domingo, 28 de fevereiro de 2021
They released an album (LP record) entitled Expansions On Life [1969/1970] on the Decca Nova label.
Gus Eadon joined the band Zzebra in 1974.
The starting point for Sweet guitarist Andy Scott, The Elastic Band emerged from the ashes of mid-60s Welsh soul revue the Silverstone Set to make a couple of highly-regarded 1968 mod pop/blue-eyed soul singles for Decca. But a year on the underground gig circuit supporting the likes of Hendrix and Pink Floyd impacted significantly on the bands musical direction. When they returned to the studio in the summer of 1969, it was to cut Expansions On Life, a dazzling 50-minute collection of late psychedelic/early progressive rock moves which suggested that the new-look Elastic Band could be genuine contenders. Inexplicably, though, Decca delayed its release until March 1970, by which time the band had fallen apart, lead singer Ted Yeadon having left in December 1969 to replace Steve Ellis in the Love Affair. As a result, Decca barely promoted the album, which duly sank without trace. * File under: 60's Psych * Established for the last couple of decades as a heavy duty rarity amongst collectors of vintage British psychedelia and progressive rock. First-ever official UK reissue Includes bumper 20-page booklet, extensive liner notes, restored artwork and master-tape sound as well as some priceless photographs * Features all four tracks from the bands equally collectable 45s, including the regularly compiled psychedelic pop nugget 8 Hours Of Paradise. listen here
terça-feira, 23 de fevereiro de 2021
A rock album released on Stax's Enterprise subsidiary that was produced by Donald Duck Dunn and Don Nix, and featuring material by Nix and Don Preston ... sounds like an interesting way to spend a couple of hours ... Before recording as Stillrock (I've also seen it referenced as Still Rock'), guitarist/singer Don Preston, guitarist Bobby Cochran, bassist Casey Van Beek, and drummer Bob Young had recorded and album as Don Preston and the South ("Hot Air Through a Straw").
Perhaps because the name wasn't particularly cool, by 1969 the group had reinvented themselves as Stillrock, signing a contract with Stax's short-lived Enterprise subsidiary. Co-produced by Donald Duck Dunn and Don Nix, the album showcased some real talent though much of the impact was lost across the eclectic mixture of genres that graced the eleven tracks. As lead singer, Preston had an extremely likable voice. He was far from a great singer, but seemed to know his limitations and made the most of his range and capabilities. The rest of the band was also pretty impressive with bassist Van Beek turning in a series of impressive performances. The band was also willing to experiment with some interesting musical mash-ups - check out the country-meets-psych 'Lost City Child'. And to a large extent that was the big problem here. It was simply hard to figure out who these guys were. Bouncing around between country, pop, psych, rock, etc. left you wondering if they were simply auditioning as a wedding act. That's not to take away from the album's strengths. Badcatrecords.listen here
When you think of 60's music from California the town of Sacramento doesn’t immediately come to mind. but the state capitol had a fertile music scene that has given birth to mind melters Blue Cheer who paved the way for other locals like Joshua.
Fronted by singer Mick Martin, Joshua were at the center of a scene that, for the most part, ignored the flower power shenanigans going on up north and worshipped at the altar of heavy Rock & Roll. Along with other locals like Slo Loris and Jericho, Joshua created guitar lead, blues-based rock music with lyrics that reflected the current events of the day, war & drugs.
While the band never released any music back in the day, they did record an LP’s worth of material along with some legendary live shows that took place at the University of California at Davis. Anti-war feelings that still ring true today can be heard on cuts like “The Fist”, “G.I. Peace” and “No Country”. while expanding your mind with drugs is exposed on cuts like “Please Excuse Me” and The Title Track, “Open Your Mind”.
With heavy guitar crunchers in a style that will remind you of one of our earlier release, Stone Garden. it comes in a thick gatefold cover with liner notes by Mick Martin and lots of photos that compliment the mind-blowing, full-color front cover. This is a totally unknown band that is not to be confused with any other band by the same name that may have released LPs in the past. One more thanks to Rockasteria.listen here
sábado, 20 de fevereiro de 2021
Bassist Isao Suzuki's popularity shot up to stratosphere with the release of Blow Up from the Three Blind Mice label. By the time he recorded this, fourth album for the label, he was actually the winner of the Swing Journal Readers' Poll. And this rather strangely titled album doesn't disappoint.
Suzuki had a knack for surrounding himself with superb musicians and playing brilliant, groovy music that is firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. This time, he picked as the all-important horn player Kenji Mori whose superb playing on alto sax, bass clarinet and flute strongly remind us of Eric Dolphy. The guitar genius Kazumi Watanabe turns in wonderfully nuanced performances in every setting. Also, not insignificantly, Mari Nakamoto--one of the best female jazz vocalists Japan has ever produced--appears as a guest and sings Shirley Horn's "Where Are You Going?" with excellent results. jazznblues.club.listen here
Taking its name from 16th century Faustian legend—Mephistopheles was the devil to whom Faust sold his soul—this six-piece outfit emerged from the psychedelic underground and recorded one album, the strangely titled In Frustration I Hear Singing. This 12-song lp, lost and found from the vaults of Reprise Records, is prototypical late ‘60s psychedelia, a musical exercise in odd song titles (“The Cricket Song,” “The Girl Who Self-Destroyed”), bizarre lyrical content (“Listen to the crickets/listen everyday/listen to the crickets/tell me what they say”) and awkward rock instrumentation (“Do Not Expect a Garden” features a trumpet; “Vagabond Queen” is saddled with a flute).
Mephistopheles features an expert ensemble of skilled musicians with a strong sense of melody. The guitar work, especially on songs like “Dead Ringer” and the title track, is particularly impressive. Guitarist Fred Tackett has been a member of Little Feat since 1988. Rockasteria.listen here
This full-length debut from British blues-rockers Spooky Tooth has a tone similar to Traffic with its psychedelic take on the influential pop and soul music of the '60s. A few cover tunes including Janis Ian's "Society's Child" and the Nashville Teens' "Tobacco Road" are included, but original songs like the soulful ballad "It Hurts You So" and "Bubbles" (with its Beach Boys sensibility) are the real standouts. The cheery, psychedelic "It's All About a Roundabout" is the catchiest number by far. On this dreamy cut, vocalist/keyboardist Gary Wright demonstrates some sharp melodic and compositional instincts. Although Spooky Tooth eventually became better-known for their straightforward blues-rock, the trippy pop of It's All About counts as a career highlight for the group. Fans of late-'60s British rock are definitely advised to check out this impressive release. AMG. listen here