Monthly Archives: December 2009

Thursday, 31 December 2009

VA: Rock Sessions Volume 1


 
this is the first part of a compilation i put together for a friend about two years ago (please dont mind the silly title, it was just a working title when i couldnt think of anything better, but i missed the chance to change it before i made the covers for all the volumes). it has 15 volumes in total which i will post as a series every one or two weeks. as my music collection wasnt that elaborate yet back then it features mostly popular stuff from the good old days but no real obscurities, with some exceptions maybe that will be granted the one or other comment. as i spent a lot of time creating a selfmade cover for each of the 15 volumes i made, i thought it could be worth nonetheless to post them here. if you already have all the music (which is more than likely) you probably can make use of my coverart, otherwise you can use it perfectly as an introduction to the great music era of the 60s and early 70s.

now about this volume: you will instantly recognize the cover of kings crimsons 69 master piece …

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Thursday, 31 December 2009

Aphrodite’s Child: I Want To Live / Magic Mirror (1969)


 
aphrodites child were a greek rock group with progressive tendencies who formed in the late 60s, who released three LPs in total. theyre mostly remembered for an epic song called its five o clock, that was featured on an album with the same title in 1968.
this 45 however cant really compare with their more successful numbers, but its not bad either. the a-side is a rather overblown, soppy ballad – but that is just my humble opinion, so probably youll like it much better than i do.
magic mirror goes a little more psychedelic and to me its far better than the a-side. some nice organ work including a fine solo make it a decent piece of late 60s psych-rock/pop.
finally i must recommend their first and second LPs called end of the world and its five i clock, which features, apart from some nicer ballads than i want to live, some really freaked out and interesting material (you can listen to let me love let me live (#68) on the jukebox). you can find them at twisted perceptions. i wouldnt recommend the third LP 666, unless you like really far-out and abstract prog.
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Friday, 25 December 2009

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 1 & 2 of 44


 
and heres my christmas present for you, which is also the start of my first series here on this blog. even if you have never been to germany or even lived there, you might know the teenager magazine called bravo which is very popular there since the 1950s. regularly they featured life size posters of stars from music and film that came part by part in every issue of the mag (called starschnitt, which means “star cut”), and from 1965 to 1966 there was a starschnitt series on the fab four.
fortunally my father kept all his old magazines and memorabilia, and as he was a very finical collector he kept the complete starschnitt issues of the beatles, pierre briece as winnetou, lex barker as old shatterhand and marie versini as n-tscho-tschi (speak n-cho-chi) (all figures from the winnetou movies based on novels by karl may – but these are virtually unknown outside of germany i must admit). as i started taking care of his collection, i scanned in all the individual parts of the beatles starschnitt.
so here you go with part 1 and 2, especially for christmas (the winterly motif of the poster fits …

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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Les Variations: Only You Know And I Know / I Was Down (1972)


 
both a and b-side of this 45 are non-album tracks, so even if you knew les variations before you probably havent heard these yet. only you know and i know is an average early 70s rock song, but the flipside, i was down, makes up its strong and heavy counterpart. laid back and rather slow, this acid rocker comes along like somewhat of a hendrix spoof – definitely worth checking out. the vocals are, honestly, fairly neglectable, but the heavy rhyhtms are catchy enough to compensate them.

interesting links:
a charming little fansite (in french only, but with lots of pics)
les variations on rateyourmusic
les variations on last.fm

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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Les Variations: What A Mess Again / Nador (1970)


 
les variations were an late 60s – early 70s french hard rock group, maybe even “the” french hard rock group as there werent many at the time. they sound somewhat like a mixture of grand funk railroad, mott the hoople and perhaps early led zeppelin in their quieter moments. especially on their early records you can hear a rather funny french accent of the singer, which diminishes more and more on later records. due to their rather exotic backgrounds their music turned to a rather oriental style on later lps, but here we have a straight rocker from their best days, also released on their first lp from 69.
the a-side of this 45 is not outstanding, but not too bad either. it has a lot of power behind it and offers some good guitar work. the b-side though is a lot calmer and a really nice piece of acoustic guitar play. this is what, as i said before, reminds me a little of early zeppelin.

interesting links:
a charming little fansite (in french only, but with lots of pics)
les variations on rateyourmusic
les variations on last.fm

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Sunday, 20 December 2009

John Lennon: I Sat Belonely (In His Own Write, 1964)


 a little poetry for now, this is my favourite poem by john lennon. among those who are probably no real die-hard beatles fans there are not many who actually know that john had written two book with surreal poetry in 1964 and 65. most of the stories and poems in these books feature a black and cynical humour you would just expect from lennon as he appeared later on, but interestingly this was written in the high time of beatlemania already, when he still was the sonny-boy, little-girls-hero in public.

as i really love and appreciate johns literary works, i will post some more of his poems and short stories in the future, to try to give an insight into this fascinating, fairly underrated personality.

I sat belonely down a tree,
humbled fat and small.
A little lady sing to me
I couldn’t see at all.

I’m looking up and at the sky,
to find such wondrous voice.
Puzzle puzzle, wonder why,
I hear but have no choice.

“Speak up, come forth, you ravel me,”
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Friday, 18 December 2009

After Tea: We Will Be There After Tea / Lemon Coloured Honey Tree (1967)


 
same country, new band. here we have a cute little record by a short-lived dutch group called after tea. theyre maybe not as outstanding as gtolden earring or q65 or perhaps shocking blue, BUT, what is so interesting about this single: the a-side we will be there after tea was recorded and successfully released by the spencer davis group a year later (it was to be their last hit before steve winwood left them for traffic, followed by blind faith with eric clapton), and as all that tea drinking stuff and so on is all so very british, i had always thought that the dutch guys covered that song from the spencer davis group and had named themselves after the song. now that i had this 45 in my own hands, i found out that the song is credited to hans van eijck and ray fenwick, and not winwood or any other member of the spencer davis group, and that it was released before the spencer davis / winwood version (the german beat group the rattles also released a version of that song in 1968, which makes it even more confusing).

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Monday, 14 December 2009

Q65: The Life I Live / Cry In The Night (1966)


 
this was the second release by q65, and i dont hesitate to call the tremendous b-side cry in the night the best song they ever made. bielers frenzy vocals and the haunting guitar riff make this track an excellent showcase of dutch beat from the 60s, that doesnt need to stand back behind compatriot successes like shocking blue or golden earring.
the a-side, the life i live, is a little calmer but none the less a fantastic piece of mid 60s european garage. it is even a little more into psych-beat than into plain garage, if there wasnt the raunchy blues harp providing the craggedness of a genuine basement tune.

interesting links:
q65 official website
q65 on rateyourmusic
q65 on last.fm

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Monday, 14 December 2009

Q65: You’re The Victor / And Your Kind (1966)


 
here we have the debut single of the amazing dutch garage / nederbeat group q65. it is not as great as their following releases, but a nice garage tune nevertheless. the fast beat and pacing rhythm of the a-side fits great to the r&b-style; blues harp work accompanying willem bielers grooving, resonant vocals.
the track though suffers a little from too much treble and some noise due to the condition of the vinyl (sorry, i tried my humble best to remaster it). the b-side sounds a little better, but not significantly.
and your kind is slower and more leisurely than its flipside, but still very catchy – youll soon be singing along to this cute little beat number.

interesting links:
q65 official website
q65 on rateyourmusic
q65 on last.fm

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