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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Paul McCartney - McCartney (1970)

Paul McCartney retreated from the spotlight of the Beatles by recording his first solo album at his home studio, performing nearly all of the instruments himself.
Appropriately, McCartney has an endearingly ragged, homemade quality that makes even its filler — and there is quite a bit of filler — rather ingratiating. Only a handful of songs rank as full-fledged McCartney classics, but those songs — the light folk-pop of "That Would Be Something," the sweet, gentle "Every Night," the ramshackle Beatles leftover "Teddy Boy" and the staggering "Maybe I'm Amazed" (not coincidentally the only rocker on the album) — are full of all the easy melodic charm that is McCartney's trademark.

The rest of the album is charmingly slight, especially if it is read as a way to bring Paul back to earth after the heights of the Beatles. At the time the throwaway nature of much of the material was a shock, but it has become charming in retrospect.
Unfortunately, in retrospect it also appears as a harbinger of the nagging mediocrity that would plague McCartney's entire solo career.

(Info by: CGR)

Size: 30.7 Mb
Bitrate: 160 mp3 (but very good lame)
Artwork Included

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pete Brown & The Piblokto - A Meal You Can Shake... (1969)

1. Dark Lady
2. Old Man
3. Station Song
4. Politican
5. Rainy Taxi Girl
6. Morning Call
7. Sandcastle
8. Travelling Blues
9. High sorrow
10. Raining Pins & Needles

Size: 116 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
Artwork Included

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Chariot - Chariot (1968)

Chariot’s lone musical offering, this eponymous release with its stunning artwork, appeared on the obscure National General label (NG2003) in 1968. The label, which apparently was the musical arm of the National General Cinema corporation, was distributed by Buddah Records and only lasted long enough to issue a handful of records including several undistinguished soundtracks.

Chariot, which evolved out of a ‘60s outfit called The Knack, are often described as a Cream-influenced blues/psych trio, although to many ears their sound exhibits more than a hint of a classic flower power groove, with some decidedly progressive touches. Although the other band members seem to have disappeared without trace, English-born drummer Pug Baker went on to play with a number of minor bands, such as the RCA-signed Rocking Horse, and Waves, a group that enjoyed a short tenure with Epic. Baker is still bashing the skins, and is currently plying his trade with southern rockers Ghost Riders.

Another extremely good album disinterred from the vaults of psych obscurity.

(Info by: CGR)

1. Yolanda Jones
2. You Let Me Love You
3. Gamblin’ Man
4. The War Is Over
5. Home Wreckin’ Mama
6. Hey People
7. Variety Woman
8. Got To Be A Lover
9. Poor Man Blues

Size: 67.0 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
Artwork Included

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ufo - Ufo (1970)

Recorded on a shoestring budget, UFO has several challenging sonic moments. The uneven mixes and amateur performances that some listeners might find quaint or innocent could be distracting to others. In their pre-Michael Schenker days,the British band made a much more experimental noise that reflected psychedelic as well as R&B influences pitched with a dark resonance. This swirling mish-mosh barely suggests the early British metal of the group's commercial pinnacle that was still years off when they released their eponymous debut. Blue Cheer, early Black Sabbath, and maybe a little bit of the Who (mostly derived via bassist Pete Way's meandering, over-saturated bass lines) all come to mind on standouts like "Boogie," "C'mon Everybody," and "Follow You Home." While ignored completely in the States as well as their British home, U F O was a bit of an international hit. "C'mon Everybody" made it to the top of the charts in Japan, which led to a tour of the country and enough career momentum to keep the records coming while the sound of (and worldwide market for) heavy metal slowly took shape. While far from being the best offering from Pete Way, Phil Mogg, and company, U F O is a nice pre-metal study that reveals how the blues/psychedelic amalgam inspired would-be metal artists before pop was injected into the genre.

(Info by: CGR)

1. Unidentified Flying Object (Bolton/Mogg/Parker/Way) - 2:19
2. Boogie (Bolton/Mogg/Parker/Way) - 4:17
3. C'mon Everybody (Capehart/Cochran) - 3:12
4. Shake It About (Bolton/Mogg/Parker/Way) - 3:47
5. (Come Away) Melinda (Hellerman/Minkoff) - 5:06
6. Timothy (Bolton/Mogg/Parker/Way) - 3:29
7. Follow You Home (Way) - 2:14
8. Treacle People (Bolton) - 3:24
9. Who Do You Love (McDaniel) - 7:50
10. Evil (Way) - 3:27

Size: 85.6 Mb
Bitrate: 320 mp3
Artwork Included