It’s All Meat “It’s All Meat” 1970

It’s All Meat were a late 60s/early 70s band that hailed from Toronto and released this excellent album in 1970 (Columbia).  Prior to that, It’s All Meat had been known as The Underworld.  The Underworld released a superb, crude garage single (“Go Away”/”Bound” – the label is Regency) in 1968 and also recorded some fine unreleased material captured on acetate.  As mentioned before, some of the members of The Underworld would form It’s All Meat.  In 1969 this new group would release their debut 45, “Feel It” coupled with “I Need Some Kind of Definitive
Commitment.”  The A-side combined MC5 energy with New York Dolls-style swagger and features plenty of feedback and great guitar breaks. 

Detective - Detective 1977

After Michael des Barres' short stint with the band Phoenix, he formed Detective along with former Yes and Badger keyboardist Tony Kaye, and they were signed on to the Swan Song label. Although there's no way of avoiding the similarities between Detective's sound and that of Led Zeppelin's, their debut album evolved as the freshest of the three albums that they released.

Des Barres vocals are unmistakably Plant-like, and Michael Monarch's guitar riffs are somewhat refined, yet at times they buzz and chug just like Page's, but there's still an ample amount of enjoyable rock & roll left over to make Detective a worthy album.

Laîs - Dorothea (2001) REPOST


....this album is out of print,  
 traduction from French ;
Belgian Polyphony. Belgium sometimes sends us of atypical artists whose charm attains fast the heart of the public . It was the case of Arno and Deus in a style more rock, or of Starflam for the hip hop. This time, honour to the ladies with the trio of vocal Polyphonies Laïs. Dorothea, their second album, constituted by traditional songs or of original compositions is interpreted in Flamish   and in French 
These three crystalline voices coated with a resolutely modern production transcend pieces that they had no more habit to hear around fires of camps néo - babas.

Pell Mell - The Entire Collection 4 CD in one box



The complete oeuvre of seven albums on four compact discs in one box

"Die Moldau" of 1981 released for the first time in the correct key and tempo

"Skyrider 2", their last album, has never been released before

    Format: CD
    Label: Made In Germany (MIG)
    Genre: Progressive

Felt -1971- Felt



Not much is known about this mysterious hard rock/psych group.  Felt hailed from Alabama and released their only album on the Nasco label in 1971.  Formed in the late 60s, Felt’s lineup featured two solid guitarists in Myke Jackson and Stan Lee.  The latter would eventually play guitar for the legendary (and great) late 70s/early 80s punk band, the Dickies.  Other group members were bassist Tommy Gilstrap and drummer Mike Neel.
Their album is a sterling example of late 60s/early 70s American underground rock n roll – a very strong disc.  Felt alternates between crunchy blues based rock (with biting teenage vocals) and Beatlesque psych. 

Bush - Bush 1971




Features Dominic Trioiano, later of the Guess Who and the James Gang, on guitar. Singer Roy Kenner was also in the post-Joe Walsh James Gang. Prakash John and Whitey Glen were rythym section for hire on dozens of records including records by Lou Reed, Alice Cooper and John Kay. A note for note cover of "I Can Hear You Calling" was done by Three Dog Night. A great album,

Hard Rock, Blues Rock

Ian Hunter - Overnight Angels 1977




 After receiving (and turning down) several offers in 1976, Ian realised he wanted to be in a band again. After the less than commercial success of Alien Boy, he went in to the studios wanting to record fast songs again (having recorded Alien Boy never wanting to do a fast song again!). With Roy Thomas Baker producing (he had produced several Queen albums), this should have been a monster.

The result could almost be described heavy metal - it is certainly not a typical Ian Hunter album. The rockers are certainly there, but the production is too thin - everything is at the same level in the mix (up front!), with Ian's voice almost drowned out at times.

Pyramid - Pyramid 1975


The mystery band of the Pyramid label,
 the eponymous 1 track album would seem to be what
Toby Robinson told me was their attempt at a Cosmic Jokers type album.

"Dawn Defender" is quite obviously mixed from many different sessions,
 and runs a wide range of styles, from trippy Ash Ra Tempel with echo guitars

Polyphony - Without Introduction1971

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars
 This is one of those mythical releases that you think you'll never hear because it's been out of print for so long and there seems to be no intention of re-issuing it. A huge thankyou to Todd for allowing me to finally hear this album. I first heard about it when I received Greg Walker's legendary list of his top Prog albums. I had never heard of this American band who are from Virginia Beach,Virginia. Glenn Howard came up with the name POLYPHONY after seeing this term used by some of the great Classical composers.They used this word to describe "The many voiced textures in movements designed to excite and capture the attention of their listeners".

Pekka Streng & Tasavallan Presidentti - Magneettimiehen Kuolema (1970)

PEKKA STRENG (26.4.1948 - 11.4.1975) was both a mystic and a tragic character, being a pioneer of the small scene of Finnish psychedelic folk music. At late 1960’s he participated in activities of The University Student Theatre, and he also did some radio plays which made so good impression to the staff at YLE (Finnish Radio Broadcast co.), that he was recommended to Otto Donner, who invited Pekka to do recordings for the famous Love Records label. On these albums along with the help famous Finnish musicians Pekka sings and plays acoustic guitar, and also all of the songs and lyrics on these records are written by him.
His first record “Magneettimiehen Kuolema” (”The Death of A Magnet Man”, 1970) was done with the famous prog band TASAVALLAN PRESIDENTTI.

Human Beinz - 1968 - Evolutions

 Best known for their December 1967 top ten smash 'Nobody But Me', the Human Beinz also recorded some of the best American psychedelia of the 1960s, much of which appears on this 1968 classic. Also included here are historical liner notes and both sides of their ultra-rare final, Japanese-only 45, making this package essential for lovers of garage rock and psychedelia.
This CD would have to be on my desert island list. The seven minute "April 15th" is one of the best psychedelic fuzz guitar songs ever recorded.

Track List:
01. The Face
02. My Animal
03. Every Time Woman
04. Close Your Eyes
05. If You Don't Mind, Mrs. Applebee
06. I've Got To Keep On Pushing
07. Cement
08. Two Of A Kind
09. April 15th
10. Hold On Baby
11. This Little Girl Of Mine

Amon Düül -1972 - Disaster — Lüüd Noma

AMON DÜÜL were a huge musical collective that had a spectacular appearance in a tv-show in 1968. Before they put out their first album they split though, and one half set off to form AMON DÜÜL II.

The others kept the name AMON DÜÜL and in 1969 published the first Krautrock album ever, "Psychedelic Underground". It was very badly produced, and the music consisted of long improvisations, but after this album no other band needed to have an inferiority complex. Their second official album "Paradieswärts Düül" (1970) is much better produced and has a folky touch. The albums "Collapsing - Singvögel Rückwärts", "Disaster" and "Experimente" stem from the same session as "Psychedelic Underground" and are of similar nature; they were published after the band had split up already.

Amon Duul - Psychedelic Underground (1969)

Psychedelic Underground is the debut psychedelic rock album by the German band Amon Düül. It was released in 1969.

AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett:
 “Some albums just have the perfect name, and Amon Duul's debut nails that to a T. Obscure upon release and obscure even now, for all the cult appeal, Underground is music at its most experimental and relentlessly uncommercial, using late-'60s inspirations as a launching ground for what came to be described as Krautrock.

Psych-folk was another common term, one which applies just fine to much of the music here, feeling like an enthusiastic medieval festival gone just out of control enough, and with electricity to boot. Taken from a jam session from the previous year, but treated with many studio effects that enhance the strangeness of the collection, Underground rocks to its own weird beat. Opening track "Ein Wunderhubsches Madchen Traumt von Sandosa" captures what sounds like a great experience for everyone involved, a 17-minute composition heavy on the drums and percussion, with a basic, chugging guitar riff in one channel and chanting, call-and-response vocals located throughout the mix. At one point the jam is faded out in favor of piano parts, train noises, and the like, only to be brought back in again just as strongly, before finally fading into the gentler "Kaskados Minnelied," a mix of acoustic and electric guitars, along with a stringed instrument of some sort, that favors drones as much as it does soft riffs. The tracks on the second side have the same understandable vibe, but some are sparer in comparison, as with the keening strummed guitar/vocal combination "Im Garten Sandosa" and "Mama Duul und Ihre Sauerkrautband spielt auf," which is mostly clattering percussion in one stereo channel! You could say the sound quality isn't the best, but given the year of recording and the prevelance of lo-fi production approaches in more recent years, it doesn't sound that bad at all.”

GAM - Eiszeit 1978


GAM were pioneers of the 'Kosmische Musik' which never became that famous as Ashra Tempel or Tangerine Dream. Hard to believe considering this excellent album which holds german song titles. The instrumentation is not familiar for this style though - consisting of drums and two electric guitars. Günther Schickert can be compared to Manuel Göttsching stylistically.Sepp oben ich unten and Wilderness are proving that for example with looping guitars whereas one is substituting the repetitive bass line. This implies a grooving rhythm supported by drummer Michael Leske. However - this sounds different, improved compared to the raw sessions from the predecessor album recorded with a simple equipment at Schickert's cellar.

Cluster II (1972)

Cluster II is the second full-length album by German electronic music outfit Cluster and their first album with the band reduced to a duo. Conny Plank, who was credited as a member on the first album, decided to concentrate on production and engineering. Plank is still credited as a composer together with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius on all tracks.

Faust - IV (1974) (2CD)

In 1973, Faust had gained a reputation as a 'difficult' band, thanks to both their pure-drone collaboration with Tony Conrad, Outside the Dream Syndicate, and the infamous Faust Tapes, a cut-and-paste collage of studio shards sold in the UK for 48 pence —the same price as a single— as a promotional introduction to English audiences. Yet, Faust's masterwork, Faust IV, is anything but hard to love; beginning with the epic, immense, swelling, 12-minute "Krautrock," in which corrosive guitar, blips of synthesizer, spirals of organ, and skittering percussion slowly build up to celestial heights. The song didn't give the genre its name, as many mistakenly think; rather, Faust were laughing at what the British press were calling their music.
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Can - 2011 - Tago Mago (1971) (2 CD)

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of Can’s convention-shifting double album Tago Mago, Spoon Records have given the record a new lease of life. Packaged in its original 1971 UK artwork and containing 50 minutes of previously unreleased live material, the re-release is a worthy tribute to what was a genre-defining work of psychedelic, experimental rock music.


Popol Vuh - In Den Garten Pharaos (1971) Ed2004

Popul Vuh's career was inextricably tied to that of genius filmmaker Werner Herzog, one of the brightest lights of Junger Deutscher Film, a concurrent cinematic movement whose designs on building a new German culture mirrored that of the krautrockers. Florian Fricke's project was perfectly suited to the realm of cinematic score because, unlike many of their rhythm-driven peers, they made eerie, floating, shape-shifting mood music. Mixing synth drones with North African percussion, Fricke created environmental paeans that liberated spiritualism from its liturgical past, celebrating a glorious, hippy-ish pantheism. In Den Gärten Pharaos is split into two lengthy, loving workouts, in which the Popol Vuh sound is almost born before your eyes.

Dom - Edge Of Time (1970)


4 stars Now here is a superb find for all those who love early experimental Krautrock. "Edge Of Time" is a pure holographic folk-avant garde album recorded in early 1970 by a quartet with members from Germany, Poland and Hungary. Dom definitely reside more on the acoustic dreamy side than on the electric side with soft hand percussion, acoustic instruments, space synths and lots of flute. No question these were a true astral quartet who thru their hallucinogenic music will take you on a voyage into space. I hear traces of early PINK FLOYD, AMON DUUL II and even CLUSTER in their music, but overriding DOM's music is original. Second Battle have done a fantastic job in preserving and re-mastering this album to perfection with tons of great bonus tracks and interesting artwork. Electronic progressive psychedelia at its finest.

Guru Guru - 1970 - UFO (Repost by request)


A bunch of free-jazz musicians taken under the spell of rock'n'roll (and,
 well, acid, too), Guru Guru took their experimental, interpretive,
improvisational training and applied it to psychedelic rock.
Their debut album —named, with no irony, UFO— voyages headlong into the
far-reaches of the known audio galaxy; the band ringing out all kinds of
 crazy sounds from an utterly normative line-up of guitar, bass, and
drums. The album's 10-minute title-track is a fearless plunge into totally
 freeform, utterly freaky trance-states, and it is followed by the fried,
 flute-strangling closer "Der LSD Marsch," whose title gives a pretty
 good example of the imbibing habits of Guru Guru,
both at the time and in the future.
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Harmonia 'Musik Von Harmonia' (1974)(1995)


I want to read some of the liner notes to you which were written by a friend of the band Asmus Tietchens who also has been making electronic music since 1965. He says, "It equalled a sensation when music journals announced in 1973 that Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Michael Rother were planning to work together. Under the name CLUSTER, Moebius and Roedelius had already occupied an indispensable place in the electronic music scene from 1969 on. Rother was known as one of the 1971 founding fathers as well as flamboyant member of the band NEU! Yet the prospect of the three of them joining forces seemed all too delicate to be true. By then, the CLUSTER album "Zuckerzeit" had not been

Neu! (1972) Reissue[2012, PCD-93527]

A Brand Neu! Sound

Neu! had only booked into the studio, to record their first LP, for four days. Yet, two days in, they barely had anything worth using. Drummer Klaus Dinger and multi-instrumentalist Michael Rother had been in an early version of Kraftwerk (on drums and guitar) in 1971, and, in love with how it felt playing those repetitive, machine-like rhythms live, they'd formed their own band. They were called Neu!, and their goal was that simple: to make a kind of music that was wholly new, unlike anything that'd come before. Bunkering down with Kraftwerk producer Conny Plank in a Düsseldorf studio, Dinger and Rother were hoping for magic. With half their time gone, they were struggling.  

(By Anthony CarewAlternative Music Expert)

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Amon Düül II - Kobe (Reconstructions) [CTCD-039] 1996


None of the music contained in these records is new: they present just one long track per album, which is a hodgepodge of released and unreleased jam snippets from 1969/1970; most of the themes are well known to Düül fans even if the titles are misleading and do not mention them.

Historically this could have some importance for the unreleased material, which summarily hints at Düül II's method of composition in the old days: spontaneous jams are then organized in parts with the addition of previously composed material to forge songs such as Soap Shop Rock (of which we have some parts on here too).

Amon Düül II - Düülirium 2009 "Bee as Such"




Review by Neu!mann
PROGarchives.com REVIEWER
2 stars Comeback albums aren't normally as haphazard as this belated effort by one of Krautrock's essential forefathers: recorded in 2009; offered as a digital download under the name "Bee as Such" in 2010; and four years later finally given a legitimate CD release, with a better title and actual sleeve art...everything except a credible performance, sadly.


Steamhammer - MK II (1969)



Crossover Prog
From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Easily Steamhammer's crowning achievment (certainly as far as progheads are concerned) ,
 although many rockers will prefer Mountains. The main difference with this album and other Steamhammer albums is Steve Joliffe
 who is not unknown to progheads since he went through Tangerine Dream , albeit on their controversial Cyclone , 
the only TD album to have acoustic instruments and yes! Vocals!!!!

Kin Ping Meh – Concrete (1976) [double live album]



Their 5th album, live in concert. Great prog!! ...or just hard rock
Very rare out of print double CD...


1976 / 1995 (Nova / Second Battle)

As far as I am aware, there were no other German bands like Kin Ping Meh, who chose their name in the Chinese language! In 1970, this quintet assembled in Mannheim: Werner Stephan (lead vocals), Joachim Schafer (guitar, piano, vocals), Fritz Schmitt (organ, piano), Torsten Herzog (bass) and Kalle Weber (drums). They played live extensively during their early years, performing a rough hard rock modeled on British bands like Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Spooky Tooth. Soon, Kin Ping Meh were discovered by Polydor's talent scouts. Joachim Schafer left the band just before the recording of their first album. He was promptly replaced by Willie Wagner (guitar, harmonica, vocals), who joined the band in the Windrose Studio. Indeed, Wagner wrote the stand-out track of this album, the opening 11-minute 'Fairy-Tales', a haunting heavy rock song with long, 'progressive' guitar and organ solo parts. Even if you do not find this style attractive, you'll sense the great enthusiasm of the band. There were also some mellow, folky songs on the album, like 'Too Many People', recorded live and boasting an irresistible chorus. 'Kin Ping Meh' was produced by the experienced rock veterans Achim Reichel and Frank Dostal. The engineer was none other than Konrad Plank. The album is highly recommended for fans of groups like Epitaph, Zarathustra, Frame, etc. It's now quite rare (selling for more than 300 DM) as the first and only vinyl edition was only pressed at around 5,000 copies.

The Flock 1975 Inside Out (Sonic re.Creation vinyl)


    3 stars! Gone is the wind section (which is not necessarily a bad thing IMO). Gone is Jerry Goodman (which is not necessarily a good thing IMO). He was replaced by another great violin player : Mike Zydowsky who joined the band in 1973 or so for their touring over Europe.

    The music here is less jazz oriented than on their first two albums and there are some very good tracks in here. Still, jazz is very much present during the longest song from this album : "Back To You". It goes along with the poorest : "Hang On" which is a funky / soul song which is best avoided, believe me.

    Tully - Live At Sydney Town Hall 1969-70


    Chapter Music presents two
    rare live recordings from quintessential Sydney prog group Tully, including their 1970
    performance of Australia’s first ever rock opera. These recordings capture the band in their
    first incarnation, before they joined forces with members of revered folk-psych band
    Extradition to explore more contemplative territory.
    Sights & Sounds Of 69, from a May show
    of the same name, is the only live Tully recording to have survived the intervening four
    decades, and documents a typically far-ranging, mind-expanding performance.
    Perhaps
    Australia’s greatest living composer, Peter Sculthorpe wrote Love 200 specifically with
    Tully and vocalist Jeannie Lewis in mind. The work, commemorating Captain Cook’s expedition
    to map the Transit of Venus in 1769, was dismissed by the stuffy classcial establishment at
    the time, but Sculthorpe now calls it simply “one of my best works.” Heard here for the first
    time since the early 70s, Love 200 is an astounding piece, both elegant and jarring, serene
    and chaotic.
    Sadly, all three of Tully’s studio albums are still to be officially reissued.
    Until then, Live at Sydney Town Hall, 1969-70 is a fascinating insight into the early work
    of one of Australia’s most heralded, but least heard bands.

    Edgar Broughton Band - Sing Brother Sing 1970 (2004 remaster)

    004 EMI/Harvest CD Remaster of the Broughton's 2nd album originally released in 1970, with an additional eight bonus tracks including the singles 'Out Demons Out' and 'Up Yours' which makes this the definitive version for all your Edgar freaks.

    Radical, political, hairy freaks influenced by Captain Beefheart, Zappa, psychedelia, jazz, folk and the blues the Broughton's played a seminal part in the late 60's early 70's UK underground scene alongside Hawkwind and The Pink Fairies. Playing free concerts and benefit gigs nationwide and building a reputation for incendiary, intense and shamanic performances the Broughton's were a major influence on the anarcho-punk scene of the late 70's as well as one of the UK's most original, and now long forgotten, psych rock bands. Live performance was the mainstay of the band's reputation but they also left behind a half dozen studio albums that are astonishing for their creativity, musicianship and songwriting ability.

    Achim Reichel & Machines -1970-DieGrüneReise + Erholung 1973

    Die Grune Reise (The Green Journey)
    A.R. & Machines Krautrock

    Review by siLLy puPPy
    Collaborator PSIKE Team (From Progarchives.com)
    5 stars This is definitely Krautrock but unlike most contemporaries that were distancing themselves from the blues and rock influences of the 60s, A.R. & MACHINES fully utilized a blues based guitar sound on this album. What makes this so trippy is that they added guitar loops, effects and feedback like there's no tomorrow. It can sound like a very accessible sound one moment and then suddenly burst into extremely trippy worlds where the only thing that's for sure is that echos and feedback are plentiful, but all with an underlying catchiness.

    Edgar Broughton Band - Keep Them Freaks A Rollin'- Live At Abbey Road, December 1969


    Edgar Broughton Band: Edgar Broughton (vocals, guitar); Arthur Grant (vocals, bass guitar); Steve Broughton (drums).

    A legend in its own lifetime, Keep Them Freaks a Rollin' was, as its subtitle makes plain, recorded live at Abbey Road Studios in 1969, as a possible first album by the then newly signed Broughton Band. However, the tapes were shelved in favor of a more conventional studio recording, and only one excerpt ever made it out, a harshly edited 45 of the closing "Out Demons Out," already established as the band's live tour de force. The full-length version, however, remained unheard and, like the rest of the show, it eventually faded into mythology. The tapes were finally resuscitated in 2004, to herald EMI's CD remastering of the full Edgar Broughton Band catalog.

    Achim Reichel & Machines · Echo (1972) +IV (1973) = 2 on 1


    A.R. & Machines biography
    Producer, composer and musician from Hamburg (Germany), Achim Reichel is a key figure in the explosion of krautrock. Reichel was first a founder member of "The Rattles" at the beginning of the 60's. In 1968 he formed the "Wonderland band" with the drummer Frank Dostal. Late 60's he launched his first solo musical project called A.R and the machines. Musically it provides a supreme sonic musical voyage turned to cycled psychedelic guitar playing with lot of echoes and delay. The first album was published in 1971 in collaboration with Frank Dostal. The album presents an ambitious collection of spacey rock jams featuring a lot of electronic effects and arrangements. This album prefigures "acid" trips of krautrock guitar / minimal electronic explorers like Manuel Gottsching. The guitar freakouts and the weird imagination of the first effort continue to prevail in the following inspired, confused and various Die Grune Reise, A.R. IV, Autovision (generally a mix between guitar soudscapes and psych pop orientated songs). Reichel decided to abandon the project after 5 studio albums. Today A.R and the machines remains a high class standard of hypnotic space-echo guitar inventions.


    Yesterday's Children 1969 - Yesterday's Children


    An obscure little diamond shining out from under the shadow of its big name contemporaries. A consistently entertaining bluesy hard rock album from the late 60's.
    Yesterday's Children were an American proto-metal band who enjoyed a brief but unsuccessful three year career during the late 60's. They released three singles and one self titled album before splitting up in 1969. Apart from a few spurious pieces of information scattered over the internet and a transcription of a short interview with guitarist Don Howard Krantz not much else is really known about the band.

    Airlord - Clockwork Revenge 1977


     A great benefit of the internet is that many long lost records are being (re)discovered. This little gem is from an antipodean band who would likely have received no exposure in the northern lattitudes. Which is a shame because their only album is of great interest to those who like the Genesis side of 70s Prog, awash with memorable melodies, inventive arrangements and a high standard of musicianship. The sound is warm and friendly in typically 70s fashion, well produced but not stifling the natural flow of ideas.

    There seems to be two main singing voices, one of whom sounds like an early Peter Gabriel on steroids, while the other is a plummy tenor akin to Ray Thomas. Fortunately, the latter is the more prominent, and with some excellent rich high harmonies the Moody Blues comparison is quite striking, nowhere more than the superb Out Of The Woods. Guitars dominate the instrumentation, often with acoustic varieties providing excellent rhythmic support. Both guitarists get the chance to shine with some excellent lead runs and solos, though just occasionally a little extra spark of inspiration would come in handy. Keyboards largely fulfill a background role, mostly filling in the gaps, but the rhythm section is very good and the bass is especially inventive and forward in the mix.

    Pekka Pohjola - Pihkasilma Kaarnakorva + Harakka Bialoipokku (1972-1974)


     Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
    From Progarchives.com
    5 stars Late Pekka Pohjola's debut album stands for me as the ultimate highlight among Wigwam member's solo recordings, and also a stylistic peak on his own solo career. Though the later recordings have certainly their merits, I was blown away by the energies of this iconic outburst of young talent's furious bass guitar assault. Virtuosic skills are ruthlessly displayed like capercaillie males do on their fight for proprietary rights for the females. Composed jazz-sequences are contrasted with more open improvisational spaces. Pekka's classical music education is implemented on the currents of more tender keyboard and violin driven curls, and traditional folk music is also blended to the stylistic palette. This very fine album culminates in my ears to the entity of two long tracks, which were partly also on Wigwam's live repertoire. There are some wah-wah treated bass licks, and very sensual movements evolving to ecstatic bass guitar solos on freeform musical interplay phases. I hope this record would be reissued on vinyl, as wonderful it is, have not found it with reasonable price yet. I also guess the album might not be most interesting from global perspective, locating more to the local progressive rock scene of 1970's Finland. As instrumental I think it is anyway internationally accessible.
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    Kebnekajse - Resa mot okant mal 1971


    You could say that KEBNEKAJSE were more or less formed out of the ashes of the legendary Swedish band MECKI MARK MEN, where three soon-to-be KEBNEKAJSE members were playing. KEBNEKAJSE's debut album "Resa mot okänt mål" (A Journey to destination unknown) is a Swedish classic, although it differs a lot from the albums that would follow. This album was released before KEBNEKAJSE discovered the Swedish folk music. Now it has finally been available in the CD format, 30 years after the original LP release.

    The music is loud guitar based hard rock with reminiscences to CREAM, MECKI MARK MEN, MOUNTAIN, NEON ROSE and NOVEMBER. The sound was somewhat typical British but the sparse lyrics were in Swedish. Perhaps it's quite unfair to say so, but I have always considered the guitarist Kenny Håkansson to be the most important member in the band. It was he who gave KEBNEKAJSE their unique sound with his original guitar sound and playing.

    Starfire - Starfire 1974



    -Fairly average psych prog album from 1974 by this band from California. Some nice swirly organ and fuzzy guitar.
    -Somewhat hard, semi-commercial prog rock, featuring some good guitar, and decent song writing. Nothing extraordinary here, but a good, solid album.

    High Tide - Sea Shanties (1969)

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    5 stars Metalised psychedelic rock, the music impacts like nuclear force and settles within you. Led Zep, Deep P, Black Sabbath and assorted bands where supposed to be heavy, but this stands alone (we are talking about 1969) as the predominant ultimate heavy metal attack. Even compared with regular (80's) Heavy Metal (Metallica, Iron Maiden) High Tide has been there, seen it and done it already. Rougher, louder and better at it, if I may add.

    Entrenched deep within the psychedelic scene High Tide explores the field in a new direction, forcefull guitar riffing, high paced rhythms (and some slow paced passages thrown in for good measure) makes High Tide stand with one foot in late 60's psychedelica and the other in 80's heavy metal, everything passes by, from The Doors (Walking Down Their Outlook) Iron Maiden (Death Warmed Up), till Led Zeppelin combined with Arthur Brown (Futilist's Lament).

    Blue Goose - Blue Goose 1975



                                            Hard, crunchy, guitar driven, blues-psych madness!!!!

    Blue Goose is a really great record out of the UK from 1975 that sounds more like it's from 1972 or 1973. Just a real loud jammin, hard, heavy, psych/blues boogie sound with great guitars, keyboards and some harmonica. Everything I love about early 70's rock and a real lost gem!!!

    Eddie Clarke(of Motorhead) left the band just prior to the recording of this album.

    Spettri - Spettri ( 1972 )


    SPETTRI was a five-piece band from Florence, formed by brothers Ugo and Raffaele Ponticiello in 1964. They had a fairly long career and released several singles during the height of the Italian beat era although their sound gradually evolved and by the turn of the decade they had turned to performing covers of songs by contemporary heavy rock groups from the UK and USA. The band also underwent a number of personnel changes during the intervening years and among the musicians who came and went was drummer Mauro Sarti of CAMPO DI MARTE fame. The youngest member of the Ponticiello clan, Vincenzo, joined in 1971 thus making the venture a real family affair.

    Tramline - Somewhere Down The Line (1968)


    Tramline was a hard-rocking blues-based quartet, not too different from Free and other guitar-heavy outfits of the late '60s,
    and for a time even shared label affiliation with the latter band. Formed by John McCoy (vocals, harmonica),
    Mick Moody (guitar), Terry Sidgwick (bass, vocals), and Terry Popple (drums).
    Chris Blackwell plucked them from the club scene in 1968 and signed them to Island Records,
    whence they began work on their debut LP, Somewhere Down the Line (with Blackwell producing).
    The band made enough worthwhile noise to get some exposure on the BBC's Top Gear, hosted by John Peel,
    but the album never sold in large numbers. Island wasn't done with them, however, and in 1969 a second LP,

    Laing, Hunter, Ronson & Pappalardi - The Secret Sessions (1978)


    FEATURING:
    Corky Laing
    WITH: Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson AND Felix Pappalardi

    Plus special guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Dickey Betts, Leslie West, John Sebastian and Todd Rundgren

    "This record is an assortment of secret sessions," says legendary drummer Corky Laing. "It was so secret that at one time the record company couldn't even find the tapes."   

    Tracy Nelson-Victim of the Blues (2011)



    BluesAbout.com Rating 4 Star Rating

    From Steve Pick,

    Part of the first generation of young whites who looked to the blues for inspiration, Tracy Nelson began her recording career 47 years ago. Her band Mother Earth was part of the San Francisco psychedelic scene, and she has recorded country, rock, blues, and soul, not to mention various combinations of these genres. Her rich, husky alto has retained its expressive power all along the way. Tracy Nelson is one of America’s greatest vocalists.
    Tracy Nelson's Victim Of The Blues

    Manuel Gottsching-Inventions For Electric Guitar(1970)

    Groundhogs - Groundhogs Night Live (1994)[2CD set]




    Live, released in 1994 

    Editorial Reviews
    Full title, Groundhog Night-Groundhogs Live. UK only 18-track double-disc release. Talking Elephant Records. 2006. 
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     ..../....re-formed Groundhogs live in concert in the 1990s. The sound is very heavy, and heavily electric, with amplification more suited to late 1960s/early 1970s arena rock than mid-1960s blues-rock. Thus, the covers of standards like Muddy Waters' "Still a Fool," "No More Doggin'," and "I Want You to Love Me," and Willie Dixon's "Shake For Me" won't be to every taste, although McPhee's own established showcases, such as "Split Pts. 1 and 2" and "Thank Christ for the Bomb," fare reasonably well, and we even get a pleasing, restrained run through of "Groundhog Blues."

    Tasavallan Presidentti - Lambertland 1972

    5 stars Stuart Nicholson's excellent book "Jazz Rock: A History", has only a few faults, one of which is its too abbrieviated history and analysis of the European jazz rock scene. One or two clues to what has been omitted, will be found from listening to this record. Tasavallan Presidentti are one of those seemingly obscure bands who contributed to jazz rock's development. Even so, they were briefly popular in the UK because of "Lambertland".

    Wishbone Ash - Living Proof (Live In Chicago) 1992

    Live, released in 1992

    LIVE IN WINDY CITY (USA 1992) (AKA "LIVE IN CHICAGO & LIVING PROOF)

    (extrait from review progarchives.com)

    4 stars My kind of... live album

    This 1992 set has been re-released a number of times under slightly different titles, but in every case the tracks are identical. The line up has the classic twin guitars of Ted Turner and Andy Powell supported by Andy Pyle (bass) and Ray Weston (drums). This would be Ted's last appearance on an album by Wishbone Ash.

    Zzebra - Panic (1975)


    ZZebra play a varied blend of progressive rock, jazz, African rhythms and fusion, performed by an outstanding line-up of musicians. The intensity and passion with which the band plays is inspiring, and while I may not totally love every bit of it, generally the music is extremely high quality, so I hope this review might encourage some others to look into tracking a copy down. I find this album far superior to the debut album, which has a much higher profile and seems to be considered the better of the two.
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