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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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Πέμπτη, 17 Μαΐου 2018

Universe217 - Live (2017)


Οι Universe217 είναι ελληνικό doom metal συγκρότημα, το οποίο δημιουργήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 2005.


Βιογραφία

Οι Universe217 σχηματίστηκαν το 2005 από την τραγουδίστρια Τάνια Λεοντίου, τον κιθαρίστα Μάνο Γεωργακόπουλο, τον μπασίστα Γιώργο Αναγνωστόπουλο και το ντράμερ που αναφέρεται απλά ως Γιώργος. Κυκλοφόρησαν τον πρώτο τους, ομώνυμο δίσκο τον Δεκέμβριο του 2007 μέσω της Duplicate Records στον περιορισμένο αριθμό των χιλίων αντιτύπων. Το άλμπουμ επανεκδόθηκε το 2008 σε μορφή digipak από την Burning World Records.

Το μπάσο ανέλαβε ο Νίκος Παναγιωτόπουλος και το συγκρότημα κυκλοφόρησε το ΕΡ "II" τον Απρίλιο του 2009.Με το ντράμερ Πέτρο στην σύνθεση τους, συμμετείχαν στο split σινγκλ με τους Lucky Funeral στο τέλος της χρονιάς, το οποίο κυκλοφόρησε στον περιορισμένο αριθμό των πεντακοσίων αντιτύπων μέσω της CTS Productions.

Τα τύμπανα ανέλαβε ο Μάνος Γιακουμάκης και η νέα σύνθεση κυκλοφόρησε το άλμπουμ "Familiar Places" στις 8 Απριλίου 2011 από την Venerate Industries.[5] Ακολούθησε το "Never" δύο χρόνια αργότερα, ενώ στα τέλη του 2013 συμμετείχαν στο split "Intercourse" μαζί με τους Super Puma.

Τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2014, κυκλοφόρησαν το ακουστικό ΕΡ "Ease" μέσω της γερμανικής Ván Records,[8] ενώ για την προώθηση του συμμετείχαν στο “Acherontic Arts” festival στο Ομπερχάουζεν της Γερμανίας, στις αρχές Μαΐου του 2015. Τον Μάρτιο του 2016, τέθηκε σε κυκλοφορία ο τέταρτος δίσκος τους με τίτλο "Change".

Το συγκρότημα έχει παίξει ζωντανά με διακεκριμένα ονόματα του είδους όπως οι Saint Vitus, Anathema, Neurosis, κ.α..

Tracklist: 
1. Rest Here 
2. Counting Hours 
3. Mouth 
4. Ease 
5. Unfulfilled 
6. She / Electrified 
7. Swallow 
8. Enter 
(new / unreleased) 
9. Devil's Drink 
10. Rage 
11. Silence

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Τετάρτη, 16 Μαΐου 2018

Dark Side of the 80s (cd1)




Dark Side of the 80s is a stunning double-disc set spanning the mingling sounds of goth rock, indie rock, and alternative rock. Standout cuts from Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Cure, the Sisters of Mercy, and the Cult round out some of the collection's more blackish desire while tunes from the Pixies, Talk Talk, and Killing Joke highlight the frigid shifts within new wave and college rock.

Tracklist

1 –The Cure Lullaby 4:10
2 –The Cult She Sells Sanctuary 4:14
3 –The Sisters Of Mercy This Corrosion 5:34
4 –The Mission Wasteland 5:02
5 –Siouxsie & The Banshees Happy House 3:50
6 –The Damned Eloise 5:07
7 –Echo & The Bunnymen The Killing Moon 4:26
8 –Bauhaus Ziggy Stardust 3:10
9 –The Jesus & Mary Chain* April Skies 3:59
10 –Spear Of Destiny Never Take Me Alive 4:14
11 –The The The Beat(en) Generation 3:05
12 –Killing Joke Love Like Blood 4:10
13 –Fields Of The Nephilim Moonchild 4:25
14 –New Model Army No Rest 4:12
15 –The Psychedelic Furs Pretty In Pink 3:59
16 –Pixies Monkey Gone To Heaven 2:55
17 –The Fall Mr. Pharmacist 2:18
18 –The Wedding Present Brassneck 3:37
19 –The House Of Love Christine 3:23
20 –All About Eve Martha's Harbour 3:03

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Κυριακή, 13 Μαΐου 2018

Alvin Lee & Ten Years After - 1995 - Pure Blues




Alvin Lee (born Graham Anthony Barnes; 19 December 1944 – 6 March 2013) was an English singer and guitarist, best known as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist of the blues rock band Ten Years After.

Ο Άλβιν Λι κατά κόσμον Γκράχαμ Άλβιν Μπαρνς (Graham Alvin Barnes, 19 Δεκεμβρίου 1944, Νότιγχαμ, Αγγλία - 6 Μαρτίου 2013) ήταν Άγγλος κιθαρίστας και τραγουδιστής της ροκ σκηνής, ευρύτερα γνωστός με το συγκρότημα Ten Years After. Ξεκίνησε στην εφηβεία την ενασχόλησή του με τη μουσική, διαμορφώνοντας με τον Λίο Λάιονς τον πυρήνα του συγκροτήματος το 1960. Φέρεται ότι επηρεάστηκε από τη μουσική συλλογή τζαζ και μπλουζ του πατέρα του, όπως και από κιθαρίστες σαν τον Τσακ Μπέρι και τον Σκότι Μουρ.


Tracklist

1 Don't Want You Woman
2 The Bluest Blues
3 I Woke Up This Morning
4 Real Life Blues
5 The Stomp
6 Slow Blues In C
7 Wake Up Moma
8 Talk Don't Bother Me
9 Every Blues You've Ever Heard
10 I Get All Shook Up
11 Lost In Love
12 Help Me
13 Outside My Window

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Παρασκευή, 11 Μαΐου 2018

War - The World Is A Ghetto (1972 )



War (originally called Eric Burdon and War) is an American funk band from Long Beach, California, known for several hit songs (including "Spill the Wine", "The World Is a Ghetto", "The Cisco Kid", "Why Can't We Be Friends?", "Low Rider", and "Summer").Formed in 1969, War is a musical crossover band which fuses elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, and reggae.Their album The World Is a Ghetto was the best-selling album of 1973.The band also transcended racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up. War was also subject to many line-up changes over the course of its formation, leaving member Leroy "Lonnie" Jordan as the only original member in the current line-up; four other members created a new group called the Lowrider Band.

The World Is a Ghetto is the fifth album by the band War, released in late 1972 on United Artists Records. The album attained the number one spot on Billboard, and was Billboard magazine's Album of the Year as the best-selling album of 1973.[1] In addition to being Billboard's #1 album of 1973, the album is ranked number 444 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The title track became a gold record.





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Τετάρτη, 9 Μαΐου 2018

High Spirits - Motivator (2016)



High Spirits

Country of origin:United StatesLocation:Chicago, IllinoisStatus:
ActiveFormed in:2009
Genre:Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Lyrical themes:Rocking, Being in high spirits, Love
Years active:2009-present

Tracklist

Up and Overture – 0:38
Flying High – 3:19
This Is the Night – 2:34
Reach for the Glory – 4:16
Do You Wanna Be Famous – 4:13
Haunted by Love – 3:48
Down the Endless Road – 3:30
Take Me Home – 3:37
Thank You – 3:32


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Τρίτη, 8 Μαΐου 2018

Wucan - Reap the Storm [2017]







After we have spent months in the studios developing, recording and mixing the new record, we are beyond stoked to finally tell you that our 80 minutes Double LP ‘Reap The Storm’ will be out on Sep 29th 2017 via MIG music. Yup, it’s a lot of music we have coming up for you!
Francis: “With this record we took what musically developed and just became apparent on our first LP ‘Sow The Wind’ to the next level. ‘Reap The Storm’ is not just a snapshot of our own personal and emotional state at this point, but the logical follow up to all our previous work.”
And damn, we are excited for you to hear the outcome! This time we’ll have two German songs, one of them being an acoustic ballad, one a politically/ socially critical piece and two songs longer than 15 minutes, that’ll take you on an adventurous trip through the fields of Psychedelic and Progressive Rock. Plus the Heavy Flute Rock tunes that shaped our style in the past.

“Blood, sweat and tears, but our album is finally done.”
– Wucan, July 2017
With the release of their debut album in autumn 2015, WUCAN from Dresden crossed the magic threshold between an insider’s tip to a celebrated newcomer. “Sow The Wind” is an energetic heavy rock statement which despite all its directness is not above kraut rock extravaganza. Afterward, they went on tour. With each of the nearly 120 shows in Germany and Europe, the number of fans increased continuously.
The force of nature that Wucan brings to the stage shall also be reflected on their second album which is being recorded at the Berlin Big Snuff Studios. “Reap The Storm” will redeem even more what the band promises live: a massive rock sound, clear and organic at the same time, music for modern hippies and those who wish to become one.


Tracks Listing:

 1. Wie die Welt sich dreht -  9:59
 2. Ebb And Flute -  6:04
 3. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind -  3:23
 4. I'm Gonna Leave You -  4:59
 5. The Rat Catcher -  5:24
 6. Falkenlied -  4:49
 7. Aging Ten Years In Two Seconds - 21:05
 8. Cosmic Guilt - 18:03

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Δευτέρα, 7 Μαΐου 2018

Paul Gilbert ,Jimi Kidd - Raw Blues power 2002


Paul Brandon Gilbert (born November 6, 1966), is an American hard rock/heavy metal guitarist. He is best known for being the co-founder of the band Mr. Big. He was also a member of Racer X, with whom he released several albums. Following Mr. Big's disbandment in 1996, Gilbert launched a solo career, for which he has released numerous solo albums, and featured in numerous collaborations and guest appearances on other musicians' albums.

Raw Blues Power is a collaborative Blues rock album by guitarist Paul Gilbert and his uncle Jimi Kidd. It was released in 2002.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1. "Girls Watching" Paul Gilbert, Jimi Kidd 3:46
2. "A 180" Jimi Kidd 3:41
3. "Pacific Coast Highway" Paul Gilbert 3:00
4. "Good Foot" Kidd 6:29
5. "12 Days of the Blues" Gilbert, Kidd 3:50
6. "Freedom" Kidd 3:54
7. "Stranded" Gilbert 3:30
8. "Play Guitar" Kidd 2:50
9. "Sookie Sookie (Cover)" Don Covay 3:09
10. "Blues Power" Kidd 9:27
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Κυριακή, 6 Μαΐου 2018

Lita Ford - Lita (1988)





 Lita Ford vocals,
guitars Donnie Nossov 
bass Myron Grombacher 
drums David Ezrin keyboards


1. Back To The Cave
5. Falling In and Out Of Love
6. Fatal Passion
7. Under The Gun
8. Broken Dreams
9. Close My Eyes Forever

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