CACTUS needs no introduction, does it?
This supergroup failed to sell a lot of records and never reached real success.
This debut is some pure outstanding Hard Boogie Blues Rock.
For those who don't know, CACTUS is Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice from VANILLA FUDGE, Rusty Day from TED NUGENT's AMBOY DUKES and Jim McCarty from MITCH RYDER'S DETROIT WHEELS.
Their debut is a winner, from the hard-hitting version of "Parchment Farm", to the thundering closer "Feel So Good", this truly is a must-have.
I decided to post this one because of the similarities with the GRANICUS' cover. And, as a Sunday message, I had to post a heavily Blues-influenced record.
"Oleo" in the player will surely enlighten your sunday.
CACTUS "s/t" - 1970 - USA - Atco 503052 (French press)
dimanche 30 décembre 2007
CACTUS needs no introduction, does it?
mercredi 26 décembre 2007
This was supposed to be my christmas message but unfortunately I didn’t find enough time to post any song lately…
What we have here is one of the best ever Heavy Rock album of all time. Period.
This band is so much better than anything else you know of the era, you might never want to play any other record once you own this one.
GRANICUS is simply the greatest US incarnation of a Heavy Rock band, well... typically the kind of band you’d love to be in :
• the singer has one the greatest voices I know, and honestly a lot of records suffer from weak vocal lines, but Woody Leffel just smokes!
• The lead guitar is strong, raging and inventive, so is the rhythm guitar. You can tell the 2 guys are cool by the way they play their instruments...
• The multi-layered rhythm section is rock-solid and groovy at the same time. Something you need to listen to believe.
The 8 songs here are absolute killers! It can’t get any better than this. This record is one of the greatest examples of how a Rock record should sound like. If you don’t know GRANICUS, you don’t know Rock music. Too bad the record hardly sold when released and the band called it quits very quickly. This is a true waste, but I guess the band was ahead of its time and people were not ready for them.
Because it’s Christmas time, and because this record is an absolute must-have, you’re granted 3 songs from this bomb.
“You’re In America”, the opener, is the track I played endlessly when I first discovered the LP. “Bad Talk” is pure head-on Rock’n’Roll, banging and grooving, and “Paradise”, the last number here, is intense, frenzy and emotionally outstanding.
The other numbers are all utterly incredible and must-listens. Sure you’ll have to pay $100+ for an original US copy, but FUCK it’s worth several thousands!
GRANICUS “s/t” – 1973 – USA – RCA APL1-0321
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lundi 24 décembre 2007
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dimanche 23 décembre 2007
What about a "last-Sunday-before-Christmas'" Blues selection? This one goes out to my friend Nico, I'm sure you'll love this one...
John Hammond is a traditional solo Blues artist. This is his first ever release, 45 years ago on Vanguard.
On this self-titled LP, the guy goes into immortal classics (by Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and so many others) with his own view and passion.
John Hammond plays honest and tries to stay true to the original songs he covers.
I really like the version he does of "Hoochie Coochie Man", so I decided to throw it in the player. No guitar this time, but the man, a mere harmonica and the spirit of the Blues!
JOHN HAMMOND "s/t" - 1962 - USA - Vanguard VRS-9132 ('68 reissue)
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vendredi 21 décembre 2007
From Fort Worth, TX comes BLOODROCK with their second and gold selling effort : 2.
The band is linked to GRAND FUNK RAILROAD : Terry Knight is behind the two bands, as a manager and a spiritual adviser too. There are sound similarities that's for sure, but please remember GFR was a power-trio...
I've never been completely convinced by BLOODROCK's compositions, but their sound production is thick and massive, their songs are well-written and technically convincing.
I feel like the band lacks attitude to me. Sure they can play! but who cares? Know what I mean?
This second album is worth listening though (the 3 first BLOODROCK LPs are winners and you should own them), because of "Lucky In The Morning" (try the player!), "Cheater", "Dier Not A Lover" and, of course "D.O.A." (for Death On Arrival).
BLOODROCK "2" - 1970 - USA - Capitol ST-491
jeudi 20 décembre 2007
Time has come to give you one of my favorite records from 1970 : Mountains by STEAMHAMMER.
This one is really amazing : British Blues Rock with a Prog attitude and an undecent groovy approach.
Martin Pugh's (later to form ARMAGEDDON with K. Relf and B. Caldwell) guitar work is rich, textured, varied and utterly beautiful. The vocals are soft and comforting when the rhythm section is tight and clear. The sound production is also very enjoyable.
About STEAMHAMMER, they started as a backing band for Freddie King, before they got signed to CBS and released two albums before Mountains.
All of the 8 cuts of this album are impressive, so I went for the title track. Smooth and strong at the same time. This is a work-of-art I promise!
Note that there should be a sticker on the front cover of this album, mine is missing.
STEAMHAMMER "Mountains" - 1970 - UK - B&C CAS 1024
mardi 18 décembre 2007
Absolute must-have LP from Alabama. FELT released this debut on Nasco (9006) that is truly impossible to find in any condition (I've never seen a copy), so if you ever come across one, prepare to pay hundreds and hundreds of bucks. That said, Akarma did, once again, a great job with the reissue, so go get it!
FELT is truly a winner. All the numbers here are powerful and diverse with acid guitar work, hammond, great vocal lines and great well-written songs.
Myke Jackson (singer, guitarist, composer, frontman) was only 17 when this monster was recorded, I can't help thinking about what could have the band become.
I picked "World" out of the 6 tracks, try it and go buy your LP immediately!
FELT "s/t" - 1971 - USA - Akarma AK127
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lundi 17 décembre 2007
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mercredi 12 décembre 2007
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vendredi 7 décembre 2007
Saying that Cricklewood Green is TEN YEARS AFTER’s most revered album won’t get me nowhere. Neither will saying it’s their 5th LP.
Cricklewood Green is, in my opinion, the last great album TEN YEARS AFTER recorded, before turning their music into a more mainstream Pop direction. All titles are solid, the guitar magic is omnipresent (is Alvin Lee one of the 10 most talented guitarists ever?) and the whole band feels so comfortable with this album it gives the listener total satisfaction.
Vibrant, rocking, smooth, smart and efficient are words that come to mind experiencing this classic album.
“As The Sun Still Burns Away” is the last cut of Cricklewood Green. This is the one I picked because of its gloomy atmosphere and the subtle guitar work. I love the way Alvin Lee sings, caressing the tune. It also makes me think about the legendary “Fever” written by Cooley/Davenport.
The first UK issue of Cricklewood Green featured a black & white poster of Alvin Lee, and mint copies sell for £30 on average.
TEN YEARS AFTER “Cricklewood Green” – 1970 – UK – Deram SML 1065
By the way, ain't that inside picture amazing?
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jeudi 6 décembre 2007
STRAY DOG hails from Texas. The three-piece is granted a recording agreement by Greg Lake himself. They fly to England to put their first effort to tape. Unfortunately, their original drummer (who later ended in BLOODROCK) stays in the US, so they recruit Leslie Sampson (who played in Noel Redding’s ROAD).
Their debut didn’t sold much (as did their second offering in 1974).
Produced by Greg Lake, this debut is very tasty, great guitar licks all the way, some kind of out-dated Prog elements here and there that give the all thing a peculiar feel. The singer (and guitar player) “Snuffy” has a great voice and a very pleasant way of singing. The two ballads give the listener some room in a traditional Hard Rock vein.
STRAY DOG’s debut is one of those unknown albums people should rush to as fast as they can.
Very affordable and a beautiful textured cover...
“Tramp (How It Is)”, the opener, only is worth buying this album...
STRAY DOG "s/t" - 1973 - USA - Manticore MC66671
mardi 4 décembre 2007
I remember buying the WARHORSE debut for a mere 2€ ($3). OK, this is not a UK copy but a French original. The cover is not in a great shape, neither is the record itself, but it's still enjoyable though...
dimanche 2 décembre 2007
Here comes DUST, out of New York, with their self-titled debut, released in 1971 on Kama Sutra, distributed by Buddhah.
You obviously know their drummer Marc Bell, 'cause the guy joined the famed Ramones as Marky Ramone...
What we have here is inspired Hard Rock with slight Psych/Prog elements here and there.
A very solid debut with rocking tracks and a couple of ballads.
Strong guitar work, great vocals, inventive bass lines (Kenny Aaronson played with Rick Derringer, Billy Idol, Bob Dylan (!), Joan Jett...), and genuine Punk drumming. Be sure to check this one as soon as you can.
In my book, the all-original US first press has a pink DUST logo, while some others say it's orange... If you know something about the genuine first pressing, please leave a comment. Anyways, it has the pink Kama Sutra label so check that first before buying the record.
"From a Dry Camel" opens side 2. It's the climax of this debut. Check it now!
DUST "s/t" - 1971 - USA - Kama Sutra KSBS 2041
samedi 1 décembre 2007
Loud guitars, serious Hard Rock, must-have LP, awesome pedigrees.
ARMAGEDDON’s sole album is a real treat. I doubt there’s any other album of the era that sounds as convincing. Well, there’s some others actually, soon to be posted ;-)
ARMAGEDDON is a supergroup rocking on purpose. The band flourished on the ashes of CAPTAIN BEYOND (does this ring a bell, anyone?). Bobby Caldwell joined forces with Keith Relf (YARDBIRDS) + Martin Pugh & Louis Cennamo (STEAMHAMMER) and rushed into the studio to record this amazing record.
Some would say 1975 is no great year for Psych/Fuzz Hard Rock, well... play this one (loud!) and think twice.
Some say the band hails for England, for me it’s American.
“Buzzard” is one of the greatest (the greatest?) Heavy Rock cut out of the 70’s. And man, I mean it! “Silver Tightrope”, that maybe comes to soon in the record, is a beautiful Psych bitter ballad. “Paths and Planes and Future Gains” and “Last Stand Before” are some pure CAPTAIN BEYOND greatness. “Basking in the White of the Midnight Sun” is a frenzy 11+ minute long piece of Hard/Psych.
I try to only play the best, so check “Buzzard” on the player and worship the mighty ARMAGEDDON!
I can only advise anyone of you to own at least 2 copies of this record, you’ll burn one in a coupla months I promise.
An original US copy sells for $70 at least, and European vinyl freaks will have to pay €60 on average... But hey... This record is worth all of your other records.
ARMAGEDDON “s/t” – 1975 – USA – A&M SP-4513
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