sábado, 16 de novembro de 2013

Black Merda - Black Merda (1967 us extraordinary heavy/psychedelic, soul blues-rock, 2006 Lilith reissue - Flac)

Sem muitos comentários; esse álbum é sublime! Desfrutem!

Black Merda were a funky rock combo with a significant debt to Jimi Hendrix, mixing fuzz-toned, psychedelic blues-rock with folky acoustic passages and contemporary late-'60s soul. Featuring guitarists Anthony and Charles Hawkins, bassist VC Veasey (aka Veesee L. Veasey), and drummer Tyrone Hite, the group got its start in the late '60s after Veasey, Hite, and Anthony Hawkins had spent time in a band called the Soul Agents, backing Edwin Starr and Gene Chandler. 

Inspired by Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced?, they added Anthony's younger brother Charles on second guitar and christened themselves Black Merda. Despite some interest around their Detroit base -- including Norman Whitfield and Eddie Kendricks -- Black Merda signed to Chess, thanks in part to the psychedelic soul eccentric Fugi (aka Ellington Jordan), who they also backed on his Mary, Don't Take Me on No Bad Trip LP for Chess. 
Black Merda's self-titled album sounded revolutionary enough, although the bandmembers were disappointed that it didn't reflect their heavy live shows. They then moved to the West Coast to continue playing with Fugi, but returned to Chicago to record a second album. 

Shortening their name to Mer-Da, the group returned in 1971 with Long Burn the Fire, a funkier outing that bore a likeness to early Funkadelic. The band quickly fizzled out, but over the next three decades, continued record-collector interest in the group eventually resulted in a reunion with Veasey, both Hawkins brothers, and Fugi, although Hite had died in 2004.


domingo, 10 de novembro de 2013

Shotgun Ltd. - Shotgun Ltd. (1971 us great hard and progressive rock, 2011 reissue - FLAC)

Nos idos de 2005 esse foi um dos primeiros álbuns que eu vim a conhecer além do meu conhecimento de clássico rock (Led Zeppelin, black Sabbath, Deep Purple, etc), e até o ano de 2011 não existia relançamento em CD, mas eis que no ano citado relançaram o álbum e eu não perdi tempo em adquiri-lo. Graças aos deuses do rock desde 2011 tem havido vários relançamentos em CD de álbuns que até então apenas existiam em vinil formato, como por exemplo o fabuloso Bulbous Creation, ou Liquid Smoke e algumas outras preciosidades; e rezo para que isso continue! Não que eu não seja fan de vinil, pelo contrário, possuo toca-discos, tenho mais de uma centena de LPs, mas importar originais em formato vinil demanda um poder aquisitivo que eu ainda não posso desfrutar. Desfrutem então!

This group of young Californian musicians were all aged between 17 and 21 at the time of their album.

They were discovered by Delaney Bramlett (from Delaney and Bonnie) who arranged for a recording deal with Prophesy and for his DelBon company to produce the LP.

With Jim Gordon (the keyboard/sax player, not the drummer of Derek and The Dominos) at the controls, the result was a powerful mix of heavy/prog rock with lots of guitar/organ interplay and good vocals. Jim Gordon, Ben Benay (ex-Goldenrod) and the sax-player Jerry Jumonville provided some support.

All their material was penned by the group members, with the help of J. Loppnow on two tracks and R. Lawson on one. Three cuts (Number Two, Against The Wall and Feelin' Bad) are over five minutes long and, with the opening Bad Road, are among the better moments.

The album appears to have sank without a trace, but in hindsight deserves to be rediscovered. Buzzie Buchanan later reappeared in the late seventies as a studio musician, working with Commander Cody and Juice Newton.


quarta-feira, 6 de novembro de 2013

WINDCHASE: Symphinity (1977) (1999 Remaster + Bonus Track) [FLAC]

Artist: Windchase

Album: Symphinity

Genre: Symphonic Progressive Rock
Year: 1977
Country: Australia
Label/Catalog: Musea / FGBG 4333.AR (1998 Remaster)

Format: FLAC (image+cue+log)

"WINDCHASE was created in the mid-seventies by Mario Millo (guitars, vocals), and Toivo Pilt (keyboards), former members of the famous Australian band SEBASTIAN HARDIE, one of the most talented Australian bands of the seventies, and one of the rare progressive ones (both albums, "Four moments" (1975) and "Windchase" (1976).

If you enjoyed the melodic and orchestrated approach of Sebastian HARDIE this is a treat. Beautiful lyrical melodies, musical emphasis, lyrical guitars and keyboards, mix of sung and instrumental sequences, positive lyrics... , in the vein of '70s CAMEL in this rerelease of the 1977 album "Symphinity". A live bonus track, engineered in 1998, is included here. Like I said, a very good to great obscure gem from Australia. If you haven't had enough 70's prog such as CAMEL or GENESIS then check this out!" (ProgArchives)

01 Forward We Ride (1:39)
02 Horsemen To Symphinity (8:33)
03 Glad To Be Alive (8:06)
04 Gypsy (4:47)
05 No Scruples (6:29)
06 Lamb's Fry (9:39)
07 Non Siamo Perfetti (1:57)
08 Flight Call (4:36)
Bonus Track
9. Horsemen To Symphinity (Live Performance - Mario Millo & Men From Mars 1998) (11:55)

Mario Millo - vocals, guitars, mandolin, acoustic guitars and tubular bells
Toivo Pilt - Hammond C3 L-111 organ, grand piano, Mini Moog, Fender Rhodes, mellotron, Arp 2600, Solina, Omni string synth, clavinet D6, handclaps and vocals
Doug Bligh - drums, percussions, backing vocals and handclaps
Duncan MgGuire - bass

Originally released as Infinity ‎L 36216 in 1977.


sábado, 2 de novembro de 2013

Jun Kamikubo - Nothingness (Miracle Of San Francisco) [1972 amazing japanese hard/psychedelic blues rock] {Cardboard Sleeve reissue} Flac

As bandas de rock japonesas que pipocaram no final dos anos sessenta e durante os setenta, assim como muitas coisas oriundas do país do sol nascente, são brilhantes vide como exemplo a fabulosa "Flower Travelling Band". E esse único álbum do músico Jun Kamikubo não foge a essa regra; é um estupendo álbum de hard/heavy rock e apesar de alguns torcerem o nariz pelo fato de ser cantado em seu idioma original, isso não afeta em nada a qualidade sonora dessa preciosidade! Desfrutem!

Jun Kamikubo was an obscure musician who released one record in small quantity, 
'Nothingness' [Express, 1972]. Completely unknown and amazing album, only released in Japan as a very small pressing, really screaming fuzz guitar and great vocals. 

One of the best Japanese underground albums of all times. Reissued on LP in a strictly limited edition (350 copies)  The album 
has been reissued on LP by Shadoks, and more recently on CD by Toshiba-EMI.