mardi 25 décembre 2012

Damnation - The Second Damnation...Plus (1970 heavy psych and hard rock - Akarma cd edition with bonus tracks live - Wave)

DAMNATION's second offering, released in 1970 by United Artists. What strikes first is the amazing lead vocals. This guy rocks hard! Then the terrific groove and guitar sounds.
Solid songs, catchy tunes all the way. Want pounding rhythm sections? Want ballads? Want innovative Hard Rock? Rush on DAMNATION (initially known as the DAMNATION OF ADAM BLESSING), the Cleveland's forgotten sons.
The Damnation of Adam Blessing's second LP (sometimes attributed in discographies to Damnation) went in a harder rock direction than their 1969 self-titled debut. The result was a more stylistically consistent, yet overall less interesting effort that was closer to the standard of competent, but below-top-of-the-line early Midwestern hard rock bands, lacking some of the pop influences that were among the most interesting attributes of their prior album. It's not totally run-of-the-mill, though, since Adam Blessing was one of the best singers in the style, and since the group were more adept at background vocal harmonies than almost any other similar bands of the era. "Death of a Virgin" and (to a lesser extent) "Everyone," actually sound closer to the likes of Moby Grape and some of Quicksilver's more song-driven material than Midwestern hard rock; this and some other tracks are graced with some particularly exceptional bass playing by Ray Benich. Cuts like "Driver" and "Back to the River" are more typical of their approach, though, relying on pile-driving blues-rockish riffs and pummeling drums, boringly so on the overlong "In the Morning." (Many Thanks to Adamus67) 


01. "No Way" 3:18
02. "Death Of A Virgin" 3:41
03. "Driver" 3:56
04. "Everyone" 4:13
05. "Back To The River" 5:19
06. "Money Tree" 4:50
07. "Ba-Dup" 3:22
08. "New York City Woman" 6:01
09. "In The Morning" 6:16
10. "Smile" 1:06
Bonus Live at the Grande Ballroom, Cleveland Ohio 1972. 
11. "Sunny Days" 4:36
12. "Running Away" 5:52
13. "Find Out Lover" 4:55
14. "Get Up" 3:59
15. "Dawn" 5:25


Ray Benich - Bass
Adam Blessing - Vocals
Robert Kalamasz - Guitar, Vocals
Jim Quinn - Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
Bill Schwark - Drums

lundi 24 décembre 2012

Glory - Damnation Of Adam Blessing (1973 heavy psych and hard rock - Akarma cd edition - Wave)

Cleveland acid rock combo the Damnation of Adam Blessing was formed in 1968 from the ashes of a pair of local garage bands, the Society and Dust; led by frontman Adam Blessing (Bill Constable), the group also included guitarists Jim Quinn and Bob Kalamasz, bassist Ray Benich, and drummer Bill Schwark. After months of relentless local gigging -- often as the opener for hometown heroes the James Gang -- the Damnation of Adam Blessing signed to United Artists and issued their self-titled debut LP in 1969, followed by a tour in support of the Faces. Second Damnation followed a year later, generating the minor hit "Back to the River"; with their third album, 1971's Which Is Justice, Which Is the Thief, Schwark was replaced by Blessing's drummer brother Ken Constable. In 1973, the group renamed itself Glory, releasing a self-titled LP on the UA subsidiary Avalanche before disbanding. The Italian reissue imprint Akarma re-released all of the Damnation of Adam Blessing's albums in the early to mid-2000s as either straight-up re-releases or with additional bonus tracks. The label even released a reissue of the obscure Glory album and offered deluxe vinyl pressings of most of the CDs as well.
  Glory is Damnation's final album, recorded in 1973. The Damnation Of Adam Blessing - Glory released their final album in 1973, but not under the same name. There were some changes in the group’s direction prior to the release of this album. After being dropped by United Artist, the group broke up and then resurfaced as Glory. Ironically the label Avalanche released the album - they were a subsidiary of UA. Adam Blessing reverted back to his given name Bill Constable, and brother Ken also joined the group on vocals and guitar. Ken had a higher voice than Bill, so this made for a splendid give and take between the two brothers, and some soaring sweet harmonies were the product of that sibling vocal tandem.(Jason Ankeny)

01 - Sunny Days
02 - Find Out Lover
03 - I Got A Feeling
04 - Mrs. Walker
05 - You Can Believe
06 - Hot Momma
07 - Get Up
08 - Nightmare
09 - Dan

Bill Constable (Adam Blessing) - Lead Vocals
Ken Constable - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Bob Kalamasz - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Jim Quinn - Guitar, Vocals, Percussions
Ray Benick - Bass 
Bill Schwark - Drums
Phil Giallombardo - Keyboards


jeudi 13 décembre 2012

Mitch Ryder Band With Special Guest Willy DeVille - Lone Star Café - New York City - 1st & 2nd Set - July 30th 1986 (Flac)

First set:
01 ---q&a---
02. little latin lupe lu
03. when you were mine
04. b.i.g.t.i.m.e.
05. jenny take a ride...
06. it ain't easy
07. rock and roll
08. bow wow wow wow
09. where's the next one coming from
10. devil with the blue dress...
11. heart of stone
12. not fade away

Second set:
01. walkin' the dog
02. take me to the river
03. i got you (i feel good)
04. bring it on home (duet w/ Willy)
05. the thrill of it all
06. war
07. soul kitchen
08. liberty

Mitch Ryder - vocals, tambourine, cowbell
Robert Gillespie - guitar, vocals
Joe Gutc - guitar, vocals
Billy Csernits - keys, vocals
Mark Gougeon - bass, vocals
Wilson Owens - drums
Willy DeVille - slide guitar, vocals (2nd set)

samedi 10 novembre 2012

Crow - Mosaic (1971 US Strong Bluesy Hard Rock - Wave)

Minnesota's Crow were one of those bands who made an impressive dent in the charts early on, only to be victimized by a ruthless business and left in disarray before they could truly capitalize on their success. Led by Dave Wagner, this quintet flourished in the midwest for several years under the guise of 'South 40', before changing their name in 1969. That year, Crow bypassed an offer from Atlantic Records and signed with the smaller Amaret instead. This decision marked the beginning of what would eventually cause the band to implode. Their debut, "Crow Music" was issued that year and quickly their first single began its run up the Billboard charts. "Evil Woman" (which was later covered by Black Sabbath) went on to be the band's highest charting single. Despite the grand entrance the band had made, Amaret was unable to market the band properly due to their financial limitations and soon the band's momentum began to wane. Crow hurried into the studio and released "Crow By Crow" in 1970, which did not measure up to the success of their debut. A few singles made low chart entries and the album quickly vanished from distribution.

This album, "Mosaic" was released the following year and features some of the band's most memorable material. With Wagner's gritty vocals falling somewhere between Jim Dandy Mangrum and Janis Joplin, the material here is fiery and driving. Bearing a strong bluesy hard rock feel, each of the nine cuts smolder with a passion that borders on spiritual. Despite the quality of the songwriting, this album sank without a trace and the band fizzled by late 1972. It's sad because alot of the band's early material had been saddled with horn sections, which was forced upon the group by Amaret Records. The band were never happy with the change of direction and it is this album where the band finally return to their true sound. Unfortunately, it was a case of too little too late. Adding insult to injury, the band's three albums have never seen reissue. Luckily, this clean vinyl rip will provide listeners a chance to hear the band at its most distilled and clear. Try this'll dig it.

01. (Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The) King Of Rock & Roll (2:22) 
02. Easy Street (4:48)
03. Yellow Dawg (2:54)
04. Sky Is Crying (5:41)
05. I Need Love (4:08)
06. Keeps Me Runnin' (2:48)
07. Watching Can Waste Up The Time (3:53)
08. Satisfied (4:56)
09. Watch That Cat (5:11)
10. Let's Not Say Goodbye (4:52)
11. Something In Your Blood (Bonus Track) (2:37)
12. Mobile Blues (Bonus Track) (3:22)
13. I Want Sunshine (as South 40) (Bonus Track) (3:10)

David Wagner – Lead Vocals 
Dick Wiegand – Guitar  
Larry Wiegand – Bass & Vocals 
Dave "Kink" Middlemist – Keyboards & Vocals
Denny Caswell – Drums, Percussion & Vocals 


vendredi 9 novembre 2012

Crow - Crow Music & Crow By Crow (1969/1970 US Strong Bluesy Hard Rock - Wave)

CROW had a truly unique sound which included aggressive musical interpretations combined with a distinctive blues rock sound. “Evil Woman Don’t Play Your Games With Me” charted nationally and hit the top ten of the national Billboard 500 during the winter of 1969. So diversely influential in the music world this release from the band was that Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath covered the hit on their very first release in 1970, an album which was not at the time released in the United States, but has since been released in the United States on the 2004 Black Sabbath Greatest Hits compilation CD. Also, Ike and Tina Turner covered “Evil Woman Don’t Play Your Games With Me” on their album “Come Together.”

During its original hay day of the 1960’s and 1970’s, CROW toured nationally and shared the bill with the likes of Janis Joplin, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Starship, The Steve Miller Band, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and numerous others. Top honors for a top band. A total of four albums were released including “Crow Music”, “Crow By Crow”, “Mosaic”, and “The Best of Crow”.
1st and 2nd Lps of Crow in one cd .

David Wagner – Lead Vocals 
Dick Wiegand – Guitar  
Larry Wiegand – Bass & Vocals 
Dave "Kink" Middlemist – Keyboards & Vocals
Denny Caswell – Drums, Percussion & Vocals 


mercredi 7 novembre 2012

Landslide - Two Sided Fantasy (1972 US Psychedelic Heavy Blues - Wave)

When Landslide cut their album Two Sided Fantasy on Capitol Records, the band and the label probably had no clue that everything would end so fast. The album became a rare collector’s item because of their lack of success. I am sure the album disappeared from LP racks in stores very quickly giving it the “hard to find” tag that turned it into a valued and sought after piece.
This was a good rock band that had a sound comparable to Cream and at times early Santana. They did not do anything special or out of the ordinary, at least not anything that was unique at the time that would separate them from all the other bands doing the same thing. Possibly, with more time to develop as a group and a campaign to spread the word about their music, it may have changed the outcome of their fate.
We have evidence of their efforts and one that has survived many years on this reissue. The fact that this LP resurfaced is a nod to their legacy. It does not matter how short their stay in the music world was or the importance to the history of music, they were a part of the early ‘70’s rock that would become the classic rock that you now hear on top rock radio stations to this day. I read a review that considered their labors as inconsequential, I do not agree. If in fact what they recorded did not matter, this album would not have become a collector’s item nor would music fans have the opportunity to hear it again today. Indeed this is not a great memorable album that ranks amongst the all-time classics; it is however, a solid and enjoyable listen.(Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck)

01. Doin' What I Want (05:08)
02. Creep Feelin' (04:01)
03. Everybody Knows [Slippin'] (07:18)
04. Dream Traveler (04:37)
05. Susan (05:54)
06. Sad And Lonely (03:01)
07. Little Bird (04:58)
08. Happy (05:51)

Tommy Caglioti - Percussion, Drums, Sitar 
Joseph Caruate - Guitar 
Ed Cass - Percussion, Drums, Vocals 
Bobby Sallustio - Bass
Billy Savoca - Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar 


Jericho - Jericho (1972 Israel Great Heavy Psych Hard Rock - Wave)

This band was originally from Israel and they were known as the "Churchills". They moved to England in 1968 and released an album under the name of the "Churchills". They later re-named the band to "Jericho Jones" and released an excellent album in 1971 named "Junkies, Monkies and Donkies". For some reason they changed their name again, this time only dropping the "Jones" and going as "Jericho". This album was released in 1972 and received some FM airplay. It was very well received by the critics.
"Ethiopa" - This song got some airplay from self-respecting radio stations that were allowed to play their own setlists. This is a fast tempo, hard rocker right out of the early RUSH soundbook. The first two and a half minutes are a hardrocking instrumental that sets the tempo and melody. There is some great bass playing and guitar soloing. Rob Huxley's throaty vocals then scream in. The tempo is fast and heavy with plenty of guitar fills (a mixture of King Crimson and Led Zeppelin). A fantastic hard rock song. Rating - *****
"Don't You Let Me Down" - Acoustic guitar opens this tune, but doesn't stay long. Electric guitar, drums and vocals soon take over. Heavy bass lines and drum beat with vocals that sound like Badfinger on steroids. The tune has a strong, surging rhythm with fantastic bass work and guitar playing. A very hard rocking song. Rating - ****
"Featherbed" - The sound is reminiscent of early Alice Cooper, "Killer" era. There is some nice vocal harmonizing with a strong '60's vibe going on. The song has a few tempo changes ranging from hard and fast with blazing guitar solos, to slow and mesmerizing like Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". Extended guitar solo with psychedelic echoing and distortion. The guitars are given ample room to shine. The song then returns to its main theme and ends with Who-esque drum crashing and power chording. Another fine piece. Rating - ****
"Justin And Nova" - Synthesizer effects of a spaceship landing opens this song. Acoustic guitar and piano with some group humming, followed by drums and bass. A very psychedelic, spacey feeling envelopes this song. Orchestral strings in the background helps the mood reach the stars. There again is great bass playing and nice guitar fills throughout. The lyrics are space flight oriented (chemical or mechanical determined by the listener)! The piano and strings get alot of attention. The tempo changes throughout but the ethereal feeling remains. High pitched "AHHHHS" along with Keith Moon-like drumming and repeating guitar melody lands you back to Earth. A beautiful piece. Rating - ****
"Kill Me With Your Love" - The sound of water accompanied by acoustic guitar, clears the way for the electric guitar with echo effects. Flute playing then joins adding color and ambiance. Thunder-like effects gives one the feeling of listenig to a storm while laying in bed. The tempo and mood then makes a 180 degree turn, as the drum and bass kick in. The tempo turns fast; the drums are hard, bass heavy and guitar chugging. "Move it up and down. That's what she told me. Spin it round and round. That's what she told me." Hey! She told me the same thing! Oh, well. The lyrics are funny but the musicianship is excellent. This a very heavy, hard rocking song that KILLS! Great work. Rating - ****
This was the last album the band did, as the group split up shortly after this release and returned to Israel. Even though the band no longer exists, thankfully this music still does. This is a lost gem from the progressive/hardock era that highlights the awesome musicianship from that bygone time. The playing is topnotch and the album is as well. (By doggiedogma "doggiedogma")

01. Ethiopia (4:34)
02. Don't You Let Me Down (3:40)
03. Featherbed (9:41)
04. Justin And Nova (8:30)
05. Kill Me With Your Love (11:17)

Robb Huxley – Guitar
Ami Triebich – Drums
Haim Romano – Lead Guitar
Michael Gabriellov – Bass
Danny Shoshan – Lead Singer

mardi 6 novembre 2012

Joseph - Stone Age Man (1970 Great Us Heavy Psychedelic Rock - Wave)

This one doesn't show up too often, but from time to time you'll see it as a big dollar item on psych lists. That's kind of a misnomer since Joseph Longeria's album is actually more blues-rock oriented than traditional psych. Maybe we're just being too anal here ... Regardless, he's a helluva guitar player and the album's well worth the asking price. 
We'll be real honest and admit we can't tell you much about this guy. Different reference works show him as being from Texas, or Tennessee. What little we do know is lifted from the liner notes accompanying his sole album, so take the information with a grain of salt. A&R man/producer Steve Tyrell apparently discovered Longeria playing in a Houston, Texas battle of the blues bands competition. Signing him to a contract with Scepter Records (a surprising choice given the label's fondness for MOR acts such as Dionne Warwick), Joseph's 1970 debut "Stoned Age Man" was recorded in Memphis' famed American Studios. Produced by Chips Moman, Mark James and Glen Spreen, the latter two were also credited with co-writing the majority of the nine tracks. So what's the album like? As we said earlier, the bulk of the album has a bluesy feel to it. Longeria doesn't have much of a voice, but his ragged growl and blazing guitar compliment one another, giving tracks such as "Trick Bag", his adaptation of "The House of the Rising Sun" and the title track considerable kick. The collection's also pretty cool in that Longeria writes some of the strangest lyrics we've ever heard - check out the bizarre "I Ain't Fattenin' No More Frogs for Snakes" and the sitar-propelled "Cold Biscuits and Fish Heads".
As far as we can tell, this is Longeria's only foray into recording. Anyone know what happened to him? (By RDTEN1)

This album is an amazing mixture of hard-blues, primitive hard-rock with obvious psychedelic influences. The husky voice of Joseph is powerful and wild. 
The tracks are excellent. There is a cover of "House of the Rising Son". 
It is said that Joseph "Long" Longeria, a gifted guitarist and singer, has been discovered by Steve Tyrell during one of those guitar duels ("Battle of the Blues Guitars") which were very popular and attracted the crowds in the Blues clubs. Joseph was not afraid of challenging T. Bone Walker and B.B. King.
This band, due to a lack of success and promotion disbanded after their only one album. 
Glen Spreen, the keyboard player, is later mentioned playing for Elvis Presley, Dan Fogelberg and Ian Matthews while Joseph disappeared of the scene.
This forgetten gem deserves to be discovered, especially for the wild blues freak with good guitar playing and husky voice.(By PC_Music) 

01- Trick Bag (Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen) -  
02- I Ain't Fattenin' No More Frogs for Snakes (Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen - Steve Tyrell) -  
03- Cold Biscuits and Fish Heads (Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen) -  
04- Stone Age Man (Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen) -  
05- I'm Gonna Build a Mountain (Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen) -  
06- Mojo Gumbo (Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen) -  
07- The House of the Rising Sun (adapted by Joseph Longeria - Mark Jones - Glen Spreen) - 
08- Gotta Get Away (G. Allman - J. Hurley - R. Witkins) -  
09- Come the Sun Tomorrow (S. Walton - D. Collins) - 

Vocals, Guitar - Joseph "Long" Longeria*
Keyboards - Glen Spreen 
Recorded at American Sound Studios, Memphis, Tennessee. 

Fuzzy Duck - Fuzzy Duck (1971 UK Great Heavy Progressive Rock - Wave)

This is one of the many harder-edged and organ dominated progressive bands that emerged in the early Seventies. Unfortunately very little is known about FUZZY DUCK's history. The musicians were Paul Francis (drums, percussion), Mick (Doc) Hawksworth (bass, vocals, acoustic 12-string, electric cello), Roy (Daze) Sharland (organ, electric piano) and Grahame White (guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar). The eponymous album from 1971 was released on CD by both the German Repertoire Records and the UK Aftermath Records. It has obvious hints from mainly Atomic Rooter but also Vanilla Fudge.(ProgArchives)

Though the brief career of Fuzzy Duck may only have consisted of one album and two singles the musical history of its various members reads like a "Who's who of rock and roll".
Formed in 1970 and based in North London the original line up consisted of guitarist/vocalist Grahame White, ex-Andromeda, bassist Mick Hawksworth, organist Roy Sharland and ex-Tucky Buzzard drummer Paul Francis. Managed by Gordon Mills, who also managed Tom Jones and Gilbert O'Sullivan, Fuzzy Duck signed to MAM Records, a subsidiary of Decca, and recorded their self-titled debut LP (MAM LP 1005). However just before the album was released White left (later turning up in Capability Brown, Krazy Kat and Jackie Lynton Band) and was replaced by Garth Watt Roy. His first recordings with the band came via the "Double Time Woman"/"Just Look Around You" single (MAM 37) released in August 1971. A second single "Big Brass Band"/"One More Hour"(MAM 51) was released in November 1971 but by the end of the year they decided to go their separate ways.
Garth Watt Roy teamed up with his bassist brother Norman to form the Greatest Show On Earth who released two albums, "Horizons" and "The Going's Easy", for EMI's progressive Harvest label. Since then he's recorded with the likes of East Of Eden, Limey, Marmalade, Steamhammer, Bonnie Tyler, Barbara Dickson, The Barron Knights and was also a founder member of The Q Tips. Mick Hawksworth went on to work with Matthew Fisher before teaming up with Alvin Lee for The Ten Years After LPs "Rocket Fuel" and "Ride On". Drummer Paul Francis went on to work with Tranquillity, Maggie Bell, Mick Ronson, and Chris Spedding and has recently been touring with Steve Harley.(Mark Brennan)

01- Time Will Be Your Doctor (5:06)
02- Mrs. Prout  (6:45)
03- Just Look Around You  (4:20)
04- Afternoon Out  (5:20)
05- More Than I Am  (5:30)
06- Country Boy  (6:00)
07- In Our Time  (6:49)
08- A Word From Big D  (1:51)
Bonus Tracks
09- Double Time Woman  (2:58)
10- Big Brass Band  (2:56)
11- One More Hour  (3:58)
12- No Name Face 

Mick Hawksworth - bass, vocals (lead Vocals 3-5-7), 12-string acoustic guitar and electric cello on "In Our Time"
Roy Sharland - organ, vocal on "A Word From Big D", electric piano on "Just Look Around You"
Paul Francis – drums, percussion
Grahame White (album tracks) – electric guitar, vocals (lead Vocals 1-2-4-6), acoustic guitar on "Mrs. Prout"
Garth Watt Roy (bonus tracks) - electric guitar, vocals (lead Vocals 9-10-11-12)


lundi 5 novembre 2012

The Parlour Band - He's A Friend - 1972 (Progressive Melodic/Hard Rock "Pre Band Called O" - Wave)

01. Forgotten Dreams (2:41)
02. Pretty Haired Girl (2:52)
03. Springs' Sweet Comfort (5:09)
04. Early Morning Eyes (3:52)
05. Follow Me (4:56)
06. Evening (4:58)
07. Don't Be Sad (3:21)
08. Little Goldie (3:20)
09. To Happiness (3:04)
10. Home (7:37)

Peter Filleul - lead vocals, keyboards, rhythm acoustic
Pix - vocals, lead vocals (6), wah wah Gibson
Craig Anders - vocals, electric & acoustic & slide guitar
Mark Ashley Anders - vocals, bass
Jerry Robins - percussion

"Parlour Band's only LP is progressive rock-tinged mainstream early-'70s British album-oriented rock, competent but no more than that. Both keyboard and guitar parts take a strong role, and there's a bit of the multiple tempo changes and classical-tinged organ burble of bands like Yes in songs like 'Forgotten Dreams.' Some other songs steer well clear of art rock, though, 'Pretty Haired Girl' coming across like prototypical early-'70s mellow California harmony rock. Even when it doesn't sound as Californian, though, the album's a pretty laid-back affair and, though it's agreeable, it's lacking in both power and first-rate songs. 'Little Goldie' sounds a good deal like the early-'70s work of Todd Rundgren in its bouncy pop optimism and relatively sophisticated keyboard-based arrangement, though it's not typical of the record. A bit, though no more than a crumb, of art rock pretension creeps into the final cut, the three-part, seven-minute mini-opus 'Home.'"


dimanche 4 novembre 2012

Marc Benno Band & John Cipollina - Live At Chi Chi Club - S.F - April 2nd 1988 (Flac)

Disc 1
(First Set)
01. Ready For You 4:38
02. Monterey Pen 6:35
03. Intros 0:27
04. Saint James Infirmary 10:04
05. Problem Child 6:29
06. Caress Me Baby 7:59
07. Night Time 6:06

(Second Set)
08. /Hartford Blues 6:45
09. Tuning 1:00
10. Mustang Sally 8:02
11. Oh Carol 5:26
12. Got My Mojo Working 5:12
13. Love In My Soul/ 9:17

Disc 2
14. Teeny Weeny Bit 6:19
15. Intro, Tuning 1:31 
16. Walking The Dog * 4:33
17. Unknown * 6:51
18. Key To The Highway 3:44
19. The Thrill Is Gone 7:42
20. Hall Street Jive 5:51

21. Rock And Roll Me Again 4:34
John Cipollina- Guitar, Vocals
Marc Benno- Guitar, Vocals
Pete Sears- Keyboards
Rolly Sally- Bass
Scott Lovontia- Drums
* Teresa- Vocals

Third song "Southern Women" is missing. Tape is unusable due to 
tape speed problem caused by an accident in the sound booth.


Estes Brothers - Transitions (1971 Great US Psychedelic Rock - Flac)

A long time in coming, but well worth the wait. This album contains the first efforts of a group that has endured all the changes of the fast changing music scene. I personally feel they have made all the necessary transitions. Not only does the album contain beautiful slow type ballads, but it moves easily into hard rock in grand fashion.
Each member of the "Estes Brothers" puts forth fantastic energy and drive into each number and everyone gets his own style across in the last cut of side two. Lead guitarist, John Estes, and drummer, Joe Estes, have been together for as long as two brothers can be. Don Smith and Bill Marren have both paid their dues in different groups. We hope you take the album, relax, and get right into the music.
Share it with a friend! I feel this is only the beginning of some great music that we'll be hearing from the "Estes Brothers." Anyone lucky enough to have heard the group perform will notice a definite change in their live music. This is an indication of the varied talents each member possesses. In this, their first album, each of them has one of his own original numbers included. 
This is advantageous as they do not depend solely upon one member for their material. Is it any wonder,with this type of attutide and talent, fame is predicted for the "Estes Brothers!"
by Milan R. Relic

The Estes Brothers are from a family of 7 brothers and 5 sisters. The beginning of Estes Bros, was late Bro. Bill on vocals and harmonica. Jerry keyboards, John guitar and late Bro. Joe on drums with Richard managing the band in 1966.
From 1966 till present there has been 38 different members and numerous styles of music, but always leading back to Blues and Rock. At present, the band line up is Jerry as original member on keyboards and bass. John also original member on guitar. Jerry s son Brian, on drums and vocals, and our great friend and guitarist Dennis Caldweall. When the album was done Jerry was in the army from 1969-71. but recorded on Tomorrows Sunlight/ Yesterdays Blues. Joe was 14. Jerry 15 and John 18, Fred Hanker played bass - the recording took 3 hrs! We wrote the songs on the way to the studio.
The album cost 500 Dollars to record and we only had 1 song written plus at that time Bill Marren had about 3 songs. It took 8 hrs of Jamming and partying. Only one song "Wooden Thoughts" was rehearsed. And 100 demo copies were made.

01. Never coming down  
02. This morning  
03. Wooden thoughts  
04. Do what is real  
05. Let me live my own life  
06. Gary's thought  
07. Tomorrow's sunlight (single version)  
08. On the wings of a butterfly  
09. Love is all I need  
10. Tomorrow's sunlight  
11. Wooden thoughts  
12. All along the watchtower  
13. Blue skies  
14. Woman  

Don Smith - Bass Guitar
Bill Marren - Piano, Vocals
John Estes - Lead Guitar
Joe Estes - Drums. Vocals

vendredi 2 novembre 2012

Spirit - Keele University - Keele - UK - March 15Th 1973

Good grief! I started as a student at Keele in late 1973, and even then the place was still buzzing about Spirit's performance earlier that year (maybe because according to those who were there & actually remembered the event Randy finished the set naked, it was so hot) but despite rumours of a bootleg, about which I've heard nothing for over 30 years, I never imagined I would actually get to hear the concert. This is so unlikely it can't even be called my Holy Grail - I'd never even hoped to find a copy. Oh Wow!!! - (Terry)
Hi, I saw the Walthamstow show and then three or four more on the tour. been wanting to hear the Keele show for ages too.(Martyn)
Tracks Listing
01 Fresh Garbage
02 Turn To The Right
03 Nature's Way
04 Miss This Train >
05 Rain // *
06 It's Such A Drag
07 Instrumental
08 Prelude / Nothin' To Hide >
09 Why Can't I Be Free
10 Mr Skin >
11 It's All The Same >
12 Drums / Jam >
13 It's All The Same
14 1984 >
15 I Got A Line On You (cut very end)
Randy California ; Guitar,Vocals
Larry "Fuzzy" Knight : Bass, Vocals
Ed Cassidy : Drums
Very Good Audience Recording

jeudi 1 novembre 2012

Randy California Band - Marquee Club - London - UK - May 15th 1985 (Flac)

Great gig by Randy and his band .Good audience ...Enjoy !!! 

Nature's Way
One Man's Heaven
Restless Night
Like a Rolling Stone
Run to your Lover
Jack Rabbit (tape flip)
Childhoods End
Hey Joe
I got a line on you
Sister tell me > Band intro
Don't walk away
Wild Thing
Second Child > If I miss this Train

Randy California - guitar & lead vocals
Scott Monahan - keyboards & vocals
Mike Sheppard - bass & vocals
Les Warner - drums


Mitch Ryder & Engerling - The old Man Springs A Boner (2002 Great Live Album - Wave)

Mitch Ryder had his first successes with the Band "Detroit Wheels" in the 1960s. He managed to tour in Germany frequently with some guitarists from the USA. This way he was able to build a fanbase in Germany together with "Engerling" from eastern Germany. The recordings of this live-concert perfectly carries the voice of Mitch Ryder to the ear of the listener.

01. War
02. Terrorist
03. Freezin' In Hell
04. Ain't Nobody White
05. Heart Of Stone
06. Wicked Messenger
07. Red Scar Eyes
08. True Love
09. Gimme Shelter
10. Soulkitchen

Mitch Ryder - Vocals
Boddi Bodag - Keyboards
Heiner Witte - Guitar
Robert Gillespie - Guitar
Manne Pokrandt - Bass
Vincent Brisach - Drums 


mardi 30 octobre 2012

Hydra - Hydra (1974 US Southern Rock with Great Vocals & Guitars - Wave)

Hydra was one of those 70´s Southern rock bands that didn´t quite reach the commercial success they deserved. Hydra released three excellent albums between 1974 and 1977 before becoming frustrated with the growth of their success along with some management issues. They broke up in 1977 and have since only played handful of live shows in few different occasions.
Hydra was started in Atlanta, Georgia around 1968 by Steve Pace (drums) and Spencer Kirkpatrick (guitar) and Wayne Bruce (vocals/guitar) under the name Noah Mayflower. They briefly changed their name to Osmosis before taking the name Hydra in 1971 and added Orville Davis to bass.
After building a reputation as killer live band by supporting various major bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band and ZZ Top, Phil Walden signed them to his Capricorn Record label in 1973. Hydra´s self-titled debut album came out in 1974.
After year of touring and writing new songs  on the road, their sophomore effort, Land Of Money, was released in 1975 and bassist Orville Davis left the band soon after to launch his own career as a country singer.
In 1976 Hydra signed a deal with Polydor Records and Rock the World came out in 1977 featuring three piece band with Wayne Bruce moving from guitar to bass, but by the end of 1977 Hydra broke up only to make a brief come back in 1997 with handful of live shows.
In 2005 Hydra played two more live dates, which were recorded into a live album called Hydra: Live After All These Years. The band haven´t  completely shut out the option of recording new music under Hydra name in the future.

01- Glitter Queen - 4:04
02- Keep You Around - 5:20
03- It's So Hard - 4:49
04- Going Down - 3:06
05- Feel A Pain - 6:25
06- Good Time Man - 3:23
07- Let Me Down Easy - 4:23
08- Warp 16 - 4:22
09- If You Care To Survive - 2:59
10- Miriam - 7:42

Spencer Kirkpatrick - Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar
Wayne Bruce - Vocals, Guitar 
Steve Pace - Drums
Orville Davis - Bass Guitar

Randall Bramlett - Alto Saxophone
Oscar Jackson - Tenor Saxophone
Earl Ford - Trombone
Todd Logan - Trumpet


Bob Seger - Seven (1974 Great US Classic Rock - Wave)

On 'Seven', released in 1974, Bob Seger introduces his Silver Bullet Band (consisting of Drew Abbott on lead guitar, Chris Campbell on bass, Rick Manasa on keyboards, and Charlie Martin on drums), which would soon carry him to fame and fortune with his subsequent albums 'Beautiful Loser' and 'Live Bullet'. 'Seven' is, obviously, Seger's seventh album, but the dice on the cover, which add up to seven, suggest Seger was also hoping for a bit of luck as he rolled out this release. 'Seven' was following Bob's best album (IMHO), 'Back In '72', which only aspired to number 188 on Billboard's album charts, and the artist simply had to be wondering just how good he would have to be in order to achieve steady, national recognition. 'Seven', unfortunately, would not crack the Top 200. No surprise then that Bob began penning songs such as 'Beautiful Loser'. 
But 'Seven' is far from being a loser. Unlike many musicians, who put out a lot of dubious work before gaining widespread acclaim, Seger had been putting out quality albums and singles since the mid-1960's. He was signed by a major label and toured extensively, so his inability to bask in the limelight is a mystery. Ironically, several of the songs on 'Seven' mark the transition in Seger's musical style that would finally turn popular attention his way. 
'Seven' is a short disc, tallying just 30:24 over nine tracks. There were three singles released from the disc, the adrenalin-laced rockers 'Get Out of Denver' and 'Need Ya', and the bit more restrained, upwardly mobile 'U.M.C. (Upper Middle Class)'. Each song received significant airplay but failed to crack the Top 40. Nevertheless, each of these songs found a place in Seger's setlists in his more fertile years. 
The first five tracks represented the opening side of the original vinyl version of 'Seven', and it was rock and roll heaven. Every song is infused with high levels of energy and emotion, especially 'Get Out Of Denver' ("...'cause you look just like a commie and you just might be a member...") and 'Need Ya'. Seger seems to be offering a history lesson on William Jennings Bryan with 'Cross Of Gold' ("you can crucify the world on a cross of gold") and a lesson on long-distance lust on 'School Teacher'. 
Side two on the original vinyl opened with the mid-tempo rocker 'U.M.C.', featuring a nice wah-pedal guitar from Abbott, which unfortunately was becoming passe in the mid-1970's. 'Seen a Lot of Floors' is a barroom stomper, and probably the weakest track offered. On '20 Years From Now', a piano ballad, Seger heralds in the sound that would evolve into solid hits such as 'Like a Rock'. The closer, 'All Your Love', is a country rock number with a catchy melody and chorus suitable for Texas line-dancing. The last two songs make it apparent that Seger is branching out into unexplored territory, genres beyond the traditional garage-rock fare that had fueled so many of his previous discs. 
As Seger moved beyond 'Seven' he left me behind. I may be a bit unusual in that I find much of Bob's earliest work to be his best. Tracks like 'Ramblin' Gamblin' Man', '2 + 2 = ?', 'Heavy Music', 'Ivory', and 'Rosalie' represent the Seger sound I love. Unfortunately, Bob has divorced himself from his early releases, so great albums such as 'Back In '72' and 'Seven' will cost you an arm and a leg to purchase in the CD format. I used a cassette to make this review, but Seger could give those fans who loved his music when others ignored it a real gift by re-issuing the CD versions. Doesn't sound like a bad way to make a buck, does it Bob? By Running Man (Chesterfield Twp., MI)

01. Get Out of Denver  
02. Long Song Comin'  
03. Need Ya  
04. School Teacher  
05. Cross of Gold  
06. U.M.C. (Upper Middle Class)  
07. Seen a Lot of Floors  
08. 20 Years from Now  
09. All Your Love  

Bob Seger - guitar, vocals 
Drew Abbott - lead guitar 
Tom Cartmell - saxophone (Later known as Alto Reed) 
David Briggs - piano 
Kenneth A. Buttrey - drums 
Chris Campbell - bass 
Tommy Cogbill - bass 
Dave Doran - lead guitar on Long Song 
John Harris - organ 
Rick Manasa - organ, piano 
Charlie Allen Martin - drums 
Jim McCarty - lead guitar on Denver & Floors ,slide on Need Ya 
Charlie McCoy - guitar, rhythm guitar 
Bill Meuller - guitar 
Randy Meyers - drums 
Bill Mueller - lead guitar on School Teacher 
Alto Reed - horn 


Bob Seger - Back In 72 (1973 Great US Classic Rock - Wave)

Released on vinyl in January of 1973, 'Back In '72' cues up Bob and his band (including JJ Cale and the Muscle Shoals Band) on what has always been my favorite Seger recording. It has several strikes against it (it reached only #188 on the Billboard album charts, did not spawn any Top 40 hits, and even Bob has refused to release it on CD due to dismay over the mix and his own vocal performance... which sounds great to me), but it also includes several of my favorite Seger tracks. And my favorites aren't even the ones Bob or his fan base seem most infatuated with. 
'Back In '72' picks up right where Bob left off on his previous album, a collection of covers titled 'Smokin' O.P.'s', with a superb cover of The Allman Brother's 'Midnight Rider'. Bob beefs up the chorus with the soulful sound of Motown backing singers as he lays into "...not gonna let 'em catch the midnight... RIDER!". There's plenty of solid rock and roll where that came from in the form of 'Stealer', a ragged, gritty, love gangster number, and my two favorite Seger tracks, 'Rosalie' and 'Back In '72'. 'Rosalie' roasts one Rosalie Trembley, then program director for one of the most powerful AM radio stations in the world, 50,000 watt CKLW, located in Windsor, Canada, just across the river from Seger's Detroit. At the time, getting your song on Rosalie's playlist all but insured a hit, so Seger's chorus chimes "she's got the power, she's got the tower, Rosalie". It's a churning rock number with a great rhythm guitar riff. The title track opened side two on the original vinyl, and features a solid beat, quality guitar riffs, and fine sax solos. The lyrics trumpet some key national and local political events from 1972, such as "Sherriff Gribbs (elected as the last white mayor of Detroit in 1969), and his grim ad libs, cryin' 'bout the crime in the streets", and "Tricky Dick, he played it slick, something I was afraid he'd do, back in '72". It's first rate from start to finish.
Many Seger fans, however, cherish this disc for the side one closer, 'Turn the Page', which to this day remains one of Seger's favorites, and has become a staple of his concert setlists. This five minute-plus, slow tempo blues track laments the rock and roll road life with lyrics such as "there I go, playing star again". There are two romantic ballads that harken as precursors to Seger's 'Night Moves' sound, 'So I Wrote You a Song', and the nearly six minute 'I've Got Time', which may be too sluggish to serve as an album closer. The remaining two tracks aren't slouches, however. 'Neon Sky' is a pulsing rock number, again lamenting the never-ending money chase, and a cover of Van Morrison's 'I've Been Workin', honoring the blue-collar work ethic of Segers hometown, and featuring a sweet lead guitar solo. 
All in all, it's hard to understand why this particular Seger album failed to gain national acclaim. It did grow up in an era, however, where people had become accustomed to albums that featured absolutely no filler, ranging from The Stone's 'Sticky Fingers' to Carole King's 'Tapestry'. Unfortunately, the fans who loved Seger during lean times, certainly among his most dedicated fans, are the ones from whom Bob is holding 'Back In '72' hostage, regardless of whatever warts he may feel it has. Although Bob has kept open the possibility of re-recording some of these tracks, these songs will never be recorded again with the same vitality and sincerity as Bob and his band delivered them back in '72. Let's just hope that Bob rewards his loyal fan base with a remastered disc, perhaps embellished with out-takes or alternate versions of these great tracks. What do you say, Bob? (By Running Man (Chesterfield Twp., MI)

01 - Midnight Rider
02 - So I Wrote You a Song
03 - Stealer
04 - Rosalie
05 - Turn the Page
06 - Back in 72
07 - Neon Sky
08 - I've Been Working
09 - I've Got Time
10 - Persecution Smith (Bonus)
11 - Chain Smokin' (Bonus)
12 - Lookin' Back (Bonus)
13 - Heavy Music - Part 2 (Bonus)

Bob Seger - guitar, vocals 
Jack Ashford - maracas, marimba, tambourine 
Barry Beckett - organ, piano, electric piano 
Philip Bliss - steel guitar, vocals 
Eddie "Bongo" Brown - conga 
J.J. Cale - guitar 
Pete Carr - guitar 
Tom Cartmell - flute, saxophone (Later known as Alto Reed) 
Roger Hawkins - drums 
David Hood - bass 
Jimmy Johnson - rhythm guitar 
Marcy Levy - background vocals 
Bill Mueller - guitar 
Jamie Oldaker - drums 
Sergio Pastora - conga, tambourine, timbales 
Scherrie Payne - background vocals 
Dick Sims - organ, piano, keyboard, clavinet, pedal bass 
Luke Smith - background vocals


Detroit With Mitch Ryder (1971 US Great Heavy Rock With Outstanding Vocals - Wave)

Detroit was a latter-day incarnation of Mitch Ryder's Detroit Wheels; formed in 1970 after the singer returned to the Motor City following a stint in Memphis recording with Booker T. and the MGs, the new group reunited Ryder with his former Wheels drummer John Badanjek, and also featured guitarists Steve Hunter and Brett Tuggle, bassist W.R. Cooke and organist Harry Phillips. An energetic, R&B-influenced outfit firmly in the tradition of Ryder's past projects, Detroit issued their lone self-titled LP on Paramount in 1971, scoring a major radio hit with a gritty rendition of Lou Reed's "Rock and Roll" which so pleased its writer that he later recruited guitarist Hunter to join his own backing band. As throat problems began plaguing Ryder more and more, he was forced to quit singing in 1972, and his relocation to the Denver area a year later dashed any hopes of a second Detroit album; local singer Rusty Day (Amboy Dukes & Cactus) then assumed control of the group, guiding the unit until its 1974 break-up.(By Jason Ankeny From All Music)  

01. Long Neck Goose  
02. Is It You (Or Is It Me)  
03. Box of Old Roses  
04. It Ain't Easy  
05. Rock & Roll  
06. Let It Rock  
07. Drink  
08. Gimme Shelter  
09. I Found a Love 

Mitch Ryder - Vocals
John "Johnny B" Badanjek - Drums, Vocals
Steve Hunter - Guitar  
W.R. Cooke - Bass, Vocals 
Mark Manko - Guitar  
Harry Phillips - Keyboards
John Sauter - Bass 
Brett Tuggle - Guitar 
Dirty Ed - Congas & Tambourine


lundi 29 octobre 2012

Prodigal Sons - Emerge From the Void (1972 Us Great Heavy Rock - Wave)

An extremeley consistent blend of heavy metal style, power-trio hard rock, and some boogie blues driven hard rock, featuring some good wah-wah guitar. This is a great party album, leading one to believe they must have been a truly excellent live act. They were from Ohio.(By Tymeshifter)
Nice hard rockin' release. If you like Wildfire, Tin House and early BTO you will dig this! There's even some British influence (John's Tune, Saga Of Yeti) here.(From RYM) 
Heavy hard Southern tinged rock from circa 1972. Killer cuts like "Water Song" and "Song of Yeti"..This is a killer throughout and unknown heretofore. Sounds great and cool cover completes package....
Sounds like a mix of Bolder Damn and Allman Brothers, with maybe a little Feather Da Gamba. Lost music from a lost time. 'Water Song,' 'Right On.' New." "The mystery and music of The Prodigal Sons continues to thrill and mesmerize listeners to this day. Who are they? Where are they? The answers my friend lay in the vault of the Void. One thing is for certain... they know how to play kickass rock 'n' roll early '70s style before all the head bangin' mumbo jumbo. Listen on, as many have already... to the power and the glory that is and was... The Prodigal Sons as they Emerge From The Void."

01 Water Song   
02 Right On   
03 Lightning Strikes Twice   
04 Gollem   
05 Two Thousand Miles   
06 Movin' On   
07 John's Tune   
08 Saga of Yeti   
09 Goin' Home   


dimanche 28 octobre 2012

Mark Doyle & The Maniacs - Live At Bear Bones - September 19th 2009 & Live At Shifty's - September 20th 2009

Recorded live on Sept. 19 & 20, 2009, these records captures The Maniacs in top form performing songs from the Shake ‘Em On Down disc as well as killer versions of The Train Kept A’Rollin’ (Yardbirds), Let Me Love You (Jeff Beck Group) and Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac). 
Also features Louisiana Blues and It Hurts Me Too (Savoy Brown), Ain’t Done Wrong (Yardbirds), and a short excerpt of Coming Your Way (Fleetwood Mac). Also dynamite live versions of Shake ‘Em On Down and Needle & Spoon. 

Mark Doyle - lead guitar
Phil Broikos - guitar/harp/keys/trombone and vocals
Joel Kane - bass/guitar and vocals
Frank DeFonda - drums/percussion

Disc 01 (Live At Shifty's)
01- Dave Frisina Intro - 1:03
02- Train Kept a Rollin' - 4:10
03- I'm Not Talkin' - 3:00
04- Shake 'Em On Down - 4:37
05- Messin' The blues - 9:27
06- Smokestack Lightning - 6:38
07- Let Me Love You - 4:43
08- Mystic Eyes - 6:48
09- Sandy Mary - 5:56
10- Oh Well - 4:21
11- Needle & Spoon - 8:58

Disc 02 (Live At Bear Bones September 19 2009)
01- Louisiana Blues (Part 01) - 6:02
02- Louisiana Blues (Part 02) - 1:46
03- Coming Our Way (Excerpt) 1:41
04- Ain't Done Wrong - 3:53
05- Shake 'Em On Down - 4:46
06- Needle & Spoon - 10:48
07- It Hurts Me Too - 5:02