Friday, December 8, 2017

Dog Soldier - Dog Soldier (1975 Great Uk Hard Rock With Keef Hartley & Miller Anderson - flac)


Drummer Keef Hartley and principal writer Miller Anderson had previous history in the great melting pot of British music's golden era, 1965-75, coming up through the blues boom through various line ups of the Keef Hartley band and this album in many ways represents a last attempt to crack the mainstream. The story did not have a happy ending and the band subsequently fell apart in disarray, but the album they left behind is an invigorating and fresh example of the state of rock music in 1975.
On first hearing the two lead tracks (released simultaneously on a single) certainly indicate British blues rock at it's finest, but as the album progresses it is clear that there are many more elements at work beneath the surface, making this a cliche free collection with much variety and strength. One could realistically have expected to hear this on John Peel, Alan Freeman and Bob Harris' shows simultaneously way back then. At times it is somewhat redolent of that other great unsung British band Patto, and also Paul Kossoff's solo work, at others an American west coast influence on the vocal harmonies can clearly be detected (this reportedly more at the the behest of the record company who were looking for a return on their considerable investment), and somehow this conflict actually benefits the album greatly giving it a bright disposition alongside somewhat darker and earthier guitar riffing. The closing tune, `Looks Like Rain', also gets a wonderful double take on this new edition on Esoteric with the inclusion of a bonus 15 minute early version which is every bit as good if not better than the album version.
The eight tracks on the original LP belong together as a coherent and accomplished whole, all are FM friendly and accessible yet `heavy' at the same time. The musicianship and vocals are first class, and as an example of the kind of music which people just do not make any more, this is perfect. If the sound of 1975 was British based, American-tinged rock, suitable for all manner of airplay outside the chart stations then this is pretty much it in a nutshell.(By Steve Dinsdale)



Tracks List
01. Pillar To Post    
02. Several People    
03. You Are My Spark    
04. Long & Lonely Night    
05. Giving As Good As You Get    
06. Thieves & Robbers    
07. Stranger In My Own Time    
08. Looks Like Rain    
09. Looks Like Rain (First Version - Bonus)

Miller Anderson - guitar, vocals
Derek Griffiths - guitar, vocals
Mel Simpson - keyboards, vocals
Paul Bliss - bass, vocals
Keef Hartley - drums
Eric Dillon - drums
Jim Leverton - bass 

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Keef Hartley Band - Overdog (1970 great uk brass blues rock - flac)


Tracklist
01. You Can Choose
02. Plain Talkin'
03. Theme Song / Enroute / Theme Song Reprise
04. Overdog
05. Roundabout
06. Imitations From Home
07. We Are All The Same
08. Roundabout Part 1
09. Roundabout Part 2


Credits
Keef Hartley - Drums & Percussion
Miller Anderson - Guitar & Vocals
Gary Thain - Bass Guitar
Mike Weaver - Keyboards
Dave Caswell - Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Lyle Jenkins - Tenor Sax & Flute
Johnny Almond - Flute
Jon Hiseman - Drums & Percussion
Peter Dines - Keyboards
Ingrid Thomas, Joan Knighton, Valerie Charrington - Backing Vocals

It's a nice disc. Kind of a looser version of Chicago. Less pretty vocals, but nice and lots of rock guitar licks and horns for a jazz/rock/blues fusion feel. This release is Keef Hartleys most Rock and Roll sounding as compared to the bluesey previous material. I feel that every song, including the bonus tracks is a keeper. Is it comparable to Magical Mystery Tour, No but its a fine peice of 1970 music that I'm pleased to own. Of all the Hartleys I own I must say this is overall the best.(Mark E. Hyken)

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Flamin' Groovies - Teenage Head (1971 great us rock 'n' roll - 1999 Buddha records edition with bonus tracks - Flac)


While other bands in the Bay Area were into their spaced out, unfocused drivel, the Flamin' Groovies were honing their skills on straight ahead, power driven, rock and roll. Probably the best American band that should've, but didn't hit the big time. The Groovies made some fine records, but Teenage Head remains their crowning acheivement. This recording is as fresh today as it was when it was released in 1971. The songwriting duo of Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney were probably the best in the business at the time, and the only real challangers in the field were Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. In fact comparisons of Teenage Head to the Stones Sticky Fingers LP were often pointed out. After hearing Teenage Head Jagger stated that the Groovies did a better job than the Stones did on Sticky Fingers. So why is Teenage Head such a great album? First of all, the material on the record varies from the hard driving Proto Punk anthemic title cut, to taut acoustic blues numbers such as a revamped version of Robert Johnson's 32-20 and City Lights, then moves into areas such as the high energy rockabilly number Evil Hearted Ada, or the easy going cool of Doctor Boogie, while containing a couple of power ballads such as Yesterdays Numbers and Whiskey Woman, along with a couple of no nonsense rockers like Have You Seen My Baby? and the fantastic High Flyin' Baby. What really makes this recording something special is the consistent high caliber of musicianship througout the whole affair which makes Teenage Head a virtually seamless masterpiece of manic rockin' out. Rarely does a record meet with its inteded purpose as well as it does on Teenage Head. The seven added bonus tracks of raw, well played, unapologetic, rock and roll only leaves you wanting more. Teenage Head is not just a very good record, but it is a great record. It is still influencing the more serious, no nonsense bands and musicians of today. This is a seminal rock and roll record which still is the definitive album in this genre. I suppose the comparisons to some of the Stones albums of the early seventies are warranted, but the Stones never did make an album this good. No sloppy, over the top theatrics on Teenage Head; just some tight, nicely crafted songs, which are played extremely well. Does that sound like any Stones album released? You owe it to yourself to see how it really should be done. God knows it isn't being done today! (By M. S. Ulbricht "BomboMon")

Tracklist
01- High Flyin' Baby
02- City Lights
03- Have You Seen My Baby?   
04- Yesterday's Numbers
05- Teenage Head
06- 32-20   
07- Evil Hearted Ada
08- Doctor Boogie
09- Whisky Woman

Bonus Tracks
10- Shakin' All Over   
11- That'll Be The Day   
12- Louie Louie
13- Walkin' The Dog   
14- Scratch My Back   
15- Carol   
16- Going Out Theme (Version 2)

Credits
Roy Loney - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Cyril Jordan - Guitar, Vocals 
George Alexander: Bass, Percussion 
Danny Mihm - Drums, Percussion, Piano, Organ 
Tim Lynch - Guitar, Vocals, Percussion 
Jim Dickinson - Piano (1-2-3)


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The Flamin' Groovies - Flamingo (1970 great us rock 'n' roll - Big Beat 1990 edition with bonus tracks - Flac)


Flamingo is The Flamin' Groovies' second studio album, released in 1970. Following their departure from the Epic record label, it was the first of their two albums for Kama Sutra.
Flamingo is one of the greatest rock n roll records released ever! No question about it. Ranks at the top with Pet Sounds, Super Session (look it up, yuppie morons), Who's Next, Kind of Blue and Love it to Death as some of the best music released ever. The Flamin' Groovies are truly, along with The Dictators, unsung heroes of Rock and Roll. If you can appreciate great music, get it! (By R.Isherwood )


Track listing
01-"Gonna Rock Tonight"
02-"Comin' After Me"
03-"Headin' for the Texas Border"
04-"Sweet Roll Me on Down"
05-"Keep a Knockin'"
06-"Second Cousin"
07-"Childhood's End"
08-"Jailbait"
09-"She's Falling Apart"
10-"Road House"
Bonus Tracks
11-"Walking the Dog"
12-"Somethin' Else"
13-"My Girl Josephine"
14-"Louie Louie"
15-"Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu"
16-"Going Out Theme"

Credits
Roy Loney : Lead Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Cyril Jordan - Guitar, Vocals 
George Alexander: Bass, Percussion 
Danny Mihm - Drums, Percussion, Piano, Organ 
Tim Lynch - Guitar, Vocals, Cello, Percussion 
Commander Cody : Piano  (Tracks: 02, 05, 06) 


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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Jim McCarty & friends (Jam Night - Rusty Nail - Clinton Township, MI - 2010-10-03 - Flac)


Disc One
01. She Winked Her Eye [6:02]
02. Come Back To Me [7:49]
03. Big Mama Boogie [9:10]
04. Goin' Down [7:19]
05. Let It Rock [4:34]
06. Oh Well [6:56]

Disc Two
01. Shuffle In C [5:46]
02. Phone Booth [6:02]
03. Wee Baby Blues [8:10]
04. Made Up My Mind [4:09]
05. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl [9:26]
06. Politition [8:42]
07. I'm Tore Down [6:04]



Jim McCarty - guitar, vocals
Emmanuel Garza - guitar, vocals
Greasy Carlisi - bass
Billy Knight - bass
Big Al Grebovic - guitar, vocals
John Badanjek - drums, vocals

Monday, November 20, 2017

Flamin' Groovies - Supersnazz (1969 US San Francisco Rock'n'roll revival - Sundazed edition - Flac)


While fellow San Francisco bands like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane were dropping out and turning on, the Flamin' Groovies were revivalists hell-bent on mining '50s rock for inspiration. Despite playing the wrong kind of music at the wrong time, their cult-like success sparked by the 1967 mini-album SNEAKERS earned the Groovies a contract with Epic to record a full-length record.
Led by vocalist Roy Loney and guitarist Cyril Jordan, this Frisco quintet put together a debut overflowing with garage-rock brio on songs like the fuzz-guitar driven "Love Have Mercy" and the rollicking "The First One's For Free." Not surprisingly, the Flamin' Groovies pulled out all the stops in paying tribute to their idols. Highlights include a chugging version of Little Richard's "The Girl Can't Help It" along with a smoking medley of Eddie Cochran's "Somethin' Else" and the swing standard "Pistol Packin' Mama" (complete with Loney's hiccuping phrasing). Also notable is a laid-back reading of Huey P. Smith's "Rockin' Pneumonia and The Boogie Woogie Flu" that could have could have been the inspiration for John Lennon's ROCK 'N' ROLL album. Unfortunately, poor sales and anachronisms don't mix and Epic released the band after only one record.(By John Dougan)

Tracklist
01 "Love Have Mercy" (Roy Loney)
02 "The Girl Can't Help It" (Bobby Troup)
03 "Laurie Did It" (Roy Loney)
04 "Apart from That" (Roy Loney, Cyril Jordan)
05 "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" (Huey Smith, John Vincent)
06 "The First One's Free" (Roy Loney)
07 "Pagan Rachel" (Roy Loney)
08 "Somethin' Else (Sharon Sheeley, Bob Cochran)/ Pistol Packin' Mama" (Al Dexter)
09 "Brushfire" (Roy Loney, Cyril Jordan)
10 "Bam Balam" (Roy Loney, Cyril Jordan)
11 "Around the Corner" (Roy Loney, Cyril Jordan)
2000 Sundazed CD bonus tracks
12 "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu"
13 "The First One's Free"
14 "Somethin' Else"
15 "Laurie Did It"



Credits
Roy A. Loney - rhythm guitar, vocals
Cyril Jordan - guitar, vocals
Tim Lynch - guitar, vocals, harmonica
George Alexander - bass, vocals, harmonica
Mike Lang - keyboards
Danny Mihm - drums, percussion

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jim McCarty & The Hell Drivers - 2009-04-18 - Memphis Smoke- Royal Oak - Michigan (Flac)


The players:
Jim McCarty - guitar
Johnny Bee Badanjek - drums
Jim Edwards - vocals - harmonica
Marvin Conrad - bass
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cd 1
01-Rock You Up - (Romantics)
02-Gimme Some More - (See Dick Run)
03-No Pills - (Torpedos)
04-Respect - (Rationals)
05-Desire - (Rockets)
06-Turn Up The Radio - (Rockets)
07-Sunspot Baby - (Bob Seger)
08-I Wanna Be Your Dog - (Iggy-Stooges)
09-Money - (Smokey Robinson)
10-Lucille - (Little Richard/Rockets)
11-Jenny Take A Ride - (Mitch Ryder)
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cd 2
01-Detroit Music Awards Presentation
02-Rock 'N Roll - (Detroit & Mitch Ryder)
03-Taking It Back - (Rockets)
04-Thats What I Like About You - (Romantics)
05-Ramona - (Rockets)
06-Jumping Jack Flash - (Rolling Stones)
07-Oh Well - (Peter Green's Fleetwood mac)
08-Lust For Life - (Iggy)
09-Get Out Of Denver - (Bob Seger)
10-Gimmie Shelter - (Rolling Stones)
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Inmates - The Heat Of The Night (1998 Great UK Rock'n'roll - Flac)



01 Security (3:12)
02 She's Gone Rockin'(3:27)
03 A Thing Called Love (5:23)
04 Am I Still Your Man (4:14)
05 Precious Blue (4:05)
06 Caroline (3:13)
07 Let's Talk About Girls (2:25)
08 The Walk (2:58)
09 Find Another Fool (4:49)
10 Some Kinda Wonderful (7:11)
11 Breakdown (3:55)
12 Dead Red Roses (3:29)
13 Too Hot (3:38)
14 Dirty Water (3:32)
15 Sweet Nuthin's (5:58)

Some Great Rock'n'roll with the Inmates live in 1998 . 
The Inmates in their element- live and sweating R&B from every pore. With its storming mix of originals and covers this CD shows why the Inmates are the true heirs of the Stones. If you thought the Feelgood's "Stupidity" was good, try this!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band - Warner Theater - Washington-D.C - 1978-03-07 - Flac


Root Boy Slim is hard to describe, maybe ''blues based mayhem'' is a start. He has been compared to Captain Beefheart and Dr. John. One thing for sure, he has a hardcore cult following.
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Setlist:
01 - Intro
02 - Elmo's Blues
03 - ?
04 - Root Intro > Mood Ring
05 - I Want It Now
06 - Too Sick To Reggae
07 - You Can't Quit My Club
08 - Country Love
09 - Used to Be a Radical, Pissed On The Pentagon
10 - Not Too Old For You
11 - In Jail In Jacksonville
12 - Boogie 'Til You Puke
13 - ?
14 - My Wig Fell Off

Friday, August 11, 2017

Someones Band - Someones Band (1970 uk great psych blues rock - flac)


This group got together via word of mouth and an advert in Melody Maker. They made a demo for Decca, who then sanctioned this album, which is now a monster rarity. Given that it was recorded in the course of a single night, it's a surprisingly polished and varied collection of progessive blues and soul. Also the influence of jazz, funk and African music is evident. Acoustic guitars meet wild electric guitar solos with a bluesy vocalist. One of my all-time favourites!! (Record Collector)

Musicians
Cecil James - Vocals, Percussions
Melvin Buckley - Guitar
John Coxen - Guitar
Terry Powney - Bass
Woody Martin - Drums, Percussions
Produced by Steve Stevenson

Tracklist
01.  Country ride • (Buckley)
02.  How it began • (James, Coxen)
03.  Blues for brother "E" • (James, Coxen)
04.  I wanna go where I belong • (James, Buckley)
05.  Hands of time • (Buckley)
06.  Alice • (Buckley)
07.  Give it to you • (James)
08.  Trouble is • (Buckley)
09.  A Story • (Buckley)
10.  Manhunt • (Martin) > Fiddlesticks • (James)


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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Nick Gravenites - Bluestar (1980 Great Us Blues & Blues Rock - Flac)


01. Junkyard in Malibu (04:49)
02. Bye Bye (03:59)
03. I'm a Bluesman (03:43)
04. Dekalb Blues (03:07)
05. Blues Back Off (04:47)
06. Who's Out There (03:14)
07. Down in the Bottom (03:08)
08. I'm a Dancing Fool (02:49)
09. The Sister Song (03:38)
10. My Party (03:23)
11. Southside (02:54)
12. Nobody's Fault But Mine (03:58)
13. Rattlecan Man (07:00)
14. Hollywood Woman (08:27)


Nick Gravenites - Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Pete Sears - Bass, Piano, Organ
Joey Covington - Drums
Huey Lewis - Harmonica
Greg Douglas - Slide Guitar
Willy Toast - Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar
John Cipollina - Rhythm Guitar
Roger Troy - Bass, Vocals
Marla Hunt - Vocals
Diane Hursh - Vocals

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Tear Gas - Tear Gas (1971 outstanding uk hard rock - Flac)


Originally known as Mustard. Their first vocalist Andy Mulvey had previously been with The Poets. However, he was soon replaced by David Batchelor and around the same time Gilson Lavis (their original drummer, who later played with Squeeze) was replaced by Richard Monro from Ritchie Blackmore's Mandrake Root. This line-up recorded Piggy Go Getter, which made little impact. In 1970 Hugh McKenna took over Batchelor's vocal role and Ted McKenna (ex-Dream Police) relieved Monro on drums. They recorded a second album and tried to establish themselves on the underground scene but were going nowhere with their brand of tired boogie heavy rock, until they teamed up with Alex Harvey in August 1972 to become The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. This 1st album is a real MUST for those who like UK hardrock from the early 70s.



Tracks List :
01. That's What's Real
02. Love Story
03. Lay It On Me
04. Woman For Sale
05. I'm Glad
06. Where Is My Answer
07. Jailhouse Rock-All Shook Up
08. The First Time
09. The Temptation Of St. Anthony (Live)


Credits
Davey Batchelor - Vocals, Guitar
Zal Cleminson - Lead Guitar
Chris Glen - Bass
Eddie McKenna - Drums
Ted McKenna - Drums on Temptation
Hugh McKenna - Keyboards on Temptation
Alex Harvey - Vocals on Temptation

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Eric Quincy Tate - 1972 Drinking Man's Friend - 1975 Eric Quincy Tate (Great US Southern Rock - Mp3 @320)


Eric Quincy Tate - Drinking Man's Friend - 1972

Tracklist
01- Brown Sugar 3:55
02- Things (I Think I'll Find) 6:55
03- Whiskey Woman Blues 5:23
04- Another Sunshine Son 2:59
05- Water to Wine 1:58
06- Can't Get Home from Your Party 3:20
07- Texas Sand 2:59
08- Suzie B. Dunn 4:54

Credits
Donnie McCormick - drums and lead vocals
Tommy Carlisle - guitars
David Cantonwine - bass
Joe Rogers - keyboards, harp and background vocals


Eric Quincy Tate - EQT - 1975

Tracklist
01- Honky Tonk Man 3:18
02- No Rollin' Boogie 4:40
03- Food, Phone, Gas And Lodging 2:40
04- Chatta Hoochee Coochee Man 2:25
05- Wide Open 3:55
06- Drivin' Wheel 6:15
07- Big Boss Jam 15:22

Credits
Donnie McCormick (Drums, Harmonica, Vocals)
Joseph Rogers (Harmonica, Keyboards)
David Cantonwine (Bass)
Tommy Carlisle (Dobro, Slide Guitar)
Wayne Sauls (Acoustic, Electric, Background Vocals)


Second and third album by EQT in Mp3 @320 (I don't have lossless version)

Eric Quincy Tate - Eric Quincy Tate (1971 us great southern rock - 2006 edition with bonus tracks - Flac)



Tracklist 
01. Stonehead Blues 
02. I Want 'Cha 
03. Try a Little Harder 
04. On the Loose 
05. Makes No Difference 
06. When I'm Gone 
07. Comin' Down 
08. Hooker House 
09. The Bream Are Still Biting in Ferriday 
10. Ain't It a Bummer 
11. License to Love 
12. Stonehead Blues - (previously unreleased, Bonus Track/Demo)
13. Comin' Down - (previously unreleased, Bonus Track/Demo)
14. Ain't It a Bummer - (previously unreleased, Bonus Track/Demo)
15. Gimme Some Lovin' - (previously unreleased, Bonus Track/Demo)
16. Blowin' the Clouds Away - (previously unreleased, Bonus Track/Alternate Version)
17. Get on the Road - (previously unreleased, Bonus Track)
18. I Don't Know Much - (previously unreleased, Bonus Track) 

Credits
Donnie McCormick - Lead Vocals - Drums
Tommy Carlisle - Guitar - Vocals
David Cantonwine - Bass
Joe Rogers - Keyboards - Vocals
The Memphis Horns - Brass
Duane Allman - Slide Guitar
The Dixie Flyers - Session Work  

  To boil it down into a couple sentences; if 70's R&B/blues is your thing, then this disc is a must have! At the very least, it can safely be labled as criminally forgotten.
  First of all, Eric Quincy Tate was not an individual but rather a blue-eyed R&B outfit playing the club circuit in Texas when they were discovered. This swampy concoction, there first and only studio effort, was recorded at the "Sounds of Memphis" studio in 1971. The cast of characters was absolutely stellar! Three legends share production credit; Tony Joe White, Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd. The personnel roster boasted the Dixie Fliers(house band for the studio), overdubs by the Memphis Horns and a cameo appearance on slide by none other than Duane Allman. Only the drummer/vocalist and guitarist from the actual band were allowed to play on the LP; which gives the digitally remastered original tracks a tighter, more professional feel than the bonus tracks which feature the "real" band. The "demos" by the real band, which form the last part of the disc, have a looser, more naive and therefore sincere groove. The sound quality throughout is excellent.
  All in all, this disc easily qualifies as one of the best 70's releases that you never heard of. The song writing is superior and the instrumental attack is engaging throughout.I strongly recommend it. (By C. Pumarejo "Bunny Rabid")

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mystery Train With Motor City Josh - Live At Brothouse - 1999-09-17 - Flac

By request ...
Great blues, with guitar dialogue between Jim "Les Paul" McCarty and Motor City "Telecaster" Josh . No tracks listing (Any help is welcome)

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Motor City Josh & The Big Three - 2008-12-27 - Fat Iguana - Madison Heights, MI (Flac)


By request
Excellent show of Motor City Josh & The Big Three ...
Thanks to Billy Bardo for the original seed ...
Enjoy !!!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Free Will - Live At Jabberwocky 1970 (Great us hard rock - flac)


Great Free Will stuff for all the fans of Mark Doyle & Joe Whiting . Enjoy this great Rock album ! 



Monday, May 15, 2017

Catfish Hodge - Boogieman Gonna Get Ya (1973 great us detroit boogie blues & rock - Flac)


01.Different Strokes 3:47
02.Ghetto 3:12
03.Hungry Love 6:54
04.I Want You (She’s So Heavy) 5:28
05.I’ll Be Gone 5:42
06.Stop 2:42
07.I’m The Man 3:28
08.Boogie Man 9:44

"Hodge possesses a voice that can be heard miles away but can get so low and ethereal you’ll swear he’s singing through you. Few can compare with this man’s power and effect!" (Rolling Stone Magazine)




Catfish Hodge- Vocals
Dallas Hodge- Guitar
Shakey Al Werneken- Guitar
Bob Babitch- Piano
William H.Laudless-Bass
Pat Freer- Drums
Jerry Paul- Percussion

Terry & The Pirates - Record Plant - Sausalito, CA - Ksan FM - 1973-06-24




Setlist:
01. Instumental - Intro Tom Donahue 1:55
02. Fifth Of Bliss 6:09
03. Ready For The Country 4:05
04. Angie 5:55
05. Truer Than Blue 6:12
06. Inlaws And Outlaws 6:09
07. Walking The Plank 4:14
08. Tom Donahue's Band Introduction 0:42
09. Rave On 3:36
10. Nothing To Lose 4:37
11. Purple And Blonde 5:36
12. Rainbow 3:59
13. Queen Of Thieves > Tom Donahue Outro 5:56

Total Time: 59:05

Terry Dolan - Guitars & Vocals
Greg Douglass - Guitars
John Cipollina - Guitars, Electric 12-String on 7
Hutch Hutchinson - Bass
David Weber - Drums

Great FM concert by Terry & The Pirates ...In 1973 Terry Dolan was backed by Greg Douglass on Guitar and a part of Copperhead with Hutch Hutchinson on Bass ...David Weber on Drums ....And Of course the "Master" himself on Guitar ...Mr John Cipollina !!!
Enjoy !!!

The Gravenites Cipollina Band - Monkey Medecine (1982 Great US Blues Rock - Cd Reissue - Flac)



John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service) and Nick Gravenites (Electric Flag) join forces on this release of blues and rock. Recorded in 1982, this reissue features the bonus tracks "Born In Chicago" and "Small Walk-In Box."
The music of the Gravenites-Cippolina Band was unlike any other. It can't be compared to Quicksilver Messenger Service...which band was the apple and which the orange?
The Gravenites-Cipollina Band created unique blues rock. It picks up where Mike Bloomfield left off.This is a very rare release of what the band was doing at the time...at their best.(By traveling wilbury)



Tracklist
01- Blues in the Bottle (4:03)
02- Six Weeks in Reno (4:29)
03- I'll Pull the Trigger (3:32)
04- Trust Me (3:48)
05- Buried Alive in the Blues (5:13)
06- Born in Chicago (4:12)
07- Bad Luck Baby (7:31)
08- Signs of Life (3:49)
09- Pride of Man (3:51)
10- Hot Rods and Cool Women (3:34)
11- Small Walk-In Box (7:47)

Personnel: 
John Cipollina - Guitar
Nick Gravenites - Guitar, Vocals
Al Staehely - Bass, Vocals
Marcus David - Drums

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Copperhead With John Cipollina - Hollywood Palladium LA - 1972-04-28 (Flac)



01- Kibitzer
02- Highway #9 (aka Back Roads)
03- Spin Spin
04- Wang Dang Do
05- Rider
06- Cobra
07- Drunken Irish Setter
08- Instrumental
09- Bigelow 6-9000
10- Roller Derby Star

John Cipollina - Lead Guitar
Jim McPherson - Vocals, Piano
Gary Philippet - Vocals, Guitar
David Weber - Drums
Hutch Hutchinson - Vocals, Bass

Excellent and rare concert of Copperhead ...
Enjoy !!!

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The Sheiks With John Cipollina - My Father's Place - Roslyn - NY - August 07 1977 (Flac)


Summer of 1977. I'd quit working as roadie/soundman/fill-in drummer for local NY band The Sheiks. I decided it was time to be in my own band. Anyway, we heard that the night club, My Father's Place, somehow got in touch with John Cipollina and convinced him to come to NY and play with a couple of local bands, especially the Shieks. He came in mid week and made it in time for the later part of the evening at another of the clubs they usually played called Arthurs in Massapequa, NY. It was great to see John playing with my old friends in a local bar. As we didn't see john in NY too often then, we had no idea that he normally played with everyone all the time back in S.F. They rehearsed the next night and afterwards the Sheiks took John to see local blues legend, Little Buster. I understand he did sit in but nothing was recorded. The next 2 nights, the Sheiks along with John, played at the most popular local club in the area, the Right Track Inn in Freeport, NY. After the 2nd night, I took John back to his hotel where we stayed up all night talking about the heyday of the bay area and listening to tapes he'd brought with him. About 5 am, a knock at the door surprised me. It was Link Wray, who was staying in the next room and who would be opening the following night's show at My Father's Place. As the Sheiks normally played sunday nights at the Right Track, my new band ended up taking their place meaning I could not attend the show at My Father's Place. I was able to get another friend of the Sheiks to record the show. Unfortunately, he either wasn't prepared or didn't know who Link Wray was so that set, which included John guesting from what I heard later, was not taped. So, here's the complete Sheiks and John show that's gone around for many years in an incomplete form and with some incorrect information. Another result of this meeting was Sheik's guitarist Don Gaynor's decision to leave and do a solo lp. He ended up moving to S.F. and eventually played in the Heart of Gold Band with the Grateful Dead's Keith and Donna Godchaux.
Enjoy !!! (Dave Tamarkin)
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Jack Bruce & Friends - (Larry Coryell - Mitch Mitchell - Mike Mandel) - Fillmore East NYC - January 31 1970






Great performance by one of the first "Supergroup"
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Alkatraz - Doing A Moonlight (1976 uk classic rock with great guitars - vinyl rip - Flac)


Meanwhile, after his stint in The Neutrons, Will Youatt joined up with his ex-Quicksand partner James Davies to found Alkatraz, a fabulous and all too short-lived band who we'd hoped would carry the welsh rock flag into the eighties. Their one release, Doing A Moonlight, is a really superb example of intelligent and well-executed guitar based rock.
Another in a long line of good UK rock LP's released just in time to be summarily ignored with the rise of punk rock. Alkatraz were based in Wales and slapped together by Will Youatt formerly of Man and Neutrons who put out an excellent album in 1975 - 'Tales from the Blue Cocoons' which also featured drummer Steve Halliday and guitarist Jimmy Davies who could previously be heard in the prog band Quicksand. Not sure about bassist Jeff Singer but lasting for just one record, Alkatraz split up while recording the follow-up for reasons unknown but my guess is changing attitudes towards all things young and punky at ye old record company might have been partially to blame.
With a heavy looking logo on the back sleeve record buyers were probably inclined to believe the music matched the image but this wasn't the case with Alkatraz. The reality was this was a nice rock album with touches of San Francisco west coast similar in many ways to Man and the later Quicksilver Messenger Service albums with plenty of jamming and a side of pop. The first two tracks are excellent in particular 'Red Lights' which sounds like early Doobie Brothers jamming with Sea Level while 'Nito Bandito' has a fantastic Steely Dan element to it. Elsewhere 'Maybe Monday' combines soft rock with an almost Starcastle-like arrangement and ultimately 'Doing A Moonlight' while not totally original is a pleasant listen and it'd be interesting to hear the tapes from that doomed second album as Alkatraz were definitely a band with potential.

Tracklist
1 Stay Out of Town 
2 Red Lights 
3 Zen Cookies 
4 Nito Bendito 
5 The Ounze That Jack Built 
6 Maybe Monday 
7 Nobody Like You 
8 Every Night and Every Day 
9 Ti Jean

Credits
Jimmy Davies - vocals, guitar 
Stuart Halliday - drums 
Jeff Singer - bass, vocals 
Will Youatt - guitar, vocals 
Additional Musicians: 
Jimmy Jewell - sax 
Clive John - keyboards 
Ray Martinez - slide guitar

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Alkatraz - Live Roundhouse London 1976 & Quartier Latin Berlin1977 - Flac



Rare live tracks of this short lived Welsh group , who have recorded only one studio album ...
Enjoy !!!



Disc 01
Disc 02

Friday, March 31, 2017

Agnes Strange - Strange Flavour ( 1975 great uk hard rock and hard blues - Flac)


Re-issue very rare UK album from 1975 by this UK power trio with Hendrix/Taste/early Quo leanings. Plenty of guitar work and a heavy rock attitude. Somewhere between late '60's acid rock and late '70's metal. Features 5 bonus tracks and a booklet that contains band history and reproduction of UK and European artwork.A bluesy hard rock combo from Southampton whose album is very sought-after by some. The small Birds Nest label was distributed by Pye and their second 45 was also on a Pye subsidiary label although strictly outside the archive's time frame, both cuts are non-album and very rare.




Tracklist
01. Give Yourself A Chance (Single Mix) - 3.28
02. Clever Fool - 3.23
03. Motorway Rebel - 4.04
04. Travelling - 2.53
05. Strange Flavour - 3.55
06. Alberta - 5.43
07. Loved One - 5.59
08. Failure - 5.18
09. Children Of The Absurd - 7.47
10. Odd Man Out - 3.53
11. Highway Blues - 5.30
12. Granny Don't Like Rock'N'Roll - 5.21
13. Inteference - 1.44
14. Give Yourself A Chance (LP Mix) - 3.28

Credits
John Westwood (lead guitar, vocals)
Alan Green (bass, vocals)
Dave Rodwell (drums, vocals)

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Agnes Strange - Theme For a Dream (1972-1974 uk hard rock and hard blues with 07 tracks unreleased before - flac)


Sometimes, albums become far more interesting because of their back story. Case in point: Agnes Strange. This heavy trio from Southampton, England, led by singer-guitarist John Westwood, somehow didn't make a splash on the early '70s boogie circuit despite their obvious similarities to beloved acts like the Groundhogs, Budgie and the almighty Status Quo.
 Despite some heavy names in their corner, including management company DJM (led by Dick James, who had made a mint off the Beatles' publishing) and A&R folks at Pye Records, some bad luck and inexplicable business decisions led them off course.
 Foremost among these was a fundamental misunderstanding of the term "pub rock," which led Pye to release Strange Flavour on a one-off label called Birdsnest, which was affiliated with a chain of theme pubs of the same name, owned by the beer manufacturer Watney's.
 The existing heavy rock audience at the time reacted much as straight-edge punks would if McDonald's and Sony BMG joined forced to release a hardcore album available only at fast food restaurants, and Strange Flavour disappeared without trace, as did Agnes Strange.
 Funny thing, though: it turns out that Strange Flavour is actually pretty good.
 Produced by Dave Travis, whose remarkably cheesy country albums from the '60s are much beloved by Anglo-kitsch collectors, and engineered by Colin Thurston, who was about a half decade away from his heyday as a name post-punk and new romantic producer, this album is comfortably pitched between the old and the new, or at least the new iterations of the old.
 Agnes Strange an interesting listen for rock obscurantists and old boogie fans alike. This reissue features remastered sound and seven tracks never released before (Stewart Mason )



Tracklisting:
Unreleased Masters (1974):
01.Theme for a Dream - 2:23
02.Messin' Around - 4:58
03.Graveyard - 5:19
04.Rockin' in 'e' - 4:39
05.Dust in the Sunlight - 3:50
06.The Day Dreamer - 3:49
07.Book With No Cover - 5:54

Original Demos (1972):
08.Failure - 5:51
09.Motorway Rebel - 3:46
10.Children of the Absurd - 7:17
11.Clever Fool - 3:31
12.Strange Flavour - 4:15
13.Odd Man Out - 3:45
14.Highway Blues - 9:41

Agnes Strange:
John Westwood: lead guitar & vocals
Alan Green: bass & vocals
Dave Rodwell: drums & vocals




Thursday, March 30, 2017

David Wagner – d/b/a CROW (1972 great us classic rock by Crow lead singer – vinyl rip – flac)


Even with the huge success of their second single ‘Evil Woman’ (it sold upwards of 600,000 copies in it’s first year, and was covered on the first “Black Sabbath” LP), Crow made fateful choices that killed their career in record time. “Atlantic almost signed us,” said Dave Wagner. “We had Atlantic on one line and Amaret on the other. Amaret was decided upon because (managers) Traut and Golden felt we’d get buried with the Atlantic. In a matter of months, it turned out to be the biggest mistake we ever made.” Between late 1969 and early 1971, Crow either opened for or headlined with Jefferson Airplane, Three Dog Night, Steve Miller Band, Steppenwolf, Eric Burdon & War, Janis Joplin (three separate times) and Iron Butterfly. The group was working more than ever, but seemed to be enjoying it less. “We were becoming more and more disillusioned with Amaret by the day,” said Wagner. “We fought with them over our artistic direction. We had some really good material for what was to be our fourth album all ready. But they turned it all down saying it wasn’t commercial enough, or it wasn’t this or that.” Elektra Records were very interested in the group, but Amaret wouldn’t let them out of their contract, unless they wouldn’t use the name Crow. And Elektra didn’t want Crow without their name. In the closing months of 1971, Dave Wagner, feeling there was absolutely no way out of the band’s financial and managerial mess, left the group. In 1972, Amaret released a “Best Of Crow” (Amaret AST 5012) as a sort of epitaph to a this unique band. That same year, Amaret was sold to MGM records. A deal was worked out with MGM for Dave Wagner to release a solo album. “They sent me a list of material to choose from, about twenty songs,” Wagner said. “One of the songs they insisted I re-record was a Micky Newbury tune we had done as Crow called ‘Mobile Blues.’ I worked with some top-notch musicians. Basically, MGM was fulfilling its obligatory contract to get the album (“Dave Wagner, d/b/a Crow”) out. They had no interest in really backing the project.” And so, the album and Crow’s career, came to a quiet end.

Tracklist 
01. Mobile Blue (3:33) 
02. Cado Queen (3:48) 
03. Everything Has Got To Be Free (2:52) 
04. She Makes Me Warm (3:40) 
05. If It Feels Good, Do It (3:07) 
06. Before My Time (3:32) 
07. The Time That I Love You The Most (3:38) 
08. Load The Boat Up, Captain (3:30) 
09. I Don’t Want My Love Refused (3:03) 
10. Victims Of The Darkness (3:07)

Credits
David Wagner: Lead Vocals, Guitar 
Jim Gordon, Johnny Guerin, Larry Brown, Bobby Hally Porter, Joe Osborn, Mike Deasy, Don Peake, Dean Parks, Michael Omartian, Jackie Kelso, Bud Brisbois, Buddy Childers, Ollie Mitchell, Ron Hicklin, Stan Farber, Gene Morford …

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The Outsiders - C.Q. (1968 - Netherlands Psychedelic Rock - Flac)


The first thing to say is that this is one of the greatest albums in the history of music. It should be required listening for everybody who likes rock. This album deserves to be much better known. It is a very psychedelic album, in fact it is one of the best psychedelic albums ever made. The combination of power, aggression and beauty is still quite stunning after more than thirty years.
Before buying the album I had never heard anything by the Outsiders but was attracted by their legendary cult status and my growing interest in Dutch psychedelic and progressive music of the sixties and seventies. There are many great bands from the Netherlands who are far too little known internationally.
The Outsiders had a short career and this 1968 album was their last. You can almost understand why this was the band's last album. There is a peaking of power and feeling here, which would be next to impossible to repeat. Every track is a masterpiece.
I bought the album a few weeks ago at Fame in Amsterdam and have been listening to it continuously ever since. If you like psychedelia I would be very surprised if you did not like this album. This is not flower power psychedelia and nor is there anything whimsical about this music, that is very hard edged. It is difficult to compare to other bands but the Pretty Things would possibly be the most similar music or the era.

The outsiders should have been huge internationally. The combination of energy and aggression foreshadows punk. It is not everyone's cup of tea. It's probably one of those love or hate albums. If you like psychedelia but you also love the power of the MC5 and Teenage Head era Flamin Groovies I think you will like this album very much. The musicians are superb. Ronnie splinter should be a world renowned name for the things he was doing with the guitar in 1968. Wally Tax, who wrote the lyrics, is one of the best singers I have heard. The drummer and bass player are both very powerful.
This album should have the same legendary status as 'After Bathing at Baxters', 'Electric Ladyland' and other world renowned classics from 1968.

Another comparison I would make is with Love's 'Forever Changes'. Both albums inhabit a unique and idiosyncratic world of genius. Indeed more than inhabiting, they shape their own particular worlds. To me the world of CQ is a much darker world then Arthur lee's.

There isn't a weak song on the album. Particular highlights for me are 'Zsarrahh', 'Happyville', 'Man on a dune', 'the Bear' and 'Doctor'. The guitar of Ronnie Splinter on the latter track is awesomely powerful and innovative. The last song 'Prison song' is possibly the darkest end to an
album I know and an amazing psychodrama in itself. As soon as I had heard this album for the first time I had to play it all again straight away. I have heard thousand of albums and this is one of the few that has compelled an immediate replay.

The 2001 reissue is a piece of art in itself. Pseudonym have obviously put great effort into the packaging and sleeve notes and you will get great pleasure from this, if you choose to buy the disc. Pseudonym are my favourite reissue label, having done an equally beautiful job with the
reissue of Group 1850s Agemo's Trip to mother earth a few years ago.
Buy this album as soon as you can. You will not regret it.
I hope I have made you want to hear this album. If as a result of reading this review you are tempted to buy it please e-mail me and let me know what you think. It would be nice to know I influenced somebody to listen to the Outsiders.(By James The Bin)

Recorded in September 1968 at the G.T.B. Studio, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Tracks Listing
01. Misfit
02. Zsarrahh
03. C.Q.
04. Daddy Died On Saturday
05. It Seems Like Nothing's Gonna Come My Way
06.. Doctor
07. The Man On The Dune
08. The Bear
09. Happyville
10. You're Everything On Earth
11. Wish You Were Here With Me Today
12. I Love You No. 2
13. Prisonsong
14. Do You Feel Alright
15. Daddy Died On Saturday
16. I Love You No. 2
17. Misfit
18. Happyville
19. Prisonsong

Credits
Frank Beek : Bass, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vibraphone [Vibes], Cymbal, Vocals
Ronald Splinter : Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Leendert "Buzz" Busch : Drums, Congas, Tambourine, Maracas, Jew's Harp [Mouthharp], Vocals
Wally Tax : Vocals, Guitar, Vibraphone [Vibes], Harmonica, Flute, Balalaika, Tambourine, Cymbal, Organ


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chango - 1975 Chango - 1976 Honey Is Sweeter Than Blood (Great US Latin Rock - Flac)


Jamming. This is Santana IV, the culmination of heavy Latin groove rock. This album has it all, the screaming Carlos guitar licks (and what chops!), the swirling organ (do you like Hammond? Oh boy, get a doctor, you'll need it), the speed freak machismo lead singer (messed up chicks swoon for this) and of course those danceable and tranced-out rhythms (even this stiff white guy noticed). The lyrics are just what you want from this kind of album: Sex, life-in-the-ghetto, grade-school mysticism and well, sex.
Right off the bat, you're pulverized with "Fire Over Water" followed by the eight minute "Walk on Hell". Do I really need to describe these tracks? Put the environment, instrumentation, song titles and influences together and you've got an aural vision. Many of the songs are catchy too - you'll be humming them for days. "Caminando", "Solid Karma" and especially "Mira Pa 'Ca" just have KILLER melodies. But where Chango excels is in the instrumentals like the pounding "Bollo" and "Bembe" plus the beautiful "Sacapa." But the best is saved for last. The nine minute title track combines relentless energy, tuneful melodies and fiery instrumental playing. It's awe-inspiring. Careful though, as you may find yourself in a big heap afterwards. Of course the closing moments have a 15 year old's imagination-girl-moaning-in-ecstasy bit. It's stupid but somehow fits.
How this album missed the big time is a mystery to me. Being 1975 perhaps it was too late for the early Santana sound, but not too many groups went down this road. I'm guessing that ABC records, not known for their marketing muscle, had no idea how to promote it. There are few albums ever that contains this kind of energy and instrumental virtuosity and combines that with a strong melodic sense. A true masterpiece and a really undiscovered gem. Fortunately the Akarma record company has done us all a favor by releasing this on CD and an exact gatefold LP.
For Chango's second album, Honey is Sweeter Than Blood apparently lead singer Pepe Gomez got too big for his britches and tossed all the members except one, changed labels to Mercury and went soul-pop. The music isn't even recognizable for those who love the first album and is a huge disappointment. For Latin Soul music, it's not bad but not exactly what I'd hoped for. I seriously doubt anyone will reissue this and it doesn't need to be. Just go straight for the first album and never look back. " (From Gnosis - progarchives.com)

Tracklist
01 Fire Over Water 5:34
02 Walk on Hell 7:58
03 Bollo 3:24
04 Caminando 6:57
05 Mira Pa 'Ca 3:00
06 Bembe 0:50
07 Solid Karma 4:50
08 Sacapa 1:14
09 Chango 8:21

Credits
George Tacktikos (guitar, vocals) 
Reinol Andino (timbales, congas, percussion, vocals) 
Pepe Gomez (drums, lead vocals, percussion, piano) 
Burlin Speakes (bass) 
Thomas Alletto (organ, vocals, piano) 
Michael Britton (congas, percussion)



Years ago my buddy Jeff played for me a track from the first Chango album which I really enjoyed and added these guys to my wish list.   A few weeks back at a garage sale I found their second album for a buck !
....and what an excellent discovery this one is too !
 I think their first is really the best of the two that I have heard but in no way is this an album that you should pass on either.   I would say this one is more rock than latin and quite different than their debut album. Best way i can describe this album is try to imagine "Camel" meets "Santana" with a bit of perhaps a dash of "Malo". 
 Apparently the lead singer (Pepe Gomez) for this second album replaced all but one of the band members to record this album.....so no wonder the vibe and feel is so different from the first album.  There are some outstanding latin groove rock moments on this album! (By James Unger)

Tracklist
01 Life Is a Rainbow
02 The Last Ride
03 Meeting The Gods
04 Lady, Lady
05 La Rumba
06 Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
07 Thumbing A Ride
08 Woman In Black
09 Evil Lady

Credits
Charles Rook (guitar)
Pepe Gomez "Peppy" (lead & backing vocals, drums, piano string ensemble, percussion)
Reinol Andino (congas, timbales, percussion, backing vocals)
Mike Cruz (timbales, percussion, backing vocals) 
Ken Weissman (drums)
Burlin Speakes (bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals)


02 1976