Monday, June 7, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 23: From Far & Wide (Canada special)

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TDATS 23 is a colletion of music from Canada. [EDIT: There has since been two more, Vol58 and Vol92] After Troyka's rousing intro Thundermug are first up with one of their heaviest songs 'Bad Guy'. There is an interview with Troyka guitarist Robert Edwards here at Psychedelic Baby webzine .BTO are not obscure, but that's only because of that song, so you may be pleasently surprised to hear them nice'n heavy with 'Not Fragile'. Steel River play some fuzzy psych on 'Losing Friends' and the prolific musician Neil Merryweather is represented twice here, with his eponymous effort and his band Ivar Avenue Reunion. Having been recently re-issued on the Relapse label, it's tempting by their name to compare Warpig with Sabbath but I consider them more in Deep Purple/Uriah Heep territory. Connexion offer some fun french language psych and Mahogany Rush display Frank Marino's enveloping guitar atmospherics. Walter Rossi was guitarist in the band 'Charlee' that I have used previously on Vol 5, his infectious riffing is back on 'Hey Serena'. I find closers on track 15 quite fasinating, Timo Laine was one of the first artists to use a polyphonic guitar synth and keyboardist David Stone went on to play for Rainbow. Their track here 'Universe' is a slab of intriguing space prog with doomy overtones.

01. Troyka - Introduction (1970)
02. Thundermug - Bad Guy (1973)
03. Steel River - Losing Friends (1970)
04. Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile (1974)
05. Neil Merryweather - Star Rider (1975)
06. Pat Travers - Makes No Difference (1976)
07. Warpig - Sunflight (1970)
08. Connexion - Faut Pas l’Cher (1975)
09. A Foot in Coldwater - It's Only Love (1974)
10. Avalon - Silver Bullets (1977)
11. Blue Max - The New One (1976)
12. Ivar Avenue Reunion - Magic Fool (1970)
13. Mahogany Rush - Land Of 1000 Nights (1975)
14. Walter Rossi - Hey Serena (1976)
15. Symphonic Slam - Universe (1976)
16. Troyka - Troyka Finale (1970)

Cheers, Rich.

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  1. Agreed, but that IS Thundermug's heaviest song! Man, that bass is greasy!

    Haven't heard this comp yet, but what's the story on Troyka?

  2. Oh, and I really dig the regional comps!

  3. Thank you very much for this and the others compilations. I am an italian that loves the hard prog rock of seventies and i like so much your pre doom choiches. Thank you for remember italian music too, in your compilations: there were so much bands very good in the seventies that in italy too are today lost in the past. If i have the time, i will like to propose to you, for your blog, a compilation of only italian hard prog (First names that come in my mind: New trolls, balletto di bronzo, teoremi, museo rosenbach, osage tribe).
    What do you think about?



  4. H thanks for the support! Yes I have already though about an Italian comp, and I have used some of those bands you mention already, teoremi & museo rosenbach for instance.

    A full list of recommendations would be very helpful, if you can send me one, via facebook, lastFm or email, cheers!