Friday, March 10, 2023

Stevie Ray Vaughan - 1st Unreleased Album (1978) (Bootleg) A+

Size: 163 MB
Bitrate: 320
Found in "Dime" 18 years Ago
Superb SoundQuality
Artwork Included

"The Legendary Lost First Stevie Ray Vaughn Album"
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble featuring Miss Lou Ann Barton.

"The one and only surviving test pressing was recently discovered 
in a cupboard in South Austin, Texas where it had lain for the last 19 years, all other recordings of the project have been destroyed after alleged contractual disputes arose.  These recording, notable for their raw energy and rare slide guitar work are essential for all true collectors.  Also featuring four early arrangements of songs that later appeared on the Texas Flood album.

Due to the brevity of the Nashville '78 session the producers  
have added a live soundboard recording featuring Lou Ann Barton and three tracks featuring Johnni Reno on saxophone."

Notes: The above paragraph is the supposed story behind this  recording as told on the cd inlay.  The real story is  that the band didn't like the way the album turned out
and paid a large sum of money to keep it from being  released.  As you would expect, someone got their hands  on a copy and bootlegged it.

◊ Stevie Ray Vaughan: Vocals and Guitar
◊ Jack Newhouse: Bass
◊ Chris Layton: Drums
◊ Lou Ann Barton: Vocals
    Produced by: Joe Gracy

Tracks 1-10: Studio Recordings
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Jack Clemont's Belmont Studio, early 1978
Tracks 11-17: Austin Blues Festival, 1979
Tracks 18-20: Piona's, October 1979  

01. You Can Have My Husband (Lou Ann vocal)  02:53
02. Rude Mood  03:25  
03. Oh, Yeah (Lou Ann vocal)  03:00
04. Pride And Joy (Stevie vocal)  03:00
05. Love Struck Baby (Stevie vocal)  02:04
06. Ti-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu ("Tina Nina Nu", Lou Ann vocal)  02:44
07. Gonna Miss Me ("Empty Arms", Stevie vocal)  02:23
08. I Wonder Why ("Will My Man Be Home Tonight?" > Lou Ann vocal, Stevie slide guitar)  05:31
09. I'm Crying ("I'm Crying", Stevie vocal)  03:30
10. Sugar Coated Loving ("Sugar Coated Love", Lou Ann vocal)  03:22
Bonus Tracks
11. Natural Born Lover  03:41
12. Ti-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu ("Tina Nina Nu")  02:54
13. Scratch My Back  04:00
14. I'll Change  03:11
15. Shake A Hand, Shake A Hand  04:32
16. Oh Baby  03:34
17. Sugar Coated Love  03:40
Extra Bonus
18. Love In Vain  04:29
19. You Can Have My Husband (starts off with "So Excited")  05:16
20. My Baby's Gone ("Oh Yeah")  02:53

1. Stevie
2. Stevie
3. Stevie

Blue Cheer - Crossroads Festival April 11 2008 FM Broadcast (Bootleg) A+

Size: 100 MB
Bitrate: 320
Found in OuterSpace
No Artwork

Blue Cheer is an American blues-rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and has been sporadically active since. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues-rock style, and are also credited as being pioneers of heavy metal music. According to Tim Hills in his book, The Many Lives of the Crystal Ballroom, "Blue Cheer was the epitome of San Francisco psychedelia. The band was rumored to have been named for a brand of LSD and promoted by renowned LSD chemist and former Grateful Dead patron, Owsley Stanley.

The band's sound was something of a departure from the music that had been coming out of the Bay Area: Blue Cheer's three musicians played heavy blues-rock, and played it very loud.

1966-1969: Golden Years
The group came together in 1966. It was co-founded by Eric Albronda and Jerry Russell, music aficionados who wanted to become involved with the San Francisco music scene of the 1960s. Both moved with Dickie Peterson from Davis, California, to San Francisco. Peterson had previously been with the Davis-based band, Andrew Staples & The Oxford Circle. Later Blue Cheer members Paul Whaley and Gary Lee Yoder also played with this band at the time. Original personnel were singer/bassist Dickie Peterson, guitarist Leigh Stephens and Eric Albronda as a drummer. Then Albronda was replaced by Paul Whaley, who was joined by three others: Dickie's brother Jerre Peterson (guitar), Vale Hamanaka (keyboards) and Jerry Whiting (vocals, harmonica). Albronda continued his association with Blue Cheer as a member of Blue Cheer management, as well as being the producer or co-producer of five Blue Cheer albums.

Early on, it was decided that the lineup should be trimmed down. It is said that Blue Cheer decided to adopt a power trio configuration after seeing Jimi Hendrix perform at the Monterey Pop Festival. Hamanaka and Whiting were asked to leave. And Jerre Peterson didn't want to remain in the group without them. So he departed as well, leaving Dickie, Leigh and Paul as a trio. Their first hit was a cover version of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" from their debut album Vincebus Eruptum (1968). The single peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, their only such hit, and the album peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The group's sound was hard to categorise, but was definitely blues-based, psychedelic, and loud.

"Summertime Blues" single was backed with Dickie Peterson's original song "Out Of Focus". Petersen also contributed to the album the eight-minute "Doctor Please" and "Second Time Around", which features Paul Whaley's frantic drum solo. Filling out the record, the band cranks out blues covers "Rock Me Baby" and Mose Allison's "Parchman Farm" (titled "Parchment Farm").

The group underwent several personnel changes, the first occurring after the 1968 release of Outsideinside after Leigh Stephens left the band due to musical differences or, as some report, deafness, He was replaced by Randy Holden, formerly of Los Angeles garage rock band The Other Half On 1969's New! Improved! Blue Cheer there were different guitarists on side 1 and 2, Randy Holden and Bruce Stephens, due to Holden's unanticipated departure from the band. Ralph Burns Kellogg also joined the band on keyboards. Blue Cheer's style now changed to a more commercial hard rock sound à la Steppenwolf or Iron Butterfly. For the fourth album Blue Cheer, Bruce Stephens left and was succeeded by Gary Lee Yoder who helped complete the album.

The new line-up of Peterson, Ralph Burns Kellogg, Norman Mayell (drums) and Yoder in 1970 saw the release of The Original Human Being and then 1971's Oh! Pleasant Hope. When Oh! Pleasant Hope failed to dent the sales charts, Blue Cheer temporarily split up by 1972.

There was a temporary resumption in 1974 with Dickie Peterson being joined by brother Jerre, Ruben de Fuentes(guitar) and Terry Rae(drums) for some tour dates. This grouping continued on briefly in 1975 with former Steppenwolf bassist Nick St. Nicholas replacing Dickie. The group was then largely inactive for nearly three years, until 1978.

Dickie returned in 1978-79 with a fresh line-up of Tony Rainier on guitar and Mike Fleck on drums. This version of the group never got out of rehearsal studios. Blue Cheer was then inactive for a further three years.

Blue Cheer was inactive from 1980 to 1983. In 1984, Peterson had better luck when he returned with Whaley and Rainier as Blue Cheer and a brand new album The Beast is Back, which was released on the European label Megaforce Records . Whaley left again in 1985, as drummer Bret Heartman took over, only to be succeeded by Billy Carmassi in 1987. That same year, Dickie led yet another new lineup of the Cheer that had Ruben de Fuentes back on guitar and Eric Davis on drums. In 1988, the trio further changed, being now composed of Dickie Peterson (bass), with Andrew "Duck" McDonald(guitar) and Dave Salce(drums).

From 1988 to 1993, Blue Cheer toured mainly in Europe. During this time, they played with classic rock acts as well as then-up-and-coming bands: Mountain, Outlaws, Thunder, The Groundhogs, Ten Years After, The Yardbirds, Danzig, Mucky Pup and others.

1989 saw the release of Blue Cheer's first official live album, Blitzkrieg over Nüremberg. This album was recorded during Blue Cheer's first European tour in decades.

1990 saw the release of the Highlights & Lowlives studio album, composed of blues-based heavy metal and one ballad. The album was produced by notable grunge producer Jack Endino. The line-up was Peterson, Whaley on drums and McDonald on guitars.

Blue Cheer followed up "Highlights" with the much heavier Dining with the Sharks. McDonald was replaced by German ex-Monsters guitar player Dieter Saller. Peterson was on bass and vocals again, and Paul Whaley was again on drums. Also featured is a special guest appearance by Groundhogs guitarist Tony McPhee. The album was produced by Roland Hofmann.

Gary Holland, (ex-Dokken), replaced Whaley on drums in 1993.

In the early 1990s, Peterson and Whaley re-located to Germany. Whaley still lives there, while Peterson moved back to California in 1994. After Peterson came back to the U.S., Blue Cheer was dormant from 1995 to 1998.

In 1999, Peterson & Whaley got together with guitarist McDonald, to resume touring as Blue Cheer. This band configuration has remained largely constant from 1999 to the present.

In 2000, Blue Cheer was the subject of a tribute album, Blue Explosion - A Tribute to Blue Cheer, featuring such bands as Pentagram, Internal Void, Hogwash and Thumlock.

Peterson and Leigh Stephens were together once again in Blue Cheer with drummer Prairie Prince at the Chet Helms Memorial Tribal Stomp in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on October 29th, 2005, and their lively performance drew old rockers like Paul Kantner and others from backstage to observe. They did some recordings in Virginia in Winter 2005 with Joe Hasselvander of Raven and Pentagram on drums, due to Paul Whaley choosing to remain in Germany. 

While Hasselvander played on the entire album, his contribution was reduced to drums on five songs, with Paul Whaley re-recording the drum parts on the balance of the album. 

This was because Whaley was set to rejoin the band and it was felt that he should contribute to the album, prior to touring. 

The resulting CD, What Doesn't Kill You..., released in 2007, features contributions from both Whaley and Hasselvander as a consequence.

Blue Cheer's video for Summertime Blues made an appearance in 2005 documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, where Geddy Lee of Rush referred to the group as one of the first heavy metal bands.

The band is also regarded as the godfathers of stoner rock. Bands like Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Nebula and Monster Magnet have cited their "heavy-fuzz rock" as a massive influence on them.

April 11, 2008, Crossroads Festival, Harmonie, Bonn, Germany

01. Parchment Farm  07:41
02. Rollin' Dem Bones  05:13
03. Out Of Focus  05:18
04. Just A Little Bit  04:22
05. Maladjusted Child  05:58
06. Summertime Blues  06:53
07. The Hunter  05:46 



Wednesday, March 08, 2023

Not to be missed: Allmen Joy - Family Dog Denver, Colorado 1967-12 (Bootleg)

Size: 147 MB
Bitrate: 320
Found in The DC++ World
Some Artwork Included

Allmen Joy 1967-12-xx Denver,CO Family Dog [EXCELLENT uncirculated 2nd gen. stereo SBD (NOT pre-Allmans band) SUPER HEAVY Haight Ashbury ACID PSYCH GUARANTEED to bLoW yR MiNd 

If Blue Cheer made cream cheese outta the air, then these guys musta crystalised the heavens on a good night. Some kind of a mix of Blue Cheer & Big Brother guitars, Country Joe & The Fish style ethereal moves & organ, & occasional Dead-like feedback & vocal insanity, mixed with 60s garage sounds & a nod to the Chambers Brothers... 60s West Coast manna from the vault.

Thanks to the original taper & traders! When this came along it was a welcome addition to my West Coast music library as I'd seen the name on so many cool psychedelic posters but never actually heard the band. Most everything about it is great, jamming, instrumentation & vocals & only a couple of funk numbers overdo it a bit for me, though they more than have their good moments as they contain extensive jams & feedback sessions. The drugged-out material is staggeringly great, with astonishing SUPER HEAVY psychedelic lead guitar. Nice to have entered an age where one can increase one's listening pleasure in so many ways with home mastering. 

Aside from a couple of bad splices, this is massively improved over my original tape. Anyway, according to "Fist", the band name was changed to Allmen Joy in part because of the candy bar (loved by band members) & partly, "because the band was very promiscuous & was a hit with many of the female followers"! Many posters with Allmen Joy exist as they were Avalon Ballroom regulars & played the Straight Theatre, Matrix & most Bay Area venues, toured California, & played as far afield as the Vancouver Retinal Circus. There certainly are more tapes out there. 

Please consider letting us hear some of them. In the meantime, your heart will nearly stop at times. Be sure the pacemaker & air guitar fuzzbox have fresh batteries. If you had trouble coming down from your last acid trip, however many days, months or years ago that was, then be careful with the volume on "You're Gonna Miss Me", cause it SURE ain't for those who aren't into doin' some cerebral travelin'. Pretty well guaranteed to leave whatever mind noodles ya got left all over the floor & the ghosts of Christmas past howling down your chimney. Get ready to ENJOY the Allmen Joy!

Kudos to Zongo for life support, Lochner for mikes&more & Fast Freddie for runnin' Video Dick's Record Emporium with the bathroom office full of tape decks. Thanks to Hanwaker (few among us can keep his pace). Mountains of gratitude to Davmar, D.White, Sanchez, Elliot, The Florida Kid, Kloiber, Zingg, JTW, Bershaw, Boston Gold, Dixon, Moore, Gough & SO many more for all that collecting & sharing... Royal thanks to The Man In The Palace, Doc Tinker, Brinkhoffs, Barely Eating', Reel Master Gaule, Parrish & all the traders who housed me thru my music acquisition & travel years. 

Hats off to Brother Kent, Uncle Jake, Little Queenie (& her neighbor Frank) & his honor Ptomaine Thomas. Glasses raised to Byron for musical horizon expansion & much obliged to J & Thurston for keepin' my concert fires burnin' since my continental shift.

This recording demands some real volume so hang out the freak flag & hope the neighbors are on vacation. A missing link in the 60s Bay Area music puzzle & undoubtably one of the finest uploads I have offered so far on DIME. 

Not sure what might crawl out of the cave in the future, but this should shiver some timbers & shake some angel dust outta yr trees. Here's one from the depths of 1967 Hashbury, where & when the love children were playing on the street* & dancing in the park with rainbows in their eyes, flowers in their hair & the Allmen Joy filling their ears on many a night. (*tho' by the time I wandered there in the 70s they were huffing glue). Must be some of you DIMERs out there who remember seeing the Allmen Joy band. Here's your chance to re-live those precious days of yesterday.

I hope this one takes the cake & goes down a storm as they say & some folks take notice AND listen. It's like a mega audio fireworks display all on its own, a MELTDOWN of the first order. If you do like it, do feedback, as it does motivate one for future mastering attempts on other recordings. 

VERY cool to think the SF bands were paying attention to the 13th Floor Elevators as what Roky & crew were doing was off in another galaxy altogether - but just as fabulous in its own way. 

Come back & tell me/us how this altered your mind after you have listened thru. It should leave your synapses toasted like a night after seeing one of Owsley's ghosts. What better late xmas gift for you than an ELEVEN minute San Francisco acid rock style version of "You're Gonna Miss Me"... 

"You came here to enjoy yourselves, so why not trip out?"

Allmen Joy
1967-12-xx Denver, Colorado Family Dog 1601 West Evans Avenue

Lu "Fist" Stephens - organ, vocals 
 Roger “Rog” Alan Saunders - lead electric guitar, vocals  
 Ken Zeidel - rhythm electric guitar, vocals 
 Dennis "Funky" Parker - electric bass, vocals  
 Rod Harper - drums

01. ...Walk With Me  06:38
02. Funky Broadway  11:02
03. On Broadway  09:58
04. You're Gonna Miss Me  10:55
05. Need Your Love  06:55
06. The// Merry Tripster  07:01
07. The Monkey Time  06:43
08. 'Freak Out' -> ? (instrumental)...  04:22

1. Allmen
2. Allmen
3. Allmen

Crosscut Saw - Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know (Private Press US Acid Rock 1974)

Size: 70.2 MB
Bitrate: 256
Ripped By: ChrisGoesRock
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A wild Florida acid blues-rock outfit with raw vocals and good guitar leads. 

Almost completely unknown, Private pressed album but with a powerful sound that deserves rediscovery! Florida natives Crosscut Saw recorded one rare album for the independent Surprise label in 1975, which had never been digitally remastered until now! Pat Ramsey, vocals and harmonica, cut his teeth in the court of 'His Majesty' Johnny Winter, playing with him both live and on several albums. 

He is the real deal and amazes both for his technical ability and style - harmonica lovers be warned! Julien Kasper could be called a kind of Eddie Van Halen of the blues, not only for his talent and speed but also for his impeccable style. 

If you need proof just listen to the slow burning "Dead Shrimp Blues". This album is a concentrate of high voltage blues and boogie rock, and will surely appear to fans of Groundhogs, Killing Floor, Nighthawks, Taste and Johnny Winter... "Allergic To Work" is an unforgettable track!

01. One's Too Many        
02. Allergic to Work        
03. Love Her with a Feeling        
04. Steppin' Out        
05. Vegetable Oil        
06. Dead Shrimp Blues        
07. Treat Her Right        
08. Hear My Song        
09. Hippie Song        
10. Mud Bee 



Crystals - Crystals (Italian Progressive Hardrock 1974)

Size: 68.7 MB
Bitrate: 256
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The ultra rare 1973 release from this Italian prog supergroup formed by members of PFM and Banco which hasn't been available for over three decades. Due to wrangles at the time it was never issued and is an undeniable piece of genuine Italian rock history. Sung in English by Carlo Degani with superb guitar by Marcello Todaro.

Crystals is a sort of supergroup composed in the 1973 year by experienced and famous musicians, former members of name bands like
PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (Giorgio Piazza), BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO (Marcello Todaro), RACCOMANDATA RICEVUTA DI RITORNO and SAMADHI (Nanni Civitenga), ALPHATAURUS (Giorgio Santandrea), and under the guidance of Paolo Tofani (AREA and ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN) that composed all of their tracks.

They recorded an album that was intended for release on Cramps label, but for mysterious reasons, it never appeared, and has only seen the light on CD in the early 90's.
The record shows an excellent musicianship. The lyrics are sung in english and the album has long instrumental parts. A Led Zeppelin influence is evident even if two guitarists make the sound original.

Attention: this is a clear ISP/ RPI related supergroup. For me the only place for this band is between the ISP/ RPI bands/ artists. This not only for the musician involved (Degani, Todaro, Piazza, Santandrea and Civitenga with the songs written by Tofani) but also because this is a real Prog version of the Led Zeppelin. In this sense the arrangements help more my conviction. In fact the arrangements is more present in the Crystals music that in the music of Led Zeppelin. Where the Zep is more Blues/ Folk the Crystals is more Folk/ Blues. 

And this is a very big difference. It is true that Carlo Degani is a photocopy of Robert Plant, but when it have to be more personal this characteristic it isn't present. But the Cramps records where is it in 1974 for Crystals? Attractive question, because only in 1992 Mauro Moroni and Ciro Perrino recovered this masterpiece. All the songs deserves a long and attentive listen but i think that "Wrong Out", "Time Out", "Feelings", If She's Mine", "Sad Story", "Policeman (very Zep Folk Style with personal electric insertions) and "Woman Under Water" are the best songs. Practically I exclude only "Persian Carpet" because he is anonymous (but in this quite of God!!!). Attention, I repeat, this isn't ISP/ RPI band but a very interesting related ISP/ RPI supergroup. But very Prog and convincing.

I (and not only I) don't know because the Cramps Records not published this album in 1974. But likely that exist the Mellow Records that in 1992 published this little masterpiece. Because the story so have the just weight and recognition. 

01. Wrought Iron
02. Time Out
03. Feeling
04. If She's Still Mine
05. Sad Story
06. Persian Carpet
07. Policeman
08. Women Under Water 


Bob Smith - The Visit (Superb Psychedelia US 1970)

Size: 117 MB
Bitrate: 256
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A double album that was released in 1971, this didn't recieve adequate distribution for a considerable period, so it wasn't really available until late '72.This is a classic psych album in every sense: trippy effects, phased/wah'd guitars, searing leads, wasted vocals/subject matter and the obligatory 'experiment' pieces, tho' these are not as prominent as you'd figure knowing that this is a double lp. Despite the title, this is not a solo album by any means, as Mr. Smith had a large backup band that featured members of the Mothers of Invention.I got this out today and have been enjoying it all morning- it's not gimmicky or wacked-out or anything, just good, solid psych that still holds up well today. Personal favorite is 'Don't Tell Lady', a loud psycher about hiding the ingestions of certain substances from a spouse:  "If you go out tonight/And I can't stand up tonight/I said don't tell lady/Tonight"... Ha! This is (of course) sung over a snaky flanged out stoner guitar lead, heh-heh. A reasonable buy if you have all of the 'mainstream' psych albums and are still hungry. Great sounding CD reissue of a rare and highly prized double album, from the west coast. Chock full of psychedelic goodness fuzz, effects, harpsichord and lost drifting vocals. A superb CD. 

Another significant collectable from the California rock scene that will interest readers. Not really a solo album at all, as Smith is backed by eight very capable musicians. Much of the music is instrumental, achieving a mystical and 'psychedelic' atmosphere, although there are a few more mainstream tracks and some nice bluesy guitar work in places. Interesting and a must for fans of psychedelia. The original pressing (especially with the amazing psychedelic poster) has skyrocketed in value in recent years; as such, the recent reissue is most welcome. It includes a bonus disc of material recorded by Stop, Bob's later band from the early seventies. 

Prior to the Kent album, Bob was with Silverskin, and before that, Lid (not to be confused with The Lyd), who recorded an album in 1968 which remains unissued. 

Don Preston was a member of Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention and Daryl Dragon was with The Dragons. Daryl worked on various projects with his brothers Doug and Dennis (Farm, A Sea For Yourself, et. al.) before finding fame and fortune as the 'Captain' in Captain and Tenille. Bob Smith continues performing locally in Florida and has finished a new recording, The Visit - Destiny 2000 From Bob Smith which he will make available on his own Southern Rose label.

01 - Please - 3.14
02 - Don´t Tell Lady tonight - 3.09
03 - Constructive Critique - 4.43
04 - Ocean Song - 4.50
05 - The Wishing Song - 5.04
06 - Can You Jump Rope - 5.47
07 - Latter Days Matter - 3.31
08 - India Slumber - 7.47
09 - Source You Blues - 6.02
10 - Sunlight Sweet - 3.10
11 - Of She, Of Things - 3.17
12 - Mobeda Dandelions - 3.18
13 - The Path Does Have Forks - 5.25
14 - Try, Try To Understand Yourself - 3.22