venerdì, ottobre 30, 2009

Dionysos (1970 can good prog rock)

Dionysos - Le Grand Jeu

Ottimo album di musica psych prog con cantato in francese (è rippato da vinile)!
nonostante la qualità audio non eccelsa si lascia ascoltare con ottimi spunti e un ottimo lavoro d'organo che non vi deluderà!
a voi!


martedì, ottobre 27, 2009

Ikarus-Ikarus (1971 masterpiece krautrock)

Ikarus - Ikarus

L'ho gia scritto nel titolo!E' un disco di krautrock /prog bello dall'inizio alla fine!Unico neo...sono solo 4 canzoni e penso sia l'unico disco della band!!!!A voi!

A classic teutonic German progressive rock fusion album in the same vein as Gila, Virus, 2066 & Then, Thirsty Moon or Os Mundi. The album contains four long tracks heavy on instrumental workouts and full of surprises. "The Raven" has a gloomy air, with quotes from Edgar Allan Poe. Jochen Petersen handles all manner of wind instruments amongst 5-other members who create a wonderful atmosphere utilizing organ, guitar, bass, drums and percussion in a uniquely spacious and dynamic style. It's a real shame as this self-titled LP was Ikarus' sole release. RECOMMENDED!


domenica, ottobre 25, 2009

Midnight Sun - Midnight Sun(1971 psych jazz prog)
Midnight Sun - Midnight Sun
This version of the album was released in 1970 – it's excellent refined changing tempo progressive jazz-rock with complex rhythms and expanded jazzy chords. The music was composed mainly by Bronsted and Hasselmann and the zen-buddhist lyrics were written by Andy Levin and Bisgaard. This album has an interesting history. In 1970, when the record was about to appear in shops, Lars Bisgaard left the group. He was replaced by Allan Mortensen (ex-Tears). Musicians made the decision to re-record the album. Some tracks were re-mastered with new vocal, some were re-recorded, two tracks; Nobody and B.M. (that were recorded on the original album as one composition) were split into two. The only new composition is Sippin’ Wine, written by Mortensen. The vinyl appeared with the same cover design – beautiful painting by Anne Marie Brauges. Soon after, the Canadian group Rainbow Band registered their name and the Danish band had to change it. Under a new name Midnight Sun, they released the same album again in different sleeve design by Roger Dean. Let’s try to compare both records. Certainly, they seem to be very similar, but the first one is more refined and tasteful. Bisgaard’s vocal is calm comparing to Mortensen’s more aggressive and jazzy, almost David Clayton Thomas style. The whole Midnight Sun’s version of the album has a feeling more like late 60s early 70s fusion/soul/jazz-rock, while still retaining a hard prog rock sound as well.

Midnight Sun - Walking Circles (1972)
Midnight Sun - Walking Circles

Midnight Sun - Midnight Dream (1974 )

Midnight Sun - Midnight Dream

giovedì, ottobre 22, 2009

Alain Markusfeld - Le Son Tombe Du Ciel
(v. good 1971 fr-prog psych 1971) (vinyl rip)

Alain Markusfeld - Le Son Tombe Du Ciel

well an unkown artist...i have found only this info around the net...

French guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, very unique. His albums blend multi- layered acoustic guitars with fiery leads, piano, ethereal female voices, throbbing bass and percussion. His guitar style could be described as early Larry Coryell (acoustic) meets Randy California (electric) with a strong middle-eastern influence. Le Desert Noir is a heavier guitar album which features drums on almost every track, overall very hendrix influenced. With Platock, there is more maturity in his sound, combining delicate acoustic guitars and more piano to his trademark sound, with less reliance on drums. Contemporus attempts to continue in the same vein, but fails to reach the same energy level, except possibly on the sidelong "Contemporus" suite. Start with Platock, which most will agree is his best. First two releases are very rare.

... the track list...
1. Le Son Tombé Du Ciel
. L'Homme A La Tête Fêlée (a 9.34)
. Jubal (a 12.47)
2. La Durée N'Est Pas Le Temps
. Theleme (a 3.42)
. Eve (a 7.28)

Alain Markusfeld - Le désert noir(1977)

Alain Markusfeld - Le désert noir

This a little pearl of an album and i'm only sorry i can't give more stars. It mixes many different genres in a brilliant way and is nothing but a great listening experience from the first track to the last. jazz rock fusion folk thing ;-)


martedì, ottobre 20, 2009

Bosse "Blomman" Blombergh - Små knepiga låtar

(1977swe-hard blues soft prog)

Buon disco anche se un filo distante dai miei gusti...penso che questo tizio sia una sorta di cantautore blues rock (ma mi pare riduttivo definirlo così...dal mio punto di vista mi sembra abbastanza eclettico...)Buon disco ma non sono saltato sulla sedia nell'ascoltarlo!

Autumn Breeze - Höstbris (1979 swe-prog)

This album was posted first at the great blog "mysteryposter" but is no longer please surf on this great blog and leave a comment to thanks M.P.!


sabato, ottobre 17, 2009

Nordic sound!!!
Ragnarök - Fjärilar i magen(1979 superb swe prog)

Buonissimo disco ancora dalla svezia!mi è piaciuto nonostante alcuni momenti sono molto soft...quando si incazzano però si sente che hanno stoffa da vendere!assolutamente consigliato!
The first song "Adrenalin" is very heavy, sounds like King Crimson (73-74).
After that the album is very soft, much similar to their first album. Great!

Eik - Hríslan Og Straumurinn(1977 v good.icel-jazz prog)

Eik - Hríslan Og Straumurinn

buon disco progressive con moltissime influenza che vanno da accenni hard rock fino a standard jazz rock (chew vanno per la maggiore in questo disco)senza mai sconfinare in una fusion...forse maggiore "casino" sarebbe stato più efficace in certi passaggi ma c'è del buono!

Reissue on CD of rare progressive rock album by an Icelandic band.Exceptional good and original, a bit similar in style to "Camel" and "Greenslade" but with more tempo changes, occasional female harmony vocals and Gentle Giant like oddities. Complete with funky intermezzos with strange vocals, breaks, Spanish guitar,little folk excursions and lots of other surprises. Originally released in 1976 and a real find for the fans of 70's prog.


giovedì, ottobre 15, 2009

Back Door - Back Door (superb fusion-jaz-prog1972)

Very innovative, sort of like Ornette Coleman meets Delta Blues with some incredibly creative bass playing by one Colin Hodgkinson (who plays full chords and melodies in addition to grooving). Some of his playing pre-figures Victor Wooten by a couple decades almost.
Released by the band on the Blakey label in 1972 and then re-released by Warner
in 1973, this instrumental album is impressive from start to finish, and a veritable catalog of bass guitar technique. Asbery's funky sax and flute work leaves the bottom end completely open to the bass guitar, and Hodgkinson's use of strummed chords is ably backed by his bandmates on the squalling opener "Vienna Breakdown." The mel-low fon-kay bass solo, "Lieutenant Loose," makes effective use of ringing open strings, while "Slivadiv" is a fret-hammering delight. If you're a bassist, be forewarned: listening to this album is a deeply humbling experience.
AMG Review: Review by Paul Collins


Back Door - 8th Street Nites(1974)

Just brilliant, almost as good as the first lp (Back Door) and in some ways better. Colin Hodgkinson's very occasional vocals are a bit white-boy-blues, but you can tell he means well; in any event it is really an instrumental set, and both the playing and compositions are topnotch. Some of themes have been playing on my head-radio for over twenty years now - this is no flash in the pan here today gone tomorrow rubbish.
Get it, do. And get their much later sets ASKIN' THE WAY and HUMAN BED while you're about it. BACK DOOR were just great - one of my favorite bands of any genre.


lunedì, ottobre 12, 2009

Maelstrom-same (1973 good prog usa)

Maelstrom - Maelstrom

Altro disco rarissimo (per lo meno non mi pare di averlo mai visto in giro!!)Il genere è un prog a volte con intermezzi di fiati che pero' non sono predominanti nella complessità dell'album...Ci sono belle song (a me piace the Ballonist)...
Ascoltate tutto quanto, fidatevi di me!

Info in italiano...

Many Thanks to Pier e Jargon king (grazie!!!) per l'aiuto!

Really, one of the underrated American prog albums out there. How unimaginative mediocrities like Babylon and Easter Island can net all the rave reviews while jewels like this can languish in utter obscurity I’ll never understand.A blend of the usual Yes and Genesis influences, but this time with Canterbury-style influences gleaned from Caravan and Soft Machine. A dense yet sound with a variety of keyboard sounds plus woodwinds and tuned percussion make this a constant adventure to listen to. Vocals by Jeff McMullen are clear-toned yet expressive. The CD contains two bonus tracks from a later line-up, with a stronger jazzy influence and a little lighter on the sympho stuff.In all, an excellent release still waiting to be rediscovered. Recommended.
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Universe - Universe(1971 hard prog)

Universe - Universe

Stiamo davanti ad un buon disco, forse non eccelso ma decisamente sono intermezzi "duri" altri un po' più melodici tutto condito in chiave Prog anche se ancora siamo un po' lontani da un heavy prog "classico"!a voi l'ascolto!

Universe was an English band who went to Norway. Some way along their travels their van broke down in front of a music freak's house. The guy took the band in, fed them, and gave them shelter for the night. The band recorded a jam session as a private pressing for this guy. Colours found it and reissued the recording. Bery obscure sounding music.


venerdì, ottobre 09, 2009


posto questi 2 titoli come richiesta di Panos!il 1 è un hardrock/prog formato da 3 elementi...interessante direi, mentre il 2 è + marcatemente heavy-prog... consiglio si quest'ultimo la song "Circus"! ciao ciao!





mercoledì, ottobre 07, 2009

The Flock!!!(superb jazz prog)

The Flock - Dinosaur Swamps(1970)

The Flock - Dinosaur Swamps

This wonderful fusion of jazz-rock, americana and progressive simply "rocks" even if you don't particularly go for any of the genres.

The Flock - Inside Out(1975)

The Flock - Inside Out

This band from Chicago mix rather complex (and at times chaotic) progressive rock sound with funk and jazz influences for a mostly pretty good affair. The opening piece on each side is also the worst song, but tunes like "Back To You" and the stoner anthem "My OK Today"

lunedì, ottobre 05, 2009

Módulo 1000 - Não Fale Com Paredes (1971-v. good psych)

Módulo 1000 - Não Fale Com Paredes

Un buon disco proveninte dal brasile (se non erro)con molte influenze ma si riconosce distintamente una marcata matrice psych ma nella parte centrale dell'album si ha una tendanza ad un sound più oscuro a mo' dei sabbath (pur essendo stili diversi)Le recensioni che ho letto sono tutte piene di elogi, per me un po immeritati ma ditemi voi!


Casa das Máquinas - Casa das Máquinas (1974)

Casa das Máquinas - Casa das Máquinas

Casa das Máquinas was one of the most important '70s rock bands in Brazil. The group was formed by some former-members of Os Incríveis and sounded less commercial and more modern than the older band.

On their first record, “Casa das Máquinas”, the band followed the standards of the genre we know as hard rock. On the following one, “Lar de Maravilhas”, they adopted a softer style and that work was considered to be one of the best records of the sort in the country. On their third and last studio recording, “Casa de Rock”, the musicians re-adopted their original style, priorizing basic rock. In 1978, the live album Ao Vivo: Abril 1978 Santos was released and that became the last official recording of the group.

sabato, ottobre 03, 2009

Dave Bixby - Ode to Quetzalcoatl(1969)

A somewhat deranged private pressing record about a man who falls in the depths of drug abuse, and finds his way to the light through Jesus and god.
Beautiful guitar playing, and some trippie lyrics, that is truely one for the ages.

Rex Holman - Here in the Land of Victory
(1970 v.good dreaming folk)

Un buon disco, davvero carino anche se , lasciatemelo dire, faccio fatica ad apprezzare fino in fondo, non dopo aver ascoltato P.Leopold!questo disco ci prova a riproporre quelle melodie ma in mia modesta opinione sto sotto al capolavoro "Cristian lucifer" di Leopold...da ascoltar comunque!


Rick Saucedo Heaven Was Blue (1978 dreaming psych)

mmm...nonostante le ottime recensioni che ho letto questo disco mi convince a metà...ho apprezzato moltissimi album "onirici" ma questo convince solo a tratti e rimane abbastanza lontano da quello che ritengo un capolavoro (cristian Lucifer di leopold)
ma non fraintendetemi,ci sono molte cose da sentire!!!

Big, and sadly still pretty unknown, is this awesome album by Rick Saucedo, his debut album that was originally released in 1978 on the Reality label in the USA. Most of the tracks here are absolutely exceptional, including the number that gives the title to the album and takes the full B-side of the original vinyl. Loner psychedelic, melodic, dreamy most of the time, but also featuring the ferocious fuzz-rocker
'Ka Mon We're Gonna Rock All Night Long.' If you like Michael Angelo, Joe Peace or Bob Trimble, don't let this one pass by!


giovedì, ottobre 01, 2009

Byzantium - Byzantium(1972 heavy psych)
I saw BYZANTIUM live at Newcastle City Hall in the early 70s as a support band for Rory Gallaghger, musically I had never heard anything like it, from the blistering guitar work of "What is Happenning" to the beautifully melodic "Trade Winds".


Byzantium-live&studio (uk-1972 heavy psych prog)

Bel disco questo dei Byzantium!mi è piaciuto,nonostante sia una sorta di ibrido tra le sonorità prog/psych senza tralasciare una sorta di heavy rock con un guitar work piuttosto duro!Ottimi riff e "assolo" particolarmenteveloci e carichi...da ascoltare

A very good album with some great tracks. laid back liquid guitar and exceptional clear and well produced music. well worth a listen.


Byzantium - Seasons Changing(1972)

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