Friday, January 31, 2020

Leslie West (Mountain) - Still Climbing (2013) (Vinyl)

Year: October 29, 2013 (LP 2013)
Label: Provogue  Records (Europe), PRD7405 1
Style: Hard Rock, Blues Rock
Country: New York City, United States
Time: 41:57
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 278 Mb

Leslie West (born Leslie Weinstein; October 22, 1945) is an American rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member of the hard rock band Mountain.
West married his fiancee Jenni Maurer on stage after Mountain's performance at the Woodstock 40th anniversary concert in Bethel, New York (August 15, 2009). Over 15,000 people were present and the couple walked through a bridge of guitars held by Levon Helm, Larry Taylor and Corky Laing among others. West now lives in New Jersey. On June 20, 2011, West had his lower right leg amputated as a result of complications from diabetes. West made his first public appearance after his surgery on August 13, 2011. In 2014, West was a guest performer on Eli Cook's album, Primitive Son. His 2015 album, Soundcheck, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart.

01. A1 Dyin' Since The Day I Was Born (04:15)
02. A2 Busted, Disgusted or Dead (03:25)
03. A3 Fade Into You (04:09)
04. A4 Not Over You At All (04:28)
05. A5 Tales of Woe (03:16)
06. B1 Feeling Good (04:13)
07. B2 Hatfield or McCoy (03:50)
08. B3 When a Man Loves a Woman (05:11)
09. B4 Long Red (03:41)
10. B5 Don't Ever Let Me Go (03:55)
11. B6 Rev Jones Time (01:28)

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The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night (1964) (Russian Vinyl)

Year: 1964 (LP 1986)
Label: Melodia Records (Russia), C60 23579 008
Style: Classic Rock
Country: Liverpool, England
Time: 28:42
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 198 Mb

A Hard Day's Night is the third studio album by the English rock band the Beatles, released on 10 July 1964, with side one containing songs from the soundtrack to their film of the same name. The American version of the album was released two weeks earlier, on 26 June 1964 by United Artists Records, with a different track listing. In contrast to their first two albums, all 13 tracks on A Hard Day's Night were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney showcasing the development of their songwriting partnership. The album includes the song "A Hard Day's Night", with its distinctive opening chord, and "Can't Buy Me Love", both transatlantic number-one singles for the band. Several of the songs feature George Harrison playing a Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar, a sound that was influential on the Byrds and other groups in the folk rock movement.
The title of the album was the accidental creation of drummer Ringo Starr. According to Lennon in a 1980 interview with Playboy magazine: "I was going home in the car and [film director] Dick Lester suggested the title, 'Hard Day's Night' from something Ringo had said. I had used it in In His Own Write, but it was an off-the-cuff remark by Ringo. You know, one of those malapropisms. A Ringo-ism, where he said it not to be funny ... just said it. So Dick Lester said, 'We are going to use that title.'"
(Wikipedia)

01. A1 A Hard Day's Night (02:37)
02. A2 I Should Have Known Better (02:48)
03. A3 If I Feel (02:23)
04. A4 I'm Happy Just To Dance With You (02:01)
05. A5 And I Love Her (02:33)
06. A6 Tell Me Why (02:13)
07. A7 Can't Buy Me Love (02:13)
08. B1 Any Time At All (02:14)
09. B2 I'll Cry Instead (01:50)
10. B3 Things We Said Today (02:39)
11. B4 You Can't Do That (02:41)
12. B5 I'll Be Back (02:25)

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Rick Wakeman - White Rock (1977) (Vinyl)

Year: 1977 (LP 1977)
Label: A & M Records (UK), AMLH 64614
Style: Symphonic Rock, New Age
Country: Perivale, London, England
Time: 35:44
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 199 Mb

White Rock is a soundtrack album from the English keyboardist Rick Wakeman, released in 1977 by A&M Records. It was produced as the soundtrack to White Rock, a 1977 documentary film about the 1976 Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck, Austria. In 1999, Wakeman released a sequel soundtrack, White Rock II.
Wakeman had forgotten about a track he had been asked to compose, titled "After the Ball". Instead of confessing to the producers that he had forgot to write something, he said he had a composition ready and proceeded to play a completely improvised track. The first take was a success, without the need to record a second take. "After the Ball" has become part of Wakeman's repertoire, featured on several future albums and videos.
"Ice Run" uses parts of "Anne of Cleves", a track from Wakeman's first album, The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1973). The comparison can be made by listening to "Anne of Cleves" at 00:48 and "Ice Run" at 3:29.
Matrix: AMLH 64614-A2 и AMLH 64614-B1

01. A1 White Rock (03:15)
02. A2 Searching For Gold (04:25)
03. A3 The Loser (05:36)
04. A4 The Shoot (04:03)
05. B1 Lax'x (04:58)
06. B2 After The Ball (03:06)
07. B3 Montezuma's Revenge (04:02)
08. B4 Ice Run (06:15)

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Cream - Wheels Of Fire In The Studio (1968) (Vinyl)

Year: 1968 (LP 9 August 1968)
Label: Polydor Records (UK), 583033
Style: Classic Rock
Country: London, England
Time: 36:27
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 251 Mb

Cream was a British rock band in the late 1960s. They played and recorded together from 1966 to 1968. The members of the group were Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker. They were called a power trio, as there were three musicians, who all played essential roles in the band. Their sound of heavy blues-rock was a great influence on many other bands. They were one of the most skilled rock bands of all time; the guitarist and bassist were capable of soloing at the same time. Clapton helped pioneer the use of the wah-wah pedal and played a famous guitar called The Fool. Clapton developed what he called the "woman tone" on his guitar, while Bruce played a fretless bass guitar, and Baker played unusual rhythms on drums to create the band's distinctive sound.
Cream's hit records included the songs "Strange Brew", "Sunshine Of Your Love" and "White Room". Their last album, titled Goodbye, included a song called "Badge", co-written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison of The Beatles.
Their music spanned many genres of rock music, including blues rock ("Crossroads", "Born Under a Bad Sign"), psychedelic rock ("Tales of Brave Ulysses", "White Room"), and hard rock ("Sunshine of Your Love", "SWLABR"). In their career, they sold more than 15 million records worldwide. The group's third album, Wheels of Fire (1968), is the world's first platinum-selling double album.
In 1993, Cream were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were included in both Rolling Stone and VH1's lists of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", at number 67 and 61 respectively. They were also ranked number 16 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".

01. A1 White Room (05:01)
02. A2 Sitting On Top Of The World (05:02)
03. A3 Passing The Time (04:34)
04. A4 As You Said (04:23)
05. B1 Pressed Rat And Warthog (03:16)
06. B2 Politician (04:17)
07. B3 Those Were The Days (02:57)
08. B4 Born Under A Bad Sign (03:11)
09. B5 Deserted Cities Of The Heart (03:41)

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Stackridge - Friendliness (1972) (Vinyl)

Year: 1972 (LP 1973)
Label: MCA Records (USA), MCA-308
Style: Classic Rock
Country: Bristol, England
Time: 41:35
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1
Size: 251 Mb

Stackridge were a British rock group which had their greatest success in the early 1970s.
Stackridge Lemon were formed from the remains of Grytpype Thynne by Andy Davis and James "Crun" Walter during 1969 in the Bristol/Bath area of the United Kingdom. After initial experimentation, the word Lemon was dropped from the band's name. The band played their first London gig at The Temple in Wardour Street on 6 February 1970. They were the opening and closing act at the first Glastonbury Festival between 19 September and 20 September 1970. During 1970 the members of the band shared a communal flat as their headquarters at 32, West Mall in Clifton, Bristol, the address of which Davis and Warren later used as the title of a song which appeared on the debut album Stackridge.
During 1971 Stackridge began serious gigging, although Crun left to take up bricklaying. Davis, Warren, Bent, Evans, and Slater embarked on a UK tour supporting Wishbone Ash. Later in the year they signed to MCA Records and recorded their first album Stackridge, at De Lane Lea Studios, London. They toured the UK as headliners with Renaissance supporting and played their first John Peel session for the BBC, which included a version of The Beatles' Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown).
The group continued on a year of touring, again with Wishbone Ash and Forever More. The second album Friendliness was quickly recorded in August 1972 and released in November with some songs that had started life in pre-Stackridge days. By this time Crun had rejoined the band which consisted of Davis, Warren, Slater, Evans, Walter and Billy Sparkle.
In February 1973 the band made their first television appearance on BBC2's "The Old Grey Whistle Test". They then toured during February and March with Camel in support. The third album The Man in the Bowler Hat was recorded during 1973 at AIR Studios, London with producer George Martin. The album was released in February 1974 to excellent reviews, but failed to sell in large quantities. This was the highest-charting Stackridge album in the UK, reaching no. 23. A different version of the album was released in the U.S. under the title Pinafore Days and became ther only U.S. chart entry, peaking at no. 191, although a US tour never materialised. Almost as soon as the album was finished the band were joined by Keith Gemmell from Audience; and shortly thereafter Evans, Slater, Sparkle, Walter, and Warren all departed the band and were replaced by Rod Bowkett (keyboards), Rare Bird member Paul Karas (bass), and Roy Morgan (drums), as Davis took full control of the band. The group that went on tour to support the album sounded quite different from the one on the record.
The fourth album Extravaganza on Elton John's record label The Rocket Record Company was recorded at AIR Studios with Tony Ashton producing and Rod Bowkett joining to contribute to the songwriting. The band now consisted of Davis, Bowkett, Gemmell, Karas and Morgan, along with the returning Slater, Evans, and Walter. Non-Stackridge written songs and cover versions became more prevalent. With more touring and an appearance at Wembley Stadium concert with Elton John and The Beach Boys, 1975 saw the recording of the band's fifth outing in the studio, the concept album Mr. Mick. It was based on stories/poems by Steve Augard and was eventually recorded at Ramport Studios, Putney with the revised line-up of Davis, Slater, Walter, Gemmell plus the addition of ex-Greenslade Dave Lawson on keyboards and Peter Van Hooke on drums.
The Rocket Record Company, the group's record label, performed considerable editing on Mr. Mick, and insisted on the inclusion of a Beatles cover song, "Hold Me Tight". The album received some good press, but some shows were abandoned on the grounds that the stages were too small. Stackridge performed a final show in April 1976, and shortly afterwards the band disintegrated. MCA Records released the compilation Do the Stanley late in 1976. It contained songs from the first three albums along with singles and a previously unreleased song "Let There Be Lids", taken from live performances.
Stackridge officially announced in 1977 that they had disbanded; James Warren and Andy Cresswell-Davis formed The Korgis a few years later, and had some commercial success in the early 1980s.
(Wikipedia)

01. A1 Lummy Days (03:22)
02. A2 Friendliness (Part 1) (02:28)
03. A3 Anyone For Tennis (02:32)
04. A4 There Is No Refuge (03:23)
05. A5 Syracuse The Elephant (08:46)
06. B1 Amazingly Agnes (03:31)
07. B2 Father Frankenstein Is Behind Your Pillow (03:36)
08. B3 Keep On Clucking (04:04)
09. B4 Story Of My Heart (02:01)
10. B5 Friendliness (Part 2) (01:56)
11. B6 Teatime (05:50)

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Ian Gillan Band - Clear Air Turbulence (1977) (Vinyl 1st press)

Year: 1977 (LP 1977 1st Press)
Label: Island Records (UK), ILPS 9500
Style: Hard Rock, Jazz Rock
Country: England
Time: 40:57
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 263 Mb

After leaving Deep Purple in June 1973, Ian Gillan had retired from the music business to pursue other business ventures, including motorcycle engines, a country hotel / restaurant (with a guitar shaped swimming pool), and ownership of the Kingsway Recorders studio, where from April 1974 he began to work on his first post-Deep Purple solo tracks. These ventures, apart from the recording studio, all ended in failure. This fact, combined with a warm reception to his guest appearance at Roger Glover's Butterfly Ball live show at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 16 October 1975 (he sang "Sitting in a Dream" as a substitute for Ronnie James Dio, who was banned by Ritchie Blackmore to take part in it) prompted him to resume a singing career and form a new band.
Initially called Shand Grenade, a combination of Shangri-la and Grenade, Gillan was persuaded by the management to change the band's name to the Ian Gillan Band. He recruited guitarist Ray Fenwick, bass player John Gustafson, keyboard player Mike Moran and Elf percussionist Mark Nauseef on drums. Using Roger Glover as producer and session musician, this line-up recorded their first album Child In Time in December 1975 / January 1976. In February 1976 Moran was replaced by Mickey Lee Soule (ex-Elf and Rainbow), but for the recording of follow-up album Clear Air Turbulence he was dropped in May 1976 in favour of Colin Towns.
The band had some success in Japan but none at all in North America and only cult status in Europe, their jazz fusion direction unappealing to pop and rock fans alike. Their first album, Child In Time, reached 55 on the UK charts and 36 in Sweden. Their third album, Scarabus (1977), had more of a rock sound but retained the jazz fusion direction. Released at the height of punk rock, there was no success beyond Japan and their label Island Records dropped them.
The following year Gillan dissolved the band but retained Colin Towns and formed a new band called simply Gillan. A live album was released after the breakup. John Gustafson said: "Gillan decided he didn’t like the band’s direction and wanted to do more rock stuff. In reality, he should have put his foot down a lot earlier. I personally was expecting Deep Purple stuff, but he let us do whatever we wanted."
(Wikipedia)

Matrix sideA: ILPS 9500 A2 EG BilBo, sideB: ILPS 9500 B2 EG BilBo - Master Room.

01. A1 Clear Air Turbulence (07:37)
02. A2 Five Moons (07:30)
03. A3 Money Lender (05:39)
04. B1 Over The Hill (07:21)
05. B2 Goodhand Liza (05:27)
06. B3 Angel Manchenio (07:19)

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Ohio Express - The Ohio Express (1968) (Vinyl)

Year: 1968 (LP 1968)
Label: Buddah Records (USA), BDS 5018
Style: Beat, Bubblegum pop
Country: Mansfield, Ohio, United States
Time: 32:39
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 217 Mb

The Ohio Express is an American bubblegum pop band, formed in Mansfield, Ohio, United States, in 1967.
Though marketed as a band, it would be more accurate to say that the name "Ohio Express" served as a brand name used by Jerry Kasenetz's and Jeffry Katz's Super K Productions to release the music of a number of different musicians and acts. The best known songs of Ohio Express (including their best scoring single, "Yummy Yummy Yummy") were actually the work of an assemblage of studio musicians working out of New York, including singer/songwriter Joey Levine.
Several other "Ohio Express" hits were the work of other, unrelated musical groups, including the Rare Breed, and an early incarnation of 10cc. In addition, a completely separate touring version of Ohio Express appeared at all live dates, and recorded some of the band's album tracks.

01. A1 Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (02:23)
02. A2 Winter Skies (03:11)
03. A3 Into This Time (02:55)
04. A4 First Grade Reader (03:08)
05. A5 Mary-Ann (02:32)
06. B1 Down At Lu Lu's (01:56)
07. B2 Turn To Straw (04:05)
08. B3 Vacation (01:46)
09. B4 She's Not Comin' Home (02:51)
10. B5 It's A Sad Day (02:50)
11. B6 The Time You Spent With Me (04:57)

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sandy Nelson - Let There Be Drums (1962) (Vinyl)

Year: 1962 (LP 1962)
Label: Imperial Records (USA), LP-9159
Style: Instrumental
Country: Santa Monica, California, USA
Time: 27:19
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1
Size: 167 Mb

Sander L. "Sandy" Nelson (born December 1, 1938) is an American drummer. Nelson, one of the best-known rock drummers of the early 1960s, had several solo instrumental Top 40 hits and was a session drummer on many other well-known hits, and released over 30 albums. He lives in Boulder City, Nevada, and continues to experiment with music on keyboards and piano.
His first recording, with a band called the Renegades (Richard Podolor, Bruce Johnston, and Nick Venet), was "Geronimo", written by Venet, produced by Kim Fowley, and released on the Original Sound Records label. Although it flopped on the national charts, it charted in some of the Mid West markets. The song, along with "Charge", is part of the soundtrack of 1959 film Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow released by American International Pictures.
Nelson attended high school with Jan Berry, Dean Torrence (who became Jan and Dean), and Kim Fowley. After gaining respect as a session drummer, he played on such songs as "To Know Him Is To Love Him" (Phil Spector's Teddy Bears, 1958), "Alley-Oop" (The Hollywood Argyles, 1960), and "A Thousand Stars" (Kathy Young and the Innocents, 1960).
His song "Teen Beat", on Original Sound Records, rose to number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1959. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Subsequently, he signed with the Imperial record label, and pounded out two more Top 40 hits, "Let There Be Drums", which went to number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Drums Are My Beat". In December 1961, the British music magazine, NME, reported that "Let There Be Drums" had gone Top 10 in both the United Kingdom and United States. All three were instrumentals (a feat rarely repeated). Guitar playing on these hits was by co-writer Richard Podolor, later a songwriter and record producer.
Near the end of 1963, Nelson was in a motorcycle accident. The injuries necessitated amputation of his right foot and part of that leg. Nonetheless, Nelson continued to record into the early 1970s, releasing two or three albums a year, consisting of cover versions of popular hits plus a few original compositions.
In September 2008, Nelson and a few friends, recording as Sandy Nelson and the Sin City Termites, released a new record of original compositions, Nelsonized, on the independent Spinout label. Other band members included Eddie Angel (guitarist for Los Straitjackets), Remi Gits, and Billy Favata of Torturing Elvis.

01. A1 Slippin' And Slidin' (02:07)
02. A2 Tequila (02:55)
03. A3 My Girl Josephine (02:29)
04. A4 Big Noise From Winnetka (02:16)
05. A5 Let There Be Drums (02:22)
06. A6 Bouncy (01:55)
07. B1 The Birth Of The Beat (09:15)
08. B2 Quite A Beat (01:58)
09. B3 Get With It (01:58)

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