Friday, December 27, 2019

Yes - The Yes Album (1971) (Vinyl)

Year: 1971 (LP 1972)
Label: Atlantic Records (UK), K 40106
Style: Symphonic Rock
Country: London, England
Time: 40:50
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 257 Mb

"The Yes Album started a new plane for Yes," Steve Howe said in 2013, "where we were completely original. Not doing other people’s songs, but creating our own music. "When I joined, I said: ‘Isn’t it time Yes did the whole thing?’ They all felt the same."
First released in February 1971, Yes’s third full-lengther “felt like the first real Yes album” according to Jon Anderson.
With Peter Banks having left, Howe came in with a dazzling scope of guitar sonics and styles while the band, skint and fed up of watching other bands they knew break big, jettisoned the stabilisers.
Co-producer and engineer Eddy Offord too played a vital role in their invention of a new post-psychedelia landscape. Like radical sculptors, they curved and warped the structure of their material until it offered resonant revelations in sound.
The trippy trinity of Yours Is No Disgrace, I’ve Seen All Good People and Starship Trooper stand as evergreen Yes masterworks. Your ears enter them through fresh windows and doorways every time, even over four decades later.
Prior to recording the band – getting to know Howe – “got away from it all” in Devon, renting a farmhouse in which they wrote, rehearsed and realised they could break the time-honoured rules of popular music. In the London studio, they then put down the tracks in sections and listened back to producer Eddie Offord’s ingenious assemblages.
The artful eclecticism surprised even its creators. Even though Kaye’s subsequent departure (a Hammond aficionado, he wasn’t keen on emerging technology) and Rick Wakeman’s arrival marked what most believe to be the definitive Yes line-up, it’s a pity this quintet crafted only this one diamond, unique in its sparkle and flow.
It was and is funkier, looser, than their later jewels, while always knowing where it’s going. It’s exploratory, but concise: so much happens, but every second counts. The Yes Album gave the band their first number one (albeit thanks at first to a dubious chart, taken hurriedly from the Oxford Street Virgin store because of a postal strike), and sold a million.

John Anderson (born 25 October 1944, Accrington, Lancashire, UK) – vocals, percussion
Chris Squire (4 March 1948 – 27 June 2015, London, UK) – bass guitars, vocals
Steve Howe (born 8 April 1947, London, UK) – electric and acoustic guitars, vachalia, vocals
Tony Kaye (11 January 1946, Leicester, UK) – piano, organ, moog
Bill Bruford (born 17 May 1949, Sevenoaks, Kent, UK) – drums, percussion

01. A1 Yours Is No Disgrace (09:33)
02. A2 The Clap (03:12)
03. A3 Starship Trooper (09:13)
04. B1 I've Seen All Good People (06:46)
05. B2 A Venture (03:20)
06. B3 Perpetual Change (08:44)


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Whitesnake - Whitesnake (1987) (Vinyl)

Year: 1987 (LP 1987)
Label: Balkanton Records (Bulgaria), BTA 12336
Style: Hard Rock
Country: Middlesbrough, Cleveland, England
Time: 48:57
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 366 Mb

Whitesnake are a hard rock band formed in England in 1978 by David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple. Their early material has been compared by critics to the blues rock of Deep Purple, but they slowly began moving toward a more commercially accessible rock style. By the turn of the decade, the band's commercial fortunes changed and they released a string of UK top 10 albums, Ready an' Willing (1980), Come an' Get It (1981), Saints & Sinners (1982) and Slide It In (1984), the last of which was their first to chart in the US and is certified 2x platinum.
The band's 1987 self-titled album was their most commercially successful worldwide, and contained two major US hits, "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love", reaching number one and two on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went 8 times platinum in the US, and the band's success saw them nominated for the 1988 Brit Award for Best British Group. Slip of the Tongue (1989) was also a success, reaching the top 10 in the UK and the US, and received a platinum US certification. The band split up shortly after this release, but had a reunion in 1994, and released a one-off studio album, Restless Heart (1997).
Whitesnake officially reformed in 2002 and have been touring together since, releasing four albums, Good to Be Bad (2008), Forevermore (2011), The Purple Album (2015) and Flesh & Blood (2019). In 2005, Whitesnake were named the 85th greatest hard rock band of all time by VH1.

David Coverdale – lead vocals (ex & next - Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Eddie Hardin, Bernie Marsden, Jimmy Page, Deep Purple)
John Sykes – guitars, backing vocals
Neil Murray – bass (ex & next - Colosseum II, Black Sabbath, Brian May, Peter Green, Graham Bonnet, Cozy Powell, Jon Lord, Gary Moore, Micky Moody, Michael Schenker)
Aynsley Dunbar – drums, percussion (ex & next - Eric Burdon, John Mayall, Frank Zappa, Ian Hunter, Lou Reed, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, David Bowie, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Michael Schenker, UFO, Journey, and Black Sabbath)

01. A1 Still Of The Night (06:40)
02. A2 Bad Boys (04:11)
03. A3 Give Me All Your Love (03:36)
04. A4 Looking For Love (06:34)
05. A5 Here I Go Again (03:58)
06. B1 Crying In The Rain (05:45)
07. B2 Is This Love (04:45)
08. B3 Straight For The Heart (03:43)
09. B4 Don't Turn Away (05:14)
10. B5 Children Of The Night (04:27)


Saturday, December 7, 2019

Nazareth - Sound Elixir (1983) (Vinyl)

Year: 1983 (LP 1983)
Label: MCA Records (UK), MCA 5458
Style: Rock
Country: Dunfermline, Scotland
Time: 39:53
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 265 Mb

Nazareth formed in December 1968 in Dunfermline, Scotland, from the remaining members of semi-professional local group The Shadettes (formed in 1961) by vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton (ex Mark V and The Red Hawks), bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet. They were inspired by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Nazareth took their name from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, which is cited in the first line of The Band's classic song "The Weight" ("I pulled into Nazareth, was feelin' about half past dead...").
The band moved to London, England in 1970 and released their eponymous debut album in 1971. After getting some attention with their second album Exercises, released in 1972, Nazareth supported Deep Purple on tour, and issued the Roger Glover-produced Razamanaz, in early 1973. This collection spawned two UK Top Ten hits, "Broken Down Angel" and "Bad Bad Boy". This was followed by Loud 'N' Proud in late 1973, which contained another hit single with a cover of Joni Mitchell's song "This Flight Tonight". Then came another album Rampant, in 1974, that was equally successful although its only single, "Shanghai'd in Shanghai", narrowly missed the British Top 40. A non-album song, again a cover version, this time of Tomorrow's "My White Bicycle", was a UK Top 20 entry in 1975.
Hair of the Dog was released in April 1975 and was produced by Manny Charlton, ending Roger Glover's association with the band. The title track of that album (popularly, though incorrectly, known as "Son of a Bitch" due to its hook lyric) became a staple of 1970s rock radio. The American version of the album included a song originally recorded by The Everly Brothers, the melodic Boudleaux Bryant-penned ballad "Love Hurts", that was released as a hit single in the UK and in the US, where it went platinum. The track became the band's only US Top Ten hit and was also a top 10 hit in nine other countries, reaching number 1 in six of them. The song was on the Norwegian chart for 60 weeks.
In 1979, second guitarist Zal Cleminson was added to the line-up, remaining for two albums, No Mean City and Malice in Wonderland, and contributing numerous compositions. Malice in Wonderland contained the single "Holiday". In 1981, they contributed the song "Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment)" to the soundtrack to the film, Heavy Metal.
Various Nazareth line-ups continued to make studio albums and tour throughout the 1980s and 1990s, although their popularity had declined such that some albums no longer received either a UK or a US release. They remained popular in Europe, particularly Germany, where "Dream On" became a hit single. In 1991, Billy Rankin returned to replace Manny Charlton on the No Jive album, remaining with the band until 1994.
A tribute came in 1993 when Guns N' Roses covered Nazareth's "Hair of the Dog" on "The Spaghetti Incident?", consolation after they turned down Axl Rose's request for the group to play at his wedding. Rankin departed again in 1994, but with Jimmy Murrison and keyboard player Ronnie Leahy, Nazareth maintained a live following in Europe and the US.
Nazareth continued touring after Rankin's departure, with Jimmy Murrison and keyboard player Ronnie Leahy. While on tour in 1999, original drummer Darrell Sweet died at age 51 of a heart attack. He was replaced by bassist Pete Agnew's son Lee for later editions of the band.
On 4 August 2006, John Locke, the former keyboardist of the band, died from cancer at the age of 62.
In February 2008, The Newz was released on the Hamburg-based label, Edel Entertainment. The release of the album coincided with Nazareth's fortieth anniversary tour, which started on 25 January in Sweden and visited most of Europe, finished on 4 November 2008 in Norway. A follow up album, Big Dogz, was released on 15 April 2011.
Nazareth announced McCafferty's retirement from the band due to ill health on 28 August 2013, leaving Pete Agnew as the sole remaining original member of the band. On 22 February 2014, it was announced that Scottish singer Linton Osborne was chosen as McCafferty's replacement, with the former singer's blessing. In December 2014, Nazareth announced the cancellation of several shows, and later postponement of their UK tour, due to Osborne contracting a virus that left him unable to perform. In a post on his Facebook page 16 January 2015, Osborne announced his departure from the band.
On 13 February 2015, the band announced that Carl Sentance, formerly of Persian Risk, Geezer Butler Band, and Krokus, was their new lead vocalist.
On 25 June 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Nazareth among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

Matrix SideA: MCA-3684-ASR-2, SideB: MCA-3685-ASR-2

01. A1 Why Don't You Read The Book (03:44)
02. A2 Whippin' Boy (04:43)
03. A3 All Nite Radio (04:08)
04. A4 Where Are You Now (03:53)
05. A5 Backroom Boys (03:23)
06. B1 Rags To Riches (03:26)
07. B2 Local Still (03:32)
08. B3 I Ran (04:29)
09. B4 Rain On The Window (04:22)
10. B5 Milk And Honey (04:09)


Saturday, November 30, 2019

Eric Burdon and the Animals - Eric Burdon and the Animals (1975) (Vinyl)

Year: 1966-1968 (LP 1975)
Label: Metro Records (UK), 2356-142
Style: Classic Rock
Country: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Time: 59:54
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 343 Mb

Hailing from Newcastle, England, The Animals formed in 1963. After splitting in 1969, various incarnations of the band kept playing together under the same name and are still playing live today. They were one of the key artists of the British Invasion and remain highly influential to this day
When no lesser artist than Bruce Springsteen openly admits that he ripped your bands songs off to make some of the most legendary albums in rock history, that’s the point where respect becomes not so much deserved as undeniable. Yet by and large, The Animals are widely known for only one song, and a cover at that. I suppose we can write that one off to time’s reduction of everything to its simplest story and, let’s face it, there was some pretty stellar competition in those days (welcome to the 60’s, where you either rivalled The Beatles in quality or no-one gave a damn!). However, The Animals were no one hit wonders, charting twenty top ten hits in the U.K and U.S combined by the end of the 1960’s.
This was all achieved in record time as well. The band began life as the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, which featured a fluid line up but by 1962, band leader Alan Price had settled on himself playing the organ and keyboards, Hilton Valentine playing guitar, John Steel drumming, and Bryan "Chas" Chandler on the bass guitar. The group needed a vocalist to compete in the thriving U.K pop scene and, although they were originally a jazz-flavoured combo by trade, they chose the charismatic blues singer Eric Burdon to be there frontman. Burdon joining the group was the catalyst for a radical change in their performance style, their wild and energetic shows led them to be called “animals” by a few audience members. Needless to say, the name stuck.
By 1964 the band had signed to Columbia and put out their first single, but their second effort was what really took them into the stratosphere. The band had faith in their raucous version of the old folk standard “House Of The Rising Sun” given the rapturous reception it had gotten night after night on a tour they’d played with Chuck Berry, but no-one alive at the time could have predicted that it would top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and provide some of Rock and Roll’s most iconic sounds. By September 1964, The Animals were one of the world’s biggest bands, but the music world worked faster than we can comprehend today, and by 1966 the original incarnation of the band imploded in a mess of mismanaged business affairs, internal friction and pressures from fans and the record company alike.
However, Eric Burdon formed a new incarnation of the group in December 1966, ditching their rhythm and blues roots for a far more psychedelic style of music that was heavier than the band had ever dreamed of being. The band were highly successful but at a far steadier rate than the original incarnation, with hits like "San Franciscan Nights", "Monterey", and "Sky Pilot" keeping them a very big deal but at a more manageable rate. However, at this point the group was a solo project for Burdon and the revolving door style of membership (Future Police guitarist Andy Summers played with the band briefly!) began to take its toll.
The band dissolved at the end of 1968, and after that the original line up reunited twice, once for an album in 1977 and again in 1983 for an album and a highly succesful tour that took in the band’s biggest ever headline show, at Wembley Stadium on New Years Eve of that year. Several different incarnations of the band have sprung up since then but whichever one you see is still showing a side of rock history that many know of but not many truly appreciate. Seek them out and you’ll find one of the true greats of classic rock and a band that are truly timeless, always at the top of their game. Highly recommended.

Matrix side1: 2356142 A//1 420 05, side2: 2356142 B//1 420 05

01. A1 Good Times (03:05) - "Winds of Change" 1967
02. A2 Sky Pilot (07:30) - "The Twain Shall Meet" 1968
03. A3 San Franciscan Nights (03:25) - "Winds of Change" 1967
04. A4 Paint It Black (06:16) - "Winds of Change" 1967
05. A5 When I Was Young (03:03) - UK Single A-Side 1967
06. A6 C.C. Rider (04:04) - "Animalization" 1966
07. B1 Ring Of Fire (04:48) - "Love Is" 1968
08. B2 River Deep, Mountain High (07:25) - "Love Is" 1968
09. B3 Monterey (04:41) - "The Twain Shall Meet" 1968
10. B4 Help Me Girl (02:43) - "Eric Is Here" 1967
11. B5 I'm An Animal (05:37) - "Love Is" 1968
12. B6 To Love Somebody (06:55) - "Love Is" 1968


Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Rolling Stones - Lady Jane (1988) (Compilation 1965-66 Russian Vinyl)

Year: 1965-1966 (LP 1988)
Label: Melodia Records (USSR), C60 27411 006
Style: Rhythm and Blues
Country: London, England
Time: 41:45
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 267 Mb

The Rolling Stones, British rock group, formed in 1962, that drew on Chicago blues stylings to create a unique vision of the dark side of post-1960s counterculture. The original members were Mick Jagger (b. July 26, 1943, Dartford, Kent, England), Keith Richards (b. December 18, 1943, Dartford), Brian Jones (b. February 28, 1942, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England—d. July 3, 1969, Hartfield, Sussex, England), Bill Wyman (b. October 24, 1936, London, England), and Charlie Watts (b. June 2, 1941, London). Later members were Mick Taylor (b. January 17, 1948, Hereford, East Hereford and Worcester, England), Ron Wood (b. June 1, 1947, London), and Darryl Jones (b. December 11, 1961, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.). The Rolling Stones in the mid-1960s.
No rock band has sustained consistent activity and global popularity for so long a period as the Rolling Stones, still capable, more than 50 years after their formation, of filling the largest stadia in the world. Though several of their mid-1960s contemporaries—notably Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and Van Morrison—have maintained individual positions in rock’s front line, the Rolling Stones’ nucleus of singer Jagger, guitarist Richards, and drummer Watts remains rock’s most durable ongoing partnership.
In the process, the Stones have become rock’s definitive, emblematic band: a seamless blend of sound, look, and public image. It may be debatable whether they have actually, at any given moment, been the “greatest rock-and-roll band in the world,” as their time-honoured onstage introduction has claimed them to be; that they are the mold from which various generations of challengers—from the Who, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith via the New York Dolls, the Clash, and the Sex Pistols all the way to Guns N’ Roses and Oasis—have been struck is not. In their onstage personae, Jagger and Richards established the classic rock band archetypes: the preening, narcissistic singer and the haggard, obsessive guitarist.

01. A1 Heart Of Stone (02:49)
02. A2 Get Off My Cloud (03:00)
03. A3 Satisfaction (03:46)
04. A4 19th Nervous Breakdown (04:02)
05. A5 Stupid Girl (02:56)
06. A6 Flight (03:29)
07. B1 Mother's Little Helper (02:45)
08. B2 Out Of Time (05:41)
09. B3 Lady Jane (03:12)
10. B4 Take It Or Leave It (02:51)
11. B5 Paint It Black (03:26)
12. B6 Under My Thumb (03:43)


Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Sweet - The Sweet (Compilation) (1978) (Vinyl)

Year: 1978 (LP 1978)
Label: Camden Records, RCA Records (UK), CDS 1168
Style: Rock, Glam Rock
Country: London, United Kingdom
Time: 38:11
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 255 Mb

The Sweet (also known as Sweet) are a British glam rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s. Their best known line-up consisted of lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker. The group was originally called Sweetshop.
The band was formed in London in 1968 and achieved their first hit, "Funny Funny", in 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and record producer Phil Wainman. During 1971 and 1972, their musical style followed a marked progression from the Archies-like bubblegum style of "Funny Funny" to a Who-influenced hard rock style supplemented by a striking use of high-pitched backing vocals.
The band first achieved success in the UK charts, with thirteen Top 20 hits during the 1970s alone, with "Block Buster!" (1973) topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in "Hell Raiser" (1973), "The Ballroom Blitz" (1973) and "Teenage Rampage" (1974). The band turned to a more hard rock style with their mid-career singles, like 1974's "Turn It Down". "Fox on the Run" (1975) also reached number two on the UK charts. These results were topped in West Germany and other countries on the European mainland. They also achieved success and popularity in the US with the top ten hits "Little Willy", "The Ballroom Blitz", "Fox on the Run" and "Love is Like Oxygen".
Sweet had their last international success in 1978 with "Love Is Like Oxygen". Connolly left the group in 1979 to start a solo career and the remaining members continued as a trio until disbanding in 1981. From the mid-1980s, Scott, Connolly and Priest each played with their own versions of Sweet at different times. Connolly died in 1997 and Tucker in 2002. The two surviving members are still active in their respective versions of the band; Scott's is based in the UK and Priest's in the US.

01. A1 Co-Co (03:14)
02. A2 Chop Chop (03:01)
03. A3 Reflections (02:51)
04. A4 Honysuckle Love (02:57)
05. A5 Santa Monica Sunshine (03:27)
06. A6 Daydream (03:10)
07. B1 Funny Funny (02:50)
08. B2 Tom Tom Turnaround (04:10)
09. B3 Sunny Sleeps Late (03:00)
10. B4 Man From Mecca (02:48)
11. B5 New York Connection (03:37)
12. B6 Wig-Wam Bam (03:01)


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Emerson Lake and Palmer - Trilogy (1972) (Vinyl 1st press)

Year: 1972 (LP 1972, 1st Press)
Label: Island Records (UK), ILPS 9186
Style: Symphonic Rock
Country: Croydon, London
Time: 42:44
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 257 Mb

Trilogy increased ELP's worldwide popularity, and included "Hoedown", an arrangement of the Aaron Copland composition, which was one of their most popular songs when performing live.
Greg Lake said this was his favourite ELP record.
In September 1971, the band took a break in their summer North American tour promoting Tarkus (1971) and Pictures at an Exhibition (1971) to record new material for their next studio album. In a May 1972 magazine report, the album had yet to have a title. Emerson was pleased with the album after it was completed, noting its varied and difference in style to Tarkus.
The artwork was designed by Hipgnosis. It depicts a combined bust of the three members, while the interior of the original gatefold sleeve features a photomontage of the three in Epping Forest. Spanish artist Salvador Dali was approached to design it, but he requested $50,000 to do it and was subsequently turned down. The front cover depicts each of the band members' faces; Emerson said this was so as their previous albums had not featured them.
References to a quad version of this album appeared in 1974 Harrison or Schwann record and tape guides, listing Trilogy in the Quadraphonic 8-track tape cartridge format. Collectors report never seeing a Trilogy Q8 at retail, despite its having a catalogue number "Cotillion QT-9903."

The album reached #5 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #2 on the UK album charts.
Matrix Side A: ILPS 9186 A-2U, Side B: ILPS 9186 B-2U.

01. A1 The Endless Enigma (Part One) (06:49)
02. A2 Fugue (01:55)
03. A3 The Endless Enigma (Part Two) (02:03)
04. A4 From The Beginning (04:17)
05. A5 The Sheriff (03:25)
06. A6 Hoedown (03:45)
07. B1 Trilogy (09:00)
08. B2 Living Sin (03:13)
09. B3 Abaddon's Bolero (08:13)


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)