9 September 2012

The Doors - Light My Fire

Aera - Humanum Est (1975)

AERA is a band from Germany who performs progressive fusion in the style of NUCLEUS, EMBRYO and DZYAN. Spacey guitar passages are the strongest characteristic in their music, as well as good flute and saxophone passages. They have 6 albums, of which "Humanum Est" is considered their best effort. - Bruno Aun

 - Wolgang Teske / drums
 - Klaus Kreuzeder / saxophone & flute
 - Dieter Bauer / bass
 - Muck Groh / guitar
 - Peter Malinowsky / bass (6)

 1. Papa Doing (8:22)
 2. Demmerawäng (7:07)
 3. Hodibbel (5:37)
 4. Sechs Achtel (10:45)
 5. Jonas Schläft (4:20)
 6. Alois' Flötending (2:26)

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2 September 2012

Rush - Limelight

Gila - Night Works (1999)

"Night Works was lifted from an old FM radio broadcast and really should be considered GILA's second album. In a similar fashion to the stunning debut album "Free Electric Sound", this album pulls out all the underground Krautrock vibes and is a truely great little album. Although the folks at Garden Of Delight have done a masterful job in restoring and presenting this snippet of Krautrock history, my only issue is the fair production quality (obviously the source tapes were not perfect). But having said, the music is still superb and I love the FLOYD like extended jams and spaciness of this album. "The Gila Symphony" is my favourite track which clocks in at around 14 mins and represents a great extended space jam not unlike early FLOYD. GILA was the early proving grounds for guitarist Conny Veit who would later play with others including POPOL VUH and GURU GURU." - loserboy - ProgArchives

- Conny Veit / guitar & vocals
- Fritz Scheyhing / keyboards
- Walter Wiederkehr / bass
- Daniel Alluno / drums

1. Around Midnight (5:46)
2. Braintwist (7:45)
3. Trampelpfad (6:11)
4. Viva Arabica (5:24)
5. The Gila Symphony (13:46)
6. Communication II (3:04)
7. The Needle (0:52)

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Mercury Rev - Opus 40

1 September 2012

Hannibal - Hannibal (1970)

"From Birmingham, this act evolved out of the remnants of Bakerloo and were heralded by their management as the follow-up to Black Sabbath. Their album, like most releases on this label, has become a minor collectable and is a Van der Graaf Generator-style progressive, housed in an odd gatefold sleeve. The vocalist is strongly influenced by Family's Roger Chapman whilst their music is strong, pleasant, jazz rock."

BILL HUNT keyboards, horns

01. Look Upon Me 6:37
02. Winds Of Change 7:29
03. Bent For A Friend 10:30
04. 1066 6:31
05. Wet Legs 4:47
06. Winter 8:06

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Mezarkabul - Geçmişin Yükü

Birth Control - Bäng! (1982)

"After the funk-jazz of INCREASE and the all-out disco-rock of TITANIC, the band reverted to their old, pre-prog heavy rock style. On the one hand, it feels like backward progress, on the other, it seems a more graceful way to age-playing up to your strengths as opposed to trying to keep up with the times in musical idioms that are an ill fit." - Progbear - ProgArchives

- Bruno Frenzel / guitars, lead vocals (3-6)
- Jürgen Goldschmidt / bass, backing vocals
- Ulrich Klein / keyboards, backing vocals
- Stefan Linke / rhythm guitar, vocals
- Bernd Noske / lead vocals, drums, percussion

1. Nuclear reactor (5:03)
2. Get ready to run (4:06)
3. Take alarm (5:31)
4. Greedy eyes (4:54)
5. The day of doom is coming (8:00)
6. Doom Boom (5:16)
7. The king of an island (6:20)

Bonus Tracks
8. Nuclear Reactor [Single Version]
9. Get Ready to Run [Single Version]
10. Nuclear Reactor [12' Mix]

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19 May 2012

1 May 2012

Iceberg - Tutankhamon (1975)

"This Spanish band ICEBERG came (like Manuel from Fawlty Towers) from Barcelona. Their debut album "Tutankhamon" (1975) is the most 'symphonic' release: tasteful songs with many shifting moods, ranging from fluent with biting and howling, wah-wah drenched guitar solos to dreamy with floods of choir-Mellotron and tender Fender Rhodes piano. The vocals are often passionate and the interplay between guitar and keyboards is flowing. Recommended.. !" - erik neuteboom - ProgArchives

- Jordi Colomer / drums, percussion
- José "Kitflus" Mas / keyboards, synthesizers, Mellotron
- Angel Riba / vocals, saxophone
- Primitivo Sancho / bass
- Joaquín "Max" Suñe / electric guitar

1. Tebas (1:16)
2. Prologo (3:08)
3. Sacerdotes de Amon (2:53)
4. Amarna (2:56)
5. Lying on the sand (5:27)
6. Amenofis IV (3:05)
7. Himno al sol (4:35)
8. La muerte (4:19)
9. Close to God (4:08)
10. Too young to be a Pharaoh (3:35)
11. Tebas (reprise) (1:49)

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Björk - Pagan Poetry

I Teoremi - I Teoremi (1972)

"I TEOREMI was an Italian group that released one album in hard rock style in the beginning of the seventies. The line-up of the group was: Aldo Bellanova (bass), Mario Schiliro (electric guitar), Claudio Mastracci (drums) and Tito Gallo (vocals). Before the album the group had already released a single with a different vocalist Vincenzo Massetti. After the album the group members disappeared from the music scene except for the bassist Aldo Bellanova who later joined SAMADHI and recorded their only album with them.

The only album was released in 1972, the first really great year for Italian progressive. The music in this album is more like LED ZEPPELIN style hard rock but the overall sound is more progressive due to the imaginative rhythm section. The music highlights the electric guitar but it is actually the bassist that steals the show. The keyboards (piano) are featured in only one of the tracks. The vocals suit the music very well and are perhaps the strongest point besides the bassist. Not a very progressive album in the true meaning of the word but a good album nevertheless.

I TEOREMI is recommended for listeners who like progressive with a prominent hard rock sound." - Markus Mattsson, FINLAND

- Aldo Bellanova / bass
- Mario Schilirò / guitar
- Claudio Mastracci / drum
- Vincenzo Massetti (Lord Enzo) / vocal

01 - Nuvola che copri il sole
02 - Qualcosa d'irreale
03 - Il dialogo d'un pazzo
04 - A chi non sarà più
05 - Passi da gigante
06 - Impressione
07 - Mare della tranquillità
08 - Sognare
09 - Tutte le cose (With You There to Help Me)

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25 March 2012

Neu! - Neu 75 (1975)

"Amongst fans this is simply known as "Neu '75" or the "Black Album". This was really the 3rd album released by these German pioneers of electonic space prog rock NEU! and IMHO is a simply killer album worthy of major praise. Without a question you need to have this album in your collection and now thanks to the folks at Astralwerks we can enjoy this in audio re- mastered brightness. NEU! in 1975 was Michael Rother (guitars, piano, synths), Thomas Dinger, Hans Lampe and Klaus Dinger (organ, percussion and guitar). This classic space rock album was recorded in the famous Krautrock kitchen of Konrad Plank studios.All 3 classic NEU albums shine in different yet connected light : where the first album is an adventure in minimalism, "Neu! '75" is more colorful and slightly more accessible although just as adventuras. NEU! were obsessed with sonic textures with this album dripping in crystalline images and frosted by deep tonal analogue synthesisers and pristine lead guitars. This is the perfect headphone experience album for those who love to still sit and get totally wrapped up in an album from start to finish. A masterpiece ! " - Loserboy - ProgArchives

- Klaus Dinger / voice, percussion, guitar, piano, organ
- Michael Rother / guitar, piano, synth orchestra, electronics, voice
- Thomas Dinger / drums (on 4, 5, 6)
- Hans Lampe / drums (on 4, 5, 6)

1. Isi (5:00)
2. Seeland (6:57)
3. Leb' wohl (8:51)
4. Hero (6:15)
5. E-Musik (10:50)
6. After Eight (4:42)

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19 March 2012

Nucleus - Solar Plexus (1971)

"Ian Carr was working on this project even before the birth of Nucleus, as this was some kind of musical grant from England's Art council and under the patronage of Keith Winter (who incidentally will toy away with a VCS3 on these recordings). But as Carr was composing on a piano, it became clear to him that only Nucleus musicians could play what he was writing. If Ian Carr had only written 5 of 18 tracks over the two first Nucleus albums, he writes all of the material here
The project was to have two totally different themes, toy/expand them and then fused them altogether in the final track. However ambitious this was (especially for the times), this is only partially successful (IMHO) but also produces some great moments. The two themes are presented in the first tracks as Elements I & II, than the first one becomes very funky jazz rock in the second track and in the fifth track and the other element is developed in track 3 (with a great bowed double bass to start of and very subtle eastern music influences to follow) and 4 (Spirit Level is close to Free Jazz but fear not, nothing as Harsh as in KC's Moonchild or Providence, as it stays relatively wise).But both elements are to be fused into Snakehips' Dream to last for the 15 min+ with an eerie ending on the afore-mentioned VCS3. There are some lengths in the developments and some repetitions, but overall this is yet another great Nucleus recording. " - Sean Trane - ProgArchives

- Ian Carr / trumpet, flugelhorn
- Karl Jenkins / oboe, Baritone Saxophone, E-piano, piano
- Brian Smith / Tenor Saxophone, Soprano saxophone, flute
- Chris Spedding / guitar
- Jeff Clyne / bass, contrabass
- John Marshall / drums, percussion

Guest musicians:
- Kenny Wheeler / trumpet, flugelhorn
- Harry Beckett / trumpet, flugelhorn
- Tony Roberts / Tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
- Ron Matthewson / bass
- Chris Karan / percussion
- Keith Winter / synthesizer

1. Elements I & II (2:12)
2. Changing Times (4:44)
3. Bedrock Deadlock (6:52)
4. Spirit Level (9:20)
5. Torso (6:12)
6. Snakehips Dream (15:16)

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13 March 2012

Joe Walsh - Turn To Stone

Nucleus - We'll Talk About It Later (1970)

"Definitely a masterpiece of British Jazz-Rock/Fusion along with Neil Ardley's amazing Kaleidoscope of Rainbows. Here, Nucleus appear a much tighter group. After their stunning first album, they decided to create this amazing follow-up, as if the first album wasn't great to begin with. I can't even express in words how highly I regard this album, truly Nucleus's finest effort.The opening track is quite possibly the most famous Nucleus piece, and for a good reason. What a fantastic opener! By the way, for those who have heard Soft Machine's Bundles, Jenins decided to use the riff on "Song for the Bearded Lady" for "Hazard Profile Part 1." While this is by far my favorite piece on the album, the other ones are just as great; tons of wicked oboe, trumpet, guitar, etc.. pasages played by these virtuosos. This is, to my knowledge, the only Nucleus album with vocals, although they only appear on two tracks. Sure, they take some getting used to, but definitely do not affect the album in any negative way IMO. In fact, I think they even enhance the album, making it seem more coherent overall.Although I do not think that this album is quite as good as the Neil Ardley album I mentioned earlier, this is a MUST for all fans of Jazz-Rock, a masterpiece of the genre. Buy it, now, you won't be disappointed! In fact, you can get this and the first album in a 2-CD set from BGO, so you have no excuse. Highly recommended, 5 stars, no doubt in my mind! " - Zac M - ProgArchives

- Ian Carr / trumpet, flugelhorn
- Karl Jenkins / electric piano, oboe, piano, baritone saxophone
- Brian Smith / tenor & soprano saxes, flute
- Chris Spedding / guitars
- Jeff Clyne / bass, electric bass
- John Marshall / drums, percussion

1. Song For The Bearded Lady (7:25)
2. Sun Child (5:19)
3. Lullaby For A Lonely Child (4:21)
4. We'll Talk About It Later (6:19)
5. Oasis (9:49)
6. Ballad of Joe Pimp (3:48)
7. Easter 1916 (8:47)

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