Tunes like "River City," "Salty Jam," and of course "The Heavy Boogie" are mostly showcases for Michael 's grooving boogie organ or piano skills, if couched in extremely muddy lo-fidelity recording quality. While the self-titled material sees the tunes filled out by a full band, the songs from After a While are of a more stripped-down orchestration, Cosmic Michael 's voice in one speaker, piano in the 7/ View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Digipak CD release of Cosmic Michael / After A While on Discogs. Label: Gear Fab Records - GF • Format: CD Album, Compilation Digipak • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock/5(4). Cosmic Michael - Cosmic Michael () & After A While () () Artist: Cosmic Michael Country: USA Album: Cosmic Michael/After A While Genre: Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock Year Of Release: / Quality: mp3 kbps | FLAC (image+.cue) Size: MB | MB Tracklist: 1. Now That You've Found It -
Rather than focus on fifth-division acetate pressings of 'four Lancashire lads trying to be Syd Barret' everything included here is well performed pop saturated in that certain late '60s over-the-top production that so regularly gets classified as psychedelia. And there are plenty of obscure choice cuts to satisfy even the most hardened psych-head. Irish four-piece Jon's "Is It Love" has a great rising chorus, some oriental sounding instrumentation and a middle-eight that has a vague feel of the Troggs psych-pop phase.
This not only rates as one of the best cuts on this album, but is also among the finest late '60s EMI discs and yes, we're talking Pretty Things and Pink Floyd here too. Rumour has it that their unreleased album will soon be available on Flower Machine. Not only timeless, but in every aspect wonderful too. If only more compilations were as good as this. Posted by Marios at AM 14 comments:. All ten songs the Purple Hearts released during their brief lifetime on singles are on this meticulously thorough reissue.
The cuts are tough and hard-boiled, and will no doubt recall similar, though superior, British acts such as the Pretty Things and the Graham Bond Organisation. What makes the Purple Hearts inferior to such acts is that they recorded absolutely no original material, devoting most of their studio performances to covers of songs by the likes of Bond, Paul Butterfield, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters.
These songs aren't nearly as interesting as the Purple Hearts' material, and are likewise all covers, this time around of songs by Jethro Tull, Steve Miller, and Fleetwood Mac, as well as blues tunes by Howlin' Wolf and Willie Dixon.
The page booklet is exemplary, with liner notes featuring vintage photos and first-hand quotes from original bandmembers, properly honoring the Purple Hearts' status as one of the more notable Australian rock acts of the '60s.
Posted by Marios at PM 3 comments:. Album) Rapp - Sunforest us, wonderful progressive folk rock, edition. There was always something a little different about Tom Rapp and his music.
Debuting in with his band Pearls Before Swine a Biblically inspired name, in case you were wondering and the fascinating album 'One Nation Underground', Rapp continued to explore a diversity of styles and influences through a succession of intriguing records.
The personnel Album) the band might have shifted - after second album "Balaklava"the other original members all left - but the quality was clear sightedly retained. Rapp had a remarkable way of espousing his own philosophies and worldly observations in expansive songs that made you think, while also allowing the listener to lose themselves in a melange of musical adventures.
He never drew a sonic diagram to guide you through any album - it was your own interpretation that mattered as much as his creativity. By the time Rapp released the album 'Stardancer' inhe was a clearly accomplished performer, both live and in the studio.
This record came out under his own name, something he hadn't encouraged but was imposed by the Blue Thumb label. However for 's 'Sunforest' which would be his final record for nearly three decades — the reasons will be explained shortlythe band name Pearls Before Swine were back in view, as it had been for all his previous releases except for '72's 'Familiar Songs', over which he had no control.
As far as I can recall, the two albums were pretty much done at the same time. This was an audio processing system that was supposed to dramatically improve the sound of your music. So, I was persuaded to put this album through the Aphexing process.
But it didn't turn out quite as I hoped and expected. Instead of enhancing everything, it really did the opposite. So, what you hear on the album is the result of a processing attempt that failed. It's such a pity, because that's the only thing connected to the record that I don't like. As with 'Stardancer', its successor is full of well-constructed songs performed by musicians of the very highest calibre. And one of two of the tracks have becoming almost iconic, in particular the aforementioned 'Prayers Of Action'.
After my set, a guy came up to me, with his head completely covered in bandages. He was suffering from terminal cancer, and this had eaten away at his face. He knew he didn't have long to live, but asked if he could used 'Prayers Of Action' at his funeral. That was such an amazing moment for me. To have one of my songs mean so much to one person. So 'Prayers Of Action' seems to have made its mark.
And Rapp can now confirm this is the case. The idea just came to me, and I wrote the song in just a few minutes. Sometimes things do happen that quickly.
On other occasions, it can take ages to get the song out. But I wanted to come up with lyrics that really pointed out the importance of love, as opposed to it being interchangeable with sex.
But this was to be Rapp's swansong. Soon afterwards, he decided to leave the music business. I had written and recorded about songs. I'd met everyone I wanted to meet. I'd hung out River City - Cosmic Michael - Cosmic Michael / After A While (CD John Lennon, got to chat to Bob Dylan In fact, I was working and studying so hard that I probably got about five hours sleep in all over a period of two years!
He now plays live on a regular basis, and it is his old material that strikes a chord with everyone. I never made any money from it at the time. But people appear to know the lyrics to these songs, so you have to assume that the album did quite well. I'm generally happy with the way it turned out although I wish the record label hadn't used a portrait of me on the cover!
There are two paintings by 19th century French post-impressionist Henri Rousseau used on the back cover, and they should really have been on the front. It captures his imagination, and encapsulates his vision.
Songs like the title track - a folk masterclass — and 'Forbidden City' - with is jazz inflections - reflect the fact that he had a diverse canvas, and was never afraid to be bold. A worthy, worthwhile record.
Enjoy discovering - or -re-discovering - it. Posted by Marios at AM 6 comments:. Thursday, June 28, Tom Rapp - Stardancer us, excellent progressive folk rock with baroque traces, issue. The word underscore comes to mind when I hear Pearls Before Swine. Here lies a wooden expression lightly fused with jazz tempo, but solidified exoterically with remarkable poetry, the ultimate impression of Tom Rapp. Tom a folk nurtured disciple was strongly influenced by a group of beat poets called The Fugs which gave rise to Pearl Before Swine's EP styled debut One Nation Underground that reflected mysticism, solitary love and protest.
The controversial "Miss Morse", spelled out an obscenity in code while the opening "Another Time" was sheer angelic tears. Largely an experimental album with varied sounds, the real strength of the album was its hippy sincerity "Drop Out" and un- pretentious avante -garde message. With tears in my eyes I have rarely heard anything this beautiful "Morning Song"River City - Cosmic Michael - Cosmic Michael / After A While (CD, it pierces heart and cleanses the soul.
Rapp stated that Stardancer was the first album since the first Pearls album One Nation Underground over which he had full control. The fierce anti-war song "Fourth Day of July", with its references to "the broken children of Vietnam", was widely played in "underground" circles of the time. Two of his other songs, "Stardancer" and "For The Dead In Space", reflect on themes of loss against a background of space travel and can be seen as reworkings of Like most of the Pearls Before Swine albums, the sleeve design used classic art works, in this case the painting "Descent of the Rebel Angels" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder on the front sleeve, and a William Morris background design on the reverse.
Pearls Before Swine's earlier "Rocket Man". Posted by Marios at AM 11 comments:. Like their West Coast contemporaries Sly and the Family Stone, the Chambers Brothers shattered racial and musical divides to forge an incendiary fusion of funk, gospel, blues, and psychedelia which reached its apex with the perennial song "Time Has Come Today. Following his discharge he relocated to Los Angeles, where the other Chambers brothers soon settled as well; the foursome began performing gospel and folk throughout Southern California inbut remained virtually unknown until appearing in New York City in In the Chambers Brothers released a double vinyl under the title "Love, Peace and Happiness", the first disc contains studio recordings and on the B side there's the same-title classic music piece, while the second disc contains live recordings which took place a year before at Bill Graham's Fillmore East.
Posted by Marios at AM 10 comments:. If ever there was a "typical" record from what's been retrospectively labeled the "downer folk" genre of the late '60s, Peter Kelley's Path of the Wave might fit that bill as well as any. Records in this style were far from the folk-rock and pop mainstream, however, so it's not exactly a typical late-'60s record per se. At times, however, the gentle vibe glides into something more incoherent and disturbed, like that of a young man skirting some serious psychiatric trouble as he tries to sort out the crossfire of strange thoughts floating around his head.
The arrangements are largely acoustic, but some mild electric guitar and percussion are heard at times, and "Childhood's Hour" sounds rather like a more aggressive Donovan in its combination of flute and delicately picked acoustic guitar. It's the kind of approach you'd expect from a privately pressed LP of the era, but actually this came out on a pretty sizable label, Sire, with contributions from famous producer Richard Gottehrer on viola and future Bruce Springsteen keyboardist Danny Federici on organ.
East Coast singer-songwriter Peter Kelley made two superb albums, of which this is the first. An atmospheric blend of bluesy downer folk and psychedelia, it features eerie vocals and deft touches of violin and fuzz guitar. Posted by Marios at PM 2 comments:. Posted by Marios at AM 7 comments:. Sunday, June 24, Utopia - Utopia us, effective hard dirty psych blues rock, Akarma issue. Hard blues rock band from California formed and lead by Dennis Rodrigues.
They also released another one as Growl Discreet The master tapes were shared with Bob Smith during recording of The Visit album which confirms that Utopia's album was released during - Posted by Marios at PM 9 comments:. The first album by Boston's most exciting trio, getting rare now as an original, and unavailable to many, it failed to sell after its release despite a good welcome by critics.
After more than 40 years the album stands the weight of time and provides nine robust songs with all the fuzz you can ask for, a constant pounding drum beat and even some Eastern influences. The record is probably worth it alone for the great guitar playing of Richard Schamack 'Sham' and its cool psychedelic cover. Follow up to their seminal debut, this brings you another example of what the Eden's Children are known for, and why they are openly even back then acclaimed as the best Boston band.
Led by Richard 'Sham' Schamach's fine guitar playing and backed by the tight rhythm section of bassist Larry Kiley and drummer Jimmy Sturman, the children unload in this album another twelve songs of fuzzy psychedelic sounds. Some people argue this to be even better than their first, but we'll let the listener judge. Posted by Marios at PM 6 comments:. If any band personified the epic musical voyage of the '60s it was Sir Winston and The Commons from where else?
Indianapolis, Indiana. Born in as a surf combo called the Suspicions, Ron Matelic, Don Basore, Herb Crawford, Joe Stout and John Medvescek rode each subsequent pop culture tsunami as it swept across America: from the English Invasion and jangly folk-rock to snotty garage and sitar-laced psychedelia.
But then we'd run into guys we went to high school with, so we said, 'Forget this. Sir Winston's new booker, Sonny Hobbs, convinced them to concentrate on original material, which soon garnered a single on Soma Records out of Minneapolis. Michael Lloyd clearly recalls the day he decided to be in a band. Aged 12, he was surfing in Hawaii in the summer of '62 with schoolfriend and fellow pianist Jimmy Greenspoon.
It sounded great. So we paddled in and there were these local guys playing Ventures songs - they were very good - and that started us thinking, We've got to have a band! When the British invasion turned the local band scene on its ear a couple of years later, Lloyd and his chums became The Alley Kats and then The Rogues. Lloyd's musical obsession meant he wasn't giving school his full attention, so, in the autumn ofhe left Beverly Hills High School and started at the more relaxed Hollywood Professional School.
When he deigned to attend classes, he met the Harris brothers, Shaun and Danny, sons of celebrated American classical composer Ray Harris. The trio quickly recognised their common enthusiasm for pop, and, inspired by seeing Jeff Beck and The Yardbirds at a Hollywood party, began recording songs in Michael's bedroom. The party's host, an older guy named Bob Markley, offered to fund recordings in a 2-track studio. In return he asked to join the band as a tambourine player, because it would help him attract girls.
Their rudimentary recordings, mostly cover versions, were released locally on an album recently reissued as The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band Volume 1. Lloyd left and the group subsequently signed to Reprise, creating three excellent albums that also deserve to be more widely heard. It's a long story. Epic Records then offered Lloyd the chance to produce a folk group who came to be called October Country. One afternoon in late the band assembled at Columbia Records Studios on Sunset.
It was an 8-track and one of those union places where you couldn't touch a thing. The first thing that happened was that the drummer was so nervous he threw up and ran out!
So I ended up playing the drums and then, after everyone left, I replaced all the instruments, overdubbed the strings and sang with the girl in the group. Mike Curb had this great studio called Hollywood Boulevard and he let me spend about six months there making an album. It was just me and those two guys. No engineers, no anything. Michael song lead vocals, played bass and keyboards while "those two guys" were Stan Ayeroff, who co-wrote three of the songs and played guitar, and Steve Baim who played drums.
Jimmy Greenspoon, by this time part of Three Dog Night, appeared in the shots on the sleeve although he didn't play on it. Even when it came to Austin in ''74, it was still the same thing.
People didn't understand. We were booed off stage. While Benson admits to being welcomed to the River City, he wasn't particularly fond of the Cosmic Cowboy thing. We're going back. We don't like this stuff. But in terms of lifestyle, we were part of the whole deal. And that was drugs, whatever. It was that lifestyle. King every bit as much as Hank Williams. To me, the Burrito Brothers, Album) Murphy, etc. I wanted to be Buck Owens with Charlie Parker in his band.
I wanted to be eclectic. After a month and a half on the road with Bob Dylan, he left immediately for three months with George Strait. He helped both the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Wayne Hancock get their first record deals. And soon, just shy of 52, Benson breaks ground on a new venture -- his first solo album. So, to do this album of Ray Benson material, it's going to be wildly eclectic, but I also want it to be something that I can do on stage and feel comfortable with.
And that's what eclecticism is for me -- I feel comfortable with it. If it were all just jazz for an hour and a half, I would feel uncomfortable in being able to pull it off. An old friend of Benson's who runs Arlyn and Pedernales Studios, Fletcher contacted Benson to see if he'd be interested in cutting a tune for a Townes Van Zandt tribute album. Benson was flattered, knowing he's not one of the usual suspect for this type of project.
Plenty of people have told him as much -- that they had to look at the liner notes to see who was singing. Everybody said, 'Wow, I didn't know you could But then I started finding out, people don't know I can do all of this. Breaking up a union of 20 years is no small feat, especially when there are children involved, in this case two. While Benson says the divorce has been amicable, it's also "been hell.
And when that ended, I had to take all that on to myself. And what I did by turning inward was find out stuff about myself. I guess that has a lot to do with going solo. The pain of a break-up, I've had a lot of that. And literally, as he was sitting there telling himself it was probably doable, the phone rang.
It was a record executive from Nashville asking Benson if he'd ever thought of doing a solo project. Synchronicity, anyone? That his soon-to-be-started solo album also sits more or less at the cusp of another decade was nothing conscious. Moreover, it's only in the last few years that Benson has been impressed by what he's accomplished. It never even enters into my mind. I do things for career purposes, sure, but I do want a full wide range of experiences and I don't give a damn what people think.
We backed up Lee Greenwood last week.
2 original recordings on 1 CD: Cosmic Michael () - After A While () CD reissue Gear Fab Records Digipak-CD sealed! TRACKLIST: 1. Now That You've Found it 2. Salty Jam 3. Theme 4. TooMuch 5. River City 6. People's Fair 7. Mother Earth 8. The Heavy Boogie 9. Woodstock Nation She's My Girl Feel Free Rock Me After a While BOMP is one the oldest indie labels around, featuring punk, pop, powerpop, garage, new wave, old school rock, and much more. Since Bomp! has introduced such artists as the Modern Lovers, Iggy & The Stooges, Stiv Bators & the Dead Boys, 20/20, Shoes, Devo, the Romantics, DMZ, the Zeros, the Weirdos, Spacemen 3, the Germs, Jeff Dahl, and too many more to mention. Cosmic Michael / After A While (CD, Album, Comp, Dig) Gear Fab Records: GF US: Sell This Version: 1 – 4 of 4. Show. Reviews Add Review. Lists Add to List. US Psych,Prog, Acid Folk,Jazz Rock by johnkatsmc5. View More Lists → Videos.
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This disc collects both of Cosmic Michael's private press albums, including a self-titled set and 's After a While. Unlike the drifting stoner vibes of most loner psyche records, Cosmic Michael's talent for boogie-woogie rock piano comes through as equally as the acidic jamming. Cosmic Michael - Cosmic Michael () & After A While () () Artist: Cosmic Michael Country: USA Album: Cosmic Michael/After A While Genre: Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock Year Of Release: / Quality: mp3 kbps | FLAC (image+.cue) Size: MB | MB Tracklist: 1. Now That You've Found It - 2. Salty Jam - 3.
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