Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Beatniks "Complete Mocambo Singles" {Brazil} [1968] (Garage Rock)

Well, there are not much infos around for this record or even the band. All I know is, that the are from Brazil. They just did some singles, wich are collected on this compilation (Mocambo 3.145). Also a EP by the Beatniks was released with the name "Outside Chance".

1. Glória
2. Fire
3. Eu te Encontro
4. Alligator Hat
5. Era Um Rapaz (Que, Como Eu, Amava Beatles e Rolling Stones)
6. Outside Chance

listen to track 3 "Eu te Encontro":

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Wulf Zendik - "Zendik - The Album" {USA} [1972] (Indo-Prog/Raga Rock)

"Zendik arts" is an international community founded in 1969 by Wulf Zendik himself. They create CDs, teach philosophies, humanities and politics in the principles established by Wulf Zendik. Writer, thinker and global artist, Zendik started his career in musical industry during the 60’s. He first invented an instrument which could accompany his voice; 8-stringed instrument which is a cross between a sitar and guitar. We can hear this improvisational and unique musical manifestation in the lonely and introspect “Wulfsong”. Along his career he fully expressed his own conception of music under several projects: The Zendik communal group during the late 60’s / the Zendik Communal Orgastra in the 80’s. He recorded several albums under his name ("Dance of the cosmic warriors" in 1987...). The music is orientated to Eastern like raga with astonishing vocals and weird bluesy psychedelic jams. A forgotten legend. Philippe Blache, FRANCE. http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2681

Track Listings
01. Strontium Rain (11:52)
02. Purple Blaze (6:03)
03. Yang/Yin (13:56)
04. When She Strays (4:51)
05. Ancient in My Eyes (8:37)
06. Jewels and Things (4:57)
07. This Muziké (6:49)

- Zendik Tribe with Wulf

02. Purple Blaze...
03. Yang/Yin...
04. When She Strays...

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Kontinuerlig Drift - "Kontinuerlig Drift" {Sweden} [1977]

(I found info only in Swedish language, here i copy/paste from http://www.progg.se/band.asp?ID=510, any info welcome)

Kontinuerlig Drift var en fortsättning på gruppen Hela Havet Stormar vars medlemmar kom från Tierp, Uppsala och Söderhamn. De hade känt varandra redan sedan början av 70-talet och även spelat ihop ett flertal gånger som Hela Havet Stormar. 1977 samlades grupper i Uppsala och där började de mer frekvent att improvisera fram låtar ihop. Hösten samma år tändes idén att ge ut en egen platta. Skivan gavs ut på egen hand med handtryckt omslag och i endast 300 exemplar.

Gruppen var starkt inspirerade av proggrörelsens psykedeliska band som Levande Livet och Fläsket Brinner. I Kontinuerlig Drift spelades psykedeliska bluesrock av det bästa slag, ibland med politiska texter som i ”Terroristen” och ibland helst instrumentalt som ”Soukian”. Alf Arvidsson har även spelat med bland annat GudIBrallan, Mora Träsk, Mobben och flera andra band.

Google translate and a little bit of editing gave this translation (by Arnoud999 in comments):

Kontinuerlig Drift (Continuous Operation) was a continuation of the group Whole Sea of Storms, whose members came from Tierp, Uppsala and Port Hedland. They had known each other since the very beginning of the 70s and even played together several times as Whole Sea Storms. 1977 brought them together in Uppsala and there they started more frequently to improvise songs together. In autumn of that year arised the idea to make a record. The disc was released on their own with hand-printed wrappers and in only 300 copies.

The group was strongly inspired by progressive psychedelic bands Levande Livet and Fläsket Brinner. Kontinuerlig Drift played psychedelic blues rock of the best kind, sometimes with political texts of "terrorists" and sometimes instrumental songs as "Soukian." Alf Arvidsson has also played with (among others) GudIBrallan, Mora Träsk, Mobben and several other bands.

Sida A:
1. Terroristen (4:29)
2. Indianens Blod (6:45)
3. Linas Lek / Gånglåt från Vettet (11:25)

Sida B:
1. Svart Dagar, Svarta Nätter (8:01)
2. Liksom En Herdinna (6:47)
3. Se Men Inte Röra (4:21)
4. Skookian (4:23)

- Alf Arvidsson Piano
- Bo Anders Skoglund Gitarr
- Håkan Eriksson Gitarr
- Lars Södergren Saxofon
- Leif Eriksson Bas
- Tomo Wihma Trummor, slagverk
- Ulf Niskanen Vibrafon


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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Bag - "Trip Dream / Nothing Will Remain (Single)" {Netherlands} [1969]

BAG was one of the more than excellent bands on the Amsterdam progressive mini-label Flame (of Don Peijters). Due to the very limited edition of the vinyl and a minimum of contracted bands, the original issues are very much sought after bij collectors.
"BAG" is derived from the term "bagism", a form of art created by Yoko Ono before she met John Lennon.
The band only existed 3 months, and produced 1 single on Flame: "Trip Dream (M. Krijnen) / Nothing will remain". Especially Trip Dream is an excellent composition with fantastic guitarplay, that could have been on de first Pink Floyd LP without problems.

- Leo Schelvis: lead guitar/second guitar
- Michel Krijnen: bass
- Arthur Mesritz: drums
- Richard Koh †: rhytm guitar/vocals

The single was recorded in one basetake and three overdubs in the famous Baambrugge Studio, where, among others, the Beach Boys worked their LP "Holland".

Trip Dream
Nothing Will Remain

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Monday, December 01, 2008

The Sedate Sunshine Colony - "The Story Of The Sedate Sunshine Colony" {USA, CA} [1968] (Psychedelic-Rock)


01. Dark on You Now*
02. Thoughts and Words*
03. Evil Hearted You*
04. Where Were You*
05. Visionary Pumpkin*
06. Change Yourself for the World*
07. Whittier Blvd.*
08. Bentley Road*
09. Run for Your Life*
10. Whiskey Man*
11. Kill the Cobra (by Bentley Road, Single Version, 1967)

*live at the Dinuba Memorial Auditorium, CA, April 25, 1968

The Sedate Sunshine Colony came from Kingsburg, just southeast of Fresno. Their time together is documented in these photos and a tape of a fascinating live show from April, 1968. The band chose some very unusual songs to cover live, including the Grass Roots' Where Are You, the Byrds' Thoughts and Words and the Peanut Butter Conspiracy's Dark On You Now, making for a portrait of the underground side of pop music during that time. They could really rock out on songs like Slow Down and Evil Hearted You, or play very delicate pieces like Summertime.

The most noteworthy songs on the tape are the originals, all written by guitarist and vocalist Craig Anderson: Change Yourself for the World, Visionary Pumpkin, and Bentley Road. They show Craig to be a distinctive and creative songwriter, and the band capable of a range of textures and styles to suit each composition.

Bassist and vocalist Jeff Anderson gives the history of the group in his own words:

One of the greatest joys of my life was playing in a rock 'n roll band in the 60’s. Music was just exploding and influences were coming from all over the world. People were only then learning how to play guitar and structure songs and the evolution was quite remarkable. Anyone in a band had grandiose visions of becoming the next Beatles.

My brother Craig and I started our first group, I think in 1962, as 'the Schillings'. It was an instrumental group that did mainly the usual stuff from the Ventures, Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, etc. We had Craig and I on guitars, a bass player that was so bad we actually had him bring in his tuba and play the bass part on that, drums and sax. We then morphed into 'the Eccentrics' and later 'the Essence Reality' where I took over on bass and we brought in another guitar player, Harvey Adair. The drummer, Russ Zakarian, is now the drummer for the Sedate Sunshine Colony's current project and was the drummer for our 2004 reunion concert.

The Sedate Sunshine Colony was comprised of Pat Erickson (vocals & flute), Craig Anderson (vocals & guitar), Woody Bell (vocals), Jeff Anderson (vocals & bass), Jonnie Sue Bartell (keyboard & vocals), and Chuck Zendner (drums). We played in the Fresno area, but all of us came from the small town of Kingsburg, California. The band was together from 1965-1969.

l-r: Pat Erickson, Jeff Anderson,
Chuck Zendner, Craig Anderson,
Jonnie Sue Bartel and Woody Bell.

The Sedate Sunshine Colony was the first band for Pat Erickson, Jonnie Sue Bartell, and Chuck Zendner. I think Woody Bell may have been in a sort of band prior to SSC. Pat was actually in a folk group with my brother, called the Four-tells.

We were a folk-rock band with psychedelic overtones. Folkadelic, I would call it. Above all, we had vocals. Five out of the six of us could sing and harmony was what we did best. We were learning to play our instruments, just like everyone else, and we did ok with one guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and flute. We mostly covered other music, but my brother Craig was a good writer, and we ended up doing quite a few original songs.

We played at dances, proms, picnics and just about everywhere including local fairs. We usually got paid about $100 for the whole band, while performing for about 3-4 hours. When the songs were only 2-3 minutes long, we had to know lots of music.

We were good friends, had a lot of fun, and somehow, almost all of us avoided the booze and drugs that were starting to happen with the music scene.

We continued to increase our fan base over the years and in the summer of 1967 the band caught the eye of a local TV producer. The group appeared on the ‘Dick Carr Show’ in 1967, making their first and only TV appearance. The Dick Carr TV show was a local Fresno show with viewers from Bakersfield to Sacramento (San Joaquin Valley). I would have loved to get my hands on the tape of that show. It was a 30 minute segement where SSC performed three songs totally live. We played two cover songs and one original. It was written by Craig, called ‘Visionary Pumpkin’ and featured a flute solo by Pat. The drummer, Chuck, borrowed the timpani drums from the high school band, and let it rip.

The Sedate Sunshine Colony competed in a number of ‘battle of the bands’ against a wide variety of local groups around Fresno, including rock, soul, psychedelic, & folk-rock. Other bands that we competed with or were friends with were local bands, such as the Accents, Twelve Miles Out, and Jim K and the Vibradors. Our best outing was a 3rd place finish in a large competition in Visalia in 1968. We decided to play four songs, without a break, with transitions that Craig designed. The winning group was a soul band that had about ten members, including a full horn and brass section and Hammond organ.

The group broke up in 1968 and most of us continued in music. Craig got his college degree in music composition at Fresno State College. You couldn't believe his senior recital. It was 1969 and he got most of us in the band to do a short film with weird images. Pat was in a wedding dress rolling down a sand dune. I was in a suit and tie running from something chasing me and end up falling into a huge mud puddle!. Craig then composed four songs with differing moods. He took each scene in the movie and made it a different color...red for anger, blue for joy or whatever. He then showed the film while directing the college choir singing the songs. It sounded a little like the choir on 2001 (A Space Odyssey). He says he still has the film and I plan to borrow it and use it for some kind of music video for one of our new songs.

Craig formed a new band with Pat (vocalist) and Jonnie Sue (keyboard) and moved to LA to make it big. Dave Nyberg also went along for the event. They asked me to go along, but I was getting married and needed to finish college. I knew it was the end of the music road for me and I sold both my 1964 Fender Precision Bass and my 1967 ‘blackface’ Fender Bassman for about what I had paid for them. I have kicked myself so many times about this over the years.

The band, called Anderson, played in many clubs, such as the Wine Cellar in Westwood. They changed their name to ‘Bentley Road’ and signed a recording contract and a management contract with Nick St. Nicholas, the bass player for Steppenwolf. They recorded two songs, the first, written by the producer, was called Michael, Michael. It was a pop song and the label chose this song to push. The flip side was written by Craig, called ‘Kill the Cobra’ and showed what the band could do creatively. It also demonstrated their expertise playing their instruments. Because the first song failed to gain any traction, ‘Kill the Cobra’ didn’t have a chance.

The band became very disenchanted with the label and recorded no more songs. They continued writing and performing for several years, while Craig produced and recorded their songs in his own studio. They broke up in 1975.

The lead singer, Pat, stayed in LA and has been quite successful over the years. She sang back-up vocals for Pat & Debbie Boone, Tony Orlando, and Charlie Rich. Pat appeared many times on TV shows, such as the ‘Johnny Carson Show’ and was a consistent studio back-up vocalist on many records. She continues to make her living through music.

After SSC broke up, the drummer and I started a new SSC with four new members. We had some ability and talent, but didn’t take it as seriously as we should have. We played at a few college dances and broke up in 1971.

Since then, I have played little music, but have dabbled in it for years. I would pick up a bass here, and an amp a few years later and play with friends a couple times a year. I still wanted to play.

Visionary Pumpkin

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SOD - "SOD" {USA} [1971]

Review from Soulstrut (Motown67): SOD was a bluesy Rock outfit from LA with a lot of beards and bad 70s long hair. To top it all off, their percussion player Jay York was a professional wrestler from the NWA! They put out two albums, and I think this is the better of the two, although the other one gets mentioned because David Axelrod did some production on it. The band gets right down to business with Too Loose To Get Tight Pt. 1 with a nice long drum break intro that leads into some funky Rock. Pt. 2 of the song is even better since it’s mostly an instrumental. Things I Wanna Say is in a similar vein with some nice horn work. In fact, the whole first side is a pretty good listen. The flipside though, isn’t half as interesting. There is another drum break on Makin It though.

Side 1
01 - Too Loose To Get Tight-pt.1 (larry devers-don phillips)
02 - Too Loose To Get Tight-pt.2 (larry devers-don phillips)
03 - Things I Wanna Say (larry devers-don phillips)
04 - Love Sweet Love (larry devers-joe molina)
Side 2
05 - Here (rick kellis)
06 - Ev'ryday (larry devers-robert arnold-joe molina-michael green-kenny herpen)
07 - La brea tar pit blues (jay york)
08 - I Don't Want Ya (larry devers-don phillips-robert arnold-joe molina-rick kellis-jay york-michael green)
09 - Makin' It (larry devers-joe molina-rick kellis)

03 - Things I Wanna Say

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Ginbae - "Ginbae" {Japan} [1976]

A great heavy hard rock masterpiece from 1976 out of Japan. Originally released as a private pressing on the Sea Side Label. If you dig heavy hard rock from japanese bands this is a must. 5 tracks on the lp and not a dull track. This lp ranks up there with the hard rock monsters. If your a heavy guitar buff this is for you. When I listened to it seems that the sound engineer put in applause as a sound effect between the tracks. This doesn't seem to be a live album since I never heard any band member introductions. Great band.
more info about this amazing album, info welcome :)

2.Rockn' Roll People....6:10

1.Sazanga Rock part 1...「3X3=9」のダジャレです。う~む、英語で説明するのは難しい.....2:47
2.Sazanga Rock part 2.....6:55
3.Anne of Green Gables .....7:21

Sazanga Rock (part 1,2)...
Anne of Green Gables...

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