terça-feira, 30 de maio de 2023
James Cotton - High Energy 1975
Lazy Smoke - Corridor Of Faces 1968
Cilibrinas do Éden - Cilibrinas do Éden 1973
Brazilian ephemeral duo created in 1972 and disbanded in 1973 as a folk-psychedelic project by ex-member of Os Mutantes Rita Lee and Lucia Turnbull.
The failure of criticism and the public forced them to a change of plans, and to the two they were added the musicians of Lisergia, a rock band from São Paulo. Changing for a glam-rock mood they created Tutti Frutti as a backing band for the solo career of Rita Lee. Lucia Turnbull played and composed as a member of the band on their 1st record, after this becoming a regular writing partner with guest appearances until the last album of Rita Lee & Tutti Frutti, Babilônia. They played in the Phono 73 Festival, although there are no known recordings by the duo.listen here
The Allman Brothers Band - Win, Lose Or Draw 1975
Joe Farrell - Moon Germs 1972
Alexis Korner & Friends - The Party Album 1979
It was during the '70s that Korner had his only major hit, as leader (with Peter Thorup) of the 25-member big-band ensemble CCS. Their version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" charted in England, and led to a tour and television appearances. In response, Korner released Bootleg Him, a retrospective compiled from tapes in his personal collection, including recordings with Robert Plant, Mick Jagger, and Charlie Watts. Korner played on the "supersession" album B.B. King in London, and cut his own, similar album, Get Off My Cloud, with Keith Richards, Peter Frampton, Nicky Hopkins, and members of Joe Cocker's Grease Band. When Mick Taylor left the Rolling Stones in 1975, Korner was mentioned as a possible replacement, but the spot eventually went to Ron Wood. In 1978, for Korner's 50th birthday, an all-star concert was held featuring Eric Clapton, Paul Jones, Chris Farlowe, and Zoot Money, which was later released as a video. AMG.listen here
domingo, 28 de maio de 2023
Rare Earth - Ecology 1970
Iron Butterfly - Ball 1969
Gong - Continental Circus 1971
Ivan Lins - Deixa o Trem Seguir 1971
Chet Baker - Once Upon Summertime 1977
Manfred Mann Chapter Three - Manfred Mann Chapter Three Volume 1 (1969)
quinta-feira, 18 de maio de 2023
Supertramp - Crime Of The Century 1974
Alpha Ralpha - Alpha Ralpha 1977
Alpha Ralpha was a short-lived band with Michel Mareska on electric guitar, Claude Alvarez-Peryre on electric and acoustic guitars, Jean Alain Gardet (Taï Phong) on keyboards, Charlie Charriras (Variations) on bass, and Emmanuel Lacordaire (Nemo) on percussion. On their only album, four more musicians appeared: Francois Breant on piano and synth, Jean de Anthony and Claude Samard on guitars, and Jean-Jaques Goldman on vocals. Alvarez-Peryre, a co-founder of the group was a member of Malicorne, while Gardet and Goldman were the members of Taï Phong. The band released only one album, the self-titled LP released for Warner in Canada and France in 1977. Their music could be described as a mixture of jazz-rock and French symphonic, where guitars are keyboards carrying the melodies for the most part, with occasional usage of vibraphone and marimba, and vocal harmonies.
Most super obscure prog rock bands are on tiny labels or even private releases that are extremely hard to find and cost a bunch of money, and you only hope some label took up to the plate and had it reissued, like Cathedral's Stained Glass Stories (which was reissued). The French band Alpha Ralpha is very obscure, I don't even bother bringing it up because no one's heard of it, and yet they recorded for Warner Bros. Original LPs aren't too terribly expensive, but might be a bit hard to find outside of France and Canada (it was also released in Canada). I remembered some websites believing this group was Canadian, from Quebec, but they're not, only because the person running that website owned the Canadian pressing. They're indeed French, but unfortunately never been reissued in any format.
Although recorded from May to September 1976, it didn't appear until 1977 (this album could have easily appeared in November 1976, but didn't, probably record company politics). This is some rather original, but perhaps not the most mindblowing prog you're going hear all year. The group consisted of bassist Charlie Charriras, guitarist Claude Alvarez-Pereyre, guitarist Michel Mareska, keyboardist Jean Alain Gardet, and drummer Emmanuel Lacordaire. I have a feeling this group was discovered by Tai Phong, not only being on the same label but the fact that Jean-Jacques Goldman and the two Vietnamese brothers Tai and Kahn guest on this album providing some wordless voices. Also some members of Malicorne guests as well as François Bréant, of the obscure and wonderful group Cruciferius, who later recorded two albums in 1978 and 1979 on EGG that aren't impossible to get a hold of. I really can't compare this to any group in particular. "Synergy" features some nice spacy string synths and nice guitar work. "Nova" features some more nice guitar and Mini Moog work, although there's a short passage with a country influence (complete with steel guitar) I think was a bit of a mistake. "Syris Major" seems to be just a short spacy bit that leads to the nice "Genese". I especially like the use of marimba on it. "Magellan" bears more than a passing resemblance to something I've heard off François Bréant's Sons Optique, which I guess is no surprise given he appears on that song providing his keyboard work, and I can easily tell it's him as he has a style totally different from Jean Alain Gardet.listen here