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5 Nov 2016

Pisano & Ruff “Under The Blanket” 1970 US Jazz Latin Pop

Pisano & Ruff “Under The Blanket” 1970 US Jazz Latin Pop
This unusual meeting between guitarist John Pisano and French horn player Willie Ruff was recorded in the mid-‘60s for A&M, with arrangements by both musicians and producer Herb Alpert. The supporting cast includes a variety of popular session musicians, including drummer Paul Humphreys and bassists Chuck Berghofer and Chuck Domanico, along with Julius Wechter, leader of the Baja Marimba Band. Though both Pisano and Ruff have impeccable jazz credentials, the music falls somewhere between jazz and easy listening. The stronger cuts are the originals (three each by Pisano and Ruff) and the weaker ones covers of pop tunes like Burt Bacharach’s “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talkin’,” Paul Williams’ lightweight “The Drifter,” and especially the horribly over-produced rendition of “El Condor Pasa.” Jazz fans should not bother to look for this obscure release….all music….by Ken Dryden ..
John Pisano — guitar, bass, piano, percussion
Willie Ruff — vocals, guitar, bass, french horn
Chuck Berghofer — bass
Chuck Domanico — bass
Larry Knechtel — keyboards, bass
Julius Wechter — marimba
Milt Holland — percussion
Nick Ceroli — drums
Paul Humphrey — drums 
01. Under The Blanket — 2:32 
02. Amanacer — 2:55 
03. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again — 4:03 
04. Chris — 2:02 
05. Slim — 3:58 
06. The Drifter — 3:50 
07. Everybody’s Talkin’ — 3:07 
08. El Condor Pasa — 2:31 
09. Soon — 2:04 
10. Stop — 2:54

Thabata "Rock!… Rock!… Rock!“ 1970 Argentina Psych Blues Rock

Thabata  "Rock!… Rock!… Rock!“ 1970  mega rare Argentina Psych Blues Rock
the album "Thabata: Rock … Rock … Rock …” Fono FCP seal 909. winners of a contest organized by the new values cycle “The Major”. 
Detail of cover: <Our Cycle “ Major ”, which for three years, Monday to Saturday airs on Radio del Plata …. in the category sets, by direct vote of a jury of outstanding …. it turned consecrated the group" Thabata “whose first record we present for your consideration. The genre called "Rock” is right now is pushing decisively and I think the courageous boys “Thabata” biene they deserve oporunidad provided to them. It’s in you young people decide whether or not worth> (Emilio Roca) ……
One of the rarest records from Argentina, only album released by the band Thabata after winning a competition on local TV. Short and divided into seven tracks, the album features a sound very close to what was being done in the country at the time, mixing hard rock, blues and psychedelia in raw form, with noisy and distorted guitars, sax and flute always present and pulsating bass. The vocals are all in Spanish and bad point is the quality of the recording, a little precarious …..
Winners of a contest organized by the new values ​​cycle “The Main,” which was broadcast on radio Del Plata, this group is shipped with a disc judging by the style and sound can not exceed 1975. Although pretentious letters and the apparent lack of identity, we can not deny that we are in the presence of a hundred percent record, setentoso rock. ……
01 ¿Existe un Hombre en Libertad? 4:22 
02 Alguien Estaba Rodeando Mi Casa 6:19 
03 Una Simple Transicion Astral 4:48 
04 Seguiras Siendo un Abstenido 4:21 
05 Una Cuestion de Larga Rutina 5:13 
06 Siempre Sera un Divagante Introvertido 4:13 
07 Tratare de Seguir Alcanzando Tu Piel 3:13 

Saltcreek “I” 1971 US Private Psych Folk

Saltcreek “I” 1971  US Private Psych Folk
Rare (probably only) self-released LP from this New England folk-rock outfit from the early 70’s. All original songs and self produced, recorded at Century Recording in Holyoke Massachusetts and pressed at United Sound/Century in California (USR 6061). No label. ….. 

Dave Barsalou: drums & flute 
John English: 6-string guitar & lead vox 
Dave Hicksh: 12-string guitar & vox 
Bruce Johnson: 12-string guitar & vox 
Ken Lawing: bass & 6-string guitar 

01. Tomorrow’s Sunshine — 2:51 
02. Cristie — 3:03 
03. Trying To Live — 3:31 
04. Searchin’ — 3:55 
05. A Life To Share (Guy’s Song) — 3:34 
06. G.O.H.F. — 2:50 
07. Used To Be — 3:50 
08. Tears — 5:07 
09. Two Years Ago — 4:21 
10. Lost My Lover — 4:29 
11. Air Force Blues — 2:44 

The Blue Birds“The BlueBirds - Οδός Αγάπης Eντάυθα “ 1972 Greece Psych Garage Hippie Rock

The Blue Birds ‎ “The BlueBirds - Οδός Αγάπης Eντάυθα “ 1972 Greece mega rare Psych Garage Hippie Rock re-issue 2005 Anazitisis Records.
one of the most rare albums in Greek Rock Discography. 

Perhaps the rarest greek rock album, released back in 1972 in very small quantities (300-500copies) and never again re-released in vinyl. here, we talk about a combination of psych-folk and flower power hippy rock with male and female vocals, great melodies and an acid overall atmosphere. acoustic guitars, sometimes heavy and sometimes fuzzy electric guitars, organ, bass and drums create one of the best greek psych albums, although overshadowed and low promoted back then. blue birds was one of the very first greek modern bands as well as one of the most long-lived. although they had started in 1963 as a garage-beat band they delevoped in a hippy band producing some fine singles & #136;êas well as this album- in the early 70′s. as the original release, this reissue is housed in an envelope-like gimmix heavy cover, contains the poster and the greek lyrics sheet. extras are a 4-pages insert with english lyrics and band’s bio and a full-coloured, high quality, psych post-card – killer album and another very high quality exact repro greek reissue. recommended… 

The Blue Birds formed in the port town of Piraeus, near Athens. They were one of the first Greek garage bands, releasing a national hit “Julie” in 1965 on Philips. The flip, Way to Heaven is supposed to be a good, moody song, but I haven’t heard it because I have the ROL release, in which Julie is backed with an instrumental number by different band. The ROL label 45s were given away to promote ROL laundry detergent! 
Their next 45 was also released on both Philips and ROL, both sides included this time. Sweet Polly / Just Remember are both excellent garage numbers, with fantastic farfisa organ playing and good harmonies. 
Two other early singles are highly rated, but with a change in lineup in 1967, their music developed with psychedelic and folk influences. They stopped singing in English and wrote songs with Christian themes to the lyrics. In total the Bluebirds released thirteen 45s and one fine album, Xylinos Stavros (Wooden Cross).. 

Band members were: 
Giorgos Petridis: Vocals (-1967, + Lja Laoytari) 
Yannis Psimoppoylos: Guitar, Vocals 
Leonidas Louloudis: Bass (-1967, Manolis Laoytaris) 
Swkratis Ardavanis: Organ 
Gavrilis Pantzis: Drums (-1972, + Nikos Kalogerakis) 

Οι “Blue birds” εμφανίστηκαν στα μέσα της δεκαετίας του ‘60 (1964) στον Πειραιά. Οι BLUE BIRDS ήταν μαζί με τους CHARMS τα μακροβιότερα γκρουπ, αφού και αυτοί υπήρξαν μέχρι τα μέσα των 70’s. Κυκλοφόρησαν επίσης διάφορα singles μέσα στα 60’s με πρώτο και καλύτερο το «Julie» (1965) από την Philips, που άνετα θα μπορούσε να γίνει επιτυχία και εκτός Ελλάδος.Από τους Blue Birds πέρασαν κατά καιρούς και διάφορα άλλα μέλη όπως : 
Ο Μανώλης Λαουτάρης: Μπάσο (από το 1967) και η Λία Λαουτάρη: Τραγούδι (από το 1967) συμμετείχαν μόνο στο L.P. και σε ένα single που βγήκε λίγο αργότερα το «Αλληλούια». Επίσης ο Ηλίας Ασβεστόπουλος, ο Ηλίας Πιτσολάντης, ο Νίκος Ακαρέπης που πέθανε πρόσφατα, καθώς και άλλοι μουσικοί που όμως δεν έπαιξαν καθοριστικό ρόλο στα δρώμενα του group. Εξαίρεση ο Γιάννης Λοβέρδος που ήταν ο κιθαρίστας του «Ξύλινου σταυρού» και στο δίσκο και στο Φεστιβάλ Θεσσαλονίκης. Ο Νίκος Καλογεράκης ήταν ο στιχουργός στο L.P. και στο πολύ γνωστό τραγούδι «Ξύλινος σταυρός» με το οποίο οι Blue birds, πήραν μέρος με μεγάλη επιτυχία, στο Φεστιβάλ τραγουδιού Θεσσαλονίκης το 1972. Να υπενθυμίσω, ή μάλλον να πω, πως στο Ενδέκατο Φεστιβάλ Τραγουδιού (το 1972) διαγωνίζονταν εκτός από τους Blue Birds και οι Faces με το τραγούδι «Να γελάς, να τραγουδάς», οι Poll με τις «Μολυβιές φωτογραφίες», και οι Νοστράδαμος με το «Δος μου το χέρι σου».Εκτός από τα συγκροτήματα που βρίσκουν το δρόμο τους στα κλαμπς, τα σινεμά και τα θέατρα της εποχής, την ίδια περίοδο δεκάδες μικρά γκρουπάκια γράφουν την δική τους ιστορία, χωρίς να γίνονται γνωστά στο ευρύ κοινό. Τα γκρουπάκια παίζουν σε καμαράκια, πάνω σε ταράτσες ή σε αυλές στην Αθήνα, τη Θεσσαλονίκη και άλλα αστικά κέντρα της εποχής, καθώς η αστικοποίηση έχει ήδη πάρει το δρόμο της. 
Κορυφαίο δείγμα του είδους οι Bluebirds της πρώτης περιόδου από τον Πειραιά. Το 1965 δισκογραφούν ένα 45άρι το πολυακουσμένο Julie, που διανέμεται με το γνωστό απορρυπαντικό της εποχής το ROL! Μάλιστα στην πίσω πλευρά στο 45άρι της Philips υπήρχε το “Way to Heaven” που υποτίθεται ότι είναι ένα καλό, mood τραγούδι, όμως στο 45άρι που διανεμήθηκε από το ROL υπήρχε από μια διαφορετική μπάντα και μια instrumental εκδοχή του Julie. Μπορεί το τραγούδι να μην τους οδήγησε τότε στην μεγάλη καταξίωση, αλλά σήμερα τους κατατάσσει στα πρώτα μεγάλα Ελληνικά ροκ συγκροτήματα.Το επόμενο 45αρι, το κυκλοφόρησε πάλι η Philips και διανεμήθηκε πάλι από το ROL! Είχε από τη μια πλευρά το τραγούδι “Sweet Polly" και από την άλλη το “Just Remember”. Και τα δύο ήταν δυο εξαιρετικές μελωδίες garage, με φανταστικό παίξιμο οργάνων farfisa και πολύ καλές αρμονίες.Δυο άλλα singles της πρώτης περιόδου αξιολογούνται με πολύ υψηλή βαθμολογία, αλλά με μια αλλαγή στο lineup το 1967, η μουσική τους αναπτύχθηκε με αρκετές ψυχεδελικές και folk επιρροές.Στο επόμενο διάστημα το group θα σταμάτησει να τραγουδάει στα αγγλικά και έγραψε τραγούδια με χριστιανικά θέματα στους στίχους – όπως το γνωστό «Ξύλινος σταυρός» με το οποίο πήραν μέρος στο Φεστιβάλ Θεσσαλονίκης το 1972.Συνολικά, οι Bluebirds κυκλοφόρησαν δεκατρία 45s και ένα ωραίο άλμπουμ……. 


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Malanga “Sonata N. 7 a la Revolución” 1973 Colombia Psych Rock Montserrat records

Malanga  “Sonata N. 7 a la Revolución” 1973 Colombia Psych Rock  Montserrat records  
This group was formed in Bogota, 70 / 71Inicialmente his repertoire is like that of all groups of that time, based on covers of American and European groups, however soon the orientamiento the group shifts to musical situations greater creative responsibility, as is already happening with other national groups, and begin to prepare their own songs they recorded in a Single. The musicians are: Guitar-Alexis Tarquin Restrepo Alvaro Galvis Battery-Guitar-Agusto Martelo Under Jesus “Chucho” Merchan. in the casting disc produced by “Monserrat” Tito Nuncira figure also -Percusiones. (Chucho Merchan as guitar and piano and Martelo as Bass) The two numbers are: A: Sonata No. 7 to the revolution and B: Snow Maiden. The disc was recorded in Ingeson in April 1973. 

During the period the group was active were presented as an alternative to existing groups that were consolidated before them, then they achieved a more important position as some of the “classics they disappeared. 

The Colombian pop rock scene cambiava repidamente well as the moods of the public and any "fans” the story ends with some Malanga likely to be (Chucho and Alvaro) and others who decide to open new fronts. 

They leave a lot of the public who remember them and what they represented in his time. 

Malanga was a set that was developed at the beginning of the seventies, after the union of performers from groups: Lump of Dreams, Soda Fountain, The Playboys, The 2 + 2, Hope and La Planta. With this important journey behind the band was composed of Chucho Merchan (guitar), Alexei Restrepo (guitar), Alvaro Galvis (drums), Carlos Alvarez (percussion) and Augusto Martelo (bass and vocals), constituting one of the alignments mythical in the history of Colombian music. 

Highly influenced by psychedelia and musical style of Carlos Santana, the group launched in 1973 a work composed by the songs ‘Snow Maiden’ and 'Sonata No. 7 to the Revolution’, the latter being the piece that allowed them to capture the attention of public of the time. Remembered as one of the topics badges first half of the seventies, 'Sonata No. 7 to the Revolution’ showed shades of skillfully embodied guitar in a web of percussion and bass masterfully directed so that made it a timeless classic. 

After moderate recognition obtained by Malanga at that time, the band broke up in 1974 due to the departure of several of its members abroad including Chucho Merchan, who in the UK gestated a successful career alongside glittering names like Thomas Dolby , The Pretenders, Pete Townsend and Eurythmics. 

Was Malanga the best alignment of national classic rock?…… 

Augusto Martelo (voz-bajo) 
Chucho Merchán (guitarra) 
Alexei Restrepo (guitarra) 
Álvaro Galvis (batería) 
Carlos Álvarez (percusión) 

Columna De Fuego “Cumbia/ Carnaval En Baranquilla” 1974 single 7″ Colombia Psych Latin Funk

Columna De Fuego “Cumbia/ Carnaval En  Baranquilla” 1974 single 7″ Colombia  Psych Latin Funk.
Ultra rare spanish promo pressing by this unknown band from Colombia, they recorded in Spain under the direction of legendary musician Tito Duarte, side B is composed by him. “CUMBIA” is a latin funk club bomb Meters Styled track!  features ultra fat funky drumming, killer horns, wild distorted fuzz guitar, percussion break.  "CARNAVAL EN BARRANQUILLA" is also great with dope vocals and more funky drums-percussion…..

Raymond Vincent “Metronomic”1973 France Prog Jazz Rock

Raymond Vincent “Metronomic”1973 France Prog Jazz Rock
Raymond Vincent is the violinst of the multinational prog rock band Esperanto.Before Esperanto he played in the Wallace Connection.And in between he released this litle psych/prog gem.Great compositions,much violin improvisations a moody sometimes melancholic atmosphere(mostly due to the violin sound). …… 

This is the work done by Raymond Vincent between The Wallace Collection and Esperanto in 1972. Metronomics already included a string quatuor with quite a lot of classic influence. It’s a kind of pre Esperanto’s music. Raymond Vincent then played part of the album Metronomics to Bruno Libert and they agreed to start Esperanto……. 

success of the Wallace Collection in their first training were mostly compositions Raymond Vincent. As a composer, he was somehow the leader of this group to the heroic days when it climbed the top of the hit parade of all Europe. 

talented musician, he was also the group’s violinist. This explains his brilliance, if we know that from the age of 7 years, mania often bow as football. And his father, also a violinist, imposed on him several hours of music practice each day. The results did not also be expected. At 17, he won the first Academy Award in Brussels. Then he continues to collect laurels. Price Edouard Deru. Medal of Government. Medal of the City of Brussels. And fifteen other distinctions. 

After his military service, we find him first violin in the National Orchestra of Belgium. But he devotes his weekends to a group that was called successively “Pragmatic Section” and “16th Sentury” particular. 

Then suddenly everything went very fast. End 1969, it was noticed by a talent researcher in pop music. It represents the English record company EMI That is success. Their first single “Daydream”, a composition of Raymond Vincent, became a hit overnight. There are more than thirty adaptations, notably by Claude François, Raymond Lefèvre, Caravelli, Franck Pourcel, etc. More than one and a half million discs sold. The Wallace Collection go to Olympia and travel throughout Europe to beyond the Iron Curtain. Each festival is their new price. 

It must be said that the formula and launched under the leadership of Raymond Vincent was entirely new: a violin and a cello in the hands of classical musicians in a pop band. 

Besides “Daydream,” Raymond Vincent also wrote “Serenade”, “Fly me to Earth”, and many other successful Wallace Collection. He is also the author of the music of the film “Isabella, my daughter” of Szulzinger. He collaborated with that of “House,” the latest film by Michel Simon, that the film “beautiful monster” which starred Charles Aznavour and Jean cartoon Coignon “Demokratia”. 

Currently, the Wallace Collection with a different formation, Raymond Vincent devoted increasingly to composition. This disc represents his first experience of a renewed trend yet: a classical string quartet in a pop band. It is this training, you may have already heard as the Queen Elisabeth Chapel, he met for the creation of “Metronomics”…….. 

Raymond Vincent - Violin 
Cyrus Faryar - Narration 
Paul Beaver - Moog, Electronic Instruments 
Emil Richards - Exotic Percussion 
Bud Shank - Bass Flute 
Hal Blaine - Drums 
Carol Kaye - Bass Guitar 
Mike Melvoin – Keyboards 

Les Plutoniens 3:59 
Pouring Rain 4:01 
Adagio pour Cordes 2:24 
Do It Now While You Can 3:21 
I Ain’t Got No Time 5:53 
Blue Prayer For Cello In Love 3:15 
La Danse du Canard Sauvage 2:17 
Mouvement pour Archet 1:13 
Mary Jane 2:55 
Isabelle (soundtrack for “Isabelle”) 4:58 
La Mouette 3:40

A Band Called “O” ‎”O” UK 1974 Prog Rock

A Band Called “O” ‎”O” UK 1974 Prog Rock
A Band Called O evolved from the roots of The Parlour Band in the early seventies. I remember hearing them on John Peel’s Top Gear radio show a few times and thought they would be worth checking out. One of the best decisions I ever made! I still regularly listen to the band’s 4 albums - A Band Called O (1974), Oasis (1975), Within Reach (1976) and The Knife (1977). Each of the albums is very good but my personal favourite is Within Reach that includes the classic Smile Is Diamond track (this is essential listening!). Whilst the studio albums clearly demonstrate the musical talent within the band, the live setting was where they really shined. I was lucky enough to see the band 4 times - one of the gigs was in May 1975 supporting Man on the Maximum Darkness tour (with legendary John Cipollina as guest guitarist) and later that same year I caught them on the Hot On The Tracks tour with Sassafras and Randy Pie. Sadly the type of music the band was playing became totally unfashionable around 1977 with the arrival of punk rock. Most concert venues were only interested in putting on punk bands and the lack of opportunities for gigs, and resultant financial pressures, forced the band to quit in 1977. A sad end for a much underrated band that with a bit of good fortune could have been massive.  I think Pix Pickford’s solo career was limited to the Long Drop single. However, I recently came across his name again in a band called Racket who are based in Spain. I think it is time for a holiday to check out this band and relive some of the halcyon days of rock music! ……. 

A Band Called O shared the same management as Man, sharing a similar line-up of two guitars and keyboards and excellent vocal harmonies, and toured with them sometimes - weren’t they on the Maximum Darkness tour? They played a variety of Funk Rock Lite, to my ears, although I haven’t heard their later albums. The first, “O”, is okay with some nice poppy tunes in some fair to clunky arrangements. The second LP, “Oasis” is pure joy from beginning to end, great licks, riffs and textures. They also toured in a triple package with Sassafras and the wonderful Randy Pie. For their third LP “The Knife”, they moved from Epic to UA and changed their name to the O Band for filing reasons. I haven’t heard that album or their fourth and I think last, whse name I forget. I think they were originally from the Channel Islands and moved to Leicester. Pete Filleul (keys) went on to make a career as a session musician and composer, Pix Pickford (gtr) had a fairly unsuccessful solo career, Craig Anders played exquisite slide guitar and had much in common with our Mr Jones Snr His brother Mark played bass, and Derek Ballard was on the kit…… 

Drums – Derek Ballard 
Electric Piano, Vocals – Peter Filleul 
Guitar [Bass] – Mark Anders 
Guitar, Slide Guitar – Craig Anders 
Guitar, Vocals – Pix 


A1 Red Light Mama Red Hot 
Lyrics By – Marriott* 
Written-By – Humble Pie 
A2 Angelica 3:41 
A3 Helping Hand 3:38 
A4 Lady Beatrice 3:55 
A5 Ride, Ride, Ride 3:12 
B1 Rock Roll Clown 3:38 
B2 All I Need 2:02 
B3 Get Funky 3:30 
B4 Captain Cellophane / Sidewalk Ship 12:00 

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