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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Nixon Now - Altamont Nation Express (Raw "The Stooges" Rock 2015)


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If anyone could equal the MC5 and Stooges at their insane best, it's Nixon Now Among their fans are Michael Davis of the revived MC5, the legendary Thee Hypnotics or Nicke Royale of the Hellacopters. Everybody who has seen the furious four live can figure out why.



From the starz n' stripes bellbottom-clad chick on the front to the song titles to the friggin' group name fer crissake, Nixon Now are the Compleat Package, classic underground white-knuckle hard rockers with guitars set on kill. This is all packed into 15 easy-to-swallow short sharp dollops of distortion and excitement, a mere one of which could provide enough energy for an entire album by most bands, not to mention light up the city of your choice on New Year's eve. .


Hamburg´s hipshakers Nixon Now are one such example of the MC5 legacy and, to tell you the truth, they do the two-minute-and-change supercharged fuzzbomb better than the originals. 

The one thing that can be said for Nixon Now is that the exude that rare rock n´ roll energy that is so friggin´ hard to capture on a studio recording. 

Altamont Nation Express actually sounds like the band going Chernobyl in front of a rabid, sweaty and panty-throwing audience. It´s all stun guitars with Kamikaze divebomb solos, Keith Moon-like percussive abandon and pre-Punk snotty spit n´ fuck you attitude. You´ll most certainly dig Nixon Now if the MC5 appeals to you.

The Band
andi schmidt - guitar & vocals
 sven anders - guitar
 marc zimmermann - bass
 stephan rath -  drums

01. Revolver 02:40
02. Today Is The Day 02:43
03. Bad World 03:38
04. Shake 03:15
05. You & Me 02:51
06. Car Wash 03:59
07. Burning Down The Neighborhood 03:21
08. Altamont Nation Express 02:16
09. I Live In A Car 02:15
10. The Rocker 02:07
11. Madman 01:26
12. Fastest Thing 01:39
13. I Can Boogie 02:29
14. Brian Jones 01:44
15. Electric Teenage Nürnberg 04:1

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Sunday, 20 October 2019

Hey!, Not to be missed: Nixon Now - Solution Revolution (The Stooges Alike Retro-Sound Germany 1999)


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Solution Revolution snarls like early Stooges, time tripping back to a time when Detroit had the most dangerous Rock and Roll music on earth. Full robust Iggy on steroids kinda sound - rips like stonerrock on speed with a growling groove driving home thee irresistable power of loud, forcerful uptempo and heavy Rock and Roll fury. 

This is one German band that definetly knows how to put the jackboot into some butt. I can't get enough of Andi Schmidt's nasal sneering vocals belting out the most incredible rock life lyrics. Pure punk legend stuff. Every song is a killer. Get ready to be nixonized.

Nixon Now. "Solution: Revolution" tunnels deep into the black heart of it all, the burning napalm, the hippie death cults, and all of it lorded over by a Motor City grind of twisted metal and wounded howls. Yeah, the MC5. 

The Stooges. But not in the lo-fi, pseudo-blues New York fake-out or the pill bottle trip and drone way you're used to, oh no. Nixon Now are Super Rockers, after all. Brothers and sisters, bring this record and as many flame throwers as your muscle car can carry, because it's gonna be a long, black night.

If anyone could equal the MC5 and Stooges at their insane best, it's Nixon Now. 

There's so much fuzzed-out, punked-up riff-crazy power that you'll feel like brother Wayne Kramer or Fred "Sonic" Smith, whirling with their guitars like dervishes at an early MC5 show, convinced that rock was going to change the world and that the lifestyle would simply PREVAIL.

01. 1999 03:01
02. Into The Nixon 03:49
03. Make My Day 01:54
04. I´ve Been Around 03:43
05. Do The Strand 02:43
06. U.C.P. 02:00
07. Ann Arbor 01:38
08. Sick Me 02:44
09. Addicted To Love 04:02
10. The Solution 05:25
11. Don`t Want You 02:59
12. More Ann Arbor 02:00
13. The Politician 03:12
14. Altamont Rose 03:40
15. Sympathy For Meredith 07:42

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Time For Old Classic: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Déja Vu (Classic Album US 1970)


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Déjà Vu is the second album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, and their first in the quartet configuration of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It was released in March of 1970 by Atlantic Records, catalogue SD-7200. It topped the pop album chart for one week and generated three Top 40 singles: "Woodstock", "Teach Your Children", and "Our House".


Déjà Vu was greatly anticipated after the popularity of the first CSN album and given the addition of Young to the group, who at the time remained largely unknown to the general public. Stills estimates that the album took around 800 hours of studio time to record; this figure may be exaggerated, even though the individual tracks display meticulous attention to detail. The songs, except for "Woodstock", were recorded as individual sessions by each member, with each contributing whatever was needed that could be agreed upon. Young does not appear on all of the tracks, and drummer Dallas Taylor and bassist Greg Reeves are credited on the cover with their names in slightly smaller typeface. Jerry Garcia plays pedal steel on "Teach Your Children" and John Sebastian plays harmonica on the title track.

Four singles were released from the album with all but the last, "Carry On," charting on the Billboard Hot 100. The popularity of the album contributed to the success of the four albums released by each of the members in the wake of Déjà Vu — Neil Young's After the Gold Rush, Stephen Stills' self-titled solo debut, David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name, and Graham Nash's Songs for Beginners. 

One of the most hotly awaited second albums in history -- right up there with those by the Beatles and the Band -- Déjà Vu lived up to its expectations and rose to number one on the charts. Those achievements are all the more astonishing given the fact that the group barely held together through the estimated 800 hours it took to record Déjà Vu and scarcely functioned as a group for most of that time. Déjà Vu worked as an album, a product of four potent musical talents who were all ascending to the top of their game coupled with some very skilled production, engineering, and editing. 

There were also some obvious virtues in evidence -- the addition of Neil Young to the Crosby, Stills & Nash lineup added to the level of virtuosity, with Young and Stephen Stills rising to new levels of complexity and volume on their guitars. Young's presence also ratcheted up the range of available voices one notch and added a uniquely idiosyncratic songwriter to the fold, though most of Young's contributions in this area were confined to the second side of the LP. Most of the music, apart from the quartet's version of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock," was done as individual sessions by each of the members when they turned up (which was seldom together), contributing whatever was needed that could be agreed upon. "Carry On" worked as the album's opener when Stills "sacrificed" another copyright, "Questions," which comprised the second half of the track and made it more substantial. 


"Woodstock" and "Carry On" represented the group as a whole, while the rest of the record was a showcase for the individual members. David Crosby's "Almost Cut My Hair" was a piece of high-energy hippie-era paranoia not too far removed in subject from the Byrds' "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man," only angrier in mood and texture (especially amid the pumping organ and slashing guitars); the title track, also by Crosby, took 100 hours to work out and was a better-received successor to such experimental works as "Mind Gardens," out of his earlier career with the Byrds, showing his occasional abandonment of a rock beat, or any fixed rhythm at all, in favor of washing over the listener with tones and moods. 


"Teach Your Children," the major hit off the album, was a reflection of the hippie-era idealism that still filled Graham Nash's life, while "Our House" was his stylistic paean to the late-era Beatles and "4+20" was a gorgeous Stephen Stills blues excursion that was a precursor to the material he would explore on the solo album that followed. 

And then there were Neil Young's pieces, the exquisitely harmonized "Helpless" (which took many hours to get to the slow version finally used) and the roaring country-ish rockers that ended side two, which underwent a lot of tinkering by Young -- even his seeming throwaway finale, "Everybody I Love You," was a bone thrown to longtime fans as perhaps the greatest Buffalo Springfield song that they didn't record. All of this variety made Déjà Vu a rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners, while mass audiences reveled in the glorious harmonies and the thundering electric guitars, which were presented in even more dramatic and expansive fashion on the tour that followed. 

Recorded July - December, 1969 at Wally Heider's Studio C, San Francisco and Wally Heider's Studio III, Los Angeles.

Released March 11, 1970

Personnel:
David Crosby — vocals all tracks except "4+20"; rhythm guitar on "Almost Cut My Hair," "Woodstock," "Déjà Vu," "Country Girl," and "Everybody I Love You"

 Stephen Stills — vocals all tracks except "Almost Cut My Hair"; guitars all tracks except "Our House"; keyboards on "Carry On," "Helpless," "Woodstock," and "Déjà Vu"; bass on "Carry On," "Teach Your Children," and "Déjà Vu"; percussion on "Carry On"

 Graham Nash — vocals all tracks except "Almost Cut My Hair" and "4+20"; keyboards on "Almost Cut My Hair," "Woodstock," "Our House," and "Everybody I Love You"; rhythm guitar on "Teach Your Children" and "Country Girl"; percussion on "Carry On" and "Teach Your Children"

 Neil Young — vocals on "Helpless" and "Country Girl"; guitars on "Almost Cut My Hair," "Helpless," "Woodstock," "Country Girl," and "Everybody I Love You"; keyboards, harmonica on "Country Girl"

Additional personnel:
 Dallas Taylor — drums; tambourine on "Teach Your Children"
 Greg Reeves — bass on "Almost Cut My Hair," "Helpless," "Woodstock," "Our 
   House," "Country Girl," and   "Everybody I Love You"
 Jerry Garcia — pedal steel guitar on "Teach Your Children"
 John Sebastian — harmonica on "Déjà Vu

01. "Carry On"  Stephen Stills  04:26
02. "Teach Your Children" Graham Nash  02:53
03. "Almost Cut My Hair" David Crosby  04:31
04. "Helpless" Neil Young  03:33
05. "Woodstock" Joni Mitchell  03:54
06. "Déjà Vu" David Crosby  04:12
07. "Our House" Graham Nash  02:59
08. "4 + 20" Stephen Stills  02:04
09. "Country Girl (Whiskey Boot Hill/Down Down Down/"Country Girl" (I                Think You're Pretty)" Neil Young  05:11
10. "Everybody I Love You" Stephen Stills, Neil Young  02:21

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German Single 1970


Cross Country - Selftitled (Great Rock Album US 1973)


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Cross Country is a band formed in 1973 by three fourths of the musical group The Tokens- Jay Siegel, Mitch Margo and Phil Margo. The group released one self-titled album.


Compared to those who know about Intercourse by The Tokens, only few will know about this hidden gem. Somehow hidden away by Atlantic Records, this may be the most incredible effort ever by Phil and Mitch Margo, and Jay Siegel of the original "The Tokens" who helped create the smash hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight in 1961. If you can find a Cross Country CD consider yourself lucky! If you can find a vinyl you might want to check it into a museum. There are very few originally issued. These are gorgeous, haunting and original songs mostly by Mitch Margo, the mastermind behind Intercourse.


Fantastic album. Harmony vocals are very reminiscient of the Beach Boys but with a subtle touch of country music. Don't know anything about these guys, but it's a shame they didn't make any more records. The song titles may lack imagination, but the music more than makes up for it. I'm a huge 70s country rock fan, & though I wouldn't call this country rock, it gets regular plays @ my house right between The Band, Byrds & Burritos.

Cross Country are a bit like Crosby Stills Nash & Young, at least in the tight harmonies and rural folky hippie rock they produce. Nice laid back sip on iced tea and smoke some herb type o' stuff. Every now and then they do give rocking out a shot so it's not all mellow. 

This was released in 1973 on Atco records and is their only LP. 

01. Today - 2:52
02. Just A Thought - 3:22
03. Cross Country - 3:49
04. In The Midnight Hour - 3:16
05. Thing With Wings - 4:35
06. Tastes So Good To Me - 3:13
07. A Fall Song - 2:48
08. Choirboy - 3:18
09. A Ball Song - 2:52
10. A Smile Song - 4:26

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German Single 1973