Saturday, 29 December 2018

many wishes, for a nice, peaceful 2019




many wishes, for a nice, peaceful 2019

Rasputin "Chicken Song / Spoonfull" 1973 single + "Freedom On The Road - Sympathy For The Devil" 1977 single + "Reggaephone (La-La-La) -Merlin"1979 single + "Lady Macbeth - Robot Man"1981 single UK Psych Rock

Rasputin "Chicken Song / Spoonfull" 1973 single  + "Freedom On The Road - Sympathy For The Devil" 1977 single + "Reggaephone (La-La-La) -Merlin"1979 single + "Lady Macbeth - Robot Man"1981 single  UK Psych Rock

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Jon Symon Hornsby (* 10. January 1941 as Simon John Hornsby in Epsom , United Kingdom ; † 7. December 2015 on the Isle of Wight , England  ) was a British musician and composer , who since the mid-1960s in Germany lived and above all worked as a free rock musician . 

He became known to a broader audience in the early 1980s as a co-producer of the successful rock ballet Warlock , in which he also participated as a rock singer in the accompanying German rock band.

Jon Symon came to Germany in the mid-1960s as a British soldier and has been living in Hannover and Barsinghausen ever since . He belongs to the founding generation of the Hanoverian rock scene and played from 1965 in Hanover at the 1963 founded Beatband Anyones as a guitarist. In 1970, he first appeared as a one-man band under the name Rasputin .  A system designed by him drums were equipped with a special mechanism, guitar and bass came from a converted Fender Telecaster . As RasputinAs well as Jon Symon's One Man Band , he mostly covered songs from well-known groups, replacing the sound of a whole band with his instruments. He undertook tours through the Federal Republic of Germany and Austria , appeared in 1973 in the music store of ARD and then had several television appearances as in 1976 on the ZDF music program disco and in other programs in the Federal Republic of Germany and in Austria. In the 1970s he released several singles.

In 1978, he met the music publisher Michael Mellethin, co-owner of a recording studio that was allowed to use Symon. The result was the concept album Warlock - Memories of a White Magician . Symon won the bassist Klaus-Peter Matziol and keyboarder Detlev Schmidtchen from Eloy and the violinist Hajo Hoffmann for this project , while Jim McGillivray from Epitaph sat on the drums. 

In the early 1980s, Alexander May , director of the Schauspielhaus Hannover , became aware of Symon and brought him together with the ballet director Lothar Höfgen . Symon (text and music) and Höfgen (choreography) jointly produced the rock ballet Warlock , which premiered in March 1983 in the sold out Kuppelsaal in Hannover.  The symbolic action is about the "question of war or peace".


Jon Symon (2003) with the soundtrack LP Warlock - The Rockballett 
In all Warlock performances , the music was played live by rock group Warlock , consisting of Jon Symon (vocals), three members of the then dissolved German rock band Jane - Peter Panka (drums), Werner Nadolny (saxophone and synthesizer) and Charly Maucher ( Bass), as well as the guitarist Detlef Klamann (later in the then reformed band Jane ).

The rock ballet Warlock became a hit and remained two years in the repertoire of the Lower Saxony State Theater, with all appearances in Hannover were sold out. At the farewell event of Warlock in Hanover, which took place in June 1984 in the sports park Hannover as an open-air performance , came about 7000 guests. 

In addition, there were several guest performances of rock ballet throughout the Federal Republic of Germany, including at the ICC in Berlin, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt am Main, the CCH in Hamburg and the Deutsches Museum in Munich. [8th] 

It followed 1984, the premiere of also produced by Jon Symon and Lothar Höfgen rock ballet Lady MacBeth . Since the 1990s, Symon has written and directed rock musicals and other rock-oriented projects in and around Hannover, such as rock ballet Beachy Head in 1994 with a choreography by Sylvie Zander and the rock ballet Tarot in 1995 . In 1996 he wrote the "Rock-Grusical" Bats in the Belfry . These works were each staged in the Theater am Aegi in Hanover. 

Symon founded in 1998 together with Alexandra Süllow the rock duo Demon Angel and brought out in 1999 the Revue Heavenly Devils with Demon Angel , Thommi Baake , Diego Leon, Masoud Zand and Andy Clapp. In 2003 he composed the "Grusical" Black Angel, composed by him and directed by Süllow . In 2003 he formed with Janina Gorski to the duo Elfenlicht , with which he brought out the musical Spiders . 

The idea for Vox Nocturna came into being in 2005 and he composed the concept album Legends until the end of 2007 . Ancient legends , myths and pirate stories fascinate Symon and have been musically processed by him several times; For Legends he wrote songs about the "legends of the earth". He describes his current music, the elements of folk , metal and medieval music sounds contains and of style symphonic metal is to you,  as "Symphonic Pirate Metal". His new band Jon Symon's Vox Nocturnawith Leandra Low (vocals), Thomas St. Jones (keyboards), Wolfgang "Wolle" Schneider (drums) and Anja Fifty (backing vocals) played live in December 2008 for the first time.  

Since 2008, Symon was again on the stage as a one-man band Rasputin and served with his 1970s show in particular the genre Symphonic Rock . 

In 2009, he dissolved Vox Nocturna shortly before the release of the new concept album Legends and returned to the studio, where he worked with the singers Sonja Schott and Janina Gorski (former duo partner at Elfenlicht ) until September 2010, all the tracks of the album. During a visit to England, he met in Liverpool with the drummer of his first band The Demons from the 1960s. The band member Carl Hardin had found him over the Internet after 45 years . At the reunion of The Demons Symon agreed with Hardin and the electric bassist John Cross, who comes from Standish near Liverpool, a collaboration on his new projectLegends . By 2012, there was occupation of Jon Symon band from Jon Symon (guitar, vocals), Sonja Schott (vocals), Janina Gorski (vocals), Carl Hardin (drums) and John Cross (bass guitar). 

In 2013, the formation Jon Symon & The Pirates From Hell was launched, which consisted as a trio with Jon Symon (vocals, guitar, bass effects, bagpipes, choirs), Vanz Oliver Sheridan (drums, backing vocals) and Frank Perrey (guitar, Noise Machine)....wiki....~


British musician and composer (real name Simon John Hornsby, born January 10, 1941) who worked in Germany in the mid-1960s, is considered one of the founders of the Hannover rock scene, in 1965 he played as a guitarist in the group Anyones. In 1970, he first appeared on stage as Rasputin, and as "Jon Symon's One Man Band", also Jon Symon is known as a member of the band Warlock (along with three musicians from the group "Jane") ... solo as Rasputin John Simon released three single (first single released in 1973) .... Jon Symon died on December 7, 2015 on Isle of Wight, England .....~


Rasputin "Chicken Song / Spoonfull" 1973 single

Tracklist 
A Chicken Song 
Written-By – Simon* 
2:27 
B Spoonfull 
Written-By – Dixon* 
3:28 


Rasputin  "Freedom On The Road - Sympathy For The Devil" 1977 single


Tracklist 
A Freedom On The Road 
Written By – Symon, Schwaar, Halbach 
B Sympathy For The Devil 
Arranged By – Symon* 
Written-By – Jagger / Richards* 
4:41 


Rasputin "Reggaephone (La-La-La) -Merlin" 1979 single

Tracklist 
A Reggaephone (La-La-La) 
Written-By – Simon Hornsby 
3:22 
B Merlin 
Lyrics By – Simon Hornsby, T. Voigt 
Music By – S. Hornsby* 
3:32 



Jon Symon Alias Rasputin  "Lady Macbeth - Robot Man"1981 single

Tracklist 
A Lady Macbeth 3:20 
B Robot Man 3:00 











Discography (selection) 

Rasputin - Chicken Song / Spoonful , Single Vinyl Record, Funlife, 1973 
Jon Symon's One Man Band - Sweet Eliza (Give Up Your Rubber Man) / Greenhorn , Single Record, BASF , 1973 
Jon Symon's One Man Band - Mighty Quinn / Shangri-la , Single Record, BASF, 1974 
Jon Symon - Silver Star (part 1) / Silver Star (part 2) , single-disc, BASF. 1975 
Jon Symon - I Would Like To Be A Millionaire / On The Green Meadow , Single Record, Hansa, 1975 
Rasputin - Freedom On The Road / Sympathy For The Devil , Single Record, Rasputin Records, 1977 
Rasputin - Raggaephone / Merlin , single record, 1979 
Warlock - Memories of a white magician , LP, Lava, 1981 
Warlock - The Rock Ballet , LP, Lava, 1983 (recording of the world premiere on March 3, 1983 in Hanover) 
Jon Symon's Warlock - Lady Macbeth , Lava, 1984 
Beachy Head , Album, CD, No fun, 1992 
Bats in the Belfry , Album, Double CD, King Reich, 1996 
Tarot , Album, CD, Roxxon, 1996 
Demon Angel - Heavenly Devils , Megaphone, 2000 
Warlock - Memories of a White Magician , Album, CD, Magic Minds, 2001 
Legends , MP3 album, LAVA, 2010 

Friday, 28 December 2018

Gipsy"River Queen" 1980 Germany Prog Rock


Gipsy"River Queen" 1980 Germany Prog  Rock



Credits 
Bass Guitar – Alex Dörner 
Drums – Bernd Graf 
Guitar, Blues Harp, Vocals – Charly Kuner 
Guitar, Vocals – Hans Jürgen Krebs 
Keyboards, Vocals – Harald Goll





Tracklist 

A1 Cash And Carry 2:45 
A2 Party In Town 2:50 
A3 Desperado 4:17 
A4 Angel Dust 4:01 
A5 Lonely Dog 3:15 
B1 River Queen 5:21 
B2 Rossi’s Stomp 1:18 
B3 Riding On The Highway 4:00 
B4 Night Male 4:30 
B5 Care My Pride 3:28 

J. D. Brennan And Gold Fever ‎"The Unknown Soldier Of Vietnam" 1988 US Psych Rock


J. D. Brennan And Gold Fever ‎"The Unknown Soldier Of Vietnam" 1988 US Psych Rock


By the mid 1980s Brennan was already in his mid 50s when he decided that his calling was to become a rock star. Gathering up a collection of similarly self-delusional musical misfits, as J.D. Brennan and Gold Fever, they began playing the local Boston club circuit. 1984's self-produced "Pot of Gold" (the LP was reportedly recorded in Brennan's basement), is an odd collection of mostly 1950s covers, rounded out by four period sounding originals and a cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'Pink Cadillac'. Rather than try to describe the album, here's what the back cover liner notes say: "...'Pot of Gold' is a collection of some of our favorites tunes that we have played and liked over the years. Early artists like Elvis Presley, Jimmy Reed, [...] and Rochelle and the Candles influenced our style as well as that of perhaps Bruce Springsteen, whose "Pink Cadillac" has a definite fifties ring to it. We hope to flash to the past and our own tunes, "Ninety Pound Weakling", "See Me Tonight" and "Gold Fever Rock" will let you know without a doubt: "Chantilly Lace" is here to stay." Gawd only knows how the collaboration came to pass, but Grammy winning guitarist Luther Johnson provides a nifty solo on 'Be Bop a Lula'. Having listened to this set a dozen times, I can't decide whether Brennan's simply goofin' around (especially on tracks such as 'Is It So Strange' and 'It's Only Make Believe' when he kicked into his pseudo-Elvis vocal mode), or if he was deadly serious ... Definitely different and should appeal to real people aficionados even if it's a little outside of the typical timeframe! [SB]....~


Credits 
Bass – Richie Lee 
Engineer, Mixed By, Drums, Effects [Special] – Scott Esty 
Flute – Joe Burton (3) (tracks: A1, B5) 
Harmonica – Vinnie Serino (tracks: B8), Willie Miller (tracks: A1) 
Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica – Tom Flynn (7) 
Vocals – Gail Parker (tracks: A4, B5), Monica Lauderdale (tracks: A4, B5) 
Vocals, Guitar [Lead, Rhythm], Bass – J. D. Brennan 
Written-By – J. D. Brennan (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B6, B7, B8, B9), J. Cymbal* (tracks: A3), M. Lendell*, Mickey Newbury (tracks: B5)



Tracklist 
A1 The Unknown Soldier Of Vietnam
A2 He's A Stranger
A3 Winter Sky
A4 I Don't Need A Hearbreaker
A5 Wonderin
A6 Don't Worry No More
A7 Fifth Gear
A8 Fallen Angel
B1 Guitar Slinger
B2 The Autumn Mood
B3 American Trilogy
B4 Lawdy Miss Claudy
B5 Thief In The Night
B6 No Place To Go
B7 Oh Lazy Days
B8 Big Boss Man 

The Other Half "Smut" 1979 US Private Hard Rock


The Other Half  "Smut" 1979 US Private Hard Rock

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The band The Other Half was touring in the early eighties after recording this material doing many crowd pleasing performances. The musical expertise along with Smirths suprising cunningness, comedy and costumes and props helped them sell almost 20,000 copies of the origional album which has been all digitally copied and remastered. It is a beautiful product. The band The Other Half will be touring again in the fall of 1999....~




The Other Half played at "The Spare Room" in Pittsburgh in the late 70's/early 80's. I actually bought this album from them after a performance at this bar. So glad it's finally on CD! The CD opens with "Rock & Roll Star" a rocking commentary about their life on the road (and completely different from the Byrds version). Track 2 "Smut" is the title tune. Remeber to make yourself "real small" before your drift off to poetry corner for the clever "Little Pussy" poem part of this song! This song was performed live with many props and theatrics. "Rock & Roller At Heart" is my favorite song and features lead singer Smirth Hesselschwart really growlin' out the "heart" part of the chorus. "Punk Polka" is a country flavored(?) satirical polka - "Well we happened to be in front of CBGB's, inside we heard a rock & roll sound. The band was actin' queer, paid a dollar for a beer, but we couldn't find a place to sit down." "Sleepless Nights Without You" features lead guitarist Garnet McCladdery doing vocals on this slower more heartfelt song. "My Animal Crackers" features synthesizer in this upbeat song - "Everyday for lunch I chew on my animal crackers!" "Wait Until We're Wed" ROCKS and runs right into "Mean Mary Jean" - straight ahead rock! And finally "You Can't Put Out Rock & Roll" closes the CD with a catchy chorus. Anyone who loves 70's hard rock and Frank Zappa influences must buy this CD after I get my copy!!! Lou from North Hills, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania! I miss younz guyz!.... Louis Montanti.....~



Credits 
Bass [Moog Bass], Vocals – Charles "Spide" Fitzenrider* 
Drums – Christian Arduser 
Guitar, Vocals – Garnet McGladdery 
Keyboards, Vocals – Michael Mikula (2) 
Lead Vocals – Smirth Hesselschwardt




Tracklist 

A1 Rock 'N Roll Star 4:51 
A2 Smut 5:16 
A3 Rock 'N Roller At Heart 4:03 
A4 Punk Polka 2:47 
B1 Sleepless Nights 3:30 
B2 My Animal Crakkers 2:58 
B3 Wait Until We're Wed 4:02 
B4 Mean Mary Jean 3:00 
B5 You Can't Put Out Rock 'N Roll 6:24 

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