mardi 28 janvier 2014

Short Cross - Arising (1972 us heavy psychedelic blues - flac)

From Sandston, Virginia, this band evolved out of the Hustlers, whose members included, at various stages, ex-Reactors Steve Hicks and ex-Outlaws Butch Owens alongside core members Velpo Robertson, Gray McCalley and Ben Luck. The latter left to join the Barracudas, of A Plane View LP fame.
Their rare album can best be described as heavy psychedelic blues, at its purest on Suicide Blues. There's plenty of good guitar work throughout, Wastin' Time, Just Don't Care, Till We Reach The Sun and Hobo Love Song all have their share, whilst Ellen is a slow bluesy ballad. The album lacks sufficient originality to make it special but if this musical genre is where you're at you shouldn't be disappointed. (Max Waller / Roger Maglio)

GRAY McCALLEY(drums, lead vocals)
BUTCH OWENS(organ, piano, moog)
VELPO ROBERTSON(guitars, vocals)
BIRD SHARP(bass, vocals)

01. Nothin' But A Woman
02. Wastin' Time
03. Suicide Blues
04. Just Don't Care
05. On My Own
06. Till We Reach The Sun
07. Ellen
08. Hobo Love Song
09. On My Own (Stereo Mix)
10. Marching Off To War (Stereo Mix)
11. That's Her Train (Unreleased)
12. Bomb (Unfinished Demo)
13. Before It Rains (Unfinished Demo)


samedi 25 janvier 2014

Randy California - Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds (1972 us fantastic hendrixian psychedelic rock - Flac)

This album was recorded and released following Randy California's departure from Spirit. Spirit's fourth LP, Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, reached the charts but took an inordinate amount of time to receive attention (the album would eventually be certified gold by the RIAA in 1976). As a result, Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes departed Spirit to form Jo Jo Gunne with Andes' brother Matt (whose slide guitar work had previously appeared in "Prelude: Nothin' To Hide" on the Sardonicus album) and drummer Curly Smith.
Following the departure of Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes in early 1971, Spirit recruited John Arliss (and later John Fine) on bass and resumed playing live shows in March 1971". Randy California, however, was also growing disenchanted in Spirit and left the band in July 1971, along with bassist John Fine. They were replaced by brothers Al and John Staehely (on bass and guitar, respectively), and Spirit went on to record the Feedback album without Randy.
Randy spent much of his time afterwards in jam sessions with various musicians in Topanga Canyon clubs, particularly a club known as The Corral. Some of the musicians who appeared in these jam sessions, along with Noel Redding (under the pseudonym 'Clit McTorius'), Leslie Sampson (the drummer from Noel's band Road, under the pseudonym 'Henry Manchovitz') and Ed Cassidy (as 'Cass Strange'), would end up working with Randy when he started recording solo material in 1972. The resulting album featured numerous covers of the works of contemporary acts such at the Beatles and James Brown, with less emphasis upon original material by Randy. The album was also heavily influenced by the death of Jimi Hendrix in 1970, who had been friends with Randy since they played together in Jimmy James and the Blue Flames.(From Wikipedia)

01 Downer (Randy California) 5:36
02 Devil (Randy California) 4:13
03 I Don't Want Nobody (James Brown) 4:25
04 Day Tripper (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 3:00
05 Mother and Child Reunion  (Paul Simon)  2:51
06 Things Yet to Come  (V. Phillips, Lenny Lee)  8:12
07 Rain  (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)  8:38
08 Rainbow  (Randy California)  3:31
09 Walkin' the Dog (Rufus Thomas)  3:01
10 Live for the Day (Randy California)  3:23
11 Rebel (Randy California)  4:21

Randy California – vocals, guitar, waterbass (credited on the track "Rainbow"), producer
Charlie Bundy – bass
Ed Cassidy (credited as 'Cass Strange') - drums
Roger Dollarhide – engineer
Larry "Fuzzy" Knight – bass
Tim McGovern - drums
Noel Redding (credited as 'Clit McTorius') - bass
Leslie Sampson (credited as 'Henry Manchovitz') - drums
Janet Wolfe - background vocals
Robin Wolfe - background vocals  


Russell Smith - The End is not in Sight (2001 great us country soul - Flac)

"The Greatest Singer You're Not Listening Too" 
Why, in the name of all that's holy, isn't Russell Smith a contemporary country superstar and household name? He's been around for years, both as a solo act and as the voice of The Amazing Rhythm Aces. The Aces have had their moments, and ever so often Smith releases a solo album. But everytime, the mass audience greets his work with a yawn. "The End is Not is Sight" is Russell Smith's latest work and it's beautiful. This collection of mostly new material (with a few nods to the Aces with the title track and "Third Rate Romance") showcases Smith's soulful lyrics and distinctive voice. Smith's style is a dose hill-billy boogie, a dash of blue-eyed soul, a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, all stirred up in a toe-tapping stew that's mmmmmm-mmmmmm good. Whether it's the rocking rhythms of "Jesse" and "We're Gettin' Out of Here," or the sad-sweet ballads like "Walk These Hills" and "Look Heart, No Hands," Smith nails every track. Russell Smith is the greatest singer you're not listening to right now, and you should. And so should everyone who enjoys great lyrics, great music and inimitable vocals.(By Tim Hewitt)

"An astounding album!"
The luminary musicians that have been assembled to help with the production of this album are testimony to what a talent Russell Smith is. The resulting album doesn't disappoint, with a range of songs lovingly fleshed out by (mostly) sparse productions that allows the vocals of Smith to shine through. The voice is a little deeper than it was back then, but the songwriting is, if anything, better. There are some awesomely good songs here, with satisfying twists to old themes. "Old School" is a good take on cheating songs, and "The Road" reworks views about...well, the road! My favourites are "Don't go to strangers" and especially "What I learned from loving you", which as with so many of Smith's songs resonates with experiences that I can empathise with.I also enjoyed the version of "The end is not in sight", and it bears comparison with a versions that he's recorded elsewhere. A look at the musician name checks suggests that everybody down at Muscle Shoals wanted a piece of this action, including Spooner Oldham and James Hooker.Put starkly, this is an album that whatever your musical tastes you ought to think about listening to, it's that good. Oh, and by the way, there's no mention anywhere in the packaging of the Amazing Rhythm Aces! (By Dr.D.Treharne)

01- Old School
02- The King Is in His Castle
03- The Road
04- Walk These Hills
05- Look Heart No Hands
06- Don't Go to Strangers
07- We're Gettin' Outta Here
08- What I Learned From Loving You
09- Heartbeat in the Darkness
10- Third Rate Romance
11- Jesse
12- Keep It Between the Lines
13  The End Is Not in Sight

Russell Smith : Vocals
James Leblanc : Acoustic Guitar & Backing Vocals
Mac McAnally, Michael Noble, Will McFarlane, Walt Aldridge : Acoustic Guitar
Jeff King, Kelvin Holly : Electric Guitar
Danny Flowers : Guitar, Harmonica, Backing Vocals
Bob Patin, Clayton Yvey : Keyboards
Spooner Oldham, James Hooker, Tommy Patterson : Hammond B3
Wayne Bridge : Steel Guitar
David hood : Bass
Roger Guth, Darryl Burgess, Marcus Pope, Dennis Holt : Drums
Jimmy Hall : Harmonica
Scooter Muse : Banjo
Karl Kaplin : Fiddle, Steel, Accordion
Bobby Whitlock, Cindy Walker, Marie Lewey, Carla Russell, Lenny Leblanc : Backing Vocals
Mickey Buckins, Jimmy Nutt & Rodney Hall : Percussion


samedi 18 janvier 2014

Randy California (Kaptain Kopter & The Fabulous Twirly Birds) - KPFK Radio, Los Angeles 1972 - Flac

This post is dedicated to the memory of my friend Patrice "Cipcal" who left this world October 5th 2013 and  was one of the greatest fan of Randy California & John Cipollina . No doubt he has joined them on the banks of the "Time Coast"....

01. I Don't Want Nobody 
02. Devil (some minor FM interference distortion for some seconds)
03. Shotgun
04. Melting Into The Furniture
05. Walking The Dog
06. Happy
07. You Just Don't Care (1 mini drop at the end)
08. High Heeled Sneakers
09. Downer

Randy California : Guitar, Vocals
Ed Cassidy : Drums
Larry "Fuzzy" Knight : Bass Guitar


Headstone - Still Looking (1974-75- Great Us psychedelic hard rock - Wave)

01. Still Looking
02. I Like It
03. Misery
04. Those Days
05. Peace Of Mind
06. Springtime
07. I Love You
Bonus Tracks:
08. Buying Time
09. Snake Dance
10. What People Say
11. Carry Me On
12. Hey Boy
13. Ragin' River

Recorded at New Rome Studios, Columbus, OH, in 1974; (Bonus tracks 08-13 in 1975).

David Flynn - Drums, Vocals
Tom Applegate - Hammond Organ
Bruce Flynn - Guitar
Barry Flynn - Bass, Lead Vocals

Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
"From Ohio, this is predominantly a hard rock album with some soft passages and psychedelic overtones. It is well worth investigating for its good guitar work and vocals. The album is sought-after among collectors and even the counterfeit is now hard to find, although Gear Fab are currently working on a legitimate CD release, so watch this space!"
"In the psychedelic underground collectors scene the album got established as a classic psych-hard-rock rarity. Their sound is strong and melodic with awesome guitar/organ leads, solid bass and catchy vocals. Their natural float creates a hypnotic atmosphere and makes you listen to this album again and again. at all their musical spirit is closer to the end 60s blend, than the recording year 1974 reflects, and sometimes they remind of the early Bloodrock stuff."

The opening seven minute title track is a killer journey through local underground guitar psych, and there's plenty more good stuff aboard including some more lyrical moves. Underrated LP, solid all through, better than many $1000 LPs. Great generic sleeve of eagle "still looking". The band also had three non-LP 45s which are pretty good. [PL]
Ohio was full of obscure hard rock bands in the 70s, and it’s surprising how many of their self-released albums have stood the test of time. Despite relatively simple songs, this album has real power. The long title track is the highlight, but the rest of the album comes close to the standard. The songs carry on a bit too long, but the solid guitar/organ sound is backed up by an energetic rhythm section and the overall feel of this album is strong, and gets better with repeated listens. They don’t seem like they were particularly talented, but they made the most of what they had. (Acid Archives)

mardi 14 janvier 2014

Harvey Mandel - Baby Batter - The Snake (1971-1972 us blues rock with funk and jazz rock fusion elements - Akarma 2003 edition - Flac)

Whenever I've had the good fortune to see Harvey Mandel live, I always had the impression that he was always just on the verge of blowing up his equipment. I mean that in the good way. His playing style always approaches redline, but never enough to bring death and destruction on himself or the audience. He'd always bring you back, but man, it was always a great experience. 
So these two recordings, Baby Batter and Snakes typify what I'm talking about. The other reviewer mentioned some great guitarists like Joe Satriani and bringing up Mandel in the same breath is fine with me. Hell, he was good enough to audition for the Rolling Stones when Mick Taylor left the band, so that might tell you something. He played at Woodstock for Canned Heat and has had a stint with John Mayall. As a leader, he's always had great sidemen, including Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Larry Taylor and Fito de la Parra. 
His sound is basically overdriven, but not grinding -- but don't doubt he gets down and dirty when the piece of music calls for it. And that's not to say he can't play clean because he does that very well indeed. Listen to "Ode to the Owl," on Snake and you'll get what I'm talking about. His music is rhythm-based, blues-based and he utilizes a lot of different scales and picking techniques to keep your interest as you groove. Mandel's licks aren't ever cliche, although distinctive and clearly his own. In other words, you hear Harvey Mandel and you know it's him. I think this is what makes great musicians really stand out from the real good ones. You hear them once and their sound is immediately identifiable. 
These two albums are excellent examples of great guitar instrumental rock/blues music of the early 70s. What the hell: Classifying this music isn't easy because you'll hear jazz and some country licks in there too. What else is there to say? Just enjoy the music.(By Tim Withee)

01. Baby Batter: Baby Batter 3:44  
02. Baby Batter: Midnight Sun 6:22 
03. Baby Batter: One Way Street 4:17  
04. Baby Batter: Morton Grove Mama 4:57 
05. Baby Batter: Freedon Ball 6:21 
06. Baby Batter: El Stinger 7:24 
07. Baby Batter: Hank the Ripper 5:11 
08. The Snake: The Diving Rod 3:01 
09. The Snake: Pegasus 3:26 
10. The Snake: Lynda Love 2:30 
11. The Snake: Peruvian Flake 3:27 
12. The Snake: The Snake 3:06  
13. The Snake: Uno Ino 2:33 
14. The Snake: Ode to the Owl 2:34 
15. The Snake: Levitation 5:12 
16. The Snake: Bite the Electric Eel 4:12 

Musicians on Baby Batter
Harvey Mandel - Guitars
Larry Taylor - Bass
Howard Wales - Keyboards
Paul Lagos - Drums
Big Black - Congas
Mike Melvoin - Keyboards
Colin Bailey - Drums
Emil Richards - Percussions
Joe Picaro - Percussions
Sandra Crouch - Tambourine

Musicians on The Snake
Harvey Mandel - Guitars
Larry Taylor - Bass
Randy Resnick - Rhythm Guitar
Paul Lagos - Drums
Victor Conte - Bass
Earl Palmer - Drums
Chuck Domanico - Bass
Jim Taylor - Piano
Don sugarcane Harris - Violin & Strings
Adolfo De La Parra - Drums
Antonio De La Barreda - Bass
Kevin Burton - Organ
Charles Lloyd - Flute
Freddie Roulette - Steel Guitar

vendredi 10 janvier 2014

Pink Floyd - BBC Archives 1970-1971 - The Paris Cinema Sessions (Flac)

Great music in perfect quality with rare tracks like "The Embryo" and Pink Floyd playing the blues . 
Enjoy !!!


July 16, 1970
1-1 The Embryo 11:08
1-2 Fat Old Sun 5:31
1-3 Green Is The Colour 3:27
1-4 Careful With That Axe, Eugene  8:28
1-5 If 5:06
1-6 Atom Heart Mother  25:05

September 30, 1971
2-1 Fat Old Sun  15:27
2-2 One Of These Days  7:31
2-3 The Embryo  10:06
2-4 Echoes  26:32
2-5 Blues  4:58

Part 01
Part 02

mercredi 1 janvier 2014

Moloch - Moloch (1970 us hard rock with great fuzzy guitars - Wave)

Formed in Memphis in 1968 by Baker, who'd fronted local faves The Blazers, the initial line-up evolved to include drummer Durham, who'd been with The Group and The Rapscallions. Produced, written and arranged by Don Nix (ex-Mar-Keys and Paris Pilot) in Memphis, Moloch is an excellent blues rock album with some sound effects, noises and superb acid guitar solos by Lee Baker. Their single was recorded after the album with a later line-up and is extremely rare.
The genius of Lee Baker 
Lee Baker is the greatest guitarist you have never heard of. Here is your chance. Listen to Baker alternate between fuzzy,funk blues riffing,slippery slide and stinging leads. Beale Street summer of love. Moloch is a collection of notorious Memphis musicians. Blues filtered through blotter acid. The original version of "Going Down" is here. Yes, the very same song Jeff Beck/Freddie King etc covered.Before you smugly ask,yes,Baker is the equal to Beck. He's that good. Ask Jim Dickinson. Ask Alex Chilton. Smell the psycho daisies and grab this disc. (By McCarthy Salisbury)

01 Helping Hand 
02 Maverick Woman Blues 
03 Outta Hand 
04 Same Old Blues 
05 Going Down 
06 She Looks Like an Angel 
07 Gone Too Long 
08 Dance Chaney Dance 
09 Mona 
10 People Keep Talking 
11 I Can Think the Same of You 
12 Night at the Possum 

Lee Baker - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Gene Wilkins - Lead Vocals
Phillip Durham - Drums Vocals 
Fred Nicholson - Organ
Steve Spear - Bass

The Paisleys – Cosmic Mind At Play (1970 Us Garage Psychedelic Rock – Flac)

The Paisleys were a Minneapolis garage-psych band that formed in 1968. Original members included Rick Youngberg (guitar, vocals), Rick “The Wizard” Timm (bass, vocals), Bill Smith (piano, vocals) and Greg Payton (drums, vocals).

In late 1968, they decided to pack up and move to Canada where they camped around and gigged predominantly in the Vancouver area. Due to fear of being deported back to the U.S. and into the Vietnam draft, Youngerberg left the group. Payton had a nervous breakdown and also left and was replaced by Bob Belknap (drums, vocals).

In 1969, Smith, Timm and Payton moved back to the U.S. and held auditions for a new lead guitarist and found Brad Stodden. They then began recording their sole LP, “Cosmic Minds At Play”, album abounds with naive cosmic cliches of late-`60s psychedelic music, performed with sincerity and respectable instrumental competence.

Halfway through recording the album, Belknap was replaced by Mike Cornelius (drums, vocals). It’s this lineup that recorded the outstanding ‘Something’s Missing’, which is one of their best songs, but ironically never made the LP. Only 2,000 copies of the record were pressed and when it didn’t sell well, the band soon split. (By Adamus67)

When this LP was given to me by a friend in the mid ’80s, I assumed it to be the work of a too-obviously-named retro band – possibly British and possibly linked with England’s “Groovy Cellar” scene – something I had never actually heard anything from, just read about and invented – probably for the better. (I didn’t have much to go on: A plain black and white cover with no info and cheap Letraset ‘The Paisleys’ monogram on the back with a bootleg looking UK-pressed label). The music, however, certainly suggested otherwise: high American country accents singing keyboard-heavy Prog Beatles with a side long title-track that had a baseball play-by-play. Then there was the hand drawn trip cover of (of course) Paisleys, cartoon faces and squiggly lines – Creepy in a sort of Flash Graphics/International Artists sort of way. Not at all mod. No internet back then so in my mind they could’ve been from anywhere at any time.

The truth is this upper midwest-based band was doing some pretty far-out sounding Anglo-Pop in the ’70s when virtually no-one else was. It’s a bizarre album; quite likeable in its own weird way.
The band approaches Psychedelia in an earnest, honest style. The lyrics are reminiscent of Tommy Hall/Roky Erickson’s in some regards as they are quite explicitly ‘instructional’ or ‘journalistic’ with regards to Cosmic experience. Tellingly, the most interesting tracks have a curious ‘futuristic’ feel to them, setting The Paisleys quite apart from whatever their influences may have been (I can only really detect Abbey Road Beatles, particularly on one track: The Wind). They were clearly on to something, following it doggedly.
It’s hard to contemplate this band’s historical place in whatever scene they came up in. With their name and music, The Paisleys clearly were in step with day-glo Nuggets-era happenings, even if those happenings were already 4 or 5 years old by the time they themselves recorded. However, if they actually were self-consciously ‘retro’ at this early point in the Rock Era they certainly weren’t copying anyone in particular. Most crucially, there is a wacky sense of humour throughout ‘Cosmic Mind At Play’ that sets it apart from heavier offerings, a gentle giggle throughout making it a friendlier soundtrack than some. It’s certainly one of the more unusual records out there – one that stands utterly alone on several counts.
Once astonishingly rare, ‘Cosmic Mind At Play’ has apparently become a little easier to find: Sundazed has come out with a deluxe CD with bonus tracks (which I haven’t heard). Fans of the Elevators and The Golden Dawn would do well to seek out this lesser known offering of late vintage heartfelt American Psychedelic Music. Despite some crummy reviews out there that (thanks, Internet) are being rehashed in some odd places, this album is actually really good and quite noteworthy for even having been made at all. (By Banjo)

01. “Cosmic Mind at Play” 2:07
02. “Rockin’” 2:03
03. “Now” 3:12
04. “Smokey Windows” 1:39
05. “Diddley” 4:36
06. “Wind” 5:19
07. “Musical Journey” 18:42
08. “Something’s Missing” 2:59
09. “Medley: Comin’ On, City of Light, Home Again” 7:26
10. “The Fool With the Jewel” 3:22
11. “Step Quietly and Quickly” 2:09
12. “Elf in a Magic Bottle” 6:08
13. “In Dreams” 6:41

Brad Stodden – Vocals, guitar
Bill Smith – Keyboards, background vocals
Dick Timm – Bass, background vocals
Bob Belknap – Drums, background vocals.
Rick Youngberg – Vocals, guitar
Bill Airey Smith – Vocals, piano
Greg Payton – Vocals, drums
Mike Cornelius – Drums, vocals