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Παρασκευή 30 Νοεμβρίου 2018

Spirit - Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus

Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus is the fourth album by the American psychedelic rock group Spirit. It was produced by David Briggs, who is best known for his work with Neil Young. The original LP was released in 1970 by Epic. The band's lowest charting album to that point, it peaked at #63 on the Billboard 200 in February 1971, spending only fourteen weeks on the chart. However, it sold well as a catalog item and became the band's only album to ultimately attain a RIAA gold certification in the U.S., achieving that status in 1976.[3]On the Canadian RPM Magazine Top 100 charts, the album reached #49 and was in the top 100 for 10 weeks.[4]

"Nature's Way" became one of Spirit's signature songs, but was not a big hit at the time, peaking at #111 on the Billboard pop charts in 1971. To capitalize on the album's enduring appeal, "Mr. Skin" (the B-side of "Nature's Way") was released as an A-side in 1973 and also charted, peaking at #92.

The album was re-issued on CD in 1996 by Sony in remastered form, with bonus tracks.

Track listing

All songs written by Randy California except noted:
Side one
1. "Prelude – Nothin' to Hide" 3:41
2. "Nature's Way" 2:30
3. "Animal Zoo" Ferguson 3:20
4. "Love Has Found a Way" California, Locke 2:42
5. "Why Can't I Be Free?" 1:03
6. "Mr. Skin" Ferguson 3:50

Side two
7. "Space Child" Locke 3:26
8. "When I Touch You" Ferguson 5:35
9. "Street Worm" Ferguson 3:40
10. "Life Has Just Begun" 3:22
11. "Morning Will Come" 2:58
12. "Soldier" 2:43
Total length: 38:58



Τρίτη 27 Νοεμβρίου 2018

VA - Dark Country - 2012


01. Blues Saraceno - Evil Ways (Justice Mix)
02. Robin Loxley & Jay Hawke - Crop Won't Ever Come
03. Blues Saraceno - Judgement Day
04. Blues Saraceno - Run On
05. Tombstone Three - Symmetry of the Cemetery
06. Nick Nolan - Hang 'Em High
07. Nik Ammar - Guilty Man
08. Robin Loxley - Rain Down
09. Nick Nolan - Gunnin' for You
10. Nik Ammar - Diggin' My Own Grave
11. Robin Loxley - The Fear
12. Tombstone Three - Blackest Hour
13. Nik Ammar - The Burnin'
14. Robin Loxley & Jay Hawke - God Will Cut You Down



Σάββατο 24 Νοεμβρίου 2018

Quidam - Alone Together (2007)

Quidam is a Polish Progressive rock band, evolving from the hard rock/blues trio Deep River, a band formed by Maciek Meller, Radek Scholl and Rafał Jermakow.[1] When Zbyszek Florek and Ewa Smarzyńska joined the band, the original Quidam line up was complete. In this line-up the debut album Quidam was recorded between September 1995 and March 1996.[2] The album was produced with guest appearances of three Collage members: Wojtek Szadkowski, Mirek Gil and Krzysiek Palczewski

Influenced by MARILLION and CAMEL, this band elegantly blends harmonies, refined arrangements and diversity of orchestrations (keyboards, cello, flute, oboe, strings).

The neo prog style guitar playing is interlaced with haunting flute, cello that evokes depth, female vocals and keyboards that give an orchestral fullness to the music. Their style is a melodic, text-based (female vocals) symphonic rock. The rhythms intensify, the symphonic keyboard textures thicken and the electric guitar plays long melancholic notes. QUIDAM is certainly the main and most appreciated act to have emerged from this field, with ABRAXAS and COLLAGE.


01 - Different
02 - Kinds Of Solitude At Night
03 - Depicting Colours Of Emotions
04 - They Are There To Remind Us
05 - Of Illusions
06 - We Lost
07 - One Day We Find
08 - We Are Alone Together
09 - But Strong Together



Πέμπτη 22 Νοεμβρίου 2018

Fraction - Moon Blood (1971)

"This 1971 release on the Angelus label (Angelus 571) was limited to only 200 copies
so originals are worth a small fortune. Fraction, with vocalist Jim Beach bearing an uncanny vocal
resemblance to Jim Morrision (although he was singing on Sunset Strip long before Morrison took to the stage) were often compared favourably with the Doors, although their quasi-religious message would probably not have found favour with the recently-departed Morrison. Indeed, this rather fine album was once famously described as the album the Doors probably wished they had made! Underpinned by guitarist Don Swanson's superb
Ritchie Blackmorestyle guitar work, this is an album full of beautiful psychedelia, acid and hard rock
at once emblematic of the era but not dated by its association. The five original compositions are all
of the highest quality and the contribution of Beach's Morrison-esque vocals place a stamp of originality on the recording that endures from beginning to end."


01 - Sanc-Divided
02 - Come Out Of Her
03 - Eye Of The Hurricane
04 - Sons Come To Birth
05 - This Bird
06 - Sky High



Τρίτη 20 Νοεμβρίου 2018

The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland (1987)

The Sisters of Mercy are an English rock band, formed in 1980 in Leeds.[4] After achieving early underground fame there, the band had their commercial breakthrough in the mid-1980s and sustained it until the early 1990s, when they stopped releasing new recorded output in protest against their record company WEA. Currently, the band is a touring outfit only.

The group has released three original studio albums, the last of which was released in 1990. Each album was recorded by a different line-up; singer-songwriter Andrew Eldritch and the drum machine called Doktor Avalanche are the only points of continuity throughout. Eldritch and Avalanche were also involved in the Sisterhood, a side-project connected with Eldritch's dispute with former members.

The group ceased recording activity in 1993, when they went on strike against Time Warner, which they accused of incompetence and withholding royalties. Although Time Warner released them from their contract in 1997, they have not signed to another label, despite showcasing numerous new songs in their live sets.

Since 1985, and the departure of the other original members, the Sisters of Mercy has become uniquely Eldritch's artistic vehicle. Former members of the group established the bands Ghost Dance and the Mission.

Track listing

All tracks written by Andrew Eldritch.
Side one
1. "Dominion/Mother Russia" 7:00
2. "Flood I" 6:22
3. "Lucretia My Reflection" 4:57
4. "1959" 4:09
Total length: 22:30

Side two
1. "This Corrosion" 9:16
2. "Flood II" 6:19
3. "Driven Like the Snow" 4:39
4. "Never Land (a fragment)" 2:46
Total length: 22:57



Σάββατο 17 Νοεμβρίου 2018

Simo - Let Love Show The Way (2016)

The first album ever recorded at Macon, Ga.’s Big House—the communal home of the Allman Brothers Band during their late ‘60s/early ‘70s heyday—Let Love Show the Way finds SIMO not just reveling in the hallowed space’s unique mojo and history, but taking it to a fresh and inspired place. As a musical unit, Simo, his longtime drummer Adam Abrashoff and bassist Elad Shapiro have an undeniable chemistry, taken to even greater heights with JD playing Duane Allman’s 1957 gold-top Les Paul for every track on the record. This is the same six-string heard on the first two Allman Brothers LPs, the same storied guitar that delivered the unforgettable riff on Derek & the Dominoes’ “Layla.” JD is now part of an elite group of artists—including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and Wilco’s Nels Cline—who share the rare honor of having wielded this talismanic instrument. “There’s definitely a magical element to the recording,” Simo says of Let Love Show the Way. “The vibe of the Big House, using Duane’s guitar, plus all the touring we’d done leading up to it, all the refinement of the material on the road—it was a perfect storm.”
TracklistHide Credits

A1 Stranger's Blues
Written-By – Elmore James, Marshall E. Sehorn
A2 Two Timin' Woman
A3 Can't Say Her Name
A4 I Lied
A5 Please
A6 Long May You Sail
B1 I'll Always Be Around
B2 Becky's Last Occupation
B3 I'd Rather Die in Vain
B4 Today I'm Here



Τρίτη 13 Νοεμβρίου 2018

Βαγγέλης Παπάζογλου-συλλογή (collection)

Ο Βαγγέλης Παπάζογλου, γνωστός και ως Αγγούρης (Ντουρμπαλί Σμύρνης, 1896 - Κοκκινιά, 27 Ιουνίου 1943) ήταν Έλληναςδιακεκριμένος λαϊκός μουσικός και τραγουδοποιός, από τους κορυφαίους προπολεμικούς ρεμπέτες.


Γεννήθηκε το 1896 στο Ντουρμπαλί, ένα μικρό χωριό λίγο πιο έξω από την Σμύρνη. Πήγε μόνο μέχρι την τρίτη δημοτικού στο ελληνικό σχολείο, αφού ακολουθούσε στη δουλειά τον πατέρα του, που ήταν σιδηροδρομικός και αναγκαζόταν να μετακινείται στις περιοχές της Σμύρνης.

Υπήρξε αυτοδίδακτος μουσικός. Από παιδάκι έπαιζε μαντολίνο και αργότερα έμαθε κιθάρα, βιολί και μπάντζο. Συμμετείχε στην περίφημη Εστουδιαντίνα «Τα Πολιτάκια» ως δεύτερο μαντολίνο (με πρώτο τον Σπύρο Περιστέρη και τον Παναγιώτη Τούντα). Εκεί γνωρίστηκε με τους άλλους μεγάλους Σμυρνιούς μουσικούς Σπύρο Περιστέρη, Παναγιώτη Τούντα, τους Ογδοντάκηδες, το Δημήτρη Σέμση ή Σαλονικιό που γύρω στο 1920 ήταν στη Σμύρνη παίζοντας βιολί κ.ά. Αν και αυτοδίδακτος, κατόρθωσε με τη βοήθεια του μαέστρου Σπύρου Περιστέρη να μάθει τη μουσική σημειογραφία. Έτσι πάρα πολλές παρτιτούρες των τραγουδιών του διασώθηκαν μέχρι σήμερα.

Με την απελευθέρωση της Σμύρνης το 1919, κατατάσσεται ως εθελοντής στον Ελληνικό Στρατό που βρέθηκε στην Ιωνία, συμμετέχει στη Μικρασιατική εκστρατεία, αφού κατάφερε προηγουμένος το 1913, να αποφύγει τον τουρκικό στρατό, χρησιμοποιώντας τα έγγραφα ενός πρώτου ξαδέρφου του που είχε πεθάνει πολύ νέος. Μετά την καταστροφή της Σμύρνης, έρχεται ως πρόσφυγας στην Ελλάδα και εγκαθίσταται στην Κοκκινιά του Πειραιά.

Στην Ελλάδα έπιασε κατευθείαν δουλειά ως μουσικός. Το πρώτο μαγαζί στο οποίο δούλεψε επίσημα ήταν αυτό του «Θεοφράστου» στις Τζιτζιφιές, το 1923. Εκεί γνώρισε τη τραγουδίστρια και κόρη του σημαντικού μουσικού δάσκαλου της Σμύρνης Δημήτρη Μαρωνίτη, Αγγελική Μαρωνίτη, με την οποία παντρεύτηκαν το 1927. Στα 1929 η Αγγέλα τυφλώνεται και στα 1936 αποσύρεται οριστικά από τα πάλκα αφού της το απαγορεύει ο Βαγγέλης. Κατοικώντας μαζί πλέον στην Κοκκινιά, δεν αποκτούν παιδιά και έτσι όμως, αποφασίζουν και υιοθετούν τον ανηψιό της Αγγέλας, Γιώργη Παπάζογλου.

Στη δισκογραφία πρωτοεμφανίζεται το 1933 με τρία τραγούδια του: «Αν ήμουν άντρας», «Αργιλέ μου» και «Ο Νικοκλάκιας». Έχει έντονη παρουσία μέχρι το 1937, οπότε έρχεται σε ρήξη με τη Μεταξική λογοκρισία, αρνούμενος δημόσια να λογοκριθούν τα τραγούδια του από «αμόρφωτους ανθρώπους», με αποτέλεσμα την εξαφάνισή του από τη δισκογραφία. Έτσι από το 1937 και μετά, μόνο ένα τραγούδι από τα δεκάδες που είχε, φωνογραφήθηκε στο όνομά του: «Να μη λες το μυστικό σου» με τον Κώστα Ρούκουνα στα τέλη το 1938. Συνεχίζει όμως να παίζει σε κέντρα, γάμους και πανηγύρια ανά την Ελλάδα, αλλά και να γράφει τραγούδια. Πολλά από αυτά τα χάρισε σε άλλους συνθέτες και τραγουδιστές.

Όταν στα 1941 μπήκανε οι Γερμανοί στην Αθήνα, παρ' όλο που υπήρχε προσφορά εργασίας, ο Βαγγέλης Παπάζογλου ήγειρε ηθικό θέμα και μη θέλοντας να παίζει και να χορεύουνε οι «φχαριστημένοι και οι μαυραγορίτες» όπως είπε χαρακτηριστικά, παράτησε την κιθάρα και το τραγούδι και για να μπορέσουν να ζήσουν, έριξε ένα τσουβάλι στον ώμο και έγινε παλιατζής. Τότε προσβλήθηκε από φυματίωση κι έκανε συχνές αιμοπτύσεις και κατόπιν, η Αγγέλα πούλησε σχεδόν τα πάντα από το σπίτι για να έχουν λίγο φαγητό. Ο Βαγγέλης Παπάζογλου, απεβίωσε τελικά από την φυματίωση στις 27 Ιουνίου 1943.

Σήμερα, η οδός στην Κοκκινιά όπου και βρίσκεται η οικία που κατοικούσε, έχει μετανομαστεί από Κίμωνος σε Βαγγέλη Παπάζογλου και επίσης με προσπάθειες της οικογένειας του έχει διατηρηθεί η οικία του.


Δευτέρα 12 Νοεμβρίου 2018

John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band (1970)

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is the debut solo album by English musician John Lennon. It was released in 1970, after Lennon had issued three experimental albums with Yoko Ono and Live Peace in Toronto 1969, a live performance in Toronto credited to the Plastic Ono Band. The album was recorded simultaneously with Ono's debut avant-garde solo album, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, at Ascot Sound Studios and Abbey Road Studios using the same musicians and production team and nearly identical cover artwork.

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is generally considered one of Lennon's finest solo albums, documenting with honesty and artistic integrity his emotional and mental state at that point in his career. In 1987, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it fourth in its list "The 100 Best Albums of the Last Twenty Years" and in 2012, ranked it number 23 in "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Track listing

All songs written by John Lennon, except where noted.

Side one
"Mother" – 5:34
"Hold On" – 1:52
"I Found Out" – 3:37
"Working Class Hero" – 3:48
"Isolation" – 2:51

Side two
"Remember" – 4:33
"Love" – 3:21
"Well Well Well" – 5:59
"Look at Me" – 2:53
"God" – 4:09
"My Mummy's Dead" – 0:49

2000 reissue bonus tracks
"Power to the People" – 3:22
"Do the Oz" – 3:07 (Lennon/Ono)

Παρασκευή 9 Νοεμβρίου 2018

Broselmaschine - Bröselmaschine - [1971]

Quite possibly the pinnacle of Krautfolk, Broselmaschine is certainly tops in the folk subgenre and is recommended to those interested in the lighter side of Krautrock. Broselmaschine combines the highly talented acoustic guitar playing of Peter Bursch (a master of the instrument who has published many instructional books on the subject), romantic vocals, and a mild Eastern influence highlighted by the use of sitar and flute. The album begins with 'Gedanken', a peaceful track with a slight renaissance-era feel, featuring acoustic and electric guitar, flute and romantic lyrics. Next the group performs the Scottish traditional 'Lassie' with multi-tracked vocal harmonies. Next, 'Guitarrenstuck', is a beautiful piece played with folk guitar and a soothing female vocal. 'The Old Man's Song' seems slightly out of place due to its use of wah-wah peddle, but this gives way to some rather ominous sounding Duul-ish acoustic guitar and folk percussion. 'Schmetterling' introduces an Eastern flavor to the album and is most notable for its sitar which reminds me a little bit of mid-period Popol Vuh. Bursch's guitar playing on this track is simply masterful and the track is given an extra boost from some atmospheric mellotron. 'Nossa Bova' stands out as a folk masterpiece with its incredible guitar work, folk percussion, and female vocals. This track has a peaceful quality similar to Paradieswarts Duul, the only difference being the musical ability of Broselmaschine's members. The album was produced by Rolf Ulrich Kaiser and engineered by Dieter Dierks and was first issued on Pilz in 1971.


1. Gedanken 5.06
2. Lassie 5.06
3. Gittarrenstuck 2.03
4. The Old Man's Song 5.26
5. Schmetterling 9.31
6. Nossa Bova 8.06
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Lutz Ringer - Bass, Mellotron
Peter Bursch - Guitar, Vocals, Sitar, Flute
Jenni Schucker - Flute, Vocals
Willi Kissmer - Vocals, Guitar
Mike Hellbach - Congas, Tablas, Mellotron

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Τετάρτη 7 Νοεμβρίου 2018

Haggard - Awaking The Centuries (2000) & Eppur Si Muove (2004)

Haggard (/ˈhæɡərd/) is a German symphonic metal musical group founded in 1989.[2] The group combines classical music and early music with death doom metal.

Awaking the Centuries is the second full-length album by German symphonic metal band Haggard. It was released on February 7, 2000 by Drakkar Entertainment.The album is based on Michel De Nostredame (Nostradamus) and his experience during The Black Plague in Medieval Europe. The album features several compositions based on Sergei Rachmaninoff's music.

Eppur Si Muove is the third full-length album by the German symphonic metal band Haggard. It was released on April 26, 2004 by Drakkar Entertainment.

The album is based on the life of the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564 –1642), who, according to legend, muttered the phrase eppur si muove, meaning "And yet it does move", after being forced to recant, in front of the Inquisition, his belief that the earth moved around the sun.

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Τρίτη 6 Νοεμβρίου 2018

Billy Cobham - Spectrum (1973)

spectrum is the debut solo album by jazz fusion drummer Billy Cobham. The album was heavily influenced by the music of Miles Davis, with whom Cobham had previously collaborated extensively, and Cobham's previous band Mahavishnu Orchestra.

The song "Stratus" appears in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV of the radio station "Fusion FM", as well as being the main sample in the Massive Attack hit "Safe from Harm".


Ken Scott, engineer of Spectrum, recounted: "Bill Cobham's drums were treated in exactly the same way as I recorded every other drummer. I just used more mics: Neumann U67s on toms, D20s or RE20s (at Electric Lady) on the bass drums, Neumann KM54 or 56 on snare, and either STC 4038s or Beyer M160 ribbon mics for the overheads. One other thing: in order to dampen the snare, Bill just laid his wallet on the top head."

Leland Sklar, bassist on four of the songs, remarked, "Spectrum is such a benchmark for so many people. There was a sort of fire in it. It was new ground and it wasn't very analytical. It was more flying by the seat of your pants. That's where great accidents happen, which seems impossible these days. We never did more than a couple of takes on any of it. It was more or less a two-day record. It went by so fast."

Tommy Bolin, who joined the hard rock band Deep Purple two years later, plays lead guitar on four songs. Cobham had met Bolin years before, when he was a member of Zephyr.

"To the Women in My Life" is unusual in that Cobham himself does not play on it, though he did produce the track. It is an unaccompanied piano piece performed by Jan Hammer.


All songs written and composed by Billy Cobham.

"Quadrant 4" – 4:20
"Searching for the Right Door" – 1:19 / "Spectrum" – 5:07
"Anxiety" – 1:41 / "Taurian Matador" – 3:03
"Stratus" – 9:48
"To the Women in My Life" – 0:51 / "Le Lis" – 3:20
"Snoopy's Search" – 1:02 / "Red Baron" – 6:37

Though tracks 2, 3, 5, and 6 are designated as medleys, all of the component songs have clean breaks between them.


Σάββατο 3 Νοεμβρίου 2018

Tank - Honour & Blood (1984)

Tank is a British heavy metal band, formed in 1980 by Algy Ward, a former member of The Damned. The band is known as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. Tank was often compared to Motörhead as both bands, trios fronted by singing bassists, played a loose, almost punk-styled metal music with often colourful lyrics

Honour & Blood is the fourth album by the British heavy metal band Tank, released in 1984. By the time of this album Algy Ward was the last original member of the group remaining, as the Brabbs brothers had been replaced by Cliff Evans on guitar and Graeme Crallanon drums (reuniting Crallan with his former bandmate in White Spirit, Mick Tucker). The album follows much the same format as the band's previous album This Means War, with seven songs, several quite lengthy, of melodic heavy metal primarily about the topic of war. However, the band explores some different subject matter on side two, as "W.M.L.A." and "Too Tired to Wait for Love", express frustration in love, while "Chain of Fools" is a cover of the 1967 hit by Aretha Franklin


01 - The War Drags Ever On
02 - When All Hell Freezes Over
03 - Honour And Blood
04 - Chain Of Fools
05 - W.M.L.A
06 - Too Tired To Wait For Love
07 - Kill
08 - The Man That Never Was