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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Steppeulvene "Hip"1967 Danish Psych Rock












Steppeulvene  "Hip"1967  Danish Psych Rock
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Danish psychedelic gem. 1967 album from underground prog-rock-psych artifact with the highest of ratings among in-the-know collectors. The importance of this album can only be underrated…strong songs throughout and a certified classic. Steppeulvene (Danish language for Steppenwolf) was a Danish psych/folk/rock/prog crew which despite its short life, has become the icon for the Danish hippie music scene. This their only album “Hip” first released in 1967 was the first psychedelic rock album in DK and has attained near-mythological status in the history of Danish rock. 

The group was the result of a collaboration between lead singer the late Eik Skaløe, who had traveled in the Orient in the early 1960’s and wrote the Bob Dylan-inspired, highly symbolic and almost surreal lyrics, and Stig Møller (guitar, vocal), who wrote the drawling, psychedelic, folk-influenced music. The other members were Søren Seirup (bass) and Preben Devantier (drums). 

A tour in October 1967 came to a chaotic end when a concert was cut short by the police and the group members were arrested for marijuana use. Shortly after being released, Eik Skaløe went on a journey to Afghanistan/Nepal (on the so-called “hippie trail”) and was found dead near the Indian/Pakistani border in October 1968, apparently after a drug-induced suicide. Back in Denmark the rest of the group attempted to carry on, but, lacking the characteristic Skaløe as a front figure, the hipsters quickly dissolved………….. 

Steppeulv agree LP ‘Hip’ 1967 was an epoch-making milestone in the history of Danish music. It was the first real Danish beat album containing original Danish-language texts. 

Until the publication of 'Hip’ had Danish rock music either been fordanskninger of foreign music or traditional Danish songs added an electric guitar.The genesis of 'Hip’ 
Steppeulv agree classic crew consisted of: 

Eik Skaløe - song 
Stig Moller - guitar 
Soren Seirup - bass 
Preben Reilly - drums 
In the mid-1960s had Eik Skaløe traveled around Europe and the Orient, where he had lived to play guitar in the squares and bars. In the Odyssey, he came into contact with various substances like marijuana, morphine and LSD. These quickly became a natural part of his life. 
Stig MollerEik turned in 1966 back to Denmark and started writing some songs. At the invitation he got in touch with Stig Moller, who had already made a name in the folk scene. 

Stig was immediately excited about Eik and his songs. They therefore agreed to form a band. The group was named Steppeulvene - named after Herman Hesse’s novel 'Steppeulven’. 

After having procured a bassist and a drummer recorded the group in March 1967 LP 'Hip’. Filming took place in dense hash mists and took a whole week. It was then time for the filming of a plate, and by the publication of the later in the year it was designated as the most expensive Danish album to date. 

Cover - HipThe result was an LP with quite psychedelic music. The texts were in Danish and reflected a dissolute hippie universe. In addition, the album had an excellent cover, was designed by Donald Bull Clausen. 

'The Summer of Love’ 
Steppeulvene was Danish representatives of the hippies , and 1967, 'The Summer of Love’. Everything should have been thriving well. 

But although 'Hip’ by contemporary standard sold reasonably, there was no money in the Danish beat music. The group had bought their plants at close, and when they were unable to pay the installments, it was picked up by the seller. 

To come out and play should Steppeulvene of the due loan facility of others. Therefore, it was only to a few concerts. 

In addition, the group had problems with the police. In the media had Steppeulv The members namely openly admitted that they both smoked cannabis and took stimulants that was stronger. 

Law And Order wanted to apprehend the four prairie wolves for their drug addiction. The opportunity came Oct. 14, 1967. 

Steppeulvene had a concert in Vejgårdshallen in Aalborg. One of the organizers, however, smelled strange smoke from the room, the group stayed in, so he called the police. During the concert, the power was suddenly cut off. It was the law enforcement who showed up. Performers were stopped, and the group members were arrested. 

Steppeulvene was relatively quickly released again. But Eik had had enough, he would no longer be performing musician. Instead, he went to India. 

Eik SkaløeFor a time traveled Eik around the East. But in the spring of 1968, his desiccated body found in eastern Pakistan. Apparently he had committed suicide. Eik Skaløe was 25 years. 

Steppeulvene reached to issue a single with the telling title: 'You must be out where your depth’. On the starred neither Eik Skaløe or Stig Moller. Yet the result was quite conspicuous. In the vocal foreground the single was heard Hasse Levy…………… 
«Steppeulvene» Group is very well known in the Danish hippoznoy coterie late 60s. They, by the way, full namesakes «Steppenwolf» Americans only at the Copenhagen dialect. They sang in their native tongue, smoked marijuana, in 1967 recorded only his album «Hip», after which their vocalist Eik Skale once went out to the nearest bread shop for croissants, but on the way he remembered that he desperately needed in India … gone but there was gone - he died in some forgotten by God town in the middle of the jungle, on the Afghan-Nepal border in October 1968. There opium poppy growing in almost waist-high and harvest four times a year removed, so lost, and the abyss, you know, quickly and easily. After the death of singer group, of course, it broke up….. 
Steppeulvene HIP 1967 came came to stand as a symbol for the future of new music. It was recorded in Metronome study. Upon the release of the plate made Eik a minor happening to the press as he disguises and with a flower in his mouth jumped in Christianshavn’s Canal. It is not many pictures of Eik. 

Hip was their first and only LP-plate Eik Skaløe. The music and especially the lyrics are today still subject to a certain cult .. 
The band Steppeulvene consisted in 1967 of Søren Seirup (bass), Eik Skaløe (song) text Stig Moller (guitar) music and Preben Reilly (drums) 

Eik Skaløe traveled soon after the release of HIP to India. Eik was found in India on the border with Pakistan after apparently committing suicide. 
Steppeulvene has been formed and restored several times since Stig Moller as lead singer on “Steppeulvene Live” from 2002 with Søren Seirup as lead singer on “Steppeulvene, The Forgotten Songs” from 2012…………. 
By 1967, the effects of the Vietnam War were beginning to severely affect European opinion of the U.S.A. and many American bands returned home under a cloud of depression from having weathered so many insults and questions about the actions of their government. Preaching freedom for Americans whilst destroying civilian populations thousands of miles away especially alienated the inward-looking Danes, whose youth was now beginning to follow the trend for ‘finding itself’ in travels to the east. 

Their figurehead came in the form of the young hippy poet/singer Eik Skaloe, whose wordy songs and strangely-female sounding baritone made his band Steppeulvene (‘Steppenwolf’) sound like Marlene Dietrich fronting Mouse & the Traps. Eik Skaloe was the first of his generation to sing in his native language and – though his decision has ultimately rendered his muse opaque for the rest of the world – Steppeulvene’s 1967 LP, the immaculately-titled HIP, became the symbol of all things cool and defiantly Danish. Tragically, Skaloe’s success in Denmark could not hold back his Odinist wanderings forever and, in 1968, he disappeared whilst travelling through the Indian city of Ferozepore, aged only twenty-five. Whether or not Skaloe was murdered or died of a self-inflicted drug overdose in Ferozepore, the singer became Denmark’s own Brian Jonesian sacrifice and his early death in 1968 symbolically confirmed to young Danes that theirs was a righteous scene. Although the HIP album is musically very dated compared to subsequent bands, Steppeulvene’s influence was already vast and made even greater because of Skaloe’s disappearance at the height of his career. Skaloe is a still true rock myth in 21st century Denmark and will always be considered by the original Danish heads as having been ‘Brother Number One’. Skaloe inspired such highly political bands as the Jomfru Ane Band and Rode Mor to sing their own politicised songs entirely in Danish. The latter band featured the refusenik vocalist/poet Troels Trier and released such records at the anti-Vietnam War E.P. JOHNNY GENNEM ILD OG VAND (‘Johnny through Fire & Water’) about a dead American G.I. returning from the war unaware that he is a ghost. — Julian Cope……………….. 

Personnel: 
- Eik Skaløe - lead vocals 
- Stig Møller - guitar, vocals 
- Søren Seirup - bass, harmonica 
- Preben Devantier – drums 

Tracklist 
A1 Dunhammeraften 5:23 
A2 Itsi-Bitsi 4:50 
A3 Til Nashet 5:21 
A4 Jensen 6:41 
B1 0-0-0 4:58 
B2 Lykkens Pamfil 5:41 
B3 Kvinde Kom Ud 3:57 
B4 Kun For Forrykte 5:22 

Cosmos Factory "An Old Castle of Transylvania" 1973 Japan Psych Space Rock














Cosmos Factory  "An Old Castle of Transylvania" 1973 Japan Psych Space Rock
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“A really beautiful and very atmospheric hard rock album. The melodies are strong, carried mostly by keyboards. The bass is quite loud and up-front. The vocalist sings sometimes passionately, sometimes subtly, but always in Japanese. I really liked this album because here the approach to hard rock is not of the straightforward kind. The tempos are mostly slower, there are many beautiful instrumental breaks, lots and lots of awesomely played keyboards. The album really ends up sounding like an entirety and not simply a collection of songs. The mood achieved is also intriguing - melancholic, occasionally brooding. This may sound a little like what Black Sabbath have achieved, but Cosmos Factory is avoiding Iommy’s compactly packed doomy riff strategy. Here we have a more sprawling and atmospheric sound. Really, an awesome album! Cannot recommend it enough to fans ot 70s psych and hard rock.”………. 

Their debut was a very heavy, keyboard driven prog rock affair featuring excellent guitar and some fuzz, as well as some violin on one of the tracks. All Japanese vocals add to the atmosphere. The side-long title track on side B is a highlight, and reasonably consistent too. The original Jap press came in a gatefold cover on a red Columbia label with the Merry-Go-Round name of the production co. listed along the bottom of the disc label…by…tymeshifter …….. 

Very decent artifact from the golden age when Prog still could still actually rock, this actually has the dope guitar tone and skillful playing you’d expect from a Japanese band at the time, albeit done in a slightly more commercial and sentimental way. It has the technical playing and unfortunately dramatic songwriting of a typical Italian prog band, while the verses and some of the better riffs have a nice Eloy/Floyd feel, although the spaciness is sadly not further explored, the band goes for a more melody and hooky path. The bands talent is unquestionable but it’s actually the sidelong B track that helps this record a lot. 
The opener has some nice doomy bass, but instead of the guitar kicking in, we have some lame synth, definitely ahead of its time but it’s tough to make that shit not sound tacky. Eventually the dope guitar sound comes through, the soloing is great and the synth goes back and forth from corny to actually spacey and trippy. “Maybe” is upheld by the great guitar and organ riffing, but the conventional sappy songwriting hinders it. “Soft Focus” is an unbearably lame ballad which you might have heard in every single anime. “Fantastic Mirror” has 20 seconds of heavy FTP riffery that is quickly replace by more well executed but sappy songwriting. “Poltergeist” is a decent instrumental with well done soloing from everyone plus a violinist. 
Fortunately the title track helps this shit get going. When the “Forest of Death” get’s going there’s some dope Eloy-esque riffery definitely a highlight here. The next two three are again very good (especially the great playing during the final one), just kinda hindered by the dramatic arrangements. The vocals here are decent cuz of the low-key delivery, but the riffs kinda get old. 
So while definitely weaker and more commercial than Satori or Far Out and other Jap heavies, and very inconsistent, this album has some total classic sporadic moments, and top notch playing by all involved, and should at least get some recognition as a unique and underrated Prog album…by…UrbanHaze82 ……. 

The Japanese progrock band COSMOS FACTORY made a sery of albums in the Seventies with every time another sound. I prefer their debut-album “An Old Castle Of Transylvania” (1973). The long title track (around 20 minutes) is a mind blowing blend of psychedelia and progrock with great build ups and eruptions, very compelling with strong hints from early PINK FLOYD but the swirling movements also brings the long live tracks from URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE, IRON BUTTERFLY, VANILLA FUDGE and Krautrock like early JANE and ELOY on my mind. It contains sumptuous keyboard play including heavy floods of Hammond organ and Mellotron along biting guitar. The interplay between guitar and organ is like “Set the controls for the heart of the sun” from PINK FLOYD. The other songs are also loaded with Hammond and Mellotron, a real ‘keyboard nirvana’ for the fans of 'vintage keyboards’. (http://www.progarchives.com) 

Formed in 1970, in the ugly industrial city of Nagoya, from the ruins of GS outfit The Silencer, this progressive rock band was courted by a local rock critic who took the band under his managerial wing. They played the local scene for a couple of years before gaining anything more than local success. 

Cosmos Factory took their marvellous name from a wholly cosmic misreading of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s LP COSMO’S FACTORY, which has unfortunately led many to believe that they were a space rock band. Instead, they were just a fairly bombastic bunch with a good line in titles. Their best LP is the debut AN OLD CASTLE IN TRANSYLVANNIA, but even this is keyboard heavy in an Italian progressive style, and only the epic title track that closes the album enters the realms of real experiment. Otherwise, their work dwells in the same areas as The Nice, Arzachel and early King Crimson. The band finally made its name as support for The Moody Blues and signed to Columbia Records in 1973, releasing the aforementioned debut that same year. 

Thereafter, the band signed a better deal with Toshiba’s hip Express label, and embarked on the unusual policy of releasing EPs. First came FANTASTIC MIRROR, followed by THE INFINITE UNIVERSE OF YOUR MIND and DAYS IN THE PAST, each appearing throughout 1975. Their second LP A JOURNEY WITH COSMOS FACTORY was released the same year. Film soundtrack work altered their music somewhat, giving it a harder, more clinical edge, and the musical arrangements of their final LPs BLACKHOLE and METAL REFLECTION were more Spartan than the previously lush arrangements of earlier albums, and not heavy metal as the titles would suggest. …………… 

Cosmos Factory – a progressive group formed in Nogoya, 1970. They moved to Tokyo the next year, acquired a manager [who was also a well-known rock critic] and got to work. The band are now perhaps best known for their first album, ‘Cosmos Factory’ (a.k.a. ‘An Old Castle of Transylvania’) [Columbia, 1973], which has long been the easiest to obtain on CD. In the Ultima Thule shop catalogue it’s compared to Far East Family Band; I find this very misleading, as the only similarities I can hear are in their worst moments, ie. when they get into their cod-emotive sappy balladic crooning. Other than those bits, which take up a lot of space, it’s a pretty good to great album, with heavier bits as well as spacey and slightly ominous progressive rock reminiscent of a blend of The Nice, Arzachel and early Pulsar, with cool use of the Moog. Anyway, this album brought them a lot of recognition and they began playing support for big western bands of the era such as Humble Pie and The Moody Blues, both then well past their prime and probably overshadowed by their unique support act! 
The next album, ‘A Journey With The Cosmos Factory’ [Toshiba EMI/Express, 1975], reputedly enters weirder realms and was well-received. ‘Blackhole’ [Toshiba EMI/Express, 1976] is reputedly comparable to complex King Crimson in some ways. Around this time, the band also began making music for film soundtracks and TV themes. Their last album, ‘Metal Reflection’ [Toshiba EMI/Express, 1977], has a reputation for being more of a metal/hard rock thing, but it’s actually a lot more varied than that. It’s a pretty good album containing proggy hard rock, proggy metal, spacey prog, cosmic funk, a ballad, and almost omnipresent synthesisers. Some bits are reminiscent of some Magical Power Mako circa ‘Jump’ [see below]. The production is excellent. They also released a number of rare EP’s - ‘Fantastic Mirror’ [1975], ‘The Infinite Universe Of Our Mind’ (a promo release) [1975] and ‘Days In The Past’ [1975]. The first album has been reissued on CD by Coca/Nippon Columbia; the next 3 by Toshiba EMI Cosmos Factory – a progressive group formed in Nogoya, 1970. They moved to Tokyo the next year, acquired a manager [who was also a well-known rock critic] and got to work. The band are now perhaps best known for their first album, ‘Cosmos Factory’ (a.k.a. ‘An Old Castle of Transylvania’) [Columbia, 1973], which has long been the easiest to obtain on CD. In the Ultima Thule shop catalogue it’s compared to Far East Family Band; I find this very misleading, as the only similarities I can hear are in their worst moments, ie. when they get into their cod-emotive sappy balladic crooning. Other than those bits, which take up a lot of space, it’s a pretty good to great album, with heavier bits as well as spacey and slightly ominous progressive rock reminiscent of a blend of The Nice, Arzachel and early Pulsar, with cool use of the Moog. Anyway, this album brought them a lot of recognition and they began playing support for big western bands of the era such as Humble Pie and The Moody Blues, both then well past their prime and probably overshadowed by their unique support act! 
The next album, ‘A Journey With The Cosmos Factory’ [Toshiba EMI/Express, 1975], reputedly enters weirder realms and was well-received. ‘Blackhole’ [Toshiba EMI/Express, 1976] is reputedly comparable to complex King Crimson in some ways. Around this time, the band also began making music for film soundtracks and TV themes. Their last album, ‘Metal Reflection’ [Toshiba EMI/Express, 1977], has a reputation for being more of a metal/hard rock thing, but it’s actually a lot more varied than that. It’s a pretty good album containing proggy hard rock, proggy metal, spacey prog, cosmic funk, a ballad, and almost omnipresent synthesisers. Some bits are reminiscent of some Magical Power Mako circa ‘Jump’ [see below]. The production is excellent. They also released a number of rare EP’s - ‘Fantastic Mirror’ [1975], ‘The Infinite Universe Of Our Mind’ (a promo release) [1975] and ‘Days In The Past’ [1975]. The first album has been reissued on CD by Coca/Nippon Columbia; the next 3 by Toshiba EMI [possibly out of print]. By Chris McLean……………. 

An Old Castle Of Transylvania album for sale by Cosmos Factory was released on May 11, 2010. Digitally remastered edition of this 1973 album from the Japanese Prog rockers. An Old Castle Of Transylvania buy CD music Cosmos Factory played the local scene for a couple of years before gaining anything more than local success. The band finally made its name as support for The Moody Blues and signed to Columbia Records in 1973, releasing their debut (and best) album An Old Castle Of Transylvania that same year. An Old Castle Of Transylvania songs Cosmos Factory took their marvellous name from a wholly cosmic misreading of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s LP Cosmo’s Factory, which has unfortunately led many to believe that they were a Space Rock band. An Old Castle Of Transylvania album for sale Instead, this is Moog keyboard heavy in an Italian progressive style, and the epic 18-minute title track that closes the album enters the realms of real experimentation. For fans of The Nice, Arzachel and early King Crimson……………. 

The starting line-up of this unique Japanese progrock band is: Tsutomu Izumi (keyboards, Moog synthesizer, vocals), Hisashi Mizutani (guitar, vocals), Toshkazu Taki (bass, vocals), Kazuo Okamoto (drums & percussion) and Misao on violin. They made a serie of albums in the Seventies with every time another sound: the debut album “An Old Castle of Transylvania” ('73) sounds like early FLOYD/VANILLA FUDGE, the third album “Black Hole” (75) is more in the vein of complex KING CRIMSON (nerve-racking FRIPPERIAN play), the second LP “The journey..” sound rather weird and freaky and their fourth entitled “Metal Reflection” is, as the title suggests, pure hardrock/metal. 

The long title track of their debut album “An old Castle of Transylvania” (around 20 minutes) is a mindblowing blend of psychedelia and progrock with great build ups and eruptions, very moving! The swirling climate also brings the long live tracks from URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE, IRON BUTTERFLY, VANILLA FUDGE and Krautrock like early JANE and ELOY on my mind. It contains sumptuous keyboardplay (Hammond and Mellotron) and biting guitar. The interplay between guitar and organ is like “Set the controls for the heart of the sun” from PINK FLOYD. The other songs are also loaded with Hammond and Mellotron, a real 'keyboard nirvana’…………… 

COSMOS FACTORY were a Japanese band from the seventies and this is their debut, a heavy psychedelic recording for the most part. Lots of organ and guitar plus some welcomed mellotron. I was actually relieved to see Damo and Sagi’s 3 star ratings as quite a few people consider this a classic. I find that half of this album is very good while the other half not so much. The title suite to end the album is incredible which makes it hard not to be giving this 4 stars. 
“Soundtrack 1984” is a top three for me and an instrumental. A bass/ drum intro here as mellotron rolls in. I really dig the guitar, especially after 1 ½ minutes. “Maybe” is heavy with floating organ. How good is the mellotron and vocal melodies before a minute. The heaviness will be contrasted with the calmer vocal sections with organ. Some nice guitar before 3 minutes that goes on and on until that mellotron/ vocal melody passage from earlier is reprised. This song sounds like a late sixties tune, I really like it. 

“Soft Focus” features keys and harp-like sounds and is very much a ballad with sappy vocals. “Fantastic Mirror” has an RPI vibe with the keyboard sounds. Unfortunately this is contrasted with sugary sections where the vocals just don’t sound very good. Not a fan overall but it has it’s moments. “Poltergeist” is bouncy with pulsating keys and drums not fitting the title of the song in my opinion. There is guest violin on this one that I’m not into, sounds like acoustic violin. The guitar, organ and violin take turns leading the way. 

“An Old Castle Of Transylvania” suite includes the last four tracks and the songs blend into one another. Other than the first track this is the highlight of the album. “Forest Of The Death” is dark and brooding, experimental too with organ and synths standing out. A change after 2 ½ minute as the drums come in and slowly build and the organ arrives with power. Check out the guitar! Great tune and top three for me. “The Cursed” continues with the darkness as the organ floats in before it all turns dramatic after a minute with the guitar and drums joining in. Vocals before 2 minutes then the guitar returns as it will come and go. Excellent! 

“Darkness Of The World” is similar in sound again but more uptempo and more powerful, at least until the vocals arrive and it settles back some. Powerful organ ends it as it blends into my final top three “An Old Castle Of Transylvania”. Guitar joins the powerful organ and steady drums quickly. I like how the guitar soars before 2 minutes. Mellotron follows then vocals before 3 minutes. A minute later we get this stunning ending of thunder cracks, rain and wind. It’s like your right there in this wild storm. 

As I said earlier there’s so much on here that cries 4 stars yet at the same time we get plenty of less than steller passages that have me wondering why they went that route. Well worth checking out if your into Psychedelic music….. by Mellotron Storm ………… 

This is just the beginning! 
Where some bands realease a very good debut which they can’t follow , other bands release a debut which only shows the band’s potential which is being fully fulfilled in the next few releases. cosmos factory belongs to that second category that had to release a debut before reaching to the point of full development., not that it’s a bad release god forbid…i heard far worse releases 

Songs are not that progressive but more like rocky psychedelic 4 minutes long songs. i like it but it’s nothing special either , thinking of other great releases that time. songs are sung in japanese which is nice , doesn’t hurt your ear.. guitar sound is with heavy distortion , the riffs are slow too , there are actually no great solos either but good guitar parts and riffs. the overall sound is not rich , the rocky parts pretty much sound the same althought there are keys involved. i like their rockiness but it’s the soft ballad 'soft focus’ which really does it for me . clean beautiful vocals ( i can’t understand a word ) with that piano and some kind of beautiful mandoline really good. 'an old castle of transylvania’ is an epic divided in 4 parts , the music is still slow but there is a sense of an epic , not the greatest but it has it’s moments , slightly better than the rest of the album. finally you can hear that there is a keyboard player over there , composition flows better and the guitar has more room , there is more space for every body to develop better. 

The next album see the band develop a lot more , both in composition and in sound , but it’s the third 'black hole’ where they are kicking some serious butts!! my rating is 3.2 , nice debut but not the best place to start with this band….by Sagichim ……….. 

Formed in 1970, in the ugly industrial city of Nagoya, from the ruins of GS outfit The Silencer, this progressive rock band was courted by a local rock critic who took the band under his managerial wing. They played the local scene for a couple of years before gaining anything more than local success. Cosmos Factory took their marvellous name from a wholly cosmic misreading of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s LP COSMO’S FACTORY, which has unfortunately led many to believe that they were a space rock band. Instead, they were just a fairly bombastic bunch with a good line in titles. Their best LP is the debut AN OLD CASTLE IN TRANSYLVANNIA, but even this is keyboard heavy in an Italian progressive style, and only the epic title track that closes the album enters the realms of real experiment. Otherwise, their work dwells in the same areas as The Nice, Arzachel and early King Crimson. The band finally made its name as support for The Moody Blues and signed to Columbia Records in 1973, releasing the aforementioned debut that same year. Thereafter, the band signed a better deal with Toshiba’s hip Express label, and embarked on the unusual policy of releasing EPs. First came FANTASTIC MIRROR, followed by THE INFINITE UNIVERSE OF YOUR MIND and DAYS IN THE PAST, each appearing throughout 1975. Their second LP A JOURNEY WITH COSMOS FACTORY was released the same year. Film soundtrack work altered their music somewhat, giving it a harder, more clinical edge, and the musical arrangements of their final LPs BLACKHOLE and METAL REFLECTION were more Spartan than the previously lush arrangements of earlier albums, and not heavy metal as the titles would suggest. Cosmos Factory’s name and fabulous album titles are the main reason for the band’s inclusion here. ….by Julian Cope…………. 

Line-up / Musicians 
- Tsutomu Izumi / keyboards, Mellotron, synthesizers, vocals 
- Hirashi Mizutani / guitars, vocals 
- Kazuo Okamoto / drums, percussion 
- Toshikazu Taki / bass, vocals 
+ Misao / violin (5) 

Songs / Tracks Listing 
1. Soundtrack 1984 
2. Maybe 
3. Soft focus 
4. Fantastic mirror 
5. Poltergeist 
6. An old castle of Transylvania: 
I) Forest of the death 
II) The cursed 
III) Darkness of the world 
IV) An old castle of Transylvania 

Stepson “Stepson” 1974 + The Lost Tapes"1972-1974 US Hard Blues Rock

Stepson “Stepson” 1974 + The Lost Tapes"  1972-1974  US Hard Blues Rock
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An excellent hard/blues album, with Jeff Simmons on one track. Most of the songs were written by the group and the vocals and guitar parts are especially interesting (Rude Attitude, I Apologize, Burnin’ Hurt). Arthur Lee of Love and Chris Hillman od The Byrds get “special thanks” on the cover. 
Hawks, Newman and Gallucci had all previously been in Don and the Goodtimes and later with Hauser in Touch. 
After the demise of TOUCH, 3 (of the 5) members went on and resurfaced in 1974 with this hard drivin’ slab of attitude, swagger, fuzz and hammond. Jeff Simmons appears on one of the tracks and a heavy Detroit-vibe hangs in the air throughout……


Portland’s Stepson were a sweatdrenched bluesy hard rock act that rose from the ashes of defunct area band, Touch. Their sole album was released on ABC/Dunhill Records in 1974, though the band were essentially a studio creation. Despite the fact that the band never toured in support of this amazing album, over the years the word has gotten out about this incredible album and the band enjoys cult success among collectors and obscurity geeks. Though the album doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it is a fine example of Detroit style hard rock with a healthy dose of punk attitude. Easily one of the best example of “cock rock” to come along at such an early stage of the genre’s existence, Stepson deserve recognition for their meager contribution to rock music. After the band’s efforts to record a followup were snuffed out, several members went on to later work for Elektra Records. Others went on to do session work for notably fluffier artists like Carole King, James Taylor and Shaun Cassidy……….


This CD is from the mastertape recorded in 1972/1974 which seemed to be lost. This quartet are clearly influenced by hard rock’s illustrious past, cuz there are faint echoes of Led Zeppelin, Cactus, Grand Funk, Leafhound and Bloodrock. Although Stepson are, at least on the surface, an easily familiar commonplace hard rock band, there is something absolutely intriguing and hypnotizing about their stab at bluesy hard rock music. The powerful opening track “Danger Zone” is screwed into your head, then you get hit with the excellent “Streets of Alameda” and ripping “Can’t help myself”. The songs on this LP are played with such awesome power that you cannot fail to be blown away. Possibly the best track on the album is the stunning MC 5-like “Midnight creep” which is a roller coaster ride into guitar madness. The recording is marred somewhat by inferior equipment and bad mixing, but it still is a splendidly thick slice of 70’s hardrock served up in the Golden Eagle in the motorcity Detroit, Michigan


About forty years in the making, and finally the world has the second Stepson album! Utilizing tapes preserved by drummer Len Fagan then transferred to digital and mastered by bassist Bruce Hauser, this fine collection of twelve songs is as close as the world will ever get to a real second Stepson album. Some is raw, some is embryonic, but it’s all prime stuff for fans to savor, reflecting the band’s “"devil may care”“ attitude and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. And just in case you don’t believe that the band liked to party, consider that the exact recording dates (and even some locations) have long been forgotten. To borrow an old adage: If you can remember Stepson, you weren’t there. Kicking off with a crunching riff by guitarist Joey Newman, 'Danger Zone’ is the heaviest track Stepson ever cut, replete with an ominous atmosphere reflecting the seedy side of their native Los Angeles; 'Streets of Alameda’ (1974) is an ode to vocalist Jeff Hawks’ hometown, featuring a liquor store holdup and a stolen Lincoln used as the getaway car. 'Flesh & Blood’ is the only track on here that got an official release, albeit by ex-Smith belter Gayle McCormick as the title track to her second solo album, released by Decca in 1972. This version showcases the riff in full glory. And if you don’t believe that this riff is strong, consider that The Tonight Show band played it for approximately two weeks in 1976, prompting Fagan to confront ”“author”“ Don Menza, who coincidentally did the Flesh & Blood album’s horn charts and was now claiming credit for the song under the title 'Instant Heart.’ The song disappeared from late night TV show shortly thereafter. 'Bad Situation,’ the only other 1974 track, describes the band’s predicament that year: a track that should have propelled them to the big time, but instead bounced off a brick wall like a tennis ball. The maracas and funkified quasi-Bo Diddley groove hint at Stepson’s growth and what might have been. 


Joey Newman (aka Vjern Kjellberg) : Guitar, Back Vocals Bandit, ex-Don and The Good Times, ex-Blue Mountain Eagle, ex-The Liberty Party, ex-Touch
Len Fagan : Drums 
Bruce Hauser : Bass, Back Vocals Don and The Good Times, Sawmill Creek Band, ex-Touch
Jeff Hawks : Vocals ex-Don and The Good Times, ex-Touch
Don Gallucci : piano session member, ex-Touch, ex-Don and the Goodtimes
Jimmy Greenspoon : Keyboard session member
Jeff Simmons : harpe, harmonica session member 

Stepson “Stepson” 1974

Tracklist
A1 Rule In The Book
A2 Lil’ Bit
A3 Rude Attitude
A4 It’s My Life
A5 I Apologize
B1 Suffer
B2 Back To 'Bama
B3 Man, I’m A Fool
B4 Turnpike
B5 Burnin’ Hurt 
Stepson :The Lost Tapes” 1972-1974 CD+LP 2013 
LP limited to 1,000 copies
Another sure to sell-out limited edition vinyl release from Lion Productions & Vintage, including full size insert with detailed liner notes by Doug Sheppard, plus photos, and lyrics
Bluesy hard rock band that rose from the ashes of Touch. Their sole album was released on ABC/Dunhill Records in 1974. Despite the fact that the band never toured in support of their amazing album, over the years the word has gotten out about this incredible album and the band enjoys cult success among collectors. Easily one of the best examples of “cock rock” ever put onto wax.
Long sought after unreleased recordings from this hard-nosed raunchy Detroit-style 70s hard rock band whose 1974 debut album on ABC is highly regarded. A smashing collection of memorable tracks featuring vicious growling guitar from Joey Newman, soulful vocals of Jeffs Hawks, along with the non-stop rocking backbone of Bruce Hauser (bass) and Len Fagan (drums). These guys really knew how to ride the pocket and lay down some badass rock ‘n’ roll… ...
* Bluesy hard rock band that rose from the ashes of Touch. Their sole album was released on ABC/Dunhill Records in 1974. Despite the fact that the band never toured in support of their amazing album, over the years the word has gotten out about this incredible album and the band enjoys cult success among collectors. Easily one of the best examples of "cock rock" ever put onto wax. * Long sought after unreleased recordings from this hard-nosed raunchy Detroit-style 70s hard rock band whose 1974 debut album on ABC is highly regarded. A smashing collection of memorable tracks featuring vicious growling guitar from Joey Newman, soulful vocals of Jeffs Hawks, along with the non-stop rocking backbone of Bruce Hauser (bass) and Len Fagan (drums). These guys really knew how to ride the pocket and lay down some badass rock 'n' roll. * Another sure to sell-out limited edition vinyl release from Lion Productions & Vintage, including full size insert with detailed liner notes by Doug Sheppard, plus photos, and lyrics About forty years in the making, and finally the world has the second Stepson album!

Utilizing tapes preserved by drummer Len Fagan then transferred to digital and mastered by bassist Bruce Hauser, this fine collection of twelve songs is as close as the world will ever get to a real second Stepson album. Some is raw, some is embryonic, but it's all prime stuff for fans to savor, reflecting the band's "devil may care" attitude and rock 'n' roll lifestyle. And just in case you don't believe that the band liked to party, consider that the exact recording dates (and even some locations) have long been forgotten. To borrow an old adage: If you can remember Stepson, you weren't there. Kicking off with a crunching riff by guitarist Joey Newman, 'Danger Zone' is the heaviest track Stepson ever cut, replete with an ominous atmosphere reflecting the seedy side of their native Los Angeles; 'Streets of Alameda' (1974) is an ode to vocalist Jeff Hawks' hometown, featuring a liquor store holdup and a stolen Lincoln used as the getaway car. 'Flesh & Blood' is the only track on here that got an official release, albeit by ex-Smith belter Gayle McCormick as the title track to her second solo album, released by Decca in 1972. This version showcases the riff in full glory. And if you don't believe that this riff is strong, consider that The Tonight Show band played it for approximately two weeks in 1976, prompting Fagan to confront "author" Don Menza, who coincidentally did the Flesh & Blood album's horn charts and was now claiming credit for the song under the title 'Instant Heart.' The song disappeared from late night TV show shortly thereafter. 'Bad Situation,' the only other 1974 track, describes the band's predicament that year: a track that should have propelled them to the big time, but instead bounced off a brick wall like a tennis ball. The maracas and funkified quasi-Bo Diddley groove hint at Stepson's growth and what might have been.....

Long sought after unreleased recordings from this hard-nosed raunchy Detroit-style 70s hard rock band whose 1974 debut album on ABC is highly sought after. A smashing collection of memorable tracks featuring vicious growling guitar from Joey Newman, and the awesome soulful vocals of Jeffs Hawks, along with the non-stop rocking backbone of Bruce Hauser (bass) and Len Fagan (drums), these guys really knew how to lay down some badass foot-stomping rock ‘n roll. Includes ex-members of the group Touch, whose 1969 album is another hot commodity...
Tracklist
Danger Zone
Streets Of Alameda
Can’t Help Myself
Flesh & Blood
Don’t Say Goodbye (Say Goodnight)
S-H-A-K-E
Midnight Creep
Mississippi Dirt Road
Rock’d To My Very Soul
Bad Situation 







Stepson ‎ “It’s My Life- Rude Attitude” 1974 single 7"

Tracklist
A It’s My Life
Written-By – C. D'Errico*, R. Atkins*
3:25
B Rude Attitude
Written-By – B. Hauser*, J. Hawks*, J. Newman*, L. Fagan*
3:03 











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