Tuesday, 14 August 2018

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Request: Loggins and Messina - Selftitled (Great 2nd Rock Album US 1972)

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Loggins and Messina is the second album by singer/songwriters Loggins and Messina, released in 1972.

Following on the success of their first album, this album built on the strengths of their debut outing. It also became the true introduction of the team, Loggins and Messina, not as singles playing together, but rather as a team that played as one.

It featured two songs that charted, with "Your Mama Don't Dance" reaching its peak at #4, their highest charting single. The album itself charted at #16. The album version of "Thinking of You" is a different recording than the hit single. Kenny Loggins played harmonica on more than one song: "Whiskey", "Long Tail Cat", "Thinking of You" and the Jim Messina-penned instrumental "Just Before the News", making it the duo's only album to have harmonica on more than one song.

The first full-fledged L&M album found the duo in good form as songwriters, with Messina turning in the sparkling "Thinking Of You," and the two collaborating on the hit single "Your Mama Don't Dance" and "Angry Eyes." Their backup band was anchored by multi-instrumentalist Al Garth, and also featured keyboardist Michael Omartian and Poco steel guitarist Rusty Young.

Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina were the most successful pop/rock duo of the first half of the '70s. Loggins was a staff songwriter who had recently enjoyed success with a group of songs recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band when he came to the attention of Messina, a record producer and former member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco. 

Messina agreed to produce Loggins' first album, but somewhere along the way it became a duo effort that was released in 1972 under the title Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin' In. The album was a gold-seller that stayed in the charts more than two years.

Loggins & Messina In the next four years, Loggins & Messina released a series of gold or platinum albums, most of which hit the Top Ten. They were all played in a buoyant country-rock style with an accomplished band. Loggins & Messina (1972) featured the retro-rock hit "Your Mama Don't Dance." Full Sail (1973), On Stage (a double live album, 1974), and Mother Lode (1974) all hit the Top Ten. So Fine was an album of '50s cover songs. The pair's last new studio album, Native Sons, came out at the start of 1976.

The Best of FriendsLoggins & Messina split for two solo careers by the end of that year, their early catalog completed by a greatest-hits album, Best of Friends, and a live record, Finale. The duo reunited in 2005 and hit the road for a summer tour while the compilation The Best: Sittin' in Again was arriving in stores. The tour itself was documented on Live: Sittin' in Again at Santa Barbara Bowl, which appeared late in the year.


Loggins and Messina is an American rock-pop duo consisting of Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina who achieved their success in the early to mid-1970s. Among their well-known songs are "Danny's Song", "House at Pooh Corner", and "Your Mama Don't Dance". After selling more than 16 million records and becoming one of the leading musical duos of the 1970s, Loggins and Messina broke up in 1976. Although Messina would find only limited popularity following the breakup, Loggins went on to be a 1980s hitmaker. In both 2005 and 2009, Loggins and Messina have rejoined for United States tours.

Jim Messina, formerly of Poco and Buffalo Springfield, was working as an independent record producer for Columbia Records in 1970 when he met Kenny Loggins, a little-known singer/songwriter and guitarist who was signed to ABC-Dunhill as a staff songwriter.

The two recorded a number of Loggins' compositions in Messina's home living room. When Columbia signed Loggins to a six-album contract (with the assistance of Messina), recording began in earnest for Loggins' debut album, with Messina as producer. Messina originally intended to lend his name to the Loggins project only to help introduce the unknown Loggins to Messina's well-established Buffalo Springfield and Poco audiences. But by the time the album was completed, Messina had contributed so much to the album - in terms of songwriting, arrangement, instrumentation, and vocals - that an "accidental" duo was born.

Their debut album was released November 1971 as Sittin' In. The album's first single release, the Caribbean-flavored "Vahevala" (or "Vahevella"), found top 3 success on WCFL on 18 May 1972. Although the album went unnoticed by radio upon release, it eventually gained traction by autumn 1972, particularly on college campuses, where the pair toured heavily. Loggins' and Messina's harmonies meshed so well that what was begun as a one-off album became an entity unto itself. Audiences regarded the pair as a genuine duo rather than as a solo act with a well-known producer. Instead of just continuing to produce Loggins as a sole performer, they decided to record as a duo – Loggins & Messina.

"When our first album, 'Sittin' In,' came out, we started receiving a lot of excitement about the music and good sales," Messina recalled in 2005. "We had a choice. It was either I now go on and continue to produce him and we do the solo career or we stay together and let this work. For me, I did not desire to go back out on the road. I had had enough of that, and I wanted to produce records. But Clive Davis (then president of the record company) intervened and said, 'You know, I think you'd be making a mistake if you guys didn't take this opportunity. Things like this only happen once in a lifetime. It may merit you sleeping on it overnight and making a decision that will be in your best interest.' He was absolutely correct. Kenny made the decision as well. It delayed his solo career, but it gave him an opportunity, I think, to have one."

Messina assembled The Kenny Loggins Band by summoning old friends bassist Larry Sims and drummer Merel Bregante, formerly of The Sunshine Company, multireedist Jon Clarke, violinist/multireedist Al Garth and famed Grammy-winning keyboardist, songwriter and record producer Michael Omartian, who played on the debut album, but did not join them on tour, although he played keyboards on the second and third albums. Los Angeles-based session percussionist Milt Holland played on each of the duo's studio albums, but like Omartian, he did not tour with them either.

Over the next four years they produced five more original albums, plus one album of covers of other artists' material, and two live albums. They sold 16 million records and were the most successful duo of the early 1970s, surpassed later in the decade only by Hall & Oates. Their work was covered by other artists such as Lynn Anderson who recorded "Listen to a Country Song" released in 1972 and reached #3 on the charts, and perhaps most notably Anne Murray, who reached the U.S. top ten with "Danny's Song" in early 1973 and the U.S. top twenty with "A Love Song" in early 1974. A greatest-hits album, The Best of Friends, would be released a year after the duo had separated. The later studio albums often found both Loggins and Messina more as two solo artists sharing the same record rather than as a genuine partnership. As both Loggins and Messina noted in 2005, their collaboration eventually became more a competition - a frequent, almost-inevitable dynamic of show business duos.

Never really a team of true equals due to the "teacher/apprentice" nature of their music experience levels, the pair had by early 1976 quietly, amicably parted to pursue solo careers, following the release of Native Sons. Prior to the duo's final tour, Loggins accidentally cut his hand with a craft knife while practicing his wood-carving hobby at home, which required surgery and prevented him from playing guitar for most of their final tour. After a final concert in Hawaii, the duo split and went on to solo careers. Messina found solo success elusive, but Loggins went on to become one of the biggest hitmakers of the 1980s.

The two reunited in 2005 to choose tracks for an expanded compilation album of singles and album cuts The Best: Sittin' In Again, which proved successful enough for them to embark on tour together. Their successful "Sittin' In Again" tour was launched in mid-2005 and played out the remainder of the year. They also released an album that year of the tour. "Every couple of years we'd talk about it, but I was having too much fun as a solo artist," Loggins said that summer. "It was very rewarding for me, and I wasn't ready to share the reins. I still had a lot of stuff to do on my own, to prove myself and to express myself, in a way that wouldn't have fit in with Loggins & Messina."

The two were pleased enough to consider future Loggins and Messina projects and the two also toured in 2009. "Like most relationships, we were a moment in time," Loggins said. "It's just really fun to be able to go back and celebrate that and just sort of really honor each other as grown men, in a way we never really did back then. We were young and competitive and didn't realize that it wasn't necessarily all about getting your way, but you learn that if you grow up."

Their backing band changed from album to album, with the core members listed below. Many albums featured backing members who were well known in their own right, John Townsend and Ed Sanford, later of the Sanford & Townsend Band ("Smoke from a Distant Fire"), contributed vocals and songwriting to the Native Sons, their final studio album.

Kenny Loggins - vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, acoustic guitar
 Jim Messina - vocals, lead guitar, electric mandolin, acoustic guitar
 Stephen Stills - vocals
 Merel Bregante - backing vocals, drums
 Lester "Al" Garth - violin, recorder, alto and tenor saxophone
 Michael Omartian - Hammond organ, piano, harmonium, clavinet, tack piano, Wurlitzer electric piano
 Rusty Young - dobro on "Long Tail Cat"
 Jon Clarke - flute, oboe, recorder, baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
 Milt Holland - percussion
 Larry Sims - backing vocals, bass

01. "Good Friend" (Jim Messina) – 04:04 
02. "Whiskey" (Kenny Loggins) – 01:58 
03. "Your Mama Don't Dance" (Loggins, Messina) – 02:48 
04. "Long Tail Cat" (Loggins) – 03:47 
05. "Golden Ribbons" (Messina) – 06:08 
06. "Thinking of You" (Messina) – 02:19 
07. "Just Before the News" (Messina) – 01:09 (instrumental)
08. "Till the Ends Meet" (Loggins) – 03:10 
09. "Holiday Hotel" (Messina, Al Garth) – 02:02 
10. "Lady of My Heart" (Loggins) – 01:44 (lead singer: Kenny Loggins)
11. "Angry Eyes" (Loggins, Messina) – 07:40 

1. : Loggins and Messina
2. : Loggins and Messina
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The Last Vegas - Seal The Deal (Glam Punk Rock US 2017)

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The Last Vegas are a hard rock band from Chicago whose style draws from glam, punk, and sleaze metal. Composed of Chad Cherry (lead vocals), John Wator (guitar), Adam Arling (guitar), Danny Smash (bass), and Nate Arling (drums), the band released the album Whatever Gets You Off, in April 2009, on Eleven Seven Music. The album was produced by Nikki Sixx, Sixx:A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba, as well as Marti Frederiksen.

The Last Vegas are a hard rock band with influences from genres including glam rock, heavy metal, and punk rock, citing influences such as Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Cheap Trick, and Skid Row. They hail from Chicago, Illinois and have performed all over the world since 2003.

The Last Vegas made their recording debut with the full-length album Lick 'Em and Leave 'Em (2004) on the independent label Get Hip Records. A second full-length album, Seal the Deal (2006), followed on the same label.

After leaving Get Hip, the Last Vegas released a five-track EP High Class Trash (2007), spotlighting the song "Raw Dog", which was featured in the popular video game Guitar Hero II (2006). 

The full-length, The Last Vegas (2008), showcased the band growth with new singer Cherry and bassist Smash. 

In December 2008 the Last Vegas won Guitar Center's On-Stage: Your Chance to Make Rock History contest opening for Mötley Crüe. They also won $25,000 cash, $20,000 in new gear from Gibson Guitars, a management deal from 10th Street Entertainment and a recording deal from Eleven Seven Music. They beat out 8,000 contestants for the coveted prize.

In 2008, The band was also picked as Spin magazine's "Best New Discovery" at SXSW 2008.

The Last Vegas joined Mötley Crüe on their US winter Saints Of Los Angeles Tour, along with Theory of a Deadman and Hinder. The band released its fourth full-length album and first major label album Whatever Gets You Off, the album was released to mainly positive reviews, produced by Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx, Sixx:A.M.'s DJ Ashba and frequent collaborator Marti Frederiksen, although most of the material on the album consists of the band's self-released self-titled album from 2008. The first single from the album was "I'm Bad".

With the release of the major label debut, the band toured with many bands, including Mötley Crüe, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Buckcherry, Papa Roach and landed headlining concerts in over 17 countries worldwide, currently touring to promote their latest album.

Hailing from Chicago USA, The Last Vegas serve the rock to the masses with “Seal the Deal”, their latest LP/CD on Get Hip Records. Boasting a 70's hard rock-meets rough-around-the-edges glam punk style, The Last Vegas-honed their gritty sound via DIY touring, signing with Get Hip Records in 2003. Releasing two records on the garage-rock label (in addition a 7 inch single on Italy's Scarey Records), 2004's debut "Lick 'Em and Leave'Em" was met with critical success. 

The Last Vegas landed touring slots supporting acts diverse as Urge Overkill, Turbonegro, Nashville Pussy, Fu Manchu and Get Hip's own The Cynics in addition to headlining their own US, Canada, Mexico and eight-country European tour dates. 

The Last Vegas re-entered the studio May 2005 once again w/ Sanford Parker (Pelican, Venomous Concept, Buried At Sea), this time joining forces with lead singer Chad Cherry. The deal was duly sealed with fresh-to-Chicago Cherry over late night discussion of mutual rock'n'roll intent at Chicago's own Liars Club. No boundaries. 

“After two years of late nights and bad habits supporting Lick 'em and Leave 'em throughout North America and Europe, we were ready to make a new record that expanded our musical range. Seal the Deal is definitely much more rock, psychedelic, and blue collar trash while drawing on all of our earliest influences. This record is bigger, louder, and prouder and we can't wait to spread it around the world." Wator/Arling/Arling January 2006.

01. All the Way 03:21
02. Goddamn Fantastic 03:32
03. Seal the Deal 03:10
04. Ain't a Good Man 02:54
05. Better Off Dead 03:52
06. We'll Drink Three 03:57
07. Raw Dog 03:31
08. Grave Situation 03:23
09. Breaking Away 03:51
10. King of the Red Light 07:54

11. Another Lover 03.58
12. Bloodthirsty  04.21
13. Cherry Red  03.13
14. Dirty Things You Do  03.22
15. High Class Trash  03.32
16. Loose Lips  04.24
17. Love Me Bad  05.18
18. Outta My Mind  03.03
19. Velvet Cream  03.25
20. Whatever Gets You Off  03.48

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Request: Gary Ogan & Bill Lamb - Portland (Great Folkrock US 1972)

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The year was 1971 and Elektra Records A&R man, producer, and artist, Marlin Greene, had flown to Portland to hear a promising new band called, The Portland Zoo. Although this band of Reed College kids was quite popular in The Rose City at the time, and managed to impress Marlin, it was soon discovered they had no original material of their own. Marlin needed to sign an act that brought along their own songs.

Lucky for me because Greg Branson, who was hosting Marlin’s visit to Portland, also knew about two local kids fresh out of a highscool who actually did have their own songs. He quickly phoned Bill Lamb and myself to ask if we were interested in auditioning for Eleckta Records. We hussled our butts down to the old Russion Embassy headquarters which was doubling as local country radio station KUPL and an 8-track recording facility called, REX, which stills operates in Portland today.

We sat and traded a few songs with Marlin, who was impressed enough to eventually sign us on to record our first album that he co-produced with Branson.

The rest is rock n’ roll history, and Marlin has remained a very dear friend.

Most people don't recognize the name Gary Ogan although he's shared the stage with many superstars. He's a mainstay of the Portland music scene. Inspired by the Beatles, he developed his talents early with his high-school basement band. Just after graduation he recorded for his first major record label. But despite his association with the likes of Leon Russell and Michael McDonald, he's spurned the short cut to fame, choosing instead to stay true to his music.

As a veteran of 35 years in the music business, and CEO / manager of the new Portland, Oregon based music conglomerate, Sound Ground, Gary maintains a youthful enthusiasm in his quest for new music and fresh projects. From his first major label release on Elektra Records in 1972, called Portland, Gary has created an ever-evolving world of activity. Moving to Los Angeles in 1977 to sign with Leon Russell’s Paradise Records on the Warner Brothers label, Gary released his first self-titled album that year, co-produced with Russell. He also co-produced Leon and Mary Russell’s duet album, Make Love to the Music, and toured the U.S. extensively with them, including shows at Radio City Music Hall and the Universal Amphitheater.

A close cousin to the first album by Aztec Two-Step from 1972, this is one of those classic records that has continued to escape almost everyone. As a fan of this album from day one I can tell you that it deserved to remain in my list of favorite albums even though the original mastering was not quite on par with so many of my other cherished records from that era.

01. Send It Over 3:24
02. Reborn 3:33
03. Portland Rain 2:30
04. Love Lost Lady 3:01
05. Everything You Knew 1:53
06. Kac 2:25
07. Our Sweet Love 3:14
08. Just for Awhile 3:53
09. Ogan Tea 3:00
10. You Make Me Love You 5:05
11. I Wanna Live 4:43

Link: Gary Ogan
Link: Gary Ogan
Link: Gary Ogan

Monday, 13 August 2018

Uther Pendragon - San Francisco Earthquake (Heavy Psychedelia US 1966-75)

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A treasure trove of previously unreleased West Coast guitar psychedelia, 1966-1975.

“Uther Pendragon was more than just a band, it was a family. Closer than brothers, they lived together, made music together, worked, played, laughed, cried and dreamed together”. 

This is the incredible story of Uther Pendragon: a lost psychedelic band from San Francisco whose music has remained buried until now.

Formed in the Bay Area in 1966 as a teen garage group called Blue Fever, Uther Pendragon lasted from 1966 until 1978. During that time, the band went through different names and phases, as their music evolved from garage to psychedelia to hard-rock: they were known as Blue Fever, Timne, Hodological Mandala, Mandala, Kodiac, Justus, Pendragon…but the core of the band remained always the same: Mark Lightcap (rhythm guitar, vocals), Bruce Marelich (lead guitar, vocals) and Martin Espinosa (bass, vocals) who after finding their ultimate drummer on Mike Beers, finally settled on the Uther Pendragon name in the early 70s. 

But despite being in active for all that time and recording lot of tapes and demos at different studios (including their own one in Palo Alto), Uther Pendragon never released any recording at the time. They’re not even a footnote on the books about the San Francisco Sound or a small name at those psychedelic posters of the time. Nothing. It’s as if they never existed. Until now. 

Their complex and fascinating story, which involves winning a Bay Area Battle Of The Bands and playing with Country Joe & The Fish, recording a killer garage-psych 7” acetate in 1967, going to the legendary Pacific Sound Recording studios in 1969 to record a demo, living as a family in the same house for many years and rehearsing 7 days a week, building their own recording studio and music corporation, being managed by Craig Pedersen (Something Wild, Tripsichord Music Box), being involved in an occult-themed rock opera called Sabbat, and much more, is being told with all details by Mike Stax from Ugly Things in the extensive liner notes. 

Culled from the band’s vast archive of tapes, “San Francisco Earthquake” includes their unknown until now 7” acetate from 1967 (fab garage-psych in the vein of Human Expression or Music Machine); never released ’66-‘69 tracks including a groundbreaking, moody psycher from 1966; a prev. unreleased demo tape from 1969 recorded at Pacific Recording - an incredible document for any lover of early SF garage-psych (think Oxford Circle, Savage Resurrection, Moby Grape…) and many tracks recorded at their home studio in Palo Alto. We’re talking 100% unadulterated West Coast guitar psych and hard-rock which recall QMS and even Kurihara-era White Heaven. 

Disc 1
01. Intro - You're A Human Now 06:02
02. Side Of The Dawn 04:12
03. Who's Gonna Try 05:43
04. Devil's Due 05:09
05. 10 Miles To Freedom 10:58
06. San Francisco Earthquake 05:26
07. Signify Justice 02:58
08. Love Lock Temperature Drop 02:30
09. Magical Door 03:29
10. Peter Pan Blowup 02:22
11. Luxury's Draft 04:07
12. Realm Of 7 Planes 05:28
13. Man Of Means 05:08

Disc 2
01. Spanish Fly 06:31
02. King Muskrat 06:49
03. See It My way 06:12
04. Rock And Roll Star 02:34
05. Meanie Jeanie - Old Man 10:04
06. Troubles 09:02
07. Woman 04:17
08. Hell's Rock 02:51
09. They'll Never Last 03:29
10. Kristina 04:17
11. Music Box 06:51

Part 1: Uther Pendragon
Part 2: Uther Pendragon
Part 1: Uther Pendragon
Part 2: Uther Pendragon
Part 1: Uther Pendragon
Part 2: Uther Pendragon

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Tranquility - Selftitled (Really Good Folk-Rock UK 1972)

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In 1981, Australian singer Olivia Newton-John released her ninth LP, Physical, which became a brief sensation thanks to the slick title-track –a harmless dance anthem with a workout-themed music video featuring awkward flexing, cringe-worthy headbands, and Newton-John pumping up fat dudes to get in shape. The song went platinum, earned a Grammy nomination and burned that synth-backed hook into the pop culture consciousness. In retrospect, the success of "Physical" isn't unusual – its facile pleasures typify that neon era. But there's a strange detail hidden in the liner notes: "Physical" was co-written by British musician Terry Shaddick, a relatively unknown songwriter whose finest work – with psychedelic folk-rock outfit Tranquility – is his most obscure, relegated to random blog post remembrances and dollar-bin vinyl discoveries.

Shaddick founded Tranquility in 1971 with former Donovan manager Ashley Kozak and recruited a hodgepodge of early Seventies prog/psych journeymen for his backing band. Driven by Shaddick's expansive songwriting – a potpourri of influences, including Crobsy, Stills & Young, the Beatles, and early Genesis – the group signed with CBS Records imprint Epic and hit London's Olympic Sound Studios to record their self-titled debut LP.

The fluid line-up included bassist Kevin McCarthy (formerly of Cressida), keyboardist Tony Lukyn, and lead guitarist Berkeley Wright, along with bassist Jim Leverton and drummer Eric Dillion, both formerly of Noel Redding's short-lived psychedelic act Fat Mattress. (The cast revolved so frequently that Tranquility's first three LP editions featured different back covers and membership credits.) The most famous contributor didn't even play an instrument: Engineer Keith Harwood went on to mix three Led Zeppelin albums (Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti, and Presence) and engineer the Rolling Stones (It's Only Rock 'n' Rolland Black and Blue) and David Bowie (Diamond Dogs).

You can learn much about Tranquilityjust by scanning its earthy, post-flower-power artwork – just as I did, when I randomly yanked the LP out of the "T" section as a record store in Asheville, North Carolina during a vacation music hunt. "This is so dated, but in the most perfect way possible," I thought, my brain squirming with excitement as I gazed upon its idyllic hillside scene: the band name emblazoned on a rainbow hovering over a river, a pinkish sky, a mother (wearing all white) and baby resting under a shade tree, a pair of hound dogs stretched out in the green grass. "Wait, is that a hippie version of Virgin Mary and newborn Jesus? Is this the 'Lady of the Lake' referenced in the tracklist?"

Anything was possible in 1972 rock. And the music reflects the creative freedom of that era, when psychedelia, folk and prog co-existed on the Billboard charts. Shaddick's songs combine those elements seamlessly, though at times overtly – like with the lush, chordal CSNY vocal harmonies that appear on almost every track. But Tranquility rise above their easy reference points by combining them in unique ways.

"Try Again" rides a breeze somewhere between Gram Parson's country-rock texture and CSNY's signature phrasings, building to a hypnotic electric guitar solo that recalls both It's a Beautiful Day and The White Album. Shaddick's unobtrusive lyrics ("Should we meet on the road up ahead / and laugh bout the times we spent together?") function only to support the melody, but the atmosphere is the entire point. Dreamy guitar epic "Where You Are (Where I Belong)" fires at a cross-section of mid-Sixties American psych-pop and early folk-prog – layering harmonized electric guitars, Fender Rhodes grooves, propulsive rhythm section shifts, and massive vocal harmonies into a dynamic band showcase.

The album's second side is more deliberately quirky, veering from funky rock tunes ("Walk Along the Road") to jaunty, Kinks-styled pop ("Black Currant Betty," with its music hall piano) to Beatles-esque piano balladry ("Thank You," the lone moment on Tranquilitythat passes by homage into pastiche). Closer "Saying Goodbye" ends the LP with a stirring statement of purpose, revving up from subdued guitar harmonics to a hard-rock chorus.

Despite the obvious appeal, hardly any information about Tranquility (or Tranquility) exists on the Internet, with the bulk of info stemming from a biography at the Vanity Fare website. Before the LP's release, the band opened two British dates for the Byrds before launching their own American tour – but with Tranquility's fan base growing at each gig, the label apparently rush-released their debut to satisfy that demand.

The band managed to record one more album, 1972's Silver, which expanded upon their debut with a heavier approach and higher production values. According to the Vanity Fare site, Epic had bigger expectations for the LP, booking them as tour-openers for acts like "Yes, The Eagles, David Bowie, J Geils Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Black Oak Arkansas, and Edgar Winter." After various single releases failed to spark public attention, the band's Epic contract lapsed; and after a last-gasp single on Island Records, Shaddick and company retreated into obscurity. Various members found second life in session work – including bassist Jim Leverton, now a longtime member of Canterbury prog act Caravan.

Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Kevin McCarthy (3)
 Bass Guitar – Bernard Hagley, Jim Leverton, John Perry (7)
 Drums, Percussion – Eric Dillon, Paul Francis (2)
 Lead Guitar, Vocals – Berkeley Wright, Terry Shaddick
 Vocals, Piano, Organ – Tony Lukyn

Recorded at Olympic Sound Studios in London. 

01. Try Again 5:18
02. Ride Upon the Sun 4:27
03. Where You Are (Where I Belong) 6:20
04. Look at the Time It's Late 2:27
05. Lady of the Lake 3:21
06. Walk Along the Road 3:21
07. Thank You 3:53
08. Oyster Catcher 4:31
09. Blackcurrant Betty 2:48
10. Happy Is the Man 3:22
11. Saying Goodbye 5:40

1. Tranquility
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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Willie Dixon - The Quiet Night, Chicago FM Broadcast 1974-01-24 (Bootleg)

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Friends, here's a classic, exellent sounding Blues show of the great Willie Dixon with his All Star Band, broadcasted by WXRT-FM Chicago & recorded by Bob Craig to reel. This flawless recording shows Willie & his men in topform!

Willie Dixon is amoung the GREAT Old Men of the Chicago Blues and played Bass for Muddy Waters, Howlin´Wolf, John Lee Hooker and counless others. He also wrote some of the most common known Blues songs. 

To name a few, most of them included here: Spoonful, Little Red Rooster, Hoochie Coochie Man, Down in the Bottom, Back Door Man & Wang Dang Doodle.

Enjoy this great piece of Willie Dixon & Blues History!

Willie Dixon 1974-01-24
The Quiet Night, Chicago, IL
Exellent Stereo FM 

♫♪♪ Willie Dixon: voc, bass
♫♪♪ Freddy Dixon: bass
♫♪♪ Lafayette Leake: piano
♫♪♪ Buster Benton: guitar
♫♪♪ Clifton James: drums 

01. Intro Boogie  11.06
02. Crazy ´Bout My Baby  04.00
03. Rock Me  06.46
04. I Don´t Trust Nobody (When It Comes to My Girl)  05.39
05. 29 Ways  03.36
06. Wang Dang Doodle  06.38
07. Hoochie Coochie Man  04.46
08. Little Red Rooster  04.53
09. I Think I Got the Blues  05.44
10. My Baby  03.28
11. Spoonfull  04.19
12. Closing Boogie   01.24

1. Willie Dixon 1974
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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Buffalo Springfield - Selftitled (2017 Mono Remaster US 1966)

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Buffalo Springfield is the eponymous debut album by the folk rock band Buffalo Springfield, released in December 1966 on Atco Records. It peaked at #80 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. It is the first album to feature the songwriting of future stars Stephen Stills and Neil Young.

Background and content:
Buffalo Springfield were formed in early 1966, playing their first gig at The Troubadour club in Hollywood in April of that year. An initial single that appeared on this album, Young's "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" sung by Richie Furay, failed to reach the national charts but made the Top 40 locally in Los Angeles during August. This album was recorded in the summer of 1966 at Gold Star Studios where Phil Spector created his "Wall of Sound" and Brian Wilson produced recordings by The Beach Boys, including Pet Sounds the same year. Young sings lead on only two of his five compositions, Furay singing lead on the other three.

The album was produced by the group's managers, Charles Greene and Brian Stone, both of whom had minimal experience as record producers. The group was reportedly unhappy with the sound of the album, feeling that it didn't reflect the intensity of their live shows. 

The band asked Atco for time to re-record the album, but not wanting to miss the Christmas holiday season the label insisted that the record be released as it was. However, they did give Stills and Young permission to personally mix the mono version of the album themselves, and the members of the band have long insisted that their mono version is superior to the stereo version.

Buffalo Springfield was originally released in both mono and stereo versions as Atco SD 33-200. The inner sleeve contained band profiles of each member in the mode of those for Tiger Beat. Recorded the day the LP was released and issued soon after, the band's new single by Stills "For What It's Worth" became a national hit, making the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in March 1967. For the second pressing of March 6, 1967, the album was reissued as Atco SD 33-200A with the hit as the lead track, dropping "Baby Don't Scold Me" and slightly reconfiguring the running order. "Baby Don't Scold Me" has never been reissued in stereo; all compact disc releases feature only the mono mix.

The album was remastered in HDCD and reissued on June 24, 1997 with two versions on one disc, the mono tracks from Atco 33-200 first with the stereo tracks from SD 33-200A following. Not contained were the stereo mix of "Baby Don't Scold Me" from Atco SD 33-200 or the mono mix of "For What It's Worth" from Atco 33-200A. Strangely, "Burned" has also never been issued in stereo for unknown reasons. It redundantly appears twice on this disc in mono.

Recording sessions took place at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles from July 18 to September 11, 1966, with "For What It's Worth" recorded at Columbia Studios in Los Angeles on December 5, 1966.

The band themselves were displeased with this record, feeling that the production did not capture their on-stage energy and excitement. Yet to most ears, this debut sounds pretty great, featuring some of their most melodic and accomplished songwriting and harmonies, delivered with a hard-rocking punch. 

"For What It's Worth" was the hit single, but there are several other equally stunning treasures. Stephen Stills' "Go and Say Goodbye" was a pioneering country-rock fusion; his "Sit Down I Think I Love You" was the band at their poppiest and most early Beatlesque; and his "Everybody's Wrong" and "Pay the Price" were tough rockers. 
Although Neil Young has only two lead vocals on the record (Richie Furay sang three other Young compositions), he's already a songwriter of great talent and enigmatic lyricism, particularly on "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing," "Out of My Mind," and "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong." 

The entire album bursts with thrilling guitar and vocal interplay, with a bright exuberance that would tone down considerably by their second record. [Some reissues present both mono and stereo mixes of the album, and include "Baby Don't Scold Me" (which was on the first pressing of the record, but was soon replaced by "For What It's Worth").

Mono Album:
This was our first recording, and, as you might imagine, we were all excited. Our managers were producing us. We did not know much about making records and neither did they. The recording hasflaws, but the songs were good. This Rhino-Remaster was done by our team, who used the original (not copies) mono tapes. This version is superior to any pre-existing version, including the last edition. The Bass, which was low in the first version release, is now back the way it was in the studio. The sonic landscape ia at it was in the beginning, especially on the vinyl version. That version is superior. The CD version is good, too, better than any previous edition. (Neil Young)

Stephen Stills — vocals, guitars, keyboards
 Neil Young — vocals, guitars, harmonica, piano
 Richie Furay — vocals, rhythm guitar
 Bruce Palmer — bass guitar
 Dewey Martin — drums, backing vocals

01. "Go and Say Goodbye" (July 18)  Stephen Stills, Richie and Steve  02:20
02. "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" (August)  Stephen Stills,Richie and Steve  02:30
03. "Leave" (August) Stephen Stills Steve with Richie  02:42
04. "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" (July 18) Neil Young, Richie with Steve and Neil  03:24
05. "Hot Dusty Roads" (August) Stephen Stills, Steve with Richie  02:47
06. "Everybody's Wrong" (August)  Stephen Stills, Richie with Steve and Neil  02:25
07. "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong" (September 10)  Neil Young, Richie with Steve and Neil  02:40
08. "Burned" (August) Neil Young, with Richie and Steve  02:15
09. "Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It" (August)  Neil Young, Richie with Steve and Neil  03:04
10. "Baby Don't Scold Me" (August)  Stephen Stills, Richie and Steve  03:04
11. "Out of My Mind" (August)  Neil Young, with Richie and Steve  03:06
12. "Pay the Price" (August)  Stephen Stills, Steve with Richie  02:36
13. "For What It's Worth" (December 5)  Stephen Stills, with Richie and Dewey  02:40

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Nobody's Business - S/T (Superb Engelsk Hårdrock, Their Only Album From 1978)

Size: 116 MB
Bitrate: 320
Ripped by: ChrisGoesRock
Artwork Included
Source: Japan 24-Bit Remaster

Nobody's Business was formed in the summer of 1977 and was a ‘SUPERGROUP’ with a pedigree that shone brightly. Tasteful guitar licks, masculine bass playing that will constantly keep you alert, and an eager vocal performance...are at the heart of this album – and it's truly as simple and as classic as that!

                                 This package is a treat for fans of hard rock!

Spreading across a bonus-stacked reissue of their one and only album. Nobody's Business emerge from this package sounding like the best band you've never heard of.

One more in the long line of solid funk-rock bands led by onetime Procol Harum man Bobby Harrison, Nobody's Business pick up precisely where Snafu left off, with pulsating bass, contagious keys, and irresistible rhythms -- and one can only speculate why America didn't enfold them to its musical heart, especially when one remembers that bassist Tony Stevens was still relatively fresh from Foghat. 

Well, the fact that Nobody's Business was only released in Japan probably didn't help them, so the 2007 reissue isn't simply the album's CD debut, it's the Western premiere as well, the full original album plus a three-song demo that they recorded later in the year, in the hope of interesting Atlantic Records. They failed, but that's no reflection on the strength of the songs.

This album is good, It's very good hardrock. The album was only released in Japan. Therefore unknown for most of hardrock collectors. Try to get this album, you will not be disappointed, believe me!

The album is also released as a Mini LP (cardboard sleve CD) by "Airmail Records" in Japan 2007 (AIRAC-1366)

Band Members:
Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum, Freedom, Snafu) 
Tony Stevens (Savoy Brown. Foghat, Rock Follies, Midnight Flyer) 
Joe Jammer (Olympic Runners) 
Jerry Frank (Session drummer extraordinaire).

01. Bleed Me Dry  04:25
02. Tell Me You Love Me  02:59
03. Losing You  04.23
04. Cut In Two  03:20
05. Living Up To Love  03:09
06. Looks Like I’m In Love  02:55
07. Unsettled Dust  06:10
08. White Boy Blue  02:45
09. Doing The Best I Can  03:26
10. Nobody’s Business  03:18

Bonus Track
11. Rainbow Bend  03:14
12. Crucifer  04:03
13. Highway  03:24

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Listen here: Nobody's Business