May 3, 2013

Valhalla - Valhalla (1969)

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1. Hard Times
2. Conceit
3. Ladies In Waiting
4. I'm Not Askin'
5. Deacon
6. Heads Are Free
7. Roof Top Man
8. JBT
9. Conversation
10. Overseas Symphony

Rick Ambrose - bass, vocals
Bob Huling - percussion, vocals
Don Krantz - guitar
Eddie Livingston - drums
Mark Mangold - keyboards, vocals


1 comment:

adamus67 said...

Another review of a series "unearthing old stuff". This time,on the workshop gone heavy psychedelic American band Valhalla, existing at the turn of the 60th and 70. This clarification is necessary because of the,there is or there were at least a dozen bands bearing the name of the (mostly metal). None of them won popularity, and this was probably the first Valhalla. It left only one album, simply titled "Valhalla". Music contained on it is neither particularly original nor go beyond the contemporary (a high) average, but if you like psychedelic sound intermixed of hard rock it should be charmed by the LP.

Valhalla a symphonic rock band who recorded one record for United Artists. The album's cover is a sinking burning Viking ship. The drawing is pretty good. The name Valhalla is the 'paradise' of all the Vikings who died fighting honorably.

American "acid" hard rock - the concept is not typical, but it provides the most complete picture of music VALHALLA, team late 60s. Their only album, which appeared in the 1969, was crowded with "violent" organ and soulful melodies. The last general should be attributed to the apparent advantages of the group as well as things like the Ladies in waiting or Conceit could easily be a hit, they get the proper promotion. Best of what was needed - a memorable tune and expressive performance - was over. After all, if childish innocence in ballads and "militants" to give a very special charm, here the picture spoiled thorough. In any case, their album - a good example of the late 60s, which failed to fully realize their potential, but deserves a better fate than the total obliteration.

At the start of a dynamic, very energetic, "Hard Times". Heavy guitar riff sounds of the Hammond replenished automatically calls to mind the Deep Purple Mark I appear to have a very interesting percussion passage. Next, however gently. If you dont like this song you wont like the album, because the followers are pretty much all in the same style. the guitar and keys are the basis of the sound. "Conceit", again this song is full of guitar solos while Hulling is singing, but when its only the guitar playing the solo turns into a monochordic dead sound, the chorus is quite good though.

The strenght of the previous songs disappear in "Ladies In Waiting", im not saying its bad, it is actually one of the best songs in the album, a Keyboard/Drums only song. "I'm Not Askin" with long solos has alot of Blues influences again Purple (in the end the band Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord was at that time very popular in the U.S.) A bit strange sounds and "Deacon" - upbeat piano melody and orchestral background make him the most commercial piece of the album. Start of "Heads Are Free" is a bit like "Little Wings" by Jimi Hendrix, but on closer to a ... The Doors. Acute guitar solo is again the impact of Hendrix and organ - Jon Lord is almost like hearing them. . Probably just not your style decided to failure of the album, and as a result - the breakup. But listen to on CD. "Roof Top Man" is almost traditional blues (with the exception of the central part instrumental). By the way, here was one of the most catchy choruses team. Next comes another milder part - probably the best of them - "JBT". In the last two tracks can be heard orchestrations. However, while the "Conversation" is more commercial in nature, the "Overseas Symphony" is more complex and progressive. Gives the impression a little chaotic - there are almost here and fragments of metal, as well as musicals. The screams the end of "Overseas Symphony" are really delicious, to song could have some of its minutes cut-off. Enjoy it!