Saturday, May 30, 2009

Eloy - Power and the Passion (1975)

Power and the Passion represents something of a transition phase for Eloy, the 'missing link' between earlier heavy hammond-and-guitar driven power-progressive and the ethereal space rock that typified succeeding albums. It is their first concept-album, and it showed that the band went in a more polished and symphonic direction. The album tells the story of Jamie, son of a mad scientist, who accidentally swallows a 'tardis' drug that sends him back in time to 1358 in Paris where he meets and falls in love with a girl called Jeanne, gets embroiled in a peasant uprising, is imprisoned and finally finds his way back to the 20thC to ponder his sense of loss for Jeanne and how little the world has changed in 600 years. The point of Bornemann's story is that humans have made great strides forwards in technology, but little in the way of relationships and humanity: the focus may have shifted, but the world remains full of greed, suppression and exploitation. The story is told in a literal and simplistic manner, barely touching the philosophical aspects. Neither is there any attempt at illustration in musical terms. The music is more symphonic than their earlier albums and the keyboard-arsenal has been broadened considerably and featured now mellotron, piano, organ and various synths. -Progarchives

Frank Bornemann - Vocals, Guitar
Luitjen Janssen - Bass
Fritz Randow - Drums
Detlef Schwaar - Guitar
Manfred Wieczorke - Keyboards, Mellotron

1. Introduction (1:11)
2. Journey into 1358 (2:54)
3. Love Over Six Centuries (10:09)
4. Mutiny (9:08)
5. Imprisonment (3:13)
6. Daylight (2:38)
7. Thoughts of Home (1:05)
8. The Zany Magician (2:48)
9. Back into the Present (3:02)
10. The Bells of Notre Dame (6:21)

Jane - Together (1972)

This debut album from this German band has very passionate and sincere music on it. The influences of blues and organ driven harder rock are treated in a psychedelic manner, and the result should please the fans of krautrock. My favorite tracks are the slow, bluesy opener and the very impressionistic song "Spain". Also the surrealistic covers of this album are very pretty, and I have seen two quite similar versions of it. I have understood, that the other albums by this band should be approached with a caution, as they do not share the style of this. - Progarchives

Klaus Hess - Lead Guitar
Charly Maucher - Bass, Vocals
Werner Nadolny - Organ, Flute
Peter Panka - Drums, Percussion
Bernd Pulst - Vocals

1. Daytime (8:05)
2. Wind (4:52)
3. Try to find (5:24)
4. Spain (11:53)
5. Together (3:43)
6. Hangman (9:58)

Grobschnitt - Solar Music Live (1978)

"Do you hear solar music?" is the musical question being asked here and if this Grobschnitt live album doesn't space you right out, it's time to call up NASA and rent a space shuttle.Of all the live albums in my personal collection I would have to rank Grobschnitt's "Solar Music - Live" as one of the all time classics. I have adored this album for years and was happy to hear that Eroc of the band had re-mastered the original recording adding an extra 13 mins void off of the earlier CD pressings. "Solar Music - Live" rests on its own as yet another one of Grobschnitt's greatest moments and is a fantastic voyage into the heart of the sun. The concert essentially runs as 1 long piece of music offering great guitar, bass and keyboard interplay. Although "Solar Music" does appear on the studio album "Ballermann" it is live where we get to hear the theatrics and the pure energy Grobschnitt were able to muster up. Keyboard work is highly atmospheric and paves a great path for the magical electrical guitar work present on this album. - Progarchives

Stefan Danielak - Guitar, Vocals
Joachim H. Ehrig - Synthesizer, Drums, Vocals
Wolfgang Jäger - Bass
Volker Kahrs - Keyboards, Vocals
Gerd Kühn - Guitar, Vocals

1. Solar Music (4:38)
2. Food Sicore (3:52)
3. Solar Music II (6:03)
4. Mühlheim Special (10:43)
5. Otto Pankrock (6:26)
6. Golden Mist (10:56)
7. Solar Music III (12:26)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Uriah Heep - Demons and Wizards (1972)

Demons and Wizards is the fourth album released by British rock band Uriah Heep. The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve, the front of which was designed by Roger Dean and contains a hidden erotic image of male and female genetalia. The inner of the gatefold had pictures of the band and notes by Ken Hensley, whilst the LP itself was housed in a liner on which were printed the lyrics. - Wikipedia

David Byron - Vocals
Ken Hensley - Acoustic, Electric and Slide Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion
Mick Box - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Gary Thain - Bass Guitar
Lee Kerslake - Drums, Percussion, Vocals

1. The Wizard (2:59)
2. Traveller in Time (3:25)
3. Easy Livin' (2:37)
4. Poet's Justice (4:15)
5. Circle of Hands (6:25)
6. Rainbow Demon (4:25)
7. All My Life (2:44)
8. Paradise (5:11)
9. The Spell (7:21)

Rush - Rush (1974)

Rush is the eponymous debut studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1974 and remastered in 1997. Rush's first release shows much of the heavy metal sound typical of many of the popular rock bands emerging from Britain earlier in the decade. Rush was a fan of such bands as Led Zeppelin and Cream and these influences can be heard in most of the songs on this debut. Original Rush drummer John Rutsey performed all drum parts on the album, but was unable to go on extended tours due to diabetes and left the band after the album was released. Rutsey wrote some lyrics for the debut, but never submitted them to the band and some new lyrics had to be thrown together. He was soon replaced by Neil Peart. - Wikipedia

Geddy Lee - Lead Vocals, Bass
Alex Lifeson - Guitars, Vocals
John Rutsey - Drums, Vocals

1. Finding My Way (5:05)
2. Need Some Love (2:18)
3. Take a Friend (4:24)
4. Here Again (7:37)
5. What You're Doing (4:22)
6. In the Mood (3:33)
7. Before and After (5:34)
8. Working Man (7:11)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Yes - Close to the Edge (1972)

Close to the Edge is the fifth album by British progressive rock band Yes. The spiritual influences introduced by Jon Anderson, which later formed the basis of Tales from Topographic Oceans, are already evident in the music and lyrics of all three tracks on Close to the Edge. Renewal and repetition are other main themes; the title track starts and finishes with the same sound effects of running water and birds, and in "Siberian Khatru" there is the repetition of two-syllable words and phrases. According to the group's fans, the title track is inspired by Hermann Hesse's book Siddhartha. This interpretation, which can cast the cryptic and mysterious lyrics in a new light, reads the song as tracking the awakening of Hesse's character "close to the edge" of a river (and, symbolically, of the serial lifetimes of his soul), where he experiences a spiritual awakening. - Wikipedia

Jon Anderson - Vocals
Chris Squire - Bass, Vocals
Steve Howe - Guitars, Vocals
Rick Wakeman - Keyboards
Bill Bruford - Drums, Percussion

1. Close to the Edge (18:48)
2. And You and I (10:08)
3. Siberian Khatru (8:55)

Rush - A Farewell to Kings (1977)

A Farewell to Kings is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1977. Geddy Lee played his bass lines on acoustic bass while writing them and also came up with guitar lines. The birds heard on "A Farewell to Kings" & "Xanadu" were recorded outside near Rockfield Studios. The name of the album itself may be derivative of Ernest Hemingway's classic novel A Farewell to Arms. It often deals lyrically with the theme of departure, and through departure, a sort of ascension to a state of better being; this can be said to echo the evolution of society from the days of medieval feudalism and autocratic monarchy, hence "a farewell to kings". - Wikipedia

Geddy Lee - Bass Guitar, 12 String Guitar, Mini-Moog, Vocals
Alex Lifeson - Electric, Acoustic and Classical Guitars
Neil Peart - Drums

1. A Farewell to Kings (5:51)
2. Xanadu (11:08)
3. Closer to the Heart (2:53)
4. Cinderella Man (4:21)
5. Madrigal (2:35)
6. Cygnus X-1 (10:25)

Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. II: Scenes from a Memory (1999)

Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory is the fifth studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released in 1999. It is a concept album that deals with the story of a man named Nicholas and the discovery of his past life, which involves love, murder, and infidelity as Victoria Page. It was recorded at BearTracks Studios in New York, where the band had previously recorded their second album Images and Words and the EP A Change Of Seasons. The album is the sequel to "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper", a song previously featured on Images and Words. Critical and commercial reaction to the album was extremely favorable, as many fans and critics alike view the album as the band's magnum opus. It was also the first album to feature Jordan Rudess on keyboards, and the last album (as yet) for which John Myung has written lyrics for a song. - Wikipedia

James LaBrie - Lead Vocals
John Myung - Bass Guitar
John Petrucci - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Mike Portnoy - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Jordan Rudess - Keyboards

1. Scene One: Regression (2:06)
2. Scene Two: Overture 1928 (3:37)
3. Scene Two: Strange Deja Vu (5:12)
4. Scene Three: Through My Words (1:02)
5. Scene Three: Part II. Fatal Tragedy (6:49)
6. Scene Four: Beyond This Life (11:22)
7. Scene Five: Through Her Eyes (5:29)
8. Scene Six: Home (12:53)
9. Scene Seven: The Dance of Eternity (6:13)
10. Scene Seven: Part II. One Last Time (3:46)
11. Scene Eight: The Spirit Carries On (6:38)
12. Scene Nine: Finally Free (11:59)

Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! (1976)

Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! is a concept album released by British band Jethro Tull. This is the first Tull album to feature John Glascock on bass. The idea for the album was to originally be a rock musical, similar to what the Kinks had been doing. It would follow an aging and retired rock star named Ray Lomas as he wins money on a decadent quiz show, but finds that society has changed so much that with no one left like him anymore, he has no way of enjoying his money the way he did in the 1950s. He then decides to commit suicide via motorcycle crash but fails and lands himself in a hospital coma for an undetermined amount of time. When he awakes he discovers society has changed again, and his style of dress and music are now popular again. In, addition, the cosmetic surgery he is treated with after disfiguring his face in the crash makes him look twenty years younger. He has become an overnight sensation with the young kids who now try to dress and act like him.
However, much of this story is only explained in a cartoon strip included with the album. The actual score of the album does not follow the strip exactly, leaving out details or, in some cases, changing the plot. - Wikipedia

Ian Anderson - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Harmonica
Martin Barre - Electric Guitar
John Evan - Pianos
Barriemore Barlow - Drums, Percussion
John Glascock - Bass Guitar, Vocals

1. Quizz Kid (5:09)
2. Crazed Institution (4:48)
3. Salamander (2:51)
4. Taxi Grab (3:54)
5. From a Dead Beat to an Old Greaser (4:09)
6. Bad-Eyed 'n' Loveless (2:12)
7. Big Dipper (3:35)
8. Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die (5:44)
9. Pied Piper (4:32)
10. The Chequered Flag (Dead or Alive) (5:32)

Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick (1972)

Thick as a Brick is a concept album and song by the British rock band Jethro Tull. This was their first album featuring new drummer Barriemore Barlow. Its lyrics are built around a poem written by a fictitious boy, "Gerald Bostock" a.k.a. "Little Milton" (Ian Anderson himself). The album featured only one song, lasting over 43 minutes. The epic is notable for its numerous time signature and tempo changes (not uncommon to the newly emerging progressive rock subgenre of rock), as well as a large number of themes throughout the piece, resembling a typical classical symphony in this regard, rather than a typical rock song. Released in 1972, Thick as a Brick was Tull's first true prog rock offering, four years after the release of their first album. Not only was the musical structure complex, but many instruments uncommon in rock music were added. Whereas in prior numbers the band were content with guitars, drums, piano, Hammond organ, and Ian Anderson's signature flute, Thick as a Brick additionally included harpsichord, xylophone, violin, lute, trumpet, and a string section. - Wikipedia

Ian Anderson - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Violin, Trumpet
Martin Barre - Electric Guitar, Lute
John Evan - Piano, Organ, Harpsichord
Jeffrey Hammond - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Barriemore Barlow - Drums, Percussion
David Palmer - Brass

1. Thick as a Brick (22:40)
2.Thick as a Brick (Part II) (21:10)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Captan, obvio - Whachu Min (2008)

Conceived halfway between a basement and an empty swimming pool in Caracas, Venezuela during the summer of 2008, Captan, obvio is a free-form rock n roll band deeply grained in improvisation and psychodelia. Having met some six months prior, the three members passion for discovering new music and experimenting with their instruments fused into what was to be the base for the bands sound. The band consists of Pericles (Bass, programming), Mario Anzola (Guitar, programming) and Alejandro Delgado (Guitar, whiskey). The debut album Wachu Min was recorded in a single day as one session, unrehearsed and completely improvised (true to the bands form and spirit).As of 2009, Captan, Obvio is proud to have Rino as their new drummer and our artist Pelota joining in on the trumpet.

Alejandro Delgado - Guitar
Pericles Snatches - Bass
Mario Anzola - Guitar
Rino - Drummer

1. Bajaron de todos lados. Ju sed guat??? / Guelcome tu dis guorld.
2. Revolution of de tortels (a las puertas del imperio)
3. Caligueva!
4. Black cat blus
5. Uno que les duela
6. Espeis reis estartop
7. De lo anterior salió algo / All the meat you...ll ever need

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs (1970)

The Madcap Laughs is Syd Barrett's first solo album after being replaced in Pink Floyd by his old school friend David Gilmour. The title of the album comes from a line in the song Octopus. After leaving the group, Barrett began recording sessions with former Pink Floyd-turned-Syd Barrett manager Peter Jenner in May 1968. Although the sessions were brief, and they produced some fine material, the project was abandoned for almost a year while Barrett spent much of the year as a recluse. In April 1969, Malcolm Jones took over the project and Barrett began working on newer material, while reworking the 1968 recordings. Session musicians, namely, members of The Soft Machine, as well as Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley were also called in to augment Barrett's songs. It is still a mystery why Jones abandoned production responsibilities, at the end of May, so soon after having assumed them. Jones' recollections of the sessions are that he and Barrett got on well together and had in fact completed half of the album before the new producers took over. Roger Waters and David Gilmour were in the process of completing Pink Floyd's ambitious Ummagumma album when they got involved with The Madcap Laughs that July and helped Barrett finish his album, "in a two-day sprint" according to Rick Sanders author of Pink Floyd (Futura Publications, 1976). - Wikipedia

Syd Barrett - Guitar, Vocals
David Gilmour - Bass, Guitar
Roger Waters - Bass
Hugh Hopper - Bass
Mike Ratledge - Keyboards
Jerry Shirley - Drums
John Wilson - Drums
Robert Wyatt - Drums

1. Terrapin (5:04)
2. No Good Trying (3:27)
3. Love You (2:29)
4. No Man's Land (3:03)
5. Dark Globe (2:02)
6. Here I Go (3:13)
7. Octopus (3:48)
8. Golden Hair (2:00)
9. Long Gone (2:50)
10. She Took a Long Cold Look (2:06)
11. Feel (2:36)
12. If It's in You (1:57)
13. Late Night (3:12)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Van der Graaf Generator - The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other (1970)

The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other is the second album by the British progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. It was released in 1970. The album was reissued in remastered form, with two bonus tracks, in 2005. While this is the second album in the Van der Graaf Generator catalogue, it is really the first proper album by the band. Their previous album, The Aerosol Grey Machine had been written and recorded as a solo record by singer and main songwriter Peter Hammill. When the band was signed to Charisma Records, a deal was worked out whereby the earlier album would be released under the Van der Graaf Generator name, in return for Mercury Records releasing him from his earlier contract with them. The album credited Hugh Banton with writing the cello parts, but he was not given an actual songwriting credit. The title is taken from artist John Minton: "We're all awash in a sea of blood, and the least we can do is wave to each other." - Wikipedia

Peter Hammill - Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals, Piano
Hugh Banton - Organ, Piano, Backing Vocals
Nic Potter - Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Guy Evans - Drums, Percussion
David Jackson - Tenor and Alto Sax, Flute

1. Darkness (11/11) (7:28)
2. Refugees (6:23)
3. White Hammer (8:15)
4. Whatever Would Robert Have Said? (6:07)
5. Out of My Book (4:08)
6. After the Flood (11:29)

King Crimson - Lizard (1970)

Lizard is the third album by the British band King Crimson, released in 1970. It was the second recorded by a transitional line-up of the group that never had the opportunity to perform live, following In the Wake of Poseidon. This would be the first (and only) album to feature bassist / vocalist Gordon Haskell and drummer Andy McCulloch as official members of the band. Lizard is arguably King Crimson's most jazz-inflected album, developing further in the direction suggested by the track "Cat Food" on In the Wake of Poseidon (also released as a single). King Crimson lyricist Peter Sinfield's contributions to Lizard include some of his most imaginative and evocative work. - Wikipedia

Robert Fripp - Guitar, Mellotron, Electric Keyboards
Gordon Haskell - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Mel Collins - Saxophone, Flute
Andy McCulloch - Drums
Peter Sinfield - Words, Pictures

1. Cirkus (6:27)
2. Indoor Games (5:37)
3. Happy Family (4:22)
4. Lady of the Dancing Water (2:47)
5. Lizard (23:15)

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Mars Volta - Amputechture (2006)

Amputechture is the third full length studio album by The Mars Volta released on September 12, 2006. Although most of Amputechture was newly recorded, the band also incorporated older material into some of the album's tracks. "Viscera Eyes" evolved from a song originally written by Omar while in At the Drive-In. "Day of the Baphomets" uses lyrics and melody from "A Plague Upon Your Hissing", an un-released song that was recorded for De-Loused in the Comatorium. - Wikipedia

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Producer, Lead Guitar
Cedric Bixler-Zavala - Vocals
Jon Theodore - Drums
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens - Keyboards
Juan Alderete - Bass
Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez - Percussion
Paul Hinojos - Sound Manipulation
Adrián Terrazas-González - Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
John Frusciante - Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar

1. Vicarious Atonement (7:20)
2. Tetragrammaton (16:42)
3. Vermicide (4:16)
4. Meccamputechture (11:03)
5. Asilos Magdalena (6:34)
6. Viscera Eyes (9:23)
7. Day of the Baphomets (11:57)
8. El Ciervo Vulnerado (8:50)