Saturday, October 19, 2019

Renaissance - Novella (1977) (Vinyl)

Year: 1977 (LP 1977)
Label: Sire Records (USA), SA 7526
Style: Symphonic Rock
Country: London, United Kingdom
Time: 40:37
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 216 Mb

Novella is the seventh studio album by the English progressive rock band Renaissance.
Due to the bankruptcy of the band's UK label BTM, this album was released in the USA some months before its UK release, leading to a number of UK fans importing copies. At the time of this original issue, Sire was distributed in the USA by ABC Records; the cover featured unique artwork by Pamela Brown different from that which would be used for its subsequent UK issue. Shortly thereafter, Sire changed distribution in the USA to Warner Bros. Records, and the cover artwork was revised to use the same painting by Brown as that employed in its UK issue. The 2nd USA issue can most easily be identified by the rendering of the band which takes up the entire back cover; the original ABC-distributed cover features a much smaller painting of the band on the back.
After the demise of BTM, the band agreed in principle to sign for CBS Records UK. However they actually agreed to a contract with Warner Brothers.
In the USA the album was initially released with unique cover art by Sire Records in March 1977 under its distribution deal with ABC Records, and was assigned the catalog number SA-7526. It was subsequently re-released with revised cover artwork with the catalog number SR-6024 after Sire moved its distribution to Warner. In the UK it was given a scheduled release in the same month by CBS with the catalog number S CBS 82137 and although some test pressings were made, the release did not go ahead. The album was eventually released by Warner Bros. in the UK on 2 September 1977 with the catalog number K 56422. It was also released in Japan in 1978 on the Warner Brothers / Pioneer label, catalog number WB P10492W.
The album charted at No. 46 in the Billboard 200 chart in the USA.
The song "Can You Hear Me?" was sampled in the Deep Puddle Dynamics' We Ain't Fessin' (Double Quotes), and Blockheads' Music by Cavelight track "Sunday Seance".

Annie Haslam – lead and backing vocals, miscellaneous percussion
Michael Dunford – acoustic guitars (6 & 12 string), backing vocals
John Tout – piano (Steinway Grand Piano), electric keyboards, backing vocals, percussion
Jon Camp – bass (Rickenbacker 4001), acoustic guitars, co-lead vocals on track 4, backing vocals, Moog bass pedals, cello on track 2
Terence Sullivan – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Richard Hewson - orchestral arrangements & conductor

01. A1 Can You Hear Me (13:50)
02. A2 The Sisters (07:05)
03. B1 Midas Man (05:50)
04. B2 The Captive Heart (04:19)
05. B3 Touching Once (Is So Hard To Keep) (09:31)


Friday, October 18, 2019

Yes - Relayer (1974) (Vinyl)

Year: 1974 (LP 1974)
Label: Atlantic Records (UK), K 50096
Style: Symphonic Rock
Country: London, England
Time: 40:32
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 273 Mb

Relayer is the seventh studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released in November 1974 by Atlantic Records. After keyboardist Rick Wakeman left the group in May 1974 over disagreements with the band's direction, Yes entered rehearsals as four-piece at bassist Chris Squire's home in Virginia Water, Surrey. During this period, they auditioned several keyboardists including Vangelis before choosing Swiss musician Patrick Moraz who incorporates elements of funk and jazz fusion on the album. Relayer is formed of three tracks, with "The Gates of Delirium" on side one and "Sound Chaser" and "To Be Over" on side two.
Relayer received a mixed to positive reception from contemporary and retrospective critics. It reached No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 5 on the US Billboard 200. A single of the closing section of "The Gates of Delirium", titled "Soon", was released in January 1975. Relayer continued to sell, and is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 500,000 copies in the US.

01. A1 The Gates Of Delirium (21:48)
02. B1 Sound Chaser (09:31)
03. B2 To Be Over (09:12)


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Yes - Fragile (1971) (Vinyl)

Year: 1971 (LP ????)
Label: Atlantic Records (Germany), K 50 009
Style: Symphonic Rock
Country: London, England
Time: 41:00
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 253 Mb

Fragile is the fourth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, released in November 1971 by Atlantic Records. Following the success of their tour to support their previous album, The Yes Album (1971), the band regrouped in London to work on a follow-up. Early into the sessions, keyboardist Tony Kaye was fired over his reluctance to play synthesisers and replaced with Rick Wakeman of the Strawbs, whose experience with a wider variety of keyboards expanded the group's sound. Four tracks on Fragile are group compositions; the remaining five are solo pieces written by each member. Its cover is the band's first designed by Roger Dean, who would design many of their future covers and stage sets.
Fragile received a positive reception upon its release and was a commercial and critical success, reaching No. 4 on the US Billboard Top LPs chart and No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart. Yes released an edited version of "Roundabout" as the album's single in the US which reached No. 13, and remains one of the band's best known songs. Fragile is certified 2× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over two million copies in the US. It has been remastered several times since its release, some containing previously unreleased tracks.

Matrix side A: R/S Alsdorf 50009 A2, side B R/S Alsdorf 50009 B2 STRAWBERRY

01. A1 Roundabout (08:36)
02. A2 Cans And Brahms (01:41)
03. A3 We Have Heaven (01:39)
04. A4 South Side Of The Sky (07:43)
05. B1 Five Per Cent For Nothing (00:37)
06. B2 Long Distance Runaround (03:32)
07. B3 The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) (02:40)
08. B4 Mood For A Day (03:02)
09. B5 Heart Of The Sunrise (11:26)

Friday, October 11, 2019

Deep Purple - Deep Purple In Rock (1970) (Vinyl)

Year: 1970 (LP 1970)
Label: Harvest Records (UK), SHVL 777
Style: Hard Rock
Country: Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
Time: 43:50
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 274 Mb

Deep Purple in Rock is the fourth studio album by English rock band Deep Purple, released in June 1970. It was the first studio album recorded by the Mark II line-up of Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.
The album was the band's breakthrough album in Europe and peaked at No. 4 in the UK, remaining in the charts for months (the band's prior MK I albums had been much better received in the United States and Canada than in their homeland). An accompanying single, "Black Night" reached No. 2. The album was supported by the successful In Rock World Tour, which lasted 15 months. The album has continued to attract critical praise as a key early example of the hard rock and heavy metal genres.

Matrix side 1: SHVL 777 A-2, Side 2: SHVL 777 B-1

01. A1 Speed King (05:55)
02. A2 Bloodsucker (04:15)
03. A3 Child In Time (10:21)
04. B1 Flight Of The Rat (07:58)
05. B2 Into The Fire (03:32)
06. B3 Living Wreck (04:33)
07. B4 Hard Lovin Man (07:14)


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Monkees - More Of The Monkees (1966) (Vinyl)

Year: 1966 (LP 1967)
Label: RCA Victor Records (UK), RD 7868
Style: Rock
Country: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Time: 28:38
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 178 Mb

The Monkees are an American rock and pop band originally active between 1966 and 1971, with reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. Their original line-up consisted of the American actor/musicians Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork with English actor/singer Davy Jones. The group was conceived in 1965 by television producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider specifically for the situation comedy series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The band's music was initially supervised by record producer Don Kirshner, backed by the songwriting duo of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
The four actor/musicians were initially allowed only limited roles in the recording studio for the first few months of their five-year career as "the Monkees". This was due in part to the amount of time required to film the television series. Nonetheless, Nesmith composed and produced some songs from the beginning, and Tork contributed limited guitar work on the sessions produced by Nesmith. All four contributed lead vocals to various tracks. They eventually fought for the right to collectively supervise all musical output under the band's name, acting as musicians, singers, songwriters, and producers.
Following the television show's cancellation in 1968, the Monkees continued to record music until 1971, after which the group broke up. A revival of interest in the television show came in 1986, which led to a series of reunion tours and new records. The group has reunited and toured several times since then with different line-ups and varying degrees of success. Jones died in February 2012 and Tork died in February 2019. Dolenz and Nesmith remain active members of the group.

01. A1 She (02:40)
02. A2 When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door) (01:49)
03. A3 Mary, Mary (02:19)
04. A4 Hold On Girl (02:29)
05. A5 Your Auntie Grizelda (02:30)
06. A6 (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (02:24)
07. B1 Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) (02:17)
08. B2 The Kind Of Girl I Could Love (01:53)
09. B3 The Day We Fall In Love (02:25)
10. B4 Sometime In The Morning (02:30)
11. B5 Laugh (02:30)
12. B6 I'm A Believer (02:48)


Friday, October 4, 2019

Roland Kirk - I Talk with the Spirits (1964) CD

Year: 1964 (CD 29 Sep 1998)
Label: Verve Records 558 076-2 (UK & Europe), Limelight LS-86008
Style: Jazz
Country: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Time: 40:55
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 253 Mb

Rahsaan Roland Kirk (August 7, 1935 – December 5, 1977) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute, and many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting, and the ability to play several instruments simultaneously.
Kirk was born Ronald Theodore Kirk in Columbus, Ohio, where he lived in a neighborhood known as Flytown. He became blind at two years old, which he said was a result of improper medical treatment. As a teenager, Kirk studied at the Ohio State School for the Blind. By fifteen he was on the road playing rhythm and blues on weekends with Boyd Moore's band. According to saxophonist Hank Crawford, "He would be like this 14 year-old blind kid playing two horns at once. They would bring him out and he would tear the joint up." Hank heard him and said he was unbelievable when as a youth. He remarked, "Now they had him doing all kinds of goofy stuff but he was playing the two horns and he was playing the shit out of them. He was an original from the beginning." Kirk felt compelled by a dream to transpose two letters in his first name to make '"Roland". In 1970, Kirk added "Rahsaan" to his name after hearing it in a dream.
I Talk with the Spirits is a 1964 album by Roland Kirk. On this album, Kirk only plays flutes, and no saxophone or other instruments. It is notable as being the first appearance of the song "Serenade to a Cuckoo", later covered by Jethro Tull. It was released on CD but is now out of print.

Born August 7, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Died December 5, 1977 in Bloomington, Indiana, USA (of a stroke).
Recorded September 16 and 17, 1964 at Nola Studios, New York City.

01. Serenade to a Cuckoo (04:33)
02. We'll Be Together Again / People (from 'Funny Face') (04:40)
03. A Quote From Clifford Brown (04:24)
04. Trees (06:21)
05. Fugue'n and Alludin' (00:44)
06. The Business Ain't Nothin' but the Blues (05:03)
07. I Talk With The Spirits (03:56)
08. Ruined Castles (01:20)
09. Django (04:50)
10. My Ship (from 'Lady in the Dark') (05:00)


The Moody Blues - On The Threshold Of A Dream (1969) (Vinyl)

Year: 1969 (LP 1969)
Label: Deram Records (UK), DML1035 SML1035
Style: Symphonic Rock
Country: Birmingham, England
Time: 36:40
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 254 Mb

The Moody Blues formed in 1964 in Erdington, a suburb of Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire. Ray Thomas, a young John Lodge and (occasionally) Mike Pinder had been members of El Riot & the Rebels. They disbanded when Lodge, the youngest member, went to technical college and Pinder joined the army. Pinder then rejoined Thomas to form the Krew Cats. Back from a disappointing spell in the Hamburg region a few months later, the pair recruited guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine and band manager-turned-drummer Graeme Edge. Pinder and Thomas initially approached their former El Riot bandmate John Lodge about being the bass player, but Lodge declined as he was still in college. They instead recruited bassist Clint Warwick. The five appeared as the Moody Blues for the first time in Birmingham in 1964. The name developed from a hoped-for sponsorship from the Mitchells & Butlers Brewery which failed to materialise, the band calling themselves both "The M Bs" and "The M B Five", and was also a subtle reference to the Duke Ellington song "Mood Indigo". In an interview it was revealed that the band was named "Moody Blues" because Mike Pinder was interested in how music changes people's moods and due to the fact that the band was playing blues at the time. Around this time the band were the resident group at the Carlton Ballroom, later to become rock music venue Mothers on Erdington High Street.
On 1969's On the Threshold of a Dream, Hayward, Edge and Pinder share the opening narration on Edge's "In The Beginning", leading into Hayward's "Lovely To See You". His "Never Comes the Day" was issued as a UK single, while Thomas' wry observations of life in "Dear Diary" and "Lazy Day" were striking features. Pinder contributed the closing track on side one, "So Deep Within You". Side two closed with the "Dream Sequence", Edge's poem "The Dream" leading into Pinder's "Have You Heard?" parts I and II with the two parts separated by his classically themed instrumental piece "The Voyage".

Matrix Side A: ZAL-8827-2W, Side B: ZAL-8828-2W.

01. A1 In The Beginning (01:42)
02. A2 Lovely To See You (03:01)
03. A3 Dear Diary (03:57)
04. A4 Send Me No Wine (02:22)
05. A5 To Share Our Love (02:54)
06. A6 So Deep Within You (03:09)
07. B1 Never Comes The Day (04:46)
08. B2 Lazy Day (02:44)
09. B3 Are You Sitting Comfortably (03:35)
10. B4 The Dream (00:56)
11. B5 Have You Heard (Part 1) (02:18)
12. B6 The Voyage (03:20)
13. B7 Have You Heard (Part 2) (01:49)