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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Mars Volta - Octahedron (2009)

Octahedron is the fifth full-length studio album by American progressive rock band The Mars Volta, released on June 23, 2009. The album was released by Warner Bros. Records in North America and Mercury Records worldwide. It debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200 Album chart with sales of 29,980 in its first week of release. Regarding the release, vocalist Cedric Bixler Zavala states that the band "wanted to make the opposite of all the records we've done. All along we've threatened people that we'd make a pop record, and now we have." - Wikipedia

Omar Rodríguez-Lopez – Guitar
Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Vocals
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens – Keyboards
Juan Alderete – Bass
Thomas Pridgen – Drums
Marcel Rodríguez-López – Synthesizers, Percussion
John Frusciante – Guitar

1. Since We've Been Wrong (7:22)
2. Teflon (5:06)
3. Halo of Nembutals (5:32)
4. With Twilight as My Guide (7:54)
5. Cotopaxi (3:40)
6. Desperate Graves (4:58)
7. Copernicus (7:24)
8. Luciforms (8:22)

Can - Tago Mago (1971)

Tago Mago is the third studio album by the German experimental rock band Can, and was originally released as a double LP in 1971 by United Artists. It was the band's first studio album to feature Kenji "Damo" Suzuki after their previous vocalist, Malcolm Mooney, quit the band in 1970 after having a nervous breakdown. The album was remastered and released as a SACD in September 2004, and included commentary from former Melody Maker journalist David Stubbs and Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream. Tago Mago has been described as Can's most extreme record in terms of sound and structure.The album has received much critical acclaim since its release and has been cited as an influence by various artists. - Wikipedia

Holger Czukay – Bass
Michael Karoli – Guitar
Jaki Liebezeit – Drums, Piano
Irmin Schmidt – Keyboards
Damo Suzuki – Vocals

1. Paperhouse (7:28)
2. Mushroom (4:03)
3. Oh Yeah (7:23)
4. Halleluhwah" (18:32)
5. Aumgn (17:37)
6. Peking O (11:37)
7. Bring Me Coffee or Tea (6:47)

Hella - Hold Your Horse Is (2002)

Hold Your Horse Is is the first LP by the avant-garde rock band Hella. - Wikipedia

Spencer Seim - Guitar
Zach Hill - Drums

1. The D. Elkan (0:43)
2. Biblical Violence (3:03)
3. Been a Long Time Cousin (3:50)
4. Republic of Rough and Ready (3:44)
5. 1-800-GHOST-DANCE (3:44)
6. Brown Metal (3:54)
7. Cafeteria Bananas (3:40)
8. City Folk Sitting, Sitting (7:06)
9. Better Get a Broom! (4:20)

Pain of Salvation - Scarsick (2007)

Scarsick is the sixth studio album by Swedish progressive metal band Pain of Salvation, released on January 22, 2007. It is a concept album focusing on issues dealing with capitalism, materialism, consumerism, and contemporary society as a whole. The album leaked on to the internet in its entirety on December 6, 2006 before being officially released. This is the last album to feature Johan Langell on drums. - Wikipedia

Daniel Gildenlöw - Lead Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar, Banjos
Fredrik Hermansson - Keyboards,
Johan Hallgren - Guitars, Vocals
Johan Langell - Drums, Backing Vocals
1. Scarsick (7:08)

2. Spitfall (7:17)
3. Cribcaged (5:56)
4. America (5:05)
5. Disco Queen (8:22)
6. Kingdom of Loss (6:41)
7. Mrs. Modern Mother Mary (4:14)
8. Idiocracy (7:04)
9. Flame to the Moth (5:58)
10. Enter Rain (10:03)

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells (1973)

Tubular Bells is the debut record album of English musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1973. Vivian Stanshall provided the voice of the "Master of Ceremonies" who reads off the list of instruments at the end of the first movement. The piece was later orchestrated by David Bedford for The Orchestral Tubular Bells version and it had three sequels in the 1990s, Tubular Bells II (1992), Tubular Bells III (1998) and The Millennium Bell (1999). Finally, the album was fully re-recorded at its 30th anniversary in 2003 as Tubular Bells 2003. - Wikipedia

Mike Oldfield - Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Hammond, Mandolin, Piano, Percussion, Timpani, Violin, Vocals & Tubular Bells
Steve Broughton - Percussion
Lindsay L. Cooper - String Basses
Mundy Ellis - Vocals
Jon Field - Flutes
Sally Oldfield - Vocals

1. Tubular Bells (25:36)
2. Tubular Bells (Part II) (23:20)

King's X - Please Come Home... Mr. Bulbous (2000)

Please Come Home... Mr. Bulbous is an album by King's X released in 2000. - Wikipedia

Doug Pinnick - Bass, Vocals
Ty Tabor - Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Gaskill - Drums, Vocals

1. Fish Bowl Man (4:28)
2. Julia (3:39)
3. She's Gone Away (4:37)
4. Marsh Mellow Field (5:30)
5. When You're Scared (4:26)
6. Charlie Sheen (3:51)
7. Smudge (3:52)
8. Bitter Sweet (2:13)
9. Move Me (4:58)
10. Move Me (Part II) (7:20)

Gordian Knot - Emergent (2003)

Emergent is a the second album by American progressive rock band Gordian Knot, and is the only album apart from Focus to contain all original members of Cynic. - Wikipedia

Sean Malone Bass Guitar, Chapman Stick, Fretless Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Paul Masvidal - Guitars, Vocals
Bob Brunin - Guitars, Fretless Guitars, Vocals
Jason Göbel - Guitars
Jim Matheos - Acoustic Guitars
Steve Hackett - Guitars
Sean Reinert - Drums
Bill Bruford - Drums
Sonia Lynn - Vocals

1. Arsis (1:59)
2. Muttersprache (6:26)
3. A Shaman's Whisper (6:33)
4. Fischer's Gambit (5:43)
5. Grace (Live) (8:27)
6. Some Brighter Thing (7:34)
7. The Brook the Ocean (4:06)
8. Singing Deep Mountain (9:00)

Riverside - Rapid Eve Movement (2007)

Rapid Eye Movement is an album by progressive rock/metal band Riverside. It is the third and final part of the Reality Dream Trilogy which has thus far included Out of Myself and Second Life Syndrome. The album is split into two parts: part one consists of tracks one through five while part two consists of tracks six through nine. It was released internationally by InsideOut Music on October 9 2007, on September 28 in Europe by InsideOut Music and on September 24 by Mystic Productions in Poland. A two CD digipack version of the album has been also been released and includes extra tracks and some video footage. There are also 2 outtakes that are expected from the last reality dream suite, the title track and reality dream IV. Instead, both are included in the bonus disk, and the final instrumental of the suite is titled Lucid dream IV. - Wikipedia

Mariusz Duda - Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Piotr Grudzinski - Guitars
Michal Lapaj - Keyboards
Piotr Kozieradzki - Drums

1. Beyond The Eyelids (7:56)

2. Rainbow Box (3:37)
3. 02 Panic Room (5:29)
4. Schizophrenic Prayer (4:21)
5. Parasomnia (8:10)
6. Through the Other Side (4:06)
7. Embryonic (4:10)
8. Cybernetic Pillow (4:46)
9. Ultimate Trip (13:13)

The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath (2008)

The Bedlam in Goliath is the fourth full-length studio album by American progressive rock band The Mars Volta. It was released on January 29, 2008, and January 26, 2008 in Australia through Universal Motown Records. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, selling over 54,000 copies in its opening week and 153,000 copies total as of June 2009. Produced by guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez with engineer Robert Carranza, the album's creation process was subject to "bad luck controversy" after the band's bizarre experience with an ouija that Rodriguez-Lopez bought as a gift for Cedric Bixler-Zavala. "Wax Simulacra" was released on November 19, 2007 as the album's first single, coupled with a cover version of "Pulled to Bits", originally by Siouxsie & the Banshees. Vinyl editions of the album include a ouija inside the gatefold, claimed to be the band's own take on the board they previously owned. "Wax Simulacra" won at the 51st Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance. Having previously contributed the artwork to the 2006 release of Amputechture, Jeff Jordan was again brought in to handle the illustrations for the album, creating 11 original paintings to coincide with the theme of The Bedlam in Goliath, as well as including a piece from his own gallery. The piece used for the cover is entitled "Agadez". - Wikipedia

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Guitar
Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Vocals
Isaiah Ikey Owens – Keyboards
Juan Alderete – Bass
Thomas Pridgen – Drums
Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez – Percussion
Paul Hinojos – Sound Manipulation, Guitar
Adrián Terrazas-González – Flute, Saxophones
John Frusciante – Guitar

1. Aberinkula (5:45)
2. Metatron (8:12)
3. Ilyena (5:36)
4. Wax Simulacra (2:39)
5. Goliath (7:15)
6. Tourniquet Man (2:38)
7. Cavalettas (9:32)
8. Agadez (6:44)
9. Askepios (5:11)
10. Ouroborous (6:36)
11. Soothsayer (9:08)
12. Conjugal Burns (6:36)

Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Ash (1970)

Wishbone Ash is the first album by Wishbone Ash. The band's debut album became a reality when they were opening for Deep Purple in early 1970. Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was jamming during the band's soundcheck when Wishbone guitarist Andy Powell boldly plugged in and began jamming with Blackmore. After the show, Blackmore recommended that MCA Records sign the band. Deep Purple producer Derek Lawrence produced this album, which features elements of blues, progressive rock, and psychedelic improvisation. The album was a success and Wishbone Ash would soon become one of the most popular rock bands of the early 1970s. - Wikipedia

Martin Turner - Vocals, Bass
Andy Powell - Guitar, Vocals
Ted Turner - Guitar, Vocals
Steve Upton - Drums

1. Blind Eye (3:42)
2. Lady Whiskey (6:11)
3. Error of My Ways (6:56)
4. Queen of Torture (3:21)
5. Handy (11:36)
6. Phoenix (10:27)

The Moody Blues - Seventh Sojourn (1972)

Seventh Sojourn, released in 1972, was the eighth album released by The Moody Blues. On Seventh Sojourn, The Moody Blues replaced the Mellotron with a keyboard called the Chamberlin, a device similar to the Mellotron created by the original inventor of the device, Harry Chamberlin. It could simulate orchestral sounds more realistically and easily than the Mellotron. Two hit singles came from this album: "Isn't Life Strange" and "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)." However, both songs were overshadowed in the United States by "Nights in White Satin," which had its first single release in the U.S. in 1968. Whereas both singles from Seventh Sojourn merely made the top 40, "Nights" hit number two, which was the highest chart position for a Moody Blues single. - Wikipedia


Justin Hayward - Guitars, Vocals
John Lodge - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Michael Pinder - Keyboards, Vocals
Ray Thomas - Harmonica, Flute, Vocals
Graeme Edge - Drums, Percussion

1. Lost in a Lost World (4:42)
2. New Horizons (5:11)
3. For My Lady (3:58)
4. Isn't Life Strange (6:09)
5. You and Me (4:21)
6. The Land of Make-Believe (4:52)
7. When You're a Free Man (6:06)
8. I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band) (4:18)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Genesis - Nursery Cryme (1971)

Nursery Cryme is the third studio album by Genesis and was recorded and released in 1971. It is also the first album to feature the lineup of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Steve Hackett; the latter two replacing John Mayhew and Anthony Phillips, on drums and guitar respectively, in 1970 and 1971. This lineup would remain consistent until Gabriel's departure in 1975. Like Trespass the preceding Genesis album, Nursery Cryme was also recorded at London's famous Trident Studios. Trident was one of only a handful of British studios to have 16-track equipment, which was state of the art for the time. Though not as polished in production terms as the albums that followed, Nursery Cryme was still a progression from the group's second album. The folky feel was retained on songs such as "Harlequin" and "For Absent Friends", but other tracks displayed a more aggressive and strident sound. Hackett's lead guitar playing contributed a lot to this, with strong solos contained within "The Musical Box", "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" and "The Fountain of Salmacis". - Wikipedia

Peter Gabriel – Lead Vocals, Flute, Bass Drum, Tambourine
Steve Hackett – Electric Guitar, 12 String Guitar
Tony Banks – Organ, Mellotron, Piano, 12 String Guitar, Vocals
Mike Rutherford – Bass, Bass Pedals, 12 String Guitar, Vocals
Phil Collins – Drums, Vocals, Percussion

1. The Musical Box (10:24)
2. For Absent Friends (1:44)
3. The Return of the Giant Hogweed (8:09)
4. Seven Stones (5:08)
5. Harold The Barrel (2:59)
6. Harlequin (2:53)
7. The Fountain of Salmacis (7:54)

Rush - Moving Pictures (1981)

Moving Pictures is the eighth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush. The album was recorded and mixed October to November 1980 at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec and released March 12, 1981. Moving Pictures became the band's biggest selling album in the U.S., hitting #3, and remains the band's most popular and commercially successful studio recording to date. The album was certified quadruple-platinum with four million copies sold on January 27, 1995. Following the formula of their previous album, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures follows a more radio-friendly format and includes the hit single "Tom Sawyer", as well as radio standards "Red Barchetta" and "Limelight". - Wikipedia

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

1. Tom Sawyer (4:33)
2. Red Barchetta (6:06
3. YYZ (4:24)
4. Limelight (4:19)
5. The Camera Eye (10:56)
6. Witch Hunt (Part III of Fear) (4:43)
7. Vital Signs (4:43)