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David Bowie - Music & Art

David Bowie, nome artístico de David Robert Jones, Londres, 8 de janeiro de 1947) é um músico, ator e produtor musical inglês. Por vezes...

sexta-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2017

Visions of Atlantis - Progressive Metal ( Austria)

Visions of Atlantis is a metal band from Styria, Austria, founded in 2000. Inspiration came both from successful symphonic power metal band Nightwish and from the myth of Atlantis. The equal combination of male and female vocals distinguishes Visions of Atlantis from Nightwish however and is more reminiscent of bands such as Lacuna Coil.

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Shane - New Zealand Psych Country Pop Folk Rock

Singer Shane Hales, an English immigrant who had found fame as the lead singer of the raucous Pleazers in the mid-1960s, would become one of the more enduring faces of the decade and remains a household name to this day. remains a household name to this day. After the break-up of The Pleazers in June 1967, singer Shane Hales joined the Auckland band The Jamestown Union. After a few months Shane formed his own band called Shane with ex-Pleazer Gus Fenwick (bass), Mike Wilson (guitar) and Glen Absolum (drums) and they held down a residency at Auckland’s 1480 Village. Shane (the group) recorded a one-off single ‘The Town of Tuxley Toymaker’/‘Breakin’ My Back’ for Zodiac Records in early 1968 which became a Top 10 song on the Auckland Hit Parade. 

quinta-feira, 14 de dezembro de 2017

FAITHFUL BREATH - Symphonic Prog • Germany

German band FAITHFUL BREATH was formed in Bochum in 1967, founded by Heinz Mikus (vocals, guitar) and Horst Stabenov (bass) when they left MAGIC POWER in order to set up a new band. They were joined by Reinhold Immig (guitar), Walter Scheuer (guitar) and Jürgen Fischer (drums).

The choice of band name came from another person though, namely Georg Grebe (bass); who was briefly involved with the band as a replacement for Stabenov while he was away for a few weeks. A musician called Boggie Kopec was also briefly involved with the band at the start, and some time later in 1967 Ulrich Bock (saxophone) joined for a somewhat longer tenure.

In 1969 Immig left, and a few months later Fischer was out too. Immig was never replaced, and it took the band two years to get a replacement for Fischer, namely Jürgen Weritz (drums), who joined the band in 1971.

When 1972 was written on the calendar Block had left the band for health reasons, and at the end of the same year Scheuer left the outfit as well; replaced by Manfred von Buttlar (keyboards), formerly of MAMA WERWOLL.

The addition of von Buttlar saw the band change musical directions, and they started exploring a more typical symphonic rock oriented sound at this time. When they entered the recording studio in 1973 the result of this was a fine progressive rock album named "Fading Beauty". Renate Heemann (backing vocals) was briefly involved with the band at this point in time.

1977 saw FAITHFUL BREATH enter the recording studio again, this time as a five-piece following the addition of Jürgen Renfordt (vocals). The results of this session was the single "Stick in Your Eyes / Back on My Hill" issued in 1977 and then the full length production "Back on My Hill" released in 1980. After this second album FAITHFUL BREATH disbanded.

Mikus and Stabenov continued working together though, and when they hooked up with Uwe Otto (drums) they revived their old band name, now pursuing a more distinct heavy metal sound similar to ACCEPT - a style the band would continue exploring in the 80's.

1981 saw the release of the first heavy metal album by FAITHFUL BREATH, "Rock Lions". Otto left shortly after, and when the band issued their fourth production "Hard Breath" in 1983 Jürgen Düsterloh (drums) had hooked up with the band. 1984 saw the addition of Andy Honig (guitar) to the line-up, and the release of their fifth album "Gold 'n' Glory". Shortly after Stabenov and Honig left, with Thilo Herrmann (guitars) and Peter Dell (bass) joining the band prior to the recording of their 1985 production "Skol". 1986 saw the band releasing a live album simply named "Live". At that point in time the members felt that it was time to start using another moniker, and in 1987 FAITHFUL BREATH ceased to exist - and the foursome continued on as RISK.

TRESPASS - Symphonic Prog • Germany

TRESPASS were a German band that existed between 1984 and 1992. The group survived primarily through local live appearances, and released only a single album ("The FInal Act") shortly before disbanding. The album was characterized by elaborate keyboard constructions and heavy guitars, and by an epic-length (45 minutes-plus) symphonic composition dominating that release ("Crew Of The Orion"). 

TRESPASS is often associated with the neo-progressive genre. Their sound has been compared to fellow countryment GROBSCHNITT, but also to MARILLION, with song constructions that are clearly influenced by early GENESIS, but with heavier guitars, more driven keyboard construction, and modern (sometimes abstract) themes. 

The group disbanded in 1992 when three of its members left to form INQUIRE, a decidely neo-progressive band that released three studio and one live album before breaking up themselves in 2003. 

Shortly after INQUIRE's demise, the members of TRESPASS reunited and are currently working on new music and a recording contract. The band is planning a new studio release in 2007. 

TRESPASS are legitimate contenders for inclusion in the ProgArchives for the creatively symphonic sound on their single release, and for the energy in the demo works they have made available since reforming this century. 

Bob Moore (ClemofNazareth)

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quarta-feira, 13 de dezembro de 2017

Exotic Erotic Reverb - Surf Rock

A crazy collection of garage rock'n'roll and surf, punk, rockabilly and their derivatives. The selection is cheerful, wild and sympathetic.

Roberto Carlos - Rock & Roll (Brazil)

Released by CBS Records in September 1964, " É Proibido Fumar" (No Smoking) is the third album of the brazilian singer. The LP shows Roberto Carlos in search of affirmation in the Brazilian music scene. He invested heavily in rock and roll, especially after the good performance of the previous album, "Splish Splash".
"É Proibido Fumar" features the title track (with Erasmo Carlos) and "O Calhambeque" (version of "Road Hog" by John and Gwen Loudermilk). Both "O Calhambeque" and "É Proibido Fumar" became true classics of Brazilian Rock, always present in their shows. Other songs from repercussão deste LP were "A Leão Está Solto Nas Ruas", "Minha História De Amor", "Amapola", "Rosinha" and the versions of "I Was Born To Cry" (Dion DiMucci) To Cry "- and" Unchain My Heart, "Ray Charles's success and turned" Untie My Heart. "
The song "Broto Do Jacaré" is identified with the musical style surf music and was recorded by Roberto Carlos accompanied by The Angels (after The Youngsters).

ZED - Glam Rock (UK)

Taking their name from the British pronunciation of the letter Z, Zed released two albums although I've never come across the group's second 1983 Europe only release 'Holding On'. Who were this unknown trio? Well for starters, all three were well respected session players in the UK, appearing on albums from Cliff Richard and Jon Anderson to Gerry Rafferty. Even more interesting were Zed's choices for additional players, in particular Mike Moran who played keys with Queen more than once and Dave Lawson from Greenslade who according to the band's bio was Zed's behind the scenes 'unofficial' fourth member.
Entirely written and co-produced by group leader Nigel Jenkins, the album never took off, selling paltry amounts before disappearing in cut-out bins. That's not to say it was a bad album. In fact, it's quite good but from a production standpoint sounds like it was recorded in the late 70's. Early Charlie, Aviator UK and even Dave Mason take a peek in, but more importantly the first two Chris Rea albums, in particular his 1979 'Diamonds' release are the strongest points of reference. Rea and Jenkins have a similar bluesy vocal style and on 'Right Now', the two gentlemen are almost interchangeable. Lyrically, Jenkins tends to explore the dark side of life, while the rich instrumentation; in particular Lawson's keyboard work creates an album with a lot of depth and feeling. 'Casino', the anthem-like 'No Prisoners' and the rollicking 'Universe' are all excellent although it's easy to understand how this might have gone over the heads of American kids still grooving to 'Hi Infidelity' and just discovering Foreigner '4' and 'Escape' as Zed sound like they come from another planet in comparison.
Zed's albums have never been on CD and it's doubtful they ever will. Like so much British rock and AOR from this period (75-81) the reissue labels have yet to tap bands like Krazy Kat, the aforementioned Aviator, Jet, Voyager, The Local Boys, Merlin, John Townley's excellent 'More Than A Dream' album and The Movies in favor of the North American bands, second and third time reissues of 'name' artists and bands as well as those with a traditional '80s sound. Money is an issue of course, accessibility to masters and some of this stuff just won't sell other than to geeks like me and yet in the meantime, so much good music goes unheard, deteriorating in a vault somewhere. Maybe someday.

terça-feira, 12 de dezembro de 2017

ARABS IN ASPIC - Heavy Prog • Norway

ARABS IN ASPIC II emerged in 1997 from Norway led by guitarist and vocalist Jostein SMEBY and rythm guitarist & Theremin player, Tommy INGEBRIGSTEN. Since they met through their common love for 1970s heavy rock music, they've been playing together with different personnel, each playing different kinds of heavy music until ARABS IN ASPIC surged.

They said goodbye to playing covers and the band was ready with Hammond organ player "Mysterious" MAGNAR, drummer Eskil NYHUS and his brother, bass player Terje NYHUS. They later re-named themselves ARABS IN ASPIC II due to the replacement of Terje.

Their wide range of influences make a very rewarding listen, including stoner-rock music, 60s psychedelic rock, and the 70s heavy weights, with prime influences being BLACK SABBATH and Wetton-era KING CRIMSON(hence their name). Fans of any of those bands won't regret listening to these guys.

- The Quiet One (Pablo) -

In 2009, the band released "Strange Frame of Mind" and received good reviews. In 2011, They return to their original band name ARABS IN ASPIC and signed with Black Widows Records. In 2013, "Pictures in a Dream" is released with vocalist Rune SUNDBY (RUPHUS)on two songs. 

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Apothecary - Glam Rock (US)

Apothecary LP. Mellow rock record from 1973 on the Paramount label with lots of layered vocals and background vocals. (ex/ex+, couple of very light hairlines and one bit larger mark on one song, cover has tiny coh and some light wear on some corners).

Bass – Bill Block
Design, Illustration – Fred Marcellino
Guitar – Bruce Riddiough, Mike Houlihan
Liner Notes – Peg Gidion
Percussion – John Kruck, Phill Haase
Photography By – Pete Gidion
Producer – Guy Marasco, Wesley Willard
Synthesizer [Arp] – Denny Tabacchia (tracks: A3)

Moebius Plank Neumeier - Eletronic Krautrock (Germany)

Zero Set is the only album by the German electronic music trio of Dieter Moebius, Conny Plank, and Mani Neumeier. It followed two collaborations by Moebius & Plank as a duo. Zero Set was recorded in September, 1982 at Conny's Studio outside Cologne, and released by Sky Records in 1983. The music on Zero Set is strongly influenced by African rhythms and music. One track, "Recall", features Sudanese vocals by Deuka. Matthew Weiner describes it for Soulmind Online: "Though not a dance record per se, Zero Set is one of the earliest extensions of Krautrock’s possibilities on the dance floor, pitting the profoundly electronic sequence patterns of Plank and Moebius against the hyperactive percussives of Guru Guru drummer Mani Neumeier. On tracks such as the prophetically titled 'Speed Display' and 'Pitch Control', the phasing, chattering and decidedly Germanic grooves found on Zero Set constitute vibrant proto-techno at its earliest and finest." David Ross Smith, writing for Allmusic, describes the album: "...a highly percussive affair with Mani Neumeier. The album is saturated in drum and synth rhythms and polyrhythms, resulting in compositions that are energetic and infectious." Zero Set was a turning point for Moebius and Plank, a fact lamented by Steven and Alan Freeman in their book The Crack In The Cosmic Egg. They say, in part: "...working with Mani Neumeier on Zero Set strangely took the music too close to techno for comfort..." Zero Set was reissued by the American Gyroscope label on CD on April 16, 1996. This was the first U.S. release for the album. It was also digitally remastered and reissued by Captain Trip Records in Japan on February 25, 2007. In 2007 Dieter Moebius and Mani Neumeier recorded Zero Set II in Japan as a tribute to Conny Plank.

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segunda-feira, 11 de dezembro de 2017

Brian Auger - Jazz Rock (UK)

Brian Albert Gordon Auger (born 18 July 1939 in Hammersmith London) is an English jazz and rock keyboardist, who has specialised in playing the Hammond organ. A jazz pianist, bandleader, session musician and Hammond B3 player, Auger has played or toured with artists such as Rod Stewart, Tony Williams, Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Sonny Boy Williamson, Led Zeppelin, Eric Burdon and others. He has incorporated jazz, early British pop, R&B, soul music and rock, and he has been nominated for a Grammy.

FROB - Krautrock • Germany

Frob biography (
Frob came from Rheda-Wiedenbrück in the east of Westphalia. Their classic musical signature is a combination of instrumental jazzy rock and spontaneous psych jams. They recorded their only album in France during the winter 1975 /76. Their own style demonstrates a great hability to improvise with a constant use of colorful-creative moods and tones. This first cult LP has been recently re-issued by Gardne of Delights. Among the most accomplished acid jazz rock acts from Germany underground next to Ibliss, Xhol, Out of Focus (...)

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domingo, 10 de dezembro de 2017

Booby Trap - Rock (Greece)

Booby Trap plays a very melodic hard rock actually reaching into the AOR field, with obvious 70's elements. Their sound is not polished at all, on the contrary the guitar riffs sound raw. I really love their guitarist, his solos have the required sentiment and inspiration. Another thing you will like about the album is the fact that all the vocal lines are well written. Productionwise there's a lot missing but I don't really care since I like the songs a lot. My favorites are American Girl, My woman (wonderful melancholic touch), Routine (with a great hit potential) and Burning brain (which I might almost call heavy metal). Almost every song seems to have a really memorable chorus and nice guitar leads. 

AUNT MARY - Eclectic Prog • Norway

One of the early and by many considered to be one of Norways definitely best prog bands. Their music is a mix of heavy hard-rocking tunes, combined with clear influences from the symphonic genre. The more symphonic sound however didn't appeared until their third, and last studio album, "Janus". A great concept-album to start with. If you want the more thundering sounds coming from AUNT MARY, look for 1972s "Loaded". High-skilled musicians combined with good, creative melodies makes AUNT MARY a important Norwegian band to become acquainted with.

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