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Παρασκευή, 15 Ιουνίου 2018

Agitation Free - 2nd (1973)




Agitation Free is a German experimental krautrock band, formed in 1967 by Michael "Fame" Günther (bass guitar), Lutz "Lüül" Ulbrich (guitar), Lutz Ludwig Kramer (guitar) and Christopher Franke (drums). They were initially called Agitation, a name they chose at random from a dictionary. The band had to change the name because another band with the same name already existed. Agitation Free was chosen based on a poster for a free show played in the early 1970s saying "Agitation Free" (meaning "free concert").
History

After losing guitarist Axel Genrich to Guru Guru in 1970 (Genrich having replaced Kramer the same year) and drummer Franke to Tangerine Dream in 1971, the band recruited Jörg "Joshi" Schwenke (guitar), Burghard Rausch (drums) and Michael Hoenig(keyboards). They released their first album, Malesch, in 1972 on the Music Factory label. The album was inspired by their tour through Egypt, Greece and Cyprus, sponsored by the German Goethe Institute. Later that year, they performed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

A second album was released in 1973, and guitarist Schwenke was replaced first by Stefan Diez, then Gustl Lutjens. The band disbanded in 1974.

Agitation Free reunited in 1998, with the 1974 line-up, and released River of Return in 1999. The band again reformed in 2007 for a series of concerts in Tokyo. In 2008, remastered CDs of their back catalogue were officially released, and in 2011 they released Shibuya Nights, recorded at their 2007 Tokyo concerts. In 2012, the band toured again to promote this album.


Agitation Free's 2nd stands as one of Germany's finest instrumental rock albums of the 1970s and a classic for fans of progressive rock and Krautrock. Despite the fact that the group had problems keeping its cohesion at the time, these troubles never affect the music. 2nd presented a daring blend of Krautrock-type extended jams, laid-back attitude, and experimentation. The music remains very psychedelic in nature, more early Can than Faust. The presence of acoustic guitars and bouzouki emphasizes the easygoing nature of the music, along with Stefan Diez's elegant guitar soloing, while occasional free-form passages keep things on the edge. The opener, "First Communication," is pure Krautrock and the hardest-driving tune. It belongs on every anthology of German rock. Michael Hoenig's synthesizer experiment "Dialogue and Random" provides an interlude before the two-part "Laila" kicks in. The latter juxtaposes prog rock and fusion jazz sections with beautiful audacity. Side B of the original LP is a lot quieter. Birds chirp at the beginning of "In the Silence of the Morning Sunrise" and the pastoral mood carries over to the nine-minute "A Quiet Walk." "Haunted Island" ends with a midtempo rock number featuring a recitation of Edgar Allan Poe's "Dreamland." Filled with Mellotron and guitar jamming, it has often been hailed as a highlight by prog rock fans who had a hard time digesting the less immediate material, but it's actually weaker than what came before it -- without lessening the appeal of this album.

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Τρίτη, 12 Ιουνίου 2018

Universal Hippies - Evolution of Karma (2018)





Influenced by classic rock,stoner rock and psychedelic rock,Universal Hippies started out as a jam band in 2016.
In their musical journey they combine musical elements from the East and the West,the South and the North.

Phenomenal second studio disc by this outstanding instrumental heavy guitar rock band from Greece featuring the brilliant, prolific, axe-master skills and musical vision of Stavros Papadopoulos. Includes 10 tracks of mega-awesome, dynamic, blues-based, sonic guitar rock music that defies gravity and lands with world-class excellence. Picking up where the remarkable first disc left off, the
Universal Hippies have produced an amazing instrumental heavy guitar rock musical document of epic proportions with the "Evolution Of Karma" disc.
Stavros Papadopoulos is a true, legit Greek guitar rock god. A solid man of rock on a mission to Keep the Rock alive who has honed and crafted his finest musical effort to date on the Universal Hippies: "Evolution of Karma" disc. The man is an excellent, string bending, six string animal riff:master, a veritable musical forceof nature who shines like the sun on this amazing disc along with his other killer
bands including Super Vintage, Hard Driver & Freerock Saints. All worth checking out if you heavily dig serious, bad-ass, killer, blues-based heavy guitar rock music.
On "Evolution Of Karma", Stavros has spread his musical wings with a vast amount of depth and maturity. There is an ancient musical wisdom within every track. The listener will feel like they have travelled to Jupiter and the stars above and have flown over the ancient ruins of Greece and beyond after listening to this stellar,
cosmic, mind-altering, instrumental power trio musical experience.
Universal Hippies feature the excellent kick-ass musical skills of Chris Lagios on Drums & Jim Petridis on Bass, both outstanding players who lock in and nail down massive grooves that rock solid to the core and together with Stavros Papadopoulos have created an amazing original musical style and vibe that defines true
instrumental power trio excellence.
The Universal Hippies: "Evolution Of Karma" disc was recorded, mixed and mastered to sonic perfection at Freerock Studios, Stone Groove & Mojo:Tone Mastering in Kavala City, Greece.
Complete with an awesome beautifully artistic cover, layout & design by Nyxian:Drift. Grooveyard Records is proud to announce the
release of this outstanding Total Guitar Rock disc that is Highly recommended to fans of David Gilmour, Wishbone Ash, Plankton and all other excellent blues-based, retro heavy guitar rockers on the third stone from the sun. Anyone who heavily digs and collects
serious guitar rock music needs to tune in and add this amazing disc to their music collection.
An incredible, timeless six string musical journey through space & time that defines brilliant original heavy guitar rock music artistry with endless scope, depth and vision.

Reach deep within and ask yourself what is the true meaning of our existence. Regardless of color or race, we are all human beings, evolving and moving forward. Travelling different paths through time and space, a profound progression of motion on a complex journey of life.
All organic & musical matter follows a course unique to itself. We are partly defined by this linear, plodding trajectory toward the unknown, toward what we imagine we do not possess.
But the unknown also lies within us and, in this way, perhaps we only arrive at a place which we did not know exists, unfolding outward forever. In Karma lies an invitation to Evolve.

Tracklist

1. Evolution
2. Wings of Pegasus  
3. Journey of the Impossible Hero
4. Ophelia's Dream 
5. Metamorphosis 
6. Road to Olympus 
7. Spiral Waves 
8. Harmonic Alchemy
9. Outskirts of Infinity
10. Karma 
       

Σάββατο, 9 Ιουνίου 2018

Gila 1971


Biography

The band formed in early 1969 and, with their new/experimental sound, they secured a considerable German fan base. Gila's original lineup was Daniel Alluno (drums, bongos, tabla, percussion), Fritz Scheyhing (organ, mellotron, percussion, keyboards), Conny Veit (guitars, vocals, tabla, additional keyboards) and Walter Wiederkehr (bass). In 1971, they recorded their début album Gila - Free Electric Sound[1][2] and disbanded in 1972.

In 1973, Veit reformed the band with a new lineup, and the same year recorded their second studio album, the krautrock/psychedelic folk Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.[2][3] In 1974, they disbanded again.

In 1999, a live album was released, Night Works, which was recorded in 1972 and was originally intended for radio broadcast.

Gila is the debut studio album of German krautrock band Gila. The album has the subtitle Free Electric Sound, and often the album title is written as Gila – Free Electric Sound.


Track listing

"Aggression" – (4:33)
"Kommunikation" – (12:47)
"Kollaps" – (5:30)
"Kontakt" – (4:30)
"Kollektivität" – (6:40)
"Individualität" – (3:36)

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Τετάρτη, 6 Ιουνίου 2018

Freedom's Children - Astra (1970)



Freedom's Children biography
This band reflects a tiny but fascinating and oft-forgotten scene of South African progressive rock, regularly omitted from prog annals and denied their part in music history. But in their time, FREEDOM'S CHILDREN were no less innovative than ATOMIC ROOSTER, EGG or COLOSSEUM and their 1970 release "Astra" was an extremely important if completely missed record. Luckily it was re-issued in 1990 and again several times. The original band included Julian Laxton's lead guitar (and inventor of his 'black box', a much mythologized sound-producing device), Nic Martens on organ, bassist/lyricist Ramsay MacKay, Brian Davidson's voice, drummer Colin Pratley, Harry Poulos on organ and vocals and Gerard Nel's piano. Many well-known musicians have played in the band over the years including Trevor Rabin, Mick Jade and Ken E. Henson.

Unable to legally work in certain places due to issues surrounding Apartheid, the band found it difficult to break through, especially outside their country but continued making strides in the 1970s. Undoubtedly their most important work and finest effort is "Astra", a spicy and exciting blend of heavy prog with plenty of psych and blues. The disc has been re-released as many as six times in varying degrees of quality, the last in 2004.

FREEDOM"S CHILDREN is one of the best of the hard-edged prog bands and a jewel in the South African prog crown, and is highly recommended to fans of the earlier, more intense heavy art bands.


- Atavachron (David)


Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Aileen (2:01)
2. The Homecoming (6:19)
3. The Kid He Came From Hazareth (5:24)
4. Medals of Bravery (3:25)
5. Tribal Fence (4:12)
6.Gentle Beasts Pt. 1 & 2 (5:26)
7. Slowly Towards the North Pt. 1 & 2 (7:04)
8. Afterward (4:57

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Δευτέρα, 4 Ιουνίου 2018

Alpha Blondy - Apartheid Is Nazism (1985)





Alpha Blondy (born Seydou Koné; 1 January 1953 in Dimbokro,[1] Ivory Coast) is a reggae singer and international recording artist. Many of his songs are politically and socially motivated, and are mainly sung in his native language of Dioula, French and in English, though he occasionally uses other languages, for example, Arabic or Hebrew.



Tracklist

1 Afriki 5:03
2 Jah Houphouet 5:20
3 Apartheid Is Nazism 4:45
4 Idjidja 5:00
5 Sahel 4:06
6 Sebe Allah Y'e 4:43
7 Kiti 5:14
8 Come Back Jesus 5:30
9 Djinamory 4:39

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Παρασκευή, 1 Ιουνίου 2018

W.A.S.P. - Dying for the World (2002)




W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 by Blackie Lawless, who is the last remaining original member of the band. They emerged from the early 1980s Los Angeles heavy metal scene. The band's popularity peaked that decade, yet they continue to record and tour, making them one of the most enduring of the West Coast heavy metal bands. W.A.S.P. gained notoriety for their shock rock-themed image, lyrics and live performances. They have sold over 12 million copies of their albums.

W.A.S.P. was a prominent target in the mid-1980s of the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), an organization that pushed for warning labels on recorded music. The band immortalized its fight with the PMRC on the song "Harder, Faster" from their 1987 live album, Live...In the Raw. Some of their most notable songs are "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)", "I Wanna Be Somebody", "L.O.V.E. Machine", "Wild Child", "Blind in Texas", "Forever Free", "Mean Man", "Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)" and "The Idol", as well as their cover versions of Ray Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor" and The Who's "The Real Me". The band's most recent album, Golgotha, was released in 2015.


Dying for the World is the tenth album by W.A.S.P., released in 2002 (see 2002 in music). Dying For The World was Blackie Lawless' dedication to all those who perished in the attacks of the 9/11 events, especially heard on the 'Hallowed Ground' track.

The album was written and recorded in less than 12 months. This is very unusual as Blackie Lawless is a perfectionist, normally taking 2 years or more to finish an album and have it recorded


Track listing

All songs written by Blackie Lawless.
"Shadow Man" - 5:34
"My Wicked Heart" - 5:38
"Black Bone Torso" - 2:15
"Hell for Eternity" - 4:38
"Hallowed Ground" - 5:54
"Revengeance" - 5:20
"Trail of Tears" - 5:50
"Stone Cold Killers" - 4:56
"Rubber Man" - 4:25

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Τετάρτη, 30 Μαΐου 2018

Thin Lizzy - Johnny The Fox (1976)





Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and lead vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott led the group throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums, writing most of the material. The singles "Whiskey in the Jar" (a traditional Irish ballad), "Jailbreak", and "The Boys Are Back in Town" were major international hits. After Lynott's death in 1986, various incarnations of the band emerged over the years based initially around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009. Gorham later continued with a new line-up including Downey.

Lynott, Thin Lizzy's de facto leader, was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy featured several critically acclaimed[citation needed] guitarists throughout their history, with Downey and Lynott as the rhythm section, on the drums and bass guitar. As well as being multiracial, the band drew their members not only from both sides of the Irish border but also from both the Catholic and Protestant communities during The Troubles. Their music reflects a wide range of influences, including blues, soul music, psychedelic rock, and traditional Irish folk music, but is generally classified as hard rock or sometimes heavy metal. Rolling Stone magazine describes the band as distinctly hard rock, "far apart from the braying mid-70s metal pack".[2]

AllMusic critic John Dougan has written that "As the band's creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent writer than many of his ilk, preferring slice-of-life working-class dramas of love and hate influenced by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, and virtually all of the Irish literary tradition."[3] Van Morrison, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix were major influences during the early days of the band, and later influences included the pioneering twin lead guitars found in Wishbone Ash and American artists Little Feat and Bob Seger.



                              



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Δευτέρα, 28 Μαΐου 2018

Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday (1972)





Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969. It has had the same lineup since 2013: lead and rhythm guitarist Mick Box, keyboardist Phil Lanzon, lead vocalist Bernie Shaw, drummer Russell Gilbrook and bassist Davey Rimmer. Of the current lineup, Box is the only remaining original member.

Over the course of their 49-year career, Uriah Heep have released twenty-five studio albums (two of them are composed of re-recorded material), eighteen live albums and thirty-nine compilation albums. Twelve of the band's studio albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975) while of the fifteen Billboard 200 Uriah Heep albums Demons and Wizards was the most successful (#23, 1972). In the late 1970s the band had massive success in Germany, where the "Lady in Black" single was a big hit. Along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Uriah Heep were one of the top heavy metal bands in the early 1970s.

Uriah Heep's audience declined by the 1980s, to the point where they became essentially a cult band in the United Kingdom and United States. The band maintains a significant following and performs at arena-sized venues in the Balkans, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia and Scandinavia. They have sold over 40 million albums worldwide with over 4 million sales in the U.S where its best-known songs include "Easy Livin'", "The Wizard", "Sweet Lorraine", and "Stealin'".

The Magician's Birthday is the fifth album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released in November 1972 by Bronze Records in the UK and Mercury Records in the US. The concept was "based loosely on a short story" written by keyboardist Ken Hensley in June and July 1972.

The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve, the front designed again by Roger Dean. The inner fold had pictures of the band, with the album itself housed in a liner on which were printed the lyrics.

Two songs charted in the United States, "Blind Eye" (No. 97) and "Sweet Lorraine" (No. 91). "Spider Woman" reached No. 13 in Germany.

In a retrospective review, Sputnikmusic praised The Magician's Birthday, saying, "Though probably not as cohesive as it could be, it still offers plenty of highlights, earning its place among Heep's finest albums". Reviewer Daniel Dias singled out "Sunrise", noting that it was "a highlight in Heep's catalog and one of the band's finest progressive rock ballads". AllMusic noted the album's prog elements as well, and said, "The Magician's Birthday never quite hits the consistent heights of Look at Yourself or Demons and Wizards but remains a solid listen for Uriah Heep fans".


Track listing


All tracks written by Ken Hensley except where noted
Side 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1. "Sunrise" 4:04
2. "Spider Woman" Mick Box, David Byron, Lee Kerslake, Gary Thain 2:25
3. "Blind Eye" 3:33
4. "Echoes in the Dark" 4:48
5. "Rain" 4:00

Side 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6. "Sweet Lorraine" Box, Byron, Thain 4:13
7. "Tales" 4:09
8. "The Magician's Birthday" Box, Hensley, Kerslake 10:21

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Σάββατο, 26 Μαΐου 2018

Roy Buchanan - When A Guitar Plays The Blues (1985)





Roy Buchanan (September 23, 1939 – August 14, 1988) was an American guitarist and blues musician. A pioneer of the Telecastersound,[1] Buchanan worked as a sideman and as a solo artist, with two gold albums early in his career[2] and two later solo albums that made it to the Billboard chart. He never achieved stardom, but he is still considered a highly influential guitar player.[3] Guitar Playerpraised him as having one of the "50 Greatest Tones of All Time."[1] He appeared on the PBS music program Austin City Limits in 1977

Ο Ρόυ Μπιουκάναν (αγγλ. Roy Buchanan ή Leroy Buchanan) (23 Σεπτεμβρίου 1939 - 14 Αυγούστου 1988) ήταν Αμερικανόςκιθαρίστας του μπλουζ και της ροκ που θεωρείται ως ο αξιολογότερος από τους πιο άγνωστους κιθαρίστες. Από αυτόν επηρεάστηκαν σημαντικοί και γνωστότεροι κιθαρίστες.



Track listing

All tracks composed by Roy Buchanan
"When a Guitar Plays the Blues"
"Chicago Smokeshop"
"Mrs. Pressure"
"A Nickel and a Nail"
"Short Fuse"
"Why Don't You Want Me"
"Country Boy"
"Sneaking Godzilla Through the Alley"
"Hawaiian Punch"

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Πέμπτη, 24 Μαΐου 2018

Guardians of the Flame (Jack Starr) - Under a Savage Sky (2003)




Jack Starr is a heavy metal and blues guitarist and songwriter born of a French mother and American father.[1] He learned to play guitar by ear, copying the riffs of R&B records. His first semi-professional band was Les Variations in France with future members of Trust. In the U.S. Starr emerged on the rock and metal scene in 1981, forming, together with Joey Ayvazian, David DeFeis and Joe O’Rielly, the first incarnation of the heavy metal band Virgin Steele. The new band was selected in 1982 by Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records to appear on the label's compilation album U.S. Metal Volume 2. The song Starr sent in for the compilation was "Children of the Storm". After only two albums, Virgin Steele of 1981 and Guardians of the Flame of 1982, Starr left Virgin Steele in 1983 because of musical differences with the band’s front man and other main songwriter David DeFeis.

In 1984, Starr started his solo recording career with the album Out of the Darkness, featuring former Riot vocalist Rhett Forrester, members of The Rods and former Rainbow drummer Gary Driscoll. It was released in Europe by Music for Nations and was picked as one of the best albums of the year by the music magazines Kerrang! and Metal Forces.[4][5]

Starr changed the name of his band to Jack Starr's Burning Starr and between 1984 and 1989 he produced albums, both solo and with the band. The music of those albums was classic American eighties heavy metal, a style between Poison and Metallica.[3] In 1989 the band dissolved and Starr joined short-lived bands like Strider and Smoke Stack Lightning.[4]

After a break, in 2003, Starr founded a new band called Guardians of the Flame, which released only one album, Under a Savage Sky.

In 2006, Starr founded the Jack Starr Blues Band

In the following years, Starr once again assembled a group of musicians for a new incarnation of Burning Starr, which performed at the Magic Circle Festival 2008 and released the album Defiance on the Manowar's label Magic Circle Music in 2009.[8][9] In 2011 they released Land of the Dead with Limb Music. The albums includes ex-Manowar guest musicians Ross the Boss and David Shankle.The band played at the 2013 Keep It True festival and recorded a DVD.

Tracklist

1. The Flame That Never Dies 05:09 Show lyrics
2. Conspiratos Sanctos 06:13 Show lyrics
3. Cry for Dawn 05:39 Show lyrics
4. Anthem for the Nations 06:00
5. Sharon of the Woods 06:59 Show lyrics
6. Under a Savage Sky 03:59 Show lyrics
7. I Stand Alone 08:31 Show lyrics
8. Personal Demons Dethroned 05:02 Show lyrics
9. Masters of Fate 08:07 Show lyrics
10. Return from the Ashes 02:30

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Τρίτη, 22 Μαΐου 2018

Billy Cobham - A Funky Thide of Sings (1975)




William Emanuel “Billy” Cobham Jr.
(born May 16, 1944) is a Panamanian-American jazz drummer who came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with trumpeter Miles Davis and then with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. According to AllMusic's reviewer, Cobham is "generally acclaimed as fusion's greatest drummer". He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013

Track listing


"Panhandler" (Billy Cobham) – 3:50
"Sorcery" (Keith Jarrett) – 2:26
"A Funky Thide of Sings" (Billy Cobham) – 3:23
"Thinking of You" (Alex Blake) – 4:12
"Some Skunk Funk" (Randy Brecker) – 5:07
"Light at the End of the Tunnel" (Billy Cobham) – 3:37
"A Funky Kind of Thing" (Billy Cobham) – 9:24
"Moody Modes"(Milcho Leviev) – 12:16

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Σάββατο, 19 Μαΐου 2018

Yngwie Malmsteen - Marching Out (1985)





Marching Out is the second studio album by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, released on 30 September 1985 through Polydor Records.[2]The album reached No. 52 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and remained on that chart for 28 weeks,[3] as well as reaching the top 30 in two other countries.[2]

The eighth track, "On the Run Again", is a remake of "Victim of the City", a song written in 1983 by Malmsteen's earlier band Steeler, which was later released on their 2005 compilation album Metal Generation: The Steeler Anthology.

Track listing

All music composed by Yngwie Malmsteen.
No.TitleLyricsLength
1. "Prelude" (instrumental) 1:00
2. "I'll See the Light, Tonight" Malmsteen, Jeff Scott Soto 4:27
3. "Don't Let It End" Malmsteen, Soto 4:09
4. "Disciples of Hell" Malmsteen 5:53
5. "I Am a Viking" Malmsteen 6:00
6. "Overture 1383" (instrumental) 2:58
7. "Anguish and Fear" Malmsteen 3:50
8. "On the Run Again" Soto 3:25
9. "Soldier Without Faith" Malmsteen 6:10
10. "Caught in the Middle" Malmsteen, Soto 4:20
11. "Marching Out"


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