- MATCHING MOLE Little Red Record
2nd lp by Canterbury crew centred around Robert Wyatt. I think this
is the last thing he cut before his paralysing accident. More
instrumental based than previous s/t lp.
I think this is great, wondering what the live lps are like.
CARAVAN If I Could Do It Again
2nd lp by Canterbury crew utilising jazz influence central to the
style.I think I'm getting used to the vocal style which I didn't like
much at first.
There seems to be a pervasive sense of melancholy through a lot of
the band's stuff down to the mix of vocals & mellotron. Some
beautiful stuff here.
SCREAMERS In A Better World
LA 1st wave punk band that used keyboards only, no guitar. Not sure
how much of their stuff is Paul Roessler & how much the other guy.
This is a boot on the XEroid label. The band actually had a policy
about not releasing their own material, then went on to set up a
record label a piece (I think).
STEVIE WONDER Music of My Mind & Fulfillingness' First Finale
1st & 4th lps from the early 70s synthy period. More noticeable on
MoMM than the more funky FFF.
MAN UA Years compi
Welsh prog/acidrockers compi. I need to work out what full lps are
necessary in what cd versions
VAN MORRISON Veedon Fleece
Falling head over heels with this lp, think it's a great wake up lp.
Somewhat similar to Astral Weeks, but not as loose. Far more tied up
in folk than that lp's improvisational jazz approach. This is heading
in that direction but winds up pretty dreamy/spiritual.
Van's last lp for something like 3 years, a good exit. Debatable
whether his return has been anywhere near as inspired as the run of
lps up to here.
& St Dominic's Preview
Peak of Caledonian soul? Almost Independence day is gorgeous too.
Canm't see why somebody would dislike Gyp[sy which I think is great.
There's a rare interview with Van in the new UNcut, which I've yet to
T REX Electric Warrior
Took me 34 years to get it but I finally did. Great rocked up stuff
of deep influence Zeitgeist of the `70s? This comes with `works in
progress' versions of all the tracks.
Which Howling Wolf track was the direct model for Jeepster?
BLUES BREAKERS With ERIC CLAPTON
'66, the lp just before the formation of Cream. Here John Mayall is
backed by John McVie on bass & Hughie Flint on drums both of whom
went on to give their names to better known bands.
I think this was the lp that got Clapton's guitar stylings hailed
asGod' wasn't it. Nice jazzy blues stuff.
GONG Angel's Egg
Have a cup of early 70s prog-psych. More wordy but no less inventive
than its follow up You. Been trying to work out which of their stuff
is essential. I guess the combo of Daevid Allen & Steve Hillage is a
good sign. Though Camembert is pretty cool as is Bananamoon.
DONOVAN Sunshine Superman recent remaster of the '66 psych lp.
Originally way before the trend but thanks to disagreements with the
UK label it came out behind things like Sgt Pepper over there. I
think the US label were more on the ball though
JOHN MARTYN Solid Air remaster
TANGERINE DREAM Electronic Meditation
Their pre synth Pink Floyd impro drone debut
LOVE'S A REAL THING World Psych vol3 (love track 8 especially)
African psych funk compiled by David Byrne. Sounds great on a
dacefloor which is where I was into-ed to it
NEIL YOUNG On The Beach
pretty p-ed off for a millionaire weren't he?
ADAM & THE ANTS Dirk Wears White Sox
This is AA backed by the guys who went onto be Bow Wow Wow before
either party had discovered Burundi rhythms. Prettyy good band they
BLONDIE Plastic Letters
2nd lp by NYC bubblegum meets garage rockers.Stein could write a
decent hook and Debbie was more than just gorgeous. Intelligent too.
As for Clem Burke? Master drummer or just extremeley apt for garageuy
SIMON & GARFUNKEL Bookends
Their greatest lp? Got Hazy Shade of Winter on anyway. Mainly
acoustic fronted electric band here.
ELTON JOHN Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Couldn't help myself guv. Idea of finding out this was of any cop
kept playing avcross my mind. I think Taupin was a great lyricist but
I think this is as far as one really need go. EJ was trying to hang
out with people like Iggy Pop at this point any road.
HELP YOURSELF s/t
This should appeal to QMS fans if you're not aware of it, early '70s
UK based band. associates of MAN remind me heavily of the
Beefheart/Fapardokly offshoot MU meets SF guitar impro.
HAWKWIND Do RE Mi
Their heaviest early '70s stuff? Lemmy on bass is a sign of quality
with these guys I believe.
PLASTIC PEOPLE OF THE UNIVERSE Egon Bondy
Nice droney stuff from Czechoslovakia. Think it comes from '78 &
predates the DiY industrial sound heard from blokes in long coats
over the next few years in the UK.
STARK REALITY Now
Weird electric vibraphone led band featuring the guitar of John
Abercrombie. Here they are covering a bunch of Hoagy Carmichael
written children's songs. Psychedelic Funk stuff.
COMETS ON FIRE Blue Cathedral
Heavy jazzified skronk out. Like Detroit avant garage expomnentiated
and updated. Interesting that one of the people on 6 string carnage
is Ben Chasny of 6 Organs of Admittance who specialise in acoustic
folky stuff. I guess to every ying there's a yang?
SANDY DENNY North Star Grassman & The Ravens
Greatly improved sound on recent cd version of what was projected as
the 2nd fotheringay lp and wound up a field of exquisite melancholy
with loads of lovely Richard THompson guitar on it.
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA Inner Mounting Flame
McLaughlin loves to burn. This thankfully lacks the cheesy synths
that I found detrimental to BIrds Of Fire. I guess all this line ups
recordings are well worth the effort though I've yet to hear Trident
GRATEFUL DEAD various bits & pieces from archive.org mainly from '68
I know there have been other things but can't remember what offhand
Np Cream I Feel Free Disc2 Live Toad
- Trying to think What I've been listening to
Van Der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts
remaster came yesterday and is positively scrumptuous. Sound is so
much better than '87 version (inevitable really). You can realy hear
how great they were. Wonder if the difference on H To He to the
earlier version is as stunning?
Todd Rundgren A Wizard A TRue Star
Trying to work out with this if I've been diddled or not. Good lp as
it is, I was offered the Essential label version from '99 & wind up
with one saying Rhino Remaster with no date.
I guess I'll enjoy it nonetheless.
Gets pretty tripped out on the noisefront in places then retreats to
soul cover medleys weird eh?
Richard & LInda THompson Hokey POke
Was going to skip this thanks to reviews I'd read elsewhere then
thought oh well it's half price innit?
Got some awesome guitar on it even if the lyrics aren't as great as
Now to work out what of his actual solo stuff is neccessary.
Patti Smith Radio Ethiopia
Hadn't played this in a solid yonk but tis a thing of beauty. Her
acid rock lp? Very impro based guitar stuff yum.
Procol Harum The First Four
2cd set of the first load of their stuff. Intersting sound palette
(rich&fruity? think they just said that) With guitar mainly used for
shading +2 types of keyboard. Very stately innit?
I'd reccommend it I think.
Van Morrison Veedon Fleece
Weird coincidence I discover this music just before going on a trip
to a place it synaesthetically represents (to me anyway) . Nice wet
weather rural stuff . Lovely.
Grateful DEad Dick's Picks 4
The 2nd disc of this has some of the most psychedelic stuff I've ever
heard on it. First disc has some cool stuff too, must listen to the
John Martyn Solid Air
Why've I gone without this disc for so long? weird combo of
folk/jazz/blues etc combined with echoplex guitar leads to something
quasi dubby. Very innovative stuff.
Lee Perry Arkology Disc 1
Need to know what of his stuff I really need. Just bought the
biography People Funny BOy, hope that 'll help.
Nurse With Wound Thunder Perfect MInd
Surrealistic noise stuff. quite compelling really. Another artist I
should know more about/be more familiar with esp since he gave me
Ahmed Mukhtar/Sattar Al-Saadi -Rhythms Of Baghdad
Had this for a few years and not played it much. Shame really cos its
excellent - instrumental duets of strings +percussion. Lovely .
Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Found my pre2000 version of this lp and realised what a folly it was
not to have played it much. Cos its 'kin great innit? Now to find
Dublin band called PUGET SOUND who played live at the Erris gathering
and were pretty incredible in a Minutemen ish type of way what with
an incredible drummer and all. Guitarist said he'd send me a cdr or
Jimi Hendrix Live At Woodstock
Difficult to hear about half the people playing on this. Despite great
detail payed on remastering.
Far more visceral than I'd feared, some great fiery jamming in
Loads more stuff I can't think of offhand
NP JImi Hendrix Live At Woodstock Hear My TRain A Coming