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Friday, April 18, 2014



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Agape-(Gospel Hard Rock)-1971 US




Agape was from California and preaching the gospel using a psych rock format and musically it's pretty good. Fred Caban wrote the lyrics, music and supplies the vocals on all the tracks.
Fred was a young guitarist from Azusa, CA, who became a born-again Christian shortly after graduating from high school in 1968.
In an effort to help evangelize his peers, Caban formed the band with bassist John Peckhart and drummer Mike Jungkman. They were one of the earliest Christian rock bands, established in a time when the music they played was still being shunned by established churches (the few they approached for concerts rejected the loud music they played, despite the message).
Agape performed wherever they could, on beaches, in schools, and in parks, and released their debut album "Agape (Gospel Hard Rock)" in 1971 on Mark Records (MRS- 2179).
This is the 1988 Italian Reissue of the album by Hablabel Records (HBL- 11001).

Members:

Fred Caban - Lead vocals,Guitar
John Peckhart - Bass
Mike Jungman - Drums,Organ

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Mary Butterworth-1969 US




From South Gate, California, Mary Butterworth's album contains some fine progressive rock which maintains a good standard. They enjoyed playing a variety of engagements around the Southern California area and in 1969, they recorded the one and only private press album entitled "Mary Butterworth".
Their album was pre-sold to fans and friends only and it was never available to the general public. Featuring lashings of good keyboards and drums, "Phase II" and "Its A Hard Road" are perhaps the pick of the bunch, but really every track's a winner. Shortly thereafter, the group split up and never performed together again.
This is the 1999  Dutch Reissue of the album by Custom Fidelity Records (CFS-2092).

Members:

Mike Ayling - Vocals,Bass,Flute
Jim Giordano- Guitar
Michael Eachus- Hammond
Michael Hunt- Drums,Vocals

-by dj fanis: here

The Maze - Armageddon-1968 US




From Fairfield, California, this band were previously known as Stonehenge. An obscure San Francisco-area group that cut one extremely rare album in 1968, "Armageddon", which is highly valued in some collector circles.
Their all-original material emphasized heavy organ, long drawn-out fuzzy guitar solos, despondent stoned vocals, and minor-key melodies, somewhat in the mold of Iron Butterfly but more trippy.
The album starts out with the melodramatic "Armageddon" which comprises most of Side One, the rest is taken up with the more melodic and laid back "I'm So Sad".
The second side begins with the rather lightweight goodtime "Happiness", but "Whispering Shadows" opens with some great discordant guitar work which gives away to some good group harmonies and "Kissy Face" also features some great vocals. "Dejected Soul", with its sleepy vocals and fine fuzz guitar work, is among the album's finer moments.
This is the Unofficial Release of the album by MTA Records (MTS-5012 A).

Members:

William Gardner- guitar,vocals
Ric Eittreim- keyboards,vocals
Jeff Jensen- bass,vocals
Carson Boyd- drums

-by dj fanis: here

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Broth-1970 US





This heavy progressive group with eight members (including horns and Latin percussion) release one album in 1970 on Mercury Records (SR-61298), which is now a very minor collectable.
One of its cuts, "I'm A King", was also included on Mercury's 1970 "Dimension Of Miracles" compilation. Band members are Cuban and Puerto Rican born who grew up in the predominantly Italian and Hispanic towns of Union City and West New York, NJ.
This is the 1970 UK release of the album by Mercury Records (6338 032), with different cover.


Members:

William Villanueva- saxophone, percussion, vocals
Steve Verroca-percussion
Wolf- bass
Charlie- horns, vocals
Chino- guitar
Jesus- drums
Fernie- guitar
Eddie- percussion, vocals

-by dj fanis: here

The Open Mind-1969 UK




The Open Mind were a London-based psychedelic rock band active in the 1960s and 1970s.
The band was formed in the mid 1960s by four musicians from Putney, South London. Initially named The Apaches formed by Tim du Feu, Mike Brancaccio and Philip Fox and their friend Ray Nye. Nye left in 1965 and another friend joined instead Terry Martin. The band became The Drag Set, who released a little-known single in February 1967, "Day and Night" / "Get Out of My Way".
Shortly thereafter, they changed their name to The Open Mind and in July 1969 released a self-titled LP in Philips (SBL-7893), which has since become a highly sought-after collectible. The band, however, is best known for its druggy August 1969 single, "Magic Potion/Cast A Spell" (which also marked the introduction of double-bass drums in rock music), which did not appear on the album.
The Open Mind disbanded in 1973, its members wanted to move into jazz-influenced music, but The Open Mind was too well-known as a psychedelic band.
This the 1986 UK Reissue of the album by Antar Records (ANTAR 2), who contains their 1969 rare single.

Members:

Terry Martin- Rythm Guitar,Vocals
Timothy Du Feu- Bass
Mike Brancaccio- Lead Guitar
Philip Fox- Drums

-by dj fanis: here

Monday, April 14, 2014

Felt-1971 US




Felt was formed in Alabama in the late '60s around the talents of Myke Jackson (guitars), Mike Neel (drums), Tommy Gilstrap (bass), Stan Lee (guitars), and Allan Dalrymple (keyboards).
The band's self-titled album contains half-a-dozen original songs written for the most part by Jackson. This rare album released by Nasco (Nasco- 9006) in 1971,  was the only long-player produced by the progressive blues quintet  Felt,  formed by 17-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist Myke Jackson.
A wide-ranging spectrum of influences including late Beatle-psych, mellow West Coast-jamming and early 1970s hardrock. Fellow guitarist, Stan Lee would move on to the punk band the Dickies later in the '70s.
This is a Reissue of the album by Nasco Records (Nasco- 9006-A).

Members:

Myke Jackson- Lead Guitar, Vocals
Allan Dalrymple- Keyboards
Tommy Gilstrap- Bass
Stan Lee- Rhythm Guitar
Mike Neel- Drums

-by dj fanis: here

Arcadium - Breathe Awhile-1969 UK




This obscure psychedelic band issued only one  album titled "Breathe Awhile" in 1969, that's very much in the downer-heavy school of the genre.
The group's dominant figure was its songwriter and lead singer, 12-string guitarist Miguel Sergides.
The ominous, loud, cathedral-like organ, distorted guitar and anguished vocals took influences from the likes of the Doors, Iron Butterfly, and Vanilla Fudge, while some San Francisco psychedelia could be heard in the bittersweet harmonies.
The intense 12-minute guitar and organ-driven opening track, "I'm On My Way", sets the album's slow-burning epic tone.  The whole album is high quality, with no stale moments, but highlights include "Poor Lady", the 5 minute "Change Me" and the 10-minute "Birth, Life And Death".
This is a Reissue of the album by Middle Earth Records (MDLS-302-A).

Members:

Miguel Sergides- Lead Vocals, Twelve-string Guitar
Robert Ellwood- Vocals, Lead Guitar
Graham Best- Vocals, Bass
Alan Ellwood- Vocals, Organ
John Albert Parker- Drums

-by dj fanis: here

Friday, April 11, 2014

VA-High Flying Bird covers



"High Flying Bird" was written by Billy Ed Wheeler, a country-folk singer-songwriter in 1963.
Judy Henske's second album "High Flying Bird" was released in January 1964 featured Billy Edd Wheeler's song "High Flying Bird", a minor hit later covered by many bands of the era. If ever there was a song recorded prior to 1964 that pointed the way to folk-rock, however, "High Flying Bird" was it.
The song was covered by many folk and rock artists and bands in the USA, like Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane, HP Lovecraft,The Wizards from Kansas and others.
This  is a compilation i made of 12 versions of this great and a favorite of mine song. Enjoy!!!


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01.Judy Henske - High Flying Bird (1964)
02.Billy Edd Wheeler - High Flying Bird (1967 version)
03.HP Lovecraft-High Flying Bird (1968)
04.The Ill Wind-High Flying Bird (1968)
05.Rejoice-High Flying Bird (1969)
06.Richie Havens-High Flyin' Bird (1967)
07.St. George and Tana- High Flying Bird (1967)
08.Jefferson Airplane-High Flying Bird (1966)
09.The Balladeers -High Flying Bird (1965)
10.The Wizards From Kansas-High Flying Bird (1970)
11.We Five-High Flying Bird (1967)
12.Zephyr-High Flying Bird (1972)

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Snow-1968 US


The sole, eponymous album released in 1968 on Epic Records(BN- 26435) by the Cleveland, Ohio outfit Snow. A folk-psych effort featuring a female vocalist brought in for the occasion and who's influences clearly included Grace Slick among others.
Plethora of sound effects, key changes and bold experimentation.
The first three tracks are pretty bland multi-voiced folk rock, although the short guitar incisions are promising. What follows on side 1 is strangely melodic acid-rock with oblique harmonies on the brilliant "Englebert", and a kind of twisted Peanut Butter Conspiracy influence, with a sharp tempo change and toytown psych on "You Let Me Know."
Side 2 is even better, starting with the piercing guitar on "Song of the Sirens", another track reminiscent of PBC.
A coiled waltz similar to Aorta, "The Flying Miraldos", follows suit, whilst "Sweet Dreams" and "Bab's Song" are pompous but cultivated baroque harmony pop with lush arrangements.
The venom is in the tail where the tour de force "Caterpillar" pulls out all the stops and ushers the listener through more effects and key changes in three minutes and sounds as boldly experimental today as anything from this period.
Amazing trippy psychedelia similar to Head Shop, Gandalf and Peanut Butter Conspiracy.

-by dj fanis: here


Smubbs-This Is The End Of The Night!-1969 US




"This Is The End Of The Night!" is the sole album by this fine Long Island psychedelic rock band, released in 1969 by Monument Records (SLP- 18112).
Produced by Bob Gallo, the album was a mixed bag. Musically the set offered up a mix of psychedelic rock with several nice fuzz guitar segments like "The Shadows Of A Dream" and more pop-oriented moves like "The Drive In Movies".  "You'll Still Be On My Mind" was a wonderful slice of jangle folk-rock, complete with great harmony vocals, "I Remember Sunday" had an impressive biting edge, while "White Paper Sail" was a totally unexpected slice of psychedelia.

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Wynder K. Frog -Out Of The Frying Pan -1968 UK




Mick Weaver also known as Wynder K. Frog (born 16 June 1944, Bolton, Lancashire, England) is an English session musician, best known for his playing of the Hammond B3 organ, and as an exponent of the blues and funk.
Weaver's band performed as Wynder K. Frog and became popular on the student union and club circuit of the mid sixties.
Wynder K. Frogg  appeared on the bill at The Savile Theatre, London on 24 September 1967 supporting Traffic on their first UK presentation.
When Steve Winwood left Traffic to form Blind Faith, Weaver was recruited to replace him and Traffic became Mason, Capaldi, Wood and Frog, soon shortened to Wooden Frog. They played a few gigs before dissolving three months later when Traffic reformed.
"Out Of The Frying Pan"  released in 1968 in UK by Island Records (ILPS- 9082) and by United Artists Records (UAS- 6695) in the USA.
The record featured covering established compositions ranging from "Alexander's Ragtime Band" to "Jumpin' Jack Flash," as well as a pair of Mick Weaver pieces like the great "Harpsichord Shuffle".

Members:

Mick Weaver - keyboards
Dick Heckstall-Smith - saxophone
Neil Hubbard - guitar
Alan Spenner - bass
Chris Mercer - saxophone
Bruce Rowland - drums
Henry Lowther- trumpet
Rebop Kwaku Baah - percussion

-by dj fanis: here

Les Baxter -Wild In The Streets -1968 US (OST)






The totally groovy, pop soundtrack from the cult counter-culture movie from 1968 "Wild In The Streets".
Taking the 60s catchphrase "Never trust anyone over 30" to its most extreme conclusion, "Wild In The Streets" tells the story of Max Frost, a 22-year old rock star millionaire who joins causes with a politician to get the vote for 14-year olds. Frost eventually becomes President and uses his powers to issue his first presidential edict with his youth-controlled police state agenda, anyone over 30 is required to live in "retirement homes" which actually resemble concentration camps....
Written by Les Baxter, with songs by successful songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and arranged by Mike Curb, the "Wild In The Streets" soundtrack is a terrific collection of late 60s psychedelic pop songs that will have you stone-cold groovin.
A true cult classic, and the song, "Shapes Of Things To Come" was released as a single credited to Max Frost and the Troopers it charted at #22 in 1968.
The sountrack released in 1968 in the USA by Tower Records (SKAO-5099)  and by Capitol Records (ST- 5099) in the UK.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Erkin Koray-Elektronik Turkuler -1974 Turkey







Erkin Koray (born June 24, 1941, in Kadikoy, Istanbul), has been in the Turkish rock music scene since the late 1950s or early 1960s. He is widely acclaimed as being the first person to ever play rock and roll in Turkey in 1957, he and his band gained fame by playing covers of Elvis Presley and Fats Domino. He was also one of the first Turkish musicians to embrace the electric guitar and modern amplification.
"Elektronik Türküler (Electronic Ballads)" is the second full length album by Turkish rock star Erkin Koray, originally released by Doğan Plakcılık in 1974.
The album has a terrific heavy Eastern raves and drones from Turkey's legendary freaked-out psychedelic guitar guru. Koray and his band created an album that reflected both his Turkish roots and his love of psychedelic and progressive rock.
Possibly the greatest album ever from Turkish psychedelic maestro Erkin Koray, a mad blend of sounds that definitely lives up to its "elektronik" title!
Most numbers feature a weird blend of electric guitar and baglama and among others the track "Turku"  is brilliant.
This album is one of the more internationally acknowledged examples of Anatolian rock.
This is the German Reissue of   "Elektronik Türküler"  by Nexus Records (DAMLA 001).

Members:

Erkin Koray- guitar, baglama, piano, organ, vocals
Sedat Avcı- drums, bongos, and other percussion
Ahmet Güvenç- bass


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Freed- 1970 Denmark





Unreleased studio tapes from 1970 that contains swirling organ, fuzz guitars and melancholic vocals, English Lyrics, inspired by the Doors, Santana and John Mayall. From 1968-71 Freed toured heavily in Denmark, Sweden and Germany without leaving any sort of mark in danish rock history.
A completely unknown and missing gem of the very varied sound of Danish underground rock scene in the 60's- 70's.
  (http://tyme-machine.blogspot.gr/)
Recorded in the summer of 1970 in Tommy Seebachs studio on Gammel Kongevej, Copenhagen, mixed in a hurry, but not released until 2003 by Orpheus Records (ORPH 008).Includes a stapled zine-style photocopied 20-page "scrapbook" with press cuttings, letters and other writing in Danish.
 (www.discogs.com)

Members:

Leif Frederiksen- Guitar, Vocals
Helmuth Ozolins- Guitar
Danny Andersen- Bass
Leif Iversen- Organ
Klaus Glümer- Drums

-by dj fanis: here

The Paper Garden - 1969 US



This is the sole selftitled album by the New York based psych pop band Paper Garden released in 1969 on Musicor Records (MS 3175).
According to the singer/bassist/guitarist Joe Arduino, the New York City-based quintet had a solid stage repertory established from performances at colleges in the Northeastern United States in 1967 and 1968, when they got the chance to cut this album under the auspices of British producer Geoff Turner, who was working at Musicor in New York at the time.
The album is in the pop-psychedelic vein, combining cheerful sunshine pop sensibilities with some hard-edged psychedelic playing. It all falls somewhere between the Beatles' "Revolver" album and the Zombies' "Odessey & Oracle".
This is the UK Reissue of the album by Antar Records (ANTAR-3) from 1986.

Members:

Joe Arduino- bass, 12-string guitar, vocals
Sandy Napoli- rhythm guitar, keyboard, vocals, sitar
Paul LoGrande- lead guitar, vocals
John Reich- keyboards
Jimmy Tirella- drums

-by dj fanis: here

Spanky & Our Gang - Like To Get To Know You -1968 US



Spanky & Our Gang was an American 1960s folk-rock band led by Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane. The band derives its name from Hal Roach's popular Our Gang comedies of the 1930s (known to modern audiences as The Little Rascals). The group was known for its vocal harmonies.
Their second album, "Like To Get To Know You", was released in April 1968 on Mercury Records (SR-61161).  Two singles were released: "Sunday Mornin'" in the winter, which reached No. 30 on February 10–17, 1968, and "Like To Get To Know You" in the spring, which reached No. 17 on June 8, 1968. The latter single's B-side, "Three Ways From Tomorrow", also received considerable airplay.
The album included their rendition of "Stardust", and a version of "Everybody's Talkin'", best known as a hit single for Harry Nilsson and the theme song for the movie Midnight Cowboy. (by request)

Members:

Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane– vocals
Nigel Pickering– rhythm guitar, vocals
Malcolm Hale– lead guitar, trombone, vocals
John "Chief" Seiter– drums, vocals
Kenny Hodges– bass, vocals
Lefty Baker– lead guitar, banjo, vocals

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