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1. Scots; A magic spell; a witch's trick.
TDATS 25 features Scottish bands. A selection of The Pictish nation's finest vintage rock practitioners. Iron Claw shouldn't be too much of a mystery by now, they were a band who seems to have shown great promise, picking up on the Sabbath sound very early and matching it in places with undeniable talent, unfortunatley luck was not on their side and they have only recently had an official release, after years of lurking in bootleg limbo. Bodkin play some great dark prog and Iron Virgin peddled some good glam with decent heaviness (and a hilarious image). Holocaust are here as a late entry, I was looking for late-70s NWOBHM and really had a tough time finding Scottish examples, until I found Holocaust, who formed in 1977. The band on track 11 were a pop group who on occasion delved into heavier territory and "Í've been around too long" is a great track. Many thanks to the various knowledgable people at stonerrock.com, rateyourmusic.com, hellridemusic.com and progarchives.com for their insight which has helped me research these bands.
01. Tentacle - Intro (1971)
02. Iron Claw - Straight Jacket (1972)
03. Bodkin - Plastic Man (1972)
04. The Human Beast - Reality Presented as an Alternative (1970)
05. Iron Virgin - Shake That Fat (1974)
06. Soho Orange - Nightmare (1971)
07. Tentacle - Tentacle (1971)
08. Writing On The Wall - It Came On A Sunday (1969)
09. Forever More - Promisses of Spring (1970)
10. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - The Faith Healer (1973)
11. Light of Darkness - Freedom Fight (1971)
12. Tear Gas - Where Is My Answer (1971)
13. Holocaust - Out Of My Book (1980)
14. Marmalade - I've Been Around Too Long (1971)
15. Tentacle - Epitaph (1971)
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TDATS 24, "Pomp Rock", is a compilation that was inspired by the Canadian band Symphonic Slam. I was very interested in their unique mix of electronic experimentation, prog pomp and moody hard rock. I have attempted to bring together some songs that fit in with this idea. They come from all over the place but all share nice tasteful keyboards, symphonic pretensions and a certain space rock awareness.
01. Angel - Angel (Theme) (1975)
02. Hillary Blaze - Opening (1977)
03. Sweeney Todd - All Of A Sudden (1977)
04. Symphonic Slam - Everytime (1976)
05. Golem - Orion Awakes (1973)
06. Angel - Tower (1975)
07. Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come - Gypsy (1973)
08. Aphrodite's Child - Aegian Sea (1971)
09. Styx - Miss America (1977)
10. Far East Family Band - Nipponjin (1975)
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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.
Unzip problem? Make sure you enter the password, and for MAC users especially, I recommend using the free, opensource program 7Zip (there is a MAC version too), which is what I make the zips with. Feel free to contact me, or report dead/erroneous links, at: firstname.lastname@example.org If you have trouble with any volumes in particular email me and I'll sort out alternative methods.
Recommendations and advice is always appreciated, Cheers! Rich