mardi 18 septembre 2012

Stepson - Stepson (Great Us Heavy Detroit Styled Blues-Rock - Flac)

An excellent hard/blues album, with Jeff Simmons on one track. Most of the songs were written by the group and the vocals and guitar parts are especially interesting (Rude Attitude, I Apologize, Burnin' Hurt). Arthur Lee of Love and Chris Hillman od The Byrds get "special thanks" on the cover. 
Hawks, Newman and Gallucci had all previously been in Don and the Goodtimes and later with Hauser in Touch.
After the demise of TOUCH, 3 (of the 5) members went on and resurfaced in 1974 with this hard drivin' slab of attitude, swagger, fuzz and hammond. Jeff Simmons appears on one of the tracks and a heavy Detroit-vibe hangs in the air throughout.

Jeff Hawks : Lead Vocals 
Joey Newman : Guitar, Vocals 
Bruce Hauser : Bass, Vocals
Len Fagan : Drums 
Don Gallucci : Piano 
Jimmy Greenspoon : Organ  
Jeff Simmons : Harp 
Tracks List
01. Rule In The Book - 3.20
02. Lil´ Bit - 3.59
03. Rude Attitude - 3.26
04. It´s My Life - 3.03
05. I Apologize - 5.34
06. Suffer - 4.45
07. Back To Bama - 2.35
08. Man, I´m A Fool - 4.34
09. Turnpike - 2.42
10. Burnin´ Hurt - 4.36

Southern Cross - Southern Cross (1976 australian hard & heavy rock with ex-Buffalo members - Wave)

Southern Cross was an Austalian heavy rock band formed by ex-Buffalo members Alan Milano and John Baxter. 
Milano was co-vocalist on Dead Forever while John Baxter was responsible for Buffalo's heavy rock guitar sound. By the time this recording came about Baxter had left to be replaced by Bruce Cumming.
Alongside the likes of Finch, The Angels, Kevin Borich Express, Rose Tattoo, and Chariot, Southern Cross swiftly became one of the most popular hard rock bands on the Sydney scene. 
They were signed to the independent Living Sound/Laser label where they issued their debut single towards the end of 1976, followed by their self-titled debut album in early 1977. 
The album features melodic, raunchy hard rock in the vein of Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs and UK band Bad Company. It mixed flat out riff-rockers with moody rock ballads. 
The album scored only minimal sales, despite its strong content and by 1978 they had broken up with Cumming and Brouet moving on to The Press, another Sydney based band with a punk edged heavy metal sound.
Southern Cross - You Need It:

Tracks listing:
01. Money Maker (04':31")
02. You Need It (05':10")
03. Jessie (05':12")
04. What Am I Waiting For? (05':19")
05. Harris Street (04':42")
06. Story Teller (05':12")
07. Games (08':58")
08. Stormy Lady (04':51")

Southern Cross:
*Bruce Cumming - guitars
*Jeff Beacham - drums
*Michel Brouet - bass, vocals
*Alan Milano - vocals

Rip and Scans by NELWIZARD


lundi 17 septembre 2012

Kak - Kak Ola (1969 great us psychedelic rock - wave)

Although formed in Davis, California, Kak were based in San Francisco for a good part of 1968, when they recorded their only album. Lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter Gary Lee Yoder and lead guitarist Dehner Patten had been in the Oxford Circle, an obscure early Northern Californian psychedelic band that had cut one garage/psych single ("Foolish Woman"/"Mind Destruction") and played some shows on the San Francisco psychedelic circuit, while bassist Joe-Dave Damrell had been on a 1965 single on Scorpio Records with Group "B".
The self-titled Kak LP was minor-league San Francisco psychedelic rock colored by a lot of influence from bigger Bay Area bands, particularly Moby Grape; the vocal harmonies and curling guitar work on tracks like 'Disbelievin'" and "Everything's Changing" in particular sounded like a more pedestrian Moby Grape. There were also more distant echoes of Quicksilver Messenger Service (in the guitar work) and the Grateful Dead (in faint traces of country-blues-rock). Kak were best, and least derivative, at their quietest, as on the gentle country-tinged rocker "I've Got Time, " the good-time wistful psych-folk-rock of "Lemonade Kid, " and the harpsichord-decorated ballad "Flowing By, " which was as derivative of Donovan as much of their other songs were of Moby Grape.
Kak's album was barely promoted and sold little. It didn't help that the band played less than a dozen shows before breaking up in early 1969, Damrell having already quit prior to the split. Yoder did a single for Epic and and then joined Blue Cheer. The Kak album eventually became a pricey collector item, and was reissued on CD by Big Beat (with the new title Kak-ola) in 1999 with plenty of bonus cuts, including previously unreleased acoustic demos and Yoder solo tracks from the late sixties. ~ by Richie Unterberger.

- Joseph Damrell (bass, sitar, tambourine, vocals),
- Gary Lee Yoder (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar),
- Dehner E. Patten (lead guitar, vocals),
- Chris Lockheed (drums, tabla, harpsichord, maracas, vocals)

01. HCO 97658
02. Everything's Changing
03. Electric Sailor
04. Disbelievin'
05. I've Got Time
06. Flowing By
07. Bryte 'N' Clear Day
08. Trieulogy
09. Lemonaide Kid
10. Rain (Bonus Track)
11. Everything's Changing(Acaustic Demo) (Bonus Track)
12. I've Got Time(Previously unrelease) (Bonus Track)
13. Medley:Bye Bye/Easy Jack(Previously unrelease) (Bonus Track)
14. Bryte 'N' Clear Day(Previously unrelease) (Bonus Track)
15. Medley:Mirage/Rain(Previously unrelease) (Bonus Track)
16. When Love Comes In(Previously unrelease) (Bonus Track)
17. I Miss You(Previously unrelease) (Bonus Track)
18. Lonely People Blues(Previously unrelease) (Bonus Track)
19. Flight From The East(Bonus Track)
20. Good Time Music(Bonus Track)

Tracks 1 to 15:
*Dehner C. Patten - lead guitar, vocals
*Gary L. Yoder - acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals
*Joseph D. Damrell - bass guitar, sitar, tambourine, vocals
*Christopher A. Lockheed - drums, tabla, harpsichord, maraccas, vocals

Tracks 16, 17 and 18:
*Gary L. Yoder - guitar, vocals
*Bruce Stephens - guitar
*Paul Whaley - drums
*Richard Berger - flute
*Ralph Kellogg - keyboards, bass
*Jim Keylor - bass

Tracks 19 and 20:
* Gary L. Yoder - guitar, vocals
*Pete Sears - keyboards
*Bryn Haworth - guitar
*Paul Whaley - drums
*Jim Keylor - bass
*Billie Barnum - backing vocals

dimanche 16 septembre 2012

Oxford Circle - Live At The Avalon 1966 (great us psychedelic blues - wave)

Oxford Circle was a legendary psychedelic blues band primarily due to the fact that drummer Paul Whaley and vocalist/fuzz guitarist Gary Lee Yoder were members of the cult proto-metal band Blue Cheer. This set "Live at the Avalon 1966" contains 14 live cuts in good sound quality for the time period. In addition it also contains four studio cuts. "Foolish Woman" a garage/psychedelic favorite and "Troubles" another band original appear here in both studio and live versions. These are the strongest group originals on the disk. The live cuts are mostly classic blues or British blues/rock covers. Versions of "You're A Better Man Than I" (Yardbirds) and "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" (Animals)and some songs by Van Morrison illustrate that their main influences were British blues/rock bands of the mid to late sixties with a California psychedelic take. Blues covers "Baby Please Don't Go" and "I'm A Man" are especially energetic. The Yardbirds like rave-up at the end of the latter contains some Jeff Beck inspired guitar work by lead guitarist Dehner Patten with some psychedelic fuzz and distortion added by Yoder. Drummer Whaley is solid throughout and it easy to imagine why Dickie Peterson tapped him to fill the drum chair in the power trio Blue Cheer. Jim Keylor's bass is noticeable now and again weaving in and out of the guitar histrionics. Yoder's harmonica pops up occasionally and gives the proceedings a bluesier feel. The band broke up after Whaley left to join Blue Cheer. Yoder and Patten reunited to form Kak another psychedelic band before Gary Lee Yoder also joined Blue Cheer. Fans of California's psychedelic scene and rare blues/garage rock will find this to be a hidden treasure. Kudos to Ace/Big Beat for unearthing this rare psychedelic gem and providing great liner notes with a detailed history and pictures of the band.

01. Mystic Eyes
02. Since You’ve Been Away
03. You’re A Better Man Than I
04. Soul On Fire
05. I Got My Mojo Working
06. Baby Please Don’t Go
07. Foolish Woman
08. Troubles
09. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
10. Today
11. Silent Woman
12. Little Girl
13. Hoochie Coochie Man
14. I’m A Man
15. Foolish Woman (World United 002 45 1966)
16. Mind Destruction (World United 002 45 1966)
17. The Raven
18. Troubles

Gary Yoder (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
Dehner E. Patten (vocals, guitar) 
Paul Whaley (vocals, drums) 
Jim Keylor (vocals) 
Jack Hills (saxophone) 
Bruce Turley, Mac Rebennack (organ)