Friday, October 31, 2008

Some great and very rare Greek singles (kindly submitted by Antony)

Kastores - "O Ksenos Zitianos" & "Polemos Esti Fonias" [1973]

They started in Athens 1972. At 15 september 1973 played support to UK band MIDDLE OF THE ROAD and SOCRATES. They played hard rock.
Kastores played with one song in Pop Festival '73.
They released 4 songs (two here and one in pop festival + Edo Politexnio song)
They broke spring 1974 and 23 april 1978 played again live in cinema ''Riveiro'- Athens with Vagios Naoumis-bass and Roumeliotis second guitar. Giorgos Sterras played later to Rhesus and Iraklis Spiros Fatouros at summer 77 played with Agapanthos and spring 79 with Iraklis. ..:: Antony ::..

- Grigoris Roumeliotis - bass, vocals
- Giorgos Sterras - guitar
- Spiros Fatouros - drums

Axis - "Get Out Of These Lines" & "Gold Wings" [1973]

Band founded in Paris by Greek exiles.

- Demis Visvikis - Organ, Piano, Mellotron, Harpsichord, Vocals
- Georges Hadijathanassiou - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
- Alecos Caracandas - Guitars, Vocals
- Demetris Katakusinos - Ac. Guitars, Bass, Vocals
- Alexander Fantis - Electric and Acoustic Bass, Percussion (1973)
- Christos Stassinopoulos - Drums, Percussion (1973)

Akritas - "O Pan" & "Tis Zois I Proti Mou Stalia" [1973]

Akritas, with a more or less epocal recording, tell the story of traditional music, ambitious playing, rock-filling versatileness and lyrism, having the mix of at least three prog movements and pleasing with a connectivity that goes from the simplest (music play) to the most ambitious patterns. A bit of a one-off success, that laments the short living of the group. more:

- Giorgios Tsoupakhy - drums
- Stauzos Logazidhos - vocals, guitar, bass
- Aphe Tasoulos - keyboards

Gazuama Sinchartchas - "Anipsosi Apotinaksi Ekfigi (Part I, II & III)" [1971]

Progressive rock trio from Athens. Released one single in PAN VOX 1971. They played hard psych with greek folk touches. ..:: Antony ::..

- John Mashinidis - bass
- Nikos Mintzis - flute
- Giannis Melahris - drums

Ionathan - "Anagnorisis" & "Sto Tsirko" [1971]

One single in Olympic (1971 music words P. Vakatatsis). The first name of the group was ''Harp Of Avesalom''. Vakatatsis and Doikas later played to Spiridoula. Nick Antipas later to Osiris and Socrates. .:: Antony ::..

- Pavlos Vakatatsis - organ
- Bill Rakopoulos - guitars
- Nisim Levi - guitars
- Nick Doikas - bass
- Nick Antipas - drums

Noe - "Ilios Anatelli" & "Kathome Pali Apopse Ke Stohazome" [1973]

Pop group from Athens. One single in 1975 in Phillips label. They played in 1975 live in rock club ''Rondeo''. Lambros Tselendis played later to progresive group Apocalypsis in the beginning of 80's. ..:: Antony ::..

- Kostas Ntouroutzis - guitar, vocals
- Lakis Makrakis - bass (later Lambros Tselendis)
- Vangelis Zisis - drums

Iraklis - "Sakraflatia" & "San Oneiro Gliko" [1976]
Iraklis & DNA (pre-Lernea Idra) - "O Giannis" & "Ta Idia Oneira" [1972]

He released one single in 1973 with his group DNA. They played folk rock with violin, lira and gaida.

- Giorgos Maglaras
- Petros Protopappas
- Fontas Hantzis
- Sofia Gianatou
- Lena Platonos

2 years later with Lernea Idra (with old and new members) played live in one pub the lp ''Se Alous Kosmous''.

- Brothers Katsimiha
- Dimitris Maglaras
- Dimitris Poulikakos
- Marinakis (member of Peloma Bokiou)
- Kiourtsoglou (member of Peloma Bokiou)

As Lernea Idra also released one single in 1977 in Columbia.

Pictures/Photos/covers welcome :)

Thanks to Antony :)

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

SOUP - "SOUP" {USA} [1970]

The great Appleton, Wisconsin band headed up by the late great Doug Yankus, and featuring their predecessor band- The Private Property Of Digil. While SOUP had their influences in Buffalo Springfield, Ten Years After, and other Blues/Rock traditions, Private Property just oozes with the sounds of the Byrds, Kinks, Beatles, and Dylan. Includes the original 1970 Arf Arm Artists LP, SOUP's only 45 release, and all four 45 releases by Private Property. See the February 19, 2000 issue of Bill Board Magazine's Declaration Of Independence column for more information from a local Appleton boy who heard these guys in person!!
Recorded at Jewel Studios, Mt. Healthy, Ohio; Chess Studios, Chicago, Illinois; Target Studios, Appleton, Wisconsin & live at University Of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wisconsin between 1968 & 1970.

01 - Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues
02 - I'm Just Not The Man To Be Tied
03 - Dear And Blue
04 - Black Cat Blues In Melody
05 - Tenessee
06 - I'm So Sorry
07 - Veronica
08 - Big Boss Man

Unreleased Demos
09 - Dance Magic Woman
10 - Song For Jackie

11 - Jewelry Lady
12 - I'm Looking At You
13 - Sunshine Flames
14 - Princess
15 - To My Friends
16 - Loox At Me
17 - Destination Nowhere
18 - The Patch Of Brick

- Doug Yankus (vocals, guitar)
- Dave Faas (vocals, bass)
- Rob Griffith (vocals, drums)
- Jim Peterman (keyboards).

06 - I'm So Sorry
09 - Dance Magic Woman

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Barış Manço - "Live in Tarsus" {Turkey} [1975]

LP release of another ultra rare previously unreleased material from the 70's Turkish rock scene: Barış Manço & Kurtalan Express Live in Tarsus, a live bootleg from the end of 1975. In the concert, Manço and Kurtalan Express mostly present songs fromtheir new LP called "2023" which had not been released in that period. During the concert the group displays an eclectic sound from space rock to psychedelic funk which are blended with Turkish traditional music and a mystical atmosphere. 500 copies only, blue vinyl and with liner notes. Sound quality is not perfect but more than enjoyable. A fantastic piece of Turkish rock history! - From the same labels that bought you Cem Karaca & Kardaslar. FIVE COPIES LEFT

Barış Manço (also spelt Baris Mancho in some European album releases) (January 2, 1943 - February 1, 1999) was a Turkish singer, composer, television producer and celebrity. He composed about 200 songs, some of which were translated into a variety of languages including English, Japanese, Greek, Bulgarian, Romanian, Persian and Arabic. He was, and still is, one of the most beloved public figures of Turkey.
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a1 - Intro (2:32)
a2 - Ben Bilirim (3:26)
a3 - Yine Yol Gorundu Gurbete (2:57)
a4 - Bir Bahar Aksami (4:17)
a5 - Yol Verin Agalar Beyler (4:45)
a6 - Hey Koca Topcu (3:39)
b1 - 2023 (8:40)
b2 - Kol Basti (7:17)
b3 - Uzun Ince Bir Yoldayum (5:10)

a5 - Yol Verin Agalar Beyler
b1 - 2023

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Illusion - "Illusion" {USA} [1974]

A local Hawaii folk/rural album. It's sought - after mostly for its stunning sleeve design, as it's a bit too lightweight to have generated interest among collectors. Borderlinebooks (us6070s Rare Albums)

01 - The Lake (6:29)
02 - Travelin' Bones (4:01)
03 - Let Them Be (3:27)
04 - Not Yet (5:30)
05 - Drafted (6:25)
06 - Gone, Gone, Gone (4:43)
07 - Unknown Faces (5:17)
08 - Two Faced Boogie (4:17)

- Wendell Ing keyb'ds A
- Hank Leandro gtr A
- Denny Maeda gtr A
- Gregg Nutt drms A
- Butch O'Sullivan bs A

04 - Not Yet

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cem Karaca - "Cem Karaca ve Kardaşlar" {Turkey} [1969]

Cem Karaca, a Rock Singer who, according to Winfried Schlögel once blew away all other groups at an important festival in the seventies in Frankfurt with his incredibly powerful voice. His backing bands over the years include Apaslar, Kardaslar, Mogollar and Dervisan.

"Apaslar, like many bands of the 60's, started as clones of the Shadows but gradually developed into an innovative instrumental rock band from '67 onwards. Their collaborations with Cem put them up at the top of the Turkish pop charts and this led to great success in Germany" G.A. & J.D.

"Cem Karaca's early band was another reference to The Shadows Apaslar - The Apaches! The Apaches were probably named after The Shadows's big hit Apache." Can Altinbay" Can Altinbay

In 2001 Cem Karaca started working with Kurtalan Ekspres, Bari Manço's backing band from the 70's, and he still performed regularly in 2002 in Istanbul as well as in other Turkish cities. He occasionally plays in western Europe and had a visit to Australia planned for December 2002. Since 2003 he had a new backing band. In 2004 Cem sadly passed away.

01 - Lümüne (4:51)
02 - Demedimmi (3:34)
03 - Kara Sevda (4:22)
04 - Tatlý Dillim (4:23)
05 - Niksar (3:31)
06 - Kalender (3:54)
07 - Oy Gülüm Oy (5:27)
08 - Dadaloðlu (4:46)
09 - Felek Beni (3:32)
10 - Zeyno (3:23)
11 - Kara Yýlan (4:25)
12 - Bu Son Olsun (2:56)

01 - Lümüne
06 - Kalender

Thanks to Antony :)

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sten Bergman - "Lyckohjulet" (The Wheel of Happiness) {Sweden} [1974]

He played melancholic and thoughtful folk-rock with Swedish lyrics. Member of: Atlantic Ocean, Fläsket Brinner, Träd, Gräs och Stenar and Tillsammans.

"1969-1972. Träd, Gräs och Stenar. New name for the remains of International Harvester. Thomas Tidholm and Urban Yman both quit. During 1971 Jakob Sjöholm joined on guitar, later Arne Ericsson quit and Sten Bergman took over the elec. piano function. Long tours in Scandinavia, mostly outside the established channels."

a1 - Vägen Är lång (4:24)
a2 - Lyckohjulet (3:27)
a3 - Människofiskare (4:32)
a4 - Vinterdröm (2:47)
a5 - Med dej här bredvid (2:20)
b1 - Det Är dej jag vill ha (3:42)
b2 - För mycket av ingenting (3:39)
b3 - St john (2:35)
b4 - Kommer hem (3:48)
b5 - Sorti (3:55)

- S. Bergman - vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Christer Bjernelind - guitar, keyboards, vibraphone
- Bengan Dahlén - guitar
- Per Bruun - bass
- Thomas Gartz - drums, violin

a1 - Vägen Är lång
a2 - Lyckohjulet
b5 - Sorti

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Kim Dae Hwan - "Huk Woo" ("Black Rain") {Korea} [1991]

Kim Dae Hwan is one of Korea's most renowned western style percussionists. On this album he plays with haegeum player Kang Eun Il on three long improvisational pieces. 1. Black Rain Part 1 2. Black Rain Part 2. 3. Encore. Extraordinary.

He died 70 years old. It was very fast to be gone. We cannot forget his wildness and smile.
At first He was a drummer of the first Korean rock group ADD4 formed by Shin Joong Hyun who is the godfather of Korean rock. Then he formed his own band called Kim Trio (the principle of this band was never performing the same songs), and so on.
He joined the first Korean free music group Kang Tae Hwan Trio in 1978. After that, he had performed by solo musician, and collaborated with many kinds of artists till his death.
And also he was a famous calligraphist. His work, 346 letters on a gain of rice, appears on Guinness Book. He had performed calligraphy on his stage every time.
Only this was his leader album put on the market formally before he died. He played very simple drum sets that constructed with a roto-tom and cymbals and Korean traditional drum, with six sticks in his hands. It was very silently. Above his drum sound, haegeum (Korean traditional instrument) by Mrs. Kang Eun Il was crying bitterly or weeping gently.

Gran parte de la percusión presentada en este CD es coreana, pero los instrumentos melódicos son saxofones y trompetas; Kang Unil aparece con el haegum. Las tres pistas incluidas están interrelacionadas como se ve claramente por los títulos: Black Rain 1, Black Rain 2 y Encore.

01 - Black Rain 1 (30:29)
02 - Black Rain 2 (19:13)
03 - Encore (2:39)

03 - Encore

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

P.L.J. Band - "Gaspar" {Greece} [1979] (Single)

The first ever official vinyl reissue of these Greek legends. Originally released in 1982 by Vertigo this is a very rare album nowadays. Progressive, space rock, psychedelic, Byzantine and mid-eastern elements create the ultimate Greek "rock" album, as many prog-minds around the world declare. The lyrics based on the "Apocalypse of John" and the "Prophecies of Ezekiel". The surprise is the "GASPAR", which accompanies this album. It was a privately pressed 7" EP, released in 1979 as a limited edition of 1000 copies and it had been distributed by the band through their gigs. Nowadays, it's an ultra rarity and almost impossible to find a copy. It contains 4 tracks, all self-penned and sung in English and it's closer to the late 60's - early 70's psychedelic music than to the "Armageddon's" space progressivism. It has never been rereleased in any format. This is an official reissue. From the master-tapes. Exact reproduction of the gatefold cover and the Vertigo labels. Includes extra 2-pages insert with photos and the reproduction of an original full-coloured poster which announces the just-released (!!!) album by Vertigo back in 1981. Yet, the set contains the ULTRA RARE, 4-tracks,7" EP "Gaspar", made by the band in 1979. With its original B/W picture sleeve, this 7" re-release is licenced by P.L.J Band members. 500 copies.

More info here

01. Wake up (3:07)
02. Summer will come for me again (2:52)
03. Gaspar (3:15)
04. Transmigration (3:19)

- Laurentis Macaeritsas / Lead Vocals, 12-String Guitar, Keyboards
- Antonis Mijelos / Lead guitar, Acoustic Guitar
- Jimmy Vasalakos / Bass, Backing Vocals
- Pavlos Kikrilis / Rhythm, Classical Guitar
- Tolis Skamajouras / Drums, Percussion

Thanks to Antony :)
Thanks to Pavlos Kikrilis :)

03. Gaspar
04. Transmigration

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fred van Zegveld "Hammond organ dynamite" [1969] (organ, soft groove cocktail)

Im a fan of oragn music and have always been a little bit curious about this one. So what to say then. Well its not something special not so progressive it is an ordinary late sixties hammon organ album. If you have heard Merit Hemingsson's early album that is what this album sounds like, cool cocktailparty music. The best song is Dynamite that also appears on some collection but also the Beatles cover is pretty good.
Fred van zegveld did also play in Roeks Family a pop/rock act that released one album.
The story goes that the studio was booked but the artist didn't show up so Fred and his friends recorded this album.
Who knows? I hope you will like it.


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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Molendinar - "Folklore aus Schottland" {Germany} [1979] (celtic/trad. folk)

All i know that this lp released from East German label -Amiga- at 1979, typical celtic folk with some nice moments on it. There is a warm invite on this music, any info welcome. Enjoy!

marry me now - ale is dear - dancing feet

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Alain Renaud - "Renaud" {France} [1975] (psych/prog - spacey/hard)

"Very little info on this musician. The first album: sort of spacey sound, with lots of echoing guitar work, a bit similar to Richard Pinhas in style (who also co-produced the album). The second I know nothing about. Back And In Again: here we have participations from Patrick Gauthier, Benoit Widemann and Richard Pinhas. Guy Delacroix plays bass (he will later appear on Jean-Michel Jarre's Revolutions). The style is reportedly more Jazz-Rock than EM, but with already three Heldon dudes giving a hand you can't go wrong, can you?." review taken from back cover seems more interesting than the front, and the music: is nice!

thanks to my friend gilles :)

Monday, October 06, 2008

I Pyranas - "Tanti Successi Per i Pyranas" {Italy} [1969] (beat fusion/early prog)

the only english review that i found at google -taken from ebay vinyl listings-;
"Tanti Successi Per I Pyranas Lp. Original Italian pressing on RCA ARC label (ALPS 11014), from circa 1970. Seldom heard and obscure session from this cult group! I Pyranas were the Italian equivalent of, say, the Ivan Jullien big band and there is even speculation that the 2 were possibly involved in joint projects?!? The name Jullien appears as a writer on the label and this Lp includes Mohawks style hammond tunes, one of which is called Wake the Monster (complete with funky drum breaks on the intro) that is also the name given to a track on Ivan Jullien's Riviera No 1 Lp! Whatever, I Pyranas really were a funky bunch with a psych jazz / mod jazz sound, blasting horn section and they could also sing! Expect raw hammond solos / clipped funky guitar riffs / tuff drumming / groovy congas / psychedelic soul covers / funky mod tunes et al on here! Great stuff for DJs so listen to the soundclip. Rumours aside, this is a record with similar motifs to certain UK hammond exploitation sessions like the Sugar Loaf - Soul Struttin' Lp. I Pyranas are one of our favourite bands of all time too"

not my rip, nor my friends, it may also be sent to other blogs as well, i knew the name of the band for a long time, but i was somehow expecting that this band is yet another boring flower power pop/beat, i was wrong, i cant stop myself to listen some songs over and over again, there are 3 more albums from same band which i would like to listen, if any friend have them, make me happy :) well Enjoy!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Moonlyte "Better Late Than Never" {USA} [1974] (funk/psych rock)

funk oddity that has power to put a smile on faces for santana lovers with a few songs in it, there are some nice moments and overall a good atmosphere, makes this album need to be remembered, any infos welcome.