Mar 3, 2015

Junipher Greene - Communication (Vinyl rip, 1973)


1. Communication

2. Standby
3. Biscuit
4. Sunlight
5. Talk Is A Bird
6. If You Can Hear The Blackbird Sing
7. Reflections
8. Play On Stranger
9. 1, After Midnight

Helge Grøslie - keyboards, vocals
Bent Åserud - guitar, flute, vocals
Øyvind Vilbo - bass
Geir Bøhren - drums, vocals
Freddy Dahl - vocals, guitar

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Poobah - Steamroller (1979) [Re-post by request]

1. Jump Thru The Golden Ring
2. Integrated Circuit
3. You Don't Love Me
4. She's That Kind Of Lover

5. Steamroller
6. Atom Bomb
7. Frustration
8. Don't Change
9. Rock And Roll
10. Mr. Destroyer (Live)
11. You Don't Love Me (Live)
12. Jump Thru The Golden Ring (Live)
13. Steamroller (Live)

Phil Jones - bass, vocals
Jim Gustafson - guitar, lead vocals
Judd Gaylord - drums

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Feb 28, 2015

Led Zeppelin - How The West Was Won (3 CD Box Set, 2003)

Editorial Reviews Product Description
The West was Los Angeles and Long Beach, where Led Zep performed two legendary shows in June 1972, which have been seamlessly edited together to form one incredible live album. Probably the highlight is the monstrous, 25-minute version of Dazed and Confused , but the 23-minute medley based on Rock and Roll comes close. Great performances, great price!
For a band with such an overarching legacy, the official record of Led Zeppelin's legendary and unpredictable live act has heretofore been poorly represented by the disappointing, scattershot soundtrack to The Song Remains the Same. But this triple-disc live set (culled from 1972 Long Beach/LA shows in advance of Houses of the Holy) addresses history with a vengeance, if a few decades late. These shows have rightfully assumed cult status in the bootleg market, showcasing a band at the peak of its creative and performing powers. Zep faithful will welcome the belated release as evidence for enduring loyalty, but younger fans may find its diversity and dynamics even more enlightening--indeed, whole careers have since been built on the musical ideas Jimmy Page and company toss off here as decorative filler. Crucially rooted in the amped-and-hammered American blues of the guitarist's former band, the Yardbirds, the marathon workouts of "Dazed and Confused" and "Whole Lotta Love" (which consume nearly an hour all by themselves) somehow encompass Ricky Nelson, Morocco, James Brown, Holst, Elvis Presley, and Muddy Waters amidst their trademark sturm und drang, while the acoustic set that closes out disc one showcases the band's and particularly Robert Plant's good-natured, crypto-Celtic folk appeal with energetic aplomb. Bigger and brasher than just about any rock act that followed in its historic wake, yet ever fan-loyal to its myriad influences, Led Zeppelin's live juggernaut finally gets the monument it deserves. --Jerry McCulley
Disc 1:
1. LA Drone
2. Immigrant Song
3. Heartbreaker
4. Black Dog
5. Over The Hills And Far Away
6. Since I've Been Loving You
7. Stairway To Heaven
8. Going To California
9. That's The Way
10. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp

Disc 2:
1. Dazed And Confused
2. What Is And What Should Never Be
3. Dancing Days
4. Moby Dick

Disc 3:
1. Whole Lotta Love
2. Rock And Roll
3. The Ocean
4. Bring It On Home   

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Bread - Lost Without Your Love (1977)

Review by Jim Esch
This was the end of the line for Bread. David Gates reunited one last time with James Griffin after a four-year hiatus spawned by a power dispute between the two lead songwriters. The band returned to form pretty well intact, with the Gates power ballad "Lost Without Your Love" cracking the Top Ten. It would be their last hit single. By 1977, the Bread formula was starting to sound dated, but despite the unevenness, completists and heartier Bread fans should seek and find this record. There's plenty of filler, but a couple of the Gates ballads stand out: "Hooked on You" and "Belonging" are trademark honey sweet singer/songwriter pop. James Griffin co-wrote three cuts with original Bread member Robb Royer, and their work, like "She's the Only One," has a somewhat grittier country rock feel that is lacking in the more pop-centric work of Gates. "Hold Tight" is the album's only true embarrassment an abortive attempt at disco-rock. Casual listeners can safely stick with the best-of collections (especially Rhino's Bread retrospective, on which Lost Without Your Love is adequately represented).
1. Hooked On You
2. She's The Only One
3. Lost Without Your Love
4. Change Of Heart
5. Belonging
6. Fly Away
7. Lay Your Money Down
8. The Chosen One
9. Today's The First Day
10. Hold Tight

11. Our Lady Of Sorrow

The Band:
David Gates - vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
James Griffin - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Larry Knechtel - keyboards, bass, guitar
Mike Botts - drums

 Rip by jingara

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Feb 27, 2015

Vigrass & Osborne - Queues (1972)

Info on Vigrass & Osborne was pretty hard to find. I found this bio at:

"Forgotten pop: Vigrass and Osborne (1972 - 74)
Here you'll find all I have been able to assemble about Vigrass and Osborne: the British duo of Paul Vigrass and Gary Osborne. They had a brief recording history in the early 1970s which resulted in a handful of sparkling pop singles that were criminally ignored in most territories around the world.
Depending on territory, the records were released on labels such as Uni (in USA), MCA (NZ, Brazil), Epic or JCM. 
The known singles were:
Men Of Learning/Forever Autumn (1972)
    Virginia/Ballerina (1972) - audio of Virginia now available on Youtube
    Mr Deadline/Remember Pearl Harbour* (1972) - audio of Mr Deadline now available on Youtube (unfortunately missing some of intro and a few bars in the middle)
    Gypsy Woman/I've Seen Her Shining, 1974.
The albums:
Queues (1972): Forever Autumn, Ballerina, and probably Men Of Learning/Don't You Worry/Ballerina/Mississippi Lullaby/Virginia//Sail Away/Forever Autumn/An Invitation/Remember/The End.
Steppin' Out (1974): Gypsy Woman/Daily Express/Engine Driver/Summer Passed You By/Haystacks/Sunshine Cake/Wild And Windy Sea/Steppin' Out/Sit Yourself Down/Hey Brother-Heyla
Their producer, Jeff Wayne, was a writer and producer of commercial jingles - he undoubtedly brought that sensibility to the table, as well as playing organ and co-writing some of the songs.  Musicians I recognise on the albums include guitarists Chris Spedding and Caleb Quaye, and Ray Cooper (percussion); the latter two frequently worked with Elton John.
Wayne, of course, later produced the highly successful War Of The Worlds album in 1978. To that project, he took with him Gary Osborne to write lyrics to some of the songs - and he uplifted a Vigrass And Osborne tune - Forever Autumn, which became the biggest seller and signature tune from War Of The Worlds. The original - less wistful and at a brighter tempo - had been the b-side to V&O's first single, and you can listen to the original here. I post the link with some hesitation, as the song by no means does them sufficient justice, and pales against the better production values of the later, better-remembered version.
According to this site, they were also both in a band called Casablanca (as was Bias Boshell, writer of I've Got The Music In Me) for one eponymous 1974 album.
Prior to V&O, Paul Vigrass had a few solo releases in the late 1960s (including Free Lorry Ride and A New Man), then briefly replaced Tony Burrows as lead singer of the studio band Edison Lighthouse. But I have found no record of him past 1974.  There's one audio of his on Youtube - Suzie - very much in the Burrows/Lighthouse style.
Gary Osborne leaves a number of traces, though - as a lyricist. He apparently wrote English lyrics for the Veronique Sanson song Amoureuse, recorded by Kiki Dee in 1974 (a year after the original). But his best residual income would be from the War Of The Worlds album, possibly also for his lyrics for Elton John on three albums in the mid-1980s; the hits were Part Time Love, Little Jeannie, and Blue Eyes. He's been active as lyricist as recently as 2006.
I write this because Vigrass And Osborne have nigh-on disappeared from the tribal consciousness, which is quite the opposite of the fate they merit. I best know them for their highlight: Mr Deadline, a wonderful piece of pop which thoroughly deserves to be remembered. Interestingly, it shared a vocal line with Sweet's Blockbuster. My memory tells me I heard Deadline first and thought Blockbuster was the ripoff; however the records show the latter was released a couple of weeks earlier in my territory (and no comparisons available elsewhere), so the situation is unresolved. However, never put it beyond messrs Chinn and Chapman (Sweet, Quatro, Mud, Smokie, etc etc) to steal anything not nailed down. [listen to the falsetto 'ah-aaaah' at the very end of Deadline, and at the beginning of Blockbuster - they're identical.]
The only charting info I have (to my knowledge, all based on record sales):
    Men Of Learning: US (Billboard) #65; Boston (WRKO) #20; Australia #84; New Zealand #17; Wellington NZ (2ZM) #12
    Mr Deadline: Wellington #16
Some additional information available at Gary Osborne's Wikipedia entry. A blog entry for The Great Big Radio provided some information found nowhere else, as well as the above picture cover, and more accolades.
Other discussions of early 1970s pop music: songwriters (and occasional singers) Ellie Greenwich, Roger Cook, and the strange trend of recycling classical music.

*Note that Pearl Harbour is nothing to do with war, but like Virginia relates the tale of an eponymous woman."

Release Date: November 5, 2013 Label: Universal Japan Format: CD Catalog #0578864 Reissue. Comes with two bonus tracks. Uses 2013 remaster based on the UK analog tape (subject to change). The cardboard sleeve faithfully replicates the UK first pressing LP (gatefold), including an insert. Contains an obi replicating the Japanese first pressing edition. Includes a description and lyrics. Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player).



Paul Vigrass - vocals, lyrics
    Gary Osborne - vocals, lyrics
    Jeff Wayne - composer, arranger, Moog, producer
    Chris Spedding - guitar
    Caleb Quaye - guitar
    Clive Hicks - guitar
    Martin Kershaw - guitar
    Pete Morgan - bass guitar
    Barry Morgan - drums
    Ray Cooper - percussion
    Terry Emery - percussion
    Alan Graham - percussion
    Alan Hawkshaw - keyboards
    Barry St. John - backing vocals
    Doris Troy - backing vocals
    Liza Strike - backing vocals
    Jimmy Thomas - backing vocals
    Rob Freeman - backing vocals
    Judith Powell - backing vocals
    Harry Vokales - backing vocals
    Roger Holland - executive producer
    Mike Dufficy - executive producer
    Martin Rushent - engineer, mixing
    Gary Martin - engineer, mixing
    Eddie Offord - engineer

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Feb 25, 2015

Procol Harum - The Prodigal Stranger (1991) [Re-post by request]

1991's "The Prodigal Stranger" marked the most-welcome return of Procol Harum, 14 years after their last album, 1977's "Something Magic." Back in the band are veteran members Gary Brooker on piano & vocals, Matthew Fisher on organ, Robin Trower on guitar, & lyricist Keith Reid. "The Prodigal Stranger" is a magnificent album, the band sounding so re-vitalized on these masterful, melodic songs...

1. The Truth Won't Fade Away
2. Holding On
3. Man With A Mission
4. (You Can't) Turn Back The Page
5. One More Time
6. A Dream In Ev'ry Home
7. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
8. The King Of Hearts
9. All Our Dreams Are Sold
10. Perpetual Motion
11. Learn To Fly
12. The Pursuit Of Happiness

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Feb 23, 2015

Gipsy Love - Gipsy Love (1971)

Gipsy Love were an Austrian Anglo-American hard rock band. Their debut LP had some progressive sections and Teutonic touchs recalling the likes of Epitaph, Birth Control, et al.
Bassist Kurt Hauenstein went on to find fame with disco band Supermax in the mid 70.
1. Just A Little Love
2. There Is Something In Your Mind
3. Every Time I See Your Smile
4. I Observed So Many Changes
5. Let Me Come Over
6. Don’t Be Surprised
7. She Smiles
8. In Search
9. What’s It All About
George Doggette - vocals
Kurt Hauenstein - bass, piano, vocals
Charly Ratzer - guitar, vocals
Jano Stojka - drums, percussion
Richard Schoenherz - keyboards, vocals
Peter Wolf - Fender-piano, organ, vibes

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