Thursday, December 31, 2020

Paul McCartney and Wings - Wings Over America (1976) [Vinyl Rip] 1st Press, 3LP Live

Year: 1976 (LP 1976, 1st Press)
Label: MPL Communications (UK), PCSP 720 0C 154-98497/8/9
Style: Classic Rock
Country: London, United Kingdom
Time: 43:20, 32:50, 40:06
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 280, 212, 268 Mb

This year's premiere U.S. tour by Paul McCartney's post-Beatles group was one of the best-attended and best-put-together concert jaunts ever mounted. McCartney is one superstar who instinctively understands the importance of adding entertainment to live musical appearances, and his painstaking mixes of tapes made all along the tour represent the many original programming concepts in this show. The three disks are packaged in a clever split double-pocket jacket with a poster taking up the fourth compartment. Just about all the great songs written by McCartney either for the Beatles or Wings can be found here in intensely performed versions that cleverly take maximum advantage of the excitement of playing before big arena audiences. One unique bonus found on this LP is Wings guitarist Denny Laine, original singer of the Moody Blues performing that group's early hit "Go Now," which was only in the show at LA. But McCartney live with this well-honed group is an endless fascination. He remains the ultimate pop-rocker whether singing with his solo acoustic guitar, driving the group with his bass, rocking full-out with the travelling horn quartet or riffling off piano arpeggios for his haunting ballads. No LP in the future is likely to deliver us this much of McCartney in so many effective settings. Best cuts: "Jet," "Band On The Run," "Magneto & Titanium Man," "Silly Love Songs," "Let 'Em In," "Blackbird," "Yesterday," "Live And Let Die," "Lady Madonna," "Listen To What The Man Said," "Long And Winding Road ," "Hi Hi Hi," "Richard Cory."
(Billboard, 1976)

For such an expensive, three-record concert souvenir, made by an artist as commercially astute as Paul McCartney, a consumer-conscious review seems appropriate. The Wings fan with all the studio albums, for instance, may find Wings over America a legitimate alternative; excepting the single side of acoustic material, these performances are rawer and more driven than the original recordings and, in many cases, much the better for it. "Rock Show" is placed in its natural habitat; "Magneto and Titanium Man" becomes more sinewy and sinister; "Time to Hide" is reborn and simply wonderful. "Soily," the encore original, is a perfect climax, one of the best fast songs McCartney has written. In other words, there is probably enough novelty here to make Wings over America worth owning. From the above, non-Wings fans -- particularly those who find them wimpy -- can infer that this is as good and tough as you'll get this particular band.
On the debit side, the acoustic set is unremittingly maudlin. Many of Wings' mediocre songs -- "My Love," "Listen to What the Man Said," "Silly Love Songs" -- successfully resist transcending mediocrity.
There isn't much stage patter; crowd noise is kept at an unobtrusive but effective level; the cover painting compares favorably to a witty James Rosenquist, but the poster inside is downright cheesy. Caveat emptor.
(Ken Tucker, Rolling Stone, 2/10/77)

Wings Over America - Triple Live album, with Poster (pictures are included):
Wings over America is a live album by the band Wings, released in December 1976 on MPL Communications (in the US, it was released by MPL Communications and Capitol). In its initial release, it was a triple album and included a poster of the band, which reached number 8 in the UK charts and peaked at number 1 in the US. The cover was designed by Hipgnosis, and features a painting of an airliner about to open its cabin door.
Wings over America was another success for Wings, reaching number 1 in the US in early 1977 (the last in a 5-album stretch of consecutive number 1 albums for Wings) and number 8 in the UK. For the five Beatles songs included, McCartney elected to reverse the songwriting credit to McCartney?Lennon.

Linda McCartney - backing vocals, piano, keyboards, percussion

Denny Laine (ex Moody Blues) - lead vocals on "Spirits of Ancient Egypt", "Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)," "Richard Cory," "Time to Hide", and "Go Now" and backing vocals, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, piano, keyboards, percussion, harmonica

Jimmy McCulloch (ex Thunderclap Newman, Stone The Crows) - lead vocals on "Medicine Jar" and backing vocals; acoustic, electric and bass guitars 

Joe English - backing vocals, drums, percussion 

Tony Dorsey - trombone, percussion

Howie Casey - saxophone, percussion

Steve Howard - trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion

Thaddeus Richard - saxophone, clarinet, Western concert flute, percussion

01. A1 Venus And Mars - Rock Show - Jet (10:15)
02. A2 Let Me Roll It (03:44)
03. A3 Spirits Of Ancient Egypt (04:04)
04. A4 Medicine Jar (Jimmy McCulloch) (04:05)
05. B1 Maybe I'm Amazed (05:09)
06. B2 Call Me Back Again (05:24)
07. B3 Lady Madonna (02:37)
08. B4 The Long And Winding Road (04:26)
09. B5 Live And Let Die (03:31)
10. C1 Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me) (01:57)
11. C2 Richard Cory (03:01)
12. C3 Bluebird (03:41)
13. C4 I've Just Seen A Face (02:07)
14. C5 Blackbird (02:32)
15. C6 Yesterday (02:22)
16. D1 You Gave Me The Answer (02:04)
17. D2 Magneto And Titanium Man (03:19)
18. D3 Go Now (03:43)
19. D4 My Love (04:18)
20. D5 Listen To What The Man Said (03:41)
21. E1 Let Em In (04:05)
22. E2 Time To Hide (Denny Laine) (04:58)
23. E3 Silly Love Songs (05:54)
24. E4 Beware My Love (05:12)
25. F1 Letting Go (04:35)
26. F2 Band On The Run (05:43)
27. F3 Hi, Hi, Hi (03:34)
28. F4 Soily (06:01)


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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Captain Beyond - Dawn Explosion (1977) CD

Year: April 1977 (CD 1996)
Label: One Way Records (U.S.), OW 33639
Style: Rock, Hard Rock
Country: Los Angeles, California
Time: 38:01
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 245 Mb

researched by Hartmut Kreckel with the help of Lee Dorman (interviewed in Elbingerode, Mehrzweckhalle 22.03.97 and Halle, Easy Schorre 24.03.97), Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt and Bobby Caldwell (interviewed in Karlshamn, First Hotel 11. and 13.06. 99) and Reese Wynans: interviewed in Ludwigshafen, Stadthalle 04.86.

How Captain Beyond came together...
Lee Dorman remembers: "Rhino and I were touring with Iron Butterfly through Europe in early 71 and we knew that this band would be officially over after the summer US tour of that year, so we decided to do something together... Bobby Caldwell was playing the same places as we did in Europe with Johnny Winter two weeks behind us and Rhino stayed in contact with Bobby, whom he knew from Florida. It also seemed at that time that Johnny Winter was going to take a rest for six months to a year. So we got Bobby interested in doing something. I personally financed the whole thing and we all wanted to go that Jazz Rock direction, we got together in July 71 and played 2 or 3 weeks and then we started to look around for a lead singer and through our old manager we found out that Rod Evans wasn?t working, so we contacted him and he came down to a audition and liked the situation, so we jammed more and we had a recorder in the house... so that?s how the band got together... Bobby and I recorded the first album in two days only, that?s how tight it was! We knew the songs from a to b, Rhino was hitting a few chords and we just recorded it along..."
Rhino remembers: "Lee and I played with Bobby and it just clicked, we wanted to do something totally different and just the way Bobby plays makes it totally different. Chris Squire from Yes came one morning to me, when we were uploading the bus and said to me "you guys look like Captain Beyond!"
Bobby Caldwell remembers: "Rhino and Lee came out to see me play with Johnny Winter to check me out"
The first demo of Captain Beyond...
Rhino remembers: "We did it at my studio, it had "Can?t Feel Nothing"..."
Bobby remembers: "... and it had "Icarus"... it was like 20min. of material... I guess "Ranging River of Fear" was on it too..."
Lee Dorman remembers: "I believe it was the whole first album being demoed"

The name "Captain Beyond":
Lee Dorman: "... when we were on that european tour of Iron Butterfly in 71, we were travelling with Yes, with whom we did the tour and there was a strike by Lufthansa, so we had to chart a airplane by a company named "General Air". A game of words started and suddenly, we were on a bus late one night, someone said "Captain Beyond", we thought it sounded good and kept it..."
The crystal ball in the hands of the Captain on their album cover contains the earthsign symbols of fire and water.
First and second album songwriting credits:
Lee Dorman: "It was a financial, publishing decision to credit all the songs to Bobby Caldwell and Rod Evans, as Rhino and myself were under contract and in litigation with Iron Butterfly, so we did it that way... All four of us wrote the whole first album together, the music and the lyrics. On the second album Bobby was no longer in the band, Rhino still was in liquidation with Iron Butterfly, Rod was in litigation with Deep Purple and I was free of contract, so it says "All songs by Lee Dorman". But when the money came in for the first two albums we were all equal! When Bobby quit, Larry and I thought about going into a different direction and tried out a few things, keyboards, percussion players sax, maybe a second guitar and once we found the players we wrote along that feel. The lyrics on "Sufficiently Breathless" were written all by Rod, Rhino and myself and 90% of the music too, but we gave Guille and Marty a point as well, although they were sidemen they contributed to the arrangements".
Lee Dorman: "The president of Capricorn, our label, was also our manager and suddenly all these Southern Rock bands became quite popular, and we were quite different, so we kind of got pushed backwards and there was never enough being done for us. We only played like 60-70 gigs in the that two year period with Rod".
From the first album they played live AFAIK every song, except "Ranging River Of Fear" and "Thousand Days Of Yesterdays (Time Since Come And Gone)". It?s also known that the song "Dawn Explosion" was performed live during the time with Rod, the same goes for "Pandora?s Box (The Land Of...)", which was done in Arlington 73, and according to Lee was played a few times only.
Lee Dorman: "From "Sufficiently Breathless" we performed live Distant Sun, Drifting in Space, Starglow Energy, Everything?s A Circle and Bright Blue Tango. We became involved in a problem with the record company in late 73, everyone was tired of sitting around and doing nothing, rehearsing and nothing happening, so we decided to call it a day..."
Reese Wynans remembers: "Captain Beyond was a great band to play with, but from the management side it was terribly organized... I was very poor at that time, living in somebody?s else garage, so I needed to work and had to quit. I played on all the songs on "Sufficiently Breathless", except the title track. I only played one show with them..."

About Rod Evans:
Lee Dorman: "... Rod walked out of the studio midway through the recording of "Sufficiently Breathless", I really don?t know the reasons why, his wife was making pressure or something and he felt disgusted with the management situation, but he never really talked about it. He finished the album and that was it... not too long ago we found out that Polydor Japan was releasing our records and after a while we got the royalties cheques... so we had to put Rod?s share on hold, as nobody could find him. I contacted him via his manager and forwarded my number to him, saying please call back... never heared of him. He seems to live in the San Francisco area now and I haven?t seen him since he left the band, same goes for the other band members, noone has talked to Rod ever since he left... We had some rough times together, he was a great guy, I liked him."

Lee Dorman: "Warner and Capricorn had a deal and contacted us in 1976 to do another album. In the interim I was working as a engineer/producer for demo bands for Warner Bros. We started to audition singers and were quite happy with Willy Daffern. We have a outtake of "Icarus" and a studio version of the song "Dawn Explosion" that wasn?t used for that album. We did like 15 to 20 gigs with that line-up."
Rhino: "... I first met Willy in a liquor store..."
Bobby Caldwell: "... after Willy left, we tried out Jimmy Henderson for a time in 1978..."
Rhino: "... and then Jimmy went with me in my band named "Rhino", we were managed by the manager of Styx and toured for six months in 1979..."

In Retrospective...:
Lee Dorman: "Looking back, we lacked of proper management. I think if we?d gone out doing 150 gigs a year it would have done much better. Our management did nothing for us, it was like "we?ll get back to you" and they never did a thing, so what could you do about it... They should have bought us into a tour to open up for someone who would really draw some people, but it never happened... There were several attenpts of reforming Captain Beyond over the years, but it never got beyond talking about it, and the only chance to do it seemed, if I was going to do anything... I?m now with Iron Butterfly and surely I can do one thing at the time only, but THERE?LL ALWAYS BE A PLACE IN MY HEART FOR CAPTAIN BEYOND...?CAUSE THIS WAS REALLY A LABOUR OF LOVE..."

(The Unofficial (European) Captain Beyond Website.)

Band members:

Willy Daffern – lead vocals
Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar
Lee Dorman – bass, backing vocals, string ensemble synthesizer
Bobby Caldwell – drums, backing vocals, percussion

01. Do Or Die (03:38)
02. Icarus (04:17)
03. Sweet Dreams (05:29)
04. Fantasy (06:02)
05. Breath Of Fire: (A) A Speck Within A Sphere (03:04)
06. Breath Of Fire: (B) Alone In The Cosmos (03:12)
07. If You Please (04:12)
08. Midnight Memories (04:01)
09. Space Interlude (00:52)
10. Oblivion (02:14)
11. Space Reprise (00:55)

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Ashton Gardner and Dyke - Ashton Gardner & Dyke (1969) CD

Year: 1969 (CD ????)
Label: Repertoire Records (Germany), REP 4565-WY
Style: Rock
Country: London, England (Years active 1968–1972)
Time: 60:02
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 302 Mb

Ashton, Gardner and Dyke were a power rock trio, most popular in the early 1970s. They are best remembered for their song, "Resurrection Shuffle", a transatlantic Top 40 success in 1971. However, this success finally left them known as one-hit wonders.

Founding band member, Tony Ashton first met the drummer Roy Dyke, when playing with various Blackpool based groups.

Ashton was invited to join the Liverpool beat group, The Remo Four as organist/vocalist, whilst Roy Dyke became the group's drummer, having joined them in 1963. Their best work came in 1966 when they released their album Smile!. Before their break-up in 1968, they backed George Harrison on his album Wonderwall Music. Harrison later played guitar on their song "I'm Your Spiritual Breadman".

Ashton and Dyke then joined forces in 1968 with the bass guitar playing Kim Gardner, who had previously played in minor British groups, The Birds and The Creation. The triad simply called themselves Ashton, Gardner and Dyke. Mick Liber formerly of Python Lee Jackson played lead guitar with the group.

They released their first single "Maiden Voyage"/"See The Sun In My Eyes" on Polydor Records in 1969, but it flopped. However, their next single, "Resurrection Shuffle" on Capitol Records, made them household names. The brass section was Lyle Jenkins and Dave Caswell of the Birmingham band Galliard. The song entered the UK Singles Chart on 16 January 1971, had a chart life of 14 weeks, and peaked at Number 3. The song reached number 40 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was their only hit record, earning them the designation one-hit wonder. The song has since been covered by a number of artists, including Tom Jones and Clarence Clemons.

Their follow-up single "Can You Get It" lacked the general boisterous appeal of "Resurrection Shuffle", and failed to chart. Nevertheless, Ashton Gardner and Dyke persevered and recorded three albums. The trio also backed Irish singer Jonathan Kelly on his 1970 debut album. And the following year, they appeared, together with other British jazz and rock musicians, on Leigh Stephens' Cast of Thousands (1971).

Also in the band for a period of time and on the cover of their "best of" cd was ex Bee Gees guitarist Vince Melouney.

Their last recording together was a collaboration with Jon Lord on the soundtrack for a B movie, The Last Rebel, starring former gridiron star, Joe Namath. Ashton also appeared on Lord's first solo album Gemini Suite in 1972.

The trio finally split the same year.


After the band's demise, Tony Ashton went on to play for Medicine Head, and was briefly in Family before teaming up again with Deep Purple's Jon Lord in Ashton & Lord. Later still he appeared with Lord and Purple's drummer Ian Paice as Paice Ashton Lord. Dyke and then Gardner joined Badger.

Ashton died of cancer, on 28 May 2001. Gardner also died of cancer on 24 October 2001, in Los Angeles, California, aged 53.

Band members:

Tony Ashton - (born Edward Anthony Ashton, 1 March 1946, Blackburn; died 28 May 2001) — keyboardist and vocalist

Kim Gardner - (born 27 January 1946, Dulwich, London; died 24 October 2001) — bassist

Roy Dyke - (born 13 February 1945, Liverpool) — drummer

Mick Liber - (born 1 March 1944, Peebles, Scotland) — lead guitarist.

01. Rolling Home (03:34)

02. Why Did You Go (03:00)

03. The Falling Song (03:33)

04. Young Man (04:07)

05. Billy And His Piano Without (04:02)

06. Maiden Voyage (03:58)

07. New York Mining Disaster (05:06)

08. Picture Sliding Down The Wall (04:43)

09. Billy And His Piano With (03:55)

10. Vaggsang (01:42)

11. As It Was In The First Place (06:32)

12. Maiden Voyage, Long Version (05:25) (bonus track)

13. See The Sun In My Eyes (03:29) (bonus track)

14. Resurrection Shuffle (03:18) (bonus track)

15. Can You Get It (03:32) (bonus track)

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Friday, December 25, 2020

Hawkwind - In Search Of Space (1971) CD

Year: 1971 (CD 199?)
Label: Fame Records (UK), CD-FA 3192 CDM 7 520252
Style: Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Country: Ladbroke Grove, London, England
Time: 42:23
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 235 Mb

Hawkwind are an English rock band known as one of the earliest space rock groups. Since their formation in November 1969, Hawkwind have gone through many incarnations and have incorporated many different styles into their music, including hard rock, progressive rock and psychedelic rock. They are also regarded as an influential proto-punk band. Their lyrics favour urban and science fiction themes.
Many musicians, dancers and writers have worked with the band since their inception. Notable musicians who have performed in Hawkwind include Lemmy, Ginger Baker, Robert Calvert, Nik Turner and Huw Lloyd-Langton. However, the band are most closely associated with their founder, singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Brock, who is the only remaining original member.
Hawkwind are best known for the song "Silver Machine", which became a number three UK hit single in 1972, but they scored further hit singles with "Urban Guerrilla" (another Top 40 hit) and "Shot Down in the Night". The band had a run of twenty-two of their albums charting in the UK from 1971 to 1993.

01. You Shouldn't Do That (15:41)
02. You Know You're Only Dreaming (06:35)
03. Masters Of The Universe (06:16)
04. We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago (04:49)
05. Adjust Me (05:45)
06. Children Of The Sun (03:14)

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

The Who - Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy (1971) [Vinyl Rip]


Year: 1971 (LP 1971)
Label: Track Records (UK), 2406 006
Style: Rock
Country: London, England
Time: 43:41
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 284 Mb

The overwhelming success of Tommy and Who's Next brought the Who a huge new army of fans, and many of them weren't around during their initial hit-making period in the 1960s. Also, many of their early classics ("I Can't Explain," "The Seeker," "Substitute") weren't available on any album. It was common practice in the 1960s for bands to churn out regular singles, leaving many of them off their albums. All of this made it perfectly logical to package up their early work on a single album and drop it in stores right in time for the Christmas buying season. The album was a big success. Many, many compilations followed, but this was the first.

(By Andy Greene. Rolling Sone magazine)

Matrix side 1: 2406006 A//1 11 8 PORKY, side2: 2406006 B//1 13 9 PECKO.

01. A1 I Can't Explain (02:06)

02. A2 The Kids Are Alright (02:47)

03. A3 Happy Jack (02:12)

04. A4 I Can See For Miles (04:08)

05. A5 Pictures Of Lily (02:44)

06. A6 My Generation (03:19)

07. A7 The Seeker (03:11)

08. B1 Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (02:43)

09. B2 Pinball Wizard (03:02)

10. B3 A Legal Matter (02:49)

11. B4 Boris The Spider (02:32)

12. B5 Magic Bus (04:30)

13. B6 Substitute (03:49)

14. B7 I'm A Boy (03:43)

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Blondie - Eat to the Beat (1979) [Vinyl Rip]

Year: 1979 (LP 1979)
Label: Chrysalis Records (UK), CDL 1225E
Style: Pop, New Wave
Country: New York City, U.S.
Time: 42:32
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 295 Mb

Blondie has always been a band less concerned with weaving dreams than with critiquing them in order to emphasize the distance between desire and fulfillment. They pioneered a reverse-twist musical archivism that’s antiromantic rather than escapist: instead of digging for intact nuggets of nostalgia, Blondie went at pop tradition with a ball peen hammer, splintering and rearranging shards of the past according to an up-to-date aesthetic. Familiar fragments conjured up classic fantasies — a series of teen dreams and B movies, all of them starring Deborah Harry — while the pared-down context underscored their irrelevance. Singing like either a petulant baby doll or a Thorazined waif, Harry modeled pop images, then ripped them to shreds.
With each LP, Blondie has updated their musical mosaic by assimilating another chunk of pop history. Plastic Letters added touches of neopsychedelic electronics to the mock-girl-group sound of the band’s debut. The repackaging and refinements of last year’s Parallel Lines helped reduce Blondie’s we-know-better-now perspective from the larger-than-life campiness of their early work to a subtler, eyebrow-raised irony: a level of detachment perfectly calculated to let the group play it both ways with a discofied song like "Heart of Glass."
Smart, smirky and elating as those albums were, they had the unsatisfying feel of schoolwork turned in by a brilliant dilettante whose greatest effort went toward maintaining a stance of noncommittal, deathless cool that guarded against expectations while holding back energy for a future, more worthy challenge.
Alone among the bands that emerged from the mid-Seventies New York punk-club circuit, Blondie has always regarded success as necessary, well deserved and inevitable. You got the feeling that if Deborah Harry and Chris Stein didn’t become famous as rock stars, they’d gain fame as something else.
With Eat to the Beat, all that smug certainty has been vindicated. Faced with the challenge of following up the million-selling Parallel Lines, Blondie has delivered a record that’s not only ambitious in its range of styles, but also unexpectedly and vibrantly compelling without sacrificing any of the group’s urbane, modish humor. As if to distinguish Blondie from the pop revival they helped catalyze, Eat to the Beat subjugates melody to momentum: in their construction and in Mike Chapman’s dense, crystalline production, most of the tracks are organized around Clem Burke’s superb drumming. The new LP is — purposefully, I think — less overtly hooky than Parallel Lines, exchanging that album’s cool self-possession for an engaging neuroticism. If hooks are the small revelations of rock & roll, then the beat is its obsession.
Blondie’s obsession here is with dreams and distance — the band’s usual themes, now suddenly personalized by its own success. Like a comedian who outlasts and outclasses the subjects of his impressions, the group itself has become a pop image as powerful as any it can invoke. Blondie has invariably recognized the resonances that stardom has from without: Jimmy Destri’s "Fan Mail" on Plastic Letters captures perfectly the lightheaded devotion of hero-worship. Now they’re comparing perspectives. Without ever approaching a music-biz cliche, Eat to the Beat explores the nagging paradoxes of success — like the way it imposes distance between you and your surroundings, your memories and your dreams. Or the contrast between internal and external transformation, means and ends, recognition and risk taking.
"Dreaming" makes the keynote statement. Burke’s drums roll in and out like the inexorable pounding of breakers on the beach, nearly drowning out Stein’s twangy, Beatles-style guitar riff and the keening, insistent reiteration of the six-note refrain. Harry’s voice emerges in smooth peals, as if she’s found a place for herself beyond the waves:
Reel to reel is living rarity
People stop and stare at me
We just walk on by
We just keep on dreaming.
Holding private thought so dear raises the ante on fantasies: the dreams played out on Eat to the Beat are all high-stakes dramas. The throbbing, witty "The Hardest Part" weds — not for the first time — sexual and financial fantasy ("No short heist/No overnight/Big money/Take it to Brazil"), while "Union City Blue" evokes life-or-death romance. Mixed with the intertwined-guitars-and-keyboards density of "Dreaming," "Union City Blue" has the force of an incantation. Key words — power, passion — slip out with a resonant urgency. Harry’s finally using her sweet tones to create real emotional intensity.
Eat to the Beat shows off Deborah Harry’s increasing pleasure in her craft — the histrionic screeching of "Victor" must have been fun — as well as her incredible improvement as a stylist. (The record’s only dud is "Sound-a-Sleep," an insomniac’s lullaby with artificial crooning a la Doris Day.) It’s exhilarating to hear her give thematic depth to the contrast between "Shayla" and the title tune; her wordless, whippoorwill vocals in the former do more to convey the apotheosis of an ex-working girl (it could be Harry’s own story) than do all of Stein’s banal, "cosmic energy" lyrics. If "Shayla" is about arriving, the careening, jumping "Eat to the Beat" makes the route explicit — you travel to the top, toes tapping, by way of a lot of rock & roll street corners. Alternately petulant and gleeful, Harry flings lyrics around like a prizefighter.
In "Accidents Never Happen" and "Die Young Stay Pretty" (the latter a carousel reggae number with mock-steel-drum punctuation), the band enumerates constraining real-world pressures and expectations. In search of blessed predictability (" a perfect world/Complications disappear"), Blondie finds only the time clocks of mortality and the media. With "Atomic," meanwhile, they deflect some of these expectations by going the steely irony of "Heart of Glass" one better. By uniting a Ventures guitar line, a pulsing Eurodisco synthesizer and cascading female harmonies with some deliberately facile lyrics ("Your hair is beautiful.../Atomic me tonight"), the group smoothly rewrites sexual cliches.
(Rolling Stone. Magazine. By Debra Rae Cohen. November 30, 1983 5:00AM ET)

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Jethro Tull - Benefit (1970) [Vinyl Rip]


Year: 1970 (LP 1970)
Label: Chrysalis Records (UK), ILPS 9123
Style: Rock, Art-Rock
Country: Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Time: 41:56
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 263 Mb

Rolling Stone (magazine). By Jack Shadoian. August 6, 1970 4:00AM ET.
The popularity of Jethro Tull continues to amaze me, They draw good crowds, they get lengthy interviews and writeups in the rock press. They turn people on. I’ve got to think that Ian Anderson must be an extremely nice, cooperative, charismatic, or some such kind of cat, because I find his records pretty lame and dumb.
The new album, Benefit, is a sluggish bore — a kind of Anthology of Rock Muzak, performed dispiritedly and mechanically. Especially rhythm — each track creaks stiffly, but given the barren, derivative material Anderson has come up with, the wooden delivery is understandable. His idea of a song is to get some inexpressibly commonplace snippet of melody, repeat it, affix an inane riff or two, and let the boys pound it out — with some occasional and usually ill-advised chirping flute for "texture." To top it all, I find his singing (this time around) close to vile. But it’s the cold, noisy, insensitive execution of the music (however vapid in and of itself) that provides the true and irremediable pall.
So who needs it? Lots of people, it seems. Has it come to pass that the rock audience is so jaded that a minute or two of flaccid "jazz" and some penurious gestures towards the "exotic" can effectively disguise blatant mediocrity?

01. A1 With You There To Help Me (06:15)
02. A2 Nothing To Say (05:11)
03. A3 Alive And Well And Living In (02:47)
04. A4 Son (02:50)
05. A5 For Michael Collins, Jeffrey And Me (03:46)
06. B1 To Cry You A Song (06:12)
07. B2 A Time For Everything (02:44)
08. B3 Inside (03:46)
09. B4 Play In Time (03:47)
10. B5 Sossity - You're A Woman (04:33)

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones (1983) [Vinyl Rip]

Year: 1983 (LP 1991)
Label: Antrop Records (USSR), Рџ91 00085
Style: Pub Rock, Rock
Country: December 7, 1949 Pomona, California, U.S.
Time: 41:56
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 232 Mb

Tom Waits, in full Thomas Alan Waits, (born December 7, 1949, Pomona, California, U.S.), American singer-songwriter and actor whose gritty, sometimes romantic depictions of the lives of the urban underclass won him a loyal if limited following and the admiration of critics and prominent musicians who performed and recorded his songs.
Born into a middle-class California family but enamoured of the bohemian lifestyle depicted in Beat literature, Waits lived in his car and in seedy Los Angeles hotels as he embarked on his career. His raspy vocals, delivered in his signature growl, evoked the late-night atmosphere of the smoky clubs in which he first performed in the late 1960s. Drawing on jazz, blues, pop, and avant-garde rock music, he combined offbeat orchestrations with his own piano and guitar playing and stream-of-consciousness lyrics that reflected the influence of writers Jack Kerouac and Charles Bukowski.
Although Waits’s albums found considerable commercial success in Britain beginning in the mid-1980s, even his best-selling albums—Small Change (1976) and Heartattack and Vine (1980)—failed to crack the American Top 40. His songs, however, have been recorded by the Eagles (“Ol’ 55”), Bruce Springsteen (“Jersey Girl”), and Rod Stewart (“Downtown Train”). He also scored films, cowrote the stage musical Frank’s Wild Years (which premiered in 1986), and collaborated with writer William S. Burroughs and theatre director Robert Wilson on another musical, The Black Rider (1990). Waits’s 1992 release Bone Machine, typical of his increasingly experimental musical efforts in the 1990s, won a Grammy Award for best alternative music album. His 1999 album, Mule Variations, was also much praised and took the Grammy for best contemporary folk album.
Later albums included Blood Money (2002), Alice (2002), Real Gone (2004), and Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards (2006), a sprawling collection of 56 songs. In 2009 Waits released Glitter and Doom, a series of live recordings from his 2008 concert tour. Waits’s first studio release since 2004, Bad as Me (2011), a collection of blues-tinged, whiskey-soaked love songs, was greeted with wide critical acclaim. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
The theatrical posturing of Waits’s live performances led in the 1980s to an alternate career as a film actor, notably in Down by Law (1986). He made further appearances in Dracula (1992), Mystery Men (1999), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), and Domino (2005). His saturnine features and gravelly voice perfectly suited him to Mephistophelian roles, and he deployed these attributes to memorable effect as one of the “people in charge” of purgatory in Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) and as the Devil himself in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009). Waits later appeared in The Old Man & the Gun, about a real-life group of bank robbers known as the Over-the-Hill Gang, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (both 2018), the Coen brothers’ ode to the Old West. He was then cast in the zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die (2019).
(Encyclopaedia Britannica, Last Updated: Dec 3, 2020)

01. A1 Underground (02:02)
02. A2 Shore Leave (04:19)
03. A3 Johnsburg Illinois (01:36)
04. A4 16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six (04:33)
05. A5 Town With No Cheer (04:29)
06. A6 In The Neighborhood (03:08)
07. A7 Just Another Sucker On The Vine (Instrumental) (01:45)
08. B1 Frank's Wild Years (01:54)
09. B2 Swordfishtrombone (03:09)
10. B3 Down, Down, Down (02:17)
11. B4 Dave The Butcher (Instrumental) (02:22)
12. B5 Soldier's Things (03:20)
13. B6 Gin Soaked Boy (02:27)
14. B7 Trouble's Braids (01:22)
15. B8 Rainbirds (Instrumental) (03:08)

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Small Faces - The Autumn Stone (1969) (Double LP) [Vinyl Rip]

Year: 1969 (LP 1977)
Label: Charly Records, Bellaphon Records (Germany), CR 3009
Style: Classic Rock, Rock
Country: London, England, United Kingdom
Time: 38:23, 26:25
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 225, 163 Mb

Steve Marriott (next Humble Pie, 30 January 1947 – 20 April 1991) - vocals, guitar, harmonica
Ronnie Lane (ex Faces, 1 April 1946 – 4 June 1997) - vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Kenney Jones (ex Faces, next The Who) - drums
Ian McLagan (next Rolling Stones, 12 May 1945 – 3 December 2014) - keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, vocals
Jimmy Winston (next musical "Hair", television programme "Doctor Who", "serial Day of the Daleks", 20 April 1945) - vocals, keyboards

Whether you liked them better Mod or with Rod, both incarnations of The Small Faces/The Faces have gotten their Rock Hall due as British Invasion visionaries.
The Small Faces had but one Top 20 hit in the USA — the 1967 single "Itchycoo Park," which reached No. 16 in 1968. And the group’s highest-charting U.S. album was the 1968 classic "Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake," which peaked at No. 159 in 1968. But following the announcement of the group’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Rock Hall’s website stressed that these "visionary mods … were creative peers and commercial equals of The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones" and cited the group as an influence "on artists like The Black Crowes, The Jam’s Paul Weller, The Replacements and Oasis."
The Small Faces’ story was only one chapter for the band. Rechristened as The Faces in the 1970s, the lineup at times featured solo star Rod Stewart, future Rolling Stone Ron Wood and former Wings man Jimmy McCulloch. There were a few more hits in that decade as well, although both versions of the band always enjoyed more success in their native England.
The original group came together in 1965, when Steve Marriott met Ronnie Lane at the J60 Music Bar in London, where Marriott was working. Marriott got his start in show business in the stage musical "Oliver!" and subsequently pursued an acting career before going into music, releasing a solo single and becoming a member of London band The Moments.
Marriott had seen Lane when The Moments shared the bill with Lane’s band, The Outcasts. The two struck up a conversation, then went back to Marriott’s house to listen to records. Lane, a bassist, invited Marriott, who played guitar, to jam with his current band, The Pioneers, who had a residency at a local pub. Marriott ended up getting so drunk, he smashed the pub’s piano, and The Pioneers lost their residency. But, Lane found a new musical partner. Lane then brought Pioneers’ drummer Kenney Jones on board, and Marriott brought in a friend from his acting days, Jimmy Winston (real name Jimmy Langwith) on keyboards. The Small Faces were born.
Langwith wasn’t the strongest keyboardist, but he had something else of value to the budding group: His parents owned a pub where the band could rehearse, and his brother owned a van to drive them to gigs. A female friend of Marriott’s helped him buy an amplifier and suggested the name The Small Faces, which Marriott liked for its play on words. Everyone in the group was short, and "face" was mod slang. "The term ‘Face’ was a top mod, a face about town, a respected chap!" Marriott explained. ...

 Matrix: CR 3009 A, CR 3009 B-2, CR 3009 C, CR 3009 D


01. A1 Here Come The Nice (03:00)
02. A2 The Autumn Stone (03:58)
03. A3 Collibosher (03:12)
04. A4 All Or Nothing (03:02)
05. A5 Red Balloon (04:12)
06. A6 Lazy Sunday (03:02)
07. B1 Rollin Over (02:24)
08. B2 If I Were A Carpenter (02:15)
09. B3 Every Little Bit Hurts (06:37)
10. B4 My Mind's Eye (02:01)
11. B5 Tin Soldier (03:21)
12. B6 Just Passing (01:12)


01. C1 Call It Something Nice (02:03)
02. C2 I Can't Make It (02:06)
03. C3 Afterglow Of Your Love (03:33)
04. C4 Sha La La La Lee (02:54)
05. C5 The Universal (02:40)
06. D1 Itchycoo Park (02:49)
07. D2 Hey Girl (02:14)
08. D3 Wide Eyed Girl On The Wall (02:46)
09. D4 Whacha Gonna Do About It (01:59)
10. D5 Wham Bam Thank You Mam (03:18) 


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