Δευτέρα, 31 Οκτωβρίου 2016

McDonald & Sherby - Catharsis (U.s 1969)




McDonald & Sherby's sole contribution to the canon of 20th century music was Catharsis, an album which originally appeared on the appropriately-named Omniscient label (Omniscient Records 1426S) Some have speculated that given the band's prog/psych leanings, Catharsis was probably recorded in the '70s, although the accepted wisdom is that the album was made at Minneapolis's Sound 80 Studios on 1969. The album consists of six long tracks with a decidedly heavy guitar-based vibe, all well- recorded and delivered with considerable aplomb.



01. Addoranne - 10.06
02. Sharks Around Blood - 5.27
03. Run And Hide - 4.17
04. Space Beam - 4.35
05. Swim Free - 15.01
06. Drivin´ Me Crazy - 5.18

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Σάββατο, 29 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Ithaca - A game for all who know (U.k 1973)






Ithaca is a multi-instrumental band with organ, auto harp,mandolin, piano, organ, recorder and percussion. The music is a combination of pastoral folk rock, psychedelia and progressive rock with gentle male/female vocals with Lee Menelaus.

First off, don't be deceived by the shitty album cover, because this is a really good album. Ithaca was a British band that played melodic, progressive psych-folk. This is their last album, which was a private-pressed LP that never gained much attention. Most of the album is fairly sparse, sophisticated arrangements of acoustic guitar and electric organ accompanied by male and female vocals that trade off very naturally and pleasantly. There is some use of piano, electric guitar, strings, Mellotron, and recorder, which are all subtle and well integrated.

The album opens with the sound of pages turning, and more or less follows a journey through a cycle of questions, times, feelings, and dreams; a slightly different emphasis from the earlier works mentioned as the band sounds more like a folk version of Pink Floyd. Beautiful interwoven songs with nice tape experiments of added sounds made all the better by the fragile female vocals on offer from Lee Menelaus. A beautiful album with lovely female vocals sounding glorious in a dreamy setting.
In the early '70s, there were some privately pressed albums that held true to the spirit of the psychedelic age, even though mainstream rock moved on to more progressive sounds. Ithaca's 1973 album,` A Game for All Who Know`, is one such rarity, combining folk-rock, psychedelia, and progressive rock in a much more unassuming, breezy fashion than most. The songs are very melodic and tastefully produced (verging on the under-produced, in fact). They have a good mix of male and female vocals, with female singer Lee Menelaus projecting a sweet, serene tone. With just six tracks, it sounds influenced by both West Coast and British psychedelia (the occasional Mellotron being the most British ingredient).



Tracklist:

01 - Journey (Destruction - Rebirth - Patterns Of Life)
02 - Quesions (Did You Know - Will We Be Alive)
03 - Times (Seven Seasons - The Path - Given Time)
04 - Feelings (Look Around - I Want To Feel You)
05 - Dreams (Story Of Our Time - Beneath This Sky)
06 - Journey Ii (A Game For All Who Know)


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Πέμπτη, 27 Οκτωβρίου 2016

TA PAICHNIDIA TOU ILIOU (the Tricks of the Sun) 2007





70's sound & chaotic spirit in an absolute utopian album. Great crystal sound, with many space folk themes, trippy flutes, majestic female vocals, dreamy childs voice, native instruments & sounds, heavy dope psych melodies & more...
Tracklist

A1.Ra
A2.The Dream
B1.Flatter of a Butterfly
B2.Tricks of the Sun
B3.Epilogue

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Τρίτη, 25 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Katatonia - 1999 - Tonight's Decision





Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band started as a studio-only project for the duo, as an outlet for the band's love of death metal. Increasing popularity lead them to add more band members for live performances, though outside of the band's founders, the lineup was constantly changing, revolving door of musicians throughout the 1990s, notably including Mikael Åkerfeldt of the band Opeth for a period. After twodeath/doom albums, Dance of December Souls (1993) and Brave Murder Day (1996), problems with Renkse's vocal chordscoupled with new musical influences lead the band away from the screamed vocals of death metal to a more traditional, melodic form of heavy metal music. The band released two more albums, Discouraged Ones (1998) and Tonight's Decision(1999), before settling into a stable quintet lineup for all of 2000's. The band released four more albums with said lineup - Last Fair Deal Gone Down (2001), Viva Emptiness (2003), The Great Cold Distance (2006), and Night Is the New Day (2009), with the band slowly moving away from their metal sound while adding more progressive rock sounds to their work over time. While lineup changes started up again into the 2010s, Renkse and Nyström persisted, and the band continued to release music, including Dead End Kings (2012) and their most recent, their tenth studio album, The Fall of Hearts, released on May 20, 2016.


Track listing

No.TitleLength

1. "For My Demons" 5:47
2. "I Am Nothing" 4:37
3. "In Death, a Song" 4:51
4. "Had to (Leave)" 6:03
5. "This Punishment" 2:46
6. "Right Into the Bliss" 5:04
7. "No Good Can Come of This" 4:24
8. "Strained" 4:15
9. "A Darkness Coming" 5:01
10. "Nightmares by the Sea" (Jeff Buckley cover) 4:15
11. "Black Session" 7:01
12. "No Devotion" (2003 reissue bonus track) 4:48
13. "Fractured" (2003 reissue bonus track) 5:52


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Κυριακή, 23 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Hexvessel - No Holier Temple (2012) (re-up)




Hexvessel biography

Hexvessel is a Finish group led by English immigrant Mat ?Kvohst? McNerney. They play Gothic style of psychedelic folk rock, with wide ranging influences including early PINK FLOYD, HAWKWIND, AMON DUUL II, and VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, among many others. A pagan, nature centered vibe is discerned even through the occasionally metallic threads, and instrumentation is as varied as that implies


Tracklist

1 Heaven And Earth Magic 1:32
2 Woods To Conjure 4:05
3 Wilderness Is! 1:31
4 A Letter In Birch Bark 4:32
5 Elegy To Goyahkla 1:26
6 His Portal Tomb 10:10
7 Are You Coniferous? 2:37
8 Sacred Marriage 7:55
9 Dues To The Dolmen 4:28
10 Unseen Sun 13:22
11 Your Head Is Reeling 4:26

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Παρασκευή, 21 Οκτωβρίου 2016

MONO - Requiem For Hell (2016)






Mono (stylised as MONO) is a Japanese post-rock band, formed in 1999 in Tokyo. The band consists of Takaakira "Taka" Goto (electric guitar, glockenspiel), Hideki "Yoda" Suematsu (electric guitar, glockenspiel), Tamaki Kunishi (bass guitar, electric guitar, piano, glockenspiel), and Yasunori Takada (drum kit, glockenspiel, synthesizer).

Mono has released nine studio albums. The band spent their early years, from 1999 to 2003, touring Asia, Europe, and America continuously, and released two studio albums, Under the Pipal Tree (2001) and One Step More and You Die (2002) on the Tzadik and Music Mine Inc. record labels, respectively. From 2004 to 2007, Mono signed to Temporary Residence Limited, released two more studio albums, Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined (2004) andYou Are There (2006), and toured worldwide in their support. In 2008, the band took a break, returning one year later with a new studio album, Hymn to the Immortal Wind (2009), also on Temporary Residence Limited. During the tour that followed they recorded a live album, Holy Ground: NYC Live With The Wordless Music Orchestra which was released in 2010. In October 2016 the band released their ninth studio album, titled Requiem for Hell.

The band's style of music is influenced by the genres of experimental rock and shoegazing, as well as by both the classicaland contemporary classical periods of classical music, and also by noise and minimalism. Mono's sound is characterised by the lead and rhythm guitars of Goto and Yoda respectively, both of whom make extensive use of reverb, distortion and delayeffects. The band's live performances are noted for their intensity, both in the playing and in the dynamics.

Tracklist

01 - Death In Rebirth
02 - Stellar
03 - Requiem For Hell
04 - Ely’s Heartbeat
05 - The Last Scene


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Τετάρτη, 19 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Airbourne - Breakin' Outta Hell [2016]





Not to be confused with US jazz group Airborne or the 1970s Australian band Airbourne.


Airbourne is an Australian hard rock band formed in Warrnambool in 2003. Mainstay members are Joel O'Keeffe on lead vocals and lead guitar, his brother, Ryan O'Keeffe on drums, and David Roads on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. They were later joined byJustin Street on bass guitar and backing vocals. Their debut album, Runnin' Wild, was released in June 2007 and peaked in the top 30 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It appeared on the United Kingdom Albums Chart and United States Billboard 200. By August 2013, it was certified with Silver award by BPI.[1] Their second album, No Guts. No Glory. was issued in March 2010 and reached the top 20 on the ARIA Chart, top 40 in the UK and also appeared on the Billboard 200. Their third studio album Black Dog Barking was released on 21 May 2013.


Track listing

No.TitleLength
1. "Breakin' Outta Hell" 3:53
2. "Rivalry" 4:03
3. "Get Back Up" 3:38
4. "Never Too Loud for Me" 3:24
5. "Thin the Blood" 3:29
6. "I'm Going to Hell for This" 3:45
7. "Down On You" 4:19
8. "Never Been Rocked Like This" 3:07
9. "When I Drink I Go Crazy" 2:41
10. "Do Me Like You Do Yourself" 3:58
11. "It's All for Rock N Roll" 3:39


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Τρίτη, 18 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Saturnalia - Magical Love (1969)




Saturnalia biography

SATURNALIA was an obscure Brittish psychedelic band, leaving only one studio album as a target for the collectors of psychdelic rock albums. The record "Magical Love" was produced by Keith Relf (from RENAISSANCE and YARDBIRDS), and it was released year 1969. Later there have been reissues done for example by Italian Akarma label. The album contains slightly occult themed psychedelic early progressive rock, resembling JEFFERSON AIRPLANE with their similar male/female double vocal concept and US West Coast psych guitar tones. 
The singers were Adrian Hawkins and Aletta, guitar was played by Rod Roach and the rhythm section had Richard Houghton on bass guitar and Tom Crompton playing the drums. Another comparison for the occult themed progressive rock album with male/female vocals could be BLACK WIDOW's "Return to The Sabbath", the first deleted and later reissued version of their "Sacrifice" album. The definite versions of "Magical Love" album has a 28-page booklet about the astrology, which was a strong element to the players doing this record. Certainly a nice and recommendable obscurity for the album collecttors for the fans of mentioned themes.



Track listing
1. "Magical Love"
2. "She Brings Peace"
3. "And I Have Loved You"
4. "Winchester Town"
5. "Traitor"
6. "Soul Song"
7. "Princess & The Peasant Boy"
8. "Dreaming"
9. "Step Out Of Line"







         

Σάββατο, 15 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Gong - Rejoice! I'm Dead! (2016)





Gong is an international psychedelic rock band known for incorporating elements of jazz and space rock into its musical style. The group was formed in Paris in 1967 by Australian musician Daevid Allen and English vocalist Gilli Smyth. Notable band members have included Didier Malherbe, Pip Pyle, Steve Hillage, Mike Howlett, Pierre Moerlen, Bill Laswell and Theo Travis. Others who have played on stage with Gong include Don CherryChris Cutler, Bill Bruford, Brian Davison, Dave Stewart and Tatsuya Yoshida.

Gong released its debut album, Magick Brother, in 1970, which featured a psychedelic pop sound.[By the following year, the second album, Camembert Electrique, featured the more psychedelic rock/space rock sound with which they would be most associated.Between 1973 and 1974, Gong released their best known work, the allegorical Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy, describing the adventures of Zero the Hero, the Good Witch Yoni and the Pot Head Pixies from the Planet Gong.

In 1975, Daevid Allen & Gilli Smyth left the band, which continued without them, releasing a series of jazz rock albums under the leadership of drummer Pierre Moerlen. This incarnation of the band became known as Pierre Moerlen's Gong. Meanwhile, Smyth formed Mother Gong while Allen initiated a series of spin-off groups, including Planet Gong, New York Gong and Gongmaison, before returning to lead Gong once again in 1990 until his death in 2015. With Allen's encouragement, the band decided to continue and released the album Rejoice! I'm Dead! on 16 September 2016.






Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1. "The Thing That Should Be" 3:34
2. "Rejoice!" 10:17
3. "Kapital" 3:21
4. "Model Village" 6:43
5. "Beatrix" 2:54
6. "Visions" 4:29
7. "The Unspeakable Stands Revealed" 11:49
8. "Through Restless Seas I Come" 6:58
9. "Insert Yr Own Prophecy" 9:36



               

Τετάρτη, 12 Οκτωβρίου 2016

The Lord of the Rings - The Complete Songs & Poems- The Two Towers - CD 3





Complete Songs & Poems is a compilation album of all the songs from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings set to music by The Tolkien Ensemble. The album's four CDs rearrange the placement of the 69 songs that had previously been released on individual albums so they now appear in the same order as in the book.

Tracklist

"Lament for Boromir" (Caspar Reiff)
"Song of Gondor" (Caspar Reiff)
"The Long List of the Ents (I)" (Peter Hall)
"Treebeard's Song" (Caspar Reiff)
"The Ent and the Entwife" (Caspar Reiff)
"Bregalad's Song" (Caspar Reiff)
"The Ent's Marching Song" (Peter Hall)
"Galadriel's Messages" (Caspar Reiff)
"Lament of the Rohirrim" (Caspar Reiff)
"Gandalf's Song of Lórien" (Caspar Reiff)
"Call to Arms Rohirrim" (Caspar Reiff)
"Gandalf's Riddle to the Ents" (Caspar Reiff)
"The Long List of the Ents (II)" (Peter Hall)
"A Rhyme of Lore" (Caspar Reiff)
"Gollums Song/ Riddle" (Peter Hall)
"Oliphaunt" (Peter Hall)
"Sam's invocation of Elven Hymn to Elbereth Gilthoniel" (Peter Hall)


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Δευτέρα, 10 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Def Leppard-On Through the Night (1980)



On Through the Night is the debut album by English rock band Def Leppard, released in 1980. The album was produced by Tom Allom. It charted at No. 15 on the UK Albums Chart[1] and No. 51 on the Billboard 200.[2] The album features re-recorded versions of "Rocks Off" and "Overture", tracks from the band's original independently released EP, The Def Leppard E.P. Other tracks are re-recorded versions of early demos, some of which appeared on the First Strike and Warchild bootlegs. The album was certified goldby the RIAA on November 18, 1983 and platinum on 9 May 1989.[3]

"Rocks Off", "Wasted", "Hello America" and "Rock Brigade" were released as singles. However, the versions of "Rocks Off" (titled "Getcha Rocks Off") and "Wasted" that appears on the singles is a different recording from that of the LP, as is its B-side, "Hello America". The single "Getcha Rocks Off" included the songs "Ride into the Sun" and "Overture".

The spoken word intro to "When the Walls Came Tumbling Down" was performed by Dave Cousins of Strawbs fame, although Joe Elliott had done the spoken portion in earlier live performances and demo recordings that showed up on some early bootlegs. In his biography, Cousins claims that he did his best Lawrence Olivier impersonation for the song's intro.



Track listing
Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1. "Rock Brigade" Rick Savage, Steve Clark, Joe Elliott (solo: Pete Willis) 3:09
2. "Hello America" Savage, Clark, Elliott (solo: Steve Clark) 3:27
3. "Sorrow Is a Woman" Savage, Clark, Pete Willis, Elliott (1st solo: Steve Clark / 2nd solo: Pete Willis / 3rd: Steve Clark & Pete Willis) 3:54
4. "It Could Be You" Willis, Elliott (solo: Pete Willis) 2:33
5. "Satellite" Savage, Clark, Willis, Elliott (solo: Pete Willis / ride out licks: Steve Clark) 4:28
6. "When the Walls Came Tumbling Down" Clark, Elliott, Andrew Smith (solo: Steve Clark) 4:44

Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7. "Wasted" Clark, Elliott (solo: Steve Clark) 3:45
8. "Rocks Off" Willis, Savage, Clark, Elliott (solo: Steve Clark) 3:42
9. "It Don't Matter" Willis, Elliott, Clark (solo: Steve Clark) 3:21
10. "Answer to the Master" Willis, Clark, Savage, Elliott (1st solo: Steve Clark / 2nd solo: Pete Willis) 3:13
11. "Overture"

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Παρασκευή, 7 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Violent Femmes - The Blind Leading the Naked (1986)




The Blind Leading the Naked is the third album by Violent Femmes. It was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads and released in 1986. The title is a play on the figure of speech "the blind leading the blind."


Track listing

No.TitleLength

1. "Old Mother Reagan" 0:31
2. "No Killing" 5:13
3. "Faith" 4:14
4. "Breakin' Hearts" 2:15
5. "Special" 2:18
6. "Love & Me Make Three" (Brian Ritchie, Victor DeLorenzo) 2:53
7. "Candlelight Song" 3:11
8. "I Held Her in My Arms" 2:52
9. "Children of the Revolution" (Marc Bolan) 4:19
10. "Good Friend" 3:28
11. "Heartache" 2:02
12. "Cold Canyon" 3:22
13. "Two People" 0:58


           

Δευτέρα, 3 Οκτωβρίου 2016

HammerFall - 1997 Glory To The Brave (Reissue) 2001



01. The Dragon Lies Bleeding
02. The Metal Age
03. HammeFall
04. I Believe
05. Child Of The Damned
06. Steel Meets Steel
07. Stone Cold
08. Unchained
09. Glory To The Brave
10. Always Will Be (Acoustic Version)
11. Breaking The Law
12. Steel Meet Steel (Live)

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Lyrics:

Silent screaming, you're on your own
Balancing on a blade
Between what's right and what is wrong
Don't loose your faith, don't sit there in silence
Show your strength, let's hail the metal Gods,
Bare your heart

All for one, our burning hearts will live forever
One for all, together standing strong

Hammerfall - we will prevail
Hammerfall - let us hail

Hammerfall - we will prevail
Hammerfall - let us hail

We share a dream, the future is ours
A Metal Heart is hard to tear apart, heed the call
A flash of light calls out the providers
We run this race, but we will never crawl, all hail
Hammerfall

All for one, our burning hearts will live forever
One for all, together standing strong

Hammerfall - we will prevail
Hammerfall - let us hail
Hammerfall - we will prevail
Hammerfall - let us hail

Just follow your heart, don't listen to the crowd
The wisdom, the voice is calling from inside
The time long forgotten will soon come again
Prepare for the meeting, the Gods of Metal reign