четверг, 8 августа 2019 г.

John Du Cann - The Many Sides Of 1967-1980

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2012
Time: 70:55
Size: 162,6 MB
Label: Angel Air
Styles: Psychedelic Rock / Progressive Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Magic In The Air / The Attack  1967 - 3:38
 2. Mr. Pinnodmy's Dilemma / The Attack  1967 - 4:27
 3. Too Old / Andromeda  1969 - 4:59
 4. Return To Sanity / Andromeda  1969 - 8:19
 5. Tomorrow Night / Atomic Rooster  1971 - 4:50
 6. Devil's Answer / Atomic Rooster  1971 - 4:09
 7. Night Living / Atomic Rooster  1971 - 3:36
 8. The Soul That I Had / Bullet  1971 - 5:37
 9. Fortunes Told / Bullet  1971 - 3:29
10. Millionaire / Hard Stuff  1972 - 5:50
11. Jay Time / Hard Stuff  1972 - 2:48
12. Roll A Rocket / Hard Stuff  1973 - 5:08
13. She's My Woman / John Du Cann  1977 - 2:29
14. Don't Be A Dummy / John Du Cann  1979 - 3:05
15. Don't Lose Your Mind / Atomic Rooster  1980 - 3:34
16. They Took Control Of You / Atomic Rooster  1980 - 4:49

'The Many Sides Of' is a retrospective roller coaster ride of John Du Cann's career spanning The Attack, Andromeda, Bullet, Hard Stuff, solo material and, of course, his most successful outfit Atomic Rooster, pulled together with the help of John McCoy of Gillan and Angel Air.
The songs are presented here in chronological order and you really get a sense of the musical styles changing from the hippy, happy opener 'Magic In The Air' from The Attack moving to Andromeda and their Black Sabbath inspiring heavy rock sound. Atomic Rooster struck me as to how close they sounded to classic Alice Cooper, particularly 'Tomorrow Night' - more Cooper than The Coop! 'Devil's Answer' was, of course, the big 'Hit' the Rooster had throughout Europe and deservedly so; a great track reaching number 4 in the UK in 1971.
In late '71 John moved on to release material in the guise of Bullet and then Hard Stuff up until '73 when he changed to being a 'proper' solo artist, releasing material under his own name from '77 to 1979. Incredibly John toured Germany with Thin Lizzy, which demonstrates the talents of his playing. John's biggest hit in his solo period was 'Don't Be A Dummy' from 1979, again sounding very much like Cooper. Helped along by the television advert featuring the song for a jeans manufacturer the song reached the dizzy heights of number 33. This collection finishes off with two tracks from the re-united Atomic Rooster from 1980 and sounding very Deep Purple.
Sadly the big 'Attack' came in the form of a Neil Buchanan in September 2011 and John was taken. This serves as a great tribute and reminder, not only to fans of John's work but lovers of the great 'stoner' rock of the Seventies.

The Many Sides Of 1967-1980

среда, 7 августа 2019 г.

Tarantula - Tarantula I

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1976
Time: 44:40
Size: 104,2 MB
Label: Si-Wan Records
Styles: Progressive Rock/Symphonic Prog
Art: Front

 1. Recuerdos - 6:05
 2. La Arana Y La Mosca - 4:23
 3. Singladura Final - 6:19
 4. Un Mundo Anterior - 5:51
 5. Imperio Muerto - 9:38
 6. La Danza Del Diablo - 3:06
 7. Lydia - 2:05
 8. Paisajes Pintorescos - 7:10

Rafael Cabrera - vocals
M.G. Peydro - guitar
Vicente Guillot - Hammond, Melotron, Moog, String synth
Jose Pereira - bass
Emilio Santonja - drums
- Jose Manuel del Moral / arranger & producer

Tarantula is one of the many Spanish progrock bands that emerged in the second half of the Seventies, speerheaded by Triana, Blogue and Granada. They have released two albums, these are totally different: the first (1976) contains wonderful, vintage keyboard drenched symphonic prog but the second (1978, another line-up) delivers a harder-edged and more direct approach with hints from early Uriah Heep.
1. Recuerdos (6:00) : The atmosphere in the first and final part alternates between mellow with flute-Mellotron and soft Minimoog flights and bombastic with dramatic vocals and majestic violin-Mellotron eruptions, very moving! The mid-section features an accellaration with Hammond floods and fiery electric guitar, this sound brings German prog bands like Jane and Ramses on my mind.
2. La Arana Y La Mosca (4:20) : First a pleasant harmony of cheerful flute-Mellotron drops, fat Minimoog sounds, Emersonian Hammond waves and fiery electric guitar runs. Then the moods shift from dreamy with tender piano and melancholical vocals to slow with sensitive electric guitar work and a catchy rhythm with a lush vintage keyboard sound (Mellotron, Hammond and Moog).
3. Singladura Final (6:16) : This song starts and ends with a beautiful mellow atmosphere featuring twanging guitar, soft organ waves, a warm string sound and wonderful vocals. The break halfway contains pure rock and roll with heavy guitar and raw vocals, how surprising!
4. Un Mundo Anterior (5:49) : A slow rhythm contains flute - and violin-Mellotron, followed by a very sensitive electric guitar solo and tender piano runs, goose bumps! The tension between the Grand piano, flute- Mellotron and electric guitar is great and carries me away to Progheaven.
5. Imperio Muerto (9:38) : This long track opens with a psychedelic atmosphere due to a haunting organ and ominous fat Moog flights. Then lots of changing climates with sensational Minimoog runs, another rock an roll break and dramatic vocals, excellent!
6. La Danza Del Diablo (3:02) : A mid-tempo song with strong interplay between organ and electric guitar and a swirling Hammond organ solo.
7. Lydia (2:06) : A short piece that sounds Bach-inspired with warm classical guitar and powerful organ.
8. Paisajes Pintorescos (7:00) : This final composition is very alternating with the sound of a harpsichord, fiery electric guitar work and great, very expressive vocals. The final part delivers an up-tempo rhythm with wonderful vocals, lush organ and a harder-edged guitar solo, very dynamic and exciting!
This unknown and often overlooked gem deserves more attention, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


KK & The Reverend Blues Revival - NightFlying

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 38:56
Size: 89,6 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Walkin 55 - 4:00
 2. Recipe for the Blues - 4:17
 3. I Miss You (With Every Rock I Throw) - 3:05
 4. Redemption in a Bottle - 4:03
 5. A Good Day to Play the Blues - 3:28
 6. NightFlying - 4:05
 7. Waiting on a Check - 2:20
 8. Burn Hate Down - 2:52
 9. Rosalita - 3:07
10. Pouring Rain Blues - 3:44
11. Bad Man - 3:48

The Reverend Blues Revival -
The Reverend  David Ashcroft has long had a dream of a Blues Revival to inspire and move souls through music. “Preaching the blues…” He says. “Hands in the air spirit walking blues…”. David spent 17yrs as pastor/preacher. “…peace, love and FREEDOM!!!” He belts out in cadence… Moving the spirit so the body has GOT to groove, is the magic of these performances. This passion for the blue notes is what drove and developed The Reverend and his Blues Revival. While performing with ElectroGroov Band he reconnected with the amazing Kathy Kidd.
Kathy Kidd has been singing her goose bump raising full tones and pure notes since early childhood in school, church and socially. She was gigging around Fayetteville in the early 80’s when the late Rick Lancaster took her under wing. By the end of the 80’s Kathy was down in New Orleans, LA studying guitar with Marti Jacobs who is a Guitar Institute of Technology bass player. Jacobs taught guitar chops but showed the bass line as well. Kathy found the bass lines were her home. While in New Orleans studying she was also performing with various artists including Sidney Snow. When her mother fell ill, Kathy moved back to Northwest Arkansas and there met Steve Glasspool. As a renowned bass player from Beaumont, TX, Glasspool continued to teach her bass and they performed as a duo around Beaumont for several years. Kathy moved to Hot Springs and has played in the band ElectroGroov for a couple years in the Hot Springs Area and beyond. The Blues is Kathy’s true home. The inception of  KK & The Reverend Blues Revival was inevitable! The music they both play and love is the Blues. Each one knew they would be working on this project together. It was simply a matter of when…
The Reverend David Ashcroft moves your soul through his keyboard expressions and well-trained vocal contributions. The Rev’s earliest influence was his uncle Alvin Maloch who was a 1940s/50s professional jazz pianist. David’s mother shared the big band and orchestra music she loved and his big brother planted the roots that brought him to the Blues. At 11 he began to take classical piano. School choir and voice training were going on while studying harmonica. In his early 20’s David worked for Capital Keyboards demonstrating organs throughout the state. This is where he met Dale Rich. Dale was a retired jazz Hammond Organ player and concert organist for the Lowrey Organ Company. Mr. Rich embraced and mentored David in jazz and blues organ. Variety is the spice of life they say and this musician embraced the philosophy. David was involved with groups that did full acoustic (Acoustic Fusion), all originals (Tri-Chord), as well as old Rhythm & Blues (Urban City Band). Later he played piano, organ and harmonica with Steve Hester and DeJaa Vodoo who graced the stage at Miglewood Hall in Memphis, TN; House of Blues in Dallas, TX and Juanita’s in Little Rock, AR. This group opened for the likes of Samantha Fish, Eric Gale, Lynard Skynard and Johnny Winter. Supporting Blues in Arkansas is a passion for David. In January of 2018 David performed with guitarist Kenny Mann and the band Cheap Thrills at the 2018 IBC in Memphis.
Kenny Mann’s high energy and excitement are evident as both lead guitar and vocalist. Kenny’s parents gave him a pivotal gift when he was 12 years old. It was a Blues Series guitar and he hasn’t been without a guitar since. He joined the first band (Hair Metal) at barely 15 and by 18 had found the Blues. In 2001 the Guitar Alliance website (on-line guitar lessons) was launched as a way to blend his internet marketing experience with a love for guitar. As the lead singer and guitarist for Spinning Jenny he spent several years playing all across the southern US. Kenny’s voice makes the listener feel every emotion and want to hear more. The blues is a natural home for this talented musician. This was evident when he performed with Cheap Thrills representing the Arkansas River Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Kenny and The Rev certainly represented with this band for Arkansas during their two performances at Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street.  Kenny continued as lead vocals/guitar for Adult Summer Camp 2018. Kenny was the front man for the band Cheap Thrills when they played the Historic Arlington Hotel nearly exclusively through the Summer of 2018.
These three decided it was time. With Kenny, Kathy and The Rev….KK & The Reverend Blues Revival had begun!


Tarantula - Tarantula II

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1978
Time: 43:07
Size: 99,1 MB
Label: Walhalla (2006)
Styles: Progressive Rock/Symphonic Prog
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Blancanieves (Snow White) - 2:47
 2. Nacido Para El Trabajo (Born To Work) - 3:38
 3. Avui Com Ahir (Today Like Yesterday) - 6:58
 4. La Tarantula De Granada - 8:23
 5. Es Demasiado (It's Too Much) - 2:50
 6. Canta Canario, Canta (Sing Canary, Sing) - 7:12
 7. Extasis (Ecstasy) - 5:16
 8. Esto Es El Fin (Is This The End?) - 6:01

Ana Maria Gonzalez Pazos - vocals;
Enrique Alfonso Alminana - vocals;
Manuel Grau Faerna - electric & acoustic guitars;
Vicente Guillot - Hammond, Melotron, Moog, arrangements;
Francisco Domingo - bass;
Juan Torres - drums, percussion, gong.

Tarantula biography:
Founded in Valencia, Spain in 1973 - Disbanded in 1978
-Tarantula was one of the many prog bands that emerged in the second half of the Seventies, speerheaded by known Spanish formations like Triana, Blogue and Granada. They started as a quintet, led by keyboard player Vicente Guillot.
-The melodic, very pleasant sound on their eponymous debut album from 1976 is not like the flamenco inspired groups as Triana, Cai or Mezquita but more close to the Seventies Italian Symphonic Prog (dramatic vocals by Rafael Cabrera evoking Banco and Le Orme along the lush vintage keyboards with wonderful drops of the unsurpassed Mellotron) and German symphonic prog like Jane and Ramses (harder-edged guitar and powerful organ runs).
In 1978 Tarantula released their second album entitled Tarantula II, the line-up has completely changed with Vicente Guillot as the only remaining original member. The music is also a different story: a harder-edged sound with a more direct approach, bringing early Uriah Heep to my mind.
-If you want to check out Tarantula, their first is recommended because it's in the symphonic prog tradition but with a more Italian prog touch. The strong points are the expressive vocals (with a theatrical undertone) and the varied vintage keyboards.
Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
Tarantula is an overlooked Spanish band that delivers on their eponymous debut album wonderful symphonic prog with inspired, often expressive vocals and varied vintage keyboards (Moog, Hammond, Mellotron). To be discovered!

Tarantula II

Bram Stoker - Heavy Rock Spectacular

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1972
Time: 38:00 + 12:32
Size: 87,1 MB + 28,8 MB
Label: Belle Antique
Styles: Progressive Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Born To Be Free - 3:44
 2. Ants - 3:46
 3. Fast Decay - 3:47
 4. Blitz - 5:42
 5. Idiot - 4:27
 6. Fingals Cave - 7:43
 7. Extensive Corrosion - 4:18
 8. Poltergeist - 4:29
 1. Collusion Illusion [Bonus] - 4:51
 2. Scarborough Fair [Bonus] - 3:13
 3. Queen Os Sheba [Bonus] - 2:41
 4. Faith Healer [Bonus] - 1:46

Here is a gem from the Early British Progressive Rock Movement, unfortunately it was both a painstaking as a hardly impossible task to find information from this elusive band. Bram Stoker was a one shot band that released their album in 1972 under the title Heavy Rock Spectacular. In 1999 the label Audio Archive released the album with the same tracks but a different cover (to be seen along with this review) as a reissue CD, a year later the label Black Widow released it with the original artwork and in 2003 the label Akarma released it as CD reissue in a mini LP gatefold sleeve.
The eight melodic and dynamic compositions are Hammond organ drenched, the electric guitar is often distorted (fuzz) delivering some fiery soli but in general it is on the background. Bram Stoker their sound has elements from Atomic Rooster (Born to be free), ELP (Fast decay) and often Beggar's Opera, mainly due to the classical organ sound (for example Bach's Toccata In D-Fuga in Fast Decay and the long Fingal's Cave) and the pleasant vocals. The track Blitz has some Spanish flavored guitar undertones and sounds a bit dark. The final, horror-like song Poltergeist features floods of classical inspired organ.

Heavy Rock Spectacular

Elysian Fields - Seven Wonders Of The World

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2018
Time: 55:47
Size: 128,7 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Progressive Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. The Pyramid Of Khufu -  6:19
 2. The Walls Of Babylon -  7:14
 3. The Statue Of The Olympian Zeus - 12:31
 4. The Temple Of Diana (Artemis) -  9:45
 5. The Tomb Of King Mausolus -  6:06
 6. The Colossus Of Rhodes -  4:06
 7. The Pharos Of Alexandria -  9:43

If you like progressive rock along the lines of Yes, King Crimson, Genesis and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, you will probably enjoy these seven songs.
This album marks the tenth release by this Florida based progressive rock unit. It was formed in 1973 by Mark J. Dye. Fans of prog will love this CD. Mark J. Dye has been involved with music since the age of 10. He played guitar, violin, and keyboards in various groups that he formed from 1965-1984. He also has a bachelor's degree in music composition from the University Of South Florida. In 1978 he moved to Los Angeles with his progressive rock group, "Elysian Fields". After changing their name to "Impulse" they released five albums on the Electric Fantasy label. While living in Los Angeles he became a Midi and synthesis specialist for many top artists like Van Halen, Guiffria, Gino Vannelli, and even appeared on Entertainment Tonight as a technical adviser for electronic music. He now operates a state of the art digital recording facility in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Mark Doran, Suzanne Stokes, Joe First, Dr. Jean, Mar. Harman and many others have collaborated with Mark from 1986 though 2017. He is now retired but continues to pursue projects that he hasn't had time for over the last 40 years. This is the first of these to be released. There are many more to come. In the future look for M J D as the artist's name.

Seven Wonders Of The World

Alex Rosenhof - Flow

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 48:36
Size: 111,5 MB
Label: 659228 Records DK
Styles: Progressive Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Have a Good Flight - 4:50
 2. Home - 6:13
 3. Altered Perception - 6:08
 4. The Forgotten - 5:37
 5. Nowadays - 5:35
 6. Pawns - 3:18
 7. Pondering - 5:00
 8. Cosmic Salad - 4:17
 9. Flow - 7:34

Alexander Rosenhof, geboren am 13. April 1982 in der sibirischen Gro?stadt Omsk, hat im Alter von 6 Jahren mit dem Musikmachen begonnen. Zunachst bekam er Geigen- und Klavierunterricht, sowie Grundlagen von Gehorbildung und Musiktheorie. Mit ungefahr 11 Jahren stieg er um auf Gitarre, ungefahr im selben Alter hat er auch den Computer als Kompositionswerkzeug fur sich entdeckt. Spater steigerte sich sein Interesse an der Musik, als er im Teenageralter erstmals Banderfahrungen sammelte und spater Workshops und Privatstunden von Victor Smolski bekam. Das fuhrte dann zu dem Musikstudium an der Popakademie in Enschede mit dem Hauptfach E-Gitarre, welches er im Jahr 2007 als Jahrgangsbester abschloss, und den international anerkannten Titel "Bachelor of Music" tragen durfte.
Augrund seiner damaligen Affinitat fur virtuos gespielte Rockgitarrenmusik a la Steve Vai bekam er Angebote von Bands, in denen diese speziellen Fertigkeiten gefragt wurden. So tourte er eine Zeitlang mit den niederlandischen Prog-Metal Formationen "Picture of the Moon" und "Sphere of Souls" durch die Metal-Clubs in den Niederlanden, Deutschland und Belgien.
Nach einer Weile fuhlte er sich jedoch musikalisch mehr mit der Bluesmusik verbunden. So grundete er im Jahr 2008 zusammen mit zwei Musikerkollegen das Bluesrocktrio "Bluespam", wo er neben der Gitarre auch den Part des Sangers ubernahm. Au?erdem stieg er 2009 als Gitarrist in der Band des deutschen Singer-/Songwriters Michael Witte ein. Neben den festen Bandprojekten spielt er auch viele Nebenjobs als Aushilfs- bzw. Leihmusiker.
Seit 2007 erteilt Alexander Rosenhof au?erdem Gitarrenunterricht an der Musikschule Obergrafschaft, dem Musikkolleg Mesum und gibt auch private Gitarrenstunden.