среда, 23 апреля 2014 г.

The Quiet Touch - Self-Titled (1978 Mark Records) 

Artist: The Quiet Touch
Album: The Quiet Touch
Label: Mark Records
Catalog#: MC 5614
Format: Vinyl LP
Released: 1978
Country: UK
Genre: Folk
Duration: 00:27:53

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  Side One:
A1. Holiday 01:24
A2. Watchin' The Clock 01:49
A3. As The Pendulum Swings 01:46
A4. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 02:34
A5. Listen Brother 01:50
A6. I Don't Know How To Love Him 03:21
A7. What Would You Give 01:37
 • Side Two:
B1. Before You Wake 02:08
B2. I Never Will Marry 02:09
B3. Wedding Song 03:13
B4. Prisoner's Song 01:25
B5. Scarborough Fair 04:31
Eileen & Chris Kraatz,
 Edie Funk, Doug Burke

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понедельник, 21 апреля 2014 г.

The Jon & Robin - Elastic Event (1967) 

Artist: The Jon & Robin
Album: Elastic Event
Label: Abnak Records
Catalog#: ABST-M-2070
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1967
Genre: Rock, Psychedelic, Pop Rock
Duration: 00:23:12

Given their somewhat limited potential, it's surprising to see that Jon & Robin cut two LPs in 1967. On the other hand, given that Jon's father owned the label they recorded on, it's also not surprising that they were permitted this indulgence. For their second go-round of 1967, they pumped up the wattage a bit and aimed for a harder, trippier sound, less steeped in soul than an odd mix of country/folk and pop-psychedelia influences -- though how they execute this is a little odd, the trippy fuzz-laden "I Want Some More" working a quote from "Twelfth Street Rag" into its break; and then there's the Southern-tinged single "Dr. Jon (The Medicine Man)," which charted at number 87; and "Honey Bee" works what sounds like a recorder flute somewhere into a countrified ballad. It's different from the preceding album, and has fewer obviously predictable moments; and there's even an unexpected folk-rock excursion in "Like I Know You Do," with a guitar sound that (very) distantly recalls moments of mid-'60s Bob Dylan. The Monkees of the same period mixed these sounds together more successfully as good, solid pop/rock, but this was still an improvement over Jon & Robin's first album. As with that album, some of the best moments here have been included on Sundazed's Best of Jon & Robin, but this time out the rest is kind of worth hearing in context. - Bruce Eder

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  Side One:
A1. Doctor Jon 02:10
A2. Honey Bee 02:16
A3. Like I Know You Do 02:19
A4. We Watched Each Other Fall In Love 01:57
A5. Grizzely Bear 02:25
  Side Two:
B1. You Got Style 02:05
B2. Just Imagine 01:56
B3. Thursday Morning 02:24
B4. By The Time I Get To Phoenix 03:13
B5. Truly, Truly True 02:16

We would like to take a little space to thank a few
of the people involved in making this album possible:
To "The In Crowd":
Bobby Rambo - Lead Guitar, Tambourine
Jim Glaves - Organ, Piano
To "The Five Americans":
Jim Grant - Bass
Jimmy Wright - Drums
John Durrill - Piano, Organ
A special thanks goes to Mike Rabon
of "The Five Americans" whe A&R'd
this session for us - he must be an idior.

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Days - Good Good Morning (1976 Bacillus Records) 

Artist: Days
Album: Good Good Morning
Label: Bacillus Records
Catalog#: BLPS 19254
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Germany
Released: 1976
Genre: Rock, Pop
Duration: 00:39:53

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  Side One:
A1. Hello Hello 04:15
A2. Angel 03:54
A3. You Should Have Told Me 03:55
A4. These Days Today 03:17
A5. Gimme Some More 03:55
 • Side Two:
B1. Out Of School 03:48
B2. N.S.D.A.P. 03:49
B3. Tell Me Why 06:03
B4. Rock 'N' Roll Is Back 03:42
B5. Vienna Waltz 03:10

      Producer - Peter Hauke
      Phonographic Copyright (p) – Bellaphon
      Distributed By – Bellaphon, Germany
      Manufactured By – Bellaphon, Germany
      Published By – Bellver Music

Dagmar Zima - Vocals, Synthesizer, Keyboards
Frank Riedel - Bass, Synthesizer, Vocals
Stevie M. Neumayer - Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocals
Klaus Schuster - Drums, Percussion

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воскресенье, 20 апреля 2014 г.

Michael Seven - Michael 7 (1969 LP Amos Records) 

Artist: Michael Seven
Album: Michael 7
Label: Amos Records
Catalog#: AMOS 7011
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1969
Genre: Jazz, Pop
Duration: 00:32:09

I remember when Mike was paying his dues... accompanying the great and near great of vocaldom ... sometimes instrumentalizing in an upholstered sewer. He was scuffling, like the rest of us, a gig to make ends meet; a job to gam experience and exposure. He worked in L A.'s Harlem and its plastic canyons and valleys. Through it all he kept his integrity, never sacrificing taste for economic expediency, Once he even did an album on that synthetic monster, the Moog and seemed to make it sound like a legitimate instrument, which it is not.
MIKE MELVOIN has mastered the keyboard ... the satellite instruments of electronics and made beautiful, meaningful things become sound happenings; he is a very hip, aware, young, together human being. That is the first prerequisite for a musician who can extend that into his work, lift a lead sheet or score, as it were, and bring it home to your heart and mind, Music is, I think, something emotional, beyond words and notes on paper. What good a gorgeous transcript, unless someone can lift it off the page and bring it home. Say ... do you remember when big bands wero alive arid woll and living in America? There wore dance bands ... Swig bands.. . . jazz bands and just plain bland bands. There were sections of brass, reeds and rhythm. Seated ! MI stage right, during instrumental, were a boy and girl singer. Sometimes one would get up and within four bars of muelC reach a big black microphone and croon (hopefully) if it was the boy... chirp (usually) If it was the girl. Sometime! these boy and girl singers would do it together... right there in front of everybody. This was called a "duet." At any rate, il was a wonderful ora. Nothing adorned more satisfying than to hoar, live and in person, a band doing it together became they got it together; theater bookings, proms, ballrooms, Glen Island Casinos, the maroon reef of aomo cdgowator beach hotel. Some of the bettor known orchestras starred in movies; it wa«. all HI all a wonderful, memorable and sentimental time.
Well, then was Hum and now iu now. The bands are gone. Oh! Every so often a group of musicians is gathered for another blast from the past. The auditorium Is filled with aging cltfeeni trying to bring it bock. It's all very nice for a moment or I wo, but then tho reality of the; years norm by leaves you wondering about tho might have boons or could have beeiis or what ifs. Old Timers' Game ,1! Yankee Stadium; what a totally depressing and degrading experience for a once proud champion, on exhibition in an ill-fitting uniform that won't move anymore. Wow! Lot mo remember tho greatness of Joe "D", Sandy Koufax, Stan Musial, Jackie Robinson, Tod Williams end Bob Feller as they wore. "Let It Be!' Here we are I he "now" era. (Isn't there always one') f he Beatles are the tree... tho others the branches. Sections of saxes, trombones, trumpets and rhythm havo become seemingly obsolete as wo know them. Now, electronics, recording techniques and skilled musicians have formulated a now way of life. It is a good way and horo wo are together in this incredible ago of ficicntitlc owl technological accomplishment!., And it's only the beginning. Gool Neil Armstrong and his space cadet* made It and Vaughn Monroe, after racing with It for so long, finally grabbed a "Moon Maid" and threw in tho towel.
Mike Melvoin is now. After building fabulous surroundings for Peggy Lee's. latest album, ho charted tho course for the si-thugs herein (That Peggy Lee album, by the way . . . "Bridge Over Troubled Wator" is, I think, her best in a longtime.) First, and fnromoiit, the musicians, That is the key to any outing. Lvcn if, sometimes, an itom is not a total commercial success ... and no one really ever really knows at a record date, at least artisticaly. you have an accomplishment. Now, like doiriK a picture or a play, you hnvo an able cast; tho top star; in thoir flola. You find material commensurate with the limes .. . your players and compositions that stand up as compositions. You don't do an Impression of imitation (cover) of a hit record. Holl... you can buy tho damned original and, no doubt have. Wo hope you did. Ain't nobody gonna sing "Let It Be," hotter thnn Paul and hir. group. And no B. B, Gunn will outdo King. So you do it your own way, respectfully and most Important, honestly, with love for the original. Hoy.... I'm Speaking for Miko, and d.irn it, no spoaks for hlmrwlf better thnn I could. Ho tells It like it Is through his languange. EnJoyl

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  Side One:
A1. Hum A Song 03:09
A2. Figures 03:10
A3. Let It Be 04:07
A4. Vehicle 02:52
A5. The Thrill Is Gone 03:02
  Side Two:
B1. Make Me Smile 02:49
B2. I Wanna Give You All My Love 03:14
B3. Love Or Let Me Be Lonely 03:05
B4. Soolaimon 03:43
B5. Little Green Bag 02:57

Mike Melvoin - Piano, Organ
Dick Hyde - Trombone
Gary Coleman - Vibes
Louis Shelton - Guitar
James Hughart - Bass
Hal Blaine - Drums
Thomas Scott - Sax
James Horn -
Sax on "Little Green Bag",
"The Thrill Is Gone" and "Figures"

Larry Knechtel -
Bass on "Love Or Let Me Be Lonely",
"Hum A Song" and "Soolaimon"

Dennis Budimer -
Guitar on "I Wanna Give You All My Love",
"Let It Be", "Make Me Smile" and "Vehicle"

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Many Thanks to EW

The Haircuts & The Impossibles - Here's Where It's At- Beat '66 

Artist: The Haircuts & The Impossibles
Title: Here's Where It's At- Beat '66
Label: Somerset Records
Catalog#: SF-27100
Format: Vinyl, LP Album
Country: US
Released: 1966
Genre: Rock, Pop
Duration: 00:26:33

Somerset high fidelity recordings assure you of the finest fullfreguensy reproduction obtainable on records today. The most exacting quality control has been maintained in each step, from the original studio performance up to the finished pressing.
This Album has been recorded expressly for higs fidelity performance. The recording studios and concert halls used were chosen for each selection to accentuate all sections heard in the arrangements.

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  Side One:
A1. Winchester Cathedral 02:26
A2. Monday, Monday 03:04
A3. Frankie And Johnny 03:24
A4. Greenbeans 02:15
A5. Dragsville 03:00
  Side Two:
B1. Where Did Our Love Go 02:36
B2. Gear Down 02:40
B3. I Want To Hold Your Hand 02:24
B4. Liverpool Stomp 02:59
B5. Henry The Eighth 01:42

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четверг, 17 апреля 2014 г.

Shirley Eikhard - Child Of The Present (1975) 

Artist: Shirley Eikhard
Album: Child Of The Present
Label: Attic Records
Catalog#: LAT 1007
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Canada
Released: 1975
Genre: Folk, World, Jazz, Pop
Duration: 00:28:52

Writer of the Grammy-Award winning, "Something To Talk About", as well as a two-time Juno Award and multi-BMI Award winner, Shirley Eikhard is the "real deal"... a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, publisher and record producer with a world-class talent to back it up.
Born in Sackville, New Brunswick and now living in Ontario, Canada, she loves her Canadian roots and over the past 43 years, has travelled the world both as a performer and writer. Her songs have been covered by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Anne Murray, and Ginette Reno to name but a few of the incredible artists who have enjoyed success with her writing and Shirley has written well over 500 songs to date. As a recording vocalist, her style encompasses pop, jazz and shades of rhythm and blues.
Shirley is a veteran musician who plays various instruments; guitar, piano, bass, drums, percussion, chromatic harmonica and sax. Over the past decade, she has added dobro, banjo and mandolin to the mix. She loves a challenge and picking up a new instrument helps shape her songwriting skills and keeps her inspiration flowing. Her last eight CDs have been completely performed and sung by Shirley in her home studio in Hockley Valley, Ontario, Canada.
Shirley's songs have appeared in numerous international films and television shows and among them, she has sung theme songs for two movies, "The Domino Principle" and "The Passion Of Ayn Rand" featuring Oscar-award winning Helen Mirren. Her latest CD release, "Dream Of A Perfect Day" (2012) is a collection of pop and bossa nova songs composed during 2011 that reflect her love of nature and intriguing observations on the human condition. (www.shirleyeikhard.ca)

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  Side One:
A1. To Love 02:10
A2. Sure Thing 03:18
A3. Walk Away 02:39
A4. I Wanna Know 01:51
A5. Play A Little Bit Longer 02:47
  Side Two:
B1. Child Of The Present 02:45
B2. It Doesn't Matter Anymore 03:26
B3. Best Friend 03:00
B4. Leave The Windows Open 02:20
B5. I Just Wanted You To Know 04:03

     Arrangement - Shirley Eikhard and Dennis Murphy
     Recording - Phil Sheridan at Thunder Sound, Toronto
     Mixing - Phil Sheridan and Dennis Murphy
     Mastering - George Graves at Just Another Mastering Facility
     Production - Dennis Murphy

Shirley Eikhard - Acoustic Guitars, Electric Piano, Vocals
Chuck Aarons - Electric Guitars
Dave Brown, Terry Clarke - Drums
Paul Fortier, Dennis Melton - Bass
Par Godfrey - Piano, Fender Rhodes on "Best Friend"
Bill Usher - Percussion
Richard Armin - Cello on "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
Ron Dann - Steel Guitar
Dwayne Ford - Organ on "Play A Little Bit Longer"
Rolf Kempf - Flute on "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
Dale Melton -
Bruce Pennycook - Saxophone on "Walk Away"
Background Vocals: Shirley, Dennis Melton,
Chuck, Paul, Nigrini

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вторник, 15 апреля 2014 г.

Driver - You Better Take It (1980 Rods Records) 

Artist: Driver
Album: You Better Take It
Label: Rods Records
Catalog#: Hot1
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: UK
Released: 1980
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, New Wave
Duration: 00:34:59

Изданный частным образом "You Better Take It" поражает слушателя как столь же низкобюджетный "Signs Of Change" лондонских прогрессивщиков After The Fire в сочетании с намёком на творения более известных Gentle Giant. Это автоматически относит группу Driver к прогрессивной категории "арт-рок" и их одинокий альбом, включающий композиции ещё двух синглов, служит прекрасным примером приверженности данному стилю. Однако, встречается мнение, что музыка альбома развивается от старомодного прога к британскому андерграундному панк-року конца 70-х и даже где-то тяготеет к нововолновым тенденциям. Высоко технологическую, по исполнению, атмосферу создаёт широкое использование звучания причудливых синтезаторов (Nigel Barlow, Simon Bell) в комплекте с агрессивным саундом электрических ритм-гитар (Dave Albans, Mick Lee), чёткими партиями баса (Robin Vega, Rick Woolgar) и ударных (Rod Williamson). Необычно оживлённый темп с большим количеством длинных инструментальных пассажей. Девять оригинальных песен: заглавный трек, ‘Hear I Am’, ‘Power In Me’, ‘Psalm’, ‘So They Say’, ‘Destination Zion’, ‘Like A Mirror’, ‘I’m Not Dreaming’ и ‘Marananthem’. Забавно, но, кажется, что они осваивали эти композиции в процессе записи альбома - первые несколько треков сыграны как бы с осторожностью, постепенно развиваясь, но материал на второй стороне выглядит просто убийцей! Задняя обложка также гласит: "Этот альбом записан в чудотворной Studio Playground Wragby так быстро и дёшево, насколько это возможно." По одним данным было выпущено 1000 копий, по другим - всего 300. Указанное выше удивительное смешение различных стилей и их удачное воплощение вполне позволяет считать альбом "You Better Take It" опережающим своё время, являющимся приятным открытием наших дней среди не часто обнаруживаемых других потерянных записейю (Jorge Pac).

The UK private press You Better Take It strikes me as sort of a lower-budget After The Fire Signs Of Change, combined with a hint of Gentle Giant. That puts Driver in the progressive art-rock category, and a fairly fine example of it I might add. The low-tech vibe doesn’t preclude lots of fancy synthesizers, coupled with aggressive electric rhythm guitar, bass and drums. Usually a brisk tempo with lots of lengthy instrumental passages. Nine original songs: the title track, ‘Hear I Am’, ‘Power In Me’, ‘Psalm’, ‘So They Say’, ‘Destination Zion’, ‘Like A Mirror’, ‘I’m Not Dreaming’ and ‘Marananthem’. Back cover says “This album recorded at the thaumaturgic Studio Playground Wragby as quickly & cheaply as possible.” 1000 made. (Ken Scott - Archivist)
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  Side One:
A1. You Better Take It 03:48
A2. Hear I Am 03:01
A3. Power In Me 03:40
A4. Psalm 03:41
A5. So They Say 04:07
  Side Two:
B1. Destination Zion 04:10
B2. Like A Mirror 02:54
B3. I'm Not Dreaming 03:30
B4. Marananthem 05:05

     This album recorded at the thaumaturgic Studio
     Playground Wragby as quickly & cheaply as possible.
     Pressed By – Orlake Records

Bass – Rick Woolgar
Statuesque Bass – Robin Vega
Drums, Vocals, Percussion – Rod Williamson
Engineer, Percussion – Andy "Bonus" Dransfield
Guitar, Vocals – Dave Albans, Mick Lee
Piano, Synthesizer, Effects (Triumph Motor|) – Nigel Barlow
Piano, Synthesizer, Vocals, Artwork – Simon Bell
Producer – Erick W.

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