Monday, March 30, 2009

Puff - Puff (us 1969)

Puff - Puff (us 1969, MGM SE 4622, Hippie pop)

* Jim Mandell
* Organ, Flute, Piano, Vocals
* David Ryan - Bass, Vocals
* Vin Campisi - Guitar
* Robert H. Henderson - Drums, Vocals

- Alan Lorber - Producer

01. Dead Thoughts of Alfred (2:02)
02. Rainy Day (2:42)
03. Vacuum (2:12)
04. Walk upon the Water (2:00)
05. Who Do You Think You Are (2:27)
06. Of Not Being Able to Go to Sleep (5:09)
07. When I Wake up in the Morning (3:05)
08. Trees (3:00)
09. It's My Way (2:52)
10. I Sure Need You (6:29)
11. Go With You (2:55)
12. Changes (2:30)

PUFF was the 1969 extension-group of the Rockin Ramrods with songs written by founding Ramrods leader Ron Campisi and featured guitarist-vocalist David Allen Ryan (later of Sha Na Na) and jazz flutist/keyboardist Jim Mandell. The sound of the group was a marked departure from the Rockin' Ramrods. It was softer, more experimental, and for the first time introduced jazz, blues and classical themes into their music. Although the lyrics Ronn Campisi wrote in the early, middle and late stages of his groups were set against different musical idioms, there was always one thematic-constant of kid's dreams, adolescent desires & growing up.
~ (Internet Source)

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

AG A.M. - Erinnerungen An Eine Positive Phase (Ger 1977)

AG A.M. - Erinnerungen an eine positive Phase (Ger 1977)

Formed: Germany

- Peter P. Dettlaff (vocals, guitar, bass),
- Gunter Westenberger (vocals, guitar, accordion),
- Bernd Gansloser (vocals, bass, guitar),
- Gerhard Muller (drums, clarinet, flute, organ)

Related Artists: Air

Also Known As: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ante Meridiem, Agam

ERINNERUNGEN AN EINE POSITIVE PHASE (5-6/77)LP private release 1377 (1977)

01. Der Steinadler
02. Die Positive Phase Vom Eindruck Eines Kanadischen Spiegels (In Der Groίen Stadt)
03. Bockenheimer Schlammtango
04. Blancanieve
05. I'll Come Back
06. Die Birke
07. Ballad Of The Lonesome Rover
08. River-Blues
09. Beautiful Remembrance
10. Good Night, Sleep Tight

The full name of Ag A.M. is Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ante Meridiem, (which means something totally weird like "The Anti-Meridian Study Group"). They were a varied kind of folky politico band with a very German sound, and a music that drew in an extremely wide range of styles, ranging from theatrical Floh De Cologne territory, via trippy psychedelia, all sorts of progressive rock styles, and on to country rock even! Oddball stuff indeed, certainly their music was an acquired taste and original too.Nothing historical whatsoever is known about Ag A.M., no, not even the musicians full names! All that they left behind is an odd album that is full of surprises, yet doesn't really fit into any genre comfortably. It's a curiosity, and aptly it's one of the most obscure of 70's self produced obscurities.
~ (Internet Source)

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Gandalf the Grey - The Grey Wizard Am I (us 1972)

Gandalf the GreyThe Grey Wizard Am I (us 1972)

*Very rare original USA pressing, Released by Grey Wizzard Records in 1972.
*Price for the original pressing up to $500 - $1000

Born: Glen Cove, NY, United States
Also Known As: Chris Wilson [birth name]

NB: (1) counterfeited (Heyoka HEY 207) 1986.

01. The Grey Wizard Am I (2:37)
02. My Elven Home (2:28)
03. From The Green Havens (2:55)
04. Here On Eighth Street (7:42)
05. Go And See (2:31)
06. The Christmas Song (2:50)
07. Old Town Church (3:13)
08. The Home Coming (The Sun Is Down) (2:21)
09. I Don't Know Why The People (3:04)
10. Mr. Joe's (3:13)
11. Sunshine Down The Line (4:07)
12. The World Belongs To The Children (3:06)
13. A Young Girl Just Died (2:25)
14. Before Tomorrow (2:49)
15. The Shadow Of Tomorrow (2:25)
16. An Elven Song Of Love (2:31)

One could make the argument that J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings fantasy trilogy (published 1954-1955) had as significant a formative influence on the emergent hippie generation as did Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) or Joseph Heller's Catch-22 (1961). Certainly you can hear it in the twee archaisms of British folk from the era and in the more whimsical, otherworldly strains of British psychedelia (the Incredible String Band comes immediately to mind), and, in time, it would saturate '70s prog rock. It is right there, too, as a catalyst in American folk-rock (perhaps Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair/Canticle," probably the Byrds' "Renaissance Fair") and Baroque pop (Sagittarius' Present Tense, Love's "Forever Changes"), and ultimately in its acid folk (Perry Leopold's dark masterpiece Christian Lucifer). But Chris Wilson took the inspiration to its logical extreme on The Grey Wizard Am I. His nom de guerre, appropriated from the novels, is the ultimate homage, while many of the lyrics on the album were directly inspired by Tolkien's imaginary landscapes as well, and even by some of his characters. The remainder convert the ins and outs of Wilson's bohemian life in Greenwich Village into a sort of fantasy world of its own. And it is all quite delightfully, if earnestly, done -- or, to be less precious about it, The Grey Wizard Am I is often a transfixing, bewitching little relic, particularly on such songs as "My Elven Home," "Go and See," and "Sunshine Down the Line." It's not likely to have a wide appeal -- anything this eccentric, unworldly, and chimeric, no matter how well done, probably has a limited audience -- and there is not a great deal of melodic variation from song to song to push it into the upper echelon of similar recordings. Nevertheless, The Grey Wizard Am I is a lovely little pastry for fans of obscure '60s and '70s folkadelica, ideal music for playing dress-up to, or for daydreaming.
~ Stanton Swihart, All Music Guide

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Friday, March 27, 2009

The Head Shop - The Head Shop (us 1969) (Epic 1969/Synton 1998)

The Head Shop - The Head Shop (us 1969)

Formed: New York City, NY, United States

* Danny Prosseda, Guitar
* Drew Sbordone, Bass
* Joe Siano, Vocals
* Jesse Luca, Drums, Percussion
* Milan, Rhythm Guitars and Screams
* Geoff Wright, Hammond/Farfisa Organ, Fuzz Bass (on "Heaven Here We Come" and "I Feel Love Comin' On")
* Maxim, Violin Solo (on "Prophecy")
* Larry Coryell, Guest Musician, Guitar Solo (on "I Feel Love Comin' On")

Side 1:
01. Head Shop (Milan/Maxim/R. Craig), 2:56
02. Heaven Here We Come (Milan), 2:40
03. Sunny (Bobby Hebb), 3:11
04. Listen with a Third Ear (Milan/Maxim), 2:30
05. Opera in the Year 4000 (Milan), 4:25
a. Where Have All the People Gone (Milan)
b. Yesterday (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
Side 2:
01. Revolution (John Lennon/Paul McCartney), 2:28
02. I Feel Love Comin' On (Milan), 6:20
03. Prophecy (Maxim/Milan), 2:17
04. Infinity (Milan), 4:45

ALBUM:1(A) THE HEAD SHOP (Epic BN 26476) 1969
NB: (1) has been reissued on CD.
Along with many other one-off major label psych albums such as Gandalf (Capitol Records) and Savage Resurrection (Mercury Records), the sole album by the Head Shop has become a major collector’s item in recent years. As with Gandalf and Savage Resurrection, the attention given to the Head Shop’s album is fully justified by the excellent psychedelic rock music contained therein. The album’s opening cut, “Head Shop”, begins with heavily distorted guitar and an insane scream. This is an appropriate introduction to a heavy, heady barrage of psychedelia. The group’s style is heavy rock, but it is driven by mind-melting fuzztone guitar rather than the more smoothly distorted guitar sound generally featured in heavy rock of the era (see Blue Cheer and Frijid Pink).
Thus, the Head Shop have created a demented fusion of ’69 era heavy psych and ’66 era garage punk. This makes for some very interesting original songs and cover tunes. The group’s version of “Sunny” is, appropriately enough, totally dark and creepy, driven by funeral-style organ work. Likewise, if you thought the Beatles original version of “Revolution” was heavy, wait till you hear the over-the-top fuzztone version by the Head Shop. The originals are perhaps even more interesting, including the aforementioned “Head Shop”, “Heaven Here We Come”, and the killer “Infinity”. Another of their songs, “Opera in the Year 4000” is a bizarre medly of an uncharacteristically “straight” original tune “Where Have All the People Gone” melded with another Beatles song, “Yesterday.” All in all, this is a most excellent and unusual album of heavy psychedelic rock.
Now that the LP has been reissued on CD by Synton Records, this fine album is finally much more widely available than the extremely scarce original 1969 issue. This is definitely a recommended release for psych fans.
~ Reviewer: Kurt Sampsel (December,2001)

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Pic-Nic - Pic-Nic (Spain 1968)

Pic-Nic - Pic-Nic (Spain 1968, LP - HISPAVOX)

Formed 1967, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Disbanded 1969 //

- Jeanette (vocals),
- Toti Soler (guitars),
- Al Cardenas (guitars, banjo),
- Doro Montaberry (bass),
- Jordi Sabates (drums).

Related Artists: Jarka, Om
Genres: folk rock

01. Cállate niña (1967 * R. Turia - J. Dimech)
02. No diga nada (1967 * R. Turia - J. Dimech)
03. Él es distinto a ti (1968 * Janice Ian / Adap. Maria D. Ostiz)
04. Te esperaré (1968 * V. Brenner - R. Turia)
05. Amanecer (1967 * J. Soler - R. Turia)
06. Me olvidarás (1968 * R. Turia - J. Dimech)
07. No volverá (1967 * J. Soler - R. Turia)
08. Negra estrella (1967 * Okun - Stookey / Adap. Farina – Mentaberry)

~ Reviewed by: Uncle Diss.
This album is another one of my favorite acquisitions, from the many years I spent slaving over a hot computer, pricing vinyl at the record store... It's a really nice latin folk record from a group called PIC-NIC... The title is CALLATE NINA and this album has never been issued on CD, so once again I'm sharing one of my many vinyl rips... I don't have a lot of information about the group themselves, but I do know that the lead female vocalist was a star in her own right... JEANETTE had a fairly successful solo career as a pop star and after listening to this album, you can see why... She has a very pretty voice that soothes you, regardless of the fact that you might not know what she is saying... She is half-Belgium and half-Spanish, but English-born in 1951.. Her family moved from London to Chicago briefly, before settling in La Habra, CA where she grew up... Unfortunately though, the band didn't stay together for very long, so by the end of the late 1960's, JEANETTE was recording as a solo artist, having released albums well into the awesome 1980's...This album though is just lovely from start to finish... Some of the song highlights on this record include "En Mis Suenos", "No Digas Nada", a JANIS IAN cover of "Society's Child" and of course the title track "Callate Nina"... Check this out if you're looking for something mellow and peaceful... This might be your only chance to experience a PIC-NIC in Winter...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chrysalis - Definition (us 1967)

Chrysalis - Definition (us 1967)

Formed: Ithaca, NY, United States

- James Spider Barbour,
- Nancy Nairn,
- Paul Album,
- Dahaud Shaar,
- Jon Sabin,
- Ralph Kotkov

Related Artists: The Curmudgeons

01. What Will Become of the Morning
02. Lacewing
03. Cynthia Gerome
04. April Grove
05. Father's Getting Old
06. 30 Poplar
07. Baby, Let Me Show You Where I Live
08. Fitzpatrick Swanson
09. Lake Hope
10. Piece of Sun
11. Summer in Your Savage Eyes
12. Dr Root's Garden
13. Dues Are Hard (Bonus Track)
14. Gimme Your Love (Bonus Track)
15. Sink in Deeper (Bonus Track)
16. Window Shopping (Bonus Track)
17. Well I Can Ride (Bonus Track)
18. Cold & Windy City (Bonus Track)
19. Cynthia Gerome (Bonus Track)
20. Dr Root's Garden (Bonus Track)

This release has all the bonus tracks... some wonderful songs on this album!

The recent deluge of mid-'60s relics that continue to rise from the vinyl crypt for a little modern re-consideration are too often more miss than hit. For every Pete Dello or Comus reissue there are seven or eight barely mediocre offerings from bands like Eclection or the Vejtables. Chrysalis, a colorful quintet from Ithaca, New York who dabbled in everything from folk, rock and jazz to Middle Eastern music fall somewhere in the middle, and their one and only recording, Definition remains a fascinating, if uneven lesson in the fine art of psychedelia. Frank Zappa, who championed Chrysalis as "a group that has yet to destroy your mind" was originally asked to produce, but was in the throes of removing himself from a bitter contractual dispute with MGM/Verve. In the end, Definition went through numerous production teams who all left for various reasons — none relating to the music or musicians — which makes it all the more curious that it sounds so defined and cohesive. Frontman Spider Barbour, who had appeared on both Zappa's We're Only in It for the Money and Lumpy Gravy — and who is now, ironically, a naturalist devoted to the lives of moths and butterflies — brings a great deal of early Mothers of Invention aesthetic to the table. Jazzy piano motifs flitter about truncated worldbeat rhythms, while short comedy skits provide segues between songs that deal with insects, yodeling girls, and hippie culture. It's all very Sgt. Pepper's, but there is an adventurous glee to the songs and arrangements that's equally matched by the talent behind them. It's the kind of brainy yet daft art rock that collegiate drug users, music school geeks and even children can find common ground in, and Rev-Ola's extensive liner notes and inclusion of eight bonus tracks from the sessions makes for a rewarding listen whoever you are.
~ by: James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide
One-shot masterpiece from genius songwriter Spider Barbour. His songs show remarkable lyrical and musical depth. Acoustic rock (not quite folk-rock) songs dominate, but the album is full of surprises, from searing fuzz guitar to the whacked-out fantasy “Dr. Root’s Garden” that closes the album. There are spots of jazz, prog (way before its time) and music hall, all of which can ruin psychedelic records, but work incredibly well here because they’re part of Barbour’s vision, not just attempts to be trendy. Favorite lyric: “God is a ring of smoke, wrapped around my finger, a wasp without a stinger, buzzing in my ear." Other lyrics veer towards the psychological and emotional with equally memorable results. Barbour’s voice is soothing and appealing. Nancy Nairn is used sparingly but effectively (two and a halsongs) as the other lead vocalist. Her unhinged performance on “April Grove” adds to the appeal and strangeness of the album but is effective precisely because it’s not overused. Some other songs are stunningly beautiful and tragic. One of the all-time greats.
~ (internet source)

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The Mourning Reign - The Mourning Reign (us 1965-68, BeatRocket 1998 Garage Comp.)

The Mourning Reign - The Mourning Reign (us 1998 Garage Comp.)

Formed: 1965, San Jose, CA, United States

A1. Evil-Hearted You
A2. Get Out of My Life Woman
A3. Satisfaction Guaranteed
A4. Our Fate
A5. Light Switch
B1. Run Run Run
B2. Tales of Brave Ulysses
B3. Signed D.C.
B4. Cut Back
B5. Light Switch (Stereo Version)

This San Jose band from the mid-1960s has had a cult following for quite some time based on a tiny handful of local sides that passed from one collector to another, enhancing their rep by word of mouth. This ten-song issue on Sundazed's vinyl only subsidiary label captures them raw 'n' nasty, blasting through some studio covers of Who, Cream and Yardbirds tunes and a brace of their own stuff. Lead singer Beau Maggi was one of the best garage-band Jagger soundalikes, and the band had that nether ground between British fuzztone band and coming psychedelia down pretty darn well; it's all here to enjoy.
~ [info:]
Similarities to garage legends like the Syndicate of Sound and the Sonics might be brought up, but this Southern California band don't always pack quite the same punch. A comparison to a band like Laghonia from South America might be more appropriate. Either way it is pretty solid albeit very short. The opener "Evil-Hearted You" reflects both the harmonious and garage side of this band, with good vocals but a loud bass and a good fuzz guitar workout. "Light Switch" greatly favors the vocal harmonies and mellower guitar of many British Invasion bands and closes with foreboding bells. The band then unleashes their take on some classic tunes, the best being Cream's "Tales of Brave Ulysses" and Love's "Signed D.C." The vocals are inspired, the musicianship is with much passion and the covers work very well as do the originals, a really solid garage album.
~ By Brandting (RYM, Jun-27-2007)
Always mentioned in the same breath as the San Jose's hallowed trio — the Syndicate Of Sound, the Chocolate Watchband and Count Five — the Mourning Reign has been woefully under-represented on wax — until now. Includes superb versions of the Who's "Run Run Run" and Cream's "Tales of Brave Ulysses". Their own superb "Light Switch" is here as well.
~ By Chocoreve

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...and this is the 7" Vinyl, (SEP 115) by Sundazed:

The Mourning Reign - Satisfaction Guaranteed (us 1996, Sundazed EP)

A1. Satisfaction guaranteed
A2. Our fate
B1. Light switch
B2. Cut back

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Floating Opera - The Floating Opera (us 1971)

Floating Opera - The Floating Opera (us 1971) (Embryo SD 730)

Artist: Floating Opera
Formed: NYC, October 7, 1970, (Michigan band),
Release Date: Jan 1, 1971
Label: Embryo
Styles: Rock

- John Nemerovski - Piano,
- Steve Welkom - Guitar,
- Artie Alinikoff - Drums,
- Carol Lees - Keyboards,
- Gary Munce - Bass,

- Dave Green - Engineer
- Herbie Mann - Producer

01. Song of the Suicides
02. The Vision
03. Midnight
04. Buckwheat Gal
05. Fever Day
06. Age of Onan
07. Crack on the Wall
08. Back on the Street Again
09. Angelfood Cake Song
10. Soulful Feeling

A self contained group [4 guys and 1 girl] common to this period. Though at times very loud and vocally histrionic the album flows as an uninterrupted suite. Everyone contributes, and as these things go Floating Opera isn't a bad record. They do a nice job with the ballads, and the album is cleanly produced. Fans of this style group/music will almost certainly like Floating Opera. The album is packaged in a nice looking gatefold cover with the lyrics inside, and the group's picture on the front.
~ by: Allan J. Moore
FLOATING OPERA (Ann Arbor, MI)"Floating Opera" 1971 (Embryo sd-730)
[die-cut gatefold; wlp exists] [1]
The first two songs here are absolutely killer, making the rest of the album pretty disappointing by comparison. “Song of The Suicides” is a pained masterpiece with a stunning guitar solo and a melodic sound that feels like Zerfas. “The Vision” is a hot powerful rocker with some relentless organ playing by Carol Lees (many reviews of this album mistakenly claim that she’s a singer. Apparently some people review the album by just looking at the cover and not by listening to it, as all of the album’s vocalists are male.) The other songs are lesser variations on these two styles, without all that much inspiration, though the playing is strong throughout. Contains a song called “Age of Onan,” for those of you who collect odes to masturbation. [AM]
~ by: (

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Wendy & Bonnie - Genesis (us 1969)

Wendy & Bonnie - Genesis (us 1969)

Formed: 1968, San Francisco, CA, United States

- Wendy Flower,
- Bonnie Flower

Features such legendary musicians as:
- Jim Keltner (drums),
- Larry Carlton (guitar),
- Randy Cierly (bass) and
- Mike Melvoin (keyboards).

Produced by jazz great Gary McFarland.

*1(A) GENESIS (Skye 1006D) 1969 SC/R1NB: (1) reissued on CD (Sundazed SC 11089) with five bonus tracks.
*1 The Paisley Window Pane/It's What's Really Happening (Skye) 1969

01. Let Yourself Go Another Time
02. Paisley Window Pane
03. I Realized You
04. By the Sea
05. You Keep Hanging Up on My Mind
06. It's What's Really Happening
07. Five O'Clock in the Morning
08. Endless Pathway
09. Children Laughing
10. Winter Is Cold
11. Night Behind Us [Crystal Fountain Acetate]
12. Ice Cream Man Song [Demo Version]
13. December Sun [Demo Version]
14. Cover Our Child [Demo Version]
15. Story of a Conventional Man [Demo Version]

Who gave acid to these kids? Chemically induced or not, they committed a psychedelic gem of “Present Tense” (1968, by Sagittarius) and “Begin” (1968, by Millennium) proportions, lyrically and musically. The uniqueness and charm of the release is increased by the stripped down treatment of the vocals, which sound like voices of the best girls at their respective primary school – drowsing choir – and given a record deal, and it worked handsomely. If we compare with the superbly carried out the studio piloting backing up The Millennium, we will easily see that Curt Boettcher – the spiritual father of XTC’s Andy Partridge – was confirming his innovative ways of commanding recording knobs, facing this task as substantial part of the artistic direction, which became a kind of common sense in current rock-pop productions. With Wendy & Bonnie we have to take another vintage point. The release is the epitome of studio simplicity and technical straightforwardness, which more than often leads to utter crap, but not in “Genesis”. Wendy & Bonnie Flower knitted a masterpiece, and in the Palaeolithic way. In an era of hardcore industrial reproduction of works of art to which music is no exception, the album at stake sounds hand-made. A superior hymn to obsolescence, the way masterpieces mechanically produced should sound.
~ By docperkins (RYM)
This is a very cool album. While it is definitely a late-'60s period piece, it's appeal is timeless.
The Flower sisters had a dark-angel harmony. Their moody take on the world is both innocently wide-eyed, yet wise beyond their tender years (17 and 13). The musicianship, by a soft-psychedelic stable of first-rate session players (guitarist Larry Carlton, drummer Jim Keltner, keyboardist Mike Melvoin, etc.) under the guidance of lounge-jazz wizard Gary McFarland (Producer), is superb, adding colorful atmospherics and breezy Brazilian washes. This album was obscure -- the original record label went out of business shortly after the album came out in 1969 -- but it has had a deserved cult following for decades. Tim and Laetitia of Stereolab are known to be big fans (Tim called it "undeniably a great LP"), and it's obvious why -- Wendy and Bonnie had trail-blazed a similar musical path 25 years before. The voices are gentle, but never vapid. The arrangements are sophisticated, and the songcraft is solid. Genesis manages to avoid many of the cliches of late '60s SF psychedelia.
~ by:

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Young Flowers - Blomsterpistolen (Denmark 1968)

Young Flowers - Blomsterpistolen (Denmark 1968)

Formed: 1967, Kobenhavn, Denmark
Disbanded: 1970 //

- Peter Ingemann (bass, vocals),
- Ken Gudman (drums), (Culpepers Orchard, Defenders, Danish Sharks)
- Peer Frost (guitar, 1967-70) (Rainbow Band, Midnight Sun, Savage Rose)
- Niels Skousen - guitar, vocals (2)
- Steen Claesson - violin, guitar (2)

01. Ouverture (Peer Frost)/Take Warning (P. Ingemann-J. Dahl-Ken Gudman-Walt Whitman)02. The moment life appeared (P. Ingemann-K. Gudman-P. Frost-Walt Whitman)
03. 25 ore (Peer Frost-Jorgen Larsen)
04. Oppe i tr?et (P. Ingemann-Th. Winding)
05. To you (Peter Ingemann-Walt Whitman)
06. Down along the cove (Bob Dylan)
07. April '68 (P. Ingemann-K. Gudman-P. Frost)

The only pure hippie group to come from Copenhagen during the late sixties was Young Flowers. The aspiring guitar player Peer Frost had previously been in Peter Belli & Les Rivals. Blomsterpistolen (1968 - the title means "the flower pistol") was a milestone in Danish rock. The music was made for their own surrealistic TV movie of the same name (which also featured their "rivals" The Beefeaters). Young Flowers were strongly influenced by Cream, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles (typified by their classics "Strange Brew", "Axis: Bold As Love" and "Taxman", respectively). A couple of the tracks had Danish lyrics, including "25 Ore" (7:53), a never ending boogie blues derived from Canned Heat's "On The Road Again". More effective was the psychedelic jam "April '68" (8:56) and the shorter songs with strong lead guitars, studio effects (lots of flanging) and a really strong rhythm section. The group lacked a really capable vocalist, though.
The second album contained more of the same, ranging from the exceedingly flanged "And Who But I Should Be" to the "Calypso" in "Obladi-Oblada" style. The trio are joined by Niels Skousen on many tracks and by The Maxwells on the freakout track "Kragerne Vender" (10:31). In. my view, this album was their most powerful and best effort. Young Flowers undoubtedly inspired a flood of young aspiring power trios, including Blues Addicts, Terje, Jesper & Joachim and Moses (although these had a rawer garage sound). The three young flowers themselves would later resurface in several important groups: Peer Frost in Midnight Sun, Rainbow Band and Savage Rose, Peter Ingemann in No Name and as a session musician for hippie folk-rocker Sebastian, and Ken Goodman in Culpeper's Orchard.



2 REISSUED IN 1972 ON POLYDOR (2444 007).

~ by: (Asbjornsen - Scented Gardens Of The Mind)

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Gary Higgins - Red Hash (us 1973 psychedelic stoned folk)

Gary Higgins - Red Hash (us 1973)
Born: Sharon, CT, United States

- Gary Higgins - guitar, vocals
- Dave Beaujon - bass
- Jake Bell - guitar, vocals
- Terry Fenton - organ , percussion
- Paul Tierney - flute, mandolin, vocals
- Maureen Wells - cello, vocals

01. Thicker Than a Smokey - 3:38
02. It Didn't Take Too Long - 4:02
03. Windy Child - 3:31
04. Telegraph Towers - 2:56
05. I Can't Sleep at Night - 3:52
06. Cuckoo - 2:10
07. I Pick Notes From the Sky - 4:45
08. Stable the Spuds - 5:22
09. Down on the Farm - 3:08
10. Unable to Fly - 4:12
11. Looking for June - 3:51

A beautifully wrought record of sun-drenched folk musings courtesy of Gary Higgins, Red Hash was reissued in 2005 on Drag City to great acclaim. This is a "Buried Treasure" that lives up to its reputation.
~ by: Ariel (

"Red Hash", Gary Higgins' melancholy masterpiece, is often cited in the same breath as such admired hippy-folk obscurities as Skip Spence's "oar", Linda Perhacs "Parallelograms" and Vashti Bunyan's "Just another Diamond Day". Unlike those artists, however, Higgins' story has a novel twist: by the time the album was relased in March 1973, he was doing time in a maximum security Jail!
Higgins and his chums were self-described "hippies living in the country", the extent of their crimes limited to smoking marijuana ("I even inhaled," Higgins reveals). The situation turned serious, however, when Higgins and manager Gary 'Chico' Cardillo were caught up in President Nixon's newly declared War On Drugs. As a result of their involvement in an October 1972 pot bust - they'd become unwitting pawns in a large undercover police operation - they found themself facing long, hard prison sentences.
"It certainly shocked us." says Higgins. "But it brought forth an urgency in getting some songs down on tape because I didn't know if I'd ever get another chance." ...
~ By: (
Born in Sharon, Connecticut, Higgins cut his musical teeth in 1960s New York, first in the psychedelic group Random Concept and later with avant-folkies Wooden Wheel. In 1972, Higgins was caught up in a drug sting; but shortly before entering a maximum-security facility, he cut a record featuring members of his two prior groups: Jake Bell (guitar, vocals), Maureen Wells (cello, vocal), Jerry Fenton (piano, organ), Dave Beaujon (bass), and Paul Jerney (mandolin, flute, vocals). Besides singing and playing guitar, Higgins recorded drums for a few cuts.
The record was titled (not by Higgins) Red Hash, and it failed to sell out its modest printing of a few thousand copies. After his release, Higgins held down a series of jobs in the Connecticut/New York area, eventually marrying and raising a son. While he play in a bar bands, he didn't pursue further recording, and his record became a foggy memory.
In the 1990s, a small cult of devotion bloomed around the record, a cult that included David Tibet of Current 93 and Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny, who covered "Thicker Than a Smokey" for his album School of the Flower in hopes of getting Higgins' attention. Eventually, Sub Pop/Drag City staffer Zach Cowie located Higgins, signed him to Drag City, and oversaw the re-release of Red Hash in the summer of 2005. In July of that year, Higgins played his first solo show, supported by members of Random Concept, as well as his guitarist son, Graham.
~ (RYM)
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Bo Hansson - Lord Of The Rings (Sagan Om Ringen) (Swe 1972)

Bo Hansson - Lord Of The Rings (Sagan Om Ringen ) (Swe 1972)

Born: April 10, 1943 , Stockholm, Sweden
Member of: The Merrymen, Hansson & Karlsson, Flasket Brinner
Original year of release: 1970
Original Swedish title: Sagan Om Ringen
Genres: Progressive Rock

- Bo Hansson - Keyboards, organ, Moog synthesizer, bass, guitar
- Rune Carlsson - Drums
- Gunnar Bergstein - Saxophone
- Sten Bergmann - Flute
and a few anonymous "friends"

Tracks: (Swedish)
01. Första vandringen - 3:30
02. Den gamla skogen & Tom Bombadil - 3:43
03. I skuggornas rike - 2:31
04. De svarta ryttarna & Flykten till vadstället - 4:07
05. I Elronds hus & Ringen vandrar söderut - 4:42
06. En vandring i mörker - 1:12
07. Lothlórien - 4:00
08. Skuggfaxe - 0:50
09. Rohans horn & Slaget vid Pelennors slätter - 4:00
10. Drömmar i läkandets hus - 1:58
11. Hemfärden & Fylke rensas - 2:56
12. De grå hamnarna - 5:07
13. Tidiga skisser från Midgård - 8:49

Tracks: (English)
01. Leaving Shire - 3:30
02. The Old Forest & Tom Bombadil - 3:43
03. Fog on the Barrow Downs - 2:31
04. The Black Riders & Flight to the Ford - 4:07
05. At the House of Elrond & The Ring Goes South - 4:42
06. A Journey in the Dark - 1:12
07. Lothlorien - 4:00
08. Shadowfax - 0:50
09. The Horns of Rohan & The Battle of the Pelennor Fields - 4:00
10. Dreams in the Houses of Healing - 1:58
11. Homeward Bound & The Scouring of the Shire - 2:56
12. The Grey Havens - 5:07
13. Early Sketches From Middle Earth (bonus) - 8:49

For decades, J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy had been well loved by book readers everywhere. Now, New Zealand-born director Peter Jackson is transforming the epic on to the big screen, the first installment, The Fellowship of the Ring had already hit the theaters at the end of 2001. In 1978, there was a rather forgettable animated version of Lord of the Rings. But before Lord of the Rings ever appeared on any type of screen, musicians were recording music inspired by Lord of the Rings, and Bo Hansson from Sweden recorded such an album in 1970.
The album was originally released in Sweden on the Silence label as Sagan Om Ringen, and all the songs bore Swedish titles. Eventually in 1972, Charisma Records, the British label that gave us Genesis, Rare Bird, Van der Graaf Generator/Peter Hammill, Lindisfarne, and even Monty Python, had released the Bo Hansson album for international distribution, this time with totally different cover artwork, the better known English title, which was Lord of the Rings, and the fact the songs now all bore English titles. Don't worry, nothing was changed musically, as this is all instrumental music. Basically the music is very mystical sounding prog rock dominated by Hammond organ and Moog synthesizer.
He got some help with the likes of Gunnar Bergsten on sax, Sten Bergman on flute, and Rune Carlsson on drums. Hansson did all the keyboard work, as well as guitar and bass. Songs, as you may guess, bear titles like "Leaving Shire", "The Old Forest/Tom Bombadil", "Lothlorien", "The Ring Goes South", "Shadowfax", and many more. None of the songs are over 4 minutes long. The music is totally different from the more typical Hollywood type orchestral fare that is found on the Peter Jackson movie.
Bo Hansson's Lord of the Rings had been frequently criticized as being "cheesy organ and synthesizer music" (which I don't think so), and not fitting in with the trilogy. Usually these come from people who like to collect Lord of the Rings-related material, but don't listen to prog rock. To me, this music fits perfect to Tolkien's trilogy. You simply have to like prog rock, or understand what music was like in the early 1970s to appreciate it.
The album has a home made production. Most of this album was recorded at Bo Hansson's home on an island outside of Stockholm. Yeah, the music does get a little repetitious, but the truly mystical atmosphere makes up for the album's shortcoming. So if you're a Tolkien fan and a prog rock fan, be sure to add this album to your collection.
~ Reviewed by: Ben Miler

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Virus - Thoughts (Ger 1971)

Virus - Thoughts (Ger 1971)

Formed: 1970, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Disbanded: 1974 //

* Jorg-Dieter Krahe / keyboards
* Bernd Rösner / guitars
* Werner Vogt / vocals, bass, guitar
* Jürgen Schäfer / vocals, bass
* Wolfgang Rieke / drums
* Axel Nieling / percussion, drums

01. King Heroin - 5.39
02. Manking, Where Do You Go - 5.01
03. Theme - 0.23
04. Old Time Movie - 4.15
05. Butterflies - 4.27
06. Take Your Thoughts - 6.10
07. Sittin' And Smoking' - 2.58
08. Going On - 4.34
09. Deeds Of The Past - 2.14
10. My Strand-Eyed Girl - 4.13
Total Time: 39:40

Virus were a psychedelic band originating from Bielefeld in Northern Germany. Their music incorporates Pink Floyd's space rock, heavy keyboards somewhat reminiscent of Deep Purple all put together into long songs filled with jams. They released only two albums -- "Revelation" (1970) and "Thoughts" (1971). The album was recorded in Star Studios, Hamburg and produced by Konrad Plank. The Virus lineup for the first album is: Werner Monka (guitar), Jorg-Dieter Krahe (organ), Bernd "Molle" Hohmann (vocals, flute), Reinhold Spiegelfeld (bass) and Wolfgang Rieke (drums).
"Revelation" starts as a straight forward psychedelic track and develops as the song conines forward. Towards the middle of the song comes in a cover of the Rolling Stones song -- Paint It Black. Another homage is found in the second song where at the end you can hear a Saucerful Of Secrets choir bit. This album is very inventive and contains surprises along the different tracks. These songs have long guitar playing parts and exciting organ playing, both demonstrating very good musicianship.
The second album "Thoughts" is a big change from their first one. The lineup change considerably as well, leaving only Krahe and Rieke from the original group. The new members were: Axel Nieling (drums), Jürgen Schäfer (bass, vocals), Bernd Rosner (guitar) and Werner Vogt (bass, guitar, vocals). In this album they abandoned their long tracks and space rock and psychedelic nature. This album presents a more mainstream approach with blues rock songs. Therefore this would not be of interest for those looking them for their psychedelic and progressive sound.
In 2004 a 1973 live show was released under the name Remember.
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Denny Gerrard - Sinister Morning (uk 1970)

Denny Gerrard - Sinister Morning (uk 1970)

Genre: Pop/Rock
Styles: Folk-Rock, Psychedelic Pop
Member Of: Warm Sounds, Fifth Avenue.
Also Known As: Denver Gerrard

High Tide played as backing band on Denny Gerrard's album Sinister Morning (1970).

01. Native Sun
02. True Believer
03. Hole In My Shadow
04. Last But One
05. Rough Stuff
06. Stop Or Drop It
07. Autum Blewn
08. Eye For Eye
09. Atmosphere

It wasn't long after arriving in the U.K. that South African student Denny Gerrard began making his mark on the music scene. In 1965, Jimmy Page picked him to become one half of the duo the Fifth Avenue, while Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham brought him in as arranger for his project the Variations. Gerrard then linked up with Barry Younghusband, and as Warm Sounds they promptly unleashed the Top 30 hit "Birds and Bees." Swiftly bored with pop the duo soon split, and Gerrard moved into production, overseeing High Tide's critically acclaimed 1969 debut album, Sea Shanties. No surprise then, that when the South African began work on his own debut, self-produced, full-length, High Tide were by his side. However, the resulting album, Sinister Morning, was far more a reflection of Gerrard's vision than Tide's sound. Much of the set has a folkie feel, accentuated by the prolific use of Gerrard's acoustic guitar and harmonica.
The production gives the entire album a warm sound, although on CD it comes across as a tad too pristine. The only flaw within is Gerrard's decision to overutilize layered vocals instead of true harmonies, and paying far less attention to his vocals than he did to the rest of the album's sound. Released on Decca's mid-price imprint Nova, the album surprisingly sank without a track, but swiftly became a much sought-after collector's item. Finally after all these years, Esoteric has now lovingly remastered and reissued this splendid album on CD.
~ by: Jo-Ann Greene (

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sibylle Baier - Colour Green (Ger 1970-73)

Sibylle Baier - Colour Green (Ger 1970-73)

Artist: Sibylle Baier
Born: Germany
Currently: Gainesville, FL, United States
Album: Colour Green
Recorded: in Germany in the 1970-1973
Released: 2006
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Folk

Colour Green, the one and only release from German Sibylle Baier, has been around since the early '70s. Recorded in her home between 1970-1973, the actress, writer, mother, and singer/songwriter chose family over fame, and it wasn't until the tapes landed in the hands of Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis that they began their ascent into the world. Have we found the female Leonard Cohen? Maybe... Simply fantastic voice, simplistic but delicate melodies and a plain melancholy album. An album that turned out to sound amazingly current, despite it was recorded almost 40 years ago.

01. Tonight (2:26)
02. I Lost Something in the Hills (3:28)
03. The End (2:27)
04. Softly (2:54)
05. Remember the Day (1:43)
06. Forget About (2:31)
07. William (2:20)
08. Says Elliott (2:25)
09. Colour Green (2:25)
10. Driving (2:30)
11. Girl (1:43)
12. Wim (2:01)
13. Forgett (2:10)
14. Give Me a Smile (1:54)

Colour Green, the one and only release from German underground folk denizen Sibylle Baier, has been around since the early '70s, albeit in her closet. Recorded on reel-to-reel in her home between 1970-1973, the budding actress, seamstress, writer, mother, and singer/songwriter chose family over fame, and it wasn't until the tapes landed in the hands of Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis that they began their ascent into the world that they so eloquently describe. A wistful rendering of Vashti Bunyan, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell, Baier's conversational voice can be both tragic and comforting, turning the simplest task ("Driving") into a sepia-toned snapshot of longing. Each track is like a field recording of the highest quality, with every whisper of the locale present, yet unintelligible. Like Anne Briggs with a guitar or Nico without all of the junkie baggage, Baier, who would silently haul out the tape machine and press record late at night when her family was asleep, conveys the purest of intimacies with the kind of confidence only secrecy can afford. From the opening cut, when she sings "tonight when I came home from work/there he, unforeseen sat in my kitchen," the listener can't help but be transported behind the soft closed eyes that grace Colour Green's basement-scavenged, yellowing cover.
~ James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide
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The New Hobbits - Back From Middle Earth (us 1969 Perception Lp)

The New Hobbits - Back from Middle Earth (us 1969 Perception Lp)
The third and final album by the Hobbits.
01. You Could Have Made It Easy
02. Growin' Old
03. I Could Hear The Grass growin'
04. Comin' Out
05. The Devil's Gonna Get Me
06. Underground
07. Love Can Set You Free
08. Flora
09. Woman So Worried

Credited to the "New Hobbits", this is basically a re-vamped version of the original Hobbits including members of the Bag, another group Jimmy Curtiss was involved with around the same time recording Velvet Night.This record also launched Jimmy Curtiss' Perception Records, which up to this time was the name of his production company. See previous Hobbits posts for more info.
~ by: Redtelephone66
First time issue of unreleased third album by USA 60's band The Hobbits. Originally this album was to be released by Perception Records in 1969 but was shelved. It's a delightful example of orchestrated US 60's pop with a psychedelic edge very much in the mould of the other two Hobbits albums.
Back From Middle Earth, The Hobbit’s third and rarest psychedelic recording, appeared in 1969 on Hobbit-supremo Jimmy Curtiss’ Perception label, an imprint that bizarrely was to include Dizzy Gillespie, Shirley Horn, Tyrone Washington, Johnny Hartman, Astrud Gilberto and even Jimmy Lunceford amongst its alumnists. Although The Hobbits owed their name to the writings of Tolkien, there was little of The Shire about their music, which Curtiss described as “vocals with instrumental accompaniment”, with the emphasis very much on sophisticated harmonies reminiscent of contemporaries such as The Cowsills and Jay And The Americans. Curtiss made his recording debut as Jimmy Curtiss & The Regents in the late ‘50s, but surprisingly Return To Middle Earth is a solid ‘60s pop album which highlights the vocal talents of Curtiss and session-singer Gini Eastwood and is completely free of any references to Curtiss’ doowop past, as indeed are the three heavily psych-influenced 45s Curtiss produced (he also co-wrote two of the tracks) for Decca stable-mates The Bag in 1968. Exactly why The Hobbits changed their name to The New Hobbits is unclear, but this may, along with the album’s release on Perception (the band’s two previous efforts had both appeared on Decca) go some way to explaining why the album remained largely unknown (many Psych collectors have never seen a copy of the album), and consequently is so highly sought after today.
~ (review taken from
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Hobbits - Men And Doors - The Hobbits Communicate (us 1968 Decca Lp)

The Hobbits - Men and Doors - The Hobbits Communicate (us 1968 Decca Lp)

01. Men And Doors
02. España Baby
03. Let Me Make My Own Mistakes
04. Feeling
05. Words Get In The Way
06. The Journey
07. Will You be Ready For Tomorrow
08. Love Is
09. Strawberry Children
10. University Of The Street
11. Artificial Face
This is the second album from the Hobbits and is actually titled "Men And Doors: The Hobbits Communicate" By the time this was released, Jimmy Curtis was the only remaining member from their first lp, the new line-up included two female singers, Gini Eastwood and Heather Hewitt plus flamenco guitarist Marius that gave some of the cuts a Spanish feel.
Of their three albums, this one is the best production wise, and the songwriting is more stronger than the first. Curtis was involved with another project around this time with a group called Bag which released an album entitled "Real" for Decca and was described as "Psychedelic Soul". The musicians from Bag also played on the final Hobbits lp "Back From Middle Earth" which is credited to the "New Hobbits", and launched Curtis' new label Perception, the album revived the theme of the first lp.
~ by: Redtelephone66

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Hobbits - Down to Middle Earth (us 1967)

The Hobbits - Down to Middle Earth (us 1967)

Formed: 1969
Disbanded :1969

Genre: Rock
Main Artist: The Hobbits
Active: '60s
Major Members: Jimmy Curtiss

01. Down to Middle Earth
02. I'm Just a Young Man
03. Daffodil Days
04. Break Away
05. Treats
06. Hands and Knees
07. Let Me Run My Fingers Through Your Mind
08. Out of My Mind
09. Clap Hands 'Til Daddy Comes Home
10. Sunny Day Girl

Folk-rock outfit the Hobbits was the studio project of Queens, New York-born singer/songwriter Jimmy Curtiss, who ranks as one of the more interesting footnotes in the history of rock & roll — the rare would-be teen idol who actually wrote his own material (and did so admirably), he later expanded his reach into psychedelia and harmony-laden folk-rock, but while the subject of a small cult following, none of his records ever made a commercial dent. Curtiss first surfaced in 1959 as a member of the doo wop combo the Enjays and issued his solo debut, "Without You," on United Artists in 1961 — the label attempted to position him as a teen crooner in the mold of Bobby Vee or Paul Anka, but he failed to make a commercial impact. After a period working as a songwriter he dropped out of music to pursue a career in advertising before resurfacing in 1967 with the bubblegum cult classic "Psychedelic Situation," a major hit in Germany that attracted little attention at home.
Curtiss then signed to Decca, collaborating with producers Jerry Vance and Terry Phillips and songwriter Marcia Hillman on the Hobbits — despite borrowing their name from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings novels and titling their 1967 debut Down to Middle Earth, the Hobbits turned out relatively straightforward sunshine pop, and the album is much sought-after by soft-psych aficionados. The follow-up, Men and Doors: The Hobbits Communicate, appeared in 1968 — like its predecessor, the record didn't sell, and Decca terminated the contract. Curtiss then formed his own label and production company, both dubbed Perception, and helmed an LP and three singles by the psychedelic soul act the Bag, members of which reportedly worked on the Hobbits project as well. Speaking of which, after rechristening the group the New Hobbits, Curtiss released 1969's Back From Middle Earth, essentially a solo effort. According to the liner notes in the second volume of the Soft Sounds for Gentle People series, he eventually ended up in San Francisco, going solely by the initials J.C. — his current activities and whereabouts are unknown.

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Anonymous - Inside The Shadow (us 1976)

Anonymous - Inside the Shadow (us 1976, A Major Label AMLS 1002)

RON MATELIC: vcls, gtr
GLENN WEAVER vclsl gtr, bs

A1. Who's Been Foolin'? (3:18)
A2. J Rider (4:35)
A3. Up to You (3:23)
A4. Shadow Lay (6:10)
B1. Pick Up and Run (5:09)
B2. We Got More (5:16)
B3. Sweet Lilac (4:29)
B4. Baby Come Risin' (9:24)

A somewhat mysterious but eminently worthwhile quartet from Indianapolis, IN, Anonymous was active in the mid- to late '70s but sounded like they came from a decade earlier. The group's acknowledged antecedents were the Beatles and the Byrds, but from such familiar trappings, Anonymous created a richly textured version of classic psychedelia that both adheres to and ignores the common precepts of the genre. The mellow, wide-ranging but never aimless results sound like a cross between a far more structured version of Quicksilver Messenger Service and an American equivalent of the fluid, jazz-tinged progressive rock of Curved Air.
This is a superb album of melodic guitar driven rock which blends exquisitely with Marsha's vocals on tracks like J Rider, Up To You, Pick Up And Run and Baby Come Risin', which is probably the album's finest moment. If you like ringing guitar work and harmonic vocals, this album is for you...
(Biography & Review included)

Here's an interview with Ron Matelic:

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Velvet Fogg - Velvet Fogg (uk 1969)

Velvet Fogg - Velvet Fogg (uk 1969)

Velvett Fogg (on their controversial 1969 album cover) - (Top) Graham Mullett (drums), Ian Leighton (guitar), Mick Pollard (bass). (Front/center) Frank Wilson (vocals, Hammond organ). Other members not pictured - Tony Iommi (guitar), Paul Eastment (guitar, vocals) and Keith Law (songwriter). The two nice-looking painted ladies are models.

Frank Wilson (Hammond organ, vocal)
Keith Law (songwriter)
Paul Eastment (guitar, vocal)
Graham Mullett (drums)
Mick Pollard (bass guitar)

1(A) VELVETT FOGG (Pye NSPL 18272) 1969 R2
NB: (1) has been counterfeited and was also reissued as Velvett Fogg Plus (See For Miles SEE 259) in 1989 with the 45 added, also available on CD (SEE CD 259) 1989.
1 Telstar '69/Owed To The Dip (Pye 7N 17673) 1969

01. Yellow Cave Woman
02. New York Mining Disaster 1941
03. Wizard Of Gobsolod
04. Once Among The Trees
05. Lady Caroline
06. Come Away Melinda
07. Owded To The Dip
08. Within The Night
09. Plastic Man
10. Telstar '69

Velvett Fogg was formed in 1968 out of a respectable Brum band called Gravy Train.
The initial line-up of Velvett Fogg featured guitarist Tony Iommi (later to make the big time with Black Sabbath). Tony stayed in the line-up for only one gig before leaving to be replaced temporarily by Ian Leighton. It was during this time that Pye Records arranged a photo-shoot of the band for the cover of their proposed first album . This is the pre-Paul Eastment line-up of the band wearing garish make-up/body-paint, and also included two well-endowed young women wearing nothing but strategically applied body paint! U.K. disc jockey John Peel commented in the sleeve notes that "There is a lot of good music on this record. Remember Velvett Fogg - you will hear the name again."
Velvett Fogg recorded the tracks for their debut album under direction of Pye producer Jack Dorsey, who aimed to get the band onto the then-popular "progressive" band wagon. The band also recorded covers of a few songs they liked and these included psychedelic-sounding versions of "New York Mining Disaster 1941" by The Bee Gees, and Tim Rose's "Come Away Melinda". The self-titled album was released on the Pye label in January of 1969, who also released a single: a cover of The Tornado's classic instrumental "Telstar" hoping to cash in on the publicity surrounding the American moon landings taking place at that time. While receiving some radio play, the record did not sell enough copies to chart and a big advertising campaign planned by the record company to promote the album never materialised. Though the band did a bit of touring after the single came out, poor sales made Pye lose interest in the band, and they withdrew their backing. In the autumn of 1969 the group disbanded with the members going their separate ways.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

The Outsiders - CQ (Holland 1968)

The Outsiders - CQ (Dutch Garage Rock 1968)

Formed: 1964, Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands
Disbanded: 1969 //

Appie Rammers (bass),
Leendert Busch (drums),
Ronald Splinter (guitar),
Tom Krabbendam (guitar),
Wally Tax (guitar, vocals)

01. Misfit (3:05)
02. Zsarrahh (3:27)
03. C.Q. (3:28)
04. Daddy Died on Saturday (3:03)
05. It Seems Like Nothing's Gonna Come My Way Today (1:51)
06. Doctor (4:43)
07. Man on the Dune (2:08)
08. Bear (1:05)
09. Happyville (2:27)
10. You're Everything on Earth (3:07)
11. Wish You Were Here With Me Today (1:55)
12. I Love You, No. 2 (3:14)
13. Prison Song (5:38)

14. I Don't Care (2:43)
15. You Remind Me (2:47)
16. Do You Feel All Right (3:28)
17. Daddy Died on Saturday (3:03)
18. Do You Feel Allright (Stereo Version)(3:27)

Listening to the album’s opening track “Misfit” is truly an indescribable feeling. It is pure 60s garage rock at its finest, with pounding guitar down strums, roaring bass fills, and wonderfully angst filled lyrics. Just as the listener is adjusting to the hard- hitting nature of the song he/she is hit even harder by a screaming guitar solo that is sure to send chills down the spine of anyone who is listening carefully. Wonderful as it is, this intense garage rock sound does not dominate the entire album. As a matter of a fact, the musical style of CQ is absolutely unpredictable, and cannot be pinned down. Songs like “You’re everything on Earth” are sweet and simple, featuring mainly a pretty guitar riff, and warm melody. Whereas songs like “Wish you were here with me today” are composed of driving bass-lines and reverb-filled guitar that sounds very reminiscent of early 60s surf rock. The album concludes with “Prison Song” a tune that begins with an inviting guitar and pretty lyrics like “Today the sun will shine for me again”. However, as the song continues the lyrics become more and more bizarre, and the musical tension starts build. Suddenly, singer Wally Tax softly speaks the words “While we walk the feeling in my stomach climbs up into my chest/ and I don’t know what it is, but it sure feels strange” and the listener is tossed into a great sea of musical madness. Great noise and chaos builds as Tax calmly speaks disturbing lyrics sure to make any listener squirm. The song climaxes in a flurry of noise, when suddenly the madness ends, and prettiness prevails. This 5 minute 38 second piece embodies all that is the genius of The Outsiders, and it is not short of brilliant.
~ (review from:

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Stone Circus - Stone Circus (us 1969)

Stone Circus - Stone Circus (us 1969 Mainstream Lp)

Formed: NY, United States

* Ronny Paige (vocals),
* Sonny Haines (guitar),
* Dave Keeler (bass),
* Mike Burns (drums),
* Jonathan Caine [Larry Cohen] (keyboards)

01. What Went Wrong
02. Adam's Lament
03. Mr. Grey
04. Blue Funk
05. Carnival Of Love
06. Sara Wells
07. Inside-Out Man
08. Camino Real
09. People I Once Knew

Here’s another Mainstream label gem, and possibly one of my favorite albums I’ve heard on the label. These Montreal based musicians (save one), decided to journey south of the border to New York to find their scene. Known as The Funky Farm, Mainstream decided to change their name for the release of the album. In typical record business style, Mainstream didn’t even inform the band of the name change! Featuring an outrageous psychedelic cover of a very colorful and oversized clown engulfed in an earthquake with flames, it certainly would catch ones attention even for 1969, when such a sight was more common. Stone Circus possess the same songwriting qualities as Strawberry Alarm Clock, and period instrumentation (fuzz guitar, old organs). It does miss that magic ingredient of naivete, that Strawberry Alarm Clock was able to tap into so perfectly. Whether it’s the California sunshine that’s missing, or the late date of 1969, it’s clear there’s a little somethin’ missing. Still, Stone Circus’ one album is one of the better representatives of the era.
Enjoyable from start to finish, it's a treat for all fans of melodic psychedelia!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Dave Bixby - Ode To Quetzalcoatl (us 1969 Christian-folk psych)

Dave Bixby - Ode to Quetzalcoatl (us 1969) (D-24 700320)

Moody drug damage reflections loner xian folk psych.
This is one excellent obscure acid psychedelic record. This is a story of a man trying to overcome his drug addiction through faith. It is a lonely, moody record. I have no idea why this isn't a widely known record. The emotion on this acid folky record is huge, not to mention the simple pureness of the songs. Do yourself a favor and listen to this, you're missing out if you don't.

01. Drug Song
02. Free Indeed
03. I Have Seen Him
04. Mother
05. Morning Sun
06. Prayer
07. Loneny Faces
08. Open Doors
09. 666
10. Waiting For the Rains
11. Secret Forest
12. Peace

Strange enchanting dreamy acoustic custom of slow melodic tunes sleepily adrift in a hazy stereo-echoed blur of ethereal guitar work and sedated vocals, heavy on the lost loner “real people” vibes. Bixby’s story is detailed on the back cover – how he destroyed his life with substance abuse (recounted in ‘Drug Song’), cried out to God for his sanity, and eventually received a testimony of Jesus Christ. Ode To Quetzalcoatl contains twelve of his post-conversion songs, featuring titles like ‘Free Indeed’, ‘I Have Seen Him’, ‘Morning Sun’, ‘Open Doors’, ‘666’ and ‘Waiting For The Rains’. Occasional cosmic weirdity in the lyrics, as on ‘Prayer’ (“pick out a cloud, and speak very loud, and that cloud will be yours forever”). Sometimes joined by a second guitar, plus onetime appearances of harmonica (‘Secret Forest’) and spacey flute (‘Peace’). The mysterious album title reference to the ancient Mexican serpent god isn’t explained anywhere, nor is it mentioned in any of the songs. Some highly unusual yet very captivating stuff here, guaranteed to make yourself ask “where is this guy coming from?”.
~ Ken Scott, Archivist .
"Highly rated by the few who have heard it, this tormented religious loner/downer folk LP has to rank as one of the ultimate incarnations of the genre. The opening "Drug Song" sets the tone perfectly as a supremely world-weary, echo-laden guy laments on how he screwed himself up with dope; "I'm no longer a person, I can't even feel". The resolution is (of course) Christ, who is serenaded in the following tracks, although the despairing, suicidal mood is strangely unchanged. Salvation or none, it seems most things are still a mess for Bixby. Numbers such as "Mother" and the Grudzien-level "666" confirm such suspicions. Musically it's a wellwritten lo-fi recording of steelstringed acoustic and a single voice, much like Christopher Montgomery, but undoubtedly more tortured and intense. Frantic guitar strumming is used to tighten up the tension in an effective way a la Perry Leopold, while more lyrical moods are supported by swift fingerpicking. The vocals are amateurish and somewhat uneven, and in fact work best when most charged with emotion. The organic correspondence between lyrics, playing and arrangements is impressive and makes the LP seem more alive and artistically aware than most in this often disappointing genre. Must be heard by any fringe fan. [PL]"
~ Acid Archives.

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Listening - Listening (us 1968)

Listening - Listening (us 1968)

Formed: Boston, MA, United States

* Michael Tschudin (keyboards, organ, vocals),
* Peter Malick (guitar),
* Walter Powers (bass),
* Ernie Kamanis (drums, vocals)

1(A) LISTENING (Vanguard 6504) 1968
NB: (1) reissued on CD and LP (Akarma AK 050).

1 I Can Teach You/Cuando (Vanguard 35077) 1968
2 Life Stories/Hello You (Vanguard 35094) 1968
NB: (2) both sides non-LP.

From Boston and rated highly by some, this album includes some fine guitar and organ work on cuts like Baby: Where Are You?. Still an undiscovered gem this is worth searching out. Most of the vocals were performed by drummer Ernie Kamanis, and Peter Malick who was 16 at the time the album was recorded. Walter Powers had previously been in the famed punk band The Lost. A reworked version of the album's opener, Michael Tschudin's You're Not There, appears on the highly-touted album ...Setting Forth... Improvising Against The Future by Odyssey. Michael Tschudin later played with Cynara and produced the Fort Mudge Memorial Dump album. He became a session man and producer during the seventies, notably working with Tim Curry. Peter Malick played with the James Montgomery Band and is is still active, fronting his own Peter Malick Band playing blues / R&B influenced music in/around Boston. Walter Powers teamed up with his old Lost companion Willie "Loco" Alexander in the final incarnation of The Velvet Underground. The uplifting baroque-pop of Hello You can be found on Bring Flowers To U.S. (LP), whilst one track from the album, Stoned Is has also resurfaced on Marijuana Unknowns (LP & CD).

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Warm Dust - And It Came To Pass (uk 1970)

Warm Dust - And It Came to Pass (uk 1970)

Studio Album, released in 1970

- Dransfield "Les" Walker (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica)
- Paul Carrack (organ, piano, guitar)
- John Surgey (tenor & Alto saxophones, flute, oboe, clarinet, vibraphone)
- Alan Saloman (baritone, Tenor & Alto saxophones, flute, oboe, piano)
- Terry "Tex" Comer (bass, guitar, recorder)
- Dave Pepper (drums, percussion)

01. Turbulance (11:00)
02. Achromasia (7:13)
03. Circus (5:35)
04. Keep On Trucking (4:27)
05. And It Came To Pass (10:24)
06. Loosing Touch (7:44)
07. Blues For Pete (7:18)
08. Man Without A Straw (4:26)
09. Wash My Eyes (14:05)
10. Indian Rope Man (6:10)

Total Time: 78:22

Warm Dust was one of those obscure progressive rock bands that slipped through the cracks, but released three albums. This was an early band featuring Paul Carrack before he earned his fame with Ace ("How Long"), Sqeeze ("Tempted"), and of course Mike & the Mechanics, not to mention the solo albums he did in the '80s. Now I understand the name Paul Carrack might make many of you run like hell, but what he's done in Warm Dust is nothing like those groups I mentioned.In 1970, they released their debut album And It Came to Pass, and like Chicago when they were still Chicago Transit Authority or the Mothers of Invention's Freak Out, is one of the rare examples of a double album debut. Aside from Paul Carrack, the group also featured vocalist/guitarist Dransfield "Les" Walker, John Surgey on wind instruments (flute, sax, oboe, clarinet), Alan Salomen on additional wind instruments, Terry "Tex" Comer on bass and guitars, and Dave Pepper on drums and percussion. Frequently this band was described as Chicago meets Caravan, but they really weren't a brass rock band like Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and such British counterparts as The Greatest Show on Earth or IF, but musically they could also bring to mind such groups. For one thing, Warm Dust wasn't really a horn rock band, but sax and flute, on top of Paul Carrack's Hammond organ was what made up this band's sound. If anything, they remind me a bit of Web/Samurai (Dave Lawson's bands prior to Greenslade that had a sound dominated by wind instruments)...
The whole review by Ben Miler included in the link.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ultimate Spinach - Ultimate Spinach (us 1967, psychedelic rock)

Ultimate Spinach - Ultimate Spinach (us 1967)

Formed: 1967, Boston, MA, United States
Disbanded: 1969 //

*Ian Bruce-Douglas (vocals, guitars, harmonica, keyboards, bass, recorder, theremin, vibraphone,Wood Flutes, Sitar),
*Barbara Hudson (guitars, vocals),
*Keith Lahteinen (drums, percussion, vocals),
*Ted Myers (guitar, vocals), *Richard Nese (bass),
*Geoffrey Winthrop (guitars, Sitar, vocals),
*Jeff Baxter (guitar),
*Mike Levine (bass),
*Tony Scheuren (drums)

01. Ego Trip
02. Sacrifice of the Moon (In Four Parts)
03. Plastic Raincoats/Hung Up Minds
04. (Ballad of) The Hip Death Goddess
05. Your Head Is Reeling
06. Dove in Hawk's Clothing
07. Baroque #1
08. Funny Freak Parads
09. Pamela
Bonus Tracks:
10. Your Head Is Reeling (Mono Version, Bonus Track)
11. (Ballad Of) The Hip Death Goddess (Mono Version, Bonus Track)

‘Ultimate Spinach’ was founded in 1967 under the name of 'Underground Cinema' as the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ian Bruce-Douglas. The same year the band changed their name to 'Ultimate Spinach' and recorded their first record for MGM, produced by the ambitious Alan Lorber. Lorber created together with MGM the marketing concept of the 'Boston Sound' (later 'Bosstown' sound) to propose (and sell) an alternative to the West-coast bands. The three Boston bands starting that "movement” were ‘Ultimate Spinach’, ‘Orpheus’ and ‘The Beacon Street Union’. These bands, all produced by Alan Lorber, had musically not much in common and ‘Ultimate Spinach’ was the most interesting band to come out of this hype. Their first self-titled record, inspired by West-coast bands like ‘The Doors’ and ‘Jefferson Airplane’, presented an original mixture of psychedelic rock, folk and classical music. All lyrics and music were written by leader Ian Bruce-Douglas. ‘Ultimate Spinach’ privileged long elaborated suites, alternating instrumental passages, poetry and multipart vocals (the voice of Barbara Hudson reminding Grace Slick and Sonja Kristina) with original arrangements, including flutes, sitar, harpsichord and the electronic Theremin instrument. The record sold well, but the band was a victim of the hype and got negative critics by the press. The second record “Behold and See” was released in 1968 and followed the direction of the first with tighter tracks and the same overall quality. At the end of 1968 the band was reformed with Bruce-Douglas keeping only singer Barbara Hudson, but finally he left the band prior to the recording of the third self-titled ‘Ultimate Spinach’ record, leaving Barbara Hudson as the only original member. The record moved away from the psychedelic sound of the first two records and consisted of mainstream rock songs. ‘Ultimate Spinach’ recorded some of the most original psychedelic rock records.

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Novalis - Sommerabend (Ger 1976 progressive rock)

Novalis - Sommerabend (Ger 1976 progressive rock)

Formed: 1971, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Disbanded: 1985 //

Jürgen Wenzel (vocals, 1971-73),
Heino Schünzel (bass, vocals, 1971-80),
Lutz Rahn (organ),
Hartwig Biereichel (drums),
Carlo Karges (guitar, 1971-75),
Fred Mühlböck (vocals, 1976-84),
Detlef Job (guitar, 1973-85),
Ernst Herzner (vocals, 1984-85),
Hinrich Schneider (bass, 1983-85)

Track Listings:
01. Aufbruch (9:37)
02. Wunderschatze (Originaltext von Novalis um 1798) (10:37)
03. Sommerabend (18:17)
a) Wetterleuchten (3:50)
b) Am Strand (4:20)
c) Der Traum (3:50)
d) Ein neuer Tag (4:25)
e) Ins Licht (1:52)

Formed in late 1971, the Hamburg band Novalis took their name from an 18th century poet, -"Novalis was the pseudonym of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg (May 2, 1772 - March 25, 1801), an author and philosopher of early German Romanticism,"- and aptly, they created a rock music of poetic, lyrical and instrumental beauty. In their early days, Novalis started with a repertoire of King Crimson and Pink Floyd numbers. A year later and with a set of their own songs, Jochen Petersen discovered Novalis in concert and was so impressed that he promptly got them a contract with Brain...

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