' Home" is a tribute to returning war veterans, something that was rare in that time of our history.
The only drawback to this album is there is not enough of it! Only 7 tunes...but what tunes they are. This album is a classic in the progressive rock history.(By Ray Hollingsworth) 

Tracklist
01. Juke It  
02. Fisherman  
03. Hard Times  
04. Mockingbird  
05. Cynthia Fever  
06. Brothers Comin Home  
07. The Peddler  

Credits
Mark Stein - Organ, Piano & Vocals
James Galluzi - Drums & Percussion
Richard Rameriz - Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Joe Casmir - Bass Guitar & Vocals  

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Free Will - The Tony Caputo Tapes (1971 great us hard rock pre-Jukin' Bone - Flac)



The third opus of Free Will tapes, a must to have for the Jukin' Bone - Doyle Whiting fans
Enjoy !!!

01 - Treat You Right
02 - Carry Me Home
03 - Can't Judge What You Missed
04 - Someplace Is Something
05 - Walk On
06 - I'll Be On My Way
07 - Get That Shinin' Sun
08 - Candy Man
09 - Fool For You
10 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
11 - Sayin' It's Easy
12 - Ramblin'
13 - Whiskey Woman
14 - I'll Be On My Way
15 - Carry Me Home

Joe Whiting : Lead Vocals, Tenor Sax
Mak Doyle : Lead Guitar, Wurlitzer Piano, Backing Vocals
George Egosarian : Rhythm Guitar
John DeMaso : Bass
Tom Glaister : Drums

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Free Will - Cold, Cold Morning (1969 great us hard rock & blues pre Jukin' Bone - Flac)


Earliest demo recording (01 to 05) and a recording made in Waterbury, Conn (06 to 13) With John DeMaso joining the group on bass. Features the legendary “Are You Gone?”
Who would thought the have made such a fine cover of "River Deep Mountain High". "Step inside love" is so fine romantic lyrical song, "No Resurrection" same and also "Heart full of Soul", "I believe to my Soul", so fine blues rock song and last song is such a big highlight. They should really deserve to be on the same train as Spirit or Linn County. (By Uros)

Tracklist
01- River Deep Mountain High (Spector/Barry/Greenwich)
02- Cold, Cold Morning (Egosarian)
03- Name In The Wind (Egosarian)
04- Step Inside Love (Lennon/McCartney)
05- No Resurrection (Doyle/Glaister)
06- Heart Full Of Soul (Gouldman)
07- State Police Boogie (Doyle/Whiting)
08- Way Out (Doyle/Whiting) 
09- Changes (Irwin)
10- I Believe To My Soul (Charles)
11- Are You Gone ? (Doyle Whiting)
12- Chuck Berry Medley (Berry)
13- Skaneateles Cellar Incident (Doyle)
Recorded February 1969 (1 to 5) & November 1969 (6 to 13)

Credits
Joe Whiting - Lead Vocals, Tenor Sax
Mark Doyle - Lead Guitar, Vocals, Piano on 13
Bill Irvin - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Lead Vocals on 9
Tom Glaister - Drums
George Egosarian - Bass on 1 thru 5
John DeMaso - Bass on 6 thru 13
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Doobie Brothers - Pacific High Recorders - San Francisco CA - 1972-01-16 - KSAN-FM (Flac)



01-Jesus Is Just Alright 4:18
02-Disciple 8:54
03-Feelin' Down Farther 5:21
04-Nobody 4:43
05-Slippery St. Paul 3:32
06-Greenwood Creek 4:30
07-Road Angel 5:03
08-Going Down 7:10
09-Tilted Park Crud Hunchery 10:23
10-Jam* (includes some vocals from 6:20 > 7:02) 15:24
11-Morning Blues* > 12:15
12-unknown title* [cut] 3:24

Tom Johnston Guitar
Pat Simmons Guitar
Tiran Porter Bass
John Hartman Drums
*with Gregg Rolie of Santana (keyboards) and Mike Wilhelm of the Charlatans (guitar).

Great FM concert from the earlier (And best) period of the Doobie Brothers...

Monday, November 14, 2016

Groundhogs - Live UK '76 (1976 uk progressive and hard blues rock - 2004 edition - Flac)



Two years later after the Solid tour, it was again a totally changed band that the audience saw on stage. Actually, Tony McPhee had disbanded Groundhogs (he thought for ever) in 1975 and wanted to tour under his name such as had done Rory Gallagher after Taste. But it seemed it was too late and to tour he had to use again the name of the band. The main change was that Groundhogs was for the first time (and the last) a 4-member band, with a second guitar (the young and talented Dave Wellbelove, great name). And honestly, it's maybe the best live incarnation of the band you got here (yes, I know I also wrote that for the previous one, but let's say they're both are). Still less bluesy and more and more noisy, the music played here will surprise many who may imagine the band to be late bluesboomers. You'll be less surprised why Jack Endino has always been a fan of Tony McPhee). Another main change is the drumming. Mick Cook has often strange choices of drumming (not far from Terry Williams from Man) and this totally transforms the old Groundhogs repertoire, making them having a new youth. But actually, this live LP (released in 2004) could have been called Crosscut Saw Live since the band plays 5 songs from this album they had just recorded some weeks before and which is another underrated masterpiece. As insane as Solid was, but somewhat less muddy in its production and composition, lyrics are some of the best of Tony McPhee and all deal about bitter sentimental separation and are often quite hard. There are some Tony McPhee's peaks here (in the studio and the live LPs) such as "Eleventh Hour" (one highlight of all his career and one of the most moving song ever) and the extremely noisy and derelicted "Fulfilment" (listen to the grande finale and tell me that it's not thrilling). I put them both in streaming. Enjoy this fabulous piece of living music !!! (By Dkelvin)

Recorded on 24th March 1976 at The Kings Hall, Derby



Personnel
Tony (TS) McPhee : Vocals, Guitar, ARP Synthesiser
Dave Wellbelove : Guitar
Martin Kent : Bass
Mick Cook : Drums

Tracks listing
01- Boogie With Us           4:20
02- Promiscuity              7:33
03- Corn Cob                 5:12
04- Eleventh Hour            6:48
05- Crosscut Saw             5:34
06- Fulfilment               8:01
07- Light My Light           8:35
08- Split, Part 2           11:30
09- Cherry Red              15:34

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Chocolate Watch Band - Cafe du Nord, San Francisco CA - 2001-08-01 (Flac)



Great reunion concert in 2001 with special guests : Cyril Jordan, Mike Wilhelm & Alec Palao
Enjoy with a soundboard quality !!!



01 Introduction > Instrumental
02 Gone and Passes By
03 Misty Lane
04 Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-In)
05 It's All over Now, Baby Blue
06 No Way Out
07 So Screwed Up
08 I'm Not Like Everybody Else
09 Sweet Young Thing
10 Let's Talk About Girls
11 band introductions
12 Don't Need Your Lovin'
13 I Just Want to Make Love to You
14 I'm Movin' On

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Buddy Miles Express - Expressway To Your Skull & Electric Church (1968-1969 us mix of psych, blues and soul-funk-rock - vinyl rip - Flac)



Expressway To Your Skull (1968):
Although Buddy Miles' alchemical fusion of psychedelia, blues, and soul did not truly coalesce until his masterpiece Them Changes, his debut LP, Expressway to Your Skull, remains an inspired and original statement of intent, a record that's both timeless and an unmistakable product of counterculture consciousness.
Each of the album's seven songs is a fascinating montage of sounds and styles -- acid-fuzz guitar collides with zig-zagging funk horns, and shrieking keyboards meet juke joint blues riffs head on.
Not everything works -- a cover of Sam & Dave's "Wrap It Up" is more leaden than lively, and the instrumental "Funky Mule" feels like filler -- but the remaining material is brilliant, its twists and turns navigated by Miles' deeply soulful vocals and monster drumming (by Jason Ankeny).

Electric Church (1969):
Buddy Miles' second album (credited to Buddy Miles Express) gets most of its attention in retrospect for the role of Jimi Hendrix, who produced part of it .
On its own merits, though, it's a fairly respectable soul-rock album. Hendrix was referring to his own material as "electric church" music on some occasions in the late 1960s, and likely he had something like the soul-funk-rock fusion of Band of Gypsys in mind when he conceived this.
Of course Miles played in Band of Gypsys, and there wasn't any way the music he was writing and singing on his own was going to measure up to what Hendrix was doing.
On the other hand, here his writing and singing benefit from not being placed within the context of a band in which Hendrix was primarily responsible for those functions (thus leading to inevitable unfavorable comparisons), as was the case on the Band of Gypsys album.
The songs are mostly vehicles for Miles' high, soulful vocals and the energetic funky arrangements, but as such things go they're pretty solid and pleasurable.
Naturally for some listeners, the go-to highlights will be &"69 Freedom Special," which has some good Jim McCarty wah-wah licks, and &"Miss Lady," 
While the majority of this is feel-good and brassy, Miles does show he's capable of handling more tender soul melodies and sentiments in &"Cigarettes & Coffee" and &"My Chant." (by Richie Unterberger).

Tracklisting:
01.Train - 4:55
02.Let Your Lovelight Shine - 3:24
03.Don't Mess With Cupid - 2:37
04.Funky Mule - 4:40
05.You're The One (That I Adore) - 6:20
06.Wrap It Up - 6:37
07.Spot On The Wall - 3:30
08.Miss Lady - 4:52
09.69 Freedom Special - 2:46
10.Cigarettes & Coffee - 8:43
11.Destructive Love - 4:18
12.Texas - 8:05
13.My Chant - 4:34
14.Wrap It Up - 5:45
01-07: Expressway To Your Skull (1968)
08-14: Electric Church (1969)

Expressway to your skull (1968):
*Buddy Miles (Organ, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
*Jim McCarty (Guitar)
*Virgil Gonsalves (Flute, Sax, Wind)
*Terry Clements (Saxophone)
*Marcus Doubleday (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
*Bill McPherson (Flute, Sax, Wind)
*Billy Rich (Bass)
*Herbie Rich (Organ, Saxophone, Sax)
*Ron Woods (Drums)

Electric Church (1969):
*Buddy Miles (Drums, Vocals)
*Jim McCarty (Guitar)
*Bill Rich (Bass)
*Duane Hitchings (Organ)
*Bobby Rock , James Tatum, Tobie Wynn (Saxophone)
*Peter Carter, Tom Hall (Trumpet)

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mint Tattoo - Mint Tattoo (1969 us rock with ex Blue Cheer) + 6 Tracks live Santa Monica 1968-01-12 - Flac)


The Mint Tattoo was born as an offshoot of the legendary 60's proto punk acid band Blue Cheer. Bruce Stephens and Ralph (Burns) Kellogg had played together in Blue Cheer on band's self titled album in 1969, but after that one album, Stevens left the band to pursue other interests. Kellogg stayed on with Blue Cheer until the demise of the band in 1971, but during his tenure with Blue Cheer he reunited with Stevens along with drummer Gregg Thomas to form the band Mint Tattoo. Produced by James William Guercio (Chicago) and engineered by Phil Ramone in New York.

An interesting oddity from 1968. Primarily blues based rock of above average quality, this group has almost progressive ambitions at times. While they don't always measure up, they do go in some fascinating directions. Unusual song structures and lyrical ideas share space with hard rockin' blues. It's no where near the quality of Jeff Beck's Truth, but this album grows on me a little more with each listen (I have an old vinyl copy I picked up second hand). The band obviously needed a little more time to grow, but they fell apart before they really had a chance to establish their sound and direction.
Bruce Stephens' raspy vocals fit the rockers, but can wear thin on some of the other numbers. He's certainly no Steve Marriot. He and keyboardist Burns Kellog show up in Blue Cheer a year later to finish out the New! Improved!! album. Kellog would hang in for a few years and albums, but Stephens would depart before finishing B.C.'s self titled album of late '69, going on to form Pilot. I suppose the songs he did with B.C. can give you a hint at what this disc sounds like, and if you enjoy those you'll probably like this.I like this album, but it falls short of its potential. Interesting artwork and ideas.(By Aron D. Rush)


Mint Tattoo:
Bruce Stephens - Lead vocals, Guitar 
Gregg Thomas - Drums, Percussion
Ralph Kellog - Bass, Keyboards, Vocals

Tracks Listing
01- Sister Bleu
02- Leper's Epitaph
03- Policeman's Ball
04- Littal Lieu Lieu's Revenge
05- Faces of Roses
06- I'm Talking About You
07- Wrong Way Girl
08- Scorpio Woman
09- Mark Of The Beast
10- Moanin'
11- With Love
12- I Hear the Spirits

Live Santa Monica Ca - 1968-01-12 (Very Good Audience)
01. You're Gonna Need Someone 4:06 
02. Desire 4:20
03. Policeman's Ball 4:21
04. Walk On By 5:17
05. What Will You Do 4:18
06. Mark Of The Beast (cut) 1:55



Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Rockets - Love Transfusion + Demos Tapes (1976-1977 Great Us Rock & Roll - Cd Reissue + Bonus Tracks - Flac)



ROCKETS HISTORY.... The Rockets were formed in 1972 by former Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels members Johnny "Bee" Badanjek and Jim McCarty. Vocals and drums were handled by Bandajek, McCarty was on lead guitar, John Fraga was on bass and Marc Marcano was on keyboards. Johnny Bee was the driving force and primary songwriter for the Rockets. In the early days, The Rockets paid their dues playing gigs at venues such as, The Rainbow Room and The Peoples Ballroom in Detroit, and The Rock 'N Roll Farm in Wayne Michigan.
The band took on a new sound in 1976 when David Gilbert was brought in to take over vocals from Johnny Bee. Gilbert had fronted several garage bands and had a brief stint singing for Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes in 1971. His drinking and drug habits didn't set too well with the Motor City Madman. Gilbert's raw vocal power proved to be just the ticket to complete the Rockets sound. However, as Nugent had before them, Badanjek and McCarty quickly realized Gilbert would be trouble for the band with his frequent drug and booze binges. The friction between them would go on for seven years before it eventually tore the band apart.
Five studio albums produced several minor hits including a rocking rendition of Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well". Always a popular group in Detroit, and Michigan, The Rockets had gotten some attention outside of the state, but never really got the big break to become a true national act. The first album, Love Transfusion, was released in 1977. It failed to produce any hits. The 1979 self-titled release featured the hits, "Oh Well" and "Turn Up The Radio". This record also featured on bass, David Hood, one of the "Swampers" from the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama. Muscle Shoals was mentioned in Lynyrd Skynyrd's southern rock anthem "Sweet Home Alabama". Also, this Rockets album was dedicated to Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines, who all perished in Skynyrds infamous 1977 plane crash. The third attempt came in 1980 with "No Ballads", "Desire" was a popular tune from this album. Next came the "Back Talk" album in '81 and then finally "Rocket Roll" in 1982. "Rollin' By The Record Machine" from this release was the last hit for the band. The final release, "Live Rockets" was recorded on New Years Eve 1982 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre near Detroit.




01- Fast Thing In Detroit
02- Fell Out Of Love
03- My Heart Needs You
04- Lookin' For Love
05- I Got To Move
06- Ramona
07- Fly Little Bird
08- Love Transfusion
09- She's A Pretty One
Bonus Tracks (From Demos Tapes)
10- Lufrania
11- Thing In 'D'
12- Working Man Blues
13- Rock'n'Roll
14- Feel Alright
15- Rocket Car Wash Blues
16- Juke-Box Daddy (Instrumental) 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Armageddon - Armageddon (1970 Germany Great Heavy Psychedelic Rock - Flac)



Not to be confused with the UK outfit, this German release from 1970 is an absolute belter of an album. Hard rock with definite progressive and psychedelic edges, the guitar of Frank Diez drives this one all the way.
Why didn't this group record more than just one album? Their self-titled album is a heavy progressive masterpiece with excellent, Hendrix-influenced guitar work and vocals by Frank Diez. Armaggedon was the start of his long and impressive career. Their album had six tracks, and two of them were cover versions. Most impressive was the 10-minute version of Jeff Beck Group's "Rice Pudding". This track had some of the greatest heavy guitar riffing to appear on a German record. Their version of Spooky Tooth's "Better By You, Better Than Me" was also competent enough. In addition, both Frank Diez and Manfred Galatik (electric piano, bass and vocals) wrote great songs, as typified by the tracks "People Talking" and "Open". Michael Nürmberg (bass, rhythm guitar) and Jurgen Lorenzen (drums) provided a strong backing. Armaggedon's album has rocketed in price during recent years, due to the ever increasing interest. However, demand for the group was poor way back in 1970, and Armaggedon soon broke up. Diez never played material with a similar energy again, his next step was to join the 'slightly-above-average' jazz-rockers Emergency.  He later played with Randy Pie, Karthago, Ihre Kinder and Atlantis.  Luckily the Armaggedon album was released on CD in 1991 with a sharp and clean digitally remastered sound (in a limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies). 


01- Round (4:12) 
02- Open (7:31)
03- Oh Man (6:01)
04- Rice Pudding (9:40)
05- People Talking (5:02)
06- Better By You, Better Than Me (4:36) 
    Frank Diez - Lead Guitar, Vocals
    Manfred Galatik - Keyboards, Bass, Vocals
    Michael Nürmberg - Bass, Rhythm Guitar
    Jürgen Lorenzen - Drums