Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Dictators - Demos and Rare Tracks (US 1973-76) + Gino Club Stockholm 1996



The Dictators - Demos and Rare Tracks (US 1973-76)

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The Dictators are an American proto punk and punk rock band formed in New York City in 1973. Critic John Dougan said that they were "one of the finest and most influential proto-punk bands to walk the earth." The Dictators are represented in the "Punk Wing" of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio. Steven Van Zandt called them "The connective tissue between the eras of The MC5, Stooges, NY Dolls, and the punk explosion of the mid to late 1970s".

The original recording line-up consisted of songwriter/vocalist/bassist Andy "Adny" Shernoff, lead guitarist Ross "The Boss" Friedman (aka Ross Funicello), rhythm guitarist Scott "Top Ten" Kempner, and drummer Stu Boy King. It was this line-up - along with roadie/occasional vocalist and "Secret Weapon" Handsome Dick Manitoba - which recorded the band's 1975 debut album, The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! for Epic Records, produced by Sandy Pearlman and Murray Krugman (best known for their work with Blue Öyster Cult). The album sold poorly at the time but is now considered to be the starting point for American punk rock . Entertainment Weekly wrote "Go Girl Crazy's junk-generation culture and smart-aleck sensibility did provide an essential blueprint for '70s punk. With its TV references and homely vocals, this ground-breaking and long-unavailable album continues to inspire underground groups everywhere." 


Frustrated by the lack of sales, the band broke up for a few months in late 1975, but reconvened in early 1976, with bassist Mark "The Animal" Mendoza replacing Shernoff and Ritchie Teeter replacing King. After a few months Shernoff was persuaded to return to the group as the group's keyboardist. This line-up soon secured a contract with Asylum Records (at least partly due to the notoriety the group had developed following a well-publicized brawl between Manitoba and Wayne County) and released their second album, Manifest Destiny, in 1977. The album was produced by Pearlman and Krugman with songs written by Shernoff.

During this period the band was christened with their nickname, "The 'Taters". This culminated in an incident during a tour with Uriah Heep and Foreigner in which Foreigner's roadies strung a net filled with potatoes above the stage and released it during the Dictators' set.

By 1978 Mendoza had left the band (he soon joined Twisted Sister), and Shernoff had returned to his original position on bass guitar. It was this line-up of Manitoba, Shernoff, Friedman, Kempner, and Teeter which recorded Bloodbrothers (yet again produced by Pearlman and Krugman with songs written by Shernoff). It was the first album to feature Manitoba as the group's vocalist on all the songs, though Bruce Springsteen - a big fan of the group to this day - can be heard counting "1-2-1-2-3-4" during the album's opening track, "Faster and Louder." The album's "Baby, Let's Twist" was a minor hit on a number of east-coast radio stations, but the lack of mainstream success caused the band to split the following year. Shortly before the split, drummer Mel Anderson had left Twisted Sister and joined The Dictators, replacing Teeter. [Wikipedia]



Formed in 1974, N.Y.C.'s Dictators were one of the finest and most influential proto-punk bands to walk the earth. Alternately reveling in and satirizing the wanton excesses of a rock & roll lifestyle and lowbrow culture (e.g., wrestling, TV, fast food), with their world-view defined by bassist/keyboardist and former fanzine publisher (Teenage Wasteland Gazette) Andy (occasionally Adny) Shernoff and renegade rock critic/theorist Richard Meltzer, the Dictators played loud, fast rock & roll fueled by a love of '60s American garage rock, British Invasion pop, and the sonic onslaught of the Who. Driven by the guitar barrage of Scott "Top Ten" Kempner and Ross "the Boss" Funichello and fronted by indefatigable ex-roadie and wrestler Handsome Dick Manitoba (aka Richard Blum), it seemed that nothing stood in the way of the Dictators and mega-popularity.

Go Girl Crazy! But that's not what happened. There were complications with record companies (Epic dropped them after their first album, 1975's The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!, and Elektra had little idea of what to do with 1977's Manifest Destiny and 1978's Bloodbrothers), personnel changes (onetime bassist Mark Mendoza left for Twisted Sister; original drummer Stu Boy King was replaced by Richie Teeter), radio hated them, critical response was wildly mixed, and lots of audiences didn't get the jokes; supporters remained loyal and vociferous (especially Meltzer), but it didn't turn into anything tangible.

They did manage to release three fine albums, but after 1978's Bloodbrothers, their strongest fusion of hard rock muscle and punky snark, was greeted with public apathy, the group's members began moving in different directions. Kempner put together the fine roots rock band the Del-Lords and the Little Kings, which paired him with New York rock legend Dion, and he recorded as a solo act. Ross the Boss spent a few years in the over the top, macho heavy metal band Manowar and later joined Shernoff and Manitoba in the punk/metal combo Manitoba's Wild Kingdom. And Shernoff worked as a producer. However, as Shernoff put it, "The Dictators never broke up. Sure there were occasional gaps of a few years between some shows (we had lives to lead) but deep in our hearts and souls we always knew we were Dictators. We couldn't escape it even when we tried."


New York, New York: The Dictators Live With this in mind, the bandmembers got together to play a handful of shows in 1980, one of which was recorded for the cassette-only album Fuck 'Em If They Can't Take a Joke, which was later reissued as New York, New York. The band hit the road again in 1991, and began heading out on a semi-regular basis after that. In 2001, the Dictators made their abandoned retirement official and recorded a new album, D.F.F.D., which ranked with the band's finest work in the studio. More touring followed, and a live album recorded at two shows in support of D.F.F.D., Viva Dictators!, came out in 2005.

The Dictators continued to launch occasional tours (most notably in Spain, where they'd gained an especially loyal following), but as Shernoff and Kempner devoted more time to their solo careers, the Dictators splintered, and in 2012, Handsome Dick launched a new band, Manitoba, which featured himself, Ross the Boss, drummer J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson (who played in Manitoba's Wild Kingdom and the D.F.F.D.-era Dictators), guitarist Daniel Rey (formerly of Shrapnel, and a writer and producer who worked extensively with the Ramones), and bassist Dean Rispler (ex-Murphy's Law and a respected producer). The band initially focused on the Dictators and Manitoba's Wild Kingdom songbooks as well as full-bodied cover material, and in 2013 they changed the name to the Dictators NYC and began working on new original material.[AMG]

Manitoba's Wild Kingdom
Manitoba's Wild Kingdom emerged out of the legendary New York City punk band, the Dictators. While the Dictators were always known as a great live band, bassist and producer Andy Shernoff formed Manitobs'a Wild Kingdom in the late eighties. Daniel Rey, who is the brother of the late Joey Ramone of the Ramones was part of the original line up but left the band soon after they started recording their album. By the time the band was complete, the line up was three Ex-Dictators including Handsome Dick Manitoba on Lead Vocals, Ross the Boss on Guitar, Andy Shernoff on Bass and Vocals and Future Dictator J.P. Thunderbolt Patterson on Drums and Vocals. The result was a Killer Punk/Metal album called . . . AND YOU ? This album is packed with 10 rocking songs that showcases lightning speed riffs, thunderous beats, savage vocals and amusing lyrics all rolled up in under 26 minutes. Manitoba's Wild Kingdom continued into the early nineties but eventually evolved back into the Dictators along with original member Scott "Top Ten" Kempner on Guitar. Since then, they have only performed as Manitoba's Wild Kingdom on a few occasions. While performing as the Dictators, they still play songs from . . . AND YOU ? often openin.g shows with NEW YORK NEW YORK or THE PARTY STARTS NOW !!

Members:
♦ Ross "The Boss" Friedman - lead guitars/backing vocals
♦ Richard Manitoba - lead vocals
♦ Andy Shernoff - bass/keyboards/lead & backing vocals
♦ Scott "Top Ten" Kempner - rhythm guitars
♦ J.P. Patterson - drums

Former:
◊ Stu Boy King - drums (1973-1975)
◊ Ritchie Teeter - drums (1976-1979; died 2012)
◊ Mark Mendoza - bass (1976-1978)
◊ Mel Anderson - drums (1979)
◊ Frank Funaro - drums (1996-1998)

Discography
• Go Girl Crazy! (1975)
• Manifest Destiny (1977)
• Bloodbrothers (1978)
• D.F.F.D. (2001)
• Viva Dictators (2005) (live album)
• Every Day Is Saturday (2007) (compilation of rarities)
• Faster... Louder - The Dictators' Best 1975-2001 (2014) (greatest hits)

as Manitoba's Wild Kingdom
• ...And You? (1990)

Demos 1973
01. Weekend
02. Backseat Boogie
03. Master Race Rock
04. California Sun
05. Fireman's Friend

Demos 1975
06. Interstellar Overdrive
07. Tits to You
08. Too Much Fun
09. Dogs

"Jabberwalk" Session March 1976)
10. America the Beautiful
11. Sleepin' with the TV On

Demos 1975
12. Heartache
13. Search & Destroy
14. Disease
15. Sleepin' with the TV On
16. Exposed

Live 1976 Reference to "The Wayne County Incident"
17. Smash That Faggot's Head (clip)

18. 1977 Radio ad

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The Dictators - Live at Gino Club Stockholm 1996

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The Dictators are a rock and roll band formed in New York City in 1973.

Critic John Dougan said that they were "one of the finest and most influential proto-punk bands to walk the earth."The Dictators' debut album, The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! (1975) was perhaps the first album released by a New York punk group. They found relatively little commercial success, and their smart-guys-playing-dumb shtick would be further refined by later punkers -- notably The Ramones.


The Dictators are represented in the "Punk Wing" of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio. Steven Van Zandt called them"The connective tissue between the eras of The MC5, Stooges, NY Dolls, and the punk explosion of the mid to late 1970's".

The original recording lineup consisted of bassist/vocalist Andy (aka "Adny") Shernoff, lead guitarist Ross "The Boss" Friedman (aka Ross Funicello), rhythm guitarist Scott "Top Ten" Kempner, and drummer Stu Boy King (who was, in fact, the band's fourth drummer since forming in 1973). It was this lineup - along with roadie/occasional vocalist and "Secret Weapon" Handsome Dick Manitoba - which recorded the band's 1975 debut album, The Dictators Go Girl Crazy for Epic Records, produced by Sandy Pearlman and Murray Krugman (best known for their work with Blue Öyster Cult). Although the album sold poorly at the time, today it is considered one of the most important albums ever recorded by a New York punk band of the period, and still stands as arguably one of the funniest records ever made.

Frustrated by the lack of sales, the band broke up for a few months in late 1975, but reconvened in early 1976, with bassist Mark "The Animal" Mendoza replacing Shernoff. After a few months Shernoff was persuaded to return to the group as the group's keyboardist. This lineup soon secured a contract with Asylum Records (at least partly due to the notoriety the group had developed following a well-publicized brawl between Manitoba and Wayne County) and released their second album, Manifest Destiny, in 1977. The album - again produced by Pearlman and Krugman - is usually considered the weakest of the group's first three albums, and featured a considerably more mainstream sound. The band resisted playing songs from Manifest Destiny for several years because the album hadn't been re-released on CD.



During this period the band was christened with their nickname, "The 'Taters." This culminated in an incident during a tour with Uriah Heep and Foreigner in which Foreigner's roadies strung a net filled with potatoes above the stage and released it during the Dictators' set.

By 1978 Mendoza had left the band (he soon joined Twisted Sister) and Shernoff had returned to his original position on bass guitar. It was this lineup of Manitoba, Shernoff, Friedman, Kempner, and Rich Teeter which recorded Bloodbrothers (yet again produced by Pearlman and Krugman). At the time it was - and still is - generally considered to be a stronger album than Manifest Destiny. It was the first album to feature Manitoba as the group's vocalist on all the songs, though Bruce Springsteen - a big fan of the group to this day - can be heard counting "1-2-1-2-3-4" during the album's opening track, "Faster and Louder." 


The album's "Baby, Let's Twist" was a minor hit on a number of east coast radio stations, but the lack of mainstream success caused the band to split the following year. Shortly before the split drummer Mel Anderson had left Twisted Sister and joined The Dictators, replacing Teeter. After the breakup, Manitoba drove a cab, Shernoff worked as a producer, and Friedman became something of a gun-for-hire; working first with the French hard rock band Shakin' Street, then becoming a founding member of Manowar in 1982, and producing the first demo for Anthrax.

Although Friedman had spoken to the press with some bitterness about The Dictators during the early Manowar period, he and the other members of the band began reuniting occasionally in 1981, and later that year ROIR released the cassette-only Fuck 'Em If They Can't Take a Joke, which featured numbers from all three of the group's studio albums, covers of the Velvet Underground's "What Goes On" and Mott the Hoople's "Moon Upstairs," and two new Shernoff numbers; "Loyola" and "New York New York."



Other than occasional reunion shows, little was heard from The Dictators during the next five years. However, in late 1986 Shernoff and Manitoba (along with guitarist Daniel Rey) formed Wild Kingdom, releasing a version of "New York New York" on the 1988 soundtrack to Mondo New York. By the time of the band's 1990 MCA Records debut, ...And You? (by which time they were now billed as Manitoba's Wild Kingdom), Rey had left the group and had been replaced by Friedman, making it - for all practical purposes - the fourth Dictators album (the group was rounded out by drummer J.P. Patterson). ...And You? - clocking in at a whopping 25 minutes in length - received excellent reviews, with Rolling Stone calling it "the first great punk rock album of the '90s." Following a club tour that year Kempner (who had been previously occupied by his work with the Del Lords during much of the 1980s) joined the group and Manitoba's Wild Kingdom was replaced by The Dictators.

The ...And You? album cover was a source of some controversy at the time since it was lifted from a Nazi recruiting poster dating back to World War II. It was not the first time members of the band (most of whom, ironically, were Jewish) had been associated with charges of this sort since Go Girl Crazy had featured the songs "Master Race Rock" and "Back to Africa."

By the 1990s much about the lives of the band's members had changed markedly.

Shernoff had recorded and briefly toured with The Fleshtones, become a wine expert, and written with Joey Ramone.

Manitoba opened a successful East Village bar called Manitoba's, and currently sings lead vocals with the surviving members of the MC5, and is a Sirius Satellite Radio DJ on Little Steven's Underground Garage channel.

Kempner had developed a certain degree of respect from roots-rock audiences due to his 1980s work with The Del-Lords. In 1992 he released his highly acclaimed solo album Tenement Angels and joined The Brandos in 1993.

Friedman's work with Manowar and Brain Surgeons had given him a certain cachet with heavy metal audiences.



However, the group - first with Frank Funaro on drums, then again with Patterson - began recording a fourth Dictators album in the late 1990s, which was eventually released as D.F.F.D. in 2001. The album was well-received, and a couple of the songs - particularly "Who Will Save Rock 'n' Roll" and "I Am Right" - should be regarded as legitimate classics of the band's catalog. However, Shernoff has remarked that it will probably be the group's final studio album of new material since he finds writing rock songs to be more difficult as time goes on. He is currently compiling an album of demos, rarities, and unreleased songs recorded at various times over the band's thirty-plus year career. However, even following Kempner's move to California in 2002 and his departure from the group, The Dictators continue to perform to a devoted audience, and released a new live album, VIVA Dictators (with Kempner on rhythm guitar) in 2005.

Since February 2005, Manitoba has been singing lead with The MC5, a Detroit pre-punk rock and roll band. Manitoba also has his own show, "The Handsome Dick Manitoba Program" on Little Steven Van Zandt's Underground Garage channel, on Sirius Satellite Radio. Manitoba's, a New York City rock n' roll bar on 99 Ave B (btwn 6th & 7th St) NYC: Lower East Side, was opened by Manitoba on January 14, 1999

01. New York New York  03:23
02. Haircut and Attitude  02:54
03. Master Race Rock  04:27
04. I want You Tonight  02:48
05. Faster and Louder  02:55
06. Baby Let's Twist  04:14
07. I'm Right  04:30
08. Call me Animal (MC5)  02:52
09. The Party Starts Now  02:09
10. I stand Tall  04:25
11. Science Gone Too Far  03:47
12. Had it Coming  02:26
13. Search and Destroy (Iggy Pop "Raw Power")  03:56
14. The Next Big Thing  04:32
15. Stay With Me  05:36

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

About Dead Links...


Hi all. 

One thing about dead links, it would be nice if visitors upload dead links to each other. 

I have uploaded two links, that's enough for me. So, help each other with dead links and make a new one if you already got the file, then add the link in comment section.

//ChrisGoesRock




Friday, 20 March 2015

Gravedigger V - The Mirror Cracked (Superb Garagerock US 1984)


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Classic caveman garage rawk from San Diego. This CD combines their Voxx debut album with the live tracks, outtakes and demos from their later LP's "The Mirror Cracked", also on Voxx.

The Gravedigger Five was a garage rock revival band formed in 1984 in San Diego, California. The band was part of the Paisley Underground, a musical movement centered around Los Angeles, California, which referenced 1960s West Coast pop and garage rock. The band's lineup consisted of Leighton Koizumi on vocals and sound effects, Ted Friedman on lead guitar, John Hanrattie on rhythm guitar and backup vocals, Dave "The Animal" Anderson on drums and percussion, and originally Chris Gast, who was replaced on bass and backing vocals by Tom Ward. When the Gravedigger Five broke up, members of the band went on to form The Morlocks and Manual Scan.

The members of the Gravedigger Five began playing together around 1983, practicing under the name "The Shamen" in bassist Chris Gast's garage. The group began writing songs together while its members were still teenagers; lead singer Leighton Koizumi was only sixteen years old when the band began to perform. When the band eventually went on to play the Whiskey A Go Go, the band members had to wait outside between sets, as the members were too young to be in the club. The name "The Shamen" was abandoned after the group discovered that the name was already in use by another band, and so after a night of brainstorming, purportedly at a local Bob's Big Boy, the group renamed their band the Gravedigger Five, a take-off on the old "Monster Mash" backing group The Cryptkicker V. 

All Black and Hairy
After only a few performances the group caught the interest of Voxx Records owner Greg Shaw, who signed the band to his imprint in January, 1984. The band recorded their first LP the same year, sleeping together in a car in an alley adjacent to the studio while not recording. Their first LP, "All Black and Hairy," was released towards the end of 1984, but even before its release original bassist Chris Gast was ejected from the band as a result of his substance abuse problems. Shortly after Gast's dismissal the rest of the band fell apart and the group disbanded. The band released its entire catalogue posthumously. Following the breakup of the band, Voxx released the band's first LP, "All Black and Hairy," in 1984. 


The Mirror Cracked
In 1987, three years after the breakup of the band, Voxx Records released a second Gravedigger Five LP. Under the title "The Mirror Cracked," Voxx packaged a number of unreleased All Black and Hairy session tracks, backed with eight crudely-recorded live tracks recorded in 1984. The Gravedigger Five's second release contained a number of cover songs, including two Stoics songs, "Enough of What I Need" and "Be a Caveman." The LP also contained a version of "No Good Woman," with fellow Paisley Underground alum Paula Pierce of The Pandoras on backing vocals. Lead singer Koizumi took offense to the mediocre way the album was assembled. 

After the Gravedigger Five
After the Gravedigger Five disbanded, Koizumi and Friedman moved to the Bay Area where they founded The Morlocks, another Paisley Underground garage rock revival band which continued the Gravedigger Five sound. Dave Anderson and Tom Ward continued on together in the band Manual Scan, and afterwards Anderson went on to perform with The Trebles, The Answers, The Crawdaddies and Skid Roper. The band reunited for one final show in 1999, playing Cave Stomp at New York’s annual garage rockathon. This would be the last time a full reunion would be possible as bassist Chris Gast died in New York in 2000. 

01. All Black and Hairy  
02. Tomorrow Is Yesterday  
03. No Good Woman  
04. Do Like Me  
05. Hate  
06. She's a Cur  
07. Searching  
08. She's Gone  
09. Night of the Phantom  
10. Don't Tread on My  
11. One Ugly Child  
12. She Got  
13. Stoneage Stomp  
14. Mirror Cracked  
15. Enough of What I Need  
16. Be a Caveman  
17. No Good Woman - Gravedigger Five, Paula Pierce  
18. It's Spooky  
19. Drivin' Me Insane  
20. Stop It Baby  
21. Searchin' [Live]  
22. She's Gone [Live]  
23. Enough of What I Need [Live]  
24. Be a Caveman [Live]  
25. She's a Cur [Live]  
26. Mirror Cracked [Live]  
27. Night of the Phantom [Live]  
28. Tomorrow Is Yesterday [Live] 

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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Jefferson Airplane 1967-10-05 Rehearsal's & Finished Album (Bootleg)


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After Bathing at Baxter's was released in 1967 and is the third album by the San Francisco rock band Jefferson Airplane. Unlike Surrealistic Pillow, released earlier the same year, After Bathing at Baxter's is classified as psychedelic rock because it eschews the more commercial type pop songs, such as "Somebody to Love", that appeared on the earlier LP. As such, it was a watershed album; Jefferson Airplane was now a much heavier rock group. Jorma Kaukonen's electric guitar was especially more to the forefront in both volume and tone.



Divided into "suites", this musical shift is typified by lengthier and more experimental compositions such as the nine-minute instrumental "Spare Chaynge" and Grace Slick's mammoth and unusual "reJoyce", a homage to James Joyce's novel "Ulysses", with its quirky arrangement and Jack Casady's stentorian bass-line. Many of the album tracks reflect the band's heavy use of the drug LSD. The cover art is by artist Ron Cobb.


Japane Front Cover Version
The membership of Jefferson Airplane remained relatively stable until 1970, during which time they recorded five more albums and performed extensively in the USA and Europe, but the group's music underwent a significant transformation after Surrealistic Pillow and the influence of founder Marty Balin began to wane after their first commercial peak.

The band delved deeper into acid rock with their third LP, After Bathing at Baxter's. The product of many sessions over several months, it was released on 27 November 1967, and entered the charts in December, eventually peaking at #17. Its famous cover, drawn by renowned artist and cartoonist Ron Cobb, features a whimsical re-imagining of the group's Haight-Ashbury house on Fulton Street, depicted as a Heath Robinson-inspired flying machine soaring about the chaos of American commercial culture.

Key influences on the group's new direction was the popularity and success of Jimi Hendrix and in particular the first headlining U.S. tour by British supergroup Cream, which prompted many groups including the Airplane to adopt a 'heavier' sound and to place a greater emphasis on improvisation.


Advertise From Billboard Magasine
Baxter's took more than four months to record, with little interference from the nominal producer Al Schmitt. Where the previous LP had consisted entirely of short 2-3 minute songs, the new album was dominated by long multi-part suites, demonstrating the group's growing engagement with psychedelic rock. 

It also marked the emergence of Kantner and Slick as the band's major composers and the concurrent decline as major contributor of Marty Balin, who was becoming increasingly disenchanted with the "star trips" and inflated egos that their runaway commercial success had produced.

Baxter's also marked the end of the Airplane's brief run of success on the singles chart. Both "White Rabbit" and "Somebody To Love" were US Top 10 hits, but the single from Baxter's, "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil", peaked at #43. None of their subsequent singles made it into the Top 50 and several did not chart at all.

Despite this, Jefferson Airplane continued to enjoy significant success as "album" artists and between 1967 and 1972 they scored a run of eight consecutive Top 20 albums in the USA, with both Surrealistic Pillow and Crown of Creation making the Top 10.

Grace Slick - vocals 
 Marty Balin - vocals
 Jorma Kaukonen - guitar 
 Paul Kantner - guitar
 Jack Casady - bass 
 Spencer Dryden - drums

Jefferson Airplane, October 05, 1967
Rehearsals for "After Bathing at Baxter's"

Disc 1
01. Satisfaction 01:03
02. It's Allright 02:22
03. It's Allright 02:13
04. Won't You Try - Saturday Afternoon 04:03
05. Won't You Try Rehearsal Session 03:49
06. Won't You Try Rehearsal Session 04:24
07. Won't You Try Rehearsal Session 00:23
08. Martha Rehearsal Session Part 1 02:54
09. Martha Rehearsal Session Part 1 & 2 06:31
10. Martha Rehearsal Session Part 2 00:21
11. Martha Rehearsal Session Part 2 00:25
12. Martha Rehearsal Session Part 2 01:49
13. Martha Rehearsal Session Part 2 00:20
14. Martha Rehearsal Session Part 2 00:23
15. Martha Rehearsal Session Part 2 07:48
16. Martha Rehearsal Session Part 2 00:23
17. Martha Rehearsal Session Part 2 02:55
18. Martha Rehearsal Session Part 2 05:05
19. It's Alright 01:22
20. Young Girl Sunday Blues 03:48
21. Go To Her 03:47

Jefferson Airplane, October 5, 1967
Pacific High Studios, San Francisco, CA
After Bathing At Baxter's studio rehearsals

Disc 2
01. It's Alright  05:44
02. Won't You Try, Saturday Afternoon  08:32
03. Jaam session - part 1  04:31
04. Won't You Try  04:00
05. Jam Session - part 2  03:00
06. Martha  17:31


The Finished Original Album 
"After Bathing at Baxter's" 1967

Disc 3
Streetmasse
01. "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" (Kantner) – 4:29 
02. "A Small Package of Value Will Come to You Shortly" (Dryden/Blackman/Thompson) – 1:39 
03. "Young Girl Sunday Blues" (Balin/Kantner) – 3:33 
The War is Over
04. "Martha" (Kantner) – 3:26 
05. "Wild Tyme" (Kantner) – 3:08 
Hymn To An Older Generation
06. "The Last Wall of the Castle" (Kaukonen) – 2:40 
07. "rejoyce" (Slick) – 4:01 
How Suite It Is
08. "Watch Her Ride" (Kantner) – 3:11 
09."Spare Chaynge" (Casady/Dryden/Kaukonen) - 9:12 
Shizoforest Love Suite
10. "Two Heads" (Slick) – 3:10 
11. "Won't You Try / Saturday Afternoon" (Kantner) - 5:09 

Bonus Tracks:
12. "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" (Live Long Version) (Paul Kantner) - 11:04 
13. "Martha" (Mono Single Version) (Grace Slick)- 3:26 
14. "Two Heads" (Alternate Version) (Paul Kantner) - 3:15 
15. "Things Are Better In The East" (Demo Version) (Marty Balin) - 2:31 
16. "Young Girl Sunday Blues" (instrumental - hidden track) - 3:59 

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Monday, 9 March 2015

Mondo Drag - S/T (Oakland US 2015 on CD)



The highly anticipated second album by Oakland's finest heavy-psych-rockers MONDO DRAG contains seven analogue recorded tracks.

Under the spiritual guidance of the forefathers of heavy psych, prog, and proto-
metal, Mondo Drag has created an amalgamation of sounds the likes of which have not resounded through the atmosphere for decades. The band's unique sound, and rare cohesion probably stem from the fact that core members John Gamino, Nolan Girard, and Jake Sheley actually grew up within a one mile radius from each other, attended the same schools, were a part of the same scene, and have played music with each other for 15 years. 

The album was recorded in the Winter of 2011/2012 at Future Appletree Studios Too with Patrick Stolley and features the rhythm section of Cory Berry and Zack Anderson (Radio Moscow, Blues Pills). 

The album's cover art was designed by talented and far-out artist, Robert Beatty. His unique style and surreal, other-worldly landscapes were perfect for this album.

Produced, engineered & mixed by Mondo Drag and Patrick Stolley. Mastered by Jim Brick. Buy the album at: Mondo Drag CD

01. Zephyr 2:34 
02. Crystal Visions Open Eyes 4:36 
03. The Dawn 3:04 
04. Plumajilla 6:40 
05. Shifting Sands 5:24 
06. Pillars Of The Sky 6:45 
07. Snakeskin 6:10










BIOGRAPHY
Under the spiritual guidance of the forefathers of heavy psych, prog, and proto-metal, Mondo Drag has created an amalgamation of sounds the likes of which have not resounded through the atmosphere for decades.  The bands unique sound, and rare cohesion probably stem from the fact that core members John Gamino, Nolan Girard, and Jake Sheley actually grew up within a one mile radius from each other, attended the same schools, were a part of the same scene, and have played music with each other for 15 years.

The band’s stellar live performances have become a thing of wonder and have seen the band share stages with contemporary artists such as Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Kadavar, Dead Meadow, Witchcraft, Pentagram, Black Mountain, Wooden Shjips, and The Black Keys to name a few. 

The release of New Rituals (Alive Records), saw the band touring the US extensively, appearing at many high-profile fests around the country including several official showcases at SXSW (and a dozen more unofficial ones) and headlining slots at both the Chicago Pysch Fest and the Cincy Psych Fest.  You can also find them on the Austin Psych Fest 3 DVD (w/ The Black Angels, The Warlocks, Warpaint, et al.). 

The band caravanned across the country last year, settling in Oakland, CA.  They will be releasing their 2nd LP on January 16th, 2015 on Kozmik Artifactz, which features the rhythm section of fast-rising Swedish-American rock band Blues Pills (Nuclear Blast).

Mondo Drag - Holy Spirit CD 2008 Auto-Production Records

01. Holy Spirit
02. Autumn Sun
03. Light as a Feather
04. Through the Eyes of Serpents
05. Deathrattles
06. Blackriver
07. My, Oh My
08. Cosmic Blues9. Into the Hollows
10. We Are Echoes
11. Bardo Cycle
12. Apple

Mondo Drag - New Rituals Alive Naturalsound Records 2010

Personnel: Johnnie Cluney (vocals, drums); Nolan Girard, Bambi Suits (vocals); Jake Sheley (guitar); Skye Merkle-Carrasco (violin); John Gamino (saxophone, keyboards).Additional personnel: Sean Moeller, Ryan Ruebling, Nicole Gregus, Nick Nielke, Melissa Gravert, Lindsay Schrloum, Joe Slonecker, Jen Lang, Jay Gamble, Hannah Harris, Dylan Moeller, Conza Borders, Chad Gooch, Andrew Knock, Amy Cronkleton, Troy Gooch, Stephanie Norden.Audio Mixers: Mondo Drag; Pat Stolley.Recording information: Future Appletree Studio Too (09/2009-10/2009).

It sounds like the five members of Iowa rock band Mondo Drag have spent a lot of time flipping through old LPs in local record stores, fishing out vinyl from late-`60s performers like the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Blue Cheer, then investigating how to replicate the guitar effects on those records. They may have worn out copies of the original Nuggets collection, too. The result on their debut album, New Rituals, is a set of tracks with the heavy feel of the hard rock of 1968. 

True to the eclecticism of that era, Mondo Drag throw in slower tempos here and there and even break out acoustic guitars for songs like "Come Through" and "Black River." But they don't necessarily stay with one tempo or set of chords throughout an entire track, sometimes shifting abruptly to something else, as when the slow closer "Tallest Tales" suddenly changes gears for a faster, harder coda to end the disc. One big difference between Mondo Drag's influences and their own performances is that the band de-emphasizes vocals, which, when they are there at all, are low in the mix and distorted. Large sections of New Rituals are instrumental, making this a psychedelic experience given over to guitar textures and spacy soundscapes.

01. New Rituals
02. Light as a Feather
03. Love Me (Like a Stranger)
04. Come Through
05. Fade Out
06. Serpent Snake
07. True Visions
08. Apple
09. Black River
10. Oh My My
11. Tallest Tales

Mondo Drag - Holy Spirit Sessions CD, Released date : March 2011 - Deep Cuts Records

Since the early 2010 release of their debut album New Rituals on Alive Records, the band has been touring coast to coast blowing back audiences’ hair with an unrivaled raw live sound. After making big splashes at SXSW and Austin Psych Fest 3 last Spring, the band looks forward to returning to Texas with an even bigger and more progressive sound than before."The fact is HOLY SPIRIT should be sought out by all lovers of anything groove based and heavy. Are you into guitar based heavy rock of the early 70’s? Well then buy this f**king album you will not regret it! People need to hear this album and realize that there are bands playing today that have taken this idiom a step further. HOLY SPIRIT is a heady mix that takes the listener on a trip into the stratosphere. It is a fantastic album that the world should hear!"

01. Holy Spirit
02. Autumn Sun
03. The Living Blues
04. Into the Hollows
05. We Are Echoes
06. Bardo Cycle
07. Apple (Extended Version)

Austin Psych Fest DVD 2010

The Austin Psych Fest 3 DVD features highlight performances from the 2010 festival. Bands in the film include The Raveonettes, The Black Angels, Silver Apples, Warpaint, Spindrift, The Warlocks, Pink Mountaintops, Headdress, Mondo Drag and more. Produced and directed by Oswald James with live audio recorded and mixed by The Pirate Studio.

Steeleye Span - Please To See The King (Classic Folk UK 1971)


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Please To See The King is the second album by Steeleye Span, released in 1971. A substantial personnel change following their previous effort, Hark! The Village Wait, brought about a substantial change in their overall sound, including a lack of drums and the replacement of one female vocalist with a male vocalist. The band even reprised a song from their debut, "The Blacksmith", with a strikingly different arrangement making extensive use of syncopation. Re-recording songs would be a minor theme in Steeleye's output over the years, with the band eventually releasing an entire album of reprises, Present--The Very Best of Steeleye Span.

The title of the album is derived from the "Cutty Wren" ceremony. A winter wren in a cage is paraded as if it were a king. This rite was carried out on December 26, Saint Stephen's Day, and is connected to early Christmas celebrations. The song "The King", appearing on the album, addresses this, and is often performed as a Christmas carol. Steeleye returned to this subject on Live at Last with "Hunting the Wren" and on Time with the song "The Cutty Wren". The custom of Wrenboys is mostly associated with Ireland, but it has been recently revived in England.

All songs appearing on the original album are traditional. "The False Knight on the Road" is one of the Child Ballads (#3), and concerns a boy's battle of with the devil in a game of riddles. Hart and Prior had already recorded a version of the song on their album 'Summer Solstice'. "The Lark in the Morning", one of their more popular songs, has the same title as a different song about a lusty ploughboy, though there are strong similarities. This version was collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams. "Boys of Bedlam", a variant of Tom o' Bedlam", is told from the perspective of a member of a lunatic asylum. Carthy and Prior open the song by singing into the back of banjos, producing a muffled effect. The band uses the earliest printed version of the song, from Wit and Mirth, or Pills to Purge Melancholy by Thomas d'Urfey.

Melody Maker made this their folk album of the year. Music journalist Colin Irwin in his book "In Search of Albion" describes it as one of his favourite folk-rock albums. It reached number 45 in the UK album charts, originally on B & C Records but before the year was out the rights were acquired by Mooncrest Records who re-released it the same year, with different cover art. It was issued in the US at the same time on Big Tree, when the small label was distributed by Ampex. It sold poorly and was deleted quite soon after release. Remaining copies were bought up by a couple of the 'cut-out' distributors and by that time, the band had signed with Chrysalis and the cut out original sold very well. When stock ran out, poor quality bootleg copies started to turn up in huge quantities.

Musically, this was their most electric, dense recording, with loud guitars and strong looping bass lines and no drums. In 2006, Castle Music re-issued the album as a double-CD with numerous additional tracks taken from radio and TV appearances.


The debut of Steeleye Span (Mark II), with Peter Knight on fiddle and Martin Carthy on guitar, is more solid in almost every area from repertory to production. The group still had its feet in both modern and traditional sounds simultaneously, so Please to See the King mixes very beautiful, distinctly archaic sounding songs such as "Boys of Bedlam" with amplified, electric numbers like the rousing, ironic "Female Drummer" (which was a highlight of their concerts). Although a second female voice would've been nice, the singing and harmonizing (with help from some careful overdubbing) is still impressive and the performances are tighter, the group's overall sound reflecting the quintet's status as a working band and their experience performing these songs on-stage. The use of electric guitars was also unique, and quite different from rivals such as Fairport Convention, occasionally mimicking the sound of bagpipes here. 

Songs including the haunting "The Blacksmith," the fine guitar workout on "Cold, Haily, Windy Night," the dour "Prince Charlie Stuart," the bittersweet "Lovely on the Water," and the playful, cautionary "False Knight on the Road." They would get better on later albums -- especially in their approach to the jigs and reels represented here -- but this represents a solid second beginning for the band.

Bonus tracks
Rave On! (Buddy Holly / Hardin) is an a cappella version of a Buddy Holly song. It was meant as a prank to mock Ashley's solemnity, but he ended up liking it. In 2006, Castle Music re-issued the album with the 10 original tracks and 25 bonus tracks, on 2 CDs. The bonus tracks were all poorly-recorded tapes of live BBC radio broadcasts (3 from TV). Only six of these were tracks not already available in good studio versions although the arrangements are different on some. 

The song "I Was a Young Man" is very different from the version on "Battle of the Field" by The Albion Country Band. The song "Gallant Poacher" was also on that album. Steeleye Span's bonus track version is very similar. "College Grove/Silver Spear" is a pair of jigs by Peter Knight. "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" is a Dylan song, sung a cappella. "Farther Along" is a traditional gospel-blues song, also sung a cappella. "Let's Dance" is obviously a companion-piece to "Rave On". It is the well-known hit by Chris Montez. "Bring 'Em Down/A Hundred Years Ago" is a pair of sea shanties. Incidentally, "Hitler's Downfall" is actually the instrumental "Bryan O'Lynn", already available in a studio recording.

Recorded Late 1970, Sound Techniques, Chelsea, London

Personnel:
Maddy Prior - vocals, spoons, tabor, tambourine
 Tim Hart - vocals, guitar, dulcimer
 Peter Knight - violin, mandolin, vocals, organ, bass
 Ashley Hutchings - bass, vocals
 Martin Carthy - vocals, guitar, banjo, organ

Disc 1:
01."The Blacksmith"
02."Cold Haily, Windy Night"
03."Jigs: Bryan O'Lynn / The Hag With The Money"
04."Prince Charlie Stuart"
05."Boys of Bedlam"
06."False Knight On The Road"
07."The Lark In The Morning"
08."Female Drummer"
09."The King"
10."Lovely on the Water"

Bonus:
11. Rave On!

BBC "Top Gear" session rec. June 23 1970
11. The Blacksmith
12. Female Drummer
13. Rave On!
14. I Was a Young Man
15. The Lark in the Morning

BBC "Stuart Henry Show" session July 23 1970
16. The King
17. Prince Charlie Stuart
18. The Bold Poachers

Disc 2:
"Folk on 1” BBC radio session, October 17, 1970"
01. College Grove / Silver Spear (2.51)
02. Lay Down Your Weary Tune [Bob Dylan] (4.20)
03. False Knight on the Road (Roud 20; Child 3) (3.22)
04. Jigs: Hitler's Downfall / The Hag with the Money (1.58)
05. Female Drummer (Mk I) (Roud 226; G/D 1:104) (3.50)
06. Wee Weaver (Roud 3378) (4.23)
07. Reel (2.36)

“Stuart Henry Show” BBC radio session, February 4, 1971"
08. Female Drummer (Mk II) (Roud 226; G/D 1:104) (4.12)
09. General Taylor (Roud 216) (3.36)
10. Farther Along (Roud 18084) (3.10)
11. Two Reels (2.32)

“Top Gear” BBC radio session, March 27, 1971"
12. Let's Dance [Jim Lee] (1.45)
13. Bring 'em Down / A Hundred Years Ago (Roud 926) (2.40)
14. The Lark in the Morning (Roud 151) (3.52)

BBC TV performance (date unknown)
15. The King (Roud 19109) (1.24)
16. Jigs: Bryan O'Lynn / The Hag with the Money (2.13)
17. The Blacksmith (Roud 816) (3.49)

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