Monday, October 20, 2014

Jed "Merlin's Song " (USA,medieval folk ,1982 )

Jed "Merlin's Song " (USA,medieval folk ,1982 )



This file was ripped from youtube and split into tracks and removed noises and remastered (volume control and both speakers balance control...and so on....)

Thanks a lot the original ripper (darkfakt).
 It is rumored that only 300 were pressed


A 1  The Michaeline Hymn
    2   Wintes Glade
    3   The Palmer
   4   Rhiannon

B  1   Riddling Maid

B  2   Sand Dancer
B  3   The Arthurian Trilogy

(1) Morgan Le-Fay
(2) The Ballad Of Bedivere
(3)  Merlin's Song



If you ask me your request from youtube, I will help you.



RYM

Discogs

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

God Bless "Cermin" (1980,progressive HR ,Indonesia )

God Bless "Cermin" (1980,progressive HR ,Indonesia )



God Bless is an Indonesian legendary HR band that has released 6 albums to this date.
Unfortunately ,only this 2nd album "Cermin" never released as CD in spite of the best album of their 6 albums.
That's why the master tape can not be used anymore because of the broken condition.

Yockie Suryoprayogo (key) played in almost of their albums ,but about "Cermin" Abadi Soesman (ex- Guruh Gipsy) played on all the tracks ,and he blew his a lot of jazzy and progressive feelings  into the album,so we prog lovers can accept it  as one of the Indonesian prog masterpieces ...
Abadi has rejoined God Bless as a regular member since 2002 after withdrawing from the band in 1980 (?).

official_website

RYM

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GENOCID "Beyond the mask c/w It's three o'clock "

 GENOCID  "Beyond the mask c/w It's three o'clock "( 198? ,Belgium ,Genesis-vein )




 GENOCID was a Belgian prog band influenced by GENESIS (4 men )
 They released 2 single records during early 80s....maybe

RYM

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SideB



Monday, October 13, 2014

Abbhama "alam raya " (Indonesia ,prog,1978 )

Abbhama "alam raya " (Indonesia ,prog,1978 )


As you know, this is one of the masterpieces of Indonesian prog albums.
These days,it was released as legit LP & CD at last. (April,2014 )

info

RYM

I bought the CD very soon because it has been my favorite one for long years.
But ,unfortunately, the CD has terrible sound too much .....
Who made the CD ...???  oh my.....

So you must not buy the CD (I'm not sure about the vinyl )

I will upload my lossless file and mp3 from the cassette ripping because more prog lovers will know why this excellent music is real GEM through my ripping ,not the terrible CD .....just like a bootleg sound....(about the package,excellent one,beautiful package ,perfect making,I think)

The band's vocalist "Iwan Madjid "  died on July 18 ,2014.....RIP.......

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Amaury Pérez (Cuba, 1979 ,prog singer )

 Amaury Pérez (Cuba, 1979 ,prog singer )

This album's value is ★★★★★ for me.
I purchase not only Cuban original vinyl but also Mexican vinyl (purple front cover ),but I think that Cuban one has better sound ,so I ripped it.
After releaseing this album ,he began to lose his interest about prog music ,and went on releasing pop and AOR music albums ,and as the result,he got a great success in Cuba.
He has played with famous Cuban prog band "Sintesis " around late 70s to early 80s.

RYM





Amaury re-recorded all tracks of the album with his friends and released 2CDs + 1DVD set ,1CD is the original version,and the other is the new recorded version with other Cuban artists (here ) ,the video above is the footage at that time. .I purchased the CD just now ,and will upload here when it arrives.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thai Rock (Thailand ,1990 HR)



I hear that this album was released by the members of Carabao (1981-present)  &   Kraton  (1986-1993) in 1990.
Tell me about this album in detail ,please....



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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tracks "The Very Best of Tracks 1969-1974 " (USA,complilation, 1991 )

Tracks "The Very Best of Tracks 1969-1974 " (USA,complilation, 1991 )



info

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Graham Moses "Put It All On Red " (USA,1980)

Graham Moses "Put It All On Red " (USA,1980)


Do you like the following 4 albums by Peter Hammill (VDGG) ?

The Future Now (1978)
PH 7(1979)
A Black Box (1980)
Sitting Targets (1981)

If so,
you might enjoy this obscure gem by this talented American singer's album.
Reminds me of  PH (early 80s era)

Discogs

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grupo Proyecto De Gonzalo Rubalcaba ‎ "Concatenacion Vol.1 " (Cuba,1987 Jazz rock)

Grupo Proyecto De Gonzalo Rubalcaba ‎  "Concatenacion Vol. 1" (Cuba,1987 Jazz rock)


Discogs

As you know ,Gonzalo Rubalcaba (from Cuba)  is one of the greatest jazz pianists  all over the world.

In his early career ,he recorded this brilliant jazz rock live album in 1987.

You will be surprised his miraculous progressive keyboard playing a lot.

The following album is the same as my post....Discogs

BTW

It is famous that Cuban vinyls are not good condition very much....but mine is really near-mint one,so happy you will enjoy this forgotten  gem without any mental stress.

And,he also released  "vol2" but I don't own it yet,so please share it if you have the file.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

les Bel-Air "Galaxie / Kyrie Eleison " (Canada,psych,prog,acid ,1970)

les Bel-Air "Galaxie / Kyrie Eleison " (Canada,psych,prog,acid ,1970)

info (You can try samples there ,too)

This single was not included in their original albums. (both tracks)


Monday, July 07, 2014

Chariot (USA,Xian progressive HR,1974)

I know nothing about this band. Tell me if someone knows about them Side A Side B

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Nick-Nack "Albion" (USA,1982,progressive HR)

Nick-Nack "Albion" (USA,1982,progresiive HR,)


I hope all of you will spread this USA's forgotten gem all over the world ....
Unfortunately,original recording quality worse than expected.

RYM

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Part Three of the Blossom Dearie Chronicles: Simply Vol. VII and a complete Chez Wahlberg












It was surprisingly easy to find the complete original rip of Chez Wahlberg on a Friday night I had nothing better to do... good for you guys to have found out it was incomplete, which I never thought would happen and in fact had forgotten about.  On the same backup CD I found the album she did after the Vol. VI one (obviously) which was distinctly inferior, though there are a couple of great songs, esp. the "Over the Weekend" number and the incredible sound of the electric piano on "Free Again".  There must be only a handful of people in the world who even knew of the existence of this album, at least until now.  


The gorgeous track "After Me" that closes the album out should have been a hit.  
Check out the hilarious lyrics for "Loving in the present tense:"

"No more turnin' off the new wave
Heavy metal makes good sense
We make out to Michael Jackson
Loving in the present tense"

ouch!
Now I recommend you all bookmark the new site which has featured some astonishing albums lost in the past, saved for the present:
http://progressreview.blogspot.com




Monday, January 13, 2014

Iviron REUP and Linkola's Banana REUP

http://prognotfrog.blogspot.ca/2012/04/iviron-1981.html
I'll do this first since as you can tell from what I wrote this is one of my favourite discoveries from the last couple of years.  I'll post a wav, please use a standard program like xrecode to convert to mp3.  If anyone can help with these reuploads I would appreciate it greatly.


Also, in mp3 this time:
http://prognotfrog.blogspot.com/2011/03/jukka-linkola-banana-1976.html
These requests remain to be done:
Ela Helasvuo, Arturo Meza, This Oneness, Goro Ohmi, Hazard, Francois Faton Cahen, Didier Bonin, Sangi, Resa, Dune

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Japotage REUP by request

http://prognotfrog.blogspot.ca/2012/06/japotage-germany-1985.html
I will post this as a wav, please use something like xrecode if you want to switch to mp3.
Go ahead and request reups, time permitting I will be able to do some or get help from:
http://progressreview.blogspot.com
Merry Xmas & Happy Holidays

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Update

Apologies for being so quiet, but I would like to open the door to any requests in the meantime.

And thanks to http://progressreview.blogspot.com for helping fulfill some requests.  I urge everyone to bookmark that website and follow it daily as I've seen so many interesting things in there.  I believe it may still prove to be a worthy successor to this location and I might switch to contributing there.

Everyone please have a happy holiday period and merry christmas as the case may be, in particular to isabelbc, wherever you may be.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Nels Cline - Elegies (USA, 1981)

This was requested in the Quartet Music posts.  I asked the "new kid on the block" if he had it, and he apparently does.  So I'll send you to him, because for now, I am going on vacation for a few weeks.  Good luck everyone, and hopefully you will be entertained in the meantime there, it seems you will.
http://progressreview.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wisse Scheper - Topaz (Netherlands, 1972)


I guess people might have misunderstood a bit what I was doing in the last few weeks, I meant to post my own personal favourites-- maybe using terms like best or masterpiece was wrong-- that I heard in the last year or so.  I guess few read the introduction, which is OK, and I understand since it was pretty long-winded.  I wouldn't claim that it will turn out these are the favourites for everyone, it's obvious people have different tastes, so I apologize if you're disappointed, I honestly do.  Please, no more crazy fighting, my purpose is to share music with as many people as possible and I've said that multiple times.   I guess the odd thing is there are people who don't like it.  But you can't make everyone happy,  as you can see from the political situation in the United States.  In fact you can't even make a minority of people happy.

As usual I check nowadays to make sure a post hasn't been posted before -- I've had enough comments about that issue already (and again, sorry about the mistake with matrix, I was completely wrong with that one, though I still think it's great music!)  So I was shocked and fell off the chair to see this unknown new blog had already posted this album:
http://progressreview.blogspot.com/
So I'll just send you there.



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BEST US fusion album PART TWO: Matrix (USA, 1975)


On the front:
"Stimulus for the auditory nerve"
On the back:
"Music is the healing force of the universe -- Albert Ayler"

It doesn't get any better than this, if you're looking for highly progressive fusion.  Amazingly it hails from the relatively early years of 1972-1973 (i.e., music recorded in those years, I guess the record was released 2 years later).  This band or album is completely different from the later US soul fusion band of the same name:
http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/matrix__70s_us_
http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/matrix_f6

A representative piece is the "Morning Song," which has a fugue-like structure played between organ, flute, and electric guitar, with the drummer giving a wave-like sound with his cymbals in the background.  Simply astonishing.


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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Best shockingly creative Vanessa-like progressive fusion from Bulgaria: Septet Rousse (1976)


What a beautiful cover!  The paintings with musical instruments and nature scenery are a hallmark of the Eastern European covers, right?  We've seen them before.  But I love this one, so typical of the seventies, with its darkly surrealistic background similar to an Yves Tanguy.

To make up for  yesterday's pulled-down post of Matrix (which I urge everyone to buy to hear) I'll post this one, which probably hasn't been released to CD yet, though I might be wrong since I scarcely have time to check on all these things.  Derived from the famous hoard of Berlin I alluded to earlier, this one compared to Matrix is interesting in that it is squarely in the European fusion style or perhaps Russian fusion style, versus the Matrix which was US-style fusion.  On the other hand, it suffers slightly from featuring over-long improvisations in my opinion.

After today I'll say goodbye until after my holidays for a bit.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Individual Ricotti and de Albuquerque Albums [requested]






After their collaboration on "First Wind", they made these three interesting albums.  Frank Ricotti was a session musician and library music contributor as you can see here:
http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/frank_ricotta
He did make this highly interesting album called "Vibes" in 1981 which features a couple of very well-written and progressive tracks, though the majority of it is library muzak.  Worth hearing for the great 2-3 tracks.

As for de Albuquerque, he moved into the pop-prog direction, away from the folk of "First Wind" with two phenomenally well-composed albums.
http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/michael_de_Albuquerque
These are the kind of professionally-played and smooth pop prog records only the British could do well, think Argent, Greenslade, Mike Hugg, or perhaps Stackridge.  The imaginativeness of the arrangements, as was the case with The Beatles, is what I love the most here.  There are ordinary tracks, but then out of the blue you hear some really interesting progressive chords or passages.  Highly recommended!

Finally, note that Frank Ricotti collaborated on Albuquerque's records, but not vice-versa obviously.  The former also appeared on Tony Campo's phenomenal library masterpiece Garuda, recently featured on the cdrwl.
http://cdreissuewishlist.blogspot.ca/search/label/Garuda

Friday, October 11, 2013

Best Euro-Spacey Fusion: Appendix Space Trip (Swed, 1973)


http://www.discogs.com/Appendix-Space-Trip/release/2812648

Simply the best fusion you can imagine on one album.  Notice the track called 'Thetan' --  a reference to scientology, most likely because one of the members was one?  It's a bit unlikely since in the early seventies this was still part of the most secret inner rituals of scientology.  Thanks to multiple exposes and the internet, everyone can now read the 'secrets of scientology' involving thetans that were supposed to cause people to die of shock when they read them-- more likely die of laughter... Here you can have a listen to Thetans:



Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Best Chamber Progressive: LBC Trio - Baobab (FRA, 1984) [Plus REUPS Suburbano 2, Coalition Mindsweepers]



All the usual comments apply, the things I've said dozens of times before:
-the compositional quality is so high this rivals anything written by Stravinsky, Prokofieff, etc.
-why is this not played in symphony halls instead of the same tired old classical compositions we should all be so sick of hearing?
-the amount of work these composers put into this record is utterly incredible
-the cover art is so beautiful in these old masterpieces -- what is the chance some of our favourite album covers will be displayed in art galleries someday?
-there is no more advanced or perfect music than such a combination that uses everything humanity has created: pop, rock, classical, folk, and jazz, and combines all streams into a seamless whole
-what is it about music that makes it so beautiful?  of all arts, it seems to be the most abstract kind of intellectual exercise, although rooted in the auditory sense, it has a level of abstraction not achievable with any other sense and functional MRI shows, as I said before, multiple levels of brain from the bottom emotional areas to the topmost cortex are involved in its enjoyment

For comparison purposes, this album is similar to the amazing Kolibri - Winterserenade which isabelbc posted here some 2 years back or so.  (Btw, when I looked at that post recently I read some comments requesting their first album Tsamadou.  I listened to that one and was very disappointed, it's purely ordinary folk and even has cover versions of pop songs like some Jim Croce (if I remember correctly).  Not one to request.)

Some information on the artists for those interested:
http://www.discogs.com/LBC-Trio-Baobab/release/2932346
Oddly enough they didn't produce a whole lot more music.  Perhaps this is their communal magnum opus?

On the back of the record this comment:
"Three composers, interpreters and improvisers reveal to us their universe:  an original new chamber music which molds and transforms many resonances of classic, jazz, and folklore..."

Regarding the title, I read with great sadness a recent article discussing the last stands of the baobab tree in Madagascar, as usual, the suggestion that they will be all gone in a few years if the environment continues to deteriorate.  For those like me who grew up on the baobab thanks to Le Petit Prince such information is especially depressing.  I've spoken often about how cooperation evolved in humans and made them the masters of the planet, but this altruistic impulse is forever at war with the more basic selfish impulses which have existed in life forever.  Simply, cooperation evolved at a time when humans were in small groups and competed with other small groups for scarce resources (like prog albums?).  Obviously a cooperative group did much better than a group of selfish cheaters.  However, we are now all one tribe, one huge tribe, and in our society it's the selfish cheaters who are favoured, for various reasons.  It's interesting that now nature has set us up for a huge challenge since we must all cooperate to preserve the earth as our living home, the question arises, will the new instincts of altruism win out and thus will we preserve ourselves as a species?  or the old selfish instincts win and we fall into fighting and murderous competition for a dwindling supply of food?  This huge moral combat will  play out in the lifetimes of my children who are now 4 and 6, which is why the subject is so intensely interesting to me.
Like the little prince, will we feel so sad about our lost home that we will go back to our friend the snake and let him bite us?


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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Quartet Music - ST (1981)


This is their first LP, I posted the other two last year.  As is so often the case in these situations this first installment is the best and features the most ingenious compositions.  In particular, the classical music influence comes through very strong and clear.  These guys are very similar to Oregon and Ralph Towner as I mentioned earlier.

Over the years I've listened to this album hundreds of times and last night, listening again, I still found endless beauty and forms most magnificent as Darwin could have said.

http://prognotfrog.blogspot.ca/2012/03/quartet-music-ocean-park-1984.html
http://prognotfrog.blogspot.ca/2012/06/quartet-music-window-on-lake-1986.html

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Best US fusion album PART 1: Tony Palkovic - Every Moment (USA, 1982)




A magnificent, superbly masterful American guitarist by the name of Tony Palkovic produced two seminal masterpieces of US-style fusion called "Deep Water"  and "Every Moment" -- and thanks to osurec (the mighty osurec) again for introducing me to this brilliant and uncompromising artist.  This is in the style of for ex. Mike Warren and Survival Kit or Mike Santiago and Entity (I always have trouble telling those two apart) or the Tony Dupuis album I posted last year.  Tony P. is still active in music and just released an album called Esoteric:
http://www.tonypalkovic.com/
http://www.tonypalkovic.com/esoteric_palkovic.html
I would really love to know if he has a day job, or if he is able to work only in music, because of his outstanding talents.  I'd like to ask him what he thinks of these masterpieces of the past, and if he agrees with my constant thesis that the music of this period is superior to anything before or after.  (Probably he would disagree, since he just made a CD.)


I just love this record, it's so full of energy, which is the prime reason I love fusion, but also it runs all over a huge variety of emotions and styles, and it's obvious he was classically trained because of the appearance here and there of classical chord progressions.  So the sheer variety and creativity in here simply astounds me.  I've mentioned this before as what I believe the single factor that explains to me why the progressive music was so good in this period, the fact that these musicians had such a great education to build on.


NEW REQUESTS:

Bakmak - out of the blue (REUP in stereo below, the second link)
Bakmak  - forward flight  (REUP in stereo below, the second link)
(both are excellent)
Quartet Music - ST (posted next up)
Quartet Music - Ocean Park (REUPPED BELOW)
Quartet Music - Window on the lake (I posted it last year) (REUPPED BELOW)
From before:
Suburbanismo -- (Reupped two posts up)
Coalition - Mindsweepers  -- (Reupped two posts up)

As usual, I will upload probably Monday or Tuesday if no one else does.  Remember even though one person requests, about 50-150 people wind up downloading each link, so there's a huge need for these reups.  I didn't realize this until I started doing it myself.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Rarest German Symphonic Rarity PART TWO: Audite (1983)


 
 
This was featured on Tom's list here:
 
http://cdreissuewishlist.blogspot.ca/2012/05/audite-germany.html

First let's see what Tom had to say:


" Today we start a new series of obscure early 80s German progressive and fusion albums. We have 5 to report on that have arrived via various sources recently. Today's post is courtesy of Midwest Mike and is probably the rarest and most sought after of the bunch.

Audite is a vocal heavy German language album, with a clear affinity for the classic 70s progressive rock sound. Sophisticated arrangements are apparent, and the electric guitar work in particular is exemplary. Synthesizers and even a little flute propel Audite to interesting status. No getting away from the canned early 80s production though. I was most reminded of Anabis' "Wer Will?" album though Anyone's Daughter "Piktors Verwandlungen" also sprang to mind. A good one for aficionados of the 80s German symphonic sound, though a bit of a slog for those looking for more dynamic instrumental input." 



It was a priority none, a devastating assessment, guaranteed to cause it to languish in obscurity-- until now.  I actually think it's excellent in the chosen style of 'seventies symphonic'. And as he said, it's rare as hell.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Matthias Frey / Wolfgang Tiepold / Michael Thierfelder - Ziyada (GER, 1979)



Interrupting the regularly scheduled program here to post this astonishing masterpiece of  'organic jazz' -- really, his masterwork with the exception of the Psi Horizonte album he did which was fusion.  Kind of sad to me that it came so early in his career.
I talked about Frey in the "onyx" post I did recently:
http://prognotfrog.blogspot.com/2013/07/matthias-frey-onyx-germ-1982.html
I think at this point I've uploaded all the first 6 albums, I'll reiterate the links below to gather them together.
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Matthias+Frey
All fusion fans should have a copy of his fusion masterpiece:
http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/psi

Line-up:
Matthias Frey - grand piano, synthesizer
Wolfgang Tiepold - cello
Michael Thierfelder - percussion
Recorded at The Cottage, Wiesbaden, June 1979

Please don't miss the post before--  I reupped the famous master shige rip, Profil - For You which was requested very often.  Took a while to find it.

If anyone can help reupload these, I would really appreciate it:
Pierre Moreau,
Igor Nazaruk,
Zebulon,
Hasard,
Suburbanismo,
Bruce Clarke Quintet,
Noco Music,
Coalition,
KOM and Agit Prop

Sample track, Below your breath:



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Profil - For You (reup of old rip) (GER 1982)



This beautiful and brilliant German fusion was posted here originally, more than two years ago:
http://prognotfrog.blogspot.ca/2011/05/profil-for-you1982-this-album-is-mega.html
Many have rerequested it, so here it is in lossless (wav) (use free program xrecode 2 if you want to convert to mp3) for you lossless lovers to use isabelbc's wonderful romantic phrase.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Best French Fusion LP: Francis Moze - Naissance (FRA, 1982)


So here's a record from Tom's cd reissue wishlist.
On the back: "This record is dedicated to my mother, to my wife, to my son, special thanks to Herbie Hancock."
Thus [tracks titled] Jocelyn would be his mom, Sophia his wife presumably, "Naissance" refers to the son (whose picture is on the guitar?).  I love the fact it could almost be a concept album since both birth and death appear here.

First of all I'll let Tom speak


"Following on from the Major Surgery post (4 days later, but such is my life), we have another fine record submitted by The AC - this time in the fusion category. Francis Moze is one of many ex-Magma alumni to have pursued a short career in the fusion field. Perhaps the most overt of these attempts was the collaboration of Lockwood, Top, Vander & Widemann, and their 1981 album so subtlety entitled "Fusion". It's not overly surprising, given that Magma were at heart a jazz group right from the beginning. However by the time of "Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh", the band had become so creative, it spawned an entire music movement that still survives today: Zeuhl.

Moze was a veteran of the early Magma lineups, and later turned up on a couple of the more fusion oriented Gong ensembles. Thus his one sole album flew under the radar, unlike his bass playing brethren such as Paganotti and Top.

The AC says: "Obscure fusion album by this former Magma bassist. At first glance, this would seem to be quite typical of other such early 80s French efforts from the likes of Francis Lockwood, Raymond Winter, etc. That is, light and glossy jazz fusion with not too much in the way of depth. That's not too far from the truth, but as the album goes on it reveals itself to be above average for this style, with some fairly engaging instrumental compositions and a pleasant overall atmosphere. Worth a look for genre fans."

And that's exactly right, the album really gains momentum as it goes. Personally I'm a big fan of the McCoy Tyner styled staccato piano, and Moze's band utilizes this technique to great effect, propelling the music forward at an exciting rate. I'm rather certain our fusion readers will want to hear this one. Very nice record from perhaps a surprising source.  " 


And thereby he gave it a priority 3.   I personally really love this record.   I could listen to it all day, and there are days where I have done just that. The ingenious use of electric keyboards (Andy Emler) throughout is what really impressed me.  There is a bit of the repetitive patterns characteristic of zeuhl but the best thing about this is just the strength of the compositions and the sheer enjoyment value.  Consider the song Sophia.  Starting off with a happy funky fusion vibe, Patrick Gauthier-like on a G suspended basis, note how halfway through the song it completely changes direction and goes to G minor with that gorgeous descending pattern on the electric piano--  subsequently traveling through various nice diatonic modulations before returning to electric piano soloing and closing it out with a really soft finale-- wow!  The change in emotions is stunning.  The feeling you get that he really loved whomever it was he had written this for, is palpable.

I don't think it's a detraction to say this music is so well-written you could see them playing it in your local Starbucks- [yeah fat chance that will ever happen, the people who get music for them are complete ignoramuses].
 


One last remark about Tom and cdrwl-- those who have followed the last few posts there may have made note of the utter admiration with which Tom has expressed his thanks to us here for discovering such utterly unknown gems as Gold - No Class Whatsoever and Rantz.  So thanks to Tom for pointing that out (lol).






Sophia:

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Best US Rock Record: Fair, Yates, and Betschart - Spirits (USA, 1979)






This is without doubt one of the best all-round rock records I've heard in the last year, in particular, the two last songs I've played literally hundreds of times, over and over again sometimes, they are just so perfectly beautiful in their own style of progressive, intricate, harmonious vocals with that great rock basis.  Why, as I've said so many times before, was this album not on that Rolling Stones top 1000 list, soon to be 100,000 best albums list, when it's so damned good?  Why did those last two songs, Monica, and Turn to Gray, not go to the top of the charts way back in the late seventies??  Why did I have to wait 24 years to hear this great record???

Monica, about a free spirit with 'long brown hair' - one of those 'standard' subjects for rock songs ever since Ruby Tuesday:
"Your new dreams are worth a try,
but the ones you left behind don't die, they're mine"


And my favourite song, Turn to Gray:



Enjoy it!