lunedì, agosto 31, 2009

OSCAR - OSCAR (Prog- usa 1974)

Oscar - Oscar

Oscura band di musica disco ha dei momenti esaltanti ed altri un po' molli...nel complesso è un buon disco ma basta girare la testa attorno e si trovano dischi migliori!se riuscite ad avere qualche info in più ve ne sarei grato! Comunque è un prog "Sax oriented" e a me appagano sono fedele al mio superbo Hammond!



St. John Green - St. John Green

un disco non eccezionale, forse ancora con sonorità non troppo mature per parlare di acid-space psych comunque nella maggior parte interessante!purtroppo a me disturbano troppo le parti parlate e qui spesso i nostri eroi si divertono a chiacchierare un po'!!comunque ascoltate!

A very interesting album which disappointed me some but left me wondering how this band could make really good music on some tracks but then have horrible sounding blather on other tracks. Not that inconsistency is unusual in music, but the better tracks showcase a sound similar to some of the best psychedelic offerings of the day. The two spoken tracks are throwaways and should have been deleted. The rest of the bad tracks not only showcase bland and sometimes ridiculous lyrics, but the vocals on some tracks really detract from the music itself. Examples include the first track "7th Generation Mutation" which almost made me delete the album before listening to the rest of the tracks. The next two tracks "Canyon Woman" and "Devil and the Sea" are much more accessible. The next four tracks range from mediocre to less than stellar. The title track is probably the best song, featuring some excellent organ. The conclusion of the album also inconsistent. I will have to give the album another listen before determining whether i should keep it or not. Anyone interested in interesting psychedelia of the time should look into it.

venerdì, agosto 28, 2009

Eire apparent-sunrise (good 1969 psych)

Eire Apparent - Sun Rise

é un peccato che di molti gruppi ci si ricordi solo perchè un altro personaggio famoso (in questo caso Hendrix) ha suonato/prodotto nel/il disco. Disco che in realtà merità tutto il rispetto che merita (molto bello in verità!)
vi consiglio su tutte "Mr guy Fawkes days" e "Captive and the sun" con una pregevole complessità orchestrale! A voi!


Please - Seeing Stars
(superb 1969 psych)

Please - Seeing Stars

Ho letto delle recensionacce su questo disco ma se devo dire la verità a me è piaciuto!è un disco soft psych con un uso dell'organo non in chiave deeppurpleana ma piuttosto una versione soft degli iron tutte ascoltate la prima traccia!a voi!


mercoledì, agosto 26, 2009

EMTIDI - S/T (krautrock-folk-1970)

Il disco che vi propongo oggi lo potremmo classificare come folk ma se devo essere sincero...non lo è!il folk è il genere che più ci si avvicina ma l'impostazione è fortemente "guitar-oriented" con grande risalto della voce femminile del disco. Il suono è fortemente classicheggiante e caldo forse con un pizzico di spagnolo e di medioevale...è difficilotto descriverlo non trovate?!?beh...a voi!

EMTIDI's debut album is containing mainly quite simple psychedelic folk and the dominant instrument used in most of the songs is acoustic guitar.


Emtidi-Saat (1972 kraut folk)

Emtidi - Saat

Di questo gruppo vi ho postato il disco omonimo qualche tempo fa, e ora vi lascio questo secondo lavoro che tutto sommato non si discosta dal genere krautfolk tipico del primo disco stesso...Bellissima la cover!a voi!

Emtidi was a German duo stuck somewhere between the Kosmische and psychedelic movements stylistically. Despite having only two members a full sound is provided, as Maik Hirschfeldt provides guitars, flute, some keyboards and vocals while Dolly Holmes is charged with lead vocals and most of the keyboard work.Much of the instrumental work here is soothing and relaxed, a sun-drenched counterpart to groups like Tangerine Dream. The drone at the start of "Touch the Sun" is reminiscent of that band's Alpha Centauri, although it features moments of wistful release rather than perpetually building an anxious, hopeless tension. Some wilder Krautish moments show up on tracks like "Die Reise", but for the most part chaos is minimal.
The duo sometimes eschews lyrics in favour of vocalisations, which work pretty well within the framework of the music. One good argument with sticking to vocalisations is "Walking in the Park", featuring the incredible line (no, I am not making this up), "Don't sit on the grass, it's too cold for your ass". A nice hippie sentiment, but I suspect the language barrier makes this one more hilarious than intended. Holmes' voice is somewhat reminiscent of Annie Haslam's, although somewhat thinner. One realizes that comparing a female voice to Haslam's is a prog rock reviewing cliché, but in this case it's absolutely valid. Hirschfeldt grabs lead vocals on the final track, in German, although he tends to speak them more than anything.
If the idea of crossing Renaissance with Tangerine Dream and having them add some psychedelic acoustic material appeals to you, rush right out and grab this. I find the combination pretty appealing, as despite the variety of styles presented each one is strong in its own right.
Emtidi was the duo of Maik Hirschfeldt and Dolly Holmes (she was also a guest on The Incredible String Band's The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter). Based in Germany, the partnership's music can best be described as folk music with a prog tinge. Maik provided twelve-string guitar tapestries often times reminiscent of Anthony Phillips. Dolly's keyboard arsenal included acoustic and electric piano, spinet, Hammond, and mellotron, and her passages on these are laced with delicate Baroque-era stylings. The two both shared vocal duties, with Dolly usually taking lead. Her voice is usually right on the money (Maik's much less so), though in conjunction with the lyrics, can sound a bit hippie-dippy at times. Saat, recorded in 1972, was the duo's second release and is a pretty decent if not quite essential album. The best track on this album is the 11-minute "Touch the Sky," which drips with the Aquarianisms of the day, and has some great guitar and 'tron. "Love Time Rain," "Träume" and the title track are all enjoyable little tunes. "Walkin' in the Park" is nice, but tarnished by one awful (and repeated interminably, no less) lyrical line in the chorus that would make even Greg Lake turn red. You'll know which one I mean when you hear it. The closer, "Die Reise" is enjoyably bizarre, and is the only track sung in German. Texturally sparse: I often wonder what this would've sounded like with a full group backing it. The ending jam that closes "Walkin' in the Park," for example, sounds somewhat dinky with just two folks pluggin' away.


lunedì, agosto 24, 2009

Superb german album!

ottimi lavori provenienti dall germania! ho apprezzato il disco dei jonathan nnostante il gruppo sia compasto, in pratica, da soli 2 elementi!il tutto è impostato su una base prog space prog decisamente melodica e sopre la media degli altri album!

Discorso analogo, pur cambiando genere per i werwolf...stupendo e melodicissimo prog sinfonico assolutamente da ascoltare con molti passaggi ed idee straordianrie!a voi!
Jonathan - Jonathan (1978 prog-space prog)

Jonathan - Jonathan

Werwolf - Creation(1982 synph prog)

Werwolf - Creation

venerdì, agosto 14, 2009

Omnibus (1970-great psych fuzz)

Omnibus - Omnibus

1970 United Artists release by Boston based band combining moody Westcoast style organ sound with fuzzy psych guitar. This trio hailed from Boston. The album, which was recorded in New York and produced by Steve and Eric Nathanson (who were the producers of Boffalongo) Recommended.


Kopperfield - Tales Untold (great heavy prog 1974)

Kopperfield - Tales Untold

Mi piacciono questi tizi!!!!ottimo hard/heavy prog con hammond sempre in primo piano...unico neo la non omogeneità dalla qualità delle canzoni...non sono tutte allo stesso livello...peccato!comunque fidatevi questi tizi "calciano culi" (come dicono gli americani!!!) A voi!

Limited pressed lp by this band from Michigan, faithfully reissued by the folks at GearFab. Melodic rock/prog style, similar to Boston, Styx, even a little Yes.
The album kills from the opener to the last power-chord. Record collectors are paying about 1000 $ for this item, but who cares because Gear Fab had done a CD re-release with nine bonus cuts from 1972 and 1975.


mercoledì, agosto 12, 2009

Pyramid - Pyramid(1976 ger space kraut)

Pyramid - Pyramid

very trippy instrumental kraut-psych with a huge amount of synthesizer and some great brain twisting guitar. Somewhat like ash ra tempel or cosmic jokers. One long 35 minute instrumental jam loaded with effects and a smoldering psychedelic atmosphere


Katamaran - Cafe Florian(ger kraut 1978)

Katamaran - Cafe Florian


lunedì, agosto 10, 2009


Ellison - Ellison

Ancora un band oscura!la miscela che vi do in pasto è un hard rock ma con forte venature psych e atmosfere anche simili ai primi Sabbath e primi priest! Purtroppo i miei tempi stanno ridiventando ristretti quindi vi lascio ancora alla recensione in inglese...

Excellent Sabbath-inspired early 1970's doom from these French Canadians. Sounding like a much more psychedelic yet somehow subdued Sab, these guys reach for the milky way with their heroin/LSD-25 speedball approach. Totally wasted 'Head' rock, cheap yet delicious analog production values, early Priest soundalike guitar runs, and starter-fluid-huffing vocals all add up to one hell of a brain cell killer. Dark and gloomy, like coming down off acid on a rainy fall morning. "Winter Slutch" and "Strawberry Rain"(Killer Title!) are two of the best cuts, but the record peaks (pun intended) with "Untruth Story", a mindmelting knife-in-back-pocket-right-next-to-the-brush burnout heroin anthem. The singer laments his girl's sadness/need to do smack: "She Asked/She Asked/She Asked Me For Dope" but ultimately gives in and cops her a bag.Then, later, we get the brilliant "I Know/I Know/I Know You're So Tired" repeated over and over while a searing, wicked guitar lead soars over the top. TOTAL drug rock, possibly the best example of hesher 1970's reality I've ever heard. Remember the Eight Is Enough episode when Tommy Bradford gets caught doing bongs in his bedroom by Dick Van Patten? This is probably the music Tommy was listening to on those giant headphones...."If you take a lot, it'll kill you....." Wasted Forever. Ferociously Stoned.


Blind Ravage - same (can 1972 hard psych)

Blind Ravage - Blind Ravage


venerdì, agosto 07, 2009

mi rifaccio del tempo perduto e vi propongo ancora un po' di musica psych (Tanto per gradire!spero apprezziate!!!)IO consiglio su tutti gli N.S.U.(credo sia l'acronimo di "non specific uretrits" ovvero la malattia venerea tipica di chi non ha freni inibitori!)A voi!

N.S.U.-Turn On, Or Turn Me Down (u.k. heavy psych1969)

N.S.U. - Turn On, Or Turn Me Down

Slick hard rocking psych album from this 4 piece band, featuring the solid guitar of Ernest Rea. Check out "the Game" and "On the Road.

track 3 is missing! there is the missing one...:

Plastic Penny -two Sides of a Penny (1968 uk psych)

Plastic Penny - Two Sides of a Penny

Their debut album, released by Page One in 1968. This is underrated UK pop-sike merchants, and includes their UK Top 10 hit "Everything I am", the rare "Nobody knows it" and "Happy just to be with you" as bonus tracks.
Fairly lightweight psychedelic pop with major reliance on a pretty good organ sound. Their most popular song "Everything I Am" isn't one of the best though its not bad. I like "Wake Me Up" and I thought the cover of the Association's "Never My Love" was almost as good as the original. Also very good, is the cover of "Strawberry Fields Forever," which really uses the organ effectively. "Mrs. Grundy" is a little different but still worthwhile. Not for everyone, but if you like the lighter side of British psych then I guess at least look into it.


mercoledì, agosto 05, 2009

IVORY-IVORY(1968-Superb US WestCoast Rock)

Ivory - Ivory

Ma che bel disco! ottima combinazione di psych/fuzz con una stupenda voce femminile assolutamente da ascoltare!come leggerete dalla recensione aspettatevi un sound molto vicino a quello dei jefferson airplane!da ascoltare!!!

Yes, the great 1968 recording by this virtually unknown band that modeled their music after the sounds of The Jefferson Airplane; in fact, it was produced by the Airplane's great genius himself: Mr. Al Schmitt!! Featuring the beautiful female vocals of Chris Christman, this fuzzed-out, psychedelic gem tells the story of this band by the band member's themselves. Little known but excellent album from 1968 by this LA psychedelic band somewhere between Neighb'rhood Childr'n and The Yankee Dollar. Trippy fuzz guitar and keyboard interplay with male and sultry female vocals. Now very hard to find on vinyl this CD reissue should surprise many who thought they had all of the best US '60's psych. A gem.

Maranatha - Soon(1971)

Maranatha - Soon


lunedì, agosto 03, 2009

Ill Wind - Flashes (1968 west coast)

Ill Wind - Flashes

In 1988, after buying Vernon Joynson's FLASHBACK, I had the cheek to ask him if he'd do some tapes for me. At that time, there were next to no re-issues and the cost of 2nd hand albums was way beyond me.
ILL WIND's 'FLASHES' was among some of the first batch that he did me.
I grew up in Glasgow, as did my wife and between us we had virtually no West Coast music, mine was all STOOGES, VELVETS, KRAUTROCK & TAMLA MOTOWN.
There was something abourt FLASHES which just got to that peak in us, and it still does. Ignorant people who know little about music would compare them to JEFFERSON AIRPLANE etc. like comparing GAUGUIN to VAN GOGH because they were Post-Impressionists and used bright colours.
My cherished little TDK tape from Vernon has given my wife and I years of delight. They didn't slcken either when listening to them on mushrooms, just got more powerful. I LOVE this album, and I can really relate to Stardancer and how he feels about them. In my opinion, a TRULY Psychedelic album that cuts to the Central Nervous System like a laser, Ill go into the Glaswegian vernacular now - fucking brilliant, Alistair. By the way, in exchange for all the tapes Vernon did me, I did the first cover of FUZZ, ACID & FLOWERS, and the cover for his re-issue of FLASHBACK before he began using a more laid back Artist not possessing the Celtic edge.


Relatively Clean Rivers - Relatively Clean Rivers(1975)

Relatively Clean Rivers - Relatively Clean Rivers

A tremendous mid-1970's rural psych album that sounds like it was recorded in late 1968, Relatively Clean Rivers has that hippie commune Springfield/Manson Family/Dead vibe down pat. Although most often compared to The Dead, only the record's first cut, "Easy Ride" really sounds much like them, with it's acoustic/electric guitar mix and American Beauty era vocal styles. It's a great song, but the rest of the album is much different and a little bit better, spewing out wasted Topanga Canyon folkpsych with wacked out commune lyrics. Production is great and the musicianship is stellar, so we don't really get much of that 'real people' vibe prevalent in many other records with that 'rural' feel, but this still more than holds up. There really is nothing else quite like this, and the smashed lysergic hippie trip present here is anything but a novelty. You can totally feel the Canyon here, and these folks never did wind up leaving. The original vinyl is long gone, with only two pressings of 500 each supposedly, but my Radioactive Label CD reissue is nice, with a clear reproduction of the lyrics and liner notes and a nice, warm pseudo-analog sound. Great stuff......

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