I begin with a couple of credits; Zischkale has helped out on this one with some essential suggestions including The Viola Crayola and Argus, and RandyRhoadsRIP made the great contribution of The Exkursions.
"If you weren’t paying attention, you wouldn’t notice that this is a Christian album, which is a good sign. Mike Johnson is a truly talented guitarist and a few songs here have a fuzz sound to die for. The songwriting doesn’t match the performances, and there are a few bluesy/hard rock clichés, but for the most part this is solid hard rock and one of the best in the Christian realm." (AcidArchives)
From Los Angeles, Goldenrod were part of the “Our Productions” crew, along with Mike Deasy, Lee Mallory and Curt Boettcher. As part of this talented group of people, they contributed to numerous albums and sessions in addition to those released as Goldenrod. Some of these included Tommy Roe, Darius and backing the Association on their first two albums. Much of this session work was done on a “conveyor belt” system; with all the instrumental tracks being cut at Gary Paxton’s studio, and vocals for the more well known acts cut at Columbia.
All three had earlier played with Ballroom with Boettcher and together with Mallory, they formed the basis of the original line-up of Millennium. Scheff contributed Dandelion Wine to the Millennium repertoire, but all three left when it looked like Millennium would turn into a ‘proper’ band rather than a studio project. Goldenrod are also thought to have backed Lee Mallory live.
Dave Wagstaffe's first bands" because comprises material of two very different groups of this drummer, actually playing in "Landmarq and The Oliver Wakeman Band, plus sessions, and drum teaching." as he pointed in his MySpace page.
The first band is Argus with material recorded in 1973, a hard rock outfit that sounds like Free, included the singing. Above average band, whose best talent is... the drummer!!!... great drumming by Mr. Wagstaffe in its 5 tracks (small solo in track 4... beautiful). Second band is Anaconda with live material recorded in 1977, a jazz-rock outfit!!!... that sound like any jazz-rock band... if we discard the horrible singing we found a good guitar playing (showing that Randy Spence plays as good as bad he sing), a little persistent participation of flute (not bad at all) and a rhythm section really competent, where the best talent is... the drummer!!!... great drumming by Mr. Wagstaffe in the 7 tracks (long solo in track 4 (9 of the compilation)... beautiful).
A good recommendation is to listen the 5 first tracks (hard-rock) go take a cup of tea and then go for the next 7 tracks (jazz-rock)."
|Truth & Janey|
The late-'60s power trio format made famous by Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience sent inspirational shockwaves across the rock & roll universe, and among the most isolated examples of its influence must have been eastern Iowa's extremely obscure cult hard rock band Truth and Janey. Taking their name from the seminal Jeff Beck Group album, vocalist/guitarist Billy Janey, vocalist/bassist Steven Bock, and drummer Denis Bunce (original percussionist John Fillingsworth lasted less than a year) began penning original material, recorded a pair of singles in 1972/1973, and then evolved into Truth and Janey when informed that another band already held rights to the Truth moniker before them. Arduous roadwork in the neighbouring states kept the band busy in years to come, but the absence of a major record deal eventually drove them to finance their own album -- a fierce and bluesy hard rocker to be entitled No Rest for the Wicked -- at a studio in nearby Ames, IA. This they released through a local independent label, and its 1,000-unit pressing quickly sold out among their dedicated fans in the region -- but that was it. With no apparent career-advancing prospects in their near future, Truth and Janey disbanded the following year, with main man Janey turning to blues and adding a "Lee" to his name before recording several albums throughout the '80s and '90s. Truth and Janey's modest legacy was kept alive by their few cult followers and eventually lef a3 L9ial CD pressing of No Rest for the Wicked by Monster Records (which added all four of their single A- and B-sides, to boot), and a legendary live performance released in 2004 as Erupts!
And that’s where it remained, until now, of course. Fronted by singer-songwriter Dave Kubinec (formerly of mid-60s act Pieces Of Mind and psych-pop outfit The World Of Oz), The Rats were the brainchild and creation of one-time Black Sabbath associate Adrian Millar. He paired Kubinec with readymade backing band CWT, who were demoing material for a possible album. For all its unconventional origins, First Long Player Record is, in its own way, a strangely engaging album which bristles with hints of T.Rex alongside fellow period icons Mott The Hoople and Ziggy-era Bowie. Pity, then, that The Rats’ story is ultimately a dead end one of a band whose line-up splintered before the album was even released. Even with a reshuffled line-up, they were destined never to tread the boards as a live act.
After this album, Steve Edwards replaced David Feinstein on guitar, and Craig Gruber replaced Ronnie James Dio on bass. However, Ronnie James Dio continued to sing lead vocals for the band. This future lineup, minus Feinstein, became the first incarnation of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow when Deep Purple axeman Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple."
|The Viola Crayola|
Reminiscent of Tempest, Warhorse, and early Lord & Blackmore, Jackal did perfectly ratty and ragged heavy prog and even evoke brethren RUSH at moments. Absolutely authentic prog/psych, 'Awake' is among the definitive LPs of the post-underground Canadian rock scene.
01. The Exkursions - It's Been Set Down (1971)
from album 'the exkursions'
02. Steel - Road Runner / Eye to Eye (1971)
from album 'steel'
03. Goldenrod - Descent Of Cyclopeans (1969)
from album 'goldenrod'
04. Argus - Superstition (1973)
from retrospective 'argus'
05. Billy Cox - Powerhouse (1972)
from album 'nitro function'
06. Truth And Janey - Remember (1976)
from album 'no rest for the wicked'
07. Rats - Child He Die (1974)
from album 'first record'
08. Elf - Gambler Gambler (1972)
from album 'elf'
09. The Viola Crayola - I Know You Don't Have A Car (1974)
from album 'music: breathing for statues'
10. Jackal - Lost In The World (1973)
from album 'awake'
11. Los Natas - Brainstorm (2002)
from compilation 'sucking the 70s'
Thanks to all!