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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The New Tweedy Bros! - The New Tweedy Bros! (1968)

By the time the New Tweedy Brothers put out their only album in 1968, the group had been on the San Fran scene for several years, opening for the Grateful Dead, Them, the 13th Floor Elevators, and a slew of other big-name bands. Originally hailing from Portland, these Puddletowners could have easily risen to the top of the local rock heap, had it not been for ... well, why didn't the band make it? Who knows? The Brothers simply sank into obscurity and were absorbed by the Me Decade and the vast morass of time.

Fortunately, after being highly sought after in record collector circles for decades, The New Tweedy Bros! has been reissued, complete with a classy package that mimics the original multigatefold, acid-cube design. The record shows the variety of its time, with tracks that range from thumping electrified boogie to jangly folk rock, from Elizabethan chants to full-on, kaleidoscopic, psychedelic freakouts. While the work of other artists -- Canned Heat, the Byrds, Jerry Garcia, the Jefferson Airplane -- echoes throughout this disc, the New Tweedies had a distinctive feel that was individual, if not entirely original. The group's yearning, somewhat shaky vocals are part of what stands out, as well as its diverse repertoire and its ability to shift from one style to another. Of the New Tweedy crew's contemporaries, probably only Moby Grape could match the group for its stylistic range and offbeat songwriting.

In the wake of the commercialized canonization of '60s pop, it's commonplace to split the music between perfectionist pop (the Beach Boys, the Beatles) and druggie self-gratification (the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, etc.) As we gaze back through the gray shades of hindsight, it's easy to overlook the original psychedelic scene's genuine experimental growth and diversity. Occasionally, however, records like The New Tweedy Bros! reappear, offering a glimpse at the real creative excitement of the time. While the Tweedy Brothers' album has all the clunky charm of modern lo-fi recordings, it is undeniably a work of its era -- you can't help but smile when you hear it, both because of its stereotypical '60s motifs and because of those ideas' continued ability to enchant us, even across the digital divide of our cynical, post-everything era. Original copy recently sold on Ebay for $1975.00

(Info by: CGR)

01. somebody´s peepin
02. i can see it
03. i´d go anywhere
04. danny´s song
05. wheels of fortune
06. i see you´re looking fine
07. what´s wrong with that
08. someone just passed by
09. her darkness in december (drone song)
10. lazy livin´
11. her darkness in december (alt. version)
12. good time car
13. terms of, you love me

Size: 84.0 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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The Move - Move (1st Album 1968)

The Move were the best and most important British group of the late '60s that never made a significant dent in the American market. Through the band's several phases (which were sometimes dictated more by image than musical direction), their chief asset was guitarist and songwriter Roy Wood, who combined a knack for Beatlesque pop with a peculiarly British, and occasionally morbid, sense of humor. On their final albums (with considerable input from Jeff Lynne), the band became artier and more ambitious, hinting at the orchestral rock that Wood and Lynne would devise for the Electric Light Orchestra. The Move, however, always placed more emphasis on the pop than the art, and never lost sight of their hardcore rock & roll roots. The Move's debut album was a solid effort of mod-pop-psychedelia, boasting a number of fine Roy Wood compositions: the British hits "Flowers in the Rain" and "Flower Brigade," the original version of "Cherry Blossom Clinic," and the lesser-known but equally worthy "Yellow Rainbow" and "Walk Upon the Water." The three routine covers (of Eddie Cochran, the Coasters, and Moby Grape) that pad the album dilute it only slightly.

01 - Yellow Rainbow. 2:36
02 - Kilroy Was Here. 2:45
03 - (Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree. 3:10
04 - Weekend. 1:47
05 - Walk Upon the Water. 3:18
06 - Flowers In The Rain. 2:22
07 - Hey Grandma. 3:13
08 - Useless Information. 2:57
09 - Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart. 2:49
10 - The Girl Outside. 2:55
11 - Fire Brigade. 2:24
12 - Mist On A Monday Morning. 2:33
13 - Cherry Blosson Clinic. 2:31

Size: 61.4 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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Friday, September 05, 2008

Rock Island - Rock Island (1970)

Excellent 1970 album by this Chicago band who mixed psychedelia with acid rock. Searing guitar solos, rolling keyboard frills and multi layered harmonies all work together to create a driving urgent hard rock sound with acid tinges. "Running Through My Mind" is a particularly fine slice of extended trippy acid rock.

Rock Island is a hard rock and blues group which features the sizzling guitar of Mike Kennedy, who is a master of the "British Rock/Blues Guitar" school - Clapton, Beck, Page, but who can also sound like Mike Bloomfield or Hendrix or Deep Purple when he wants to. At times its pure WHO or Beatles, other times they sound like the Yardbirds or Moby Grape If you are tired of "Stairway to Heaven" and "White Room" , try some new 60's and 70's stuff with Rock Island.

(Info by: CGR)

1. Blue, Blue Lady
2. Runnin´ Through My Mind
3. When I Was A Boy
4. I Keep On Tryin´
5. Hard And Never Easy
6. She Has Left Me
7. Won´t You Stay Another Day
8. I Remember
9. Babe I´m Gonna Leave You
11.Blues II
12.Blues III

Size: 67.1 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Sir Lord Baltimore - Selftitled & Kingdom Come (1970-71)

When the subject of heavy metal pioneers comes up (and one gets past the obvious bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple), several lesser-known but still remembered bands are invariably mentioned, and one of them is Sir Lord Baltimore, who hailed not from Baltimore but from New York. The formed in the late 60's and managed two albums before giving it up (confusingly, the self-titled album is their second, not first). Given that these were released in 1970-1971, one shouldn't expect modern crushing guitars, but this was pretty heavy stuff for the time (particularly the debut), a wild, psychedelic hard rock sound that occasionally brings to mind early Budgie as well as the aforementioned Zep. They may have been the first hard rock band whose drummer was their lead singer, still a rarity in heavy metal. When modern stoner bands are referenced as "70s-influenced", this is the kind of band they're referring to

(Info by: CGR)

1. Kingdom Come (Kingdom Come)
2. I Got a Woman (Kingdom Come)
3. Hell Hound (Kingdom Come)
4. Helium Head (I Got a Love) (Kingdom Come)
5. Ain't Got Hung on You (Kingdom Come)
6. Master Heartache (Kingdom Come)
7. Hard Rain Fallin' (Kingdom Come)
8. Lady of Fire (Kingdom Come)
9. Lake Isle of Innersfree
10. Pumped Up (Kingdom Come)
11. Chicago Lives
12. Loe and Behold
13. Woman Tamer
14. Caesar Lxxi
15. Man from Manhattan
16. Where Are We Going?

Size: 129 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Human Beast - Volume One (1970)

This was a short-lived heavy psychedelic outfit whose album is now quite rare and sought-after by some collectors. They had earlier been known as Skin. Tracks like Mystic Man, Brush With The Midnight Butterfly and Reality Presented As An Alternative typify the heavy psych genre, but the two outstanding tracks are slow and in the classic psychedelic mould; Appearance Is Everything Style Is A Way Of Living, which brings to mind US Boston band Beacon Street Union and has fine Eastern - influenced guitar work and the more acoustic than electric Maybe Someday, which had a good hypnotic melody and a certain Eastern feeling.

(Info by: CGR)

1. 6:50 Mystic Man
2. 4:35 Appearance Is Every Thing .Styele Is A Way Of Living
3. 5:24 Brush With The Midnight Butterfly
4. 6:22 Maybe Someday
5. 5:00 Rality Presented As An Alternative
6. 3:10 Naked Breakfast
7. 3:15 Circle Of The Night

Size: 65.2 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
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