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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Floating Bridge – Floating Bridge (US 1969)

Floating Bridge - Floating Bridge
 
Vault – 124 (US)
this is another one of my very favourite albums, which i had been looking out for for quite a while and i had finally bought an original US copy in february on discogs. it shipped from australia so i had to wait some weeks until it arrived. but the waiting was totally worth it, but record and cover are in a really beautiful condition and the disc plays almost like new.

this album is the groups only output next to two 45s they released. it is a mixture of a handful of genres, certainly not meant for people who love concept albums, but i think the different styles fit well together and its nice to have a little variation while listening to an LP even if its not various-artists. there are some nice covered instrumentals that range from melodic to psychedelic, some real nitty gritty blues stuff, some really killer heavy psych fuzz numbers and some late 60s rock typical for the time to fill the gaps between all these.

although the whole album is superb in my opinion, there are four tracks i think are …

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Friday, 16 April 2010

Deep Purple: Sitar (Bootleg, circa 1970)


 
as i promised, heres some really heavy duty hard rock stuff to complete my tribute to ritchie blackmores birthday before honoring another great rock star tomorrow.
the date this double lp bootleg was recorded is unknown, but as it is a mk II recording it must have been between 1970 and 1972, more likely around 1970, as it features two numbers from the usual mk I set that the famous gillan/glover lineup also included in their early sets. the entire first record is filled with an amazing extended version of ‘mandrake root’ (misspelled ‘mandrake road’ on the records labels). the second record starts off with another mk I cut, ‘wring that neck’ – a hell of a live number, you simply have to digg this! the b-side of the second lp features a medley of ‘black night’ and ‘paint it black’, also a real killer.

interesting links:
todopurple (deep purple rarities blog)
the deep purple appreciation society

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

Dust: Stone Woman / Loose Goose (1971)


 
now this one usually should be really off my taste, but surprisingly this fantastic 45 by us hardrockers dust is one of my very favourites (their other work is good aswell, but these two tracks are the over-all highlight). maybe the most notable fact about this (to a certain extend) fairly obscure group is that their drummer was teenage (15 year old) marc bell, who later became the drummer of the punk-of-the-first-hour group the ramones and named himself marky ramone, and is featured on this recording aswell.
im sorry the vinyl is a little damaged, which is mainly to be noticed during the innocent whistling at the beginning of stone woman. but as the song instantly bursts out into a matchless rock inferno with some great drum beats and a fine guitar theme, it can fairly be heard then. stone woman is a powerful early 70s rock number that you should definitely not miss!
the b-side is even more frantic and somehow tongue-in-cheek. a speeeeeedy instrumental with fast drums and fantastic fast guitar work, very looooose! if that doesnt get you moving and flipping around, then you must be sedated somehow…
honestly, i don know …

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Sunday, 7 March 2010

Golden Earring: Back Home / This Is The Time Of The Year (1970)


 
to continue my mini series of dutch psych-prog of last week, please now enjoy a fantastic 45 by the most famous dutch rockers ever! no, radar love was NOT their best song, to me it is one of their most boring songs at all. before having the aforementioned hit, golden earring did some pretty fine harder and less hard rock numbers, always regognizable with the flute playing which was somehow characteristic for several dutch rock and garage bands. this records is a single release from their self-titled album from 1970, which also is my personal favourite.
the a-side, back home, is one of those harder numbers, similar to les variations or early slade, but very far from later glam rock. a perfect example for how a flute and hard rock fit together, and a great early 70s rock number in general, definitely a must-hear.
this is the time of the year is the 45s flipside and much calmer, but basically following the same style. it is a nice example for the earrings skill for soft slightly melancholic rock ballads. all in all this single gets full five out of five stars in my rating, it is …

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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Les Variations: Silver Girl / Walk Right Down (1973)


 
the last variations-record for this time. again, i really dont like the a-side, i must admit. it is mainstream, teethless 70s rock already touching glam rock, which was exactly where the group would end up later. the singers rough vocals seem a bit out of place here, perhaps brian conolly or noddy holder would have fitted better here.
the b-side walk right down is better than its flipside, although it too fits into the same category. i am quite sure the reason that its not as bad as the a-side is that we have another singer here, whos voice is more compatible with clean and neat 70s rock.
to me, this is almost the end of les variations, except for the albums moroccan roll and cafe de paris that still were to come, and that are surprisingly better than this 45. you can get them on choo choo mama.

interesting links:
moroccan roll and cafe de paris (1974/75 lps) on choo choo mama
les variations on rateyourmusic
les variations on last.fm

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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Les Variations: Je Suis Juste Un Rock N’ Roller / The Jam Factory (1973)


 
another single by french hard rockers les variations, this time a later release. this 45 shows how they were more and more turning to tame, clean mainstream rock, while on their albums experimenting with oriental and african tunes. the a-side, one of the few tracks the group really sang in french, sounds like a typical early 70s song, a little reminiscent of free, but over all not very exciting. the jam factory, however, is a bit tighter and i like it better than the a-side, but as it is very repetitive it can get annoying somehow, but on the other hand one might like just exactly that. over all this 45 doesnt get a very high rating from me, but just try it out yourself.

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, 7 February 2010

Les Variations: What’s Happening… / Magda (1969)


 
french week at twenty-flight-rock! the first delight of excellent french quisine i want you to enjoy here is an early 45 by french rockers les variations, of whom i already posted two other singles:
What A Mess Again / Nador (1970) and
Only You Know And I Know / I Was Down (1972).
now, whats happening is a fresh and thriving number from their debut album, which has the same title as this records b-side, and it is one of my favourite songs of theirs. but as this is an early recording we have to live with the singers still very thick accent here, although it doesnt ruin the whole song altogether.
magda, the flipside, is a surprisingly good hard rock instrumental that at least i would usually not expect from these guys. mainly this is because it is rather blues orientated, which the variations in general werent. it reminds me of late john mayall or cream a little, or other groups from the late 60s electric blues revival. the guitarist definitely is trying to sound like eric clapton here, so perhaps this is a hard rock cream-spoof. nevertheless this is one of les …

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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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