dimanche 4 août 2013

Charlee - Charlee (1972 canada fantastic hard rock with Walter Rossi - Wave audio format)

Their album, which got a U.S. release on Mind Dust four years after its initial Canadian exposure, is full of good pulsating hard rock numbers featuring lots of superb guitar work from the hands of Walter Rossi.

The instrumental opening cut, Wizard, sets the tone and driving hard rockers like Lord Knows I've Won, the imaginative Just You And Me and Wheel Of Fortune. Let's Keep Silent is notable for lots of fuzz guitar work and A Way To Die is a slower song featuring lots of Rossi's fine guitar work. All bar one cut were penned by Rossi (four were co-written with Danny Ippersiel). An album well worth checking out.

Before forming this great band, Canadian guitar wizzard Walter Rossi had cut his teeth in the late 60s with some pretty big names like, Wilson Picket, and The Buddy Miles Express. He even turned down offers from Three Dog Night and Janis Joplin. Walter also had the pleasure of jamming with Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles on several occassions during their Band of Gypsies days.

Then back in Canada, Walter co-founded the progressive rock band Influence in 1969.

After being signed by ABC records, they went on tour opening for The Doors and Steppenwolf. In 1971 he formed Charlee. This is heavy rock at it's very best! This lost, virtually unheard album from the early 70's is absolutely amazing and essential to anyone interested in metal. It ranks up there with Montrose, Sad Wings of Destiny and early Trower.

This one and only album by Charlee is a stone dead classic. I've only known one person who ever owned it but back then we all made tapes and cherished it as the great lost classic of rock that it still is (By Rate Your Music).

01.Wizzard (3:29)
02.Lord Knows I've Won (2:45)
03.Just You and Me (3:32)
04.A Way to Die (6:50)
05.Let's Keep Silent (3:28)
06.Wheel of Fortune Turning (6:32)
07.It Isn't the First Time (6:09)
08.Let's Keep Silent (1:57)

Walter Rossi - Guitar, Vocals
Jack Geisinger - Bass
Mike Driscoll - Drums


DR Fong & Friends - Cataclizm On 8th Avenue - (2007 Spacy Psychedelic Rock - Wave)

Don't miss this record . It's 45mn of Spacy , Psychedelic , Cosmic etc....GUITAR
One of the best instrumental track I've heard since a long time !!!
Long ago and far away, way out in the boonies of rural Hoosierland a young boy picked up his ax and started hammering out riffs. From tiny garage bands to eventually performing with some of the best musicians on the planet, Dr. Fong is no doubt one of rock's best kept secrets!Cataclizm is a bold move into a totally real, unrehearsed, unedited long jam.... Cataclizm was not rehearsed and was done in one take without any overdubs of any kind.
Cataclizm is 45 minutes of lettin' a Strat rip, rock, cry and weep in every way imaginable! Check out the good Doc's super guitar licks and the amazing bass work of Gary "Brotherman" Branchaud, Nashville "Alister"!Crank it way up and hit play! Have a taste of CataClizm on 8th Avenue!

Sam Apple Pie - East 17 (1973 great uk blues rock - Wave)

Sam Apple Pie recorded their second album East 17 in 1973, with Sam Sampson and Bob Rennie from the first album supported by Andy Johnson and Denny "Pancho" Barnes on guitars, and Lee Baxter Hayes on drums. East 17 is a bit more polished and diverse than their first album but probably lacked a real killer track to get them wider publicity and recognition. Flying is my favourite track reminding me of Wishbone Ash in dual guitar mode. All tracks are worth a listen - exciting and memorable live band who deserved more success than they achieved.

01.Good Time Music
03.Out On The Road
04.Route 66
05.She's The Queen
06. Old Tom
08.Call Me Boss
09.Another Orpheus

Sam "Tomcat" Sampson - Harmonica, Vocals
Bob "Dog" Rennie - Bass
Andy Johnson - Guitar
Denny "Pancho" Barnes - Guitar
Lee Baxter Hayes - Drums


Sam Apple Pie - Sam Apple Pie (1969 great uk blues rock - 2003 cd reissue - Wave)

Formed in Walthamstow, London, where they ran their own club 'The Bottleneck Blues Club', Sam Apple Pie soon attracted a large live following, with a mix of goodtime blues and boogie, interspersed with humour. In October 1969 they played the Amougies festival, in Belgium, where Frank Zappa jammed with them.
They wrote all but one of the songs on their first album Sam Apple Pie (1969) which featured lead singer Sam "Tomcat" Sampson with Mike "Tinkerbell" Smith and Steve Jolly on guitars, bassist Bob "Dog" Rennie, Malcolm Morley on keyboards and Dave Charles on drums.
In 1970 they played the first Glastonbury Festival, after which Morley and Charles left to form Help Yourself and Steve Jolly to join Procol Harum offshoot Freedom. After several more line up changes, the band recorded their second album East 17 in 1973, with Sam Sampson and Bob Rennie from the first album supported by Andy Johnson and Denny "Pancho" Barnes on guitars, and Lee Baxter Hayes on drums.
They disbanded in 1974, but reformed the next year. During the hiatus, from mid 1974 to February 1975, the band members performed with Vincent Crane as Vincent Crane's Atomic Rooster. Further line up changes included bassist Gary Fletcher, who subsequently joined The Blues Band and drummer Martin Bell. The band continued into the late 1970s, changing its name to The Vipers, (not to be confused with the new wave band of the same name) before disbanding.

The British blues-rock boom was such a big deal at the end of the 1960s that plenty of also-ran bands got the chance to fill out the bottom of concert and festival bills, and also to record. Sam Apple Pie were among them, and their self-titled debut album didn't offer much in the style that was out of the ordinary, though it did possess basic competence. You needed more than basic competence to make a mark, however, even in a genre that could be as hidebound as British blues. Sam Apple Pie didn't have those extra special somethings, relying too much upon stock blues riffs and good-time energy that might have been effective in a concert setting, but are pretty dull on record. If any influence from their peers seems strongest, it's early Fleetwood Mac (in both their stinging blues modes and their quieter, more reflective ones). 
Songs like "Stranger," "Sometime Girl," and "Winter of My Love," with its swooping slide, downcast lyrics, and minor keys, definitely recall some of the Mac's early tunes. But this is way below the level of the Peter Green-helmed Fleetwood Mac in singing, playing, and songwriting, though at least the band wrote every song on the album except one ("Tiger Man [King of the Jungle]," where the macho bluster is so callow that it's uncertain whether it's a parody or a sincere attempt at the real thing). Certainly the standout track, though the least typical one, is "Annabelle," with a soft jazz-classical-rock blend -- and little of the blues -- that's, again, very reminiscent of some of Fleetwood Mac's work in the 1969-1970 period. The sudden detour into a jazzy jam with flute in "Moonlight Man" is another promising avenue that, alas, wasn't explored elsewhere on this release.

01. Hawk 4:08
02. Winter of My Love 7:16
03. Stranger 4:27
04. Swan Song 7:12
05. Tiger Man (King of the Jungle) 2:24
06. Something Nation 4:00
07. Sometime Girl 4:02
08. Uncle Sam's Blues 2:37
09. Annabelle 5:20
10. Moonlight Man 7:19
11. Tiger Man [Mono Single Mix] 2:24
12. Sometime Girl [Mono Single Mix]

Sam "Tomcat" Sampson - Lead Vocals, Harmonica
Mike "Tinkerbell" Smith - Guitar
Steve Jolly - Guitar
Bob "Dog" Rennie - Bass
Malcolm Morley - Keyboards
Dave Charles - Drums


Wigwam - Fresh Garbage Rarities (1969-1977 Finland Psych Prog - Flac)

This is an album with 7 single tracks and lot of fantastic live through years, 
it starts with the first single from March 1969 and ends up with on jam from the last tour
recorded in Stockholm in December 1977, so here you got a double with lot of marvelous music,
and on this album you got all the line-ups in a chronical order, so all you have to do is to
enjoy these tracks, because is lot of goodies in this album, it has a nearly 14 minutes live
version of the mavelous track Fairyport and 18 minutes of No New Games/Grass For Blades, 
because a great song always gonna be better if it's expanded a little, and you got the second
and third single with Finnish vocal, and is a treasure to listen to these rare singles,
but by now I bet that you know what Wigwan is all about. 


Cd 01: 1969-1973

01. Must Be The Devil (Pembroke) 4:25
02. Greasy Kids' Stuff (Pembroke) 2:58
          single LRS 1021 March 1969 
03. Luulosairas (Gustavson) 4:07
          single LRS 1028A October 1969 
04. Pedagogi (Gustavson) 3:28
05. Häätö (Huldén) 4:08
          single LRS 1047 March 1970 
06. Chest Fever (Robertson) 5:52
07. Fresh Garbage (Ferguson) 5:36
          live, Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki 27.2.1970 
08. King Harvest (Has Surely Come) (Robertson) 2:57
09. Losing Hold (Pohjola, Gustavson - Pembroke) 6:36
10. Nothing Shows (Pembroke) 2:51
11. Captain Supernatural (Pembroke) 3:49
          live, N-Club, Helsinki 11.2.1971 
12. Imagine (Lennon) 3:42
13. Nipistys (Pohjola) 8:06
14. Marvelry Skimmer (Friend From The Fields) (Pembroke) 3:35
15. Fairyport (Gustavson) 13:46
          live, Liisankadun studio, Helsinki 7.11.1973 

Total length: 76:40

Cd 02: 1974-1977

01. Do The Pigworm (Pembroke) 9:30
02. Just My Situation / Sweet Marie (Pembroke) 9:17
          live, N-Club, Helsinki 3.6.1974 
03. A Better Hold (And A Little View) (Pembroke) 3:52
04. Never Turn You In (Rechardt - Pembroke) 6:46
05. No New Games (Pembroke) 6:39
          live, Töölönrannan kesäteatteri, Helsinki 18.6.1975 
06. Tramdriver (Pembroke) 3:48
07. Wardance (Rechardt - Pembroke) 3:42
          single LRS 2100 November 1975 
08. No New Games / Grass For Blades (Pembroke) 18:15
          live, Ylioppilastalo, Tampere 23.11.1977 
09. In And Out (Montgomery) 8:00
          live, Ylioppilastalo, Tampere 24.11.1977 
10. Looking For The Eddie And The Boys (Jam Session) (Rechardt) 7:54
          live, Bullerbyn, Stockholm 14.12.1977 

Total length: 78:03

Mats Huldén bass (A1-A7)
Vladimir Nikamo guitar (A1-A7)
Jim Pembroke vocals, keyboards (A1, A2, A5-A15, B1-B10)
Ronnie Österberg drums (A1-A15, B1-B10)
Jukka Gustavson keyboards, vocals (A3-A15, B1, B2, B8, B9)
Pekka Pohjola bass, violin (A4, A5, A8-A15, B1, B2)
Otto Donner voice (A5)
Pekka Rechardt guitar (B1-B7, B10)
Måns Groundstroem bass (B3-B10)
Heikki Hietanen keyboards (B3-B7)
Esa Kotilainen keyboards (B8-B10)
Heikki Silvennoinen guitar (B9)

Re-mastered at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki (17.-21.08.2000) by Pauli Saastamoinen
Compilation by Mikko Meriläinen, Suonna Kononen, Timo Vuorio
Cover by Mats Huldén