lundi 14 octobre 2013

Help Yourself - Help Yourself 5 (1973 - 2002 - Classic Welsh Rock - Wave)

Formed in London in 1969, Help Yourself released four very fine albums which drew heavily on the sound of West Coast outfits like Buffalo Springfield and Quicksilver Messenger Service.
In 1973 they began recording their fifth album. However, these sessions were never completed, the album was never released, and the band split later that year.
That legendary 'lost 5th album' has been highly sought after by collectors ever since.
After the band split, Malcolm Morley joined 'Man', while the rest of his former colleagues teamed up with 'Deke Leonard's Iceberg'.
Eventually, in the winter of 2002, the original Help Yourself band members, augmented by drummer Kevin Spacey, gathered once more to finally complete their fifth album.
Appropriately titled '5', it is now released here for the first time. The cover features an original illustration by the legendary Rick Griffin and the booklet includes a liner note from Malcolm Morley.

Tracklist :
01.Light Your Way
02.Cowboy Song
03.Monkey Wrench
04.Romance In A Tin
07.Monkey Wrench (reprise)
08.The Rock
10. Alley Cat
Tracks 1-3,5-7,9,11 recorded 1973

*Richard Treece - guitar
*Ken Whaley - bass
*Malcom Morley - vocals, guitar & piano
*Dave Charles - drums, vocal (Track 11)
*Sean Tyla - guitar (Tracks 3,7,11)
*Deke Leonard - guitar solo (Track 1).
*Malcolm Morley - vocals, guitar & keyboards
*Richard Treece - guitar
*Ken Whaley - bass guitar, vocals (Track 10)
*Kevin Spacey - drums.


samedi 5 octobre 2013

Harvey Mandel - Shangrenade / Feel the Sound (1973-1974 us blues rock with funk and jazz rock fusion elements - Akarma 2003 edition - Wave)

In the mold of Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, and Mike Bloomfield, Mandel is an extremely creative rock guitarist with heavy blues and jazz influences. And like those guitarists, his vocal abilities are basically nonexistent, though Mandel, unlike some similar musicians, has always known this, and concentrated on recordings that are entirely instrumental, or feature other singers. A minor figure most known for auditioning unsuccessfully for the Rolling Stones, he recorded some intriguing (though erratic) work on his own that anticipated some of the better elements of jazz-rock fusion, showcasing his concise chops, his command of a multitude of tone pedal controls, and an eclecticism that found him working with string orchestras and country steel guitar wizards. Mandel got his first toehold in the fertile Chicago white blues-rock scene of the mid-'60s (which cultivated talents like Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, and Steve Miller), and made his first recordings as the lead guitarist for harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite. Enticed to go solo by Blue Cheer producer Abe Kesh, Harvey cut a couple of nearly wholly instrumental albums for Phillips in the late '60s that were underground FM radio favorites, establishing him as one of the most versatile young American guitar lions. He gained his most recognition, though, not as a solo artist, but as a lead guitarist for Canned Heat in 1969 and 1970, replacing Henry Vestine and appearing with the band at Woodstock. Shortly afterward, he signed up for a stint in John Mayall's band, just after the British bluesman had relocated to California. Mandel unwisely decided to use a vocalist for his third and least successful Philips album. After his term with Mayall (on USA Union and Back to the Roots) had run its course, he resumed his solo career, and also formed Pure Food & Drug Act with violinist Don "Sugarcane" Harris (from the '50s R&B duo Don & Dewey), which made several albums. In the mid-'70s, when the Rolling Stones were looking for a replacement for Mick Taylor, Mandel auditioned for a spot in the group; although he lost to Ron Wood, his guitar does appear on two cuts on the Stones' 1976 album, Black & Blue. Recording intermittently since then as a solo artist and a sessionman, his influence on the contemporary scene is felt via the two-handed fretboard tapping technique that he introduced on his 1973 album Shangrenade, later employed by Eddie Van Halen, Stanley Jordan, and Steve Vai. (By Richie Unterberger)

Feel The Sound

09. Got to Be Bad 
10. Sore Throat  
11. Just Wanna Be There  
12. Candles by the Bedside  
13. Feel the Sound  
14. I Got Your Slot 
15. Rankachank Blues  
16. Forever and Forever  

Harvey Mandel - Guitars
Coleman Head - Rhythm Guitar
Victor Conte - Bass
Danny Keller - Drums
Paul Lagos - Drums
Ray Lester - Bass
Richard Martin - Vocals
Mark Skyer - Guitar Vocals


01. What the Funk 
02. Fish Walk 
03. Sugarloaf 
04. Midnight Sun II 
05. Million Dollar Feeling  
06. Green Apple Quick Step  
07. Frenzy 
08. Shangrenade 

Harvey Mandel - Guitars
Coleman Head - Rhythm Guitar
Victor Conte - Bass
Paul Lagos - Drums
Bobby Lyle - Keyboards
Bobby Notkoff - Strings
Freddy Roulette - Steel Guitar
Don "Sugarcane Harris" Harris - Violin