domenica, ottobre 30, 2011

The Kitchen Cinq - Everything But...(us 1967 garage psych fuzz)

The Kitchen Cinq - Everything But...
A decent album for garage aficionados, this is a mix of light weight pop with garage flavor, and some harder, grittier cuts, featuring punk flavor and fuzz guitar. They were from Amarillo, Tex. Grades - 3 B's, 3 B-'s, 3 C+'s, and 2 C's 
From RYM (tymeshifter)

venerdì, ottobre 28, 2011

The Patron Saints - Fohhoh Bohob (1969 us psych)

The Patron Saints - Fohhoh Bohob
You can barely call this bad boy psych; there's a fair amount cribbed from the firm of Lee and MacLean, but just as much music-hall/recital-type stuff, like Cream's lighter moments. The first couple times I listened to this, I thought these guys sounded vocally like a bunch of jocks trying to make sensitive rock on the sly. The enunciation is something, I gotta tell you. But after a few plays its less immediate charms came to the fore. I'm still not going to pretend it's a classic - like you give a damn, ha - but the boys shew a great sense of dynamics as well as a florid touch on the ivories 'n' acoustic. "Do You Think About Me" is the major mis-step, a jaunty knock at th' hillbillies that won't truck in my part of the country. But "White Light," "Andrea" and "My Friend" attain a kind of sad-sack epicness (the latter is particularly emo, but give it time - the sum weight of the couplets add up to TRUTH). I kind of wish these fine gentlemen - genially maintaining their legacy after four decades - had decided to go for some sort of Gatsbyesque gothic. I mean, fine piano + upstate New York + recording in a mansion + deliberate diction could have = upper-crust guest-room masterpiece. But screw what I want, this is a winner. From RYM (silent mike)

mercoledì, ottobre 26, 2011

3/3 - 3/3 (japan 1975 psych hard rock)

3/3 - 3/3
Consistently fantastic power trio hard rock with strong Hendrix influences, recorded 1974. Bonus disc is live mat'l, recorded 2 years later, in 1976~7, and features some modern style garage/punk. Never mind the out-of-print vinyl reissue (I have a sealed copy if you want one), this CD is the way to go, with bonus tracks on the album reissue disc, plus the whole live bonus disc. Grades for both discs combined - 1 A, 4 A-'s, 9 B+'s, 6 B's, and 4 B-'s, nothing even mediocre on the whole package! These guys wail, and if you're into that heavy early 70's sound, you owe it to yourself to check this one out. From RYM (tymeshifter)

giovedì, ottobre 20, 2011

Vision of Sunshine - Vision of Sunshine (70 pop/psych folk)

Steeplechase - Lady Bright (1970 us hard rock)

Steeplechase - Lady Bright
Enjoyable, soulful 70's rock album, reminded me of my favorite unknown 70's band Gypsy. The booklet has absolutely no info on the band, it does not even list the bandmembers. Nice guitar organ interplay, sometimes even sounding like Santana on a couple of tunes. Not a must-have, but will definitely get some replay on my cd player. 
From RYM (jimslim11)

sabato, ottobre 15, 2011

Strider - Misunderstood (1974 uk hard rock)

Strider - Misunderstood
Pure hardrock with keyboards and a very good vocalist. Other stuff than their first output. 
From RYM (warpigcat)

sabato, ottobre 08, 2011

Spjärnsvallet - Spjärnsvallet (1975 swe jazz prog)

Spjärnsvallet - Spjärnsvallet
Interesting ethno prog. The A-side is really good, whereas the B-side is a bit mundane. All in all, warmly recommended.
From RYM (tovan)

lunedì, ottobre 03, 2011

Complex - Complex (1970 uk psych prog)

Complex - Complex
The first reissue of this horrendously rare LP was this American, Swank label bootleg from 1991. Originally pressed in only 99 copies, to avoid the arcane British taxes on 100 or more, the original album has sold years ago for $6000! Unfortunately, that original pressing was terribly flawed, with sound fidelity that sounds like what you might expect if you buried your speakers under a mountain of dirty laundry. This boot takes that original sound, and, like most bootlegs, amplifies that poor fidelity many fold, to the point where the sound is quite literally almost undefinable. I used to be able to tweak it into partially listenable zones by cranking the treble frequencies on my equalizer way up. But this is no longer necessary due to the release of the Tenth Planet reissue, which doesn't even attempt to clean up the original sound, but goes back to the original tapes and remasters them. See my review of that issue for further details. This issue is worth keeping only because it features a replica of the original back cover, not duplicated on the TP issue. The front cover artwork is closer on the TP one than this, though. Grades - 1 A-, 2 B+'s, 3 B's, 1 C, and a C-. Notice my grades for the other reissue to compare how much the poor fidelity of this one affected them. From RYM (tymeshifter)

domenica, ottobre 02, 2011

Lee Michaels - Carnival of Life (1968 superb us psych heavy psych)

Lee Michaels - Carnival of Life
Surely his strongest release. Though his albums are generally considered commercial, this one generates strong cross-over appeal to the underground crowd. Just a hint of commercialism flavors this basically hard rock record, which features some strong psych overtones. Some of these tracks are actually pop/psych. Overall, it's a superb album, a real sleeper! Grades - 3 A-'s, 1 B+, 4 B's, and a C+. From RYM (tymeshifter)

sabato, ottobre 01, 2011

Jam Factory - Sittin in the Trap(1970 us jazzrock jazz fusion)

Jam Factory - Sittin in the Trap
Obscure horn rock band from new york. This is a tough one to review this band plays a mix of blues, soul, rock and pyschadelia with a very good horn section. The vocals are good here as well nice and soulfull and deep there are a few singers here. My only complaint about this album is the lyrical content most of the lyrics here are about getting along, getting together, loving each other respect your brother bla bla i wasnt around at the time of the war and whatever else was going on in the late 60's and early 70's so i cant identify anyway the album is growing on me the more i listen to it. This album is blogged at redtelephone66 check it out 
From RYM (rockyg)
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