segunda-feira, 27 de setembro de 2021
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The elusive and mysterious Mándu is known mainly for his impressive vocals on two Lobby Loyde albums (Obsecration and Live With Dubs). However, there is more to his story… Mándu arrived in Melbourne from Queensland in the early Seventies with hopes of securing a record contract. With a series of unsuccessful bands behind him, the singer had developed a new persona (Mándu) and written a peerless batch of songs that would form the basis of his extraordinary concept album To The Shores Of His Heaven. Ex-Pop Star-turned-label boss John Blanchfield was so blown away by Mándu’s audition that he signed him on the spot and immediately put him into Armstrong’s studios to rehearse and record.
Inspired by the organic approach used by Van Morrison for his classic Astral Weeks album, Blanchfield, with producer-engineer Ern Rose, set about creating a purpose-built ensemble utilizing some of Australia’s most talented and creative musicians – including guitar maestro Phil Manning (Chain), bassist Barry Sullivan (Wild Cherries, Chain), and drummer Gary Young (Daddy Cool). Keyboard player Peter Sullivan also works wonders with his absolutely beautiful string arrangements.
The resultant album; To The Shores Of His Heaven, is one of the best and most original records ever made in this country – and a must-hear for fans of Tim Buckley, Van Morrison, and Terry Reid - at turns gentle and ethereal, spacious and mystical. Sadly, despite the stellar musical backing, a striking image, and Mándu’s incredible voice, the album was a disappointing flop. A follow-up single, a highly original take on the Rolling Stones’ classic “Gimme Shelter”, suffered a similar fate and after that, Mándu turned his back on a solo career
Mandu joined as the vocalist in Lobby Loyde’s Southern Electric in late 1975 and recorded the classic Obsecration album before leaving on the eve of the band’s move to the UK.listen here or here or here
Luminous third and final album Loving Is Hard, originally released in 1972, is the latest in Chapter Music’s reissues series by Australian psychedelic icons Tully. This follows the 2010 release of Live At Sydney Town Hall 1969-70, and 2012's reissue of solemn, dreamy 1971 surf soundtrack Sea Of Joy. Even before they began recording Loving Is Hard in late 1971, Tully had officially broken up. Over the previous twelve months, they had shifted from the towering, organ-driven rock dynamics of their 1970 self-titled debut, to a serene, contemplative folk-psych sound. Show-stopping drummer Robert Taylor and original vocalist Terry Wilson had departed, replaced by guitarist Colin Campbell and singer Shayna Stewart, both of cult folk heroes Extradition.
Although the change created music of stark, unearthly beauty, Tully had been massively popular in Sydney as a rock band, and their spiritually-driven transformation left many fans scratching their heads. Audiences declined steadily, response to the Sea Of Joy soundtrack was muted, and by the end of 1971 they realized they could no longer continue. Still, they had one more album owing on their record contract, and decided to make a final statement before going their separate ways.listen here or here or here
quinta-feira, 16 de setembro de 2021
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Blues singer, guitarist and songwriter, described by John Peel as "the foremost white blues guitarist in the world", Gordon is also one of the country’s greatest Blues vocalists.
Gordon Smith’s 1968 debut album ‘Long Overdue’ was produced by Mike Vernon for the legendary Blue Horizon label, and featured members of Fleetwood Mac, including Peter Green. During the 1970s, Gordon was a member of Kevin Coyne’s Band.listen here or here or here
Farmyard was a Wellington group that was around only for a short time from 1970 to 1971. Rick White, previously of the Relics and Tom Thumb, started with the group but was later replaced by Bernard Lee. Their first single for Polydor in 1970 was "Learnin' 'bout Living"/"Da Woirks". It was successful enough to gain entry into the 1971 Loxene Gold Disk Awards. A self-titled album was also released and came in a plastic bag with a poster. A second single "Nothing's Happening Here"/"Me, The Dog, Ma And Dear Ol' Dad" also came out in 1970 and was included on their second album called "Back To Fronting" released in 1971.
Their third and last single was "Which Way Confusion Part 1"/"Which Way Confusion Part 2", taken from their first album and appeared during 1971.
Both of their albums were repackaged in 1991 into a double album called "Looking For A Place" on the Little Wing label. That album appears below. After Farmyard disbanded, Tom Swainson joined Wellington underground band Arkastra in February 1972, and Redeye in 1976. Thanks to "therockasteria.blogspot"listen here or here or here